Fans of Japanese pop music sensation Morning Musume have probably heard the name Yuko Nakazawa. I’ve heard about her for a long time and now I’m writing about her. This Japanese beauty has not only excelled at Japanese pop music for almost the last 21 years, but she has taken her talents to the movie screen as well. Yuko was part of the 1st generation of Morning Musume vocalists when the band was first formed. Yuko was the host of a TV show called Hello! Morning . This show’s producer is of course the Hello! Project label and it had the Morning Musume members on it too. Yuko has worked on Japanese enka songs. Note: this post will cover just a small section of her career but it is intended to familiarize the world with who Yuko Nakazwa is. Yuko Nakazawa has also appeared in a bikini and she is really stunning! This post will not cover her career with Morning Musume but instead it will focus on her work after leaving the group.
A Brief Snapshot of the career of Yuko Nakazawa
Yuko Nakazawa began her solo career in 1998 becoming a regular member of Hello! Project’s folk song series by 2000. In April 2005, she became a performer on the TV program called Tchunen. That’s an unusual name for a TV program but that’s just my opinion. I could say that 2010 was a milestone year for Yuko because she became a special guest for her former band Morning Musume in Paris, France. On July 2, 2010, there was an event called Japan Expo. A few months later in September 2010, Yuko joined a group called Afternoon Musume. This group also features some of the other members of Yuko’s current group Morning Musume OG. The group is also known as Dream Morning Musume.
Yuko Nakazawa started making a name for herself in movies when she starred in the TV drama Beauty Seven in 2001. That appearance was followed by Gokusen in 2002 and Madam Mari in 2003. Then starting in 2004, Yuko played in a TV series called Central Ikegami Police. She played in seasons 3-5 which lasted through 2005. Yuko Nakazawa has also starred in a few movies.
And as a side note for your pleasure, I’m going to say that Yuko looks really sexy in a bikini. She has already celebrated her 43rd birthday as of 2016 and she looks amazing!
You have to see her to believe it. You will not be disappointed. On June 19, 2008, Yuko Nakazawa turned 35. She is referred to sometimes as the Elder Stateswoman of H!P or Hello! Project. She is also considered to be like an older sister to many of the Morning Musume members. She is known by her nickname of Big Sis. she is known as Nakazawa Yuko in Japan. She made her debut with Morning Musume in 1997 as a 24-year old with four other members. These members were Kaori Iida, Natsumi Abe, Aya Ishiguro, and Asuka Fukuda who looked pretty darn cute in a bikini during a photo shoot for Morning Musume back in 1997 and 1998!
The Asuka Fukuda comeback is complete! Her fans have no need to worry. Fans of popular music group Morning Musume (now known as Morning Musume 18in 2018) might want to know what has happened to Asuka Fukuda. She had been out of the public eye after she left Morning Musume back in 1999. In 2011, she made her return to the entertainment industry by starting a band called PEACE$TONE. The band was formed on February 14, 2011 (Valentines Day in the United States). The other members of this group are TERRA (vocals) and Yaman Chang (guitar). I decided to write about Fukuda because I was thinking about her on the of morning May 15, 2014 when I first composed this post on my main magazine style website Asian Celebs Hut. But because Fukuda is a former member of Morning Musume, information about her belongs on this site.
Asuka Fukuda was born on December 17, 1984 in Tokyo, Japan. She was selected to be part of Morning Musume’s first generation of members with Yuko Nakazawa, Aya Ishiguro, Kaori Iida, and Natsumi Abe. Welcome back Asuka! I have said that I really used to think that she is the most beautiful of that first generation of Morning Musume members although Natsumi Abe is not too far behind with her stellar looks. It was reported that Fukuda got married in August 2015.
The above bikini picture of Fukuda is from Morning Musume’s first photo book. I think that although Asuka may not be as sexy as Hitomi Aizawa in a bikini, she definitely is very cute!
Asuka Fukuda enjoys eating pancakes and kidney beans. She is also skilled in doing ballet and singing karaoke. On September 14, 2013, Morning Musume celebrated its 16th anniversary as a group. They have had 13 generations of members to date and are very popular in Japan along with idol group AKB48.
