Something Unexpected
It seems we've once again entered a slow news period.

Not much going on in the world of Moi dix Mois lately, but one thing thats been on my mind recently is the number of new songs Mana keeps talking about online. I get the feeling this all means we could be seeing the production of a new album in the moderately near future because the count is now up to about 7 new songs. (Diabolos et Angelie, Twilight Flower, Beast Side, Embrace + 3 new untitled songs mentioned after the last concert)

But besides that, I have some of my own personal news!!
This is something I've been wanting to talk about since about a week or so ago but I've been holding it off until I finished.

Some time ago I checked out a shop in Shibuya a friend had recommended. It was a really cool place with a cave-like entrance from the street level and as you walked downstairs to the basement if felt like you were entering a dungeon of vintage collectibles.

I was a little overwhelmed at first, but I took my time looking at everything. As I was walking up and down the isles I suddenly caught a glance of a strange looking box. It was hidden among other boxes, so once I dug it out I was shocked to find something I never would have imagined!




......Do you understand?




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*quick translation of the last picture:
In one corner of my house.
This is a shot with two of my precious Dracula dolls.
I want to make it a more gothic room..

(From Ma Cherie vol. 1)


Thats right, its the same Dracula figure Mana has shown several times before!
I honestly wasn't even trying to look for it, it just happened to catch my eye so I couldn't resist buying it.

So quickly I made my way back to my apartment to see my new Dracula for the first time!!
The commute back felt like forever, but finally I made it...

and thats when I opened the box...


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...Its...parts...?

I guess in my excitement I didn't even think about the part of the box that said "Art Kit" so you can only imagine my shock when I opened the box to see pieces I had to put together and paint myself (;゚∀゚)
I've never done anything like that before, so at first I was disappointed, but then I quickly decided I'm going to try to make it anyway!!

The next day I went out and bought all the supplies I would need to make my own Dracula, and turned my room into a craft area.

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The beginning process was the most intimidating to me. I had to get an X-acto knife to cut away extra pieces from the model to give it the correct shape in order to be put together later on. If I were cutting something flat, like paper, this task wouldn't have been so daunting, but cutting a 3D object like this made me worried that I might accidentally cut myself. Fortunately everything came out perfectly with very little injury!
...I say very little because I did accidentally cut my thumb in one place, but I didn't realize it until I started bleeding. It was a small cut though, so its not really a big deal.

Also, cutting out the pieces didn't take nearly as long as I would have thought, so I was really happy about that!

Next was the bulk of the project -- painting.

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Naturally the hardest parts were the small features like the face and hands but over all it was relatively easy. I ended up really falling in love with this process although it took such a long time, mostly because I wanted to make sure everything dried before going on to paint certain areas. In total I think it took roughly a week to finish painting everything.

I used acrylic paint for most of his body, except for parts like the shoes and lapel of his coat where I used enamel paint because according to the picture on the box those should look more glossy. For the most part I followed the product image, but with a couple small changes here and there.


Finally last night I got almost completely to the end of the project!!

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There were some tiny details I wanted to brush up on before putting the last piece, his cape, on. So I finished up what I could before going to bed, and then after work tonight I was able to put it all together!!

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I'm really satisfied with how he turned out!! ( ´ ▽ ` )
I've never done this type of project before, but I think I really fell in love with it! Honestly, I want to paint more art kits now because it was way too fun!

Also, just for fun, I wonder if any of you can point out any differences between mine, the product image, and Mana's?
One major difference is the arm placement. To be honest its more difficult to raise his left arm up like the box because of the cape. Some pieces, like the legs and the cape, fit snugly to the model so theres no need to glue them (I also don't want to glue on the cape because the back side has extra details that can be seen if you remove it). However, since the arms, hands, and head needed to be glued to the body, they tend to be a bit more fragile and gluing the hand pointing upwards would easily make the arm fall off as soon as the cape was attached.

One difference between mine and Mana's is at the neck line. I decided to paint the red part according to the box as its supposed to be a necklace. However, on Mana's model it seems he painted the collar red....was that an artistic choice or did he not notice?? In his defense, if you're not careful its easy to mistake the collar for a bow...I know I mistook it several times, but when it came time to paint the red on I studied the box art carefully.



