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05 August 2009 @ 11:45 am
Report: Tom Felton@Nagoya!!  
Sorry for my delayed entry but now I'm back from my weekend trip to Nagoya!:-D

Gosh, when I arrived at Nagoya on Saturday morning, it was raining so heavy it made me concerned about possible disruption in Tom's transportation schedule. Fortunately the rain got lighter in the afternoon, so I could enjoy the shopping and chatting with my friends in central Nagoya without worrying for the night. Except, the morning show of the movie "SUMMER WARS", which we had originally planned to see and made 15-minutes walk to the theater under the heavy rain, was sold out when we got there an hour prior to the showing!X-( Aww, I wish they will expand its 'limited' release to more local theaters!(at this point, the nearest theater showing this film is the one in Hamakita, which took an hour from my hometown!)

...Okay, now let's get to my report of HBP Nagoya screening with Tom Felton!!

The gate for the lucky 300 audience who had survived through the fierce online-ticketing battle was opened at 7:50pm; since it's the late showing and no minors were allowed, seemingly most of audience were in 20-30s, of ladies, indeed.

Before she introduced Tom, the representative hostess of this screening(a TV reporter from Nagoya-local station) expressly instructed us not to use camera/video/cellphone during his presentation and since I'm no Gryffindor to sneak out my camera in front of the stern-looking theater staff, I can only give those reports and humble sketches out of my memory:

(Captions: "My seat was far from the front so actually I couldn't see him this close, uhh." "Even when standing casually, he had the aura of sophisticated movie star..." "Talking with gestures in some topics" "waving to the audience between interviews")

Tom was in light-blue shirt with rolled-up sleeves and denim jeans at this evening, as seen on Feltbeats.com entry(so, a bit more casual-looking than his Tokyo presentation earlier this day). When Tom appeared in front of the audience, the theater was indeed filled with shrill shouts, but generally fans were amazingly in control throughout his interview.(as I stated earlier, attended fans were relatively mature and not allowed to make any record about the session, and so seemingly they were concentrated in capturing his image in their memories rather than squealing-- including myself.)

Also, while Tom did some promotional activities like marking daruma doll's eye earlier in Tokyo, here in Nagoya we didn't have such fancy show for the press-- instead, we had a full 20-minutes of live interview of Tom!:-D While presumably some of those questions and his answers(such as his introductory greeting, comments on his role in HBP film and other casts, impression of being casted in HP world, remark on upcoming DH film, etc) were prescribed beforehand and common to the other presentation venues, there were some exclusive talk to the Nagoya audience, such as--

Q: Did you have a chance to see the city of Nagoya?
Tom: I saw Nagoya Castle, only about five minutes from the car, though. I thought it's Hogwarts in Japan! *g*

Q: Will you be interested in joining the cast if there'll be a film about Nagoya? (<- I almost fell off my seat on this question. WTF!??)
Tom: Definitely!!(with smile) Nagoya, saikou(Nagoya's awesome)!!

Q: In the film, your character's hair is all set beautifully.
Tom: I think Draco has his hair salon in Hogwarts and set his hair every week! *g* But I need to dye my hair every once a week to play my character; I dyed my hair before coming to Japan and I have to dye again as soon as I come back home on Wednesday.

Q: How can you memorize all these complicated incantations used in the film?
Tom: Those incantations are based on Latin, and my grandfather is very good in Latin and he helped me a lot to get the meanings. In fact, he even corrected the spells written on the original script! He also had a nice, long white beard and so he was casted as one of the professors in Hogwars in first and second movie.

My favorite moment was-- when asked to describe the other casts, especially the trio(one of prescribed question, I guess), Tom answered amusingly, "Daniel is like a stand-up comedian, Rupert is rather shy, and Emma is fun to work with"; then the reporter picked up his remark on Daniel and asked him to talk about some specific funny episodes, which apparently Tom didn't expected. After a few moment of embarrassed smile, Tom stammeringly described the episode in which Daniel often acts like one of the production crew and shouts "rolling!" behind the camera.

