Lin Lin and Saho Akari Will Form a Special Unit For A Mini-live

12 08 2011

According to a tweet from famous Japanese Pop Culture writer Takamasa Sakurai, Lin Lin and Saho Akari from Up Up Girls will form a special unit and perform in a mini-live for a Chinese girl’s Harajuku fashion show in China.

This was confirmed by the S/mileage staff account who re-tweeted the announcement:

This was a really surprising announcement since I didn’t expect to see Lin Lin perform with a UFA member again, much less with the leader of the Up Up Girls, but I’m really looking forward to seeing this performance since it seems like it will be a fun event with a unique and interesting unit.

So far there hasn’t been any other details about this special unit so it will most likely just be a temporary event to promote UFA, but I hope we get to see this mini-unit perform some more since it seems like a unique and interesting duo, although they will most likely just cover songs instead of singing a new song.

More details should be released in the next few days since the event is scheduled for the end of this month, so hopefully we get to see some pictures from Lin Lin and Saho getting ready for the event from their blogs to find out just what kind of theme they will have, but for now I am really happy to see that this unique and surprising unit was formed.

The mini live will take place on 8/27 in Harbin, China.

“Morning Musume Single Clips 6 DVD” Cover Released

29 03 2011

“Morning Musume Single Clips 6 DVD” Cover has been released.

The cover looks as if they took the 45th single cover and simply added on Koharu, Linlin, Junjun and Eri at the bottom. Everyone except the 4 mentioned earlier are using the outfits from the 45th single. Eri, Junjun, Linlin and Koharu seem to be using the outfits from the last single they appeared in. (Koharu using Kimagure Princess outfit) It’s hard to tell since it is a head shot but it’d be the most logical to use since it’s the most recent picture of the member and I’m assuming since Koharu is featured on the cover Kimagure Princess is also included in the DVD.

I think it’s quite creative that they were able to incorporate the graduated members onto the DVD. They match the Maji desu ka ska theme and it looks as if they are still a part of the group.

In the bottom corner in a green cloud it features the title in pink and blue block letters. The colors are strange, they don’t really match each other and are all dominate colors but it adds to the youthful feel of the cover and it isn’t too distracting since it’s been put in the little corner.

Overall I love the cover and hopefully all fans feel the same way.

Please support Morning Musume and purchase a copy when it’s released.

The release date is set for 4/13.

H!P Page Info

Kamei Eri, Jun Jun, and Lin Lin Officially Graduate From H!P and Morning Musume

15 12 2010

Today, December 15, 6th generation member Kamei Eri and 8th generation members Jun Jun and Lin Lin officially graduated from Hello! Project and Morning Musume after a performance at Yokohama Arena.

The post is really long since it features about 70+ images from the live broadcast, so I decided to put the full post after the break:

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Kamei, Jun Jun, and Lin Lin Graduation Concert To Be Broadcast In 3D

16 11 2010

According to the Yokohama Arena graduation concert for Kamei Eri, Jun Jun, and Lin Lin will be broadcast in 3D live on TV.

The concert will be re-broadcasted in January in 2D.

When I saw this announcement I was very excited (to say the least) since this means that fans who can’t attend the concert will be able to see it in their own home in 3D live, which is incredible news since we won’t have to wait until the DVD is released.

Many fans stated months ago that they would like to see the concert being broadcast on Ustream for everyone to enjoy, and I’m glad that UFA decided not only to broadcast the concert live, but to do so in 3D on TV since it is an amazing opportunity for everyone to join all of Momusu as three members graduate (and most likely the new members are introduced).

Apart from that fans who don’t have 3D glasses, miss the broadcast, or simply want to see it again will be able to do so next year (January 1) in 2D, which is another amazing bonus since it gives fans a chance to see the broadcast without having to have 3D glasses.

I’m glad that UFA has decided to do this since it is a unique moment in Momusu history, and since it will be available to all fans (with access to the channels) it is a great way for casual fans or curious listeners to tune in and watch the concert.

It would be great if we could get the concert released in 3D, but we will have to wait for the announcement to find out if we will get that or the usual DVD + Bluray release, but I really hope we can see the 3D concert being released in some way.

Overall this is amazing news for Momusu fans since it gives us a chance to see the concert from our own homes, and even though it can’t compare to being there in person it is the second best thing for all fans to enjoy.

Hopefully all fans spread the word and tune into the broadcast when the concert begins in December.

The concert will air live on 12/15 from 18:30 – 21:30 on SKY channel 3D 169, the 2D broadcast will be on 1/1/2011 from 21:00 – 23:30 on SKY channel HD800, HD190, and 180. Article About Momusu Graduation Concert In 3D

Ex-ceed! To Perform Again At The Shanghai Expo

13 10 2010

Ex-ceed will be traveling to China to perform again at the Shanghai Expo.

