Let's talk about Schwarz Stein

Last night an important announcement was made on the Moi dix Mois twitter, which inspired me to make this flyer.
However, theres a lot that needs to be said about this so I wanted to address it on here.

First of all, although I made this flyer advertising Mana as a special guest at an upcoming Schwarz Stein concert, I should mention it is not 100% confirmed yet. However, we can be about 99.99999% sure this is the case, so thats why I wanted to talk about it.

In order to get everyone up to speed, I should take a moment to explain the current ongoing situation.

Last night Mana suddenly updated his Twitter stating that he will be performing at a certain concert in Tokyo in November, but it has nothing to do with Moi dix Mois. Here is the tweet and the translation will be below:

I have hurriedly decided to play guitar a little bit at a certain Tokyo LIVE in November!
All of a sudden another chance has arisen for me to meet everyone this year!?
This is not Moi dix Mois. So I wonder how it will turn out?
It will definitely be a strange sight!


Soon after, Kaya retweeted Mana and then proceeded to post the following tweet of his own:

Three wonderful announcements in one!
First of all, SS newest picture, isn't it great. And then concerning CafeNOIR, we will have an event in Nagoya! There are only a few seats, so hurry and make your reservations! Also, a special guest has decided to come perform at the SS Tokyo concert! Everyone please look forward to it. huhuhu... Ah, there will be more information again this evening♪

A giant hint here was hidden within the message where Kaya wrote 腐腐腐… (huhuhu...). For those who don't know, this has been Mana's special way of laughing when he posts online for many many years now, and its distinctive of him.

Afterwards, Mana tweeted again:

Everyone seems to be interested in the November LIVE...
Do you want to know the details? It would seem so...
Its an artist I have a very deep connection with. huhuhu...


So here we have again the laughing 腐腐腐・・・
Honestly speaking, the correspondence between these two as well as the connections and timing in terms of this "mysterious" November concert have become overwhelmingly obvious. In fact, Kaya dropped yet another giant clue today when he updated his blog about his upcoming shows and plans.
Kaya's Blog Entry

The portion we should be most concerned with is in the beginning of the post as follows (translations below the original text):

1. Schwarz Stein東京公演スペシャルゲスト決定!
11/12(日)に開催の『Schwarz Stein -15th Anniversary』にスペシャルシークレットゲストの出演が決定ですきらきら!!
超 豪 華 ゲ ス ト です!!




1. Schwarz Stein Tokyo Performance Special Guest Decided!
A special secret guest has decided to perform at the “Schwarz Stein -15th Anniversary” held on November 12 (Sunday)!!
Who could it be…!?
Only the people who attend will know…huhuhu…3511152.gif3511152.gif3511152.gif

At the Osaka performance, Közi, and at the Nagoya performance, Maco, will come perform as guests.

However between Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka each performance will be different.

Ahh, its going to be so wonderful!!!

Based on this entry, I wonder if they plan on officially revealing that the guest is Mana at all? Even though we can clearly see by context Mana is more likely than not the guest at this concert, I'm not entirely sure if an official announcement will be made. In fact, based on Mana's habits on twitter, I was expecting at least one more tweet about this event last night, but it never came. However, I and several others pointed out the evidence from Kaya in response to Mana directly, so I'm also not entirely sure if thats something that discouraged him from continuing to make more posts about it.

At this point, its going to be a waiting game.

Theres one more IMPORTANT bit of information!!

The tickets for this concert are already on sale!!

Schwarz Stein 15th Anniversary Tokyo Concert Tickets

Immediately after Mana made his initial tweet and Kaya dropped major hints that its the Schwarz Stein concert Mana will perform at, I started to investigate further information on my own.
It turns out the concert tickets went on sale about 1-2 days ago. Immediately I ran out the door and bought my ticket before everyone else started to notice! I figured that once the news dropped, tickets would likely sell out immediately. However, I must admit, at this point in time I have a lot of mixed feelings...

On one hand, if they decide not to officially reveal Mana as the guest of this concert, I get the feeling the intention was that it was supposed to be a special treat for fans who came to see Schwarz Stein in particular. I think its a nice move and I certainly respect that point of view. In fact, its kind of a fun feeling, when you think about it!

However, now that the news is out, I also feel split on it because I think everyone should at least have an opportunity to know the details and how to get tickets. Sure the tickets are publicly available right now, but I imagine theres a lot of people who still don't know about this information. Basically it takes a bit of minimal research (scrolling a short ways through Kaya's twitter) to find all of this out, but wouldn't it be nice if it was made more publicly available and easier to find? Like I say, if they are only anticipating this for a very particular group of people, I can understand, but they've already gone a pretty big distance to arouse more interest and it feels like they should make the information more readily available now.

I guess I feel mixed about this not only for those reasons, but because the venue, Shibuya REX, only holds a maximum of 250 people! Even though I got my ticket as soon as I found the information, my number was still relatively high when you consider the capacity (A 147). Of course it was also high because I had no idea prior to this about the circumstances of this concert so naturally several people probably already bought their tickets some time beforehand. If I already have a higher number, that means everyone else who are only now finding out about this concert have a slim chance at getting tickets if/when official information is further brought to better light.

I've never seen Schwarz Stein before and I've wanted to for probably well over 10 years now, so at least for me this has become a great opportunity! I'm just hoping everyone else will get an equal opportunity to go as well.

This isn't something I often speak out about on here, but I also feel like this is a wonderful opportunity for Mana. Moi dix Mois isn't nearly as active as it once was so its a wonder how Mana truly makes a living in his everyday life. At this point I don't believe Moi-meme-Moitie is even enough to keep a sustainable lifestyle, so I've felt for some time that perhaps he should consider taking on other projects. I'm not saying he needs to make any massive changes in his life, just that it would probably be good for him to do some extra things here and there to keep up as an artist and in his everyday life. This idea of performing together with Schwarz Stein is exactly the kind of thing that would be good for him! Not only that, its a real treat for everyone else who supports him!

