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Otaku, air guitar, and Japan in Paris (yes it's possible!) 
25th-May-2007 03:03 am
Sho - Scarf
I feel like I'm in August, it's 30°C here @_x I'm melting on my chair, faning myself with my Pikachu Ichiwa m(_ _)m
After the crappiest day of my working life last night, I had a wonderful surprise this morning, as, all at once, my "We can make it!" LE single FINALLY arrived (took 3 weeks @_x STUPID FRENCH POSTAL SERVICE!), my "H" magazines and "Maiding Story" single from amazon (what a surprise, it's by DHL, so it arrived in less than a week \o/ ), and my package from Rin <3 which the stupid French postal service said had been lost by stupid French delivery man, but I don't know how, it finally found its way to my home, so all is for the best!!!

Ureshii na~

Couldn't help myself but exposing them right next to eachother <3

I really hope my AAA DVD won't take 3 weeks to come too @_x (usually, CDJapan packages takes 1 week to come, it's just that this time, French delivery service decided to be slow and stupid (national days off + strike) It's already hard resisting reading the comments of the lucky people who already saw it! >< I've almost finished downloading it from ammi's CB, but I really want to wait for my DVD and watch it in the living room on my big TV, sitting on the sofa *0*

And so ne, I also bought the single "Maiding Story" by Kanzen Maid Sengen... Whyyyy did I buy a single made by maid waitress from Akihabara otaku cafe who don't know how to sing properly???? Aaaaah but it's the Otaku Dance song!! (used in "Arashi no Shukudaikun" #13 X3333 *yes I'm crazy*)
When I went to Paris last week-end with Jennifer (my fangirl friend from work, with whom I'm going to Japan this summer. It's a miracle that I've found a Japan fangirl in my tiny lost town, morever, working with me, and who knew about JE @_x Like really... A MIRACLE!), we were sticked to my iPod on the train, and she wouldn't stop watching "La Familia" (because she's such a Jun fan, but she just recently strated with Arashi, because of me, but she's not used to their TV Shows yet), and I said with an evil smile "PLEAAAAAAAASE!! Can I destroy your image of the kakkoi-Jun??? Ne~ Can I show you your Jun-sama in stocking dancing an otaku dance??? ONEGAAAAAAI >X3"
So we watched Arashi no Shukudaikun #13 (thankies techni_teddy <3<3<3<3<3<3<3 This is a must-see must-see must-see!!! This is my favorite Shukudaikun episode, with episode 14 too (new year's comic haiku contest XDDDD) I must have watched those 2 at least 50 times!), and we laughed our heads off on the otaku dance (and the other parts too), and we started singing the song and doing the stupid dance and of course, wanted to have the song!
But seriously, I couldn't find it (it's not like it's really famous ne XD ), so err... I bought it (with the H mags <3), so here it is for those who wants to look stupid it \o/

完全メイド宣言 - メイディング ストーリー Single (Kanzen Maid Sengen - Maiding Story Single)

1. メイディング ストーリー (Maiding Story)
2. ぉ帰りなさぃませ!ご主人様っ (Okaerinasaimase! Goshin-sama) <<<<<< ROOOOOFL XDDDDD
3. メイディング ストーリー (カラオケ) (Maiding Story (karaoke))

I've also wrote the lyrics XDDD It might sounds crazy, but it was a great exercise!!! Finding back all the right kanjis from the lyrics booklet took me 2 hours, but I had fun! (I nearly mastered using the virtual Japanese keyboard XD And thank you Wiktionary, I've learned a lot today \o/ )

完全メイド宣言 - メイディング ストーリー lyrics

「あっ この味 ご主ん様好み...」

コワクナイノ x2

コワクナイノ x2
メイディング ストーリー


ずっと 見守ってます
日ごと つおる思い 
愛しくて 苦しい...



