Japan Loves Jackson
"While some have made deliberate attempts to hurt me,
I take it in stride because I have a loving family, a strong faith
and wonderful friends and fans who have, and continue, to support me"
* Update 3/13/07 *
Jamie, who like me hails from Englewood on the South Side, called this reporter from Japan and had this to say:
"It has been amazing to see how people will risk life and limb
darting in and out of traffic on foot to get a glimpse of Michael or to
touch him. The fans in Japan literally inhale him," Jamie said. "He is
very accommodating … very happy, kissing and hugging folks and
letting them hold him and hug him."
"The $3,500 per person
‘Fan Appreciation’ event brought out close to 400 folks, most of whom
were corporate people with their children, and Michael took pictures
with all of them," said Jamie. "The drinks were free and the buffet
dinner consisted of shrimp, chicken, beef, fish, veggies and a 12-foot
long table full of Japanese desserts.
"Complimentary tickets were provided to orphans, handicapped and physically challenged people. Michael went into the balcony to greet them all.
"The following day,
there was another fan appreciation event that was $150 per person that
brought out around 1,000. Fans are even spending $500 or more a night
just to be in the Four Seasons Hotel where he is staying," Jamie said.
On a fashion note, "Michael has been wearing Roberto Cavalli tailored suits," she said.
I asked about his kids and, according to Jamie, Michael is a
very attentive dad and she is finding the kids to be very
* Update 3/11/07 *
Visit with the Troops Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DlzyVOeBUEs
(more photos @ page bottom)
Michael Jackson wows US troops
Michael Jackson took time out Saturday to greet US troops in a brief appearance at an army camp.
The King of Pop appeared for about 10 minutes before an estimated crowd of 3,000 troops and their families at a fitness centre at Camp Zama in Tokyo’s western suburbs, but he did not perform.
The crowd gathered about two hours before Jackson’s arrival. Organisers played his music videos and held a trivia contest and dance imitation contest ahead of his appearance.
The crowd erupted into screams and cheers as soon as Jackson came onto a roped-off stage at the gym and was introduced by base commander Colonel Robert Waltemeyer.
Jackson gave a message of thanks from a prepared statement, calling the troops "some of the most special people in the world" who have given their lives to protect freedoms.
Then he walked around the area in a big loop, waving and blowing kisses at fans as he went along. Afterward, they ushered him away and the place emptied out.
The event was open to all US military personnel, their families and guests. But it was closed to general media.
"He just wants to let them know ‘America Supports You’ and so does he," Major Martha Brooks, a US Army Japan spokeswoman, told the US military daily Stars and Stripes before the event.
* Update 3/10/07 *
U.S. Military Fans showin’ their love, SWEET!
Hangin’ with the fans, the orphans, the soldiers…
back to doin’ HIS thang, HIS way…
as it should be…
I LUV it!
(more photos @ page bottom)
U.S. Army Japan, Col. Robert M. Waltemeyer, left, garrison commander of Camp Zama, presents U.S. pop icon Michael Jackson a certificate of appreciation to thank Jackson for visiting about 1,600 servicemembers, their families, and U.S. civilian and Japanese national employees at Camp Zama, south of Tokyo. Camp Zama is home to the U.S. Army Japan and other units.
Michael greeted thousands of U.S. troops and their family members at a U.S. army base south of Tokyo Saturday, taking a break from days of parties with die-hard fans and business people.
About 3,000 troops and their family members gathered at a fitness centre at Camp Zama and Jackson walked around shaking hands and exchanging words to thank them for their service.
"Those of you in here today are some of the most special people in the world." Jackson said to the crowd, reading from a statement. "It is because of you in here today, and others who so valiantly have given their lives to protect us, that we enjoy our freedom."
He also attended a ceremony at the camp held for a member of the army being promoted and put a pin on his uniform.
Jackson, 48, arrived in Japan last Sunday to attend parties including an extravagant gala held Thursday in Tokyo.
The pop icon was the guest of honour at the lavish party aimed at a well-heeled business crowd – though the roughly 400 people who showed up were mainly die-hard fans, and more than 100 orphans and handicapped children who were invited for free.
The event included a buffet dinner, a show featuring several Japanese Michael Jackson impersonators and a chance to meet, greet and take photos with the Gloved One.
On Friday, he made an appearance at another party where more than 1,000 people crowded a popular night club.
* Update 3/9/07 *
Fan Appreciation Party Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBNbSJkQY2Q
* Update 3/8/07 *
Video from VIP event: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1ebng_premium-vip-party-with-michael-jack
More video from inside the VIP party: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJxYHLJlgFM
Mr. Magoo? – Funny!
Time Magazine Quote of the Day Thursday, Mar. 08, 2007
“As Charles Dickens says,`It’s been the best of times, the worst of times.’
But I would not change my career. “ — MICHAEL JACKSON
at a fan appreciation event in Tokyo
"While some have made deliberate attempts to hurt me, I take it in stride because I have a loving family, a strong faith and wonderful friends and fans who have, and continue, to support me,"
"Japan is one of my favorite places to visit in the world,"
"I want to thank all of you for making me the biggest-selling artist in Japan."
Michael arrives in Tokyo
A relaxed-looking Michael Jackson in sun glasses and a black leather jacket was ushered by guards past hundreds of screaming fans at Narita airport in the afternoon, some carrying signs that read "We love Michael" and "Welcome to Japan."