UPDATED: Translation of her graduation announcement after the break
Sayashi Riho has announced that she will be graduating from Morning Musume ’15.
She will remain in Hello! Project after her graduation. Her reason for leaving is that she wants to focus on her dancing.
Thank you for your continued support towards Morning Musume。’15.
Today, Riho Sayashi has announced she will graduated from Morning Musume。’15 on December 31st in her blog post.
Riho became a 9th generation member and made her debut with “Majidesuka Suka” in 2011 and continued her career until now.
She said she wants to devote herself to her progress in dancing, and she talked about this matter many times. With her consent, we came to this conclusion.
Riho will graduate from Morning Musume。but she will be a Hello! Project’s member after the graduation.
Before flying with her own wings, we will watch her with this new challenge.
Until her Morning Musume。’15’s graduation as a member, she will continue to perform much more during the current tour and during the other activities.
Please continue to support Morning Musume。’15 and assist Riho Sayashi in the future.
UP-FRONT PROMOTION Minoru Ohhama
As a big Momusu fan it’s strange to see a 9ki member graduate all of a sudden. Seeing her join the group and being proclaimed as the ace with her amazing dancing skills and vocal abilities it seems like she was destined to shape the group into an amazing force to be reckoned with and across the years it seems like she did just that.
Sadly, fans have pointed out that she seems bored at times, and I do have to agree. Maybe the group isn’t challenging her skills enough? Maybe the idea of being restricted to only a few lines in a song while dancing with others might be a bit too much? Regardless, she will remain with H!P so that’s a relief since we will be able to enjoy her performances in the umbrella of groups.
What she will be doing from now on is certainly a mystery but I look forward to finding out as the time comes near.
Her graduation is set for December 31 (the 5th anniversary of being announced as part of Morning Musume), so fans make sure to attend her final performance to support her as she moves on to her solo activities!
Good luck Riho, thank you for the many years of amazing performances!
Source: Oricon.jp | Hello! Project Site | 9ki Blog | Up Front Link Facebook