In August 2013, for 2 days in a row…. I saw HOMIN at Nissan Stadium TIME TOUR FINALE. That was a dream come true.. We made history… Yunho, Changmin & I. A valuable journey I will never forget for the rest of my life. I could not be more proud to share that moment with them, an honored privilege. An AWESOME one!
They say once you’ve seen Tohoshinki in Japan, you will be drugged, addicted to see them again. But watching Yunho & Changmin LIVE in Japan is incomparable to any other concerts anywhere. I agree…
So….. here I am back yet again for TREE TOUR in TOKYO DOME….
This time I am with Sylvia, @momis50 my best friend for so many years on Twitter & Uknow Yunho thread at Asianfanatics. Last year, she made preparations to be at the TIME TOUR, but unfortunately was not able to make it at the very last minute. So being here at TOKYO DOME for Tree, is a very special moment for both of us….To be with Yunho, our mentor our Prince whom Sylvia calls `her cyber son’.
We arrived the day before. We will be in Japan for 10 days. In that period we’ll be seeing 3 days of Tokyo Dome performances & 1 day of Osaka. We’re ecstatic.
TOKYO Dome Day #1 ~ 20th May
We both couldn’t read Japanese. On the ticket, there’s 2 timings indicated 1600 and 1800… I thought they meant concert start & end time. So we arrived at Tokyo Dome early at 1pm.
The grand entrance has a huge banner of YUNHO & CHANGMIN with the word GANBARO !! Nice !!
And everyone who was there took pictures of it HAHA.... Can't go to a concert without a grand banner aye !! Of course !
We found an egg pancake & potato wedges stall for a late light lunch. We’re surprised that its already pass 2pm but yet the crowd was not that big waiting around near the gates.
There’s so many male supporters who came with their wives & girlfriends. This couple was so cool, he’s a big fan of Yunho. They sat down resting at the snack stall listening to HOMIN playing from his phone. He’s a big Yunho fan for so many years. Sylvia just had to grab a picture.
Infact, Sylvia took photos everywhere. Its her first time in Japan & her first time too to see HOMIN here…. I was more than glad to be an `unpaid photographer’ LOL !!! Better she in the pictures than me, I am the shy type.
Japan’s Tohoshinki fandom is a fascinating one. The age group is amazing. `Ahjumma’ or aunty fans will never feel left out here. There are so many loyal & older fans… but no less enthusiastic. All of them decked up & geared in the TREE TOUR tees that had added-on glitters customized; some even handmade by themselves…
This wonderful lady is so cute & full of energy. She’s there with her daughter…. Both seeing our boys in concert for the first time, just like cybermom.
3.45pm I was still thinking that the concert was starting at 1600hrs, at 4pm. But why were people still strolling & waiting at that time? Later we found out that 4pm was the time when the GATE OPENS. 6pm was the actual time the concert will begin…..DUH !!!! hahaha…
Our seat was way at the right side of the stage. I was kind of disappointed because from where we were, our view of the boys when they perform at the center of the main stage will be blocked. I was worried that Sylvia too will be disappointed… but she was all smiles.
“Don’t worry SARA… I am here not only to see Yunho, but to feel the atmosphere of the Dome. Besides, this is only our 1st day.”
That’s true. Besides, if Yunho came all the way to the end of the right side of the stage, he’ll be so close & clear to see. Also, from where we were, we got to see the entire view of Tokyo Dome. It was as if we were seeing from the stage side, being there on the stage looking at the audience.
Sylvia was overwhelmed by the size of TOKYO dome. She’s doubtful that the venue will be filled up. I told her to just wait and see the magic that will happen 1 hour before the concert. And true enough, fans were flooding in during that last hour. It was an amazing sight to see..
Its seriously mind boggling how TOHOSHINKI can pack a full audience all 4 dates at Tokyo Dome. The venue is massive, no other Korean artiste can beat this power our boys have. I span my eyes around the entire venue in awe.
THE CONCERT BEGINS
No announcement, no warning…. The HALL LIGHTS CAME DOWN and in an instant the entire Tokyo Dome turned RED.. Everyone screamed & stood up all at once. It was amazing.
The opening video was on. Sylvia’s eyes & mine were transfixed not on the video but at the RED OCEAN before us. It was so beautiful. From then onwards, the Red Ocean was lighted on ALL THE WAY to the end, never once it was turned off.
