The Most Magical Place on Earth, Tokyo Disneyland

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© J // Washing Rice Blog

Even if you’ve never been to a Disney theme park before, I recommend going to Tokyo Disneyland at least once.  One thing is for certain, if you’ve ever visited Japan for any significant amount of time, you know that Japanese people love them some Disney.  As proof of this, Tokyo Disneyland is visited by more people annually than both original parks in the U.S. and any other franchise park in the world.  Why is Disney so popular here?  Sadly I’ve yet to unlock that mystery, because neither Mr. J nor I are big Disney fans.  Still, when Mr. J got us a free pair of Disneyland tickets for renewing his life insurance plan we decided not to waste the opportunity for a nice date, and so at the end of May we found ourselves on a bus bound for Tokyo Disneyland.

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Music: Hostess Club Weekender No. 7 Concert in Tokyo

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© J // Washing Rice Blog

Last weekend I went to a two-day concert at Shin Kiba Studio Coast put on by Ynos/Hostess Club.  They get a bunch of rising or popular indies acts together to promote and perform at varying big city venues on the main island.  It’s a good chance to see acts that might not otherwise be able to perform in Japan on their own or find a new favorite jam/artist.  This is the seventh run they’ve done, and with first day tickets sold out and second day nearly sold out, it looks like their formula is working well.

Sometime around New Years bought two day advance tickets upon learning that both the Warpaint and The National were going to participate.  I discovered Warpaint a year ago and it was love at first listen.  A couple of years before, I caught The National playing in Shibuya and since then I’d been anxiously waiting for the next time they’d come back.  A chance to see two artists I love that wouldn’t normally have any reason to play together?  Alright, count me in!

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