Another eleven months and 2004 is over! How time flies.
I finally finish watching "Ryoma's Journey,"* a show I taped off TV on New Year's. Is it just me, or are the main characters in these historical dramas always superstars--larger than life?
I always want to see them having to deal with normal people problems, too.
Ryoma = a pro-imperial politician involved with the
upheaval of Japan's government in 1868.
Our cable television is doing a Gamera marathon! Not just the new ones, of course-they're showing all the originals from the 60's, too! All right!
Was today supposed to be a national holiday? I ended up going to work, oblivious. Which is fine, since I did have work to do.
Photo shoot for the concert pamphlet.
I've often wondered why there are so many places serving baked eel in Kanda-that's
the part of Tokyo where the photography studio is located.I LOVE eel. If I had
known there were so many eel places in Kanda, I wouldn't have eaten lunch before
Interview for "Mahoroba." People like the sound. Phew.
See Hamaguchi-san for the first time in a while. There's less than a month left before the concert begins! I've got lots to do, and little time to do it in!
"I think we're past chocolates by now..." says my wife. So she treats me to a Korean barbeque dinner. We eat (from least expensive to most): high-quality beef, matured beef, special-quality beef, and a fine type of Japanese beef.
I find the high-quality beef and matured beef the tastiest...I guess I'm just cheap at heart.
I go to buy puzzle rings.*But I don't find any to my
liking and return empty-handed. Do you get as madly
into those things as I do?
*Child's toy of small interconnecting metal rings.
I hand over my accumulated writings to Enterbrain. The deadline was... the end of last year. Hmmm... I get it! This means I can turn in everything a month and a half late! Wrong!
Meeting to plan the Human Academy lecture tour, which starts the day after tomorrow.
I'm off to Sapporo (Hokkaido)! I'm going to track down this oft-rumored "Soup Curry" they have up there, and eat it.
First day of promotion for the "TOUR de JAPON," promotion for "Mahoroba," and the Human Academy Lecture Tour in Sapporo.
I eat Sapporo Ramen and a Mongolian Hot Pot!
Second day of promotion for the "TOUR de JAPON," promotion for "Mahoroba," and the Human Academy Lecture Tour in Sapporo.
I eat "Soup Curry" (I did find it) and seafood.
Third day of promotion for the "TOUR de JAPON," promotion for "Mahoroba," and the Human Academy Lecture Tour in Sapporo.
Uni (sea-urchin) on rice and local microbrew beer are on my menu today.
First day of promotion for the "TOUR de JAPON," promotion for "Mahoroba," and the Human Academy Lecture Tour in Nagoya.
I have Azuki (sweet bean) Cappucino and Nagoya Cochin (chicken).
Second day of promotion for the "TOUR de JAPON," promotion for "Mahoroba," and the Human Academy Lecture Tour in Nagoya.
I eat Hitsumabushi (a local variation on the baked eel rice-bowl).
The FF concert planned in Los Angeles has been announced in the U.S. It looks like there's been quite a response. Maybe we should plan a tour package so people from Japan can go see it in the States?
Hot. We've had decidedly un-February-like weather recently.
I rarely feel like working when it's this warm...not that I do when it's cold, either.
Meeting to prepare for the concerts. We're starting to get into the nitty-gritty details...
In the afternoon, I tape Uematsu Radio and hold an MC meeting.
Order some bifocals to be ready for the concert. What a kick-ass frame!
You can't fold the side-pieces on these babies... know what I'm saying? No?
Lecture for the Human Academy. Meet Mr. Yoshiki Okamoto for the first time. I get the rumors now... he does seem (on first glance) like he's up to something.
Okamoto-san, the board game was fun!