Anyway, I had Sunday off, so I went with a friend to Harajuku. Saw some great bands, including Chaba. It's possible that you've heard of them, since they did one of the Naruto ending themes ("Parade"). If nothing else, they are noteworthy for having an amplified shamisen. How cool is that? Will post photos when I'm less tired. Friend wanted to move on a lot, sadly; I love waiting until a band's set is finished so I can chat to them. ^^
I would've loved to do that to the band called Tikie's. They had no ads for lives, no CDs... and no audience. Poor guys. I think it must've because they were right next to a loud rapper and almost directly across from a folk singer. Anyway, they seemed really glad we were there -- one of the singers smiled at us as we left. They were good though -- a kind of folk-rock hybrid duo with some Hawaiian style. ^_^
I think sometime in the future I'll just go on my own. Yoyogi Park is beautiful in Spring/Summer and listening to the sound of drums and electric guitars in the park in the late afternoon sun is just amazing. But I like choosing the bands I watch. I HAVE to go there on a Sunday in cherry blossom season (it's not a well-known spot, but the bands will make up for it!). I'll need to shift swap to do that...
Will check out some of the bands properly later. I would like to see some lesser-known bands actually, rather than waiting to try to get tickets to big-name concerts who are only going to be performing on weekends anyway.
Anyway, after that, I went to a coworker's leaving party at an izakaya. It's very sad to see him go and the office has been quite gloomy since he left. Made a number of friends there, which was fun. One of whom shouted 'saikou~' when I said I would sing sing some X Japan at karaoke, if given the chance. X Japan fans are kinda rare in uh... Japan. :P