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