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Japan Travelogue

Japan Travelogue

Tue, 05/01/2012 - 16:02 by Ananth in response to japan 2012 travelogue 1

Hey guys! For the next few updates we'll be posting some of Yuko's travelogue from Japan ... hope you enjoy!

Becky and Frank of Tiny Kitten Teeth have a Kickstarter going for their upcoming volume 1! It is going to be a gorgeous book, go take a look!

We'll be at TCAF this upcoming weekend - more details on Thursday! That's all for us for now! See you soon!


haha, love the lil plane

Comment by mokou (not verified) Tue, 05/01/2012 - 16:24

haha, love the lil plane dropping down in the water. plip.

excited to see the other pages! ventures in another country are always interesting...

My Japanese Coach for DS

Comment by Will (not verified) Tue, 05/01/2012 - 17:27

Not the best language-learning solution in my experience. Only marginally helpful on a long plane trip, and not terrible when learning kana and some kanji. Still better than Rosetta Stone, though. Maybe consider -- got lots of free lessons.

Aw man, hope to come to your

Comment by claytonian (not verified) Tue, 05/01/2012 - 17:38

Aw man, hope to come to your fan club or something next time you are here in Japan!

Japanese Coach

Comment by Emi (not verified) Tue, 05/01/2012 - 17:47

Totally seconded about that DS Coach Character design! I remember playing Rym's version and I was kind of like "heh." It's not terrible, but kinda stereotypical.


Comment by Emi (not verified) Tue, 05/01/2012 - 17:49

Also, glad we ran into you guys at the MoCCA. It was nice to see you! I'm excited to hear about the exploding volcano and stuff in the comic.

My Japanese Coach

Comment by califer (not verified) Tue, 05/01/2012 - 17:55

Ooooh boy, you're playing My Japanese Coach. I wrote the lesson plan for that game. ... I'm sorry. I only got a single pass at writing the lessons and they made me move some lessons around. I didn't even get to double check anything afterwards because they made me get back to programming.

I'm assuming that you remember hiragana from what you have written in the comic. Whatever you do, don't try to learn how to write from this game. Someone who didn't know Japanese did it and got the stroke order all wrong. I advise using the level skip cheat so you don't have to write the character wrong to progress....

I for one welcome our new

Comment by Matt (not verified) Tue, 05/01/2012 - 18:44

I for one welcome our new Mass Effect fan-art overlords.

Small children...

Comment by Alex Ross (not verified) Tue, 05/01/2012 - 19:40

At least the seat next to you was empty, apparently.
Having two armrests is always taken for granted until you're on a long flight with only one.


Comment by shadowrider (not verified) Tue, 05/01/2012 - 20:51

Oh the joys of traveling long flights. Lucky you had the seat next to you open, could have been worse. (like having a rather large person beside, or the screaming, crying kid right next to you instead...)
Dangit, wish I could make it to TCAF, but once again can't. Bummer.

Mind? Why would we mind?

Comment by ChristineA (not verified) Tue, 05/01/2012 - 19:49

Nope, not me, don't mind at all. :D Especially since Japan is one of the places I must go someday.

DS coach

Comment by Sarah (not verified) Tue, 05/01/2012 - 20:14

Oh man, I bet we "played" the same DS learning game... my husband and I were like, "hmmmmmm this is questionable" re: the design and the music!

Also I had a really awkward conversation with a bunch of Japanese tourists today (as I work in the tourism industry) and I was like, "oh good lord I need to take classes" as I stumbled through half-formed sentences. And it only makes it worse with every "your Japanese is so good!" as I have to shake my head frantically and demur that nooooo, it is not.


Comment by Matt B. (not verified) Tue, 05/01/2012 - 20:17

A good way to practice and retain any language, I feel, is to follow Twitters (or Tumblrs) in that language. For instance, for Japanese, I follow a few of my friends, plus the artist Gurihiru and Hideo Kojima. I use the Rikaichan plugin for Firefox/Chrome to translate any characters I may not understand. It's not perfect, but it keeps me relatively fresh, plus I always get a little dose every day so that I don't lose my comprehension entirely!

Also, I tried out that game. That character design was... Hmmm... Yeah.


Comment by BardChild (not verified) Tue, 05/01/2012 - 20:28

GARRUS ARTS FOREVER! 8D just wanna say that...


Comment by kaitou (not verified) Tue, 05/01/2012 - 21:15

Gad, that must have been "fun" with the kid behind you. Planes really need to have a non-screaming-kid section. (I wonder what she hated -- the long plane trip, having to go home, school starting or maybe the in-flight movie.)

this is me with Polish.

