Little cover of a girls version of Uta no Prince-sama with our special guest Momo from the Amaitsuki dance team. We promised to do this for our Japanese friend Emiri, who introduced us to the anime and who’s such a HUGE fan of Utapri!
Thanks to spicedSn0w for the audio track, modified to fit the female version.
It’s been almost three years since we dance along with our friend Fullmoon. Last time SMAK wasn’t created and we were still part of Tr4ksPPA, the association where we met!
We were supposed to shoot and upload the video a month ago: costumes and routine were ready but Fullmoon was very busy so it’s coming only now.
It’s sexier than the usual covers, specially due to Fullmoon kehehe but still we hope you’ll like it! Bloopies are coming soon, it might be a serious choreo but we had tons of laugh and fun during practice and shooting!
I’ve just realized I never took the time to make an article about this emblematic distric…Shame on me…
I saved the visit of Akihabara, also called Akiba, for the last week of my stay in Japan as I knew VERY well that I would just spend an insane amount of time and money there. It is famous for its Electric Town, and every shop you want concerning goodies, anime, cosplay,etc. And you can also see the idols of AKB48 everywhere, but that’s only logical.
I fell in love with the Donki, 7 levels tall building, each one filled with clothes, beauty products, things you don’t need but that you will want to buy anyway, it was like discovering the Tiger Cave in Aladdin. I found a funny sponge jumpsuit, there were many different ones with Hello kitty, Stitch, Chip & Dale, etc but the one I chose has a priceless face (I suppose it’s a character from a japanese cartoon):
Some buildings of the district are entirely dedicated to costumes (school girls mostly, he). As I was alone, I was not brave enough to enter…but you can find anything in Donki anyway…Except that they didn’t have my size…like I care…..*roll on the floor crying*
I found Kotobukiya though. A well-known shop with awesome goodies and I bought the most eccentric cranky japanese thing I saw : the dream cushion of Ren, from the anime Uta no Prince-sama! It made me laugh so hard, I mean where else could you find something like that? It’s a bit expensive but damn iit I have no regret. Buying the matching bedsheet would have been a bit too much though…But please, let’s take a moment to fully appreciate this baby :
Oh yes I did! Note that they sell only the cushion cover, you have to either buy a L-shape cushion or sew one yourself. Or I suppose you can just keep it folded in the box….or hang it on the wall…. Anyway, I sew a cushion myself and it’s a damn confortable one. I don’t sleep holding Ren in my arms, don’t freak out….but my cat does. Sometimes she even sleeps on his face. Fair enough.
I know, I’m pretty late on the blog, I’m so sorry about that guys, so here’s a list of funny things I found in Japan:
- Masks: It’s not a myth, I saw people wearing them everyday riding the metro. Friends told me it’s either because they’re sick, they don’t want to get near other people’s germs or they sometimes just wanna hide themselves in order not to be disturbed. You can even find vending machines in the toilets to buy some!
- Toilets: those high-tech toilets with included remotes are wonderful, you can get warm water to clean you, you heat the seat, you can put a fake flushing sound if you don’t want people to hear you doing your business, etc. We should get some of these babies!
- Vending machines: They are everywhere, either it’s drink or tobacco. usually people don’t drink while walking, they buy the drink, have it next to the machine and toss it before leaving. You can have either cold or hot drinks for about 150JPY. Plus I found some DBZ cans, I have to get one or two….
- Metro: It’s a nightmare in Tokyo, the system is quite complicated because you ahve different companies owning different lines, then you pay a different price depending on which line you’re taking, don’t forget to charge your pass by the way (it’s quite expensive), and sometimes to get to one line to the other you have to walk outside to find the next entrance….Pretty confusing, but luckily every sign is written in English, that helps a lot!
- Size: The good surprise was that Japanese clothes and shoes can fit the big European that I am! I’m not talking about pants (obviously my thighs are too big) of even underwear (obviously I have boobs…Alright, even in Europe I have big boobs). But!! I could find clothes in free size, L size, and concerning the shoes I’m a 39 (I’m tall but with small feet) and this is the bigest size they have in Japan but they call it “LL”.
