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22 November 2009 @ 04:29 pm
Yamashita Tomohisa Solo Concert Report - Short but Sweet 11/22 First Show  
I saw a bunch of concert reports yesterday, but I thought I'd add mine (if only for my own memories).

First, I live pretty close to Yokohama Arena, so I ended up getting there later since I didn't want to stand outside in the cold. The lines for goods and the one to enter were pretty long, but nothing that quite matched up to Arashi's.

I got inside, got Yamapi's pamphlet after about a 20 min wait (cuz I was near the front), and found my seat. I was in the west stands, but I had a nice view overall.

When the show started, I was quite impressed by all the lasers they incorporated into each song. Yamapi came out center stage and sang "Gomen ne Juliet" wearing a white jacket, then "Yubiwa". The concert seemed to start out sorta mellow; just him singing and riding around on those little carts they use in many Johnnys concerts (Don't get me wrong though! Everything looked great!). I was impressed with Yamapi's voice. There are times when it's soft, but his pitch is very nice.

For "Mola" there was the PV from the NEWS Diamond DVD playing on the screens above the center stage that pretty much mirrored his dancing.

"I love you baby" was followed by "Run from you", which, if I remember correctly, had some awesome colored fire coming out of center stage where Yamapi and his dancers were. "Crush on you" left as impression on me cuz I specifically remember some very cute hip shaking. >.<

Somewhere in the first half, Yamapi changed hats and jackets a few time, but don't ask me for more than that... I'm sure there are tons of paparazzi photos out already.

He did a short greeting where he was a bit out of breath, so he just called out for sections (center, arena, stand, everyone) to yell a bit. He talked about the title being "Short but Sweet" and that he hoped we enjoyed the show.

"Aoi" and "Love Song" finished out the first half, then Yamapi ducked off the stage after announcing FIVE would play a number. The song was bouncy, so I liked it.

Next, the disco balls on the ceiling lowered a bit, and Yamapi got inside the clear "disco ball" that was already lowered on the stage. It rose up and he preformed "Snow Express" from inside. I love this song! So happy he did it and the "snowflakes" falling looked nice too.

For "Me", Yamapi put on sunglasses. The coolest thing about the song, besides the dancing, was when the dancers and Yamapi did a little choreographed bit with some hand-held lasers. I really liked how they used the screens that surrounded the arena too!

"Moonlight" was funny. He announced they'd bring a girl on stage because he wanted to "get closer to everyone". He let one of the dancers pick a ten (or so) year old girl to sit on a chair at one end of the stage. Yamapi said, "Oh baby!" in English which made everyone crack up, then "Come on baby!" Yamapi came closer while singing, patted her on the head, and gave her a handkerchief. He bent down to ask the girl her name before letting her go back off stage. Even if he does the same thing for each concert, it was still adorable.

"After the Rain" was really pretty, and then "Loveless" followed with the PV playing. I really liked these two one after another.

The center screen had lowered down, so that one dancer was positioned in front of each of the four screens. They had "Warning" signs flashing everywhere and then they did a short, but very impressively choreographed dance, combining the dancer's movements with the images on the screens. Very cool! T.T

Yamapi came out in a red jacket, pretending to shoot a gun around the arena. Then he got a different gun from a staff member and shot the dancers, making little fireworks shoot out from their chests as they were "hit". The dancers switched to the ones dressed as zombies and Yamapi preformed Michael Jackson's "Thriller". It was great!!! There were even flying ghosts too! Can't wait to see it again tomorrow.

As he did "Daite Senorita", I was starting to wonder who might be the guest today. So when he went into the MC, I was getting really curious.

For the MC, Yamapi talked about this being his first time doing a concert by himself and how the discussions about the concert started in October with the rehearsals right after. Then he thanked the staff for their hard work, especially how they had to come in earlier than himself. He also thanked the crowd for coming and asked them to put up their red penlights. He said a cute "Wa~h!" when he got a look at everyone's waving around. Then he said "Stop!" (moving the penlights) and everyone almost got them stopped at the same time, but not quite. He goofed around scolding everyone, "What's with that shaking around?" Getting everyone to try again, he did a countdown "3,2,1, Stop!" and the second time it was much more impressive to see everyone in sync.

