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Old 14th November 2013, 01:05 PM
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^The trains run late on the 31st, because hundreds of thousands of Japanese are going to shrines to say their new year's prayers (called Hatsumode). I left the arena at 1am, was stuck in the crowds for at least 90 minutes, possibly 120 minutes, then caught the Yamanote line back to Ikebukuro. I didn't get to my hotel until nearly 4am. I've tried to block that part of the night out because it was pretty awful.

So my advice is, if you go to the 31st show, leave when the final song starts, or even before, so you're not stuck in sardine like conditions for 2 hours. Seriously, you'll be so squished against random people, its uncomfortable and embarrassing.
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Old 14th November 2013, 01:52 PM
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^The trains run late on the 31st, because hundreds of thousands of Japanese are going to shrines to say their new year's prayers (called Hatsumode). I left the arena at 1am, was stuck in the crowds for at least 90 minutes, possibly 120 minutes, then caught the Yamanote line back to Ikebukuro. I didn't get to my hotel until nearly 4am. I've tried to block that part of the night out because it was pretty awful.

So my advice is, if you go to the 31st show, leave when the final song starts, or even before, so you're not stuck in sardine like conditions for 2 hours. Seriously, you'll be so squished against random people, its uncomfortable and embarrassing.
I've been to 3 CDLs on the 31st and it took me an hour to get home to the hotel from there, and I lived near Akihabara! The crowds are big for sure but you are always moving....
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Old 14th November 2013, 02:00 PM
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^There was about 20 mins where I didn't move at all, and was squished against two random males. They only had the single front gate open, and it honestly took me about two hours to get out of Harajuku. About 90 mins inside the arena gates, then another half an hour lining up to get on the train to get to Ikebu. That was my crappy experience.
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Old 14th November 2013, 03:11 PM
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Wish I could go!!!
Loved the concert I went to during the summer!
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Old 14th November 2013, 07:10 PM
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I want to go! I have too much going on next month to plan any sort of trip. Maybe next year's CDL... who wants to go with me!
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Old 15th November 2013, 01:09 AM
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Oh man. Would it be better to go on the 29th or 30th then? Do the trains run late on those days?
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Old 15th November 2013, 03:52 AM
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^They don't, but the concert finishes around 10 or 10:30pm, and the trains usually stop around 1am I think, so you'd have plenty of time. On the 29th of CDL12-13 she sang Ivy, so if you go on the 29th you might get to hear something different to the final set list.
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The 29th always seems to have one or two extra songs that get scrapped.
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Old 15th November 2013, 04:19 AM
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I want to go! I have too much going on next month to plan any sort of trip. Maybe next year's CDL... who wants to go with me!
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Old 15th November 2013, 04:23 AM
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No. Lottery is like having a chance to win the ticket. However, in this case, when you win, you'll have to pay for it. You just win a chance to buy the tickets ^^
Thanks! Is it the same scenario during arena tours too? I'm recently thinking of joining TA for the sake of securing tickets with no hassle but now i'm worried. I've always been asking my friend to get tickets for me but next time i wanna do it myself.

Does it mean that joininh TA won't give u 100% possibility of securing tickets?
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Old 15th November 2013, 05:16 AM
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I remember that I went to karaoke after CDL's NY show. and stayed there until 6 am. at 6 am trains were absolutely free, so I didn't have any troubles. the thing is that my friends went to karaoke at 11 pm while I was at the concert so I just joined them.
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Does it mean that joininh TA won't give u 100% possibility of securing tickets?
Nope it doesn´t secure you tickets. It´s a lottery-system.
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Old 15th November 2013, 01:40 PM
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Nope it doesn´t secure you tickets. It´s a lottery-system.
Agree. But so far i got all the tickets i balloted for *grins
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Old 16th November 2013, 08:45 AM
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^The trains run late on the 31st, because hundreds of thousands of Japanese are going to shrines to say their new year's prayers (called Hatsumode). I left the arena at 1am, was stuck in the crowds for at least 90 minutes, possibly 120 minutes, then caught the Yamanote line back to Ikebukuro. I didn't get to my hotel until nearly 4am. I've tried to block that part of the night out because it was pretty awful.

So my advice is, if you go to the 31st show, leave when the final song starts, or even before, so you're not stuck in sardine like conditions for 2 hours. Seriously, you'll be so squished against random people, its uncomfortable and embarrassing.
Yep, that's one reason why I always go on the 29th or 30th. The 31st is too crazy. Even on a normal night, getting out of Yoyogi is a pain and can take a while. Where its situated is not ideal for crowds. And then considering one of the most famous temples in Japan is right across the street? Forget about it on New Years.

Here's a tip btw, if you walk the opposite direction, you will hit Shibuya station in about 10 minutes. That station is crowded too, but not as bad as Harajuku after a concert.

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Old 16th November 2013, 10:10 AM
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Has anybody posted a guide to entering the lottery...? I don't want to press the wrong buttons. Sorry I'm kind of an idiot...
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Old 16th November 2013, 09:28 PM
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Has anybody posted a guide to entering the lottery...? I don't want to press the wrong buttons. Sorry I'm kind of an idiot...
I think, u have to choose which concert is your first priority, second and third. Then u choose for how many ticket (2 maximum). Then it will take you to billing page, and u must have japan credit card in order to proceed
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Old 17th November 2013, 12:39 PM
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Agree. But so far i got all the tickets i balloted for *grins
Really? Like everytime? it made me feel better. Haha I was convinced that being a TA member makes everything easier when it comes in getting tickets. By how much percentage can the possibility of winning in the lottery be?
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Old 18th November 2013, 12:18 PM
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When I balloted last year I went for two tickets on every date and I only got one set of tickets, which were on the 29th. It's really just down to luck.
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Old 18th November 2013, 06:42 PM
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what do you guys think ayu will perform?
main tracks from LOVE again or other songs from that poll we voted?
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Old 18th November 2013, 06:52 PM
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^ I don't know what to expect.
Three days like last year..
Uhm.. Maybe instead of singing a different song during encore this time she'll change parts of the setlist during the three shows?
Who knows.. It'd be cool, but.. knowing that, if that happens, we will never have the chance to see all the different performances, I feel bad.
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