Ayumi Ishida, the Japanese idol singer from Sendai whom I consider as one of my role models is now in another year as a member of the group now known as Morning Musume 18. It is time for me to say another big THANK YOU to this Japanese idol singer who is a member of the group’s 10th generation. It is through the power of appreciation that I extend my deepest gratitude and love to a member that has been with Morning Musume since 2011, released four photo books, and has the cutest face in the group among the active members. Ishida, 21, released her 4th solo photo book called 20th Canvas on April 27, 2018. Here is a photo from that photo book 20th Canvas (image source: http://helloproject.wikia.com/wiki/20th_canvas) For more photo book sessions of Morning Musume members, you can view the photo book Natsumi by Natsumi Abe, or her other photo books including SUBWAY and Fin No Hito. Let’s remember that there is Sayumi Michishige’s Mille Feuille photo book or Blue Rose, the last one that she released as a member of Morning Musume. But this space belongs as a space to thank the great Ayumi Ishida of Sendai! Much love and gratitude to you my dear ♥♥! And thank you to all of the people around the world that have viewed this website and have enjoyed it. You are important as well. But Ayumi Ishida: may you be loved, may you be happy, may you be peaceful, and may you be the most successful idol singer of your generation!
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.
Natsumi photo book Pic #1
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!
Natsumi Abe Natsumi photo book pic #2
Natsumi Photo book pic #3
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.
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.
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!
Former 4th generation member of Morning MusumeRika Ishikawa gives birth to a baby boy!
When she made the announcement, she said that she was very moved by the birth and the chance to meet her baby for the very first time. She also revealed that she had gotten advice from other Morning Musume members that had given birth and that she hopes to grow with her child. This is certainly welcome news for fans of the group. Ishikawa who is now 33 began her career in the entertainment industry in 2000. Her husband is baseball player Ryoma Nogami who now plays for the Yomiuri Giants. However when Ishikawa married him in March 2017, he was playing for the Saitama Seibu Lions. Congratulations to Rika Ishikawa and Ryoma Nogami!
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!