Journeyed down to Woodlands with the rest of the girls to EOY 2010 at RP this weekend! Having not prepared a costume this year, our main aim to going down was to catch the Lolita Fashion Runway so we planned on coming a bit later in the day. We paid S$16 for our tickets, which was the most I have ever paid for any EOY ticket in the last 8 years! There seemed to be less people this year, but it could be due to to us coming quite late in the day so I can’t really judge for sure!
Little Bears Cafe at EOY 2010, Photo by Shu ♥
Steph and I came (fashionably) late, having been held back a while by Dance Central and dressing up in her Magical Dressing Room earlier that day. I originally planned on wearing my Milky Berry JSK, but I couldn’t say no when Steph generously offered to let me wear her lovely Little Bear’s Cafe JSK! I lovelove this series, and I’d definitely consider owning a piece of it myself (:
But anyway, what I really wanted to blog about isn’t so much about the runway or the attendance. Basically, during one of the performances, one of the audience members in the front got really into the song and stood up and did wotagei! However, he and a few others who were up on their feet jumping and dancing to the song were told by staff to sit back down in their seats. I was late, so I missed seeing this in person, but the girls did take a video of it, so I have seen this in action at least on video.
If you are not familiar with Wotagei, it is basically a sets of dance moves and chants that fans in japan do to show their support and appreciation during their idol’s song. Here’s a class example of Wotagei done in Japan to Mikitty’s (Hello!Project Artiste) Romantic Ukare Mode:
As an innocent bystander I do think it is a little strange and scary to see Wotagei being actually done in real life, but at the same time, I feel that it is a little unfair for the poor guy who was obviously really into the performance enough to wotagei it up by himself to be told to sit back down! I mean, when I’m at a gig and there’s a song I love that comes on, I’m definitely up on my feet dancing to it! So I think it is quite a bit of a downer to be told to sit back down. Plus, EOY is meant to be a platform for Japanese culture and I think that Wotagei is a big part of otaku culture and should not neccessarily be out of place at such an event.
Anyways, Wotagei aside, I didn’t get to see many people during the event having come so late! I managed to see a few of the Runway participants in their coordinates and chat with them as I haven’t been to any meets in ages! I also caught some of Danceroid’s performance (which some of the audience had to dance along in their seats)! The two girls were very cute and have a lot of energy and spunk into their dance so I quite liked it!
After a full exciting weekend full of events and activities, I’m completely knackered. EOY is the last event I’ll be going to this year, so here’s to more exciting events in the next year!