They had the J-Pop Summit at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco later than usually this year, on September 9th & 10th. During my birthday.
Saturday September 9, 2017.
I got here around 11:30 am cause I wanted to get Meet & Greet tickets for Babyraids Japan which 100 were available and 50 for Misakai Iwasa, the line up was long and it was going very slow. I decided to get it later I didn’t want to miss Babyraids Japan opening the J-Pop Summit festival, which was at the main stage at 12:00 pm. They perform one song, they were on stage for about 10 minutes. After that I ran back to the “Kinokuniya” booth were they were selling the mechandise, if you bought one Babyraids Japan item you got a Meet & Greet Ticket. For Misaki Iwasa buying 1 item got you an autograph if you bought 2 items you could get an autograph & a photo with her, I thought the Misaki Iwasa tickets were sold out. So I just got a Babyraids Japan CD and a picture of the group, when I was paying for it I ask if they still had any Misaki Iwasa Meet & Greet tickets they said yes, so I went to grab one of her CD and hand fan with a picture of her. When I was getting these they announced that all the Babyraids Japan tickets just sold out. Just got those in time.
Then after I bought my Meet & Greet tickets it was back to the main stage, to watch Band Maid Q & A. When that was done it was off to the VIP Lounge for May’n group photo session, it was a group photo no solo’s. I was a little disappointed about that one, it was nice meeting her. Unfortunately for her autograph session which came after the photo session, I wasn’t lucky enough to win a autograph ticket which was only 10 per day. It was the same thing for Band Maid. Then I guess around 1:30 pm at the Travel Pavilion Mini Stage I watch Azumi Inoue and Yuyu her daughter, basically it was a mini concert and Q & A sort of. Then it was back to the main stage to watch Misaki Iwasa Q & A she was so nice and cute, she couldn’t stop waving and smiling at everyone. Misaki Iwasa Q & A went on for about 20 minutes. Then I notice at the travel pavilion it look like something was happening, so I stayed to see. Luckily I did LinQ was to go on stage soon it’s actually 3 members that just graduated very recently from LinQ they were Kokoro Araki, Ayaka Ooba & Mayu Kishida. I knew they would be here and the J-Pop Summit at the Fukuoka booth I just didn’t know when and where to catch them, I think their ambassadors for Fukuoka or something. They perform 3 songs I must admit at this J-Pop Summit event watching them perform was the most enjoyable experience I had, at the Travel Pavilion mini stage their were very few people there. So basically I was in front of them to watch them perform and I was so close, it was the same thing the next day. They made me almost miss my Band Maid photo session not once but twice. Band Maid photo session was suppose to be from 3:00 pm – 4:15 pm, LinQ got on stage just before 3:30 pm and perform for about 15 miniutes. Then I wanted to get their photo at their booth, it look like nothing was a happening yet. So I’ll come back later, so I went to the VIP lounge for the Band Maid photo session when I got there at around 3:50 pm they were done. I ask if I still could get my photo with the group, they said to come back at 4:05 pm. I guess I would get it before their autograph session started at 4:15 pm. So I went to back to Fukuoka booth and see if I could get a photo with LinQ, the staff person that was taken pictures with me with the group with my camera. Kinda went nuts and started taken a whole bunch of pictures which was great so I got a few photos with them, then we started chatting they’re telling me I should go Fukuoka all this and all that. Then I started to think about Band Maid photo session, luckily someone interrupted so I said my goodbye kindly. I don’t know what time I got to the VIP Lounge but Band Maid wasn’t their yet or not ready yet, anyways I got my photo with the group before they stared their autograph session.
Before heading to the main stage to watch Azumi Inoue & Yuyu, I went to the iichiko booth to catch YANAKIKU and got a picture and a autograph. Then at around 4:30 pm, it was back to main stage to watch Azumi Inoue & Yuyu mini concert. Yuyu perform an original composition that hasn’t been release so her Mom said, it was just Yuyu and a guitar. Wow, can she ever play the guitar. I was taking surprise by that, they were a lot fun watch. Before watching them I was 50/50 about getting a ticket for their Meet & Greet tommorrow, after the mini concert I decided I will to show my support for them. Then it was off to Misaki Iwasa Meet & Greet which stared at 5:00 pm, I like to be at end or near the end of the line up. Her Meet and Greet was great she was very nice always smiling took her time signing and she signing everything you had, I don’t think she had a limit on how many items you could get sign. She sign the CD cover and and the picture that came with the CD inside. I also had a big hand fan with a picture of her on it that I bought, they also had a smaller one the picture on it was the same as the CD cover so I bought the big one. I like how she wrote “I Love You” on the hand fan, which made feel real good. I think she only wrote “I Love You” on the big hand fan, I think only very few bought that one. It was cheaper buying the small hand fan and the CD, and she also dated everything which was great. When I get an autograph I usually asked it they could date it, with her she just dated it. Then got a picture taken with her, then she shook my hand. She’s the first J-Pop Idol I ever did a handshake with. This was probably my best J-Pop Meet & Greet experience, she was so nice. Her Meet & Greet was suppose to be from 5:00 pm – 5:45 pm, it went way beyond that. She probably didn’t finish til after 6:30 pm. Which was a good thing, I didn’t have to kill anytime before Babyraids Japan concert started.
I’m not going to talk about what happen at the concert at the main stage for Saturday night, except that it was great and enjoyable. I actually only watch Babyraids Japan & Mayn.
The Performers for Saturday night were Zoomadanke 6:10 pm – 6:30 pm, Babyraids Japan 6:35 pm – 7:05 pm, Tokyo Gegegay 7:15 pm – 7:45 pm finally May’n 7:55 pm – 8:35 pm.
