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|Thursday, May 10th, 2012|
|Fan Club Field Trip, a short story and a sale
I had an entry on here that was locked for a long time. About eight years, it stuns me to say. I was planning on getting it edited and opened earlier, like back in 2004, but the follow up to it stopped me in my tracks. If you are interested, here is the link to my experience on the Dear Loving Fan Club fieldtrip.
I changed it a bit, explained things that probably made sense when I wrote it, during the trip, on my keitai (cell phone), but are confusing now. I didn't leave out all my "Masa noticed me!" gushing as much as it pains me to read it now.
The follow up story: I had a very dear friend that I made at a Dear Loving concert. We spent time together outside of concert going as well. She even offered to share her apartment with me if I stayed in Japan past the end of the JET Programme. She was an unbelievably cute, pink loving, Jesus Diamente wearing (and working, she was a shop girl there) girl who had been a Dear Loving fan since she was in middle school but now, at the "old" age of 19 was over the fan scene although she did attend some concerts. She gave me old goods: a candid Masa photo, tapes, visual era publicity photos, even interviews she taped off of TV. She loved to hear about how much I liked Masa and encouraged me all the time, telling me when he said something nice about me or that I had some trait that made me a good match. I in return told her all about my adventures with Dear Loving, the concerts I attended in Niigata and Tokyo, the store events... the fan club field trip...
I was staying at her pink and Barbie-esque apartment during my last month in Japan after the JET Programme ended and I was telling her about the trip, how Masa had gotten drunk and how he had danced with me for a brief bit during the whirlwind faux "host club." She got very upset and said Masa had promised her to never drink. I assured her he never did except then and explained about the mean diary reaction he was trying to forget and assured her I felt the same way, drunk Masa was not a sight I wanted to see, but it didn't help. She started crying and texting on her keitai and at one point she went outside for a while and came back more tearstained and upset. I was totally floored, how could a story about how silly Masa had been make her so distraught?
Do you see the writing on the wall? I didn't. Not until she sat down beside me and showed me her keitai and the messages back and forth from Masa and explained to me that she was his girlfriend/fiancée.
I can't tell you how upset I was. Even then it was more for the loss of my friend. One of the very few Japanese friends I had that truly seemed to be a real friend, one I could share my hopes and dreams with, one who didn't see me as merely a fun accessory. I was upset about Masa too, but I was most upset that this huge lie had been told to me for years, encouraged in me for years.
I went back to Japan in 2005 and left on my own terms, with a light heart and a feeling of closure. I want to go back some time and share the sites and people I love with my husband and I have decorated my home with the artwork, ceramics and mementos I brought back with me.
I saw this "friend" one more time and was cordial. I continued this journal for a time as well because I didn't like to see myself as a fair weather fan. In fact, I was over the shock fairly quickly -- although the first week after stung like anything. I continued attending Dear Loving concerts and found out from another fan that everyone knew my "friend" was his girlfriend and no one liked her and thought I was friends with her only because I was being kept in the dark.
I still listen to Dear Loving and I do plan on editing and unlocking the last of my live reports if any interest is shown in them but my fangirl days are over and have been over for a number of years. I'm clearing out my stash of Japanese goods, music and band goods in particular, but some others as well. If you are interested, click here
. Make me a reasonable offer on anything you see (I still have a lot more Dear Loving stuff to photograph), pay the shipping and it's yours. The time has come to move these cardboard boxes of the past out and make room for the future.
|Wednesday, October 28th, 2009|
I am cleaning up and posting live reports from long ago. It seems silly to have them on here and you few devoted fans who have stuck with me not being able to see them. I, obviously, have a lot more going on in my life now than I did a few years ago and can't devote a great deal of time to this, but I hope to publish a languishing live report every month or so (I say this tentatively because we are heading into the holiday season).
Never fear, I do still enjoy listening to Dear Loving's positive pop rock and even if I now feel like I'm reading my diary from junior high, I won't be changing my besotted musings from the past when I post the live reports . >_< First up: 2004-06-10
|Saturday, July 29th, 2006|
|a new icon
How exciting, I made a new icon for this journal! This is using a picture that was once used for Dear Loving's 携帯 (cell/mobile phone) site. I love it at the end of concerts when everyone does the Posipocker stance, making hearts over our chests. It seemed a much more fitting icon than the cover of Hello.
I wish I had some exciting new information for you, but as I am now back in the USA again, I do not. I am rather at a loss as to what to do with this journal now. Does anyone want translations of things on the Dear Loving homepage? I assumed that all of you have a better level of Japanese than I do (or know someone who does), so I quit posting about updates and such. Am I right to assume that?
