Category Archives: Morning Musume

The Unit W Will Digitally Release 5 Songs

The unit or group called “W” is planning on digitally releasing five songs including the song called “Choiwaru Devil” on March 30th 2019 which for those of us living in the United States is tomorrow.

Ai Kago & Nozomi Tsuji of the unit W. Photo source: Arama Japan

W is the unit that was formed by Ai Kago and Nozomi Tsuji, two members of the 4th generation of Morning Musume. Included in this digital release is the song called  “Dounimo Tomaranai” was scheduled to be released back in 2006 and three songs from their album called “W3:faithful” were also scheduled to be released later in 2006.

SEE ALSO: Favorite Morning Musume 6th Generation Member

W will be making a comeback after 13 years at the Hello! Project sponsored event called ‘”Hello! Project 20th Anniversary!! Hello! Project Hina Fes 2019.” The event will be held at the venue called Makuhari Messe on March 30th 2019. The track listing is as follows:

1. Choiwaru Devil
2. Dounimo Tomaranai?Yamamoto Linda?
3. Harusaki Kobeni?Yano Akiko?
4. Kojin Jugyou?Finger 5?
5. Uchi ni Kagitte Sonna Koto wa Nai Hazu??????????????????Moritaka Chisato?

Japanese Idol Sayaka Ichii Turns 35!

Japanese idol Sayaka Ichii Turns 35 and she is still active and kicking butt! This Funabashi, Japan native and occasional swimsuit model was once my favorite second generation member of Morning Musume! Ichii has gone through a divorce and she had to raise two daughters by herself after that divorce. She is a woman with a very strong character and she has survived and returned to the entertainment industry. At 35, Ichii is a celebrity that has many years left ahead of her. Note: for those of you that want to read my biography about Sayaka Ichii, you can do so on my main magazine style website Asian Celebs Hut.

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From left to right: Mari Yaguchi, Sayaka Ichii and Kei Yasuda.

Another photo of the second generation members.

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

Japanese idol Sayaka ichii retired from the music business in 2003 and disbanded the group called Ichii Sayaka in Cubic Cross. The group is known by its shorter name CUBIC CROSS. Ichii would marry the guitarist of the band Naoki Yoshizawa in May 2004. She would give birth to her first daughter in August 2004. Ichii would not return to the music business until 2009 when she joined Ranves Management Agency.

Sayaka Ichii who is a native of the city of Funabashi and Chiba Prefecture made her debut back in 1998 as part of Morning Musume’s 2nd generation with Mari Yaguchi and Kei Yasuda. Kei Yasuda, now 38, was once my favorite member of the 2nd generation. I have written earlier about how beautiful Kei Yasuda is. Yasuda released a photo book called Kei in 2002. The debut single for Japanese idol Sayaka Ichii came when she sang in the song Summer Night Town.

 

Ichii would sing in several other songs including Daite Hold On Me! Ichii would also take part in the singles Furusato and LOVE Machine. LOVE Machine would go on to sell 1,646,630 copies and the song became a #1 hit single in Japan. Furusato is one of the songs where former members Ai Takahashi and Risa Niigaki sang their own versions.  Ichii graduated from Morning Musume in May 2000. The reason given for her graduation was because she wanted to continue her education. Japanese idol Sayaka Ichii is one of my favorite Morning Musume members and always will be! Happy Birthday Sayaka!

I absolutely adore so many of these current and former members of Morning Musume and Sayaka Ichii is definitely on my list of the Top 5 Morning Musume members. I may do a post on my top 5 Morning Musume members in the future, but for now if I had to create a list of my top 5 here they are:

  1. Ayumi Ishida
  2. Risa Niigaki
  3. Eri Kamei
  4. Sayaka Ichii
  5. Kei Yasuda

 

 

 

 

 

Japanese idol singer Ayumi Ishida Turns 22

Japanese idol singer Ayumi Ishida is the next Morning Musume member that has celebrated her birthday. She is the next current or former member to celebrate a birthday. My favorite Morning Musume member has turned 22 on January 7, 2019!

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Ayumi Ishida of Morning Musume 19 is dressed in a school uniform.

In the music side of her career, Ishida has been a member when the group announced in July 2015 that they would release their 59th single called Oh My Wish! On August 19, 2015, the single Oh My Wish! / Sukatto My Heart / Ima Sugu Tobikomu Yuuki. Ishida performed a version of the song Wagamama ki no Mama Ai no Joke which is one of the group’s finest songs. It has also been during the career of Ishida that Erina Ikuta became sub-leader along with Haruna Iikubo. Congratulations to the lovely Ayumi Ishida of Sendai, Japan!

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Mizuki Fukumura “Kagayaki” Shine Photo Book Pics

“Kagayaki” Shine is the 3rd solo photo book by now leader of Morning Musume 19 Mizuki Fukumura. I have known about this photo book for a while and I consider it one of her best releases in her career. Kagayaki was published by Odyssey Books on December 5, 2015. The photos for this book were taken in three locations. They are Kanagawa, Ishikawa, and Shizuoka Prefecture. I think that this book starts to show the mature and grown up side of Fukumura. Let’s get started with “Kagayaki” shall we? I think she looks awesome in this photo session!

