Japanese idol Ayumi Ishida as a Role Model

I’ve already written a few posts about Japanese idol and Morning Musume 17 member Ayumi Ishida of Sendai. Now, it is time to thank her and say that she is one of my role models! Yes indeed that is correct! Ishida who is my favorite member of the 10th generation has been an idol since the name of the group was still called Morning Musume.

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She has been a member for all of the name changes the group has had including Morning Musume 15, Morning Musume 16, and Morning Musume 17. Thank you Ayumi Ishida for your smile! Thank you Ayumi Ishida for your friendly personality! Thank you Ayumi Ishida for your contributions to the group since you joined in 2011. Ishida has also been a member of the group being involved in some of the activities the group has done since 2013. I also mention on my main website about how Morning Musume has become a huge pop cultural influence especially in Japan. Ishida has also been a member of Morning Musume for their 59th single called Oh My Wish which was released in August 2015. Ishida who will be 21 years old in January 2018 also has recorded her own version of the single called Wagamama ki no Mama Ai no Joke. The English translation for the song is Selfish Easygoing Jokes of Love. That is one of the best songs in the history of Morning Musume. If you have not heard the song yet, I encourage you to listen to it and you will see how great the song is! Ishida has also been a member of the group when Mizuki Fukumura took over as the group’s leader. She has also seen the debut of the group’s 13th generation. Ishida has been with the group for almost seven years and I am so thankful that she is one of my role models!

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.

Morning Musume Releases Triple A-Side Single

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.

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From left to right: Kanon Suzuki, Ayumi Ishida, and Mizuki Fukumura.

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.

 

 

Japanese idol Ayumi Ishida Turns 20

Ayumi Ishida, the Japanese idol singer from Sendai and a member of the girl group Morning Musume 17 will be celebrating her 20th birthday on January 7th. Yes that is true! And for those of you that are wondering, Morning Musume is now going to do their activities under the name Morning Musume 17. The group was known as Morning Musume 16 in 2016 and Morning Musume 15 in 2015.

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Ayumi Ishida, member of the girl group Morning Musume 17 who is smiling! She has one of the most beautiful smiles I have seen!

 

As for Ayumi, she has her own version of the song Wagamama ki no Mama Ai No Joke and is one of the group’s cutest members! I recently wrote about the fact that Japanese idol Sayaka Ichii celebrated her 33rd birthday on December 31, 2016. Ishida is the latest member of the group that will be celebrating her birthday. The quality that makes Ayumi Ishida special is her commitment to dancing. I would say that she treats dancing as something to be cherished. Ishida says in her own words:

 

I’ve said “I’m good at dancing” when I entered Morning Musume, but since joining Morning Musume I’ve only danced with Morning Musume; there are much more amazing dancers in the world, therefore I don’t want to stop the thought that “the dancing in Morning Musume is amazing,”. I understand that of course dancing is not everything; I want to cherish Morning Musume as a group itself, but I want to stretch out further and further my strength in dancing.

 

Source: http://helloproject.wikia.com/wiki/Ishida_Ayumi

 

Ishida joined Morning Musume in September 2011 as part of the group’s 10th generation audition. The other girls to join her were Masaki Sato, current sub-leader Haruna Iikubo, and Haruka Kudo. Ishida is also a former member of the groups called Harvest and HI-FIN. Following the 10th generation, the 11th generation of Morning Musume had only one winner. That winner was Oda Sakura. In 2014 shortly before the graduation of Sayumi Michishige, the 12th generation of the group was introduced with four new members then joining. Now Morning Musume 17 has two new members that are part of its 13th generation. It is remarkable how far this group has come! These two new girls are Reina Yokoyama who is 15 and Kaede Kaga who is 17. As for Michishige, she recently revealed that she will be coming back to work in the entertainment industry. She had taken time off and been on a hiatus since her departure from Morning Musume. The group is in good hands with current band leader Mizuki Fukumura. Fukumura who turned 20 last October still has lots of time to really make an impact and increase her popularity in the group. Fukumura released her first solo photobook called MIZUKI. That photobook was shot on the island of Guam in May 2013 and is one of her best ones! I also wrote that former member  Natsumi Abe released a photo book of her own called Fin no Hito after she turned 35 years old.

There have been several events that have happened to the group since Ishida joined in 2011. Most of them have been very positive events and that is worthy of celebration even in 2017! For instance, former member Miki Fujimoto gave birth to a baby boy on August 1, 2015. And I also wrote recently that Sayaka Ichii revealed that she is pregnant for the 4th time. Another notable event in the career of Japanese idol Ayumi Ishida is the fact that Morning Musume’s 60th single reached the top of the Oricon Music Charts in December 2015. The single ended up selling 143,000 copies in its first week of release. Happy birthday to the lovely Ayumi Ishida!

