Neru Nagahama and Rika Watanabe are going to release their photo book in December 2017. They belong to a Japanese famous girls idol group Keyakizaka 46 and they will be the first case to release photo book in the group.
Keyakizaka 46 is currently getting popular in Japan as a girls idol group produced by a prominent showbiz producer Yasushi Akimoto. Mr. Akimoto has been known a producer who raised other popular girls idol groups like Onyanko club, AKB 48 and Nogizaka 46. The number “46” or “48” stand for the number of girls belonging the groups. Keyakizaka 46 made their debut as a sister of Nogizaka 46.
In recent years, almost all of photo books released by members in Nogizaka 46 have become best sellers. In Japan, it is said that it’s big hit if 10,000 copies were sold in photo book. But Nogizaka 46’s members have easily overcome it. Mai Shiraishi has sold 222,711 copies of her photo book, Nanase Nishino has sold 139,186 copies and Asuka Saito has sold 119,081 copies.
Neru Nagahama and Rika Watanabe are very popular in Keyakizaka 46 so their photo books are expected to follow Nogizaka 46’s sales record and overcome it. Pictures of Neru Nagahama were taken in her hometown, Goto islands located in Nagasaki prefecture, Japan and it will be sold on December 19. Rika Watanabe took her photo in Greece and it will be sold one December 5.