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13 November 2007 @ 08:39 pm
Days of parties and plays and friends new&old, prospected travel, and the future...?  
Hello, my name is Jamie, and I'm tired! Where has the lovely energy of my youth gone? Wait, I'm only in my mid-20s!! LOL, okay, it might have something to do with my activity/sleep/work schedule the last half a week, I guess...

Well, my friend Greg is back in town and organized a HUGE birthday party on Saturday evening. All great!! I went with A-chan (whom I spent the earlier day with in karaoke) and Sompra, who are both mutual friends. It was sooooo big! I knew a handful of the people already, but there were more than 30 people! Hehee, we went to a really gorgeous izakaya in Harajuku and enjoyed ourselves silly until about 1 am! Then Sompra and I had to run and catch the last train while other people either departed or headed to a nightclub to party all night long! Oh man, nightclubs aren't my thing (or all-nighters), so I declined that. But otherwise it was a GREAT time!! I had so much fun!! I can't really sleep well when it's light out, so I didn't sleep in too much the next morning. I made a few great new friends, and talked to a lot of people that I didn't know too well yet! Lots of emails to send....

By the way, in the top picture... I curled my hair! Well.... tried. See how uncurled it is? That was after 10 minutes (and yes I had product, and I used a hot curling iron). By the time I was outside for 1 minute, it was gone. ;_; My hair doesn't curl. I really wish it would, but it's never been able to hold a curl.

Then the next day, I went off with A-chan and M-chan to Shimokitazawa to see my friend Nana's play, Poem! It was soooo hilarious! It definitely takes the cake-- it was by far the funniest play that I've ever seen in Japan! My favorite skit was the one involving some strange yokai-like internet/telephone installers calling on a poor innocent girl and her guy friend while she moves into a new apartment. And of course the "Long Big" and the Superman scene!! Oh maaaan, if it was still going on here, I would recommend that all of my local friends go see it!! The Tokyo shows ended Monday, but there will be Osaka shows, so if you live near there and want to see something funny, GOGOGO!! And look for my dear Nana as lead female. =D Afterwards, we went to drink/eat with the cast, and it was really nice catching up with Nana, since it's been a long time! Nana's so busy now. I had a lot of fun, and ran for the last train with one of my new friends. More emails to write! So much fun, but oh maaaaan, I didn't get home until almost 2 am when I had to get up at 6 for work the next day! (and take a shower too!) I managed it, but I basically wandered through the day in a fog and had to keep myself awake during the meeting after work. Somehow I did it though, and beat an early bed last night after a very very very thorough cleaning of my hair (ewwwww smoke smell!!). Work today, and then tomorrow I finally have off! I feel like I should reward myself for not dying or making a fool of myself at work, lol. But money is TIGHT for December trip reasons, so I won't. ^.^

Is it sad when you have so many emails to write that it feels like a chore? ^_^;; I'll get to them, soon!! Er, eventually.. aah! Tomorrow I'm going to finally get to some art things that I need to do (and those helping me will finally get emails ^^; gomen!), and spend a little bit of time in cheap karaoke with Elin. It should be quite relaxing, I hope. I really need it. ^^

