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07 February 2009 @ 08:19 am
So Remember I had A Secret Well......  
While everyone waited at the Convention Center for Sho to appear I had to head back to my job were I had to get ready for what could possibly the most nerve wreaking waiting game of my life.
Well the big secret was that my friend and I were going to meet Mr. Sakurai himself.
As most people noticed from the Convention he had a camera crew with him and was dress in a suit well he was filming something for NEWSZERO. (Which I now have to find in the 704x396 because my computer is old and can't handle the bigger size)

I did go to the convention, Asked some of my Guy friends to get us tickets but they called and said that the fans rushed the booth and they didn't hand out many tickets for the movie. That's when I knew he was going to be coming alot earlier than expected and so my freaking out happened just as the two of us were trying to finish Sho's and Arashi's presents. My hands were shaking and Gomen ne Riida yours didn't come out as good GOMEN!!!!!!!! Anyway we did finish but forgot to take a picture of them but they were a bunch of bears with NYC hoodies with their names on the back my friend Misa sewed the names I got the shirts and the Disney pins but since we only had a weeks noticed to get everything together. Okay just as we finished and I went to get the ribbon to tie the bears and the shirts together. My manager gets a call that they're here and I begin to hyperventalete so freaking bad. Originally the interview was supposed to both me and my friend but they decieded not to do it that way because of time. So after my manager told us that he took me to see the director and the translator/producer. First was the introductions with them because they were filming things outside of my store. So he asked me the one line I can remember the most clearly "Do you know ARASHI?" that was the director and I know he was trying really hard to say it right and of course I say Yes and that I'm a big BIG HUGE FAN. He told me to tell him that too. The interview was suppose to be about manga because of course the Convention. So after that they told me to stay on the Second Floor because it was were the manga is of course and they went and joined Sho and crew outside for the filming. Of course my breathing got faster and I went and got a cup of water. Misa ran down and said look out the window and there he was Sho Sakurai being inner freakout (I didn't do it loudly because I couldn't freak out the customers that were in the store.) I drank the water so fast that I got brain freeze. Okay Girlies here it comes They finished outside in walked in and went up to the 2nd floor.

Sho and crew (which was about 15 people including the Big Bodyguard) started walking around the manga section picking out titles he knew notting the fact that in big letters the sign said MANGA ( and yes ladies he spelled it out cho kawaiii!!!!!!!!!!!) That was the first real glimpse I got of him too in his black suit and blue tie and all his beautiful glory. My manger made me stand at the information desk to field quick questions from the customers (btw I wasn't even supposed to be on the clock but they made me have my name tag on anyway althought they did decided to pay me for it ) Sho walked around and talked to the random manga fans on the floor who didn't know who he was and were probably wondering afterward about it. He talked about the american comic books too and went over to the Comic spindle and the Giant Naruto display we have in the store (BTW I sooo taking that display because he touched it) He talked over there and then he went back into the manga section and I was ushered in to talk with him one on one (insert freak out here) although on camera I looked calm I was freaking out. We talked about the mangas in the store (i.e, sales, popularity, and why it is that it's so popular in America yes I am an Otaku and I do run the manga book club that runs through the store so I know what's what, I tried my best not to freak) After a while Director-san told me with hand gestures that I should tell him that I knew who he was and I did. His eyes bugged out he asked me in English do you know who I am and I said yes your Sho Sakurai and he just nodded his head. This is were Sho's interrigation began he asked me what my favorite songs were (Truth & A.Ra.Shi) he asked me how I found out about Arashi (Through V6 actually singing the song Change the World for Inuyasha now that I think about it was it that song can't remember) then he asked me who my #1 favorite is and not to lie about it so of course I said Aiba and he repeated Aiba's name after I said it and smiled and asked for #2 and I said Jun and he said MastsuJun and then he asked for #3 and I said him and he was happy that he wasn't #4 or 5. Although he didn't ask were Nino and Riida landed in the list. Then he asked me to sing one of the songs of course my brain took this as forget the song completely so I asked which song and he said A.Ra.Shi and I sang the chorus well what my brain could remember before my embarrasement settled in. And then asked me to sing truth (BTW he couldn't remember the lyrics either) I sang the beginning and he joined in and after he was so happy that I knew the music. We talked about how popular Arashi is in the US and how big the Asian music industry is getting over here. Then he shook my hand (yes I touched him) and they filmed some other things in the magazine section. Were my friend Misa was standing reading a manga trying to just be near him without freaking out and after they finished there as they were leaving we gave him the present and said Happy Birthday shook his hand again he said thank you (he was so happy about the presents and shocked that we took the time to make them) he shook Misa's hand and left.