Ayumi Ishida, the Japanese idol singer from Sendai whom I consider as one of my role models is now in another year as a member of the group now known as Morning Musume 18. It is time for me to say another big THANK YOU to this Japanese idol singer who is a member of the group’s 10th generation. It is through the power of appreciation that I extend my deepest gratitude and love to a member that has been with Morning Musume since 2011, released four photo books, and has the cutest face in the group among the active members. Ishida, 21, released her 4th solo photo book called 20th Canvas on April 27, 2018. Here is a photo from that photo book 20th Canvas (image source: http://helloproject.wikia.com/wiki/20th_canvas) For more photo book sessions of Morning Musume members, you can view the photo book Natsumi by Natsumi Abe, or her other photo books including SUBWAY and Fin No Hito. Let’s remember that there is Sayumi Michishige’s Mille Feuille photo book or Blue Rose, the last one that she released as a member of Morning Musume. But this space belongs as a space to thank the great Ayumi Ishida of Sendai! Much love and gratitude to you my dear ♥♥! And thank you to all of the people around the world that have viewed this website and have enjoyed it. You are important as well. But Ayumi Ishida: may you be loved, may you be happy, may you be peaceful, and may you be the most successful idol singer of your generation!
These pics from Natsumi Abe’s Natsumi photo book are stunning! Natsumi Abe, the former Morning Musume member that was with the group from 1997 through 2004 showed early on in her career that she was one of the group’s most beautiful girls! These great pics are from her 2nd photo book called Natsumi. Natsumi was released on November 11, 2001. Note: this content used to be on my magazine style website Asian Celebs Hut but I decided to move the content to this site because this site is all about Morning Musume.
Natsumi photo book Pic #1
Abe who is now 37, has released several photo books throughout her career including SUBWAY (2012) and Fin No Hito (2015). But in this Natsumi photo book, she shows that she can compete with her former first generation band mates Yuko Nakazawa and Asuka Fukuda!
Natsumi Abe Natsumi photo book pic #2
Natsumi Photo book pic #3
Abe married actor Ikusaburo Yamazaki in 2015. But why is she famous? Natsumi Abe is famous because she was one of the five original members of Morning Musume. She was a member with the group when the group released its first official single called Morning Coffee. In addition to being a member of Morning Musume, Abe has also been a member of several other groups. One of these groups was Kiiro 5 which also had Kei Yasuda as a member. Abe was also in the groups 10nin Matsuri, Odoru 11 (2002), Morning Musume Sakuragumi, SALT5, and Nochiura Natsumi. These early pics of Natsumi Abe shows that she was destined for success later in her career! Abe recently announced that she is pregnant with her second child.
Former Morning Musume member Natsumi Abe Pregnant with second child!
Another former Morning Musume member has announced that she is pregnant. This time it is Natsumi Abe, maybe my favorite member of that group’s first generation. For those of you that haven’t seen my biography of Natsumi Abe, it is one my online magazine style site called Asian Celebs Hut.
The announcement of Abe’s pregnancy was made by Abe herself when she was asked about possible plans for a second child. She said that she is pregnant with her second child having entered her stable period the other day. Abe is due to give birth in the fall of 2018. Abe was in attendance at the awards ceremony for the 11th Best Mother Awards on May 10, 2018, her 37th birthday. This is certainly exciting news for Abe and her husband actor Ikusaburo Yamazaki. Abe gave birth to a son on July 26, 2016. Congratulations to Natsumi Abe and we wish you all the best on this Mother’s Day!
Former 4th generation member of Morning MusumeRika Ishikawa gives birth to a baby boy!
When she made the announcement, she said that she was very moved by the birth and the chance to meet her baby for the very first time. She also revealed that she had gotten advice from other Morning Musume members that had given birth and that she hopes to grow with her child. This is certainly welcome news for fans of the group. Ishikawa who is now 33 began her career in the entertainment industry in 2000. Her husband is baseball player Ryoma Nogami who now plays for the Yomiuri Giants. However when Ishikawa married him in March 2017, he was playing for the Saitama Seibu Lions. Congratulations to Rika Ishikawa and Ryoma Nogami!
Risa Niigaki, one of my favorite members of Morning Musume and one of its longest serving members has filed for divorce from her husband, actor Yoshikazu Kotani.
Niigaki and Kotani got married in July 2016. However the marriage lasted only one year and six months. The official reason for the split is that both of them were just walking on different paths in life and they decided that the best choice was for them to part ways. Niigaki and Kotani met each other in 2013 when they both starred in the play called Zettai Kareshi. They would start dating a year later. I heard about this story two weeks ago. I wish the best of luck to Niigaki who will turn 30 in October. I hope that she will grow stronger as a result of this setback. Niigaki had the record for the most number of days served in Morning Musume until Sayumi Michishige surpassed her. Niiigaki was a member of Morning Musume from 2001 through 2012.