Dis inferno XIV
Finally its here!!!

Dis inferno XIV!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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The costumes were amazing! The performance was fun! The concert as a whole was really wonderful!!

So this time the live was held at Duo Music Exchange, which upon finding was decorated with a few Christmas ornaments and flowers from ESP.

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This time around I was number A 50, so I entered the venue pretty early on and found a good spot in the second row in front of Seth!

By the way, this time around I wore full EGA for the first time.

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I know this picture doesn't show my full outfit, but I'll post more pictures after talking about the concert itself.

The concert started out a bit differently than normal, but it was fully of energy!
The first thing to happen was all the lights went out and suddenly the new SE Destruction XXX started playing with the lights on stage flashing all different colors.

For those who don't know the new SE, check it out in the latest video posted on the Moi dix Mois youtube account!



In fact, the video above was the full on intro to the concert! Not only did they start with Destruction XXX but immediately as all members entered the stage they went right in to Deus ex Machina in the exact same way as the video. Essentially as you watch those first 49 seconds, you're watching the first 49 seconds of Dis inferno XIV.

Speaking of the beginning of the concert, I should also mention how everyone looked this time.
Hayato came out first wearing some kind of tight fitting two part black top (basically like a tank top and long sleeve shirt over it, but the neck of the shirt felt down past his shoulders) with holes all through it, next was Sugiya who had on what looked like a Moitie-like black blouse? it was kind of ruffly/lacy with a red tie and a huge silver cross pinned to the tie. Then he had kind of a black pleated skirt with black pants, similar to the Hong Kong live

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Then was Ryux with really baggy black pants and a black shirts with some writing on the back side of the shirts. His make up was pretty unique this time as well, with his face painted white and red, as can be seen from a recent twitter post he made:




To be honest, I really loved his whole look this time. His style is so crazy and unique, but it works so well!!

After Ryux was Mana, wearing the Moi-meme-Moitie Fall Cross print shirt, really short shorts, lacy tights, the blue and black top part of the puffy skirt he usually wears (meaning it wasn't the full skirt, if that makes sense), a really wide black belt, a huge necklace laced with bones coming out of it, the new Moi-meme-Moitie Angel Cross over knee socks in blue that were released today, and his usual huge black boots.

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http://moi-meme-moitie.shop-pro.jp/?pid=111002888

The guitar Mana came out on stage with first today was also his new(er) BC Rich Warlock Revenge in white

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Actually, I wonder how many people know this, but the BC Rich Warlock was used in Motley Crue. Mana owns some kind of figurine set of Motley Crue from their Shout at the Devil period with Nikki Sixx holding a white BC Rich Warlock. I can't help but imagine this is probably where some of the influence comes from to own that guitar.

But moving forward, the last one to enter the stage was Seth, with his huge brown fur coat, a fishnet shirt underneath, really tight black pants, and this huge chain necklace with a white skull on it.
In one way or another, Ryux, Mana, and Seth all had some kind of decoration that depicted bones. Ryux may have been the least obvious, just with a skull knob on his guitar and the skull lighter he carries around with him that belonged to K.

The first several songs were all sort of electronic in theme, so it gave me the impression that perhaps this live was focusing more on industrial style Moi dix Mois music, but eventually it took a turn into Twilight Flower which seemed to open the door to more typical songs.
Rather than, explain it, I'm sure you would all be interested in the set list, right?

1. SE Destruction XXX
2. Deus ex Machina
3. exclude
4. Night Breed
5. Twilight Flower
6. Invite to Immorality
7. Nocturnal Romance
8. Tentation
9. The SECT

-MC-

10. Material Death
11. Perish
12. Neo Pessimist
13. IMMORTAL MADNESS
14. Dead Scape
15. Ange~D side holy wings~
16. Vizard

Encore:
17. Beast Side (Mana drum session)
18. Forbidden

One thing that kind of surprised me at this concert was how much more Seth seemed to get into the feel of the music. Hes always been an energetic performer, but I really noticed this time around how he would sometimes make attempts to act out some scenarios that went along with the songs. For instance, during Nocturnal Romance there were times where he walked over to the edge of the platform the drum set was on and would sit in this contemplative type pose when singing, or at Invite to Immorality he kinda scrunched his body, crossing his arms and holding on to his shoulders, almost giving you the image of some kind of demon falling to earth. Maybe thats a strange description, but thats the impression I was given based on his actions. Typically he usually goes about the same motions, doing a bit of fan service-y type dances near Mana, but this time was true showmanship!

They also talked a lot about this concert being a "big end of the year party" with Ryux making a lot of emphasis on that point.
The message from Mana at the MC was pretty long this time around. First of all, he asked if everyone was enjoying the concert (as always), but when he wasn't satisfied with the yelling out at first, he started making somewhat aggressive motions with his hands pointing up, up that he wanted everyone to yell out more. After they did, he then went up and whispered to Seth and Ryux who both looked at him with extremely confused looks on their faces, so when that didn't work, he started flicking his hands and jumping, and Seth said that at the next yell, Mana wants everyone to jump up and down and flick their hands out (like making hand motions to resemble something shining or sparkling). Eventually everyone did it and thought it was pretty funny. Mana then went up to Hayato and Sugiya and made the same motions at them that they have to jump and do the hand movements as well, so all the members eventually started doing the same thing and Hayato even came down from the drum set to jump around on stage too. He then started running around and high fiving Seth and Ryux before running back to the drum set.

Afterwards Mana talked about the necklace he was wearing with the bones on it. It turns out he made it himself, and so he wrote on the message Seth was reading out that he wanted to explain how he made it. Seth started laughing when he saw the "let me explain it" part of the message. He must not have read the whole message until the time of the MC because he made comments like "Seriously? I have to read a whole explanation?" and Mana nodded.
Afterwards, he said something about he wanted to interact with everyone in real time at the live, but to be honest, I couldn't really understand what that part was about. Seth read out various questions that people were randomly raising their hands to. It seems the friends I had around me couldn't quite understand either...I wonder what it was about?

Anyway, the end of the message talked about the next concert, Mana's Birthday live on Saturday March 18 and Sunday March 19!!!!
It will also be the 25th anniversary of Mana as an artist, so everyone cheered and clapped at that comment.
The March 18th live will be at Mt. Rainier Hall Shibuya Pleasure Pleasure as it has been for the past few years now, and the March 19th live will be at TSUTAYA O-WEST.
Since the March 19th live will be on Mana's actual birthday, Seth made a comment about it saying "Its on Mana's real birthday, so it should be pretty exciting then!" and once again Mana nodded in agreement to his comment as everyone in the audience cheered.

Finally, once all the announcements were finished, Seth raised his voice to scream out the name of the next song, Material Death!
Once IMMORTAL MADNESS played, a lot more excitement started happening again. Seth was deciding on the key word for the song, but Mana eventually made him tell everyone to yell out "LOVE" while making a heart shape with our hands, and then yelling "Kyuuu!" and raising our hands up. In the middle of the song, Mana went back and got a bag of snacks from Hiroshima and tried showing it off before standing at the edge of the stage and trying to open it in front of everyone, but all the snacks kept falling onto the floor, so he finally took the bag, and started reaching in and throwing it out into the audience. What came as even more of a surprise was that he suddenly got onto the ground level between the stage and the barricade where everyone is standing and starting throwing out candy to everyone in the front. I never have any kind of expectation that I can catch anything he throws out, and particularly being as close to the front I am, he usually tries to aim a little bit further back, but to my surprise one fell directly into my hands!

