Let me just preface this blog post by saying that this was completely a last minute impulse thing. Did I want tickets to see the show? Of course! But I missed out since they sell out so fast. On my way and back from work on Wednesday I saw so many fans… I was feeling down that I wouldn’t be able to go this year. The envy was real. I decided to look through yahoo auctions just to see what was out there. Basically after a little headache I successfully purchased an electronic ticket from someone who couldn’t make it due to work.

Yay goods =D goodbye money…

I was on the fence with Mendy’s train pass holder thing but refrained.. turns out it was sold out anyway.

I went to the second show of the tour. 9/4 at the Kyocera dome. It was a slightly rainy and cloudy day and thankfully there wasn’t a huge line at all for the goods area. It seems like most people got theirs in advance from the day before. After buying the goods I found my gate and lined up at 2:40. The gates were supposed to open at 3 but opened around 3:30……. The qr code ticket thankfully scanned in fine and it came with a CD.

I knew where my seats were by looking on line. Basically in the middle section of the whole dome. It wrapped around in a big circle.

On to the start of the concert.

I wanted the yellow/gold flag since yellow was the color for Osaka but I couldn’t choose. I got lucky and got it anyway.

The show didn’t start until around 5:30 and there was a pretty loooong intro video with all the heroes.. Finally Victory started up and everyone went crazy. I’m not gonna front, vocals were sort of iffy on the first couple of songs. I think they were too hype and excited haha. I don’t know if it was mic volume or what was going on. Won’t be long was a lot of fun as usual. VERBAL came out of nowhere and was rapping =D

There was a short 3jsb section where they only did like 2 songs. Ryusei and Sakura. Vocals were much better. I’d say Ryuji & Hiroomi got an equal amount of cheer when they were on screen. After 3jsb was The Second. OMFG… the second was on point. Their songs are so hype!!! Nesmith’s hair was pretty cool =D it suits him more than a plain old buzz cut, or that disastrous Sisqo hair he had going on at one point. Basically, he had dreads but the sides of his head were shaved. Shokichi’s hair was flawless too. Their songs are my favorite.. reminds me of 2jsb. They were followed by Generations and I don’t know what song they sang because I don’t really listen to gene. Right after gene 3jsb came back with only the vocalists… suddenly Matsu showed up with this super serious face and when he started dancing the crowd was like “aahhhh!!!” They brought up two couples that were about to get married and sang wedding bell… lucky. I think maybe sometime after Shokichi did his solo stuff or Takahiro did, my memory might be off. Takahiro’s performances were great. Nice vocals. He did GLORIA and it was hilarious because at the beginning of the song he sang the first part and then there was silence. He basically said “Oops, I forgot the words a little.” Adorable. He said something in Kansaiben during the show too.

There was the dance performance part where everyone got a turn. Sekai… got some moves. He is a beast.

Then suddenly E-Girls! They did a dance number and then sang RYDEEN dance all night. I like E-girls but the high vocals don’t do it for me. Gomen nasai no kissing you… I’m still completely baffled as to how this song was green lit. The whole time my knee jerk reaction was pinching my eyebrows.. it’s like bizarre happy circus clown music… I… just… it makes me confused and not in a good way.

Suddenly DJ Makidai. His parts were great~

I was really happy when they played Think about it by The second because I love that song and know the lyrics by heart. Shokichi did back to the future with the rampage. The anthem was hilarious, awesome, and suspect all at the same time. Akira was amazing.

Skip ahead to let’s party! They were on the moving platforms so close enough were I could see their faces even with my not so perfect vision. I left before the encore because I was exhausted from the little work that I did in the morning and lack of sleep… also wanted to beat the thousands of people rushing to the train. I’m a terrible fan =(

This has been my 4th LDH live and it’s always been fun. I wish I could go with someone next time… that would be nice but the ticket prices sort of make that impossible.

Lack of Atsushi was a bummer. There were a few low points vocal wise but the majority of the time it was where it needed to be. Energy for days from the performers. Grade: “A” would go again =D

Bought 3 random pins

Everything I got from the live

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Owl and cat cafes!

Within the past week I’ve been to an owl cafe & cat cafe! :h5 The owl cafe was pretty much how I imagined and was a bit less casual than a cat cafe. We went to Fukuro no mise which is near Minami Morimachi station in Osaka. :cat2

There were many birds off to the side sleeping and doing their own thing.

It was 1000 yen to get in for 1 hour + drink. The menu is pretty okay.. drink were drinkable since even though it’s a ‘cafe’ 99% of your time will be walking around looking at the birds and holding them. You have to listen to the rules for about 5 to 10 minutes then the whole group gets to move over to the owls. They have them on a rotation system since the owls get stressed if they are handled too much. I kind of.. felt bad because obviously these birdies are not in their natural habitat :fa21

Yesterday was my birthday. I was with Yuukun all day and it was reaaaaally hot outside. I had the genius idea to drag him to another animal cafe. We went to gurguru-dou again! He likes animals but if it weren’t for me he said he would have never gone to a cat cafe. :cat3

This lil fella/lass came over and jumped on my lap 3 times! I was so happy. Kitty was also kneading a lot of dough :fa18

I think that’ll be it for these animal cafes for the year.

I had a great birthday! A few of my good friends and I went to Outback Steak house and ate a lot.
Somehow I mustered up the energy to go to karaoke for about an hour. It was fun even in zombie mode.
I got a pair of cute earrings from Yuukun at the Tenjin Matsuri on Friday. :h1

Today’s plan is to relax, do my work out DVD, and game on. :tyasumi

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Built me a computer

A few weeks ago I put together my own PC for the first time! It was an exciting process shopping around and figuring out exactly what to get. I will say that there were a few headaches along the way in terms of availability and pricing. Almost all parts are marked up anywhere from 1000 to 3000 yen so this computer ended up being over my budget. A $600 build will run you almost $800 here… even Japan made products are similarly priced so you might as well get the imported parts.

CPU: AMD FX 6300
MOBO: ASRock 970 Extreme4
RAM: ADATA 2 x 4GB DDR3 1600
HDD: Western Digital 1TB HDD (blue)
GPU: GTX 750ti
PSU: Corsair CXM 500W
CPU cooler: Hyper 212 EvO
OS: Windows 8.1 courtesy of a lovely friend.

Almost everything I got from a store in Nipponbashi (Osaka, of course)

Shebammmf :misc6

Had to replace the incredibly noisy default fan

The most annoying part was getting that heat sink installed. I’m terrified of anything that has to do with the CPU. Screwing it into place was a little scary because it needed quite a bit of pressure. Looking back it wasn’t all that terrible.. just time consuming.

I also couldn’t get a picture going because I was using my TV and didn’t have a proper monitor at the time. There was never a post beep at start up so I did a lot of trouble shooting. I got all kids of beeps when the ram was removed or if other things were removed so it had to have been fine. Lugged the entire thing back to the store I got it from and it immediately displayed the BIOS with their monitor! Anyway, it works perfectly and it turns out my computer doesn’t beep on start-up. I can run any game at the highest settings with 0 lag. I just really missed having a desktop. :h6

Late to the party… So far I’m loving Left 4 Dead 2

My room is almost complete. Finally I have a proper desk, chair, and curtains. The curtain situation seems to be my last hurdle. Gonna be in Tokyo again on Saturday so it’s going to have to wait until next week.

The next post probably will be coming relatively soon (within 2 weeks). I need to get it together.

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