∞・dix Day


Only 3 days after Deep Sanctuary, but today, August 10, is dix day, my birthday!!

As you can probably see from the picture I went to Tokyo Disneyland.
However, the day didn't start out at Disney, it started out elsewhere...




Does this scene look familiar? ( ̄ー+ ̄)
For those who aren't aware, Mana posted pictures almost identical to these on twitter in July when he was preparing for Deep Sanctuary. He wrote that he ordered a banana smoothie and it came in this metal class so its really cold.
Actually, to be honest I live down the street from the exact restaurant he went to!(°□°)
I've been there many times in the past because its one of my favorite restaurants in my neighborhood, but I've never ordered a smoothie from there, so I decided to try it this time.

At first I thought "Maybe I'll do the same and get the banana smoothie!" but then I noticed "strawberry" and at the very last second I caved and changed my mind.
In fact it is really good and I got sooo many brain freezes! But another funny situation happened at the same time...
So naturally I didn't spend the day alone, I had friends with me. One of my friends also ordered the same strawberry smoothie, but what we didn't expect is how huge the glass was! Even after eating our meals the smoothie wasn't gone...we sat there for the longest time trying to finish...in fact it took so long we started calling it "punishment" (≧∇≦)
Now we keep saying "we foolishly copied Mana thinking we're funny only to end up with a punishment drink."

After we finished at the restaurant we decided to make our way to Disneyland!!



Without going into too much detail because I've talked about Disneyland many times before, I'll talk about a few interesting points!
As you can probably tell, I came home with a lot more than I walked into the park with...Stitch is my favorite character, so I bought a huge Stitch, popcorn that came in an R2D2 container, and Cheshire cat ears since they matched my outfit.



Its probably easier to see my full coordinate with the ears in this picture:



As you can probably tell I wore my DSV onepiece shirt and DSV muffler towel. Surprisingly the towel came in handy!


Anyway, on to the park and attractions...
My favorite ride is the Haunted Mansion, so we immediately made our way there and the line was only a 20 minute wait!!
Thats incredible for Tokyo Disneyland! Usually the wait is over an hour, but I get the feeling the reason why it was so short was because the weather forecast for today said there should be thunderstorms...to our luck there wasn't, but that meant a lot of people who would usually go probably opted out for that reason. Either way, more park for us and easier access to attractions!!

For one of my friends it was her first time to go to Disneyland, so to reassure her I told her the Haunted Mansion isn't really that scary, but what ensued from there was.......
I started saying 腐腐腐…("huhuhu..." like Mana tends to write online) as a joke to calm her nerves when we entered the first room of the mansion and the doors closed. She started laughing, and then the joke just kept going on from there. We entered the next room where the ceiling starts to rise and I start in again with the 腐腐腐… and we crack up! By the time we actually got on the car that takes you through the ride we were saying 腐腐腐… at basically everything that was "Moi dix Mois mysterious" or "creepy" and we couldn't stop laughing!! THEN we started in with making Mana-like hand gestures at the props that would pop up and try to scare us. I've always truly loved the Haunted Mansion, but I've never experienced it quite like that before...I don't know if I can ever think of this attraction the same again! (≧∇≦)

After that my friends wanted to go on Splash Mountain but I'm kinda scared of it....
The wait for Splash Mountain was 80 minutes, so I ended up going out on my own and watching the night time electrical parade and did some shopping! Its probably a good thing I did, because by the time they returned from Splash Mountain it was already 9:00 PM and the park was closes at 10:00. We ended up having dinner where I bought a cute white chocolate mousse & strawberry jelly desert sort of as a "cake" to celebrate.



I'm not a big fan of jelly, but it ended up being really delicious! Also the cup was a souvenir cup, so its a cute way to commemorate the day.

I think for the first time in several years I actually had a really, truly wonderful birthday!
I tend to talk about my birthday a lot when it gets closer to the time, but to be honest I think the reason why I do it is because when I was a child and teenager school always started on my birthday, so almost nobody ever remembered and that always hurt...
Therefore, I always hope at lest one person will remember my birthday because of course for me its a special day.
Fortunately now I have some wonderful friends who make a point to say Happy Birthday to me!! To you guys, really thank you so much. It means the world to me.♥

Anyway, this year I got a few gifts from family and friends I'm excited to share with everyone!!



My parents sent me a huge box filled with all kinds of goodies. Among them were two photo books my mom made of when my family came and visited and my very first time in Japan. Another thing was a recipe book, which my mom wrote in various recipes that I like and that I can continue to add to. I like to cook, so its a wonderful idea! Then a purse and matching wallet with Snoopy on it, a set of Pokemon cards featuring Mew (I collect Mew cards and goods), a Star Trek magazine, and the Stitch doll I bought today (I sleep with stuffed animals and the ones I regularly sleep with look horrible after several years, so my mom begged me to buy a new one with her credit card LOL)

...These are starting to sound more like gifts for a child than an adult...(´~`ヾ)

Then from my friends I received a book about Visual Kei and Gothic & Lolita featuring Mana on the cover!! (Theres also more pictures of him inside) The book comes from Italy, so of course I can't understand it but they are willing to tell me what it says...either way I'm totally in love with this book because its so unique and unusual!! Its interesting to see books and goods with Mana on them selling in other countries, so no matter what the language is, I always want to get my hands on a copy! and then finally another friend from Germany surprised me by sending me a German Mew card and a letter she wrote in the mail! Also, I included the Mana bat in the picture just because I still think its really funny!(≧∇≦)

Thank you all sooooooo much!!!!!!!!!!

This has seriously been the best bi--
.........( `-ω-)?

Wait a minute.....


....I think I'm forgetting a gift....




There it is!!!!
My biggest surprise is, I'M GOING TO HONG KONG TO SEE MOI DIX MOIS IN OCTOBER!!!!!!!!!!

Actually this isn't completely a surprise to me...I already received a priority A ticket with the ability to meet the members at the show, but I've been keeping it a secret online until this moment. The reason for that is, I had already been planning this, but my parents asked if helping me with an airline ticket and hotel could be my true gift from them. Of course I said yes! So that means I will be able to give all of you on here a live report, meet & greet event report, and various other news!!

I hope you look forward to it! and of course, if any of you who read this are also planning on attending the concert please let me know!


dix day this year has been the best!!!!!!!!!!



P.S.
Thank you everyone who sent me birthday wishes!


Sarah
Deep Sanctuary V! + Set List Update
It feels like forever since I last made an entry here...
Not that I've been trying to put it off or anything, I guess there hasn't been much news worthy going on lately?
But with that being said, tonight was definitely news worthy!!



DEEP SANCTUARY V

Where do I begin?
I imagine everyone is excited to hear about the concert details, so I'll talk about that first, and then after I'll talk a little about the picture above (my cosplay this year) and the goods sold, etc.

