Interest Atsuko Maeda's Last AKB48 Performance to Be Streamed Worldwide
posted on 2012-08-20 12:00 EDT by Egan Loo
The official Google+ pages for the idol group AKB48 and departing member Atsuko Maeda, as well as AKB48's official YouTube channel, will all stream Maeda's final AKB48 performance worldwide next Monday. The streaming will begin at 6:00 p.m. in Japan (5:00 a.m. EDT).
Maeda's final performance will be in AKB48's Tokyo theater, which opened in the Akihabara district in December of 2005 with 250 seats. However, a record 229,096 people requested tickets — 916.38 times more requests than available seats.
As a result, the performance will be streamed live. Maeda will also ride a vehicle in a farewell procession around the theater so she can greet the general public. The procession will start at 3:30 p.m. (2:30 a.m. EDT) next Monday.
Google+ will begin accepting messages (registration required) for Maeda on Tuesday. Messages with the hashtag #maeda0827 will be printed along with the senders' profile names on petal-shaped confetti, and the confetti will fall during Maeda's final performance. Google+ is also collecting photos submitted by fans for a "graduation album."