The 21st installment of Gelar Jepang Universitas Indonesia (GJUI)
once again drew a massive crowd this year and had firmly cemented its status as one of the biggest annual Japanese festival in Indonesia. Held at Pusat Studi Jepang Universitas Indonesia last August 7th to 8th and at Boulevard Universitas Indonesia last August 9th, the 3-day festival featured various activities showcasing traditional and modern Japanese culture. It was capped by a performance of Japanese all-female band, Silent Siren
, as presented by entertainment channel WakuWaku Japan
All activities embraced the theme "Japan for Everyone
". During the first and second days, dance cover and karaoke competitions were held. Drawing the most attention was the Hokkaido Dream Quiz which was presented in cooperation with the Love Hokkaido television channel. Finalists were chosen out of those who entered the online elimination. The winner of the actual contest will represent Indonesia in Hokkaido, Japan in a battle with other countries.
On day 3, the boulevard of Universitas Indonesia was flocked with Japanese culture enthusiasts as soon as gates opened. The bazaar area in particular was really busy as shoppers and onlookers revel in the Japanese collectibles and food stalls lining the place. There was also a Maid Cafe that paired lovely dishes with the disarming smiles of its staff. By mid-afternoon, fans converged in front of the stage to watch performances by Honey Beat
, and Lumina Scarlet
. The comedy group Sumimasu Geinin
entertained the crowd even more as well as OBAKE band
and singer Hiroaki Kato
. The finals of My Kawaii Style's Miss Kawaii brought more thrills to the event but undoubtedly, the most anticipated was the performance of Silent Siren.
Silent Siren, sometimes dubbed as "SaiSai", is composed of Suu (Sumire Yoshida)
as vocalist/guitarist, Ainyan (Aina Yamauchi)
as bassist, Yukarun (Yukako Kurosaka)
as keyboadist, and Hinanchu (Hinako Umemura)
as drummer/band leader. All hailed from Harajuku and started their careers as fashion models in magazines. As a band, Silent Siren made their debut in November 2012 with the single "Sweet Pop!". Since then, many of their releases made it at the Oricon Weekly Chart. The girls also had already performed at Japan's biggest festivals, namely Rock in Japan and Countdown Japan. Earlier this year, Silent Siren achieved another milestone in their career with a successful solo concert at the legendary Nippon Budokan.
During their live at Gelar Jepang, Silent Siren stunned the crowd not only with their beauty but also with their skills in playing their respective instruments. They had the crowd cheering and jumping along to every song.
Band leader Hinanchu also engaged the crowd by speaking with them in Bahasa Indonesia. She had apparently spend her a lot of time in Indonesia during her childhood. When asked about the band's plans for Indonesia in the future, she optimistically replied, “We don’t want to be known by our songs only, but we also hope to build a good relationship between Indonesia and Japan, especially by introducing the Japanese fashion.
Silent Siren ended their performance by inviting the audience to their next live in Indonesia. They will be back for a solo concert on September 19th at the Upperroom, Jakarta.
M02. Sweet pop!
M03. Hachigatsu no Yoru
M04. Happy Marriage
M05. Lucky Girl
M06. Guru Guru Wonderland
M07. Beat Sun
EN1. What show is it?
As a fitting close to yet another successful Gelar Jepang, the 3-day event wrapped up with a grand bon odori under a shower of fireworks.
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