Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Dynasty Warriors Chibis ♥

They finally came in! My DW Chibi figurines that I pre-ordered on the KOEI website back in November. There are 12 in all and they're adorable!!

Here are some photos of my favorites:

Cute little Zhang He! Oooooh I love him ♥ Work those claws, baby!

Okay SSX is not a favorite anymore since they dolled her up and took her chakrams...but I had to put a girl up here.

OH YEAH GANGSTA GUAN YU!!! I know my brother will love this one.

Hehe, Dian Wei. He's far from a favorite, but I just can't get over the huge smile on his face as he wields a spiked ball and chain. ADORABLE.

I bought a second set for my brother, so I'll send that when I have time. Zhang He will have the privilege of keeping me company next to my computer ^__^

Sunday, January 25, 2009





昨日ギルガメッシュTOUR FINALチケットを買った!2枚...誰か連れて行こうか??

Friday, January 23, 2009


I'm still looking for a 5-string bass.

御茶ノ水でギター店がたくさんあるって聞いたからそこに行くことにした ^_^
Since I heard that Ochanomizu has a lot of guitar shops, I decided to go there.

でも思ってたより5弦ベースが高い >_<; 一番安いのは...49800円。
But they're more expensive than I thought...the cheapest one was about 49800 yen (over $500).

悪くないけど私は貧乏な学生なんだ ﹆﹆ 一つのは36000円ぐらいでムラサキのような色だ。面白い色ねー買おうかなぁ〜
That's not bad at all, but I'm a poor college of the 5-string basses was about 36000 yen and an interesting purple color. I wonder if I should buy that one...

Then I went to Akiba. I'm so lucky~

At this bookstore called "BOOK-OFF" I found 2 magazines with HYDE and Laruku on the cover!

On top of that, they still had the huge posters with them!

とても安くて、一冊は100円だった!嬉しい ^▽^
They were really cheap, 100 yen each!

そして池袋のCloset Childに行った。ビジュアル系とかLolitaとかパンクなどの商品ある。私の好きな店♥
Next I went to Closet Child in Ikebukuro. They have visual kei, lolita, and punk stuff. I like that store♥

古いラルクのアルバム「ray」とTETSU69のシングル「蜃気楼」買った。 安かったね!
I bought Laruku's "ray" album and tetsu's "Shinkirou" album, back when he was still called TETSU69. They were cheap!

The single still has the T-shirt with it!

確かに珍しい物だ。eBayで32ドル...Closet Childで880円だった ^__^
Certainly it's a rare item. On eBay I found it for $32...but at Closet Child I bought it for 880 yen!

Before I went home, I went to BOOK-OFF in Nerima. When I saw this I was surprised:

The Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Artbook set!

It was only 1000 yen! Great★

Wednesday, January 21, 2009








日本は高いね (ーー;)


Note: Not a direct translation.

"5-string Bass Guitar Hunting"

I went to Shinjuku yesterday♫

There's a shop there called ROCK-INN★

Finding the store was difficult! At first I ended up going in the opposite direction... (>_<)>

While I was trying to look at a map, this old guy standing next to it asked me, "What are you looking for?" Thanks to him I found the shop \(*^▽^*)

But the bass guitars are too expensive (T_T) Especially the 5-strings! I don't want to spend over 40,000 yen on a bass.

On top of that I want to go to a salon to get my hair straightened, and in February I plan to go to the host club again ヽ(´ー`)┌

Japan is so expensive (ーー;)

Friday, January 16, 2009

A slice of the nightlife in Kabukicho

So...ever heard of a host club?

That's where I went last Tuesday near the end of winter break. As I mentioned a while ago, hosts and host clubs were the focus of my research paper for my Japanese Society class. My plan was to walk around Kabukicho and observe some hosts, and maybe interview some former hosts to find out what they thought about this kind of work.

Here's the basic idea of what a host club is: A place where young gentlemen are paid to cater to women. Here's a wiki article about host clubs if you want some more details.

So what was I doing here? Research, of course. My interview fell through so I decided at the last minute that I had to do I actually went to a host club, thanks to a friend I met a few weeks earlier. I wanted to find out why a lot of women get hooked on hosts and host clubs, knowing that the affection and love they are given is, for the most part, fake. In addition, host clubs are VERY expensive. Spending thousands of dollars in one night is not unusual here. (Before anyone starts to get concerned, I only spent 3000 yen--a little over $30--that night. This was the fee for first-time customers.)

I met several hosts that night, talking about being an exchange student, my hobbies, etc. I was kinda of nervous (okay, REALLY nervous) because I was in a room with a lot of attractive, older guys, trying to communicate with my bad speaking skills. But they were really patient with me, and very kind. I thought they would be more forward and perhaps a bit seductive, but that wasn't the case at all; they were friendly and funny.

