Aichan and Junjun, a possible flood?

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Here's another try on translating articles. I've never been good with translating texts, so please bear with the weird phrasing of certain things. The girls shared their touching stories and talked about the crybabies in Morning Musume in the interview. I'd say..never let Aichan comfort Junjun. We might just end up swimming in a flood if it happened.

Kindai Magazine (April 2009)
- Since the new single will be "Naichau Kamo", please share with us Morning Musume's "I might cry" stories.
Tanaka Reina : When I came to Tokyo, my family and friends went to the airport to send me off. At that time, I thought I'll never be able to see them again, and tried to force back my tears. Just as I said "I'm going off...", a friend of mine stopped me and gave me a necklace and told me "Return this to me the next time you return to Fukuoka". I held on to the necklace in my hands and I started crying as I headed for the gate. I cried so much at that time. But until now, I've never returned the necklace to my friend (lol).
Junjun : For me, when I came to Japan, I cried when reading the letters my friend wrote for me. At first when I've came to Japan, I'll read these letters regularly but after some time, I lost the letters (lol). I found one yesterday and after reading it again, I started crying again. I called up my friend immediately after that.
Kusumi Koharu : I understand that type of feeling. When I came to Tokyo, I was really touched by my friends too.
Junjun : Did you cry?
Kusumi Koharu : Yes.
Junjun : Really ~? You definitely didn't cry right? You're probably just glad that they wrote letters isn't it? (lol)
Kusumi Koharu : No! (lol)
Michishige Sayumi : Mine is pretty much like a sad story and at the same time, a happy story. My second cousin met with an accident. Even though she was only a small kid, she's hospitalised very often. Around two years ago, I paid a visit to her and she was having difficulties with speaking, it made me worried about her. But recently when I returned to Yamaguchi, she was able to walk on her on towards me. Watching her put on her clothes herself, buttoning the buttons, I was touched. Watching the girl who I used to have an image of her being frail lead a normal life, being so healthy...I was really touched.
Niigaki Risa : Its about my grandmother. My grandmother always look forward to our live concerts and our goods ever since I joined Morning Musume. I went for a stroll with her one morning and she told me "Look after your health. You've been busy recently aren't you? It looks like you haven't been eating the meals your mother cooked." I was brought up by my grandmother, so her words had a huge impact on me. At that time, because of her smile as she chatted with me, I was able to hold back my tears but I was very touched.
Kamei Eri : Its about my sister, she's really a good girl. She'll pick up any rubbish that she sees in the street if she passes by them. That's very courageous isn't it? Not long ago, I went out with my sister. When we were at the station platform, she told me to wait and went somewhere else. She went off for quite sometime so I went to look for her and saw her dumping the trash on the floor into the trashcan.
Morning Musume : Eh..
Kamei Eri : I joined her in picking the trash up in the end (lol). Normally I wouldn't do I find my sister really awesome and was touched by her actions.
Linlin : There was once when I was getting my ticket at the station, due to the gust of wind, the receipts and everything in my wallet flew to the ground. The people nearby came forward to help me pick them up and I'm really grateful towards them for helping me.
- The drama Aichan is starring in, Q.E.D Shoumei Shuuryou, did you cry after the final shooting?
Takhashi Ai : I didn't, because the last scene was a very lively one, so I didn't cry (lol). Something that touched me the movie, Wall-E, I was touched by the character's bravery.
Mitsui Aika : I don't really watch things that are touching since I don't really like to cry. But if it was about animals, I'll watch it even if I'll cry. When I watched films like "Nankyoku Monogatari", I'll cry a lot.
Kusumi Koharu : For me, I'll cry when watching Animes. Cartoons like "Doraemon" holds a lot of significance for me. For example, it reminds me of my grandmother.

Skipping the whole Naichau Kamo talk. Its the same old thing as they've said on the radio shows.

