1: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/04/04(月) 23:08:13.64 0.net
I mean, they’re even longer than handshakes at normal release events. I just know I’d be nervous no matter what so I can’t muster up the courage to go. Even just reading all your reports, I’m thinking to myself “how can these guys maintain proper conversations like that?“
2: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/04/04(月) 23:08:54.05 0.net
I’ve been several times and even I still get nervous every time.
11: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/04/04(月) 23:12:51.69 0.net
Of course I feel nervous as hell, but then why shouldn’t I? It’s not like me and them are friends or anything.
5: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/04/04(月) 23:09:24.47 0.net
I’ve been so nervous I’ve felt sick to my stomach from morning of that same day, to the point that I ended up not going at all.
20: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/04/04(月) 23:15:16.81 0.net
Are you me?
26: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/04/04(月) 23:17:30.25 0.net
How long are individual handshakes?
32: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/04/04(月) 23:19:00.87 0.net
About seven seconds.
8: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/04/04(月) 23:11:29.39 0.net
Even now I still use honorific language with them…
9: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/04/04(月) 23:12:14.62 0.net
An old man using honorific language when speaking to junior high school girls…
13: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/04/04(月) 23:13:25.29 0.net
They’re older than us mentally. And besides, we don’t even really know them, so of course we’d use honorific language.
6: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/04/04(月) 23:10:07.55 0.net
But since you’ve got the extra time, it means you have more time to express what you want to say.
10: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/04/04(月) 23:12:46.81 0.net
I warm up by first shaking hands with someone that’s easier to talk to before moving on to my oshi.
12: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/04/04(月) 23:13:09.64 0.net
But seriously though, I think you’re all amazing. Even just saying “you have my support!” to them at release events would make me nervous. It’s not that I’m that bad with strangers — it’s the fact that it’s an H!P member right in front of me.
17: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/04/04(月) 23:14:30.02 0.net
Yeah, I get nervous. And every time it just makes me feel like crap, so I’ve decided to no longer attend events that include any physical touching.
18: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/04/04(月) 23:14:41.52 0.net
Reading other people’s reports, some of you apparently have these very laidback conversations with them, too. Those people have my respect. I couldn’t even imagine speaking with the members all casually.
19: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/04/04(月) 23:15:12.67 0.net
I’ve been so nervous before that I went to a signing event, got my autograph, and walked out without a handshake just because I was too nervous.
23: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/04/04(月) 23:16:18.22 0.net
I experienced my first quick handshake with Kumai-chan at her birthday event, but I was so nervous I couldn’t say a word. An individual handshake event will be forever out of the question for me.
25: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/04/04(月) 23:17:10.14 0.net
I totally get becoming nervous coming face-to-face with Kumai-chan. (laughs)
30: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/04/04(月) 23:18:48.30 0.net
It caught me off-guard seeing just how beautiful and how huge she was up-close. (laughs)
31: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/04/04(月) 23:18:49.24 0.net
There’s that sense of intimidation with Kumai-chan because she’s looking down on you from above.
35: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/04/04(月) 23:20:11.47 0.net
And the expression in Kumai-chan’s eyes is surprisingly sharp.
28: ！ 2016/04/04(月) 23:18:11.64 0.net
I still get insanely nervous. The first time I went, I didn’t know it was me that was supposed to initiate the conversation, so for a while there me and Rihoriho just stared at each other and I felt flustered. It was only afterwards that I realized, “ah, I guess the system here is that I have to come up with something to talk about.“
39: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/04/04(月) 23:21:01.19 0.net
Staring competitions with Maimi are fun. I highly recommend them.
33: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/04/04(月) 23:19:08.42 0.net
I don’t have one single fun, handshake event-related memory.
37: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/04/04(月) 23:20:52.86 0.net
I don’t think I’ll ever get used to it. My heart still starts racing like crazy. But, well… it’s not like I feel nervous about anything much in real life otherwise, so I like to think of it as a valuable life experience anyhow.
38: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/04/04(月) 23:20:57.61 0.net
I’m a female, but I’m worried I wouldn’t be able to hold up a conversation so I’m too scared to go.
