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26 September 2009 @ 01:48 am
HELLOOOOOOOO world!!!!  
LOL, as usual, my week off of the studio has been completely packed! Today I managed to snag some time, and what did I do? Slept. Yesterday, too.... I've been sleeping so much! To be honest, I really don't like sleeping. It feels like such a waste of time. But yet, if I had a perfect person in whose arms I could wake up in, I suppose that I might not feel so biased against it. ^-^ (That not being the case, I will continue to dislike sleep, lol)

But the good part is... I am finally feeling recovered!! I feel energetic and ready to work on my own things! Finally, the lethargy from working so hard at the studio and TV and paper without a break is gone! At least, I hope so... ^^

Prints info:

*There will be five prints in the set, all of original characters.
*Size is to be determined, along with price. I have been debating between several printing companies, so it will depend on their prices. I know what I want in terms of quality, so I want to complete some more research before I choose.
*I'll only print 100 of each piece, and when they are gone, they will be gone forever!
*This will be the first in a long-running limited series, I hope!
*Each print will be hand-numbered and signed (on the front unless you request the back specifically)
*The people who helped me out with donations to get my website space (I got it, although development is taking longer than I thought.. I am constantly getting hacked and I'm having trouble figuring out what to do to stop it from happening.. urgh) will be getting their free prints and first choice!
*I might make postcards later.. not sure yet on this.
*Each piece will come with a detailed description of the characters and stories as well as the idea and inspiration behind the print.
*The subject of each print has been decided. Some of them are in progress, some haven't been started yet.
*I'm not sure on the ETA (it depends on the studio work), but the first print and the previews and size information are my priorities right now!! Once those are ready, it will be short before I can put them on sale.
*If I'm able to sell out of this run (I don't know if this is possible... but I hope for the best! I kind of hope that they will become collector's items one day, like early CLAMP doujinshi and such are now), then I will definitely go for a second series! Wish me luck???? ^-^

Continuing on the life update.... When I left the studio, I went out and looked for furniture with a few friends (I have an apartment but no furniture! Ehh...). I still haven't found anything that I like for a reasonable price, though... so I suppose that I will remain largely furniture-less for a while. I hit up an oxygen bar though for the first time!!! It was... weird. I took a course that was supposed to release stress and help you relax, but I got a headache from it instead. I wonder what it means! Eda felt the same, but Will really enjoyed it. I wonder why the difference. Well, it's really cheap, so I will give it another try sometime and see if I feel any differently! Maybe my stress level is just too high at the moment, lol. I really wouldn't be surprised!!

Why is my stress level so high? Well, the biggest issue is definitely problems with my (now-expired) visa. It is still legal for me to stay in the country at the moment, because I am considered "in-processing", or something similar to that. But because of a recent change in laws, and the unusual (for a foreigner) job that I'm doing, it's become a huge hassle. I've been asked for all kinds of documents. Three different times with three different requests, which has been huge trouble for not just me, but Konomi-sensei to get. It's not a pretty picture. I will be fighting to get my visa if they don't accept that I am doing my best in an extremely limited amount of time (of course they gave me one week to get various documents from City Hall... keep in mind that City Hall is not open on holidays or weekends.. and then keep in mind Mon-Wed this week were all public holidays, and you might begin to undersand why it's super-stressful). Well, I am doing my best, and I defintiely am going to find a way to make this work, whatever it is!

But I really, really don't think that it is fair that I need to jump through hoops to work/live in Japan, when there are thousands of kids living with their parents troughout the country who don't work or have any desire to contribute to society, and they aren't hassled to leave. Purely because of the place that they were born. Put this way, doesn't it seem unfair? I feel this way about every country, maybe because I am faced with a situation like this. Maybe beause I love Star Trek too much. But whatever the reason, I do feel this way. One day, hopefully "country" will be to the world what "state" is to America right now. People being citizens of Earth first and foremost. They can live where they choose and work where they choose. And of course, let's not forget World Peace! (^o^)/

I think some people would scoff at me for saying things like that. And to you, I'd say, "What is wrong with wanting world peace?" My answer is "Nothing!" What about yours? Well, in any case, we are all human (unless you're not... and please write me an email if you're not! I'd love to talk!). So let's share this beautiful world that we all grew up on! Deep down, we are more similar than you've probably ever realized. ^-^

Err... this was supposed to be about stress, but writing about World Peace is a lot more fun, so somehow I got off track! ^^;;;;; So, what else...

I went to my friend Hikaru's play in Shinjuku the next day, and afterward we ate at a really amazing restaurant!! See the pictures below. It was just a random find, but one that I will defintely go back to!

