Risa Niigaki, one of my favorite members of Morning Musume and one of its longest serving members has filed for divorce from her husband, actor Yoshikazu Kotani.
Niigaki and Kotani got married in July 2016. However the marriage lasted only one year and six months. The official reason for the split is that both of them were just walking on different paths in life and they decided that the best choice was for them to part ways. Niigaki and Kotani met each other in 2013 when they both starred in the play called Zettai Kareshi. They would start dating a year later. I heard about this story two weeks ago. I wish the best of luck to Niigaki who will turn 30 in October. I hope that she will grow stronger as a result of this setback. Niigaki had the record for the most number of days served in Morning Musume until Sayumi Michishige surpassed her. Niiigaki was a member of Morning Musume from 2001 through 2012.
Sayumi MichishigeMorning Musume in a pink apron during a special program.
Sayumi Michishige of Morning Musume certainly has had an interesting life so far. In other news related to Morning Musume, singer Sayumi Michishige posted a photo of herself dressed in a pink apron. The photo was posted on her official blog. On the day that the photo was posted, she attended a recording of the program “Chuumon no Ooi Ryourinin.” She said that she had worn that pink apron as a costume during the program. She wrote on her blog: “I wore a pink apron ♪ I did my best at cooking, so please watch ★” And she got many positive responses from fans for that dress. They thought that it was erotic and that Sayumi looked cute in the apron.
It was a few weeks before this event that Sayumi made an appearance in Tokyo for the collaboration between the online game Dragon’s Nest and the pastry company Ginza Cozy Corner. She displayed a custom-made strawberry cake at the event. In January 2011, Michishige along with former Morning Musume singer, author, and restaurant owner Miki Fujimoto hung out with her on the Ichihachi show which is a reality show.
Fujimoto is a regular cast member on the show. Sayumi has also been seen in photo shoots with former member Rika Ishikawa. Ishikawa herself became part of Morning Musume’s 4th generation of members. Note: Sayumi Michishige announced her graduation from the group and left on November 26, 2014 after more than 11 years as a member. She holds the record for the most amount of days spent as a member of Morning Musume surpassing Ai Takahashi and Risa Niigaki.
Note: this is not going to be a full biography of Kei Yasuda but only a tribute to her.
It is time to pay tribute to another one of these Morning Musume idols, Kei Yasuda. Yasuda was selected to be part of the group’s second generation of members along with Mari Yaguchi and Sayaka Ichii. Of the second generation members, I would say that Yasuda was at one time my favorite second generation member. She would graduate from the group in the middle of 2003 to focus on a career as an actress. After being a part of Up-Front Agency, Yasuda was transferred to J.P. Room sometime in late 2013. She has been in the entertainment industry since 1998. It was in May 2013 that she got married to an Italian food cooking researcher. Kei Yasuda has also had a career as a Japanese supermodel. In 2002 before she turned 22, she released her only solo photo book called Kei. In that photo book, Kei Yasuda did not have any swimsuit or bikini pictures but instead, she was seen wearing a sexy, elegant dress! Here is a look at Morning Musume idol Kei Yasuda through the years in photos. Source of photos: http://www.hello-online.org.
Note: this post used to be on my magazine style website called Asian Celebs Hut.
Yasuda is one of several former Morning Musume members to get married and hold a wedding ceremony. For instance, in February 2015, former member Maki Goto held a wedding ceremony and party where over 200 people were in attendance. Former first generation member and band leader Yuko Nakazawa, now 44, got married on April 1, 2012 to a 39 year-old IT company executive. And in August 2012, Sayaka Ichii got married to a 37 year-old hairdresser. For Ichii, this was her second marriage. She had previously been married to guitarist Naoki Yoshizawa from 2004-2011. Yasuda’s first name Kei means square jewel. Kei Yasuda was one of the artists associated with Hello! Project, the “umbrella name” of many Japanese female groups and performers. She has been seen in photo shoots with other Morning Musume members such as Mari Yaguchi and Ai Takahashi. And I think that Yasuda is one of those members that has a superb fashion sense! Kei Yasuda was born on December 6, 1980 in Chiba, Japan, the same area of Japan that gave birth to bikini model Harumi Nemoto.
Before Yasuda joined Morning Musume along with Mari Yaguchi and Sayaka Ichii, Morning Musume had only released the single Morning Coffee. Morning Coffee was one of the group’s singles that became a major hit. So how did Yasuda get into Morning Musume?
Yasuda Enters Morning Musume in 1998 and graduates in 2003
It was back in 1998 that Yasuda was chosen along with Mari Yaguchi and Sayaka Ichii as part of the group’s second generation to join the group. After the graduation of Asuka Fukuda in 1999, Yasuda was given almost all of her solo lines. She sang a duet song called Otome no Shiringaku with Ichii. The song was so popular that TSUNKU (producer of Morning Musume) decided to put these two girls with Maki Goto in a group called Petitmoni. That group released a very successful single called Chokotto Love. Since its release on November 23, 1999, the single has sold over a million copies! Before ending this tribute, let’s remember that these Morning Musume members even Yasuda were given English lessons by Ayaka Kimura, a former member of the group Coconuts Musume. At her graduation concert in 2003, Yasuda sang a remixed rock version of the song Never Forget. This was one of the songs on the single called Memory Seishun no Hikari.