40: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/04/04(月) 23:21:30.51 0.net
I’m too nervous to shake hands with them even at in-store events, so I just buy the CD and go home right away. I just can’t do it.
43: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/04/04(月) 23:23:05.02 0.net
Karin has said she has lots of fans who just stare at her for a while and leave without shaking hands with her.
45: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/04/04(月) 23:23:57.26 0.net
Even at in-store events, what always happens to me right afterwards is that I experience short-term memory loss, I continue to feel nervous, and my hands are still shaking. (laughs)
46: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/04/04(月) 23:24:14.53 0.net
I really don’t know what to say to anyone but my oshi.
50: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/04/04(月) 23:28:29.29 0.net
I do my best to talk to them, but sometimes I’m so nervous I forget to actually shake hands with them.
51: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/04/04(月) 23:29:51.29 0.net
I really recommend talking to the staff or the other wota who are lining up. Your oshi is only human, so try talking to some other humans before her.
52: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/04/04(月) 23:30:29.79 0.net
I’ve felt so nervous before, I hit the partition wall on my way out.
106: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/04/04(月) 23:56:20.12 0.net
This. This is one of those classic handshake event things.
109: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/04/04(月) 23:58:12.13 0.net
I like to think of that wall as my friend.
55: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/04/04(月) 23:31:58.36 0.net
What would be the point anymore if you didn’t feel nervous?
56: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/04/04(月) 23:32:23.80 0.net
So I’m not the only who gets nervous…
59: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/04/04(月) 23:34:18.30 0.net
I feel like everyone replying to this thread is the ideal wota. There are so many others out there who go to every event, lose that feeling of distance completely, and then they ruin themselves.
61: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/04/04(月) 23:36:25.38 0.net
I’m okay with handshakes, but cheki events would be totally out of the question for me.
66: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/04/04(月) 23:39:59.06 0.net
Cheki events are over in no time.
67: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/04/04(月) 23:40:03.70 0.net
I feel cheki events are actually easier. Even if your face is all stiff, it’s not like the members will see it. I’ve given up on handshake events and only go to cheki events nowadays.
72: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/04/04(月) 23:42:03.07 0.net
Even just thinking about a cheki event with all the members there makes me nervous though…
65: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/04/04(月) 23:38:23.26 0.net
It might feel like a short time for people who are used to it, but to me, seven seconds feels like an eternity.
70: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/04/04(月) 23:41:09.41 0.net
I’ve never been to an individual handshake event so I don’t know what it’s like. Do you literally talk to her one-on-one inside a booth? I’d be so nervous I’d die.
71: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/04/04(月) 23:41:51.54 0.net
There’s a staff person and a guard in the room as well.
74: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/04/04(月) 23:43:04.78 0.net
I want to go, but I can’t muster up the courage!
89: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/04/04(月) 23:49:29.60 0.net
It’s not about courage. Courage isn’t needed. Just try it once and you’ll see what I mean.
75: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/04/04(月) 23:43:16.62 0.net
If it’s just a normal handshake, you only have a certain number of seconds before you’re pushed away. If you want to be with your oshi for any longer than that, the only thing you can do is prolong your conversation with her. So that’s what I try to do — I try to force the conversation to go on longer than the time that’s available to me.
77: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/04/04(月) 23:43:57.14 0.net
I step off immediately when my time is up. They never have to push me away.
79: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/04/04(月) 23:44:43.70 0.net
You’re a good customer.
78: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/04/04(月) 23:44:37.45 0.net
Leaving immediately when your time is up is a waste. Remember: you are, after all, paying 1080 yen for the experience.
81: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/04/04(月) 23:45:29.82 0.net
I’m happy just seeing them up close and being able to shake hands with them.
83: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/04/04(月) 23:46:28.85 0.net
It’s not that I try to refuse to let go of her hand forever, but letting go of her too easily isn’t good either, is it? I mean, okay, maybe if it’s not your oshi or anything, but if it is your oshi, you could be making her a bit sad, too.
95: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/04/04(月) 23:51:18.70 0.net
I’d want to hold on to their hands for a bit longer, but if I did that when I’m not even saying anything to them, they’d just think I’m disgusting. Thus, I always just leave immediately.
