Mana様 Birthday Concert 3/22 +Setlist update
Its extremely late right now and I'm exhausted, but naturally I wanted to write about tonight's concert before going to bed so I don't miss any details.

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Starting out, I have to say its been an incredibly long week for me. When it was announced that this concert was sold out and there would be an additional performance on April 5th, I had several interesting ideas in mind for Mana's birthday present!
I came up with a really great gift idea I wanted to go with, but I was having a lot of problems finding it. Ultimately I did find that gift, but its still in the process of being shipped to Japan...
With that in mind, I happened to come up with another idea last week that was much more accessible, but a bit time consuming.
Long story short, I spent every extra moment I had last week preparing this gift, and those preparations weren't finished until about an hour before I needed to leave for the venue! The moment I finished up with the gift, I threw an outfit together and ran out the door to get to Mt. Rainier Hall Shibuya Pleasure Pleasure as soon as possible!

Fortunately it turns out I made it with quite a bit of time to spare, so thats where I will begin with the concert.

The venue is originally some kind of theater, so we received seat numbers this time around. As many of you probably already know, my original ticket wasn't that great, but I was offered a better ticket so I ended up selling mine for the new one. I was so happy I did too, because I ended up in the front row right in front of Ryux!!
To my friends who sold me the front row ticket, THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!(≧∇≦)

From 4:30 everyone was able to enter the venue. We sat there listening to the background music comprised of theme songs from Dario Argento movies (as always) until it was exactly 5:10 when the concert began. The stage this time was decorated a little bit more simplistic, perhaps because it was smaller than normal. Iron gates with blue roses intertwined were placed at both Mana's and Ryux's side of the stage and then the giant Moi dix Mois logo was placed in the background.

This time everyone entered the stage from the right side starting with Hayato, Sugiya, Ryux, Mana, and Seth. Everyone was wearing the typical white x gold for Mana's birthday, but this was the first time we got to see Ryux in a white and gold so I was excited to see how he looked. It turns out, his outfit is the exact same as the one introduced when was first announced as a new support member



Well...there is an exception... Rather than the red scarf(?) with the cross, he had a white and gold rose brooch pinned to his shirt. To be honest, I kind of liked it better this time with the flowers since its something that corresponds with the other members (at most concerts for the past two or so years, all the members have been wearing rose brooches pinned to their clothes).

Immediately upon entering the stage, Seth announced the first song, Je l'aime.
Perhaps some of you are already one step ahead of me upon hearing this, but Je l'aime was first?? It was a huge shock because it has ordinarily become the final song at every concert, but it had been totally switched this time. I guess it makes sense though, since Pageant is always played on Mana's birthday as the ending song. Not only that, Je l'aime was still necessary for the concert because Mana always wants the fans to yell"Je t'aime Mana-Sama~!!" on his birthday, so the song was extremely fitting to the theme of the night and it set the tone.
Next was Forbidden, and then Witchcraft.

After the first three songs, Seth gave his "We are Moi dix Mois" intro and then spoke briefly about today being a special day because we were celebrating Mana's birthday.

Soon after the concert continued on...

3/26 UPDATE
I finally got the whole set list from the concert, so here it is as follows:

Je l'aime
Forbidden
Witchcraft
Vestige
Invite to Immorality
Nocturnal Romance
front et baiser
Diabolos et Angelie

-MC-

Embrace **NEW SONG**
Pendulum
Unmoved
Immortal Madness
Dead Scape
Twilight flower
The other side of the door
Eternally Beyond
Beast side
Ange

-Encore-
Pageant

As far as the performance was concerned, at this point everything was pretty typical. Being on Ryux side of the stage gave me a whole new perception of the concert though. First of all, I finally got to see Ryux and his guitar up close, and I noticed he has a skull attached at the front that is used as a control! Its funny how such a small detail can make a big impression, but as I have said many times before, details are important!! Especially at Moi dix Mois concerts. It was a bit hard for me to see Mana very much this time around, but I noticed that Ryux spends a lot of time looking over at Mana while performing. This is only his second time to play with Moi dix Mois, so I get the feeling hes still not completely used to how things work with this group. However, I think Mana has faith in his abilities because in comparison to his first concert, Mana wasn't looking back over at him as much as he did previously.

