Thursday, February 26, 2004

When I have to go house hunting, I get many free invitations ... like Robert Harris's Exile Night on Feb 28th at Neo, Sweetbox concert invitation(not that I want to go that bad but) , party invitation on sunday... and many more that I forgot as I am trying hard enough to forget about it. Not fair, but gotta do what I gotta do. Exile night should be fun, so if you are in Tokyo and have nothing to do, check that out!!!
Shit happens. and sometimes shit happens for a reason. Well, Everything happens for a reason. That's what I would like to believe. Although I just couldn't lighten up all day. Well. it takes me a while to come out of the darkness. argh. This pounding headache. a major migrane attack. Thanks Tylenol for being my bestfriend...

We had a lady from Japan Marrow Doner Program Association to talk about what the marrow doner is really like and what you have to do to sign up for it. There is a movie out in Japan called "hanochi" and marrow donation holds the key to this story. Anyway this movie is a big hit in theaters right now and apparently people here have been signing up with the marrow doner program because of the influence of this movie. hmm. After that, I interviewed Nana Katase. She was doing the interview all day long but being the last one today, (started from 11pm) she was like whatever I'll have fun, and all relaxed and talked to me like she had no ego or shame. That was really great. Next interview is with ELT, after that is Ai Otsuka, a newcomer who is said to be the next Avex's Ayumi Hamasaki or BoA. but I finally heard her song and her promotional videoclip today,and I was like ... okay..???? I don't know. Maybe it really is about time that I am losing senses or Tokyo has gone way too mad for me. I need to pack for the house hunt tour. Hopefully my headache will be gone by then..

Find your birthday and then find your tree. This is really cool and
somewhat accurate, also in line with Celtic astrology.

Dec 23 to Jan 01 - Apple Tree
Jan 01 to Jan 11 - Fir Tree
Jan 12 to Jan 24 - Elm Tree
Jan 25 to Feb 03 - Cypress Tree
Feb 04 to Feb 08 - Poplar Tree
Feb 09 to Feb 18 - Cedar Tree
Feb 19 to Feb 28 - Pine Tree
Mar 01 to Mar 10 - Weeping Willow Tree
Mar 11 to Mar 20 - Lime Tree
Mar 21 - Oak Tree
Mar 22 to Mar 31 - Hazelnut Tree
Apr 01 to Apr 10 - Rowan Tree
Apr 11 to Apr 20 - Maple Tree
Apr 21 to Apr 30 - Walnut Tree
May 01 to May 14 - Poplar Tree
May 15 to May 24 - Chestnut Tree
May 25 to Jun 03 - Ash Tree
Jun 04 to Jun 13 - Hornbeam Tree
Jun 14 to Jun 23 - Fig Tree
Jun 24 - Birch Tree
Jun 25 to Jul 04 - Apple Tree
Jul 05 to Jul 14 - Fir Tree
Jul 15 to Jul 25 - Elm Tree
Jul 26 to Aug 04 - Cypress Tree
Aug 05 to Aug 13 - Poplar Tree
Aug 14 to Aug 23 - Cedar Tree
Aug 24 to Sep 02 - Pine Tree
Sep 03 to Sep 12 - Weeping Willow Tree
Sep 13 to Sep 22 - Lime Tree
Sep 23 - Olive Tree
Sep 24 to Oct 03 - Hazelnut Tree
Oct 04 to Oct 13 - Rowan Tree
Oct 14 to Oct 23 - Maple Tree
Oct 24 to Nov 11 - Walnut Tree
Nov 12 to Nov 21 - Chestnut Tree
Nov 22 to Dec 01 - Ash Tree
Dec 02 to Dec 11 - Hornbeam Tree
Dec 12 to Dec 21 - Fig Tree
Dec 22 - Beech Tree

Apple Tree (the Love) -- quiet and shy at times, lots of charm,
appeal, and attraction, pleasant attitude, flirtatious smile,
adventurous, sensitive, loyal in love, wants to love and be loved,
faithful and tender partner, very generous, many talents, loves
children, needs affectionate partner.

Ash Tree (the Amition) -- extremely attractive, vivacious, impulsive,
demanding, does not care for criticism ambitious, intelligent,
talented, likes to play with fate, can be very egotistic, reliable,
restless lover, sometimes money rules over the heart, demands
attention, needs love and much emotional support.

Beech Tree (the Creative) -- has good taste, concerned about its
looks, materialistic, good organization of life and career,
economical, good leader, takes no unnecessary risks, reasonable,
splendid lifetime companion, keen on keeping fit (diets, sports,

Birch Tree (the inspiration) -- vivacious, attractive, elegant,
friendly, unpretentious, modest, does not like anything in excess,
abhors the vulgar, loves life in nature and in calm, not very
passionate, full of imagination, little ambition, creates a calm and
content atmosphere.

Cedar Tree (the Confidence) -- of rare strength, knows how to adapt,
likes unexpected presents, of good health, not in the least shy, tends
to look down on others, self-confident, a great speaker, determined,
often impatient, likes to impress others, has many talents,
industrious, healthy optimism, waits for the one true love, able to
make quick decisions.

Chestnut Tree (the Honesty) -- of unusual stature, impressive,
well-developed sense of justice, fun to be around, a planner, born
diplomat, can be irritated easily, sensitive of others feelings, hard
worker, sometimes acts superior, feels not understood at times,
fiercely family oriented, very loyal in love, physically fit.

Cypress Tree (the Faithfulness) -- strong, muscular, adaptable, takes
what life has to give but doesn't necessarily like it, strives to be
content, optimistic, wants to be financially independent, wants love
and affection, hates loneliness, passionate lover which cannot be
satisfied, faithful, quick tempered at times, can be unruly and
careless, loves to gain knowledge, needs to be needed.

Elm Tree (the Noble mindedness) -- pleasant shape, tasteful clothes,
modest demands, tends not to forgive mistakes, cheerful, likes to lead
but not to obey, honest and faithful partner, likes making decisions
for others, noble minded, generous, good sense of humor, practical.

Fig Tree (the Sensibility) -- very strong minded, a bit self willed,
honest, loyal, independent, hates contradiction or arguments, loves
life and friends, enjoys children and animals, a social butterfly,
great sense of humor, likes idleness and laziness after long demanding
hours at work, has artistic talent and great intelligence.

Fir tree (the Mysterious) -- extraordinary taste, handles stress
poorly, loves anything beautiful, can become depressed at times,
stubborn, tends to care for those close to them as well as helping
strangers, rather modest, hard worker, talented, unselfish, few sexual
relationships, many friends, doesn't want foes, very reliable.

Hazelnut Tree (the Extraordinary) -- charming, sense of humor, very
demanding but can also be very understanding, knows how to make a
lasting impression, active fighter for social causes and politics,
popular, quite moody, sexually oriented, honest, a perfectionist, has
a precise sense of judgment and expects complete fairness.

Hornbeam Tree (the Good Taste) -- of cool beauty, cares for its looks
and condition, good taste, is not egoistic, makes life as comfortable
as possible, leads a reasonable and disciplined life, looks for
kindness and acknowledgment in an emotional partner, dreams of unusual
lovers, is seldom happy with its feelings, mistrusts most people, is
never sure of its decisions, very conscientious.

Lime Tree (the Doubt) - intelligent, hard working, accepts what life
dishes out, but not before trying to change bad circumstances into
good ones, hates fighting and stress, enjoys getaway vacations, may
appear tough, but is actually soft and relenting, always willing to
make sacrifices for family and friends, has many talents but not
always enough time to use them, can
become a complainer, great leadership qualities, is jealous at times
but extremely loyal.

Maple Tree (Independence of Mind) -- no ordinary person, full of
imagination and originality, shy and reserved, ambitious, proud, self
confident, hungers for new experiences, sometimes nervous, has many
complexities, good memory, learns easily, complicated love life, wants
to impress.

Oak Tree (the Brave) -- robust nature, courageous, strong,
unrelenting, independent, sensible, does not like change, keeps its
feet on the ground, person of action.

Olive Tree (the Wisdom) -- loves sun, warmth and kind feelings,
reasonable, balanced, avoids aggression and violence, tolerant,
cheerful, calm, well developed sense of justice, sensitive,
empathetic, free of jealousy, loves to read and the company of
sophisticated people.

Pine Tree (the Peacemaker) -- loves agreeable company, craves peace
and harmony, loves to help others, active imagination, likes to write
poetry, not fashion conscious, great compassion, friendly to all,
falls strongly in love but will leave if betrayed or lied to,
emotionally soft, low self esteem, needs affection and reassurance.

Poplar Tree (the Uncertainty) -- looks very decorative, talented, not
very self confident, extremely courageous if necessary, needs goodwill
and pleasant surroundings, very choosy, often lonely, great animosity,
great artistic nature, good organizer, tends to lean toward
philosophy, reliable in any situation, takes partnership seriously.

Rowan Tree (the Sensitivity) -- full of charm, cheerful, gifted
without egoism, likes to draw attention, loves life, motion, unrest,
and even complications, is both dependent and independent, good taste,
artistic, passionate, emotional, good company, does not forgive.

Walnut Tree (the Passion) -- unrelenting, strange and full of
contrasts, often egotistic, aggressive, noble, broad horizon,
unexpected reactions, spontaneous, unlimited ambition, no flexibility,
difficult and uncommon partner, not always liked but often admired,
ingenious strategist, very jealous and passionate, no compromise.

Weeping Willow (the Melancholy) - likes to be stress free, loves
family life, full of hopes and dreams, attractive, very empathetic,
loves anything beautiful, musically inclined, loves to travel to
exotic places, restless, capricious, honest, can be influenced but is
not easy to live with when pressured, sometimes demanding, good
intuition, suffers in love until they find that one loyal, steadfast
partner; loves to make others laugh

I am fir. I guess that's me. Kev is Maple. Figures.. (Thanks Lucy!)

