私がNMB48と兼任しはじめたころ、にこにこの笑顔でゆいさん！って話しかけてくれて、みんなとの架け橋になってくれて居場所を作ってくれました。ありがとう、みるきー。 When I started my concurrent position in NMB48, she ran to me calling, “Yui-san!” with a beaming smile and spoke to me, she became the bridge for me to interact with everyone and she created a place for me to stay. Mirukii, thank you for everything.
本音はとても寂しいです。 I actually feel very sad.
卒業する日まで思い出いっぱい作りたい！！！ I want to make a lot of memories until the day of her graduation!!!
2016.04.14 00:12 Miyuki replied
ゆいさん、いつも笑顔でおはようって声をかけてくれて本当に嬉しかったです💞あの笑顔は忘れられません☺️ I’m very happy because Yui-san always calls me out saying, “Good morning” with a smile everytime we meet
💞 I will never forget that smile☺️
Ten years has passed since the group started, AKB48 Group has entered “the second chapter” as the generational shift occurs. Yokoyama Yui who plays as the steering role was appointed as the general manager of the second generation on December 8, 2015. “I want move forward while savoring the same feeling at the same level with all of the members,” Yokoyama talks about her preparation as the general manager. The contents of the interview are conducted after three months post her inauguration, we present the interview that we divided into two parts.
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― How do you feel about being the general manger after a year of “practice”?
I was named to be the next general manager in December two years ago and took over the position became the general manager last year on Demeber 8th at [AKB48 Theater 10th Anniversary Special Performance], I stood on the stage together with all the OG members on December 6th and at that time, I felt the strong feeling that I said in my speech on 8th. “AKB48′s rival is AKB48 itself. I want to do my best to catch up with the AKB48 that has came this far,” I said.
When my life as the general manager began, I was worried about “What have I done the past year?”, I was frustrated over it everyday.
At the concert, I was given the chance to introduce the last song and say the closing comments which was usually done by Takamina-san until then, but, I cried while thinking, “I totally can’t do it well like Takamina-san”.
― At the end of December last year, you said that it’s a year where you personally felt very troubled, right?
At that time, I think that I was very depressed for couldn’t speak well. But, maybe the reason why I couldn’t speak well was because I wasn’t mentally prepared….
※ I finally stood on the starting line
― After becoming the general manager, you experienced a large-scale event like “Request Hour Setlist Best 100″, right?
Request Hour was full of the things that I couldn’t do. I always felt like crying except for when I was standing on the stage. But, the members told me, “Yokoyama-san has came this far, becoming the general manager. So, there will be no people thinking, “I won’t follow her,” just because you’re failed on something now”. The staffs also spoke to me, “You have our support and it’s fine to do it yourway”.
Thanks to them, I realized, “Maybe it’s okay to let people see me struggling being the general manager”. I finally feel like standing on the starting line as the general manager.
― Did you feel the pressure of being Takahashi Minami-san’s successor?
I’m the type who is very optimistic at heart by nature, I came to live with the thought of “There’s no thing like pressure”, but, even so it’s still a great pressure.
Didn’t all the fans and members always look at the figure of a leader named “Takahashi Minami”? It was natural for all of us to have the “AKB48’s leader should be like this” feeling,that’s why, I told myself that I need to work in the same way as Takamina-san has successfully done. I was frustrated with myself who couldn’t do it, but, (later I realized) it didn’t seem right.
If I work as a leader in my own way, I think I will be able to be “Yokoyama Yui, the leader of AKB48 Group”. Takamina-san (’s leader image that was formed) too, wasn’t it (formed) because of her own way of leading? That’s why, I finally understand that I have to do it my own way.
※ Laugh and cry with everyone
― About Yokoyama-san being the general manager, senior Miyazaki Miho told the reporters, “(Yokoyama-san) is not the type to lead, rather she’s the type that will walk together with us,” she said.