Comment by Danielle Miller (not verified) Wed, 05/02/2012 - 00:23

this is me with Polish.


Comment by Alex Ross (not verified) Wed, 05/02/2012 - 23:46

My last Japanese instructor was a Polish immigrant.
Moved to America, learned English as his second language.
Moved to Japan to teach English, moved back after 12 years.
Now he teaches Japanese. Odd guy, but that's to be expected. After all, he's Polish.

Please do share any more

Comment by N (not verified) Wed, 05/02/2012 - 00:38

Please do share any more wonderful Garrus fanart you happen to come up with. Pleasepleaseplease. I love the ones you made previously, and Garrus is just the best.

No way! I also flew to Japan

Comment by Tom (not verified) Wed, 05/02/2012 - 02:07

No way! I also flew to Japan on that exact same day. I've just gotten back but I already want to return :(

Re: trips and fellow passengers

Comment by Maek (not verified) Wed, 05/02/2012 - 03:28

More travel diary strips (and ME fanart) please! I enjoy reading about the travels of others.

I always get something dumped on me on long flights, be it homemade beetroot preserves by a Bulgarian housewife or a clumsy person tipping over their plastic cup of tea. Thankfully I've been able to avoid bored and malicious kids by picking late-hour flights. Any arm rest hogging also becomes less of an issue when everyone's half asleep.

Can't help but wonder what it is that makes it so hard to correct others or their children when they're being asses. On a plane it's probably the fact that any escalation of conflict would probably end in an emergency landing these days. Oh happier days of yore...

I am 13th

Comment by 13thprotector (not verified) Wed, 05/02/2012 - 14:01

Hey, don't start blaming me for friday the 13th horrors, I already have enough troubles with people and on my favorite day too.

But as I can tell, you guys travel... a lot. You might do more traveling than most business guys I know. That is, unless these conventions are just down the street, then, then, that's a different story.

Also, to finish off my rant, I have often seen many horrible stereotypes in personal trainers, I've been down in Mexico and have been taking the Rosetastone thing. That device makes horrible stereotypes.

That ain't a rant, son.

Comment by ??? (not verified) Wed, 05/02/2012 - 22:57

Enough said.

Yes, I know...

Comment by 13thprotector (not verified) Thu, 05/03/2012 - 08:12

... But I didn't know what else to call it, lots of big words out there and I can't find a small one that'll work.

Japanese characters

Comment by FinalFantazC (not verified) Wed, 05/02/2012 - 20:52

Love the fact that you made all the sound effects Japanese characters!


Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Thu, 05/03/2012 - 02:18


Can we see the Mass Effect

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Thu, 05/03/2012 - 02:39

Can we see the Mass Effect art?

On my 12 hour flights, I

Comment by Zipadeedoodah (not verified) Thu, 05/03/2012 - 02:59

On my 12 hour flights, I either mess about on my phone the entire time playing games, reading, and/or watching shows I downloaded (huzzah portable battery pack for an extra charge) since I don't have a laptop/tablet or I take a double shot of melatonin and am just out of it.

And at least you're small! Flying while you're even slightly above average height is uncomfortable. Flying as one of those giants who are 6'5" or higher must be hell.

I'm 6'4" and It's not the

Comment by Sethar (not verified) Thu, 05/03/2012 - 10:01

I'm 6'4" and It's not the height that's the problem, it's having zero leg space and my knees cramping up so I have to stretch them in my friends leg space.

Me again from 2 posts up.

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Thu, 05/03/2012 - 03:15

Me again from 2 posts up. Internet has been down, working my way backwards through the archives. Ignore that post.

btw Garrus & Tali are the best

So... why didn't you

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Thu, 05/03/2012 - 16:27

So... why didn't you practice with your dad?

I know those feels bro

Comment by typing (not verified) Fri, 05/04/2012 - 10:13

Guh yeah that 13 hour flight here is bloody hell on wings. I can never sleep on a plane, too dry, too noisy.
My last flight back wasn't so bad, read the entire Hunger Games trilogy. That was probably the best airport purchase I've ever made.

test apple

Comment by test apple (not verified) Sat, 04/06/2013 - 20:11

hello very nice to meet you. i am new here. see you.

I know this isn't exactly

Comment by Beryl (not verified) Sat, 05/25/2013 - 23:46

I know this isn't exactly relevant anymore, but I dislike that game. Greatly.
Not only does it have quite a bit of inacurrate information, it also went too fast on many concepts (not everything should be playing games to temporarily memorize vocabulary.) I'd recommend Japanese From Zero for the future...