Harajuku, Ikebukuro and birthday party

This Friday, I took a short trip to Harajuku to buy some presents.

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Later, me and Jessica headed to Ikebukuro to celebrate her birthday together with Hiraoki (I -アイ- ) and Rysuke (Doukoku) with friends.

We had a really good time and missed the last subway home. We had to take taxi. ^^

Happy birthday Jessica!

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Eating raw chicken, Meiji shrine and Yoyogi

Yesterday was sunny and warm. First Jess and I headed to Tower Records in Shibuya, since Mejibray had just released their new DVD. I bought myself a Phantasmagoria DVD though. *happy*

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And look, YOHIO, a swedish artist among the jrock-CDs. ^_-

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Then we headed to the Meiji Shrine in Harajuku. The surrounding is really beautiful.

Big tori right? Can you see me in the bottom left? ^^

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We found a souvenir shop on our way back. I bought myself a wobbling cat and a small musicbox. The Japanese cookies and Hello Kitty mirror will be presents for family.

And after that we continued to Yoyogi park that is located in the same area.

Stuntman show!

So much sakura!! Finally I have experienced hanami in Japan, a dream of mine.

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Don’t throw yourself into a tube carriage for a piece of cake! ^^

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Then we headed to Suitengumae to meet Hiroaki (singer in I -アイ-) and a Ryusuke (singer in Doukoku). We had a really nice time!

We got served raw chicken!!! Something a sane Swede would never eat I’m sure. But we tried it and I loved it. I think I ate a little bit too much raw chicken to be honest…

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I love Japanese food.

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In Japan it’s not unusual to see businessmen sleeping in public places. Japan is a very safe country but the people simply work too much…

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On our way home, me and Jessica ended up in Roppongi since the subway got closed. But we managed to get home safe. ^^

VelBet’s last live (Shibuya)

I’ve seen two band during this Japan visit that I used to think I never would see live. The first one was GRIEVA. And the other one was VelBet.

I saw VelBet this evening. And it was their last live ever, since they will disband. A very emotional night. I will come back to this…

Velbet

But first, me and Jessica made a short visit to Harajuku this morning for some shopping. I found following:

Bracelet, hide-necklace, hide pin and black mouth masks.

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I also bought this beautiful hide-figure. HIDE YOUR FACE

Jessiva found this cool glasses.

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It was sunny and warm and very crowded. We strolled down Takeshita Street and ended up at Laforet. We had to take a look at the visual kei store “Like an Edison”.

Um… a lot of teddy bears that holds up their own loose heads seems popular right now….

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DIAURA singer shows what happens when he puts on some makeup…

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Reasons why you can not smoke on the street in Japan…

Anyway, later I headed to Shibuya for VelBet concert. It took place at Shibuya O-west. I saw that Alcatraz was located next to it – a restaurant with theme mental hospital. I would like to go there… Hope Jessica will join me.

Outside O-West

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I bought some photo-cards and chekis with VelBet.

The band has been active for five years (2009 – 2014). Now it’s gonna end. It’s so sad.

 

The arena was quite small. I think we were about 400 people there. I got a good spot with a good view and even though the hall was pretty crowded, there was some space between the rows. That makes it easier to dance to the music.

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I found it pretty cool to see them live. I feel truly blessed and I’m so happy that I have the opportunity to experience things like this. I realised that this would be a passionate night.

And that’s the true word of this evening – passion – ’cause the band rocked so so hard and gave absolutely everything. The whole atmosphere screamed “last time”.

I truly love Riuki’s voice and I think he is so cute. He wore a black and white shirt and a colorful jacket. His hair was sprayed up in the back so it looked like a gloria, he looked like a lion. The same kind of hairdo that Ruki (The GazettE) used to have. Kaie looked very much like Uruha and Yuuna looked very much like Aoi. If you squinted with your eyes, it actually looked like you were watching the GazettE.

In Europe, you do whatever you want at a concert, but at a Japanese gig, you’re part of a bigger system and the entire audience makes the same moves at the same time. The dance moves is called furi. It’s almost like aggressive and loving aerobics (ha ha), or watching an audience street dance. I think it’s very fashinating. I tried to copy the furi as good as I could but sometimes it was very complicated. But it was fun and I enjoyed it all, even though you get very tired fast. Jump, headbang, run back and forth… I will truly have an aching neck tomorrow, we headbanged so much.

I’m in love with this band. Riuki forgot a little bit of the lyric once and after that he got the cutest big smile. Watching the entire band headbang together was wonderful. Ryohei reminds me a little bit of a young Pata (X-Japan) by some reason.

Suddenly it started to rain “cherry blossom petals” over us. It was very beautiful.

VelBet's last live

I the middle of the show, all band members left the stage except Natsuka. He gave us a wonderful drumsolo, made us clap our hands in certain rythms and shout.

