You might have heard of the Harvest Moon before. And no, I’m not talking about the Nintendo game. I mean the REAL Harvest Moon. Now, in RL, the harvest moon is all big and orange in color. It’s pretty cool. So when I heard that an event in Japan was happening called つきみ, or Tsukimi the Moon Viewing Festival, I rushed over to check it out. The US and EU version of this holiday is tonight, I think. I’ll check it out after work.
I was hoping that maybe the moon would look different for this event. But no… same old white rock in the sky. Ahh well. I was able to pick up a bunch of Dango items (Rice balls from Japan! Yum!) before touring Orenji’s (オレンジ) town. I haven’t quite sounded out the name of his town yet, it’s all written in Katakana, which I stink at reading. 😛
This was in オレンジ’s basement. AHHH!!! Darkness and scary bugs! Poor ちょこまる never caught a Tarantula this past summer and he has to wait until next year. I suggested to オレンジ to try and sell one of his bugs during the Flea Market, and have ちょこまる buy it from his neighbor. But I’m not sure if they understood what I was saying lol!!
At the end of my visit, I told my Japanese friends that my gate would be open at 9:30 PM that night. I didn’t really expect them to show up. So you can imagine my surprise when I opened the Shaolin Gates hours later and オレンジ ran through the gates! Hery showed up too, sporting a new Gas Mask. Maybe his town Frost is undergoing fumigations? 😛
After a while, オレンジ had to go and, you know… start his day and whatnot. It’s so weird to think about how we can hang out even though we’re on opposite sides of the world. Gotta love Animal Crossing for bringing people together! Right after he left, Miao came through the gates. Hery had to go for a bit so Miao and I treated ourselves to another K.K. song.
It was starting to get late. But then, quite unexpectedly, ちょこまる made his way to Shaolin! I thought he had just overslept. I told him about the Shaolin Charm, but I’m pretty sure the fish have different names in Japan. He seemed to know what I was looking for, but didn’t have any luck finding one.
I think it’s great that ちょこまる decided to start wearing the HDLC Dimentio Msk. He’s breaking the unspoken rules of Animal Crossing in Japan, but that’s ok! This game is all about doing whatever you wanna do. Power to the people!!
In Other News…
New DLC has been announced for the EU and also for JP players. (Lucky!!! The next US DLC isn’t til next month, and it’s just for stinky old Election Day! But I digress…) The new EU DLC is 4 Weeks of Nintendogs! I think it’s really cute and I’m totally jealous. Starting on 10/7, EU players will receive four different dogs in four weeks. How cute! Now we can finally have pets in our house! (Pets other than fish and bugs, of course.)
The JP DLC is しろぐみのぼうし, aka a BASEBALL CAP! Now, I’m not going to pretend that I am fluent in Japanese and can read the JP Nintendo website. But based on the photo, it looks like there will be two caps released, one red and one white, in honor of the 日本シリーズ. That of course, means the Japanese Championship Series, which is usually held in October, just like our World Series here in the states. As a baseball fan, I’m pretty psyched about this!
So yeah, exciting new DLC for our overseas counterparts. Now the only question is… why does all the US DLC suck so much??? I mean, what did we get over the summer… hmm…
- Creepy Mayor’s Flag
- Hot Dog Hat (ok I did like this one)
- Useless Dolphin Model
- Ladder Shades (like three months late..)
- Ugly Hopscotch Floor
- Pile of Leaves????
So I’m not really expecting much in terms of our next DLC, for Election Day. I mean, what could it possibly be? A voting booth? When is NOA going to start giving us cute outfits and pets for our homes?
Anyway, keep an eye out for the Autumn Moon tonight. I’ll probably open my gates again tomorrow since I don’t have to work. So if you missed out on the fun last night (or maybe my town was full when you tried to enter!) you can try again Monday! If you’d like to come, email or message me a time you are available. I’m free all day. I still have some Dango’s left for anyone who needs them! 😀