Wednesday, February 25, 2004

Today's interview with Retro G-stylewas funny. They are releasing a new album on March 10th, called P-O-P. Igor and DJ Sega are always really hilarious. I just love the way Igor talks. It's so soothing. He talks like he raps. (His rap is slow style so) His dad was from Central Africa, fluent in English, French and Japanese. Igor and Sega have always been the laid back guys and Masaya was kind of always in a rush mode but not any more. Today Masaya was really laid back and 3 of them together were doing much better as a group. We talked about onsen, bathing, moving and the album. Most of what we talked about is irrelevant from the album, but you will know about the album if you listen to it anyway.. and other media will do enough talking about the album itself. It was a long day. meeting and the interview and J-wave and all. I bumped into Maria-san and she gave me a sample CD of Lost in Translation which I was about to buy. so it was cool that I got it for free. I love Maria she is so funny. She was like go spread the word!! Soundtrack is better than the movie. LOL I love
this group called My Bloody Valentine, (I met a group in early 90's before they broke up, what a fond memory) and I am glad that they chose to include this track on the soundtrack.

Tomorrow I have an interview with Nana Katase. Really tall and pretty girl. Her new track is a cover of Akina Nakamori classic. The interview will be after I am done with J-wave, so it's toughy... I'd be so exhausted.

Tonight I talked to a few friends on the phone. My friends tend to be pretty loud for some reason, and most of the time, other people around me can hear what my friends are saying from my cell phone. You never know what they say, so I hardly ever answer personal calls at work unless necessary.. just sheeesh. and I talked to this lady I met the other day as she wanted to interview me a little further for a book she is writing. A book about the lives of healers in Japan. I spoke for the healer, as she wanted to know the people's voice who have been helped. We talked for 2 hrs at least. She's written books, done workshops, a singlemother who raises two kids(one in high school and another in junior high) and pursue her writer's career at the same time and make a living. She talks slow, and in a tender voice, so I could stay on the phone that long but with my friends, usually I can't. I'd rather meet them in a LOUD place so I don't have to bother nobody. Anyway, I had a really good conversation with her. Since we both do a lot of shuzai, we had a lot in common to talk about and to discuss about other than what she originally called me about for her interview. I said go ahead and use my real name in the book because hopefully I'd be gone somewhere like in Hawaii by that time. ( I don't see it happening as the book comes out in a few months) She said the reason she just thought about writing a book on spitual healer was because she was interested in the lives of these people because she was going to one for a while when she had a relationship problem way back. and how she helped her tremendously. She said that her spiritual healer taught her many things but the best thing she said was "Don't take anything so seriously because life's a game." If you think your life is a game, it can be interpreted in many different ways. Some might want to either win or lose it, Some might just want to have a fun game, or Some might not be playing the game hard, Some might not even like the game and not play a game. or even stop the game in the middle. They have their own choices as to how they play their games. Because you are throwing the dice. That made a lot of sense to me.

How do you play your game? Me? I want to win.

Tuesday, February 24, 2004

Carrie ends up with Mr.Big on the last show of Sex and the city!! Supposedly there will be a movie of Sex and the city, too. I can't wait. This is the biggest news to me more than anything I've heard or seen today. Hell of a lot more exciting than all the beef story I keep hearing about, and if not beef, it's the news about chicken teriyaki ball that Yoshinoya added on the menu which they took down for the menu because 70% of chicken was imported from Thailand, and that they didn't want to continue serving chicken with all this bird flu scare. and Aum's final judgement day being this week and all.. ..or any personal news that I found out today... but Carrie? my god .. with Mr.Big? Awesome! If she made a choice not to be with Aidan, then I didn't want her to settle down with anybody boring, so way to go! Mr.Big(John, the name revealed) IS sexy.

Sunday, February 22, 2004

Tomorrow is an interview with the politician namedToshikatsu Matsuoka. We will be talking about US's policy about not doing the checks for all cows in order to protect people from BSE. Japan is the only country where we are doing the test for all cows, (then again how do we know for sure, huh?) When we found out about mad cow desease a few years ago, I stopped eating meat for a while, and then after doing much research for the show, I just kind of came to a point where why stop eating meat now? It was just a whole wake-up call to healthier, better eating habit. So I really don't worry much about eating beef or chicken right now but now with bird flu, and with cow affected by BES found in Canada, Japanese people are really conservative about eating beef or chicken now. My parents don't eat beef or chicken period now, and they made me tofu-hamburg the other day, which was really good! Isn't it just time to think about healthier diet really or do I really have to be that cautious??

Anyway, last night I stayed up pretty much all night watching Paris Hilton and Nicole Ritchie's "Simple Life" aired on Fox TV. Being in Japan, we don't get to watch reality show much at all. So it was intersting to say the least. Granted that Paris and Nicole can be dumb and crazy, but the show's story consultant must play them out big time, ever question why do they just film a pie sitting there when they know that the grandma was so looking forward to have them bring it up to the fair, and let the dog eat it? The facial expressions on them when they saw that pie all gone, was so fake. Especially Nicole can't hide it. Overall, it was ridiculous and funny. Hilton sisters have been to Japan so many times now, and been on JJ fashion magazine countless times. (the magazine I work for) JJ was pretty much first to discover them way before America did. We would rent out a shopping mall and make them explore on , literally shopping spree, and have them show us everything they bought. The scene where they were trying to talk to their hostfather about wanting to go to the mall with the boys during the daytime on one of the last few days of their stay, totally reminded me of when I was in Cali for a month as an honorary ambassador. I was 16, and dump and pretty darn spoiled. (but not as spoiled as Paris or Nicole). I wanted to spend my last evening with John, the guy who lived across the street from me who I had a major crush on, and my hostmother Claudette, hostfather Andy, and their little boy (at that time anyway) Jersey weren't happy. I was like whatta?? Let me do what I want to do! and I would also sneak out at night when John gets home from work just to see him and talk to him for a bit. Claudette busted me a few times and she gave me this serious look. I was like.. oh no I didn't come here to get the same treatment that I get from my own parents. but like NOW I KNOW LOL. You want to spend the time left with the family who was nice enough to let you stay, instead of just thinking about yourself. but I was 16, and coming from a super conservative home, I was just so happy to be on my own... well, kind of. and hanging out with the cute boys was like definatley an escape and to make your stay more enjoyable. so.. I was like, yeah Paris. Nicole. I kinda understand you. They definately go overboard, but how else can you make the show worthwatching to get ratings so that your sponsors are happy??

Today was like a total chill day. I watched this movie called Punch-drunk love. Just another DVD that Kev brought home. It was a slow and bizzare movie. I quite didn't know what to get out of this movie, and it almost made ME want to go nuts instead of them in the movie. TOO weird.

I was just laying down on the sofa after the movie, it's so windy tonight. There is tsunami alert around Izu island,too. Anyway I was just looking at the bookshelf and found this old book by Tak. Mizukusa called "a.dream". He and I go back a looong way but anyway we worked together for many years. He was one of the founders of Avex group. and he wrote the backstage history of Avex shortly after he quit Avex in 1999. I was just wondering what he's been up to. and there was his website addy on the book so I checked it and it wasn't there any more, but I found the label that he launched in 2002 called Hu Recordings. He is based in Fukuoka ever since he quit Avex. He seems to be teaching the music business at the school out there as well. I am glad that he is doing what he wants. and not let the power control him which he never liked. He was too darn honest for that.and he needed that simple life after so many years or chaos in the entertainment industry in Tokyo. That would be sweet though, I wish I could somehow stay in the business too and still get to live in a tropical island, you know? That would be superb...

Well, chill day is over and back to reality tomorrow.. bunch of stuff to do.. work work work. and a short trip to Hawaii which is like work to me..

Abercrombie and Fisch's racist T-shirts. I am a so-called all around "chink" and I think I would buy this when I go to Hawaii next week just so I can laugh at myself.

Saturday, February 21, 2004

Kevin came home. and brought home a bunch of cool stuff like a bottle of Hypnotiq which I wanted to try, and he brought home a DVD of Lost in translation!! Yay!(He brought a whole bunch of other DVDs too and he brought "Simple life" which I wanted to check out to see how dumb they really play out) So anyway, today I finally got to watch it.

I thought it was funny, and it really shows the modern, updated image of Tokyo. Some asian people seem to be offended by how they portrayed Japanese in this film, but hey, we really are like this LOL. Game center is going strong as ever, we are obsessed with games, anime and bizzare stuff. We love shabu shabu, sushi, and that karaoke scene isn't really karaoke.. NY bar at Park Hyatt just has one of those jazz band to amuse the people who pay for expencive drinks there, that one other chick who apparently was in Japan promoting her film. is probably modeled after Cameron Diaz. She lived here as a model when she was just starting out, and the lady who played that actress role, even sounded like her. The bar is nice enough when the celebrity comes, and let them sing. That happens. We are very polite people who can't get L's and R's. (Well, it's mostly that Japanese lauguage does not have R sound so that it's hard for Japanese to pronounce R's. ) Maybe Sofia might have overdone it though, and some could have got offended if they saw the dvd to see her laughing when she was making them do that scene.

and I must say, that I have actually been at places where similar shooting took place with celebrities from overseas, and to say the least, the reality is not so different from what she portrayed in the film. It's a sad fact but there are some translators who just can't translate and describe abstract images. When a shooting for a big commercial like that happens, the ad agency that's in the middle between the talent and the company(in that case it was Suntory) would have to find a translator. and sometimes they can get shitty translators who are polite in Japanese but who make up shit for foreign talents, shortening what they say, or just do not remember things because she/he is nervous as hell and just forgets. Well It's true. The translator that they had, was bad but sometimes she/he could be pretty bad as well.

And with the photo shoot? and how he was trying to speak to him in English yet it was pretty broken english? Man it was so like seeing my own photo shoot after the interview (when I am doing something for magazines). I have worked with so-called "bilingual" photographers. They think they can speak it. but they don't. There is this one photographer that I used to always use, because he was suggested by the magazine, he would try so hard to get them going, and get them in good mood and relaxed and all, but it doesn't quite work that way. I would usually follow them up just so that the artists know what they are supposed to do. I also use Koichi Nakazawa quite a bit who is my favorite, who was working as an assistant for Park-san team (famous photographer team in Japan), because he is hilarious even to us. and he is so comical to the point where anyone pretty much forget about being all cool, and get all goofy and be themselves for a photo. He made Holly Valance, Hillary Duff, and whole bunch of others laugh so hard, make them dance.. etc. Nowadays there are some younger completely biligual photographers in Japan,too but they can't work for a project which is something big as a huge commercial deal because of lack of experience. anyway.. Tokyo.. is just like that really. We have to accept the fact that we live in a bizzare city, with bizzare people and I am proud to be wacky. because I am sorry I AM!! and I am born and raised here and have no shame.