Then all members came back again and continued playing. I’m so glad that they played favorite songs of mine like: Tokyo (東京), Yuusetsu Monochrome, Youthful days and Toshin Dai no Bokura (等身大の僕ら).

Then it was time for encore. We shouted and shouted.

Suddenly they lowered a giant screen over the stage and the entire audience sat down on the floor. We watched photos and movieclips from 2009 to 2014 where VelBet was performing live or kidding around backstage.

Then we saw an audience and it took a while before I realised that it was us. We stood up and waved. It was crazy to see myself there on the wall. Then the camera filmed the band backstage and followed them out on stage. Now they wore band-t-shirts.

The played more songs. Riuki sprouted water on us and I got some very appreciated drops on my face. It was so warm in there! This time it rained plastic silver ribbons on us. They played a song with the most exhausting furi. I thought I was going to die. Riuki did stagedived twice. Ryohei once. ^^

Then another encore. It took a while before they came back and performed Toshin Dai no Bokura as the last song. It was very emotional. I wondered why Riuki’s voice suddenly became so weak. Then I saw that tears fell down from his face. He was crying! He made the audience sing the refrain for him and I saw how everybody in the audience cried intensively. It was a quite painful moment.

When the song was over, the drummer sat on the floor and cried. The bassist stood there, like paralyzed, not wanting to take off his bass. He cried the most of them all. Shit, I felt so sorry for them. They all held a speach for us and I really wished that I could understand what they said. When it was time for Ryohei to speak, he couldn’t say a word, ’cause he was crying so much. Riuki gave him a hug and that was sweet.

Then they threw picks , waterbottles and drumsticks to us. They also threw a way a bunch of… I don’t know the word for it, you know, the upper part of a drum, the lid, that the drummer hits. They were signed and they threw them away like freesbees. I wish I could have caught one but I didn’t.

This have been a wonderful night, very emotional. I’m so, so happy that I got the opportunity to see them…

I will never forget this night.

Info

Band: VelBet (ベルベット)
Formed: 2008

Members

Vocal: Riuki (リウキ) (VelBet) Guitar: Kaie (VelBet) Guitar: Yuuna (ュゥナ) (VelBet) Bass: Ryohei (猟平) (VelBet) Drums: Natsuka (VelBet)
Vocal: Riuki
(リウキ)
Guitar: Kaie Guitar: Yuuna
(ュゥナ)
Bass: Ryohei
(猟平)
Drums: Natsuka

Web
VelBet Official Webpage

Other posts about VelBet (ベルベット) on my blog
VelBet (ベルベット)

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Riuki Riuki Riuki Riuk: O Riuki: Sep 5th
Kaie Kaie Kaie Kaie: A Kaie: Sep 27th
Yuuna Yuuna Yuuna Yuuna: A Yuuna: Feb 8th
Ryohei Ryohei Ryohei Ryohei: B Ryohei: Aug 5th
Natsuka Natsuka Natsuka Natsuka: AB Natsuka: Aug 19th

GRIEVA, MEJIBRAY, BORN, DIAURA, Liphlich & DEZERT concerts

This day has been really sunny and warm, no jacket needed!

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We made a short visit in Harajuku where we went to a Purikura place. You know, these cute, pastell colored photos that Japanese highschool students like to take together. I simply think it’s fun.

It was very crowded today…

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Everything is about being KAWAII in Japan! ^^

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I think I’ve told you about this before, but you need to make a lot of choices before you can actually take the photo.

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Then you go into a booth, follows the instructions and take your photos.

Then you need to find another booth where you can decorate your photos.

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And here is the result… lol.

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Today we had big plans…. we were going to Ikebukuro for a visual kei event and see following bands: GRIEVA, MEJIBRAY, BORN, DIARUA, Liphlich and DEZERT!

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Ikebukuro

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We saw some sakura in bloom. ^^

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Inside the arena. It’s Tatsuya ‘s birthday today, drummer in DIAURA.

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Flowers… since it was the arena EDGE’s 2nd anniversary. But we weren’t actually in the EDGE building… I don’t know why. That’s why we got lost a lot today.

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We thought that we would be standing during this event, but it turned out that we all had seats in the arena. I liked it, ’cause I was still quite sore after the GazettE gig yesterday (where I more or less had to fight for my life). ^^ We sat on the balcony and got a really good view.

First to perform was GRIEVA. To me it was really amazing to get the opportunity to see them live. They were actually my favorite this night. It was really hard, fast and a lot of screaming and headbaning. They were all dressed in black and rivets, and the singer ran around and rolled on the floor. High energy!

