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How are people overseas reacting to the flu panic? People seem fairly calm where I live, but I saw a lot more people than usual wearing masks in Tokyo yesterday.

Yesterday was also the day of the TOEIC. And hahaha, I'm glad I didn't do anything remotely close to studying/preparing for this. That would have been such a waste of time. I think this was the easiest of all important tests I've ever taken. The most difficult part was probably figuring out how you were supposed to fill in your registration number etc. before the actual test started x)

Was a bit worried about making it to the train in time, as I was going to a live in Takadanobaba in the afternoon. But with a bit of hurrying, I made it just in time. For some reason the train ride felt a lot nicer than it usually does. The weather was perfect, drove past a field of cows with lots of cats running around among the larger animals (I have no idea what all the cats were doing there), then there was this strange man dressed up as a pirate, and a cute 4 year old running around calling me oneechan!!

As we entered AREA, Retsu and Sho-ta (vocals and drums of MaitoreiA) were standing there handing out enquetes. No "hair & make" yet, so it was obvious they weren't going to play until late (Goodbye last train home -_-) Maito did end up being the last band playing, and wow, I had forgotten just how much fun they are :D Too bad their oneman is on the same day as Versailles' girls-only live.
They have a new song (might be called "kibou no silk", difficult to hear what Retsu said), MCs were about the current flu and how we should wash our hands properly etc. No new info mentioned, just summaries of the coming releases. No sign of the new costumes either, but it gave me the opportunity to get a good look at the red outfits before they disappear. (btw, they actually want us to grade them on their looks - it's part of the enquete)

Last night there was no line in front of Virgil's merch table, so I finally got to buy some stuff. And found out what those "mystery plastic balls" contain: each one contains a button and a sticker. The button has the face of one of the members, while the sticker has really cute, full figure, cartoon versions of them (both are random, so you don't necessarily get a button and a sticker of the same member)
And Roa.... I am so glad he found Takumi to play drums. Roa is multi-talented when it comes to playing instruments, and told us a while ago that when he was starting this band, he would be the drummer if he could find a good vocalist, or do the singing himself if he found a good drummer. And I would hate to see him hidden in the back behind a large drum kit. It's difficult to describe his stage presence, so I hope some of it comes across on the DVD, that they'll hopefully release, from their oneman live. He's quickly become one of my three favourites (the other two being Kamijo and Seiji, in case that was difficult to figure out)
Still can't make sense of Haku. That guy's weird...

Exam coming up on Tuesday. Interview coming up soon-ish. I want another three-month spring vacation (>_<) But there's still lots of fun things to look forward to in June. Decided to go to Versailles' girls-only live after all, as a friend offered me a FC ticket (didn't apply for one myself as I originally wasn't planning on going since it's a weekday). Hopefully nothing will get in the way of attending the Rock May lives. And I still need to try and get us tickets for the final night when they go on sale next weekend.


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May. 24th, 2009 01:33 pm (UTC)
There's a good amount of people freaking out and a good amount of people not caring here. I honestly think the media is making it seem worse than it is. :/ Not that many people died. Not to mention the hype is affecting imports and exports. Plus most of the people who died were already suffering from other conditions. The Swine Flu is pretty much like a regular flu.
May. 24th, 2009 02:23 pm (UTC)
I think the media is the reason for a lot of the panicking too. More people die from the regular flu...
I wouldn't mind a week's vacation if the school decides to close because of it though, like they've done further west (<.<)
May. 24th, 2009 03:07 pm (UTC)
I heard that this flu is only dangerous for babies and old people...I think it's only one person that got it in Sweden, I don't know much though, since I don't watch the news often^^;

are you studying English in Japan?
May. 24th, 2009 03:41 pm (UTC)
It's supposedly people between the age of 20~50 who are prone to catch it ^^; And it's spreading quickly in Japan. Not planning on getting worried until I actually catch something though.

I'm studying Japanese at the moment, but taking this test is required for some studies I might be starting on after the summer.
May. 24th, 2009 05:30 pm (UTC)
it's probably like an ordinary flu for those people, I'm not sure though...

ah! I wanna study Japanese in Japan to, I might do that later...I'm a bit nervous though^^;

Where the pic on your avatar from, it looks new^_^ and I don't think I seen it before...
May. 24th, 2009 11:30 pm (UTC)
The picture was taken on the 22nd, at a show they did as part of the current Kakumei no Anthology tour.
May. 24th, 2009 05:48 pm (UTC)
H1N1 is still overhyped here in some places but it has blown over for the most part. I haven't seen it mentioned in a while, except on TV or in random news articles online.

