Oricon Top 10 Total Artist Sales 2018.

December 30, 2018

Total Artist Sales (Singles, Albums, DVD, Blu-ray).

1. Namie Amuro (18,999,000, 000 Yen).

2. Nogizaka46 (10,329,000,000 Yen).

3. AKB48 (7,795,000,000 Yen).

4. Arashi (6,707,000,000 Yen).

5. Sandaime J Soul Brothers (5,827,000,000).

6. BTS (5,271,000,000 Yen).

7. Kis-My-Ft2 (4,642,000,000 Yen).

8. Kanjani8 (4,389,000,000 Yen).

9. Hey! Say! JUMP (4,326,000,000 Yen.

10. Keyakizaka46 (4,095,000,000 Yen).

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Oricon Top 100 Singles Of 2018.

December 30, 2018

Rank/Single/Artist/Release Date/sales.

1. Teacher Teacher – AKB48 (05/30/2018) (1,819,237).2. Sentimental Train – AKB48 (09/19/2018) (1,471,958).

3. Synchronicity – Nogizaka46 (04/25/2018) (1,306,247).

4. Jikochuu de Ikou! – Nogizaka46 (08/08/2018) (1,281,625).

5. No Way Man – AKB48 (11/28/2018) (1,213,501).

6. Jabaja – AKB48 (03/14/2018) (1,172,399).

7. Kaerimichi wa Toomawari Shiaku Naru – Nogizaka46 (11/14/2018) (1,160,784).

8. Glass wo Ware! – Keyakizaka46 (03/07/2018) (1,021,450).

9. Ambivalent – Keyakizaka46 (08/15/2018) (970,268).

10. Cinderella Girl – King & Prince (05/23/2018) (688,112).

11. Natsu Hayate – Arashi (07/25/2018) (538,150).

12. Fake Love / Airplane Pt. – BTS (11/07/2018) (471,083).

13. Memorial – King & Prince (10/10/2018) (451,851).

14. Find The Answer – Arashi (02/21/2018) (439,525).

15. Kimi no Uta – Arashi (10/24/2018) (412,207).

16. Ikinari Punch Line – SKE48 (07/04/2018) (390,770).

17. Muishiki no Iro – SKE48 (01/10/2018) (385,683).

18. Lemon – Kenshi Yonezu (03/14/2018) (382,986).

19. Wake Me Up – Twice (05/16/2018) (354,088).

20. Candy Pop – Twice (02/07/2018) (340,992).

21. Warota People – NMB48 (12/27/2017) (338,133).

22. White Love – Hey! Say! JUMP (12/20/2017) (320,310).

23. Boku Datte Naichau yo – NMB48 (10/17/2018) (290,563).

24. Koko ni – Kanjani8 (09/05/2018) (277,501).

25. Hayaokuri Calendar – HKT48 (05/02/2018) (272,811).

26. Yokubomono – NMB48 (04/04/2018) (271,856).

27. Mae wo Muke – Hey! Say! JUMP (02/14/2018) (270,447).

28. Flamingo / Teenage Riot – Kenshi Yonezu (10/31/2018) (259,490).

29. Cosmic Human – Hey! Say! JUMP (08/01/2018) (248,482).

30. Ikiru – NEWS (09/12/2018) (230,920).

31. Topaz Love / Destiny – KinKi Kids (01/24/2018) (220,268).

32. Kimi, Boku – Kis-My-Ft2 (10/03/2018) (212,629).

33. Love – Kis-My-Ft2 (07/11/2018) (197,737).

34. Doraemon – Gen Hoshino (02/28/2018) (192,701).

35. Yeah Yeah Yeah / Akogare no Stress-free / Hana, Takenawa Toki – Hello! Project All Stars (09/26/2018) (189,311).

36. Kurayami – STU48 (01/31/2018) (186,122).

37. Blue – NEWS (06/27/2018) (180,120).

38. Fly To The Future – Quartet Night (08/01/2018) (174,889).

39. Sekai no Hito e – NGT48 (10/03/2018) (173,264).

40. Haru wa Doko Kara Kuru no ka – NGT48 (04/11/2018) (165,917).

41. Karakuri Darake no Tenderness / Suppin Kiss – Sexy Zone (12/05/2018) (165,444).

42. Innocent Days – Sexy Zone (06/06/2018) (164,240).

43. Principal no Kimi e / Dragon Dog – Johnny’s WEST (03/07/2018) (163,597).

44. Ask Yourself – KAT-TUN (04/18/2018) (152,988).

45. Reboot – Tohoshinki (TVXQ) 12/20/2017) (152,538).

46. LPS – NEWS (01/17/2018) (152,399).

47. J.S.B. Happiness – Sandaime J Soul Brothers from Exile Tribe (12/13/2017) (152,282).

48. Start Dash! – Johnny’s WEST (08/15/2018) (144,374).

49. Itsuka Dekiru Kara Kyou Dekiru – Nogizaka46 (10/11/2017) (144,263).

50. Shinka Riron – Boys And Men (05/09/2018) (142,382).

51. Ultra Blast – Starish (02/14/2018)

52. Shoubu no Hanamichi – Kiyoshi Hikawa (01/30/2018)

53. Are You Happy? / A Gonna – Morning Musume (06/13/2018)

54. Gatten Shake – Matsuri nine (12/05/2018)

55. Thank You, Friends!! – Aqours (08/01/2018)

56. Gyakuten Lovers – KEN Tackey (07/18/2018)

57. Defiance – Jaejoong (JYJ) (10/24/2018)