- By the way, which member in Morning Musume cries the most?
Kusumi Koharu : Junjun, it seems like she's always crying (lol).
Michishige Sayumi : Junjun cries too much (lol).
Mitsui Aika : Junjun's lacimal glands are weak.
Takahashi Ai : Junjun cries for lots of reasons. She cries when she's touched, she cries when she's happy. No matter how she feels, she'll still end up crying. I thought its pretty awesome.
Linlin : I think Junjun cries the most too. But I understand why she cries so much. She drinks more water then normal people do (lol).
Kamei Eri : Then it sweats out from her eyes? (lol). But for me, I think Aichan cries the most among all.
Tanaka Reina : I see her crying very often too.
Kamei Eri : There was once I was depressed and cried. Aichan came over to comfort me but it ended up with Aichan had teary eyes. I told her "You're about to cry too, so stop it!" (lol).
Michishige Sayumi : She often cries together with the members.
Niigaki Risa : Also, at times when she's not able to express what she wants to say clearly she'll cry.
Kusumi Koharu : In a good way, Takahashi-san is able to understand how one feels easily.
Mitsui Aika : Even during the PV recording, she started crying almost immediately. I was like "Eh? Is she okay!?" (lol).
Junjun : Takahashi-san is a very strong person, but when she feels like crying, she just lets it out. I thought that's pretty awesome.
Mitsui Aika : "I thought that's pretty awesome" both of you are praising one another (lol).
Tanaka Reina : When we were asked about Morning Musume some time ago, Junjun said "I love Morning Musume..." and started crying. It surprised me and after Junjun started crying, Aichan joined in too (lol).
- What about the rest of the members?
Tanaka Reina : If we talk about the members that don't cry, it'll be me, Gakisan, Koharu and Aika.
Michishige Sayumi : There are also moments of Reina crying.
Tanaka Reina : You mean that aeroplane story? We were in the aeroplane sometime ago flying back to Tokyo from Osaka and the plane was shaking violently. I didn't want die, so I was bawling there.
Michishige Sayumi : We really see how Reina looks like when she's crying isn't it? But she snapped at me and asked me to not peep at her (lol).
Junjun : Michishige-san wrote that on a survey form too didn't you? (lol).

It was nice to see Gakisan, Reina and Sayu sharing stories of their families and friends. And I thought it was pretty much like a once in a blue moon thing for Eri to be praising her sister since I've never heard her doing so on GAKI*KAME other then complaining about her sister. I bugged some Singapore fans to get this copy of Kindai for me, hopefully they do!

Talking about Singapore fans, I had my first meet up with Kinbari last week and I met up with Hammy again yesterday for a meal. We were suppose to be dining at MOS burger but we somehow ended up in a sushi restaurant. Hammy was talking with her mouth stuffed with sushi resulting me in mishearing what she was talking about. She said "Risa" and I heard it as "Visa", she said "crab" and I heard it as "bread", lol. Hammy reminds me of Eri, cracking cold jokes every now and then (I wonder how many lame jokes she made yesterday)

Hammy : I'm lame right? That's why I can't run my 2.4km.
OnDiet : ._.

Yes, that's the very cute Hammy. Anyway, thanks for the Up To Boy and the meal, Hammy! So after the meet up with her, I went shopping with some friends and check out CDRama. Happen to see this,
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Somehow, the sight of IceCream musume's singles lined up next to Koda Kumi's tickles me. I was surprised to see UFA goods in Singapore anyway. But they should be importing Morning Musume's instead (Just for the sake of OnDiet at least..?)

So coming back to Morning Musume, Eri's solo song, Kataomoi no Owari ni's preview is out. Really short, but I love how sweet Eri sounded in it. The song itself was something I wanted to hear from Eri very badly. Ever since songs like 100kai no Kiss and Watashi no Aoi Tori, I have that image of Eri being the best singer in Morning Musume when we talk about songs with slow tempo. Her voice is really pleasant and lures me to sleep sometimes. I'm looking forward for the full song, and hopefully it'll be out soon on Konusapi, which is going to be back next week! After one month of no-Sayu-babbling-over-Eri, I'm dying for it. I want to hear how Sayu feels about the LA concert, Ojigi's return, her solo song and Yamaguchi's concert. The Japanese fans have already started a project to plan for what to do during the Yamaguchi concert that will be held 4/4. The same goes for the concert in Shiga on 3/28. Do hope it'll be a success!

I'm drifting away from Eri's song, argh! Here's the incomplete lyrics for Eri's song

仲良い数人で 食堂に行く

Ah~ もうすぐ冬です
Ah~ 独占したい



私のノート 借りに来る君
シャイな顔して Uh~

試験の前は 長電話をする
試験のことより 雑談したり

Ah~ そのうち春です
Ah~ 一年だね


She's singing as a college student in this song by the way.
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Tamagotchi craze in MM

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

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Just days ago I mentioned that Eri was still playing with Tamagotchi even at age 20, but apparently, Junjun is into them too. In fact, more then half of the Morning Musume members are playing with Tamagotchi now. According to Junjun on 「Park Side Cafe Monday」, the current Tamagotchis are more high-tech then the ones back then. Tamagotchi plays a big role in Junjun's life. Junjun who is always not able to wake up on time, is now waking up early as early as 6am plus just for the sake of the Tamagotchi. The baby Tamagotchi would wake up at 7am or so, so Junjun would wake up at 6am plus and stare at it and when it wakes up, she'll send it to the toilet, then to have it's breakfast, then to let it play around. Junjun's Tamagotchi is already in its third generation and it is called Junko, lol. Apparently the current for the new Tamagotchi if you don't give your Tamagotchi a bath, it'll turn black/dirty. There's even some sort of in-game cash whereby the girls can buy a new room and such for their Tamagotchi.

