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musicJAPANplus x w-inds.worldwide Song Tournament!

Published on September 30, 2012, by in Uncategorized.

The w-inds. worldwide staff have been hinting at something big coming up, and we’re proud to finally announce our collaborative project with musicJAPANplus!

Most foreign fans of Japanese music are familiar with musicJAPANplus as they are one of the few websites out there which strive to make information about Japanese music available in many languages. They have even conducted interviews with w-inds. in the past and have written numerous articles about their activities which can be found here: http://www.musicjapanplus.jp/artistdb/?action=writeup&artist_id=88

After she saw one of our previous video projects on YouTube, we were contacted by Yuki, one of the chief editors at musicJAPANplus. She said she was moved by the dedication of w-inds. fans around the world and our desire to one day see w-inds. be able to perform for us in many places. She made us a fantastic offer: not only will she feature the video we make for this project on the official musicJAPANplus YouTube channel, she said she will personally deliver the video and message to w-inds. and their agency.

Due to confidentiality, we can’t receive a direct response from w-inds. nor their agency about the project, but there is a 100% chance that they will see what we create. Chances like this do not come often, and it’s up to you guys to give it your all and prove to w-inds. and their agency that they have a reason to come play for you outside Japan.

THE PROJECT

The ultimate goal of this project is to make a video of w-inds. from around the world saying the lyrics to a w-inds. song in their own language. When the time comes, you will send an e-mail to our special project e-mail address and you will be assigned the lyrics to record in your video. The w-inds. worldwide staff will be able to provide you lyrics in Japanese, English, Thai, German, Spanish, Dutch, Vietnamese and Chinese.

HOW WE WILL DECIDE THE SONG

This is the fun part. We will hold a two part tournament. Round 1 will start on October 8th HAS STARTED: http://windsworldwide.com/?page_id=1557 HAS FINISHED. Fans will have one week to vote for their favorite songs. You’re free to get as many votes for your song as possible, and we encourage you to campaign for your cause through twitter, facebook, or whatever way you can imagine.

After Round 1 comes to a close, will then choose the top 5 songs from the list and have a second battle. The final decision will be made on October 15th at midnight Japan time. The winning song will be declared the Best w-inds. Song in the World and will be the song we all come together to perform for w-inds. UPDATE: ROUND 2 here!

PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THAT YOU ARE NOT REQUIRED TO SING. Just speaking the lyrics is okay. If you could say it to the melody of the song, that would be excellent. Since copyright rules state that we cannot use music for this video, it doesn’t really matter. Nobody compares to w-inds. performance-wise, so your smiling face saying the lyrics in your language is the only thing we care about seeing in the video.

We will announce the start of Round 1 and where to vote on twitter and facebook. More directions for the video will follow once the song is decided, but please keep in mind that the deadline for everything will be DECEMBER 1ST, 2012.

More than ever, it is imperative that we show our support in numbers. Not only do we want to leave a good impression on w-inds. and their agency, we want to show our appreciation to musicJAPANplus for their amazing kindness.

LET’S DO THIS!

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w-inds.worldwide Scavenger Hunt Contest!

Published on March 24, 2014, by in project.

We’re looking for traces of w-inds. all over the globe. Get out your cameras and photograph anything w-inds. related you can find in your city!

w-inds. in NYC
Found in NYC

We will be offering two prizes of $20 YESASIA gift certificates; one for the person who submits the most pictures, and one for the person whose picture receives the most “likes”.

Rules:

  1. All photographs must be uploaded to the “w-inds.worldwide Scavenger Hunt Contest” album in our facebook group. For the album itself, click here.
  2. Photographs must be related to w-inds. song/album titles, lyrics, or must be otherwise obvious to fellow w-inds. fans. This site is a good reference.
  3. The words in your photo don’t necessarily have to be in English/Japanese, but you should include a translation in your photo caption.
  4. While we encourage creativity, we hope that the actual w-inds. reference in your picture is naturally occurring (meaning that you didn’t make something and place it somewhere). That being said, if you and your friends want to recreate a scene from a PV in a place that looks similar in your town, we wouldn’t be against that at all. 
  5. Different people are allowed to submit a shot of the same landmark/place etc., it’s up to you to make your picture more interesting than any of the other submissions. Again, be creative!
  6. We encourage fans to get in the photo as well, but it’s not a requirement.
  7. There will be two prizes offered, however the same person cannot win both prizes.
  8. You are at the mercy of your fellow w-inds. fans, so be nice to each other!

