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2018 Welcomes Its New Young Adults Among Japanese Idols, Models and Actresses

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2018 Welcomes Its New Young Adults Among Japanese Idols, Models and Actresses

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On January 8 2018, young adults all over Japan celebrated one of their most important milestones as they officially became recognized as legal adults in Japanese society. It’s a momentous occasion each year, with females sweeping into the streets dressed in elegantly lavish furisode and the males stepping out in dapper suits.

Plenty of popular idols, models and actresses also commemorated their Coming-of-Age this year, and it’s been a treat for fans to see their celebratory photos and thoughtful updates as they too become adults. For some, it might even be nostalgic to think about the girls they’ve watched grow up since their debut in the entertainment industry make a new kind of debut into adulthood.

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For some, it becomes a highly publicized event—major groups like the 48 franchise and Nogizaka46 regularly hold a Coming-of-Age ceremony for their members who turned 20 each year. On the other hand, there are many others who are often too busy with their activities to attend their own ceremony in private. Morning Musume.’18’s Erina Ikuta earned the sympathy and respect of her fans when she missed her own ceremony for work, instead thanking the fans warmly for coming to meet her at her event that day.

Nevertheless, it’s a memorable occasion that marks a special milestone for each of these young ladies. Take a look at this year’s idols and talents who put on beautiful furisode as they came of age!


Idols

AKB48

AKB48(first row left to right):Saki Kitazawa(AKB48 team 4),Mako Kojima(AKB48 team 4),Mukaichi MIon(AKB48 team K),,Miru Shiroma(NMB48 team M/AKB48 team A),,Sakura Miyawaki(HKT48 team KⅣ/AKB48 team A),Nana Okada(AKB48 team 4/STU48),Juri Takahashi(AKB48 team 4),Rena Kato(AKB48 team K),Yuiri Murayama(AKB48 team 4),Ami Yumoto(AKB48 team K)(second row left to right):Kasumi Mougi(AKB48 team 8),Ayane Takahashi(AKB48 team 8),Shiori Sato(AKB48 team 8),Momoka Onishi(AKB48 team 8),Miyabi Iino(AKB48 team 4),Erina Oda(AKB48 team 8),Maria Shimizu(AKB48 team 8),Natsuki Hirose(AKB48 team 8),Kaori Inagaki(AKB48 kensyusei)

AKB48(first row left to right):Saki Kitazawa(AKB48 team 4),Mako Kojima(AKB48 team 4),Mukaichi MIon(AKB48 team K),,Miru Shiroma(NMB48 team M/AKB48 team A),,Sakura Miyawaki(HKT48 team KⅣ/AKB48 team A),Nana Okada(AKB48 team 4/STU48),Juri Takahashi(AKB48 team 4),Rena Kato(AKB48 team K),Yuiri Murayama(AKB48 team 4),Ami Yumoto(AKB48 team K)(second row left to right):Kasumi Mougi(AKB48 team 8),Ayane Takahashi(AKB48 team 8),Shiori Sato(AKB48 team 8),Momoka Onishi(AKB48 team 8),Miyabi Iino(AKB48 team 4),Erina Oda(AKB48 team 8),Maria Shimizu(AKB48 team 8),Natsuki Hirose(AKB48 team 8),Kaori Inagaki(AKB48 kensyusei)

SKE48

SKE48(left to right):Kaho Sato(SKE48 team E),Haruka Kumazaki(SKE48 team E),Yuzuki Hidaka(SKE48 team KⅡ),Miku Okada(SKE48 kenkyusei)

SKE48(left to right): Kaho Sato (SKE48 team E), Haruka Kumazaki (SKE48 team E), Yuzuki Hidaka (SKE48 team KⅡ), Miku Okada (SKE48 kenkyuusei)

NMB48

NMB48(left to right):Akari Ishiduka(NMB48 team BⅡ),Yuuka Kato(NMB48 team M),Miru Shiroma(NMB48 team M/AKB48 team A),Kokoro Naiki(NMB48 team N),Narumi Koga(NMB48 team N)

NMB48(left to right): Akari Ishiduka (NMB48 team BⅡ), Yuuka Kato (NMB48 team M), Miru Shiroma (NMB48 team M/AKB48 team A), Kokoro Naiki (NMB48 team N), Narumi Koga (NMB48 team N)

HKT48

HKT48(left to right):Yui Kojina(HKT48 team H),Nao Ueki(HKT48 team KⅣ),Aoi Motomura(HKT48 team KⅣ),Sakura Miyawaki(HKT48 team KⅣ/AKB48 team A),Madoka Moriyasu(HKT48 team KⅣ),Serina Kumazawa(HKT48 team KⅣ)

HKT48(left to right): Yui Kojina (HKT48 team H), Nao Ueki (HKT48 team KⅣ), Aoi Motomura (HKT48 team KⅣ), Sakura Miyawaki (HKT48 team KⅣ/AKB48 team A), Madoka Moriyasu (HKT48 team KⅣ), Serina Kumazawa (HKT48 team KⅣ)

