Airi’s message to fans at her graduation stage

TN: Conversely, a lot easier to do Airi because she doesn’t get very emotional.


About today, really, thank you very much for kindly gathering like this. (audience claps)

Right, after entering SKE48, you know, yesterday, 6 years have passed for the 2nd generation members. 6 years ago, you know, when I had just joined, initially, actually, rather than this audition, I had always been going to watch AKB48-san, and there actually was a time when I was thinking about trying out for AKB48-san’s 1st generation audition, that was the start.

Sometimes, I also feel like perhaps if I had tried out for that AKB48-san’s first generation audition, I might not be here.

But, after that the group called SKE48 was formed. When SKE48 was formed, when the 1st generation’s team S had their first stage performances here, actually, I came here to Sunshine Sakae, and was like “Ah, so is this SKE?”. Who knows, there might be some who I met that day who are here now.

Seeing everyone, I started to feel like, “Ah, maybe I’ll try for SKE”, and when I went to take the audition I was thinking that maybe I’d try to be idol-like, and at the audition, actually, I went with my hair in half-twin tails (lol)

You didn’t know, didn’t you? Thinking about it now, it’s really embarrassing. It’s like, at that time, I was thinking that I’d go with being the cute, moe-type character (lol) Even though I ended up being like this.

But, I was able to meet various members, and then the “Aitakatta” stage performance started, and I got to perform the song “Namida no Shounan”, which I also performed today.

I have a lot of different memories of this stage. Having people get mad at me a lot, and having a lot of fun things happen. But, for me, you know, I’m really incredibly bad at doing things like expressing my feelings, and the fans were really amazing, and even though they probably didn’t know how I was feeling, they worried about me a lot.

But… Oh, I don’t know what I should say.

Meeting various members, and having been in KII all along, I didn’t think that there would be a group reshuffle. With the group reshuffle, I was still in KII, but the members around me changed.

The KII formed after the first reshuffle, at that time we made lots of memories, but during the second reshuffle, unbelievably, like was said earlier, when I was chosen as leader, even though there were laughs, laughs with the feeling “me as leader?”, internally, I really felt “I want to swop”, and I kept saying to Churi “swop with me, swop with me”, you know.

Churi: In the aftermath you were saying that while on stage, weren’t you

In the aftermath, on the terraces of the stage I kept saying it you know. “Let’s swop? Let’s swop?” I kept saying that.

But you know, even though right up till the very end I don’t think that I’m suitable to be a leader, and there are probably numerous people who feel that I am not the type to be a leader, everyone in KII here right now, and other members also told me things like “no, if it’s Airin it’s fine” often.

Obviously, definitely, there were times when I worried a lot. I was thinking, what to do to make a good team with me as a leader. Because there was always a leader who was incredibly, stiflingly passionate, and I’m not really able to show that kind of fervour, I was really worried about whether we would be able to do well.

But you know, there were lots of these members who kindly helped me out. Or rather, I wonder why, when the members are individually trying their best, more than thinking “I have to be leader-like”, naturally, together, I think we built a good team together.

Even though Furukawa as a member of SKE48 will be ending after tomorrow, yesterday, you know, I had my last handshake session, lots of people kindly came and I was really happy.

Many times, various people said to me “we’ll be able to meet again won’t we?”. For me, I think that in the future, I would like to do a lot of illustration jobs. And so, one day, you know, when I release a picture book and have a release event, and if everyone would kindly come, I would be really happy if I could meet everyone there once again.

Really, what should I do? What should I say, I wonder. It’s terrible, I’m really bad at making serious speeches. Again, I found doing the lead-in (the serious, reflective speaking part before the song) to “Ramune no Nomikata” really difficult. About that, you know, really, every single time since the beginning, you know, because in the past Churi had always been the one saying the lead-in for “Ramune no Nomikata” whenever we did this “Ramune no Nomikata” stage and I had to do it when Churi wasn’t around, from that time, I’ve really hated it. Because I’m bad at speaking seriously, I really hated it.

This time, because I became leader, I kept thinking “I have to do it every single time”. And so, at this point in time, I do think a bit about what kind of serious things I have to say.

Churi: But in the end you got good at it, you know. From around the time when “A decision has been made to graduate”, what you said got really deep, you know.

It definitely came out on its own, didn’t it. I let the cat out of the bag.

