Who is Yuko Nakazawa of Morning Musume?

 

Who is Yuko Nakazawa?

Fans of Japanese pop music sensation Morning Musume have probably heard the name Yuko Nakazawa. I’ve heard about her for a long time and now I’m writing about her. This Japanese beauty has not only excelled at Japanese pop music for almost the last 21 years, but she has taken her talents to the movie screen as well. Yuko was part of the 1st generation of Morning Musume vocalists when the band was first formed. Yuko was the host of a TV show called Hello! Morning . This show’s producer is of course the Hello! Project label and it had the Morning Musume members on it too. Yuko has worked on Japanese enka songs. Note: this post will cover just a small section of her career but it is intended to familiarize the world with who Yuko Nakazwa is. Yuko Nakazawa has also appeared in a bikini and she is really stunning! This post will not cover her career with Morning Musume but instead it will focus on her work after leaving the group.

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A Brief Snapshot of the career of Yuko Nakazawa

Yuko Nakazawa began her solo career in 1998 becoming a regular member of Hello! Project’s folk song series by 2000. In April 2005, she became a performer on the TV program called Tchunen. That’s an unusual name for a TV program but that’s just my opinion. I could say that 2010 was a milestone year for Yuko because she became a special guest for her former band Morning Musume in Paris, France. On July 2, 2010, there was an event called Japan Expo. A few months later in September 2010, Yuko joined a group called Afternoon Musume. This group also features some of the other members of Yuko’s current group Morning Musume OG. The group is also known as Dream Morning Musume.

Yuko Nakazawa started making a name for herself in movies when she starred in the TV drama Beauty Seven in 2001. That appearance was followed by Gokusen in 2002 and Madam Mari in 2003. Then starting in 2004, Yuko played in a TV series called Central Ikegami Police. She played in seasons 3-5 which lasted through 2005. Yuko Nakazawa has also starred in a few movies.

They are:

  • Tetsujin 28 Gou
  • TWILIGHT File VIII: Fighting Okan (ファイティング オカン TWILIGHT FILE VIII)
  • Koitani Bashi ~Vallée de l’amour~
  •  Atsuhime Number 1 (篤姫ナンバー1) (as Tae)

 

And as a side note for your pleasure, I’m going to say that Yuko looks really sexy in a bikini. She has already celebrated her 43rd birthday as of 2016 and she looks amazing!

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You have to see her to believe it. You will not be disappointed. On June 19, 2008, Yuko Nakazawa turned 35. She is referred to sometimes as the Elder Stateswoman of H!P or Hello! Project. She is also considered to be like an older sister to many of the Morning Musume members. She is known by her nickname of Big Sis. she is known as Nakazawa Yuko in Japan. She made her debut with Morning Musume in 1997 as a 24-year old with four other members. These members were Kaori Iida, Natsumi Abe, Aya Ishiguro, and Asuka Fukuda who looked pretty darn cute in a bikini during a photo shoot for Morning Musume back in 1997 and 1998!

 

Who is Your Favorite Morning Musume Member?

I have decided to do a fun and creative post that all of you will love! 2017 is the 20th anniversary of the debut of the first generation of Morning Musume. In honor of this special moment, I’d like to ask you: who is your favorite member of the first generation of Morning Musume? For me it is definitely Nacchi (Natsumi Abe)! Here is a brief description of each of these five girls that made up that first generation:

Yuko Nakazawa (known by the nickname of Big Sis) Age: 43

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A stunning pic of Yuko Nakazawa from 2009! It does not matter what she wears because she is still beautiful!
  • Is from Kyoto, Japan.
  • She was the group’s first band leader.
  • She was the oldest member in the group’s history when she started her career with the group. She was 24 when she started with Morning Musume which is much older than the age that these members start their careers.
  • She graduated from Morning Musume in 2001 to focus on other things by the time she was 30 years old.
  • Known as Nakazawa Yuko in Japan, she posed for a photo shoot in a stunning black bikini for Hello! Project while sitting poolside!

Asuka Fukuda Age: 32

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Asuka Fukuda is seen here in a swimsuit for Morning Musume’s first photo book!
  • Is from Tokyo, Japan.
  • She is the youngest member of the first generation.
  • She has the shortest tenure in the history of the group.
  • She took part in a photo session for Morning Musume’s first group photo book. In that photo book she is seen in a one-piece swimsuit which would become very common for these members to do.
  • In April 1999, she graduated from Morning Musume. Her stated reason for graduating was to finish her education but she did not even finish high school.

Aya Ishiguro Age: 38

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Aya Ishiguro posing for a photo shoot during the making of Morning Musume’s first photo book.
  • Is from Hokkaido, Japan.
  • Has a daughter Rimu born in November 2000.
  • Her husband is Shinya Yamada, a rock musician for the band Luna Sea.
  • She has worked as a fashion designer.
  • She wrote a book about her transition to being a mother after working as an idol singer.

Kaori Iida Age: 35

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Kaori Iida seen here in 2003.
  • Is from Hokkaido, Japan.
  • She was born two days before member Natsumi Abe (August 8).
  • She gave birth to a baby boy on January 22, 2008. However, she stated on November 28 that her son had died on July 27 due to renal failure.
  • She gave birth to another boy on May 14, 2013.
  • She released her 5th album called ONDAS on July 20, 2016. The album has mostly Brazilian cover songs from the music genre called Bossa Nova.

Natsumi Abe Age: 35

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Natsumi Abe in a bikini for one of the photo shoots for Hello! Project. Can you say stunning? Oh yeah she’s really amazing here!
  • She released her self-cover album Smile on August 13, 2014.
  • She released her 11th photo book SUBWAY in August 2012. The photo book features Abe walking in the streets of New York City, reading books in a bookstore, or sipping a glass of wine! She is also seen posing in beautiful lingerie!
  • Her 12th photo book Fin no Hito was shot in Helsinki, Finland. That one is my favorite photo book of hers because it shows just how sexy and charming she is! The photo book shows Abe walking through the streets of Helsinki, waiting at a subway station, or posing in lingerie in her hotel room!

Source of images: hello-online.org.