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[This is the translated version of my goodbye letter in Japanese]


BSCに加入して、約2年が経ちました。

こんなに時間が早くすぎるとは、思いもしませんでした。

準備期間の約1年を含めたこの2年間は、たくさんの作業、創作活動、またお気に入りのスーツケースと“私”という名の親友を連れての数え切れないほどの、飛行機・電車・バスの移動を、絶え間なく繰り返す日々でした。

 

それは、学生時代に戻ったかのような感覚でした。熱心に勉強をし、重要な授業を受ける。ズルをせず、隣に座っている人のコピーをしない。

常に、自分の心の声に従い正直であること。これはこの音楽業界にいる以上、とても難しいことであるかもしれません。しかし、私には、このやり方しかありませんでした。

その中での、誰にもコントロールのできない、避けようのない様々な状況の変化。私はこれを“私個人”そして“アーティストとしての私”を次のレベルへと導いてくれるきっかけだと信じ、また、次のステップへ進むための試練として前向きにとらえ、受け入れることにしました。

これが、私がバンドを去るという結論に至った理由であり、またBSCと私にとって、最良の選択だったと信じています

 

バンドに誘われたときのことを、とてもよく覚えています。当時私は、バンドを組んだこともなく、またステージに立ったこともない、いわば、“クローゼットの中で出番を待っているドレス“のようなアーティストでした。

失敗を恐れる一方で、心の奥深くでは、きっとできる、必ずやりとげることができると確信していました。

もちろん、日々自分の限界を押し上げる努力をし、また自分の内なる悪魔と戦い続けてきましたが、最終的に試験をパスすることができたのだと信じています。

 

これは、私を信じて託してくれたバンドメンバーや友人、そしてあなた方一人一人がいなければ、成しえなかったことだと思います。

この夢のような旅の間、たくさんのすばらしい人達との出会いがありました。新たに知り合ったかけがえのない友人たちとの忘れようのない思い出、色とりどりの笑顔、訪れた様々な場所。私は心から、この喜びも悲しみも詰まった思い出に感謝しています。すべての出来事は、必然で、最終目標のための変化だと、この旅の最後の日に思います。

終わり…、時に悲しみに包まれることですが、それは新たなスタートでもあります。悲しむのは、少しの間だけに。だって、明るい未来はすぐそこまできているのだから。

BSCのメンバーはみな、彼らの夢を追いかけ続けます。そう、そして私も。

 

最後に、ファンの皆、またこの突然の脱退にかかわった関係者の方々にお詫びの気持ちを伝えたいと思います。本当に、ごめんなさい。ただ、私を信じてついてきてくれた方たちは、私が途中であきらめたり、また力のすべてを出し切る前にやめてしまう人間ではないということをわかってくれていると思います。かならず、近いうちにまたお会いましょう。

 

宇宙人な私の心からの感謝をこめて。

 

愛と光をあなたへ。

 

Sophia

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It felt good meeting my friends today.
I'd missed them a lot, so we had a lot of things to discuss.
We visited my favourite spot in the city: the old castles ^^


今日は友達と会いました。本当に会いたかったから、話すこといっぱいあったね。
私の一番好きな場所に行きました。町の古いお城。

Some pictures from today
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I'm wearing my new Alice and the Pirates headdress ^^


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I kinda like my hair all blonde. What do you think?


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The gorgeous view! I wish I had a better camera with me. You can see the whole city and the Thermaikos bay from here. Bliss...

景色は凄い!もっといいカメラを持ってきたらいいな。。ここから町のすべては見れるし、Thermaikosワンも見れる。幸せ。。。
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It's been almost two years since I joined BSC.
I can't say time passed that quickly.
Those two years, including almost one year of preparations, were full of work, creativity, constantly moving from place to place with countless airplanes, trains, buses along with my beloved suitcase and my best friend: myself.

It felt like going back to school. I studied hard indeed and I learnt many important lessons. No cheating, no copying from the person sitting next to you.
Always with honesty and truth being my guides. It might sound like the most difficult way to choose in this industry, but I see it as the only way for me.
This is why I came to the decision to leave the band, which I believe is for the best interest of both BSC and me.
There's been a lot of inevitable changes, which were beyond anyone's control, but which I believe were the catalyst that brought me to another level, both as a person and subsequently as an artist.
It was a challenge that I gladly accepted, in order to go to the next step.

