I was very excited to visit Artnia Square Enixafter reading about it from one of my favourite bloggers, Tricia Gosingtian. Artnia Square Enix is a cafe and store that sells Final Fantasy merchandises as well as food related to the game. It is definitely a must visit for all the Final Fantasy fans out there!
It is located in the business district in Shinjuku. I actually got lost for a bit finding my way there when I had some trouble riding the right train to get there but I eventually found my way!
It was actually near Halloween at the time when I visited the place during October so the whole cafe and store had decorations up for Halloween. They also had Finaly Fantasy music playing at the cafe which was very suiting for the Halloween mood too!
Trying to catch up on posting more about my Tokyo trip on my blog but I have been so busy with work that I have no time to do so! Also going through all my pictures and videos and editing them is so time consuming that I dread on getting them done. But this post will be an easy one since I already have the pictures and video edited and done about a week ago. This post will be about my experience of buying Yamapi's CDs in person in Japan! Being a huge and loyal fan for many years, I have always dreamed of being able to do this. I was so lucky to be there in Japan when Yamapi had a new album coming out as well as a movie playing in theatres. I swear I did not plan this. I already bought my plane tickets long ago before he announced that he was releasing a new album and a movie. It was just pure coincidence and luck was on my side, lol! Would have been better if he was having a concert tour during the same time too. I'd have been able to see him live! But overall I'm very happy and satisfied that on my first trip to Japan I got to see so much of Yamapi. It almost feels as if I saw him in person because normally I wouldn't get to see this on a regular basis since I live so far away from Japan. His new album was released on October 8th and I made sure I went out to the CD store to buy his CD on the first official day like a true fan would! XD And I was sooooo excited to see how they would display his CDs for sale at the store. I went to the Tsutaya CD store in Shibuya at the Shibuya Crossing.
There was a little booth at the very front of the store when you enter filled with his new album and a big screen TV showing his music video YOUR STEP. I love the little heart message cards about each song for the album. So cute! I actually quite like the new album, it's very different from his other 3 previous albums. This one has a more of an R&B vibe and all the songs are very happy, sweet, and romantic. Yamapi said he created this about thinking about his fans and what he would like to share with them which is the theme of "LOVE". So sweet! (♥ω♥ ) ~♪ I even spotted a Japanese guy at his booth listening to the album. I'm not sure if he was a fan or he was just curious and checking the album out but he seemed to enjoy listening to the songs. XD
And I recorded a short video of the booth with the music video playing.
Promotion advertisements I saw while strolling the streets in Tokyo.
I bought all 4 versions of the album as well as the A Nude concert tour DVD. I have never bought all versions of any of Yamapi's albums before and this was a first. I even got a chance to buy the limited shop version that can only be bought in Japan!
So one of the places I was really looking forward to visit while in Tokyo was the Johnny's Family Club in Shibuya! If you are into Japanese boy bands then this place should sound familiar to you. Johnny's Family Club is basically a place that fans of JE groups can visit to see everything Johnny's related. At the club you can usually find the latest merchandises from the groups or artists managed by Johnny's Associates as well as message greetings and signed posters and etc. You can also join the club and become a member to receive special offers and such. Sometimes you might even meet the boys at the family club when they are there for a special event. You do not need to pay to enter the building, anyone can go inside it. It is like a dream heaven for all the fangirls out there! lol. My main purpose to go there was to actually see Yamapi and as well of some of my other favourite JE groups.
All the Yamapi goodies! Wish I could have taken everything home with me, including the autographed posters! ♡(˃͈ દ ˂͈ ༶ ) And I find it so sweet and cute how Yamapi calls his fans "sweeties" (ღ˘⌣˘ღ)
Took these pictures for a friend. Magazine books that Kimura Takuya released in his earlier days, which my friend told me later after I sent her these pictures that she has both of these magazines, lol.
Koichi and KinKi Kids goods! I'm not a huge KinKi Kids fan but I do like them a lot.
Taisuke Fujigaya posters and goods for the Kamen Teacher movie. I never really paid particular attention to Taisuke Fujigaya or like him much in the past but I recently developed a liking for him after his collaboration with Yamapi. They surprisingly make a great team singing together. And Yamapi thinks he's a really great kouhai too so plus points for him! XD The movie poster actually looks pretty good too so I might even check it out when it comes out on DVD.
Arashi goods! Japan's #1 most popular boy band.
Katori Shingo and SMAP goods. I really like the SoftBank ad poster and the black and white picture. So classy!
Other Johnny groups and idols that I am not too into but decided to take a picture anyway, lol.
Message cards written by the artists themselves! Although I cannot read Japanese or what it says on the card, I just find it fascinating to see their actual handwriting. Like you can see who has good handwriting and who doesn't, lol.
Posters of the most popular juniors at the front door greeting you when reach the main entrance.
I've also recorded a short video while I was inside (only of Yamapi) though because I am biased, lol. =P
How to get to the Johnny's Family Club: Getting to the Johnny's Family Club is extremely easy. You just follow the few basic steps and guides.
2. Exit from the hachiko exit and cross the street over to where Starbucks/Tsutaya is on the other side of the street from the Shibuya crossing.
3. Walk up the hill on the opposite direction of the Shibuya 109 mall on the same street.
4. You'll see a Bic Camera store at the first major intersection at corner of the streetlights. Cross the street and keep walking.
5. You will then come across this AOKI (men's suit) store and just keep walking for a bit until you reach another building at the corner called "Asahi" (朝日) and you just turn left at the street behind it and walk down where you'll see a 711 at the end the street.
And tada! You'll reach the Johnny's Family Club. It is an all grey cemented building. Super easy to find, right? It is located on the lower floor, so be sure to walk down the stairs to enter into the club. Photography inside is also welcomed so be sure to bring your camera and snap all the pictures you want! XD For more info, visit the Johnny's official site:http://www.johnnys-net.jp/page?id=index&lang=en_us