Today I met up with my new tandem - for the second time!
Which reminds me, I totally forgot to tell you about the first time. And how I even got to know her.
Okay let's start there, in short.
I was working, and since we didn't have anything to drink, I went downstairs to the supermarket and got a crate with drinks. I'd already seen her in the market itself, thought "hey, she looks Japanese." She happened to be the one in front of me in the queue. When the person before her went to pay, she pulled out her credit card a little, and I saw her name started with "Shizu", so I immediately reacted and asked her in Japanese, whether she was Japanese XP That always works.
She was so surprised! Hahah! Well, we talked just a little, and luckily, the cashier was a new guy [for some reason the people at that supermarket almost exceptionally are "new guys"] and was a little bit floored with the crate filled with different drinks, so it took a while. I found out that she also was searching for a tandem, so that was just great.
Also, she seemed pretty cool to me. Not one of those "whee cuuute" Japanese girls, but one of the cool kind.
Her name by the way, is beautiful. She's called Shizuka Hoshi, which could mean "calm star", but obviously her first name is written differently, so it's not that. Yet it sounds like it. I think it's beautiful. ;-;
So, about a week later, we met up to go to the zoo. We just went down to the subway, when she posed one of the first questions... if it wasn't even the very first question at me, ever.
She asked: "Do you have pets?"
So. My previous experiences with me, mentioning of my pet, and other Japanese people = IYAAAAA EEEEEEHHHHHHHHH AAAAAAH SO SCARY HOW COULD YOU EEEEWWWWW
... So I was being elusive. It went as follows:
Shizuka: So, do you have pets?
Me: Yes... Yes I do~
Shizuka: ... ... What kind of?
Me:... Uhhhhhhhh... *looks left*
Shizuka: ? [that beautiful face Japanese make when they wonder about something or don't understand]
Me: Uhhhhhhh *looks right* Well uhm you know [basically "aaahh anooo ettttooooo eehhhh anoooo", seriously]
Me: Uhm. *small voice* A ... snake? *expects the outbreak*
Shizuka: *outbreak* WAAAAAAHHHHHH
Me: (Uh oh there it goes)
Shizuka: SOOOOO COOOOOOOOOOL!!!!!!!
Me: ... ... uh~? oO
Shizuka: SOOO COOOOL! HAHAHAHA! From your reaction, I thought 'huh, maybe she's got a snake or something' hahahaha!
Me:... Eh... XD Seriously?
Shizuka: HAHAHA YEAH! Oh man.
Me: Uhm... eh... so you like snakes? oO
Shizuka: Yeah! They're SO CUTE! I've head one before...and a lizard *___*
Me: AAAAAAHHH SO GREAT!
Shizuka: What kind of snake do you have? I got a corn snake...
Me: *thinks of Otogi and grins* Aaahh cute! I don't know the name in Japanese, but a ball python?
Shizuka: OHHH yes, ball pythons! (same fucking name in Japanese XD) SO COOL!
Okay. She. Is. Fucking. COOL. Okay?
So we spent that day at the zoo, and it was great. She loves animals. We spent about six hours there. Orz. Obviously I didn't really know what to say here and there and she had the impression I understood everything she told me, while I thought "damn I should really keep my dictionary open at all times uhm okay I think maybe she meant this AHAHA urgh" but hey, 8D she never realized.
It was a great day! We decided afterwards that she'd want to meet my baby snake next time we meet up, meaning at my place.
However, she didn't feel good last Sunday, so we didn't meet up. Then I didn't really hear from her for about a week, when suddenly she wrote an email yesterday night whether it would be okay to meet up today noon.
Uh SURE! I just hadn't prepared nor cleaned yet or anything, and that would mean going to bed about "NOW" after I'd replied to the email, also, what is Japanese how do I words, fuuufufufu, but okay. So we did. Meet up.
Here goes the story of today.
Before she arrived, I was basically scurrying around, wondering what I should hide and what is okay for her to see. Like OH GODS is there any compromising stuff lying about openly and visible and SHIIIIIT woah, what about all the yaoi stuff OH GODS, uhm hahahahaha 8D what about the pairings on my walls and she doesn't even know I listen to underground iibiru rebellious demon music and
... okay whatever, fuck that, she'll just have to live with that shock.
So that was my resolution. After stowing away almost nothing [apart from one DVD that had some yuri-esque stuff on the cover HAH] and selecting only some of the less aggressive bands on my current playlist.
