April 2018 Thailand TIF Trip 26th – 29th April

Posted: May 20, 2018 by InfinityZer0 in Japan!!

I went to Bangkok for the 2nd time in the span of 3 months to visit another big event in bangkok—-an idol event—— …. yep. “TOKYO IDOL FESTIVAL” event…in Bangkok !! Seems like Bangkok has too many idol events these days, even TIF Started to jump ship and opened opportunity to do an event in Bangkok, Thailand lol. ๐Ÿ˜€

One of the few first names who came up in the line up is Maneki Kecak and i immidiately got “sold” and quickly booked my trips short afterwards. However, since this is the first TIF in bangkok, in the end the FINAL line up results ended up being only around 10 idols groups, and since the event is merged together with “Bangkok Comic Con” (So TIF is just another section in Bangkok Comic Con), the performance is only around 3-4 hours per day, and the buppan time also not that too long either.

Final Timetable fopr TIF2018 in BANGKOK Thailand

When they announced the final line up and timetables a few weeks before the event, i must admit i was quite dissapointed with the result, with only Maneki Kecak and Task Have Fun being the idol groups that i really interested in, but since at the last minute i planned ANOTHER Japan (budget) Trip, this actually works out fine for me, like…a blessing in disguise? Lol ๐Ÿ˜€ Like this, i didnt spend too much money in thailand since i only focused on 2 groups, and managed to save some of the money for my Japan Trip which happens basically just 1-2 days after my bangkok trip lol. I will explain why though. ๐Ÿ˜›

So, Maneki Kecak Reona, has a birthday live on the 5th of May 2018 at Akasaka Blitz, Tokyo. The Bangkok TIF event is held a week before that, so i heard from the bangkok side of Maneki Fans that they are planning to do a birthday surprise for her during the event (getting a birthday cake, birthday tshirts, etc etc and all). While i didnt manage to get my hands on the Maneki / Reonyan Birthday Live tickets until last minute (thanks to my friend in japan “Ajunx” who helped me buy the ticket), the Bangkok Event is pretty much straight forward, you only need to visit the event.

So thats partly the reason why i decided to go BOTH events, and do a “2-country-back-to-back-Visits” of Bangkok and Japan in the same time. It’s pretty crazy i know ! Another reason is probably that Airasia has launched a new direct route from Indonesia to Narita for a super cheap price (read my BLOG post earlier about that lol), that my Japan ticket price ended up become more cheaper than my Bangkok Ticket price lol…what a funny world we live in. ๐Ÿ˜›

Also, i become too damn addicted to “WACK” lately — especially BiS and Gang Parade to the point that i really want to see their live, and there’s no way WACK group is going to be invited overseas (very rare case anyway), so i figured out the only way for me too see them is to see them in Japan. Just lucky when i scouted the date early May 2018, both BiS and Gang Parade has events during my stay in Japan…this is also prompted me to book the Japan Trip last minute. I mean, i probably won’t go for this year TIF now in Japan this August, because i usually only budgetted only 1x Japan Trip per year these days. So yeah, it would be probably until next year (or at least the end of the year lol) before i can go Japan again.

Well, enough of that (and Japan trip, that should be an update for another time), the story getting too long, so let’s get started with the Thailand Trip write ups first !! I might forgot a thing or two though, because it happened around 3 weeks ago already and i’ve been busy (or simply lazy to write an update about it lol) so here we go !.

26th April 2018 – “Day 0”

Today is actually my free day in Bangkok. Checked in to my hostel etc etc, and at first i planned out to wait Maneki Kecak at the airport (“IF” they havent arrive already)…However, Maneki decided to go to thailand a little bit too early, they arrived in Tuesday (around the 24th of April 2018) just a few days before my arrival sooo…totally missed on that one haha. So yep, today is only chill and meet my other Indonesian friends who also arrived in Bangkok to stay in the same hostel as me.

Checked in at the “Lub D Siam” Hostel in Bangkok

I also went to scout the Mall / Venue of the event at Siam Paragorn just for research purpose as its my first time at that mall, also dinner together with the boys, But besides that, there’s nothing much really haha (or maybe i just forgot all about it for this date lol). so that’s about it for Day 0 !!

Picture with my friend outside the Bangkok Comic Con / Bangkok TIF2018 Giant Banner

27th April 2018 – Bangkok TIF2018 Day 1

So the first day of Bangkok Comic Con / Bangkok TIF2018 ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜› !! As you can see, Maneki Kecak is the first performer for today, and also, every day in this event there’s a 48G group which performs at the very last time slot. My bangkok friend informed me that i should be there earlier before the “48G” fans arrive, stand by before the mall opens at 10:00AM, and stand by to rush upstairs in order to get decent spot early for the live lol. Me and my friend ended up reaching the mall too early at around 9am in the morning, with nothing to do outside the mall other than walking and see other fans who also waiting at the same time as us haha.

Around 30 minutes before the Mall open, me and my friend found a way to get in to the mall earlier by saying that we want to watch “The Avengers Infinity War” at the Mall Cinema who has an early morning screening that day. By doing that we can access the top floor of the mall from one of the entrance located near the parking lot. After some tries to try to convince the security that we wanted to go watch “Avengers” instead of for Bangkok TIF (lol), we passed the security and go up to the top floor to wait in front of the venue (Siam Paragon Royal Hall) to wait for the event to start.

However, Thailand being Thailand (i totally forgot this is not Japan), the entrance delayed by around 1 hour, and the live performance also delayed by around 30 mins. Geez. Totally screwed up timing. Thankfully this is only for the 1st day and didnt repeat it self the next following days.

Waiting for Door to open

After the gate opens, i rushed to get inside the stage of the TIF2018 area of Bangkok Comic Con, its located at the very end corner of the venue. When i reach there i can get quite close to the stage, but later i realized that most of the maneki fans often made a circle at the back areas to run around, so i decided to joined them too instead of being in the front areas. ๐Ÿ˜€ Yep..it made me wonder why i decided to go inside earlier in the first place LOL. But its for the “excitement” i guess Hahahaha. ๐Ÿ˜›

So after waiting and delays, finally Maneki Kecak arrived on the stage to perform first for the first performane of TOKYO IDOL FESTIVAL 2018 in BANGKOK COMIC CON

Maneki Fans are wild and i love it

Maneki Kecak Day 1 Bangkok TIF2018:
1. Joudan Ja Nai Ne
2. Kimi no Todoke
3. Monster to Kecak
4. Atashi no nokori zenbu Ageru
5. Kimiwazurai

So they started the setlist with “Joudan Ja Nai Ne” and we immidiately gone crazy haha. Worth all the waiting early today for this !! I’ve gone back to the back areas to join with the others Maneki “pinchikes” to do the circle, runs, or whatever you call it that most pinchikes do these days (if theres a word for it LOL), but i must say its pretty damn fun. They also sing the new single “Atashi no nokori zenbu Ageru” which is good because it’s the first time i’ve seen the live performance of that song, so it’s all cool ๐Ÿ˜€ They ended up the performance with their signature song “Kimiwazurai”.

After that; next group, which is too bad because i have to rush to their buppan for chekis and stuff. So i totally skipped the other performances today after Maneki Kecak lol (only see for a while here and there, but nothing much) ๐Ÿ˜›

Maneki Buppan in Bangkok This time round…same price as last time!

For those wondering about the pic above, the “Homework” means that they will write alot on your 2shot chekis/polaroid, and it requires them alot of time to do that, so they will bring the cheki back home to prepare write stuffs for you, and you can only collect it during the next event ! This means that its suited more for Japanese people who can go to their events regularly…if you can only see them few times, the 300/500baht cheki is more recommended.

At the buppan i only buy 1 cheki as the line up for reonyan cheki is too long as always and her first cheki is always the first one to be sold out. Not to mention that you can only buy 1 cheki at a time, so during my japan trip i only buy 2 cheki with her (one for each day) but i guess that is more than enough for me haha. I also want to try to give her my birthday present today but i totally forgot lol so i decided to give the present to her on the 2nd day tomorrow ๐Ÿ˜€

2shot Cheki with Manekis Reonyan during the 1st day

During the cheki, i told her about the present i made for her, i made her a “custom photobook” with a pictures i took myself during the last “Thai Japan Expo” event in January 2018 earlier this year. She looks very happy about it, and i asked her to pose with and look surprised but the Camera staff for Maneki is kinda “trigger happy” and always SNAPS you before you are ready lol. This happens not only to me, but to most of the japanese fans as well. I guess you can only do normal2 pose with them this time, which is kinda sucked, compared to last time in Thai Japan Expo which you get more time to pose with them. Anyways, since i already take plenty of cheki with reonyan in the past, i couldnt care less about the result i just want to talk to her and stuffs LOL.

I also took a cheki with Chiai since she went hiatus last month and only managed to do a come back recently…so i felt like i should take a picture with her also. ๐Ÿ˜€

2shot Cheki with Manekis Chiai during the 1st day

Back at the stage, Akishibu Project are still performing, so that means i totally missed on Lovely Doll performance while im at the buppan haha. After that followed by a performance from Papirosier, Milcs Honmono and Necopla”.

Soon after that, its time for 48G to perform, which totally signalled me to head to the EXIT as the crowd become more and more crazy– too many people inside its hard to breathe so i decided to go outside. I’m not a 48 fan anymore nowadays so that’s nothing to miss about lol. Now that all the Bangkok TIF2018 segment all totally done today i decided to go back to the hostel to rest. My hostel is around 10 minutes walk from the venue, so that is an easy decision for me instead of just roaming around in the venue with nothing to do, and also we dropped by to eat late lunch as well before heading back to the hostel.

After some rest and stuffs (around 2 hours), we went back to the venue at around 5:30pm in the afternoon just to look around and stuffs.

After short rest at the hostel, back to the venue to explore Bangkok Comic Con

When we reached back there to explore the “Bangkok Comic Con” section, there wasn’t many people around, i guess people dont really care about the comic on and most of the crowd only comes for Bangkok TIF2018 Lol ๐Ÿ˜€ After some walking around at the venue, i spent like only 30 minutes inside before i figured out there’s nothing much there so decided to call it a day for dinner with the boys and rest for the 2nd day. Later that day, one of my Malaysian friend also arrived late to thailand and stayed in the same hostel as me also, so we had a fun talk at our hostel room until late night Lol.

Midnight chat with friends and preparation for the 2nd day tomorrow

END Of Day 1 Bangkok TIF2018 !

28th April 2018 – Bangkok TIF2018 Day 2

Today, i decided to chill more and didnt care about getting inside the venue too early like yesterday, since in the end we’ll be at the back areas with the maneki fans anyways lol. So instead of sneaking our way in, we have a breakfast at the Mcdonalds at the mall downstairs near the entrance, while waiting for the door to open.

McDonalds Pork Porridge for Breakfast

After the door open at 10AM, most of people just rushes in and RUN uptstairs to the top floor LOL. This prompted me to follow the rest to go up, although i didnt run like crazy like other people ๐Ÿ˜€ Thankfully, the crowd today is not as bad as yesterday ! Turns out my friend told me yesterday there are more people because of NGT48 yesterday, and today only JKT48 LOL. ๐Ÿ˜€ Also today the gate opened on time, as there isnt much delays, so thank god.

Event Started on time today!

Skip forward to the Stage area for Bangkok TIF2018 Day 2! ๐Ÿ˜€ Yep, inside the crowd is REALLY way LESSER compared to yesterday…wow…i can literally get into the 3rd row today or closer but in the end i decided to chill. besides, maneki perform abit late today, so it is Task Have Fun, Lovely Doll, and Akishibu Project who performed first for 30 minutes each per time slot.

Not gonna go in details for those idols, but i think its a great setlist. For example, Task sing their trademark song “3WD”, Lovely Doll got sing one of my fave song by them “Calendar Girl” and Akishibu also sing “Manatsu no Serenade” which is one of my fave also. But of course, some of these setlist is kinda expected yeah haha. But it’s still great anyways. Next up after all those 3 groups performed, is Maneki Kecak turns !! ๐Ÿ˜€

Maneki Kecak Bangkok TIF2018 Day 2 :
1. Moso Zakura
2. Kagami no Naka Kara (oeoe oooo..xD)
3. Joudan Ja nai Ne
4. Arikitarina Koto ba de
5. Kimiwazurai

The setlist for today Maneki is just…too.damn.awesome. Started of with Moso Zakura (woooo!!), followed by their new single Kagami no naka kara, then everyone’s favore Joudan Ja nai ne, then also (OH GOD MY FAVE SONG) “Arikitarina Koto ba de !!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ I totally got so high on this, waay much more than Day 1, especially during Joudan Ja Nai Ne on the 2nd day, there are more spaces at the back compared to yesterday because lesser people today. So we have the Freedom to do anything we want lol…It was totally crazy. Joined the usual circle runs and other crazy things… (hopefully i didnt get caught on cam cuz i’m usually “calm” you know xD ๐Ÿ˜› ) And then we still have “Kimiwazurai” to finish thing off. GREAT SHIT

Overall today memories is totally much better compared to yesterday for some reason. The live is more fan. the fans is also more fun. Haha.

After the performance ended, is 48G turns ,and also Maneki buppan time, which means it’s time for me to leave the stage xD Went to rush for the buppan for maneki. Bought another cheki with Reonyan, and like i said before, the cheki staff for Maneki during this event is too damn “trigger happy” and tooo damn fast…i haven’t even prepared my pose and the dude already snapped my picture hahaha. But since i needed to talk more with Reona, i just ignored him. The pose is abit fail, but nevermind, i already take plenty of chekis and i just want to talk to her…didnt bother to retake ๐Ÿ˜›

After the cheki, i gave my birthday gift to reonyan via KanFuruya who is sitting at the back doing nothing lol. KanFuruya actually is quite nice. After i told her about the present for Reona, he immidiatelly accepts it and he told me that he will give it to Reona after the buppan session ended. He even asked me to make sure that i write my name on it so that she knows who i am which is a nice gesture by him ! ๐Ÿ˜€ I told him she should know already since i already told her, besides my name also printed on the photobook i gave her already so yeah…Mission done xD All that’s left is only to wait for the Buppan session to finish for the surprise birthday cake for Reonyan at the end segment. I went out outside to talk with some Japanese and Bangkok Maneki Kecak fans to kill time.

I chatted with this Japanese Reona fan who is pretty well known, i also met him during last year Japan Trip in July 2017. He told me about the Reona birthday live and asked me if im going also, i said yeah. I showed him my tickets for the Akasaka Blitz event, and he told me that my ticket number sucked, and for advice, he told me only around the first 200 people can get the Reona’s cheki, so if i wanted to have cheki after the birthday live show in Japan, i have to be inside early, and for that i need to have a good ticket number to get inside earlier… He later checked his Line Group on his phone to see if he has spare tickets left under 200, and planned to get back to me later about it. Nice gesture by him. For me i really totally dont mind though, even if i only managed to attend her birthday live in Akasaka Blitz, i think it’s more than enough already ๐Ÿ˜›

Anyways, shortly afterwards, the birthday surprise for Reonyan started so i get back inside the buppan area. Some talk and scenes after, the Bangkok side presented reonyan with Flower, Birthday Cake, signed banners, and some other stuffs to her and she looks very happy and moved !! ๐Ÿ˜€

Since Maneki doesnt have any after “meet and greet” or “offkai” events, so this is the last time we see them…too bad ๐Ÿ™ At the end of the segment we also take a group picture together to call it a day.

After the stuff with Maneki Kecak is done, time for “some sidequests” with Task Have Fun! (and also Milcs Honmono). It is a 2-man “Meet and Greet” event starring Task and Milcs after the end of Day 2 Bangkok TIF2018. There’s only 60 tickets of these available but luckily i managed to get my hands one one ๐Ÿ˜€ The event is located around the Siam areas too in Bangkok, so its not too far away. It is an office building, and we need to leave our Passport in the Lobby in order to get a special access card to enter the building, lol.

Upstairs, we queued in and get inside based on our ticket number. Since there’s only 60 tickets already, there wont be too much people so i am quite relaxed with this. Inside, theres only 3 rows of chairs (all occupied by the japanese lol) the rest at the back have to stand lol. Also, taking pix only allowed during Milcs Honmono, and not during Task…oh well haha. First up is Meet and greet with Milcs Honmono

The Meet and greet consist of few segments for around 1 hour each. Some segments includes “Q & A” session, some talking, sing along, some batsu chair game (you know, the one where they play music, and must get the girls to sit down on the chair and the only one who didnt sit in the chair lose? xD) and some other stuffs…I think there might be other things as well, but i almost forgot since i forgot to write stuffs down during this segment haha.

Anyways, the order is like this; Milcs Honmono first, the Task Have Fun (around 1 hour each) then at the end, Task Have Fun & Milcs Honmono together. Didnt have any pix of Task since they dont allow to take pix, so only have some Milcs pictures during this event haha

Milcs Honmomo members seems quite fun during the meet and greet, but i feel Task Have Fun members segment is more fun,and they also looks more funny when handling the answers lol. In this we know all the girls is kinda “Baka” haha like for example, Fuuka asked to wrote the lyrics for the coupling song of the new single on the board, but she wrote the lyrics wrongly (because need to write in romanji). Then Natsuki tried to correct it, but she was wrong also LOL. (forgot if its the correct order…could be Natsuki first and then Fuuka lol) but anyways both of them had to be corrected few times by the japanese fan haha.

Oh, almost forgot, there’s also janken mini game with the fans to win some personal goods by the members, which of course, i LOST all of them cuz my janken skills SUCKED lol…:P Also some “guess the drawing game” during Task Have fun segment…haha. Here’s the epic drawing by Task’s Natsuki during the drawing segment xD

After some fun stuffs around 2 hours, each groups have their buppan time. Task Have Fun Cheki is wearing their “casual” outfit which is quite nice and rare (usually in Japan the chekis usually wearing their single outfits and such). The buppan for Task also got more people than Milcs i think…anyways here is my cheki with both Fuuka and Natsuki (didnt take with kyouka LOL)

Chekis with Task Have fun Natsuki and Fuuka

After the task buppan, i went to the Milcs area, and seems like after their buppan finished, they still continue on to have their own little segment lol. Some “extra time” segment such as free photography session, you can take pix of them for free during these segment.

Also some added some added “Janken” segment and some other things i forgot…my friend managed to record a video message by one of the milcs members for free (normally i think you need to pay around 500 baht or 1000 baht haha!)

