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Japanese Idol groups

There are numerous “idol groups” in Japan which are manufactured pop groups usually made up of young girls that are chosen for their cute looks and personalities.

The recent trend has been to relate these groups to local areas, and Igarashi sensei introduces a quick look at this trend with a surprising twist !

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Local Idols

Have you ever heard of the word 'Gotouchi'? It means something that is particular to a region or something particular to a certain area. Recently, this word 'Gotouchi' has been used combined with the Kyara part of the word Katakana word キャラクター to make the phrase 'Gotouchi Kyara' and with the Katakana word アイドル to make the phrase 'Gotouchi Aidoru'.

Within 'Gotouchi Aidoru', the famous one is AKB48. It uses 3 letters from the word AKihaBara to make AKB. This group has some active sister groups, from the Osaka area name: Nanba, there is NBA48, from the Nagoya area name: Sakae there is SKE48 and from the Fukuoka area name: Hakata the group HKT48 was created.

From the start of this year, a new group called STU48 was created. STU comes from the word Setouchi. This word represents the area of sea coast that surrounds the western part of Honshu island, Shikoku iskand and Kyushu. The generic name for these 7 prefectures of Hiroshima prefecture, Yamaguchi prefecture, Okayama prefecture, Kagawa prefecture, Ehime prefecture, Tokushima prefecture and Hyogo prefecture is known as the Setouchi region.

And guess what, one of my friends' daughters was chosen to be a member of STU48 and she is actively working. Her name is Honoka Yano. It feels strange to see a child that I have known since she was little appearing on TV, but it makes me happy to see her trying hard in pursuit of her dreams. If you are interested in this, please look it up on the web.

特有(とくゆう): distinctive、typical、special、particular、peculiar、specific

独特(どくとく): special、particular、peculiar、original、inimitable、specific

存在(そんざい): presence; existence

沿岸(えんがん): littoral; seashore; littoral zone; coast

総称(そうしょう): generic name


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