I collected her from the bus stop - she came one bus later, so I'd taken a little walk along the lake in the rain while waiting. Pretty ducks everywhere. We went back to my home, when I realized OH SHIT I should tell her at some point I like Visual Kei. I just... at some point I should. Because, uhm, I really didn't want to shock her that much.
We walked down between the trees... commented on some birds. Silence. We came closer to the houses... said this or that, or nothing, silence. Entered the house, got into the elevator. Pressed the button. Made some comment about the floor.
Then I realized.
Like. I have about twenty seconds.
Me: Oh hey, what kind of music do you like?
*elevator doors open*
Her: Uhmmm... Let's see uhm... VOCALOID and the such...
*at the housedoor*
Her: Hatsune Miku... and so on...
Me: Oh... so you like J-Pop and the such?
Her: Yes! I do!
Me: Ahhhhhh ... hahaha 8D Uhm I basically... don't listen to anything but Visual Kei 8D Just so you know and...
*key in door*
Me: Visual Kei.
Her: I LIKE VISUAL KEI TOO!
So we are like in my apartment, and the first thing she says about it is like "Oshareee"... stylish, sort of.
Then the funny things started happening.
~ She walked into the living room with shoes on. I wondered "eh, this is strange for a Japanese person... but maybe she missed the threshold and that's why she did that..."
~ Later when she wanted to use the bathroom, she took her shoes and asked whether she should put them on for using the bathroom. I almost laughed my ass off "Iyaa I never really know how you do things here..." aaahaha, no don't use your shoes XD
B) Snake things. Of course, snake things. She'd come with the purpose of doing snake things. I think we might have spent an hour or more of just petting ゆどか, giggling at him or mentioning how cuuuute he is, or how great of a feeling it is when he slithers around on you, and how wonderful snakes are. And so on. He also really liked her, pretty soon even. Well, she's good with snakes. :3 He still came back to me ever so gladly whenever I was close, like "moooommmyyy *panic*", ahaha, but he was pretty cool and non-shocked with her.
C) Youtube. Animals and youtube. Us watching animal videos on youtube. At least half an hour of little foxes, cats, jaguars, dogs, more foxes, and foxes again. We both want a fox. So bad.
D) Uhm... My "compromising" material lying about turned out to be different than what I thought would be. For example, hot sexy, vampire sort-of-yaoi "Vassalord". Her reaction: "Uwaaah, Vassalord! It's fu~n!" and "Ohhh, it's in Japanese? Cool~" Also "Aaaah, Gazette! I know them! I listen to them a bit.", and "oooh I wonder whether I know who's on those pictures."
Then she saw the ... books. And... that book which I thought would not be compromising at alllll well oops, so suddenly she pointed and laughed and went like ~ "Aaaahahah! Shido! MAO! You even got that..."
ASPFJSFJSAAAAHAHDJKSFLSDFJ SDNOL AAAAS FDJSLDFO JSDNAAAAAHHHH SHHHS HSHHHHSHHHH SHHHH SHHHH NOOOO ASDJFSLDFJ ASDFJ ASDFJ SDFJSLDfjdifjwealsfdf
... "A... haha 8D yes uhm. Kinda. I uh, like them, like, a lot. 8D"
No further comment.
E) Pokemon! We'd been talking about Pokemon before, and she saw my Black, so she wanted to take a look at the gaaaaame. She did XD And then she showed me hers. Like HOLY FUCK, she's got like fifty pokemon at least at level 100. LIKE FUUUUUCK what is this person even doing. Like oh my Gods. And those she likes she has like 10 times, all with different personalities and AAAHHHHHHH. Uhm. Yeah. Okay. Impressed. In a slightly weird way.
SID's モノクロのキス came up. Her: "Aaaah, I know this song!" - Me: "Yeah! It's from Kuroshitsuji!" - Her: "YES! Knew it."
Some BUCK-TICK song comes up. Her: "I KNOW THIS SONG!" aaahhahahah
Then I tell her about how SCREW are coming next week, and A(エース) next month, and ask whether she knows them. She shakes her head. I'm like "Okay. I'll show you :3"
So I go to youtube and show her Knight of the... no, Night of the Knights.
We watch the PV.
Her head moves along in rhythm.
She's like "this is... I like this. Man, I like this."
Her: I love music like that!
Me: They've got a violin...
Her: HO SHIT, I love when bands have violins!
