First Hand Inasayama Outdoor Live Reports (09.08.29)
The following are translations of fan and press reports on yesterday’s concert:
Part 1: Fan Reports
“The Inasayama Live today, in terms of entertainment and excitement, exceeds all other Masha Live shows from before. It was breathtaking, I really wonder how much resources (financial/human/props/time) were spent here. Strictly speaking, it was much more than a concert….I will just summarise the best and most amazing parts:
1. In the opening, Masha was in the Big N Stadium (the baseball stadium for the free viewing). He initiated the opening pitch with the Mayor of Nagasaki and Michi (an artist famous for impersonating Masha). Masha was the pitcher. Then he took a helicopter to Inasayama and transferred by car straight to the stage. The big screen in Inasayama showed the entire process and journey.
2. Newly added in the concert rundown was the Nagasaki-Inasayama-special-medley (Fellow> Mikan Iro no Natsuyasumi＞Good luck＞Touku e＞Tabibito) Masha stood at the very end of the centre catwalk throughout this part. It was the most touching part of the this entire live, the big screen showed many fans wiping their tears.
3. The stage design was brilliant. In the last Inasayama live (2000), they didn’t put much into the stagework, keeping the old stage intact. But this time, the stage was even more beautifully done up than during the Tour. Dome-shaped + extra long LED backing, they made full use of the advantages of an outdoor show, e.g. instead of the silver ribbons shot out during “Peach!”, it was fireworks!! The fire jets during “Keshin” were not only set up on-stage, but on top of the dome as well shooting straight into the sky.
During Sai Ai, the big screen showed the moon live, right on top of them at the time, and at the final part of the song, the stage suddenly lit up with thousands of tiny lights, just like stars but the most surprising part was that all the trees encircling the audience lit up as well. It was so so captivating. The acoustics were surprisingly good too (something I did not expect for an outdoor concert)
4. Masha looked like he had tears in his eyes all night, especially during “eighteen”, the final part was a bit hard for him, ‘cos he was trying trying to hold it in…….
5. During the encore, Masha put on a chinese outfit and did the dragon dance with a group of high school girls. The dragon dance is a famous festivity in Nagasaki - the Nagasaki Kunchi Festival (see here]) to ask for good fortune, so Masha said he did it because he was praying for everyone there. He was the pearl-bearer, and because he had to sway and swing the pole all around, the man who was so used to serious jumping during his fast songs, was also a bit out of breath and red in the face at the end.
6. He didn’t have the fake ass on during “Peach!”, in fact he displayed the entire array of fake asses that were used before (with T-backs and O-backs etc), chose the one with 「稻佐山」 Inasayama written on it and put it on in front of every one. In the middle of the song, he actually sat on the side of the catwalk and let a little kid scratch his fake ass.
7. During the encore, the fans called out 「もってこい」 instead (This was the Nagasaki dialect for one more time i.e. もう一回/もう一度)
8. The Souvenir for today was the fresh-off-the-press Nagasaki local newspaper extra, it was all about today’s live report with pictures of today’s show. You can see one of the pictures in this site.
9. There was a funny part. During an MC segment, he said that he’ll be singing 3 songs from the Zankyo album next. But the music for “It’s Only Love” came up! Masha had made a mistake in the rundown (should be It’s only love + milk tea, then 3 album songs: survivor, phantom, koufukuron). He immediately cried out that he goofed up, making all of us laugh. He took a dig at himself, saying he must have shocked his band members + staff silly when he talked about the 3 album songs, and when “It’s only Love” started playing, it shocked his fans silly. But he went on to say this was one of the fun things about a live show, you wouldn’t get it anywhere else. ”
~Translated from mashamasha’s post on the unofficial Fukuyama Masaharu Fans Club blog (#388, 392, 394)~
Thanks mashamasha for the wonderful report!
From our own Midori straight from Inasayama
At the part where he usually takes attendance, he said, “There’s not much time today. I guess most of you are from different parts of Japan. So, I want to know Who’s from overseas?” We were all so surprised because it was the very first question! The site was too big and open for us to shout so we raised our hands or fans instead, as it was easier for Masha to see. He said, “Wow, there really are people from overseas!” Then he feigned a foreigner’s accent and thanked us in Japanese.
Part 2: Yahoo Online News Report
Going into his 20th anniversary year, Fukuyama Masaharu (40) started his “Summer Big Establishment Fest” 「夏の大創業祭」 outdoor concerts in Inasayama Nagasaki yesterday on 29/8, after an absence of 9 years and in a true “return of the music”. The live concert was also shown for public viewing at the Big N Stadium 5 km away. It is estimated that 80,000 people will be involved in these 2 days (29 and 30/8) and the “fukuyama” effect is expected to bring in a projected financial impact of 1.5 billion yen to Nagasaki.
“I’m back!! I’ve used these 20 years to build up my sound and I swear here to Nagasaki that I have returned with my music. Let the concert today…live on forever!” After the last concert in 6/2000, he held a starting ceremony this time in the Public Viewing stadium. Using his pitching skills from his elementary school softball days, Fukuyama took the pitcher’s mound again after 28 years and…pitched a dead ball. Amidst the cheering, he then went on a helicopter straight over to Inasayama.
The show was a luxurious manifestation of his gratitude to his hometown. Reconstructing the stage to 60 metres wide and 20 metres high, a total of 104,000 light bulbs were used around the entire venue. With a rundown of 26 of his best old and new songs like “Hello”and “Keshin”, it was a true summer fest spanning 3 and a half hours, with a magnificant fireworks (500) and fire show.
Nagasaki was filled with an atmosphere of celebration. The JR station had a huge “Welcome Back” banner and the local newspaper issued 80,000 copies of extras on this. When he held his photo exhibition last spring in Nagasaki, it brought in 70,000 visitors and an economic impact of 1.1 billion yen in over 2 months. But this time, there were 80,000 people in just 2 days. Even fans from overseas came, bringing in a projected economic income to 1.5 billion yen for Nagasaki.
Initiated by the collection of 70,000 signatures by the Nagasaki Young Generation Association, this live show in Inasayama where his parents home remains, embodies Fukuyama’s love for his hometown and is proof that the connection between Fukuyama and Nagasaki will never die.
~Loosely translated from the Yahoo Online News Report (9:25am 2009.08.30) here~
1. Bird’s eye view and more pictures of the concert, from the online news report here (Imagine listening to “Sai Ai” in the dark surrounded by hundreds of thousands of tiny lights on stage and trees encircling you.)
2. Another view of the Stage from online news report here
3. The audience in Big N Stadium for the free public viewing, enjoying themselves, from the online news report here
All the Best, Masha, for tonight’s show!
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