 I really have lots of fun memories come to mind from doing SKE48 activities. Definitely, even though there is a bit of loneliness and sadness, but the Furukawa Airi from here on too, will continue to try my best so that everyone will soon be able to watch and say “Furukawa Airi is really working hard isn’t she”. And so, if you will kindly wait for a Furukawa Airi who is raised to a new level, I would be happy if you would patiently and kindly wait for me.

Thank you very much. I had lots of meetings with SKE48, and I had lots of partings too, but it is because I was able to meet everyone, all of the staff, all of the members, and all of you fans, that I am here now. Thank you very, very, much for kindly making me develop. 

(After leader announcements and Bungee Sengen)

There is one last thing that I want to say.

I love anime more than my 3 meals.

I wonder if I was able to become your heroine?

Audience: You were!

Thank you very much!

Audience: *Airin call*

Thanks! Also, thanks!


Airi grew up in SKE too. I’m so, so proud and forever thankful to the group and its members. A few more blog translations before I sign off, this was the big one.

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Churi’s graduation letter to Airi

I was already a mess reading the whole letter, so… *grabs a box of tissues* OK, here we go.


Airi, in the 6 years since I met you when we passed the SKE audition, we came to spend a lot of time together didn’t we. Since we’re together so much I have no idea what to write here. Thinking back, trying to recall how we came to be like we are today, I can’t remember how we came to be so close so I’ll try to take a trip down memory lane.

With a great love for 2D, loads of anime straps hanging off your phone, and clear files of girls in swimsuits. Airi showed her uniqueness even among the 2nd generation members. Even though I liked 2D too, my friends and the people around me didn’t really understand it so I hid it from the people around me. Seeing you not care about the gazes of the people around you and were confidently say “I love it” about the things that you like, I thought that Airi was cool.

From there, I, too, became able to publicly say that I like 2D, and the original nijigendoukoukaikaichou (2D interest club president, Matsushita Yui) kindly noticed and came to invite us to join, isn’t it?

We were happy, and saying “Isn’t it like joining a school club? Then we must write an application to join the club right?” we made club applications, and went together to put it in the club president’s locker. That was a good memory.

It was decided that we would perform the “Aitakatta” stage, and when lessons started with the 2nd generation and KII, everyone formed a circle to do vocal exercises. The one whose singing voice was different was Airi. I immediately thought that Airi really loves to sing. 

When the unit songs were decided, you ended up in “Namida no Shounan”, and whenever I heard Airi and Miepi’s singing, I was always touched. I thought, “I would want to be able to sing as well as that”.

At that time, it was really amusing watching the young kids in the 2nd generation imitating you with the phrases, “I scooped it with a spoon” and “It immediately melts”. Thinking back, it felt like from the very start, Airi was a presence like a songstress oneesan?

From there, we started going to karaoke together. Airi earnestly chose unknown anisongs (lol), and thinking, “Ah, so this person is a complete weirdo”, your presence was framed in me as belonging to a genre of new type of human being.

Before we all did a stage performance, I also clearly remember when we unveiled our catchphrases to each other. Even though it’s taken for granted now, when you started speaking in a moe voice, everyone was very concerned. By the way, for me the 3 biggest worries were, “Mokomoko”, and Mikoto who out of the blue announced her shoe size, and Airi’s moe voice (lol). Those are my old memories of when we had just met.

I really admired this Airi, who unlike other people had an unshakeable sense of self, I think.

From there, when I realised it, I was beside you, and we were sharing a hotel room, and we came to spend lots of time outside of work together, too. In that, the biggest feeling was one of not having to put on an act around each other, and that being together is fun. Even though we share lots of common interests and things that we like, there are also lots of areas where we are complete opposites. And where I’m passionate, Airi is always calm. That’s why we were able to strike a balance, I think.

When we came to be loved as a unit, called “Furuyanagi, Furuyanagi”, and got a program together, I was so happy that I could jump for joy. We were able to share many feelings of happiness and sadness together isn’t it?

On a certain day, after a completely unremarkable day had ended, I ended up sharing a room as usual with Airi. And then there was a development that was not expected by either of us. When I abruptly asked the question, “Has Airi decided about graduation?”, the answer that I received was “Actually I’ll be graduating at the end of March, you know”. “Eh? In another 3 months?” with such an unexpected, huge announcement, I completely had no idea how to react, and conversely, since it didn’t feel real, I was unable to feel sad or lonely. It was just like, at a point that I didn’t know, Airi had made the decision alone, and I felt it was amazing. I also sulked a bit that you didn’t even come and talk to me about it.

