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「毎日楽しいの為に」 Flawless Passion

「迷路の中に小さな一歩」 – Life in Japan 2 – November 2016

While November was not a short month, I can’t believe that it is already the end of 2016. Soon another year will pass, and yet, I have not moved very much towards my dreams and aspirations. Coming to Japan was a small step. This month, I made just another small step forward. However, I am in a maze. I think I know where I want to end up, but have no idea how to get there. I am in Japan, surviving, trying to settle down comfortably, searching for opportunities to leap forward. My situation isn’t the best, but it is also not the worst. The chances are here. I can work with this.

For the first weekend of this month, on Saturday the 5th, I went over to Kanamachi in Tokyo to hang out with Xyrenth. For lunch, we ate at Mos Burger. During my first time there, I had the モスバーガーof the same name as the restaurant and it was delicious. This time, I tried their 野菜バーガー, which was also great. Afterwards, we went to karaoke at JoySound for an hour. Oddly, we didn’t get an option to extend the time. Without other things to do, I went with Xyrenth to her apartment for the main purpose of this visit, to checked her in-progress HG Schwalbe Graze. Upon Xyrenth’s request, I repaired the blade tips of the wire claw, and painted some parts in gold. Before returning back to Chiba, Xyrenth treated me to a standing ramen shop for dinner. I enjoyed the food and experience, but I can imagine different if hot and crowded. Continue Reading

HG Gundam Exia Renewal (2015)

During my childhood, I have built some Gundam models to play with on a few rare occasions. However, the series Gundam 00 revolutionized a number of things in my life. For one, it is the first Gundam series I ever watched every episode of, from start to finish. It made me a Gundam fan, got me into other anime, and of course, steered me into being a modeler. The HG Gundam Exia was the first model for me to go beyond a straight build. Looking up info on the internet, I painted, panel-lined, and even attempted modifications. That was over 6 years ago, using improper and makeshift supplies. I am still not a pro, but I have came a long way since then. Taking the very same HG Gundam Exia, I redid every piece. Here it is, my renewed HG Gundam Exia.


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「俺の始まりはいつだ?」 – Life in Japan 1 – October 2016

If I were to give last month a subtitle, it would be “A Monument To All My Sins”. For this month, it would be “When Is My Beginning?”. My time spent flying to Japan was a travel, but my time here in Japan will be a journey. My real life, the beginning of a personal journey, of which the destination being a future I desire. However, nothing has started. The whole month was all preparation and settling in. Most of which I had no control over. Is this my beginning? My real life, when does it begin? Perhaps it started already. Perhaps it will start next year. I am not quite ready yet, but surely I will start.

This month started on a weekend, and I decided that the first thing I will do for this month is to go to Akihabara. After waiting for so long to come to Japan, it was hard to feel that I really am here. To reorient myself, I did what I have always done in Japan, shopping. It had been over 4 years since my last visit to Akihabara. But this time, I was not alone. I was joined by my good friend Xyrenth who started her life here in Japan 2 months ago. The entire day will be talked about in detail in its own post later. After Akihabara, I returned with Xyrenth to her apartment where we checked out our goods. I slept over and the next day, I stayed in the apartment, taking the time to relax. I started on a gunpla, booted up a game on the PSV, and also helped Xyrenth with her RG Sinanju. In the evening, I returned back to Chiba. By then, a few housemates have arrived and I greeted them. Some more people arrived later that night. Continue Reading

Flight to Japan -Part 2- (TPE→NRT) – September 27th, 2016


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Continuing on my travel to Japan, I am now waiting at the designated gate in Taiwan. I have about 3 hours until my next flight to Japan. I spent the time getting a bit of rest and also typed on the blog. The waiting area was quite empty when I first got here, but soon filled with people after an hour. It turns out there was a flight to Korea ahead of the one to Japan.

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Flight to Japan -Part 1- (SFO→TPE) – September 25th, 2016

Finally, the time has come for me to depart the United States, and begin my journey in Japan. I went out to dinner with my family, staying there at the restaurant until 10-ish when it closes. My flight was past 1 am, so there was plenty of time. My brother and I played a few missions of Phantasy Star Nova together on the PS Vita to pass the time.

Packing up was frustrating and in the end, it didn’t go well. I ended up with 2 large suitcases for checked baggage, in addition to a small suitcase and a filled-up backpack for carry-on baggage, while wearing a massive winter coat. At the airport, after checking in and saying goodbye to my family, I headed through security and waited at the gate for my flight at 1:40 am. Sadly, while lining up to board the plane, the airline staff checked the weight of everyone’s carry-on suitcase. Mine was overweight and had to be checked in. I tried so hard to keep certain things from being damaged, and now as a result of having to check it into cargo, they will be (and did) get crushed. I suppose the fortunate thing in this situation was that they didn’t check the weight of my backpack (which was way heavier) and I did not get charged any extra fees.


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Life This Month 57 – September 2016

After months of uncertainty, I finally know the direction my future will go. At the end of this month, I am going to Japan. This time, it will not be a temporary 3-month short stay. This time, I am going to be there for real. This is the moment I have always been waiting for. My application process started in April of this year, but my desire to live in Japan started years and years ago in high school. However, as my remaining time in the US dwindles, the emotions I felt was not happiness nor excitement. Instead, all of my attention was focused here, on all the things I want to finish before I depart for Japan.

On the 2nd, I started building HMM Liger Zero’s Jager armor. My intention was to finish it in a couple weeks, and then maybe have enough time to build the Schneider armor as well. While it didn’t seem like a set of armor would take much time initially, the parting line and surface clean up (especially on the shoulders) took too long. In the end, I had to rush, staying up late at night to complete the remaining parts. Continue Reading

九月の購入物 September Loots – 2016


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For the month of September, this package you see here is the last purchase I make… until my journey in Japan begins next month. Because of that, I wanted something light and small, not a figure or a model kit whose box I will have to bring. So I decided that it is finally time to buy that game.

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Room Makeover (Bay Area) – 2015

In the summer of 2015, I have finally graduated from university. The next thing for me was moving back into my parent’s house. My room there doesn’t really feel like mine anymore, as I have been absent from it for the last 4 years, only using the place as storage and for sleep whenever I visit. During my time in university, I have learned a number of things about me, about my family, and about people. Long story short, my room as it was, is an unacceptable living environment. Prior to moving back, I took it upon myself as a designer to update and makeover the room.


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SF Chinatown – September 13th, 2016

On Tuesday the 13th of September, I had to visit San Francisco to take care of some official business. My original plan was to just finish that and leave, but my friend GameMaster was in town, so I asked if he would like to join me to San Francisco. Luckily, he could come with me. It was great that I was able to hang out with him one more time before I journey off to the land of the rising sun.

Before the photos, I must apologize about the crappy picture quality because I didn’t bring my DSLR and only had my outdated phone.


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As soon as we got to San Francisco, we were immediately greeted with the old style railway. At this moment, I realized that I haven’t really taken much photos of San Francisco, and that this is my last chance to do so.

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【製作】HMM ブレードライガー ③塗装&完成 [WIP] HMM Blade Liger -3- Painting & Completion

やっと塗装が完了しHMMブレードライガーが完成しました!いやぁ~ 時間かかりました。(いつもの事ですけどね!) 自分はエアブラシが持ってなくて、塗装の作業を進むにはエアブラシが持っている友達の家に行く必要があるため、限られている時間にしか作業できませんでした。色々大変でしたけど、無事に完成してよかったです。


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塗装中の状態はこんな感じです。使った塗料は以下の物になります。あとはタミヤのウェザリングマスターFセットもちょっとだけ使いました。

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