Obituary Kazuya Tatekabe, Voice actor, June 18. Played the bully, Gian, on "Doraemon" from 1979 to 2005, as well as villains on "Yattaman" and "Dokonjo Gaeru". Patrick MacNee, British actor, June 25. Played John Steed on the 1960's The Avengers TV series.
Upcoming: July 18-19 - Ogionsa, mikoshi matsuri.
Old News - Bad Photo Links At some point, mediafire changed something drastic in the way they handle linking to a page URL. The most recent photo links do work, but clicking on a picture in a blog entry from a few months ago results in a "bad URL" error. This is much worse than what I ran into last time. I have roughly 12,000 images in over 2,000 posts. I'm not going to try going through the old blog entries to fix them all.
I'm the guy that created the Akira Toriyama Super Database, as well as the .Hack-oriented Helba Gata. Back in the 1990's, I lived in Japan for 2 years, working as a video game programmer and as a technical writer for Hitachi. After returning to the States and living in Texas for 10 years, I've decided to try living in Japan again. I'm interested in various manga, and to a lesser extent various anime. I'm also studying nihon-go.