Yamapi also talked about the t-shirts with their "dokkan to" (popping out) face of himself. The crowd was shouting a bunch of stuff at him ("I can't hear you clearly") and he took a few moments to listen to random girls screaming where they were from (Sendai, Hiroshima...). Then he teased everyone by saying, "Can you listen to me a bit instead?"

He promoted "Loveless" and mentioned the "Mola" PV. That led him into talking about how nostalgic his Junior days were, with rehearsals and tons of muscle training. He talked about how Juniours usually dance full out, but when you have to focus on singing and dancing, you can't anymore. He had to eat a ton to keep up his energy, which is still the same now.

Then he talked about how he wanted to "aim for the top" and how he admires everyone that can find something different that they try hard at, whether it be dancing, singing, or design.

He joked about how we had to listen to him being unable to talk properly (he sorta does ramble, but it's cute). He tried to get back on track by promoting Code Blue 2 ("on Monday at 9PM", which is becoming Yamapi's time slot), but went off on a tangent again about how everyone coming together like this was really an amazing power.

Going back to his Junior days, he mentioned how he danced for Kinki Kids (something about "Natsu da", which I think was the title for one of their concerts). I thought he'd just go into "Koi wa mystery" (the Kinki Kids' song that he said left an impression on him), but he made one last random comment about doing GYM and the lyrics that also made an impression on him (Golf and Mike's "Icchaeyo!" and his "Icchainayo!").

Yamapi called out "Stand up!" in English and got everyone to raise their penlights again, saying "Yosh!"

I really liked his version of "Koi wa mystery", better than the original.

Before "Colorful", but Yamapi called out "And now for today's guest... Nakamaru!" KAT-TUN's Nakamaru Yuichi came out wearing a green and white college jacket. I was pretty surprised, because he's my best friend's fav, but she wasn't with me tonight (I'll brag later). Yamapi and Nakamaru went around on those little carts through the center seating while Yamapi sung "Colorful" and one other song "Himawari". During "Colorful", Yamapi changed some of the lyrics to "Nakamaru, Nakamaru, Nakamaru no Yuichi da", which had me laughing. Nakamaru was being rather silly too as he was attempting to imitate the "Daite Senorita" "tsuyoku, tsuyoku" part, or something close to it. As Nakamura left the stage, Yamapi called out "Itterashai" and his friend replied "Ittekimasu".

"Dance Jam" was awesome, but I'm partial to that song to begin with. Everyone really seemed to be enjoying themselves!

Yamapi introduced back dancers and FIVE again before thanking everyone for coming.

The encore had a bunch of clips playing from his dramas and concerts, but I was more concerned with what the staff were doing behind us as they were roping off the pathway along the top of the stands. To my shock, Yamapi road around on a cart along the top of the stands, handing out balloons and signed balls(?). He preformed "Ima sugu ni" and "Seishun Amigo", but I was a little concerned for him cuz there were a couple times he had to yank his hand back from shaking a fan's hand. He even dove down one of the staircases between the fans and took a minature lift back to the first floor. I'm happy to say I was very close to him (didn't get a handshake, but that's okay).

He finished off by thanking everyone again and Nakamaru for coming. Apparently Yara was there too. I'm sure there were a few more that we'll find out about from fan blogs soon enough.

Overall, I was amazed by all the dancing numbers and fantastic light shows that combined with Yamapi's vocals to create a wonderful solo concert!

Now to go do it all again tomorrow!

*Edit* "It wasn't "Yokubou no Rain", but "Himawari"
Amy: yamapi; beyond the borderscolloquillism on November 22nd, 2009 10:59 am (UTC)
you're so lucky! D:

thank you for the report ♥
Catyarukizero on November 22nd, 2009 11:08 am (UTC)

Jessica: Yamapi: Ichibanj_halo7 on November 22nd, 2009 11:06 am (UTC)
Thank you for sharing your report. The contents of the concert might more or less be the same but reading every report still brings a smile to my face. :)

It sounds like despite the short time frame, Yamapi managed to plan a great concert.
Catyarukizero on November 22nd, 2009 11:09 am (UTC)
lol The same thing happens to me.

