Global warming be damned … again! I am going to continue my “Endless Summer of Kimonos” and share some Summer 2015 photo cards of Reika Sakurai of the Nogizaka46.
Reika Sakurai looks lovely in summer Yukata!
Reika Sakurai (桜井 玲香 Sakurai Reika), was born born May 16, 1994 in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. I know what you are thinking: “Denny, what do you and this 21-year old idol have in common?” Well, we both like kimonos, and … uh … let me do some calculations to see if somehow we could be age-appropriate cohorts. Hmm…
Starlight: August 2015 to January 2016? Six months.
If I were to travel in outer space at say (Denny thinking a moment) 50% the speed of light, traveling for 6 months away from Earth … then turned around and traveled back to Earth for 6 months, how much time would have passed for Reika remaining on Earth? Would we be the same age?
I aged one year, but she has aged about 30 years. She still has not exactly caught up to me yet, and is slightly younger by a couple-three years.
If we are the same age now, then why can’t she follow my 1970s pop culture references? (Denny smacks head.)
Here we are — the dead of winter. Good thing that not everything is dead.
Although it is cold outside, I am going to magically return to June 21st and share this great summer kimono collection. Global Warming be damned.
Who is the dazzling model? This is Japanese singer and model Mai Shiraishi (白石 麻衣). You may know her from the Nogizaka 46. Maiyan was born in Gunma Prefecture, Japan on August 28, 1992. What a co-inky-dink … that was the same day I earned my Ph.D.!!! Such a memorable day that was.
Please enjoy the slide show and dream of happier times in summer.
It is about time that I posted these photos, I have been hanging on to them since summer. I had them posted on my Nogi46 board on Pinterest. They have been popular there, as I see that they have been posted and re-posted many, many times.
Slightly off topic about Pinterest: I have many boards for my interests in Japanese culture. I used to write funny captions (at least I thought they were) for some of my AKB48 pins. It is funny to see many of my pins were re-pinned several times. My original captions are usually with them, as most Pinners do not edit the information. It is good to see that jokes that I made travel around the Internet and even come back to me on the boards which I subscribe to! I am uncredited, but I don’t mind. I just like that the mind of Denny is still zipping around cyberspace.
Starlight: Who knew in ’92 that Planet Deadwood would collide with me in 2016?
Sakurai Reika (桜井玲香)
Nakata Kana (中田花奈)
Nagashima Seira (永島聖羅)
Nishino Nanase (西野七瀬)
Noujo Ami (能條愛未)
Wakatsuki Yumi (若月佑美)
I wanted to share some of these images posted by the AKB48 Daily blog.
Nogizaka46 members held their coming-of-age ceremony January 10, 2015 at Nogi Shrine in Tokyo. Please read the post at:
Nogizaka46 coming-of-age ceremony | AKB48 Daily.
That got that right!
Rena Matsui (松井 玲奈 ) is a member of AKB48 J-Pop Idol family. She is best known for her work with the SKE48 sister group. During this past year’s group mix-up, shake-up, and reassignments, Matsui-san also became a concurrent member of the Nogizaka46. Rena has a beautiful face, of course. Indeed, she has a face that could launch a thousand ships.
Rena looks especially elegant in kimono and yukata! Please enjoy some of these lovely kimono images of Rena from the “Kimono Princess” magazine, and elsewhere. See Kimono Princess site linked here.
KIMONOS ON MONDAY (Week #18) Rena Matsui a “Kimono Princess”
You may also enjoy my Pinterest page for Rena linked here. Some of the images are kimono related. Some not. Some are actually pretty sexy. All of them are beautiful. Also, I have tried to make funny captions under some images. Help me out and leave a funny caption in the comments!
Also, if you haven’t already, please VOTE for Rena-in-Kimono vs Rena-in_Bikini on my WP Page linked here. I know that if you are following my blog, you may be biased in favor of Kimono. I will summarize the poll next week.
Starlight: It took me five years to realize that Rena-chan is part of a “double star” system with Jurina Matsui.
OH … THANK YOU!!! Denny Sinnoh’s blog has now attained more than 5,000 views!!! I know that many of these views are from Kimono lovers! Thank you all for visiting my blog. I look forward to your comments!