The only posts that I friend-lock are ones which contain more personal information.
So unless you're dying to know about my not so interesting life then you're not missing out on much.

I don't mind random friend requests but I most likely won't friend back unless we've interacted somewhat before.

I also run a Nakamaru Yuichi gif-a-day community so if you like Yuichi and gifs, head over here.

About my journal
Both the title (A Handshake in the Doorway) and the subtitle (I look at you and smile) are lyrics from my favorite verse in "On Top" by The Killers.  The verse goes like this:
It's like a cigarette in the mouth
Or a handshake in the doorway
I look at you and smile because I'm fine

Actually, I don't even know why I like this verse in particular but I just do and so I just randomly decided to name my journal as such.

This journal mostly contains KAT-TUN fandom stuff (random ramblings, graphics, fanvideos) with an obvious bias towards Nakamaru. Some RL stuff might be mixed in but they are very few and far between because well, I live a boring life and I'm a lousy blogger >.> But if there is ever anything you want to know, feel free to just ask. I pride myself on being an honest person though I'm probably more often on the listening end than the talking end. However, once I get started on a topic I'm interested in, there may be no end (just forewarning, lol) xD Peruse around if you want to and hopefully you'll find something of interest or if all else fails just look at the pretty boys :D

Banner credit: iconriot

[Pre-order] GACHI ~Zenryoku entertainment 4U~ Stage show goods

I'm going to the 08.26 evening show and will take a limited number of pre-orders for those interested in getting goods. I will close the pre-order if I reach the limit that I think I will be able to carry back with me.

Goods available (cost listed in USD):

Pamphlet $15

Key holder $10

2-way bag $22 (comes with a detachable strap)

Payment will be done in 2 rounds. First, payment for the goods + 5% paypal fees and second, shipment cost + 5% paypal fees. Shipping quote will be given after I return from Japan on the week of September 3rd. I will also try to ship out the goods around September 9th. All sales are final (unless goods sell-out) and I can't be responsible for lost/damaged goods from shipping. I'm not making a profit off the goods. I'm just trying to help fellow fans so please be reasonable.

Payment for the goods must be sent by August 25th Japan time.

I'll accept international orders but please bear in mind that shipping abroad from the U.S. is fairly expensive especially if you want tracking. The fee for international registered mail is an additional $15.

If you would like to place a pre-order, please comment with the following info (comments are screened):
Items and quantity:
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Tagumaru doujinshi scanlation - Tenioenai (Unruly) by FREESIA

I've been into doing doujinshi typesets lately and after doing a couple of Maruda ones, I wanted to change it up a bit this time and do a Tagumaru one. Here's one of the stories from Flashback, the Taguchi/Nakamaru compilation doujinshi by FREESIA, that I posted awhile back at boys_framed. Dedicated to itz_menos just because ♥

Title: Tenioenai (Unruly)
Pairing: Taguchi/Nakamaru
Circle (artist): FREESIA (Oka)
Rating: PG-13
Translation: TL Anon (tumblr)
Scans/Typeset: chuckles0505
Summary: Nakamaru doesn't like the atmosphere between Junno and him post-sex. (There's no actual sex in this story though).
Download: MF (.zip, 800x1180px, 16pgs, 5.35mb) or view on Imgur here

Zip password: ichigaya

Despite the current circumstances, I hope fans can still enjoy this story. I know I did xD
If you see any mistakes, I'd be grateful if you let me know.

Maruda doujinshi scanlation - Symmetry Asymmetry by Cocoon

Title: Symmetry Asymmetry
Pairing: Nakamaru/Ueda
Circle (artist): Cocoon (Mayuko)
Rating: PG-13? (There's kissing.)
Translation: TL Anon (tumblr)
Scans/Typeset: chuckles0505
Summary: Nakamaru always seems to run away when Ueda and him get too close and Ueda has a lot of thoughts about it.
Download zip file (800x1180px, 45.6mb | MF) or view on Imgur (Act 1 | Act 2 | Act 3)
The raw scans can also be downloaded here (.zip, 300dpi, 128mb) .

password: 680robamaru

It's finally done! I've been working on the cleaning and typeset of this doujinshi bit by bit for about a month (basically since my last post). I really enjoyed this doujin a lot so I'm so happy to finally be able to share it. It's one of the few Cocoon works that has no porn in it lol, but probably has the most plot. As for a summary, it's a getting together story that very much explores how maruda fans see them as a pairing. It's a bit angst-y like most Cocoon works but very sweet overall. I hope other fans will enjoy it as well. If you see any mistakes, I'd be grateful if you let me know :)

Maruda doujinshi scanlation - Blizzard by Shiroko

I didn't post anything for Nakamaru or Ueda's birthdays, so to make up for it, here's a short but really cute manga from a Robamaru anthology doujin focusing on Ueda's survival challenge in Canada.
Dedicated to theyre_kattun because I wanted to make some maruda post for her birthday awhile back, but I'm a huge fail and never did, and because all her tweets about their Popolo messages are helping to feed my shipping needs xD

See the rest here:
Blizzard Scanlation

Artist: Shiroko
Translation: TL Anon (Tumblr)
Scans/Typeset: chuckles0505
I also uploaded the raw scans here if anyone is interested.
Feel free to share but please refrain from reposting on twitter or tumblr.

