after watching the X’mas Show, which i personally felt was erm, lacklustre, mainly cos i think Akina wasn’t in the best of moods (no personal plans after the show perhaps, so kinda pissed?) and the French fare was a tad cold and uninspiring (but give me free flow champagne and I’m a happy bunny! booze flow was generous!), we were of course looking forward to the Countdown Show which she promised would be an “extended” (inverted commas cos we should all have learnt by now to take these promises with a pinch of salt) show. however, securing tickets to the show proved to be one of the biggest challenges 2007 would throw us before bidding adieu…
as we all know, details of the countdown show were announced rather late, in fact, after many of us had secured tickets to the X’mas show. i’m amazed at how much of an ordeal they’ve created for overseas fans to purchase tickets. it’s as if they had to administer a true test of your adoration for Akina before they let you through. “ONLY THE FITTEST SURVIVES!” being an exclusive event, tickets in the initial stages were only available for fan club members. to secure tix, you better have someone native in Japan to handle the enquiry and to sort out the payment (which you need to send to their post office) cos they do not accept credit card payments (so old school, like the yucky Official Website), otherwise it’s tough luck. and of course by the time we sussed that out and got in touch with them proper, they said tickets were sold out (which was not true cos they subsequently opened sales to the public), and they’d put us on waiting list and call us back with a confirmation (which they never did). whilst the public continued to have access to the tickets, we were counting sheep on the waiting list – a privilege of being a member perhaps?
then we tried calling the Reservation Hotline, and all we got was a “network is currently under construction” message. repeatedly. for over 4 days! WTF!? called Okura Hotel (performance venue), and they said we had to call the hotline. ho hum~! by this time, we were making alternative plans to celebrate New Year’s Eve…
eventually, we managed to get hold of a Faithway rep at the X’mas Show, whined to her about the pain, and then good news!! – we could buy tickets on the spot! she couldn’t issue the actual tickets to us, and all we got was a pathetic lil piece of paper with our order numbers penned down. and her staff chop. it all looked very dubious and we were very prepared to show up with no assigned seats on the actual day. we also had to pay cash in full (thankfully we carried enough with us without getting robbed) as they didn’t accept credit card payment, again naturally (kore kara naturally).
anyway, we made it to the show. that’s not the end. i have more to complain about!!
the event was very poorly managed. you asked fans to turn up early for a surprise, and you let them queue, standing around like lost puppies for almost an hour. how nice. next, collecting tickets and getting the seat numbers was an utter bio-hazard. they were shouting out a series of numbers (some of them right at the end of the queue) to come forth and realign themselves into rows of 6. what type of a system is that? what’s the point of coming early? it was sucha mess so if you do not comprehend Japanese, good luck to you.
here’s Part 1 of our journey, leading all the way up to the mess orgy. enjoy and stay tuned for Part 2!!