Update: Times for January 14th event changed.

Yune hits 2019 running, with plenty of events, a photo-shoot and a CD release!

 

January 5th – Petit Bear Photo Shoot

Yune wearing a pink dress with a parasolThis photo shoot sold out last month, but expect some cute pictures afterwards on twitter. Also check that twitter account for advance notice of upcoming photo shoots since places are limited and sell out fast.

 

January 6th – Top Yell Festival

Yune kicks off January in the same way as December, a two-part live event in a popular live house in Ikebukuro, Tokyo. This is always a very busy venue as it attracts the best idols. This time Yune will do a collaboration with idol friend Yun, who is about the same age and plays guitar.

When: January 6th, 2019. The event starts at 10:30 and Yune’s set will be at 10:50 (collaborating with Yun, who is on before her). Straight afterwards she will run goods sales in the upstairs space. There are many other popular junior idols appearing, so you might want to come back after Yune’s goods to see more. However, Yune will go to a second event after her goods sales, see below. Full timetable (first image, Japanese).

Where: Ruido K3, Ikebukuro, Tokyo (map).
Head out of the west entrance of Ikebukuro station and it is a 10 minute walk further west. It’s on a back street just away from the main road. The live house is in the basement, but the goods area is on the 2nd or 3rd floor. When moving between the areas you must show your ticket or stamped hand to the cashier to pass.

Tickets: 2400 yen with a reservation, 2900 yen on the door. An extra 600 yen on the door in either case for a drink ticket.
Help Yune and get the discounted rate by making a reservation for the event.
Just enter: 1. Family name,   2. Given name (first name),   3. Email Address,   then press the button.

 

January 6th – Mighty Idol Festival, Vol. 34

Yune wearing a cool black dress on stage

This is the second event in the day for Yune. This time near Shinjuku with a good variety of idols.

When: January 6th, 2019. The event starts at 10:00 but Yune won’t be on stage until 13:35. Straight afterwards she will run goods sales in the area before the entrance of the stage, where you can meet her and get a photograph etc.  Full timetable (second image, Japanese).
There will be a net-streaming talk show recorded before the event but Yune will not appear.

Where: S.U.B Tokyo (map).
Close to Shinjuku. Go to Nakanosakuei metro station on the Maronouchi line (make sure you are on the line that goes to Nakanosakuei). Head to the exit 1 escalator, then turn right down the street and walk about 5 minutes. It’s on the right up a few stairs. Go down into the venue and through the goods space to get to the stage door.

Tickets: If you arrive before 13:00 to see some of the morning performances it costs 2400 yen with a reservation, 2900 yen on the door. If you arrive after 13:00 for Yune, it is 300 yen cheaper. Check the timetable to see how you many performers you want to see. Regardless you must pay an extra 500-600 yen on the door for a drink ticket.
You can help Yune and get the discounted rate by making a reservation for this event.
Just enter: 1. Family name,   2. Given name (first name),   3. Email Address,   then press the button.

 

January 12th – CD Launch Event – Sokubaku Kanojo

Yune’s second CD will be released on 23rd January. It contains one of the theme songs for a manga mobile game called Sokubaku Kanojo, and will also be featured in a film, Ta-Doryoku The Movie.  Each character in the mobile game has an “idol ambassador” with Yune representing the young version of the main female character. To celebrate the release of the game there will be a live event with several of the idol ambassadors, including Yune, where the two theme songs are officially launched. Yune will give a full performance of her song.

Artwork for Yune's character in the game Sokubaku Kanojo
Yune’s character in the game

When: January 12th, 2018, 10:00 – 12:00
There are 6 idols attending the event. The game theme songs will be performed and there will be a chance to meet the idols and get pictures with them. There will be benefits for buying multiple CDs. Full details will be added here shortly.

Where: Otoyoko, Ueno, Tokyo (map)
Ueno Otoyoko is a typical basement live house close to Ueno station. The station is easy to reach but is very spread out with many exits. Make sure to use an online map so you don’t get lost when coming out.