The deadline will be APRIL 30TH.

Happy hunting!

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Happy 3rd Anniversary, w-inds. worldwide!

Published on July 5, 2013, by in w-inds. worldwide.

Happy 3rd Anniversary, w-inds. worldwide!

It’s been a Long Road to this Celebration, but we would like to Thank You for walking Hand in Hand with us. We’re so happy we were all able to Be As One and we could share our One Love with you Everyday. We hope you will Stay with us on this Journey as w-inds. becomes a Top of the World artist. The amount of gratitude we feel is More Than Words and we hope that you Don’t Give Up your dreams of seeing w-inds. SOMEHOW wherever you are because Nothing Is Impossible.

Best of my love,

w-inds.worldwide

Do you have some w-inds. song title “poetry” you’d like to share with us? We’d like to see your sweet, heartfelt, or even silly messages of support using the w-inds. song titles. We’ll share them on our twitter and facebook.

Looking forward to seeing your creativity!

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w-inds.worldwide Picture Project

Published on June 14, 2013, by in project.

Hi everyone!

I’m Eri, and I’m the Spanish translator for w-inds.worldwide. Some of you might know me from facebook or twitter, but for those of you that don’t I am a fairly new w-inds. fan compared to the rest of the staff. I live in Toronto now, and like most of you, I share the dream of seeing w-inds. live one day.

I came up with this project along with the other staff members with the aim to show our support for the boys in their individual promotions. It’s a fun and easy way for us fans to get together once again and show the boys that we support what they do no matter what. We want to emphasize that we are “w-inds.” fans and therefore we are fans of “Ryohei, Keita and Ryuichi.”

Here are the instructions/rules:

 

1. Take the logo you see above and place it on a setting that represents your culture or where you are from. Be creative! For example you can print it and temporarily place it on a sign or monument that represents your country/culture. Or maybe make a t-shirt with the logo and wear it on a place that is popular in your hometown. Anything you feel like doing!

2. Take a picture of the logo at the setting you choose. Please keep it PG!!!

3. Send the picture or pictures to eri_0301@windsworldwide.com

We will be tweeting the pictures, for as long as they keep coming, on our Twitter account @windsworldwide.

We hope that this is a simple project where everyone can take a couple of minutes to show their love and support! Feel free to ask me any questions through the above email or my Twitter account @Eri_0301. Thank you.

“Otsukaresama desu.”

エリ

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KEITA “Side by Side” EXCLUSIVE EVENT and SPECIAL STAGE Details

Published on April 9, 2013, by in Uncategorized.

KEITA 1st ALBUM “Side by Side” Advance Listening Party & TALK SHOW & Handshake Event “Side by Side” EXCLUSIVE EVENT

To celebrate the release of KEITA’s first album “Side by Side” on June 5th, “Side by Side” EXCLUSIVE EVENTs have been announced. These events will give fans a chance to get an early taste of the new album!

Quick information:

The events will be held at four venues.

NAGOYA
May 11, 2013 (Sat.)
Zepp Nagoya

TOKYO
May 18, 2013 (Sat.)
Yamano Hall

FUKUOKA
May 19, 2013 (Sun.)
IMS HALL

OSAKA
May 25, 2013 (Sat.)
L THEATER

The format will be as follows:

TOKYO/OSAKA

[1st Round] Talk and Handshake Event
OPEN: 12:00 START: 13:00
(Pick up your tickets by 13:30.
Tickets can be picked up starting at 10:00.)

[2nd Round] Handshake Only
GATHER: 15:00 START: 16:00
(Pick up your tickets by 17:00.
Tickets can be picked up starting at 12:30.)

NAGOYA/FUKUOKA

[1st Round] Talk and Handshake Event
OPEN: 12:00 START: 13:00
(Pick up your tickets by 13:30.
Tickets can be picked up starting at 10:00.)

