The Ghost Inside // Dear Youth

This song just came out today and I’m sure if you follow me on Twitter, you’re sick of hearing me talk about it already but I really love it lyrically and can relate to the song and its overall concept a lot just like most of TGI’s material, but more so than usual.

Here is their explanation from Facebook! The image was fucking up my layout so I have to copy-paste the text:

Dear Youth,

I’m writing to you now because it seems I’ve lost my way. I can’t pinpoint exactly when it started, but I know that it’s not like it was before. I’ve realized the more time that passes, the more we lose touch. It’s starting to feel like all I ever do now is lose touch with things. But not you, I never wanted to lose you.

I wish I had something to blame it all on, but I don’t. One day I was there and the next I was here. As if I was dreaming and suddenly woken up. These days I’m always wondering if what I’ve done is enough. It’s getting harder and harder for me to shake this feeling of stagnance. 

So old friend I’m writing to ask you what it feels like to have the whole world in your hand? Where we could set out and do anything that we imagined. Endless possibilities way before complacence set in. To be honest with you, I’ve forgotten what that all feels like. There was a wonder about us that has long since faded. That sense of excitement, I miss it. 

Dear youth, will you show me again? I need to be reminded of those times, back before this began…

- xx

I was actually supposed to send in a video for this too but I got busy traveling and forgot, but the lyrics I got were surprisingly appropriate:

Basically, what I’m trying to say is that this couldn’t have come at a better time in my life than now. Personally, I take it as a reminder to stay young and hungry… Not to grow complacent, but to keep dreaming and fight on!

Here’s to TGI and the road ahead!

:)


[07.09.14]

Hung out with Arisa, who I also haven’t seen in about a year today and headed to USJ to check out the new Harry Potter extension on the HOTTEST freaking day of this trip.

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[07.09.14]

Feeling guilty about not being able to finish sorting my USJ photos to post today so I’m skipping to day 5 for now which consists of sightseeing! Culture stuff! Yadda yadda yadda… Lots of old temples, Edo era architecture and aesthetically pleasing nature/scenery…

The Greatest Stone Wall in Japan + surrounding moat

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I like shooting with the gridlines on lol.

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Castle and museum.

Not even going to pretend that ice cream (ON ANOTHER HOT DAY) wasn’t one of the most exciting things for me.

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Though tbh I didn’t buy mine from this stand.

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Busker and iPhoneographer.

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Pre-wedding photoshoot in action.

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Ruining everything with my face! I saw so many selfie sticks today.

The surrounding gardens were arguably more interesting, both photographically and historically.

But I’ll leave it to your imagination to interpret the pictures.

This was my favorite.

It’s time to go back to civilization!

Dropped by a little bit of Nipponbashi? Actually I just walked until Tower Records and headed back to my hostel lol.

I guess here’s where I can throw in a little “review” of HOSTEL 64, where I stayed in a Deluxe Dormitory (double bed). Bathrooms and toilets are shared, 1 for each floor but I never had to wait for someone to finish when I needed to use it.

It’s in a quiet residential street about 15-20 minutes walking from Shinsaibashi and 5 minutes from Nishinagahori station. Artsy vibe. These are what the lobby looks like, but none of the room because I always came back late after “lights out” so NG for photos.

GOOD:

  • Each bed in the dorms has curtains around for privacy so it’s like having your own room. Beds are comfortable.
  • Service is good, staff speak English.
  • Free water in the lobby.

BAD:

  • Wi-fi only in the lobby (but not my gripe because I was using pocket wifi)
  • Safety deposit box is very small, it was just enough for the size of my relatively small laptop, so for most people it might not fit.

That’s about all! Took a 10 hour overnight bus to Shinjuku at midnight to end my Osaka trip :(

BUT PLEASE WAIT FOR THE USJ POST I PROMISE IT’S COMING SOON!!!!!


Mostly day 2 places and things. The most touristy post of them all.

Dotonbori river.

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You can easily walk from Namba to Dotonbori to Shinsaibashi and vice versa, therefore places and things from different days are mixed together.

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Dotonbori is where all the tourists take their photos of the Glico Man (now Ayase Haruka)… and they pose like that guy on the bottom right lol.

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Also giant crabs for IG and whatnot.

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Osaka is famous for takoyaki~~

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Bringing new life to that saying about the “hand that feeds you”… (-_-;)

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Angry man and fugu~

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Something other than restaurant storefronts.

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Had Day 2’s very late lunch at a ramen shop called Kio in the backstreets in between Dotonbori and Shinsaibashi. The zaru ramen was great, super filling and refreshingly perfect for a hot day!

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Leaving you with sassy cat Oscar (from the Rose of Versailles) to end this post! USJ will be next!

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[06.09.14]

Took a day trip out of Osaka on Saturday to join the Palm guys in heading out to Nagoya for the Dead Chain event!

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It’s three hours each way so a pit stop was made in Kyoto to buy CalPISS (sorry…)

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FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK - the venue is pissed off haha. Probably because the live house is on the 5th floor of the building, and the elevator only goes to 4 so you gotta get to it via stairs! Now imagine carrying all your equipment up and down that.

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Apparently Nagoya is famous for MISO KATSU so we had this for dinner after soundcheck!!! Ordered Teppan (hot plate) and Waraji (jumbo pork) Tonkatsu ↓↓

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I personally like this second one more! It came with a half normal sauce and half miso sauce option ヾ(¯∇ ̄๑)

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The resto was called Yabaton  and it was in a hella fancy building nearby so because it rained I didn’t go shopping after hahahah (-w-)

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Seeing NOT A NAME SOLDIERS set reminded me of being back in Aus! They play old school hardcore with a thrashy, crust punk edge to a mosh-ready crowd. Chaos is always very welcome.

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ROTARY BEGINNERS continue with some more punk rock vibes, raw and frantic but got pretty repetitive after a while…

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I GO // because of their name, I can’t source a link… More punk but this time with some ska vibes (yay) and… comedy??? I think it was part of their act that every time someone had to tune their guitars etc. the guy on the right in the photo below would ramble on and on and on very awkwardly haha. 

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PALM tear it up with none other than the furious metallic hardcore assault they’re known for, and getting a handful to open up the pit again plus mic grabs for good measure. Since I’d witnessed some of the My Darkest Friends material at the Sydney show before, it was so sick to finally hear new material off The Unusual live. ‘Filth’ was excellent.

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After the show I was introduced to the lovely Yuuyu and we got along instantly! :D Fast friends, so it’s a bummer we don’t live in the same city :(

Pictured right is part of the after party table but I’m definitely gonna stop talking about food now (´;ω;`)

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Back in Osaka around 4AM means this is the sleepiest photo in existence, but thanks so much to everyone for today! I had heaps of fun!!

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P.S. This is happening next month, so if anyone reading my blog is coming to the show, let’s party on my favorite holiday :D

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