NEWS Live Tour 2015 “WHITE” Memories – Part 1

I can remember clearly when the WHITE tour was announced. It was Christmas Day and the message was sent out as a Christmas present from NEWS via email. I was walking to work while reading the message; so happy that another Christmas away from home was made special by my favorite group. WHITE was a very special and different concert tour for me for many reasons; one is that I had started working and making my own money. Two is that I was more involved in the fandom than ever before. After Tegomass, I had begun to find more fans online and this was the first tour that I was able to branch out and meet more people and go to different venues than I had before. I was able to travel all the way to Sapporo for this tour, while making new friends and interacting with old friends the whole time. I attended the Nagoya, Sapporo, and Osaka legs of the tour.  Here are some of my memories from this past tour.

Nagoya – March 21st ~March 22nd, 2015

Nagoya was the first part of the tour and I was teaming with excitement at the thought of finally seeing my favorite group live after 2 years. This tour was a bit different for me than other tours, as I had just started working and didn’t have the flexibility that I used to have as a graduate student. I also felt more mature than I had before, as I had my own salary and could decide how to spend my own money as I pleased. This would be a theme of the tour, being able to handle my own money and what I was able to do while working.

When I first arrived in Nagoya, I immediately met up with my friends at the hotel, dropped our things off, and went to buy goods at the venue. Even though Nagoya is only a 45 minute Shinkansen ride away from Osaka, it was better to stay in a hotel overnight for 1 night than spending the money for the shinkansen home. I was only able to go to the last show of Nagoya, going around Nagoya by myself while my friends were in the other shows. I went to the Johnny’s shop on Sunday morning before I finally went to the first show! We were in Arena D Block (the very last block of the floor seats) and my friends said that NEWS wouldn’t come back to these seats. It was a bit hard to see, but surprisingly NEWS came on the carts right next to our section. More specifically, Massu (Masuda Takahisa) was right next to us during Koi Matsuri. I had my Massu Uchiwa up while spinning the towel in the air during the song when Massu noticed me and pointed in my direction and acknowledged that I was holding his Uchiwa. Of all of the times that I have been to a Johnny’s concert, this was the first time that I had direct fan service. It was a new experience for me and it is something I will never forget! I was smiling and spinning the towel during the entire song until finally he left on the cart and when the song was over, I remember turning around to put my towel back on the chair and covering my mouth with my hand to hide the excited tears welling up in my eyes. I am not one to be emotional during concerts, but actually being acknowledged with fan service from my favorite Johnny’s after being a fan and attending the concerts for so long made me so happy, even if it was only for just a second.

After the show was over, my friends and I headed back to the hotel to pick up our things and then head back to our respective homes, Osaka and Tokyo, with the excitement of meeting up the next weekend in Sapporo for the next leg of the tour.

(to be continued…)

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Memories of Tegomass 4th Live “Tegomass no Seishun”

Tegomass no Seishun was the first tour I went to, and travelled around the country to see, since I started living in Japan. Previously, I had only been to the Kansai Area where I live, or Tokyo and occasionally Nagyoa, which is the closest venue to Kansai. For Tegomass no Seishun, I went to Fukuoka, Osaka, Nagoya, and Yokohama. Each venue was a different experience for me and I wanted to share some of those memories.

Osaka

Osaka was the first leg of the tour and I was able to hit for tickets, despite it being one of the smallest venues of the tour. I hit for the first day, second show so it was one of my first times going to the first day of any Johnny’s concert tour. The day before was presale goods, so I took the train out from Kyoto, where I had been living at the time, in the heavy snow and went to buy goods for me and some other friends. The fondest memory I had was this mother and her son in front of me in line and the boy was just chatting away about Massu the whole time.

The next day, one of my friends came down from Nagoya and we hung out before the show, being at the venue when the first show of the day got out. You could see everyone was in high spirits as they came out and I was so excited when they finally let us into the venue for the second show. I had no idea what the set list was going to be like, so during the concert I got excited when certain songs came on. The venue was so small, so we really could hear Massu and Tegoshi when they sang “Aoi Bench” with out any microphones. I cried at that song, and every other time I heard it when I went to the tour. My first impression of the concert tour was “Wow! Tegomass has grown so much!” I had been to the Mahou tour over 2 years ago, so it was almost like a “Hey! It’s been a while” and “Wow! Look how much we all have grown”.

