Ayu attended the greeting session for her second 3D digital cinema concert "ayumi hamasaki Rock'n'Roll Circus Tour FINAL ~7days Special" premiere in Toho Roppongi Hills Cinemas, Tokyo, 31st August 2011. Ayu's appearance attracted about 600 fans to the venue and she surprised her fans by agreeing to take photos together with them. It was a rare move by Ayu to do so as she would usually decline such request, but since she has not done this in about 2 years outside her concert venue, she eventually gave an "OK" shortly after being persuaded by her fans and staffs.
Ayu thanked all her fans who attended and she said, "To all of us, it (the final 7-days concert) was the best 7 days we had
" and "You will cry no matter how many times you watch (the show), so please prepare a towel, for your tissue shall not be able to catch up with your tears
Several Japanese news sites seems to be putting an emphasis on Ayu where she was wearing a diamond engagement ring on her finger publicly for the first time, showing a sign of a successful marriage.
Check out these gorgeous photos of Ayu below! Via Barks
Full English translation of Cinematoday
report available via Misa-chan
and is reprinted as below.
Surprise: Hamasaki Ayumi says OK to fans taking photos! Face-to-face interactions with fans!
Popular song princess Hamasaki Ayumi, during a stage greeting session for her 2nd Full 3D Digital Cinema Concert 『Livespire「A3D II ayumi hamasaki Rock’n Roll Circus Tour FINAL ～7days Special～」』 at TOHO Cinemas Roppongi Hills on 31 August, interacted face-to-face with her fans and caused an uproar throughout the entire venue. Dressed in a flowing adult cocktail dress decorated with black lace, Hamasaki kept the fans spellbound with stories and recountings about the concert.
Popular among the younger generation not only as singer but also as fashion leader, a wave of cheering erupted the moment Hamasaki entered the venue. Surprisingly, Hamasaki gave fans the OK to take photos of her during the stage greeting session, causing excitement amongst the fans and a clamour to take photos of Hamasaki in her dressy fashion. Appearing touched by her fans’ passion, she waved and shook hands while smiling as she walked down the red carpet laid out specially for the event. She also revealed her cute side, as she talked about how she often could not replenish fluids during her show, so she really looked forward to her first drink after each concert. “I often look forward to finding out what my first drink after the concert will be, but recently I like having grape juice”, she revealed.
Initially scheduled to show from 9 April, the Eastern Japan Disaster resulted in a postponement of the cinema concert until now. Hamasaki herself was also very happy about the day’s premiere showing. “Thank you all for coming here today. This was a very special 7days concert for us, so we’re glad that it can be shown here for everyone to see,” she commented with deep feeling as she looked at everyone in the audience.
With regards to 7days, praised as the best concert in Hamasaki Ayumi history by fans, Hamasaki repeated that “We had never experienced something like those 7 days, so this was really a personal battle for all the band members, dancers, and of course the staff. They really worked hard these 7 days.” Following that, she continued “We did it because everyone was there for us!” Thanking her fans with a big smile, her joy was easy to see.
This movie is the 2nd chapter of Japan’s first real full 3D digital cinema concert, featuring Hamasaki Ayumi’s nationwide tour and using the latest movie-making technology to render in 3D. The concert held in Yoyogi Gymnasium in October 2010 is fully recorded in this 3D movie, and resurrected such as to give a feeling of being at the concert venue itself. The movie will also be shown in Hong Kong and Taiwan as well.
『Livespire「A3D II ayumi hamasaki Rock’n Roll Circus Tour FINAL ～7days Special～」』 will be showing in Shinjuku Wald 9 starting 3 September.
Update 2011-09-04: Barks.jp article (translation by Misa-chan).
Hamasaki Ayumi’s way of settling down after a concert: “Grape Juice” — 『A3D II』 Premiere Showing Session
The stage greeting and premiere showing for the 2nd chapter of Hamasaki Ayumi’s Full 3D Digital Cinema Concert 『A3D II ayumi hamasaki Rock’n Roll Circus Tour FINAL ～7days Special～』, in cinemas 3 September, took place on 31 August at TOHO Cinemas in Roppongi Hills. Hamasaki Ayumi made an appearance, together with 6 dancers.
