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Your NMB48 Experiences

Discussion in 'General NMB48 Discussion' started by ithebigc, Jan 1, 2014.

  1. Matto

    Matto Kenkyuusei

    Joined:
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    Location:
    Tochigi, Japan
    Oshimen:
    Yamamoto Sayaka
    Twitter:
    matto_dayo
    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.
     
  2. Sakuraism

    Sakuraism Kenkyuusei Stage48 Donor

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    Well I just saw her very brief like in Oct or Nov? Yes, I will be seeing her again in March and April.
     
  3. Matto

    Matto Kenkyuusei

    Joined:
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    Location:
    Tochigi, Japan
    Oshimen:
    Yamamoto Sayaka
    Twitter:
    matto_dayo
    Sayaka Yamamoto mini Live ~after the Rainbow~ 2/2 in Tokyo Shimo-Kitazawa Garden

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    If you ordered Sayaka's album Rainbow from Fortune Music with the bonus DVDs or mini booklet, there was an option to get into a lottery for her post-concert tour mini-lives. One was in Osaka on January 31st and one was in Tokyo on February 2nd. I was fortunate enough to win a ticket for the Tokyo live.

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    The live was held in Shimo Kitazawa Garden. From the name of it I figured it was going to be some fancy pants beer garden venue... Boy was I wrong. This was a grungy-ass looking basement. It was basically the quintessential gig environment/venue where local bands would perform in town, (imagine level 2 from Guitar Hero). Anyway with the introduction out of the way, here's my hot take on the show.

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    This live had the same vibe as the Zepp concerts. It was a rock concert instead of an idol pop concert. Fans were encouraged to sing along to the chorus. There were no mixes or wota chants. A couple people tried really hard to get response between sets and I'll touch on that later. Basically, if you didn't get a chance to see any of the Zepp concerts, this would be a very satisfactory experience in terms of music and energy from the band.

    The setlist for the Tokyo mini-live was identical to the Osaka one. Which consisted of what I feel are her best songs from the album.

    Here's the setlist:

    1.幸せの欠片 Shiawase no Kakera
    2.スマイル Smile
    MC1
    3.彼女になりたい Kanojou ni Naritai
    4.雪恋 Yuki Koi
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    5.ひといきつきながら Hito iki tsukina gara
    MC3
    6.レインボーローズ Rainbow Rose
    7.メロディ Melody


    During the second MC, There was a brief Dacho Club gag moment. The band's keyboardist had stepped out, but was still needed. Sayaka asked if there was anyone who wanted to play the keyboard, the lead guitarist raised his hand and offered to play, as did the other band members, as well as the audience. Finally Sayaka raised her hand and offered to play, prompting everyone to encourage her to do it

    どうぞ! どうぞ!(Go ahead! Go ahead!)

    Sayaka admitted she had little experience playing the piano but managed to play the opening piano section of Yuki Koi. And a tiny section of another song that I forgot. She posted a segment of it on instagram earlier that day.

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    The keyboardist finally returned and they continued their set.

    The next MC featured the violinist Ayasa who showed off her signed Sayaka photo she got from an Osaka event. Apparently, Sayaka signed it before the show and it made Satoko, the drummer, jealous. Sayaka decided to sign Satoko's bass drum to make amends.

    As the set finished and Sayaka gave the final MC where she introduced the band members, she mentioned that SY band wanted to do more concerts this year and the goal was to perform in bigger venues than Zepp. (Budokan, anyone? Hey if that PPAP guy can perform there, why not?)

    And that was the show. Now here's a summary of the good points and bad points.


    The Good:

    As mentioned before, I felt the same about this show as the Zepp one, they're both awesome. . The huge difference is the venue, though. Compared to Zepp which housed about 3000 people, this one only housed 500. With a smaller venue, you were obviously closer and it felt like a more intimate performance, akin to a 48G theater show.

    Sayaka mentioned in the first MC that Shimo-kitazawa Garden was much smaller than Umeda Quattro Cafe and so she was especially nervous because of how close everyone was.

    I was number 199 which was decent. I was roughly the same distance from the stage at this show as I was at the Zepp Tokyo show.

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    The Bad:

    The rave bands weren't wirelessly controlled like at Zepp. I'm guessing this was more of a logistics issue with the venue. But it was boring to only use one color at a time. I opted for yellow.

    Also there were a couple of people near the front of the crowd who kept doing wota/Sayaka calls. Calling her cute/cool between sets but with no response/reaction from Sayaka. It got kinda annoying and I could tell Sayaka wasn't having any of that and politely ignored it. This wasn't that kind of show.

    As an aside, there was a funny moment where she mentioned how inconvenient having a live on a weekday was and wondered if people had work or school that day. Some people mentioned they took the day off. She asked if anyone came from afar and one guy mentioned "zoo" and Sayaka asked if he lived in a zoo. That was funny dumb moment.



