iwata karen graduation

Post Script: Iwata Karen graduation, official comment

Courtesy of AKB48’s official blog, Iwata Karen talks more about her thoughts on graduating.  Here is an English translation of that post.


Good evening everyone.

This is Team A’s Iwata Karen

This afternoon’s “Eve wa Adam no abarbone” theater performance, I announced my graudation.

Inside of me, I always knew about the phrase “graduation”. It wasn’t until fall of last year that it really took shape for me. There wasn’t anything specific, I just started thinking that I needed to move on. Until my final decision, I consulted many people, and worried a lot about it. Taking the first step is really scary. But at the same time, I’m excited. I felt that right now is that exact moment.

I don’t know whether this was the right decision or not. It really depends on how well I do, going forward. As for post graduation plans, I plan to focus on my acting studies, since I’ve wanted to become an actress ever since I was little. Hopefully, I can show you what I mean.

Today, at the end of first theater performance of the new year, I’m truly really sorry to have surprised everyone with my announcement. As I was taking my leave, so many people told me to keep doing my best, and I tried my hardest to hold back my tears.

My graduation date hasn’t been decided yet. So until then, I’d like to make lots of memories with the fans and other members. Until the end, I hope you’ll continue to support me.

Iwata Karen

Author: jerry

Sometimes editor. Sometimes translator. Mostly a proofreader. I like Japan and things.