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Questions relating to Solferino

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Technically would like to move these to the Questions forum or going to see a live show, but apparently I can only move threads within a forum.

Let's see what happens....
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Glad you enjoyed Solferino, even if you weren't feeling well. :( I hope I'll get a chance to see it this weekend.

If Mizu continues performing after she retires, it's entirely possible that she'll have a new fan club. And lately most top stars have made it possible for foreigners to join their OG fan clubs. Don't give up yet!

~Jen

> I am back from Japan, Solferino was incredible.
> I was crying at least three different times (along with the ladies sitting to either side of me)
>
> There is only one thing....
>
> I missed seeing most of the performers arrive because I was sick all night before I went to the show.
> So I waited outside after they opened the doors...and I never saw tables set up for ticket distribution for the fanclubs....
> I could cry....I really want to join Mizu's fan club, even more now that I have seen her perform with my own eyes.
>
> I did at least get my courage up and drop off a gift for her (thank you for telling me where to go Caithion!)
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I am back from Japan, Solferino was incredible.
I was crying at least three different times (along with the ladies sitting to either side of me)

There is only one thing....

I missed seeing most of the performers arrive because I was sick all night before I went to the show.
So I waited outside after they opened the doors...and I never saw tables set up for ticket distribution for the fanclubs....
I could cry....I really want to join Mizu's fan club, even more now that I have seen her perform with my own eyes.

I did at least get my courage up and drop off a gift for her (thank you for telling me where to go Caithion!)


> > > > will the sign on the table have Mizu's name in Kanji or Roman lettering?
> > >
> > > Kanji.
> > >
> > > > Do you think any of the fan club personal behind the table will speak English?
> > >
> > > I would go in with the assumption of "no English". Even if some of them have it as a hobby, or remember a bit from high school, they might not be willing to use it, or might get too flustered to use it. Also, if you can't communicate at all in Japanese, they might consider that a reason not to have you in the club — someone who can't read the rules/information might not be what they want. (← This is totally worst case scenario, and I doubt it very much, but it's worth keeping in mind.) I'm not sure about Mizu's club, though, I don't know anything about them.
> > >
> > > Emergency phrase of the hour:
> > > 水さんのファンクラブに入会したいです。
> > > Mizu-san no fan club ni nyuukai shitai desu.
> > > I'd like to join Mizu's fan club.
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You are ALL Wonderful!!

Thank you so much.
I am so excited!
..now if I can just stop being so darn nervous (I am not scared! I swear, really...)

Thank you

> I don't know any staff member in Tokyo club unfortunately. I can only say Osaka club staff are very very nice people. Most of them don't speak English, but even for those who don't remember any English they've learned, they would make their very best effort to make sure you understand what they are trying to say. The Osaka club staff will likely go and help out in the Tokyo run. Also I've only heard good things about Tokyo staff, so I think it's quite likely that the Tokyo staff will follow this trend.
>
> Learn the phrase that Caithion taught you below, you should be fine. You are not the first non-japanese speaking person they deal with ;) However I would recommend working on your reading Japanese to at least understand the rules and newsletters, because there will be no English versions. Best of luck, do let us know your outcome with joining the club. I'm very curious to know ;)
>
> PS. check your pm ;)
>
> >
> > > will the sign on the table have Mizu's name in Kanji or Roman lettering?
> >
> > Kanji.
> >
> > > Do you think any of the fan club personal behind the table will speak English?
> >
> > I would go in with the assumption of "no English". Even if some of them have it as a hobby, or remember a bit from high school, they might not be willing to use it, or might get too flustered to use it. Also, if you can't communicate at all in Japanese, they might consider that a reason not to have you in the club — someone who can't read the rules/information might not be what they want. (← This is totally worst case scenario, and I doubt it very much, but it's worth keeping in mind.) I'm not sure about Mizu's club, though, I don't know anything about them.
> >
> > Emergency phrase of the hour:
> > 水さんのファンクラブに入会したいです。
> > Mizu-san no fan club ni nyuukai shitai desu.
> > I'd like to join Mizu's fan club.
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Not to yet further confuse anyone, but Touko would usually have TWO signs: the one with her name in kanji was for her "personal" tickets for her guests and the one with the club name was in romaji.