NGT48

NGT48(left to right):Nanako Nishimura(NGT48 kenkyusei),Miharu Nara(NGT48 kenkyusei),Aya Miyajima(NGT48 kenkyusei),Rika Nakai(NGT48 team NⅢ),Fuka Murakumo(NGT48 team NⅢ),Ayaka Tano(NGT48 team NⅢ)

NGT48(left to right): Nanako Nishimura (NGT48 kenkyuusei), Miharu Nara (NGT48 kenkyuusei), Aya Miyajima (NGT48 kenkyuusei), Rika Nakai(NGT48 team NⅢ), Fuka Murakumo (NGT48 team NⅢ), Ayaka Tano(NGT48 team NⅢ)

STU48

STU48(left to right):Nana Okada(AKB48 team 4/STU48),Yumiko Takino(STU48),Kaho Mori(STU48)

STU48(left to right): Nana Okada (AKB48 team 4/STU48), Yumiko Takino(STU48), Kaho Mori (STU48)

Hina Kawago, Iori Sagara, Kaede Satou, Hina Higuchi, Minami Hoshino, Rena Yamazaki (Nogizaka46)

Manami Arai (UPUPGIRLS (KARI))

Momoka Ito (Fairies)

Sora Nomoto (Fairies)

Mei Shoji (TOKYO GIRLS’ STYLE)

Yuri Nakae (TOKYO GIRLS’ STYLE)

Kome Watanabe (SUPER☆GIRLS)

Chinatsu Takahagi (UPUPGIRLS (2))

Nana Minamiguchi (GEM)

Jurin Kumashiro (GEM)

Kako Oguri (GEM)

Seran Mizorogi (Formerly Cheeky Parade)

Hina Koyama (KAMIYADO)

Miiro Taguchi (Akishibu project)

Yuumi Takaki (LinQ)

Akari Nakamura (Niji no Conquistador)

Rie Kaneko (LADYBABY)

Emiri Otani (=LOVE)

Anna Yamamoto (=LOVE)

MANA (Osaka☆Shunkashuto)

ANNA(Osaka☆Shunkashuto)

MAINA (Osaka☆Shunkashuto)

EON (Osaka☆Shunkashuto)

Shinobu Mito (Beboga!)

Aya Higuchi (Beboga!)

Rika Tazuki (Beboga!)

Cocoa Mizusawa (Beboga!)

There were many other idols who also came of age, including Morning Musume.’18’s Erina Ikuta, Angerme’s Kana Nakanishi and Akari Takeuchi and Shiritsu Ebisu Chugaku’s Mirei Hoshina.

Models and Actresses

Marie Iitoyo

Mone Kamishiraishi

Hinako Sakurai

こんにちは!  日奈子です(^^) 今日も朝から映画「ママレード・ボーイ」の撮影してます!🍊 いぇい!! 元気いっぱいです! でね、私、成人を迎えました!  社会に責任をもつことに、しっかりしなきゃいけないなと改めて思います。 だけど、本当にそんな年数たったのか あっという間の20年でした。 20年の間に本当にたくさんの人と出会って、 その人たちに影響を受けて、今の自分があります 育ててくれた両親や、今まで自分を支えてくれたすべての皆様に感謝します 岡山から上京して、およそ2年になります。 上京してすぐは東京の賑やかな感じ、スクランブル交差点とか、満員電車とか、初めて見るものに興奮して、楽しくて仕方なかったです。 でもしばらくすると、帰っても誰もいない家に、自分で片付けないとそのままの部屋に、寂しいと感じるようになりました。 いつも当たり前と思っていた家族の温もりに甘えていたこと、自分がどれだけ未熟なのかを痛感しました。 女優のお仕事は少し特殊な職業でドラマ、映画、舞台、その都度ご一緒する方々が違います。 私より遥かに様々な経験を積んだスタッフさん、共演キャストと同じ方向を向いて作品を作っていく過程で、自分の薄っぺらさを感じつつも、こうしたいああしたいと、だんだん思えるようになってきました 少し前の私にはなかったことです 何事もやってみないとわからない 年齢を重ねることで色々な経験を積んで、厚みのある人になりたいです。 成長は目には見えないけど、確実に前進していると信じて、精進していきたいと思います 同じく新成人を迎えた皆さん、大学に通ってたり、すでに社会に出て働いていたり、様々だと思いますが、 それぞれの場所で輝けるよう、一緒に頑張りましょう! あと、4月27日は映画館へ行って欲しいです! え?なんでって? 映画「ママレード・ボーイ」の公開日だからだよー!! よろしくお願いします☺️ では👋 #新成人 #振袖 #ママレードボーイ#撫松庵

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Tina Tamashiro

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Even as they become adults, these girls’ youthful smiles are sure to continue bringing energy to the fans and people around them. It’s a beautiful reminder of Japan’s culture, and the strong traditions that are still woven into modern society.

Learn more about the Coming-of-Age tradition in our previous article here!

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