DVD shopping for the first time in a long time. Not
that I have any time to sit back and watch anything,
but just buying something is good stress relief. I
bought DVDs, some books, a toy instrument set, a Pinocchio
doll, some sake... I was on the verge of buying new
car speakers and a navigation system but I came to
my senses in time to stop myself. Kids, don't grow
up to be like me.
Another rehearsal for The Black Mages.
I think we've got this set down pretty well. Now, we just have to wait for
the real thing--tomorrow!
The Black Mages play the Jindai Festival.
Almost 600 people came to see us in the rain.
The applause and cheering as soon as we stepped on stage got us in the
groove, and I think we put on a good show. Thanks,
And to the cute assistants in the Jindai Festival
Planning Committee: Good work, guys!
Went drinking with Sakai-san, a violinist
from Hal Laboratory. Drank in
Akasaka, drank in Omotesando; by the time I was plastered,
it was already 4:30 in the morning. Ugh... I can't
my liquor these days.
I'm taking everything urgent, and my overdue
composing work, and holing
at Yamanaka Lake.
Second day at Yamanaka Lake.
Ahh, it's nice to be surrounded by nature! I can focus much better
without all the city noise. A problem came up back
Tokyo, but it wasn't anything too big, so I'm not
worrying about it. It's amazing the effect the land
on a person's thoughts and emotions. Nice weather
Third day at Yamanaka Lake.
Working out here I sure get a lot done, but I relax to the point
forget I should be taking Saturday and Sunday
off, and I end
up working straight through the weekend.
Rain today. Blech.
Fourth day at Yamanaka Lake.
I'm getting work done, but there's too much and I'm behind schedule.
I'll stay here one more day. Rain again today.
Fifth day at Yamanaka Lake.
Finished my work somehow. Since I did tell the company I'd
be "going to hole up at Yamanaka Lake and get work done," I
figured I'd best bring back results to avoid various,
er, problems later. It's raining again, so hard they
lowered the speed limit on the expressway to 30 mph.
It really is raining a lot this year.
A lot of stuff can pile up when you spend
five days outside Tokyo. I'm booked solid from morning
to night. In the middle of it all, ex-Konami guy Furukawa-san
paid me a visit. The last time I met him was ten years
ago--it was gratifying that he still remembered me.
Furukawa-san! Let's do something together soon!
Went to Osaka a day early to prepare for
a special class
at the HAL Computer School on the 14th. I had some
work to do before I left Tokyo at 1:00, so I got
up at 5:30 and had a very productive morning. Sleep
Not me! I topped off my day by going out drinking
until 2:30 am. Okay, I'm tired.
At HAL's Osaka campus in the morning, and
the Nagoya campus
in the afternoon. My impression? The students at
both campuses were polite and bright and generally
be around. Do they teach that here, I wonder? It's
true that companies need people that are not only
talented and able, but also fun to be around. Well,
all qualify on that count. I got home at 11:30
at night. Back to work tomorrow.
I'm giving up weekends to get my work back
As I feared, I was all tired out from a busy week
and moving slow, but wasted as I am, if I can just
the get-up-and-go to get into the office, think
of what I can accomplish!
Needless to say, I had planned a day of rest
But, it's rare that I get a day without any plans,
made my way to Autobachs and put my long-laid
plans to renovate my car stereo and navigation system
into action! I started at 1:00 and wasn't finished
the clock struck 9:00! Seems there was a problem
with my jeep's layout, and they made a mistake
along the way and had to redo a bit. No rest
wicked today, either...
Nice weather today! Perfect day for a drive.
Got a fan letter today from a certain "Otani"-san in Gunma Prefecture.
It reminded me of an old friend of mine from school living in Gunma who married a woman named "Otani" (also from Gunma). For years we were calling her "Otani-san," and it was only after graduation that we found out the characters for her name were read "Oya," not "Otani" at all! You can't tell just by looking at the characters, and we had assumed the more common reading the whole time. So I wonder how this fan's name is supposed to be read? "Oya"? "Otani"? "Daiya"!? ....Nah, it couldn't be "Daiya"...could
Awh, too bad. The judge made a call against
Murahama and he lost! For those
of you who don't know, I'm talking about K-1
fighting. Still, he did great, given his small size.
It gives me great courage in tiring times like these
to see him out there fighting the good fight.
Yeah, that's right! I'm not KO'd
The temperature dropped all of a sudden,
everyone's catching cold. I generally don't catch
colds. Probably, it's because I avoid crowds. I tend
to live in my house, my car, and my office
work. That's how I avoid run-ins with all those disease-causing
I walked the streets of Shibuya alone for three hours today. Spent some time
in the music stores. It was fun. I had a lot of free time when I was a student,
so I used to hang out a lot at the music stores and record shops (no CDs back
then). Seriously, there's just no limit to the amount of time I can spend in a
music store. Its fun just walking the aisles, looking at each guitar displayed.
But then I want them. Here's where it gets dangerous, now I can afford these!
This is why at my age I can no longer spend much time in music shops.
Gathering of the Uematsu family in Atami. Nearly forty of us came to join Granny,
she's 97 years old now. What's more impressive is that even with forty people
there, it still wasn't the entire family. We’re a family that would make
dog breeders proud.
The roads are jammed due to the three-day holiday. It takes five hours to drive from Atami to Tokyo.
Geez...is everyone going to the hot springs just to get tired?
is famous for its hot springs.
Planning a meeting for "Nobiyo's Tail." The fanclub is on its second year now.
Hope we can pull off something that will meet everybody's expectations!
Went to Hiyoshi in the evening to see a solo performance by my friend of twenty years, Yuji Hasegawa.
He said it was going to be just him singing and playing the guitar so I was expecting something laid back. I was wrong.
His guitar playing is amazing. Really compelling. It gave me the shivers.
Everyone should hear him play.
Three Square Enix employees came out to Yamanaka Lake to play...in the rain, unfortunately.
Left with no other option (well, not really), we drank. It was 3:30 in the morning before anyone looked at the clock. Then we slept.
It was 12 when I woke up. I don't have a hangover, but my body feels strangely heavy. We went to the Santa Claus Museum, the Igarashi Yumiko Art Museum, and the Angel Museum.
I never go to those places unless I have guests, so it's a good opportunity for me.