4th September 2018: また今度 with a red rose petal (HYDE LIVE 2018, Strike 3)

First thing in the morning I got packed (hoping that my suitcase did not get lost again) 。゚(゚´Д`゚)゚。. Then I went to Odaiba [お台場] on my own as EfficientTimes was working and there was my last HYDE live for the season. There was wind and rain, but it was not bad especially considering that there was a super typhoon in Osaka that slammed a ship against a bridge and cut down communications to the airport (O_O)!. I mean, compared to that I won’t even complain that my hairdo went to hell because woah there.

I checked out the Venus Fort to check if there were any new goods, but as there were not, I moved on. I took some pictures of the Megaweb Toyota City Showcase [メガウェブ トヨタ シティ ショウケース].

And History Garage [ヒストリーガレージ].

It was at this time 12:55 so I hurried to the Gundam to check whether it moved at 13:00 and I was lucky. It changed its helmet and all (≧∇≦).

After that I went to eat ramen. I could not read the super long name of the ramen to save my life, so I just said the number. The girl just turned to the kitchen and ordered ‘tamago’ (;¬_¬). seriously.

After lunch I went to see the waves.

And I got a drink at Starbucks.

Then I joined the people wait for HYDE to come in, waved at him, and thought that he did not look it awake. Once EfficientTimes made it we went inside. After the concert I picked up a rose petal that he threw from the stage and then got to meet with STARSET. More details over at SemiRandom.

Finally we got home and EfficientTimes helped me so I got my trains sorted out to go to the airport the following day.

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2nd September 2018: HYDE LIVE 2018 @ Odaiba, Strike 2, and Pretty Lights, Strike 3

In the morning EfficientTimes and I walked in the rain (finding our way and all that) to Shin-Okubo [新大久] (did I mention in the rain?). On the way we just walked under a bridge to wait the worst of the downpour out. By the time we arrived at our destination, though, it had cleared out. We were walking to Kaichū Inari Jinja [皆中稲荷神社], also called Minna Ataru no Inari.

The legend tells that after the introduction of firearms in the Edo Period a battalion was stationed in the area. The captain could not shoot well, no matter how much he trained. The deity Inari appeared to him in a dream and after he went to the shrine to say thank you, he became a great shooter. Not only him, all of the battalion went to the shrine and they became good shooters. Both “Minna Ataru” and “Kaichū” translate as “hit all the targets” and at the same time “everybody hits”. Nowadays Japan does not have firearms, but people still want to hit… for concerts! And thus Kaichū Inari has become the fan-shrine, where people go to pray to hit for lotteries for concerts and events!

I’m not even kidding.

After this we headed off to Odaiba [お台場] again, to meet with N***chan for lunch. We made a short visit to the Unicorn Gundam.

Then we went to have lunch at an “Osaka delicatessen” restaurant at the Venus Fort. Takoyaki (buried in katsuomi (≧∇≦)) and kani koroke. Yummy! (then other stuff that was not that yummy (≧∇≦) ).

Afterwards we headed for the concert, and you can still read the review at SemiRandom.

After the concert we had tickets to visit the (*takes a deep breath*) MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM EPSON teamLab ★ Borderless. Yeah, thought so too. We shall call it the Digital Art Museum for the time being. This is a pretty much interactive museum that relies on technology and light to create art – or at least pretty things for you to play with. EfficientTimes, N***chan and I were very lucky that it was open late and that we decided to go after the concert as there were few people there and we could be silly around it. Part of the museum was closed because the TV was there doing interviews though, even if it was worth the visit.

Most of what you see in the Digital Art Museum are light projections. You’re encouraged to interact with them, even create some of them that they will project for you. We saw a butterfly and flower area, pink elephants, kangaroo, waves…

I enjoyed a couple of the exhibits particularly – one of them was a light water fall, in a room that had kanji shadows on the walls. If you touched them, they turned into what they represented. I also liked the whales made of light and how peacefully they moved and floated. There were some other interactive exhibits that were very fun, like the… egg-balloons thingies which you could prance through or make float.

Afterwards we had dinner and left for home.

1st September 2018: HYDE LIVE 2018 @ Odaiba, Strike 1

There was a HYDE concert, the first of three I was going to be able to attend, in Odaiba [お台場] and we took the Yurikamome to get there because of ticketing convenience.

The concert was in Zepp Tokyo next to Venus Fort. And what do you do before a concert? Line. In Europe it is so you get in, in Japan it is so you buy goods. We were promised goods that were not there in the end 。゚(゚´Д`゚)゚。 but at least we did not get a sunburn while waiting as we were prepared for rain and thus carried an umbrella… against the merciless sun (;¬_¬).

After we had bought our goods, EfficientTimes and I went to have lunch at the Venus Fort. We surveyed the places and ended up in a yakiniku place which was almost empty, and still had a loong line. Things I’ll never understand.

