August 29, 2009
As Japan Battens down for the incoming typhoon, I spent the day in Ofuna and Akihabara. It's the first time I've spent an extended time just browsng in Akihabara since I arrived except to vist Gamers or go to the Cyber cafe. With a budget of only 90 bucks there was a lot of longing and little buying but I ambled through lots of places, ate some curry and was interviewd for a commercial.
Kotobukyia in Electric Town has several staff members who speak good English and as I was , it seems, the first person they approached with a camera who did not flee, they interviwed me and filmed me gleefully and apreciatively interacting with their staff...in English. I also talked to the interviewer and a fellow staffer about various fannish things ranging from Endless 8, to the difference between Super Robots and Mechs...They were perplexed that I liked Lucky Star as it is "old" and they couldnt see how I could possibly "get it". I pointed out that I'd seen many of the old shows it referenced. The two were also quite surprised that I liked Spice+Wolf , which they both seemed to regard very highly. I ended up with the first volume of the light novel, the translation of which which will be one of my two projects over the next few months.
Kotobukyia is a truly awesome shop with a huge and ever changing display of models, figures and whatnot. They get something of a short shrift as they are literally in the Shadow of Gamers and they dont have their own TV show...but inside they do have things like this.
I returned to the apt and am now at the cybercafe in Narimasu where I banged out my summer homework...a "What I did on my sumer vacation" E-mail to my instructor. Now I must try to catch a train or I'll have a two stop walk.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Sat Aug 29 13:10:19 2009 (+rSRq)
Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Sun Aug 30 07:14:17 2009 (9ha+4)
Downloaded from a file-sharing site, of course, but since we both actually own the printed book, I don't feel the least bit pirate-y about it. I just wish I could find more of the novels that I own paper copies of. Cut-and-paste is the best kanji/vocab lookup system. :-)
Posted by: J Greely at Wed Sep 22 10:08:00 2010 (2XtN5)
My head went all 'splody.
I was not nearly far enough along in Japanese, and I finally shelved the idea when the English version was announced.
However, I haven't picked up the English version and I'm a bit farther along in Japanese now.
This is probably a very good project for this semester since I'm not taking Japanese till the spring.
Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Wed Sep 29 22:39:17 2010 (EJaOX)
Posted by: J Greely at Thu Sep 30 00:04:56 2010 (2XtN5)
(Sony it took so long to reply, I deleted my own comment while de-spamming)
Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Mon Oct 4 21:30:22 2010 (EJaOX)
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