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Death of Takamasa Sakurai
« on: December 16, 2015, 12:09:33 PM »
I don't see any post on JPHiP about this, but I could be wrong...

Takamasa Sakurai, who was a particular mentor to Wada Ayaka and also close to many H!P members, who was a writer about Japanese popular culture on the international stage, passed away two weeks ago after being hit by a train in Tokyo.  RIP.

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/12/04/national/japanese-pop-culture-expert-dies-railway-fall/

I haven't seen any news about how this has impacted the H!P members, but I am sure Ayacho and many others must be devastated.

His personal facebook stops abruptly on the day of his death.  It is at https://www.facebook.com/takamasa.sakurai.77 and it has been renamed as a memorial site.  One of his last posts was about the graduation of Kanon Fukuda from Angerme, but many of the posts were about his visit to Singapore just before his death.

I have read many of his writings, and I don't know of anyone who can fill the gap he leaves in the otakudom.

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Re: Death of Takamasa Sakurai
« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2015, 02:20:35 PM »
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The news about it got posted in the H!P NEWS thread the day after it happened: http://forum.jphip.com/index.php?topic=6218.msg1357462#msg1357462

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Re: Death of Takamasa Sakurai
« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2015, 11:41:00 PM »
Thanks for the link, JFC!  Good to see that not everyone was as slow as me! 

Does anyone know if there has been any reaction from anyone in H!P, any of the girls on their blogs, etc?

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Re: Death of Takamasa Sakurai
« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2017, 01:19:18 AM »
Kinda late, but I found two tributes from H!P members which had been posted on Blog Project in translation - from

Chinami Tokunaga - http://blog-project.net/tokunaga-chinami/243252

Yuka Miyazaki - https://blog-project.net/miyazaki-yuka/243232

Pretty moving tributes!

Also, I see that AsianBeat are so far keeping alive Sakurai-sensei's memory by maintaining at least his entire column Japan! Japan! Japan! which he did over a few years, over 100 articles including many relating to H!P

Index page here!
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