The decision has been made: I am going to Nagoya in what may be the fangirl trip of my life. It’s the only city where concert dates for both Arashi and CNBLUE work (thanks to @ShayMujan for pointing out the Nagoya dates!) and by hook or by crook, I am going to watch Arashi. That’s the optimist in me thinking although the pessimist side can’t help but recall July 2007.
I was in Tokyo that time for work. It was no coincidence that I timed the trip when Arashi was having their concert. My former Japanese classmate went with me to Lawson’s to check if we can still get tickets from there. The previous year during my visit, my friend didn’t know Arashi yet but this time, she proudly told me she knows them. So off we went to Lawson’s and checked that ATM-like machine. She couldn’t find it so she asked the store clerk if there were tickets and we were told they were not available. “Not available.” The words still ring in my ears, except he said it in Nihongo of course.
I stayed a few days more in Tokyo for a vacation and another friend who is also an Arashi fangirl joined me. Though we knew we couldn’t get tickets, our foolish selves still went all the way to Yokohama to queue up for concert goods and got tanned in the process. On our way to the venue in the morning, we saw many fangirls lined intermittently along the streets from the train station, holding banners in Japanese. They looked desperate. It didn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out they were looking for Arashi tickets.
I wonder if I’d end up holding a banner in Nagoya in December saying “will work for Arashi ticket” or maybe “will sell my soul for Arashi ticket” will be more apt.
To think that was 2007, when they were just finally breaking through after the dark years. It was hard to get tickets then but it was still possible. Whereas now… what did I get myself into?
Making the decision to go was only the first step. There are concert tickets to secure and of course, hotel and air tickets as well. Getting CNBLUE tickets was the easy part and I cry at how five tickets equal one ticket for an Arashi concert. Of course I shouldn’t compare since the market conditions are totally different. Besides, CNBLUE holds concert tours in Asia and South America while Arashi is based in Japan, which makes them more inaccessible, thus spiking up demand whenever they hold their concerts. The last time they performed overseas was in 2008, not counting Hawaii last month for their 15th anniversary. And with 1.65 million members of their fan club, I guess it’s pretty obvious that the demand is high though I wish that people would not use it as a business venture and milk fans for profit. Wishful thinking, I know.
Of course every now and then, I have doubts. It’s not cheap to go to Japan, as it is. But is it more crazy to spend that ridiculous amount of money for a single concert ticket that’s as expensive as an air ticket, or even more? (Not to mention that the profit does not even go to my favorite Uncle or to Arashi.) “But you’ve been their fan for nine years.” “it’s their 15h anniversary!” “You’re there to watch CNBLUE and you won’t watch Arashi?” “You only live once.”
This YOLO… just how many people made crazy decisions because you know… YOLO?
P.S. as @Arashi_Tsu said, “if not now, when? Life is too short to wait forever.”
I’ve been putting off an Arashi concert trip every year since 2007 (on one hand, I haven’t gotten over the postponement of the Bangkok leg in their Arashi Around Asia and hasn’t quite forgiven the military for the coup) but this year is their 15th year and I have been putting it off for a long time. So even if I’m daunted by the concert ticket battle, this is going to be a leap of faith. Ikimashou!
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