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.

Maki Goto reveals details about her weight

Former Morning Musume member Maki Goto has recently revealed details regarding her weight on her blog. She has been absent from entertainment related activities for over 2.5 years and she is now back. Of all the former Morning Musume members that I have written about, Maki Goto is not one of them. On a July 2nd blog entry, Goto wrote that she weighs 43 kilograms or 94.6 pounds. Goto also said that it would be best if she could keep it at this range. Choreographer Mayumi Natsu had very nice things to say about Goto, saying that her abilities are #1 among Morning Musume and AKB48 members. Goto was very joyful upon hearing these words and she described herself as a fortunate person. She values every piece of her happiness.

As of the beginning of this year, Morning Musume now goes by the name of Morning Musume 14. The name change was made by the group’s producer TSUNKU. The group has been making news especially recently. It was revealed that Sayumi Michishige who has been with the group since 2003 announced her decision to graduate from the group following a concert that will take place this fall. There were discussions between Michishige, her producer, and her agency about the time to graduate and the fall concert was determined to be the best time for her to do so. Maki Goto was part of Morning Musume’s 3rd generation and she is the only member of that generation. Preceding Goto was the 2nd generation of members which included the lovely Kei Yasuda. And even before this generation was the first generation which includes Yuko Nakazawa who began her career with the group in 1997 at the age of 24.

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Maki Goto former 3rd generation member of Morning Musume. I really like Kei Yasuda but Maki Goto is really beautiful as well.

Source of Maki Goto photo: http://www.bobx.com/idol/maki-goto.

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Goto is not the only former Morning Musume member to announce a return to the entertainment industry. Former member Ai Kago returned to the entertainment industry after forming a three member unit called Girls Beat!! And Asuka Fukuda also made her return after a long absence as well. Fukuda is now a member of the group called Peace$tone, a group that she formed back in 2011. Following Goto’s tenure with Morning Muusme came the fourth generation of members which included the mentioned Ai Kago, Nozomi Tsuji, and Rika Ishikawa who made news when she met and talked to the very cute Yuki Kashiwagi of AKB48. After that generation came the fifth generation with members Ai Takahashi, Risa Niigaki, Asami Konno, and Makoto Ogawa. Takahashi of course has also done work as a bikini model, appearing in FLASH Magazine back in 2011 showing her great bikini body! It was on May 27, 2010 that Takahashi attended a release event for her photo book called Katachi prior to her graduation from Morning Musume. Maki Goto joined Morning Musume back in 1999 as a young 13 year-old. She would remain with the group until 2002 and then she would “graduate” from the group to pursue a solo career. Atsuko Maeda of AKB48 also graduated to pursue a solo singing career of her own as well as to focus on becoming an actress.

Morning Musume 14 to hold audition for new members

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A high quality photo of the group now known as Morning Musume 14. Reina Tanaka who graduated from the group last May is third from left. Right next to her is Sayumi Michishige who has been with the group since 2003.

It was just a few days ago on March 12 that Morning Musume 14 released their 2nd compilation album called Morning Musume 14 Coupling Compilation 2. It was also on this day that current 11th generation member Sakura Oda of Kanagawa turned 15. They will now hold and audition called Morning Musume 14 Golden Audition in another attempt to recruit new members for the group. People between the ages of 10-17 of any nationality that are not married are eligible to apply. This is really smart on the part of the group’s producer TSUNKU who is attempting to expand the group’s influence and popularity outside of Japan. He explained that as the current members’ skills are increasing, the criteria to select candidates is also getting higher. He is sure that there are many amazing and talented people out there. TSUNKU also explained the reasons behind this new recruiting process. He says that the support of the fans made 2013 a big year for Morning Musume as the group reached the top of the Oricon singles chart three times in a row! In 2014, he expects Morning Musume 14 to take what he called a “great leap forward to enter their golden era.” The candidates that prove to be successful will be introduced at a Morning Musume 14 event this coming fall. They will be taking lessons at this time and they can then join in earnest by 2015. Even if no candidate officially passes the audition, they can select a semi-passed candidate who will then be chosen to take free lessons as a member of Hello! Pro Kenshuusei or training group. The person will also be able to take part in live events. The semi-passed candidate will also be able to be selected as a member of any new Hello! Project groups that may be formed in the future. Last spring while the group was still known as Morning Musume, no one passed the audition for what was to become the group’s 12th generation. It was late in 2013 that TSUNKU announced that he was changing the group’s name to Morning Musume 14 to correspond with the current year. The deadline to apply for the audition is May 11. On January 29, 2014, the group released their first single as Morning Musume 14 called “Egao no Kimi wa Taiyou sa / Kimi no Kawari wa Iyashinai / What is LOVE?” The group’s name is pronounced Morning Musume one-four and they have been in the music business since 1997. They are second in terms of popularity in Japan compared to AKB48.

Mizuki Fukumura, Japanese idol singer for Morning Musume

Mizuki Fukumura is one of the youngest members of the Japanese idol group Morning Musume. She is a member of the group’s 9th generation. And she is very young too. And in honor of one of my classmates whose name is Mizuki, I have decided to write about another person with the same name. You could also say that Mizuki Fukumura is a Japanese singer and not use the word idol if you want to. So who really is Muzuki Fukumura?