Deep Sanctuary, as always, was held at Akasaka Blitz, a relatively large venue that can allow over 1,000 people or so. This time my ticket was A 13 so I was right in the front row on Mana's side.
This concert had three parts to it; ZIZ, Moi dix Mois, and a MALICE MIZER session with Yu~ki as the special guest.
Upon enter the venue the ZIZ set was on stage first with Kozi's guitar and Chargeee's drum set with his face on the front of the bass drum. To be honest, I have probably said this in the past in my Deep Sanctuary posts, but I'm not really familiar with ZIZ, so its hard for me to go in detail about.
I really liked Kozi's style -- he was wearing a really baggy black and red shirt with stripes on it and some kind of punk-like arm band on one side. At the very beginning I wasn't sure if would really like ZIZ's music or not, but by the end of their portion of the concert I was won over! They seem to have quite a bit of diversity, and small details within their performance (such as Kozi's dancing, Chargeee's enthusiasm and amazing drumming skills!) actually make for something really unique!

Also, since Sugiya performs with ZIZ, I have to say seeing him in something different from Moi dix Mois was interesting! I think he has really good chemistry with the ZIZ members and its obvious Kozi really tries to push him into being a bit more active than he is in MdM. Sugiya tends to be extremely shy on stage, so I've heard stories about how Kozi tries to make Sugiya talk from time to time, but just as it happens in Moi dix Mois he gets so scared he starts shaking when hes forced into it. I may be going a little off track here by talking about this, but I don't see it as a bad thing that Kozi tries to push him into it a bit more. While it may be comfortable for Sugiya to sit back and let others take the spot light, I think he has a lot to offer, not just talent-wise, but even in showmanship. I hope they keep working at it, I would love to see more of Sugiya interacting with band members on stage!

...But I digess. Continuing on, we got to hear a new ZIZ song that was only played for the second time at tonight's live. I wish I could remember the name, but it was really hard to understand.
ZIZ's set list was pretty small, I think they must have played for only about 30 minutes or so with a small MC in the middle.

Update Aug. 8
I received the full set list for both Moi dix Mois and ZIZ from a friend today, so here is the one from ZIZ (Moi dix Mois will be further down)

ZIZ
1.JEEZ
2. PEEKABOON
3. DOPE
4. SO8
5. DOVE
6. SPIEGEL WELT
7. SIGN
8. SUPERBSAW

Immediately after ZIZ left the stage, a hoard of roadies stepped out and quickly reassembled the set for Moi dix Mois.
Now this is the part of the concert I do know something about and can go into depth with!!

Sacred Lake SE was played at the very opening as each member came out in stage in the order of Hayato, Sugiya, Ryux, Mana, and Seth. Everyone was wearing all black this time, but I did notice a few small changes of detail.

For one, Sugiya, Ryux, and Hayato were wearing what looked like new Moi-meme-Moitie necklaces. The style looked like the Rose Cross pendant but instead of a matt silver color, they were a really shiny, glossy silver so they stood out from the black clothes. Sugiya was wearing what looked like a longer black gauze type blouse with a satin pleated half skirt over a pair of black pants and Yosuke platform boots (I only noticed because its the same pair I own lol). I was impressed with his style this time! Ryux had on another half cape draped over his shoulders seeming to be made of satin too with a black gauze-like under shirt. Upon seeing these too, I wondered if all the members outfits may have been going with the same kind of style, but as it turns out it was only these two members. Hayato, Seth, and Mana's outfits were typical to what they usually wear at concerts (Seth being a long gilet with lacy blouse, long gloves and high black boots, Mana in a black blouse, black corset, silver jewel Moitie pendant, and long black skirt, and Hayato with a black frilled blouse and pants). I was also struck by Hayato's and Seth's hair this time! Hayato's hair was red as usual but this time with some black streaking through and Seth with blonde and red highlights.

This time Seth announced the first song, Metaphysical as everyone broke into song immediately upon entering the stage. It seemed like an unusual choice for a first song, but it was a good change of pace. Next was Front et Baiser, and then Beast Side. During Beast Side this time, Seth took out the megaphone hes used in songs like Pessimiste in the past. I can't quite remember if thats something he has done in the past for this song, but it was something that stood out to me this time around. The image is really cool and so appropriate for the song! Another big surprise during this song was that fog machines suddenly started shooting out fog onto the stage and in the audience! It was totally unexpected so suddenly everyone in the venue started yelling and getting more excited.

From there, they went to to Solitude and Tentation before a short break to talk a little about Deep Sanctuary and then resume to the next song.

Update Aug. 8
Moi dix Mois set list

SE. sacred lake
1. Metaphysical
2. front et baiser
3. Beast Side
4. Solitude
5. tentation
6. IMMORTAL MADNESS
7. dead scape
8. Material Death (new song)
9. Ange - D side holy wings -
10. Je l'aime
SE. En Lumière

As for new songs, the only one besides Beast Side this time was Material Death. To be honest, I was kinda hoping for something totally new, but I didn't have high expectations theres the potential a new song could take away from the focus of Deep Sanctuary being more of a MALICE reunion than a full out Moi dix Mois live.

When the MC started, Mana ran out on stage with one of the new items for sale today, the new Deep Sanctuary V Towel, and pretended to throw it into the audience, but had a string attached to it, so at the last minute the towel was yanked back onto the stage. This seems to be a trick Mana does more and more now days with new items. I've almost come expected it by now.

After that, Seth read a letter from Mana to everyone.
Naturally as it always starts, he asked if we were enjoying Deep Sanctuary. The crowd cheered, but they made everyone cheer about 3 times before Mana was happy with it. Then he went on to a relatively long talk about Yu~ki at tonight's concert and he wondered how old he could be seeing as hes a vampire. In order to rouse excitement for Yu~ki, they made everyone scream "suck my blood!" (in Japanese) several times.
Speaking of which, there was sort of a funny episode that happened at that point. To be honest, it always feels a little embarrassing and funny to me when we are asked to yell out things like "suck my blood!"
Without really meaning to, I let out a bit of a laugh, and then some of my friends near by also started laughing when they noticed me. To make matters worse, Mana started staring at us with an expression like "I'm not exactly sure whats funny, but I wish I knew because it seems hilarious". I felt a little bad about it, but the look he had made the situation even worse and the laughter started becoming unstoppable for a short time! Ahh, I don't know why things like that really make me feel embarrassed!

Anyway, after the Yu~ki portion, they went on to a few more announcements...
No news about when an album will be released -- just that Mana has been working on new songs.

They also said next year, 2017, will be a special year for Mana because it will mark his 25th year as a musician. There was mention that Mana is working on some kind of "mysterious project" but no hint at what it could be, just simply "I hope you look forward to it." If I had to guess, I would say whatever the project is, it may have something to do with the 25 year milestone, but thats only my speculation...

There was also no mention of the upcoming Hong Kong live, but Dis Inferno was announced for December 17, 2016 at Duo Music exchange! Pre order tickets will be going on sale later this month.

After that the concert resumed with Ange and IMMORTAL MADNESS amongst others.