Good thing the interpreter had delivered his previous remark on Daniel simply as "funny person" and so the majority of the audience was well convinced, but I couldn't help snickering-- "oh Tom, that episode does sound funny, but I don't think it qualifies to call Dan as 'a stand-up comedian'"!!;-)

Anyway, Tom was really a charming, adorable young man, and at the same time, very witty, professional, respectable man with class.  I mean, I thought he'd stay in Nagoya at that night but it turned out that he moved to Osaka right after his presentation, visiting three cities in one day!(no wonder he slept in 15 hours on that night) In addition, I have to remind all of you that, the weather for the weekend was horrible with heavy rain, certainly making any trip less enjoyable.

Fans who followed Tom in transit between the cities had reported very concernedly that he certainly looked exhausted, but still he carried out his hectic schedule of film promotion perfectly without the slightest hint of distress of his first visit in a strange country during hot&humid season. I can't appreciate his painstaking effort more. 

I hope Tom will visit Japan again soon, hopefully in better season and with more lax schedule!
(and hopefully he could get his own high-tech bidet toilet soon-- though I must tell him that the one on his Twitter photo looks a bit old model, in fact.^^;)


ETA: Many thanks to SnitchSeeker.com and Feltbeats.com for citing this entry on their website! Awww, I'm sooooo flattered!!*^^*

And now, here's some extra-- another lovely moment in Tom's Q&A session which I forgot to mention in my above report was that, before proceeding to the final question, the reporter checked the clock and asked him if it's okay for one last question(presumably because the interview session had caught him much longer than that at Tokyo stage earlier).  And Tom's answer was...

Really,  I could literally see a halo around him at that moment...

Now, on the other hand, I can't stop myself making a doodle about this matter as well:

Sorry, but Tom's reaction to those high-tech toilet on Twitter was so cute and very much like a first-timer!^o^ And for the record, his comment on those products are very true, I must say: once you experience it, it'll never be the same!;-)

ETA2: Our Dearest Tom さんもご紹介ありがとうございます!すんごくうれしいです!や、まじで日本人のハリポタ仲間に飢えてるもので…^^ゞ

あと今回、同じようにトムさんの舞台挨拶に行かれて、こうした絵や写真を海外の読者に提供してもいいよーんという方がいらしたらぜひご一報ください!うちの小規模なブログですが紹介させていただきまする。m(_ _)m
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 I fear that my tears may stain my petticoat.: pic#90001993endaemion on August 5th, 2009 12:00 pm (UTC)
How has his hair not fallen out??? It must feel like broom bristles or something.

I love your little tom interview comic, you draw him so cute!
natalie,: actor // tom feltonsluttier on August 6th, 2009 08:19 am (UTC)
they must use a lot of very gentle hair products, although i'm sure in the next 3 years it will fall out.
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Gabriela: tomgirlofavalon on August 5th, 2009 03:21 pm (UTC)

*giggles at how he exaggerates (or not) when talking about Dan*

Anyway... he's so cute!!
YumeKutteIkt(YuKI): one such unacceptable hairstyleyumekutteikt on August 9th, 2009 03:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you!^^ And I wonder why I got a feeling that he was not exaggerating about Dan, hehe!^o^
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Jaeenchanted_jae on August 5th, 2009 11:25 pm (UTC)
Awesome! I love that you sketched him. Hee!
YumeKutteIkt(YuKI): rapidly becoming obsessed with...yumekutteikt on August 9th, 2009 03:28 pm (UTC)
Thank you!^^ Though indeed I couldn't do the sketching on my seat then and there, I dashed to the restroom right after the screening and scribbled my notes.^_- (although I've found several minor mistakes on my sketches when I later saw the press photos, awwwww.)
KatarinaMPkatarina_mp on August 6th, 2009 01:42 am (UTC)
Ah, you freakin'...! Lucky thing, you! :D

You drew him so beatifully! Who needs photos?! ^^ *squee*

And yeah, poor thing, why are they always asking about Dan? This is about him! Not Dan. But, yeah, good one, Tom. *nods* ("Now Thinking", hilarious. xD)

Have nice dreams this week, 'kay? :D

Oh and you changed your header! It's so cute!!! ^^

Gabrielagirlofavalon on August 6th, 2009 03:05 pm (UTC)
And yeah, poor thing, why are they always asking about Dan?

