Birthday wishes to Minami Takahashi (高橋 みなみ Takahashi Minami), born April 8, 1991!
I just had to have this post timed so that I could wish Ms.Takahashi-san a Happy Birthday tomorrow (Japan is 12 hours ahead of me). April 8th will be her last birthday celebrated as a member of AKB48.
Some AKB101 for non-fans: Takamina is an original member, and is known as the “General Director” (総監督 sōkantoku) of AKB48 and its sister groups. She is second only to the boss — Mr. Yasushi Akimoto. Akimoto-san describes her as the “eldest daughter of the 48 sisters”.
She is also a member of the AKB48 sub-group no3b (aka “No Sleeves”) subunit along with along with AKB48 members Haruna Kojima and Minami Minegishi. Takahashi-san has announced her graduation from AKB48, and this likely means the end of No Sleeves.
It has also been announced that Miss Takahashi will also perform a solo concert on her birthday (link here). I am both happy and sad that Ms. Takahashi-san will be graduating AKB48 this year. I am glad that she is taking the next step of her career. I do hope that she might continue to have some role in the AKB48 organization somehow, or return for special events. I wish her luck, but the group will not be the same without her. I know that Yui Yokoyama will do a great job in replacement as General Manager, but it is hard to think of AKB48 without Takamina.
Oh, the memories …
I’m going to miss that bow!
Remember this great prank on Takamina? The only way it could have been any funnier would have been if that dude’s underwear were red polka-dots instead of just plain gray.
She sure is a good sport. Here are some other pranks where little Mina gets chairs pulled out from under her. I really don’t think this is all that funny, but fans like “reality” shows I guess. I’m glad she never got hurt. Still, it shows that she is a good sport and a person of good character. I worry about her back now … if Takamina is ever admitted to The Betty Ford Center, it will be as a result of these pranks.
Here is AKB48 performing “Heavy Rotation” — with a special “oshi cam” that stays on Minami Takahashi!
I (heart) you! Please enjoy your special day Miss Minami Takahashi-san!
See more Minami Takahashi on my Pinterest board!