The first time that I felt the reality of graduation was at last year’s NHK Kouhaku Utagassen. Since Miepi and Nakanishi-san had already announced their graduations before, everyone knew about it, and were lonely and sad about it, and the first generation gathered and cried together, but everyone didn’t know about Airi’s graduation yet. But I was thinking, “This is Airi’s last time too”, and went to look for Airi to tell her that “No matter what, let’s try our best”. Just saying “Let’s do our best” to each other, for the first time, there, I realised that next year Airi would no longer be around and felt the reality of your graduation.

And then, the graduation announcement at the stage performance. Finally, the countdown began. Thinking that, even though it was like I was crying that much and couldn’t stop at the stage performance, I cried some more after I got home. Even though I don’t think you knew that.

And so, today arrived. In the morning, while writing this letter and sobbing alone. You know, I already heard from Imamura-san. He said that you kindly told him “I want Churi to have fun so I don’t want to increase the burden on her.” (T/N: According to the ENTAME interview, that was why she didn’t tell Churi about graduation before her seitansai.)

When Airi was made leader, to be honest, I thought many times “would it be ok?” but 1 year passed, and you became a proper leader, and now I think that it was great that Airi was leader. It’s because Airi kindly became leader that I was able to grow. It was because I was able to entrust KII to Airi and Mina that I was able to focus all of my efforts on having fun doing the kennin and trying new challenges. Thanks.

I admired and envied Airi whose foundation is positivity, and is equally kind to everyone, and is loved. I am really happy that such an Airi was always kindly with me, you know.

Thank you so much for the last 6 years. Thank you very much also to all of Airi’s fans. Airi’s fans are exactly like Airi, incredibly kind. After Airi’s graduation was announced, even though their first reaction must’ve been to feel sad and lonely, all of them kindly worried about me too, and I felt very warmed by that. Furuyanagi will never disappear.

Instead saying that I’ll try my best in SKE on behalf of Airi and everyone who has graduated, as Airi usually says, I’ll enjoy myself, okay?

Airi, congratulations on your graduation.

Takayanagi Akane


Looks like it’s not only true of myself and other fans, Airi has also changed Churi’s perspective on life and work. That such a wonderful, kind and inspiring person was born blows the mind. Furukawa Airi is a gift. Thank you.

Lisa Macuja Elizalde’s commencement speech to the 2015 graduates of Ateneo de Manila’s School of Humanities and John Gokongwei School of Management


You cannot imagine how great an honor it is for me to speak before you today. And that is certainly not a cliché or an exaggeration. Few people would ever guess that despite the many blessings I’ve received in over 30 years as a ballerina, most of my young life was spent pining for something that you all have and I don’t—a diploma from the Ateneo de Manila University.

You see, I come from a certified Blue Eagle family. My father, his brother and my siblings all graduated from the Ateneo, with all four men in my family in the Honors Class since their elementary grades. Although I married a magna cum laude from Harvard. (Sorry, my husband made sure that I stuck that in there somewhere.)

When I was seventeen, fresh out of high school, I found myself standing at a crossroad in my life: I was accepted in both the Ateneo and UP for college.

But I decided to go to Russia instead and pursue my dream of becoming a ballerina in the toughest ballet school in the world, as a cultural scholar of the former Soviet Union.

Given this opportunity, the diploma would have to wait. I struck a deal with my parents—I gave myself two years to devote to dancing, which was my first love. If it didn’t work out, I promised I would go back to school and become an accountant, which was what my grandparents wanted me to be.

That was the first big deadline I’ve ever set for myself.

When I told my parents I wanted to study ballet in Russia instead of enrolling in college like everyone else, my father’s reaction was: “What? So you will become a dancer and just learn to count to eight for the rest of your life?”   My mom, on the other hand, was very supportive. She herself wanted to become a ballerina but was forced to stop when a ban in the 1950s prohibited girls from Catholic schools to dance ballet. My grandparents? Well, they still wanted me to become an accountant.

My dad probably thought I would find life in Russia so hard that I would hurry back home anyway, so finally, he relented. I left right after my 18th birthday and was assigned to the 7th year level of the Russian Ballet Academy in St Petersburg. It was 1982 and the first snow had just fallen when our plane touched down in what was then a bastion of communism.