That TV show, (Matthew's) is a real TV show that I LOVE, it's just so goofy, he plays out this brit gay guy( he is gay too in real life) and his wackiness and goofiness is so japanesey. LOL Him playing Matthew is highly regarded by gay community in Japan because he doesn't make fun of himself being gay, unlike other roles played out by other celebrities like Homoo Homoda. (Played out by the Tunnel's guy, who was a crazy Japanese baseball player in Wild thing)

When a big star comes to Japan, they mostly stay at Park Hyatt. That's where I interviewed like Leonard Dicaprio and countless others. They are locked into the hotel most of the time and I feel sorry for them. You see how the main character girl is sitting right by the window looking out the city, that's what I always do when I am in the room waiting for my turn to do the interview, too.

I actually liked how they casted a pretty cool people for Charlotte's friends who she was hanging out to go to Karaoke and such. There were like this really hip photograper chick, actor, people that are well known in the club scene.

and about that prostitute? Well, people! Get real. Actors GET chicks. It's a fact. It's a gift from the company. Sometimes artists won't even come to Japan without weed being provided by the label because they insist that is their religion. ( Happens a lot with reggae artists and bands from UK. ) The one Bob Harris got was a lame one, usually he would have a choice of hands-full :)

and about that height? Come on!! LOL We are short, I am short. and we even make fun of ourselves, Some Japanese are tall, but the average is way shorter than what you are used to. That elevator scene is something that exactly happens on the train everyday. Crowded and yacky and sometimes ojisan aroma can be smelly. I asked some tall guys before that they must be able to breathe better because they are above their heads, and they told me that it's not so easy being tall either because they can smell their greasy head and not as nice as you think it would be.

Overall I think it's a pretty funny movie with all this melancolia mixed in really well with Tokyo. Tokyo can be so exciting yet so lonesome sometimes because the city overwhelms you. When you are weak, you don't even feel like going out into the city because you don't want the power of the city to make you more miserable. and that whole culture shock thing and cultural difference can totally be understood. I grew up seeing both sides so it doen't surprise me all that much. Everything to me is just hysterical.

This movie somehow reminded me of when I worked as a translator for Martin Parr. He wanted to shoot something so unique,cynical and bizzare photos of Japan using top designer's accesories on real people. This was for Vogue Japan. But Vogue Japan has this very strict rule (set by the boss) which is that they don't use Japanese models. It just happens to be that their aspect of Japanese are not as picture perferct for high fashion. That's us Japanese people thinking that way. Martin could NOT understand that. He said " Why? They are as beautiful as anybody else in the world". (Just like Charlotte's husband said in the movie, why don't they let them be themselves?) and I totally agree. but that was their rule. but hey Martin was cool enough to break the rule.

Martin was funny. He tried taking pictures of typical OL's(office Ladies) with cell phones with real tacky clothes, by making them wear this super bright expencive ass boots by the top designer brands. He also tried making real people wear expencive hats and just line up for a restaurant.

None of those pictures were used by Vogue Nippon except for the ones he took of ones with babies. (Japanse babies were okay by Vogue Japan.) but the editor I worked with was nice enough that they let him do whatever he wanted, just so he feels better. On location, I was the only one assiting him as for translation, so I would do all kinds of stuff like jumping into the water with my bare foot in the pool so I can asist him, because I can't wait for 5-6 other people to decide which one would have a nerve to jump into the water to place the boots as where he wants it to be. Sometimes one translator is not enough for a big project and but you sometimes end up with a really bad translator. and that's a fact that viewers have to accept.

Hey, I was being bad one time too. When I went to NY to do an interview and photo shoot with Mariah Carey, my photographer was really talented guy but spoke absolutely no English. So I assisted him telling Mariah what to do. It took all day to do the photo shoot, and we were all getting tired, we decided to take the last shots where she was walking up the stairs. She was trying to make sure if she looked okay. and we were like oh yes Beautiful. and then all of a sudden, my photograper says "Ketsu deke~na~" (huge ass!) as he is taking a closer shot of her body. I just started laughing because I was so tired. and Mariah was like " What you guys are lauging about?" with all smiles. So I just said " Oh he is saying he's not sure if he is focusing on you properly like he should because you are just so beautiful." and she was laughing too and wiggled her butt even more. which by the way, she really did have a nice ass.

I don't know when it's a Hollywood movie, and when it's nominated for academy awards, sense of humor may not reach everyone. and I do think that the impact of this movie can be different for everybody. Some, who have never been out of the country and who more than likely never will. might end up with this total chaotic and bizzare image of Japanese and this movie could be a racial movie like some people have been complaing about. I can't be responsible for the whole wide world so I do see their point of view. but really, in my opinion, as a person who was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan all my life, a full Japanese who has worked in the entertainment industry and really has seen how we treat them, this is close as it gets to the modern days of Japan and Japanese. Just don't generalize Tokyo or Japanese people just from this film. It's from Bob Harris and Charotte's eyes. If you want to know what's real, you have to visit the country and make extra effort to become friends with people from that country. Don't be a victim. Make friends.
These are pretty cool sites I found live from Tokyo..

Fucked Gaijin.com.
a girl in Tokyo
Tokyo Times
Educated beyond her intelligence

Friday, February 20, 2004

Sex and the city is ending this sunday, now there is Sex and the city tour for like 33 dollars hitting some of the spots where the filming took place, or the places each characters were obsessed with. Now there are also tanktops that says " I am a Miranda" or "I am a Carrie". I don't think I would buy it but I am definately a "Carrie" and still upset about the fact that she didn't settle for Aidan!! There will be a new thick book coming out on 27th, which I must absolutely get. Sex and the city gives us 30-something this feeling of wanting to be in love, wanting to be more spontenaous, be free, be true to ourselves, and to adore your friends even more. I wish I could be in the states this sunday just to watch this final episode!! Then again, I can always look forward to DVD which I can watch over and over again.

Thursday, February 19, 2004

Congratulations, Team Japan for its first win to World Cup!. The game started from 7pm at Saitama Stadium, all in blue. Japanese uniform's color. I couldn't watch the game as I was working during that hours, but I could hear my co-workers going whoa~yes!! They won. Whew. and I gotta say this.. Men in sports are beautiful. Nakata looks his best( and actually pretty damn hot) on the soccer uniform. . not on his Gucci suit or Armani, or with Vuitton bag.. Men who have this passionate drive to fight for the top really turn me on!!! because that pretty much mean that they will do the same for you in order to give you what you need, because you are what he wants. mmm!
College entrance exam(Daigaku juken) is a BIG deal in Japan. We work so hard to pass the test just so that we feel secured, or feel like that we belong somewhere. I didn't do the regular college entrance exam because I was already secured at the point when I got accepted by this private junior high school which automatically pretty much gurantees you that you can go to the same tree of high school. and college, which we often call it "Escalator system". I worked my butt off to get accepted though, I went to cram school from when I was 4th grader to 6th grader, and I also had singing test, and piano test. So I went for countless of lessons by the piano teacher who was teaching at the school I wanted to enroll in. I would go in for 5 minutes. and she would slap my hands and be like "You are done for the day, you suck. You need more practice. " so I practiced like at least 5 hrs a day everyday, playing the same song over and over again so I can play it like a robot when I show up for the entrance exam. When I went to see the result, and found out that I got accepted, I was so overjoyed, and jumped up and down literally. but who ever thought that as soon as I started school, that I would end up being in the metal band in school instead LOL. ....

Anyway. here is what happened recently in Kyoto.

There was an entrance exam for Doshisha University, which is a pretty decent college in Kansai area. This girl wakes up on the day of the test, and feeling nervous on her way to the campus by train. and when she got to the campus, she realized that she was at the different campus(there are two different ones for that college), which was 20 kilometers away from the other campus where she was supposed to be at for the test. She got in a taxi but there was just no way that she would get there on time, (if she is there within 30 minutes after the test has begun, then she can still take the test), she keeps crying out loud in the taxi. so the taxi driver got all confused and go to the police near Kyoto station. This taxi driver explains the situation to the cop and that there was no way that he can take her there on time, and so this cop talks to his boss, and gets this permission to drive the police patrol car with siren and red light going on so he can go fast and maybe get there on time. So this cop did driver her to the campus. She was 25 minutes late, so she got in and took the test like nothing ever happened.

Sunday the 15th was the day to announce who got accepted and who did not make it, but since her name is annoymous and completely hidden out for privacy, noone knows if she got accepted or not. but Kyoto police station has received 7-800 (prolly more now) emails, letters, faxes arguing about what they did. 80% you guys were so nice! 20% Don't use our tax to drive somebody else who wasn't professinal enough to pass or even just to go take the test. On our show, we did a vote as well. 60% yes cops were cool. 40%. Cops didn't make the right decision. they have better things they need to be doing.

I mean they stopped other cars side to the street just to get this one girl out to the campus where she couldn't have gotten there because of her own fault and lack of concentration. Everyone is equal when it comes to things like this. I see this whole thing as "not fair". and think that she should have just known better. From the radio station's stance, we had to support this girl, and the cop, so we had to get this professional in law to see whether the law applies when cops do things like this.

We talked to Mr. Takeshi Tsuchimoto, a former Supreme Prosecutors Office prosecutor,now an honorary professor at Tsukuba University. He was rather pissed off and frustrated about how ridiculous this girl is, and also the cop for trying to help this silly girl. He was saying this was her fault and while this cop is out using the patrol car with siren and red lights going on, and if emergency occurs and if there is no car around to do that, that could turn into a big problem on the police side thus this police officer who drove her to the campus. and also the higher up who gave permission to him, are to get some penalty.

and I get this little note from the scriptwriter saying "Ask him which college he went." I was like ah? and thought it really had nothing to do with this whole thing. Most of these supreme office prosecutor types are from Tokyo University, but maybe it was the chief scriptwriter's curiousity to ask this stupid question like this by this dumb reporter like me. I was like whatever, fuck it, and asked him which college he went. and he was like stumbling for words and was saying " I think that question has nothing to do with what we are talking about.." and didn't say it. and all the staffs are like laughing, I was feeling really bad and said " Well okay.. so what was it like when you went to take the test? " and he said " I was all prepared, I would have not done something stupid like this girl who wasn't ready for this test and not taking the test seriously. ". and so I said " Well, and we don't want other kids to think they can run into the police when they need an emergency ride, either" and he was like " Exactly, kids would repeat it by saying well this girl got away with it so why can't I? so there must be something done about it."

