Keyakizaka46 Reach Towards a Bright Future With Electrifying Performances at Tokyo Idol Festival 2016!

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Keyakizaka46 Reach Towards a Bright Future With Electrifying Performances at Tokyo Idol Festival 2016!

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Keyakizaka46, the newest group in the 48/46 empire, continued their impressive start with 4 appearances at the largest idol event in the world, Tokyo Idol Festival 2016!

August 6, 2016 – Smile Garden – 11:25am – 11:50am

Having arrived extra early (some may have even stayed in Odaiba overnight) to get their reference number tickets and waited for around 2 hours for Keyakizaka46 to take the stage, a wall of fans surged forward as the blue plastic barriers were opened. Entire sections of the barricades were simply carried along with the crowd as everyone was aiming to be at the very front of the stage. Several idols on breaks from their performances peeked out from under their sun umbrellas as they crowded the sides of the stage to watch Keyakizaka46 as well.

As Keyakizaka46 took the stage amid the oppressive midday heat, the fans were rewarded for their patience and steadfastness as this was a rare opportunity to see one of the most exciting new groups on 2016 on an outdoor stage at a summer festival. Jumping right into their set with “Silent Majority”, Keyakizaka46 had the thousands gathered along Odaiba’s West Promenade firmly under their spell. The members were besides themselves with excitement to be invited to such an event mere months after their debut, thanking the fans for coming to see them. As the members talked about summery things, Mizuho Habu reminded all the students to not let their summer homework pile up until the last minute. As the members retreated backstage, Yui Imaizumi and Yui Kobayashi, the unit known as “Yui-chans”, were handed acoustic guitars and charmed the crowd with their duet “Shibuya-gawa”.

Switching quickly between hot and cold, Keyakizaka46 let out their inner tsundere with “Te wo Tsunaide Kaerouka”, melting hearts with their pouty expressions and bright smiles and Yuka Sugai chasing Akane Moriya around the stage like a pair of quarreling lovers. Reaching towards the blue skies overhead, their first performance of Tokyo Idol Festival 2016 floated to a close with “Sekai ni wa Ai Shika nai”, Neru Nagahama (Hiragana Keyaki46) joining the others on stage.

01 Silent Majority
02 Shibuya-gawa
03 Te wo Tsunaide Kaerouka
04 Sekai ni wa Ai Shika nai

Photos by Nathan Gey

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Kai Okudara
Kai Okudara

Writer, researcher, photographer, foodie, KSDD

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