Documenting AKB48's mini-concert at Yakushi temple19 April, 2011 by Chad
At some point of time, AKB48 grew out of dominating the Japanese music industry and moved on to print too. These days, multiple new AKB48 magazines pop up each and every month, if not weekly. Truth is, we’ve got a whole stack of untouched AKB48 related mooks asking to be reviewed. But with no one else on hand, I thought it might be due time to start looking through them. Today we’ll look through the memorial book for AKB48′s Yakushiji Hounou Kouen 2010 “Yume no Hanabiratachi” (薬師寺奉納公演2010 夢の花びらたち) concert at Nara last year.
Yakushiji is a famous Buddhist temple in Nara. You may find it strange (or blasphemous) that AKB48 would perform a concert in such a location. But Yakushiji is actually also a popular concert grounds that holds such events year round. It’s a win-win situation either way, the temple raises funds for a good cause by renting out its abundant space, and everybody benefits from the positive energy.
The AKB48 Yakushiji Hounou Kouen 2010 magazine-book documents the group’s experience performing at this sacred site with related interviews of each of the performing members.
This particular book was probably one of their most tasteful yet. Fans can enjoy exclusive behind the scenes shots of the events leading up to the concert and photos from the performance itself. All of this is presented in an extraordinary number of two page spreads. In some ways, it resembles an advert for the temple. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
For some the main highlight might be the individual interviews with each of the girls though.
The AKB48 Yakushiji Hounou Kouen 2010 book ranks up there with the AKB48 Janken Senbatsu book as one of the nicest AKB48 mooks. It consists of mostly well taken full, or two page photographs of some of the more popular members and it’s a worthwhile purchase, if any of your supported idols do make an appearance inside.Click here to search CDJapan for official AKB48 goods.