johnnys // NEWS // tegomass heart

Selling Johnnys goods

Hi guys!

I'm selling some extra Johnnys goods (uchiwas, clearfiles and photos) that have been piled up in my apartment for such a long time. Although they're all listed here because it's the easiest place for my to post everything, feel free to also contact me through Twitter (@tonbo) or Tumblr (akumanakoi) if you would prefer that to commenting here.

Prices do not include Paypal fees (which you will be responsible for) or shipping (from Japan).


Selling all for 500 yen each, aside from the Tegoshi one which isn't in its plastic, so I will sell for 300 yen.


Selling for 400 yen each! All are still wrapped in their plastic.


Selling for 200 each! The special NEWS one (bottom picture, top left) is 600. If you'd like better pictures of the ones in the albums, let me know. I left most of them in there to keep them in good condition. I didn't number the photos so if you're interested please link me to the picture of the photo you want and let me know which one in the picture it is.


Anan - 500 yen each

EDIT: Ohkura's Anan has been sold.

Look At Star - 500 yen each

anime // kuroko no basuke // kise

Kuroko no Basuke Stage

I made a bit of a lightning trip to Tokyo yesterday to watch the Kuroko no Basuke stage play. Originally I had planned on getting a night bus on Friday, but I knew I would finish work really late and it was hard to find a cheap bus that left as late as I needed. So I decided to risk taking a bus Saturday morning. A risk because the bus would arrive only 55 minutes before the stage started, and I had to take a short train journey (only 7 minutes, but adding entering and exiting the station) and then a 15 minute walk to a theater I had never been to before.

As it turned out, it became even more of a risk because the bus was a little delayed and arrived at Shinjuku station at 12.15. I then didn't get on a train to Ikebukuro until 12.31, which got me there at 12.37. I walked so fast from the station and ended up entering 10 minutes before the play started. Luckily, the theater was well signposted and easy to find. I was glad that my seat was on an aisle (and on the back row, by the way) since it was easy to get to. Being at the back wasn't so bad. I was on the second floor so although I was far back on the back row, I could see everything perfectly and got a good view of the entire stage. I kind of wish I had been able to see it twice, once from further forward, but I was happy with my view.

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tenimyu / akazawa and kaneda

Unlucky day but awesome Tenimyu shows.

I'm a little late posting this, but last Sunday, Valentines Day, me and Tina took a trip to Tokyo to watch the Seigaku vs Yamabuki musical for the final (my 9th and 10th) times.

I can't start this entry any other way than to talk about how completely unlucky my day was. Like, seriously. XD

First, I got my umbrella out because there was a little rain and I didn't want to get wet at all. About 30 seconds after I put it up, this huge gust of wind blew it inside out and broke it. I tossed it away, and because it was barely raining, decided not to stop by the combini to buy another (the weather forecast said the rain would stop soon and I didn't want to have to carry around one all day). Of course, it then started to rain SUPER HARD.

Because the rain was getting bad and we didn't want to stand around, Tina suggested we make a run for it across the road as the light was going to go red soon. So, we ran. I got basically to the sidewalk and then there was this plastic slightly raised thing on the ground that I guess was one of those things to help blind people. I stepped on it with my shoes that have no grip whatsoever, and just slid. I landed right on my backside on the wet ground. It didn't really hurt too much so I stood up and got properly on the sidewalk. Then I remembered. MY PHONE. It was in my back pocket. I pulled it out, opened the cover and was greeted by a smashed screen. I only had this phone since October and I was so sad (I got it fixed pretty quick by going to the Apple Store the next day, but still...)

In Tokyo Dome City Hall, I almost managed to fall through a door that looked like a wall (honestly, why would they do that...), and also tripped over the carpet at some point too. You would think by then, I would have had enough bad luck right? Right?

