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05:15 pm: The die is cast
It took me all morning, plus an entire ink cartridge and then some, but I finally got the manuscript and required five-page summary printed out, bound, and mailed off. Now it's up to the judges. The contest rules say that the winners will officially be announced in mid-July, so I have a long wait before I find out anything.

While I was at the post office, I discovered that Richard Gere starred in a remake of the Japanese movie Shall We Dance?. (There were little card-sized calendars advertising it, and the post office guy--knowing I'm an Oda Yuuji fan because I asked about his poster--figured I must also be a Richard Gere fan and handed me one.) Why did no one tell me about this? It's going to be playing here starting Golden Week (end of April). I'm interested in finding out what an American take on the movie will be.

After that, since I was out, I stopped at the home goods store and bought a basket big enough to hold a kerosene can and attached it to my bike. At the store, I found that their garden department carries logs you can buy to grow your own shiitake mushrooms. I am constantly amazed by the products they have here.

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From:kaitou1412
Date:January 4th, 2005 03:34 am (UTC)
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Personally I liked the remake. It made some changes, it's a Hollywood movie, and that's apparently part of the rules. So it ups the romance between him and his wife. Which I didn't mind, that part felt flat to me in Japanese. But for the most part I thought it was pretty faithful, it even left in the wig jokes! I'll probably end up buying both versions when they come out on Region 1 DVD in February.
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From:nitasee
Date:January 4th, 2005 07:04 am (UTC)
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I've been wondering, what is Golden Week? What does it celebrate?

I found that their garden department carries logs you can buy to grow your own shiitake mushrooms

This idea amuses me no end. Semi-unrelated, I've discovered that Annie's [brand] makes a shiitake vinegarette dressing. It's now my favourite.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:January 4th, 2005 12:34 pm (UTC)
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I've been wondering, what is Golden Week? What does it celebrate?

Golden Week is not, technically, a holiday in and of itself. It's just a name for a period of time in which there coincidentally happens to be five holidays in rapid succession.

April 29th--Green Day
May 3rd--Constitution Day
May 4th--National Holiday (Random day off because no one would work anyway)
May 5th--Children's Day
And there's generally a Sunday in there somewhere.

Many people take off the time between Green Day and Constitution Day because, hey, who feels like interrupting a long holiday to go to work? Or, as I believe melf42 once put it, "Yeah, we all know you're calling in sick from Okinawa."
From:mangaroo
Date:January 5th, 2005 05:16 am (UTC)
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I finally got the manuscript and required five-page summary printed out, bound, and mailed off

YAY! Is it July yet?
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:January 5th, 2005 12:39 pm (UTC)
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Don't I wish. <sigh>

I suspect that they notify the competitors about their status before the official announcement. However, I'm doubtful that they'll do it early enough that I could submit another copy to the White Heart contest (which I believe is in May) if I don't make the cut.
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