Mariko Shinoda AKB48 Graduation Performance Report
Mariko Shinoda, who held a graduation ceremony during the concert in her hometown of Fukuoka, made her last stage appearance as a member of AKB48 on July 22nd.
The theme of the MC segment was “Memories With Mariko”. The members of Team Shinoda A commented with teary eyes that Shinoda was a “senior member who thought for others,” and that she “comforted you when you felt insecure,” and expressed their respect and gratitude towards her one after another.
After the encore Tomomi Itano, Yuko Oshima, Haruna Kojima, and Minami Minegishi – girls who have been with Shinoda throughout the years – appeared on stage alongside Shinoda, and with an addition of Minami Takahashi, Mayu Watanabe, and Yui Yokoyama, the 8 girls performed the graduation song “Namida No Sei Janai”.
Also, a little surprise was prepared – a letter from Shinoda’s mother. As it was read aloud by Minami Takahashi, Shinoda shed tears at the words of gratitude from her mother, and said that she was “happy to have been able to show [her] graduation to [her] family.”
The show was not without an unexpected incident. As Shinoda introduced the last song “Anata Ga Ite Kureta Kara (Because You Were with Me)”, she mistakenly called it “Koko ni Ita Koto (I was Here)”, and the members and the audience alike burst into laughter, doing away with the solemn mood. Ms. Mariko was charming all the way through to the end, to say the least.
As the show ended, Shinoda saw the audience off from the Cafe, and brought a close to her 7.5 years of AKB48 life as its oldest member who always loved, and was loved by all.
written by Seiya