Monthly Archives: February 2017

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Updates: Music Player Added To Posts

As part of my efforts to redesign this website, I have now added a music player which will appear at the bottom of posts. The album that I added this time is the one called Rainbow 7.

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The album cover for Rainbow 7. From left to right starting from the top: Hitomi Yoshizawa, Asami Konno, Makoto Ogawa, Risa Niigaki, Eri Kamei, Koharu Kusumi, Sayumi Michishige, Reina Tanaka, Ai Takahashi, Miki Fujimoto.

Image source: http://helloproject.wikia.com/wiki/Rainbow_7

It is not as good as the one called 10 MY ME but fans of Morning Musume should still enjoy Rainbow 7. Also, I deleted the post about Ai Kago’s divorce because I have already written about her on my magazine style website at Asian Celebs Hut. Remember to click on the title of the song that you want to play. One of my favorites on that album is the song called Purple Window.

 

Sakura Oda-11th Generation Member of Morning Musume

Sakura Oda (Oda Sakura) is the only member to pass the auditions for the 11th generation of Morning Musume. She is also one of its youngest members being only 17 years old. She is now a member of the group known as Morning Musume 17. Born on March 12, 1999 in Kanagawa, Oda took part in the event called Hello! Project 2012 WINTER Hello☆Pro Tengoku concerts as a background dancer. But she did not officially start her work with Morning Musume until the Hello! Project 2013 Winter Concert which came after Morning Musume’s 15th Anniversary Concert Tour.

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Sakura Oda (left) is standing next to Haruka Kudo during a LIVE event. Ayumi Ishida (right) attempts to give her a kiss! How sweet!

It was on December 14, 2012 that Oda was assigned a member color. Her assigned color is lavender. Her debut single with the group was the one called Help Me!! She is now in the group working alongside Mizuki Fukumura who is the leader.

Source of images: http://www.hello-online.org.

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Sakura Oda of Kanagawa, Japan and member of Morning Musume 17.

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Sukura Oda of Morning Musume 17.

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Sakura Oda LIVE on stage back in 2014.

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Sakura Oda in a bikini during the filming of the DVD Alo! Hello! 7.

2013 saw Oda being involved in activities not having to do with singing. On April 11, 2013, she started blogging in the 10th generation members’ blog. She held a few fan club events that year. The first of these events was called Morning Musume Oda Sakura Solo Event ~Sakura no Shirabe~. This one was held on August 22nd of that year. The second such fan club event that she held was held on November 14th. She also used to be part of the unit called ODATOMO with Tomoko Kanazawa, sub-leader of idol group Juice=Juice.

In the summer of 2014, Oda took part in her first ever stage play called LILIUM -Lilium Shoujo Junketsu Kageki-. Her role was that of the character Sylvatica. On July 5th 2014, she held a fan club event in which she challenged herself to sing more difficult songs of Hello! Project, including an English cover of the song Let It Go. On May 27, 2016, she released her first solo photo book called Sakura Moyou. Below are some of the photos from that photo book.

Sakura Oda: family and personal life

Oda’s parents are Tomoko and Akira. However, they are divorced. Her father Akira is a politician and he remarried a woman named Hiromi. They have one son named Taishi. Oda has an older brother named Daichi and a younger sister. She also has five pet cats. They are Taku, Nana. Kuri, Pooh, and Momo. However, Taku passed away on March 23, 2015. Nana passed away on January 5, 2017.

Sakura Oda Interesting Facts

  • Her hobbies include sewing, cooking, and humming on songs.
  • She is skilled in being able to do hula dances.
  • Her strongest point is being able to talk to people without creating a wall between them.
  • Says her weakest point is being too positive.
  • Says her #1 rival is Masaki Sato.
  • She looks up to several singers including Risako Sugaya (ex-Berryz Kobo).
  • One of her favorite Morning Musume songs is Namidacchi.
  • Her favorite color is white.
  • Her favorite word is “once in a lifetime.”
  • Her favorite phrase is “or so I think.”
  • Her favorite foods are Matsumaezuke, jellyfish, and eggplants.
  • Her favorite subjects are home economics and music.
  • Her least favorite subjects are languages and English.
  • Her favorite movie is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
  • Her most treasured item is a stuffed bear that she has had since her birth.
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Mizuki Fukumura Named Sub-Leader of Hello! Project

Mizuki Fukumura, band leader for Morning Musume 17 has been named the first ever sub-leader for the Hello! Project label of artists. I just found out about this news when I was searching for more updates about Mizuki. The news was announced at an event called Hello! Project Countdown Party 2016 Good Bye and Hello! This is a special concert that is held every year to countdown to the new year. The concert was held on December 31, 2016 at the Nakano Sun Plaza.

