My day-job commute involves a horrid train line. There are three things going against it. Water: for a long stretch it crosses part of Tokyo bay. This means it's vulnerable to dangerous wind and rain. Japan has strong winds, a typhoon season and a rainy season. This creates frequent delays. Tokyo: My morning commute involves … Continue reading Work, Fuji, Home. Repeat.
My friend Ebony rocks. She really does. You should go check out the looks she serves up on Instagram. I'll wait. I can't even tell you how essential she is to my life here. Not since art school have I had someone in my neck of the woods who was not only an amazing friend … Continue reading The dress with EVERYTHING.
It's that time of the year, when the beauty of nature is juxtaposed with a wild uptick in public drunkenness in parks. I know this because: I see them in bloom. I made the mistake of meeting a friend in Ueno recently and he and I were UNPREPARED for the slow-moving packs of visiting foreigners … Continue reading Cherry Blossom Season!
Job stress: Will I be under employed? Can I find a different job quickly? Will I get permanent residency? Should I just go with being underemployed and cram for JLPT N2 6 months earlier than planed? These are the things that make me want to just nap all day. When I'm asleep, I can't consciously … Continue reading Updates: Continue moving forward
I roam the Hobby-off (a used toy/hobby shop) with no real plan in mind. Sure, first I scope the dolls but then I just wander the figures until something speaks to me. This isn’t unlike the time shortly after my first move and job change within Japan in August of 2004. I hadn’t planned to … Continue reading Chibi-Raven
I haven't been around because illness took me DOWN. After two rounds of antibiotics, more nasal steroids, and the joy of three days in a row without kerosene fumes I'm almost better. Welcome to Finish-it-February, wherein I try to be frugal by focusing on finishing projects instead of starting them. Of course, as soon as … Continue reading Heads up! Finish it February!
It's New Years Eve. My 破魔矢 "Hamaya"/ Demon Breaking Arrow from this year is ready to be burned in a bonfire tonight. My bedroom and kitchen are clean enough for guests. I'm spending my third New Years Eve in a row with Jamie. I've known her since we were both wee cosplay dorks at cons in … Continue reading New Years Eve
Let’s move along to finished projects I should have told you about ages ago. My Aggretsuko Blythe! Just in time for the Netflix Christmas Special!! Her face just wasn’t right last time. I realized that it was because I’d given her lips. Red pandas have mouths that pop out from under white fur. That issue … Continue reading Aggretsuko!
Hi, Neighbors! Don't mind us! We're just TEATHERED* to the balcony here and slathered in acne cream. *we get earthquakes. I figured it's best to tie them for their protection. I dressed them because I rationalized that seeing naked dolls would be more upsetting for my neighborhood. These girls need sunlight to clean their face-stains. … Continue reading Who is the gaijin in your neighborhood?
Right now it's hard to prioritize things. I get home and everything shouts for attention: my bed, my need for nourishing food, my need to make that food, my crafts, the things I need to do for dance and the studio... Before I know it it's past my bedtime, way past, and I feel like … Continue reading New Hands Are Here!