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News in Fukui - Sunday November 2

Another concert update with just a few things of note from today's concerts where, as you would imagine, there was much attention paid to Ryo-chan. 

As fans entered the venue for the 12 noon show, there was a silent video playing on the screens. It was a message from Koyama from backstage showing him in his robe writing a message, which played across the screen. On the screen he put his fingers to his lips and then the message played welcoming everyone to the concert and informing the audience that tomorrow, November 3 was Ryo's birthday.

He asked the audience to be ready for the MC and to be a part of a birthday surprise when they code word was given. The code word was "se-no" (see below).

The first song of the concert is Happy Birthday - and in both shows Massu and Yamapi changed their lyrics to point out tomorrow was Ryo's birthday.

When the MC started there was a bit of talk about how both Ryo and Tegoshi were about to have birthdays and how it's been Yamapi in the past that had his birthday during a tour.

Ryo really had no idea that anything was coming, and then Koyama asked the audience twice if we were ready before Tegoshi said the magic phrase and the whole audience launched into the chorus of Happy Birthday (the News version of course!) It was very sweet sung by all those thousands of female voices.

After that they wheeled out a cake and we all sang Happy Birthday of the usual variety, streamers went off over his head and he blew the candles out. He was very cutely surprised and embarrassed by the whole thing.

In the 4pm show there were many mentions of Ryo's birthday, but no more singing as much as the audience called out for something.

However, when he came out to his solo, instead of Ordinary everyone was really surprised when he launched into Code. I have to admit that I've never been a fan of that song ... until now. It was a really good performance and he seemed to be really enjoying himself all day, venturing off the designated path to get up close with the audience.

At the end of the final show, after much cheering they did come back, with the band for an extra encore. They sang Hadashi no Cinderella Boy and dedicated it to Ryo.

Happy Birthday Ryo!

A few other observations ...

The KoyaTego byplay has now moved to the centre stage during Change the World. Now Tegoshi just lies on his back on the stage and Koyama gets on top of him. He cradles Tegoshi's head, they get in very close and Tegoshi waves his feet about.

Koyama had a close call with the audience in front of us tonight. Someone grabbed at his necklace and pulled the pendant off and it went flying. So he decided that it was a lost cause and took the chain of his neck and threw it into the crowd.

Shige came by in the final encore with a video camera filming the audience and himself, so I guess we can make some kind of guesses about footage for a dvd. There was also an official photographer down in front of our stand taking both still and video footage of the concert. Hope it's a clue.


On a personal note, this time next week I'll be home in Australia and this will all seem so far away. But I've had an absolutely fabulous time. It's totally exceeded my expectations - and they were pretty high. I totally recommend Fukui as a concert venue, no matter how far away you are, you aren't that far away.

All the fans we met were really friendly, especially after we all indulged in a session of self-disclosure by holding up our various uchiwa and finding who we matched with. I have to admit though that Shige fans seemed to be thinnest on the ground around where I was sitting.

My penlight techique has really improved and I've mastered a number of songs, but I need a lot more practice on Cherish, Snow Express and Gan Gan Ganbatte. I like to think though that I managed to keep up and thanks to the CDTV I was ready for Happy Birthday.


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Nov. 2nd, 2008 04:45 pm (UTC)
There are no words to possibly express my gratitude to you for bringing the boys that much closer into our lives. What an experience of a lifetime. I look forward to more updates upon your return home. You'll definitely need some time to gather your thoughts and fill us with more details and goodies. Have a safe trip home.
Nov. 2nd, 2008 04:56 pm (UTC)
hahax. ur report is so detailed!
hope you enjoyed the concert! =)
Nov. 2nd, 2008 04:56 pm (UTC)
thanks again inala ~
i enjoyed all the reposts throughout your entire japan trip ..though i didnt went for the concerts & stuffs ,but your reports fill up my day each time ...it does makes me feel like experiencing the real thing ...
im so glad i have these reports to keep me company now as im going through my exams ...
thanks again & have a safe trip back to home ...
Nov. 2nd, 2008 04:56 pm (UTC)
thank u for this report XDDD
Nov. 2nd, 2008 04:56 pm (UTC)
thank you very much for the information~
Nov. 2nd, 2008 05:01 pm (UTC)
thank you very much for your report...
and you were so lucky to watch their concert when they held a little surprise ceremonial for Ryo-chan...

