Monthly Archive for March, 2008

Tokyo Internationbal Anime Fair (pics!)

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My friend Greguto, who I’ve mentioned before, is still in Japan and went to the Tokyo International Anime Fair. He reports that the line was only an hour and a half (so much less than the typical wait for Anime Boston, lol). Here are some more pics from the event:

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Anime Boston Day 2: Big Crowds and Long Waits

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Saturday morning I returned to the con a little before 8 AM. There was, of course, already a line, but nothing like the line that discouraged me yesterday. By 10:15 I had my badge. I had some friends coming from Connecticut too. I should have called them the night before to warn them about the lines (sorry guys!). As it was, I called them after I got in line and they’d only just left home! (Oooops!) I think they had about a four hour wait when they finally got there! So how was my one real day at Anime Boston?

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Anime Boston Day 1 … NOT

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My only picture from Day 1 of Anime Boston.

What a day! So I left home waaaaaay later than I’d wanted to (due to various circumstances). This was bad, because I knew from Anime Boston 2006 that getting there too late = a looooong wait in line! That’s why I got to Anime Boston 2007 so much earlier and had almost NO wait! Well, guess what … for Anime Boston 2008, I arrived even later than for 2006! After I took a look at the long line and confusion, I realized I just couldn’t face it. But unlike the last two years, when I went for just one day, this year I’ll be around for two days! And there’s plenty to do in Boston, so I thought, “I’ll try later, much later…” lol.

I did manage to walk through the convention center, though, and had no problems wandering the Artist’s Alley without a badge! So I saw Hinano there, but I couldn’t buy her doujinshi yet because I only had money she couldn’t make change for. I’ll buy it tomorrow (and some of her very popular prints, I wonder if there will be any left when I get there, XD). So, after checking into my hotel (which is way out in Cambridge near MIT, haha — cheaper than the convention hotel), I had a fun time time exploring Beacon Hill and taking pictures for a Historic Buildings of Massachusetts blog I’m thinking of doing (to go with my Historic Buildings of Connecticut blog!).

I got back to the con before 7 PM, but the security guards (not con staff but the convention center’s own uniformed people!) were now checking every single person’s badge and not letting anyone not yet registered in because REGISTRATION WAS CLOSED! But waitaminute, registration was supposed to go until 10 PM!!! Well, some guy told me, they had so many people (I guess it didn’t let off a bit!) that they could not even get through all those already in line inside in the next three hours! wtf. Well, now I’ll only hafta pay for one day at least. So Hinano and jp had finished with their table for the day and had changed out of their costumes (and I didn’t get a picture of their cosplay!), so I went to Au Bon Pain with them before they went to the AMV showing. There was a suggestion of my sneaking in again, but with the guards keeping careful watch, I don’t think that would have worked. Anyway, the AMV contest is repeated Saturday and will probably SUCK because they did not choose to show the GREATEST AMV of all their submissions this year, so f**k it anyway. >:(

So, I’m going very early Saturday to get in and maybe this time I’ll get to meet the legendary wildarmsheero!

Inside a Japanese Junior High: A Singing Contest and Cute Schoolgirl Antics

Many foreigners may wonder what it’s really like in Japanese schools. Well, I have a friend “Greguto,” who’s been an AET (Assistant English Teacher) in Japan for a while now, working both in elementary and middle schools. The following is from one of his emails (used with permission, of course, and with the names censored or changed to protect the innocent, lol). The first part is about a singing contest at a Junior High, but those of you who are most interested in the schoolgirl part, just skip to the last two paragraphs (they come after the other image below — I thought of using another pic I saw at Alafista, but Greguto might not have appreciated that!) I should also point out that all opinions expressed below are Greguto’s and are not necessarily endorsed by DS or Daijoubu!

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