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Your HKT48 Experiences

Discussion in 'General HKT48 Discussion' started by ithebigc, Jan 1, 2014.

  1. Reveen

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    What he said on twitter was that her energy level was barely above Paruru's not that she was cold but that she was better and more energetic later in the day. I think it's likely that she still isn't fully fit and it's affecting her.
     
  2. Cristafari

    Cristafari Stage48 Moderator Staff Member Stage48 Moderator

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    HKT48 Bagutte Ijan National Handshake Event at Makuhari Messe (2017/05/28)

    I am actually "backed up on writeups, as I have Wasamin's DVD release week, a special Wasamin exclusive 'Karaoke Party', and a Chaki event to write about. However, this one is so fresh in my mind, and it was so much fun, I wanted to write it up tonight.

    I had earmarked this event as another chance to spend time with the lovely Akiyoshi, and of course Maichan. So I planned on searching for tickets early. I was also informed that my friend Derek was coming back to town, and he wanted to go to the event too. So I had to find tickets for both of us. So about 3-4 weeks ago I scoured the reseller shops and was able to find 9 inexpensive tickets. Then this past Friday Derek and I were in Akiba, and we found 12 more at Bulb, behind the Donki. So we were set, 10 tickets apiece. We would give the extra ticket to a friend who only had a few. However...

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    Akiyoshi saying hello from somewhere other than the handshake event

    When the schedule came out the other day, I immediately noticed that Akiyoshi would not be attending. Oh well, I guess I will spend a lot of time with Maichan. Except she was out too. Jeez, my "2-top" in HKT were out? Why the hell do I have 10 tickets??? As I checked out the lanes, I struggled to decide how would I use the tickets I had. Would I loop Bibian's lane over and over? Perhaps I would just go to a bunch of different lanes. I began mapping out ich lanes I was most interested in seeing, and figured I would decide at the event. By the way, here are the lanes we had to choose from...

    1) Sashihara Rino (H)
    2) Kodama Haruka (H), Ueki Nao (KIV), Unjo Hirona (KKS)
    3) Matsuoka Hana (TII), Takeda Tomoka (KKS), Miyazaki Sono (KKS)
    4) Miyawaki Sakura (KIV)
    5) Ui Mashiro (H), Tashima Meru (H), Kurihara Sae (TII)
    6) Tanaka Miku (H), Imamura Maria (TII), Shimizu Rio (KKS)
    7) Kojina Yui (H), Yamamoto Mao (H), Aramaki Misaki (TII)
    8) Yabuki Nako (H), Tsutsui Riko (TII), Yamashita Emiri (TII)
    9) Matsuoka Natsumi (H), Shimono Yuki (KIV), Fukagawa Maiko (KIV)
    10) Tanaka Natsumi (H), Tomonaga Mio (KIV), Oda Ayaka (KKS)
    11) Sakaguchi Riko (H), Moriyasu Madoka (KIV), Jitoe Nene (KKS)
    12) Inoue Yuriya (H), Iwahana Shino (KIV), Tanaka Yuka (KIV)
    13) Motomura Aoi (KIV), Murakawa Bibian (TII), Tsukiashi Amane (KKS)
    14) Komada Hiroko (H), Tomiyoshi Asuka (KIV)

    Members not participating:
    Team H - Akiyoshi Yuka, Ueno Haruka, Yamada Marina,
    Team KIV - Imada Mina, Kumazawa Serina, Fuchigami Mai, Murashige Anna
    Team TII - Sakamoto Erena, Hokazono Hazuki, Yamauchi Yuna
    Kenkyuusei - Sakai Moeka, Toyonaga Aki, Matsumoto Hinata


    I knew I wanted to go to lanes 11, 13 and 14 for Bibian, Rikopi, and Asuka. Mio in lane 10 was a possibility. Then you had Nako and Miku in lanes 8 and 6. I had mentioned in my last HKT post that I was interested in meeting Nako. I also figured I would use my entry ticket on a 'heavyweight'. Would it be Sasshi, or Sakura? Lanes 2, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 12 were pretty much out. Or so I thought...

    The three of us got into the venue, and asked if they could renban our tickets. They said no, but we could all go to the "worst" section if we wanted. We all pulled different sections. Koba got A2 (front and center), I got B2 (middle center) and Derek got C2 (back center) We ended up trading our B2 and A2 tickets to various people for C2 tickets. However, that was before any of us knew that there was a rear stage. So for the random guy I traded my B2 ticket to, I felt kinda bad that I sort of screwed him over. But it really wasn't on purpose. Anyway, we got in about 30 minutes before the mini-live started, so it wouldn't be too long a wait.

    The mini-live started with a skit based on the comedy variety show "Shoten" where the teams answer quizzes and win cushions to sit on (SKE did a variation of this on Ebisho once before) Natsumikan played the host, and Imamura was the one handing out the cushions. Then came the music. The setlist...

    1) Bagutte Ijan
    2) Melon Juice
    (MC) "Waratte Iitomo"
    3) Iiwake Maybe
    4) Heavy Rotation
    5) Flying Get
    6) Gingham Check
    7) Love Trip
    (MC)
    8) HKT48 Family

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    Natsumikan was the "2nd best" of this contest


    I may be messing up the order of the songs, and the AKB part was a tribute to SSK. Personally I would have rather hear them stick to HKT selections, but whatever. The MC after Melon Juice included another game, this time hosted by Bibian. The object was for the teams to toss blow up 'pool rings' to one member who had to somehow catch and 'wear' them. Most of the teams struggled, but the last team used Imamura as the catcher, which everyone laughed at. Until she turned out to be a freakin' champion, completely covering herself until the rings were even over her head, and then catching three more rings completely blind. Needless to say she was the MVP of this game. The show end shortly after 2:30, and the staff got the lanes ready pretty quick, definitely quicker than the last National event, when the lanes all opened up late. It was time to strategize. I wanted to get a long lane out of the way first, but which would it be? It also didn't help that our section (C2) was the 2nd to last section allowed to enter the lanes. Finally we were called. Well, it's now or never...

