Stage outfits worn by members of Japanese boy band Arashi during their concert tour in 2018 and 2019 commemorating the 20th anniversary of their debut were shown at a Shanghai store that opened Wednesday, marking their first overseas exhibition.
The five-member group remains popular in China even after it suspended activities at the end of 2020. Many fans visited the pop-up store, which sells goods for two months related to a documentary film on the concert tour, and took pictures.
The stage outfits feature red flower patterns. Slots for 2,300 free-of-charge visits to the exhibition in March were booked up within several hours, but those without reservations can still enter the venue if they buy a set of the group's memorabilia, including postcards for 398 yuan ($58).
Li Yuxi, a 15-year-old Arashi fan, said she was moved to see the stage outfits and plans to share pictures she took at the exhibition with her friends.
In 2020, Arashi served as a goodwill ambassador to promote cultural and sports exchanges with China. The group was scheduled to hold a concert in Beijing that year, but it was canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.