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    Hi all! Figured that I should start one of these, at least for the length of Mantis' absence to keep track of changes, upcoming plans, updates, and activity.....as well as for normal journal purposes. Hopefully I can update this once weekly, and it can be somewhat of a one-stop-shop for Mantis when he's back to catch up on what's happened.

    As for myself...the name (and name of this thread) are references to Final Fantasy Tactics, if anyone is wondering where the weird name comes from. When you add a character to your party in that game, you can randomly generate a name. One of them is Zemekis, and for whatever reason it stuck in my head and I use it from time to time when I can't think of anything better.

    It has been 6 days since I took over as Acting Admin here and so far I've kept to my promises. No banhammering posts I disagree with and I've kept up with the schedule I promised for the forum's projects (aka Light Novel and manga). I didn't think manga progress would be possible at first, but I found an interim typesetter! So the manga releases should continue throughout the Summer. This morning I released the first Chapter of the El Dorado Covered with Clouds light novel in English, which felt great. I stayed up a few extra hours on Saturday night to edit the document and discuss questionable lines/additional text with our translator. The PDF is just 12 pages but it surprised me with how difficult it was to prepare properly.

    This week I'll be going to work as usual and browsing the forum until the next Chapter's translation is completed. This coming weekend is Memorial Day, so I'll be seeing family and perhaps some friends. I ALWAYS tell myself that I won't make any plans or answer my phone on the weekend so I can FINALLY relax and catch up on sleep...this is a 3 days weekend and I made the same promise, but here I am just on Monday turning people down because my 3 day weekend is FULL. I'm awake until about 2am every night and I wake up at 6:45am for work, so you can imagine the damage that does to a person's energy and mental state.

    That being said, I've had some good luck recently. Ordered something on Amazon and the box came with 2 of the item...freebie. I also got a car from my grandparents (it's my third one from them, they sell them to me cheap as hell each time they buy a new one). 2008 Buick LaCrosse w/ 50k miles. $800 and it's disturbingly well-kept. Like seriously, it's creepy how immaculate they keep their cars. While I may complain in these journals, my luck is generally excellent so take it all with a grain of salt.

    I'll check back in later, see ya.
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    Well, it's been about a week so I suppose I should update this as promised. Over the past week I edited the translation for the next manga Update, so that has been passed along for typesetting as of this morning. The Light Novel translation moved forward over the weekend as well. Once I receive the 2nd chapter in English I can edit it and release ASAP. I was really pleased with the reaction I got for Chapter 1. I try to keep in mind that these are all draft releases so we can always do a 2nd or 3rd pass to clean them up. That's the only way we are able to move forward at a remotely reasonable pace and keep digging into new content while our translators have motivation.

    I had a great Memorial Day weekend. On Friday my sister visited and we played Paper Mario on the N64 until around 2AM. Saturday was pretty lazy until 5:30PM when 2 of my buddies arrived. We stayed up late drinking beer and shooting the shit until we all zonked out (i know we had discussed watching a movie together here on the forum but it didn't look like it was materializing and I was too drunk by that time to organize an event......SORRY! The manga release was supposed to be my reparations for that). Sunday I went to Dairy Queen for their cheap-ass lunch special and watched Tremors 4 with my buddy. Later in the evening my other friend came back and we worked on translating the SW doujin, again with more beer. Monday I lounged around our apartment's pool & grill area like a super Boomer. My buddy and I admired the eye candy on display and ate bbq ribs & drank Yuengling. In the evening we continued hitting the SW doujin and we are now about 2/3 through! Damn some of that book is borderline impossible to express in English.
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    Light Novel Chapter 2 translation is nearly complete, I expect it by this coming Monday. The next manga chapter has been translated & edited...now it's awaiting typesetting.
    As for my regular life stuff, I saw Godzilla: King of the Monsters last night. It was alright, definitely more monsters on screen than the 2014 American film, but nowhere near as good as Shin Godzilla. Why do things always need to have a good ending & why can't the protagonist (Godzilla) just be neutral or bad? Hollywood uses the same formula for EVERYTHING and it sucks. That's what I liked about Shin Godzilla, he's a horrific monster and there's very little reason as to why he shows up & fucks up Tokyo. There's no reasoning with him, and he doesn't even have a goal really. Bad things just happen and that was satisfying to see after so many hero stories out of Hollywood.
    Aside from that, I've been busy every night for the past week with event planning, driving lessors for my wife, shopping, and home improvements. I would say that I'm looking forward to this weekend, but it's more of the same. If I don't get more sleep soon, I'm gonna melt or something.
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    Not a whole lot to report this time since I've just been working and carrying on the daily grind. Pretty busy this weekend with my cousin's college graduation & family visiting. I finally got the lead out of my ass to dive in on wedding planning as well. I'm married in the 'papers are signed'/legal sense, but we haven't had the whole ceremony & reception thing yet because neither my wife nor I are particularly interested in doing all these expected things and paying thousands for it. We are about to start house shopping, so spending a few thousand for a ceremony so other people can enjoy MY wedding is sort of backwards in our opinion.

