We arrived at the O2 Academy in Islington about 18:20 and the queues were already very long. This show was billed to start at 20:00 and the doors where to open at 19:00. So we started to make our way to the back of the queue, while passing all of the fans that had dressed up as KPP, and others who came in cosplay and Harajuku style of clothing. It was a mixture of all ages, waiting to get in for the show. A lot of people passing by stopped and asked what everyone was queuing for. With all the cosplay and Harajuku clothing, the queue sure did look spectacular.
We found the end of the queue and took our place. It was a long and cold wait, it even started to snow! While we were waiting there were different TV crews from Japanese TV shows interviewing those that stood and waited in-line. Here is the video:
In the end the queue started to moved. I think we got inside around 19:50, and even though we had been waiting that long, it seemed worth it. It’s not every day you get to see a Japanese pop star on the other side of the world! We felt like we were the lucky ones. We found an ok place to stand in the venue, so we could just about see, since everyone in front of us were tall for some reason. Why is it always like that when you go to concerts? You always get the tall people in front of you!
During our latest trip to Tokyo we went to the island of Odaiba, where we visited a shopping mall called Decks. On the second floor there are lots of small shops that sell candy, some sell American candy, some sell Japanese candy. In one one of them they also sell all kinds of different carbonated drinks. This time I bought four drinks there to bring home with me to try. Three of them being the mini’s.
The drinks are called Mini Cola, Mini Orange and Mini Melon. The reason why they are called mini is because the size of the bottle. They’re really tiny! You get one big swig out of the bottle and its gone, but they’re very cute. I think I would need maybe 4-5 to quench my thirst, but its a very unique thing to see. It’s something that I’ve never seen in the world before, so I had to buy them. I always find it fun to try different cola flavoured drinks from around the world so this was a must!
The drinks had a nice taste. It seemed that the cola one did taste a bit like an ice lolly that Ive eaten before. The other two where just as nice to try, but I think I liked the cola most out of the three.
The drinks are made by Tomomasu (http://www.tomomasu.co.jp) and they have been around for over 100 years now. They also make many other drinks that can be seen on their homepage. They are also known for making beer for kids, hopefully without any alcohol in it.
The bottles now sit empty on a shelf in the kitchen. The bottles are too cute to just throw away, so I will keep them there.
Before Katy Perry was a well known pop star to the world with her first album “One of the boys”, she had already released other songs before that. One of them being a song called “Simple”. This was originally going to be realised on Katy’s first album, but this album was never released. In the end the song ended up being used in the 2006 movie “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” and was also featured on the soundtrack of said movie. The music video was also apart of the 2012 film documentry Katy Perry: Part of Me.
The music video to the song premiered on YouTube and the video stars Katy Perry running around the streets of Shinjuku in Tokyo.
I thought I would share how it was to see Kyary Pamyu Pamyu when she did a live concert in London in February earlier this year.
We were one of the lucky 800+ people to get tickets. It was pure luck that we got the tickets, really. I was searching her name on Google to find more about when her up and coming tour would be, because I knew that she was coming to Europe to have two show in Belgium and France, and we had decided we wanted to go and see at least one of them. But by luck, I found out via Google that she was to have a show in London, and I found that out only the day before tickets went on sale. So I got up early to buy the tickets the next day and I got a hold of two. It was only after the tickets went on sale that the KPP Facebook page had made a post about it, and by then it was too late for a lot of people, because even though there were no real adverts for it, they sold out quick. I dont think they were expecting that!
Getting to London
Travelling over from Sweden to London was not a problem, since we have family there. No need for a hotel, plus we got to have a mini holiday in the UK, which was nice.
The day of the show we travelled up to London by train. We decided to have a mini Japan day, so we went around few of the different Japanese shops that we know of that sell all things Japanese. We also had Japanese lunch in china town. After that we spent the rest of the afternoon just looking around some of London’s shops before heading to Islington o2 Academy…
Intergalactic is a song by the American hip-hop group the Beastie Boys. The video was filmed mostly in Tokyo with scenes in both Shibuya and Shinjuku train stations. The video has a large robot that can be seen in the video, which is very Japanese. In the video the guys can be seen wearing street construction workers clothes that are called “koji” in Japanese. The video made is premier on may the 12th 1998.
The members of the band at the time of making of the video were Michael “Mike D” Diamond, Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz, and Adam Yauch, who sadly past away last year.