58. Furari Ginza / Jiyuu na Kuni Dakara – Morning Musume (10/24/2018)

59. Hare Hare Carninal – Matsuri nine (03/21/2018)

60. En Tenka Dash – Boys And Men (09/12/2018)

61. U.S.A. – Da Pump (06/06/2018)

62. Kaze ni Fukaretemo – Keyakizak46 (10/25/2017)

63. Ai wo Ganbatte – Akiko Wada with Boys And Men Kenkyusei (05/23/2018)

64. Sign / You Love – Jaejoong (JYJ) (06/27/2018)

65. Want You! Want You! – =Love (10/17/2018)

66. Be In Sight – Touken Danshi Formation Of Tsuwamono (05/16/2018)

67. A Kind Of Love – Choutokkyuu (04/04/2018)

68. F.L.Y. Boys F.L.Y. Girls – Generations from Exile Tribe (06/13/2018)

69. Jealous – Tohoshinki (TVXQ) (11/21/2018)

70. Kessen no Toki – Touken Danshi Team Bakumatsu with Tomoega Naginata (09/19/2018)

71. Sarase Fuyu no Arashi – Keisuke Yamauchi (03/28/2018)

72. Over Drive – Fantastics from Exile Tribe (12/05/2018)

73. Road – Tohoshinki (TVXQ) (07/25/2018)

74. Best My Friend – MAG!C PRINCE (02/14/2018)

75. Summer Love – MAG!C PRINCE (06/20/2018)

76. Crazy Rays / Keep Going – V6 (05/30/2018)

77. Livin’ It Up – Monsta X (09/12/2018)

78. Shounen – Generations from Exile Tribe (10/31/2018)

79. Kono Michi wo / Ai ni Iku / Sakamichi wo Nobotte / Chiisana Fukei – Kazumasa Oda (05/02/2018)80. Propose – Junretsu (02/14/2018)81.Teokure Caution – =Love (05/16/2018)

82. Sunny Side – SHINee (08/01/2018)

83. Awaken The Power – Saint Aqours Snow (12/20/2017)

84. Acacia – Exile The Second (02/22/2018)

85. Sweet Devil – Super Dragon (08/01/2018)

86. One More Purple Funk… ~Katana~ – Endrecheri (08/22/2018)

87. Deka Donden – Shiritsu Ebisu Chuugaku (06/06/2018)

88. Mizu ni Saku Hana Shikotsuko e – Kaori Mizumori (03/20/2018)89. Kimi no Achoo! – Last Idol (Choux Cream Rockets) (04/18/2018)

90. Teion Yakedo / Shunrenka / I Need You ~Yozora no Kanransha~ – Tsubaki Factory (02/21/2018)

91. Uta no Prince-sama Eternal CD “Setsugekka” – Various Artist (11/21/2018)

92. Bandwagon – Last Idol (12/20/2017)

93. Spotlight – Monsta X (01/31/2018)

94. Hanashi ga Shitai yo / Sirius / Spica – Bump Of Chicken (11/14/2018)

95. Hard Hit – The Rampage from Exile Tribe (07/18/2018)

96. Over The Storm – M!LK (11/14/2018)

97. Date no Hi wa Nido Kurai Shower Shite Dekaketai / Junjou cm / Konya Dake Ukaretakatta – Tsubaki Factory (07/18/2018)

98. Gin no Kisei – Soraru (11/28/2018)

99. Mabataki – back number (12/20/2017)

100. Sexy Sexy / Naite Ii yo/ Vivid Midnight – Juice=Juice (04/18/2018)


Oricon Top 100 Albums Of 2018.

December 30, 2018

Rank/Album/Artist/Release Date/Sales.

1. Finally – Namie Amuro (11/08/2017) (638,939).2. Bokutachi wa, Ano Hi no Yoake wo Shitteiru – AKB48 (01/24/2018) (611,056).

3. Umi no Oh, Yeah!! – Southern All Stars (08/01/2018) (562,392).

4. Jyuryoku to Kokyu – Mr. Children (10/03/2018) (429,913).

5. Hatsukoi – Hikaru Utada (06/27/2018) (367,720).

6. GR8EST – Kanjani8 (05/30/2018) (351,306).

7. Face Yourself – BTS (04/04/2018) (338,324).

8. BDZ – Twice (09/12/2018) (274,585).

9. Yummy! – Kis-My-Ft2 (04/25/2018) (250,555).

10. Sense or Love – Hey! Say! JUMP (08/22/2018) (233,858).

11. Everybody!! – Wanima (01/17/2018) (230,512).

12. Future – Sandaime J Soul Brothers from Exile Tribe (06/06/2018) (227,705).

13. Bootleg – Kenshi Yonezu (11/01/2017) (223,135).

14. Answer – BTS (08/24/2018) (222,330).

15. The Greatest Showman Original Soundtrack – Various Artist (01/17/2018) (219,362).

16. Yuming Kara no, Koi no Uta – Yumi Matsutoya (04/11/2018) (219,252).

17. Love To Pop ~Sukidatta Hito wo Omoidasu Uta ga Aru~ Mixed By DJ Kazu – DJ Kazu (08/09/2017) (219,127).

18. Tear – BTS (05/18/2018) (197,180).

19. Best Generation – Generations from Exile Tribe (01/01/2018) (191,641).

20. Hashiridasu Shunkan – Keyakizaka46 (06/20/2018) (185,472).

21. Star Of Wish – Exile (07/25/2018) (183,387).

22. 092 – HKT48 (12/27/2017) (167,037).

