I haven’t posted in a few weeks. I think I’m still suffering from Idol Withdrawal Symptoms. Japan Expo was great. I’m not saying Japan is an amazing place to live because I’ve never been there and nowhere is perfect but living there must have one benefit…idols! If you lived in Tokyo you’d have idols all over the place. Although of course Japan Expo makes us Europeans lucky in one way. We have good access to the idols when they do come. I think it was someone in C-ute who was saying they’d never done a signing session before. Plus we get handshakes. I think in Japan there are opportunities too but I know of people who have travelled from Japan to France partly because of the easier access.
Anyway as well as idols the other good thing about the Expo is meeting other fans. I met plenty of people I knew online some of whom I’d met before (Ptom, Mico, Ryu, Angelique) and some of whom I’d spoken to for years but never met (Tea) and also some sort of new people (Nyuchandesu) and some completely new people (Lizzie). The great thing about the Expo is how happy everyone is. No matter what your interest, idols, anime, visual kei, err…wrestling, whatever, everyone just mingles around in such a happy mood. It’s a chance to just lose the boring ordinary world for a while and live in Narnia. Its a wonderland. (Wonderland is the name of an Orange Port song by the way. You should check them out. They have some good songs, cute and talented members and are fantastic live). That’s the other great thing about the Expo. It gives you the chance to see new up and coming groups. There’s so much live music on offer.
So for five days it’s Paradise. A crowded somewhat physically tiring Paradise but Paradise nonetheless. Then as soon as it’s started suddenly you are back to normal life and wondering why you can’t see Nacky, Maimi, Airi and Chinami anymore. Where are they? Why’d they go? For those of us not living in Paris there’s also the question of when will we be back. After all there’s no Autumn Expo these days so it’s a once a year event. Even then though for those of us having to come by plane and book hotels it’s an expensive once a year event. Yet it’s also the best way to recharge the batteries of the soul. It washes away a year’s worth of real-life flotsam and jetsam and leaves you feeling like you should be in a commercial for Bodyform.
Anyway the great thing about seeing the idols live and even getting to meet them is that you get to see things you can’t online. Like Chinami’s constant smiling and her fooling around with a camera shooting the audience. Also in the handshake you get to see how they are with fans. It’s the kind of thing that can make your favourites even more favourited and can make idols you previously didn’t pay too much attention to become favourites or at least held in high regard.
Last year and this I have to say Maimi was amazing in person. She shines. Like I said in a previous post she’s like super 3D. So friendly, such a big smile, she leans in close when meeting you and is just pure beauty. Nacky also shines to me although I am of course 100% completely biased. She’s lovely! Last year Maimai really jumped in my ranking after meeting her. This year it’s Airi’s turn. Like Maimi and Nacky she smiles so much, is really charming and just leaves you with this impression of a beautiful spirit. What more could you want? The other person who really stood out though is Chinami. Chinami was just perfect throughout the two days. Again it’s that feeling of a beautiful spirit. The best idols give you that. She seems so approachable. Full of energy and happiness. Like the C-ute trio she seems really comfortable meeting fans. A charming pro. Not all the idols seem so comfortable or happy (hello Risako). It was a privilege to meet them all though and I must give a special mention to Captain. She’s such a sweet soul.
I’ve always said Idols should be prescribed by doctors to fight depression or used as a placebo for a variety of illnesses. Idols and exercise! In fact concerts are exercise. A perfect marriage between body and soul! Some people look at idol fans with suspicion. Yet if you go to an idol event what you see is happiness. You don’t see old men in raincoats you see people of all ages in happy bright clothing all fanboy/girling together. Nobody has their hands in their trousers. That’s not to say that idols can’t be sexy. Of course they can be but I truly believe that the majority of those fans who do fancy an idol do so through the heart first. It’s not like someone looking at porn and just seeing a body. People who like idols (in any way at all) tend to like them for their whole being. It’s the personality and the looks. It’s not “phwooar she’s young. Mmmmm.” It’s more “she’s amazing. Beautiful, talented, charming, funny. Just so full of life”. That’s beautiful no matter what your own age, gender or sexuality. In other words fans of all ages and both genders and any sexuality ultimately still like the same things in idols. Idols are effing amazing. Nobody will ever convince me otherwise. So much positivity and happiness is given to fans by them. You don’t get that in any sport. You don’t get that in many tv shows (although I’d state a claim for Doctor Who). You don’t get that in almost any of the “normal” forms of entertainment. So ultimately us idol fans are lucky and also damn cool. We know where it’s at. :p Also if you ignore some people on forums there are so many good people around. A real international community. My Twitter list is full of such people (Twitter name is Morningtimeblog by the way. Feel free to pop by and say hi). So yeah, idols = happiness. A friendly community, great music, great idols. What’s not to like…I mean LOVE? ♥
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