I remember in the beginning, when I was asked to join the band, I was a closet musician who had never played with a band or gone on stage before.
Although I was scared of failure, somewhere deep inside I knew I would make it in the end.
Of course I had to push my limits every day and fight my personal demons one by one, but I believe that in the end I passed the exams.

This might have never happened, though, if it wasn't for everyone who believed and trusted me: the band, my friends and of course each and every one of you.
I met lots of amazing people during this fantastic journey, I made many new and precious friends, together with everyone I created lots of unforgettable memories and I saw many places and lots of colourful, smiling faces. I honestly feel grateful, for all those memories, whether they involved smiles or tears. I believe everything happens for the best and evolution is the ultimate goal, in the end of the day.
The end...which is a new beginning, dressed as sadness sometimes. Let this be temporary, because bright days lie ahead!
I'm sure all the members of BSC will never stop chasing their dream and nor will I.

Lastly, I would like to say sorry to all the fans and everyone involved for this sudden turn of events, but all of you who've been following me along the way, know that I'm not a person who gives up halfway through, or before I've done everything within my power. We shall meet again soon.

Thank you from the bottom of my alien heart.

Sending you lots of love and light
Sophia

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日本語の文書をもうすぐアップします。
しょうしょうお待ちください。
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I can finally talk about this one!

A while ago, MEJIBRAY asked me to do a guest vocal appearance on one of their songs.
They're one of the new Visual Kei bands I appreciate overall, so I thought it would be a cool idea to make this kind of collaboration. The song I took part in, is called "Black Baccarat".
Recordings were fun and I hope you will all enjoy the result!

 Title: Sadisgate [maxi single] [3 types]
Release Date: 2012/09/05

Check it out!

http://www.mejibray.com/

゚・:,。゚・:,。★゚・:,。゚・:,。☆゚・:,。゚・:,。★゚・:,。゚・:,。☆゚・:,。゚・:,。★゚・:,。゚・:,。☆

秘密のプロジェクトの発表です!

ちょっと前は、MEJIBRAYさんからゲストボーカルをしてくれませんか?っていう連絡がきて、とてもかっこいいIdeaだと思いました。新しいV系バンドのあいだ、MEJIBRAYさんは好きなバンドのひとつだから、録音はとても楽しかったし、皆は期待して欲しい。
参加した曲のタイトルはBlack Baccaratなんです。

Maxi single:Sadisgate
リリース:9月5日2012

皆さん、是非チェックして下さい。
宜しく!



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What is this pale light?
And why am I a mere shadow?
In my days I have seen paradise
I have seen hell, but now I am here
Out of pain and out of fear...

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[it's a plastic one, in case you wondered]


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...at Kichijoji Crescendo of course.

Out of all the shows we've played in Japan, maybe this was my favourite one.
Maybe the warm atmosphere, the memories, the love vibes I felt from the crowd, maybe the emotional intensity of the whole process.

Many fans commented that my voice has improved a lot lately.
It's true, I've been practicing new techniques, so I'd love it if I could somehow show you the videos of that night's concert.

The print of my Alice and the Pirates dress. Badass:


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There is a difference between making clothes and making works of art.
Major thanks to Baby the Stars Shine Bright for letting me wear their clothes!

http://www.babyssb.co.jp/


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Gorgeous dress, right?

Here's a picture with Maiko of DAZZLE VISION who played together with us that night ^^

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Here with John of DAZZLE VISION.
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Intetsu of AYABIE came to see the show, so I grabbed him for a picture afterwards!


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All in all, it was a night to remember and it will always remain special to me.
However, both the live in Kansas, U.S.A and this tour was without Aki, our keyboardist.
Why wasn't there any official announcement on the website?
Don't ask me, it was not my decision to make...
You know I'm always super quick bringing you the latest news ;)

Anyway, here's a picture with the 5 of us. Sleepy, tired but fulfilled I guess ヾ(@^▽^@)ノ


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A big THANK YOU to all of you who came to the concerts (some people attended most shows of this tour, regardless of the location. Yes, we have crazy fans), all the staff, the clubs, the restaurants and convenience stores that fed us (XD), all the new friends I made and all the old friends I met again.

Much love and respect!



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6月29日 Shibuya club CYCLONE

I believe that the 4 concerts in June have been my best so far.
What did you guys think?

