Speakin' Japanese: Getting concert tickets

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Speakin' Japanese: Getting concert tickets

by: Takahiro Takiguchi | .
Stripes Okinawa | .
published: May 26, 2015

So, you’re excited that your two favorite bands, Wham and ABBA, are coming to Japan in the next couple of months. But you have no idea how to get tickets. To get concert tickets in Japan, you can go to a convenient store or make a phone call and purchase them with a credit card, or you can reserve them and pick them up at the concert venue. Of course, there may be a language barrier, so here’s some phrases to get the ball rolling.

• AKB48 no konsaato chiketto ga hoshii no desuga. = I want a ticket for  AKB48 concert.
“hoshii” = want

• “Seki wa mada ari masu-ka?” = Do you still have any seats available?
“masu-ka” = Do/Does/Can..?, “mada” = still

• “Nanji ni kaien shi masu-ka?” = What time does the performance start?
(“kaien” = start performing)
“Nanjini kaijo shi masu-ka?” = What time do the doors open?
(“kaijo” = doors open)
“Kyukei wa ari masu-ka?” = Do you have a break during the concert?
(“kyukei” = break)
“Nanji ni owari masu-ka?” = What time does the concert end?
(“owari” = end)

• “Kaijo wa doko desu-ka?” = Where is the concert venue?
“desu-ka” = Is/Are..?, “kaijo” = concert venue, “doko” = where
• “Esu seki wa Ikura desu-ka?” = How much is an S-seat ticket?
(“esu-seki” = S (rank)-seat, “ei-seki” = A-seat, “bee-seki” = B-seat, “ikura” = how much (money)

• Esu-seki wo ni-mai kudasai. = Give me two S-seat tickets, please.
(“Kudasai” = give me.. please, “Ni-mai” = two pieces,
“ichi-mai” = one piece, “san-mai” = three pieces)

“Kaado wa tsukae masu-ka?” = Can I use a credit card?
(“tsukae” = use)

WHEN ON OKINAWA, You can also say it in “Uchinaaguchi” (island dialect) like this:
“AKB48 nu chiketto achiree shiibusashiga” = I would like to get a ticket for the AKB48 concert
“Cha ssa naibiiga?” = How much is it?
“Nageen kakayun naa?” = How long does it last? 

takiguchi.takahiro@stripes.com

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