For anyone who is curious about how the current Tamagotchi is like, here's the site for it.

I wonder if Eri even tries to wake up earlier just for her Tamagotchi..
or does she just leaves it to die?

Random Morning Musume Trivia
- Gakisan's mother is currently 44 years old. Gees, and I thought Sayu's mother was young enough, Gakisan has an even younger mother!

3 Big Beauties

Saturday, February 21, 2009

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The DVD started off with the 10 Shots Photo Session
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Reina wanted more blushes, so this is the GAKIKAME's way of giving blushes.

Eri continues to kill millions even in Hawaii

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Capped for the Reina-ness in it.

When asked which pose left the deepest impression on her,
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she answered with this pose.
I call it the "Aho-Kame pose".

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Gakisan invades Aichan's screen time with the shanimuni mood (pun)
遮二無二」 shanimuni : Recklessly
Eri used this four word idiom on one of the GAKI*KAME episode.

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Junjun quickly pulls Eri back when she realised Eri was going to leave her

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Eri was so worried about the Special Live that she wasn't in the mood for her meal the day before and all she wanted to do was to return to her hotel room. But according to Junjun, Eri shopped a lot on that day. Eri had 2 big shopping bags with her when they went back to their hotel rooms while Sayu had 3.

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Junjun and Linlin were babbling about Hawaii's big servings and delicious food. Junjun thinks that if she lives in Hawaii, she'll gain 2kg per day. After Junjun ran away, Linlin complained that whenever she wants to talk about something, Junjun will be next to her goofing around, and after Junjun goes away, Linlin would have forgotten about what she wanted to talk about.

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Morning Musume's tradition.


01. Koi wa Hassou Do The Hustle!
This is the first time this Morning Musume line-up performed this song. A perfect song to be first on the tracklist. Eri was in an extremely high tension, jumping all over the place and dancing with even more effort then usual. I expected Gakisan to take Miki-sama's line as the "Kaasan", but gees, it was Aika.

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Eri stepped up with an exaggerated step, lol.
Eri : Its really fun here but I think enjoyable time will pass fast so..
Fans : Eh ~ ?
Eri : I love it when people react with a "Eh ~"
Reina : Eri, you're disgusting! You're SERIOUSLY disgusting.

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02. Tsuyoki de Yukouze! (Takahashi Ai's solo)
Ages since the last time I listened to this song. Everything was perfect, except that dress.

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03. Senkou Hanabi (Michishige Sayumi's solo)
No, it wasn't painful to watch her sing. Her cute-ness made up for her weaknesses.

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04. Mirai no Taiyou (Junjun's solo)
Allowing Eri to be one of the backup dancers was a mistake. She totally snatched the spotlight from Junjun.

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05. Say Yeah! - Motto Miracle Night - (Tanaka Reina's solo)
Its lol at how the rest of the members were arranged to run out randomly in some of the songs. Cool performance from Reina, even though it didn't seem like that's the best she could do.
Wink counter : 2

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06. Himawari (Kusumi Koharu's solo)
She's forever energetic.

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07. Kotatsu no Uta ~ Jyuken Story ~ (Linlin's solo)
Even more awesome then the rip I had from the fan recording. I don't really expect a lead in a single from her but I think Tsunku should just arrange a solo song in the concerts for her. I'm sick of all those Aichan/Reina's solo song in concerts even after they have so many leads in most of the songs (No, I don't hate Aichan or Reina), c'mon Tsunku, do something new.

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08. Hare Ame Nochi Suki (Kamei Eri's solo)
WOW! It only made me more excited for her solo song in Platinum 9 DISC. I thought she'd have went out of tune in the last key but she didn't! As usual, her expressions were real and didn't disappoint. The only complaint I have is the fact that they have cut short all the solos.

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The pokepokepoo back then in 2003.

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09. BE Positive! (Mitsui Aika's solo)
I'm sorry Aika. No matter how good or cute you are, I just can't concentrate on you because the four backup dancers behind you are my top four.

