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22 March 2008 @ 02:44 am
A little bit of detective work~!! Kazuo Umezu's crazy house!  
I've been so busy this week!! It started off with Eda coming over last weekend to work on our doujinshis in my studio (I love saying that!!). We work well together, and although we're working on seperate books, it's really easy to keep motivated when she comes over. We've both been getting a lot done! (She is doing a Tieria/Allelujah Gundam 00 book and I am doing a Rin/Kuro/Reiji KoJikan book)

Sarah came over on Sunday morning, and then Nita on Monday morning, and I had a great time catching up with both of them!! ^O^ It was really the first time that I've had a lot of time to spend with them when they've come over-- it always seems like I'm off to do this or that, and really, the free time was very welcome this time! ^O^ Well anyways, on Sunday, I went off to the St. Patrick's Day parade in Harajuku, which is supposedly one of the largest in the world, but actually quite small and really unimpressive. So I headed out to walk around the area and to the Stars of Ireland event (rather unimpressive). Did you know that I really love St. Patty's day? Maybe it's because I really have a love-affair with Irish folklore (fairies=real), or because I love pinching people who don't wear green, I'm not sure. Then on Monday night, Sarah, Nita, and I went off to see Tokyo Tower turn green for St. Patrick's day... which didn't happen! ToT What?? I'm so confused, I know that I had seen it in the news, but yet nada. ._.So we made the long trip into the TTower area for nothing. Sarah barely made it in time for her bus back to Kansai. ;_;

On Tuesday, I spent the day with Ami, in the park drawing. It was a really relaxing afternoon, and long overdue. ^____^

On Wednesday, Nita and I went to Jackson's Hole-- the real location from the Nana manga!! It's not too far from this side of Tokyo, and looked exactly like it does in the manga!! :O On top of that, it was delicious!! Mmmm, I definitely want to go back! My only gripe was that it was wonderful until some girl lit up and turned it into a stifling smoke-box. x.x It was really so nice until then, and if it wasn't for that I would highly recommend it! Afterwards, we went to karaoke with Kat, and it was a GREAT night. =D

That night, I went on a detective mission, so to speak. I'ts been all over the news that the really famous manga artist, Umezu Kazuo has built a really crazy home in Musashino-shi. Which just happens to be the part of the city that I live in!! =D Of course, the address isn't published online anywhere, but I used landmarks from the video and some clever (if I do say so myself! =D) sleuthing to find the location on Google satellite maps. So on Wednesday morning, Nita and I headed out on foot to see it and take pictures!! =D It was obvious that nobody is living there at the moment, but it was still pretty creepy!! XD;; It was one of the coolest houses that I've ever seen, definitely the coolest ones in Japan! Crazy, ne!!

Well, it's late so I've got to get in some sleep.. there is much more to say, though not related to the above! But that will be tomorrow if I can, and for now-- pictures!!! =D

Some interesting sakura mochi that we devoured last weekend.. What do you think they look like? I kind of think they look like alien babies or something... But they were good!

The St. Patrick's Day parade in Harajuku:
Of course there is beer, lol!

While I was walking around alone in Omote-sando, I saw this building from a distance...! So of course, I went to investigate! =D

It turned out that it was a chapel for weddings! XD;;

With the moooooon~ =D

A random cool-looking building =D

I really love to see cranes, for some reason... Maybe it has to do with my dad being in this buisness when I was a kid..

More pretty buildings =D

Downtown~~ =D

I borrowed Melissa's shirt--- omg it's so cute!! I really, really love this shirt! *needs one* It's in that hippy style that I really adore (though I don't own much of.. good thing that it's coming into style this year!) I don't really own much that's green, and I'm surprised that it looks good on me. ^^

Tokyo Tower.. =d

Though it's better this way! (not real..)

In the park with Ami, she was feeding the ducks~~

Creepy red eyes are really common here! O.O;;

This display... is entirely products to bleach your skin (make it more white).... Um, does anyone else see anything wrong with this? ^^;;;

For the ladies with moustaches-- face razors! I'm surprised though, that there doesn't seem to be any facial-hair bleach. Considering the number of young girl children that I see with moustaches, you'd think that it would be a common product... o.o;; I guess they all shave???

Jackson's Hole!! It's exactly like in the Nana manga!!!

Nita enjoying the atmosphere =D

Nita and Kat in karaoke. =D We must do it again!! My voice went hoarse after that.. ^^;


Although it was pouring down rain, we hunted down the house---!! It was easy to spot once we were in the right area--!

