On Saturday April 17th 2010, Lady Gaga played the first of two sold-out shows at Tokyo’s Yokohama Arena. These were the only two Tokyo-area stops on her sold-out-all-over-the-world “Monster Ball” tour. Lady Gaga is popular everywhere on the planet, but her Japanese fans really love her and go all out whenever she comes to visit them.
We’ve always felt that Lady Gaga’s fashion is Japanese-influenced (Nicola Formichetti, one of her stylists – and the person responsible for the fashion in the “Telephone” video – was born in Japan), and it’s amazing to see the energy and insanity that comes out of Gaga’s Japanese visits. With all of that in mind, we grabbed our cameras and headed for Yokohama to see if we could meetup with some of Lady Gaga’s fans – or, as she calls them, her “Little (Japanese) Monsters”!
This isn’t the first time we’ve had the pleasure of photographing Japanese Lady Gaga fans. These fantastic girls were out in force last July at Summer Sonic 2009, staying past last train to see Gaga live. Since then, her Japanese fan base has grown exponentially, thanks to word of mouth from her “Little Monsters” as well as heavy radio and video play of her hits. Her latest single/video “Telephone” featuring Beyonce (who is also uber-popular among young Japanese women) can be seen and heard all over Tokyo at any time of the day or night – from clubs to shops to parties.
Last time around, we snapped lots of shots of Japanese Lady Gaga girls. This time, we were happy to see quite a few Japanese guys coming out for the show – and many of them dressing to impress. Japanese Gaga fans are some of the nicest people we have ever photographed, so we hope you enjoy looking at these pictures as much as we enjoyed taking them!
As always, you can click any of the photos to see larger versions. We recommend you view these pictures in full size, because some of the Gaga fan fashion is AMAZING!
Remember to click the pictures to see high resolution versions!
A big THANK YOU to all of the Japanese Lady Gaga fans – and the non-Japanese fans as well.
Update: We just posted another 50 pictures of Japanese Lady Gaga fans at the second sold out Tokyo concert – please check them too.