Ayaka Sasaki (Momoiro Clover Z) Returns to Tokyo Idol Festival 2017!
Ayaka Sasaki of Momoiro Clover Z marked the start of Tokyo Idol Festival 2017 with her solo performance at SMILE GARDEN, one of the hallowed stages of the event on the opening day August 4th. It was her triumphant return after making her solo debut the previous year at Tokyo Idol Festival 2016.
The surprising announcement that Ayaka Sasaki (aka A-rin), the “Idol of MomoClo” would perform at Tokyo Idol Festival was one of the hottest topics of the event in 2016. She made her debut as a soloist, raising the curtain on the event with an unforgettable performance at the brand new Ship Stage. So the announcement of her appearance on Tokyo Idol Festival 2017 again was met with huge expectations.
Even though the first day of Tokyo Idol Festival was on a weekday, SMILE GARDEN was filled with mononofu (fans of Momoiro Clover Z, and pink is the theme color of A-rin) dressed in pink had been waiting since early in the morning, filing in soon after the venue opened. At 9:35am Rino Sashihara, the chairperson for Tokyo Idol Festival 2017 from HKT48 called the opening of Tokyo Idol Festival 2017, introducing of the first performer: Ayaka Sasaki from Momoiro Clover Z.
“A-RINTURE”, an OVERTURE with an “A-rin” MIX by fans resounded through the morning air in Odaiba. She appeared in a pink dress with a 5-colored keshomawashi (ceremonial apron for grand sumo). This costume would later reappear at her 2-day solo concert “AYAKA-NATION 2017” at end of August at Ryogoku Sumo Hall. Her first song was “Datte A-rin Nandamo-n!!”, her masterpiece since 2011. SMILE GARDEN responded to her energetic and sexy performance with another powerful A-rin MIX. During the bridge of the song, she cast off the apron for a fast-costume change, transforming into a cute dress style.
With no break, the newest track in her solo repertoire “A-rin wa A-rin” followed, a mad track designed for the fans to call out plenty of “A-rin” calls (78 times in total!!!). In fact, there isn’t much that an audience has to remember except for “A-rin” for her live performance. SMILE GARDEN is famous for its wide free area, and there must have been many idol fans and passerby who saw her performance for the first time. However as expected of her, the open space was filled with “A-rin” calls easily again. After her 2 consecutive songs, she introduced herself, promoting her solo concert AYAKA-NATION 2017.
She introduced the final song for her stage “A-rin wa Hankouki!”, whipping up the audience into a heated frenzy, passing the torch to the next performers of the day at SMILE GARDEN: 3B junior from STARDUST Promotion, the junior sister group of Momoiro Clover Z.
Photos by Nathan Gey and Junko Azeyagi
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