With Reitaisai 8 effectively cancelled, many twitter users from Japan today started celebrating “Air” Reitaisai 8 instead.

The word “Air” is used in the same way that “Air” guitar means “fake” guitar playing, which is certainly a curious usage of the word. Loads of people got on twitter for the event and started tweeting a bunch of random things about it that made it seem like Reitaisai was really going on.

Here’s two of my favourite tweets from the event:

M_Minoshima:

Large amount of stock left over, will experience the trauma of having to send back stock soon... RT @M_Minoshima: I still have plenty of stock!

Maelock: Alright, let’s replace all the cola with beer!

There’s actually quite a few interesting tweets and it’s a bit hard for me to translate them, so I’ll link a different site that has a fair number of translated tweets already.
http://2chan.us/wordpress/2011/03/12/airreitaisai/

Some people also cosplayed for the “event”, which was interesting to say the least.

Nomiya Ayumi cosplaying as Suwako

Some circles also decided to release their albums for the event, a good explanation of which has already been written over here.
http://kalfisquine.com/blog/?p=1269

Since that post however there’s been more releases, which I will list over here.
[link] Azure&Sands released a fair number of their albums for free
[link] Floater-io released one track
[link] Ichi Luckystar released one track

Some of these releases may be pulled from the internet in a day or two since they’re just for Air Reitaisai, and I won’t be mirroring them here.

There were also releases earlier that had nothing to do with Air Reitaisai, which I guess is worth linking here again.

http://www.syrufit.jp/2011/03/13/346/ (Syrufit’s post about this)
[link] SYNC ART’S もっとらぶれすっ!/ Motto Loveressive (password is 0311)
[link] sisimai-brothers’ 日月星心
[link] Syrufit’s Baby, Baby
[link] Syrufit’s Listen Up
[link] Syrufit’s root_B _ nephilim (Arranged by Mano from Echo Project)
[link] Syrufit’s root_C _ =ALL

Links have been removed as of June 2011.

If you enjoyed any of this please donate to help victims of the earthquake, any amount at all really helps.

Redalice + Syrufit + Masayoshi Minoshima are currently streaming at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/redalicejp, which you might be able to catch if you read this post 1-2 hours after it was written. It’s nice to see that they’re doing this just two and a half days after the earthquake, and it’s good to see that they’re fine too.