Since today is Earth Day and the Satoyama/Satoumi Movement is so intricately intertwined with the goals and principles of Earth Day, I thought I’d use the occasion to share the rest of the pictures I took of the Hello! Project performers on Saturday, March 20, 2016 at the Satoyama/Satoumi event at Pacifico Yokohama. This was after the second HinaFes concert I attended earlier in the day (Angerme/Kobushi Factory Premium), about which I’ll write in the next entry.
In the big convention space down the hall from the concert venues, various vendors and agencies had set up booths selling or promoting presumably environment-friendly products and activities, all while the stage in the back of the hall was used to bring out the girls to participate in some of these promotions, all being recorded by various camera crews. I never knew the schedule of which groups would appear at what times, so I never got a good space from which to sit and take pictures. Instead I had to rush over whenever I saw the crowd forming at the stage and then hope for a good angle to use the telephoto lens on my digital camera.
Occasionally, some of the girls appeared at different booths to sign things or create things but, again, I never knew in advance and only found out by following the rush of fans to a particular place and, if lucky, getting enough of a shot to at least know who was there.
When nothing was going on at the stage, I wandered around the hall taking pictures of the various displays devoted to the girls’ past activities on behalf of Satoyama/Satoumi, whether actually going out into the field to visit farms and factories, eating presumably healthy food, or appearing onstage at similar events in previous years. These were mostly shown on walls of large photo blow-ups, although the girls’ art projects on behalf of the movement were on display also.
I did get some good shots of some of the groups at their scheduled onstage appearances--Angerme, Juice=Juice, and Country Girls.
Of the OGs, Yossie was the only one I saw here. She did an event with Juice=Juice.
That's J=J's Tomoko Kanazawa on the right:
J=J's leader, Yuka Miyazaki:
Sayuki Takagi in the center:
Poor Akari Uemura is blocked by the mobile camera:
Angerme (formerly S/mileage):
Soon-to-graduate Meimi Tamura in the center (I don't know what her headgear is supposed to represent):
Kana Nakanishi in the center:
Akari Takeuchi on the right:
The girls are holding up little doll figures of themselves. Here are Rina Katsuta and Mizuki Murota:
Rikako Sasaki has two of them:
That's newest member Moe Kamikokuryou on the right:
Risa Yamaki shares a laugh with Momoko Tsugunaga:
Mai Ozeki samples some no-doubt-healthy delicacy:
Not sure if she likes it:
Now it's Momoko's turn:
I'm glad I was able to get so many shots of the ever-photogenic Momoko:
And one good shot of Ozeki:
Eventually, they were joined by a performer I can only describe as the Japanese Charo (look her up):
I managed to get shots of some of the girls at different booths, including my only shots of Morning Musume members. (And only two members: Kanon Suzuki and, I think, Miki Nonaka):
And Mai Hagiwara of C-ute:
...alongside Saki Nakajima:
(I have no idea what they were doing.)
Each of the Hello! Project groups did pop-up art displays with vaguely environmental/nature themes, done with drawings and cut-outs, with posters of the girls over their handiwork.
I like the Buddha in this one:
Pictures of the girls’ Satoyama/Satoumi activities from past years:
The current leader of Morning Musume and a past leader of Morning Musume:
Momoko with Kumamon, the bear mascot of Kumamoto, which, since this event, was hit by three earthquakes.
Angerme's Moe Kamikokuryou is a native of Kumamoto and she had appeared live with Kumamon the day before (March 19):
Other activities for attendees:
And the inevitable selfies:
I didn’t eat anything there, other than my bean cake snacks purchased at a 7/11:
I don't know if this snack is environmentally friendly or not, but it sure is filling and tasty.
For those who want a definition of the Satoyama/Satoumi Movement, go to this Facebook page:
I’ll cover the HinaFes concerts in my next entry.
Happy Earth Day!
For those interested in my non-J-pop adventures in Japan, please check out my film blog: