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05 March 2015 @ 01:45 am
I've gone sort of local in my newest MA pursuit. I figured Japanese mentality is not necessarily an asset in street fight, so I choose a system originally developed in 30's Czechoslovakia (though at the top level now practised in Israel).
The first discovery: women's locker rooms. There is no such thing, never was, never will be, apparently. I'm not even surprised anymore. XD
What is surprising, and a bit depressing too, is how everything that's been drilled into my body seems completely useless. My kamae is wrong, my ashi-sabaki sucks, my sense of distance is off without the swordlength to measure it by. And no, I can't even hold a blade properly.
Another discovery: I am slightly perplexed with nothing to hide behind, no niceties, no reiho, no onegai and arigato, no veneer of civility. Here is just methodical brutality, concentrating on maximum damage with minimum effort. The 'minimal' part should be appealing, but boy... well, at least for today I managed not to get my fingers broken and not to break any. Which is probably a feat by itself. :D
Current Music: The All Seeing I - The Beat Goes On
skin in the way
12 June 2012 @ 02:28 am
So this was the plan:
I take a nice walk across the sunlit evening city, down to the local dojo, peek a bit through the door to see their training style (and pace), then talk to sensei about the conditions under which I could join time to time, just go easy and slow from the beginning. Then I take a longer way back, think it over, take in the yet unfamiliar streets and get home just on time to put the critter to bed.

And this how it really went:
The first kirikaeshi was the last time my silk blouse held in one piece, gradually all of its seams gave way. Then my hair ribbon, then my bra. An hour later, the blistered skin of my palm and toe followed. In the night I crawled my way back home, barely able to keep balance on the heels, my mind stuck on musings about muscle fever. Three or four passer-bys gave me really weird look, probably suspecting I had been assaulted.
By all means, they were right, except we prefer to call it "martial sport". XD
Current Music: Media Luna - Deep Forest
skin in the way
16 August 2011 @ 12:20 am
Today I went to a park and got yelled at by a squirrel. Again.

skin in the way
12 June 2011 @ 02:21 am
It's been a really long time since last I posted anything here. In terms of fannish stuff, my life sucks so much that I can hardly find enough free time to catch up on recent mirage translations. But since a couple weeks ago, my schedule has been getting a bit looser, so hopefully I'll be able to finish the two mirage projects that have been sitting on my HD forever. (And that I promised to do more times than I can remember, how pathetic.)
I am also considering dropping my LJ altogether after that. It looks like I have arrived at a point in my life where I would actually enjoy keeping a kind of normal, everyday-stuff journal. And because I have this fixed idea of my LJ mostly serving to keep contact with mirage fandom, it just doesn't feel like the right place for random life-related blogging. XD
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17 January 2011 @ 03:05 pm
I've always known Mirage rocks, but now it's official it rocks *progressively*! XD

And huh, to think that I've had Sex and Religion (the album) for more than ten years and only now noticed how Still My Bleeding Heart is a perfect Naotaka song...well, at least I was aware that it isn't right what Naoe does in his dreams with Kagetora... XDD



A child to a boy, from a boy to a man
Pride growing stronger, reaching his victories
He speaks no lies, he fights his cause
He judges not the scavengers that persecute humanity

Fate does call and the sickness falls, lights of life dim down
Fear like an alien comes to view, but with words like the mountains

I'll die like a soldier in your arms, my will enduring till the pain is gone
Then he looked into his lover's eyes and he cried
In the name of love, still my bleeding heart
For the love of god, still my bleeding heart

His chin he held high, and the courage in his voice
Was like the burning of the sun, but like the breath of an angel
How could this be, I had to scream
Why this innocent young boy, must suffer so helplessly?

But who am I to challenge god
In the ways of the world, remain divine mystery
I crumble down on my hands and knees
While his words fill the air, as he looks into his destiny

I'll die like a soldier in your arms, and I will be brave so you can be strong
And then he looked into his lover's eyes and he cried
In the name of love, still my bleeding heart
For the love of god, still my bleeding heart

And he died like a soldier in his lover's arms
Brave as a hero in a blood red war
And his final words as he reached for the stars

In the name of love, still my bleeding heart
Be well my love, still my bleeding heart
In the name of love, still my bleeding heart
For the love of god, still my bleeding heart

One day I'm going to make a proper list of songs that I connect with Mirage in some way, if only for the purpose of having all my songfic inspirations at one place.
Current Music: Sex and Religion
skin in the way
11 January 2011 @ 12:30 am

Photos from Miratour 2009:Gas station nearby Takaya's high school in Matsumoto. This must be the one where Takaya did his part time job. XD
I mean, Naoe, the kid is trying to tell you something...

For Extrara: "lube" znamená mazivo všeobecně, takže od osobních lubrikantů přes technická maziva na bázi olejů, po vazelíny a grafitový prach. Tady nejspíš nabádají k doplnění oleje do motoru :)
Current Mood: nostalgicnostalgic
Current Music: The Killers - Human
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01 November 2010 @ 12:48 am
I think Onitsuka Chihiro is becoming my no.1 Japanese mirage songwriter :)
I have been re-reading some parts of vol. 11, 12 and bits of Karin arc, when I realized her Infection has got a lot of the feel and imagery of the Hagi incident - so many things going into pieces at that point, some to never really recover. I am still rather torn about whose POV it gives. Which only gets to show how messy and blurred Naotaka have become in my head lately. They truly are becoming one, and it makes me wonder just how far from the edge of a classified madness would Naoetora walk in that 'ideal way of existence' of theirs?


Music, lyrics: Onitsuka Chihiro
Lyrics translation: Teresa Ko (?)

‘Somehow, I have to answer back,'
With that, my tongue grows thick with weeds
A shadow passes through one more person's heart
And strips off his mask

In the night
I sit down as if I'm dead

An explosion has ripped apart
The shattered fragments of my heart
And although now all I see
Are glittering lights all around me
When, I wonder,
did I become this weak?

My legs are cramped, but
Pretending not to notice, I go on
This foolish disease of mine
Seems only to get worse and worse

In the night
I realize this infection

An explosion has ripped apart
The shattered fragments of my heart
And although now all I see
Are glittering lights all around me
When, I wonder,
did I become this weak?

Growing more and more to fear
Every little fever that comes along
I may have little chance
But, still, I must wake up

An explosion has ripped apart
The shattered fragments of my heart
And although now all I see
Are glittering lights all around me
When, I wonder,
did I become this weak?

An explosion has ripped apart
the shattered fragments of my heart
Fragments... fragments... all around me
When, I wonder
did I become
this weak?

Note: In the original English line "And strips off her mask" I changed the grammatical gender in order for it to fit mirage better.
Japanese and romanized transcription can be found at:

skin in the way
24 January 2010 @ 12:12 pm
Meme from Twilight-san :)

Using only song names from ONE ARTIST, cleverly answer these questions. You can't use the band I used. Try not to repeat a song title. It's a lot harder than you think! Repost as "my life according to (band name)".

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Current Mood: amusedamused
Current Music: SwissGroove webradio
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I can’t believe it’s been almost a year since my friend and I first started thinking about making a MoB trip around Japan. And now at last, despite a bit economically harder times, we got through with it and I am really happy for that.

The main mirage places we visited mostly deserve an entry of their own, but here is a brief summary of our trip first:
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22 April 2009 @ 10:00 am
I survived Mira tour 09!! XDD
And it was pretty much all I had wished for. :)
I returned home just few hours ago and I must admit that after fourteen days of travelling from place to place, I am a bit tired, but the trip was totally worth it. For those interested, I will be posting about our adventures, of course including photos of all mirage sights we visited.