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Fans banned from taking uchiwa to Tackey concerts?

15:28 JST July 30, 2012 3 comments

Fans have been left shocked by a move to ban uchiwas from Hideaki Takizawa’s summer concerts, reports Cyzowoman.

 

A must-have item at Johnny’s concerts is an uchiwa.  Fans can use uchiwa bought from a merchandise shop to show Johnny’s talents who they are a fan of, while homemade uchiwa give fans the chance to put in private messages such as “blow me a kiss” or “give me the peace sign”.

 

It has been reported fans going to Tackey’s SUMMER LOVE CONCERT 2012 show in Tokyo on July 26 got an email a week before, asking them to support Tackey with “only pompoms and penlights, please”.  Some fans had called the ticket office to ask whether it meant uchiwa were banned, and were told an “uchiwa ban” had not been stated.  But one fan painted a different picture.

“When I got to the concert venue, they were checking bags, and they asked anyone with an uchiwa to store it away.  Some fans managed to get through the checkpoint with their uchiwa, but when they took them out inside the hall, a staff member told them off.  There were arguments going on here and there, it was awkward at one point,” said one fan at the concert.

 

There are some Johnny’s groups who ask fans to keep uchiwas at a minimum, like TOKIO, because the group is considered to be more a band than a pop star group.  Another Johnny’s talent who asks fans to refrain from bringing uchiwa and penlights is Tsuyoshi Domoto, whose concerts are less like a typical pop star’s concerts.  But why would Tackey concerts, which fit into neither category, suddenly ban uchiwas?

“Apparently a lot of Johnny’s Jr. fans go to Tackey’s solo concerts or stage shows because he has talents like Snow Man dancing behind him.  Some junior fans are really dedicated so sometimes it looks like the number of uchiwas for junior talents outnumbers those for Tackey…  Maybe they’re banning uchiwa to avoid this kind of sad situation.

“There’s also talk that maybe the ban is a strategic move to get ready for Tackey’s 10th anniversary concert tour with Tsubasa Imai, which starts in September.  The duo are going to perform in Tokyo Dome, but I don’t think the two have enough fans to fill up that huge venue.  Other fan club fans have apparently been sent information on this concert because it’ll have guests like KAT-TUN and Hey! Say! JUMP.  Unless they do something now, there’s risk the dome will be full of uchiwas for other talents,” one Johnny’s reporter said.

 

It has been reported a number of fans had published angry comments online, saying the reason was childish, and that fans had nothing if they were not allowed uchiwas.

 

However, others have become more creative.  There have been ideas going back and forth about printing messages on pompoms, on bandanas, and even on T-shirts.

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Kanjani8 dress up for movie premiere in Tokyo and Osaka

14:51 JST July 30, 2012 2 comments

Two cities in one day and two different colour-coordinated outfits, Kanjani8 celebrated the start of their movie in style on July 28, reports Nikkan Sports and Daily Sports Online.

 

Eightranger” started in cinemas in Japan over the weekend, and Kanjani8 appeared for the premiere in Tokyo dressed in yukata.

“To make it easier, each of our obi-belts are the same colour as our own image colour,” Subaru Shibutani said.

 

But then the group traveled to Osaka on the same day to take part in their hometown’s premiere of the movie in the evening, this time dressed in their Eightranger costumes.  It has been reported it is the first time all seven members had been in Osaka to promote the movie.  Ryuhei Maruyama was not scheduled to appear in the Osaka event, but managed to at the last minute.

 

It has been reported fans in Umeda, Osaka were screaming and crying.

 

The movie is based on a concert performance the group have been doing for a number of years.

“I feel so happy knowing that we’ve been able to make Eightranger into something that we could give to all of you,” Shingo Murakami said.

 

The group itself celebrates eight years together this year, after starting as a Johnny’s group filled with members from the Kansai region, who have now gained popularity both as a group and as soloists.

“I’m really happy to be here to celebrate the first day of our movie, a movie about Osaka’s Eightrangers, which will now be shown across the country,” Ryo Nishikido said.

 

The group’s co-star, 62-year-old Hiroshi Tachi, also wears an Eightranger suit in the movie, and Yu Yokoyama had said he looks very cool.

“I hope I can wear that outfit when I’m Tachi-san’s age,” he said.

 

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Sexy Zone to release first photo book

14:20 JST July 30, 2012 1 comment

Sexy Zone’s first photo book “Sweetz” goes on sale on August 1, reports Daily Sports Online and Sankei Sports.

 

The group made their professional debut last November.  It has been reported Johnny’s youngest group had cameras taking pictures of them for 106 days this year, starting from their concert rehearsal days on February 8, all the way to May 24 when they had on location shoots in Tokyo.  During this time, Marius Yo had grown seven centimetres in height.

“I was so excited when I saw the finished product,” Yo said.

 

The 116-page book is also full of photos on the beach, behind the scenes during concerts, and even baby photos.

“It’s our first photo book so I want it so badly.  I think I’ll disguise myself and go buy it,” Shori Sato said.

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