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20 October 2010 @ 04:07 pm
Moon Walker Limited =^-^=  
So, I mentioned that last week I returned to my roots (so to speak) and went back to Konomi-sensei's studio. I wasn't expecting him to ever call me to help out all of a sudden, but on Thusday, he called and said he needed help on a short story for Shonen Jump. So, actually I was pretty busy with other work (I had filming and an Asahi Weekly interview on Tues and Wed), I said that I'd come and help for the other days.

Ooooooooooh my was it a long week! Let's just say that I didn't get a lot of sleep. At least in Konomi-sensei's studio, there is no off-time and you're generally not allowed to go outside. It's harsh, to be honest, and I really, really hate that aspect of it. Plus, I can't really choose what I want to eat (at least I don't have to pay), and sleep time (the only off time we get-- other times, it's work straight through minus time in the evening for a shower) varies by day and again, it's not "sleep when you're tired".. It's "sleep when Sensei says that you can and be up by the time he says". I don't know how other manga studios work, but that's the way that this one does. Plus, obviously, it's a sleepover type job, and you're often there for one or two weeks at a time straight. Which is why I quit earlier this year. ^^; I like working hard, but I don't like doing it like that.

But it was, to be honest, really flattering to be asked back. It was just for a special event, anyways. ^^ And for all of the bad things, there are a lot of things about that place that I hold dear. Like my coworkers. From Sensei himself (who asked me again and again when I was going to get married, lol. I wish that I could answer that!), to Kaiwa-san, Maru-chan, and all of the others, it's a really great bunch. They're my Japanese family.. =^-^=I never see them anymore, except on rare occasions, but when we do it barely feels like we've been parted. =^.^= I love them all!

And I love the work itself. Sure, it's not the most glamorous thing to sit there and put screentones on things, and to spend hours and hours drawing intricate (or not so) backgrounds, but it's fun! I could draw for hours and hours on end, and as long as I could support myself and play when I wanted, I would be happy. =^-^= This time, I got to draw so many great things!! Ships, especially. I LOOOOOOVE tall ships! You'll see when the manga comes out next week. Honestly, because the deadline was looming, we worked RIGHT up until the last minute, so I didn't get the chance to read the finished product! It sounds weird, doesn't it? XD But there was really no time to play, and after it was all done it was time to clean up the studio and everyone was just so exhausted that it felt like it would be better to wait a week and see the finished result in JUMP, anyways.

So, I can't wait to read the story! I have the general story down, but I'm fuzzy on the details, lol. And it will be the first time that my own drawings will be in Shonen JUMP (Tenipuri runs in JUMP Square). And this time it's a fantasy! I loooooove fantasy!

I will tell you though, I think that the fangirls will like it. It's got good slash-fodder. =^-^= I kinda wanna read some.

But anyways.. it comes out on Monday! I'm sure that I'll be going giddy with excitement when I see it in the store =D Midnight on Monday can't come fast enough!! COME ON!

I think that I'm also going to enter a manga contest. The prize is 5,000,000 yen.. aka $50,0000. *.* It's also for the company that I want to work for, and for shoujo manga. But the deadline is really soon, and can I really make it? I mean, are my stories good enough?!?! I'm so worried about money these days that I can't concentrate.. but maybe this will help. OMG if I won it would DEFINITELY help. I wonder if I have a chance...

I'd better try! OMG... *gets to work*


Day 14 - What is the hardest thing about living in Japan versus your home country?

Getting around! There is no question about this..

When I lived in America, I had a car, and I used it to go everywhere. I could go straight from one place to another, and I could carry anything that I needed. Rain or shine, cold or hot, it was easy to be prepared for it all!

Nowadays, since I have no choice but to take the train most of the time, I have to take everything that I need with me, and carry it. It might not seem like a big thing, but it is. If I want to go across town, it takes me about 2 hours one way, part of which is walking, part of which is switching from one train to another, where I might even have to stand the whole way, depending on luck. All this time, I'm lugging everything that I might need. Say it's a normal day, I might need to carry, in addition to my wallet and purse--

A book (what else am I supposed to do on the train?), a coat or jacket, an umbrella. That's the minimum. Then assume I'm going to buy something. I have to carry it all with me, everywhere I go. Or if the store offers it, pay money (that I don't have) to ship it. without fail, my back ALWAYS starts to hurt when I go out. This of course is nothing compared to grocery shopping. Though the closest store is only a few minutes away, imagine having to carry plastic bags full of milk, sugar, eggs, flour, juice, etc, for any distance. I try to use my bike when I hope for just this reason... o.o; There is no such thing as a once-a-week grocery trip like I had growing up. I go to the grocery store, rain or shine, almost every day. ^^; (Which also wastes a lot of time, but I don't really have a choice unless I do get a car)

I really can't understand how people have lived their whole lives without a car by choice. If you're like me, and just can't afford one, then there's no helping it. But to go without by choice.... I really can't understand, gomen. ToT It has been by far the hardest thing about acclimating to life in Japan for me. Hopefully one day I can correct that!! (when I get rich??)

