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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!
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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.
Expensive!!

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

TRIGGER Day.

Trigger

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.

Omiyage

Winter Japan Trip 2011-2012

GAINAX day.

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.

Omiyage
FLCL and Panty & Stocking Blu-rays.

Omiyage
"Wish Upon the Pleiades" towel and bookmarks.

Winter Japan Trip 2011-2012

My first client to meet back in Tokyo was Bushiroad.

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.)

Bushiroad
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.

Sendai
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

It started to snow in Niigata, so I took a short break from working on Husband Honeymoon #2 to take a walk.

Niigata

Niigata
View from under my umbrella.

Niigata

Snow Slime

Niigata
Testing my new camera's low-light capabilities. Pretty good!



It's been over 10 years since I last saw snow, so I was pretty excited.
I even got to shovel snow!
It was so fun.

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

Winter Japan Trip 2011-2012

My distant cousin is a teacher for a local elementary school,
so I asked him if I can visit his school to see how English is being taught in Japan.

Before I joined this industry by chance, I had a tiny dream of teaching English in Japan.
So I was really excited when my cousin said that the principal approved my visit.

Abushima Elementary School

It was a nice, sunny day.
It was supposed to snow, but lucky me, it didn't.


I went in and thanked the principal.
We talked a bit about how all the ALTs (Assistant Language Teachers) left after the quakenami because they were scared of radiation and stuff.

And after discussing what we were doing for class that day with my cousin and the Japanese ALT, we went to class.

The children were so cute!
It was a combined class of 5th and 6th graders for the English session.

I went in and introduced myself in English first.
My cousin (their teacher) asked if they understood what I said.
They understood some words such as "translator" and "movies."

I then introduced myself in Japanese, and we started class.

The topic of the day was "What I want to be when I grow up."
An electronic text book thing played an audio recording of various occupations,
and after the students practiced the pronunciations they answered what they wanted to be.

During practice, the kids asked me to repeat the occupations.
They were surprised that "photographer" and "sumo wrestler" was pronounced differently than what they thought.

At the end of the class, I gave them my impressions in English.
Again, they were asked if they understood any of the words.
Then I translated my words into Japanese, and left.


Sigh... The children were so cute.
And their dean (dressed in P.E. clothes that day!) was so cheerful and funny.

I hope I can go back, because I really liked the staff and students.

Maybe I can have my niece attend that school for a summer or two.

Winter Japan Trip 2011-2012

Niigata-city day!

S-san of GAINAX was in Niigata for the weekend, so I went to go see her.
Niigata-city is the hometown of S-san and Yamaga-san,
as well as other famous people in this industry like Rumiko Takahashi and Takeshi Obata.

I hopped on the Shinkansen to Niigata-city.

S-san took me to a sushi restaurant for lunch.

Marui

It was so freaking delicious.
I actually don't like sushi or sashimi much, but I finished my plate in seconds.


We then went to the Nihonkai Tower.
We had a nice view of the Sea of Japan.

Nihonkai Tower

S-san also showed me the area where Megumi Yokota was abducted by North Korea.

She showed me the city for about half the day.
We visited a movie theater where Yamaga-san used to work,
and where they still work with GAINAX to do some screenings.

It was fun seeing S-san outside of Tokyo and the United States, in a non-work environment.

Winter Japan Trip 2011-2012

My uncle works for a sake company and he makes one of the best sake in Japan, the Kubota Manju.

Today he took me to his company so I can take a look at how they make it.
Unfortunately, my uncle is not a very skilled guide and I learned NOTHING from the visit.
But I'll post the pictures I took anyway.

Asahi Shuzo

Asahi Shuzo

Asahi Shuzo

Asahi Shuzo

Asahi Shuzo

Asahi Shuzo

Asahi Shuzo

Asahi Shuzo


And this is the final product, to the right.

New Year's Eve 2011


They have this sake in high-end Japanese restaurants, so if you have a chance, please try it.

By the way, this sake was mentioned in the movie "Ocean's Thirteen."
So please look for it in there, too.

Winter Japan Trip 2011-2012

My uncle works for a sake company and he makes one of the best sake in
Japan, the Kubota Manju.

Today he took me to his company so I can take a look at how they make it.
Unfortunately, my uncle is not a very skilled guide and I learned NOTHING from the visit.

