First off, I’m alive, staying healthy (although I catch the occasional cold), and getting sleep every day.
I’m sorry for the lack on any contact, let me explain in brief:
After coming back from my last business trip, like, literally the day I came back, I finally got details about the new department I was going to join for part of the week.
A few days later, I met everyone in my new team, got my new office in order, etc.
Things started getting busy when staff started to quit in both jobs, which means more work for the rest of us.
Right now I’m in charge of several projects going on at the same time, with no end in sight, or at least not until my contract finishes at the end of March!
Japanese working culture is a bit of a headache too.
You might have noticed when Johnny’s talents get together in big groups, the older, senior talents are always the most important.
The younger talents are always careful with how they act or talk in front of their seniors, and a lot of Japanese companies are like that too.
I have to act and talk a certain way to my older senpai, and while I’m cool with being polite and respecting them, what I do mind are the few senpai who let it get to their heads.
I guess there’s always one everywhere, the person who acts like they are supreme ruler of the world.
In my case, I have a few of those at work, and they’re difficult to work with.
The workload I’ve been getting is quite a lot so unfortunately I’ve decided to take a break from blogging until late January 2013.
I’m so sorry, but I promise to be back!! I hope you all have the best Christmas and a Happy New Year!!
And don’t worry about me, I have a small rebel alliance at work too! Some people who share the same views as me and we like to cheer each other up during the day 😀
Hi! Just a big shout out that I’m back!
I’m quite busy during the day, but starting to get used to things at my new work.
I have another big meeting this week to sort out my schedule (I’m more or less running around learning things at the moment), but things should be running back to normal soon.
I love autumn, it is the best season of the year for me. I just wish the mosquitos would go away already – I got bitten seven times yesterday! Stop. eating. me.
October’s going to be an interesting month for me for a few reasons:
One, I’m scheduled to go on another overseas trip next week so I’ll be taking a break from the blog.
I’m heading to Europe! Yay!
Not so yay about the colder weather or the fact that most of my week is full of meetings and events, but still looking forward to it!
Two, I’m starting a new job!
I’ve been busy all this week tidying up and doing paperwork for my company now to say I’m leaving, and more paperwork for my new company to prove I’m not a crazy psychopath (or I hope so).
Three, I’m thinking of joining another Johnny’s club.
I’ve been thinking maybe Arashi…but I’ll see what my bank account has to say about the adventure.
I better get back to work, but I hope you all have a great weekend and I’ll see you when I get back!
Not so news, but thought some people might be interested…
Momoka Fukawa is a model and daughter of ex-Johnny’s talent Toshikazu Fukawa. To go to Momoka’s new blog, click here.
Momoka’s father was a member of シブがき隊 (Shibugaki-tai), a Johnny’s group active throughout the 1980s. A different member of Shibugaki-tai you might know is Masahiro Motoki, who was the lead actor in the 2008 Japanese film おくりびと (Departures), which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2009. Fukawa too, is still active in Japanese showbiz as an actor and talent.
As for work for Momoka, she has a fashion show coming up on October 6 in Sendai for the TOHOKU COLLECTION 2012.
I was hanging out in Harajuku today and passed the 24TV volunteers by Takeshita Street.
After making a donation, they asked me to write a message for their message tree.
My future wish was simple:
Some Arashi fans were more to the point:
I’ve seen a lot of 24TV fans in Tokyo this weekend, some of them were spending the night in a manga cafe I popped into last night. I noticed them because they were wearing 24TV T-shirts and had past Arashi concert bags.
It’s been a while since I wrote a post about…well, what I’ve been up to. Don’t worry, it won’t be long!
NEWS event post
I’m beginning to see a number of posts on the internet about the NEWS event. I heard that fans at the first events in Tokyo were told not to leak information on social media.
But when I went on the second day, we didn’t get told anything like that. In fact, the one thing they told us to do was to drink lots of water!
It was a scorching day on August 21, and waiting under the direct sunlight for an hour did make me feel like I’d get dehydrated if I didn’t have my water.
Others weren’t so lucky. We started to go into the venue about an hour before the starting time, and shortly afterwards one fan collapsed and had to be taken out. She was in the line in front of me, and it looked like she had a cold or something (she had a flu mask on), but I guess waiting in hot weather conditions wasn’t a good mix. I felt so sorry for her, I didn’t see her come back into her spot, but hopefully she managed to get some rest and watch from the side.
Wait. I’m side tracking.
Anyway, because there weren’t any announcements asking fans to refrain from blogging, I think I’ll wait until the Osaka events are over before writing a report. I’ve read a few fans doing the same thing – wait until all the events are over. I wish they’d say WHY they warned the fans in the first events, but I suppose it was to keep things from going out of control in the other events. We got told the boys had changed the contents of the event so much.
Funny how I haven’t seen many English reports. I know there are some English-speaking fans who were there too because I saw you! Even NEWS asked where the furthest fans had come from, and some fans were shouting Hong Kong and Taiwan.
I thought it might be cool if I could collect different concert reports from different fans since I don’t have time to go around Japan to go to concerts (I have bills to pay, waaaaah).
That way, I could hopefully post some new news and stories about different Johnny’s groups?
I experimented with a NEWS concert yesterday, but seeing that a lot of other groups have concerts this week, hopefully I could do some more in the next few days.
Anyway, that’s all for now.
Have a great day and thanks for reading!
It’s really hot in Tokyo…and so I’m running away on a holiday!
Next week I’ll be out of town on business, and then the week after next I’ll be going to Hong Kong for a holiday.
I don’t know how much time I’ll have to blog, so here’s a head’s up that I’ll be in and out for the next two weeks.
Have a great summer or winter wherever you are!
And good luck to NEWS for their first concert tour in ages (which starts when I’m on holiday, grrr), and all the Johnny’s groups who are on tour this month!
See you Chankapana!