AKB48 member Oshima Yuko’s graduation ceremony at the National Olympics Stadium was cancelled on the 30th March as a result of bad weather.
Shocked by this decision, Oshima started crying and could not face anyone as she struggled to take in this piece of news. However,as scores of fans were waiting outside chanting “Yuko!Yuko!”, she made a surprise appearance to address her fans, promising to deliver the best of herself in the next concert.
Whilst details have not been announced on where and when her graduation ceremony will take place, it seems difficult for them to return to National Olympics Stadium for various reasons.
Firstly, the members’ schedules have already been decided till May, and the next possible date where all could participate is in June, when the stadium is about to be closed down for renovations. Secondly, National Olympics Stadium is considered a holy ground by Arashi fans as “Ara-Fest” is held there every year. Arashi has long been reported to be the last guests to hold a concert there, so no doubt some mediation would need to take place if AKB wants to “takeover” this privilege.
Seems like the management will have to consider alternative locations like Nissan Stadium or Ajinomoto Stadium if everything doesn’t work out.
Update: It has been announced that the rescheduled concert will take place on 8th June at Ajinomoto Stadium, one day after the general elections.
Update: It has been announced that the concert has been rescheduled to 9th June at Ajimoto Stadium. Not sure why there’s so many changes but probably due to weather forecasts.