But I think you're safe if you just go up to any sign displaying Mizu's name in any language. ;)

Gen

> > will the sign on the table have Mizu's name in Kanji or Roman lettering?
>
> Kanji.
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I don't know any staff member in Tokyo club unfortunately. I can only say Osaka club staff are very very nice people. Most of them don't speak English, but even for those who don't remember any English they've learned, they would make their very best effort to make sure you understand what they are trying to say. The Osaka club staff will likely go and help out in the Tokyo run. Also I've only heard good things about Tokyo staff, so I think it's quite likely that the Tokyo staff will follow this trend.

Learn the phrase that Caithion taught you below, you should be fine. You are not the first non-japanese speaking person they deal with ;) However I would recommend working on your reading Japanese to at least understand the rules and newsletters, because there will be no English versions. Best of luck, do let us know your outcome with joining the club. I'm very curious to know ;)

PS. check your pm ;)

>
> > will the sign on the table have Mizu's name in Kanji or Roman lettering?
>
> Kanji.
>
> > Do you think any of the fan club personal behind the table will speak English?
>
> I would go in with the assumption of "no English". Even if some of them have it as a hobby, or remember a bit from high school, they might not be willing to use it, or might get too flustered to use it. Also, if you can't communicate at all in Japanese, they might consider that a reason not to have you in the club — someone who can't read the rules/information might not be what they want. (← This is totally worst case scenario, and I doubt it very much, but it's worth keeping in mind.) I'm not sure about Mizu's club, though, I don't know anything about them.
>
> Emergency phrase of the hour:
> 水さんのファンクラブに入会したいです。
> Mizu-san no fan club ni nyuukai shitai desu.
> I'd like to join Mizu's fan club.
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> will the sign on the table have Mizu's name in Kanji or Roman lettering?

Kanji.

> Do you think any of the fan club personal behind the table will speak English?

I would go in with the assumption of "no English". Even if some of them have it as a hobby, or remember a bit from high school, they might not be willing to use it, or might get too flustered to use it. Also, if you can't communicate at all in Japanese, they might consider that a reason not to have you in the club — someone who can't read the rules/information might not be what they want. (← This is totally worst case scenario, and I doubt it very much, but it's worth keeping in mind.) I'm not sure about Mizu's club, though, I don't know anything about them.

Emergency phrase of the hour:
水さんのファンクラブに入会したいです。
Mizu-san no fan club ni nyuukai shitai desu.
I'd like to join Mizu's fan club.
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I just thought of another question...

I know how to find fan club people...and when to when to look for.
will the sign on the table have Mizu's name in Kanji or Roman lettering?
Do you think any of the fan club personal behind the table will speak English?

I know that some of you that have answered before are the fan club, so hopefully you may have a clue about this.
I am working on Japanese, but I am still quite weak (unfortunately) and rather shy.

Thank you.

> Glad to help! :) Best of luck with Mizu's club.
>
> About what to wear — Whatever you're comfortable with. I've seen folks in T-shirts and jeans (albeit fashionable ones), and I've seen folks dressed up, and I've seen folks in kimono.
>
> I tend to wear fashionable but comfortable when Tsukigumi's in town, since I'm in the clothes and on my feet all day. For other troupes I go a bit more casual because I'm not worried about keeping up appearances. ;)
>
> > Thank you all so much for all the help.
> >
> > I am really getting psyched up for the trip now, and my ticket for the show should be here anyday.
> > I have copious notes written on when to get there and who to look for and what they should be wearing...
> > I am going to try to talk to them about joining Mizu-san's fan club, so please keep your fingers crossed for me that new member's are still being accepted.
> >
> > which as I copied them out made me think of one more question...what is appropriate attire for attending the show for those not in clubs?
> >
> > Thank you!
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Glad to help! :) Best of luck with Mizu's club.

About what to wear — Whatever you're comfortable with. I've seen folks in T-shirts and jeans (albeit fashionable ones), and I've seen folks dressed up, and I've seen folks in kimono.

I tend to wear fashionable but comfortable when Tsukigumi's in town, since I'm in the clothes and on my feet all day. For other troupes I go a bit more casual because I'm not worried about keeping up appearances. ;)

> Thank you all so much for all the help.
>
> I am really getting psyched up for the trip now, and my ticket for the show should be here anyday.
> I have copious notes written on when to get there and who to look for and what they should be wearing...
> I am going to try to talk to them about joining Mizu-san's fan club, so please keep your fingers crossed for me that new member's are still being accepted.
>
> which as I copied them out made me think of one more question...what is appropriate attire for attending the show for those not in clubs?
>
> Thank you!
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Thank you all so much for all the help.