[2nd Round] Handshake Only
GATHER: 14:00 START: 15:00
(Pick up your tickets by 16:00.
Tickets can be picked up starting at 12:00.)

If you go to multiple rounds or have multiple tickets, you can pick them all up at once.

Schedule is subject to change without notice.

HOW TO GET TICKETS

Tickets for these events will be available through Chara-ani Chance (http://ch.chara-ani.com/).

You will need to make an account. It is only in Japanese. You will need a Japanese mailing address.

To apply for a 1st ROUND ticket, you will need to place an order for “Side by Side” CD+DVD version. (3500 yen)

To apply for a 2nd ROUND (handshake only) ticket, you will need to place an order for “Side by Side” CD ONLY edition. (3000 yen)

You can apply for one 1st ROUND ticket per venue.

You can apply for up to 20 2nd ROUND tickets per venue, but you will have to pay for each CD you hit for, so please be careful. (Example: if you apply for 10 tickets and hit for all of them, you will have to pay 30,000 yen.)

You do not have to pay if you do not hit in the lottery.

Payment can be done by credit card, convenience store payment or Pay Easy. You can choose your payment option after hitting.

There will be two lotteries.

FIRST LOTTERY

Start: Apr. 9, 2013 (Tues) 16:00
End: Apr. 15, 2013 (Mon) 14:00
Results will be sent to your e-mail or viewable online after 15:00 on Apr. 15.

SECOND LOTTERY

Start: Apr. 23, 2013 (Tues) 15:00
End: Apr. 25, 2013 (Thurs) 14:00
Results will be sent to your e-mail or viewable online after 15:00 on Apr. 25.

NOTICE: These CDs will not come with ticket for the “Side by Side” SPECIAL STAGE events to be held on June 8th in Tokyo and June 9th in Osaka.

There will be an additional 500 yen fee for shipping.

The CDs will be shipped out on June 5th.











KEITA 1st Album “Side by Side” Release Event Mini Live and Handshake Event “SPECIAL STAGE” in Tokyo and Osaka

There will be release events for “Side by Side” held in Tokyo and Osaka.

TOKYO
June 8th, 2013 (Sat.)
START: 14:00
Tokyo Dome City Laqua Garden Stage

OSAKA
June 9th, 2013 (Sun.)
START: 14:00
Abeno Market Park Q’s MALL

In each copy of “Side by Side” (exclusing the ones bought for the EXCLUSIVE EVENT through Chara-ani Chance) there will be Event Tickets.

You can trade these in for numbered tickets/handshake tickets at each venue.

Tokyo: starting from 9:00.

Osaka: starting from 10:05.

You can watch the concert for free (without buying a CD) but access to the priority viewing area or handshaking will require a ticket from the venue.

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Project AM – Thank you!!

Published on March 16, 2013, by in Uncategorized.

Melissa’s Message

Wow. This got long.

Thank you so much to everyone who helped work on this video. To say I’m surprised would be an understatement. If I can get personal here, I had a really long and emotionally exhausting day at work, saying goodbye to some of my students and feeling worn out beyond measure; watching this video when I got home really, really helped me feel better, even if I was crying through it. I’d blame my hay fever but it’s really just that I’m soft!

Life in Japan has been full of ups and downs, but I wouldn’t have traded these years for anything! w-inds. worldwide was a HUGE part of my time here, sometimes much more of a time (and heart!) consuming job than my actual paid one, but it made me so happy.

I’ll always remember being a university student in upstate New York, lying on my crappy dorm mattress and praying with all of my might to one day have the chance to see a single, solitary w-inds. concert. I didn’t care if it was in a venue the size of a football field and my seat was in the deep back — just to be in the same space as these three guys would have been enough. Back then, the Internet fandom was sprawled all around, and, if I can be really honest, I never felt like I belonged in any of the existing fan spaces. Actually, the place I felt most comfortable was a Thai BBS, even though all I could understand were the few English words and the merry “555555” chains. Ash was my main w-inds. friend and my other fandom friends were almost entirely local. It’s so funny to think about that now, but it was true… almost every single one of my friends who liked w-inds. lived in either New York or the Northeast US.