Isn't the tower awesome! =D =D =D According to the news, the residents have been complaining that it's too much like a face. =D;; (pouuuuuuring rain! XD;;)

I was even wearing stripes underneath, too! But it was a cold, rainy day. XD;;

I can't see why this neighbor would complain, considering that their house is a lot more gaudy. ^^;;;

The other houses in the neighborhood are so normal though. =D;;

Current Location: my room
akibareakibare on March 21st, 2008 06:00 pm (UTC)
"Wyoming Cafe"? Hahahaha.

I've never read that comic but I've been to Wyoming (just this past week, went to Wyoming in fact) and I was thinking "wait, isn't Jackson Hole, like, the city in Wyoming?" So seeing the little sign, ah, okay, yeah :)

There are a lot of refineries in Wyoming. Also lots of freight train traffic (Union Pacific), and Halliburton trucks on the Interstate... and pronghorns. Plus snow fences, and giant windmills.

To me the sakura mochi kinda look like... b00b implants. For some reason my dad had a silicone one some friend gave him, used as a paperweight, and it was sorta jellylike in that way.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on March 22nd, 2008 04:37 am (UTC)
They do look like silicone implants!! XDXDXD

You're missing out-- Nana is a really great comic, and it's available in english too! ^^ I highly recommend it.
akibareakibare on March 23rd, 2008 03:31 am (UTC)
It's a good time to find that out, as I'm due for an amazon order Real Soon Now. So, I'll have to get some issues.

Peeve: News Friday had 99 yen to the dollar? Dang. Makes my book shopping more expensive (seeing as I earn only USD). At least the leftover J cash money in the candy tin waiting for next vacation is appreciating, I guess :)
Britin Anne McCarthybritin on March 21st, 2008 06:43 pm (UTC)
I absolutely love the picture where the building has like a glass tube of windows. As I scroll down when viewing it my vision messed with me and it was like the building was popping out of the page. So cool!
Anguilaelectragretchen on March 21st, 2008 06:52 pm (UTC)
Like the architecture student i am, i can review my thoughts about the mangaka's house with a "wth!! O_o"
akibareakibare on March 23rd, 2008 03:33 am (UTC)

When I was in junior high I lived near a triangle-shaped house - that was the space left on the land, someone bought it, and made a house. We didn't know them, but I always wondered what it'd be like to have weird acute angles in the rooms.

Anguilaelectragretchen on March 24th, 2008 12:48 am (UTC)
Is because we're used to the box shaped house, maybe it was really cool inside : O
If you want to see some great design of buildings with a lot of shapes I recommend you this page: http://www.fosterandpartners.com/Practice/Default.aspx

Be Happy~ :)
Pure Trancepure_trance on March 21st, 2008 07:21 pm (UTC)
I want to try that Mochi so bad...
Christina: Me / Glock 22.totenkopf on March 21st, 2008 08:08 pm (UTC)
Nice pictures! Sakura mochi looks really good too~ :D
HIKIKOMORI HIME: princess crownedverbminx on March 21st, 2008 08:28 pm (UTC)
I don't suppose I ever stopped to think that there might be St Patrick's Day stuff going on in Tokyo. (I suppose that's what I get for doing a totally late article on Hinamatsuri: put it up two days late, and nobody will read your article. OK, like 50 people total. Fail.)

That house is awesome but must have been ruinously expensive to build. I like all the round things!

I only ever see those face razors in two places: Asian markets, and stores that sell fake hair. I'm told that they're really good for shaping if you have heavy eyebrows, though.

All the pics of Jackson Hole are making me want a burger! (and maybe to be served by really cute sassy waiters?)
Mewgokumew2 on March 21st, 2008 10:06 pm (UTC)
Great pictures! Man, I really wanna go back. .T_T
キモさ満々♡ 미친 외국인dilettantka on March 21st, 2008 10:20 pm (UTC)
The wagashi is called "(sakura) kudzu-mochi" to be exact. :) That's the root veg they use to make the clear ALIEN PLASMA jelly.
(Anonymous) on March 22nd, 2008 02:02 am (UTC)
that's just too cool that you found the house through detective work. does umezu san actually live there?
Linstarrbeam on March 22nd, 2008 05:30 am (UTC)
wonderful pictures as usual. They so should have made the tower green :D
©oaster_ninjacoaster_ninja on March 22nd, 2008 11:19 am (UTC)
omg you live in tokyo? lucky! sorry, i'm a new reader, i don't know much about you yet.

i want to taste baby aliens now.
chibicerebuschibicerebus on March 22nd, 2008 11:26 pm (UTC)
Sakura mochi~ Yum! I want to try them.
They look like alien eggs, maybe little cute pokemon type
aliens pop out of them. XD

That cathedral wow I had no idea they had such a intricate fancy
one in Japan and that crazy house I love the tower's face.
I love unique architecture. There was a show on TV that showcased
nothing but unique homes like that around the USA. I loved it.