I am really getting psyched up for the trip now, and my ticket for the show should be here anyday.
I have copious notes written on when to get there and who to look for and what they should be wearing...
I am going to try to talk to them about joining Mizu-san's fan club, so please keep your fingers crossed for me that new member's are still being accepted.

which as I copied them out made me think of one more question...what is appropriate attire for attending the show for those not in clubs?

Thank you!

> > How do you know the FC staff from the rest of the members?
> If you approach them at ticket distribution, they'll be the ones behind the tables, usually with the club wear on.
>
> >The Quatre Reves store at the theater, I know sells fan goods, but do they also sell DVDs of the different shows (ie past ones) If not, is the a store (not the online ones, I mean a physical store) that does?
> Yep, they do. There'll be shelves of empty DVD boxes and you can take them up to the register (or just ask at the register) for the one you want and they'll give it to you there. If it's an older show, you can also try Takarazuka-an near Yurakucho-eki, because they sell used DVDs and VHS for cheaper. There's a picture guide (in Japanese) for how to get to that store here:
> http://www.takarazuka-an.co.jp/shop_guide/new_shop/index.html
>
> Oh, and I'm not sure if you saw this, but there's also this guide on the wiki:
> http://www.takarazuka-revue.info/tiki-index.php?page=Takarazuka+Miscellany%3A+Stage+Door+and+Tea+Parties
> It was written by a Japanese girl writing for a Japanese audience, so I added some notes specific to foreigners, but hopefully it should still be helpful.
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> How do you know the FC staff from the rest of the members?
If you approach them at ticket distribution, they'll be the ones behind the tables, usually with the club wear on.

>The Quatre Reves store at the theater, I know sells fan goods, but do they also sell DVDs of the different shows (ie past ones) If not, is the a store (not the online ones, I mean a physical store) that does?
Yep, they do. There'll be shelves of empty DVD boxes and you can take them up to the register (or just ask at the register) for the one you want and they'll give it to you there. If it's an older show, you can also try Takarazuka-an near Yurakucho-eki, because they sell used DVDs and VHS for cheaper. There's a picture guide (in Japanese) for how to get to that store here:
http://www.takarazuka-an.co.jp/shop_guide/new_shop/index.html

Oh, and I'm not sure if you saw this, but there's also this guide on the wiki:
http://www.takarazuka-revue.info/tiki-index.php?page=Takarazuka+Miscellany%3A+Stage+Door+and+Tea+Parties
It was written by a Japanese girl writing for a Japanese audience, so I added some notes specific to foreigners, but hopefully it should still be helpful.
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How do you know the FC staff from the rest of the members?

Also, one other slightly off topic question.
The Quatre Reves store at the theater, I know sells fan goods, but do they also sell DVDs of the different shows (ie past ones) If not, is the a store (not the online ones, I mean a physical store) that does?

Thank you, you two have been wonderful.
I wish I could meet you both and give you enormous hugs.

> "I think once an actress announces retirement, her fan club will no longer take new members"
> I have friends who were in Wao Youka's old club and they said they were still taking new members up until the very end, because the club continued to exist after she retired. So depending on if she has plans for after Takarazuka or how much time they have left, it's worth a shot.
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"I think once an actress announces retirement, her fan club will no longer take new members"
I have friends who were in Wao Youka's old club and they said they were still taking new members up until the very end, because the club continued to exist after she retired. So depending on if she has plans for after Takarazuka or how much time they have left, it's worth a shot.
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Hmm... Mizu's club accepts overseas members, but I think once an actress announces retirement, her fan club will no longer take new members; of course I think it's always good to try as I am not 100% if Mizu's club is still accepting members. If you want to ask, I think you can ask after Mizu goes in, provided the FC staff don't seem to be busy. That's what I did anyway. You can ask during ticket distribution of course, better go when there are not too many members queuing for tickets...

