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15th-Sep-2007 05:11 pm
Sho - Scarf
Hi minna, no I haven't died of sadness from being back in France XD It's just that I was too tired to do anything. When I went back to my place, it took me 3 hours to unpack all my stuff, and I had hardly slept in Paris so I was still really tired (stupid jetlag), and first I did when I turned on the computer was going to Clubbox and downloading my 3 weeks lateness on Arashi >A< (luckily Arashi is the only fandom I'm following now @_x), I haven't even checked the community or I'll go crazy with all the posts I'll have to read to catch up XD And then I had to go back to work only two days later T0T I LOOKED LIKE A ZOMBIE!!!! Because no matter at which hour I'm going to sleep (at first it didn't exceeded 9:00PM @_x) I woke up at 5:00AM. But last night I went to bed at 1:00AM (because I was watching "Letters from Iwo Jima" and the bonus DVD) but still I woke up at 7:00AM T0T STUPID STUPID JETLAG!!!

So well, one of the first thing I did when I came back to France was buying the collector pack of Flags of our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima, and last night I asked my mum to watch it with me (because she hasn't seen it yet) and she was all "put it in French" and I was "THERE'S NO WAY I'M WATCHING NINO DUBBED IN FRENCH!!!!" (and I hate dub anyway). So we watched it in Japanese all was well, but I couldn't resist the curiosity to hear Nino dubbed.... ZOMFGWTFBBQ§§!!11!§§11!!!!


ADFMLKJASDLKJFMLASJDF Nino is already young enough looking so if you give him the voice of a 15 years old it's not going to help!!!!! >A< and I prefer when Nino is speaking French all by himself in "Haikei chichiue sama" X333333
At least, this pwns my world XDDDDD



Anyway, I've finally received my package from Japan (10kg extra that I had to send from Narita airport (long story, please verify when you go to Japan, how many kgs you're allowed for your way back because the guy from Aeroflot told us bullshit when we leaved, he said it was 30kg each, so we did in this range, but it was 25kg! So we had to run like mad between the check in and the post office (which is in the airport but not next to it ok! >< ) to send 10kg to France wouhou!!!!) so I've finally finished redecorating my room YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!! (remember that before Japan, it was already like this)

Nearly complete Arashi discography yaaaaaaaay (HMV was happy to see me XDDDDDD)
Oh btw, I've found the Happiness single on the 4th, the day before its release (and the day before I leaved, that's why I went to check), I knew you could find new releases a day earlier in Tokyo and it's totally true, so if it happens to you when you're there, know that you can buy it earlier. Also if you go to an Arashi concert, there's a stand where they are selling all of Arashi discography (they were also selling some DVDs and of course there was BokuImo when I went to my concert because it had been released two days ago) Anyway if you want to buy CDs, try Book Off first, it will be wayyyyyyy cheaper and there are possibilities that you will find limited stuff.


And that is why my mum is making fun of me everytime I use my cellphone you shall never enter an idol shop, because you will end up with tons of those useless stuff XDDD Especially in one idol shop which was fuuuuuuuull of catcher (those machines where you put a coin and you randomly win something). We were 4 French Arashi fangirl in front of the 3 Arashi catchers, and we went crazyyyyyyy, exchanging keyholders and phone straps to have the member we wanted XDDDDDD


this is not a store XD How can I sleep... HOW. CAN. I. SLEEP. With 3 big Sho-chan looking over me like this *nosebleed and more* I'm trying to sleep my eyes wide opened... still not working
Oh and w00t, new scanner yaaaaaaaaaay!!!!


Oh and there's also....
me: Muuuuuum ^___^
mummy: Yes?
me: I've brought you something back from Japaaaaaan ^___^
mummy: Thank you honey, what is it? ^^
me: ... ^___^
mummy: ... ^^;
me: THIS ^___^



mummy: ... ^^;;
me: ^___^
mummy: ^^;;;;
me: ^____________________________________^
mummy: ^^;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;
me: Now your car looks sexy, be happy! ^_______________^

The thing is she was really happy because she needed one XDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD

So enough of my stupid life and moving on to the most interesting part:

How to make it to Japan, see Arashi and come back in one piece


So I though it might be helpful to say what it has costed me and all to make this trip to Japan, because more than one year ago, I though Japan was like... unreachable, but it's not, and it's absolutely totally worth all the hard work you can put in it. Also a lot of people will tell you that Japan is expensive. Yes it's expensive as Paris can be expensive, depends on what you're willing to do, and how wisely you're spending your money (you can say I've bought too many stuff but that's why I went there, and I stayed in the range of money I brought with me. Of course if I had decided to travel everywhere around Japan, I would have bought wayyyyyyyyyyy more less, it all depends on what you want to do, but save money ok XD), like eveywhere in the world. When I went to Japan, I brought with me exactly 393000Y (which is around 2000€), plane ticket not included, and were to be include in it the hotel, the transport and the food for 17 days. Hopefully I had to pay the hotel first thing, so I didn't have to worry about it for the rest of my stay. And I stayed exactly in the money I had, (the day I left Tokyo for Narita, I had eactly 1000Y left for the train and 140Y for a bottle of water, that was all XDDDDD). I only used my credit card once at HMV (which is one of the rare places in Japan where you can pay with a credit card) and it was just for a DVD, and the second time was at Nartia airport, for the post office to send my stuff to France. You can go for less (Jennifer only brought 300000Y and she was OK at the end, she just bought less), so just save money depending on what you want to do, AND CHECK WHAT YOU HAVE LEFT EVERYDAY!!!! That's why I mainly bought at the end of my stay, so I didn't have to worry about the things left to do.

