aznygma asked:

hiiiiii, i hope it isn't much of a bother but i think you're the only one that can help! i'm visiting Japan for a few days two weeks from now, i really hope to buy some oor and radwimps merchs but there're no events during my stay. So i wanna ask if you knew a way to collect them. Do you order online and get em shipped to the hotel or is there a store? thanks so much in advance!!!

excellentweaklings:

Hello!! It’s good to see your RADWIMPS love is still going strong. ;) And so exciting you’re going to Japan!

About your question about merch, I have good news and bad news. I’ll give you the bad news first. Band merch generally isn’t sold in any store, unless it is some kind of small bonus that comes with a CD purchase. Since RAD isn’t currently on tour and there are no events during your stay, you won’t be able to get their merch at all. They don’t have any sort of online store (with the exception of one they had for a couple of weeks this past June), so ordering it isn’t possible. This is actually super common for Japanese bands, which frustrates us international fans to no end.

However, GOOD NEWS TIME. As for OOR, their merch is available all the time from ASMART, an online retailer. You simply need to create an account with them, using a Japanese address. Many hotels in Japan will accept packages on behalf of their customers, so please check ahead that your hotel will do this. If they do, you can use their address for the shipping, pay online using your own credit card, and your goods will ship to the hotel. Make sure you let the hotel know in advance that something will be coming for you, so that they hold it and not think it was delivered by mistake. ASMART also uses a service called Tenso for shipping to overseas customers. This might be a better option for you, if you’d rather get stuff delivered to your home. You simply make an account with Tenso, link it to your ASMART account, and ASMART will deliver the goods to Tenso, who then delivers it to you whenever you tell them to do so.

If you don’t speak Japanese, you will need to ask someone to help you with some of this stuff, unless you use Chrome and trust its translation abilities. Also, many hotel staff- including front desk staff- don’t speak English, so you may need someone to help if you need to contact them directly. 

Good luck in your travels! Let me know how everything goes! :D

Thank you for the super detailed answer!

Woww uwu i’m pretty much devastated by the news so no RAD merch for me this time TT^TT the OOR store seems potential but I’ll be hopping round other cities and nothing is fixed yet TT^TT Thank you again and one more thing, will CDs of Misoshiru’s be sold at stores too? 

junishinobi:

lynxyz:

temporarilyunstable:

elsiechapman:

stephany-310:

From Sato Takeru photobook ‘ALTERNATIVE’
Takeru × Taka Cross Talk<1>
~translation~
On a calm night, several months after the travel to South Africa, at the counter in a cozy little sushi bar in Tokyo, were Sato Takeru and Taka, the vocal of ONE OK ROCK.
Since Taka was born in April and Sato in March, they are in the same year in school. And they say flatly about each other that ‘He is my boy friend, my girl friend, my closest friend, my husband, and my wife’. This statement shows ‘the closest friend’ is not enough to express their relationship; something is lacking; something is wrong.
One is an actor, the other is a musician. The stage where they perform is different but holding each other in respect, they have shown their problems and inner thoughts frankly to each other.
How is Sato Takeru in the eyes of Taka, who knows Sato Takeru’s real face best? And how does Sato talk about Taka? In what point are they attracted to each other? What differences do they have? What do they feel empathy for? —-
The twenty-five-year-olds started drinking and talking face to face, after they toasted with a glass of beer, eating their favorite sushi.
 
-How long have you known each other?
 