For the second show, I got in line to get my fanclub postcard, just like I had the first time. I had decided to choose one of the Seigaku postcards but at the last minute I decided to change to Yamabuki. Maybe something was drawing me towards Lucky Sengoku since my day had been so unlucky. Then, while waiting at the front of line, the girl in front of me chose Yamabuki and got a handshake coupon. I figured the chance of two in a row wasn't that great, so changed my mind again. For some reason, even though I should have gone back to my original Seigaku choice, somehow I went for St. Rudolph (even though I have 3 already, compared to two of all the others) and got nothing. Then Tina swooped in behind me, chose the Seigaku one I had originally planned on, and got a handshake coupon. XD MY LUCK. It was my own fault that time though for being too drawn to the St. Rudolph postcard (those guys suck for being so handsome).

ANYWAY, despite all my bad luck that day I had been determined that because it was the last time I was going to see the musical, I was going to enjoy it to the fullest. And I really really did. A few things that made this show different:

  • They used the arena a lot more than the previous shows (even the Tokyo ones). Akutsu and Sengoku both walked through the arena at the beginning of their first scenes rather than coming from the side of the stage, and both of them also used the arena during their solos (that poor girl sitting where Akutsu was flailing around in the aisle, lol).

  • Jimi's song had a special valentines version where the screen had a bunch of hearts flying out of it.

  • KANEDA'S HAIR. For one of St. Rudolph's parts there's been this running theme where Kaneda changes his hair. Up until this time it had been, or I'd only seen it, where he had one little bang on one side while the rest remained swept back. But this time he did it in a style like Momo's. XD He was hiding behind the other cast for the entire scene until it was finally revealed. I love that guy so much.

  • St. Rudolph did a Valentines day skit for their scene after the intermission. It was similar to their Christmas one but this time they were all dressed as delivery guys and threw chocolates into the audience. I really loved Akazawa's deadpan "choko ageru yo!" Kenya came up pretty close to our area but he couldn't really throw chocolates to us from his position. He did manage to drop three of them down the steps though and had to go fetch them. XD

  • They changed the cafe music for Taka and Akutsu's scene from Dream Maker to Shizuka Naru Toshi. XD

  • Shun. Oh my god Shun. He's either a troll or a genius or probably both. During Oishi's scene where he has to stop Fuji and Ryoma playing in the rain, he got to the front of the stage and for some reason decided to stand in between them and conduct an invisible orchestra. Half of the cast had to turn away because they couldn't deal with it (except Zaiki who remained flawlessly in character throughout). Oh, and during the first show Shun almost tripped over during that scene too. What a guy.

  • Fuji ALMOST remembered Mizuki's name, lol. He's getting there. Not that Mizuki was any less mad.

  • They had a new routine for us to do for the encore! Each team had a different routine. It made a change from how they had done it previously and the routines were really cute. When they came into the audience at the end Yanagisawa was with our block in the first show and Kita for the second. They were both super awkward about doing the dance with us. XD

Of course, the other different thing about this show was the postcard we received. Which was one of our big reasons for wanting to see it again in Tokyo. I got the same postcard after both shows, but I managed to trade the first one for Ryoma/Akutsu which was the one I had wanted most. I tried to trade the other Tezuka/Muromachi one for the St. Rudolph doubles one, but we got out of the theater pretty late and by then most people had traded already, so I couldn't get one. But still, I got THE ZAIKI TAKUMA so it can't be too bad.

Despite not getting a handshake ticket this time, I was at least really really happy that Kenya was in my final omiokuri. I gave him a heart as I had the previous time, and he gave me this huge goofy smile and blew me a kiss. After all my bad luck that day, it ended with an amazing lucky moment like that. I just wanted to flail and thank Kenya for making up for all the bad luck I had (I thanked him in his blog later). By the way, Kaisei was in the first show's omiokuri so I got the complete set! I also gave Kaisei a little heart and he kind of grinned and waved harder lol. That cute smile of his.