The chronicle of the concert is over at SemiRandom (one post for all three concerts).

After the concert we went home to get some rest.

December 31st 2016 (and on): Seeing the year off with a dragon (gate)

The first thing that I did in the morning was heading off to Shinagawa with EfficientTimes in order to see the third Dragon Gate (to complete the visit started on the 28th. This third dragon gate is the entrance to Shinagawa Jinja, which was the biggest complex of all the three if you don’t count the Koen-ji gardens.

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From one of the hills belonging to the shrine we could see a few of the nearby little shrines, so we went to check them out. And there was warm coffee on the way. Because I have not mentioned yet, but the same vending machines that expend my cold coffee in summer expend the same coffee in winter, but warm. Which makes you feel the sugar rush even harder warms your cold fingers.

After Shinagawa we went to Shinjuku for a little bit of food and shopping, then Shibuya and Ikebukuro just for shopping. Afterwards, we picked K. up and headed off to Odaiba to watch New Year’s Eve fireworks.

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After the fireworks we had a snack in the DiverCity’s Calbee shop – crisps with chocolate, yes. It is a thing.

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Then we set down to have a drink and kill a few hours in the food court until it was time to head back into Town as we were going to wait for the New Year at Hie Jinja. And thus we waited…

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December 28th 2016: Find all the things ( ・`ω・´)!

One of the items in my calendar this time was visiting the three Dragon Gates of Tokyo. These are three torii gates that have been carved in stone and have an ascending and a descending dragon on each one of the pillars. The legend says that touching the dragons will bring you good luck.

The first gate is located in the grounds of Koen-ji, which is a temple. The gate is a bit to the side, in a small adjoined shrine to the left of the main building.

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The second gate I visited is in Mabashiinari Shrine, about 15 minutes walking from the previous one (which I chose to hit first because it is closer to the station). As this is indeed a shrine, the torii is pointedly displayed, as it is the second one on the main entrance.

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Although I would have wanted to hit the three gates on one day, going back and forth between the first two and the third was not a good idea. Thus, I headed off to Shinjuku to check out the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building as the day was very clear. And bingo, it worked, and I managed to see mount Fuji in the background. Being a little bit of a geek, and since both observatories were open, I decided to climb both this time (just in case the stamp was different, of course!). Then (also of course) I was doing some shopping around…

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And since I was in the area, I decided to go back to Isetan, having devised a plan to get some images of the kimono. Which succeeded. And then I saw other people taking pictures, so I shielded myself with them and took some, too. You can check them out at SemiRandom.

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After that I met with EfficientTimes and we went off to find some of Gackt’s Gakucchi and Hyde’s Chupacabra crane games. For this we headed off to Odaiba, where we had a chance to look at the Winter Illumination, especially the Rainbow Bridge looking… well, rainbow-coloured.

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Then we went to say bye-bye to the Gundam in front the DiverCity and had some food inside. Somehow I feel like I’m talking about food all the time (*´∀`*)ノ… This was very yummy and the writing on the algae cracked me up.

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As we did not find the Gakucchi nor Chupacabra in Odaiba’s Venus Front, where we had read they would be, we backtracked to Shinjuku to search for them. We did not manage to get the stuff out of the crane games but we got the bags that you got with putting 500 ¥ into the crane machines…

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31 August 2015: Up and down, Trains and fandom (reloaded)

Yurikamome line to Odaiba, again

Yurikamome line to Odaiba, again

Kuchikatsu tries were more successful this time around, and Efficient Times managed to get a few more Chupacabra out of the machine later. afterwards we headed off to the Trio2 shop, located in Nakano Broadway for some more fandom shopping. We saw the XJapan Tour billboards.

Nakano Broadway outer gallery

Nakano Broadway outer gallery

Later, we had dinner at Swallowtails, the Butler café – the first time I’ve not been too pleased with the food. The tea set was just too sweet all around, but all in all quite an enjoyable experience, as always.

To end the evening, we had a look at the UFO catchers, where we got Chupacabra uchiwa, and I raided the local Book Off.

30 August 2015: Up and down, Trains and fandom

After laundry – which was kind of urgently needed, we headed off to Odaiba to try to get some kuchikatsu. Unfortunately by the time we made it there, there was no space any more, so we ended up in a Korean place. I’m not particularly fond of Korean food, except when it’s grilled meat, but it was late and food was needed, and I found something cheese and vegetables. Oh, well.

After that we headed off for some UFO hunting again (Chupacabra, you guessed it), and later to Shinjuku to check out two fandom / goods second-hand shops: Pure Sound and Closet Child, where I found a few interesting things, and others that I filed away for future reference.

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Then there was karaoke before heading home, and we tried the McDonald’s avocado burgers on our way back.

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