Atsuko Maeda posters displayed in Akihabara in run-up to her 'graduation' from AKB48
The upcoming “graduation” of AKB48 member Atsuko Maeda, 21, is being commemorated by a “photograph exhibition” at JR Akihabara Station.
The “graduation,” a word used by the idol group’s management as a euphemism for quitting or leaving the group, is being marked by a series of 150 posters of Maeda displayed in and around the station in an exhibition that has been named “Shuku! AKB48 Sotsugyo Kinen: Maeda Atsuko Poster-ten.”
The photos include those used in magazines and other publications during the seven years since she joined the group in 2005.
The exhibition is scheduled to open on Aug 24, to coincide with the first day of AKB48’s three-day Tokyo Dome concert. The posters will be displayed until Maeda’s “graduation” on Aug 27.