So when SMAP announced their live tour this year, I did not hesitate to call my friend Vic and screamed "they have a concert!!!". The year has been a hectic one and who cares if I will be doing a lot of twisting and turning to get myself over to Japan again. As they say in Japan "Gambatte!".
So on Sept. 3, with just a limited amount of yen to my name (I just came back from China a week before), I flew to Tokyo. The final destination is Osaka where Vic was waiting at our hotel. Like I always said, Japan is the land of my soul and as soon as I got off the plane, it felt not like home but more like a familiar playground. The first of my many train rides this trip was taking the Keisei line which will take me to central Tokyo in only 36 minutes! I was met by Mayo, who I've known for 5 years and is my surrogate at the SMAP Fan Club. She has warmly adopted me for the night at their Meguro ward home.
|As you see it's a fangirl's home. Mayo loves Jerry the most. :D|
On the morning of Sept 4, I went on my next train ride at the symbol of Japan's technology -> the Shinkansen or Bullet train! It was my first time to ride the famous Nozomi-san. As I sat on the train for the 2-hour ride, my excitement was so much that I thought I would break out in song "you can take a little holiday in the sun, take it easy have some fun" hahaha!
I arrived at Osaka after a 2 1/2 hour ride. As soon as I dumped my bags at Swissotel Nankai (http://www.swissotel.com/EN/Destinations/Japan/Swissotel%20Nankai/Hotel%20Home/Hotel%20Description), Vic and I immediately ran back out in the scorching sun and headed to our ultimate destination, the Osaka Kyocera Dome. We were awed as we approached the dome and realized its our 3rd dome concert (aside from Fukuoka Yahoo dome and Tokyo dome). We excitedly went straight to the concert goods area and temporarily lost ourselves in the lines.
|The coveted concert goods stalls |
|The dome seats about 70,000 people|
|The stage and arena.|
|Who could that be?|
|The sea of blue and green lights left side of the dome.|
And the right...awesome!
The MC talk was funny too as the guys talked about many male fans this year. Each member tried to call out the male audience who are their fans. Next was Nakai's solo. Vic and I were happy to see him back to his hip humping self doing his tribute Michael Jackson number. We missed the energetic leader! Goro's solo was cute because he had a lot of fan interaction with his virtual kisses on the big screen. By the time Sotto Kyutto was being sung, I was again going back to lalaland. zzzzzz....
I was jerked awake by the beats of Dynamite that segued to Five Respect. We missed that too! We love the video playback of their old concert video clips. Takuya at 18 was as charming as his now almost 38 year old self. Then Shingo had his solo. Vic and I had fits of laughter because we did not realize that the solo was in english!! hahaha!
The interlude for costume change were greetings of we are smap by Rain (yes the Korean star!), Lin Chiling (yes, Jerry Yan's ex!), Takeuchi Yuko and many more celebrities. When they came out again, they were wearing what will be one of my favorite outfits they had in a concert - green trench coats. They sang Lion Heart and OMG! the mics stands were glowing orange! :D
When they sang Orenji on the second stage near us, I cried once again. this song will always remind me that I made it again, that I was part of their music and I saw them live. A nice new song called Love and Peace segued to Takuya's solo Kimi no ma made which was touching at the beginning and then became extremely sexy. It's the white loose wifebeater I think. That's the culprit! And the toned upper arm muscles! LOL.
|My body was hanging on the railings totally forgetting we were 7-storeys up!|
Photos were taken by my Blackberry 8900 declared useless for its original purpose while in Japan but was very, very handy up there in the nosebleed section where no one was watching to throw me out of the dome for taking photos. The rest of the photos will be posted in my facebook page. :D