Thursday, June 23, 2011

Goto Maki calls a hiatus

Beloved former Morning Musume member Maki Goto has just recently announced that she is going to be suspending all of her entertainment and media related activities come 2012.  She has decided it was finally time to take a break and "find herself."

Here is her official statement translation:

To my fans and those who will be affected,
Today, I have important news.
I, Goto Maki, will stop all entertainment activities starting January of next year.
13 years ago, during the summer, not knowing the world, as a  daughter of a working-class family, I brazenly took the opportunity to audition for Morning Musume.  And I became Gomaki; while I experienced many brilliant stages, I ran about in a daze.
I am truly thankful for all my fans who came to support and root for me in both clear weather and rain, for the staff and others who always assisted me, and for my family as well as fellow entertainers I have met.
In winter of last year, I lost my mother, who was a strong source of support; this led me to think about many things.
Looking back on the path that I had walked, I thought about how I wanted to live in the future and found it different from the path that I had chosen up until now.
I feel extremely thankful for everyone’s existence.
However, as it is, I cannot fill up a giant void within myself.
Up until now, I have always been living not for myself, but for someone else.
I have come to the conclusion that this time, that “me” should not be living for someone else, no matter who they are, but for myself.
That “me” is not Gomaki; instead, it is connected to my desire to change into a normal Goto Maki.
While I think about what I can do, I want to challenge myself to do whatever it is I think up.
I have agonized about this for a long time, but I have decided to stop my feet here.
For those who have supported me as singer Goto Maki, I will use all of my energy to run through the remaining half of the year.
In July, a new track will be released for distribution; in the summer, I will go to various places to sing for a-nation; in the fall, Avex, to which I have transferred to, will release my first album.
And in December, just like nearly four years ago, I will hold a solo concert.
While I wish that you will understand my selfish determination, in the period until my hiatus, even though I am just one person, I want my gratitude to reach everyone and I will do my best to open up all of my power.
Doozo yoroshiku onegaishimasu.
2011 June

How do you all feel about this?


  1. I think Internation Wota said it best,

    "However, now that she’s a grown woman, we may sometimes lose sight of all she’s had to sacrifice to lead The Life the way she did. Many would envy it and wish they had a chance to do the same, but a cost is exacted on a person – especially on someone who started during childhood – no matter what benefits accrue. It looks to me as if Gocchin is finally looking at the balance sheet of her career and her life and finally admits that something more is owed her."

    ^ that's how I feel~

  2. Yesterday, I said "I really wish maki goto would make more and more songs in the future!"to my friedn and now this happened. oh crap D:<

  3. Chris: that's pretty deep .___.

    Airi-san: She really is a great artist, sad to see her stop! D:

    Kylon: just >___>

    Melisa: don't know what?