Day 01 - A picture of you "in Japan". (doing or wearing something "Japanese")
Day 02 - Describe your neighborhood in Japan.
Day 03 - Most interesting person you've met.
Day 04 - What's your favorite place that's not in any of the guidebooks/lists of places to visit?
Day 05 - Which, if any, Japanese mannerisms or expressions have you adopted?
Day 06 - Food that you swore you would never eat but now love (or tolerate).
Day 07 - Which Japanese words do you use in English? (hanami, shinkansen, etc.)
Day 08 - Are you a Herbivore or Carnivore? S or M?
Day 09 - Favorite stores/shopping centers.
Day 10 - Something about Japan that sets it apart from anywhere else.
Day 11 - What did you find most overrated and underrated about Japan?
Day 12 - Describe a fail!gaijin moment. (Where you did something wrong or completely misunderstood because you couldn't ~read the air~ or just plain had no idea what you were supposed to do because you weren't born and raised here) Describe a gaijin!smash moment .(Where your foreignness was to your benefit)
Day 13 - Favorite live event that you attended
Day 14 - What is the hardest thing about living in Japan versus your home country?

Day 15 - Weirdest food item you've seen, and weirdest food item you've actually eaten.
Day 16 - How you realised you'd acclimated to Japan. (if you have)
Day 17 - Your karaoke top 5, your sushi top 5, your conbini top 5.
Day 18 - Post some amusing/cute/faily purikura.
Day 19 - Your favorite Japanese character(s) and Gachapon/UFO Catcher toys
Day 20 - Favorite Japanese festival or folklore.
Day 21 - Favorite and least favorite Japanese fashion trends.
Day 22 - Your favorite Japanese saying or kotowaza (proverb).
Day 23 - What is something you have/do in Japan that you wish you had/could do in your home country?
Day 24 - Your favorite Japanese slang or borrow-word (外来語), e.g. セフレ "sex friend"
Day 25 - Most interesting vending machine find.
Day 26 - What's your favorite/least favorite train line.
Day 27 - Place you avoid going to if at all possible.
Day 28 - A picture of you looking like a weaboo/A picture of you trying to blend in and failing.
Day 29 - What's the thing you [will] miss most about Japan when you leave (either on vacation, or move away)?
Day 30 - Did Japan meet your expectations, both good and bad? What has been the most surprising thing about Japan for you, or the thing you least expected?

PS: I ended up dropping Hiyokoi vol. 1 in the toilet Monday night (after I'd flushed, thankfully, but..).. so sad. I finished the volume, but I suppose I'll have to replace it eventually.. ToT
marikitinsane_desire on October 20th, 2010 08:27 am (UTC)
good luck! <3 i know you'd do it I wish I am as talented as you.. youre wonderful and inspiring. You make me realize that dreams DO come true
Joedoedoejoedoedoe on October 20th, 2010 08:44 am (UTC)
freedom to leave
I am really enjoying reading this 'meme' :-)!
I've only been to Japan as a tourist and loved it! But always wondered what it'd be like to really live there. Who knows? Maybe i'll give it a go sometime.
But was somewhat astonished with this thing you said about the Konomi-sensei's studio! About not being allowed to leave when you want to.
Is this common there? Is this, like, a standard requisite by employers? How long can you stay 'locked up' then?
Re: freedom to leave - hinoai on October 20th, 2010 12:26 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: freedom to leave - akibare on October 20th, 2010 01:38 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: freedom to leave - joedoedoe on October 22nd, 2010 07:55 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - hinoai on October 20th, 2010 12:23 pm (UTC) (Expand)
harrissette on October 20th, 2010 09:00 am (UTC)
I cross my fingers for your contest! ^^
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on October 20th, 2010 12:26 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I think that I'll need a lot of luck!
Sherrysherryillk on October 20th, 2010 09:34 am (UTC)
When I lived in NYC, I would do shopping trips every two weeks and it was a twenty minute walk each way...