Yokohama

I went home to America a few days after the Osaka venue for almost a month, and when I came back I was still on Spring break from my MBA program. My friend Rosie from Thailand and I had been planning a trip for this tour since it was announced, so after a brief trip to Hiroshima for sight seeing, I went to Yokohama and met up with Rosie. We were only able to go to 1 of the 4 shows, but this time was a different feeling because it was an arena venue, not a small hall like Osaka.

To be honest, Yokohama was not my favorite show because they seemed too focused on the technicalities versus showing the fans a good time. They were filming at the afternoon show I went to, but I believe that the evening show is what was actually put onto the DVD and the afternoon show was just a dress rehearsal for recording the night show. It was still an amazing show, but I think it was because the last show I had been to was in a small hall where they could give the fans more attention, it was a bit of a change to go to an Arena venue. When I go back and look at the DVD, they did an amazing job at filming this tour though! I am glad they filmed Yokohama.

Fukuoka

After the Yokohama venue, Rosie and I took the Shinkansen 5 hours from Tokyo to Hakata for the next part of the tour. This was my first time to Fukuoka, so I was excited to explore southern Japan a bit! It was the beginning of April, so the Cherry Blossoms had just bloomed in Fukuoka. It was quite warm for the beginning of April and the venue was right by the sea, so we were walking around the pier before the concert. It was so pretty!

My favorite memory was when we were standing around the side of the venue near the pier and we saw a group of girls gathered around looking towards the venue. They would like squeal every few minutes at something and Rosie, my other friend Monica and I, couldn’t figure out why. Eventually after a few times, we figured out it was a soccer ball that popped up every so often over the top of the venue wall. Everyone knows that Tegoshi plays soccer before the concerts, so we all assumed that it was him playing with a few people before the show. Eventually, the security guard began to shoo everyone away.

Fukuoka was my favorite leg of this tour. Tegomass were both in high spirits and the venue itself, Marine Messe Fukuoka, was big, but not huge. You had a good view of the stage and the layout from wherever you were sitting. We went to both days, the first day we were in the 10th row of the stands and the second show we were up towards the back of the stands on the second floor. In both seats you felt involved in the show!

Nagoya

A last minute decision spurred me to go to Nagoya, the last venue for the tour. Nagoya is only a 45 minute Shinkansen ride from Kyoto, so about a week previous, I decided to go, at the invitation of some of my friends who were also going. I met up with some amazing Tegomass/ NEWS fans and we talked for so long about the concert and everything that happened! I stayed at my friend’s place in Nagoya with her other friend and it was basically a whole slumber party in her small apartment with blankets everywhere on the floor! We talked until the late hours of the night and was one of my favorite concert memories to this date.

I ended up in the Arena right near the back stage, and Massu and Tegoshi both came close to me and were singing “Kiss kaeremichi no love song” in front of where I was. My favorite memories of this concert was Massu jumping down from the stage and handing a child one of the sign balls near the back stage.

“See you Next Live” appeared on the screen after the encore at every concert. In Nagoya it held an even more special meaning to me, because it marked the end of my first tour I had traveled for. Tegomass is my favorite concert to see live because of the live music and the band that backs them up. I can see them time and time again and never get bored becauase each time is totally different.

This tour I spent with such a variety of people and made so many memories. A concert is more than just seeing the group live, its connecting with fellow fans who love the same thing as you as well.

To Tegomass and all the people who I met back in February 2014 to April 2014, Thank you. It’s a tour I will never forget.

Translation – Mina April 2015 , Masuda Takahisa – “Massu Styling” Volume 7

massu-styilg-volume-7This month’s theme is “Wearing white in Spring”

 

Typically a black and white base is common, but in contrast this was my first time being told to go with white and I wasn’t sure what to do.

The result was not all over white, but I thought that warming it up a bit by paring it with some brown would be good. I paired a long white shirt with a mesh top with goat hair as the focal point, and the bottoms are SISE flower print shorts. The pants and the shirt’s “Haramaki” 1 like design I have also been into recently. Besides the top, the shorts, hat, and sneakers I styled all brown. I really wanted the sneakers to be brown, but it ended up being beige instead. It’s a new item, but it really is my personal item…. LOL I think that this styling came out really well and I am very satisfied, but what do you guys think?