87: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/04/04(月) 23:47:51.60 0.net
My eyes meet with hers when we shake hands.
That’s enough for me.
91: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/04/04(月) 23:49:49.03 0.net
I, too, am perfectly content with just that.
84: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/04/04(月) 23:46:50.01 0.net
I can’t even talk to the average, normal girl out there. What hope do I have of speaking to my oshi of all people?
92: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/04/04(月) 23:49:57.12 0.net
I’m convinced that when I get through that insane nervousness of speaking with my oshi, I’d have much less trouble talking to the average female right afterwards.
107: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/04/04(月) 23:56:21.74 0.net
The first time I shook hands with Sayashi, I remember thinking about just how much her eyes sparkled and how squishy her hands felt to the touch. Performers really are something else.
116: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/04/05(火) 00:00:57.24 0.net
I always just grin like a fool at handshake events. And then I forget to pick up my stuff afterwards.
118: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/04/05(火) 00:01:28.92 0.net
This always happens to people at handshake events.
111: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/04/04(月) 23:58:19.27 0.net
The first time I shook hands with Maimi and Airi, I was so nervous I wasn’t even able to speak, so the two actually did their best to make conversation. They were so kind.
120: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/04/05(火) 00:02:22.85 0.net
°C-ute is, indeed, a very friendly group. Even to us people with communication issues.
132: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/04/05(火) 00:10:39.10 0.net
If you’re the type of person who gets nervous easily when talking to people, nine times out of ten it’s beneficial to tell that to the new people you meet. That’s what they say. So I thought I’d reveal this about myself to fellow coward, Nacky. I told her, “man, these handshake events sure do make me nervous,” expecting a sort of a consolation prize out of sympathy. But what I got instead was the most condescending ever “huuuh, no way, why’s that?” from her, along with a laugh. She took my soul and knocked it right back down to the utmost lowest rings of of social hierarchy.
134: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/04/05(火) 00:13:41.22 0.net
252: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/04/05(火) 08:20:29.41 0.net
That’s awesome. (laughs)
141: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/04/05(火) 00:18:33.33 0.net
Nacky herself has now shook hands with countless of people. Obviously she’d get used to it. I’m sure she was just trying to ease your nervousness by saying that.
143: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/04/05(火) 00:19:45.40 0.net
My oshi is always smiling, she’s always very kind, and she’s even well-loved on this board. An oshi to be proud of.
148: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/04/05(火) 00:22:32.38 0.net
Has to be Maimi.
156: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/04/05(火) 00:26:51.87 0.net
Not Maimi. I’ve never been to a °C-ute handshake event.
139: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/04/05(火) 00:17:44.96 0.net
She was all smiles, talking happily with the person in front of me as they shook hands. But when it was my turn, it’s like her mind went completely blank. Her expression was completely devoid of any feeling. I wanted to cry. That’s the last time I went to a handshake event.
146: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/04/05(火) 00:20:35.75 0.net
Looking like you’re having fun versus actually having fun are two different things. She may have been just trying to accommodate the person before you. It’s best not to mind the reactions they give to other wota.
152: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/04/05(火) 00:24:53.43 0.net
Rather than the girls who just smile at everyone, I like the girls who, even if they’re a bit awkward, try to greet every guest individually as their own person.
159: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/04/05(火) 00:28:31.66 0.net
You’re making it sound like smiling at everyone is a bad thing.
163: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/04/05(火) 00:30:38.01 0.net
When I told Meimei I really love the way she performs, she squeezed my hand and said “Really~? I’m so glad!“
… But there was still some time left, and I was so nervous I couldn’t say anything else. So I just said “I’m sorry,” let go of her hand, and made a quick exit from the booth. (laughs)
169: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/04/05(火) 00:34:58.44 0.net
I was super nervous but I’m still glad I went. I recommend Murotan.
170: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/04/05(火) 00:35:52.54 0.net
I’ve never been to an ANGERME event, but Murotan seems like someone who’d be easy to talk to.