Sato: OK, then let’s start with our encounter. I came to know ONE OK ROCK from a co-star in a drama. I was scouted when I was in the second grade in senior high school, and made a debut in a mid-night drama in the third grade. And one of my co-stars told me. He was an actor and singer at the same time. He said, ‘In my class in high school, there is a member of a rock group ONE OK ROCK and the vocal of the group is an awesome singer and super hot. Why don’t you try listening to them?’ If I remember right, we were in some fast food shop. We both listened to a song together eating hamburgers, sharing an earphone. The song was ‘Do you know a Christmas?’ (a self-produced indie CD) It begins with Taka’s vocal, and the moment I heard his voice, ‘This guy is terrific! What a good singer!’ I thought. I remember that clearly. And then, I heard that ONE OK ROCK would hold a live concert at the school festival in Taka’s high school and went to see them. It was when I was in the third grade in high school.
Taka: I didn’t know Takeru was there, right?
Sato: Of course. We’d never met each other yet. But the moment I saw the live concert, I thought, ‘Really cool, these guys! What’s this!?’ Not only the songs but their performance was super cool. After that I became a fan of ONE OK ROCK. In those days, Ryota and Toru, the members of OOR, were living in the dormitory of Amuse (a production company), when I myself was getting busy at work and commuting from the dormitory. So I talked to Ryota and Toru, ‘Seriously, OOR, so awesome!’ (watching the documents) Well, OOR made a major debut with ‘内秘心書’ (released on April 25, 2007) , right? I watched its PV and thought, ‘Really cool!’ and started to go to their live concerts and kept going afterwards. So probably, on Taka’s part, he may have realized, ‘A man named Sato Takeru often comes to see us’, but suddenly, things took a mysterious new turn LOL
Taka: As I recall, when we did a live in SHIBUYA-AX, Takeru came to greet us at the back stage for the first time. I was rather shy of strangers, but I was really happy as he said, ‘I like ONE OK ROCK’. And I felt a little excited and said, ‘Thank you. Let’s hang out soon.’ And we exchanged our phone numbers, probably?
Sato: No, we didn’t, no. lol We didn’t at all. We didn’t meet for a while after that. I had a long term I’d been just another fan of OOR. The next single after ‘内秘心書’ was ‘努努-ゆめゆめ-‘ (released on July 25, 2007), and after that, ‘完全感覚Dreamer’ (released on Feb 3, 2010). Probably it was around the time of ‘完全感覚Dreamer’ that we made friends, right?
Taka: Oh, did we? How old were we? In our twenties?
Sato: We were over twenty at least. Well, what I remember is that I was on speaking terms with other members of OOR to some extent, but I never talked to this person at all. His performance was really cool, but I didn’t know what kind of person he was as a human, so I felt kind of distance between us a little. Then one day when I was shopping in Harajuku, I happened to see you.
Taka: What? I don’t remember at all.
Sato: Taka was extremely modest at that time, you know. Since a mutual friend was there, we talked a little and I found him low-profile. After that we came across each other several times but, anyway, it took us a very long time to make friends. lol And finally we got over our shyness and started to talk to each other. Since I’m a fan, I repeatedly said, ‘OOR, seriously terrific!’ and Taka replied, ‘Thank you’. lol
-When did it happen?
Sato: I don’t remember at all.
Taka: Was it when ‘Kamen-Rider Den-O’ started?
Sato: Much later. At the age of twenty, or twenty-one? No, it might be when I was nineteen. Ah, I have no idea. Anyway, we came to eat out together and we ate hot pot saying, ‘Winter makes us lonely, right?’ lol We both got lonely easily, I guess. And then we suddenly started to meet regularly. Was it the chicken hot pot restaurant in Nakameguro?
Taka: Yes, yes. We often went there.
*It may take some time before I post the next part. Please be patient m(_ _)m                                                                                    stephany_310

Stephany, thank you so much for the translation!

Thanks for translating! Lmao takaru new OTP

Whoa~ Takeru’s first OOR song is the elusive Do You Know A Christmas! 
New OOR fans (as in heard of them though Ruroken/The Beginning) may not be aware of this, but it was Takeru who suggested the band to the movie people for the OST especially since he listened to them a lot during filming. I find it cute that OOR’s current international popularity has partially to do with Takeru’s fanboying.

Thanks for the trivia Lyn! I guess I have to thank Takeru for bringing OOR into my life then ^-^

junishinobi:

lynxyz:

temporarilyunstable:

elsiechapman:

stephany-310:

From Sato Takeru photobook ‘ALTERNATIVE’

Takeru × Taka Cross Talk<1>

~translation~

On a calm night, several months after the travel to South Africa, at the counter in a cozy little sushi bar in Tokyo, were Sato Takeru and Taka, the vocal of ONE OK ROCK.

Since Taka was born in April and Sato in March, they are in the same year in school. And they say flatly about each other that ‘He is my boy friend, my girl friend, my closest friend, my husband, and my wife’. This statement shows ‘the closest friend’ is not enough to express their relationship; something is lacking; something is wrong.

One is an actor, the other is a musician. The stage where they perform is different but holding each other in respect, they have shown their problems and inner thoughts frankly to each other.

How is Sato Takeru in the eyes of Taka, who knows Sato Takeru’s real face best? And how does Sato talk about Taka? In what point are they attracted to each other? What differences do they have? What do they feel empathy for? —-

The twenty-five-year-olds started drinking and talking face to face, after they toasted with a glass of beer, eating their favorite sushi.