Right before the MC started, Mana left the stage and Seth made everyone yell "Je t'aime Mana-Samaaa!" in order to get Mana back out onto the stage. Of course the first time wasn't good enough, and when Seth told us "that was disappointing" Ryux played a womp womp woooomp kind of sound with his guitar like we all failed. Seth then made everyone clasp their hands together and say "Je t'aime Mana-Samaaa!" again but once again it wasn't good enough. Finally, for the last time he made us say it again but put our hands into a heart shape extending them to the stage. This did the trick, and immediately Mana came out with his bear back pack that had candy inside. He threw out several candies in gold wrapping to the crowd, but most of it spilled all over the stage floor so they ended up trying to pick it up and throw it again. Most of the candy ended up in the middle area so it was way too hard to reach. Then all the members (except Mana) started playing a rock version of the Happy Birthday Song, and as Seth sang, everyone in the audience, and Mana, all swayed together in unison with their hands clasped. Mana then took a bow, and Seth continued on with the MC.

He first read a message written by Mana to everyone. The message was relatively short and there was nothing really news worthy announced. It was simply a "thank you for the Je t'aime" and telling us Mana felt this was a special year because he gets two birthday concerts. Afterwards, rather than bringing out a cake or presents, all the members had to go up to the middle of the stage and say something to Mana for his birthday. Hayato talked the most and made a lot of jokes, Ryux talked about the first time he met Mana, and Seth talked about how he enjoyed going with Mana to Hiroshima and eating Hiroshima food together over the new year. Sugiya, however, was the one who stood out most. I forget exactly what he said to Mana, but he is so incredibly shy the other members had to push him to the center of the stage and then he was sitting there shaking and saying "uhhh" a lot while speaking very softly. I felt so bad for him, but everyone in the audience was really encouraging and cheered him on to help him out a bit. It was still intimidating for him though, so I'm sure he was more than revealed once he was finished.

For the end of the MC, Seth introduced the new song, Embrace and the concert resumed from there.

Personal impressions of the new song:
When Mana announced on his blog that he was working on something new and emphasized how unique and "different from anything up until now" I was really excited to hear what it would be like!
The song started with the sound of a watch ticking and then went into female chorale voices before breaking out into the actual performance. If I were to be completely honest, I really enjoyed the song a lot! But, was the sound particularly new for Moi dix Mois? I don't really think so...
Of course I think every Moi dix Mois song is unique in its own way, but of all the new songs I feel like Twilight Flower is far more unique in terms of sound than Embrace. Still, Embrace had many good points of its own, and one thing that did touch me about it were the lyrics. During the chorus Seth sang "I miss you" which packed an emotional punch thats difficult to explain.

Speaking of new songs, all the new ones were played. I think we're up to 4 now: Diabolos et Angelie, Beast Side, Twilight Flower, and Embrace. Its really hard to choose a favorite because all of them sound amazing!!

During Immortal Madness, everyone was told to yell out Birth Ceremony Festival in Japanese but that was really difficult, so they ended up switching to "dix Love" as usual. One song that was interesting to me was The Other Side of the Door. I feel like thats a song we don't typically hear at concerts, but it was refreshing! In reality maybe it isn't, but I often feel like songs from Beyond the Gate go overlooked at concerts, so its nice to hear them once in a while. Finally, the concert ended with Ange before everyone left the stage before the encore.

The time in between these two parts was extremely short, so everyone sat down at their assigned seats for a couple minutes before getting right back up for the last song.

This time, everyone was dressed more casually, with Mana and Seth standing out the most. Seth was wearing one of the new shirts that went on sale today and Mana came out in a white blouse that had the top couple buttons undone. As soon as everyone was on stage, we were instructed to snap blue glow sticks we were given as we entered the venue at the count of three, and everyone yelled "dix" as their glow sticks lit up. The band members came out with glow sticks as well, and once they were lit, Mana, Ryux, and Sugiya attached their glow sticks to their guitars and swayed while everyone in the audience waved their glow sticks to Pageant.