I think there are some other tiny differences in the details, but I'll leave that for you to figure out.( ̄ー+ ̄)




Sarah
New Video
This is only going to be a short update, but I wanted to post some new MALICE MIZER video footage Mana uploaded onto Youtube just now.
If he doesn't make a post about it on his blog I get the feeling a lot of people could completely overlook it, so I think its worth sharing on here.




...Although I say people might overlook it, he actually updated the Moi dix Mois twitter page with the video, so those who follow Moi dix Mois on twitter probably wont miss it. Heres the post with translations.




MALICE MIZER/Tsuioku no Kakera〜Shi no Butou special medley at Nippon Budokan
I just happened to find this rare video data, so I UP(loaded) it
The video clips were switching [a lot] in those days
The way this medley progresses is really stimulating!

Mana / Moi dix Mois


If any other news on this video ends up surfacing, I'll update this entry with the details.



Sarah
GLB 56 + P.S.
Finally the new Gothic & Lolita Bible is here!!
Based on Mana's twitter the other day, the Gothic & Lolita Bible was supposed to come out on the 24th, but as it turns out new magazines are not sold on Sundays, so it was a little misleading. Finally today, the 25th it has come out so for those looking to buy your own copy, you should be able to find it fairly easily at book stores now!



This time there are only two pictures, and both feature the EGA and EGL versions of the new Fall Cross print.
For those who are interested in the new series, check them out at the Moi-meme-Moitie Online shop!
As of right now the EGL version is on reserve only, but the EGA is currently on sale.

Concerning Mana in this issue,
I love that it seems like hes trying to go back to the older Moitie style with the black lipstick and hair. Of course the clothes aren't really the same as old Moitie, but Mana's aesthetic seems to be influenced on that.

What are your thoughts? Do you like the EGA or EGL version the best? Personally, I'm partial to the EGL version, because in general the EGA version is similar to something that came out a few years ago. However, it looks great both ways!

If you like these scans, please consider buying a copy of the GLB vol. 56 at the local book store, or if you live abroad on CDJapan!


P.S.
A friend asked me yesterday if I could translate the text that goes along with the Mana pictures on the GLB, but shortly after asking another friend helped her out.
However, I still thought it might still be interesting to translate the text for those who are interested in the story that supplements the pictures!

EGA (first page):
You are always smiling gently.
Your honest eyes were asking me something--
When I reached out my hand, I awoke from the dream.
If I go to some place, perhaps I will meet you......


EGL (second page):
I only encountered you in a dream.
Because we are living in the "wrong world"......
I hope for the day when you reach out your hand, I will be able to hold it--




Sarah
May 19
Since today is May 19, its officially one year since K's death.

Honestly, its extremely hard to believe it was one year ago, but it doesn't feel like that.
It still feels like maybe one month or so ago...

Since I shared one of my stories the other day concerning K, I don't intend on making yet another potentially upsetting entry.

Instead, even though I posted it on my Monologue Garden translations site, I want to share my translations of Mana's recent blog entry on here too. I feel like thats the best way to convey this one year marker.




† 5.19 K One Year Death Anniversary

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Today is K-kun's first year death anniversary.

The picture is from 2004 when he joined Moi dix Mois.

K-kun, as a matter of course, said "I want to make myself new!"
so by shaving off his hair on the side & his eyebrows, he became the Beast K.
By the way this wasn't a rash order of mine!
At that time, he wanted me to do it, saying, "it will be a shaving ceremony from the boss"
so I brought some barber's clippers to the studio. He came in with fighting spirit, didn't he!
He was pleased with the beast character himself,
and from then on he became the beast...
At that time, I thought in order to give him an even more evil atmosphere,
I said "What if you try to do white make up?" and I lent K-kun some white make up powder, but after applying the white make up, he told me "The white make up looks really good! It fits!"
The second half of the memorial video is from Darkness Theater because of that.
When I saw him, his eyes were a little scary, but it suit him and it was cool!


Also,
Up until now K-kun was the first person to call me "Boss".
In the very beginning it seemed a bit like a criminal and made me feel strange, but I got used to him calling me "Boss!" and I began to feel comfortable with it.

Really, when I think "This cool guy was by my side for 10 years" I feel proud.
Anyway, making the K memorial video this time, I want you to deliberately see the gallant figure of K-kun.
Naturally its a time we will never be able to return back to.
Anyway, I hope we can walk together into the future wrapped up in those memories.

