Idol Matsuri 2014 – Live Blog

Hello there,

As some of you may know, I’m attending Idol Matsuri this year! This is the first ever idol convention in the US, and I’m super excited to be a part of its first year! This is a new experiment where I’m going to try and update Happy Disco while I’m there, in addition to the posts I’ll inevitably do post-event. So, if you want to follow along as I go to the event, keep an eye out on this post! Idol Matsuri is going to be streaming several of the events, including the Aither events and my two panels. I’m running one on 3B Junior groups and one about Idol Blogging. Both of these will be streamed, AND I’m going to try and make this interactive! If you have anything to add or any questions either during the panel or before the panel, tweet me @writerserenyty. From there I’m going to be answering questions and taking comments, so you can participate even if you can’t attend the event!

THURSDAY JUNE 19 2014

11:06 AM – I’m waiting on getting a ride to the airport. I JUST got my King Blade in the mail for the Morning Musume concert in October, which means that I should probably have gotten a multi-color one to bring to Idol Matsuri. That’s how it goes, I guess. I’ve been listening to RYUTist’s Arrivals and Departures almost nonstop because of how excited I am!

2:30 PM – My flight got delayed. 🙁 At least I’m flying in today and not early tomorrow! I’m basically just sitting around listening to Team Syachihoko music because that’s my first instinct when I’m a little displeased with something.

8:30 PM – Here and in my room!

FRIDAY JUNE 20 2014

7:51 AM – I was up a lot later than I was planning, and got up earlier than I was planning, too. Ah well, it’s not a convention without some sleep deprivation! The first event starts at 10 AM, but I’m up so that I can try and get a VIP ticket to see Morning Musume at 9 AM. Fingers crossed! Today the biggest events are Q&A sessions with the Japanese guests and the Halko Momoi concert. There are just assorted things going on around it, as well, like the opening ceremony, some photo ops and such.

10:26 – the opening ceremonies happened, which was the first introduction of the guests. I was smiling like an idiot because I like RYUTist a lot and they seem really adorable in person! Next up is the Halko Momoi Q&A and then the RYUTist/Aither one. 🙂

1:30 PM – We just had the Q&A sessions for Halko Momoi, Aither and RYUTist! All of them seem really cute and fun, and we had a great time. I don’t know much of Halko Momoi’s stuff, truth be told, but she’s a veteran in the industry and her Q&A session was interesting. I’m kind of nervous for my interviews with these girls because I want to get some interesting questions! I went and bought some items from the tables, and both groups were hanging around. Everyone was all smiles and was very sweet. Alright, time to get these items signed!

2:05 – Just got a poster signed by RYUTist; all the signatures are super cute, and the members themselves are all ADORABLE in person. It’s hard to say much more, but they were all working hard signing everything. Next is Aither! I’m glad I bought goods when I did, because apparently they sold out of a lot of stuff. I managed to snag the very last photo set, which I’m getting signed. 🙂

9:47 PM- WOW I have had a long day. I went and got the items signed by Aither; I bought a photo set, so all the members signed their individual photos. The members were all super adorable, which was very fun. Soon after we took two shots! Since the event is on the beach we took them outside, which was very pleasant. I got a photo with Misaki, who proceeded to make a really cute pose with me. I’ll have to post a photo of the cheki later but WOW it is cute. Then it was Momoi Haruko’s concert! I’m not at all familiar with her music, to be honest, but I enjoyed it! Her fans are REALLY passionate, which was kind of cool, but almost a bit tough to get in on? I didn’t really participate in the intense fan stuff, as someone who doesn’t really know much about her solo music, but hung back and took photos. I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s concerts! After this were the two shot photos with RYUTist! This time I got to take a photo with the whole group in front of the ocean, as well. At both photo events we took large group photos, which was really fun. I just finally got back from getting some dinner and now I’m working on interview questions to ask the members! My first one is tomorrow and I’m a little nervous!!