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How did Morning Musume Become Morning Musume 17?

Morning Musume started as a pop idol group back in September 1997. But how did they become the group known as Morning Musume 17? I will recap all the events that led up to this moment by the way of this website.

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A photo of the group now known as Morning Musume 17. Band leader Mizuki Fukumura is the 3rd person from the left on the main row.

Morning Musume celebrated its 16th anniversary on September 14, 2013. The band leader at that time was Sayumi Michishige.  Michishige announced in December 2016 that she would be resuming her activities after a hiatus. However, five months earlier, Reina Tanaka had graduated from Morning Musume. In 2014, the group’s name was changed to Morning Musume 14. The group would release its first single under that name called “Egao no Kimi wa Taiyou sa / Kimi no Kawari wa Iyashinai / What is LOVE?

It was released on January 29, 2014. In March 2014, the group would hold what was called Morning Musume 14 Golden Audition to try and recruit new members for the group. They would not be successful in doing so until the fall of 2014 when 4 new members were chosen to be part of the group. It was also in 2014 that I first wrote about Ayumi Ishida of Sendai. I also did my first biographical writing of Sayaka Ichii (now 33).

I also wrote back in April 2015 that Morning Musume was known by the name of Morning Musume 15. They had and still have Mizuki Fukumura as their band leader. Fukumura released her first photo book called MIZUKI back in 2013. The photos for that book were taken in Guam. As Morning Musume 16, their 6oth single called “Tsumetai Kaze to Kataomoi / ENDLESS SKY / One and Only” made it to the top of the Oricon Music Charts!

On August 10, 2016, former first generation member Natsumi Abe turned 35 years old. She also released another photo book called Fin no Hito. Fin no Hito was the follow-up to her 2012 photo book called SUBWAY. The photos for SUBWAY were taken in New York City as Abe was seen exploring the city by foot or posing for photos while dressed in sexy lingerie! In December 2016, the group introduced two new members as part of its 13th generation. They were Reina Yokoyama and Kaede Kaga. Since the 12th generation had four members, the 11th generation only had one member. That member was Oda Sakura. The group became known by the name of Morning Musume 17 in 2017 and Ayumi Ishida turned 20 years old on January 7, 1997. The group now has 62 singles.

Morning Musume 60th single tops Oricon Charts

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.

Morning Musume is now known as Morning Musume 15

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!

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A photo of current band leader of Morning Musume 15 Mizuki Fukumura in a bikini! She’s really cute!!

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.

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.

The Debut of Morning Musume 14 Japan

Pop music group Morning Musume marked their 16th anniversary on September 14, 2013. Yes, this is a very happy occasion  for a very popular band. And this also means that this post marks the beginning of this website about Morning Musume. Welcome to Morning Musume 14 Japan! This is the very first post on this website so enjoy yourselves!

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I have a Morning Musume Tribute on my main website Asian Celebs Hut. However, this website that you are now viewing will only be about the group formerly known as Morning Musume.