Summary, round two

13 Sep

As I mentioned previously, last weekend, S and I headed to Tokyo for our second round of Summary, a concert held by different Johnny’s talents every year, this time with the main group being a group of Juniors, the Bakaleya 6. Actually, it’s a bit of a longer story than that; first, we went to a “live” held by two of our friends who were performing in Gunma, then went back to their apartment in Tokyo with them, and then, the next day, went to Summary.

For those unaware of the concept of wasei eigo or roughly “Japanese English,” it’s the phenomenon that brings us wonderful words like “bebiicaa” (“baby car” or stoller) and “wanpiisu” (“one piece” or dress).  In essence, it’s words that come from English in Japanese, but don’t have the same meaning (ie, if you went to America and asked for a one piece, you’d get a swimming suit, not a sundress).  This concept is what brings us the word “live” or “raibu“meaning a small concert held in an intimate venue.  Lives are different from concerts in size and feeling; often, lives are “standing lives” where one stands smashed in with everyone else for the whole time.  The stage is usually low and close to the front row; many lives fit less than 500 people.  Concerts, on the other hand, are held in large theatres or arenas and fit thousands.

Since S and I have some very talented friends, they were holding their own (thankfully not standing) live in Midori, one two over from Kiryu.  They live in Tokyo, so they were kind enough to offer us their apartment for the night after we came to their live.  Incidentally, this is one of my first experiences with catching the near-last trains places; usually I’m careful, but since the live went until 9 and we were traveling from Gunma to Tokyo, by the time we made our last transfer, it was close to the last train.  Luckily, we all made it just fine!

ImageThe next day, S and I rose and shone (a saying that apparently sounds better in the present tense) bright and early to head out to Tokyo Dome City Hall once again in our adorable matching clothes.  We arrived about an hour in advance since last time the doors opened late to discover, much to our surprise, that the doors were already open.  We were able to waltz right into the air conditioned theatre, buy our goods (of which there were sadly few), and go to our seats, which were wonderful third balcony second row seats!  These are by far the best seats we’ve had in Tokyo Dome City Hall, and they happened to be lucky seats, because midway through the concert, members of the group started appearing in the aisles of the audience, and who would appear beside us but Jesse!  If you recall from my previous post about this concert, Jesse is the member whose uchiwa S was carrying, and we’re both big fans of his (I’m always excited for other halfs!) so we were thrilled that we had managed to get the right seats for his appearance.

ImageThe concert was altogether highly enjoyable, and it was especially touching when all the members began to cry at the end, since it was the end of their first concert together as a group (and hopefully not their last, knocking on wood).  Also, amusingly, after the show was done, we walked outside to see a musical truck advertising another Johnny’s unit, Tackey&Tsubasa.  Musical trucks aren’t an odd phenomenon in Japan; music groups will often use a truck blaring their latest song and plastered with images of the band as a form of advertisement.  The same thing happened last year when we left Hey! Say! JUMP’s Summary, only with a truck advertising a new single at the time by Kis-My-Ft2.  Clearly, this ploy works, at least in the company’s eyes.

ImageWe finished off the day by dropping into a bookstore to see if the October idol magazines had come out yet.  They had, and we were surprised and happy to see the Bakaleya 6 on the cover of one of the magazines!  It was their first time ever doing a magazine cover, and since they’re sort of in limbo right now as a Junior unit, we were very happy to see them.  It was a really great end to a great day.

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