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27 January 2014 @ 09:05 am

So much has been going on that time just flew by. Today is my last day in Japan. Tonight, I'm flying back to America. I'm in a complete mix of emotions, both happy and sad. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for when I go back to America.

I'm trying not to be too sad about leaving Japan because I know it's the right thing for me to do right now. And I know it won't be the last time I'm here because I'll definitely be back to visit. It's just hard leaving one home for another.

So until we meet again, Japan. またね!

18 September 2013 @ 08:50 pm
I went to Signal's final live on Saturday. I hadn't gotten to see them that many times, so I was sad that my second time seeing them would be my last.

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I guess that bands breaking up is a fact of being an indies v-kei fan, but that doesn't make it any less sad when it happens to a good band. Signal was the first indies band that I started getting into (even though they were soon eclipsed by my love of Mejibray), and I'm sad to see them go. The poor things deserved much better than their stupid fans. I hope that they'll stay in the scene and that the members will at least try to make a comeback with new bands. I hope this won't be the last we'll see of them.
Current Mood: sadsad
Current Music: Just for today-Signal
11 September 2013 @ 11:48 pm
Been meaning to finish this entry for a couple days now. Last Sunday I went to Black Gene for the Next Scene's signing at Brand X! I actually kind of unintentionally got the ticket because I picked up a copy of their new album a couple days after the release and was surprised to find that there were still event tickets left. Since there were tickets left, of course I took the opportunity to go.

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It was a fun event and a good distraction from other things. I was glad that went! I do hope that I'll get the chance to see Black Gene again. I'd definitely like to go to one of their oneman shows on their next tour.
Current Mood: okayokay
Current Music: Atomic No.666-Signal
21 August 2013 @ 09:26 pm
I have time and lots to write about, so I'm making another update. Next up is my trip to Seoul with April! We were there from August 9th-12th.

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April and I both agreed that the trip was quite fun. We had a great time going together, on our first trip as a couple. If I get the chance, someday I think it'd be fun to go back and explore Seoul even further.
Current Mood: okayokay
21 August 2013 @ 07:58 pm
I've been way too busy with life to write recently. Now that my whirlwind three weeks are over, I finally have a little bit of time. First up is the half a week I spent in California with DJ!

Even though my flight was over an hour late, I met up with DJ with minimal fuss. He picked me up and we met up with Travis for dinner before heading back to Paul's place.

DJ and Travis are both living at Paul's house now. I like Travis and Paul, so I didn't mind having them around, I just wish I could've gotten a bit more one on one time with DJ (especially now when I really could've used it). Regardless, of that fact, it was still a nice trip though and Travis and Paul both tried to make sure that I had fun, too.

On our first full day, DJ, Paul, Travis, and I went to Monterey Bay. Monterey was quite nice. I liked the sort of quaint seaside feel it has. After lunch, we went to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. They had a pretty cool jellyfish exhibit there (which gave me Kuragehime feels). Then, after a stop for some Ghirardelli chocolate, we were on our way to Caramel. It's a really cute and pretty beachside town. Of course, we went down to the beach. The slope was pretty steep for my sprained ankle, so DJ ended up giving me a piggyback ride, while Paul snapped adorable pics of us. The beach was nice, but it made me a little lonely, since DJ and Travis were being cutesy and then I saw a lesbian couple being cute together. It was one of the many times I wished April could've been there.

That night, after we got back from the beach, DJ and I Skyped with his mom. She wanted to say 'hi' to me and see how I was doing, which was very sweet of her. She told me about her reaction when DJ first came out to her and how her opinions changed for the better over time. She told me that my mom will come around eventually and that if I wanted, she'd be willing to talk with my mom for me. I don't think I'll accept her offer right now (since my mom would just view it as butting in), but it meant a lot to me that she'd be willing to do it.

The next morning we got a bit of a late start, but the DJ, Travis, and I headed to San Francisco. We went on a boat tour under the Golden Gate Bridge, which was nice but pretty windy. Then, we went to the Exploratorium, which a this huge and really cool hands-on science museum. Then, we checked into our hotel room, which Travis had booked for the night.

