To be honest I find it quite hard to get my self into that usual daily blogging rhythm after my trip to Tokyo.
It’s now exactly seven days as I came back home. After that I’ve been sick. I mean I got a very bad flu which I think was a result of drastic climate change. From warm Tokyo (around +20 C) to cold Helsinki (-4 C to +4 C) was a shock to my system. Two days I had even very high fever (highest +39.7) and now I’m slowly recovering. Still coughing and feeling quite weak but at least I don’t have fever any more.
So my seven day trip to Tokyo was successful. I did that Berryz Kobo interview for Finnish JapanPop magazine and saw my number one group live two times on April 7. at Shibuya Koukaido. As I told before, I can’t write anything about the interview or concerts here because I was there as a journalist of JapanPop magazine. My Berryz Kobo story is going to be a front cover feature in the June issue of JapanPop. I guess it might be first time when any European magazine has Berryz Kobo on it’s cover.
What else I did in Tokyo? I guess it was that usual stuff all people always do when they go there. Or maybe not. On my previous Tokyo trips I’ve already seen many shrines, Harajuku etc. but there are two places I must visit every time when in Tokyo. My hotel was near Ueno Station so of course I went to see how were Hanami parties going on at Ueno Park in the evening of my first day in Tokyo. There were still lot of cherry blossoms in the trees and under those trees groups of people were celebrating Hanami as freely and loudly as Japanese people ever can.
Also Shibuya happens to be one of my favorite places in Tokyo. I visited to Shibuya three times during my stay. On my last whole day in Tokyo I went to Shibuya from Tokyo SkyTree where I saw mini live from Cheeky Parade. When I walked out from Tower Records with new Cheeky single plus some magazines happaned one amazing thing. On the other side of the pavement walked towards me no one else than Tomomi Itano from AKB48. She bypassed me so close that I could have touched her. She gave me a look which was like “Who the hec is that guy? Do I know him from somewhere?” These kind of things can happen “only” in Shibuya.
Of course I went to check out that new Hello! Project Official Shop in Akihabara. Clean store with kind shop assistants who were amazed when I told them that I’m from Finland and I’m great Berryz Kobo fan. Got from there some BK official photos plus Rii’s and Haruna Iikubo’s posters. Unfortunately Miya’s poster was sold out.
Those are Morning Musume’s outfits @ Akihabara Shop.
And as always seven days is too short time to really get into the groove in Tokyo.
Just a reminder that I’ve posted some Tokyo shots to my Instagram page.