From our angle it was as if we were seeing the RED OCEAN from Yunho & Changmin’s view. I was drowned in emotions… Sylvia was speechless. A faint smile on her lips but her eyes glistened with tears.
The audience screamed, something was happening at center stage but we couldn’t see… The screen showed Yunho & Changmin’s image in hooded robes. We screamed too…. Yunho’s lips blood red & his nose OMG. His image look sexy & dangerous even then, just like that. We both went crazy.
THE CONCERT ORDER…
I can’t remember the concert order specifically. Don’t hate me for this. You can read song by song account of the concert from other fan accounts. Me & Sylvia were there to see Yunho. Mark his every move, carved it in our brain. Yes, well at least we tried to as much as we can LOL.
Then Homin started talking to us, welcoming us to Tokyo Dome. OMGG just hearing Yunho’s voice booming throughout the entire dome gave me goosebumps. Every word he spoke went straight to my heart, making me feel warm inside. What is it that is in his voice that make us feel that way all the time?
Most actions at center stage were blocked from us, we had to satisfy ourselves by looking at the screen just next to us. But when Homin walked forward to the circular stage, our view was fantastic. We had the entire view of their action with the audience. I braved myself to take a couple of pictures. It was risky… but I had to. Like back in Nissan, I needed something to prove to myself I was there. LOL
AI WO MOTTO
I screamed like a mad women when the intro music went on. The ladies beside me laughed.
When Homin started singing, everyone just stood there with their penlight. We were swaying, immersing ourselves with every word in the lyrics. Some of us were singing along softly.
And when Yunho sang the chorus `Ai wo motto’ repeating it 3 times…. I was DONE!! His beautiful voice echoed, filled with emotion. It tugged my heart and welled up my eyes with tears. His voice could not have been more beautiful than that very moment…. The emotions he expressed, my heart was bursting. It’s hard to explain. THAT has got to be one of the best moment for me, seriously.
YUNHO COMING TO OUR SIDE
Yunho must have known our views were blocked. He came over to the side of the stage several times and each time staying there, never stopped waving at us who were screaming like lunatics LOL. Yes lunatics…. Just look at these pictures I tried to take. You could hardly see a thing.
When we saw the moving stage that travel around the dome came out from the side we were so excited. Homin travelled twice during the entire concert on that thing…. Well as expected the crowd went wild.
Sylvia and I knew our seat the next day would be lower on the 1st floor. We crossed our fingers that we’d get one of those seats that’s just the vehicle’s height. Then Yunho would be just infront of us as he pass.
IT WAS A MAGICAL FIRST DAY !!!!
The entire concert went by like a breeze…. Somehow it felt short to me. Being seated at the `blind spot seats’ didn’t matter at all. The video screen paid for it coz we never missed a single shot of Yunho’s cuteness & sexy expressions he made to the camera. And my GOD he made so many of those that night. It was as if he knew when the camera would be on & each gesture was directed at every one of us..!!
Most of all that night the RED OCEAN stole our hearts. Indeed we ARE a fantastic audience & supportive fans aren’t we? Not only was the RED OCEAN lighted all the way…. Everyone in the audience was UP ON THEIR FEET throughout the concert. We were seated only during the video clips or when Yunho & Changmin told us to sit down. The stamina of the Japanese audience was amazing. The really had strong legs…. Sylvia who sprained her ankle slightly at the airport on the way to Japan was finding it hard to cope but she did.
This was THE BEST PICTURE I took that night. It looks magical doesn’t it. I didn’t know it would look this good when I took it. They look like angels floating with rays of light shining on them and the glittering Red Ocean surrounding them. Simply magical….
I can’t explain the emotions I feel seeing this image. Infact I got greedy and started recording a video…. Note, the screaming voices you hear was not mine, its Sylvia's (LOL)
I risked being caught by the security and thrown out for good. I was lucky they just glared & I knew I have crossed the line. I threw my Note 3 in my bag right away after that & never took it out… They looked so fierce… its scary. Depending on where we’d be seated at the next concerts, I am not sure if I wanna to risk ever again.
Anyways ….1 down….. 3 more to go !!!! I am excited about tomorrow and the next concert on Sunday as well as in Osaka... but part of me too are afraid that as soon as it starts... too soon it will end. But HEY.. for now Ganbare !!!!