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02 March 2009 @ 12:35 am
Candied orange days~~ ^-~  
LOL, picture courtesy of the lovely M-ko. ^.~ Somehow, we accidentally ended up at some kind of a festival, and I couldn't resist the candied mandarin oranges on a stick. XD (not very good!)

I've been so busy recently... and I discovered something about myself-- I love it!! I love being busy! Sure, I need a little bit of down time in the end, but I love having things to do! I love being called on, being needed (lol), and just in general not having a lot of idle time where I just sit around. It makes me really, really want to get into acting, actually. I wonder if it's at all possible. I mean, acting in dramas, not just as myself. But then again, being myself is like an exension of the truth. I might be getting off track here...

I got out of the studio a few days ago and it's been nonstop since then! On Thursday night, I solicited Eda's help to haul huge boxes of chocolates home (it helps working on an ikkemen manga, I tell you!), and to my utter happiness, was able to steal a few second of phone time with T, who is ever-elusive. Happy =^__^= But I had trouble sleeping for some reason. On Friday, I had some errands to take care of, and then exhausted and fighting the snow/drizzling rain of doom that fell over Tokyo over the weekend (I thought it was spring already-- what happened to those 75+ degree days? Global warming is frightening badly named), I had dinner with Erin, whom I haven't chatted with in a while. I got home super late and tried to take care of chores around the house, since I am the only one home at the moment, but I conked out around 4 am.

On came Saturday, and I got to see M-ko after a long absence! We trekked around Shibuya, met some nice people from Australia who needed sightseeing advice, and hit up some awesome temples which will be the subject of my next Asahi Weekly article. I'll talk more about them after the article is out. ^_^ After that, I had a meeting with Kyodo TV/ overseas NHK, who wanted to film me and some friends on Sunday (today).. it was again a late night, but a nice one! By the time I finally got home, I was exhausted, and even though things are piling up, I only had the energy to run a bath and get in and read..

Then today, I got up, ran some errands on the way to a meeting with another TV studio concerning something really awesome! I can't talk about it yet, but I will after it's over! It's really cool! I'm going to put a lot of energy and effort into this project, and hopefully it will lead great places!! (though I am nervous as hell!!) After that, I did the filming in Akihabara with NHK. More details on that to come in.. April? My interviewee was really sweet, and we exchanged contact information... I hope that we have some time to hang out in the future! =^__^=

And now.... I read a little bit more-- thanks to everyone who recommended some good Haruki Murakami books. Especially blushingblood, who linked me to "On seeing the 100% Perfect Girl". Easily that's one of my favorite short stories of all time now. I am such a sucker for romantic fate! (even if it's tragic). From that, I bought The Elephant Vanishes and am enjoying it far more thoroughly than I've ever enjoyed another of his books. Based on this, I would definitely continue reading others. Thanks to everyone who gave me suggestions!!

Well, there's not much else to say at the moment, unless you count the obligatory I'M SO TIRED!!! I'm also full of optimism, moving in good directions (I hope!), working my hardest ever, learning a lot, and finally starting to unwrap the coils that have been protecting my tired, tired heart. Now things to work on are:
+ EXERCISE! Since I am in the studio or busy a lot, I don't have time. It's also cold outside, and playing sports or riding bikes are my favorite ways to be aerobic... spring cooooooome please!
+ Volunteering!! I signed up with a few places, now I just need to find the time to do it! GANBARU!
+ I looked into capoeira! I've been wanting to try it for years, and I have the motivation. I also found what seems like the perfect classes, which are also CLOSE! (since Ihaven't moved YET.... need money!) Just need to find the time, again. I was going to go tonight because I finished work in time, but my knee was hurting so I decided to rest. I should have gone, though!
+ Love life. Hahaaaaaa, what love life? Seriously. I say this a lot. But there's a reason. =)

Dreams... I've been having nightmares pretty much every night. It's also hard to fall asleep, which is rare. I suppose that this has something to do with a) moving into so many unexplored places so quickly, and b) trying to unfreeze my heart. Oh, I've been so emotional recently. But I think that I'd rather have it this way. Even if it brings on the sadness sometimes, and the intense emotions. It just makes me appreciate the happiness more. And bad dreams... well, hey it's nice when you wake up and realize that it's not real, at least!

And one last thing: THANK YOU!!! THANK EVERYONE!! ♥♥♥♥♥ I really, really appreciate it. I think what gave me the courage to push myself and keep going was the first time that someone commented to my journal with something along the line of, "even if you stop working for Konomi-sensei, I want to read your manga!!" And other comments of the like. So much support, from not just friends that I know well, but people that have never even met me or talked to me. It's the best.. I really, really love all of you! Without so much support (and especially in the form of comments... it's such a great confidence-booster), I wouldn't be able to keep pushing! Now I know that what a lot of people in media will say-- that to them, the most important thing is their fans. It's true that the have loved ones in their lives. And those loved ones will support them of course. But it's the ones that love your work for what it is, or love you without having to, that can really pick you up when nobody else can. I kind of feel like I'm on my way to understanding....