> > Would it be inappropriate to try and talk to one of her fan club members about wanting to joing her fan club after Mizu has already arrived and gone in? (I think, perhaps, that may be more respectful than before...).
>
> After Mizu goes in the club will move away and might hectically engage in point-collecting and such. If you miss them then, it might be easier to talk to the staff when they are distributing tickets to club members. They usually do this starting about half an hour before each show, in front of the theater. You'll see some signs with Mizu's name on them.
>
> > It is something I would like very much to do, but, as I am sure you know, if difficult from her in the USA.
>
> Another way is to write a letter addressed to Mizu, and tell her you would like to join. This usually works in Japan; it's a bit more hit-and-miss for folks living abroad whether the fan club will send you the information if they've never seen you in person.
>
> > Also, I know the club member can/do not take pictures of the arriving stars, however, is it permissable for the rest of us?
>
> Absolutely. In fact, you'll be fighting for a good position with the rest of the "gallery". ;)
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> Would it be inappropriate to try and talk to one of her fan club members about wanting to joing her fan club after Mizu has already arrived and gone in? (I think, perhaps, that may be more respectful than before...).

After Mizu goes in the club will move away and might hectically engage in point-collecting and such. If you miss them then, it might be easier to talk to the staff when they are distributing tickets to club members. They usually do this starting about half an hour before each show, in front of the theater. You'll see some signs with Mizu's name on them.

> It is something I would like very much to do, but, as I am sure you know, if difficult from her in the USA.

Another way is to write a letter addressed to Mizu, and tell her you would like to join. This usually works in Japan; it's a bit more hit-and-miss for folks living abroad whether the fan club will send you the information if they've never seen you in person.

> Also, I know the club member can/do not take pictures of the arriving stars, however, is it permissable for the rest of us?

Absolutely. In fact, you'll be fighting for a good position with the rest of the "gallery". ;)
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Would it be inappropriate to try and talk to one of her fan club members about wanting to joing her fan club after Mizu has already arrived and gone in? (I think, perhaps, that may be more respectful than before...).

It is something I would like very much to do, but, as I am sure you know, if difficult from her in the USA.

Also, I know the club member can/do not take pictures of the arriving stars, however, is it permissable for the rest of us?


> > Can I add that if there are two shows that day, you would be better off arriving at about 8:30. Mizu usually comes in at around 8:45. If there is only one performance that day or if the first show starts at 1pm, it is usually 10:30, so better arrive 15 minutes earlier. Mizu and Yumiko usually comes in together ;) so if you see Mizu you will likely see Yumiko as well. The rest of the actresses usually come in earlier than Mizu and Yumiko if you would like to catch them
>
> Good advice! I'm never going to argue being early, just in case. XD But now that the show times on the weekends are moved back a half hour, she might be a bit later. :)
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> Can I add that if there are two shows that day, you would be better off arriving at about 8:30. Mizu usually comes in at around 8:45. If there is only one performance that day or if the first show starts at 1pm, it is usually 10:30, so better arrive 15 minutes earlier. Mizu and Yumiko usually comes in together ;) so if you see Mizu you will likely see Yumiko as well. The rest of the actresses usually come in earlier than Mizu and Yumiko if you would like to catch them

Good advice! I'm never going to argue being early, just in case. XD But now that the show times on the weekends are moved back a half hour, she might be a bit later. :)
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Can I add that if there are two shows that day, you would be better off arriving at about 8:30. Mizu usually comes in at around 8:45. If there is only one performance that day or if the first show starts at 1pm, it is usually 10:30, so better arrive 15 minutes earlier. Mizu and Yumiko usually comes in together ;) so if you see Mizu you will likely see Yumiko as well. The rest of the actresses usually come in earlier than Mizu and Yumiko if you would like to catch them