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Its called Carp Katsu and its Okonomiyaki Sauce flavor. I've seen this before in Hiroshima, and I saw several years ago in Mon+amour when he gave these out as a prize to some fans, but to be honest I've always hesitated to try it...
Maybe not tonight, but I will try it soon and post something about it for those who are curious!(`・ω・)

After handing out all the snacks, Mana then ran to the back of the venue and walked around among the audience members in the very back. They even continued playing IMMORTAL MADNESS and he jumped around with the audience pretending to watch the show with them! It was a bit hard to see him back there at first but when he started jumping you could see him smiling and laughing a bit. It was a really fun touch that you wouldn't typically see at most Moi dix Mois lives!

Eventually he got back on stage, and then made Ryux switch guitars with him, still continuing on with IMMORTAL MADNESS! Ryux seemed to be really surprised by it, but when he received Mana's white Jeune Fille (he had changed from the Warlock to the Jeune Fille Gips Crossray after the MC) he started yelling out "I HAVE THE JEUNE FILLE!!!" Sugiya and Ryux then started messing with the dials and making the cross in the center flash it's red light. Everyone in the audience was laughing and cheering for them being so excited by it. Ryux then requested that they change the keyword during the song to 「Jeune filleだぜ!」 (Jeune Fille da ze -- "Its the Jeune Fille!") so everyone continued to shout it out until the song was eventually played most of the way through and Seth started switching the keyword back and forth between "Love Kyuuu" and "Its the Jeune Fille!"
It was so ridiculous and crazy one of my friends and I started laughing and apparently Mana started staring at us. Ahhhh...Why does this keep happening? It was a funny moment though! (≧∇≦)

Afterwards, the concert subsided into a few more songs, until everyone left the stage for the encore where Mana comes out and plays the drums.

This time around, Mana came out on stage the same way he did last year-- in a blue winter house kimono called a chanchanko (which he often wears during dis inferno), an old Matin Mana T-shirt, a spike collar, and long black half skirt. As he entered the stage, he held up two drum sticks in the shape of a cross and then proceeded to the drum set on stage. Seth then came out to announce the encore and the other members on their instruments. By this time Seth took off his fur jacket and only had on the fish net shirt, but the other members came out wearing the black x red version of a new Moi dix Mois hoodie that was sold this year. Each member was announced on stage one by one, Hayato on guitar, Sugiya on guitar, Ryux on bass, and of course Mana on drums.
the song they did the drum session to this year was Beast Side. Mana's drumming to the song wasn't bad, but it definitely felt different from Hayato's usual playing, and it always tends to feel like they play a little bit short version of songs, I think because Mana gets tired. Hayato is always fun to watch on guitar because hes so animated and excited while playing. Sugiya's guitar was interesting because it was full of stickers like a Superman logo and Cap'n Crunch (Do people in Japan even know who that is!?), I'm guessing it must be his own guitar that hes had for a long time. I also noticed Ryux was really good on bass, but even his stage presence was fun and had great chemistry with Hayato and Sugiya dancing around. At one point he was playing next to Hayato but knocked into the mic stand, but in one swift motion caught it and tilted it back right, but it was funny to watch because his knocking into it was so painfully obvious that everyone saw it and he had this look on his face like "what have I done!?" but when he caught it just in time it looked like it was all meant to happen. Good save! Why can't the other members be this graceful when they trip or make silly mistakes? (I'm kidding of course) (´~`ヾ)

Once Beast Side ended, they all played one more song together -- Forbidden. Giant balloons filled with smaller balloons came pouring from the upper back end of the concert hall as they started bouncing around the venue with everyone taking turns at hitting them. Even though its fun, it always makes me a bit nervous because it seems kinda dangerous! These huge balloons hit the lights at the top of the stage and Mana always gets so excited he hits them really violently that they tend to hit people right in the face. But I guess its just balloons, right? At one point Mana kicked one and hit popped pretty quickly afterwards and one huge one that hit his guitar popped right in his face and he started swinging his arms around trying to shove them away when he was playing guitar. At one point one of the smaller balloons got in Seth's face so he started hitting it back and forth with a couple right in front of me. Naturally the balloons were hitting the other members too and one fell on the drum set when Hayato was playing. It was kind of a chaotic scene! However, unlike years past, not so many of the huge balloons popped, so a lot of people didn't end up going home with small balloons like they usually tend to.

One of the larger balloons found its way into the back of the stage so a staff person took it back towards the stage exit, but at the end of the song Mana went back and got it from the staff then put on the new blue Moi dix Mois hoodie that went on sale tonight and posed on stage holding the balloon behind his shoulder trying to look cool. The other members gathered around him standing on either side as Seth announced the end of the concert and that he will count "un, deux, trois..." and everyone should jump together at once. Right as he told the members to hold hands, Mana shoved the huge balloon right at Seth and made him carry it around...the balloon was practically as big as seth was, so it looked tiny carrying it! But he eventually put it down on stage so they could all do their final jump together to end the night.

Finally, as it does every year, the Pomp and Circumstance March song played and all the members started walking off stage. The last two to leave were Hayato and Mana. Hayato had a two pairs of drum sticks, giving one to Mana, and both of them threw their drum sticks out into the audience before waving goodbye to everyone and leaving for the night.

Once the concert ended, several people started chanting "Moi dix Mois" hoping for a second encore, but at that point the Goblin music that always plays before the concert starts had started playing again, which meant the concert was truly over.

I think tonight's concert has been one of the most energetic and exciting Moi dix Mois lives in quite a while! The new elements and interaction with the audience really brought things to a new light and everyone seemed to be truly engaged!
I'm looking forward to the March birthday concerts and hope they can live up to the enery tonight!!
dix Love!!!!!!!!!!

By the way, as I mentioned, I have pictures of my coordinate from tonight!
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I know this picture isn't terribly better, and my bow was falling off at that point, but its a coordinate I've never worn to a Moi dix Mois concert before! I wanted to do something a bit different, but then I realized what I wanted to do was too similar to something I did last year, so I settled for this. It was a more comfortable change for once.

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Also, at the end of the live the staff brought out this Christmas tree. I'm not sure why they waited until after the concert to do it, but I assume it might have something to do with during the concert they were not only talking about the end of the year, but Christmas too. I think Mana just really likes Christmas, to be honest. Of course, tis the season, right?

By the way, I also purchased both hoodies (the red x black version and blue x silver version) tonight, but I'll post more about those later when I post about the Carp Katsu snack.

With that being said, I hope those of you who went to the concert tonight enjoyed yourselves, and I hope those of you who didn't but read this entry got a sense of what it was like!

Now I think its time to finally go to bed! Goodnight! ( ´ ▽ ` )ノ


Sarah
A Wild Jeune Fille Appeared!


I can't not post about this!!
Yesterday my friend invited me to her house to have dinner with her and her family and I got to see the Jeune Fille that she owns for the first time!
Not only that, it was my first time to actually go into a real Japanese house. Because of that, as a commemoration she had me take a picture in their traditional style Japanese room with the Jeune Fille. It was so wonderful!



For those who remember, I got to hold a different Jeune Fille some years ago because this same friend was friends with a staff person from ESP. The entry is here↓
2012 Entry: Jeune Fille Time!!!

