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Kakizaki Memi / 1st Generation

Discussion in 'Hinatazaka46 Graduated Members' started by ForrestFuller, May 11, 2016.

  1. ukifune

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    Now that the exhibition is over, Kakizaki Junichi has posted a number of photos of it by his daughter Memi, both in his Facebook and Twitter. Here are a few of them, beginning with a shot showing part of a film of a performance by Junichi-san's Swedish collaborator Su-en. Junichi-san develops the art setting and she does the dancing. Then there's a shot of him (right) giving a talk to people attending the show. (click to enlarge)

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    Then she has some shots of visitors and bits of the show:

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    Some of the photos work and others don't, but it's great to see her enjoying herself and developing a style. "Shinbism" was the name of the three-artist show, and Kakizaki-sensei's part of it was called: "Now with what is here." He refers to creating art right now with what is in front of you.
     
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  2. ukifune

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    I wished Memi a happy birthday bilingually on Twitter, but I should do it here, too: Memi turned 18 on Monday, December 2nd. Happy Birthday, Memi! Here are two photos from her family celebration when she turned 16:

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  3. sakutan

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    I am 18 years old :(
     
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  4. ukifune

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    As Memi embarks on her new life, her father is very ill. He has posted to twitter and facebook that he is in hospital in Helsinki, Finland, about to undergo heart surgery, and with the prospect of kidney surgery ahead. He has had stents put in several times before, and this overseas hospital stay was planned in advance, but his condition is apparently worse than he expected. I apologize to anyone who thinks this information does not belong here, but I have come to admire the man's art, as well as his daughter. I even admire these photos from his hospital room:

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    "The snow seen from the hospital room sometimes turns into rain," he writes. (That's his English. His Japanese is: 病室から眺める雪は時々雨に変わります。)
     
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  5. ukifune

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    In Katoshi's blog about the first night of the Christmas live, she says that when they sang Yakusoku no Tamago, the first thing she thought of was Memi. She also thought of the time when they really didn't know what was going to happen to them, and how desperately they worked to move forward during the Hashiridasu Shunkan tour. And now they will actually perform in the Dome, as the song declared they would, at next year's Christmas concert.

    At the difficult time when the search for new members was announced, and the original members of Hiragana felt they had failed, they thought of quitting altogether, or of some of them joining Keyaki, but Memi declared that she wanted to keep working hard as a member of Hiragana, and led them in that direction.

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    Love these outfits, as much as I have seen of them (there were also red ones):

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    Kono-chan has continued alone on the NHK school program that she and Memi began as a team.

    I wonder if Memi was there watching.... I kind of doubt it. People have posted here and there saying they hoped Memi would just show up for one number on stage, preferably Yakusoku no Tamago. No, I think she has totally moved on and is living in some other world. I have no evidence for that, it's just what I feel.

    Hiyo-tan and Kage-chan were in the audience...but no Memi or Mao:

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    To be honest, I've been watching Hinatazaka and thinking how good they are, and even thinking that they are better without Memi, who was by far my favorite member, but so different in style from the very idoly style they all do so well now. The smiling front was not easy for her.
     
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  6. ukifune

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    Memi fans are happy to see a few glimpses of Memi again in a rebroadcast on NHK last weekend of the Numa ni Hamatte Kiite Mita show from last March. Here is the original broadcast from the Chinese site bilibili. The series title means something like: "Here's something I've really come to love," and features a different group or act on each show. This show was part of the big push for Hinatazaka at the time Kyun was being released.

    The episode includes a little sample of the Memi-Manamo burikko competition. Here are some screencaps. Not their finest version, but some nice moments:

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    The best of the burikko competition was in Hiragana Oshi #46 (190303), which you can see with English subs here. It's the burikko bum-sumo episode where both Memi and Manamo do well, but Memi has a couple of subtly(?) hilarious moves, and both members of Audrey work well with them.
     
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  7. ukifune

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    Memi's father's operation seems to have been successful, and he is now back home in Nagano prefecture, in hospital there as of 29 December, but writing to thank everyone for being concerned about him. "I'm still feeling vague, but it seems I have to express my embarrassment at feeling more alive than ever." This feeling of health and energy is apparently not unusual when people have their arteries cleaned out.

    A striking thing in the latest, 31 December post: it was by his elder daughter Myu, whom Memi once said was the real artist between them, and whom Memi succeeded as president of the art club at their middle school. The post was about the "Skull Tea Ceremony" exhibition at the Tokyo University of Art gallery (a gallery I've been to, on the campus at the northwest corner of Ueno Park). The photo shows what seems like a six-foot tall brilliant white plaster skull, open at the back.

