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08 July 2005 @ 12:34 am
The NaB's at the Tanabata festival~  
Tanabata festivalThis is going to be a comprehensive report on my experience at the festival and the NaB's, since they happened together. (^-^)

Today Eda and I went to the Tanabata festival after work because The NaB's were playing! I love japanese festivals! They're so much fun to go to, I just adore them!! ♥ They're a little bit nostalgic, because while they're different than parades and celebrations back home, they're still the same in a lot of ways. Lots of people getting together to enjoy food from stalls and games and midway-type games, plus live music and little things going on too.

Anyways, when we got to the station to meet our friends, it was POURING. I'd heard thunder earlier, so I wasn't unprepared.. but I wasn't expecting THIS MUCH RAIN and I don't think Eda was either. Neither were MANY of the groups of girls in summer yukata getting drenched. At least it wasn't too cold, just mildly cool. When we got to the stage at one end of the festival, the bands were all waiting to go on. They'd postponed the concerts, because it was pouring buckets and the wind was blowing the rain sideways right onto the stage! Water + instruments = bad combination! (as opposed to Adachi and Suzuki's GOOD COMBINATION!) An hour later, things had finally calmed down to start in on the performance.

In the meantime, Eda and I took a look around the festival and I took some pictures.

While looking around at the Tanabata festival, we saw the funniest thing! It was a HUGE Matsuken!! No, really!! :O A HUGE REVOLVING MATSUKEN! I will never understand the japanese obsession with Matsuken. No, wait, I take that back.. he fascinates me too!! It was so fascinating that I had to take a video (for Erin)!

Click on the picture to get a short video!

Here are some other random pictures from the festival. I didn't take too many because I wanted to take some at the NaB's part of the concert! Because it was at a festival, they didn't say anything against taking pictures, and some girls were even taping the whole thing with video cameras! Ahh, I wish that I could have a copy! I did take some videos with my camera, but it only takes 30 seconds and not that good of quality. But it's still fun to relive the boys bouncing along to the songs. =D

Karl and Kenn duet to 'boku ni dekiru koto' The NaB's concert:

Because the heavy storms delayed everything, all of the bands had to play short sets. The NaB's was the 2nd band to play.

This is actually the 4th time that I've seen the NaB's perform live. Every time I walk away as more and more of a fan, and to think that we'd only originally went because of Kenn last New Years. I love the feel of their lives. The atmosphere is charged and energetic, and they manage to really play enthusiasm into the crowd! I love their music, and like the small kind of personal feelings that their live performances exude. They come across showing that they really love what they're doing! Again and again, I highly recommend going to one of their shows if you ever get the chance to!

I fell in love with The NaB's' music the first time that I heard it, and as I've become more familiar with their songs through their CDs and lives, it's only gotten stronger. Their music is generally really cute, really upbeat and jumpy. Like their performances, their songs hold a lot of energy and are really good! (Or really dorky, but I like that a lot!)

Karl does his RAP thing during 'Party Night' This is their set list from tonight:
1. Party Night (Where Karl raps! XD I love this song!)
2. 僕にできること ("Boku ni dekiru koto" - 'I can do it' or uh, something like that..)
3. Wake Up Your Heart (The new Yu-gi-oh ending theme)
4. とべ ("Tobe" - 'Jump')

Just a short note... NONE of these songs are available on CDs to my knowledge! (;_;) So most of you won't have heard them. They're some of the most fun NaB's songs, in my opinion. I hope that they're released with their new album coming out in September! (okay, the Yu Gi Oh song is scheduled to come out on a single soon....) But Party Night.. Tobe.. Boku ni dekiru koto!! I want on CD.. I really love those songs at the lives. They're so active and energetic!!

During Lives, the NaB's are dorky. It is really, REALLY cute! They jump all over the stage, do silly little dances, try to act cool, etc. They really seem to enjoy themselves, and as I said above, that's one of the addicting things about them. I love it. I love the audience interaction also! There is a lot of pumping and priming the audience, though obviously in a short performance like this it's just not possible to do too much. Though it was there, believe me!

