2chan says: I have about 5000 AKB photos, and I just realized it’s all a waste

Do you have a collection of AKB photos?  Or perhaps a collecting habit to begin with?  One idol wota struggles with the collector’s dilemma: he has thousands upon thousands of AKB photos, and wonders what it all meant.  Join Japanese netizens as they chime in on this wota’s woes.

Hi there. Welcome to “2chan says.” I will be attempting to translate selected threads from Japanese message board 2chan (aka, 2ch or 2channel), purely for interest and entertainment purposes (and for translation practice). The opinions expressed here belong to the anonymous Japanese internet at large, and do not necessarily reflect the view of akbzine; plus, this page could be riddled with translation errors anyway. Proceed at your own risk, fine reader!

Translation note: the term “nama-jyashin” (生写真), literally means “raw photo”. It has a specific meaning in terms of digital photography, but in idol circles, really just refers to single photos of members which are not part of photo books or other media. In AKB circles, they are distributed with CDs, DVDs, calendars, and other goods. If you are on this site, you probably already know this!

“I have about 5000 ‘nama-jyashin’, and I’ve just realized what a terrible waste of money it all was.”

1: 47の素敵な(神奈川県)@\(^o^)/ (ワッチョイW 09b2-8/JR) 2015/08/31(月) 17:55:16.90 ID:j+vdhD9H0.net
What should I do…..?

Also, it is not really related, but I also have about 1,000 Yokai Watch medals.


2: 47の素敵な(茸)@\(^o^)/ (スプー Sdf8-Rez+) 2015/08/31(月) 17:56:23.17 ID:LKX/S5AGd.net
Sell them on auctions.

3: 47の素敵な(神都グランドカナン)@\(^o^)/ (ワッチョイW e1cb-Rez+) 2015/08/31(月) 17:56:37.43 ID:jf3e1zv20.net
You are probably never going to be “cured”. Somehow or other, you will live a life of spending money.

5: 47の素敵な(やわらか銀行)@\(^o^)/ (ワッチョイ f4c3-IjOc) 2015/08/31(月) 17:58:03.30 ID:0/CbTlGw0.net
What is interesting about collecting pictures? If you look on the internet, you have an endless supply, right?

6: 47の素敵な(神奈川県)@\(^o^)/ (ワッチョイW f6e0-DfjE) 2015/08/31(月) 17:58:39.81 ID:g9ttqDJC0.net
If you know how to sell them, you can make a lot of money

8: 47の素敵な(山形県)@\(^o^)/ (ワッチョイW 9b84-Rez+) 2015/08/31(月) 18:00:11.78 ID:IZk/N+e80.net
Sometimes it is nice just to have physical things left over. In “Stage Fighter” and other social games, well….

9: 47の素敵な(やわらか銀行)@\(^o^)/ (ワッチョイ 02c3-EA2L) 2015/08/31(月) 18:01:44.00 ID:msIs2KW/0.net
Sure enough, you will move on by selling everything, or doing nothing. Let us know what happens.

10: 47の素敵な(やわらか銀行)@\(^o^)/ (ワッチョイ 02c3-uRU4) 2015/08/31(月) 18:03:43.01 ID:9QKVFLt70.net
It is just like Yugi-oh!

11: 47の素敵な(やわらか銀行)@\(^o^)/ (ワッチョイ 02c3-okZF) 2015/08/31(月) 18:04:17.89 ID:sqcqPVME0.net
I am really surprised that after you have collected 5000 photos, you realize that it is a waste.

Usually if someone has gotten that far, I always thought that they would not really understand the meaning of “waste”.

12: 47の素敵な(チベット自治区)@\(^o^)/ (ワッチョイW 9bea-Rez+) 2015/08/31(月) 18:04:32.74 ID:D1xg+Mkm0.net
If you sell one photo for 1 yen each, eventually you will sell enough to have yourself one delicious meal!

14: 47の素敵な(大阪府)@\(^o^)/ (ワッチョイ be34-l754) 2015/08/31(月) 18:06:16.02 ID:95sHD7Rp0.net
Good luck with your sales going well (´・ω・`)

15: 47の素敵な(大峡谷を繋ぐ村)@\(^o^)/ (ワッチョイ 5cbd-/C5n) 2015/08/31(月) 18:06:48.08 ID:ZU86Zpsy0.net
Don’t worry about it. You are making the economy flow.  There some unpatriotic people who choose not to spend money, even if it is for more sensible reasons.

16: 47の素敵な(SB-iPhone)@\(^o^)/ (ササクッテロ Sp8d-CiXk) 2015/08/31(月) 18:07:18.11 ID:4gSxx5bXp.net
The money you have spent is a sunk cost.  You should just be happy with the things that you have now.

You might also feel better knowing that you can profit from the things you sell.

17: 地震(地震なし)@\(^o^)/ (ワッチョイ a2a7-a2i4) 2015/08/31(月) 18:07:55.28 ID:oLQnHHzT0.net
Before they become like the next Morning Musume, you should be quick and sell those. In a few years, they will be worthless.

18: 47の素敵な(愛知県)@\(^o^)/ (ワッチョイW 0947-Rez+) 2015/08/31(月) 18:08:12.51 ID:gfhh1LXk0.net
Photos are really nothing but garbage. When you have cooled down, you will feel nothing but regret.

19: 47の素敵な(庭)@\(^o^)/ (アウアウ Sa05-Rez+) 2015/08/31(月) 18:08:14.52 ID:jvsKEEsxa.net
This is still so much better than buying currency in a social game.

