a visit to Johnny’s Family Club

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…so…on January 7th 2016, before I went back home on January 8th…I went to Johnny’s Family Club in Shibuya. With only a map that is provided on Johnny’s Net along with my well-knowledge about Shibuya area…I decided to walk from the flat.

after 15 minutes…i smiled! found it! but…it seems quite – no queue, no people waiting outside – i check the website again, to make sure the open hours…after i confirmed for the 3rd times…i decided to go down *oh…the JFC is located on Floor B1 – so, we need to go down stairs*

oh well…its quite crowd – yet i still can pictures without any disturbance! 🙂

The first thing I looked for was Kitayama Hiromitsu’s Christmas and New Year’s greeting! hence…KinKi Kids was being put up front…so, i took their pictures *along with Koichi’s wheel on the display* 🙂

Looking for Kis-My-Ft2’s greetings was quite amusing! there are many greetings and they didn’t put it in order ~ so, you could find KinKi Kids’ among the Jr’s then Arashi side-by-side with Tokio…until…a group of 7 (seven) colours pictures captured my eyes – looking for the red one…and yeaaay! Mitsu’s!!! then Tama and keep going on…

Honestly! I kinda wish to take home the Kisumai’s Saigo mo Yappari Kimi’s poster! – since it’s completed with their autographs! *can’t stop looking at that piece!*

Some advise…I feel lucky because I didn’t come in early morning – since many people said it’s quite a queue until noon…so, perhaps coming there an hour before closing time would be a good idea…

~ i’m sooo happy with Japan’s journey this time! starts from Arashi’s Japonism then KinKi Kids’ 2015-2016 then Johnny’s Countdown Concert *where I could see Mitsu again …this time along with other Kisumai members*…then again KinKi Kids on Koichi’s Birthday 🙂

…hopefully to go back again soon! *this time…with a friend to watch Kis-My-Ft2 and *hopefully KinKi Kids 20th Anniversary* Con! 🙂

my 2015 ~ 2016 in Tokyo Dome

it starts with Arashi on December 23rd, 2015 ~ then KinKi Kids on December 31st, 2015…

then…

JOHNNY’S COUNTDOWN 2015 – 2016!

i watched JCD Live ~ yet i took some screenshots from the TV…just because of someone’s cuteness!*
北山宏光 ♥


the story goes…
and why i just update the story now? some days after the JCD…i was totally speechless – between believing and not believing that i just WATCHED the bloody Johnny’s Countdown!!!

so, i began my December 31st 2015 with KinKi Kids’ Concert from 17:30 ~ 20:00 – hopefully i’m not mistaken – either Koichi or Tsuyoshi said that they need time to prepare the stage for the Countdown Concert…
…we were rushed to get out as soon as the KK’s Con done…when i was outside the Dome – i realised that i was just 1 person in around 100,000 people O_o it was a total WOW!!!

then…i spared myself some times to eat onigiris and drank warm tea *it was down to 2 degrees Celcius*…then at 22:20 with my “doki-doki” heart…i walked in again in to Tokyo Dome…

on the ticket…it says that the Concert will began at 23:00 ~ yet the live streaming on TV will begin at 23:45…so, “what’s gonna happen during the 45 minutes?” was muttering in my brain…but then…i think ~ oh well just wait!!! the most important thing is i want to see 北山宏光 ♥! *alright …i’m getting crazy again ~

so…i’m was waiting patiently! *not that patient actually…but just patiently* ~ taking out my Kisumai’s penlight along with my Kisumai red wristband and Mitsu’s uchiwa ~

23:00!!! a music played! its Johnny’s West! *aaaaaak!!!* i grabbed my binocular and look for Akito LOL!! *he’s my favourite one in J-West!* ~ then…in random order *since I can’t really remember…its A.B.C – Z then Nakayama Yuma then Sexy Zone -> i didn’t really listen to them thou ~ …i was actually chat on Line with my friend in Jakarta ~ she’s Kisumai’s Tamamori die-hard fan! ~ theeen…one of the Sexy Zone said…”tsugi waaa… Kisumai Futotsu!!!” ~ …i…literally threw my mobile and stood up…

“Kono jidai no champion…………..” …i screamed “aaaaaaak! MIKKUUUUUUN!” ~ they sang Everybody Go on rollers then continue with Busaiku’s Tana Kara Botamochi then… Kiss Damashii ~
…in Kiss Damashii…i can’t helped it! i got sore throat afterwards! during the 2nd chorus, it was Mitsu’s turn *well, originally Tamamori’s* ~ when he was gonna say “Kissu Damashiii…” the music stopped! the camera…as the big screen was close-up to his face…then he gave the kiss with that lips!!! AAAAAAAAK!!! *can’t helped it!*