I could finish up some more live reports from several years ago. I also went on the 2004 fan club field trip and I could write up that as well. Is anyone interested in such things? I don't know if anyone reads all the old reports on here...
If anyone has any ideas or requests, please let me know. I know this journal is rarely updated, but I don't want to declare it finished whilst anyone cares to know anything more that I can share. ^_^
|Friday, December 2nd, 2005|
|Random Dear Loving Fact #19
Want a peek at the high school Dear Loving attended? They are proud alumni of 枚方西高等学校
(Hirakata Nishi High School)!
P.S. I hope you got a chance to see the clip in the last entry as now you have to subscribe to the site to see it!
|Tuesday, August 9th, 2005|
|Um... guess what? I'm not dead.
It's been quite a long while since I updated this and I thank all of you for not unceremoniously dumping me. I've been back in Japan since January but... well... I only saw Dear Loving once in early February and things were so chaotic then that I didn't write down anything about it. It was good though -- fun, that's a given. The thing is I can't go to a lot of lives now. My new job is at an English conversation school and let me say if any of you fair readers hope to come to Japan and watch tons of lives and teach English conversation... rethink your dreams. English conversation schools are open when people are free to come to them, ie: nights, ie: the same exact time that your very favorite band is playing down the street, you will be chatting with a student about her weekend plans.
I also feel I ought to come clean with you... I hate to admit this but my fervor for my indies band loves has sorta, settled down. I still love Dear Loving and I love the members too but it's more of the affection I have for friends than the passionate adoration that prompted the creation of this journal. That said, I doubt you'll notice any difference. I was completely remiss in updating before and I still will be, but if you stick around, I will try to give you something to stick around for from time to time.
Things like this
for instance. ^_^
|Thursday, January 6th, 2005|
|Random Dear Loving Fact #18
Dreams do come true. Shintaro was once just a roadie for Dear Loving. A roadie with his own fans but still a roadie. Now however he is more than a mere roadie, he is in a band of his own! He plays guitar in Happy Trigger
. He seems to be going by the name Taro now although Dear Loving fans tend to call him Shin-chan. With the sucess of his band I don't know how much longer Shintaro will be helping Dear Loving but best of luck in whatever he does. He's a really sweet guy.
|Tuesday, December 14th, 2004|
|Yet ANOTHER cute Masa story
When Masa was around seven years old his father took him to nearby Hirakata Park to see a sentai series* live action production. While watching the show, he got his hand caught in the bench he was sitting on and hurt himself badly enough that he was bleeding quite a bit (not dangerously so, don't worry). His father on seeing the blood asked if he wanted to head home. Masa insisted that he wanted to stay. He didn't even seem to notice the blood; he was so intent on the action taking place on stage.
* a sentai series is a TV program based around a group of people fighting villains usually in red, blue, green, yellow and pink outfits. Yes, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers used sentai series' footage.
|Tuesday, December 7th, 2004|
|Friday, November 26th, 2004|
|Friday, November 19th, 2004|
|Another cute Masa tale
Masa didn't just want a key however, he wanted a doorbell too -- just like all his friends had. Now the doorbell was just as unnecessary as the key but Masa wanted one so much that his dad bought a doorbell. He installed it on the back door and ran it just to Masa's bedroom so that when his friends came over they could ring the doorbell and Masa could come down and lead them up to his bedroom.
|Saturday, November 13th, 2004|
|A cute Masa tale
When Masa was in middle school he really wanted a key. It seemed that all his friends wore a house key around their neck and that just was so cool looking! Now, since Masa's family lives above Komasa Sushi shop, Masa didn't need a key. Whenever he came home, there was dad (and mom too unless she was running a delivery) working in the shop, ready to greet him. Having your father around when you come home is a pretty rare thing in Japan but Masa didn't want to have his dad there to greet him, he wanted to unlock a door with a key from around his neck. So, Masa's dad gave him a key and every day when he got home from school he would unlock the back door, go up the stairs to his room and never be seen by his parents at all. But wasn't he so cool? ^_^
|Friday, October 29th, 2004|
|Thursday, September 30th, 2004|
|Just in case you never noticed too
I had listened to "Go ahead～光射す場所 ～" off the 「元気出ました。」 single for almost two years before I noticed something. I was sitting on a train, listening to it on headphones and doing nothing else distracting at the time and so I heard Masa whispering in it. You may all have realized this but just in case you haven't heard it:
1) put your copy of "Go ahead～光射す場所 ～" on
2) plug in a good pair of headphones and pop those over your ears
3) enjoy how unbelievably sexy Masa's voice sounds whispering directly into your ear
I almost walked into the path of an oncoming car while listening to it while out walking, so listen with caution.