23. All Time Best 1998-2008 – Kobukuro (12/05/2018) (161,835).

24. XYZ=Repainting – Sexy Zone (02/14/2018) (156,107).

25. Tomorrow – Tohoshinki (TVXQ) (09/19/2018) (153,262).

26. We Make You – Seventeen (05/30/2018) (152,403).

27. Cast – KAT-TUN (07/18/2018) (139,203).

28. You Make My Day – Seventeen (07/18/2018) (135,604).

29. Boku Dake no Kimi ~Under Super Best~ – Nogizaka46 (01/10/2018) (136,120).

30. Epcotia – NEWS (03/21/2018) (130,502).

31. Countdown – EXO (01/31/2018) (123,912).

32. Sakana Zukan – Sakanaction (03/28/2018) (122,902).

33. WESTival – Johnny’s WEST (01/02/2018) (116,807).

34. Mad Trigger Crew VS Matenro – Mad Trigger Crew, Matenro (11/14/2018) (115,479).

35. Big Yell – Yuzu (04/04/2018) (115,479).

36. Bohemian Rhapsody Original Soundtrack – Queen (10/19/2018) (113,583).

37. All Time Best – UVERworld (07/18/2018) (111,408).

38. Chasing The Horizon – Man With A Mission (06/06/2018) (108,526).

39. Best Generation (International Edition) – Generations from Exile Tribe (01/01/2018) (108,106).

40. Future Pop – Perfume (08/15/2018) (107,360).

41. Best – Daichi Miura (03/07/2018) (106,058).

42. Izanaware Traveler – After The Rain (09/05/2018) (104,426).

43. SHINee The Best From Now On – SHINee (04/18/2018) (100,471).

44. Busaiku no, wa – Busaiku (12/13/2017) (96,954).

45. WESTV! – Johnny’s WEST (12/05/2018) (96,350).

46. Fling Posse VS Matenro – Fling Posse, Matenro (07/18/2018) (95,448).

47. Unleashed – Tomohisa Yamashita (11/.28/2018) (90,713).

48. Hybrid Funk – Endrecheri (05/02/2018) (88,985).

49. Greatest Hits 2011-2017 “Alter Ego” – Egoist (12/27/2017) (87,368).

50. Color Of Life – AAA (08/29/2018) (86,202).

51. Juice – Little Glee Monster (01/17/2018)

52. Tomo Arite… – Boys And Men (12/20/2017)

53. Love Collection 2 ~Pink~ – Kana Nishino (11/21/2018)

54. Love Collection 2 ~Mint~ – Kana Nishino (11/21/2017)

55. Summer Nights – Twice (07/11/2018)

56. I – JUJU (02/21/2018)

57. Urashimasakatasen – V-enus (07/04/2018)

58. What Is Love? – Twice (04/11/2018)

59. LiSA BEST ~Way~ – LiSA (05/09/2018)

60. Yes Or Yes – Twice (11/08/2018)

61. Buster Bros!!! VS Mad Trigger Brew – Buster Bros!!!, Mad Trigger Crew (05/16/2018)

62. LiSA BEST ~Day~ – LiSA (05/09/2018)

63. Twicetagram – Twice (11/04/2017)

64. Undivided – Wanna One (06/06/2018)

65. Return – iKON (9/26/2018)

66. The Museum III – Nana Mizuki (01/10/2018)

67. Matsutoya Yumi 40 Shunen Kinen Best Album “Nihon no Koi to, Yuming to” – Yumi Matsutoya (11/20/2012)

68. Momoiro Clover Z Best Album “Momo mo Juu, Bancha mo Debana” – Momoiro Clover Z (05/23/2018)

69. Full Moon – Hiromi Tosaka (J Soul Brothers) (08/08/2018)

70. Taemin – Taemin (SHINee) (11/28/2018)

71. Shimetta Natsu no Hjimari – aiko (06/06/2018)

72. Magic – EXO-CBX (05/09/2018)

73. Mode Mode Mode – Unison Square Garden (01/24/2018)

74. Ensemble Stars! Album Series Knights – Knights (05/30/2018)

75. Ketsunopolis 11 – Ketsumeishi (10/24/2018)

76. The Best – KinKi Kids (12/06/2017)

77. The Ashtray – Suchmos (06/20/2018)

78. Ensemble Stars! Album Series Undead – Undead (08/29/2018)

79. Light Darkness – Ryuji Imaichi (J Soul Brothers) (08/01/2018)

80. Chain – NCT 127 (05/23/2018)

81. Tatsuya Komuro Archives “T” – Various Artist (06/27/2018)

82. Otonoe – Wagakki Band (04/25/2018)

83. I Promise You – Wanna One (03/21/2018)

84. Tatsuya Komuro Archives “K” – Various Artist (06/27/2018)

85. Kiseki Best Collection – Wagakki Band (11/29/2017)

86. Hatachi no Morning Musume – Morning Musume (02/07/2018)

87. Souzou – Junho (2PM) (07/11/2018)

88. Encore – back number (12/28/2016)

89. Kwon Ji Yong – G-Dragon (BIGBANG) (12/13/2017)

90. #Twice – Twice (06/28/2017)

91. Piece – Monsta X (04/25/2018)

92. Delight 2 – D-LITE (BIGBANG) (12/20/2017)

93. The Rampage – The Rampage from Exile Tribe (09/12/2018)

94. Dinosaur – B’z (11/29/2017)

95. A3! Vivid Spring EP – Various Artist (10/03/2018)

96. Umi no Yeah!! – Southern All Stars (06/25/1998)

97. Play – Masaki Suda (03/21/2018)

98. Masshirona Mono wa Yogoshitaku Naru – Keyakizaka46 (07/19/2017)

99. Adam to Eve no Ringo – Various Artist (05/23/2018)

100. Sleepless in Brooklyn – [Alexandros] (11/21/2018)


Tokyo Flavor and OnePixcel at Japan Festival in Mississauga 2018.