Anyway, this entry has gotten long enough. I will try to keep this blog updated as more information arrives and of course since I already have my ticket there will certainly be a live report.
Let's look forward to November!!

華麗なる〜La包丁貴族〜スペシャルディナー付きライヴ Report

Today was the special Moi dix Mois event + concert, 華麗なる〜La包丁貴族〜スペシャルディナー付きライヴ (translated— The Great ~La Kitchen Knife Aristocrat~ Special dinner and live)

As expected, this event had a totally different flare to it, and as I think of that I feel like I want to make this entry have a special vibe as well. Theres a lot of information to cover, but I hope to write this in sort of an engaging way that may come across different from my past concert reports.

First of all, before entering the venue, the staff put up seating charts so we would know where to go.
This time I wasn’t able to get a ticket on my own, but I was contacted by someone on twitter who had an extra. What was really surprising to me was that today when I received my ticket, the number was way better than what I expected! The table I was seated at was in the second row from the stage!

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For those who are curious, I was number 62 so you can find it on the seating chart if you like!

Once I entered the venue, the set up was just as I mentioned some entries ago on this blog!

This time around, taking pictures during meal time was okay, so everyone was freely taking pictures by and of the stage. I thought it was a unique view to see the venue before too many people sat down.

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Another thing I talked about in a previous entry was the number of people who would likely be in attendance. If I’m not mistaken, I said the number would be somewhere around 200 people (more specifically, without writing it on here I had estimated about 192 seats), and it turns out my estimate was extremely close!! The grand total was actually 186, so it was only off by a few.


Before going further with the dinner portion, I should mention there were a lot of points that were either a hit or a miss. My impression overall is still extremely positive and I enjoyed it, but there are a few things I feel should be done a little bit differently in the future, or at least clarified. Since this was the very first time for Moi dix Mois to have an event like this, its to be expected that things might not go perfectly, so I hope this event serves as a learning experience and there can be more events like it again some day!

As we entered, the first thing to do was get a drink before sitting down. There were basically only two choices.

Both of these cocktails are cocktails Mana made up some years ago and gave away as a gift at the Moi dix Mois 10 year anniversary live to only a few lucky people. In my case, I chose the alcohol version because I was really curious to see what it would taste like.

Here are the contents of each drink:

Alcohol Ver.
White Rum
Tonic Water
Grenadine Syrup
Blue Curacao

Non Alcohol Ver.
Pineapple Juice
Blue Curacao

Unfortunately by the time I received my drink, the venue was running out of the blue curaçao so its not quite the color it should be. I’m not a person who usually drinks alcohol, so it was a little strong for me…in fact, after a little while I started to feel like I was getting drunk. (;゚∀゚) I always wondered what a Moi dix Mois live would be like drunk, and I my question was answered tonight!! More on that later though…

While the drinks were a nice touch, there is on thing I really wish everyone would have been informed of before the concert…
Usually before any concert in Japan, you are likely to have to pay a mandatory “drink fee” of about 500 yen ($5 USD). This is essentially a venue admission fee, but in Japan it includes a ticket for one drink at the bar. Most people exchange these tickets at the end of the concert for something like a bottle of water. Anyway, as always we needed to pay that 500 yen fee, but it turns out that there was an additional fee on top of that for the cocktails! The alcohol version was an additional 200 yen ($2 USD) and the non-alcohol an extra 100 yen ($1 USD). The additional price in and of itself wasn’t really that big of a deal, but it really caught me off guard. I guess I had the expectation that since the tickets to this event were double the regular price all the costs were already included. I think that if I was surprised by this, surely everyone else was too…especially when these were the two drinks that were insisted upon… Mana, you don’t just sneak in hidden fees like that!! Inform everyone before hand so we’re prepared! m(_ _)m

Once I got to the table, the first thing I noticed was the menu.

If you read my last entry about curry, then maybe it won’t come as a big surprise to you that we ate….curry!
I was really expecting curry to be on the menu. However, something I found a little confusing was that earlier in the past weeks Mana wrote on twitter about the menu. He didn’t explicitly say what it would be, but he gave me the impression that perhaps the menu would have choices, especially when he mentioned listing ingredients of the menu choices in case anyone has allergies. Before he talked about that, I had assumed he might make everyone eat the same thing, but after those tweets it felt more like there would be a selection. In the end, there was only one true menu item, but everything written is the details of what food was included on the dish itself.

The food came from a catering company called “Sushi & Beyond”, so there were several catering staff completely dressed up as they went around from table to table and handed us our dishes. The blue part is the curry itself and then the meat included was fish and tandoori chicken. It really wasn’t bad and not overly spicy either (actually it was pretty mild). We also got a salad with some kind of vinaigrette dressing, but I forgot to take a picture of that (it was served way later for me because the staff didn’t see whether everyone got all the dishes immediately or not). Anyway, it was a salad. Just imagine a salad in a bowl. (≧∇≦)

If anybody wants to know exactly what the menu says I can translate it. Just let me know!

At some point while we were all eating, Ryu walked out on stage with a camera on a selfie stick, making a video for Mana. He ended up walking around the entire area talking to various people and filming as much as he could. To me it was a little bit embarrassing because I don’t really want someone to take a video of me eating, so I wonder how others felt about it? I understand why he wanted to do it though. The reception towards this seemed to be answered with a bit of cheering and semi-embarrassed sounding laughs from everyone. It was nice to see one of the members at least come out and say hello to everyone during this time!

