AKB48 is probably the most popular idol-music group at the moment in Japan. They started in 2005 performing every week in a small venue in Akihabara; little by little fans started to increase and this year they reached the number one position in the national sales ranking with the song Sakura no Shiori:

The name of the group, AKB48, comes from the fact that there are 48 girls in the group in total. Because the number of girls is very high they are organized in subgroups of 16 girls; each of them has an idol-girl leader. The members of the team rotate, once they become famous they become independent, and they become actresses or simply they appear on TV shows just showing off their beautiful smile. When some girls move on to other things, new positions open up in the group and they welcome new members; the system is similar to that of the legendary group Morning Musume.





Minami Takahashi, leader of the subgroup A of AKB48.

Sayaka Akimoto, leader of the subgroup B of AKB48.

Yuki Kashiwagi, leader of the subgroup C of AKB48.

  • Takashi

    September 16, 2010 at 11:53 am

    I am Japanese and I hate this band. They contribute to a country where women are seen as objects. Fucked up JAPAN. I am ashamed

  • Tornadoes28

    September 16, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    48 girls in one band? I love seeing pretty Japanese girls but that is a bit much. Kind of silly to have so many in one group.

  • jamesmallon

    September 17, 2010 at 12:04 am

    ‘Takashi’, you have a point, but you have no sense of humour. A hint: nobody listens to a dour moralist.

  • Takashi

    September 17, 2010 at 7:37 am


    Hehe, nobody does? 😉
    Go to a country called Sweden and check out their perspective on women. It all started with a dour moralist.

  • apu

    September 17, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    LOL, the first time I meet this group I maked the same mistake, the teams are A,K and B no A,B,C wwwwww

  • TheMan

    February 22, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    What good looking girls. Shame I don’t live in japan or I’d be all over them

  • KJ

    May 29, 2011 at 12:16 am

    I really love this band =) Thanks for sharing. By the way, Sayaka is the captain of Team K, whereas Yuki is the captain of Team B. I’m sorry to correct you.