The Selective Hearing and New School Kaidan crew (known collectively as the Japan 4, yes we need a cooler name.) are once again embarking on a trip the land of the rising sun. The goal last year was to attend AKB4’s first Tokyo Dome concert series and to pay respects to Maeda Atsuko as she was set to graduate during that period of time. If you missed any of the shenanigans from 2012 you can read the recaps:

Tokyo 2012 Day 0
Tokyo 2012 Day 1
Tokyo 2012 Day 2
Tokyo 2012 Day 3
Tokyo 2012 Day 4
Tokyo 2012 Day 5
Tokyo 2012 Day 6

This year we are not going to be dying from the heat nor will we be spending the majority of our time around the Tokyo Dome area. Nope, this time we are going to be chilling out and doing 1 big idol related event and that is the October 19th handshake session for AKB48’s 32nd single, Koi Suru Fortune Cookie featuring a new queen bitch center; the lovely Sashihara Rino.

Currently we are in the planning stages of this handshake event having gone through three rounds of intense debate and selection over who we would have the best chance of getting a handshake with from a random lottery draw. I won’t go over the procedure of how this whole handshake application stuff works as I barely understand what I am doing at the moment, but I can tell you it’s a difficult process that is only further complicated as later rounds of selection and their own sets of rules come into play.

I would dare to compare this handshake selection process to that of a very intense, fantasy sports league where who you decide to go with in the early rounds of the draft determines the makeup of your entire team later on. A lot of strategy and some dumb luck comes into play.

A lot more than I had anticipated going into this whole process when it was first discussed as the major activity for this trip. But after several late nights, praying to the idol gods and sacrificing alpacas I have a decent list of AKS approved touching developing. I won’t quite release my final list until the end but it’s shaping up to be a lot better given who in the talent pool is left to touch. Rest assured, when I am done with this, you will see whose butter smooth hands I will be embracing for 10 seconds or more.

There are other things planned for this trip but those haven’t been exactly been put together yet. Given that the handshake event is only 1 day I expect that we’ll be able to do a lot of touristy stuff this time out to round out the activities.