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HKT48 is a newly formed pop music group. It is actually based in Fukuoka, Japan and is what is called a “sister-group” to the very famous AKB48. They also have their own theater in Hakata where they hold daily practices and performances. Note: we are now at the end of 2015 and HKT48 is over four years old. HKT48 is also known as a Japanese idol group. These idols are supposed to present an image of cuteness and be good role models.

HKT48 group photo
A photo of a few of the idol singers from HKT48. Sakura miyawaki is second from left. Haruka Kodama is fourth from left.

The group has its origins that go back to May 2011. Producer Yasushi Akimoto wanted to expand the Japanese pop music market and he started to hold auditions for a group that was later called HKT48. It was at the AKB48 concert in the Seibu Dome that this group made their debut performance In November 2011, they began practicing in their own theater. The group is divided into generations. The group consists of the 1st generation, 2nd generation, and Team H. In February 2012, 16 members were assigned to Team H. In June 2012, Rino Sashihara was transferred to this group from AKB48. The other most well-known member of Team H is Aika Oota born in 1994. Sashihara is the oldest member of the group at age 23. Former members include Yui Komori, Yuko Sugamoto, Airi Taniguchi, Sayaka Eto, and Ayaka Nakanishi. HKT48 has two teams. They are Team H and Team K4. There are 37 active members in HKT48. The members of Team H are:

  • Yuka Akiyoshi
  • Anai Chihiro or Chihiro Anai (Team Captain)
  • Yuriya Inoue
  • Mashiro Ui
  • Haruka Ueno
  • Izumi Umemoto She has announced her graduation from the group.
  • Naoko Okamoto
  • Yui Kojina
  • Haruka Kodama
  • Hiroka Komada
  • Riko Sakaguchi
  • Rino Sashihara
  • Meru Tashima
  • Natsumi Tanaka
  • Miku Tanaka
  • Natsumi Matsuoka (Co-Captain)
  • Nako Yabuki
  • Marina Yamada
  • Mao Yamamoto
  • Haruka Wakatabe

Source of images: http://www.hello-online.org.

And the members for Team K4 are:

  • Raira Ito
  • Mina Imada
  • Shino Iwahana
  • Nao Uweki
  • Aika Oota (Captain)
  • Kanna Okada
  • Serina Kumazawa
  • Yuki Shimono
  • Yuka Tanaka
  • Asuka Tomiyoshi
  • Mio Tomonaga
  • Maiko Fukagawa
  • Mai Fuchigami
  • Sakura Miyawaki (Co-Captain)
  • Anna Murashige
  • Aoi Motomura
  • Madoka Moriyasu

HKT48 also has released six singles and they are:

 

  1. Suki Suki Skip!
  2. Melon Juice
  3. Sakura, Minna De Tabeta
  4. Hikaeme I Love You!
  5. 12 Byou
  6. Shekarashika!

 

HKT48 still has a long way to go before they even reach the number of singles released by Morning Musume 15. That group has released 59 singles, their latest one being Oh My Wish! The single Oh My Wish! was released on August 19, 2015 as part of two other singles. Here is a short video clip of a live version of Shekarashika!

HKT48 celebrated their one year anniversary with a performance in Hakata. Haruka Kodama, the “center” of Team H expressed her happiness at being up on the stage to sing and she said that this would not have been possible without the huge fan support. As she was trying to hold back her tears, team H captain or leader Chihiro Anai promised that the group would work hard every day. During this performance, the group sang one of AKB48’s newest songs called “Gingham Check.” They also sang SKE48’s and NMB48’s most recent singles. The first song that HKT48 has written called “Hatsukoi Butterfly” was also performed. Congratulations to HKT48 as they looked forward to 2013. The group has announced that they will be holding their 4th generation audition in 2016. Rino Sashihara made the announcement on December 19, 2015. This was during the HKT48 Himawari Group’s Tadaima Renaichu performance at the HKT48 Theater in Hakata. Aika Oota then mentioned to Maria Imamura: “That means Maria will have kohai” (juniors). Sashihara then suggested that they call her Imamura-san. Sashihara has released a photo book called Neko ni Maketa. The deadline for the audition is February 29, 2016 at 11:59 PM. The arena tour schedule for HKT48 is as follows:

 

February 6, 2016 at Nippon Gaishi Hall in Aichi

February 23 and 24 2016 at Yoyogi National Stadium in Tokyo

March 20, 2016 at the World Memorial Hall in Hyogo

March 29 and 30 2016 at Marine Messe Fukuoka

 

The group is signed under Universal Music Japan. Like the other idol groups, HKT48 hold regular concerts. They attend handshake events. These events have the members greeting their fans and signing autographs. Their members also release photo books. This has happened several times in the Japanese entertainment industry over the years such as Rina Kawaei’s essay photo book called Korekara or Atsuko Maeda’s Acchan in Hawaii (2010). And the members of HKT48 are prohibited from dating because of the no dating policy set up by AKB48 and their management. If the girls violate this policy like Yuka Masuda did, they face demotion to the training girls group or they may be kicked out of the group. HKT48 members can also announce their intention to “graduate” or leave the group just like members of AKB48 have done. Recently, the most notable Japanese idol singers to announce their graduations are Minami Takahashi, 24, Aki Takajo, 24, and Sae Miyazawa, 25.  And there are Japanese idols like Nana Yamada of NMB48 that already have left their respective groups. I have also written about Yuki Kashiwagi many times. In some cases, idol singers can also leave the entertainment industry to pursue other types of work. One example of this is Makoto Ogawa. Ogawa retired on March 31, 2015. Congratulations to HKT48 as they head into 2016 with the potential for much success!

 

 

 

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