August 27, 2018

On Saturday August 25 & August 26, 2018. At Celebration Square in Mississauga, it was the Japan Festival weekend. It’s an annual thing that started in 2016, it’s my first time coming to this. Mainly because of Tokyo Flavor and OnePixcel, who perform both days on stage for about 30 minutes each starting 8:00pm on Saturday and Starting at 1:00pm on Sunday.

I knew I could get there about 5 or 10 minutes before they perform, still be at the front row to watch them perform. Or that was what I was hoping for, lucky for me it turn out that way both days. The great thing about these events at celebration square is you don’t really know what’s going on unless you check out their web site, honestly in almost all cases only the people that live around there go there. And also I don’t think to many J-Pop fans around here anyways, so I kinda had a feeling I could be there just minutes before they perform and basically get a good view. I’m not going to talk about their performance, except both groups were entertaining and fun to watch. I preferred OnePixcel performance mainly because I know a lot more about them and I like them better, they’re more of a dancing group. Where Tokyo Flavor was more J-Pop Idol like, you know very cute. Oh yeah, one member from Tokyo Flavor wasn’t there. So it was only 2 members there, they were great.

They also had a “Meet & Greet” Tokyo Flavor had it both days and I think OnePixcel only had it on Sunday, they were at there booth after their performance. My Meet & Greet with Tokyo Flavor Saturday night was very awkward and a little embarrassing, I can’t speak Japanese and they really can’t speak English. It was just the 2 members and one staff member, anyways some miscommunications and misunderstanding. In the end I ended up 10 seconds with Yurika just taking pictures of her alone, she’s really nice and very cute. What I really wanted was to have a picture with Mayumi. Let’s just say the all situations was kind of embarrassing like they had to use their smartphone to tell me something. The good thing about this whole thing was I actually got to spend a fair amount of time with them, they never got mad or annoyed they were nice the whole time. I was a fan (or they thought I was fan) of them and I was, so they were very understanding and tried to make sure I got what I wanted. Which was a picture with Mayumi. Instead I got Yurika modeling for me for 10 seconds, which was still pretty good.

Now the “Meet & Greet on Sunday, first I went to Onepixcel. I just love Nanami she’s so pretty she’s my favorite member in the group, anyways when I was still in line to get their autograph she made eye contact with me and gave me the sweetest smile. Maybe she notice that I was just staring at her, when I finally was getting my autograph by them. They’re all so gorgeous up close. Then I went to Tokyo Flavor “Meet & Greet” this one went better than the night before. I think they remembered me, I couldn’t understand what they were really saying I think it had some to do about happen the night before. Anyways, for this one I got a picture taken with both members.

 

 


My Top 25 J-Pop Idols and Top 20 J-Pop Artist, July 2018.

July 31, 2018

I do this twice a year in January and July, sometimes I just don’t have the time and do it the following month.

Top 25 J-Pop Idols :

* I’ll be including their current age this time, for no other reason than to find out what the average age is for the Top 25.

Name / Age / Group.

25. Reina Yokoyama (17) (Morning Musume).

She’s a 13th Generation Morning Musume member, although in beginning I thought she was really cute and pretty. It took me a while to get into her.24. Anna Iriyama (22) (AKB48).

She’s been in Mexico for a while now, to study and to co-star in some Mexican TV Comedy “LIKE”, I think it starts airing in early September. Now I have to convince my friends that we should go to Mexico instead of Cuba, in September. Have you seen her hair lately it’s almost like how she had it 4 or 5 years ago, like she ever changes her hair. She does have the most beautiful hair in the world as far as I’m concern.23. Rei Inoue (17) (Kobuashi Factory).

Right now I have to rank her as one of the most Pretties J-Pop Idol, she just gets prettier and prettier. One of my favorite twosome for a threesome is her and Rikako Sasaki of Angerme.

Almost 2 weeks ago July 17th, was her Birthday. Happy 17th belated Birthday, Rei.22. Midoriko (EMPiRE).

I like her I think she’s really cute and pretty, It was love at first sight. I can’t find her actually age anywhere, I think she’s a lot older than I think. I don’t think she’s anywhere near 13 or 14 years old, which was what I thought at first. Every time I do this average age thing theirs always someone who’s age you I just can’t find.21. Chisaki Morito (18) (Morning Musume and Country Girls).

It doesn’t seem like’s getting that much attention or pushing as before, I don’t like it. I don’t know if I should be worried or not, I’m worried.20. Yume (Yume Hashimoto) (15) (Devil ANTHEM).

I like and think all the members of “Devil ANTHEM” are cute, when you think all the members in a group are cute and someone in particular catches your eye. You know she’s special or I think she’s special. And she’s tall, she’s one I’m definitely paying very close attention.19. Rurika Yoshizawa (14) (FuwaFuwa).

A guilty pleasure of mine, for a long time now.18. Sakura Miyawaki (20) (HKT48).

I don’t know if any of you follow that Korean show “Produce 48” I don’t really follow it. It’s like a talent show with members from the AKB48 family and K-Pop Trainees, it’s a competition where they pick 12 girls to form a new girl group. Anyways Sakura is doing very well she ranked 1st in the 1st episode, after 4 episode she’s still in the Top 5. That’s the good news ,the bad news is if she makes the 12 member group she has to stay with this group for 30 months. Sorry, But I can’t see that happen.17. Mion Mukaichi (20) (AKB48).

One of my favorites that I like to fantasize about, definitely my favorite in the AKB48 family, I think.16. Sayaka Yamamoto (25) (NMB48).

Her hair is growing very long now, I love her with long hair. I think it’s the longest I’ve ever seen it.

I just found out about this just now, I could see this coming I just tried not to think about it. On July 30th she announced her graduation, graduation date will be announced later.

