What follows is a news story about a very prominent AKB48 member, Japanese idol Mayu Watanabe. Although this story is kind of old by now, it is significant enough to be written about. Mayu Watanabe, the AKB48 member known as Mayuyu attended an award ceremony on September 3, 2014 called “The Beauty Week Award 2014” and she won an award for the long hair category. This is another interesting accomplishment for Mayu following her selection as the center for the single Kokoro no Placard. Following the event, she met with reporters and she was asked when member Haruna Kojima was going to be graduating or leaving the group. Watanabe responded that she does not know when this would happen and she described herself as being very nervous. I can kind of understand what she is saying because a graduation means the end of the member’s involvement in a group where it feels like a different environment. Here is the first part of the video. However, there are no subtitles included.
There is a good possibility that I may write a tribute post about Japanese idol Mayu Watanabe. I have earlier written about what makes Mayu Watanabe so great. And I have also written a biography and tribute to beautiful Japanese actress and fashion model Mirei Kiritani on Hubpages.
Kojima is the oldest AKB48 member at the moment and it was predicted at the time that she would be the next member to leave the group. Haruna had said that she would not graduate from AKB48 during the Senbatsu Election as well as during the group’s Tokyo Dome Concert and other radio programs. During an event, former member Tomomi Itano expressed her concern about the potential graduation of Kojima saying that she is expecting a huge graduation announcement like one coming down from the sky. Itano has high expectations of Haruna. This is one of the feel good stories of 2014. And as of June 20, 2016, Kojima Haruna as she is known in Japan, announced her intention to graduate from AKB48 during the AKB48 45th single Senbatsu General Election.
The Beauty Week Award is given to those whose hairstyle has gotten lots of attention. Watanabe was at the event wearing what was described as a sophisticated dress with her hair dropping down past her shoulders. This was the first time for her receiving a personal award. She was surprised at receiving it. She was also asked which kind of hairstyles that she wanted to try out and she said that she would like to go blonde. Mayu Watanabe should not be confused with NMB48 singer Miyuki Watanabe. Watanabe is 22 years old and she has released her debut photo book Mayuyu in 2011 and her second one in 2013. That one has a really long title so that’s why I did not list it here. Mayuyu shows Watanabe dressed in a bikini but she is not as beautiful as hot Japan volleyball player Miwa Asao. Even so, Mayuyu is pretty darn cute!
Japanese idol Mayu Watanabe received more attention when she was seen on the cover for Flash Magazine’s Special 2014 summer issue. She was seen dressed in a gorgeous dress or in a bikini. Mayu has now released five solo singles to date including her debut single Synchro Tokimeki which sold 158,884 copies total. She then followed up that release with Otona Jellybeans which is my favorite single from her. The three other releases from Mayu are Hikaru Monotachi, Rappa Renshuchu, and Deai no Tsuzuki as of June 10, 2015. Mayu also has had success with the 2014 Senbatsu Elections. In the 4th such election, she finished in 3rd place. In the 5th election, she did even better, finishing in 2nd place before reaching the top spot in the 2014 Senbatsu Election. In 2015, Mayu finished as the third most popular member in AKB48!