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Golden Week!!

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.

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??

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.


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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!

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.

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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!

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!

After that adventure, we found some swings in the park and got stuck in them... (´・ω・`)

But finally the night ended with everyone safe back at home and not dead from helicopter incidences.

That brings us to the next day of Golden Week!

The second day, I finally received some furniture I had ordered for my room, so I put everything together before going on another adventure.

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Theres still some work I need to do, but my new apartment is progressing!!

One of my favorite features is the bathroom.

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hehehe...

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!

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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.

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!!

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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!!


As for the next day...

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Does this image look familiar...? ( ̄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.

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!!

So on to the last day.
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I rounded up my friends and we had a little adventure to the Masonic Center!

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!

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The building was amazing!! I couldn't help myself; I had to get a closer look!!

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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.

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...

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!!

How badly I wish I could enter....

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!!

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.

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


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
引っ越す
Its hard for me to want to update right now, because I still have a lot of memories and good feelings from last week's concert, so I kind of wish I could keep the previous entry up at the top on here, but at the same time I'm excited to introduce something new on here!!

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Its my new apartment!! ( ´ ▽ ` )ノ

I'm not completely done moving just yet, but ever since last Monday I've had two friends working really hard to help me out with this new place. Fortunately its only about a 5 minute walk from my old apartment, so even though I say we've been working hard, it was still an easier situation than it could have potentially been. This is only one small area we've been working on, but the apartment itself is a fairly good size.

This time I get to pick out all new furniture for myself, so the main room has a chandelier an an iron gate type bed frame that I decorated with roses and greenery. I had a slightly different image in my head when I was trying to construct this, but I'm happy with how its turning out so far! I think it looks really elegant! ( ̄ー+ ̄)

By the end of the month I need to be completely moved out of my old apartment, so hopefully by then I can add more pictures on here of the completed version. This time I was just excited to show everyone the progress I've made so far!!

And thank you so much Claudia and Elettra for helping me!!!(≧∇≦)



Sarah
ポワワァ〜!! Moi dix Mois Mana Birthday Live Additional Performance
If you haven't been paying attention to Mana's blog or the Moi dix Mois Official twitter recently, you might have missed out on the key word Mana has been using for several days now...ポワワ!! (POWAWA)

This word is difficult to translate directly into English because I can't seem to find an equivalent meaning.
Based on researching this word online, it seems the meaning has to do with "a sweet and happy carefree feeling".
And thats exactly what tonight's concert was!!

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Since its Mana's birthday concert all the Moi dix Mois members wear white and gold, so I decided to coordinate my outfit in the same way! Last time I wore my newest Moi-meme-Moitie dress (the Frame Cross print JSK) because it would be my first time to wear it at a live, but this time because the hype for this concert seemed so much bigger, I thought it might be fun to go along with it by dressing accordingly to the theme.

Anyway, concerning the concert, I have a lot to write about so let's start from the beginning of the day.

Actually, to be honest, this story starts from last night...
I made a short post late at night on this blog because I was really feeling the excitement for today!! However, I mentioned in that entry that although I was almost completely prepared I had a major problem...I didn't have enough gift wrapping paper for Mana's present!!(;゚∀゚)

This morning I woke up a bit earlier than I would have normally to get ready, but I decided in order to get to the venue on time I'm going to have to get to Shibuya early and find something to wrap the gift in.
So right from the start, I immediately got ready and a few hours later I'm on the bus headed to Shibuya. There were a few more issues though; I had to tote the gift around in the biggest Moi-meme-Moitie bag I could find (which was the biggest bag I owned period) but it was still nearly too small for the gift. It was also really heavy to carry so I worried that the bag would break, and on top of it all it was raining!!! This present was extremely expensive and the rain could have easily damaged it so I'm praying there was no damage done to it. I don't think it was though because I took a lot of measures to make sure it would be safe from any kind of potential damage.

