yaka performed her last solo live performance 'MTV Unplugged ayaka' on 18th November at Osaka-Jo Hall.
This live performance is the biggest that MTV has held so far, with over 200,000 applications for the free concert. Only 10,000 were given invitations to the event. The venue, Osaka Jo-Hall, is where Ayaka watched her first live when she was in 5th grade. Her desire to become an artiste started budding when she watched Janet Jackson in action. As the hall quietened down and silence descended, Ayaka appeared on stage with her new short bob and a black dress.
"I have been looking forward to this day for so long, I'm so happy to see everyone. I will send my thoughts which cannot be put into words into each and every song I sing. Stay with me to the very end!" said Ayaka as she belted out her debut single 'I believe'.
"Osaka-Jo Hall is the place where I first saw my first live, Janet Jackson, when I was in 5th grade. I did not expect that I would stand at this very stage to perform 10 years later." she said, reminiscing.
Halfway through the performance, she did a cover of Michael Jackson's Human Nature. "Michael Jackson was the one that made a strong musical impact on me when I was in 4th Grade. I didn't understand a word he sang, and it was music I have never heard before but it sent an electric jolt through my body. I was sobbing when I watched the movie 'Michael Jackson This Is It'. Today, I will do a cover, putting all the respect I feel for him into his song."
A great applause rang in the hall when the introductory notes to 'Mikazuki' began. Some in the audience could not hold their tears back as Ayaka sang under the spotlight. "Thank you", she said, then "Let's stand!" The audience heeded her call and moved to the rhythm together. Ayaka pointed to the fans one by one as she called out "Thank you." As she sang her last song 'WINDING ROAD' the audience of 10,000 sang in unison. "My whole life, I will never forget this moment." "I love you." "Thank you!" Ayaka smiled at the audience as she sang and thanked them.
After enthusiastic applause and calls for her, Ayaka came back for an encore.
"I did feel a little uneasy before it began, but with everyone's power, this has turned out to be a really great live. What I am today, is because of all your support. Today is my last live before my break but as I sing, I also feel that this is the start of a new beginning. I hope to take things slowly step by step at my own pace. I will go through everyday with the thought of seeing everyone again," Ayaka said as fans shouted back "We will wait for you!"
Finally she sang the last single before her break 'Minna Sora no Shita'. Ayaka sang with her hand on her chest, as if to engrave her feelings in the hearts of the audience. The performance ended late into the night as Ayaka continued to wave to the crowd, smiling and thanking them.
Her husband, Mizushima Hiro, was among the audience.