10 Jewels Shine Again! Chisami Ito Reunites With GEM at LaLaport Kashiwanoha!
On October 3, 2015, Chisami Ito returned from her 3 month absence from GEM during a release event for the group’s 4th single “Baby, Love me!” (release date: September 30) at LaLaport Kashiwanoha. She announced her temporary leave of absence on July 6th, after GEM’s 2nd anniversary concert at Akasaka BLITZ on June 28th.
Chisami’s return was announced on the GEM official site on September 30, 2015 with the October 3rd event listed as her return. Fans who had went almost the entire summer without her, welcomed her back warmly, holding up a large banner that read, “Welcome back Chisami-chan. Because where you belong is right here.” (Chisami-chan okaeri nasai. Anata no ibasho wa koko ni aru kara.).
That day also marked Chisami’s return to social media as she resumed tweeting and wrote a long blog post about what she had been doing to improve on her skills during her hiatus. Her return tweet was favorited over 1,000 times and was retweeted over 700 times.
Even though Chisami had not been a part of “Baby, Love me!”, she took the stage in the uniform for the single accented with the color of her gem (pearl) and glistened as she performed with her fellow members on the sunny afternoon. With GEM back to full strength (or possibly even stronger due to Chisami’s training) with all 10 members back together, they are back on the path to return to the “birthplace” of the group, the Nippon Budokan. The DVD and Blu-ray of GEM’s 2nd anniversary live goes on sale on November 25th and their 2016 calendar will be released on October 24th.
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