And w-inds. themselves felt half a world away — in part because, well, they were. They blogged sometimes, and I remember once being so happy to get the “first” comment on an entry Ryuichi made, likely about his owl pooping on his sofa or something like that, but for the most part, I had no real idea what was happening with w-inds. and had no real network of people to enjoy them with. The few “goods” I had were knockoffs from China Town and even though I often dreamed about somehow finding enough money to get on a plane and hop to Japan for their summer tours, these plans always stopped short because I had no idea how I’d even go about getting a concert ticket once I made it there.

I worked hard to come to Japan after graduating, and I’ll always remember my first w-inds. concert. It was during the Seventh Ave. tour in Kobe. My seat was in the back of the third floor, and w-inds. themselves looked more like tiny action figures than real flesh-and-blood people, but I could just feel the years of love and gratitude rushing through my veins as I watched them dance and sing. At that moment, I was hooked.

With w-inds. worldwide, it has always been my hope to let other people have the same feeling. I won’t lie and say it wasn’t difficult or stressful at times; ticket lottery time was always hard, especially with trying to find Japanese fans willing to ballot for the fans we ran out of ballots for, and you’re all aware of how terrible I was at sending goods orders out on time — but when I saw fans flushed with excitement after a great show or got happy messages from people halfway across the world about their t-shirts or pamphlets finally making it to their hands, I could feel nothing but happiness. And to think — that my fandom circle, once isolated to the upper right corner of the US, now spreads to almost every continent! (Does anyone want to move to Antarctica and make it all seven?)

And not just this — to know that the members of w-inds. know about all of you through our video projects and other projects is just so amazing to me. The Internet has really made the world smaller, and the kindness w-inds. has shown in accepting our messages has blown me away. I would have never thought, holed up in my concrete university in NY, that one day I’d be working on videos that Ryuichi himself would comment on. I never thought that one day I’d hear Keita say things about wanting to go worldwide and perform in countries even outside of Asia (this has been a huge theme of his solo, and one of the reasons I urge all of you, even the non-KT fans, to please support him). I never thought I’d hear Ryohei say in MCs that he was studying English for his “future”. While I can’t say that w-inds. worldwide has caused some of these changes, I can say that we certainly were a catalyst, and I hope you can all be proud of that.

Ash and I were lucky enough to go to the 10th anniversary concert on 4/28/2011. Do you remember how almost the entire show was broadcast on the Internet for everyone to watch? The last song they performed was “THANK YOU” and something I’ll never forget is how it felt to look up at the screens above their heads and realize that “thank you” was being spelled out in many different languages — not just Japanese. That thank you was for all of you.

I don’t know so many different languages, but if I did, I’d thank all of you in all of them. It warms my heart when people refer to w-inds. worldwide as a family. I certainly hope that you can feel that way. Like all families, there are sometimes fights, disagreements, misunderstandings, and heartache; with a family this size and spanning so many countries and cultures, this is almost certain to be the case! But whether you are a fan who participates in all projects or a fan who has never said a word but just quietly sat on the sidelines observing, I deeply appreciate you being here. We are family. Thank you so much.

Sincerely Yours With All My Heart,
Melissa

Ash’s Message

Project AM participants and www,

Firstly, thank you guys so much! I don’t have the words to express how much this video means to me. I also had no idea you were planning something like this. It’s really hard to surprise me, but you guys managed to sneak one by me somehow! I know things like this take a lot of time and patience, so thanks so much for going through all that just for us.

In light of recent incidents, I actually felt quite defeated about my work with w-inds.worldwide. I’m not the sort of person to think about the sort of things she has really accomplished, instead I dwell on mistakes or imperfections and it really makes it hard to see the big picture. I’m my own worst critic, and when I feel I’m doing the best I can and my best isn’t good enough for some people, it’s just a terrible, terrible feeling. “Behind the scenes” of www, there were a lot of tough times where I totally bit off way more than I could chew, but I somehow managed with Melissa at my side to do it pretty well anyway. It’s kind of weird, but I gained a ton of communication and management skills that will probably help me in future jobs. And to be honest, even if it was stressful, I really enjoyed doing it because of you good people and because w-inds. are the best.