    Sashihara Rino (Lane 1) - The line was already pretty long, but this was a National event, so it wouldn't be a terribly long wait. However, at one point they reconfigured Sasshi's lane to accommodate more people. I wasn't sure what to say to Sasshi, but I figured I would ask her about her teeth. That plan went out the window, however, when I got into the lane and Sasshi noticed my t-shirt. She immediately pointed to it and said "Ebichu, all-right!!" as I was pushed out of the lane seconds later. I was confused though, I wasn't wearing an Ebichu shirt. But when I looked down at my shirt I realized what she was getting at. I was wearing one of my Wasamin birthday shirts, which features a big shrimp and a heart. "Ebi...Chu!" Ahhhhh! Well, considering Sasshi is into Ebichu, I'm glad I didn't correct her.

    Sakaguchi Riko, Jitoe Nene, Moriyasu Madoka (Lane 11) - Since I got that out of the way, I would start doing the lanes that were high-priority for me. I chose this lane because a) it was shorter than Bibian's line, and b) my friend Koba wanted to Renban. I eventually made it to the front. Rikopi immediately greeted me with "Kurisu, sashiburi!" I gave her a "whassup!", mimicking our last exchange at the individual HS event. Nene immediately tried speaking English with me, which became a pattern. Pretty much every single 4th gen KKS tried to speak English to me. Finally I got to Madoka and said "Wingardium Leviosa" in reference to her SSK poster from a couple years back. Anyway, I was glad I had the good reaction from Rikopi

    Lane 11, Part 2- I went back to this lane later in the afternoon. However, the girls had changed their order. Madoka was first, so I explained that her that I had her Harry Potter SSK poster framed in my house, which is partially true. I used to have it, but after I sold my house I took all of the posters down. Anyway, she was kinda shocked when I told her that. The guard kinda shoved me over to Rikopi, who acknowledged that I got shoved really hard. Finally more English from Nene, and I was out.

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    Tsukiashi Amane, Murakawa Bibian, Motomura Aoi (Lane 13) - All of my friends decided that they wanted to visit this lane, so we entered together. The queue was fairly big, but we noticed that the next lane over was completely empty. I decided that I would take advantage and go there next, since I planned on seeing Tomiyoshi anyway. We got to the front, and I gave my usual "good luck, do your best" shpiel to the KKS, since I really have nothing to say to any of them. Bibian was next, with her usual over the top Kami reaction. I told her that her MC was great. After an osashiburi to Aoi I was done. However, I looked behind me and neither of my friends entered the booth. It turned out they stopped the lane right after my turn to send the girls over to the handicapped lane. I would take advantage of their wait to quickly visit Tomiyoshi in Lane 14. I would be visiting this lane later on as well.

    Tomiyoshi Asuka, Komada Hiroko (Lane 14) - There was no wait in this lane, and only a couple of people ahead of me in the queue. I greeted Tomiyoshi and asked if she was genki today, but then the fully expected push from the guard never came, so I sat there with my mouth open. Asuka was like "uhhhh" and sorta laughing, finally I got the merciful push to Komada who immediately asked me where I was from while Tomiyoshi watched our exchange since there was nobody behind me. It's funny, I always struggle to talk to Asuka, while Komada was no problem. I think the issue is that Asuka always waits for me to engage her, while other girls will take charge of the conversation. Anyway, chalk up another awkward exchange with Tomiyoshi, which occurs around 50% of the time I see her.

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    In the meantime my friend Panda showed up at the venue, after spending the morning with SKE in Nagoya. I wanted to renban with him and visit his oshimen, Mikurin. But he informed me that he would only be doing matome with her. However, he said he was going to see Mio. Okay, she was on my possible 'visit list' I would enter the lane with him. And since he is also a big Mio fan, he could introduce me as his friend...

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    Tomonaga Mio, Oda Ayaka, Tanaka Natsumi (Lane 10) - It wasn't a long line, eventually we made it to the booth where Panda began talking me up to Mio. She totally brightened up. When I came in after she had this huge smile on her face, and was totally genki. I told her that her haircut looked really nice, since the last time I saw her a couple weeks ago her hair was longer. I was eventually pushed to Oda, who gave me the 'English' treatment, then to Natsumikan, who immediately asked where I was from. I then told her that she was a great Shoten host. She enthusiastically thanked me as I left the lane. I have to thank Panda, because he totally upgraded my Mio experience.

    Half my tickets were done, I knew I would be visiting Lanes 11 and 13 again, I had three more to decide on. The odd number lanes were on break, and the even numbers were going on break soon. I decided I would get into another even numbered lane before they went out...

    Yamashita Emiri, Tsutsui Riko, Yabuki Nako (Lane 8) - I had noticed last week how genki Nako seemed with her fans, and that I would like to meet her. Well, here was my chance. And it was quite the experience, but not for the reasons I expected. Since I had never met Emiri before, I would give her the usual 'nice to meet you' greeting. But then Tsutsui saw me, and all hell broke loose. Grabbing on to me, she as just blurting out as much English as she could think of, holding on to me tightly. "Nice to meet you!" "Thank You!" "I Love You!" Eventually I got pushed over to Nako, but Tsutsun didn't let me go, now leaning over Nako and just continuing to give me facetime, and every time I tried to speak to Nako, Tsutsun would just keep going. Finally I got pushed out, without hardly saying a word to Nako. But just as I was leaving, Nako asked me "Do you speak Japanese?" I responded affirmatively, and she just laughed. They spent all this time yelling at me in English for no reason. Anyway, points to Tsutsui for the tremendous fishing job. It is too bad she is graduating, I would have probably gotten a ticket for her after this exchange.

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    Two idols who were a lot of fun today!

