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26 April 2009 @ 11:55 pm
There's always so much that I want to write that I don't know where to start!! I need to start updating my journal in shorter, more random updates, I think...

Last week, I had to go to the dentist three times, so that took up a surprisingly amount of time (Followup work on old stuff and an evaluation for cosmetic stuff I'd like to get done.... speaking of which, I'm thinking of going abroad if I want to go through with that.... Has anyone done that? It's so cheap...) I suppose that sounds a little bit narcissistic. But I really don't think that taking pride in your appearance is a bad thing. Trust me, I have plenty of issues with my body (which I will not reveal to anyone, sorry XD;;), but I am generally happy enough with it. Actually I have a lot of confidence because I feel that I can dress well enough to accentuate what I like and hide what I don't. And it's not really so bad. But for the things that I want to change, why not? This year, I started by making a commitment to eat more healthily and exercise and tone, and so far it's worked wonders all around. So if I want to take care of the inside of my body (therefore helping me live longer), then I don't see any problem in changing the things outside that I don't like. Whether it's by exercise/diet or some kind of procedure, it's fine by me. I don't need anything like liposuction, but I don't see any problem if anyone else wants to get it!

And damn, I want lasik =D =D =D But what contact or glasses-wearing person doesn't? =D That is SO a cosmetic procedure. Speaking of which, I wonder if I should make an appointment to get it sometime later this year?? Maybe in the winter..


So last Wednesday amid all of this chaos, I had to go in and film again for Asahi Pop'n Press. I was really, really psyched for this filming!!!! Why? Because we were filming inside of the American Embassy!! Unfortunately, I couldn't bring my camera in (security was TIGHT), but it was a really great place! Normally, people aren't allowed inside unless they work there or are part of a special program, but somehow my wonderful Producer Suzuki-san managed to get us filming permission. =D I met a lot of really exciting people, including a guy who has the same name as me! We talked about everything from American food (I baked cookies with the daughters of the press office, who was so sweet!), and got to talk about Obama. It was there that I realized that in all of my life, I've never been excited about a President. Besides the normal childhood dream of wanting to be President (I still am debating the idea, honestly.. though I won't even be eligible for years), I've never really gotten excited about any of them. But I try to be aware of politics (even if I'm not so active... although I would like to be more active, if I had the time) at least, and really... it feels like this is the year (and age) of change. The world has changed so much in the last 20 years, and my life has changed so much in the last one year especially. I can only imagine what will happen (to me and to the world) in the next 4 years!!

+ A published and successful manga artist.
+ On the list of the top 10 female drama/movie stars in Japan (I decided recently that I wanted to try for this, for a certain reason, and why not?! Who knows, it could happen, and I hope that it does!)
+ In a serious relationship, possibly married (negotiable... but I have someone in mind, and if not that person, than a better boy/girl!)
+ Starting a family... this doesn't necessarily mean having kids. I honestly think that I won't be ready until my late 30s, though I'm open to it if that's what's in the stars... Adoption is something that I want to do, ala Angelina Jolie, also. But this could also just mean with someone special being a family together, and possibly pets.
+ Making lots of money, and starting to make a real difference in the world!

Etc etc etc.....I also want to publish a book.... I have a number of ideas, actually! I think what I would like to do most is some sort of fiction. Either something sophisticated for adults, or something fun for teens/kids. I want to make a CD too! Not that I can sing well, but that's not necessarily a problem in Japan (sorry!!! ^^;;;; But you know it's true! Hey, it's actually not really a problem in America either, now that I think of it... hello Britney!)

Well, I am just rambling on.. But suffice it to say that I've been really busy! I'll write more later, and for now I leave you with a few pictures!!

On a rainy day, I took these in Inokashira Park, which is near to where I live. ^_^ The sakura have almost completely fallen now..

Goya seeds. The english name is for goya is bitter melon, and damn it is BITTER. Bitter like you wouldn't believe.
I'd never heard about it before I came to Japan (Okinawa is really famous for it, and actually I heard about it first through Tenimyu. ^^;; Knd of sad, right? I see it all over seasonally now. I can't beleive that I ever missed it!! But then again, I pay a lot more attention to my surroundings than I used to.
Anyways, the first time that I tasted it, I didn't know what to think. Eda made Goya champloo from a friend's recipe and we chowed down. But somehow, I decided that I had to eat it again, and made stuffed goya soup with it.... and from then on (this started last summer), I was hooked!! I'm completely in love with it now and I can't resist buying it whenever I see it. ^^;; Anyways, I found these seeds and you can probably guess what that means!!!! I'm SO going to plant this! ♥

Here is the American Embassy! Sorry, the only pictures that I have of it are from the outside. ^^;;

In the car on the way to another shooting location in the housing complex: Me + Obama = OTP =D;;

Our last location of the day (besides the tv studio work we did later) was a NASA exhibit set up near Roppongi!! *shock* It was so cool!!

