24 April 2011 @ 03:17 pm
Personal Entry No. 68  
Finding myself with free time and a large box of miscellaneous confections, I think I can post something today! There hasn't been much time for anything other than scattered comments ever since my spring vacation, as I've been pretty busy with the CLS paperwork, major and minor audits, class and housing registration, and upcoming final exams. (It's strange to think of it, but I only have one full week of classes left before "reading week" and finals -- where did this semester fly off to?)

For those whom I didn't already tell, I found out that I'll be going to Vladimir this summer, and will be studying at the KORA Russian Language Center. It's a remarkably beautiful city, and is either over 900 or 1,000 years old, depending on what foundation date one goes by; I don't know where exactly in the city I'll be staying, but I do know that the program has many cultural excursions planned to local museums and theaters, as well as to Moscow and Saint Petersburg. I'm both excited frightened at the prospect of being in an entirely different country for seven weeks, but hopefully my excitement will get the better of my fear before I leave.

School has been going relatively well this past month: I managed to see both a very silly production of The Pirates of Penzance and an amazing taiko performance/fundraiser for the city of Asahi, which was badly damaged by the Tōhoku earthquake. My own Japanese-language professor is from Asahi, and she herself performed in one of the pieces -- she looked so amazing!

Here's a clip of this particular taiko group's 2009 performance in my area. )

I also went on tour with my choral group at the beginning of this month, which was a tiring but overall enjoyable experience. (Unfortunately, it seems that we will never be able to attend that one hotel in New York City again.) We just completed our recording sessions for a new CD, so hopefully I'll be able to upload the pieces we sang here for your benefit -- so long as you want to listen to them, of course!

On an entirely different note -- har! -- here are some more previews! )

Finally: to those who celebrate it, have a happy Easter! To those who don't, enjoy the onset of spring or fall!
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14 February 2011 @ 05:03 pm
Personal Entry No. 63  
Sakura and Xiaolang from CCS

A surprise is under the cut! )

I hope you all had a great day today -- even if this year we can't combine Valentine's Day with the Lunar New Year celebrations!
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25 September 2010 @ 12:36 pm
Personal Entry No. 58  
And now for a genuine personal post! There's even a new icon post over at [livejournal.com profile] momoizumu, too, like old times.

About Middlebury... )

...and about school right now. )

Also, a music meme! )

Fortunately, I've gotten myself a Pixiv account! Unfortunately, I've also started uploading things to it, which clearly means that I am going to lose sleep for the next few months over whether or not the (mostly) Japanese fandom likes my digital scribbles. I shall consider myself successful when someone on LJ finds my fanart on Danbooru, crops them, and posts them as artsy icons.

More seriously, though, I'm beginning to regret it, as I now feel obligated to post captions in Japanese...when I still can barely write in Japanese. Our classes are centered around Professor Eleanor Jorden's Japanese: The Spoken Language, which -- as the title suggests -- doesn't focus on the written language at all; as such, while conversationally we're ahead of students studying at the same level with different texts, we're very definitely illiterate.3 That said, I feel that the textbook's grammar explanations are remarkably clear and illustrative based on what I've heard about other people's problems with Japanese. At least everybody seems to fully understand the difference between "wa" and "ga!"

1 No, seriously, Spicy Kimchi Noodles and Spicy Kimchi Noodles alone gave me my first kidney stone. They contain the average human being's daily allowance of sodium, and possibly the average horse's, too. Do not eat these noodles.

2 What's ironic about this is that the weather is not a good subject for small talk in Russia. It's too boring and pointless.

3 Thus far we only know a chunk of the katakana syllabary, which Professor Jorden started off with in JWL (Japanese: The Written Language) on the basis that it would provide us with many more words to read and write off the bat. (I myself was pretty dubious about it at first, but if you think about it, what can we do with hiragana at this point? Write out particles and the copula over and over again? We need kanji to make it work!)
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18 April 2010 @ 04:48 pm
Personal Entry No. 51  
This is something of a "state of the union" post for [livejournal.com profile] momoizumu. As for my state, my vitamin levels are now normal, my schoolwork is under control, and I got fourth place in that Russian competition. If I had only performed better on the "reading aloud" segment, I would have had a chance at making second: I scored fourth in that and second in both the poetry and monologue competitions. (What's strange is that the text I had to read aloud was apparently about Peter the Great's daily schedule, including his magnificent lunch of many different kinds of sausages and cheeses. At least my reading comprehension is all right?)