The point being is that I'm not quite sure I realized at that time how easy it was for me to reach the upper strings on the neck, but after holding my friend's this time it seemed effortless!
I've wanted to play guitar ever since I was a Jr. high school student, and I remember at that time I received a guitar for my birthday and was promised guitar lessons, but it never happened....

However, since I received a guitar I tried playing it on my own, but I got too frustrated because it was too hard for my hands to reach the upper parts. I'm also left handed, so holding a regular guitar felt awkward to me... throughout the years, even in high school I tried numerous times to learn again, so I was eventually able to teach myself how to hold a standard right handed guitar, but the problem with reaching still persisted, so I always gave up really fast.

That being said, now that I know the Jeune Fille isn't a problem in terms of reaching, I can't help but want one of my own...

The major problem is the price.
I can't stop thinking about how much I want one now, but on what planet would that ever happen?・゚゚・(´Д⊂ヽ

Anyway, I don't mean to complain. I was so happy to be able to see my friend's in person, so it really inspired me!
Since the Jeune Fille is so beautiful, I couldn't help but share it on here!



Sarah
MmM News & 香港MdM ライブレポ Part 2状況
First of all, for everyone waiting for the Japanese version of the Hong Kong Moi dix Mois live report,
Moi dix Mois香港ライブレポPART 2を待っている皆さんへ、

遅くて本当にすみません。 m(_ _)m
まだ翻訳中ですが、
今まで色々な情報が積もっているので、
日本語がわからない皆さんと共有したいものです。
(実は英語がわからない人々でもこの更新がわかるかも。写真でわかりやすいでしょう。)
和訳完了までもう少しお待ちください。<(_ _*)>

I wanted to make sure those who are waiting for the Japanese version of the Hong Kong live report know I haven't forgotten about the translations! The entry was very long, so it will take me a while to completely...I hope I can work on it more tonight, but after I make this entry I have to go out and do a few things for a little while. Hopefully later on though...




Anyway, there has been various Moi-meme-Moitie news lately that I've wanted to post about!

First of all, those of you who read Mana's twitter may have noticed that Moi-meme-Moitie has been included in the latest Gothic & Lolita Bible vol. 62.
You may also have noticed, however, that I didn't post it on here the day it was released, November 24...

So for anyone who has been waiting, here is Moi-meme-Moitie in Gothic & Lolita Bible vol. 62


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I was reluctant to post these images for a couple reasons.
First of all, its only a tiny square in the corner of the page with dresses that have already been released, so its nothing new or note-worthy really.
Secondly, its more of a personal problem, but I'm disappointed that the GLB chose to advertise Anime Matsuri this time. As you can see, its not on this page particularly, but since Houston is my home town, I've known and had to deal with the owner since before Anime Matsuri ever began. Those who are immersed in the lolita community understand the problem.
To make a long story short, I wont talk about the problems with Anime Matsuri owner here, but its hard for me to condone this situation.
Of course, I also thought to myself that those of you who read this blog likely don't have much involvement in the issue, and I don't think you should be "punished" (for a lack of better words) for outside interference. But, if you were curious why this came so late, I wanted to be able to give you an explanation.



As for other news, I was also announced a couple weeks ago that Moi-meme-Moitie was used as a fashion reference for the movie "Tale of Tales"!

The official website is here
http://itsuka-monogatari.jp/

However, I feel like the information got a little confused, so I want to explain!

There are no actors actually wearing Moi-meme-Moitie in the movie itself, rather the Japanese website decided to include various brands and coordinates that they felt could look inspired by the fashion within the movie. To put it simply, its for promotional purposes.
Regardless, its still fun to see the Moi-meme-Moitie coordintes chosen for the site!
http://itsuka-monogatari.jp/tieup.html

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The descriptions written in Japanese have nothing to do with movie content or promotion, its simply a description of what each coordinate is, like what you would see in Kera or the GLB.
The exciting point to me is that they chose to include an older Moitie piece! I really love the long tiered dress and the necklaces match nicely. Of course I like the white coordinate too, but I feel like its just advertisement for whats available now. Theres nothing wrong with that, its just nothing particularly new in terms of coordinate choice.


Speaking of Moi-meme-Moitie, Dis inferno is coming up in a few short weeks on December 17th, so I need to think about what to wear!!
I feel like I'm at a loss for ideas lately.... (´・ω・`)


Sarah
日本語版: Moi dix Mois香港ライブレポ PART 1
お待たせいたしました!

ついにMoi dix Mois香港ライブの日本語版レポPART 1ができました!
For those who want to read the English version of my Moi dix Mois Hong Kong live report, please check out the following link!
http://monologuesanctuary.blog132.fc2.com/blog-entry-468.html

この更新がなかなか長いので、英語版の更新からの前半です。
今回の内容はライブの前に話、香港ファンの事、Jeune Fill X Gips-Cross ray-展示など…
PART 2はライブとサイン会レポとなりますので、
ライブとサイン会だけの興味がある方々へ、もうすぐ日本語の翻訳を始まります。
遅くなって本当にすみません。日本語での長い更新が難しい! (´・ω・`)
今、文法や単語の間違いがあるかもしれないが、早くここに更新したいと思います!
追って読み返して、直します。


それでは、始めましょうか!



今夜のライブは最高の一夜になった!もう終わったので、今ちょっと寂しいんですが。しかし、このブログでいい思い出にすがって生きられるね。

はじめに今回のライブのことについてちょっと心配しちゃった。長い旅行と観光のためになかなか疲れていた。だから、そういうふうに感じた。
しかし、ゆっくり寝てて、次の日早く起きて支度しました。



今回のコーディネートは一般的なMoi dix Moisライブのコーディネートよりちょっと違いですね。
初めて香港ライブなので、他の人々もMmMを着るのか分からなかった。Moi-meme-Moitieを着てる人々が少なければ、EGLが派手すぎるかなと思った。とうとう、なんだかシンプブルスタイルを着ることにしました。
Moi-meme-Moitieといえば、最近EGAファッションにハマっている。
実は年を取るにつれて、EGAにもっと興味があって、今回は絶好の機会となったかな。

私が驚いたことに、EGLを着ている人々が多い!!(°□°)
私のコーディネートが違くても、場違いではなかったようだ。
ファッションということで、色々なゴシック&ロリータスタイルがあったので、いいバランスだったと思う。

先行チケットやグッズの販売は14:30から開始したので、14:00頃を到着することにしました。
もちろん、会場の辺りも確認したかった。日本に出発の前に道に迷うのがずっと心配でした!
実はアメリカと日本の外に他の国に行ったことがない!それも一人で行ったので、すごく不安になった。
初めて日本に来た時、なんか10年前、母と一緒に訪ねた。あとは日本に引っ越した時、1〜2週間ぐらい母がまた来た。その時、母がいたので、安心しまった。
(面白い事実!初めて日本に来た時、初めて実際にMoi dix Moisライブに参加して、母も見に行きました。(≧∇≦) 思い起こせば、渋谷OEASTで行った。Mon+amourインタナショナルメンバーなので、ステージの前にチケットをもらったが、母が二階から見たかった。しかし、彼女は私にライブが本当に楽しかっただと言った。)

余談ですが、ライブのことを考えながら、会場に近いホテルを選んだが、近く駅がないようだ。しかし、タクシーで10分ぐらいがかかるので、会場が見つけやすかったです!本当に安心させた!

