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Morning Musume '14 in NYC

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East coast wotas and idols finally meet

At their show in New York City's Best Buy Theater earlier this month, Morning Musume '14 brought not only their glamorous selves to the Big Apple, but droves of fans all across America. There are even travelers from up Canada and even from South America attending the show. The most glamorous of them all are the Japanese home crowd in NYC, transforming the pit area into a proper forest of King Blades--multi-color glowsticks powered by AAA batteries. It can probably land airplanes given the right conditions. 

Click on for a brief impression of their show and some pictures!

The nine girls of Morning Musume '14, however, are the centerpiece of the NYC show. The brisk afternoon air in the city did nothing to deter fans from lining up at the venue first thing in the morning. As a part of Sayumi Michishige's graduation tour, fans organized pink glowsticks and gave them to concert goers, making sure to blanket the typically lights-free American concert crowd in pink when the graduating idol steps up for her solo.

The show started pretty much on time as Japanese pop acts tend to be. While the venue did not sell out, itt was packed and the merch table drew long lines. If anything, many of the fans in attendence are pretty hardcore and it's definitely a crowd that is ready for the show, launching straight into calls and all kinds of excited movements.

The girls performed more or less continuously, showing off both the dancing and singing skills that represents one of Japan's foremost idol act. The dancing was compact and impactful, and with songs like "TIKI BUN" the opening sets were particularly memorable and brings up an up-to-date image of Morning Musume '14 compared to the same namesake so many years ago that probably lingers in the popular consciousness.

Of course, Morning Musume '14 also busted out their updated versions of Morning Musume classics such as "Love Machine" and "Renai Revolution 21" that got the whole crowd going. The set was paced well, with a good mix of fast and slow songs that can both charm a group of fans as well as introduce the fresh faces of MM '14 to people who only find the group name (and perhaps Michishige) familiar.

I have to mention the present of King Blades, because it just makes this live show that much more authentic Japanese. These color-changeable light sticks run on AAA batteries and they are ubiquitous in Japan's otaku lives. Idol lives necessarily mean doing calls (coordinated hand movements, dancing and yelling), and it's quite a sight to see much of the crowd armed with lights, on US soil, both Japanese fans and otherwise. The glowsticks are a key part of that idol otaku identity and this is probably the one US show that I've seen with the most of these, per capita.

As someone who doesn't follow Japanese idol acts, seeing Morning Musume '14 is still like scratching an item off of my bucket list because they are ensconced in Japanese pop culture. It's extra special to be a part of their US tour and see the fan turn out. 

You can see the set list below.

1. ONE TWO THREE
2. Help me!!
3. Wagamamaki no mama..
MC
4. TIKI BUN
5. Wakuteka Take a Chance
6. The Matenrou Show
7. Brainstorming
MC
8. I Wish
9. Lalala no Pipipi
10. Shabondama
11. Kimagure Princess
12. Souda! We are Alive!
13. LOVE Machine
14. The Peace!
15. Renai Revolution 21
16. Password is 0
MC
17. Kimi no Kawari wa Iyashinai
18. What Is LOVE ?
ENCORE
19. Toki wo Koe Sora wo Koe
MC
20. Happy Daisakusen

1. ONE TWO THREE
2. Help me!!
3. Wagamamaki no mama..
MC
4. TIKI BUN
5. Wakuteka Take a Chance
6. The Matenrou Show
7. Brainstorming
MC
8. I Wish
9. Lalala no Pipipi
10. Shabondama
11. Kimagure Princess
12. Souda! We are Alive!
13. Love Machine
14. The Peace!
15. Renai Revolution 21
16. Password is 0
MC
17. Kimi no Kawari wa
18. WHAT IS LOVE ?
ENCORE
19. Toki wo koe Sora wo koe
MC
20. HAPPY DAISAKUSEN

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