After a sushi dinner, we decided to go out on the town. I'm afraid I kind of ruined the evening though. The boys tried to be nice and take me to check out a lesbian bar (not to look for anyone, just for fun). It just ended up making me sad though because I wanted April to be there with me. DJ saw that I wasn't feeling it, so we left to do to another bar just to sit and have drinks. I ended up crying before we even ordered drinks though. It was just a combination of everything (being tired, missing April, being upset about my family) and I couldn't do it. I felt even worse about it because we'd set up the evening specifically so that we could go out. The boys assured me that it was okay and took me back to the hotel room so that we could talk. Travis even ran out to get us ice cream and cookies. I talked with the boys about stuff for a while and cried some more as they tried to comfort me. They let me Skype with April too to help me feel better. DJ cuddled me for a bit and I fell asleep not too long after that.

The next day was better. We went to the California Academy of Sciences. My favorite part was the enclose rainforest sphere they had in the middle of the museum. It was filled with trees and free flying birds and butterflies. A beautiful little black, orange, and yellow butterfly landed on my hand and DJ got about a dozen shots of me with it. It made me smile because it reminded me of April.

After that, we called it a day so that Travis could get back for work at the bar. I spent the rest of the evening chilling with DJ and Paul, watching TV, drinking wine, and petting Elton (Travis's snuffly French bulldog). Didn't stay up too late though because DJ had to take me to the airport the next morning.

Despite everything, it was still a good trip. Much better than the week I spent with my family, that's for sure. It's always good to see DJ. It's comforting to know that as much as stuff changes, he'll always be one of my best friends.
Current Mood: blahblah
Current Music: Fadeless-the GazettE
30 July 2013 @ 10:41 am
Finally on the way to California tomorrow. I literally can't wait to get out of here. This past week has been so emotionally exhausting and I can't wait to leave it behind. This doesn't really feel like home anymore. The rest of the week with DJ should be much better and much more fun.

I'm also feeling pretty down because it's exactly one month until April moves back to America. It seems like there's never going to be enough time. I know how much I've missed her this past week and I hate thinking about us being apart for so much longer. I feel like I'm wasting valuable time that we could be spending together, while I'm here in America.
Current Mood: indescribableindescribable
30 July 2013 @ 09:06 am
One more entry to go to catch up with things this month. On July 15th, I went to Zepp Tokyo to see alice nine live for the first time. I had debated on it for a bit because I haven't been so into their latest stuff, but I decided to go for it. They used to be one of my favorite J-rock bands and I really wanted the chance to see them at some point.

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Even though I'm not as big a fan of alice nine's current music, I'm still glad that I got a chance to go to their live! It was definitely a lot of fun.
Current Mood: okayokay
26 July 2013 @ 08:20 pm
Here's another entry to catch up with stuff that happened earlier this month. I'm going to write about Tanabata, which was lovely. :3

I had stayed over at April's apartment the night before. Leslie and Anna came over and joined us in the morning, and we all helped each other put on our yukatas for the Tanabata matsuri in Kappabashi. Yukatas are pretty, but they can be a lot of effort to wear properly.

We took some pics and did purikura and then headed over to the festival.

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We didn't stay at the matsuri for a really long time because the heat was gross, and April and I also had plans for the evening. We left the matsuri and headed over to the Shinjuku Tower Records for exist+trace's in-store event! We decided to head straight there in our yukata.

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Tanabata was really great this year. It's a holiday for wishes and star-crossed lovers, and things just seemed especially fitting for April and I this year. The festival and the in-store were a lot of fun, but what made it the best was that I got to spend it with my darling. <3
Current Mood: okayokay
25 July 2013 @ 06:57 pm
Yesterday was my two year Japanniversary (the anniversary of the day I moved to Japan). It's a little hard to believe that I've lived there for two years now. It feels both longer and shorter than that at the same time. I've got one more year to go, so here's to hoping for more good things.
Current Mood: thoughtfulthoughtful
22 July 2013 @ 06:59 pm
I still can't sleep, so I'm going to start playing catch up with my concert reports. First one on the list is Gackt!

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Even if I'm not as big of a Gackt fan as I used to be, it was definitely a fun experience! I'm glad that I've gotten to see him at least once during my stay in Japan, since he was really my introduction to J-rock back in the day. And he does put on a very good show. :)
Current Mood: okayokay