タクシといえば、面白いエピソードがあります!
香港に行った前に中国から人々と話して、香港でみんな英語が得意だと言った。
それは良かったですが、本当?皆さん?
自身で少し研究したくて、インタネットでトラベルサイトは「運転士やホテルのサービスルームやレストランスタッフ等はたまに英語を話さない」と言った。タクシーを使わなくちゃいけないので、さわさわになっていた…

やっぱり、ホテルの前に運転士が英語できてよかった!!(´~`ヾ)
念のため、ホテルスタッフもタクシーに来て英語が大丈夫のを確認しました。
日本だったら、基本的に日本語か英語かどっちでもいいですが、
香港の場合、中国語がわからないので、著しく弱くなっていると感じた。
とにかく、運転士は英語ができるだけではなくて、ペラペラでした!
とても優しくて、面白い人だった。
タクシーに入った瞬間から会場の所在地を確認した後、運転士は英語で「あっ、あなた綺麗なあ!!」と言った!(≧∇≦)
女性として、男性はこういう発言を言ったら、たいていちょっと怖いですが(あの人の意思がわからないから)、
今回悪意がないのがわかった。実はとても良い人でした!( ̄▽ ̄)


会場に到着して、ショピングセンターみたいなコンベンションセンターだった!
入口の画面でもMoi dix Mois広告を表示させた!



コンベンションセンターの中にゴシック服を着ている二人を気づいて、辿り始めた。すぐに会場前を届いて、チケット受付とグッズブースをみた。そして、もう少し人々がいた!

抽選からAチケットを当たったので、確認メールを持って来て、A64をもらった!(人´∀`)
香港限定Moi dix Moisバッグとポスターも予約したので、同時にもらった。


(早く会場に来た方々は限定無料雑誌を自由に取られたようだ。)


(雑誌の中にMana様インタビューも載った!内容は根本的な情報かもしれないんですが、わかればいいのに!_


(受付の前にフライヤーだ。)

会場に入り待ち時間は17:30からので、グッズやチケットを受けた後、食べ物を探したり、ショッピングセンターの辺りを散歩したりした。それはトピずれなんだけどね。
16:00ごろから戻って、ついにつ人々が少しずつ着いていた!
すぐに他の女性は私に近寄って、日本語を話せるのか聞いた。このブログや私のツイッター等をよく読んでいるということが分かる!スマホでも私のライブレポ等の写真を集まった!!嘘、信じられない!(°□°)(この更新を読んだら、会えてよかったです!本当にありがとう!)
とても、とっても感動してびっくりした!
彼女はMoi dix Moisに触発されたバンドがある友達にも紹介してくれた。曲を聴かせて、本当に素敵な音です!いつか日本に演奏をしに来てください!( ´ ▽ ` )ノ

実は香港人ですが、彼女たちの日本語が上手!私よりも良い!
さらに多くの香港ファンの日本語が上手です。本当に羨ましい。どのように学んだかな?
日本語といえば、もう一つ面白いエピソードを思い出します。

色々なファンと話したら、英語と日本語を交換されたが、
スタッフも私の会話を聞かせたと思う。チケットとグッズを受けた時、スタッフはもともと英語を使ったが、その後、毎回私を見た時、ずっと日本語を喋った!例えば、このスタッフは「どうぞ!」とか「ちょっと良い」とか「ありがとう」等と言った。当初、私は「只今日本語を使ったか??」と思ったが、考えると、このスタッフは私と日本語を喋りたかったかもしれない。やっぱりびっくりした。英語が上手だったので、なぜ日本語かな?不思議でしょう。
この日、私の正体で混乱になってきたことを感じた…
空港でも混乱したことでした!
空港のスタッフは「香港に住んでいますか?」
私:違います。日本に住んでいます。
スタッフ:…?
私:あっ、実はアメリカ人ですよ。アメリカのパスポートを持っていますが、日本に住んでいます。香港で訪ねるだけですよ。

なぜか、分かりにくそうだ。(・・;)ゞ

とにかく、
このブログと私のサイトをよく読んでいる人々に沢山出会った!沢山写真も撮った!もちろん、新しい人々にも出会って嬉しかった。皆さんはすごくフレンドリーでした!安っぽい表現かもしれないが、皆の親切で、熱い感情で私はとても感動した。香港Moi dix Moisファン達が大好き!十分にこんなことを言うことができません!

そして、会場に戻った時、受付の前にフライヤーがサインに入った!


色々なファンはフライヤーの側に写真を撮ってったので、記念のために私も写真を撮った。(´~`ヾ)

Aチケットが早く完売したが、当日Bチケットはまだ発売していた。だから、ほとんどの人々は当日チケットを買ったようだ。
基本的に日本なら、ライブの前に皆さんはチケットをちゃんと予約するので、今回の当日一般チケットを買うために長い行列ができている人々を見ると驚いた。
さらに、何度も色々な人々は私に「Aチケットをもらったか!?羨ましいなあ!」と言った。
香港にはMoi dix Moisファンが多いのかわからなかったので、Aチケットが欲しい人々が当たったと思った。
だから、私はラッキーだったね!

ということで、素敵なMana様コスプレヤーもいた!


あの人は会場に入った瞬間からとても人気になった!突如群衆に取り囲まれた。私も一緒に写真を撮りたかったが、忙しすぎたので、撮らないと決めた。しかし、スタッフ会員はあのコスプレヤーに近寄って、Mana様と会えたいのか聞いたと思います。実は中国で話したので、本当の事かどうかわからないんですが、すぐにあの人と自分の友達とスタッフと一緒に会場に入った。
香港人はスタッフとあの人はマンダリンで話していると言ったので、中国大陸から来たかもしれない。コスプレについて中国大陸から人々は完璧なコスプレするのが興味があるそうだ。しかしながら、素晴らしいですね!

色々な友達の談話でこのコスプレヤーについて話し合いながら、皆さんは「Mana様と会ったの!? 羨ましくないか!?」と聞いたが、全然羨ましくないよ!
初めて見かけた時、あの人は当日のBチケットを買うのが長い行列を待ていた。
私は「そんな高級な衣装で着飾って来たが、Bチケットを買っているのか!?素晴らしいコスプレいだけど。Mana様本人が見ないと損するでしょう。残念だなあ」と思った。だから、見落としていなくて嬉しいです。
本当に綺麗なコスプレですね!

そして、会場入り時間を待ちながら、もっともっと珍しいことを起こった。
日本のライブでも同じことを気づいたが、一般的に見逃してみる。カメラマンです。
今回、なんだか奇妙な経験になった。
間違ってるかもしれないんですが、Moi dix Moisメンバーの他にスタッフは香港から来た方々のようだ。
やっぱりプロフェショナルなカメラを持ているカメラマンもいました。
あのカメラマンは会場の辺りに色々な撮影してみたが、私にカメラを数回目指した!
1〜2回なら、大丈夫ですが、私があれこれをしながら(例えばiPhoneを使う時や他の人々と話す時など)カメラマンがずっと近い!何度も横目で私の顔に向こうカメラレンズを見て、あちらに見たら、カメラマンはすぐにしまって、何もなかったふりをした。
さらに他の人々の場合、カメラマンは写真を撮ってもいいですかと聞いたが、私の場合、どうしてコツコツしたかな。この日の多くの謎の一つだったのだ。

ついにあと30分ぐらいに会場に入り時間が近づいていた!そして、Jeune Fille展示開始!!