Other:
1. Got (expensive) tickets to Tenimyu for the 14th with Erin's help. ^^
2. I reserved my (also expensive) plane tickets to China!! I fly from Tokyo to Beijing on Dec 15th, and return on the 29th. When I transfer the money to pay this Friday, I'm going to have to be really careful with the rest because I'll need spending money in China too..
3. I am going to Erin's on Friday morning to pick up her kerosene heater that she doesn't need! I'm so excited! I can start using my tatami room once it's not freezing cold!! ♥
4. Before that, I have to go to the Chinese embassy to apply for a (n expensive) tourist visa. I didn't know about that until today! Oh my, why does it cost ¥12,000 yen for Americans, but just ¥3,000 yen for everyone else? That's not fair. Oh the prices we pay for our birthrites, I guess. I'm going to apply for a year-long one because it's the same price, and hopefully go again to a different part of the country next year.
5. Next week is Thaaaaanksgiiiiiiiviiiiinggggg!!! YUMMY YUMMY YUMMMY we have reservations to Checker's in the Shinjuku Hilton. OMG I miss Turkey ♥♥♥ If anyone wants to come, let me know because we can change our reservation number up until the day before. It's almost ¥5,000 though, so be prepared. But.. thanksgiving buffet!!  ♥♥♥
6. I've lost 2 of the 10 kilos of my goal. Go me go me go me! YAY!
7. Friday afternoon going to costco. Mmmm pumpkin pie, please be mine!!
8. This weekend: on Saturday going to the Tokyo International Design Festa, and on Sunday going to Kappa-dera. I'd better find location info on it! ^^ (Hmmm looks like it's near Ueno!)
9. My new favorite karaoke songs are "Daybreak's Bell" by L'arc~en~Ciel (new Gundam op) and "Lady Love" by Rize (Shion no Ou op). I hope they get "Rettsu! Ohime-sama dakko" from Kodomo no Jikan soon!
10. Does anyone have any recommendations for what to see in Bejing? I'm hoping to take a trip to the Great Wall, and definitely am going to visit Xi-an to see the clay soldiers. What else is a not-miss?? (especially if it's in Bejing itself!)
 
 
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cryduchatcryduchat on November 13th, 2007 02:29 pm (UTC)
WOW! Have a fantastic time in China! It is so neat there, and luckily inexpensive!
now_showing on November 13th, 2007 03:05 pm (UTC)
You're making my stomach churn. I'm sitting in a cold, smelly dorm room typing three essays for class. And here you are with all these cool pictures and stories...I want to attack you with a wok.

I WANNA ENJOY MYSELF SILLY.

V__V

and you're also going to China.
That's it...
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on November 13th, 2007 09:55 pm (UTC)
I've been there, trust me. I went to college, did the hard work (though it wasn't cold and smelly-yay for Arizona!) too. ^^ I actually really enjoyed college, though. Don't worry, you'll have fun if you make ways for yourself too, and college will be over soon enough! ^^
now_showing on November 14th, 2007 12:18 am (UTC)
^___^ thanks for the perk up.

what was your major in college?

my fun stopped after my sophomore year. V____V i kept postponing my hard classes until i realized i couldn't anymore. lol.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on November 14th, 2007 12:43 am (UTC)
My major's title was "Media Arts & Animation." ^^

Heh... but hard work is really rewarding when you get a good result, isn't it? I got tired from all of the work that I had to do in my more boring classes (not difficult.. my school was really easy, but there was a LOT of work), but when I came out with a really cool end result, I was always pretty proud. ^_^ Don't you get the same thing?
now_showing on November 14th, 2007 02:51 am (UTC)
^___-

you're so positive. thanks for that. yeah, the end result can be a great boost, but most of the time by the end of the week i'm so pooped that i don't realize that i should be happy about it.

but you're great! thanks! have so much fun exploring asia!
chibichan03 on November 13th, 2007 07:30 pm (UTC)
Wow, you have been busy lately. I wish I was over there! Sounds soo much better then college life. *hopes she gets an interview for the JET Porgram*
Have fun in China!!
rainoflostrainoflost on November 13th, 2007 09:12 pm (UTC)
China!
Places to visit: Forbidden City, Great Wall, Summer Palace, Hou Hai, Laoshe Tea House (Qianmen West Street NO.3), places like that? I've never been, but I did some research for you. I can ask my best friend who recently stayed in China for a month in Beijing and see what she has to say!
rainoflostrainoflost on November 14th, 2007 01:01 am (UTC)
Re: China!
Here is what my friend said: Hey. There is the Forbidden City, The Summer Palace, The Jade Factory, The Themple of Heaven, Beihai Park, the zoo, The Lama Temple, the Confussious Temple, The Beijjing opera is good, Tianemen Square, the History Musem, wanfujing Street (a shopping strip -its famous), the Artistic Manor (a smaller shopping place), the Ming Tomb, and Jingshan park. Those are all the places I could find in my journal that we went to. I hope these help. If she wants to know anything in particular or just wants to talk about China I'll be happy to talk with her about it. ^^