コワクナイノ x2

コワクナイノ x2
メイディング ストーリー


ずっと 見守ってます



「全然 つらくなんかありません」

ずっと 見守ってます



コワクナイノ x2

コワクナイノ x2
メイディング ストーリー


And then I did the romaji so I can sing it like a stupid fangirl

Kanzen Maid Sengen - Maiding Story romaji

"ah kono aji goshin-sama konomi..."

kowakunai no x2
kurushii dake...

kowakunai no x2
Maiding Story

ikenai koto da to
wakatte wa imasu.

suki ni natte mo
yurusare nu hito

zutto mimamottemasu
hi goto tsu oru omoi
itoshiku te kurushii...

sekaijuu ga teki ni natte
kodoku ni oikomare temo
seigi motte idon de iru
anata-sama ni tsukaemasu


kowakunai no x2
kurushii dake...

kowakunai no x2
Maiding Story

sabishiku nararete
kaerareta yoru mo
doko kade tanoshiku
orareru toki mo

zutto mimamottemasu
isshou tsutaeru koto
dekinai kono omoi

tenpenchii ga okotte
hoshikuzu to kiesatte mo
o shitai suru omoi nara
kieru koto wa gozaimasen


"zenzen tsuraku nanka arimasen"

zutto mimamottemasu
isshou tsutaeru koto
dekinai kono omoi

tenpenchii ga okotte
hoshikuzu to kiesatte mo
o shitai suru omoi nara
kieru koto wa gozaimasen


kowakunai no x2
kurushii dake...

kowakunai no x2
Maiding Story

"suteki na goshin-sama"

That's one of the rare time when I feel it's a curse that I made big progress in Japanese since the past 6 months and that I can understand most of the song globaly XDDDD Starting with the "Ah~ This flavor, it's master's choice <3" at the beginning XDDD Haaa but it's even funnier watching Aiba-chan jumping on those lyrics!
No I'm not going to their cafe in Akihabara this summer no no... No I don't know that it's right next to the subway station no no no...

And while I'm at the "songs vaguely related to Arashi because of their TV Show" (because Arashi owns my soul, seriously @_@ ), like... 3 weeks ago, I went into an "Air Guitar" frenzy and watched all of their baka prestations XD And I really wanted THE air guitar song! You know, this one (those who haven't watched the first Air guitar ever, it's from G no Arashi #12, also subbed by the stormy_team <3), but really, I couldn't find the name! I spend an afternoon on it, I ended up on scary Air guitar sites (even found out Mario-san on some pictures of Air Guitar conventions @_x ), learned that there was really serious school of air guitar and an international air guitar contest (which a Japanese guy won last year) XDDDDD
And totally by accident, a week later, I went with Jennifer to a bikers convention. This was the first time I went to one, people were really nice, they were all dressed really hard-rock, on their Harley Davidson and all. So we spend the afternoon, and there was background music, you know, Queen and such. And suddenly... THE AIR GUITAR SONG 0.0 I grabed Jennifer's arm
- Sure, OK let's ask the guy who is in charge of the music.
- WAAAH SO HAPPY!!! I've heard it on an Arashi TV Show and I've searched for it!!
- ...... I should have known it was Arashi-related ^A^;;;;

(those who knows me since a long time knows that it's my normal behavior when I'm fangirling XD )

So enough said, it's Deep Purple - Highway Star and now you can all look baka dancing the otaku dance and doing air guitar, thank you Winky \o/

So now, onto something more usefull, I wanted to do this when I came back from Paris (seeing Ninooooo <3) last time, but didn't really found the time, so as I went back last week-end here is: Japan in Paris! (beware of LOTS of Japanese food pictures XD~)
If you ever go to Paris, those are the must-go places for any JE/Japan fangirls like me!

It's mainly around the 1rst "arrondissement" (how do I translate that? District? Well anyway...), which is the Japanese district; like.. 80% of Japanese people *0* Japanese shops, Japanese restaurants, Japanese grossery shops, Japanese travel agency, YUME DESU!!!
(the pictures are mixed from those of February and those from May, so if you see "Letters from Iwo Jima" adverstising, that's perfectly normal XD)

Your main stop will be the subway exit "Pyramides" on line 7 or 14.

That's it, you're in Japan ^0^

Japanese Library
18 rue des Pyramides
75001 Paris

(and I've killed my layout once again!)

