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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.

Japanese idol Ayumi Ishida Turns 20

Ayumi Ishida, the Japanese idol singer from Sendai and a member of the girl group Morning Musume 17 will be celebrating her 20th birthday on January 7th. Yes that is true! And for those of you that are wondering, Morning Musume is now going to do their activities under the name Morning Musume 17. The group was known as Morning Musume 16 in 2016 and Morning Musume 15 in 2015.

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Ayumi Ishida, member of the girl group Morning Musume 17 who is smiling! She has one of the most beautiful smiles I have seen!

 

As for Ayumi, she has her own version of the song Wagamama ki no Mama Ai No Joke and is one of the group’s cutest members! I recently wrote about the fact that Japanese idol Sayaka Ichii celebrated her 33rd birthday on December 31, 2016. Ishida is the latest member of the group that will be celebrating her birthday. The quality that makes Ayumi Ishida special is her commitment to dancing. I would say that she treats dancing as something to be cherished. Ishida says in her own words:

 

I’ve said “I’m good at dancing” when I entered Morning Musume, but since joining Morning Musume I’ve only danced with Morning Musume; there are much more amazing dancers in the world, therefore I don’t want to stop the thought that “the dancing in Morning Musume is amazing,”. I understand that of course dancing is not everything; I want to cherish Morning Musume as a group itself, but I want to stretch out further and further my strength in dancing.

 

Source: http://helloproject.wikia.com/wiki/Ishida_Ayumi

 

Ishida joined Morning Musume in September 2011 as part of the group’s 10th generation audition. The other girls to join her were Masaki Sato, current sub-leader Haruna Iikubo, and Haruka Kudo. Ishida is also a former member of the groups called Harvest and HI-FIN. Following the 10th generation, the 11th generation of Morning Musume had only one winner. That winner was Oda Sakura. In 2014 shortly before the graduation of Sayumi Michishige, the 12th generation of the group was introduced with four new members then joining. Now Morning Musume 17 has two new members that are part of its 13th generation. It is remarkable how far this group has come! These two new girls are Reina Yokoyama who is 15 and Kaede Kaga who is 17. As for Michishige, she recently revealed that she will be coming back to work in the entertainment industry. She had taken time off and been on a hiatus since her departure from Morning Musume. The group is in good hands with current band leader Mizuki Fukumura. Fukumura who turned 20 last October still has lots of time to really make an impact and increase her popularity in the group. Fukumura released her first solo photobook called MIZUKI. That photobook was shot on the island of Guam in May 2013 and is one of her best ones! I also wrote that former member  Natsumi Abe released a photo book of her own called Fin no Hito after she turned 35 years old.

There have been several events that have happened to the group since Ishida joined in 2011. Most of them have been very positive events and that is worthy of celebration even in 2017! For instance, former member Miki Fujimoto gave birth to a baby boy on August 1, 2015. And I also wrote recently that Sayaka Ichii revealed that she is pregnant for the 4th time. Another notable event in the career of Japanese idol Ayumi Ishida is the fact that Morning Musume’s 60th single reached the top of the Oricon Music Charts in December 2015. The single ended up selling 143,000 copies in its first week of release. Happy birthday to the lovely Ayumi Ishida!

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.