Japanese Girl Group Nogizaka46 Wraps Up Massive Summer Tour
J-pop girl group Nogizaka46 wrapped up its summer domestic tour with two shows in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, this past weekend (Sept. 1-2).
The group kicked off the trek with a sixth anniversary concert in July and played 11 shows in six venues around the country. The tour was the girl group's biggest to date, logging a total of 530,000 fans in attendance.
Fans of Mai Shiraishi, one of the main members, were let down for a while in July when the group's management announced that she would be absent from three concerts due to scheduling conflicts. Nogizaka46 has many songs -- including the summery "Girls Rule" and the smash hit "Synchronicity" -- that feature Shiraishi in the center of the choreography, so the announcement resulted in some understandable public outcry.
The popular member ended up rescheduling to perform in all the shows to the relief of many fans, but the kerfuffle left some room for improvement in an otherwise top-notch production.
The group had a little surprise in store for fans who attended the final show at Hitomebore Stadium Miyagi. Shiori Kubo, a member currently taking a break from the group due to health reasons, appeared for the encore to perform "Danke Schon" with the rest of the group.
Kubo hails from Sendai, Miyagi, so the fans went wild for their local star, and the girls performed a couple more numbers before wrapping up their successful summer tour with "Hadashi De Summer."