Speaking about that, this is where my prediction in my last entry turned out to be wrong, but I wouldn’t say it was a total defeat for me!!
Originally when this event was announced, I talked a lot with friends about how it could possibly work. I knew there was no way the Moi dix Mois members would come out and eat with everyone, so I really feared that maybe they wouldn’t interact at all with this portion of the event. I big reason why I worried about that was because I kinda felt like whats the point of having such an event if theres no participation from the people hosting it? What would anybody get out of it, really, if they have no idea what they’re going to eat, they have to potentially sit next to complete strangers, and the band members won’t come out? It seems like it would far easier to just let people go where they want and eat what they like in their own time…

I can only imagine Mana’s answer to that would be “You won’t know if you will like the food or not until you try it, so does that aspect of the dinner really matter so much? Also its a special ‘Mana’-style meal! You can’t get that just anywhere, so thats the real value of this event!”

Be that as it may, the details were so shrouded in mystery before today that it was hard for me to imagine how such an event could really be pulled off if the band members weren’t going to be a part of it. Therefore, I really wanted to hope for their participation in some way, which is why I proposed the theories that I did in the previous entry. In the end, my initial thoughts from the beginning became the reality. But its also important for me to add that actually it wasn’t really so horrible that the members didn’t participate. I think it would have been a nice touch, but it ended up okay regardless.


Dinner lasted for about an hour and a half, so as soon as time was up, suddenly French Pop music started playing (Mylene Farmer— if you don’t know, back in Malice Mizer days Mana was known to be a big fan of her) and Mana, Sugiya, Hayato, Seth, and Ryux walked out on stage wearing custom made chef jackets! Each jacket was white, but with red or blue trim around the edges (of course Mana’s was the blue one and all the other members had the red trim). Aside from the jackets, the bottom portion of what they were wearing was typical for Moi dix Mois (gothic boots, black pants or leggings and in Mana’s case a black long mesh Moi-meme-Moitie EGA skirt). Of course they had on all their standard Moi dix Mois make up and hair styles too, so it looked more like a group of gothic chefs than band members. I noticed Mana’s jacket had an extra band of blue ribbon sewn onto the sleeves of his jacket, so I imagine it was supposed to signify he’s the “chef”.

Immediately as all the members entered the stage, they shouted out the name of the event tonight “The Great ~La Kitchen Knife Aristocrat~” as they did some kind of hand movement for it together.

Immediately after they went to sit on these stools that were lined up on the stage and Mana was already smiling and laughing from the beginning. Each member had to introduce themselves in terms of their “position” as if they worked at a restaurant. I forget what everyone was, but I remember Sugiya said he deals with alcohol, Hayato works with spices, and of course Mana was the chef. I forget exactly what Ryux answer was, but it was basically something he made up on the spot, so the other guys said “you don’t actually cook anything!!” and he laughed about it with a shrug.

Basically they all chose an introduction related to whatever it is they like about food. For people who have gone to Moi dix Mois lives for a long time, it was something fun and easy to understand because there have been various times in the past where they mentioned what kind of foods or drinks they liked.

However, this is the part that gets a little blurry for me. Since the alcohol was a bit strong, I was already feeling the affects by this time and it was making me suuuuuper tired!!! Apparently drinking makes me sleepy, so as I was trying to concentrate super hard on this part of the event, it was really difficult! I wanted to close my eyes and lay my head on the table so bad that I had to continuously fidget around in my seat to stay awake. I noticed Mana looking in my direction a few times so I wonder if he noticed? (/ω\*)

I still go the gist of it though. Basically they spent about 30-45 minutes just talking about food related topics. I think it was a little difficult for Mana at first because there was so much he wanted to say and he would try whispering to Seth. At one point Seth made a mistake in what he wanted to say and suddenly Mana jumped to correct him, but as he did for a split second I noticed he felt out of character and made some kind of sound like “ah!!” and then got flustered for a second and rushed to whisper to Seth. All the while, he was holding a notepad with the logo he designed for this event in his hands, so Seth told him “write it down!!”

At first, the conversation was more of an introduction about the meal we had just eaten. I felt like it wasn’t really new information because a lot of it was already conveyed on the menu. One detail that did interest me though was the creativity behind the dish. The blue curry was supposed to be like water with the rice and toppings like a hill with a tree at the top. Hmm…doesn’t this seem kind of reminiscent of an imagine Mana has spoken about in the past that he really likes? The whole romantic idea of sitting on a hill under a single cedar tree? Anyway, I noticed from the beginning the dish seemed to have this image in mind, so I felt like the image Mana wanted to create was a success! To go with it, the drinks were based on a similar idea of “blue paradise” — the feeling of being on a desolate island surrounded by a beautiful blue ocean. Truly the concept of the meal matched the image of “summer” and “Mana” all at the same time.

From there, the discussion opened up more to all the members, as everyone talked about curry restaurants they like. Funny enough, Mana is such a curry otaku he knew all the shops, their locations, and extra details (like meanings behind the restaurants names) that each member talked about! Not only the audience, but the other members were shocked too that Mana knew so much about all these places…its a bit obsessive!!(≧∇≦)

Mana also wanted to mention another food he likes aside from curry — Ramen.
His favorite kind is Tonkotsu Ramen (A miso based soup with ramen noodles) and during Malice Mizer there were many times when everyone would eat ramen because they felt it would bring their strength up, especially for the MC portion of concerts. The way it was described was as if Mana took an active speaking role in those moments, so Seth had to laugh at that point because its not like Mana himself has ever done an MC. Why imply that ramen is going to power him up to talk on stage?

After a lot of discussion based on food and various restaurants around Tokyo, eventually everyone walked off stage for a short intermission before the concert started. That way if people needed to use the restroom or drink the rest of their drinks, etc, they could.


So finally the concert began! Everyone came back out on stage in the same outfits (the chef jackets) they were wearing from the discussion prior to the concert.
If I remember correctly, I believe the first song was Solitude?