My staff was still on the phone talking to him and said that he actually enjoyed the interview and would like to come in for the live interview in the studio next time. Well that was comforting to know the least.. but See. he is this really famous honorary professor who often comments on the news that happen around the world, I didn't want to have the whole world against me when it was such a last minute question I didn't even want to ask. ..but sure enough we got some emails saying " I didn't think that question to him was necessary, I didn't like how you guys interviewed him." Right, of course. Mr.Tsuchimoto has a cult fan following for his knowledge as well, so it could have been them, my staffs were like " People need to chill~, its no big deal. So don't worry about it you won't get youself in any major trouble. " But what would harm me is that people would think that I am this rude chick who would not care about the person whom I am interviewing. which goes against my policy of doing the interviews. hmmm... takes way too much energy out of me everyday..

My wednesday director Tony, was telling me about how he went to an amusement park with his gf last weekend, and she likes horror movies and gory stuff that really mess with your head,(which he doen't care for) but does not like physical scary stuff like rollercoaster and he said how they got into a fight because he tried to take her onto the free fall ride and she got really pissed off after being in line for so long and when he tried to force into going. He said " Doing this show is like a horror film everyday you know. with fear thinking oh shit when are they going to call me up and they are going to say nasty stuff to me so enough mental horror stuff but rollercoaster is different. Scary mental is way worse than scary physically" . I wholeheartedly agree... My life is like horror film everyday when you don't know when somebody jumps out and screams at you..

Well, I got this CD called The Sex, The City, The Music-TOKYO off from Petrol Records. It's super groooovy. Awesome tracks to just feel like.. fuck it, whatever. which I really need right now.

Wednesday, February 18, 2004

Nanase Aikawa is not only a singer but now an authorized color therapist and a mom. I interviewed her today (she was fighting with the hangover, but she was fine to talk to) and talked about her upcoming new album called Seven. We talked about fanclub somehow and she told me that she used to belong to Shizuka Kudo fanclub, Dreams come true fanclub, and Maki Oguro fanclub. She likes men like Anthony Hopkins and Ken Watanabe(now famous from Last Samurai but he fought the stages of cancer in his career and he is a total surviver, not much about him is publicly known which won't do justice for what he accomplished with his life so far. ) and said she would join the fanclubof his if there is any. Anyway we talked about a lot of fun stuff like usual. She is so easy to talk to, down to earth, and she is definately now glorifying now. Way cuter than last time I saw her which was 2 and a half years ago! So during this past few years, she got this color therapist license, and now conduting workshops to train counselors. Her course, which you will get HER as a teacher is apparently about 120,000 yen (1200 bucks?) and her colortherapy book is also coming out next month. She's arleady got a bunch of students.. she was saying that she is a strict teacher, but anyhow, I was just struck with the idea of smart business choices, especially when you got fame already. and she did it just right.

At J-wave, we had a freelance writer who wrote a book called "Yoshinoya" for his love of beefbowl. He was apparently a scriptwriter before he became a freelance writer, we talked about basic knowledge and some interesting facts about Yoshinoya. He was hilarious!! As we were going along I really wanted to ask why he was obsessed with beefbowl so much, as to get a job at Matsuya so he can eat free beefbowl 3 times a day when he was younger. So I decided to ask him this as a last question out of my curiousity. " What does gyudon(beefbowl) mean to you? " He said, "Beefbowl means all the world to me. Beefbowl is like my bestfriend, bestfriend who supported me when I was poor ( because it was 250 yen a bowl, hell yeah!) .. and like a bestfriend who never turns his back on me and never betray me. " That was actually touching when he said that. So many people have relied on beefbowl especially when they are in a financial struggling phase, or even when they are not in financial crisis, when they(especially men) need some instant comfort food in midst of busy work day, people have gone to Yoshinoya. Anyway. Mr. Ichiro Yamanaka was so passionate about beefbowl and I think the interview with him went fine.

I hit the nail salon and got my nail fixed and did this french nail thingie down with glitter stone all over. Jinnai-san, my nail arist, and I got to talking about quite a few things, and it was great to talk to her today because I was actually pretty depressed,hurt and sad all day yet I had to camouflage that with all smiles and laughs just to get through the day. But looking at her doing her work, and how she talks about how much she loves her job, I said to myself that I must do something I LOVE in order to become succesful, both mentally and financially. I met 3 inspiring people today, Nanase Aikawa who does what she loves and make a killing off from it. Ichiro Yamanaka who does and also "eat" what he loves and make a humble, happy living off from it. and Jinbo-san, who loves what she does and make awesome money from it. I just need to follow my desire and my heart, and forget about other bullshit.

Tuesday, February 17, 2004

I am a sucker for a goofie movie like this!
Fark.com is a funny site which isn't a really news site but full of great stuff, anyway I found this and thought it was funny. Tamagotch is back in full gear! Well, it apparently really is.
My sleeping problem kicked in again, after all the normal sleeping cycle only lasted a day. Maybe it's the coffee I had yesterday which I never drink. .. hmm.

We talked about how politicians might get busted for illegal usage of moola wired from dentists association, and that it might affect the upcoming election a great deal. I think I am pretty much done trying to catch up with the news about political connection to whom and such. because there will always be people who do things under the table.. and like I can change the world...

I went to wu-lai in Shinjuku because I needed to feel uplifting, and was reaoly exhausted, the guy next to me was annoying as hell. He would intentionally burp. make noises, and he farted at least 3 times, a really big ones. I wanted to open the curtain and choke his neck... and then I saw those yanyan billboards all taken away in Shinjuku on the way home. Apparently they recently decided that putting up host club ads was promoting the red light district which goes against the rule of Shinjuki-city, so they were all taken down. I came with the food I picked up at Kiyo's kitchen take out in Roppongi Hills, they are always really nice and I just realized that they gave me an extra pudding :) It made my day much better :)

I talked to Kev online very briefly finally when I woke up today, he was still at the con and was packing and he should be on his way back to his mom's and then on the flight now to Honolulu. That lucky bastard. I doubt the DVD for Lost in Translation is out in US yet, but if it is, I want it! I have been wanting to see it but haven't had a chance since it is not out yet and like I had time at all to go hit the movie theatre while I was in Austin, I wish airports had movie theatre.. so I can watch something decent during the layover.. but anyway I am not sure how asians( Tokyo people in this case) are described in this film by Sofia Coppla, but this asian media watch net has started a campaign to stop the oscar voters to not vote for this film as the film portrayed a very streotype image of Japanese and asians in general. (I borrowed this topic from Joi-san's blog) I have to watch this film. Otherwise I wouldn't really know what they are talking about.. What's Japan waiting for??? Are they going to edit out something?!

Monday, February 16, 2004

I just saw Janet and Justin's performance at the superbowl on NHK BS 1, but they cut out the last part where Janet showed her covered nipple. Oh well, so many viewers in Japan must be dissapointed now.

Yumi came over and we did some aroma genera(herb personality) stuff. It took pretty much all day but we still have a LOT left... I wonder when we will be finished with this.

Mom and dad called and said that the realtor Ms.Fukayama took a bunch of pictures of one house that my dad liked, and sent the pictures by email to them, but turns out that it is right underneath the cliff, and she said in the email to them that this isn't a safe place to live. Well, hopefully by 26th, something decent would come up. I don't really want to stretch this house hunting much longer, it's just stressful for everyone. so hopefully while we are there, that we would be able to find something. Ms.Fukayama has private photo journal, a bunch of beautiful pictures of Hawaii, and up to date news about what's going on there!

I was able to get sleepy around the decent time again last night, even though I had this awful dream about me traveling to different places, plus Kev confessing to me that he has somebody else he really likes in my dream and I was completely left hanging and I woke up. What a dream...on Valentine's day.. anyway.. I am going to take a nice hot bath tonight so I will have a better dream or no dream at all tonight. Dreams can be exhausting. ....back to work tomorrow and the rating week starts.. busy busy busy.

Saturday, February 14, 2004

Last day of Beefbowl ..

I totally forgot that today was St.Valentine's Day. But since Kev is at Katsucon in Virginia, there aren't much I can do. I had work anyway. and I am pigging out on a few miniature Reese's peanut butter cups. Yum!
I went to Matsuya for work, well I didn't really have an appointment,but we went anyway. 15th was supposed to the last day of beefbowl but Matsuya had press releases saying they ran out, and that they will stop. My scriptwriter checked with public office guy of Matsuya and got yelled at saying we didn't say nothing about stopping. but TV and radio and all the media have already reported that it is already over, too late now! Most of the companies beefbowl related, have attitudes now to defend themselves. Did Japanese people like beefbowl that much?? Cheap fast and good. Yoshinoya is like the Macdonald's of beefbowl. Matsuya was apparently founded by the people who weren't happy at that time at Yoshinoya, and added teishoku menu, and made Matsuya. so they are related. Sure enough Matsuya didn't have beefbowl anymore... some gaijins would come in trying to get some beefbowl without knowing what's going on, being that it was in Roppongi, and one dude looked really frustrated that they didn't have beefbowl any more. They have beef teishoku still but as they run out of beef, they say they will stop that too.

