A special feature by LoGiRL about the training ground of trending idols, Actors School Hiroshima.
Actors School Hiroshima is a country-side school but why does it produce so many stars? We will reveal the secrets behind this modern idol’s training ground.
Now that the presence of Idol goes beyond a trend and is becoming a culture, people have started paying attention to a certain rural entertainment school, known by the name, Actors School Hiroshima (ASH). It was founded in 1999 as an entertainment training school. It is located inside the Shin Hiroshima TV building in Minami Ward because it is under the management of Shin Hiroshima TV.
The trio unit group, Perfume was the 1st generation students who were once formed as “ぱふゅ〜む (*Pafyu~mu)” during the school years in ASH. Perfume was formerly a local idol group who moved to the capital city, and undergone a pre-famous era by participating in events such as in Akihabara or Kameido Sun Street, until they started their major debut in 2005. And now their name is on a large signboard in ASH as a respected seniors who had been in a world class tours.
Perfume was not the only outstanding talent sent out by ASH, there are also BABYMETAL’s SU-METAL who have been gaining worldwide attention, Nogizaka46’s Nakamoto Himeka, Sugimoto Mariri who’s active as Pichilemon magazine’s model, and Morning Musume。’15’s center member Sayashi Riho. Others such as LISA’s Manami, 9nine’s Nishiwaki Ayaka, AKB48’s Tani Yuri, HKT48’s Murashige Anna, Idol Renaissance’s Ishino Riko, Dancing Dolls’s Ueki Miu, Hanaoka Natsumi who’s won the Music Award in 2014 National Beauty Contest, Danbara Ruru from Hello Pro’s trainee, and many countless more are also graduates of ASH. You can say that ASH is an essential presence in the modern idol trends.
If you are passionate about idols, you probably would stumble across their early performance videos during ASH shows somewhere. Which is ASH’s recital performance that take place twice every year. The recital have been continuing ever since ASH started in 1999, and the level of performance is definitely heart warming.
Why is ASH can produce so much talents, is it because they are focused on gathering the locals or is it because their excellent training methods? We can look for the secrets in their famous recitals.
ACTOR’S SCHOOL HIROSHIMA 2015 SPRING ACT was held in March 22 at Phoenix Hall, Hiroshima International Conference Center. The purpose of this recital is to meet the next generation stars.
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Here are a few videos of Nakamoto Suzuka during ASH recitals: