18 April 2014
Otona AKB48 Member Revealed
Recently, AKB48 announced that they are looking for a temporary member aged 30+ who will be in the group until late summer and also be the main promotional character for the ice cream brand Papico. On April 17, the winner of the Otona AKB48 audition was revealed.
While some already famous women like AKB48 imitator Kintaro and former Morning Musume member Ichii Sayaka applied, the winner is a non-celebrity: Tsukamoto Mariko, 37 years old, housewife and mother of two.
Tsukamoto Mariko was chosen out of 5066 applicants, among which the oldest one was 82 years old. Mariri (nickname suggested by Paruru) will be center in the new Papico CM by AKB48 which will come out on May 14 and she will also participate in other AKB48 activities.
Glico, the company producing Papico, posted a short introduction video of Tsukamoto Mariko:
Official homepage: http://papico.glico.com/otona/