All I wanted to accomplish with w-inds.worldwide was a feeling that people could come together to celebrate something we all love despite differences in culture. I can happily say that we managed to build that community together. In the past, there were places scattered around the internet for international fans such as feel-the-fate, feel to w-inds., and baidu, which were all essential in growing our love of w-inds. as a fandom, but there wasn’t really any one place that united us before, so I’m glad that we were able to fill that void.

I’m thrilled we got the chance to help people actually come see w-inds. themselves. All the late, late nights communicating with fans and organizing tickets were well rewarded by the smiles and tears long-time fans had after seeing w-inds. in person for the first time. It’s a feeling that many Japanese fans will probably never understand and I was so pleased to be able to help people make their dreams come true. It’s probably one of the best feelings I’ve ever had in my life.

I’m also glad by some happy coincidence our message was able to be heard by w-inds. themselves. Not only did it solve the problem of foreign fans feeling completely out of touch with what was going on in the world of w-inds., but it created a direct connection. I think knowing that there are a lot of people outside of Japan that really love their music was a positive thing for w-inds. too. Hopefully they could see that they weren’t limited by their circumstances here and it encouraged them to expand their horizons as artists. We as fans went from having to wait for the summer tour DVD to come out to getting facebook updates (IN ENGLISH) in just a few years. How cool is that?

On a personal note, a lot of the friends I made early on through w-inds.worldwide were mostly quite young girls and I’ve really enjoyed seeing you mature and blossom into smart, internationally-minded young women over the last few years. Though we came together because of w-inds., we’ll continue on as family. I’m really, really proud of you all and all of your accomplishments. I hope that, if nothing else, our journey to Japan and our experiences here have shown that even when the odds are really against you, if you stay positive and passionate about something, you can make your dreams come true (no matter how crazy they may seem).

Keep in touch, guys!

Love always,

Ash

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KEITA Slide ‘n’ Step giveaway

Published on March 12, 2013, by in Uncategorized.

We’re giving away all three copies of KEITA’s “Slide ‘n’ Step” single!

http://i.imgur.com/augcrrz.jpg

These copies are unopened, and we will give them ALL to ONE lucky person.

Here are the rules:

1) Send an e-mail to giveaway@windsworldwide.com with your NAME and COUNTRY by March 19th 12:00am Japan time.
2) Please only send ONE e-mail, if we find duplicates, you will be disqualified.
3) Ideally, we would like to give these to fans around the world who cannot access Japanese music easily, so if you already have the single, please let others try.
4) We will use a random number generator to choose the winner based on the number of e-mails we receive. E-mails received after the deadline will not count.
5) Once you are selected, we will e-mail you asking for your address. We will also announce the winner on our @KEITAworldwide twitter account.
6) We will be paying for shipping, but we will not be paying for any special insurance on the package, so if you have problems with the postal service in your country, beware.

If anyone has difficulties or disagreements with these rules, please feel free not to participate.

Good luck to all!

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Changes to w-inds.worldwide

Published on February 27, 2013, by in Uncategorized.

In anticipation of our return to the US this summer, we have decided to turn w-inds.worldwide into an information source only, and primarily in English. From 2013, we will no longer be assisting fans with buying tickets or merchandise. Upon returning to the US we may or may not take down this website itself. We will continue to update our twitter with any major w-inds.-related news, and the facebook group will remain as it is now. We will also be keeping tabs on the members of w-inds. as they pursue their individual career goals. If you’re interested, you can follow our member-related twitter accounts.

Ryohei – @RYOworldwide
Keita – @KEITAworldwide
Ryuichi – @RYUworldwide

Facebook group – http://www.facebook.com/groups/windsworldwide/

We’d like to thank our staff for their incredibly hard work that they did out of the goodness of their hearts and because of their love for w-inds. We’d also like to thank all you FANS for your support over the years. We enjoyed meeting so many people and having the chance to share our love of w-inds. and their music with people all around the world. We hope that we made the distance between you all feel a little smaller. Good luck to you all – and to w-inds., too!

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KEITA “Slide ‘n’ Step” SOLO PROJECT PREMIUM SHOW CASE SAME DAY RESERVATION AND ENTRY TICKETS

Published on December 18, 2012, by in Uncategorized.