By the time Milcs finished all their “extra time” stuffs at the venue, Task Have Fun buppan is still going on (lol) so they (Milcs members) decided to leave first. After Milcs leave the venue, me and my friends decided to leave also because we have no more tickets for Task Have fun…so we decided to call it a day, and go back to our hostel and rest haha.

That’s about it for Day 2…Today is really fun and packed compared to Day 1 yesterday. I finally wrapped up my mission with Maneki Kecak today, gave Reonyan her birthday present, some chat with her, then also the Maneki Birthday surprise at the end of the buppan…and also after that, the Task Have Fun & Milcs Honmono meet and greet ๐Ÿ˜€ Overall, it’s very fun day, and today is the day that makes this Bangkok Trip totally worth it imo…

And with that in mind, lets continue to Day 3 Recaps, although for Day 3 i didnt have much spirit left compared to Day2 , because there’s no more Maneki tomorrow ๐Ÿ™

29th April 2018 – Bangkok TIF2018 Day 3

Today is the last day of Bangkok TIF 2018. No more priorities for today, maybe see Task Have Fun performance, and that’s it. I even forgot what time i reached the venue today, but i remember i got separated from my friends so i went inside the venue alone today (even though we met up again later inside the venue by accident LOL).

Day 3 Crowd @ Bangkok TIF…Many people :/ More than Yesterday

Today the crowd is abit crazy….because of BNK48 and also i think because it is Sunday…many families here lol. The stage area is totally crowded, i didnt even bother to get in front. I just casually watched the performance one by one, from the left side of the stage. There are some spaces on the far left corner of the stage thankfully, which where i stayed for the day for the entire 3 hours performance…but like i said before…Not so much mood because there is no Maneki Kecak haha :/

Believe it or not but i got nothing much to write for today. I only got high during Task Have Fun performance which they performed just before BNK48 lol. But other than that, nothing much to say. After the performance ended, we skipped BNK48 and went outside. I went to the buppan area to meet one of my thailand friend to settle some stuffs which i didnt get to finish yesterday…while also peeking the Task Have Fun buppan lol (even though i didnt buy anything today :P) After that done, i waited until Task Have Fun buppan finishes, and also Papirosier, before i went back to the Bangkok Comic Con area nearby the TIF booth, where Milcs Honmono holding their own buppan there.

Their buppan they still need to sell some “leftover” stuffs before they go back to japan, so they stayed on and keep “fishing” people to buy some of their stuffs there lol…some of the Japanese fans is just standing by there, but they let the thailand fans to buy some of the leftovers, and also in order to give them space and “fish-and-bait” from the milcs members which is funny to see…(of course, im pretty sure all these japs can easily buy all the leftovers in one go if they wanted to xD), but they want to make things fun, so they waited and waited until the thai fans settled all their stuffs xD Since i have nothing else to do, i waited there until the Milcs member finishes their buppan also, and decided to call it a day.

It’s only around 4pm. But the event is already over in my book. So i immidiately went back to the hostel to rest (thank god hostel is near!) some of my friends want to walk around in bangkok somemore, and some i forgot do what stuff, all i can remember we only meet up again at night to take one final group picture together (most of the overseas fans) before we call it a day for the trip. Some of my friends also went to Maidreaming Maid Cafe at MBK (which basically just opposite my hostel lol) but im already too tired and no mood already anyways…Besides… i got much bigger things to prepare…my JAPAN TRIP next !! So all my focus totally goes for that, which explain why i have not much mood today xD

After taking group pix, went back to the hostel and hang out at one of my friends room for some more chat and stuffs ๐Ÿ˜€ Besides, it’s the last night of the bangkok trip for me. My flight is the next day and i have to be in the airport around 6am to be safe…so i didnt get to sleep at all. Later on, all my friends fell asleep, and im the only one awake lol…at around 4am i have to wake up some of them because in the end we decided to shared taxi to go to the airport together. Some of us are leaving today, but all in different time (got one in the afternoon, etc etc, but the one from indonesia is all in the morning)

So yeah. That should be that for this Thailand update. Boarded my plane safely, back to Jakarta, for a few days rest before continuing my trip to Japan on the 2nd of May 2018…for that, please stay tune for the next update, because this write up is getting too long already haha. Im pretty sure there are more stuffs i missed in this, but whatever, these all i can remember for now…i guess that’s what you get if you doing these updates 3 weeks AFTER the actual trip xD

If you’re reading until this part, thanks for reading my boring crap as usual. ๐Ÿ˜€ I actually spend 4 hours writing this update, believe it or not, but doing recaps and updates like this actually takes plenty of time (which explained why im so lazy to do the update, just needed some “free time” to do it) xD So until my next update!!

-END OF POST– and -TO BE CONTINUED for Japan May 2018 part !!!–

Wack Museum Visit – HMV Shibuya (May 2018)

Posted: May 13, 2018 by InfinityZer0 in Japan!!

Wack Museum
Location: Shibuya HMV, Tokyo, Japan.

During my Japan Trip last week, i visited the “WACK MUSEUM” which is located at HMV Shibuya. ๐Ÿ˜€ The “Museum” showcasing some of WACK groups outfits, as well some photos and some other stuffs like “VR” thingy, and some history of the groups as well. I went to visit the place at around 20:30 at night on the 3rd of May 2018 after my BiS Event at Hachioji…which explain maybe there wasn’t many people around…haha.

500 Yen Admission for the Wack Museum!

And oh, the admission of the museum is 500 Yen, but if you’re a WACK fan (like me), you will enjoy the “VR” thingy they put in there alot, which is imo, is already worth the admission itself haha. ๐Ÿ˜› Dunno how to explain it, but it’s just awesome. And Funny. The members do funny things in VR while they performing and you just have to “look around” you to find what they’re doing haha. Too bad each groups only got like 2minutes plus VR Segment though! And oh they’re also selling T-shirts, and other stuffs like that specially for this place.

Anyways, I decided to do a separate / stand alone post for this WACK MUSEUM thing update, as i have yet to find a time to write a blog post from my last 2 weeks (which i visited both Bangkok for TIF BANGKOK 2018, and shortly afterwards, a short 9 days Japan trip). It’s gonna be a long write up for those, and hopefully i still remember some of the details from those trip cuz i really have a bad memories when it comes to remembering things (lol).

Enough talking, here are more pictures from the Museum. ๐Ÿ˜€

Airasia – New Indonesia > Japan Routes! :D

Posted: May 13, 2018 by InfinityZer0 in Japan!!

Air Asia JKT – Narita new route Experiece / Short Review:

So last week i tried out the new AirAsia route XT407 – XT408 for a direct flight to Tokyo, Japan, which landed on Narita Airport. Before this, AirAsia has 2 different routes going from Indonesia, which is JKT > KL > Haneda , or JKT > Bali (denpasar) > Narita. Both routes had to transit one way or another, so it’s never a good option if you dont like transit and dont like waiting, but since Airasia is a “budget” airline anyways, most people who choose this route already prepared (well probably, lol) to sacrifice some of their time in transit over cheaper flying cost. I already tried using the airasia “Haneda” route few times before, Transit in KL, and while it was pretty much tiring yeah, at least i got in japan in one piece and that’s what matters to me ๐Ÿ˜€ So yeah, having a DIRECT route now, is really welcomed for me.

Anyways, about the new JKT > Narita DIRECT route. I booked the flight during its promo period, for a whopping cost of Rp 1.600.000 rupiah only for Return flight (!!) :O ๐Ÿ˜€ Which is around 150$ SGD at the current currency. That is pretty damn cheap, and it’s even cheaper than my Bangkok Trip (which i booked too early before promo, and it ended up costing me Rp1.800.000 lol). Have no idea how my bangkok fare ended up more expensive than my Japan fares, but that’s life LOL. ๐Ÿ˜›

As for the Plane…nothing special here. Because i paid promo price, i did not choose the “seats selection” or “meals” or even “baggage!”. For meals, i smuggled in some drinks and snacks (hell, some person besides me even smuggled in Mcdonalds or KFC from the airport lol ๐Ÿ˜€ ). I didnt pay baggage as i travelled light, and i have gone Japan more than 10x now in the last 8 years, i already know my priorities and i dont need to buy much stuff to bring back home like i did back then. All i bring back is my 2shot Chekis from idol events, and i tell this to my friend also who questioned me “how do you survive in japan without buying baggage for return home” ? The answer is simple if you really don’t spend alot on “tourist” stuffs to bring back home lol. ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜›

For my departures on the 2nd May, the flight delayed about 30-45minutes i think, but then again, it was only the 2nd day of their operation (the first operation day being the 1st of May 2018) so i’ll just let it slide. The plane was smooth though. Maybe because i fell asleep most of the time and woke up when i just landed so i really didnt notice anything lol. ๐Ÿ˜€ My Return flight from Narita to Jakarta is even more smooth imo. The plane departs on time, and manage to arrive in Jakarta 20 minutes than the scheduled time ! That is awesome. Not to mention, the plane back from Narita to Jakarta, it didnt have many people, the plane maybe only half full or something like that, so i have 3 seats in my row ALL for myself ! xD So yeah. it was good. I smuggled in some sandwich from Japan 7-11 at the Narita airport for my meals, and plain tap water into my water bootle for drinks. Didnt sleep much during my return trip somehow, but i survived 7 hours anyways.

7-11 Chicken Cutlet Sandwitch for my Meals during my Return trip. 280 yen xD

Overall. For a budget airline, i really welcome this new route to Japan. And to remind you again, this is a DIRECT flight, not Transit. From Jakarta, it departs at night around 23:50 PM and arrive in Tokyo around 9AM in the morning, which is very good (you still have the whole day for exploring and stuffs). The return flight is in the morning though, 11:30 AM from Narita Airport, so you probably need to wake up damn early to get there, since Narita Airport is quite far from Tokyo.

Anyways, Maybe after the promotion period ended, the price won’t be so cheap anymore, it would probably double the price to around Rp3.000.000 (300$ SGD) or around there, without baggage, but still, having another cheap alternative for Japan Trip is always good to me.

I have travelled to Japan with all kind of Airlines. Singapore Airlines, ANA, JAL, Cathay Pacific (transit in HK), FlyScoot (transit in taiwan), and Airasia, so yeah ,there’s alot to compare of. Obviously if you have too much money to burn, or if its your first time going Japan, you might want to try airlines such as ANA or JAL, but for me who have gone Japan for more than 10x, nothing is special anymore – i just want to get there in one piece xD ๐Ÿ˜€ I’ll just say this ; You PAY what you GET. You pay cheap, you get minimal service compared to full fledged airlines (which provides you decent meals and baggage up to 40kg) but if you’re on a tight budget and don’t need to bring many stuffs back home, all this can be overlooked. (there’s a 20KG baggage option for around Rp350.000 though for those who needs it). Besides, the rest of extra money i saved on budget airlines, can be used to see Idol Lives ๐Ÿ˜€ XD

That’s about it i guess. This year i have travelled 3x with Airasia — Early January for Bangkok, Late April for Bangkok (again), and then Early May 2018 for Japan trip….Thanks for Airasia for their service! ๐Ÿ˜€

Value for Money – 9 / 10 (if you get good fares below Rp2.000.000 or Rp3.000.000, above that, NOPE)
Service – 6 / 10 (only service you’ll get is when you pay.)
Seats / Chairs – 6 / 10 (not the most comfy seats around, but i survived lol)
Overall Rating – 7 / 10

COMING UP SOON — BLOG UPDATE from my April 2018 Bangkok TIF TRIP and May 2018 Japan Trip !! Stay Tuned!! xD

Japan Expo Thailand 2018 – (25-29.01.2018 BKK Trip)

Posted: February 5, 2018 by InfinityZer0 in Japan!!

Last week i went to Thailand – Bangkok, for this year “Japan Expo Thailand 2018”. event ๐Ÿ˜› Last year I also went to this same event , and from my experience last year, it’s quite a blast even though back then i dont really have my top 5 idol groups favorite there…so when they announced that “Maneki Kecak” is going to appear at this event this year, it’s a no-brainer that i went again this year LOL ๐Ÿ˜€

The idol groups in this event includes “Maneki Kecak, Wasuta, Festive, Akishibu Project, Ready To Kiss, Say La, Majiban, AngeReve, Milcs Honmono, and etc etc” (also ex C-ute “Maimi Yajima” and AKB48), but my main target here is definitely Maneki Kecak ๐Ÿ˜€

25th January 2018 – Arrivals

My flight to bangkok is on the 25th January morning, which went smoothly without much delays, and arrived in bangkok around 11am in the morning. After arriving, i checked my instagram and saw Maneki Kecak member Miyuu also posted that they’re on the way to bangkok already ! They should be arriving much later in the afternoon, so i should have time to check in to my hostel first— besides, i arrived at Don Muang Airport Bangkok, while
they should be arriving at the main Airport “Suvarnabhumi” later in the afternoon…so i did a quick check in
at my hostel, went for a quick lunch — then straight back to the airport (Suvarnabhumi this time) to wait for Maneki Kecak Arrival LOL. ๐Ÿ˜›

When i arrived there, there’s also some other local maneki kecak and festive fans waiting. Long story short though; this didnt went too well as maneki kecak “slips through” our radar by going out from the other entrance, and we only saw “Festive” in the end lol…just not our luck i guess… ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ™

Some fans waiting at the airport for Festive and Maneki

Ended the first day by hanging out with friends from Thai, Singapore and Malaysia for Dinner, before going back to the hostel. By the way, i stayed at this hostel “Bed @ Town” which is basically just opposite the
venue (Central World Mall). Its quite cheap, clean, and overall very good. Very recommended, probably will stay here again next time. 8/10

26th January 2018 – Japan Thai Expo 2018 Day 1

The first day of Thai Japan Expo !! There’s no Maneki Kecak today, so basically today is just my warm up day and im quite relaxed haha. ๐Ÿ˜€ Not much goals here today except to see the new group “Tokyo Flavor” (they have this buppan at this cheap price of only 50bath for Cheki plus sign — that’s rougly 170 yen for you !!) and also “Majiban“.

Outdoor Thai Japan Expo Stage on the 1st day

My Quick Summary for the day:

11:30 – 12:00 – Tokyo Flavor Live
12:30 – 13:45 – Tokyo Flavor Buppan Queue (cheki 2shot xD)
14:00 – 14:30 – Milcs Honmono
15:00 – 15:30 – Queued to buy the GirlsBomb Live Ticket (1000 bath) for Saturday & Sunday
16:00 – 16:30 – Akishibu Project
16:30 – 16:50 – Majiban
16:50 – 17:10 – Festive
17:30 – 18:00 – Majiban Buppan Queue(cheki 2shot)
18:00 – 18:30 – Milcs Honmono

TokyoFlavour kinda surprised me. Sure they perform basically a “generic” idol songs, but what can you expect from a group like this…but i actually thought their songs is kinda catchy lol. Especially the song titled “OMG๏ฝžใ‚ชใƒผใƒžใ‚คใ‚ฐใƒƒใƒกใƒณ๏ฝž” ๐Ÿ˜€

I also queued for their 2 shot chekis, which only cost 50 bath (170 yen!!) which is a Promo price i guess… and because of that, the queue for the chekis is like damn crazy…More than 1 hour plus, but luckily i have nothing to do during that time, and plus i waited with my friends so it’s okay i guess. Lucky i went for this 2shot cheki though; because i got busy and didnt have much time for them for the remainder of the trips !

Tokyo Flavor Performance and 2shot

After TokyoFlavor, its time for “Milcs Honmono” from Hokkaido…actually their songs is not that bad also. The members looks quite ok too. Their 2shot is quite expensive though, 500 bath and use with mobile phones only…so yea, at that price and no polaroid and sign, is abit quite expensive to me. After Milcs, followed by the performance of Akishibu Project, Majiban, and Festive.

Now, the interesting about today is that, Ready to Kiss & Say La” apparently got their flight delayed and stuck in the traffic jam (Lol) so they’re unable to come and perform for the original timeslot lol…so i didnt get to see them today ๐Ÿ™

Their performance was instead replaced by Festive & Majiban who in the end, performed twice on the same stage lol. I also quite confused because of the change, i thought it’s some kind of Mix-up or something, but after seeing the Ready2Kiss & Say La members arrived later to the venue with their luggage on…i can understand why. They also did a “free cheki” as a sign of sorry gesture, but that slot is quite fast filled up, so i didnt get a change for a free cheki, oh well lol. ๐Ÿ˜€

So yeah, basically that’s it only for today. Oh i also went to take picture with “Norakura” of Majiban ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

Norakura of Majiban

After all the performance and buppan is done; went for some dinner gathering with some of the overseas wota at “MaxBeef” Beef Buffet restaurant at the BigC Opposite Central World Mall…the total cost after tax is 370baht per person for buffet. I thought it was very good, but because we arrived late, we have to hurry up as the restaurant is about to close lol. If come here again next time, should’ve come earlier haha.

27th January 2018 – Japan Thai Expo 2018 Day 2

So finally, the 2nd day of Japan Expo Thai! ๐Ÿ˜€ Today’s schedule for me is quite busy with both Maneki Kecak, and also Maimi Yajima performance and meet and greet later in the afternoon. So i woke up quite early at around 7am…and around 8:15am me and my friend actually already walking towards the venue !! ๐Ÿ˜€ And outside of the mall still got the barrier and stuffs to prevent people from getting in lol. Basically the mall is still closed (not surprised) and we came waaaay too early, but we managed to find a way to get in anyways haha ๐Ÿ˜€

Outside Central World Mall in 8:20am

My Quick Summary for the day:

11:45 – 12:15 – Maneki Kecak
12:30 – 13:15 – Maneki Kecak buppan queue

Girls Bomb Live Space (paid 1000 bath)
13:40 – 14:00 – Festive
14:00 – 14:25 – Maneki Kecak

*Break Lunch etc *

16:00 – 16:30 – Maimi Yajima Performance
17:00 – 17:30 – Maimi Yajima Meet and Greet
17:45 – 18:10 – Maneki Kecak Buppan again xD
18:30 – 18:50 – Ange Reve
18:50 – 19:10 – Festive
19:10 – 19:30 – Majiban
*time is slightly/roughly different because of the stupid delay, couldnt keep up with exact time*

So after waiting and waiting, the queue to go inside the main stage quickly formed and me and my friends went to queue in front. Coming here too early maybe is abit of a mistake also, because the live is delayed apparently, for around 40mins or so (they suppose to perform at 11:00- but the performance didnt start UNTIL 11:40 or so). I forgot that this is Bangkok ,and not Japan…haha. ๐Ÿ˜€ Sigh..

