ESP Museum jeune fille display


Immediately after last weekend's Mana event, ESP has continued to keep the jeune fille display up as a special exhibition until July 2nd.
I think some of you might be curious about the exhibition, so I went to it yesterday and took lots of pictures and a video!!

Before going on with the pictures, it might be a good idea to explain a little about the exhibition.
Basically the set up is pretty much identical to how it looked at the event last weekend, so for those who checked out the previous entry I wrote on here theres no real surprise. The only major difference is the fact that the ESP staff last weekend tried darkening the room and set up blue lights. However, since the ESP museum is now restored back to normal, truly the only difference is that the guitars can now be seen a little bit more easily in color and detail.

I imagine a lot of these pictures might seem a bit redundant from last weekend's entry, but I still wanted to post as many detail shots as I could this time around for those who may have a bigger interest in the new guitar, jeune fille x Ferrum -Cross Ray illusion-.





I get the feeling there may be a few of you out there who are very detail oriented have noticed the plaque under the display in the first picture. Actually it doesn't say anything special but for your information it reads:

ESP jeune fille X Ferrum -Cross Ray illusion- Special display
Please do not touch. You are permitted to use cameras and mobil phones in this area
The display it up until July 2nd.


A friend of mine and I went together, and I really wanted to take a picture next to the guitar for commemoration but the iron gates with the roses on them seemed to make the space around the guitar kinda small. Unexpectedly however, this really nice staff woman I've seen working at the ESP museum before came up to me and said I can get right up next to it!

I was a little surprised but instantly she started ushering me into the area within the gates. Since it was all so close together, suddenly she just started rearranging the entire display for me!Σ( ̄。 ̄ノ)ノ
I really wasn't expecting anything like that and it made me a little embarrassed...(^◇^;)
To make matters worse, she wanted to make me pose in certain ways but she was moving everything around at the same time and the gate/rose display started getting entangled with my clothes. It was really really nice of her but I felt so stupid LOL.

We took several pictures, but in the end I don't really like how I looked, so maybe those photos will be forever stashed away... f(^^;

By the way, heres the video I made too!




You can get your hands on your very own jeune fille X Ferrum -Cross Ray illusion- for the low low price of 800,000 yen (approx $8,000 USD) while its on sale during the exhibition time period! (;゚∀゚)
I noticed the list price actually goes up to a whopping 1,000,000 yen (approx $10,000 USD)! I think I would need to win the lottery for this model...

There were a few things that surprised me about the guitar this time around.
Last Saturday I felt a little rushed in terms of taking pictures and checking out details because there were so many other people who wanted a chance to take their own pictures too. Also, like I said the room was dark at that time, so it wasn't particularly the most ideal situation to see everything up close.
Once I got a closer look yesterday I was a little shocked to notice that the guitar doesn't actually have a physical texture to it.
Looking at it in pictures and from a distance I really thought the surface would be kinda bumpy, but in fact the paint job just makes it appear that way. I know the term "illusion" is referencing the cross ray in the middle that changes colors, but I feel like its the paint that creates the real illusion!

Speaking of which, the ESP website posted a short video of the cross ray lighting up and changing colors, but based on the way it was filmed, it almost looks like a stained glass window. I think it was unintentional, but its a really cool effect!
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I guess I shouldn't forget to mention there were other jeune filles on display too in a separate area. Unfortunately you're not allowed to take pictures of that display, but Mana posted it on his twitter!



For those curious, the tweet reads:
Exhibition of the guitars Mana-Sama uses at the ESP Museum for a fixed time until 7/2. There is a special display of the new model jeune fille X Ferrum - Cross Ray illusion - in a space where photography is permitted. Successive models are also on display. MdM goods are on sale as well.

All in all, the museum and jeune fille display are definitely worth checking out. For those who went to the Mana event, theres really nothing new to be seen, but its certainly a great chance to get better pictures of the new guitar up close! The glass display with the other jeune filles is worth a look too, because its something we didn't really get to see so much at the event (it was in the space where Mana was doing the meet and greet so you couldn't go and freely look at it). The exhibition is free, so anybody can walk in at any time and look around!

Since the exhibition is still going on until July 2nd, so if anybody wants to request any kind of special photos of the new guitar feel free to let me know and I might can try to go back one last time before it closes!

Sarah
Mana x ESP New Guitar Event
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At long last the the Mana guitar event was held today at the ESP museum!

To be honest, the event was extremely short, so I think my event review on here will be relatively small compared to my concert reviews

As I talked about in last night's entry, the event was divided up into 4 time slots. I asked for the third time slot originally, so thats exactly what I got.

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As I was getting ready today I started becoming extremely nervous!! This was really my very first time to go to an event completely on my own. Usually there are new people from all over the world trying to come to Moi dix Mois concerts and friends I've known for a while as well, so I would typically go with them, but this time I didn't really have anybody. Well....actually, I should say going to the event itself on my own. It turns out I accidentally went about an hour too early because I was a little confused on the time (and nervous, and overwhelmed...) and I happened to bump into a few of you who I know!! I was a little relieved about that, but it turns out nobody I knew had the same time as me!

Also, there was the situation that Mana accidentally gave me 2 numbers for this event.
It was a little embarrassing. When I walked in to the venue to check in, I was given two tickets for my numbers and then later on when I entered the event space somebody helped me find my seat, but then eventually the staff realized I was alone, so they came up and asked me if anyone else is coming with me. When I told them no, its only me, they were just kinda like "oh ok" and didn't do anything more, but I guess it was confusing? It couldn't be helped...

So upon entering the venue and finding my seat we still had some time before the event started, and I noticed lots of people were taking pictures, so naturally I tried taking a few as well!

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This is from where I was sitting. The seating arrangements were a little strange. Rather than being in clear rows, it felt a little like the seating was sporadic. Since I had tickets 6 & 7 some how my seats were in the second row, but there were no seats in front of me what so ever. Actually I sat in seat 6 because this seat had nothing in front of it, so I would have a clear perfect view right up front. Seat 7 was behind someone but closer to the middle. My seat was a little bit off to the side from the middle, but I felt like it really didn't matter. Anyway, eventually the staff announced the event and talked a little about the rules and the sequence of events. Finally they then asked everyone in the event space to yell out "Mana-Samaa!" and Mana appeared holding his new guitar.

