HKT48 11th Single Individual Handshake Event at Tokyo Ryutsu Center (2018/08/18) ~Yukachan Matsuri~

The previous HKT48 Tokyo event was only two weeks ago. Frankly, I think that is too close together, although I’m sure scheduling and venue availability played a part in it. I originally didn’t purchase tickets for this event. It was only at the final resale that I picked up a few. And since the four tickets I bought were all for the same member, I will try to keep this somewhat short. Plus, I will throw in a few other observations.

A relatively small crowd…

The first observation that there didn’t seem to be many fans at this event. I’m not sure how much the absence of Sakura and Nako had to to with that, but it seemed like 1) it wasn’t very crowded, and 2) most of the lanes were “starred” for day-nomination tickets. In all fairness, I didn’t arrive until late in the day. But still. Speaking of *starred* lanes…

The flower lei of shame or glory?…

As some of you already know, HKT48 employed the “On the day nomination” ticket option that AKB has been using for quite a few years now. This means you could get nameless tickets and use them on any available lane. BTW, the lanes aren’t *starred*, instead they have a little picture of a dog with a megaphone, whatever that means. The interesting part is if you use one of these tickets, they give you a red flower lei that you must wear throughout the handshake so the member will know you used a ‘nameless’ ticket. This is kind of a double-edged sword. On one hand, you could say the person really didn’t plan to see this member, only deciding on a whim. On the other hand, there is some value in that. Like “What made you choose this member out of all the members with starred lanes?” At the end of the day, it’s just a cute little addition that HKT added to the “day of nomination” ticket procedure. Hopefully they will begin to offer oshi-mashi soon as well.

Birthday Cards…

Since I had plenty of time, I decided to check out which member seitensei cards were available to sign. Lo and behold, the Yukachan committee was there. They spotted me immediately, and were like “Get over here!” So I signed her card, the committee member noting that like Yukachan I am also left-handed. From there I saw Maichan’s committee two seats over, except Tomiyoshi’s committee were blocking me from getting through. They finally noticed me and assumed I wanted to sign Asuka’s card, but I was like “No, I want to sign Maichan’s.” One guy actually looked somewhat pissed. I signed Maichan’s card in an English/Japanese combination, and gave it to the girl running the booth. She looked at the card. “CHRIS! Thank you Chris!” She was cute too. And those would be the only two cards I would sign on that day. I considered signing one for Mio. I probably should.

No pay no play…

If you have read my past 48-group of HKT event writeups, you may have noticed that the lionshare of my tickets are for the same four members; Yukachan, Maichan, Bibian, and Rikopi. I do occasionally see other girls, but these are my “Four-Top” Now on this day I only had tickets for one member. However, her lane was right next to another one of my top members, Fuchigami Mai. Mai absolutely saw me walking down the lane on more than one occasion, and she didn’t have any fans at her booth at the time. Did she smile at me? Wave? Acknowledge me in any way? NOPE, NOPE, AND NOPE. In fact at one point it seemed like she purposely looked away from me when she caught me glancing in her direction…

I have a similar dynamic currently happening with Tani Marika of SKE. I see both Tani and Maichan at handshake events all the time, but I think they both get that they are not my favorite member in their respective groups. Both of them have tried to fish me in the past, so perhaps in a way they have both given up trying very hard with me. Oh well. I do have a couple of Maichan tickets at the upcoming AKB events, we’ll see how it goes.

Oh yeah, it’s a handshake event…

Slots 6-7

Akiyoshi Yuka (Lane 16) <4 tickets> I didn’t arrive at Ryutsu Center until just after 4:30. In fact there were already a significant amount of people leaving the venue for the day. I went through security and immediately queued up for my first ticket. The girl at check-in looked at my ticket and ID for quite a while, almost looking like she was going to ask for assistance. But when she turned my ID over and saw the address she seemed to decide it was okay. I mentioned to her that all of my tickets were for Yukachan, so I would be back again. She laughed, and was like “Is that so?” But after that I had no issue, she looked at my ticket and ID for about two-seconds from that point forward As for Yukachan…

I started by telling her that “Today is Yukachan Matsuri,” and I only have tickets for her. She smiled and thanked me, throwing in an “I love you” for good measure. I love you too Yukachan! We spent two of the handshake tickets talking about her appearances on HKT Bingo! She recently recorded an episode, and said she had a lot of fun. I also mentioned that I watched the episode where she and Bibian did a comedy bit. Later on I complimented her dress. She backed up and modeled it for me, which made it look even nicer since it showed off her figure. (I kept that thought to myself) She responded by grabbing my shirt sleeve and saying she liked my outfit (I was wearing my Yukachan baseball jersey) and thanked me for often wearing my Akiyoshi jersey. For the final ticket I mentioned that there aren’t any events coming up for a while, so I’m not going to see her again for almost a month. We both did the “crying face” as I was being pushed out. She yelled that she would see me next month!

And slightly more than two hours after I arrived, I was done. I do have an SKE48 handshake event next weekend, but my next event involving HKT members isn’t until late September. That is unless they do a National event in Tokyo soon. That would be nice.

CK in Tokyo

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