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What Should I Know Before Going to My First Idol Event?

March 1, 2017

Caption: "Yes, I will marry you. Goodbye." 


There's some really helpful advice for first-time event-goers in here, as well as some great wota humor. To the question of "What should you bring?" the overall consensus seems to be, "Your hygiene."




1: 名無し募集中。。。@\(^o^)/

It's been half a year since I became an idol wota.

Should I bring anything?

By the way, I'm going to a Country Girls mini-live / handshake event commemorating their new single release.


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       A sense of cleanliness.


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       Wota? No.

       Novice fan? Yes.


              98: 名無し募集中。。。@\(^o^)/


              This guy's got it right, LOL.


       96: 名無し募集中。。。@\(^o^)/


       Your maturity as an adult.


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Try not to bother the people around you. Just bring your manners and you'll be fine.


       10: 名無し募集中。。。@\(^o^)/


       Okay! This is just being a decent human being!


3: 名無し募集中。。。@\(^o^)/

You can't really call that a "real event."


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       Yeah, I'm pretty aware of that...but this will be my first time seeing them live.


4: 名無し募集中。。。@\(^o^)/

As long as you don't start getting weird and fidgety out of nervousness, you'll be fine.


5: 名無し募集中。。。@\(^o^)/

It's best to go in with no expectations.


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Country, huh? 

Even if you can't get a single word out during the handshakes, don't feel depressed.


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       Thank you. So it goes pretty fast?


              16: 名無し募集中。。。@\(^o^)/


              If I were to approximate...

              .8 seconds per person.


                     17: 名無し募集中。。。@\(^o^)/



                     Is this because it's free?


                            23: 名無し募集中。。。@\(^o^)/


                            It's 1080 yen.


                                   26: 名無し募集中。。。@\(^o^)/


                                   Ah, that's right. Because you have to buy the CD! I see.


                            24: 名無し募集中。。。@\(^o^)/


                            The handshake isn't free.

                            You can also buy the CD, prioritize getting a good spot for the mini-live, and do the                               handshake afterwards.


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              If you're not used to it, it's rough.

              Even if you want to call out for your oshi, it's best to greet the other girls and wait until                       you're in front of your oshi. You should use that time to prepare.


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              Out of all of Hello! Project, Country Girls goes the fastest.


                            33: 名無し募集中。。。@\(^o^)/


                            Seriously, LOL.

                            Who's the slowest?


                                   35: 名無し募集中。。。@\(^o^)/


                                   Kobushi or Tsubaki.


                                          42: 名無し募集中。。。@\(^o^)/


                                          Really! Another reason to look forward to going to Kobushi next!


                                                 58: 名無し募集中。。。@\(^o^)/


                                                 Unless you go to a tour, Kobushi doesn't have handshakes.


                                   41: 名無し募集中。。。@\(^o^)/


                                   Tsubaki's slow.


9: 名無し募集中。。。@\(^o^)/

By the way, who's your oshi?


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       In Country Girls, Chii-chan.

       But Kobushi got me into Hello! Pro.


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              Seems like you should go to the Kobushi play instead.


                     31: 名無し募集中。。。@\(^o^)/


                     To be frank, I'd rather see singing and dancing than wooden acting, LOL.


13: 名無し募集中。。。@\(^o^)/

Of all things, why would you make your debut at a super-fast Country Girls event? That level of difficulty is way too challenging.


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Morito? Figures.


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Is it at Nishinomiya Gardens?

That place has a great view of the stage. I think that's a good place for your first event~


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       Yeah! This Sunday.


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              That place has the best view of the stage in all of Japan. You really picked a good one.


                     32: 名無し募集中。。。@\(^o^)/


                     Seriously? I'm so excited!


25: 名無し募集中。。。@\(^o^)/

More importantly, they tell you not to wear accessories, watches, or hats during the handshake, so either make sure they're easy to take off or don't wear them at all.


       27: 名無し募集中。。。@\(^o^)/


       You can't even wear a watch? Wow, thanks for letting me know!


28: 名無し募集中。。。@\(^o^)/

Mini-lives are simple. Just bring money.


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If you have time, it might be interesting to go see Tsubaki on the same day.

You can note the differences in how good the concert is and the atmosphere of the wota.


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       Good idea! They're both in Osaka, so I'll go see both!


36: 名無し募集中。。。@\(^o^)/

Super slow pace: Kobushi.

Slow pace: Tsubaki.


38: 名無し募集中。。。@\(^o^)/

Frankly, I want people to stop bringing backpacks.


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       I see. Because it gets too cramped?


39: 名無し募集中。。。@\(^o^)/

There are Momochi musubi wota.


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40: 名無し募集中。。。@\(^o^)/

Trim your nails.