I was hoping Babyraids Japan would do “Koyomi no Ue de wa December”, they didn’t they did do “Pretty little baby”.
After May’n performance the final event of the night was J-Pop sing along! with all the guest at the main stage. Which they and we sang that Japanese song in the 1960’s that hit number one in the US “Sukiyaki”. It was a very long day a lot of walking, at the end of the night my foot was hurting actually a lot of my body was hurting.
________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Sunday September 10, 2017.
Their were less events today, hopefully less reading for you. And less typing for me.
I arrive around noon time just in time to attend May’n photo session at the VIP Lounge, it was a group picture with about 6 fans. Then I went to buy a Azumi Inoue & Yuyu CD, so I could attend their Meet & Greet in about an hour. I enjoyed watching them at the main & mini stage the day before, just wanted to show my support for them. Then at 1:00 pm I went to the main stage to watch the Team Karaoke Face-Off! competition for about 20 minutes or so, I only went there to see Band Maid who were judging it. Then at 1:30 pm I went to Azumi Inoue & Yuyu Meet & Greet, I should had come a bit earlier. Babyraids Japan was around that area, I don’t know what they were doing there and how long they were there. They left not to long after I got there, so I just got a quick short look at them. Azumi Inoue & Yuyu Meet & Greet was great, they sign the CD Cover of the CD I bought and a postcard they were giving away. Had a handshake and a photo taken with both, meeting them was a very pleasant experience. Then after that I just watch Hiroyuki-Mitsume Takahashi do some kind of painting show, then I just walk around the whole place for about an hour. Trying to kill time til Band Maid photo session which was to start at 2:30 pm, I went there when it started I didn’t want to be late again. Big line up so decide to come back later just before 3:00 pm and just walk around some more, I got my photo with Band Maid very pretty ladies. Then I sat around to rest for about 30 minutes, before going to watch LinQ at the mini stage. At around 3:30 pm I got to the mini stage to watch LinQ perform right at the front, 5 or 10 feet in front of them, they perform the same 3 songs they did yesterday. Of all the performance at the J-Pop Summit, I think LinQ was probably the one I enjoyed watching. Maybe, because I was soo close to them. Then I just sat down for about 30 minutes to rest, before going to Babyraids Japan Meet & Greet which was to start at 4:30 pm.
When I got to the Babyraids Japan Meet & Greet I didn’t go to the line up right away, I just watch them for about 10 or 15 minutes. No photo were allowed I managed to get a few without anyone noticing, I just stood near the photographers that were allowed to take pictures. Their Meet and Greet was one the most amazing experience I ever had at a Meet & Greet, they supplied a special postcard for the group to sign. Rikako Ooya was the first to meet she was so cute she wrote her nickname on the postcard kept saying it & pointing at it. I just nodded and smiled then I finally said “Rikopin”, she said yes I want you to remember that’s me. I think she was trying to win me over or something, she was really nice then a little talk here and there then shook her hand. Then it was Erika Denya little talk like she said Thanks for meeting us and I said Thanks for coming, then shook her hand. Then it was Manatsu Hayashi, you know what when she change her hair to blonde I really didn’t think much of it or take notice of it. Seeing her very close up was like, (Wow) she’s really gorgeous with blonde hair. Actually they were all gorgeous if you think they look really cute and pretty in their pictures, seeing them in person they look even more. I can’t really remember what happen with Nao Takami just little talk here and there I guess, then shook her hand. Then it was my favorite next Rio Watanabe I wanted to say to her “You’re the Best” in Japanese, I forgot how to say it. She was very nice and seem kind of quite very nice smile, shaking her hand felt really good. After I was done still a few fans they had to meet, so I just stood in front of their table and watch them til they were finish. I was surprise I was the only one that did this, I’ve been to a few Meet & Greet before and usually some fans hang around til they’re done. Anyways, Manatsu Hayashi notice me she smile and wave at me so I did the same thing. She did this every time in-between signing an autograph and shaking hand with a fan, I think she was just trying to win a new fan, it work. It seem like we were flirting with each other. I love Babyraids this is probably my best Meet & Greet, it ranks up there with Berryz Koubou. With Berryz it was just Yurina Kumai I was excited about, with them I was excited to meet all of them. I’m still feeling butterflies from their Meet & Greet, to me they were “Larger Than Life”. The only thing I didn’t like was I wasn’t allowed to take pictures of them.
It was still an hour away before Sunday Night concert at the main stage, so I just went outside found a place to take a nap.
Again I’m not going to talk about what happen at the concert, Sunday nights performers were Misaki Iwasa 6:10 pm – 6;35 pm she did AKB48’s Heavy Rotation & Koisuru Fortune Cookie “Enka” style, then it was YANAKIKU 6:40 pm – 7:05 pm I love them, I always enjoy their performance. Then at 7:15 pm – 8:15 pm for some reason the decide to have J-Pop Queen Drag Contest during concert night, so I sat somewhere and rested during that time. Finally Band Maid perform from 8:35 pm – 9:15 pm, add to that about 15 minutes where they were doing sound check. and fooling around with their instruments. During Band Maid performance was probably as crazy as I ever got.
The only thing I didn’t like about this year J-Pop Summit I wasn’t able to take as much pictures as I wanted for one thing you weren’t allowed to take pictures at the main stage, they didn’t mention this til Saturday afternoon. So if you were able to catch Babyraids Japan at noon to open the event on Saturday great, after that no more photos at the main stage. Also you weren’t allowed to take pictures of Babyraids and Band Maid anywhere really they had a staff member with them at all times. That may not seem like a big deal, it just that before you were free to take pictures of anything and anyone. Without anyone saying anything.
Overall I enjoy the event, just like previous 2 times I’ve attended this event.