Finally the concert was over. Each member threw their glow sticks into the audience as they left the stage. Mana, as always, was the last to go. He walked to the center of the stage, held his arms out, bowed, and then blue a kiss to the audience as he walked off stage to end the night.

I really enjoyed tonight's concert and now I'm really looking forward to April 5th!!!


Aside from the concert itself, I had a few more things in relation I wanted to share.

Going into the venue, there were posters everywhere as I posted above. That was really surprising because this never happens at Moi dix Mois concerts. We found posters at the entrance, inside the elevator to the concert hall, and then at the concert hall itself. It was a nice touch!

Also, there were more flower stands this year!!

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I got to the venue early so when I first got there they only had the blue and white one given by fans who pitched money in together, but later on another appeared from Schwarz Stein.
I also took a picture next to the white and blue one, although its not that great...

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I probably wouldn't normally post this, but when I was looking through my photos I realized its the only one I got of my coordinate today. I was in a huge hurry after trying to finish up Mana's gift, so sadly I had to put my hair, make up, and outfit together at the last minute. I guess its not completely terrible though! (^^;;

Speaking of which, here is the gift I was working on!!

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These are kind of before and after pictures, but I made a blanket with the Moi dix Mois logo on it. The logo looks tiny in the second picture, but in real life it seemed to look much more proportionate. The bottom side has Snoopy all over it. Even though those I showed pictures to liked it, I still feel a bit unhappy with it...since I was running out of time, I wasn't able to perfect some parts of it that I would have liked to. I honestly don't know if Mana will really like it or not, but even with its imperfections I hope he will because it took sooo much time and sitting on the floor for hours with my sewing machine injured my back. (>_<)

By the way, I know I mentioned it at the beginning of the entry, but the real gift I wanted to give Mana is still on its way in the mail. Since this blanket was a last minute decision, its not really the gift I'm most excited about... I can't begin to express how ecstatic I am to show you all what I got next!!! But even if I do receive it as soon as tomorrow, you're going to have to wait until after the concert on April 5th for me to reveal it! フフフ・・・
I'm shaking with anticipation! Its really something hes going to LOVE!


Lastly is the new shirt that was sold at the concert tonight.

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The left side is the front and the right side is the back

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These pictures aren't the best, but hopefully you get an idea of the design from it!

These shirts were announced at the last minute yesterday so I wanted to get to the venue ASAP so I didn't miss my chance at getting one. It turns out, they never sold out so its likely these shirts will eventually wind up for sale online and at the next concert. In the shirt I am wearing there are two sizes (Medium and Large) and then theres a "dress" version which is really just a longer shirt that comes down to the thighs. I preferred the regular shirt because the design fit it better.


Anyway, today was a wonderful day filled with lots of great memories! Now I think it might finally be time to get some sleep.

dix Love!!!



Sarah
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Happy Birthday to Mana!!
Mana様お誕生日おめでとう!!

While today I can only do something as simple as post a picture, I hope he has a wonderful day and I am really looking forward to both birthday concerts coming up March 22nd and April 5th!
今日はシンプルな写真しかを付くことができますが、素敵な誕生日になますように。
この来る3月22日と4月5日のライヴを楽しみにしています!

I have special things planned for both of these days, so its only a little bit longer until we can all truly celebrate!
特別なものを準備しているので、本当のお祝いまでもうすぐね!

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



Sarah
Bikkuriman
The other day I mentioned that the official Moi dix Mois twitter announced Mana made a commentary in a magazine called "Bikkuriman seal ranking" and if I had the time I would be able to translate it.

Fortunately I received the magazine in the mail this morning and the commentary was extremely small so I immediately started working on it!

This article may take some explaining, so right after the translations I'll add an explanation.

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Mana (Moi dix Mois)

Musician/Fashion Director & Designer

The leader of MALICE MIZER that suspended activities. Currenly active in solo project Moi dix Mois. Producer of original fashion brand Moi-meme-Moitie ever since October 1999.