    Overall, this was a fun show and I enjoyed it just as much as the Zepp show if not a bit more because of the smaller venue/closer standing position. If what Sayaka and the band said is true and they're planning on doing more shows this year, then I'm totally looking forward to them. And of course, I can't wait to see these guys again.

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    Last edited: Feb 2, 2017
  4. sscrla

    sscrla Kenkyuusei Stage48 Donor

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    Takayanagi Akane
  5. Matto

    Matto Kenkyuusei

    Joined:
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    Location:
    Tochigi, Japan
    Oshimen:
    Yamamoto Sayaka
    Twitter:
    matto_dayo
    February 4th, 2017 High Tension Handshake Event (Valentine's)

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    Yabushita Shu

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    -Slot 5-

    Yamamoto Sayaka

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    Yamamoto Sayaka

    Some context for this conversation with Sayanee. She was well-aware of the horse that shared its name with her. A fellow fan on Twitter made the wicked pun of Sayaneigh. I decided to educate her on the beauty of this joke.

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    -Slot 7-

    Going along with the previously established information, I decided to tease her a bit. Quick note, because of the misunderstanding in Japanese, I had to take some creative liberty with the translation to replicate the confusion. This wasn't a literal one-to-one translation.

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    The fact that she acted like a horse not once, but twice was great. This is why I love Sayanee and the other NMB members. They'll totally roll with whatever you give them.


    Kamieda Emika

    I originally had 3 tickets for Emichi's video 1-shot this slot. I used those and got one video from the lottery. However, I had 13 unused tickets due to scheduling problems on both my end and on management's end, so I ended up using them all for oshi-mashi with Emichi.

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    Here's the link to the video.

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  6. Sakuraism

    Sakuraism Kenkyuusei Stage48 Donor

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    andilee1989
    1/29, 2017 Team M 3rd " Idol no Yoake " Shiroma Miru Seitansai.

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    This was my first ever Seitansai (birthday show) that I’ve attended. Seitansai in general is quite hard to win, not to mention NMB has this under the table rule that allows the members’ fans to have a higher chance of winning. On top of that, all the members I like are and were near impossible to win in the first place lol. This year(?) or rather last year was no different. I was only lucky enough to win as Cancel Machi for Miru’s Seitansai. Cancel Machi is pretty much the spare tires to fill up the empty spots that the lucky winners left for us when they don’t show up for whatever reasons. Her Seitansai was originally scheduled near end of December which was already 2 months behind her actual birthday in October. I’ve no clue why because there were chances she could’ve done it sooner because there were actual regular Team M shows with her there.

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    Due to influenza Miru called off that whole week including handshakes, appearances on YNN, and her own Seitansai. I took that as another chance to go at her Seitansai since at the time it seemed like they were planning to do another lottery again. I was wrong, they didn’t. Jan 29th was the new date. Normally a cancelmachi number like mine “38” is kind of an odd number. It’s not high enough where you would just give up but it’s not low enough either that you know if you show up on the day you have a very good chance of getting in. Luckily I was scheduled to move into my new apartment in Osaka on the 30th so all that meant was I just had to arrive a day before the move in so no dilemma there.

    The following are kind of technical information about how the system work, feel free to skip it. It may however be useful for someone who ever plans to win a show. So when you win a theater show on 48G Ticket Center, you have a choice to cancel your tickets early. Cancelling early means that the system can let the CancelMachi people have an idea how many people are forfeiting their seats thus getting an idea if they could get in. That being said, a lot of people are a-holes, even if they know they aren’t going they will probably keep it until the actual day. A few days before the show I was informed that only CancelMachi #1-10 were guaranteed to get in. On the day they posted that it was up to 35 now. At that point I knew I was most likely going to get in. Being at #38 and allowing CancelMachi up to #35 to go in meant that of the 35 CancelMachi people all I needed was 3 people who didn’t come to get in.

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    When I went line up I noticed there were only maybe about 10 people from that #1-35 that even came. What was even worse was that after the 35 only maybe another 10 showed up. I got in as expected, thinking I will probably be sitting at the very last row, I was wrong AGAIN. When I got in the 11th row (Last row) was completely empty, with the 10th row only half filled. There were also several side line seats free as well. As I was looking in front to see if there were any odd free seats open I saw these 2 seats that were originally reserved for “special guests”. Just as I noticed them a staff went and took the reserve sign off and I quickly sat into It lol. Somehow I started from CancelMachi I ended up sitting at the 6th row lol. Later that day people were saying they allowed CancelMachiOmake up to #80 to get in. CancelMachiOmake are ANOTHER batch of CancelMachi people they did a lotto in case it wasn’t enough to fill loll. I guess too many people couldn’t come because of the new date or just never showed up thinking there would be NO WAY they would let that many people in for Miru’s Seitansai lol.