…after Kiss Damashii ~ then the staff were busy preparing for the Live! Arashi came up…and we were told to get excited and scream when Arashi do the opening ~ *kinda being settled* ~ but…oh well…

Live begins…as you can see it on TV!!! 🙂

ps…
either its an unmei or what…during the JCD, i was surrounded by Kisumai’s fans…but the unique thing was that we are 7 of us – and we were all light up different colours!!
i lighted-up red *obviously ~ always for 北山宏光 ♥ …the girl in front of my lighted up yellow *for Tamamori* then next to her lighted-up pink *for Fujigaya* then next to her was green *for Nikaido*, purple *for Miyata*, blue *for Senga* and orange *for Yokoo* …it was funny when 7 of us realised the nijiiro we have made 🙂

…was one of the best night I’ve ever had! yet…the bestest best for my whole life New Year’s Eve! ♥♥♥ ~ see you again soon Kitayama-san ♥

~ A.Ionapuspa

 

my very first Arashi Concert ~ “Japonism”

So…there I was ~ in Tokyo Dome…

Since I watched Arashi “The Digitalian” DVD – I was quite determine to watch the next Arashi Concert ~ so, when they announce this Japonism Concert and it will be held in late December (in Tokyo), I was ecstatic! …so, i know i’ll be watching Arashi and KinKi Kids ~ and hopefully…Johnny’s Countdown (JCD)!
…for this JCD, a friend is helping me to get the ticket (hopefully the price is not beyond my budget though!)

back…to this Japonism!
Because I didn’t bring my Sakurai Sho’s uchiwa – so, i decided to buy Ninomiya Kazunari’s one 🙂

Everything goes smoothly ~ door, aisle and seat numbers are easy to find – as my friend and me didn’t need any assistance to find our “high floor” seats! LOL! but…since this is my first time ever in Tokyo Dome ~ so, i’m happy about it 😀

The concert started at 18:00 *not even a minute late!* ~ I started to scream when the lights dimmed…*this lady officially feels like a 16 years old inside during this concert!*
…honestly, I’m not a person who can write everything in details – but some of the spotlight that I really like about this Arashi’s concert is the PENLIGHT! ~ just 10 minutes before the concert started, the staff were busy telling us to tap out penlight to the sticker on our seat ~ so i tapped mine without really understand what is the purpose ~ but then when the concert starts…I was mermerised to see how they arrange our penlights! it was AWE-SOME!

Arashi’s members MC’ed for 15 – 20 mins (not really sure – but it’s less than 30 mins, for sure!) ~ they were talking about New Year ~ …then, when its Sakurai Sho’s turn…when he paused for a moment ~ i screamed out “SHOOO-CHAAAAAN!!”
…crazy me ~ people are looking at me ~ but i was like…whatever ~ since its now or never!
after Sakurai Sho…its Ninomiya’s turn…just as I want to scream again ~ I heard some girls screamed out “NINOOO…” ~ and i was like “damn! damn! i just made a trending!” …oh well, at least me is the first to call out and its Sho ~

…their last song A.Ra.Shi…love Ohno’s voice at the end! i was stunned for a while! his voice has this high pitch but so well-controlled! ~

then…just as soon as the song ends…my friend and me ~ we rushed to the station! I don’t want to squeezing inside the train! and…thankfully, we got in to the train well and safe and not really crowded! 🙂

overall…the concert was great! but it doesn’t make me having the desire to watch it again and again…i screamed and had a great fun singing Arashi’s songs…but it doesn’t makes me touched?! *i don’t know what would be the perfect word for this”…
for me…i just want to see Sakurai Sho and Ninomiya Kazunari over and over again! *my bias* ~ that’s it!

yet! again…this is my first ever JE Concert! so…i’m looking forward for my year end with KinKi Kids and as well as i’m very very much looking forward for summer (or after summer) as a promise has been made between a friend of mine and me to watch Kis-My-Ft2!
…after the Takizawa Kabuki ~ 北山宏光 ♥

Taps and Tips of Travelling…

Travelling is a part of my life as a hobby as well as a duty. Yet, I do realised that life must be balance. Thats why in every single time I go on for business trip – I always do fun travelling afterwards.

Been back and forward to the UK, Japan and Singapore – I got used to these 3 countries – from the way people socialised, language barrier and most important thing is…how to survived! 

UK and Japan are my total bittersweet – since Singapore is just nearby to my home country, Indonesia – so the culture shock is not be a dominant matter. 

Thus, from all those bittersweet memories and many lessons learned – I do endlessly shaping myself for who I am now and who I will be later on…

Being the youngest in the family means I always being recognised as the spoilt one – then at some point, I know I need to break that kind of impression. At that time – I was 15 years old, my first encounter that I had in my mind was to travel on my own. I need to let other people see that I’m capable to be own my on – that I can be independent at some point. 