Still, for those who say they surely wont be able to watch the K memorial video due to their feelings, I think its fine to do it in your own timing.


Mana


2015/05/19 (Tuesday) 00:00:00

Original entry on Mana's blog here





Speaking of K,
like I said, I don't want to make this entry too sad or depressing.
However, I did want to mention this:

I got into Moi dix Mois around the same time it was created, so I remember very clearly when K joined the band and even the same story Mana posted in the entry above when it was first written in the Madousho.

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That was one of the first images I had of K and a memory that stuck with me throughout all these years.

K joined Moi dix Mois close to the time when Juka, Kazuno, and Tohru were leaving the band, so the first glimpse I remember seeing of him was the video footage of the first time "Unmoved" was played. It was cool because the image of Moi dix Mois with K seemed so different and exciting, so naturally I felt really enthusiastic about it.

The first album K was in was Beyond the Gate, and incidentally I began working on some deep research of that CD today (actually I guess it was yesterday now). I didn't want to post about it on here because when it comes to these kinds of things I would prefer to talk about my findings and thoughts after I have hit a concluding point, but since this album has a big relation to K, I thought I would at least mention that I decided to start translating the lyrics to all 7 Beyond the Gate songs.

For some this might not be particularly exciting news, but for those who like my translations, I hope you will enjoy it.

I already started working on posting the lyrics on my website, but so far I only have "deus ex machina" posted.
For those who want to check, please go to "Translations → Lyrics" on my website
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I will be posting the lyrics to the rest of the songs as I finish them. A vast majority already have a lot of English in them, so I think I translating will go relatively fast.
"deus ex machina" is also already completely in English to begin with, so it may seem my choice to post those lyrics first comes from that reason, but to be honest thats not true. I chose it for a personal reason that I may or may not talk about in the future once I finish all the work and investigation I want to do on this album.

In the mean time, before ending the entry, I will leave the K memorial video Mana talked about on here for anyone who wishes to watch it again or for the first time.





Sarah
Various News
It seems within the past few days a lot of news worth writing about on here has been piling up!
最近、色々なニュースが積もっているようです。

So first things first,
Did everyone get a chance to see the newest Moi dix Mois video?
It was posted last night on the official Moi dix Mois twitter and Mana's blog, but I'll post it here as well.
まずは、
皆、新しいMoi dix Mois動画を見たことがありますか?
先日、Moi dix MoisオフィシャルツイッターやMana様のブログにて付けたが、ここにも付けたいと思います。



I think some people may feel like "isn't it just normal concert footage?" when they see it, as opposed to a memorial video, but for those who haven't watched it yet, make sure to get all the way through it! Towards the end there is some extra footage that makes it more than a typical video Moi dix Mois has uploaded so far.
Its really cool, especially for people who love K.
最初だけ見ると「普通のライヴ映像でしょうか…( `-ω-)?」と思う方々がいるが、
終わりまで見ると、特別な映像になるよ!普通のMoi dix Mois動画ではないので、全部を見てください!
Kさんが好きな人々に素晴らしいと思います。


Speaking of which, May 19 will mark one year since K's death.
The closer its been getting to this date the more I have been thinking about it...
Sometimes when I'm at work I have to sit completely alone in a room and when I look at the clock that displays not only the time, but the date too, it crosses my mind off and on.
ということで、5月19日はKさんの一周忌です。
19日が近いので、最近Kさんの事をよく考えています…
仕事にいる時、時々一人で部屋にいて、時計をよく見ている。
時計の表示は時間だけじゃなくて、日付も見せて、しばしば胸に無官でいる。

In fact, if I were to speak totally candid, ever since his death, looking at that clock at work when I'm alone for some reason has become a huge reminder of him...
I guess because at the time of his death time seemed to stand still. In the beginning I was completely in shock about his passing, but as the sadness and emotions slowly sank in I wanted nothing more than to be alone to gather myself. But of course as life would have it, we all have responsibilities. I couldn't put life on hold, so even though I really didn't want to, I carried on going to work every day, but those moments completely alone after meeting with people would bring back all the heavy emotions again and I would find myself staring into the clock feeling lost and asking so many unanswerable questions.
正直、彼の死亡からその時計が思い出させる物になった…
理由は死亡の時、時間が止まったのようだ。最初は大きいショックだったが、現実を認め始めながら自分の感情を集まるために一人になりたかった。命に責務がたくさんですけど。