Once in Shibuya I met with two other friends who knew about my situation and came to my rescue! They led me to a shop that sold gift wrapping paper, so I quickly got everything I needed and then checked out. By the time we got to the venue it was about 5 minutes until 3:00 so we hopped in the nearest elevator and went to the 6th floor of the building, Mt. Rainier Hall Shibuya Pleasure Pleasure.

Once you reach the 6th floor theres actually an open area for everyone to wait and to purchase goods, but this lead to another situation...

Of course at this time I didn't have the gift wrapped, so we had to hide out in a hallway and wrap the gift. It was so awkward because some staff started peering at us to see what we were doing and all I wanted was to be invisible...it just really felt embarrassing! My friends said "Don't worry about it, we've seen people do things like this at other lives before!" which made me feel a little bit better, but I can't help but think "with something this big and obvious though??"
Either way, I worked quickly and got the job done.

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What was the gift, you ask??
You'll find out at the end of the entry...


Continuing on, I was finally able to put the gift in the present boxes laid out by the staff and then I went on to buy the newest Moi dix Mois goods!

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The black bag turned out to be a lot smaller than I originally thought it would be, but its nice because it has a zipper so it could come in handy for many different kinds of use. The rucksack was my personal favorite...years ago I used to own one with the Moi dix Mois decagram logo, but it was stolen at an event in the US. I always felt like that rucksack was extremely useful for big events and I've constantly wished for a new one, so I immediately knew I wanted this new version when I saw it!

The navy material is silky and the logo is a sparkly silver color that has a unique texture to it. I worry a bit that the print could come off easily, but if its kept in a safe place and only used for special occasions, like Moi dix Mois concerts, maybe it wont be so bad! By the end of the concert I noticed the black tote bag was still available, but it seems the rucksack sold out pretty quickly.
For those who are looking to buy this item, maybe they will get an extra stock to sell on the Midi: Nette shop!

Also, I was approached by a Japanese fan before the concert who had come up with a special project to get all the fans involved with. She had bought one of the Moi dix Mois photo books and asked everyone to choose a page and sign it! I happened to choose a particular page for a particular reason...



Does anybody remember this photo that I posted last year on Mana's birthday? I received a really positive response from sharing this picture and using it for this purpose, so I decided to write my message and sign my name on the same picture in the book sent to Mana this year. Its also one of my favorite pictures because it depicts the feeling of Mana's image extremely well and the essence of being at a birthday live.

The sentiment of this project is really sweet, and I am positive hes going to cherish it. That fan truly worked hard to get everybody involved!!( ´ ▽ ` )ノポワワ!!

After all that it was finally time to enter the venue!!

The wait this time while listening to the same Dario Argento movie soundtrack seemed to pass by relatively fast, and before we knew it, exactly at 5:10 the live started!!

The stage setting was the same as last time, with the iron gates intertwined with blue roses and the large Moi dix Mois decagram in the background. Each member walked out in the same order as two weeks ago -- Hayato, Sugiya, Ryux, Mana, and Seth.
Each member received a lot of cheering this time, but when Mana came out the cheers turned to high screams as he got to the edge of the stage and held up a glow stick in the air. We instantly understood. As we had entered the venue we were each given a blue glow stick (just as last time), but rather than being used at the end of the concert, we were beginning with them for..... Pageant!

This brings to mind another hint Mana has been dropping recently.
Yesterday a very peculiar tweet was posted on the Moi dix Mois twitter...



If you haven't seen the translation I posted of it on the Mana-Sama.net facebook page, here it is:

Well now, finally tomorrow is the Birth Ceremony Festival additional performance!
How about we make it the best party ever!!!
WA-WA-PO-O-KI-TO-RO-KE-JI-HA
dix Love!!!!!!!!!