    Tsukiashi Amane, Murakawa Bibian, Motomura Aoi (Lane 13, part 2) - The even number lanes went on break, so I decided this would be a good time to loop my top priority lanes, which were both Odd. After going to Lane 11, which I wrote about above, I went to see Bibian again. I passed Amane in a blur, but when I got to Bibian I wanted to tell her that my friend met her and was really impressed with her energy. She gave me an excited reaction, per usual. Bibian is pretty much always 'shot out of a cannon' I moved on to Aoi, who I have similar experiences with as Tomiyoshi, not sure what to say. So I merely told her I enjoyed the mini-live, especially the MCs.

    I had two tickets left. There was one lane left on my 'priority list' that I hadn't yet seen. So to have no regrets I would go there next, and then decide what to do with the final ticket. Perhaps see Sasshi again? Meet Sakura for the first time? Or even Meru??? What I didn't know was that these last two lanes would be my highlight of the day. It was totally unexpected too because it involved members I originally had written off as not being too interested in seeing...

    Shimizu Rio, Imamura Maria, Tanaka Miku (Lane 6) - So even if I wasn't getting to see Mikurin with Panda, I still wanted to meet her, especially since I am the person who receives Panda's huge orders from AKB and HKT with all the Mikurin tickets. I thought she might be interested in knowing the person behind the scenes of his huge amounts of tickets. All of the lines were much shorter now, even this line was quite small. As I went through the queue, I noticed that Lane 7 was empty, I also noticed that Aramaki Misaki was staring at me. Eventually she nudged Yamamoto Mao, who was next to her. They both waved to me, so I waved back. All of the sudden they brightened up. But they had nobody in their lanes, so I gave them the 'sad puffy lip' look. They are both beckoning me to come over. I thought about it a second. Well I DID have one ticket left, so I gave them a thumbs up and motioned that I would come over. They both started jumping up and down, along with Kojina Yui, who had gotten into the act. I love being fished from other lanes while in queue! Anyway...

    I went through my usual KKS greeting, then moved over to Maria. I congratulated Maria on being the 'game show champion!" This time I got a more authentic reaction than the last time I met her. That made me happy. I finally got to Mikurin, and told her I was friends with Panda. (Actually I used his real name) I then told her that "all of his tickets come to my house" and she immediately burst out laughing. It was awesome! Panda has become sorta notorious for the amount of Mikurin tickets he gets, so it wasn't lost on her what kinda of job handling Panda's tickets probably is. In fact, when she met Panda later, apparently she was excited to tell him the story. So now she knows the person behind the scenes of all those handshake tickets!

    And since my last ticket had been decided....

    Yamamoto Mao, Aramaki Misaki, Kojina Yui (Lane 7) - This promised to be an excellent handshake experience after our exchange a few minutes earlier. Like before, there was hardly anyone in the lane. All three of them pretty much were addressing me at the same time, thanking me for coming, complimenting me. "Kakkoi!" "Handsome!" "Jouzu Nihongo!" They were spreading it on quite thick, I felt like was at a hostess bar. But that's okay. I told them all I will come and see them again. The funny thing was the last time I met Aramaki she wasn't like this at all. However, my friend said that she has improved at handshakes lately. It was my first time meeting Yui and Mao. And Mao is one in particular I had thought of meeting for a while. So I am glad it was such a fun experience. It was definitely a meeting so memorable that it guaranteed future meeting will be just as fun.

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    Talk about ending on a high note, eh? Two lanes I almost ignored ended up being the most fun all day. In fact, the entire day was a lot of fun, and just about every lane was a great experience. Sometimes it is good that your "oshi" isn't around. It frees you up to meet other members. While the cat's away...

    Anyway, that's it for me and HKT events until they release another CD. Same with SKE for that matter. I would much rather go to their exclusive events than the 48-group events. Aki-P and friends need to get their asses in gear and give these sister groups more releases.
     
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  3. Tuhis

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    HKT48 1stアルバム『092』Kansha-sai/Kyushu, Grand Messe Kumamoto

    Started my trip with this event. Was crazy tired, since I had arrived to Nagoya just previous day, and I had to wake up at 0530 to make it to first train in order to be at Kumamoto in time.

    The venue had been divided into segments like this: https://www.universal-music.co.jp/hkt48/wp-content/uploads/sites/2117/2018/03/hkt_0325_map.png

    I had bought 2 first press copies of 092, which translated into 10 event tickets. Each sub-event cost 2 event tickets, and game and food stalls 1 each.

    1: Karaoke tent
    This was nice. There was six members performing, example Jiina, Akiyoshi Yuka and IIRC Tomiyoshi and Fuchigami. (I am not familiar with all HKT members and have bad memory.) Couple others I've forgotten. They sang various 48G songs for about 25 minutes with some MCing inbetween.

    After this went walking about the venue, spotted Sasshi making the rounds there, she did at least 3 rounds walking around the crowd surrounded by security, and a random member. First time it was Nako (who is freaking tiny IRL).

    2: Talk booth
    Went to this one partly by accident. "Oh here is something starting, might as well go." It was Murashige's talk where she gave life advice, but it had the added bonus of Sakuratan drawing animals for people asking questions. I chatted with some Murashige fans, who were surprised to find out I came from Finland to Kumamoto for HKT. They graciously shoved me to front row too, and tried to coax me to asking questions from Murashige, unfortunately I don't speak enough Japanese or Russian. Seemed fun, understanding questions better would have helped. :D

    3: Food stalls

    At this point I realized I was terribly hungry with a very small breakfast and no lunch so far. Unfortunately only things that did not have massive queues were cotton candy and dango(3 kinds). Went with dango, and it came with a Ueki Nao photo too!

    4: Surprise signings
    By far the surprise signatures had the biggest queue. So I queued up and waited for my turn. While in the queue some young girls were interested to see a westerner there so we chatted a bit before signings. They knew people ahead in the line who could tell who was in some booths. Apparently Natsumikan and Moripo were signing at the time and I missed Moripo (my HKT oshi) by one booth. Got a signature from a member I yet haven't looked up and had a quick chat. No handshake.


