Morning Musume Member Natsumi Abe Turns 35!

A Tribute to Natsumi Abe, former member of girl group Morning Musume as she turns 35 years old!

Natsumi Abe Turns 35 After Publishing An Awesome Photo Book!

Natsumi Abe, one of the most beautiful members of Morning Musume has turned 35 years old! The former Morning Musume member, bikini model, and stage actress celebrated her 35th birthday on August 10, 2016. I have a habit of writing about these JPOP Idols when their birthday comes up. Now I know that Nacchi’s birthday has passed by more than two weeks but it is still recent enough for me to cover this story.

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http://www.b-idol.com/ Natsumi Abe poses in lingerie during the photo session for her photo book Fin No Hito. One fine babe wouldn’t you say?

Abe is coming off of releasing her latest photo book Fin No Hito. If you have not seen the photos of this photo book, you have to see them! Abe still shows that she has elegance and sexiness even though she’s not a twenty-something pop music icon anymore. Fin No Hito was shot in Finland’s capital of Helsinki and it shows Abe walking through the streets of Helsinki, waiting at a bus station or showing her awesome body while dressed in lingerie! Her photo book prior to that one is the one called SUBWAY released in 2012. The SUBWAY photo book scans are also essential to see if you love and appreciate Abe for what she has done. SUBWAY shows Abe walking through the streets of New York City or stopping by in a bookstore to read. The book also shows Abe’s natural beauty and sexiness! Trust me, she looks awesome and is my favorite first generation member. Happy Birthday Natsumi! You deserve lots of praise and love!

Miki Fujimoto of Morning Musume gives birth this time to a girl

Miki Fujimoto former member of the group Morning Musume gave birth to a daughter on August 1, 2015. This is old news but it is still a significant story.

On August 1, 2015, former Morning Musume member Miki Fujimoto gave birth again. This time, it is a healthy baby girl weighing 6 pounds and 15 ounces. The baby was born at 1:32 AM. Fujimoto admitted that although childbirth is painful, she is filled with happiness. This is some of the best news for Morning Musume since the retirement of former member Makoto Ogawa. Fujimoto thanked her husband and son who is now 4 years old. She thanked them for welcoming the new baby with her. She also thanked those people that secretly supported her during childbirth. Fujimoto’s son Toranosuke was born in March 2012. Fujimoto married comedian Tomoharu Shoji back in July 2009. This is great news for Fujimoto who celebrated her 30th birthday back on February 26, 2015. Note: I know that this is now an old news story but it is significant.

Why Fujimoto is important to Japan’s entertainment industry?

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Miki Fujimoto (Shoji) in 2015.

Although many people will remember Fujimoto for her time spent with Morning Musume, Fujimoto has done more than just sing and dance on a stage. She has been at a special event promoting the product Scalp D Shampoo. She has also gone on vacation and talked about it. In 2011, Fujimoto first took a trip to Chicago where it was snowing at that time. Fujimoto would then go to Orlando, Florida where she would meet up with her best friend Aya Matsuura. Miki has also released a yoga exercise book as well. Fujimoto has also worked as a bikini model and released five photo books. These photo books are Real 226, Mikitty, Cheri, Couer, and Alo Hello! Fujimoto was a member of Morning Musume (now under the name of Morning Musume 16) from 2003-2007. Fujimoto is a Japanese idol singer who now has her own solo career. Her solo single Okitegami is one of the most beautiful songs that I have heard! You will love it if you listen to it. Fujimoto can also be classified as a gravure idol or gravure model just like the lovely Aki Takajo of AKB48. Takajo was seen dressed in sexy lingerie for French Kiss Magazine in 2013. There were two other girls that joined her for that photo shoot. Those two girls are Asuka Kuramochi and Yuki Kashiwagi. You could certainly make the case that Miki Fujimoto is the prettiest member of Morning Musume past and present. Is she the prettiest morning Musume member ever? I guess the fans will have to decide this one.