44: 名無し募集中。。。@\(^o^)/

Be a gentleman and properly take a shower the day before.


       47: 名無し募集中。。。@\(^o^)/


       Wait -- are there really guys who don't bathe beforehand? LOL.


45: 名無し募集中。。。@\(^o^)/

Guys, we've got a precious new wota on our hands. Give him proper advice.


48: 名無し募集中。。。@\(^o^)/

Clean clothes.

It doesn't have to be stylish or anything; just please show up with a hygienic personal appearance.



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       Are there really guys who turn out looking like the very picture of otaku? With zero sense of              cleanliness?


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              Some people wear their super old, love-worn wota T-shirts that are all wrinkled.

              There are lots of Momochi musubi oldies in...Kansai?

              Recently I was in Fukuoka, and it seems her fans will drag those things out until the                            moment she retires.


                     73: 名無し募集中。。。@\(^o^)/


                     Really? LMAO. "Momochi musubi oldies" sounds like such a buzzword.


                            79: 名無し募集中。。。@\(^o^)/


                            I say oldies, but in the wota world, you don't really say your age.

                            Well, just do some Googling and you'll find tons of videos.


50: 名無し募集中。。。@\(^o^)/

I've heard that among Tsubaki,

Ono Mizuho has a weak handshake

and Onoda Saori has a strong one.


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       Hoho, I like both of them so I'm excited to see.


51: 名無し募集中。。。@\(^o^)/

If you're in Kansai, the new sect may come out...


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       What? Is there a new group of annoying people?


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              Nah, it's just the same old dirty, disgusting otaku.

              The new sect of them wears happi coats.


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                     You can recognize them immediately...


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              The stench is so horrifying, I've called it bioterrorism.


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This isn't really a problem for Country girls, but with Momusu and such, there are a lot of female wota, so there are certain things you shouldn't do.


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       So female wota really exist, huh? I thought it was an urban legend.


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Are you going to LaQua?

If you look at the previous day's setlist, you can pretty much figure out what they'll perform that day, so it's a good idea to prepare beforehand.


59: 名無し募集中。。。@\(^o^)/

A penlight.

If it's an outdoor event, you don't even need a color-changing one. Just a single color is fine.


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       Ah, so you need a penlight even for a mini-live?


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              Personally, I don't think they're necessary for daytime outdoor events or indoor ones.

              It's really up to personal preference.


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                     Then I'll wait and see, since it's my first time! Thanks.


61: 名無し募集中。。。@\(^o^)/

When and where are you going?


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       This Sunday at Nishinomiya Gardens, in the Sky Garden, on the Kinoha Stage!


64: 名無し募集中。。。@\(^o^)/

Do those icky guys have no sense of self-awareness?


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If you're careless enough to bring a big wad of cash, you'll find yourself looping. Be careful.


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       What's looping?


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              It's when you're not satisfied with just one handshake, so you buy a whole bunch and get in               line over and over again.


                     80: 名無し募集中。。。@\(^o^)/


                     That's...not good, LOL.


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                            For each CD you buy, you get one round of handshakes with all the members. So if                               you buy lots of CDs, you get that many turns in the handshake line.

                            It depends on the venue, but if it's crowded, you can buy 100 CDs and just keep                                   shaking hands forever.


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Looks like it might rain or snow on Sunday.


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       Ooh, I'll bring an umbrella then.


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              People might say "Don't poke me with your umbrella!" so bring a raincoat instead.


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                     A raincoat! Okay, I'm a man of good taste.


81: 名無し募集中。。。@\(^o^)/

Is the OP a student?


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       I'm a college student.


87: 名無し募集中。。。@\(^o^)/

Umbrellas aren't allowed in the Gardens.

I'm pretty sure they distribute raincoats, but you should probably bring one just in case.


88: 名無し募集中。。。@\(^o^)/

It sucks if you're in the back and can't see.


89: 名無し募集中。。。@\(^o^)/

Since it's your first handshake event, rather than buying a whole lot of CDs and looping, you'll want to buy just one or two and go one at a time.


90: 名無し募集中。。。@\(^o^)/

It's surreal to watch the last dumb looper left...

When it ends, you immediately applaud.


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This is what it looks like when it rains.


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Going to an event after just half a year...

You're a man of action.


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       I'm restless -- I can't wait!


99: 名無し募集中。。。@\(^o^)/

Events are normally quite peaceful.

It's fun even if you're alone.

There's just the rare bothersome person.


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       I'm still too embarrassed to go alone, so I invited a younger student!


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              Don't cause too much of a fuss and attract glares, LOL.

              You'll be exposed.


103: 名無し募集中。。。@\(^o^)/

There aren't many cringey Country Girls wota, so it's good for beginners.


       121: 名無し募集中。。。@\(^o^)/


       There seems to be a growing army of line-cutting Balrogs showing up at release events these            days.


