Two Things - JOURNEY TO THE REST AREA
Jun. 8th, 2008
09:55 pm - Two Things
THING #1: A Kazuya Minekura Signing That It's Still Possible To Get In On!
To commemorate the July 25 publication of "Salty Dog V," Kazuya Minekura will have a book signing at Animate Ikebukuro on August 3.
From May 28 to June 30, if you pre-pay for upcoming Minekura art book "Salty Dog V" at any Animate branch in Japan (except the shop in Tokushima, for some reason), you can get a special form to use to enter a drawing for a seiriken ticket to the signing. (You'll need to supply your own round-trip postcard to enter the drawing.)
To reserve the book at Animate, grab a bar-coded ticket from the pocket on the shop's "Salty Dog V" wall display (at the Akihabara shop, for example, there was a "Salty Dog V" wall display with ticket pocket on both the second and third floors), and take it to the cash register. After you pay the book's 2400-yen price and your Animate card has been scanned to connect your name and address with the reservation (if you don't have an Animate card, you'll need to fill out a reservation slip with at least your name and phone number), you'll be given the special form, which is stamped with the name and address of the Animate shop where you made the purchase. (If the staff person doesn't offer you the special form, be sure to ask for the seiriken; it actually isn't a seiriken, just the form to use to enter the drawing to try to get a seiriken, but that will remind them to give it to you.)
After you get the special form, fill it out and glue it to the half of the round-trip postcard that you'll send to the entry address listed on the form (it's also listed in the July 2008 ZERO-SUM; that page also appeared as Page 18 in the last RFB). The return half of your round-trip postcard should have your address, with the reverse side left blank. (The special form includes instructions on how to prepare your round-trip postcard.) All postcards must be received by July 7.
If your postcard is a winner, the second half of your round-trip postcard will be returned, printed as your seiriken ticket. If you lose, the second half of your round-trip postcard will be returned printed with a message from Kazuya Minekura (all will have an identical message, ZERO-SUM points out). Win or lose, the second half of your round-trip postcard will hit the mail to you starting July 14. Best of luck to everyone who enters!
THING #2: 'Journey to the REST' to Rest
The news is about to go up on Journey To The REST, but wanted to explain here first...
Things haven't improved here after life got turned upside-down in March; just been week after week of scraping bottom. And taking care of two elderly pets has chopped down my online time; the computer is in a structure at the top of a steep staircase, up on top of the store attached to the house, and blind, deaf Koji has come so close to getting hurt up here so many times, have got to keep him downstairs. Downstairs is almost entirely tatami-floored, and both pets keep having accidents (my fault; between work on weekdays and class in Tokyo on Sunday, I'm not there for most of the day six days a week, so they've gotten used to just going whenever they feel the need). So I've been spending most of my home time writing in notebooks at the kotatsu in the largest tatami room downstairs, keeping the animals in there with almost every inch of the floor papered with pet sheets. We all sack out together in there, too.
Getting through the day by day by day without my partner, and having to use my online time so carefully, it's been weighing on me just how much of my Saiyuki fan activity is ultimately just duplication of effort.
The JTTR news reporting has been embarrassingly dicey the past several months. I can only poke around online a couple evenings a week--and my timing has been crappy. News that didn't happen today is probably already up somewhere else, and reporting old news is a frustrating duplication of effort--so, lately, I just haven't done it. Which makes holes in the site's news chronology. Which brings its own brand of frustration.
And then there's RFB. Fun as the broadcasts are, TD'ing it takes time, and at the very least scans will be on LJ's saiyuki_manga within the month anyway.
My dad, who passed away at an early age, once told me, "Be sure to spend your time on something worth your time." Saiyuki is certainly that--but it's also got far more folks covering it now than when Journey To The REST started in October 2001.
And life is just plain too short for duplication of effort.
So, after some long thought, have ended most of my fan projects, and put what's left on hiatus until September (my partner should be here and settled in by then, and life will look a lot better). Everything Saiyuki-related is over as of today, except Journey To The REST; that site will be on hiatus until September, when Saiyuki Reload Gunstock will finish at long last. And that will probably be The End (unless I can think of something unique to do on the site--but again, the world of today is a much different place than 2001).
Saiyuki fans have plenty of other places to turn, so I can step away with my bucketful of Lake Saiyuki without leaving a hole in the water. And JTTR will be back in September for the conclusion of Saiyuki Reload Gunstock, complete with prizes (the latest addition to the pile is the commercial DVD of Axle's "Saiyuki" stage play!). Closer to the time to go back live again, I'll be e-mailing entrants and asking them for their top choices from a list of all the prizes, so that the winners and their chosen loot can be announced during Gunstock itself.
Until then, I'll be using the time to pursue some freelance work and try to improve my speaking ability.
Words can't begin to express how deeply grateful I am for all the time people put into reading and participating on Journey To The REST (and RFB), and the support that folks were kind enough to give. Thank you all so much--I really appreciate it! Maybe I'll get to see some of you at the Minekura signing in August (if I'm lucky enough to draw in...) or the "Saiyuki Kagekiden: Go to the West" musical in September--here's hoping! Otherwise, will be back with JTTR in September. Thank you so much again, and 'til next, please take care.