Tokyo Idol project began on Tuesday at Fuji TV's headquarters in Tokyo's Odaiba area. The goal of the project is to promote Japanese idol culture to audiences around the world.
Numerous groups from around Japan will take part in the project.
"We have witnessed great passion and energy from idol groups and fans," said the project manager. "We hope to continue seeing that passion throughout the year, so that Japanese pop culture will spread all over the world."
Here are several ways to enjoy the idol culture.
TOKYO IDOL PROJECT LIVE Monthly live performances will take place in several locations in Japan as one of the core programs. Three volumes are scheduled as follows.
LIVE Vol. 1: April 18 Program 1 15:00- / Program 2 19:00- LIVE Vol. 2: May 9 Program 1 15:00- / Program 2 18:00- LIVE Vol. 3: May 23 Program 1 15:00- / Program 2 18:00- All take place in "nicofarre" Roppongi
Tickets: ¥3,500 for each program on site Available from Rakuten Ticket (http://r-t.jp/tip) Two full programs via Internet LIVE Nicovideo ¥1,200 Available from Nicovideo (http://live.nicovideo.jp/)
TOKYO IDOL FESTIVAL The world's largest idol festival which last year attracted 138 idol groups and 42,000 fans will be held Aug 1-2 in the Odaiba area. Performers include Idolling!, Up Up Girls, "Dorothy Little Happy, Negicco and Babyraids JAPAN. Tickets will be available from mid-April, through Rakuten Ticket.
TOKYO IDOL PROJECT TV Three TV programs on topical idol groups will be streamed on Channel 8, BSFuji and CS Fuji from 24:35, March 30. Performances of HKT48, Idoling!!!, Negicco, Dempagumi. Inc, Babyraids JAPAN will kick off the event. Internet streaming will also be available from Fuji On Demand (http://fod.fujitv.co.jp/s/) and Rakuten SHOWTIME (http://video.rakuten.co.jp)
TOKYO IDOL WEB Overseas audiences can enjoy web streaming of idol news, interviews, articles and features. Interviewees include Idoling!!!, ℃-ute, Dempagumi.Inc with some backstage stories of Vanila Beans, PASSPO☆ etc. Visit the official website (http://tokyoidol.jp/)
More information is available at http://www.live/tokyoidol.jp© Japan Today