AKB48 to Perform Regularly at Universal Studios Japan This Summer
posted on by Eric Stimson
On June 2, the popular idol collective AKB48 made the surprise announcement that they would be performing regularly at Universal Studios Japan in Osaka this summer. 16 members of the group, including Mayu Watanabe and Haruna Kojima, were performing a concert at the event stage in the park's New York Area; they sang 10 of their greatest hits, including "Heavy Rotation" and "Everyday, Katyusha." The group was accompanied onstage by Elmo and Cookie Monster and attracted an audience of about 5,000 excited fans.
The collaboration will be divided into two segments, "Yarisugi! Summer Theater" and "Yarisugi! Summer Live" (yarisugi means "overdoing it"). Both are different kinds of concerts. AKB48 songs will also be added to Hollywood Dream: The Ride. AKB48 and its sister groups — HKT48, NMB48 and NGT48 — will be in the park almost everyday from July 21 to September 4. Tickets cost 9,900 yen (about $91.50) if bought in advance with a studio pass included and 3,000 yen (about $28) on the same day.
Disclaimer: AKB48 will not actually be performing everyday.
AKB48 is celebrating its 10th anniversary, while Universal Studios Japan is celebrating its 15th. The park often collaborates with anime and Japanese popular culture in general; its current Cool Japan theme embraces Attack on Titan, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Monster Hunter, Resident Evil and Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. The anime-related collaborations taking place this summer are Dragon Ball Z, One Piece, Death Note and Yo-kai Watch.
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