My firend Misa told me he was glowing when it was all done and trust me he was. OMG I CAN'T BELIEVE I MEET SHO SAKURAI

We tried to get to go see the movie but I guess after the freak out at the convention that they didn't let everyone in so of course I went home.
Pictures weren't allowed but I think after watching NEWSZERO you'll know it's true.

*Edited 2009.03.02

More Info under the Cut Mostly about the Questions I get over and overCollapse )

I tried my best to answer everyone's comments and questions and I'm really happy to share this expirence with everyone

* Updated NEWS ZERO Information (Updated 2009.03.02)

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ichaa: sho messy lookichaa on February 7th, 2009 04:29 pm (UTC)
huahhhh! *faint because of jealousy*
you meet him! you meet him!
you saw him! my ichiban! huahhh!
lucky lucky you :D
☆~♥My Sweet Angel♥~☆yuniesan on February 8th, 2009 02:19 am (UTC)
Yes I'm sorry but yes I saw him.
(no subject) - ichaa on February 8th, 2009 09:21 am (UTC) (Expand)
Kait Monsteranimechic on February 7th, 2009 04:30 pm (UTC)
How wonderful! I'm very glad you got some personal time with him, and to sing for him? What a dream come true!
annezcaannezca on February 7th, 2009 04:34 pm (UTC)
it's like a story out from fanfictions. Just a pure fantasy that came true.. There's still for hope us afterall! XDDDD

You are soo lucky!
☆~♥My Sweet Angel♥~☆yuniesan on February 8th, 2009 02:20 am (UTC)
God I keep wondering if I wasn't dreaming and then I saw the film crew today and I was like oh yeah that sooo happened yesterday!
yay_y3nnyfer: Sho Handsyay_y3nnyfer on February 7th, 2009 04:39 pm (UTC)
OHMYGOSH WOW YOU ARE SOOO LUCKY! You probably heard this a 1000x over already, but WOW. You must feel so surreal right now. XDD Congrats!!!
☆~♥My Sweet Angel♥~☆yuniesan on February 8th, 2009 02:23 am (UTC)
I have but at least people are happy to hear about what happened!
Yumei. F: SAKURAIBAfeetonheat on February 7th, 2009 05:00 pm (UTC)
Oh. my. god.

you have lived out every fangirl's fantasy.

i feel light headed now.

p.s. Aiba's my #1 too :)
☆~♥My Sweet Angel♥~☆yuniesan on February 8th, 2009 02:24 am (UTC)
I love Aiba, and the way Sho said Aiba so cute!!!!!
(no subject) - feetonheat on February 8th, 2009 04:26 am (UTC) (Expand)
jodie26 on February 7th, 2009 05:01 pm (UTC)
aww your so lucky^_^.. sho seems nice :)
jodie26 on February 7th, 2009 05:02 pm (UTC)
btw how long did you talk to him? and does this mean you will be on news zero? if so that would be cool^_^
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☆~♥My Sweet Angel♥~☆yuniesan on February 8th, 2009 02:26 am (UTC)
Re: Oh my GOSHHHHH!!
Don't scare people while screaming I scared alot of customers when he left because I went into fetal position on the floor (I bent down actually)
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Re: Oh my GOSHHHHH!! - yuniesan on February 8th, 2009 06:19 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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Mika-chanverde_ivy on February 7th, 2009 05:08 pm (UTC)
That's incredible!!! And I love how he asked you who you're fav Arashi member was and to be honest about it :) Was he asking these questions in English? Or was this entire interview in Japanese?

Anyway, thanks so much for sharing!! Wow, I'm still in awe :)
☆~♥My Sweet Angel♥~☆yuniesan on February 8th, 2009 02:27 am (UTC)
He spoke in Japanese and I spoke in English
I was so embarrassed when he asked me that!
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eririnaeririna on February 7th, 2009 05:12 pm (UTC)
you're so lucky! :D
can't say much else, i'm just basking in my imagination of me being you o_o XD
JenJen: Newscaster Shomalimono on February 7th, 2009 05:16 pm (UTC)
And I'm glad that you told him about his large American fanbse. ^^ At least he knows.
Ahh I can't wait to see the News Zero on this. <3
☆~♥My Sweet Angel♥~☆yuniesan on February 8th, 2009 02:28 am (UTC)
He was shocked because the people in the store didn't know who Arashi was and I was like they're alot older than the tweens and normal otakus that come to my job. And then he saw the mob outside the theater and I guess I was glad I warned him!
agentpocky: shoagentpocky on February 7th, 2009 05:16 pm (UTC)
WOW!! Lucky Lucky Girl!

That must have been an experience (something to tell your kids when you get older jk).

