faded_lace: (Hikaru: charming)
Sorry about the lateness of this post, but... I made it home in one piece! America was super busy and stressful with all the family obligations, but... I'm back now!

I'm still way more jet-lagged than I expected, so I've spent most of the time sleeping and wondering whether my body wants me to eat or not eat, but I'm sure I'll be rejuvenated soon. For now... just trying to survive jumping right back into work after my trip XD;

On the bright side, only slightly more than a week until I see NEWS in Shizuoka!

I made it!

Apr. 11th, 2017 09:42 am
faded_lace: (Yugo: well?)
I meant to post this earlier, but I just wanted to drive by to say I'm alive and I made it to America! I'm pretty jetlagged and exhausted, but I'm here XD;

I'm still mostly on hiatus; I'll be checking LJ about once a day, so I'll try to get back to people as soon as possible! Sorry for any slow response, and I'll be back in Japan on the 17th!

Wish me luck in getting over my jet lag @__@
faded_lace: (NEWS: colors ♥)
In an attempt to avoid letting it join the long list of overdue concert reports that I need to write, here's the report for the first day of NEWS's 2017 Tour, which I saw in Sapporo on Saturday! I had a really good time and tried to capture as much detail as possible here, so I hope it's an enjoyable read!

NEWS Live Tour 2017 'Neverland,' 2017.4.1 @ 5 pm )

All in all, there were some weird parts or parts that I need to see again to really get, but all in all, it was a really great show and I enjoyed it a lot! It's always fun to see the happenings that go on on the first day, too XD; There were particularly a lot of mic issues this time! But at any rate, I'm really looking forward to going again!
faded_lace: (Shige: grin)
It became my turn at Shiritori while I was in Hokkaido, so I figured I'd write about Hokkaido! By the way, this fic has nothing to do with the Dostoyevsky book by the same title, oops. XD;

title: The Idiot
rating: r
pairings:Kato Shigeaki x Kusano Hironori ; side Koyama x Tegoshi
warnings: brief and non-explicit description of sex
word count: 3,290
beta: [livejournal.com profile] yomimashou
author’s note: This was inspired by my recent trip to Hokkaido to see the first show of NEWS’s Neverland tour. XD; I hope this is what was going on behind the scenes. Written for Shiritori @ [livejournal.com profile] writetomyheart!
summary: Maybe being around Kusano makes him an idiot, but Shige can’t bring himself to care.

'You idiot!' Shige bursts. )
faded_lace: (NEWS: colors ♥)
Back from Hokkaido! This trip was really fun and busy, so I'm exhausted now and I'm going to get to bed, but for the time being, I wanted to say that I'm here, I'm alive, and the concert was amazing! Our seats were in the arena literally two seats away from the center stage, which means we saw the majority of the concert with the guys extremely up close, and it was a really wonderful experience.

For now, things are kind of crazy because I'm going to work for the usual start of the year meetings and what have you until the opening ceremony and entrance ceremony on Friday, and then on Saturday I'm leaving again to head to the US for a relative's wedding. I'm not thrilled with this situation, or with missing the first week of school, but it is what it is.

At any rate, right now I'm full of love for Shige and already looking forward to the next shows (probably Nagoya for me), so I'm just going to try to ride the good feelings and get to bed.
faded_lace: (Inoo: cosy)
Happy New Year, flist!

I made it back alive and in one piece! I'm really exhausted from 3 concerts in less than 24 hours, but it was super fun, and my only regret is that I couldn't see the last JUMP show, too!

I have three days of work with no classes before another weekend in Tokyo (I know, what the hell am I doing with my life), so I'm going to try to get my shit together and make my regular New Year's posts, etc. I'm still pretty crazy with life stuff, but I'm going to try to get my year off to the right start!

I'm alive!

Dec. 29th, 2016 01:06 pm
faded_lace: (Inoo: cosy)
I'm back from Hiroshima and Kobe! I had a great time, and if I can find the time, I want to post photos here eventually, but for right now, I have one day at home before heading into Tokyo for New Year's.

