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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
Morning Musume 17 member Ayumi Ishida shows how sexy she is in a photo session for her photo book It’s My Turn!
Here is Japanese idol Ayumi Ishida in a bikini for her 3rd solo photo book! These awesome pictures were taken while she was in Okinawa! The photo book is called It’s My Turn. It’s My Turn was released on June 27, 2016 and the book continues in a special tradition of having Japanese idols spend time in warm places. Ishida turned 20 years old on January 7, 2017 and she now has three photo books to her credit!
This is not the first time that a Morning Musume member has done a photo book session in a warm weather place. Mizuki Fukumura did the photo session for her first photo book MIZUKI in Guam. Ishida is so beautiful that I think I would rate her right up there with Natsumi Abe. Abe turned 35 years old in August 2016 and she released her photo book Fin No Hito! Fin No Hito has the former Morning Musume babe posing in sexy lingerie, walking around the city of Helsinki, or waiting for a train. Natsumi Abe is absolutely stunning in that photo book!
Haruna Iikubo is a Japanese pop music (idol singer) and sub-leader of Morning Musume 17 (formerly Morning Musume) along with 9th generation member Mizuki Fukumura. Note: not everything about Haruna will be included here. It will briefly introduce who she is and talk about her photo book releases and there will be many interesting facts about her.
On January 28, 2017, Iikubo released her first solo photo book called Haruiro.
Video releases and photo books put out by Haruna
Haruna Iikubo has also released two DVD’s. The first one which was released on August 31, 2012 is called Greeting Iikubo Haruna. The second one is more of a collaborative effort and it is called Alo Hello! Morning Musume 9 10ki DVD. It features all the members of the 9th and 10th generations including Erina Ikuta, Kanon Suzuki, and Riho Sayashi. That DVD was released in January 2013. Haruna‘s photo book releases are as follows:
September 2012 Morning Musume 9 10ki 1st official photo book
With Ayumi Ishida having turned 20 years old on January 7, 2017, I thought that I would take the opportunity to talk about her 3rd photo book called It’s My Turn. It’s My Turn was released on June 27, 2016. The photos were taken on the island of Guam and in Miyagi Prefecture, the area of her birth. Guam is also the place where former JKT48 and AKB48 idol Aki Takajo was seen back in 2011 as she was swimming laps in the pool! But this is obviously about Ayumi Ishida who is now my favorite member of Morning Musume 17.
Ishida has released two other photo books Ishida Ayumi (2013) and Shine More (2014). Stay tuned for some awesome pics!
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.
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.
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!