Happy New Year 2014 (^o^) Can't believe how fast the last year went by. Hope 2014 will be a good year too.
For the first time in years, this 31st of December was spent at a countdown live.The live took place in Kagurazuka, livehouse EXPLOSION - which was just as tiny as I remembered it from seeing Velvet there three years ago. Thankfully we were allowed to leave and re-enter, so we didn't need to stay there all the time.
Arrived in Kagurazuka a little before 2pm, as I was supposed to meet up with Akari and the Shokudai shikiri (sponsoring band). But turned out Akari overslept, and Rika got sick... Thankfully Miki came really early though. So we entered EXPLOSION together and waited for Akari. Once she arrived, we left the venue for a while and went to a nearby Gusto for dinner.
Spent about three hours there, until Mee and Maho arrived.
Maho drew some really cute New Year cards for the guys ♡
Then, more waiting. Velvet were the 12th band (*_*)
At least HOPE were quite good, so they made the wait a little bit better.
Velvet's setlist (this might be out of order): 1. 静寂は凶暴 2. Candy Night Lover 3. Nude 4. 幻影フィクション 5. 愛憎倒錯遊戯 6. 感染するアンドロイド
Android doesn't really work when there's no fence, and the stage is barely 50cm high f^_^; Nothing to throw ourselves over, and too low for there to be any point in climbing the stage... I'm happy they did Seijaku though ♡
One of the guitar strings snapped during the middle of the set.... Bera still managed to do the rest of the songs well though :) Bass was played by Jun from Inpossible this time. I like him! Hope he'll fill in for You at other lives too if needed.
For the sale of cheki afterwards, there was a New Year related prize. Which Miki ended up winning:
...creepy Hayato pierrot, lol.
Also, new band flyer:
After all the bands had finished playing, around 1am, everyone headed to the nearby Akagi Shrine for hatsumode (first shrine visit of the year). Was really crowded, and freezing, so the mild cold I'd had that morning turned into a fullblown version by the end of it, and my voice was gradually disappearing completely... It was fun though! Nice to do something different with everyone. I'd never done a hatsumode before, so Bera was showing me how to do everything x) At least I learned some new stuff! I'd been meaning to do this for a few years now.
Due to the cold and overall tiredness I was completely dead for the following uchiage... Will have to try and recover by the live on the 8th...
Backtracking a bit, to Christmas ☆ Had a nice dinner with Angelica, Nina, and Sapphira on the 23rd.
The interior was interesting.
On the 25th I met up with Riyo in Ueno ♪ Then went to the zoo. Few people there on a day like that, so we could watch all the animals in peace.
These things always look so chubby and cute x)
The giant and eater was cute too
Was there until they closed, then went to have a look at the nearby illumination as it had already gotten dark.
This tree kept changing colours.
We were going to meet Akari, Ayaka, Kyoko, and Mee in Shinjuku around 8pm, so we took the train there and enjoyed the last day of Christmats drinks at Starbucks while waiting ♡
Then dinner :D
December disappeared in a flash. One of my favourite times of the year, so I'm already looking forward till it comes around again (^o^)
Hope everyone had great Christmas and New Year's celebrations ☃