    5: Game booth (each booth had a changing member cheering)

    Went to shooting booth, aim was to hit a target in 2 tries. I of course hit it with the first one. Reward: a HKT sticker from Akiyoshi Yuka. She quite astutely noticed I was a foreigner when handing me the sticker and we had a small chat in Japanese. Fortunately I had learned how to tell my route to Kumamoto and it seemed again to be impressive.

    6: Surprise signings
    Decided to spend my last tickets on something that enabled me to have a chat with a member so surprise signing it was. Again a crazy queue, and again a member I didn't yet look up. Nice short chat and there it was.

    The event was about to end anyway as it was already over 1700 and I had to get myself to Kagoshima, so I went to bus stop to queue for a seat in the bus. Was a fun way to spend the day. Also Sasshi has quite the presence IRL.

    HKT48 at Saitama Super Arena

    This has already been discussed by others in great detail but for me, I liked it. I had 400-level crap seats but still it was quite much fun and entertainment. Lessons learned: next time I have Saitama-like concerts coming up cheap shit 8x binoculars won't do, you need 10x stabilized ones for 400-level seats. After the show, the merch lines weren't so crazy so I was able to get me a proper lightstick for the concerts coming up.
     
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  4. Cristafari

    Cristafari Stage48 Moderator Staff Member Stage48 Moderator

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    HKT48 1st Album Shamekai Event at Tokyo Ryutsu Center (2018/04/15)

    I have been anticipating these HKT shamekai events for a while now. Although I had heard mixed reviews about the event. As you may have noticed, HKT's album was coming out right before AKB's album, which meant that HKT fans would have to double-down on album purchases. Not to mention HKT's album 'theater version' was more expensive than AKB's. This ultimately negatively impacted HKT's album sales. I know it affected me, as I originally bought only six cds/tickets, three for each Tokyo event, although I ended up purchasing two more in a later resale round to make eight total.

    The other thing I heard was "Well, it's basically the same as an AKB event." We'll see about that.

    I arrived at Ryutsu Center at 11:45, shortly after the beginning of Slot 2. It's in the middle of an industrial area without much surrounding it, and you have to take the Tokyo Monorail to get there, which is a slight pain, although it does drop you off right at the entrance of the building. There was a big queue to get in, but it went fairly quickly, a little more than five minutes. It was a strange setup, since the event rooms are extremely small, especially compared to Yokohama and Makuhari. In fact, they couldn't even fit all the lanes on one floor. Lanes 1-13 were on the first floor, and lanes 14-24 were upstairs on the 2nd floor. LOL. The fan area was tiny too, so most people just went outside when they weren't doing handshakes. Also, it was hot as hell inside, so I had no desire hanging out in there longer than I had to. I went to my Slot 2 lane, said hello to a couple of fans I knew, and headed in...

    Akiyoshi Yuka (Lane 5) I got a message from a friend that Akiyoshi looked lonely sandwiched between Mikurin and Sakura. I told him I was on the way! As expected, she had no queue, all of her fans were hanging outside the lane. She's still in a cast and on crutches, so she stayed seated. The neat thing is each lane has a special backdrop that is based on whatever the day's theme is. Today is "Sports Day." the girls are also supposed to dress sporty. I waited for two people to go before it was my turn. Yukachan greeted me with a big smile and I gestured toward the food on the table. "Tabetai! Of course, I could have been talking about her. (LOL) She asked what pose, and we did the one I usually do with Maichan.

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    BTW, we'll give Yukachan a pass for not dressing 'sporty'. It's a really nice pic, right? In fact, the first person I sent this to thought we really took the pic in a bowling alley. Anyway, Yukachan said see you again, but I told her that I only had one ticket for today. I think I disappointed her. :(

    I went over to the map to see which lanes my other three tickets were, but I couldn't find one of the members. Where was she? I double-checked the kanji to make sure I wasn't overlooking her, and then I saw two members were out for the day, one being Tomonaga Mio. Oh no! I found out she recently had knee surgery, so I don't know if she will even be back for the next Tokyo shamekai event. It's times like these when I wish they offered oshimashi. I would've happily used the ticket on somebody else. Anyway, I spent the next 90 minutes outside. My plan was to do my one Slot 3 ticket toward the end f the time period, and then prequeue for my Slot 4 ticket since I needed to get out of there ASAP to go to Wasamin's cheki event. Unfortunately, there were ants everywhere, and at one point I had a couple crawling on me. I was sure to brush them all off before I headed back in for Slot 3...

    Murakawa Bibian (Lane 21) My one trip upstairs. Surprisingly, it was much cooler in the upstairs hall than the downstairs, but I think that was mainly because downstairs had all the senbatsu, and was much more crowded. Bibian's lane was completely empty, and I could see her fiddling with her phone while in her booth. She spotted me coming down the lane and began waving to me. It's nice when the experience begins early like that. I immediately noticed all the basketballs, and the schoolyard court scene as the backdrop. I asked her if I could pick up one of the balls. It was cool, we both grabbed one...

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    I think this pic is great. In fact, most everyone I have shown it too has really liked it. It makes me wonder what people were saying about it being "the same as AKB's shamekai" I think it's completely different. It's also fun to play off the backdrop. Bibian asked if she would see me again soon. I wasn't sure if I had any Bibian tickets coming up. Later I checked, and found I have one in July for the last Jabaja event. So it will be awhile. Oh well...

    Fuchigami Mai (Lane 3) I got to the queue early, and maneuvered my way around all the Piichan fans who were waiting to say goodbye to her. I managed to get third in the queue, which was good since the queue got extremely long before the lane opened. I got a peak at the decor when the guard pulled the curtain for a moment. It was darts. Okay, bowling, darts, beer drinking sports, LOL. Maichan had a cute little tennis outfit on. She asked what pose, and I suggested that we pretend we are throwing darts. I didn't notice that there were actual darts as a prop on the table. To my surprise, Maichan reaches in and hands me one. Really??? With all the caution about weapons? The guard immediately lunges over like "Nooo!!!" Maichan quickly grabbed it back from me. I actually left it resting in my open hand instead of clutching it since I had a feeling the guards would have an issue with this. I started laughing since I found whole exchange to be quite comical.

