4/19 - Tohoshinki 3rd Live Tour 2008 ~T~ @ Miyagi Hot House Super Arena
On the weekend of April 19, 2008, I had the chance to
attend Tohoshinki's 3rd Live Tour concert in Sendai.
Tohoshinki, also known as TVXQ or Dong Bang Shin Ki in
other Asian countries, was having an Arena Tour in
Japan for the first time, which attracted many
Japanese and foreign fans alike. However, my friendand
I were the only non-Asian fans, which was both very
exciting and intimidating.
I arrived to the concert extremely early on Saturday
since it was taking place in Rifu, a small town near
Sendai city that I was unfamiliar with. There was only
one subway line going in that direction, after which
my friend and I had to take a bus with other fans in
order to get to the Arena. We ended up arriving to the
venue about 6 hours before the start of the concert.
It was raining very hard that day, but it didn't stop
us from walking around the surrounding botanical park,
then taking pictures with the huge trucks that were
advertising the concert and Tohoshinki's new upcoming
single at that time, "Beautiful You". We even got to
see some of the backup dancers who were hanging out
near the back of the Arena, and meet some new fans.
Many scalpers were approaching us, trying to sell us
tickets for the concert, but we already had great
seats thanks to Celga's help.
The line-up for the goods started just a few hours
before the concert, so we made sure to get all the
goods and try to keep them safe from the rain. Each
receipt included a message from one of the members
Esince I bought goods twice, I got Jaejoong and
Junsu's thank you messages on my receipts ^^
As usual in Japanese concerts, the line and seating
was very well organized, and there was a high level of
security in order to avoid fancams or picture taking.
They were playing a Pink Floyd song in the Arena while
waiting for the concert to start, which was a pleasant
surprise. The stage was set up such as there was an
extension stage that came out of the main stage to
about the middle of the Arena. We were just a few rows
in front of it, in the middle section. Many fans,
including us, were carrying uchiwas with name or
picture of their favorite number in addition to red
glow sticks. You could feel the crowd become more and
more restless until the lights turned off and all the
fans screamed in excitement.
The opening song was TRICK, and all 5 members of
Tohoshinki were full of energy and their performance
was top notch! The huge screens and my binoculars
allowed us to follow every detail, and it was truly an
impressive opening song.
The first time Tohoshinki came to the front of the
extended stage was on SONG FOR YOU, which was the
second or third song that night. The boys saw our
uchiwas and interacted with us a few times, so we felt
very lucky and touched to be able to stand so close to
them. It was the most magical performance that night
for us. Tohoshinki members are very kind, waving,
smiling and pointing at fans all through the concert.
One very impressive song was DARKNESS EYES Ethe
performance and dance was very well choreographed. At
one point, the members were lifted form the stage as a
sort of cage circled around them, before they started
performing their dance. It is very difficult to
explain but was definitely stunning visually.
There was a very strong vocal performance on ASU WA
KURU KARA, a song from Tohoshinki's first album.
Everyone knew the lyrics by heart, and when Junsu's
solo part came you could see that everyone was
The main MC was definitely one of the best parts of
the concert. The boys came up front on the extended
stage and did all sorts of funny actions to entertain
the fans, including Junsu's "scary" face, Yunho Bruce
Lee performance, Yoochun and Changmin's "sexy duo",
and the most impressive of all EJaejoong's "ikemen"
face. The audience could not stop cheering!
At one point, they performed the song RAINBOW and made
all the fans sing along. It was a very uplifting song
and although I forgot some of the lyrics I did my best
to follow up~ the audience started out shyly but as
Tohoshinki got closer to the crowd and away from the
main stage, everyone was singing along.
LOVE IN THE ICE, a fan favorite, was performed towards
the end of the concert. It was full of emotion and the
vocals were beautiful. The background music was also
great as there was a live band performing with
Tohoshinki all throughout the concert. However, we
were all a bit sad because we knew that the show was
nearing its end.
At the end, all the members went all over the stage,
main and extended, and greeted the fans goodbye. Later
on that night fans who are members of their Mobile
website received thank you messages from the boys.
The trip back to Tokyo was a bit sad after two nights
spent in Tohoshinki land, but it was a memorable
- Miya from the US