Japanese girl group Morning Musume 17 announced that they would be releasing their first single in six months at the time called “Seishun Kozo ga Naiteru / Yugure wa Amegari / Ima Kokokara” on April 15, 2014. I know that this is old news but it is still significant.
The group formerly known as Morning Musume until the end of 2013 now has a new band leader Mizuki Fukumura. Fukumura, 20, took over the duty of band leader after the graduation of former sixth generation member Sayumi Michishige in November 2014. The single was the first one for the four members of the 12th generation. There was only one member for the group’s 11th generation and that is Sakura Oda. The announcement for the new single was made during a performance called Hello! Project 2015 Winter Dance Mode! The concert was held at ORIX Theater in Osaka, Japan on February 15, 2014. There are six different types for this single, limited editions A, B, C, and D and regular editions A and B.
As for Fukumura, much has happened for her that has allowed her to achieve success in such a short time. Fukumura appeared as a model for the magazine called Young Gangan at the start of 2014. She released her second photo book called Utakata in June 2014 and followed that up with a solo DVD called Pancake which was released in August 2014. The photo book Utakata is the second solo photo book for this Tokyo native and is the follow-up to her debut called MIZUKI released in May 2013. MIZUKI was done on the island of Guam.
There are so many things that we could say about Morning Musume from the milestones reached involving certain members or special events such as the group meeting to discuss the release of the photo book called “Morning Musume Live Photo Book 2012: Fall: Colorful Character” or the graduation of prominent members such as Reina Tanaka or Risa Niigaki. Another notable event in the group’s history occurred when now former member and band leader Sayumi Michishige turned 21 years old on July 13, 2010 and she got over 4,000 comments from fans who left messages on her blog!
It was also announced that sub-leader and the oldest member Haruna Iikubo will have the responsibility of being the Kyouikugakari or educator of the group. As part of her job, she is responsible for teaching new members the proper manners and etiquette and the tradition of the group. 13 generations later, this girl group is still active recording singles and performing. Morning Musume is still awesome as a group even though they have now been overtaken in popularity by AKB48. I mentioned earlier how this group were active under the name of Morning Musume 15 in 2015. The group’s members appeared in a photo shoot for Alo-Hello! dressed in bikinis and relaxing on the beach! This triple A-side single that was released is the follow-up to their previous single called “Tiki Bun / Shabadaba Du / Mikaeri Bijin.” It will be the group’s 58th single. The group performed their activities under the name Morning Musume 16 in 2016.