demeter918: blue doraemon cat (Default)
Have I snagged your attention?

I've heard a lot of things (both good and bad, though mostly good), about the hand-blend scents that they make. I'd like to make an order to give to my sister when I see her during the winter holidays but I'm not sure at all how to go about figuring out the scents. Is there some sort of general pick-and-choose scheme or should I buy her one from each category and have her select the best one? I was wandering through the website and I'm little embarassed to say I got lost pretty quickly. =)
demeter918: blue doraemon cat (Default)
Does anyone know of an Asian-American (I've heard it's Chinese-American, but the person isn't sure) biography/novel, chronicling the life they have in the US and the discrimination? It's fairly new and it apparently won a load of prizes. I usually keep an eye out for new releases in this genre, but I've been falling behind for a while now.

Any clue? This is very vague, I know. The person who described it was pretty vague too.
demeter918: blue doraemon cat (Default)
Tell me what your favourite books are and why? I'd love to know and it'd be a great way to find more books to read.

On a slightly separate note; [ profile] flamika - can you tell me what your fave Poppy Z. Brite book is?

Also, I'm looking for a specific book. It was a Japanese novel translated into English and it's about a group of working class women in Japan who are stuck in a dreary rut and decide to do something to get out of it. A little sinister, I believe. Was it by... Noriko? I can't remember the title or the author but I remember seeing it in the bookstore before I left.


Never mind! It's "Out" by Natsuo Kirino. And I found it myself! (for once)
demeter918: blue doraemon cat (Bleach - chibidrunksanzo - mastery of th)
I'm going to have a steady (probably weekly) anime night at my apartment.

Suggestions on what to show? I can dl just about anything that's not been licensed and I can buy everything else on Amazon (do people know whether the other anime DVD sites deliver to Japan?). I have some ideas, but what would people suggest for a good starter anime? And no, I'm not going to show DBZ or Sailor Moon (though I kind of want to show Sailor Moon. Good stuff, good stuff). I'm willing to go for almost any show, but some of the people attending are anime newbies, and I don't want to shock them into never watching anime again. ~_^

I'm such a request-whore.

But yes! Just toss out your anime names to me!

And by the way; while I have found people into yaoi and slash, I unfortunately will be unable to show them things like Sukisyo or Loveless or even Yami no Matsuei. =( Muraki would have been so fun to watch.
demeter918: blue doraemon cat (Default)
I haven't partied this hard since... well, since never. I have a tendency of liking quiet nights at home, but ever since coming to Japan, I've been out and about way more than ever. It might be because everything still feels temporary and I'm still adjusting to the fact that yes, I will have a whole year here where I can explore Japan, get a feel of a whole new world, and become One with my desk. =P

I have requests again.

It turns out that I have plenty of free time too. Enough so that I've been getting back to my oldest hobby: reading. During college, it was hard to find free time (or any time) to read besides the shitload of stuff we read for classes (which, while very good on its own, is not something I personally relax too. Maybe some of you do. And more power to you). Here, I have a few hours where I can just sprawl on my loveseat and absorb material I'd been meaning to read but never got around to. It's quite gratifying.


So far I either have with me in Japan or is on its merry way in one of the four boxes coming:

Jonathon Strange and Mr. Norrell
The Historian
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, Kafka on the Shore
Good Omens, random Discworld books
A Heartbreaking Work of a Staggering Genius
Kushiel Trilogy
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
The Picture of Dorian Gray
The Handmaid's Tale
Fight Club
Harry Potter (eventually all six)
Sandman Vol 1
(still haven't read this, but [ profile] ellen_fredemon suggested it a long time ago (Nimbus) and I've finally gotten around to getting it)
Anita Blake (the first one)

Yeah, it's a pretty random selection of books, but I would love more books to put on my booshelves. For one... these are finally MY bookshelves! My home! My little hole in the world! It's an unbelievable feeling and I want to make it a cozy little place with books and love and food and... anime and manga and just so much stuff. =)

Um, yeah.

Also, [ profile] cedarlibrarian - is there any website you'd recommend to browse through on a regular basis to find books? My way and tendency is to wander around the bookstore and library looking at random covers, but that's a little difficult to do in Japan.

Still need to send out a torrent of things.
demeter918: blue doraemon cat (random - melly_chan - you got pwned Amel)
Holy shit. The Kingdom of Hearts sequel will have Jack Sparrow and Elizabeth Swann. *is flabberghasted*

How are they going to pull that off??
demeter918: blue doraemon cat (Bleach - chibi_trillian - notification o)
Oh please, will someone give me raw scans of Bleach 178-180? I can't find scanlations and at this point, all I want to do is stare at the pictures! *weeps*

scanlations would be even better so I could understand

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