During Immortal Madness we were asked to hold up a V sign with our hands to represent the 5, or roman numeral "V" for Deep Sanctuary V. At the time Seth was explaining it and making everyone yell out, Mana made the V sign sideways next to his eyes like a Sailor Moon type pose and several girls within the venue started screaming out that it was cute. In fact, all through IMMORTAL MADNESS he was walking around making the V sign in various ways. At one point in the song, he stood at the edge of a huge platform Hayato's drums were placed on making sort of a salute pose with his fingers in the V shape, but it seemed like Seth didn't realize Mana was standing back there because as he was singing, he started backing up and they almost hit-- I thought he was going to accidentally knock Mana down from the ledge. Aside from that, there was no real key word we were asked to yell out this time, mostly the focus was on the V pose they wanted everyone to make.

Finally at the end, we were asked to hold out our hands for the last song, Je l'aime.
Once it finished, each member one by one stood in the center of the stage to wave good bye to everyone. Most notably, Hayato ran to the center holding what looked like some kind of pumpkin doll? and waved it at everyone, and Ryux seemes to be creating a tradition of holding some kind of small silver skull at the concerts, that he brings with him at the very end which I believe he is trying to use to represent K. This time in particular was relatively special for him, because it was two years ago that he was joining Moi dix Mois upon K's death. If I recall, the last time Deep Sanctuary was held, Kozi played with Moi dix Mois as a temporary position before Ryux was finally introduced. Therefore, when Ryux was saying his goodbyes this time, he made gestures to the sky, pointing up, and lifting his ear as if hes listening for K's spirit. Honestly, Ryux is seriously amazing with his sensitivities and passion for K. Its actually no secret that Ryux has looked up to and admired K even before his death, so I think Ryux truly feels some kind of connection, and his actions, showing his gratification for Moi dix Mois and K in this way is certainly not forced by any means.

After all the other members left the stage, Mana was last, placing his guitar on the ground and lifting his arms out to everyone before leaving as well.


Finally the main event!
Suddenly all the lights went out and we heard the sound of thunder and some of the stage lights flickered, resembling lightening. That when suddenly the tune to Transylvania started to play!!
Mana entered the stage first, then Kozi, and finally...Yu~ki!
Everyone in the audience went insane!
Yu~ki really looked like a vampire, too!
He came out with long hair past his shoulders, with a cape, a top hat, and then a white blouse, black vest, and black pants, along with a cane he kept next to him. Even his make up was white, with dark eyeshadow around his eyes making a really dramatic, vampiric effect. It was awesome! During Transylvania, Yu~ki was the one to do vocals, while Kozi and Mana played guitar. What was even more amazing was that Yu~ki fully played along with the Vampire image, making his movements and actions seem very much in character with his appearance.

The only thing that was a little bit sad was that once Yu~ki appeared, it seemed like Mana and Kozi were sorta left to the sidelines... but then again, Yu~ki only appears once maybe every 2 years, so the excitement is understandable.

Also, during the MALICE MIZER session, Kozi played his red guitar, while Mana played one of his old Jeune Filles from MALICE MIZER days!
I should probably also mention that Mana and Kozi changed their appearances as well for the session -- Mana wore a blue ruffly Moitie blouse with the chest open and some Moitie necklace and wide Moitie pants. Kozi's outfit was similar in style to what he wore in ZIZ, only this time it was black and white rather than red and white.

The Set list of the MALICE session was short, but it went in the following order:

SE 闇の彼方へ〜 (Yami no Kanata he~)
1. Transylvania
2. Beast of Blood
3. N.P.S.N.G.S.
4. Au Revoir (instrumental only)

Once Transylvania ended, Mana walked off stage and Yu~ki and Kozi started having a conversation. It seems this year I had the same problem I did two years ago with their conversation....the two of them talk way too fast for me to understand! Its obvious to see by their interaction Kozi and Yu~ki must really enjoy one another's company, but I really wish I could get up to their speed... There were bits and pieces of the conversation I could understand, but I don't really remember it... Mostly what I remember is that Yu~ki was talking about how Mana told him he really wanted to celebrate his birthday.

With that being said, Mana suddenly came out on stage wheeling in a tray of chocolate cake and orange slices on top of it, while wearing a long maid apron like in early MALICE MIZER days! Everyone instantly understood that image and started screaming! I think Mana was really embarrassed by it though... At first he kinda started smiling and over time he couldn't control himself laughing...I've literally never seen him laugh so hard in all my life, and its like he couldn't stop because then Kozi made everyone sing "Happy Birthday Dear Yu~ki-chan" and then Yu~ki started making various comments on the cake and tried eating it on stage. At that point Mana totally lost it, and was shaking while laughing because he looked like a mixture of amused, embarrassed, and then terrified because he was so embarrassed and couldn't stop laughing. I thought he was going to pee his pants (LOL).
Once Yu~ki tasted the cake, he tried wiping his mouth, but then Mana gave him a napkin that was on the tray, and then took it and wiped Yu~ki's face for him. Of course everyone in the audience was screaming over that, but then just doing that make him start shaking and laughing even more. Finally, he took out a camera and started taking pictures of the cake from various angles on stage before they finally took it away to finish up the concert.

After that, they went on to play Beast of Blood and then N.P.S.N.G.S.
I thought they would play more than just those three songs, but after N.P.S.N.G.S. they all walked off stage.
Everyone started clapping for an encore, and soon Mana, Yu~ki, and Kozi came back on stage one more time -- Mana first on his scooter from MALICE MIZER days and white bear bag, and then the other two just walked on. Fortunately unlike last time, Mana didn't fall off the scooter! He then opened up the back of the bear bag and had several balls inside it that he threw out into the audience. He also had a basket behind him with more balls, which all three of the members started throwing out to the audience! Once they were out of balls, Mana, Kozi, and Yu~ki huddled together, Mana forcing Yu~ki in the middle, and with their arms around one another's shoulders they bowed to the audience. Kozi and Yu~ki left soon after, but Mana stayed behind, to take his bear bag and basket which was left on the stage, and as he did, he held a a blue plastic bat he had originally brought out for them to hit the balls into the audience with, then walked to the edge of the stage, looked at my group of friends and I and tossed the bat at us!! I was really excited I ended up getting to keep it!

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Its kind of a joke, but I secretly like to believe its an early happy birthday from Mana to me (and my friends who let me keep it♥)! (My birthday is a couple days away on Aug. 10)

By the way, the bat has a hilarious sticker on it

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LET'S HIT A HOME RUN WITH A SPECIAL BAT! (≧∇≦)(≧∇≦)(≧∇≦)(≧∇≦)

During this last part with the balls, the instrumental only version of Au Revoir was played and even after the members were gone, everyone in the audience was singing out the lyrics until the song totally finished! It reminded me of Mana's birthday this year when everyone held out their blue glow sticks even though the concert was over as sort of a show just for ourselves...however, unlike that time with the glow sticks, everyone in the audience singing to Au Revoir felt like a salute to MALICE MIZER and a commemoration of the nostalgic feelings it all brought back. It wasn't just for us in the audience, it was for the MALICE MIZER members and for everyone who loves them all together in one place at one time. It was sort of an innate feeling thats difficult to put into words, but it was truly special.

