By the grace of God, I was able to attend the Friday May 12, 9.30 PM BoA Live at Billboard Live in Tokyo at Tokyo Midtown Garden. This was a very hard ticket to get since my usual great source for BoA tickets was unable to help this time since he handles resale tickets. The ticket could only be obtained by calling in Japanese to Billboard Live then they took your name and gave a reservation number. The wonderful concierge staff at Mandarin Oriental Tokyo called several times during the 2 days before the concert and there was a cancelation so I was able to get reservation "24" and I ended up in the front by the stage by the guitarist. The venue was nice in that it allowed people to be very close up altho there were people on the second and third floors who apparently also had great views as well. There was actually restaurant service where I was. The place holds about 300 people. BoA looked incredibly beautiful. She looks more and more beautiful every time I get a chance to see her live. She sounded great. The concert lasted about 90 minutes with no costume changes, no back up singers or dancers. BoA did dance with Valenti. She mainly was center stage on a stool and also got up to sing and move around the stage. There were a lot of ballads which seemed to fit the setting.She made sure she waved to everyone including in the upper levels. There were multiple of her Japanese standards. Unfortunately due to my language limitations I could not make a set list and there was no printed one (just the usual handout in Japanese to evaluate the concert). The third or fourth number was a new song in Japanese with words about Jazz in it (at least I never head it before). It was very upbeat with interesting interaction between BoA and the guitarist. She sang in English "You saved the best for last" and "Am I getting too close?". She did a couple of my favorites "Do the Motion" and "Make a Secret". As always BoA left the stage toward the end, everyone chanted "BoA" and she came back to do an encore "Jewel Song". She talked a lot with the audience in Japanese, a very interactive format. No photography or recoding by audience was allowed. When I attended, it was the last show of this series and the only souvenirs were for BillBoard Live and not specific to BoA. They did have a few of her CDs and DVDs, which I already had, so really no goodies to take home except my limited notes and great memories. I was happy to see at one end of the stage there was at least one camera filming the whole thing. I suspect there were more which I couldn't see from my spot. I hope this means there will be a DVD from Avex, particularly since there were 4 concerts in May and a couple of more coming in June so they could do a compilation of this very different sort of concert for BoA. It was such a happy exciting experience for the live audience so hopefully everyone can relive it on DVD.