Naturally over time my personal condition got better, but through this past year my mind has constantly revisited those moments. I would think about my memories of him and then think about how much time has passed now... I'm slowly, very slowly, beginning to accept the reality of his passing, but it still doesn't feel completely real.
もちろん、時間がかかったが、私の状況が良くなった。
しかし、一年中今までかかった時間やその時の思い出等をよく覚えていた。
彼の死亡をゆっくり認めているが、今でも全く実感がわいてきません。

Its the same as when my friend passed away this January. You begin to realize how precious time is and what kind of benchmark these tragedies distill in your life. There will always be those memories you have of interacting with those people, but the realization of making new memories with them will never happen again is sort of a shock to the system. It makes those past memories all the more precious.
1月に亡くなった友達と同じ事です。
そんな悲劇は自分の命に科するベンチマークになるので、
大切な人々と過ごした時刻が大切になる事を気付き始める。


Because of them I feel like I want to make the most of life and not hold back.
そんなわけで遠慮せずに人生を最大限に活用したい。


Anyway,
I didn't mean to go so in depth into that topic, so how about we switch to the other more happy news I wanted to share on here!!
兎に角、そんな詳しくに入るつもりはなかった。それではもっと幸せトピックに進みましょうか。


Recently I was contacted by a friend and fellow blogger to do a little Japanese ←→ English translation work for a special interview he got to conduct!
Since there is some relation to Mana in this interview, I can't resist sharing it on here!
先日、知り合い人に連絡もらって、特別なインタビューのために日本語←→英語の翻訳の仕事をするようにお願いしました!
Mana様の関係に質問が入ったので、ここにも付けたい!

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KAMIJO Special 20 year anniversary Interview by Kenta Press

Kamijo himself also posted the interview on his Official Facebook page ↓
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Kamijoさんのオフィシャルフェイスブックにも付けた!

I've done things like this a few times in the past for various other artists, but so far Kamijo has been the most exciting! Congratulations to Kenta for this interview and thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of it! ( ´ ▽ ` )ノ
I think we make a good team!( ̄ー+ ̄)
以前、色々なアーティストでこんな翻訳仕事をしたことがあるけど、Kamijoさんのインタビューが一番楽しかった!Kentaさんへおめでとうございます!私に素敵な機会を与えてくれてありがとう!( ´ ▽ ` )ノ
いいコンビだね!( ̄ー+ ̄)


Finally, the last bit of news...
This is more or less a more personal matter, but I thought it would be exciting to share with everyone a rare item I recently received!
それでは、最後のニュース…
ちょっと個人的な事ですが、面白くて珍しいアイテムをもらった!

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Its a 1997 Malice Mizer demo tape of Bel Air!
I found it on auction for an extremely cheap price, so I thought "why not?"
I was a little noncommittal about it because I didn't want to spend a lot of money, but I didn't see anybody else bidding on it so I put in the starting bid price and surprisingly I won!
1997年のMALICE MIZERのベルエールデモテープだ!
オークションサイトでさり気に色々なものを見ながら、安いデモテープを見つけて、入札するにした。安いなら買ってみたいが、価格が高くなれば大丈夫だと思った。しかし、誰も入札に入らなくて、落札した!

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As you can see, I decided to put it next to my Girl'e tape. They look so cool side by side ( ̄ー+ ̄)
Girl'eテープと共に置いた。なかなかいい感じね!( ̄ー+ ̄)

I have a small display case for the rare items I own, but since I'm still trying to work on the finishing touches of my room, I'll probably try doing it later on.
実はこんな珍しいアイテムを置く陳列箱を持つが、新しい部屋はまだ組み上げないので、追ってやるでしょう。

I'm not sure why, but the tape has Bel Air recorded on it 4 times...I listened to each one and they're all the same. A friend suggested maybe this tape was used to send to radio stations... Since the paper on the inside talks about what would be contained in the first edition release of Bel Air, my personal feeling is perhaps it was mostly used as a demo for Columbia records along information on decisions made for the final product. Its a little bit of a mystery though...
理由がわからないけど、4回ベルエールが撮った。全部を聞いたが、同じそうだ。友人はラジオステーションで使ったかもと思いますが、私がスタジオでデモテープ+発売お知らせだけ使ったと思う。まぁ、不思議なものね…

Regardless, I'm so excited to own this tape now!!
やっぱりこのテープを見つけて嬉しい!!

