2chan says: I want to meet members randomly in the street. What should I do?

Here is a relatively unusual thread to a relatively unusual question, posed by one Japanese netizen: if I really wanted to somehow coincidentally meet AKB48 members out in public, how would I go about doing it?

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1: 47の素敵な(神奈川県)@\(^o^)/ (ワッチョイW 6b98-uj8w) 2016/01/21(木) 13:27:13.12 ID:e4VanEyl0.net
How can I meet someone?

2: 47の素敵な(catv?)@\(^o^)/ (ワッチョイW 02fc-zzik) 2016/01/21(木) 13:28:35.02 ID:jR7Etc630.net
If you go to Shibuya or Harajuku, and you see a girl wearing a mask and a hat, that’s probably a member.

3: 47の素敵な(千葉県)@\(^o^)/ (ワッチョイ 9ea5-9mX8) 2016/01/21(木) 13:29:02.00 ID:ZY972FnL0.net
Right now, there are probably a lot of members wandering around. They’re confined here for a few days because of request hour.

4: 47の素敵な(dion軍)@\(^o^)/ (ワッチョイW 8f2b-UVvq) 2016/01/21(木) 13:29:25.88 ID:ldVFv4wF0.net
If you go to “109 Shibuya”, you’ll find someone!


5: 47の素敵な(大阪府)@\(^o^)/ (ワッチョイW 57d5-uj8w) 2016/01/21(木) 13:31:29.60 ID:vmwGt3S20.net
If you’re in Osaka, and  you just walk around Umeda / Namba area, you’ll really just naturally run into them. Tokyo has too many places to hang out, so they probably spread out more.

7: 47の素敵な(茸)@\(^o^)/ (スプー Sd02-uj8w) 2016/01/21(木) 13:42:07.35 ID:nsFtyHLXd.net
I have met a member in Shibuya before. It was a really popular HKT member; I was shocked. She didn’t really try to disguise herself either.

8: 47の素敵な(西日本)@\(^o^)/ (ワッチョイ 3ca0-phJq) 2016/01/21(木) 13:44:20.68 ID:nFVTIltM0.net
In Fukuoka, I see HKT members quite often.

9: 47の素敵な(大阪府)@\(^o^)/ (ワッチョイW 1f47-rNIK) 2016/01/21(木) 14:00:17.37 ID:/q/2qOto0.net
In Osaka’s Shinbashi area, I was lining up to buy a crepe. Behind me was Shiroma Miru! I yelled out, and Miru just laughed at me.

28: 47の素敵な(禿)@\(^o^)/ (オッペケ Sr81-nitJ) 2016/01/21(木) 15:06:27.26 ID:kEYBEmCEr.net
That’s so great!

35: 47の素敵な(京都府)@\(^o^)/ (ワッチョイW 02da-iAHl) 2016/01/21(木) 15:53:56.43 ID:rsmQX//k0.net
I’m so jealous, it’s frustrating!

11: 47の素敵な(庭)@\(^o^)/ (アウアウ Sa69-Bw3P) 2016/01/21(木) 14:07:03.59 ID:INaC1z/Ua.net
Even if it does happen, I don’t want to cause them any trouble, therefore I probably wouldn’t say anything.

12: 47の素敵な(茸)@\(^o^)/ (スプー Sd02-UVvq) 2016/01/21(木) 14:09:38.61 ID:d0vBJLLKd.net
You should just hang out around Yakiniku IWA. Your chances are pretty high!

13: 47の素敵な(catv?)@\(^o^)/ (ワッチョイ 6bfd-phJq) 2016/01/21(木) 14:13:31.45 ID:yZDxw1Zj0.net
It’s really important that you loiter around the business districts in the middle of the afternoon. Otherwise go to Shibuya when it looks like she’s not working.

As for Fukuoka, you should check around the airport, since they probably get around by airplane often. From Parco to Watanabe Street, you might see them filming an outdoor TV show.