She has a Gaia account if you're interested in chatting with her about it. She's an artist just like you and myself and she's more than happy to help.
chosai_chanchosai_chan on November 13th, 2007 09:22 pm (UTC)
the summer palace is a beautiful place.

but you just HAVE to visit a Beijing Olympic 2008 merchandise store! they have the cutest things! trust me.. they're only available in Beijing and i'm now regretting that i didn't buy enough. make sure they're authentic though; only buy those things at an official store.

have a nice trip though!

and btw, be careful of pickpockets. china is notorious for them. my mom and i both got pickpocketed within a matter of days. they say that only non- Chinese get pickpocketed, but that's obviously not true, considering how i'm Chinese and i still got robbed of a good 200 yuan. locals also get pickpocketed too.. so just be careful! getting your cash stolen can REALLY ruin your day...

... in the end, i began putting the cash in my shoes and i filled my pockets with candy wrappers and other trash. needless to say, by the end of the day, the pickpocketers had helped me take the trash out of my pockets ^O^.

anyways, though, have a nice trip! =D~~~ china is a great place to travel to, and now that the olympics are just right around the corner, beijing has buffed up its security, making it more safe for tourists. ^O^!
Emilyludicmelody on November 13th, 2007 09:48 pm (UTC)
Oh, your life sound so interesting~
Uh. There's a costco in Japan? o.O;

andandand! if you're going to Beijing~ I suggest you go see the forbidden palace. It's really pretty there~! Uh. except, I'm hoping renovations would be done or something, because when I went last year, there was one side of the palace that was under repair. =/
[hikari]x_hikari on November 13th, 2007 10:37 pm (UTC)
Well other must go tos for Beijing other than the great wall would be the Forbidden city, The summer Palace, Tiananmen Square, there is also the ruins of the old Summer Palace which I think is really cool.
Temple of Heaven, Temple of Azure Clouds, White Cloud Temple, The Beijing Botanical Garden (although there probably isn't much to see there at that time)
There are also jade museums and if you have time, a quick visit to a chinese tea houses is worth it.

Also I would suggest a messenger bag so you can keep it in front of you, that way it's a lot harder for pick pockets to slice open your bag.

<3<3<3

Sherrysherryillk on November 14th, 2007 12:07 am (UTC)
Remember to bring lots of water with you when going to the Great Wall and to be very careful. The steps are very steep at times and sometimes irregularly so.

And Beihai Park is an awesome place to visit. It's huge and very beautiful. And Lugou Bridge is pretty big historically too. I just liked the lions on it myself...
katesugarfairy: bebopkatesugarfairy on November 14th, 2007 12:16 am (UTC)
Oh "Communist" China!
I hear you on the visa thing- I have to get one myself.
I will be in China over Christmas this year as well!
It was cheaper to fly into Shanghai... maybe that is just for Kyushu airports... plus I get to see Shanghai as well!
Anyway, I suppose when you think of all the stuff others have to do to get into the US, it all evens out. I try to keep telling myself that so I don't get mad and not want to go to China...
As for Beijing- there are MANY places to see!
http://jetholidayinfo.pbwiki.com/China
and
http://www.travel.com.hk/china/beijing/attract.htm#beihaipark
should be a good start for planning.
I am also going to make a side trip to Xi'an.

Have fun in China!
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on November 30th, 2007 04:51 pm (UTC)
Re: Oh "Communist" China!
That's so awesome!!! Will you have free time? Maybe we can meet up? (I really want to go to Shaolin, are you interested?)
katesugarfairy: penguinskatesugarfairy on December 1st, 2007 01:09 am (UTC)
Re: Oh "Communist" China!
if you want-

My buddies and I have no real plans, except we will be in Beijing for the majority of the time. Lots of things to see, but not anything like "Day 1 ~~"

We will be going to Xian for sure before heading to Shanghai near the end of the trip.