So, with that, it's over. I saw this musical 10 times and even after seeing it so many times, I didn't get bored. There's so many different things to focus on each time, and with all of those different adlibs, and the omiokuri, there's always something new. Honestly I've talked about this musical so much that I don't even know how to talk about it any more, but just a few general points:

  • Akutsu is completely terrifying, but in the best possible way. I love him as a character, and I love Shota as his actor. His solo song is in my top 5 solo songs from all of the season 3 musicals so far. His match with Ryoma is one of my favourite three matches. I loved every moment that he was on stage every time I watched it. It's one of the things I'm most sad about not being able to see live again.

  • St. Rudolph had such a lot of stage time in this musical, which made me happy. I loved watching their skits after the intermission. I was glad to go to so many different performances, because we saw a variety of different ones, especially with going at Christmas, New Year, and Valentines Day. This musical is basically what made me fall in love with Akazawa and Kaneda (and of course, Kenya and Kaisei) because of all of their interactions and cuteness. GOOD COMBINATION, guys.

  • I loved all the little adlibs. Kikumaru refusing to take Inui's drink in various ways. All the various doubles pairs joining in with the GP song. Yuta's random dancing to his phone ringtone. Nomura being a geek and coming up with weird moves. Etc. Etc. It makes it worth going to see it so many times to see what they come up with next.

  • Still can' t deal with Sengoku, and Morita Touya needs to step up his game and stop being lazy (sorry kid).

  • Golden Pair needed a better song (or no song at all), in my opinion (sorry).

  • The handshakes and all the extra venue-specific things made it extra special this time. I was lucky enough to get two handshake tickets (on the same day, in Aichi) and it was a lot of fun even if I was really nervous. In general, I was satisfied with who I got for all of them, especially getting Kazuki there for it. One day I WILL shake hands with Kenya though, I'm determined (maybe if they do a release event for the Team Live DVDs again?).

I'm sure there's more but I have to finish this blog or it'll keep going forever. Anyway, next is the Team Lives and Dream Live! 
tenimyu / izaki and kenya

Spent the week basically not doing my own job. XD

This work week felt really long even though I only worked four days (random day off on Monday which I was grateful for because it gave me the chance to recover from my Tokyo trip.

My morning pre-school class on Tuesday was a lot easier than usual. The kids were doing a presentation for their parents that day, and so they didn't have time for me to do my usual 30 minutes per class. My first class was the same as usual, but then they put all of the other three classes together and I just taught them for 30 minutes together. It makes it kind of hectic and it's harder because each class is at a different level so I kind of have to make it work for everyone... that can be a good thing though, because I was basically able to teach my younger kids "My name is ~" because I asked it to all my older kids. Anyway, it became 1 hour's work instead of 2 and I'll still get paid for the second hour because the pre-school doesn't communicate those little changes to my company. Lucky for me.

Recently, the JT who subs my Tuesday afternoon pre-school lessons has been disappearing a lot during the lessons. I appreciate that she trusts me enough to leave me with them alone, but I really think my first class needs her there the whole time. They're only 3/4 years old and as soon as she leaves they go crazy. Two kids got into a mini fight and started crying. I don't have the authority to control them, especially as I don't want to start speaking Japanese to them. My job is to be there as the English teacher, but it's the pre-school staff's job to deal with other issues. I'm happy to help where I can, but I can't do everything. My second class is fine and I don't mind her not being there because I like the responsibility, but I'd prefer her to be there for the first. Still, I love that place so much. If I could be there every day, I would be. As soon as I walk through the door all the kids, whether they take my classes or not, yell my name and run up to me. It's like being a mini-celebrity, lol. And the staff are really nice, too.

Between Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, I taught 11 Japanese teacher lessons (it would have been 12 but no students showed up for one class so I was able to leave early). When we have office weeks, it means we're either on call for people calling in sick, or already scheduled to cover lessons for people on vacation. This can be for both our normal native teacher lessons, or for Japanese teacher lessons. Wednesday was a last minute cover call, and I had been scheduled for the other days.

