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Spring break finally started :)





And so did winter, apparently....

 



It was snowing for hours this afternoon, and we're supposed to get more snow tomorrow. I'm quite used to snow considering where I grew up, but it's still rare to see the ground coloured white here in Tokyo. As long as it's just a light layer of snow I don't mind it; it's pretty to look at. But it's really cold outside as well as inside now... And I hope the cats in the neighbourhood are alright tonight.
It feels a little late for snow though. But today was the first day of my vacation where I can just stay inside and relax under a blanket, perfect timing :)


Also got some new music delievered on the door today. The "Explosion Showcase" omnibus finally arrived (It's the omnibus that has Art Cube's new song). They've been selling it at lives this month, but we ordered it through SHOXX because they would send a bonus cheki (polaroid) together with the CD if you did. The polaroid would be of a random member among the 15 bands on the main disc. So if no one had any say in which photo got sent to who, this is quite a coincidence...



Hope the other fans were equally lucky. 
As usual the new song is written by Yossy with lyrics by Nobu. (And thankfully an English title we don't have to try and figure out how to read). The sound of it is a little less aggressive than the live version.

There's also a card included that we're supposed to send in together with one of the ticket stubs from the Explosion Showcase lives, and they'll send us a present back. Not sure what that'll be, so I'll just try sending it in and see what is sent back in return :)
It says on the card that they'll send the ticket stub back to you together with the gift, which is nice. I like to collect them, sort of like souvenirs. Although they're really starting to pile up ^^;



Planning on stopping by Tokyu Hands tomorrow, so I should look around for some sort of album to put them all in.



 


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chounohana
Feb. 11th, 2011 02:52 pm (UTC)
Although I'm no fan of their repetitive 'best of' releases and other re-releasing of songs, I do appreciate how frequently they give us new songs, most of which are quite good. When you're in Japan you should check the second hand vk stores for their live only single "Kasoukyoku". It's a really, really beautiful song.

The result of 1~2 lives a week... I've been meaning to get a folder or something to put them in for a while now, but it's been difficult to find something for storing ticket sized paper.
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chounohana
Feb. 11th, 2011 03:37 pm (UTC)
I try to limit my spending to my favourites too, unless I come across something I really like from another artist. (One of my favourite songs is from a band I don't follow at all, but randomly saw the PV for it on TV)
Yeah, you might make some nice cheap finds at the second hand stores. Pure Sound has Velvet's "Flash Back" CD for only 300yen at the moment (while it's still full price online at CDjapan).

Some tickets would probably fit in that type of folder, but many would be too long. Postcard folders are long enough, but too wide D: I'll search through Hands to see what they have.

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zeldana
Feb. 11th, 2011 03:27 pm (UTC)
STICKERS!! :D haha

Is there a Tokyu Hands in Nakano? You mentioned there was a bigger one in Ikebukuro, if I'm not mistaken.

Anyway, awesome luck with getting Seiji if it indeed was random. Even after purchasing D's releases for so many years I have yet to get an Asagi card (and that's a 1/6 chance). ;_; Perhaps he's a bit rarer.

Enjoy the snow! Ours fell long enough to pile up and cover everything in ~2 inches, but it got warm enough here for short sleeves and most of it melted by the afternoon.

And nice ticket stub collection. :D Very colorful, lol.
chounohana
Feb. 11th, 2011 03:52 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'll probably end up getting more stickers too, lol
There's a smaller Tokyu Hands in Nakano; a branch store called "hands be". It's part of a new Marui (OIOI) that just opened up near Nakano station.
And yes there is one in Ikebukuro. I really should try and get more familiar with Ikebukuro in general, but somehow we almost never end up going there. Was planning on going to the store in Shinjuku tomorrow as I need to run some errands in the area.

But what are the odds for ending up with Hiroki so often? x) (That is the one you've gotten several times right?) Maybe you could trade with someone else?