15. Kanako Momota (24) (Momoiro Clover Z).

I never knew she did the Japanese voice dubbing of Shuri on Black Panther and Avengers : Infinity War, got to watch those in the Japanese version. Even though I don’t really understand Japanese.

On July 12th, it was her Birthday. Happy belated 24th Birthday, Kanako.14. Seira Jonishi (21) (Tokyo Performance Doll).

I don’t think Tokyo Performance Doll is doing as much activities as before, that’s Ok. She’s keeping busy, it seems like she’s doing a lot of modeling.

In a couple of weeks August 14th, it’s her Birthday. Happy 22nd Birthday in advance Seira.

 

 

 

 

 

 

13. Rikako Sasaki (17) (Angerme).

What’s with Hello! Project and baseball, even she’s getting into it. I’ve mention I like to do a threesome with her and Rie Inoue, what’s better than that. With her and Maria Makino.12. Nana Asakawa (19) (SUPER GiRLS).

Keep those great bikini photo shoots coming.

 

 

 

 

 

 

11. Nao Sakura (20) (Team Syachihoko).

I love her, but I find it very frustrating to find anything current or remotely new on her. I’ll say it again, if I could choose one J-Pop Idol to out on a date or just hang out with. It would be her.10. Rio Watanabe (18) (Babyraids JAPAN).

I still remember when I first heard of “Babyraids”, she was so young and cute. She dance with two left feet and seem clumsy, her dancing got a little better over time. Babyraids JAPAN will disbanding in the near future. Which I will get to later on.9. Mai Shiraishi (25) (Nogizaka46).

I like to know what her net worth is or income, especially the last 2 or 3 years. How she ranks among Japanese female celebrities. You think it’s more than Sasshi.

 

 

 

 

 

8. Ai Negishi (25) (PASSPO).

PASSPO will be disbanding in the very near future, which I will get to later on. I hope she just doesn’t disappear, she’s so hot. I just want to see more of her, I just can’t get enough of her.

7. Asami Watanabe (23) (Cheeky Parade).

Will have to look for a new J-Pop wife very soon.

 

 

 

 

 

6. Miki Shimomura (19) (Fairies).

I think she’s growing her hair, it seems longer now than before. I hope so I like her so much better with long hair. It gave her so much more sex appeal.5. Maria Makino (17) (Morning Musume).

Ever since Cheeky Parade Seran Mizorogi graduated more than a year ago, I haven’t had J-Pop girlfriend since. I think I will make it Maria Makino for now, she’s basically has replace Seran Mizorogi has my favorite fantasy J-Pop Idol. Ok, enough of that.

I’m actually taking a little break from Maria Makino, right now I’m just getting a little sick and tired of her almost non-stop overexposure for almost 2 years. Unless your a Makino fan you may not notice it, forget a long period of time. She’s just way too hot to stay away from for even a short period of time.

 

 

 

 

4. Haruna Iikubo (23) (Morning Musume).

For a while there was barely hanging on as my favorite Morning Musume member, with me getting a little sick of Maria Makino and the release of a photo book from her not that long ago. She has put some distance, at least for now. I know I said I stop buying J-Pop stuff temporally for financial reasons, I just had to get her photo book. This was a surprise to me I didn’t know she had one coming till maybe a couple of weeks or month before it’s release, not disappointed at all. Does she ever disappoint me, no not at all.3. Yuki Kashiwagi (27) (AKB48 and NGT48).

Yeah, I Know in my AKB48 ranking I had Maiyan rank ahead of Yukirin. Here I have Yukirin ranked way higher than Maiyan, let’s just say the two rankings don’t really have anything to do with each other, they do in a way but they don’t. First of all the two of them are very close you can add Meru Tashima also, I probably like Yukirin a little more than both of them. I don’t know if this is the word I’m looking for but exposure and publicity, I’ll use magazine photo shoots as an example. Maiyan is basically everywhere in that department for years now, Yukirin has been doing quite a bit lately. For the longest time she was barely doing any, she has solo concert in Shanghai, coming up soon. That has nothing to with AKB48. Anyways this my ranking so be it.

2. Meru Tashima (18) (HKT48).

She needs to release a photo book.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Hitomi Arai (20) (Tokyo Girls’ Style).

Ok, I’m looking back again. I still remember the first I saw her about 4 years ago, I don’t think I was ever has excited about meaning anyone before. Maybe, Berryz Koubou Yurina Kumai. When I first saw her my eyes just lit up, the great thing about this “Meet & Greet” it was so personal. It lasted for about a minute or 2 the other members were also there, that’s beside the point.

* Average Age – 20.2.

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My Top 20 J-Pop Artist :

20. Wi-Fi-5.

I like them, I really do. Especially Raimu Shiratori she’s my guilty pleasure.

* Can’t find any current  pictures with all 5 of them together, so you’ll get 2 pictures.19. There There Theres.

Very bad turnover rate, even when they were “Bellring Girls Heart”. They’re very entertaining regards of the line-up.18. Devil ANTHEM.

I like them they’re so cute, love their songs to. My interest in them is growing by day ever so slowly, since I first heard of them.17. Tsubaki Factory.

The members are cute, I like their songs. Not as much as Kobushi Factory.16. Kobushi Factory.

They have a new single that will release on August 8th, can’t wait for it. So far I love all their singles.15. Tokyo Girls’ Style.

I like them a lot, for some reason I find them very frustrating to follow.14. NMB48.

They have some members I like and I follow a bit, NMB48 better come up with something. My interest them …………. Let’s just say it’s not good.13. SKE48.

Jurina Matsui will be going hiatus for health reason, from what I hear I think it has something to do with her bashing Sakura Miyawaki. Why would she do that to sweet, cute Sakura. If they ever wanted her to get out of “Produce48”, this was it. She was actually in a good position and a good chance of making the 12 member group, I can’t remember if she has ever gone on hiatus before. I’m sure she’ll be back before next SKE48 single comes out.12. Fairies.