On the first floor, they have Japanese books (about everything, it's a library after all) and the magazines are on one side, JE mags of course, teens mags (Seventeen, Popteen...), weekly mags (Josei jishi...), cinema, sport mags etc...
This time I went crazy and bought 10 magazines (like... anything JE related that I didn't have!) They also had back issues, and the ORICON STYLE WITH ARASHI ON THE COVER <333333

And underground is all about manga (original version of course), isn't the HYD corner pretty?!!!! *0* (I wanted to steal that flyer so badly XD) And there was a sticker with Jun and Mao on all the manga covers <3 And I couldn't belive they had those calendars and photobooks! I immediately bought "Honey and Clover" movie photobook (because I had the rest) and I had to restrain myself NOT to buy Oguri Shun's photobooks *0* AAAAH but I've got a free "Honey and Clover" transparent thingy (don't know how to call it, you can put papers and the like in it) <3

You've got it, Junku is a nightmare for your wallet!

Book Off
29 rue Saint-Augustin
75002 Paris

When you enter the store, they go "Irashaimase, konnichiwa" \*0*/
Here you can buy books, CDs (not so much Johnnies, I only found Kitty Gym and V6), DVDs (LOTS of complete drama series), magazines, mangas... that's the like I found by accident XDDD

183 Bld Voltaire
75011 Paris
(Metro line 9)

I forgot to take pictures this time ;0; It's the world of anime goodies and fake Chinese import JPop CDs and DVDs XDDD, the shop is SO BIG, we spend an hour and a half in it! Just standing in front of the Hello Kitty window you wanna cry!

17 Rue Lagrange
75005 Paris
(line 10)
Closed on Tuesdays

I've never entered this shop T0T Everytime I went there, it was closed m(_ _)m... Anyway it's a gothic lolita clothes shop, REALLY expensive clothes (lots of Vivienne Westwood), only one version for each! You're not allowed to take pictures, but as it was closed XDDDDD Notice the "Baby the stars shine bright" bag *0* (those who saw Shimotsuma Monogatari/Kamikaze Girls will know what I'm talking about ^^ )

46, Rue Petits Champs
75002 Paris
Closed on Mondays
(line 7/14)

This is a Japanese grossery shop, where you can find aaaaaaaaaaaall the Japanese food you need (curry, noodles, sauces, candies etc etc....), all imported from Japan, so it's all REAAAAAAAAAAAALLY expensive!! But they didn't have MOW ice-cream (even if we directly asked the seller "Do you have MOW ice-cream? You know? MOW?? MOW???????" (he was all "WTF???") "M.O.W! MOW!!" "Aaaaah MOW? No we don't have it ^0^;" (*sob* but... c'est booooooon ^0^d *yes I'm crazy*). No O'zack chips in sight, neither Cx1000 drinks (even if there were drinks that looked exactly like it!), no Pino *sob* I took once again some Morinaga Hi-Chew (because of Ayumi <3), this time, only the grape-flavor ones, bacause the raspberry and apple ones are too chemical for my health @_x )

The first floor is for sauces, candies, and fresh things, and the second floor is for noodles, tea, nori, kitchen equipment etc...

Ace Mart
63 Rue Sainte-Anne
75002 Paris
Closed on Mondays
(line 7/14)

This is a really nice Japanese and Korean food store, a LOT more cheaper than Kioko, less choice of course, but it's really nice! Their korean daifuku (mochi/glutinous rice cake) where MECHA OISHIII!!

Manga Cafe
11 B, Rue Carmes
75005 Paris
(line 10)

If you already went to Japan, you know this concept, their are billions of those manga cafe in Japan, you can even spend the night in them @_x Well here is the only one in France (and you can't spent your night in it XD ). You go in, they ask you for your name and give you a ticket with the hour you came in, and your free to do what you want: read all the mangas that you want that are in the cafe, all the drinks are unlimited and for free (cold or hot), you can play, still for free, to PS2 games (I've spend 30 minutes playing Guitar Hero II XDDDD Singing "I SEND AN SOS TO THE WOOOOOOORLD!!!" looking really like I was doing Air Guitar), they also lend you PSP with games for free if you want, or a portable computer with unlimited internet access, still for free! Their are also lots of goodies you can buy, and also mangas of course ^^ The atmosphere is reaaaaaaaaaaaally friendly, you can tell they're all passionate by Japan of course, and the place is lovely and cozy! <3 When you've finished, you go back with your ticket, and pay for the number of hours you stayed (on "normal" hours, it's 3€/h, you can also have special prices for the day, or be a member etc...)

