Just released on July 8th and already gone missing from Cdjapan’s site is Miyawaki Sakura’s very first shashinshuu! But not to worry as all 144 pages of Sakuratan’s~♡ adorableness is still very much availabe @ both HMV Japan as well as Amazon Japan as far as major online retailers go =).
If you wanna talk momentum or rather a high percentile pick to be heir to the idol throne one day then you really need not look elsewhere as Sakura’s rise to fan favorite as well as media darling has been nothing short of meteoric ~*~~* I’d say ^^! And while shashinshuu won’t typically include much text if any unlike its cousin the “Photo book” which interestingly is pretty much an actual direct translation of the term “shashinshuu” (book~~>album/ small~~>tiny/ fast~~>quick …you get the idea!) =P …. and yet six out of “Sakura”’s final seven pages chronicles this most adorable idol’s growth from her birthplace of Kagoshima then to Fukuoka onward to Tokyo. Consider it a condensed history if you will as Sakura’s childhood is revealed through some of the cutest photos! and text leading all the way up to her audition and climb into Family48 and as an Ace member of HKT48. And for her fans whom dearly miss her much longer hairstyle there’s even a few cutie photos where one can reminisce (oh so adorable there w/ fruit or in plaid with hair even longer than I’d ever seen it ^^) and it’s pretty remarkable what a girl can experience in just 17 years till now YES! “The Story of Sakura’s Own Life 1998-2015” as it is titled here, consider it a real highlight of this shashshinshuu as it may make you ponder the question” Just why hasn’t James Lipton come a calling just yet??! I mean Sakura has done her fair share of acting whether it be in mv’s or otherwise hasn’t she, ….and with so many life experiences to share!…. plus her growing up photos are soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo cute!!!! I predict upon hosting her, James Lipton would smile, laugh, blush and then move to Japan (。ーωー。)笑！btw Will Ferell does a wicked James Lipton =)! And if you’re wondering why am I suddenly speaking about James Lipton?….just had an odd mind wandering moment there is all ^^. Anyway …. “Sakura” is a B5 sized shashinshuu which measures approximately 10 inches by 7 inches, is a soft cover edition with outer glossy dust jacket & obi and its pages are printed on non-glossy good quality paper. And as is true with all of Family48’s shashinshuu, “Sakura” is most fan friendly when it comes to its price tag which is most attractive at just 1500 yen ^^. And when it comes to Sakura’s styling herein, much like its title’s imagery might suggest with its season ….it’s a very active pictorial featuring school sport’s wear, seifuku, an array of casual wear, cute mizugi!, one particular layered pink dress which is most stunning!! …. and down to not much if anything at all? Consider that latter being most reminiscent of one particular Koike Rina styled photo shoot of recent times which insinuates bedroom~sexy (・o・)！！
Each shashinshuu also includes a B3 two-sided poster (above my favorite side is: Sakura + seifuku = ♥) which are randomly inserted as there are four different designs in all.
Here I’ve scanned in its entirety “Sakura” and note: while posts dated after September 12th, 2010 have scanned photo book images which are somewhat small in size, the original scans are of a much higher resolution (3MB-4MB sized each scan). The reasoning being is to keep posts browser friendly so while upping them my program automatically shrinks them into a much smaller and internet browser friendly size, just in case you’re curious as to why older posts (originally Vox posts) here have full sized images versus newer posts =).
~And yes this photo is actually faced upside down in the shashinshuu~ (you may now ponder the reason(s) why…) =)~
~And another “upside down” photo as it appears in the shashinshuu=)~
~You are now entering the “Koike Rina” inspired section of this shashinshuu~
~You are now exiting the “Koike Rina” inspired section of this shashinshuu~