 

-How long have you known each other?

 

Sato: OK, then let’s start with our encounter. I came to know ONE OK ROCK from a co-star in a drama. I was scouted when I was in the second grade in senior high school, and made a debut in a mid-night drama in the third grade. And one of my co-stars told me. He was an actor and singer at the same time. He said, ‘In my class in high school, there is a member of a rock group ONE OK ROCK and the vocal of the group is an awesome singer and super hot. Why don’t you try listening to them?’ If I remember right, we were in some fast food shop. We both listened to a song together eating hamburgers, sharing an earphone. The song was ‘Do you know a Christmas?’ (a self-produced indie CD) It begins with Taka’s vocal, and the moment I heard his voice, ‘This guy is terrific! What a good singer!’ I thought. I remember that clearly. And then, I heard that ONE OK ROCK would hold a live concert at the school festival in Taka’s high school and went to see them. It was when I was in the third grade in high school.

Taka: I didn’t know Takeru was there, right?

Sato: Of course. We’d never met each other yet. But the moment I saw the live concert, I thought, ‘Really cool, these guys! What’s this!?’ Not only the songs but their performance was super cool. After that I became a fan of ONE OK ROCK. In those days, Ryota and Toru, the members of OOR, were living in the dormitory of Amuse (a production company), when I myself was getting busy at work and commuting from the dormitory. So I talked to Ryota and Toru, ‘Seriously, OOR, so awesome!’ (watching the documents) Well, OOR made a major debut with ‘内秘心書’ (released on April 25, 2007) , right? I watched its PV and thought, ‘Really cool!’ and started to go to their live concerts and kept going afterwards. So probably, on Taka’s part, he may have realized, ‘A man named Sato Takeru often comes to see us’, but suddenly, things took a mysterious new turn LOL

Taka: As I recall, when we did a live in SHIBUYA-AX, Takeru came to greet us at the back stage for the first time. I was rather shy of strangers, but I was really happy as he said, ‘I like ONE OK ROCK’. And I felt a little excited and said, ‘Thank you. Let’s hang out soon.’ And we exchanged our phone numbers, probably?

Sato: No, we didn’t, no. lol We didn’t at all. We didn’t meet for a while after that. I had a long term I’d been just another fan of OOR. The next single after ‘内秘心書’ was ‘努努-ゆめゆめ-‘ (released on July 25, 2007), and after that, ‘完全感覚Dreamer’ (released on Feb 3, 2010). Probably it was around the time of ‘完全感覚Dreamer’ that we made friends, right?

Taka: Oh, did we? How old were we? In our twenties?

Sato: We were over twenty at least. Well, what I remember is that I was on speaking terms with other members of OOR to some extent, but I never talked to this person at all. His performance was really cool, but I didn’t know what kind of person he was as a human, so I felt kind of distance between us a little. Then one day when I was shopping in Harajuku, I happened to see you.

Taka: What? I don’t remember at all.

Sato: Taka was extremely modest at that time, you know. Since a mutual friend was there, we talked a little and I found him low-profile. After that we came across each other several times but, anyway, it took us a very long time to make friends. lol And finally we got over our shyness and started to talk to each other. Since I’m a fan, I repeatedly said, ‘OOR, seriously terrific!’ and Taka replied, ‘Thank you’. lol

-When did it happen?

Sato: I don’t remember at all.

Taka: Was it when ‘Kamen-Rider Den-O’ started?

Sato: Much later. At the age of twenty, or twenty-one? No, it might be when I was nineteen. Ah, I have no idea. Anyway, we came to eat out together and we ate hot pot saying, ‘Winter makes us lonely, right?’ lol We both got lonely easily, I guess. And then we suddenly started to meet regularly. Was it the chicken hot pot restaurant in Nakameguro?

Taka: Yes, yes. We often went there.

*It may take some time before I post the next part.
 Please be patient m(_ _)m
                                                                                    stephany_310

Stephany, thank you so much for the translation!

Thanks for translating! Lmao takaru new OTP

Whoa~ Takeru’s first OOR song is the elusive Do You Know A Christmas! 

New OOR fans (as in heard of them though Ruroken/The Beginning) may not be aware of this, but it was Takeru who suggested the band to the movie people for the OST especially since he listened to them a lot during filming. I find it cute that OOR’s current international popularity has partially to do with Takeru’s fanboying.

Thanks for the trivia Lyn! I guess I have to thank Takeru for bringing OOR into my life then ^-^

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