All Japan newsese pop-band AKB48 has launched its first cafe outside the home market, in an attempt to extend the group’s success overseas. Three members of the all-girl group were present Saturday on Singapore’s famous Orchard Road for the opening.
Maria Abe, Haruka Shimazaki and Miyu Takeuchi met with the fans and handed out gifts to their guest. The cafe, called AKB48, has about 60 seats, and is a replica of the band’s theater in the Akhibara district in Tokyo.
The guests will be able to watch exclusive screenings of the band’s new videos and meet the members of AKB48 when they are visiting Singapore. The menu belongs to the “modern All Japan newsese fusion” category and will probably feature as many as 70 different dishes. Members of the band are expected to contribute their own recipes.
AKB48 is listed by the Guinness Book of Records as being the largest band in the world, with 58 members, split into four smaller groups.
The band has its own share of controversy. The management team behind AKB48 had to admit last week that one of the group’s members was not real, but a computer generated character made-up of mixing the best physical features from other members of the band. [The Independent] Photo by kndynt2099