Monday, 30 November 2009

Grrrr, had crashed overnight

Sunday is usually a bad day for SL connectivity. Nothing there this morning so lost any chat that had happened. Very irksome...

Sunday, 29 November 2009

New imotou - Mameha chan

I have a new imotou, Mameha chan. Very keen to do well as a second Life Geisha...

Saturday, 28 November 2009

HP chan has her san san...

Yoshiwara Yay, HP chan is now a maiko at Little Yoshiwara. Her new maiko name is "Ichimaru". Was a very nice ceremony, with musume Yoneyu playing the grand oneesan.

Friday, 27 November 2009

Dante chan to do her tea ceremony

Two in 3 days! My little sisters are stepping up their push for promotion...

Thursday, 26 November 2009

Geo sama was online

Long time no see. Geo sama is at his sister's house for thanksgiving so has Internet access. Nice to catch up with news...

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Yay, HP chan has done her tea ceremony

Yay, HP chan has done her tea ceremony this evening. An excellent job. Astui chan was there as well. Had to relog half way through as the graphics messed up - see the picture with all the triangles. Now HP can do her misedashi and become a maiko with a new name...

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Yay, sold some geta

First sale for almost 2 months... 25$L into the coffers so I won't be getting fat!

Monday, 23 November 2009

Saturday, 21 November 2009

Going to a real life Japanese bazaar today

Off to Petersfield this afternoon for a Japanese Bazaar.
Here's the info from the organiser's web site:

A group of Japanese parents, living and working in the surrounding area, have recently moved their Japanese study group to Petersfield Community Centre. Known as “Kowasabi”, the group is organising a Japanese fun day from 1.30pm to 4.30pm on Saturday, 21st November at the Petersfield Community Centre in Love Lane.
The main purpose of the event is to raise some funds to support the school, whilst inviting other adults and children to come and learn about Japanese culture through hands-on activities. Authentic Japanese momentos and books printed in Japanese will be on sale, with the opportunity to have a go at crafts such as calligraphy and origami. There will be a chance for kids and adults alike to don Japanese costume, so you are advised to bring your own camera to capture the moment.
Kowasabi is a group of Japanese parents, married to British partners, with Anglo-Japanese children. It started in South Harting about 12 years ago and moved to Petersfield in September. One of the parents explains: 'It is a kiddies' Japanese study group, organised by Japanese parents. We would like to pass on our culture to our kids, as well as the language. That's why we started this group.' Indeed the children are bilingual in both English and Japanese, although some need persuading that Japanese is something that they really have to learn!
Kowasabi was chosen as a name because it is a play on 'wabi-sabi', a Japanese phrase about the country’s culture of beauty and simplicity, with Ko referring to little children.

Friday, 20 November 2009

Hosoi misedashi tonight

A 1 p.m. SL time there's a misedashi ceremony. Will try to make it...

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Okaasan is back

A campus virus knocked her system out for a couple of days....

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Show was spot on an hour...

Threw together a show at the last minute. masumi san did stream music and dance hud. HP chan and me did ghost stories. Atsui helped out dancing. Yoneyu was at work so we were scraping the barrel. Dance hud is nice...

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Talk was terrific

Finished my talk with just 3 minutes to go for questions. Got through 75 slides in just under an hour, phew. Will offer the talk to the University and the Church...

Monday, 16 November 2009

Give my talk tomorrow

Tomorrow I give a real life lecture on the book 1421... I have over 100 powerpoint slides!

Sunday, 15 November 2009

Geisha show was a smooth one...

The them was famous Geisha, I talked about the novel Rivalry, featuring Geisha Komayo.

Saturday, 14 November 2009

Moved shops

Yay, we're nearer the stage so might get a bit more traffic. Have moved in. Will tell about the novel "Rivalry" at the show today. Have edited HP's talk...

Friday, 13 November 2009

Need a story on Geisha Komayo for tomorrow

The show tomorrow is on famous geisha. Has to be Komayo for me...

Thursday, 12 November 2009

Show went well for me... but the linden bugs struck poor Akemi chan

Last minutes call-up due to a change of director and I managed to knock out a forbidden love story in a few minutes.

Poor Akemi chan kept crashing. I offered a second story but we managed with just the 2...

And here's another love story that hit my reader this morning...


A farmer had several puppies he needed to sell. He painted a sign advertising the four puppies, and set about nailing it to a post on the edge of his yard. As he was driving the last nail into the post, he felt a tug on his overalls. He looked down into the eyes of a little boy. "Mister," the little boy said, "I want to buy one of your puppies."

"Well," said the farmer, as he rubbed the sweat of the back of his neck, "These puppies come from fine parents and cost a good deal of money."

The boy dropped his head for a moment. Then reaching deep into his pocket, he pulled out a handful of change and held it up to the farmer. "I've got thirty-nine cents. Is that enough to take a look?"

"Sure," said the farmer. And with that he let out a whistle. "Here, Dolly!" he called. Out from the doghouse and down the driveway ran Dolly followed by four little balls of fur. The little boy pressed his face against the chain link fence. His eyes danced with delight. As the dogs made their way to the fence, the little boy noticed something else stirring inside the doghouse.

Slowly another little ball appeared, this one noticeably smaller. Down the ramp it slid. Then in a somewhat awkward manner, the little pup began hobbling toward the others, doing its best to catch up. "I want that one," the little boy said, pointing to the runt.

The farmer knelt down at the boy's side and said, "Son, you don't want that puppy. He will never be able to run and play with you like these other dogs would."

With that the little boy stepped back from the fence, reached down, and began rolling up one leg of his trousers. In doing so he revealed a steel brace that was running down both sides of his leg and was attached to a specially made shoe. Looking back up at the farmer, the little boy said, "You see sir, I don't run too well myself, and he will need someone who understands." With tears in his eyes, the farmer reached down and picked up the little pup. Holding it carefully he handed it to the little boy. "How much?" asked the little boy.

"No charge," answered the farmer, "There's no charge for love."

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

New geisha skin from AI...

New skin from the shop opposite our little shop. On sale at 50$L for a few days...

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

SL kokeshi

Here's a first stab at a kokeshi. Needs a bit of refinement!!!

Monday, 9 November 2009

New kokeshi group

I created a new group at the secondhanamachi site for kokeshi related things. Am starting a collection in 1st life and will make some in Second Life.

Sunday, 8 November 2009

Meiji show pics

Informational talks at this show. Small crowd. There was a horse race after the show. Geisha were all last this year! Horse riding club members came and cleaned up...

Saturday, 7 November 2009

Ready in red for the meiji show

I'll be performing a piece on Meiji literature in the show tonight...

Friday, 6 November 2009

Scary story pics

I'm in the Saturday show on meiji period...

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

2nd backup for scary story

Looks like I get an early bath as I'm second backup. Will have to keep my scary story on ice for another week...

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

back but busy...

Back to base but need a while to sort stuff out. Might see if there's a slot on the Wednesday show...