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24 March 2009 @ 10:28 pm
Hello Mr. Debito~  
After my long and super-satisfying day of volunteering on Satuday, it randomly happened that Aruto Debito was in town and showing a free movie screening upstairs. Having heard his name over and over for years (especially when I had that problem with sexual harrassment and the police last summer, ugh), of course I headed upstairs to meet him!

He was an interesting guy! I wasn't intending originally to stay for the movie, but somehow Debito convinced me to. Well at least I made him work for it! Seriously though, it was actually quite an interesting movie about migrant workers in Japan called Sour Strawberries. If you have a chance and you're interested in this kind of subject (I am), then I definitely recommend seeing it!

So, I got home late on Saturday as well... Sunday morning was taken up finally getting a chance to look at places to stay. I ended up choosing a quest house. It's kind of an emergency, because I was suddenly faced with having to move out before the end of the month. It's added to my stress seriously. And the fact that it happened so suddenly made a guest house my only option, since with all of the fees associated with moving into an apartment in Japan (let's just say, for the cheapest possible craphole it would easily be over $2,000), I am forced to live in a guest house. I hate them. I don't like putting my life on hold. But for the next few months while I suddenly save up enough to move into a real apartment and search for a nice and cheap place in Kichijoji, I will have to stay there. Uuuuuugh. I'm quite pissed off.

After that, I had a long interview with Anime News Network. That was fun, and got my mind on better matters for once! I will post here when it comes out!

On Monday, I exhausted myself like crazy. Erin (♥) gave me her old bike if I would pay the impound fee to break it out of jail... So I did, and now I have a bike! Of course, had mine not been stolen multiple times, it wouldn't have been necessary (GRR!), but I am grateful to her. ^^ But the exhausting part comes when I had to ride it home. It should have taken roughly 30 minutes from the place where I picked it up, which is nothing. But no.... not when there are gale-force winds. The same winds that caused a fed-ex plane to crash yesterday at Narita Airport. It was blowing against me the entire time, so even though it was freezing cold out (in the 40s), I was still sweating and at times I couldn't even move it was that strong. It took about 75 minutes to get home, and then I had to hop right off to an appointment with friends in Ebisu, which I barely made. ^^;; Uuuuuuugh, so exhausted.

I'm still exhausted today, although I didn't have any specific plans. I spent a number of hours taking the rest of Melissa's boxes to the post office and sending them to her, then running errands and finally having the first chance in forever to go food shopping! I packed a little bit as well, but there isn't that much that I can take with me, so honestly there isn't that much to pack. My new place will be TINY, which means abandoning a lot of stuff. Anybody want a full-size fridge? A washer? A kotatsu? Arm chair? Bed? There is a lot of furniture that you're welcome to take for free if you like! Just let me know!

Tomorrow begins the long list of chores that I have. And hopefully I can pack up my books and CDs. But I have a feeling that my list of chores will take most of the day. ^_^;
ivarf on March 24th, 2009 01:39 pm (UTC)
much energy
fingers crossed that all works out, don´t exhaust yourself..we are sending hanami coloured happy thoughts your way :)
slytherinblackslytherinblack on March 24th, 2009 01:42 pm (UTC)
You're doing a lot of interviews. So cool! I think you're getting a lot of press and hopefully that'll help when you're ready to start your own comic.

The winds in Tokyo are awful, especially with the narrow streets! I remember being scared of getting toppled a couple of times.

I don't know if you knew, but I stayed in a guest house (Sakura House) when I was in Tokyo...it seemed practical for just four months. It was...sort of a mixed bag. It would have been fine had my roommates not been loud French douchebags, I guess.
Chacolechaco on March 24th, 2009 02:13 pm (UTC)
Oh cool Mr. Debito :D

I didn't know wind could get that crazy in Tokyo @___@ I guess it makes sense with all the wind tunnels made by the buildings.

Good luck with apartment hunting. It's seriously a pain in the ass.
altaeciafaltaeciaf on March 24th, 2009 03:47 pm (UTC)
are guest houses cheap?
chiharu: food: want dessert more pl0xeien_chiharu on March 24th, 2009 04:41 pm (UTC)
If you must stay in a GH, I recommend DK House Matsudo:
http://guesthouse-apartment.com/ga/en/detail_apart.asp .
It's definitely the best GH I've stayed at here in Japan. And although it's in Chiba, it's a pretty good deal and rent is cheap. The neighborhood is nice, residential and quiet and not far from the station.
If the manager is the same as the one that was there when I stayed, he's really cool and keeps the place really nice and clean. Check out the website for all the features.

Chang Liu: yoko kannotungwene on March 24th, 2009 04:58 pm (UTC)
Sounds like you had a busy and productive weekend. Can't wait to read the interview. That's really cool you got to meet Aruto Debito. I read his blog and he always has something fascinating to say. The movie sounds very interesting too.
jenntheamazonjenntheamazon on March 24th, 2009 06:01 pm (UTC)
I hope you can find a place, and soon. How is Nessie handling this, or do you still have her?
Christyvelessa on March 24th, 2009 06:23 pm (UTC)
What exactly is a guest house, and how come you had to move? =( Hopefully you can find a better place soon!
James Pickenstolarin on March 24th, 2009 10:41 pm (UTC)
It wasn't much better here in Yokosuka on the wind front... I actually had to chase after my cover (my Navy ballcap) in a most comedical fashion....

If you end up needing any help on Friday, I could probally do that too! (I still need to pick up a figure for a friend... but after that, I'm game to help out if ya need it!)
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on March 24th, 2009 11:48 pm (UTC)
Ooooh actually, this could be perfect!! My schedule just opened up for Friday (meaning plans were made for Sat, finally!). I need some help moving a giant painting on the train down to a friend.. It sounds weird, but if I had another person, it would probably be a lot less likely to get damaged. XD;; Are you game?
James Pickenstolarin on March 25th, 2009 05:28 am (UTC)
Game indeed!
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on March 26th, 2009 07:03 am (UTC)
Call me when you get off work tonight, kay? (^-^)v
Beck the becking Becktardjynnantonnyx28 on March 25th, 2009 08:56 am (UTC)
Wow, Aruto Debito is an amazing guy - he must have been fascinating.
I: Shoko Tendoharakanraakku on April 13th, 2009 10:07 am (UTC)
Debito? Never heard of the guy. I feel like an ignorant like this, haha

Found your LJ through the front page and peeking into it was interesting - I love this place already. As you mentioned it's alrite to add you, I'll have my way and do so; following your life will be easier that way. 8) Nice to meet you anyway! I wish I could make it to Japan someday, never been there. But dreams come true as they say. Like the language a lot but my n00b knowledge is very weak and living here doesn't improve it that much (surrounded my native speakers, always better).

Haa, having that height people must be a bit like "woah" there at times? It's amusing how Japanese seem to take gaijins as at times. Kinda cute, really.