Anyway, everyone in the audience during this first song sat at their chairs and tables because nobody was sure what to do in terms of the concert. Once the first song finished Seth told everyone we could stand up and enjoy the concert, and asked us to come closer up to the stage rather than stand by our seats. Everyone seemed really unsure about it, so we all slowly kept up right to the front. Usually these venues have some kind of barrier, but this time there was nothing so those of us in the very front felt like we were practically on the stage!! At first the atmosphere was a little strange because it was hard for everyone to stand like they usually would at a concert venue. Tables blocked the way for people who were originally seated in the middle or back, so being in the front felt a little abnormal. Theres nobody pushing from behind or anything…not that its a bad thing, but it felt so empty! However, when you think in terms of the number of people who were there, it was relatively empty. There were many times when I looked around at everyone in the venue it all felt so surreal and even a bit “personalized” seeing such a limited number of people.

Many times Mana would stand right up at the very edge of the stage in our faces and shove his guitar at us, making us touch it.

I forget what all the songs were, but if somebody finds a set list out there, please let me know and I’ll update this entry with it!
Of course several of the new songs were played such as Beast Side, Twilight Flower, Material Death, and Onto the Hill.

If I remember correctly, the MC was relatively short in comparison to the past, most likely because of the discussion earlier. Seth asked for Mana if everyone was having fun, but since the crowd was so small, there wasn’t a lot of power to everyone’s cheers. They made everyone yell louder several times over, until Mana decided he wanted everyone to answer with “Oui, Chef!” to him about 3 times or so to get the energy up in the venue.

There was also a giveaway portion this time. Mana had several autographed menus to give away to people, so we were all asked to go back to our seats and find our tickets so we can see if we won the giveaway. Each member came up with a number off the top of their head, but they each tried to come up with a number related to a food word, such as “Tofu” among other things (In Japanese these words sound similar to certain numbers). Each person who won raised their hand, and Mana walked down to personally give them the autographed menu and shake hands. In fact, during this time he continued to stand throughout the seating area with everyone as each member came up with a number. I was a little bit surprised, because in some way doesn’t it seem a little vulnerable to stand like that amongst everyone? Of course this is Japan and Moi dix Mois…the vast majority of people who go to MdM concerts in Japan are adults (typically older than 30 or so), so you don’t really see any extreme cases of crazy fans trying to smother the members or anything. Its something truly fun and nice to see that I can’t imagine you would be able to experience in most other countries!

Once the winners were selected and the MC finished up with information like the date and location of dis inferno in December, the concert resumed back to a huge surprise!!

They played Mayonaka ni Kawashita Yakusoku!
Everyone in the audience started screaming at this point! Of course it can’t be completely the same without the original Malice Mizer members performing it together, but it felt like a breathe of fresh air to hear a song like this!

Also, Mana and Seth changed out of their jackets into two of the new shirts that went on sale for this event. Mana wore a white x silver long version shirt with the Moi dix Mois 15 year anniversary logo he created on it, and Seth wore a new shirt with the logo for tonight’s event. Some how Seth didn’t notice Mana had changed his shirt, so once he did they posed together to show everyone how they looked.

Immortal Madness is a song thats played at every Moi dix Mois concert, so once this song began, Seth came up with a few keywords to shout out at the appropriate times during the song. The first keyword was “La Kitchen Knife Aristocrat” (in Japanese) while doing the same hand/arm movement they did at the beginning of the discussion event. Seth had to attempt to teach everyone how it worked which was confusing at first. However, I realized when they were teaching it, there was some real thought put into the movement! First we had to lay our left arm flat horizontal to our chest with our right arm raised straight up from the elbow. By doing this our arms would create the letter “L” (for La Kitchen Knife Aristocrat), then we had to break out of that pose and wave our right hand/arm around in the shape of the infinity symbol (∞) and finally raise that hand up in the air to make the “dix” sign.

It probably sounds confusing, and it is!! A lot of people had a hard time comprehending or doing it. They didn’t explain the meaning behind it, but it became pretty evident to me the more they showed us how to do it.

Afterwards, Seth then changed the keyword to “Blue Paradise” for everyone to yell. He made everyone do a different set of motions for that, but I couldn’t even begin to explain it because it didn’t make a lot of sense to me. I think everyone had a hard time with it, because all these movements and keywords being shouted one after another seemed to feel like complete chaos.

Finally Immortal Madness ended after a long time, and the last song that was played before everyone walked off stage was “Ante”.

Of course after this song, everyone chanted for an encore, so eventually all the members came out this time wearing aprons with the logo for the concert on them! Mana was wearing a blue one with gold writing, and all the others wore wine red aprons with gold writing.

From Mana's twitter: https://twitter.com/M_d_M_official/status/903796674530873345
From Seth's twitter: https://twitter.com/artcube_z/status/903801057393786880

Seth then announced the last song will be Je l’aime, but this time around he asked us all to sing the opening part of the song together acapella. From there, the song was played like normal, but then again at the very end of the song we were asked to sing the last part together. It was a nice feeling and a great way to end the evening! Due to the seating situation, everyone was forced to sit with complete strangers, but some how when considering the fact that many of us were put out of our comfort zones but were able to experience something like this together, by the end of the night the atmosphere at the venue felt like a friendlier place than how it started. Even I had some positive interaction with people I had never met before, so it was nice to feel some sort of camaraderie.

This concert was unique not only in contents, but in atmosphere. The number of people who could attend were extremely limited, but it felt like everyone there were people who have an undying love and support for Moi dix Mois. I can’t stress enough how sad I am for everyone who couldn’t go because the concert sold out. To be honest, I was feeling extremely depressed for quite a while thinking I had no hope of going, so I feel beyond lucky somebody offered me a ticket. I really don’t take it lightly because I feel there were probably many people they could have offered a ticket to over me, so I feel immense gratitude for that. You’re my hero!!!!♥♥♥
The situation was a little hard because I don’t like anyone to feel left out from something they love. As great as the feeling I experienced tonight was, I hope those who didn’t get a chance to go this time will bring all their support and energy to dis inferno! I think nothing can truly compare to the energy of a venue filled with as many people as possible supporting Moi dix Mois! The time until the next live will fly by, so let’s set our sights for Shinjuku ReNY! That venue has a capacity of 800 people, so everyone is sure to have a big chance at getting tickets for this live!

