The Internet Community That Makes Fan’s Dream of “Knowing the Private Life of Idols” Come True

The Internet Community That Makes Fan’s Dream of “Knowing the Private Life of Idols” Come True

ULTRA GIRLS (Photo : Yusuke Homma, Colorist : Takaaki Yoshida)

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Last time, I wrote about “Gachi koi”, although you don’t have the feelings of love for that idol, the feeling of wanting to know anything about their favorite idol is a common thing among fans. What they ate today, where they cut their hair, what brand their clothes are, it’s not that we want to know everything, but we want to know as much as possible about them.

This is a picture when the members of ℃-ute went to “Akakara”, from Airi Suzuki’s blog (2013 Feburary 1st). The information that an idol went to “Akakara” is common information.



ULTRAGIRL : 赤からはなぜかアイドルに人気な場所である。Akakara is quite popular restaurant among idols. (Photo : Yusuke Homma, Colorist : Takaaki Yoshida)

Maybe this is close to thirst for knowledge. Knowing something more than anybody else is important for fans, especially Otaku. In case of idols, the information itself includes the “human like” part, along with her personality. That is why information during the time she is not doing her idol activities, AKA private life, is a very important component in getting to know the idol you are supporting.

This feeling of “wanting to know an idol’s private life” is something that has been common throughout the years. It existed during the 80s and 90s idol boom and it still exists today. However, the aspects have become very different. Today, I would like to write about this will.

I feel that we are rich in ways to get idol information. What they did in their private life is posted real time on Twitter, like in the example of ℃-ute, everything they did that day may be completely uploaded on a blog. Especially twitter, if the idol tweets a lot, you can tell what she is doing throughout the day. Even if the idol doesn’t tweet much, the other who was with the girl talks about what they did with the idol, and this kind of information is everywhere on the internet.

The other day, Kanon Fukuda a former member of ANGERME graduated from ANGERME and Hello!Project, and on the next day, she started Twitter. She even did a project called “#Maro ni Shitumon (Ask a question to maro)” where she replies to fans, and I felt that the fans were able to feel much closer to Kanon than before. Before graduating, we were able to get information from blogs, and even see her at release events and lives. However, Twitter has the most feeling of “private life”. After graduation, there was even a word, “Maro Loss Loss” meaning they didn’t even get to have the loss feeling. This must have been a happy miscalculation to fans.

The twitter account of previous member of ANGERME Kanon fukuda (@kanonfukuda). She tweets very often, including replies

In the current situation, getting information about an idol’s private life from the internet is a normal thing, but in the 80s and 90s, magazines, radio, and television media were the main places. Especially magazines, in some, there were corners of “Showing My Room” , and this was very important to otaku in order to see the private life of idols. There were also off shot photos from recordings and shootings of a photo album, and we used to check the pages from corner to corner. We got information from places like, the small item on the desk behind her in the photo had a hello kitty picture.

…See more comparison about idols' private life between past and now!
…さらに読む ▶︎ 過去と現在のアイドルの私生活の露出について

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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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