Takamina-san has the charisma and is a leader who leads with her back, while I, on the other hand, am not that type. However, I think I can (do it) if that to move forward while savoring the same feeling and standing at the same level with all of the members, so, I think that I should be able to establish the new AKB48 while struggling, laughing and crying with everyone.
The members told me that I’m not alone, so, I should let them know that they are not alone too.
For example, during the concert’s engine (circular array) and evaluation meeting, Takamina-san (usually) would speak out her thoughts and the members would sincerely listen to it and follow (Takahashi). Takamina-san spoke a lot during the engine until now, while I’m the opposite, I will call out the quite members to speak, (during the evaluation meeting) I will make sure to ask something like, “With whom did you exchanged glances during this/that song?”.
I’m still feeling my way, but, I think that’s the only thing that I can do (now). AKB48 is a big group now, so, I feel that I can’t forget the idea of “Each member is part of AKB48”.
※ I want to attract new new fans
― What do you want to do for the future in the Yokoyama union?
Now the group name “AKB48” has been well known, but, the most of the well-known members such as Maeda (Atsuko)-san, Oshima (Yuko)-san, Itano (Tomomi)-san and Shinoda (Mariko)-san has graduated. So, for this reason, I want to increase the number of people who will say “I love the now AKB48” in addition to all the support we’ve received until now.
That’s why, I want to work harder to get people to know the current members more. Like last year, we held a Free Live in Osaka, “It will be interesting if all of the members perform in front of a station,” I proposed to the management and it came true.
When I had a meal with all the members, “What (kind of thing) would be interesting if we do?” they asked me. The thing that I want to try to do now is visiting the CD shops all across the country while also carrying the meaning of “Back to the origin”. We (the current members) joined the group only after the group has became well-known, so, we don’t experience that.
Thereto, (General producer) Akimoto (Yasushi)-sensei has written us a new theater performance (for AKB48) after about 5 and a half years. All of the members well aware that “Theater erformance” and “Handshake event” are important for AKB48 Group, so, everyone wants to cherish the new theater performance.
投票ありがとうございました🎵 華怜がラストかもしれなくて泣きそうで、背中言葉では泣きました。 涙腺！！！！！✨ Thank you for voting those two songs 🎵
Karen seemed to cry since it might be her last time singing these songs, while I, cried when we sang Senaka Kotoba. My tear duct!!!!!
From BOMB 2015.02 [Shimazaki Haruka & Yokoyama Yui]
From Shimazaki Haruka
Yui is about the same age as me and in the same generation, but at first, I never talked to her. During the practice before our theater debut, Yui’s physical condition worsen, then Manager-san advised her to go home. She cried because she was frustrated. At that time, I talked to her, I think that was for the first time I cared about her. It was the moment when I felt the difference enthusiasm for AKB48 between myself and Yui who came from Kyoto. There’s a lot of good part of Yui. All the seniors and juniors like her. She’s taking care of people. She didn’t complain over silly thing in front of people. She believes in what she thinks is the right thing. She’s good at try to not take things seriously. She keeps having the Japanese style. She’s a good listener. She’s fun in private. Here is “It’s a little bit….” part of her. She doesn’t wake up even if you woke her up, when she slept. Her room is dirty. She’s very scary during practice. She borrowed our costume’s socks. I’m worried about her sweat personally (lol). There’s a lot of memories. I came to my parents’ house on New Year’s Day and got a New Year’s present, I was surprised to find that it’s my favorite food chikuwa, it’s been 4 years since the first time we met. Speaking of which, she bought a lot of chikuwa at my birthday party. When I started to enter senbatsu as under, I had a hard time with no place of my own. At that time, Yui always beside me and supporting me. That time, I felt like I understood Yui’s feeling for the first time. Entered the senbatsu earlier than anyone else, couldn’t depend on the same generation either, it made me very strong I guess. Once I told Yui a message, “No matter what happens, I only want Yui to be by my side”. To think of it, it just became a vogue, isn’t it?
