This may be overdue but I’ll share to you my first and best experience I had with JO1 as a JAM last year. It was quite surreal that I was able to follow a group so deeply unlike to my previous groups. I was a Kpop fan for 8 years and one group I ult-ed before JO1 was Wanna One. However for Wanna One, I didn’t do to the extent on following their activities and collecting all their stuff as what I’m currently doing for JO1.
One possible reason why I fall deeply on JO1’s swamp is probably because I got connected with them too fast and too early. Since I understand a bit of Japanese and currently working in Tokyo, the access in getting all the contents and goods were too convenient. The probability on meeting them is too high and it somewhat motivates me to work hard and go to concerts or live events to see them. However due to the current situation, it’s regretful that I only got to see them online.
Anyways, I’m going to write in blog was my 推し活 (oshikatsu, stanning activity) I did last year. This isn’t as detailed since it happened way back that my memory could retrieved most of them. I only get to relive them after looking at my past tweets and IG archives.
Last year in July, I made a two-part pilgrimage of the idol anime, IDOLiSH7. The first part focuses on the locations coming from the main series, and Tokyo Skytree Town from the spin-off anime, IDOLiSH7: Vibrato.
Part 1. Shibuya-Shinjuki
The main location of the series. This is also where the Takahashi Productions office located. Although I haven’t seen yet the building identical to the office around this area.
IDOLiSH7 did their profile shoot at Yoyogi Park for their website. Each of the member’s location started in front of NHK Broadcasting Center to Rose Garden.
Also at this park’s entrance from Meiji Jingu Shrine, they held their first live (with two teenager fans being introduced in the series).
Seibu Shinjuku Station
At the main entrance of Seibu Shinjuku Station facing Yunika Vision, they held their second live. The weather was similar to the series so it was a perfect day to shoot.
Part 2: Tokyo Skytree Town
Scenes located at the Tokyo Skytree Town came from episode 3-4, The Entangled Man (巻き込まれた男), where Nagi, Nikaido and Tamaki was visiting Tokyo Skytree before attending TRIGGER’s concert.
After months on adapting Japan’s culture and lifestyle, I could finally share to you some my snaps I had from these past few months.
It’s already been two years since I wrote this introduction. Within the period, I made friends, discovered new hobbies, and still continues to learn Japan’s culture and lifestyle. Since I moved my blog from weebly subdomain to my own domain, why not make a recap from my first snaps in Tokyo.
Detailed analysis of locations for Millionaire Detective (富豪刑事) – Balance: Unlimited. The locations were being pinpointed through anime scene details, Google Maps and transits. This article is made for comparative research purposes and guide for reader’s future pilgrimage (聖地巡礼).
Late night of March 28, I checked my weather app and surprised to see snow forecast tomorrow morning. Surprised since I will be forecasted to fall in the middle of sakura season in Tokyo.
I woke up around 8AM on March 29 cause I feel like freezing inside my room. I turned my heater on and opened my window to see the situation outside. Once again, I was surprised on a heavy snow coating my neighbors rooftop.
September 3. I woke up and done my usual morning routine when I stumble upon a video passing in my Twitter timeline. And I never would have thought that PV of ツカメ〜It’s Coming〜 could change my fangirling experience.
I am a Kpop fan who watches Produce 101. Every time they releases the theme song, I easily get excited and checks who might be my pick for this season however to my surprise, they didn’t caught me and I sometimes dropped in the middle of the show and wait for the debut group lineup. Meanwhile, PRODUCE 101 JAPAN got me and become emotionally attached to the trainees and to my 1pick.
I made a pilgrimage of Moon is Beautiful (月がきれい/Tsuki Ga Kirei) at Kawagoe in Saitama Prefecture. Kawagoe is known by the tourist as the “Little Edo” near Tokyo and also, a popular location for seichijunrei-sha.
While doing some exploration of the locations of Given using Google Street Maps, I decided to set off and visit personally the actual places featured in the anime. Most of the location were found along the Odakyu Line from Shinjuku Station.
I rode Minatomirai Line from my previous pilgrimage article for Bungou Stray Dogs, where most of the major locations were located. In this trip, I rode JR Negishi Line to get to some of the minor locations of the series.
It’s rainy season in Tokyo and it inspired me to do a pilgrimage for Garden of Words (言の葉の庭) at Shinjuku Gyoen National Park. Since the movie was aired way back 2013, even though were changes on the landscapes and infrastructures inside the park but it still gives off a similar atmosphere during the time I watched this movie way back.