Face razors for girls? Yikes, do they really have that much fascial hair?
I thought that's only older women yet after menopause.
+: piggybabymoss on March 23rd, 2008 12:07 am (UTC)
yes alien babies XD

I love the green tower! and the house is really cool too ;o)
Naveed: Renji its badasshitokiri_naveed on March 23rd, 2008 05:42 am (UTC)
Wow! Japanese guys in kilts and playing bagpipes! I had no idea they celebrated St. Patties Day! Go Irish! And they wanna be as white as an Irish person apparently. Trust me, as an Irish person I know they don't want this translucent skin. Maybe, if I move to Japan I will be a great star because of my blinding white skin. XDDD They'll have to wear sunglasses to see me.
autumnaldaveautumnaldave on March 23rd, 2008 02:14 pm (UTC)
alright detective hinoai...

could you do me a favor... could you hunt down the house from juon?

the picures of the parade, urban enviormens, and the one shot of the 2 ducks, my personal fav, were really nice... you do have a great eye for photography.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on March 23rd, 2008 02:32 pm (UTC)
Which version do you mean-- the American or the Japanese version? Are you sure that they used a real house, and not just a studio? ^^ If it really is real, then as long as I have some kind of reference point to start from (at least what district it's in and pictures showing the surrounding area), then I can probably find it! ^.^

I am still trying to find the house that theoretically Fatal Frame was based on, and I think I'm close. =D
autumnaldaveautumnaldave on March 23rd, 2008 11:42 pm (UTC)
if you find the house that the frame was based off of... get a vintage camera... and take some obscura shots... see how many points you can get... I love the frame... 1 was good, two was the best, and three was nostalgic, way harder, and intesting... tho the male character has little character depth.

I'd LOVE to see them...

as for the juon house...
it's supposed to be in nerima according to mother internet...

and ranma and urusei are based in nerima according to wiki... I remember seeing a urusei doujin in one of your previous posts... so theres more to look for than previously thought...

you wouldn't have seen this a few months ago would you?


I'm looking for a photoshoot that someone did of an closed abandoned amusement park by teluca lake... (no kidding) It was incredible.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on March 24th, 2008 03:51 am (UTC)
You've got me really intrigued, now!!! =D =D =D
I think that I found the address of the house that's used in Jo-On (though not sure yet). I need to rewatch it (it's been more than 5 years since I've seen it, I think). It seems to be a house that's often used for filming tv dramas and things like that, so I doubt I'd be able to go inside, but it could still be a lot of fun. I'll see if I can find it~~

Actually, next week I think my friends are going to see the place that Sailor Moon was based off of. I'm going to tag along if I can-- so exciting!!

Do you have any information about the photoshoot? I'd like to see it too, I love abandoned places!! ^o^ If you find any information really, about anime places (especially real-life Ranma, etc), let me know? I will look them up and check them out! ^.^
deborahwistariafever on April 22nd, 2008 08:14 am (UTC)
haha in asia it's considered ideal beauty to be fair and 'white', there are tons of facial whitening creams on ads and in the shops.
but ive never heard of facial shavers for women!!!

and that mangaka's house is soo freaking cute! XD
(Anonymous) on May 1st, 2008 02:01 pm (UTC)
Jackson Hole
Hi my name is Nick and me and my girlfriend are until tuesday in tokyo on vacancy (normally reciding in kansai area) so we wanted finally to go to check out the jackson hole from our favorite shojo manga ;)

Well anyway, i wanted to ask where exactly it is, cause i found a location on a japanese page which said, it wouldnt be exactly in the place in tokyo but in a city called 調布市,which u can go to by keio sen from shinjuku station. i just wanted to ask if you could confirm or tell us the adress if otherwise.

i'd be greatful of help, thanks a lot,

Nick =)

my mail is orewabakajanai@hotmail.co.jp =)