I’m glad to see that Ex-ceed! will perform again since it gives the many fans from Shanghai a chance to see them and hear them perform many H!P songs, and even though they will only appear 2 days it will be interesting to find out what songs they will perform during the three scheduled performances they have.

Not much information has been released but we should see reactions from the members who have blogs sometime soon (Jun Jun, Lin Lin, and Koharu), which should give us some idea about what to expect.

Hopefully many fans from the area go to the event since these performances will most likely be among the best they will have.

There will be three performances during two days:

10/27 – 18:30

10/28 – 13:30 / 18:30

Official H!P Announcement About Ex-ceed!

Morning Days FC Bus Tour ~Kamei Eri, Jun Jun, Lin Lin Graduation Trip In Aichi~ Details Released

8 10 2010

Details about the special graduation trip that was announced a few days ago for Kamei, Jun Jun, and Lin Lin titled ~Morning Days FC Tour Tokubetsu Hen~ Kamei Eri, Jun Jun, Lin Lin Sotsugyou Ryokou IN Aichi Bus Tour have been released.

The tour will take place in Aichi exclusively for FC members only (like all other Morning Days tours), and tickets will cost around 64,800 Yen to 65,800 Yen.

I’m glad to see that more details have been released for the tour since it gives FC fans a chance to order their tickets for the event, and even though it is FC-only it will be interesting to see what the event is like for the fans who go.

Ticket prices are like always a bit expensive (they are about $648 ~ 658 US dollars) but most likely it will be worth the price to spend some time with Kamei, Jun Jun and Lin Lin as tour guides in Aichi.

Hopefully many fans go to the trip (most likely tickets will be sold out within a few weeks) and even though most of us can’t go to the event I do look forward to reading fan reports about the songs they performed and the trip.

The tour will be from 11/22 ~ 23.

FC Page For Kamei, Jun Jun and Lin Lin’s Graduation Trip To Aichi

Kamei Eri, Jun Jun, and Lin Lin Graduation Bus Tour Announced

3 10 2010

Announcement of Bus Tour by Momusu’s manager

A special graduation bus tour event has been announced for Kamei Eri, Jun Jun, and Lin Lin. The news was revealed through the Twitter account from Momusu’s manager.

Dates for the bus tour

I’m extremely glad to see that UFA is planning as many special events as possible before their graduation since it gives Kamei, Jun Jun and Lin Lin a chance to interact with their fans and to enjoy a trip as well as a small concert.

Not many details are known about the event since it was just revealed on Twitter (on many Tweets) but according to another Tweet more info will be revealed on 10/8, so hopefully by then we find out where the tour will be and how much tickets will cost.

More info will be revealed on the web on 10/8

Hopefully all fans who can attend the tour do so since it will be without a doubt one of the best tours for Kamei, Jun and Lin fans.

The tour will be from 11/22 ~ 23.

Morning Musume’s Manager Twitter Account

Kamei Eri, Jun Jun, Lin Lin FC Event Announced

9 09 2010

An FC event for Kamei Eri, Jun Jun, and Lin Lin has been announced.

I am somewhat surprised that they decided to have a special FC event for Kamei, Jun Jun, and Lin Lin since graduating members usually don’t get a solo event, but I am happy to see that they will since it gives fans a chance to meet up with them and wish them luck.

The event will be a handshake meeting so I highly encourage everyone who is part of the FC to go to the event since you will be able to properly say goodbye and thank you to Kame, Jun, and Lin a few months before their final performance.

Hopefully everyone who can will go to show their support and I look forward to reading fan reports from people who went.

The event will be on the following date:

  • 10/31 – Akasaka BLITZ (Tokyo)

Official H!P FC Announcement About Event

Jun Jun And Lin Lin Will Be Special Guests At A Karaoke Contest Event

4 09 2010

Jun Jun and Lin Lin will be special guests at a karaoke contest event.

I’m glad to see that Jun Jun and Lin Lin will attend since it means more promotion for them and the group when their single is released, and even though the event won’t be that big (from what I can tell) every small bit helps.

From what I can see it seems that there will be singing in Japanese and Chinese from the contestants so it was expected that they would choose Jun Jun and Lin Lin since they are fluent in both languages.

Most likely they will only present the contestants or maybe even sing a bit but despite that I do look forward to finding out what they did and how the event went since it does sound like an interesting karaoke event.

The event will be on 11/24.

