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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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.

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)

Blog Twitter Fan-mail Bloodtype Birthday
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

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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YOHIO in Harajuku

The following video is a message from YOHIO to the readers of “FRIDA” – a Swedish magazine for teenage girls. (I will tell you a secret – I’ve been in that magazine too approximately 10 years ago… And I still got it saved in a box somewhere. But I won’t tell you why… *ha ha* )

Well, not because I was an upcoming superstar as YOHIO – that’s for sure. Wow, life must be crazy for him right now – so much happening and so much work to do.

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Yohio

In this movie he walks around in Harajuku and it’s painful to see Takeshita Doru and the lovely stores in the Laforet building. I want to go back so badly. When I visited that music-store in Laforet there was no YOHIO-singles…. but now there apparently is. And it’s quite funny to see him walking around in the fashion stores. I looked down on myself right now and realized that I’m wearing a jacket that I bought in the very same store as he stood in.

Japan is so close and still so far away.

Anyway, less  whining from me and more focus on YOHIO. I hope you all will vote on him at Mars 9th… I think that’s when the final is. ^^

Day 7: Takeshita Street Shopping Spree

After visiting the Meiji Jingu Shrine, I decided to take another round on Takeshita Street.


 
I don’t seem to get enough of that place either… It’s located only ~200 meters from the Shrine entrance.

The Japanese telephone wires is not buried in the ground. They often look very tangled, much more than on this photo.

Tangled telephone wires

Tangled telephone wires

It started to rain. Again! But it’s OK, ’cause I spent most time indoors in shops… ;-p


 

Rainy Takeshita street

Rainy Takeshita street

I bought these tamagochi stickers for my niece. I hope she will like them.

Tamagochi stickers

Tamagochi stickers

Soooo, yes, I had another shopping spree… :-S

I fell in love with this shirt. (to the left) You can buy stuff like this in Europe too, but to the double price. I also fell in love with this lovely and cozy “jacket” in black velvet.

Bargains

Bargains

And when I saw this “The GazettE” shirt it just had to follow me home…

Anata wa GazettE ga suki desu!! ♥

Anata wa GazettE ga suki desu!! ♥

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