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Japan Day 2, Keita SidebySide Tour 2013

Japan Day 2

I woke up at 6.30am and went out at 8.30am. Walked towards Jozenji dori ave to Sendai shimin kaikan to check the place out just to make sure I know the way. Was craving for McD breakfast so I went round looking for McD. Ate bacon burger set then drop by a bookstore opposite and bought keita's 24/7 book. Hang around the hall for 4 hrs before the goods went on sale. Didn't wanna go anywhere because the weather is bad and I'm afraid I couldn't make it back in time. I found the place where Keita arrived, there was a guard so i just look from the top.

Goods started selling at 3pm.I bought all the goods needed. Won a fan club limited ed blue towel. Entered 4 lucky draws by buying his play button to get a backstage pass but no luck. I went to purchase so many times until the staff was laughing when i see him. lol. Keita was practicing his pitch and It was so loud and sharp. Honestly I got annoyed at the same time found it a bit scary but I remembered non of his songs needed that octave. My wish to gain that pass became stronger so I prayed very hard and ask God if I can get to see Keita backstage. It was raining then so I asked for a sign if I should buy another play button to get a backstage pass. Waited until the counter was closing, went another round to purchase the play button and before I spin the wheel,I prayed again. The red ball came out!! I was so shocked I just look at the staff and my eyes started tearing.
He rang the bell and congratulated me. Covered my mouth and was still speechless. Thank him numerous times. I was trembling, I couldn't walk down the stairs properly. Called 2 of my friends but no answer so called Ray and told him I got the pass and cried over the phone. Took me a whole to calm down.

At 5pm we lined up to enter the hall. It was a small hall. As I walk to my seat I was amazed how near my seat was. Can't take picture, sorry. I talked to a fan who sat beside me. Told her I traveled for this and she said it's nice to be able to travel. In my head I said, "so nice you stay in Japan". Well the grass is always greener on the other side. I just nod my head and said yea. I found the tracklist. Click the link below.


He sang all songs that is in his album and also from his first single. Started with Turn It Up. When he came out, I'm speechless. So close up. Move on to Slide & Step and Magic but no AKLO.

First MC.
He talked a lot. Communicated with his fans. I just stood and watch him. My eyes were fixed on him. Sometimes got distracted by his beautiful dancers. The mic stand was too tall so he lowered it. Then it became too short he leveled up again. He actually complained while doing it and it's just too cute. Everyone laughed including him. He joked a lot too. Saying it's hot then he took off his coat. Fans started screaming and ask him to strip! Hahahaha.. He was like no way , impossible! I'm shy. They kept asking, he made it clear no one will see him half naked today. Then he adjust his bow tie and couldn't do it right so a staff came out and help him. It was a strap on bow tie not the traditional one. There he complained again. Lol.

The concert continued with slow and emo songs. I've always love "thinking of you" cos of the lyrics. Clicked with it the first time I listened to it. When he sang that song I cried. 3 dancers danced contemporary with 3 white clothes hanging down from the ceiling. The use of towel around my neck is for my tears. The hall is cold and there's not much movement except for my hand holding the light stick. I used back my 10 anniversary live light stick.

His costumes are all really nice. Suits. He look so tall and handsome. His hair color is so nice and his hair style suits him perfectly. Though it gets messy when he danced and it's obvious because of the color. He looked funny when than happened.

Second mc he introduced a special cover English ballad 'Sometimes I cry'. That's what he was practicing for. When he started I looked at him in awe especially those really high pitch parts. As I stared at him while listening to the lyrics, I felt warm. His voice and emotions poured out wonderfully. It's a very tough song and he managed it. Well done, Keita. I gave him 2 thumbs up when he looked my way, I'm not sure if he saw.

After that he said ok! last song, everyone went ehhhh!!! Then he asked what you want? They said sing again from the beginning! He gave this look =.=. My voice will be gone if I do that. Though I really wish it won't end. Hahaha..

He went to get himself dry and drank some water. Then he introduced his next song with a piano. I didn't realise the piano was out. Lol. He had problem wit his mic and he was complaining while fixing it so a staff came out to help him. Fans then asked him to play a kindergarten song. He did. Then they requested he play w-inds song. He did a short one but they asked for more so he refused saying It's keita's concert not w-inds. They then asked him to play another song and he said ok! I will play "side by side". And he repeated a few times and laughed. A little off key at a point. Then he corrected it. I've always loved to see him playing the piano and guitar. It turns me on.

