So there were tears and happiness on my Arashi timeline today depends on whether they failed or succeeded in getting a ticket to ARASHI BLAST IN HAWAII concert in September.
I didn’t have tears to shed nor happiness to make because, well, I can’t even apply for the lottery that’s exclusive to members of the Arashi fan club, now numbering to 1.6 million.
And yes, that’s a valid fangirl problem: how to be a member of a fan club.
To be an Arashi fan club card-carrying member, it’s pretty straightforward. Check this out.
As an FC member, you get perks and privileges like the newsletter and priority service when applying for tickets. And every Arashi fan knows how difficult it is to get tickets to their concerts on auction sites or the black market, and it may entail selling your arm, leg and liver. So being an FC member, where you can buy tickets at the average $70 price regardless of the seat, is really the most practical way to go with an annual fee of $50.
But, and here’s the big BUT: “membership is available only to those living in Japan.”
In other words, you need a Japanese address to apply. At least they don’t limit it to Japanese citizens so you can actually go around the requirements even if you don’t live in Japan but have friends who are willing to let you use their mailing address. I do have Japanese friends but they are all “serious” journalists. And while they know I’m an Arashi fan–and were amused–I don’t know if they’d be amused if I ask them to go to the post office to pay my membership fee to Johnny’s.
So even after all these years of being a fan, I am still an “unofficial” storm.
On the other hand, it’s fairly easy for my other fandom, CNBLUE. Here’s a tutorial on how to be an official Boice.
Yes, the fan club is open to “international fans”. Did you hear that Johnny?
The Boice membership also offers the same privileges as Arashi/Johnny’s plus discounts on goods bought off the FNC site and a chance to attend activities within Korea. The annual membership fee is $30.
So am I an “official” Boice now? Not yet.
The reason why I’d probably join a fan club is to be able to enjoy concert ticket privileges. I’ve been able to buy my concert ticket for the Busan leg of Can’t Stop without any hassle. So for now, I’m unofficially blue.
Or maybe I just have a problem with clubs.
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