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23 December 2010 @ 10:28 pm
Japan Travelogue: Yoyogi & Johnnies & Johnnies & Ginza (23rd of December)  

Hi, minna!

Proudly presenting today's report.

At first B.A. and I got up a bit earlier than yesterday, but we lazed about a bit, so in the end we left late again. XD  I contacted maharan1 and we appointed to meet at Harajuku station at 1pm. Having some time left before that, B.A. and I decided to make our way there on foot, crossing Yoyogi Park and Meiji Shrine. Oh, Meiji Shrine is really beautiful. Up until now I've only seen secluded temple areas, whereas the shrines had always been located right in the city, next to skyscrapers. Meiji is quite different there. It's located in what you can pretty much call a small wood. The fact alone that there's actually a small forest in the middle of Tokyo is amazing. It was really nice and calm there, not too many people, which turned out to be a nice contrast to what we're had the past few days. We wandered through the small woods. You come along Meiji almost automatically. It's a beautiful and rather big shrine area. That's nice because even when it's crowded, you won't feel like it's stuffed. The atmosphere was calm and soothing. We didn't have that much time, though, as we still had our appointment. In the end it turned out to be better that way, because even though the sun was out again and it was rather warm, it was also quite windy today, which made the air a bit cold.

Tori to the Meiji shrine

Meiji shrine area

Main building

Sake for the New Year's ceremony

After some trouble finding each other, we finally met Ran. ^^ She showed us to a near by Johnny shop. Omg, people have to wait in lines to get into the shop because there are so many people. @_@ I've never seen something like that before. In the shop all the walls were plastered with pictures and some artificial walls had been built with even more pics you can choose from. Other than that you'll get a selection of Uchiwa, shopping bags and other goods. Oh, I could have spent my day in there. *_* What I did spend were about 15 Euro for pics and a shopping bag.

After that we made a short stop and Ran showed us a little shop where you can eat delicious octupus balls. We then moved on to and down Takeshita Dori ( @ zombiezahn & monstakarotte: feel farmiliar? XD ). Many stores there sell idol goods I totally had a blast. My foremost interest is, of course, KinKi. But I was SO happy, because I found stuff from that are usually not that easy for me to follow like Kisumai and other non-debuted Juniors. (update: Kisumai-san, cd debut wa omedetou!!!!!) I spent about two hours roaming and then about 60 Euro altogether for fan merchandise. (If B.A. ever ready this, he'll faint. XD ) And theconcert is yet to come. ^^" Oh right, I almost forgot: I AM NOW OFFICIALLY HOLDING MY  KINKI  KIDS CONCERT TICKETS!!!!!!!!!! WAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *runs around in circles like crazy*  *holds for a moment to check her bag, making sure the tickets are really in there*  *finds tickets*  *runs around in circles again, screaming*

Okay, that should do. Ahem. Sorry. ^^ Okay, on with the tale. Well, there's not too much more to it. Millions of pictures and a collection of Uchiwa, photobooks and many other things to buy and like. Poor B.A. really had a rough day. I will absolutely have to do something nice for him now. He kept waiting for us patiently, listening to crazy fangirling and even tried to participate in the conversation as best he could. I haven't loved him this much in a very long time. He was nice and sublte and... just gorgeous. Not a single word of rant - and as a result I spent my entire week's expense. XD Mah, it's not THAT bad. ^^ Still, it must have been troublesome for him.

In front of the Johnny's shop

View into Takeshite Dori

Once we were done shopping, Ran left us again and we decided to move on to Tokyo Station and have at least a look at the Imperial Palace. So we got there, but the gates were closed (it's the emperor's birthday today) and we just wandered a bit around the area. We had a fantastic view over what I think was the Ginza skyline lit by the mild light of dusk and the beautifully illuminated Tokyo Tower. A picture almost too beautiful for a photo - especially with the difficult lighting. But B.A., the photography genius did a great job of capturing it.

It grew a bit cold again with the wind, so we moved on to Ginza, having a look around. More of a small look, though, because Ginza is nothing either of us can afford. ^^ We got lucky with a small Ramen store in a small side street, though. They sell delicious Ramen. B.A. and I tried a variation where you get a dip instead of soup and put our Ramen in there. It tasted totally awesome and it was so much we were both stuffed by the time we were done. After that B.A. wanted to move on and find "Lightopia", a huge area with Christmas lights somewhere around the Imperial Gardens. As for me, I was super tired. Fangirling is so exhausting. XD Well, and I wanted to do some laundry before we move on to Nagoya tomorrow. There's a washing machine in the hotel that we can use. So, right now B.A. is still out and I am sitting in the lobby writing my report while I'm waiting for the laundry to finish.

