Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Yay ! ^ ^ AKB48 holds their first regular theater performance in Singapore. :)

On May 15th, AKB48 finally held their first regular theater performance at *SCAPE in Singapore. As it was their debut performance, they had two concerts; one in the afternoon and one in the evening. Around 1,200 local fans cheered excitedly as the 16-member “Singapore Senbatsu” girls performed 15 of their hit songs, including “Beginner” and “Ponytail to Shushu”.
AKB48 appeared in Singapore last year for the following events: “Animation Festival Asia” (November) and “Singapore Game, Toy and Comic Convention” (December). However, this is the group’s first “regular theater performance”.

The day before the concert, AKB48’s official Singapore shop was launched. This is their second official overseas shop, the first being in Hong Kong. In commemoration of the shop’s opening, AKB48 held a handshake event for more than 500 fans, some coming from as far as Indonesia and Malaysia.

Member Miyazaki Miho commented, “This was my first time coming to Singapore and I was really surprised at all the people who knew about AKB48. I want more and more people from various countries to support us, so we’ll do our best!”. Iwasa Misaki also shared, “There were a lot of Japanese people in Singapore who also came to see us. I want to give energy to all the Japanese people who are doing their best throughout the world too.”

There will be two regular theater performances per month in Singapore not just for AKB48, but for their sister groups SKE48 and SDN48,as well. On May 29th, AKB48 will have a performance, June 10th will be SDN48, and June 26th will be AKB48 again.

The members who participated in the first performance :

  • Team A: Iwasa Misaki, Nakata Chisato, Maeda Ami

  • Team K: Kikuchi Ayaka, Tanabe Miku, Nakatsuka Tomomi, Nito Moeno, Nonaka Misato, Yonezawa Rumi

  • Team B: Komori Mika, Sato Amina, Suzuki Mariya, Hirajima Natsumi, Miyazaki Miho

  • Research Students: Abe Maria, Nakamura Mariko