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

This is just a little bit extra information thats slightly unrelated, but its something that entertained me!

While I was getting ready for the concert today, suddenly my doorbell rang. I thought it was a little strange because I wasn’t expecting anyone or anything that I knew of, but as I opened the door the post office gave me a package…

What was inside…?


Its a T-shirt for the Slayer concert in October!!! Back when I ordered my ticket, I had an option to buy a T-shirt for the event at the same time. I decided to buy it because I knew I would probably buy one anyway, so that option seemed easier than standing in big lines at Saitama Super Arena. However, I completely didn’t expect the shirt to be sent to me by mail! I thought I would receive it at the venue. For a little over a month now, if I wear this shirt its going to seem a little strange because theres a print on the back with the dates of the events, which are future dates rather than past.

Anyway, in connection to that, I noticed after the Moi dix Mois live there was a huge advertisement for this same concert!!

Seeing as Mana draws in a ton of inspiration for Moi dix Mois from Slayer, it seems a little too coincidental to just be a coincidence…..especially when that concert is at a totally different location from where we were tonight!

See you at the Slayer live next!!!!!!!!!!(微笑)

Summer & Upcoming Moi dix Mois Concerts
Its already close to the end of August and I haven't posted anything on here...?( `-ω-)?

Theres various things I've wanted to post about, but I couldn't really think of how to make the entry interesting until recently.
Therefore, this is going to be kind of a mix. The first part will be about this summer, but it will transition into Moi dix Mois news and information afterwards. I say this so the people who are only interested in reading about Moi dix Mois can scroll down directly to find that portion.

First of all, my birthday!

For my birthday, August 10, I decided to try something new!
Every year in Yokohama theres a huge "Pikachu Outbreak"event that lasts for several days. This time, however, the event included Pokemon Go! Since I already love Pokemon, its only natural that I enjoy Pokemon go as well! This year it was announced that several rare Pokemon would be easier to find in Yokohama, and the European regional limited Mr. Mime would be included. I really couldn't pass up this chance!!

A lot of people who read this blog may feel like Pokemon Go was a trend last year and doesn't particularly hold much relevancy anymore. Actually, while it's popularity really has more or less died out worldwide, its still relatively big in Japan!

If you click the panoramic image above to see the full scale image, you should be able to zoom up enough to see that even the bridge in the distance is packed with people!
To be exact, 2 million people participated in this event!
In this case, the picture depicts a Pikachu parade we were all waiting for which was absolutely adorable!!

There wasn't only a parade, but a huge variety of events...

In the end, I actually went 3 times to this event... there was something different each time, so it wasn't completely the same thing each time. On the first day I went, August 10, Rica Matsumoto (the Japanese voice actress of Ash/Satoshi) appeared and sang the Pokemon theme song as well as doing character voices. The voice acting industry in Japan is particularly huge, so I was surprised she made the time to come out! In fact, what was most shocking to me was that her looks are nothing like I had imagined. She looks like someone who would be immersed into visual kei! In fact, once I got home that night, I decided to do a little research and it turns out that outside of voice acting shes in a band of her own, so that really explains everything to me.

I watch the Japanese anime of Pokemon, but mostly because its something simple enough for me to continue to improve my Japanese listening and vocabulary skills with. I never expected to see someone like her in real life, so it made a huge impact on me! You could say this really felt special to me on my birthday!(人´∀`)

This summer has had a lot of big ups and downs for me, so this event created a lot of unexpected happy memories and I'm so grateful I got to experience it. It may seem simple and a bit childish, but sometimes that lightheartedness is something we really need!💙

Another thing I did this summer wasn't actually an event, but something I felt might be fun for Moi dix Mois fans and somewhat connected to a few things I want to say about the upcoming concert.


Those of you who keep up with Mana's twitter may notice how much he posts about different kinds of curries hes bought or received. This might be a little bit out of coincidence(?), but theres a few things I wanted to say about it too!

Some weeks ago I went with a friend to a Hiroshima style okonomiyaki restaurant, and I noticed inside the shop connected to the restaurant there were various Hiroshima Carps goods (the baseball team of Hiroshima). Among them, I happened to find boxes of curry!

I wouldn't say I'm as wild as Mana about curry (isn't he sort of a curry maniac?), but I do love it!
In Houston curry is quite rare, so I don't think I had any idea of what it was until I was in high school. Some how at that point in time I got interested in trying it, but there were no restaurants around that served it. I ended up searching for recipes on how to make Japanese curry and as a result, I used to make it from scratch for many years.
Nowadays when I compare the curry I used to make at home to the taste of curry I buy in Japan, I would say the taste is basically the same, so I guess I must have succeeded at it!٩( 'ω' )و

Anyway, that brings us to the curry in the picture. I ended up buying the Carps curry because I wanted to know how it tasted. As far as I remember, it was a bit spicy but it was good!
Then a few days ago I went to Odaiba where a giant Gundam guards the local shopping mall called Diver City. Therein lies the Gundam cafe and shop (the Odaiba version, the original is in Akihabara). I go to Odaiba relatively often on my days off because I feel like this area is really relaxing and fun. Its a small man-made island in Tokyo that sits in Tokyo bay. Its only about a 15-20 minute ride by train from my apartment, so its easy to get to. If you may recall, earlier this year Mana posted pictures of some boxes of Gundam curry he received as a gift. When I entered the gundam shop I found those same boxes of curry so I decided to give them a try.

The red one on the far right-hand side of the picture is super spicy!!! It was hard to finish! But actually I loved the flavor!
The brown box was a more mild typical flavor, so it was easier to eat but not very surprising in flavor.

