It was a good day in Shibuya last Saturday. I went to go see つしまみれ (TsuShiMaMiRe) again perform at Rock the DROP ! ～VISUAL ARTS STYLE～ at 渋谷duo MUSIC EXCHANGE. There were a couple of other bands who performed that night, including this amazing 80′s new wave inspired rock band called レコライド (RECORIDE). Their performance was so great! We talked to them after the show with a mix of English and Japanese, bought some goods, and got the CD signed.
TsuShiMaMiRe was amazingly fun to watch, as expected. :) It’s always fun to see them perform live. We talked with one of their fans who happens to be one of their biggest fans ever. We recognized his face from the concert in Osaka. He told us about some of the upcoming shows in Tokyo this summer, so we’ll see if we can squeeze in one more LIVE. Mari (vocals+guitar) threw her pick into the audience at the end of the show, and we luckily were able to catch it. We got that signed as well. The pick is super-cute and is custom designed! Love it!
A must-buy at any concert in Japan: マフラータオル (scarf towel)
Several weeks ago, I found out that Lady Gaga would begin The Born This Way Ball tour and that she would be touring in Asia and Australia first. There was only one date posted for Japan: a Thursday afternoon in Tokyo (at the Saitama Super Arena). I figured it would be impossible to go since it would be in the middle of the work week. As expected, the concert sold out instantly.
In line for official goods
Two more dates were announced: Saturday and Sunday, May 12-13, but the tickets would go on pre-sale first via lottery. So I entered the lottery, thinking I wouldn’t hit but it didn’t cost me anything to enter, so why not? I was allowed four types of ticket requests, so I worked my way up from the cheapest tickets (9,000 yen or roughly $100 US). Actually, I would’ve preferred the cheapest tickets because these were designated seats in the stadium area. She would be tiny, but visible at least from most angles. I ended up winning on my fourth choice: 14,000 yen tickets in the Arena Standing area. I was much closer than I expected to be, but still in the back. It was my first time to also attend a large-scale concert in the standing area. I didn’t realize my height would be such a disadvantage!! I couldn’t even see the TV screens for the most part, but luckily my husband is surprisingly strong and he was able to lift me up occasionally during my favorite songs so I could catch a glimpse of Lady Gaga, the stage, or the screens. I nearly cried the first time I finally got to see something.
Act I – Escaping
To put it simply, because words could never do it justice: The Born This Way Ball was AMAZING. And I definitely am going to try and go again when I’m back in the US, but I have to wait until the tour dates are announced. It probably won’t be until 2013 because she’s touring through Asia, Austria, and Europe first.