    Beside my seat was this aisle and across that aisle was a batch of seats for Special Guests. I noticed this boy who’s dressed quite decent but at same time you could tell he’s still kind of young like in middle school. I was thinking he’s probably a members’ relatives or something. As the show went on you could tell certain members were paying a lot of attention to that batch of people over there. I knew someone must’ve been important that all the members know that’s sitting there so I took a 2nd glance at them. That’s when I noticed a woman sitting beside that boy. I knew instantly that was Miru’s mother since she looked like an older Miyuu (Miru’s sister). At that moment I also instantly made the connection that the boy is probably Miru’s brother.


    Highlights:

    One of the highlights was definitely the Setlist itself and watching the new Team M perform. I knew there was a chance I might be watching it live soon so I purposefully didn’t watch the Team M Shonichi LOD. Also this new Team M is like a very fisher team, for me anyway lol. Their top 3, Miru/Nagisa/Akari are all girls I’m not all that stranger to so being there meant I was getting a little bit of fan service from all 3 of them. Although I must say Akari went really all out trying to let me know she noticed I was there.

    Another was the preparation Miru’s Birthday Committee put in. It must’ve been quite costly for them this year to have all these flowers/cake made twice. They also prepared a little package for all the audiences there. There was this Uchiwa with a hole you’re supposed to look through it during Miru’s Self Intro. It was kind of hilarious because it seemed really pervy LOL. There was also a monkey earmuffs to wear after Encore. They even included a small crappy penlight in the package for people to use in case they didn’t bring one. Also before starting Encore calls, they did a speech about although Miru’s wish from last year didn’t come true yet (being center) but it’s “just right before our eyes “for the grabbing.

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    This is completely non Miru associated but during Kataomoi no Taikakusen I was paying attention to mostly to the KKS, especially Cocona. It was my first time seeing the KKS girls perform this close live and I probably was just not all that interested in Uuka lol.

    During the Birthday letter reading, there was a letter from Miru’s brother. When it was over Miru literally just couldn’t help herself from staring at her brother lol. It was soooo obvious at that point she may as well just let the whole room know he’s right there. It’s also because she stares at her brother like that, it made me want to look at his brother’s reaction. As I turn to look at him he notices that I know and he started to get all embarrassed loll.

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    During the Send Off that day I didn’t felt like talking to the members so I wore a flu mask. I noticed Chihhi didn’t recognize me so I decided to give her a “What’s Up” and then she finally realized it was me lol. Everyone all wanted to talk to Miru and it was perfectly normal, except for me lol. I walked by and just waved at her. Funny enough she also didn’t say anything. Instead she had this smile and gave a gesture that’s like saying “I know you came~~”. After I wondered if she actually even knew it was me lol. I hope so, or else I’d be very sad loll cause you know, even Akari did loll. I don’t even remembered what Akari said but it was basically casually telling me she knew I was there lol. Anyway it was fun, especially because it was a birthday show of one of the members I really care about. After the show I was talking to another foreign fan who also won that it felt like I haven’t seen Miru perform in theater for ages. Then I actually went back and dug out the last time I saw her at the theater and it was close to almost 2 years! Wow!

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  7. zeroshiki

    zeroshiki Kenkyuusei

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    The Miru seitan thing is messed up since they had a show for the people who won last time and then this time, there was no lottery so it didn't matter if the winners of the previous show could come this time or not, they automatically won. I heard about the CancelOmake but didn't know it was as bad as #80 especially for a seitansai of a top member.
     
  8. joooooooooe

    joooooooooe Stage48 Moderator Staff Member Stage48 Moderator

    Joined:
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    Tsushima, Japan
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    Nishimura Aika
    Twitter:
    OsakaJooooooooe
    February 11th, 2017 Boku Igai Dare Ka handshake (ATC Hall)

    Background:

    This trip seemed disastrous from the start. First of all, the night buses were all full and the plane was quite expensive, so I had to stay overnight in Fukuoka and take the Shinkansen to Osaka in the morning, which was an extra 13000 yen out of my pocket. Then, when I had arrived at Fukuoka from Tsushima, I get an email saying that Suzu (and Rei and I think Momone) can't make the handshake because of an academic trip, so my Suzu tickets would become toujitsuken or day tickets.

    In the morning I was sluggish to get out of bad. I had planned to get to Osaka by like 10:00; I got there at 11:15. I almost missed my first handshake because I wanted to go to the gym. And at the gym, I decided to try using the safety squat bar instead of a regular barbell and I did really poorly.

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    Slot 3: Kinoshita Momoka
    If I remember she had a very light brown suit on or something. Anyway, whenever I've been seeing her lately (and it hasn't really been lately, I haven't really checked much this year on NMB because I've been busy... with Skyrim) I thought she had a real nice smile so that's what I told her.

    Momoka: Hello!
    Me: Hello. Lately I've noticed you've been having a really nice smile.
    Momoka: Thanks!
    Me: It's like... a real smile. Not fake.
    Momoka: A real smile, huh? *she starts laughing and smiling*

    And that's it. Pretty solid. Honestly everyone keeps thinking Momoka is some demented young lady but she's really cool and genuine. If you have even the slightest inclination to go see her, check her out.

