In my earlier post about the first generation of Morning Musume, I asked readers what their favorite first generation member of Morning Musume was. Now, I would like to know who is your favorite second generation member? The second generation had three members that were introduced. These women were Sayaka Ichii, Mari Yaguchi, and Kei Yasuda. Here is a brief description of each of these members:
Sayaka Ichii (born December 31, 1983)
This Chiba Japan singer and bikini model turned 33 at the end of 2016. She was married to Naoki Yoshizawa, guitarist of the band CUBIC-CROSS from 2004 through 2011. Ichii divorced Yoshizawa, citing that he had an uncooperative attitude in raising their two daughters. Ichii graduated from Morning Musume in May 2000 after the release of the single Happy Summer Wedding. She has remarried, given birth to a boy in 2013 and is expecting her fourth child in spring 2017. Ichii released her only photo book called Self in February 2002. The photo book shows Ichii in a bikini or in an awesome one-piece swimsuit as she is relaxing!
Mari Yaguchi (born January 20, 1983)
This Kanagawa, Japan native was once the leader of Morning Musume. In 2013, she became involved in an extramarital affair. She was in bed with model Kenzo Umeda. Yaguchi and her now ex-husband Masaya Nakamura eventually divorced after the affair. I think that Yaguchi is one of the lesser attractive Morning Musume members.
Kei Yasuda (born December 6, 1980)
This beautiful second generation member dropped out of high school to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. She released her only solo photo book called Kei in 2002. In May 2013, she married Yoichi Ozaki who is an Italian food cooking researcher and has two restaurants in Tokyo.
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.