Yccm tour is done.
On March 5 the “You can’t catch me” tour began. With the Sendai performance on June 15, we accomplished all 10 performances. Four performances had to be postponed due to the unforeseen Great East Japan Earthquake incident, but we were able to hold the replacement performances in June, so it’s finally done. It took a long time. No, it was over in a flash. No, more than that, some…… some mysterious flow of time has me wrapped up in it now.
I’m not able to look back at the tour and synthesize it yet. With too many feelings and memories, I want to properly take the time to put them into words. And as much as I can I want to memorialize them in an accurate shape. So I decided to make it in the shape of a book that would document all of this tour. It’s labeled a photobook, but I plan to express it through words too. I’d like you to be so kind as to be sure to peruse it at your leisure once it’s complete.
Right now I simply want to express the nothing but overflowing feelings of gratitude in me.
Everyone who looked forward to this tour, everyone who showed, everyone who couldn’t come but supported us, I truly, truly thank you so much. There were a lot of things that happened, but any time I was on stage, I had fun and felt completely happy. I felt that no matter the venue, the audience wanted to have fun in this limited time and atmosphere, and opened their hearts opposite me. I had the sense that each of us, myself included, were creating the live concert as one, savoring it together. Also, after the earthquake we gathered a lot of donations. We will send your precious money to those in need by way of the Japanese Red Cross Society.
And from behind the scenes, I basked with all my heart in the passion of the band and staff who have been supporting me with tremendous energy, wanting to have fun on stage together, and wanting to send out the best music. It was truly a great number of people that took part, even including those in places not seen by the audience, and every one was shining from their station. Their figures, proud to be devoted to my work, were really beautiful and moving. Since I trusted everyone strongly, whatever happened I could go on stage as I was. I was grateful every day for the good fortune that led me to meet such wonderful company. Thank you.
Oh, I have so many things I want to express, but it’s too important for me to put it easily into words.
In any case the live concerts were truly lovely!
I’m full of loneliness that the tour that had come to be stacked full of precious things is totally over, but I’m already pushing forward now, facing new objectives. Since there are still things I can do, there are still things I want to try to do. I will do my best.
I’ll be looking forward to the time when I can meet everyone again.
Original Japanese entry here (under ‘the id’ dropdown list, Back Number ‘2011.06’).
Translation © Sarah/Frecklegirl 2012-onward