The plane
I flew with Aeroflot, which is a Russian company, because it was the cheapeast. Don't order your ticket through their official website because it won't be the cheapest you can find. I got my tickets through Go Voyages (OK this will concern only French people because it's all in French), but I found it only by typing "Cheap plane ticket Japan" in Google and you will find all those sites advertisings which proposes discount tickets. So after searching through all of them for the best prices, I've found my tickets (Paris>Narita>Paris) for only 760€ (which is like nearly half the regular price), all taxes and insurance included. When you've found the ticket you want, if your days of leaving are a little free, check if you can find a cheapest ticket if you leave a day earlier or later (that's what I did, I've found mine 100€ chepeast if I leaved Japan a day later XD NO PROBLEM!!!!). Of course you'll have your tickets way cheaper if you're traveling when it's not the hollidays, and if you're buying your ticket really earlier (I bought mine like, 2 months before leaving, because I still didn't know for which concert I would go because of Johnny's stupid ticket system =_= ).
As for the company itself, it was quite good, except the food =_= (yurk! But you're not going to Japan for the plane's food ne XD ) We flew from Moscow to Narita in a Boeing 767 so it was quite a good plane. You will most likely stop for one or two hours at Moscow too (depends from where you're leaving... if you're leaving from America... most likely you won't stop at Moscow XDDDD ). Oh by the way, if you're willing to buy duty free stuff, don't buy them at Paris or Narita, buy them at Moscow, they're nearly 30% cheaper! (but don't start buying too much stuff at the airport because you will be buying too much stuff already in Japan XDDDD)

The hotel
I decided that for this first travel to Japan I will be staying only in Tokyo, so we stayed in the same hotel the whole time. If you're going to do several cities, well you'll have to search an hotel in those ones. As for me, I stayed at House Ikebukuro, which was really nice because it was traditionnal rooms (geez, I just loved my futon *0* ), Jennifer and me took a regular Japanese room for two persons, which was 6000Y (so it was 3000Y (~22€) for one person, which was perfect for our budget XD), with AC (VITAL!!!!!) TV (YAY LIVE ARASHI!), hair dryier, closet and alarm clock. We had to use a common bathroom and toilets but seriously it didn't matter because they were big and individual (really the shower was enormous @_x And with no crappy shampoo and stuff, it was Shiseido shampoo!), so it just felt like the bathroom was in another room that's all, you're not mixed with all the other residents or anything like that XDDD The toilets are you know... modern Japanese toilets with lots of buttons XDDD (I cracked up laughing the first time I used them, and I didn't knew how to stop them XDDDD (just press the big orange button XD)). There are also two computers, with illimited and free internet access. There's a big fridge upstairs and downstairs if you want to keep your food there, also there's a big kitchen if you want to eat there. So all in all we were quite happy with this hotel except that as we took the cheapest room, we had a curfew at midnight. You won't have one if you take the annex suite with your own shower and toilet, but it's 8000Y for two person (it's still cheap, but as we stayed there for 17 days, we took the cheapest we could). Anyway as the train in Tokyo stops at midnight, it kinda didn't matter, except that we couldn't go around our own disctrict (Ikebukuro) at night (well you can, but you'll have to wait until 6:00AM for the hotel to open again XD ).
The other thing is that the maintainer of the hotel (Mrs. Chen) is kinda cold at first sight, but she's really nice really, it's just that she's strict, but she speaks English which might be a nice stuff if you can't speak Japanese (she also speaks Chinese as she's Chinese herself).
Also Ikebukuro was kinda a good location. Don't start wanting to sleep in Harajuku or Shibuya, it won't be the same price and it's stupid, we were only 13 minutes away from Harajuku on the Yamanote Line, and the train station was only 5 minutes away from the hotel.
You can find even more cheaper hotel mainly in Ueno, for around 1500Y, but I've read it's really not the same standard (and Ueno is like 50 minutes away from Harajuku).