So that was the end of Deep Sanctuary V!!
As for my personal impressions, some how this concert felt different and special from other recent Moi dix Mois lives...I can't put my finger on it, because even at the last concert I thoroughly enjoyed it and found several memorable points that made a big impact...but this concert had a really such an energetic atmosphere and everyone, not only the band members who played, but even the fans seemed to be in especially good spirits! I met a number of people who came to their first Moi dix Mois concert today, so maybe thats something that added to it, but there was just a particular air of excitement that placed me at a mental and emotional point where I didn't think or care about anything else but what was happening at that very moment. Thats something that almost never happens for me, so thank you everyone who made tonight so wonderful!




From here I can talk a bit about cosplay, the goods that were for sale, and other various details!!

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The cosplay I did this time was from an interview between Mana and Kami in Vicious magazine in 1998.
I translated this interview once some years ago, which you can read in the link below!

Mana & Kami Vicious Magazine Interview 1998

I've been dying to do this cosplay for so many years now, but its always felt impossible because of the kimono... Its a vintage style Furisode (long sleeved kimono) which I have been in search of for years and years and years. Theres no way I can find exactly the same one Mana wore, but after a loooooong time searching, I finally found something moderately similar, with the butterfly and line pattern his has. Unfortunately though, the kimono came in pieces sewn together loosely, so I had been working on constructing it with full lining like it should have for well over a month. It was a lot of hard work, I had been working on it every weekend until the concert, and even last night I was up until 5:00 AM trying to finish it, but even then it wasn't finished! I ended up working until literally the last minute of walking out the door of my apartment, with a friend helping me with some of the finishing touches because I had to get my make up and hair done in the mean time.

Theres a lot to be said about this cosplay, but I will try to spare you from all the boring details! Mainly one thing I'm particularly fond of about it is a tiny detail I don't think many people would really notice...its the badge that says "ENGLAND EXPLOITED" held together with safety pins. While the entire look attracted me, because I really love punk style looks, it was something about that badge that kept me wanting to do it. I think its because I'm a detail oriented person, so when I find a small detail that I find interesting, I get fixated on it.

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For those who don't know, it comes from a punk band called "The Exploited".
Interestingly enough, I think this band has had some kind of big impact on Mana... One of The Exploited's famous songs is "Punk's Not Dead"
Maybe some of you remember a long time ago at Dis Inferno Mana had a whole "Mana's Not Dead" segment at that concert, but strangely I've never really heard him come out and talk about this group...of course there are a lot of punk bands he likes, but when I noticed that patch from the vicious interview, I thought the combination of punk fashion and Japanese respectively was interesting and unique! Maybe its a bit strange of me, but I hardly ever do main stream popular Mana cosplays...its not that I dislike it, its just that I love searching for things that are a bit different.

Also, I was really shocked today when a girl I was standing next to in line to go inside the venue said to me she recognized my cosplay and could even name the magazine and details from it!! Thats seriously some dedication to know that off the top of your head!

But on that note, I wish I had gotten some closer up pictures for more details, because the one picture of my face above doesn't show that I also went as far as finding the "piercing" that went from the lip...actually, that picture was before I put in the piercing (it wasn't real though).


Aside from cosplay, I didn't realize this until after the concert was over, but it seems some flowers were sent from Kamijo and ESP!
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I love the MALICE MIZER様 effect included! I wonder if he sent them because he couldn't go to the concert today? (Versailles had a concert tonight as well)


and finally, the new goods

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The first one is my personal favorite this time, the new "dress" style shirt!
I remember when the Dark Frame shirt came out at Mana's birthday they had both a dress and t-shirt version, but I wasn't really impressed with the dress version that time... this time though is a little bit different in style, which was better to me.
Also, I swear to god I'm wearing shorts in this picture, but they come down to the same length as the shirt/dress!! (´~`ヾ)

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Of course I got the T-shirt version as well...the main difference, besides length, is that it also has "Deep Sanctuary" written at the bottom back portion of the shirt. The material is thicker than the dress version, oddly enough.
Also, I'm wearing a skirt in this picture, which is hard to see...Its embarrassing thinking it looks like I'm wearing nothing under these shirts!! (≧△≦)

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Finally the new towel! ...this is the third time now they've come out with a towel like this...why do I need this many towels? Am I supposed to be sweating a lot? I stay in the AC.

For those who are interested, I'm sure these items will be showing up soon on the Midi: Nette shop!


Well, now that I've finally finished this entry at 5:00 AM, maybe its time to get a little sleep... (=_=)Zzz

Good night-day & dix Love!!!!!!!!!!



Sarah
Surprise!!
Happy Kami day!!

......Actually, should I say "happy" since its his death day? What I meant is happy in terms of celebration of his life.
Anyway, I've been planning this entry for a while and I was worried I wouldn't get it done in time, but I got as close to finished as is humanly possible just now, so I wanted to make a special entry for today. Yes it includes the surprise I mentioned in the last entry that I was working on AND information on purchasing Ma Cherie issues I've been wanting to sell!!

So first, the surprise...


ARENA 37C Vol. 181 Translations





MALICE MIZER
Our first time to find out answers about concerts, singles, and this video all tied into one —


This month we are sending out a special edition two part MALICE MIZER video talk and special supplementary questionnaire. In preparation for the video filming, while one person gained 5 kg (laughs), another person lost 3 kg. It seems it was a difficult shoot, but I think there have been several people who already saw it, those being the production people who finished it up, but there is something new to discover each time and the photo work is being completed in an abundance of imagination!

My fingers were shaking in the scene where I drink tea (laughs)

Due to the film being an all France location, it feels like we got to see a part of the MALICE MIZER world. Its an excessively sad story that unfolds in a middle ages European setting, but saying a moment in time in space is something everyone within a good life will experience. Words are not everything, but by expressions and movements, we want you to get a sense of the universal theme that lurks within this work.

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--What kind of image did you have in mind this time when you made the footage for the single "Bel Air ~A moment in time in space~"?

Gackt "'Bel Air' equals, not talking about the video this time, but there were a lot of stories I had in my head. One among them was a pickup I made and came out with"

--Well then, as we introduce the cast of the performance, please listen to what each person has to say about their role. So I would like to ask a little about YU~KI-san, the role of the Heroine's older brother, as well as your impressions from the scene where you were drinking tea. Didn't it seem like a Nescafe commercial?

YU~KI "Did…it? Actually it was strange though, wasn't it (laughs). We did the tea drinking scene a lot, but that was because my fingers kept shaking and my teeth kept chattering, and there were several times where it was no good and it had to be taken out"

KOZI "Its because your a person whose hands naturally shake"

YU~KI "It would double at the moment I would hear clattering, even when it was just barely anything. I would get flustered in an instant. Also, an important point is that I was playing a kind older brother, so in preparation for the role I gained 5 kilos. I should say roughly (laughs)"

KOZI "I've got to say you were flustered the first time I watched that"

YU~KI "Yeah because it had to go in a perfect circle. Anyway, I had to do a lot of eating. Even so I'm basically not an actor, so acting was difficult. Since I knew what I had to do in each situation, I didn't practice and it all became a hit-or-miss. The director in each situation would give me advice, facial expressions, or hand movements, and I had to get the image down in my head."

