I have written about so many Morning Musume girls. Some of these members are:
- Yuko Nakazawa
- Kei Yasuda
- Sayaka Ichii (not to be confused with gravure idol Sayaka Isoyama).
- Makoto Ogawa
- Aika Mitsui
- Ayumi Ishida
The next one that will be introduced is Mizuki Fukumura. This is not a straightforward biography about her but it will address the details about her first solo photo book called MIZUKI which is amazing.
Mizuki Fukumura is a 9th generation member of pop music group Morning Musume (now known as Morning Musume 16 because of the name changes). In May 2013, she released her first photo book called MIZUKI. The photo book was shot on the island of Guam. The photo shoot shows Mizuki being engaged in a number of activities such as playing basketball and doing cycling. Mizuki has been playing basketball since she was a child. Mizuki is also shown dressed as a waitress. Mizuki also does body boarding in the ocean. Mizuki is described as having the gentle cuteness of a normal girl. But there are also shots of her dressed in a bikini which are absolutely fabulous because I have seen them!
Some Perspective About the MIZUKI Photo Book Shot In Guam
Former JKT48 singer Aki Takajo also was in Guam back in 2011 when she did a photo shoot as well. The cover shows Mizuki dressed in a sailor’s uniform and she has her head tilted so that she can look at the camera. The image itself shows Mizuki’s nice eyes and gives her the elegance that she needs in order to attract fans all around the world. Known as Fuku-chan, Mizuki was born on October 30, 1996 in Tokyo. She joined Morning Musume in January 2011 and she is the leader of the group having replaced Sayumi Michishige. When the photo book was done Mizuki Fukumura was just 16 years old. She described herself as feeling nervous because this was her first solo photo book. The photo book took three days of filming. Mizuki wore a red waitress outfit that was inspiration for what Eri Kamei once wore. Mizuki says that her favorite bikini that she wore during filming was the emerald green bikini. Here are a few photos from that photo session!
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.
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!
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?
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’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.
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!
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.
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.
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.