Aki Takajo, the Japanese idol singer that spent time with overseas girl group JKT48 and starred in a commercial for Pocari Sweat with Haruka Nakagawa has announced that she will graduate from AKB48. The announcement was made during the 5th annual AKB48 singing contest. The name of the event is Kohaku Taikou Uta Gassen. It took place on December 15, 2015. Takajo was said to have walked up towards the stage at the end of the event. She said that she had an important announcement to make. She said that the decision has nothing to do with her being dissatisfied with AKB48. She did not want to rely on AKB48 like this. She says that she now wants to go down her own path. Atsuko Maeda who served as a judge for one of the segments of the event said to Takajo: “From now on, do your best from this side.” Takajo’s graduation announcement comes after the announcement of Minami Takahashi’s graduation. Whatever Takajo decides to do next in her career, I wish her all the best of luck.
Takajo walks down a runway and shows interesting fashion sense in this video.
Takajo has not been as popular of a Japanese idol as Takahashi or Maeda but she has excelled as a bikini model and appeared on one of the biggest magazines in Japan. Takajo appeared with her band mates from French Kiss in a gorgeous turquoise bikini! She also appeared on Entame Magazine dressed in a beautiful blue bikini. Takajo’s big modeling break came in the summer of 2011 when she appeared as a lifeguard and as a sexy bikini idol in Big Comic Spirits Magazine. If you have not yet checked out that photo session, make sure you do that as soon as possible! I have written that I think Aki Takajo is one of the most beautiful Japanese swimsuit models in the entertainment industry today! If you enjoyed this post, check out the one I did on Yui Okada. Note: just as Takajo got her big modeling break with magazines, so did Sayaka Isoyama. Isoyama did modeling for the famous Sabra Magazine. And Mayu Watanabe got her modeling career started with her solo photo book called Mayuyu. Source of images: http://www.hello-online.org.
Aki Takajo made her debut with AKB48 back in 2008 as a member of its 6th generation. She was with Team A until 2012. In 2012, she transferred to JKT48. JKT48 is an idol group similar to AKB48 but the members sing songs in Indonesian. In February 2014 during the big AKB48 Team Shuffle, Takajo’s membership with JKT48 was cancelled. Takajo was also a member of the AKB48 sub-unit French Kiss from 2010 through 2015. Asuka Kuramochi and Yuki Kashiwagi joined her as band mates. In 2012, these gorgeous idols appeared in French Kiss Magazine. The theme for that photo session was Holiday Trip. Takajo, Kuramochi, and Kashiwagi were each seen displaying their sexy bikini bodies! Takajo would show her sexiness when she appeared in a special issue of Young Gangan Magazine. Kashiwagi and Kuramochi would also make appearances again. But joining this photo session was former AKB48 girl and nail salon owner Natsuki Sato. Sato is extremely beautiful in this photo session as well! For fans of AKB48, rest assured that the group will still continue with their activities and release many more great singles. And there is still beautiful Yuria Kizaki with AKB48. Kizaki made an appearance in Girlspedia Magazine Volume 4 Winter Session with Kanako Kadowaki. Joining Kadowaki and Kizaki was Yui Takano. The three Japanese idols were seen relaxing in a hot spring and dressed in beautiful bikinis! Good luck Aki and we love you!! Takajo, 24, is the next Japanese idol to announce her graduation after Mariya Nagao and Minami Takahashi. Takajo was born on October 3, 1991 in Tokyo.