Nogizaka46’s Holy Mother Mai Fukagawa Bids Farewell to Group and Fans at Home

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Nogizaka46’s Holy Mother Mai Fukagawa Bids Farewell to Group and Fans at Home

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Nogizaka46’s Summer 2016 Tour kicked off with 2 shows at Ecopa Arena in Shizuoka on June 15 and 16, 2016. The 2-day live was also the graduation concert of the group’s oldest member, Mai Fukagawa, who announced her intention to leave the group on her blog 6 months ago. A total of 16,000 fans (8000 each day) flocked to say goodbye to her in her hometown and both days sold out incredibly fast.


The bittersweet show on June 16 opened with Fukagawa’s bright smile in “Harujion ga Saku Koro”, the group’s most recent single, followed by summer-y upbeat singles like “Taiyou Knock”, “Natsu no Free and Easy” and “Girls’ Rule”.


The setlist then took a turn with a medley of the group’s hidden gems: “Boku ga Iru Basho”, “Nani mo Dekizu Soba ni Iru”, “Ushitakunai Kara”, “Tender Days”, “Hane no Kioku”, “Ningen to iu Gakki”.

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The show also featured “Mochiusa”, a rabbit-like character drawn by Fukagawa and voiced specifically for this occasion, as well as “MaiTube”, a segment where videos of other members stored on Fukagawa’s phone were played on the big screen.


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An overseas 46/48 fan who used to translate under the name of bilingual48. Can also be found at Nogizaka46 handshakes once every 2-3 months near Karin Ito’s lane – just look for the guy with purple sunglasses. Also, apparently I look like Akimoto-sensei, especially when wearing a suit.

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