Can't wait to see his broadcast on NEWS ZERO about the whole thing.
☆~♥My Sweet Angel♥~☆yuniesan on February 8th, 2009 02:29 am (UTC)
Oh trust me my kids will know who arashi is I swear!
sapah_fu: shosapah_fu on February 7th, 2009 05:18 pm (UTC)
oh my freaking god, this is the best story I have ever read! you are so unbelievably lucky! :D
gds_kurimu: shogds_kurimu on February 7th, 2009 05:19 pm (UTC)
OMG, I finished reading and I'm so excited!
He made you sing with him!!! (*_*)
And he asked you who you're ichiban was without expecting to be him, omg sweeeet.
He sure got proved that Arashi has fans in the US, thank you so much for telling him again.
I'm a manga fan myself so I was glad he went there to actually look around the convention and comment about comics and stuff.
Maybe now, the hope of having a concert over there could come true, right? With such warm welcome.
☆~♥My Sweet Angel♥~☆yuniesan on February 8th, 2009 02:29 am (UTC)
I totally blanked out on the songs though just because I was there!

Yes US concert will be awesome!!!!
yzahbelleyzahbelle on February 7th, 2009 05:20 pm (UTC)
omg... i know how you feel... coz ive seen him also in concert...but i so envy you....you just touched shokun's hand..kyaaaa
i also totally been star struck by him!@
he is so freakin gorgeous!!seriously!
☆~♥My Sweet Angel♥~☆yuniesan on February 8th, 2009 02:30 am (UTC)
OMG I know he's so cute, but I wish I could go to a concert I would love to one day!
Shanthefrug on February 7th, 2009 05:41 pm (UTC)
that's awesome! That's such a cool fan experience to have! Congrats!
智世tomoyodesu on February 7th, 2009 05:47 pm (UTC)
zinnie4arashizinnie4arashi on February 7th, 2009 05:51 pm (UTC)
glad to read a report that ended well. thank you!!!
☆~♥My Sweet Angel♥~☆yuniesan on February 8th, 2009 02:31 am (UTC)
I don't want to know how the other ones ended because I bet it was grimm after what happened with the tickets for the movie
hikage_hikari: I can flyhikage_hikari on February 7th, 2009 05:52 pm (UTC)
its great you had the chance to meet him ^_^
but the best thing is that you didnt freak out (on the outside), so you were able to talk to him normally. and he sang with you? thats great!
one of the best days of your (fangirl-)life, I think ^.~

thanks for sharing your experiences with us.
☆~♥My Sweet Angel♥~☆yuniesan on February 8th, 2009 02:32 am (UTC)
Yes better than the time I met Daniel Craig/Ewan McGregor/ OMG I've met so many celebrities O.o

But Sho is the #1 on the list!
belcapbelcap on February 7th, 2009 05:55 pm (UTC)
That's so cool! Thank you for sharing your story.
yamajunkamekunyamajunkamekun on February 7th, 2009 06:00 pm (UTC)
AH! LUCKY! I KNOW for a fact he was AMAZING up close and by nature he's a wonderful person with great character...AH!!!! and you saw his SMILE UP CLOSE TOO!!!!!
rea carpiotangerinesun on February 7th, 2009 06:07 pm (UTC)
I'm so happy for you!
This is a giant leap for fandom?! Whatever that means but YES OH YES!

Thanks a lot for sharing!
☆~♥My Sweet Angel♥~☆yuniesan on February 8th, 2009 02:33 am (UTC)
One big leap for American Fans too!
judith_cajudith_ca on February 7th, 2009 06:20 pm (UTC)
omfg, so luckkkky. LOL XD
elchanyoukosiren on February 7th, 2009 06:25 pm (UTC)
OMG, that's so amazing XD I'm so glad~ it sounded like you probably gave him a great impression of US Arashi fans XD I want to see you on NewsZero!! I saw him at the premiere, but I definitely didn't get as clossseee XD
☆~♥My Sweet Angel♥~☆yuniesan on February 8th, 2009 02:34 am (UTC)
I want to see the footage so bad! I'm nervous but I don't know if it's for this monday or the Monday after. I need to know so badly!
miz_jennyx3miz_jennyx3 on February 7th, 2009 06:29 pm (UTC)
definitely post those pictures if you ever get the chance!

reading this, i could tell how excited you were typing it all up...x]]
and sho seemed so modest and sweet, that's why he's #2 on my list, eeehehe.
☆~♥My Sweet Angel♥~☆yuniesan on February 8th, 2009 02:35 am (UTC)
I will once I get them it was my boss who did it secretly but I will!

He's so nice and sweet and shiny so very shiny!
I'm getting excited just replying to everyone!
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☆~♥My Sweet Angel♥~☆yuniesan on February 8th, 2009 02:38 am (UTC)
I'm sorry I didn't tell you I could only tell one person and I had to fight it out in my head and the person I told was my friend Jen because I've known her longer and she's like my LJ sister. She's the one who also posted the first comment after I posted this lol

But I'm happy your happy for me. I'm happy I didn't freak out at all even more happy I got through it without screaming!
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