So... we had porkbowl instead.. 440 yen with salad and miso soup. It had sprincles of sesame, and it wasn't bad.. you know how beefbowl's meat is all thin sliced and all wrinkley, pork looked the same so it wasn't like a big deal to me. I don't order beefbowl at Matsuya anyway and that was the first thing I ate today so it wasn't so bad actually. I was just hungry.

and you know how gyudon(beefbowl) was born? Japanese people way back way, used the leftover sukiyaki on the top of rice, to get some quick food at home, Yoshinoya got the idea from the food that was eaten at home, and made beefbowl fastfood chainstores. I did not know all this time that beefbowl was a part of sukiyaki! but yeah.. it makes sense. It did taste like sukiyaki.. next time we ever make sukiyaki at home, we gotta try that :)

By the way, Matsuya was where Kevin and I first dined out on the date in public LOL. So I was at the pretty memorable place on St.Valentine's Day huh? Hope you all are having a sweet sweet valentine's day...

Friday, February 13, 2004

I could not sleep at all. Maybe 2 hrs at most, and the phone rang and the delivery guy came and I got out of bed at like 10am. It was a package from Fukayama-san about real state! So nicely done, so easy for my parents to see. I was like Wow, talk about professional with a few decades of experience.

So it was my mom calling me and telling me that my dad decided not to make an offer for the Hawaiikai house. Kato-san sent 15 pages long of contract(DROA) and asked him to pay a good chunk of money wired to him asap. so I think he kind of chickened out and wanted to make sure of my feeling and stuff. Mom told me to come over and since I made a promise to see Yumi and do herb-o-logy translation for Kana sensei on sunday and I have to go to Roppongi to do a report at matsuya after all(even though they were reported that they already finished serving beef bowl and beed related stuff today as they ran out of meat, after my scriptwriter double checked, it wasn't completely gone, and they were saying there might still be something left for tomorrow. This sounds like a whole matsuya stunt for publicity to me, but oh well. So anyway, I was saying that I have stuff to do on wkends so I decided to just go there. I got there around 2:30pm. None of us slept much. My dad was having a hard time breathing because of his lungs problem, so he was trying to gasp for air sometimes, and would use some kind of medicines to clear his lungs. I was just so worried..

I translated the description part for them, and then we got to talking about the house. So, well. to make things short, I made peace with them, and I totally understand what they are trying to do for me with this whole thing and to invest in my future in case they just die one day. For what my dad is investing, I must make a better future, I want to be more succesful and stable and make them feel reassured about me. (and Kev). I don't want to make them worry any further. Kev and I can't play around like this any more, We got to be serious about our future if we are going all the way together.

It's like I have days of high and low come and go daily, yesterday was like so low. today..well I wouldn't say high but it definately is picking up. I tried so hard not to cry in the car when my dad offered me a ride to the station and told me a story. but instead I cried like a fool on the train back home.
Anyhow, yeah I am just an emotional biatch.

For the meeting next week, I have to do some research on Dorlis and DMBQ, and Retro G-style. Well, I am just so tired today that I think I will just go to bed early tonight as I have to go to work early tomorrow.

Yikes that means working on St.Valentine's Day!! Gotta get some "out of duty" chocolate!!! LOL oh and damn,I should have given my dad some, because this is his first Valentine's day after he retired last year, when he won't be getting "giri" chocolate.... oh... :( Kev should be at Katsucon in Arlington, VA right now as the convention goes on all weekend. I haven't had time to talk to him much since he went back. I need to let him know that Hawaii is still on with my parents, me, him and them together. I doubt he would be checking my blog while he is at the con. He hardly even checks emails while he is at at con anyway. I am sure he is getting a lot of love from everyone at Katsu though.
Never seem to see the light of day. .. about some place where they should be lots of sunshine... *sigh* anyway....

Finally mailed out Taka's stuff from postoffice.. and then I saw these limited Hello Kitty stamp, so I bought 2 sheets of those. Very cute. Went to the doctor and told him about what's going on with me, and as usual prescribed me the little white pills and yellow pills, which somehow put me sane in times like this ... Went to the citibank with my 500 yen saving piggy bank. The ladies there were trying to break it open with scissors and hammers and it was a funny sight. because they, unlike other banks, tend to try too hard to be stuck up, and you know how the way "citibank" is pronounced in Japanese, it sounds more like "shitty bank" so me and my former canadian co-workers used to make fun of citibank, because they really had the attitude way back when. They kind of still do, but I don't care any more, as long as it functions, so I was like what better place to bring my 500 yen saving and give them a hard time than citibank. hehe. Went to update my bankbook and the service hours were over by then, made new meishi, and I was just running around busting my ass off to do errands. and then I get this call from my stressd out and freaky parents about Hawaii home... I was like NOT AGAIN. and don't go changing everything like this!! I am not going into details because I don't feel like it, I have been worried about them being sick and all and wanted to bring them much joy and help and all but boy, now they are going to make ME really sick both mentally and physically! As much as I hate the people who do things last minute, (I think I hate that type more) people who jump to things and keep changing things, is very annoying. I don't really have anyone to vent and who would listen to me besides Yumi. I wanted to scream and be like "if Kev is not going then I aint going either and do NOT mix him with everybody else who they didn't have things go smooth with, all catagorized under gaijins.

My parents are pretty much made up of prejudice. That's why I always wanted to get away from them as far as possible, so I can be entitled to my own opinions. which is pretty much open to anything, any idea, any type pf people or beliefs.(besides illegal drugs, sorry). because that's what make them happy so why should we judge them? In order to live with them, we have to accept them, and I am not sure if that's something my parents will be able to do if they move to Hawaii. ( I doubt they will be there 365 days a year but who knows huh). so I will have to sit down and talk to them when they are not as upset or freaky like how they are right now, and tell them what they need to be prepared for. See, most everything in Japan is like .. on time, they do more than enough service to you for no charge( we ain't a tippping country). They make sure of everything and they treat you like a little kid and have everything ready and lined up for you, and when things don't go smooth, or if anybody is slacking, then you are labeled as a complete loser and you are OUT of this society. No question asked. That's another reason why counseling is still not as accepted because Japanese people are embarrased if other people find out that you have problems. We are all supposed to be hardworking, and perfect. and that's where we start. and you can't expect the same thing in Hawaii. There are way too many slackers, who are just chilling. ..

I was trying to start blogging about more interesting stuff about Tokyo and away from my personal stuff. My journal. diary.. blog.. whatever you call it. but hey. this blog will always remain in this cyberworld even though when one day after I die. That's just so cool. and I wouldn't mind sharing something about me with the whole wide world when way back when, you had to be famous, or like invented something really cool or whatever for people to remember who you are. I am sorry. I am just rambling today.

Oh yeah. I saw this article about this lady who owns the website called Cafeglobe. Her name is Yoko Aoki and while I used to do the show called FIT club on J-wave. I met her in person. She knew me from the earlier show that I used to do covering the beauty/health tip on another show called "Dear field" on J-wave. Apparently she married a brit, and go back and forth between Japan and UK now. It would be cool to do a column for her website when I do get to move to Hawaii ..nothing better than working with the link to Japan and get yen, working in US is not going to be the same...

I rambled enough.. oh and since Matsuya is going to stop carrying beefbowl as of this saturday 14th also, I am supposed to go do the report for the show to see how the customers are reacting and all that, apparently Matsuya is going to narrow down to just one branch since there are so many requets for interview or report, that we won't find out til the last minute where its going to be at yet. I am sure it will be somewhere where they can draw a lot of attention with camera crews and people like us with DAT recorders and a bunch of microphones... spending Valentine's day out at Matsuya. How lovely is that.

Thursday, February 12, 2004

Well, I took much needed rest today and slept til 5pm. I went to bed around 4-5 ish am last night though but hey I got sleep! I was planning to get things done, like going to the bank, postoffice, make new business cards since I am running out, but i was like fuck it. Bed feels so much better and I ain't moving! My brain just needed to shut down for a loooong time. It felt so nice. I am just goint to chill this week, and take a little rest from my parents.

It seemed like a crazy day at J-wave today. 9 hr special show that most of my beloved staffs were working on, which was a show to discover a new DJ, called Dream audition. This dude won, who was into like Kraftwerk and etc, dosen't speak English. He was given 20 minutes free DJ time to say whatever he wanted, it was scary to listen to him, being that it was his first time ever on air. Made me think of my own first time. Gosh that's so long ago... I have no shame now... Anyway, J-planet was doing the production for this, megu-chan was on the show as a reporter to which my chief scriptwriter says "oh she still sucks" whew, that's toughie. so him, and ohana company were also involved in this. Miura-san was supposed to write the whole 9 hr scripts and I saw her til monday when she was doing the meeting, turms out that she was fired at the last minute and that's why tuesday's writer Kitamura-kun was doing the script.

So when I got there, everyone was like so burnt out, and I saw Tokuyama-san so I went up and talked to him, and he's the only one so far that I said anything about Hawaii, and he was like, " I still haven't given up on Hawaii yet! Since you can have your greencard through your husband. can you make a company there and hire me? and let's get J-planet trapped in this so as G.I.O because he was interested in making an office in Hawaii, so that's just perfect! We need to talk! so we could do a show from Hawaii!" . See, he and I used to work at FM Yokohama together for like 3 yrs. He was so nice, down to earth, and laid-back and knew how to get the best out of me. I was doing a 3 hr live show on friday morning with him. We talked about moving to Hawaii so many countless times during those 3 yrs, and me, him and our AD and Yumi even went to Hawaii together because we just LOVE it there. so see he was a director at that time, but now he is a producer at J-planet so he has major authorities! If I could just do at least one show from Hawaii for Japan, which could somehow heal the people in Japan for a few hrs, that would be awesome. I could still continue to do what I have always felt comfortable, and live in a tropical paradise. Perfect!!!! Well, finding a house is the first thing we need to tackle, but I just need to talk to him more, and get this thing started. I am thinking that this could happen. I might not be doing the show at the exact same time I move there(who knows when) but I believe it could happen. I can make Japan money in Hawaii, which I can totally use, and while people find out that I am there on air, I can ask people if I can write columns or something for magazines and such. or even books. Tokuyama-san was like " Ahh it was such a long exhausting day so now all that headache is gone! LOL I can get my twins and one lil boy to the kindergarten at front of Kahala mall!!!". He was excited :) so am I .

