In a special add-on to Turbos86’s interviews about J-Pop Summit Festival Day 1 and Day 2, fellow J-Pop Summit Festival 2013 attendant, and part of Turbos86’s group for that weekend, Kyuuna agreed to an interview adding some extra perspective to the weekend as well as give us an idea of how much a quick weekend like this might cost.
Thanks for being here, now you’re also able to make your way to and back from San Francisco even with a busy schedule. In general, how was your weekend?
It was my birthday on the 27th so there was no way I was going to miss this event. Overall, it was a great event minus some of the hiccups that came up during the course of J-Pop Summit Festival
We’ve heard it was quite an up and down weekend. Let’s start with the beginning, how was the travel to the Festival? Like everyone, the last minute announcement must have been hard on you too.
The travel to San Francisco was smooth, but with Turbos86’s plane being delayed for an hour we managed to miss the first autograph session. With the announcement being so last minute, I had trouble with coming up money for last minute ticket and hotel but it worked out in the end.
Ah, that’s right you met up with Turbos86, how was the experience being with a friend?
Generally going to anything with a friend will make the event enjoyable, and with Turbos86 being able to speak Japanese I was able to converse with some of the Reina wotas that attended the event.
Ah, so you don’t have much experience with Japanese, did Turbos need to assist you a lot throughout this event?
Not really, it was only when I was in a conversation with one of the wotas. Speaking to LoVendoЯ during the autograph session was pretty easy since I have basic knowledge of Japanese, just not enough to carry a conversation.
That’s good to know, when it comes to these kinds of events, the level of Japanese knowledge varies a lot, so getting some feedback about how that went for you means a lot. So you meet up with Turbos almost immediately into the event, did you experience anything interesting before then?
Not really, I just woke up at 4:40am and went to the airport as my flight departed at 7am.
Just to give people an understanding of time, you were in the California area initially, right?
Yes, I live in the LA area. So missing the event would be regrettable.
Well said! So you met up with Turbos almost right into the event, did that lead immediately to you both heading towards the first event?
Yes, right after I met up with him we took a cab straight to the event. Sadly if it wasn’t for the delay Turbos86 had with the airline, we would’ve made the first autograph signing
Ah, yes when we interviewed Turbos he mentioned a delay in flight, but also that there was a miscommunication amongst the staff regarding the first autograph session, was there anything you noticed at the time?
I think what bothered me about the events, was that the times and information was constantly being changed on such short notice so most people were getting the wrong information on Day 1.
So right from the beginning, there were issues with schedules. Did the additional confusion create any extra tension among you or the people around you?
I didn’t really get bothered with the last minute changes as Turbos86 kept me updated the entire time. I remember talking to some of the people that attended and they didn’t notice that the first 30 people in line to receive autograph was bumped to 50.
Once an event like that starts keeping everyone informed is a major issue, thankfully it seems like you knew at least some of the changes quick enough. You both mentioned not making it to the first autograph session in the end, what led to that?
It was due to Turbos86’s flight being delayed by an hour. When we arrived at the event, we were pretty much in the 46-50ish in line. Also, when they announced the goods line someone came up and said they had the 50 people announced for it, Turbos86 and I were confused because we didn’t notice how they got the list made up. I was kinda annoyed because some of the people that were behind me got in the autograph line, I was kinda mad about it but it didn’t bother me so much.
That’s unfortunate, especially since the 27th was your birthday. Belated Happy Birthday by the way, it was rude of me not to say so. Did you ever get to tell them it was your Birthday that day?
Thank you for the birthday wish, I did manage to make the 2nd autograph session on Sunday. I told Reina and Marin that it was my birthday (though it was the 28th), and they congratulated me, Reina did a little bow which was pretty awesome. Marin did the same too. Sadly, I forgot to ask Reina for a special message but already seeing them was good enough.
Getting any kind of recognition is a reason to celebrate, good on you for that. But, let’s not skip too far ahead, we heard a lot of the general happenings from Turbos but, was there anything on Day 1 that you felt was significant.
Well, what stuck out to me the most, and I’m sure most people would agree on this, was during the concert that occurred in the early evening. The sound guy messed up the sound that it was enough to stop the opening song halfway through, and they had to make up an MC on the spot while the staff worked on the sound. Another thing was Reina slipping and her boot caught on her skirt. It was kinda bad in a good way since you don’t normally encounter this kinda of problem during a concert etc.
Seems like everyone noticed that one, it’s not hard to find footage of it on the internet right now. If nothing else major happened in Day 1, why don’t we get into Day 2 a bit, you’ve already talked about the autograph session, but did anything happen before that?
Nothing that stands out to me though I was surprised about the amount of people that attended the 2nd concert compared to the first.
Would you attribute that to anything in particular?
I believe it was due to Kyaru Kyaru that had most people attending, maybe due to the venue being in Union Square in downtown SF
So the highlight for your whole experience was the Day 2 autograph session?
Yes it was, the LoVendoЯ performance was only 4 songs…it was rather disappointing.
Ah, well for something that seemed so last minute that’s not surprising. Did anything happen for you after the autograph session
Uh, nothing in particular, right after getting the autograph we had to say our goodbyes to everyone due to my flight leaving at 7pm while the autograph session was at 5pm. We were lucky being the first 10 people in line or else I might’ve not gotten an autograph.
Ah, so the scheduling remained tight for you as well, understandable.
While you were in San Francisco was there anything interesting that you came across, food, drink, other parts of the festival?
On Day 1, we had some hot wings for lunch from a food truck they had parked at the event. It was pretty good which surprised me, I’d rank it as 2nd best hot wings I’ve had. After the concert, we had some Mexican food at a small restaurant 5mins from the event. With the small time frame we had for Day 2, we just went to a Japanese market and got a bento box, it was rather enjoyable.
Over all how much would you say you spent on the weekend, minus the flight.
Maybe 40 dollars US tops? My friends covered for some of the small things that we got since it was my birthday.
Ah, that’s plenty manageable! Ok then, what about the price of your flights and place to stay?
It was roughly 360 USD.
So around 400USD for a birthday weekend with lots of LoVendoЯ, was it well worth it?
Definitely, it was a awesome way to spend my birthday that’s for sure.
Is there anything else you’d like to say to any of the readers?
I hope C-ute comes to the US next time, and thanks to the people who spent their time to read this.
Thank you for your time, and we can only hope that dream comes true.
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