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9:09 am - 02/01/2012

akb48's enka princess prays for solo debut success

On January 31st, AKB48 member Iwasa Misaki prayed for the success of her solo debut single, “Mujin Eki“, at the Senjo-ji Temple in Tokyo. Reports say that she prayed for approximately 20 minutes in the main temple, wearing a red, elegant kimono.

Afterwards, Iwasa held a release event at the Shinbashi SL Hiroba, attracting a crowd of 3,000 fans. “I’m Iwasa Misaki, the first enka singer from AKB48,” she said. “Please treat me well!“ She then went on to perform both her debut song and its coupling track, “Heavy Rotation (Enka version)“, for the very first time.

During an interview before the event, Iwasa revealed that Akimoto Yasushi had composed the song for her. “Akimoto Yasushi-sensei told me that he wrote this song for the Iwasa of 30 years from now. In 30 years, I’ll be 47-years-old. That’s older than my mom right now. It’s hard to imagine…”

The idol received a delightful surprise when she was presented with a cake celebrating both her debut and her 17th birthday (January 30th). “I’m very happy!“, she beamed. “This year is my final year in high school, so I want to take the advantage and wear my uniform pointlessly before it becomes ‘cosplay’.”

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taecish 1st-Feb-2012 04:13 pm (UTC)
aww what a cutie!! i am really curious 2 see how it sells. i hope she can break 50k atleast
funkaliciousss 1st-Feb-2012 05:54 pm (UTC)
it got fourth for first day sales.
crimsonbreeze 1st-Feb-2012 06:08 pm (UTC)
She didn't even sell 10k :(
fub 1st-Feb-2012 06:11 pm (UTC)
I'm confused -- wouldn't you normally pray for success (in this life) at a shinto shrine? That's how it was explained to me: shinto is for everyting in this life (marriage, children being born, starting a new business, school exams) and buddhism is for the next life.
exdream1999 1st-Feb-2012 09:50 pm (UTC)
Ehhh.......Sometimes for movie productions you have a priest come and do a blessing, but going out on your own to the shrine and doing more than just buying a charm/tossing coins into a box and ringing the shrine bell is getting rarer and rarer. Especialy with younger people.

Japan isn't really "religious" in the Western/Christian sense of the world in general, there's definately a sense of superstition/luck though.
convenience93 1st-Feb-2012 06:24 pm (UTC)
Awwws I listened to her entire is flawless!!! I like it a lot!!

Being an unranked AKB girl she can't depend on wota fandom...soo all the best girl!! GO GET IT!

I hope she gets decent first week sales cause she really really deserves it! <3
aisasami 1st-Feb-2012 06:32 pm (UTC)
Can we get a Iwasa x AKB version of this song, it would be epic!

queencleopatra 1st-Feb-2012 07:10 pm (UTC)
SHE IS PERFECT. I hope this isn't a one-off as I LOVE this release. MORE PLZ.
nalty7 1st-Feb-2012 08:33 pm (UTC)
I'm listening to her single rn.I love her voice and the songs.
eishastan 1st-Feb-2012 10:29 pm (UTC)
Good luck to her <3
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