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Tributes to Celebrities: Sayaka Yamamoto Former Member of Japanese Girl Group Nmb48

Ara is a journalism graduate from California State University, Northridge, who is always looking to explore his writing opportunities.

In Japan’s entertainment industry there is a celebrity that is more than deserving of a proper and well deserved tribute because of what she has done for the industry in terms of the volume of her work and the impact that she has left on the industry. That person is Sayaka Yamamoto. Note: as of August 2020 and going forward, now there is only going to be a tribute about just Sayaka Yamamoto and one of the reasons is because Atsuko Maeda has been covered so extensively that we will shift the focus on to another Japanese idol that should be covered more. However, the article will not be a straightforward biography of this singer and fashion model.


Here is An Extended Tribute

What follows are the circumstances surrounding her graduation from NMB48 as well as a review and analysis of her 3rd solo album. Look at this written piece as a sort of extended tribute to her especially since she just turned 28 years old on July 14, 2021. We will also discuss her solo career more in depth as well so stay tuned!

Photos of Sayaka Yamamoto

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With Miyuki Watanabe (left).

With Miyuki Watanabe (left).

She is seen here with former NMB48 member Nana Yamada (right). Is Sayaka stressed out? It sure seems that way and that's why she is stretching that towel but she is so cute!

She is seen here with former NMB48 member Nana Yamada (right). Is Sayaka stressed out? It sure seems that way and that's why she is stretching that towel but she is so cute!

In UTB Magazine pictured here with Yui Yokoyama (top) and Miyuki Watanabe (center).

In UTB Magazine pictured here with Yui Yokoyama (top) and Miyuki Watanabe (center).

Sayaka Yamamoto (left) and Miyuki Watanabe (right) show that they are dressed with ties and showing some sophistication in the fashion department!

Sayaka Yamamoto (left) and Miyuki Watanabe (right) show that they are dressed with ties and showing some sophistication in the fashion department!

From UTB Magazine. Sayaka Yamamoto really feels good now doesn't she?

From UTB Magazine. Sayaka Yamamoto really feels good now doesn't she?

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Who is Sayaka Yamamoto and Why Is There a Tribute About Her?

As for Sayaka Yamamoto, she is the captain of girl group NMB48 and the captain of its Team N. We are writing about her because she has announced that she intends to graduate from the group. Yamamoto’s graduation announcement was made on July 30 during the encore of NMB48’s first night of their tour across Japan. The venue that this announcement was made at was at Nakano Sun Plaza Hall.

What Was the Audience's Reaction to the Graduation Announcement?

The audience was said to have really been put into an uproar and then Yamamoto promised to give it her best effort until the end and that she would be happy if fans would support her until that last day. Her graduation date has not been announced yet. This announcement of her graduation means that she will end an 8 year career with the only girl group that she has known. Sayaka has been basically the top member of NMB48 and there is no telling what is going to happen with the coming graduation of Yamamoto who is known by her most famous nickname of Sayanee.

Note: as of November 4, 2018, Yamamoto had graduated from NMB48 and she is involved in a solo career.

Yamamoto's new album has special meanings

Since her graduation from NMB48, Sayaka Yamamoto has surely been a very busy woman! It has now been announced that the title of her upcoming album to be released on December 25, 2019 is called “?” (Alpha). I know that the album’s title is strange but here is the meaning of the album’s title. The title of her upcoming album actually has two meanings and they are “first” and unknown. Her artist photo and the covers for each of the editions of the album were taken in London, UK.

Sayaka Yamamoto Had Plans to Release a New Single!

What is going to be seen here is a look at now former member of girl group NMB48 Sayaka Yamamoto and her career as a solo singer and performer. Sayaka Yamamoto would release a new solo single on September 4, 2019. This single did not have a title yet and at the first draft of this writing and it is the follow up to her first solo single called “Ichirinsou.” That summer, the former NMB48 idol singer would make appearances at different festivals such as ROCK IN JAPAN FESTIVAL 2019, MONSTER baSH 2019, and Munataka FES Fukutsu Koinoura. The single is being described as an up-tempo rock kind of tune that is designed to make the crowd get into the song.

She released her first solo album called Rainbow on October 26, 2016 but prior to this, she did make a public statement saying while she has worked with NMB48 she always had a dream of being a singer and a songwriter. She said that Rainbow would be the first step in realizing her lifelong dream. She said that she wanted her songs to reach many people so that they too can hear what she has done. Yamamoto who would turn 26 on July 14, 2019 became the second member of NMB48 to make her solo debut since Miyuki Watanabe in 2014. Yamamoto would release her second solo album called Identity on October 4, 2017, almost one year after she released her first one.

After her graduation from NMB48 in November 2018, Yamamoto wasted no time and got busy trying to promote her music. She announced that she would be going on a nationwide tour in Japan called “I’m Ready.” What an accurate title for a tour for someone that has served as a team captain for one of the biggest girl groups in the world! The tour began on February 23, 2019 in Saitama and it finished on June 2, 2019 in Okinawa. She released her first solo single called Ichirinsou on April 17, 2019.

I have some new news about her 3rd solo single now! As of November 5, 2019, it is being reported that the new single is called "Tsuioku no Hikari.”

Alpha Album Review

The title of the album can be used interchangeably and might be confusing for some of us to follow along with. Stylistically Alpha is a mixture of pop and rock with a touch of rap style vocals in the song “Stay Free.” There are a few claps as this jazz influenced song shows a different side of Yamamoto. It was part of Yamamoto’s plan to have a sort of fresh start following her career as an NMB48 idol. Well, Alpha sounds like a former idol feeling more relaxed and carefree in her approach. If there were any thoughts of Yamamoto just being a pop music guitar player and singer, those thoughts should be discarded because she is showing that she is willing to include more than one style in her songs. There is a collaborative effort on the song “Feel the Night” as Kai Takahashi of Lucky Tapes decides to provide guest vocals. I get the sense that the song is lyrically about having a good feeling through the night through the power of music. Rainbow is probably a better solo effort by Sayaka Yamamoto but Alpha or a as it is sometimes known is a pleasant listen for those that want to hear a different side of this pop music star.

A Map of Osaka Japan the Birthplace of Sayaka Yamamoto

© 2018 Ara Vahanian

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