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07 October 2008 @ 09:22 am
Live Action Hakkenden  
Finally getting around to watching the live action Hakkenden drama I downloaded a while ago. My word the guy they've got playing Shinno is fetching! I kept staring at him thinking he looked familiar, then eventually figured out that he played Yoshitsune in the recent taiga drama. Yoshitsune was supposed to be very, very pretty and I always thought they did an excellent job picking the actor for him.

I've pondered for years doing an English language novel adaptation for Hakkenden. Perhaps this year (since I've got the time) I will do NaNiwRiMo and finally write it. Who knows? My mother wants me to do a Kyoto travel guide, and I had been originally planning on writing a text on Oda Nobunaga for her in English (since there's practically no books dedicated to him in English, and the only one I've been able to find is so dry that even I, who know a lot about the time period, have trouble reading through it. I think this a sad lack, since Oda Nobunaga was pretty darn cool.)

Oh, crud. Must run or I will be late to my HR debriefing. High ho, high ho, it's back to work I go. (For the moment.)
Cirdan: M-78 cloudscirdan_havens on October 8th, 2008 12:22 am (UTC)
Moon Travel Guides by Avalon Travel might be a good place to try. I hear they still make fair book contracts with authors too. Surprisingly enough, Japan looks like it's not covered yet. My main problem was that I didn't know any unique place. -_- :p But the person who did Mexico was at the Society of American Travel Writers Institute conference, and he mentioned that he started with Pacific Mexico then gradually ended up doing other books that focused on specific regions of Pacific Mexico. Might be a better route to take when trying to tackle Kyoto. And doable! (As much as I'd love to have you translate the travel guide to a Three Kingdoms tour, I figure that's got a lot less popularity here.)
Cirdan: M-78 cloudscirdan_havens on October 8th, 2008 12:36 am (UTC)
Yeah, you should totally do it! *tug tug* You've read enough tour books to know what you want to see and what frustrates you about them. An IniD tour book pitch didn't go over well (with Stone Bridge Press) but a more general Japan one would, I'm sure.
Sandpanthersandpanther on October 8th, 2008 04:02 am (UTC)
You actually did an IniD tour book pitch?!
Cirdancirdan_havens on October 8th, 2008 06:21 am (UTC)
*^_^* Just in case they felt like considering wacky things, but I assume the general Tokyo/Japan for anime/manga fans type book is more popular. You never know, right? And if they don't reply, meh, nothing lost. But manga is really big right now. Feel like considering a manga-centric tour book?
Cirdancirdan_havens on October 8th, 2008 06:29 am (UTC)
Surely all anime/manga fans want to see Tokyo Tower. :p And then they can cross off Eiffel Tower off their travel list too.
Sandpanthersandpanther on October 8th, 2008 04:01 am (UTC)
Ah, that is nifty, and very good to know! I'd always assumed the market was completely saturated for Japan travel books and thought I'd have to find something really obscure and unique to even get considered. Thanks for passing that on!

For Three Kingdoms... Well, first I don't have the travel guide. :P And second, I know next to nothing about the Three Kingdoms. I should fix this.
Cirdancirdan_havens on October 8th, 2008 06:17 am (UTC)
Ah, but you know things the other Japan travel books don't. :D

Getting it is easy enough. Reading it, well, that's another matter. A lot of war so not that interesting but it does feature the most famous genius of all times. There's always the shortcut of watching the movie Red Cliff but best to wait til Part 2 comes out.
Cirdancirdan_havens on October 9th, 2008 05:04 pm (UTC)
Want to meet this weekend? Or still getting over the shock and prefer to be alone?
Sandpanthersandpanther on October 9th, 2008 09:13 pm (UTC)
Sure, getting together this weekend sounds good. Not sure if I'm doing something Saturday, but Sunday's free. You?
Cirdancirdan_havens on October 9th, 2008 09:21 pm (UTC)
Works for me. Sat afternoonish or Sunday.
etoile.noiretoilenoir959 on October 10th, 2008 03:59 pm (UTC)
You're back in the working game already? Wow, that's fast.
Sandpanthersandpanther on October 10th, 2008 04:47 pm (UTC)
Oh, no. That was the HR debriefing for the last job. They didn't do it the same day they laid folks off, since most folks were kind of not in the right state to hear it then.