Thursday Night Bamboo Scribbles

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Why is it that four day work weeks seem so much longer than normal ones? I’ve been binging on productivity podcasts and youtube channels, and my inspiration is soaring.

Today I felt like scribbling around on my tablet again for the first time in a long time.

Here is a rendering of everything I drank today for no reason whatsoever.

 

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My company has free drinks in the vending machines. It’s booooomb.

And now a rendering of me thinking about my favorite drink.

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BeerBubbly orange juice.

And finally a really shitty 3min sketch of Gran in his Sorcerer class outfit from Granblue Fantasy. Dat lil waist. ♡

 

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I’m off to bed to survive Friday. Tokyo Game Show this weekend!

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New Job

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Long time no update. I think I made a couple of posts on my tumblr since my last post here, but… Yea. Here we are again.

I’ve been meaning to post since before August since… I got a new job!

No more school for this guy. FOUR YEARS. Four years I worked as an ALT. Honestly, when I think about it now, I see why my psyche is the shit heap it is now.

But yes, I got a new job doing translation for a company and started on the 1st of August. The company I’m working for now is pretty big and laid back, so it’s nice to be able to roll in and just listen to my music on the computer all day. It’s so bizarre not to have to be a dancing monkey for people for once.

Everything feels a lot better now. Yea, I sometimes have dreams I’ve been possessed by a demon, but DON’T WE ALL?

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I guess the best part of moving on is that I feel like, even though this isn’t my dream (the job, not the demon thing), I’m a little closer to doing what I want to do. I have a lot of opportunities to learn and time to work on my goals.

I guess technically I had time at my last job, but I was so busy thinking of ways to kill myself that it was hard to be motivated enough…

I worked myself up all year that everything would be fine if I could just make it to Summer and the beach, but now I can’t even believe it’s time to buy Halloween costumes. (I’m gonna be a nun, btw. Fitting, right? HA!)

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I know this post isn’t much but raves. Hell, there are points of contingency even with my new job, but one thing I’ve really felt lacking recently was blogging. I need to get my mind together, and putting things on paper/blog really helps me with that. And hopefully protects my poor roommate from having to listen to all my ramblings.

So in the end, this was a post for the sake of posts.

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And that’s Mexican food for the sake of Mexican food.

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And here’s drawing for the sake of drawing.

Cheers.

hanami + urahara

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How’s it going? I’m in a pretty good mood today! Today was supposed to be my back-to-work day, so I got up and headed to school as usual only to be told to go home and come back Wednesday. Actually I thought things were taking a downturn when I got to the door and realised I had forgotten my key, but I managed to climb through a window (I wonder if any of my neighbours saw) and things were fine, lol.

Finally did some hanami on Saturday! I haven’t done a proper hanami in a couple of years, since last year I wasn’t feelin’ so hot and had to go home after about half an hour.

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Yoyogi-koen. Soooo many people. It’s crazy. When you’re walking through the trees you can just hear the decibels rising with every step. We had a lot of fun drinking in the trees, though.

One thing, however, I really wanted to do while I was in the area is take some pictures of my favorite shops. I have a plan to try drawing and watercoloring these later.

I’ll put them here.

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Popped in here to buy a really cute necklace, actually.

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Romantic Standard
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Actually I never shop here, but the store front in so interesting to me.

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I’ve never been in here, either, but I have an ancient picture of me in high school standing next to their sign just because of the name.

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Another place I’ve never been, but I love these stairs.

I almost never go to actual Takeshita-doori because of the crowds. The last time I tried going there was a Wednesday, so I thought it would be OK, but no. Takeshita-doori is perpetually unmanageable now. And all my favorite shops have packed up and left. :/

Urahara is the best, though. Maybe one of my happy places.

Also popped in for a delicious burrito bowl at Guzman y Gomez.

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Guacamoleeeeeeeee!

Anyway, it was a good day. I’ll let you know how the paintings go.

Off to the night job now. Later. 🙂

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hello, again, again.

Hey, long time no chat. This year. Ugh. On one hand I can’t believe it’s April, but on the other, I’m surprised it’s not yet June?

Since this year has begun, I’ve… started and stopped studying for the JLPT, started working on Design Festa prep for May, been to Kyoto for my best friend’s wedding, had a wild birthday party, been to Disney twice, Kusatsu hot spring, and actually… This week I should’ve been in Korea, but our travel company collapsed and took our tickets and reservations with it. So I had to make do with wandering Shin-Okubo on Wednesday and a horrible two day hangover. Woo!

I guess the point is, I’ve really been wanting to update here. I take all the pictures, and have all the ideas, but then I have so much to say I don’t even know where to begin. :/

Today I got out my old external hard drive though, and found sooooo many old pictures of yore, and when I found this, my heart felt so full.