And I made it! People starts to look at me as me – not as the youngest and spoilt one in the family.

Now…the taps and tips 🙂

~ Be social! Remember that you are not in your home country – its not them who shall adapt with you but it is you who must adapt to the country you visit.

~ Respect! Always say thank you, sorry and please!

~ Learn a bit of the language. If you go to Japan, at least you much know what is “hello”, “thank you”, “sorry” and “excuse me” in Japanese. People will appreciate you more than you know.

~ Beware! Perhaps in your native country, you can do anything as you wish – yet when you abroad, you should be more aware to your surroundings.

~ Be independent! Especially to solo traveller…remind yourself that you have no one to depend on. You are expected to be able to help yourself.

~ Be prepared! From travel itinerary, maps, transportation options, application on smartphone to medicine and appropriate clothing.

Last yet not least…you should be open at heart and mind 🙂
At least people will know when you are trying your best – as well as do not feel hesitate to ask for other’s help even as simple as asking directions.

Travelling makes you richer in terms of experiences – it is something that money can’t buy – money does buy flight tickets, hotel vouchers and entrance tickets – yet, experiences and memories are priceless.

Takizawa Kabuki in Singapore!

I’ve been waiting for this!
Finally TAKIZAWA KABUKI goes international – and the first country to visit is Singapore! – even I still need to travel by plane to Singapore but I know it will be worth!

It also says that he will bring snow machine from Japan to create the real snow in Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands! I believe it will be awesome and unforgettable…

…I CAN’T WAIT!
see you Takizawa-san on August 19th and 20th 2015!

For more information, click Takizawa Kabuki in Singapore

Takizawa Kabuki

To travel alone…doesn’t mean To be lonely ~


To you, who still scare of travelling on your own – means you haven’t touch, feel and taste the true pleasure of being free yet ruled, alone yet not lonely and feel scare yet grow up.

The first time i decided (exclude Singapore and Malaysia – i’ve been travelling along to Singapore since i was 15 years old) to travel on a quite long journey on my own when i was 21 years old – my parents challenged me to travel a bit far than usual and must be alone – for a week. They let me choose the destination – yet in my heart i know…only 2 destinations i do have in mind ~ it is between London and Tokyo…

Then…i chose Tokyo, and until now, i never regret my decision – i found many things in Tokyo – not only culture, yet also the language that i don’t speak – its Nihongo or Japanese and encountered things that i would never imagine before – even my idols are Japanese, still Japan has been waiting for me to unearth…

Some friends keep on asking me – why i didn’t choose London? why Tokyo? 

After a while, i could put my head up to tell my friends the reason why. Basically, i’ve been to both cities – but its more like a family and tour group trip – so since i’ll be on my own, i’m thinking to challenge myself a bit further this time. I do speak English well, but not Japanese – my Japanese that time still limited to “konnichiwa” and “o genki desu ka”.

My 1st and 2nd day was awesome – i’m still in my honeymoon period, i was still having fun like there’s no tomorrow! 3rd day…i locked up myself in the hotel room…i started to feel a bit lonely and cried – in that evening i was thinking to go back home on the next day…i packed my things and decided to arrange my flight on the next morning day.

yet…on the next sunrise, by the time i opened the curtain and let the sunshine comes in to my hotel room, suddenly a thought comes inside me – if i going back home today, i know my parents will not let me go alone anymore in the near future – i realised this is my very own mental and independent test on how far i would be able to survive!

So…i unpacked my things again then took a stroll around Ginza to Shibuya to Shinjuku and back to the hotel. the next day i walked around Ueno and Asakusa. Then…my last day in Tokyo finally came…then suddenly i cried…i didn’t want to be back home – i want to stay longer in Japan.

On that very moment, i looked back on the days when i just arrived up to the day before i must be back home – i believed i grew up a lot! my Japanese is not getting better – but i appreciate people more – independent on my own – increased my tolerance towards others and the best thing is learned about Japanese culture and tradition – last one, i did realised that i’m not alone – many people are actually willing to help if we could just ask them nicely. 

Japan and its people with their culture and tradition taught me a loads! This country would always be my favourite destination whenever it is – i haven’t finish with my Tokyo’s explorations – moreover all Japan.

On this year 2015, i’ll go again to Japan in December – to (hopefully) watch the concert that i’ve been longing for 15 years 😀

ps…and now, i’m so addicted in solo travelling – from Singapore, London and Tokyo!
At times when you feel you are alone – you should open yourself to other people – its not only you or myself who do the solo travelling! Many people do the same thing at the same time – ask for help…don’t be shy 🙂 then you would realised that you are actually never alone in this world…

xxx ~ A.Ionapuspa