    Other things is that this one felt really short. It might have been because the people ahead of me had like 15 and 8 tickets respectively. Also, after me there were like 6 or 7 really pretty girls so maybe they didn't want me. Oh well.
    Slot 4: Katou Yuuka
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    With my toujitsuken my options were pretty slim and I decided to use them on slot 4 because the rest of my tickets were slot 5. I suppose I could've had Yuuri for slot 6 but I didn't want to wait.

    At first I wanted to go for Akarin, but her line was long and I am impatient. Uuka's was, for better or worse, completely empty, so I decided to use the question that I was going to use for Akarin for Uuka.

    Uuka: Hello!
    Me: Hi! Can I ask you a question?
    Uuka: Sure!
    Me: I'm balding, what do I do?
    Uuka: Uh, put on a hat, I guess?
    Me: A hat, huh. But in terms of fashion, what do I do?
    Uuka: Fashion?
    Me: Yeah.
    Uuka: Hmm. I think you actually look pretty good as you are. This works for you.
    Me: Oh, um, thanks.
    Uuka: And your collar here is all fluffy! *touches my collar*
    Me: Thanks!

    (The jacket is like this, but not denim: http://image.rakuten.co.jp/schott/cabinet/3162025_1.jpg)

    That was, um, interesting. I suppose Akarin would've been better for the fashion advice but at the same time I'm happy that at least Uuka thinks I'm fashionably competent. Minus points for zero reaction to me saying I'm balding though. Even my 7 year old students laugh at that one.
    Slot 5: Jo Eriko (3 loops, 3 tickets each)
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    Jo: Hey, it's been a long time!
    Me: Yeah, it has, hasn't it. By the way, last time you told me to record your performance of the latest single...
    Jo: Yeah.
    Me: And so I did, and I watched it, but I couldn't see you at all.
    Jo: See who?
    Me: See you.
    Jo: Haha
    Me: What do I do?
    Jo: What do you do?
    Me: Yeah, what do I do?
    Jo: Haha, you're a funny guy.

    If this sounds really awkward, it was. I wrote my English all nice, but imagine it being real quiet and filled with stuttering. Jo kept leaning in to really listen. I've been here for a year and a half and I think my Japanese sucks, so whenever I talk I feel like my volume drops 2x from when I speak English.
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    Jo: Hello again.
    Me: Hey, sorry about speaking quietly. I don't really have much confidence with Japanese...
    Jo: Why? You should!
    Me: And, you know, there's Yamarina over there yelling...
    *Jo doubles over laughing*
    Me: But, if we spoke English, I swear, I'm different.
    Jo: English, huh?
    Me: Yeah. Do you want to try it?
    Jo: Sure.
    Me: Yo, what's up!
    Jo: What... up?
    Me: How are you?
    Jo: Oh! I'm fine, thank you. How are you.
    Me: I'm great, I like your smile!
    Jo: Smile? Oh, smile!
    Me: Yeah! I think it's really cute!
    Jo: Thanks! I like your smile too!
    Me: ??? My smile?!
    Jo: Yeah! Good smile!
    Jo: See you!

    Uhh, I'm not used to people complimenting me on my smile, let alone an idol? She also fell over laughing about Yamarina when I didn't think it was that big of a joke.
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    Jo: Hello again!
    Me: This is my last for today, so if it's okay I'd like to ask you a really important question.
    Jo: Ok!
    Me: Oh man, this is really embarrassing. *pretends to be all nervous* Are you ready?
    Jo: Yeah...
    Me: Man, I'm really hungry. Do you know where I can eat after? Like around Namba?
    Jo: *falls over again laughing* Um, how about Wanaka?
    Me: Hmm, how about something besides takoyaki?
    Jo: Hey come on now.
    Me: I need some protein.
    Jo: Protein? So like meat?
    Me: Sure. Fish is okay too.
    Jo: Uh, um...

    *time's up*

    Jo: Uh, how about Jojoen?

    I'm not sure if she's just being nice, I feel like the way I set up jokes at handshakes is awful or at least doesn't deserve that much credit. I'm used to being boke in Japanese especially with my students but it's way more natural there than it is here. Maybe next time I'll work on my timing.

    Also, I did end up going to Wanaka, because they have great takoyaki. But Jojoen is too expensive (it's an upper-tier chain of yakiniku). Also, I looked it up just now and there is none in Namba. What a liar.
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  9. Sakuraism

    Sakuraism Kenkyuusei Stage48 Donor

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    2/5, 2017 NMB48 Kenkyuusei "Todokanasoude Todokumono" Stage

    Yes, a week later here I am winning my first KKS show. I usually don’t apply for KKS shows since I probably wouldn’t make a trip to Osaka to watch it but now I’m here there’s practically no harm. I showed up to purchase my tickets as usual, gave the staff 3 thousand yen bill but she suddenly handed one back to me. In my head I was like “????” but then It finally hit me that KKS show is just cheaper than regular. Honestly I haven’t watched any of the current KKS stages, I’ve only briefly read the setlist since I was never all that interested in the 5th gen. That being said I know who they all are by names mostly because I’ve seen all of them once at handshake events.

