A Banquet of Merrymaking and Song at Akasaka BLITZ! Nama Ham and Yaki Udon Live Report

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A Banquet of Merrymaking and Song at Akasaka BLITZ! Nama Ham and Yaki Udon Live Report

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Self-produced idol duo Nama Ham and Yaki Udon (生ハムと焼うどん) served up a feast of hilarious skits and infectious music during their second one-man live “〜Sei to Shi〜” (生と死, Live and Death) at Akasaka BLITZ on March 2, 2016.

More than tripling the numbers from their sold out first one-man live “〜Anata wa Honto ni Shiawase Desuka?〜” (〜あなたは本当に幸せですか?〜, Are You Really Happy?) at Shinjuku Marz (capacity: 300) on October 25, 2015, Marina Nishii and Lisa Higashi announced that they would be aiming to triple again for their third one-man live to be held at a yet unnamed music hall with a capacity of 3,000!

A short video showing Nishi and Higashi as world famous superstars who had fallen from grace and ended up homeless in the streets of Shinjuku served as an hors d’oeuvre before the feast began for the 1,000+ kuishinbo (食いしん坊, literally “gourmand”, Nama Ham and Yaki Udon name for fans) packed into Akasaka BLITZ. Kicking things up with a hearty serving of “Shinjuku wa Shinyou Dekinai!” (新宿は信用できない!, I Can’t Trust Shinjuku!), their ode to the concrete jungle in the heart of Tokyo that had the kuishinbo jumping and clapping away. Taking things through Kabukicho, Higashi pretended to be a pick-up artist targeting Nishii acting as a naïve country girl. The music intensified, hand waving and fists pumping as the song ended and Nama Ham and Yaki Udon disappeared back into the darkness.

After mocking the differences between the ways idols act in front of fans and behind the scenes, the story of the evening was introduced with Nishii and Higashi gossiping about the handsome transfer student “James-kun” and overanalyzing everything he did as a sign that he was their soul mate. The second course was served up shortly after in the form of the perky electropop number “Nyun Nyun” (にゅんにゅん). Up next was the rollicking piano tune “Tsui-tale”, (ツイテール) Nama Ham and Yaki Udon hopping across the stage and flexing their biceps as the kuishinbo clapped and raised their voices, Nishii leading them in a loud “Azuma” call before Higashi angrily corrected them as usual (the character for “Higashi” 東 can also be read as “Azuma”).

The “James-kun” story continued, Nishii being discovered as a former “fart diva” by Higashi, who wanted her to “sing” again. Known for bringing audience members on stage, the duo scanned the venue and pulled 3 kuishinbo on stage for an audition, Discovering the “fart president”, Nishii and Higashi decided they had to impress him by farting the Mickey Mouse theme song.

With the fart song competition ending in a stalemate, Nishii and Higashi swayed on imaginary train straps and the kuishinbo shook the floor as they jumped along to heavy rock rhythms of “Narcissist Shoukougun” (ナルシスト症候群, Narcissist Syndrome) before the scene shifted to a selfie competition boasting a 1-million-yen prize. Things started off mildly with some cute poses but began to boil over as the pictures grew more and more absurd.

As if it wasn’t enough that Nama Ham and Yaki Udon had a “fart competition”, there was even a song titled “Unchi no Uta” (うんちの歌, Poop Song) where they wore brown bodysuits with fake poop strapped to their heads!

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Kai Okudara
Kai Okudara

Writer, researcher, photographer, foodie, KSDD

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