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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.

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Morning Musume 16 Now Has Two New Members: Reina Yokoyama And Kaede Kaga

Japanese girl group Morning Musume 16 has two new members! They are Reina Yokoyama, 15 of Saitama and Kaede Kaga, 17, of Tokyo.

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Reina Yokoyama of Saitama, Japan. She is not related to AKB48 member Yui Yokoyama.

The audition for the 13th generation actually started back in January 2016.  Initially, no one was chosen. But the auditions were resumed back in June 2016 and Yokoyama and Kaga were chosen. These two girls were chosen from Hello! Project Kenshuusei. This is the training program that these girls are a part of before they audition to become members.

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Kaede Kaga of Tokyo and one of the new members of Morning Musume 16.

The names of these two girls was first mentioned at the famous venue Nippon Budokan during the group’s latest concert tour. That tour is called Morning Musume 16 Concert Tour My Vision.  The group’s name is now Morning Musume 16 which they are performing under since 2016. The group’s leader is now 9th generation member Mizuki Fukumura. Fukumura, 20, took over as group leader following the departure of Sayumi Michishige in November 2014. Also, this event is the first successful audition since the fall of 2014 when four new members were introduced as part of the 12th generation. At that time, the group was known as Morning Musume 14. The four girls that were introduced were:

  • Maria Makino
  • Miki Nonaka
  • Akane Haga

AND Haruna Ogata.

Congratulations to Morning Musume 16 as they finish the year on a very positive note! They now have 60 singles including Tsumetai Kaze to Kataomoi/ ENDLESS SKY / One and Only which reached the top of the ORICON Music Charts! They have also released memorable singles such as Morning Coffee,  Kimagure Princess, and Wagamama ki no Mama Ai no Joke. There are several versions of that song including one of them that was done by 10th generation member Ayumi Ishida of Sendai!

Morning Musume has had many significant events happen in their history. I’ll just mention some of these events here. Morning Musume has had 12 generations of members. They have had several band leaders. One of the group’s members Asuka Fukuda left the group in 1999 after spending the shortest amount of time with the group. She was out of the public eye for many years until she resurfaced in 2011. In 2011, it was revealed that Asuka Fukuda had formed the band called Peace$tone.

Several of the former band members have gotten married including Risa Niigaki who got married to actor Yoshikazu Kotani in July 2016. What is perhaps more significant but may be forgotten by some Morning Musume fans is that these members have expanded their reach in the entertainment industry and released photo books. For instance, former member Risa Niigaki released her photo book called Ascension while she was still a member of Morning Musume. That photo book featured Niigaki displaying her bikini body and she is really cute! Former member Natsumi Abe has released 12 photo books including her latest one called Fin No Hito. The photos for that photo book were taken in Helsinki, Finland in 2015 and this photo book shows that Abe still can be beautiful even though she is now 35! Abe is so beautiful that I can say she looks like a goddess!! Words can’t describe how beautiful she really is!! Morning Musume 16 is no longer Japan’s most popular girl group but they are still relevant today almost 20 years after their formation!

I have written about so many Morning Musume girls. Some of these members are:

 

 

The next one that will be introduced is Mizuki Fukumura. This is not a straightforward biography about her but it will address the details about her first solo photo book called MIZUKI which is amazing.

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Morning Musume 16 member Mizuki Fukumura poses in a yellow bikini for her photo book MIZUKI.

Mizuki Fukumura is a 9th generation member of pop music group Morning Musume (now known as Morning Musume 16 because of the name changes). In May 2013, she released her first photo book called MIZUKI. The photo book was shot on the island of Guam. The photo shoot shows Mizuki being engaged in a number of activities such as playing basketball and doing cycling. Mizuki has been playing basketball since she was a child. Mizuki is also shown dressed as a waitress. Mizuki also does body boarding in the ocean. Mizuki is described as having the gentle cuteness of a normal girl. But there are also shots of her dressed in a bikini which are absolutely fabulous because I have seen them!

Some Perspective About the MIZUKI Photo Book Shot In Guam

Former JKT48 singer Aki Takajo also was in Guam back in 2011 when she did a photo shoot as well. The cover shows Mizuki dressed in a sailor’s uniform and she has her head tilted so that she can look at the camera. The image itself shows Mizuki’s nice eyes and gives her the elegance that she needs in order to attract fans all around the world. Known as Fuku-chan, Mizuki was born on October 30, 1996 in Tokyo. She joined Morning Musume in January 2011 and she is the leader of the group having replaced Sayumi Michishige. When the photo book was done Mizuki Fukumura was just 16 years old. She described herself as feeling nervous because this was her first solo photo book. The photo book took three days of filming. Mizuki wore a red waitress outfit that was inspiration for what Eri Kamei once wore. Mizuki says that her favorite bikini that she wore during filming was the emerald green bikini. Here are a few photos from that photo session!

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