March 18th, 2014

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Fairies 1st one-man live @ Akasaka Blitz + 1rst album announcement

On March 16th, 6-member group Fairies held their first one-man live at Akasaka BLITZ in Tokyo.

Fairies made their debut back in September of 2011. This one-man live was held to commemorate the release of their upcoming first album "Fairies" (March 26th release). The girls held two shows (noon & evening) for a total of 1,400 people. They energetically performed a total of 15 songs including their new number "Run With U".

During the end of their noon show, there was a surprise congratulations for members Fujita Miria (15), Shimomura Miki (15), and Hayashida Mahiro (15) as they will be graduating from junior high school this spring. They girls were so filled with great emotion that they welled up with tears.

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A snippet of their live show (thanks for the tips, pame_31):

Source: TH1, TH2

Haven't follow them for awhile. Still excited for this progress. Go go go, girls! ^^


Ultra-Nationalist Demonstrators Overwhelmed by Anti-Racist Counter-Protest

Yesterday, a hard right, ultra-nationalist group known as the Zaitokukai (roughly translated as: “Citizens Against the Special Privileges of Koreans in Japan”) held a meeting of around 100 members in Tokyo’s Ikebukuro district, with a demonstration march planned directly after.

Much to the surprise and chagrin of the Zaitokukai, however, they found themselves outnumbered three to one by a huge cluster of counter-protesters holding anti-racist signs and shouting down the right wingers as they marched. Taken together with the momentous J-League punishment of the Urawa Reds for racist fan behavior doled out last week, this clash falls just shy of marking a new trend in Japanese anti-racist sentiments, but it certainly points to an increased dialogue on the topic – possibly in light of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

(for reference, the side holding the rising sun flags are, unsurprisingly, the Zaitokukai.)

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Visit source for all pics. Photographer.

//Edit// Can't embed, but I think this is a pretty amazing 8-min cam video from the scene.