2014 NBA Playoffs: Quick Picks for Round 1

With no rhyme or reason, here's my quick picks for Round 1 which starts today:

Eastern Conference

#1 Indiana vs #8 Atlanta: Indiana in 6

#2 Miami vs #7 Charlotte: Miami in 5

#3 Toronto vs #6 Brooklyn: Brooklyn in 7

#4 Chicago vs #5 Washington: Chicago in 6

Western Conference

#1 San Antonio vs #8 Dallas: San Antonio in 5

#2 Oklahoma City vs #7 Memphis: Oklahoma City in 6

#3 Los Angeles vs #6 Golden State: Los Angeles in 7

#4 Houston vs #5 Portland: Houston in 6

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Day 8: Anime Japan 2014

Well, that was a lot of fun!

The very first time I went, I didn't stay very long. This time I stayed until close: 17:00 (5 pm). It was a fun time seeing stuff, hearing from fans and just being in the general atmosphere of people that enjoy the same things that you do.

I took over 1000 photos, so eventually the link above will have a lot more.

This was also physically exhausting for my feet, but I had one more event to join.

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Day 7: Calm Before the Storm

I took my time to head back to Tokyo and returned back to Asakubashi. 

I was still pretty exhausted from my Osaka night out, so other than some small wanderings around Akiba, I called it an early night, since tomorrow would be a huge day for me.

#3dc

-- wake.eat.sleep

Day 5: It's Not Benihana

i didn't start the day thinking it would be that type of day, but today turned out to be a #treatyoself day.

Rested, and ready to go, I spent a little bit of time with the Injikan (foreign residences) in the Kitano area.

A number of houses were either well preserved, or delicately moved and reconstructed. I even got to see Mozart's house! (Well, a reproduction of it!)

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Day 4: Torii!! Torii!! Torii!!

It feels good to take a break every now and again. After yesterday's unexpectedly long day, I thought I should take it easy and shuffle my way over to Kobe.

Quickly, I packed up and checked out right before 11:00 am and made my way back to Kyoto Station. 

Since I didn't have to check in until about 15:00, I had some time to kill so I figured since Fushimi Inari Shrine (via Inari Station) was less than 10 minutes away. I'd be able to relax in a peaceful environment.

How did I do? I'm glad you asked! Peaceful? Yes! Relaxing? Well...

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Day 2: Be Careful What You Wish For...

Back in 2011, I fell in love with a new anime series called Hanasaku Iroha, thanks to my good friend, Animation Studio P.A. Works. I didn't realize that I was also going to be introduced to one of my favorite bands, nano.RIPE.

Most anime will have an opening and ending theme that is written and performed either by an established band, or by an up and coming one. Starting with the OP, they eventually wrote and performed more songs for the series, and I was inevitably hooked. I had a chance to try to see them perform a live (Japanese borrow word for concert), but I couldn't get the timing right. I always told myself that if I got another chance, I would switch around whatever I needed to, so that I could finally go.

Not only were my basic expectations easily passed, they were exceeded, then obliterated.

Here is the story of one of the best live concerts I've been to.

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Day 0 / Day 1: Start!

Well, I made it!

All in all, I can't tell if I'm used to the trip now, or if the improvements in air quality and pressurization made a difference on the Dreamliner, but I didn't feel tired enough to sleep for a long period of time on the plane. Additionally, the newer entertainment system had hours upon hours of movies and TV shows, so I rarely had to rely on outside forms of entertainment.

Once I landed, I took care of the usual:

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