(Note: The link to the online article is for subscribers of the Honolulu Star Advertiser only. My parents have a subscription so I just did a copy and paste…hope that’s okay><;;)
Boy band’s bringing show, show’s bringing business
Two concerts at Ko Olina are generating millions by attracting thousands of tourists from Japan
By Allison Schaefers
The boys are back.
Arashi, a five-member Japanese boy band that announced its formation in 1999 while sailing on a yacht off Honolulu, returns to Oahu this weekend to celebrate its 15th anniversary and play its first concert outside of Asia. Their two concerts at Ko Olina Resort in West Oahu on Friday and Saturday are expected to fill nearly every Oahu hotel and pump about $20.7 million into Hawaii’s economy.
Barbara Saito, vice president of Tom Moffatt Productions, said investor costs alone for the event will top $8 million, greatly surpassing the costs to bring legends like Michael Jackson and the Rolling Stones to Hawaii.
"They have spent more money and invested more in the event and built a larger stage and will be bringing more fan club members than any other act that’s been here," Saito said. "This is very much an Arashi-style show with enough different kinds of technology to create a spectacle. The stage is so big that you can see it from Farrington Highway."
Saito said the concerts’ 15,000 nightly attendance (which will be roughly half Japanese and half North American concertgoers) won’t come close to breaking the 36,000 concert attendance record set by Janet Jackson.
"Close to 15,000 fans from Japan are coming to see them perform. When it comes to Japan, it just doesn’t get any bigger than Arashi," she said.
Title: “Boys on the Run” Genre: Comedy Season: Summer 2012 TV Station: TV Asahi Theme Song: “Aoppana” by Kanjani8 Starring: Ryuhei Maruyama, Airi Taira, Takumi Saito, Tatsuya Ueda, Akina Minami, Eriko Sato, Takanori Jinnai, Seishuu Uragami Date Finished: September 8, 2014 My Personal Reason for Watching: Maru-chan!!(^o^)/
(^^”RUN, MARU-CHAN, RUN~!!”)
Hello again with another drama review! This blog that was dedicated to me writing up drama reviews has slowly become the place where I update with Arashi Hawaii news XD Of course, I will write a concert report for Arashi Blast in Hawaii and will continue with my fashion inspiration posts, reblogs of anything Kanjani8 and Arashi, etc., but I haven’t forgotten about drama reviews:) It’s been about two months since my last review, so let’s get started!
a lot of my tumblr followers and friends are going to Arashi Blast in Hawaii so I propose that we have a fan meet before or after one of the cons!!! =D who agrees? Reply to this post if you’re interested. Would be fun right?
AHHHHHH ARASHI BLAST IN HAWAII!!!!!! I’M GOING!!! DREAM COME TRUE <3 <3 <3 I got Saturday!! It was much easier than I expected lol Congrats to everyone who got tickets!!!(^o^)/ See you all in Hawaii!! I will definitely write up a concert report and upload more info!! After years of trying in Japan, I finally get to see one of my favorite bands in my home state of all places<3 SO EXCITED XD
ARASHI BLAST IN HAWAII (Everything You Need to Know)
All of the information has now been posted on the concert promoter’s Facebook page. Thank you to crazymentogurl for pointing it out!:) Copying and pasting what I found on the page:
"Because of the incredible number of inquiries from overseas, we find it necessary to outline certain facets of the on-sale information for the ARASHI BLAST IN HAWAII concerts. A correction to the on-sale information and further details follows:
TICKET PURCHASES 1. ARASHI BLAST IN HAWAII is a general admission event, with an admission price of $150.00. A youth ticket for students aged 3 years to 15 years is available for $75.00. The age restrictions will be enforced. 2. The sale of tickets is limited to residents of Hawaii, the mainland U.S. and Canada ONLY. 3. Tickets go on sale this Saturday at 9am ONLY through Ticketmaster’s website at www.ticketmaster.com and via phone at 1-800-745-3000. A nominal service charge applies to all transactions. 4. There will be NO outlet sales. 5. Tickets will be sold via Ticketmaster’s Credit Card Entry system – a. Purchasers may purchase up to 4 tickets per person. b. A receipt will be available to customers at the time of purchase, but the receipt is NOT an entry ticket. It is only a receipt to prove purchase. c. The credit card used to make the ticket purchase must be taken to the gate on the night of the show. It will be swiped by a credit card reader, and will print out the entry ticket(s). d. If asked, ticket buyers should be prepared to produce a photo ID. The photo ID does NOT need to be from the U.S. or Canada, it can be any officially obtained ID including driver licenses, student IDs and passports. e. The purchaser, together with their guest, MUST enter the concert together. f. The General Admission area is defined by aisles that will exist in the audience; the map seen on Ticketmaster will have designations by block area. Tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis, but blocks cannot be chosen on the map, they are simply there to show the setup of the aisle ways.
