Hiragana Keyaki Changes Name in order to Hinatazaka46, Debut Single Because of in March

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Hiragana Keyaki — the sub-group from the popular Japanese girl team Keyakizaka46 with the exact same name written in a different way — will now be called Hinatazaka46 .

Members Memi Kakizaki, Shiho Kato, Kyoko Saito, Kumi Sasaki, Mirei Sasaki, and Nao Kosaka had been informed of this news Mon (Feb. 11) during a livestream hosted by the streaming system SHOWROOM that connects young lady groups with their fans.

The girls initially made an appearance on the segment to mention Hiragana Keyaki’s first individual as an individual group as well as the accompanying two-day “debut countdown” concert at the Yokohama Field, their biggest show however.

When the girls were told without earlier notice around the end from the livestream that their present group with 21 associates will undergo a title change, they burst directly into tears of joy. Saito in particular seemed elated to know the news, admitting that a title change had been a in long run dream and expressing the girl approval of the new name, which means “sunny slope” within Japanese.

Kumi Sasaki, the girl group’s chief, later commented to reporters on behalf of the group: “I obtained a warm impression from your name ‘Hinatazaka46’ when I 1st heard it. It’s a really cute name, and the group color will be skies blue, which comes from the particular hope that we’ll pull off high in the sky. We’re going do our best to become a team deserving of this name, whilst remembering to be thankful towards the people who came up with it. inch

Hinatazaka46’s first countdown arena concerts will be held at March 5 and six, and the group will discharge its debut single Mar 27.