チケットを手に入られた方々は自由に展示に入って、写真を撮られた。
この香港ライブの前にEXCLAMATION MUSICのフェスブックでこのJeune Fille X Gips -Cross Ray-を宣伝されて、
やはりMana様本物ではない。オーガナイザーの購入したものだと思います。(特にサインが付いたから)


画像をクリックすると、大きくなる

基本的にJeune Fille本物とサイン付いたポスターを見せるために展示だった。
Jeune Filleの詳細も付いた。
このオーガナイザーはMoi dix Mois大ファンでしょうね!



ところで、まだ見たことがない方々へ、
Instagramで動画できた!

Mana guitar exhibit Hong Kong #moidixmois #jeunefille #esp #mana #mana様 #香港

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今からライブとサイン会の事を書きたいんですが、この部分は長いので、PART 2が続きます。
PART 2はもちろん面白い話とライブレポで満載で、次の更新はもっと早くできるよう頑張りますdix!


Sarah
Hong Kong Day 2 MOI DIX MOIS
First of all, before I start this entry I just want to say I intend on writing both an English and Japanese version!! However, it may take a little time before the Japanese version is posted because I will have to translate it from English.
まず初めに、この更新は英語ですが、日本語版も書くつもりです!しかし、英語から翻訳するのがちょっと時間がかかるので、少々お待ち下さい〜♥

Also, this entry is going to be extremely long because theres so much to write about! If you're only interested in the concert and meet and greet, I will label those sections with bold letters so you can find them easier.



Tonight's live went above and beyond all my expectations!! I can honestly say I'm incredibly sad tonight is over and that I have to leave in the morning. At least I'll still have all my memories on here to live by...

In the beginning I have to admit I was a little bit skeptical about today. Maybe its because I was exhausted from traveling all day yesterday and trying to cram in sight seeing when I could, but I couldn't help but question myself a little... However, after having a good long sleep I woke up and got dressed for the concert.



My outfit is different from how I usually dress for Moi dix Mois events, but I wasn't sure about how people would react in Hong Kong. I was worried there may only be a couple people wearing Moitie and that going in full EGL might be too much, so I went with a relatively simple EGA style. Furthermore, as I mentioned in a previous entry, I've been becoming more interested in EGA lately so I thought it would be a good opportunity!

To my surprise tons of people were dressed in Moitie!! and even though my coordinate is a bit different, I really didn't end up feeling too out of place or dressed down. People came wearing all kinds of different styles so I felt like there was a good balance in terms of fashion.

Ticket sales and the goods booth started from 2:30 PM, so I decided to arrive around 2:00 just to be sure I could find the venue. Unfortunately my hotel is far from any major stations, so I took a taxi. I was so nervous about the taxi because I was once again unsure of what to expect! The hotel website said it should only be a 10 minute ride to the venue, but I read mixed reviews online about whether taxi drivers in Hong Kong are okay with English or not. Many of you may know, most people in Hong Kong can speak English really well! But I heard there are still people who only understand Chinese, and theres the possibility that taxi drivers may not understand English. I felt like if this was Japan it would be no problem! But I didn't think Japanese skills would work out quite well here...(´~`ヾ)

The good news is, it was easy to get a taxi from the hotel and the taxi driver spoke English! The hotel staff even ran out to the taxi to help just in case language would be an issue. The reason I'm writing about the taxi is because the driver was hilarious!! The moment I got in the car and once we worked out the location and directions, the driver said "You are so beautiful!!!" (≧∇≦)
As a female, I can imagine some of you may think "Isn't that kind of creepy?" but by the way he said it, I understood it wasn't meant in a bad way. He ended up being really nice and helping with money at the end because its a little hard to get used to Hong Kong currency.

The venue happened to be inside a convention center, but it looked more like a mall!
There was even a sign for the concert at the entrance!



As I walked through the convention center I happened to see two girls dressed up in gothic clothing, so I followed their path and ended up in front of the concert hall relatively easy. There was a line even forming for the tickets and goods! It was only about 12 people long, but I was relieved to see I wasn't the only one who showed up early.

I originally won an A ticket from the lottery and reserved the poster and tote bag in advanced, so as soon as everything opened I was there to get it immediately. One thing I was particularly interested in was the ticket lottery system. Even though the organizers said the ticket numbers we were to receive would be random, I wondered if that meant the numbers were chosen ahead of time or if they would just randomly hand out whatever number on the day of the concert. It turns out the numbers were in fact pre-selected on a list with everyones name, so I received 62!


If you got to the venue early enough, there were also a few limited copies of a free magazine to pick up!


From the looks of it, I would say the interview included in the magazine probably contains some relatively basic information, but I really wish I could understand it and read it!


There was yet another sign in front of the concert hall.

The line up for the concert wasn't supposed to start until around 5:30, so after receiving everything, I went to eat lunch and then look around the mall area...but thats kinda getting off topic from the concert.

I eventually returned to the concert area around 4:00 when more people were showing up. Suddenly as I was waiting around another fan came up to me and asked if it was ok if we spoke in Japanese. She told me she reads my blog and twitter and such and even showed me pictures on her phone that I've posted on here from my concert reports!! (If you're reading this, 会えてよかったです!本当にありがとう!) I was totally blown away and moved! She also introduced me to her friends who have their own band inspired by Moi dix Mois. I got to listen to one of their songs, which was really great! Please come play in Japan some time!( ´ ▽ ` )ノ

Actually these fans were from Hong Kong, I believe, but their Japanese was way better than mine! It turns out a lot of Hong Kong fans understand Japanese extremely well. Speaking of which, there was a funny episode concerning using Japanese (and its not the only one of the night, but I'll get to that later).
When I was speaking with the new friends I made, some of the staff must have noticed us using Japanese to communicate. There was one staff person who I bought my goods from originally who first used Chinese with me until she realized I didn't understand, so then she switched to English, but after hearing me speak Japanese, every time she spoke to me thereafter it was always in Japanese!!(≧∇≦)
My identity has been a strange situation here...

I met so many people who read this blog and my website!! and I took so many pictures with everyone too! I also met a lot of new people as well...Everyone was so friendly. Maybe it sounds stupid to say, but the kindness and friendliness of everyone there really touched me. I can't say it enough, Hong Kong Moi dix Mois fans are amazing!!

After some time, we noticed the poster that was in front of the concert hall had changed.


If you look carefully you can see the autographs on it this time around. They must have changed it when I went and had lunch. Just for the memory, I took a picture next to the poster as well since a lot of people were doing the same.



It turns out a lot of the people attending the concert were buying their tickets the same day. That was a little shocking to me, I guess because in Japan everyone is always so diligent about pre-ordering. However, it seems lots of people actually tried entering the lottery for A tickets but lost. Every time someone new asked me what number I got and saw I was A 62 they said I was lucky. Maybe its because in Japan majority of the time when people order A tickets they usually get them unless its a really special concert, so I had assumed everybody who wanted an A ticket got one...but it turns out I was indeed very lucky!

Speaking of people who attended the concert, there was also a beautiful Mana cosplayer!!!


Of course this person ended up being extremely popular!! Everyone instantly crowded her and took pictures together! I wanted to as well, but the crowd was getting a little crazy so I decided not to. However, at one point the staff approached her and asked her if she wanted to go meet Mana!! So her and a friend she came with excitedly went back together briefly. Apparently when the staff asked this person if they wanted to meet Mana they were speaking Mandarin, so they may have come from mainland China where cosplay like this is more popular. It was really stunning though!

