Reina Tanaka Holds Last Performance With Morning Musume
Wednesday 22 May, 2013 - 01:12am UTC
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, long known to be graduating from Morning Musume
, held her last performance with the group and is officially no longer one of its members.
Morning Musume performed at the Nippon Budokan
in Tokyo to a packed house. The group performed 27 songs, followed by Tanaka's graduation ceremony. One by one, the group members presented Tanaka with flowers. Tanaka and the group's leader, Michishige Sayumi
, talked about the future and hugged on stage.
During the group's encore performance, the stadium was cast in a light blue light, the image color of Tanaka. The audience joined in spectacle, holding up light blue glow sticks and shouting "Reina!" in support of the idol.
Tanaka may be leaving Morning Musume, but she will remain an active artist. The idol formed an all-girl band LoVendoЯ
and will be promoting with them. The band released their first mini album on May 22.
Tanaka joined Morning Musume in 2003 as a 6th generation member. Sayumi Michishige joined the group at the same time as Tanaka and becomes the only group member to have joined before 2011.
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