>
> > http://page3.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/c224977260
> > this is the link the auction for the ticket
> > I'll be buggered if I can tell where/what seat this is....can you tell me???
>
> It's first floor (1階), first row (1列). The seat number has been blocked out, which they often do to protect the privacy of the seller and the buyer, since scalping is frowned upon, but they say it's in the teens, which would put it on the left side of the audience seating.
>
> > Now I just have to make sure I arrive early enough and find the right group to watch to take Mizu-san's picture...
>
> For irimachi, her club will most likely be on the Chanter side of the street, across from the theater. According to the poster below, they'll have golden scarves. As a top star, she'll probably arrive in her car between 9:30 and 10:45. The only other star to arrive by car will probably be Yumiko, but I haven't gone to Yukigumi irimachi in a long time, so I don't know if Kimu arrives by car these days too.
>
> > Too bad you are working...It would be great to meet another Takarazuka fan
> > I will be in Tokyo the day before as well, but the tour has us doing sites for at least part of the day...and then on the Sunday we move to Kyoto....
>
> Ah, too bad, indeed. My 'weekend' is Sunday/Monday. But I'm sure you'll have a great time!
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> http://page3.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/c224977260
> this is the link the auction for the ticket
> I'll be buggered if I can tell where/what seat this is....can you tell me???

It's first floor (1階), first row (1列). The seat number has been blocked out, which they often do to protect the privacy of the seller and the buyer, since scalping is frowned upon, but they say it's in the teens, which would put it on the left side of the audience seating.

> Now I just have to make sure I arrive early enough and find the right group to watch to take Mizu-san's picture...

For irimachi, her club will most likely be on the Chanter side of the street, across from the theater. According to the poster below, they'll have golden scarves. As a top star, she'll probably arrive in her car between 9:30 and 10:45. The only other star to arrive by car will probably be Yumiko, but I haven't gone to Yukigumi irimachi in a long time, so I don't know if Kimu arrives by car these days too.

> Too bad you are working...It would be great to meet another Takarazuka fan
> I will be in Tokyo the day before as well, but the tour has us doing sites for at least part of the day...and then on the Sunday we move to Kyoto....

Ah, too bad, indeed. My 'weekend' is Sunday/Monday. But I'm sure you'll have a great time!
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>
Can I bug you with one more question...

http://page3.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/c224977260
this is the link the auction for the ticket
I'll be buggered if I can tell where/what seat this is....can you tell me???

Now I just have to make sure I arrive early enough and find the right group to watch to take Mizu-san's picture...

Thank you...

Too bad you are working...It would be great to meet another Takarazuka fan
I will be in Tokyo the day before as well, but the tour has us doing sites for at least part of the day...and then on the Sunday we move to Kyoto....

> > So if my research is correct there is an 11 (or it 1130) show and a 4pm show. If I go in between these, that would be the right time?
>
> Yes, so anytime between 11:30 AM and 7 PM that day should be quite safe. ;)
>
> > Good lord I hope there are some staff there that speak English, my Japanese is quite weak. I am hope I can at least find my seat.....
>
> The staff generally won't speak much English at you, I think. But there are quite a lot of diagrams of the seating area posted, and I'm sure they'll lead you, if you look confused. ;) 3rd floor has the entrances to the lower floor of the theater, 4th floor has the entrances to the balcony seats.
>
> http://kageki.hankyu.co.jp/english/tt_seat.html
>
> > I am going on a tour from 24 Mar to 31 Mar.
> > I plan to go to the show on 27 Mar.
>
> Ah, a Saturday. That's too bad, I have to work that day.
>
> > Umm..is there a difference between the two shows?
>
> The 4 PM show was a reserved show for TomonoKai members, but not all of the tickets sold in the club raffle, so then they opened it up to the general public as well to sell the rest. I think the only other difference will be which performers are more morning people, and which aren't. ;)
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> So if my research is correct there is an 11 (or it 1130) show and a 4pm show. If I go in between these, that would be the right time?

Yes, so anytime between 11:30 AM and 7 PM that day should be quite safe. ;)

> Good lord I hope there are some staff there that speak English, my Japanese is quite weak. I am hope I can at least find my seat.....

The staff generally won't speak much English at you, I think. But there are quite a lot of diagrams of the seating area posted, and I'm sure they'll lead you, if you look confused. ;) 3rd floor has the entrances to the lower floor of the theater, 4th floor has the entrances to the balcony seats.

http://kageki.hankyu.co.jp/english/tt_seat.html

> I am going on a tour from 24 Mar to 31 Mar.
> I plan to go to the show on 27 Mar.

Ah, a Saturday. That's too bad, I have to work that day.

> Umm..is there a difference between the two shows?

The 4 PM show was a reserved show for TomonoKai members, but not all of the tickets sold in the club raffle, so then they opened it up to the general public as well to sell the rest. I think the only other difference will be which performers are more morning people, and which aren't. ;)
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