Mana / Moi dix Mois

**TRANSLATION NOTE -- WA-WA-PO-O-KI-TO-RO-KE-JI-HA is roughly translated to "It will be sweet when you burst out!"
However, it is interesting to note that this word is actually written backwards!! It should be HAJIKERO TOKI O POWAWA
Powawa has no real direct translation. The best way to describe it would be "A sweet and happy carefree feeling". Unfortunately since this is a Japanese onomatopoeia there is no true English equivalent.


This tweet was a huge hint of what to expect at the concert!!
Mana has constantly been talking about how even though the theme was the same (his birthday) there would still be differences to watch out for. That difference became incredibly clear and the reaction I had last time to Je l'aime being the first song made total sense now! How didn't I see it before!?
I already had a feeling based on that backwards tweet that something was up, but I had only put 2 and 2 together up to a certain point and didn't consider the obvious. I should have known!!

But back to the concert...
Instantly everyone cracked their glow sticks to radiate blue throughout the concert hall. The members connected their glow sticks just like last time to their instruments (although Ryux attached his to his hair) and everyone began swaying.
Just after Pageant ended, the members threw their glow sticks out into the audience, and then proceeded on to Dead Scape and front et baiser(? if this is the wrong order I will change it).

The energy this time was amazing!! To be completely honest, I feel like its been quite a long time since I've seen the members this active. Mana was dancing around the stage more than normal, Ryux was playing around with the audience more and more, Seth's headbanging was wild, and even Sugiya was headbanging more than I've noticed in the past. Of course Hayato seemed to be enjoying himself too, but I think its more difficult to show it like the other members when you're playing drums...The point is everyone was going at full throttle!

As for the set list, I don't remember everything in the correct order right now, but once I get it figured out I will update the post with it on here. There were several songs that were performed at the last concert 2 weeks ago (Unmoved, Immortal Madness, Ange, Eternally Beyond, etc) as well as a mix of songs not performed last time such as Solitude and Perish, to name a few.

Of course all the new songs were played as well! Diabolos et Angeli was played before the MC and the rest, Twilight Flower, Embrace, and Beast Side, were played later on.

After about 5 or 6 songs, the MC suddenly began!

Mana left the stage and suddenly Hayato started playing the drums to a familiar rhythm we have all picked up as a cue to begin celebrating Mana's birthday. Seth told us since its Mana's birthday we have to start yelling Je t'aime Mana-Sama~! again in order for Mana to come out. Naturally the first couple of times didn't work, but finally after the 3rd or so try, Mana came running onto the stage wearing the new Moi dix Mois rucksack and his white bear bag tucked inside with its head poking out. The music then began as we all sang a rock version of the happy birthday song to Mana with our hands shaped as hearts while swaying back and forth. With the final "Happy Birthdaaayyy tooooo youuu!!" Mana held his arms out into the air and everyone started cheering and clapping.
At that point Mana took the bear out of the rucksack, threw the rucksack to the side of the stage for staff to pick it up and then proceeded to open the back of the bear and throw candy at the audience! The most shocking thing about this was, since there were two floors (technically three, actually) Mana ran down the middle of the audience and started trying to throw candy to the people in the back of the venue and up to the second floor (the venue had seats with isles for everyone to walk down, so we all stood where our seat numbers were and the middle was open) ! Everyone closest to the middle started going crazy and trying to touch Mana! He then ran out the back door and everyone stared looking around to see if he would come back or if he would appear in the second floor. Even Seth said "Where did he go!?" and everyone got a bit confused.

After a while, Mana reappeared again holding four roses and handed one to each member (in the case of Sugiya and Ryux, he attached the roses to the ends of their guitars). I noticed he was even smiling quite a bit as he did it! Seth told us that since at the last concert each member had to give a message to Mana, this time he would give one back to each member individually and the roses were a symbol to show his appreciation.