After telling this story to a few people I got a couple reactions like "What!? They went back and personally met Mana!? Aren't you jealous!??"
To be honest I was really happy for them because I noticed they had been standing in line for B tickets which meant they would have otherwise not had a chance to meet any of the members. There was so much work and craftsmanship going into that cosplay I felt like it would be really sad if Mana didn't see it. I'm glad they got to do it! Its a possibility that this was a once in a lifetime opportunity for them and I've met Mana so many times that at this point I'm only happy to see other fans get this kind of chance too.
Its a really wonderful cosplay!!

Also, there was another funny/strange episode that happened while waiting!
This is something I've noticed before even at concerts in Japan and usually I don't say anything or try to react to it, but this time in Hong Kong things felt like they were getting a little out of hand.
By the looks of things, it seems the only people who came from Japan for the concert in terms of staff were only the Moi dix Mois members themselves. All the other staff appeared to be from Hong Kong, but there was still a camera person there. I didn't recognize him from any other concerts, so I assume he was also Hong Kong staff, although I could be wrong because he never spoke to me. Anyway, he had the big camera they always use for the concerts and events and was walking around trying to take pictures of people waiting outside the concert hall (probably for Digital Madoushos and such). But for some reason, there were several times where he would try to stand relatively close to me, and each time I was talking to somebody or doing something and I saw him out of the corner of my eye aiming the camera at me, I would turn and look at him as a natural reflex. Then each time I turned and looked at him he put the camera back down like he wasn't doing anything! What!?(;゚∀゚)
and this wasn't just one or two times, this was many times!! But whats so strange is I noticed when he walked around and took pictures of other people he would sometimes go up to them and ask so they would be posing for pictures and such...yet every time he tried taking pictures of me and I looked at him, I would try smile at him to show him I have no problem with it, but he would still go back to pretending like he wasn't trying to take pictures.
One time one of the girls I was talking to noticed this guy yet again trying to take pictures, but she didn't want her picture taken so she flinched when she noticed, and the camera man put his camera down and finally made an "ok" sign with his hands.

Its kind of a mystery...why ask everyone else but act strangely around me? I've noticed staff trying to take pictures of me in Japan before in a similar way, but they're a bit more sneaky about it. This poor guy couldn't catch a break.(≧∇≦) I really wanted to go up to him and say "Its fine if you want to take pictures" but I felt a little embarrassed that it might come off as strange, so I didn't say anything. But for future reference...I pretty much say yes to anybody on the planet who wants to take pictures. I promise its okay!!

Finally, about 30 minutes before the concert started there was one more event. The Jeune Fille exhibit!



Anyone with a ticket could enter a small room where they had the Jeune Fille and an autographed poster on display.
I had a feeling based on the pictures the organizers posted about a week ago that this Jeune Fille may be a special one they were keeping, and I think my suspicions were probably right.



You can click this picture enlarge it, but essentially what confirmed my beliefs was the autograph at the bottom left of the guitar.
Theres no way Mana would autograph his own guitar just for the sake of a display like this, and in fact he used his same Jeune Fille X Gips -Crossray- Blanche during the concert which had no sign of writing on it. But the main idea of the exhibition was to be able to see one of the Jeune Filles up close for pictures and display. They included all the detailed information about it as well.
The organizers must really be big Moi dix Mois fans!!



By the way, for those who haven't seen it yet, I also made a video of the exhibition and posted it on Instagram!

Mana guitar exhibit Hong Kong #moidixmois #jeunefille #esp #mana #mana様 #香港

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MOI DIX MOIS LIVE

Now we can get to the concert itself!!

I ended up in the second row, but it felt virtually like the first row because there was somewhat of a space between people where I was standing and I was between where Mana and Seth were standing on stage, so I had a perfect view!

The stage set up was relatively simple with only the Moi dix Mois logo in the background and the instruments on stage. However, the size of the stage and the venue was pretty big! I believe the venue could hold about 600 people or so.

When the concert started the members walked out on stage in their usual order, Hayato, Sugiya, Ryu, Mana, and Seth. The first thing to shock me was the crowd screaming!! Of course the crowd screams in Japan when the members walk out on stage, but not with the enthusiasm they did in Hong Kong!! It was so loud and energetic! I couldn't help but laugh a little. Simply by the way everyone was dressed, the stage, and the usual Goblin soundtrack playing before the start, it was a little easy to forget once I was in the concert hall that this wasn't Japan, so the screaming took me by surprise. Of course the crowd roared most of all once Mana appeared.

This time the members were dressed in all black just like how they looked at Deep Sanctuary.

Heres a picture Mana posted on twitter from the concert so you can see what he wore.
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https://twitter.com/M_d_M_official/status/790429788485722112


The first song that was played was the Seventh Veil! However, this time the song was played a little bit differently than normal. They included a new portion in the middle of the song where Seth stopped singing and they tried to show off the drums and guitars in what seemed kind of like mini solos, so to speak. It was a refreshing way to hear the song!

After that I remember front et baiser, Beast Side, Material Death, Deflower, Solitude, Ange, IMMORTAL MADNESS, Nocturnal Romance(?), deus ex machina, Je l'aime...I tried so hard to remember the set list but now after some time I'm forgetting what all the songs were! If anybody knows the set list, please send it to me so I can post it here!

Beast Side was the third song played (after The Seventh Veil and front et baiser) and I noticed Ryux trying to make various references to K during the song. Whenever Seth sang the lyrics "Rest in Peace" Ryux would make the sign of the cross like people do in churches when praying. He was also covering his ears at some point, but I don't quite understand why. Furthremore, just like he does at the concerts in Japan, Ryux had his small silver skull accessory he uses as a prop to represent K! He even brought it with him to the autograph session after the concert.

After Beast Side there seemed to be a new intermission song played while the members prepared themselves for the introduction and rest of the concert. It was really heavy on a synthetic choral sound. To be honest it may have been played during other more recent lives and I forgot about it, but it struck me as something new, so even if I did hear it before it was only recently.

Finally Seth introduced them saying "We are Moi dix Mois!" he then attempted to greet everyone in Chinese and it seemed like it took a couple seconds for everyone in the crowd to completely understand what he was trying to say, but once they did everyone started cheering loudly again. Seth then changed back to Japanese, but it seemed a lot of people understood what he was saying and cheered at the appropriate moments. Basically he said its Moi dix Mois' first time in Hong Kong so they want to make it the deepest, darkest, best night ever, so everyone needed to give their energy for the live.

Soon afterwards, Material Death was announced and everyone again started cheering and screaming from the start.
I imagine it must have been extremely exciting for everyone in Hong Kong because Material Death is a song that hasn't been heard outside of Japan yet! I wonder what everyone thought? I really love the energy of that song.
I believe it was during this song too, I noticed one time Mana looked like he was going to fall after he spun around...actually I noticed it happened a few times throughout the concert. At least he didn't actually fall, but whats going on? (´~`ヾ)

Also, I was shocked there was an MC at this concert too! I always imagined outside of Japan the MC's may be rather brief with only a few phrases spoken, but since everyone seemed to do well with understanding Japanese, Seth spoke more than I expected. At first he teased everyone by saying "Mana has a message for you!" making everyone in the audience go wild, until Seth added "that I will speak out for him"
He asked the usual question, "Are you having fun?" and naturally the screaming was intense. However, of course, Mana made a gesture that it wasn't good enough, by putting his hand to his ear, so Seth said "more!" and everyone screamed louder. Seth asked Mana what he thought, but Mana made a gesture with his hands meaning "it was a little weak" so finally the screaming got so loud it felt like the venue could explode! Not only that, the screaming went on for a long time, so long Hayato started hitting a beat with his drum and people started following it with their screams until Mana was satisfied. Mana was so happy with the enormous amount of enthusiasm that he walked to the middle of the stage and blew a kiss out to the audience. Naturally everyone loved it.
Then Mana also had his white bear bag with him which contained small candies in pink wrappers which were all autographed. When Seth said Mana had a Halloween present for everyone he began throwing the candies out to the crowd and everyone went crazy trying to catch them. In Japan people go pretty crazy for little things like this, but in Hong Kong everyone was scattering around trying to catch the candies and then taking more time to scan the floors to see if they missed any. All throughout the entire concert long after the candies had been thrown out I still noticed people searching around for more.