Ayaka Kimura attempts to teach Yasuda some English!
Sayumi Michishige guest appearance on a variety TV show called the Ichihachi Show!
Former Morning Musume member Sayumi Michishige did something that had nothing to do with music.
Image source: Miki Fujimoto’s official blog 1 and 2.
How did Sayumi Michishige and Miki Fujimoto appear on the Ichihachi Show?
Although Sayumi Michishige is known for her cuteness, she really likes to have fun too. In January 2011, Miki Fujimoto posted on her blog that Sayumi had come on the Ichihachi show. This is a variety show that also has Fujimoto as a regular cast member. Later that day, Fujimoto then 25 posted another blog entry in which she said that Kumicky also known as Kumiko Funayama came onto the Ichihachi show and she showed her child-like and charismatic nature. Fujimoto reported that they got together and had so much fun! This is old news but it just goes to show that members of Morning Musume past and present are more than just pop music idols. Fujimoto used to be my favorite 6th generation member but now that favorite member of mine is Eri Kamei!
Sayumi Michishige’s Mille Feuille photo book is the 9th photo book released by the former member of Morning Musume. The Mille Feuille photo book was released on January 27, 2013. It shows Michishige displaying her excellent bikini body!
She considered herself to be the cutest member of Morning Musume during her tenure with the group. Yes, she is cute but in this photo book, she shows that she can be very sexy as well! I really love some of these pics!
The thing is that while members such as Yuko Nakazawa may be sexier, Sayumi Michishige is cuter than her and I do prefer to see that cute girl kind of look. So these photos are just fine! Michishige was a member of Morning Musume when the group celebrated its 16th anniversary in September 2013. She eventually became the member with the longest tenure in the history of the group surpassing both Risa Niigaki and Ai Takahashi! Michishige was not primarily an Asian bikini model but she showed that she could compete with other Japanese singers in the looks category! Following the release of this photo book, Michishige would release her 10th photo book called Blue Rose.
Sayumi Michishige Profile
Her most common nickname is Sayumin.
Date of birth: July 13, 1989 (28 years old)
Place of birth: Ube, Yamaguchi, Japan
Her favorite foods are the mentaiko spaghetti that her mother makes and chocolate.
Where are these Ai Takahashi colored bikini pictures from?
These Ai Takahashi colored bikini photos are from a very famous magazine? Do you know which magazine they are from? If not then you will find out soon.
Ai Takahashi formerly of the Japanese idol group Morning Musume participated in a photo shoot for Flash Magazine back in 2011 and she absolutely sizzles with beauty in a black bikini with strawberries and flowers on them! It is one of the best photos of her that I have seen for sure. The group now goes by the name of Morning Musume 16 as of 2016. These photos are also from Alo! Hello Morning Musume 2011 and they are awesome!
Takahashi made news when she registered her marriage to comedian Koji Abe on February 14, 2014. That’s another way of saying that Takahashi got married. Ai Takahashi joins a list of several former Morning Musume members to get married. They are:
And of course, Ai Kago is also another prominent member of this idol group to get married.
Of the members on this list that got married, only Yaguchi and Ichii got divorced. Note: as of 2015, Ai Kago is the next Morning Musume member to get divorced. Takahashi and Abe took their friendship into the romance stage in May 2011 after they starred in the stage play Hamlet. Ai Takahashi mentioned that Abe is the one that she would like to spend her life with. Ai Takahashi was part of Morning Musume’s 5th generation of members along with Asami Konno, Makoto Ogawa, and Risa Niigaki. Ai Takahashi was born in September 1986 and she took over the leadership position of Morning Musume in June 2007 after the abrupt resignation of Fujimoto due to a personal scandal.
I’ve already written a few posts about Japanese idol and Morning Musume 17 member Ayumi Ishida of Sendai. Now, it is time to thank her and say that she is one of my role models! Yes indeed that is correct! Ishida who is my favorite member of the 10th generation has been an idol since the name of the group was still called Morning Musume.
She has been a member for all of the name changes the group has had including Morning Musume 15, Morning Musume 16, and Morning Musume 17. Thank you Ayumi Ishida for your smile! Thank you Ayumi Ishida for your friendly personality! Thank you Ayumi Ishida for your contributions to the group since you joined in 2011. Ishida has also been a member of the group being involved in some of the activities the group has done since 2013. I also mention on my main website about how Morning Musume has become a huge pop cultural influence especially in Japan. Ishida has also been a member of Morning Musume for their 59th single called Oh My Wish which was released in August 2015. Ishida who will be 21 years old in January 2018 also has recorded her own version of the single called Wagamama ki no Mama Ai no Joke. The English translation for the song is Selfish Easygoing Jokes of Love. That is one of the best songs in the history of Morning Musume. If you have not heard the song yet, I encourage you to listen to it and you will see how great the song is! Ishida has also been a member of the group when Mizuki Fukumura took over as the group’s leader. She has also seen the debut of the group’s 13th generation. Ishida has been with the group for almost seven years and I am so thankful that she is one of my role models!