6 Oct ’10

AKB48 – Bikini Photo Album Breaks Record

Debuted in December 2005, AKB48 is one of the most popular Japanese idol groups. AKB48 consist of 48 members and is divided into three teams: Team A, Team K and Team B, with each team equally having 16 members.

More Pictures Can Be Found At: Red Flava Gallery

Unlike other idol groups in Japan, AKB48 is theatre-based and have their own theatre in Akihabara, Tokyo, where they perform regularly every week. Founded in July 2005, there were initially 20 girls in AKB48; the rest of the members joined the group subsequently.

AKB48 has recently released a bikini-themed photo album book which sold 71,000 copies last week alone (photo below). It broke the record for the highest photo album sales of any Japanese female celebrities, reaching the top of the book chart.

Popular members of AKB48 include Atsuko Maeda まえだ あつこ (left), Tomomi Itano いたの ともみ (middle) and Haruna Kojima こじま はるな (right).

Atsuko Maeda Info

AKB48 Team: A
Other Name(s): Acchan あっちゃん
Origin: Chiba Prefecture, Japan
Born: 10 July, 1991
Height: 161cm
Weight: 45kg
Measurements: 30-24-33

Tomomi Itano Info

AKB48 Team: A
Other Name(s): Tomochin ともちん
Origin: Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
Born: 3 July, 1991
Height: 152.5cm
Weight: 38kg
Measurements: 30-22-31

Haruna Kojima Info

AKB48 Team: A
Other Name(s): Harunyan はるにゃん
Origin: Saitama Prefecture, Japan
Born: 4 June, 1984
Height: 164cm
Measurements: 32-22-33

Tomomi Itano has released her own bikini DVD named Tomomi Itano, which was filmed in Kanagawa Prefecture. Her popularity is admittedly higher than many other members of AKB48.

A Japanese website has carried out a survey not long ago, asking netizens to vote for their “Ideal Girlfriend”. AKB48 member Shinoda Mariko しのだ まりこ topped the list, another two members Atsuko Maeda and Yūko Ōshima おおしま ゆうこ came second and third.

Shinoda Mariko Info

AKB48 Team: A
Other Name(s): Maririn, Mariko-sama
Origin: Fukuoka, Japan
Born: 11 March, 1986
Height: 168cm
Measurements: 34-22-33

Yūko Ōshima Info

AKB48 Team: K
Other Name(s): Korisu コリス, Korin コリン
Origin: Tochigi Prefecture, Japan
Born: 17 October, 1988
Height: 152cm
Measurements: 31-22-31

At the end, let’s get to know the captains of each team and all the members of AKB48.

Team A Captain: Minami Takahashi 高橋 みなみ

Minami Takahashi Info

AKB48 Team: A
Other Name(s): Takamina タカミナ, Minami みなみ
Origin: Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
Born: 8 April, 1991
Height: 148.5cm
Measurements: 29-22-32

Team K Captain: Sayaka Akimoto あきもと さやか

Sayaka Akimoto Info

AKB38 Team: K
Other Name(s): Saaya さぁや
Origin: Chiba Prefecture, Japan
Born: 26 July, 1988
Height: 166cm
Measurements: 34-24-34

Team B Captain: Yuki Kashiwagi かしわぎ ゆき

Yuki Kashiwagi Info

AKB58 Team: B
Other Name(s): Yukirin ゆきりん
Origin: Kagoshima prefecture, Japan
Born: 15 July, 1991
Height: 163cm
Measurements: 30-21-32

