AKB48 Makes Return Visit to New York City to Celebrate Japan Day at Central Park
Japan’s most beloved pop idol act AKB48 brought the sugar and spice as they showed New Yorkers just what they’re made of.
Haruna Kojima, Saho Iwatate, Rina Hirata, Tomu Muto, Rena Nozawa, and Ryoka Oshima represented AKB48, an all-girls idol band created by producer Yasushi Akimoto in 2005, this Mothers Day for a Japan Day that won’t soon be forgotten. The group, whose objective can be summed up with the slogan “Idols you can meet every day”, consists of five teams; Team A, Team K, Team B, Team 4, and Team 8, who perform at AKB48 Theater in Akihabara, Tokyo nearly every day.
The group has expanded both in Japan with Nagoya-based SKE48, Osaka-based NMB48, Fukuoka-based HKT48, and Niigata-based NGT48 as well as outside Japan with Indonesia-based JKT48 and Shangai-based SNH48. The group set records up and down Japan with an astounding 20 consecutive million-selling CD’s that’s still going strong today. Supplementing their performances at the theater the girls also make frequent guest appearances on television shows, movies, and other media along with interviews and pictorials in some of Japan’s top selling fashion and entertainment magazines.
The idols you can meet hit Central Park this past weekend as the girls delivered their highly polished brand of charismatic choreography and bubblegum pop tunes to the Naumberg Bandshell showing event goers just why the group is one of Japan’s highest grossing musical acts. Attendees were treated to a handful of AKB48s greatest hits including Heavy Rotation, Oogoe Diamond, Sakura No Hanabiratachi, Aitakatta, and viral sensation Koisuru Fortune Cookie.
If you couldn’t make it to New York last week, or even if you did, we’ve got you covered with some amazing photos from the event.
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