I walking through Akihabara (Electric Town) on a lovely Sunday afternoon a couple of weeks ago, and in between all the electronics shops was an open area where big crowds were gathered. And this is why they were there:
This, I believe, is my first idoru (Japanese idol) sighting. Legend has it that they are carefully groomed (or manufactured) from a young age to try to become mega-pop stars – which may or may not happen, of course. She wasn’t the only one on this day – there were about 4 or 5 dotted around the area, all belting their songs out. I get the impression that the performers here were trying to make their mark and start their careers.
And what sort of people would perhaps be interested in such a performance?
Yes, there’s a certain demographic slant there – I didn’t see too many women watching these shows. I think about 1 in 2 of the guys watching had a camera or digicam too, and were intensely taking snaps. There were also some photographers doing the rounds, loaded up with professional-looking gear and looking very serious about what they were doing.
But isn’t it kind of strange for me to talk about that when I, myself, was walking around with a decent enough camera? Well, I’m glad you asked, it’s a funny story actualloh my god what’s that amazing thing over there?!