Quick translation from KEITA’s official homepage — same day tickets will be available for the showcases, for anyone who missed the initial online reservation!

KEITA “Slide ‘n’ Step” SOLO PROJECT PREMIUM SHOW CASE SAME DAY RESERVATION AND ENTRY TICKETS

This is about how to reserve KEITA’s single “Slide ‘n’ Step” (to be released February 20, 2013) on the day of the PREMIUM SHOW CASE to be allowed admission. (If you already reserved your copies previously, you do not need to do this; this is for people who missed the initial drawing and/or want to attend more events.)

INFORMATION

Date: December 23, 2012
Venue: SHIBUYA AX

Times:
[1st Event] Mini Live and Handshake Event/OPEN 12:00 START 13:00 (LAST ENTRY INTO VENUE: 15:00)
[2nd Event] Mini Live and Handshake Event/OPEN 16:30 START 17:30 (LAST ENTRY INTO VENUE: 19:30)
[3rd Event] Handshake Event Only/MEET 19:30 START 20:00 (LAST ENTRY INTO VENUE: 20:30)

This schedule is subject to change. Please be aware of this. Any changes will be announced on KEITA’s Official Site and KEITA’s Official Facebook.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE IN THE EVENT

The CD reservation booth will begin at 10:00 AM.

If you wish to attend the event, you can reserve your copies of “Slide ‘n’ Step” then.

The tickets will be given to you at that time. There is a limited number of single reservations available, however, and reservations will be closed once that number is reached.

The CDs will all be shipped at a later date.

ABOUT RESERVATION

Each person can reserve one copy of sets 1, 2, and 3 in one application.

Sets 1 and 2 are limited to one per person.

Only set 3 (handshake event only) can you reserve extra tickets for even if you already reserved it through the previous website application process.

Please be aware that set 3 will ship separately from sets 1 and 2 and will hence require extra shipping.

SET DETAILS

SET 1: KEITA “Slide’n’Step” SOLO PROJECT PREMIUM SHOWCASE Ticket Attached 3 CD Set (First Editions A, B and Regular Edition)
SPECIAL: SOLO PROJECT PREMIUM SHOW CASE 1st EVENT TICKET (1 ticket)
PRICE: 4,000 yen
RELEASE DATE: Feb. 20, 2013
ONE SET PER CUSTOMER

SET 2: KEITA “Slide’n’Step” SOLO PROJECT PREMIUM SHOWCASE Ticket Attached 3 CD Set (First Editions A, B and Regular Edition)
SPECIAL: SOLO PROJECT PREMIUM SHOW CASE 2nd EVENT TICKET (1 ticket)
PRICE: 4,000 yen
RELEASE DATE: Feb. 20, 2013
ONE SET PER CUSTOMER

SET 3: KEITA “Slide’n’Step” SOLO PROJECT PREMIUM SHOWCASE Handshake Ticket Attached CD Set (Regular Edition Only)
SPECIAL: SOLO PROJECT PREMIUM SHOW CASE 3rd EVENT TICKET (1 ticket)
PRICE: 1,000 yen
RELEASE DATE: Feb. 20, 2013

SHIPPING: 500 yen

NOTE: There are also release events and handshake events planned in February. These sets WILL NOT INCLUDE tickets for these. Please be aware of this.

SETS 1 AND 2 include 3 CDs and one showcase/handshake ticket each.

EACH SET 3 includes 1 handshake ticket.

Each handshake ticket can be used for one handshake.

You cannot cancel orders once they are made, even in the event that you are unable to attend.

ABOUT ENTRY

Same day reservatons will be allowed in AFTER website reservations.

Entry to the 1st and 2nd events will be done in order of numbered tickets. These numbers will be assigned randomly, not first come first serve.

If you arrive late, your number will become void and you will enter in after the place you would have had.

Reservations will be taken up to ten minutes before the start of the event.

If you apply for more than one event, all tickets will be given to you at one time.

It is strictly prohibited to purchase tickets with the intent of selling them.

You may not cancel or change your orders after having made them.

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KEITA “Slide’n’Step” SOLO PROJECT PREMIUM SHOW CASE ANNOUNCED!

