Sugizo – Tree of Life

SuGiZo – Tree of Life

I bought it on a day when the moon was FULL….
and this was one of the few things that worked out great today…
a lot of stuff did NOT go my way..
so this will be about my life and my day, my tree of life and not much about Sugizo LOL

Then again when I got home, around midnight, I summed it all up …

…and you know it’s really funky how we tend to emotionally really can mess up our
experiences, whether it be over a day, a week or a life time…
I was upset because for a ton of silly mishaps and ‘emergencies’.
I ended up being so delayed that I (and well Phoe-Lo too) had to skip a LIVE tonight

The other ‘bad’ thing that happened was that I bought a Japanese iTunes card and my American account still blocks it out.
So these two things made me think gaaah what a day…
but then when I looked at the whole picture….I saw something different, or maybe
I saw it differently
……
a hide-miracle happened, and I got a last minute appointment for doing the
tattoo
that I felt was so important to me already before leaving for Japan,
and was one of the must do things here in Japan!
I was just sitting at dinner time and talking with Phoe-Lo and I said to her:
“Well the tattoo I guess just wasn’t meant to happen, because the only time I have now
would be Thursday after 6 pm, and the only place I know about said they didn’t have any
times until next week….”
…..
Why does hide always have to do miracles in very the last minute ?? ha ha ha
After midnight I got an email in my inbox… one of the tattoo guys said he could
come in on Thursday and do it for me.. would 7PM/19:00 o’clock be a good time…
WOW… Yes yes yes!
by the way this is the text that will be embodied …or embedded or.. inked…
or ha ha ha ha  it will be tattooed…

ピンクスパイダー 空は呼んでいる

the very same words I heard at Miura Reien in May…when I decided that YES I should
jump, leap, fly… and catch a pink cloud …and be in Japan….for a reason that wasn’t
totally clear to me.….

Also I was upset at Tower Records in Ikebukuro for not having the Ra:IN album I wanted
to buy…but I should choose to be happy that they could put one on hold in the
Shibuya store for it…
See there is always a choice on how to react.…but we all tend forget that..

Same when the Izakaya here downstairs had no table … first I was upset..
or well not toooo bad, but I was a little annoyed, but then, because of it, we
decided to go to the little Spanish place across the street.. and
WOW I got a glass of the best Rioja Crianza wine with just the perfect temperature…
so what am I really whining about and WHY?

To relearn takes time because we need to unlearn old ways of thinking first,
old ways of reacting to our reality….

The best thing today though, was also the reason that I was delayed
( and still I felt negatively about it… weird),
was that I printed out the art work I have been working on.
It came out way better than I could possibly have hoped for, so once again I had proved
to myself that rethinking and abolishing evaluation, as well as not dividing life in terms of
good and bad is the WAY TO GO!!

I am sad, yes I am sad, to leave Japan, but on the other hand I am also
sooooo happy to be able to see some of my beloved people in the US.
Friends that I miss and love..
and now tonight, when I sat online I received a few messages that means the world to me… and I felt how my inner core started to fire up and sparkle by the thought alone
of seeing this friend again!
oh you LIFE … I OWE you MY everything…
oh yes, my life has a life of its own and it is quite
fascinating to UNFOLD it….

oh and regarding my tattoo, I got it at Tokyo Hardcore Tattoo
Highly recommend them!
https://www.facebook.com/TOKYO-HARD-CORE-TATTOO-188100754537592/

 

 

 

 

 

Having a drink with hide

hide showed us the way….
you know he does that if you let him…
so we sat down to drink with him at a bar in Shimokitazawa

We took off from Ikebukuro with yamanote line and ran thru
Shinjuku station and made it to Shimokitazawa around 22.45…
then what?
Neither one of us had given it any thought
we were totally clueless what to do when we arrived.
ha ha ha
We started walking and figured it will come to us…
hide will show us where to go
Phoe-Lo showed me where the ‘Garden’ venue was where SGZ
had the Soul’s mate show in  December…. and then…..
just totally intuitively ’crazy’, we walked in to a bar……
sat down ordered drinks and just waited for something to happen…. When you have hide on table something was bound to happen…
but first let’s drink….

from Soba to Party

…from toshikoshi soba 年越し蕎麦  ..
New year Soba Noodles
 …
…to partying WITH hide!!!