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A photo of Mizuki Fukumura from her photo book called Kagyaki.

In addition, it was also announced that ANGERME member Wada Ayaka (Ayaka Wada) would be replacing Yajima Maimi (Maimi Yajima) as the 6th leader of Hello! Project.

Fukumura released a photo book called MIZUKI back in 2013. She has since released two other photo books including Kagayaki. She became leader of Morning Musume after the graduation of Sayumi Michishige. She is known as Fukumura Mizuki in Japan. Congratulations to Mizuki Fukumura for getting an extra position in the Japanese entertainment industry! And as an added bonus, here is a look at Mizuki Fukumura from her latest Blu-Ray release:

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Who Is Your Favorite Second Generation Member?

Now, I would like to know who is your favorite second generation member? The second generation had three members that were introduced. These women were Sayaka Ichii, Mari Yaguchi, and Kei Yasuda. Here is a brief description of each of these members:

Sayaka Ichii (born December 31, 1983)

This Chiba Japan singer and bikini model turned 33 at the end of 2016. She was married to Naoki Yoshizawa, guitarist of the band CUBIC-CROSS from 2004 through 2011. Ichii divorced Yoshizawa, citing that he had an uncooperative attitude in raising their two daughters. Ichii graduated from Morning Musume in May 2000 after the release of the single Happy Summer Wedding. She has remarried, given birth to a boy in 2013 and is expecting her fourth child in spring 2017. Ichii released her only photo book called Self in February 2002. The photo book shows Ichii in a bikini or in an awesome one-piece swimsuit as she is relaxing!

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Former Morning Musume member Sayaka Ichii in a one-piece swimsuit for her photo book called Self back in 2002 and she looks awesome!

Mari Yaguchi (born January 20, 1983)

This Kanagawa, Japan native was once the leader of Morning Musume. In 2013, she became involved in an extramarital affair. She was in bed with model Kenzo Umeda. Yaguchi and her now ex-husband Masaya Nakamura eventually divorced after the affair. I think that Yaguchi is one of the lesser attractive Morning Musume members.

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Mari Yaguchi (left) is pictured with Kei Yasuda (right).

Kei Yasuda (born December 6, 1980)

This beautiful second generation member dropped out of high school to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. She released her only solo photo book called Kei in 2002. In May 2013, she married Yoichi Ozaki who is an Italian food cooking researcher and has two restaurants in Tokyo.

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This beautiful photo of Kei Yasuda was taken back in 2007 during a photo session for Hello! Project. Amazing!

 

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How did Morning Musume Become Morning Musume 17?

Morning Musume started as a pop idol group back in September 1997. But how did they become the group known as Morning Musume 17? I will recap all the events that led up to this moment by the way of this website.

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A photo of the group now known as Morning Musume 17. Band leader Mizuki Fukumura is the 3rd person from the left on the main row.

Morning Musume celebrated its 16th anniversary on September 14, 2013. The band leader at that time was Sayumi Michishige.  Michishige announced in December 2016 that she would be resuming her activities after a hiatus. However, five months earlier, Reina Tanaka had graduated from Morning Musume. In 2014, the group’s name was changed to Morning Musume 14. The group would release its first single under that name called “Egao no Kimi wa Taiyou sa / Kimi no Kawari wa Iyashinai / What is LOVE?

It was released on January 29, 2014. In March 2014, the group would hold what was called Morning Musume 14 Golden Audition to try and recruit new members for the group. They would not be successful in doing so until the fall of 2014 when 4 new members were chosen to be part of the group. It was also in 2014 that I first wrote about Ayumi Ishida of Sendai. I also did my first biographical writing of Sayaka Ichii (now 33).

