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All About Tomomi Kasai Japanese Pop Music Singer and Former Member of Girl Group Akb48

Updated on July 29, 2020
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Who Is Tomomi Kasai?

Tomomi Kasai is a Japanese singer. She belonged to Team B of the famous all female music group AKB48 at the first writing of this article which was back in 2012. But Tomomi is also one of the cutest girls that you will ever see! She is not related to supermodel Nana Kasai. Tomomi Kasai is also one of the earliest members of AKB48 who has become a solo singer and an actress.

Tomomi Kasai Has Also Worked As an Actress

Tomomi Kasai was born in Tokyo, Japan on November 16, 1991. She goes by several nicknames including Tomo and Tomomi-chan. She is not tall at all, standing at only 153 centimeters tall. She is signed to the Horipro talent agency, the same agency that Yoko Mitsuya is signed to. She also has done some acting work. She has appeared in three Kamen Rider movies as well as the one titled “Neck” in 2010. In 2012, she appeared in the documentary of AKB48 with now former member Atsuko Maeda. In 2010, she was a guest voice actress on the popular animated cartoon called “Digimon Xros Wars.” She did the voice of the character called Bastemon.

Interesting Facts about Tomomi Kasai

  • When she was in middle school, Tomomi played the Japanese drums. She really loved being a part of AKB48 and her number is 48.
  • She originally began her career as a member of Team K but she was moved to Team B after the group made a huge shuffle.
  • When she is not involved with the group’s activities, she enjoys going to movies with her mother.
  • In June 2011, Tomomi appeared in a photo shoot for the magazine Big Comic Spirits. She has always been popular among fans that have voted for the AKB48 member that they would love to have as a girlfriend. That is really easy to see why Tomomi is so popular because she is just so super cute!!

Tomomi Kasai Takes Part In a Horse Racing Project

Two months later in August 2011, she appeared in the magazine called Young Magazine. There is a theme for this pictorial and it is “If you marry Tomomi.” In May 2012, she was part of AKB48’s horse race project called “Gachi Uma” Japan Derby which took place at the Tokyo Racecourse. Tomomi Kasai won the derby and she was really excited about this and considers herself to be lucky. In September 2012, she was in attendance at the “Tokyo Game Show 2012” and at the Sega booth. She was there to promote the horse racing applications for the smartphones called “Derby Owners Club.” She was very moved by the horses running the hardest that they could. This club allows people to raise racehorses and enter them into the derbies with the objective of getting them to win. Famous horses can also participate. On November 10, 2012 she made an appearance in Tokyo for the Japan Racing Association’s “Kasai Project” event.

A Look at Tomomi Kasai's Second Solo Single Mine

About the Solo Career of Tomomi Kasai

She would also release her first photo book in 2014. Her debut solo single is called Masaka. Kasai would graduate from AKB48 for good in May 2013. We will certainly address her graduation from AKB48 but before that let’s briefly talk about her solo work because this is what she has become since her graduation from AKB48. As of this writing Tomomi Kasai has four solo singles and a solo album.

I just also listened to Kasai’s 4th solo single called Ima Sara Sara or Now Everything is So Clear. Lyrically, the song is about a woman that feels so lonely because she realizes that the person that she is just friends with when they are among other people is in fact what she calls her distant lover. However, she also feels like she is hurting because the person that she loves is hiding everything. Or is he really hiding everything? One thing is very clear for this woman and that is that this person that she loves is her “distant lover.”

Tomomi Kasai's Singles and Solo Album

Year Released
Single/Album Title
 
2012
Masaka (single)
 
2013
Mine (single)
 
2914
Kietaikurai (single)
 
2014
Ima Sara Sara (single)
 
2017
STAR-T! (solo album)
 

The Music Video for the Song "STAR-T"

Some Perspective About the Graduation of Tomomi Kasai

It was on May 3, 2013 that Kasai’s graduation concert was held at the famous AKB48 Theater. I would say that this graduation concert probably was not like any other. It was near the end of the concert that Kasai and Sae Miyazawa sang the song called “Tomo-yo.” It was when Miyazawa hugged Kasai that there were said to be many tears in Kasai’s eyes. There were several other members of AKB48’s second generation that joined in the celebration including Sayaka Akimoto, Yuko Oshima, and Megumi Ohori. They all came together to sing the song called “Enjoy Your Life.” A few of the girls also offered valuable real life advice for Kasai. Akimoto encouraged her to move forward. Oshima expressed that she could not wait until the day that she and Kasai would make an appearance on the same stage again. Miyazawa told Kasai that she cannot forget that she has many friends. Kasai also took the time to express her feelings about going forward with her life, saying that she loves everyone and she considers everyone to be what she called “her important family.” Kasai also said that she felt uneasy about taking this new, next step forward but that she would have to do so in order to pursue this next part of her dream. She thanked everyone for the past seven years in AKB48 from 2006 through 2013.

Tomomi Kasai's 4th Solo Single

Another Reason to Read About and Love Tomomi Kasai

It definitely can be looked as the start of a brand new day, or even a brand new time as you become more familiar with a former AKB48 member that may become overlooked. Hence, there is a very good reason why her solo album is called STAR-T. In the music video for the song, Tomomi Kasai mentions three very important words that most of us probably don’t even realize how powerful they are. These words are “never give up.” Those who give up will lose the game of life and Tomomi Kasai is intelligent enough to know about the power of perseverance and working towards your goals.

© 2020 Ara Vahanian

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