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17 May 2012 @ 07:20 am
Greetings from Japan!! It's so different here and so fascinating! I love it! Every minute is so amazing here and I feel like we'll never fit everything in and we probably won't, but I hope we can!

This post is going to be about my trip to the Johnny's shop in Harajuku today. I wanted to get it down before I forget anything about my experience. Other things we've done will be posted periodically!

First off, I would like to thank the amazing je_help, who created all you need to know to find Johnny's stuff anywhere in Tokyo. I easily came across the place where you are to meet the staff to go to the JE store. I thought I was being smart this morning and timed our arrival to the store at just about exactly 10am. I figured since it was a Thursday that all the kids would be in school and I wouldn't have to deal with too many people. WRONG. There was a line wrapped around the small "park" area which is really just a small island at an intersection where people take smoking breaks. So I got into the back of the line and it wasn't too long a wait as it moved steadily. The JE store staff communicate via walkie talkies to tell how many people are leaving from room to room in order to bring more people over. They allowed a group of about forty each trip.

When you walk up to the store, you immediately get led down a set of stairs and take a right. There were two Johnny's purikura machines that I sadly forgot about after the excitement of getting my pictures. There were teenagers, women my age, and middle aged women all over Arashi's wall. They by far had the most pictures and were most definitely the most popular. The room is super tiny and just has walls of pictures with numbers on them that you fill out on your sheet how many you want and which ones. They had sets from Lotus all the way down to Face Down from the start of the room to the end.

Now these aisles are designed to have two lines go through and look at the pictures and write down what you want and keep moving to the side. This was NOT the case. It was mayhem. Just wall to wall girls. My husband stayed out of the way and all of them were gathered around the Wild at Heart and Face Down photosets with the majority of girls gathered around the Face Down group shots and Aiba's shots. Aiba has so many fans! At least he did in that group of ladies! I had to literally PUSH my way through to the Face Down photos b/c that's all I wanted and used my height to my advantage and stood on my tip toes to see the pics and numbers. I got those and shoved my way down to Nino where it was crowded, but I bought most of the set. Then I skipped over Jun and Ohno's shots and went to Sho's which were next to the door (LOL.. LIKE A SUPERNOVA) and had no one around them. Ohno and Sho had the fewest people surrounding them, but I think it's b/c they're near the door that it was thin.

Then you walk up to the street again and are led inside the building into another queue and on one wall is assorted goods from random groups. No Arashi goods were on the wall. Just Kinki Kids, Kisumai, and HSJ. Then they had the "new" photo album books and photo frames. They also had Johnny's official penlights, but they were 1600 yen and I had already counted that I had 53 pictures (way more than the 30-40 I was limiting myself to) so i just bought a photo album. All the shop photos are lined along a wall and the staff go and grab them for you. They're amazingly quick at this. I spent 8550 yen in the store, but I didn't feel bad b/c I saw SEVERAL totals in the 13,000 yen range. I noticed that the majority of people in line with me were buying Arashi or Kisumai photos. No one else really had much else. Meh. It's good to know Arashi is still the most popular.

Pictures! I has them!

Here is a pic from the line of Harajuku Station. It's SUPER close so it's easy to find the meeting place for the store. Also, do you recognize it?? Hint is the first Pikanchi movie.

Here are some pics of the line once I got to the middle of the line. Women of all ages in this line.

And what everyone is most concerned about in this post....

Husband picked out the Ohno Face Down pic. He said he liked it the most and that Ohno is being Ohno in it. IDGI.

Here is the photo album and my long ass receipt! They asked me to check if it was correct. Uhm... sure? LMAO The way they key in the shop photo numbers is crazy. So quick! The book held all of my photos plus about four more pages so there is still room.

It was a neat experience and fun to be surrounded by Japanese fans even tho it seemed they flailed in a lot more subtle way than I would at home. The woman in line in front of me smiled knowingly at me so she understands the Arashi love! YAY!

VSA just ended and I loved watching in real time. So much fun!
ministryofbeesministryofbees on May 17th, 2012 12:35 pm (UTC)
So nice! <3 Lol'ed at your supernova joke XD

That is A LOT of photos. 8D But I think I might just go crazy and buy everything if I go there.

