I hope~* you are having a lovely and most wonderful Friday evening or an equally HAPPY Saturday depending on your earthly locale =)!~!
While I’m yet to get revved up and back to blogging “regularly” (hard to imagine what exactly regular for me would actually be at this time though….) I REALLY wanted to share my J-pop love affair I’ve currently been having with the adorable and most talented Ohara Sakurako~chan♥ =)! As you know this past March 25th for me and many others was indeed circled on our calendars as it brought upon us her very first full length album release~~~~~>!!!! Simply titled “HAPPY” and rightfully so as you’ll soon be experiencing here through the Limited w/ DVD’s contents which are waaaaaaaaaaaay waaaaaaaaaaaaaay awesome!
But first just a tad bit about the entices which are included with the other LE, that being the Limited w/ GOODS edition which you can see I totally caved and got both editions from the photo just above =P. Okay so the LE w/ DVD is firsthand a MUST have because of all of the amazing videos are on this version exclusively but then for the idol~eye~candy adorableness and cutely packaged aesthetics surely you’ve got to also get the LE w/ Goods edition, no kidding and here’s why ↓↓↓↓ =).
In addition + to the special EP sized packaging (think mini LP vinyl sized) which features a gorgeously glossy outer jacket sleeve which opens gatefold style~* you also get EP sized liner/ lyric notes coupling on its other side as a pretty poster collage of Sakurako~chan♥, Sakurako~chan’s “HAPPY styling book” …..but wait! there’s more!!! as in this edition also includes an actual “HAPPY GAME” which is literally built right into the outer jacket. So I bet you’re wondering just how could that be possible (・c_・;)？
Well! as you can see just below by opening said outer EP sized jacket it does indeed open pop-up style to reveal the game board which is totally cute and fun!! It’s one those old school spinner board games where the players take turns at spinning an arrowed dial which then reveals how many steps one will take upon the game board with some spaces having directions written upon them which then takes the player to possible new destinations upon the board or bonuses at times. Just above is a close-up of the spinner and equally creative to this entire concept of having a built in board game is that the disc itself acts as the arrowed spinner …..see how it’s currently pointed at “1” in the above photo, thought that was totally neat ^^. Oh and there’s a cute guitar pick included with this EP sized edition and if you take another peek just below I bet you’ll now see it clearly as it sits pasted upon the game board itself ↓↓↓↓ .
First pressings include a cute sticker sheet which I’ve scanned just below….
~The liner/lyric notes poster collage~
You’ll later get to see Sakurako~chan’s♥ cute photo shoot which created these following images for the liner notes poster:
~Sakurako’s♥ HAPPY styling book!~
And no you’re not imagining the perforations upon each of the pages below as they separate the phrases a couple of which include a tad bit of subtle EnGrish ….no major EnGrish but totally understandable EnGrish the latter one being as so when taken in context of its accompanying photo =).
Remember those cases of scary, even frighten the heebee jeebees right out of you EnGrish sightings posted here in the past?? Well just in case and just to be sure here’s one winning such case for the ages LOL….!
So a guy you love getting in the mood* while not scary by any means of the imagination, just imagine for a moment an entire town celebrating said um ….moments of stiffness* in the form of a party?? (゜Д゜;)！！Yah! And while I am absolutely the worst at typing with typos being present everywhere with some sentences which make no sense at times, PLEASE do inform me if by chance one day I actually type “erection” instead of “election” as I will want to correct that one in particular ….the rest I can live with for the most part =).
~Ohara Sakurako “Happy Days” (mv)~
In need of a lot of pick-yourself-up cheerfulness~*? Well this song and coupling music video are the complete remedy team for U!! With a message and melody of pure and unguarded blissful joy which comes complete with dancing brass this one will have you walkin’ on sunshine in no time at all I promise!!!!!!!!~!~!~! With Sakurako~chan’s♥ voice being so expressive and pure and her oh~so~adorable facial expressions workin’ this joyful melody admit it you so want to move with the music right! ^^♥
~Ohara Sakurako “Happy Days –live Ver.-“ (mv)~
~Ohara Sakurako “Muteki no Girlfriend” (mv)~
This song and mv gets me teary ~eyed as it relentlessly tugs at one’s heartstrings throughout the song’s message and video’s warm and loving storyline (*´∀｀*) ♪～♪！Such a gorgeous melody too which is of course sung to perfection~* with a wonderful conviction of pure heartiness~♥ ^^. Really reminds you of what friends are for and how each in our own way can uniquely touch our loved ones no matter if nearby or from afar.
~Ohara Sakurako Minna de utaou “HITOMI” recording~
You are so gonna want to watch this one all the way through as not only do 50 VERY lucky fans get a surprise meeting with Sakurako~chan♥ herself!! (so cute how she carefully sneaks her way in!) ….and after an amazing sing along with the star herself they each get a meet & greet type of chance~* which is awesomely captured by this amazing video where each fan also has a personal moment of fame via the camera eye just after their handshake!! It’s candidly fun and Sakurako~chan♥ couldn’t be any more darling throughout if she tried!! ^^♥ And of course you remember this amazingly catchy song “Hitomi” right? If not, the original version is posted here from a short while back but just how moving is this melody and lyric! This rendition gets me all teary~eyed as well …those being joyous tears of being moved genuinely and touched by heart likewise (*´∀｀*) ♪～♪ ＾＾。
~Ohara Sakurako “Making Movie, mv & photo session”~
I love how the producers created a mini janken tournament in order to determine which lucky~* fan would get to be featured as the sax girl in the music video =)! Here you’ll also get to see all of the behind the scenes photo shoots and mv recordings OH and be sure to stick around till the very end as Sakurako~chan♥ performs an impromptu solo performance on guitar and while it’s just a chorus or so long that she sings you get such a candid and real realization of just how truly amazing her voice really IS as she’s far from the reaches of studio magic and the like ^^!~! 20 minutes to love and enjoy here …have a most HAPPY～♡ weekend everyone ^^!
And do please support Sakurako~chan♥ by purchasing her album, twelve awesome tracks in all, no filler to speak of ……just amazing and memorable music to LOVE I promise!! And she’s just the cutest, and so endearing and so talented and I could go on and on but alas the weekend has arrived!
Cheers everyone~ *~^^.