You can see the picture I took above, although the room was dark so its a bit hard to see its color and style. However, it seems ESP posted a really nice picture on Instagram today!

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ESP Photo source

Today Mana was wearing a Moi-meme-Moitie outfit almost exactly the same as the one I wore at Dis inferno XIV this past year. For those who don't remember, it was sort of a blue and white marble looking blouse (although Mana's was black and white) with a long black gilet. However, Mana's had buckles on his; I believe its one they had released in more recent years. His make up and hair style were in the typical Moi dix Mois style, which was a little bit surprising. Usually at meet and greet exclusive type events he has a more subdued look. After standing at the front of the room, Seth was then announced as the person who would speak for Mana. Seth, in comparison to Mana, was extremely casual. He wore a black hat with his hair back in a ponytail, a plain black corset, and black pants. Ryux was also pointed out by Seth, but Ryux was standing in the very back of the audience filming the event. He was really far away from where I was sitting so I only saw him waving his hands up so everyone could see where he was.

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From Mana's Twitter

After that, Seth talked a bit about Mana's guitar, basically saying the same kind of information Mana has mentioned before on Twitter. Basically the Jeune Fille X Ferrum is very different looking from the past Jeune Filles with antique black and silver paints used, along with a new texture and the crossray light that shines multiple colors. It looked like the light has many more options than before. Rather than simply blinking or staying on/off this one can change its colors or stay in a certain array of colors. Even as it stayed on red in the photo at the top of this entry, it looked like it could also continuously shine in sort of a primarily blue light as well (still sort of with mixed colors though).

Once Seth finished briefly talking about the guitar, he then said Mana is extremely nervous today but he really wanted to play a song for everyone. At my time slot he played a short portion of Beast Side. According to one of my friends, he played Je l'aime at the 4th time slot (I'm not sure about time slots 1 & 2).
Unfortunately as he played Beast Side, he completely turned his back to the side of the room I was sitting at! (≧△≦)
I guess its a little understandable, because there were a lot more people seated on the opposite side from where I was sitting, but I would have loved to have seen him play a little! I wish he would have kinda turned to face each area of the audience so we could all see...
I kinda just ended up watching Seth as he watched Mana with his back turned to him. because Seth was standing directly in front of me...(´~`ヾ)

So then Mana finished playing after a few seconds and then Seth announced it was time for the autograph session. Mana immediately ran to a small area of the room next to me that was blocked off by a folding wall. The whole unveiling and display lasted probably about 5 minutes maximum, so there was hardly any time before the autographs began.

My number was called relatively quickly, so as I entered the room I noticed Mana kinda suddenly jumped/acted surprised and smiled at me for a second but then went right back into his normal composure. The blocked off area was still a part of the museum (it was at the back of the museum) so there was a display that Mana stood by (also with a table in front of him) that contained various other Jeune Filles and a large cross prop used for Moi dix Mois lives! When I approached the table, he basically just stood there and stared at me looking expectant like I should do something. I had no idea what I should do, so after a minute of both of us just looking at each other waiting for the other person to do something, I started getting nervous and took a gift I had for him and accidentally chucked it at him.(≧∇≦)
The way he grabbed it was like a football or something! I guess neither of us expected that to happen, so I accidentally then laughed a little out loud! He put the bag on the table and then autographed this picture for me:

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Once he finished, he slowly handed it to me and then shook hands. At that point he made some small noise. I think maybe he wanted to say Thank you but he stopped himself? I'm not sure... Also, maybe its worth noting, he shook hands again in the same way he shook hands with me in Hong Kong! Back then I explained in my concert report that the way he shook hands int he past was a little unusual. He would kinda wave your hand around a bit, maybe to seem more "mysterious" but in Hong Kong he finally shook hands with me for the first time like a normal person. This time the same thing happened again, so I was happy about that. While the image he maintains as a musician is nice, I really love to see Mana in a more natural light. Therefore, something like this has a bit of value to me.

After we shook hands, he then bowed to me a couple times and I headed out.
Before leaving I took the panoramic photo you can see above and another of the guitar itself.

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Then there was nothing more I could do, so it was time to leave.


By the way, before ending this entry I have a few extra photos to share!

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I noticed a small yet unique detail in the event space! The lights above the area where Mana stood were crosses! I wonder if anybody else noticed? I live for hidden details like this!

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I didn't take any coordinate photos this time because I felt like what I wore was extremely casual. It consisted of the Jeune Fille X Ferrum -Cross Ray Illusion- T-shirt, a puffy black layered tulle skirt and boots. I noticed people were sort of a mix of casual style like mine and Moi-meme-Moitie dresses. I knew the event itself would be relatively short and casual so I didn't really feel the need to dress up too much. In the end I think I was right in doing so too. At least for me personally it seems like a lot of effort to spend hours getting ready for something that only lasted a few minutes. Of course on the other hand it was interesting to see how everyone dressed for the occasion!


In conclusion, as I mentioned, the event itself was extremely short. I imagine the reason may be that both Mana and ESP were unsure how things would go with this being the first event of its kind, so perhaps in order for the timing to work out it was necessary to make things go quick. I was a little sad it went by so fast, but I also feel extremely grateful and happy to have been a part of this event! I hope there can be more Mana events like this in the future!

I hope everyone else who went had a great time as well! For those who couldn't make it, I hope this entry painted some kind of image in your mind of what it was like to be there!


dix Love!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Sarah
ESP Mana new guitar event tomorrow!!
As mentioned in my last entry, I really wanted to talk about this recently, but since today now marks the day before the event I feel like its now or never!!

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Just now ESP released this image of the new Jeune fille X Ferrum -Cross Ray Illusion- on their twitter and on Rakuten for sale!