The stage greeting event was initially scheduled only to take place at Shinjuku Wald 9. However, due to overwhelming participant response, an additional session was added at TOHO Cinemas in Roppongi Hills. The total capacity of both cinemas is 1,049, as opposed to a total of 4,900 applications received for the initial event at Shinjuku. (For the Roppongi event, tickets also sold out minutes after sales opened at midnight).
For this greeting session, the audience were in for a surprise, being told at the very start that they were allowed to take pictures of Hamasaki Ayumi freely. When Hamasaki Ayumi appeared at Roppongi’s event venue, all 644 fans gathered cheered altogether and started taking photos with their mobiles and cameras. ayu, though shocked by the screams, also took this chance to get close to the fans, stretching out her hand and happily posing for the cameras. The event proceeded just like an encore session during one of ayu’s lives, with ayu’s troupe and the ayu family, spent in harmonious atmosphere.
By the way, how is the normal Hamasaki Ayumi like? That was what the fans wanted to know. As if reading the fans’ thoughts, event host Souguchi Akihisa asked the dancers “What is Hamasaki Ayumi like?” Just as the dancers were about to answer, ayu looked at them with upturned eyes and commented that “I’m the type who will remember your answers.”, eliciting “so cute!” screams from the audience, and giving the dancers wordless pressure to think through their answers. The dancers, buckling under the pressure from ayu…… or rather, the atmosphere of the crowd, the dancers gave their answers one by one, sharing their perspectives as people who share a stage with Hamasaki Ayumi. “A person who doesn’t miss a single thing, no matter how small. She is very detailed. In a more important sense, a troupe leader who considers the worth of everything” (SUBARU), “Messing around when it’s time to have fun, but totally unforgiving of compromises when it comes to work. She is very human…… Heh.” (SHU-YA)
There was also a special session at the premiere event. The microphone was passed on to dancers ZIN and SUBARU (the latter was wearing a sash that read “Japan’s best emcee”), and they hosted the promised corner “I want to ask Hamasaki Ayumi this~!!” Normally a corner where Hamasaki Ayumi would answer questions posted in by fans, ayu had to answer questions posed by her dancers and performers this time.
Out of the various questions, one that stood out was the question “Do you like blazers or gakuran more?”. To this, ayu answered “I like blazers”, which elicited comments of “That’s unexpected!” from the crowd. Hearing this, ayu asked the audience what was unexpected about that, “Is it because I look like a delinquent?”, and received an answer that “Yes, that is just like Hamasaki Ayumi when she was a student”, and everyone laughed. Another question asked “What is the first thing you do after a concert to settle yourself?”. ayu answered that she drinks beverages after a concert to settle down, and that the beverages change all the time, a trivia tidbit that only ayu’s closest staff know about. She also revealed that recently, her preferred drink is “grape juice”, and that “it is surprising for me, because it’s such a cheap drink”.
The 2nd chapter of Hamasaki Ayumi’s Full 3D Digital Cinema Concert 『A3D II ayumi hamasaki Rock’n Roll Circus Tour FINAL ～7days Special～』 is a 3D rendition of the special 7days performance at National Yoyogi Gymnasium from Hamasaki Ayumi’s nationwide Arena Tour in 2010. All cinemas except Shinjuku Wald 9 will start showing it from 3 September.
“When I was arranging and producing this movie in LA’s movie theatre, I always cried no matter how many times I’ve watched it. So everyone, please prepare your towels. For those without towels, please borrow a corner of your neighbour’s towel. Please enjoy!” – Hamasaki Ayumi
Hamasaki Ayumi has released her latest mini-album 『FIVE』 on 31 August. This mini-album consists of 5 songs, including 「Why…」 featuring JYJ’s Junsu’s elder brother JUNO, and 「ANother song」 with guest vocal AAA’s Urata Naoya.