July 5, 2011

A day in Tokyo - AKB is everywhere

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This day I went out to do some shopping. My main targets were new shoes and an iPad. AKB48 is everywhere.

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SKE48 members Matsui Jurina and Matsui Rena (not relatives in any way) are campaign girls for ASBEE, a shoe store.

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I'd want to believe that this is a tag from some SKE48 fan, but maybe not.

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At Meiji Street in Harajuku there are several signs advertising AKB48 sub-units and solo artists.

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Utasuki is a service you can try in a karaoke box. I think you "compete" with the campaign girls who can sing better. I have yet to try it, but I know for sure I would fail.

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SKE48 recently opened a shop in Shibuya. It's very small and doesn't have a lot of goods - mostly pictures and some leftover goods from concerts etc.

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Shibuya Tower Records store is plastered with huge AKB posters.

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The CD corner. Most famous groups and artists have their own little corner at Tower Records, with a small monitor playing the latest PV.

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AKB has something a little special though. This is the AKB corner of Tower Records. There are costumes to look at closely, DVDs, more CDs, magazines and a listening area.

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One girl relaxing while listening to some AKB.

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Churi (Takayanagi Akane) is my SKE oshimen.

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Ponytail to Shushu.

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Heavy Rotation.

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Beginner.

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At the big crossing near Shibuya Station. Can you spot the two big AKB billboards?

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Momoiro Clover is another idol group currently growing in popularity. Here at Yodobashi Camera in Akihabara they use one of their concerts as a 3D movie sample for people to try out the 3D effect. Pretty mind blowing watching a concert in 3D.

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A huge Tomochin is on the wall of the main Sofmap store.

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She's currently the mascot girl for Emobile, a cell phone service in Japan.

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Another karaoke place with the Utasuki service.

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At a costume shop there are some copies of AKB costumes. I'll check out the prices next time, but I would assume around 20,000 yen. The left one is from Banzai Venus, and the right one from Ponytail to Shushu. The middle one I'm not so sure of.

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At the electronic small part devices mall near the station they have set up a few show cases with bootleg items. Not my cup of tea.

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Even at a ticket shop, they have a special little AKB corner. Their prices are ridiculous though.

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I finished the day with watching some of the SDN show on the screen at the theater. This day was one of the members' birthday stage.

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