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A Tribute to Yurina Hirate of Girl Group Keyakizaka46

Updated on August 17, 2019
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Ara is a Journalism graduate from California State University Northridge who is looking to always explore his writing opportunities.

Why Are We Writing About Yurina Hirate?

There are certain celebrities that deserve to be covered because of having accomplished something very significant at such a young age. One such celebrity is Yurina Hirate of the girl group called Keyakizaka46. Hirate who is only 17 will be named as “center” for a single for the 8th consecutive time! Not even AKB48 darling Atsuko Maeda accomplished such a feat!

A First Look at Keyakizaka46 Member & Center Yurina Hirate in February & April 2016

This photo was taken in April 2016 for the single Silent Majority.
This photo was taken in April 2016 for the single Silent Majority.

What is the Name of Keyakizaka46's 8th Single?

The 8th single for this new group is called Kuroi Hitsuji and will be released on February 27, 2019.

Hirate Has Been Named as Center for All 7 Singles

However, this latest feat is not the first such success for Hirate. Hirate has been chosen as center for every one of her group’s singles including the debut single of Keyakizaka46 called Silent Majority which was released in April 2016 when Hirate was just 14!

Hirate's Success Since Silent Majority

Following that incredible feat, Hirate was then named as center for the next single called “Sekai ni wa Ai Shika Nai” and this one had her solo song as a coupling track.

Some Information About Hirate's Other Work

Since April 2017, Hirate is also a regular member of a radio show specifically for teenagers called School of Lock! This show is broadcast on Tokyo FM. Hirate has also done work as a film actress as well. It was in June 2016 that she made her acting debut in a TV drama called “Who Killed Daigoro Tokuyama?” In January 2017, Hirate along with her band mate Rika Watanabe served as models for the fashion magazine called Larme.

For the Single Futari Saison

Why is Yurina Hirate So Popular?

Hirate is now so popular that she has been considered as a rebirth of Momoe Yamaguchi and is considered as a masterpiece beyond Atsuko Maeda. This is elite company to be a part of and if Atsuko ever heard about Yurina’s popularity I am sure that she would be very pleased.

But who really is Yurina Hirate?

"Silent Majority"

For the Singles Ambivalent & Kuroi Hitsuji


Interesting Facts About Yurina Hirate

  • Her audition song was Hoshizora no Distance.
  • Her favorite member of the other related group Nogizaka46 is Mai Shiraishi.
  • Since she has been named as center for 7 straight singles, there are only two other Japanese idol singers to have done such a thing. They are Sayaka Yamamoto and Jurina Matsui.
  • Yurina has been playing basketball since her youngest days.
  • She is very skilled as a dancer and she claims that she can do cartwheels.

"Black Sheep" the New Single for Keyakizaka46

© 2019 Ara Vahanian


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