At the end of the night, I was asked if I had chosen a host. It was difficult at first because I didn't feel enthusiastic about any of them, until I met the last host. I won't mention his name (some of you might know it already) but he was pretty cool. He was really interested when I told him I play bass guitar, and when I told him that I liked Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (I said the Japanese title, 逆転裁判, of course), he was surprised. Apparently he likes the game too ^_^. He's 19 years old, and even though I JUST turned 20 a little over a month ago, I still think it's cute that he's younger ♥

I didn't plan on choosing a host, or even going to the club again, but I'm curious, I admit. (Curiosity kills the cat, I guess...but I'm a ninja cat.) The common idea is that host clubs are dangerous...all the articles, documentaries, interviews...they always tell you the extremes: Spending $10,000 on a bottle of champagne, customers asking for sex from their hosts, women going into debt and working in the sex industry to pay it off, etc.

But I want to know, is it ALWAYS like this? Isn't it dangerous only if a customer ends up falling in love with her host, or if she becomes jealous that another customer is getting more attention, or if she's basically not keeping count of how much she's spending? The most important thing is that a woman must remember that her 'relationship' with a host is a game. Anything that her host says to her can't be treated as truth so easily.

Every time I write about this experience, I feel the need to defend myself from people's judgment. But my reason for entering the world of host clubs is much different. I will not explain how it is different, but I will say that it has nothing to do with deep emotional fulfillment, in terms of romance and that kind of thing. It's very hard to describe; I think most people just won't understand or won't believe me.

I just want to figure out if host clubs are always as they are described in the media. You know how the media likes to manipulate, exaggerate, and dramatize everything.

The semester is over for me!

I'm so relieved...this week was killing me! I had four papers to write in one week, and on top of that I had a Japanese exam every single day. At times I wasn't sure if I was gonna make it.

But I did! I'm done with my classes now.

Now, as promised, I'll talk about Peace & Smile Carnival, my second concert during the break.

I decided this time that I should arrive there early again, knowing they'd have concert goods. Fortunately, the line moved MUCH faster than it did for JACK IN THE BOX. I even had an extra hour to idle around until the concert. I actually had a hard time deciding what to buy, because the items weren't all that great to me. Kinda disappointing, really. But I did buy a 'METAL BEAUTY' shopping bag from the GazettE's booth, two straps from the Kagrra and alice nine booths, and a P&SC T-shirt. It turns out they were running out of shirts, because when I asked for one they just gave me the one that was displayed.

The concert opened up with SUG and Screw, two of the indie bands. They were both okay--I liked Screw better--but after listening carefully, I think they weren't *actually* was loud music playing and they were just...what do you call it when it's not lip-synching? Anyway, I'm pretty sure I was right because when Kagrra played, the balance of sound changed...there were more dynamics, everything was louder, etc.

I loved Kagrra and Kra, by the way. They are AWESOME. alice nine. I had to admit was a bit disappointing, but I liked the light show during their performance. And the've never headbanged so much in my life. They are one of my absolute favorite bands. I think most of the people were at the concert to see them.

Miyavi was pretty cool, but it seemed a little awkward having the concert shift from hard rock to...well, Miyavi. He's not just rock, or just pop, he mixes various genres...but the breakdancing and stuff...totally opposite of the GazettE.

The concert was a lot of fun though, I'm very glad I went, because a 10th anniversary is only once, right? This concert was very special. Now if I can just afford to buy the DVD...

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Blogging Hiatus

I will be on blogging hiatus until the semester is over, probably after January 16th. I have much to talk about, including my second J-Rock concert and my visit to...*silence*

Friday, January 2, 2009

More Food

I forgot to post the rest of my pictures of food:

Fried chicken, MMMMMM

Chicken doria mixed with vegetables

My Christmas breakfast--French toast, chicken pattie, hash brown and scrambled egg

"Fried chicken-flavored" what??


I was at the 100 yen shop (it's become a very important part of my life) when I saw it.

Fried-chicken flavor.

I squinted my eyes in confusion. And then I grabbed a bag for myself.

When I opened the bag, it reeked of a very familiar smell...chicken-flavored ramen soup stock.

That's pretty much all it is. Put it on a Dorito and there you have it.

In other food news, I never mentioned before that there's a Wendy's in Sunshine City. Kenisha and I went there today, and a few days before that we went to Burger King. It's always nice to have some fattening American fast food...well, at least for me, since I don't gain weight from it, hehe. And it's certainly not an everyday thing for me.

We also hit the arcades was a pretty good night. I got a cute little duck...keychain thing (don't feel like looking to see what it is), and then I got two Kutsushita Nyanko keychains in a single grab. Then I played that candy machine more Calpis candy this time, I went for the stack of chewing gum. I knocked it down in one try! I won't have to buy chewing gum for a looong time.

And since I'm on a food theme, here's some photos of what I've been cooking over the past few weeks:

Beef and spinach okonomiyaki

Quick meal--chicken tenders, rice and creamy crab korokke

Bulgogi, rice, and fried tofu

Beef and spinach crepe with rice

Bored with my chicken: breasts cut into strips and then braided/ground/woven into shapes, with a salad on the side

Lately I've been very lazy when it comes to cooking, but as soon as I recover from this cold I hope to be on my normal diet. I've been sick since New Year's Eve, drinking green tea, miso soup, and that delicious hot lemonade with honey.

Peace and Smile Carnival tomorrow! Part two of my double-concert feature...though I'm still recovering from last week's JACK IN THE BOX 2008...