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Morning Musume Concert Tour 2011 Spring: New Genesis Fantasy DX ~Welcome 9th generation members~ (4/9 – afternoon)

by Aprilis on April 11, 2011 · 4 comments · AddThis

I can’t even begin to express how excited I was for this concert. I mean, it’s the first time to witness the new members in action! But with all that is happening in Northern Japan and array of events being cancelled or postpone, I was just relieved that this concert was carried out as plan. Before the concert started, 3 donation boxes for the relief fund was setup and behind the boxes stood Mizuki, Sayumi and Riho. Most people went up to Sayumi’s donation box, some went to Mizuki’s donation box while barely anyone went to Riho’s donation box. This makes me wonder if Riho really is as popular as everyone says.

The concert took place in Otsu, Shiga prefecture which is Aika’s hometown. I didn’t realize this till someone requested everyone to chant “Aika” while we waited for the encore. Suddenly it all made sense why there was many Aika signs and purple glow sticks around. Sayumi reported on her blog that Aika was so moved to be home that she was in tears. When Aika first made her debut on Hello! Morning, she was out spoken and jumped in front of the camera at any chance she could get. But today during the encore, Aika was shy and quiet. As everyone was walking off the stage after the encore, Ai had to push Aika back to the centre of the stage as if telling her to enjoy the moment of having a concert in her hometown. It’s kind of refreshing to see this humble and shy side of Aika.

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Hello! Project 2011 WINTER~Kangei Shinsen Matsuri~

by Aprilis on February 4, 2011 · 2 comments · AddThis

There were so many reasons why I was looking forward to attending this concert: Yuu’s opening act, meeting the new Morning Musume members, Ai Takahashi’s announcement, the shuffle units and several more. I went to the concert with set list A1 for the shuffle group performance, and was super excited with some of the song choices. Before getting into the actual concert though, let’s start off with the special opening act: Yuu Kikkawa.

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Moring Musume Concert Tour 2010 Autumn: Rival Survival (10/23 – evening)

by Aprilis on October 28, 2010 · 3 comments · AddThis

When the news of the triple graduation in Morning Musume was announced I went and bought the ticket right away. Never would I have thought my first concert in Japan was to see Morning Musume. Not to mention this would possibly be the last time to see Eri Kamei, JunJun and LinLin.

I attended the evening concert in Hiroshima because it was the closest to where I live. I would have loved to attend one in Osaka but to my surprise there was none set for this tour! I arrived at the concert hall an hour before the show. I should have got there earlier as some of the goods were already sold out. They had goods table set up outside and inside the venue. So next time I’ll know better and head to the venue early for limited edition goods like the daily concert photos.

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Garuneku’s Debut Single

by Rinoa on August 31, 2010 · 1 comment · AddThis

Guuzen no Kakuritsu photoshoot
Guuzen no Kakuritsu photoshoot
Artist: GIRL NEXT DOOR
Product Code: AVCD-31478/9
Release Date: 2008.09.03
Highest Ranking: #3
Genre: Pop/Electronic/Rock
Label: avex trax
Format: CD or CD+DVD
First Press: Cardboard Slipcase and Photobook

Two years ago, the avex produced band GIRL NEXT DOOR, nicknamed Garuneku released their debut single in September 2008. This band of three members center around Chisa, the vocalist, who originally was a dancer in the Kansai area. She attracted the attention of avex trax, was encouraged to go to Tokyo and enter Avex Artist Academy on a scholarship. There she met Suzuki Daisuke who composed tracks for other artists. Together they started working on demo tracks and they caught the attention of Max Matsuura. Shortly afterwards Inoue Yuji joined them as guitarist and they started preparing for their debut. avex packaged this band as their 20th anniversary product. Since it was a 20th anniversary project it was quite a challenge to reproduce the signature sound of avex and bring forward something new…

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Capsule of Wind for Birdman

by Rinoa on August 31, 2010 · 1 comment · AddThis

Chisa
Chisa promoting Birdman

Girl Next Door will be the releasing the theme song for Birdman, which will be featured in the triple a sided single due to be released on the 13th October.

The song Capsule of Wind will be sponsored by Yomuri TV to celebrate the comeback after two years of Birdman Iwatani 2010 Special Contest.

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