Tickets: No tickets for the event, instead you must reserve a copy of one of the theme song CDs on arrival. Price will about 1200 yen per CD, you must also buy a drink ticket on entry (500 yen).

 

January 12th – Tokyo Idol Theatre

Yune now has a regular monthly performance at the Tokyo Idol Theatre, the most prestigious venue for underground idols. She also features in a special event for solo junior idols on this day.

Junior Solo Singers Event

The first event has 17 young singers perform a song each. The doors open at 12:40 for a 12:50 start. The show ends at 14:00 and at 14:10 goods sales will be held in the area outside the stage. You will be able to meet and get a picture with Yune and the other junior idols. Note that it will be difficult to attend all of Yune’s CD release event and all of this event because the timing is tight (Yune will appear last).

Yune’s Solo Event

Yune singing at the Best Idol Singer contest 2018

The second event is for Yune only. Her stage opens at 17:00, and ends at 17:35. Straight afterwards she will hold goods sales in the area outside the stage. You will be able to meet and get a picture with her or buy goods.

Where: Shidax Hall, Shibuya, Tokyo (map)
The Shidax Culture Hall is in a distinctive building very close to the fa

mous Tower Records in Shibuya (on the opposite side of the road). The venue location is on the 8th floor. Exiting the elevator, the hall entrance is to your left. The area in front of and beyond the entrance is used for goods sales.

Tickets: There are no reservations for this event. However, you can buy advance tickets for Yune’s show, or any of the other idols in the same venue that day from livepocket (wait and it will convert to English). Note that Yune’s name comes up as “Yuson Sakurai” in the translation. Each show is 1000 yen. You can also buy front row seats or an all day pass (called an “A ticket”). First sale tickets are awarded by lottery, “secondary sales” will occur if the lottery sales don’t run out (get one of these if you don’t get an email confirming you won in the first sales). It’s a bit confusing but the hall doesn’t usually get full so you will not have a problem getting an ordinary ticket.

Each ticket has an “admission number” allocated at random and when the show starts they will call out numbers in order and you enter when your number comes up. If you don’t know Japanese, you will need to ask for help.

If the shows don’t sell out, you can buy a ticket on the door at the same price of 1000 yen. People who buy on the door must wait until the end to enter, they will say “toujitsuken no kata” (day ticket people) when it is your turn.

You can take pictures and movies in Yune’s events. You cannot use flash, and must stand at the back if you want to use a tripod. Other events have different rules, translate the lineup page for details.

 

January 14th – NEO Fes!!! Mini Vol. 27

Yune weearing a beret

Yune performs another live show at the spacious Pony Canyon venue. A long event with a huge range of idols.

When: January 14th, 2019. The event starts at 11:00 and Yune’s spot is at 13:35 (updated). Straight afterwards she will run a goods stand in the room to the right of the stage. Full timetable (Japanese).

Where: Pony Canyon, Tokyo (map).
The live will be held in the ground floor “event space” of a media company called Pony Canyon. It’s at a main crossroads near Toranomon station.

Tickets: 3000 yen with a reservation, 3500 yen on the door. An extra 500-600 yen on the door in either case for a drink ticket. You can help Yune and get the discounted rate by making a reservation for this event. This is not Yune’s own simple reservation page – so you’ll need google translate to help. If you can’t do that don’t worry, the venue is spacious and you will be able to pay on the door.

 

January 26th – Two Events

There will be events in Shibuya and Toranomon on January 26th, but details have not yet been announced. Check back for details.

Yune sitting on the floor in a white dress in a very arty blue picture

 

Reservations

Some events have a reservation link. Use the correct one to help Yune and sometimes to save money. It is usually a straightforward form: 1. Family name, 2. Given name (first name), 3. Email address, and sometimes 4. Number of tickets required, then press the button.

Make the reservation at least 24 hours in advance. On the door say “Sakurai Yuune” and your name and then you will get the cheap rate if there is one. If you don’t have a reservation, say “tou-jitsu-ken” and “Sakurai Yuune”, to get a day ticket. Note that re-entry (leaving and coming back) is only allowed at venues where they stamp your hand or give you a wristband.