I am going to Japan in less than one month. I don't know Japanese, but I've been told I should only expect to get a small handfull of dirty looks. I am excited about the food, the toys, and the electronic gadgets. Also, I can't wait to go here , and to see the 3D zoetrope. I heard there is a cat bus that I can sit in, too. I hope I don't have an allergic reaction and die.

Maybe I can meet people from Polysics (think Japanese Devo), the band that they made this version of my toy for.


Anonymous chickennuggets said...

oooh, buy the DVD player.

9:58 AM, June 08, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have fun! I often worry that when I go to Japan people would expect me to speak Japanese -- good to know it isn't soo bad.

That Mister Monster variant is sweet. Are there any other variants?

1:31 PM, June 08, 2005  
Anonymous Marc Crisafulli said...

Studio Ghibli is quickly becoming the animator's Graceland. And why not? From what I've seen it looks beautiful!

I gotta figure out a way to get myself over there some day...
I wanna see the short cartoons!!

1:44 PM, June 08, 2005  
Blogger R.T.Inoue said...

This "dirty looks" to me is a myth. I lived there for almost one year and didn´t experience none of these xenophobic tales. I don´t speak Japanese. I spent most of the time in Izumo, far from the big cities, where to my surprise I found only one guy who I could speak English with. Although English is a mandatory course there, most people were just too shy to talk to me. Either because their English wasn´t good enough or because they were embarassed to talk to a stranger. I felt kind of relieved when I got to Tokyo to visit my family. The metropolis has lots of English speaking natives who are accustomed to foreigners. Whenever I got lost I would try to talk to nice-good-behaviored teenage students or people who work in international stores like The Gap or something like that. The big problem in Tokyo is transportation. Subway can take you anywhere as long you know how to use it. I hope you´ll stay on a friend´s house who is familiar to the city. This is a low quality scan of the map I got on an information booth. It´s tough getting used to it. I hope this data is handy. I wish I could help more.

I didn´t have time to go to the Ghibli Museum but you might want to check out this website to get informed.

5:43 PM, June 08, 2005  
Blogger elizabeth said...

As far as other Mister Monster versions, I did a special version for the San Diego Comicon 2005. Upcoming ones: I believe we are doing a special Kid Robot Mister Monster soon, possibly one for Munky King, and Tim Biskup will be painting a version.

2:59 PM, June 09, 2005  
Blogger mangey cur said...

Hey...new viewer here...

Dig your site and your stuff. Have fun in Japan..very jealous...

7:12 PM, June 09, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Elizabeth,

Zac from Zac and Steph here. I don't know if Alex has ever remembered to ask you, but can you get any of those awesome Polysics Mister Monsters? They are my favorate band of all time, and I would die to get one. Or four (seriously). Polysics will probably never come close enough for us to see them (we ALMOST flew out to California to see them, oh, and you guys too!) but just couldn't afford it at the time. That's how insane I am for them.

Anyway, I hope things go/went well in Japan. We are both totally green with ivy. Er, envy. Ganbatte!

9:55 AM, July 18, 2005  

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