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Hello, you may not remember me but my name is Ant. I used to have an LJ which I posted on regularly until I got too busy and lazy, except for when I would pop up every few months or so and make random comments. I shall endeavour to do better in the future however past experience has led me not to make promises on that account.

Lately, all I have been doing is working and filling out paperwork for my Japan exchange. OMG WHY IS THERE SO MUCH PAPERWORK? A lot of it is all THE SAME THING! All I (hopefully) have left to do now is get my Japan visa and everything will be sweet for when I leave on April 4. This of course means that I will be there to see Tokyo Tower light up in Arashi colours, yay!! And hopefully it will also mean I will get to go to the Arashi concert, which this year will be called: The Arashi Concert in Which Ant Finally Wins Tickets in the Ballot. Grand things are clearly afoot.

I've also been working on the fics I promised for the arashi_on fundraiser, and should have the first chapter of Sakurai Sho: Love Detective up by the weekend. (Only a year late). It would have been up last weekend only there were logistical issues and also my sister says it's not funny enough. I'd like to have both fics done by the time I leave but that's probably a pipedream. Still, true dreams are always by your side, and there's no wall you can't break down and all that. Though, I'm not sure if that applies to the wall of "everything I write sounds stupid and crap".

I've been reading about the subjects I'm doing while I'm in Japan and a lot of them seem easy and fun. The history subject is mostly doing walking tours of Tokyo and then writing reports about it, and there's this sports subject you can do where 90% of your mark is attendance and participation! And you get to do a month of table tennis!! (Not sure I can actually get credit for doing this from my home uni though.) I am worried about Japanese though. I have forgotten everything over the holidays! I don't even remember です!! And part of the placement exam is an interview. I will have to talk! I am super crap at talking!! They will ask me what is my shumi and I never know what to say to that. One time in a test I lied and said reading suspense novels but then they asked me follow up questions and it was very confusing!! And I don't know if Arashi actually qualifies as a hobby? I am good at talking about Arashi in Japanese but I don't want to sound like a dumbass fangirl who is only going on exchange to Japan because she loves Arashi, even if it is mostly true. I guess if I screw up the placement exam, they'll just put me in a lower level where I can learn about conjugating te form and stuff.

As per the title of this post, I was also going to go on about all the stress I've been having about all the stuff I have to do before I go (finding someone to live in the spare room who isn't flaky and unreliable, the impending separation from my beloved doggins, getting ill from the flu shot and missing a week of work when I really need the money, etc) but nobody likes a whiner, so let's just pretend I did instead.

Date: 2012-03-14 09:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Why not just say you're into Arashi? Sure, some people will think you're a flake, but you'll have a lot more fun with those who don't, and Arashi seem to be big enough in Japan that you have a decent chance of encountering normal Japanese people who think they are cool, too.

Are you likely to be in Tokyo between 15 and 23 April? We could try to hook up for coffee or something stronger.

Date: 2012-03-14 12:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That's true, though I don't know if it would sound good in an exam situation - though I guess they're testing me on speaking Japanese not on my actual hobby so I should talk about something I feel confident with.

Yes, I will definitely be there then! We should definitely meet up. PM me your email address, and we'll organise it!! XD

Date: 2012-03-14 10:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Why don't you say you like music? It's considered to fall under the catergory of "shumi" and myself and my students use it all the time as answer.


And some bad news: the Tokyo Tower light up is this Friday, so it can be filmed in time for Lucky Seven's finale. Sorry. >.

Date: 2012-03-14 12:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It's being lit up for a month, it said in the newspaper.

Date: 2012-03-14 12:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
DAMN, I wonder how much it cost to it lit up for the month. Was it all Fuji TV's money? Or did JE have to pitch in? Or is it actually not that expensive to rent out Tokyo Tower for promotion, but nobody had a good way to use it before this?

Like, cause, a whole month is almost kind of ridiculous in a sort of amezingly mind-boggling way. 0_0

Date: 2012-03-15 01:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I don't see why it would be any more expensive to light it up in colour than the normal lights, it's probably easier to leave the colour ones up for a while. And Tokyo Tower is probably happy for the publicity, what with the Sky Tree kicking its arse in awesomeness.

Date: 2012-03-15 01:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Because they have to buy those color lights? Tokyo Tower is only ever white(in the summer) or orange(in the winter), I don't think I've ever heard of them completely changing the color scheme for a whole month to promote a GROUP. That's why it's so amazing. It's just like how Arashi is the only group to ever hold a concert at Tokyo Disney Resort.

And although the Sky Tree is all new and shiny, Tokyo Tower is still THE symbol for Tokyo. Like, when Fuji TV had their light up in Arashi colors, it wasn't weird since they have a connection. But, like, it's TOKYO TOWER. 0_0

Date: 2012-03-15 02:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yeah but they're buying the lights anyway, so how long they run them for wouldn't change the cost.

I guess Arashi are just that awesome.

Date: 2012-03-15 02:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yeah, in the end, it'd make more sense to run it for a long time if you're going to get all those bulbs!

But, yes, in the end, this is all because Arashi is just that damn awesome.

Date: 2012-03-14 08:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It's Japan. It's totally legitimate to say Arashi is your hobby. Then the teacher will ask who is your ichiban and then she will tell you stuff like he was in a Hollywood movie and you will be like sou desu ne. Then she will tell you that Jun is her ichiban ...

And it sounds so much better than saying shopping.

Date: 2012-03-15 01:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I will practice saying stuff to you. I don't want to tell people Nino is my ichiban though.

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