Here's a repost from the main AKB experience thread with NMB members. I used spoiler tags as a courtesy for those who don't like the screenshot chat log memos. January 7th, 2017 High Tension Handshake Event (New Year's Postcards) Slot 1 Yabushita Shu This was my first time seeing Shu since she announced her graduation so I wanted to share my surprise and thoughts with her. Spoiler Slot 2 I stupidly had 3 popular members booked for this slot, but managed to see them all thanks to careful planning. Yamamoto Sayaka Sayaka's lines are easily the longest at events but they move pretty quickly as the staff are prone to skimping out on handshake time for her because logistics. Anyway, I got super lucky and got some extra time with her because I won her sign, which is basically the equivalent of a free extra ticket. Depending on how you want to look at it, 2017 is either going to be a great year because of this miraculous event, or I've used up all my luck for the year and it's only going to get worse. Just before going into Sayaka's booth, the staff were giving me trouble because I wrote my name in katakana, while my ticket name and ID were in English. I told them that was my name and I was following the rules of hiragana/katakana/kanji only and I was trying to make it as painless as possible for Sayaka. Luckily, as far as I know, I'm the only the white foreigner at the Kanto events that goes to Sayaka's lane semi-regularly and both Sayaka and the OJS who is usually with her both know who I am and saved me by calling out my name. Spoiler Shiroma Miru This was my first time ever meeting Miru and I didn't realize I had her ticket until shortly before the event. Some backstory, I work at a junior high school and students know I'm a huge 48G dork. A couple months ago, a student who is also a Sayanee fan informed me that one of the students in a different class at the school is Miru's cousin. This could have been just school gossip and fun stuff like that, but my curiosity got the best of me and when I taught said student's class, I checked the class roster/seating chart and sure enough there's a boy with the last name Shiroma. I get a good look at him and I'd say there's a bit of a resemblance in terms of looks and mannerisms (he's a bit crazy) to Miru. So that was enough evidence for me lol. I renbanned with Sakuraism for her and told him the situation and so he stood behind me in case the message got lost (also it prevented him from setting her up to fish me lol). So there's the context for this conversation. Spoiler Epilogue: Today I had a speaking test interview with my students, among which was her alleged cousin. When I got to him I "casually mention" that I met his cousin a couple weeks ago at a handshake event and mentioned Miru's name. He responded with "Ah Miru-chan!" So that was my confirmation. And then I said that I told her about him and he had a really surprised expression in response. So I'm guessing they're related but not super close. Also I screwed up saying his name to Miru so there was probably some confusion there. His real name and the name I said were very similar. Slot 3 Yamamoto Sayaka Besides the last slot with her, this was my first time meeting Sayaka in about 3 months (last time was beginning of October) and first time meeting her since her album release and solo concert. So I had a bit of catching up I needed to do. Spoiler Handshake fail. I was so excited to show her the hot swag I got from her concert that it flew out of my ticket holder and on the ground and I panicked and didn't get to articulate how much I loved her concert. Slot 6 Yamamoto Sayaka This was my last session with Sayaka so I went full fanboy mode over her album. Spoiler Slot 7 Kamieda Emika Last but not least was Emika. This was her only slot the whole day and it was for the New Year's postcards so I definitely had to get on that. I didn't expect to win 6 out 8 postcards but whatevs. Spoiler Good times with Emichi as always. My next events will be Sayaka's "after the Rainbow" mini Live on Feb. 2nd and then Valentine's handshake event on Feb. 4th. Looking forward to those events.