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Oh no, the Living Tall in Japan series isn’t over yet! Not by a long shot!

It’s just that I mentioned that I’d actually had a roommate worse than Cersei in college, and I wanted to talk about that whole experience. It’s a long story, so brace yourself!

It’s been more than 10 years, but yanno, the story of Brenda is one that I’m never going to forget. It was the beginning of September, 2001, and I had just started college. I was living in Phoenix, Arizona, in an apartment with three guys– my boyfriend Ron (I was still struggling with my sexual identity, and it was very hard for me to come to terms with it), and his friends, Eric and Jon. Ron and I shared a room, and Eric and Jon were theoretically sharing a room, only Eric forgot and locked his door the first night, so Jon slept in the living room. Thereafter, he sort of lived in the living room, loving his loud music and not loving his headphones. Being the type who hates bass with a passion, this was a bit of a source of contention for us, but this story isn’t about that.

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Yesterday, I introduced my new roommate, Cersei. Cersei was in her 60s, loved to drink and smoke, and to mother me. She didn’t appear to much like Japan, though. I wasn’t sure why she was here at all, really.

Meanwhile,  I was sick of living with people whom I had nothing in common with, and I was sick of my job with Nova, so I started asking my coworkers about how to get an apartment of my own, and where to look for other opportunities. There are a ton of websites out there, but I didn’t know about them yet, and I will always feel that a personal recommendation is the best way to get your foot in the door anyways. :)

While trying to make a decision, it just so happened that I was also living my life. I went to my very first fanclub event (for Nagayama Takashi, who was in Tenimyu, of course), and met a friend of a friend, Whitney, to show her around Tokyo. We had a blast! And then, the last episode of Tenipuri finally ran on tv, and I cried a river of tears.

Then, I went to the Penis festival in Yokohama.. which I will talk about soon!

During this, we’ve gotten a new roommate, another girl from Australia. Allie. Continue Reading »

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A few days ago, I mentioned that we were getting a new roommate at  Casa del NOVA. When I’d moved into that company apartment in September 2004, my two roommates, Rachel and Ang, were from Florida and Australia. We didn’t interact all that much, as we had very different interests, it seemed, but that was fine for us and we coexisted on friendly terms.

And then, Ang moved back to Perth. Rachel was also leaving, but right before she did, we got a new roommate to fill Ang’s spot, and that was an older lady, whom I am going to give the name Cersei. Because Joffrey was maybe a tinge more evil than she.

Cersei was an older woman. I have no idea Continue Reading »

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March 7, 2005.

A quest that Eda, Erin, and I had started on Christmas eve came to a close.

I didn’t want to mention this until I got to the finding part, in order to keep it all a surprise. You see, on Christmas eve, the three of us had been wandering around Tokyo, looking at lights, and also looking for something. We wanted to find the elusive, mystical, illegal used-panty vending machine.

It’s one of those things that you hear about. Oh, wacky Japan, where girls sell their used underwear so that perverts can buy it, and… do whatever they do with it. Idon’twannaevenknow.

Shops like this used to be popular, but nowadays Continue Reading »

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March 6, after almost half a year in Japan, I finally did something cultural. I felt like it was fitting… aaaand okay, I only went because my friend Erin invited me to. I had been here almost six months and never once thought to go do something Japanese-y yet. I mean, to me, Japan was all about anime, anyways! Anime and Tenimyu are culture, too, right?

Oh, yeah. So, what did I do? I went to see the plum blossoms in Ome, a rural city north of Tokyo. Every year when the plum blossoms bloom at the end of winter, they have a festival to celebrate. Whee!

My two best friends, Eda and Erin, and a friend of Eda’s who was visiting, Ko, all braved the trains to Ome, where it was overcast and the ground was frozen hard, but still managed to have fun. I mean, all that you need is a few good friends, right? The festival itself was not that exciting, to be honest, but the flowers were pretty. :3  Continue Reading »

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So, I’d been living in Japan for five months now, and completely forgotten about things like Valentine’s Day as February whizzed past. Ang, one of our roomates, left to go home, and then finally, my other roommate Rachelle got ready to leave. We did purikura the week she was going to go home, at right. ^^

There was a new roommate set to come right before she left, and everything seemed alright at first. She was an older lady, in her 50s or 60s, I believe. She was from Australia, and had decided to just come to Japan and leave her husband to take care of their house. I thought that this was a bit unusual, but hey, it wasn’t my life, and what did it matter what someone else did? So, no big problem. At first, we barely saw each other anyways, as I had plenty of fandom-related things to keep me busy outside of work, and she seemed alright-enough. Things would not remain this way, but it would be a while before I found this out.

Speaking of keeping busy. On February 27th, I went to my first big concert in Japan! It was for Kimeru, and when I say “big,” I don’t mean something like Taylor Swift, or Ayumi Hamasaki. It was somewhere in-between the tiny little 50-people NaBs show, and the gajillion people at a Taylor Swift performance. A few thousand people, I would guess. It might as well have been a million, though, to me. :)

Kimeru – The Pleasure of Love tour
Sunday February 27, 2005 – Shibuya AX live event hall – Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan – 11am and onward

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This is the tale of when I set fire to my apartment.
The purikura on the right is totally out of context, but I believe that it shows off my attitude of nope-not-gonna-make-a-mistake-today-nope!

When  I say fire, I don’t mean the time that the neighbor’s apartment caught on fire and the fire engines woke me up at 4 am, where I blurrily opened my window and thought that the mist on my face meant that a tsunami was rolling in. I packed up my laptop, iPad, iPhone, and DSLR in a bag (I have priorities), and then opened the window again to check that there was really water rolling in. Only then did I notice the smoke and the hoses and stuff.

Nope, it wasn’t that time. Nobody died this time. And it was my fault. I set fire to the company apartment’s kitchen. Well, you see, I don’t really know what happened…  Continue Reading »

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