    Tonight, my friend who is a butcher is bringing some pork/beef and my wife is gonna cook Japanese hotpot, so that should be good. After that I'm hoping to drink a bunch of beer & watch Tremors 6.

    In terms of OLS stuff, not much has happened since my last journal post. The next LN chapter's translation is nearrrrrrrly complete and I have edited lots of the SW doujin. I have the next manga chapter's translation sitting on my laptop, but I don't do typesetting (not well at least) so i'm sort of stuck until Mantis returns. Whether it's 1 day or 1 year, as long as it gets done I'm happy.
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    You wanted to write about your trip to japan if Im not mistaken.

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    Yeah, I guess I was! I haven't written anything here for awhile because Mantis came back so much earlier than expected. My trip(s) to Japan were pretty sweet, and definitely life-changing in the long run. The first time I went was with my family. Just a standard trip with my parents/siblings for 10 days or so (we also went to South Korea on that visit, so it wasn't even necessarily Japan-focused). Early on I discovered how easy their train system is to use, and on my 2nd day there I was using it without a map or anything on my person. The station staff and maps on the wall were adequate even within Tokyo. I discovered tons of new foods, met friends, went to arcades, dove way too deep into shopping...definitely a great time except for seeing my ex-gf who was in college in Tokyo at the time, that wasn't my favorite day of the trip, lol. On that visit I discovered Honey Toast, nomihoudai (all you can drink) establishments, Akihabara, Asakusa, Odaiba / Diver City, Tokyo Tower, and Kamakura.

    My 2nd visit was about 6 months later with a friend. We went for Winter vacation during college for about 20 days. The things we did on that visit were good, but he was a royal pain in the ass to take care of. I guess I've traveled 100x more than most people, and he sure as hell hadn't so it felt like I was babysitting this guy who was 7 years older than me while we were in the safest country on the planet. He wouldn't ride the train alone, wouldn't take a taxi alone...made us late for BOTH our flights (to and from Japan), and in the end he never thanked me for schlepping around his man-child ass for 20 days while he planned/did nothing. I even paid 2/3rds of the AirBnB & 100% of the Pocket Wifi we used so he could afford it! Once we got home, his parents were waiting at the airport to pick him up. I guess he told them he was so buttmad at me during the trip that he couldn't stand driving home with me (yeah, I drove him to and from the Airport too). On this trip I ate raw horse for the first time, manta ray fins, some weirdo sushi I don't even know what it was, attended my first bar crawl, and generally just fucked around in Tokyo with a long-time friend of mine. After the trip he never talked to me again, it seems that he wanted an apology for me rushing him to make our flight on time, we had been close for 5 years leading up to that point but he was 29 years olf and I just couldn't stand his manchild nature any longer so I just stopped responding years ago.

    My 3rd visit was originally going to be alone, but my Mom & Sister happened to be going to Japan as well and it overlapped like 50% of my visit. I was staying with some of our old exchange students we had hosted at our home in the U.S., they live in an apartment complex that rents guest apartments to visitors for approx. $30-35/night. I did a lot more of the same, going to Akiba and such. I also started attending 'Meetup' events where you use an app to meet people with similar interests and you all go do an activity together. I chose language exchange and went to several events where the attendees rotate tables & switch languages (between English and Japanese) every 30 minutes. I met my wife at one of those events! We started dating during my vacation but I had to go home and finish my last semester of college. After several flights back and forth to visit eachother, I graduated and got a job working remotely doing IT work for my office. I moved to Japan for 1yr + 3 months and worked from her apartment during the night (because it was daytime where i'm from). That means I was free almost everyday to go out and do things in Tokyo. I visited plenty of other cities/towns too! I went to the island of Hokkaido for the yearly Snow Festival in Sapporo, I went to Hakodate and spent a morning atop Mt. Hakodate watching a snowstorm roll in, visited the bumfuck nowhere 'cities' of Matsue & Izumo that people laughed at me for visiting, Kyoto, Osaka, Nagoya...made friends with restaurant owners, went to Japanese major league baseball games, etc. etc. etc. I had a great time for 15 months and I'm willing to share any of it that you guys want to know about in particular.

