How sweet is this? Sendai-based visual kei specialty store little HEARTS. is inviting fans to join their favorite bands on a tropical holiday in paradise on the most romantic of all commercialized holidays, Valentine’s Day! Now is your chance to shower your favorite bands with enough sweets to make them burst – in person and in Okinawa!
The concept of trips with fans is nothing new to the visual world, but usually the excursions are limited to fan club members, and it’s a truly rare (read: unheard-of) event to have multiple bands involved together. But if you jump on this opportunity, from February 14th through the 16th, you’ll be chillin’, maxin’, and relaxin’ in Ryukyu with not one, not two, but six (S-I-X, 6!) different bands: GREMLINS*, HERO, DaizyStripper*, Megamasso*, v[neu], and THE KIDDIE*.
For just under ¥100,000 (roughly 1,000 USD or 730 EUR), you get to spend 3 days and 2 nights in Okinawa, Japan’s southernmost island, where you will get to see the six bands perform, party with them, and take part in secret special events, the details of which have not yet been disclosed. In addition, on the second day, you will have enough free time to scope out the environs and do some sight-seeing. If you’re worried about cost? According to the FAQ on the site, you can pay in installments, too.
You can see the detailed itinerary (including departure dates and hotels), ponder the purchasing details, and check out comment videos from each of the bands involved on little HEARTS.’s page for the event, but hurry! You’ve only got until December 16th to book.
The title of this event – “MY little HEARTS. Okinawa Edition vol. 1” – seems to suggest that this may not be the last time they organize something so special, but you never can be sure, and if you’ve got the funds, this weekend is guaranteed to be a blast! If nothing more, you get to go on a weekend-long vacation in beautiful Okinawa, an island like no other where the culture is a blend of local Ryukyuan customs and Japanese influence, and if you haven’t got a friend to go with? You’re sure to meet one there.
MY little HEARTS. Okinawa Edition vol. 1 Fan Trip with GREMLINS, HERO, DaizyStripper, Megamasso, v[neu], and THE KIDDIE
Friday, February 14, 2014 – Sunday, February 16, 2014
¥99,800 per person
Includes airfare, accommodation for 3 days and 2 nights in a shared room, two breakfasts and one dinner, and admission to fan events. More details can be found at the purchase page.
Day 1 (Friday, February 14)
Head to Okinawa from respective departure cities…
After arrival, board buses heading to the livehouse [for] ◆little HEARTS. presents “St. Valentine’s Day LIVE”
After the live, board buses heading to the hotels
*The band members might be going out somewhere in Naha [in the evening]…
Day 2 (Saturday, February 15)
Breakfast at the hotels
Free time until evening
Gather at respective hotels, board buses heading to the party venue
◆”Special Party” will begin
After the party, board buses back to hotels
*The band members will probably be celebrating their last night in Okinawa somewhere…
Day 3 (Sunday, February 16)
Breakfast at the hotels
Free time between checkout and departure
Gather at hotels, board buses to Naha airport
Here’s a bit of a fun fact: Valentine’s Day in Japan is a little bit different than in the West. Rather than couples mutually expressing their love for each other with themed gifts and copious amounts of candy and chocolate, the tradition in Japan has been that, on February 14th, girls and women give chocolate to the target of their affection. The more effort (or money) put into making (or buying) the chocolate, the deeper the presumed affections for the recipient. (Sometimes, they also give chocolate out of duty or expectation to coworkers, friends, and classmates called “giri-choco” (義理チョコ, literally “obligatory chocolate”).
Then, if the feelings are mutual, the following month on (the wholly fabricated) White Day (March 14th), boys and men reciprocate, with the theme being “white” gifts, like marshmallows or white chocolate. These days, maybe as a step towards gender equality or maybe due to clever marketing, the strict sex segregation of the two days is gradually being tossed aside as more men give “gyaku choco” (逆チョコ, “reverse chocolate”) to their ladies on Valentine’s Day.
Any S-T.net readers ever been to Okinawa? Gone on a fan trip? Had an embarrassing Valentine’s Day experience? Tell us about it!?
Source: little HEARTS. OHP