KNT! Entame tours
Ever dreamed of high-fiving your favorite J-pop star or hanging out in the woods with a dreamy Korean crooner? Travel agency KNT! has put together all its up-close-and-personal themed tour packages on one website: KNT! Entame.
Tours are divided into genres: Korean and Chinese pop culture; music; anime and games; and “others.” There are plenty of choices for the growing K-pop crowd. Trips to Seoul can include a “fan meeting” with boy band Big Bang, where participants can enjoy a private mini-concert, a chat with the guys in the band and a “high-five session” (less strenuous than a handshake, more intimate than a bow?). For more one-on-one time with a star, the “Summer Holidays with S.H.S” is a three-day getaway at a resort outside of Seoul with singer Shin Hye Sung.
The music-themed trips are pretty wide ranging, from a trip to Shizuoka for a show by Japanese band AAA to a flight to Los Angeles to see the Jonas Brothers. While AAA will pose for a picture and hang out a bit, fans of the Jonas brothers will have to settle for some concert swag.
That last “other” category includes more trips with event-themed giveaways and meet-and-greet components, like a bus tour to the WWE Summer Slam, which will include T-shirts that aren’t otherwise available in Japan and special to-be-announced events on the bus. Those who prefer to keep the words “surprise” and “pro-wrestling” as far separated as possible might prefer an overnight stay at an onsen in Kagoshima with former Takarazuka star Haruhi Ryouga. The actress, affectionately called Ahi-san, will take photos with tour participants, give autographs and stop by each group member’s room.
Then there’s the plan that’s getting all the English press: the Love Plus Plus tour, a romantic overnight stay in coastal Atami that seems like it was designed just to get people to say “Did you see what the Japanese are doing?” The bus trip for fans of the dating-simulation video game from Konami is pitched as “the first summer vacation with your girlfriend.” While it is possible to book the tour for two actual people, the “girlfriend” they’re referring to is the one in the game. Local shops and sites are participating, and the magic of augmented reality technology can put the digital girls into iPhone photos. The day when she can give you a high-five, though, is still to come.