Getting to the store wasn't so bad because it was near where I worked so I would go after work and walk back home but it was really, really brutal. If it wasn't so cheap by so much to any other store close to where I actually lived, I won't have bothered but damn, remembering it, I still shudder a bit. The only good thing about it was that it was really scenic walk back and there were copious amounts of benches where I could rest...

After that for a year, I was like "Fuck it, I'm taking the bus" and I never regretted my decision.

But I think people who live in metropolitan areas go through this a lot and they eventually adapt. In NYC, shopping carts that you could push were really popular and also makes it a lot easier. Maybe you should invest in something like that?
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on October 20th, 2010 12:28 pm (UTC)
OMG, yes, this is exactly the feeling that I'm talking about! I'm glad that others know how I feel. ToT

When I can (grocery shopping and the like), I try to take my bike. I can only fit so many things in my basket, but it does really help. Of course I can only go close places on it, but without it grocery shopping is a lot harder!
(no subject) - akibare on October 20th, 2010 01:34 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - maidofstars on October 20th, 2010 04:08 pm (UTC) (Expand)
ore-samathesundaywriter on October 20th, 2010 09:35 am (UTC)
all the best =3

Indeed, grocery shopping without a car is inconvenient, I have to do multiple trips if I have heavy things like potatoes and bottles of liquid.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on October 20th, 2010 12:28 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it can really hurt a lot, ne! Multiple trips is really the only way to go sometimes.
Destiny ♪yuidirnt on October 20th, 2010 09:54 am (UTC)
Good luck for that contest! You deserve to win it!
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on October 20th, 2010 12:29 pm (UTC)
Thank you! ^^
Neffiline: AAA Sweetneffiline on October 20th, 2010 12:12 pm (UTC)

The manga contest of course. n___n You're so talented!!! I'm sure you have big chance of winning! Just believe in yourself, jump at it, work hard!! And then, once it's done, even if you don't win, you can be proud of yourself for going through the process and having a finished product! Plus I'm sure it would be a great learning experience too!!
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on October 20th, 2010 12:30 pm (UTC)
OMG thank you so much!! ^^ It might not sound like much, but your comment really made me feel like, just maybe, I really can do it. And you're right-- at least I will have a finished product!! Even if I don't win, then I can use it later in a compilation or maybe make a doujinshi out of it. ^^

Edited at 2010-10-20 12:30 pm (UTC)
☆: MJ - ❍♫♪theidolhands on October 20th, 2010 12:23 pm (UTC)
Living a big city myself, I know exactly what you mean regarding traveling. I often joke that it's more like camping.

That's surprising and interesting about how the manga studio worked. I can understand your mixed feelings as well. Personally, I'm pretty possessive of when and what I can eat. Like yourself, I'll work as hard as they want, but I appreciate a little flexibility. Hm, I guess you have to get to a mental point of thinking more like a machine. I can see why it would be more enjoyable to do it on stints versus lifestyle.

TOtally enter the contest!

And although I know it has nothing to do with nothing, I just need to say that as a Michael Jackson fan...I love the title of the manga. :P
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on October 20th, 2010 12:40 pm (UTC)
That is is exactly! In order to put up with it, I had to think a bit like a machine. It was really hard at first, then I got used to it, and then finally I realized that I didn't like life when I had to make myself that way. It took a lot of courage to bring up those feelings with Konomi-sensei, but I'm glad that I did. ^^

AHAHAHAA I didn't even think about the Michael Jackson connection! Sensei actually likes him a lot, but I don't think that it actually has anything to do with the title. XD I'm going to have to ask him. XD
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Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on October 20th, 2010 02:53 pm (UTC)
Ahaha re the art, there is so much that I wish that I could say, only Shueisha might ban me from working for them if they found out, LOL.

I will wait until it comes out, and then maybe post some things under fl. XD
Wee Lisaweelisa on October 20th, 2010 02:41 pm (UTC)
I have long gotten by without a car - but you really can't beat the convenience of it. I don't think that people who have always had a car quite understand how easy they have it. Shops I sometimes want to go to are located far from a bus stop - like Winners - what's up with that?

In Winnipeg, you also have some pretty harsh temps to deal with. I would love to be able to get one of those remote control devices that turn the heat on in your car and warm it up for you - much better than shivering by a windy bus stop!

