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Perfume Concert Live In New York 2014

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Perfume world tour 3rd review New York

Perfume 3rd world tour has now ended for this time. What a tour! Bigger and better than last year, and the tour visited the US on two occations. This year’s tour started in Taiwan, then moved on to Singapore. After that, for the first time, the girl group played it’s first of two shows in America. The first show was in LA, and then they flew over to London to give a great show for all their European fans. After that the J-pop group were back in the US for the last show, which was on Saturday 15th November.

Why So Japan was at the London show and we have our full review online here: http://www.whysojapan.com/perfume-live-london-2014/ or just seach for “Perfume” in the seach box.

We didn’t get the chance to attend the New York show, but we are very happy that we now have a full review for you all, thanks to Perfume fan Jerry that was at the NYC show. Enjoy the review below:

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About World Tour 3rd in NYC

So I attended the show in NYC. I must say that the stage in UK seemed much better.

People were lining up for the show the night before. I was there in the early afternoon to find out lots of people standing in front of me. While we were waiting endlessly, people started to play songs and dance together. All of us enjoyed very much.

One thing to point out that most people were not from NYC. They’re from other states or other countries. We spoke different languages and shared our experiences. It’s very fun.

Some staff from Hammerstein were quite mean to us. They even yelled at Perfume’s staffs for giving them lots of troubles. Maybe it’s due to language barrier?

Even I stayed in the line way earlier than the ones behind us, people began to push and rush towards the front of the stage. However, we’re not angry or anything. It’s because of Perfume. It didn’t really matter that much about where to stand or sit. Anyway, I still managed to stand in the front few lines to see them three. They looked gorgeous!

Feelings

General admission was kind of challenging to us. People kept pushing others all the time. It’s hard to jump as everyone was too close together. The music was amazingly powerful from where I stood, but my ears slightly suffered after the show. It took some time to recover. I’m an old fan of Perfume for years. I need to say that they are very charming on the stage. You never get tired of them.

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Photos, rules, and others

NYC was the last stop of the tour, so they didn’t stop people from taking photos and recording videos. Many people used flash lights. Very annoying! Also, some people brought light sticks (which was inappropriate for a Perfume’s show). People didn’t listen to announcements. They just did what they wanted. I followed the rules and only managed to take a few photos before and after the show.

Audience

Every show is an unique experience. This one as well.
People around me were sort of weird. Some of them didn’t dance or move at all. Many boy/girlfriends came together for the show. They were just hugging and kissing each other. Did not really pay attention to the show at all. They made me unhappy. What’s the point for coming to the show and do these things (do them at home, okay)?!

A guy next to me was crying all the time. He said he couldn’t believe that his dream came true (Perfume coming to America).

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After the show

Hammerstein was not at all a hot place. A few Japanese brought towels, but they didn’t have a chance to use them.

Many people decided to buy goods after the show, which ended up with a chaotic situation. I didn’t even get the opportunity to buy anything. As I stepped out of the door, several people were selling Perfume’s poster, which to be honest, we could print them out ourselves at home with a better quality. Some were still willing to pay 5 dollars for 1 poster.

Before and after the show, I received lots of free Perfume gifts (cards, hand-held fan, mini-posters). I also got free pizza, chocolates, french fries, coffee, energy drinks, sandwiches. People were really nice to everyone in the line.

Last but not least, we could say hi to cameras. And they said they were from Japan. Maybe it’s NHK, who would be making a special program talking about Perfume US debut?

I have lots to share, but I cut it off here as I’m writing too much.

Thank you. And wish that they will do another world tour in the near future!

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Why So Japan like to thank Jerry for this great review from the NYC show.