Well so my show started and we had Misia come live in between the show as she was promoting her new album that came out today all day long on J-wave. Since my mind is on moving to Hawaii, and not the political bullshit at work any more, I have no stress at work. I am just excited to think how I can change my life, one of my new set of rules would be to RICH in Hawaii. LOL. My goal is to live in a big mansion in Kahala, have succesful career and live large. I know I can do it. I just have to put my feet and keep moving ahead. I didn't have that goal when I first started this DJ job, and most succesful people I know, their goal is to be rich. If you think you want to be rich wholeheartedly, then you will be rich, if you don't then you settle for less, and that's a fact. I will figure out about the job more when the time to move is near, I feel much better after talking to Tokuyama-san. We must follow our dreams because they will follow you!
We talked about Bird Flu with the professor who has been studying about bird flu more than anybody, longer than anybody in Japan. Japanese people are too frightened about BSE and bird flu and now scared to eat anything but pork. That goes to show how media is not serving its purpose to provide proper information and educating the public about it. Just wash your hands, and gargle whe you come home from outside, like your mama always has told you since you were little.

Wednesday, February 11, 2004

No more beefbowl at Yoshinoya as of today, and two men in Ibaraki-prefecture punched and kicked the staff at Yoshinoya yelling at them saying "This is Yoshinoya! How come you don't serve beefbowl anymore?!"". They were arrested shortly after the riot. When BSE affected us last time and when people stopped going to yakiniku(korean BBQ place), people were not as upset as this time. Now people are so upset as beefbowl is such a HUGE part of our food consumption. The only place where you can eat Yoshinoya Beefbowl now is Yoshinoya USA. where Japanese Yoshinoya stopped because of stop to import the american beef due to BSE.
I am not a cop, and I am not a goodie goodie girl,either. but I am super anti-illegal drugs.

On the show today, following a news about how some junior high school students were arrested for selling cocaine to other kids, and also some high school kids were arrested for the same thing a few days later, we had a journalist on the phone and talked about illegal drugs. Apparrently Japanese junior high school kids, high school kids are starting to become much like America these days. 1 tablet of anything, apparently cost about 4000 yen and those are mostly prepared by yakuza, and then to gaijins in the city, and they sell them out to Shibuya kids. So the question we asked our listener today was this. " Do you think that Japan should legalize drugs (weed, coke etc) like in Holland?" and we were just astonished to see a number of listeners who have done it and ended up in the hospital. Sure, especially young kids tend to be rebellious as I was when I was younger, and if people say no, then we usually think yes.

In Japan, the law against drugs is very strict. If you posess drugs, then you go to jail immediately. Punishment is much stricter than what it is in US. I mean just by breaking into a car and stealing a car stereo you get 5-15 years in jail. Anyway, I was shocked to see how 60% of our listeners who were just really curious about drugs, voted that we should legalize drugs. You can tell me all you want about how less addictive weed is than tabacco. but sorry. Ever since my badtrip which was accompanied by a huge panic attack. No more. and I encounter so many people who seeks some relaxation or escape by doing occasinal drugs. That's really dissapointing to me because I personally think, hey, just try to manage your mind! Why do it? because you feel like you are a part of some kind of society? a part of "cool" community of friends? That is the majority of reason why kids in Japan do it. They keep taking upper drugs, and downer drugs and in the end, they don't know what to do with their life any more. A friend of mine, she was working for a huge ad agency, working days and nights and her bf gave her some strong drugs and she got hooked on it. So she didn't get no sleep. kept on working, she was fine and in good spirit when my friend saw her because she was taking hard drugs then, and when it wore out, she hung herself and took her life. Another friend of mine, actually two of them were on motorcycle while they were on weed, got in an accident and died. Somebody close to me was hearing voices with too much drugs. Many things have been invented or discovered because some genious people in the past were taking LSD and such, but their lives get out of hand. I got this one email saying how media reports death=drugs is overreacting to illegal drugs, what we need is an education about drugs. I do agree that much education. or rehab facilities, or counseling centers re:addiction is much needed in Japan because number of people have increaesd who are taking drugs under the table yet there is no helpline for people in trouble. No wonder trains stop all the time because of jumping onto the railtrack to commit suicide.

and you think, how is it different from illegal drugs and legal drugs, like prescripted drugs? Right, you may think that I am Ms clean. but no, I take SSRI and xanax for treating panic disorder. as a matter of fact, I am running out and need to go hit the dr asap. (tomorrow is a holiday in Japan so the clinic is closed darn). I do hope to get off the meds one day, but while I continue to do this stressful job, (yet very much fun) I can't fuck up on the show live, that's why I take it. Life gets very confusing sometimes and everyone need it once in every while. so you say, then what's the difference with smoking weed? That kills your brain cells. You talk non-sense, and giggling and you all look very wacked when you are on it. Just check yourself in the mirror while you are on it, Your eyes are like red, and you are laughing for no reason. Hey, just watch The Simpsons and laugh if you will?

Anyways, I don't think its necessary that we legalize the drugs in Japan. Maybe it can be used for final stage cancer patients or something if that can be clinically 100% proved to reduce their pain if the patients choose to do so. I don't know of anyone who illegal drugs brought them happiness. You get temporarily happy, but if you are going to be happy. make it last. and not by drugs which you only have to keep inducing to get your happy result... What sucked today is that we couldn't really talk about our own experience. and we had to sound like we haven't done it. or don't know what that feels like. I almost went to the ER in the US when I had the bad trip. and that's my last time. After that bad trip. I kept getting regular full-blown panic attacks. Homeboud for 6 months. and I continue to take prescripted drugs til this day. Why waste your life like that?

You can argue all you want with me, but I will not change my mind. I do not choose to become friends, or lovers with someone who does drugs. That's just me. If you can't deal with that kind of my philosophy, sorry. Find a blog that's more "cool".

Tuesday, February 10, 2004

Right, I have been a little wacky and worrying like crazy recently. So I got my nails done again. I never really liked my first one, I like it this time, much better. They sure look wacky, but I like it like that. Twice a month is good. I am finally getting used to it too. I would like to learn how to do it myself. Maybe when I have time.

I just talked to the lady at Hawaiian Joy Ltd,. who has written this book about purchasing a house in Hawaii which I have been reading like a bible. Man. she sounded so comforting and like so trustworthy ..she is the only one Japanese agent in Hawaii state who has CPM. People with CPM, That's 2% of all agents in US total. That makes sense because she took all my worries away. I wish my parents would talk to her, and just forget about Kato-san or whatever, because I like her way better. She has things set up to do it Japanese way for japanese clients, so she is mailing stuff snail mail, like Japanese real estate. Great. Now my parents don't have to bother me about how they couldn't send email to Kato-san during I am at work, only to find out that they didn't put @ on the address...

Well, I should get some sleep. My new nails are uploaded on my kesavinchi photobook, I don't know why new ones don't show up as the first picture, but oh well. Just look through, and check out my wacky nails.

Monday, February 09, 2004

If my life right now was the ocean, and if I were the surfer, the big waves keeps coming and it's a great day to surf, but just can't ride the waves good enough. and don't feel like explaining why I suck.
Steve and Nikki's farm. Check out these horseys!!

Sunday, February 08, 2004

This place here is where I would like to go to get my back and my bones fized, i heard this place's doc is very good...I need it

Saturday, February 07, 2004

I am soooo tired. I did get sleep last night, but being that I am at my parents home, I have to wake up early, well.early for my time anyway. My dad took off to the wedding party and the funeral this morning all excited about bidding on the house in Diamondhead/Hawaiikai. So I wake up this morning, and check emails, and I have 3 emails from Lisa, the subject already says bad news, so I was like shit. and open the emails and it says that the houses (3 of them we wanted) are all sold. damn!! My mom and I were like so down, and we didn't want to call dad and ruin his day, anyway, I took a long nap in the kotatsu because I was just soo exhausted and depressed about the house.. they looked sooo nice :( anyhow, I also had confirmation email from the hotel so it's all good.. as far as us going there..

My dad comes home and when we tell the "bad news" of course he was like so upset. He got into this frustration mode, but after a little while, he was like, check out some other places on Caldwell Banker website, so I go searching and we find this beautiful home with big lot, of course this is like the most expencive one so far, but at this point, he doesn't mind any more neither does my mom. so I emailed Lisa to see if we can do something about this place and my dad WANTS THIS HOUSE BAD. No question asked. Them dealing everything in English has been stressful and I feel bad.. maybe we should have just found the Japanese agent, and have everything done by local Japanese agent ...*sigh* but hopefully we can wrap this up soon because I am tired of this and want to get this over with as soon as possible too. so I can move on to next things like finding a job, or whatever.

I honestly feel that leaving what I have here in Tokyo or what I have established, is kind of like... I don't know. its puling me back..then again if I stay in Japan and just keep continuing to do this job in the same field forever, nothing will ever change. I will grow old and forever not stopping to smell the roses. Tokyo is an exciting fun city where I was born and raised and spent all my life. so I feel very comfortable here of course. All my friends and family are here. I used to dream of living in a foreign city, but as I got older, that changed a bit because I just didn't have money to do it, and didn't think I would be succesful as I am elsewhere, but hey you never know. I can speak english and Japanese so maybe I can put that to use somehow in Hawaii. Besides, I want my parents to enjoy life, their retirement life. and I want to be there for them, and make their life more satisfying and fun. so I am spending another night here, 4 days in a row at my parents house! so I can do some more Hawaii stuff, I worry about them anyway. so I feel comfortable being here and watching them, to see them doing okay.

Your parents get old so fast that you don't even know it. Some of you may have already gone through the experience of losing them. You really don't know what you got til they are gone. and I am just trying to make up for the time that I think I lost with them,not enough communication and being bad and rebellious when I was younger. Hell, I just didn't know any better. I thought parents will last forever when younger, but they sure don't. They have to leave you one day, but until that time comes, if they bend over backwards and did so much for you, you should,too.. in return. My parents, as hysterical and chaotic, and perfectinist and controlling as they were sometimes, I love them to death. Unconditional love is definately something I learned from my parents. I wish I could be a good parent one day. and give all the support and love that my children need, if I ever have one one day! ( I do want one.. while they are alive..) I think your attitude toward people change if you look at them thinking that you will never ever see them again tomorrow, regardless of thats if your parents or siblings or friends. Of course if you keep thinking that to yourself everyday, that is mighty stressful, but sometimes you tend to take people for granted and don't do enough for them, or think its natural that they do these nice things for you. Don't take people for granted, because nothing lasts forever.