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1.左大臣シェマウ (Sadaijin Shemau)
The devil make up is cool and its beautiful.

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2.水のバブロ (Mizu no Baburo)
Its scary, too scary! But I like that its gross.

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3.フェブラ・如面 (Febura Nyomen)
My heart is captured in her sparkly wings!
Its a healing angel.




Explanation:
Bikkuriman (English translation -- Surprise Man) is a series of collectable stickers that comes in a package of small chocolate wafer cookies. They're generally extremely cheap at super markets and convenience stores in Japan (if memory serves correct, I think about 80 yen or so). These stickers, over time, gained immense popularity and eventually became a series of games similar to Monster Hunter and Pokemon. The main theme of Bikkuriman is Angels vs. Demons, so its easy to see why Mana likes it. Furthermore, Mana's commentary is posted in a questionnaire section of the magazine asking various artists what their favorite stickers, or "seals" are. This issue happens to be special edition for Bikkuriman's 30th anniversary, so the entire magazine is dedicated to people ranking their favorites in order.


Other than that, the Mana birthday concert is coming up this Sunday!!
I really hope I can get all my preparations done by then...which reminds me, I should probably get back to work on that now.
In commemoration to Mana's birthday I'll probably post something again tomorrow, so look forward to it!



Sarah
Mana commentaries
I've been extremely busy recently, so I'm a little late to this information I suppose, but it seems yesterday the Moi dix Mois Official Twitter updated with a couple Mana commentaries that have been published online and in magazines.

The first one comes from ESP's 40 year anniversary.
The comment was relatively short so I quickly translated it!


Original source: ESP site

Congratulations to the ESP 40 year anniversary.
I am extremely grateful that ESP has been making the Mana original model "Jeune Fille" ever since MALICE MIZER times. Since its a unique shape I think the model must be difficult to make, but the degree of perfection is really wonderful. Also, in Moi dix Mois, with the arrival of the "Jeune Fille X Cross Ray" series, I was deeply moved when the "light up cross" in the center of the guitar was said to be the most original specification. I greatly admire ESP's craftsmanship on how they were able to coordinate the way it lights up and the speed. Due to the surface manufacturing and the series, there are variations of it, but the processing technology is [pure] art. Thank you for making me the best Mana models that I can boast about to the world!


Mana (Moi dix Mois)




The other commentary that Mana was posted in comes from the magazine "Bokutachi no bikkuri man seal ranking"
here

Since I wasn't aware of it until tonight, I don't currently have this magazine, but I ordered it online so hopefully it will come within the next day or two. The length of the commentary will depend on how quickly I can get it translated but sooner or later it will end up on here!!
To be honest, I could probably translate it relatively quickly, but considering a few plans I have...it may not get done immediately. These plans have something to do with Mana though, so soon enough I hope to post about it on here!(人´∀`)


Also, just to let everyone know, the extra concert tickets I had for the March 22nd Moi dix Mois live are now completely SOLD OUT! Thank you so much to those who bought them!!


With all that said, I'm still a bit jet lagged so I think now its time to get some sleep... (=_=)zzz

Good night!



Sarah
Wedding
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I mentioned this previously, but earlier this month I had to go to back to the US for a friend's wedding.
Its really a long and expensive trip just to go for a wedding, but since she was a friend for several years and she asked me to be a bridesmaid, I couldn't refuse!

The first day I went from Narita to Seattle, and then Seattle to Houston by plane. Once I landed in Houston it was already evening, but another friend was coming with me all the way from New York so I had to wait for her to reach my parent's house which was around midnight. I was beyond exhausted by the time she got there.
Then, the next morning we had to wake up extra early just to drive another 4 hours from Houston to Dallas!!

Ever since living in Japan its been several years since I've traveled to another city in the US besides my home town.
We had a bit of reverse culture shock(?) and ended up going crazy taking pictures in the country side at various places along the way. (;゚∀゚)

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Apparently at the location in the picture there have been big foot sightings!! I was so interested, but we had to keep going towards Dallas...