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    Every KKS show you have this so called the “Nichichoku” which basically came from normal Japanese school class chore system. The member designated will be responsible for erasing the blackboard messages. Within the audience there would also be a lottery upon purchasing the tickets to decide who would also be the 2nd person helping out with this chore. Today it was Jonishi Rei.

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    Right as the show started, I chuckled. It felt like I was back at work, surrounded by these middle schoolers lol.


    Highlights:

    One of the highlights was definitely watching the 5th gen performing live up close. So far I’ve only seen them from a certain distance at concerts so this was a very good way for me to see how well they actually perform. Although it was expected that a lot of them are still not up to par with their senpais it was almost interesting in some ways to really clearly see that? Lol. I guess it gave me some kind of an understanding how far and how much work the regular members have put in to, to get to where they are now. This was especially clear when you watch them perform stuff like Boku Igai rofl. BRINGING SHAME TO THE FUUYONCE LEGACY. Cocona was definitely one of my 5th gen biases so I spent a lot of time watching her during the show. Man, she’s still pretty horrible lol.


    Another thing was interesting was to see Naami and Yuzuha perform amongst the 5th gen. In comparison you could see right away how much more experienced Naami and Yuzuha are, and that’s something that’ve never came through my mind prior. Naami easily made me drop my glasses. Every single time up till now Naami has only appeared as the baby newcomer whenever she’s put in context with regular NMB members at either shows or concerts. However, watching how she and Yuzuha took control of the whole KKS stage as the Senpai especially during MCs was just, wow. That gap from when I watched Naami at Miru’s Seitansai 7 days ago and at this KKS stage was just huge.

    The highlight of the day was “Taiyou ga Sakamichi wo Noboru Koro” for me. I had no clue this song existed since I don’t really listen to any B-side on 48G CDs besides songs with a MV. When they performed it I was all like, “?? What’s this song? I’ve never heard of this song but I really like this song!” Without even knowing that this was their KKS song, I told myself “This needs to be THEIR song, this is THE song.” Luckily it was! If you haven’t heard of it or seen it performed, please do check it out! I think they’ve only started performing this song this year.

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    After the show it was the send-off. KKS send-off was a little bit different. The members would be numbered from 1-10 and depending where you are you will randomly be placed in front one of the members. Members will then hand you a copy of the KKS newspaper which is basically just a collective messages by that member. I didn’t get to read any other members’ but I’m assuming it’s a way for them to appeal themselves to the fans. In short you still get the typical Send-off by walking by all the members but with this you get an extra 7-10 sec with a specific member. I wanted Cocona but I was 2 numbers early so I ended up with Kojirin, which isn’t TOO bad I guess lol. She handed me her sheet, I responded, “I might not be able to read it lol”. At first she thought she misheard so she moved in a bit closer to signal me to say it again. I repeated again, and this time she looked even more confused like “????”. Probably wondering what I meant by I won’t be able to lol. I laughed, “loll well I’m not Japanese, I’m Canadian” Then it finally clicked for her “EH!?” Walked out the theater room and AKIRA was standing there thanking all the audiences leaving.

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    Overall it was a nice little experience. Besides some slight uncomfortable moments when they were performing more adult-ish songs, all the cute songs were perfect fit for a lot of them. It was definitely not as exciting for me as watching a regular team show but I’m glad I did and hope so to do it again given the chance. PROTECT THE CHILDREN
     
  10. cryspower

    cryspower Kenkyuusei

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    i am going for my 1st NMB48 handshake end of the month. lets see how it goes.
     
  11. zeroshiki

    zeroshiki Kenkyuusei

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    Wait, you were there on Saturday? haha...
     
  12. zeroshiki

    zeroshiki Kenkyuusei

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    Clearly the highlight of your day here is getting res from AKIRA.
     
  13. joooooooooe

    joooooooooe Stage48 Moderator Staff Member Stage48 Moderator

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    Yeh. Heard at dinner last night you were there on Sunday.

    BTW I hung out with Bess yesterday, looks like he might be coming out to one of the Haru concerts...
     
  14. zeroshiki

    zeroshiki Kenkyuusei

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    Yeah, I was there for 4th and 5th slot. I saw Rona but I didn't connect it to you also being around.

    The grad concerts will be a war since its Orix. We'll need all the luck we can get to get in.
     
  15. joooooooooe

    joooooooooe Stage48 Moderator Staff Member Stage48 Moderator

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    Actually I didn't know Rona was going until 20 min before I showed up at the venue.
     
