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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
KIYAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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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kawaiiribbomkawaiiribbom on August 24th, 2009 07:20 am (UTC)
you are THE luckiest person in the world. where can i watch or download the video of your interview and stuff???
☆~♥My Sweet Angel♥~☆yuniesan on August 24th, 2009 11:09 am (UTC)
I have it up at my community http://community.livejournal.com/johnnysarefans2/67814.html?mode=reply

although you'd have to join first Other than that I think one fansub group is subbing the whole NYCC Sho NEWS Zero coverage
Vickyara_shi on August 24th, 2009 11:11 am (UTC)
O.M.G you are SOOOOOOOOOO lucky to have gotten the chance to meet sho!!! ahhh i would've died from happiness if i were you xD thank you so much for giving us a run-down of what happened and sharing your experience!^^ it sounds like the interview went very well, and im glad that sho was happy to find out that you were a fan!!
sukoshibakasukoshibaka on August 24th, 2009 07:00 pm (UTC)
haha! you know! i remember seeing this part when i watched the special.

that was broadcasted on the day when Yatterman started it's roadshow in Japan. to be honest, i went to see Green Fingers the same day.. ^__^ so it has been a big day for both of us!
雪恋詩setsurenka on October 2nd, 2009 09:59 am (UTC)
rofl, you're gonna hate me because this was months ago and you're getting innundated with comments and I'm just adding to the pile, huh?

But omg, I kind of stumbled upon this entry and I'm so jealoussssss. Sho ♥ I kind of want to ask you a million questions, but I'll leave you alone >.>

Thank you for leaving this public, btw. I love reading accounts of people meeting my idols, but usually they're hard to find. It's always different when you meet someone in person, isn't it? fffff, maybe one day I'll get to meet Sho too a girl can dream. I swear though, I'll have to be careful so my hand doesn't go straight to his hair. It's so shiny and soft-looking and I sound like a freak, I'll shut up now :'D

How I wish I could meet any of them. Sadly, England doesn't even exist for most Japanese performers, it seems :( Maybe when I go to visit my dad in NYC I'll be really lucky and... yes, I will stop talking now.

Thanks again ♥
☆~♥My Sweet Angel♥~☆: just you & me ♥yuniesan on October 4th, 2009 01:56 pm (UTC)
I'm gonna leave it public forever and ever until the end of time!!

You'll see more American stars here than Japanese ones and that's if your in the right place.

I know about the hair thing I think if it was Aiba and not Sho I would have asked to touch it... lol
violomanaviolomana on October 15th, 2009 05:19 am (UTC)
This is beyond mind-boggling awesome. o_o
I can't even imagine~~~ *_*
I'm so happy for you! Thank you fr sharing your experience with the fandom. *in awe*
linzer_jellolinzer_jello on October 25th, 2009 05:13 am (UTC)
O M G
Jealous. I totally just wrote this on Je penpals, but whatever. Still jealous
Kay ★: arashiky09 on January 10th, 2010 10:25 am (UTC)
OMG! thats so freaking awesome! super happy for you! :DDD

oh, is it alright if i link this post on my lj? :3
☆~♥My Sweet Angel♥~☆: Love ♥yuniesan on January 10th, 2010 11:20 am (UTC)
yeah you can link the post to your LJ it's alright
angelix123angelix123 on February 2nd, 2010 03:29 pm (UTC)
Hi a little late but do you know where i can download this video? it doesn't have to be subbed since i sorta understand jap.
rainbow ☼: sho: dietonieboo0013 on May 5th, 2010 07:12 pm (UTC)
Okay, I know that there's 465 comments, and you're probably sick of this question, but I was weeding through them all and couldn't find an answer.

Where can I watch this?! Subbed would be prefered, but I can still get by with a raw file.

I'm so happy for you! It was well over a year ago, but it must've still been exciting. I'm glad you were able to talk like a human being, whereas most of us would've turned to some glittery mush.

I'm really sorry to bother you with this, but I've been googling for well over an hour looking for this thing; I'd tried months ago, but given up on finding any footage. Any response is very much appreciated, thanks so much.
☆~♥My Sweet Angel♥~☆: DIAMONDSyuniesan on May 5th, 2010 11:51 pm (UTC)
From what I know no one has subbed it at all. I know one of the communities was going to but for some reason have yet to get anywhere near it.

I have the raw I uploaded it forever ago
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=PAQ08ULO

that's the link
rainbow ☼: sho: ragetonieboo0013 on May 6th, 2010 02:36 am (UTC)
You'd think they'd be all the more inclined to sub it since it has an actual interaction with Arashi's western fans.

Oh well. Thanks for the link!
☆~♥My Sweet Angel♥~☆: Halo of Stars - Shotayuniesan on May 6th, 2010 10:59 am (UTC)
no problem
bubbletea-desu: kawaiiba.AIBApurinsakura on June 3rd, 2010 01:45 pm (UTC)
kyaa~~!! that's mecha sugoi! you're really REALLY lucky! and i wish i could join the manga book club D:
/is an avid fan of manga and anime as well
sadly, i do not live in america. so its a pity D:
but that sounds really cool! im jealous :(
☆~♥My Sweet Angel♥~☆: ☆☆☆yuniesan on June 4th, 2010 10:47 am (UTC)
wow I think I should take that out I haven't had the time to do the book club in a while.
I think that if they new they had so many fans out there than maybe they might think of performing outside Asia in the near future!
(Anonymous) on August 28th, 2010 02:53 pm (UTC)
I'm really excting to see your repo!
I'm a Chinese fan of Arashi
It's happy for me that they have so many fans in different country!
shahirasherashahirashera on November 9th, 2010 04:44 pm (UTC)
Ooh.. You met him..........???!
And gave your presents too? *Shoots arrows* Jk.
It's rather a once in a lifetime chance..
*I don't know whether I'll be able for once to go to their concert..
And LOL at him for being curious at what number he is in your favourite..
If it was 5, I think he will die instantly in front of you.. ;P
(yes I touched him)
If it was me, I will try to get a hug.. *despite having guards there, I am willing to sacrifice myself... LMAO..
For now I think they're more aware that they DO & REALLY have fan outside than Japan who is not JAPANESE.
*You know what I mean. From fans report of their concerts outisde Japan, mostly the attendants were Japanese.
So your meeting with him is rather a good opportunity to let them know about it.