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Honestly I'm pretty shocked they've put it up for sale so quickly, but I suppose it makes sense that they would do it in time for the event tomorrow. Besides, those who order a Jeune Fille tomorrow have an extra opportunity for some kind of special event with Mana outside the guitar unveiling, talk, and autograph/handshake session.
I would like to note, however, even though this information was posted, I don't truly expect many people, if anybody, will do it...I kinda think its for formality, because only 200 people can come to the event and its feasible to believe these 200 people are those who either have their own Jeune Fille already or don't intend to buy one... Unfortunately had I known about this event sooner, I definitely would have waited to purchase my Jeune Fille at this event! (/ _ ; )

Anyway, speaking of the event!
I haven't written a lot of information on here, so I'm not sure how much I need to explain about the participation, but I will anyway for those who may not know.

A few weeks ago Mana explained that he designed a new T-shirt for the event, so once those shirts were released on the Midi: Nette shop website they were necessary to buy to participate in the event. Buying a shirt sort of constitutes as your ticket to tomorrow's activities. There were two kinds as well, a regular T-shirt and the longer "dress" version. I didn't know which one I would like better, so I ordered both.

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At the time of order, we needed to add a commentary during check out that we wanted to attend the event, and if we had any other remarks or requests we should include that as well.
When I say requests I mean that the event is divided into 4 parts. During each session only a maximum of 50 people can enter the ESP museum at a time, so we were encouraged to request which time slot we wanted to be in if we had a preference.

Originally there were only 3 time slots, so the maximum number of people altogether was to be 150 people. Since I ordered my shirts immediately I decided I really wanted to be in the last group if it was possible (I secretly felt like maybe since the 3rd group would be last there would be a chance for extra time during the meet and greet session). However, a couple days later Mana wrote on twitter that the event sold faster than he expected so within 24 hours the 150 people filled up completely! He expressed that it made him feel bad for those who didn't get a chance to enter their order within that short period of time, so he asked ESP if they could expand the number of people who could participate. In the end Mana and ESP agreed to a 4th time slot for 50 more people, now allowing a maximum of 200 participants. The reason it was only 50 more people is because basically they had no idea how many more people would want to go so they had to make a fast decision.

Aside from ESP, Mana has been the only person working on all the details and such for the event. He explained on twitter that after the whole 150 - 200 people participation fiasco, there seemed to be some more problems arising. The confirmation emails for the selected participants were sent out some days after it sold out, but it seems some people complained they never got a confirmation email when they should have. Mana has been manually sorting out and sending all the emails for the shirt orders and event himself, and even drawing up the seating arrangements for everyone on his own! (;゚∀゚)
Therefore, I kinda hoped maybe he would understand in my original commentary on my time selection for the event as I just really wanted to be in the last group. However, once I finally got my email with the seating arrangement he chose for me, it was still the 3rd group, rather than the 4th. I guess he only understood my request on a literal level. (´~`ヾ)

Well, its ok. Actually the numbers I got were 6 and 7 (yeah, he accidentally gave me 2 seat numbers too...lol) so depending on what the seating arrangement looks like, I'm guessing I'm in the first row? Or at least somewhere in the front since those numbers are pretty low.

After several issues had come to pass due to a lack of preparation or truly knowing how this event would work out, eventually an apology was released on Mana's twitter and blog. Personally, I don't think its necessary to apologize, but based on his reactions on twitter about everything, I think hes been feeling a little bad about so many mistakes. -- Its ok! Don't worry about it! The event will still be fun regardless!!

So as the event will unfold, we will go into the ESP museum and find our seats, then there will be a short unveiling with Mana (whispering to a staff person) talking about the guitar. If time permits and he feels like it, he may also play the new Jeune fille X Ferrum for everyone! Afterwards, there will be a meet and greet session with autographs. This time around Mana requested to be able to spend some form of extra private time with each person who comes, so based on what hes written, it sounds like there will be a portion of the museum blocked off for this and the room will probably be decorated in Mana-style. As far as I remember, the ESP museum was pretty small, so I'm curious to see how all of this is going to look and work out.

Anyway, theres not much more that can be known about this event at the moment, so now its only a matter of 24 hours before it all comes to light!

What do you all think of the new Jeune Fille? Although the design and concept is the same as always, the choice of texture and color is totally different. In fact, I'm a little surprised by the colors chosen for the cross in the center. As I mentioned in a previous entry, I thought it might light up like a French flag, but instead its simply multi-color. It looks kind of like Easter, doesn't it?
(*Extra note-- Actually "Ferrum" is Latin for Iron or the Chemical symbol Fe. While that makes sense for the guitar design to an extent, now that I think about it, could the cross in the middle actually be representational of some kind of Alchemical related meaning?)

I look forward to seeing it in person tomorrow! Of course, I will also be sure to write all about the experience on here too!

Until then!


Sarah
Finally June! -- Visiting Houston
Once again, I've slacked off a little on posting here...
I've been busier than expected recently, but that also means I finally have some content worth sharing!

So first things first...

I got some unexpected time off from work, so I've been able to take a break since around the middle-end of May (to be specific, around the 19th, but its still on-going until the middle of next week). In that time period, I decided to take advantage of my free days and attempt to do various fun activities.

HAKONE

First of all, I decided to come back to my home town for about 10 days, mainly for a class reunion. However, before coming back I decided at the last minute to try to go to Hakone for a day.

Unfortunately this trip ended up being a misadventure...

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Going to Hakone from Tokyo for a day should be relatively easy and only take an hour and a half. Not only that, the trip consists of a concourse already designed for travelers that only takes about 2-4 hours to do.
However, the countryside of Japan is something I'm still totally unfamiliar with so I went on the wrong train not once, but a few times...Basically, I took the right train but at a certain point I guess the tracks split off into two directions and I went the wrong way!

Long story short, that wasn't the only time during the trip that I took a train going the wrong way, and by the time I actually ended up at the top of one of the mountains in Hakone to start the real sight seeing everything closed down!! When I say everything, I mean everything! In the end I took those few pitures above and had no choice to go right back where I came from. It was completely disappointing...


KYU-FURUKAWA ROSE GARDEN

After the Hakone "trip" I was still determined to do something fun with my time off, so about a day or so later I went full out!
Early on in the day I made my way to the Kyu-Furukawa rose garden. Its only about 20 minutes away from where I live and it seems it was nearing the tail end of the rose season in Tokyo, so I thought it might be interesting to see. After all, they also boast a huge beautiful mansion at this place!

