1: 名無し募集中。。。 2014/07/20(日) 08:03:30.70 0.net
Rock-paper-scissors not allowed… I’m screwed. orz
【Date】 2014/7/20日 (Sun)
【Venue】 bellesalle Shibuya Garden, Tokyo
【Address】 Sumitomo Fudosan Shibuya Garden Tower 1F/B1, Nanpeidaichou 16-17, Shibuya, Tokyo
≪Individual handshake events≫
<1st session> 11:50-12:35 ＜Entry reception 11:40-12:20＞
<2nd session> 12:55-13:40 ＜Entry reception 12:45-13:25＞
<3rd session> 14:40-15:25 ＜Entry reception 14:30-15:10＞
<4th session> 15:45-16:30 ＜Entry reception 15:35-16:15＞
<5th session> 16:50-17:35 ＜Entry reception 16:40-17:20＞
<6th session> 18:35-19:20 ＜Entry reception 18:25-19:05＞
<7th session> 19:40-20:25 ＜Entry reception 19:30-20:10＞
19: 名無し募集中。。。 2014/07/20(日) 08:23:46.98 0.net
She gave everyone a good laugh with her “I’m going to do the handshake events properly this year!” statement. We’ll see how today and tomorrow play out…
27: 名無し募集中。。。 2014/07/20(日) 08:29:04.47 0.net
At her individual handshake event the very day after she’d said that, she was already back to her usual self. (laughs)
23: 名無し募集中。。。 2014/07/20(日) 08:27:35.35 O.net
It all depends on Sato’s mood. When she’s feeling excited, she’ll be so focused on playing around that you don’t even get to shake hands with her. On the other hand, when she’s feeling tired, she’ll just abandon shaking hands all the same. It’s not easy. (laughs)
25: 名無し募集中。。。 2014/07/20(日) 08:28:34.16 0.net
So you basically never get to shake hands with her. (laughs)
29: 名無し募集中。。。 2014/07/20(日) 08:30:01.09 0.net
Just be grateful if she’s even in the booth.
47: 名無し募集中。。。 2014/07/20(日) 08:55:18.05 0.net
I guess I’m not the only one who’s gotten in her booth before only to find that she’s not there.
50: 名無し募集中。。。 2014/07/20(日) 08:57:48.33 0.net
I’ve only gotten normal handshakes from her. I wish she’d hide from me, too.
53: 名無し募集中。。。 2014/07/20(日) 08:59:42.97 0.net
Hiding, singing, dancing, running around.
The Maa-chan style of handshakes.
73: 名無し募集中。。。 2014/07/20(日) 09:14:00.59 0.net
Wota: “What’s your favorite Hokkaido delicacy?”
Sato: “Light bulbs.”
Is this like a predetermined thing on her part to give that answer when asked this question?
74: 名無し募集中。。。 2014/07/20(日) 09:15:43.73 0.net
Well, the thing is that she basically hates being asked questions. It seems that doesn’t like it when she’s forced to have to think about something. That’s why I always just end up talking to her about random stuff until my time is up.
80: 名無し募集中。。。 2014/07/20(日) 09:26:39.19 0.net
Just an idea, but maybe it’d catch her off guard if you tried just being quiet instead?
83: 名無し募集中。。。 2014/07/20(日) 09:38:51.51 0.net
I’ve tried that before, but the outcome was that she just started running around while I watched. Not that that’s a bad result, either. (laughs)
81: 名無し募集中。。。 2014/07/20(日) 09:26:51.07 0.net
She was hiding below the table, but I could pretty much see her entirely anyway. I figured I’d let her surprise me and faked a “Huh? She’s not here?!” When she sprang up, she hit her head on the table real good so the staff ran into the room and asked what was up. Maa didn’t say anything, so I explained it to him and got a glare from Maa. The staff apologized to me and my time was up.
The next session, there was a staff stationed inside the room. Maa just kept glaring at me and let out a ridiculously cute “hmph.” I didn’t get a handshake.
82: 名無し募集中。。。 2014/07/20(日) 09:37:30.13 0.net
That seems fun. I guess she likes having fun with the younger wota, huh?