And yep, even though we waited quite early, and go inside early…in the end i still go back at the back areas to join up with the other maneki kecak wotas anyway … (so it is a bit pointess for me that time to get inside quite early lol, oh well).

Maneki Kecak Main Stage Performance

So the 1st song the perform is…Joudan Ja Nai Ne (!!) straight at the start!! I wasn’t ready for this, so i dropped my bags on the front areas, then moved to the back areas because those is where the “action” is at xD Joined the circle mix etc etc during this whole Maneki Kecak performance , and it’s really fun lol. Besides Joudan, they also sing “Kimi no Todoke”, “Ai Kotoba” and “Kimiwazurai”

After the Maneki Kecak main stage performance, i skipped the Wasuta performance at the main stage and rushed to the Maneki Kecak buppan to queue for the cheki tickets. After my experience with Maneki at my last Japan Trip, i already prepared for this…to get Maneki Kecak chekis is not like your usual idol chekis. You must buy the ticket first, and each person can only buy 1 ticket per person (so no chekis spamming here).

You can buy another ticket AFTER you used your cheki ticket, so basically you go back and queue again. Usually the members that still has cheki left is the new member (yellow color) “Mio”, and also “Miyuu-sama”. So yeah, i queued for my Reonyan cheki xD ๐Ÿ˜€

After the cheki, i rushed to go inside the “Meet and Greet area Tent” (thats what i call the place anyway lol, cuz they set up a “tent” for the meet and greet area outside the mall, and they also used it for the “Girls Bomb Live” venue.

* GirlsBomb Live – 1000 bath – 27/01/2018 session *

I missed the first 2 performance of the Girls Bomb i think, and only entered when Ready 2 Kiss about to finish performing…so yeah, during the last song or something. After that, Festive went to perform, followed by Maneki Kecak again ๐Ÿ˜€

I forgot the exact setlist for Maneki Kecak inside this GirlsBomb Live tent (and also for the day before) because the stupid me never write down the setlist after each performance. But i still can remember that they sing one of my favorite Maneki song which is “Arikitarina Koto ba de”…yippie!! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ Perfect !!!

* GirlsBomb Live – 1000 bath – 27/01/2018 session end *

After the maneki kecak performance, it’s time for a little break, go to combini downstairs the mall to buy a light meal (because no time to eat lunch earlier lol) and also bumped with some festive members there at the combini xD After that i went back to the buppan/meet n greet areas outside for a while again to look around, before continuing to see Maimi Yajima next.

Yajima Maimi

Maimi Yajima performance at the main stage is quite good…she performed some classic C-ute songs such as Massara Blue Jeans, and also her solo song “Natsu Doki Lipstick” which is awesome xD ๐Ÿ˜›

Full Setlist for Maimi Yajima (copy and paste from Japanese Fan Tweets xD):
M2ใ€Žๅคdoki ใƒชใƒƒใƒ—ใ‚นใƒ†ใ‚ฃใƒƒใ‚ฏใ€
M3ใ€Ž็”˜ใ„็ฝ ใ€

Her performance is followed by the meet and greet afterwards. The meet and greet begins with a *Q & A* session, followed by a lucky draw (there are some autographed goods to be won here, so congrats to those who win it haha), and ended by a 2shot / cheki session and a quick handshake. ๐Ÿ˜€ I think for around 1000 baht, this is quite expensive, but since its Hello Project standard…can’t be helped i guess. Besides, it’s a rare chance to take picture with Maimi.

During the 2shot i only do a normal pose– even though halfway through the session, there is this one girl who asked Maimi to hug her, which she politely accept, and the crowd goes crazy after that LOL. Basically after seeing that, most of the girls who came up for the 2shot asking for a “hug pose” thereafter xD (Kudos to those girls who’ve seen that but didnt chose to do the “hug pose” though)…sadly it is for girls only lol.

Yajima Maimi Meet n Greet

After Maimi Yajima Meet and greet ended, i went outside to queue up for Maneki Kecak buppan again, and the Reonyan cheki already sold out lol. So i went to buy the chiai ones instead, because there’s still some of them left. Oh btw i forgot to mention that the cheki 2shot price for Maneki Kecak in Thailand is slighly cheaper and half price compared to the Japan Price ๐Ÿ˜€ 300 baht for 2shot cheki only, 500 bath for cheki with sign, and 800 bath only available for japanese who can collect the cheki at the next event in japan…they will write/sign your polaroid until there’s no empty space left lol. I never tried this option, maybe i should do next time.

With Chiai of Maneki Kecak

Oh, i also took picture of @KanFuruya to end the day today of my Maneki Kecak Adventures xD

With KanFuruyaP @ Thai Japan Expo xD

Later in the afternoon/night time, there’s still Ange Reve, Festive and Majiban again, but by this time im already tired so i’m in my “casual photographer” mode and only there to took pictures only ๐Ÿ˜€ And that should be that for Day 2 of Thai Japan Expo for me. No Fancy dinner this time (wallet rape already at the buppan) so only eat a Chicken Rice meal behind our hostel at night for dinner xD ๐Ÿ˜€

Ange Reve



Maneki Kecak

28th January 2018 – Japan Thai Expo 2018 Day 3

After my Experience yesterday, i didnt go to the venue that much early today ๐Ÿ˜€ Which is good, means i can rest more and wake up later…i think around 930am plus then we head to the venue, then me and my friends decided to chill abit inside the Central World Mall for a while. Today main goal is Maneki Kecak again for me, 2x performance inside the GirlsBomb tent, and also at the Culture Stage inside the Mall.

My Quick Summary for the day:

11:00 – 11:20 – Wasuta
11:20 – 11:40 – Festive

Girls Bomb Live Space (paid 1000 bath)
12:30 โ€“ 12:50 โ€“ Say La
12:50 โ€“ 13:10 โ€“ Maneki Kecak
13:10 – 13:35 – Festive
13:35 – 14:00 – Wasuta

14:30 – 14:50 – Majiban
14:50 – 15:10 – AngeReve
15:10 – 15:30 – Maneki Kecak

* Break Lunch etc *

17:00 – 18:00 – Maneki Kecak Buppan queue (2x with Reonyan)

* Break time*

20:00 – 20:30 – Tokyo Flavor
20:30 – 20:45 – Japan Expo Thailand 2018 Closing Ceremony

I started the day by watching the Wasuta/The World Standard performance at the main stage. I didnt see them yesterday, so today i thought i should see them, or at least take pictures of them….so i did ! ๐Ÿ˜€

Here are some pictures of Wasuta from that day.

Wasuta @ Outdoor Main Stage

After Wasuta, its Festive turn to perform at the main stage….im not really big fan of Festive but i keep on seeing them on this trip lol…one thing for sure though, their fans is really high and loud during the performance! xD ๐Ÿ˜€

After that, went to queue for the Girls Bomb Live inside the tent. Actually there’s a queue for the Maneki Kecak buppan too but i missed the day time session because i want to focus and enjoy the Idols Live at the GirlsBomb stage.

* GirlsBomb Live – 1000 bath – 28/01/2018 session *
So the GirlsBomb Live session starts with Say La as the opening act. This is the only time i see them today, so yeah, i still remember some of the songs they sang at last year Thai Japan Also, and one member also caught my interest (Mori Nono) but i wonder why i never take cheki with her LOL. ๐Ÿ˜› After Say La, then it’s Maneki Kecak turns. wooo. ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

Again, i forgot the exact setlist for Maneki Kecak, but again they sing Arikitarina Kotoba De for the 2nd day in a row…wow…they actually sing this song twice !!! Thanks KanFuruyaP xD In contrast, they didnt even sing “Time Machine” or “Dodemo Iiya”…there’s just not enough time i guess lol. Overall, another great performance for the Maneki Kecak session, i really enjoyed it.

After that is Festive and Wasuta turn to perform and i’m already tired and went back to my casual mode this time xD

* GirlsBomb Live – 1000 bath – 28/01/2018 session – end*

After the Girls Bomb session is done, i went out to rest for a while , and then passing by the main stage which AKB48 supposed to perform in. Man the stage is wayyyy to crowded. I didnt even bother staying there long, just see only from far away, took a few pictures, before i contunue on to the next stage, which is “Majiban” at the Culture stage.

AKB48 at the Main Stage. Snapped few pix then i run away xD

So the Culture Stage performance starts with Majiban, Ange Reve and finally Maneki Kecak…i’ll just skip the first two and skip straight to Maneki Kecak performance xD ๐Ÿ˜€

Actually for this “Maneki Kecak” performance i already got a good spot and i want to take pictures instead of “Urya oi”…but before Maneki Kecak performance started, they suddenly say “no photography allowed” which is wtf?? Before this everyone can take pix just fine, now suddenly Maneki Kecak wants to perform , suddenly you can’t ? :/ Weird. ๐Ÿ™

Anyways because of that, i abandoned my good spot, and went to the left side with the other maneki kecak wotas instead (and rested my camera once again). Being a “hobby-ist” Idol Photographer, is actually a bit sad case because at one side i really want to take their pictures with my own camera – but at another side i just want to shut off and enjoy the concert as a whole. So that’s what i did today, rested the camera, and just enjoyed “Urya-oi” -ng with the rest of the wotas xD ๐Ÿ˜€

Maneki Kecak – Culture Stage Performance

At this culture stage they sing “Joudan Ja Nai Ne”, “MosoZakura” and “Kimiwazurai” i think, which is damn awesome again ๐Ÿ˜€ But actually i kinda regretted that i never write down the setlist for Maneki Kecak performance (which is a big mistake for me cuz i’m still trying to remember them all). But from what i remember here’s the list of songs that Maneki Kecak sing in Japan Expo Thai 2018

Maneki Kecak Songlist – Thai Japan Expo 2018:
-Joudan Ja Nai Ne (2x)
-Ai Kotoba
-Kimi no todoke
-KimiWazurai (2x)
-Monster to Kecak
-ใ‚ซใ‚ฏใ‚ซใ‚ฏใ‚ทใ‚ซใ‚ธใ‚ซ (Kakukakushikajika)
-Arikitarina Kotoba De (2x)
-Kokuhaku no Susume

After that performance, i went to eat a late lunch at the food court upstairs cuz i’m damn hungry lol. While eating at the food court with my friend, some girl approached me from beind, and turns out they’re a cover dance group from thailand called “WiSH” who is specialized in covering “BiS/BiSH” songs…this is because i’m wearing a BiSH TIF2017 tshirt, and they saw the back of my tshirt i think lol. And after chatting with them for a while i decided to take picture with them xD ๐Ÿ˜€

Some Girl from WiSH (Bis/BisH cover group in Thailand)

After a quick-late-lunch, went back to the buppan area again for my last chekis with Maneki Kecak during this Japan Trip. Took 2 more chekis with Reonyan,before i decided to call it a day (well basically…nothing much after this xD)

2shots with Reonyan again

After all of this done, the only things left is the TokyoFlavor performance at night, and then the closing ceremony. ๐Ÿ˜€

Btw, TokyoFlavor suppose to have a buppan at night but i guess they decided to cancel it as they went for the “Closing Ceremony” instead, and they have to go back after that to rush for their flights haha…actually i already prepared some money to take more chekis with Mayumi of Tokyo Flavor, but too bad it wasnt mean to be…so oh well.. anyways here’s what i think about Mayumi in the end.

I didnt mention her (mayumi) but she went on to “favorite/like” that particular post on twitter anyway, which kinda surprised me (well, she followed me on twitter, so maybe she saw my post even though i never mention her directly…lol). Some of her fans from Japan and other country also went on to mention me in the end, that they agreed with my statement lol. Thanks guys ๐Ÿ˜€

So yeah, after the closing ceremony, went to take a later dinner with my friends, before decided to take a group picture together…OTSUKARE!! Thanks for everything guys. it’s been a great fun xD ๐Ÿ˜€

So i guess that’s about it for my Thailand Japan Expo 2018 Trip !! ๐Ÿ˜› There might be some bits here and there that i forgot, but im already trying my best to memorize what happened last week since i didnt write it down (any of my experience), so i just basically going through my memories here and scrolling through my older twitter post xD Also, the extra day for the next following day, i feel i don’t need to write that up as it’s only about my journey to Kinokuniya in Central World Mall, and also lunch, before going to the airport ๐Ÿ˜€

This Thai Japan Expo 2018 is really good, even though there’s up an downs as well (such as the stupid delay during the 2nd day of Thai Japan Expo, and also Ready2Kiss & Say La coming late to the venue on the 1st day lol), but nothing is perfect — and we just have to enjoy the moment. I really enjoy the hospitality of Thai people as well, which makes me think i will come back again (if possible lol) for future events and hopefully there’s some idol groups i like as well ๐Ÿ˜€

So til next time, i shall end my blog post here as it’s getting to long..adios…”Khob Khun Krub!!” xD

Goodbye 2017โ€ฆHello 2018

Posted: December 28, 2017 by InfinityZer0 in Japan!!, Misc

It’s that time again, another “yearly round up” post for all the best idolling stuffs that happened to me during this year (2017). Actually, nothing much this year compared to my previous years really– maybe cuz im gettin old these days LOL ๐Ÿ˜›

But anyways, due to my past tradition (and since im an easy person to FORGET, i decided to do a recap anyways so i can re-read my own blog post later LOL), So yeah, lets do a quick round up !! ๐Ÿ™‚

I will be doing the “recaps” starting from September events, August Japan Trip, May Ennichsai , April 2017 Festive Event, and then finally February 2017 for Thai Japan Expo 2017.

Silent Siren 2017 World tour in Jakarta – 30th September 2017

Silent Siren visits indonesia for their “3rd One-Man-Live” in Jakarta, for their 3rd Year in a row!! :O Im also surprised that they managed to keep their promise to keep coming back here every year lol, which i hope that they will keep again for next year in 2018 for them to come back again lol ๐Ÿ˜›

I queued quite early for this year’s Silent Siren Concert, although not as early as the previous year. Well, im already quite near anyways since in the end i got seated around the 3rd row centre and i did get a pretty good view of everything ๐Ÿ™‚

Setlist for Jakarta Silent Siren 2017 Live

The setlist is pretty good too! They sing my fave such as “Stella, Sweet pop, Koiyuki, Secret base” etc… The only one Missing is “Love Figther” only (too bad!) But yeah, it’s still okay though xD

I already take a group photo last year, but this year i decided to take again anyways. For around 5000 yen (600k rupiah) of purchase of their goods you can take group picture with them. This year the group picture is rather strict though, you can’t really ask them for pose (last year you can) so you only come up front, pose a little, they snap your picture, and that’s it…not much interaction, i feel last year we get more time, but maybe it’s just me lol !

Juice=Juice Mini Live in Jakarta – 24th September 2017

To be honest…im not really a big fan of Hello Project anymore nowadays…ever since the “Hello Kids” groups (Buono/Berryz/C-ute) disbanded/hiatus/or whatever you call it, i don’t really have any more expectations there. BUT !! Since they already spent effort to come here to Jakarta, i decided to see them anyways; as a CASUAL Lol! ๐Ÿ™‚

The me from 7 years ago would be queueing in a heartbeat for any Hello Project groups that came to visit my country, but i guess not this time. There are people who already in the venue since 6-7am in the morning to queue for the goods, and i can understand them. I would probably do the same if its Babyraids or Maneki Kecak who visited to Jakarta instead xD

Besides, its only a handshake, and once you already experienced underground idols in Japan, you kinda get “immune” with all these simple ‘hello project style’ handshake events that only lasted a few seconds really…so yep, i ended up buying NOTHING at all from their merchandise shop ๐Ÿ™‚ . I have no use for them anyways lol.

In return, i focused on taking pictures of them since it’s kinda rare to be able to take picture of Hello Project groups with a DSLR! Took plenty of them, and some of the pix i uploaded on twitter got plenty of faves and Retweets from various Hello Project fans all over the world too (kinda feel that somebody actually appreciate my hard work in taking the pictures too, so yeah, im kinda happy just for that ๐Ÿ™‚ )

Juice=Juice Mini Live in Jakarta – September 2017

July/August 2017 : Yearly Japan Trip 2017 Post !!TIF2017 and More!

Im not gonna go in depth for my 2017 Japan Trip post here since it would be TOO LONG LOL ๐Ÿ™‚, butttt if you are curious then i suggest you to check my individual blog post about my Japan Trip earlier this year in July/August 2017.

Japan Trip 2017 Summary:
Japan Trip Day 1-4
Japan Trip Day 5-7
Japan Trip Day 8-10

They say “Pictures worth a thousand words” so here’s a PIX SPAM instead ๐Ÿ™‚

Some of the highlights from my Japan Trip 2017 would be:
– “Ropppongi Idol Festival 2017– this is the first time i see Maneki Kecak, Kamiyado, and some others.
– “Konya Fest” @ Tsutaya O-East. Some idol groups here like “Task Have Fun”, “Appare! Harajuku”, and of course “Maneki Kecak” and “Drop”
– “Babyraids MiniLive @ Laqua City and Tsutaya Ikebukuro”
– “Passcode MiniLive and 2Shot Event @ Shinjuku Tower Records”
– “Tokyo Idol Festival 2017″…Enough Said. xD ๐Ÿ˜›

I did have plenty of fun during my Japan trip this year. It’s my first time meeting with all these new idol groups that i really got into lately like “Maneki Kecak”, “Kamiyado”, “Task Have fun” and “Appare! Harajuku”. Also managed to take cheki with Passcode finally, since i really regretted that i never take chekis with them when it’s still easier back then in 2015. And also, went for Babyraids” mini live, handshake, and autograph signing event but sadly no 2shots event for babyraids during my stay time. ๐Ÿ™

Probably my only regrets during this Japan Trip, is that i didnt have enough time to see Passpo this year, and also Palet (which eventually went on to disband later on ๐Ÿ™ Didnt see them at all this year!) But my lost of interest towards “Platinum Passport” Group also plays a major part i think…oh well.

Festive Live in Jakarta / Ennichisai 2017 – April 2017 to May 2017

There wasn’t much “idol visits” to Indonesia/Jakarta this year compared to previous years, which is a shame. The few of them which kind enough to visit Indonesia this year is : Festive, KissBee, Enka Girls (which would be visiting Indonesia too many times later on this year until i lost count lol), — and also Juice Juice and Jpop Group/Band “Silent Siren” later on in September 2017.

