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Pilot Pikachu!
Ah, I meant to make a bigger post about this trip but it will have to wait, as I've got a lot to get done my last few days here in Osaka!

However, I wanted to post to offer up my extra pilot Pikachu plush! They are exclusive to the Kansai Airport's Pokemon Store, though there is another version exclusive to Chitose Airport in Hokkaido. (However, none are available at the Pokemon Centers!)

While I am still in Japan, I'm asking $35 shipped for them. Shipping within the US will be somewhat cheaper (so probably $29 or so total), but I wouldn't be able to ship them until August. Thanks to USPS international postage hikes, shipping from the US to anywhere else (even Canada) is now more expensive than shipping from Japan.

Here he is, in his little jacket and tie!


I have several available, just comment to claim :)

Osaka PokeCen Tournament
Cute Eyes 2
Long time, no post! I went to a Pokemon tournament today, and I wanted to write up what happened both for myself, and for anyone else who may be interested in what a Japanese Pokemon tournament is like.

The rules were posted online, and were basically:

1) Single battle, 3 vs 3.
2) You can only use one of: Xerneas, Yveltal, Zygarde, and Mewtwo.
3) You can also use the event Darkrai (given out with this year's movie ticket)
4) You MUST use one of the PC giveaway Mega Pokemon. These were Kangaskhan, Scizor, Gyarados, Gengar, Tyranitar, and Mawile. They had to be holding their Mega stone, but did not have to Mega Evolve during the battle.
5) Your Pokemon must either be in the Kalos dex, or brought over from a past Pokemon game.
6) Pokemon are leveled down to 50, no duplicate items or Pokemon, etc.

I couldn't find clarification on a few rules until today, so unfortunately I wasn't able to prepare much. Rule 1 was not 6-choose-3, as I had hoped, but 3-choose-all. From Rule 4, you had to use an actual ribboned event one of those Pokemon, which meant I had to choose between Gengar and Tyranitar, because I didn't have Mawile yet and I didn't arrive in Japan early enough to get the others. I had a nice Mewtwo from FRLG, but apparently it had to be an XY Mewtwo, so I wasn't able to use it. Also, I wondered about the loophole in Rule 5, but past ubers like Dialga were not allowed.

The tournament started when the Center opened at 10 am, and ran until 2 PM. I arrived about 10 minutes after 10, and there was (of course) still a long line to get registered.

Here is how the tournament worked:
There were about 6-8 tables for 4 people each, so there could only be something like 12-16 battles going on at a time. (Presumably you could also battle in line, but it wouldn't count towards the tournament.) While you were in line, one of the staff would come check your Battle Box to make sure your team was valid for the tournament. They were checking OTs and ribbons too, so a Gyarados I'd bred myself wouldn't have been valid. Once your team was checked, you were supposed to close your DS so you couldn't change anything. When you were at the front of the line and a space freed up, the staff would direct you to your table.

The tables had no chairs, but were not at an adult standing height (maybe 2 1/2 feet off the ground?) so unless you were a little kid, you had to either kneel or crouch. Then you and your opponent connected games and off you went!

I had assumed that since people were able to bring 2 legendaries (Darkrai and someone else) all the top-level players would have them, that wasn't the case. My first opponent actually had only a Zapdos for legendary Pokemon. I was glad to see I wasn't losing out for not having access to a Xerneas, and it ended up that none of the people I battled had one, although I did see people battling with them while I was in line. (Xerneas has type advantage over Yveltal, Darkrai, and Zygarde, so I assumed they'd be the most prevalent uber.)

After the battle, someone (usually the winner) would raise their hand, and a staff would come over, confirm who won, and stamp the winner's sheet. The winner stayed at the table to play another game, and the loser had to leave the tables. The loser could get back in line, but it took about an hour to get to play again, so in a four hour tournament it's a pretty big penalty. This is why I only got to battle 3 times (and lost all of them, doh). I may have been able to get in one more, but I hadn't eaten much that day and I didn't think I had very good chances, so I left at about 1 to get some lunch.

A little after 2 pm, they gathered the players together to determine the winners. This was done by asking the crowd, "Who has more than 15 stamps?" and so on. There were only 20 spots per sheet, so some of the winners actually had two sheets! If I remember right, the top 4 players had 27, 25, 18, and 15. There were two players with 15 stamps, so how did they break the tie? A deathmatch battle? Nope, they had them play rock-paper-scissors. Yep, their luck in a single game of rock paper scissors determined who would get a medal and advance to the next stage.

