Nama Ham and Yaki Udon, the self-produced duo that turned the idol world upside down with their infectious music and side-splitting skits, shocked “kuishinbo” (食いしん坊, gourmands, their fans) during their appearance at Kiyoshi Ryujin Harem♡Festa Special on January 14, 2017 by announcing they would be entering a “fasting period” (danjiki, 断食). With their penchant for using culinary terms for describing their performances, it means that the group will be suspending their activities as a group indefinitely.
In a lengthy blog posted by Lisa Higashi posted on January 15th, she explained how difficult it had been for her and Marina Nishii to come as far as they had largely depending on their own efforts. She also shared how a rift had formed between the two, severing the bond of mutual trust and understanding that they had once shared. While being unattached to a large agency had allowed them a great deal of freedom, it had also made it difficult for them to do a lot of things they had wanted to do as well.
Given the incredible pace at which they grew since their debut in 2015, moving from the tiny basement live house Shinjuku Marz for their first one-man live to Akasaka BLITZ in March of 2016 for their second one-man live and Tokyo Dome City Hall for their third one-man live in October of 2016, it should not be so surprising that a break was imminent. Combined with the lack of a large talent agency capable of handling such a rapid transition, especially for two young women who had just recently graduated from high school, the success of Nama Ham and Yaki Udon up until this point has been nothing short of amazing. It is still too early to tell but, hopefully Higashi and Nishii will once again be together as Nama Ham and Yaki Udon to give their loyal kuishinbo many more feasts to come in the future. For the time being, “adios”.
Nama Ham and Yaki Udon Official site: http://namaudon.tokyo/
Nama Ham and Yaki Udon Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/namaudon_kawaii
Nama Ham and Yaki Udon Official blog: http://ameblo.jp/namaudon-kawaii/
Nama Ham and Yaki Udon YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3TsGT3fpvAxtxu2Kfg4ZlA
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