Festive‘s event is at this event called Sakura Matsuri 2017 located in Cikarang; around the outskirts of Jakarta, which is very far from the city. I mentioned before in my blog post about how troublesome it is to reach the venue just to see them lol. Im not really a big fan of the group, although there are some members who interested me like “Hinarin” etc but for some reason i can’t really get into them (at least not my “top 5 idols” materials anyways) so i didnt get excited that much. My friend from Malaysia and Thailand also came to Indonesia to see Festive though, so im more or less became a tour guide for them lol ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ˜›

Festive Event (April 2017)

As for KissBee, they came to Indonesia in May 2017 for the event called Ennichisai. I really only go ennichisai to see KissBee basically, since the event is too damn crowded i didnt even bother to check what’s going on in the other parts of the venue lol. I also didnt really like KissBee songs that much, but the members are quite cute so thats a plus for me i guess. ๐Ÿ˜€

KissBee in Ennichisai Event (May 2017)

Related Posts:
Blog post about Festive and KissBee visits to Jakarta can be found on my post here

Now finally…all the way back to February 2017 for Thai Japan Expo ๐Ÿ˜€

Thailand Japan Expo 2017 – February 2017

I like Thailand. My first visit to thailand for idolling stuffs i think is in 2010 for the “Berryz Kobou live in Bangkok 2010 Live (back then im still a hello project fan). I also often visited bangkok for some photography stuffs, like the “Bangkok Motorshows” etc etc, but i stopped doing that once i am more focused to visit japan yearly for idolling. ๐Ÿ˜› lol

Anyways, i saw the line up for the Thai Japan Expo earlier this year, and even thought none of my favorite groups is in the line up, i still think it’s worth going to the line up — and Bangkok is quite cheap to go from Indonesia (at least compared to going to Japan which should cost me 3-4x times more).Some of highlights from my Thailand trip includes 2shot chekis with Up Up Girls’s “Minami Sengoku” and Akishibu Project’s “Yuuna Arakawa” (both later to be graduated from their groups a few months later :/), and also took a group picture with Wasuta.

I didnt do much mixing or chanting while in Thai Japan Expo this year since im more busy into taking pictures of the idols with my DSLR (You can’t really do this in Japan, so it’s kinda rare). I ended up taking more than 10.000 pictures of idols in my camera so that should explain to you how worth it this trip was to me ๐Ÿ˜€

Thailand Japan Expo – February 2017

Thai is a good country, thai wotas is awesome, and i would definitely come back again for “Thai Japan Expo 2018″. In fact, i already booked my flight tickets for Thai Japan Expo 2018 since one of my fave group “Maneki Kecak” will be performing there! Yippie! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ I will be also doing a separate blog post about next year’s Thai Japan Expo 2018 once i got the time…its less than 1 more month to go now ! Can’t wait.

Related Links:
My Full Blog post about Thai Japan Expo 2017 Here

Other events – “J-Series 2017” in December 2017

Actually there is this event also in early December which came out of nowhere. It’s called the “J-Series 2017” event. The line up has some Japanese Actors and Actress to talk about Japanese Movies and Dramas basically…so yeah it’s not really “idol related” event,even though the same event back in 2015 they managed to bring some idols like (the now disbanded) “Doll Elements“…But too bad this year they didnt bring any idol groups, just local reprenstative from Jakarta’s own JKT48 lol.

So yeah, im lazy to make a recap of this event, but STILL…. i want to say THANKS to them for bringing Miki Honoka to Indonesia ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ™‚ Yay !!! I like Miki Honoka’s work in J-Drama such as Itazura Na Kiss i thought she was pretty funny in that lol. Too bad They didnt allow any DSLR so didnt manange to take decent pictures except some snaps using my Mobile Phone…oh well.

I also recorded a short clip of her which i uploaded on twitter, check it out

Miki Honoka clips @ Jseries 2017

So yeahโ€ฆthatโ€™s about if for Year 2017 for me. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ˜› Welll from the “Idol Events” aspect at least, cuz my life is quite boring other than that LOL so no need to go into details ๐Ÿ˜›

2018 Resolution
*copy and paste this part from previous year basically* –> “Every year my new year resolution is to stop idolling ever since 2013/2014 โ€” but it always failed.”

Yep. No sh*t sherlock!! My 2018 resolution is to slowly stop participating in “Idols” activities, so maybe, just mayyyyyyyybe slowly i will lost interest in all this…but it seems a very damn hard thing to do though !! ๐Ÿ™ I swear– Everytime i lost interest to some idol groups, there’s always new ones to take over and caught my interest (cough cough** โ€œManeki Kecakโ€, โ€œKamiyadoโ€, โ€œTask Have funโ€ and โ€œAppare! Harajukuโ€), and in the end- its becoming a NEVER ENDING LOOP! Sometimes i also wonder if i can quit these idol fandom completely, if not, maybe just stay as being casual at least and stop going overseas from such events as TIF or Idol Yokochos…

But i am weak, so let’s see how that new year resolution works out for me next year lol !

So next year…TIF 2018 or Idol Yokocho 2018?
…Ok….nevermind i asked that….*runs*

END OF POST* (and thanks for reading my crap as usual)

TIF2017 Crazy Moment Clips

Posted: September 18, 2017 by InfinityZer0 in Japan!!, Misc

It’s that time of the year again ! ๐Ÿ˜€ Every year i usually made a #TIF Moments clip and posted them on youtube. And every year it always gets deleted because of copyright claim by fujiTV networks. And after “21412356626234234″ youtube accounts later, i decided to stop posting them. (yeah it sux). Event recently my newest youtube account got deleted because i uploaded some Maneki Kecak and Drop (TIF2017/@JAM Expo) footage videos. sucks. ๐Ÿ™

Soooo, i decided to make “another version of the video” for this year, but this time, it’s more focused on the wotas and all the other crazy happenings around TIF you might not have seen. Sure, you might have visited TIF this year, but most of the time you probably busy checking out at the idols in front of your stage — but aren’t you curious what’s actually going on/happening at the other areas of the stages? ๐Ÿ˜€ For instance, lets say at the back areas ? (yes, cuz apparantly all the crazy wotas all holed up at the back areas xD). So yeah, zero idols, 100% urya oi footages.

Without futher ado, here it is….”Crazy TIF2017 moments caught on camera” footages, although i won’t claim any credits for any of these videos as i have gotten them from either Twitter or facebook lol.

(… And lets hope youtube won’t delete my videos this time xD ๐Ÿ˜€ )

TIF2017 Crazy moments video

PS : No Lightstick throwings sadly this year !! xD

TIF2017 “Aftermath” post

Posted: August 22, 2017 by InfinityZer0 in Japan!!

Now that i have attended TIF2017, it marks for me for the “6th” TIF that i have attended ever since the first one i went back then in 2012. Since then, i keep coming back for 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and this year 2017.

Thoughs about TIF from Year to Year
My first TIF in 2012 is kinda an unique experience for me. Seeing soo many idol groups in one event is like an amazing experience (at the time) and that was way before they started spawning “clones” event like @ JAM Expo, Idol Yokocho, Sekigahara Idol Wars and some other Idol Koushien events etc etc. I remember the TIF2012 for having a “midnight performance” and a performance so early in the morning around 5-6am…those were the days xD

TIF2012 – First TIF i attended, and the first of many…it was fun

Since then, TIF has undergone some changes, especially since Tokyo Idol Project took over (and i think since idolling! disbanding too). Most of this are focused in the security and stuffs. One Example: Back then, Smile Garden (and some outdoor stages) are totally FREE. There is no barrier and stuffs, anyone can go ahead and see it. I know this could be a problem since there are some “freeloaders” who never pay anything at all and decided to camp in the front rows, and this proves to be a problem. I support this decision nowadays (around TIF2014/2015 onwards) for having a barrier/to prevent those without tickets to enter the priority area. Another good change is that they’re keep spoiling the “foreign fans” with all these “free gaijin pass” (as in FREE tickets for Foreigners in TIF…first time introduced in 2015 if i remember). ๐Ÿ˜€

But as for security reasons, i think they went abit overboard. If you see twitter during TIF i can see some retweets about how strict of the TIF security team this year. I saw some guys did some high jumps only about few times and the security approached him to stop lol. Of course that didnt really stop him as he kept on doing that afterwards. But you know what the next step is…being removed from the venue!

Bonds came back in this year TIF to provide security/nightmare for the wotas

I suspect there are some factors that they decided to tighten up the security. First- that it’s being shown on the Fuji TV network. They don’t want people to block the views, hence they decided to ban lifting and stuffs. Secondly- because the ammount of 48G this year, so they decided to “beef up” the security, with 48G being a “national” idol after all. Third, after some experience with some of the over board fans, for example BiSH in 2015 (they’re once banned/removed in TIF2015 for their fans antic) so they want to cut down the ammount of “pinchikes”.

(btw if you dont know what Pinchikes is, its time to google it now) ๐Ÿ˜€

I dont think that’s a good idea though. Boys will be boys, even if you told them to stop they will still try to do it anyways. Reminds me of this Appare Harajuku performance this year At festival stage. Some of the fans went abit overboard during the song “Appareruya!”, then after that they followed it up with another song “Kimidake Wonderland” (which another “pinchikes magnet” songs) and they actually STOPPED the performance in the beggining after 10 seconds in lol. After some warning and stuffs — the song resumes, and the fans are still doing furicopy etc etc but with more slower pace LOL that’s actually hilarious ๐Ÿ˜€

This year : Cicle/Moshing is not allowed!!

Now, im not rooting all the way for pinchikes and stuffs (i still feel some of these people should know how to draw the line — and please –no drunk people during lives… this agree as well), but i felt that sometimes they’re also needed for the good live atmosphere. No one likes to see a totally “dead” atmosphere where there is no chants, name calls, mix, etc etc. I believe idols need their supports too, and as ugly as “lifting” is to some people , for me it’s just one guy showing his support to his oshi (in expense of other people of course…hahaha). But i thought that’s what makes this idol experience fun? Nothing fun with just sitting down in live performance and doing nothing at all , now that is just wrong. The fact is — that there are some songs you have to get high as well. As long you know how to draw the line between having fun and going crazy, i think it’s okay. some people tend to forgot and went abit overboard, but that’s life. You can’t control everyone and their behaviour. Sometimes i tend to go abit overboard too and i won’t deny it. ๐Ÿ˜›

Some fanbases like groups from the “Twintail association” (Drop and Maneki Kecak), Wack groups (BisH/BIS/Gang Parade), There There Theres (ex bellring girls heart), and many more, are known for their behaviours during lives, and of course some newer ones like “Appare Harajuku” has a crazy fanbases as well within the short time span. But imo, without these fans, they would be nothing. For example, I definitely won’t watch a performance of “BiS” doing “Nerve” where everyone just sit still and do nothing. ๐Ÿ˜€ That would be too boring. Of course some people have different opinions but that’s just me.

Passcode Fans during TIF2016 Smile Garden…They’re not invited for this year TIF (somehow lol)

Btw, Even though the security is far too strict this year (much more strict compared to 2016 imo) i feel that the Heat Garage stage this year is awesome. Im not sure if there’s actually security / bonds in this stage at all because i never seen one (or maybe im just lucky xD). It’s just that one stage where everyone can have fun and mosh and do circles without having to worry at all. And of course, being that it’s inside a live house (Zepp Diver…plus AIRCON) maybe helps too xD ๐Ÿ˜€ Although i still do miss the outdoor performances like in the good old days of TIF; without having much to worry about security jumping in your backs lol.

Ok. Enough rants about Security/Bonds ! Now about the future. Im not sure if i would go for TIF2018 next year, that would depend on my mood. I know i’ve been going to TIF for 6 years in a row now but maybe i need a “fresh change”… Idol Yokocho 2018 perhaps? from the footage earlier this year the security isn’t as bad as TIF this year…just maybe? We shall wait and see. You all know me … im a TIF fanboy (and a sucker LOL) ๐Ÿ˜€

oh yeah. Maybe i need to “grad” soon. (keep saying that every year~!)

For closing notes…

TIF2017 Regrets?

Actually not much regrets this year…cleared all my goals for this trip, and i am quite happy with that. ๐Ÿ˜€ But nothing is perfect, and after watching some TIF footages, i do wish i can clone myself and be at a multiple places at once lol. For example:

– Wish i just stayed at Heat Garage for Day 3 TIF as there are couple of awesome performances there, like the Starmarie performance (awesome setlist) and the C-ute appreciation segment for example…and etc etc. But then, that means i would be missing the TGIF with marichuu so…. :/ Just wish i can split/clone myself like the Blademaster in warcraft 3.
– Cheeky Parade performance @ Smile Garden Day 3 is awesome.
– Wish i can go for more Maneki Kecak buppan in day 2 and 3 (lol)
– I wonder why i never take chekis with “G-Girls” ? I thought some of the members is awesome (and i mean, “sexy” LOL).
– Wanted to take one more cheki with Mika Kamiyado but never had the chance (i did take one during the roppongi idol fest though) Oh well next year perhaps.
– Wish i can drop by and see Palet performance at least one time this year. But no time and kinda forgotten about it lol.

… and thats about it lol.

All my wristband for Tokyo Idol Festivals. Lost my wristband for TIF2012 (but i still have the ticket stubs for it lol). also lost some the daily tif2016 wristbands xD only kept 1 from that year ๐Ÿ˜€

Fave performance in each TIF i attended the last 6 years:

TIF2012 – Passpo – Performing “Pock Star” 3x in a row non stop @ Hot Stage Day 2
(Before BiSH antics of looping hoshi ga — passpo already did this routine way before xD)

TIF2013 – BiS Nerve (hot stage)
TIF2014 – Dorothy Little Happy – Koi Wa Hashidashita (Smile garden)
TIF2015 – Passpo – Natsuzora Hanabi (smile garden)
TIF2016 – Babyraids – Yoake Brand New Days (smile garden)
TIF2017 – Maneki Kecak x Kamiyado – Joudan Ja Nai Ne (heat garage/hot stage)

2017 Summer Japan Trip Day 8-10 (PART3)

Posted: August 10, 2017 by InfinityZer0 in Japan!!

Finally for the last part of this blog updates. Tokyo Idol Festival 2017 !! ๐Ÿ˜€ Just like the previous years, this year TIF is held on a span of 3 days at Odaiba. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. And for this year, TGU has yet again given out a free “gaijin pass” for foreigners for all 3 days of TIF ! Yippie !! ๐Ÿ˜€

Heading to collect our Wristband every single morning lol.

Also this year TIF is not has hot as the previous TIF, as in the first 2 days of TIF (day 1 and 2) the weather was cloudy, and even almost rained ! The third day though…it’s back to hell/summer weather once again as the sky is really blue lol. But if i have to compare, this year is not as hot as previous years due to the raining season period. Anyways let’s start with the 3 days TIF summary starting from Day 1 ๐Ÿ˜€

(Jap Trip Day #8) 4th August 2017 TIF2017 Day 1

My TIF2017 Day 1 Summary

Thanks to this Japanese website http://tif2017-mytt.herokuapp.com/ i managed to make the timetable list just like above ๐Ÿ˜€ So yeah, i made a 3 days summary images just like above in you want to see which groups i visited throughout the days, and avoid all the wall of text in this section xD

Anyways, Day 1 started and me and my friends went to Odaiba in the morning at around 8am. Since our hostel is quite near, it’s kinda easy to reach the place earlier. We met up with some Malaysian friends as well when we gathered to collect our “free TIF wristband” lol ๐Ÿ˜€

TIF2017 Wristband Gets

After getting the wristbands, we basically went to our separate ways. Although some of me and my friends are heading to the “Grand Market” area first to buy some goods. Especially since i want to take cheki with Maneki Kecak, so we headed to the grand market to Queue up.

At the grand market i queued for Maneki Kecak’s 2shot cheki. Since i queued earlier i managed to get 1 tickets for Reonyan yay. ๐Ÿ˜€ this proves to be the last cheki with maneki kecak though, as i didnt manage to get any for the next 2 days (busy). Also get myself a cheki with Task Have Fun “Natsuki”, before going on to buy some other merchandise from other booths. At around 11am , i went out to see Cheeky Parade at the Festival Stage.

Today the stages i visited consisted only of 3 stages… Its either the Festival Stage, Smile Garden or the Heat Garage LOL ๐Ÿ˜› So i didnt even went to explore the other stages during this day ๐Ÿ˜€ After cheeky parade i went to smile garden to see Sakura no Yume (mika Kamiyado is in this group), Maneki Kecak, and Call Me.

Can see me somewhere in this group pic of sakura no yume xD.

During Maneki Kecak @ smile garden, i went quite in front but i didnt get really high as the weather is kinda hot, and the security in smile garden is kinda tight. Now, i have to mention this. This year the security in TIF is once again really tight. They have security everywhere and if you do the high oshi jumps over and over again, security will come over and ask you to stop. It’s kinda BS imo. You can stop lifting and stuffs, but high jumps i don’t see any problems as long they never disturb you lol. Anyways, Maneki Kecak sing “Joudan Ja Nai Ne” again in Smile garden so all is good ๐Ÿ˜€

Maneki Kecak Joudan Ja Nai Performance @ Smile Garden. Images = Screencap from Fuji TV Stream.

Afterwards i went back to Festival Stage to see Appare! Harajuku. Remember that i told you about the security earlier? As Appare Harajuku started to sing their trademark song “Kimidake Wonderland”, the wotas becomes high and the TIF staff actually STOPPED the performance!!! LOL. I never see this happened so far, and this is my first time i see the staff stopped the performance within my own eyes. Usually they waited until the song finish first, but this time the song barely even start before the staff stopped it.

Security is once again tight during this year TIF. (Images via twitter).

After more announcemend from the staffs to calm down the Appare! Harajuku fans, the songs finally resume. The members also had to ask the wotas/pinchikes to not go “overboard” with jumping and stuffs. lols. Well they still did anyway, but they have to limit it and keep their cool, which is funny xD Appare Harajuku songs is damn addicting btw !

Some other groups i see in this festival stage during this time frame includes HR, GEM, and Task Have Fun afterwards i went back to the greetings area to use my 2shot tickets with Reonyan and Task Have Fun Natsuki.

During Maneki Kecak’s 2shot with Reonyan, once again she remembered my name (didnt meet her for almost a week) and the first word she spoke to me is my name. Lol. Fisher confirmed, and i am the fish xD But she is really good, i am not even good in japanese but she made me really confortable during chat with her. ๐Ÿ˜€ Afterwards i went to take 2shot with Task Have Fun Natsuki, but since i didnt know much about her, didnt really talk to her that much haha. Oh well.