Plus, for all of you who have not had the pleasure of seeing Dear Loving live, you can bask in the feeling that with this song it's better recorded than live because the whisper trick is not possible live.
P.S. Last time I saw Masa his hair was still blond but that was on August 16th. It looks like it's back to brown in the photo on the homepage so let the world rejoice!
|Thursday, September 16th, 2004|
Wow, I am so far behind I don't know where to begin... Well, let's just cover a few key points and not even attempt to play catch up.
1) I'm in the USA for a time so I will not be writing any new live reports although I have so many old ones to polish up and post that should you be dying to read about yet another live, all you will need to do is flip back a few months. ^_^
2) I don't have regular computer access here but I will try to update once a week.
3) Dear Loving has new T-shirts! You can see them on their homepage
. I just love the design and got a few people yelling 「がんばれオレ!」 at me when I wore mine out in Kyoto. Plus (and I'm just positive
this is because I kept answering the question "What goods do you want?" with "BIGGER T-SHIRTS!!!" ^_-) the shirts come in FOUR sizes!!
4) After spending the first two weeks or so of August in the studio up in Tokyo, Dear Loving will release a new four song single on October 17th. It will be entitled 「メチャ×２ モテたい！」 (Mecha Mecha Motetai) just as the 100 yen (plus questionnaire) one song single available at concerts during July and August was. I don't know whether the version of the title song on the new single will be different from the 100 yen version or not.
5) Thanks for sticking with me guys. I'll have more random Dear Loving facts coming at you in the weeks to follow since those are the entries I seem to excel at. ^_^
|Monday, July 19th, 2004|
|Notes from your truant roving reporter
, in answer to your question, picture a Valentine's card cupid - golden blond hair in fluffy waves about his face. That's about what Masa looks like now, except his hair has that damaged look hair tends to get when you bleach it and throw a body wave of some sort on top. (;_;)
Everyone, I am truly sorry, I am in the middle of moving and as much as I want to tell you about the recent concerts and the homepage renewal, I just can't do it right now. It's horrible timing and I deeply regret promising you so much would be "coming soon" and now being unable to deliver anything at all. Think of those promises as what I wanted
to give you and know that I am saddened by my inability to do so presently.
As I am moving, I have a few things which I can't take with me that I would like to offer to all of you. I have a great many Dear Loving チラシ (flyers) dating back to December 2002. I would like to give the extra copies to anyone who is interested. I also have about five or so doubles of photos of Dear Loving. If any of you want them, let me know.
I hope to be back on-line in August but I will be staying with someone then so it will be at their discretion. Please bear with me until things settle down a bit. Thank you.
|Monday, July 5th, 2004|
|Friday, July 2nd, 2004|
Dear Loving's new homepage
is up!! There are so many things to report! I know most anyone who stumbles upon this page can read it all for themselves but I will get around to translating the pertinent stuff soon. However, I am headed in to Tokyo tonight to catch a couple concerts (including Dear Loving, of course ^_^). If I don't have a chance to update while I'm in Tokyo I'll do it upon my return. I also hope to get the reports of the last two Dear Loving lives in Osaka up as well, especially since Masa talked about the street live in his journal. ^_^
|Thursday, July 1st, 2004|
|Tuesday, June 29th, 2004|
|Random Dear Loving Fact #13
In the Dear Loving結成10周年記念ワンマン～アハハハハ～ン東名阪♪～
video you can see the video messages the members' families made for their 10th anniversary concert. Kuro's mother is holding a big white cat during her time on screen. Fans speculate that the cat is ミーちゃん (Mi-chan), Kuro's pet cat.
|Monday, June 28th, 2004|
|Random Dear Loving Fact #12
Unbabo. Is that even a word? If it is, I highly doubt it is one known to the members of Dear Loving since they claim it is an "African word." How many languages are spoken on the continent of Africa? Somehow I think if they actually knew this word they could narrow it down a bit more. ^_^
So what is unbabo? Dear Loving often uses it as a greeting meaning to have fun or relax. They sometimes shout it out to the audience at concerts and the fans cheerfully yell it back. If you're feeling down, why not try yelling it right now? The members claim it will give you a boost every time you say it. ^_^