Anyway, now that this entry has been more than long enough, its time to start thinking about getting ready for work... (≧△≦)
兎に角、今回も長くなった更新だね!
そろそろ仕事に行ったほうがいいいよ… (≧△≦)



Sarah
GW
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Golden Week!!
ゴールデンウィーク!!

Five full days packed with everything and nothing!
Today is the last day of the consecutive holidays, so I thought I would talk a little bit about whats been going on.
全てと何もない感じの連休5日がたっぷりです!
最後の日なので、振り返って、今回のアドベンチャーを書きたいと思う。

Its a little bit uncharacteristic of me, but I feel like the entire time I've been kind of a rebel and getting into trouble day after day.(`・ω・)
Well, not real trouble... but maybe testing my own limits??
私らしくないが、最近毎日毎日トラブルになっていた。
実は、トラブルと言っても、本当のトラブルになるわけではないよ。「自分のリミットを試している」のほうが良い用語かしら??

Mostly I've been hanging out with friends who are still in Tokyo and we've been doing a lot of walking around the city and exploring small secret places here and there.
現在の東京にいる友人たちと一緒に出かけたり、長い散歩をしたり、あちこちの色々な秘密の所に訪ねたりしました。

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The first day we wanted to visit the new Star Wars museum in Roppongi Hills, but the waiting line was out the door, so we decided against it.
Instead, we found ourselves at the cemetery!
最初の日、六本木ヒルズのスター・ウォーズ展に行きたかったが、時間がかかるので、入らなかった。
かえって、霊園に向け!

I wont go too far into detail about it, because its the same cemetery I've gone to and wrote about on here many times before.
Afterwards, we went to a cafe for a while and then back out to a small local park I know of.
以前、この霊園のことをよく話したので、今回詳しく入らない。
その後、カフェで色々な話をして、辺りの公園に彷徨いました。

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The interesting thing about this park is that its located near an American base and when we got there we noticed there was a helicopter preparing for take off, so we watched it for a while. Even though there was a fence between the park and the helicopter, it was still relatively close. For me it was exciting because I've never seen a helicopter so close up before!
この公園はアメリカンベースの辺りがあって、そこに離陸しているヘリコプターを見えた。ベースを外と内に分け、扉があるけど、やっぱりヘリコプターが近くて見易い。こんな感じでヘリコプターを見たことがないので、とても興味がある!

There is a funny and embarrassing story about it though...
It took some time between the initial start up and when the helicopter was finally lifting off, but I was fascinated, so I stood close to the fence watched everything. However, I guess I didn't expect the helicopter to lift off the way it did, and it looked like it was going to crash right into the gate and me! So what do I do? Start running away screaming...
All I could think in that instant was that it was coming to kill me!! After I realized there was nothing to be afraid of I thought about how stupid that must have looked if anybody actually saw me running around like that. (-‸ლ)
and so I couldn't stop laughing!
ということで、ちょっと恥ずかしいエピソードもあった…
ヘリコプターの初のスタートアップから離陸まで時間がかかったが、興味があるので、まだ見ない時までずっと見た。しかし、扉の前に立っていたので、ついにヘリコプターが空を飛んでいるところで、私にぶつけるようだ。何をすればいいのか?と考えて。
…叫びながら逃げた…
緊張で頭の中には「死ぬでしょう!!」と考えた。もちろん、怖がることはないので、気がついたらバカだと思う。(-‸ლ)
笑いが止まらなかった。

After that adventure, we found some swings in the park and got stuck in them... (´・ω・`)
後は遊び場スイングを見つけて、はまり込んだ… (´・ω・`)

But finally the night ended with everyone safe back at home and not dead from helicopter incidences.
しかし、皆が無事に家に帰って、ヘリコプター事故で誰も死ななかった。

That brings us to the next day of Golden Week!
今から次の日!