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    Ultimately, she was able to hold a dart, while I just had to fake it. No problem. It's another cute pic. As I left the lane I heard the guards discussing with her about the darts. So I doubt they had that issue anymore. But yeah, interesting prop considering the safety concerns.

    I had plenty of time to get to Gotanda to Wasamin's cheki event, so I didn't need to rush. My relatively short Wasamin report can be found in her thread. Ultimately, I really like the way these photos came out. The whole idea of the backdrops and the themed clothing is a really good one. They should definitely think about doing this again in the future. AKB could even do it.

    The other HKT48 Shamekai event in Tokyo is next month. I was hoping that maybe I would be able to do a makeup for Mio's tickets, but she might not be back by then. My other four tickets for that event are for Akiyoshi (x2) Maichan, and Rikopi. I'm looking forward to it.
     
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  5. hermionepj1

    hermionepj1 Kenkyuusei

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    u may take terrible selfies, but u got the best shamekais in the fandom!
    the backgrounds are really cool
     
  6. Arbios

    Arbios Kenkyuusei

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    great report,i really like the picture with Vivian :)
     
  7. GATX105

    GATX105 Kenkyuusei

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    I think the hkt shots came out better than the akb ones. The backgrounds were a nice touch and also you're not being rushed out unlike in the akb one. The akb one had the smaller table and the close-up shots though and a chance to win a signed cheki or video. And yes as Cristafari reported, it was very hot inside, especially in the lane 1 and 2 area where you had sasshi/sakura. Lol, i think many of the girls weren't dressed for sports but just dressed how they like but in more casual attire.
     
  8. Cristafari

    Cristafari Stage48 Moderator Staff Member Stage48 Moderator

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    HKT48 1st Album Shamekai Event at TOC Gotanda Messe (2018/05/20)

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    This was the last in the series of both AKB48 and HKT48's album shamekai events. Despite only having three usable tickets the first time around, I had a lot of fun during 'Sports Day' where the members wore sporty clothing and we took photos with sports themed backdrops. I was also really looking forward to seeing Yukachan again since it had been a while. I didn't win a ticket for the Romeo and Juliet musical, and I had to oshimashi my Yukachan ticket at the 48-group event last week since she was out for the day (I used it on Yamauchi Suzuran) I also got the great news that Tomonaga Mio would be attending the event, and those of us who couldn't use our Mio tickets last time could use them at this event as a makeup. That gave me five tickets in total to use.

    TOC Gotanda Messe is similar to Tokyo Ryutsu Center in that it is extremely small compared to Pacifico, Makuhari, or Big Sight. And like Ryutsu Center, the lanes were spread out over two different rooms. Both rooms were relatively similar in size. The first room contained lanes 14-22, which were generally the girls who usually have shorter queues. It also had the entrance/bag check, information desks, and handicapped seating area. The far room had lanes 1-13, plus lane 23 which was the 'Group Shamekai' lane. I didn't notice they had added this feature, and Yukachan's group sold out before I tried to apply. In-between the two rooms was a large hallway, where they moved spillover queues, then the outside parking lot had food, goods, and photo trading. I got in before the 2nd slot started, and immediately queued for Yukachan...

    Slot 2

    Akiyoshi Yuka (Lane 19) "Otona Ressha": While waiting in queue for Yukachan, Hokazono Hazuki's lane already opened. Hazuki was wearing tight, black leather pants and a red leather jacket from the 10th single Platinum Girls B-side, and with her red hair she looked totally hawt. In fact, at one point she caught me checking her out and smiled at me. Meanwhile, Yukachan's lane finally opened up. Great to see her out of her cast and without her legs covered. Plus, she was wearing the outfit of one of, if my my favorite 48-group songs of all time, cool! When I was third in queue I caught her eye and she smiled at me. Finally it was my turn. "Kurissuuuu" However I hadn't even sat down yet and the guards were already yelling "pose, pose!" So we quickly did a heart pose.

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    I tried to say something to Yukachan but they were pushing me out withing a micro-second of me shaking her hand. Oh well, maybe I will get a chance to say something to her next time around.

    I had loads of time, and wanted to get something to eat before the food queues got too long, so I went out to the hall and toward the food booths. Karaage, Gyu Bowls, and skewers. I still find it interesting that they offer skewers on sharp wooden sticks inside the venue. Nobody sees the irony in that? I got a Gyutan Bowl.

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    I also noticed that were selling the guidebook. After seeing the Yukachan photo from the book, it was pretty much a given I was going to buy it. Plus, I would get a bonus photo from buying at an event. Anyway, I went back into the venue to use my other Yukachan ticket...


    Akiyoshi Yuka (Lane 19) <2nd ticket> This time I was determined to say something other than hello. The line was short, so I was to the front within a minute or two. Once again, the guards were yelling "pose, pose" and we did an usagi pose.

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    The guards were trying to push me out, but I managed to ask her about her performance in Romeo and Juliet. However, I think she assumed, based on my question, that I had seen the play, so she thanked me for seeing it. As I was being pushed out, I didn't have the chance to correct her. That's okay, if she assumes I saw it, that's better for my fan cred, LOL. I turned back and she was still looking at me and smiling as I was collecting my bag, so I smiled and waved back to her one more time. I'll have plenty of time to talk to her at the upcoming Jabaja handshake events, so no biggie.

