bluemist in japan

By bluemist on September 1st, 2006

Surprise surprise… an update!

I think that since my last update the community of bloggers and viewers got bigger, so first I would like to say hello to all of you. I’m currently in Japan, and I would say that I’m slowly getting the hang of it… not. I really want to learn the language but real conversation is sometimes hard to understand. Indeed shows/movies/games is oversimplified in terms of dialogue. I’d better strut my stuff to up my 5% understanding.

Anyway, I’m a bit out of touch over here. As expected, Japanese life is a busy one. I only watch four series (NHK, School Rumble, Nana, Ouran), and I catch most of them on live TV. Makes me drowsy on mornings because they’re all late-night. Plus, despite semi-popular belief, anime stuff is really not that mainstream. The Densha Otoko fad seems to be over, and all I see here is those freaking annoying boybands. However, Akihabara (the popular electronics district) seems to remain the otaku mecca, with blatant bishoujo posters all around, maid cosplays, and crazy foreigners admiring them. Everywhere else… seemed to look like my hometown, except cleaner, less English, and with more unreadable Kanji. Expensive too.

So next week expect a post about ganguro in Shibuya, the Futako-tamagawa picnic spot, and how KAT-TUN is threatening SMAP in terms of TV popularity.

Seriously though, skimming the surface of various aspects of this culture is becoming quite interesting, that too much anime seems like a waste of time. I can get all the stuff I wanted back home anyway, and so I should make the best out of the remaining time I have over here by doing something else.

Oh no, will this mean that this blog is in limbo? Will you really start seeing some j-pop and gravure idols instead of bishoujo? Or will I just post once a month? Still dunno, time may tell.

First and foremost though, I should have a stable connection next week, so I’ll be able to stalk the internets again, and hopefully participate in some nice dorama. Kudos to all sides of that issue btw for peaceful resolution. And, yes… Da Capo II scenarios will return! I just finished Anzu, you’ll see her soon. Doremi? I think I’ll need a format change in that project, it was taking too much time. The CCS project would probably be dead, sorry.

Secondly, the site is horribly out of date. I’m still trying to figure out how to deal with my outdated Blogroll, apologies to all not in there, but rest assured I see your site through our anime aggregators. Thanks for linking me even if I don’t link you. Layout seems to be ever the same bleh, I should change the banner someday.

Finally, if there’s anything interesting about Japan ((inexpensive) places, events, stuff) that you would like to share, please give me a ring, and I hope to check it out. Right now I’m gearing up for the Tokyo Game Show. Wish me luck on the LONG LINES.

Well, that should be it for now. See you sometime.


Posted By: Hinano On: September 01, 2006 At: 10:34 am

Haha whoa no way Kat-TUN is threatening SMAP!?!? Maji!?! 😀 Haha i used to be so in tune with the Jpop industry news but I sorta let it go and rediscovered my anime otaku side

Posted By: meganeshounen On: September 01, 2006 At: 12:33 pm

Yay~ bluemist’s still kickin’~

Yeah, I guess that when you’re in that country, you sometimes tend to forget what ever made you go into there in the first place. Not much time for playing and watching… well… “absence makes the heart grow fonder”, right?

Here’s to wishing you good health and good luck over there. ^__^

*breaks a wine bottle… for no apparent reason*

Posted By: Moonlight Bomber On: September 02, 2006 At: 8:13 am

Lucky you. You’ll go to the Tokyo Game Show. A gamer like me must participate at least once in TGS or in E3. As for me, I’ll save the dough for those.

Posted By: DarkMirage On: September 02, 2006 At: 11:35 am

E3 is as good as dead.

But anyway, you should visit the Yasukuni shrine. It’s cheap and quite interesting.

Posted By: Danny On: September 02, 2006 At: 8:43 pm

Anime really isn’t that popular in Japan… a Jap exchange students that came like a month ago… didn’t know half the Anime I watch.

Posted By: Ronin On: September 02, 2006 At: 10:35 pm

Kudos to you being one of the Filipino anime bloggers to have ever set foot on the Land of the Rising Sun… as well as of anime, manga, doujinshis, galges, renai’s, and all that.

Anyway, hearing about your hardships in living, I could not help but offer my sympathy to your struggle, and hope that you can still live despite all odds. Good luck!

Posted By: piyo On: September 03, 2006 At: 4:12 pm

Heh, finally in Japan and already changing priorities. Very good. I hope you are going to Comic Market (Winter) usually at the end of the December month, and I hope you get to know Makuhari Hall, Tokyo Big Sight [sic] convention centers. It’s on the same line as Tokyo Disneyland so you know it has to be good.

I’d like to hear more about how going to Japan is changing your attitude as a “animeblogger”.

Posted By: Rob On: September 16, 2006 At: 1:36 am

Japan sometimes has the most beauties, i love it when a plan comes together!