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Not Just a Trend, but Culture: The Idea That “Idols = Live Performances” Planted and Keep Continuing Since the 90s

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Not Just a Trend, but Culture: The Idea That “Idols = Live Performances” Planted and Keep Continuing Since the 90s

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Live houses in Tokyo, centered in Shibuya and Akihabara, as well as Shinjuku and Ikebukuro, hold daily idol battle events. Naturally on the weekends, but also on weekdays, too, you can pretty much meet idols anytime you want.

But even though there are everyday concerts going on, where can you get information like where the venue is, when the concert starts, or what time each group is playing? Most likely idol official blogs and Twitter, right? Twitter has especially been a game-changing tool for the idol scene. Information is often tweeted like, “We’ll be going on later than planned,” or, “There’s been a time change for when tour goods go on sale,” and schedules can be confirmed in real time.

Like for idol battle concerts decided just three days beforehand, or deciding on the performer schedule the day before, even web media can’t keep up and get the information published in time. So idols leave it to their official Twitter or other SNS to get the information out.

But I think it’s because the current idol scene is built like it is. Since individual idols themselves have the means for getting their information out there, many fans turn up to see them.

Which begs the question, “What would happen if there wasn’t Twitter or other SNS?”

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Toshiro Arai
Toshiro Arai

A producer of website "TOKYO IDOL NET", which "photography" and "idol" is its concept. He also writes for Tokyo Idol Project, and so on.

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