On May 31st 2016, Suzuki Kanon took to the stage one last time at Nippon Budokan, and delivered to the fans of both herself and Morning Musume one last song, as well as her farewell smile, all before she sets off on her journey to become a member of social welfare, and to give those who need it the happiness she herself can bring. For her future she will grow as a person, and her smile will shine even more brightly for than it has before. Zukki will shine, and she will become even more beautiful than she is now because of her kindness the joy she aims to bring others.
It is a sad day for so many of us who love and support this girl, but a cheerful one too, because now she will pursue a new dream and take on a path that just seems so right for her. So, whilst I sit and shed my tears with the knowledge that she won't be here any more, I also hold a smile, because she is going to do something amazing for Japan's community, and deliver that brilliant smile to even more people than those who watched her from the stands, or from their living rooms.
This vibrant girl has been such a joy to watch these past five years. Since 2011, she has given us her all and her smile, and shown us that being an Idol, whilst fun, can be hard, too. We fans adored her, we cried for her, and we fought against those who hated her. We loved this kid so much, and we never backed down. The support Zukki had outside of Japan was overwhelming, and it was something she felt when she received a scrap book, as well as when she went to America.
She was adored, she was treasured, and she was loved by many people. We watched her grow, and we supported her all the way. Now, she's leaving us, and it's broken many hearts now that she has graduated. It breaks my heart, because I did want her to stay, but even when she announced her desire to leave, I knew it would come eventually. For a girl like Zukki, the Idol world was a big place, and it was a place that truly was not accepting of her, no matter how rambunctious or cheerful she was.
Talented, bright and beautiful, Zukki gave us so much as fans. She brought us together, and our love for her enveloped the community. Despite her unpopularity in Japan, Zukki found popularity worldwide, and that love we have for her has spread so far to reach her, to let her know that we care. I don't doubt she was loved by the other members either, especially her generation mates, those who worked hard with her, supported her and loved her through everything. She was treasured no matter what her popularity status was, and I'm sure that, for all of them today, Morning Musume was in tears as their cheerful Zukki sets off to start her own journey without them, ready to make a name for herself, and to serve her smile elsewhere.
She came into our lives with a smile as bright as the sun, and now she sets off with that smile still in place. Despite her hardships, despite the downfalls and despite what has been said, this girl fought through it all and carried on as an Idol, never letting it defeat her spirit or ruin the joys she had in life. And finally, as she stepped out onto that stage to meet the sea of green, she delivered a final smile to the fans of Hello! Project, Morning Musume, and those who loved Suzuki Kanon, and bade her goodbyes as she sang a song to promise those who saw her, those who performed by her, and those who met her that she would never forget, and that she would remember all those memories of Morning Musume fondly.
"Every activities as Morning Musume。was meaningful and fun, and during one of them, the event "SATOYAMA movement", "SATOUMI movement", I have been in contact with people with a beautiful smile and I thought little by little it would be great if I can do the same work.
There are many forms of "Being helpful to people"... but from now on, I feel strongly that I want to help people in another way, I want to make people smile, I want to make them happy." - Suzuki Kanon (2016.02.07)
Thank you for becoming an Idol and for opening my eyes to just how wonderful a person can be in this world. From here on out, I will continue to love and support you, and remember you as one of my MoMusu favourites, and my first ever 9th gen Oshi.
I'm going to miss you, but for your future, good luck, and please, keep on smiling! DaiZukki!!! <3