I think he really did. But I'm really impressed that he is doing two a day. It's gotta take a lot out of him. >_
なんでもない - j_halo7 on November 22nd, 2009 11:14 am (UTC) (Expand)
なんでもない - yarukizero on November 22nd, 2009 11:24 am (UTC) (Expand)
なんでもない - j_halo7 on November 22nd, 2009 11:25 am (UTC) (Expand)
なんでもない - yarukizero on November 22nd, 2009 11:49 am (UTC) (Expand)
なんでもない - j_halo7 on November 22nd, 2009 11:51 am (UTC) (Expand)
なんでもない - yarukizero on November 22nd, 2009 12:03 pm (UTC) (Expand)
カカカカカオル☆kaoru_yubiwa on November 22nd, 2009 11:08 am (UTC)
you'll go again?? lucky lucky!!

I love the penlight and stop stuff and also... hurm all of the MC stuff. LOL

thanks for the detailed MC part. ^^
Catyarukizero on November 22nd, 2009 11:10 am (UTC)
Yup! I'm already seriously looking forward to it.

You're welcome!
krissy ~ クリスピー: yamapi♥babyshazam on November 22nd, 2009 11:08 am (UTC)
thanks for sharing :)
will be looking forward to your report too on tomorrow's con!
Catyarukizero on November 22nd, 2009 11:11 am (UTC)
頑張ります!I'll do my best!

Arisa: pi - peaking ft. dogarisa_draconis on November 22nd, 2009 11:11 am (UTC)
Thank you for the report!

I wish I could have been there!
Catyarukizero on November 22nd, 2009 11:12 am (UTC)
I wish I could be there for all of them. *sigh*

xX aIzaMa Xxxx_aizama_xx on November 22nd, 2009 11:16 am (UTC)

nice report! =)
somehow i can picture he's being cute...
he did yakubou no rain today too? O.o
i love how he knows what n when to change the lyrics... XD

sankyuu~... ^_^
Catyarukizero on November 22nd, 2009 11:53 am (UTC)
He was. ^_^

I believe that's what it was, but I was never that familiar with that song to begin with.

Ha ha. It's a special skill of his, huh?
supahkulsupahkul on November 22nd, 2009 11:25 am (UTC)
wow.....another lucky fan got to watch!
now i really want a dvd and fancams! ahahah
so the questions is......can Yamapi really sing?
i know in my heart he can! hahaha
Catyarukizero on November 22nd, 2009 11:54 am (UTC)
I want those fancams too! And Johnnys had better damn well make a DVD for this!

Yes, I'm happy to say, he can sing. There are some parts when he sings low and it's harder to hear, but that's the same with everybody.
yamapi85yamapi85 on November 22nd, 2009 11:27 am (UTC)
Thank you soo much for this very detailed and great report of yours!!!
I really enjoyed reading it!!!
Yamapi is doing really his best to make people enjoy them best!!
I'm glad that everyone who watch his concerts are enjoying it a lot!!!
Enjoy the concert tomorrow too!!!
You are a lucky girl ne!!(^__^)y
Catyarukizero on November 22nd, 2009 11:57 am (UTC)
You're welcome!

He was probably missing his group members, but Yamapi did a great job on his own.

I know I am! I feel blessed to be his (and Arashi's) fan.
nicki_gurlnicki_gurl on November 22nd, 2009 11:41 am (UTC)
OMG!!! Thanks so much for sharing your experience. I really wish I could be there watching it too... It sounda really great. And I'm really impressed with Pi... doing two shows in a day for a number of days has got to take a really toll on him. But he's showing magnificent performances... I'm loving him more and more...
Catyarukizero on November 22nd, 2009 11:59 am (UTC)
I'm lovin him more and more too. He really put a lot into the concerts, so I hope everyone enjoys themselves!
Tomoya Yamashita: Cool Tomohisayamashitatrang on November 22nd, 2009 11:54 am (UTC)
Thanks for the report ^O^
That girl was still young ^_^ So cute :D
Catyarukizero on November 22nd, 2009 12:01 pm (UTC)
Everyone really enjoyed it too! She was probably really overwhelmed.
toriko283: TegoPitoriko283 on November 22nd, 2009 11:59 am (UTC)
thanks for the report! Hope they will release a DVD for Pi's concert :D
Catyarukizero on November 22nd, 2009 12:03 pm (UTC)
They better! Or at least I want there to be a decent fancam...
harriatharriat on November 22nd, 2009 12:04 pm (UTC)
I'll certainly read your next report.
Catyarukizero on November 22nd, 2009 12:12 pm (UTC)
Hope you'll like it too. <3
♫ made to fangirl ♪: {NEWS} Yamapi musinge7erlasting on November 22nd, 2009 12:29 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the lovely report :) It's cute to imagine him rambling to himself during the MC. ^^
Mezashiteadddah on November 22nd, 2009 12:34 pm (UTC)
thank you for the report, i didn't expect the 1st guest to be nakamaru but it's definitely a short but sweet one from yamapi.thanks for sharing..
Triskell: sparklejtriskell on November 22nd, 2009 01:00 pm (UTC)
Wow, thank you so much!
Maru!!!! :) :) :)
skize101skize101 on November 22nd, 2009 01:01 pm (UTC)
Thanks for sharing it made me feel like i was in the concert too,
i hope to see a fancam somewhere..

