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Last Saturday = my 1st Jrock experience

No, I was never into jrock, or any kind of rock music for that matter. (except for soft rock, I suppose, but then that’s not really rock :P) But this time I actually went to a local jrock live performance! It was from a local band that my friend Kaori’s boyfriend is a part of, called SUNDAY SLACKERS. At first, I wasn’t even going to go, but then I told Winnie and Bernice about it and they were very interested, so I though “What the heck, for $5 I’ll just go for the experience!” It turned out quite alright! ๐Ÿ˜€

About 40-50 people showed up, mostly Japanese but there were also small groups of Chinese and Caucasians. The setting was not big; just about enough for the number of people there. Because of this, the sound was quite trapped in the room and when they seriously rocked out, the drums and guitars were literally BLASTING to the point that I can’t hear people talking to me unless they went right up to my ear! It was good that in the end though, my hearing was still normal…probably because the middle third of the show was mostly softer music like this song “Ougon No Tsuki” played and sung by the bassist with only an acoustic guitar. I think he is such a good singer~


Thanks Bern for recording it and putting this vid together! ^^

So yes, for pretty much the whole show, this band of 5 Japanese guys performed cover songs and a few instrumentals. For the rock parts, they sang songs by groups like Gazette, Dir en Grey, Alice 9…whose names ring a bell for me but their music don’t. In between songs, they had mini MC sessions…in Japanese and only a few times in English. I managed to catch a few phrases enough to figure out the general ideas of what they said, but I was still quite lost most of the time *LOL* All in all, it was a good first show for them, although they did have the occasional screw ups here and there.

After the show (~10:00 pm), they had an after-party which was karaoke-ing until 2:00 am!! Even though I only knew Kaori, we (Bern, Wilfred, and myself) still decided to tag along. It was really awesome ๐Ÿ˜€ I got to meet some of the guys and sing Japanese karaoke~~ This was waay cool because up until now, I’ve only gone to Chinese/English karaoke twice i think, and both times people were just not that fun. This time though, it was great because I got to listen to good music and vocals, the most hilarious monomanes, while practicing my kanji readings at the same time! Not to mention the beer made a couple of the guys drunk which was EVEN FUNNIER, especially 1) when they were so willing to sing when they totally wouldn’t before and 2) when one of them tried to pick me up and throw me at another guy who was making fun of him, and suddenly realized what he was doing right when he was about to do so. He kept apologizing to me afterwards~ HAHAH ๐Ÿ˜€

But still the best part of this karaoke session was that I was surrounded by an almost-all-Japanese-speaking environment (they knew some English and a couple of them were fluent in it too, but I think they were more comfortable with Japanese). Since this was just casual, everyday conversations, I overheard and understood probably ~80%!~ so happy!! ๐Ÿ˜€ I spoke a few phrases in Japanese to them too! I have a feeling this is what I can expect when I go hang out with new-found friends in Japan~ I totally won’t mind ^^ Yep, I definitely got a good taste of the Japanese lifestyle on Saturday~ (well, except for when we left, the guys went straight for the cigarette…UGH! I CANNOT STAND SMOKE!!! SO GROSS!! ><)

As for songs-wise, we took turns and sang a whole mixture of different genres of Japanese songs, some of which I know and some I don’t. Of course, as a fangirl, I simply HAD to do my duty and throw in a few of the jpop songs sung by the Johnny’s, especially T&T!! In the end, I’m proud to announce that the following songs (among others like the Asian Kung Fu Generation) made it on our list: some JE songs (T&T, Arashi, KAT-TUN…I didn’t see NEWS on the song list?) and also a few other non-JE ones that I know. Too bad the karaoke vids are some random clips that look like commercials for a vacation get-away and not the actual PVs!

ps. I haven’t visited Bon-chan’s site for a week or so and now realized it’s pw protected again! And I can’t figure it out ๐Ÿ˜ฆ BON-CHAN, if you ever see this, can you please email me your pw if you don’t mind??

Let’s Karaoke…with the ORIGINAL PVs!

