Japan 2013 Pre-Game: Idols I Can Meet


AKB48 was created with the concept of “Idols You Can Meet”. In October, I will get to personally experience an important part of AKB48 fandom, as our North American travel foursome returns to Japan to attend an AKB48 Kobetsu Akushukai for the release of  “Koi Suru Fortune Cookie”.

A Kobetsu Akushukai is a handshake event where tens of thousands people who have pre-ordered the Theater Edition of CD releases get to stand in long lines all day to meet members of AKB48, SKE48, NMB48, and HKT48.  For every Theater Edition CD purchased, the buyer gets one member-specific handshake ticket as a bonus. You may have seen footage of such events on various AKB-related programs.

Greg has posted his akushukai results in a previous write-up, so let’s take a look at the line-up for my 10-second brushes with fame.

SLOT 1: 9:oo AM – 10:30 AM


Takahashi Minami


Miyazawa Sae


Yamauchi Suzuran

SLOT 2: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM


Oshima Yuko


Miyawaki Sakura

SLOT 3: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM


Ogasawara Mayu


 Shimada Haruka


Hirata Rina

SLOT 4: 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM


Minegishi Minami


Kitahara Rie


Ota Aika

SLOT 5: 3:30 PM  – 5:00 PM


Kojima Haruna


Ichikawa Miori

akushuka-ishida anna

Ishida Anna

SLOT 6: 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM


Umeda Ayaka


Yokoyama Yui


Abe Maria

Let’s over-simplify things, shall we? My line-up includes:

1. My Kami-Oshi (Minegishi).

2. My NMB48 oshimen (Ogasawara).

3. My HKT48 oshimen (Miyawaki).

4. The remaining three active first-generation AKB48 members, who are also 100% of no3b.

5.  All three team captains of AKB48.

6. Three out of the four members of Not yet.

7. Two out of the four members of DiVA.

8. Seven out of the sixteen members who performed at the AKB48 in Washington D.C. concert, my first AKB48 experience.

While I lost out on a few members due to the application lotteries, I am very happy with the members I was able to win tickets for. I also won four tickets for my Kami-Oshi, Minegishi Minami. That’s 40 seconds to completely mumble and fumble my words using a combination of poor Nihongo mixed with California English. Needless to say, I will be “hella” nervous when it’s my turn to approach my oshi. It’s all part of the fun when attending an akushukai, and I can’t think of a better way to spend an entire Saturday.

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A fourth-generation Japanese American, Hiro is on the wrong side of 40 and shows no visible signs of fanboy behavior unless standing a few feet from an Asian celebrity while getting an autograph or handshake. His brushes with fame include Kago Ai, Berryz Kobo, Twins, SCANDAL, and numerous Japanese puroresu legends. He hopes to add more names to that list in the near future.