-- At that time did you forget about yourself as a musician?

YU~KI "Not at all, I'm still the older brother on the inside"

--KAMI-san played an aristocrat, right?

KAMI "And in addition to that, I was the hero's friend, or please add something like a phantom friend. So (the two of us) had a deep relation. Other than that, no comment"

-- KAMI-san, your facial expressions showed us your true colors a bit, didn't they?

KAMI "More precisely, it was a spontaneous part, and I didn't get much of a turn (laughs)"

-- But didn't you have a scene where you got to fight Gackt-san in fencing?

KAMI "I practiced fencing a lot, but that scene was so tough I collapsed. Even though there was gravel underneath we had to redo it over and over again and my clothes got worn out and it hurt"

— Now then KOZI-san. When you were dressed as a clown pantomiming did you already feel familiar with it?

KOZI "How should I put it, I didn't practice at all and there were some things I was taught several minutes before the filming, so (the coach) watched me act, but I still did it in my own way. I thought to myself maybe I can do even more, but that doesn't mean that something that was filmed wasn't also cut. However, the director said, ahh thats good. Isn't it different from what I see myself doing on the monitor? In a way it is a little... But, maybe I can say that since I didn't have to act in quite such a human-like way compared to everyone else, my part was a little easier."

— Also, you dressed as a fortune teller, but it was scary when you rolled your eyes back, wasn't it.

KOZI "I put that in myself. I guess that means I am a clown. If I were to speak about something scary, the scene that was shot in the basement was very scary. It was really cold, and with all the things and specimens that were displayed around, the atmosphere was scary. Originally it was a wine cellar, but since there were no people it felt terrible, so I kept that in mind so as not succumb to the atmosphere."

-- MANA-san was dressed up and guised as a glamorous high rank prostitute, but didn't you think your whole aura was closer to a stage performance?

MANA "It is a similar atmosphere, but stage and movie atmospheres are different, so the acting was different. You have to play as a flesh and blood woman, so that part was troublesome. But if I can use make up to get that sort of appearance, it feels a little bit closer"

— So then, the hero role was Gackt-san.

Gackt "The climax scene was filmed at the beginning. On the contrary to YU~KI, I lost 3 kilos of weight just for the first day and that was already terrible. I released all water from my body and had to go into waiting mode"

-- There was a sound effect that resounded like a gong. That made the film more intense, didn't it.

Gackt "Its great if you listen to it from a good speaker. That strange sound really comes out"

— What kind of theme did this movie have?

Gackt "What is human? Making that come to life"

-- How would you like fans to interpret this film?

Gackt "There are no particular limits. For this reason it can be interpreted in various ways and thats why there are no words. When you put all three things, the video, concert, and single, together this time around you can try to see the answers for the first time. But we wanted the people who saw it all to get that sensation."

-- Well now, please give us your thoughts about the lives you will have spanning 2 nights on October 10 and 11 at Hibiya Outdoor Concert Hall.

YU~KI "We will definitely be doing it like a tour finale, so since I think its something that will exceed everyone's expectations...I will do my best (laughs)"

KAMI "I think the tour finale will be the form we have rapidly grown into from doing the tour. For the time being I want to challenge [myself] and say I mastered this tour. I am really enlightened by touring, and as I do it, I think about skillfully expressing myself."

KOZI "Same as they said before"

-- Previously MANA-san said that the stage recently has changed completely from a year ago, but has your way of presenting changed as the venues get bigger?

MANA "Its completely changed. Between big halls like the Shibuya public venues and live houses there some distance from the audience. In the past we did theatrical type things, but can we still show that as it becomes concert halls? So our presentation techniques and performances change along with the the venues"

-- Recently I thought about the time at Akasaka BLITZ which had a dream or illusion-like image. But on the other side does it feel like actual reality?

MANA "Yeah, it hits really hard. We think an illusion-like image is wonderful, but an essential part is something lively that humans bring in, so I hope they can aptly feel something like that"

— So finally, Gackt-san.

Gackt "The 10th "deuxieme anniversaire~Splendorous Revival," will be a day that has great meaning for MALICE MIZER. The name suggests Easter, or perhaps I should a restoration, for people who have never seen MALICE MIZER until now. It may be misleading to call it that, but however you encounter MALICE MIZER, its MALICE MIZER. I often say we continue to change, but even if my means of expression change, that part is fundamentally the same. Even though we change, we don't change, and we don't change, but we want to continue to change so maybe thats what I'm trying to give you a feeling of.
So, the meaning behind a moment in time in space in "Pays de merveilles~kuuhaku no shunkan (a moment in time in space)" is for me is how I felt in the moment in time in space during "Verte Aile". Thats what I want to express"

— And whats the reason for that

Gackt "Just before the live on July 20th at BLITZ the dog we've had in my family for over 20 years collapsed, and had surgery in the middle of the live. However, once the live finished he died... In addition to that I didn't know how things were going, so that day was particularly horrible and the door to that time in space made me see something in a new light. I guess I should say everything is beginning from here. For this reason thats something I will show in these two days. The first half of the tour I was in a slump, so in the last half I want to approach a level I've been thinking about myself. Its painful for me to always have on a positive face, and in order to show it I want to be able to feel it"

**TRANSLATION NOTES:
A moment in time in Space -- I translated this phrase into the most appropriate way as possible into English, but it may be better known in Japanese as 空白の瞬間の中で (Kuuhaku no Shunkan no naka de) or as its shortened in the interview 空白の瞬間 (Kuuhaku no Shunkan). This is the extended part of the song title "Bel Air". In fact those who are unfamiliar with the Verte Aile video may be unaware that the video runs immediately before the start of the PV to Bel Air, so the concepts of the video and PV are mixed together in this interview. Every time "A Moment in Time" or "A Moment in time in space" is mentioned in this article, please keep in mind that its a reference to Bel Air.





MALICE MIZER
Special Supplementary
Personal Imagination Questionnaire

Those of you MALICE connoisseurs may acknowledge that there still may be many things you don't know...... Therefore we made some questions.
We got word from the members saying "The questions were interesting" (laughs)
The questionnaire in this magazine was responsible for keeping MALICE up all night thinking, so as a result we wnder what kind of answers might they have given everyone......

