January 12 is Coming of Age Day in Japan, and a total of 22 'new adults' from the AKB groups attended their coming of age ceremony at the Kanda Myojin shrine in Tokyo. All of the girls were dressed in their beautiful traditional kimono while surrounded by about 1,000 fans.
The members were blessed by the Shinto priest one by one and consumed the holy sake in completion of the ceremony.
7 members from AKB48 attended the ceremony. Kawaei Rina (19) commented, "Turning 20 means becoming an adult. I want to go abroad, so I want to study English. I have passed 5th grade of the English proficiency test, so I think I might sit for 4th grade, since I failed once..."
Among the members who celebrated Coming of Age Day this year, it is said there is no member that is seen as 'super Senbatsu'. On this, Kawaei said sarcastically in an attempt at self-promotion, "We are the members of the interim era. In between the veterans and the new generation. We will become popular after we turn 20."
Fellow member Iwasa Misaki (19) added, "It became a big topic when I said on radio that the members' lineup for this year was a little weak, so I will be more careful with my words this year."
Source & Image: Nikkan Sports