For styling white for a lady, I think wearing a long blouse is nice. I think wearing a long blouse like an outerwear is really fashionable. Kind of off topic (*while looking a the staff*) but a girl swing a button back a shirt that was about to come off is really nice. I am totally caught by that~…..!

Speaking of today’s styling, since the start of this column this is one took me the longest time putting it together and deciding what to do, but it was the fastest photo-shoot. It was totally done in an instant! LOL But, I will do my best next time as well!

 

Translator’s notes:

1- Haramaki is referring to a thing that you wear around you stomach in Japan to keep warm during the winter. Click here to see what it is.

Check out my twitter for a full picture of this month’s Massu Styling! Twitter: @nihonchique

*Disclaimer* I am still actively learning Japanese and this translation is not perfect. This translation is as direct of a translation as I can make it and I took some liberties as a native English speaker to make it flow better in English, as some things don’t translate well into English from Japanese.

Translation – Mina March 2015 , Masuda Takahisa – “Massu Styling” Volume 6

masus-styling-volume-6This Month’s Theme is “Loveable Hats and Sunglasses”

Massu’s popular column! This month’s styling is a close up on the fashion essential: accessories.

I love both sunglasses and hats and have tons of them. There are not many days that I don’t wear them. Like today, wearing the same necklace and T-shirt but changing the hat and sunglasses gives a different feeling is really interesting. What version do you like best, everyone?

  1. Hats in a “Mischievous” way

I don’t normally pile them on top of eachother though (LOL) I picked out a bunch and brought them for the photo-shoot. When having a flashy-clothing kind of day, a flashy cap is a must!

  1. Pop on a Flight Cap!

There are lots of gaunchy patches on it. With this the military style it also becomes “pop-like” I would hope! LO

  1. Wearing Heart Sunglasses Seriously

These are Jeremy Scott Heart sunglasses. I thought the beaded design was interesting and I bought it at first sight.

  1. Color Coordination

This pair of colored sunglasses is something that I wouldn’t normally wear personally, but trying them on I think it looks nice. I like how New Era sticks to their brand concept.

  1. To Open

The black lenses can both be opened and you can also put clear lenses in them as well, but because it looked strange during the photo-shoot it was rejected. Thus, you see the closed version.

  1. Very First Round Glasses

Round Glasses really don’t go well on me, but when I “met” these glasses it was a total “Finally!” moment. Using the broadness and the height of the hat, I tried creating a worldly, sophisticated look.

  1. I’m interested in…. Part 1

Because there are small pom poms stuck to the glasses, you can’t see out of them. About 10 of them have fallen off too. “If they are sitting in your glasses storage area, it would be really exciting!” I thought and I bought them.

  1. I’m interested in…. Part 2

I “met” this hat in a used clothing store. “THIS” I thought. I haven’t worn it outside the house even once, but I have worn it while watching TV (LOL).

  1. I’m a Playboy!

Vintage Playboy. The design was around even when it was out of style, but it came back around and I really do think it’s very cool.

Check out my twitter for a full picture of Massu Styling! Twitter: @nihonchique

*Disclaimer* I am still actively learning Japanese and this translation is not perfect. This translation is as direct of a translation as I can make it and I took some liberties as a native English speaker to make it flow better in English, as some things don’t translate well into English from Japanese.

Translation – Mina February 2015 , Masuda Takahisa – “Massu Styling” Volume 5

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This Month’s theme is: “Adult-Like” Coat.

Massu’s popular “My clothing style” column. This time, the main item is a lovely trench coat. A well arranged style will be shown!

Going along with the theme, this time I played around with this DIOR HOMME trench coat. A trench coat with black shorts is a definite style for me. For girls, I think wearing a trench coat with a check-patterned skirt is cute. Ah, but pairing it with neutral colored pants is also cute! Because the coat is an A-line silhouette, I think having a tight bottom-half is also good.

I wanted to go with a “basketball” feel so I pared it with a T-shirt, sweatpants-shorts, and a headband. I used to be apart of the Basketball club, so I have lots of headbands from that time. But using them in coordinating outfits was recent. I thought about using a red cap with this outfit, but in the end because I wanted it as a “basketball mix”, I used the headband instead. That, and the feeling of the basketball pants. I like the baggy style, and I have lots of them! In public I have a sporty style, and because I see it around a lot is probably also why I wanted to go with a basketball style this time. When talking about “sporty style”, there are lots of people that wear caps or knit caps in a loose style, it’s awesome! I also like going with this style.

