Today was the start of Sakura-con as well as the first day of Berryz Koubou’s appearances!
Here is the short official schedule for today with the events where they appeared:
- 10:00AM – 12:00PM – Opening Ceremonies – Main Events
- 2:00 – 3:00 PM – Audience Q&A – Panel Room
- 4:00 – 5:00 PM – Autograph Session 1 – Autographs
Since there weren’t that many fan reports (compared to Momusu’s appearance at AX) there will be somewhat less of a focus on what happened and instead I will rely on the images that fans and staff posted on Twitter, JPC, H!O, and other forums so that everyone has a pretty good idea of what happened.
The post is pretty long so please check out the post after the break.
> Fan Sightings Before Sakura-con
Before the event started Berryz Koubou was spotted at a local restaurant called Il Fornario where they ate, and while the videos are short they did wave to fans once they were leaving:
Video uploaded by: aard1ark
Video uploaded by: CableFraga
> Opening Ceremonies
Like most fans already know there weren’t as many Berryz fans at the opening ceremonies since most were in line to pick up their autograph ticket, but there wasn’t much activity at this part of the event since they appeared briefly and said a few words before leaving the stage, and while Nico Nico had a live broadcast of the event it wasn’t that good of a quality.
Here are a few links to fan recorded videos of the Opening Ceremonies with good audio (I wanted to post the recording from Nico Nico but it won’t be available until tomorrow):
Ustream Video 1 of Berryz Koubou At Opening Ceremonies (Berryz appear at 10:30)
> Audience Q&A
Quite a bit of stuff happened at the Q&A since fans could ask Berryz members questions and while Nico Nico also had a stream of that I didn’t have a chance to catch that much of it (their recording will be available until tomorrow also), but here are a few highlights along with some pictures:
- Maasa was challenged to Janken
- Momo was challenged to a blinking contest
- One of the audience members asked them if they were going to upload any dance covers like Chisato on Youtube and Momoko said they would love to
- Miyabi did a Miya beam
- Chii said that an Inuyasha cosplayer ignored her and Berryz
- Yurina idolizes SNSD
- Chinami likes Hannah Montana
- Shimizu did beatbox
> Guest Reception
Berryz Koubou didn’t appear that long here but they did pose for a short while for fans to take pictures:
Video uploaded by: 123japanfan
The most awaited event will most likely be the autograph session since fans got a chance to greet their favorite idols and get a signature from them in a Berryz good, such as a visual book or a PB, but before posting pictures of the autograph session here are a few pictures of the goods that were available as well as a shot of the booth:
Moving on to the autograph session here is what the priority autograph ticket looked like:
And like most of today there weren’t that many fan stories about their autographs, although there were quite a few pictures of the members signing goods:
Today was quite a busy day for Berryz as many of us can tell from the images and videos above, and while I couldn’t find the source of many of them I would like to thank everyone who did take pictures and videos since it gave us a chance to check out this great event along with everyone at Sakura-con.
Most fans are at the Hello! Party 2 right now (or resting up for tomorrow) so most of the reports will most likely appear tomorrow or by Sunday, but if you would like to check out the event here is a live stream with all of the events that are happening right now:
Tomorrow is the big day where they will perform so we will most likely hear many fan reports as well as see many images and videos of the concert so I look forward to finding out how much energy fans have and which songs they will perform, but for now I enjoyed seeing all of the images and videos of what happened today.
- 6:00 PM Line start
- 7:00 – 8:00 PM Live Concert
EDIT: Here are a few updates that were released today:
As well as a video of Berryz making their way to the Q&A:
Video uploaded by: ThyGriever
EDIT: Another video (front row) of Berryz arriving at the Q&A:
Video uploaded by: TexasMusume