August 14th, 2007

Today is a milestone. Five years ago today I wrote the first Okazu post. In it, I explained why I chose “Okazu” as the title of my blog:

“Welcome to Okazu. “Okazu” is Japanese for appetizers – and is slang for lesbian sex because, you know it’s not *real* sex.”

So, 5 years of Okazu, reviews that have acted as appetizers, whetting your appetite for the real manga or anime. And five years of lesbian sex. ;-)

Today also marks my 800th post. This was absolutely NOT on purpose. It was completely accidental. I expected to hit 800 this weekend, but just never got around to posting. I cannot even express to you what it feels like to have posted 800 times about…stuff. lol

Today is also, purely by coincidence, 7 years since I began “AniLesboCon” half-jokingly, which two years later on roughly the same day became the entity known as Yuricon. The name AniLesboCon comes from Dreiser’s “Scenes from an Elevator” Utena fanfic and I liked the name so much I asked her if I could use it. When we changed the name of our organization to Yuricon, I kept the original as the name of our publishing company – ALC Publishing.

And, in one of those coincidences that has colored our relationship from the very beginning, 13 years ago today, Rica Takashima began her open-air performance art project, Aozora Art. How funny is *that*?

The other milestone I want to mention actually happened yesterday – the wife and I celebrated 24 years together.

So, today is really a whole bunch of milestones. I’m pretty pleased about all of them. :-) Happy birthday Okazu and Yuricon!


Before I go, just a few more numbers!

1 – the number of days before the close of the Yuricon 2007 AMV Contest. Get those entries in NOW!

45 – the number of days until Yuricon’s 2007 “Yurisai” event! Pre-registration is open until September 7th! Join us for the only 100% Yuri day of the year. :-)

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5 Responses

  1. Fuyumi says:

    Congratulations on your anniversary =)

    Oh, haha, and congratulations on the 800th post and the five years of Okazu bit, too =)

  2. Brigid says:

    Congratulations on five years! That’s awesome!

  3. Frea says:

    Okazu has definitely more than whet my appetite for the real manga or anime. From stumbling across Okazu a while back, it has rapidly evolved into something I eagerly anticipate as an enjoyable part of my routine.

    You have made Yuri approachable in an entertaining and intelligent way and also cleared up much of the obscure half truths and innuendo that often surrounds it. For that, you have my appreciation and respect. Thank you for the continual indulgence.

    As somewhat of a sidenote, I have a rather silly tendency to fill up on all the appetizers, forcing me to take home the main dish for later munching. It’s great. Congratulations and cheers three times over. ^_^ v

  4. Mandy says:

    Congratulations! It’s been awesome reading and learning about Yuri through your blog and Yuricon. I look forward to many more Yuri-filled years. :D

  5. Belladonna says:

    Happy Birthday to Okazu and congratulations! Thank you so much for keeping up with this blog. It means a lot to me and to many others.
    I’m sorry that I’m late with the happy birthday wishes, however.
    Please continue to bring us great Yuri media!

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