Glass front sky scraper

Beautiful evening view

Brightly lit Tokyo Tower

Ginza by night

Christmas light park

Oh, I almost forgot. This is a nice story. So, B.A. and I went different ways at the Ramen store. I think he was a bit reluctant to let me return on my own, thinking I might lose my way. He's such a cutie. Well, I have to admit that my orientation is not the best. ^^" But I can too walk a way back that I have come. ^_^v  Anyway, as I wrote before, I was really tired, so I decided to ride a different line, one that cost me a bit of money, but I knew would take me directly and quickly back to the hotel. And there, in the station and on the train I had a weird kind of experience. I've read in another travelogue that Japanese people absolutely expect Western people to be a bit lost and completely different from them. The guy who wrote that travelogue said that he was considered a "weird" European, because he ate eel, knew his way around the city and had quite some language skills. Tonight on the train home I totally had that "weird European" feeling. Like, usually people might cast a glance in our direction, merely because western people aren't exactly common. But tonight I was like a total attraction. First off, I wasn't riding a "tourist" line, meaning one that would have been free of charge for me. (You can totally tell the difference, because that line had no instructions in English like the tourist lines). Then I checked the map and paid exactly the price I needed to get to the station I wanted. I had a huge bag from a Johnny shop in hand, and my face was covered with a mask (I had put it on to fight the cold air outside). To top it off, I got my mp3 player out and roamed for some KinKi songs. The guy sitting next to me totally stared. XD  Strangely, in contrast to that, the guys and girls out on the street, who give out flyers and usually ignore me, suddenly approached me and held out their stuff. ^^ It was kind of funny, but I don' think I'd want that every day. And I was really glad when I was back at the hotel.

Ah, I would like to add this. About the masks: I actually bought them as a souvenir. But now I've used them twice and I'd best love to take a year's supply home with me. I really love these things! I have to admit that maybe I'd be more reluctant to wear them when I'm actually sick (even thought it would still be a good idea, I think), but especially as a precaution I totally love them. Really, we should totally adopt this. It takes you about an hour to get used to the feeling, but then it's really a nice thing to have, especially on trains, or other crowded and narrow places. I totally support the idea. ^^

So now I'm waiting for the laundry. ^^ I had a really nice day today. I just hope B.A. wasn't too bothered and that he will like Nagoya. I'm excited that we're moving on now, even though I can't believe we've been here for a week already and that we're already leaving Tokyo again. Well, leaving to come back. ^_^ Now I can hardly wait for the 31st and the first concert! ^^ Well, the second one too, of course. ^____^

Okay, that's it for today. Laundry will still take some time, but I think I've put everything down and maybe I'll have some time to chat. ^^ In case anyone's up. The lobby isn't exactly crowded tonight.

Ah, I don't know yet how my internet options are in Nagoya. I hope I can keep updating as I have. It's nice to sum up your day like this. So, I really hope I can report again tomorrow night and give you a first impression of Nagoya.

Oh, one more thing: B.A. wants to thank everybody for their incouraging words for him and assures that he is (citing): "not half as sweet as you put it". XDDDDD Thanks for following our adventures in Tokyo. Please follow us in Nagoya as well. m(__)m

PS: Once again, a million thanks to maharan1 , who bought our tickets and so kindly showed us around today! Thank you SOOOOOOOOO much! <33333 See you for the concert! ^_^ v

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Hikaruyoru_no_hikaru on December 24th, 2010 04:23 am (UTC)
Haha, hi! ^_^
(again, so random. XD )
jellybean6972: Haatobiitojellybean6972 on December 23rd, 2010 11:46 am (UTC)
In the woods of Tokyo, that shrines sounds mystical.
I think I'd pass out if I ever went to a Johnny Shop!
I'd like "Oh, look at that and that and that and that..."
then faint XD

*screaming for you*
I would keep checking my bag over and over again! XDD
Like, "Are they still here???" It's not like there's going to
be an imaginary hole that shows up just to take your tickets away,
but you never know! XDDD

Fangirling is very serious business and is very tiring XDD
That story about the train, sounds like something right out
of a movie haha

I always wondered why it seems like Asians countries, like Japan and Korea adopted using masks whenever they feel like it, if they're sick or whatever, but other countries don't. I've only seen people wear them when they can't afford to be sick, like someone who is going through cimo therapy because they have cancer.
Or because they are elderly.

Jaa, have more fun! (^___^)
Hikaruyoru_no_hikaru on December 24th, 2010 04:26 am (UTC)
LOL! There's no space where you could drop onto the floor. You'd totally take other people with you, if you fainted. XDDD

I know, it's kinda stupid, but I can't stop taking the tickets out and looking at them. ^^

Well, I lke the masks. I'll definitely wear them in Kyoto as a precaution. There are just so many people everywhere.

