Because my sister and I both had bad colds, this week started off with sleep and more sleep. With occasional breaks for soup and other liquids.
For New Years Eve, we went to the Johnny's Countdown. We had about zero energy levels and, as we waited in a cafe for the doors to open, we wondered if it was going to be worth the effort. We couldn't even drag ourselves to karaoke to kill some time and that's a pretty major thing for us.
Once the concert started though, we really got into it. It's a whirlwind of bands and things going on. Lots of fun and lots of pretty things to look at.
Speaking of pretty, before I went to the NYE countdown, I thought all fans of Johnnys groups were daggy. I have now had the bitter truth revealed to me: it's not so. It's only Arashi fans who dress like they have given up on life. You could really pick them in the crowd. Thankfully, we raise the level... ha, ha. Actually, I think it's that Arashi fans are so poor because of the cost of tickets that they can't afford to spend money on clothes.
As for the Countdown itself, either you love pretty boys wearing feathers and sequins singing pop songs or you don't Guess which side of that I fall on?
The Countdown is not for the faint of heart, let me tell you. Those chicks in the audience know the furi (dance moves) for every song by every group. Yes, that's what happens when you don't give women equal employment opportunities! Anyway, since I'd only seen it via keyhole TV before, it was very exciting to see the whole concert without it being pixelated or cutting out and having to reconnect.
Since New Year's Eve, I've done more lolling around in my sick bed. Luckily, on Sunday there was about 10 hours straight of Arashi on TV. I am going to miss those guys when I leave Japan. Well, not too much since they are always by my side. Anyway, that made it TWELVE times I saw them in 2015 and, so far, once in 2016.
As well as their TV shows, I spent my sick time watching the DVD of Migayi Blast. I was at the concert and, I think, in some bits, if you froze it and blew up the picture, you'd be able to see me. But who can be bothered with that. I thought at the time, the concert was very special and had a great vibe and, after watching it again on DVD, I would rate it as the best Arashi concert I've been to.
So, yesterday, in a major effort, I got showered, dressed and left the house to meet up with a friend in Yanaka. I love the Yanaka area and lived nearby a few years ago but now, thanks to so many bloggers and travel sites talking it up, it's becoming much more touristy and commercial.
It was fun to catch up and the cafe we went to was super cute.
I only have a week left in Japan so I'm thinking of moving out of this Airbnb even though I've paid for the whole time and staying in the city somewhere. To be honest, I really hate being in this place. It's not filthy like the nightmare place but everything is grubby and cluttered. And the building makes weird noises at night that freak me out especially now I'm here alone. I had a nap the other day and, when I woke up, thought I heard someone moving around, then remembered that my sister had gone back to Australia. It was probably noise from one of the other apartments but it was freaky at the time.
Plus Tokyo is a lot more fun than Chiba!