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It's time to go 
22nd-Aug-2015 06:38 pm
Last week when we went to the store, they didn't have any good frozen pizza on sale, so we thought we'd try splurging on a Freschetta. They still didn't have the 5-cheese one that we like, but we thought if we bought a pepperoni pizza, maybe the store would think, "Hey, people like Freschetta. Maybe we should get more of that." It worked with Cheez-its--they had the ones we really liked, then they didn't anymore, so we just bought the regular ones, and eventually they got the ones we like again. Anyway, when we went back to the store today, they had our favorite Freschetta pizzas! Oh my goodness! It worked, and way faster than we thought it would!

So that was nice, and I'm sort of stalling about getting to the real thing I wanted to talk about today. Some of you may have noticed that we got our passports yesterday, and there was a little bit of screaming about it. Of course we're excited because it means we have ID so we can use our annual passholder discounts again! And order pizza without having to get cash ahead of time.

But we're also excited in the Bambi sense of the word, because of the reason we decided to renew our passports to begin with. We need to go to Japan again, and we need to stop dilly-dallying about it. The things we like the most in Japan are helping us in this regard, by having a Kingdom Hearts event this November. Of course it seems silly to go to Japan just to go to an hour-and-a-half-long Kingdom Hearts fan event, but we're not going just for that. We're going because we need to go, and having an event to aim for gives us a deadline.

And it just so happens that around the same time our new passports arrived, the Japanese Disney site updated with information about buying tickets to this event. That's where things get a little weird, because they're not selling them on a first-come-first-served basis, they're selling them on a yusen basis. The dictionary tells us that yusen means "selection", but other than that, we don't know what it means. I have some vague idea that it's kind of like a lottery? The tickets won't actually go on sale until September, so we have some time to get the freaking out out of our systems, and then we'll follow the instructions on the website and see if we actually get tickets or not. If we do, then we'll take that as a sign that we really need to get off our butts and go to Japan. If not, we'll...probably...go anyway. But maybe in like February or something.

Anyway, the point is, this thing is starting to get real, and that's kind of freaking us out, so I wanted to come to LJ for moral support. Tadah! We just contributed to the BauBax Kickstarter project to get two of the super amazing travel jackets some of you may have seen on Facebook, so we're all set! ...Except that the estimated shipping date for those is November, and if we go to the Kingdom Hearts event, we'll probably already have left by then. But hey, maybe they'll ship early. (The project already has almost 300 times as much money as it was aiming for.)

We also found out (thanks to Anime News Network) that they're going to have a Yato Matsuri! What! We'd totally want to check that out, except that it's earlier than we're emotionally prepared for. It's going to be in early October. But the point is, there's a bunch of stuff happening in Japan that makes us think maybe we want to go...

Anyway, this is the sort of thing that makes me think of the song "Compass of Your Heart", and it's simultaneously encouraging and infuriating. I'm like, "Yes, follow the compass of your heart! You'll find the best things in life! I get it! I'm going! ...But I don't wanna go!!! Waaaaaaahhh!" ...We're working on it.

Today I'm thankful for 5-cheese Freschetta being back at our grocery store! wooooohoooooooo!!!, people who design super awesome and convenient travel jackets (even if we don't get ours in time for a trip to Japan, they'll be really handy to have when traveling to see family), remembering to donate to the project before it closed, having enough money that we can do that without feeling like we're running ourselves into bankruptcy, and getting to watch Charlotte today.
23rd-Aug-2015 12:03 am (UTC)
YEAH you should go!!!! :D Oh maaaaan it'd be so cool to go to the Yato Matsuri, hahaha! You could write the trip off as a work expense (maybe you will find a way to do so anyway) if you did like a little writeup about it or something and convinced your editor they should included it as special bonus content in one of the books!! My my, look at me and all my great ideas about what other people should do. But now I want to go to Japan too. (I don't know if it's a practical idea or not for me right now, with looming house remodeling to be done. but if you wanted a tag-along, I would seriously consider it...)

Anyway. Be encouraged!! You'll go, whether it's sooner or later, and you'll love it and have fun and it'll be great! And then you'll come home and THAT will be great too!! Yaaaaay Japan!!!
23rd-Aug-2015 02:42 am (UTC)
YEAH!!! Actually, we probably could write it off as a business expense anyway, as a language study kind of thing. We know our accountant would totally let us do it. (I think we wrote off our first trip, too, but now I don't remember.)

(Actually, we kind of do want a tag-along, because there's strength in numbers! Especially if those numbers all know English! It might make things tricky with the Kingdom Hearts event, though, because you can only buy up to two tickets at a time. Hmmm... We thought about asking Gaston and Alice, but we know Gaston won't enjoy all the stuff we want to do. On the other hand, we're not babies and we can take care of ourselves!, so y'know. If you're interested, I think we'd like to have you, if we can all make it work. But if it gets to be too inconvenient, we'll brave it on our own. Keep in mind, Disneyland and DisneySea are mandatory, and you'd have to have money for admission. Unless you want to go find something to do all by yourself for two days.)

Thanks for the encouragement! We'll do our best! (Ganbaru really doesn't always translate well...)
23rd-Aug-2015 09:50 am (UTC)
I'll keep it in mind as I see how the summer/fall goes! :D If it came to it, I'd be fine on my own if you were attending something like the KH event. I understand though about the Disneyland/Sea requirements. It would be a good shoujo manga experience :)
23rd-Aug-2015 11:02 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a tentative plan! And oh my goodness, Tokyo Disneyland as a good manga experience! We translated two volumes of manga in a row where they went to some version of Disneyland, and at the same time, we were watching the episodes of My Love Story where they went to MM Land. (We were very disappointed that the translator didn't pick up on the fact the M-o and M-ko (mentioned at the eye catch) were the mascots of MM Land, and translated them as M Man and M Child. Sigh.)
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