CK in Japan, Spring 2010 Days 7-8…Hello MomoClo, Nice to Meet You!

Waking up after the last AKB48 show, I was all for taking it easy.  I had spent two days getting soaked in a Yokohama storm.  But the rain stopped, and I didn’t want to spend the day vegging in the hotel.  So I headed out to Odaiba…The home of Idoling!!!  The good news?  It had stopped raining…for the moment!

The main reason I wanted to go was to see if they had any better Erika Yazawa shirts than the one I bought last trip.  On the way I saw a very cool site.  The dock where they filmed C-ute’s Tokkaiko Junjou.  I immediately reached for my camera…

I got the shot, but my camera died!  Damn I forgot to charge it!  It ended up being a double party foul as when I got to Odaiba they were having a “drift contest”.  So what was left to do?  I found the shirt I wanted, and jumped on the train back to my hotel…and my charger!

I decided to do something I enjoyed during my last trip, and that was going to Tokyo Tower and watching Tokyo Tower Girl and AKB48 member Umeda Ayaka spin records for a couple hours.  By the way, check out the Hello Kitty Bus parked in front!  The good news this time I was meeting a bunch of friends there.  And after the show the pushed my in front of Umechan to say hello!  Yatta!  Except these are always awkward moments for me.  The guys told her I was a Meetan fan as well as a fan of Team K.  So she was happy with that.  The only thing I could think of was to point to the pen in her left hand and motion that I was left-handed too!  As any left-hander will tell you, we always get excited when we meet one of our own. (hehehe)

Later on we made our way back to Hammamatsucho for dinner.  And wouldn’t you know it?  It started raining again!  We found this lively Yakitori place and grabbed a table.  Then all the guys I was with started laughing really hard…

I’m not going to mention any names, but a member of the AKB48 family was walking out as we were walking in.  In fact I walked right past her and didn’t look, LOL!  She recognized our group and started laughing as she made her way out the door!  Anyhow, a cool evening.  It ended with me running from the train station to catch the final episode of AKB48’s Dorama Majisuka Gakuen.

Day 8…Turning Nothing into Something, and another awesome J-pop moment!!!

I woke up feeling a bit under the weather.  At first I thought perhaps I had too much to drink the night before.  But later it seemed like it might be something else.  Anyway, there were many possibilities for this day.  Would I go to the DQ to buy AKB48’s monthly pics?  Perhaps this is a good day to try and catch Sakura?  Idoling!!! was having some sort of event in my hotel.  Oh, and then there was that Momoiro Clover thing…

Heading over to Akihabara, I got there about an hour before the shop opened.  To my astonishment the line didn’t look too long.  So I got in it.  I didn’t know there was a lot more line around the corner.  After watching three foreign guys argue with staff when they found out the line wasn’t for a show, I got my number…453.  That was when I knew there was more line somewhere.  The good news was with the amount of pics being sold, if everyone bought the limit the first 600 would get pics.  So all was cool.

Apparently the only place AKB is allowed to queue people is 3 blocks away under the train tracks.  That is too funny!  The line moves pretty fast however.  I bought my limit of five…2 Team A, 2 Team B, 1 Team K.  What pics was I hoping for?  Wasamin, Komori, Tanamin, Moeno and Harukyan.  I got one of them, but it was the best one…

Wasamin!!! <3 <3 <3

I got quite a few pics of the senbatsu of AKB, including Mayu, Yukirin, Sae, Kojiharu and TomoxTomo.  After buying my pics I figured I would go to Budokan to see the Cherry Blossoms.  But something stopped me.  It was no accident that I choose the route I chose.  I walked past this sign…

Momoiro Clover, 4th floor.  Hmmm, It wouldn’t hurt to take a quick look would it?  I made my way up to the 4th floor.  I knew they were already performing as they had a monitor outside.  By the way if you aren’t familiar with them, here is a link to their official site.  Cute, huh?  Anyway, then one of the staff came over to me and in perfect English said “Would you like to see the concert?”  I said “Of course I do, but I don’t know what I need to do.”  He said, no problem and to follow him.  He took me to a little table and asked me which show I wanted to see.  After telling me when they were I chose the 12:30 and the 3:30 show.  Cool, I was finally going to see MomoClo in person!!!

