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Winter Japan Trip 2011-2012

This was my last meal(?) in Japan.


Milky Roll Milky Soft Parfait.

And my meal on the plane.

Korean Air

Bibimba! One of the reasons I choose Korean Air.

I watched three movies. I should have been sleeping...but oh well.

Winter Japan Trip 2011-2012

I'm staying at an old friend's house for my last few days in Japan.
Their house is in Chiba, near one of the Self-Defense Force bases.

Today they had their annual training demonstration, so we went to check it out.

My first glimpse at military otakus! Yes!!

Self-Defense Force Public Training

And this is how close the helicopters and planes passed by.
It was awesome.

Self-Defense Force Public Training

Self-Defense Force Public Training

It was a pretty cool experience.

Winter Japan Trip 2011-2012

I spent the day reading manga at a manga cafe.
I couldn't buy anymore manga because it wouldn't fit,
so my only option was to read everything I wanted before I left.

At the manga cafe, I got an email from a new client asking me if I would be interested in translating something for them.
I love working on video games, so of course I said yes. I hope it works out!

At night, I went to dinner with a bunch of industry people.
Sato-san, who I always see at Anime Expo, was there.
He's in charge of the noitaminA stuff...I think.
I'm not really sure.

Konno-san, former Bandai Visual USA president, was there too.
I haven't seen him since BV USA left, so it was nice to see him again.

Tezukacchi from Bushiroad was there.
I just saw him a few weeks ago.
He said that because his president Kidani-san met with me,
he was gung-ho about taking Vanguard to the United States now.
So you'll probably see them at a convention or two this year? Maybe?

And the last one to arrive was Hidehiro-kun, the super otaku.
Actually, he's former industry. He was a staff? or something at Viz Media,
and I think he was staff at Sakura Con too.
I'm not sure... But I just know he came to talk to my sister because he is a huge Galaxy Angel fan, lol.

We had okonomiyaki, because that's what I requested.

The store was Gottsui, which has a store near my house.



It was nice to catch up with everyone.

Winter Japan Trip 2011-2012

I went to Akihabara to shop for Monster Hunter goods.
I needed to eat lunch, so I went to the Gundam Cafe.

Gundam Cafe

Gundam Cafe
Haro strawberry latte.

Gundam Cafe

I ate the Char Curry at the Char table.
I'm not even a fan of Gundam... I felt a little bad.

I didn't have to go to the bathroom, but I knew that they would have something in there, so I went.

And just as I thought...

Gundam Cafe

Gundam Cafe


Later that night, I went to dinner with Shigeto Koyama-san, Hiromi Wakabayashi-san, and Atsushi Nishigori-san.

I think the last time I saw all three TOGETHER was when we were out taking pictures of Southern California for Panty & Stocking purposes.
(Individually, I see Koyama-san and Wakabayashi-san a lot, haha.)

We went to eat monja and okonomiyaki.


It was a fun night.

I think we were at the restaurant for about 4 hours.

Winter Japan Trip 2011-2012

I met up with Bamboo-san because last year at Anime Expo he promised he would take me to eat good monja.

Studio 696

We met at his office.
He had a pretty spiffy-looking studio.

Singer and superstar yozuca* came along, too!
I haven't seen her since she came to Anime Expo back when it was in Long Beach, so it was fun.

We went to Tsukishima, where monja was invented, for dinner.


We talked about how Bamboo-san could get married.
He always kids that he wants a girlfriend from the U.S.

So I told him he should go meet girls at Yaoi Con this year, especially because it's going to be in LA.
We even joked that he could be auctioned off at the Bishonen Auction.
Although even if Bamboo-san looks young, he's XX years old.
It would be a Bichunen Auction...

I don't even know how one gets into the Bishonen Auction.
If someone from Yaoi Con could tell me, I would appreciate it.

Winter Japan Trip 2011-2012

Happy New Year!


Guess what I did on the first day of 2012?

Yeah. I was working.

And packing to go back to Tokyo.

Winter Japan Trip 2011-2012

My relatives make mochi with traditional tools for New Year's.

Mochi Making

Mochi Making

I asked if mochi tasted better if you made it this way, instead of using a mochi-making machine.

My aunt said no.


Freshly made mochi tasted delicious, though!

