AKB48 Colored Washington in Sakura Color

  March 28, 2012

More than 1,000 fans gathered for the first day of AKB48 concert in Washington.

Members of AKB48 are visiting the city to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the gift of the Sakura tree, as well as expressing gratitude for the aid and help from U.S. citizens for the country’s biggest natural disaster victims.

People from various race and nationalities gathered at the concert, reflecting the group’s border-less popularity. One audience, who came from Maryland, talked “I took my day off to come here. I love to see them striving for their dream.”

They performed their famous numbers, including “Sakura no hanabiratachi – Sakura flowers (Literally, means petals of Sakura)”.

A day before the concert, on 26th Mar, 3 members of the group also visited an elementary school in Washington. And introduced J-pop culture, such as Hell-Kitty, Doraemon, and Manga to school’s children. They also expressed their gratitude for the U.S’s help for the disaster damage. Members and children made Sakura-shaped greeting cards with massage to tsunami victims on it.

AKB48 at the stage, 27th Mar, Washington
26th Mar, at elementary school

Source: Hokkaido Shinbun, Sankei