During Boku ni dekiru koto, Kenn leaned all over Karl and then Rasta. It's very VERY cute and I'm sure that they do it just to make the fans go 'squeeeee!' (and they do.. at an earsplitting level!). XDXD

They didn't talk very much at this one due to lack of time, and I suppose because it's a festival. They announced that their next '1-man live' will be October 1st (!!! SO FAR AWAY!!) Their next single will be released on September 21st. Also so far away. ;_; Ah well.. the end result should be worth the wait! ^^ During the talk, Kenn took a moment to show off the new NaB's t-shirt and logo, which included a very nice segment where he wiggled his butt towards the squealing fangirls. Kenn knows how to play them (okay, us!) up!!

Kippy and Rasta selling T-shirts! After the show, the boys lined up to.. sell their merchandise!!! ROFLOL! They were cashiers and pimps and just plain hilarious!! Above the table (as you can see on the right), Kippy and Rasta were pimping out the t-shirts (OMG SO FUNNY.. they were SINGING to get you to buy them!!), and at the table, Yuhki, Karl, and Kenn were being cashiers.

The mob of fans surrounded the table and made it hard to maneuver through.. Especially since I'd bought everything at the live last week in Shibuya, and so I didn't need to buy anything. I just wanted to say hi to some of them. ^^;; LOL Well, we eventually made our way through and finally met Karl. It's about time! XD He was really nice and posed for a quick snapshot (behind the table.. not with me, too many people!!). (Okay, he posed like 4 times but my camera kept shutting off because of a low battery ^^;;)

We then went over to Kenn and tried to make it through the fangirls. He posed a couple of times too, but again the camera wasn't cooperating. ^^;; Eda wished him luck in Tenimyu. I shook his hand and asked him if he remembered me (in mangled japanese, since I was like 'urrrrr' and forgot the right words XD) (Remember how he tapped my shoulder way back during Winter Fudo outside and I was like.. 'who is this cute boy touching me?' LOL)

Kenn's response: "覚えているよ!" (Kind of like, "Of course I remember you.") [He then said something loooong but neither me nor Eda could hear well enough to understand it.]

LOL I'm amused! =D

Please don't repost these NaB's pictures anywhere!! If you do, I will hunt you down!! Wakarimasu? (Sorry to be so mean) I posted them because I want you to feel like you were there, and maybe adore The NaB's as much as we have.. but it's a touchy thing to post pictures of japanese celebrities, so please respect their customs. ^^

I can't wait to see Kenn in the next Tenimyu (omg) NEXT MONTH! I can't wait for the next NaB's concert, for the Gackt concert this fall, the Bleach musical, and the Kimeru concert this summer, among other things! Ahhh, so many memories waiting to be made~! (^o^)// I can't wait for all of my visitors! ^^

Love, from a wet and exhausted but happy Jamie. ^^ (ps - this was the start to my summer vacation! YEAH~~~!!)
Current Music: The NaB's - Wake Up Your Heart
I am... SAM FISHER.: Ichigo - Real Friendssugaahcube on July 7th, 2005 04:47 pm (UTC)
Waah :D Sounds like you had such a great time, even though it was raining XD! I love it when you share pictures, it's awesome 8D
C L O V E R: YANAGI KOTAROH + BEAUTIFULidyllica on July 7th, 2005 05:20 pm (UTC)
WAI. :D I'm glad that you had a great time at the festival. The NaB's sound so much :D fun and the group is actually REALLY INTO their music. I'm glad! :D
:D Lovely pictures; very colorful and bright. WAI! :D
美夢_miyuchan_ on July 7th, 2005 06:40 pm (UTC)
next live...1st october = me sad ;_;
I so wanted to see them perform.
I'm glad you had fun^__^ I love japanese festivals^_^
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on July 7th, 2005 10:24 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I wish they were performing earlier too.. Maybe they'll do a group performance like they've been doing.. where they're part of a lineup? They did a lot of those in between one-man lives, but we didn't go. ^^;
Keiaoi_tenshi on July 7th, 2005 07:37 pm (UTC)
XD Wah it sounds like you're have so much fun but then you totally deserve it too =D
Amy: w-inds. | Keita (wordless)acidae on July 7th, 2005 08:23 pm (UTC)
Awwwwwwwwwwwwww~! At least one of us had a great day XDD
Hiroyuki Rynn 治幸リンじ: Pouty Nagayanseraphik on July 8th, 2005 01:14 am (UTC)
*SQUEE* You touched KENN!!! O__o *totally envious*