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10. Shanimuni Paradise (Niigaki Risa's solo)
Gakisan kills. Its true. Just look at how she got all the fans fired up with her beauty. Looks like all the members had fun in Gakisan's solo. Someone actually laughed into her mic after the attack on Gakisan.

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11. Honki de Atsui Theme Song
When was the last time this song was performed by Morning Musume? It was nostalgic but it didn't sound good. Some of the members are clearly having problems reaching the low keys. I wonder why was Eri so energetic that day.

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12. Happy Night
To be honest, I didn't know there was such a song because I don't have Memory Seishun no Hikari's single. Good effort by Eri for trying to reach the lower keys meanwhile, TakaGaki continues to show everyone how awesome they are.

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13. Sayonara SEE YOU AGAIN Adios BYE BYE Chaccha!
Probably one of the most suitable song to be on the last on a tracklist. Reina's "Ah ~" in her talking lines made my hair stood up, lol. Its rare to hear the gentle Reina's voice. Aichan, Eri and Sayu made me melt.
Aichan : Sayonara SEE YOU AGAIN Adios BYE BYE Chaccha!

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The Special Live ended and the fans got a chance to High-Five with all the members before leaving.

2nd Day
Mobile Phone Strap Event

Koharu started a "Konnichipa!" greeting. Lol'd at how Aika snatched the mic back from Koharu. Koharu then whispered to Aika requesting for her to do the "Konnichipa" greeting too. The rest of the members then follow up and did the same thing.

Pretty obvious that Eri didn't want to do it, but she just had to, lol.

After Eri passed the mic to Gakisan, instead of doing the "Konnichipa" greeting..

Gakisan : Okay, so that means..
Fans : Eh?
Koharu : Konnichipa!
Gakisan : What? I have to do it too in order to move on?! ...Konnichipa everyone. (Looks at Koharu) Konnichipa can be one of your catchphrase now, I'll be supporting you. But this will also be the last time I do it (Konnichipa)

The strap Eri made. Is that a pimple under her lips?

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The girls went around to help the fans out with their straps. This is the first time the girls got so close to the fans in a FC tour.

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The straps made by the members were then given out to lucky fans who were chosen in the draw.

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Reina, Aika and Linlin were playing Daramasan ga Koronda in the hall. Lol'd at the postures Reina froze in.

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Sayu : I'm your present!
Eri : That's disgusting.

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Ojousan moment.
Sayu : Aren't we the three big idiots?
Gakisan : What are you talking about? Its only the two of you!
Eri : It should be th3 big beauties isn't it?!
Nah, its not called narcissistic when Eri is the one saying it.

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The 3 big beauties were not please when the cameraman suddenly moved to Aika when they were still talking, lol.

First off was butt wrestling aka the battle of the asses
The girls are suppose to bump one another's ass so that their opponent falls when the music stops. Gakisan reminds them not to injure one another since they still have a Fall Concert Tour after the FC Event.

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Aichan vs Linlin
Aichan won. Linlin's excuse was that Aichan was 0.1cm taller then her, so Aichan had an advantage. Its just another ridiculous excuse from Linlin, lol. But in Aichan's theory, the shorter one in this game is at advantage since you'll have to bump your opponent's ass from the bottom.

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Gakisan (to Aika) : You don't have to restrain yourself, but after the battle, someone (Reina) might be scary.
Reina vs Aika, Aika won.
Reina : Your butt is heavy.
Aika : No its not!
Reina : Your butt is big!
Reina hates to lose. Its a fact.

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Eri vs Junjun
Just as Eri was getting fired up, the song stopped seconds after it started. Eri wasn't prepared and lost to Junjun, lol. GoRokkies team puts the blame on the staffs.

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Sayu vs Kusumi
Sayu couldn't even stand properly when the song was still going on and Koharu bumped Sayu even before the song stopped. When the music stopped Koharu gave a really hard push to Sayu's ass and Sayu was totally thrown off her feet. Even Gakisan was surprised. But during that push, both of them fell off at almost the same time, so that had to have another round of butt wrestling.

Even though Sayu fell really hard, she won. I like the way Eri squats down immediately to check if Sayu is alright the moment Sayu fell.

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Reina vs Junjun, it was a long battle with no results but it was fun to watch how the 2 girls attack one another. This is the fiercest Jyaken Tataki Game I've ever seen. I could hear the sound of the stick landing on the basket or whatever you call it. I seriously laughed so hard that I cried, I mean it! Reina got a piece of Junjun after Junjun mishit Reina's hand instead of the basket. Another thing to look out for in the battle is Gakisan's expression. Gakisan looks like she can't imagine how painful it'll be if that stick landed on one's head.

