Namie Amuro Gives Final Live Performance, in Her Home Okinawa

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Ginowan, Okinawa Pref., Sept. 15 (Jiji Press)--"Really, really thank you," iconic Japanese pop singer Namie Amuro told thousands of fans at the end of her final live stage performance, held in Ginowan, Okinawa Prefecture, on Saturday, the day before her retirement from the show business.

"At the concert, everyone got excited and no one looked sad," said Yoji Toriumi, a 29-year-old corporate employee in Tokyo.

Amuro, now 40 years old, sang eight songs and danced for a total of 40 minutes before some 3,500 people who were lucky enough to get tickets to the concert at the Okinawa Convention Center, which was joined by Okinawan band Begin and solo musicians including Ken Hirai.

After finishing her last performance, Amuro, an Okinawa native, expressed her appreciation to the audience. Then she bowed together with all other musicians and left the stage while waving her hand. The fans in the hall kept calling her name for a while even after she was gone.

Outside the event venue was also crowded by fans coming to say goodbye.

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