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Tributes to Celebrities: Atsuko Maeda and Sayaka Yamamoto

Updated on February 21, 2019
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Ara is a Journalism graduate from California State University Northridge who is looking to always explore his writing opportunities.

Who Are the Celebrities We Are Paying Tribute to and Why?

In Japan’s entertainment industry there are two celebrities that are more than deserving of tributes because of what they have done for the industry in terms of the volume of their work and the impact that they have left on the industry. These two celebrities are Atsuko Maeda and Sayaka Yamamoto.

Photos of Atsuko Maeda

Atsuko Maeda dressed as a cheerleader and it looks like she is ready to have lunch. That box says " I love lunch." And many of us love Atsuko Maeda including me!
Atsuko Maeda dressed as a cheerleader and it looks like she is ready to have lunch. That box says " I love lunch." And many of us love Atsuko Maeda including me!
This photo of Atsuko Maeda was taken during the 2011 AKB48 General Election. Maeda was ranked as AKB48's most popular member that year after having narrowly lost to Yuko Oshima the year before.
This photo of Atsuko Maeda was taken during the 2011 AKB48 General Election. Maeda was ranked as AKB48's most popular member that year after having narrowly lost to Yuko Oshima the year before.
Atsuko Maeda (right) is pictured here with Tomomi Itano (left). Are they giving us food, love or maybe both?
Atsuko Maeda (right) is pictured here with Tomomi Itano (left). Are they giving us food, love or maybe both? | Source
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Atsuko Maeda Gets Married!

Atsuko Maeda has apparently gotten married! The former AKB48 idol and its most popular member in 2009 and 2011 was reportedly dating her now husband actor Ryo Katsuji. The announced date of their marriage is reported to have been July 30, 2018. Maeda and Katsuji spread the news across Japan via fax the next day. The couple met each other through a mutual friend in 2015 but it has only been since April 2018 that they have started dating. Only after three months of dating, they are now married! This story is significant in terms of this tribute because Maeda seems to have gotten up to superstar status very fast! From her appearance in the single Aitakatta to her victories in the 2009 and 2011 AKB48 General Elections, Maeda has become not just the “face of AKB48” as she is commonly known as but she is a pop cultural icon in Japan. Maeda in 2015 was in attendance at a very special birthday party and that birthday party was for Yasushi Akimoto, the main person behind the creation of AKB48.

A Map of Chiba and Surrounding Areas the Birthplace of Atsuko Maeda

Atsuko Maeda Marriage Announcement News and Reaction

"Selfish" the Song Off of Atsuko Maeda's Solo Album

Photos of Sayaka Yamamoto

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With Miyuki Watanabe (left).
With Miyuki Watanabe (left).
She is seen here with former NMB48 member Nana Yamada (right). Is Sayaka stressed out? It sure seems that way and that's why she is stretching that towel but she is so cute!
She is seen here with former NMB48 member Nana Yamada (right). Is Sayaka stressed out? It sure seems that way and that's why she is stretching that towel but she is so cute!
In UTB Magazine pictured here with Yui Yokoyama (top) and Miyuki Watanabe (center).
In UTB Magazine pictured here with Yui Yokoyama (top) and Miyuki Watanabe (center).
Sayaka Yamamoto (left) and Miyuki Watanabe (right) show that they are dressed with ties and showing some sophistication in the fashion department!
Sayaka Yamamoto (left) and Miyuki Watanabe (right) show that they are dressed with ties and showing some sophistication in the fashion department!
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Who is Sayaka Yamamoto and Why is There a Tribute About Her?

As for Sayaka Yamamoto, she is the captain of girl group NMB48 and the captain of its Team N. We are writing about her because she has announced that she intends to graduate from the group. Yamamoto’s graduation announcement was made on July 30 during the encore of NMB48’s first night of their tour across Japan. The venue that this announcement was made at was at Nakano Sun Plaza Hall.

What Was the Audience's Reaction to the Graduation Announcement?

The audience was said to have really been put into an uproar and then Yamamoto promised to give it her best effort until the end and that she would be happy if fans would support her until that last day. Her graduation date has not been announced yet. This announcement of her graduation means that she will end an 8 year career with the only girl group that she has known. Sayaka has been basically the top member of NMB48 and there is no telling what is going to happen with the coming graduation of Yamamoto who is known by her most famous nickname of Sayanee.

Sayaka Yamamoto Photo Shoot Young Champion Magazine 2015

A Map of Osaka Japan the Birthplace of Sayaka Yamamoto

Sayaka Yamamoto Performs the Song Bokura No Eureka LIVE

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