We were hungry and searching for food, and when I saw the sign that there's a McDonalds nearby I had a craving for it, so we went a-hunting, following the signs until we reached it. It was way too packed and we couldn't find a seat, but we exited it through the mall where there's a supermarket and a pharmacy, and they were completely covered with Arashi advertisements! A long, long photo-taking session ensued. Thankfully the fangirls here are very nice and let everyone take turns :)
I was tempted by all the stuff sold there, but in the end I just bought two boxes of the petite chocolate biscuits that Ohno advertised with Nakama Yukie. Got a free phone strap of the Marie biscuit from that purchase.
After lunch, we decided to find the Johnny's shop. Followed the directions that I found on this site, bearing in mind that it was from 2009 ^^; We did find it, despite the fact that a couple of the landmarks mentioned weren't there anymore, including the big Mandarake - which is now a medical centre.
The line to enter the shop, as expected on concert dates (it was the 14th after all), was incredible. Still, it didn't seem as bad as Harajuku, because they had better crowd control and so once we were in we didn't have to strain so much to look at the pictures. I entered only wanting to get about 6-10 pictures, and ended up with about 36, including pics bought for my sister, colleague, etc. Besides the Arashi stuff I got three Yoko pics for myself ♥
That was pretty much the end of the Arashi part of the trip; afterwards we went walking around Hakata, crossing by about three different wards until we reached Canal City, where we shopped at Muji before walking to Gion and taking a train back to Hakata Station from there. There was a sale at Muji where the 2012 diaries are about 100yen, so I bought a couple for my colleagues.
( lots of pics )
(Used her address when getting them.)
Had monjya for breakfast at Tsukishima.
Then spent a long, long time at LaLaPort.
Glad to see Kaibutsu-kun is still showing, so we might go and watch it one of these days.
Wanted to get the Kaibutsu-kun keychain, but too expensive so I got the clear file set instead.
At least I actually use those :p
Oh. Then we collected a couple of pamphlets from AU shop.
And Nihon Rettou chirashi for arashic0804 and sharksoul24.
(Only a very small Aiba pic on it though.)
Salwa shopped a lot at Uniqlo :D
I got a Snoopy tupperware for Kit at Village Vanguard, since she loves Peanuts and bento-making.
Picking up JR Pass today.
Tomorrow, onwards to Fukuoka!
- CROSS-POSTED FROM LJ.
Arrived on time last night, yay.
It is cold.
The wifi doesnt seem to work on our floor, so I have to use the public computers in the living room.
First thing in my e-mail last night - Dr. David sending me an article about GLBT zines in Indonesia, saying its just my kind of thing.
Which it is, I guess.
He knows me well. ^^;
Then he asked if I will go to registration this Sunday, for the next semester.
Going out with Kishiko and Salwa for monjya, then to Lalaport Toyosu.
Kishiko said I would like it.
I wonder why it sounds so familiar.
CROSSPOSTED FROM LJ.
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!
Met up with other Arashi fans very briefly for JE Shop and Takeshita-dori shopping before heading to Meiji-jingo and Akiba. At Meiji-jingu we saw several prayers for Arashi - from fans wishing to meet them, being thankful to have seen them at concert, and/or praying for their success. For some reason it makes me happy to know that their fans love them that much.
In Akiba we got overexcited over the Hitachi flyers. Unfortunately, each person is only allowed to take one, so we weren't able to get extras for friends. I did manage to get an extra pamphlet for Wii Sports Resort for my sister, Illy and Ling Ling though.
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...
We took a lot of pictures before finally settling down for dinner (not a lot of food that we CAN eat, anyway). After dinner we decided to go back immediately, having basically spent the entire day in Chiba.
Bought keitai straps (one for Illy! Um I kind of forgot that you'd probably want the green one and got a pink one instead, is that okay?) and ended up spending way more than we planned... but. We went to Keikarou! We walked around Aiba's hometown! We saw his mother!
Yes, we lost a day and spent quite a bit, but it was all worth it (^_^).
I forgot to mention that while we were waiting for lunch, this really kakkoii lady came and gave everyone some snacks since it was lunch time and we had been waiting for over an hour. She looked a lot like Aiba's but I wasn't expecting his mother to be around, or even to go out and give food to the people standing in line, so we just thanked her.
When we got back and lined up again, waiting for them to call for us, I heard the girl behind us say, "look, it's his mother." We looked in the window and saw that she was pointing at the woman we saw earlier! Ah, so that kakkoii lady was Aiba's mom after all.
Their service was fast, and the food was pretty okay. Maybe because I'm from a place where we have pretty incredible food, so it was hard to be impressed in that area? I'm very impressed with their service and crowd control, though!
Since we left a lot later than we planned, the line to have lunch at Keikarou was already really long by the time we arrived. It was quite easy to find, though!
We lined up for about a couple of hours when a waitress announced that they were closing for lunch. (T_T) So we left our names for dinner and bought food at a combini.
We went walking around the area since we had about 2 hours before we had to go back. I ended up buying a copy of Family Walker (Nov issue) since Sho's on the cover.
Today has been really incredible. So much so that I don't know where to begin. The juntoshi cuteness, the sakumiya dorkiness, Sho doing T.A.B.O.O., and even the junba almost kiss... *happy sigh*
I won't write a report because I was too busy enjoying myself to take notes (mentally or otherwise), but the MC part was awesome because they celebrated Oh-chan's birthday. All of us sang happy birthday to him and then Arashi sang a "special" song, Satoshi no Kioku (really Ashita no Kioku). He was so touched that he cried. Then he said since all of us are Arashi, then it's everyone's birthday. Everyone is 30 years old!
There were THREE encores, during which Jun was so cute. After they sang Hatenai Sora and left I thought that was it, but we all continued calling for them anyway and they came back out to sing Sakura Sake.
Other things I loved include the Arashi Showtime, which was really cool (Junba acrobatics! Sho speaking English!), and Jun's solo where he did the MJder Game. Love love love love that guy's dedication to putting on a good show. Aiba's solo was impressive too XD
Earlier in the day we lined up for two hours to get to the goods area, during which time I spoke to a 66-year-old woman who's a big fan of Aiba and Ohno's. She traveled all the way from Hiroshima to see them! We listened to Arashi together on her mp3 player and sang along to them (^_^).