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This place was absolutely beautiful! The main display is the house which was used by the British embassy for a short time after World War II, but now they use it as a museum, cafe, etc and the outside has not only the European style rose garden, but a typical Japanese park/garden as well. I took pictures of that too, but they just didn't turn out as good as the rose garden photos. Anyway it was totally worth the short trip!

Afterwards on the same day I went to Odaiba for a short time to do souvenir shopping for some of my friends in the US.

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I also went to the beach as you can see...(´~`ヾ)

HOUSTON

The next day, after an extremely long flight I finally made it back to my home town!

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Basically this time around a lot of things have gone by really fast and its all sort of a blur to me.
In fact, as I'm writing this, I have to leave for the airport to return to Japan in a few hours!

Anyway, although I said my primary reason for going back home was to go to my high school class reunion, I really wanted to go on a short vacation too. Actually I'm not even sure if "short vacation" is technically the right word... my mom and I went to Galveston for two days total, but Galveston is a small island off the coast of Texas and approximately an hour away from where we live in Houston. Thats not really a true vacation, is it? However, we got a hotel to stay the night so we could do a few activities.

The first day we arrived close to noon, so we went to a popular seafood restaurant next to a famous landmark in the area.

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This landmark is known as the Tall Ship ELISSA. She was built in 1877 and traveled all over the world. Eventually she was docked in Greece and purchased by the city of Houston where she remains. The picture collage above shows the various rooms and the exterior of the ship, so you can walk on board and look around, but it doesn't actually set sail. However, the staff told us she sails around in the harbor area once a year for volunteers and people involved in keeping her in pristine condition.

For those who don't know, Houston is located at the Gulf of Mexico, so for those who are familiar with books and movies about pirates (might I say Pirates of the Caribbean?) may realize this gulf had a lot of activity in regards to those kinds of stories. After all, we really aren't located all that far from the Caribbean! I think the Flying Dutchman used to come to Galveston? If I'm not mistaken...

So we took a tour of the Tall Ship ELISSA and then boarded a smaller boat to check out the vicinity and came across several interesting sights!!

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The first half of the boat ride was used for dolphin sighting, but to our surprise the dolphins came right up to us! They were super friendly and did flips and such. The crew was equally as surprised as the rest of us because apparently something like this never happens. Actually, I kinda think it was because we were a pretty active group on board. The crew said if we make noise the dolphins might be attracted and get closer and apparently it worked!

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We also to see other types of ships and areas with historical significance, but I think my favorite was from this picture above. Its a half sunken ship! It was a concrete ship designed and created during World War I and used during the US Civil War. It remains today as part of the Texas Antique collection, but its pretty cool for tourists! I had no idea something like this existed.

Continuing on,
after our tour we went on to the hotel and the beach!

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We were worried it might rain, but actually it turned out to be a beautiful day!

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I haven't truly been to a beach or tried to go swimming for a long time, so it was extremely refreshing! Even though I went to the beach side of Odaiba only days prior, I didn't really get the experience to relax or go in the ocean. Galveston doesn't have the most beautiful beach in the world, but it was still a lot of fun!

The next day however, was a completely different story...

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It was pouring down rain with thunder.
hmm...doesn't that sound like something Mana always talks about he wish he could go see? Sometimes he talks about wanting to record the sound of thunder at the sea. This would have been a too perfect opportunity!
Regardless, it definitely wasn't a relaxing day for the beach, but we had other plans anyway. My goal had been to see the Bishop's Palace...

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Its a Victorian era house that overlooks a Catholic cathedral on the opposite side of the street:

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The house was owned by a wealthy family in the late 1800's and as you can probably guess by the name of the house and it's location, a bishop lived there too.
Oh, and did I mention, its haunted??(人´∀`)
Galveston island is famous for ghosts!!

But does that stop me from going inside and investigating? NOPE.

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As expected, the house was stunning! I think describing it does no justice, so I took a lot of pictures...

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As earlier, please click the thumbnails if you want to see bigger pictures! I think its definitely worth it for these!

They even had a sanctuary in the house that I completely fell in love with!

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Its probably pretty uninteresting, but I took pictures of myself as well...(´~`ヾ)

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The Bishop's palace and the cathedral were the last two places we visited before making our way back home, but they were totally worth it!! Honestly, I could go on and on with so many more pictures but I don't want to spam this blog too much. (^^;

The next day I attended my class reunion finally, but it ended up falling a little flat. Of course I was happy to see some of my old friends for the first time in many years though!

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Hopefully they don't mind me sharing this picture (´・ω・`)
but I was so happy to see them again! I had more friends who wanted to go, but most everyone dropped out at the last minute. We were kind of the outcast gothic kids in high school and it seems we haven't changed one bit! We all laughed about it when we saw the exact same situation unfold as it did when we were in high school. It was a little shocking to me, but some people I talked to seemed to know quite a few details about my life nowadays. I guess thats social media for you...(*ノωノ)
It also entertained me a little that one of my friends said "I really thought you would show up wearing Moitie!!!"
Just like how it is for many of you who read this blog, I even have sort of a reputation among my old friends for my love of Moi dix Mois, Malice Mizer, and Moi-meme-Moitie. I think Visual Kei, and particularly anything Mana related is probably the first thing that pops in the mind of many people who think of me... Its not really surprising, but it is funny to hear from friends I've known since childhood! (except for one friend who thinks of me as a pokemon master...why!?) I guess its just an inevitable fate I've created for myself, isn't it?


Well, with that being said, its not much longer now until I have to start making my way back to Japan.
I really wanted to write something about the ESP Mana guitar event coming up in only a few days but I think it will have to wait for another day. It hasn't even happened yet but theres already so much to talk about! I'll do my best to update about it soon!


Sarah
MdM New Goods, etc...
Finally a month after my last entry I'm posting again!
Right now in Japan its Golden Week, so a lot of people, including myself get a good 4-5 day vacation from work.