102: 名無し募集中。。。 2014/07/20(日) 10:02:25.74 O.net
With Sato, age doesn’t actually matter that much. I’d ridden a camel in Dubai around the same time Sato rode one in Tottori, so when I showed her a picture of me doing so at a handshake event, she got unreasonably excited, going all “Yaaaayyyyy! Camel buddies!!“
107: 名無し募集中。。。 2014/07/20(日) 10:06:25.27 0.net
Yeah. She doesn’t care much about the other person’s age or outward appearance. I’m a lousy talker so I always get cold interactions from everyone, but she’s surprised me several times by being really, really excited to meet me. (laughs) Still, the people who get the best reactions out of her are the ones who can talk well.
118: 名無し募集中。。。 2014/07/20(日) 11:18:18.60 0.net
The time is near…
123: 名無し募集中。。。 2014/07/20(日) 13:05:55.53 0.net
1st session. Maa-chan was singing along to the BGM by herself. When I tried speaking to her, she just pointed at the exit. orz
125: 名無し募集中。。。 2014/07/20(日) 13:14:55.21 0.net
Pointing at the exit… that’s awful. (laughs)
145: 名無し募集中。。。 2014/07/20(日) 15:53:26.61 i.net
She looks pretty tired today. I tried talking to her about how I saw Reina at yesterday’s LoVendoЯ concert, but…
Me: “…That’s not a very strong reaction.”
Sato: “I’m sleepy…”
Good luck, guys. (laughs)
186: 名無し募集中。。。 2014/07/20(日) 17:10:08.67 i.net
She looks a bit more energized now during the 5th session.
197: 名無し募集中。。。 2014/07/20(日) 18:04:45.82 0.net
Sato, 5th session.
Me: “By the way, you were really cute as Margaret!”
Sato: “Really? Ah, hold on… (starts going through her pockets)”
Sato: “Here! You can have this! (tries to hand me the wrapper of an already eaten candy)”
Me: “H-huh…? (extends hand)”
Staff: “Please stop that.”
Me: “Maa-chan! You made them angry. (laughs)”
Sato: “Ehehe. (laughs)”
205: 名無し募集中。。。 2014/07/20(日) 19:58:47.90 0.net
I’d seen all the posts about Maa-chan hiding under the table, so that’s where I assumed she was. Turns out she was hiding beside the table.
207: 名無し募集中。。。 2014/07/20(日) 20:11:20.82 0.net
Huh? She’s at it again today?
211: 名無し募集中。。。 2014/07/20(日) 20:17:16.06 0.net
Yep. Hiding beside the table, half her face visible.
212: 名無し募集中。。。 2014/07/20(日) 20:19:07.02 0.net
So just to summarize all the info I’ve gathered from your posts thus far…
– She doesn’t have much of a reaction when you try to praise her.
– She also doesn’t have much of a reaction when you try to brag to her about having been to this and that concert of theirs.
– If you try telling her a one-liner type of joke, she might find it funny if you’re lucky, but more often than not it’ll just end in embarrassment for you.
– Not letting the mood get too serious is important.
– Your age, gender and whether or not you’re wearing a wota T-shirt is irrelevant.
Is this about right?
218: 名無し募集中。。。 2014/07/20(日) 20:39:14.36 0.net
– She hates thinking about answers to any questions you might pose to her.
219: 名無し募集中。。。 2014/07/20(日) 20:39:28.67 0.net
– She’s sometimes not there.
214: 名無し募集中。。。 2014/07/20(日) 20:28:22.62 0.net
When I tried talking to her Tanasa-tan, she gave me this real angry look, said “bye bye” and ushered me out of the room.
222: 名無し募集中。。。 2014/07/20(日) 20:51:18.34 0.net
There must be a lot of guys who think that’s a low-risk topic of conversation, but even if it is something she likes, she’s going to get bored when people keep talking about it to her over and over again. (laughs) Moreover, this is Maa-chan we’re talking about. (laughs)
228: 名無し募集中。。。 2014/07/20(日) 20:59:10.52 0.net
She was about to start dancing when I got into the booth, but the instant she saw my face, she stopped.
