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Kitahara Rie Blog Translation 01/07/2017 - Japan’s Most Delayed New Year’s Party

7月に入りました〜🍦💓
We just entered July~~ 🍦💓

今月はみなさん
どうぞよろしくお願いします🙈💓
Let’s work together this month 🙈💓

いよいよ夏だとおもうと
わたしはウキウキです🏄🏄🏄
I’m really excited because it seems like summer is finally here 🏄🏄🏄

さてっ。
昨日はなんとなんと
Not Yetの新年会が
ありました〜っ😄✨
So then. 
Unbelievably, yesterday was….Not Yet’s New Year’s Party~~ 😄✨

1人だけすっぴん感強くてすみません。。。
Sorry I’m the only one who looks like they’re not wearing make-up…

ギリッギリではありますが
上半期に開催できたので
これは新年会ですね😆
We just about squeezed it into the first half of the year so I guess it can still count as a New Year’s Party 😆

危なかったです。
It was close.

あと1日遅れていたら…
忘年会になるところでした。
If we’d waited one more day….it would have turned into a year-ending party instead.

前回、たしか去年末に忘年会をしたときに
『次は新年会やろ〜!』
ってなって
I’m sure that the last time we met, last year’s year ending party, we agreed “Next time we meet we’ll have a New Year’s Party~~”

次はちゃんともっと短いスパンであつまろ〜
ってなって、
And we thought that the time span to the next time we met would be much shorter…

『でもなんだかんだ6月くらいになりそうですね😂』
って話してたけど
ほんとに6月くらいになった!笑
But we also joked that “Maybe it’ll be another 6 months before we meet again 😂“
And that’s what ended up happening! Lol

夏4人で遊ぼうねって話したけど
実現は結構あやしいと
わたしは睨んでいる🤔🤔🤔💭笑
We talked about meeting up to have some fun during the summer, but the planning was a bit speculative, so I’m sceptical 🤔🤔🤔💭 Lol

でもほんとは集まりたいな〜😆!
But I definitely want us to meet up~~ 😆!

お店の方に写真をお願いしたら
独特な構図になったよ😂📷笑
We asked the staff at the restaurant to take our photo, and we got this strangely composed photo here 😂📷 Lol

お店紹介みたいになった。笑
It looks like we’re advertising the restaurant. Lol

ちなみに昨日はジンギスカンを食べたよん
おーいしかったー(*´꒳`*)
By the way, yesterday we had a Genghis Khan*, it was re~ally good (*´꒳`*)
*It’s origin is a bit dubious, but in Japan a Genghis Khan is basically a load of mutton and vegetables cooked together

夏、遊べるといいな〜🌻
We want to have fun this summer~~ 🌻

4人でお出かけしたいねって
話しました。
We talked about doing something together, all four us.

さて、
今日の夜は
日本テレビ
📺THE MUSIC DAY
に出演します☝🏻✨
Also, this evening I’m going to be appearing on 📺 Nihon TV’s “The Music Day” ☝🏻✨

見つけてくださいね〜ん(OvO)!
Please try and spot me~~ (OvO)!

5

One of the reason, if not the only reason AKB48 rose from the tight theater they used to perform into garnering the icon of a national idol group that captivates thousands worldwide, can’t be found in their faces, or in their dance steps. AKB was different because of its structure, the idea of a group that can last for a life time through implementing one of the solid foundations of the world, change. But this structure relied on one fundamental thing, STORY. AKB48 became popular due to the stories, the bonds formed in between its members. While many will argue that these fellowships are formed in the face of a camera, it cannot disprove their reality in the eyes of the followers or in truth. We all watched in glory the rivalry between Maeda and Yuko. Everyone knew the bond between Atsuko and Takahashi, together they held each other until the final moments when the ace needs to step away. We held our hands together, having faith with Yuko and Takamina as they tried to fill the holes left by Acchan. We were either baffled or thrilled by the princess-like ascensions of Sato Amina, Yokoyama Yui, and Shimazaki Haruka. But with the changing of lineups, and the progress of time, it seems the limelight is blinding the structure into changing for the worse. There is hardly anything catching in the story of AKB right now. The depth of its music videos are being disregarded due to lack of directorship, dwelling more on the showcase of its member’s faces.  I can hardly buy any rivalry from Sashihara and Mayuyu and both have claimed they don’t feel like this as well. The effect is visible in the election, which used to be a ground for competition, and is now being degraded into a money gathering event. The Janken Tournament is no longer bears anything in terms of luck. Paruru and Yui, who would have stood as the new pillars of the structure broke just few days ago.

Maybe it’s a bit harsh to claim that AKB right now is hallow, but it is the truth considering from the number of people losing interest in what they have to offer. AKB was designed to withstand these trials but if the management fails to understand the fundamental reasons on why and how the group rose from its roots, then I fear for the day that AKB will give up and disband. I haven’t given up on it yet. I have my faith of Yokoyama Yui, and the rest of the girls. But I can only hope from afar that they will rise up from this challenge of time.  

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A little making of footage of some of the skits from Bimyo~, where we see the members just being their silly selves on and off camera. 

They may be idols, but they can pull off comedy so splendidly. Gotta love them all. XD

Skits seen here include:

  • Hostess bar “Sae” (ep 1)
  • Ahokyu (ep 6)
  • Unagi to Umeboshi (ep 2)
  • Master/Apprentice (ep 4)
  • Telop Digression (ep 5)
  • The Animals that Built the Generation (ep 7)
  • Eien Family (ep 7)
  • Cameraman Shinoyama Minegishin (ep 6)

Moments of members singing DiVA’s Lost the Way from the making of the 2012 and 2013 Unit Matsuri concerts. 

Everyone’s got the Lost the Way fever. 

Shows just how catchy and awesome the song and DiVA itself are to Takamina and members who are DiVA fans and all DiVA fans.

Takamina and Sasshi going “Give me a CD!” in the beginning. And Yuko imitating Sayaka. XD