 

The Significance of the birth of her daughter

Fujimoto was a part of Morning Musume’s 6th generation with Sayumi Michishige, Reina Tanaka, and Eri Kamei. Why is the birth of her daughter significant? I believe that now she has two other people besides her husband to share her life with and that’s a great thing. Fujimoto has had adversity in her life as well in spite of her successes and that’s what makes this event so significant. On November 10, 2010, it was reported that Fujimoto’s father passed away in a Hokkaido area hospital. The cause of his death was unknown. The event left both Fujimoto and her mother very shocked. Fujimoto’s parents had been living apart at the time of his death. Just three years earlier in 2007, Fujimoto was involved in a scandal that could have destroyed her career. It was on May 24, 2007 that the Japanese gossip magazine Friday showed a picture of her walking with comedian Tomoharu Shoji. According to the magazine, the pair went out to dinner for two hours. Then they went to Fujimoto’s apartment and after that they went to the sauna. Fujimoto and Shoji would return to Shoji’s apartment just after midnight on May 25. Up-Front Agency (the agency that Fujimoto was under contract with at the time), did not want to deal with this issue because they felt that there was no proof that Fujimoto and Shoji were dating. In Japanese idol groups such as Morning Musume, AKB48, C-ute and others, the members are not allowed to date or be in a relationship as long as they are members of these groups. On May 26, 2007 during a radio show, Fujimoto admitted that those pictures in Friday Magazine were pictures of her. She also admitted that she had been dating Shoji. Instead of facing the possibility of demotion or a lifetime ban, Fujimoto resigned from Morning Musume on June 1, 2007. She would however remain a member of the two person unit called GAM with Aya Matsuura. In spite of this scandal and her father’s death, Fujimoto has had much success. She has released six solo singles as well.

Morning Musume 60th single tops Oricon Charts

Japanese idol group Morning Musume 15 has released their 60th major single and it has reached the top of the Oricon Music Charts!

Morning Musume’s 60th single has been released. It is called “Tsumetai Kaze to Kataomoi / ENDLESS SKY / One and Only.” It was released on December 29th 2015. It sold 143,000 copies during its first week and also made it to the top of the Oricon Music charts! It was the last single for  who graduated from the group on December 31, 2015. Morning Musume’s 60th single is the follow-up to the one called Oh My Wish! This is the group’s first single in 4 releases to reach the top of the charts in almost two years! The last time that this happened was when the single called “Toki wo Koe Sora wo Koe / Password is 0” was released in April 2014. With the release of the single, they have updated their own record of the total number of singles ranked in the top 10. The group’s first single to reach #1 on the Oricon charts was Daite HOLD ON ME!

 

 

Morning Musume is now under the name of Morning Musume 16. They were known as Morning Musume 15 in 2015 and Morning Musume 14 in 2014. They have come a long way since the release of the single called Morning Coffee. Their first leader was Nakazawa Yuko, now 42. Note: each one of these Japanese idol groups has a leader. Morning Musume has had 12 generations of members. It was in September 2014 that the 12th generation made its debut. There were four girls. These girls were Haruna Ogata, Miki Nonaka, Akane Haga, and Maria Makino. The group is now led by Mizuki Fukumura.

Morning Musume is now known as Morning Musume 15

It is now 2015 and the girl group once known by Morning Musume is now known by the name of Morning Musume 15. The group was known as Morning Musume 14 in 2014 and still had Sayumi Michishige as their band leader. But now, Michishige has graduated from the group and young Mizuki Fukumura of Tokyo has taken over as band leader. Previous members that have been the group’s leader include Yuko Nakazawa and Risa Niigaki. Nakazawa was the first member of Morning Musume when the group started performing in 1997. She was 24 when the first generation of members were introduced. Nakazawa who is now 41 got married on April 1, 2012. Yuko Nakazawa is a Japanese idol singer and movie actress that looks very beautiful in a bikini!

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A photo of current band leader of Morning Musume 15 Mizuki Fukumura in a bikini! She’s really cute!!

A photo of Mizuki Fukumura of Japanese idol group Morning Musume 15 taken during a photo session when the girls were on vacation. Source: https://morningtime2.wordpress.com/2015/01/11/mornhnnng-musume-14-alo-hello-7-review/

That famous first generation had four other members. These members were Kaori Iida, Aya Ishiguro, Asuka Fukuda, and Natsumi Abe. The group has come a long way since then having released 14 full length albums. Morning Musume has been surpassed in popularity by another Japanese girl group called AKB48. But they are still active and if the future is any indication, the group will still keep performing. Congratulations to Morning Musume 15 for having made it through three separate decades! The group’s latest album is called 14 Sho: The Message. It has the songs TIKI BUN and Password is 0.

