i'm actually posting!! i can't believe it! i'm not really one to keep journals and write diaries, i wish i was though. it definitely helps remembering the great things that happen in life. and really, the past few weeks/month have been utterly amazing. it's just the start of 2010 and it's already going GREAT! it is my year after all, tora-doshi!! XD
i'm just going to sum up the few things that have happened in the past few weeks that has me on cloud nine. i may, or may not post more about them in order to remember them better, but i always say that and end up not updating haha. so we'll just see this time.
so here it goes. just as i've been feeling really down because my stay in japan has gone WAY to fast, i'm realizing if i don't find a job or something soon i have to go home. just as i'm thinking that things are just going to come to an end, something AMAZING happens on the last week of january.
i saw nino on the train.
yes. seriously. i can't even believe it myself. i never thought in a million years that i'd see them on the train that i take everyday to commute. but i guess it's not IMPOSSIBLE, especially since my friend said her bf saw jun riding the same line a few months ago. i guess i just thought it was impossible for me. my sister did see aiba at a station transferring, but that was in passing for a quick second, but she was so lucky! however this time, i was riding in the same car, sitting across from nino for a good 20-30 min! and we got off at the same stop too. XD i was so ecstatic i immediately told my arashi fans at school what had just happened, as i was still catching my breath lol. at first i didn't think it was him, i was totally like no way, and it didn't even really look like him at first, probably because of what he was wearing.
he was really covered up with a down jacket, hat and glasses, but as i looked closer, it was totally something nino would wear. he had on gray skinny jeans with black sneakers, a flannel shirt (purple/blue/green) and a white undershirt that had purple trim. i kind of did a double take because i was like wait, what, no. lol. but i swear i must have been staring at him for a good 15min trying to look at his mannerisms. i'm not one to believe in things really easily, like other people, for example when girls go to concerts and SWEAR the guys looked at THEM and peaced to THEIR uchiwa. i went to 5 arashi concerts this year on their 5x10 tour and even though they might have seen my sister and me, i'm not going to say for sure because i don't know for sure. there's so many freaking uchiwas how the heck do you know they were pointing at YOURS! haha, but anyway i digress.
as i was watching nino, i was determined to find one thing that told me it WASN'T him. but i couldn't find it. granted it didn't look like him from straight on, but at the same time i couldn't get a good look at him when he looked up because then he would absolutely know i was staring. he probably knew anyway though lol. but his nose looked them same, his hands/nails looked the same (he was very involved in his video game by the way, a PSP which also made me think it wasn't him right away since it wasn't a DS, but hey he's a gamer right?), and he had very skinny legs and thin lips. i know i know it doesn't sound like much right? but THEN he kind of rubbed his eyes under his glasses then pushed up his glasses really quick with his middle finger, JUST like nino does. call me crazy, but all you nino fans out there know what i'm talking about. AND a little while after that, he yawned and pursed his lips JUST like nino does. there were a couple moments when he looked up at me, but he didn't seem mad or anything even though he probably assumed i was staring. when it was getting to my stop, i wasn't sure where he was going at the time, but i got up and started going to the door. i think he thought i was going to say something to him because for a moment he looked up at me. i kind of froze and then just turned toward the door haha, totally chickened out. i wasn't planning to say anything to him, but after the fact i was kind of regretting it. but after the train started slowing down, he got up too! he wasn't that tall, which kind of tipped me off even more because usually people with really skinny legs are tall and lanky, but he was just a little taller than me, which fits nino's profile. so when we got off, maybe he realized i realized who he was? because he started walking pretty fast and as we were going up the steps he kind of tripped a little which was kind of cute. XD after making my way through the crowd a little behind him, trying to see where he was going, i noticed he WALKED like nino too lol. he was kind of hunched over a little bit, trotting along with his unique crossover bag. you could tell he was really skinny even in his over-sized down jacket haha.