They had REAL space suits! I touched them! ♥ ♥ ♥
It might sound farfetched, but I don't care..... but one of my biggest dreams in life is to live in a colony on Mars!! Barring something more awesome coming along, like the chance to live among an alien humanoid culture, I will do whatever I can to make it happen! I was thinking that I could be the blogger/photographer for the colony for a month or so. It would be really cool... I mean, everyone would want to know what it was like, right? Well, never fear because I will be there!! ♥

I was so exhausted, but I can't help it... there is something really sexy about a space suit. ^_^; I'm not sure why! But I really, really enjoyed that. I really, really, really love outer space ♥!! Maybe I'm actually an alien and just don't know it! (Mom?)

The color scheme was red, white, and blue for my outfit. XD;; In honor of America XP

That's all for now!
Starlightyuki_iii on April 26th, 2009 02:59 pm (UTC)
That NASA suit's awesome xD
Goya is the one that Kite in Higa Chuu threatens the other members to feed with... if they refuse to follow his order. It really looks scary.
karrupin: Ryokarrupin on April 26th, 2009 03:04 pm (UTC)
It's always interesting to read your journal :)) and the photos are beautiful,too!
you're meant to be among the clouds ☮moonietz on April 26th, 2009 03:08 pm (UTC)
awwww, you're such a cutie! and your photos of the cherry blossoms are really pretty! mind if I ask you what camera you use? :D
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on April 26th, 2009 03:10 pm (UTC)
Check my last, post, I posted pics and information for the camera that I'm currently using.
Yoko⋆zucci_zookeenee on April 26th, 2009 03:26 pm (UTC)
bwa~ the space suit wins XD
Space is so awesome. I'm love to go up there and look at the Earth from the distance ._.; (ESPECIALLY AT NIGHT! er, well, when it's night on earth anyway...)
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on April 27th, 2009 12:03 am (UTC)
LOL silly! It's always night somewhere on Earth =D
Chacolechaco on April 26th, 2009 03:27 pm (UTC)
Goya is delicious. XD It is an acquired taste so I'm glad you're hooked on it now. :D

So nice being able to see the embassy. *_* US has a pimp embassy in Tokyo lol.
Artamis Snowpawartamissnowpaw on April 26th, 2009 03:30 pm (UTC)
I've only ever known one other person who takes so many pictures XD But I love that you do, it's so awesome to get to see some of the things others see, even if it's only something random.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on April 27th, 2009 12:04 am (UTC)
Ooh, who is the other person?
(no subject) - artamissnowpaw on April 27th, 2009 01:42 am (UTC) (Expand)
rubybeanie: kimeru7rubybeanie on April 26th, 2009 03:30 pm (UTC)
Aww I love your blog entries :D

It really good to have dreams and ambitions ... I just havent got a clue what to do in my life (hate being 18) :p

Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on April 27th, 2009 12:05 am (UTC)
Don't worry, I think that's normal. I didn't really know what do with myself at 18 either.
Spring into Falloreohmygosh on April 26th, 2009 03:30 pm (UTC)
These are photos from your new camera, right? Wow! Your new camera shoots really awesome photos! My old point and shoot never shot anything like these no matter how I tried.

I've never seen Goya before. I didn't think it looked like that. You said it was a melon, so I assumed it was...well...round.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on April 27th, 2009 12:06 am (UTC)
Yep they are! Though really, you can take good photos with almost any camera nowadays.
harrissette on April 26th, 2009 03:37 pm (UTC)
I am jealous, you are living my dream! I would do anything to have just a part of your life! (Yes, just a part because everything together seems really tiring ;p)

In fact I would to ask you some little things:
- first, I would like to know how much money do I need to start a new life in Japan?
- then, how have you found your 1st job in Japan? I read the article you linked and some of your posts and it seems you had it before you arrived.
- and last, I would like to know if the wages of an assistant as you are, is enough to live a correct life?