Wow this must have been the Best New Year’s Night ever….
Why?
Probably because of two thing, I did not intend to party
and because I totally let go of the idea that I shouldn’t party,
and instead decided just lived in every moment of this night!
Second, because me and Phoe-Lo did something totally wild,
and in the spurt of the moment at ten o’clock we decided to go
to Shimokitazawa ( we were then sitting at Sakura House Café,
Ikebukuro eating the toshikoshi soba).
I still don’t know what happened, or why, but suddenly Phoe-Lo
looked at me, and I at her, and she suddenly said:
Anna, we can be in Shimokitazawa in 20 minutes … let’s do it!
So we took off…. just like that….
I’m sure the people at Sakura cafe had a great night, but it was just
not our crowd this night, we had to just do what I had done all
of 2011, and just jump straight out and do something crazy….
Neither one of us had partied in Shimokitazawa before.
I have been on my way sooo many times, but it just never happened
for this or that reason.
I have been there in daylight, but not for a night quite like this
one…..then again don’t think I have had a night quite like this one,
in a very looooong time….

 

 

 

Last Second

 

The band “Last Second” with vocalist Marcello from Brazil,
hence tons of Brazilian ex-pats were in the crowds, and they took
partying and rocking seriously! 
Funny thing is that, out of the people I know here in Tokyo,
I brought with me two girl friends, one from Brazil, one from Russia.

The Brazilian girl had never been to a LIVE House before…
so we were all cheering her on telling her about it…
and then once there…
hmm a Live House in Tokyo filled with Brazilians!!!
ha ha ha ha ha
That was the anti-climax of this YEAR!

The other girls we came across were…
….were Russians!!
ha ha I mean what are the odds???
My Russian friend did not reveal that she could very well understand
them, and also heard what the Russian girls there said, while they
were totally unaware of that they were being understood…
Sometimes being a polyglot is fun moahahaha
I’m not really this mean… not really….
• ˚❆˛•˚ * 。❉ ˚ ˚ ˛❈˛ • ❄
I’m done apologizing about the image quality, the stage was very
low and lights directed straight into our faces…
actually that’s one thing I felt was a little second class at Black Hole.
Everything else was really good at this Live house, and the floor
feels ample and stage is wide… but oh well guess not everything
can be perfect everywhere…

 

 

 

grace period at Ikebukuro Black Hole

grace period at Black Hole
Ikebukuro  December 28, 2011

Vocals: eisuke
Bass: YOU
Drums: 森下フミヤ
Guitar: 大舘 義直

Tonight it was time to finally hear grace period!!
Why do I say finally? Because I have been following YOU’s struggles
over the past couples of months on twitter… the recordings,
photo shoots, the tech issues, the stress and the fun, eating apples
on the run….
This guy is seriously disciplined too; For him this is serious business
and it’s the way it should be; he is good, he is a bass professional
also off stage (works in music bz) and grace period is good,
and it was really with good vibes in anticipation that I went with
Phoe-Lo and Miss L to Black Hole Live House tonight.

We did get a smaller surprise though… because so far when we
have been out and about Live houses, the audience have to
a large extent been female (80% min),and Phoe-Lo and I are almost
always the only gaijins (foreigners) present.
First people we see when we arrive tonight..
Three Russian girls… but wait there is more ….
One of the bands playing this night had a Brazilian Vocalist,
and he had obviously brought his whole entourage with him,
so it felt more like Rio de Janeiro in the end, than a Japanese
Live house….
Meaning Phoe-Lo and Miss L and I…. well we didn’t get that
typical Live House feeling tonight
Especially since Phoe-Lo herself is Russian, and Miss L is … yeah,
you guessed it…. Brazilian ha ha ha
Maybe that explains why my videos came out crappy tonight?!
The Black Hole was packed, and lighting was very tough
because the room and stage is pretty straight ahead and they
had all lights aim straight out  at the audience,
so all lights kind of hit directly ON you.
Anyway enough excuses…. here is grace period in a short clip!

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