こんなにたくさんの皆さんが来てくれたことが凄く嬉しくて・・・ I’m very happy to see so many people came…
たかみなさんが居ないAKBって想像がつかなかったけど、 こんなにたくさんの皆さんが来てくれて。サイリウムとかうちわとか一杯振ってくれてほんっとに幸せです。このみんなでこのステージに上がれたことほんとに幸せに思います。 I can hardly imagine AKB48 without Takamina-san in it, but, so many of you came like this. I’m very happy to see the waving psylliums and round fans. It makes me so happy to be able to go on this stage with all of this.
私たちがこれからもっともっと大きくなって、もっとここに来てくださってる以上の人に応援してもらえるように、今までのAKBに負けないように頑張っていきたいと思います。 We grow larger and larger from now, I want to do my best so that we won’t lose to AKB48 that has come this far and so that we can get more support from more people who come here.
私たちの基盤を作ってくれた、その初代・・・ They have made our foundation, the first generation….
ありがとうございます。ほんっとに言葉がつたなくて申し訳ないんですけど、私たちがこうしてステージに立てているのはAKB48を最初っから作ってくれたメンバーだったり、スタッフさんだったりするんですけど、その中でも引っ張ってくれたリーダーたかみなさんがいたからだと思っています。 Thank you for everything. I’m sorry for my horrible words, but, we can stand on this stage like this, the first generation members and all the staffs made it happen, but, among all of them, I think leader Takamina who has led us all this time played the most important part.
明日はたかみなさんを送る日です。。。。。 Tomorrow will be the day to send Takamina-san…
自分じゃほんっとに不安だったけど、こうしてみんなと歩けて、皆さんがいてくれるから、これからも頑張って前だけを見ていきたいと思います。 I’m very nervous myself, but, I have all of you and I can walk with you like this, that’s why, from now on, I want to look forward and do my best.
ありがとうございます。 Thank you very much.
次の曲が最後の曲になります。皆さんの大切な人を思い浮かべながら聴いてください、M.T.に捧ぐ The next song is the last song. Please listen to this song while remembering the important person for all of us, M.T. ni Sasagu (dedicated to M.T.)
I spent time with my mom this morning! Though it’s only for a brief time, it was still very meaningful. To carry out more activities that can make my parents happy, I will do my best!
To make it up for all the times we can’t meet, I hope that they can see me often on screen.
I have to do my best!
Juri took this good photo of me, it’s from after the concert yesterday.
Mayuyu and Sasshi waited for me at the bottom of the steps below the stage
And before that, Sayanee was also waiting for me, we embraced she said something like this: “It starts from here!” It really felt like a YokoYamamoto (ship name) moment.
After that, Sayanee asked me “Aren’t you cold?” And a NMB agent gave me a coat
NMB! Thank you!
Sayanee said, “Weren’t you and I partners in NMB?”
Believing in everything around me, and believing that I have come this far, feels like all of them are linked together.
Perhaps I had lots of different thoughts running through my mind along the way, believing in the path I’m currently taking feels like a good thing.
So, I still want to go dawn the path that I believe in. In the future, when I look back at all this, I will think that it was the right thing to do.
I also hope that Sayanee will be even more active in the future!!
Before all of this, Juri was waiting for me, and took this photo. Also she sent me lots of passionate messages through LINE after the concert yesterday.
I feel like a fortunate person who’s being loved by many people. Yosh! I hope I can return the favor to everyone in the future! In order to be able to feel the same things that everyone feels, I will do my best!
Seems like I wrote too much (lol)
T/N: She wrote a really long post which I also want to translate but I could only found the chinese translation and translating from Chinese is just too hard, so, I only translated some parts.
EDIT: Added the full post. Thank you very much to @akbsashimi for kindly lending a hand to help me translating this wonderful post. The credit goes to @akbsashimi