Sayaka Ichii beautiful Japanese idol singer, supermodel and TV actress from Chiba, Japan

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Sayaka Ichii, member of girl group Morning Musume from 1998-2000. Source: http://www.listal.com.

Sayaka Ichii is a Japanese idol singer, model, and film actress. She is a former member of the idol group called Morning Musume. She is also one of the members that had been associated with Hello! Project (H.P. for short). Ichii’s career with Morning Musume began in May 1998 when she joined the group as a second generation member. There were two other girls that joined her. They are Kei Yasuda and Mari Yaguchi. However, Ichii’s career with Morning Musume lasted only two years. In May 2000, she graduated from both Morning Musume and Hello! Project. The reason given for her graduation was so that she could continue her education. She left the group following the release of the single called Happy Summer Wedding. Her debut single with Morning Musume was in Summer Night Town. In 2001, she released the album called FOLK SONGS with Yuko Nakazawa. Nakazawa is the oldest current or former member of Morning Musume at 41. It was also in 2001 that Ichii was a member in the band called CUBIC-CROSS. The band consisted of Naoki Yoshizawa who played keyboards and guitar and Ichii who did the vocals. She wrote two of the group’s songs. Ichii would retire from the music business at the end of 2003. She would later marry Yoshizawa and she gave birth to her first child in August 2003.

Swimsuit pics of Sayaka Ichii!

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After a long absence from the music business, Ichii would join Ranves Management Agency in February 2009. On August 24, 2009, Ichii announced that she would make her return the next day. It was after this that Ichii’s comeback was complete. She would use her talents to expand her range of activities. On August 30, 2009, Ichii made an appearance on TV in a show called Sunday Japan. Ichii would also star to do modeling. It was on September 5, 2009 that she would make her modeling appearance in Tokyo Girls Collection at Yoyogi Stadium. After graduating from Morning Musume, Ichii had not been in contact with any of the members. She said that she would like to appear in TV shows with them. In 2011, she appeared in a movie called Ashita ni Kakeru Ai. Filming began in April 2011 and the movie was released in both China and Japan the following year.

LOVE Machine (Morning Musume’s 7th single and very popular at the time.

There are some instances where children don’t follow their parent’s footsteps into the same career. Sayaka Ichii reported on her official blog in 2012 that her then eight year-old daughter has no interest in the world of show business and she even criticizes and finds faults with her mother appearing on TV. Her daughter first mentioned in a conversation that Ichii wrote down that she (Ichii) is not suited for TV. Ichii replied that it may seem like that but she is actually doing her best. I can relate to this in some way because sometimes even when we do our best, our best does not seem to be good enough in the opinion of some people. Ichii describes her daughter as being “straight to the point” and that she does not hold back on her feelings. Ichii even said that she thinks her daughter is more relentless than her manager is. Ichii concluded the topic by saying that these actions show that her daughter has no interest in the entertainment business and that she wants to eventually work with her hands and do something practical. Ichii has confidence that her daughter will become a reliable person. Ichii now has three children. In August 2012, she announced that she was pregnant at that time. She gave birth to a baby boy on March 2, 2013. Of course, she is not the only member of the group to have given birth and made news. In March 2012, Miki Fujimoto also gave birth to a baby boy Toranosuke with her comedian husband Tomoharu Shojji. On July 25, 2012, Ichii got married to a 37 year-old hairdresser. She had been previously married to Naoki Yoshizawa whom she divorced in May 2011 after 7 years of marriage. It is interesting that one of her nicknames is also Mother! In April 2014, Sayaka revealed that she had submitted an application for the contest called the Otona AKB48 Audition. This contest would result in the winner being chosen to be a member of AKB48 for a short time. The focus was choosing females that were over the age of 30. Ichii did not win the contest. On May 6, 2014, she joined the idol group called OFR48. This group is not related to AKB48. The concept for OFR48 is “bath house workers you can go meet.” In August 2014, Ichii graduated from OFR48.

Profile of Sayaka Ichii

 HQ version of the song Furusato.

  • Her date of birth is December 3, 1983.
  • Her place of birth is Funabashi, Chiba Japan.
  • Her hobby is taking pictures.
  • Other Morning Musume singles that she has participated in are Daite Hold on Me, Memory Seishun no Hikari, Manatsu no Kousen, Furusato, LOVE Machine, and Koi no Dance Site.