With that being said, I've been wanting to catch up on some information I haven't posted on here yet.

First of all are the new Moi dix Mois goods that were released a couple weeks ago.
Mana asked on Twitter for those who bought anything new from the Midi: Nette shop to upload pictures of themselves in a coordinate wearing the new items, but it seems almost nobody did that...I noticed several pictures of the items themselves still in wrapping, but hardly any real coordinates.

With that being said, I felt kinda bad about the situation and decided to take pictures of everything I've gotten that has mounted up back from the March concerts all the way to the new items released recently. (No I didn't post them on Twitter because I didn't have the time to do it back when Mana requested photos)

Heres a rundown of my coordinates.
The first picture is the new long "dolman" version Mana 25 year artist anniversary shirt.
(I'm also wearing the black x silver MdM hoodie from well over a year ago now)

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I noticed the blue on this shirt is almost a more purple color compared to the original T-shirt version I bought at the concerts in March. You can see the T-shirt version I'm talking about in the next picture↓

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The bottom right corner is the T-shirt version I bought at the concert. The long version in the first picture is one of the new items only released at the Midi: Nette shop (not at the concerts). Its a hard choice for me to say which one I like more because I like the shade of blue used in the T-shirt, but I've really come to love the longer version shirts as a whole.

Speaking of which, the picture above also depicts two versions of the Moi dix Mois 15 year anniversary shirt. They look identical in my pictures, but the full body shot on the left side is the long version I bought at the concert and the smaller image on the upper right hand portion of the picture is the new regular T-shirt version sold on the Midi: Nette shop. Again in terms of the print and color, theres absolutely no difference. The difference is only the length and texture. The T-shirts (in both the 25 year & 15 year versions) use a thicker material, while the long shirts are relatively thin and have a bit more stretch to them.
I was a bit surprised, but I actually like how the royal blue shirt looks with the blue Moi dix Mois hoodie!

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Finally it was a bit hard to hold the bag with my coordinate shots, so this is an extra picture of the MdM 15 year anniversary tote bag that was sold in March.

Really the purpose of posting all this is just for the spirit of showing off some coordinates/how the shirts look worn, but I can imagine there are people who want to buy these items too!
For those who are interested...

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Midi: Nette Shop (Japan only)
CD Japan (Overseas orders)




In other news, there has also been an announcement of a Mana event at ESP!

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A new guitar, the Jeune Fille X Ferrum-Cross Ray Illusion- will be revealed for the first time on June 17, 2017 at the ESP Museum in Shibuya.
It will be limited to a maximum of 150 people who will be able to attend the event in one of three waves (so a group of about 50 people at one time).
The event entails that during each wave there will be a talk/demonstration of the new guitar and an autograph/handshake event with Mana.
For those who order a Jeune Fille on the day of the event, there will be an extra special secret event with Mana as well. (Yeah, I'm really kicking myself right now for ordering a Jeune Fille back in December. If only I had known!)
However, there are still no known details on how to attend the event as of yet. Apparently since this is the first time for ESP to have something like this, they're still trying to work out that information. I would suspect we will hear something before too long since we're closing in on nearly one month until the event, so once I get find out I will update on here!

By the way,
I wonder if anyone noticed a certain detail about the new guitar photo posted above?
Something that really stuck out to me was the cross in the center. As is already well known, the more recent models of Jeune Fille have a cross that lights up either red or blue depending on which version it is. Taking a closer look at this photo hints that perhaps the cross in the middle is going to light up multicolored!?
Of course only looking at an example picture like this can't give us all the details, but according to the picture the cross seems to depict something similar to the French flag (if you flipped it on it's side, so when being held or played it would appear as blue, white, and red). But of course this is only speculation based on what I see in the picture. Theres also a possibility that the cross could interchange flashing these colors or even more...Although, with it being Mana, I would put my money on the color scheme being limited to blue, white, and red.
It would make sense too in terms of colors representative of Moi dix Mois -- the body of the guitar is black, so its only natural if he wanted to do something unique and representational of Moi dix Mois that these other 3 colors would be included some how too.

Anyway, I'm excited about this event and I hope I can be one of the 150 people to attend!! Its a unique event that has never been done before (with Mana) so I think its a pretty special opportunity.

Besides the new goods and a new guitar, don't forget theres another event planned for September 2, 2017 (Saturday) at Duo Music Exchange. Its supposed to be a concert + special event, but more details on that will come later on. Since Mana has been working on new music lately, I wonder if that means we'll get to hear the next new song then?

As always, I will continue to post as new information comes!


Sarah
Massive Update
Theres so much I need to update on lately, but I haven't had time to do it up until now. With that being said, since this will probably become a pretty big entry, I'm going to break up everything by bolding each category so its a little easier to keep up and understand.

First of all, I'll address some of the bigger news that I imagine a lot of people already know about, but just for safe measure I want to post about it on here too.

WunderWelt

I don't think I've said anything about this until now, but for those who don't know, Moi-meme-Moitie is now working with WunderWelt to sell items overseas.
The official Moi-meme-Moitie website does't sell overseas, but for several years now they've depended on CDJapan for international sales. As far as I'm aware, they are still continuing service through CDJapan, but WonderWelt is taking part in MmM sales too now.

The WunderWelt Official website can be found here:
https://www.wunderwelt.jp/en/brands/moi-meme-moitie

Also, at the time MmM announced their partnership with WunderWelt there was also a limited time period where fans would submit questions to the Official WunderWelt Facebook page that Mana would choose to answer. That Q&A is now available on the WunderWelt site! (and yes its already in English, but its available in Japanese and Chinese too)

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https://www.wunderwelt.jp/en/interview/1703


KERA & Gothic & Lolita Bible

KERA magazine and the GLB have made announcements that they will discontinue publication.
Concerning KERA, their final publication will be on April 15, 2017. From that point onward they plan on changing to digital publicaton. As for the GLB, the final issue will be released on May 24, 2017, which will be a full on discontinuation (unlike KERA, they will not shift to digitalizing the magazine).


