Here is my fan experience during my Japan Trip last month….My experience includes going to their Live, events, Handshake and Group Photo event. ^^
Table of Contents:
Chapter 1 – 18th March 2012 – Passpo Live @ Laqua City
Chapter 2 – 19th March 2012 – J-POP GIRLS SPRING LIVE 2012
Chapter 3 – 25th March 2012 – First Wing Photoobook Launch + Encounter with MioMio :O
Chapter 4 – 27th March 2012 – “Share the Blood” Event + Mini Live
Chapter 5 – 31st March 2012 – Nakano Sun Plaza
Let’s get it started shall we….
One day before the event i was in Nagoya for SKE48 handshake event. Knowing that there is a free live on the 17th and 18th of March, i decided to sacrifice my extra day in Nagoya, waste 1 night of hotel, and book an overnite bus from Nagoya to Tokyo JUST to see attend this. Yes, i’m serious. This is probably the only “live” i can attend (since the 31st of March one clashed with my SDN48 Next Encore Concert) so i keep telling myself that i would regret it if i miss this lol.
So, after 7 hours of bus ride from Nagoya to Tokyo (im completely OK though since i slept all the way til morning xD), i dropped by my hotel to drop off my luggage and stuffs. Then i went straight to Tokyo Dome City Laqua for the venue. Since i arrived in Tokyo early morning, i also reached the venue quite early…no one else was there, and i had to wait a while before the staff comes to prepare the stage lol Here is how the stage looks like.
Tokyo Dome Laqua City
Laqua City Stage
Yes it is rather small, but i dont mind. Smaller stages means you can see them more up close lol. So i went for breakfast and then came back to the area around 10am plus, when the crowd starts to gather. Around 1030am, the passpo members appears on the stage for Rehearsal xD
The live is free of charge, all you need to do is the show the event ticket which is included inside their latest single, and you can change that for lottery ticket. The lottery ticket is just a number, random number.
The live starts at 12pm sharp. I see the weather not looking good, can see dark sky ..in my mind, i keep hoping they wont cancel the live even though is raining…lol…because their 17th of March concert was cancelled because of rain :O Luckily that’s not the case this time
So here is the setlist for the concert
Passpo Live 18-03-2012 Setlist:
1. With XXX
3. Let it Go
4. Shoujo Hikou
5. Vivi Natsu
6. Kimi wa Boku wo Suki ni Naru
7. Rock Da Week
8. Street Fighter
9. La La La ~ Love Train
10. Material Girl
12. Sakura Iro
Candicates Performances :
13. Go on Highway
14. Natsuzora Dash
Man totally awesome setlist…finally saw live performances 3 of my favorite songs…”Let it Go”, “La La La Love Train” and “Natsuzora Dash” Im starting to like Material girl as well, its damn high during the live xD
Most the fans is quite high also ,jumping througout the concert. Also near the end of the live, it was raining. But most of us stayed til the end xD Because of that they had to rush the handshake event also, so luckily when the queue formed i just went straight in so i didnt have to wait so long for the handshake.
Anyways, the handshake is only for the new Passpo member audition batches…not the actual passpo members themself. Some of them is REALLY cute, misamisa is cute also lol. The rest i dont really know haha. But some of them also cried througout the handshake event lol.
The Handshake Event
Left shortly after that as the rain is getting heavier…preparing for my next day: J-POP GIRLS SPRING LIVE 2012 at Yokohama Blitz… Passpo will be appearing there as well ^^
In the afternoon, me and my friend went to the J-POP GIRLS SPRING LIVE 2012 at Yokohama Blitz. We bought the ticket 2nd hand for 4500 yen (original price is 6000 yen. We reached there around 6pm and still plenty of much time to kill before the concert starts…so we proceed to the “Taito Station” next door. There’s plenty of arcades, crane games, and other/all kind of games here. Interesting!
Anyways, enough of those “off topic” pictures Nearing 7pm, we went back to Yokohama Blitz to queue there. To our surprise…the queue is almost like nothing lol…and once we inside the venue is not even full house!
But it’s all good for us…even though our ticket number is A 331+, we still managed to stand at the corner, around 4th-5th row. Still very close to the main stage!!
Anyways….to be frankly, i really dont care about the other artist that performed in this concert…i only go because of one thing only….Passpo…the rest is just a bonus!! But too bad they sing 5 songs only, was expecting for more…guess it’s only normal since it is a joint concert lol…but since i managed to see them so close (even closer than yesterday lol)…. i have no complaints!!
Here is the setlist for the Passpo performances!
Passpo @ J-POP GIRLS SPRING LIVE 2012 in YOKOHAMA Blitz Setlist:
2. Kimi wa Boku wo Suki ni Naru
3. Pretty Lie
4. Street Fighter
5. La La La ~ Love Train
Other performers including E-girls, Alice juban, jasmine, May J and some other i forgot the name. E-girls really impressed me with their dancing skills. And i finally get to see Happiness (part of the e-girls line up) and they’re singing their single “Friends”. It;s been almost a year since i saw their PV and i remember back then i am totally hooked by it….so im really happy to see them here!!
The other performers (dream, etc etc) i dont really know much of their songs so cant really comment….and Alice Juban performed 2 songs only. Anyways, the concert is quite long (around 3 or 4 hours) and i left around 11pm because i rushing back to go back to my hotel….and that’s the end of it lol.
There is no more events in their event calendar until next week, so let’s fast forward to that !