The second day, I finally received some furniture I had ordered for my room, so I put everything together before going on another adventure.
第2日、注文した家具をついにもらった。出かける前に全部組み立てた。

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Theres still some work I need to do, but my new apartment is progressing!!
まだ完了ではないけど、進んでいる!!

One of my favorite features is the bathroom.
お気に入りのポイントはお風呂の所。

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hehehe...
へへへ・・・

Anyway, after working on my room a bit, I went out with the same friends again and this time we made it to the Star Wars museum!
とにかく、同じ友人達と一緒にやっとスター・ウォーズ展に入った!

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The museum was amazing!! There were so many props and images from the Star Wars movies it was overwhelming! Probably one of the coolest things of all was the light sabers on display. They had Christpher Lee's Count Dooku light saber, so I can only imagine how excited some Mana/Moi dix Mois fans would be to see that.
スター・ウォーズ展が素晴らしい!!映画のイメージや小道具がいっぱい!ライトセーバーが一番かっこいいものです。ManaやMoi dix Moisのファンの方々がChristopher Leeのドゥークー伯爵のライトセーバーが好きだと思います。

To be honest, many people will probably hate me for this, but I'm more of a Star Trek fan than Star Wars. Don't get me wrong! I love Star Wars! In fact, I still remember my father took me to see the Star Wars movies when they came out in the theaters and I remember being deeply impressed... I even plan on seeing the new Star Wars movie when it comes out later this year! But I for some reason my heart leans towards the original Star Trek over all scifi/space movies/series. Therefore, while I thoroughly enjoyed the museum, I kinda felt like there are others who probably appreciate it so much more...I wish those people, no matter where they live in the world, could see this museum. It had everything for a Star Wars fanatic!!
正直、これを言われたら私が嫌い人々がいるけど、スター・ウォーズよりスター・トレックの方が好きです。間違いないけど!スター・ウォーズも好きです!実は、子供の頃、映画館で父と一緒に登場しているスター・ウォーズ映画を見て、感動を覚える。それも、今年12月新しいスター・ウォーズを見るつもりですよ!
しかしながら、SF映画やテレビシリーズといえばスター・トレックは一番好きな番組です。だから、このスター・ウォーズ展を楽しんだが、もっと好きになる方々がいるでしょう。全部のスター・ウォーズ大好きな人々がこの展に行ったらいいなあ。本当に素敵ですから!

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Also, the museum was in the same location as the city view of the Mori Tower! I've shown pictures of the city view on here before as well, but the image of the sun setting was gorgeous!
Furthermore, the night time picture was taken from the roof of the tower!! I've never been on the roof top before, but it was easily the most impressive sky view I've ever seen!! The city just seems to go on forever!!
そして、スター・ウォーズ展は六本木ヒルズの森タワーの中にあった!
前の更新はシティービューの写真を見せたが、今回の夕焼けが美しいです!
それも、夜の写真は屋上から撮った!!今まで屋上に行ったことがないが、なかなか印書的だった!東京は永遠に続いているようだ!

As for the next day...
次の日は…

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Does this image look familiar...? ( ̄ー+ ̄)
分かるかしら…?( ̄ー+ ̄)

Actually, I used to live across the street from this park a few years ago.
What happened was, my friends and I went out to Shibuya so I could look for furniture on this day, but we were all getting a little stressed out and overwhelmed by all the people, so we walked back to closer to where I live and took a small break in a quieter place.
実は数年前、この公園の側に住んでいた。
この日、他の家具を見つけるために渋谷に行ったが、混みすぎたので、静かな人があまりいない所に行くにしました。

Not much to say about this day. It was mostly doing the same old same old with wandering around, going out to dinner, etc. But it was a nice time to relax amongst all the chaos!!
今回、特別なアドベンチャーがありませんでした。基本的にあれこれしたり、食事したり、彷徨いたりしました。やっぱりリラックスしてくれてて嬉しい!

So on to the last day.
最後の日

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I rounded up my friends and we had a little adventure to the Masonic Center!
友人達と集まって、3人東京メソニックセンターを訪ねた!

I was at Starbucks the other day and a little bored, so I started looking up interesting things to do, when I happened to run across some information that the Tokyo Masonic Center is located right next to Tokyo tower!! Right at that moment, I made the decision that I had to go!
先日、スタバックスでちょっと詰まらなくて、東京の面白い所を検索しながら、
東京のメソニックセンターのお知らせ出会った。現場は東京タワーの辺りです!
急に見に行くにしました!

