Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Listen to my evolution!!!: girugämesh TOUR FINAL and Purikura

Sunday was the girugämesh tour final. It was ultimately awesome. I had so much fun, and it was certainly better than the GazettE concert from two weeks ago. And for the first time I didn't go by myself!

I know it's in Japanese, but here's a report of the live and a few photos. Also, this page has the set list. I knew pretty much all of their songs! Before I go to a live, I usually listen to the performer's music beforehand, kind of like studying (but not really). I can get into the music when I've heard the song before, but in this case they had played almost all of my favorites :) The guitarist is adorable (he was a little shy and speechless when it was his turn to speak to the audience). The drummer is always giddy and smiling, which makes me want to hug him like he's a little doll! The bassist is totally awesome (he plays both with a pick and with his fingers, and does slap bass as well) and the vocalist has such a beautiful singing voice, a nice contrast with his awesome death metal vocals :) It was definitely worth the money, and maybe even more.

Oh, and Kenisha and I took purikura before the concert. I think this is the first time I've mentioned it...A purikura machine is basically like a mini photo studio where you can take pictures with your friends. The booths are big enough to fit about 5 or 6 people (but I've been in cases where we've stuffed as many as 12). You can choose from various backgrounds and then a series of photos are taken. Afterwards, you can decorate the photos using a pen-activated touch screen, send the pictures to your cellphone, and at last the tiny sticker photos are printed out. Why this hasn't caught on in the U.S., I have no idea. I never EVER want to use an American photo booth, because they can't do this:

Our decorations were lighter than usual because we were in a hurry. Normally, people load the pictures with all kinds of random stuff. It's a must-do for anyone coming to Japan!

Friday, March 20, 2009

White Day/The Great BOOK-OFF Hop

White Day was exhausting. And fun. I'm not going to go into detail, but just give a brief summary.

I spent the morning getting ready and straightening my hair. I expected to go to the host club later in the evening, around 9 or 10 p.m. Unexpectedly, around 1 p.m. my host e-mailed me asking if we could hang out. It was a slight misunderstanding, actually: The day before, he asked what time I could come to the club. I said I wanted to hang out with him before the club opened, but if he was busy then I'd go later. He replied saying that there may not be enough time, blah blah, basically what I understood to be the Japanese way of saying "No," or, "I can't." I said it was fine (as in, "It's fine, never mind") and that when I knew what time I could come, I'd let him know.

But I think he interpreted my "It's fine," as, "It's fine if we can only hang out for a little bit." Oops.

Oh well. We got about an hour in of hanging around, looking at brand name stuff (lol), and talking. Then we went to the club, where I stayed for an hour. One of the hosts I met is Korean and speaks English! But I didn't find that our until time was almost up...I still had fun though.

After the club, I went back to my dorm to change and get ready for Tokyo Decadence. What is Tokyo Decadence? It's a dance party held once a month. I tried to look it up, here's an old site. It's definitely not something I'm used to, but it was fun. My clothes smelled heavily of smoke afterwards >_< BOOK-OFF hop that Kenisha and I had been talking about doing for some time. BOOK-OFF is a store that sells new and used games, books, DVDs, and CDs. They have a chain of stores all over Japan, and even some overseas. The used items are as low as 105 yen!!!

The night before I was in a CD collecting mood, so I decided the next day I'd visit a few stores along the Yamanote Line to collect Bonnie Pink, L'Arc~en~Ciel, and Ayumi Hamasaki CDs. How fun! We went to about 8 or 9 shops, including Akihabara, Shibuya, Shinjuku, and Nerima. I had the tetsu tote bag I bought from JACK IN THE BOX to carry all of the CDs I bought...a grand total of 21! Kenisha bought 34...crazy.

My goal is to get all of Bonnie Pink's albums and singles, all of Laruku's albums, and all of Ayumi Hamasaki's studio albums and singles. (I'm not even going for her remix albums, that's way too many!!!) Anything I can't find, I'll just order online.

This Sunday is the concert! Yay! I'm going to go to Harajuku tomorrow to look for a new pair of shades and a necktie ^_^

Monday, March 16, 2009

The past weekend.

You're waiting for me to talk about White Day, right?

I'm too lazy to blog about it right now. Saturday night/Sunday morning put me out of whack, and I need time to recover and adjust.

What's coming up next for March?

Well...other than the concert next Sunday, I don't know.

"Wait, but I thought you said..."

That may or may not happen. I don't know since I've been left in the dark for most of the time. We'll see. I've only got about two and a half weeks of vacation left before spring semester. It's now or never.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Happy 7th Birthday, the GazettE

That concert made me exhausted! What a workout!