But I'll post the pictures I took anyway.

Asahi Shuzo

Asahi Shuzo

Asahi Shuzo

Asahi Shuzo

Asahi Shuzo

Asahi Shuzo

Asahi Shuzo

Asahi Shuzo




And this is the final product, to the right.

New Year's Eve 2011


They have this sake in high-end Japanese restaurants, so if you have
a chance, please try it.

By the way, this sake was mentioned in the movie "Ocean's Thirteen."
So please look for it in there, too.

Winter Japan Trip 2011-2012

I was slaving away, finishing multiple projects in the boonies.

Since that's boring, I'll show some of the food I had while I was there.

Omede-Taiyaki
Taiyaki.

Sakata-Ya
Dango.

Gindako
Takoyaki.

Satsumaimo
Yaki imo.

Homo Sausage

Nishimori-Ya
Rolled cake.

Tawara-Ya
Nabeyaki udon.

Mister Donut

Friend
Curry yakisoba and meat sauce yakisoba.

Yamaroku

Yamaroku
Chashu ramen.

Winter Japan Trip 2011-2012

It was my friend's last day in Japan, but I couldn't do much for him because I had to go to Niigata prefecture in the morning.

I have a problem with the JR East Pass regarding some issues that came up this morning,
so of course like an American I wrote them a letter of complaint.

By the way, I got the JR East 4-day Flexible Pass for this trip.
Basically you can choose four days within a month's time frame to use any JR East trains as much as you want.

(Pictured to the left)

Japan Rail Pass


Anyway. I took the Shinkansen to Nagaoka, where my relatives live.

I ate the Suica bento on the way.

Suica Bento

Suica Bento

Suica Bento


When I got to my relatives' house, my cousin was there looking bored,
so I asked him to rip up my next manga I was to work on.

Hee hee, it was yaoi.

He had to look at the pictures because I asked him to number the pages too.
Man, I'm evil.

I worked for the rest of the day.
Some video game stuff (not announced yet),
some manga, and some Hollywood stuff.

Winter Japan Trip 2011-2012

Day 2 in Hakone.

I like waterfalls, so I went to check out one called Chisuji Falls.

Hakone


Then I headed to Hakone Sekisho Ato, the reconstructed site of the Hakone checkpoint.

Hakone Sekisho-Ato

Hakone Sekisho-Ato

Hakone Sekisho-Ato

It was freezing cold (it was around 9am in the morning) so I was the only one there.

The water on the trees were frozen.
(Not sure if the picture is big enough here...)

Hakone


I left Hakone Sekisho Ato to walk around for a bit,
but it was too cold, wet, and slippery so I had to give that up.

I did get a nice, foggy view of the Hakone Shrine torii gate though.

Hakone


For lunch I had the yuba bowl at Naokichi.

Naokichi


I bought souvenirs and left a little after lunchtime to beat the crowds.


I think I worked on deadlines when I got back to Tokyo.

Winter Japan Trip 2011-2012

Today we left for Hakone.

Hakone is famous among anime fans from Neon Genesis Evangelion.
Unfortunately, I didn't do anything Evangelion-related.
Maybe next time.

From the Odakyu Station in Shinjuku, we took the RomanceCar.

Odakyu RomanceCar

We dropped off our stuff at our inn, Sushi no Yado Keisho.
It was a small, cozy inn and I loved it.

Sushi no Yado Keisho

Sushi no Yado Keisho


We then took the Hakone tozan train up to Goura.

Hakone

The tozan train is known for their railway zig-zag.

Hakone


We had lunch at Tamura Ginkatsu-Tei, where they are known for their tofu katsu.

Tamura Ginkatsu-Tei


I ditched my friend here and went off on my own.

The ropeway gondola was fun to ride, but unfortunately it was raining and I didn't have much of a view.

Hakone

And because of the rain, I decided to skip the Owakudani volcanic valley.
I wanted to just get back to the inn and relax in the onsen (hot springs).

So I took the fake pirate ship across Lake Ashi.

Hakone

I found this funny because I just finished translating a game about pirates.


I rode the bus back to my inn, and enjoyed the onsen.
Since there was no one else in there, I enjoyed the large baths (there was one inside and one that was roten, or open-air) in peace.

(Sorry, there are no pictures of the onsen because I didn't want to look suspicious.)


I took it easy for the rest of the night.

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