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The building was amazing!! I couldn't help myself; I had to get a closer look!!
建物本物が素敵!!自分自身を止められない!よく見なければいけなかった!

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I think the girls with me were getting a bit nervous about my "exploration" of the building, but since it was out in the public, I went as far as I could and got as many glimpses as possible.
私の「探検」のために友人達が心配になった。でも、外は公開なので、できるだけ近く見たかった。

For those who know me, its likely you know about my fascination with secret societies, and the Free Masons truly stand out to me.
Even more interesting and mysterious was the fact that as soon as we got outside from the train station we found somebody wearing a Free Mason ring...
私の事をよく知っている人々は、私の秘密結社の興味を知っているでしょう。特にフリーメーソンの事。
駅の出口はフリーメーソンリングをしている不思議な人を気づいて、すぐにワクドキになった。

I kinda doubt he was a Mason, but it was cool to see somebody else had come with the same interest in mind!
Most people are coming to that area for Tokyo Tower, but what they don't realize is whats next door.... But to be honest, its likely most of the public doesn't know about Free Masons anyway, so they probably don't care. But for me it was like entering a universe I have only dreamed of!!
実はその人が本当のフリーメーソンではないけど、とても凄い!他のフリーメーソンの興味がある人だから!
たぶん東京タワーの観光客がメソニックセンターが知らなくて、更に隣のビルですが、知っていたとしても気にしないでしょう。しかし私の場合、夢だけ見るような所です!

How badly I wish I could enter....
本当に本当に入りたいなあ…

But anyway, I'm still filled with excitement and memories of this experience!! We had some great adventures this Golden Week, but to be honest, even though its something small, the Masonic Center was my personal highlight!!
兎に角、今もこの経験のために色々な思い出と嬉しさがいっぱい!
ゴールデンウイークがたくさん楽しいアドベンチャーがあったが、短い事件のに、私のハイライトがメソニックセンター!

Anyway, this entry has become extremely long, so I'll leave it with that.
As my last day, I spent today going to a new restaurant and afterwards resting. My legs hurt a bit from walking so much, so I need to recharge my batteries for work tomorrow.
じゃ、この更新が長すぎたので、この辺で終わりましょうかね。
今日はゴールデンウイークの最後の日だった。午後、新しいレストランに行って、レラックス時間を過ごした。
最近、歩きすぎて足が痛くて、明日も仕事で、今から充電するのが必要です。

I hope everyone who celebrated it also had a fun Golden Week! I'm always happy to hear about what everyone else has been doing so if anybody has any interesting stories please send them to me!! ( ´ ▽ ` )ノ
ゴールデンウイークを迎えた方々へ楽しみましたか。皆のゴールデンウイークの事を聞いて嬉しくて、自分の楽しい話を送ってください!( ´ ▽ ` )ノ



Sarah
Moving Complete!!
Last time I updated I was only beginning to move into my new apartment, but a few days ago I finally finished!!
前の更新は近所の向こう側に新しいアパートに引っ越す話だったが、先日引っ越す事をついに仕上げた!

At the new place, I still have a lot of organizing to do but once I have a book shelf and table that should be relatively easy...
Hopefully I will still be happy enough with how it ends up looking by then so I can take pictures.
新しいアパートについて、今からテーブルやシェルフを買わなくちゃいけないが、比較的易しいでしょう。
オーガナイズ等の後、ここに写真を付いてみるかもしれない。

Anyway, once everything was finished, my friends who helped me move decided we should celebrate, so...
兎に角、友達2人も引っ越す事を手伝ってくれたので、一緒に小さいお祝いをした。

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I got to meet Pikachu!!(≧∇≦)
相棒のピカチュウに出会った!(≧∇≦)

There were a lot of people though, so that was the best picture I could get... But they were sooo cuute!!(人´∀`)
混んでいたので、ピカチュウ2匹の中に立つ写真を撮られなかったが・・・ピカチュウとっても可愛いね!(人´∀`)

Afterwards...
その後・・・

We did a bit of shopping for this and that, and by the end of the evening things got a bit ワワポ!/(.^.)\
あれこれ買い物をしたが、夕方の時、ちょっとワワポ!になった/(.^.)\

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I'm not sure if my friends would appreciate me posting their picture publicly around the internet, so I blocked out their faces. (><)
But if they're ok with it, then I will remove it!
友達の顔を覆いて、見せると怒るかどうか分からないから。(><)
大丈夫だったら、イメージを消しますけど!

