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 😛 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 😀

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 😀



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. 😛

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… 🙁 🙁


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. 😀 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:

26/01/2017:
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~オーマイグッメン~” 😀

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 🙁

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. 😀

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


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! 😀 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 !! 😀 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 😀


Outside Central World Mall in 8:20am

My Quick Summary for the day:

27/01/2017:
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. 😀 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 😀




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 😀

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!! 😀 😀 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 😛

Full Setlist for Maimi Yajima (copy and paste from Japanese Fan Tweets xD):
M1『世界一HAPPYな女の子』
M2『夏doki リップスティック』
M3『甘い罠』
M4『これから飛び乗ってく未来』
M5『Danceでバコーン!』withカバーダンスチーム
M6『まっさらブルージーンズ』

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. 😀 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 😀 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 😀 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 😀



Ange Reve



Majiban



Festive


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 😀 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:

28/01/2017:
11:00 – 11:20 – Wasuta
11:20 – 11:40 – Festive

Girls Bomb Live Space (paid 1000 bath)
12:30 – 12:50 – Say La
12:50 – 13:10 – 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 ! 😀

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 😀

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. 😛 After Say La, then it’s Maneki Kecak turns. wooo. 😀 😀

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 😀

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. 🙁

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 😀


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 😀 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
-Kiseki
-カクカクシカジカ (Kakukakushikajika)
-Arikitarina Kotoba De (2x)
-Kokuhaku no Susume
-Splash
-Mosozakura


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 😀



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. 😀

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 😀

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 😀






So i guess that’s about it for my Thailand Japan Expo 2018 Trip !! 😛 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 😀

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 😀

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


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