VROCK HK

Way back in December the free magazine VROCK HK distributed a special issue featuring Moi dix Mois and their concert in Hong Kong! I've been wanting to post about this for a long time, but its been hard to find the time to do so. Anyway, I finally have scans from the magazine to share on here!!








I excluded one page which followed the image of Mana, simply because it was only text. In total, all pages including that one that had text on them are an interview with Mana. However, I don't expect a large number of readers on this blog understand Chinese, but if it just so happens that somebody does and you want to translate the interview for the rest of us, let me know and I can provide you with that page!

Anyway, since VROCK HK is a free magazine that anybody could obtain I don't imagine its doing too much harm uploading these images. So please enjoy!!


Mad Tea Party Magazine

Yes, I have more scans!! and this time including translations!!

Actually, this photoshoot is nothing new, but I happened to come across it for 100 yen in sale box at a CD shop some months ago. I've really wanted to get my hands on this issue for a long time now and when I noticed there was a small section that would be extremely easy for me to translate I decided I wanted to post it on here!

The translations will be under the scans.





(**Indicates notes/explanations that will follow after the translation)

Mana/Moi dix Mois
birthday: 3.19 blood type: O birth place: Beyond darkness favorite colors: jet black, blue-black favorite foods: Long ago nostalgic fried bread** dislike foods: Herbs that have the smell of a stink bug** favorite brand: My brand “Moi-meme-Moitie” favorite fragrance: green fruit motto: Stay alive my boom:** The return of Xevious

**Translation notes -- There is no good translation that I could find for "long ago nostalgic fried bread" but perhaps what would be a better explanation is the kind of fried carnival/festival type foods such as "funnel cake" or "beignets" that we have in the US.
In terms of "herbs that have the smell of a stink bug" he's referring to coriander. However, interestingly enough, Mana mentions in his recent Q&A on WunderWelt that he now likes coriander, so it goes to show this particular interview is a bit outdated now.
Finally, "my boom" is a popular term in Japanese for "my latest interest" and again, the return of Xevious is also a bit dated. This photo series/interview was published in May 2006 so you can certainly see how some things have changed in 11 years time!

Regardless, I always think its fun to read Mana-related information no matter how long ago it was published.


Finally, to end off the entry....

Misc.

I've received a number of messages in time from those of you asking when I will make new entries and such.
Of course since we had the 2 Mana birthday concerts a couple weeks ago, I suppose that question was answered in a way...but what about now? What about future updates?

Truthfully, I still want to update this blog as much as I always have! My feelings really haven't changed at all. I just have difficulty finding the time lately because I feel like I'm constantly busy and rarely ever have a moment to breathe anymore.
Fortunately today I finally had a little time to myself to relax and do whatever I wanted, so I chose to sneak off to the park.
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This is the Institute of Nature Study.
I wanted to go there a week or so ago, but it turns out theres a closing time which I just barely missed, so I came back today with plenty of time.

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The concept here is for people to study nature in a more natural environment. Of course since its a park visitors can come in and walk around too, but its kind of unique compared to other parks in Tokyo.

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For example, the tree in this picture fell over. Normally you don't really see something like that in a Tokyo park, but here they allow nature to take its course so they can examine and study things like decomposition.

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There were even small ponds and streams, which were nice. It was really worth visiting because it was quiet with tons of space to walk around in and a huge variety of "scenes" (for lack of better words). Although it was a bit more pristine than I had anticipated, I guess since its Tokyo that can't be helped. Anyway, it made me feel a little better getting away from all the stresses I've had to face lately. Dare I say, its even nice to get away from a computer screen once in a while...?

Its not something I talk about very often, but even when I lived in the US I liked going to parks and taking walks in general. I've always been really a private person and I don't particularly like being overly busy/rushed or around too many people at once, so parks tend to feel refreshing because I can get some level of peace of mind there.

After going to the park, I took a short detour to Meguro river!!

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As expected, the cherry blossoms aren't fully out yet, but I was curious to see how far along they've come as of this weekend.

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I really liked how some of my pictures turned out though. I think this week they will probably be in full bloom, so I'm hoping by this weekend the view will be more impressive!


Anyway, just as I said, this entry ended up being huge!!(;゚∀゚)
Hopefully I can start being a little more timely about my updates, but until then I hope this entry was ample enough to satisfy everyone for a little while! (´~`ヾ)


Sarah
Moi dix Mois Mana’s Birthday Concert DAY 2: TSUTAYA O-WEST
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Day 2, Mana’s real birthday, finally came to an end!!

Although both concerts were concentrated on Mana’s birthday, this one had a particularly large focus seeing as its March 19.

Upon arriving at the venue, there were several amazing flower stands this time!!

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The blue and white one was the second day of the Mana birthday flower stand project created for anyone who wanted to join in. I participated in both days, so I was excited to see how it would look. As expected, it was gorgeous and beyond amazing!!! Thank you Manami who puts this together every year! I feel like she always works so hard organizing everything and Its a very special opportunity for everyone!

Each band member dressed like Snoopy was a cute touch!
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Also, as I suspected, Kaya and Kamijo gave flowers.
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There were many different aspects to the concert this time as well.
For one, the stage was decorated with pieces from the flower stand given yesterday! For those who didn’t see the picture already, here it is

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The Moi dix Mois sign with the ram skull, chains, and a red Moi-meme-Moitie cross pendant were attached in front of the drums, and the flags with the Moi dix Mois symbol were incorporated to the background on both sides of the stage.
Considering the fact that the panda bag Mana used yesterday (and today) came from a fan at the Hong Kong live and the decorations used at the venue today came from yesterday’s flower arrangement, both of these lives gave me a new kind of impression — a sort of interaction we haven’t seen before where its beginning to feel like anyone could be incorporated into the concerts in some way or another. I’m not sure if that makes sense, but the fact that items used for the shows actually came from people who gave those items as gifts at concerts felt like a really nice gesture.

Anyway, my number this time was A 17, so I was in the front on Mana’s side, but actually I guess you could say I was somewhere between the first and second row? There were two girls in front of me but I was standing between them. The reason I describe this is because from the position I was standing at, it was hard for me to see the entire stage. Aside from Mana, I felt like I kinda missed out on seeing the other members very clearly.

