Event Report: Tokyo Idol Festival 2018 8.2.18
Thanks to Tokyo’s crazy heatwave and who knows what else, my body has been a bit of a mess recently. But it’s stable enough today that I feel like I can handle a little adventure, so I’m headed to TIF!! I’m sad I missed Fudanjuku’s only performances yesterday, but since we couldn’t go last year I’m just glad to be there if only for a bit.
11:57 AM – 4 Aug 2018
bad news: only like 3 groups I want to see are performing today
actually extremely good news: only like 3 groups I want to see are performing today
12:25 PM – 4 Aug 2018
Hellooooooodaiba! Not as flattering as the photo I usually take when I get to TIF, but I’m in a hurry so I got off at Fune-no-kagakukan station instead of the usual Tokyo Telecom Center since there’s a new, alternative place to pick up wristbands this year.
12:39 PM – 4 Aug 2018
Can’t find the alternative wristband location so I’m giving up and going back to the one I’m used to!! The Hoopers’ ice cream collab starts soon!
12:45 PM – 4 Aug 2018
AAAA got my wristband and made it to the line to get Dippin’ Dots from Cecil/Noa/Lee/Tsubasa!!!! They just walked by and are VERY CUTE!!!!!
12:52 PM – 4 Aug 2018
Lee said my hair looks like blue Hawaii (a shaved ice flavor) and Cecil is absolutely drenched in sweat already, I love them.
1:10 PM – 4 Aug 2018
The line thinned out faster than I thought it would so I ended up going through two more times and got Dippin’ Dots for two friends resting in the shade. Lee and I talked about lizards because she’s wearing an earring shaped like a gecko? Cecil seems to be resting her voice, I hope she’s feeling okay… Noa gave me a spoon very cutely……. I am consistently in awe of how straight Tsubasa’s teeth are?
1:23 PM – 4 Aug 2018
I went to go buy water and take a picture of a Fudanjuku autograph but then got distracted on the way back and bought more Dippin’ Dots but forgot water.
2:03 PM – 4 Aug 2018
Now up on Sky Stage!!!! Absolutely melting but still one of the absolute coolest places ever to watch an idol performance.
2:04 PM – 4 Aug 2018
AHHHHH OH MY GOD that was… maybe one of the best Hoopers performances I’ve ever seen I’m so emotional, we were really close and ZUCCHAN!!!! WAS BACK!!!!! Cecil and Zucchan were on our side of the stage a lot and I yelled so loud even though I don’t usually do calls for Hoops much???
2:51 PM – 4 Aug 2018
I am positively a tomato in spite of sunscreen but I have zero regrets.
2:56 PM – 4 Aug 2018
I just remembered that when I went through the Dippin’ Dots line for the 4th time Noa was like “how many have you eaten :D” and I was like “THIS IS JUST THE SECOND I SWEAR I gave two to friends!”
By the way, a fan acquaintance ate SIX.
3:19 PM – 4 Aug 2018
Made it to the front row with friends for the second Hoops live!!! Extremely worth it even if it meant squeezing between a million smelly, sweaty people!!! Haruki had a million watt smile, she looked like she was having so much fun.
4:57 PM – 4 Aug 2018
I am so, so happy that Zucchan got to perform with The Hoopers again and that I got to see it!!! There is so much love between all of them and it makes me so happy to watch… I really adore them.
4:59 PM – 4 Aug 2018
While I was resting in the Diver City food court, I got to see a couple of my favorite Cecil oshi acquaintances and also an idol friend! And maybe another member of the group she’s in? I should probably learn the other members with the frequency I run into this friend.
5:54 PM – 4 Aug 2018
Waiting for Maison book girl now, a foreign fan holding an Empire shirt just pulled out his phone and took a picture of the current act. Please don’t do that.
6:01 PM – 4 Aug 2018
Uh, unexpected reaction to seeing MBG for the first time in a long time was getting choked up to Okaeri Sayonara because I still love Coshoji so much and I feel guilty for not having supported her much in the past couple years???? Anyway it was really good, I’m just an emotional weiner.
6:27 PM – 4 Aug 2018
I was torn between seeing Nichome no Sakigake Coming Out and PASSPO☆ but it’s probably my last chance to see the latter since they’re disbanding in September, so…
6:36 PM – 4 Aug 2018
The increase of female fans since I started coming to Tokyo Idol Festival in 2012 is approximately my favorite thing.
6:39 PM – 4 Aug 2018
Idols are for Everyone 2k18
6:41 PM – 4 Aug 2018
I have a headache but I’m back up on Sky Stage and laying in the grass and life is good.
6:56 PM – 4 Aug 2018
I am. Extremely not okay after PASSPO☆. I feel like someone threw my heart off the roof this building??? My throat hurts so much from it tightening as I tried not to cry. They’ve been appearing at TIF since it started in 2010 and this is the last time before they disband and everyone just like.. was trying so so hard but looked heartbroken and there was such a heavy feeling among the audience too… I’m only the most casual PASSPO☆ fan and this messed me up bad… I’m going to miss them a lot.
7:57 PM – 4 Aug 2018
The first three songs they sang were all really emotional ones and the second one had lyrics about not crying… Afterwards Anya was like “It’s ok, we won’t cry today” but you could tell everyone wanted to.
7:58 PM – 4 Aug 2018
I’m emotional over the passing of time and how much has changed since my first TIF, how many groups have disbanded, how many are disbanding soon… pretty much every group Fudanjuku has had a strong connection with over the years… I don’t want to take any time with them for granted.
8:01 PM – 4 Aug 2018
I remember meeting a French Fudanjuku fan friend for the first time in an elevator coming up here to watch Uramasa and Renji interview Cheeky Parade and lyrical school on this little patch of grass in 2012!! I hope the video’s still on YouTube, it was really good.
8:08 PM – 4 Aug 2018
Stopped by the Snack Umeko talk show because Cecil alluded to possibly appearing again this year (probably tomorrow if at all, but oh well) and ex-Afilia Saga Louise and Yukafin were here asking why the Afilia little sister groups they produce (Iketeru Hearts, etc) weren’t invited this year.
8:35 PM – 4 Aug 2018
Ahh I’m glad I stayed til the end of the talk show, it cheered me up post-PASSPO☆! There were a couple of groups and then several members from various groups and they chose whoever’s least good at singing to do karaoke and have a professional voice instructor give them tips.
9:21 PM – 4 Aug 2018
One girl was so shy and embarrassed about singing that she ended up crying, so an idol from another group gave her a big pep talk about how the most important thing about being an idol is your spirit! This other idol then did fairly off-key but extremely enthusiastic karaoke and was met with laughter and tons of applause. Idols are good.
9:25 PM – 4 Aug 2018
Headed home now. After missing 2017, I’m glad I was able to make it this year, if only for a day. It was weird to not see my favorite group, and even more so not to see my favorite graduated member of that group, as she’s always been really involved with TIF and appeared a lot last year, even after graduating. But I’m still thankful I got to see the performances I did. TIF is always one of my favorite parts of summer.
9:30 PM – 4 Aug 2018