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!

Morning Musume 17 release videos for the songs Brand New Morning and Jealousy Jealousy

Japanese idol group Morning Musume 17 releases music videos for their 63rd single.

Japanese idol group Morning Musume 17 has released music videos for their new A-side single called Brand New Morning/ Jealousy Jealousy. Note: the translations for the lyrics are included so non Japanese speakers will be able to follow along. Image source: http://reinatanakausagi.blogspot.com/2017/02/morning-musume17-brand-new-morning_85.html.

 

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A screen shot of Morning Musume 17 during filming of the music video for the single Brand New Morning

This is the group’s 63rd major single and it is also the group’s first new single under the name Morning Musume 17. The single is also the first time that new members Kaede Kaga and Reina Yokoyama will sing in one of the group’s singles. However, member Masaki Sato did not take part in the singles because she was still recovering from what is called Spinal Disc Herniation. The double A-side single was released on March 8, 2017 in five different editions and these were 3 limited editions and 2 regular editions. The regular editions of the single came with a random trading card of 13 kinds and this depended on the jacket covers. The limited editions came with an event lottery serial number card.

Sakura Oda-11th Generation Member of Morning Musume

Sakura Oda (Oda Sakura) is the only member to pass the auditions for the 11th generation of Morning Musume. She is also one of its youngest members being only 17 years old. She is now a member of the group known as Morning Musume 17. Born on March 12, 1999 in Kanagawa, Oda took part in the event called Hello! Project 2012 WINTER Hello☆Pro Tengoku concerts as a background dancer. But she did not officially start her work with Morning Musume until the Hello! Project 2013 Winter Concert which came after Morning Musume’s 15th Anniversary Concert Tour.

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Sakura Oda (left) is standing next to Haruka Kudo during a LIVE event. Ayumi Ishida (right) attempts to give her a kiss! How sweet!

It was on December 14, 2012 that Oda was assigned a member color. Her assigned color is lavender. Her debut single with the group was the one called Help Me!! She is now in the group working alongside Mizuki Fukumura who is the leader.

Source of images: http://www.hello-online.org.

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Sakura Oda of Kanagawa, Japan and member of Morning Musume 17.
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Sukura Oda of Morning Musume 17.
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Sakura Oda LIVE on stage back in 2014.
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Sakura Oda in a bikini during the filming of the DVD Alo! Hello! 7.

2013 saw Oda being involved in activities not having to do with singing. On April 11, 2013, she started blogging in the 10th generation members’ blog. She held a few fan club events that year. The first of these events was called Morning Musume Oda Sakura Solo Event ~Sakura no Shirabe~. This one was held on August 22nd of that year. The second such fan club event that she held was held on November 14th. She also used to be part of the unit called ODATOMO with Tomoko Kanazawa, sub-leader of idol group Juice=Juice.

In the summer of 2014, Oda took part in her first ever stage play called LILIUM -Lilium Shoujo Junketsu Kageki-. Her role was that of the character Sylvatica. On July 5th 2014, she held a fan club event in which she challenged herself to sing more difficult songs of Hello! Project, including an English cover of the song Let It Go. On May 27, 2016, she released her first solo photo book called Sakura Moyou. Below are some of the photos from that photo book.

Sakura Oda: family and personal life

Oda’s parents are Tomoko and Akira. However, they are divorced. Her father Akira is a politician and he remarried a woman named Hiromi. They have one son named Taishi. Oda has an older brother named Daichi and a younger sister. She also has five pet cats. They are Taku, Nana. Kuri, Pooh, and Momo. However, Taku passed away on March 23, 2015. Nana passed away on January 5, 2017.

Sakura Oda Interesting Facts

  • Her hobbies include sewing, cooking, and humming on songs.
  • She is skilled in being able to do hula dances.
  • Her strongest point is being able to talk to people without creating a wall between them.
  • Says her weakest point is being too positive.
  • Says her #1 rival is Masaki Sato.
  • She looks up to several singers including Risako Sugaya (ex-Berryz Kobo).
  • One of her favorite Morning Musume songs is Namidacchi.
  • Her favorite color is white.
  • Her favorite word is “once in a lifetime.”
  • Her favorite phrase is “or so I think.”
  • Her favorite foods are Matsumaezuke, jellyfish, and eggplants.
  • Her favorite subjects are home economics and music.
  • Her least favorite subjects are languages and English.
  • Her favorite movie is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
  • Her most treasured item is a stuffed bear that she has had since her birth.

Mizuki Fukumura Named Sub-Leader of Hello! Project

Mizuki Fukumura, band leader for Morning Musume 17 has been named the first ever sub-leader for the Hello! Project label of artists. I just found out about this news when I was searching for more updates about Mizuki. The news was announced at an event called Hello! Project Countdown Party 2016 Good Bye and Hello! This is a special concert that is held every year to countdown to the new year. The concert was held on December 31, 2016 at the Nakano Sun Plaza.

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A photo of Mizuki Fukumura from her photo book called Kagyaki.

In addition, it was also announced that ANGERME member Wada Ayaka (Ayaka Wada) would be replacing Yajima Maimi (Maimi Yajima) as the 6th leader of Hello! Project.

Fukumura released a photo book called MIZUKI back in 2013. She has since released two other photo books including Kagayaki. She became leader of Morning Musume after the graduation of Sayumi Michishige. She is known as Fukumura Mizuki in Japan. Congratulations to Mizuki Fukumura for getting an extra position in the Japanese entertainment industry! And as an added bonus, here is a look at Mizuki Fukumura from her latest Blu-Ray release:

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 17 Release Music Video About Miso Soup

Idol group Morning Musume 17 has released a video about miso soup. Well, actually the video is a re-done version of their hit-song called Morning Coffee. The title of the song is called Morning Miso Soup. The song was done again to celebrate the group’s ad campaign with the miso paste company called Marukome. Morning Miso Soup is more modern version of the original song.

Morning Musume 17 will also release their first single of 2017. It is called Brand New Morning/Jealously Jealously. It is an A-side single that will be released on March 8, 2017. Don’t worry, the biography of Reina Tanaka will be coming up soon!

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.