Today Umeda Erika graduated officially from C-ute and Hello! Project after performing in NHK Osaka Hall with C-ute in their “Cutie JUMP” concert tour.
According to some accounts from 2ch there was no fancy graduation ceremony of handing of flowers or individual messages. Erika simply stood on the stage and thanked everyone while the members cried. It seems kind of simple for fans who paid a lot for their tickets to go see her one last time, but Erika might have wanted just a simple goodbye instead of a big ceremony.
At today’s final concert they sold a special “FINAL muffler towel” only available at the concert today in honor of Erika’s graduation:
Even though we won’t probably see the graduation muffler towels at H!SU anytime soon (since they are event goods) it was a nice touch from UFA to give Erika a special item for her fans to remember her by.
There were also a special photo set of the tour with some graduation messages from C-ute members to Umeda Erika that were released a few days ago:
Umeda Erika (Translation: Chikichi@H!O) –
I have made it here today because of all your generous support
From now on I will continue to do my best
I believe that we will not have many opportunities to meet each other at events and concerts like we have done throughout the years
However – even if we cannot see each other
I know that all of you are still here and with that thought in mind I will continue to work hard
I love you all
Yajima Maimi (Translation: Chikichi@H!O)-
DEAR…My beloved Eri
Congratulations on your graduation. Having to part from you sure makes me feel lonely.
You know, I really like the kindness and generousity that you have shown to everyone.
No matter who is in trouble, you always take notice right away and offer your support.
You have given all of us so much of your attention.
Seeing you offer your help to others makes me want to work hard to become more like you. I learned a lot from watching you.
The two of us have been very close for these seven years that we spent together – there are so many incredible memories that I cannot begin to count.
There were times when we laughed together, and times when we cried together. All of those times are moments that I will treasure.
Although our ways are separated, this road that we had walked on together will remain the same, and I will continue to value all those steps we took
We probably will not have the chance to see each other as often as we have been, but you have always wanted to become a model, and I will support you more than anyone else.
Without you with us, °C-ute will work even harder to make up for your absence.
Thank you so much for all your kindness throughout the years. Thank you for treating me as family and listening to everything I had to say.
I will never forget all the difficult times and enjoyable moments that we experienced while we chased after our dream together.
Let’s put everything we have towards our dreams, and let’s make sure we both reach our goals!! I really like you and I always will
Nakajima Saki (Translation: TnB @ MM-BBS) –
To Umeda no Erika-chan,
Congratulations on your graduation.
You’re reaaally funny, and super awesome!
Please do your best as a model.
I truely love you.
From Nakajima no Saki
Chisato Okai (Translation: TnB @ MM-BBS) –
It’s really sad to see you graduate from C-ute after we’ve been together all this time…
But I don’t want you to give up on your dream, and I want you to do your best until it comes true…
C-ute will work even harder okay!!!
Erika!!! Let’s work together again someday, okay?
I’ll alllways, alllways love you!!
The possibilities are endleessss
Suzuki Airi (Translation: Nouciel@H!O) –
Erika-chan, congratulations on your graduation u.u
Although C-ute is going to feel lonely when Erika-chan is not part of it anymore…
We’ve laughed and cried together… those moments count as memories. I won’t forget them.
You have my support as a model Do your best, okay?
Thank you *crying face*
Hagiwara Mai (Translation: TnB @ MM-BBS)-
I love you♥♥Erika
You were always teaching me stuff about clothes and lots of other things!!
Let’s both continue to do our best from now on (´艸`♥♥
It is always sad to see a member of H!P leave, and Erika isn’t the exception. She rarely got a chance to sing a solo line and most of the time she was either in the back or on the side of the group in PV’s, but there is no denying that she was a great member.
Umeda thanks for being a part of C-ute, and even though you most likely won’t sing anymore I wish you the best in your modeling career. Hope to see you in the covers of magazines soon!
Good Luck Erika!