The food
As I said above, you can keep food at the hotel (it will be mainly for eating at nght because you will most likely be outside at midday). If you're low on money, you can survive with the combini sandwiches (between 100Y and 200Y), which are REAAAAAAAAAAAAALLY good (geez, I miss teriyaki sandwiches T0T), or even more you can buy ramen at a 100Y shop (which are like EVERYWHERE!). Be careful, you will spend a lot of money on bottle of water (especially if you go on summer!) at all those drink selling machines. A bottle of water will cost you between 120Y and 150Y. I suggest, for your budget, if you're going out all day, to buy a big one at the combini (like, 1 liter) and to keep it (have a big bag ne XD) and refill it at the hotel. Because seriously, it's so hot and humid, that you will be drinking like 1 liter of water every hour =_= And most likely, if you're going to Japan in summer, you're not going to eat very much, because it's too hot and humid to eat! (I've lost 6kg all in all in 17 days (NOT THAT I MIND, REALLY XDDDDD))
Anyway, cheap food is easy to find in Japan, and it's usually the best XD

Transport
If you're going to travel around Japan, don't forget to make a Japan Rail Pass before leaving your country (for French people, you can order it for example on Destination Japon. I didn't ordered mine on the internet because I was going to be on Paris for two days before leaving, so I went directly to the agency and they made it, it took only 10 minutes).
As I was staying mainly in Tokyo, the line I took the most was the Yamanote Line, I took the local subway lines only to go to Asakusa, Akasaka and the Yashio Complex. At first I found the Japanese subway system really messy, because there's so much private lines and there are signboards everywheeeeeere, and the stations are so big that I felt lost. But you will understand it really fast. As we were using mainly the Yamanote Line, we only had to find the big green JR signs and follow it, then take a ticket (the machines all have an option to display all in English so don't panick! Anyway, after 3 trys, you will let it in Japanese XD All in all, you just tell the machine "I want to pay this price" and that's all. To know this price, you just have to watch the big map above those machines. OK it's all in Japanese, normally there will be one in romanji nearby, it represents all the JR system so it goes outside of Tokyo but the Yamanote Line is easily noticeable because it's the big green circle in the middle). Then you head for your train, just check that you're in the right direction (towards Shinjuku and Shibuya (West and South) or towards Ueno and Tokyo (North and East)). Anyway don't panick there because at the end of your first day, you will know all the stations on the Yamanote Line as lots of informations will be given to you (the traffic, are displayed in the train, above the doors on a little screen, and a lady will say in Japanese and English what is the next station and on which side the doors will open (geez, I miss this lady T0T ).



About the prices, a ticket from Ikebukuro (our hotel) to Harajuku (where we headed the most XD) was 160Y. On the Yamanote Line, the prices can vary between 130Y and 250Y, but I don't remember well. If you have a JR Pass at the time you're in Tokyo, it will be free as it's a JR Line.
You can also decide to make a Suica card, but it's not really the best thing to do in my opinion. It will only give you access to illimited travel between only two stations of your choice, but if you want to go further you'll have to pay an extra fee. It's really only of if you're working or studying in Tokyo.
If you still feel uneasy, just take the cheapest ticket price and when you arrive at the station you want, go to a machine to adjust the price of your ticket, or go directly to the policeman near the exit and he will make you pay the adjustment price.
I also used this site when I planned some stuff, but seriously, YOU WON'T NEED IT! The stations and lines are always changing! The thing you need to know is the station where you want to go. I remember when I wanted to go to A-Nation, this site told me to take a semi limited express line, to change at one station and to take another line. There was no semi limited express and I could go directly to the station taking a local line.
Same thing for Aiba's mum restaurant, we knew the line, we checked "is the station we want actually on this line?", and that was all. And if you're lost, just ask (if you're not at ease with Japanese, just write it on a piece of paper). I've brought 3 Japan guides with me and didn't used one for my whole stay!

Do I have to learn Japanese?
That's the question ne ^^ Well of course not, you won't need it, how are all those tourists doing ne? But seriously, I recommend a little basis of Japanese at least, it will be easier and especially funnier. I've started learning Japanese on my own back in December 2006, just because of Arashi because I wanted to understand their TV Shows, at that time, I only knew just basic words like "Arigatou", "Itadakimasu" and the such, because of too much anime watching, but for example I didn't have a clue about the use of "desu" XDDDD Yes that was my Japanese level at the time. But by the time I went to Arashi concert, I nearly understood everything of the MC. Yeah, you want to learn Japanese if you're going to an Arashi concert because you want to enjoy the MC ne! Don't think I'm saying "I'm fluent in only 8 months" @_x, it's just that I understand globally, one word here and one verb there, and I can make out the sense of what I am told (like Nino in "Blond sensei"). And you will progress way more in Japanese while staying 3 weeks in Japan, than at home for 8 months XDDDD
Anyway it's not necessary, but not all Japanese people understand English, anyway you can make yourself understand with lots of waving around, drawings and such XDDD
But yeah, I've spend all my time talking only in Japanese, if I didn't know a word, I just tried to say it in English the Japanese way (katakana pronounciation) and it worked most of the time. Anyway it was easier for me to understand what I was told than speaking myself (because I'm more used to hear Japanese than speaking it, I need to work on that, that's one of the many reasons I was happy I met Akira-kun because I could really talk well... not just that XD)
So yeah, the basics will help you and most of all, I recommend that you at least learn the kana. Of course in the train stations, it's also written in English, but the shops on the streets etc are not all written in English. Even in the restaurants, the menu are not always written in English. Besides, if you go to small snacks or fast food, it will be written in Katakana (used for foreign words) so you will understand what's written. It's the same for finding a Karaoke, the light signs are all in katakana. Of course you can still ask and you will find it anyway, it's just easier and funnier to find it all by yourself, you'll feel more at ease. All in all it took me 1 month to learn all my kana (well it took me only one day to know them, but a month to be at ease, I kept reading and reading to train myself (reading Arashi karaoke is a lot of fun XD), and writting Arashi songs from romanji to kana.
And besides, YOU WON'T BE ABLE TO DO JAPANESE KARAOKE IF YOU DON'T KNOW YOUR KANA (you will only be able to sing English songs, or... yeah, except if you know all Arashi songs by heart)!!! SO GO AND LEARN THEM! It's easy! (because at karaoke, all the kanji have furigana, which I was really glad to discover XD)