In a way, my father was right. That first year in Russia was indeed the hardest year of my life. It was a life that was filled with change and adaptation—new culture, new language, new dogmas, a new method of ballet training, new weather conditions… Then eventually, I had to make new friends and satisfy new mentors. Beginnings are difficult.

But I stayed. Sometimes being stubborn has its rewards. There were many days in those cold ballet studios in the dead of winter when my body was ready to collapse from sheer exhaustion and it was just my stubborn will that pushed me to continue doing those drills again and again, day in and day out. Even in the many nights when I cried myself to sleep from homesickness or from the soreness of an injury, the pain was gently but obstinately pushed aside the minute I focused on my dream – the dream of becoming not just a ballerina but the best ballerina I could ever become. I substituted the occasional feelings of helplessness and anxiety with visions of achieving that dream. This—plus an attitude of gratitude, an overwhelming sense of appreciation for being exactly where I was and the miracle of how I even got there.

Despite the many sacrifices, my being in Russia was a great blessing and I survived by putting all my energy in practicing, learning and following directions as I was being mentored in the very difficult Russian Vaganova system of classical ballet training. I was like a horse with blinders. Nothing else mattered but my art. The discipline first shaped my mind and spirit—then my body eventually followed. Not only did I stay to finish the two years of ballet training, I stayed on for two more, this time as the first foreigner to be invited as an artist of the 250-year-old Kirov Ballet.

This is where that crossroad of my life has brought me. The journey was challenging but it was well worth it because I pursued a path that brought me closer to my heart’s calling. And when your heart speaks to you, you can never go wrong because it never lies. And it will push you to go forward and excel because at a certain point, your dream becomes like oxygen. You need it to breathe. You need it to grow. You need it to live.

However, in today’s world, the standards of success have become a bit more complicated. You can’t just drill; you need to create. You can’t just learn; you need to innovate. You can’t just follow; you need to lead.

Today, you find yourself in that same crucial intersection in life that I myself crossed many years ago. What can I tell you now that will make your next steps easier, if not more meaningful?

My father was right in saying that ballet dancers are drilled to count to eight. It is in these classic eight counts that a segment of movement is born. Then we start all over again with one. From this repetitive drill, choreography is born. So they actually serve as building blocks for creating something new and creative.

In this fashion, allow me to share with you my own “eight counts” which I hope would serve as helpful references as you find your own rhythm and direction in life:


Decide and commit to something that you are passionate about. The earlier you do this, the better. Make a decision not just on what you want to do and what you want to achieve in the next few years, but try to picture where you want to be 20 years from now. This was something my father taught me. He was a very wise and logical man. After all, he was an Atenean right?  When I was 15, he made me write a list of what I wanted to be and should have done by the age of 35. I came up with the following: to get a degree from the Ateneo and become a teacher; to dance all the classical ballerina roles at least once in my career; to own and operate my own ballet school; to have my own family and be a mom. I committed myself to these long-term goals alongside my short term ones and looking back, I seem to have done everything before I reached 35 – except for the first one. But wait, since I am a ballet teacher, I guess it’s just a matter of getting a diploma then. Hmmm…


No pain, no gain. I cannot overemphasize this point. Nothing can take the place of hard work – not even talent. As they say, hard work beats talent when talent does not work hard. When my own daughter told me she wanted to become a ballerina, a part of me was excited for her and pleased that I could help her to achieve her dream. But part of me was also screaming NOOOOO because I wanted to protect her from all the blood, sweat, and tears that she would have to go through in order to achieve her dreams. In the end, she pursued her intention and now I know how my parents felt back then—extremely proud!


Whatever your goal, get good at it! Whatever it is you are passionate about, you need to keep at it and practice. Repeat. Practice. Repeat. While you are practicing and repeating, don’t forget the “and” count — the “one-and-a-two-and-a-three” connecting counts that link together connecting steps in ballet. Bear in mind that there are also connecting points in life that are just as important as its highs and lows. These are the periods of rest, recreation, and stillness. These in-between moments are just as important because they give you a chance to breathe, to balance and to center. So keep on practicing – but take vacations too. Keep your focus… but remember it’s the linking “ands” that keep you connected.