20: 47の素敵な(福岡県)@\(^o^)/ (ワッチョイW fdbf-Rez+) 2015/08/31(月) 18:08:57.94 ID:KXRh7EEG0.net
For the good ones, you should just scan them, and then sell.

21: 47の素敵な(地震なし)@\(^o^)/ 2015/08/31(月) 18:21:23.51 ID:DSb0W4Nk.net
In the past, I had a single photo that was really valuable. But when I think about it now, doing auctions is kind of annoying. Bringing them to the photo shops is just crazy stupid. Eventually, there was nothing left but to hold on to them.

23: 47の素敵な(東京都)@\(^o^)/ (ワッチョイ d387-IjOc) 2015/08/31(月) 18:30:20.86 ID:tK0ppD3D0.net
When you were a collector, you had fun while collecting them, right?  You can think of it as spending money on those good times. All you have to do now is quit.

26: 47の素敵な(地震なし)@\(^o^)/ (ワッチョイ a24f-zNM8) 2015/08/31(月) 18:34:56.27 ID:zL5fQo9G0.net
You can either sell them now, or hold on to them for 50 years.  What will it be?

35: 47の素敵な(山形県)@\(^o^)/ (ワッチョイW 9b84-Rez+) 2015/08/31(月) 18:46:31.14 ID:IZk/N+e80.net
Is it okay if I do not store them properly for those 50 years?

36: 47の素敵な(catv?)@\(^o^)/ (ワッチョイ fbb2-MD9Y) 2015/08/31(月) 18:53:22.31 ID:40NNjzmp0.net
I had some Cardass cards that I put into plastic pouches and left them for 25 years.  When I looked at them again, they were good as new.  As long as you do not expose them to ultra violet light, they keep up very well.

28: 47の素敵な(庭)@\(^o^)/ (アウアウ Sabe-Rwpj) 2015/08/31(月) 18:36:08.85 ID:VNrMWP8na.net
I guess there really are people who like to collect useless things, like small toys and cards. It really is a waste of money.  At least with games, it doesn’t increase the amount of garbage you have.

29: 47の素敵な(地震なし)@\(^o^)/ 2015/08/31(月) 18:41:50.58 ID:DSb0W4Nk.net
I remember there was a wota who collected a lot of Morning Musume photos.  He said they were all garbage, and then started to collect AKB photos.

I really thought he had a disease of some sort. That is how addictive these photos can get.

30: 47の素敵な(茸)@\(^o^)/ (ペラペラ SDa8-c4jI) 2015/08/31(月) 18:43:11.00 ID:Knp1CEt4D.net
It really depends on what members’ photos you have.  If you have some old photos of currently popular members, you will get a good price.

33: 47の素敵な(神奈川県)@\(^o^)/ (ワッチョイ 9d05-SUeb) 2015/08/31(月) 18:46:09.47 ID:78rXuENE0.net
If you sell about 300 photos, you may be able to about 8,000 yen. At that point, you’ll be thinking, “WOW!”

38: 47の素敵な(茸)@\(^o^)/ (スプー Sda8-Rez+) 2015/08/31(月) 18:56:08.79 ID:Is1kPs26d.net
If one photo is about 20-30 yen, then 5,000 photos would be over 100,000 yen!

39: 47の素敵な(神奈川県)@\(^o^)/ (ワッチョイ 9d05-SUeb) 2015/08/31(月) 18:59:03.35 ID:78rXuENE0.net
If you look at some of the senbatsu photos, you can get as much as 500 yen for those.  With 5,000 photos there’s bound to be some really good ones in there.

41: 47の素敵な(東京都)@\(^o^)/ (ワッチョイW daf5-OjI9) 2015/08/31(月) 19:19:55.67 ID:D7V9EcWL0.net
If you start selling now, it will probably take about 30 years!

45: 47の素敵な(茸)@\(^o^)/ (スプー Sda8-Rez+) 2015/08/31(月) 19:36:56.94 ID:Is1kPs26d.net
In order for something to become valuable over the years, the number of items has to be limited to begin with.

To be perfectly honest, there are so many AKB photos in circulation that, in 30 years time, there will never be any photo that will fetch 10s of thousands of yen.

If you just want to sell them to get rid of things, now is the time to do it.

48: 47の素敵な(茸)@\(^o^)/ (スプー Sda8-BjP4) 2015/08/31(月) 19:45:27.71 ID:zj58g4x3d.net
I am a collector; I do not attend any hand shake events, and just spend my money on obtaining photos.

I also do not have an oshimen, so there really is no end in sight.

But when I look at my folio of photos and think how much I have invested in it all, I have no regrets.

But I have started go to handshake events, and my expenses are crazy! lol.

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  • Payuyu Fortyeight

    Nice, if collecting stuff is really your thing then go for it as long as it makes you happy. Sure you’re spending and others would think you’re wasting money but that’s money that you love spending & makes you happy 🙂

    as for me i only have 1 photoset and 1 free photo that came in with my oshi’s PB. I am not the type who collects stuff, i’m more like, i want to keep 1 item of different kind as a souvenir and that’s it, i guess it really just depends on the person cos there are others who love buying every single merch lol

    • yuki

      I think I am pretty similar to you in that regard — I actually do not own any physical AKB-related media!

  • Jack

    He should give those photos to me. 🙂

  • auction them and he might gain some profit.. hope he do have some ‘rare’ one.