21 March 2012
[HONG KONG] AKB48 will be part of Genki Japan Expo
AKB48 will be performing two mini-concerts at the Genki Japan Expo in Hong Kong, which is held from March 23rd, 2012 to March 27th, 2012.
Official Website: http://genkijapan.jp/jp/index.html
The Expo has two purposes - to express gratitude for all the earthquake recovery help Japan received from Hong Kong, and to encourage more people to visit Japan by showcasing the newest trends/attractions of Japan. The most anticipated attractions of the Expo are the two mini-concerts held by AKB48, on March 26th and March 27th. 700 tickets for each show were allocated, and they were gone within 15 minutes.
On Monday, the organizer for the Expo announced that Maeda Atsuko, Nakagawa Haruka and Masuda Yuka will be sent to Hong Kong for this event. However, they will not be attending any promotional event held by the Official AKB48 Shop in Hong Kong.
The same event was held in Beijing and Shanghai in February. The former featured Umeda Ayaka, Fujie Reina, Nito Moeno, Kawaei Rena, Natori Wakana, and Morikawa Ayaka; while the latter was attended by Itano Tomomi, Yokoyama Yui and Umeda Ayaka.
I really hope fans in Hong Kong won't scare Acchan too much. Ticket distribution was changed from lottery (same with Beijing and Shanghai) to first-come-first-serve at the last minute, and this resulted in many fans unable to attend. A large portion of those are Acchan fans, so their only chances to see her are arrival and departure at the airport. I hope they can refrain from the rude behavior they exhibited in previous visits.