Finally my first real Leisure Day. Did some laundry and met Julian for a walk, visiting Nezu Shrine for example. On the idol sector I made some contemplation and realised for myself, that Bellring Girls Heart, respectively in person of Yanagisawa Ayano, had developed into my main priority. That nonetheless didn’t made me follow the group unconditionally, as why I didn’t go to Utsunomiya the weekend before for a 40 minute outdoor appearance at some festival, but rather enjoyed my time at the Halloween show of Party Rockets GT in Tokyo. I also noticed that groups like PiiiiiiiN and Chu-Z didn’t appeal that strongly to me anymore. I still like them, but right now at least there is something missing, mostly some releases that suit my taste more.
Despite this reduction on groups I am not keen on getting to experience new groups. In contrast to my beginnings in idol music, I now rather concentrate my support on a small array of groups I already know and wholeheartedly like, especially when it comes to the music they perform. I experienced for myself, that the benefits are much more rewarding for me, if I strengthen the bond to those groups and idols. This is also a fact why I don’t enjoy longer festivals anymore, if there aren’t too many groups performing that I like. Actually if I am able these days, I prefer to meet with friends now and then and take my leisure time accordingly to make laundry, sleep long or to plan the next days, instead of attending random shows.
I visited Tsutomo in Saitama, his hometown. Through a nice coincidence PASSPO held a release event near it in a mall, so we attended the first part for watching the performance, but without taking part in the events or buying CDs. Such release events are not really enjoyable: Participation is mostly prohibited and the atmosphere – outside, limited sound system and surrounded by families – is not the best way to have fun at an idol show. Afterwards we travelled some stations further, to take a look at the outskirts of Tokyo. Very pleasant, as it happened to be 20 degrees then.
The live itself was as expected not sold out and the venue was prepared or that – the supposed standing area had chairs, lot of room for the aisles and a centre stage. All in all not the best place to be, so I was glad that we had a nice balcony seat with good view on the stage. Some areas of the balcony had also been covered, but those parts which were left open, were occupied by fans. To my surprise a support group was performing, in the name of Idol Renaissance. Although they feature some nice alternative rock tracks, they also have many songs, that I can’t get into. The live of the main act was okay. They used the space in the arena for a lot of gimmicks, like standing on rolling platforms and even a huge festival-like palanquin. The atmosphere through the whole show was really enjoyable to experience.
Little did I know that Chuan had attended the show as well. I would meet him soon at my next show with Bellring Girls Heart in the line-up. I wasn’t able to aquire a ticket for their live the next day, but at least for the day after tomorrow.
As I have said I wasn’t able to get a ticket for today’s live of Bellring Girls Heart, as tickets were already sold out. I wasn’t really in the mood for something else, but as I expected this day to be the last chance for me seeing PiiiiiiiN, I decided on going to their regular live again. It was funny to see how one of the staff members recognised me from my last trips but was too anxious talking to me as he has issues with the English language, mostly being unable to use the correct pronunciation. As example he mentioned “ticket”, with the Japanese language having no equivalent of the “ti”, instead using “chi” for it, which makes the pronunciation “chiketto”. Finally some prove, that Japanese actually are able to speak English, but are just to ashamed to do it.
Not sure if anything was up that day, but again I spent most of the day at my hotel. Strangely the Fridays in November had hardly any idol performances. At least not the ones I cared about.
Again I was meeting with Tsutomo. Our plan was to walk around Shibuya area, eating something good and just enjoy the lovely weather, without doing any idol activities. But it came different. While we were walking Harajuku, I checked my Twitter by chance and noticed that PiiiiiiiN was around the area, doing a Free High Touch event, as promotion for their up-coming 3rd Anniversary live at the End of December. Tsutomo was immediately enthusiastic to take part in it. We just had to figure out their location, as they didn’t tell it directly, but instead just posted some landmarks once in a while that they have passed on the way. After some misguided attempts at Omotesando and Tsutomo recognising a building that was in Harajuku, we went there again. As we had no further clue, I suggested to walk down Takeshita Street, as I assumed this to be a good place for advertising, with the huge amount of people walking there. Tsutomo was sceptical, as the street offers only few space. But a new Tweet made it obvious that PiiiiiiiN was really there, and soon we were able to see them. Only three members were present though, as Arisa and Rizu didn’t take part because of a cold.