Don’t like their lack of relevant activities. I was never into Momoka Ito before, lately I’ve taken an interest in her.11. Nogizaka46.

Their singles as reach AKB48 level or has surpass it, I’m very curious how much their next single will sell. Not long to wait since it will be release on August 8th.10. HKT48.

I still think they’re the cutest and most fun group in the entire AKB48 family.9. PASSPO.

Bad news if your PASSPO fans as they will disband on September 22nd, they were a great to follow. Not the last couple of years, they weren’t releasing anything much.8. Tokyo Performance Doll.

Down to 6 members now as Anyu Kobayashi, Saki Shingu & Sakurako Iida Graduated on April 19th.7. Momoiro Clover Z.

I like them better as 5 member group, in fact I like them better when they were a 6 member group. That was such a long time ago. Which brings me to Akari Hayami who graduated from the group in April 2011, she’s the reason I got into this group. Then lost interest in them about 2 weeks later when I read she was graduating. I eventually I got back into them, but that’s another story. Back to Akari she’s getting married.6. Cheeky Parade.

Cheeky Parade will disband on July 31st, which is today. At least I could to see them in concert and actually met them also. Will always treasure those memories.5. Yumemiru Adolescence.

When they added those 3 new members earlier this year, I wasn’t to sure. I love this line-up.4. SUPER GiRLS.

I’m very surprise or how I manage to keep my interest them this high, for this long.3. Babyraids JAPAN.

More sad news, they will disband in late September. It was pleasure to see them in concert and meet them last year in September, at San Francisco. I’ll always remember the little flirting between me and Manatsu Hayashi.2. Morning Musume.

Haruna Ogata graduated from Morning Musume on June 20th, I will miss her. I wish her “The Best Of Luck”.

She was one of my favorites, when I went to see them in Houston a couple of years ago, I was actually looking out for Maria Makino. Will Haruna Ogata was the one that caught my eyes first, I don’t know if that means anything.1. AKB48.

AKB48 are back at number one I’ve been taken a lot more than usually this year, mainly thanks to “Yui Oguri”.


My Favorite Top 25 J-Pop Idols and Top 20 J-Pop Artist.

February 15, 2018

I do this twice a year in January and July, I wasn’t able to do this one in January. I went on a holiday in the last week of January, I wanted to do it before I went on holidays wasn’t ready to. A bit busy when I got back, so wasn’t able to do it til now.

Top 25 J-Pop Idols :

25. Haruka Koizumi (Tokimeki Sendenbu).

Not to be confuse with the one in “Doll Elements”.

When I first got into “Tokimeki Sendenbu”, their were 2 members that I really like Hitoka Sakai and Haruka Koizumi. In the beginning Hitoka Sakai probably had the edge, I think she has more natural beauty. Whereas Haruka Koizumi I think is kinda funny looking but really, really cute looking. The last several months Haruka Koizumi has been pulling away, at least for now. I’m sure in the not to distance future, they’ll be fairly even again.24. Nana Takashima (Tokyo Performance Doll).

The leader of Tokyo Performance doll. I still remember when I first met her in September 2016, in San Francisco. First of all I was really surprise that she could speak English, I talk to her a little bit outside not to long after TPD open the J-Pop summit event. She was really nice and took the time to answer me, when I was talking to her I never felt the sense that she wanted me to stop talking and get lost. Like a stuck up J-Pop bitch.

I probably would rank this as one of my most memorable J-Pop experience right up there with meeting “Cheeky Parade” in New York City.23. Sakura Seta (Batten Show Jo Tai).

I’m just fascinated by her, It’s just one of those things I really can’t explain. Every time I see her I get that feeling, it’s always been this was way since the first time I heard about “Batten Show Jo Tai”. She’s the one that always catches my eye. Yes, I do think she’s really, really cute.

On February 2nd, it was her Birthday. Happy belated sweet 16th Birthday, Sakura.22. Sakura Oda (Morning Musume).

She just release her 2nd photo book a couple months ago, I like seeing that. It means there’s demand for solo stuff from her, and not just with what she does with Morning Musume.21. Mion Mukaichi (AKB48).

She join AKB48 as 15th Generation Kenkyuusei on June 2013, got promoted to Team 4 on April 2014. Which isn’t really that long ago, I’ve been following her fairly regularly since maybe late summer of 2013. So, to me it seems like she been with AKB48 a lot longer.20. Sakura Miyawaki (HKT48).

Cute little Sakura, actually she’s not little anymore. I think she dyed her hair to light brown or reddish or something, I don’t like it. I’m not sure how she has it now, I like her with dark hair even dark brown. And Sakura don’t cut your hair too short.19. Sayaka Yamamoto (NMB48).

It’s been a long time now, she’s keeping a low profile. I’m not following her nearly as closely has before, is there something she’s doing I don’t know about.18. Chisaki Morito (Country Girls / Morning Musume).

A 14th Generation Morning Musume Member, she’s also member of ” Country Girls” who are limited to digital releases only since June 2017. I really like her, she’s cute.

On February 19th, it’s her Birthday. Happy 18th Birthday in Advance, Chii.17. Rena Sato (MAGiCAL PUNCHLiNE).

The Former Idoling!!! member, I didn’t really think much of her when she was with Idoling!!!. It wasn’t until I heard of “MAGiCAL PUNCHLiNE”, I started to get into her, at first I didn’t realize that she was in the group. I think she’s really sexy, HOT!!!!!16. Rikako Sasaki (Angerme).