PARKING 6. Limited event parking will be available at Ko Olina Resort from 3:30pm on both show days. Attendees are highly encouraged to carpool with other concert-goers they know. 7. Event parking is limited to ticket holders only. If you plan on purchasing your tickets at the gate on the days of shows (assuming any remain on those days), you will need to purchase your tickets from the event box office, located nearby, prior to parking. 8. Tailgating is prohibited.
PROHIBITED ITEMS 9. Seats will be provided to ticket holders; no lawn chairs, backrests, blankets, cushions or the like should be necessary. 10. ARASHI BLAST IN HAWAII is an alcohol-free event. No bottles, cans, coolers, backpacks, or outside food and beverages of any kind will be allowed. 11. Cameras, video cameras and other recording devices are strictly prohibited; mobile phones are OK. 12. Laser pointers and pens are strictly prohibited. 13. Signage of any kind is prohibited so that all concert-goers can enjoy the view. 14. In order to expedite entry to the concerts, ticket buys are strongly encouraged not to bring any of the above items to the gate; they will have to return items to their vehicle, which means lining up again when they return from storing such items.
MISCELLANEOUS 15. Food and beverage will be available for purchase in the event area. 16. Merchandise will be available for purchase at the event. 17. Credit cards will be accepted, and cash machines will be provided, within the event area.”
More followers after releasing all the Arashi Blast in Hawaii info:D Thank you!! I’ll try to release up-to-date info here as much as I can!>< I haven’t been on tumblr that much in the past year, but going to 10祭 and anticipating Arashi coming to my home state has made me get back to blogging:) Thank you to my new followers:
I’ve received a few questions about Arashi Blast in Hawaii so if you have any questions, feel free to ask and I’ll do my best to answer (even though I’m no expert and all the info I get is from twitter or the local Japanese radio station)(*^^*) Good luck to everyone who plans to buy tickets!!
Arashi Blast in Hawaii (No Hawaii State ID required!)
So the tickets will be sold to US and Canadian citizens as well!!(^o^)/ I guess they’re doing this to prevent Japanese fans on going on their own (like the tweet says, they want it to be fan club only in regards to Japanese fans)
I do have a question about the time they’re selling the tickets. The press release said 9 AM but ticketmaster says 10 AM…does this mean Blaisdell box office will start selling tickets an hour before they release it to non-Hawaii residents? Does this mean I have to drive to Honolulu at 9 AM instead of relying on ticketmaster like I normally do? I can’t wait for Saturday:)
Wow, thank you to all my new followers (after the 10祭 report, I got an influx of followers)!!
WOW Thank you all so much!!! I really appreciate it XD I’m going to follow all of the arashics and eighters:) I usually re-follow anyone who follows me (if we have similar interests like johnny’s, japan, jdramas, etc.) but the only time I didn’t was when I did the giveaway. If I didn’t, please let me know, and I’ll follow you back:)
Where and When Will They Sell Tickets? Ticketmaster.com or Blaisdell Center Box office (they will also sell them at local Wal-Marts apparently, but probably only the one in Honolulu? Still not sure about that) They start selling tickets on August 23 (Saturday) at 9:00 AM You can buy up to four tickets.
I read somewhere a state ID is necessary but they did not clarify that.
It’s 1:30 in the morning here in Tokyo, Japan, but I thought I would write up a concert report while everything is still fresh in my mind. I’ve never written a concert report before so I don’t know if there’s any format I should follow. I did make a video report on 8sai when I went two years ago, so I’m just going to do what I did then: report everything I remember including highlights, skits, and songs. Here it goes:
I went to the 10sai performance on August 9, 2014 at Ajinomoto Stadium in Tokyo. A typhoon was supposed to hit during the concert (and throughout the weekend), so we were all prepared for the worst. However, it didn’t rain a single drop throughout the whole three-hour show. That’s probably what I was most thankful for, honestly.
The concert started at 5:30 PM. I was in arena seating right in the middle so we could see the stage but couldn’t really see their faces that well, so we relied on those huge screens on the stage. The concert starts off with a video of a typical Japanese matsuri (festival). We see each member doing something you would do at a festival. Off the top of my head, I remember Okura buying Yakisoba, Hina making takoyaki, Yasu playing those fish games where you try to catch them with the net, Maru buying a mask, Subaru sleeping, etc. Then, all of them see fireworks and start to walk together towards the screen down the matsuri path. That’s when the intro to “Naniwa Iroha Bushi” starts playing and they all enter the stage on floats with lanterns in their respective colors.
