Writing a translation note about a Japanese dish motivated me to cook. I wanted to try new things, so I looked online for a recipe for "Niku Dango no Mochi Gome Mushi." （肉団子のもち米蒸し） This translates to Steamed Meatballs Covered with Sweet Rice. They have it at dim sum, where they serve shrimp balls. They look like this:
Today, my mother, my sister, and I decided to go to a Korean spa to get a body scrub. It's called "akasuri" in Japanese. "Aka" is, in this case, not "red" but actually "scurf." Dead skin. To "suru" is to "scrub," so these Korean ladies scrub off the dead skin. You end up with soft, smooth skin!
I know some celebrities do it too...I remember someone mentioning it on Conan's Tonight Show.
Anyway. My mom shows up in a "Nyo" shirt from Di Gi Charat... This is the one with a stretched out face of Dejiko worn by the fat guy in the show. Company B gave it for free with the purchase of a DVD. The one my mother was wearing was a sample that I received. (I'm listed as a...producer in the show? I think?)
It was a bit embarrassing, but also funny.
After the spa, she changed into a new shirt... A Meltdown shirt.
I don't know where she got that shirt (probably from my sister?).
I wish she would consider the content of a t-shirt before wearing one. Well, I guess I should be glad that it's not a t-shirt that says I [heart] Yaoi or something. (I don't have that shirt anyway, and no, I don't want one either...)
I was looking at the AX website and looking at the various events and services they offer.
It's nice that they have shuttles, but they charge for it, don't they? And I guess it was like this from before, but they charge per concert and stuff.
It reminded me of the recent trends with airlines, of how they charge for extra bags, and even blankets or peanuts.
This year I'm not working for anyone in particular, so I might go just for fun. Okay, even as I type this now I'm sure I won't drive ALL THE WAY to downtown for it. (Just to let people know, I barely live 15 minutes away...) Besides, Wimbledon is, as always, on the same weekend, so I might be at home watching that.
I might go at night to have dinner with clients, I don't know.
Oops, I was going to write this for Mother's Day, but my wrist has been acting up.
I was going to introduce some manga that my mother reads/likes.
She doesn't read much manga, which is odd, considering how much manga she's been around, but here they are:
Jaja-uma Grooming Up! by Masami Yuuki
My mother likes horse racing...so this is an obvious choice. It's about a guy who travels to Hokkaido and decides to quit high school to live at a horse-breeding ranch. It follows a span of 4 years of him, the people around him, and the horses as they grow.
What I like also about this manga is that the horses are drawn so cute! I used to HATE going to the race tracks when I was a kid, when only my father was into it. I hated the smell of the horse poo.
But now I'm more aware about horse racing...I don't know if that's a good thing, but...
Atashi'nchi Eiko Kera
The first time my sister and I read this, we laughed so hard because the mother in the manga acts so much like our own mother. This manga is presented in equal-sized panels that go down. They look like 4-koma but there's no punchline at the 4th panel, but a chapter goes for about 3 pages. The story is about everyday life of a family. It's all in color and very cute.
Seigi no Mikata Chiaki Hijiri
This is about a pretty evil, selfish lady (the older sister of the main character) whose evil comments or acts end up saving other people. This was made into a live-action drama series (Japanese dorama), which is why my mother showed interest.
My mother and sister say that the evil sister is a little bit like me. Hmm...
Sorry I haven't been posting. I have been working a little here and there, but I was mostly spending my time playing this zombie game called Left 4 Dead.
I usually never play these kinds of games, but three of my nerdy gamer friends have been playing it, so I joined in.
It's quite fun! The best part is how you can play online with different people, and take turns being the zombies. We wear headsets so that we can communicate with each other, but unfortunately I don't really use the headset efficiently.
I tend to get surprised often, and when I am surprised, I yell.
"Aaaaghh! Zombie got me! Aaaagh!" "Kyaaa! He sprayed stuff on me! Eeeek!" "Oh, I died. How sad." "Oops, I pushed the wrong button."
I keep saying these irrelevant things. I wonder if people turn me off on the other end.
Anyway, it's a great game! There's a commentary mode where you walk through the game and can hear various comments and insights from various people who worked on the game.
On the work side, I'm still doing all things Geass and Lelouch. I am kicking some Geass.
I’ve been playing We Cheer that I got myself for the holidays. I first heard about this game when my friend, voice actor SS, contacted us saying that she just finished recording for a cheerleading game. And it was on sale at Amazon, so I bought it.
I didn’t know that this game got horrible reviews… It’s sad because it’s really cute! (And quite easy…I passed the game on “Easy” in three days).
You get a lot of uniforms you can switch around, and you even get to decide what it says on the logo. (The best part!)
I’m almost completely done with the entire game. Does anyone else out there play this game? If anyone’s been pondering about whether or not to get this game…I would recommend it!
About work…I recently found an article indicating that Kagetora got better after the switch in translators. I’m sure the other translator was fine too, but it makes me happy to see people notice the difference in translators. :)
Happy New Year and I hope everyone has a very good 2009.
For some STRANGE reason, my calendar (the one with all the deadlines) has today marked as the Day of Raw Egg (and Soy Sauce) Over Rice.
I don't know why I have that...
It's called tamago kake gohan, and there's even a Wikipedia article (in English) for it. Please try Wiki-ing it.
I used to eat this a lot as a kid... I don't anymore, because I don't eat much raw egg lately. I think I'm more picky with food than when I was younger, so egg and rice is probably not enough for me. I need natto! And I always have natto in my fridge (freezer!)
I'm wondering with Dragon Quest being released on DS here in English, if someone will license Guru Guru. It will be hard to translate though. Very specific Japanese jokes. But Sunshine Sketch is like that too, so...