but with that, i got my final glances of him transferring to another line (in which i then knew where he was going haha) and exited the gates completely frazzled from what just happened. so happy that day!
wow that was longer than i thought it was going to be. but i guess i was just reliving it lol. on to the next AMAZING event.
i saw sho and maki film for kabachi. not once but TWICE!
usually on weekends i meet up with my sister and she comes over to my place. we usually go out to eat, see movies, or just watch dramas in my apartment. but she's been really busy lately with finals and everything, she decided to stay focused, and i decided to try to minimize my distracting her. so every once and a while i hang out with one of my friends from school because she lives really close to me, in comparison to where we go to school(like an hour commute), we live about 10min apart. :D so we were talking about going shopping or something on the weekend, but she said she'd call me. i was happy just sleeping in for the weekend and get some rest because i'm a horrible night person and have weird sleeping habits. i go to bed at 3 or 4 in the morning, so sleeping in on days i don't have school are nice.
so it was a sunday, about a week and a half after i saw nino on the train, and i get a phone call from my friend. apparently she called me 4 times, but i didn't hear the first two. the first call came at around 10 in the morning and i was wondering what the heck is she calling me about. i figured it was just about when we would go shopping or something so i decided to let the third call go because i was still half asleep. but when the fourth call came(around 11am) i was like okay she's got to be calling me for something important. i just missed her, so i ended up calling her back. when she answered the phone i get this "WHY DIDN'T YOU PICK UP! I'VE BEEN CALLING AND CALLING" this is in japanese now haha. i was like "I WAS SLEEPING? WHAT'S UP? WHAT HAPPENED?" and then it comes out of her mouth. she's like underneath the indian restaurant (this restaurant we frequent near her place) there's FILMING! and the rest was a blur, she said something, arashi, something drama, i was too freaked out i couldn't hear properly. then she said SAKURAI SHO and i was like KABACHI!! i started screaming and was like WHAT? i wasn't sure if i could make it or what, but she said they'd still be there until 1pm. so without thinking i said "I'M COMING" haha.
i jumped out of bed, threw off all my clothes,hopped into the shower, and got ready faster than i had ever in my life. i could barely breathe hahah. as soon as i was ready i grabbed my mini sho uchiwa from the 5x10 concert and ran out the door all the way to the train station. i was seriously freaking out and had no idea what it was going to be like. as soon as i got to my stop i called my friend after i reached her apartment, and it turns out they were filming RIGHT BELOW her apartment building!!! what are the chances right??
okay now here's a story that shows how amazingly brave my friend is lol. her bf had spotted them early in the morning outside when he went to go to the conbini, so there was no one there at the time. apparently, before she called me, she went into the office where sho and maki were waiting while they weren't filming. YES I KNOW RIGHT! *side note, this story revealed something that wasn't very pleasing about horikita maki, so sorry to all the maki fans out there!* but anyways she went in, and the staff totally didn't notice her! but when she stepped in, sho and maki saw her, and sho stood up right away. my friend directly said "I LOVE SAKURAI SHO, WILL YOU SIGN THIS FOR ME?" with a pen and paper in hand. at this point maki, being a little disappointed that she wasn't asked for the autograph, brought attention to the staff to kick my friend out. but the way she did it was very surprising to me. instead of telling my friend directly, "sorry you can't be in here" or asking the staff nicely to please ask her to leave, she calls to her manager and staff members by saying "eh, eh, eh!" kind of in a way of saying "hey kick this girl out." totally diva-like. rude right? sho on the otherhand, being the amazingly generous and sweet person he is, was GETTING READY TO SIGN MY FRIEND'S PAPER, but as the staff's attention was brought on by maki, they immediately said NO YOU CAN'T!! and even maki's manager spoke in english saying "you can't, you can't!" my friend replied with, but arashi is so generous and nice! and the staff replied with arashi is nice, but johnny is strict! and with that, the told my friend to leave. i so wish she had gotten his signature though. :(