Honestly, the Japanese teacher's lessons are a lot easier to prepare for, and in general a lot more rigid and therefore easier to teach, but the fact remains that they're not my regular style of classes and so I do get worried about doing it wrong. I arrived super early each day to make sure I knew what I was doing, especially because it's embarrassing if the students know the routine better than I do. I try to put a lot more fun into the lessons than the Japanese teachers do though. One kid said, "(Japanese teacher)-sensei doesn't do things like this!" and he was super happy. All we did was play a bomb game, it wasn't anything particularly special, but I was glad he had fun XD

The Friday school was interesting because as I hadn't spoken to the Japanese teacher in person to confirm the schedule, and because I hadn't met her before, for some reason she thought I was male. So she had told all of the kids some mysterious male teacher was going to come and teach them, and then I showed up. XD I only actually found out this was the case when my last class of High School girls told me. She probably got it wrong because she heard my name and spelt it "Joshy" when she wrote it on the calendar, lol. When I saw it I said to myself, "who is Joshy-sensei?" and then I realised.

Anyway, whenever I go to other people's schools I always think the kids are a lot better behaved than my students (I have a lot of bad classes...) so it's nice and refreshing but makes me wonder why my students can't be like that.

Right now I'm partway through a three day weekend. I spent my day today watching various non-Japanese TV shows (the final of Celebrity Big Brother, and some movies and random panel shows) while cleaning my living room. I got rid of a lot of junk that has been lying around which felt refreshing. I also actually took up my rug and hung it over my balcony to air and get the dust out, which I've only ever done once before since I bought it. XD;; ... I'm not good at cleaning. I guess I'll try the other half my apartment tomorrow (kitchen and bathroom, basically).

Other things going on in my life:

  • 2/3 of my Team Live ballots failed. I just hit for St. Rudolph's Kyoto Thursday show (the first one). The other two I'd balloted for were their Tokyo Saturday shows. So I'm trying the Tenimo ballot for those. And my friend sold us tickets for both Kyoto Yamabuki shows, so we're good for that. Getting a whole bunch of tickets for one thing is so complicated sometimes. XD Anyway, I went to pay for the ticket today and walked into Family Mart just in time to hear Shun and Reo advertising the musical on the store's radio, which was nice.

  • DREAM LIVE. I basically saw the dates and started planning on how I can go to all of the weekend shows at both venues (8 altogether). Not sure if I can pull it off but with so many different ticket methods it's not hard to spread out the cost a little.

  • Meanwhile, the Yowamushi Pedal stageplay general sale tickets sold out on their release day. I was hoping to see it when I'm in Tokyo for another play on the same day, but it might be impossible. Maybe they'll do same day tickets or I can find someone to sell one to me. I wanted to take advantage of being in Tokyo anyway and see two things in one day.

  • Finally paid for the BoyMen Thailand trip! It was a horrible bank transfer to do because the total was around 110,000 yen, but it was a relief to get the money out of my account and to where it needed to be. It's been sitting there for ages. It's only two weeks until the trip, so now it's paid for I can actually be excited about it (and be poor for the rest of the month). I just hope I (and Tina too) paid enough since they didn't actually tell us the total of how much we still owed them...

  • Kenya and Kaisei went on a date. yes, this is important in my life. What I loved the most about it was that Kaisei wrote a whole blog entry about it which included the title "date" with a bunch of hearts next to it. Kenya, on the other hand, went on Twitter and basically said "I did this today and then I did that and some other things and then me and Kaisei had dinner." I can see who is the most into this relationship (a little like their in-character relationship, really).

That's basically it. XD

Izaki Ryujiro's Birthday Event

I made my second trip in two weeks to Tokyo on January 31st, to go to Izaki Ryujiro's birthday event. This event has been announced for what seems like a long time, and I had been excited for it since the moment I bought my ticket. Out of all the events I had tickets for at the time, it was probably the one I was most excited for. So, the day finally came!

When I went into the building, I found they were selling photosets. I vaguely vaguely remember when they announced the event originally they said they would have them, but there had been no further details since (until they posted a blog about it the day before, but I didn't see it). I immediately bought all 5 sets (which I will scan later, they all look amazing!). Then, I went into the hall. My seats for both shows were good, the first show was the least good of the 2, on row D.

