Budokan March 28th 2012
Posted on Tue Sep 27, 2011 4:21 pm


Serenula

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Hi there, I believe most of us have heard that SCANDAL is be playing at Budokan on the 28th of March 2012. I decided to create a new thread to reduce confusion with the other thread. This thread will be only on the Budokan. I am gonna start a list for those who Want and Can make it.

1) Serenula (Can)



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Re: Budokan March 28th 2012
Posted on Tue Sep 27, 2011 4:24 pm


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I don mean to b an ass but....its kinda early to know whether we CAN or not....

1) Serenula
2) Zech (WANT)

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Re: Budokan March 28th 2012
Posted on Tue Sep 27, 2011 4:27 pm


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@zechzech, yes sorry for making so forceful, I have editied.


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Re: Budokan March 28th 2012
Posted on Tue Sep 27, 2011 4:27 pm


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1) Serenula
2) Zech
3) 320x200

I'm going to collect the travel tips I had in the other thread here:

- Start learning any Japanese you can right now. Japan isn't like Europe where just about everyone speaks English fluently. You can technically get around without speaking any Japanese but every little bit you can learn will help your trip go easier for sure. In my experience staff speak workable english in the airport, train stations and some hotels, but if you encounter anyone at a restaurant/shop or out in the street who speaks strong english it's really rare. Even if you can't speak anything of substance, being able to say "Sorry, I can't understand Japanese" in Japanese goes a really long way, just as a sort of courtesy that you're at least trying.

- Research Japanese culture and customs. Basically watch every video this guy has on youtube, especially the How To playlist. http://www.youtube.com/user/TheJapanChannelDcom It was incredibly helpful to know ahead of time about things like Suica cards for the trains and how to avoid embarrassing yourself in public.

- Rent a Japanese iPhone/smartphone. I've used these guys before: http://www.jcrcorp.com/ I recommend airport delivery and return because it's very easy to do at Narita where the staff speak workable English and then you have it to use for the entire trip. I went alone on my trip and the Japanese iPhone was absolutely essential. Look up translations online, get train maps, use the gps to find where you want to go, etc etc.

Other tips
Spoiler:

- Even traveling in a group, be prepared for it to be intimidating talking in Japanese to native Japanese speakers. I'm not saying it's terrible, but just be prepared for it to be difficult for you the first couple of times. The first time I was surrounded by native speakers and could really hear just how clumsy my speaking was it was physically impossible to speak lol I just couldn't make myself talk for the first few times I wanted to say "thanks" or whatever to someone. I think if I'd known it was going to be intimidating instead of being 'surprised' by it it would have been a little easier.

- Plan lots of extra time around events that you REALLY want to get to (like a SCANDAL concert). When I saw SCANDAL in Osaka it was at a college a bit out from the center of the city and it literally took me the full day before the day of the show to figure out how to get from my hotel to the college and back. Kept taking the wrong train, or the wrong train line/company :p Or like, it took me half an hour to figure out how to buy my train card the first time, etc lol. Stuff just takes longer than you'd expect to figure out when you don't know the systems.

I don't mean to make it sound harder than it is or anything. Japanese people are incredibly polite and friendly and things really aren't that hard to figure out. Just that every bit of preparation ahead of time makes things easier and gives you more time to relax and enjoy Japan while you're there.

Personally I'm a fan of the Suica cards since you can put some cash on it and then use any of the JR or private lines in Tokyo. I had mixed results with it in Osaka, some lines took it, some didn't. Some vending machines and convenience stores will take Suica cards too.

The NEX trains are good for getting to and from Narita. Depending on where you stay there is also a bus service from Narita that costs about the same amount. If you end up staying at one of the hotels covered by the bus service it's a very easy way to get from Narita to the city since it will drop you off right at the hotel. Probably not a big factor if traveling with a group, but if anyone is arriving alone and meeting the group in Tokyo the bus is easier to figure out if you don't have experience with the Japanese trains already.

For those coming from the US:
- The power plugs are the same in Japan as we use, but the voltage is a little lower. Anything that has a built in adapter/wall-wart (laptop, phone charger, etc) will work fine. Things that plug in more directly, like an electric razor, will still work but will run a bit slow since the voltage is lower.