Of the three kinds I tried recently, I think ultimately the red gundam curry may have been my favorite. After living in Japan for some time I've come to realize the various flavors of curry. Of course theres still a lot I haven't tried yet, but I can't think of one kind I've had yet that I dislike. So I guess ultimately my verdict is they're all wonderful!!

In terms of these boxed kinds, they're very easy to make. It comes in liquid form inside a pouch once you open the box. You can choose to either stick the pouch in a pot of boiling water and once its hot enough just open it up and pour it into a bowl, or you can open the packaging and microwave the curry itself in a bowl for faster cooking time. If I have a choice, I prefer to boil it, myself.

Finally, that brings us to the Moi dix Mois news.


The next concert is coming up soon! Recently I had some theories about this event that I thought would make a fun prediction on here.

Event Predictions

Experienced Moi dix Mois fans likely understand that Mana always throws hints into his posts on social media (or his blog) as the time gets closer to the day of the event. This one in particular will be special because its not only a concert, but a dinner as well! Its something that has never happened at a Moi dix Mois event before!
Therefore, I too have been keeping my eyes out and my mind open to what these hints could mean. So far, I have considered this to be my best guess:

Option A:
Today on twitter Mana mentioned that the menu at this event will indicate if there are any allergies contained in the ingredients of the food. This means there will in fact be a menu for everybody to choose from. If thats the case, one option in my mind is that perhaps the menu will be limited (maybe something like 2-3 choices or so?) and everyone will get to chose what they want. Upon choosing, maybe Mana himself will attempt to make everything on stage, almost like a cooking show, and each person who ordered that item will receive their dish as he finishes it.

Option B:
The menu could also be used simply as information as to what food is available. In this case, tables could be set up and everyone could choose what they like in sort of a buffet style manner. Mana and/or the other members could still be useful in this time, if they did as I explained in option one-- they make the food on stage in front of everyone like a cooking show.

I give these as my primary options/ideas because they seem to make the most sense. Mana keeps calling himself "Chef Mana-Sama" on twitter, so that certainly implies hes going to make something. Also, it would make no sense to have a dinner that none of the members would participate in. What would be the point? I think even Mana would come to that conclusion if theres no real participation from him and the others. Therefore, how could they be a part of this activity? I would be absolutely shocked if they actually decided to sit down and eat too, because Mana talked in the Digital Madousho about Hong Kong about how he doesn't like to sit down and eat a heavy meal before a concert because you can imagine how something like that could truly hinder a 1 1/2 - 2 hour performance. Therefore, I believe that thinking still applies to this concert as well. None of them would want to sit down to eat a big dinner with everyone and then just get up and perform afterwards. Its illogical.

Therefore, if they're not likely to sit and eat with everyone, nor are they unlikely to just sit around back stage during this part of the event, I feel like the only real option they would have left is to actually be an active part of the cooking/preparation process. If they do it on stage, they could still provide for the 200 people who will be there if they make something simple. This is why I brought up the subject of curry today! If they decided to prepare the ingredients before hand in bowls like you see on a cooking show, it wouldn't take a lot of time or too much effort for a simple dish such as that. Especially if there are various menu options, this also cuts time from cooking in too huge of mass quantities of one dish.
Also, cooking shows are something that active audiences go and see every day, so it would certainly make sense to do something like this. Its not only cooking and dinner, but a performance!! The other members can get in on it too by either helping out or even commentary on Mana's actions.

I'm curious, what do you all think? Do you have any interesting ideas on how this event may work out? To be honest, I'm a little nervous about it, but I think its going to be something fun and memorable.

By the way, the next concert after the Sept. 2 live will be Dis inferno XV at Shinjuku Reny on Saturday December 2!!
Preceeding ticket orders start Friday August 25 at 6:00 PM until September 11 at 11:00 PM.


Shinjuku Reny seems to hold about 800 people, so for those who couldn't get a ticket for September 2nd should be able to get one without any problems for December!

I was kinda lucky this time around...unfortunately I couldn't win a ticket on my own for Sept. 2nd, but finally somebody offered me an extra ticket they were trying to sell! Therefore, I will be able to go and I can't wait to share all the details with you here!!

Introducing my new jeune fille X!!

Introducing my new jeune fille X!!!!!!!!!!

I wonder how many people remember my entry from back in December?
It was at that time that I was able to order this guitar as a Christmas gift, but actually shops don't simply keep guitars like this in stock. Its was made-to-order so it took about the typical time frame that it does for this guitar, approximately 6-7 months to complete! Anyway, I was more than ecstatic once it arrived yesterday morning!!

Doesn't it look a work of art?? You could absolutely say it IS a work of art, which is probably why I've felt guilty about even touching it since I laid eyes on it.
Its still hard to believe this belongs to me...

I've been so excited about every aspect of it that I even made a short video trying to catch the details from bottom to top.

jeune fille X in detail

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I've been posting a lot pictures of it since I got it yesterday and its come to my attention through comments and messages that actually a number of people didn't realize you can buy a jeune fille! Since then I've been continuously getting questions, so I thought maybe its worth bringing some information to light on here.

First of all, I imagine most people would probably like to see detailed photographs.
Heres the unboxing process.

Also, feel free to click on any of the pictures to enlarge them!

Originally when I ordered it I decided to have it shipped to me rather than pick it up at the shop because I knew it would probably be kinda heavy. In the end I'm glad I chose that option! The guitar was inside a box which was inside a larger box that was almost the same height as me!(°□°)

Immediately as I opened it, the first thing I saw was a huge ESP case they sent complimentary with the guitar and a lot of newspaper protecting everything.
It took a while to take the second box out, which contained the guitar in it, but after several minutes of struggling, it was free!!
Thats when I opened the next box and inside was my new jeune fille all wrapped up like a mummy!
Finally there it was right before my eyes!! My first impression was "Theres no way this is mine...its too beautiful! and cool! Its amazing!! I could never own something like this!! But now I do!?"
Honestly its hard to describe how I felt. 15 years of dreaming of something like this...