Of course the messages from Mana to the members also mean that Seth has to read those comments off a piece of paper Mana had written them on. Each message was extremely long, so I forget what they were about exactly. He mostly just talked about things he appreciated about each member and his various memories with them. At the end of each message he added a PS and wrote something funny like "PS Hayato, some how you manage to always disappear. When we want to get into a circle and say une deux trois DIX its suddenly like, 'Hayato isn't here!! Where did he go!?' You also eat way too much, I don't know how you don't get fat" or "PS Sugiya you drink too much." Perhaps the funniest was the message for Ryux. He talked about how he feels like hes a big brother and Ryux got so embarrassed he ran behind one of the stage curtains and hid while poking his head out slightly. Poor Seth had to read the message addressed to him by himself, but he laughed about it and graciously thanked Mana. Surprisingly enough, Mana called Seth "Seiji" in his message and everyone in the audience got really excited! Even Seth was shocked and couldn't stop smiling!

After all was said and done, the concert started to resume. Seth reintroduced the newest song, Embrace, and described the feeling of it a bit. It was very sweet, and upon my second hearing of this song its beginning to grow on me more and more. I think sound-wise I'm still a bit iffy about whether I feel like its unique or not, but lyric-wise its really beautiful. For me the lyrics are the special point about it.

During IMMORTAL MADNESS we shouted the usual "dix Love!" until Seth changed the key word to "POWAWA". However, he added a twist to the end, so the "ah" sound at the end of Powawa was dragged out and brought to a higher voice. It was pretty funny hearing Seth trying to tell us how to say it because every time he tried to end the word in a high pitched voice his voice would crack. Hayato tried it once, but his voice also ended up cracking. So from then on, the rest of Immortal Madness was POWAWAAA↑↑!

The songs towards the end of the concert were the same as last time -- Beast Side and Ange. When K was still around, the introduction to Ange was always given to him as he spoke in a distorted voice. This is how everyone recognized that particular song was about to begin. After his death however, Ange hasn't been the same. This time the intro was changed a bit, but in an interesting way. Seth spoke the introduction lines as the beginning sound started to play and the lights twisted around him in blue and green. This change was actually really cool so if this is how Ange is announced from here on out, I can only imagine everyone will be happy with it. I felt like Ange was filled with more energy than normal (as I already mentioned about the live in general, but Ange had so much power this time!!) and as Seth and Mana traded places on stage Seth suddenly tripped and fell at the edge of the stage! Fortunately everyone in the front rushed to help him and Ryux ran over and grabbed his hand to get him back up. As he got back onto the stage he was extremely professional and acted as if nothing ever happened. To be honest, I thought it was amazing how well he took it because the fall looked terrible!

Finally we came to the last song. As predicted, it was Je l'aime. Everyone held out their hands as per usual to this song until the very end when the bells rang and each member walked off the stage.


After that, everyone in the audience started yelling Moi dix Mois for an encore. While this usually works and the band already prepares an encore song, I wondered if it would really happen this time. I would have expected Je l'aime to have been played as the potential encore and the ending of the entire night (like Pageant was last time) but since it was played beforehand it seemed like the concert should have been over.

Fortunately all that shouting worked!! Suddenly Hayato, Sugiya, and Ryux walked out onto the stage wearing the new Moi dix Mois T-shirts and everyone began cheering. However, Mana and Seth didn't show up. Hayato started talking from his mic and told us "We weren't quite sure if we should do an encore this time, but since your shouts were so loud we decided we would give it a try. We didn't really have a particular plan for this, so we decided to give it another shot. If you get your glow sticks out, it should be any minute now..." and thats when the lights dimmed and the music to Pageant started to play again. This time we heard Seth's voice but no Seth! Suddenly everyone looked back and there was Seth and Mana coming down the middle isle from the back doors! Everyone began waving their glow sticks at Seth and Mana as they walked down the isle. Mana spent a much longer time walking down the isle than Seth, but it seemed like he was trying to give as much attention as he could to as many people as possible at one time. Finally he got back on stage and everyone continued waving their glow sticks and swaying along as Mana did to the song.