As we arrived just for the opening, nobody was there and I could take all the pictures I wanted ^^ (and eat my breakfast btw XD~)

11 Rue Sainte-Anne
75001 Paris
(line 7/14)

This is THE BEST Japanese restaurant I've ever been to! It's super tasty, super cheap and super crowded. You can also drink unlimited tea (I don't like tea so, well...), don't go there around 1:00PM or you'll have to wait for ~15 minutes to seat!

UMAI YO~ UMAI YOOOOOOOO~ These were the best ramen I've ever eaten!! My onigiri (my very first one!) was with salted plum (OISHII!!)

37 Rue Sainte-Anne
75001 Paris
(line 7/14)

Another great restaurant, really crowded too around 1:00PM! It's bigger than Naniwa-ya, and a bit more expensive, but still, you'll be quickly filled for less than 10€ (and they serve you more ramens than in Naniwa-ya!)

UMAI YO~ UMAI YOOOOOOOO~² The gyoza were ASBOLUTELY DELICIOUS!! Jennifer took korokee (like Ohno made in MMA#82 X3333) who were really delicious too! WELL ALL WAS DELICIOUS WHAT CAN I SAY! Céline next to me also took Katsudon. Sorry for the weird angle, but I was against the window, and it was crowded XDDD

Sushi Fuji
58 bis, Rue Sainte Anne
75002 Paris
(line 7/14)

This is a restaurant at the far end of Sainte Anne street, it's not run by Japanese people this time but Chinese, but it was delicious nevertheless!!!

OISHIIKATTAAAAAAAAAAA DESU!!!! The gyoza didn't look like gyoza to me, but they were really delicious, not to say that the beef-and-cheese-thingy (that I forgot the name of) was the most delicious thing I've ever eaten in my life *g* Amandine also took a "home made salad" with sashimi and wazabi (ZOMFG!). Mine was torudon: fried chicken on rice with sesame. It was a little dry but delicious nevertheless!

NOW I'M ALL HUNGRY AGAIN!!!! Why do I live at the other end of France where there is no real good Japanese restaurant *pout*
Thanks to Amandine, Céline and Anaïs (pockysiana <3) that I met in February because of Nino, and who are lovely fangirls and showed me all those places that I didn't know of!
And because this time I didn't have to pay for the train and lovely Amandine-chan let us stay at her appartment, I could spend all that saved money at those shops XDDDD

I hope this will help some people, because seriously, I was like "I don't care about the Eiffel Tower, let's go to the Japanese district XDDDD"

Oyasumi nasai minna ^0^
25th-May-2007 03:10 am (UTC)
I really enjoyed this post!! All the lovely places and food in paris.. they look of a really good standard and now I want to go! (i blame you!) X))

Great photos and descriptions... even including the addresses ^^ Seeing JE products next to french descrip makes my heart happy that arashi are loved all over the world haha

I'm with you, forget the eiffel tower! ;P
25th-May-2007 08:42 am (UTC)
Wazaah thank you, I can't believe someone actually took the time to read that post XDDDD

Ne, seeing Arashi magazines with French description right next to it is quite something <3

And yes, WTH Eiffel Tower!!! XDDD
25th-May-2007 03:47 am (UTC)
25th-May-2007 08:54 am (UTC)
Ne, I hope you'll have the chance to come too one day! (well, the best is to go to Japan directly but well ^0^;;;)
Yes, so niiiiice people, Arashi fangirls are so lovely!!! <3
25th-May-2007 07:48 am (UTC)
aah ce calendrier :p j'ai failli me le prendre (parce que Nino et Sho dedans, quand même...)
Junku c'est le mal, ils ont compris notre point faible et ils s'en servent pour nous racketter sans scrupules :/
25th-May-2007 08:56 am (UTC)
Moi j'ai pas "failli", je me suis jetée dessus quand je 'lai vu sur ebay XD
JUNKU! FAUT PAS RENTRER DEDANS!!! CAI MAL MAL MAL MAAAAAAAAL!!! Et comme pa rhasard, en face des photobooks d'Arashi, y avait un énorme stand Tekkon Kinkreet!!!!
25th-May-2007 09:09 am (UTC)
yay! I'm glad your orders came, even if they were late xP I wish I could order stuff but I need to get money D: I need to get a job right after I finish school! I want official photos though xP

lol, the shops their are like the shops here in America but your places look nicer xP And the book stores seem to have more variety! [jealous xP]