Fundraiser Fanworks

I wanted to compile all the lovely fanworks I received through various fundraisers to make it easier to find for my own benefit but also to share since some I hadn't linked in my journal before. Definitely check them out if any strikes your fancy because they're all amazing *___*

help_japan 2011 Tohoku earthquake fundraiser
☆ NakaMassu fanart - Itadaki...MASU! (1 | 2) by bunny_alice
☆ General Nakamaru plushie (1 | 2) by blackthornhiei
☆ KAT-TU x N doujinshi - Minna-san no Nakamaru by snow_guardian

help_pilipinas 2011 Typhoon Sendong/Washi fundraiser
☆ Last Money x Runaway drama crossover fanfic - You're Not Stupid (Ono Keigo x Takimoto Kuuya) by kyjr
☆ NakaMassu fanfic - Dessert U by rikikomori
☆ TaguMaru fanfic - Fealty Method by je_levy
MaruDa fanart by sekky_chan

2013 Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan fundraisers
hyphensphtrans's Mission Yuki no Hana project
☆ Magazine Translation - Potato 2013.06 Nakamaru x Masuda Cross-talk

☆ MaruDa fanfic - The Sacrament by ayame_hadouken
☆ TaNaka gen fanfic - Pull me closer, don't let go by xingphonic

Potato 2013.06 Nakamaru x Masuda Crosstalk

I've been meaning to update for so long but get lazy about it every time I open LJ x.x
But as you can see from the title, this is still not a real update post orz

Anyway, awhile back I donated for a translation of this NakaMassu crosstalk as part of hyphensphtrans's Mission Yuuki no Hana project.

You can read the translation here. All credit goes to hyphensphtrans

My favorite part is where Massu mentioned that he got the role in Rescue in part because Nakamaru named Massu as someone that he got along well with. I'm not sure if it had been mentioned before since I hadn't been in the fandom at the time Rescue aired but I was all adsjfhlakjldhf when I read it. They're always supporting each other and it's just the sweetest thing ever *_____*

I want to see them in really anything together so I'm very much looking forward to NEWS on SCP next week :DDDD

Kitayama, Nishiyama, Higashiyama~

Thanks to this tumblr post, I can view Johnny's web on my PC now :D
I've slowly been checking out the jwebs of basically anyone updating, one of which is Higashiyama's Q&A jweb, "Higashi's Super Charge" which he updates every Thursday. I was pleasantly surprised to see some mentions of Junno and Nakamaru in the recent entries which I thought were cute. /sucker for senpai-kouhai interactions ♥

From Vol.404
Q.6 (Hoshizora, 30-39, Female) Kinki Kids did an outdoor concert for the first time in 13 years at Jingu Fireworks Festival. But both of them were known to be rain magnets, and so was Macchi-san. Only Tackey was supposed to be okay. In your opinion, who is the Johnny's rain magnet? Are you a sunny guy or a rain man?

A.6 Iriguchi-deguchi-Taguchi and Nakasankaku-nakashikaku-Nakamaru often bring rain.

From Vol.401
Q.2 (Hamu-chan, 30-39, Female) Hello, Higashiyama-san! I am a big fan of Nakamaru-kun from KAT-TUN. What I really like about Nakamaru-kun is that he is very down to earth and he always works as hard as he can. What did you think about Nakamaru-kun when you were featured in the same show for the first time the other day?

A.2 He was so nervous when we first met, so I talked about voice percussions, and that made him relax a bit.

Q.4 (Micchi, 40-49, Female) Hello! Taguchi-kun mentioned during a radio show the other day that, "Higashiyama-san and Nakamaru-kun looks like each other." Nakamaru-kun responded and said, "My parents have mentioned that before, and I feel bad for Higashiyama-san." I had never thought about it until I heard that on the radio, but now I started to think that you guys do look like each other. You guys are both handsome; what do you think, Higashi-san?

A.4 No way. I look better than him! Haha!

I got a kick out of Higashi perpetuating Junno's gag, Nakamaru being adorable Nakamaru, and the out-of-left-field Higashiyama/Nakamaru comparison :'D If anything, Junno looks more like Higashi o_O

Random post is random.
Enjoy the weekend!