After I finished battling, I wandered the PC a bit, and was pleased to find that not only had they stocked the Hydreigon DX Kid (which I didn't have yet), but they'd also restocked the Mega Lucario plush, who was previously sold out both at the Center and on Amazon. I'd decided I wanted one (before seeing that they were sold out), and Lucario was also my Mega of choice during the tournament, so it was a neat souvenir for the day of the tournament. I took a photo of him with the tournament sign too - would liked to have had one of myself holding him next to it, but the staff were all busy getting ready to announce the winners...anyway, he'll help me remember the tournament!


I also got a special sticker just for participating. I lucked out and happened to get an awesome Mega Pokemon!


On the way back, I checked out the progress on my newly-started Pokemon streetpass game. It showed a max of 99 streetpasses...I wonder how many there really were?


Anyway, I'm here in the Osaka area for another week or so, then I head back to Tokyo! It's been a lot of fun visiting here and I have more appreciation for Kansai now, but I will be happy to see friends again :D
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Stream Tonight!
! Jolteon
I just picked up my grail from the post office! \o/

I will be doing a box stream tonight at 10 pm EST, since I want to give more people a chance to watch and chat :) Ustream, not Livestream, is the one that doesn't have ads cutting into the video, right? If they both do that, I will probably switch to Livestream since I've used it before, but anyway, here's the link!

See you then! :D

Happy day!!
Dialga Pokedolls!
Guys guys!!

After a long week of watching and waiting,

I won my grail Dialga plush!!

Dialga Lottery Giant Banpresto Plush

He seems to be in great condition, and even has his lotto tag! (Phew, no more worries about finding one that some kid had worn and abused for years before shoving in a closet!)

I will of course be making a post and talking about him lots more when he gets here, but for now, I am doing a bit of reorganizing of my Dialgas and dusting to prepare for photos.

After so long, it's a bit jarring to not have his photo at the top of my wanted list...

I'm so excited for him to get here!! :D


The results are in...
I have a longer entry I want to write about Japan and Fest and all, but before that I want to share the news I just got...

I passed the JLPT N1!

I took the test in 2012 and narrowly missed, so I took it again last December. I felt much better about it this time (that is, I didn't want to baww into NOR or a pillow) and since it was a narrow miss last time, I hoped that a summer of study in Japan and a fair amount of reading/anime/reviewing would make the difference. Apparently it was enough!

For those that don't know, the JLPT is the Japanese Language Proficiency Test, and there are 5 ranks, with the 1 being the hardest. NOR took the 2 in 2012 and passed when I first took the 1. I've only taken the 1 (twice now) so I don't know about the other ranks, but for me, it was a grueling, super stressful 3 hour endeavor >_< It's broken into 3 sections: Kanji/Grammar, Reading, and Listening, and the Reading section was what got me the first time - even after taking multiple practice tests, I didn't expect there to be so much text to get through, and I didn't even get to the end of the questions. I still can't read as fast as I'd like, but I guess all that game playing and reading helped me out!

For now, back to work...though we'll be having some celebratory sushi this weekend! :D
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Eevee Friends Figures?
! Jolteon
Hey everyone! I've been pretty busy lately, but I'm just popping on here to see if any of you are interested in claiming some of the new Eevee Friends figures. I just bought a set on Sunyshore, but I only want the Jolteon.

Bandai Eevees Friends Figure Set

They are approximately Tomy MC size, which is a bit larger than I expected!

I don't have them on hand yet, but I'd like to take claims ahead of time so that I'll know what to expect when I get them in. No payment due until they arrive at my house, and shipping shouldn't be much as they're just small figures (whatever it usually costs to send a little figure from the US these days).

Eevee $6:
Espeon $8:
Sylveon $10:
Leafeon $10:
Flareon $10:
Umbreon $10:
Vaporeon $10:
Jolteon: Me!
Glaceon $6:
Pikachu $1:

Thanks guys! :)

PS: I'm a little behind on new Jolteon, so if you have any spare Jolteon items from recent sets, I'd be glad to arrange a trade or a straight buy!

Today's adventure
Kyouko Eating
I was going to just post a photo or something on Twitter about this, but there's enough that I wanted to talk about it that it makes more sense to me to just make a full post!

Today, I went with my sister Lauren and her boyfriend Erick to Ueno Zoo. It was lots of fun! But that's not what this entry is about.

On the way back from Ueno, I had a derp moment and got us on the train going the wrong way. The train was a loop, so we'd get back eventually, and we had seats so none of us really cared that we were going to be on the train an extra 20-30 minutes. As the train went on, I noted that hey, Shinjuku is on this side. We were going to go there for the Capcom cafe on Saturday or Sunday, but they're open now and we're passing right by it, and we haven't eaten much recently, so why not stop by?