178: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/04/05(火) 00:40:03.52 0.net
I’m not a Murotan oshi, but I was once caught off-guard by how smooth her hands felt. (laughs)
196: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/04/05(火) 00:46:05.31 0.net
I’m a complete newbie fan. The ’14 album release event was my first handshake event with them. Sayu was first, but her divinity was so much my mind just went blank. I don’t remember anything about the other members. I wonder what I said to them…?
172: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/04/05(火) 00:37:19.13 0.net
Duu is always smiling and is very accommodating to everyone. You can tell she loves talking to people.
198: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/04/05(火) 00:46:59.34 0.net
Kudo Haruka and Haga Akane handing out pamphlets. While it’s not a handshake event, it just made me go “wow, as expected of Kudo.”
202: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/04/05(火) 00:48:59.05 0.net
What a pro.
210: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/04/05(火) 00:55:08.98 0.net
Kudo is super popular among female fans.
212: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/04/05(火) 00:56:22.53 0.net
Kudo has amazing technique. If you’re shaking hands with her for the first time, she first checks your T-shirt. If it’s her color, she looks surprised and has a smile on her face, and when your eyes finally meet, she gives you the biggest smile ever.
216: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/04/05(火) 00:59:27.03 0.net
Does Kudo have a good memory?
221: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/04/05(火) 01:01:19.88 0.net
She does. She remembers even the tiniest details.
223: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/04/05(火) 01:05:06.23 0.net
I’ve been told “you cut your hair” by Duu three times, but the last time when she even added “I think that length suits you the best,” I just felt my chest tighten.
231: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/04/05(火) 01:16:05.47 O.net
Me: “This is my first handshake event so I don’t know what to talk about.”
Sayashi: “You could ask me what I had for lunch today.”
Me: “What did you have for lunch?”
Sayashi: “(some lunch box)” (I forget what lunch box it was exactly.)
Me: “I see.”
… and then I was pushed away. (laughs)
232: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/04/05(火) 01:17:52.59 0.net
Good job forgetting the most important part of the conversation. (laughs)
The events they have in America give an insane amount of time with each girl so it’s really easy to blank out, I’d imagine. I am a DD with Sakura/Riho concentration so for NYC… With Sakura, I’m actually really chill with, I can have a full conversation with her without being nervous but when I got to Riho, I had a starstruck moment like Holy shit, Hentai Prime is in front of me and I had wanted to jokingly say “Oshioki kibonnu, Sayashi-sama” but I couldn’t get it out. Riho had to bend over and wave in front of my face to make sure I was still on Earth. Other than Riho, I can casually converse with everyone else with no problem!
what does DD mean?
It’s an abbreviation of “Daredemo Daisuki”, meaning “loves everyone”. It refers to fans who like all the members in a group.
ANGERME was the first group whose handshake event I attended, only a few months back. I recommend them. I was shy but Kamikokuryo was really easy to talk to, I was surprised. She’s also x1000 more beautiful in person than you’d expect. Rikako was fun. I said I liked her (meaning that she’s my favorite member) and she made a hilarious face, not sure if it was because she thought I was confessing to her or if she was just being herself.
If you ever had a chance to handshake with Meimi you probably know the meaning of joy and happiness. Seeing her very cute smile from up close was so unreal. She’s like 10 times cuter in real life.
Out of all the handshakes, I’d put Captain on the top. I joked with her about her not wearing her shoes.
I was also at the NYC handshake event for MM’14. It was probably more nerve-wracking for the members than it was for some of the fans lol
The line led off with Sakura, which I thought was an especially good move by the Staff. She was incredibly nice despite the fact that I didn’t have any idea how to say anything worthwhile to her besides a passing, awkward “arigatou gozaimashita”
Iikubo and Ayumi were amazingly nice as well, and seemed to make an effort to accommodate my lack of functional Japanese
But then Eripon mercilessly cut me down in the midst of my euphoria with my own broken Japanese, deciding to throw out an incomprehensible rebuttal to my greeting.
“Ah~” was all I could manage in response…
…but I guess I would have been disappointed with anything less from Eripon lol
I went to C-ute live in mexico and Maimi was first on the line, so I cant remember anything after her reply “ureshi”. I just loved everything about that day but my handshake with Maimi is just out of the hapiness charts. (I remember waking up from my black out at the end of the line with Chisato telling me something but I was still numb)