    Now both of Kakizaki-sensei's daughters have been mentioned in his Facebook. The post says Myu was with a well-known exhibit designer from the Tokyo National Museum, Kinoshita Shisei. He was the artist who created the exhibition. Myu is probably attending an art university or art college herself. A family living in art. It was Myu who took that great series of photos of Memi in the snow last January, of which these are some:

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    EDIT: I doubt we are going to get any kind of New Year's message from Memi, but we do have one from Kakizaki Jun'ichi: "謹賀新年 With the best wishes for a happy New Year" and two photos, one apparently in and one from his hospital room in Nagano.

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    I wonder if any of the little figures on top of the electronic unit are from his daughters. The pre-Hiragana Memi could have imagined that dark figure: she was a fan of the macabre, I believe. And the (edible?) figure has echoes of her childhood stuffy and of the Easter Island figure to which she once compared Audrey's Kasuga. Maybe she and her sister were both at that art exhibit featuring a skull. She told Kyonko on Showroom last February that when she wanted to watch a horror film, she could call on her sister to watch it with her.

    Japanese fans keep hoping for Memi to show up in some performance. Personally, I imagine her free and happy and hard at work on her new life -- not looking back, despite Hinatazaka being on Kouhaku.

    EDIT: Now he says the decorations in his room are by his daughters. And the message heading says he's with Myu. And he adds this photo:

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  8. ukifune

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    Memi's father, artist Kakizaki Junichi, has published more of her photographs in his Facebook and Twitter.

    A famous modern dancer -- Oono Yoshito -- has passed away, and Kakizaki-sensei says he should have gone to the funeral, and desperately wanted to, but was unable to, since he can barely stand or sit up in bed. He apologizes for sending his "second daughter, Memi" to represent him.

    Memi took a suite of photos at the funeral. In my opinion she sees people, and helps us see them. I like the way she shoots through a screen of some kind: other people, the withered plants, the fences. Make you feel present. The wide photo is full of personalities, and gives a feeling of being at the event, and of the many people who were there. The man on the right seems to recognize her, if no-one else does.

    I especially like that photo, the photo through the withered plants, and the photo with everyone seeming to be in jail. I hope the guests don't mind having their images posted...but I suspect Memi didn't worry about that. She’s an artist, lol. The ceremony was at a Christian church near Yokohama. (Click images to enlarge.)

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    Kakizaki Junichi calls Oono Yoshito his "great benefactor": Oono-san was a famous dancer, son of another famous dancer, and was known for offering free workshops to let people imitate his movements and learn about movement and dance. He died last Wednesday at 81. Here is a video about him, with Chinese subtitles. Kakizaki-sensei has a great interest in modern dance, which is often part of his art events. He probably learned from Oono-san. Here’s the Oono dance studio’s obituary message.

    Kakizaki-sensei, in a previous tweet, quotes from (the Keyakizaka46 song) "Eccentric, lyrics by Yasushi Akihito": "I'd never want to swim in a river as dirty as that." (そんな汚い川なら僕は絶対泳ぎたくはない)

    From the lyrics: "Affirming, denying, lying -- people just say whatever suits them at the time. I've had enough of that! It's all just fiction, childish illusions. This world is overflowing with lies and deceit. 'There are no fish in a clean river,' says someone with a smirk. I don’t want to swim in a river as dirty as that."

    I wonder if that's how Kakizaki-sensei feels, or even if perhaps it's how he believes Memi feels. Possibly both. Here's the photo from that tweet (photo by Kakizaki Junichi):

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  9. piduai

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    I find interesting how he used this song and that particular line
    I wish for his fast recovery
     
  10. ukifune

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    The Japanese national university entrance examination for 2020 is taking place this weekend. If Memi is taking it, here's my wish that she does well, and gets into her first-choice university.

    EXTaishuu magazine did a survey of 300 men from their 20s to their 40s, asking which graduated Sakamichi member they would most like to have as a friend: Memi tied for fourth, Neru for 9th, and all the rest were former Nogizaka members:
    1位 生駒里奈 Ikoma Rina
    2位 西野七瀬 Nishino Nanase
    3位 若月佑美 Wakatsuki Yumi
    4位 橋本奈々未 Hashimoto Nanami
    4位 伊藤寧々 Itou Nene
    4位 伊藤かりん Itou Karin
    4位 柿崎芽実 Kakizaki Memi
    8位 市來玲奈 Ichiki Rena
    9位 長濱ねる Nagahama Neru
    9位 斉藤優里 Saitou Yuuri
     
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    Almost exactly a year ago, on 5 February 2019, Memi and Kyouko did their hilarious SHOWROOM together. Here's a subbed reprise:



    This was before they learned that Hiragana Keyaki was to become Hinatazaka46 -- that came six days later -- but they may already have known that the group was going to get a single.
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    For anyone who's interested, Memi's dad is back home from hospital and well enough to go out to an art show and a nearby hot spring.

