Sometimes you just get lucky. Today, totally by chance while killing time in Namba, I saw 4 different NMB48 members, including my Oshimen.
Today I went to Namba to meet some friends who i haven’t seen in 6 months. I had a few hours to kill, so I decided that even though I’ve already been before, I’d go along to the AKB store/cafe for another look.
When I got there, there was a tv crew and the cafe area was blocked off with people.
Inside NMB48′s Maachun and Mirurun were sitting at one of the tables doing the whole “oishii” for the camera thing. For the prices the AKB cafe charge, I should hope it is.
They left, and most of the people (me inc) followed along. They went to the new Yoshimoto supermarket thing in front of the NMB theatre. The theme of the supermarket is that it contains food from all 47 prefectures, and there’s yoshimoto stuff kind of all over. So the camera’s followed them and so did we, they did more “Oishii’ing” for the camera.
They sat down to eat and film another segment, assuming nothing more interesting would happen, I took my leave and wandered off to find a toilet.
About 15-20 minutes later I walked passed again, and this time Riichan and Kanchiru were standing out front posing for photos.. official photos; I tried to take one. and the security guard was all over me. So I apologised, stepped back a few rows and took a few with my phone as it was more inconspicuous.
They went inside and did a bit of posing for photos. No camera crew, just a few staff with camera’s. Security was still diving onto people with cameras.
I bought myself a bottle of water, as I felt guilty just loitering in the store. Kanchiru walked straight passed me and stared at me but didn’t say anything as they went to the next food area. I wandered off toward the exit where no one was standing.
As they left, they had to walk past me. Riichan walked out in front of everyone and walked straight toward me. Obviously I was looking directly at her, so when she stared straight back it was kind of an… “oh shit now what” moment. So I politely nodded at her, which she returned and then said probably the only English word she knows, “yes” to me, which caused Kanchiru to laugh..(would have been ok had I asked a question..) and they exited the building and headed back to their office area behind the NMB store.