Soramu was the MC for today, and after his performances doing speeches during Tenimyu I wondered how the hell he got the job, and I'm still wondering. XD First, they had him do the pre-show announcements I figure he was only reading from a sheet but he couldn't even do that properly and kept stopping and starting and stumbling and he got so many laughs before he even came on the stage. Then, he appeared in person. He started going on and on about how nervous he was and how "I'm the master of ceremonies!" and then suddenly he said, "wait, does everyone know who I am?" and everyone did and he seemed relieved that he didn't have to introduce himself. Finally, he introduced Izaki who appeared on the stage.

This is what they looked like, by the way:

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boymen // honda taiki

Don't give up!

On Monday, I taught one of my favourite students. I've been teaching him for over four years, and I've seen him turn from an enthusiastic, perfectly behaved elementary school student, to a grumpy teenager. Which is fine, because that's what happens. Even though he continually complains about being tired, and is reluctant to do anything, he always does try his best in the end. He's a good kid, just a regular teenager.

Yesterday, he came into the classroom looking super depressed, dumped a book he had borrowed from the classroom onto the table, and told me "I did so badly on my Eiken test." The tests were yesterday, so he didn't have the results yet, he just guessed how he had done. He told me he had been really fine at the listening, but some of the writing part had been super difficult for him and he was really annoyed at himself. I couldn't really tell him that maybe he had done fine, because I had no idea.

For the first part of the lesson he was still really putting himself down and kept saying, "It's fine, I'm not going to do it again, I give up with English, I can't do it." This kid is really really into soccer, and plays on his school team. The team does really well (he told me that if they win their next match they will be 2nd in the prefecture). He said, "it's fine, I don't need English, I'll just play soccer." I talked with him about how if he really becomes a successful soccer player there will be a lot more opportunities open to him if he knows English, and that he shouldn't confine himself to Japan because he gave up. What he really wants to do is go to the UK, and I support that thoroughly but told him no one really speaks Japanese there.

Anyway, in the end, we got on with the lesson and as always he knew EVERYTHING because he always does, because he's good at English. So, I encouraged him, told him he was doing well, that his answers were perfect. After about 20 minutes, after he got another answer perfect, he suddenly looked up and said, "see, I AM okay at English, Eiken is just difficult." And when he was leaving at the end of class he asked me when the next round of Eiken tests are. Honestly, I hope that he really did pass this time after all and doesn't have to go through it again (kids have enough to do in Junior High school without him having to study for an extra test again) but if not, it seems like he at least hasn't given up just yet.

Anyway, that's my motivational work story of the week. This is my busiest work week so I'm just kind of working my way through it. My reward at the end of the week is Izaki's birthday event so it's worth getting through for.

Comic Jack

Yesterday, I went to Tokyo to watch Comic Jack: The Return at the Kinokunia Southern Theater. I went to both the afternoon and evening shows that day. I only wish I could have stayed overnight to see it the next day too, because I had that much fun. Having known very little of the story beforehand and having not seen the previous version, all I really had to go on was pictures and the fact that it had one of my favourite actors in, which is not much to go on at all.

The story of the play follows Asato, a passionate mangaka whose editor is not happy at all with the quality of his work, and tells him a good manga needs "action, violence and spectacle". While trying his best to work out how to fill these requirements, he is unexpectedly transported into the world of his own manga. There, he finds that his own characters are not following his script. His hero, Jin, "Gateman", who has the power to banish people through a gate into another world, is 100% fed up of being a hero and appears on the scene drunk and reluctant (and hates Asato for giving him such a horrible outfit and cheesy lines). From there, Asato tries to persuade his characters to follow the story he has created, but realizes along the way that his idea of a good manga is a lot different to his editor's.