  16. cryspower

    cryspower Kenkyuusei

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    went for the handshake at ATC on Sunday. got there at 12pm+ , with time to spare as my time sessions were the 1.30, 3 and 4.30 ones . got in to see the system, there was no line to the security and pretty much all the hall doors were opened and lanes labelled accordingly, so although theres a crowd outside the halls, there was practically no queue. when the time slot is announced to be opened, everyone just gets into the hall through whichever doors and line up accordingly to the lanes. the most popular line was as expected , Sayanee , with a special 5-6 liner for her queue in lane 1. but i couldn't get tickets for her so..
    got into Akari's queue first, was not long before i got to see her, she grabbed my hand and i said i am from malaysia. in a surprised manner, she asked is that overseas ? lol. i said yes, and after a while i was led out. got into Yamamoto Ayaka's lane next, quite a queue too. being only 14 , really small sized and small face too. talked a little while as i had 2 tix , she also said thank you in english. after that ,was Emichi. her lane was changed to another lane next to somewhere next to Ayaka, there was not much of a queue, i got in and said everything in English this time including that i watched her Tanieda english shows. she was in pyjamas, and conversed in English as well, ended with Please come again.
    after that i went somewhere for a drink before the next session. i went back and i started with Uka . as usual, got in , introduced myself , then got out. next was Nagisa, slightly longer queue, but quick. there was an extra security guard for some members, her, Sayanee, Miru to name a few. got 2 tix for her, so i went in, said i was from malaysia. she said she's happy, and then thank you, I love you in English. well that's her character. after that, i said i saw her twitter and asked if she really had a nap. she said yes, and before leaving, she said I love you in english again,lol . after that , i went for Yuuri's lane, longest line so far. after 10 mins, manage to get in and do the normal. she's a lot cuter up close in person like most of these girls are.
    3rd session for me of the day, went for Azusa first. long queue. 1 tix, so just got in and shook her hand, did the usual and came out. after that, i went for Aapon. i got 2 tix, got in, she grabbed my hands, and i said i am from Malaysia. she said really? and before i could say anything else, she said arigatou and asked what is arigatou in Malaysian language, i was a bit shocked that she led me , paused a sec, and told her. before i left she repeated what i told her. lol, probably the most memorable one of the day. lastly got into riripon's queue which had a left over queue from last session it seems. got in, and said i am from malaysia, she said she was happy. and i told her i watched her mahjong shows. and that rules were different from our mahjong, that i slowly learned it from her show as well. she asked if it made me want to try , i said yes. all in all, went well.
     
  17. convenience93

    convenience93 Kenkyuusei

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    @cryspower hahahha wait by Akari, do you mean Akarin or Anchu? Just double checking.
    "Is that overseas?" Hahahha I'm crying that's a little sad but then again I'm not surprised.
    Though next time a member asks you that, you could just tell them it's where Milky did like a majority of her photoshoots for her Milky style book lol.

    When I was living in Osaka for a bit, people I knew kept mixing up Singapore and Malaysia, so it's just one of those things I had to get used to.
    And I would usually tell people well Singapore and Malaysia did used to be one country like ages ago, but not anymore lol.

    The other thing that happened to me all the time was when I had mentioned Malaysia, then someone would go "Oh Malaysia! Merlion right??" to which I would politely explain to them that the Merlion was in Singapore not Malaysia. If I had the time, I would also tell them that the Malaysian landmark was the Petronas Twin Towers haha. I think it has happened to me at least 10 times the whole year so while at first, I didn't quite mind but after awhile, it just became a "Oh no not again" moment lol.

    Sayanee made the same mistake too when I had gone to see her at handshake about 3 years ago now. I was quite confused how she was making the mistake though at that time since she had visited Singapore before and went to the Merlion and should have known it was a Singaporean thing. The only assumption I could make was that she probably thought Singapore and Malaysia were the same country. But yeah back then I had explained to her that the Merlion was in Singapore not Malaysia, and since then, I have even sent her Malaysian postcards so hopefully she won't be making the same mistake if you do go see her sometime soon. Or else I will disown her and find a new oshi. Lol jk.
     
  18. cryspower

    cryspower Kenkyuusei

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    Akarin it was.
    "Eh? Mare-shia tte doko? Kaigai? "
    Exactly what she said, lol


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  19. convenience93

    convenience93 Kenkyuusei

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    Omg it was Akarin?! Hahaha. I don't know if I should cry or laugh at this lol.
     
  20. joooooooooe

    joooooooooe Stage48 Moderator Staff Member Stage48 Moderator

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    March 19th, 2017 Boku Igai Dare Ka handshake (Pacifico Yokohama)

    Useless preamble: I asked Ryan to get me a shirt from the Kyocera Dome event. He gave it to Andi, who paid for me. I paid Andi, but I forgot to get the shirt. GG.

    Slot A: Ishizuka Akari
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    The plan was to run a gaijin train where we just all talk to her in English. Andi made her call us "homies."