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Forgive the shit quality. So this is how I used to decorate all my agendas and planners in high school/university, back when I was obsessed with all things visual kei and Harajuku.  And this one was so cute! I guess it probably got tossed out ages ago, but I’m so happy to have found this photo. I actually found it in a photo folder of a bunch of things from my closet in the old poupee girl website. Ah, memories.

the glories of tape

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I was kind of sad to notice this morning one of my favorite creative paper blogs has stopped updating. It’s a blog by a woman in Australia, Jenna Templeton, who does all sorts of creative projects with paper and washi tape. It was actually from her blog ages ago that I first found about about the wonders of washi tape. It doesn’t seem to be updated anymore, but for lots of cool ideas and creative inspiration, check out→ My Life As A Magazine.

And since I really love looking at people’s collections of things, I’m going to show you my washi tape collection! Hold on to your hats, people.

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The coolest ones of the bunch are probably these.

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Among them, some are kinda special. For example, these are from Paul & Joe. I actually got them from a monthly gift box service I was using last year, but they have cute little cats and fishes on them. ♡

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And these are actually goods from an Angelo live. There’s even one with the 切人♦︎一家 logo on it, lol. I think Angelo is probably the visual kei band with the most creative goods these days. XD

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These Sailor Moon tapes were given to me by a really sweet teacher at one of the schools I work at.

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And this Tokyo skyline tape is one of the coolest I’ve ever seen. I use it on my bullet notebook that I scribble in every day.

It’s not as much as some people have, but it’s already spilling out of the storage space I’ve allotted it. I’ve actually had to forbid myself from purchasing anymore, as I have a tendency to hoard project materials like this.

But they’re really cool to use in scrap books and such, like this.

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That’s my Tokyo 2013-2014 cut-paste story.

Do you have any cool washi tapes too?

vortex of emo

Since August I’ve been in maybe the biggest, stupidest vortex of emo in my life.

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I only kind of feel like I’m starting to come out of it now, too. So, needless to say, finding the energy (or motivation) to do anything has been hard, neigh impossible. In a way lately I have kind of felt like a dolphin climbing a mountain.

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I’m starting to feel a little better, though. Which is awesome! But at the same time, I have recently been told on two different occasions that my Japanese has turned to shit.

One was a friend who recently left to roam Australia for a few years.

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The other was a friend from Halloween last year who I haven’t seen in a long time.

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Which is insane, since I use it all the time, especially have over the past few months. But I’m wondering if it doesn’t have something to do with the vortex of emo.

When I’m in there I feel super self-conscious of myself at all times. I feel like people I meet for the first time don’t like me and it’s my job to persuade them otherwise. But about halfway into it I decide I’m not worth liking and sort of give up.

I don’t know if that makes sense, but that’s what it feels like.

 

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last friday

 

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It’s soooo frustrating. But I think I kind of see a similar trend in my eikaiwa students, too. The ones who seem more confident can speak so much more clearly, take their time communicating more complex ideas, and get better and better. And the ones who quiver and shake in the corner just kind of stay at the same level forever burbling word salad.

So it may sound stupid, but I’ve started reading all those lulzy inspirational sites about how to improve your self confidence and state of mind.

You’re your own worst critic, and all that jazz.

Wish me luck? If you have any advice, I’d appreciate that, too. :/

By the way, Matsuda Seiko is an angel. I listen to this song almost every day, lol.

Matsuda Seiko – Akai Sweet Pea

 

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Happy Humpday everybody! Tried out my new DUP liquid eyeliner and it is shamefully better than the Ettusais cat eye liquid liner I usually buy. D:

And the IF eating is going strong! Broke the fast today with more chicken on salad with quinoa.

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If you haven’t tried the new yuzu-style salad chicken at Family Mart… Don’t. It’s nast af. :/

I ended up eating the onigiri as an after school snack.

But anyway!

Sometimes I get lucky at this school and they let me go after lunch. I was headed home, walking through the EST, for a few hours before going back out to meet friends when a dress caught my eye from dazzlin’.

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It’s adorable! Two pieces, and grey camisole-type under dress with the poof-sleeved grey sweat to fit over it. And just as I showed it to the staff girl, she came running back with the cutest and most comfortable rider’s jacket ever.

Long story short, I threw down. Financially, lol

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About 6900Y

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I have actually been wanting a rider’s jacket for a couple of years now, but every time I find one I like it’s either a) too expensive or b) too stiff. This one is faux leather of course, and perfectly flexible and stretchy. Fits great and not a bad price. No regrets. ♡

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The tote was a gift for spending over 8000Y, which I really should NOT have done, but I did it anyway and OH WELL NOTHING I CAN DO NOW HAHA

So yea. I’m off to meet some peeps and enjoy the midweek. Cheers!

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