I also wrote back in April 2015 that Morning Musume was known by the name of Morning Musume 15. They had and still have Mizuki Fukumura as their band leader. Fukumura released her first photo book called MIZUKI back in 2013. The photos for that book were taken in Guam. As Morning Musume 16, their 6oth single called “Tsumetai Kaze to Kataomoi / ENDLESS SKY / One and Only” made it to the top of the Oricon Music Charts!

On August 10, 2016, former first generation member Natsumi Abe turned 35 years old. She also released another photo book called Fin no Hito. Fin no Hito was the follow-up to her 2012 photo book called SUBWAY. The photos for SUBWAY were taken in New York City as Abe was seen exploring the city by foot or posing for photos while dressed in sexy lingerie! In December 2016, the group introduced two new members as part of its 13th generation. They were Reina Yokoyama and Kaede Kaga. Since the 12th generation had four members, the 11th generation only had one member. That member was Oda Sakura. The group became known by the name of Morning Musume 17 in 2017 and Ayumi Ishida turned 20 years old on January 7, 1997. The group now has 62 singles.

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Updates To Morningmusume14japan-you will love it!

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A photo of the back cover for the single called Furusato. There are members of the group’s first and second generation. First band leader Yuko Nakazawa is at the far left.

There are some updates to Morningmusume14japan! I reorganized the content so that everything is on the left side of the screen. For music lovers, I have also added a music player in the main sidebar area. You can play songs from the album called 10 MY ME. I am now using the Twenty Eleven theme from WordPress. This site will constantly be updated as time permits. To those of you that have visited this site and left comments, thank you so much! My goal is to provide a site that is easy to navigate and a place where you can always find the latest news about Morning Musume!

Note: the group now goes by the name of Morning Musume 17. They were known as Morning Musume from 1997 through 2013. For more information about the group, you can also visit my magazine style website at Asian Celebs Hut. Have a wonderful day!

Reina Tanaka-Singer Of The Band Lovendor

So as I promised, here is a look at the life and career of Reina Tanaka, a rock singer for the band called Lovendor. I know that it is strange for some people to visualize Tanaka being a member of a rock band. Tanaka Reina was one of the longest-serving members of the girl group Morning Musume. She was a member of the group from 2003 through 2013. Tanaka graduated from Morning Musume on May 21, 2013.

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Reina Tanaka poses in a great multi-colored bikini for one of her sexiest photos!

She passed the audition for the group’s 6th generation and started her work with Eri Kamei, Sayumi Michishige, and Miki Fujimoto (now Shoji). In July 2003, she made her debut with the group’s 19th single called Shabondama. She provided main vocals for that song. The next two years would be very busy for Tanaka. She was chosen to be the leader of a unit called Aa! along with Miyabi Natsuyaki (Berryz Kobo) and Airi Suzuki (C-ute). The group would not be active for very long. They released only one single called FIRST KISS in October 2003. In 2004, she was featured on two solo versions of the song called Memory Seishun no Hikari. Her first album as a member of Morning Musume was Ai no  Dai 6Kan. The group split into two other groups. These were Morning Musume Otome Gumi and Morning Musume Sakura Gumi. Tanaka was put in Otome Gumi.

In 2008, Tanaka became a member of the unit called High-King. The unit was formed to promote the musical called Cinderella. In 2011, she would star in a play called Reborn Inochi no Audition. Joining her in this play was Risa Niigaki, the 9th generation, and Haruka Kudo.  On December 23 of that year, Tanaka would attend a Christmas dinner show with Michishige at Prince Hotels. Tanaka would star in another stage play called Stacy’s Shouju Saisatsu Kageki from June 6th through the 12th. On July 27th and 28th 2013, Tanaka with her Lovendor band mates did a performance at the 2013 J-POP Summit Festival in San Francisco.

Reina Tanaka Interesting Facts

  • Her hobbies include observing people, texting, recording TV shows.
  • She is skilled in being able to play without sleeping.
  • Her favorite English word is “station.”
  • Her favorite foods are several including yakiniku, broccoli, nankotsu, enoki, chocolate, fried chicken, french fries and raw spring rolls.
  • Her least favorite foods are green bell peppers and natto.
  • Her favorite seasons are spring and fall.
  • Her favorite colors are yellow, red, pink, black and white.
  • Her favorite flower is the sunflower.
  • Her favorite Morning Musume singers are Maki Goto and Rika Ishikawa.
  • Her favorite animal is the cat.