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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.

She may not be "heavy metal" but this little lady is certainly "heavy" !!!

She may not be “heavy metal” but this little lady is certainly “heavy” !!!

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”.

I have a great deal of respect for this young woman.

She may be short of stature, but I have a tall amount of respect for this young woman.

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.

How to make a Minami sandwich : )

How to make a “Minami” sandwich : )

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 …

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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.

I bought this photo card on eBay!

I won her photo card by bidding on eBay!

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!

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Comments on: "She may not be “Heavy Metal” but this lady is definitely HEAVY!" (2)

  1. ” if Takamina is ever admitted to The Betty Ford Center, it will be as a result of these pranks.”

    Hats off to the girl for keeping a smile on her face during the pranks!

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    • The video shows that she starts to check her chair before she sits on it, then after they could not prank her with a trick chair, they just started yanking it out, (poor girl).
      There was this other prank where she was to use some super valuable guitar that belonged to some Japanese rock star. Of course it was booby-trapped to fall apart when she touched it. She cries and tried piecing it back together because she thought she destroyed a million dollar instrument… poor girl.
      Actually it was kind of mean, but she is indeed a good sport.

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