japanesedream_72: (Default)
Let's see, where do I begin?

First off, I want to thank you all again for the lovely birthday cards, gifts, posts, comments, & wishes. <333 I was getting pretty down about this b-day, the first time the occasion has had a negative connotation for me rather than a positive one. But my friends - &, as you will see, my family, too - really made me feel good about it, happy & loved.

As for the celebrations... )

T-time

Feb. 13th, 2011 07:16 am
japanesedream_72: (shinya)
Please see the 3rd of this 4-part post, here (includes links to parts 1 & 2): http://japanesedream.livejournal.com/395467.html

I know there are good homes out there for these... )


That's all for now.
japanesedream_72: (Default)
Have you checked out the first 2 pages?

http://japanesedream.livejournal.com/394667.html
http://japanesedream.livejournal.com/395113.html

I said it before & I'll say it again: I really hate having to do this.

This is a necessary evil... )


More on the way!

T for 2

Feb. 12th, 2011 09:10 pm
japanesedream_72: (kyo)
Please be sure to check out Part 1 of the t-shirt collection, if you haven't already.

My closet or yours? )


Lots more to come, so stay tuned!

T party

Feb. 10th, 2011 11:04 pm
japanesedream_72: (kyo-love)
By now, most or all of you have checked out my previous entry regarding the books. If you haven’t, please do. There may be something you’d like.

[livejournal.com profile] hara_reita recommended I do a similar post for the t-shirts I am forced to part with. I think this was even harder than the books. There are so many shirts that I hate, I mean HATE, having to give up. They are bands or shows or films that I love. They are great designs. They were given to me by friends & loved ones whom I adore. Some are not with us anymore. Some are no longer part of my life, except in memories. Many are from my mom. A couple, I got at concerts.

But apart from the fact that I just can’t take them with me (either for reasons of shipping costs or lack of room - esp. given where I would like to go), 99% of them are just too big for me. What possessed us, back in the day, to wear everything 2 or 3 sizes larger than we needed, I will never know. But now, I’m swimming in them.

There are others, besides what is here. I have already given a couple away, to some book-takers. More will be posted soon. Some, I can’t put up yet; it just doesn’t feel right, even though I know I won’t be wearing them (again, the over-sized thing). These were difficult enough.

Please let me know if you would like any additional information than what little I’ve presented here, such as size (most are XL), colour, or specific condition. Some I got second-hand, so there may be slight/small marks/stains/discolourations. Others are simply victims of sitting in my closets or hanging on the rack in the basement (where I had to shift them when they got too numerous) for longer than they should have. They’re still wearable, I wouldn’t offer them if they weren’t (I had a few questionables I’ve kept off the list). For the most part, I’d say it’s nothing a good wash won’t cure. ^_^

Speaking of which...

Here we go... )


More coming soon!
japanesedream_72: (geisha)
For anyone who's checked out the lists of books I have to part with:

http://japanesedream.livejournal.com/393559.html
http://japanesedream.livejournal.com/393940.html

The following books/comics have already been claimed:

All the Anne Rice comics
The Book of Lilith by Barbara Black Koltuv, PhD
Bram Stoker’s Dracula - The Film & The Legend
Bram Stoker’s Dracula graphic novel
The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty by Anne Rice
The Daria Diaries
Evil Offspring by J.N. Williamson
Foxfire by Joyce Carol Oates
I Me Mine by George Harrison
Mafia, USA by Nicholas Gage
Midnght by Dean R. Koontz
Minutes by Daryl Hine
The Modern Witch's Spellbook by Sarah Lyddon Morrison
The Nightmare: The Psychology & Biology of Terrifying Dreams by Ernest Hartmann
The Nightmare Before Christmas flip book
The Nightmare Before Christmas pop-up book
The Nympho & Other Maniacs by Irving Wallace
The Official Rocky Horror Picture Show Audience Participation Guide
Portraits & Elegies by Gjertrud Schnackenberg
The Tank Girl collection
Transmetropolitan (comic book)
The Vision by Dean R. Koontz
Weird Vampire Tales (short story collection)
Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner by Scott Cunningham
The Wingless Crow by Charles Fergus

I'll update this as more requests come in. Thanks, guys, & happy reading! ^_^
japanesedream_72: (miyavi)
More of the books I must give up if I'm ever gonna get out of Dodge.

Please be sure to check out the first part of the list before moving on to this one!

EDIT: If you see anything you like, please check the list of what’s gone first, to see if it has already been claimed.

Book Off, eat your heart out! (LOL) )

That's all (for now), folks!
japanesedream_72: (Default)
My cleaning/clearing-out project is seeing some very notable progress. Already purged myself of about half my clothes (it's not out of the house yet, but it is out of the closet), & now I'm working on the books.

Don't get me wrong, I love my stuff. Clothes, books, music, movies, knick-knacks, all of it. I love the circumstances under which I got various pieces (like t-shirts from concerts), & I love everyone who gave me the things they did (family & friends). I've used, appreciated, & enjoyed everything I've owned. But I can't take it all with me. So I might as well try to find my treasured items some good homes.

