I have decided to do a fun and creative post that all of you will love! 2017 is the 20th anniversary of the debut of the first generation of Morning Musume. In honor of this special moment, I’d like to ask you: who is your favorite member of the first generation of Morning Musume? For me it is definitely Nacchi (Natsumi Abe)! Here is a brief description of each of these five girls that made up that first generation:
Yuko Nakazawa (known by the nickname of Big Sis) Age: 43
- Is from Kyoto, Japan.
- She was the group’s first band leader.
- She was the oldest member in the group’s history when she started her career with the group. She was 24 when she started with Morning Musume which is much older than the age that these members start their careers.
- She graduated from Morning Musume in 2001 to focus on other things by the time she was 30 years old.
- Known as Nakazawa Yuko in Japan, she posed for a photo shoot in a stunning black bikini for Hello! Project while sitting poolside!
Asuka Fukuda Age: 32
- Is from Tokyo, Japan.
- She is the youngest member of the first generation.
- She has the shortest tenure in the history of the group.
- She took part in a photo session for Morning Musume’s first group photo book. In that photo book she is seen in a one-piece swimsuit which would become very common for these members to do.
- In April 1999, she graduated from Morning Musume. Her stated reason for graduating was to finish her education but she did not even finish high school.
Aya Ishiguro Age: 38
- Is from Hokkaido, Japan.
- Has a daughter Rimu born in November 2000.
- Her husband is Shinya Yamada, a rock musician for the band Luna Sea.
- She has worked as a fashion designer.
- She wrote a book about her transition to being a mother after working as an idol singer.
Kaori Iida Age: 35
- Is from Hokkaido, Japan.
- She was born two days before member Natsumi Abe (August 8).
- She gave birth to a baby boy on January 22, 2008. However, she stated on November 28 that her son had died on July 27 due to renal failure.
- She gave birth to another boy on May 14, 2013.
- She released her 5th album called ONDAS on July 20, 2016. The album has mostly Brazilian cover songs from the music genre called Bossa Nova.
Natsumi Abe Age: 35
- She released her self-cover album Smile on August 13, 2014.
- She released her 11th photo book SUBWAY in August 2012. The photo book features Abe walking in the streets of New York City, reading books in a bookstore, or sipping a glass of wine! She is also seen posing in beautiful lingerie!
- Her 12th photo book Fin no Hito was shot in Helsinki, Finland. That one is my favorite photo book of hers because it shows just how sexy and charming she is! The photo book shows Abe walking through the streets of Helsinki, waiting at a subway station, or posing in lingerie in her hotel room!
Source of images: hello-online.org.