    I left Yukachan's lane, and the was still around 5-10 minutes before the gates closed. I decided to get my makeup ticket done right then and there. I didn't want to lose out on my chance later on (a wise move, as you will find out)

    Tomonaga Mio (Lane 7) "Hitsuzenteki Koibito": This was the only ticket I had for the 'senbatsu room' where most of the long queues were. I had checked earlier, and Mio's queue was fairly long. When I returned it was somewhat shorter, as were the queues of most of the members, but it still extended outside the lane itself. The nice thing was since my ticket was a make-up from April, I could use it in any slot I wanted. I wanted to get it done ASAP just in case Mio bailed on the event at some point (which she later did!) Once again, it was extremely noticeable how quickly they were processing fans through the shamekai. In fact, the queue past check-in was getting shorter, despite the larger queue outside. They were taking 2-shots faster than they were checking people in, LOL. The gate had already closed by the time it was my turn. Mio was sitting with her legs covered in a blanket, much like Yukachan a few weeks ago. I wasn't sure what song her costume was from, but I thought all the pills affixed to her shirt were funny. She greeted me with an English "Hello" and I asked how she was doing. We quickly posed and took our shot.

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    Afterwards I thanked her for making it to the event while the guard was pulling me toward the exit, LOL. That beings me to the subject of time...

    So the scuttlebutt around the venue was that all the lanes were being handled in much the same way. People were being rushed through the process. This especially pissed off people who had multiple tickets. As a result, people were complaining at the information booth, and I happen to agree with them. If you show up with 12 tickets, your entire experience shouldn't take less than a minute, including the pics. What they were doing was rapidly taking the pics, then allowing 2-3 seconds for a handshake regardless of the amount of tickets you had. I only use one ticket at a time, so it didn't affect me too much, but I get why some people were angry.

    Anyway, I used this time to queue up and buy the guidebook, and got Ota Nao as my bonus pic. They were pretty much sold out of everything else I was interested in. I held up the photo as I walked through the traders, but since these were HKT fans, none of them were interested. I got the same "Nope!" look over and over. At one point someone asked who I was looking for, and when I said Akiyoshi they responded "Yeah, good luck!" In the meantime, I ran into Carey, who had purchased multiple books for the photos. He didn't want the extra books, so he gave one to me. Shit, had I known that was going to happen I wouldn't have wasted my time buying one! Anyway, on to the next 2-shot...

    Slot 3

    Sakaguchi Riko (Lane 15) "Shekarashika!"
    It had been a while since I had hung out with Rikopi, so I was looking forward to seeing her. I had to ask what costume this was, and when she said it was from her first senbatsu selection I was kinda surprised. I always think of the yankii uniforms they wear in the PV when I think of that song. Anyway, when it was my turn I got a big 'hisashiburi' greeting from Rikopi, she is always super genki at these events.

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    Once again, it was a rushed process. In fact, the guard took my phone and ran outside the booth with it trying to get me to chase him, LOL. Rikopi noticed my ticket holder, and asked who was on it as I was being led out, but I just smiled and waved to her.

    I had over an hour until my last ticket, so I went back outside to the food and goods area. I had to maneuver my way past the spillover lines, which were taking up much of the space in the center hall all day. During each slot, the lines of Sakura, Mikurin, and Hana (yes, Hana!) stretched so long that they had to move them outside the room and to the hallway. Mio also had a relatively long queue since she was doing make-ups for multiple missed events, but her queue didn't quite make it to the hallway. Part of the issue was that the queuing areas were so small, that even a medium sized line crated havoc for the guards, plus the waiting area outside the lanes was so tiny that there was hardly room for anyone to stand.

    This also became an issue for my final handshake of the day. I had a similar issue at the first HKT shamekai. My last ticket was for Maichan, and her lane was in the hall of the 'lesser popular' members for some reason. Moreover, it was in the far corner furthest from the doorway to the hall. I tried to get over there early so I could get the jump on Maichan's queue in the next slot, however Piichan was finishing up her last slot. Like last time, Piichan has this huge entourage of fans who want to do this big send-off production when she finishes her last handshake. Rikopi's fans also had a similar plan, so getting near those two lanes was almost impossible. Piichan's fans did their thing, and they almost immediately re-opened the lane for pre-queueing...


    Fuchigami Mai (Lane 14) "Sakura, Minna de Tabeta": I managed to push my way through the mass of Piichan fans coming the other way and made it 4th in line to check-in. This also gave me a front row seat to the Rikopi fans' festivities. That was fun. As I was 4th in line, this didn't affect me, but I noticed that line for Maichan became insanely long and had a snaking queue outside the lane in the waiting area. If the lane were closer to the door, they surely would have put it out in the hall, but that wasn't feasible. The guards kept trying to get us all to scrunch closer together to make more room in the line, it was getting ridiculous. Maichan was a few minutes late too, which didn't help. Maichan looks cute in anything she wears, but she looked especially cute in the Sakura, Minna outfit.

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    There wasn't much of an exchange between Maichan and I during the handshake, except as I was leaving she shouted "I love you, Matta ne!" while I was outside the queue. It was around 2:45, and I was done. I had plans for the afternoon, but I stopped to chat with my friend Panda before I left the venue.

    Postscript

    So a couple of interesting things happened to me after the event. I headed to Shinjuku to hang out at the Oedo Beer Festival, and I still had on my HKT48 jersey and concert t-shirt. Every once in a while I would hear the name "Akiyoshi" being muttered from someone behind me. Then after I got to the beer festival, this girl grabbed me. She opened up my jersey. "HKT48, you like them???" "You are fan of Sashihara?" She was even more surprised when she found out I was a fan of Akiyoshi. This girl ended up hanging out with me for two hours talking about idols, LOL. Later on, my friend, a Sasshi fan, came over since he couldn't use his Sasshi tickets, and we had a couple of brews.

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    The other funny thing was that I had earlier tweeted my Yukachan and Mio pics, and it was retweeted by a couple of Yukachan fans I know. However, by the evening I was getting a constant stream of Like and Retweet notifications that went well into the night, and is still happening sporadically today. So my Yukachan pic kinda went viral, LOL.
     