- Learning to use chopsticks is pretty much a necessity. It's not always polite (or possible) to ask for western silverware in some situations so it's best to be able to use chopsticks.

Tips about buying tickets
Spoiler:

- In my experience they sell out so fast that most likely you will end up buying your tickets second-hand from somewhere like YJA.

- Personally I'd consider the ticket price as a large part of your expenses. The first time I saw them I paid like $1,200 for my plane ticket, $1,000 for my hotel costs, $1,000 for eating/transportation/shopping, and then... $75 for my Scandal ticket lol. My seats were good and the concert was great and everything but after spending so much to get to Japan and stay in Japan if I was to go again I'd probably try to plan for maybe $500 if not $1000 on the concert ticket to get closer seats.

- Maybe if a large enough group is making the international trip it will get enough attention that we can get some help with the tickets. I read that for I think a SNSD concert in South Korea there were like 100 fans making the flight so the South Korea board of tourism helped them buy tickets to guarantee they could get to see the show. Later on once we know better who is going and when we can try to get in touch with Japan's tourism board, Sony, Kitty, Scandal, etc to see if they can assist in any way. Maybe they will, maybe they won't, but it's worth a shot.



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Re: Budokan March 28th 2012
Posted on Tue Sep 27, 2011 4:30 pm


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I wanted, but not sure can make it or not.


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Re: Budokan March 28th 2012
Posted on Tue Sep 27, 2011 4:37 pm


zechzech

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xKai wrote:I wanted, but not sure can make it or not.

Same, same

Way to early to confirm
But we see the response and maybe figure out someting if we can get a gd crowd...

Freaking emo-ing due to missing out virgin hall even though i specifically am travelling to jpn jus for that...
So...WE NEEDA PPL THAT CAN GET US TIX!!!

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Re: Budokan March 28th 2012
Posted on Tue Sep 27, 2011 4:41 pm


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zechzech wrote:Freaking emo-ing due to missing out virgin hall even though i specifically am travelling to jpn jus for that...
So...WE NEEDA PPL THAT CAN GET US TIX!!!

I strongly recommend people plan to save a large amount of money for their tickets. It's very likely that we'll need to buy our tickets second-hand and pay much more than the list price.


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Re: Budokan March 28th 2012
Posted on Tue Sep 27, 2011 4:43 pm


zechzech

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320x200 wrote:
zechzech wrote:Freaking emo-ing due to missing out virgin hall even though i specifically am travelling to jpn jus for that...
So...WE NEEDA PPL THAT CAN GET US TIX!!!

I strongly recommend people plan to save a large amount of money for their tickets. It's very likely that we'll need to buy our tickets second-hand and pay much more than the list price.

lol...rmb how i told u i am nv gonna be able to affort to do that...
I don wanna do that either...its jus not fair...
I don mind my money goin to e gals sony....but not sum other creep that is using them




@ 96000(thats 320 multiply 300)
As long as ur phone have 3G & auto-roaming it can work in jpn now

@serenula
Jetstar only goes osaka...another train will cost 100+sg
No other budget goes jpn...
i jus chk 2 wks ago...

As long as it isnt a holiday period and if u book early the air tix are really cheap...not budget cheap but affordable to even a poor *bleep* lyk mi...
But its not wise to secure air tix wifout concert tix.




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Re: Budokan March 28th 2012
Posted on Tue Sep 27, 2011 4:45 pm


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@@320x200, the trip is nicely 6 months from today.

@zechzech, Air-fare will be the bulk of the cost, I will foresee us flying budget airlines. Ok I will start a new search up on airlines for Singapore's side such as Jetstar.

I am sure that some of us can already estimate how much we can save by then, may it be allowance or savings or even Chinese New Year money.