Yummy! I'm getting hungry too! ... even though I just ate ramen xP
25th-May-2007 09:19 am (UTC)
Thanks! That's the only good thing that I'm thinking of when I'm working my ass off at work: I can buy all those lovely things XDDDD (it raises my spirit \o/ )

And it's me who is jealous T0T You get to have Japanese food when you want, I live so far away from Paris ;___________; That's why anytime I go to Paris, I go to all of these shops \o/
25th-May-2007 12:23 pm (UTC)
Ah oui, tous ses endroits sont le paradis ^___^! Au moins on sait quoi faire a Paris huhu!

alala le calendrier avec ces photos en noir & blanc, elles sont trop bien!
25th-May-2007 01:32 pm (UTC)
M'en parle pas, si jamais j'arrive aps à m'installer au Japon, je me fais muter à Paris!!!! (de préférence, travailler dans le 1er ou le 2eme arondissement ça me dérangerait paaaaaaaaaas du tout XDDDDD)
Enfin, Paris c'est mieux quand y a Nino! X3333 (j'ai failli retourner devant le Ritz, juste pour le fun XD )

Ii deshou ne? Ce calendrier c'est de l'ooooor, même si j'aime celui de cette année, ça vaut pas toutes les photos de l'année dernière!!
25th-May-2007 01:06 pm (UTC)
OMG I will get the Otaku dance song and that Air guitar song once I free up some space. I have a bunch of friends who played a Batsu game [like Aiba's Suguroku] and I was saddened to find out they didn't have the original air guitar music for the air guitar punishment. Yeah~ now when we play it'll be just like Aiba's!
Wow~ that's truly amazing Japan in Paris ><
Did you do all that in one day? whoa...so how's you wallet doing? are things there just as expensive? Now when I go to Paris I'm going to look forward to all this [and people will wonder why didn't I just go to Japan XD]

Oh What month is the Oricon Style with Arashi on the cover?
25th-May-2007 01:24 pm (UTC)
KYAAAAH I'm happy someone is interested by those songs \o/ The actual melody of air guitar starts around 3:45!

Actually, in Februray, I did that in one day (Junku + Book Off + Kioko + Ace Mart + Naniwa-ya + Harajuku + Manga Cafe), I didn't go to Konci thought.
In May, I did that in two days (so more restaurants).
My wallet is as OK as it can be XD But as I didn't buy anything this month, and that I didn't have to pay for the train (which might have cost around 80€ ) and the hotel (which might have cost around ~40€ ), for the verrrrry few times that I go to Paris, it was quite worth it (the JE magazines costs approximatively as much as online ~9€, but whithout the shipping costs XD At Naniwa-ya, the ramen is around 5€, and just eating that you won't be hungry for like 10 hours, so it's quite worth it too (as Parisian restaurants can be quite expensive for the few things they put in your plate << ))
I hope it will be of some use to you when you go to Paris (where are you from btw??)

The Oricon Style is from May, 7>14 ^^
25th-May-2007 01:34 pm (UTC)

I wish there's a specially Japanese district in Manila too..sadly there's never such a gathering of shops in one place. hmm =/

OMG Otaku dance!!! hahaha When I watched it, I didn't really bother to find out what the dance was about, and why it was even Otaku dance in the first place. Hahaha tanoshiii~

Cute pooost!! :P
25th-May-2007 02:11 pm (UTC)

Ne, the thing I noticed, except Aiba and Jun looking baka, was how the otaku guys were SO into it XDDDDDD Tanoshi na~

At least you're closer from Japan than I am *sob sob* ;A;
26th-May-2007 06:05 pm (UTC)
YAAAAAAAY, la musique de l'air guitar \o/
(jvais faire comme on avait dit, genre je la cherchais depuis longtemps XDDD N'EMPECHE QUE JE LA NEM++ C'est un super défouloir XD)

Rah et tous ces mags, ces photobooks et cette nourriture :3333 (mes condoléances à ton porte-monnaie)

Et voilà j'ai faim maintenant, j'espère que tu es fière de toua *hugs you*

Nobody gonna take my car, I'm gonna race it to the grouuuuuuund
26th-May-2007 06:17 pm (UTC)