As always, everyone walked out on stage in the same order -- Hayato, Sugiya, Ryux, Mana, and Seth. The costumes this time were black and blue for Mana and black and red for the other members. After the SE (The Pact of Silence) they began with The Seventh Veil.
Heres the set list:

1. SE The Pact of Silence
2. The Seventh Veil
3. Gloire dans le Silence
4. Witchcraft
5. Solitude
6. The Other Side of the Door
7. Eternally Beyond
8. Perish
9. Material DEATH

-MC-

10. *New Song* — Into the Hill (?)
11. Unmoved
12. Immortal Madness
13. Dead Scape
14. Twilight Flower
15. Beast Side
16. Ange ~D Side Holy Wings~

-ENCORE-

17. Pageant
18. Je l’aime
19. SE En Lumiere

Since I'm posting the set list now, I guess I should address a major point you may see within it -- the new song title!!
Last time I said I had a hard time hearing what Seth said the name was, but tonight I made a huge effort to try to catch what he said. The trouble I think a lot of people have with Seth announcing song titles is that he tends to be pretty unclear since they're never in Japanese. Its not his fault really, but anyway they're hard to understand. I wasn't quite sure if I heard him wrong and he said "Eternal Hill" or "Into the Hill" but I believe it was "Into the Hill," thats why I added a question mark.

This time he explained that the new song was played for the first time yesterday (the first day concert) and the image/inspiration Mana had in making it. Essentially what I remember is that they talked about it portrays the image of walking along a river into eternity. -- This also seems to explain the water sounds I described last night in talking about the song. Although, I have to admit, it sounds a lot more like ocean waves than river waves to me...but thats besides the point! (*´艸`*)

Regardless, all of this was talked about at the end of the MC, so I would rather go back to the beginning of my concert and work my way to that point for now.

To be honest, I liked the song choice and concert as a whole much better tonight. Towards the beginning of the concert, Seth introduced Moi dix Mois and spoke about today being the Sabbath (technically now, Monday the 20th, is Spring Equinox, so I believe the true reference is in terms of that, but I think it was also a reference to last year's concert and Mana's reference to that time last month on twitter). Naturally because of this Witchcraft was played! I'm very partial to D+SECT songs, so I was happy.

Also, at the very end of Eternally Beyond, the sound suddenly glitched out and everyone kinda jumped in surprise. Amazingly though, Seth continued to sing the last few lines, and Mana tried to bridge the gap between songs with a lengthened guitar solo intro into Perish until the sound issue was fixed. Seth joined in as well, speaking out parts of the introduction so the transition would seem more smooth, and actually it worked really well! This is the sort of professionalism I like in Moi dix Mois. I imagine it has to be hard to think in an instant what to do in such a situation, but even when something goes wrong the show continues seemlessly. I can only imagine at some point in time Mana probably thought, "Is this K trying to play tricks on me again so we all know hes here celebrating my birthday too?"

After that the concert resumed as normal without any problems.

Finally the MC!
Theres so much to talk about here!!
After Material Death Mana walked off stage, and as always we were told to yell "Je t'aime Mana-Sama!!"
Seth said "This venue is filled with so many girls! Use your girly glossy eyes and with hearts in your eyes, call out to Mana-Sama with all your strength!" Of course it took a few tries until Mana came out on stage, but when he did he carried his bear bag out and tossed it at Seth. No candy this time, but Seth sang happy birthday as he danced by swaying and holding his hands up together until the end of the song.

Afterwards, Mana ran off stage again and wheeled out a birthday cake on a cart, pushing it to the very edge of the stage. This time he also had his panda bag and a green lighter so he could light 5 candles that were on the cake (I'm assuming 5 as a symbol for the 15 and 25 years anniversaries). As he brought the cake out, Seth said "What!? Hes doing it all by himself!?" and as Mana began to light the candles Seth continuously told him to watch his sleeves so they don't get caught in the fire. Mana had some problems lighting the candles, so every time he thought some of them finally lit, they would burn out, and every single time he tried to relight each candle Seth would warn him to watch out, like "be careful. be careful. be careful. be careful. be careful..."etc. (not those words exactly, but that was the idea).

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(Yes that is a cake, from Mana's twitter)

Ryux took out a video camera on a selfie stick as Mana appeared with the cake, filming everyone on stage and in the audience. Sugiya also had an iphone he was taking videos/pictures with of Mana with the cake. Mana even tried posing as close as he could to us in the audience when Sugiya was taking pictures, so its likely at least our hands got in the shot! It would be nice if he posted those pictures!

Eventually Mana wanted to blow out the candles on the cake, but he seemed like he had to figure out how to cover his face so everyone wouldn't see him doing it. In the end, he hovered on top of it, covered his hands around his mouth and blew them out. Once he did, he started jumping around the stage with his hands up and wouldn't stop, so all the other members started jumping around too for a while. Of course people in the audience were laughing and starting to do the same thing too!

Immediately from there, Seth took out the Moi dix Mois binder he usually holds to read Mana's message to everyone. This time I guess there must have been some kind of issue with what was written in the binder, because he went up to Mana communicating something about it and they talked back and forth (of course with Mana whispering to Seth), so then they stood there together with Mana reading and approving parts as Seth said what was written out loud. They asked if everyone was enjoying themselves and of course the audience screamed out in return. The first time everyone screamed out, Mana shrugged his shoulders like it wasn't good enough, so everyone had to do it again. He also said he was happy to take a picture with everyone and the cake for his birthday (so essentially it was all planned out). Then they talked about Mana being excited that they're celebrating on his real birthday today and that there are plans for the next concert in September, but apparently it might be something more? It seems Mana wants to do something special to celebrate his 25 years as an artist, so they teased that whatever the "concert" may be could be something more like an event. I got the impression though that hes still working on it, so there was no flyer or anything advertising it. He hinted at this last year too when they talked about 2017 being his 25 years as an artist, so I can't help but wonder if hes trying to round up people from back in MALICE MIZER days until now to do a big show together? It would make sense...