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  9. Cristafari

    Cristafari Stage48 Moderator Staff Member Stage48 Moderator

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    HKT48 11th Single Individual Handshake Event at Tokyo Ryutsu Center (2018/08/04)

    This was the first of two August HKT48 handshake events in Tokyo. The second one is coming up in two weeks. I decided to go light on tickets for this single, initially picking up only seven tickets for this event only. There was a chance I would be going to America in August, so I avoided the second event. However, after my trip got cancelled I picked up a few tickets for the mid-August event on the final resale.

    Also, I always try to be strategic with my ticket scheduling in order to 1) avoid an unnecessarily long day, and 2) not overload any particular slot. As it turned out, pretty much all the members I like were scheduled in the later portion of the day with the exception of Bibian, who was only scheduled for the morning. As a result, I ended up not getting any Bibian tickets for this entire release. It's too bad, since I have really been 'clicking' with Bibian lately, and want to hang out with her. Oh well. Anyway, I arrived at Ryutsu Center in the early afternoon since my first ticket wasn't until the 2pm "Lunch" Slot. After grabbing an Oolong Tea from the conbini outside, I headed into the venue. The last time HKT48 was at this venue for their shamekai event they were in an extremely cramped building, which was also very hot. This time they were on the 2nd floor of the main building, which was much bigger, and much cooler.

    Special Stage, with Akiyoshi!

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    After going through security, I passed the stage where random members do special programs, and whaddya know... I immediately spot Yukachan in a blue Yukata. I grabbed a spot in the back of the standing area where I had a good view of her. With her on stage were Natsumikan, Aramaki, Emiri, Iwahana Shino, and Yamauchi Yuuna. I arrived in the middle, but seemed as if they were doing some sort guessing game with strange objects. I was really only seeing if I could grab Yukachan's attention, as she was often looking over the audience. I think I caught her eye, but I wasn't sure. They also give fans the opportunity to purchase a CD and do a quick handshake with the members at the end, but I had plenty of Yukachan tickets, so I instead decided to head off for my first handshake.

    Lunch Slot

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    Yukachan was busy taking selfies with everyone today!

    Sakaguchi Riko (Lane 10) I met a friend over by Rikopi's lane. It was already five minutes into the relatively shorter 'Lunch' slot and not only was Rikopi's line pretty big, she hadn't shown up yet. I also noticed that quite a few people in line were wearing little birthday party hats. It her birthday??? I quickly checked, it was a week ago. Eventually it was almost 20 minutes into the slot, and she still hadn't shown up. I decided to queue, since there really is no option for oshi-mashi with HKT. (Actually, they did start this option, but only for tickets of members who were absent, like Haruppi, Sakura, and Nako)

    She finally made it to the booth, and the line moved relatively quickly. In the meantime, I always get a kick out of fans who I have never seen before side-glancing my ticket holder to gauge who I am a fan of. At HKT events I wear an Akiyoshi ticket holder with a bunch of Akiyoshi keychains dangling off of it. Finally it was my turn. Unfortunately I couldn't congratulate her on any SSK stuff, so I settled on wishing her a happy birthday. I also noted everyone's festive attire. Rikopi, who never misses the opportunity to try English with me, replied. "Yes, BIG BIG Party!!!"

    By the way, it was about this time I'm pretty sure I saw @Tuhis walking through the hall, but I was heading to my next ticket so I didn't stop. I looked for him later, and saw him queued in Madoka's lane.

    Slot 5

    Fuchigami Mai (Lane 15) I headed over to Maichan's lane, but they hadn't opened the gate yet. I ended up being second in line, which was good since I planned on quickly using my two Slot 5 tickets, and then leaving the venue for a little while. In the meantime, I watched a few of the members walk by heading to the far outside lanes, including the 3rd gen draftees who were going to the Special Stage. A few minutes later this really cute member who I didn't recognize walked by wearing white shorts, green top, and a really pretty smile. It turned out to be Seki Ai, who is another new draftee. Hmmm, I think I will need to put her on my "need to meet" list for a future event. I was struggling to think of what to talk to Maichan about, but then I noticed the single poster tacked on the wall in the booth.

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    This pic isn't from the handshake event, but keeping with the theme...

    Maichan entered the booth looking adorable as usual. When it was my turn I told her that I really like the new single MV, and whenever I watch it I am always looking for her scenes. This is actually true. She thanked me, and said she was glad I liked the video.

    Tomonaga Mio (Lane 9) I have gotten quite a few Mio tickets lately, although I ended up doing oshi-mashi with a couple of them. Initially I had a couple of fun handshakes with her, but lately I have contemplated not getting tickets for her in the future since I don't know that I really 'click' with her. At the beginning of the slot she had a bit of a pre-queue, but that had died down by the time I came over. In fact, I pretty much went directly into the booth.

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    Unfortunately no Mio/Yukachan selfie. But this is a cute Mio photo

    When I first entered the booth I noticed that her hair looked really nice, like she had just been to the hairdresser. After the standard hisashiburi I asked her how her leg was feeling. She said she felt good and was genki. I said that's great, and hope she gets better. She responded by calling me 'Ikemen' and pointing to her eyes. So I guess Mio likes my eyes? That's nice, and it's the first time she has ever said anything like that to me. I should have complimented her hair, but I didn't think to do it until it was too late. Anyway, just as I think to abandon visiting Mio she butters me up and now I am reconsidering. LOL

    Slot 6

    Akiyoshi Yuka (Lane 16) <1 of 2 tickets> Since I only had Yukachan tickets for this slot, I had taken off for 90 minutes and came back after the slot started. I was hoping she would still be wearing her Yukata, which she looked so cute and comfortable in. I saw Yukachan come out from the back curtain. Sure enough, she had on the Yukata. So when it was my turn I immediately mentioned how cute she was dressed. I then said that I watched her special stage, but was in the back. She said she noticed me standing back there. I thought she did. Great, mission accomplished! I thought about looping the line, but I had noticed the members going over to the special stage, and decided to walk over there instead...

