So, you are a huge fan of AKB48 and there are some idols whom you really admire. Or just for the sake of being able to meet famous people, you want to meet those popular idols so you can have bragging rights. Below are some options for how to get a chance to meet the girls!
Usually with each purchase of the limited edition CD, you will obtain a ticket to join a handshake event. Some fans will buy more than 1 CD to get more tickets so they can shake hands with their idols for a longer period of time. At the handshake event, you are able to choose and enter the lane of the member you wish to shake hands with. There tend to be very long queues for popular members such as Mayuyu (Watanabe Mayu) and Paruru (Shimazaki Haruka).
At the AKB48 theatre in Akihabara, you can enter the lottery to win tickets to a handshake event. However, there are limited tickets available and the tickets to shake hands with popular members are usually sold out pretty quickly. You can only apply for the tickets a limited number of times fans cannot enter the lottery an unlimited number of times until they win a ticket. Thus, it really depends on your luck!
If you are not in Japan but you still want to shake hands with your idols, you can virtually shake their hand! A bonus video of a virtual handshake is included in their limited edition album ‘Tsugi no Ashiato‘ and in the single complete edition CD of ‘0 to 1 no Aida’. In the virtual handshake videos, AKB48 members can be seen acting as if they are shaking hands and communicating with viewers.
With this knowledge, you can try attending an AKB48 handshake event when you are in Japan! You may not be a fan now, but upon meeting them, you might understand their charms. If you do not want to go through the hassle of queuing up to meet them, then you can just enjoy their virtual handshake videos from the comfort of your own home!