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I'm a fan of Tsuji Ayano, and in her second cover album, COVER GIRL 2, she did a recording of Arashi's "Happiness." I posted it on my typepad, and here it is again for my DW friends:


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My brother came back from Sapporo a couple of months ago, but then he was in Singapore (where he lives) and went to Brussels and last weekend he finally came down to Malacca where he passed me these! (And BUMP OF CHICKEN's smile single, which, if I ever get my assignments done, I will translate and post in my LJ <3) An early birthday present, he said. Technically he still owes me Wii Sports Resort from my last birthday, but with such great gifts as these, who's counting? ^^

Now the only album I'm missing is the obvious one (Arashi No. 1 Ichigou..), so I'm starting to collect the singles.

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I'm glad that they did some of the things that they did at the Tokyo Dome concert, because I really wanted to see Aiba sing Ohno's intro to "kotoba yori taisetsu na mono", not to mention Jun's "yonda? yonda?... kichatta..." part in during the encore. Somehow while it was playful and teasing during the Tokyo Dome show in this one it's kind of swoon-worthy, with him speaking in double entendres.

Of course the Aimiya is precious, especially with Nino tearing up Aiba's shirt - I saw a picture of Aiba with the torn shirt in an unofficial photobook and was wondering how it happened; now I know XD - and him not wanting to sing their "new song", Lu-tas.

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Second to last day here. Tomorrow I'm meeting friends, so today's really the last of my Arashi related posts from here.

Shi-chan and I went to JFC and only just missed Arashi's video message, so we stuck around for a little more than half an hour to wait for it to play again. It was fun watching the other vids too, especially by Tackey & Tsubasa and Kanjani8. Speaking of K8, two of our friends went to Ichikawa to get their concert goods, and they're so much nicer than the Arashi con goods. Now I really want a K8 tote bag...

After JFC we went to Tower Records since I wanted to pick up Mr. Children's new album, and after that we had lunch at Yoyogi Park before heading to Ikebukuro for doujinshi shopping at Mandarake. Didn't find any Sakuraiba I'm interested in, but my Sakumoto find was perfect!

Day 12 - Johnny's Family Club, Mandarake

Day 12 - Johnny's Family Club, Mandarake

Day 12 - Johnny's Family Club, Mandarake

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Today's outing wasn't supposed to be Arashi related, but it kind of ended up that way. We went to Akiba, after which we headed to Ikebukuro to meet with my friend that I haven't seen in about three years. We shopped at Book Off (mostly manga and CDs for me - Art-School, Bump of Chicken, Spitz, etc.) and dropped by Mandarake. I used to go to the one in Shibuya and Nakano Broadway for Blythe items, but I didn't know that they had idol stuff too! (Well, back then I wasn't really into these stuff after all.)

I ended up getting both volumes of C, D & G no Arashi and Pikanchi, as well as some CDs and doujinshi. Next year I think I must save more for my trip here...

Day 4 - Book Off, Mandarake

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Got my copies of Hatenai Sora! Okay, am at the airport now so gtg...

Hatenai Sora LE

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My copies of Løve Rainbow and Dear Snow. From YesAsia to Shida's friend to Shida to me. That's a long journey for these two XD

Is it obsessive or just sad that I love to see all my CDs arranged nicely next to each other? One of the things I hope to do in Japan - find their older stuff, preferably second-hand (because I'm on a tight budget!).


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