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Re: Budokan March 28th 2012
Posted on Tue Sep 27, 2011 4:53 pm


320x200

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zechzech wrote:
lol...rmb how i told u i am nv gonna be able to affort to do that...
I don wanna do that either...its jus not fair...
I don mind my money goin to e gals sony....but not sum other creep that is using them

I would much rather the money went to the girls too, but the reality is we will very likely have no other choice. I've sat online right at the sale time for Scandal's shows and the tickets sell out faster than you can load the website. There's nothing that stops Sony from auctioning their tickets instead of selling them at a fixed price if they wanted a piece of the actual market value of the tickets.

zechzech wrote:
@ 96000(thats 320 multiply 300)
As long as ur phone have 3G & auto-roaming it can work in jpn now

It depends on what your carrier charges you for international roaming. Mine from the US wanted $150 USD for as much data as I use in 15 minutes of using the maps. Renting a local phone with unlimited data was much cheaper.



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Re: Budokan March 28th 2012
Posted on Tue Sep 27, 2011 4:54 pm


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@320x200 what do you suggest we do to get the tickets? I have absolutly no experience in this aspect..


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Re: Budokan March 28th 2012
Posted on Tue Sep 27, 2011 4:58 pm


zechzech

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@64000(sorry i got it wrong the first time)

Wait....you mean at Eplus site?
And dont you need a jap address?

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Re: Budokan March 28th 2012
Posted on Tue Sep 27, 2011 5:04 pm


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Ref the 320x200 comment on the SNSD concert tickets. Since I have friends who went, I can clarify some things.

Spoiler:
Firstly, the tickets were obtained and provided by Korea Tourism Board to the travel agencies. The tourism board partnered with agencies and it was a means to promote travel to Korea. From what I am told, it doesn't seems that Fans made the request. It was smart thinking by the Korean Tourism Board.

That said, a friendly E-mail to the local Japan Nation Tourism Organization (http://www.jnto.org.sg/) won't hurt.
Next, it'll be a close friend staying in Japan/Japanese friend. Ask if he/she mind helping us to buy tickets, sign up as SCANDAL Mania member and help us purchase tickets through Fan Club priority. I have no idea if there's a limit to the number of tickets a member can buy tho.

A few weeks ago, I was thinking to myself "I wonder when will the Girls have their first One-man live in Budokan... I'll really like to go there and support the girls in person when it happens."

I'll put myself in the "Want" list for now. There's many hurdles to jump through (Work, Wife). But really wish to be able to be there.

1) Serenula (Can)
2) Zech (Want)
3) 320x200
4) Flare (Want)

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Re: Budokan March 28th 2012
Posted on Tue Sep 27, 2011 5:07 pm


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@Flare, would it be better just going directly down to JTB for us? I have always favoured verbal communications.

What about our overseas friends?


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Re: Budokan March 28th 2012
Posted on Tue Sep 27, 2011 5:13 pm


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Serenula wrote:@320x200 what do you suggest we do to get the tickets? I have absolutly no experience in this aspect..

We have four ways to get tickets, two are long-shots, one is reliable and easy, one is reliable but difficult.

Reliable:
- Buy them from Yahoo Japan Auctions using a purchasing service like Celga. This will likely cost 2-3 times the face value for average seats. 10x and higher than face value for great seats. This method is reliable because there WILL be tickets being sold second-hand and you can plan for the cost.

- Become Scandal Mania members and purchase tickets through member-only presales. This hasn't been announced yet of course but will probably happen. This costs more than the face value of the ticket because you need to also pay for a SM membership but usually gives better seats since they're selling to their fanclub. This is harder to do than using Yahoo Japan Auctions because it will probably involve everyone needing to bumble through a couple of websites in Japanese.

Long shots:
- Regular ticket sales lottery/scramble. We can try to buy tickets through whatever regular website they are sold through or try to have someone in Japan go to a convenience store. Ticket price will be low but the seats you get will be completely random and there is a good chance it will sell out before you can buy any ticket at all.

- Work with Sony/Kitty/Japan Tourism Board to try and arrange help getting tickets. If one of these organizations helps us then it's great, but it will be difficult to make this happen of course.

zechzech wrote:
@64000(sorry i got it wrong the first time)
Wait....you mean at Eplus site?
And dont you need a jap address?

For the phone? I rent from the jcrcorp site linked in my post.