As it turns out, a friend and I managed to hit for tickets to JUMP's shows on the 31st at 5 and the 1st at noon, and we're also going to Countdown, which means we're going to 3 concerts within 24 hours, yikes. We won't be getting a lot of sleep and I'll definitely be really busy, but I get back home on the 3rd, so I'll try to check in again then!

For now, happy holidays and particularly an early happy new year!
faded_lace: (BEST: ♥)
Well, it's officially Friday! That means I'm leaving "today"! Granted, I'm going to sleep before then, but still. XD;

I'm going to be on hiatus until December 28th (traveling with friends), and then again from December 30th to January 3rd (going to Tokyo for the JUMP concert/countdown). Basically, I'm going to be away from my computer/the internet for the remainder of the December until into the new year, so if you contact me, I probably won't see it immediately, or it'll take me a while to get back to it. I'm sorry! I will have my phone, and I'll be checking my email, so I'll do my best to respond to things, but I'll be mostly away from the internet!

But, I hope everyone has a happy winter/holiday season for those who celebrate winter holidays, and I'll check back in on December 29th if I can!
faded_lace: (Inoo: Pretty princess ♥)
I'm back from Tokyo! I had a great time celebrating my birthday (which is on December 2-- same as Hikaru!-- but I'm busy next weekend) with my friends, and we had fun shopping for makeup, clothes, and Johnny's shop photos, as well as playing Pokemon Go, eating, and just hanging out. Also, I got some awesome gifts from my friends! I'm really happy with everything, but the most relevant thing to my LJ is that one of my wonderful friends found a copy of the Karafuto Ojisan script! Which means that (hopefully) I'll be able to share it here. So please look forward to that!

I got back pretty late though, so for now I'm going to crash. This week is going to be pretty long, alas, but only 3 more weeks until winter break?
faded_lace: (Inoo: kitty)
I'm headed out of town after work today (heading to Nagoya!), so I won't be able to respond to messages or reply comments until at least Sunday! I'm sorry for the inconvenience.

I'm stressed out about getting to the train station after work and packing and all that, but I'm super excited for Nagoya! Miso katsu and chicken wings all the way. XD; I like seeing shows in Nagoya because Nippon Gaishi is small and intimate-feeling, but I feel like the thing I look forward to the most is the food. |D;;;

I hope everyone has a good week and weekend!
faded_lace: (Inoo: Pretty princess ♥)
I know this is crazy late, but I'm finally getting around to writing up my reports for the DEAR. tour this summer and fall. I'm really sorry!

This is the report of the first day in August, so if you're interested, please check out below the cut!

Hey! Say! JUMP in Yokohama Arena, 2016.8.12 @ 5 pm )

Our seats weren't ideal for that show, but it was still a really good performance! All in all, while DEAR. is really different than JUMPing CARnival was, I really liked it a lot, and I'm looking forward to writing up the other shows, too!
faded_lace: (Jun: thougtful)
Back from Tokyo, and from seeing Shounentachi for a second time, and also the saien of *pnish*'s Samurai Mode! I'm going to try to write up Shounentachi this year (and also write up last year's for posterity, because I really enjoyed last year's more), but right now, I'm totally in awe of how great Samurai Mode was. Please forgive the non-Johnny's gushing and rambling... it's super nostalgic for me and I want to get all my feelings out XD;

Spoilers for Samurai Mode! )

I know I'm really behind in stuff, but I needed to get all my nostalgic feelings out, ahaha ^^;;; And seriously, if you're into theatre and in Japan, I definitely recommend *pnish*'s works!
faded_lace: (Inoo: Pretty princess ♥)
Sunday was crazy busy, so I didn't really have time to post, but!! Inochan was so good in the Doctor X special! I was sort of let down by how melodramatic the main plot was and how there wasn't much weight given to Inochan's resolution in terms of the skating tournament, but he was really good and I enjoyed his performance a lot. Also! You can see me! My face was cut off, but I'm right behind him when he's speaking in the end, so… yay? XD;

Today was an ALT Day event at [livejournal.com profile] yomimashou's school, and it was the first time I've ever been to her school! Her ALT Days were all on days I couldn't be scheduled to go in the past, so I was never chosen, but I finally had a chance go! There was a part of the activity where the students had to ask me who my favorite famous person was, and it was exciting that most of them knew Inochan without prompting, and all of them knew who he was once I gave some context (the guy who likes cats on Shimura Doubutsuen, lol). Most of them wrote his name on their paper as "Inou," but hey, I'll take what I can get. XD;

