JKT48 in Hoa Học Trò Issue 1028 Translation
JKT48 has become one of the most popular groups in Indonesia in less than two years.
JKT48 = Joyful + Kawaii + Try to be the Best
Though JKT48 is the first AKB48 sister group outside of Japan and they sing AKB48 songs in Indonesian, they are still brilliant like AKB48. Japanese fans tell us that JKT48 has an unique concept.
All of the members always “try to do be the best” in keeping with their slogan. In early days when JKT48 was first founded, they had some problems, like in Indonesia there is only few Jpop fans, people scarcely knew about AKB48 as well as JKT48. Nevertheless, through their efforts, now if you just ask a random hundred people in Jabotabek urban area surroundings, over 80% of the people have already come to see JKT48 in the theater.
JKT48 has 51 members and they are going to select 3rd generation members soon. JKT48 has members with many different style like Ghaida is friendly and “handsome”, Cindy is adorable, Veranda is badai, etc… JKT48 also has general beauties from many countries such as Indonesian, Indonesian-Chinese, Japanese or Japanese-Arab Indonesian.
“Idols you can meet”
JKT48 adopts the concept of “idols you can meet” as AKB48. Audience members can meet the members in the group’s theater in Fx Buiding, Jakarta. JKT48 has Team J and Team KIII, who will be performing at the theater respectively. JKT48 also has a Team Trainee as the backup-dancers. The theater in which performances of JKT48 is always fully packed. The other fans who couldn’t buy the ticket still could watch JKT48’s performances outside of the theater on the big television screen. Through activities such as performing comedy skirts, making kites, making pottery,…(only for Official Fan Club members), fans have a chance to get close to the JKT48 members.
JKT48 singles all have the handshake tickets that fans may shake their hand and chat with their favorite member. In the handshake event, fans could be surprised and happy that some members could recognize them. If you are an international fan, JKT48 member may try to speak English to chat with you too.
Each member of JKT48 has a twitter account. And because they are not allowed to reply fans mentions, sometime they do some Q&A session to answer fans questions. In conclusion, JKT48 will get more and more fans because of their friendliness and their warm-hearts.
“Fun-facts about JKT48”
JKT48 has released the single “Fortune Cookie Yang Mecinta – Fortune Cookie in Love” the same day with AKB48’s 32nd single “Koisuru Fortune Cookie”. It became a hit song immediately. After releasing the Regular version (29/8), this single ranked 2nd place in AKB48’s shop in Japan. The single attracted people not only because of the sparkling PV but also the center is a transfer member from AKB48 – Haruka Nakagawa (Harugon). Harugon has just been a JKT48 member for a year but she works hard in the group. Harugon is one of AKB48 members who decided to join studying abroad project which helped her and Akicha had a chance to enter JKT48.