Rena Matsui’s 2588th Day Comes to an End: SKE48 Theater Graduation

Rena Matsui’s 2588th Day Comes to an End: SKE48 Theater Graduation

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Rena Matsui took the stage for the final time at the SKE48 Theater on August 31, 2015, graduating at the end of Team E’s “Te wo Tsunaginagara” performance.

After announcing her graduation during the June 10th broadcast of AKB48 no All Night Nippon and SKE48’s 2-day concert at Toyota Stadium on August 29th and 30th, the 2588th day of Rena Matsui’s time as a member of the group had arrived. Over 1,000 fans had been gathering near the SKE48 theater since morning to pay their respects to Rena and were surprised when she made an appearance at the SKE48 CAFE & SHOP on the 5th floor of Sunshine Sakae to say her farewells to those who had not been able to secure a ticket for the performance.

The small theater was enveloped in the glow of light green cyalumes during the encore as Rena sang her graduation song “2588 Days” for the final time. Team E leader Akari Suda read a letter than she had written to Rena, “You have many worries but in order to put your mind at ease, we will all be working our hardest. Please continue to watch over us. Happy graduation, Rena!”

Introducing the final song of the evening “Tooku ni Itemo”, Rena’s eyes became blurred by tears for the first time, “This is the final song I will sing as a member of SKE48 and I am truly happy right now. It would be great if my feelings can reach all the fans and members who were not able to be here today.”


Rena Matsui’s Comments

When I first joined SKE48, there were not that many theater performances so we would have a lot of dance lessons for just one live a week. That was one of the happiest times in my life.

During performances like this, I can be hidden in the shadows of others but, there have been people who have looked for me and pulled me into the spotlight to where I am now. But, I don’t think that it’s just me, it’s the same for all the members. I think that the support of the fans is the power that allows us to shine.


I am proud that I can say that SKE48 was my youth. Just as the lyrics to “2588 Days” mentions, preparations have begun to make the next flower bloom. In order to show everyone the a large blooming flower, I would be happy if everyone could keep supporting me.

SKE48 is also in the process of growing up and every member is a center (most prominent member). As long as they have the support of their fans, there is no limit to what they can do. Please continue to watch over SKE48 and me as well. Everything about the past 7 years are my treasure, which is why I must do my best from now on.


Set List

00 Overture
01 Bokura no Kaze
02 Mango No. 2
03 Te wo Tsunaginagara
04 Chime wa LOVE SONG
05 Glory days
06 Kono Mune no Barcode
07 Wimbledon he Tsuretette
08 Ame no Pianist
09 Choco no Yukue
10 Innocence
11 Romance Rocket
12 Koi no Keikou to Taisaku
13 Daisuki

E1 Rope no Yuujou
E2 Kayoubi no Yoru, Suiyoubi no Asa
E3 Mae Nomeri
E4 Banana Kakumei
E5 Hohoemi no Positive Thinking
E6 2588 Days
E7 Tooku ni Itemo

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Kai Okudara

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