Mayu Watanabe 3rd Photobook ASS CRACK

It was announced live on ANN, that Mayu will have her 3rd solo photobook (her first in 5 years) released on 2016/10/25. This was shot in LA, which is why she was there recently (she did a live Showroom broadcast from there a lil while back).
Edit: here’s the confirmation from Mayu herself:



Crack! Previews from FRIDAY(フライデー) 2016/09/16 issue.

With additional reporting by YKT, Jul3 and Masa at JPHiP Forum

AKB48 to perform in New York May 10!

Thanks AKBar48’s Jul3 and JPHiP NEWS Ping for the heads up!


JAPAN DAY 2015 WILL BE HELD ON SUNDAY, MAY 10TH This year’s Japan Day will feature a special performance by AKB48. Check out a video message from (from the left) Saho Iwatate, Ryoka Oshima, Tomu Muto, Haruna Kojima, Rina Hirata, and Rena Nozawa, the six members that will be coming to Japan Day!

3:30pm ~ AKB48 – Dance & Vocal
3:50pm ~ Finale



AKBar48’s 6th to 2nd ANNUAL Hottest/Cutest Polls (AKB48, SKE48, NMB48, HKT48, Nogizaka46)

THE ONLY poll that matters! That time of year we break down AKB48, SKE48, NMB48, HKT48, Nogizaka46 to what draws us to idols in the first place! The poll will run for two weeks.

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J-Pop Summit Festival 2014: the biggest one yet!

San Francisco’s J-Pop Summit Festival (July 19-20, 2014) may have been more than two months ago, but the memories will live on!

Pop duo Yanakiku reaching out to the crowd

Pop duo Yanakiku reaching out to the crowd

An annual fixture in San Francisco’s Japantown since 2009, I’ve been a regular attendee since 2010, and I was able to witness the event evolve from a single day exhibition into an extravagant star-driven party encompassing two different parts of the city! Last year already featured an impressive guest lineup that included the likes of Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and LovendoЯ, so expectations for this year were set high, and thankfully it did not disappoint.


The 2014 J-POP SUMMIT Festival, San Francisco’s premiere celebration of Japanese pop culture, music, fashion and film, is proud to present famed pop music superstar Tomomi Itano for her first-ever U.S. performance.


Tomomi Itano, a founding member of the massively popular Japanese pop idol group AKB48, will perform at a special FREE J-POP Live at Union Square concert on the evening of Saturday, July 19th at 7:50pm in the city’s downtown Union Square stage, and is also set to perform on the Pagoda Main Stage in Japantown on Sunday, July 20th at 11:00am.

The Watanabe Mayu Foreign Fans 20th Birthday Project


On the 26th March 2014, Watanabe Mayu turns 20!

1. To mark and celebrate her birthday, we are going to create a scrapbook from the foreign fans which will be given to Mayu along with the gifts from the Japanese birthday committee at Mayu’s Team A birthday show (the date of which is still yet to be determined but could be weeks after her actual birthday).

For the scrapbook we want to collect messages, fanart, drawings, photos etc – whatever you want to send to Mayuyu, get creative!


For all messages, we plan to translate them into Japanese so Mayu can read them. We shall be incorporating the text in your original language as well as translated into Japanese. If you also want to include a hand-written message, then you can take a photo or scan that and send it in.

Send all entries to

Submission Deadline:

    26th February 2014

(one month before Mayu’s birthday)

2. In addition to the scrapbook, we are also collecting short messages which will be translated into Japanese to be included in the Japanese birthday committee’s message cards. These message cards are only small, so keep your message brief, here’s some of the message cards from previous years to give you an idea of size:

3. We are also thinking about possibly creating a t-shirt for Mayu’s birthday, however we are concentrating on the scrapbook first.

Please include your name and your country along with your message/submission!

Entries for the foreign fans scrapbook, please include [Foreign] in your email subject.
Entries for the Japanese Birthday Committee, please include [Japanese] in your email subject.

If anyone is interested in joining the team, please send an email. Any English –> Japanese translators would be great.

The Team:

Jul3, YKT, Seigus, melyangelique, majuholic, clubhappy, conche, shin_baka, ithebigc, jigs, jell_o_jello, vie

Head to the Forum for feedback and comments!

AKB48 5th Senbatsu Election Results!!


Discuss the results on the JPHiP Forums!!

AKB48 32nd Single Senbatsu Elections PARTY TONITE 17:15 JST!!

AKB48 32ndシングル 選抜総選挙 〜夢は一人じゃ見られない〜 PARTY! The usual place. #AKBar48 in the IRC Chatroom. G+ if you so desire. Follow the action on twitter and facebook feeds.


Post your predictions and discuss in the forum:

Livestream links are up!

YouTube Special Program Live Streaming with Fan Participation through Google+!
They are collecting messages addressed to candidate AKB48 members that will be introduced in the special program. Please send your message!