Lifenesia: Kaze wa Fuiteiru Handshake Festival
Reader Maul pointed us to an article about the recent handshake festival in the March 12 issue of Weekly Lifenesia, a Japanese-language newsmagazine first published in 2013. The full issue can be read on their website.
JKT48 HANDSHAKE EVENT
A gathering of 10,000 ecstatic fans!
The idol group JKT48 held a handshake event on February 28 (Saturday) at Jakarta’s JI Expo.
This “Handshake Festival” was held to commemorate the release of JKT48’s 8th single, “Kaze wa Fuiteiru” (in Indonesian, “Angin Sedang Berhembus”).
Such handshake events, where the distance between idols and fans becomes extremely short, are popular in Japan too; this day saw the 66 JKT48 members communicate with their fans.
Alongside the handshaking itself, in the venue the members performed team competitions and a mini live on a specially built stage, as well as preparing surprises such as selling popcorn, etc.
The event was attended by approximately 10,000 fans, including visitors from Japan too; the venue was bustling throughout the day, with fans carrying their original goods or idol photo cutouts.
Toward the end of the festival, as a surprise the second JKT48 Senbatsu Election was announced. Details concerning the election will be revealed shortly, but it is expected to be held before Lebaran.
Banner courtesy of Imajineshon.