So just, thank you ♥
Saeri: takoyaki for everyone!skippytoad on March 1st, 2009 03:53 pm (UTC)
Hey Jamie, I don't really know you personally very well, but I've followed your blog and I just wanted to say that I'm really proud of you and what you're accomplishing, and I admire your ability and persistence to make your dream come true. Truly! ^___^ Yume omedetou gozaimasu!
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on March 2nd, 2009 01:33 am (UTC)
At least we know each other in person! ^.~ Thanks for the compliments-- I'll keep doing my best, as long as you do too!
Sana-chan: Just like kindergartensana_chan on March 1st, 2009 04:15 pm (UTC)
I feel the same way about being busy with various projects, etc. I get so bored when I have nothing to do lol. Being busy is a good feeling, especially when it's with fun and exciting new things. Best of luck with everything!
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on March 2nd, 2009 01:34 am (UTC)
Thanks Sana! *hugs* Hang in there too!
ore-samathesundaywriter on March 1st, 2009 04:43 pm (UTC)
I don't like the feeling of being too idle either. Even though I complain when I'm busy, I actually prefer it =P

I've been reading the korean manhwa 100% Perfect Girl. It's pretty good~

Volunteering~ I'm strongly considering helping out with my church's free English classes for Japanese and Korean students, then it'd give me a taste of whether I'd like to do ESL teaching in Japan ^^

You sound so much happier now~ It made me happy reading this too ^_^
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on March 2nd, 2009 01:34 am (UTC)
Oooh is the manwha based on the Murakami story?
(no subject) - thesundaywriter on March 2nd, 2009 08:30 am (UTC) (Expand)
ange: strike a puppydog poseangelamori on March 1st, 2009 05:17 pm (UTC)
You do sound happier. And I just noticed your new 'profile' picture! You look really happy there too. So, all in all, good direction right now, life? :)
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on March 2nd, 2009 01:39 am (UTC)
Thanks! I really like that picture too! ^^
Kira_Shadowkira_shadow on March 1st, 2009 06:02 pm (UTC)
ooh capoeira :D
a lot of my friends do it and it seems to be loads of fun... I can't join in because 1. the times are sucky for me because I'm not out of uni when they start and 2. due to my injury I'm limited to footwork only which sucks ~.~

ah well
I'll hopefully find something else I like... ^^~

your life really sounds great at the moment and I it'll continue and get even better! I'll send loads of genki-energy your way ♥
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on March 2nd, 2009 01:41 am (UTC)

I'm not sure that I'm going to be able to stay with capoeira because of my knee, but I have to at least give it a shot! I can't wait to have some free time to try! It seems that there are classes every day!
(no subject) - kira_shadow on March 2nd, 2009 09:05 am (UTC) (Expand)
Janelle: Coffee Prince - hugchibi_rei on March 1st, 2009 08:06 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you keep plugging away. I guess it kinda gives me motivation/an example to follow.

I really want to be an animator right out of college (omg I graduate in Dec O.o) but even though I haven't taken Japanese in about 2 years another part of me wants to try teaching for a year there. It's scary, but I do think of you and I think, "Darn it I should just try it!" ^^
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on March 2nd, 2009 01:44 am (UTC)
I've heard that animators here are treated pretty badly and make almost no money, so I would suggest aiming for a company in America like Disney or Pixar. ^^ Though taking a year off to come to Japan would be a great life experience!
(no subject) - chibi_rei on March 2nd, 2009 06:05 am (UTC) (Expand)
Kathykisa829 on March 1st, 2009 08:07 pm (UTC)
I love being busy as well~ It makes life seem so much more fulfilling!

Capoeira looks interesting! When you get the chance to go to the class, do let us know how it was!