- Schoolgirls hobby: One of the biggest trend was taking the “Kamehameha pictures” where one person is standing still and the others jump as if they were hit, we did our own during a BBQ on Kids’ Day. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that last week was Golden week by the way!
- Idols: I’m not talking about Jpop idols that I love, because obviously they are way less popular than few years ago. No. Oh no. I’m talking about the new kind of idols that are booming in Japan: the Anime idols. Or “how not-really-good-looking voice actors who can really sing become popular among girls”. I started to watch Uta no Prince-Sama because one of my friend was SO into it, out of curiosity. Now i’m doomed. It’s so cheesy and cliché that i found it awesomely funny, and the music and dancing are indeed catchy! But it also makes me sad for the real idols… the anime CD is twice more expensive than the KAT-TUN CD that I bought!!! T__T I mean come on, they’re even doing live concerts!!!!!
Tokyo Daigaku, aka Todai, is the most famous japanese university as it is considered the most prestigious one. The manga that made it popular for us otakus was Love Hina.
Todai is really huge, with a lot of different buildings everywhere. You’d think that you have the main building right beside the gate but actually you ahve to walk through an alley. It looked a lot like the british architecture.
The main building was more like a square where everyone can come and have lunch, some highschool students were taking pictures, a couple of old ladies were sitting under the tree chatting, it was peaceful and cheerful but it had nothing to do with the uni vibes I had in France. Actually it didn’t really feel like being on a campus…
On my way to the uni I managed to get lost in the district behind it, I walked in a bunch of streets, pretending to know exactly where I was going when the postman looked at me suspiciously, and finally ended in a temple where a tiny festival was held! Maybe it was the shrine where Naru and Keitaro went to pray….maybe it has nothing to do with it, who knows?
For those who are not familiar with Sailor Moon (and may I just add: Shame on you people!), it’s one of the most popular Magical girl manga of all time. It was created around 1992 by Naoko Takeuchi, was adapted into a 200 episodes anime and made the Magical girl stories popular again, inspiring many other stories and of course countless parodies and sometimes…disturbing cosplays….
I know: blonde with blue eyes, how Japanese she looks….But is that really important compared to the talking cat that comes from the Moon??
In reality, the manga is widely inspired from Azabu Juban but it’s not an exact replica of it. I found a pretty acurate website where the author makes the comparison between the anime/cartoon and the real hometown of Sailor Moon right here.
It’s already pretty well done so I don’t need to re-do it but well all in all I spent the day walking around the district, up and down the hills and visiting the shrine with a lot of emotion.
Sadly, as the story was created over 20 years ago, a lot of places have been destroyed or have changed but I still got the chance to have a glimpse and that’s what matters in the end.
After that, I went to the Tokyo Tower, the japanese equivalent of our Eiffel Tower…. Actually when we were younger my brother and I first thought it was indeed the Eiffel Tower…Hem. Well, anyway, the weather was quite rainy and windy that day but I still managed to get some good shots!
As I cut my hair few months ago I wanted to buy cute hairpins and headbands. And i remembered seeing some cheap ones in Harajuku! Takeshita Street is full of cute shops at afordable prices so that was the main attraction for me today.
Then I saw that the Meiji Shrine was open so I first stopped to visit there. Meiji Shrine is the most popular temple whereas Sensoji (the one I visited in Asakusa) is one of the oldest.
As it was Monday, it was not really crowded and I enjoyed the Azaleas garden, went to the shrine, walked through the surrounding forest, and did the prayer as indicated:
First, rince your hands and mouth before entering, at the place called Temizusha
Clap hands twice
and when you’re done, bow twice again.
Then I went to Harajuku, found what I was looking for, and a bit more, found several Idols shops and stopped by to get some Johnny’s’ photos for me and my friends before heading back home to watch Game of Thrones while having dinner from the conbini :D