Days stream by, seasons cycle, and become years.
Nine years have passed since LM.C started performing on the 4th of this month.
And October 16th was the first day we played live.
There are many other anniversaries, but the day we started advancing is still special.
We didn’t aim to continue this long, but we’ve been layering one second, one minute, one moment at a time. When we realized it, we were at our 9-year anniversary.
That feeling of realization is ideal for us. Each number has different impression depending on its sense of language and shape, what number people are drawn depends on them.
For the year of a turning, 9 years isn’t complete, it’s not 3 years, 5 years, or 10 years.[i]
But, you’ve been through 3 years, then 5 years, now 9 years.
9 years is necessary to welcome 10 years. When it was our 7th and 8th anniversary, it felt like being “between a child and an adult, neither adult nor child.”
Then, this, the 9th anniversary, is like taking hold of the knob of the door that leads to adulthood.
Once you open it, it cannot close.
Once time passes it cannot be returned.
I want to enjoy and live in this moment full throttle.
Now, the 10th anniversary is visible.
The 10th anniversary feels disconnected from me, as I would have never imagined that the 10th anniversary would come when started the band.
I wonder if I told past self (that’d he’d come this far), what his response would be.
I would have surely been surprised to meet this expectation, looking far off while thinking a little, I’d laugh and say, “that’s crap.”
Past Maya would make a face that says “9 years is incomplete,” but he’d try not to show it.
Looking at my old self, I’d think, “Is this guy ok?” I’d say this as I left:
“You started LM.C and kept on, so we could celebrate the 9th anniversary, like this. There’s a lot of crazy fun Waiting for you.”
[i] 3, 5, and 10 Years are considered milestone years in Japan