Finally it was over, and for the final bow out each member walked down the center isle to the back doors for their exit rather than exiting on stage. Everyone became extremely excited as they clapped and cheered for each member as they walked off. Mana being the last on stage tried to spend a bit of extra time with the audience again. He took out a single red rose as he stood at the center of the stage and took in the atmosphere for a few more minutes, but as he was walking down the stairs onto the isle he too tripped, but caught himself. Once he approached the end of the isle and got to the back doors, he turned and waved to everyone a few extra moments. The doors shut and everyone clapped before leaving the venue.

Although the last concert was enjoyable, this one really took the cake! The band members and audience were fully energized which made things so much more exciting. The surprises were completely different than what Moi dix Mois has done in the past, so by the end of the concert everyone kept saying "This was the best one in a long time!!"
The first Birth Ceremony Festival performed two weeks ago had been a sold out show, but this one never made it to capacity. For the people who went the first time but decided not to the second, you really missed out!!!

Oh and one more thing! During the concert, every time Mana tried throwing guitar pics they would land right around the area where my friends and I were standing (we were in the second row in front of Mana). One of my friends happened to catch two pics and gave me one!! I'm never able to catch anything, so I'm extremely happy! THANK YOU SOOOOOOOOOO MUCH!!!(≧∇≦)
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This time everyone left relatively quick, so there was no hanging out with other fans so much or going to dinner after the concert, but that does mean I was able to get back home quicker so I could update on here sooner!

With that in mind, I can FINALLY reveal what my present for Mana was that I've been so excited about it!!

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Its an ATARI 2600!!!
After reading Game Lab some years ago, I was sad to hear Mana never owned the 2600... hes such a huge game collector and even talked about loving the ATARI 2600 from an early age so I had been waiting for the right opportunity for a very long time now to give him this gift!
For me the 2600 is something really special. Its the first game system I ever played as a child since my parents owned one, so it brings back a lot of fond memories.
I didn't take a picture of everything, but I felt like if I'm going to give Mana an Atari I want to give him something he can really feel proud of. So, I ended up buying him a lot of extra things as well to go with it. I didn't like the original joystick I got with the system, so I tracked down a brand new never been used joystick from the time the system was released, as well as a few new hook ups for modern day TVs. Since Mana already has a lot of retro games I imagine he might already have some of the necessary hook ups, but just to be sure I did a lot of research and included new pieces!!
I really hope he enjoys it!

Happy Birthday Mana!!!!!!!!!!


P.S.
To anybody who celebrates it, Happy Easter!! Seeing Pope Mana at the Church of dix was a great way for me to spend my Easter today.

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腐腐腐・・・



Sarah
いよいよ
Finally tomorrow is the additional Mana Birthday concert!! (technically today)

I seems like a lot of people are really getting excited for this concert, so it makes me excited too!!(≧∇≦)
In fact, I visited the Vampire Cafe again for the first time in a while tonight, and even Vampire Rose came up to me and said "明日は!" ("Its Tomorrow!")
It was a little shocking to realize even he keeps up with this kind of thing, but it made me happy.


Also, the present I have been preparing for Mana at this concert is nearly complete!!
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Although I say "nearly complete," I didn't make the gift this time...
The thing is, it originally came to me in a box that was too big for me to carry to the venue. I decided to put it in something smaller, but even the smaller box is a bit big and I don't have enough wrapping paper for it!! (≧△≦)
I'm hoping I can find something to wrap it in tomorrow before the concert, but its becoming a bigger challenge than I had anticipated...

Anyway, I will finally be able to reveal what this big present is tomorrow!! And of course it will accompany my concert report!

For now I think it might be time for bed so I can rest up for the concert later on!


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


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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

Soon after the concert continued on...

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

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

-MC-

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

-Encore-
Pageant

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Also, there were more flower stands this year!!

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

dix Love!!!



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

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

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

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



Sarah