The main characters (I'm sorry there aren't pictures of them all, they're posting different characters for each show on their Twitter it seems, and so they didn't do them all yet. I'll keep updating as the shows go by):
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And on a personal note:

I'll admit that the reason I went to see this stage play was Izaki. I didn't know any of the other actors, or the story, but I bought a ticket the moment they went on sale, because of him. And of course, I wasn't disappointed. But more than that, Izaki Ryujiro makes me so happy to be his fan.No matter what role he's playing or who is around him, he puts every bit of his heart into it. I see it when he's on stage, and I see it when he talks about it before and afterwards. This is what he wants to be doing, and I'm happy to have been able to support him from his "beginning" in Tenimyu. I really hope that he continues in this way and keeps getting new stage plays (I don't doubt that he will) Maybe I should be telling HIM this, not you guys. I can tell him next week (if I can get those words out in Japanese XD). By the way, I've also been happy to see that so many of the Tenimyu cast have been to watch him perform in it as well.

During my second show, I was sitting in the front row. It's nice to watch from the front row (even if I did feel every vibration every time someone jumped on the stage), but it's also very difficult. It's a lot easier to stare from further back. Izaki's character spent a lot of time passed out, rolling around, or trying to regain his strength, and most of those things, he did right in front of my seat. I stared a lot. Luckily he wasn't looking in my direction and so I could mostly watch him safely. His hair was super messy from on top, I can tell you that, lol

Anyway, that's about it! Now I'm hoping for a DVD so that I can see it again.
tenimyu / akazawa and kaneda

Tenimyu Aichi Shows

This past weekend, I practically moved into Kanayama's Village Hall for three days to watch Tenimyu's 3rd Season Seigaku vs Yamabuki 5 times. Having already seen it twice in Tokyo and once in Osaka, this brought me up to 8 times.I already wrote about thw show when I went to it before, so I'm not going to talk too much about the actual show again, but there were a few different and special things that happened so I'll at least talk about them.

  • After the intermission, St. Rudolph have their own "skit". We'd seen Christmas and New Year ones at the previous shows, but there were no special events this time. Instead, each of the characters (aside from Nomura and Yuta) changed personalities in order (they thought) to have a better chance of beating Hyotei. Akazawa was quiet and unconfident (and trying to change his yell to be nicer), Yanagisawa did impersonations of everyone, Atsushi was super super high tension, Kaneda was a yankee (and it was AMAZING) and Miyagi was super nice and complimented everyone. Each skit would end with them being threatened to have their partner changed unless they could make us applaud them, at which point they would turn back to normal and try and make us applaud them.

  • Being on the side of the stage that I was for most of the shows, I noticed that although Akazawa and Kaneda have their set little piece after the Golden Pair song, Kaisei had a variety of ways of being overly friendly with Akazawa. Linking arms, holding hands (my personal favourite), dancing around him. I never realised it changed until I saw it so many times, so the variety was nice. XD

  • What I also liked was the variation in Kikumaru refusing to take Inui's drink. My personal favourite was when he just yelled "IRANAI." at the top of his voice.

  • Nomura came up with various special moves involving famous Nagoya things (tebasaki and shachikko) and then one show he just became Harry Potter (.... more like Harry Potter than he always is).

  • On the Friday and Saturday shows we had the special coming-of-age speeches from Kazuki and Shuto. On the Saturday, when Zaiki announced for the new adults to step forwards, Reo stepped forwards as well. Kazuki said, "it's fine, you can do my speech for me." Which is so like him. But no, he had to to it himself. Kazuki was very well aware that he was repeating the same speech each time but he did not care in the slightest and was very vocal about it. XD On Saturday's afternoon show he said "Shuto's speech yesterday was really amazing, and I was inspired... but I'm going to say the same thing as I did yesterday."

  • On Saturday evening's show, when Zaiki asked the new adults to step forwards, Shun and Daiki (the oldest members of the cast at 24) stepped right to the back of the stage, and Reo called Shun an old man.

  • By the way, Zaiki fails at announcing anything. He kept stumbling over his words. Not so perfect in real life, clearly. And speaking of which he also tripped over himself during his curtain call and almost fell over. Elegant.