Ruki has a very nice speaking voice ♫

And Reita is adorable and an AWESOME bassist ☆

My back and neck still ache from headbanging. But I had fun!

Yay ^_^

And ouch >_<

Now playing: Park Hwayobi - 도움
via FoxyTunes

Sunday, March 8, 2009

General advice: When moving overseas, it's a good idea to study up on some culture and customs.


Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Dear Alice,

Well, I made it through another Valentine's Day and White Day in Japan without getting divorced. My Japanese husband very nearly committed suicide our first year together because I gave him a valentine card but no chocolate, which he saw as a sure sign that I didn't love him. Meanwhile, I was ready to pack my bags and get on the first plane back to Los Angeles because he didn't give me any valentine at all. How the heck was I supposed to know he was waiting a month for an occasion called "White Day?" Please enlighten us about this Japanese holiday.

Susan F., Kawasaki

I don't see anything wrong with a foreigner who is unaware about Japan's V-Day and White Day customs, even if she is, in fact, living in Japan and married to a Japanese man.

But...he's your husband and all you gave him for your first year of marriage was a card...? O_o;

I know not everyone is into all that hype of exchanging gifts, and there's nothing wrong with that...but somehow I feel this misunderstanding could easily have been avoided.

Now playing: OLIVIA inspi' REIRA (TRAPNEST) - Starless Night
via FoxyTunes

Friday, March 6, 2009

Gold Cadillac

The other day Kenisha and I were walking down Rikkyo Street when we both heard some really loud hip-hop music thumping in the distance. Where is that coming from?? I thought.

It got louder as a gold Cadillac came rolling down the street and passed us.

After it went by, Kenisha and I turned to each other and laughed. "That was freakin' awesome," I said.

For that short moment I felt like I was back in D.C.

Monday, March 2, 2009

What does March have in store?

Before I go on, I want to thank everyone who recently left me comments and hope you're reading this! One of the things I don't like about Blogger is the inability to reply to comments directly--all I can do is leave a comment under it and hope the person sees it, or manage to contact the person if they've left any contact info at all. But I really appreciate the feedback and well-wishes, thank you! I'll continue to blog my adventures here and I'll be sure to take care at the host club!


I'm still on vacation, and I feel the need to update my blog with something more current than Valentine's Day.

March is my last full month before I go back to school for my spring semester at Rikkyo University. What do I have planned?

On March 10th, I'll be going to Chiba to see the GazettE, one of my favorite J-Rock bands. The concert will be held at Makuhari Messe, which is where the Tokyo Game Show was held last year. The band is going to be celebrating their 7th birthday :) I actually hadn't decided 100% percent that I would be attending, but I entered the lottery to pre-reserve a ticket just in case. I actually ended up being selected, so it turned out I would be going after all. That's good, because I didn't want to spend another stressful hour refreshing the Ticket Pia web page on Saturday morning to order a ticket. (The servers get extremely busy at 10:00 a.m. because that's the earliest time tickets go on sale for various events.)

March 14th is White Day. I have no plans for this day. The host club is holding an event, but my host hasn't asked me about it yet. Shouldn't White Day be extra special though? If I go, I should have even MORE fun than I did the last time, and for less money...and my host should make ME a chocolate guitar! Haha. I learned that he has a talent for drawing just like I do...funny how that works out.

Speaking of the club, as of March they have changed their name and are re-opening as a new club. This isn't the first time that's happened, so I guess it's a business practice of some sort. Japan loves that feeling of new-ness...

March 20th/21st (depending on the time zone) is supposedly a big day...because my best friend of 13 years and counting is planning to come visit me for a week! Ever since my last visit here in 2005, I've dreamed of being able to share this experience with her. I'm really excited! I bought an extra ticket for her to the girugämesh tour final in Shibuya on March 22nd :)

Yup, March 22nd will be another concert day. I fell in love with girugämesh when I saw them at JACK IN THE BOX 2008, even though I already knew about them before. Seeing them live just sealed the deal, they're one of my favorite bands now! They're not as popular as alice nine. or MUCC, but that just made it easier for me to get four tickets...yup! Four tickets! Don't worry, I'm being reimbursed for two of those tickets ^_^

So those are the plans I have so far. Going to Kyoto will have to wait...I'm thinking of going during the summer after the semester ends. I'm also thinking of visiting Roppongi sometime soon...I keep forgetting to go, even though it was one of my planned locations when I was writing my paper on host clubs...