I've been meaning to ask because I've seen it on two occasions already, but is Sho-ta's name pronounced "Sho-ta" or "Syo-ta"? Or is it non-distinguishable? And those little ball things sound cool. I love random surprises like that. ^^ (Though it would also be nice to pick which members you wanted.)

Good luck on your exam and interview! I'm looking forward to June, too, if only for a few new releases. ^^
May. 24th, 2009 11:25 pm (UTC)
It's blown over? I feel like it's all they talk about on both TV and on the street in this country. Will be dificult to escape it as long as the number of infections are rising steadily.

"sho" and "syo" are pronounced the same way; it's just two different ways of romanizing the sound. He's switched between the two ways of writing it without announcing anything as far as I know, so I'm not sure if he officially changed it or if he's just being inconsistent. But the pronounciation remains the same regardless :)

And thanks!
May. 25th, 2009 12:06 pm (UTC)
Here no one really cares about it it seems. My friends and I rather are joking about it. If one of us catches a cold we're "Oh no! She's caught the pig flu! Don't get close" *laugh*".
I haven't heard from anyone so far that they worry. My uncle even will go to Mexico soon for a holiday with his family.
Even in the media it wasn't mentioned since quite a while. Some days ago there was a tiny tiny tiny article, more like a note, really, that a teacher and two students (I don't really remember though) in Japan have caught it, but that's it.

Retsu of MaitoreiA doesn't smoke? Wooh, come let's marry. Well not really, but it's rare to see a band-guy who doesn't smoke.

The icon you used to answer xemeex's comment is really pretty. Kamijo and Hizaki look beautiful~

Good luck that you'll be able to get tickets for the other Versailles concerts you want to go to! The concerts surely will be great (;_;)

Also good luck for your exam! =D
Interview? As in, job interview?
May. 25th, 2009 01:22 pm (UTC)
That's what me and my friends are like about the whole flu hysteria too. But it surprises me to hear there's not much talk about it in the news anymore in both the US and Europe. They're still giving us regular updates on it here.

I think that's more of a "Japanese guy" thing than a "band-guy" thing x) I've seen an increasing number of bandmen lately stating they're non-smokers though :)

Hizaki has been experimenting a lot with his hair, trying out various styles lately, and Kamijo is fortunately letting his grow out again ^^; They're looking good these days!

It's a school admission interview. But I guess those work in a similar way as job interviews. Not too worried about it yet, but I'll probably get more nervous once a date has been set @_@
May. 25th, 2009 01:55 pm (UTC)
Maybe because Japan seems to be sensitive towards the "illness" topic anyway? Over here no one would wear a face mask when they're ill for example. Non Asian countries seem to be more easy going when it comes to things like that maybe?

First I wanted to write Japanese guy, but as I have no resources about that I thought to better write band-guy.
Good to hear that the number of smoker is decreasing. Personally I think it's disgusting ^^;

Being honest I actually prefer other hairstyles. I like his fringe, but I think the poofy top parts looks a little strange being somewhat flatter and parted to left and right instead of a big bulb in the middle. Then again it still looks good X3
Hime hair is so pretty I think ♥

Is it from your school to stay there/take other subjects/an advanced level or do you want to transfer to another school?
Don't we love oral exams or similar things...GOOD LUCK!
May. 27th, 2009 10:13 am (UTC)
In Italy there is no flu panic, but a few schools are closed, maybe because of european election, maybe because of one or two students with suspected flu.

You are my idol! How many lives have you seen? XD

May. 27th, 2009 12:42 pm (UTC)
I hadn't heard that they closed some schools in Europe as well :O

Some people enjoy going to soccer games, others like to spend their spare time going to lives :)
May. 27th, 2009 01:33 pm (UTC)
I know that 2 high schools closed last week in Rome, but media haven't talk about for long time.

About your exame, we say "in bocca al lupo", which means "in wolf's mouth"...it is a way to say good luck!
May. 27th, 2009 01:39 pm (UTC)
That's an interesting way of saying it. Thank you!
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