Honor your emotions and acknowledge your fears. It’s okay to be nervous, to feel anxious or to have stage fright. That means you care and that you want to excel. After three decades of dancing, I still gag before going onstage! That’s why I make sure to fast before every performance. Seriously, it’s when you stop feeling nervous that you should start to worry because that means you are becoming apathetic towards what you are doing. And that’s a scary place to be in. Your emotions are a part of who you are. Being emotional doesn’t mean you’re weak. Whether you need to deal with pressure, loss, failure, hurt or rejection, our emotions are not a baggage. Instead, they make us human. They make us whole. So cry, laugh, smile, scream… it’s okay!


For a performing artist, the performance is the product and thus, the most important part of your work. All the classes, rehearsals, warm-ups and preparation culminate into that one performance. That is what the audience sees and that is what they will take away with them. Treat every time you get to practice your profession as a performance. Don’t save your best effort for another day. Always give 100% so you never have to regret anything. But BE PREPARED. You know in jumping, the deeper you do this step called a “plié” which means to bend (in this case your knees) the higher you are able to propel yourself into the air. The plié is your preparation. The soaring into the air is the goal. The more prepared you are, whether for a presentation, a task or a performance, usually, the outcome is also better. Take this moment now to thank your parents, teachers, mentors, administrators, family, colleagues, your Manongs and Manangs and your friends. For they all helped out to prepare you well. And they will continue to support you in the years to come. Believe me, you will need their support.


Do something crazy.  Do something that defies all logic at least once in your life. You never know what could happen from there. I once found myself in Cuba and was asked to dance the full-length Swan Lake. Now you have to know something about Swan Lake—it has the most difficult ballerina role ever. In fact, in Russia, I was warned by my own teacher—who I loved and respected and trusted—that I should never do the roles of Odette/Odile. It’s true. She told me when I graduated that I was already equipped to dance any role out there—except Odette/Odile. “Because Lisa, you will never be a Swan Queen,” she said frankly but with every good intention. Well, my “something crazy” happened twice in my life. First, I accepted the challenge of performing Swan Lake in Cuba with only FOUR DAYS to learn and rehearse it. And I performed what was for me the WORST Swan Lake I have ever done in my career! Honestly, I still cringe when I watch the video. But I did it. No regrets. My second crazy moment was when I resigned from my former company, where I was principal dancer, and formed Ballet Manila in 1995 with 11 other young dancers. No money, no connections, just a lot of drive and dreams to begin with. Well, the company just celebrated its 20th anniversary last month with five times the number of dancers, plus a school and a scholarship foundation that promises a steady supply of well-trained ballet dancers to continue our mission of bringing ballet to the people and people to the ballet in the many years to come! Sometimes closing your eyes and taking that leap of faith will get you there—even if it makes you pass through a lot of heartaches and failure along the way.


This one is a quote I saw on social media but which I felt was truly valid and real:  “One of the hardest decisions you’ll ever face in life is choosing whether to walk away or try harder.” This is where setting a deadline for yourself is most important.  I gave myself two years to become a ballerina, although honestly I do not know what I would have done if it didn’t work out. (You see I hate accounting. Working with numbers was never my forte—unless of course it involves counting to 8).

So push yourself through self-doubts, for they will certainly come. Push yourself through rejection. But also know when it’s time to re-direct. Re-boot. And then decide and commit all over again.


Serve. Offer yourself to a cause bigger than your own needs or ambition. Find ways to make your dreams meaningful to others as well. One thing that I’ve learned from my family of Blue Eagles is that an Atenean means being a “man or woman for others.” You need to serve. Serve your whole life. Serve yourself sometimes. But serve others more often.

I met many of you during two separate visits to the Ateneo that have prepared me for today’s commencement speech. With today’s visit, I must say I haven’t been this often to Ateneo since I was in high school coming to watch Dulaang Sibol.

So what are my eight counts again?

Decide and commit

Work hard

Focus and get good

Honor your emotions

Prepare well

Take the leap

Set deadlines

and Serve.

Fly high Blue Eagle graduates! This is your time to soar!

