I just got in from a concert with my favourite Japanese band. I am floating about a mile above ground right now. If your not a J-pop/anime fanatic, feel free to scroll through past song vids down to the goods and my "Japanese Concert Etiquette" vid.
Let me just say, it was a little weird when the organisers came out at the start and said:
"Please look around for your closest designated exit. In case of earthquake proceed calmly towards said exit..."
But I forgot about that as soon as Aqua Timez took the stage.
If you watch anime, you might remember them singing the BLEACH Opening 6: ALONES
They also sing BLEACH Opening 9: VELONICA, but that wasn't as popular and they didn't perform it tonight.
And they sing the ending them of the first BLEACH movie: SEN NO YORU WO KOETE (A Thousand Night Pass)
And of course, they started 2011 out with NARUTO SHIPPUUDEN Ending 16: MAYONAKA NO ORCHESTRA (Midnight Orchestra). They ended tonight with this song.
"A little spoon is enough to share out happiness." I don't know where they come up with these lines.
Weirdly, I did not discover the band through anime. When I came to Japan in 2008, their song NIJI (Rainbow) was ridiculously popular and used to play on the PA at JHS during lunch. I remembered it because I could recognise the word "daijoubu" which means "all right". After I could understand the words, I thought it was the sweetest song ever. It's meant to be cheering someone up.
"It's all right I'm here
It's all right I'm not going anywhere....
It's all right, look up in the sky
It's all right, look at the 7-colour bridge"
One of my fave songs in the world.
Of course, it wouldn't be a raibu without the goozu (goods).
Ever wondered what are the rules at a Japanese concert? I'll enlighten you.