Last winter we got enough snow for the children in the neighbourhood to have snowball fights. The forecast says we have several days with snowfall coming up, so I'm curious to see how much of it will be covering the ground by the end of the weekend.

I like how AREA and Rock May keeps changing the colours of their tickets ^^
mina_cross
Feb. 11th, 2011 10:41 pm (UTC)
That's grate! You've really deserved some rest. :D
How long is your break?

What's with those bars on the windows? Is that common there? O_o

I'm probably gonna regret saying this in a few days, but I wish we would get a snowfall here. XD
(Just so I could watch it fall... I don't want really low temperatures or that it piles up on the ground.)

Wow! Seiji's cheki out of about 50 (or more, depending on how many people are in each of 15 bands) persons possible... That's luck for you! ^^

And thankfully an English title we don't have to try and figure out how to read
LOL true! But it doesn't seem to make much sense, imo. XD Maybe the lyrics explain it a bit? Or not, haha. XD

OMG! All of those tickets are from AC shows? O_O Looks like there could easily be >150 of them! Wow! Good idea to put them into something, but I think it's still be more practical to keep them in some nice box. Maybe if it would be divided in a few parts inside (so you could sort them out by size or something)? Honestly, I kinda doubt you'll manage to find albums (I don't think one would be enough) in right sizes for all of them. :/
chounohana
Feb. 12th, 2011 05:14 am (UTC)
I have to make a few trips to school, probably around the beginning of March, to do some paper work, apply for new classes etc. But the classes themselves won't start again until the beginning of April (They don't tell us the exact dates until a week or so before).

Yeah, bars like that seem to be pretty common. I haven't really given it much thought. Maybe it's to protect the glass from the many storms we have here since those particular windows lack the storm shutter most other windows here have.

That sounds like the way I prefer snow too. But even if it does start piling up, I think I like it better than rain anyway.

"Breath of mind"? I guess it makes a little more sense in the context of the lyrics (and the Japanese language), but doesn't translate well. Though I think Seiji needs to work on his pronounciation... He makes it sound like "Breasts of mine" (which I guess would sort of make sense too).
Apparently Mana always has to make him repeat stuff a billion times when recording Moi dix Mois music, because he just can't get the foreign words right. Out of all the bandguys I'm familiar with, his English is the worst. (but of course that just leads to more fun incidents, so that's alright x) )

oh, they're not all from Art Cube (though I think the majority are), and there's definitely more than 150 in there.
The box thing is pretty much what I've been doing so far. I'd prefer some sort of album as it would allow me to go through them more easily etc. but haven't been able to find something yet. Tokyu Hands have a lot of neat stuff like that though, and I haven't been looking around for it for a while, so it's worth checking it out.
mina_cross
Feb. 12th, 2011 11:30 pm (UTC)
Oops, I've just noticed my typo in the 1st comment. Sorry about that. >_<

Wow that's a lot! We got only two weeks between semesters. :(
Now you'll have time to go to the concerts you like without having to worry about exams and such as in the past couple of weeks and to do stuff, haha. That's nice. :)

I see... I didn't know storms there get that bad. :/

Hahahah, maybe he does it on purpose to sound like that! XD
And even if Mana does that, I almost never figure out when he says something in English, unless I know what he sings. Although it seems to me he usually does it in death voice (or is that K? I just got confused >_<) to cover it up a bit. lol
I wonder how come it's like that. He does seem to be trying, but... :/
chounohana
Feb. 13th, 2011 12:11 am (UTC)
Maybe the difference has something to do with the fact that we start a new school year between February and April? Like your summer vacation. In summer we only have a couple of weeks since that's our "break between semesters".
So far I have 7 lives coming up in March, so the time off will be nice :)

Like American schools have 'snow days' we have 'typhoon days'. Storms can get pretty bad here, especially aroun October (typhoon season).

If you think the English in Moi dix Mois' songs is hard to understand on the CD, you should hear them live ^^; Even when Seiji is announcing the name of the songs we often have to wait until the music starts playing to know what song name he just said.
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