One of the things you should know about me (which I didn’t bring up in my last post) is that I’m a hardcore BIGBANG fan. I wasn’t much into k-pop until last year, but this is what hanging out in Shin-Okubo resulted in (oh Shin-Okubo, I owe you so much).
Simply speaking, I think these guys are pretty awesome.
One of the perks of living in Japan is that lots of k-pop groups, including BIGBANG, come here all the time. I went to BIGBANG’s live concert at Tokyo Dome last December. They gave an amazing show and honestly, seeing 50,000 people who love them as much as I do, was a great experience. How could I miss the chance to see them again?
Well, okay. To be perfectly honest, at first I thought “13,000 yen for a ticket and I’ll only get to see them for a couple of songs? Naaah… ” But my inner fangirl was like “Oh come on, even a couple of songs is okay….”.
YUP, TOKYO DOME, HERE I COME!
Going to concerts by myself is fine, but it’s always more fun to go with someone who shares your love for the same artist, right? I am lucky to have a friend who loves BIGBANG too (with G-Dragon as her main interest though….Believe it or not, no biases here! I honestly just love them all). The first time I met up with Sharla, we went to a YG Exhibition held in a super remote shopping center in Kisarazu (seriously I would have expected YG to choose something…I don’t know….cooler? No seriously, check Kisarazu on the map, it’s at the end of the world, in the middle of nowhere). We had bags of fun though so Sharla was the first person I thought about when I tried to think of someone who might want to go to the YG Family Concert with me.
I got two tickets real quick — break time at work was enough time (yes, that’s what I do in my break time…I’m actually writing this blog during my break time right now, oops). Your life in Japan can be difficult sometimes if you don’t own a credit card. Luckily I was able to pay for the tickets with cash super easily at a 7/11 and I even got them printed at the same 7/11 one week before the concert. Everything was relatively easy and painless, you might need some help if your don’t read or speak Japanese though. I use this website to buy concert tickets –> a-ticket.jp. I can’t say it’s the best (because I simply don’t really have anything to compare it with) but setting up an account on a Japanese website is a big hassle, so I guess I’ll stick with it.
WOOP WOOP TICKETS !!!
What to wear for the concert? Let’s see….Something BIGBANG-ish would be cool. Black and white with some gold accessories. Yeah, sounds cool. BIGBANG is cool, 2NE1 is cool…everyone is cool! I want to look cool too!
….and so thought 50,000 other fans who came to Tokyo Dome that day. We all looked as if we planned our outfits together. Oh well, that feeling of unity was kind of nice though.
Here’s what I had prepared:
* Tank top, BOY LONDON (size L, 154 cm me can wear it as a dress *yay*)
* Shorts you cannot see, and that was the purpose
* Over the knee socks, WEGO
*Black platforms (creepers type) NADIA
* Cross earrings, H&M
* Gold chain necklace, WEGO
* Denim jacket, GU
*Black bag with studs, some random shop, it costed only 1000 yen
What do you do before a k-pop concert? You go to Korean town to eat some kickass Korean food and spend even more money on some sweet BIGBANG accessories!
….and again, apparently so thought other fans — I have never seen so many people in Shin-Okubo.
There’s one more thing you should know about me – I’m totally crazy about Korean food. You’ll get to see a lot of Korean restaurants if you follow my blog, that’s more than guaranteed.
Stop one: Korean restaurant Maiu (maiukorea.jp)
〒169-0072 Tokyo, Shinjuku, Okubo, 2 Chome−32-23 韓国料理 まいう 大久保本店
780 yen for a lunchtime dish is on the cheaper side in Tokyo, I guess.
Besides, you can never go wrong with Korean food.
Japchae and naengmyon
Stop two: purikura!
We had to document this special day with cute sticker pics. Actually, a ton of cute pics. What you see here is just 10% of all the purikura we took on that day.
You can never have too much purikura.
Last stop: TOKYO DOME!
You still have some money in your wallet after a shopping spree in Shin-Okubo? No worries! YG will take care of it! Before each concert, there’s a special tent-store selling YG Family stuff like clothes, stick lights, rings, hair bands, bracelets, earrings, hats, anything you could imagine.
YG sure does know what their fandom needs.
Unfortunately, in Japan we are not allowed to take any photos inside of the Dome. I managed to take these photos before a very serious security guy said “No photo, no photo!”
Oh sneaky me.
In a nutshell….
Amazing as always. Professional to the core. They’re all beautiful and awesome. I love them for being them, they’re all different and that’s what I love the most about this group.
Great show, really. CL is a walking perfection, she’s the leader for a reason. Dara and Minzy are total cuties, but Bom…not that I dislike her, but it was kind of painful to watch her putting so much effort in a tiniest move. Plastic surgeries have their limits, lady.
They were epik! (you see what I did there?) To be honest I didn’t know them before the concert, but I’m kind of obsessed now. Just check out these songs and you’ll know why.
Same as Epik High, I didn’t know her before the concert but she was really lovely so I’ll definitely check out more of her songs.
WINNER & Team B
YG’s freshmen. All young, talented and beautiful. What would happen if GD and TOP had kids? BAM! Winner and Team B would happen, I’m sure of that.
Well, Psy cancelled his show due to some unknown reason. But! Seeing all the YG Family members singing and dancing Gangnam Style – truly priceless. You should have seen Tokyo Dome. Nearly 50,000 people going totally crazy, unforgettable!
(yes, my eyes might have been teary)
Trust me, it’s not easy to leave the Dome knowing your idols are still somewhere there (I’m not a obsessed psycho-fan, I swear).
Sharla and I decided to walk around, calm down a bit (and take photos of strangers looking cool…no creeping!).
Here are some fun people I asked for a photo. It’s so nice that fans actually put so much effort in to their concert outfits. I think it’s so sweet.
Psy, Bom and TOP (“Doom Dada” MV look)
All in all, seeing my idols again was amazing. They totally rocked my world. Simply, it was a really happy day.
I guess I’ll never get too old for this.
Thanks for stopping by and reading my thoughts!