Me: I KNOW RIGHT! His name's Rookie Fiddler.
Her: Rookie, huh.
*we watch and bob our heads*
Her: I really like this.
Me: Heee 8D
*we watch on*
Me: Heee, Rookie's so cute.
Her: He is! So cute.
Me: And Nimo is so cool. I love his voice. Man I love his voice.
Her: I love voices like his! I think Rookie is my favourite though.
Me: I'm not sure, I'm somewhere between Nimo and Rookie XD HE'S JUST SO CUTE!
Her: I KNO~W RIGHT!
... [a littuhl latur] ...
Her: Oh man, seriously, you even like Visual Kei, this is like awesome! Back in Japan, everyone I know is like "Meh, I only listen to the songs that are used for anime, but that's about it", sheesh, I never had anyone to talk about this!
Her: Yeaaah... Haha, that I could even have talks like this with you, this is so awesome, haha!
... So I show her other things by ACE. All the PVs. She's like "I LOVE THEM ALL! HECK thank you for showing me such great music!"
I show her more by them.
Her: Damn, I like this song... And this one. Man, I might even like all of them.
Me: They just released a new album yesterday!
Her: Really? Oh damn. Now that I'm away from Japan, all those things get released and I can't get my hands on them... Maaaan...
Me: ... Uhm.
Her: When I get back home today, I gotta check them out.
Me: Uhm. Do you per chance have an USB stick or memory stick or the such with you?
Her: Uhh... I'm not sure... Don't think so... *rummages in her bag*
Me: I just uh... happen to kind of have all their stuff 8D
Her: O_O Oh...
Her: Uhm... *finds stick* Here! 8D
Me: 8D *puts stick in* ... 8D *copies all of ACE* Now you've... got their music 8D
Her: Ohhhhh aaaah thank you thank you thank you uwaaaah!
Me: Have you ever been to a live?
Her: No, never... but I've always wanted to go... You?
Me: I've been to... some 8D Uh, they'll come next month!
Her: WHAT! Seriously? If ACE come, I WANT TO GO! I SO WANT TO GO
Me: !!!!! Gaaaaah okay uhm uhm it's not sure they'll come to here but but we'll see about that!
Her: I WANT TO GO AAAAAH!
Me: 8D Do you know Matenrou Opera per chance?
Her: ? ... no?
Me: 8D ... *looks for the live version of COCOON on youtube*
Me: Sono's voice is so amazing.
Her: It is! Haha, you even know all of their names, you're quite something!
Me: Ffff XD Well uhm.
Her: I like this. This is. Good. So good.
Me: *silently copies all of Matenrou on her stick* We still have like 1.5 hours... would you like to... uh watch a live? ^^"
Her: !!!! YES! YES !!!! YES!
Me: ... 8D One moment. *gets external hard drive* Would you like to see a Matenrou Opera live?
Her: YES! I want to see that, fuck yes!
Me: 8D *starts up live* Okay. Here we go.
So we watched the live.
SHE MOVED ALONG TO EVERY FUCKING SONG. She even raised her fist in the air like me, and tried to copy all the hand movements I randomly did, although she seemed to be rather inexperienced with furis, she was like the typical westerner "what the fuck are they even doing with their hands" aaaaahaha isn't she adorably amazing XD
And then there was this thing when this really moving, amazing, orchestral song was playing... The music stopped... there's just Sono's voice carrying the note... we hold our breaths... there is silence... Suddenly, from outside, a crow caws loudly, and two seconds later the most amazing orchestral music starts playing again like whaaaaadadummmm mind=blown, and both of us go like "waaaah that crow! The timing was sooo wrong, crow what are you even doing aaaah, and it was such a great song ahahaha why!" xD So great.
We applauded after each song, and she was like "THIS IS SO MUCH FUN" during about each one of them.
Fuck this is amazing xD
I had been a little worried about what to do with her once she was here, other than marveling at the wonders that is my snake companion, but haaaah 8D
THIS IS SO MUCH FUN!
And there are so many good bands she doesn't even know. Gawds. I must show her. Every. Thing.
Show her ALL
ALL OF IT.
*laughs* Well all that she might like at least. She seems to like voices, and drums, she loved Yuu's drumming.
I knew she was cool. But that she was even that cool, that I didn't know. Haaaaahah.
Aaaaannnnnnnnnd... I guess I should go to bed at some point *laughs* mmh.
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