A lot of my friends outside Tokyo have offered to mail things to help the situation here.
I appreciate the kind thoughts, but I think it's better if you don't send us care packages. The reason why the shelves are empty in the first place is because of distribution issues. Government and organizations are trying to send relief supplies north to the hardest hit areas, and with the lack of trains and basic utilities, it's already very difficult for them. We ARE getting food in Tokyo, just not in huge quantity and variety.
It would be unfair of us to burden an already-overstrained system with little packages that would require extra work to sort and deliver. It's frustrating to feel useless, but the best things that we in Tokyo can do right now is just to be patient, to not demand more than our share of the limited resources, and to stay out of the way of the people who are working hard to bring relief and restore things.
For those of you outside Japan, the best thing that you can do is to make a donation to one of the relief organizations. It may not feel as useful as assembling and sending a package, but it is really helpful! Also, please use the internet to watch over your friends as much as possible, instead of straining the telephone lines with phone calls. And don't assume the worst when something happens, or worry too much if we don't reply right away. The phone and e-mail systems are fragile and go down easily, but that doesn't mean we're in danger. It just means the phones are temporarily down again. :)
Is there anyone who's looking for tickets to Versailles' spring tour? One of my friends applied for a lot of FC tickets because she was worried about losing the lotteries. But she won the lotteries and now she has a lot of extra tickets that she's not sure how to pay for.
These are the tour dates:
3/21 (Monday) Heaven's Rock Kumagaya
3/26 (Sat) Nagoya Electric Ladyland
4/1 (Fri) Esaka Muse (Osaka)
4/2 (Sat) Esaka Muse (Osaka)
4/9 (Sat) Yokohama Baysis
4/10 (Sun) Heaven's Rock Saitama Shintoshin
4/16 (Sat) Heaven's Rock Utsunomiya
Kumagaya, Yokohama, and Saitama Shintoshin are all quite close to Tokyo, and you can get to them by local train without needing to spend money to stay overnight or anything. Utsunomiya is a little further but still doable as a day trip.
Anybody interested? The only thing is that she did say she's worried about being able to pay the FC, so she needs to be paid in advance. Each ticket is about 5,000 yen. (4,500 for the ticket, plus 400 or 500 yen for a share of the FC shipping and handling charges) I'm not sure about paying from overseas though... I don't think she has a Paypal account, and I can't process money from overseas without fees from the banks because my account is US-based.
(edit) Seems like this lottery was rather easy. We were worried about it because the venues are all small, but I guess not that many people applied... I think everyone I know won all the tickets they applied for. (edit 2) Actually it seems like this lottery was NOT that easy and a lot of people lost. Just not anyone I know. Weird. o_O
Also: should I go to the Osaka concerts after all? I'd decided not to bother because I had a bad experience the last time I attended one of Versailles' standing lives in Osaka, but now that my friend has so many extra tickets for Osaka I'm reconsidering.
Koakuma Ageha magazine used to be really good for hair and makeup tips, but lately I've been disappointed by the regular issues. Fewer tutorials, more fashion (mostly cheap + ugly, too), and a ridiculous amount of advertising for their catalogues. However, they've had a couple of special issues lately which I think are much better than the monthly ones.
This is a special issue with Koakuma Ageha, nuts, and I♥mama. It's aimed at women in the 24 to 30s age range. That's me! (It's a lot of you too, isn't it?) This issue adapts some of the currently popular gyaru looks to work for an expanded range of ages. The makeup is still dramatic and eye-catching compared to mainstream looks, but it's not as caked-on or exaggerated as it is in the teen/college magazines. The hairstyles are long and pretty, but softer, and many of the models are using only their real hair instead of extensions. Then there are a number of articles about things like techniques for maintaining one's looks, etc.
This one's a special issue for kimono looks. Even if you don't wear kimono, this one's great because it's filled with updo styles and tutorials for hair in the mid-back to hip range. Most of the models have extensions, but there's a lot that should be doable with real hair. The hairstyles include a variety of looks, from huge + over-the-top, to cute + youthful, to glamorous + elegant. (You might have to force yourself to notice how elegant and pretty some of the hairstyles really are, since it's not always immediately obvious with the choice of kimono, makeup, and pose...) This issue is slim for the price (880 yen) but there's almost no advertising and very little fluff. It's mostly just lots of tutorials. There's a section in the back showing some of the basic skills for doing good updos, such as comb techniques, making a rat with false hair, and suji. ("suji" = those artfully arranged little locks of hair. Does this have a name in English?) And of course there are some kimono topics, like a photo tutorial to put it on oiran-style, and a Q&A page dealing with issues including getting out of a car and using the toilet.
I'd meant to reply to comments in that previous post, but after reflection I think maybe it's better to just let it rest and put it in the past. I don't want to accidentally make anyone feel like they have to explain or defend themselves anymore, because it's not necessary. It's clear now that everyone was acting with good intentions, and we all made mistakes. I should have been more generous in giving people the benefit of the doubt, and I apologize for that. We'll do better in the future!
I'm really sorry for being away from the computer while the discussion in the other post was happening. There were only 14 comments when I went out, and it was the middle of the night for most of you so I thought everybody would be going to bed soon anyway. I had no idea it was going to continue and I apologize for not being around.
I came down with some kind of really bad cold during the end of the trip. My immune system held out as long as I had things to do while traveling, but yesterday morning, the instant I was leaving, all of a sudden I started to feel really bad. As soon as I got home yesterday afternoon I went to bed, and I've basically been in bed the entire time since then. I've got a fever, dizziness, leaky/sneezy nose, and a cough. This must be a nasty contagious cold because even Emmet is starting to get sick from it already even though I only got back last night, and he hardly ever gets colds.
I'll probably have to stay in and rest tomorrow as well. Otherwise I won't be able to make it to the 3/19 thing at JCB Hall.
I don't feel up to sending e-mails to everyone, so I'm writing on LJ + twitter instead. I'll catch up on mail/messages later.
I just received my tickets for the 1/4 Versailles/Kaya/Opera concert at O-East.
This is going to sound terrible and I'm sorry, but...
...who did I buy tickets for? ^^;;;;;;;
I've got 4 tickets and can only think of 3 people who are supposed to get them. @_@
Looked through my phone/PC mail and can't find a 4th person.
Was there even a 4th person at all? Or did I just get 1 extra "just in case"?
(It's totally possible that I might have gotten 1 extra ticket, because I often do that when Versailles plays a good-looking Tokyo concert. For concerts like this, there's always someone who asks me to get them a ticket after FC sales have ended so it's useful to have one already on hand.)