16 December 2017

Nagahama Neru blog: In Kyushu with Fuu-chan; upcoming TV shows

Ceramics,  523

Nagahama Neru

Good evening

Today it got much colder.
Were you okay?

For some reason, I'm getting into spring songs.

The next Keyakitte, Kakenai!
Is Fuu-chan and I on location in Nagasaki!!!

It's on Sunday the 17th at 24:35.

15 December 2017

Nagahama Neru blog: Nagasaki book-signing. New photo from the photobook.

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Nagahama Neru

Good evening!

There will be a book-signing in Nagasaki on January 10th!!

I am truly happy
That I will be able to talk directly to people in Nagasaki
And hand them a copy of the photo collection!!

It will be at Metro Books in Amu Plaza Nagasaki
on 10 January (Wednesday) starting at 6pm!


The link provides details.
I am really, really looking forward to it!

For those who will be coming to the book-signing on the 19th:
I signed those books yesterday!!

I put all my affection into every book!
May they get into everyone's hands safely...

Nagahama Neru blog: Hiragana National Tour Final

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Nagahama Neru

Good evening...

Yesterday and the day before,
Were the Hiragana National Tour
Final performances at Makuhari!

I went on the first day.

It began in March in Tokyo,
The first national tour.

I was able to go with them to Osaka and Nagoya,
But was not able to participate at Sapporo and Fukuoka.

I apologize once again
For leaving things half-done.

The live the day before yesterday
Was so enjoyable and interesting that it gave me shivers of excitement.
It was the fantastic live I had always wanted to see.

Nagahama Neru blog: FNS song festival special performance

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Nagahama Neru


Was the FNS song festival!

I sang in Kaze ni Fukaretemo and
You Koso Japaripaaku e!

For this occasion, I sang with
Doubutsu Biscuits and PPP.
To be able to stand on the same stage with them...!!

I was so happy, so blessed

They let us into their circle before the performance
We shouted

So cute!!!!

Hirate Yurina: long interview from December Rockin' On Japan magazine

from Rockin' in Japan magazine, December 2017:

Hirate Yurina of Keyakizaka46

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 bit

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.

11 December 2017

Kakizaki Memi blog: Memi breaks her wrist, won't appear in Tues-Wed lives


Kakizaki Memi

Good morning,
It's Kakizaki Memi.

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.

The gods are mean, aren't they (lol).

10 December 2017

Nagahama Neru Oricon interview: the photobook, her past, and leaving Hiragana

from Oricon News (9 December):

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.

I couldn't imagine a photo book of just me alone.