The next day, I went to see the Ballet up in the dark dark countryside of Saitama! It was HUGE! Jun, a new friend, is in it, so I went with a big group to support him..... and shock of shock, not only was the theater HUGE, we also had second-row seats! It was AWESOME! I could see sweat fly off of the dancers, lol. It was my first time ever seeing the ballet, and I wasn't sure what to think of it. I really, really admire the control that it must take to hold those delicate poses and move with such precision! My props, for sure! I'd like to see more ballet, definitely definitely ^-^ It seems that the main dancer is really famous, and married to some big actress (sorry, I don't remember their names... His was Nishijima-something, though). Ballet seems to also have it's group of hardcore fans, too! It was really interesting, seeing a totally new sub-culture and wondering what they were thinking.. interesting! I would love to read a story about it...

At the theater, I met the mangaka for the manga Five. She is one of Jun's friends, and.... OMG, she has the largest breasts in Japan!! Well, not THE largest, but I am guessing they were DD's, and on an itty-bitty tiny petite frame it was... Well, how did she stand up in those heels with those melons strapped to her chest!? I.... I kinda want to know if they are real =D If I ever meet her again, should I bump into her by "accident"? Well.... maybe that wouldn't help. I wonder if she's a lesbian, because I could always seduce her.... =D *puts away such thoughts* Maybe I should ask the person I like for advice?? But he would probably say "go for it".... ^^;;;

The day after ballet, I had to meet up with umbrellaofdoom to rescue some of the appliances that she doesn't need, and we had a "see you in 6 months" lunch (she's leaving Japan temporarily). It wasn't long, but somehow that plus the travel time took up almost the entire day... Travel time can really get you here! I really need to save up and get a car.

The next day, I went to another goodbye lunch!! Living in Japan, this happens a lot. A lot of my friends are transitory. I meet cool people, but sooner or later, most of them return. Or they were just coming for a limited time to start with. In this case, it was _miyuchan_. But she should be back soon too, so it's not so sad!!

After that, I had to run off to the TV studio in Roppongi. We had a practice and brainstorming session for Pop'n Press (which is my weekly tv show, people seem to forget a lot). Then, my wonderful producer Suzuki-san treated me to a really belated birthday dinner at a posh Oyster bar!! Oh wow, it was my first time at an Oyster bar, and definitely something else!!! Awesome!

Which brings me to yesterday. Yesterday was the first non-holiday weekday since I had gotten the notice, so I went first thing in the morning to my old city office (I rode my bike since strangely, that is faster than taking the trains.... though it takes almost an hour). I did what I could to get my VISA paperwork in order, but there were a number of problems that arose. Which really stressed me out. I won't be able to deal with Immigration itself until Monday, so I am pretty much worried sick. But trying to put it aside for the moment, since I have done all that I can until then. It's not easy though, since this is important. I tried to destress by talking to Lindsay and Eda afterwards and strolling through Ginza trying free samples of expensive sweets..... but it only partially worked.

Today I slept well though, and rested, exercised, and worked. I think I've finally reached a place where I can focus on my art and manga stuff!!!! Put aside the other problems and the long list of things that I have to do next week for work (writing, filming, etc). In any case, I'll do my best!!!!!!!!!!!! I really, really will!!!!

Let's have some pictures..... ^^ Then I suppose I will get some sleep so that I can get things rolling tomorrow!

I found this gold-panties coin purse in a shop after I got out of the studio..

Will (genkischuldich), me, and Eda (dilettantka) trying out the oxygen bar in Lalaport on the same day.

The bubble restaurant!! http://www.diamond-dining.com/temari/index.html

Part of my oyster dinner...

Yesterday, we saw this interesting restaurant in Ginza! I do want to go there one day..

Eda and I both bought this in Ginza..... Pure chocolate to put into your tea! Mmmmm, it's bitter but good and very good for you! http://www.satie-choco.co.jp/html/on_line/p05.html

Now, am I in for a relaxing few days of working, or is something going to happen? I wonder.... but at least life isn't boring! ^o^/

PS: LOL--> http://aalfonso.livejournal.com/285480.html
P(P)S: I am trying out the new Google Adsense feature at the bottom of my lj. I wonder if it will be worth anything, really... let's see!
Current Music: Black Eyed Peas - I Gotta Feeling
Ariana: what more do you want from me?norcalsanjifan on September 25th, 2009 05:13 pm (UTC)
I'm trying out the google ad thing too so we'll see how it goes. ^^

Aw, I miss the random food places in Japan already *sigh* The one in Ginza looks really interesting.