Check also out our other reviews from London and LA
London review: http://www.whysojapan.com/perfume-live-london-2014/
LA review: http://www.whysojapan.com/perfume-concert-live-la-2014/
Offical world tour 3rd site: http://www.perfume-web.jp/cam/WORLD/





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Perfume Concert Live In London 2014

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Perfume 3rd world tour

Perfume were back with their 2nd show in London a few of days ago. The Japanese j-pop trio played at the Apollo theatre in Hammersmith this time. Doors opened at 19:00 and we got there at around 19:15 to join the massive queue of Perfume fans waiting to get in. The line seemed to move very quickly, and before we knew it we had got our tickets scanned by the Apollo staff, and we were in.

Merchandise

First we we headed to the merchandise stand on the ground floor, but we had no chance to get close as there were so many people trying to get a hold some Perfume goods. Instead we headed upstairs where we found another merchandise stall. It was less crowed, so we managed to picked up one of the CDs for sale, for around £10. They were also selling t-shirts, photo books, DVDs and a lot more.

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Before the show

After buying the CD we wanted, we headed into the theatre to find our seats. We sat on the balcony quite close to the front, and we had a great view of the stage. We weren’t sure when the show was to start, because it wasn’t stated on the ticket, but around 20:15 a voice started talking in English and Japanese, saying that the show was soon to start. While waiting, a member of the Apollo staff was going around informing everyone that no photos or video recording was allowed. We did manage to take a few pictures anyway, but not many.

The theatre looked almost full from where we were sitting. There was a great buzz in the air for the upcoming show, the lights went down and the show began.

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The show

Once the trio appeared on stage, the crowd went wild. The girls started off with a few songs in a row, and then took a minute to talk to the crowd and introduce themselves. The girls really know how to talk to and involve the public, even though English is not their native language. You could hear they tried their very best to speak English, which was fun for those that didn’t understand Japanese. They took it in turn to speak in English, it was very endearing.

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whysojapan perfume london 2014After the chat with the crowd it was back to the music. They played so many great songs, it would be hard to single one out. One song thought that I wasn’t expecting to hear was One Room Disco, since I didn’t see it on the BluRay from last year’s concert, making me think that maybe the song was too old to play. I guess they mixed the playlist up to make the playlist unique and different from last year’s, which was great since I got to see and hear one of my favourite songs. The only song I would have liked to have seen that they didn’t perform was Fake It. It seems we got treated to a different encore song from the other show, I heard LA got Fake It. But that’s one way of keeping each show unique, I guess.

After a few more songs, it was back to talking to the public again. This time we got to hear about the girls’ experience here in London, and their problem with the sun visor in a car. The story was translated with the help of a guy from the audience. One thing we understood was that the story being told was not really given justice by the guy translating, since people that understood Japanese found it a lot more funny than the translated version, but I’m guessing it wasn’t easy for him to translate the story in a comedy way.

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This year’s show was a big improvement from last year’s. The lighting and projection production of the show was amazing. The show involved moving scenary on stage, lots of projection onto white blocks placed all over the stage, a giant screen behind the girls, light sticks and lazer lighting in different coulors. Compared to last year’s show where they just used a green laser. Even with out the girls on stage, all the visuals were a show on it’s own.

The show continued with more music and some crowd involvement in the PTA corner, where the girls got the public involved by dividing us up into different sections and and getting us to chant different things, which the crowd had lots of fun with. Another part of one of the chatting sections was when the girls were asking which is the best coffee shop in the UK. There was also a talk about pubs. I’m sure it would be a fun and different experience if Perfume were to walk into a normal British pub for a pint after the show.

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After the show

We left the theatre both agreeing that it was a brilliant show and we would love to see them in London again soon. I really hope they release this tour on BluRay, like they did with the previous tour, so I can re-live the show again.

If I thought I was a fan of Perfume before I saw the show, I’m even a bigger fan after. The girls gave an amazing show and left us wanting more. Still, a few days after the show, I can’t stop thinking about it. Seems silly to say that a concert was an experience, but that’s how it sort of feels in a fun way. At the moment it feels like we have Perfume playing 24/7 at home and I’ve now found myself loving older songs by Perfume that I did not really like before. After seeing them songs live I’ve got hook on them now.