Published on December 7, 2012, by in Uncategorized.

SOURCE: http://keita-official.tv/showcase/121207.html

[NOTE] THIS IS A ROUGH TRANSLATION. If you have any questions, please comment and I’ll see if I can answer them. – Melissa

It’s been decided that a SOLO PROJECT PREMIUM SHOW CASE will be held for KEITA’s single “Slide’n’Step” (due out on February 20th).

If you want to participate in the SOLO PROJECT PREMIUM SHOW CASE, you must apply for a ticket through the lottery site Chara-ani Chansu (http://ch.chara-ani.com). It will be a lottery; if you hit for a ticket, you are responsible for making a payment.

If you do not have a Chara-ani Chance account, please read the rules on their website here and register as a member first.

EVENT DETAILS:

DATE: December 23, 2012 (Sunday/Holiday)
PLACE: SHIBUYA AX
TIMES:
[1st Event] Mini Live and Handshake Event/OPEN 12:00 START 13:00 (LAST ENTRY INTO VENUE: 15:00)
[2nd Event] Mini Live and Handshake Event/OPEN 16:30 START 17:30 (LAST ENTRY INTO VENUE: 19:30)
[3rd Event] Handshake Event Only/MEET 19:30 START 20:00 (LAST ENTRY INTO VENUE: 20:30)

Event tickets will start being passed out at:

[1st Event] 8:30
[2nd Event] 12:00
[3rd Event] 15:00

These times are all subject to change. Changes will be announced on KEITA’s official site and KEITA’s official Facebook.

DETAILS ON HOW TO APPLY

If you wish to attend the event, please apply via the Chara-Ani site. It will be done in a lottery. If you hit for a ticket, you must make your payment.

NOTE: Tickets will be handed out the day of the event. Please confirm the details before purchase. The CDs will be sent after release.

HOW TO BUY
Chara-Ani’s Site: http://ch.chara-ani.com
Chara-Ani’s Member Rules: https://ch.chara-ani.com/member_rule.aspx

LOTTERY APPLICATION SCHEDULE
APPLICATION: Dec. 11, 2012 16:00 to Dec. 13, 2012 15:00
RESULTS: After 16:00 on December 13, 2012, results of the lottery will be sent to your mail or viewable on the member’s website
APPLICATION RESTRICTIONS: You may only apply for each show (1st/2nd/3rd) once.
You may only buy one set each of sets 1 and 2. Even if you buy more sets, it won’t mean you have more chances in the lottery. (You may, however, hit for both the 1st and 2nd show.) You may buy up to three copies of set 3.

NOTE: Set 3 will be sent and handled seperately from the others and will require a separate transaction. Hence, if you hit for and buy both sets 1/2 and set 3, you will have to pay for two sets of postage. We apologise for this inconvenience.

SET DETAILS

SET 1: KEITA “Slide’n’Step” SOLO PROJECT PREMIUM SHOWCASE Ticket Attached 3 CD Set (First Editions A, B and Regular Edition)
SPECIAL: SOLO PROJECT PREMIUM SHOW CASE 1st EVENT TICKET (1 ticket)
PRICE: 4,000 yen
RELEASE DATE: Feb. 20, 2013
ONE SET PER CUSTOMER

SET 2: KEITA “Slide’n’Step” SOLO PROJECT PREMIUM SHOWCASE Ticket Attached 3 CD Set (First Editions A, B and Regular Edition)
SPECIAL: SOLO PROJECT PREMIUM SHOW CASE 2nd EVENT TICKET (1 ticket)
PRICE: 4,000 yen
RELEASE DATE: Feb. 20, 2013
ONE SET PER CUSTOMER

SET 3: KEITA “Slide’n’Step” SOLO PROJECT PREMIUM SHOWCASE Handshake Ticket Attached CD Set (Regular Edition Only)
SPECIAL: SOLO PROJECT PREMIUM SHOW CASE 3rd EVENT TICKET (1 ticket)
PRICE: 1,000 yen
RELEASE DATE: Feb. 20, 2013
UP TO 3 SETS PER CUSTOMER

PAYMENT METHODS: Credit card, convenience store, Pay Easy (After hitting, please choose your payment method on the site.)
SHIPPING: 500 yen
SHIPMENT DATE: Feb. 20, 2013 (Planned)

NOTE: There are also release events and handshake events planned in February. These sets WILL NOT INCLUDE tickets for these. Please be aware of this.