Arashi concert
You all know the problem with Arashi concerts. Know that if you're desperate and you haven't find someone at the fanclub, if you don't want or are scared to buy on Yahoo Auction, or for whatever other reason, you can still find a ticket once you're in Tokyo.
All you need to do is go to Takeshita Street in Harajuku, where all the idol shops are. Not all of them are selling concert tickets, but some are. The one where I bought my A-Nation ticket was near the middle of the street, if I remember well, there was a shop at the bottom with just clothes, and the idol shop was upstairs, but you can't miss it because right above the shop downstairs are three TV screens playing Johnnys videos (with the sound... but well there is sound and music everywhere in Tokyo so... XD). On the 21st when I went there, I saw an Arashi ticket for the 22nd for 23000Y. On the 27th, I saw an Arashi ticket for the 29th for 150000Y @_x It all depends on the date of the concert and its popularity (everybody wanted to go to the Hamamatsu concert), the seat with this ticket, and how many days before the concert you've bought it (the closer you get from the concert, the cheaper it will get). I recommend that you go to this shop knowing which concert in which city you want to attend, that you printed a map of the concert room so you know the configuration of the room (the block letters and such) so you know for which seat you're buying the ticket. Anyway you won't have so much choice, I only saw one ticket each time.


Exemple of Idol shops entrances


I also saw one shop like this in Shibuya, while I headed for HMV (you can't miss HMV XDDDD so you'll pass in front of it, it's near a McDonald's (but there are McD at every street corner so... XD)), and I saw one Arashi ticket there too (it was around 30000Y).
You can still always buy your ticket at one of those stalkers in front of the concert room (they're OBVIOUS, and they're kinda scary XD This felt super weird because it's forbidden, but they were right under the nose of the staff... I seriously don't understand). And I know this year they said they were going to check if you were in the FC and such (there was a sign right at the bottom of the stairs heading to the stands entry in Hamamatsu Arena) but nobody checked (and we were 4 French girls absolutely not Asian looking, so we were afraid it might look more suspicious and they will ask us, but they didn't at all, same thing happened to nyanchan when I saw her in Hamamatsu when she went to the first concert (I went to the second) she entered without being asked or anything).

The Harajuku Johnny's Shop
ASMDFLJKAMSLDJFMLJADSFJ XDDDDD it's like Survivor.
I highly recommend that you go there one day you decided to spend all your time in Harajuku. You can choose to go there in the early morning, but as we were tired Jennifer and me, we arrived in Harajuku at 10:00PM. Two days before we located the JE Shop and the place 30m farer where you have to queue (because you can't enter the JE Shop like this). So you arrive at this place where you have to queue, you will saw a lot of girls queuing anyway so you can't miss it, it's a smoking area actually (and it's called the "Harajuku Champs-Elysées" XDDDD). And a JE guy or girl will ask you if you're here to queue for the shop and will give you a ticket with an hour to come back (for us it was 1:30PM XD so we went to Takeshita Street (as always) and then eat somewhere (Choco Cro, which is right in front of the waiting area, if you go upstairs you'll have a nice view on all those people waiting XD))




The last picture is the actual JE Shop (yeah, it's small)


Actually I discovered later (when I watched Pikanchi on the plane back to France, I really paid attention to the Harajuku part as I know it nearly like my pocket now XDDDD) that where you wait for the JE Shop is where you see Bon and Chu fighting the second time they went to Harajuku XD~


You wait right behind Takuma.... certainly Arashi fangirls behind??? XDDD (just thinking that Arashi acted right at the place where there is the most concentration of Arashi fangirls everyday makes me laugh very much!)