I’m in a Japanese writing mode since emailing my high school sensei ALL IN JAPANESE, and then getting her reply…again, ALL IN JAPANESE! haha. I’m glad she understood me, but there was 1 sentence in her email that I had to guess my way through…oh well, I still feel so proud of myself~ ๐Ÿ˜›

ไปŠไบ•็ฟผใธ๏ผš

ใ‚‚ใ†๏ผ’๏ผ–ๆญณใงใ—ใ‚‡ใ†๏ผŸใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ€ๆ™‚้–“ใŒๆ—ฉ้ŽใŽใงใ™ใญใ€‚ใงใ‚‚ใ“ใฎ๏ผ‘2ๅนดใฎ้–“๏ผˆใ‚ธใƒฃใƒ‹ใƒผใ‚บใซๅ…ฅใฃใŸๅพŒ๏ผ‰ใ„ใ‚ใ„ใ‚ใชใ“ใจใ‚’ๅฎŒๆˆใ—ใพใ—ใŸใญใ€‚โ€œ็ฟผใฎto baseโ€ใ‚„ใ€ใ‚ณใƒณใ‚ตใƒผใƒˆใ‚„ใ€่ˆžๅฐใ‚„ใ€โ€œDr. USOโ€ใจใ„ใ†ใ‚ญใƒฃใƒฉใ‚ฏใ‚ฟใƒผใ‚‚ใ€ๅ…จ้ƒจไธ€ๆ‰€ๆ‡ธๅ‘ฝใ—ใŸใฎใŒใ‚ˆใๅˆ†ใ‹ใ‚Šใพใ™ใ€‚ใใ†ใ€็ฟผใใ‚“ใฏไธ€็•ชไบบๆฐ—ใŒใ‚ใ‚‹ไบบใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใ„ใ‘ใฉใ€€๏ผˆ็งใ‚‚๏ผ‘ๅนดใ—ใ‹ๅ‰ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€็ฟผใใ‚“ใซๆฐ—ใŒใคใ„ใฆใ€ๆœ€่ฟ‘ใ ใ‘ๅฅฝใใซใชใฃใŸใ€‚ใ€‚ใ€‚ใ”ใ‚ใ‚“ใชใ•ใ„๏ผ๏ผ‰ใ€ใƒ•ใ‚กใƒณใฎใฟใ‚“ใชใ•ใ‚“ใซใ€็ฟผใใ‚“ใŒๆœฌๅฝ“ใซๆœ€้ซ˜ใงใ™ใ‚ˆ๏ผๆญŒใ†ใ“ใจใจใƒ€ใƒณใ‚นใชใ“ใจใŒ็‰นๅˆฅใซใ†ใพใ„ใงใ™๏ผๆฏŽๅ›žใƒ‘ใƒ•ใ‚ฉใƒผใƒžใƒณใ‚นใ‚’่ฆ‹ใ‚‹ใจใ€โ€œใ‚ฆใƒฃ๏ผใ™ใ”ใใ‚ใ‚Šใˆใชใ„๏ผโ€ใ€‚ใ€‚ใใ†ใ„ใ†ๆ„Ÿใ˜ใŒใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ™ใ€‚ใ‚ใ‚ŠใŒใจใ†ใ€็ฟผใใ‚“ใ€‚็ฟผใใ‚“ใŒใ„ใชใ„ใจใ€ใ‚ฟใƒƒใ‚ญใƒผ๏ผ†็ฟผใŒๅ…จ็„ถ้•ใ„ใพใ™ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€‚ไปŠๅนดใ‚‚้ŽๅŽปใฎใ‚ˆใ†ใซ้ ‘ๅผตใฃใฆใใ ใ•ใ„ใญ๏ผ็งใŸใกใฏใ„ใคใพใงใ‚‚ๆ”ฏๆŒใ—ใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ‚ˆ๏ผใŠ่ช•็”Ÿๆ—ฅใŠใ‚ใงใจใ†ใ€็ฟผใใ‚“๏ผ

Translation (of my not-so-perfect Japanese. I wonder how many grammatical mistakes I’ve made *LOL* Does anyone feel like being my editor??):

You are already 26, huh? Time sure passes by too quickly. But in these 12 years (after entering Johnny’s), you’ve accomplished many things. Things like “Tsubasa’s To Base”, concerts, stage plays, even the character of “Dr. USO”, I know well that you’ve put your best efforts into everything. True, Tsubasa is not the most popular guy (Even myself, I’ve taken notice of Tsubasa since only a year ago, and just recently came to like him…SORRY!), but to all the fans, you are really awesome! You are especially good at singing and dancing. Every time I see a performance, I have the feeling of “Wow! Amazingly unbelievable!” Thank you, Tsubasa. Because without Tsubasa, Tackey & Tsubasa would be totally different. Please work hard this year also like you have in the past! We will always be supporting you! Happy Birthday, Tsubasa!