MANA (g)
Q. Favorite food
A. Of course flaming hot curry
Q. Food you dislike
A. Nothing
Q. Favorite drink
A. Tomato juice
Q. Drink you dislike
A. Nothing in particular
Q. Favorite scent
A. Fruity scents
Q. Scent you dislike
A. Women who wear strong perfume at night
Q. Favorite scene
A. White sky, blue sea
Q. You can only shed tears 3 times in your life. The first time is when you were born. So what are the other 2?
A. I can't decide
Q. If you could go in a time machine, where would you go and what would you do? (Going in the past or the future is OK)
A. There are no time machines, so I don't want to think about it.
Q. If you became a hit man what lethal weapon would you use? and whats the reason for it?
A. Stupidity. I'm not used to using it.
Q. You get an unlimited supply of money. With it you have to direct a film. What kind of movie would you make?
A. The life of a phantom chef
Q. What kind of time is the best "moment" for you?
A. The time when I'm sleepy and go to bed


KAMI (ds)
Q. Favorite food
A. Meat
Q. Food you dislike
A. Tofu, potatoes
Q. Favorite drink
A. Melon Milk
Q. Drink you dislike
A. Japanese sake, Whisky, etc
Q. Favorite scent
A. Sweet scents
Q. Scent you dislike
A. Something that could be considered a generally bad odor
Q. Favorite scene
A. Not a night scene, but the view looking down from a high place in the middle of the afternoon
Q. You can only shed tears 3 times in your life. The first time is when you were born. So what are the other 2?
A. When someone important dies, and tears from being emotionally moved
Q. If you could go in a time machine, where would you go and what would you do? (Going in the past or the future is OK)
A. I can't answer it since its an 'If'
Q. If you became a hit man what lethal weapon would you use? and whats the reason for it?
A. A lazer beam gun like pewpewpew…...
Q. You get an unlimited supply of money. With it you have to direct a film. What kind of movie would you make?
A. A movie about a person who makes a real castle and becomes the ruler like in the warring states period
Q. What kind of time is the best "moment" for you?
A. When I have done the best LIVE




Unfortunately if I wanted to be able to post the translation today I didn't have time to finish all the Q&As so I will be posting Kozi and Yu~ki's as I get the chance to finish them later on. Hopefully today/night this entry will be updated with their parts. However, the main point this time was Kami, so I felt satisfied as long as I got his and Mana's Q&A finished. Fortunately they were relatively easy to understand, so please enjoy what I have up so far!!

The reason I chose this magazine interview was because earlier in the month Mana posted these Q&A's on his twitter and I imagine those who didn't understand the answers would probably be interested in them. However, when I received the magazine I was surprised to see an even bigger interview on Bel Air and Verte Aile, and if I was to post the Q&A portion I felt the need to post the entire interview as well. Therefore thats how this came to be...

If you haven't seen Verte Aile before, I found an upload of it on Youtube!



Usually I wouldn't post footage of songs/videos on here, but since Verte Aile is now so old, its a bit difficult for many people to get their hands on, let alone watch it on a modern DVD/Blue Ray player.




Aside from the translations, I finally wanted to release information on the Ma Cheries I'm selling now too!

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Its volumes 2-8 but Vol. 2&3 come together and vol. 6&7 are also a single issue.
Since Vol. 2&3 is pretty rare, I'm looking to sell it for 1,500 yen and the rest will go for 1,000 yen each.
Shipping will be determined based on where you live and the method you prefer (Standard Airmail is generally about 500 yen, and EMS tends to be somewhere around 1,000 yen).
I inspected each booklet, and they all seem to be in good condition!
Anyone who is interested in buying any of these issues, please send me a message in the mail form on the right side of this site or send an email to mephistoangelo (at) gmail.com


There are a couple other things I would like to note too before ending this entry.
First of all is the new web flyer made for Deep Sanctuary V!

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It seems based on Mana's twitter he would like it if everyone could post this flyer around the internet to advertise DSV, so please post it on your blogs, etc!
Also, Deep Sanctuary is only 3 days before my birthday so I'm personally excited about it!(≧∇≦)
I even have a cosplay in mind that I'm beyond ecstatic about trying for the first time... But what it is is a secret until then.( ̄ー+ ̄)


Lastly, it seems anyone who wants to attend the Moi dix Mois Hong Kong concert on October 23rd will be able to obtain tickets regardless of where you live!
There will be a ticket raffle which you can enter starting June 24th and results will be sent out on the 28th.
For those who are interested, details can be found here:

【ENGLISH】
http://www.exclamusic.com/mdm-ticketing-eng/

【日本語】
http://www.exclamusic.com/mdm-ticketing-jap/



Anyway, now its time for me to get back to work. Hopefully I can update the translations later on tonight!! Please look forward to it! (´・ω・`)=з


Sarah
Moi dix Mois goes to Hong Kong
Moi dix Mois has decided to have a one man live in Hong Kong on October 23, 2016!
Details can be found at the following link:
http://vrockhk.com/2016/06/10/moi-dix-mois%E5%8D%81%E6%9C%88%E9%99%8D%E8%87%A8%E9%A6%99%E6%B8%AF/

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To be honest, I really don't know anything about the VK, particularly Moi dix Mois, fanbase in Hong Kong, or any east Asian countries outside of Japan for that matter...
To fans who live in this area, I think there are many people who would love to learn more about it! If you have any first hand information, or if any advertisements, etc, show up I think there are a lot of us in Japan and overseas who would like to know, so please send me emails if you can!


P.S.
I haven't forgotten about the Ma Cherie booklets I want to sell.
I was hoping to make an entry about them along with a little surprise I had in store for everyone, but it seems there has been some kind of unexpected delay...
I know there are actually some of you who are interested in more information, so I will try to do what I can as soon as possible!!


Sarah

2 years + P.S.
Its been a really long time since the last time I posted here.
Within this time period, I've received a few comments and messages here and there from some of you asking when I would update again. I've wanted to, its just been hard.

Anyway, today, May 19th, marks the second year since K passed away.
I think people who really love Moi dix Mois, and especially K, will want to find some way to remember him today, and since he was someone I really cared about too, I couldn't resist posting about it.

As many of you may have already anticipated, Mana even updated on twitter with a short but sweet message about K.
I translated it earlier and posted it on the facebook page where I post MdM twitter translations, but since this one is special I will post it with the translations on here too.


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5.19 is K-kun's death anniversary.
This picture really suits K-kun, doesn't it. A wild beast and cool live photo.
It feels as if you can hear his beast roar. Please remember K-kun today.

Mana

Source: https://twitter.com/M_d_M_official/status/732949004191817728


Over the past couple of years I've shared a few stories about times when I met K individually, but I think I've exhausted the most memorable stories I have, aside from concerts, but those can be read in my concert reports...
If I had to say something about him this time, I would say that I still have very clear memories of the first time I ever saw him in person. I remember before I ever got the chance to go to a Moi dix Mois concert I had this impression of him as kind of a scary guy, but then after seeing him for the first time I realized that even though his image was really wild, he was an extremely kind individual. He immediately caught my interest from that point on and it was a true pleasure to be able to keep up with him and the various projects he participated in even outside Moi dix Mois.
To be honest, I still think about him rather frequently and wonder what would he be doing if he were still around today? Maybe still DJing or trying something new? He was such a free spirit, it was always so refreshing and exciting to keep up with all his activities and watch him grow as an artist.

Even though we can no longer have those opportunities, I hope he is still watching over everyone who cares about him.



Also, before I end this entry, I would like to mention a couple things.
First, a few weeks ago Hayato created a Youtube account and posted a video of his practice during the last Moi dix Mois concert at Shibuya WWW!

Originally this video was posted on his blog here:
http://blog.drawtheperspective.com/?eid=716

Second, after several years I think I finally completed my MALICE MIZER collection!