Maybe because everyone knows they're great friends in RL.
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shunluv: Draco and the Trioshunluv on August 6th, 2009 09:56 am (UTC)
wow u are soo lucky to meet real Tom<333
lol his comment on Dan is hilarious XD
is he the only one to come to Japan???
YumeKutteIkt(YuKI): Hiro Mizushima Manip2yumekutteikt on August 9th, 2009 09:40 pm (UTC)
Awwww, thank you so much!^^<3
Yes, so far Tom has been the only cast who visited Japan for HBP promotion and I'm not sure if any other casts will make a visit in future(since the HBP film has been doing exceptionally well at the box office in this country and seemingly there's no imminent need to promote the film further!^o^). Indeed, I'll try to meet the other casts if they are coming to Japan!
reicheruchanreicheruchan on August 6th, 2009 11:55 am (UTC)
love the comic you drew!!!!! aw~~~~ i wish i can be there to witness all these!!!! love tom felton! he's adorable! very charming and polite!
YumeKutteIkt(YuKI): kissyumekutteikt on August 9th, 2009 09:48 pm (UTC)
Awww, thank you! I'm so glad you like it!!^^

And exactly-- while being lively and entertaining, Tom was very sensible and polite at the same time!! Mmm, I really didn't have any particular fascination for British gentlemen but now...*--*
Neeceelilyginny27 on August 6th, 2009 04:17 pm (UTC)
This was just adorable! I love your cartoons, they are so sweet. Would you mind if I shared some of this in a post on Feltbeats.com. It's so nice to read about what actually happened.

Thanks for sharing!
YumeKutteIkt(YuKI): thanksyumekutteikt on August 9th, 2009 10:36 pm (UTC)
Thank you for your comment, and also for posting to Feltbeats.com, I'm so honored and flattered!!*^^*

Oh BTW, actually I have the photos of Tom attending the baseball game in Aug.2, which I couldn't find in your gallery...here we go:

The video is at:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Syj92UKFw2M
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 katoumiharukatoumiharu on August 6th, 2009 08:11 pm (UTC)
You're very lucky that you went to the interview *3*
YumeKutteIkt(YuKI): Hiro Mizushima Manip3yumekutteikt on August 9th, 2009 10:53 pm (UTC)
Haha, definitely lucky, indeed! In fact, the luckiest part is that his promotional visit was announced through a handful of channels just about two weeks prior to his arrival, then his schedule was kept as TBC for a week or so, and the tickets went on sale just five days before the event date!@_@ I was lucky to keep my sanity for all those two weeks!^^;
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:): GQ.suprockstar on August 6th, 2009 08:19 pm (UTC)
bb!! I love you for giving us a full report! :] Tom is my love, and this made me squeal like a little fangirl!! :]
YumeKutteIkt(YuKI): Hiro Mizushima Manipyumekutteikt on August 9th, 2009 10:55 pm (UTC)
Whee, thank you! Glad to hear that you enjoyed it!^^
fathskiefathskie on August 7th, 2009 05:41 am (UTC)
Aaawww.. thank you very much for the description!! Your Eigo is wonderful ^^
Love the story and cartoon!!
YumeKutteIkt(YuKI): one such unacceptable hairstyleyumekutteikt on August 9th, 2009 10:56 pm (UTC)
Awww, thank for your lovely comment!*^^*
Wacca: Minx Dracowaccawheels on August 7th, 2009 04:14 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the lovely report!

Looks like your entry is the only detailed source in English about the event. :B

Mmm, He's so nice and cute... wanted to be there!
YumeKutteIkt(YuKI): desized!Dracoyumekutteikt on August 9th, 2009 11:03 pm (UTC)
Oh, I wish you were there too!