Japan 2014 Day 3: Kyoto Day tour (Kiyomizudera, and the streets of Gion), Osaka’s Dotonbori



For our third day, we left the hotel before 7:30. While preparing, I saw this on TV!



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THIS IS AN ARASHI POST! okay, it’s about the new single, Lotus

I was in the mood to write, and there was time in my hands (while listening to a recording of BayStorm) so I decided to write about Arashi’s new release, LOTUS – in which the cover song is used in Aiba-chan’s drama, Bartender (airing every Friday, 11.15pm JST). Here’s the tracklist:

1. Lotus
2. ever
3. Boom Boom
4. Lotus (Original Karaoke)
5. ever (Original Karaoke)
6. Boom Boom (Original Karaoke)

credits: zomboid@LJ


In all honesty I’ve listened to this only only once, and I liked Lotus. Well, partly because it’s a fast track, and I sort of missed them having upbeat songs. ever was slow, sort of creating a balance in  the single, because Boom Boom was also upbeat. I have no other thing to say about the B-sides but Lotus is a bit similar to Monster, dark and upbeat. I sort of wanted a happy upbeat song!

Anyway, I’m not really in the place to say my expectations because I’m a new fan. But — yeah. The cover was cute!!! Dark, but it’s cute. See!

Well this one is cute, there’s another cover that doesn’t have them smiling. I’m just too lazy to search for it again. Maa~ I think I like Hatenai Sora’s single more, but it’s nice to see them dancing again.

Now I need to get back to writing my movie reviews. I have Confessions still hanging! But I adore that movie so I’ll write it soon!

Mannequin Five Spring Date SP!

I want everybody out there to hear that I’m tremendously spending too much time watching ARASHI’s MANNEQUIN FIVE! Haha. Seriously though, I’ve been really into the show because I wanted to see how stylish these boys are when it comes to clothing by themselves – if they really do it by themselves; or on the other hand, how much they need help from a fashion police. But then again, I’m not really that big on fashion and I usually go by the common sense.

Anyway, let’s start with their first special for MFive, with the theme of Best Spring Date Outfit. There’s no spring from where I come from, but the weather can be chilly sometimes – well, on really very rare occasions – and as I’ve said I’m going to use common sense, so no one gets butthurt or something.

Sakurai Sho Mannequin Five Spring Date

I’m going to start with Sakurai Sho-san. I honestly like the simplicity of his outfit. It’s something that I would like to see on a guy I’m with. Except that this outfit with look better on non-hi-cut sneakers. Maybe it’s just me, but I really don’t know when hi-cuts will work best, so better play safe and wear it with long pants (I know I do, but that’s because I’m short). Maybe if he’s wearing shorter pants, it will look better? I don’t know, I’m honestly not too sure (if so, why the hell am I writing this again?!). Also, I like the general image that it’s effortlessly done – like he purposefully wore something that’s atop his dresser, but managed to look good in it. But then again, he’s Sakurai Sho, he’s ARASHI, there’s only a few number of people who’d disagree on a proud level. (I’m honestly taking that statement back later on so watch out for it.)

Aiba Masaki Mannequin five Spring Date

Second, Aiba Masaki-san’s coordination! I love his double-shirt style, like seriously. The pattern, the design, and the color matched really well. Well, I honestly love his whole outfit, I can even forgive the female section pants and the shouting red shoes (because I love red in everything). I was disappointed that this came only fourth. Now like in any other dissection, I would like to point out that if it’s not Aiba wearing this, it might not just work. LOL my ‘giving-in-to-Aiba’s-fashion-sense-syndrome’. But honestly, it really depends on the person on how to pull an outfit off.

Ninomiya Kazunari Mannequin Five Spring Date

Third is Ninomiya Kazunari-san’s turn on the hot seat. I have to say that I hate that over-sized trench coat on him. It makes him look shorter than he already is! And the slouchy jeans, seriously makes him look like he’s all over the place! I like the color combination, though. The orange scarf and belt are fresh to look at; correct me if I’m wrong, but the pants are kind of a pastel blue? I like that it’s that shade because it sort of tones down the bright orange. He has a vest and white dress shirt underneath that hideous coat, mind you. All in all, this is an okay outfit, but really, Nino, loose the coat.

Ohno Satoshi Mannequin Five Spring Date

Fourth is Riida, Ohno Satoshi-san. I will disregard the fact that he actually bought off what’s on a mannequin. But really, I don’t have much to say about this outfit except it really looks cool. It’s safe, too. I’m not surprised a lot of people liked this outfit. However, maybe he could have chosen a pair of jeans that aren’t acid washed? You know, those traditional denims? And the fold at the hem is a turn off. I’ve recently thought that folding pants outward makes one look short – somewhere in the lines off, why the heck did you buy a pair of pants longer than you; or your waist/hips is not proportioned to your lower torso’s length, or something like that. (I have honestly made quite a few trips to the tailor the past few months to get my pants cut, because yes, my hips/waist is not proportioned to the length of my lower torso.) Now, back to Riida, the fish at the pocket was really cute! People have been fooled by that heart-shaped tail, but it was really nice of him to incorporate his favorite hobby in his outfit. It screams, “I’m OHNO AND I LOVE FISHING!” even if he didn’t exactly coordinated that himself.

Matsumoto Jun Mannequin Five Spring Date

The last one will be for Matsumoto Jun. I’m not going to lie, but really, if he were my boyfriend, and we’ll be out on a date, I’ll tell him to go back and change the moment I land my eyes on him. End of discussion. No, but seriously, I was wondering where all that talk about Jun being a GREAT dresser came from. I’m beginning to doubt his fashion instincts, sadly. But maybe he tried too hard? His attack didn’t work out though. He wore a number of better outfits while he was in the three-hour shopping spree! So you see, even if he is a member of ARASHI, the outfit really doesn’t work!

Anyway, this discussion has come to an end. And putting the results aside, I’d like to also rank them according to my taste.

1.)    Sakurai Sho

2.)    Aiba Masaki

3.)    Ohno Satoshi

4.)    Ninomiya Kazunari

5.)    Matsumoto Jun

Looking at that list, I really feel sorry for Jun. He’s my ichiban in ARASHI and yet that didn’t help his coordination. And Nino’s too, even if he is my niban, it didn’t work as well. Oh well.