Band: GRIEVA (グリーヴァ)
Formed: 2012

Members:

Vocal: Kyouki (狂鬼) (GRIEVA) Guitar: Roku (碌) (GRIEVA) Guitar: Haru (陽) (GRIEVA) Bass: Hisame (緋雨) (GRIEVA) Drums: Rui (琉碧) (GRIEVA)
Vocal:
Kyouki (狂鬼)
Guitar:
Roku (碌)
Guitar:
Haru (陽)
Bass:
Hisame (緋雨)
Drums:
Rui (琉碧)

Next up was DEZERT. I have actually not heard them before, I think. But they were pretty good. The singer had two top-knots and a “bloodstained” white shirt. The bassplayer wore a panda-mask for a while before the singer took it off and threw it to the audience. The singer poured a bottle of water over himself and a guy from the staff had to run in and dry the floor. It looked a bit funny.

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Then there was Liphlich and they played at least three songs that I like. They looked the less visual kei today I believe, in comparison with the other bands. The singer wore a quite simple, red and shiny costume. He had a quite powerful vibrato.

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And next up was BORN. I really didn’t like the singer’s clothes, I don’t know how to describe it… some kind of black and golden body suit… any way he looked really redicilous in it and when he started to hump it didn’t look sexy at all. ;-) He had really sharp red lips, blond hair and glitter under his eyes. He has a very powerful voice and the whole crowd below us started to jump from side to side in the arena.

Band: BORN
Formed: 2008

Members

Vocal: Ryoga (猟牙) (BORN) Guitar: K (BORN) Guitar: Ray (BORN) Drums: Tomo (BORN)
Vocal:
Ryoga (猟牙)
Guitar:
K
Guitar:
Ray
Drums:
Tomo

Then there was MEJIBRAY, Jessicas favorites. I saw Meto enter the stage, crawling with is teddybear in his mouth. Then did Koichi and MiA enter and last came Tsuzuku with a black cape. Mejibray was awesome, as expected. Shit, that man has an extremely high-pitched scream sometimes. And it didn’t take long before he took off his cape and his jacket below. Then he was wearing a black string vest. He tied his jacket around his neck and simulated himself being hanged and fell down on his knees. The first song they played was RAVEN. MEJIBRAYconcert included a lot of headbaning and it was fun!

Band: MEJIBRAY
Formed: 2011

Members:

Vocal: Tsuzuku (綴) (Mejibray) Bass: Koichi (恋一) (Mejibray) Guitar: MiA (Mejibray) Drums: METO (メト) (Mejibray)
Vocal: Tsuzuku (綴) Bass: Koichi (恋一) Guitar: MiA Drums: METO (メト)

And last was DIAURA. That singer looks really really good, and… he he he, especially with this shirt off. That man has some serious abs!!! I think he had the most handsome clothes of them all tonight. And the music was good.

Band: DIAURA
Formed: 2010

Members

Vocal: yo-ka (DIAURA)

Guitar: Kei (DIAURA)

Bass: Shoya (DIAURA)

Drums: Tatsuya (DIAURA)

Vocal:
yo-ka
Guitar:
Kei (佳衣)
Bass:
Shoya (翔也)
Drums:
Tatsuya (達也)

All band were great, I must say that it has been a wonderful evening. But the best bands for night – according to me – was GRIEVA and Mejibray.

I bought a lot of chekis tonight…

GRIEVA

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Mejibray

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DIAURA

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After a beer it was time to go home and buy something to eat for the evening.

Do you want some Japanese snacks?

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Jessica ate soba noodles.

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I gave Jessica a cherry mochi, but she spit it out and gave to me. Lol…

Landed in Tokyo

It’s been a long day and a long flight, but everything went smooth.

Me and Jess landed in Narita outside Tokyo today and it has been warm and sunny. Cold Sweden felt very far away.

We headed to our hotel close to Aoyama Itchome station and while she went out to do some Nyanko business, I went to Harajuku for a stroll.

I was very tired from the flight, but it was so nice to see familiar neighborhoods. I think Tokyo has a certain smell, and it awakes memories in me. I like it.

I just strolled around the Meiji shrine entrance, the yoyogi park and Takeshita street. Most things looked the same.

This is the entrance to the park that leads to the Meji Shrine.

Meji shrine

There was a lot of people at Takeshita Street.

Takeshita street, Harajuku

Takeshita street, Harajuku

Takeshita street, Harajuku

Takeshita street, Harajuku

Takeshita street, Harajuku

When it was time to meet up with Jess, we celebrated over a sweet and tasty harajuku crep (Oh, so I’ve been longing for this).

Harajuku crepes

Harajuku crepes

Harajuku crepes

Harajuku crepes

Harajuku crepes

Made a short visit in a jrock store before we headed home to eat Nikuman and drink Japanese beer.

Nikuman is some kind of bread filled with meat and cabbage, and it was Jessica who introudes me to this very tasty meal for only 100 yen. Mmmmm… oishii!

Nikuman

Nikuman

This is our messy hotel room. It was much bigger than I expected. So far I’ve only lived in reeeeaally small hotelrooms in Japan.

Hotel room

So far so good. :-) But soooooo tired.

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