After “Naniwa,” they go into “Zukkoke Otokomichi” and that’s when they all board floats that go around the stadium. I couldn’t really see them since I was right in the middle, but again, I relied on the screens. There was also a water mister that was attached to the float so they would shoot water at the crowds. They moved to the back of the stadium where they had another stage waiting. Then, they performed “Musekinin Hero.” They got back on the floats while performing “Monjai Beat” and returned to the stage to perform “King of Otoko.”
After “King of Otoko,” they say their greetings. I remember Hina saying they were thankful that it wasn’t raining and Yasu said that he wanted to meet us, etc.
Then, they said how they were thankful for Johnny’s jimusho that they would perform a special Johnny’s medley. This was so much fun to see especially if you’re familiar with other johnny’s artists and songs. The songs they performed were: Omatsuri Ninja (Subaru, Hina, and Yoko), Sushi Kuinee (Maru, Yasu, Ryo, Okura), SHE! HER! HER! (Maru, Yasu, Ryo, Okura), Kamen Butoukai (Subaru, Hina, and Yoko), Garasu no Shounen (Maru and Yasu. My relative is a big Kinki Kids’ fan so she really enjoyed this performance haha), Real Face (Hina. It was hilarious when he did Koki’s rap and tried to imitate Kame’s wink), Seishun Amigo (Ryo and Okura…oh, Torn), Original Smile (everyone), weeeek (everyone), Venus (everyone), Ai Kakumei (Maru. I just know this as the song Takki always performs at the Johnny’s countdown only Maru didn’t fly around the stage. He did pre-record the spoken part and had a wig on like Takki’s hairstyle lol), Andalucia (everyone), A.RA.SHI (everyone wearing those sheer jumpsuits that Arashi wore during their debut. It was hilarious. I think I laughed to the point of crying when watching Hina try to do the sakurap LOL), and Ee jyanai ka (everyone). They, then, went into “Takoyaki in my heart”, which is such a fun song live since you just jump around screaming Osaka and pretty much the whole opening in general was just so exciting XD Then, they did another “SHE! HER! HER!” at the end of Takoyaki.
After the medley, while they changed, a clip (trailer?) of Eight Ranger 2 started to play on the screens. I haven’t seen the movie yet, so I’m not sure what it was supposed to be. However, it was building up to the next event which was obviously the Eight Ranger skit. They performed the Eight Ranger theme before going into the skit.
I’ll try my best to describe the skit: Basically, it was about how Black had a confession he wanted to tell everyone but Nasu went to the bathroom while he was talking. Black told everyone else that he liked someone and that he wanted to use this “cupid’s arrow” to get her to like him back. He accidentally shot the arrow and, then, it hit Nasu. Nasu then suddenly falls in love with Black. The other ask him “what do you like about Black?” and the screen shows a scene with Yoko in drag and another scene showing his “cool side” beating up a bunch of gangsters.
The next scene, we see Red who notices that the girl who Black likes is being attacked by someone in a bee costume. Red uses the cupid’s arrow to hurt the attacker. Then, we find out that the person in the bee costume is Yellow. Yellow is in love with Red now. Red confronts the group and tells them what happened. They all ask Yellow, “what do you like about Red?” and the screen shows Red lifting up his arms showing his hairy arm pits and the next screen shows Red cleaning out his ears with two Q-tips and how Yellow says he likes Red’s face when he cleans out his ears. While all of them are wondering what they should do, Green comes clean and says he accidentally hit Blue with the arrow.
On the screen, it shows that Green and Blue were going to find a four leaf clover. Once they found the clover, the arrow was placed right in front of it. Green threw the arrow behind him not realizing it hit Blue, who is now in love with him. Then, all of them ask, “what do you like about Green?” The screen shows half-naked Green. Then, half-naked Green biting onto a bathrobe he starts to put on and Blue says he likes how he uses a bathrobe, not a towel. Then, we see various pictures of Green (probably just Okura lol) sleeping and Blue says he likes Green’s sleeping face. Then, the screen shows Blue’s favorite picture of Green which is Green with the vegetable Okra (Okura and Okra picture). Orange, then, complains that he’s the only one that’s not in a couple. Basically, everyone starts fighting and the members who are in love with other members start defending the members they love and Orange is caught in the middle (and with his free time, he uses it to do impressions).