Some hours later, we finally made it!
The hotel we ended up staying at was the exact same hotel we used to go to every year for A-kon, one of the oldest and largest anime conventions in the US. They always big name visual kei bands performing for them, including D'espairsRay, Versailles, Psycho le Cemu, etc.

Once we got to our room, we instantly became nostalgic by the view from the window alone.

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Those two pictures are actually somewhat recent. The very last time I ever went to A-kon was about a year or so after living in Japan for the first time, so I guess this must have been from 2009 or 2010. The point is, everything brought back so many memories for us that we practically wished the convention was going on this past week. But I digress.

The day we got to the hotel, I instantly needed to make my way to rehearsal for the wedding. The venue was more beautiful than I could have imagined! It was inside a botanical garden with a butterfly house that everyone was free to explore. Originally the wedding was supposed to be in the gardens, but due to some unexpected snow and temperature drop we ended up inside. However, the inside of the building had giant windows that looked out into the garden so it was still amazing!

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The next morning was the actual wedding. I was supposed to get there by 8:00 to help set up, but with as many preparations as I needed to do, I was late...
But that wasn't such a big deal because the wedding didn't start until 10:45 or so.
The wedding itself was beautiful!
My friend, the bride, loves themes such as fairies and the Renaissance era Europe so everything was set accordingly. However, an even more interesting was her and her husband's own unique touch to the marriage ceremony.

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Both of them are artists, so as a symbol of their love and commemoration of their wedding, they decided to paint a picture together in front of everyone!(°□°)
It probably only took them a couple minutes max, so even though it seems like something that could take forever, it really didn't, Nobody knew they were going to do that so everyone was taken by surprise. It was so cool though!
By the way, you can see a small part of me on the left hand side... I'm not going to show any full pictures of myself though because I'm a bit embarrassed about how I looked...(/ω\*)

At the after party, I got to meet up with several friends I haven't seen since I graduated high school, so it was exciting to see them again!!
Also, the bride came out in fairy wings!!

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In the end, we had a wonderful time and I even became a bit emotional seeing such a close friend getting married. I've said it before, but its not easy to make me cry. This time, however, the emotions in the room were high, so it rendered me unable to keep my composure.

Its only March, but this year has been a one giant emotional roller coaster. I wonder if crying in this situation was an effect of all that has happened...
I'm really glad this time the tears were for a happy situation.
Congratulations Kelsey and Stephen!!



Aside from the wedding, I have spent the rest of my days in Houston doing this and that. Today was my last day in the US and in a few hours I will have to catch my plane to go back to Japan.

However, before leaving I got to do something I have been dying to do for a while now!!
I was able to go an old haunted area of town with tons of antique shops.
To my surprise, I came across a gothic shop filled with amazing custom made gothic clothing, home decor, and jewelery. Among those things, however, they had a case filled with Alchemy Gothic jewelery and swords from Denix (if you don't remember, this is the brand name of the masonic sword Mana uses in photoshoots sometimes).

I ended up buying a new alchemy gothic ring and necklace, and then a skirt I fell in love with.

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The pictures show a bit more than what I described, so I'll talk a little bit about those too.
The pillow contains astrology art; it comes from my favorite interior design shop near where my parents live, and the caged stone is a lapis lazuli I bought today at a rock store and turned into a necklace.

Speaking of which, the rock store isn't just any kind of store. Its inside a very special building to the area...
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I suggest clicking to enlarge the thumbnail with the sign. It talks about everything this old building has become from 1895 until today. In the 1930's it served as a funeral home and as a result they now have ghost hunting tours inside the building. Theres a room in particular in that building that was just beyond creepy without trying to be... But I love that kind of stuff, so I thought it was fascinating. (^^)


I think this entry has been long enough, so I'll end it there today.
The first Moi dix Mois Mana birthday concert is coming up extremely soon!!
I am so excited because I have a few surprises of my own I can't wait to write about on here concerning Mana's birthday!!
I can't talk about it here right now though, so you'll just have to wait and see.

