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.

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Translation: Ray October, 2013 – Earth Music&Ecology x Ray x NEWS Dress Collaboration Part 1- Koyama and Tegoshi Cross Talk

Tegoshi and Koyama Special Talk:

They both declare that they like dresses, but they have different tastes! Starting from their tastes in dresses, we asked them about their “ideal woman image”.

 

Let’s start from “buying a cute dress”:

Tegoshi: I love the style of girls wearing dresses!

Koyama: All men like it don’t they! Individually what do you like? Will it be similar? Let’s say it together at the same time!

(at the same time)

Tegoshi: Plain

Koyama: Flower Pattern. Oh! Totally different!

Tegoshi: Personally, even though there is a lot of Rock-like style, I like a softer feeling. A pink dress with the girls hair twisted back is my ideal.

Koyama: Patterned fabrics are really difficult, but in winter and fall for a cool, composed feeling, flower print is easy to challenge isn’t it? If I went to pick up my girlfriend and she appeared in a flower print dress I would be really excited! I would totally get that she showed up being fashionable.

Tegoshi: I also want her to wear a dress on a date too! My ideal is meeting after class is over at school and if she was wearing a pink dress that would be the best!

Koyama: Because Tegoshi has a rock taste in clothes, it’s probably better for balance for the girl to wear a plain style right? If she skillfully pairs a belt and accessories with it, it’s fantastic.

Tegoshi: A bit high-waisted, it hits at the waistline nicely and has a good balance.

Koyama: Would you go shopping together [with the girl]?

Tegoshi: If it was a girl that I liked, I would. I also like just hanging out together. But, if we went around to lots of stores and in the end she says that she wants to go back to the first store, I couldn’t do that! LOL

Koyama: Just like our Masuda right! LOL What about items to pair with the dress? With a flower print dress, pairing a plain cardigan or a leather jacket is cute isn’t it?

Tegoshi: In the fall and winter, something like bare legs with short boots is cute isn’t it? Your legs show with a dress, so to wear the dress you should to adjust it to your own body type and can refine yourself, right?

Koyama: Because guys will definitely notice girls wearing a dress! You shouldn’t be embarrassed when you get noticed because knowing that guys notice you wearing dress will make you prettier!

Tegoshi: As expected, appearance really is important. That love can begin from fashion really is true! If a girl wears clothes that she loves, I would want to talk to her and know more about her inner side as well.

Koyama: Also, when a girl wears a one piece, her character seems more feminine than normal.

Tegoshi: Wearing a feminine dress is a special right as a woman that should be used to your advantage. I want you to use it to your advantage and your self-confidence to increase. If we had more girls doing that, guys will have to work harder to be more fashionable too! In order to get love, why don’t you first try starting with buying a cute dress?

Koyama: Those who haven’t tried wearing a print dress yet, I would love for you to try to this fall. If you are aiming for an older guy, I want you to be able to catch him with a fashionable print dress. If it were me, I would be totally caught! LOL

 

*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.

Quick Translation – Popolo September, 2014: “Naked NEWS” Questions from the Members

I really enjoyed these questions, so I decided to translate this small part of the NEWS interview in the September 2014 Edition of Popolo. This is a first for me on my blog, but I hope you all enjoy it!

Questions to Tegoshi from the Members:

1.  From Koyama: “Tell us your current hair color in English”

Purple and Cherry  (*Written in Katakana*), though I have been asked this many times already! LOL

2. From Shige: “Tell us 1 memory from Brazil!”

Watching the World Cup in person! It was really like “I REALLY have seen my dream?!”.

3. From Massu: “Recently you bought an electronic item?”

I bought wireless headphones! Even though I have many headphones already, I bought them anyway…

 

Questions to Shige from the Members: 

1. From Koyama “You have been into Flower print pants lately?”

Yes, I am certainly into it right now! LOL Flower patters are this year’s trend, so I have been into it!

2. From Massu: “Have you bought any clothes recently?”

“I bought a yellow cardigan, but Koyama asked me “Are you supporting Brazil (in the World Cup)?” and I wasn’t able to wear it anymore LOL

3. From Tegoshi: “What Fish have you caught?”

“I have caught large Mackerel and Hair tail! You can cook a lot with Mackerel and it was very delicious. Do you want to come fishing with me soon?”

 

Questions to Massu from the Members: 

1. From Koyama: “You changed your hair to red! It really does suit you doesn’t it?”

I did change to red! I also think it suits me! LOL Koyama should also try red hair!”

2. From Shige: “Have you gotten used to being on “Ippuku!” yet?”

Little by little I have gotten used to it and each time I am able to do it while having fun! Speaking of which, Shige have you watched?