So don't be fooled if you don't see many girls queuing, they're just the ones lining for this half hour!
DON'T THROW YOUR TICKET! You'll need it to queue again at the time you've been given. And don't fool yourself, they won't let you queue 5 minutes before the said hour on your paper nononononono. Then you show your paper (because the girls with the 1:00PM paper are still queuing in front of you) and start queuing. We waited there for 40 minutes. BRING A BOTTLE OF WATER! AND PUT ON CONFORTABLE SHOES! Then the JE guy/girl (who is always communicating with the shop with a talkie-walkie), who made you line by rows of four people, will come, scream to you all the JE Shop rules and bring you to the shop.
You first go downstairs, where there are already people queuing again. first thing you must do is to take one of those paper and a pen (I took an extra one to scan it):



There are two of them, first one is for the pictures from #001 to #800 and the second is for #801 to whatever it ends. On top of those papers, you have the name of all the JE bands, so you check the one you want for this paper (so if you want Arashi, KAT-TUN and V6 pictures, you have to take a paper for each band). Then you just write how many pictures you want for whichever picture number. When I went there, the first pictures were for Kanjani 8, then KAT-TUN, SMAP and Arashi was the very last, so I had to wait the end of the queue to write them down (I queued FOREVER in front of the KAT-TUN wall =_= And only 5 minutes in front of the Arashi one T0T). Then a JE guy/girl will come and take youtwo by two upstairs. All in all I queued like 20~30 minutes downstairs.
Upstairs... it's where are the "official" goods, meaning for Arashi, only that:



The book-like thing is to classify your FC magazines (I didn't know when I bought it I just took the biggest XD But it became really useful as I have so many of them), there are smaller just for pictures. Other bands like Tackey and Tsubasa had concert towels on sale, as well as posters (displayed on the ceiling XD), there were also more stuff for V6 too. But seriously you won't find much, it's just for official pics. There are also on sale the current concert goods (not all of them, just the uchiwas and the penlights.... but for Arashi there was only Jun uchiwa left XD). Then there are more pictures of the bands that weren't downstairs (V6, NewS, Jr. etc...) and then... you start queuing again for the cashier, I think we queued for 40~50 minutes (I told you to bring a bottle of water and confortable shoes ne!!! And I hope for you you won't do too much shopping before like we did because we had to carry all our shopping bags XD We were so tired @_x). Then at the cashier, you give your paper(s) for the pictures, if you want an uchiwa or a penlight you ask for it here, and you give what you've taken in the shop (the tiny uchiwa and such), then you pay *sob*, the cashier will give you in a bag the stuff you can take away immediately (what I took in picture above) and will give you your ticket to wait outside the shop, the time for her to find all your pictures. Then she will come outside and call your number (don't worry if you don't understand Japanese, if you're gaijin looking she will definitely remember you (like all the girls in the shop who will be staring at you like you're from another planet and you somehow got lost and ended in the JE Shop XD) and wave at you because she's not stupid and will understand that you don't speak Japanese), and you will finally have your pictures.
Jennifer and I checked the time... and all in all, from the moment we started queuing until the time we went out of the shop, we spend 2 hours and 40 minutes. Maybe if you're going really early it will be quicker inside the shop, but you're going to wait and queue anyway so just go whenever you want.

Hummm... I think that's all, if anybody has any question, I will be happy to answer them.
I will post soon enough again now that I have a scanner, I have tons of stuff to share \ooooooo/ make graphics make graphics people, make pretty wallies!!!!! XD~

じゃね!
Comments 
15th-Sep-2007 04:59 pm (UTC) - Yes!
Super bon retour toi!!!
je viens d'imprimer ton rapport, je vais aller le lire en bas pendant que Moko se promène.
J'te bises à plus tard!
Tes fans t'attendent...lol
15th-Sep-2007 06:15 pm (UTC) - Re: Yes!
ROOOOFL T'AS IMPRIME TOUT CA??? CA VA PAS XDDDDDDDD tu penses un peu aux arbres!!!
Tu feras un bisous à Moko de ma part hein!!!!
15th-Sep-2007 09:31 pm (UTC)
Nino dubbed in French is just so weird!

Your room looks so awesome! I love that Sho AAA poster so much!! Wow, I never knew acid pops came in such a large tin o.o I love acid pops^^

Thanks for all the info on the hotel, travel, and lining up for the Johnny's shop. I'm sure it'll come in handy in the future XD Oh I wish the Book Off in NYC would have some Arashi goods. They never do!!
16th-Sep-2007 12:59 pm (UTC)
ROOOFL I can't believe you noticed the acid pops tin XDDD It was a Harry Potter limited edition so that's shy I've bought it XP