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Junjun : Tanaka-san, please lose quickly.
Reina : You're annyoing (Yankee look)
Reina then lost her mind and picked up the basket even though she won in the sissors paper stone.

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They decided to take a break and move on to the next battle for now.
Gakisan : Are you confident?
Eri : I'm confident, since Linlin is my opponent.
Linlin : Since Kamei-san is my opponent, it'll be alright.
As expected, our small little turtle was slow in reacting and was trashed by Linlin.

Reina vs Junujun continues
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Koharu grew impatient and wanted them to just play Achi Mite Hoi since the battle just continues to remain as a draw.

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Junjun didn't know how to play Achi Mite Hoi, so they had to teach her first. She's pretty slow at the game since she's still new to it. Reina won in the end, after such a long battle.

"Whose hand is this?" Battle
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Aichan's challenge. Gakisan was dropping hints without knowing, lol. Aichan couldn't figure out whose hand was it for the last person and she stretch her hand out to touch the person's face. That earned her a smack from Gakisan.
I know you did that on purpose, Aichan. You wanted a love smack from Gakisan :P

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When Aichan was saying out her answers Gakisan dropped another hint by accident AGAIN. But luckily, Aichan didn't change her answers. Aichan got only 2 of them right.

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Koharu's turn. She was literally tugging the girls' fingers, lol. Koharu was smart to feel the fingernails and such. She realised one of the hands had short fingernails and she knew its Sayu, because Sayu don't grow her fingernails due to hygiene purposes.

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Koharu got them all right.

Pedometer game.
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Each team had to try and get as many hits on the pedometer as possible by shaking the pedometer that should be hung around their necks.

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Koharu didn't abide by the rules of the game and held on to the pedometer and shook her hand instead. H3 realised and stopped her, but she've shook quite an amount there. Koharu didn't know they weren't allowed to hold on to the pedometers actually.
Sayu : Then we don't have to do all those shaking if that's the case. We could have just held on to it and shake our hands.
When Sayu realise she sounded really harsh on Koharu, she quickly apologises to Koharu. The conclusion was that the cause of this incident is because Koharu doesn't listen to instructions.

Gachinko battle
The girls had to run to the back of the hall to get their question cards then to return to the stage.
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Aichan's question : OOOOO King comes to our mind when we talk about Hawaii. Who is that king?
Aichan knows about the king, but she couldn't remember it at that moment so Eri pointed to herself as a hint for Aichan. Answer : Kamehamaha.

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Linlin's Question : Shikoku has 4
prefectures. They are Kochi prefecture, Ehime prefecture, Kagawa prefecture and..?
Linlin answered Shiga-ken and got herself smacked by Aika (Aika is from Shiga-ken) It was incorrect and Linlin had to go back to get another question. The answer was Tokushima prefecture FYI.

Morning Musume Hawaii FC Tour 2008 conclusions
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Sayu pulled her right eyelashes out by accident when they reached Hawaii. Aichan and Eri laughing at Sayu's misfortune, lol.

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Junjun's rheumy eyes
Aww..someone, give her a banana!

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1 hour and 30 over minutes of Morning Musume
Hope you've enjoyed watching it like the way I did too!

My top 5 ranking for the Special Live
01. Hare Ame Nochi Suki (Kamei Eri's solo)
02. Shanimuni Paradise (Niigaki Risa's solo)
03. Koi wa Hassou Do the Hustle!
04. Tsuyoki de Yukouze! (Takahashi Ai's solo)
05. Sayonara SEE YOU AGAIN Adios BYEBYE Chaccha!

My 5 favourite moments
01. Three big beauties
02. Reina vs Junjun battle
03. Sayu getting worked up because of Koharu's dirty play
04. Gakisan smacking Aichan.
05. Aika smacking Linlin.

There were new events compared to previous Morning Musume's FC Tours. Its probably the first time the girls were so close to their fans and was really glad to see them have fun. Btw, Sayu and Eri had the jewelleries they bought in Alo-Hello 3 on. In fact, both of them have the ring on their left index finger if I'm not wrong. They looked good on them.

Rating for the DVD : 9/10
One point lost because they cut off the girls' solos. Even though I know they had no choice but to do it due to the duration constraint.

Thank you to all readers for 10000 views within less then 2 months!
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A random Eri screenshot as a way of "celebration!"