Anyway, the point is, we have a lot of funny Moi dix Mois related conversations, and as sort of a joke we ended up wandering around the city and I was dressed up in Mana cosplay. (^^;
兎に角、コスプレの理由は、あの2人と供にMoi dix Moisと関係している面白くて可笑しい談話をよくしたり、冗談としてManaコスプレを着ながら都内を散歩したり、色々な写真を撮ったりしました。(^^;

I think my favorite picture of the night has got to be this one...
その日の私の気に入り写真はこっち…

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The uncomfortability on my face says everything (;゚∀゚)
顔のその恥ずかしい表情で何が言いたいかすべてわかるでしょう。(;゚∀゚)


By the way, maybe not everybody will care, but its come to my attention that some people have noticed that the way I style my hair for Mana cosplay is opposite what it should be (the hair should be parted on the other side). Its actually not a mistake! There are a few reasons why I do this...first of all I'm left handed...or should I say, left sided?? Well, its true that I'm left handed, but my sight is also better on one side, so if I part my hair the opposite way its more difficult for me to see. ( `-ω-)
I have prescription contact lenses for this issue, but to be honest I don't really like wearing things in or near my eyes.
Sun glasses are ok because I can buy a bigger size and it doesn't look stupid, but when it comes to glasses and contacts... Contacts are the better option for me, but still... (^^;;
ところで、たぶん皆気にしないが、最近誰か私のコスプレが裏腹(例えばヘアスタイル)を気づいた。
実は間違いではないよ!色々な理由があるけど、まずは私が左利きで…基本的に全然左サイドの人というかな??
まぁ、絶対に左利きですが、左の視力のほうが強いので、こんな感じで裏腹なヘアスタイル等をよくしています。右横を試みたら、見にくい。( `-ω-)
もちろん、処方箋のコンタクトレンズを持っているが、目に入るものや目の側にあるものが嫌い。
サングラスが大丈夫ですが、大きサイズを買えるから。晴れの時、日で目が痛いので、サングラスがいい感じもあるが、普通のメガネやコンタクトレンズが面倒くさい。
メガネかコンタクトか、コンタクトレンズのほうがいいですが…(^^;;

Anyway, over several years I adopted this opposite style as my own, so there are a number of things (especially cosplay-wise) that I choose to do opposite on purpose, but its always been my own secret and if others figured it out then they could be in on it too. ワワポ!(≧∇≦)
とにかく、昔からこの裏腹Manaコスプレスタイルずっとしているので、わざと色々な裏腹な物をしていたが、今までたいてい私だけを知っていることです。他の人を気づいたら、その人も知っているが、珍しいです。ワワポ!(≧∇≦)


Oh and one more thing!
Last night I saw the new Cinderella movie!!
I can never refuse seeing something that Helena Bonham Carter is in, but whats more is this movie was aesthetically beautiful! I wish I could own Cinderella's dress! It was beyond gorgeous on screen! (;A;)
They happened to have one of the glass slipper props from the actual movie on display at my local theater, so even after the movie I was a bit enchanted by it all〜
そして、
昨日は新しいシンデレラ映画を観に行った!
Helena Bonham Carterがいるので、必見です!しかしながら、耽美的も美しい!シンデレラのドレスが欲しいなあ!映像が素敵すぎる! (;A;)
それも、映画館で本物グラススリッパもあるので、写真を撮ってみた。魅せられていた!

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If you like that kind of thing, definitely go see it!!
シンデレラの話が好き方へ、
是非、見たほうがいいよ!

Lastly, Golden Week is coming up! Maybe I will get to have some fun adventures to write about on here with my days off??
Probably not, but its nice to dream...
Either way, I'm looking forward for the chance to rest and sleep and eat..LOL
もうすぐゴールデンウィークですね!更新のために面白いアドベンチャーをするかしら??
いい夢ですが、多分ない…
しかし、休んだり、寝たり、食べたりするのがいいチャンスだね。(笑)


Sarah