I hope those informations will be of some help! And don't worry, the Book Off in Paris doesn't have any Arashi stuff (I hardly found a V6 coming century single, that's all XDDDD).
15th-Sep-2007 11:00 pm (UTC)
Okaeri~!XD Wow, what a long post, thanks for sharing all the details, it reminded me of mine:3 Hope you;re feeling better now and that you found enough room for everything in your roomXD
16th-Sep-2007 01:01 pm (UTC)
Tadaimaaaaaa *sob* I should go and read your long post too!!! I WANT TO READ YOUR CONCERT REPORTS X333333333
I sacrified all the space I had for Harry Potter and Star Wars to make room for Arashi, so don't worry, everything fitted XDDD
15th-Sep-2007 11:44 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the long and detailed post!! It was very interesting...when i will go to Japan your report will be a big help! :DD
And your room is just amazing! When you wake up the morning...you just see paradise! o///o
The Time posters are beautiful! But i'm disappointed by the Johnny's shop, i thought there will be more goods! So Time goods could only be found at the concerts places?!
(Oh! I bought the Iwo Jima DVD and i agree: Nino french voice is awful ~Why such kid's voice?)



16th-Sep-2007 01:04 pm (UTC)
You're welcome, I hope it will help you!
I want to rape my wall
I knew there were not so many stuff at the JE Shop, but I didn't expected it was just that (not even a Single or a magazine!) . Maybe the ones in other cities are not like this, but when I went out of it, I said "This is the oine and only time I'm going there", because it's really just only for pictures.... and all those fangirls are queuing everyday just for that @_x
Yep the goods could only be found at the concert place (you don't need to have a ticket for the concert to buy them anyway).
16th-Sep-2007 12:46 am (UTC)
wuaaaa!! is great that you had a good time! thank you for the useful information, i'm learning japanese online and watching arashi XD just a question that is not related with this post... from wich magazine is the picture of your header?? and one question that is related to the fc, do you know that if i have someone living in japan and is willing to subscribe me to the fc the person will get in a problem for lying?? and also 'cause i know JE call you and ask you some questions and they will notice by the phone number that is not from japan or there's no problem with that??
16th-Sep-2007 01:09 pm (UTC)
Thanks, gambatte with your lessons, I've learned on the internet too *still learning anyway*.
The pic is not from a magazine, it's an advertising for Cx1000 from last year.

As for the FC, if you have a friend in Japan subscribing for you, he/she can subscribe with your name but he/she will have to give his/her adress and phone number (it won't work if it's not a phone number in Japan). That's what my French friend who got me my tickets did, she is in the FC with her name but it's the address and phone number of her friend in Japan.
Anyway, if it's your name on the FC card, you won't have problems. If it's someone from the FC who got you the tickets and is not coming with you to the concert, it might be safe that you make him/her do a letter like "I swear on the honnor that blablablabla has her tickets by me blablablabla". That's what nyanchan and tenjostyle did, but nobody controlled them, but you might want to ask them what that letter was.

Hope I helped ^^
19th-Sep-2007 07:31 am (UTC)
YOUR GOODIES AND YOUR ROOM JKSBHJABSHJABHSJBAHBSAHBS

*dies of jealousy*

X3
19th-Sep-2007 09:43 am (UTC)
When I posted this, I could so picture your face XDDDD
20th-Sep-2007 08:17 pm (UTC)
Aaahhh~~ you're living the dream! And thank you for all the explanations... Hopefully I'll remember this by the time I can finally go there (what... 3 years?? -.-)

And that's exactly what I did when I was learning kana too! Writing song lyrics into kana hahahah XD It helps memorizing the song also ^^. What's that saying... kill two birds with one stone? Or something like that hahah...

Just HOW do you sleep at night with all those gorgeous posters staring at you??! If my room is like that... I'd never get out of it XD Such a happy place~~ *dreamy*

I don't wanna bother you more about this... but do you know if there's any site out there that explains how you can join the fanclub? Cuz now that I know someone in Japan, I can use their address... but I'm totally clueless about the whole applying process >.
22nd-Sep-2007 08:44 am (UTC)
je sauvegarde ta page !! je la trouve super interessante comme toujours !!et puis comme ça j'ai tes conseils pour mon futur voyage au Japon~~parce que la derniere fois j'etais pas lachée dans la nature XD ... dis, tu m'invites chez toi?°_°j'ai tres envie de voir tout ce ke t'as rapporté en vrai lol .... nan j'rigole, woa moi l'incrusteuse !! <_<¤ ahah
24th-Sep-2007 04:59 am (UTC)
How interesting... makes me want to save up even more to go to Japan thank you very much for sharing this!
24th-Sep-2007 07:27 pm (UTC)
OMG! It´s so nice to read this all, especially because I just came back from Japan, too XD
And of course I also went to the holy (but small) Johnny´s shop in Harajuku. But wow! I only got a ticket for 17.30 *lol* XDDD
And first time we got there it was weekend, so no hope for us *lol* But I love all those other idol shops there more than the actual Johnny´s shop anyway (*__*) ... I bought my ass off and oohhh my pure wallet XD

And *lol* @ jetlag. I´m from Germany so we have exactly the same time gap, neee? XD .... I only had problems the first night ^^; ... but I also woke up at 5am XD .. good to hear I´m not the only one XDDDD