If I ever shook KENN's hand, I'm gonna place that hand in a plastic-wrap, vaccumn-packed and squee at it for the rest of my life ♥

Very lovely pix, hope your camera behaves the next time around ^__^
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on July 8th, 2005 01:26 am (UTC)
LOLOL!! You and a lot of other girls, I think. XD He's really cute in person, and has such a nice smile! I think I'm just used to shaking hands now, that it doesn't affect me. ^^;; XD It's fun to meet them. I'd like to be able to talk to them more.. I kind of wonder what kind of people they really are. Ah sou, it would be fun anyway. ^^
Hiroyuki Rynn 治幸リンじ: Pouty Nagayanseraphik on July 8th, 2005 01:59 am (UTC)
Yeah they all seem so cute and down-to-earth, makes me wanna gobble them up for breakfast, lunch, tea, dinner and supper! *Munch with fangirl glee*

*SQUEE Part 2* GOSH! KENN remembers you!!! You have taken over his brain cells ~~~ arggghhh! ^__^

I'm sorry for being so hyper ~~ heehee

*I'll degrade into a hysterical pile of goo now and leave you to have your good rest*

Chiakichiaki777 on July 8th, 2005 06:04 am (UTC)
Ohhh tanabata!
キモさ満々♡ 미친 외국인dilettantka on July 8th, 2005 09:54 am (UTC)
You forgot about Kenn wiggling his BUTT! =D
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on July 8th, 2005 09:58 am (UTC)
OMG YES!!!!! *puts that in* How could I have forgotten!!!!!!
angeangelamori on July 8th, 2005 01:38 pm (UTC)
WAI! Cuteness! Thanks for sharing!
Artabandonedsoul on July 8th, 2005 08:52 pm (UTC)
exactly what is Tanabata?
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on July 8th, 2005 10:11 pm (UTC)
I have no idea. I thought it was a place name. But it wasn't held in a place called Tanabata.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on July 9th, 2005 12:44 pm (UTC)
Ah, that's awesome! Thank you for the information!! ^^

The festival I went to was in Hiratsuka, which is mentioned in the first link. ^^ It was fun, though it was raining, so I guess the two lovers didn't get to meet (omen?). ^^;; Kawaisou..
yingfa89yingfa89 on July 9th, 2005 12:31 am (UTC)
Thanks for sharing!!!!! Kenn(*heart*)! Seems that you are making yourself known by a lot of the Tenimyu cast members! Lucky! Just the thought of seeing them live to me is mind boggling! I think that it's nice, the festivals and concerts in Japan sound fantastic!
rainrukawarainrukawa on July 9th, 2005 05:57 am (UTC)
thanks so much =3 the piccies were enjoyable~ you're so lucky! I wish I could meet the TeniMyu casts (T_T)
A Fandom Butterfly: fd - Biskechinawolf on July 9th, 2005 10:25 am (UTC)
^__^ Glad you had fun!
(Anonymous) on May 8th, 2006 11:25 am (UTC)
The NaB's
im actually a fan of The NaB's as well!
im from HK!!

since im from HK...
it's really really really really~~~HARD
to find newss abt The NaB's!


the latest news i found was.....

YUHKI >< has left the band!!!! ><

when was that?!
and WHY?! ><

i was soooo SHOCK when i read the newss!

since he's my favourite in the band.....
(Anonymous) on May 8th, 2006 11:28 am (UTC)
The NaB's
im actually a fan of The NaB's as well!
im from HK!!

since im from HK...
it's really really really really~~~HARD
to find newss abt The NaB's!


the latest news i found was.....

YUHKI >< has left the band!!!! ><

when was that?!
and WHY?! ><
pls tell me~~~~~~

i was soooo SHOCK when i read the newss!

since he's my favourite in the band.....

thats my blog~
leave a msg if u want....