2shot with Maneki Kecak Reonyan again

2shot with Task Have Fun – Natsuki

After the buppan, back to Festival Stage again for LinQ and Drop but i forgot the actual setlist. I do remember Drop singing Joudan Ja Nai Ne again though ! After this i bumped with my indo friends, and decided to rest up at Diver City for a 1 hour break lol. Very tiring indeed. ๐Ÿ˜›

Went to eat lunch at McDonalds Diver City on the 6th Floor, and around 5pm+ me and my friends decided to camp at the Heat Garage stage, since most of the performance we want to see today is in this stage! Performances during this evening includes Ayumikurikamaki, Drop, There There There, Maneki Kecak x Kamiyado, Wasuta and lastly, Babyraids Japan!! Yeah…what a hell of a line up !! ๐Ÿ˜€

There There Theres is singing “Ashtma” as the first song, which is a big mistake imo. The fans got high for the first song, then down again, until they sing C.A.N.D.Y for the last song lol. Ayumikurikamaki is great as always, and Wasuta also sing the Inuneko Seishun, as well the “ultra miracle choco beam” song haha. ๐Ÿ˜€

Some other stuffs i remembered…
during KamiKecha “Kamiyado x Maneki Kecak Colloboration TIF2017 Day 1:
1. Kamiyado singing Maneki Kecak’s “Kokuhaku no Susume”
2. Maneki Kecak singing Kamiyado’s “Summer Dream”
3. both groups singing “Joudan Ja Nai Ne”
4. Forgot the name of the last song at the moment *tobeupdated*

Kamiyado performing Maneki Kecak’s Kokuhaku no susume xD

The Maneki Kecak x Kamiyado collabo is really awesome though. I got involved in the circle pit in the middle with all the other pinchikes (lol pardon me again) as i got really high during Joudan Ja Nai Ne again (i know…its that damn song again xD) But this time is even more crazy because this time there is Kamiyado As well !! LOL. It was awesome. ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜› BTW, after this performance, Kamiyado is the only group that has performed both version of “Joudan Ja Nai Ne” — both the Drop and Maneki Kecak version. *interesting facts* XD

The Babyraids Japan performance is damn awesome too, although they didnt sing Yoake Brand New Days today. As usual they sing the new single “OOOOO” along with 3 other songs.

Babyraids @ Heat Garage TIF2017 day 1
1. Cinderella ja ireranai
2. Baby ambitious
4. S.O.K
5. Babyraids

Some of the setlist from earlier today that i actually remembered

Cheeky parade @ festival stage 4.8.2017
1. Cheeky figther
2. Shout Along!
3. colorful starlight

Maneki kecak @ smile garden 4.8.2017
2. Joudan ja nai ne

After the babyraids performance, its basically all over for day 1…except for me and my friend, we still got the TIF Sparkling Night coming up lol. Now, for the TIF Sparkling Night, i didnt really want to go as first as the schedules clashed with our Heat Garage schedule, but at the last minute i decided that i will only for the buppan at the end of the sparkling night segment. I also bought the tickets for the sparkling night at quite last minute lol. First up me and my friend resting up before finally going to Doll Factory Stage for the Sparkling Night. ๐Ÿ˜€

Once we reached there, the performance is still going on. Some groups are stil performing including “Marsmallow Girls 3D+ and also Ebisu Muscats. During Ebisu Muscats we went out to queue for the buppan outside though, as the queue is already getting quite long.

There are many queues for all the groups that appears in the Sparkling Night segment, but since it was getting late and im already tired, i only take with 2: Yui Hatano and Hibiki. At first i also want to queue up for Marsmahllow girls 3D+ but the queue is getting long so i decided to give it a pass xD

2shot with AV Star Hibiki

2shot with AV Star Yui Hatano

After the sparkling night buppan – we decided to call it a day. Went back to our capsule to rest up and prepare for TIF2017 Day 2 xD

(Jap Trip Day #9) 5th August 2017 TIF2017 Day 2

My TIF2017 Day 2 Summary

Today i avoided the queue for the Grand Market in the morning as i wanted to see Task Have Fun in the smile garden. So i went there in the morning with my friends just in time for the “Morning Exercise” routine xD

Morning Exercise Segment in Smile Garden

During the morning exercise segment, they also sing BiS “Nerve”, which is quite funny since it’s still so damn early in the morning xD ๐Ÿ˜€ Afterwards, Task Have Fun finally performs and they performed 2 of my favorite songs 3WD and Task. Awesome !!

Task Have Fun performing “3WD” at Smile Garden xD

After the Smile Garden performance, i separated from my friends as i went to the Heat Garage stage for X21 and Maneki Kecak. Yes today i am quite focused to X21 as this will be the last time i’ll be able to see my fave X21 Member Miyu Yoshimoto before she finally graduates and became a full time actress/model. Damnnn ๐Ÿ™

For the X21 performance they went on to sing the new single, and also last year summer single Natsu Dayo!! which is damn awesome to me xD

For Maneki Kecak performance, here is the setlist for Heat Garage day 2:
1. Joudan Ja Nai Ne
2. Monster to Kecak
3. Kimiwazurai

Yet again “Joudan Ja Nai Ne”, and i got crazy high again during this song xD God knows how many times i listen to this song during this trip, since most of the time Drop and Maneki appears, they almost certain 99% to sing it on their setlist LOL. ๐Ÿ˜€

Afterwards, it’s time for buppan so i went to the Grand Market areas. First up i went to the babyraids booth as they’r there to hand out flyers and stuffs. I managed to get flyers from Denchan and also chat with her for a while. Not bad !

Babyraids giving Flyers @ Grand Market xD

After that i went on to wait for a free Hi Touch session with X21 at the Greetings Square. I’m really into X21 Mode today as i really want to say goodbye to Miyu Yoshimoto lol. But during the hi5, it went on really fast so in the end i didnt get to say anything to her except for a smile i got from her haha. She is really pretty though omg. ๐Ÿ™ It’s a shame that there isnt a 2shot/cheki for X21 in this TIF. Luckily i still can see her one more time later during X21 Performance at the Dream stage in the afternoon !

Afterwards, i went to Smile Garden waiting for performance from Babyraids Japan and Kamiyado! I got quite early in smile garden so i went up to rest first at the trees area in the back before moving up close during babyraids turns xD

Resting up in the shades area before babyraids turn XD

Babyraids Setlist @ Smile Garden TIF2017 day 2
1. Forever my friend
2. Jump
4. Senkou Believer
5. Tora Tora Tiger.

The babyraids setlist @ Smile Garden is quite decent, although, yet again they avoid to sing “Yoake Brand New Days”. Last year Yoake Brand New Days was the highlights of TIF2016 for me when the wotas gets really high and throws up the lightsticks in the air. I suppose they got some warnings from TIF because of that lol. ๐Ÿ˜›

Anyways, after Babyraids i went back to rest up in the shades again, although i remembered Nijicon went to perform after that and sing Triangle Dreamer lol. But im not really a big fan, so i stayed at the back, before moving up close again during Kamiyado’s turn xD forgot the full setlist for Kamiyado, but they did sign Summer Dream and Harajuku Sentai Kamiyado Ranger again. ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

After Smile Garden, went back to the buppan area as i need to take cheki with Kamonegi’s Yurichei. The 2shot cost 1000 yen without sign, which is quite expensive imo for an idol group that is still really new…but oh well i feel like supporting them anyways. After the chekis they give you plenty of time to talk (i got like, up to 1 minute) so in the end even though without sign, it’s still kinda worth it i guess. I showed her the 2shot i took with her when she is giving flyers at TIF2016 last year and she is really happy haha ๐Ÿ˜€

2shot with Kamonegi’s Yurichei

After that, i went to the TGIF booth to look around. As i never checked the TGIF booth yesterday, i went on to look around as tomorrow i am preparing to queue up for Marichuu (Nagasawa Marina) 2shot chekis in the morning. At first, i didnt plan to buy any chekis, but then i saw this quite pretty tall gal called “Wakana Kazuky (@wakana_kazuky on twitter)” and her line seems quite short. In fact her chekis are still available! After observed her for a while, i decided to buy 1 cheki with her as there is no one queueing for her for almost 5 minutes…lol .poor her. She looks kinda happy as i moved towards her to take cheki with her xD Later i found out that she is a racequeen too

2shot with Race Queen / Model , Wakana Kazuky

After the buppan, i went to the Dream Stage to see There There Theres and X21. Stayed at the back during There There Theres as i didnt want to get into trouble (lol) and moved up really close during X21 turn. The setlist for X21 here is quite decent too !! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

X21 @ dream stage #TIF2017 day 2
1. Magical Kiss
2. Colorful shimashou
3. Genjitsu Kara Nigeru Kara Genjitsu ga Tsurainda

They sing “Magical Kiss” which is one of my fave X21 song. Yatta!! ๐Ÿ˜€ Afterwards i feel abit sad as this is the last X21 performance i managed to see with Miyu Yoshimoto in it ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ™ But still, i have to move on. Next up – i went to the Sky Stage for the Maneki Kecak performance.

The queue for the Sky Stage actually not so long this time as i only queued for only 10 mins. But the queue going down later took me about 15-20 mins instead lol. I haven’ been to the sky stage in the last 3 years, and suddenly i remembered why i hate this stage. The view is good and all, but you need to waste time going up and down the lift is the problem. Luckily it’s Maneki Kecak, so i decided to give it a go. And basically i wasted 30 mins just to go up there and see Maneki Kecak performing 2 songs…and yes, they did sing Joudan Ja Nai Ne again xD

Maneki Kecak @ Sky stage #TIF2017 day 2
1. Joudan ja nai ne
2. Kiseki

After maneki, i can hear Dorothy Little Happy upstairs singin “2 the sky” but then again DLH is no more imo…there’s only 1 member left and there’s no point of me to see them now haha. so rushed downstairs and headed to see BiSH at the Hot stage.

BisH at the hot stage is hilarious. They sing a grand total of 6 times of the same damn song (Hoshi ga matataku youru ni) just like last year. But this year is with a twist; because HKT48 is performing after this LOL. There’s tons of 48G fans waiting there, so it was nice of them to brainwash the waiting “48G” fan with the same songs over and over again…what a troll move by BiSH and i give them 2 thumbs up for that LOL ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

After “BisH” i went to the heat garage for last 2 performance there. Osaka Shunkanysyuto and Kamiyado!. I got bumped up with my indo friends for Kamiyado, but since we all very tired already we only see them from the back areas. Haha. Here’s the setlist for Kamiyado Heat Garage:

Kamiyado @ #TIF2017 day 2 Heat Garage:
1. Harajuku Sentai Kamiyado Ranger
2. Action!!
3. Summer Dream
4. K.M.Y.D

After Kamiyado performance, basically its the end of Day2 for me. Decided to rest up for the day, as tomorrow i will begin the day by queuing for the Grand Market for TGIF 2017 Day 3 Lol!! ๐Ÿ˜€

(Jap Trip Day #10) 6th August 2017 TIF2017 Day 3

My TIF2017 Day 2 Summary

Day 3 is really straight forward for me. I only focused on 4 things. “TGIF“, “Kamiyado”, “Maneki Kecak” and “Babyraids” @ Hot stage. So yeah, not much roaming around for me this day, but the day begins very early for me as i need to queue up for the Grand Market TGIF bikinis cheki. I woke up around 5am, and luckily as my capsule hotel is very near to the venue, i managed to take the first train at around 5:40 am, and reach odaiba by 5:50am. By 5:55 am,im already queieing at the Grand market, and there’s only like 15 people in front of me ! LOL ๐Ÿ˜€

Me Being Crazy : Queing for Grand Market at 5:55 am

At first my plan is to queue overnight from the night before. I even asked advice from some of my friends who queued before and they told me that i should go for overnight. But since im already tired i decided to sleep, and woke up for the very first train in the morning. Luckily, it works for me ๐Ÿ˜€ But not without a fight !!! Read on.

As i keept on waiting until 10am, i have to wait for my Indonesian friend to come and watch over my queueue as i went to exchange my wristband at the TGU booth near Smile Garden.Yes, you need a wristband to go up the market, and since the free TGU pass you need to exchange everyday, i need to do this part lol. After that, my friend continues to smile garden to watch the next performance as i continued on queuing until the grand market opens at 10am.

Now this is the crazy part. As the grand market opens at 10:00 AM — everyone is literally rushing to the TGIF booth. There’s alot of pushing and running even though the guards warned us not to run. but we all still run anyways. LOL Crazy. Basically it was quite chaos–and some of the people who queued OVERNIGHT, ended up BEHIND ME, and some people who queued BEHIND ME, ended up in front of me. It was crazy i told you !! And guess what. They only have 50 cheki tickets per idols, and they limited the cheki tickets to 5 per person !! This is really stupid as they should have limited it to only 1 per person.

As i moved in front, i see most of the people in front of me are aiming for Marichuu. And once i reached the buppan to buy my tickets. just lucky that i purchased the last 2 tickets for Marichuu !! But its for the 16:30 session. After buying i’ve got to rush to ask around to the people who already purchased Marichuu tickets to ask them if they want to change to the 13:30 session (as i prefer the 13:30 session and rather have both sessions than just one sesssions). Luckily there is one person who wants to change, so in the end i got 1 tickets for the 13:30 session, and one tickets for the 16:30 session ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ Of course i also bought chekis for Jun Amaki, Shion of Nijimasu, etc but the fact that Marichuu bikinis chekis ticket sold out within 5 minutes is still a damn crazy experience!! After this i decided to rest at Diver City fo a while LOL.

After resting, first up i went to the Heat Garage to see Festive for a while. Forgot the exact setlist again but i think they did sing Magical Parade for one of the songs haha. After Festive @ Heat Garage, i went back to the TGIF booth at grand market to use up some of the TGIF cheki tickets for the first session at 12:00. Then i went to the Hot Stage to see Ayumikurikamaki, before going back again because of the hot weater lol The Ayumikurikamaki performance is awesome though !!

Back at 13:30, went for the 2nd round of the TGIF session and took chekis with Marichuu for the first time ๐Ÿ˜€ Also with Jun Amaki and Shion of Nijimasu. (I shall post the pictures later together after all the sessions ended in one big post xD)

During Jun Amaki turns after i told her from indonesia, she went on to say “Terima Kasih” (means thank you in english) lol. quite funny. And during Marichuu turn she says she loves Bali in Indonesia xD

After the 2nd session of TGIF it’s time for Kamiyado and Babyraids Japan at the hot stage. I forgot the exact setlist for Kamiyado now, but they did sing Kamiyado Ranger and Summer Dream again as usual. As for babyraids, they finally sing Yoake Brand New Days” here….yattaa!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

Babyraids @ TIF2017 hot stage:
1. Tiger soul
2. Eiko sunrise
4. Baby revolution
5. Cinderella ja ireranai
6. Yoake Brand new Days (!!!!!)

They haven’t been singin Yoakae Brand new Days for a while. so it s quite a surprise!! Sadly this session i have to rush as i was rushing to the buppan for my next Marichuu chekis at 16:30 so after the song ended- i immidiately runs to the buppan LOL. Reached just in time for another chekis with Marichuu ๐Ÿ˜€ During this cheki, Marichuu remembers me and she decided to hold my hand during the chekis…nice fanservice ! ๐Ÿ˜€

Now that the TGIF segment i can finally spam the pictures i take lol. Here ya go

With Marichuu@ TGIF Day 3 Chekis Segment

2nd time with Marichuu@ TGIF Day 3 Chekis Segment

With Jun Amaki @ TGIF Day 3 Chekis Segment

With Hinano (@hinano_fitone) @ TGIF Day 3 Chekis Segment

With Shion Nijimasu @ TGIF Day 3 Chekis Segment

After the TGIF segment…i decided to drop by to Heat Garage to see Passpo for the first time during this trip LOL ๐Ÿ˜€ As i mention before, they’re no longer my priorities, but in fact, i have to make a last minute decision to see them as i just remembered that i haven’t seen them even once during this trip lol…so i made my way to the Heat Garage to see them. They’re wearing the new outfits, and some of the songs they sing here includes Natsuzora Hanabi, Pretty Lie, Vivi Natsu, and Bachelorette wa Owaranai”. There is one more song (a new song) i forgot the title, which totally speaks for itself — A passpo song i coudn’t remember the name??? Shame on you !! LOL.

Well with that over…at least i dropped by to see Passpo once this year…heck,i didnt even get to see Palet this year even once lol. Just not my luck i guess? ๐Ÿ˜›

Afterwards, i went back to the greeting square for one last time. Earlier my friend gave me a free cheki tix for Appare ! Harajuku in order to brainwash me lol, and guess what — it worked LOL. Since he gave it for free i decided to choose Yuri again. Haha.

2shot with Appare! Harajuku Yuri

After this, there’s only 2 things left in this TIF. The Hot Stage. Maneki Kecak at the hot stage, and the Grand finale at the hot stage. So i rushed my way to the hot stage just in time for the first song…”Joudan Ja Nai Ne!!” (AGAIN!!! XD) ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

Maneki Kecak #TIF2017 Day 3 Hot Stage
1. Joudan ja nai ne
2. Kiseki
3. Time machine
4. Kimiwazurai

Its kinda sad that i didnt get to see Do Demo Iiya or Arikitarina Kotoba De during this year japan trip, but oh well…i lost count how many times i seen “Joudan Ja Nai Ne” or “Kimiwazurai”. xD ๐Ÿ˜›

After Maneki Kecak finished, i waited for the Grand Finale segment since maneki earlier says that they will be appearing again at the grand finale. I sat down with my friends at the back for more than 1 hour. And towards the end of the grand finale….KamiKecha (Mankei Kecak x Kamiyado Collabo unit) appears again to sing none other than…”Joudan Ja Nai Ne” LOL xD ๐Ÿ˜€

As this will be the last song by maneki / kamiyado during this japan trip, i rushed out to the middle areas together with the other manekis pinchikes. Joined the circle to do the mix and also the gachikoi, the funny thing is that the security is all there present near our circle, but they cant do anything as long we never go overboard lol…doing a gachikoi mix just in front of the security must be the WEIRDEST THING EVER LOL. I wonder what’s on their mind while we doing this in front of them lol xD But since this is the last performance, i dont want to give a damn really haha. It was quite chaos too, some guy was thrown outside the stage, someone lost their shoes etc etc. I managed to keep my cool even though i got quite high during this segment haha. After all is done, i went back to the back areas to sit down with my friends.