Oh and yes Book off is EVIL! XDDD I spent a lot of money there, but in my case because of mangas XD

*lol* .. and do NOT ask how many handystraps I have now XDDDD ..... especially of Toma but I even bought MatsuJun stuff ... a LOT (*__*) ... oh well. I don´t regret it, but where to put all that stuff? ;__; ... XDDDDD

EEHH? You lost 6kg??? O_O Wow. I only lost 2kg, but if I loose 6kg, I would be almost dead I guess XDDDDD But yes it was VEEEERY hot. But I don´t think the water bottles were that expensive. They´re the same than here in Germany. And I always bought bentos at the combinis ^-^; I totally miss the Japanese food ;o;

Hehe~ well I think it´s good if you know a little bit of Japanese. I started to learn in 2002 and honestly a lot of Japanese speak a very strange English, so I didn´t understand them at all and begged them to please talk in Japanese with me XD ... furthermore I stayed with a Japanese family my last week in Tokyo, so it was a good thing, that I could use more than just basics :)

And for Karaoke XD OMG! XDDDDD It was soooooooo funny!!!! It was always like that: "la la la ... AAAH WAIT I CAN´T READ THAT FAST!!! ;___;" ... XDDD
1st-Oct-2007 05:14 am (UTC)
Thanks for posting that. That place you stayed at looks really nice. I really enjoyed reading this. I memming this, so I remember to read over this when I get to (hopefully) go to Japan.
2nd-Aug-2010 06:59 pm (UTC)
I don't think I would enjoy living in a "idol shop" but winkichan seems to love it, that's what really matters. He doesn't seem like the type of guy that hunts tempurpedic mattress on sale, as long as the posters are on the wall things should be just fine.
4th-Oct-2007 02:34 pm (UTC)
oops, j'avais raté ce post ^^;!!!
Hahah les gacha gacha de l'enfer avec les porte-clef et tout y'a de quoi devenir folles et dépenser tous ses sous!!
Olalalal Nino doublé en français, j'avais jamais vu ca o__________O;;; ca fait trop bizarre!!! (c'est affreux hahaha) Merci de nous faire partager ce grand moment~!!

Wow tu t'es déchirée sur le epport détailler, bravo ^^!
26th-Oct-2007 10:54 pm (UTC)
*hugs sironimo* Since a long time I haven't talked to you T0T (way ben c'est ma faute XD)
Wai fallait que je le fasse ce post!!!! Et faut que je refasse tous le sposts détaillés jour par jour avec les photos... au moins pour me souvenir

LES GACHA CAI AFFREUUUUX!!! Heureusement que pour Arashi c'était pour el groupe complet parce que pour KAT-TUN t'en avait un just pour Jin et l'autre pour Kame... si y en avait eu un juste pour Sho, je l'aurais vidé XDDDD
9th-Oct-2007 05:55 pm (UTC)
Omgosh, I may not be an Arashi fan, but I DO think Ninomiya & MatsuJun is *kyaaaaaaaaaaa*!!!! Out of the bunch, they're my most favorite two guyz. ^_^

Thanks so much though for ALL this info on going to a Jshop in Harajuku. Many fangirl friends of mine who're T&T fans (like myself) go there often to buy stuff. Another friend of mine (who's a JE fan) is going w/her friends to Japan this Dec. She was gonna get me stuff and I think this bunch of info is really good for her to know. Thanks! *peace out*
26th-Oct-2007 10:56 pm (UTC)
You're brave for going to this shop OFTEN! I'm back back next summer, but I'll go only once (and go back to this wonderful shop with the rare stuff XDDD)
I'm glad I could help and give some informations to your friend, when I went there, I just only new about the waiting are and the long time you spend, but didn't know how it worked inside, so I would have prefered knowing this earlier (even if I managed to get what I wanted anyway XD)
22nd-Oct-2007 03:56 am (UTC)
Gyahhh... I wish I could've read this before going to Japan. =_=; Then I would've planned my days differently...

I was there! In Harajuku!! And was right in front of the Johnny's shop! Only I was told I had to like wait 2 hours or something before I could get in... it was around 2pm then and my cousin and I had somewhere else that we planned to go in the afternoon already (cuz we only had 6 days and we had 2 places planned for everyday) and so in the end we didn't go.. =_=;; Cuz I knew there'd be lines inside the shop as well and it'd just take way too long. ~_~;

Karaoke!!! ;_; Wish I had time to do Karaoke too... gyahhh... now I wish that I hadn't overslept one of the mornings I was there, then I should've had time to go karaoke. =_=;

And I agree!!! I basically stayed alive in the mornings and sometimes at nights thanks to the combini.. xD I'd grab onigiris as my breakfast on the way to the trains and yakisoba as my dinner on my way home. xD I MISS TERIYAKI SANDWICH TOO!! ;_; And onigiris... and yakisoba.. and the bentous... gyah. I miss the combini. xD
8th-Dec-2007 04:07 pm (UTC)
Now that I remember it I passed in front of that particular shop in Takeshita! I remember how excited I was seeing all those idol ahops. I stopped a little but I would lose the others in my group (which constantly got on my nerves with their complete lack of knowledge on modern Japanese culture and their Arashi hate-speech) so I left without going in. Next time however I'm going in and I'm buing a ticket however much it costs! Hah!
9th-Dec-2007 08:16 am (UTC)
Aaaaw, that's too bad :/ Seriously they could have made a little effort and think about eberyone, because each one of you might want to do something different ne!

