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.
Sayumi Michishige Morning Musume in a pink apron during a special program.
Sayumi Michishige dressed in a pink apron for the event. Source: Sayumi Michishige’s official blog.
Sayumi Michishige of Morning Musume certainly has had an interesting life so far. In other news related to Morning Musume, singer Sayumi Michishige posted a photo of herself dressed in a pink apron. The photo was posted on her official blog. On the day that the photo was posted, she attended a recording of the program “Chuumon no Ooi Ryourinin.” She said that she had worn that pink apron as a costume during the program. She wrote on her blog: “I wore a pink apron ♪ I did my best at cooking, so please watch ★” And she got many positive responses from fans for that dress. They thought that it was erotic and that Sayumi looked cute in the apron.
Source of information for 2nd paragraph is from http://www.tokyohive.com/2012/09/morning-musumes-michishige-sayumi-shows-of-her-new-pink-apron/.
In this photo of the girls are current band leader Mizuki Fukumura, Sakura Oda, (Oda Sakura) Haruka Kudo, and Sayumi Michishige of Morning Musume.
It was a few weeks before this event that Sayumi made an appearance in Tokyo for the collaboration between the online game Dragon’s Nest and the pastry company Ginza Cozy Corner. She displayed a custom-made strawberry cake at the event. In January 2011, Michishige along with former Morning Musume singer, author, and restaurant owner Miki Fujimoto hung out with her on the Ichihachi show which is a reality show.
Fujimoto is a regular cast member on the show. Sayumi has also been seen in photo shoots with former member Rika Ishikawa. Ishikawa herself became part of Morning Musume’s 4th generation of members. Note: Sayumi Michishige announced her graduation from the group and left on November 26, 2014 after more than 11 years as a member. She holds the record for the most amount of days spent as a member of Morning Musume surpassing Ai Takahashi and Risa Niigaki.