Today, March 27th, 2017 marks the five year anniversary of AKB48 performing in Washington D.C. for the National Cherry Blossom Festival. As this was my first idol event, I had no idea what to expect. It was also my first time meeting the people I talked to online who shared an interest in idols. Regardless, great memories were made.
I’m just gonna reminisce about stuff I remember. If I forget about a specific moment I had with you, please blame the fact that it’s actually been A HALF A DECADE since the event.
The show was announced two weeks ahead of time so scrambling to get time off and book stuff was not fun.
It was absolutely weird meeting up with DLJ and Hiro at the Washington monument as I tried to introduce myself with a mouthful of the way too expensive airport sandwich I could not eat on the flight because of my fear of flying. Hiro and I decided to sleep on the same bed because we would rather share a bed with each other than share a bed with DLJ. Sorry, David.
I met Kenny as he was passing out free stuff. One thing I remember him giving me was some sort of Nakagawa Haruka mini poster that came with the PSP game. We also tried to Junjou-U19 him. No, we weren’t trying to take his purity. We just wanted to do this because Kenny was smaller in stature.
I met Vu in line. I asked him if he knew about NSK. He told me, “no”. I had no business believing that a random person in line would know a random podcast online about idols but it still hurt my pointlessly inflated ego at the time.
Del was basically Santa Claus but he didn’t care if you were naughty or nice nor did he care that it was the end of March and not Christmas. He gave me way more Puccho than anyone could ever ask for free.
We also met Abe Maria’s grandma in line for the first show. That was preeeeeetty random.
Chanting nonsense with Dave was great. We were chanting, “uma no shippo” and “in the wind” for “Ponytail to Shushu”. The chants were from a show that was doing parody chants of AKB songs.
I vividly remember Tron going absolutely nuts for Minegishi’s unit song, “Gyakuten Ouji-sama”. This photo of Tron watching Minegishi during an MC speaks to me on how an idol fan can connect to their oshimen. Words can’t really do the feeling justice.
After the show, I met up with everyone who I talked to online. Had short introductions with everyone. I was glad I could put a face to an internet handle and learning their real names.
I remember waiting outside the venue after the concert to catch a glimpse of the members leaving. When the members started to make their way to the bus, I remember Tron screaming, “Lemon” at the top of his lungs for the giggles. Kawaei Rina and Takahashi Juri gaves us a death stare as they were leaving on their bus. I’m not sure what was going through their heads but it certainly wasn’t about how they really appreciated fans screaming their names.
Here is the updated version of the trip video. AKS decided to flag the one minute live audio of “Sakura no Kini Narou”. Also, go check out the podcast we did after the trip.
Once again, I’m sorry if I missed anything else that was big that happened. Remind me in the comments! Thanks for reading. Much love.