Orange remembers that there’s a magical cure (like fairy dust?) and he goes on a journey to find it. So we see Orange on the screen going to find the cure while everyone else is on stage, circling each other with knives. Once Orange comes back with the magical cure, he is caught in the middle of the knife fight and everyone accidentally stabs him. He spreads the magical fairy dust on himself and is cured. Then, they use it on the people who are in love with the other members. We find that Nasu is repulsed by the fact that they would even ask if he likes Black. Yellow says he finds Red cool, but as a member of their group, not that he likes him that way. Then, we find that Blue actually is really in love with Green. He planted a fake cupid’s arrow near the four-leaf clover just as an excuse to be infatuated with Green. Blue then hugs Green who immediately pushes him away (this action however got a favorable response from the crowd though lol). Then, they segue into playing "ER 2".
While Subaru, Hina, and Yoko change, the other four promote their respective projects coming up (Yasu’s play, Okura’s 24 hour drama, Ryo’s new drama, etc.). Then, they switch, and Subaru, Hina, and Yoko talk. Subaru promotes that he’s doing well haha. Then, they all go into band mode. It’s a more relaxed band this time since everyone is still sitting and Ryo and Yasu have acoustic guitars. They all play the song that Ryo wrote for Maru from their Hohoemi Date batsu game. Then, they all play the song Yasu wrote for a batsu game last year and everyone wrote one line (I’m not sure, since I didn’t get to see that yet). After that song, they play “Omoidama.”
Then, they go into the “Hachi Fes” corner, imitating “Arafes.” The characters on the screen look just like the Arafes characters when they did the rankings. The animation was adorable:) First, they did album song rankings. The top 8 were: 8. “tte!!!” 7. Rolling Coaster 6. Ichibyou Kiss 5. Doribura 4. Eden 3. Juu nen ato no kyou no hi mo 2. All is well 1. Buryure (ブリュレ) (which they performed live).
Then, they went into single rankings: 8. Tsubasa ni Koi, 7. Ai Deshita, 6. ER, 5. It’s My Soul, 4. Mugendai, 3. LIFE, 2. Yellow Pansy Street (which they performed), and 1. Osaka Romanesque.
Next was coupling song rankings: 8. Eightopop!!!, 7. Aoi Shashin, 6. Bansou, 5.Fuseiyou Ribit (浮世踊リビト), 4. I to U (Yoko says he likes this song), 3. BJ, 2. Cool Magic City, 1. Heavenly Psycho (which they perform).
Then, the next part was also one of my favorite parts of the show: the Solo/Unit Shuffle! They dressed up in the same costumes and learned the dances of their fellow members. Ryo and Subaru sang “Kicyu” (Ryo as the Yoko part and Subaru as the Yasu part), Yoko and Hina sang “Torn” (Yoko as the Ryo part and Hina as the Okura part), Maru sang “Watashi Kagami,” and Yasu and Okura sang “Pan Panda” (which was so adorable and I was hoping that was one of the unit songs and sure enough it was!!). Then, Hina came on stage as Babun Man and sang the theme song. Then, everyone came out wearing the Babun Man costume and it was hilarious. Usually the crowd yells “Shingo!” during the Babun Man segment, but since everyone was dressed as Babun Man, the crowd yelled “Eito!” instead.
Then, they had another costume change into yukatas, this time, fitting with the matsuri theme. They sang “Junjyou Koi Hanabi” and towards the end of the song, fireworks started to go off, which was beautiful. It really felt like a festival at that point. They even had the audience do the wave.
After the song, everyone said their thank you’s. Yoko got really emotional and started to cry. He couldn’t say anything at first because he was crying so much. I really liked Okura’s speech when he thanked each member, saying that he wouldn’t be who he is today without their help (he wouldn’t be able to talk on variety shows without Hina and Yoko or he couldn’t sing without the help of Subaru, etc.). They are all thankful of the staff that’s been with them since the beginning and, of course, all of the Eighters who supported them for ten years. They ended with "Osaka Romanesque.”
They had one encore where they got back on the floats and performed “It’s My Soul” and “Aoppana.” Then, they returned to the stage, introduced the band and the back-up dancers, and, then, end their concert with what they do every time: hold each others’ hands (while the audience does the same) and bow.
Overall, it was a great experience. I’ve been to 8sai and 8EST at Tokyo Dome, but out of the three, this probably has been my favorite. From the beginning where we were all excited and full of energy to the end where we were emotional, it was a beautiful event that I was thankful to be a part of. Thank you, Kanjani8 for a wonderful concert. Forever Eighter❤
If you got to the end, thank you for reading!!(^o^)/
EDIT: There was a camera flying over the arena seating throughout the whole concert so I’m pretty positive they were filming footage for a DVD:)