Arcticu Kitsu's blog

A Canadian view of Anime figures, events, and things foreign.

Arcticu Kitsu's blog - A Canadian view of Anime figures, events, and things foreign.

[Experiences] Learning A Language & Language Awkwardness

Hello. I thought I’d try hitting a topic hitting more personally and more familiar with those taking their love for Japan, or other nation, more seriously. Learning a language, finding themselves in awkward situations, and just any ‘touristy’ opinions. Perspective of this article being in a Canadian, Slovak, and Japanese perspective of experiences.

– Slovakia – Bratislava – UFO Bridge. (2008)

(All images taken with a Sony W170/120 & Lumix GF1 – Pancake lens from my travels.)

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[Movie] Modra

This movie took me a couple years just to get my hands on it. I ended up having to set it to record on Bell Fibe’s PVR recording overnight to allow for me to watch it during the afternoon. I’ve been curious and wanting to see how this movie played out. I was curious to see what I would recognize from my many visits there and to see Modra from a fellow Canadian’s perspective.

– Teen romance set in Modra Slovakia.

(All images taken from the official site; Would like to apologize for any nostalgic ramblings, but do hope you enjoy them.)

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Montreal’s Otakuthon – Palais des congres de Montreal

I went to Montreal’s Otakuthon which is hosted in Canada, Montreal - Palais des congres de Montreal. The event runs from the 13th till the 15th of August. I went on Saturday, August the 14th, 2010 to experience my first Anime convention and I believe it was well worth the trip taken.

(Link – MySite)

(All images taken by a Lumix GF1 – Pancake lens. 74 images and one video.)

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Cuba trip – Part 3/Final

Hey, thought I’d add the final article containing pictures from my second camera. Ya, I did take hordes of images with both my cameras. Hope you guys and gals took the time to check out the two previous articles containing the main trip summary and the Figma photo shoot attempts. Enjoy, and thanks for lurking ^^. I also added two special images at the bottom of the article, hope you like.

(Link – MySite)

(All images taken with a Sony W170 and video with a Lumix GF1 – Pancake lens.)

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Figma’s Cuban Vacation

A continuation of my trip as I’m a big Figma fan. I just had to bring my Figma’s along for this trip as I never really took images in Europe as they were all indoor shots. I brought Figma Haruhi and Revoltech Saber along with me to Europe back in August-September 2008. I brought Casual Saber and Signum to Sharbot Lake and now took summer Haruhi & Mikuru, Ryomou, and Casual Saber. Why? Why not? I love taking images of Figmas, even more so when on foreign lands.

(Link – MySite)

(This article contains 27 images taken with a Lumix GF1 – Pancake lens.)

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Cuba Trip – 2010

Cuba! After being taunted and continuously “pushed” to go to Cuba by a friend I finally went along with him. I took off to Cuba on Thursday, May 27th, 2010 and returned yesterday (Friday, June 4th, 2010).  It was an excellent 7 day trip to Cuba with a great chance to experience a different lifestyle and way of life. I stayed at Playa de Oro, Varadero, and had a one day trip to Havana on a bus tour.

(Link – MySite)

(All images and video taken with a Lumix GF1 – pancake lens. 97 images contained within this article.)

– Figma images in second Cuba article (next one over).

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Sharbot Lake trip w/Figma Saber & Signum

For those that have been lurking on my forum may have noticed a “trend” of me saying “for a change of scenery I decided to  -here- to take pictures of Figmas“. Well, to continue that trend I shall now say:

For a change of scenery I decided to take pictures of my Figma’s outside of Ottawa, at Sharbrot Lake.

Only for Figmas? Of course not. I assisted with some minor tasks. Taking pictures of Figmas was just me taking advantage of different scenery.

(Link – MySite)

(All images were taken with a Lumix GF1 – Pancake lens.)

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Euro Trip 2008 – Pt 2 images

Finally I can host a gallery full of images from Europe! I remember an earlier blog I was going to split the European stuff into teaser bits but that never worked out. I instead killed all my galleries and plan to host a better one. I kept scanning the net for better galleries templates, but never could found one nice and simple enough to host onto. Google yesterday caught my attention so I decided to try it out (the links below).

(Link – MySite) – Funky lights on flight to Europe.

(Article contains 38 images in total and three embedded youtubes.)

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Anime Withdrawal and Fever Symptoms

Anime withdrawal, it happens. What its official community known name isn’t known to me. I do call it a Anime Withdrawal. There is also Anime fever for short term obsessions.

Well, when we like something a lot we tend to dwell in it deep and try to explore every corner of it right? We dwell so much in a single area of our liking that we tend to get “withdrawal” symptoms  when we’re done with the certain something. It’s something were you can’t keep your mind off such an area for an extended period of time. I have felt the symptoms of Anime Withdrawal were I wanted to watch anime but couldn’t due to traveling, cultural, “real-life situations” and various other scenarios. All I could do was talk and think about Anime (even in non-anime areas), or just adapt to the new scenario/location.

Disclaimer: Everything I said is generalized or simplified so it can be listed with ease. Some things may not even be accurate because we each experience these symptoms differently and some things maybe confused or forgotten. Sources? Myself, other people, various sites and you guys/gals. I listed everything with what I experienced.

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Return from trip to Europe – Part 2 – Ferrari Loot

Well now that you got a summary of what I did in Europe I will now show you my Ferrari collection, Ferrari products on streets, and a Ferrari I saw on the street. There are 26 images to look through so there has to be something good to look at with something pleasing your eyes :).

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My Ferrari Loot
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A gift given to me when I arrived in Slovakia, Bratislava.

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Haruhi Images – Part 3

Well I was at my friends to see his new synth so I took the opportunity to take pictures, and to also improve my indoor shooting skills. I tried out his synth (Korg R3) and I must say its a kick ass synth. Too bad I couldn’t record what I played on it since the recording softwares had some issues with the keyboard .

(To view larger images click on the “(Link)” to get a bigger image, pictures will open in a new window.)

So here are the the damn clouds that harassed Ottawa late July till August 11th messing up my bike trips. This weather front corrupted my already messed up sleeping habit making me stay awake even longer during the night (or waking me up early but sleeping later).

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