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Have you been to see Perfume on this world tour? If so, let us know which show you went to, and what you thought!

I would also like to say a big thanks to one of the user: Timmy_Magic on the Perume fan page (http://www.perfume-city.com) for kindly supplying us with a lot of the photos in this review.

We also now have a review of the New York concert online click here for it http://www.whysojapan.com/perfume-concert-live-new-york-2014/

Check out our previous post on Perfume here: http://www.whysojapan.com/perfume-girl-group-japan/

Check also out our other reviews from LA and New York.
LA review: http://www.whysojapan.com/perfume-concert-live-la-2014/
New York review: http://www.whysojapan.com/perfume-concert-live-new-york-2014/
Official world tour 3rd site: http://www.perfume-web.jp/cam/WORLD/

 





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Why So Japan loves Instagram

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Why So Japan Loves Instagram

Why So Japan has now started using Instagram to share lots of photo that we take when we are in Japan. We take so many photos there, that we just don’t get the time to share them all with you in this blog. We use a lot of our photos as part of posts here on Whysojapan, but we have a lot of random photos that we might not be able to use in a post. That’s where Instagram is great for us. We can share each photo as a little post and that’s why we love Instagram!

Please feel free to follow us on Instagram. You can either click the Instagram icon on the top right of the page, or click this link here: http://instagram.com/whysojapan, or search for us on Instagram (search for user: whysojapan). See you there!





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Halloween In Japan

Halloween in Japan

Halloween is growing in Japan year by year (we are seeing the same here in Sweden). It seems with more and more influences from America and other counties, Halloween is becoming more and more popular.

With the presence of places like Disneyland in Tokyo and Universal Studios in Osaka having up to a month of celebrations for Halloween, and with companies understanding that Halloween is a good way to sell stuff, Halloween is everywhere.

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Lots of companies have limited edition products for sale under the lead up to Halloween. McDondals have a burger with a black bun to make them seem more spooky, KitKat have released pumpkin flavored KitKats and some companies just rebrand the packages to suit Halloween.

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People in Tokyo love to dress up for Halloween and with Halloween costumes on sale in big discounts stores like Don Quijote, it can be quite hectic to look around the shops around Halloween, with loads of people out to buy their costumes before Halloween.

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Dressing Up

There are lots of Halloween events on in Japan, like festivals for the family and nightclubs for the older crowd. One of the events in Shibuya was the Street Party Costume, where you could find thousands of people all dressed up for Halloween walking around and taking photos of each other. People were genuinely having a fun time! How often can you say that you saw a whole gang of minions crossing the world famous crossing in Shibuya? Group of friends like to dress up all as the same character, like a group of minions, or charachters that go together, like Super Mario and Luigi. From the pictures I’ve seen online (sites like tokyofashion.com) people spend a lot of time on their costumes, and in some cases also lots of money, to get their costume just right. No surprise, since the whole cosplay culture comes from Japan.

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Even though Halloween is a very commercial holiday of sorts, it is still a lot of fun. Have a look at the video above to see just how much fun it can be!





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Japanese TV Adverts #34 and #35

Here comes a new selection of Japanese TV adverts for your viewing pleasure. Now with subtitles in English, so you don’t need to wonder what’s being said in the ads. Just make sure you choose subtitles in the YouTube window, button at the bottom. At the moment it seems like the subtitles are only on the video at the bottom of the two in this post, we hope more get added soon.

In this section of adverts we find some of the following: our favourite Softbank dog is at a baseball game, an ad for Wonda the coffee in a can drink, Google play, mobile giant au has a new cute monster in it’s lastest advert, GU showing of some of it’s clothes on sale, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu in an ad for Nintendo, oh and iPhone 6 too.

As always, please check out this YouTube user for more adverts: http://www.youtube.com/user/JPCMHD
Also check out older posts with Japanese TV adverts under the media category to the right of this post.





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