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hayleycasa: (arashi)
Finished Hana Yori Dango 2. OMGGGGGG. When Umi kissed Domyoji in the hospital, I seriously shouted "YOU BITCH!!!!" at my computer. Because apparently I'm unable to separate reality from fiction that way. Other random thought - I wish Makino had been wearing that gorgeous red dress during the proposal scene. Sighhhhhhhh. And dear Lord, I thought my MatsuJun bias was over and done with in favour of Nino, but he's certainly made a strong comeback over the last couple of days. I think seeing him without a shirt in the movie (this afternoon's project) should solidify him in top place for quite some time yet.

Also - I watched the last 15 minutes of Himitsu no Arashi Chan on YouTube. Honestly, I never thought I was quite so much of a sap, but I burst into tears when Leader turned out the lights, and then all through the closing animation I was laugh-crying. I'm really going to miss that show. I loved that you could really feel the personalities of the members. Sigh :(

ETA - I liked HYDF, but not as much as the series. It wasn't... super logical. Nevertheless I enjoyed it :) (And shirtless MatsuJun, yum.)
Mar. 21st, 2013 09:28 pm


hayleycasa: (arashi)
Yappari, another sick day = Hana Yori Dango 2. I must admit that when Makino first saw Doumyouji in New York, in slow motion, with the sunglasses... my heart really went dokidoki. I'm such a sap. (That, and Matsujun is dayum fiiiiine.) Anyway, I'm up to episode 6. Are there any steamy kissing scenes in this series? I really am quite pathetic. It's the fever talking.

ETA: OMG there are such scenes (sort of)! I can't believe Shigeru just stripped down that way. Yikes.
Mar. 20th, 2013 10:36 pm

Sick still

hayleycasa: (arashi)
So what happens when you have a sick day but can't sleep due to construction right outside your window? That's right, you marathon Hana Yori Dango and Vs Arashi all day long. I had never watched HYD before (I know, I know, I'm a slow learner) because I find the pacing in a lot of JDramas to be rather, uh, NG. However I really liked it! My husband got sucked into it as well watching it over my shoulder haha. Just in case there's one other person out there who hasn't watched it - I recommend it wholeheartedly!

One takeaway message for me, though, was that I'm still really awful at aural comprehension, especially with male voices. Admittedly, the tough guy language they often used was a little bit outside my textbook limits, which didn't help me. But hey, at least I learned another word for you (teme) and also learned immediately never to use it. So that's something.
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We visited my in-laws last night and I got to have some snuggle time with Milo. He's really my husband's cat but he lives with my in-laws because we live in an apartment on a major road.

This is Milo.

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***cross posted to [ profile] arashi_on and [ profile] a_ra_shi***

OK! Now I have a pro account, it's time to give something back to the community. These are my scans from non-no Feb 2013. I'm happy for them to be shared, but please give me some credit if you do so :) Click through for the large sizes at my flickr account.


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Mar. 17th, 2013 11:27 am


hayleycasa: (arashi)
I'm taking a sick day so I'm super active on LJ today haha. I finally upgraded my account to "paid", and it tells me that I've had this account since 2008. Huh? I would have sworn on a stack of bibles that I only signed up last year. I am very confused :( Anyway I've definitely only been an active user since last year. *shrug*

I'm quite chuffed to have a paid account though, I gotta say.
Mar. 17th, 2013 10:16 am


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I finally have an icon! I really liked this one from mayor-katsuragi. Thanks so much!
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BTW y'all, how good is the new Arashi mini-album? I must have watched the PV for Breathless like 50 times already. The choreography is seriously mesmerizing. Nino totally kills it in that song. I like Calling too, but not nearly half as much.

I've been really run down recently and I have no motivation to do anything :( I try to study kanji but I'm just so tired that nothing sinks in. It's all I can do to keep up with work right now :(


I'm sure I'll feel better soon. And then I will - I WILL - learn the rest of my kanji list.

Sort of related, I'm seriously thinking about another Japan ski trip next winter. This year's was AMAZING. I'd like to see more of Hokkaido, I think.

Thus ends this rambling for the day.
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I am now up to 645 Pokemon. Just scored a Meloetta. I still need Tornadus, Landorus, Registeel and Regigigas. I'm relying on my brother here.
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So... I have been very lazy with studying kanji :( However, I have been watching lots of Himitsu no Arashi Chan, so I guess that's something.
Jan. 25th, 2013 01:03 pm


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Oh kanji, you are the bane of my Japanese-learning life. I don't want it to be this way with us, though, so I'd like to try to resolve our differences.

I think the problem with me and kanji is that I don't know enough of them. Well, obviously. But I think some of the ones I know are not actually very useful. I fully subscribe to the 80-20 rule - 20% of all kanji are the ones used 80% of the time. So if there are 2000 Joyo kanji, and I learn the most common 400, that should mean I'm going to understand about 80% of everyday writing, right?

The trick, then, is choosing which kanji to learn. I know all of the JLPT N4 and N5 kanji, which puts me at ~240. Most of these seem to be fairly common use. (The "probably not so useful" ones I alluded to above are not included in this group.) So if I add another ~160 then theoretically I've more or less cracked it. I suspect this is not quite true, but it's a good starting place.

So the question is... which 160?

I don't have the answer to this yet. If anyone does, let me know.

On the flip side, I'm thinking about starting Remember The Kanji. This definitely doesn't seem to be in order of usability, though, so I think the two goals need to be tried for separately.
Jan. 22nd, 2013 02:22 pm

New to LJ

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Hi all!
I'm new to LJ and learning how things work around here, so this is a quick 自己紹介 post.
I'm a born-again Christian 20-something from Perth, Australia with a deep and enduring love of Japan. I spent time there as an exchange student in high school and I try to go back whenever I can. My goal for this year is to get properly involved in my study of Japanese and pass the JLPT N3 in December. Right now I'm at N4 level so I need to work hard to achieve this.
I'm a big fan of Arashi, and one of the ways I'm trying to learn is through watching their TV shows to get better at listening to male speakers, which is a big weakness of mine. (My other weakness is kanji. Ugh. I'm going to try RTK this year, too.)
I like a simple, easy fashion. I'm a fan of りんか and her brand Maison de Reefur - I'm working hard on building a simple, stylish wardrobe for myself, and her style is the direction I'd like to go in.
My husband and I are thinking about selling our house this year and buying a slightly bigger one. Eek!

OK that's all for now ^_^;;
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