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This booklet, Ma Cherie fanclub book vol. 1 was the last piece I needed...its kind of bitter sweet to realize there really isn't anything else I need for my collection, but I was really excited to finally get my hands on vol. 1!
It came from an auction and also included several other Ma Cherie booklets (in total volumes 1-8), but I already own everything from vol. 2 onward, so I'm considering selling the others on here. I still need to figure out the pricing for them though, so for anyone interesting in owning any of old Malice Mizer fanclub books, particularly the earlier ones, this could be a really great chance! I will have more details on that later...

Lastly, it was also brought to my attention several weeks ago that the Atari 2600 I gave Mana for his birthday last year made it into the Game Inferno Ultimate book!!

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I can't believe I didn't notice it before! It turns out between each category of Game Inferno there were some extra pages with consoles Mana didn't get the chance to write about in Game Lab. I was beyond excited to see it and really glad he must have liked it a lot it to include it! The information he wrote about it wasn't particularly anything new and he basically reiterates some of the same content he already wrote about in a previous Game Lab article, but it still gives me motivation to finish up with the last few issues I never got around to translating. Eventually I would like to include the translations from this page too and maybe more from Game Inferno Ultimate... I'm not sure which way is the best way of going about it yet, but once I have time I think I would like to continue... At the very least, if anyone is interested I can definitely translate this page sooner!

So, thats all I have for today... Aside from wanting to memorialize K, I've had a lot of these small details and bits of information I've wanted to share, but it didn't really feel like enough to write a full entry on. However, I want to make more updates in the near future, especially concerning the Ma Cherie issues I recently got and maybe more on translating articles.


P.S.
Mana made an entry on his blog that I didn't notice and updated the Moi dix Mois Official website with a new group photo.
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I think today it could be a lot to take in seeing this new photo, however I am certain this is why Mana chose the photo of K that he did to post on twitter (its the official profile photo of K on the Moi dix Mois website) for this very reason, which he explains in his newest blog entry.
The original entry in Japanese is here: http://manamonologue.blog16.fc2.com/blog-entry-569.html
My English translated version can be found here: http://manaaesthetics.livejournal.com/128370.html

Please give it a chance and read it as it was written very eloquently for everyone to understand the feelings that surround the situation of Moi dix Mois over these past two years.


Finally, please keep K in your hearts and minds as we remember him today.♥


Sarah
Cherry Blossom Season!


Ever since the last Moi dix Mois lives, I've had quite a bit going on, so I thought it would be fun to share on here!
This year spring has been coming ever so slowly, and finally at the beginning of April the cherry blossoms have bloomed.
As you may already know, cherry blossom viewing, or "Hanami" is extremely popular in Japan, and for good reason. They're breathtakingly beautiful!
In fact, I did hanami not once, but twice this time around...although, I kind of wonder if one of the times really counted? The reason is, the first time I didn't really see so many and it was already starting to become dark out so it was a relatively fast trip. However, that brings me to the first topic I want to cover in this entry...

A dog show!!

You may be wondering "what does a dog show have to do with a Mana-related blog?" ....Well, nothing...
But its something I personally enjoyed and wanted to write a little about!!

Some years ago I went back to visit my family in the US during the summer and I went to a dog show for the first time. We have two dogs at my parent's home, a Shih-tzu named Motley and a Chihuahua named Alice. Actually I've been surrounded by lots of pets my entire life and only owning an Axolotl in Japan is sometimes a bit lonely...a lot of people fulfill that kind of loneliness by going to cat cafes, but I'm not really a cat person. Before you freak out, I don't hate cats!! I just really prefer dogs. I wont go into long details, but when our Chihuahua was a puppy (right before I moved to Japan) there was a huge problem and she nearly died. At that point in time my mom was undergoing surgery and I ended up being the only person in the family who could tend to the dog. I spent many painful days trying to save her, so by the time she got better we gained a deep bond. Even though I say I've had pets all my life, I'm not sure I can entirely compare the relationship to those pets to this one in particular...its extremely special. Therefore, when I heard about the dog show in Tokyo this year I had to go!!!





The dog show had two main areas -- one was a hall filled with various booths to buy dog related goods (clothes, food, toys, etc) where tons of owners brought their own pets to show off and take pictures at some photo booths. Its amazing what lengths people will go in Japan to make their dogs look insanely cute!!
The second hall contains competition and judging for the actual dog show.
Unfortunately I arrived a little late, so I only caught the end of the show, but it was still interesting.
This year Lucy, a Japanese Borzoi, won second place at the Westminster Dog Show, so I was hoping to catch a glimpse of her at the Tokyo Dog Show, but to be honest I didn't expect to see her...the dog show already had special industry days a few days before the public opening days, so I would have had no idea when she would make an appearance, if she did at all (I'm sure she did, the owner is from Chiba).

Anyway, to make a long story short, it was an unforgettable experience!! If I get the chance, I want to go again one day in the future!

So on to the cherry blossoms...

On the same day as the dog show, my friends and I decided to walk around and see the cherry blossoms at the sea side a little!




By the way, I took most of these pictures with a new camera I received for Christmas!! I'm completely obsessed with this camera because it has some really special and unusual functionality that I specifically asked for. I'll have to write more about it one day...its seriously awesome!!

Sadly there weren't a lot of cherry blossoms at the sea side, but I did find a particularly beautiful tree on a hill next to the ocean, but trying to get a shot of it proved difficult. I ended up climbing as high up the hill as I could and took a picture of it directly in front with the ocean in the background.



I know there are places where you can see cherry blossoms along the riverside, and I was thinking about doing it today but I backed out at the last minute...
At least I got a picture of one by Tokyo Bay, and that seems to be something kind of unusual. I really like it!

We also took a short walk to the beach near by, so once again I couldn't resist getting a picture of it!



It truly felt like within one day, I had visited so many different kinds of terrain!
After a lot of walking around and going here and there, the night came to an end and that brings me to today...



hehe, as I said on social media, "If you get it you get it"

Today was once again a few different places, but maybe not as diverse as the other day.
First of all, we made our way to Midtown...



The beginning point of Tokyo Midtown is beautiful, but unfortunately most typical photos don't do a lot of justice for it. I tried to take a picture lower to the ground to get the scene of not only the cherry blossoms, but also the small water fountains, stones, and garden in the center. The funny thing is, several people noticed me doing this, so suddenly I had crowd all around me doing the exact same thing!(;゚∀゚)
I don't know why, but some how this kind of thing always ends up happening to me!! Are my strange antics really that interesting?? I don't think I'm doing anything truly exceptional...but maybe when people see me they think they're missing out on something good (they're not).(≧∇≦)



On Sunday several people at work told me Midtown was worth going to for Hanami, so thats sort of why I ended up backing out of going by the river side. I was told places like Meguro River, Chidorigafuchi, and Sumida River were also a lot of fun, but would be insanely crowded...I really really considered it, but at the last moment I thought some place closer would be easier...not only that, I wanted to check out the cemetery again like I did a couple years ago (maybe I should have gone to the river side though...still kind of mad at myself for not doing it. Meguro is only 2-3 stations away(ಠ_ಠ)).

