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wow I should update this more... [Jun. 2nd, 2011|09:51 am]
[Current Mood |bouncybouncy]
[Current Music |少女時代 - THE GREAT ESCAPE]

so yea, feel like its time to update this journal. its been 10 months since I moved back to Japan and life is really good. sure there have been bumps and whatnot along the way, but lately I've been thinking about how happy I am. and omg wow time has passed so fast. like its already June?! holy crap.

so yea, real quick...Collapse )
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Amuro's Tour... T_T [Apr. 21st, 2011|02:34 am]
just got an email from the ticket center for Amuro Namie's fanclub this morning and found out that the show I got tickets for is canceled. while I knew that the shows in Miyagi would for sure be canceled, I surely thought Niigata was far enough to be safe. guess not. though I guess it also has to do with preparation because the earlier shows in Hokkaido and Okinawa were canceled as well since they were supposed to start the tour in May. a lot of other shows have a later date, like the one in Nagano is now moved to November. guess I should have entered that lottery too >_<

::sigh:: can't be helped. guess I'll try to get scalper tickets to another show.
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in regards to Amuro Namie's new DVD/Bluray... [Dec. 19th, 2010|07:30 am]
[Current Mood |energeticenergetic]
[Current Music |AILI - Memories Again feat VERBAL]

I think I just went crazy. I ordered Amuro-chan's Past Future live Bluray from amazon.co.jp because it was really cheap compared to other places. and I don't even have a Bluray player (yet). or a nice hi-def TV (yet). I looked around other online shops to see if they were giving out a bonus poster or something cause they usually do, but the best I saw was a postcard if you preordered at a conbini for retail price. so I stuck with the Bluray.

so now I have the lovely Bluray (with the better cover :D) sitting on my shelf waiting to be watched. but now I look online and on ebay and yahoo auctions there are posters popping up of the DVD/Bluray! WTF?! how?! where?! @_@ noo.... did some research and apparently only some online shops direct from her record company or mu-mo gives out versions of the poster. there are 4 different designs. FOUR. D: which conbini gave out the last one!?
http://www.visionfactory.jp/news/news_archives/1010081400_amuro.html

so what do I do? I ordered the DVD from the mu-mo site so I can get the poster with the Bluray cover. and I'm paying retail price plus shipping for it. once it gets here it BETTER have the poster!!! I like triple checked to see that they were still offering it!!

the only thing to console me is that the posters are going for 2000 yen or more on yahoo auctions.

yup, I'm a crazy fan. WHATEVER, its Amuro-chan!!

EDIT: I <3 delivery service in Japan, I get my stuff in 2 days or less XD anyways, I now have the POSTER!!! WHEEE.
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[PV] May J. - あの日があるから (ano hi ga aru kara) feat RYO the SKYWALKER [Oct. 29th, 2010|03:14 am]
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[Current Mood |satisfiedsatisfied]
[Current Music |AI - Let it go feat Snoop Dog]

yea, so I lied about not ever uploading music again. just had to get this off the back of my mind...

read more about May J.'s new videoCollapse )

and for those wanting an update about my days teaching...that post will have to come later. let's just say I'm taking it a day at a time :) most of the time I can't believe I'm getting paid for this!
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first teaching experiences...dun dun dun! [Sep. 11th, 2010|03:13 am]
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[Current Mood |chipperchipper]
[Current Music |Hilcrhyme - Mou Baibai]

ok, so after over a month settling in and doing just about nothing at the BOE, finally started doing my 'real' job! (hey, not that I'm complaining much about doing nothing cause I got paid for it :P) I taught three days last week and each one brought different kinds of awkwardness and learning experiences. on my first day in the classroom the school definitely threw me a curve ball...yea, hope that doesn't happen again lol.

anyways...

first days as an ALTCollapse )

aaand I'm still too lazy to post pictures. :P
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massive back-in-Japan update - including Amuro Namie's concert! [Sep. 2nd, 2010|10:03 am]
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[Current Mood |listlesslistless]
[Current Music |Sayuri Sugawara - [Suki] to iu Kotoba]

yes, I'm alive!! can't believe it took me over a month since I got back to Japan to update this thing haha. and so much has happened already I dunno where to start. short and simple, Tokyo and Ishikawa orientations were a blur, Wajima is a lot less rural than I thought (big city on the Noto peninsula, ha!), festivals here are crazy, my apartment is new but smallish, Osaka hasn't changed much, Amuro Namie still knows how to work it and I start teaching next Wednesday Monday.

more under the cut I guess if you want to read my blabberings. and no music this time (or ever possibly) since a grand total of zero commented on the last entry that had muzik.