Nobody gonna take my girl, I'm gonna keep her to the eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeend

Les funérailles de mo, porte-feuille se sont bien déroulée merci (j'ai du verser une larme ou deux XD )

28th-May-2007 01:37 am (UTC) - hey c'est Amandine
!!!! Wah cool ton rapport de nos deux journées, moi aussi j'ai faim là!! au fait, on entend ma voix dans ta vidéo, je vais demander des royalties moi!!! hehe, en tous cas c'était un plaisir, j'ai adoré!
je t'enverrais les photos que j'ai faites via email, okidoki???
à plus tard poulette!
28th-May-2007 07:07 am (UTC) - Re: hey c'est Amandine
AMANDINE OUVRE TOI UN COMPTE LJJJJJJJJ!!!! Comme ça tu reçois les notifications quand je répond, pis tu peux mettre une icoooone!!!
Vouich envoie moi les photos, ça me fera plaisir \^0^/
29th-May-2007 06:15 pm (UTC)
I'll be damned!! *forgive my words*

I've lived in Paris for 2 years and I only know Naniwa-ya out of several places you listed there!!!

I am so taking notes of the places and will definetely go there when I settle back in Paris in July!!

29th-May-2007 10:25 pm (UTC)
Aaaaah I'm glad that helped someone and will be used ^^

You're welcome, just prepare your wallet XDDDDDD
30th-May-2007 04:01 am (UTC)
there are indeed a lot of places anarashi fan can go to to buy arashi stuff ne?
lucky you!!! ^_______^

and...i wonder...with sho-chan staring at you like that in your room...i wonder if you're able to sleep? lolz! XD

his stares simply melt me *dies*
30th-May-2007 07:31 am (UTC)
Well yeah, it's getting kinda hot when I'm trying to sleep XDDD (I also have the AAA Sho poster above my bed mhich makes it double harder to find sleep XDDD)
17th-Oct-2007 01:25 am (UTC)
OMG THATS THE SONG THAT SHO CROSSPLAYED WITH!!!!!! ahahahahaha i cant get the image of him and his pretty legs out of my head >< hope you dont mind that i dl-ed the song so i can fangirl squeel everytime i hear it ^^V
17th-Oct-2007 07:57 am (UTC)
Of course you can take it, I've put it up for sharing ^0^y
You should have seen my face when I watched Shukudai 50 and Sho arrived on this song XDDDD *points at icon*
30th-Apr-2008 05:49 pm (UTC)
hello^^ I red this, and it helped me find some shopps I want to visit when I'm going to paris this weekend. but I was just woundering, the Junku shop, did they sell jrock articles? like magazennes and cd's? or do you know anywhere in Paris I can buy jrock.thinksss? thank you for writing suck a great long post^^
30th-Apr-2008 08:45 pm (UTC)
Yes Junku sells it. Johnny's mags are on the first florr but the JRock mags (Arena7 or whatever it's called sorry ^^;;; and the others) are sold downstairs along the manga/anime mags.
You can find some CDs here, but there are not much, you'll find much more JRock CDs in KONCI (where you can't find a single Johnny's CD btw XDDD)

Hope you'll have a great weekend ^^
21st-Jun-2009 12:24 am (UTC)
ahh jai faim moi mtn xD
Je suis à paris a partir du 3 juillet, grace a ton post ,je vais EXPLOSER mon porte monnaie xD
Je sais pas si je dois te remercier ou pas mdr

Mais en tout cas, va falloir tout se faire >..<
C'est ouvert le dmanche ?
Hmm je crois pas mais bon ...
21st-Jun-2009 03:23 pm (UTC)
J'ai marqué le jour de fermeture de chaque magasins, la plupart sont ouverts le dimanche.
18th-Sep-2009 11:31 am (UTC)
ah~ we are soooo alike XD i watched ep 138 of AnS and remembered the Otaku Dance and went looking for it (because i always want to find tiny little things no one actually cares about ^^)
i should have searched your posts first *lol*
anyway, now i also found a guide to paris (yeah, never been there but planning to go and i heard there's also some japanese stuff there - want to see the Eiffel Tower too^^ [Tokyo Tower is higher XD]) - thx as always :)

btw: your deep purple link is dead (dont need it because i already searched for it after the air guitar episode :P )
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