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September 21st, 2006 (11:12 pm)
sore

current mood: sore

It's the day after. And _I_hurt_. -_-; I'm definitely in much worse shape that I thought. At this rate, Japan's going to be a lesson in torture. >_<;; (Last year was 14 days of forcing aching muscles to keep moving as we walked ~10km per day...). As it is, I think I'll at least do half the walk again next week. I don't know if I'll have time again this week or not. All I can say is, I think I'm sunk. I wonder what I can take with me to ease muscle pain... ^^;


As things stand here, I definitely need to get myself a new hardcopy English dictionary. As useful as my e-dictionary is, and as much as it is the Concise Oxford (as well as the Oxford Advanced Learners'), it's still part of my E-J/J-E/J/E dictionary with jump functions and other weirdness. I don't completely trust it. (I definitely trust hardcopy over electronic). I've also run into at least one spelling error in the e-dictionary too. ^^; My latest "?!?" word is "good night" vs "goodnight" a la ep 3. The e-dictionary has it listed as one word although the J-E shows it as two, and the COD entry (under a one word listing) describes it as two words. This sort of oddness in listings, while potentially useful at times, is also rather confusing. All the editing makes me seriously question spelling, so a solid dictionary is a definite must. >_<;

And... since hezziwig mentioned at some point that she'd signed up for the JLPT, I've been debating whether I want to sign up for it or not as well. Part of me does want to take it and see what the exam is like and where my Japanese is at the moment, while another part of me thinks it's a bit of a bother to travel all that way. The only test centre here is in Toronto, but distance-wise, I think Seattle would be the closest one for me to go to... although I think if I were to go to a US test centre, I'd go to San Francisco. Let's face it, if you have to fly anyway, might as well make it to somewhere you know there are things you want to do... like go to the Napa Valley and Japantown. :P

*sigh* Oh well, what with holidays and such, I don't know if I could afford that sort of expenditure again so soon. Not to mention it's just before Xmas season. While I have a bit more time to think about it, I'm thinking more not. :/


And I think I'm going to call it an early night. The body has been complaining making me quite whiny today. That and this cold weather is making me want to either sleep a lot or cocoon myself indoors. I think I'll work on picking up stitches on the ol' Caravan Robe I'd started working on earlier this spring. It's definitely cold enough to work under wool again. ^^;

Oh, any anyone who's expecting an email reply... -_-; sorry, but I'll reply tomorrow. Today's just not going to happen. Likewise, ep 18's first round of edits should be finished tomorrow.

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Posted by: Ysabet (umadoshi)
Posted at: September 22nd, 2006 10:54 am (UTC)
Gojyo ' . . . ' (brainfuneral)

My latest "?!?" word is "good night" vs "goodnight" a la ep 3. The e-dictionary has it listed as one word

O_O Your dictionary is made of crazy.

The girl has a subscription to the full online OED (free, via her school) and I am soveryvery jealous.

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: September 23rd, 2006 08:29 pm (UTC)

^^; The good thing though is that it's quick and flexible so that you can hunt things down and flip between dictionary, thesaurus and translator sides really easily. The bad... ^^;

The girl has a subscription to the full online OED (free, via her school) and I am soveryvery jealous.

>_<;; I *wish*! *joins in being veryvery jealous*

Posted by: lu-chan (mrs_urahara)
Posted at: September 22nd, 2006 01:23 pm (UTC)
Teruyo is not a happy camper

thank god i have not missed anything. I have been swamped this week and thought i missed the uploads.

I have a music video shoot on sunday..so this week has been in crazy pre production. T___T;;

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: September 22nd, 2006 02:08 pm (UTC)
Question

Hi, This may sound off topic. Since you are going to Japan and have been there. Is it really hard to buy a kimono or yakuta in the States. I know that they are only worn for special ocassions. But I really want one. Thanks.

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: September 23rd, 2006 08:38 pm (UTC)
Re: Question

*blink* In *Japan* it's easy to buy, but I have no idea in the US. Maybe in San Francisco's Japantown?? I don't remember all the shops in the mall there from my last visit. Yukata are worn reasonably often; we had an evening of doing fireworks out at Osaka Castle park one year and everyone including all the guys wore yukata. Usually you'd wear them if you went to a festival or fireworks display though.

As it is, in Japan, a yukata would cost ~$60-250 for materials if you're special ordering, while "kits" of yukata, tsuke-obi (a cheating form of the waist tie), and geta (shoes) would often run ~$75-100 (can go higher though). A proper kimono can run on the order of $10,000 though. (There are some for less, but it really depends on what sort of occasion you want it for). That doesn't include the price of the obi which, depending on how ornate it is, can also be quite pricey.

Posted by: Silvergem88 (silvergem88)
Posted at: September 22nd, 2006 02:55 pm (UTC)

Thanks for all your hard work:)
We'll try our best to wait patiently for episode 18:P
About Japan, I was planning to save up and go there for a holiday, but now.... I'll simply die if I have to walk that much... Your body will get used to it if you keep exercising though:)

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: September 23rd, 2006 08:40 pm (UTC)

*laughs* But it's so worth it. Especially all that food! Come to think of it, for all that it really hurt to drag myself about, I never once thought of taking a day off to just stay still and recoup. Apparently I'm a glutton for punishment. ^^;

Posted by: Silvergem88 (silvergem88)
Posted at: September 24th, 2006 03:35 am (UTC)

Nope, it is perfectly logical to make the most of your time there. I would have done the same in your shoes. Taking a day off in Japan to recoup vs Taking anydays I want off in the comfort of my own home later? I'll definitely take the latter...

Posted by: sharibet (sharibet)
Posted at: September 22nd, 2006 05:08 pm (UTC)

I went to Japan a couple of years ago, and yes, it was a ton of walking. But so very fun and so very interesting. And such great food (and surprisingly inexpensive).

Will this be a short vacation, or are you going on a study abroad or teach abroad program, Kage?

Looking forward to Saiunkoku ep 18 with bated breath. You're so wonderful for subbing these for us, and sharing the joy!

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: September 23rd, 2006 08:41 pm (UTC)

This is straight vacation. 3 weeks travel. *sigh* Long enough to start getting back into things, but not quite long enough too. >.<

Posted by: Francesca {フランチェスカ} (fantasy2004)
Posted at: September 22nd, 2006 09:04 pm (UTC)
Vampire Kamui

Thank you so much for subing the series. It my most favorite Series. I'm so curious on where will the story lead us.
I added you on to my f-list I hope is's ok.

Posted by: Simply NANA (toriru4ever)
Posted at: September 23rd, 2006 01:34 am (UTC)

*gives Shadow-san a leg/foot massage* ^___^ there there you'll be ok!

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: September 23rd, 2006 08:42 pm (UTC)

^o^ Remind me to pack you in my suitcase! ^___^

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: September 23rd, 2006 02:10 pm (UTC)
thanx

hi
THANX FR UR HARD WORK!!!!!!!!!!

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