For those of you who want to know more about the specifics, I decided to take pictures of the back side as well...in fact, I basically tried to take pictures of as many interesting points as I could find!
I think one of the most moving things for me to discover was the back of the headstock where it says "Designed & built by ESP"

Maybe I should explain a little about the model I bought for those who don't know.
Of course it was manufactured by ESP and came from there, but it may be worth noting that this one is the Edwards model.
If you visit the ESP official page at the link below you will see there are two version of the jeune fille X

ESP Official Artist Series MANA

The ones Mana uses are the guitars marked ESP, so in all technicality the Edwards is in some way or another a "replica" of the real thing. However, if you take a look at the specifics both versions match up completely aside from the price.

BODY : (Top) Hard Maple, (Back) Alder
NECK : Hard Maple 3P
FINGERBOARD : Maple(Black Paint), 21frets
INLAY : jeune fille
SCALE : 648mm
NUT : Lock Nut (42mm/R2)
JOINT : Bolt-on
BRIDGE : Floyd Rose
CONTROL : Master Volume
COLOR : Matt Black

To be honest I'm no guitar expert, so when I compare and see the exact same information for both the Edwards and ESP versions, I really don't understand the difference. I assume it has something more to do with the brand name being depicted on it, but its basically the exact same guitar. A lot of people who own this guitar do the exact same thing as me and purchase the Edwards since the ESP version is about 5x〜6x the price!!

Another detail I fell in love with seeing the name"jeune fille" written on the neck. Of course I've seen this many times at Moi dix Mois concerts/events, but being able to see it up close and examine it as much as I like feels like a whole new experience to me.

However, theres nothing quite like admiring it as a whole!
At the moment I really feel like this jeune fille is my most prized possession. To my surprise my Slayer concert tickets also arrived at the same time!

I really felt like I was on top of the world yesterday!!💙💙💙💙💙
In fact, I still do!!

I even changed my iphone lock screen to a perspective view picture I took, so now I can look at it from different angles if I tilt the phone up or down.

I wish screen shots were able to show perspective view, but you get the idea.

Since I've been a little busy lately I haven't had much time to do anything with my new jeune fille yet, but I think it would be fun at some time or another to maybe take pictures with it while dressed up in Moitie or maybe Mana cosplay or something....

Also, I've been asked a few times now to upload a video playing a Moi dix Mois song! I was EXTREMELY shocked to receive this kind of request!
I don't know how to play the guitar, but thanks to those of you who asked, I am now really motivated to try and learn! I was even given several suggestions of different MALICE MIZER and Moi dix Mois songs, so I will do my best!! \(//∇//)\
Once I can do it, I will finally try to upload a video playing a song!

By the way, we're close to one month away from the next Moi dix Mois live.


I noticed more information has been revealed too. It seems that the dinner will start from 4:00 - 5:30 PM and afterwards there will be an event and concert. Pictures are okay to take during the dinner portion, but of course not once the event and concert has started. It made me laugh a little, but theres also a note written on the Moi dix Mois Official website that says "There is no dress code" ...Did somebody ask?? I never even thought about that!

Furthermore, this has already been stated many times before regarding this event, but it will only be for a limited number of people.
As I mentioned in the last entry, I always tend to be interested in some rather fine details with numbers and statistics when it comes to these kinds of concerts and events. Upon learning there would only be room for a limited number of people but the event would be at Duo Music Exchange, I thought it seemed a little strange...

For those who have never been to a concert in Japan before, Duo Music Exchange is a fairly decent sized venue that has a standing capacity of somewhere between 700 - 1000 people (it seems I couldn't find a consistent number online but these were the primarily debated upon numbers). I have never seen Moi dix Mois sell out at this venue before. When they perform at smaller venues that can hold about 325 or so people and its a special event then it seems they can sell out relatively easy. So why on earth say "theres only a limited number of tickets available at Duo Music Exchange"?

Well, as we now know, there will be a dinner with tables and chairs. Once again I became interested in how this will work exactly and what does it mean in terms of capacity this time around? It turns out Duo Music Exchange already has the means to set up this type of event and includes all the information one could ever ask for on their website. Furthermore, I found an interesting picture in reference to this very situation!


I'm not saying this is exactly the set up we can expect at this upcoming concert, but I'm fairly certain it will be something along these lines. Based on my own calculations, it seemed to me the capacity would be around 200 people, but actually that depends on the size of tables and chairs (yes there is a choice). Based on other numbers online, some people claimed about 300-350 people could be facilitated, so I imagine the number of people who will get to attend will cap off somewhere around 300. Of course its only my guess, but its based off of real logic.

For people who can't go to the event, that may be a lot of monotonous information, but I've talked to a number of people who plan on going and we've all been speculating on the details. Everybody wants to know what we'll eat/drink, how many people will get to go, how it will be set up, etc. so I wanted to shed a little light on my findings of what we can likely expect on the day of the concert.


Before I can truly look forward to the Moi dix Mois concert, this is one other thing I will be looking towards first...

August 10!
My birthday!!🎈
(Its Snoopy's birthday too🎈)

Is it really that time of year again...?

I don't know if I'm really all that excited about it, but I would like to do something special...
Who wants to do something with me that day so I don't have to celebrate completely alone??(/ω\*)
I'm taking off work!!( ̄▽ ̄)

Anyway, theres a lot to look forward to!


Next MdM live + various info
I think a lot of us have been waiting patiently for info on this event, and it looks like its finally out!


The next Moi dix Mois concert/event seems to be something very unique this time, so I thought I might take a swing at attempting to explain it a little.

You can find the original info in Japanese on Mana's twitter or on the Moi dix Mois Official website .