    I promised myself 1 year there and that's what I did. When the time came, I applied for jobs, got hired and now I work a "9-5" as a Database Admin & Business Consultant. I'm not sure which parts of my adventures anyone would like me to elaborate on, but i'm not shy so feel free to ask. I've actually been to.....19 countries I think? So I can share whatever you want to hear about.
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    Sounds interesting, thanks for sharing it when you find the time.

    Would be nice to know about the prices there. For example how much do you spare usually when you are buying normal groceries at a store?
    How mutch does visiting an Onsen or a restoraunt costs?
    And transportation.
    I heard everything there is supposed to be more expensive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wanderer View Post
    Would be nice to know about the prices there. For example how much do you spare usually when you are buying normal groceries at a store?
    If you're asking about Tokyo, it's not much more expensive than the USA. Some things are cheaper (vegetables, snacks, drinks, sauces, canned food) and some are more expensive (mean and fruit). It's so cheap to eat at restaurants in Japan that I didn't shop a lot. You can get dinner for $8-$11 in the city. All you can eat fried chicken/fries/curry/rice + unlimited beer for 1 hour is $15 in Tokyo. Food was cheaper in the city than it is near my rural USA home.

    Quote Originally Posted by Wanderer View Post
    How much does visiting an Onsen or a restaurant cost?
    I went to an Onsen with a private backyard bath (like in anime) in Hakone. it was $450 for one night. Included a 9-course dinner and 5-course breakfast....i think the dinner had something like 70 different foods, it was crazy. I already answered about restaurants above ^^^

    Quote Originally Posted by Wanderer View Post
    And transportation.
    The cheapest/shortest metro ride is 130 Yen I think, and the longest is like 280-350. Any farther than that and you should use a regular train. Taxis are a bit pricey, but not as bad as Europe/New York. They also have Uber in Japan. I used the metro many times everyday. If you're going to Japan, get a JR Pass. Only foreigners can buy them, it costs approx. $200/week but you can use the trains an unlimited number of times while you have one. I used one to travel from one end of Japan to the other and saves like $400.

    Quote Originally Posted by Wanderer View Post
    I heard everything there is supposed to be more expensive.
    It's not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zemekis View Post
    If you're asking about Tokyo, it's not much more expensive than the USA. Some things are cheaper (vegetables, snacks, drinks, sauces, canned food) and some are more expensive (mean and fruit). It's so cheap to eat at restaurants in Japan that I didn't shop a lot. You can get dinner for $8-$11 in the city. All you can eat fried chicken/fries/curry/rice + unlimited beer for 1 hour is $15 in Tokyo. Food was cheaper in the city than it is near my rural USA home.


    I went to an Onsen with a private backyard bath (like in anime) in Hakone. it was $450 for one night. Included a 9-course dinner and 5-course breakfast....i think the dinner had something like 70 different foods, it was crazy. I already answered about restaurants above ^^^
    How mutch would an Onsen cost without an overnight stay, breakfast or a room?
    Would you say it pays off to visit an Onsen Town for a single night to stay?

    Quote Originally Posted by Zemekis View Post
    The cheapest/shortest metro ride is 130 Yen I think, and the longest is like 280-350. Any farther than that and you should use a regular train. Taxis are a bit pricey, but not as bad as Europe/New York. They also have Uber in Japan. I used the metro many times everyday. If you're going to Japan, get a JR Pass. Only foreigners can buy them, it costs approx. $200/week but you can use the trains an unlimited number of times while you have one. I used one to travel from one end of Japan to the other and saves like $400.

    It's not.
    Wow, the ticket thing sounds awesome. Thanks for the info!


    What I also like to ask about, how did you perceived the japanese politically?
    I watched some videos of these japanese Youtubers and from the material they got I`d say the older generations are as konservative as you would japanese expect to be, while the younger ones are more open, have less knowledge about the world around Japan and just arent very interested in politics.
    Is this the picture you have gotten, or do you think they leave stuff out or adapt the material a bit?
    I always thought these guys are a bit suspicious.
    From what you have perceived, is there a comparable situation when it comes to political correctness and migration/ foreigners like in the west?
    Do they have comparable buzzwords like Nazi or can you accuse someone of discrimination without having to prove anything, for example?