  • At the final show they did some speeches at the end. Sana, being from Aichi, got to do a speech. He said two years ago he went to the same theater to watch one of the Tenimyu musicals, so said it was amazing to be standing on the stage all that time later. Naoya made the mistake of asking Akutsu a question during his speech and almost got himself beaten up. Kenya's entire speech was about how Miyagi sings too loudly in his hotel room.

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Tenimyu DVD High Touch Event

Yesterday (January 11th) I took a flying visit to Tokyo (I set off from Nagoya at 6am, arrived at 12, and left at 5.30pm) to go to the Tenimyu Team Live High Touch event. It seems crazy to go all that way just for a high touch but since most (all except 2) of the Seigaku and Fudomine members were there I had decided it was worth the trip. And was it? 1000000% worth it.

The event was to begin at 2.30, so at that time we all filed into the building and into the hall the event would take place in. There were seats, so they had as many people as could fit sit down to keep things organized. I was sitting on the third row from the front. They did a few warnings and announcements, including “you’ll probably get about 5 seconds to talk to each member” to which everyone went “ehhh?” because we were expecting nothing (actually, we ended up with even more time). Then, the boys came out! The Seigaku members were very calm and refined and managed to walk to their spots with no issue. Then Fudomine came out and there was a slight traffic jam during which Macha ran into Izaki who ran into Soramu and half of their water bottles went flying to the floor. Trust those guys to make a mess of things. I don’t think Izaki ever did find his straw.

The order was: Ryosei, Shuti, Kazuki, Shun, Reo, Kamisato, Zaiki Takikawa, Taro, Ryotaro, Soramu, Izaki, Macha, KobaTatsu.

Note: I wrote everything in English but I bolded the parts where we were speaking Japanese when I quoted.

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boymen // honda taiki

First week of work in 2016

My first week back at work has been super varied, which I guess is nice after two weeks off.

On Wednesday I headed into the middle of nowhere to cover classes at a school that took me two hours to get to. I sat for one of those hours on the oldest train ever which bounced around all over the place and took me through mountains and farms. I almost lost the will to live. Then when I got to the classroom I found that the teacher's room was on a different floor to the classroom, only accessable by an outside door which was super annoying.

The kids however, were super nice! I taught some 2 year olds with their mothers, who were a lot of fun, and then a bunch of 11 year old boys who I was a little concerned about when I looked at the lesson reports (it said they were rowdy) but they turned out to be pretty awesome. They chatted a lot but they did everything I said, which is more than a lot of my students do.

The JT was super nice and gave me a ride back to my transfer station. Weirdly, that old rickerty train had taken me an hour to get there, but the car journey only took us 30 minutes. We talked a lot on the way to the station She was super funny and kept complaining that her parents keep asking her when she's going to find a guy and get married (because her younger siblings are already married). She's the same age as me and so we were complaining together about how it's easier to be single. I had a good time, and I had less commuting time, so it was a win all round.
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Then, today I had an unexpected meeting with my beloved Honda from BoyMen. They had an event at my local mall, and me and Tina had planned on going along purely to watch the live but Tina decided to get CDs to get signed. I had planned on not doing because I'm trying to keep my money for the Thailand trip, but Tina was super nice and told me she would get it for me (for a handshake) for now and I could pay her back later. Honestly, walking past the CD sales stand I had kind of felt bad that I couldn't get one because I really wanted to see Honda (I haven't seen him since his birthday event 2 months ago), and so I was super happy to have the chance. When I went to him, he told me 'hisashiburi' (long time no see). I apologised that I hadn't been to see him recently, and he said it was fine and just to come when I could, but I told him that I would be going to their Thailand tour. He told me, "have a nice travel!" So close, Honda. I didn't correct him though. Ahhh, I was so happy to see him again. I always miss him a lot, especially since I used to see him every week.

Tomorrow I have to wake up at 5 to go to Tokyo for the Tenimyu Team Live DVD release High Touch Event. I'm really excited to go and see Izaki and Kazuki and the rest of the cast again, especially the Fudomine members who have been out of the musical for a while now. It'll totally be worth the early morning.