腐腐腐… ( ̄ー+ ̄)



Sarah
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Today the new Moi-meme-Moitie Frame Cross print was released, and just as I wrote in the last entry about the GLB, I was really looking forward to this print.
So, with my curiosity peaked, I headed over to Shinjuku to see the new dresses in person.
今日はMoi-meme-Moitieの新しい「フレームクロスプリント」シリーズの発売日です。前の更新には楽しんでいると言ったので、直接に新作商品を見るために新宿に行った。

The Moi-meme-Moitie online shop lately has been sending out a number of emails regarding the newly released items. It seems some pieces are in limited quantity, which may require everyone to either purchase specific items at the online shop or make a request at the Kera shop. Fortunately, when I made my way there everything seemed to be on display! But I ran into a small delimma...
最近、Moi-meme-Moitieオンラインショップで分量や在庫等のことのメールをどしどし送った。数が少なくなっているので、新宿ケラショップで買いたければ、取り寄せのが必要とか買いたい商品が完売になるかもしれない。店に到着の時、全部表したが、ちょっと意表の事もあった…

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As you can see, I ended up with the blue x silver version as I had originally wanted, but what really caught my eye was the ivory x gold version!!
青xシルバー版を決めた、アイボリーxゴールドプリントもとっても好きだった!

I'm personally very fond of the type of fabric used on the Fame Cross print. I already knew how it would look in person in blue because of the Holy Queen skirt in blue x silver, but I didn't realize how amazing the ivory and gold version would be in this style!!
I stood there at the store comparing both the blue and ivory versions weighing my options, and while I absolutely adore the ivory, I went with blue because the last Moitie dress I bought (Holy Angel) was white x gold and I have a lot more accessories and such that already match up with the blue.
フレームクロスプリントの使った素材が好きです。ホリークイーンプリントも持っているので、もうこのJSKの形を思い描けましたが、そのアイボリーxゴールド版を見ると、見初めたのだった!
店で青とアイボリーのドレスを比べて、アイボリーが大好きながら、やっぱり青のを買った。前の買ったMoitieのドレスは白xゴールドホリーエンジェルプリントJSKです。そして、ゴールドと白より青とシルバーアクセサリーの方が多い持っているので、青xシルバーが一番論理的な選択だと思った。


On the other hand, however, I was a bit disappointed in another color scheme I was originally interested in for this dress. The black x gold. On the the website the gold really seems vibrant against the black, but in real life it was more dull than I had expected, so I ended up not being all that impressed with it.
元々、他の配色も好きだったが、ちょっと惜しかったです。黒xゴールド。Moitieオンラインショップで黒と供にゴールドが明るそうですが、店に入る時、ちょっと栄えない色です。前、着てみたいと思ったが、アイボリーxゴールドのほうが綺麗だと思うようだ。

Anyway, as I mentioned in the last entry, the coordinate I wanted to do for this dress ended up being the exact same one Mana was wearing in the GLB!! As strange as it may sound, since I used to cosplay Mana some years ago, I really don't want to be taken as someone who is flat out trying to copy him. Therefore, I looked through what I had and adjusted my style a little bit.
兎に角、先日もうこれを言ったが、今月のゴシック&ロリータバイブルの発売の前に、ManaのEGL像は私のもう考えた同じコーディネートだった!!多分、変な考えですが、数年前Mana様のコスプレをよくしたが、この頃コピーしているように思われたくない。だから、クロゼットを見ながら、自分のスタイルを変えてみた。

Its still a bit cold for short sleeves, but I liked the way the ruffly black collar accented the blue JSK. Right now I only have a blue cross necklace, but I would like to buy the silver version later on because I just can't help but prefer silver jewelery to accent this coordinate. As for the hair, its still a bit like Mana's in the GLB, but for tonight only its the most I could do. Maybe I'll try something different for the concert...I'm still not sure.
最近、まだ寒いので、半袖が実用的ではないが、青いJSKと供に黒いラッフルカラーのアクセントがなかなかいい感じだと思う。それも、今青い十字架ペンダントだけ持っていますが、後ほどシルバー十字架ペンダントを買うつもりです。このドレスを着ながら、シルバーアクセサリーの方が好きだから。ヘアスタイルについて、今もManaのEGL写真ちょっと同じようですが、今宵だけで一番易い選択だった。ライヴの時、他のヘアスタイルを試みるかも。