This is way long overdue, she’s someone who I’ve considered and wanted to include here. Since I first saw and fell in love with her, it was love at first sight. Way back in early 2015.15. Nana Asakawa (SUPER GiRLS).

Who would have imagine 3 even 2 years ago, that she would turn out like this. You can tell she’s been working out the last year or so, her body looks really fine. Her 2nd photo book which will be release next month, was shot in Los Angeles, USA. This looks like a good one, if it’s anything like her 1st photo book. Then it will definitely be a good one.I’d like to know when she was in Santa Monica, I was there in September last year. Why don’t they announce this kind of stuff.14. Kanako Momota (Momoiro Clover Z).

If anyone knows where I can get or buy her “Birthday Book 23”, let me know. I just can’t get enough at looking at her cute dimples.13. Nao Sakura (Team Syachihoko).

I find it very frustrating that I can’t find any new or current news of significant on her, like for a couple of years now. Maybe not that long it just seems like it, cause I’m always checking. And I can never find anything of significant.

She seems like the idol I would like to hangout the most with.12. Rio Watanabe (Babyraids JAPAN).

I met her in September in San Francisco at the J-Pop Summit, now my life is complete. You won’t believe how much I fantasize about her, and how long it’s been. But, I’m not going to get into that.11. Mai Ozeki (Country Girls).

I really hate how Hello! Project is treating her and Risa Yamaki, they say it’s about concentrating on their studies more. I wasn’t going to include her in this ranking, cause “Country Girls” is limited to digital releases only. She’s just way too cute, and I like her way too much not too.

On February 10th, it was her Birthday. Happy belated sweet 16th Birthday, Mai.10. Seira Jonishi (Tokyo Performance Doll).

A cousin of Former NMB48 member Kei Jonishi and current NMB48 member Rei Jonishi, Kei sister. Before 2017 I’ve never seen a picture with her and Kei Jonishi together before, the last year or so it seems like they have seen each other a lot. Kei graduated from NMB48 in April 2017, I guess Keicchi has more free time now.9. Ai Negishi (PASSPO).

She release 2 photo books 2013 & 2014, they were both pretty good. I’ve been waiting for a 3rd one for a long time now, what’s going on. She really looks good when she shows a lot of skin.8. Meru Tashima (HKT48).

I’m glad about this, she’s become of significant and of importance again. Now I’m just waiting for a photo book from her, all those magazine photo shoots she’s been doing lately are great. But, I also want a photo book.7. Mai Shiraishi (Nogizaka46).

It may not seem like it cause she’s everywhere, to me it seems like she’s been keeping a low profile inside Nogizaka46.

And what’s this garbage I hear a lot of people trying to speculate when she’ll graduated, “What The Fuck” who wants her graduate. Not me.

She’s the Haruna Kojima of Nogizaka46.6. Asami Watanabe (Cheeky Parade).

My wife is looking fine. She’s always changing her hair style, that’s Ok. Regardless of her hairstyle she always looks good.5. Miki Shimomura (Fairies).

A few months ago she release a photo book, of course I had to get it. Not just her all the fairies members did, I never thought I would ever see her in a bikini. It could have been better, but it’s a start. I’ve been dying to see her in bikini, I hope theirs more to come.

The last few days maybe a week,  I’ve been really getting into her and checking her out a lot. I do this with Miki quite often, it’s just matter of how long this one will last. It may last a while she’s been looking very fine lately.4. Maria Makino (Morning Musume).

She just release another photo book this month, getting it. She’s been everywhere for more than a year now. I was going to complain of  overexposure. But, no such thing as too much Maria Makino. Especially seeing her in a bikini.

On February 2nd, it was her Birthday. Happy belated 17th Birthday, Maria.3. Haruna Iikubo (Morning Musume).

I like her a lot she’s my favorite Morning Musume member, always has been since I really got into them in the Summer of 2012. I hope she will remain my favorite Morning Musume member until she graduates, I’m worried. I don’t know why, Maria Makino is coming behind her very fast. Although I can’t see her overtaking Haruna Iikubo, at least not in the near future.2. Hitomi Arai (Tokyo Girls’ Style).

I had a dream about her a couple of weeks ago when I was on holidays, the dream was actually about “Twice” she just made a cameo appearance. I was in a restaurant with friends and families to watch Twice perform, can you imagine Twice performing in a restaurant. Anyways across where we were sitting I see Hitomi Arai walking to go somewhere, so I just yelled out her name really loud. I thought and expected her to ignore and pretend not to her me, like a stuck up J-Pop Idol bitch. Instead she came over to where I sitting and lean down and look at me in the face making eye contact, I was surprise by this and froze and was speechless for a bit. Then I said I saw you in San Francisco, I can’t remember what she said she was basically thanking me. She was so nice and her smile was so sweet just like how I would imagine it to be. Then she walk away then  few J-Pop Idol groups appeared Houkago Princess, Shiritsu Ebisu Chuugaku, Koubou Berryz plus a few more that I don’t remember. Then Twice did their performance.1. Yuki Kashiwagi (AKB48 / NGT48).

You don’t really see or hear about her that much anymore, I guess just enough to keep you satisfied. Also she still does a fair amount photo shoots to keep you happy._____________________________________________________________________________________________________

My Top 20 J-Pop Artist :

20. Let’s Poco Poco!.

A sister group of Yurumerumo! (You’ll Melt More!), so I thought they would be worth checking out. I’ll be honest I didn’t think I would like them, they surprise me. I like them better than Yurumerumo!, at least musically. A lot more idol like than Yurumerumo!.19. Tsubaki Factory.

It took me a little while to get into them. They have a few members who I really like, and think are really cute. Yumeno Kishimoto is my favorite member.18. Kobushi Factory.