It is so much easier to make previews than it is to make completed products. )

♠ If you've been tagged, you must write your answers in your own LJ and replace any question that you dislike with a new question.
♠ Tag eight people. Don't refuse to do that. Don't tag who tagged you.

It is also much easier to fill out memes on the Internet. )

I'll tag [livejournal.com profile] mairenn_k, [livejournal.com profile] jlarinda, [livejournal.com profile] lavender88, [livejournal.com profile] lady_kikyou, [livejournal.com profile] vegetas, [livejournal.com profile] countersparking, [livejournal.com profile] baelheit, and [livejournal.com profile] ianthefira for this one.

But wait, there's more! )
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27 March 2010 @ 10:41 pm
Personal Entry No. 49  
I'm running out of ways to open these entries inventively, without resorting to flooding your journals with animated .gifs and videos. Perhaps that's a sign telling me I ought to start cross-posting from Dreamwidth, if only for a change of pace.

I have a Russian competition coming up, so I've been working on four short compositions to memorize as well as a poem by Boris Pasternak. (Note: the English translation on that website is awful. Here is the one we were given.) Unfortunately, I've been having problems with the poem: my professor told me in so many words that my reading was thoroughly bad, and asked me to translate it myself to get a better feeling for its meaning. She did compliment me greatly on the first composition, though, so I'm feeling positive about the competition as a whole.

Time let me hail and climb,/Golden in the heydays of his eyes. )
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30 January 2010 @ 09:51 pm
Personal Entry No. 37  
Hello, there! I've been absent lately.

My best guess about my lackluster attitude toward posting is that, since I've been feeling much more upbeat lately about my classes and my social contacts, I haven't had that much to write about. (As a rule, my entries have to contain either graphics or problems. I suppose I could write about the problem of not having made any icons since December, but that's better left unsaid, right?) That aside, thank you to everyone who helped bolster my confidence--it meant a lot to me.

Icons aside, I have been able to put my tablet to use since I've come back to school. Not only did I make myself a painfully-speed-painted header, but I've made some progress on the long-overdue sketch requests! [livejournal.com profile] mina_akira's was reworked completely for the third and final time, and [livejournal.com profile] makwui's was accidentally compressed into two layers, but otherwise progress is proceeding smoothly.

Instead of a love letter, I have this poem. )
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06 November 2009 @ 07:44 pm
Personal Entry No. 28  
I finally finished the last of the essays earlier this afternoon, and they're all handed in! Oh, the feeling of not having a deadline looming over me. (On that note, I'm amazed at some of those here who are participating in National Novel Writing Month and pulling off over 2,000 words a day.)

Having written over 7,000 words in all, I feel that I can't make myself write anymore. )
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17 October 2009 @ 08:41 pm
Personal Entry No. 23  
the STRONG and weak point icon-meme

All told, I managed to walk away with 45 initial comments and 58 watchers with this first icon post--that's good enough, considering that I'm probably the least-known iconmaker in the fandom! I'd appreciate it if you could give me some criticism with suggestions on the above thread.

There's an original sketch I'm working on, as well as three music recommendations, behind the cut.

The traveler stands before the sea. )
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13 September 2009 @ 11:48 am
Personal Entry No. 16  
I'm so glad I was able to get the requests finished. For your enjoyment, here are two more songs and another meme!

ETA: Also, I've changed my header image and layout somewhat. The original header image is here, if you'd like to see it.

High up in the sky, dyed in vermillion, clouds arise like a fire burning-- )

It shows you the way you lost on that day. )
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05 September 2009 @ 03:02 pm
Personal Entry No. 15  
Only eight more to go! Trying to complete these while staying on top of school turned out to be more difficult than I thought.

We look up the hill of dreams,/ The crest is in sight! )
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31 July 2009 @ 02:46 pm
Personal Entry No. 11  

I took this last week; the sunset was far more beautiful than this. (Should I start expecting less of myself and my camera and start running my photographs through Photoshop? I'm just an amateur, though, so it doesn't matter all too much.)

I'm looking to post fewer CLAMP-related things in my personal posts, since I think you all get enough of that in the comms and your own journals, so...

Opera, n. A play representing life in another world, whose inhabitants have no speech other than song, no motions but gestures and no postures but attitudes. )

One can only imagine what the entry for Pop Music would have looked like. )

Meanwhile, in Fandomia...(CCS Costume Design, a Discovery, and Others.) )
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