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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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Perfume the girl group from Japan

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Perfume

Perfume the girl group from Japan that consists of 3 members – Ayaka Nishiwaki (A~chan), Ayano Ōmoto (Nocchi) and Yuka Kashino (Kashiyuka), stage names in brackets. The girl group was originally going to be formed of Ayaka Nishiwaki, Yuka Kashino and Yūka Kawashima back in early 2000. But before the girls could even debut, Yūka Kawashima decided to leave the project, as she was leaving the talent academy Actors School in Hiroshima, where the girls were studying at that time. Yūka Kawashima then went on to form another group called Pinkies. Ayaka Nishiwaki set out to find a replacement for Yūka Kawashima, in which they found Ayano Ōmoto, who was also at the same academy. The group’s name originates from the 3 original members’ names, where each of them had the Japanese character 香 for fragrance in parts of their names.

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Music

In March 2002 the group debuted with their first single Omajinai Perori and later on that year in November they relased their second single Kareshi Boshūchū. Both singles were only sold in Hiroshima under the label Momiji. The same yeat they met Mikiko, a choreographer, who has worked with the group on all there coordinates from this point to the onwards. The group later on moved to Tokyo where they ended up meeting Yasutaka Nakata, a music producer and writer, who has worked with Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, Meg and Ami Suzuki. He has also worked on many remixes for artists and is a part of his own music duo with Toshiko Koshijima called Capsule, an electronic music group. It is very present that Yasutaka Nakata works on Perfume’s music as a lot of their songs have a very electro feel to them. Perfume have been one of the most successful acts in Asian music with more and more of their songs being listened to, not just in Asia, but across the world.

Present day

In 2012 the girl group changed label to Universal Music Japan, which would help them to be even more present around the rest of the world. Before that they had been with Bee-hive and Tokuma Japan. The group have been touring on and off internationally for the last two years, with gigs in Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Korea, Singapore, Germany, United Kingdom and France, with more tours to come. The group has also performed at various places in Japan and been on TV and radio numerous times.

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Discography

The girls as of date have released 4 original studio albums and one compilation album:
Perfume: Complete Best (2006)
Game (2008)
Triangle (2009)
JPN (2011)
Level3 (2013)
A fifth album in the works has been reported

The group has released concerts on DVD and BluRay and they have a DVD/BluRay called Perfume Clip out, which is a a collection of their music videos. Check out cdjapan.co.jp and local digital music retailes like iTunes or others for more of their music and DVDs and BluRays.

The latest DVD/BluRay to have been released is the recording of the 2013 live show from London. Perfume are soon to be back in the UK and other parts of the world with a new set of gigs.

This post is just a brief introduction to Perfume and I recommend that you browse the Perfume wiki page for more in-depth information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perfume_(Japanese_band)

Check out Perfume’s international official homepage here: http://www.perfume-global.com/
YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/Perfume?feature=watch
Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/Perfume.global
Picture source: Perfume Facebook page





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