On my last day of winter vacation and after barely leaving my apartment for three days, I decided to take a visit to the Nagoya Aquarium and make the most of my final day of freedom. Nagoya and Aichi in general has some pretty fun and interesting places, and the aquarium happens to be my favourite because (at risk of sounding like a certain character from Ensemble Stars), I like fish. Also, it’s a great place to go in the winter when it’s cold because the majority of it is inside.
I was there from the opening at 9.30 until around 2.45. I honestly could have stayed longer and taken another look around, but I was hungry and it was so busy that the food court was full, so I left to go and get lunch. In the time I was there though I managed to see most things including catching a few of the days events. I highly recommend this place as a day out if you come to Nagoya.
On December 27th me and Tina took a day trip to Osaka to go to the 2.5d Cafe there.
The interior of the cafe was basically the same as the one in Tokyo (I’m certain they just cleared out all of the decor and equipment from the one there and shipped it all to Osaka) except that thankfully it was all on one floor and therefore did not have those horrible wooden slippery steps. The picture at the top of this post is Mikazuki and Kogitsunemaru’s outfits that were on display in the cafe. We were lucky enough to be first to enter the room, so we were able to claim the table right in front of them.
Yesterday, me and Tina went along to the Tsukiuta x Animate Cafe collab in Nagoya. Tsukiuta isn’t one of my big fandoms, but I enjoyed the anime and the characters and the goods and visuals are really cute, so I was quite happy to go along and try the cafe, especially with company. Animate cafe collaborations aren’t the place to go if you want a cheap meal (we spent just over 2000 each for a meal and drink) but it’s a lot of fun. This was my second time going to an Animate Cafe, and I definitely plan on going to more in the future!
I should have posted this a while ago but I was too busy this week to finish writing it. I really want to write a post about the last show of Seigaku vs Hyotei and about 8th Generation’s graduation, but I’ll get to that after this is posted.
On Saturday 24th and Sunday 24th September, I spent the weekend in Tokyo, my second trip that month. I had originally planned on just going on the 25th as I had a ticket for Samurai Mode‘s afternoon show, but the lure of Tenimyu’s final weekend led me to head there a day earlier in hope of seeing it one last time, as well as seeing Samurai Mode one more time as well. I had to make a post about this weekend because it turned out to be one of the luckiest I’ve had for a while.
My first luck of the day came when we spent a couple of hours at karaoke in the morning. Having already collected all of the Tenimyu coasters I had wanted, I decided instead to try their new Ensemble Stars drinks collab, which would give me free random can badges. The drinks I tried were for Nito Nazuna and Shino Hajime. The drinks were a little too sweet for that early in the morning, but good all the same, and here they are pictured with the badges I pulled:
On July 14th, I finally got my birthday trip. Despite it being 10 days after my birthday, I still called it my birthday trip because I didn’t do anything special for my actual birthday, and the money I took with me on this trip to pay for everything was given to me as a birthday gift. I have a whole bunch of reports to write about the things I went to see during the four days I was there, but let’s start with some fun things I did on Thursday.
To begin the morning (after spending some time hibernating in my usual seat at the McDonalds in Ikebukuro) I was able to invade Steve’s reserved room at karaoke! Thank you! Karatetsu currently have a collab room for Tenimyu’s Seigaku vs Hyotei, as well as collab drinks with free random coasters. As with everything else during this trip, it was perfectly timed and I was really happy that we were able to go. I realised afterwards I missed a few pictures when I was taking my photos, but here are the ones I got. Included is my selfie with Ryoma (that I took after being on a night bus for 6 hours hence why I look half-dead).
Yesterday, we ventued into Yamapi world.
We had avoided this collab room up until now because it’s more expensive per 30 minutes than regular rooms, and you have to reserve per 30 minutes, no free time. We usually go for freetime, but this time since we were only planning on staying for two hours, we decided to give it a try.
So, I am now 33 years old! Both the numbers in my age are the same for a year. Well, actually my birthday was on Monday, but it took me this long to actually have time to post a blog about it. I don’t really pay much attention to ages, but I do try and pay attention to my birthday, because I figure it only happens once a year. I was really happy to be wished happy birthday by so many people on Twitter and Facebook even when it had only been my birthday for a few seconds. I have such awesome friends.
I had decided to work on my birthday this year even though I usually take it off, because I had only two classes on my schedule, and both had good kids who I knew wouldn’t make me too stressed. I was right, too. The second class I taught now only has one student, and he’s one of the most enthusiastic, smart kids I’ve ever met. He’s in 6th grade doing a level that is generally meant for 8th graders, and does it far more easily than a lot of the 8th graders I’ve had doing the class. Although he complains that he’s tired a lot, he still always trys his best. I was perfectly happy to teach him on my birthday.
Going back to before work though… Since my classes didn’t start until 6.15, I decided to go and sit at the BoyMen cafe for a while so my birthday wouldn’t seem like a complete waste. I bought three drinks (two colas, since I’m addicted, and an onion gratin soup), and this was how it went:
Trust Tamura to appear on my birthday. I was pretty happy to get Masaru, although how I managed to get three out of five of the Yankee 5 members in one go I’m not sure. To this day I still don’t have Honda, though.
Also, I took some pictures of the new summer display in the BoyMen shop, where the BOYS AND MEN guys decorated caps, and the Kenkyusei decorated shoes.
I love that Setsura just decorated his shoe like a sneaker. And, I took a closeup of Rikuto’s because I was impressed by how much effort he put into drawing all of those scales.