AKB48 Members Info

Team A

Misaki Iwasa 岩佐美咲 (January 30, 1995 in Chiba)
Aika Ōta 多田愛佳 (December 8, 1994 in Saitama)
Shizuka Ōya 大家志津香 (December 28, 1991 in Fukuoka)
Haruka Katayama 片山陽加 (May 10, 1990 in Aichi)
Asuka Kuramochi 倉持明日香 (Sept. 11, 1989 in Kanagawa)
Haruna Kojima 小嶋陽菜 (April 19, 1988 in Saitama)
Rino Sashihara 指原莉乃 (November 21, 1992 in Ōita)
Mariko Shinoda 篠田麻里子 (March 11, 1986 in Fukuoka)
Aki Takajo 高城亜樹 (October 3, 1991 in Tōkyō)
Minami Takahashi 高橋みなみ (April 8, 1991 in Tōkyō)
Haruka Nakagawa 仲川遥香 (February 10, 1992 in Tōkyō)
Chisato Nakata 中田ちさと (October 8, 1990 in Saitama)
Sayaka Nakaya 仲谷明香 (October 15, 1991 in Iwate)
Atsuko Maeda 前田敦子 (July 10, 1991 in Chiba)
Ami Maeda 前田亜美 (June 1, 1995 in Tōkyō)
Natsumi Matsubara 松原夏海 (June 19, 1990 in Fukuoka)

Team K

Sayaka Akimoto 秋元才加 (July 26, 1988 in Chiba)
Tomomi Itano 板野友美 (July 3, 1991 in Kanagawa)
Mayumi Uchida 内田眞由美 (December 27, 1993 in Tōkyō)
Ayaka Umeda 梅田彩佳 (January 3, 1989 in Fukuoka)
Yūko Ōshima 大島優子 (October 17, 1988 in Tochigi)
Ayaka Kikuchi 菊地あやか (June 30, 1993 in Tōkyō)
Miku Tanabe 田名部生来 (December 2, 1992 in Shiga)
Tomomi Nakatsuka 中塚智実 (June 18, 1993 in Saitama)
Moeno Nitō 仁藤萌乃 (July 22, 1992 in Tōkyō)
Misato Nonaka 野中美郷 (April 20, 1991 in Fukuoka)
Reina Fujie 藤江れいな (February 1, 1994 in Chiba)
Sakiko Matsui 松井咲子 (December 10, 1990 in Saitama)
Minami Minegishi 峯岸みなみ (November 15, 1992 in Tōkyō)
Sae Miyazawa 宮澤佐江 (August 13, 1990 in Tōkyō)
Rumi Yonezawa 米沢瑠美 (June 6, 1991 in Saitama)

Team B

Haruka Ishida 石田晴香 (December 2, 1993 in Saitama)
Manami Oku 奥真奈美 (November 22, 1995 in Tōkyō)
Tomomi Kasai 河西智美 (November 16, 1991 in Tōkyō)
Yuki Kashiwagi 柏木由紀 (July 15, 1991 in Kagoshima)
Rie Kitahara 北原里英 (June 24, 1991 in Aichi)
Kana Kobayashi 小林香菜 (May 17, 1991 in Saitama)
Mika Komori 小森美果 (July 19, 1994 in Aichi)
Amina Satō 佐藤亜美菜 (October 16, 1990 in Tōkyō)
Sumire Satō 佐藤すみれ (November 20, 1993 in Saitama)
Natsuki Sato 佐藤夏希 (July 1, 1990 in Hokkaidō)
Mariya Suzuki 鈴木まりや (April 29, 1991 in Saitama)
Rina Chikano 近野莉菜 (April 23, 1993 in Tōkyō)
Natsumi Hirajima 平嶋夏海 (May 28, 1992 in Tōkyō)
Yuka Masuda 増田有華 (August 3, 1991 in Osaka)
Miho Miyazaki 宮崎美穂 (July 30, 1993 in Tōkyō)
Mayu Watanabe 渡辺麻友 (March 26, 1994 in Saitama)

AKB48’s Latest Music Video(s):

“Poni-te-ruto Shiyushiyu” (“Ponytail and Scrunchie”)

“Tobenai Agehachou” (“A Swallowtail Butterfly That Can’t Fly”)

More Pictures Can Be Found At: Red Flava Gallery

AKB48’s Related Links


Baidu Encyclopedia

Official Website

Official Chinese Website

International Fan Club

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  1. I wonder how many cat fights happen between all of them, so many trying to get into the spotlight.

  2. ranna

    whoa, 48 members? how crowded.

  3. itanofan61

    Tomomi Itano is the cutest among them. :D

  4. wne

    very good site! =)

  5. tabahiko

    Hi, I performed dance”AKB48” at wedding party.
    AKB48 is very famous idol in Asia.
    I succeed to please guests.
    AKB48 has something attractive.
    Thank you.

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