For Kasai fans the wait for her debut solo shashinshuu has been long and even a bit bumpy as you’re all probably aware of the grossly misguided first attempt at its release which included imagery of which had literally stepped over the line of the morally correct and whether it had been purely for shock or that of a publicity stunt gone terribly wrong that’s all been shelved permanently into the past as Kasai’s photo collection of the here and now with the release of “Yaketa?” presents pure idol beauty and joy which I imagine is exactly what fans had been clamoring for the first time around.
“Yaketa?” is a soft cover book which comes dressed in a outer dust jacket with a semi clear obi, it measures approximately 10 1/8” x 7 1/8” and is published by Kodansha. Above is photographed the real front and back covers which are hidden beneath its dust jacket which sits just to the right of the book and as some of AKB’s photo collections of the past have had a fair share of titles presenting everything from the interesting to the mind boggling to the slightly odd to the creative…..Kasai’s effort here is simply titled “Yaketa?” Now I’m sure AkiP (who’s notably titled as the total producer) has very specific reasons behind the why(s) of such a title but for now I’ll simply take a stab of a guess that it has either something to do with the fact that Hawaii is naturally warm/hot in climate which instantly greets visitors to our island chain paradise so you know as Kasai was here for her photo shoot she definitely felt the warmth/ heat of our island sunshine or perhaps the ‘burning’ (was on fire) of a title is in reference to just how beautifully~hot Kasai is =P…okay so the latter albeit absolutely true is just a bit of silliness on my part, and yet after perusing “Yaketa?” the whole Kasai was on fire as in she was absolutely smokin’ hot in Hawaii seems not so far fetched after alll :D!
“Yaketa?” also includes a two side poster as I’ve photographed each side just below:
Now you can really consider Kasai’s first shashinshuu as being a photo diary encompassing many of the places to visit and experience if one were to planning on coming to Hawaii and more specifically the island of Oahu as Kasai’s time here was spent on this island exclusively or at the very least by all of the photographs herein. What’s also nice is how her shashinshuu has notations of the whereabouts on Oahu in which each section photos pertains, making the need for a where’s Waldo? Kasai? moment(s) totally unnecessary for the curious =D. From the most iconic views of Diamond Head to our North Shore to the shores of Ala Moana, to Chinatown to Lanikai to Kaneohe to Waimanalo to Kaimuki and of course to Waikiki….Kasai’s shashinshuu takes you literally on a 360 of Oahu visiting some of our most popular and beautiful beaches which include shopping ventures, notable landmarks as well as one must do while in Hawaii which means surfing lessons of course! Admittedly I can’t even manage balancing upon a skateboard on land =P but still I encourage all of the much more agility blessed out there to take on the challenge ^^.
So I actually began scanning “Yaketa?” earlier this week however wasn’t able to finish it until today 😄 so while I’d hoped to have this up and posted much sooner, still better late than never right =). And to enjoy Kasai’s first shashinshuu even more, please support her by ordering the real thing \(^o^)/!!!
(True front cover)
(True back cover)
(Dust jacket, front)
Taken at Oahu’s North Shore it’s the place to be when a large swell arrives as the North Shore sees our island’s biggest waves for onlookers and thrill seekers alike whom dare to challenge these at times humongous waves!
One of my favorite things about Target has to be their awesome shopping carts! May sound silly but really their design with the smoothest rolling wheels and rounded edges can only enhance an already great shopping experience.
If you’re a coffee lover be sure to have a taste of our island’s best with a cup of 100% pure Kona :D.
Leonard’s Bakery’s malasadas are a true island tradition….think fluffy~sugary~goodness!
Iconic Diamond Head in addition to its famous shape and all also offers visitors and locals alike a fun and easy hike to its summit =).
Located in Kailua, Boots & Kimo’s offers a Hawaiian style breakfast and lunch…yum!
Here Kasai’s jogging along our Ala Wai Canal….word of caution: Never Never fall in!!!!! Let’s just say it’s been subject to some not so pleasant spills in the past and while time may heal some canals when it comes to the Ala Wai Canal umm maybe not so much XD.
On your way up to the North Shore Haleiwa Beach Park offers a great chance at seeing turtles and the beaches here are typically less crowded than say Waikiki or Ala Moana.
Also highly recommended is a visit to Hanauma Bay which is just a short drive eastward from Waikiki as you approach Oahu’s eastern tip. Tuesdays are usually their closed day so be sure to check current hours and scheduling before you visit.
Ala Moana Beach offers a family friendly atmosphere as well as typically calm ocean conditions nearer to the shore, also there’s those very large rocks which you can swim to =).
Historic Chinatown offers lots of shopping and places to eat as old Hawaii lives on in this region.
And be sure to visit Haleiwa Town for its brand of unique tourist shopping and surf shops and eateries.
Notice how just about every idol whom visits Oahu has a grand shave ice experience? The place to go is Matsumoto’s Shave Ice and its location? You guessed it, Haleiwa =).
Looking for a stay at a beautiful seaside resort? Turtle Bay Resort on our North Shore may just be the place you’ve been dreaming of.
Ever wonder what it’d be like to literally stand way way out into the ocean? The Kaneohe Sandbar in Kaneohe Bay offers such an experience and depending on the tide you’re usually only about knee deep and the sandbar is accessible by just a short boat ride and your stay there will be amazing guaranteed! You can fish, bring a table to dine and barebeque on all while taking in the uniqueness of socializing while standing far out at sea! A must for all ocean lovers =).
If your tastes are for a white sand beach and calm surf a visit to Lanikai Beach is perfect!
And let’s not forget iconic Waikiki! For its beaches, hotels, shopping, dining experiences and night life!
And here Kasai partakes in our public mass transportation aka The Bus, Frank Fasi’s everlasting legacy =).
Near the far eastern tip of Oahu you’ll find Waimanalo Beach which has park facilities and oh before I forget also as you venture around Oahu you’ll find our now famous Shrimp trucks as seen on The Food Network! Yummy shrimp…Tabasco…what’s not to love!!!
(Dust jacket, back)
And this is a great photo as in addition to the lovely Kasai, in the distance there’s Waikiki Beach and there too you can see the famous Royal Hawaiian hotel (it’s pink!!!) which has stood as a Hawaii landmark for years!