Charlie Company – Weapon Maintenance – Jan. 20, 2015 - Rct. Juan A. Maria-Hernandez, Platoon 1022, Charlie Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, scrubs his rifle Jan. 20, 2015, during weapon maintenance on Parris Island, S.C. Properly maintained weapons ensure a higher degree of reliability in use. Maria-Hernandez, 23, from Bronx, N.Y., is scheduled to graduate March 6, 2015. Parris Island has been the site of Marine Corps recruit training since Nov. 1, 1915. Today, approximately 20,000 recruits come to Parris Island annually for the chance to become United States Marines by enduring 13 weeks of rigorous, transformative training. Parris Island is home to entry-level enlisted training for 50 percent of males and 100 percent of females in the Marine Corps. (Photo by Pfc. Vanessa Austin)
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Furukawa Airi’s last blog

OK, crazy sleepy so this is my last translation. Thank you, Airi, also, thank you a million times. It would never be enough for what you’ve done for me and for the memories you’ve given me. I love you, I’ll always love you. 

Thank you also to the 48 fans who have made this fun. Please remember that what really matters is having fun and enjoying the journey with your oshimen, because at her graduation, all that you can keep is the wonderful memories that you share with her.


2015.03.31 23:56


The last stage performance =2487=





Yesterday! The Ramune no Nomikata stage performance was Furukawa’s last! It didn’t feel real until it started!






It’s just, the members kindly shed tears, so I ended up crying too lol. But it was so, so, fun and time flew by in a flash.







But I definitely had the feeling of “This is the last time”, and thought back over the various memories that I had of stage performances. Fun memories, memories of hard work, I was able to feel that it is because there were so many different memories that we are able to have the stage performances that we have now.




That I was able to have all of the KII members gathered for my last stage performance, makes me really happy.



I was nervous up till the end for the the lead in comment into the song “Ramune no Nomikata” lolol






Were you happy that Furuyanagi was able to perform Manazashi Sayonara? I cried you know lol. And it became an amazing memory lol. Maybe I’ll tell that story some day if I get called back to Request Hour or something lol


Namida no Shounan








A song that I love very much. And a unit song that has become a core within me. I got to perform it together with Mieko-san, whom I’ve always sung it with, also Riho, Mikoto and Mikitty. I decided that I would sing this song at my last stage performance at this theater! Was I able to glitter? (TN: Reference to the famous “giragira” bit in Namida no Shounan)







And also, Senaka kara dakishimete, which the 2nd generation members sang. I really love this song from the Aitakatta stage performance too.



I am so glad that the 2nd generation members got to perform it. Though I was torn between that and Through the Night LOL




and also! I was able to sing it in the end you know! Bungee Sengen!



I was really disappointed that I couldn’t sing it at Request Hour!






Really! and so I’m so glad that I was able to sing it in the end. It was fun! Really fun!




About the letter from Churi, too, although I got a bit embarrassed I was happy you know lol




I was thinking, definitely, Churi is amazin’ isn’t she lol


Furuyanagi will never die ‘kay



It turned out to be a stage performance that allowed me to finish in the most awesome and incredibly fun way.




I will never forget the fun of this stage performance that I’ve felt up till now on this stage.






Team KII also had an announcement. With the promotions of Kaotan, Sakipon and Oshirin, a new KII has begun.


I think that there will be lots of new attractive things to come.





I too, together with everyone, look forward to and support the new KII from here on!



First up, there’s a stage performance tomorrow isn’t there. lol I’m feeling a bit sad that I won’t be able to perform.. lol







Everyone, from now on too, please continue to support SKE48 and Team KII!




Also, today was my last activities as a member of SKE48.



The release event was really fun.




Although it was a pity that everyone from team E wasn’t around (TN: they were on a concert tour in Okinawa), we were able to connect to them halfway though lol. Wasn’t it great that everyone was able to spend time together in the end?






The teams were able to perform their songs, and SKE was able to sing various songs, and I got the chance to perform Sakura, oboetitekure, and there were kenkyuusei promotions, and at the end we got to sing Nakama no uta


I was able to have a wonderful time.





Even just for today, I was also able to make lots of memories with all of the fans! Isn’t it great that we were able to have a last handshake event?





For the many times that I was told, “We’ll see you again, okay?”, in order to keep that promise, I will work hard for the future.



To everyone who kindly raised me/brought me up:




My family, all of the staff, all of the members, 



and all of the fans,


I am filled with gratitude.




From now on, I will work hard to be able to make lots of people smile through my drawings!



Everyone, thank you very very much!


You guys are awesome!! lol


Thanks! Also, thanks!


See you again!




With that, I’m out. Take care everyone! Have a good life!