Friday, February 06, 2004

whew.. last night I hardly got any sleep ... translating all the emails that Lisa has been sending to me for my parents so they don't have to feel frustrated and angry over not understanding English any more... and I uploaded all the pictures from Ushicon. Cool,huh?
I called the travel agency and booked the tickets to Hawaii for all of us, my parents, Kev and I. from 26th. I will have to be back on March 1st and then straight to work to do the live show, I wanted Kev to look after my mom and dad who, are flying back the next day,but they decided that they will both get business class seats, so my mom is saying that they will be okay. I just wanted him to be with them in case something bad happens to them, but anyway, I called the agency again, and said the seats are already full, but that Kev can be on the waiting list in case there is a cancelation .. so that's what I am doing for now. Because I believe there is a reason for everything.

We totally fell in love with the house in Diamondhead, actually in between Diamondhead and Hawaiikai. Sweet! Kev liked the one in Kai and that he even said that it's worth bidding on it. My mom likes the one in Kai, my dad likes Diamondhead because of 9000 land square feet.. which is impossible to have in Japan. He earned his cash so he definately has a final say anyway though. but either way, I think I will be SUPER happy to be living there :) in either one of those homes!

My mom and I went to buy the printer, so I got her this cheap one by Epson so she can print out pictures of the house, emails and such. so easy to use and nice for 10000 yen! I am like aching all over because of no sleep, and my horrible backache.. my whole body is sore. Anyhow.. I am going to prolly get rooms at Royal Garden at Waikiki for while we are there, the rooms there were so nice, this place was where I literally ran and escaped to from this horrible inn that I got off the internet, I canceled there because I got so itchy in the room and the service totally sucked and i got so pissed off that I literally ran from this place in my victoria secret nightdress! LOL and I went to Hyatt and they were like,
Madam. we only have rooms starting from 250, so I was like holy crap, so I asked her if there is anything around here thats nice and decent and under 100. and she referred me to this place. this is also where Kev and I first met Kellie too... whoa so long ago... and they gave me this special "DJ" discount LOL. hehehe.

Anyways,I am looking forward to going there with all of us, and perhaps eat the wedding cake after all these years together! LOL Shinichi and Fran have been holding on to our cake for all this time!! Kev will be in and out of Hawaii but I am sure he wouldn't mind as Hawaii is just such a beautiful paradise. I am staying one more night out here so I can get stuff done with my dad over this Hawaii stuff. I should actually stay til sunday but I have a plane to go visit Yumi and I don't want to break promises...

Well, I have been facing the puter long enough... so its time for me to chill and sit on their massage chair...my stomach is upset with all of whats going on...
pleeeeeeeeease check out my photo on my typepad version of blog... I made ushicon one and whew I do not have time for anymore tonight as I am at my parents house and they have been telling me to go to sleep ( at 1am ...which isn't norm for me). Night night.

Thursday, February 05, 2004

It was a loong day. I stayed up til 5 or 6 in the morning, just doing work and all kinds of stuff, my schedule is so whacked all the time that it seems like I never really suffer from jetlag, because I am always jetlagged anyway.

The meeting for about 3 hrs today at the avex building, and we went to matrix studio for recording, I had to interview Day after tomorrow. Misono and Kitano-san and Suzuki-san. Misono may be taking things for granted, though, her fame and stardom. It's what her sister Kumi worked for it. Kumi was gloing to auditions from ever since she was 7, and finally made it to all the finals when she was about to graduate from highschool when her mom told her that this was her last chance and if she didn't make it then she would have to go to College. She came 2nd at the Dream audition by avex which, around 130,000 people showed up, so she really struugled trying to make her way up there, but her sister was just tagging along with her one day and brought into the studio and got her debut contract so her story and Misono story is completely different, I am not saying either one is right or more talented, but Misono needs to realize that people glow with passion, Maybe once she realizes that, then she will grow up a little. They also need to respect Igarashi-san, the composer a little more I think, I wonder how their new album is going to do here.

Rest of the recording went fine, next week I don't have CBF recording because all the avex staff are taking a company trip. and the following week it will be an interview with Nanase Aikawa. We watched her promo video called R-shitei today, it was really bizarre, really weird. I personally got spooked out.

I talked to my dad during the meeting because he called my cell phone, it seems like my parents don't really realize that I am a busy person, and that I am actually working everyday, My mom leaves messages on the phone at home saying where are you, answer the phone, because I am like, I am at work!! I do work hard for my money....

J-wave was okay, we talked about the whole procedure about individual bankruptsy in Japan because it is starting to get common, and I was really astonished to find out such easy steps and easy restrictions ... and there was this one listener who wrote in and said that me and Sugawara-san spoke too lightly about the subject or that my comment about how the whole procedure and restriction after the bankruptsy was lot easier than I thought after my research, she/he took it personally. I was NOT talking about the bankruptsy itself, because sure, it is hard when you have to file for a bankruptsy, it's hard, but the process and how you can live like a normal person with normal income, wasn't something that I had imagined that would happen when you file for a bankruptsy, in 5-7 yrs, you can even get your creditcard back. passport, insurance, drivers license, just to name a very few things, and that we did not encourage bankruptsy. Man, today's topic just got people totally misunderstood of us. and I did not write the script either.. anyway, whatever. I come home after going to Chai, check emails and websites, I hadn't checked 2 channel in a long time so I did, and it said " I am starting to really dig Sachiko Uchida, she has the voice that makes me want to howl on the floor and fuck her from behind. " eeeek!! Well at least that's better than taling shit about me, I guess! I haven't seen much negative comments about me on 2 channel though. good god.

So my dad wants to make an offer for the house in Kaneohe because he is tired of seeing the house go away and he wants at least one house that he can count on when he goes there, we decided to go from 26th. so I have to arrange tickets tomorrow. Dad is flying executive at least, hopefully he will be alright because his lung is pretty weak too.
*sigh* I hope my mom is going to be okay also.. I have LOTS to do and ask Lisa, I finally heard back from Kev by email just a few lines.. we still haven't been able to talk on the phone or anything, but I hope I am not jumping into anything. I made sure that I ask Lisa about the Japanese contract as my dad demands it, and also inspector's fee and such before confirming the offer...

Well, I've got a lots to do tomorrow before going over to my parents house. so I should get my limited sleep...

Wednesday, February 04, 2004

Kumi's live performance was featured on many newspapers and sports paper such as Kumi news #1 Kumi news #2 . They made an announcement that she will be releasing Cutey Honey English version in America as well. Whoa. News goes around the world real fast!
Now that I am back to Japan and Japanese media are going crazy over Janet's boob at superbowl in Austin where we were at for Ushicon. It's funny because really,it's no biggie, and hers were meant to be seen in public. where as Kumi had to cover hers with my heatpads, and almost burned them and changed the heatpads to brown coldpads that her mom had LOL. The whole thing in Austin was a trip. Way to go Kumi!

I slept in til 5pm, I had to wake up twice to get my luggage at the door, and also a box from Robb. Whoa lots of goodies!! I am wearing the sweatshirt now that says Colorado which is real comfy. Perfect homewear.
I have to go send out his Gainax package, and yeah I have to send Taka's stuff that she left here, it won't more than likely happen til later this week, I am way too swamped...

Tomorrow I have an interview with Day after tomorrow. I just have to organize my head a little better, I also have to do some research about Aikawa Nanase before hitting the bed... gosh I am so tired, I don't want to say that I am tired becase it makes me more tired by saying more, byt god, it's so true and can't deny it... I want to upload pictures as well but that will be later this week as well.

The whole making an offer for the house is still kind of up in the air, I kind of told Lisa to go ahead and make an offer which we can cancel anyway, but for some reason, the wet side of the island, doesn't sound good to me. 800 is kind of small for a house, and it has been built in 53 and never been remodeled .. I am not too sure unless I see it. so basically Kev will have to see it and let us know and so do we. I will try to make an arrangements to somehow go to Hawaii with my parents late this month.
Hopefully they will be okay, since they have been doing so poorly right now. ... I need to go see kana sensei again. I really do...

Anyway I gotta finish work. and get sleep. I need sleep....

Tuesday, February 03, 2004

_I am back

Every possible thing went wrong.
Never got any sleep, and Brandy and Kev took me to the airport. I briefly saw Steve and Greg at the lobby and got to say bye. No traffic in 5am of course, Austin is such a cool little town, that I wish I had more time to enjoy the city. Anyway my ticket on the way back home, turned out to be the same route that we took going to austin, Austin-Denver-Seattle-Narita. Just nt 5 hr layover in Seattle. Fuck, that totally sucked. Denver was snowing, and we had to get out of the plane by the stairs, in the snow, to get to the terminal so I walked forever, once I got to the terminal, I got myself some mexican food to eat so I can keep avoiding plane food. I crashed out on the way to Seattle as well. Crammed into small seats. Argh! now I had Burger King at Seattle waiting for my plane to board. I also did some last minute shopping at duty free which was really a small duty free shop and not much choice to select.. I didn't really want to buy any ichiro stuff either because it just looked kinda fake and all. so I got on the plane, and turns out the guy next to me is this young fat guy whose body was just pouring into my seat. I asked the flight attendant guy if I could move since I had been flying all day, and he switched me to the window seat with noone sitting next to me, whew. That was the best thing so far. ( This flight attendant guy was talking about how he is investing 400,000 dollard into a house somewhere as well, and he was saying you don't buy a nice house in the bad neighborhood, you buy a bad house in nice neighborhood, which kind of answered the dilemma that I was going through. ) so I crashed out. Pretty much the whole way. 9 hr 30 minutes flight from Seattle, I skipped dinner, (it would have been crap anyway) and it just felt nice that I finally had bigger space to sit. If it wasn't for that, I would be dead by now.

The plane made it on time, but it's a bus ride to the terminal. and walked forever back to the immigration and such... I was about to pick up my luggage and damn, I see this sign that says "Sachiko Uchida please contact the customer center". so I go up and they were like, "Sorry your suitcase was not on this plane, and should be on the next one 2 hrs from now". I was pissed, so I acted pissed. United airlines.. I mean come on!! You guys totally sucked this time and ruined my trip to Austin. So they will be sending my luggage tomorrow morning. which is okay now i think about it because I was going to send it anyway since I had to go straight to work and didn't plan to bring it with me to work anyway. Also I kept getting calls on my cell phone as soon as I got back to Japan which I wasn't totally ready for...

