Japan Trip 2014 Day 8, 9 (23 and 24 Dec 2014) and Reflections


My Last post for Japan Trip 2014. Still now i am still unable to forget the joy we had in Japan. Argh!! Moving on…………

Last Second Day in Japan, which was also the day that i was so excited for. It was my 1st time meeting my favourite member in AKB48!!! Weeee…. The AKB48 Handshake Event was not in my itinerary originally. The event was announced after i bought my air tickets and reservation of the hotel room.

Woke up super early around 5am Japan Timing to get myself ready for the event. Met my friend Ryoji at Kaihin Makuhari Station and he was late!!! damn!! Anyway, when i was on the way to Kaihin Makuhari Station, i took my time to think on what to say to the 5 members that i will be meeting. But it seems like, in the end i didn’t go according to my “script”.


Is time for “Kibouteki Refrain” Handshake Event at Makuhari Messe! I balloted for 5 members: Kojima Haruna (KH), Minegishi Minami (MM), Takahashi Minami (TM), Owada Nana (ON), Ogasawara Mayu (OM). Will be using this short form for below conversation part. Signature board will be given based on lucky draw for non-senbatsu member.


Reached the Venue around 830am Japan Timing and there wasn’t really any long queue except for Kashiwagi Yuki which was just around the lane i was queuing for.

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First Member i balloted for will be My Kami Oshi (Favourite Member), Kojima Haruna. I did not managed to take photo of the banner when it was my turn but i took the Second slot banner. I balloted for the 9am to 1030am slot. Queue wasn’t that long but it wasn’t short too.

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Generally the handshake procedure for overseas fans are:

  1. Bring your tickets and your passport to the information counter to get the verification stamp on the ticket. (To minimize any unwanted conflicts later on)
  2. Queue at the correct member lane.
  3. Upon enter the lane, there will be another verification which required the passport and the ticket. (The staff will write how many ticket you have on the ticket and scan it)
  4. Wait for your turn.
  5. When it is your turn next, another staff will collect the ticket from you and inform the security guard on how many ticket you have.
  6. Tadah!! Your turn!! (Roughly only 3 seconds talk only)


I got to see her when it was like 3 turns before me. Since there was no barricade blocking the view from the outside. Anyway the conversation was kinda awkward, anyway here’s go… (Translated into english)

KH: Ahhh, Hello (Stretch out her hand)
Me: Hello, Nice to meet you. (Choke onto my saliva)
KH: >.< (Smile at me with the confused face)
Me: Hello, Nice to meet you, i am from Singapore!
KH: Ahhh, Thank you.
(Got pushed away by Security)
Me: Bye Bye
KH: (Waved at me and proceed to the next fans)

Conclusion: Bad Experience….. I too excited and nervous till i cant communicate properly.

Below was the photo i found on her instagram on what she was wearing on that day!! So Pretty!!!


After which i proceed to Owada Nana Queue, since she was the next in line from my arrangement. Her queue wasn’t that long as compared to cho senbatsu member. It took me around 10 minutes to reach my turn.  Again, when i was done with my turn, the banner changed to Second slot slot already.


Na Nya was talking to Oshima Ryoka which was just next to her when she was waiting for the next fan to approach her. Oh Well the conversation went out like that:

ON: Good Morning!
Me: Hello, i am from Singapore and this is my first time. Nice to meet you.
ON: Ahhh, Singapore. Merlion!
Me: Yes!!!
(Silent for 1 second while she smiling at me)
Me: Na Nya is so cute.
ON: Really?? Thank you
(Pushed away by security)
Me: Bye Bye, Merry Christmas!
ON: OHHH!! Merry Christmas!! Bye bye

I managed to find a photo of her dress on her google plus account 😀 She look much thinner compared to photos online.


Finally, i got some time to rest before the Second Slot line start. I got to walk around and went for a toilet break. Ryoji left after meeting Iwatate Saho twice. He queued twice instead of combining his ticket. He got really excited.. haha.

Third member, Minegishi Minami. Her queue was slightly longer than Na Nya and i took much longer to reach my turn. Many fans ahead of me combined their tickets so it was around 50 seconds per person.


The guy just right before me, when he approached miichan, she was shocked on how much he spend just to meet her at handshake. Is good to have such fans 😀

Anyway when it was my turn:

MM: Hello!
Me: Hello, Nice to meet you. I am from Singapore. This is my first time coming to this event.
MM: Singapore??? Ahhhh, Thank you very much. So what famous thing Singapore have?
Me: Mmmmmmm (Thinking)
MM: Merlion!!! Shrimp!!
Me: Ehhh, shrimp? (Thinking to myself, why is shrimp famous in Singapore)
MM: Yes! Shrimp! Ebi Ebi!!
Me: Ehhhhh….
(Got pushed away)
MM: Bye Bye!!
Me: Bye bye!

The moment i left, i saw her photo on G+ and save it!! Weeeeeee


After miichan, the venue became very crowded. I went to queue for Takamina queue. Very long queue! But i feel that it will be totally worth it.

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It took me around 20 mins to reach takamina, so i assume it was quite fast? maybe is because she was not eligible for the signature event thingy.

Here my conversation goes:

TM: Hello!
ME: Hello, Nice to meet you. I am from Singapore. This is my first time coming to this event.
TM: Really? Thank you very much for coming to Japan to meet us.
ME: Takamina San, Thank you for all your hard work for these 9 years.
TM: I know right! Ya.. it had been 9 years. Thank you so much.
(Got push away by security)
ME: I will always support you!! Merry christmas. Bye Bye
TM: Ah… Merry christmas, thank you. Bye Bye.