I will have to second the suggestion about the shopping cart. They have nice fabric ones these days that actually hold quite a bit - perfect for if you need to load up on heavier items a couple times a month - e.g heavy produce, laundry detergent, cans, etc. We've got two of them - and one is in a leopard skin print! I couldn't decide between that and the plastic bubblegum hot pink one. They're fun to "pimp" up and decorate too - granny never had it so good! ;p

Also, the fabric shopping carts are much better for taking on buses and trains. The old fashioned wire ones require you take up a lot of space - but not these two-wheel guys. If your back ever gets worse, consider using one of these - you can even sort of lean on them if you have to stand for an extended period.
Wee Lisaweelisa on October 20th, 2010 02:45 pm (UTC)
Oh, I forgot to mention that there is a documentary supplement on my Spirited Away DVD that shows you life in the animation studio of Miyazaki (Studio Ghibli) - its disturbing how long hours animators have to work - still doesn't sound as bad as where you worked, though.
(no subject) - hinoai on October 20th, 2010 02:57 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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(Anonymous) on October 20th, 2010 09:27 pm (UTC)
with all due respect, if choice is the higher order, shouldn't smokers have the right to smoke freely in both public/private spaces? smokers are releasing all types of pollutants that do damage and put other people at risk but that harm can be applied to the use of private transportation(where there's a high level of cars, there's environmental pollution, not to mention a larger impact on the Arctic)?

as for choice in using cars, japanese do have that choice as individuals. i know lots of people who use private cars. but, even with cars, they often choose to use public transportation.

but, in the larger picture, i don't think that it's wrong to have groups with commonly held values and practices, esp. if these are to the benefit of all people and the environment.

with the unprecedented climb in the use of private cars in China and other countries following suit, global pollution is very real. if choice ever was important, it's giving people the choice to have clean air, water, and access to nature.


Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on October 21st, 2010 04:18 am (UTC)
Re: ....
I'm sorry, but your argument doesn't make sense. If the choice to have clean air is the most important, then how can smokers choice to smoke anywhere be a high order? By definition they pollute. :/
Yorick Brown's wifediabla_traviesa on October 20th, 2010 09:36 pm (UTC)
I second the shopping cart suggestion, or a nice sturdy back pack perhaps? I only started driving a couple of years ago (I also live in a big city) and before that I just took my back pack everywhere full of every single thing I needed. Of course I tried not needing a lot of stuff :P.

And good luck with everything, especially the contest!
Kate: [Bleach] Captain Ukitakekiyohimee on October 20th, 2010 11:23 pm (UTC)
I know you can do it! Money is always an issue, but, I think you should just take a chance and see what happens!
キモさ満々♡ 미친 외국인: 俺様と共に全国についてきなdilettantka on October 21st, 2010 12:16 am (UTC)
You should definitely go for the contest. You never know! And it's not a waste if you can use the story later for something else, as you said. It's still your work and unless you sign a waiver that it now belongs to such-and-such company, it should remain so.

Haha, I've lived most of my life without a car and I don't see the big deal at all - yes, they are convenient for certain things and I like it being my little moving karaoke box - but public transportation is safer and doesn't do as much environmental damage. Yeah, the trains in Tokyo are REALLY CROWDED but so are the streets, and the shops. You live in a metropolis, you deal, or you move away into the boonies (but then you have a horrible commute haha) I got rid of the car I owned when I lived in Boston because it was much more practical to live without one - Tokyo is even worse in terms of traffic and lack of parking.

But then my thoughts are biased because I loathe cars and think they are ugly, smelly machines of death that kill the planet :)~<3
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on October 21st, 2010 04:20 am (UTC)
Yeah, I'm definitely going to try to enter. I've been trying to come up with a story for days and I'm going to spend today doing the same. Hopefully by the weekend I can start putting pencil to (manga) paper!

Haha, you say that but on a day like today tell me it wouldn't be sooooo nice to drive to Okubo in a heated, dry car :3 Singing along loudly to the radio of course!
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ext_292880 on October 21st, 2010 12:51 am (UTC)

This was great to read. ^_^
I've been looking forward to reading Moon Walker Limited, it's pretty funny that he asked you to help out with it. That just goes to show how important you were in his team.

I really hope you'll be able to draw a story, I'd love to see some of your original work.
I'm trying to make a story too atm (I also asked you a question about that on your question page) so let's both work hard and get noticed by some big-shot publishers. :D
Will you be posting pictures of your progress once in a while if you decide to go for it? That'd be a lot of fun to look at.

Oh, and for the record, I'd totally let my assistants go for a walk if they needed to. Haha.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on October 21st, 2010 04:21 am (UTC)
Re: Comment?
I'll try and post pictures, definitely! ^^ A little bit amyways.
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Anguilaelectragretchen on October 21st, 2010 02:06 am (UTC)
Best wishes for the contest! I know you'll get it! :)