Rina Chikano Send-off at AKB48 Team K Senshuuraku
On April 16, 2014, AKB48 Team K held the final performance of its current stage Saishuu Bell ga Naru before its new roster from the AKB48 Group Daisokaku Matsuri comes into effect. It was also the final performance of Rina Chikano as an AKB48 member before her full transfer to JKT48. At the end of the performance, Team K held a send-off celebration for her. Outgoing Team K captain Yuko Oshima also made a surprise appearance that evening.
These were Rina’s comments:
“Starting from tomorrow, I, Rina Chikano, will be active as a member of JKT48. I really spent quality time in AKB48; I was allowed to be here for 7 years and learned the skills of singing and dancing. Until I am 20 years old now, I have been able to remain active here because of your support. I have my own target in JKT48. As you know, JKT48 Sousenkyo started in this year, and I will be able to stand as a candidate next year. I will aim at becoming a senbatsu member in JKT48. Since there is Haruka as a wonderful model who is already active there, I’m going to learn Bahasa Indonesia, singing and dancing as well to fit myself in with other members and to aim at top level of senbatsu members. To do that, I also need your support [from Japan]. Please don’t oshi-hen even though I move to JKT48. Now I am feeling uneasy. But when I move there, I will work hard and hang on tenaciously to follow JKT48 who is in a strong position in Jakarta. Please kindly continue to support me.”
It is not yet known when Rina will arrive in Jakarta, or whether she will be present at the announcement of the final results of the JKT48 6th single election. Meanwhile, Rena Nozawa’s and Aki Takajo’s full transfers to AKB48 Team B come into effect when its new stage Pajama Drive debuts on April 28.
As of April 16, I graduated from AKB48.
And starting from today, I am Rina Chikano from JKT48!!
I’m stepping into a new world.
Yesterday, it was Saishu Bell ga Naru senshuuraku, and they held a farewell party for me.
Actually I said all of this in the show, so I would like you to see the on-demand program (SNS).
I felt so happy to graduate while being watched by Oshima Team K members.
To be honest, I don’t want to be separated from them!!
But this is what I decided by myself. I’m looking forward to see the new world that I have never seen. I’m so excited.
Because of that, I also decided not to stand as a candidate of AKB48 Senbatsu Sousenkyo this year.
And also because my mind is strongly heading toward my activity in JKT48 now!
However! JKT48 also has their Sousenkyo!
I’m going to stand as a candidate there next year, so I will be happy if you support me then!!
I’ll aim for the center position.
Well then, let me show yesterday’s off-shot (private photo).
At the theater entrance
My fans, thanks for wonderful flower.
I took this plate home.
Finally, together with Mariyagi, my best friend.
Thanks to everyone, I have been working hard until now.
Even though I’m not in Japan, please don’t “oshi-hen“. LOL
I will still update this blog as usual, please continue to check it.
Rina Chikano, JKT48