The very last performace of the grand finale is the idols singing old morning musume songs The Peace!! before we decided to call it a day. Went back to the Diver City Gundam Statue areas for one last meeting with the other foreign/overseas wotas. took a group pic, before decided to call it day. what a blast.

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Some things i thought about this year TIF2017:
– Security is once again very tight. especially the Smile Garden and Festival Stage.
– Best Stage for this year TIF is Heat Garage hands down. There is no security (you can go crazy) and also it is indoor (quite cooling xD)
– Too many 48 groups but luckily, none of them affected me
– TGIF cheki queue is stupid. They should have limited it to 1 per person
– Day 1 and 2 TIF is not too hot due to the cloudy weather…day 3 is back to hell xD
– Thanks to TGU again for the free gaijin pass this year ! Its worth 18.100 yen ๐Ÿ˜€

Overall it was quite okay even though the security is strict. I still manage to have fun, and i cleared all my goals during my trip (take chekis with maneki kecak, kamiyado and also passcode even though its not on TIF). However next year, i might be tempted to skip TIF for Idol yokocho maybe…but let’s see how it goes ๐Ÿ˜€

I shall end my blog post here. There is still one remaining day of my trip but its nothing but my trip back to the airport, so it’s not worth mentioning here…haha. So until Next time…And thanks for reading my crap as always ๐Ÿ˜€

— Japan Trip 2017 ENDS —

If you’re wondering why my blog title is called “20 days in japan” and this year i only went for 10 days…its because in the beginning (2011-2013) i always went for around 20 days when going to japan…only recently i decided to cut it short down to 10 days or less…this blog has been around for 6 years now and sometimes it serves me as an “online diary” to recall my (wotas and stupid) experience lol. *end of notes* !

All my chekis during this 2017 Summer Japan Trip !

2017 Summer Japan Trip Day 5-7 (PART2)

Posted: August 10, 2017 by InfinityZer0 in Japan!!

Continuing where i left off for PART 2 of my japan trip. It took me 2 hours to do a write up for my previous blog posts, so i took a break earlier before continuing again haha.

(Unrelated Maneki Kecak Pix LOL)

(Jap Trip Day #5) 1st August 2017

There’s only 1 event here today and that is the Babyraids event at @Tsutaya Ikebukuro branch for a CD launch event and mini live. Although during lunch time i went to Shinjuku’s Tower Record first to secure myself the Passcode Mini Live Event tomorrow. The CD and event tickets already starting to selling from today, so i dropped by there first just to be sure. ๐Ÿ˜€

Over there i also bumped into a foreign Passcode Fan and we did talk for a while. They also have a show case of Passcode previous outfits inside the Tower Records shop.

Passcode Outfits Showcase @ Tower Records

Bought 3x Passcode Albums.

In total i bought 3x album and it cost me 10.500 yen. It came with a bonus poster too !!! ๐Ÿ˜€ Plus, i’ve got 9 event tickets in total, and you can take chekis with passcode using 2 tickets (no sign), 3 tickets (chekis with sign) and 4 tickets (for a group shot). Since i got 9 tickets, i already planned to get a group shot, a cheki with yuna + sign, and a cheki with Nao. But we will go into that details for tomorrow since the event won’t start until then haha.

After i’m finished buying the Passcode CDs i went to Akihabara again to look around as usual, window shopping without buying anything LOL. I did see a cheap external 1TB hdd for only 3000 yen though, and its really cheap compared to the price back then in indo. Decided to come back later days to get it since its really cheap.

Afterwards, i went back to my friend house to drop my Passcode CD’s and posters (i didnt want to bring the passcode posters anyway so just to be safe i dropped it at my friend house first) before continuning to the Babyraids event @ Ikebukuro. Once i reached Ikebukuro, it started raining very big. Luckily i bring my umbrella (which i bought the previous days) as it’s been raining in the last few days !

Rainy Season in Tokyo during Summer time this year!

Went inside the Tsuataya shop @ ikebukuro for the event ticket. Bought myself 1 copy of the Regular edition and also the CD/DVD version (so total damage for the day is 2800 yen). This enables me for an event ticket to the mini live, and as well handshakes with all the members 1x. If you want to handshake more, you can get more tickets buy buying more CDs (the 1000 yen version ones). I didnt want to talk too much so 1 ticket is just fine with me. xD ๐Ÿ˜€ After buying the tickets, i went to nearby McDonalds to rest before finally going to the venue at around 20:00 PM.

Handshake Tickets (left) and Mini Live Entrance Tix (right) with queue number 88.

The Mini Live venue for the babyraids is in the basement of the Tsutaya Ikebukuro Branch. Its like a mini-live house, and by i mean mini– its really small ! During the opening introduction, Babyraids themself told us that we cannot jump as our heads will hit the ceiling LOL. As the ceiling is really low. So you cannot do much here basically. the plus point is that the stage is really near – if you’re in the front row, you can basically touch them lol. That is very near for babyraids standard imo. ๐Ÿ˜€

Babyraids Mini Live @ tsutaya ikebukuro 01.08.2017

01. Ride on idorock
02. Wahaha
03. Namida nochi hare
04. Silence nonsense sigh
05. Baby revolution
06. Baki-baki
07. Cinderella ja irarenai

In total, they sing 8 songs, which is awesome i guess for a mini live. All full song and no half songs. ๐Ÿ˜€ After the mini live then it’s the handshake session. All the members are nice, but imo Manatsu is the nicest followed by Denchan. Manatsu still keep looking at me even though i already moved on to the next member to handshake, and her reaction is really sincere, i can tell you that ๐Ÿ˜€ . As for denchan, she is nice but…well we all know she is the “fishing” queen haha. So yeah, its totally different feel from Manatsu. Manatsu is just awesome. ๐Ÿ˜€

(Nao) Takami is the usual with her funny reaction after i told her i came from indo lol. Ricopin is cute, and Rioton is being…rioton. looks so un-interested during the handshake but i already expected that haha ๐Ÿ˜›

After the handshake i decicded to go back as the venue still filled with alot of people, not sure what time the event finish as i want to go back to rest earlier and i dont have any more handshake tickets anyway. But overall, its a fun event !! :3 ๐Ÿ˜€

(Jap Trip Day #6) 2nd August 2017

Another day , another events. Today i have 2 events planned, and that is the Babyraids Mini Live @ Laqua City and the Passcode Release event @ Tower Records Shinjuku ! I can’t really participate the babyraids one until the end as i have to leave / rush to the passcode event in shinjuku, but thankfully the place is quite near. haha.

In the morning, me and my friend went to Nakano first to look around the Trio3 shop. Things has changed alot here since i visited this shop back then in 2012. When i visited this shop back then in 2012, the shop is dominated by AKB48 stuffs. Now the akb section is already quite small, and most of the stuffs is non idol stuffs like Exile-Egirls or Perfume and some other groups. In the end i didnt buy anything here, which reminds me again that i should skip this branch next time and just stick to the akihabara Trio branch next time! ๐Ÿ˜›

After from Nakano, me and my friend went to the Laqua City at the Tokyo Dome City preparing for the babyraids mini live. As i have to rush to the next event (passcode) @ shinjuku, i did not purchase the “priority seating” tickets area, and only bought the 1800 CD DVD version that comes with the Autograph signing session coupon. I also can’t attend the autograph signing session anyway, so i give it to my friend to cover it up for me (i asked for Denchan’s autograph haha).

By the way, this venue is the same as the venue the first time i’ve seen Babyraids back then in 2013. Back then the event also held in this place, Laqua City, and back then im not so hardcore babyraids as i am now. I remember only watched them from far away from the 2nd floor. Time does fly by quite fast !

Laqua City on 2.8.2017 and 4 years ago on July 2013,my first encounter with babyraids

Babyraids mini-live @ Laqua 02.08.2017 – 19:00 START

01. Pretty Little Baby
02. namida nochi hare
03. silence nonsense sigh
04. babyraids

For babyraids mini live today they only sing 5 songs in total. But its already expected because afterwards they still have handshake and autograph signing event so they need to cut the time. After they sing the last song “OOOOO” i immidiately rushed off to Shinjuku tower recods for the passcode event. I left Laqua by 1930pm, and i reached Shinjuku by 19:50pm. I already memorized the route so i took the shortest possible route and managed to reach on time LOL !! ๐Ÿ˜€

Passcode Event @ Shinjuku Tower REcords 02.08.2017 – 20:00 START

01. Maze of mind
02.ใƒ‰ใƒชใƒผใƒ ใƒกใƒผใ‚ซใƒผ
04. Toxic

Once i reached the tower records i immidiately went in to the priority area. But since i came late, the place already full so i just stand there at the very back near the camera man lol. They sing 4 songs total, before continueing with the handshake and 2shot sessions !

Passcode Mini Live @ Tower Records Shinjuku

After the mini live, i went out from the priority areas and went to look around for the chekis queue. I find the queue near the stairwell between 8th and 9th floor of the tower records. I picked up Yuna’s lane and queued up. Now while queing i feel something is up. The queue didnt move at all, and i saw some people slowly queueing behind me. Then i noticed that downstairs they are doing the GROUP SHOT first !!! I immidiately rushed downstairs while abandoning my queue. I proceeded to take group shots first (lucky i realized this , or else i would be missing out) before going back to the Yuna’s queue, and by this time, the queue is already very crazy lol ๐Ÿ˜›

Passcode Group Shot xD

But with my Group shot cheki already in my hand, i feel at least secure for the time being. ๐Ÿ˜€ I continue on waiting and waiting for the Yuna’s cheki line and in total i waited around 1 and half hour for Yuna’s cheki, and additional 15 mins for Nao’s cheki (because by that time, Nao’s lane already almost finished). In total, i waited for 1 hour 45 minutes for chekis for both yuna and nao lol !!

During my encounter with Yuna, i told her that i came from Indonesia and she looks really happy. Then she went on to ask my name. Afterwards, i can see she trying to write my name on the chekis, then she remembered she can’t (the rules for the signing event is that the members can only write dates and autograph, and nothing else. bummer). so she held back and only write dates and autograph, before smiling back at me lol. what a nice gal.

As for Nao, it was pretty straight forward. and since i didnt ask for sign/autograph, she only say thank you and she gives me this very FIRM handshake. she basically grabbed my hands,and her handshake is very STRONG LOL. Quite funny. but anyways, she is very friendly as well.

Overall i spend like almost 3 hours at this event, but it was well worth it. It’s the only pascode event that i can attend, and i finally can take off “taking 2shot chekis with Passcode” from my ‘bucket list’ now ๐Ÿ˜€

2shot with Passcode yuna and nao xD

Oh– i almost forgot, here is the autograhed “OOOOO” Babyraids CD Single with Den-chan autograph, that my friend collected for me xD

And that should be the end for 2nd August 2017 lol.
What a happy day for me xD

(Jap Trip Day #7) 3rd August 2017

Today is basically the “Off” day for me. I didnt really have nothing much in mind expcept of going to Odaiba to check in on my capsule hotel, and also meet up my friend who just arrived in Tokyo today. So i basically stayed in my friend’s place up until 14:30 PM (LOL) before i decided to go out to odaiba. what a very LAZY day indeed xD

I checked in to my hostel “Ariake Bay Hotel” capsule at around 16:30 pm. I was greeted by a foreign clerk (blonde, maybe from Russia) that speak good english. This capsule hotel is very near odaiba, in fact its only 2 stops away from “Tokyo Teleport” station, so the place is very strategic to me ! My friend place is in shinjuku so that is very far from odaiba, which is why i decided to stay here. A place that is very near to the venue. ๐Ÿ˜€

After checking in, i went on to check the facilities of this hotel. All i can say in short is that…

Ariake Bay Hotel short review:
– Hotel is VERY Clean
– Free Bathrobes, towel, toohbrusth/paste and sandals
– Shower Room is good, complete with soap and shampoo. Never have to queue also
– Clean toilet
– Spacious Capsule
– Common Area on the 4th floor with Microwave and vending machines.
– Overall i would rate this capsule hotel 8 out of 10!

Ariake Bay Capsule Hotel!

After checking in, i went to the TIF2017 Venue to look around for stuff. As expected, some of the idols are doing their rehearshal here! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ Basically, they did practise/rehearse one song at every stage before moving onto the next stage. I saw Drop, GEM, Palet, Osaka Sunkansyuto, etc etc (some i didnt know) at Smile Garden and Festival stage xD I keep on going back and forth between these stages to see which one performing. In the end i managed to see GEM twice (@ smile garden and festival stage) haha. And also, Drop doing “Joudan Ja Nai Ne” at Smile Garden ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

Idols Rehearshing for Tomorrow Performance!

After seeing the idols rehearshing, i meet up with my friend who just arrived in Tokyo (he actually got stuck at the Tennozu Isle station as Rinkai Line held back/stopped for almost 1 hour lol). Decided to eat dinner at Diver City mall, before going back to the capsule for rest and preparing for Tokyo Idol Festival 2017 Tomorrow. ๐Ÿ˜€

— end —

So yeah, that should be that for Day 5-7 of this Summer Japan Trip Blog post. Up next for the update should be PART 3 for my TIF2017 post Update, so stay tuned!!

2017 Summer Japan Trip Day 1-4 (PART1)

Posted: August 9, 2017 by InfinityZer0 in Japan!!

Finally i am back home. This year Japan Summer trip is another blast for me, and it’s kinda different than my usual years. This year mainly i focused on 3 main groups and that is “Maneki Kecak“, “Babyraids“, “Kamiyado“, and also “Passcode” (although only managed to see Passcode 1 event and that is their release event…good enough though :D).

On the other hand, this year i only managed to see Passpo 1x (at day 3 TIF2017 somemore, lol, last minute decision.) and in the end i never see Palet at all even though i wanted to see the new members haha. Could it be the end of support for the “Platinum Passport” Groups for me? ๐Ÿ˜›

Anyways let’s begin with some of the summaries from my Day 1 to Day 10 of this year Summer Japan trip.

The flight to Japan using ANA was smooth and good.

(Jap Trip Day #1) 28th July 2017

Arrived in Narita Airport aroudn 4pm in the afternoon. The immigration queue was smooth, and so does the baggage pick up, didnt take quite long. This is important as me and my friend are both rushing to another event in the afternoon, so we rushed our way to Tokyo from Narita airport using the Keisei Skyliner. This is my first time using the Skyliner, apparently it only took 40 minutes for the train to reach Nippori from Narita Airport ! The price is 2400 yen though, big increase from my usual slowpoke “local train” that is Keisei Main Line that runs from Ueno to Narita.

Inside the Keisei Skyliner. 2400 yen for 40 mins trip to Nippori

Anyways, i dropped by my friend place first in the Mejiro/Shinjuku areas to drop my bags before continuing to Akihabara for the AV event. The AV event i want to go is Imanaga Sana at MiS Akihabara. I came to the event like, 1 hour and 30 minutes late after the event already started. But i went anyways wondering if i still can take part in the event if the tickets still available. To me surprise, the event is still going on, and my ticket is only numbered “31”, which means, there are only like 30 people before me. Kinda feel sorry for her, actually i thought the event would be sold out haha.

Anyways i bought 2 just enough to get me a short photoshoot session, autograph session ,and a 2shot session. ๐Ÿ˜›

Imanaga Sana AV Event (28.07.2017)

After the event, went for another short walk around in Akihabara looking for 2nd hand Maneki Kecak goods at Trio etc etc. But ended up buying nothing. So went back to my friend’s place to rest up for the night. And that’s all for Day 1 for me ๐Ÿ˜€

(Jap Trip Day #2) 29th July 2017 – Roppongi Idol Festival Day 1

Time for my first idol event for this trip. the Roppongi Idol Festival ! The event takes place in “Ropponggi Hills Arena” at Roppongi and its my 1st time going to this place. Looks like the TV-Asahi HQ is located around this area too. Anyways, reached the venue around 12pm to scout the location first. Saw Supergirls doing their buppan earlier, and Nana Asakawa and friends is there doing the handshake session. Observed her for a while before moving on to locate the stage.

The entrance to the stage is actually downstairs but i didnt manage to find the queue line for it. I only found out later than the queue only starts around 2pm and it was above the stairs for number 1-500, and donwstairs for number 500 and above lol (my ticket was number 600+). So after all the confusion, fast forward and i finally entered the venue at around 2.45pm and by that time the opening act (Up Up girls 2) already started.

Roppongi Summer Arena Stage. Images Found from Google HAHA (since cant take picture inside)

For the first part of the live, i think im not in the mood for live (long story) but some groups i recalled from the 1st session is “Party Rockets GT”, G-Girls, and Sora tob sakana. All of them so-so only thougbh as they didnt do enough to get my wota bloods pumping LOL. ๐Ÿ˜›

Halfway through i went out for a rest before going back again around 5pm for the idol singing/karaoke battle segment. this segment is really fun ๐Ÿ˜€ Some of the highlights i can remember :
– Hinnapu (kamiyado) and Denchan (babyraids) karaoke duet haha
– birthday suprise for supergirls member @SG3_yumeri. Suddenly they sing namida surpise and give her birthday cake lol. Her expression is really shocked.
– Last part of the Karaoke with “Nishi” from Namaudon is really Hilarious LOL! That really cheered me up.

After that, im basically just looking forward for Kamiyado, and babyraids performance. Of course there’s also Supergirls, Up Up girls and Osaka Shunkansyuto and the rest, but i didnt really do much during those parts ๐Ÿ˜€

Kamiyado setlist @ roppongi idol fest day 1
1. harajuku sentai kamiyado ranger
2. action!
3. summer dream

Babyraids Setlist @ roppongi idol fest day 1
1. Baby Step
2. Senkou Believer
4. Babyraids
5. Cinderella Ja Ireranai

After all the performance ended i waited for the Kamiyado buppan which takes place at the end of the event. To take 2shots with Kamiyado you need to buy their product. I bought their tshirt for 4000 yen, and i got 4 Tickets. If i want 2shot without signature, it takes only 2 tickets. If you want 2shot with signature, it’ll take all 4 tickets. Since i dont really need the sign, i just took 2shots with no sign with both Mika and Meirin. Total 4 tickets from my Tshirt Purchase haha

2shot with Mika chan and Meirin Kamiyado @ Day 1 Roppongi Idol Fest

And that’s the end of Roppongi Idol Fest Day 1 ๐Ÿ˜›

Day 1 Schedule *click for bigger version*

(Jap Trip Day #3) 30th July 2017 – Roppongi Idol Festival Day 2

For the 2nd day of Roppongi Idol Festival, there are less idols compared to yesterday, but it doesnt matter because today got Maneki Kecak ๐Ÿ˜€ !! Woohooo !! It’s my first time seeing them during this japan trip, so i was kinda excited really. I heard about the queue for their 2shots being sooo crazy, and it really does. Arrived at the buppan around 1 hour before it opened, and the queue already starts. Haha.