IMMORTAL MADNESS is a song thats played at every live and is usually used for everyone to shout out the "key word" of the night, but this time as far as I can remember we only shouted "dix love!" so it was relatively simple.

One thing that was a little difficult for me to keep up with this time around was how the other fans react to songs. I never particularly realized it, but in Japan certain songs have certain movements to them that people do with how they raise their hands up or do the dix sign and such. Without thinking I was automatically doing these same movements I've become used to, only I realized nobody else was doing them around me! Suddenly I became extremely aware that the people in my surroundings were totally different from people who go all the time, so I kind of wanted to stop doing what was normal and go along with what everyone was doing this time, but every time my mind strayed away from that and I focused more on the concert itself, I found myself having this same problem again and feeling not quite in sync with the others.

However, thats an interesting point about Japan and other countries. The impression I received from Hong Kong is that people are a lot more individualized, so they do their own thing and express their enthusiasm in their own ways. Also, everyone in Hong Kong seemed so passionate!! I heard so many people's stories about when they got into Moi dix Mois and how and what Moi dix Mois means to them. These are discussions I rarely have with anyone in Japan, and there tends to be a more unified feeling like everyone should do the same thing together. Neither way is right or wrong, but its interesting to see these differences! These are details I never think about with Japanese fans, but concerts overseas have a totally different feeling. Really thats part of the reason why I wanted to go to this concert though. I wanted to see something new and different and it totally was!

A few songs later Seth suddenly announced he wanted us to lift our hands up reaching out for Je l'aime. It seemed too soon for this song! Je l'aime usually means its the end of the concert! And in fact it was! Once it ended, each member went to the center of the stage to say goodbye and everyone began cheering. Mana made his exit a bit longer as he stood in the center of the stage lifting his Jeune fille and then finally putting it on the ground so he put hold his arms out and blow a kiss goodbye to everyone before walking off.

Once all the members walked off stage, one of my friends said "Only a 50 minute concert??" Apparently the concert was in fact incredibly short! Everyone started calling for an encore though and several minutes later, the Moi dix Mois members ran back on stage, but they all looked like they weren't expecting it. Mana in particular had already taken off half his costume, so he was missing the corset and ruffly skirt. Instead all he had on was the black chiffon long Moitie blouse/dress, the ruffly skirt-shorts he usually wears under his outfit, and a camisole. The others were still dressed, but you could see even the Moitie blouse Mana was wearing was unbuttoning in the middle. Seth then said "Okay, we will play one last song, but this has to be the very end. So for our very final song we will play Deus ex Machina!!"

Everyone was excited and they tried to drag the song out a tiny bit more, but ultimately it seemed they were a little pressed for time so once it ended and Seth and Sugiya were leaving Mana started playing random notes and making them drag out on the guitar. Ryux and Hayato started staring at him like "Should we be doing something too, or should we leave?" the whole thing must have been completely unplanned because of how they both hesitated. Hayato eventually decided to get up from the drums and throw his drum sticks into the audience before leaving and then Ryux played a couple notes with Mana on his guitar before showing everyone the silver K-skull and saying goodbye as well. Mana continued to play his guitar a little longer and went to the center stage where eventually he laid the guitar down again, repeating the same motion as before, holding his arms out while everyone screamed for him. Unfortunately this time because his outfit had already started unbuttoning, when he held his arms out, half the blouse came completely undone and it was just mana standing there basically in a camisole and a pair of mini skirt-shorts. It was definitely not like anything I've ever seen before at a Moi dix Mois concert! Probably the funniest part about it was, he just stood there for an extremely long time and his outfit kept falling apart more and more. Did he even realize!? (≧∇≦)

Once he left the stage then the concert was finally over and everyone immediately went back out the concert hall for goods and pictures and such. Since I had an A ticket I also got to join the meet and greet!!

MOI DIX MOIS AUTOGRAPH SESSION/MEET & GREET

A limited 150 people received A tickets which were good for the autograph and meet & greet session. Luckily I happened to be one of those 150!! However, people who had A tickets started lining up quickly, so I was near the end, but the line seemed to go relatively fast so I really only waited a few minutes before I had my chance to meet all the members!

The staff had organized the members to be in the same room where the guitar exhibit originally was, so this time the room was now rearranged with a row of tables and a bar to keep everyone in a row. They only allowed about 5 people in the room at one time, so it was semi private. Everyone was still in their same stage outfits this time, because I'm pretty sure immediately after the concert they had to run to the room for the autograph session.

Since the limited edition goods sold for the Hong Kong show happened to be a bag and a poster, I ended up getting the poster for the autograph session since I already have all the CDs. Also, Ryux is featured on the poster whereas he isn't in any of the CDs so I wanted something he could be a part of too. It was my first time to meet Ryux so I was really excited about it!

First was Hayato, so I gave him my poster and once he signed it he went to shake my hand and said "Arigatou!" I said "Arigatou" in return, and Sugiya who was sitting right next to Hayato said (in Japanese) "woahh cool you speak Japanese!!" I probably accidentally gave him a little bit of a funny look since I've been going to Moi dix Mois concerts for 7 years non-stop in Japan, but I realized maybe he hasn't noticed because hes said before in a Madousho he has a hard time making eye contact with fans during lives because usually he wears glasses and can't see far out so well, so I responded in Japanese "Oh yes, I live in Japan!"
Suddenly Hayato, Sugiya, and Ryu (who was next to Sugiya) all freaked out and started acting like I was their new best friend.(≧∇≦) They all started cutting up and being super chatty because they were so excited and Ryux blurted out in English "YOU ARE AMAZING!!!"
Sugiya then started rambling on to me, but I didn't catch what he said because to be honest I was nervous about talking to them, so when I said "I live in Japan" I felt extremely embarrassed! I know everyone in the room heard it though, because even Seth who was further down next to Mana at the end was looking at me. (;゚∀゚)

When Seth heard Ryux talking to me then he started getting in on wanting to talk to me too, but in the end he only mustered "Konnichiwa!!!" and "Arigatou" However, based on the way he said it, I realized he actually remembered me! Several years ago Mana and Seth had an autograph/meet event in Osaka and the day before that one was the same event with all 5 members in Tokyo. At that time in the Tokyo event Seth had said "Hello" and "Thank you" to me in English because he didn't really know me or if I could understand Japanese. So the next day when it was only Seth and Mana at the Osaka event, they had a lot more time to talk with everyone, so I finally got the chance to tell Seth I understood Japanese so he got really excited about it and started chatting a little with me asking me what I thought of the album (I think it was D+SECT) at that time. From that point on, any time hes talked to me he always used Japanese and always said "Konnichiwa" in the same way.