may i take this report to a NEWS forum...?? and credit this to you...??
Nov. 2nd, 2008 05:03 pm (UTC)
That's fine! It was great to be there and sing two versions of Happy Birthday!
Nov. 2nd, 2008 05:07 pm (UTC)
thanks so much! :D
your report is so so so detailed!
glad you have fun.
ps: otanjoubi omedetou ryo-chan
Nov. 2nd, 2008 05:11 pm (UTC)
thx so much fr the report ne~~~~ OMG!!!! i wanna see the KoyaTego!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! hopefully it will b on the DVD...KYAAAA~~~~~!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Nov. 3rd, 2008 04:28 am (UTC)
I REALLY hope soooo...
*flails over*
Nov. 2nd, 2008 05:13 pm (UTC)
Is there a technique for penlights? Or do you mean the usual hand movements we always see fangirls do during concerts? My friend was telling me I should try and memorise them and I've gotten the chorus of Cherish and Snow Express pat down from watching the N.E.W.S. DVD one too many times. XDD

Thank you for this fan report! I'm bookmarking it. :)
Nov. 2nd, 2008 05:17 pm (UTC)
Yup basically just doing what everyone else is doing - for some reason those ones just confuse me, and of course Gan Gan Ganbatte is new.

I think I'll have to go back and watch the dvd just to sort it out for myself. And of course there are different levels of complexity. The girl next to me tonight basically did the same movements they did, just with a penlight in her hand. Which makes all that finger waving in Snow Express kind of interesting. Others focus on moving the penlight in the right direction - that would be more my style :)
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Nov. 2nd, 2008 05:16 pm (UTC)
OMFG. Thank you for the concert report <3
It was very cute when the audience sang happy birthday to Ryo~
I feel sorry for Koyama, hopefully it wasn't a necklace he liked alot o_o
KYAH~ Shige with the video camera? WOO i can't wait for he DVD of this concert comes out <3
Nov. 2nd, 2008 05:19 pm (UTC)
lol. i kept thinking about the concert in my head but anyway, thanks for the information. it felt like i was there. rofl. XD

i'll be adding this to my memories. :]
Nov. 2nd, 2008 05:19 pm (UTC)
Thank you!!! It sounds like you really are seeing your dream trip come true and I'm so happy for you!

I totally missed where this KoyaTego thing came from, except for one picture. So this is something they do every show now?
Nov. 2nd, 2008 05:28 pm (UTC)
Seems that the KoyaTego is here to stay. But it's developed from what I saw in Sendai. In Sendai they were on the backstage and Tegoshi kind of slid down Koyama's front and dragged him down on top of him. It was kinda sexy ...

Now Tegoshi just lies on his back on the stage and Koyama climbs on top. And it's in a different song. Same costumes but Change the World - in Sendai it was Beach Angel.

Yup, it's been an amazing trip. So much like I was expecting and yet so much more. Does that make sense? Part of me was worried that actually being at a concert would be anti-climactic, but absolutely not!

Nov. 2nd, 2008 05:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the report! I'm glad you had a great time at the concert - hopefully one day I'll be able to attend as well :D

Have a safe trip home!!
Nov. 2nd, 2008 06:16 pm (UTC)
haha, all these reminders of Ryo and Tegoshi's birthdays only remind me of my own since it's just a few days after Tegoshi's. thank you so much for giving such a detailed report!!! and that koyatego moment, I can't wait for fancams, i wanna see that!!! lol.

hopefully Kei wasn't upset about his necklace. :(

thanks again!
Nov. 2nd, 2008 06:19 pm (UTC)
i jus can say thanx very nuch....><
u bring news close to us.....luv ryo-chan happy birthday!

news mo daisuki!
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