Turns out Midtown was nice, but it wasn't as many cherry blossoms as I had hoped. After a short time there, my friends and I headed to Aoyama cemetery.

I've posted an entry with tons of pictures there before, so I wont post as many this time around.




As a joke, I brought Tenebre along with me for the one picture I posted before this one, but then when I found a tree that was easy to put her in, I surprisingly got a really good shot!( ̄ー+ ̄)
Also, I know the picture with the cross has nothing to do with cherry blossoms, but when I saw the red and white trees near by I thought they were beautiful too.



As you can probably see from these last few pictures, there were petals floating down from the branches. To be honest, however, its the same petal in every picture. What happened was it got caught in a spider web, so I thought it would be easy to take a clear shot of that petal up front, with the trees a little out of focus in the background. The problem was, the petal wouldn't stay in one place and I couldn't seem to make the shutter speed fast enough to get what I really wanted. I ended up taking so many pictures just to get the perfect one that my camera battery eventually died. I tried again a few more times with my ipod, but to no avail. If only I had my SLR camera, I probably could have gotten exactly what I was trying for. I guess the pictures I got anyway still look pretty good.

After that, we ended up leaving the cemetery and walking around for a while until it was time to go home.

I imagine with in the next few days almost all the petals will have fallen and life will go back to normal. Its amazing how something as simple as a looking at a tree can create such a huge event like hanami. Even though its sad to see the cherry blossoms go, maybe it wouldn't be as special if they were around all the time. I guess that ultimately means its best that they only stay around for such a short period of time.

With that being said, hanami this year was so much fun and now I'm looking forward to doing it again next year!


Sarah
ESP Museum Again + Important Extra Information


Concerning Moi dix Mois related information, this week has been extremely busy for me.
Theres a lot of things I want to touch on today, but first is the Mana ESP Guitar Museum a second time!

Theres was actually a good reason for me to visit again; just as I expected there was more on display after the 2 days of concerts ended. First of all, as you can see from the photo above is the entrance area.

If you recall from the previous entry where I posted about the museum, there was a photo ESP took of the entrance and it lacked the iron gates on either side. These gates are the same ones used for the stage set up that I have described time and time again in my live reviews!
Since there didn't seem to be any signs saying you couldn't take pictures of the entrance, I took a couple for the sake of commemoration.



By the way, if you click on the thumbnail images above you can see extremely size photos! I did that on purpose so you can actually see in detail how the Moi dix Mois decagram was drawn by hand. I think its really impressive!

Entering the museum again, the set up was practically the same, but with a few new stage pieces added and another Jeune Fille!
Rather than simply one of the live costumes, a few photos, and only about 9 guitars, this time there was a full set of 10 guitars (clever...) and now two huge wooden crosses that usually hang from the ceiling of the stage were now placed in the display.

Furthermore, I think I remembered all the guitars on display now!
It was something like this:

1. ESP Mana custom (the original Jeune fille)
2. jeune fille j:f-450
3. jeune fille II
4. jeune fille X
5. jeune fille blanche (the one with the red blood splatter paint)
6. jeune fille X bronze -cross ray-
7. jeune fille X Lazuli -cross ray-
8. E-EC-FM (Mana custom in blue)
9. ESP-Horizon- (Mana custom in green and yellow)
10. jeune fille blanche mini


Last time I went, the Jeune Fille X Bronze -Cross Ray- was sitting in the center of the display with its light flashing on and off in blue, but this time around it was moved over and the Lazuli was in the middle. Not only that, another one of the Moi dix Mois hand made decagram flags was placed behind the Lazuli! That affect in itself and the overall display was much better, so now I'm far more satisfied than last time!

Also, this wasn't so well advertised, but I noticed on the ESP twitter that if you could receive a free gift upon visiting the Museum.
Here it is:



Its only a simple postcard, but its a nice commemoration item. For those who are interested in getting their hands on one before the Mana exhibition closes up next week, you need to go add the ESP Crafthouse as a friend on the LINE App (they have a QR code at the museum reception area or you can just search ESP Crafthouse within the app). Once you show the staff you have added them as a friend they will give you a postcard. Its pretty easy, but since nobody has given this information online in detail, I think virtually nobody knows about it...

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Now that the exhibition is complete, I highly recommend going!


So now, aside from the museum there are various other announcements I need to go through.


First on the list is tickets for Deep Sanctuary V.
Yesterday preceding ticket sales began at 14:00 (2:00 PM), but Mana forgot to post the link until late last night.
If you are interested in going, heres the link:

http://eplus.jp/2016mdm/

However, I have been receiving A LOT of questions from people who live overseas and want to attend this concert!!
I think it would be best to address it on here...
The eplus tickets in the link above are essentially like pre-order tickets, so if you want to be as close to the stage as possible, this is your best bet. However, the entire ticket system is a lottery, so theres no way to tell what number you will receive to enter the venue until you actually receive your ticket. Furthermore, the entire ticket system only works if you live in Japan, and a single eplus account holder can only buy up to 4 tickets each. I seriously wish I could help every single person who wants tickets, but since I already placed my order for 4 tickets (helping 3 others out) my account is maxed out for this concert.

With the Japanese ticket system (if you're preordering especially) you need an address and phone number in Japan, and the only options for paying for and picking up the tickets is generally by convenience store payment or cash on delivery. The reason behind this is because of the lottery system. Every detail of when and how you order is considered for your ticket number, so its impossible to make an order with the online systems and convenience store unless you are physically in Japan. To make matters worse, since this is Deep Sanctuary, which includes ZIZ (Kozi) and Yu~ki this makes the concert sell out a bit faster. If it was only Moi dix Mois playing at a larger venue, I would say its easy enough to buy general admission tickets once you are in Japan or buy same day tickets at the venue, but this concert really runs the risk of selling out somewhat quickly. Therefore, the best suggestion I can give is to ask a friend living in Japan to help purchase tickets or find a shopping service that is willing and able to help out.
I tried emailing Mana about this problem last night, but I'm not so sure he'll try to do anything to make it easier for everyone living overseas. However, maybe if more people email him about it, he will consider doing something? Since Midi: Nette used to allow foreigners to send emails to order tickets back when Mon+amour was around, its not really a stretch to think they could do something similar now.

Also, I've been receiving many emails asking about the newest goods as well, especially Game Inferno Ultimate.

There are now international orders for the new items on CDJapan!!

Game Inferno Ultimate

New Goods (Parka, towel, etc.)

CDJapan always ships abroad and accepts major credit cards, so unlike the Midi:Nette shop there shouldn't be any problems ordering here.

Anyway, at the moment I believe those are all the updates I needed to post..
If I am missing something I will be sure to update this entry later on and make a note of it on social media.


Of course, if there are any more questions, feel free to email me and I will answer everything to the best of my abilities as soon as possible!


P.S.
This is a little off topic, but the other day my parents went to a Good Friday church service for Easter and my mom sent me this picture!
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It looks like the Moi dix Mois Sabbath concert from last Monday so I thought Mana fans would enjoy it...腐腐腐…ψ(`∇´)ψ
Anyway, to all who celebrate, Happy Easter!!


Sarah