Morning Musume 16 Now Has Two New Members: Reina Yokoyama And Kaede Kaga

Japanese girl group Morning Musume 16 has two new members! They are Reina Yokoyama, 15 of Saitama and Kaede Kaga, 17, of Tokyo.

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Reina Yokoyama of Saitama, Japan. She is not related to AKB48 member Yui Yokoyama.

The audition for the 13th generation actually started back in January 2016.  Initially, no one was chosen. But the auditions were resumed back in June 2016 and Yokoyama and Kaga were chosen. These two girls were chosen from Hello! Project Kenshuusei. This is the training program that these girls are a part of before they audition to become members.

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Kaede Kaga of Tokyo and one of the new members of Morning Musume 16.

The names of these two girls was first mentioned at the famous venue Nippon Budokan during the group’s latest concert tour. That tour is called Morning Musume 16 Concert Tour My Vision.  The group’s name is now Morning Musume 16 which they are performing under since 2016. The group’s leader is now 9th generation member Mizuki Fukumura. Fukumura, 20, took over as group leader following the departure of Sayumi Michishige in November 2014. Also, this event is the first successful audition since the fall of 2014 when four new members were introduced as part of the 12th generation. At that time, the group was known as Morning Musume 14. The four girls that were introduced were:

  • Maria Makino
  • Miki Nonaka
  • Akane Haga

AND Haruna Ogata.

Congratulations to Morning Musume 16 as they finish the year on a very positive note! They now have 60 singles including Tsumetai Kaze to Kataomoi/ ENDLESS SKY / One and Only which reached the top of the ORICON Music Charts! They have also released memorable singles such as Morning Coffee,  Kimagure Princess, and Wagamama ki no Mama Ai no Joke. There are several versions of that song including one of them that was done by 10th generation member Ayumi Ishida of Sendai!

Morning Musume has had many significant events happen in their history. I’ll just mention some of these events here. Morning Musume has had 12 generations of members. They have had several band leaders. One of the group’s members Asuka Fukuda left the group in 1999 after spending the shortest amount of time with the group. She was out of the public eye for many years until she resurfaced in 2011. In 2011, it was revealed that Asuka Fukuda had formed the band called Peace$tone.

Several of the former band members have gotten married including Risa Niigaki who got married to actor Yoshikazu Kotani in July 2016. What is perhaps more significant but may be forgotten by some Morning Musume fans is that these members have expanded their reach in the entertainment industry and released photo books. For instance, former member Risa Niigaki released her photo book called Ascension while she was still a member of Morning Musume. That photo book featured Niigaki displaying her bikini body and she is really cute! Former member Natsumi Abe has released 12 photo books including her latest one called Fin No Hito. The photos for that photo book were taken in Helsinki, Finland in 2015 and this photo book shows that Abe still can be beautiful even though she is now 35! Abe is so beautiful that I can say she looks like a goddess!! Words can’t describe how beautiful she really is!! Morning Musume 16 is no longer Japan’s most popular girl group but they are still relevant today almost 20 years after their formation!

Mizuki Fukumura MIZUKI Photo Book Images

I have written about so many Morning Musume girls. Some of these members are:

 

 

The next one that will be introduced is Mizuki Fukumura. This is not a straightforward biography about her but it will address the details about her first solo photo book called MIZUKI which is amazing.

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Morning Musume 16 member Mizuki Fukumura poses in a yellow bikini for her photo book MIZUKI.

Mizuki Fukumura is a 9th generation member of pop music group Morning Musume (now known as Morning Musume 16 because of the name changes). In May 2013, she released her first photo book called MIZUKI. The photo book was shot on the island of Guam. The photo shoot shows Mizuki being engaged in a number of activities such as playing basketball and doing cycling. Mizuki has been playing basketball since she was a child. Mizuki is also shown dressed as a waitress. Mizuki also does body boarding in the ocean. Mizuki is described as having the gentle cuteness of a normal girl. But there are also shots of her dressed in a bikini which are absolutely fabulous because I have seen them!

Some Perspective About the MIZUKI Photo Book Shot In Guam

Former JKT48 singer Aki Takajo also was in Guam back in 2011 when she did a photo shoot as well. The cover shows Mizuki dressed in a sailor’s uniform and she has her head tilted so that she can look at the camera. The image itself shows Mizuki’s nice eyes and gives her the elegance that she needs in order to attract fans all around the world. Known as Fuku-chan, Mizuki was born on October 30, 1996 in Tokyo. She joined Morning Musume in January 2011 and she is the leader of the group having replaced Sayumi Michishige. When the photo book was done Mizuki Fukumura was just 16 years old. She described herself as feeling nervous because this was her first solo photo book. The photo book took three days of filming. Mizuki wore a red waitress outfit that was inspiration for what Eri Kamei once wore. Mizuki says that her favorite bikini that she wore during filming was the emerald green bikini. Here are a few photos from that photo session!

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