The oxygen bar however kinda creeps me out....
Kira_Shadowkira_shadow on September 25th, 2009 05:25 pm (UTC)
woah the restaurant in ginza looks awesome o:!

lol oxygen bar...how was it?
about 12 more weeks and I'm back over there~
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on September 26th, 2009 02:02 am (UTC)
As I said, it gave me a headache.. but I'd like to try it again!
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shin_no_hanabi: kaito - ryokaishin_no_hanabi on September 25th, 2009 05:43 pm (UTC)
totally agree about the visas thing, i'll be going there in 2 years and i'm already looking into all the things i'll have to keep track of!

thank you for reminding us to be optimistic and look at the world as if it were interesting rather than just one big hassle! totally made my day ^_^

がんばってください。 =D
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on September 26th, 2009 02:02 am (UTC)
Actually, it made my day saying that I made your day. ^^
Mewgokumew2 on September 25th, 2009 06:49 pm (UTC)
I've also set up the AdSense thing. Since I think you only get paid per 10,000 impressions and only after you've reached $100, I think it will be a looooooooooooooong time until I see any money. .^^;;

Oh, and good luck with the visa thing. I really hope you can get things in order.

Edited at 2009-09-25 06:50 pm (UTC)
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on September 26th, 2009 02:03 am (UTC)
Actually it's not nearly so bad! You can keep track of your earnings here: https://www.google.com/adsense/report/overview
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Sapphiresapphire_hime on September 25th, 2009 06:57 pm (UTC)
Good luck with the documents! I hope everything turns out alright.
0x0x on September 25th, 2009 07:18 pm (UTC)
That chocolate looks GOOD.
reiayanami89reiayanami89 on September 25th, 2009 07:58 pm (UTC)
I got a kick out of the gold panties coin purse. You can only find those sorts of things in Japan. Can't friggin' wait to move there!

Glad you are feeling better!
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Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on September 26th, 2009 02:05 am (UTC)
LOL I didn't, but I would buy panties that looked like that! XD
Kees: Don't stopkees_s on September 25th, 2009 08:13 pm (UTC)
Good luck with the documents. Why oh why do they always make this such a hassle. Good to hear you're well rested now, now you got the power to go full force again ^^
Chappy_Rukiachappy_rukia on September 25th, 2009 11:09 pm (UTC)
D: I hope they accept your visa, and no more stress is had for a while, you poor stressed thing you :(

And Actually, my boyfriend told me that you can tell if someone's breast are real or not if the bounce a bit when they walk, cuz there's no such thing as a bra that will make them fully stop boucing unless they're just not real. So if you don't mind looking there while she walks and looking like a perv to some people that notice, then i say do that =D

Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on September 26th, 2009 02:06 am (UTC)
LOL! But if they're that big, I have a feeling that they'd bounce no matter what =D
キモさ満々♡ 미친 외국인dilettantka on September 26th, 2009 12:17 am (UTC)
I still think you might enjoy watching Haruhi, the two of you have things in common. XDD (including the desire to squeeze Mikuru's boobs)

And I cracked up at the oxygen tube mustaches XDDD
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on September 26th, 2009 02:07 am (UTC)
LOL that we do!!!! Actually remember, I watched the first episode and loved it, and then was really upset that episode 2 was completely different, so I didn't watch anymore. Is that wrong of me?
(Anonymous) on September 26th, 2009 02:18 am (UTC)

You should check out some sayonara sales for some cheap good furniture. How large is your flat? I also may be getting rid of some furniture if you're interested. My husband and I are still consolidating our items before we move to the new place. let me know.

As for the boob job speculation, if she's that thin, there's a 95% chance they're fake. Local boob jobs do tend to be very well done (and VERY common), and it can be hard to tell unless you've seen pre-op pics. The bounce test doesn't always apply with a quality boob job. Hoshino Aki is someone who famously had a great boob job (she went from having US AAAs (Japan A/B) to having US Ds (Japan H)) and no one could tell until her pre-op pics leaked. Of course, they look really terrible now that she's reduced the size and lost weight (extra saggy skin is bad).
kakibellkakibell on September 26th, 2009 02:19 am (UTC)
oops, somehow my log-in failed. It's kaki. you know where to find me on facebook if you're interested in the furniture.
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Mon☆Monmony_chan on September 26th, 2009 04:21 am (UTC)

I'm glad to hear that you are having a good time, and that you finally got some time to rest, since you do look tire D:

I hope that you can solve your problem with your visa... I does sound pretty complicated, but what's not over there? anyway do try not to worry much, I'm sure that everything will turn out Ok.


mei_sanmei_san on September 26th, 2009 07:36 am (UTC)
Totally feel for ya for the having to jump through hoops to live in a country you were not born in. I immigrated to America a long time ago and apparently I had to know who Benjamin Franklin is (for example) in order to become a citizen (we have to take a test). And my brother was born here and sometimes I really wonder, "OMG, you're a US citizen and you don't even know who Benjamin Franklin is!"

Best of luck with the Visa stuff! Can't wait to see samples of your prints!
超ちゃ人chochajin on September 26th, 2009 12:56 pm (UTC)
Well, I've been through that visa shit once, and I know how you feel. It was horrible and I really thought I would have to leave Japan and can't come back with another visa anymore (at least not one that allows me to work).
I wish you all the best *hugs*