That would be cool to meet up- I think the last time I saw you was when I studied abroad in Tokyo in 2005...

And now I am off to Fukuoka to take my JLPT tomorrow...
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on December 2nd, 2007 01:05 am (UTC)
Re: Oh "Communist" China!
Awesome! ^__^ What dates will you be there? I'm pretty nervous since I'm going alone. I'll be staying in Beijing with a friend, but he will have to work some of the time and I'll be alone. And there are some things that I think are best in a group, like the Amusement park. ^^

Wow, what a long time ago.. When did we meet, can you remember?
katesugarfairy: bebopkatesugarfairy on December 3rd, 2007 01:03 am (UTC)
Re: Oh "Communist" China!
I am flying into Shanghai on the 23nd. Night train (for less than $20!) to get up to Beijing on the 24th.
So I will be in Beijing for the nights of the 24th-27th- On that night, we will night train it to Xi'an. After spending the day in Xi'an my group will be heading back to Shanghai for a few days there before we head back to Japan on the 30th.

We should SO get together! I LOVE Amusement Parks!

I think we met up for the Golden Week Comic City weekend. I think you were with the group with Youkofujima that ran around Shinjuku for a time... I could be wrong... I met a lot of people up there and did many random anime related weekend trips... I have the credit card bills to prove it ;)

if you want to email me my email is katesugarfairy@hotmail.com

C L O V E Ridyllica on November 14th, 2007 12:20 am (UTC)
Have a fantastic time in China! :) I really hope you have fun.

My hair doesn't curl either. I wish it does, kind of you know? Bah. Oh well. I love the pictures!
waremonowaremono on November 14th, 2007 01:54 am (UTC)
It sounds like you had a lot of fun this weekend! No wonder you're tired, though - that was a lot of activity! Good luck with the e-mails. ^_^

Congratulations on the TeniMyu tickets. The way people talk about it, getting them sounds like such a harrowing ordeal!!

Wow, that's pretty steep for a visa, compared to what others have to pay! Still, I'm sure it's worth it, especially if you end up using it again. I hope you have a great time while you're in China!
百加☆nitaspitas on November 14th, 2007 02:00 am (UTC)
Sounds like you're doing well! My hair doesn't curl either, but I recently splurged on a perm and got a slight wave, so if I sleep on it right when my hair is wet, I wake up with some curls sometimes ^^;

It's been so long since I've hung out with Americans, I totally forgot about Thanksgiving! *wants pumpkin pie, too...*

hope you're staying warm! <333
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on November 15th, 2007 06:47 am (UTC)
How much did your perm cost? I should do something like that too.... I'm a little afraid of damaging my hair even more, though.... It:s already so damaged! Did it hurt yours at all?

I forget how close you are... are you close enough to come into the city for dinner? It would be so much fun!
百加☆nitaspitas on November 17th, 2007 05:16 am (UTC)
My perm was 4200 yen. I hadn't done anything to my hair other than cut it since I was like 5, so yeah, my hair is a little crunchier than it used to be ^^; but it's not too bad. I use a treatment on it once a week.

Unfortunately, I'm a $300 shinkansen ride away :( I wish I could go and have dinner with you~
Llyn_lyn on November 14th, 2007 02:00 pm (UTC)
hello! it's been forever, but I just thought I'd stop by and leave you a message (and to let you know that you are beautiful - i love your hair!!)
Things seem to be going great for you - glad to know!
xoxo
L
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on November 15th, 2007 06:47 am (UTC)
Awww, thank you! ^-^ Wow, it HAS been a long time!! How are things going for you? We should catch up!
Llyn_lyn on November 15th, 2007 07:24 pm (UTC)
For sure!
Things are lovely, in fact. Newly graduated, engaged and almost a homeowner.
My AIM is lynzietron.
xoxo
(Anonymous) on November 15th, 2007 05:05 pm (UTC)
wow!
go to china?
so... maybe you don't have time to see me
til come back to japan...(´・ω・)<...sad...
HoPe you Enjoy in China! Eat ducks! hehe(^_^)
Maako