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Attending AKB48 handshakes: how-to (work in progress)

Discussion in 'General AKB48 Discussion' started by Mr Waffle, Nov 26, 2013.

  1. David61

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    Sadly I won't be going to Japan this time but the simplest piece of advice I'd give for getting from the station to Messe is to just follow the crowds! :D It's a 10-minute walk mostly along a covered elevated walkway and I see that @SunnyHighland has posted some Google Maps links upthread. You might want to check beforehand which of the many halls in the complex the event will be in but again you can just follow the crowds until you see a sign for the HS.

    One thing I'd mention about the JR Keiyo Line is that the terminus tracks at the Tokyo end are some way away from the main JR Tokyo Station and you should give yourself about 10 minutes to walk from the main station entrance along what seems like endless underground passages.

    But generally your journey should be easy so just relax and enjoy the day! I don't think any of us can quite adequately describe what it's like when you meet your kami-oshi for the first time especially when she's even more beautiful in real life than she is in photos (as Komi is! :D)
     
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  2. tuxedo_gin

    tuxedo_gin Kenkyuusei

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    Has anybody experienced going through the refund process for tickets for members that don't appear? I have tickets for Fuu and Ikumin for the 11th, and I doubt I'll be able to oshimashi them because I already need to oshimashi 4 tickets from slot 6 - I'm going to need to leave earlier to catch a train. If anybody knows about the process I'd love to hear about how and when it is done.
     
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    @tuxedo_gin I've never applied for a refund, however sometimes it can be surprisingly easy to use up oshimashi tickets if you target girls with little or no queues, some of whom might be actually quite popular - for example a couple of years ago I found myself in the HKT section needing to rapidly use two oshimashi tickets before the slot cut-off time and I was able to quickly use them with Murashige Anna and Ueki Nao who very surprisingly had nobody in their lines.
     
  4. tuxedo_gin

    tuxedo_gin Kenkyuusei

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    I tend to pack my slots pretty heavy. 3-4 members each slot, so I'm generally still in line at the cut off, and I occasionally end up not being able to use all my tickets.
     
  5. Cristafari

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    I have only returned tickets once, and it was a real pain. I had to pack up and send them not only the tickets, but also the CDs and the photos, then wait for them to send me a check, which I had to have a friend help me cash since I didn't live here at the time. What I'm saying is that I personally don't think it is worth the effort, and you will be much better served by using them for oshi-mashi.

    BTW, I'm not sure if they have simplified the process since the time I did it was a long time ago. (They were Meetan handshake tickets, just to give you an idea)

    Something else to keep in mind, if any of the members you are going to see have a starred lane and it is 30 minutes into the slot or later, you can always use those tickets in combination with the tickets of the member you are seeing for a longer handshake. Just a thought.
     
  6. tuxedo_gin

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    Yeah, probably not worth the effort for just two tickets. I'll just try to oshimashi them along with the four tickets I have for the 6th slot. Thanks.
     
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    Agree with those above. Just use it as extra 20 seconds for anyone you go for oshimashi with.
    The process took so long, except you have 10-20+ I do suggest to just use it for oshimashi.
    Pro tip: Tada Kyoka said she is available for oshimashi on 9th [hehe]
     
  8. miyabi

    miyabi Kenkyuusei

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    I just registed chara-ani account but I'm facing an issue. The account name only accepts kanji/katakana but my name on pp is written by romanji (I asked my friends and they helped me to translate my name from romanji to katakana). Are there any problems once I go to HS event? I really want to meet Renacchi and Sakki, also Hinapyo because as I see, many said she's good at hs
     
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    The first time I had tickets I used Katakana as I didn't know that it was possible to create an account using my name in Romaji. Everything turned out totally OK although as always I first got my tickets stamped at the information desk. However I then discovered how to enter names in Romaji, you have to use full-width characters all in capitals, so for the next time I just deleted my original account and created a new one using Romaji in my main name entry.

    (If you haven't yet applied for any tickets you can go into your account and replace your Katakana name with your Romaji one.)
     
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  10. miyabi

    miyabi Kenkyuusei

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    Thank you for your answer. And in case I win some tickets, can I register another address for them to send package rather than my account adress? Fortune music let fans use another address and name after winning but I dont know about chara-ani
     
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    I can't see any method of entering a second address on Chara-ani but I could be wrong, however I've only ever needed to enter the address of the person who performs the proxy service for me in Japan. (To clarify, the tickets are sent to his address but with my name on the package as the recipient, although he of course receives the package on my behalf.)
     
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    Have you applied for some tickets? For resale rounds usually it is cash on delivery only. Be careful with that.

    Also, this list might help you if you need one. https://www.post.japanpost.jp/int/link/sougou_en.html
     
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  13. Riina

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    You can't change address for delivery after application, and as far as I know, changing address, name spelling etc. between different rounds of the same single can lead to problems and make your tickets invalid. You can use the tickets if your name is in katakana (just get them stamped first) but don't change your name in the system now if you already applied for tickets using your katakana name.
     
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  14. kyokokazuski

    kyokokazuski Kenkyuusei

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    hi, i have a stupid question. if i buy a cd from Amazon and have a HS ticket, can i use it anyhow?
     
  15. Tuhis

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    You can use it at a nationwide handshake for that single.
     
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    kyokokazuski Kenkyuusei

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    i see, thank you ^^
     
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    Anyone can say if the foreign MasterCards are still not accepted on chara-ani ?
     
  18. tuxedo_gin

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    My understanding is that it's a case by case thing. I haven't recently, but I used a MasterCard from the US successfully before. Some cards/banks work, others do not.
     
  19. miyabi

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    Are there anyone who will join the 23rd IHS? I won 4 tickets for 1&2 section. It's my 1st time joining a handshake event so i'm kinda worried right now.iwould love to meet any 48G forgein fans in the event ^^
     
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    Don't be worried. It's a lot of fun, and pretty easy to figure out. Unfortunately, I'm not going to another until December.
     

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