I hope next time you'll do it y^^y
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28th-Apr-2008 03:35 pm (UTC) - desperately searching for...
Hi, Im from the philippines...
im actually looking for THIS uchiwa:
(if you have this, i wanna buy it from you!)

http://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h288/alpha_eiri/arashi/jun/items/uchiwa-front.jpg
http://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h288/alpha_eiri/arashi/jun/items/uchiwa-back.jpg
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2nd-May-2008 10:33 pm (UTC)
Hi!
I'm glad it helped :)
From Narita, the cheapest is to take the Skyliner to Ueno (1000Y), then the Yamanote line to Ikebukuro.
If you feel unconfortable at Narita, just state you want to go to Ueno by train ^^
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21st-May-2008 02:15 am (UTC) - traveling to Japan
hello!~ Firstly Thank You for putting up all this information about your trip to Japan! It is so much help to me...I know u don't know me but i'm planning on traveling to japan in december/january this year...i was wondering if you could give me some advice/help? Arigatou Godzaimasu!!!! *bows*
21st-May-2008 04:41 am (UTC) - Re: traveling to Japan
Hi.
Can you be more precise about advice/help? Because I've said all that could help people in this entry. So if you need to know something specific, tell me precisely, thanks.

Edited at 2008-05-21 04:42 am (UTC)
24th-Nov-2008 04:07 am (UTC)
Thanks for posting this, I'm from Mexico, but my dream is to do everything you did, so thanks!!! I envy you, the futon looked really confy!! I'm really really grateful to you, for having posted all the steps and the things you experienced...ja ne~
24th-Nov-2008 06:22 pm (UTC)
Hi winkychan! I wish I could've read your entry before my Harajuku trip in Oct 07! (went to Yoyogi Kouen in the vicinity before that) I wasnt there for a concert but I could've planned a little better in order to go to the JE shop (I stayed in Aoyama in Akasaka, near Shibuya).

As it is, I went to Takeshita Dori on a Sunday afternoon when it was crawling with godawful many people! If I just stop *once* to peep into a shop, the person behind me would bump into me for sure1 T_T It was that kowaii da... *think crowds in a con*

Erm I didnt have time for the shop in the end, but maybe next time if I m going Tokyo again (I m thinking next spring, fingers crossed) can I ask you for directions? Arigatou gozaimasu for sharing your experience with us. ^^ Sorry for the long post.
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8th-Jan-2009 10:55 pm (UTC)
you have many experiences
such..met Nino, watch their concert, and JE shop
I havnt done something before
but i try to...and earn some money
before beg my mom XDD
from all your written, I think i went there with you!
nice journal :)
however, i have some doubt, the picture that show lot of Arashi's single and cd
where did you get it?
did it from concert, i read it but not clearly understand what do you mean
please excuse for this doubt.. .

Arashi is almost10years debuted
will you go to their concert?
i really want to be there
wanna see them in real, wanna touch them XDDD
what's going onnnn to me!
this is your journal...sorry
XD
by the way, would you ans for my doubt
thanks very much

you are really big fangirl
you notice that place was in their movie
im esteemmm!
7th-Apr-2009 09:52 pm (UTC)
@_@ I am thinking about going to Japan this summer, by myself. and the idea of being in the Harajuku shop for 3 hours scares me. XDDDDD
And I would also be wanting to go to an Arashi concert when I am there. @___@ So much work.

30th-Apr-2009 01:00 pm (UTC)
Hello!! I'm rather new to lj, and i chanced upon ur journal and this very informative entry! I'll be going to Japan this year, and this entry has helped me a lot!! Thank you very much! (^^*
Can I add you as friend?
30th-Apr-2009 05:18 pm (UTC)
I'm glad it helped you. Some things have changed since this entry was made (it was back in 2007), for a first, the price of the Arashi ticket on the black market went up UP UP orz Also the JE shop has been reorganized but it's still the same system as I mentionned.
Also if you're staying in Tokyo and not using a JR Pass, it'll be better to make a Suica card that you can buy at most auotmatic machine in any station (I bought mine last year at the one at the entrance of Harajuku station).
that's all for the update, I hope you'll enjoy your stay ^^
There's no need to ask to add me :)

Edited at 2009-04-30 05:18 pm (UTC)
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