Who is Yuko Nakazawa of Morning Musume?

 

Who is Yuko Nakazawa?

Fans of Japanese pop music sensation Morning Musume have probably heard the name Yuko Nakazawa. I’ve heard about her for a long time and now I’m writing about her. This Japanese beauty has not only excelled at Japanese pop music for almost the last 21 years, but she has taken her talents to the movie screen as well. Yuko was part of the 1st generation of Morning Musume vocalists when the band was first formed. Yuko was the host of a TV show called Hello! Morning . This show’s producer is of course the Hello! Project label and it had the Morning Musume members on it too. Yuko has worked on Japanese enka songs. Note: this post will cover just a small section of her career but it is intended to familiarize the world with who Yuko Nakazwa is. Yuko Nakazawa has also appeared in a bikini and she is really stunning! This post will not cover her career with Morning Musume but instead it will focus on her work after leaving the group.

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A Brief Snapshot of the career of Yuko Nakazawa

Yuko Nakazawa began her solo career in 1998 becoming a regular member of Hello! Project’s folk song series by 2000. In April 2005, she became a performer on the TV program called Tchunen. That’s an unusual name for a TV program but that’s just my opinion. I could say that 2010 was a milestone year for Yuko because she became a special guest for her former band Morning Musume in Paris, France. On July 2, 2010, there was an event called Japan Expo. A few months later in September 2010, Yuko joined a group called Afternoon Musume. This group also features some of the other members of Yuko’s current group Morning Musume OG. The group is also known as Dream Morning Musume.

Yuko Nakazawa started making a name for herself in movies when she starred in the TV drama Beauty Seven in 2001. That appearance was followed by Gokusen in 2002 and Madam Mari in 2003. Then starting in 2004, Yuko played in a TV series called Central Ikegami Police. She played in seasons 3-5 which lasted through 2005. Yuko Nakazawa has also starred in a few movies.

They are:

  • Tetsujin 28 Gou
  • TWILIGHT File VIII: Fighting Okan (ファイティング オカン TWILIGHT FILE VIII)
  • Koitani Bashi ~Vallée de l’amour~
  •  Atsuhime Number 1 (篤姫ナンバー1) (as Tae)

 

And as a side note for your pleasure, I’m going to say that Yuko looks really sexy in a bikini. She has already celebrated her 43rd birthday as of 2016 and she looks amazing!

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You have to see her to believe it. You will not be disappointed. On June 19, 2008, Yuko Nakazawa turned 35. She is referred to sometimes as the Elder Stateswoman of H!P or Hello! Project. She is also considered to be like an older sister to many of the Morning Musume members. She is known by her nickname of Big Sis. she is known as Nakazawa Yuko in Japan. She made her debut with Morning Musume in 1997 as a 24-year old with four other members. These members were Kaori Iida, Natsumi Abe, Aya Ishiguro, and Asuka Fukuda who looked pretty darn cute in a bikini during a photo shoot for Morning Musume back in 1997 and 1998!

 

Asuka Fukuda Comeback

The Asuka Fukuda comeback is complete! Her fans have no need to worry. Fans of popular music group Morning Musume (now known as Morning Musume 18in 2018) might want to know what has happened to Asuka Fukuda.  She had been out of the public eye after she left Morning Musume back in 1999. In 2011, she made her return to the entertainment industry by starting a band called PEACE$TONE. The band was formed on February 14, 2011 (Valentines Day in the United States). The other members of this group are TERRA (vocals) and Yaman Chang (guitar). I decided to write about Fukuda because I was thinking about her on the of morning May 15, 2014 when I first composed this post on my main magazine style website Asian Celebs Hut. But because Fukuda is a former member of Morning Musume, information about her belongs on this site.

Asuka Fukuda was born on December 17, 1984 in Tokyo, Japan. She was selected to be part of Morning Musume’s first generation of members with Yuko Nakazawa, Aya Ishiguro, Kaori Iida, and Natsumi Abe. Welcome back Asuka! I have said that I really used to think that she is the most beautiful of that first generation of Morning Musume members although Natsumi Abe is not too far behind with her stellar looks. It was reported that Fukuda got married in August 2015.

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The above bikini picture of Fukuda is from Morning Musume’s first photo book. I think that although Asuka may not be as sexy as Hitomi Aizawa in a bikini, she definitely is very cute!

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Asuka Fukuda smiles as she poses for a photo for Morning Musume’s first photo book around 1997 and 1998. She used to be my favorite first generation member.

Asuka Fukuda enjoys eating pancakes and kidney beans. She is also skilled in doing ballet and singing karaoke. On September 14, 2013, Morning Musume celebrated its 16th anniversary as a group. They have had 13 generations of members to date and are very popular in Japan along with idol group AKB48.