Yune's interview with Tokyo Sports, from back in June! A little late, but this is a very nice read to know Yune. SKE48's Hara Yune - A beginner in both singing and dancing... Debuting as an idol at 20 years old A new idol from the Fukuoka prefecture is expected to have a big break in Nagoya. Hara Yune (20), who passed the auditions for the 11th generation of the idol group SKE48, is rapidly rising in popularity. The gap between her cute looks and her gentle Kyushu dialect attracts the attention. A promising newcomer who has embarked on a new path as idol talks about her dreams for the future. ――You were unveiled in April as a 11th generation member of SKE48. Hara: I was really nervous because it was my first time standing in front of the fans, but everyone was kind and I was happy to hear that they were supporting us. ――You are from Fukuoka prefecture, why did you choose Nagoya's SKE48? Hara: Ever since I was little, I loved idols and wanted to become an idol, but I never took an audition until I turned 20... I thought that it would be too late (in terms of age) to aim to become an idol at 20, but when I looked at SKE's 11th generation audition application guidelines, there was no age limit (note: the most recent auditions for AKB48 and Nogizaka46 had an age limit of 20 years old, NMB48 and HKT48 was 22 years old, but SKE48 had no age limit). ――It was great that there was no age limit. Hara: I thought that I might have a chance. The auditions for HKT48 and SKE48 were held at the same time, and I wasn't sure which one to take, but I thought that if there was no age limit, I'd have a better chance of passing. I could aim to be an idol even from the age of 20. With that in mind, I took it as a last resort. ――How did you feel when you passed the auditions? Hara: I was surprised because I thought that I would never get accepted. I don't have any experience in dancing or singing, so my dancing was terrible in the final judging... ――Did you have any hesitation in becoming an idol? Hara: I was worried. There are many things that I don't know about entering the entertainment world, and I wonder what the future will hold... But I wanted to do it, so I decided. ――How did your family react? Hara: I think my family was worried about the entertainment world, but my parents said, "If there's something you want to do, do it." My family told me to eat well and sleep well. ――How was it when you actually joined SKE48? Hara: The members in the same generation as me can memorize a dance by seeing it once, but I can't keep up with it. It's hard to practice over and over again every day. But all my genmates are kind and it's fun to learn together. I'm happy when we say "Let's get this part of the dance together" and then it's like "Oh, we did it". We all give attention to what each other is not doing well, but even if everyone says what they think, it doesn't make things awkward. We are friends, so we can say things to each other and help each other improve. ――The 11th generation will make their stage debut at the outdoor music festival "NAGOYA GIRLS FESTIVAL" on June 18th. Hara: Yes, I can't wait to stand on stage. On SHOWROOM (video distribution service), many fans have commented, "I want to see you perform at the theater soon." I would like to meet the fans who support me as soon as possible. The other day, I saw Team E's performance at the SKE48 theater, and it was really cool to see the seniors singing and dancing. ――Who is your favorite senior? Hara: Everyone is wonderful. Seeing Suenaga Oka-san smiling and waving at her fans during the interlude, it was amazing. All the seniors seem to be full of confidence. I'm so happy to be a member of SKE48 with these wonderful seniors, and it makes me want to work even harder from now on. ――What are your dreams and goals as an idol? Hara: I myself am not very good at doing cute things, but I would like to be an idol who can be supported by many people even when I am just as I am. I was in the drama club in high school, so if there is an opportunity to do acting work, I would like to do it. ――What is your self-analysis of your personality? Hara: I'm laid back and don't get angry very often. I'm not good at competing with others. ――Did you get used to Nagoya? Hara: I still don't really know where everything is. The other day, together with my genmate Shinohara Kyoka, I went to "Sekai no Yamachan" (a famous chain restaurant known for its chicken wings) and we ate chicken wings which were rich in flavor and delicious. ――You also have strong feelings for your hometown, Fukuoka. Hara: Fukuoka prefecture has very delicious food. Motsu nabe, yakitori (pork belly), udon noodles, cod roe, and ramen noodles.... I hope to have a concert in my beloved prefecture, Fukuoka, someday. Hara Yune was born on November 23, 2001 in Fukuoka prefecture. Her height is 152 cm. Blood type is O. She passed the SKE48 11th generation audition on March 2022. Her hobby is sleeping. Her special skills are bending the first joint of her fingers and balloon art. Her dream is to become a well-rounded adult. Her favorite words are "All you can eat".