It's been awhile since I've updated this thing so I figured I could use this momment to introduce my awesome new car. It's a 87 Toyota Corolla that includes such features as three speed automatic transmission, five freaking doors and um, plastic spoiler thingy in the back. Well thats about it. Maybe one of these days I'll get around to writing a real entry.
After a year and a half, on March 8th I will finally be heading back to The States. I wish I could say I am filled with something other than relief. I'm not going to get into the details of why my time here in Japan hasen't been pleasent so instead I will will tell you the small things that I will miss when I leave.
1) Salmon filled Onigiri (rice shaped into a triangle and filled with salmon). 2) Chu-Hi (all flavors except lemon) 3) Not owning (and needing) a car. 4) Internet Cafes (It's like my own private 24 hour office filled with TV, movies, Internet, free drinks and videogames). 5) Late night entertainment (bowling, bars, clubs and break dancers under the train tracks and at the OCAT). 6) squatty pottys (Thet took awhile to get used to but now I can squat with the best of the drunken salary men). 7) Any resurant with all you can rice and pickles. 8) The Dagashi Bar (All you can eat old-timey candy). 9) Perfectly good TV's furniture and DVD players found in the trash. 10) Those drunk guys who sleep outside the train station with their pants around their ankles and wang hanging out (alright maybe that a stretch, though they are entertaining in a "I'm glad I'm not him" kind of way). 11) Medal games (hard to explain except it's a more entertaining way to throw away money than Pachiko). 12) Those little toys I can't seem to stop buying because I gotta collect them all (Damn you Pokemon based marketing system). 13) The QQ hundred yen store (They have the most catchy theme music of all time playing constantly). 14) Hanami season (One of my few regrets is that I'm going to miss the blooming of the Cherry Blossoms). 15) The Dontonburi area at night(Its like being in that movie Blade Runner with all the neon and seediness, though sadly no flying cars or androids working as exotic dancers).
That's all I can think of. I'm hoping my move will go relatively smoothly.
On a related note those of you who have been to Japan or are still here respond with what you miss or would miss about Japan. I'm curious, plus I'm absolutely pathetic about getting comments from other people.
I just figured out something that`s been driving me crazy for the longest time. How to turn off the caps lock on a Japanese computer. It would always happen when I was halfway through writing something, my hand would slip a little and I would turn it on leaving me to either to restart the computer or write holding the shift key down. The secret way of turning caps lock off, shift plus caps lock I can't help but have my overwhelming joy tempered by feelings of "why the hell the Japanese had to do this". Is it punishment for those who have bad typing form (like myself) or is there something more sinister at work. Well that's all for that rant. I'm not even going to get into the placement of the apostrophe on a Japanese keyboard.
a friend of mine recently introduced me to a web comic called Questionable Content by J. Jacques http://www.questionablecontent.net/ . The comic itself pretty good, though I find myself loving it and other comics like it for a different reason. The reason I like it so much is that if you look at the first issue and than all the subsequent ones you can see a the artist develop in his drawing style.
The changes from the 2nd issue to the 533rd issue
The characters facial features develop, the shading improves and the clothing and body's take on more form. I love being able to watch this change in a persons drawing style. This comic isn't the only example of this, though it's a good example of what you can do if you keep working at something.
It makes me nostalgic for the days when I dreamed of creating my own comics. Regretfully, I ended up stopping before I really even started. My rationale at the time was that I was wasting my time and that if continued my own lack of talent would have slapped me in the face. It's easy in retrospect to see why I stopped. Whats hard though is trying to figure out why I haven't started again. I know now that I don't need to create a masterpiece right off the bat. My abilities though amateur are at least as good as J. Jacques early stuff. Now I just need to brainstorm for ideas, which means I'll be drinking another cup of coffee or maybe I should just go to bed.