Long-Net Page For Karaoke Contest

Official H!P Announcement About Jun Jun and Lin Lin At The Contest

Kamei Eri, Jun Jun, and Lin Lin To Graduate From Morning Musume and Hello! Project

8 08 2010

According to a recent entry on Tsunku’s blog Kamei Eri, Jun Jun, and Lin Lin will graduate from Morning Musume and Hello! Project.

Kamei Eri will graduate due to a skin condition problem which she has had for some time and after talking with doctors she has decided to graduate from Morning Musume and Hello! Project to take care of it. Jun Jun and Lin Lin will go into preparatory periods after their graduations to continue their singing and talent careers in China.

To say that I am surprised is an understatement since I didn’t expect to have to worry about graduations until the start of the next tour, but it seems that Tsunku wanted to announce them as soon as possible so that fans could prepare.

Kamei’s reason for graduating is understandable since she wants to take care of her skin condition (according to some fans she has Atopic Dermatitis), and even though it is sad to see her go from Momusu I am glad to see that she is taking her health as a priority.

Jun Jun and Lin Lin on the other hand don’t really have a clear reason for graduating but it seems that Tsunku decided that they will benefit more if they graduated from Momusu and concentrate in singing careers in China, and since he obviously has plans for them already it is somewhat of a consolation to see that they will continue to be active.

I am still shocked at the news since it was somewhat too sudden, but hopefully in the coming days we get more information about the details.

They will graduate at the end of Morning Musume’s Rival Survival concert tour.

I will update with more as soon as I find out.

Tsunku’s Post About Kamei, Jun Jun and Lin Lin Graduating

EDIT: The media has already released more information about the announcement of the graduation of Kamei, Jun Jun and Lin Lin as well as heartbreaking pictures of all the members in tears:

A translation of the official statement that Tsunku made in his blog has also been released:

Big announcement from the Morning Musume。

About the graduation of Eri Kamei, 6th generation member

Eri Kamei came to me several times regarding her health condition. One time, she said to me : “I would like to find the time to cure the atopic dermatitis that I’m suffering from”. Since the time she joined the Morning Musume。, it looks like she was dealing with symptoms like itching and slight skin color changes. She took medication to calm the symptoms down and she also used make-up to cover it but during live concerts, there is a lot of sweat and many outfits to put on, which made her recovery very difficult.

Some may say it is “just a skin problem” but according to doctors, an external problem like skin problem may move to an internal level. It may as well have an impact on her spirit, her mental level. Also, for her, it is a serious thing so she decided to focus on her recovery instead of letting it continue. Eri Kamei will graduate from the Morning Musume。 and the Hello! Project on the last day of the Morning Musume。Autumn 2010 concert tour. As for her activities after that, I intend to discuss with her after her full recovery.

About the graduation of Jun Jun and Lin Lin, 8th generation members (foreign students)

In May 2005, both of them joined the Morning Musume。as foreign students and today, while being skilled singers and entertainers, they also greatly improved their japanese proficiency and they are now grown-up women. This is why I took the decision to graduate both of them at the same time as Eri Kamei on the last day of the Morning Musume。Autumn 2010 concert tour. After graduation, they will enter a period of preparation before focusing on their singers and entertainer career in China.

August 8th 2010
Morning Musume。 Producer

Official Translation of Tsunku’s Comments

Yahoo News Article Article

Nikkan Sports Article

EDIT 2: Official statements by the girls have been released on Morning Musume’s Myspace blog:

Eri Kamei

As Tsunku♂ said, I will graduate on the last day of the Autumn 2010 Tour from the Morning Musume。 to focus on my health. It is my decision but let me reassure you, my condition is not that serious. I just wanted to focus on my recovery for a while because lately, I was thinking a lot about how I could become a pretty woman. I took this decision with that in mind.

But I really love to do concerts so today and until the Autumn Tour, I am counting on you to sing, dance and have fun with me.

Thank you for your continued support.

Jun Jun

Since I came to Japan, I did and I learned so many things. Thank you so much.

But what really made me happy was to meet all of you, I am so thankful for this.

With this emotion in my heart, I want to make more and more happy memories with you. Until my graduation at the end of Morning Musume。 Autumn Tour, I intend to sing with all my heart.

Thank you for your support until the very last day. Thank you all.

Lin Lin

Since I first joined the Hello! Project Egg and then the Morning Musume。, I was so happy every single day. Of course, I sometimes missed my home but thanks to everyone around me and all of your support, I now feel that Japan and the Hello! Project is like my home.

During the Autumn Tour, I intend to sing with everything I got so I count on your support and I hope to see you there.

Wo Ai Ni.

Here is audio of the announcement:

Video uploaded by: suzukiairii

Sanspo Article

Sponichi Article

TV Asahi Article