Since it was happening in the other thread too, you guys must, must, MUST break the habit of saying "jap" instead of Japanese. It is definitely an offensive slang in Japan and the US and you do not want to ever say it there or you will be seen as racist. It's best to get in the habit of never saying or using it anywhere. I know you guys aren't trying to be racist but every time I see that slang used here on the forums it without a doubt sounds a bit racist.


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Re: Budokan March 28th 2012
Posted on Tue Sep 27, 2011 5:14 pm


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Serenula wrote:@Flare, would it be better just going directly down to JTB for us? I have always favoured verbal communications.

What about our overseas friends?

Well, it'll really depends on how many there are. We can always ask on their behalf.

Right, maybe we should ask naks how he purchased his Virgin Hall Tour tickets...

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Re: Budokan March 28th 2012
Posted on Tue Sep 27, 2011 5:17 pm


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@64000

"I would much rather the money went to the girls too, but the reality is we will very likely have no other choice. I've sat online right at the sale time for Scandal's shows and the tickets sell out faster than you can load the website. There's nothing that stops Sony from auctioning their tickets instead of selling them at a fixed price if they wanted a piece of the actual market value of the tickets."

Which site where u @....?

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Re: Budokan March 28th 2012
Posted on Tue Sep 27, 2011 5:22 pm


320x200

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zechzech wrote:@64000

"I would much rather the money went to the girls too, but the reality is we will very likely have no other choice. I've sat online right at the sale time for Scandal's shows and the tickets sell out faster than you can load the website. There's nothing that stops Sony from auctioning their tickets instead of selling them at a fixed price if they wanted a piece of the actual market value of the tickets."

Which site where u @....?

Oh, I don't remember the name of the official sales site. I just remember refreshing the page as fast as possible right at the release time for their 2010 fall tour. It went straight from "not on sale yet" to "sold out" in one refresh.


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Re: Budokan March 28th 2012
Posted on Tue Sep 27, 2011 5:29 pm


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@320x200 and if that happens for us, we will be crying or raging. Either way, I will be heading down to JTB nearest to my location tomorrow to see if there is anything.. or is this too early?


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Re: Budokan March 28th 2012
Posted on Tue Sep 27, 2011 5:31 pm


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Serenula wrote:@320x200 and if that happens for us, we will be crying or raging. Either way, I will be heading down to JTB nearest to my location tomorrow to see if there is anything.. or is this too early?

I don't think it's too early, 6 months away gives them time to see if there is anything they can do. There must be a US JTB too I can try to get in touch with, maybe we'll have two shots at making it work that way. Happy


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Re: Budokan March 28th 2012
Posted on Tue Sep 27, 2011 5:33 pm


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320x200 wrote:

I don't think it's too early, 6 months away gives them time to see if there is anything they can do. There must be a US JTB too I can try to get in touch with, maybe we'll have two shots at making it work that way. Happy

The more chances the better. I hope you have something similar ~

JTB in singapore is Japan tourism board. Its the biggest and practically everywhere in Singapore and their staffs are Japanese too. Ok I will update you all at night tmr on what JTB has to say/offer..


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Re: Budokan March 28th 2012
Posted on Tue Sep 27, 2011 6:09 pm


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1) Serenula (Can)
2) Zech (Want)
3) 320x200
4) Flare (Want)
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Re: Budokan March 28th 2012
Posted on Tue Sep 27, 2011 6:41 pm


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why....on my birthday...why Sad

i doubt i can save enough to go by then, why god why Sad

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Re: Budokan March 28th 2012
Posted on Tue Sep 27, 2011 6:43 pm


Serenula

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2) Zech (Want)
3) 320x200
4) Flare (Want)
5) Toonz

I have just been informed that I have an engagement on the 27th to 7 april and school is getting in the way so i cant go anymore


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Re: Budokan March 28th 2012
Posted on Tue Sep 27, 2011 6:57 pm


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1) Serenula (Can)
2) Zech (Want)
3) 320x200
4) Flare (Want)
5)Toonz.
6)DBAG(Want)

I'm still not sure if I can raise the money in time

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