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Just relaxing Mizuki? What a pose this is!

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For the last photo of this session for the time being, it would not be enough if we did not show this side of Fukumura! Her figure is simply amazing and she was only 19 years old here!

Interesting Facts About Kagayaki

I think that while Ayumi Ishida is cuter, Fukumura has a better bikini body but at this point, both of these Morning Musume 18 members deserve consideration for the two best looking girls in the group!

 

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Maki Goto Reveals Details About Her Weight

Former Morning Musume member Maki Goto  revealed details about her weight on her blog. She hadbeen absent from entertainment related activities for over 2.5 years as of the first writing of this post which was back in July 2014 and she is now back.

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From left to right: Hitomi Yoshizawa, Maki Goto, and Kei Yasuda.

Of all the former Morning Musume members that I have written about, Maki Goto is not one of them. On a July 2nd blog entry, Goto wrote that she weighs 43 kilograms or 94.6 pounds. Goto also said that it would be best if she could keep it at this range. Choreographer Mayumi Natsu had very nice things to say about Goto, saying that her abilities are #1 among Morning Musume and AKB48 members. Goto was very joyful upon hearing these words and she described herself as a fortunate person. She values every piece of her happiness.

As of the beginning of this year, Morning Musume now goes by the name of Morning Musume 18. The name change was made by the group’s producer TSUNKU. Note: as of November 2014, the group has a new leader. That leader is  Mizuki Fukumura of Tokyo.

Maki Goto was part of Morning Musume’s 3rd generation and she is the only member of that generation.

Preceding Goto was the 2nd generation of members which included the lovely Kei Yasuda. And even before this generation was the first generation which includes Yuko Nakazawa who began her career with the group in 1997. Maki Goto is not the only former Morning Musume member to announce a return to the entertainment industry. Former member Ai Kago returned to the entertainment industry after forming a three member unit called Girls Beat!! And Asuka Fukuda also made her return after a long absence as well. Fukuda is now a member of the group called Peace$tone, a group that she formed back in 2011. Following Goto’s tenure with Morning Musume came the fourth generation of members which included the mentioned Ai Kago, Nozomi Tsuji, and Rika Ishikawa.

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Natsumi Abe Natsumi Photo Book Great Pics!

These pics from Natsumi Abe’s Natsumi photo book are stunning! Natsumi Abe, the former Morning Musume member that was with the group from 1997 through 2004 showed early on in her career that she was one of the group’s most beautiful girls! These great pics are from her 2nd photo book called Natsumi. Natsumi was released on November 11, 2001. Note: this content used to be on my magazine style website Asian Celebs Hut but I decided to move the content to this site because this site is all about Morning Musume.

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Natsumi Abe shows us that she has one of the best bikini bodies in the whole world!

Abe who is now 37, has released several photo books throughout her career including SUBWAY (2012) and Fin No Hito (2015). But in this Natsumi photo book, she shows that she can compete with her former first generation band mates Yuko Nakazawa and Asuka Fukuda!

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Natsumi Abe relaxing!

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In what is the best photo of the entire book, Natsumi Abe can be described as one thing: a total goddess in terms of Japanese idols! No wonder she is now my favorite first generation member of Morning Musume!

Abe married actor Ikusaburo Yamazaki in 2015. But why is she famous? Natsumi Abe is famous because she was one of the five original members of Morning Musume. She was a member with the group when the group released its first official single called Morning Coffee. In addition to being a member of Morning Musume, Abe has also been a member of several other groups. One of these groups was Kiiro 5 which also had Kei Yasuda as a member. Abe was also in the groups 10nin Matsuri, Odoru 11 (2002), Morning Musume Sakuragumi, SALT5, and Nochiura Natsumi. These early pics of Natsumi Abe shows that she was destined for success later in her career! Abe recently announced that she is pregnant with her second child.

Natsumi Abe Pregnant With Second Child

Former Morning Musume member Natsumi Abe Pregnant with second child!

Another former Morning Musume member has announced that she is pregnant. This time it is Natsumi Abe, maybe my favorite member of that group’s first generation. For those of you that haven’t seen my biography of Natsumi Abe, it is one my online magazine style site called Asian Celebs Hut.

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Natsumi Abe seen here in her hotel room in Helsinki, Finland during her photo session for her photo book Fin No Hito. Congratulations to Natsumi Abe for another happy moment in her life!

The announcement of Abe’s pregnancy was made by Abe herself when she was asked about possible plans for a second child. She said that she is pregnant with her second child having entered her stable period the other day. Abe is due to give birth in the fall of 2018. Abe was in attendance at the awards ceremony for the 11th Best Mother Awards on May 10, 2018, her 37th birthday. This is certainly exciting news for Abe and her husband actor Ikusaburo Yamazaki. Abe gave birth to a son on July 26, 2016. Congratulations to Natsumi Abe and we wish you all the best on this Mother’s Day!