    During the time you worked there. Would you say it was difficult to find a job?
    Also, how was it to adapt to the culture of the company?
    Did you got something like Welpenschutz/puppy protection at the start, or didnt they cared at all if you adapt or not?


    I dont think you have to hurry with a response because I seem to be the only one who cares.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wanderer View Post
    How much would an Onsen cost without an overnight stay, breakfast or a room?
    Just to use a open-air hot spring? Maybe 2000-3000 yen or $20-$30 equivalent.


    Quote Originally Posted by Wanderer View Post
    Would you say it pays off to visit an Onsen Town for a single night to stay?
    Google Image search Hakone, Japan and decide for yourself

    Quote Originally Posted by Wanderer View Post
    What I also like to ask about, how did you perceived the japanese politically?
    I watched some videos of these japanese Youtubers and from the material they got I`d say the older generations are as konservative as you would japanese expect to be, while the younger ones are more open, have less knowledge about the world around Japan and just arent very interested in politics.
    Is this the picture you have gotten, or do you think they leave stuff out or adapt the material a bit?
    I always thought these guys are a bit suspicious.
    They are totally uninterested in politics. You could call their actions "conservative" by Western standards, but they don't care how their actions align with a political party. In fact, their Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, was just re-elected for a third term. They have a 2-term limit like the United States but nobody was interested in running against him so they had to re-write the laws last year to allow for a 3rd term if there are zero contenders.

    They do act suspiciously and hide their feelings, but it's not for political reasons most of the time. They have a light concept of political correctness, but they value being the same as everyone else so while they DO have gay rights and such, they don't flaunt it in big parades or anything.

    Quote Originally Posted by Wanderer View Post
    From what you have perceived, is there a comparable situation when it comes to political correctness and migration/ foreigners like in the west?
    Do they have comparable buzzwords like Nazi or can you accuse someone of discrimination without having to prove anything, for example?
    Most of them are very polite to tourists and I only had one slightly negative experience in 15 months. I traveled to SMALL towns out in the country and 6 or so major cities, and was welcomed even in the smallest bars and shops that hadn't seen foreigners in years. Please notice that I said TOURISTS. They don't want immigrants and it is nearly impossible to move to Japan permanently. Perhaps you could get a work visa, and after 5 renewals you are eligible to stay permanently, but every Japanese company I am aware of will end your employment before your 5th renewal so you can't immigrate. My wife is a Japanese citizen but I can only live there if her permanent residence is registered in Japan. Japan is the cleanest, safest, and most efficient country on Earth and I think they should keep immigrants out (including myself) if it keeps Japan beautiful. Staying there gave me 100% respect for their way of doing things. I have been to most of Europe, the Middle East, almost every island in the Carribean and surrounding islands, Pacific Islands, and North America. Each town in Japan was the most welcoming place I have ever visited. My two closest friends I made in Tokyo don't even speak English and we communicated with hand signals for several months and got along just fine.

    Quote Originally Posted by Wanderer View Post
    During the time you worked there. Would you say it was difficult to find a job?
    Also, how was it to adapt to the culture of the company?
    Did you got something like Welpenschutz/puppy protection at the start, or didnt they cared at all if you adapt or not?
    I worked in Japan, but I was working remotely for my American company. I never worked for a Japanese company or held an office job. I did do freelance English teaching on the side, but the Japanese are very indirect when they communicate and would often cancel last-minute or plan future meetings with me in person then text me to cancel as soon as I was gone. They are frustrating to work with and you can read a lot on Google about Japanese being difficult because they communicate in a different way than we do. My friends who worked for/with Japanese all dislike it. In a work environment, they can be quite rude to eachother and especially harsh on foreigners. I did/do have opportunities to work there, but I declined because of that. I plan to move to Japan later in life (age 50 or so) to enjoy the convenience and lower cost of living, but I don't want to work with them. I also don't want to lose my guns, so that may keep me in America. If I understand correctly, you are from Europe so maybe that wouldn't be difficult for you but I can explain it this way: imagine somebody says you can only drink water for the rest of your life. You can live without soda/tea/coffee/juice/beer but it would SUCK. You CAN own a gun for target shooting/hunting in Japan but I don't speak/read/write Japanese so I can't do the paperwork or pass the psychological exams that are required. I know, I know, this is a funny American complaint.

    Quote Originally Posted by Wanderer View Post
    I dont think you have to hurry with a response because I seem to be the only one who cares.
    That's fine. You're giving me motivation to post in my journal. I probably wouldn't keep up with it otherwise.
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