TGU GLOBAL CONNECT, our Skype Video chat project, is one that connects overseas fans and Japanese idols. Previously we’ve had guests notall and Iketeru Hearts, and for the last time we had four members from Akishibu Project (Saori Funaki, Yuuna Arakawa, Natsumi Ishikawa, and Ami Iseki) , and for our fourth round we’ve got three members (Yue Miyatani, Hinako Kera, and Miiro Taguchi) joining us today! Fans from different countries around the world also joined in, and they had a great chat with them. Now that the chat has concluded, we’d like to ask the members what they thought, and about their upcoming overseas activities.

– How did you guys like today’s chat?

Everyone: It was so much fun!!!

Miiro: Before it started I was all like, “Omg! What am I going to do?! I can’t speak English!” but thankfully it wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be, and I had a really, really good time. I wish we could talk more!

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Yue: I was really happy just to be able to communicate with everyone. With Skype video we were able to communicate in ways we normally wouldn’t be able to with Japanese fans, like dancing together with everyone. (laugh) So it was a lot of fun!

Hinako: It’s been awhile since I’ve had the chance to speak with fans abroad, so I feel like we were able to get much, much closer than before, so I’d love to be able to do something like this a lot more in the future and chat with as many fans as I can.

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– You’ll be doing concerts in Hong Kong on June 18th and 19th, correct? Before you played in both Thailand and the Philippines, so based on that, is there anything you’d like to do in Hong Kong?

Yue: In Thailand and the Philippines, the show had quite a bit of trial and error to it, so we want to make the most of what we learned there for when we get to Hong Kong. We want our fans to be able to do the song movements with us, even though we can’t speak the language… So for awhile we’ve been thinking about how to try going about it.

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Before we played with a lot of bands, but this time we’ll have our own solo show, too, so I think the MC parts will be more important this time around, and we want to try doing something like a dance explanation!

– Because, naturally there are fans that want to learn how to do the song movements!

Yue: That’s right. I think everyone feels the same way when it comes to music!

Hinako: It was really heartening to hear that quite a few of the people who became fans of ours in the Philippines and in Thailand said they were going to come see us in Hong Kong, too! So we want to focus on relaxing a little more with them there, not get nervous, and have a good time with everyone at the Hong Kong show.

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– I hope everyone has a great time! I’m sure you’ll get at least a few new fans there, too!

Yue: We want to be just as energetic, or even more energetic than the other idols in Hong Kong. Our concerts overseas really motivate us a lot. In Japan we usually have concerts one after the other, so every now and then we can accidentally get a little careless, but when it comes to our concerts overseas we really want to give it everything we’ve got. I really feel like performing overseas is a really important experience for us all. So we want to do our best this time, too.

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Miiro: That’s right, and it goes without saying that our concerts overseas also have an impact on our performances in Japan as well, meaning that whatever we take away from being abroad we can use to make our Japan shows even better, so we hope to learn a lot in Hong Kong!

-Is there anything you’re looking forward to in Hong Kong besides the concert?

Miiro: Shopping, the food, and relax time!

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-Relax time? (laugh)

Miiro: Like entertainment? (laugh)

Hinako: It’ll be everyone’s first time to go, so we’re all really looking forward to it. While we’re there it would be nice to do some sightseeing!

Yue: What spots are the most popular?

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-I’ve heard the food there is great!

Hinako: Everyone in Akishibu Project loves to eat!

– Is there anything you’d like to try challenging as a group in the future?

Yue: Definitely performing. There our things we didn’t get to do that we wanted to during our Shingitai Musashugyo Tour last year, so this time we added the character “Kai” (“Revised”) to the title, and we’re going across the whole country. The venues we’re playing this time are bigger than last time, so we’re aiming to put on a performance that’s on par.

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Hinako: Compared to other idols who are a higher level than us, our performance isn’t anywhere as good as theirs, so if we don’t bring more during the performance we won’t be able to catch up or out-perform them, so we want to try to focus harder on that during this tour by putting on a solo concert in August at Zepp Tokyo!

– So if you can do that at the solo concert you’ll feel like you’ve come out on top?

Hinako: Not just when it comes to the performance, but everything else, too. How powerful our performance is, our dancing, our singing, our MCs, etc… all of these!

Yue: For better or worse we all have our own different personalities, but as far as negatives go it makes our weak points stand our more, like when it comes to our singing and dancing not matching up or other points like that. Now that we’re a seven-member group, we want to work more on uniting as one.

– Sorry for suddenly switching topics, but how do you feel about your selfie game?

Miiro: Selfie game! (laugh) We’re glad you asked! As an idol it’s really important!

– It’s become a real big thing now. (laugh)

Hinako: Yeah, it’s a major thing. SNS is the modern age. Finding ways to make yourself come across well is really important!

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Miiro: She’s really good at it! But before some people wrote about how I seemed like I was faking it! (laugh)

– That had to be rough. (laugh) But your fans can see you when you post on SNS! You have a lot of cool stuff up on YouTube, too.

Hinako: Oh~ We appreciate the compliment!

– There are a lot of videos on YouTube that are now unavailable overseas now… (Videos from certain Japanese music labels that have been blocked) But on the flip side that means it’s easier for idols performing on a local level to get noticed and get fan support. Then, you know, they might decide to come to Japan to see a concert and hope that all of you will do your best.

Miiro: We’ll keep pushing forward!!

– I’m sure your fans would be happy to hear you say some kind of cute catchphrase! Something like, “Can you see me?”

Yue, Miiro, Hinako: Oh~ That’s a good idea!

– It might be good if all of you had a different line. Then each of your personalities will shine more! Like during your self-introductions or something like that.

Everyone: That would be great!! We’ll have to push Yuunarin (Yuuna Arakawa) to really work on it! (laugh)

– If necessary, just round up everyone and let me know!

Miiro: That would be a big help!

Yue: Thank you!

– Well, I wish you the best on your upcoming tour final, Hong Kong performance, and Zepp Tokyo solo concert!


Information
Akishibu project official site : http://akishibup.net/

Akishibu Project Five Major Cities National Live House 2016 Tour 【Shingitai Mushashugyo “Kai” 】Final
Date: June 15, 2016
Venue: TSUTAYA O-EAST
Time: Opens at 6:00 p.m. / Starts at 7:00 p.m.
http://www.hipjpn.co.jp/archives/40469

June 18th (Sat.)【TALE Festival in Hong Kong】
■Venue: HIDDEN AGENDA (Address: 香港牛頭角大業街15-17號永富工業大廈2樓A室)
■Performers: Akishibu Project / FES☆TIVE / READY TO KISS / Yumi Suzubara / Ariel Project / NO-C
■Time: Vol.1 (Afternoon) opens at 1:30 p.m., starts at 2:00 p.m. Vol.2 (Night) opens at 5:30 p.m. starts at 6:00 p.m.
■Ticket Reservation: http://goo.gl/forms/6ijj9EpoA9

June 19th (Sun.)【Akishibu Project Hong Kong Solo Concert】
■ Venue: HIDDEN AGENDA (Address: 香港牛頭角大業街15-17號永富工業大廈2樓A室)
■Time: starts at 6:30 p.m., starts at 7:00 p.m.
■Price: Advance tickets: 220HKD Day-of tickets: 280HKD
■Performers: Akishibu Project with guests: READY TO KISS, FES☆TIVE, and Yumi Suzubara
■ Ticket Reservation: http://goo.gl/forms/jDeh8fRlxZ

August 22nd (Mon.) Akishibu Project 5th Solo Concert
■Venue: ZEPP TOKYO

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