HKT48, a sister group of mega-popular all-girl idol group AKB48, kicked off its first national tour, "HKT48 National Tour - Zenkoku Toitsu Owattoranken" (We haven't unified the whole country yet) in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, on Sunday.
The group is based in Hakata, Fukuoka Prefecture.
The concert started with a folk song, "I've Been Working on the Railroad." TV Asahi reported that fans cheered when the whistle blew and former AKB48 member Rino Sashihara, 21, shouted "All aboard! We're leaving for Ishikawa Prefecture!"
HKT48 sang 28 songs including "Hikaeme I love you!," which is to be released on Wednesday and other songs such as "Soredemo Sukidayo" (I still have feelings for you) by Sashihara and HKT48.
In 2012, Sashihara, who is also a HKT48 co-manager, was demoted and transferred to HKT48 due to her involvement in a dating scandal.
She told reporters afterward: “I was quite anxious about the first performance in the Hokuriku region. However, this concert turned out to be stunning, thanks to everyone’s energy," TV Asahi reported.© Japan Today