Keita went in to change his clothes. Before that he intro a dancer Shouji kun and said he will pick someone from the audience to be part of the next song by giving an invitation card. shouji called out a girl few seats away from mine to sit at the sofa while he sang 'Nice and Slow'. When he touched the girl everyone screamed. I laughed. Guess I've passed that stage. I did not scream at all during the concert but I sang and moved my body along with beat. Enjoying every second of it.

3rd MC
He asked his fans if they have any request for him. The first thing they ask is to strip. He laughed and said impossible. Then they ask for w-inds song, he said ryuichi and Ryohei will be very mad if he sing. I don't like it when they insist in him singing w-inds song. Fans gave up and asked him to sing Michishirube, his other album released in 2006. He went "ehhhh!!! Impossible I forgot and did not prepare for that. Next time ok?"
He then talked about how he love sendai and their food. He listed a few but said a place name instead of food. Beef's tongue was his no1. As usual, he loves meat after all.

'Shame on me' autotuned part was off as well. System error I guess.

Slide and Step SKY-HI version. SKY-HI not around as he is busy so we sang some of the parts instead.

He asked if there's any last request then straight after that he canceled and said I'm not asking that anymore, I take back what I asked.lol. Fans just should motto motto(more,more). Last song he sang 'One More Time'. Dancers came out he ask everyone to use their towel. During the song we swing our towels, cowboy style. And jump until the end. He thank everyone for coming and waved goodbye.

After the concert, I went out to re place we were asked to gather to go back stage. 15 of us, 5 from FC, 5 from goods lucky draw & 5 from Cd lucky draw. We lined up in 3 lines and went to the lift to lower ground floor. We then walked into a room with tables and chairs and sat according to our group.

After waiting for 10 mins, seems like a damn long time especially when you are nervous and trembling, keita walked out with a few staffs. He was wearing his sidebyside white tshirt used during encore. I'm guessing no shower. Lol. I couldn't stand. My legs have no strength too. The rest stood up and line up. Gathered my energy and push my self up. 2 fans refuse to let me be last. =.=

I just stared at him as he talk to other fans. He look into their eyes and speak. One of them said his hand is muscular. There it goes. He started showing off his arms and she touched it. I burst into laughter. After 12 of them, it's my turn.

As I looked at him in the eyes, I started tearing and told him I'm from Malaysia and I came all the way for this concert in Japanese. He went "ehh!! Hontou! Hitori de? Hontouni arigatou gozaimashita. Nihongo mo kono tameni benkyoushimasuka?" i replied "hai" and he said sugoi na. I couldn't speak as i was sobbing so he just look at me and waited. Then I took a deep breath and said "Keita san, dakishimete mo ii desuka?" He was surprised and said "hazukashii ne" and repeated in English "I'm shy". I was rejected, damn. I said it's ok, no worries. He then ask"nan Sai desu ka?" I couldn't hear him so he repeated "oikutsu desuka?" And in English with perfect pronunciation and tense "how old are you?" I replied in Japanese "25 sai desu". He continued asking if I'm returning to Malaysia. I just said yes and he wished me safe journey. I told him his gift is in the box and he said he will look for it later and see you again. I waved goodbye and gave him a high 5 before walking out the door at the same time bowing and saying thank you to the staffs.

His hands are warm and big. His fingers are long. As he hold my hand, my emotions just poured out. He's not as tall as I though he would be. My brother's height, 6 feet. He didn't smell either or maybe my nose was blocked. Hahahaha..

As I walk back to my hotel, I cried all the way. The warmth of his hands remained until the next day. I woke up thinking I had the best dream ever and felt like I've went through the sweetest moments of my life. Something I will never forget. A night to remember and a miracle granted by God after waiting for 12 years. It's all worth the wait. Somehow my mission in Japan has accomplished.

I only realised why he asked my age when I went to Osaka and met my host from airbnb. She asked for my age too and told me I look very young. Maybe keita thinks I'm young too. Hahaha.. I was tearing I couldn't see how he reacted to my answer.

That's the end of my adventure. Can't help but cry whole writing this. Thank you for reading. Hope you enjoyed my life story.

~The End~


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Aug. 2nd, 2013 04:35 am (UTC)
Hey, it's Usagi from www ^^

I can totally feel you while reading this. My impression about him is the same. You are so lucky and I'm so happy yet jealous you got to hear his English, arrrrrgh XD

"When he touched the girl everyone screamed. I laughed" I love this part XDDDDD
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