14: 47の素敵な(庭)@\(^o^)/ (アウアウ Sa69-uj8w) 2016/01/21(木) 14:31:17.97 ID:CM1HMEyUa.net
Rather than Tokyo, I feel like Namba and Hakata are probably easier to spot members.

15: 47の素敵な(東京都)@\(^o^)/ (ワッチョイ 3ff7-jNhB) 2016/01/21(木) 14:36:21.19 ID:56iEeQUB0.net
She’s not a member, but one time I met Takejou Aki at the super market.

Takejou Aki
Takejou Aki

18: 47の素敵な(愛知県)@\(^o^)/ (ワッチョイW b119-2YwT) 2016/01/21(木) 14:42:17.09 ID:oxxB136j0.net
So jelly.

19: 47の素敵な(空)@\(^o^)/ (ブーイモ MM02-2YwT) 2016/01/21(木) 14:43:22.49 ID:sNa1M7JaM.net

20: 47の素敵な(禿)@\(^o^)/ (オッペケ Sr81-nitJ) 2016/01/21(木) 14:45:49.25 ID:kEYBEmCEr.net
I have seen Nishino and Kojimako in Shinagawa. Around Shinagawa Station’s Takanawa exit, I’ve also seen Nakamura Mariko.

21: 47の素敵な(庭)@\(^o^)/ (アウアウ Sa69-xYZ1) 2016/01/21(木) 14:47:26.89 ID:49/FatO5a.net
You’ll probably just find one at the Roppongi Hills crossing. If you go to Iigura, you might even see them holding hands with some guy!

23: 47の素敵な(禿)@\(^o^)/ (オッペケ Sr81-nitJ) 2016/01/21(木) 14:57:51.27 ID:kEYBEmCEr.net
If you don’t care about members, and just want to see some random Japanese celebrities, just go to the Nishi Azabu district. You can easily see, like, 10 of them probably.

24: 47の素敵な(愛知県)@\(^o^)/ (ワッチョイ 59de-kVeH) 2016/01/21(木) 14:57:52.20 ID:HojKfwuL0.net
In Nagoya, I’ve seen Makiko, Miyamae, and Kaori, riding super fast on their bikes!

26: 47の素敵な(関西・北陸)@\(^o^)/ (ガラプー KKcc-DUbq) 2016/01/21(木) 15:00:12.55 ID:6/9hrrqMK.net
Between Tokyo Disney Land and Universal Studios Japan, try going to Universal Studios Japan. I have this image in my mind that NMB members go there often.

27: 47の素敵な(SB-iPhone)@\(^o^)/ (ササクッテロ Sp81-E+sN) 2016/01/21(木) 15:03:30.03 ID:kxTVzUYGp.net
Go to the TV company offices and just eat at the employee cafeteria. I’ve met so many of them there.

31: 47の素敵な(catv?)@\(^o^)/ (ワッチョイW 02fc-zS04) 2016/01/21(木) 15:10:33.34 ID:VkD0pe6E0.net
I’ve been Shibata Aya and Yamashita Yukari in Shinagawa.

34: 47の素敵な(禿)@\(^o^)/ (オッペケ Sr81-2YwT) 2016/01/21(木) 15:43:59.89 ID:J/+/UxFar.net
I’ve met Kitahara Rie when riding the Seibu Ikebukuro train line.

36: 47の素敵な(空)@\(^o^)/ (ブーイモ MM02-2YwT) 2016/01/21(木) 15:57:24.62 ID:99SLcVy4M.net
This thread is just about people who have met members randomly. I guess that’s not bad though.

42: 47の素敵な(青森県)@\(^o^)/ (ワッチョイ 33cb-hggc) 2016/01/21(木) 16:16:10.54 ID:TgNq5LS20.net
I was in Osaka on business, and I was riding the Midosuji subway line. A theater performance had just finished, and I saw a lot of NMB members heading home.

But that was about 5 years ago, and I really had no interest in the 48 groups then. The only one I recognized was Kishino Rika. I don’t remember the others at all.