Queue for Maneki Kecak Buppan

For Maneki Kecak, you can only buy 1 ticket each per person. If you want to buy more, you need to queue again from the back, and by that time, usually the tickets already sold out. For first, i choose to buy Reonyan’s cheki/2shot tickets. They have 3 different prices:
– 2000 yen for cheki without sign
– 2500 yen for cheki with sign
– 3000 yen for cheki with alot of sign (you can only collect it at the next day/event)

Went for 2500 yen cheki instead. and after that i want to queue again but then i see they only have miyuu cheki tickets left…oh well.

Cheki with Reonyan~

After the maneki kecak buppan finishes,basically me and my friend have 2 hours + time to kill since the event only starts at around 3pm (and we arrived for maneki’s buppan at around 1130-12 LOL). Went to walk around in Ropponggi for a while, and then suddenly while waiting near the roppongi hills area, i found out that Babyraids are doing this Abema broadcast thiny from the nearby building.

You can see them from outside- and i didnt know you can take pictures as well, since the very first front row all guys using cameras / DSRL lol. Damn. Went to snap a few pictures only using my Handphone since i am not ready ๐Ÿ™

Manatsu snaps i managed to take after the recording ended

Fast forward for the performance of the Roppongi Idol Festival Day 2 shall we. Some of the “highlights” idol groups for today is Maneki Kecak, Kamiyado, Up Up girls, Cheeky Parade, LinQ, 9nine, Wasuta, etc.

Below is some of the songs that some of the idol groups singing during the event. I will just copy and paste them from my Phone Notes, so sorry if its too messy xD

Maneki kecak:
-joudan ja nai ne

-harajuku sentai kamiyado ranger
-summer dream

-bunbun nine9
-cover (happy summer wedding – Morning Musume xD)

9nine :
-why dont u relax
-sun sun sunrise
– cover (Zone-Secret Base)

– Hanabi
– cover coco natsu (momoclo) xD

Finale Roppongi idol fest :
the Peace (all idol group) momosu cover xD

karaoke team contest winner:
red team (moso, wasuta, kamiyado, uug, chikipa) haha

And oh, during Wasuta you can also snap pictures using mobile phones. Here are some snaps haha

Wasuta @ Roppongi Idol Festival Day 2

Day 2 Schedule *click for bigger version*

(Jap Trip Day #4) 31th July 2017 – Konyafest @ Tsutaya O-East

Today is another crazy idol live day ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ :P. Its the “Konyafest” @ Tsutaya O-East Shibuya, and they have 2 sessions, day time and night session. At first i’m thinking to go for both sessions, but then seeing that none of the idol groups on the 1st session actually interested me…me and my friend decided to rest at the nearby Saezariya restaurant to chill and wait for the Night session. Around 5pm, we decided to go back to Tsutaya O-east for the main event ! ๐Ÿ˜€

Some of the idol groups highlights today includes Task Have Fun, Appare! Harajuku, Maneki Kecak, Drop, Idol College, and Cheeky Parade Although i have to skip cheeky parade because i was busy queuing for the Maneki’s buppan xD ๐Ÿ˜€

Full Schedule *click for bigger version*

The first few batchs of the idol groups actually not bad. “Needs”, and “Pimms” is actually quite decent. But not good enough to warrant me to drop by their buppan anyways haha. Basically i was waiting for Task Have Fun — and their performance didnt dissapoint ! ๐Ÿ˜€ They sing 2 of my favorite songs – Task and 3WD so its quite awesome ! (then again….they didnt really have much songs anyways lol). Afterwards i also went out to queue for cheki with Task Have Fun’s Fuuka. Their cheki plus sign only cost 1000 yen in this event. Im also quite close for the live performance, i think around 2nd row or something which is great. Since the place is small anyways, its easy to see them quite up close. I Love this kind of Live house event to be honest ๐Ÿ˜€

A screencap from Task Have Fun webstream… can see me on the 2nd row left xD

2shot with Task Have Fun – Fuuka

After “Task Have Fun”, there’s also “Playballs”, an idol groups with a soft/baseball concept. Quite interesting, they also sing the only songs i recognized by them, which is “Diving Catch” LOL! ๐Ÿ˜€ After that, Idol College went to sing their old songs “Ichigo Parfait” and also used to be my old time fave “Yozora”…nice haha.

After that is time for Appare! Harajuku. Just like “Task Have fun”, this is my first time seeing them during this trip and i’ve become aware of their songs ever since watching the Idol Yokocho 2017 clips where all their fans gone crazy during one of the songs (Kimidake wonderland), and rightly so. During this performance everyone becomes high also. Suddenly the places became full of “Pinchikes” and many pushing, rushing to left and right and also lifting Lol. ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ It’s kinda fun to see though (as long yourself didnt get pushed and stuffs ๐Ÿ˜› but luckily i am safe) so during this time i didnt really do much expcet observing them Hahaha.

After Appare, it’s time for Maneki Kecak woohooo. Basically i went all out during this, even joined the circle pit with all the other Manekis wotas and pinchikes *yea i suddenly turned into one too, pardon me* LOL ๐Ÿ˜€ Especially during Joudan Ja Nai Ne it was crazy. During TIF2017 (which i will get into in the future post) the security was damn tight. Here- there is no rule so it was crazy, many pushing and shoving aside (especially during the gachikoi after the 2nd verse of joudan ja nai ne). but anyways. it was fun when its your favorite idol groups hahaha. Just a tip – If you only want to see and not participate with all the pinchikes during Manekis, i suggest you to see from all the way back to AVOID getting pushed into the pit with all the other manekis wota Especially during Joudan Ja Nai Ne ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

Anyways, Maneki kecak sings 4 songs total, and you can see the setlist below:

Maneki Kecak @ tsutaya oeast 31.07.2017
2. Monster to kecak
3. Time machine
4. Joudan ja nai ne

After Maneki Kecak, its Cheeky Parade turns but sadly i have to skip them as i have to rush for the Maneki’s buppan. I rushed myself upstairs and i accidentaly queued into Drop’s queue without noticing. After i realize, i went back down to my horror to see the queue for Maneki’s already too damn long. Luckily i met with this kind Japanese fan (a chiai oshi – twitter handle @wanchanpanic1) which helped me through out this buppan process, and i cannot thank him enough for helping me to get the Chiai’s 2 shot ticket here. Because of that i managed to get 2 tickets today (another one for reonyan also).

Queue for Maneki Kecak Buppan all the day till downstairs!

The japanese chiai fan (@wanchanpanic1) also helped me to talk to Chiai during the chekis to explain that i came from Indonesia etc, so during my turn Chiai already totally focused to me. Very nice gesture of him, and i am very thankful of that ๐Ÿ˜€ Suddenly this friend (twitter handle @GachiMETAL) also came to give me some idol cds including Wasuta CDs…again, thanks for the kindness!!

My friend used to told me most Maneki fans is mostly Pinchikes — But dont know, maybe im just lucky today to met up with some nice and very kind japanese maneki kecak fans. Thanks again ! ๐Ÿ™‚

Chekis Chiai and Reonyan of Maneki Kecak!

After the buppan, i went back to the stage areas to see Drop performing their own version of Joudan Ja Nai Ne hahaha ๐Ÿ˜€ It was fun, but i didnt join with the mix circle this time around as i was too tired. And not long after the drop performance ended, me and my friend decided to call it a day and go back home. What a very tiring day indeed lol. At first i wanted to take chekis with Appare! Harajuku members too but didnt have the time for that, so i guess i should leave that for TIF2017 next week.

After the day, we dropped by to a nearby “Yoshinoya” for a late dinner. I was going to take a picture of my chekis with my meal (japanese style HAHA) when suddenly some wotas from the event also dropped by and doing the same things (taking pix of chekis with their meals lol). Got this one group of people, i accidentaly saw them taking pix of the chekis and their food — and when they noticed i saw them, they suddenly covered up their chekis….i mean what…ive done the same thing too, no need to be ashamed man xD I feel like showing them my chekis so that i could see theirs— but im too tired. It’s still damn funny though, i guess. ๐Ÿ˜€

So that’s about it for my 4th day of My Japan trip. only 4 days and im already all out mode by going 3 days full urya oi Lives from day to night lol. Im gonna stop my blog post here and continue next time for the next 3 days of events (day 5-7) which covers mainly babyraids event and passcode release event, before continuing with my Grand TIF2017 Posts and wrap ups.

Until the next post!

#Road2TIF2017 Wrap Up

Posted: July 17, 2017 by InfinityZer0 in Japan!!

Time for more #TIF2017 postwhore, and this one might be the last blog update before i depart to japan in less than 2 weeks time. In this update, we finally have more news about “TGIF2017“, a new added “Docomo 5G Stage” to the venue lists, and also the “Timetable” for TIF2017. Yay ! Although, the buppan / greetings area schedule is not out yet so we still have to wait for that xD ๐Ÿ˜€

New “Docomo” Stage

If this year TIF wasn’t big enough already, they decided to add another stage called the “Docomo / 5G” stage which i think, is located inside the Fuji TV headquarters. Now, im not sure how this stage will looks like as this is an entire new stage (never seen before in TIF) but seeing from the distance from other stages…man that is far. As far as the Dream Stage at least. Imagine walking between this stages to the Smile Garden… That would take forever!!! (under the summer heat too !) ๐Ÿ˜›

So im not sure about this particular stage in fact i might never see this stage at all this year. But let’s just see how it goes eh.

TGIF2017 Line Ups

They just added a line up for this year “TGIF2017“, not sure if the list is final or what, but all i can say its not better or not looking as great as the previous year. haha. The usual names is there again (like Jun Amaki) and some Festive members. But i do hope they update the line ups with more Gravure models though. 1000 yen cheki with gravure models is always worth it.

48/46G Addition to the TIF2017

Now we know Sasshi is the chairman / commitee for TIF2017 this year, but i wonder if she has something to do with the addition of sooo many 48 groups appearing in this year TIF2017. I mean, this year we have HKT48, SKE48, NGT48, AKB48 16ๆœŸ็ ”็ฉถ็”Ÿ, and also AKB48 Team 8. If that isn’t enough, there’s also Keya46 and Nogiz46 (although some 3rd gen members or what, i dont know cuz i dont follow 48/46G anymore) ๐Ÿ˜›

Now because of these groups, i can safely say that this year TIF will be packed as hell ! ๐Ÿ™ Since there are so many 48 groups in between the stages, you need to plan your timetable carefully as some stages with 48G will definitely packed as hell and you might need to come earlier for that… With all said and done…well…lets just avoid seeing these groups (for me anyway lol) and pray they didnt mess up my TIF Timetable schedule during the actual day haha

Btw, with these announcements, i think NMB48 is the only 48 group in japan so far that hasn’t performed in TIF yet. (and also the main senbatsu of AKB48G).

TIF2017 Timetable

This year TIF2017 Timetables for the performances is out ! Time to start planning your TIF schedule !!! or not…because the Buppan / Greetings area schedule isn’t out yet ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ But either way, i am glad that the timetable is out already, this way i can plan my moves earlier. Even though i still need to prepare some time slots for Buppan in the future.

Btw i also already made Version 0.000000000001 of my TIF2017 schedules lol. For my early “draft” though, i only included 3 of my main groups (that i really wanted to see) in this TIF. That is Babyraids Japan, Maneki Kecak and Kamiyado

So i only made an early draft schedule consisting this group. For the rest…i will wait for the buppan schedule first LOL ๐Ÿ˜›

My TIf2017 “Draft” Schedule v.00000000001 LOL

As you can see, it’s very simple but of course it’s not my final draft of schedules LOL ๐Ÿ˜€ I have also mentioned on my previous blog post that Passpo has dropped in my order list of my “fave idol groups”. ๐Ÿ˜› I’ve been seeing them as my Number 1 “priority” ever since the first TIF i went in 2012, so that is already 5 years in a row now…even last year in 2016, even though my interest to them has gone down alot, i still kept on seeing them somehow (lol) in most of the stages they performed in. For this year after taking a quick glance at the current timetable….well. I probably only can see them a few times if i am lucky…haha.

Other groups i want to see also such as Idol Streets GEM and Cheeky Parade as usual. Also the “Wack” groups such as BiS/BiSH etc etc. Some newer groups like Appare! Harajuku and Kamonegi!! kinda interest me as well so lets hope i can find some time slots to see them for few times. This year i might not see X21 though, and that also depends if Miyu Yoshimoto decided to appear for this year TIF or not (since she graduating soon).

And also, there is no Passcode yet on this year TIF2017 performer list, and we’re only 3 weeks away from the actual day, so yeah. i think they’re not invited for this year TIF…what a bummer ๐Ÿ™

Passcode – Damn you

Speaking of Passcode, They have events during the actual dates of TIF2017 which really makes me sad. ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ™ I really wanted to go for those (they have a live at Liquid Room at the same night of TIF2017 day 1, and also an album release event on 2nd day TIF2017 day time 12PM at Shibuya lol) but then again i probably not gonna sacrifice my TIF timeslots unless i am really crazy lol. It is technically possible, but it’s a bit time comsuming and requires alot of sacrifice.

Passcode new Album “Zenith”

They also have a release event on the 2nd August of 2017 (a date which proves to be VERY important date for me) at Shinjuku which i can go, but that one also clashes with other events on the same date that i really wanted to go too LOL. What a headache. Not sure how i am going to work that out, i probably still going for the Passcode one because there’s an cheki/2shot option during the event, and i want to clear that “bucket list” of having a cheki with passcode members at least once ๐Ÿ˜€

Babyraids new single “OOOOO” – Release at the same date of Passcode New Album

Btw, the event i have to sacrifice on the 2nd of August 2017 (dammit) is the babyraids new single release event, and that one they have a “Mini live” and a CD autograph session — and also, handshakes as well…d’oh !!! ๐Ÿ™ Why can’t they put them on different dates. ๐Ÿ™ Although Babyraids also have single release event the day before on the 1st of august (but minus the “autograph” signing session) so will have to see if i have to go that one instead of the 2nd august one…because i wanted Babyraids Autographs too !!

So yeah, this upcoming 2nd August I really need to think over in the next few days and will make my decisions soon…

Bottom Line:
So that should be that for my last “TIF” postwhore for this year. ๐Ÿ˜€ Probably not gonna update the blog anymore– at least until after i go back from my Japan Trip on the 1st week of August 2017. And like last year,probabl im not gonna update the blog in real time as well (wonder how did i manage to update all my blog post while im in japan last time in 2012-2013-2014 lols). ๐Ÿ˜›

Til then, see you later, thx for my reading my crappy blog post as usual and hoping for another excitin’ summer time in Japan !! Wohoooo! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

TIF2017 Map Updates ! And some stuffs~

Posted: June 12, 2017 by InfinityZer0 in Japan!!

So finally they have revealed the map areas for this year #TIF2017, and here’s what i thought about it !! ๐Ÿ˜€ Basically, on a quick glance, the map looks exactly/similiar to TIF2015 (2 years ago).

They removed last year TIF2016 “Ship Stage“, and bring back the “Heat Garage” from TIF2015 back at Zepp Diver, replacing the hot stage last year (which is held at zepp diver also). Instead, the Hot Stage this year would not be at Zepp diver again (since Heat Garage is now occupying the space again) so it’s probably be outdoor again just like in TIF2015.

Btw here’s a quick history of TIF Hot stage from year to years:
TIF2012 – Indoor (Zepp Diver)
TIF2013 – Indoor (Zepp Tokyo)
TIF2014 – Outdoor
TIF2015 – Outdoor
TIF2016 – Indoor (Zepp Diver)
TIF2017 – Outdoor?

Yes, if they follow the same format like in TIF2015, it will probably the same outdoor stage with some “shelter” areas which only covers the front areas of the stages. There is a priority seating area under the shelters, so if you cannot get inside this area, you have to stand from outside the areas without shelter, which means you’ll be burning under the sun..so get ready xD

TIF2014 Hot Stage Set-ups

Also, there’s one thing i didnt like from TIF2014/2015 outdoor setup. since there are “seating areas” here, many people are basically “chopping” up the seats and they won’t really move at all, so it’s kinda harder to move in front really. ๐Ÿ™ Basically if you really want to move closer to the stage (my experience in TIF2014/2015), you really need to be up for it. After each artist finished performing you have to get ready to move in front and wait for someone to leave, and then you can take over their seats.

This does not need to happen in indoor hot stages (tif 2016, 2013 and 2012) as there is no seating areas. No seating areas means NO RULE, you just need to squeeze through people if you wanna move in front (and if you can, xD).

But then again, i think they do this so can they can organize better. And most 48 groups will probably perform here anyway. So with seatings and stuffs, people cannot really build a “circle” or anyhow “mosh” there like you can do in Smile Garden. It’s easier for the security team to control the crowd also, so if you go crazy here (like Lifting and stuffs) probably the security will take a note and scold/kick you out, so be careful ! Haha. ๐Ÿ˜›

Ok enough about the Hot Stage. I did talk alot about the Hot Stage since most of the performers will be performing there anyways, i think it is kinda important haha ๐Ÿ˜€ As for the rest of the stage, i think they would be the same , so no need for explanation. Smile Garden, Sky Stage, Doll Factory all returning back. Festival Stage is the stage near the Gundam Statue (which they took down now and under construction), while the Dream Stage is called My Navi Stage back then in TIF2014. Greetings Area, Grand Market, and Tokyo Gravure Idol Festival is in the same areas again.

Good ol’ “Smile Garden” Stage!

Line Up Updates!:

There are some line up updates also yesterday, they finally added some groups like “BisH, “Gang Parade”, There There Theres” (formely known as bellring)– but still NO PASSCODE!!! ๐Ÿ™ Dammit, i guess need to wait up again for the passcode announcement…maybe they are still thinking whether to perform in Rock in Japan fest or in TIF…but hopefully they will still perform for one day at least in TIF !

Line Up Updates!