    Special Stage with Rikopi. Kyushu Food Products

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    So when I saw Rikopi heading over to the special stage, I decided I wanted to watch it. After my handshake with Akiyoshi, I had only missed the very beginning. For the stage, the competing members where Rikopi, Imamura, Takeda Tomoka, Fukagawa Maiko, with Kumazawa Serina as the MC. The members were given two products to taste, one was a special item from Kyushu, the other was just a regular product from a local conbini. The first challenge was a piece of fruit (I think Kabosu?) The second was a Kyushu pastry versus a conbini donut, and the 3rd was Skal vs Calpis Soda. I didn't know Skal came from Kyushu. Ultimately, Imamura and Takeda won with 2 of 3 correct. Rikopi luckily got the final one right, otherwise she would have gone zero out of three, LOL. After that was done I headed back for the other Akiyoshi ticket...

    Akiyoshi Yuka (2nd ticket) So yeah, I pretty much related to her that I watched Rikopi's stage, and quickly told her what they were up to. Yukachan smiled and said omoshiroi before I got kicked out. I had one more ticket for her in the final slot.

    Slot 7

    Akiyoshi Yuka (Lane 16) This was going to be a challenge. I needed to get Akiyoshi's ticket done as soon as possible so I could use my final ticket, which I needed to check-in for by 6:10pm. I ended up queueing very early to be sure I was first in line, which I was. Yukachan popped into her booth a few minutes late. So I quickly related the story on how I spoke to her Janken partner, Inagaki Kaori at the theater last week, and told her I was rooting for Onegai Kokoro. The moment I said the name of her unit she lit up and said "Yeah, Onegai Kokoro!" She said she would do her best, and I wished her good luck. And with that I took off for my last ticket...

    Sashihara Rino Special Stage

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    Yukachan with Mother-hen

    This was one of the special stages where you actually needed a ticket to get in. The other was for Sakura, but that one had been cancelled since she was out for the day. Like with most special stages, they draw your ticket when you check in. There were 500 spaces, so you could get a very good number, or not so great. When I went through check-in I noticed my friend Koba, who is a huge Sasshi fan, was in the 450-475 queue. Damn, I'm sure he wasn't happy about that! He directed me to the queues on the left since he thought ost of the people with lower numbers were coming from those lines. I surveyed the scene for a minute, and noticed it was pretty random. Still, I took his advice and went to the far left queue. When it was my turn I could see into the staff members "cup" and noticed that the ticket on top was #19. Oh please pick that one for me! Unfortunately she shuffled them around before picking, and I got #179. Not great, but not horrible either. However, I'm really not a big Sasshi fan, I just wanted to see the stage. I ended up swapping my ticket with Koba so he could be closer to his oshi. My new entry ticket was #464. It didn't make that big a difference. When I entered the stage area there was plenty of room right down the middle. In fact I was only 6-8 feet behind Koba. I had a perfect view of the stage, with relatively shorter people in front of me. I was good to go.

    The special stage was only fifteen minutes long or so. Sasshi came out and read a bunch of random questions that her fans filled out in her handshake lane. A lot of it was goofy stuff. One person did ask if she was going to graduate soon, but for the most part she just shrugged off the questions and gave snarky responses. Pretty much what you would expect from Sasshi. For the rest of the event she was doing Karaoke by request. A lot of people were shouting HKT songs, but she kept saying she wanted to do non-48 stuff. She sang parts of 3-4 songs, often changing the song tempo when she noticed the songs were going out of her singing range. Sasshi isn't among the best singers in the group, and gets quite pitchy at times, but it was mostly just for fun anyway.

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    And that was it. We were handed a special "ticket" for the event as we left. I was done with my tickets, and there was still 15 minutes left before the gates closed on the lanes. Damn! I could've purchased more Akiyoshi tickets. the only reason I didn't was because I wasn't sure about this special stage. Oh well, for the next HKT event i only have Akiyoshi tickets. Nobody else. So she will be getting my undivided attention.
     
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  10. Tuhis

    Tuhis Kenkyuusei

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    That was me. I was going to send a PM and verify if it was you but didn't get around to it. :D And I did go to Yuka's line too. (And Boss')
     
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    Arbios Kenkyuusei

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    good thing you didn't since she didn't rank
     
  12. Cristafari

    Cristafari Stage48 Moderator Staff Member Stage48 Moderator

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    That's what I meant. I went and cleaned up the post a little to make some of my thoughts more clear, including that one.
     
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    Tuhis Kenkyuusei

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    HKT48 11th Single HS at Tokyo Ryutsu Center

    This was my last event before it was time to go home.

    Slot 5:Moriyasu Madoka
    Having never spoken to Madoka before I had some basic stuff thought beforehand. Waste of effort. Right from the get-go she started a barrage of questionsat me. "Where did you come from?" "Finland." "What language do they speak there?" "Finnish." "Say something in Finnish!" and so on. It was fun. By the time time guards were seeing me off I did manage to call her the cutest princess of Hakata and got a big smile and "Thank you!" in return.

    Slot 6: Tanaka Natsumi
    Having never spoken to Boss either, I had some stuff thought out, like congratulating her for ranking and her MC at the kanshasai. She also wanted to hear that she was cute and I was happy to oblige. Gawddaym she is skinny though. She also pointed at her shirt that said "Cherie" and wanted me to say it. Fortunately I know enough French to be able to pronounce it properly. Quite fun to chat with her too.

    Slot 6:Akiyoshi Yuka
    I actually had spoken to her before very briefly, at 092 kanshasai in Kumamoto a few months before. She did not remember me of course but more about that. We started off in English but switched to Japanese. I congratulated her for ranking and she wanted to know where I was from and complimented my Japanese. (Which really is nothing to compliment to be honest.) All in all quite fun and refreshing.

    After which I left, went to Akihabara to spend my last evening and try the last dessert at AKB Cafe I had not yet tried. Had a nice chat with a HKT fan while there.
     

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