To be honest I was really glad he said it too, because once Hayato, Sugiya, and Ryux loosened me up from being nervous a little, I started getting a little nervous again when I got to Seth. Regardless, it turns out once he recognized me and said hello I suddenly felt 100 times more relaxed, but thats when the trouble started...

I feel so terrible and embarrassed about this last part!!! ・゚゚・(´Д⊂ヽ

Hayato, Sugiya, Ryux, and Seth all ended up making me feel really happy and relaxed by talking to me in the end and it felt like we all had a really great connection together! However, getting to the point where Mana was became sooner than I expected, and suddenly after laughing and talking with the others I had no idea what to do about Mana! Do I say Hello? Do I stay silent? What is he going to do??? I ended up hesitating because I had no idea what to do, so he grabbed my hand to shake it and smiled reeaaalllyy widely at me and kept shaking his head and looking at me as if he wanted to say "I'm happy to see you too!!" but I got so nervous I started shaking and looked down at the table instead...(/ω\*)
I know its impossible at these events, but if he had just said "hello" or something like the others, then I think it would have gone completely different. What was so bad about it all is that right up until the point with Mana everyone was so talkative and cheerful and then when it got to Mana it felt like the entire room went silent and everything was so awkward you could have cut the atmosphere with a knife!!

I know its my fault for suddenly becoming nervous and embarrassed and making things awkward, but I panicked because I had no idea what to do in that situation...

To Mana,
I'm sorryyy!!! <(_ _*)>

Interestingly enough though, he shook my hand like a normal person this time...
That may sound strange to say, but at past events the way Mana shakes hands is unusual. He tends to grab your hand lightly and kinda wave it around more than shake it. Then on top of that, usually he mouths words but doesn't actually say anything. Its really hard to explain, but this time was very different. I think it might be the first time he actually acted natural shaking hands, and to be honest it was sweet to see him smiling so much!

He then signed the poster and handed it back to me, but verrryyy slowly. At that point I did kind of regain myself and look at him again, but mostly because I felt like "When exactly can I take this poster?"
Eventually I received it though and of course I took pictures too!!


Once the autograph session was over just about everyone was finally going home.
The concert, the autograph session, the fans...absolutely everything was wonderful!!!
I was nervous about coming to this Hong Kong live, but in the end it was worth every penny! I could not have asked for a more perfect day! Thank you so much everyone who made this event a complete success and I can't express enough how happy I am to have met you all! I will never forget this day for the rest of my life! 💙

With the end of this entry, even though I started out with it being "tonight's live" actually now over 24 hours have passed and I've been writing for a large majority of this time while traveling and getting home and such. Finally I'm now back in Tokyo and planning on taking a much needed long rest.
I miss Hong Kong so much though. I want Moi dix Mois to have anther live there so we can all meet again!

dix Love Hong Kong!!!!!!!!!!


Sarah
Hong Kong! Day 1


As you can probably see from the picture, I'm exhausted!!!
However, I arrived in Hong Kong this afternoon!

Its been an extremely long day starting from about 5:00 AM all the way until now (10:00 PM Hong Kong time), so this entry is probably going to be relatively short, but I don't want to go to bed without at least writing something!

I arrived around 1:00 PM or so and finally made it to my hotel around 3:30. I rested for about an hour and then went out to walk around the hotel vicinity and do sight seeing.

Since today was really the only day I would have a chance to see the city, I went to the Hong Kong Cultural Center. This area has an amazing view of the bay and at 8:00 PM every evening they have a 13 minute light show.


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In pictures, of course the view is beautiful, but in real life its mind blowing!!
I've been to big cities...I've been to places like New York and of course since I live in Tokyo I see the city every day...but from the moment the plane landed I was shocked by just how huge everything is here! Its like the buildings go up to the sky! and the view from the cultural center just makes everything seem like wall to wall sky scrapers. I don't know where to look first!



The cultural center also boasts a gorgeous clock tower in the center near various theaters. This was something I was really looking forward to seeing because I thought it was beautiful when I was researching places to visit.



After a couple hours walking around and checking out the area, my lack of sleep and exhaustion started to catch up with me, so now I'm back at my hotel ready for an early night.

Theres a lot more I want to write about Hong Kong, so I'll write more later on, and of course I'll be writing about the Moi dix Mois concert in detail tomorrow as well!

I'm really excited to see the Hong Kong Moi dix Mois fans for the first time!


Sarah
New (old) Moitie!! & More Hong Kong News
Over the past few weeks I've been secretly amassing a collection of more Moi-meme-Moitie items.
Actually, if I'm being honest, I didn't even think about it until today when I found a skirt I fell in love with at Closet Child...



The item I'm talking about is the EGA skirt in the left picture. However, about a week or two before I unexpectedly came across the original Moi-meme-Moitie ruck sack and had to get my hands on it immediately! This is a bag I've wanted ever it was first released, but being in the US at the time and international orders not existing back then made it next to impossible to obtain. So naturally when I saw it I was shocked!

The skirt, on the other hand, isn't nearly as old as the ruck sack, but in time I've found myself becoming more attracted to EGA. Some of you might remember several years ago I used to switch between EGA and EGL quite often. But after moving to Japan I started wearing EGL more frequently and it seemed EGA kinda died out of my life. Its not that I didn't like EGA, its just that EGL seemed to stand out a bit more, especially at concerts and events. EGA is more subdued, so while I've always liked how it looked, it wasn't really giving me the satisfaction I was looking for in wearing Moitie.

With that being said, now days I've noticed my perception has changed a little and I feel like EGA stands out more to me than before. It may not be as "in your face" as EGL, but the look is so slimming and unique that I can't help but gravitate towards it. I imagine age may have something to do with this as well, but I can't stop thinking about how I would like to extend my wardrobe further into EGA items!

Then theres the make up bag...actually I bought this bag about a year or two ago, but I was worried about getting it dirty so I stashed it away in my room. However, with the Hong Kong Moi dix Mois live coming up, I've been starting to think about what I will pack and I feel like its finally a perfect time to put the make up bag into use! I wanted to get one last picture of it before I start using it because I love all the details on it. I also don't think I ever talked about it before, so I thought now was a good opportunity to write about it with the other new items I got. In fact, I plan on taking all of these things with me to Hong Kong! I think the EGA skirt might be used for sight seeing the first day because I've been thinking that even though I would like to switch more to EGA, EGL would be fun to wear to this concert...I'm still not entirely sure on what I will wear, but I think I've got a general idea I plan on going with...

Anyway, that brings me to more news on the Hong Kong concert!!

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The concert organizers, Exclamation Music, posted these pictures on their official Facebook page last night and announced that the ESP jeune fille X Gips -Cross Ray- will be on display at the venue for all concert ticket holders to go see!
I would say based on the pictures, Mana must have already sent some guitars to Hong Kong, so seeing this display should be a big treat for Hong Kong fans!

I plan on going to the venue early on Sunday to make sure everything goes smoothly on my side (transportation, finding the venue, etc) so I'm going to try to check out this display as soon as I can! Of course I will report about that too when I write about everything.

It seems this trip is going to be fully loaded with Moi dix Mois related events! Every time new information appears I'm constantly feeling like I need to bump up the time I need to be at the venue so its making me a little nervous, but mostly I'm feeling more and more prepared, so the excitement is outweighing the nervousness!


12 more days until the Hong Kong live, dix!!!!!!!!!!


Sarah