What’s going on with them they had 3 members who left in the last half of 2017, they’re down to 5 members now. At least the members that I like are still there, Risa Yamaki and Mai Ozeki are looking for a group to join. Honestly I don’t know what the future holds for them, I like them. I hope everything works out OK.17. Keyakizaka46.

To the general public I think they’re way more popular and more like than Nogizaka46.16. Tokyo Girls’ Style.

My only complain about them is lack of activities, and how far in-between they are. They’re releasing a single in a couple of weeks, it looks like a good one.

I’m glad that their management or agency, or whoever does these kind of things final gave them very good cell phones. For the longest time the cell phones they had before was really shit.15. NMB48.

Nothing against Miru Shiroma she’s pretty popular, when she’s your main selling point it’s not a good thing.14. Fairies.

Ok, Momoka Ito release a photo book a couple of years ago with some nice pictures in a bikini. Anyways, each member release a photo book last year. I only got Miki Shimomura, this was group I never expected to do anything like this. They will also release a single in a couple of weeks, pre-ordered the Miki Shimomura version cover already. I know when it comes to Fairies all I talk about is Miki, But I like “Rikako Inoue” a lot also.13. SKE48.

I like the current line-up of SKE48, I’m probably having the most fun following SKE48 now than ever before. With Ryoha Kitagawa, Nao Furuhata, Saki Takeuchi and few others, just wait til Jurina Matsui graduates. I was only being funny I like to bash Jurina, I always do when the opportunity arises, I really do like Jurina a lot.12. Nogizaka46.

It’s pretty amazing when you really think about it, especially with a group this large. Since the release of their 1st single in February 2012, they had very few members of any significant who have graduated. Nanami Hashimoto being the most significant, now Rina Ikoma the center for Nogizaka46 1st 5 single announced her graduation on January 31st. When she’ll leave Nogizaka46, not sure.11. HKT48.

All I’m going to say is I’m happy that Meru Tashima is back to being a significant member again.10. PASSPO.

My interest in them is diminishing, mainly because of lack of activities. I remember a couples of years ago when they were probably the busiest idol group their was.9. Country Girls.

I wasn’t going to include them, because they’re limited to digital releases only. They did release 3 digital singles since June last year, it’s not like 1 or 2 a year. We’ll see what happens in the future. I really don’t know why they did this to Country Girls their sales was pretty good.

And I really don’t like the way they’re treating Risa Yamaki and Mai Ozeki, seems like they are being punish for something. And saying so they can focus on school, maybe for Mai. But Risa, I don’t think so. I’m not saying they’re not doing any activities or have any projects with Hello! Project (solo or otherwise), cause they do. I just want to know why they place 3 of the members in other Hello! Project groups, and not these two. Maybe, school is the real reason.

For Mai I think I may know why, as for Risa apart from just wanting to get rid of her. I really don’t know.8. Tokyo Performance Doll.

They will release a single next month, that’s good to know. Also Anyu Kobayashi has been on hiatus since November.

I would love a threesome with Nana and Seira, a request.

Tokyo Performance Doll with Seira Jonishi Cousin. Formber NMB48 Member Kei Jonishi.

7. Yumemiru Adolescence.

Wow, I didn’t think this would ever happen. Recently they just added 3 new members Hanon Yamagucchi, Saya Yamashita, Yuki Minase. I like the way this group looks, will be releasing a single next month.6. Momoiro Clover Z.

They’re down to 4 members as Momoka Ariyasu graduated on Janaury 18th, it just won’t be the same without her. She was a big part of the group.5. Cheeky Parade.

Marin Yamamoto and Mariya Suzuki should be back from their 2 year hiatus around the summer of this year, they went on to hiatus on June 2016. To study english in Los Angeles, USA. Hope when they rejoin the group it brings new life to them, and pick up their activities.4. SUPER GiRLS.

If SUPER GiRLS can do bikini photo shoots, why can’t Cheeky Parade, GEM, Wa-Suta do it also.

Sad to say Runa Ozawa just graduated on January 31st.3. Babyraids JAPAN.

Ever since seeing them in September last year in San Francisco, at the J-Pop Summit my interest in them has been rejuvenated big time. I don’t even know why it even decline in the first place they’re so much fun to follow. I think it stared declining when they change their name, which was around the same time Manatsu Hayashi became blonde. Talking about Manatsu being blonde I though she was less attractive I didn’t like her as a blonde it didn’t suit her, my feelings didn’t change until I saw her at the J-Pop Summit. Seeing her up close and in person, I don’t know. It did something to me, I could have just stared at her face for all eternity.

I can’t say for sure, looking back. I think Manatsu Hayashi becoming blonde had a lot to do with me losing interest in them, add the name change I think that did it. It definitely wasn’t because of Rio Watanabe.2. AKB48.

Yeah, AKB48 is definitely hard to follow. And what is AKB48 are they a whole bunch of groups in a group, You got Team A, K, B, 4, and Team 8. In reality Team 8 is like it’s on own separate group, that has really has nothing to with AKB48. Then theirs the Research Students (Kenkyuusei), and also you have the senbatsu members and whatever else their is.

Some members of Team 4.

1. Morning Musume.

Chisaki Morito is a 14th Generation Morning Musume member so she’s and official and full time member. I may have mention this before, I can’t remember. If I didn’t Haruka Kudo graduated on December 11th.

I found this very surprising not including their first year 1997, only once 2008 they had no changes in members joining or graduating. Although in 2015 Riho Sayashi graduated in the final day of the year


My J-Pop Summit in San Francisco 2017.

September 15, 2017

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.

Misaki Iwasa.

LinQ.

LinQ.

Yana from YANAKIKU.

 

 

 

 

 

________________________________________________________________________________________________________________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.

Babyraids Japan.

Babyraids Japan.