104: 名無し募集中。。。@\(^o^)/

You'll probably be surprised at the grossness of the wota, unless you've been to other idol events.

At first I had no experience and was so repulsed that I pulled away from the fandom. But I got used to it, so now it's a good time.


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       It's my first time, so I'm proceeding with caution...!


107: 名無し募集中。。。@\(^o^)/

Take care not to get overenthusiastic ⚠


108: 名無し募集中。。。@\(^o^)/

Country Girls events are some of the tamer ones.

Angerme, on the other hand -- I'm still surprised by the member calls before the show starts.


110: 名無し募集中。。。@\(^o^)/

If you see a guy shouting "Momochiiii, Momochiiii" before the show, that's Yamagoe-san.


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       Despite appearances, he's actually married.


              119: 名無し募集中。。。@\(^o^)/


              That guy's married?!

              I'm shocked.


              124: 名無し募集中。。。@\(^o^)/


              Even though he's got a wife, he bought 300 CDs last time. He's unbelievable.


112: 名無し募集中。。。@\(^o^)/

If you're frolicking around right after the handshake event, be careful not to make eye contact with the exit staff. It's embarrassing.


114: 名無し募集中。。。@\(^o^)/

Why'd you become a Kobushi wota, of all things?


       118: 名無し募集中。。。@\(^o^)/


       An wota friend of mine recommended "Chotto Guchoku ni! Chototsu Moushin" to me, and I              was so obsessed I put it on endless repeat. From there, I grew to love Reirei's cuteness...

       That's the story.


              122: 名無し募集中。。。@\(^o^)/


              Same here, LMAO.

              My first event was the Chototsu release event, and from there I became a Kobushi wota.                     We've got the same story, except I'm from Kanto.


                     128: 名無し募集中。。。@\(^o^)/


                     How was the Kobushi release event?


                            131: 名無し募集中。。。@\(^o^)/


                            Their singing is even better than I imagined, and the shouts for Reirei were super                                 intense.

                            And then I was surprised at how naturally and openly the members chatted with us                             at the handshake event.

                            But Kobushi's main draw is definitely their performance. It's because their                                             energy completely burns up the stage, LOL.


                                   132: 名無し募集中。。。@\(^o^)/


                                 Seriously? I want to go...!!


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There shouldn't be any troublemakers at Nishinomiya, since the priority there is getting a seat.

Seems like it'd be more likely to happen at Tsubaki's event.


123: 名無し募集中。。。@\(^o^)/

When you see Reirei up close, her face is really pretty and petite.


127: 名無し募集中。。。@\(^o^)/

In Kobushi, I like Minamina.


133: 名無し募集中。。。@\(^o^)/

It's good to see there are still new customers.


134: 名無し募集中。。。@\(^o^)/

The first event I went to was 12 years ago, but the otaku were so revolting that I couldn't stop shivering.


136: 名無し募集中。。。@\(^o^)/

It's good that you're going to a release event.

Of course, you should dissolve your dreams about it at home beforehand.


       137: 名無し募集中。。。@\(^o^)/


       Is this guy serious?


              141: 名無し募集中。。。@\(^o^)/


              No matter the group, there will always be some first-timers who get their hearts broken by                 the members' handshake reactions. That's a sure thing.

              There are a fair number of people who become antis after a salty reaction from their                          favorite member.


139: 名無し募集中。。。@\(^o^)/

I just went for the first time the other day, but I still want to go again.


142: 名無し募集中。。。@\(^o^)/

If it's your first handshake event, it's best if they go at the speed of light.

After all, you'll be so nervous that you'll just say the same thing to every member.


143: 名無し募集中。。。@\(^o^)/

Some people are still giving members who aren't used to handshake events, like Reirei, bad reviews because of "salty reactions," huh? It's still the early days, after all. 


       146: 名無し募集中。。。@\(^o^)/


       Since the summer of last year, she's gotten good.


144: 名無し募集中。。。@\(^o^)/

The voices of complainers are always the loudest.


145: 名無し募集中。。。@\(^o^)/

Sure, if you loop 100 times, you'll get a salty reaction one way or another...


149: 名無し募集中。。。@\(^o^)/

The other day I went for the first time thinking, "Won't it be nice to see Momochi before she leaves?" She was so cute, I was relieved. Mission accomplished.


       152: 名無し募集中。。。@\(^o^)/


       Yeah, there's that. Although it would be nice to catch Buono!'s last concert...


153: 名無し募集中。。。@\(^o^)/

You're so close to the members during release events that you don't know where to look. It can be bewildering.


156: 名無し募集中。。。@\(^o^)/

Everyone, thank you so much for your earnest advice.

I'm looking forward to Sunday (・∀・)





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