My Remembering Japan series ran out last Friday, so I’m back to write a fresh new post! It’s spring break, but it’ll only last a week and then it’s back to the grind until the end of the semester. 💪🏻 It’s been hard making time to write thoughtful posts so I queued up a bunch about Japan and then took some time away to focus on my studies. Hopefully I’ll get some creative juice flowing again in the upcoming weeks!
I turned 22 last week (Mar 13), and I plan to do some kind of “hello, 22” post soon. Other than that, on the 16th I went to see my favorite band play live for the 3rd time! 🤩 They played at The House of Blues in the Mandalay Bay. I think the last concert I saw there was Secondhand Serenade in 2009…
I went with a friend that also listens to OOR and happened to go to Japan the same time I did. While we were waiting in line, two people approached us and asked us a question about whether the line we were standing in was General Admission or VIP. I recognized their accent and on a whim, I asked if they were Japanese. They were! From that point on we spent the whole night together chatting and getting to know one another 💓 The girl’s name was Mizuki and the guy was Daisuke, and they’d flown from Oregon that morning to see the concert.
Irritatingly, House of Blues does this thing where if you pay an additional $30 to the box office you can “pass the line.” This essentially makes you better than General Admission, but it doesn’t put you in VIP. You go in after VIP. I didn’t know about it until that day and because I would never be happy not being within the first 2-3 rows, I paid the money. I told Mizuki and Daisuke about it (and why we were technically in line with VIP), and they said they were so happy I helped them because we were right in front the entire show 😭
It’s almost impossible to get in front for a show in Japan unless it’s in a smaller venue, and One Ok Rock hardly ever plays small venues in Japan anymore. Case in point, their Ambitions tour stop at Saitama Arena (capacity of 37,000):
So it’s incredibly special to be as close as we were to the four members, and to be able to interact with them as much as we did. I was so glad I met Mizuki and Daisuke because they made the whole thing even more enjoyable! I’ve never made friends at a concert before, so it was a great experience.
Now for some of my photos…
At one point during a song someone threw a little Easter bunny stuffed animal on stage and Taka picked it up, pretending to hold the mic to its mouth as we sang along. It was super cute and he was laughing a lot!
This is one of my favorite photos from the show, but I hate the guy that was in front of me the entire time. He completely obstructed my line of view and was so tall that it was hard to take pictures around his hair! Grrr.
Taka is famous for his stand that he frequently uses to jump on and from. He also uses it a lot to interact with the crowd. He’s only 5’6″ (compared to Ryota (bass) who’s 5’9″ and Toru (guitar) who’s 5’10”), so I think it also helps him interact more with the crowd. Overtime, it’s just become a trademark set piece for their shows.
Speaking of Toru… 🤤 I just love him so much, and he played an amazing solo with Ryota and Tomoya (drums). He interacts so much with the crowd and thrives off of their energy. I love watching him play, and it’s almost impossible to get a picture where his hands aren’t blurry 😂
My absolute favorite photo from the show 🥰 I just love how much Taka commands the stage and the crowd, and it’s such a great vibe to be there with them. His voice is beautiful, and they’re all so talented. It’s no wonder they’ve been an active band since 2005! 💙2