On February 9th, singer Hamasaki Ayumi held her first CD release event at Omotesando Hills in Tokyo.
This was also her first public appearance after the breakup report with her back-up dancer, Uchiyama Maroka (aka Maro). Though the press asked Hamasaki about her relationship with Maro, it did not reach her since it was drowned out by the fans’ cheers.
The event was held to commemorate the release of her latest album “LOVE again” (released on the 8th). It’s been about 11 months since back March 2012, for Hamasaki to appear in public for an event.
When Hamasaki appeared at the event, there were many “Ayu~” calls. Hamasaki excitingly exclaimed, “The arena seats at my concert are not even this close~. I’m nervous~!” At the event, Hamasaki enjoyed communicating with the fans for about 90 minutes. Hamasaki played ‘LINE Bubble’, a smartphone game application, with the fans, and there was also “photo shooting time” where Hamasaki let the fans take her photos for one minute.
Hamasaki will kick off her nationwide arena tour “ayumi hamasaki 15th Anniversary TOUR～BEST LIVE～” starting on April 13th at Saitama Super Arena (12 locations, 28 stages in total). According to her, the setlist will be based on fans’ votes, and she was telling the fans, “You can have a high expectation for it. Please come to the convert everyone! It’s going to be something amazing.”