that was all before i got there. but after i arrived, we went to the back of the apartment building where the office was located to get a glimpse. there were so many people waiting to see by the time i got there, i could hardly see a thing. there was another staff member telling us to stay within this white line because people were standing in the middle of the street! after a while i was like forget this, i want to go to the front of the building where the actual cameras are, i want to see the filming. surprisingly when we got there, there weren't that many people. the filming was being shot on a bridge so as i came out of the apartment doors i went to the side or the river type area in front of the bridge and sure enough, sho was standing right there! XD i held out my uchiwa and waved at him, and being the only girl there at the time with my friend, i KNOW he saw me!! as i waved he didn't wave back, but he kind of did this smirk like she has my uchiwa! lol. extremely cute! they started to film and more girls started to come. it got to the point where they were so noisy and distracting the staff told us to back up to into the apartment doors to the point we couldn't see. i was like forget this, and my friend and i went upstairs to the 5th floor to look over the balcony. all i have to say is it was FREAKING COLD that day! the sun was out and everything, but the wind was so strong i thought all my limbs were going to fall off just from the piercing cold wind. after a little while, my friend and i decided to leave because it was to cold and we were hungry. we went to eat and by the time we came back, they were already gone.
crazy right? and we were really close too. sho looks so kakkoi in person. i mean yes, i've seen him live in concert but seeing them in a normal setting is surreal. he's tall and thin, and has flawless skin lol. he was cute running back and forth to the office between takes, but you can't blame him, it was really cold that day. i was totally satisfied, i saw him, he saw me, GREAT DAY! i was really disappointed about maki though. i always thought so highly of her, and watched her in so many things. but hey, she is an actress after all.
so after that i went home and just relaxed. i had school the next day, so it was back to the grind. i don't wake up that early everyday because i have afternoon classes that start around 1pm, and i had been waking up pretty late, around 11ish. but on monday, i get another call from my friend...this time at 9am. i'm like what is she calling me about now? i pick up the phone and she's like "SHO'S HERE! AGAIN!" my reaction: "WHAT???" lol. i guess the wind was so crazy the day before, the didn't finish, so they were back again. so once again, i was like "I'M COMING NOW!" same routine, threw off the clothes, shower, running haha. but this time i was like i have to do something, it's a second chance!!
so as i got off at the station this time, i decided i was going to get them flowers. them as in sho and maki. i know my perception of maki changed, but i figured if i just got flowers for sho, and not maki then i definitely wouldn't be able to give sho anything, seeing maki's attitude. so i stopped by the florist in the station and picked up two really pretty bouquets, mixture of red and yellow for sho, and a purple one for maki. the shop technically wasn't open yet, so as i waited for them to prepare the two bouquets i wrote message cards to them. i wrote them in japanese of course, and they went a little something like this:
"To Sakurai Sho,
I'm an American fan, I LOVE LOVE LOVE Arashi! I will always continue to support Arashi, so please do your best! Say hello to Arashi for me!"
"To Horikita Maki,
Even though I'm an American, I've watched a lot of your movies and dramas! I'm a fan! Please do your best!"
Short but sweet. I paid for the flowers attached the notes and left for my friend's apartment, aka the film site. it didn't seem as crowded as the day before, maybe because it was earlier. but as i met my friend, we headed for the office. my friend thought i should just go in there and give them the flowers, but i seriously didn't feel like pissing anyone off so i decided to ask the staff if it was okay. even though i am arashi-crazed, i am always considering the proper way to conduct myself, no matter how excited i am. i don't want to be seen in a bad light, and most of all, they are human and i want to treat them like human beings, not like some crazy exhibit.