PLEASE CHOOSE WHICH EVENT(S) YOU WISH TO ATTEND

  • With purchase of sets 1 or 2, you may get one ticket for each respectively.
  • With purchase of set 3, you may get one ticket per CD bought. (MAX 3)
  • You may exchange one ticket for one handshake.

YOU CANNOT CANCEL YOUR ORDER AFTER PURCHASE.
YOU CANNOT CANCEL IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO ATTEND.

ABOUT GETTING THE TICKET
In order to confirm your identity, you must bring something from groups 1 and 2 below:

1: CONFIRMATION OF IDENTITY
Your identity will be checked the day of the event. Please bring one of the following. COPIES NOT ALLOWED.
1) Passport 2) Driver’s Liscence 3) A Student ID With Photo 4) Registration Card 5) Physical Disability Certificate 6) Foreigner Registration Card 7) Insurance Card 8 ) Residence Card 9) Copy of Family Registry 10) Abstract of Family Registry 11) Certificate of Registered Seal 12) Pension Book
If you do not bring one of the above, you will not be allowed in even if you have the winning mail.
If you are not certain of the type of ID you have, please contact us before, or bring two things that show your name and address.

2: ONE OF THE FOLLOWING
a) If you paid by credit card: show your confirmation of payment on your phone screen, or print it out
b) If you paid by convenience store or Pay Easy: show your confirmation of payment mail on your phone or print it out
c) Log into Chara-ani on your phone and show us your order confirmation, or print it out
d) If you cannot bring one of the above, please write down the ID given to you in the mail and tell us.

Admission to events 1 and 2 will be in order of the numbers on the tickets. The tickets will be handed out in a random order.

If you are going to many events, you only need to pick up your tickets once.

Please come to pick up your tickets at least 10 minutes before the start of the show.

Your number will become void after the show begins. You may end up coming in after your printed number in this case.

NOTES:

You may apply for both sets 1 and 2 together, but it’s possible you may not hit for both.

You may apply for up to three sets of set 3, but you may not hit for all three.

If you do not hit for a ticket, your ordered will be cancelled.

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Bunka Tsushin Article Translation Regarding KEITA’s Solo

Published on November 27, 2012, by in Uncategorized.

Bunka Tsushin had a very interesting little article about KEITA’s solo project, so I did a quick translation. There may be errors, but the general ideas are all intact.

EDIT: The author of the original article retracted his statement regarding Justin Bieber; KEITA actually said Justin Timberlake, not Bieber. The translation has been edited to reflect this.

Article Link

w-inds. Tachibana Keita Begins Solo as KEITA. His Goal: Surpass J. Timberlake

Keita Tachibana, main vocalist of the 3 man dance vocal unit w-inds., has begun a solo project under the name KEITA. I attended his showcase on the 26th in Tokyo. Starting with his single “Slide’n’step” to be released on February 20th, he aims to use his singing and dancing to become an R&B singer of a world level standard. When asked about his ultimate aim, he cited the names of artists like Justin Timberlake, saying “I want to try my best to make my way to that level.”

w-inds. is already famous all around Asia, so on this day, overseas media also appeared. “I’m happy,” he said with a huge grin. “I want to flap my wings and soar into the world.” In addition, many domestic media and entertainment related people also attended the event, in which he performed “Slide’n’step” and “Thinking of You.” With his masterclass performance, he made a huge impression not as Keita Tachibana but as KEITA.

He’d been planning a solo project for about a year. He prepared the lyrics and the choreography by himself, and said “I want to open up more and more of my abilities. I want to use images during my concerts, try and add different entertaining elements to my work, and collaborate with different artists.” His ideal is boundless. He also stated “I want to work as a new artist, exploring and searching for new stimuli everywhere.”

In the world of show business, he is known for his beautiful muscles, but he refused to show them this day. Addressing his fans, he promised “I am going to pull out all the stops in this music video.” In regards to w-inds., he said they’d resume activities by the end of next year.