On 23 June 2017, the Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore played host to Albirex Niigata’s Pokémon Day, an event where visitors could enjoy various activities and photo opportunities, from having their picture taken with Pikachu and trying out the latest Canon cameras, to getting the best shots during the cheerleading performance and the football match. If you missed your chance to attend this event, check out this report for some highlights of this fun-filled family occasion.
Pokémon Photo Sessions and Canon Photo Party attracted many visitors
At the event, Canon Singapore had arranged for three photo corners at the walkway on the main stand, where attendees could have their picture taken together with Pikachu during the Pokémon Photo Sessions. The photos, which were taken by dedicated Canon staff, were printed using SELPHY CP1200 wireless compact photo printers, for families and friends to bring home their encounter with Pikachu in the form of a framed picture. It almost goes without saying that Pikachu was hugely popular with the kids and even adults, and many people were lining up for their chance to catch Pikachu.
Getting your picture taken with your friend Pikachu, and bringing home a printed photo = best day ever!
Every visitor who got their picture taken at the Pokémon Photo Sessions received a framed photo, printed using SELPHY CP1200 wireless compact photo printers, free of charge.
Apart from the photo corners and printing stations, there was a Canon Photo Party booth at the venue, where visitors interested in trying out some of the latest mirrorless cameras or DSLR cameras from Canon could register as a participant of the Canon Photo Party and borrow any of the cameras on loan, free of charge.
The available mirrorless cameras were the EOS M5 and EOS M6, and for DSLR cameras there were the EOS 80D and EOS 800D. Since the event required visitors to shoot from the stands, Canon had provided lightweight and compact telephoto zoom lenses to be used with the cameras, respectively the EF-M55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM and the EF-S55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lenses.
A family participating in the Canon Photo Party, looking at the features of the EOS M6, equipped with the EF-M55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM telephoto zoom lens.
Huge cheers and applause at captivating cheerleading performance
One of the highlights of the evening was a special cheerleading performance by the Albirex Niigata FC (S) cheerleading team, which featured the adorable Pikachu as their special guest. The team comprised members of the Albirex Niigata Singapore Cheer Dance School, around 130 girls of all ages, from as young as 4 years old to around 18 years old.
A proud parent capturing her child’s cheerleading performance with the EOS M5 to record this special moment.
As the cheerleading team entered the football field from the side line and started their performance, they were met with cheers and applause from the stands. The audience was enthralled by the enthusiasm and energy of the cheerleaders as they danced and waved their pom-poms to the beat of the music. Many parents and caretakers at the event were eager to capture their child's performance, and leave a photo record of this memorable event.
All the members of the cheerleading team were putting their best foot forward during the captivating performance.
Football match turns into family affair
Almost every seat of the main stand at the Jalan Besar Stadium was filled, and everyone was having a great time watching the events of the evening. Truly a family affair, as the majority of the attendees were parents and their children, many of whom had joined to encourage and support their young ones’ cheerleading performance. Of course, many were also families of football fans who had come to watch the main event, the football match between Albirex Niigata FC(S) and Home United FC, and cheer on their favorite team.
Everyone eagerly awaiting the moment the children walking hand-in-hand with the football players enter the field.
As soon as the event emcee announced the football players entering the pitch, many parents readied their cameras to capture the moment, as their children accompanied their favorite footballers. The match was cheered on by adoring fans of each team, eager to energize them to victory. The event drew to a successful close during half-time, as Canon announced the winners of the Lucky Draw, the main prize of which was a Pokémon Special Edition x EOS M10 Kit, featuring a free limited edition Pikachu Shoulder Plush. As the evening had grown late, many families went ahead and took their little ones home for the night.
Families of football fans were cheering on their favorite team, keen on encouraging them to victory.
The audience was able to see the impressive play by footballers from Albirex Niigata FC(S) and Home United FC up-close, and capture images from the main stand. (Image provided courtesy of Albirex Singapore Pte. Ltd.)
Opinion: Some impressions from visitors
During half-time a few families and friends were approached by us to ask them about their impression of the Pokémon Photo Sessions, the Canon Photo Party, and the overall Albirex Niigata's Pokémon Day event.
“Thought it was wonderful”
Muliyati and her family came to Jalan Besar Stadium to encourage and support their son who had football training with Albirex Niigata FC (S) earlier that day. When asked about the event, they said that they enjoyed today's event because there were many things that her family could take part in. Muliyati highlighted that earlier before the match Pikachu was there and her children got to have their pictures taken, which they even got to bring back. She stated that she thought it was wonderful.
“Interested in borrowing a camera”
The Shirakawas had finished watching the cheerleading performance of their daughter earlier that evening and were on their way home when we interviewed them.
Though the kids became a little shy when approached by us, they nodded eagerly when asked if they had fun.
The family only found out about the Canon Photo Party after watching the event, but Dad mentioned he is interested in borrowing one of the cameras at a future event, in order to capture memorable pictures of his daughter's performance.
“Thoroughly enjoying the event”
Andrew and his friends came to watch the football match, and decided to borrow one of the EOS M6 cameras equipped with EF-M55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM lenses. As it turned out, Andrew is a previous Canon Photo Party contest winner, when he participated during the NJPW Wrestling World in Singapore 2016 event held last year.
Andrew mentioned he found the AF on the EOS M6 being quite good, but likes his own EOS 60D better as he prefers DSLRs.
His friends said they were thoroughly enjoying the event and had their picture taken with Pikachu.
“Canon Photo Party is an interesting concept”
The Hayashi family had come to cheer on their daughters' cheerleading performance as they often do.
They felt that today's event was somehow different than the usual ones, and when asked about the Canon Photo Party, they said that they think it is an interesting concept.
Each of the kids were happy to have gotten their picture taken together with Pikachu, and are taking home some cool Pikachu caps.
Many participants of the Canon Photo Party had submitted their best image for the Photo Contest, and the results are out! To find out who is the winner of a Canon SELPHY CP1200 wireless compact photo printer, click on the link below.
Click here: Canon Photo Party: Photo Contest results
Check out the following video for highlights of the football match Albirex Niigata FC(S) vs Home United FC (0-2), held at Albirex Niigata's Pokémon Day:
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