3. From Tegoshi: “Is red hair okay?”

It is perfectly okay! Occasionally I am asked this because I went to black hair. LOL

(*Translators Note: This question is referring to Ippuku and him changing his hair to black/ brown when he first started the show in March, but then he changed his hair to red. He also mentioned changing his hair color in one of the Tegomassu concerts as well for the TV show)

 

Questions to Koyama from the Members:

1. From Shige: “Recently you have always been wearing  flower patterned Set-ups (an outfit that is the same print on top and bottom), are you into those recently?”

I don’t always wear it. Occasionally I wear it but it’s basically every time I meet with Shige that I seem to be wearing it. But yes, I have been into them though LOL

2. Question from Massu: “Recently you have picked a fight?”

Why me and fighting?? I don’t know if I have been involved in a fight or not, but I haven’t picked a fight though.

3. Question from Tegoshi: “When did you do it?”

Yesterday I did it…. lots of muscle training!…..But what is this talk? Let’s actually have a bit more of a conversation! LOL

(Translator’s note: I think Tegoshi was playing around and feeding off of Massu’s question before and asking about when did he fight? and Koyama responds with a silly answer playing off of the やった that Tegoshi asked 、which means ”do” it. So basically Koyama responded back with something he did do, at a time.)

 

 

**Disclaimer* I am still learning Japanese and if you see anything wrong with my translation please bring it to my attention and I will change it to the best of my abilities. Thank you!*

Review: Tegomass – “Tegomass no Seishun” テゴマス「テゴマスの青春」Album

“Tegomass no Seishun” is Tegomass’s 4th full length album and also their first album in 2 years and 3 months. The Title of the album basically translates to “Tegomass’s Youth” or “Tegomass’s Adolescence”. This album includes songs produced for them by “The Godspellers” and “DEPAPEPE”. This Album also is the lead in for their tour that started in February, going through the end of this Month, with the same title, “Tegomass no Seishun”.

 

Album Editions

Limited Edition: CD + DVD

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The Limited edition comes with the 12 songs of the album and a 40 minute DVD of the Music Video and Music Video Making of「ヒカリ」”Hikari” . It also comes with a 28 Page Booklet, which includes the lyrics of the songs and photos.

Regular Edition: CD

ImageThe Regular edition comes with the regular 12 songs, plus 2 bonus songs. One of these bonus songs was written by Tegomass themselves called 「月の友達」- “Moon Friend”. It also comes with a 16 page booklet that includes the lyrics and some photos as well.

The Songs

The theme of this album is “Youth” so all the songs for the most part have to do with being youthful, the pains of youth and the joys of youth.

「蒼色ジュブナイル」- “Inexperienced Juvenile”

This song is an upbeat song that kicks of the album very nicely! Tegomass is always good about organizing the songs of their album in a good order. I think this song was a great pick for the first song of the album because it has very Tegomass like sound to the song, which shows off their vocals and harmony and is upbeat, but still has a soft easy-listening quality about it. They also kicked off the tour with this song as well! Its a song about looking back on your youthful days. This is one of my top 5 songs on this album!

「ハルメキ」- “Become like Spring”

This song is another upbeat song about the coming of spring, just like what the song title implies! When I first heard this song, I had a feeling that this would be one of the last songs in the concert because it was an upbeat song that Tegomass tends to end their concerts with before the encore, and they did!  This is also one of my top 5 songs on the album.

「いつかの街」- “Town of Someday”

This next song slows down the pace of the album and really shows off Tegomass’s vocals and harmony.  I can just sit back and listen to this song with my eyes closed and even though This is more of a sad song that is about not seeing your dream anymore and wandering aimlessly not sure what to do, I feel calmed and reassured somehow.  Everyone has had this feeling the past, or may be going through this as well, thus included in the “youth” theme of the album.

「DONUTS」

 The Godspellers wrote this song for Tegomass and it has this old “do-wap” feeling that I love! This also happens to be Massu’s favorite song on the album and his reason for it being that he feels that the Godspellers really knew Tegomass’s style and harmony well and made an amazing song! The funny part of this song is that DONUTS means Vinyl records, not literal donuts. When I was listening to the lyrics at first I was confused until I saw somebody comment it was vinyl records and not real donuts because the lyrics say “I found a black donut in the back of my closet”. This is my favorite song on this album that isn’t a single, the reason being because of that old style music feel and the harmonies in it. The lyrics are also really sweet too!

「ファンタジア」- “Fantasia”

The first thought I had about this song is that I really like the Piano in it. It has a good rhythm that changes a bit with the chorus and I like the build up from the verse into the chorus and then slowing back into the verse again, then ending slowly like the song began. It has a good flow to the song as well! This particular song is a sad love song and I think it fits with the rhythm of the song. This isn’t one of my top picks of this album, but I really like this song when it was performed live!