Rika Ishikawa is now dating baseball player Ryoma Nogami of the Saitama Seibu Lions

There is another former Morning Musume member that is now in a relationship. On August 5, 2014, there was a report that reveals that former Morning Musume singer Rika Ishikawa, 29 is in a relationship with Ryoma Nogami. Nogami is a baseball pitcher for the Saitama Seibu Lions. After the release of the report, Ishikawa admitted this on her personal blog. Ishikawa said that she is surprised because this is her first romance. She said that she will try her best and encouraged fans to support her. Ishikawa also made news in January 2013 when she met and talked to AKB48 member Yuki Kashiwagi. Kashiwagi had mentioned Ishikawa’s name several times and Rika had wanted to meet her and work with her. Kashiwagi is not only known for being a member of one of the most famous musical groups in the world but this cute 23 year-old is also a member of the AKB48 sub-unit called French Kiss. French Kiss also features Team B captain and gorgeous girl Asuka Kuramochi. Joining Kuramochi is the really sexy Aki Takajo. According to the report that was released, Nogami and Ishikawa began dating at the end of 2013. Ishikawa is not the only Japanese singer or idol to announce that she is in a relationship. In 2013, former AKB48 singer and center Atsuko Maeda announced that she was dating actor Onoe Matsuya.

Rika Ishikawa Japanese idol singer, supermodel and actress. Source of photo: www.hello-online.org.

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Rika Ishikawa of Morning Musume in a bikini as part of her photo book sessions. She really looks awesome here! One of the best photos of Rika-chan for sure!

Rika Ishikawa joined idol group Morning Musume back in 2000 along with Hitomi Yoshizawa, Nozomi Tsuji, and Ai Kago. She was part of the group’s fourth generation. That generation preceded the fifth generation. The fifth generation included Asami Konno, Makoto Ogawa, and the very cute Risa Niigaki. Yoshizawa and Ishikawa would form a dance pop duo called Hangry & Angry in 2008 and then they would go to the United States in April 2009 and hold a concert in Seattle, Washington. Rika Ishikawa was also a member of the huge label known as Hello! Project. Her reason for leaving that label was to start a career as a gravure model. Ishikawa joins a list of many Japanese celebrities that have become gravure models. One of these is Saitama born beauty Yoko Mitsuya whom I really think is one of the sexiest bikini models I have ever seen. And of course, who can forget about Yoko Matsugane and busty babe Harumi Nemoto? Rika Ishikawa has also released photo books such as the one in 2004 called Hana Bi. There are many of these idol singers that have released photo books. One of the most notable idols to have done so is AKB48’s Mayu Watanabe. Watanabe 20, released her debut photo book called Mayuyu back in 2011. Congratulations to Rika Ishikawa as she continues with her career while trying to balance the romance. Rika Ishikawa goes by her most common nickname of Charmy but she is also known as Rika-chan.

What is Sayaka Ichii doing in 2014?

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Sayaka Ichii is indeed VERY beautiful as this photo shows. Her eyes are amazing as well. I’m going to have a hard time picking between Sayaka and Kei because it is a tough call. Source: http://www.listal.com.

Fans of Morning Musume (now Morning Musume 14) are probably wondering what former member Sayaka Ichii is up to these days. I was wondering the same thing and so I have decided to write about her. It was in April 2014 that Ichii, 30, revealed that she had submitted an application to something called the Otona AKB48 Audition. This was an event where they were searching for members over the age of 30 that would become members for a short time. However, on April 14, 2014, Ichii said that she had failed the audition.  And on May 6, 2014, Ichii joined the idol group OFR48 (the full name is Ofuro 48 and they are not related to the famous girl group AKB48). This group was formed in 2011 and the concept is bath house workers that you can go meet.

In August 2012, Sayaka Ichii got married to a hairdresser who was then 37 years old. And on March 2, 2013, she gave birth to a baby boy.  Sayaka Ichii’s career goes all the way back to May 1998 when she joined Morning Musume as a 14 year-old. The members in this second generation that joined her are Kei Yasuda and Mari Yaguchi. I’ve always said that I think of all the second generation members, Kei Yasuda is the prettiest and sexiest of them. But Sayaka Ichii is very beautiful also. This beautiful pop singer was born on December 31, 1983 in the city of Chiba in Japan. A few other famous Japanese celebrities that were born in Chiba are the busty bikini model Harumi Nemoto and the very cute and talented singer Atsuko Maeda.