 

*Disclaimer* I am still actively learning Japanese and this translation is not perfect. This translation is as direct of a translation as I can make it and I took some liberties as a native English speaker to make it flow better in English, as some things don’t translate well into English from Japanese.

Translation – Mina January 2015 , Masuda Takahisa – “Massu Styling” Volume 4

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This Month’s theme is: Mid-Winter warm Color.

Massu’s popular “My clothing style” column. This time with the cold winter, he brings us the theme warmth of “color”!

To begin with, for winter coordinate, layering and different fabrics I really like to use to add an extra something. The theme this time is “Winter Colors”, so I was really wavering whether to show a flashy space pattern down Jacket, but I put the DISCOVERED Red Checked, fleece rider jacket1 as the lead instead. Not just that I will wear each item, but also thought laying them together and the different materials would be fun, so again I also bought these at first sight. For outerwear2, color and patterns require courage so people normally choose basic outerwear, but I really love and can’t resist the mix of different fabrics so this was an unexpectedly good choice for me!

I didn’t hesitate at all with deciding this t-shirt for the inner3.. In all honestly, I came up with it off the top of my head, but if you think about it, the shirt links the coloring of the outfit probably. Normally I would just wear  my thin blue kind of oversized pants for the bottom of the outfit, but this time I decided to turn on the “checked pattern switch”,  and spontaneously tied a check shirt around my waist with it.4   If you went out wearing this coordinate, I would want to go to the terrace of a nice café. Say that cafe gives you a blanket, it’s like I would incorporate that into my outfit coordination! LOL No matter what, I am attracted to check patterned items. I like it so much that someday I want to do a head to toe check coordinate, so coming up let’s do it! Please look forward to it!

Also, my hair is black after a long time, so it’s been fun. Even with the same outfit coordinate you get a different impression and also the types of clothes you choose and the types of clothes that suit you change too.

 

Translators Notes:

1. He uses the term: ボアライダース, “Boa Riders” for the Jacket and I asked my Japanese friend and looked it up online and this was the best translation I can find and we could come up with,  a fleece rider jacket.

2. Outerwear in Japanese means Jackets or Coats.

3. Inner is the opposite of Outerwear, meaning what he is wearing inside the jacket or coat.

4.  He  means he tied a checked patterned shirt over his pants that he normally wears, like you see some Japanese idols wear sometimes.

 

 

*Disclaimer* I am still actively learning Japanese and this translation is not perfect. This translation is as direct of a translation as I can make it and I took some liberties as a native English speaker to make it flow better in English, as some things don’t translate well into English from Japanese.

Translation – Mina December 2014, Masuda Takahisa – “Massu Styling” Volume 3

We’re back with the third volume of Massu’s popular personal clothing series! This month’s theme is knits, giving us an image change from Massu.

 

Even though it’s only the third volume, I was given a knit theme. Impatiently, I was like “ah, I don’t have any knit items!” But all in all, I had some unexpectedly! LOL First of all, I brought a bunch of different kinds of knits. In three different ways I styled the same hat and pants combination. Which one do you guys like the most?

The knits are from these brands, from the top of the page down: Maison Martin Margiela, Sasquatchfabrix., and LABRAT.

The Margiela Knit is a shape that I normally don’t choose, but in the store I fell in love with it at first sight. Out of all the clothes that I have it’s the most “Honor’s student”-like. After seeing the picture taken of this on me, I thought I want to wear knit a lot more! For a date, this knit would be good. Yea.

When you first see the striped knit you might think it’s kinda gaudy looking, but I really like the shape of the turtleneck and dolman sleeve combination.

I think that the detail on Paisley knits is interesting. I would wear it casually when I go to meet with a friend.

To me, knit items aren’t as much as a daily item as sweat is, but wearing it all now like this was nice! Makes me want to wear knit more now. Also, the hat that I am wearing now I wore a long time ago on Music Station! It has a seasonal restriction, but every year I wear it tons. I wonder if anyone noticed??

 

*Disclaimer* I am still actively learning Japanese and this translation is not perfect. This translation is as direct of a translation as I can make it and I took some liberties as a native English speaker to make it flow better in English, as some things don’t translate well into English from Japanese.