Thursday, April 14, 2016

Making my dreams alive! - Part I

Hello peeps, long time no see! My bloggers block is finally eased up a little bit and I actually feel like writing again so it's time to bring this blog back to life! I'm sorry for being so inactive with blogger lately (especially in commenting your blogs)! m(_  _)m I was just so damn tired the whole winter, but now that spring is finally here I feel more energetic and I hope it reflects to this blog as well!

So let's start this spring with my latest trip to Tokyo!

As I told you in february I won the ticket to Love Live! The Final Love Live -concert. It was a 2-day event but I got ticket only for the first day (Mar 31st) and I went to see the live viewing of the concert on the second day  (Apr 1st). I was supposed to leave to Tokyo on March 27th but all didn't go as planned. I was flying with ID-tickets, meaning that I only get to the flight if there are seats available, and of course on that exact sunday Finnair had to cancel few of their other flights to Asia and passengers from those cancelled flights filled all the available seats so I was left behind... (;__;) Well I needed to be in Tokyo on Tuesday at the latest so I didn't want to take a risk again with Finnair's flights and as soon as I got back home I booked the cheapest flight from Helsinki to Narita. Few hours later I was on a plane off to Paris! I flew from Paris to Hong Kong and from Hong Kong to Narita. It was the longest flight trip I have ever made but at least I got to Tokyo in time! I did little shopping on the day of my arrival but I was so exhausted from the flight that I went to sleep really early. Plus I needed to wake up on 5 am on the next morning...

So on wednesday morning at 6:30 am I met with my friend Misaki and her friend Rumi. We wanted to buy the concert goods that started selling at 8:30 am. I've always admired japanese people for their ability to wait in line so calmly for abnormally long times! Well at least I had company with me, but after 4 hours of waiting and moving one inch at a time I started to question my sanity.. XD Finally somewhere around 11 am we were done and I was super happy that I got everything I wanted!

The live goods! You could buy only one of each item and for example if you wanted to get 2 t-shirts you had to queue two times to get them!

Someone tweeted that there were almost 5000 people waiting for the goods... Thank god there were about 30 cashiers as well!

Everyone who bought the goods also got a random sticker of one of the Love Live girls as a bonus. I got Maki-sticker but luckily there were many people waiting near the shopping area who were eager to change stickers with you if you had their favourite girl. I found one girl who had Eli and she wanted Maki so we made the trade and both were happy! (^w^) I've always wondered how japanese people can be so extremely lucky because they always seem to get their favourite girls but this "trading things" explains it! Clever!

This truck was driving around Akiba and played Love Live songs!

After shopping the goods me and Misaki rushed to Akihabara where we had a reservation to SEGA's Love Live! collaboration cafe! Before we entered the cafe everyone had to make the signature sign of μ's (making a ring of peace signs with everyone) and yell "MUSIC.... START!!" as they do every time before their concert in the anime! It was so adorable I can't even...!! The cafe wasn't that big but it was really cute and there was Snow Halation and Sunny Day Song theme going on.

The menu had only few thing to offer and of course I wanted to taste everything because with every salty dish and every sweet dish you got different clear file and I wanted to have both! (>w<) Everyone also got random pictured coaster with every drink they ordered. I ordered Eli & Nozomi drinks and got Hanayo and Umi coasters... Just my luck. But then I remembered we're in Japan, so Misaki helped me to find a guy who was willing to change his Eli coaster to my Umi coaster! Win win again! XD

Kotori & Eli drinks!

For starters I ordered Rin's ramen dish and Snow Halation pancakes for dessert. Both dishes were soooo delicious!! Especially the pancakes! I can't even remember when's the last time I've eaten pancakes that good!! Yummy!

 They also had these cute Snow Halation cut-outs of the girls!

 There was also this board where you could write greetings!

With our tummies full it was time to go check few important Love Live locations. First we headed to Honoka's house which is a japanese sweet shop in real life as well. There was a long line of people waiting to get inside the shop but I just wanted to get few pictures of the house itself! We also accidentally stumbled upon the area which is in the CD cover of BiBi's final single! I didn't even notice it until I got back home and went through my photos! If only I had known I would've taken better pictures of it!! XD

 In the anime and movie the girls hang out in front of this cafe few times.

BiBi's 錯覚CROSSROADS scene!

Honoka's house!

Then it was time to hit the Kanda shrine which is also an important place in the anime. We definitely weren't the only one's with the same idea since the place was crawling with Love Livers! XD Later in the evening I noticed on twitter that Emitsun (Honoka's voice actor) had also visited the shrine earlier that day!! I can only hope that she was there at the same time as we were! Huhuhu! (= w =)

There were a lot of Live Live emas in the shrine! Most of them wished luck to μ's in their Final Live!

Finally it was time to hit the karaoke! Misaki had made a reservation for JOYSOUND's Love Live! karaoke and our room had Kira-Kira Sensation theme in it! The karaoke had the same "get random coaster with each drink" thing going on as in the cafe, and this time I got Nozomi and Honoka coasters so I was pretty happy with them! We sang every Love Live song available and it was so fun!! Why can't we have karaoke boxes here in Finland as well?! I'd visit them every week!

Sooooo cute!!

The drink menu! Wish I could have tasted them all!

Eli & Nozomi drinks and our Final Live pen lights!

2 hours went by super fast and before I even realized, it was time to leave. We went to eat late night ramen and then it was time to head back to my hotel. I had super fun and Love Live filled day! A perfect eve before the main event! But more about that on part II... (>w<)


Purikura at it's finest... Check out my oversized hand and loooooong legs! XD

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