Also, in order to celebrate Mana's birthday/25 years as an artist, he had Seth ask everyone to request songs for him to play on guitar from MALICE MIZER times!!
Of course everyone in the venue went crazy and started shouting out song titles like mad so it was impossible to hear any one true request. Even so, they still kept urging everyone to request aaaaaanythiiing!
One of the people next to me looked at me and said "I hope they play ______!" whatever the song was, I forget. I said "I think they already decided the song in advanced, they just want to get the audience excited..."
It turns out that was exactly the case.

After all the yelling, Seth said "How about one person yell out a request at each side of the venue?" so he went from right to left to get a couple requests out. Someone said "Bel Air" but after that more people started shouting once again, so eventually they stopped it and announced Tsuioku no Kakera

Mana began playing the song alone and eventually Seth joined in singing the lyrics. I think there were points that were a bit too high for him, so his voice cracked several times and he only ended up singing about a verse before they stopped playing.

Finally it was about time to resume the concert, so as I mentioned before, Seth explained the new song, Into the Hill and thats where we went into the second half of the live.

Unmoved was a pretty big surprise, so a lot of people got really excited as it started, and IMMORTAL MADNESS was a little wild this time around.

At the time when they want us to shout out a call or keyword of the night for IMMORTAL MADNESS, Seth first asked us to yell out "Mana-Sama Mana-Sama Mana-Samaaa⤴︎" but raise our voices up really high at the very end of the third "Mana-Samaaa⤴︎"
That call was yelled out a few times, but it was hard for everyone to do it because we had to say it so quickly, so eventually they changed it. Seth explained Mana wanted everyone to yell something reminiscent of the old MALICE MIZER/VK days, so they asked everyone to yell "Sexy Pretty Angel Mana-Sama"
(For those who don't know, "sexy pretty angel" was a phrase Mana came up with and used from time to time in MALICE MIZER era)
As Seth explained "Sexy Pretty Angel Mana-Sama" Mana started doing motions to each word. At "sexy" he put his hands on his hips, at "pretty" he curled his hands into fits and brought them up to his face like a cute embarrassed girl, at "angel" he waved his hands like butterfly wings, and at "Mana-Sama" he held his hands out to everyone in the crowd.
So, every time "sexy pretty angel Mana-Sama" was yelled out Mana would repeat these motions, but since the pace is relatively fast during the song, he had to hurry and do the motions each time all at once and it just kinda looked like he was flailing around eventually.(≧∇≦)

During Beast Side, Mana went up to the edge of the stage and started putting the end of his guitar into the audience to touch peoples hands with it, but he started swinging it around at us and it hit my hand really hard. He wasn't trying to hurt anybody, so it was an accident that this happened, but after he hit my hand it started hurting a bit but the pain wouldn't go away. Eventually when the lights were a bit brighter I looked at my hand, and....

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A splinter from the guitar got stuck in my hand! (;゚∀゚)
I'm not upset, but it wasn't the best feeling for the rest of the concert until I could see better and get it out afterwards.
Great souvenir, right? (I'm joking)

Surprisingly, the concert didn't end with Je l'aime, but Ange this time!!

But as you can probably see from the set list, Je l'aime was actually the very last song played at the encore.
This was a bit different actually...Usually for Mana's birthay Pageant is the very last song played so everyone can get out their glow sticks to the song, but it was a nice touch to have both of these songs played together at the very end. I guess because last year we had our glow sticks for Je l'aime also, but it was in a completely different order.

Anyway, for the encore all the members came out wearing the 15 and 25 anniversary T-shirts again and this time Mana was in Moitie, but wearing a different blouse from yesterday. This time it was a blue and white Moitie blouse where the blue kinda looks like splattered paint (I wore this same blouse at dis inferno 2016, so for those who don't understand, go check out the pictures in that entry), but he didn't include the frilled part. Instead, he had the top few buttons unbuttoned so part of his chest was exposed.

After Pageant and Je l'aime, the concert came to an end and everyone left the stage. As always, Mana was the last to leave, walking to each side of the stage and bowing to everyone before ending the concert.

As I said before, this time was really fun and exciting!! There was so much more interaction than the night before and it felt like everyone as a whole had more energy. A lot of people I talked to felt the same way, so it seems this night's concert was overwhelmingly popular for everyone! I imagine it has something to do with the fact that this venue has no seat's like at Mt. Rainier Hall, so its a bit easier to be involved, and since it was Mana's real birthday he was more energetic and excited.
I really didn't want this night to end!!!
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By the way, my coordinate tonight was Alchemy print but I didn't get enough time to take a very good picture. Sorry!! (><)

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And as promised, pictures of the new goods!

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First of all the Mana 25 year anniversary T-shirt! I really like it in person! The silver is kinda glittery, but the shade of blue matches nicely with it. The only thing I feel a little bit strange about is the dates on the shirt, especially the back. Doesn't it kinda seem like he died??(´~`ヾ)
But besides that point, its nice for every day!

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Then the Moi dix Mois 15 year anniversary goods. The long dress-like shirt is actually navy blue, not black! But the print size looks good for this shirt and its really cute and comfortable. Its my personal favorite this time around. The tote bag has the same design on it and is about the same size as the dark frame tote bag. Both of those bags include zippers, so they're essentially the same only with a different print. The print this time is especially interesting because if you look in the detail it has "dix force" "Embrase" (shouldn't it be Embrace?) and "Quiet Night Secret Garden of Flowers" written on it.


Finally, I received several gifts this time from people who came from all over the world!!

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Thank you so much!!!! dix Love!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ♡

I was able to meet people who came from various countries especially for the Moi dix Mois concerts! like Germany, Hong Kong, Australia, Portugal...is that all? If I'm forgetting something, let me know! Some of them came for the first time too, so it was fun to hear their reactions!

Really, everyone made it an unforgettable night! Even though its now a day later, I can't stop thinking about this weekend! Why couldn't it last just a little longer?


But with that being said, maybe its finally time for me to get something to eat...I've been writing for so long now I haven't eaten at all today!
I hope you all enjoyed these live reviews and could feel the energy we felt at the concerts these past two nights!
Also, Happy Birthday to Mana!!!


Sarah