13th Anniversary

Today (March 3. 2017) we celebrate The 13th Anniversary of Berryz Kobo.



Exactly two years ago Berryz Kobo was disbanded. After that I still posted to this Berryz Kobo International blog some °C-ute and Berryz ex-members related posts plus some stuff from Kobushi Factory.

Now it’s time to close this chapter. This is the final post I make here.



But no worries.

This whole BKI blog is still gonna be here as an archive site because it has an interesting historical timeline almost from the beginning of Berryz Kobo. °C-ute was a sister group for BK so it was quite natural that I did also °C-ute related posts for BKI blog.



This archive is indeed my Berryz Kobo fandom history. Now I almost get emotional.

Berryz Kobo was my number one Hello! Project group so many years. I don’t lie if I say that during those years for me almost every day was one way or another a Berryz day.

Now those days are gone & history. Fortunately we BK fans have all our precious memories to cherish and all those recorded media to listen & watch when ever we have urge to do so.

My Berryz Kobo fandom kind of culminated when I in April of 2013 finally saw my girls live at Shibuya Koukaido. Actually saw ’em two times a row. Then few days later I had a chance to do an interview with Saki and Chinami for Finnish JapanPop magazine.

So how are things today? From now on I’ll write about ex-members of Berryz Kobo for my KAKKO-II Blog.

Kobushi Factory has replaced Berryz Kobo as my number one H!P group. My Kobushi Factory International The Blog has now been online from the beginning of last December (2016). My Tsubaki Factory posts you can also find on that blog. Other H!P groups are still at KAKKO-II Blog.


Signing off now from BKI blog.

Yours zush
on March 3. 2017


How to hunt Japanese concert tickets

If you are living outside Japan and want to get tickets for Japanese concerts & events it’s not the most easiest job to do. If you don’t speak/understand Japanese the task gets even more complicated.

There are mainly two (mostly) secure ways for the ticket hunting especially if you live abroad and don’t speak Japanese.


Got friends in Japan?

If you have a friend or you know a fellow fan living in Japan there is the most comfortable way for getting tickets: Just kindly ask her/him if she/he could get the tickets you would like to have. Even better if that person likes same kind of music and same artists as you do.

Normal priced tickets you can get with a little help from your friend from such nationwide ticket sellers as ePlus and Pia. If you want to get your seat as close as possible to the stage or the general tickets sale has already ended you can try “second hand” resellers such as Yokohamaticket, Gorakudoh and TicketCamp. Tickets from these resellers are of course more expensive. Resale tickets are for example from fan club members and such.

My friend living in Tokyo got me a ticket from reseller. It was for Berryz Kobo concert and quite near the stage. Although it was expensive I was super happy to see Miya & others so close.


Proxy services

This second way is using online (proxy) services. These services will buy a ticket (and other stuff) for you and send it to your home address or your hotel in Japan. As these services are pure business besides the price of the ticket you have to pay the service fee and all the shipping costs. Depending on which online service you use and where they get your desired tickets the cost can be quite high.

These online services can get tickets from general sales but also from Japanese auctions (Yahoo etc).


Remark on topic

This is only a brief guide for ticket hunting. I’ve got my tickets via my friend and directly from Up-Front (press tickets/passes). From those services I’ve mentioned here I have used only Tenso when I’ve purchased items from e-Line-UP. I think Tenso does not provide tickets but I’m not quite sure about that.

If any of you have more knowledge on this “getting tickets” subject feel free to post your comments here. Thanks.


Some useful links

Online proxy services: Celga | Japonica Market | Japan Concert Tickets | Goody Japan | Shopping Service Japan | No Country For Tall Men Exports | Tenso
General tickets sale: ePlus | Pia
ReSellers: Yokohama Ticket | Gorakudoh | TicketCamp
Some more or less related guides: Buying tickets | Attending concerts & How to get tickets