This article is translated from an interview done with ERIKA by Yahoo.
Translation by sljinu
From the monthly archives:
Ayumi Hamasaki’s spectacular “Asia Tour 2008 ~10th Anniversary~” has finally arrived to a conclusion after six months of touring in Asia. Hamasaki and her staff spent three months in the preparation of her tour, with a total production fee of 8 million NT.
The tour officially kicked off on the 5th of April in Yoyogi Stadium and was concluded in Japan on the 29th June in the same venue. After a three month break, she resumed her tour performing in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Taipei.
In Japan, Hamasaki performed 27 concerts in 10 cities. It was reported that 230,000 fans attended her concerts in Japan. She had 5 additional performances in three other cities in Asia. In total Hamasaki had 32 concerts with a grand total of 280,000 fans attending her concerts.
Hitomi Shimatani’s musical career has slowed down considerably in 2008, leaving many fans quite disappointed. Hitomi released only two singles, one album and one DVD. Furthemore her promotional campaigns for her releases were cut down considerably, making her appearances less frequent.
However 2009 is certainly sounding more promising especially since 2009 is set to be her 10th anniversary. avex trax has already started planning and unveiling her schedule to the public and it sounds quite exciting for Shimatani fans!