Yuu ❤️


Here’s an awesome Japanese tradition we’d love to see get started in the US: cosplay at college graduation ceremonies. You can keep the solemn processional and recessional marches to the soporific tune of Pomp and Circumstance. Keep the guest speakers and inspirations speeches. By all means announce the names, hand out the diplomas, and applaud the accomplishments of the new graduates. But throughout all of that, let’s allow students to dress up in costume. It won’t be mandatory, because that wouldn’t be fun at all, but having some people dress up in cosplay while others wear the traditional graduation gowns (as opposed to suit and kimonos in Japan) would be super awesome.

Just look at these students attending their graduation at Kyoto University and Kyoto City University of the Arts. It’s delightful. They’ve all worked so hard and now they get to graduate looking as wonderfully weird as they can manage.

Head over to Kotaku for additional photos.

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Minarun’s blog

My original intention was to do Churi’s blog, but it seems like she didn’t have time to write one of her mega length essays so I’ll leave her final love letter to Airi to someone else to do. I’m graduating as a wota tonight too, so I’ll just do as many translations as I can before heading off into the night. First, Minarun’s incredibly sweet blog. The number of people Airi has affected is incredible.. I remember when Minarun first came over I was thinking that “if it’s KII she’s fine because there’s Furuyanagi”. How right.

Thank you for coming to SKE, Minarun. I am so glad that I got to meet you twice at a handshake event and have you yell “pantsu!” at me when I declared myself Furukawa-oshi.

I love them. Minarun.





Congratulations on your graduation.


Thank you very much.


To me, Furuyanagi is a very important presence.

That I am who I am in SKE48 today is because they two of them became close to me, I think.

I did lots of stupid things with Airin, who kindly and purposefully came to talk to me even though I am shy.
Again, I think that I was able to come to like doing funny things because Airin kindly laughed with me.

That is why no matter how many times I express my gratitude to her, it is never enough.

I intend to keep meeting her in private

I’ll report on that sometimes okay!
I want to properly support Churi so that Airin doesn’t worry.

I’m sure with Churi, when she thinks of Airin, she will probably think of making things fun, but some times she forces herself to do too much, so I will watch over her to make sure that I can be a support for her when that happens.

When I was still confused just after the announcement of the concurrent position, Nakanishi-san was the first one who kindly came to speak to me.


From there, Nakanishi-san also became a companion to joke around with, and we were able to do really stupid things and watch TV through the night together. It was really fun.

Ah, personally, she was also my instructor for Escape. LOL

With Nakanishi-san behind me, when I make a mistake, she mentions it to me, so I make my best effort when dancing.
But when I am able to dance it, she kindly praises me a lot!
That it will no longer happen makes me sad.

When I say “let’s playyyy”, she kindly goes along with me and asks “what shall we do?”. I like listening to Nakanishi-san’s stories, and she’s also kindly listened to some of mine in return.

Mieko-san was in the team KII that I had a concurrent position in, and took care of me in Team C.


Initially, I was afraid of her. She’s a first generation member, and the oldest, after all. But she always kindly helped me out during MCs, and with lots of body touch (T/N: probably skinship OMG MIEKO) she kindly shrunk the distance between us, and she always kindly praises me. 

Especially when I have no make up on! lol

Also, I loved Mieko-san in the Ebi series!!! As we laugh with Mieko-san who is being bullied by Okubo-san, I thought that the Mieko-san who responded with all of her strength was amazing.

The period that I’ve been here hasn’t even been 2 years isn’t it? Even so, I’ve made so many memories, and been taken care of so much.

I really love them.
I don’t want them to graduate, even now.

But, I’m also really looking forward to being able to see the 3 of them work hard on the roads that they have chosen. 

That is why I am really grateful for everything up till now, and will turn those feelings of gratitude towards working hard for the sake of SKE48 in the future.

From here on, I will work hard so that SKE48 will continue to be a group that the 3 of them will not be disappointed in!

Thank you very much.


The end.

I’m finally graduated from Highschool!!♪゚+.o.+゚

It’s been a lot of torture and hardships I’ve been into throughout my highschool years… I’ve been trying my best to maintain my drawing habit and my academics, the school works. And I’m very glad that I succeed it!! 

My highschool moments is pretty memorable to me, I’ll miss wearing my school uniforms, my everyday classmates and many more! Even tho we’re the worst batch students in our school haha..!! 

Hopefully my new life in college life will be most exciting! I’m going to take animation course!! (*^0^)ノ But first, I have some family problems I’m going to arrange first before proceeding to that… Wish me luck.