chris vs. the arctic

chris: 72 // the arctic: 47

Tokyo Weekend

Directly after work on Friday, Amanda and I made our way to Tokyo for a weekend of music and partying. In a stroke of luck, the concert we attended started at 22:00, which never happens in Japan. Almost all events start at 18:00 and end around 23:00, leaving no time for eager ALTs to get from Toyama to Tokyo if the event fell on a Friday. I suppose those times do allow people to catch the last train back, which in Tokyo is at midnight. How can a major metropolis just stop all the trains at such an early hour??

The event was called, "Gan Ban 5th Anniversary." Neither Amanda nor I knew what 'Gan Ban' was or why it was having an anniversary, but we knew it was going to be a huge party. The venue was ageHa, a major Tokyo club hall rocking 3 dance rooms and a water bar. I think it was those two features that created a rave atmosphere, to our surprise but not chagrin.

Space Cowboy, The Glimmers, and the United States of Electronica were on the bill for the night. Amanda and I specifically wanted to see USE, but the rumours of Mylo showing up were also enticing. (He didn't. Apparently he became ill. Boo.) Space Cowboy was lame. Picture a DJ playing premixed tracks whilst pretending he is mixing it live. Lame lame. The Glimmers made us fall asleep, but I think the glowsticking-toting, shirtless gaijin got their jollies. Finally, at 05:00, USE took the stage. They rocked!!

United States of Electronica, or USE (as us acronymphiles would say), is a Seattle-based electronic-pop group that plays happy, uptempo songs. Every one of their tracks seem to have a positive message. I can't help but think that all of this is an act. There's something sinister in people being flaky/cool all the time. Maybe that's just me being cynical. Regardless, the show rocked. They got some Japanese guys to come on the stage at the end, and two of them jumped into the air to smash their bare bellies together! Oh Japan. You loves the pops.

At 09:00, we made our way to Yokohama to spend the day sleeping at Marisa's place. We hadn't actually met Marisa yet... She was a friend of a friend, but she quickly became our friend! Here are some pics from the rest of the weekend:

Lindsay and MarisaTambourine!!
Marisa and Amanda
Ready To Go Home

P.S. A word of warning to Toyamites: When traveling to Tokyo on train, pay attention to which station you must change at. They randomly switched our station from Etchigoyuzawa to Nagaoka TWICE, adding several hours to the journey! Needless to say, we were pissed. Good luck!
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On January 18, 2006, Blogger Gillian said:

WHAT? Is that a double decker train? Am I early-morning-hallucinating? I've never seen that before!    



On January 18, 2006, Blogger Chris said:

Yeah man! The shink outta this ken is double decker! I don't know what that says about my ken though...    



On January 18, 2006, Blogger mystery meat said:

that sounded super fun but exhausting! of course, i'm jealous. i do love the shinkansen as well. when are we going to get the hokuriku one??    



On January 18, 2006, Blogger Gillian said:

Also: Much love for the purple/teal combo. WTG!    



On January 18, 2006, Blogger Chris said:

Actually, the sweater was evergreen and the shirt was kelly green. My cellphone camera did some weird things to the colours. :)    



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