    Me: Good morning!
    Anchu: Homie!
    Me: I watch Dragon Quest!
    Anchu: Oh! Dragon Quest!
    Me: Metal slime! Cry! Me too!
    Anchu: Ok! Bye! Love you!

    The entire thing was pretty much a joke because of the gaijin thing. The few Japanese girls in line were cracking up and Shiori in the next door booth was like, wtf is going on. It was kinda funny. Wish I got to say more things. I really like Anchu but I have trouble connecting with her.

    Also, I apparently ordered 3 tickets, but I lost the other 2 because I only had one ticket in my pile. Damn.
    Slot B: Shimizu Rika (Rikatii)
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    When I had 5th gen tickets I liked her energy so I wanted to see if she still had it.

    Me: Hey! Good morning, my crazy friend!
    Rikatii: Oh... yea! Crazy!
    Me: How are you?
    Rikatii: I'm good! How are you?
    Me: I'm great.
    Me: Your uniform...
    Rikatii: Yeah!
    Me: What grade are you in?
    Rikatii: I just graduated!
    Me: Oh, uh, congratulations on graduating!
    Rikatii: Graduation! (in English)
    *time's up*
    Me: Ok, bye, my crazy friend!
    Rikatii: Hahahaha

    It wasn't as energetic and much more subdued. But I dunno, I also don't really know much about her. I just remember her next to Suzu and going nuts and this time it felt... serious?
    Slot B: Umeyama Cocona
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    Cocona's a cutie, but she sucks at talking, so I wanted to make it short and simple.

    Me: Good morning!
    Cocona: Good morning.
    Me: I want to see your angry face!
    Cocona: My angry face? Hmmm...
    *tries to look angry but it just looks funny*
    Me: Haha, that's terrible, that doesn't look angry at all!
    Cocona: Hehe
    *smiles*
    *time's up*

    She's really adorable, and if you like her this is a good way to get a nice reaction out of her. It probably gives her confidence because it's so simple, too.
    Slot C: Yamada Suzu
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    Had renban with two of my friends, had 3 loops. For the first loop, my friends were like super nervous for some reason, so I wanted to do something to calm them down.

    Loop 1:
    Me: Hey, good morning!
    Suzu: Good morning!
    Me: I have a favor to ask.
    Suzu: Yeah?
    Me: Those two behind me, they're Filipino. Can you greet them in Tagalog?
    Suzu: Ok!
    Me: It's "Kamusta ka"
    Suzu: Ok. "Kamusta ka!"
    Me: Thanks!

    My friends were totally taken aback by the greeting for their turns and they were able to calm down and really enjoyed the thing for their tickets. I felt like a decent wingman for once!

    Loop 2:
    Me: Hey, thanks a lot for greeting my friends! They were really happy about it!
    Suzu: That's great!
    Me: By the way, about you, I really like the way you laugh, it sounds so funny.
    *she starts laughing a little*
    Suzu: Haha, it's really quite funny isn't it. Some people say I laugh like an animal!
    Me: Haha. The way you laugh is like this
    *I do a terrible imitation of the way she laughs, she smiles at it*
    *time's up*

    I dunno what I was thinking, I kinda wanted her to laugh but you can't just make someone laugh like that.

    Loop 3:
    Me: Hello again!
    Suzu: Hello!
    Me: You're really in a good mood today, it's awesome!
    Suzu: Yeah!
    Me: Did something happen this morning?
    Suzu: Hmm... nothing really!
    Me: I know! You ate gyoza for breakfast!
    Suzu: No, I didn't!
    Me: Is that true?
    Suzu: No, I really didn't.
    *time's up*

    I kinda ran out of stuff to say lol.
    Anyway, I really like Suzu. If Aayan is the refined, prototypical, professional idol, Suzu is the peasant dork. She was all smiles and was very pleasant to talk to.
    Slot 4: Yamamoto Sayaka
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    Renbanned with one of my friends from last time. Right before we got up, we realize that her sweater had some sort of figure with a text bubble saying "Fuck" in mirrored text. That totally distracted me.

    Me: Hello!
    Sayaka: Hello!
    Me: I met you 3 years ago, do you remember me?
    Sayaka: Sorry, not really.
    Me: Well yeah, that's kind of expected
    Sayaka: Sorry! (in English)
    Me: Also, your sweater... that's not a good word...
    Sayaka Sorry! (in Engilsh)

    I was kind of lame. I expected her to be like "of course I don't remember! haha" but there are probably wota who actually think they should be remembered. Rekt.
    Slot 5: Fujie Reina
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    We were going to gaijin renban when we originally ordered tickets, but this was before graduation announcement so it was like really weird now. I decided to tell a story to her, but I didn't know if I could fit it in two tickets worth. Oh well, here we go.

