It was recently announced that Tsukimiya Karen, member of the Alice Project group Steamgirls, passed away in early July. For more information, please read Gaki’s earlier post on Pure Idol Heart.
While I didn’t follow Steamgirls as closely as others, I did follow Alice Project’s Armor Girls, so I’ve been recently following more and more of the Kamen Joshi, the group comprised of Alice Juban, Steamgirls and Armor Girls. This is a close-knit group of idols, so I imagine it’s been hitting all of them pretty hard.
At the most recent Steamgirls event, after Karen’s passing had been announced, fans lit up the audience with pink glowsticks to honor Karen’s memory. They also performed COSMIC LOVE, a favorite of Karen’s.
It’s hard to know what to say at this point. I know many of us have death on the mind, with the recent passing of two members of KPop group Ladies’ Code, EunB and RiSe. I guess the only thing that can be said is that all three of them, EunB, RiSe and Karen are missed, and that their families are in my thoughts. It may be cheesy, but this is a reminder that life is short, and that we should treasure the times we have with the people we love, living every day to the fullest.
Since Karen was struggling with depression and anxiety, I’d like to implore people to please get help if you need it. Depression and anxiety are really difficult things, and if it’s something you are struggling with you should look into help. These are serious things, and not things that should be taken lightly.
All that I’ve heard of Karen is that she brought a lot of joy and a lot of great things to Alice Project and their fans. She will be missed.
Saying Goodbye To An Idol: Tsukimiya Karen Who Passed Away