[Interview] Talking to “Niji no Conquistador” About Upcoming Performance at Japan Expo in France – Part One

04.July.2017 | FEATURES / MUSIC

Idol group Niji no Conquistador are set to perform at Japan Expo 2017 in Paris which begins on Thursday this week and runs until Sunday July 9th. We interviewed each member individually to hear each of their thoughts in the run up to their voyage and to also to hear their messages to fans who will be going to Japan Expo.

 

In the first part of the interview, we speak with Nonoka Okumura, Moe Tsurumi, and Akari Nakamura!

Part 2 is here ▶[Interview] Talking to “Niji no Conquistador” About Upcoming Performance at Japan Expo in France – Part Two

 

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Nonoka Okumura Twitter @okumura_nonoka

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1:What kind of idol group is Niji no Conquistador?

We were created by Tsuku-dol Project! We are an idol group centered around the theme of every day being a culture festival, and aim to realize the dreams of our members who are made up of voice actresses, illustrators, cosplayers, choreographers and more!

 

2:You’ve performed overseas numerous times. Do your overseas concerts differ from those in Japan?

I’m always surprised to find that they’re not different at all! But the fan supporting us overseas are a lot more excitable.

 

3:What’s a memorable moment from one of your overseas concerts up to now?

I remember when we played our first solo concert in Taiwan, although we performed a lot of new songs, people knew all the words and dance moves. I was super happy to see that! Also, when we have to leave to go back to Japan, people kindly do things such as write us nice letters on colored paper. They are really nice.

 

4:Please tell us how you felt when you found out that you’d be appearing at Japan Expo in France.

I know I’ve always wanted to go there, so I couldn’t believe it when I found out! I’m nervous since it’s our first time out of Asia and it’s a long plane journey.

 

5:Is there anything you’re doing anything in the run up to Japan Expo?

I’m looking up lots of tasty French food.

 

6:Do you have plans for other overseas shows besides France?

We’ll be playing a solo concert in Taiwan in August!

 

7:Finally, please give us your message to fans.

I’m looking forward to our first Japan Expo! Let our French and Japanese fans unite and make France the number one hot spot for excitement in Europe!

 

Moe Tsurumi Twitter @tsurumi_moe

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1:What kind of idol group is Niji no Conquistador?

We’re a group based on the theme of dreams not being realized by just becoming an idol. We challenge ourselves to lots of different things and are made up of voice actresses, illustrators, cosplayers, choreographers, and so on!

 

2:You’ve performed overseas numerous times. Do your overseas concerts differ from those in Japan?

Although our overseas fans speak different languages, they always give us the warmest of welcomes, so we’re devising ways to ensure they can enjoy it when we talk during the concerts to the fullest?

 

3:What’s a memorable moment from one of your overseas concerts up to now?

Despite the language differences, the call-and-responses are often a lot more louder overseas compared to Japan?✨

 

4:Please tell us how you felt when you found out that you’d be appearing at Japan Expo in France.

We performed there last year. But during that time we had a small booth and were on our own, so I was extremely happy when I found out that I’d be performing there with the other members two years later on a big stage.?✨

 

5:Is there anything you’re doing anything in the run up to Japan Expo?

I’m currently learning French as a second language at university, so I’d like to try and use this opportunity to speak some during the concert?

 

6:Do you have plans for other overseas shows besides France?

We’ll be performing live in Taiwan on August 13th for our summer tour “Datte Ichido Kiri no This Summer!!”

 

7:Finally, please give us your message to fans.

We’ve grown so much over the last two years, so I’m looking forward to meeting everyone again as the NijiCon we are now! To everyone reading: let’s make this the best  Japan Expo✨

 

Akari Nakamura Twitter @nakamura_akari

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1:What kind of idol group is Niji no Conquistador?

We’re an idol group that formed through pixiv. We are themed around the concept that you cannot realize your dreams just by becoming an idol. We challenge ourselves to many different genres and our group is made up of voice actresses, illustrators, cosplayers, and choreographers.

 

2:You’ve performed overseas numerous times. Do your overseas concerts differ from those in Japan?

It’s mostly the same. But I’m always surprised to hear them speaking and responding in Japanese!

Something a little different that they do is when they they go “Fuu〜↑” at the end of a song! That also never fails to makes me happy!

 

3:What’s a memorable moment from one of your overseas concerts up to now?

I was delighted when we performed at Animate Bangkok in Thailand. Loads of people had gathered to come and see us, and the manager told us that it was the most people he had ever seen in the shop. And the fans were really into it, it was so much fun!

 

4:Please tell us how you felt when you found out that you’d be appearing at Japan Expo in France.

I haven’t been to Japan Expo yet so this will be my first. When I found out I was super happy! It’s also my first time going to France, so I’m excited to encounter something new!

 

5:Is there anything you’re doing anything in the run up to Japan Expo?

If we’re talking France then it’s gotta be the Eiffel Tower! I have my phone’s home screen set to a photo of the Eiffel Tower. I’m all ready to go to France!

 

6:Do you have plans for other overseas shows besides France?

We have a solo concert in Taiwan on August 13th! It’s the first show of our summer tour, so I want lots of people to come! Tickets are on sale right now!

 

7:Finally, please give us your message to fans.

We’re all set to perform at Japan Expo in France, and I’m getting more excited every day! And I’m really looking forward to meeting all of our fans in France! It’s only for two years, but I want to have a fun time.

 

We hope you enjoyed the first part of this interview with 3 members of Niji no Conquistador. We’ll be posting the second part of the interview tomorrow, so be sure to tune in then!

 

Writer:Sayuri Mizuno(ASOBISYSTEM)

Translator:Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

 

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