Sunday, 28 February 2010

First day in Osaka

After only three hours of sleep, I'm feeling a bit wired and I have an unfamiliar Japanese keyboard to deal with. Took me a while to work out how to turn off the automatic hiragana stuff.

One of the things I'm here to get is the boxed set of Camouflage. It is on the internet for an arm and a leg, so I thought I'd take the chance to see if I could find it for cheap in a sale or something. Had a quick look today (am in Osaka) and tried a DVD shop called "I love DVD". But the first rack of DVDs I saw on entering was porn. Rather an odd first impression to give people, I thought, but decided the TV dramas must be somewhere else. Second rack I looked at: more porn. I got the message, made my apologies and left.*

The next DVD shop I went into, I was more confident of because (a) it was on the ground floor, (b) it also sold books, and (c) a woman went in just before I did. Unfortunately, I couldn't find it, but it's still early days. I also went to look at some CDs to see if I could get something by Bump of Chicken or whoever. This was when I finally regretted me not learning the Japanese alphabet. I had no idea what order it was in, so I could barely find anything.

* this is just a saying. If I had actually apologised, it would've made the situation far more awkward for everyone concerned.


  1. omg! You're getting Camouflage!?

    I'm jealous. It is an arm and a leg... and an eye online (specially YesAsia) but I figured since it's not subtitled, I would hold off. xD

  2. If I can find it for the right price, then sure. But I'm used to British prices, and it seems that our DVDs are quite a bit cheaper than Japan's. And I know there are no subtitles, but I've seen them often enough, I thought it wouldn't matter too much :)

  3. So far I've seen it twice, but both times it was first hand, so 18,000 yen which is way too high. Still looking, though.

    I also found a DVD of two Lost Time Life episodes that I haven't seen before at 2800 which is more reasonable. The down side is, it's at HMV. I mean, what's the point of going to Japan if I just buy stuff at HMV?

    I've found some second hand DVD shops in Akihabara, so hopefully one of those will come up with the goods.