There’s also funny thing the line up there, as Tokyo Girls Style made it for this year TIF2017 haha ๐Ÿ˜€ If you didnt know btw, Tokyo Girls Style previously announced a few years ago that they’re NOT idol groups anymore and won’t be performing in TIFs — i guess all that changed now, they’ve made a comeback LOL :D. I heard there’s a change of management so maybe thats why they decided to come back?

Other things, they also have announced the dates of the performance for each idol groups. Even though the full exact timetable is not released yet (and probably won’t until last minute as usual), i am glad to see that 3 of my favorite groups will be performing in all 3 days of TIF2017 ๐Ÿ˜€ Babyraids, Maneki Kecak, and Kamiyado” all will be performing in all 3 days of the TIF!! Yippie ! ๐Ÿ˜€

3 days performance, thank you very much!

Passpo, Cheeky Parade, Supergirls also performed for all 3 days, while GEM and Wasuta only performed 2 days (4th and 5th August only), and Palet also (4th and 6th August only). And oh, BiS and BiSH also only performed for one day each (only on the 5th of august). Kamonegi also only performed for one day only (on the 5th of august…damn). As for the rest of the groups…haven’t really made any plans yet lol. ๐Ÿ˜€

Anyways, click Here for the TIF2017 Line up Pages and Dates.

Some things i hope for next TIF Updates:
– Passcode Passcode Passcode —- please announce Passcode!!
– Guest List performers for Tokyo Gravure Idol Festival xD ๐Ÿ˜€
(Need moar bikinis…)

That’s about it for this #TIF2017 blog/postwhore updates for me. Till next time xD

My usual #TIF Post whore updates!

Posted: June 5, 2017 by InfinityZer0 in Japan!!

What’s up guys! Been a while since my last blog post, today i will update my blog with some new thoughts about the upcoming #TIF2017…so here you go, my yearly “Post whore” segment!! Let’s get it started shall we !!! ๐Ÿ˜€

Tokyo Idol Festival 2017 – Post Whore Edition 4th June 2017

So, what is up with this year TIF really? The updates are slow, and for some reasons they stopped giving “free pass” to gaijin this time round ! I must say, this is really/kinda affected me abit, as some of my friends who i knew is actually kinda “turned off” to the fact that they have to pay for this year TIF. ๐Ÿ™ To be honest,it’s been bugging me too — as i’ve kept on waiting for the free pass that never arrives…..i guss we really need to thank TGU last year for providing us service for the free pass lol. It seems that i need to pay again this year, after being a “cheapo” in the last 2 years using the gaijin tickets, But Hey, nothing is free forever you know ! ๐Ÿ˜€

Oh yeah, more on about TIF being slow with announcing the line ups and stuffs this year around… I wonder why. Or maybe they’re just too damn fast last year with the updates ? I know last year this time around they already done with announcing the free tix for gaijin, more line ups, and also more details such as Sparkling Nights” events which i am not sure if its going to be back this time around…

On the bright side though, today they also just announced the “TGIF” for this year TIF, so yeah!! It’s back again guys!!! The bikini 2shots is back officially! Just what im waiting for (it is still slow though!)…Now what i need is the announcement of the guest list for the TGIF segment lol.

Ok, moving on to the idol groups. There are many idol groups graduation this year. For example. No more Rev from DVL. No more Sanmini / 3min. No more Doll Elements. No more Dorothy Little Happy ๐Ÿ™ andddd etc etc etc etc… so obviously they wont be appearing in this year TIF :/ And there’s so many more / others idols graduation this year – be it an disbandment, or some members graduating from their idol groups etc etc, so im just giving an short example here….1 year in idolling world is such a short time actually — many things could change so you should enjoy your favorite idol groups while it last. But in the bright side of life, as always, for every idol groups that is disbanding/ graduating nowadays– there’s always a new one that pops out of nowhere and looking for new hungry DD wotas to support them xD

Like, for example there is this idol group called KAMOใŒใƒใ‚ฎใ‚’ใ—ใ‚‡ใฃใฆใใ‚‹ใƒƒ!!! (i usually just refer them as “Kamo Negi”). Last year they are in Odaiba Zepp Diver City, walking outside the gundam statue to hand out flyers for their future debut event later in August 2016. Now fast forward one year later — This year, they will performing in TIF for the first time ! What a sudden improvement with just 1 year difference eh ? ๐Ÿ˜€

KAMOใŒใƒใ‚ฎใ‚’ใ—ใ‚‡ใฃใฆใใ‚‹ใƒƒ!!! / Kamonegi

That is just an example for idol groups i will certaintly “look out” in this year TIF. In fact, there should be many more others like this because for this year TIF, they have this “selection” round of some idol groups from all over Japan which would be performing in this year TIF. But im not sure how that goes because im not following those groups, i guess i can only tell when i see them in person lol. But yeah, this year TIF, even though there are so many Major disbandment from some idol groups, there should be some new groups as well to look forward too. Maybe at this moment we just didnt know it yet, and they are waiting to be discovered ๐Ÿ˜‰

Also, if you are a regular visitors of my blog from the good ol’ days, then you should know that every year in TIF ever since 2012, my priorities has always been Passpo. Well, not anymore. Not for this year at least.

Passpo / Band Thoughts… Is it time???

I have to be honest that my interest in Passpo is slowly fading away. Yeah i know, i probably already mentioned this last year, but i feel like to mention it again because Passpo is still kinda important to me xD I still like them, i still like the songs, i still like “Annya”, etc etc. I can put a thousand reason why i still like Passpo, but in the end — i have to understand that they’re slowly maturing. Most of the members are in the 20’s and they are more focused to be a “band” nowadays compared to being an idols”.

Miomio still rocks with her guitar though!

I can already feel it in last year TIF, from the songs their sings at TIF, to the crowd ‘atmosphere’ when they are performing…it is soooo much….different. Man, i have to say that i miss the old Passpo back. Moshing to “Natsuzora Hanabi” in TIF2013/2014 is definitely one of the highlights back then. Nowadays i think most of the Passpo hardcore fans and ‘pinchikes’ has moved along to Puti Passpo. LOL!

This year TIF i will definitely drop by to see Passpo, maybe once, maybe twice. But they are no longer my priorities. Sorry Passpo ! I’ve been supporting them ever since 2011, But i can’t help to think that their time is nearing to an end – Especially with sooo many idol groups disbanding recently (like i mentioned before), i have a feeling they will follow the same path in 1-2 years time. Hopefully i am wrong though. I would be glad to see them survive as long as possible. In fact, being a “DD” i am, Passpo is actually the “Longest” idol group that i have supported ever so far. It took me a few years for me to lost interest in “AKB” and “Hello Project”, but it took me this far (6 years !! from 2011 to 2017) of Passpo before i can finally say…”it is time”.

Priorities in TIF2017

So,if not Passpo…what is my target in TIF then?? Let’s find out !! Here come the good parts after all the doom and gloom xD ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

Babyraids Japan

Babyraids. Well well well. If you see my last year TIF2016 post whore then you should know that they are my favorite idol groups of 2016 xD That moment of them singing “Yoake Brand New Days” at Day 3 Smile Garden is just toooo damn awesome and im glad i was there!

This year they will definitely wil be in my priorities to see again. I like their new single and the new single outfit as well, so im looking forward for it. The only lowdown about Babyraids, is that their “buppan” is kinda…boring i guess? There is no 2shots/cheki like other idol groups, so not much time for interaction there. But i already accepted (the fact that its gonna be hard to meet them in close range/in person/ or take pictures with them) the moment i liked group, so it’s all cool with me. Haha

Of course i am still waiting for the moment to come one day when i can take a 2shot with babybraids members. It’s one on my “bucket list” currently. Not sure when the day will come, but hopefully soon !

Maneki Kecak

Maneki Kecak is another group that totally appeared out of nowhere and got into my DD radar!! They’re only formed recently in 2015 i think, and i only started liking them recently also. My favorite member is tied between Reona and Chiai and it will still remains undecided until at least i come back after TIF / or after seeing themself in person ๐Ÿ˜€ Hahaha!

Their songs is not everyone cup of tea. They sing a mixture of weird songs such as “Monster to Kecak” and the crowd pleaser “Joudan Ja Nai Ne” (which also sang by their sister group “Drop” which much different dance moves xD) but they also sing some awesome slow/powerful songs such as “Kimiwazurai”, “Time Machine”, and my recent favorite “Arikitarina Koto ba de (ใ‚ใ‚ŠใใŸใ‚Šใช่จ€่‘‰ใง)“. It is a “slow burner” song, but once i got my addicted to it – i can’t stop but keep looping the song recently. xD

So yeah, they’re being new also helps, as they are still pretty fresh to me, so i can’t wait to see them ! The only bad thing probably is that one of the member (Mayuka) announced her graduation at the end of last May, when i haven’t even got to see her yet…damn ๐Ÿ™ Not sure if they’re gonna continue with this 4 member line up for a while or if they gonna add a new members in the future, i guess we’ll just have to wait and see.


Kamiyado. Another interesting group, their songs is usually fast paced, and kinda different from others, but some reasons i liked it! There are plenty of songs to chant/mix, and their lives (from what ive see in youtube so far) seems kinda fun as well xD

My list of favorite Kamiyado songs keeps growing each day, but some songs that definitely stuck in my playlist recently is “Harajuku Sentai, Kamiyado Ranger”, “Zenkai! Kamiyado World”, “KMYD”, and my personal fave “Hissatsu! Cho Kamiyado Senpu!”.

Just like Maneki Kecak, i have interest with 2 different members in Kamiyado, and that is Mika-chan (red) and Meirin (blue). Which one is my favorite – will still remains undecided until i meet them in person…so its a similiar scenario to Maneki Kecak xD

(Btw they also got cover Drop’s version of “Joudan Ja Nai Ne” in the past, and its one of my favorite versions (compared to the original Drop or Maneki version xD) check it out)

Kamiyado version of “Joudan Ja Nai Ne” is sooo much fun LOL!!


Passcode. Now here is one group that is NOT ON TIF2017 Performer list yet !! I still do hope that they will make it this TIF, but i am kinda worried because “Rock In Japan Fes” also happens to be in the same day of TIF and they might be invited for that one instead….this is because recently they have announced that they will be performing in “Summer Sonic 2017” performing with other rock bands…uh oh…

So yeah, im not sure if they’re gonna make it in this year TIF. I really hope they still appears in TIF instead of “Rock in Japan fes” But i’ll just put this group in here because they’re one of my favorite group at the moment and i would be glad to see them again this year !!

*Let the praying begins*

+ I want to see the epic Yuna screaming again!!!

Other Groups:
Besides Babyraids, Maneki Kecak, Kamiyado, and Passcode, there are obviously other groups i wanted to see as well. Before above i already mentioned the new idol group “Kamo Negi” also. Other than that, i am still interested to see Idol Street again. “Cheeky Parade” (even though they will be a 5 members line up now after some members graduation) and also “GEM”. Will i actually see Supergirls this year? I never been a “hardcore fan” of Supergirls to be honest, in fact, they’re the last in my “idolstreet ladder ranking” but i can’t deny the fact that i like Nana Asakawa and she is smokin’ hot. HAHA. Maybe i will drop by one or two times but in the end — it depends on the time table schedule eh.

Also even though Sanmini/3min is disbanding, i got to give credits to Palet for surviving all these idols disbandment madness. Last year i would predict that they will be disbanding after soo many core members graduating from the group. But this year there is a light at the end of the tunnel (THANK GOD!). They have announced new fresh members to join the group, now they have a grand total of 8 members (more than Passpo!!). So yeah, i might drop by to see Palet for a few times because im kinda curious about the new members. Haha.

Palet new line up with 8 members. Should be interesting

#TIF2017 Post Whore Summary

So yeah. That should be that for this edition of #TIF2017 post whore edition by “Infzer0” xD In this edition, i’ve mentioned about my priorities in idol groups, my sudden lost of interest in passpo, and “Why the hell it is taking so slow for them to update the line up” this year?

Hopefully my next blog update will be more interesting than this though — and sorry if you got bored while Reading all this !! ๐Ÿ˜›

Local Idol Events in Jakarta – April – May 2017

Posted: June 5, 2017 by InfinityZer0 in Japan!!

Actually i wanted to update my blog back then, but i’ve just been tooo lazy haha. ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜› So yeah, ill do this update back to back together with my #TIF2017 post whore updates in one go. So let’s start the blog update with this event “Sakura Matsuri” in April 2017

Festive @ Sakura Matsuri Maxxbox Cikarang – April 2017

Sakura Matsuri” is a yearly “japanese” cultured themed events which is held regularly in “Cikarang” which is located in the outskirts of Jakarta (further to the east from “Bekasi”). It is a free event, but i guess the only bad thing about it is that the location is really far off (me and my friends ended up renting a “Grab Car” to reach there) and the venue is basically in the middle of nowhere. Before i start with anything, i really feel i have to mention the location– because it is THAT FAR. Seriously!!! ๐Ÿ™

MAxxbox Cikarang / Orange County…a boring place with nothing interesting to see

And also, during the event there are this japanese fan who is ‘kinda’ stuck in the event venue in Cikarang, while his hotel is all the way back in Jakarta… by the time day 1 finish (after the offkai event) it is nearing Midnight, and he’s really troubled to find cab to go back to the hotel (because the distance and some other stuffs). In the end i have to help him order a “Grab car” so he can go all the way back to Jakarta to reach his hotel (around 2-3 hours if JAM…now that is far) and the next morning come back to the venue again to see Festive lol. I suppose those who not familiar with Indonesia might think that the venue is actually near Jakarta, when it is actually not. Plus the JAM in indonesia can really kill you. (of boredom, stress, and some other stuffs xD) ๐Ÿ˜€

Anyways, this event really surprised me with a sudden announcement of “Festive” as a guest performer in the line up. Last few years they only bring local idols here (such as JKT48 and Lumina Scarlet), but i guess they tried for something different this year! This is the 2nd time “Festive” actually visited Indonesia in the span time of one year (last time they visited Indonesia for “GJUI” Event in August 2016).

Here are some pictures of from the events:

The day after the event, they also went to visit a local TV station here for a public TV appearance “SCTV Inbox“. Here are some pictures also from the appearance.

Overall, i did learn more about Festive members, their songs,and also the chants (for the songs) after their visit here…but it’s hard to say if i really liked them, even though i find that some of the members quite cute (Like Hinarin, and the new member Saria for example), but they are still far off from my “favorite” idol lists. I didnt spend that much for the buppan, and even though i have some overseas guest from Malaysia and Thailand that spends like no tomorrow…most of the time i’m only observing them haha!

So yeah, Festive is just “not there” for me. The members are cute, some the songs are decent. but after their 2nd visit here in Indonesia….not sure why. haha. Maybe it’s just my personal taste in the end. I will look forward for them to visit indonesia again though if they decide to come again! But hopefully i dont have to travel so far from Jakarta next time… Lol!!

Thoughts about Festive:
– The songs quite decent. After their 2nd visit to Indonesia, Now i like “Shidare Yanagi”, along with my previous favorite song “Magical Parade” which i already mention in my previous blog post before.
– Members give alot of fanservice during their visits here
– Off-kai event (meet and greet at a Seafood restaurant)
– The new member Saria (white color) quite cute ๐Ÿ˜›

Jakarta Idol Festival – May 2017

Jakarta Idol Festival is a local idol events here which is held at a “quite rundown” mall in the North of Jakarta called “Mangga Dua Square”. Most of the performers is a idol group / dance cover group from all over indonesia (for example, “Lumina Scarlet” from Bandung, and “Momiji Velvet” from Jogjakarta, etc etc) and they also have one Japanese idol group / guest from Japan also, “Enka Girls”.

Actually, Enka Girls is also one of the guest performer for Ennichisai which is held 2 days after this event (also in Jakarta region) so their appearance here is just a bonus i guess. Besides, i didnt really like their songs in general. So didnt do much except taking some pictures. ๐Ÿ˜› Here are some pictures of Enka Girls at the Jakarta Idol Festival.

Thoughts about Enka Girls:
– I dont like the songs
– Members so so only
– The only good thing about them is that the fanservice is REALLY good. But too bad i have no favorite member that really interest me.

Also, like i mention before, there are some cover dance groups also singing idol songs etc etc.I made a 5 minutes “highlights” videos in Youtube if you want to check it out. Btw, this footage doesnt includes “Enka Girls” at all….So mainly, just some lifting part and urya oi parts only Lol. Check it out ๐Ÿ˜›

Ennichisai 2017 – May 2017

Finally the yearly event “Ennichisai“. A Japanese Traditional/Culture event held yearly at Blok M Jakarta, which features some idol groups as the guest star line up. Last few years they bring idols such as Pinkbabies, Love Android, Starmarie, Faint Star here. For this year, at least something for a change…KissBee / Tokyo Samurai Girls and also Enka Girls, which already appeared previously in Jakarta Idol Festival.

And if i have to describe Ennichisai in a nutshell…its probably : “SEA OF PEOPLE“. Just see the picture below haha. Because of this i am too lazy to move around elsewhere

So yeah. Basically i only came here 2 days just to take pictures of KissBee. To be honest i didnt really like their songs in general (its more like a slow paced songs and you cannot really chant lol) but i find that some of the members is quite cute- so it’s still okay as an object of photography xD ๐Ÿ˜€ Here are some selected pictures off KissBee / Tokyo Samurai Girls

Basically both of “KissBee” and “Tokyo Samurai Girls” is the same, they’re only wearing different outfits. They will wear samurai / kimono outfit if they appears as “Samurai Girls” and doing some traditional dance moves instead of singing idol songs like in KissBee. I find one of the member “Misaki Tani” is quite cute as well…most of the members are still 17 years old, with only one of them is over 20 years old (i forgot which one though) !

Thoughts about KissBee:
– Their songs are so-so only. Cannot really chant at all also which is a let down.
– Members are Cute though!! ๐Ÿ˜€ :3
– Chekis quite cheap at 50.000 Rupiah (500 yen for polaroid) or 30.000 Rupiah (300 yen for using handphone).

I think that should be all for my blog coverage about Ennichisai this year. Yes there are other things i’ve done at the event too (same as in Sakura Matsuri and Jakarta Idol Festival) but since this blog is particually focused on “Japanese Idols” or Japanese Travel…i will only focus on those only, which in this case, Japanese idols. Didnt really care much about Enka Girls either so for this Ennichisai update i only focused on KissBee…so sorry about that hehe ๐Ÿ˜€

I still forgot my Flickr password so im abit lazy to upload the pictures to Flickr nowadays…my backlog of pictures to upload actually is quite alot haha. But maybe someday~~