230: 名無し募集中。。。 2014/07/20(日) 21:05:06.92 0.net
That’s pretty sad, too. (laughs)
233: 名無し募集中。。。 2014/07/20(日) 21:07:23.71 0.net
644: 名無し募集中。。。 2014/07/20(日) 20:48:48.48 0
When I got into the booth, Maa-chan was standing with both her hands pressed on the table.
Maa: “Oh, well this is unexpected.”
Maa: “Who’s fan were you again?”
Me: “Well, I’m a Duu fan, but sometimes I’ll come to your handshake events, too.”
In the end, I didn’t receive a handshake.
234: 名無し募集中。。。 2014/07/20(日) 21:08:52.41 0.net
Even Maa-chan herself can’t predict how she’s going to react, so no strategy against her is perfect.
235: 名無し募集中。。。 2014/07/20(日) 21:09:48.41 0.net
You can only really do some probability estimation and act based on that.
297: 名無し募集中。。。 2014/07/21(月) 15:36:18.04 0.net
Past experiences of Maa-chan handshakes do not matter.
236: 名無し募集中。。。 2014/07/20(日) 21:10:38.90 0.net
Whoever comes up with a flawless counter-strategy for Maa-chan’s handshakes deserves a Nobel prize.
238: 名無し募集中。。。 2014/07/20(日) 21:14:33.86 0.net
Maa-chan’s handshake events are like a reflection of your own self. If you get a good reaction out of her, that means you yourself are overall maturing as a person.
241: 名無し募集中。。。 2014/07/20(日) 21:16:19.96 0.net
I attended one of the later sessions so I said “good evening“, to which she replied with “mornin’.“
248: 名無し募集中。。。 2014/07/20(日) 21:37:12.65 0.net
Maa-chan was really excited, going all “yaaaay!” while putting her hands in fists and sticking them out to me. So I did as she insisted, gave her a little fist bump and the staff got all angry at me. (laughs) Isn’t it Maa-chan they should be angry with?! (laughs)
249: 名無し募集中。。。 2014/07/20(日) 21:41:03.60 0.net
Way too much hassle for a simple handshake event. (laughs)
266: 名無し募集中。。。 2014/07/21(月) 01:50:44.82 0.net
Maa-chan 7th session.
When I got in, Maa-chan wasn’t at her usual place; she was busy spinning around in the back.
Me: “Are you okay?”
(Maa-chan just silently looked at me like she didn’t understand what I meant.)
Me: “I love the song Princess Margaret. Could you sing it for me?”
Maa: “Well, I guess it can’t be helped. Just a sec.”
(She pressed some buttons on the portable CD player she had with her, the intro to Margaret started playing instantly and Maa-chan started getting into the rhythm.)
Me: “There’s no time! ♪ Mina-san, gokigen…” (I tried urging her to start singing during the intro)
Maa: “Not yet.”
Staff: “Time’s up.”
(The intro finally ended here.)
Me: “♪ Mina-san, gokigen…” (trying to urge her to sing again)
(Maa just looked at me all self-satisfied with her lips shut tightly as my time was up.)
Staff: “Sorry…” (apologizing to me while forcing a laugh)
Well, at least she was shaking my hand the entire time so it was fun.
295: 名無し募集中。。。 2014/07/21(月) 15:19:05.85 0.net
899: 名無し募集中。。。 2014/07/21(月) 13:10:43.94 0
Maa-chan was lively as ever. I actually had a conversation with her!
296: 名無し募集中。。。 2014/07/21(月) 15:27:58.19 0.net
Yeah, but for the very next guy who goes into the booth she could be entirely silent.
303: 名無し募集中。。。 2014/07/21(月) 15:44:31.47 0.net
Musume individual handshakes, 4th session.
【Sad announcement】 Maa-chan has finally started singing.
Maa-chan was playing around by jumping down from a chair. (laughs)
304: 名無し募集中。。。 2014/07/21(月) 15:44:33.29 0.net
139: 名無し募集中。。。 2014/07/21(月) 13:02:07.21 O
Sato, second attempt. When I got into the booth, she had her hands somewhat extended so I could at least shake hands with her.