Winter Japan Trip 2011-2012

The Christmas cake is such a big deal in Japan.
During this season, all the bakeries, convenience stores, department stores, etc advertise to reserve your Christmas cake with them.

I had a couple of Christmas cakes during my stay.

Henri Charpentier

This is from a famous store.
One cake was 565 yen.

Holidays at Kevin's 2011

The traditional "Japanese Strawberry Shortcake."

Of course, I didn't take advantage of the holidays to eat cake.
I would eat cake any day of the year!
Especially in Japan, where they are delicious.

The Darjeeling

Le Bonne

Winter Japan Trip 2011-2012



This is their temporary sign.

I went to see the TRIGGER office.
They had just recently finished furnishing the office, and it was nice.
I think their biggest draw (haha) is the customized tilting tables for the animators.
Sorry, I forgot to take a picture of them...

I met up with Masahiko Otsuka-san, the president of this new studio,
and Sa-san of GAINAX, and Yamada-san of Sanjigen.

We went to dinner, and after that we came back to the studio.

Hiroyuki Imaishi was there, so we talked for a long time about the anime industry.
He said he wanted to come back to the United States,
maybe next time to the east coast.

By the way, this day (Dec 23) was a holiday, and the first of a three-day weekend.
There were many, many staff working late at night as if it were a normal day.
This is the anime industry, everyone.

I got an omiyage from Yamada-san.


Winter Japan Trip 2011-2012


I went to GAINAX, mostly because I haven't seen their new office.
I think every time I go, they're in a new office.

Anyway... I forgot to take pictures because I spent most of the time talking to various people.

Kazuya Tsurumaki-san was there for a meeting, and I haven't seen him for close to 10 years, so I was talking to him for a while.
With him was Yoji Enokido-san, script writer for Evangelion and Utena, among other things.
I'm actually a huge fan of Enokido-san, so I was pretty excited.

Enokido-san is called "Prince" and I saw why...
He looks like he's in his twenties!!
I thought he was an assistant or something because he looks so young...

I then went to go see Yoshiyuki Sadamoto-san.
He told me about his most recent project, "The Wolf Children Ame and Yuki."

I also said hi to Su-san, who is part of the licensing team.

After saying hi to everyone I know, I went to dinner with them.

It was a nice, fun evening.
I forgot to take pictures, but I did take pictures of the stuff they gave me.

Omiyage and Samples
Flyer for "The Wolf Children Ame and Yuki" and "Believe in Yourself" samples.

FLCL and Panty & Stocking Blu-rays.

"Wish Upon the Pleiades" towel and bookmarks.

Winter Japan Trip 2011-2012

My first client to meet back in Tokyo was Bushiroad.


Kidani-san was interested in how the U.S. market was.
Bushiroad already has their biggest hit, Vanguard, available in English.
(Both the card game and anime.)

Samples I got from Bushiroad.

So I think it's natural for them to come to the U.S.

We'll see.

Winter Japan Trip 2011-2012

It was time to go back to Tokyo.

But since I still had my JR East Rail Pass, I decided to go to Sendai to eat beef tongue.
It was my lunch.

Date no Gyutan

It was delicious!
I will eventually go back to Sendai to see more of the city.

Not this time... I was too tired, and it started to snow.

I literally only stayed for an hour in Sendai. Hee hee!

I bought a beef tongue bento at the station and ate that for dinner.

Amiyaki Gyutan Bendo

Amiyaki Gyutan Bendo
It had an instant-steam thing that warmed up the bento without a microwave.

Amiyaki Gyutan Bendo

Winter Japan Trip 2011-2012

My cousin wanted to go out to buy FF13-2, so he was nice enough to take me along.
I wanted to go buy a new camera, because my FujiFilm broke for the 3rd time.
(I will get it fixed... I needed a new one to use during my trip in Japan.)

After our trip to the electronics store, we went to eat ramen.

This is what the store looks like.

Taichi Ramen

It looks like a Capsule House from Dragon Ball, yes?

Taichi Ramen

It's a tiny place, but they have huge ramen servings.

I got the normal size...

Taichi Ramen

Shio ramen with spinach and egg topping.

My cousin and his friend got the large.

Taichi Ramen

It's hard to tell, but please compare the size of the bowl to the chopsticks.

They even have a size larger, extra-large.
It's in the same bowl but with way more noodles.

By the way, this is my new camera.

New Camera
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