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A Tribute to Rena Matsui of Ske48 & Nogizaka46 in Photos

Updated on June 7, 2020
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Ara is a Journalism graduate from California State University Northridge who is always looking to explore his writing opportunities.

A few magazine scans of Rena Matsui

From UTB Magazine. It looks like Rena Matsui is listening to music in this photo.
From UTB Magazine. It looks like Rena Matsui is listening to music in this photo.

This Article Will Be Like a Biography of Rena Matsui and a Tribute To Her

Here is look at Rena Matsui (ex SKE48, ex-Nogizaka46) in photos. When I first started writing about Rena Matsui which was years ago, this article was a second photo gallery of this former pop music singer but now the article will serve as a tribute to her because she graduated from SKE48 almost 5 years ago. Rena Matsui was a member of the girl group SKE48 that is from Nagoya, Japan. Matsui who is from Aichi announced through Twitter that she would not be in attendance at the AKB48 General Senbatsu Election which took place on June 6, 2015 at the Fukuoka Yafuoku Dome. This was the 7th year that AKB48 held this election. So if you are interested in reading a biography of the singer Rena Matsui, this article will meet your needs. Still, this is not a predictably structured biography of her but it will discuss that she did not take part in the 2015 AKB48 General Election and it will also mention some more details about her acting work, and then you will see lots of very interesting facts about her.

What Rena Matsui Said During This Candidacy Period for the 2015 AKB48 Election

The candidacy period started on March 25, 2015 at 4PM and it continued through March 29, 2015 where it concluded at 10 PM. Matsui said that she will continue to do her very best in order to share her joy with everyone. She encouraged fans to continue to support her.

How Popular was Rena Matsui?

Every year since 2009, Matsui has become more popular with the fans. She was ranked at #29 in 2009. In 2010, she made a significant improvement moving up the rankings to the #11. In 2011 and 2012, Matsui was ranked at #10. She reached the 7th spot in 2013 before being among the top five members in 2014.

More photos of Rena Matsui

With Jurina Matsui (right).
With Jurina Matsui (right).
From her 2011 photo book Goldfish.
From her 2011 photo book Goldfish.
This one is from her first solo photo book called Goldfish.
This one is from her first solo photo book called Goldfish.
This one is from Matsui's second solo photo book called Hemeretto (2014).
This one is from Matsui's second solo photo book called Hemeretto (2014).

A Brief look at Matsui's acting career so far

In 2014, Rena got a lead role in the movie called Gift. Her co-star was actor Kenichi Endo. The movie was originally released on June 12, 2014 in Nagoya but it soon expanded to Tokyo because the movie became very popular. Rena Matsui has released two photo books Goldfish (2011) and Hemeretto (2014). It has also been announced that Matsui will make her first appearance as a lead actress in a drama! The drama is called "Kanagawa-ken Atsugi-shi Laundry Chigasaki." The setting for the drama is at a coin laundry in the city of Atsugi in Kanagawa Prefecture. Matsui plays the role of a 25 year-old woman that is a part-time employee at the coin laundry. Matsui has also been assigned to be in charge of the drama’s theme song called Shabon. It will be released in such a way that two artists will collaborate on the song. It was eventually released under the name of Matsui Rena and Charan-Po Rantan on April 6, 2016.

A video slideshow of Rena Matsui


What is the objective of this next part of the article about Rena Matsui?

So now that we have discussed how popular Rena Matsui was as well as some of her acting work, let us shift the focus to other aspects of her life and career so you can look at this next part as the third part of her biography. Note that this is different from discussing why she was such a vital member of the girl group SKE48. We will look at other aspects of her life that were not discussed in the first article about her.

And as part of looking at and analyzing other aspects of Matsui’s life and career, we will include some interesting things about the one and only Rena Matsui! However, before that let us describe her biography in more depth. Matsui was born on July 27, 1991 in Hyogo Prefecture. She has been a member of three idol groups in her career. These are AKB48, SKE48, and Nogizaka46.

Some Interesting Facts About Rena Matsui

  • Her hobbies including walking around in convenience stores and making pastries. I could say that her being able to make pastries should also be considered a special skill of hers.

  • Her favorite phrase is “daily training.”

  • She is skilled at doing COBOL programming.

  • Has a pet dog named Ruby.

  • She is known to be able to consume very spicy kinds of food.

  • Can speak basic English.

  • She was also famous because she had a notable online message which is “I will carefully do my best with every part of my personality.”

  • Matsui was also the former chairperson of the Melonpan Alliance. This alliance is no longer active but to make things more specific we will discuss this below.

  • Rena Matsui along with Jurina Matsui was referred to as WMatsui. These two girls were the “Centers” of SKE48.

What Was the Melonpan Alliance and What Was Rena Matsui's Role In the Group?

So now, in order to clear things up for readers and to discuss more about the biography of Rena Matsui, as we said earlier, she was basically the leader of what was called the Melonpan Alliance. This was an unofficial group of girls that love to eat melonpan. Melonpan is basically a type of sweet bread from Japan. This group had two specific goals in mind. The first of these goals was to eat the melonpan from Mount Fuji. The second goal of this group was to contribute to melonpan consumption activities in Japan. On July 1, 2013, this group of girls announced in Weekly Playboy Magazine that they were disbanding because of the graduation of member Aina Fukumoto.

Note that this leadership role that Rena Matsui had is different from bring a center for a single or a team captain for a certain team. Matsui’s role in this group as well as the role of these other girls had nothing to do with musical performance activities. This role that Matsui had contributed to the enjoyment of life with the country and community, a valuable asset for any person. Rena Matsui is not even 30 years old yet and she has accomplished so much which is what makes her more than just another former cute Japanese pop music singer.

© 2016 Ara Vahanian


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