[livejournal.com profile] teacup_sky asked me to post the list of books I've decided (after MUCH deliberation) I can part with. It may look pretty scary, considering how much many of you know I love the topics some of these books concern. But don't worry, I'm still keeping a few things from each genre for myself.

Just to prove that statement, here is a portion of what I'm KEEPING!

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That's about 98% of what stays. The rest is upstairs, in my room. That's where my bookshelves are, but I brought down the majority of the keepers, 'cuz I didn't want to confuse them with the goers! XD

Speaking of the goers, here's that list.

EDIT: If you see anything you like, please check the list of what’s gone first, to see if it has already been claimed.

Check it out! )

Stay tuned! This is just Part 1! Lots more to come!
japanesedream_72: (tired)
As always, please make sure you’ve read the previous entry first before starting this one.

Prepare yourself for the very definition of harrowing! )


That’s all, folks!


Thanks for reading. ^_^
japanesedream_72: (loli)
If you haven't read about the previous portion of the day, please do so before moving on to this part. There, you will also find links to the first 2 days' entries.

I left you on the way from Harajuku to Ebisu, didn't I?

Moving closer to the goal...just one divine place... )

You definitely want to read what comes next!!
japanesedream_72: (Default)
You have read about Day 1 & Day 2 already, right? If not, please see those entries first, before continuing on to this one. Or you‘ll be as lost as I felt in Ueno looking at that Metro map on Day 1! XD

Quick note before I get to the first part of this VERY big day:

My camera takes crappy night photos. They usually come out really dark, so I try to lighten them, either with my camera’s editing functions, or my PhotoStudio software. But my PC monitor runs a little on the dark side, I think. So if things seem grainy or bright or strange-looking on your flat-screen LCD’s or laptops, that’s why. It looks just fine to me.

Okay, on to business...

A journey of 1,000 miles begins...now! )

To be continued!!
japanesedream_72: (toshiya)
My fellow J-rock lovers will have already noted that the title of this post alludes to a Moi dix Mois song. And, of course, that band will be the focus of an upcoming entry! But it is also a very fitting title for this post, given the events of the day...er, night. You’ll see what I mean.

Anyway, please make sure you’ve read about Day 1 before moving on to this entry.

Ready? )


Next up, Day 3!!
japanesedream_72: (geisha)
This will be a report of my usual standard, long & winding, often rambling, with many, many details, some interesting, some not (though hopefully more interesting than not). Those of you with whom I am friends on Facebook know that the odyssey began at least a month before my departure, with my eager countdown of daily Moi dix Mois clips, & - behind the scenes - many on-line searches & frantic e-mails to more knowledgeable & well-traveled friends, planning & questioning, researching & gathering, making sure I had as much information as I could, to get me where I was going as easily as possible, since I would not have the help & guidance of my native/local Japanese friend as often as I had on my earlier trip.

I'll cut to the chase - as much as I can, anyway - since I know that's where you'd all like me to start.

And so it begins... )


Stay tuned for Day 2!
japanesedream_72: (Default)
For those who didn't see it on Facebook, I'm back. :)

Took an extra day, 'cuz of the stupid blizzard, & I got stuck in the train station overnight (on this side of the world, of course, not the clean, efficient, heavenly Japanese side XP), but I did it.

Gotta see if the post office is open today, 'cuz I need to mail back my Japanese phone. Then I have to dig myself out of Snow Hell.

Stories & photos to come, when I'm a bit more rested & my brain's together.
japanesedream_72: (mana)
holiday bonsai

Fun times at my mom’s this weekend! Lots of family, yummy things to eat, movie-watching, & goodies! Tomorrow (Tues.), I’m off & running (make that, flying), but before I go...

Happy B-days to Dir en grey’s Die; my nephew, Anthony, & his brother, Church; & my pal, Ashley, from work!

As for me, Tim Curry said it best in “I’m Going Home”, from The Rocky Horror Picture Show:

On the day I went away
Goodbye...was all I had to say
Now I...I want to come again
and stay
Oh my...
Smile & that will mean I may

The gods have smiled on me, giving me this chance...to see a friend again, to see an influence again, & to see a land again that I might - that I hope to - one day call home.

I hope all of you are smiled upon, too. May your holidays bring you everything you deserve (& that’s a lot!!). From the bottom of my heart, I wish you peace, warmth, wonder, fun, happiness, & love.

さようなら!! (Bye!!)

Euphoria

Oct. 16th, 2010 03:11 pm
japanesedream_72: (hyde)
Before reading about this year’s Vamps show, you may want to take a look at my write-up on last year’s:

http://japanesedream.livejournal.com/310947.html
Vamps - 11 July 2009 at the Fillmore/Irving Plaza, NYC

Flash forward now to 2010...

Ready, set, fly away! )

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