Other than that, for those who are interested in seeing the dress itself, here are some extra pictures:
それから、興味がある方々へ、他の写真はこちら

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Anyway, I'm really happy with it and I can't wait for the opportunity to go out wearing it! (^ω^)
このフレームクロスプリントで嬉しい!着ながら、出かける機会をお楽しみにしています!(^ω^)


By the way,
one last thing before I end this entry. Yesterday morning, February 27, Leonard Nimoy, the actor best known for Mr. Spock of Star Trek passed away. I had been following the news for the past few days since I heard he was in the hospital and had a strong feeling it wouldn't be long before this news came, but I still can't help but feel overwhelmed. People who know me well, surely know I'm a big fan of Star Trek: The Original Series and I completely adored Spock above all. But its not just the character; Leonard Nimoy himself proved to be a person filled with creativity, humor, and lots of love, so its an understatement to say he was someone who really inspired me.
ところで、
この更新を終う前に、大切な個人的の事を語りたいと思う。昨朝、2月27日、レナード・ニモイ、スタートレックの「スポック」が亡くなった。先週、病院に入った情報を聞いて、その時から毎日気にしていたが、心の中で「もうすぐね…」と考えた。やっぱり、今でも強い感情や悲しさが止まらない。私をよく知っている人々はもう知っているが、私がスタートレック、特にスポックとレナード・ニモイの大ファンです。レナード・ニモイは想像力とかユーモアとか愛が一杯人だよ。ニモイさんに刺激を受けるといえば、控えめに言うことです。

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Thank you so much Mr. Nimoy for all the joy you brought to the world.
Just as he would probably tell everyone right now, I will end this entry on the same note...
ニモイ氏、世界に嬉しいの事をあげて本当にありがとうございました。
今も生きればこんな事を言うでしょうので、同じ仕様でこの更新を終えよう…

Live long and prosper



Sarah
GLB 55
Its Feb. 24th, so naturally that means the Gothic & Lolita Bible vol. 55 goes on sale today!!
and as always, I come bearing pictures...
今日は2月24日、ゴシック&ロリータバイブル vol. 55の発売日です!
もちろん、Manaの写真もここに付いています...



This time, just as last time, there are only two pictures. For those who follow the official Moi dix Mois twitter account, you may have seen Mana posting GLB related photos like this one recently:
今回、2枚だけあります。先日もMoi dix MoisオフィシャルツイッターにてGLBと関係している写真が付いた

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But as it turns out, this coordinate did not make it into this month's issue.
しかし、今月号そのコーディネートを載らなかったようだ。

So personal impressions of these two (arguably three) new outfits.
When I went to the book store today, I immediately opened up the GLB to see what the new pictures would be. Immediately as I saw the EGL piece I felt like ( `-ω-)?
だから、この新たなバイブルのコーディネートの感想を語りたいと思います。
書店に入る時、すぐにゴシック&ロリータバイブルを開けて、そのEGL写真を見ると…( `-ω-)?「おや!?」と。

I was actually intending on buying this dress and doing the exact same coordinate before ever seeing this picture!! Not just the clothes, but the hair too! Everything is exactly what I had planned for myself! (≧△≦)
If I buy this dress I don't want people to think I'm trying to cosplay, so maybe its time to rethink my decision...
実は、バイブルの発売の前に同じコーディネートしてみたかった!服だけじゃなくて、ヘアスタイルも!!!全然同じ!(≧△≦)
このフレームクロスプリントJSKを買って、ライヴで同じスタイルを着れば、皆は「コスプレだね」と言うはずでしょう。今から自分のコーディネートを考え直すのかしら...