They have you pick your ticket out of a box, the lower your number the better your seat.  Although it didn’t really matter.  The place was small and to be honest there weren’t very many people there.  For the first show I drew #90 and was third row just right of center.  The lights went down, the show was about to start.  After playing the Universal Pictures (?) theme music the girls ran onstage, and opened with their second single Mirai e Susume!  It was obvious they were lip-synching, but they were adorable nonetheless.  Going in my favorite was Ayaka.  But in person Momoka is just a freakin’ star!  She and Kanako are definitely the front girls.  And Shiori is by far the most popular!  You can tell they are relatively new at this, the way they screw up…and giggle, and interact with the fans quite a bit!  After a short 6 song set including my favorite song Momoiro Punch it was time for what the fans were really there for.  I couldn’t believe it, they were doing 2-shots!!!  The only problem, I didn’t have a 2-shot ticket.  Then it all made sense.  This is what they are selling outside, new single preorders!  I dashed outside and bought two singles.  I had my tickets, Yes!!  but you couldn’t pick your girls, you again drew the names out of a box!   Of course I wanted Ayaka, but who did I get?  The two front girls, Momoka and Kanako!!!

I don’t know why I bothered blocking my face, the pics are blurry anyway.  They are tiny little polaroids.  It turns out most of the staff speaks fluent English, and when they brought me to Momoka she spoke good English too.  Wow!!!  I could tell Kanako wasn’t sure what to say so I let her off the hook and merely said “Peacu!”  She was relieved as we took our pic.  The I noticed all of the girls were looking at me.  Ayaka and Akari were trying to speak English.  So I said “Momoiro Clover saiko!!!” and they all cheered.  Then everyone got to play “Janken” with the girls for prizes.  I lost in the first round both times, LOL.  Overall it was a total freakin’ success!!!  But I made one slight screw up…

It turned out if you stuck around for awhile all the girls came out and signed your pics.  By the time I returned everyone was done except Shiori.  The staff felt bad, so they pulled out a promo pic of her and had her sign it to me.  She was so cute, asking me all sorts of questions about where I was from.  In fact the entire staff seemed blown away by my presence.  They wanted to know how I had heard of them.  And when I told them I already had the first two singles they were all so happy!  I showed them the song listings on my Ipod!

During the third show they introduced two new members, and they did a new song.  In fact I think they were doing quite a few new songs.  I’m not sure as I’m not completely familiar with their discography.  But what I heard I really liked!!!

After this show the girls were coloring in a drawing done my Akari, then they signed it.  You could go to anyone you want.  I was torn between Momoka and Ayaka.  But then I noticed that everyone was going to the same four girls.  Akari was sitting there looking depressed.  So I went to her.  I mean damn, it was Akari who drew the picture in the first place!!!  And they filmed her signing the picture for me!!!

She colored in the photo and signed it, and I immediately took off.  I still felt a bit under the weather, and I needed to dash back to my hotel, then turn around and come back in about an hour.  But that’s a whole other story…

Wasn’t that awesome???  I love MomoClo!  They are so cute!  I really hope I feel better tomorrow as they are doing the same event again.  I want more 2-shots with the girls!!!  But for now what I really need is some rest…

CK in Tokyo

1 thought on “CK in Japan, Spring 2010 Days 7-8…Hello MomoClo, Nice to Meet You!

  1. Awesome 😀 I’m glad I got you into them. You know they’re making their major debut from Universal, eh? Thanks for going to Akari’s line for the picture! What are you going to do with the pre-orders?

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