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07 August 2011 @ 03:12

Real Name Policies Don't Work (via auguris) I don't think I need Google+ after all.
Japan: Kaminokawa Town Summer Festival Great photograph!
Japan: Sendai Tanabata Fireworks Photographs of the Sendai Fireworks from a lookout on a hill.
Obituary: Komatsu Sakyou, SF author of 「日本沈没」(Japan Sinks) passes away at 80 This is news from late July, but I've been away from my computer.
Space: Is Water Flowing On Mars? [NYTimes]

I recently saw the latest Studio Ghibli film, Kokuriko-zaka Kara (From Coquelicot Hill or From Up On Poppy Hill), and Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Kokurikozaka Kara started slow and turned into a lovely film by the end of it with a real sense of time and place. Transformers was not just horrifically bad, but gave me severe motion sickness. I'm not even the wrong demographic for it -- I love action films and I'm crazy about 3D. If someone complained that there was too much non-stop action in a movie, I'd thank them and go anyway because I don't consider it a flaw. But no, this is a terrible movie.

I'm looking forward to seeing the new Thundercats cartoon.

Anyway, I've been camping out in the fishing town of Ishinomaki (Miyagi Prefecture) for the past eight days. I've helped spray waterproofing over 10,000 paper lantern bases for the floating lantern festival. I've cleaned chemical toilets, washed cars used to clear the city streets and - mostly - helped out the oyster fishermen on the peninsula; recovering ropes from tsunami debris, cutting up the cords that hold the oysters together in the early growth stages, attaching oyster shells to said ropes and going out on a boat to attach them to buoys. It's been a hell of a week and I'll be sure to write about it more in depth later.
balljointedomiballjointedomi on 7th August 2011 11:41 (UTC)
Great update! I really miss Japan.

A replica of that San Juan Bautista ship in Ishinomaki (as found on wikipedia) seems very cool. Have you seen it? I'm looking forward to reading more about your trip.

I don't think I've ever seen as lovely fireworks, not in person. The best I saw were probably on Michel Jackson's concert in Warsaw, but I don't remember them well-- I was about 8, I think.

Do you have a translated copy of that official location map from All That Weiss? I know two people who would love to see it (and I suspect there are many more in the wk community) ^^ I could offer a lousy translation but I've been a bit overwhelmed lately and don't feel like editing the map; I don't even have it scanned.
Williamgenkischuldich on 7th August 2011 12:40 (UTC)
No, I didn't see it. I was either in the town centre for the matsuri, at base camp, or down on the peninsula.

Firework festivals in Japan are on a different level to the ones back in Britain. Perhaps that's because we (used to?) have a large variety of medium-level ones available for private use compared to ordinary Japanese people.

I've been thinking about translating it for a while and, instead of scanning it, just mapping it onto Google maps. Interested?
balljointedomiballjointedomi on 7th August 2011 14:53 (UTC)
Interested? Sure :)
Kasrakasra_c on 7th August 2011 16:01 (UTC)
New Thundercats is awesome!

...and that's all I can say before the baby kicks the iPad off of the couch.
Williamgenkischuldich on 10th August 2011 09:03 (UTC)
It certainly is! I thought the first two eps were much stronger than ep 3, so I hope it doesn't go downhill from there. But I'm pleasantly surprised for now.
golden_bastetgolden_bastet on 7th August 2011 12:28 (UTC)
Someone on my flist posted "Tiger & Bunny - OMG ..." a few days back, and my first thought was, "Where's genkischuldich?".

But it sounds like you've been doing something a lot more interesting!
Williamgenkischuldich on 7th August 2011 12:43 (UTC)
I'm just about to watch it! Overall I found the episode that came directly after the one that the director said was 'so sad' was far more heart-wrenching, even if it was about an event that had already happened. Oh well. Let's see what ep18 is like...
Williamgenkischuldich on 7th August 2011 15:08 (UTC)
Saw it! Now I have to look back over my flist for the past eight days and find out which point was the OMG! moment. It could be plot-related, but I think it might be a certain moment between the two title characters. I wonder...
golden_bastetgolden_bastet on 9th August 2011 02:50 (UTC)
It took a couple of days, but I found it! And it's not flocked, so it's okay to give you the link: http://athena8.livejournal.com/434803.html.

But you guys are friends anyway ~


(BTW - I haven't been reading any of this so I don't know what's going on...)
Williamgenkischuldich on 10th August 2011 09:07 (UTC)
Then it won't make any sense when I say that the obvious bad guy was obvious, but the nice guy protagonist slapping another character was a real surprise. Thanks for the link and thanks for looking for it! I didn't read my flist while I was away (Electricity is in short supply up north!), so it's good to catch up.
willeke4439willeke4439 on 7th August 2011 14:08 (UTC)
Cool, will you be going to the floating lantern festival? Please take pictures when you do! I'm kinda sad that I can't make it to one while I'm here... u.u
Williamgenkischuldich on 7th August 2011 15:03 (UTC)
I've already been there and I got a few photos on my iPhone. I didn't take my big camera because it's kind of intrusive.