This week continues to suck, but I'm going to do my best to get to the weekend. T__T; My friends and I are going to Tokyo to celebrate Shige's birthday, so I'm looking forward to that!
faded_lace: (Shige: smile)
I'm back from Tokyo! It was a long and tiring weekend, but NEWS was amazing and I'm so happy I was able to see them again. The show was just as good as in Nagoya, and even though they were far away, I was able to see them pretty well. It was my first time in the 3rd floor balcony, and it was really good! It felt much closer than the 4th floor stands, while giving a good view of the whole place (as opposed to, say, the last row of the 2nd floor stands, where you're low enough that it's pretty hard to see the parts of the setup that are far away).

I'm going to try to get my actual report written as soon as possible, but I have to say the highlight for me was when, despite the fact that I was quite high up in the stands, Shige saw me and pointed to me! ♥♥♥ That's the first time I've ever been pointed at in Tokyo Dome AND the first time I've been seen by Shige, so all around, it was exciting!

And then on Sunday, we went to buy paparazzi photos. Some of the basement shops were advertising having photos from the Tokyo Dome shows already, but I really prefer a certain shop where you can choose using iPads, so we ended up getting photos from Sapporo and Fukuoka instead. It was sad that they weren't from our show, but on the bright side, Shige didn't have the truly horrible hair that he had for Tokyo Dome. While usually he chances to the side-swept hair at the halfway point, so you can see the undercut on one side of his head, in Tokyo Dome, he had the long hair all sort of weirdly piled into a mohawk/faux-hawk hybrid on the top of his had using pins, and you could see both undercut sides, and then it sort of awkwardly became a mullet-type thing in the back? It was very mysterious and very unfortunate (in my opinion… bring back long hair Shige T_T). So at least the paparazzi photos I got don't have that hair… though you can see in the ones I did get that the undercut is really uneven and it makes me wonder who the heck did it. It's not cleanly shaved in a line or anything, it's sort of jagged and janky. |D; Shige, come on.

But! The biggest paparazzi surprise was that, out of curiosity, when I looked in the "by member" sorting on the iPad, I found photos from 2006 of Happy Music Shige!!! It's a fact of life that I'm hopelessly infatuated with both the song Happy Music and Shige's costume and appearance and performance for it, but I really never thought I'd be able to find paparazzi photos of it at this point. But!!! I was able to get this photo of it, and two more!!! I love how pouty he is, especially because it directly contrasts with his guitar that says "Happy Music" on it. XD; So cute ♥

I'm going to try to catch up on stuff that I got behind on due to being away for the weekend, but hopefully I can get my report done soon!
faded_lace: (NEWS: colors ♥)
On May 7th, I went down to Nagoya to see NEWS in Nippon Gaishi Hall! Unfortunately, I had a fever that day, which really sucked, but I was still able to enjoy the show! I'm going again in June, but before that, I wanted to share my experience from May, so I've written up a little report here!

NEWS Quartetto Tour in Nippon Gaishi Hall, 2016.5.7 @ 5 pm )

The show was seriously amazing. *___* I can't wait to see it again in Tokyo!

going MIA!

Apr. 29th, 2016 11:17 pm
faded_lace: (Inoo: sunflower)
After a stressful day making uchiwa and getting my apartment ready for visitors, tomorrow, I'm headed into Tokyo for KAT-TUN's 10th anniversary concert, and then I'm bringing friends back with me on Sunday~ Then I'm going to do touristing in my area for Golden Week with my friends through Thursday, go to work on Friday, and then go to NEWS in Nagoya on the following weekend.

Obviously I'll have access to my computer when I'm in my apartment, but I'll probably be pretty busy and won't be around much. I'm sorry for any inconveniences and I'll try to get back to anyone who comments or messages me as soon as possible, but I'll probably be MIA most of the time. I'm also sorry I've been slow to reply comments; it's been sort of a stressful time, but I'm going to try to get back on top of stuff when I get back!

