Bebe Taian: February 2014

February 9, 2014

Weekender 4: Yay! ... and Ouch.

THESE PAST FEW WEEKS:

I got exactly what I wanted, so I shouldn't complain. Be careful what you wish for, and how you wish for it! I always get in trouble with the second part. I'm never specific enough since I never think anything good will actually happen to me. This time, I asked for more money made at work, since of course I need to pay the bills. Things are so much more expensive for me after the car accident, and more effort is put into getting around since it takes 2-3 hours to get somewhere by bus that I could have driven to in 20mins or less! So much lost productivity! And the stress of creepy guys in public. Uuuugh. But I've gone from 12 hours a week, to racking up over 40-50 hours per week at work, plus the extra 45mins each way for the bus, and I often have to arrive half an hour early because of the bus schedule. The next bus would mean getting there late, so I sit around for awhile with not much to do. Usually I catch up on paperwork, write, or sometimes read (but carrying a book means extra weight, which can be painful). Plus "life stuff", like the doctor's visits, laundromat, grocery shopping, etc. This leaves very little time for writing in the blog I've wanted to dedicate myself to so much! I'll keep trying though! Gomennasai~

WEEKEND READING?

- It might be old news by now, but Hayao Miyazaki has some strong opinions on why anime quality is on the decline. I can see his point, especially after buying certain "how to draw manga" books. (Has this guy even SEEN a real woman before?)
Asahi Shinbun Feb 9. 2014
 - Thyroid cancer increasing. Record levels of strontium. Massive exposure at the TEPCO plants (we discussed this a few years ago in the Dowa article). TEPCO... posts PROFITS of 190B yen?! What on Earth?!
- In innovative technology news, former skier Taniyuki Yuki is creating a special product to help the skiers of Japan win the Sochi Olympics! It may not be profitable, but it isn't about the money for Taniyuki. I wonder if his name is written 雪? 雪 (yuki) means 'snow'. How appropriate! I hope you will get your medal this year, Taniyuki-san. <3

SURVEY:

Are you paying attention to the Sochi Olympics?
Somewhat. The whole thing is a mess, and I really question the judgement of whoever decided to hold the Olympics in the backyard of Chechnya. And now everyone's surprised about terrorist threats. ::sacrastic drawl:: Really? ::facepalm::

Do you have a favourite anime? 
Depends on my mood. Some days, it's slow-moving and gothic; Witch Hunter Robin days. Others, it's jazzy and spunky, so Cowboy Bebop. Most days, it's xxxHolic, where I feel like I'm schooling a dozen Watanukis. Sometimes it's MPDPsycho, and I have no idea what's going on but it's over before I figured it out.

Any books on Japan I should be reading next? What are you reading now?
I'm between rereading sections of the funeral history of Japan and Prohibited + Permitted Desires. I'm finding it hard to commit anything to memory lately. I think I should start taking notes!

Do you have a favourite sushi place? What do you always get?
Strangely, I still really prefer it at my old job! Black hijiki, when it's made sweetly with mirin, and a salmon skin or eel roll are favourites, although sometimes I'll indulge in something completely American, like bagel tenpura (smoked salmon, cream cheese, green onions, wrapped in rice and deep-fried). Dip that in eel sauce (they make it with real eel!) and I'm pretty much in heaven.


Are you paying attention to the Sochi Olympics?
Do you have a favourite anime?
Any books on Japan I should be reading next? What are you reading now?
Do you have a favourite sushi place? What do you always get?