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05:53 am: Monday brought to you by the phrase "all you can eat"...
After the typhoon rolled through, temperatures shot up to the high 90s, so we mostly stayed indoors in my single air conditioned room. By Monday, we thought it would be a good idea to go out and do something.

For lunch we went out to the Lala Port department store, where we ate at a buffet restaurant that opened recently (and by "recently," I mean "some time in the past year or so") called Moby Dick. This restaurant uses vegetables grown in Shiga, and uses fresh vegetables that are in season to make a wide variety of dishes of both Japanese and Western style (though mostly Japanese). Since they only use things in season, the menu changes throughout the year. I had never eaten there before, but I knew they would at least have salad, so we tried it. For a flat fee, you can stay 90 minutes on the weekend/holidays or as long as you like on weekdays and eat as much as you want. There were so many vegetarian offerings, I was full just from taking small samples of a few of them. Everything I tried was delicious.

We took a nap in the afternoon so that we could stay awake long enough to watch a "late show" movie.

In the evening, we went to Kusatsu and got tickets for the Transformers movie, then went out to eat while we waited for the start time. (The tickets are all reserved seating, so I wanted to make sure we got there early.) We ate at a place called Baby Face Cafe, where we ordered the fondue set for two. We couldn't even finish all the food that came with it. Then we saw the movie, which was really funny to me, though of course the rest of the Japanese audience was silent through the whole thing.

Aside from that adventure, we spent most of the weekend playing Warcraft. megory's blood elf paladin (played mostly by me since level ~18 when the enemies started to get "too scary") has reached level 22. megory had her first experience of trying to group with a random stranger to complete a quest. We grouped with a hunter who only used his bow for pulling and then would run up to melee the enemy. When I (as the one with lots of armor and a shield) would try to tank something, the hunter "helped" by pulling the enemies off me to melee them. That strategy didn't work so well. Neither did pulling new groups of mobs before I had finished drinking to refill my mana. megory thought I should stop and teach the hunter all the things necessary to know about group play, but at least we got through "you would do more damage if you used your bow," "don't pull before everyone is finished drinking," and "focus fire on what I'm fighting."

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From:devimustang0929
Date:August 7th, 2007 09:32 pm (UTC)
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ah, newbies.... I have so far still remained successful at staying beyond the call of WoW. I know I tend to get addicted to some games, but this one puts it on a whole new level.

Anyway, what did you think of Transformers? I saw it a few weeks ago. I was expecting it to be corny mostly, but I was rather pleasantly surprised. I did indeed like it a lot. It floored me that Hugo Weaving voiced Megatron, but I did not discover that until I saw the credits. *shrugs*

In your experience, is the silence of the Japanese movie-goers typical or perhaps exemplary of the differences in the way we view movies and they view movies? Seems like an interesting bit of cultural studies....
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:August 8th, 2007 01:34 am (UTC)
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Anyway, what did you think of Transformers?

I melted into a puddle of quivering fangirly goo at hearing Optimus Prime's voice. I also thought it had a good dose of humor, and the action was non-stop.

I do have a few quibbles with it. The biggest problem is that Bumblebee shouldn't be a Camaro. Bleah. Several of the others were turned into the wrong type of vehicle as well, not to mention being the wrong colors. That made it hard for me to tell them apart.

In your experience, is the silence of the Japanese movie-goers typical or perhaps exemplary of the differences in the way we view movies and they view movies?

Japanese audiences are generally very quiet. I have sometimes heard them laugh, but not often.

One other difference is that Japanese movie-goers would never DREAM of standing up during the credits. They all remain seated and silent until the credits are completely over and the theater lights come back on.
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