「タイムマシン」- “Time Machine”

The first time I heard Time Machine I was immediately attached to it. I think the Melody of the song and the instruments are what really attract me to it, as well as the lyrics. This is the one song that I love to play over and over and even though its a sad love song about regrets and not being able to turn back time. It calms me because of the melody and the amazing vocals and harmony. Zopp-san, who writes a lot of songs for Tegomass and NEWS, wrote this song and even replied back to me when I said that I really liked his songs he wrote for the album!

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He said that ”the lyrics were about a Journey, if you can understand that he would be relieved!” This song really was a journey and I loved it, thus making it my favorite song on the album!

「サヨナラにさよなら」- “Goodbye to Goodbye”

I did a review about this single already that you can find HERE. I really enjoy this single a lot and it is my favorite single that is on this album!

「少年~Re:Story~」- “Young Person Re. Story~!”

The main point that I like about this song is the light, rock-like rhythm of the song and the Guitar. Its light and airy and gives of a very vibrant aura.  This is a song about having a dream as a kid, loosing it, but then finding it again and the resolve to keep continuing. The 「もう一回、もう一回」”One more Time, One more time” That is repeated again and again in the song is very encouraging to me and also fits with the theme and the rhythm of the song.

「innocence」

Tegomass always has one “harder rock” song on their album and this was it! I also like the guitars in this song as well and how the rhythm changes from the chorus to the verse.  The rhythm of the song is also very catchy and easy to remember and I tend to hum this song sometimes! I wasn’t attracted to it initially, but after I went to the concert I really enjoyed it a lot and I listen to it a lot more than I used to.

「猫中毒」- “Cat Obsession”

I also did a review on this single, so if you would like to know my thoughts on this song go ahead and click HERE. It is very fun song and very Tegomass like!

「色鮮やかな君が描く明日の絵」- “The Colorful Picture of Tomorrow that you Draw”

What immediately struck me was all the different sounds in this song.  Guitar, Organ/ Keyboard, and also the changing tempos in the song as well. The lyrics are very cute with talking about “Black Magic” and “Yellow dreams”, really conveying the title of the song. It is a very cute and light, upbeat song!

「ヒカリ」- “Light”

This is the main song for this album that Tegomass decided to make this the PV for this time around. This song is a ballad and is very easy listening, but it builds up at the end of the song then slows back down again. The lyrics are very powerful, saying to treasure each day because the same day won’t come back again. I needed to hear this type of song at this point in my life because I am always looking 100 steps in front of me, so it reminds me to just take one day at a time and I don’t have to plan so much. Just enjoy the present more  because you won’t get this day back ever again. I love how Tegomass songs have such amazing meaning!

「きれいごと」- “Beautiful Words”

This is a beautiful song. The guitar is so soft and the vocals are so gentle that I also fell in love with this song as well, the first time I heard it. I really just want to go to bed after listening to this song because it is so soothing and comforting. I normally don’t like ballads, but Tegomass’s vocals really pull me in and make me love their ballads. Besides “Time Machine”,  this song is my next favorite ballad on this album.

「月の友達」- “Moon Friend”

This is the song that Tegomass wrote for this album. On their radio show they held a survey of what type of song they should write and the results came back as an upbeat song. From that, Massu wrote the lyrics and Tegoshi wrote the music with their band director for the Tegomassu tours and it turned out to be a fun upbeat song with strange lyrics about shooting for your dreams! I really like the reoccurring “ooooh yea, ooooh ooooh yea” in the song! Its catchy and I find myself humming this song a lot recently because it makes me motivated and gets my blood pumping when I am waking someplace.

Final Thoughts

Tegomass are now 26 and 27 years old, so they have graduated into their late 20’s, which calls for a more mature album. In the last album that they released, 「テゴマスのまほう」- “Tegomass’s Magic”, they were 24 and 25 years old, so you can tell the difference between the feel of the album right away. They still keep many Tegomass elements, with the sounds of the songs and the style, but you can tell that they bridged the gap from early 20’s into late 20’s. I think this time they chose the theme youth to look back on their youth and bridge the gap from being the “cute duo” to being experienced musicians. . The vocals in this album have improved over all, in my opinion, compared to the last album. All in all, Tegomass was able to  keep the sound that they are known for, but also make it more mature. When I think of Tegomass now I don’t think of them as idols, but I think of them as performers and musicians. This was an amazing album and I hope now that people can look at Tegomass as musicians rather than just Idols from Johnny’s.

 

*DISCLAIMER* I am still learning Japanese and these translations of these song titles,  Japanese content, or any other translations from Japanese aren’t perfect. Please bring to my attention if you think I have any errors.