44: 47の素敵な(玉音放送)@\(^o^)/ (スプー Sd02-2YwT) 2016/01/21(木) 16:29:54.39 ID:n4AQiR/cd.net
Before a theater performance in the afternoon, just go for a walk!




45: 47の素敵な(大阪府)@\(^o^)/ (ワッチョイ 1f22-9mX8) 2016/01/21(木) 16:32:54.82 ID:2v+jFLHT0.net
If you’re looking for NMB members, just go to near the theater on the day of performance. Around 3pm.  Stand in front of the Mujirushi store, and you’ll encounter so many members because they are heading into the theater.

48: 47の素敵な(SB-iPhone)@\(^o^)/ (ササクッテロ Sp81-rNIK) 2016/01/21(木) 19:00:32.30 ID:3pIpKGllp.net
Around the TV headquarters in Akasaka, I saw a girl that looked like Ichikawa Miorin. It looked like she was wandering around and looking for something to eat. I was looking at her clothes, wondering if that’s what she normally wore: it was an unthinkably bright and flashy dress. She didn’t have a mask either. Then I yelled out, “Ah, Lemon!”

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  • Payuyu Fortyeight

    very informative! thanks i’ll take down notes lol even if i see a member i wouldn’t say anything nor snap a pic of them, i love them and i respect them, they deserve to have a quiet alone time. seeing any of them in person is enough for me XD

  • Derek Vasconi

    I think I would feel weird to meet a member here in Japan. I mean, it would be cool, but at the same time, I want to respect their privacy. They might just be trying to do their normal, everyday life stuff, and they don’t want to feel like they are on the job dealing with a fan you know? But if I could run into somebody, I wish it would be my oshi, Tani Marika. That would be kaaaakkkoooiii!

    • Joaquin Estevan

      Tani will maybe hug you, love you and make you even more fan. XD

      • Derek Vasconi

        Tani is my oshi, so I am not sure how much more I can love her lol. I really do wish I could know her in real life, like just as a friend even, because she seems so wonderful. I have been looking all over Akihabara to find Tani merchandise, but so far, no luck. Maybe if I could find Tani herself?

        • Joaquin Estevan

          I think the mentioned abouve should work.

          Just go around SKE theater or city center and you may find groups of 2-3 girls.

          But i think its better just to walk casually and find her, than searching for her, that might be creepy. 😐

    • yuki

      That is perfectly commendable — more often than not you will hear about fans overstepping their bounds, though I suspect that those kind of incidents are more prone to getting media attention. These idols are still people after all, so it is good that we remember that.

      Tani Marika? Just stay away from her room, unless of course you intend to do some housekeeping for you, hehe.

      • Derek Vasconi

        lol…I am terrible at doing housekeeping, but I would do that for her because I love her so much. I really feel like I want to take care of her, she’s soooo adorable and funny!
        But sure, idols are people, and even if Tani was sitting next to me on a train in Tokyo, I would really have to consider saying hi to her or leaving her alone. She may want to just switch off from being an idol in her private life, and it’s not fair to her that I would want her to act like the Tani I see on variety shows in her private life just to make me happy, especially when I’m not paying to see her or anything like that.
        But then again, Tani might be that insane all the time, so I might be okay? Or in my fantasy, she would notice me, and then we would talk and everything would be awesome!
        Oh man… I think I need to start writing some fan fiction about her lol.

  • Isaias Rodriguez

    If I saw my oshi in person I would try to not pay attention to them so they could the time they have on their own.Later in the day I would scream with a pillow over my face of excitement…(since it is our oshi afterall,we can’t ignore it the whole day XD)

    • yuki

      Hehe, I am not quite sure how I would react though, like you, I imagine some screaming would be involved.

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    • yuki

      Hehe, yes, she is!

  • Hitokiri 1989

    I don’t know. Best to stay away in my opinion. Wouldn’t want the roving Shukan Bunshun paparazzi taking a photo of you talking to your oshi and making a scandal of it =(