Thanks a lot. Today is a bit busy with moving, but it's okay. At least we're not in a rush.
Ran: shymaharan1 on December 23rd, 2010 11:48 am (UTC)
aaahh~~ say sorry to him for waiting for two crazy fangirls gyaaa-ing the pictures XD he was so nice and I couldnt forget his eyes when I told him I want to another shop <333
Hikaru: Tsuyo hidingyoru_no_hikaru on December 24th, 2010 04:28 am (UTC)
Mah, I think he got over it. ^^"
Well, he had a night off last night and I think that cheered him up a bit. ^^
ルナーたん luna_truths on December 23rd, 2010 02:12 pm (UTC)
Aw! You're having so much fun and I want to go to that Johnny's shop. I would probably spend about two weeks worth of paychecks on things. CONGRATS ON THE TICKETS!!! You seem so very excited. x) And B.A's day doesn't seem like it went to badly today. ^^

Haha. I'm sorry but I laughed really hard at you when I read that part about you being so excited over your tickets. Don't worry though, I would have done the exact same thing.

Ahh.. I'm not leaving you a very long comment today because I'm sleepy. Even though its not that early. Anyway! Keep having fun and enjoy the rest of your trip and the concert!
Hikaru: Koichi fullyoru_no_hikaru on December 24th, 2010 04:31 am (UTC)
Haha, B.A. is fine, thanks! ^^
Yeah, I'm totally excited. WAAHHHHH!!!!!

Oh, I hope you had a good night's sleep. I'm always so tired when we come back to our hotel, no matter then time. ^^"
ルナーたん luna_truths on December 24th, 2010 12:24 pm (UTC)
That's good to hear.
>.<; I would be happy and excited and probably cry. Don't lose them! xD

I did have a good rest, and I hope you and B.A did as well. Have fun today as well!
miochan1987miochan1987 on December 23rd, 2010 02:41 pm (UTC)
Hello there! Long time not written xD
Today i finally had the chance to read your travelogue, because i had the last day of university today!!!
It's so good to read it!!! I hope you will enjoy your journey until the last day Ö_Ö (also I'm looking forward to a concert report xD O_O)

Have a nice Christmas over there xD

Hikaru: KinKi chibisyoru_no_hikaru on December 24th, 2010 04:34 am (UTC)
Oh, thanks a lot! It's kinda strange, even though there are Christmas adds everywhere, it doesn't really have that "calm" feeling that I have when we're celebrating Christmas at home. It doesn't really feel like Christmas here. ^^

Yup, having a lot of fun. ^_^ v
Today I got totally excited, going like "it's one week to the concert, just one week, one more week,..." XDDDDD

Thanks a lot for commenting. ^^
єℓℓι: KinKi face to facemonstakarotte on December 23rd, 2010 06:44 pm (UTC)
sry - englisch-faul ^^'

haaach~ dein entry macht mich so eifersüchtig (again!!!)
haha, dodo und ich hatten wohl wirklich glück damals beim Johnny's shop, weil wir tatsächlich nicht warten mussten und wikrlich nur wneige leute gerade drin waren, abe rich schätze jetz zu weihnachten und ende des jahres is mehr los ^^

dein armer BA ^^

und was die maske betrifft - ich hatte mir damals auch welche gekauft, mit der vollen intention eine zu tragen weil ich wirklich graienvollst verkühlt war, nur hab ich mit meinem schnupfen usw durch das verdammte ding einfach nicht genug luft bekommen XD

...wünsch dir viel spaß :)
Hikaru: Koichi maskyoru_no_hikaru on December 24th, 2010 04:41 am (UTC)
B.A.'s doing fine again. XD He took his night off last night, strolling about by himself. I think that was good for him. ^^

Yeah, it was totally crowded. Well, everywhere's crowded right now. We have to get back to the station in a few minutes with all our suitcases. @_@ Well, we'll manage. Once we're at Tokyo station, it shouldn't be much of a problem anymore. ^^

I know, it's like you should wear that thing as a precaution. I think that's what it's meant for too - at least for the main part. While you're sick - I mean, if you're really sick, I don't think you can wear it well. It's okay to wear it in narrow and crowded places, like trains, etc.

Okay, I think we had better get going. Have to get back to the station. Very curious about Nagoya already. ^^
єℓℓι: Tsuyo beachmonstakarotte on December 24th, 2010 07:39 pm (UTC)
oh, have fun in Nagoya, I'm looking forward to your report, since I have no idea about this town ^^