Heya everyone, I’m not sure how many readers I have anymore, but maybe around 10 people who do comment :). In any case, what I want to show everyone today is my ticket and share how hard it was to buy the darn thing. I have tickets to go to see Yuki Kajiura and her small army of Fiction Junctions live! Don’t know who she is? Hit the jump for more!
Just a short introduction. Yuki Kajiura is a producer/composer for a number of anime including the amazing soundtracks of Hack Sign, Noir, Mai Hime, Tsubasa Chronicle and more. She’s perhaps more famous for her collaborations with singers that are named FictionJunction. These include FictionJunction Yuuka, Asuka, Keiko, Wakana, and Kaori. Recently, she’s probably most famous for her work with Wakana, Keiko, and two other singers in a group known as Kalafina that does work on Kara no Kyoukai.
Kalafina won’t be at the concert, but all the FictionJunctions will! Can’t wait!
How to Actually Get Concert Tickets in Japan
First of all, if you don’t at least have a tiny working knowledge of Japanese I suggest you give up already :P, sorry. Usually, Japanese concerts employ a telephone pre-order system instead of having to line up outside of ticket office, though obviously this is different from concert to concert.
The phone ticket offices always open at 10AM at which point you need to call the ticket office associated with a concert. If this is a very very popular concert like Animelo, you literally need to call at exactly 10AM or else all the lines will be busy. Once you call, you need to explain to them which artist + venue + date you want to the operator and then tell them the ticket system you want to use. I suggest using Lawson ticket because there are literally Lawson’s EVERYWHERE in Japan. They’ll give you an L-code and another phone number you’ll need to confirm your reservation.
Call the Lawson Ticket number and follow the instructions on the phone. Unfortunately, all the instructions are in Japanese, but essentially you need to put in your L-code, your phone number, and obtain the order confirmation number which is valid for 3 days. Now take that to a Lawsons and punch everything into a machine that looks like this :P.
It’s actually rather straight forward if you can read Japanese, they even have instructions printed online over here, but if not… good luck finding the right buttons :).