Photo of Morning Musume member Mizuki Fukumura. Source: http://helloproject.wikia.com.

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This awesome photo of Mizuki is from her solo photo book. it was shot in Guam.

Mizuki Fukumura’s career in the entertainment business began in 2008 when she joined Hello! Project as a member of the unit called Hello! Pro Egg along with Rie Kaneko and Akari Takeuchi. On January 2, 2011, Mizuki made her Morning Musume debut along with three other winners of the audition: Erina Ikuta, Riho Sayashi, and Kanon Suzuki.

A beautiful slideshow of images from Mizuki Fukumura’s first photo book. You will love this!

Facts about Mizuki Fukumura

  • Born on October 30, 1996.
  • Her city of birth is Tokyo.
  • She is one of three children in her family. She has an older and younger brother.
  • Her height is listed at 165 centimeters.
  • She looks up to Momoko Tsugunaga and current member Sayumi Michishige. She also looks up to former member Eri Kamei as a role model.
  • She enjoys drawing as a hobby.
  • She does not like putting wrapping paper over plates.
  • She is unable to read the atmosphere.
  • Her favorite foods include tapioca and coconut milk.
  • She has released three photo books with other Morning Musume members and one solo photo book called Mizuki on May 15, 2013.
  • Motto for life: “Believe in people.”
  • Her favorite quote is “Whatever doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.”

 

Fukumura’s official Morning Musume color is hot pink. She says that her favorite artist is Ken Hirai. She is only one of five members to have joined Hello! Project first before joining Morning Musume. The others to have done this are Miki Fujimoto, Chinese born singer LinLin, Haruka Kudo, and Sakura Oda. Her favorite Morning Musume songs are Lemon Iro to Milk Tea and I Wish. She has many pets including a dog named Kurara. Her favorite spot to meet is the living room where her family gathers around. She has an unusual habit of chewing ice cubes. She is also known for eating egg based foods for breakfast. Fukumura became Morning Musume’s sub-leader with Haruna Iikubo when Reina Tanaka graduated from the group in May 2013.

Morning Musume to release their first single under the name Morning Musume 14

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Morning Musume 14 performing their new single What is Love. This is a high quality screen shot from YouTube.

Popular all-girl group Morning Musume is scheduled to release their very first single as Morning Musume 14. The single is called “Egao no Kimi wa Taiyou sa / Kimi no Kawari wa Iyashinai / What is LOVE?” it will be relased on January 29, 2014. The single will come in six different versions, Limited Editions A-D and Regular Edition A and Regular Edition B. The group will start their tour, Morning Musume 14 Concert Tour Spring Evolution in March 2014. the tour will start on March 15 and they will stop at 9 different cities in Japan. It was just last month that the group’s producer TSUNKU announced that he would be changing the group’s name to Morning Musume 14 and that in 2015, the group would come to be known as Morning Musume 15, Morning Musume 16 in 2016 and so on. I really think that the group’s name should just remain as Morning Musume. That’s what the group has been known as since the beginning and that is what the fans have been accustomed to. Why does he want to keep changing the group’s name every year? That is a really odd thing to do but it is what it is.

In December 2013, it was announced that Ai Takahashi would be registering her marriage to comedian Koji Abe. That is set to take place on Valentine’s Day, a special day that is associated with love and romance. Miki Fujimoto who was one of the group’s sixth generation members from 2003-2007 also married a comedian, Tomoharu Shoji in July 2009 in Hawaii.

Reina Tanaka moves on from Morning Musume

With the announcement of Risa Niigaki graduating in May 2012 that created big news and shocked her fans, Morning Musume fans have had to deal with another member that has graduated from her activities with the group. Reina Tanaka, a sixth generation member of the group since 2003 announced her decision to graduate on May 21, 2013.  I know that this is old news but it is still newsworthy.

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Reina Tanaka is on stage during the day of her graduation on May 21, 2013. She is one happy person! She served for 10 years as a member of Morning Musume.

She wants to now focus on her band Lovendor. Any Morning Musume member that graduates or leaves the group seems to make news. It was also announced that Mizuki Fukumura and Haruna Iikubo will both be the sub-leaders of Morning Musume. On January 19, 2013, Reina and current Morning Musume leader Sayumi Michishige who calls herself the cutest member of Morning Musume both celebrated their 10 year anniversary with the group.

But this has been a challenging year for Tanaka so far as she has had to deal with some health issues. She revealed in her blog in February that she had come down with a duodenal ulcer and esophagitis. She said that she would be taking medicines and requiring surgery to heal herself. On March 23, she had experienced a painful ringing in her ears and the next day, she was forced to miss a concert. Her own band had to do without her. But Reina has recovered and I am sure she is excited about this next phase of her career. Reina Tanaka was born on November 11, 1989 in Fukuoka, Japan. Reina Tanaka is also no longer associated with the label Hello! Project. The motto that Reina lives by is “If you’re allowed to be yourself, you won’t do bad things to people. Don’t do things to people that you wouldn’t want for people to do to you.” Source: http://www.generasia.com/wiki/Tanaka_Reina.

Note: there will be a post about this 6th generation member coming up soon as it is now 2017.