    Reinyan: Hello!
    Me: So I got this story to tell.
    Reinyan: Yeah?
    Me: 7 years ago... you had a calendar signing event at Akiba in Yodobashi Camera, right?
    Reinyan: Yeah! Wow, that takes me back.
    Me: I wasn't an AKB fan yet, so I was there coincidentally. My friend asked if I wanted to get one, and I was like, nah, I don't really know her.
    Reinyan: Awww... *makes crying motion*
    Me: Yeah, that's my biggest regret. And so finally now we get to meet for the first time, but then you announced graduation, so I'm really regretful...
    Reinyan: Aww, oh no...

    *time's up*

    Well, at least I got to tell her a nice story. I probably should've thought of a better way to exit that conversation. We also all waved goodbye as gaijin.
    Slot 5: Jo Eriko
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    After seeing Sayaka, I thought Jo kind of resembled her...

    Anyway, Jo seems to be the only girl I can establish rapport with, so let's try some more nutty stuff, like continuing conversations from last time.

    Loop 1:
    Jo: Oh! It's you! Thanks for coming again.
    Me: OH NO. YAMARINA IS NEXT TO US AGAIN. THIS TIME I WILL TRY TALKING EXTRA LOUD.
    Jo: Hahaha. I can hear you loud and clear!
    Me: OKAY. LAST TIME I ASKED YOU WHERE TO EAT AROUND NAMBA AND YOU SAID JOJOEN.
    Jo: Yeah, I did.
    Me: THERE IS NO JOJOEN NEAR NAMBA.
    *Jo breaks down laughing*
    Me: I WAS VERY HUNGRY.
    Jo: Sorry!
    Me: WE JUST ENDED UP EATING AT SUSHI ZANMAI.
    *at this point she lets go of my hands to clap with laughter. I have no idea what to do, so I start clapping too*
    *time's up*
    Me: OKAY BYE NOW.

    Loop 2:
    Me: You know, I'm really tired.
    Jo: Oh, why's that?
    Me: I live on an island. So I had to drive to the port to take the boat to get on the bus to the subway station to go to the airport...
    Jo: That's too much! *laughs* But I'm really thankful that you did all that work to get here.
    Me: Yeah, I'm already tired. I want to go home now.
    Jo: Haha what the hell. But...
    Me: Hmm?
    Jo: If you go home don't you have to go through all that tiring stuff again?
    Me: Wait, you're right!
    *time's up*
    Me: Okay, see you later.
    Jo: Wait, is this your last ticket today? Are you coming back again? Today?
    Me: Yeah I'll be back next slot.
    Slot 6: Yamamoto Sayaka
    Me: Hey, sorry about last time, it was too serious. You should smile more.
    Sayaka: I am smiling!
    Me: Are you?
    Sayaka: Yeah. See? *geeky smile*
    Me: *gives the geeky smiile back*
    Sayaka: (in English) Where are you from?
    Me: Me? I'm from LA!
    *time's up*
    I think the OJS patted my back and laughed or something. Maybe because saying I'm from LA was really cool? I don't know.

    The thing with Sayaka is that even though it's short, you can tell she really pays a lot of attention and tries to get to know you. And she's pretty real about it too, no BS of "Yeah I remember you!" The problem is, I feel way too late, and 1 ticket at a time is pretty rough. Thankfully this go around was much better than last time.
    Slot 6: Jo Eriko
    We needed to wait for a friend so instead of using all 3 remaining tickets at once, I tried to stretch it out by looping 1 ticket at a time. The only problem is that there was no one else really in line...

    Loop 1:
    Me: Hey, congratulations on graduating high school!
    Jo: Thanks!
    Me: Did you cry?
    Jo: *with a little bit of pride* I did not! Totally did not!
    Me: Awww.
    Jo: What?
    Me: I'm disappointed in you!
    *time's up*
    Jo: Why??? *laughs*

    Loop 2:
    Me: So like, lately you seem more mature-looking.
    Jo: Oh really, thanks! It feel really nice.
    Me: But I like the more childish Jo better.
    Jo: *laughs* Hey! Why's that?
    Me: Hmm.... I think your smile was more charming back then!
    *time's up*

    Loop 3:
    Me: Well, this is my last ticket. Thanks for today, it was really fun!
    Jo: Oh, no, thank you very much.
    Me: I'll see you again in May for the picture-taking event.
    Jo: Got it!
    Me: I want you to prepare your best funny face for the event!
    Jo: Me! Okay, no problem!
    *time's up*
    Me: Well, see you later!
    Jo: Bye bye! Make sure you get back to your island safely!
    I feel a bit weird over this round of handshakes. For someone like Rikatii, I'm not sure if it's because I'm not trying hard enough.

    While I have real good rapport with Jo, I'm wondering why I can't get this same rapport with anyone else. Especially because at first I know I was mega awkward with her but she stuck it out. And the way she keeps laughing at stuff, I'm not sure if I'm being fished or if it's because she gets my humor. If it's just Joe's crazy fun time comedy hour, what the hell am I doing with my life? lol

    Maybe next time I should actually watch stuff and catch up. I say that every time, though.
     

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