I’d like to ask all of you a question? Is Eri Kamei your favorite Morning Musume member? For me, Eri is now my favorite Morning Musume member but for the longest time, my favorite member of this generation had been Miki Fujimoto. Kamei who is now 30 years old has pretty much retired from the entertainment industry which is a big blow for Morning Musume but her volume of work with the group is very impressive! She has released awesome photo books such as 17SAI, Maple & Thanks! which was her last photo book release prior to her graduation.
Morning Musume 14 Japan Changes #1: Kei Yasuda biography is no longer here
Morning Musume Japan Changes #2: all of the information about the single called Morning Coffee is now on my other website Asian Celebs Hut. Due to commitments with work & school there may not be as many updates on this page as some of you would like to see but I will definitely update this page as often as I can.
SEE ALSO: What is Morning Musume 19?
As a special surprise for my subscribers, here is a video for the song called “The Manpower” off of the group’s 2006 studio album called Rainbow 7! Have a great day!!
In the first part of this series, I wrote about the active state of girl group Morning Musume 19 and here we go with Morning Musume 19 part 2. This part will be about what is Morning Musume 19 and how the group came to be known by its present name.
What is Morning Musume 19?
Morning Musume 19 is the name of the dance pop music group that was once known as Morning Musume from 1997 through 2013. The group’s producer TSUNKU decided that the group’s name should be changed to Morning Musume 14 in 2014, Morning Musume 15 in 2015 and so on.
But many fans will always remember the group simply as Morning Musume. So how did the group get to this point where they are now named Morning Musume 19? It actually goes back to the year 2013.
TSUNKU announced that the name change was being made so that fans could know what single was released in what year. At the end of 2013, the group was 16 years old and they had survived the scandal of Miki Fujimoto, the injuries of Aika Mitsui, and the departures of long-time members Ai Takahashi and Risa Niigaki.
SEE ALSO: Morning Musume 17 Makes Debut
Morning Musume 19 Part 2: The Group Reaches Massive Commercial Success!
It would be in September 2013 that the group would achieve massive success once again. Their 54th single called Wagamama ki no Mama Ai no Joke / Ai no Gundan got the #1 ranking in sales during its first week of release! It was the highest selling single of any of the Hello! Project associated groups in 2013. It was the group’s highest selling single since 2002’s Koko ni Iruzee! The English title for the song would be Selfish Easy Going Jokes of Love / “Gundan” of the Love. On January 29, 2014, the group would release their 55th single called What is Love. This would be their first single under the name of Morning Musume 14. The single was an instant success reaching #1 on the Oricon weekly music charts. It was the 4th straight #1 single for the group and the longest such streak in the group’s history.
It would be in March 2014 that auditions were held again to choose the members for the 12th generation. Sakura Oda was the only one that was chosen for the 11th generation. On April 16, 2014, as Morning Musume 14 they released the 56th single called Password is 0. The single was another #1 hit on the Oricon weekly music charts.
So there is a brief history of how the girl group known as Morning Musume is now known by their current name.
The members of Morning Musume 19 also were involved in various fun activities such as posing in bikinis for the recording of the Alo Hello 7 DVD. That was when the group was known by the name of Morning Musume 15.
As promised, here are the photo book pics for Sayumi Michishige’s photo book “Dream.” The photo book was released on July 13, 2018 which was the same day as her 29th birthday. This photo book was the last photo book that she released in her 20’s. 2019 is the year that Michishige will turn 30! Time goes by fast doesn’t it? Without further delay, let’s get started with these awesome pics! Sayumi still shows her cuteness to a degree but at 29, she shows her maturity and she looks really good! If you thought that the photo book Blue Rose was good (which it was), Dream takes it a step futher, showing that Sayumi has a pretty good bikini body but she’s not as sexy as Yuko Nakazawa. Even so, Sayumi is just… well so cute!!!
Here comes another set of photos from a Morning Musume photo book and this time it is the photo book called Ishida Ayumi by Ayumi Ishida from the girl group Morning Musume 19. This one is the singer’s first solo photo book and it was released on July 15, 2013. I write this post with the deepest sense of gratitude for what Ishida has done since she joined the group. Even as a 16 year-old back in 2013, Ishida showed her charm, sexiness, and her very high level of cuteness! The photos were taken on the island of Guam and let’s just say, this is the most fun that Ayumi had in her life at the time. The photo session sees Ishida Ayumi trying to run on the track or even swimming laps in the pool! She also displays her bikini body even if she is not as sexy as Yuko Nakazawa. Ayumi seems to have a more cheerful, friendly personality! I have thanked Ayumi Ishida once and then again last year as a member of Morning Musume 18. Ishida turned 22 earlier this month and what can I say? She will always be my favorite member of the 10th generation. I love you Ayumi!
Source of all images: Hello Online
Once again, here is a post dedicated to Eri Kamei which some of you already know is my favorite 6th generation member of Morning Musume. Her last photo book as a member of Morning Musume called THANKS was released in 2010 before she finally graduated from the group. This last one is really good because she shows us that she has a great bikini body! This was the best way for Kamei to finish off her career with Morning Musume even though it ended because of health reasons. Even so, these bikini pics are simply stunning!
Japanese idol Sayaka Ichii Turns 35 and she is still active and kicking butt! This Funabashi, Japan native and occasional swimsuit model was once my favorite second generation member of Morning Musume! Ichii has gone through a divorce and she had to raise two daughters by herself after that divorce. She is a woman with a very strong character and she has survived and returned to the entertainment industry. At 35, Ichii is a celebrity that has many years left ahead of her. Note: for those of you that want to read my biography about Sayaka Ichii, you can do so on my main magazine style website Asian Celebs Hut.
Source of photos: http://www.hello-online.org.
Japanese idol Sayaka ichii retired from the music business in 2003 and disbanded the group called Ichii Sayaka in Cubic Cross. The group is known by its shorter name CUBIC CROSS. Ichii would marry the guitarist of the band Naoki Yoshizawa in May 2004. She would give birth to her first daughter in August 2004. Ichii would not return to the music business until 2009 when she joined Ranves Management Agency.
Sayaka Ichii who is a native of the city of Funabashi and Chiba Prefecture made her debut back in 1998 as part of Morning Musume’s 2nd generation with Mari Yaguchi and Kei Yasuda. Kei Yasuda, now 38, was once my favorite member of the 2nd generation. I have written earlier about how beautiful Kei Yasuda is. Yasuda released a photo book called Kei in 2002. The debut single for Japanese idol Sayaka Ichii came when she sang in the song Summer Night Town.
Ichii would sing in several other songs including Daite Hold On Me! Ichii would also take part in the singles Furusato and LOVE Machine. LOVE Machine would go on to sell 1,646,630 copies and the song became a #1 hit single in Japan. Furusato is one of the songs where former members Ai Takahashi and Risa Niigaki sang their own versions. Ichii graduated from Morning Musume in May 2000. The reason given for her graduation was because she wanted to continue her education. Japanese idol Sayaka Ichii is one of my favorite Morning Musume members and always will be! Happy Birthday Sayaka!
I absolutely adore so many of these current and former members of Morning Musume and Sayaka Ichii is definitely on my list of the Top 5 Morning Musume members. I may do a post on my top 5 Morning Musume members in the future, but for now if I had to create a list of my top 5 here they are:
- Ayumi Ishida
- Risa Niigaki
- Eri Kamei
- Sayaka Ichii
- Kei Yasuda