When i met her, she really really very small size. I found what she wear on that day from Matsui Sakiko Twitter.


Last member, Ogasawara Mayu!! The ex NMB Variety Queen before she got transferred to AKB. Surprisingly, there was a long queue for her. Kinda Happy for her!!


Anyway, i didn’t get any signature from any member. Is just my luck… Moving on to maachun conversation:

OM: Hello!
ME: Hello, Nice to meet you. I am from Singapore. This is my first time coming to this event.
OM: Oh Singapore!! I went there before!
ME: Yup I know, Team N overseas concert!
OM: Yea!!! I love you, I Love Singapore (In English)
ME: Wao! (Shock!)
ME: Mmmmm, Maachun, I love you your Monomane (Imitation act) alot. Very funny.
OM: Really? DONT LIE!
ME: Really i like it alot!!
OM: Thank you so so so much.
(Got push away by security)
OM: Remember to come again!
ME: Yea, Thank you very much
OM: Thank you thank you (in English)
ME: (Wave back)

Found a photo uploaded at Watanabe Miyuki Twitter for the day event. Although, can’t see much on what maachun was wearing, but it was a brown shirt.


After the event, i rushed back to Tokyo Station to meet Eugene, Jia Ling and Ching wen. We went there to buy lots of Tokyo banana goods. We took around 1 hour and headed back to Shinjuku to have our lunch. We ate at some random gyoza restaurant, the gyoza was not as nice as compared to the one we had at Asakusa.

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We went back to our hotel and packed our luggage. We forced Jia Ling to pack her luggage because she bought so much stuff and we worried that she not enough space to buy anymore. After which, we headed to one Japanese restaurant along the street of Shinjuku, it looks like some Japanese Dining restaurant for customers to dine at after their work.


We ordered according to what we wanted. Jia Ling just can’t stop her sashimi craving. Ching wen managed to satisfied her Nabe cravings. I chose yaki udon since i never ate any in Japan before.

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After the early dinner, i left on my own to Akihabara meeting Ryoji to get some last minute stuff like the Kojima Haruna Photoset while the rest went to Shin okubo. The Sky was already dark when i reached Akihabara.


After which, Ryoji and i took train back to Shinjuku to meet the other three friends who just landed in Japan. They decided to go try out Iwa Yakiniku but unfortunately it was fully booked and required advance booking. We did not have a choice so we just ate at some random Japanese food stall and end our short meet up.

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Reached back hotel and surprisingly, the rest were already back at the hotel. They bought so many good stuffs from Isetan after 8pm sales… OMG… i didn’t took the picture of the food since it was already half gone. We talked and packed our luggage while Jia Ling and Eugene went down again to buy some last minutes gifts.

=============Day 09 (24 Dec 2014)=============

Christmas Eve and also our last day in Japan. Kinda sad but i was kinda happy because i can finally be back home. No more money left!! haha.


Bought some last minute food at Familymart. I bought lots of maple pancake back home. That was my breakfast every morning in japan!!


Board the Limousine bus to narita airport. We were lucky to get the early slot as we experienced a heavy traffic jam while we were on our way to narita airport.


When we were checking in, Jia ling hand carry bag exceed the weight limit and had to split the baggage and she passed some to Eugene to carry for her. At that period, i was so worried about my luggage because it got damaged from my previous trip. I panicked and asked the counter to handle the luggage carefully. After checking in, we bought a few duty free stuffs such as potato farm, shiroi koibito, royce nama choco and tokyo banana narita airport exclusive. We had our last meal in Japan in the airport while waiting for boarding. Is time to go back to Singapore 😀


Board the plane and we without realising that we will be transiting twice. OMG. Japan to Taiwan to Hong Kong to Singapore. Damn. As usual, the airplane food look nice to me as long as it is not supper. Jia ling was busy talking to this taiwanese sitting next to her from japan to Taiwan.


Surprisingly, there was a meal from taiwan to Hong kong too despite the short distance.


After we landed at Hong Kong, we walked around and bought some hong kong souvenirs too. We walked over to macdonalds and waited for our turn for boarding. There was this  special nugget box with 4 different sauces. Cool!!

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And we landed safely in Singapore. Ching wen and i share cab back home while Eugene and jia ling another cab. When i reached back home, my dog got a shock from seeing me.. Haha so cute!!

For older post, kindly refer to the following links:

  1. Day 1 (SG to Hong Kong to Japan) – Click Here
  2. Day 2 and 3 (Tokyo Disneyland and Hakone) – Click Here
  3. Day 4 and 5 (Tsukiji Market, Tokyo Tower, Odaiba, Asakusa and Akihabara) – Click Here
  4. Day 6 (Harajuku and Shibuya) – Click Here
  5. Day 7 (Yokohama) – Click Here

============= Reflections =============

Overall, i actually feel that, i actually enjoyed this entire trip. Compared to the taiwan and japan trip in 2013. I really enjoyed myself, i see lots of things and lots of laughter and jokes along the way. Although there was argument between jia ling and me for one night, but it was resolved so fast that i can’t even bother nagging at. Sometimes for travelling, really depends on who you go with. The companions really make a difference and yes, for this japan trip, i enjoyed it. Let’s go again!!

Thank you my friends!! 10 years of friendship 😀 




One response to “Japan Trip 2014 Day 8, 9 (23 and 24 Dec 2014) and Reflections

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