Report: NEWS event
Report: NEWS event
When: Afternoon, August 21, 2012
Here’s a brief report about when I went to the NEWS event last week. Sorry for the delay, I’ve been wondering whether it was alright or not to report about it, but seeing that they’re all over now in Tokyo and Osaka, I’m releasing this now and hoping for the best!
The fans in my time slot probably endured the weather elements more than anyone else because it was midday, sunny, 35C, and humid. That and there was hardly any shelter. Good thing I brought my sunglasses, sunscreen, fan, sweat wipes, and water. I had gotten there about two hours before the event was scheduled to start and passed time talking to the fans around me. These included two Koyama fans, one of who was wearing a checkered top in all the NEWS colours, a Tegoshi fan wearing an awesome skull T-shirt and pink jeans, and me in a yellow summer dress and military boots.
An hour before the event was scheduled to start, the staff started letting fans inside. My new friends and I ended up in the second row.
The first floor of the venue was filled up with fans standing, and the second floor had seats for families with small children. A bed-ridden fan was invited to the 1.5 metre space separating the first row of fans and the stage so she could get a good view (lucky!). I think there were about 1000 fans in the venue.
A large screen behind the stage had the words “集まれチャンカパーナ !(Gather round Chankapana!)”, and the Chankapana music video was played 3 times.
Everyone laughed or screamed in the same places – all chatting about why the little girl would change channels when four amazing guys were on TV, when Koyama lifts his shirt a bit, and a big laugh when Koyama says “美しい恋にするよ (Utsukushii koi ni suruyo)” with his hand held up.
When the event started, a video mix of the Chankapana video was played and Shige walked on stage. After Shige signaled for the others, they eventually walked on stage side by side, walked across the stage, and disappeared behind the curtains again. Eventually they came out again, riding one of those platform trolleys.
Shige: Thanks for buying the box set!
Massu: Box! Box! (making an X sign using his arms and jumping around)
Which fan traveled the furthest?
One of the first questions NEWS asked the crowd, was who had traveled the furthest to get here today?
Koyama: Don’t lie. If you lie you’ll be punished. We’ll make you run home.
The furthest I could hear were from Hong Kong and Taiwan.
Men in the crowd
The group were happy to see men in the crowd, and started talking to a fan who had the same hairstyle as Massu.
Koyama: Have you ever been surrounded by so many ladies? Lucky!
The topic changed to how Massu asks his hairdresser to do his hair (on this day it was blond, with red streaks underneath)
Massu: Charai, please. Shige, what did you say to your hairdresser to get that bosa-bosa (messy) look?
Shige: Ero-ku, please.
NEWS ask Massu whether he’s going to play a doctor with his blond hair.
Massu: Knife please! (makes a dancer-like pose)
Koyama: That music video you were watching while waiting. I know you were laughing when my speaking part came up! I could see you!
The guys played a NEWS quiz game, where they were seated at one side of the stage. When they knew the answer to the question, they had to run to the buzzer on the opposite side of the stage.
Here are some bits:
Q: Name four NEWS songs with titles in katakana.
Massu and Shige dashed to the buzzer, with Massu falling over.
Q: How many times does the word “chankapana” appear in the song Chankapana?
They all crowded around the buzzer, and had a ‘huh?’ look on their face while counting with their fingers.
Tegoshi: 16, no wait! (he realised Shige had already said that)
Q: Song intro quiz
first song played: Cherish (winner: Tegoshi)
second song: Party Time (winner: Shige. It took a long long time for someone to get it right)
third song: Fly Again (winner: Tegoshi)
fourth song: Fiesta (winner: Tegoshi)
Q: Who’s the best at teoshi-sumo (standing sumo, try to push the other person so they lose balance)?
Everyone was expecting Massu, arm wrestling winner, to win.
Massu vs Tegoshi. Tegoshi won
Koyama vs Shige. Koyama won
Final. Koyama vs Tegoshi. Koyama wins
All the fans were given a lottery ticket, and the NEWS members picked out random numbers. Prizes included 5 chankapana stickers, 5 chankapana posters, one polaroid from Music Station personally signed by Tegoshi, and one personally signed chankapana poster from all members, plus personally put name in by Koyama.
It was a surprise because the winners of the signed polaroid and poster were called Mayumi!
Tegoshi shouted out to the polaroid winner, asking her how she wanted her name written.
Tegoshi: Mayumi-san? Mayumi-chan? Mayumi-pana? Mayu-ndol?
Winner: All of them!
Tegoshi: All of them? There won’t be any photo left, it’ll turn black.
Tegoshi signed the polaroid with “好きだぜ (suki-daze)”.
Each member chose someone in the crowd to ask a question.
Shige’s Q (young boy): Do you like Sapporo?
Shige: Yes! Did you come from Sapporo? Thank you
Massu’s Q (young girl, really shy, mother ended up asking her question for her): What is your favourite colour?
Shige: The clothes I buy tend to be black, green, and blue
Massu: I like black, yellow, and red.
Tegoshi: I like black, pink, and sparkly
Koyama: I like red and purple.
The talk went on with the guys saying they either liked their NEWS colour before it was given to them, or just grew into loving it. Koyama remembered when his image colour was a kind of light orange before it was changed to purple.
Koyama: There aren’t many people wearing purple. But you usually don’t see many purple clothes either.
Tegoshi: I heard that purple makes a woman’s skin look more radiant.
Koyama: Really? Then can you all please wear purple and make me happy
Tegoshi’s Q (man): Will there be another Tokyo concert?
Tegoshi: It depends. We honestly don’t know anything right now, but if you can say enough about wanting one, there could be one.
Koyama’s Q (girl): Did you know there are parody versions of Chankapana for each member? Koyama, yours was the first.
Sings verse and chorus of Koyama parody. The microphone was acting up, so it was hard to hear in some places 😦
Koyama: send the others to my radio show! Then maybe we can introduce them when each member comes!
SONG performance: Full Swing
We got told the boys weren’t supposed to do this, it wasn’t in the original schedule, but they really pushed for it (awww).
They jumped off the stage, and fans shook their hands as they passed to get out of the hall.
Shige: You have to look us in the eye, it’s a waste if you don’t! Some fans just look down and pass by.
They really rushed us through it, with lots of staff members sending fans past the boys.
The order was Massu, Shige, Koyama, and finally Tegoshi.
Massu has the most cutest smile ever. I said “大好きです！ (I love you!)” and he gave me a big smile.
Shige looked really cool, his eyes are really big.
Koyama was so close, he kind of bowed down partially like he was saying thank you for coming, but it was so close, especially when you’re looking him in the eye!
Tegoshi had the sweetest smile, and he looks gorgeous, great way to finish!