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#12 “The Greatest Day of My Life” – Voices of the Fans That Gathered from all Around the World to see Morning Musume。’14 Live in New York(3/3)

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“Tomorrow will be the greatest day of my life.”
This is what the group told me the day before the concert and I understand how they feel completely.
I asked them if their love of Japanese idols has changed their lives in any way.
“I’ve made friends all over the world.”
“I can now speak Japanese.”
For an American/Canadian couple there, it was communication like this that led to their marriage.
I made a lot of young American friends during my trip to New York and also had a few nostalgic reunions. There was one Japanese woman currently living in America who I saw for the first time in more than 10 years. She’s a Morning Musume。fan and often reads my articles, but back then I had no interest in idols, so she seemed to doubt whether I was actually the same person. It was a surprise reunion for me too when she came up and spoke to me after the show.

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Overjoyed fans at the handshake session.


You just never know who you might meet. That’s what I kept in mind as I headed out to New York, but there were far more wonderful encounters than I imagined. The Ai Takahashi-led “platinum era” Morning Musume。I met in 2010 changed my life in a big way, but as New York has shown me, the current Morning Musume。’14 have taken the group to new heights and my expectations for Morning Musume。’15 are even higher still.

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