Dedicated to reviewing and coming up with pointless ramblings on all the amazingly kakkoii (and sometimes baka) exploits of the fabulous Japanese band Arashi, composed of the sleepy Riida Ohno Satoshi, the rapper (and honor student/newscaster) Sakurai Sho, the hyperactive ball of fun Aiba Masaki, the ever-charming ever-smirking and fashionably outrageous Ninomiya Kazunari, and finally the manly, sexy, vain perfectionist that is Matsumoto Jun.
Japonism was an album that was made with performance in mind (actually, come to think of it, what Arashi album isn't?), and this year, I had the immense fortune of hitting for amazing arena tickets that just bordered the moving stage's trajectory, so needless to say, I worked Fukuoka into my winter travel schedule, and paid my first ever visit to Yafuoku Dome.
Yafuoku! Dome, under some beautiful, forecast-defying weather on Dec. 17.
I'll skip all the pre-concert drivel, but in short, everything went by without a hitch. I went to the Dome around 3pm to avoid the early morning crowds and shop for my concert goods. It was nice and bright when I got there (see picture above), there was barely any line for the goods, plenty of the venue-limited masking tapes were still available (they hadn't even started limiting the number per person yet), and I got everything I wanted within 30 minutes.