Exercise is so hard when you're busy with other things. I sometimes wish my campus was bigger so I had to actually walk to different buildings for classes but alas, it is tiny and most of my classes are in the same building. =p

I can't wait to find out what all the secrets are about! XD ♥
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on March 2nd, 2009 01:45 am (UTC)
I will! ^^

Yeah, it's hard to find the time. I never thought that I'd be so busy that I didn't have the time to do something that's so necessary..... but I guess that I'll have to steal it here and there!
themadgirl on March 1st, 2009 08:12 pm (UTC)
Mandarin Oranges! ♥

Right now I'm reading After Dark by Haruki Murakami. ^^ My college's book store had it & it was 20% so I decided to buy it. Very interesting so far. It's the first book I'm reading by him~

Sorry to hear that you are having trouble with sleeping. :( Hope you are able to get some good rest soon with out any nightmares!! ♥

That's awesome about Volunteering. I volunteered all last year at the same place to get some experience in at a clinic if Psychology is the direction I might decide to go for. I'm looking for other opportunities now in that area, or something completely different.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on March 2nd, 2009 01:47 am (UTC)
Isn't it great? Volunteering is a great way to help you make decisions-- in my case, I just want to help other people, but in the end, we all profit a little bit from it, I think. ^^
gynnephur: pic#68694905blushingblood on March 1st, 2009 08:15 pm (UTC)
that you didn't give up on mr. murakami certainly says something about you, doesn't it? i love people who are willing to push through difficult struggles! clearly i know a little bit more about you than your trials with murakami's literature from your posts appearing on my friends' page, and it seems like you don't give up that easily at all. again, i admire that, because my life is full of people who give up on me the second our feelings don't perfectly align. i hate that!
hard work = huge payoff! we all know that, but some people want to skip the hard work, anyway. good luck!
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on March 2nd, 2009 01:48 am (UTC)
Well, I'm definitely someone who hates to lose.. they call it "makezugirai" in japanese. ^^; But it is just an author-- most of the time, I wouldn't give them another chance after a really crappy book. But this time, everyone loved him, so I wondered if maybe I'd just picked the wrong books.
Melissa D. Johnson: Chocolate ACK! 30 Rockmippa on March 1st, 2009 08:27 pm (UTC)
I don't have the money to ship the rest of my things back yet, since I lost my job, but please don't get rid of them!!! TAT I will figure out a way, all my expensive DVDs are still there!!
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on March 2nd, 2009 01:50 am (UTC)
That's right, I've been meaning to ask you about that! I'll definitely hold onto them until I move, but I can't take them with me to a new place! So as soon as you can get the money, the better! When it comes time, a money order might be better than paypal, just because of paypal's exchange rates right now.
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Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on March 2nd, 2009 01:51 am (UTC)
Thanks! ^^ Well, it won't start until April, I think. But I'll post up information when I get it!
♥ Kao-chan ♥: d-boysmukimpokun on March 2nd, 2009 12:26 am (UTC)
Wah I love to read your entries ^^;

WAH! I have NHK oversea channel. T_T If you really go to appear in some show, please please... tell me when, please! I want to see you. <3

Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on March 2nd, 2009 01:51 am (UTC)
I will! Although keep in mind that it's pretty contrived.
(no subject) - mukimpokun on March 2nd, 2009 02:16 am (UTC) (Expand)
aly Says \ ألينramble_corner on March 2nd, 2009 01:45 am (UTC)
You've worked hard to get where you are now so congratulations ^__^

and good luck on the things you want to do
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on March 2nd, 2009 01:52 am (UTC)
Thanks! ^^
Ai-chansanzo_ai on March 2nd, 2009 03:01 am (UTC)
Well I guess congratulations are in order for one thing right? Yeah so I was just wanting to drop a line and say to keep up the GREAT work you're doing and I am amazed that everything that you seek is coming true now only if I had that and my friend though I am trying now instead of waiting for one thing I have realized things don't come that easy not now not ever especially how economy is suffering also hope you don't mind that I added you on your deviant and myspace pages if it helps you can add me as well that and I have something I'd love to talk to you one on one via e-mail that is so if you'd like just drop me a line at chibiaiko1987@aol.com. Anyway good luck and Ja ne~!
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on March 2nd, 2009 06:31 am (UTC)
Re: Hey
Trust me, not everything that I want is coming true.. in fact, the things that I want most are still far away, it seems.. but I hold out hope that I will be able to achieve my dreams one day. ^_^ I think that you can do the same thing!

Sure, thanks for adding me there! Although I don't use either of them really... ^^;; Livejournal is really the only online service that I actually use!
Re: Hey - sanzo_ai on March 2nd, 2009 06:42 am (UTC) (Expand)
Tea Rosetea_rose on March 2nd, 2009 05:27 am (UTC)
What I really like about you is that you stay amazingly positive and happy, despite the occasional problems here and there. To be quite honest, you (and your words) are an inspiration to me and I always look forward to your posts.

By the way, I love your profile picture. Methinks it captures your personality wonderfully!
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on March 2nd, 2009 06:32 am (UTC)
Thanks! ^_^ I want to help encourage other people.. trust me, there are a lot of problems that come my way that I never talk about. A lot more down times than it would seem... but I want to be able to look past them, and to help other people look past them too!