Meeting ray in Shibuya

This tuesday it was time for me and Jessica to meet Ray (one of our focus artists) and his support guitarist. But first we enjoyed some extremely delicious salmon sashimi in Aoyama. Mmmm, I love it so much!

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And some udon noodles!

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And some spring rolls!

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Then we headed to Shibuya. Lot’s of people as always.

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We went by a pet shop with adorable dogs and cats…

In Shibuya we met Ray and together we went to a restaurant at which you could drink as much as you wanted for six hours. Absolutely crazy, that business idea would never work in Sweden. ^^

Reil (ray)

Reil (ray)

ray Official Webpage

But we had such a good time and after a while, Yuki, ray’s support guitarist showed up as well. We enjoyed good food, like takoyaki (a favorite of mine, it’s fried octupus with mayonnaise).

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We continued to a karaoke bar where we spent the whole night and sang ’til our throats hurt. Awesomely fun!

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Finally I’ve ended up at a karaoke bar in Tokyo. ^^ We missed the last subway of course and had to stay there ’til it opened again in the morning. But first, we restored our energies at a noodles restaurant.

We had a blast so I hope I’ll see these two guys again, very good people. ^^

Japanese McDonalds has pink hamburgers!

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A fortune teller in our neighbourhood. Apparantly, Japanese fortune tellers can have golden antennas on their head. ^^

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Decoration at our hotel.

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I don’t want to go home to Sweden. I really don’t. This is painful. But soon we must go home…

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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…

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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.

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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
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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

Robots and pole-dancers in Shinjuku

Japanese breakfast!

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Today has been a very rainy day, so me and Hide went first to Shibuya. Jessica was sick and had to stay in bed. :-(

Me and Hide went to Taito Station, an archade, and played some games.

I enjoyed most playing a horrorgame in a dark “booth” with 3D-glasses. I actually got so scared in the beginning that I screamed loudly. *embarassed*

I got some Natsume Yuujinchou figures in a toy machine. ^^

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And me and Hide took some purikura photos.

In Tokyo, they put a stand with long plastic bags outside each shop, so you wont bring your wet umbrella in – you put it in the bag. Very smart.

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Then we went to a sushi restaurant. I would not have been able to order here by myself. ^^

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It was soooo good!

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Then it was time for the big event of today. Please scroll down to watch movies.

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Me and Hide went to Shinjuku and a place called “Robot Restaurant”. It’s a place were you can eat food and drink while watching a crazy show with “robots”, half-naked girls and pole dancers.

I had to buy a shirt in Shibuya to cover me up, ’cause you are not welcome at that place if you have tattoos. But later I spotted a poledancer with a big tattoo, so I feel a little bit cheated. ^_-

This was truly a special place, so much light and colors.

Apparanly, building this place cost 10 billion yen!!!

On our way in, the staff asked me if I wanted to participate in the show and fight a robot, but I said no. It was another girl who did it and she was a gaijin like me, so I guess they ask female foreigners for that part. ^^

While waiting for the show we had cute robot-dinasours on the table.

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As food we got bento boxes! I could also order beer.

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If you visit Tokyo, I recommend you to go to Robot Restaurant in Shinjuku. It’s a really fun an crazy experience.

Me and Hide enjoyed it very much.

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And here I’m posing with a giant robot.

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Here you can watch some clips from the show!

Akihabara and Shibuya

Today, my friend Hide arrived to Tokyo. He lives in Osaka.

We went to Akihabara for a short visit. Akihabara is one of my favorite areas.

Electric wires is hanging in the air in Tokyo…

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Want to get your ears cleaned by Geishas?

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It’s not unusal that there are plastic food ouside restaurants to show the menu. Helps a lot if you can’t read Japanese.

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Well, it’s nice to be back in Akihabara…

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Floors filled with otaku stuff…

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You want to buy a mini-toilet that you can steer with a remote?

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Akihabara…

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Akihabara…

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Akihabara…

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I bought a new boobie mouse pad, since the one at work is a little bit broken… and dirty. ^^ I needed a new one.

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Akihabara…

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Akihabara…

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Jiji!!! But what is Moomin doing there?

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Nyanko Sensei! <3

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I couldn’t help myself from buying some souveirs…

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Then we went to Shibuya to meet up with Jessica. Gosh, there are so many people…

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We headed to Record Towers… time for shopping!

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Jessica wants to tattoo this logo. ^^

So much visual kei stuff here… kind of heaven.

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LM.C.

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D.

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I bought three DVDs… Rentrer En Soi, X-Japan and hide.

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The we took some coffee at a coffe shop…

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Shibuya is quite pretty when the night falls.

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Then we continued to a Japanese restaurant.

Mmmm time for sake!

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And we ordered a lot of food, and it was oishiii.

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Jessica ordered a drink with remnants from Fukushima.

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It actually tasted really good!

It will be raining all day tomorrow… what to do then…?