    On 2channel, an extraneous thread called "Memories of Kakizaki Memi" has filled up and someone has started a new thread of the normal kind for popular graduates, a support thread for "Kakizaki Memi (former Hinatazaka46)," following directly from the threads used when she was active. People are happily expecting to see her in the Hinatazaka history documentary film that will be released nationwide 27 March.
     
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  12. ukifune

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    It was exactly a year ago, on 11 February 2019, that the group's name changed from Hiragana Keyaki to Hinatazaka46. This was done on a SHOWROOM broadcast that announced the group would finally get a single. The show was a happy one...until the surprise announcement. When the announcement was made, most members were a bit confused, then happy; Kyouko was immediately over the moon with joy; but Memi looked devastated. In following days, she said it felt as if all she had worked so hard to create in Hiragana over the years was suddenly being destroyed, but added that she came to realize that wasn't true.

    I'm afraid I think that, like most things, it was both true and not true. The group turned toward a lighter, more energetic kind of single, in Kyun and Doremisolatido. To my way of thinking, it became a more Nogi- or even AKB-like idol group. Nao, with her widely-recognized beauty and skilled dancing and singing, became the face of the group, and Memi's time as centre receded even further into the past. She was centre when it was a more Keyaki-like group, in the sense that it was like "a group of ordinary high school girls trying to put on a play" as Aki-P once described the nature of Keyaki (as opposed to the art-college students of AKB or the high-class French schoolgirls of Nogi). Despite the way she recovered for the post-announcement press conference, I think Memi's first shocked impression may have been the initial big push that ended with her deciding to graduate (the stalking being the last straw). Her Hiragana was gone, and the new Hinatazaka was born. It has grown and grown and become better and better, but not in a way Memi could have led it. The new MVs and performances are fantastically good, and Memi could have kept up, but they aren't really her thing, it seems to me. In fact, to my eye Nao and Memi were the only two dancers that did every bit of every move exactly, like Suzumoto in Keyaki (I might have missed someone further back, but that's what I saw).

    Here is the Hiragana Oshi summary video of the announcement, showing Memi -- and Miho -- as the most obvious weepers:



    And here is the full video of that SHOWROOM. At 26:52, Kumi begins to read out the announcement letter, which directs them to watch a screen, which gives the announcement. As the other members laugh and are happy, Memi looks deeply sad. She eventually recovers somewhat:



    Finally, a couple of images of Memi's moment of devastation, and then three more as she gradually recovers (all photos can be clicked to enlarge):

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  13. NogiOver9k

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    Can they get her back. Im rooting for her from the beginning. Hey ukifune you dont have oshi's left.
     
  14. ukifune

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    @NogiOver9k -- It doesn't seem as if graduated members ever come back. I once saw a post saying that she would have to join a new incoming class again if she wanted to come back. Manafi has said that Memi had long talked about the things she wanted to do that she could only do if she graduated, so she wasn't totally surprised by her graduation. And I'm not sure Memi was fitting in happily: Katoshi said in 2018-19 that she was surprised to find that Memi had turned into a teased little sister character.

    I myself think and hope she's happy to be out of show business and living a life less under scrutiny. What can a non-idol do that an idol can't? Going out with a guy and studying overseas are the two that come to mind. I once saw a tweet suggesting she would go to Australia (nothing about guys). But another possibility is being able to devote enough time to studying that she gets into the best possible university in Japan. I think she's actually a fairly good student: not Kage-chan level, but serious about it. She has mentioned liking math and being addicted to sudoku. And she spent the whole day studying before her Showroom with Kyouko last February.

    Yes, my oshis are all gone now. I really know how to pick them, lol. But I still support all of them, in whatever new life they are leading.
     
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  15. theobserver

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    After watching the first (subbed) self documentary, I kinda get what you mean
    In some ways, are they getting too big too soon? But in some ways, they are not exactly a brand new group either. The foundations were set in the Hiragana days albeit in Kanji's shadow
     
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    So was the stalker the only reason she graduated or were there others?
     
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    In general, I don't think there's ever only one reason for girls to graduate.
    In Memi case I think that has been the bigger and most worring factor (both for herself and her family) put on already existing reasons and thoughts, while her father was living a difficult situation.

    Despite her doll-like looks, Memi has never been conventional, never fully bent to fans requests and never fully bent to mngmnt decisions, but that hasn't been enough to make her graduate.
    She may won't have done it for a long time if not for the stalker
     

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