CYCLONE is a cosy club, we played at SERENITY IN MURDER's organised event. They're a very cool, melodic black metal band with a female vocalist, you gotta check them out!

Many friends came to see the show that night, including the production team of the Princess Ghibli albums (SEIKODO) and also MiA and Tsuzuku of Visual Kei band, MEJIBRAY!

I also wore my new outfit by Alice and the Pirates!
Thank you very much!
[pictures ahead]

6月30日 Shibuya Club Milky Way

Milky....or Sweaty Way?
The night and the crowd and everything were explosive, but seriously....
guys do something about the heat and the humidity of the club. I was worried about the audience, so I was keeping an eye on everyone while on stage, to make sure nobody fainted. I was about to faint for real, though. The feeling of scorching lava when you're approaching the audience....it was a first-time experience, I will never forget it. And neither RYO's amp will. It died on the same night, due to the extreme humidity.

If you can somehow overcome the above, Milky Way is a cool club anyway and I love the bands that usually appear there. By the way, ARTEMA, HONE YOUR SENSE and Ancient Myth also played on the same night. ARTEMA put on a great show!

The funny fact was that I wore PVC on that night.
I nearly melted.


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6月23日 Niigata Club RIVERST

Niigata is one of my favourite places to play.
First because the fans are super enthusiastic, second because the RIVERST super-staff is ever sublime, third because Niigata food is great and fourth because the DJ always plays Greece's national anthem before I go onstage. What a great honour, isn't it!

This was another kickass show!
LIGHT BRINGER also appeared on the same night.
The guys are also nice fellas so we had a good laugh during the afterparty.


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The person holding the traditional...raccoon statue (!) is Katou san, of Club RIVERST. He's hardcore beyond description! You can also see the boys of LIGHT BRINGER, a bit of the RIVERST DJ to the far right upper corner, RYO, G.S.R and RYU's hand...being silly XD

I stayed in Niigata for one night, while everybody else returned to Osaka.
I had a good night's sleep and the next day I did a bit of sight-seeing.

Here's the view from Niigata Messe:

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Just outside Messe, I met a really kind lady, who showed me the way (in perfect English, since she was an English teacher) and who had spent her honeymoon in Greece. How cool and rare is that??!
I wish I could stay longer in Niigata, because it looks like a good city to hang out at night.

In the train I met a sweet lady, who was travelling with her cute, talking mini-parrot and her cute, little plant. She looked like a sensitive creature and she explained to me the differences of male and female talking parrots of the specific breed and also some secrets about teaching parrots how to speak.
Man, I always get to meet the most special people!
Can I have more miraculous, positive people in my life right NOW?

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So the next day we played at Fukuoka graf
05月27日 HYDROPHOBIA presents [DEAD IN HORROR]


I love Fukuoka for many reasons:

1) Because HYDROPHOBIA hail from there

2) Because the people are very warm

3) And because my friend, Yasu of Anabyss Coast/Reschwa Limize, lives there

4) Because the city looks so cool that makes me wanna live there



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A lovely girl brought is traditional ice-cream.

It was heaven on earth! The one I got was Camembert Cheese flavour.

Epic! I have to go to Fukuoka to eat this again xD



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With Yasu. He brought me his new music material, which sounds delicious, as per usual.

Despite his young age, he is a gifted composer.







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Because BSC tours are usually hardcore, I got sick for 3 weeks, so my friend made me the most awesome, Japanese, homemade dinner. I wanted to cry. It was soooooooooo cute!
And tasty of course. Maybe I should start learning how to cook Japanese food.

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Kagoshima Speed King,5月26日

Everybody in at Speed King is always super nice and Kagoshima fans are really awesome.
A visual kei band called Reno. played with us that night, so we had some cute girls in the crowd, who even danced along our songs and did the popular "furitsuke" hand moves. I was so surprised but I found it cool nevertheless.

HYDROPHOBIA are cute! XD
Tetsurou and Zapp feeding the pigeons, romantic boys wwwww

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Tetsurou always makes the funniest faces lmao xD
Both him and Zapp have birthdays almost the same day as me.
Sagittarious overdose x_z

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With Yuri of ZOWIL! We always play together when in Kagoshima.
As I've told you before, Yuri and I have the same taste in colours and fashion, so we always drool at each other's clothes and accessories. Girly stuff :X

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So this crazy guy made this helmet and brought it to the concert hall.
I just had to take a picture ;)



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