hmmm, how long was the concert, was it really short? haha..
Catyarukizero on November 22nd, 2009 01:05 pm (UTC)
The concert was about 2 hours. It didn't feel short, but it was definitely sweet. ^_^
Mokyulpwns: Pikomokyulpwns on November 22nd, 2009 01:22 pm (UTC)
Awww, looks like you had a great time.

Thanks for the report <3
Anafitrin on November 22nd, 2009 01:41 pm (UTC)
i really enjoy reading you report! can feel how great and awesome the whole thing there..
i'd a little cynical about Yamapi but after reading several fanreports and all,i change my mind :DDDD

thanks alot for the report^^
Catyarukizero on November 22nd, 2009 01:50 pm (UTC)
I'm glad I could help change your opinion! Seriously, it was a great show.

zvemizvemi on November 22nd, 2009 01:45 pm (UTC)
Thank you for sharing with us :) it doesn't feel fair us, everseas fans, watching people go, but at least we get something out of it :D I so wish I could go :(
Catyarukizero on November 22nd, 2009 01:51 pm (UTC)
Wish I could help. If you ever get to Japan, then you can experience Yamapi's greatness too!
なんでもない - zvemi on November 22nd, 2009 02:10 pm (UTC) (Expand)
aida_piaida_pi on November 22nd, 2009 02:10 pm (UTC)
im so jealous!!!
now i know that girls is a girl! i mean,she's just 10!! i thought its teens!! i felt really want to kill her,now i know... aaahhhh,lucky girl!! XD
gosh!! i really wish someone have record the snow express part,and nakamaru part...
or better,all of them!! its sounds super duper intersting!! and about the penlight!!! oahsifduava
pi is sooo cute!!! XD
Catyarukizero on November 22nd, 2009 02:43 pm (UTC)
I wasn't really jealous of the little girl. She was too cute with Yamapi for me to be anything but happy for her.

Everything was pretty amazing, so I hope to see fancams soon!
なんでもない - aida_pi on November 22nd, 2009 02:46 pm (UTC) (Expand)
なんでもない - yarukizero on November 22nd, 2009 03:17 pm (UTC) (Expand)
なんでもない - aida_pi on November 22nd, 2009 03:24 pm (UTC) (Expand)
YamaPi'zkame_jj on November 22nd, 2009 02:28 pm (UTC)
seems great concert
love it
thank you for report
Catyarukizero on November 22nd, 2009 02:43 pm (UTC)
You're welcome!

yamasugeeyamasugee on November 22nd, 2009 05:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for posting this report! You're so lucky to get to see the concert live!
naine_99naine_99 on November 22nd, 2009 10:56 pm (UTC)
thank for sharing the detail
that little girl on moonlight stage so lucky

for tomorrow (today) concert will he doing the same thing? is he dare to picking up an older girl? gyahaha
vtsoccagrlvtsoccagrl on November 23rd, 2009 02:01 am (UTC)
Thanks for your fanreport! Yours was the only one that talked about Nakamaru and Pi haha. Thank you!!!!! *___*
tomohisa_fantomohisafan on November 23rd, 2009 06:38 am (UTC)
u r luckkkkkkkkkkky ^^ >> crying inside T_T
thanx a lot for the sweet report
and i really wish if i was that girl in Moonlight :d