Me: “You were constantly changing the way you sang Princess Margaret, weren’t you?”
Sato: “(silently nods her head yes)”
Me: “Did your singing instructor teach you to do that?”
Sato: “(silently shakes her head no)”
Me: “You did all that by yourself!? That’s awesome!”
Sato: “(silently nods her head yes)”
That’s weird. I could hear Maa-chan talking to the guy before me, and the guy before that as well. Why did she go into silent mode with me? Guess I made her feel shy. Yep, that must be it.
Laughed at “silent mode.” (laughs)
312: 名無し募集中。。。 2014/07/21(月) 16:25:06.13 0.net
176: 名無し募集中。。。 2014/07/21(月) 14:13:40.01 O
Me: “Did you have fun at Disneyland with the other 10th gen members?”
Sato: “I did.”
Me: “What was the most fun?”
Hooray! My fifth handshake and I finally got to hear Maa-chan’s voice!
Then on my last handshake with Sato:
Me: “This is my last handshake with you today, Maa-chan. I had fun!”
When I said that, Sato surprised me by squeezing really tightly with her right hand. It seems she felt really lonely (or glad) that I wouldn’t be coming again.
313: 名無し募集中。。。 2014/07/21(月) 16:29:34.76 0.net
194: 名無し募集中。。。 2014/07/21(月) 14:53:15.28 0
Sato: “(silently nods her head)”
Me: “Who is my oshi member?”
Sato: “Yasushi-san!” (while pointing her finger at me)
Me: “Ooh! That’s correct! You win a million yen.”
Sato: “Really!? Yaaaaayyy!!” (while jumping up and down)
Dammit… Even I could’ve come up with that much… orz
318: 名無し募集中。。。 2014/07/21(月) 16:51:07.66 0.net
There are spaces in the booths behind the members that they can use in case of an emergency, but for Maa-chan that space is blocked with chairs so that she doesn’t escape.
320: 名無し募集中。。。 2014/07/21(月) 17:00:44.63 0.net
Musume individual handshakes 7/21, Sato.
When I got into the booth, Maa-chan had a bunch of chairs lined up behind her.
Me: “Maa-chan, those chairs…”
Sato: “They put them there so I wouldn’t run off somewhere!”
Me: “I knew it. So it’s like a fence. (laughs)”
Maa-chan was pulling down her eyelid and sticking out her tongue to the wota lining up for Kudo. It was also funny seeing how she’d start spinning around the second her fans left her booth. (laughs)
335: 名無し募集中。。。 2014/07/21(月) 18:45:28.20 0.net
Sato individual handshake.
Sato: “……” (table drumming)
Me: “……” (table drumming)
Sato: “Who’s fan are you?”
She then let go of my hand and ran outside the booth.
Me: “(laughs) Hey!”
Sato: “…” (waving me goodbye)
364: 名無し募集中。。。 2014/07/21(月) 19:20:23.01 0.net
But the most memorable thing that happened to me was when I was shaking hands with Kudo and for some reason Maa-chan was hiding in her booth as well. (laughs) I asked “hey, what’s that?” and when my eyes met with Maa-chan’s, she hid under the table. I was all “uhh, I can still see you, you know?” (laughs) Meanwhile, everyone in line to Maa-chan’s booth had to keep waiting. (laughs)
429: 名無し募集中。。。 2014/07/21(月) 23:17:17.79 0.net
Lately for some reason I’m getting more tickets to shake hands with Maa-chan than even my oshi… I’ve gotten completely addicted to her.
430: 名無し募集中。。。 2014/07/21(月) 23:20:55.43 0.net
I’m satisfied even just reading about her antics here.
I hope Maa-chan never changes.
Henkka: Just out of curiosity: if anyone reading this has gotten the opportunity of attending a Maa-chan handshake event, how was it? It’d be interesting to hear how her reactions vary for foreign-looking people — assuming she even notices. (While I’ve gotten to shake hands with her myself, it’s been the group handshake kind which obviously doesn’t leave time for her usual antics.)