Jeez, it’s been a while — too long in fact. A ton has been going on and I’m going to attempt to tackle it all right here in one massive post.
First thing’s first: yup, I’m back in Japan. The picture above is of a derelict building very close to the share house where I’m staying in Shibuya. I’m nearly surrounded by Love Hotels which are easily recognized by a “Stay” option (about 3 hours instead of a full night). I’ve seen my fair share of couples, laughing and staggering through the streets near my place — it’s always good for a laugh. I can only imagine what the value is of the property where this building sits (or more accurately: leans)…
If you’ve got good eyes, you may have noticed that this haikyo actually has a tenant! Yup, a lazy orange cat:
But enough about cats. That’s not why I’m here (or so I claim…)
Why I’m in Japan
It all started with some innocent vacation plans which blossomed into something a bit different. I’ve been in talks with the gang at 8-4 for a few years now — always been a fan of their localizations and passion for the industry. When we met up at this year’s E3, they told me if a project ever came down the line that fit my skills, we might be able to work together. Wouldn’t you know it: a project materialized! And so my vacation has become equal parts cavorting around Tokyo and freelancing. I’m loving every minute of it. As far as the project itself: I’m sworn to secrecy.
Ah, yes. So I was in the middle of two amazing gaming podcasts: My Fair Hunter and Asobee: Dark Souls. I had every intention of having an episode for each show announcing a hiatus, as Sarah is still in the States. My sincere apologies to any of you wondering what’s been going on, but coordinating this trip required my full attention and it all happened rather quickly. As it stands, these podcasts are not defunct, but there is no firm date when they’ll start back up.
That being said, Sarah and I recently appeared on Chic-Pixel Plus talking about our various projects we’ve been tackling together over the last few years.
Give it a listen for some insight into how we get shit done. You’ll also learn a thing or two about our views on Monster Hunter, Vocaloid, and what we’ve been into for anime.
I also made an appearance on the most recent episode of 8-4 Play. I talk a bit about how Sarah and I took turns clearing Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD ReMIX as I prepared for my exodus. We had hoped to make a podcast out of it (because we don’t have enough of those as it is), but the game ended up becoming a much needed stress reliever for us both. Sarah took the helm when it came to Gummy Shipping (thank God), and together we went through the game, having the credits roll the day before I left.
Being on the 8-4 podcast was something else — they’re a much more professional operation than I’m used to.
What’s that? You’re getting sick of my yammering and want to see some more photos? So impatient…
Fine, let’s do this.
Taken from my seat in Washington DC waiting to depart for Tokyo. It was snowing pretty heavily!
Wouldn’t you know it: it snowed so much that our plane needed to be de-iced. This dude sprayed the whole plane down with some steaming orange liquid which I hope was beet juice.
One night I went out for drinks with John and Mark of 8-4 fame at Hatos Bar in Nakameguro. This demanding poster was on the wall in the bathroom, so I snapped a pic. Is that weird? Anyway, I learned it’s proof of backing a successfully funded Kickstarter.
A park near the 8-4 towers has this sign in which a pigeon is refusing food. I’ve never met a pigeon that does this. My ramen obsession is well documented. Here’s one more for the books.
Another cat. How many of these did I take?
Some cute graffiti near the office.The famous Hachiko statue is also right near where I’m living. If you don’t know the story about this faithful Akita, give it a read.
A bento I ate the other day. The veggies in it were out of this world.
You again! This cat has been greeting me some mornings with this gruff expression.
I took a trip to Akihabara today. Look at those trees!
Some goods celebrating the Persona 3 movie.
…and a Persona 3 Colab Cafe. Gonna have to eat here soon.
Last cat picture; I swear. For whatever reason a mommy cat and her kittens were sitting (or intentionally placed) on this map. They attracted quite an audience!
Well, that should more or less bring you up to speed on what’s going on with the blog and my recent exploits. Expect a higher frequency of posting from me, with a lot more from my travels in Japan.