A 120-minute interview talking about her encounter with Fukyouwaon, the first national tour, her feelings toward the other members, and the new single, Kaze ni Fukaretemo.
I guess this was a year in
which I faced myself. And came to understand myself a
Interviewer -- It’s been a while.
Hirate: It has.
-- Our previous interview
was in February. Since then, you have had your first outdoor live, you have
produced numerous works, and above all you have had your first national tour.
In asking you about these things one by one, I very much want to know what
Hirate-san has been thinking over the almost eight months since our last interview, as you
continue to stand there in the centre of Keyakizaka46. Now I hope to hear from
you in detail about these things.
I have an important announcement for everyone.
As was reported on the official site yesterday,
During rehearsal for our Hiragana National Tour - 2017 Final!, I ended up breaking my left wrist
And will be rested for the lives.
I apologize for all the worry I am causing so many people.
It really just happened, and I myself have still not completely settled my feelings. I have a lot of things I want to tell everyone, but I don't know how to say them properly.
To be honest, I'm really, really frustrated and upset.
Lots of people, members and staff and so on, have comforted me with warm voices, making me feel how many people are supporting me to be here.
I know it's bad to cry, but I have been so touched by people's kindness that the tears just flowed.
Nagahama Neru of Keyakizaka46: Her first swimsuit photos! Her thoughts and confessions about her special entry into the group and the end of her double duty with Hiragana Keyaki.
When the formation of Keyakizaka46 was announced, on August 21, 2015, the name of Nagahama Neru (19) was not among those who passed the final audition. On that same morning, her mother, who opposed her joining the group, withdrew her from the audition and took her back to her home in Nagasaki.
About three months later, the then-17-year-old entered the group as a special exception. Amazingly, two years after that she is the subject of a solo photo collection, shot in Nagasaki. The first edition of her photo collection, "From Here" (ここから Koko Kara, published 19 December by Kodansha), is the largest first printing ever of a photobook for a Sakamichi Series group (Nogizaka46 and Keyakizaka46) at 120,000 copies.
With a nervous Neru, we looked back over the photos she had done so well in, back in her home town, and she told us her true feelings about entering the group as a special exception, and about ending her double duty with Hiragana Keyaki.