PICTURES TO COME LATER!!

anyways, pick your poison, or read them all:

settling in Wajimaaaaa: part 1Collapse )

settling in Wajimaaaaa: part 2Collapse )

summertime is festival timeCollapse )

trip back to KansaiCollapse )

Amuro Namie's Past Future Concert!Collapse )

everybody bored yet? if you're still reading I applaud you. anyways, hope I update this every week or so, or at least until something big comes up. next up will probably be my first teaching experiences. whee! again pictures will be up later, I'm too lazy now :P
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one more week... [Jul. 17th, 2010|05:55 pm]
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[Current Mood |okayokay]
[Current Music |Shimizu Shota - GOODBYE]

...until I'm on a plane heading off to Japan. eek. since I last posted I got my contract, exchanged emails with other JETs in the area and my supervisor, and found out more about Wajima. cut cause I actually uploaded some music (!!) and don't think everybody wants to hear about me going to Japan. anyways, password protected the mp3s on mediafire to hopefully prevent hotlinking and whatnot. password is where I'm off to in Japan: Wajima

Wajima literally means 'wheel island'Collapse )
all mp3 files are in 320kbps cause I'm now too lazy to downgrade them to a sampling of 128kbps.

and since I haven't really posted up any music in a long while, here's a track ripped by yours truly featuring the R&B duo twenty4-7 and produced by HI-D off the LUIRE Special Calling Exclusive Collection album:
twenty4-7 - analog
saw the duo in Osaka last year and it was awesome. its sometimes nicer to go to smaller concerts cause there's more of a connection with the performers than the huge arena tours.

speaking of smaller concerts, I checked out new pop/dance artist MiChi at a small club and that was one of the best concert experiences I've ever had. she totally connected with us and made eye contact with everybody multiple times. its great to see her popularity booming now! here's an English (she's half Japanese and British) track off her indies album "MiChi MadNesS":
MiChi - Spread Your Wings

another R&B artist who's kinda under the radar, Hiromi (宏実) actually sang backup for a few of Amuro Namie's songs like 'Baby Don't Cry' (at least I'm assuming there's only one Hiromi around...) she performed at the TERIYAKI BOYZ concert after party I went to after she performed with WISE and I've been interested ever since. <3 this track cause its so emotional; after all it roughly translates to "I want to be loved".
Hiromi - Aisaretai

and that's all for now. comment if you download please, otherwise this journal will feature just my ramblings in Japan. and that's boring. :P
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going back to Japan~! [May. 19th, 2010|03:39 pm]
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[Current Mood |mellowmellow]
[Current Music |Amuro Namie - LOVE GAME]

so its official, going back to Japan to teach English (to most likely junior high or elementary schoolers) on the JET program! I found out about my acceptance about a month back, but now I know where the hell I'm going XD and its not where I'd prefer (back in Kansai), but it looks close enough...maybe about 3 hours from Osaka? I can live with that, it'd be like going to my old university or something lol.

anyways, starting this August will be living in Ishikawa-ken 石川県 in Wajima-shi 輪島市! like...right at the northern part of the prefecture along the coast. seems pretty promising since there's a wikipedia page on the city lolol. so hopefully doesn't look like I'll be living in the rural of ruralist areas...HOWEVER, it doesn't seem like there's a train station anywhere. O_O ugh. there is a train system!! that connects to Kanazawa! YAY.

Speaking of Kanazawa, that's probably the only place I can go to see concerts (yes, I've already looked at Amuro Namie's schedule...hoping to make her only appearance in Ishikawa in September!) hopefully bus tickets aren't expensive...and though I'll curb my concert going habits (went to 16 last year...haha...), being that far away from a concert hall sucks. >_<

so yea, just waiting on my predecessor to contact me to get more information!! and now its time to brush up on my deteriorating Japanese >_>
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UTADA concert! [Feb. 3rd, 2010|03:16 pm]
[Current Mood |chipperchipper]
[Current Music |Utada Hikaru - Stay Gold]

so yea, went to my first concert since Japan and it was for the one and only UTADA, as in Utada Hikaru! pretty freaking amazing I'd have to say, and at a fraction of what the cost could have been in Japan!
UTADA: In The Flesh 2010Collapse )
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[PV] Denda Mao (傳田真央) - Bitter Sweet [Sep. 9th, 2009|04:27 pm]
[Current Mood |listlesslistless]
[Current Music |MAY'S - Daydream]

so yay, got a better comment to download ratio this time around. will delete the previous entry's download in a few days, so if you want it grab it now.

this isn't a new video, but I've been really digging Mao's new stuff and she seems pretty unknown so might as well promote her. :D

VIDEO DOWNLOAD:
Denda Mao - Bitter Sweet (57mb)

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