And now for some vids!

Tsubie doing the limbo…look at that flexible body and that CUTE face! I love his hair like that too!

*gasp* LOOK! It’s Dr. USO with Tsubasa!

I love love LOVE it when he performs 1 Day 1 Night! Just look at those looong legs! That voice! Those hypnotizing moves! *drool to no end*

Lyrics in kanji and romaji, and the translations all credited to goro-chan~

After 3 or 4 months of deciding that I really want to spend a year in Japan after graduation come May 2008, I have FINALLY done something about it!~ *gives myself a giant pat on the back ๐Ÿ˜€ *

Just looking back, I’m not quite sure what started all this craze to go live in Japan. I’m sure it being Takkiland played a part, but probably a more important reason is that I really wanted to practice and use my Japanese skills somehow, and living in Vancouver doesn’t give me justice. And I realized how obsessive my I-need-to-go-live-in-Japan mentality has become when today, I watched a short video clip about the JET program (more on this later) and just seeing people being in Japan and living in Japan (yes, even just regular daily lives) makes me all excited and ใƒ‰ใ‚ญใƒ‰ใ‚ญ. I think it’s a sign that I’m border-lining insanity when my eyes lit up even from watching such documentary clips. Back in hs, I’d seen MANY clips like these, but they were always so boring and such a drag.

็†็”ฑใฏไฝ•?!

  • To improve my Japanese (hopefully pass JLPT level 2 at least)
  • To experience the Japanese culture (traditional and pop cultures) hands-on
  • To train myself to be independent and able to live on my own (1st time away from home for that long!)
  • To get away from school for a bit
  • Maybe to try out missions in Japan
  • To make new friends
  • To go bf hunting ๐Ÿ˜› (joking!….or am i?)
  • To be closer to my beloved Johnnys (Family Clubs, concerts, magazines, releases…all within reach without the suckiness of being an overseas fan~YAY!) ^_^
  • To give myself a challenge and experience of a lifetime!

Everyone tells me that after getting my 1st degree would be the perfect time to do this, since I’m not tied down by work and I’m (relatively) mature enough to take on the challenges of living on my own in a foreign country. I’m SO convinced! ใ‚ฆใƒฃ๏ฝžใ€€ๆฅฝใ—ใฟ๏ผ๏ผ

So in the past week, I’ve emailed/messaged/asked some friends for information. Some of them are in fact in Japan right now! They are all so willing to help~ Thanks a bunch, Crystal, Hannah, Bernice, Renita, and anyone else I may have missed (sorry!). To make a long story short, I’ve basically come across these possible opportunities:

  • The Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme (JET)
    The largest, most well-known and established organization that I’ve found so far. They send people to be Assistant Language Teachers (ALT) to help teach English in public school systems. I just went to their info-session today and I’m super pumped right now! ๐Ÿ˜€
    [Status = info-session attended, starting to get my application together]
  • NOVA
    Apparently a private tutoring company that is really going downhill. I’ve heard that they are even struggling with paying the tutors :S
    [Status = no progress]
  • Peppy Kids
    A private company that hire teachers to teach young kids
    [Status = no progress]
  • Overseas Missionary Fellowship (OMF)
    A Christian organization that sends people to do missionary work, which ranges from English-teaching, to church-planting, to internship, to I don’t know what else
    [Status = email sent, no reply yet]
  • Pioneers
    Another Christian missionary organization like OMF
    [Status = email sent, reply received, still need to follow up and explore my options]
  • A Christian organization that teaches English from a church in Japan
    A friend of Crystal has been involved with this in the past 3 years
    [Status = email sent, no reply yet]
  • Private tutoring ONCE I get to Japan
    Sorta risky, but still a suggestion from Bern’s friend nonetheless
    [Status = awaiting Bernice to contact friend, so I can ask her directly myself afterwards]
  • Working at MacDonald’s
    HAHA, just because Richard apparently knows a friend who is the manager of a Japanese MacDonald’s
    [Status = very VERY last thing I’ll do, so no progress (and let’s keep it that way!)]

Wow! I feel accomplished~ But there is still SOOO much more to do *argh* Oh well, I will be updating my blog of my Japan trip planning process as I gradually make progress. Of course, if anybody has any experiences living in Japan and has advice to share, I’d love you for it! Anything at all, I’d really appreciate it~ ^_^ YOSH! Let’s turn this dream into a reality! ๐Ÿ˜€


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