But anyway, that obviously means I really love that EGL coordinate if I was planning on doing it myself. haha f(^^;;
兎に角、同じEGLコーディネートを着てみたかったので、この写真がとっても好きなわけですね。へへ…f(^^;;

Whats most intriguing to me about the Frame Cross JSK (as its called) is the images in the frames. It looks like cupid is hiding in there! and not only that, I love the whole blue x silver color scheme. It reminds me quite a bit of the holy queen print which was something I wanted as a JSK, but ended up with the skirt instead because the dress sold out immediately. To top it off, this time the Frame Cross print has a silver tie. I really love that touch.
フレームクロスプリントで一番好きなものはフレームの中にイメージです。キューピッドが中に入ったようです!そして、青いxシルバーも好きで、それもシルバーリボンがいい感じだね!ホーリークイーンプリンを思い出している。ホーリークイーンが好きだったが、JSKの発売の時、すぐに売り切れしまいましたので、スカートだけ買えた。だから、今回の青いxシルバーのフレームプリントJSK絶対に買ってみたい!

As for the EGA picture, my personal feeling is that its relatively typical and it was posted on the Moi dix Mois twitter last night, so no big surprise there. One thing I really like about it however, is the candlestick logo at the neck. I've noticed a lot of newer Moitie pieces keep doing things like this, but I think it looks really good together.
EGAの感想は、普通のEGAコーディネートで、Moi dix Moisツイッターを付いたので、べつにびっくりではない。しかしながら、首に燭台ロゴが好きです。最近、色々なMoitie新作商品がこの燭台をよく見ているが、そのディテールが素敵だと思う。

So what do you all think? Are any of the new pieces appealing to anybody? I would love to hear your opinions!!
皆さん、どうと思いますか?新作が好き?皆の感想を聞く事がいつも楽しんでいます!

Be sure to check out these new items on the Moi-meme-Moitie online shop. (International orders here)
This new GLB vol. 55 can also be purchased online here so please take this opportunity to get your own copy to support the Gothic & Lolita Bible!!
Moi-meme-Moitieオンラインショップにてこの新作商品をチェックください!
このゴシック&ロリータバイブルも応援してください

Speaking of sales, I still have one more ticket available to purchase for the Moi dix Mois March 22nd live!! If you or anyone you know is interested in going please email me!
In my opinion, Mana's birthday concerts are always the best Moi dix Mois lives, so its absolutely worth going!!
買い物といえば、この来る3月22日Moi dix Moisライヴのチケット1枚まだ売れています!
チケットがないが、行きたい方々へ、メールを送ってください!ライヴ当日で持ってくるつもりので、そこに私から買えます。
Manaの誕生日ライヴが最高のライヴので、是非行った方がいいよ!


Anyway,
its been a while since my last entry. I found out earlier this month that my apartment building will close down at the end of April, so I've been extremely busy trying to find a new place to live. I want to remain in the same area I'm in right now, so even though I say I'm moving, it wont be that big of a difference. Its just a matter of finding a good place and an agency that will help me because they make it more complicated than it should be when you're not Japanese.
To make matters worse, as I wrote before, I will be a bridesmaid in a friend's wedding in the US, so I have to leave Tokyo for about a week. While I'm definitely honored to do it, one week really feels like its cutting into valuable time I need for trying to find a new place to live.
ahhh...everything is so stressful... (=__=)
兎に角、
今まで久々な更新ですね。今月、私のアパートからメッセージをもらった。4月30日からアパートが閉館する決定。だから、新しいアパートを探しているので、毎日とっても忙しい。引っ越さなければいけないと言っても、今の住んでいる近辺に住み続けたい。問題は外国人なら、不動産が手伝ってくれたくない。大変なことになっています。
それも、3月始めにアメリカに行って、友達の結婚式を参加します。
一週間だけですが、アパートを探すために一週間が大切な時間だ。
もちろん、友達の結婚式を参加して嬉しいですが、同時アパートの事をよく気にかかっている。
まぁ...最近ストレスが上げているなあ... (=__=)

As unrealistic as it will probably be, I wish I could get a new place before going back to the US.
Only time will tell...
多分非現実的ですが、アメリカに行く前に新しいアパートを見つけたいなあ。
時間がたてば解決するね...



Sarah