For the time being, I hope everyone has a good weekend, and for those in Japan, a good start to Golden Week!

PS: Today was my one year anniversary of seeing Karafuto Ojisan, and I'm still not over that I will never be able to see it again ;__; Inochan was so amazing.
faded_lace: (Hikaru: charming)
One: JUMP announced a new single! Idk what's up with the title or the fact that there's a B-side called "We are Otoko no Ko" ("We are Boys") but you know what? I'm not complaining! XD Yay for a new single. ♥ It's pretty much on the same schedule as last year, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a tour announcement soon!

Two: Starting tomorrow, I'm going to be traveling out of town with parents until April 3rd. I'll be checking on my phone, and comments/PMs reach me by email, but I won't be around much to post or comment.

Three: Today is my last day at work for the school year, which feels weird and bittersweet but also like I'm so glad people I don't like are retiring. Hopefully they don't move my desk while I'm gone; the inside of the drawers are so messy right now >__>

Four: I have to pack when I go home. Yuck.

Five: My friends are going to the Sexy Zone tour this weekend in Nagoya, so I'm interested to see how that goes.

Six: time put ur hand up~ (tomereru ka? orera wo~)

Seven: The sakura have started blooming at my school! I hope that means the ones in Tokyo and Kansai will bloom while my parents are here ♥

Eight: Catch everyone in April!
faded_lace: (Daiki: ♡)
This is quite late, but on the last day of February, I gave out the last of my Valentine's Day chocolates to the other ALTs (foreign English teachers) in my city. We have a meeting once a month, so even though it was long after Valentine's day, it was my only chance to give them out. These ones were matcha and dark chocolate or almond milk chocolate and white chocolate tarts!

Late Valentines! )

All in all, my life hasn't been super exciting. It's that stressful, wrapping-up time of year, but last weekend we took a break and did a bunch of shopping in Tokyo, as well as spending time with [livejournal.com profile] ltgmars, which was super fun! Also, perhaps the insanity pushed me over the edge but I've fallen face-first into a crazy new ship and am knee-deep in the process of discussing it from every angle with my friends… undoubtedly it will leak into my LJ eventually, but for the time being, I'm too embarrassed, so I'll leave it at that. |D;
faded_lace: (Hokuto: glowing)
In an all-time actually not all time (I did this meme on January 13 in 2008) record of lateness, here is my regular New Year's meme! It's always interesting to look back on the year, and to compare to the year previous, so I always enjoy doing this. ♥

In your archive, find the first post for every month of 2015, and copy and paste the first sentence here.

hey!say!27年 )

Despite that there were ups and downs this year just like any other year, I'm really glad to see that my posts were largely positive. I'm going to try to keep doing my best to make 2016 as positive as possible, too!
faded_lace: (Inoo: Pretty princess ♥)
Happy New year, everyone! I'm back from Osaka and Tokyo! The JUMP countdown con was amazing, countdown this year was, thankfully, normal countdown, and I had a good time with my friends in Tokyo! I know I'm super ass far behind on reports and stuff, but I need to get my usual New Year's stuff out of the way, and work on my exchange fic, and then I can try to get back on the ball. January looks blissfully uneventful, which means, hopefully, time to catch up on everything that I fell behind on in the fall.

As for a quick overview of the JUMP concert, it was based on the JUMPing CARnival tour, and was pretty similar, but they changed out some songs and added some things. It was a little bit longer, at two and a half hours including one encore, and they introduced two new costumes, a black velveteen with gold croshatched sequins suit, and member coloured sparkle suits, which were glorious. The sparkle suits replaced the tartan suits they've been wearing a lot recently, which I thought was funny, since they're wearing the tartan in all the goods. I guess goods costumes and concert costumes can't overlap. XD;

But the most important (to me…) thing about the concert was that Ino-chan had a piano solo. I didn't believe it when I saw it (and I may have cried… because I'm special that way lol), but he was alone on the stage playing the piano for a whole, I don't know, 30 seconds or something. It was amazing and beautiful, and I'm really, really sad that it's probably not going to make it onto the DVD.

For now, once again, happy new year~! Let's have fun in 2016, too. ♥

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