Hope you have more fun times there!!
Moriah: Arashi- A.Ra.Shi. for dreamall4cyanide on May 17th, 2012 01:14 pm (UTC)
I noticed the supernova joke when I was rereading the post for mistakes. I wonder if they did it on purpose? XD

Please don't buy all 800 photos. That'd be really EXPENSIVE.
ministryofbeesministryofbees on May 17th, 2012 01:42 pm (UTC)
So us attentive fans can lol over it :D

japan4evershos82 on May 17th, 2012 12:40 pm (UTC)
wow!that is so cool!the pics are so great and to know that arashi is still the most hottest and popular is cool!even the pics of the place you went to is cool!thanks for sharing!it would be nice to go to a johnny's store(when it's not too crowdedXD)were there any boys or men there?or was it all women?
Moriah: Arashi- Group VSAall4cyanide on May 17th, 2012 01:12 pm (UTC)
I saw a guy at the beginning of our line, but I think he was talking to one of the girls up front as he disappeared after the line moved a second time. My husband was the only guy in line and he felt really awkward. LOL There were quite a few male shop attendants tho.

Edited at 2012-05-17 01:13 pm (UTC)
みやninodaisuki83 on May 17th, 2012 01:41 pm (UTC)
So envious. ;) All that pretty.. :D
devil29bichdevil29bich on May 17th, 2012 02:37 pm (UTC)
Im jealous I want to go why didn't you ask me to tag a long (crys!!!)
JOKE hope you have fun send more pic of Japan
Moo-chanemodiva on May 17th, 2012 03:19 pm (UTC)
Ahhh so lucky!!! So many pretty photos!!!!!! *_________* I wanna go so bad... ;~;

Btw ROFL at supernova!Sho XDDD
ミカmikarocker on May 17th, 2012 03:37 pm (UTC)
Oh I see what you did there...supernova.
I think it's a lot of ridiculousness for a bunch photos but a lot of awesome ridiculousness. I can't wait to do this myself lolol.
Glad you're having fun and I'm sorry I've been passed out whenever you're online lol.
capachenocapacheno on May 17th, 2012 04:31 pm (UTC)
wow, amazing. ^^
have fun and stay safe.
bulkyassbulkyass on May 18th, 2012 02:22 am (UTC)
omg all the nino. i might have to put aside cash for all the shop photos i will probably HOARD when i go to japan.

<3333333333 SO GLAD TO HEAR YOU'RE HAVING A GOOD TIME. Every fan deserves to be there <3
M.S.: Sho: Supernovawildlotus2006 on May 18th, 2012 03:25 am (UTC)
"...used my height to my advantage..."
lololololololol, those must have been some short bitches than!!

and I am crying at all the beautifulness that you have acquired!!

and praise that you were able to get through all that without any bodily harm done to you. <3
Emkay: GANTZ Ninoamnosxmatsujun on May 21st, 2012 11:56 am (UTC)
Excuse me, wut. You're in Japan right now?! Why are we not meeting up? *o*
Moriah: Arashi- Nino Hiding Laughterall4cyanide on May 21st, 2012 10:03 pm (UTC)
I've been here since last Monday and I'm here until Thursday. I posted about it a couple of times!!! Only one person answered my offer to meet up tho and that was lianne29. IDK why we didn't meet up! LOL I didn't want to badger everyone I knew were in Tokyo/Japan. Today we're going to Hakone to see Mt. Fuji. Tomorrow we're going to Ebisu Garden Place simply b/c I NEED a picture of me there and then Shibuya to see Shibuya crossing and to go to Kino. Then we're going back to Harajuku so I can properly walk down Takeshita Dori as we went into Daiso the first time and had to go back to our hotel b/c we bought too much.

If you want to meet up on Wednesday tho, we can arrange that!
pinkiikis: grouppinkiikis on July 15th, 2014 08:18 pm (UTC)
man that's crazy. The girls in japan must be hyperactive or unusually energetic to be for alot of people to be enthusiastic really crowed or like fangirls to be a crowd. especially regarding the number of people gathered together there for the amount of space in the store. Then you make your way XD Anyway i hope i get to visit the JE Japan Johnny's shop when i go to Japan. btw how much does the johnny's pics cost??? Oh and nice pics btw!! ^_- i like the pictures you got, especially the nino ones, and sho and i see you got alot.

Moriah: Arashi- Sho +Actall4cyanide on July 16th, 2014 02:44 am (UTC)
I still look back at this post when I miss Japan. It was so fun!

As for how much the pictures were, lemme pull out the reciept.... They are 150 yen a piece. :) Hope that helps you.