Sorry, my post is pretty big, but it would be great if I also could realise my dream too, which is apparently the same as yours ^^
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on April 27th, 2009 12:10 am (UTC)
It depends.. If you come here without a job or an apartment, then I suggest having at least $5000 to get started. It sounds like a lot, but Tokyo is expensive and will go FAST. I'm sure you could do it for much less, but it would be a lot harder.

I interviewed with an overseas recruiter, and was hired before I came. It was a lot less expensive as they guided me through the process and provided me with an apartment. I brought about $2000 with me and blew through it really fast, though.

Well, for a beginner assistant..... not really. Actually, Konomi-sensei pays us more than most other mangaka. A lot more, almost double. But even the money that I amm paid is far lower than what I would feel comfortable living on, though it is doable.
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foxiclefoxicle on April 26th, 2009 03:38 pm (UTC)
I'm kinda curious to see how Goya tastes now. =) Good luck with the planting! I have never planted any edibles in my life, but the homegrown stuff I've tasted before tastes great! I love your entries, they never cease to interest me, and I think it's great to see a person do what they love to do as a career.
Deanna: dragons DOALA!dr4b on April 26th, 2009 03:41 pm (UTC)
I got to bring my camera inside the American Embassy -- but I was being "press" for a press conference at the time, and I was only allowed to take photos within one specific room. But I have a photo of myself with Bobby Valentine and the former ambassador Tom Schieffer! (I actually don't know who the current ambassador is...)

When/what channel is your TV show on anyway? I feel like I've recently seen a lot of variety shows on TV with non-Japanese people, but I don't know which one is which (and certainly think I would have recognized you even though we've never met)...
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on April 27th, 2009 12:12 am (UTC)
My tv show is on Asahi Newstar. It's not a variety show though, it's more like a news show aimed at kids.

There is no current Ambassador, lol. They're waiting for Obama to appoint a new one. XD
\\ right back at you \\ [Jansen]: Celine - ♥nest on April 26th, 2009 03:41 pm (UTC)
It's funny how a lot of foods in Japan are sort of an acquired taste. I've never had goya before, but it sounds interesting, hahah.

That space suite is way cool. *_*

Reading your blog helps me remember that I really don't know where I'll wind up after I graduate college, but instead of getting scared by it, I should be excited! ♥ Thanks for these lovely entries!
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on April 27th, 2009 12:14 am (UTC)
Yeah, I didn't like green tea either when I first arrived, but now I love it!

I think that the unknown is exciting!! Iused to get in my car back in High School days and drive for hours on end, no destination in mind. It was so much fun!
fleur_eternelle: lovefleur_eternelle on April 26th, 2009 03:45 pm (UTC)
Oh wow...I hope it's not too strange to say to a person I've just met that I like you more and more with each post ♥ And you like space things! And you dream to live on another planet! This is so nice to see people who (also) dream about that! (I am into things metaphysical and sci-fi and I do astrology to an extent and I love cosmos and paranormal...) ♥♥♥

And all your plans...this is so cool to see a person that is not afraid to dream and to do ... just because you want to!

*insert many many hearts here* :D
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on April 27th, 2009 12:15 am (UTC)
It's interesting how much I hear that it's unusual to have dreams like that... I think that's a little bit sad. Any dream is possible to make true if you try hard eenough, I wish that more people would dare to dream, T-T
kaibaonfire on April 26th, 2009 04:18 pm (UTC)
I love reading your posts, it's refreshing to read about someone so ambitious.
redneckotakuredneckotaku on April 26th, 2009 05:03 pm (UTC)
Have you ever been to a Science Fiction Worldcon? They frequently have a display from NASA of those sort of things. It travels the world and two years ago it was in Yokohama.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on April 27th, 2009 12:22 am (UTC)
No, but I wanted to go. At the time, I didn't have enough money (the registration is REALLY expensive) so I applied to volunteer and translate, but they never got back to me beyond the additional 'thanks for the offer! We'd love help and will send you information later!' Apparentlyy there was no 'later'. ^^;;
Future Diplomatart_house_queen on April 26th, 2009 05:07 pm (UTC)
I'll sing with you, haha ;) And you are so right about the not being able to sing. Sometimes I wonder how so many people got to be such big pop stars here in Tokyo...without even being able to carry a tune!