The passpo photobook launch event is held at Shosen Bookstore, near Akihabara Metro Station. At first i dunno where the event would be held; since the place has 10 storeys….lol…so i ask the cashier about it, and they told me that it will be held at the 9th Floor.
Sooooo it comes….the “fateful” encounter. LOL. Around 230pm, i was walking towards the lift, since going to 9th floor with escalator gonna take a while…..and thats when i saw a girl and a guy from behind…the girl looks familar…on closer looks…OMG its MioMio from passpo LOL!!! Theres another guy with her, i suppose is a staff members. In the end i didnt talk anything to them because im nervous lol…MioMio glanced at me though, smiled, then continue focus back onto her phone lol. They took the lift, then stop at the 10th floor, which i think is for staff only…..and that’s about it LOL. Yes, it is rather short i know, but what do you expect ?
Anyways, continue on…..so i went ahead to the cashier to buy the photoobok, and i got the event ticket, yay :3
The event ticket ^^
The guy told me the event wont begin til 430pm plus, so i went down again to look around…who knows ill bump into other passpo members…but no luck this time . So i decided to have a late lunch at Macdonalds nearby.
Around 430pm i went upstairs, they started calling numbers. I realize the handshake and the group photo session is separate, so at first you go handshake with them first, then they give you the photobook, and bonus photo. The photo session is later at 6pm.
I like passpo but i dont know much about the other members except for MioMio, Annya, Natsumi, Makoto and Aipon. So i dont really say much to them except that i come from overseas. And Morishi, Annnya and Natsumi reaction is the best…Especially Morishi…she went to tell the other members that i came from Indonesia LOL!! In the end the rest of the members all recognizes me as the “guy who come from Indonesia” lol….i guess they really happy that there are fans from overseas coming over xD
The Photobook and bonus pictures
Afterwards i need to wait again until 6pm for the group photo session. For the group photo session, there is no number. You just form a queue and go in. To my surprise, you can actually use DSLR and i saw alot people preparing their DSLR and FLASH unit lol. But i dont really care and use my trusty Lumix LX3. I lazy to bring out my dslr anyways. xD Below is the result of the group shot…sorry, censored !! xD
Passpo Group Shoot
Afterwards i just went back to the hotel and rest. When i browse through the photobook, then i realize the last page of the photobook got Random passpo member signature xD Since i bought 2 photobook, i got 2 diff member signature; Annya and Aipon.
Annya Signature xD
So yeah, what an awesome day it was….from my encounter with MioMio at the lift…to the handshake event….the group photo event…and then i found out that i’ve gotten Annya signature xD
That’s all for today though….but it didnt take long before i see them again…:3 Fast forward to 2 days later…
So i went to this place at Saitama for this event called “Share The Blood”, and Passpo is the special guest for this charity event. Else why do you think i went for this event? Lol….Although you dont actually need to “donate” blood in order to see them…just come and collect your FREE ticket. Yes, another FREE event, yatta~
Ticket for the event…mine is on the 8th row haha
Passpo is the special judge for this event. They went to judge the school kids performance, and each one of them has to give critics and stuffs towards the performers. They also performed 4 songs during the mini live, which followed with a High Touch !! xD
Inside the hall for the event….not bad lol
Here is the songlist for the Mini Live
Passpo mini live @ Toda culture hall 27th March 2012 setlist
1. Shoujou hikou
2. Lalala ~ Love Train
4. Material Girl
After the concert, all the members waited outside for the high touch event…although the security for this one is abit non existent…..you can basically go back and re-queue again for another high touch…lol (i didnt bother to do it though xD). So yeah, Mini Live and a free high touch….not bad for a free event !
So…next one will be my last encounter with them…:(
So i’ve gotten a last minute ticket for the SDN48 Next Encore Concert. That means i was unable to attend the Nakano Sun Plaza concert on the 31st of March because of the timing. But that doesnt mean i still can’t go see them! Because they have a FREE rehearsal at Nakano Sun Plaza from 12 to 1pm that day.
To start it off…there’s heavy wind throughout the day, and trains breakdown + delays :O….there’s even a typhoon, causing the Yamanote line to delay more than 30 mins…it’s just like something is preventing me to see them LOL. I was on my way to Nakano using the JR line, but in the end i have to switch from Yamanote line to subway line to reach Nakano because the JR line is not moving at all lol….luckily despite all these problems, i STILL managed to reach on time. Hallelujah!!
So i went to see the rehearsal from 12 to 1pm. One thing i noticed during rehearsal, the front block of people most of them are using Camera and DSLR to take pix of the members…it seems that is normal for them to take pictures during Rehearsal…lol.
After that, i went to queue concert goods. They are selling photosets also, but in the end i need to save up money…and bought the Napoleon Passpo Tshirt for 3000 yen, which is the only thing i bought lol.
Passpo Concert Goods
I also got the handshake ticket which i am unable to use because i was rushing for the SDN48 Next Encore concert. Its their graduation concert, which i can’t afford to miss. :/ The next day though, i went to Akihabara to search for Passpo stuffs. In the end i also bought the “Attention Please” Visual Book and the “ぱすぽ☆ 2010年～2011年いろんな事があっていいんでsky” DVD ^^
My Last Minute Passpo Loots ^^
Sadly thats the end of my encounter with Passpo during my 18 days trip in Japan….but i had a great time with them, and i will DEFINITELY see them again if i ever visit Japan next time.^^
Passpo…. thanks for the memories, and see you again next time !!
– BOARDING OFF~~ END OF REPORT