Ara is a Journalism graduate from California State University Northridge who is always looking to explore his writing opportunities.
This Article Will Cover the Careers of Two Influential Japanese Pop Music Singers
This next article will be about two Japanese pop music singers that contributed so much to the industry. They are Sae Miyazawa and Minami Takahashi. Sae Miyazawa resumed her activities after what has been a lengthy break. I wrote back in June 2018 that Miyazawa was halting her activities to stop and reconsider what she wanted to do. I’m sure that most of us have done something like this in our lives. But now for this Tokyo Japan native, it is time for her to resume her activities and this is what will happen! At least that is what was reported when I wrote about this in March 2019.
Note: as of July 2019, the article will no longer cover the time that Miyazawa missed due to her hiatus period.
The AKB48 Sub-Unit DIVA Members
Japanese idols Sae Miyazawa spends time in sub-unit DiVA
There are moments that every person will remember whether they are a celebrity or not. Japanese singer Sae Miyazawa had one such special moment on August 13, 2011 when she celebrated her birthday with her band mates of AKB48’s sub unit called DiVA. That is the way that the spelling of the group is usually written. And this is the other group that Sae was a member of. The group eventually changed its name to DIVA and disbanded at the end of 2014. There was a concert that was held live at Ai Chikyuu Haku Memorial Park. It was held to celebrate the release of their new single then called “Cry.” The weather that day was described as really intense heat but in spite of those conditions, some 2,300 people showed up for this special concert. There was a certain order of songs that were supposed to be played but the song Namida Surprise began to play instead. The other members of DiVA which are Sayaka Akimoto, Ayaka Umeda, and Yuka Masuda, surprised Miyazawa by joining the fans in celebrating her birthday with her. Miyazawa was so touched and moved by this extreme act of positivity that she thanked everyone for supporting the band and also mentioned that this is the first time in her life that so many people celebrated her birthday. Sae really felt that people should have put attention on themselves when the day was that hot. Following the performance, the members greeted the fans and stamped an item of each fan’s choosing. The stamps were designed by the members.
Minami Takahashi Formerly of the Girl Group AKB48
Who Is Minami Takahashi?
This last part is just a brief look at the career of Minami Takahashi with AKB48 and some information about her aspirations for a solo career. As for Minami Takahashi, she was also a member of AKB48 and she is slightly younger than Sae Miyazawa and shorter than her. Minami is only 148 centimeters tall. She was born on April 8, 1991 in Tokyo. She is signed to the Ogi Pro talent agency. She was in Team A of AKB48 as well as a member of the subgroup called No Sleeves. She is known to have a very impressive vocal range.
A Brief Look at Minami Takahashi's Career
She debuted for AKB48 on December 8, 2005 at the young age of 14. She was one of the lucky 24 girls to be selected because there was massive competition to get in. 7924 people applied for very limited spots! There were written auditions that Minami passed because of her birth date and height. Now that is really something amazing. Maybe they were looking for people to be a certain height perhaps. She received a 5th place ranking in something called the Senbatsu Election. In that same year, she was given the title of captain for Team A. In the 2010 Senbatsu Election, she received a 6th place finish.
In August of 2010, she released her first photo book titled “Takamina.” In April 2012, she was chosen as the new image character for the French cosmetic brand Lancôme. Just after the big concert in the Saitama Super Arena in March 2012, she was one of the first people to know about Atsuko Maeda’s graduation. Takahashi said that the announcement did not really sink in for her but after a handshake Takahashi became convinced that Maeda was serious about leaving the group. Takahashi also mentioned that the decision was not something that Maeda just made recently but that it is something that she has thought about doing for a long time.
In a huge milestone in her career, Takahashi during the second day of the AKB48 concert at the Tokyo Dome made the announcement that she wants to do her own work as a solo singer. She sang a duet with Atsuko Maeda called “Omoide no Hotondo.” During the song, they were holding hands and crying, due to the emotional nature of the moment. Maeda was on the verge of leaving a group that she had been with for a long time. It is really hard when you have to part with people who you have a close relationship with. Then it was officially announced that Takahashi would now be a solo singer. Becoming a solo artist was one of Takahashi’s childhood aspirations. The audience chanted her name and she had difficulty holding back the tears. Her dream has finally been realized and she thanked all the fans for their support.
© 2019 Ara Vahanian