I get on the shuttle bus, I thought about getting on the one to Shinjuku but because of that bullshit it took me a long time to get out of the airport, so I decided to hop on the bus that was going to Akasaka, which also stopped at Grand Hyatt in Roppongi, which J-wave is at right next to it. It was packed full of people, and a bad traffic.. plus someone started puking on the bus and it stunk!!! and made me sick...

so finally Roppongi... so I really came striaght from the airport to work today.. to be on air live.. that fact scared me.. I did do the show, which was about child abuse, and as soon as my gig was over, I left there. I called my parents, my dad still asked me if I am hangng in there, so I told him if I get some sleep, then I will be okay. I told my mom to go get checked up as well... Lisa emailed about the house in Kaneohe that it's a definate buy, so I talked to my dad and since we can cancel on this, we decided to make an offer. February 3rd is when your yearly cycle changes, that is tomorrow. and Kana sensei told me to make a change before 2/3. and now I think about it, it worked that way. I hope Kaneohe house brings us happiness, and even if this doesn't turn out to be something we like, we can cencel and that we find something nice...

I am happy about how Kumi's show turned out, I feel bad that I did not get to spend much time with other guests including Shimpei and Mio, but that was my job to do the translation for her, and I had fun MCing her show, and doing her translation. She really entertained a lot of people in Austin ..that's for sure. February will be a bit of a chill-out month for me, to really tune in to myself, Kevin will be in Virginia for another two weeks at least, and we will be apart, but time apart does us good once in a while, I think. I am sure that he missed his family also, so...

I have work to do, and a bunch of errands.. but it will not be busy as what I pulled out for the past few weeks. Thank god...
I am an emotional wreck right now. I get all teary and have these outbursts of tears pouring out from my eyes like waterfall. Looking out the gray sky at seattle airport, gosh I don't even know where I am going with my life. I spoke to my dad and my mom both before we left. My dad was like, "so, you are like exhausted and pushing yourself a little too much,right, are you okay." so I said I am daijobu. and I hung up the phone, right I am okay. as long as they are okay...
Mom sounded better when she spoke to me,too.Is it because of the visualization/meditation that I did with Kana sensei? She apolized to me during the session(in the visualization state anyway) that she is sorry for being hysteric and say things that weren't necessary to say to make me feel bad, total outbursts of tears. I cannot imagine living my life without them as I am just way too dependent on them emotionally, and financially too. but like Kev said, what we could do in this life is to pray that we follow our turns, that kids don't go before parents. Being that I have this huge issue with seperation anxiety, this is just tearing me apart. I gotta hurry up and get a house in Hawaii and give them the joy of living in the last paradise . and enjoy time with them, which I regret for not doing much at all especially with my dad. I don't want this to be too late, so I want to hurry up and for all of us to get there as fast as humanly possible. and start a new life. New, but could still be exciting. Like my dad told me,I can do anything, If I put my mind to it, anything is possible. and I have always believed that, and I always made things possible. I want to take time to do the interview with both of them,too, It makes me realize how much I do not know about my own parents as a person when you think about them ..and I cannot leave it at that, as I always crave to know in depth about the people that I love and care about.

but anyway..this is a loooooong layover..

Finished the article for JJ, sitting on the eatery sofa, eating whopper and fries from Burger King. Who cares about BSE. Nobody seems to care here. so the article was of the interview that I did of Nodesha a long time ago, whew i am relieved I finished it, so I can juse send it off when I get checked in to the hotel tonight at least and not worry about it any more.

This is a really bad flight going to Austin, and I honesty would have paid more so thhave traveled a lot less stressful. A lady at UA counter at Narita was a total bitch, if that was how they are going to treat gold members, then since there is nothing higher than gold. or maybe a 1k something but still why? Crammed into the seats in the middle, when there were more seats where we could have sat comfortably... all that security check, laptop out, coat and shoes, searching through my bags, argh. I saw that fingerprint thing at the immigration for the first time, it looked more like a tool at the dentist or something, anyway security is definately a lot stricter than ever before. but if that's what it takes to get terrorists out from the planes, sure I would cooperate...

My nails suck. because it's such a pain in the ass to type. I use fingers way too much everyday that having these fake nails and being all pretty is after all , not my thing, I'd rather work easy without these nails and be free. I am so stupid. Right I will take a picture of my nails and upload, so ....

oh, 4 hrs passed by and time for boadring. cool.

at Seattle airport

1/29 thursday 3:15am

Wow I am still up. After a looooong flight and layover, we finally arrived in Austin around 9:30pm, and Brandy was there waiting, she looked exhausted but the con hasn't even begun! LOL
We got checked in, unpacked, and went to Magnolia cafe with Shimpei&Mio and Brandy, I had enchiladas and the real food tasted so good! Steve and Doug came later to join us. I saw Jesse but sounds like Kumi is busy running around doing the stuff she wants to do .. finally hooked up the puter but maybe I should pay 10.95 per day for fast access because dial-up is so slow,and can't do much, Lisa has written 4 emails but can't do much right now. I keep thinking about my mom and dad hoping that they are doing okay, so I dropped them a line first thing.
Anyway I am finally in bed, where I can actually lie down and It feels great. Denver airport was nice though. Austin is a cool little town, a guy named Matt who sat next to Kev on the flight from Seattle to Denver was real nice and Kev and he were talking non-stop. I will upload all the pictures from ushicon on my photo album whenever I can. I need to crash, tomorrow is a long day again.

It's 1:30pm and I am chilling in my room as it's about to get all hectic in just a second... we woke up when Mio called us around 10am, man our bed is so comfy it totally rocks! Austin is a cool little town, and wish I had more time to explore, we met like Greg, Monica, and a bunch.. went to the green room this morning but not much food there so kev and I and Shimpei and Mio went to mexican restaurant just down the street from the hotel. It's a reallly beautiful restaurant, and the food was amazing! I had veggie tacos but man, yummy!!! so I am a happy mo, so as the rest of them, and came back and went to the dealer's room and I think Kevin is setting up the booth right now, we went to #824 to say hey to Kumi but she was getting the massage and facial done and not done til 1:30pm so, I guess I will see her when she gets back in a second. I finally got to meet Chris, he is such a huggable fella! I saw Kevin Lillard from fans view,too :) Well, Shimpei's panel is going to start any minute, so I supposse I should get some rest now, and then go hit the dealer's room soon. Only the beginning..

I just woke up and I am exhausted. I need to get ready and go any minute though, to translate Kumi's interviews. So yesterday was an intense day. It was slow until like 3pm, I went to visit Kumi's room and she was taking a nap after the spa, plus she kind of had a cold too. but I did a tarot reading for her , and her make-up desigener, Tantan. and she started getting out of her sofa, I got to meet kumi's mom and she is hysterical!! and we went to a rehearsal, wow avex people in explosion lol. Same tensed up thing as usual lol. It got to a point where I just didn't feel comfortable any more so I went to a dealer's room, saw Kev for relief. went and grabbed Steve for getting him to help with MCing the show with me to hype up the crowd. Steve was all for it, that's my man!
The opening ceremony was delayed so we waited in the room for Brandy to call us. Shimpei and Mio, Kev and us got to watch the show right upfront and I and Steve did MC and I also did translation while she spoke. The show was very energetic and she did a great job though, I wish the PA system worked better, but she got the crowd going and her dance was awesome, sexy 20 yr old! woo hoo!
She played a hour set, she broke down crying during 1000 words. I saw kids who were like "that was the best show ever and I can' t even breathe". Good turnout for a yet small comvention. (for its 3rd year anyway!)
Autograph session went on forever, we finallay finished at 1am. They took off somewhere but I went with Kev to green room where Shimpei and Mio were just waiting for the food to be delivered, poor thing. The food finally arrived, and we pigged out, I had a rib and it was GREAT. Came back to the room, I took a bath and crashed. Gosh I cannot believe that I have to leave tomorrow morning. Way too short, but I knew it anyway. At least I hope I get to go hit the shopping mall with Kumi this late afternoon before dinner or something. and the shop called gomi(trash!). and 6th street...ahhh isthat even possible? I hope so....

Went down to the dealer's room to talk to Kev real quick before I went to the Q&A for Kumi. Many showed up and she did a really good panel. and after that we went to do the press panel, which was another cool panel, and then did 2hr autograph session, Kumi was really happy at this point already. after all this was done, I was tired with no food in my stomach, so Mike and Jesse ordered pizza and we had slices of pizza in Kumi's room, I helped Kumi email Tomo and after she finally got a hold of him on the phone, she was super genki. We went to hit 6th street for shops that would have her wig, and she bought 3 wigs, she was hysterical at the shop making staffers there laugh. and we took off to Shopping Mall and she bought tons of stuff at Abercrombie and fisch. I went to buy some omiyage chocolate while she was running around. and got some clothes too. and we came back to the hotel and invited Shimpei and Mio down to the lobby so we could all go to the BBQ dinner. Food was fine, and I think all of the people finally chilled and had fun, Jesse gave her the cowboy hat, and about raising the stage up to 3 feet with his own money, wow. Kumi broke down in tears again . I think she did have fun, and Jesse Oba was telling her that after seeing her interact with people here, and seeing her live performance, he will convince avex staff to promote her more in US, and beat Utada.
After the dinner, we went to Wal-mart, and bought lots of stuff. Whew finally I feel like I kinda shopped. Came back out here and Kumi wrote messages to Jesse and Mike (thank you note. ) and took off, they wanted me to do the tarot reading but she called and said have a sweet night with Kevin since it's your last night. Haha. she is growing up! :)
I am leaving here in an hour, my mom is having dizzy spells and vomitting again and I am worried about her. It could be some kind of neuropathic problem. she got checked out a while ago but she needs to get checked up again!!
My flight is 6:45am ..to denver and then to Narita from there..long flight but I hope I sleep through it and that it won't be so bad...
God time just flies...

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