Event Title: "The Great ~La Kitchen Knife Aristocrat~ Special Dinner Live"
Date: September 2, 2017 (Saturday)
Location: duo MUSIC EXCHANGE
Time: (open) 16:00/ (start) 17:30
Ticket price: 11,800 yen

Official site preceeding tickets go on sale starting from Wednesday July 26 at 6:00 PM until August 2, 2017 at 11:00 PM on the eplus site:

There are some extra lines on the flyer above as well that I feel like are worth translating, because well...you'll see...( ̄▽ ̄;)

Moi dix Mois 15 year anniversary special dinner "The one who colors the summer dressed in jet black, etc..."
An elegant meal at a table… with a limited special drink…

This information is all very interesting! It may only be a few lines hinting at what we can look forward to, but within those few short sentences I think there is a lot to be said. This may get long...

The important point most people are likely to be worried about is the set up of the event. I'm guessing it might seem a little strange? However, it seems to me a little like Kaya's chanson nights where he performs a little bit lighter music than normal at a bar/cafe that has a stage while everyone watches as they eat and drink at their own tables.
I'm assuming the set up might be similar to that, but actually this is at a regular concert hall rather than a cafe and its Moi dix Mois, so its hard to imagine how they could achieve the same affect Kaya usually does. To be fair, it probably wont be a complete copy of what Kaya does, but I use that example to give a better idea of what we can likely expect at this event. Don't expect Mana or the other members to come down and eat at a table with everyone; they will still be the performers, but the atmosphere is likely to be more restaurant-like.
I also imagine tickets are likely numbered as usual too, so for those who want to go with a friend it may be best to order tickets together so you can be seated together.

If I were to further dissect this limited information, I would also say the line that talks about the special drink may refer to some kind of cocktail Mana has created on his own.
Some may recall back at the Moi dix Mois 10 year anniversary live they had a raffle for a few people to win a special cocktail Mana made himself. I get the feeling this may be somewhat of a repetition of that on a larger scale. I don't know if I can say Mana is going to make the cocktail all on his own for everyone in attendance, but I think it will probably be a cocktail he devised on his own.

Another thing that could be worth noting is that this is a Moi dix Mois 15 year anniversary event, not exclusively a Mana 25 year anniversary event. Although I imagine those two concepts will likely be combined in this event still, I can't help but wonder if the other members are somehow going to be implemented in the decision making process in terms of whatever the meal will be. For instance, recently Seth has been taking cooking lessons and Mana tends to praise him quite a bit on his cooking skills. I wouldn't be surprised if Seth at least will have a hand in the "menu".

The one question that remains for me is how many people will be able to attend?
In terms of tickets and admission it seems things have resumed back to normal by ordering from the concert/event ticket website we always use. I say this because it contrasts the mess last time with the ESP event where Mana decided to do everything on his own and manually distribute tickets. I'm not saying that was a bad idea, but I think it became a messy idea and he ended up feeling guilty that not everyone could get a ticket. The eplus method is the typical ticketing system for concerts, but since this concert is only for a limited number of people, he has now eliminated the issue of being directly connected to whether someone wins or loses out on getting a ticket due to eplus' lottery system. Another words, it appears as a more equal and less stressful opportunity. Thats probably a good thing.

Honestly speaking, I think my question about attendance is not something that will be directly answered, but I'm always interested in the numbers and statistics of Moi dix Mois events. Thats probably a little meticulous for most people...

Anyway, I'm looking forward to it and if any more interesting information surfaces over time I'll try to update about it!!

Speaking of food, last week I tried another themed bar/cafe for the first time!

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This was at the Capcom bar in Shinjuku. You need a reservation to go, but its totally worth it!!
The blue drink is called "Blue Rose" and its supposed to be based on Devil May Cry. If I remember correctly it consisted of lemon water, blue syrup, and some other ingredients... The spaghetti and brain cake were both based off of Biohazard. Everything was so good and so cool looking! This was the best themed restaurant I've been to in a long time!! Its a little small, but the decorations are tasteful and they have various TVs with games set up so anybody can freely play whatever they like. I noticed nobody really played anything though...

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The staff were entertaining also! Whenever you order or finish eating and they start to take your empty dishes, they say things like "Next level!" or "Stage clear!"
In particular, when they served the brain cake to me, they said something along the lines of "I'm going to entrust you with this knife to save us and kill the brain!!" so she took a knife out of it's protective cover over the blade like she was unsheathing a sword and handed it to me and then moved the brain on the plate around telling me to kill it. I had to stab the brain and then once I finished she came around again and asked "Did it die?"(≧∇≦)

I'm in love with this restaurant!!

Also in the news!

It seems to be a trend that I always go to one concert outside of Moi dix Mois each year, but this year is BIG!!
As you can see, this is pretty different from the types of concerts most people know me to go to, but this is a special opportunity!!
I entered a lottery, and.....

I wish I could see Cradle of Filth too, but tickets were expensive so I'm only going on the first day, October 14.
Also, Alice Cooper is another huge name so I'm excited to see him, and I think Emperor has great music as well!
I was able to get my hands on a priority ticket, so I should be in a really good place in this huge venue!!
I can't even begin to describe how excited I am!!(人´∀`)
October can't come soon enough!!

Based on my track record, at least online and at least on here, I wonder if anybody is surprised to know I listen to more than just VK?
I've probably listened to Slayer since high school along with a lot of other bands (Black Sabbath, Rammstein, Iron Maiden, System of a Down, and yes Motley Crue for all you Mana maniacs). Eventually I sorta phased out for a while and focused primarily on VK, but after moving to Japan I went back to listening to more and more western music again. Now I think I like both western and Japanese music pretty equally these days. Its been a few years now since I got to go to a concert like this one in October, so it feels really exciting and refreshing to me!
Theres a few other artists I really want to see perform as well (both Japanese and non-Japanese) but at the moment this takes the priority.

Mana fans probably know Mana takes a lot of inspiration from Slayer so even from that perspective there are a lot of interesting things that could be said, but maybe I'll leave that for another day...

For me, things are about to get a lot more exciting starting from September and I really can't wait!!