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Old 26th September 2023, 03:58 PM
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Ayu taking an "unofficial break" from March 2024

Full credit to chocopockymaster@AHS Discord for this full translation of Ayu's recent posts on the TA app. These were written in the CDL thread there, and there has not yet been any official statement from Ayu or Avex to the media or on public social media.
As she says in the post below, this does not affect the 23-24 CDL or Act 2/Act 3 of the current tour.


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After much deliberation, I decided it would be wrong of me not to say whatís on my mind.

Itís been more than twenty years now since Yoyogi became the place where we could come together as one. I know TA feels this way too.

What itís meant to us will never change, and weíll ring in the new year with the Countdown Live as we always have.

That saidÖI want to apologize for giving any impressions that we might see each other at Yoyogi for the 26th anniversary next year, or that Yoyogi would always continue to be a venue where weíd come together and celebrate.

After this yearís Countdown Live, I will be stepping away from Yoyogi, our promised land. I am also not planning any special 26th anniversary celebrations. If I tried to write down all the reasons for that, I would run out of spaceÖ

Thank you.

Additionally, after the Countdown Live, and the conclusion of the current three-act tour, Iím going to be taking a break from scheduling any activities.

Iím not sure how long Iíll be able to bear being away from TA. I might make it half a year before realizing that I really want to see you all, or I might disappear down a new path that means you wonít see me for a few years.

I donít consider this an official hiatus or any sort of concrete break.
Itís just, that when it comes to concerts at our beloved Yoyogi, this might be it.
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Old 26th September 2023, 04:03 PM
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oh that's pretty understandable, touring like that might be exausting and she has children now.. although it is kinda sad that we wont have a 24-25 CDL after 25 years... anyway, i completely understand her decision, hopes that this "hiatus" takes the ammount of time she needs to recharge her batteries and mental health <3
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Old 26th September 2023, 05:21 PM
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There is a lot of time until tour final, who knows, maybe ayu will change her mind even before that. Or maybe will decide to get back for one 31st Dec day only
So go see ayu while you can!

Anyway nothing bad in it. As I said at the other thread, now her boy will notice her absence
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Old 26th September 2023, 05:53 PM
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I wish she she had written the reasons.
C'mon, Ayu, you're the boss, you can have all the space you need.
It's understandable if she wants to focus on being a mother.
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Old 26th September 2023, 06:33 PM
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This feels so official that she will take a break which she deserves a lot. I think she is the one and only one who works nonstop compared to the artists of the same generation. Maybe Misia is on par with her, but I don't think Misia is that active.

It's sad and worrying, especially since she really pampered us with so much stuff this year and suddenly she will take an indefinite hiatus, I'm sure I'm going to miss her.

But she totally deserves a break. I don't think she will take long though, half a year - 1 year top.
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Old 26th September 2023, 07:30 PM
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No concert on 4/8 to close things out??? Seems odd to end things in Okinawa…��
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Old 26th September 2023, 10:31 PM
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I can't see her taking more than 6 months but good for her! She deserves a proper break after all these years.
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Old 27th September 2023, 12:51 AM
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I'm glad for her, 25 years is a lifetime, after all.

The selfish me would love her to drop a new single before the hiatus, tho.
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Old 27th September 2023, 01:02 AM
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I'm glad for her, 25 years is a lifetime, after all.

The selfish me would love her to drop a new single before the hiatus, tho.
i thought it but didnt write it hahahah a physical single release please on the 4.8
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Old 27th September 2023, 04:18 AM
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Really happy for her to be taking a break, she’s been working like crazy. But on the other hand I’m afraid of this being the beginning of the end. And I can’t go see her live just yet… not at least few more years. Would be devastating that when I can finally go to Japan, she’d retire the biggest artist of my life, and I can’t even see her at least once.
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Old 27th September 2023, 05:44 AM
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^ i feel you, i hope i'll be able to see her live soon, been following her since 2005 and now i gotta prioritize it for real <3
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Old 27th September 2023, 08:58 AM
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I'm afraid she would not come back after all if she take a indefinite hiatus !
She deserves a break (especially from touring so so much) but selfishly, she can continue to do music... look at Kuu who worked hard even with a young boy !
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Old 27th September 2023, 01:10 PM
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I feel like A BEST 3 - FINAL - or A COMPELTE - FINAL - or A FINAL BEST is coming.
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Old 27th September 2023, 04:11 PM
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if i remember well, ayu said she wouldn't be releasing best albums anymore, so i dont know...
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Old 27th September 2023, 06:48 PM
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I'm afraid she would not come back after all if she take a indefinite hiatus !
She deserves a break (especially from touring so so much) but selfishly, she can continue to do music... look at Kuu who worked hard even with a young boy !
Utada came back, Ayu will too. Especially if endless touring has been her main source of income.
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Old 28th September 2023, 06:57 AM
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may be ayumi hamasaki FINAL COUNTDOWN LIVE 2023-2024 A?
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Old 28th September 2023, 09:27 AM
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may be ayumi hamasaki FINAL COUNTDOWN LIVE 2023-2024 A?
Why should it be?
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Old 28th September 2023, 12:35 PM
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I feel like A BEST 3 - FINAL - or A COMPELTE - FINAL - or A FINAL BEST is coming.

That's what I thought too.
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Old 28th September 2023, 12:36 PM
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I don't know... She definitely deserves a break, especially with her two kids and everything, but like she had said numerous times, she can't live without being on stage and making music. I think she will take a break, enjoy the so much deserved time with her family and friends and maybe get new inspiration for music and touring. Who knows...
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Old 28th September 2023, 04:48 PM
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^ totally, she even shared she was struggling with creativity block for the Remember you album. And yeah, she said in past interviews that she doesn't know anywhere else but the stage to be.

It is now quite common for western acts to take a 2-3 year break between major album releases, so it's fair enough for her to do it as well, she rly doesn't need to follow the fast paced japanese music industry calendar anymore.
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