so we called one of the staff members over, one of the ladies i saw from the day before. i asked her if i could give them the flowers, and that i was a huge fan, from the united states, and all that. this lady was a little busy so we ended up talking to another girl, she was really strict the day before and seemed kind of mean and irritated. (but i think i'd be irritated too if i had to constantly tell people to stay out of the way and not disrupt the filming >_< so i didn't blame her). we ended up talking and she said that sho told her that he couldn't accept gifts from anyone even though he would like too because then everyone would want to give him something and that wouldn't be fair to the other fans who were there waiting too. so after we kind of discussed the situation, i finally said, well what if the staff gives it to him and not me personally. she kind of thought about it reluctantly, but i guess the begging in her eyes finally led her to say, "well let me see and ask their managers." i was like "OKAY!" haha. so she ended up going to maki's manager who turned and saw my friend and me standing there, and they discussed a little, and she also talked to sho's manager as well. it took a while for us to get a response back. i think they were carefully considering it lol.
but as we were waiting, more and more people started to gather. not just people who knew, but people walking to work or to school. it really started to get out of hand. people were crowding the streets and trying to cross the bridge back and forth just to get close to sho. i was kind of getting upset because they were really starting to disrupt the filming, and i know i get it, it's SAKURAI SHO, but honestly you have to let him do his job, he's working EXTREMELY hard right now with everything on his plate. so the staff was getting really irritable and starting to tell people to move further away. (although they kind of just shooed everyone around us away and let us stand where we were. i think it was because we weren't causing any trouble. lesson to all fan girls out there!) we waited for about 15-20min until someone approached us, a male this time.
it was sho's manager! he's really young! probably my age! and very soft spoken. my friend was like "are you sho's manager?" and he was like "yes :)" hahah. i really wanted to shake his hand, but i thought that might have been too much lol. he was apologizing to us saying he wants to let us give the flowers, but since it's so crazy with everyone around, it would kind of be impossible to give them to him, even if it was just the staff. i was soooooo disappointed, especially because the flowers were pretty expensive. i was pleading him, saying i'm such a big fan and everything, and he said, "thank you so much for coming out to the concerts and supporting them, i will definitely convey your feelings to sho." and i was really getting desperate, so i was like, well what about the message cards? would that just be okay? and he said "well it's in front of everyone, so that wouldn't be good" and i kind of said "well what if it was in secret?" and kind of hid the cards behind the flowers i was holding, towards him. he looked at the cards, then back at me as i held them out. what happened next was just totally adorable i couldn't stand it! he actually TOOK the cards from my hand, and then kind of "dropped" them in his bag, like "there, i hope no one saw me" hahahah. and i was like "thank you thank you thank you!" sho's manager is so nice!! i guess i should have expected because sho, being so nice he would have a manager that would reflect the same. maki's manager on the other hand didn't come to talk to us, or didn't even walk in our direction.
after that, we watched them film a little more and then they wrapped up. sho and maki made their way to the cars with their managers while the security and staff tried their best to block everyone from mobbing them and taking pictures. i hung back, even though my friend was like "WHY DIDN'T YOU RUN UP AND GIVE HIM THE FLOWERS?!" i know, she's crazy. but i felt like i had already made an agreement with his manager, and i didn't want to cross that. i was satisfied that he made that small gesture for me, so i wanted to give the same respect back. so finally my friend and i left as the film crew was putting away their equipment. i gave her one of the bouquets to keep and then we made our way to school. i still have sho's bouquet in my apartment, i put it in a vase. :D maybe i'll post pictures later.
we went to school, and i ran to my arashi fan friends again and told them everything! especially because one of them, her favorite is sho! two days in a row! what a miracle right? and on top of that, meeting his manager and giving him my message card! XD SO HAPPY.
so that's why happened. i want to post the rest of my stories because that's NOT ALL. but this post is waaaaaaayyyyyy longer than i intended it to be, and i'm wondering if people actually even read to this point hahah. maybe i'll post tomorrow what happened this weekend!!! because it's pretty AMAZING TOO! XD but for now, it's almost 3am and i have school tomorrow. so until next time!