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Dialga Pokedolls!
I don't usually post things like this but
I just cannot handle it!

Dialga Megalo Cannon Japanese TCG

Dialga Megalo Cannon Japanese TCG


Dialga Megalo Cannon Japanese TCG

I have been waiting for allll of Gen5 for a Dialga full art, after Giratina got one some time ago. And it's finally out, and it's so beautiful!!

There are several up on YJ right now, but the set juuuust came out - it might not even be officially out yet and those are just leaked ones - so I'm forcing myself to wait at least a few days, and snag some with BINs. The full art I will definitely be buying on YJ since it's a UR, but the EX I could probably get in some comm sales posts from people buying boxes, if it's not too rare?

The Pokemon I collect have gotten bunches of new cards, and my reaction is usually just "oh that's cute/cool! I'll have to pick it up eventually." I still haven't even bothered to get the 3dix shiny card yet. But seeing these Dialga reminds me of how exciting collecting should be! I can't wait to get them in hand, ooh over their glossiness in person, and get them added to my site...

Thanks to collectorviper for the info!

Off on vacation!
Jolteon/Dialga Pokedolls

Just posting a quick note as an FYI - I'm on vacation in Wisconsin and will be away until about Jan 5th or so. I'll likely have spotty access to Internet (being in a basement with no wifi) but if you need to contact me, email or Twitter is best.

Have a happy new year, everyone!

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Lang 8 Post
Jolteon/Dialga Pokedolls
Here's another post, about Christmas plans. It might sound a bit depressing but that really isn't how I mean it ^_^; And NOR, this is not supposed to make you feel guilty, so don't! As long as I get my pumpkin pie.

クリスマスの予定 Plans for Christmas

クリスマスはすぐ来ていますね。Christmas is coming soon, isn't it? でも、予定は特にありません。I don't really have any special plans, though.

子供の頃、クリスマスを是非楽しみにしていました。When I was a kid/child, I really looked forward to Christmas. クリスマスツリーを家に置いたり、クリスマスっぽいの物で部屋を飾ったり、欲しいなプレゼントのリストを書いたりしました。We'd put up a Christmas tree, decorate the house with Christmas themed things, and make lists of the presents we wanted. でも、今家族に子供はもういません。But now, there aren't any children in our family anymore (since we have grown up and none of us have our own children yet). 大人は殆どの欲しがる物を自分で購入しますから、プレゼントを選ぶのが難しいです。Since adults generally buy things that they want themselves, it's hard to choose presents for them. 子供だったらお菓子さえ買えないので、喜ばせるのは簡単ですね。Children can't even buy their own candy, so they're easily pleased with gifts.

大抵の人は家族と会いますが、私が距離で家族から離れています。Many people meet up with family for Christmas, but I live pretty far away from mine. 一番近い家族は姉ですが、それでも飛行機での旅行です。I live closest to my sister, but even that requires a trip by plane. 先月感謝祭で集めましたから、皆は「今月は会えなくていい」と思うようです。Since my family met up for Thanksgiving last month, it seems like everyone thinks "Well, we don't need to meet up this month too". 長旅はお金を掛けて、仕事から休日もいるから、仕方ないですね。Long trips cost money and require vacation time from work, so I guess it can't be helped.

多分、私と婚約者は家で静かな一時を過ごします。My fiancee and I will probably spend some quiet time at home together (on Christmas). ゲームを遊んだり、テレビで映画を観たり、パイを食べたりします。We'll play video games, watch a movie on the TV, and eat some pie. どうぶつの森の住人たちはクリスマスの事を大変楽しみにしているようですから、たぶんそのゲームも遊びます。The villagers in Animal Crossing (US title) seem to be really excited about Christmas, so I'll probably play that too (since there were be special events for the holiday). 実の人よりゲームの人にプレゼントを上げるはちょっと変ですね。It's a bit weird to be paying more attention to presents for game characters than real people, isn't it... 家族の皆はクリスマスプレゼントのことを諦めたようですので、もう交換しないんです。Everyone in my family seems to have given up on exchanging Christmas presents with each other, so we don't do it anymore.

クリスマスケーキとクリスマスチッキンは日本に流行するそうですが、アメリカでそんな物が全然ありません。I've heard that Christmas Cake and Christmas Chicken are really popular in Japan, but we don't have either of those things here in America. でも、クリスマス音楽は大抵の店や家で聞かれています。But, you can hear Christmas music in nearly every store and home. 日本にクリスマス音楽も流行しますか? Is Christmas music popular in Japan too?

皆さんはクリスマスの予定がありますか?Do you have any Christmas plans?

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