Japanese idol Ayumi Ishida as a Role Model

I’ve already written a few posts about Japanese idol and Morning Musume 17 member Ayumi Ishida of Sendai. Now, it is time to thank her and say that she is one of my role models! Yes indeed that is correct! Ishida who is my favorite member of the 10th generation has been an idol since the name of the group was still called Morning Musume.

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She has been a member for all of the name changes the group has had including Morning Musume 15, Morning Musume 16, and Morning Musume 17. Thank you Ayumi Ishida for your smile! Thank you Ayumi Ishida for your friendly personality! Thank you Ayumi Ishida for your contributions to the group since you joined in 2011. Ishida has also been a member of the group being involved in some of the activities the group has done since 2013. I also mention on my main website about how Morning Musume has become a huge pop cultural influence especially in Japan. Ishida has also been a member of Morning Musume for their 59th single called Oh My Wish which was released in August 2015. Ishida who will be 21 years old in January 2018 also has recorded her own version of the single called Wagamama ki no Mama Ai no Joke. The English translation for the song is Selfish Easygoing Jokes of Love. That is one of the best songs in the history of Morning Musume. If you have not heard the song yet, I encourage you to listen to it and you will see how great the song is! Ishida has also been a member of the group when Mizuki Fukumura took over as the group’s leader. She has also seen the debut of the group’s 13th generation. Ishida has been with the group for almost seven years and I am so thankful that she is one of my role models!

Morning Musume 17 release videos for the songs Brand New Morning and Jealousy Jealousy

Japanese idol group Morning Musume 17 releases music videos for their 63rd single.

Japanese idol group Morning Musume 17 has released music videos for their new A-side single called Brand New Morning/ Jealousy Jealousy. Note: the translations for the lyrics are included so non Japanese speakers will be able to follow along. Image source: http://reinatanakausagi.blogspot.com/2017/02/morning-musume17-brand-new-morning_85.html.


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A screen shot of Morning Musume 17 during filming of the music video for the single Brand New Morning

This is the group’s 63rd major single and it is also the group’s first new single under the name Morning Musume 17. The single is also the first time that new members Kaede Kaga and Reina Yokoyama will sing in one of the group’s singles. However, member Masaki Sato did not take part in the singles because she was still recovering from what is called Spinal Disc Herniation. The double A-side single was released on March 8, 2017 in five different editions and these were 3 limited editions and 2 regular editions. The regular editions of the single came with a random trading card of 13 kinds and this depended on the jacket covers. The limited editions came with an event lottery serial number card.

Mizuki Fukumura Named Sub-Leader of Hello! Project

Mizuki Fukumura, band leader for Morning Musume 17 has been named the first ever sub-leader for the Hello! Project label of artists. I just found out about this news when I was searching for more updates about Mizuki. The news was announced at an event called Hello! Project Countdown Party 2016 Good Bye and Hello! This is a special concert that is held every year to countdown to the new year. The concert was held on December 31, 2016 at the Nakano Sun Plaza.

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A photo of Mizuki Fukumura from her photo book called Kagyaki.

In addition, it was also announced that ANGERME member Wada Ayaka (Ayaka Wada) would be replacing Yajima Maimi (Maimi Yajima) as the 6th leader of Hello! Project.

Fukumura released a photo book called MIZUKI back in 2013. She has since released two other photo books including Kagayaki. She became leader of Morning Musume after the graduation of Sayumi Michishige. She is known as Fukumura Mizuki in Japan. Congratulations to Mizuki Fukumura for getting an extra position in the Japanese entertainment industry! And as an added bonus, here is a look at Mizuki Fukumura from her latest Blu-Ray release:

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 17 Release Music Video About Miso Soup

Idol group Morning Musume 17 has released a video about miso soup. Well, actually the video is a re-done version of their hit-song called Morning Coffee. The title of the song is called Morning Miso Soup. The song was done again to celebrate the group’s ad campaign with the miso paste company called Marukome. Morning Miso Soup is more modern version of the original song.

Morning Musume 17 will also release their first single of 2017. It is called Brand New Morning/Jealously Jealously. It is an A-side single that will be released on March 8, 2017. Don’t worry, the biography of Reina Tanaka will be coming up soon!

Haruna Iikubo, Sub-Leader And Member of Morning Musume 17

Who is Haruna Iikubo?

Haruna Iikubo is a Japanese pop music (idol singer) and sub-leader of Morning Musume 17 (formerly Morning Musume) along with 9th generation member Mizuki Fukumura. Haruna was born on November 7, 1994 in Tokyo. Haruna Iikubo is also a former gravure model and movie actress. She got into the entertainment industry in 2009 when she won an award at the auditions for the fashion magazine called Love Berry. Her first appearance as a model was in the June 2009 issue. Beginning in July 2009, Iikubo would adopt the stage name of Dan Hau. Iikubo eventually would stop modeling for the magazine in February 2011.

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A first look at Morning Musume 17 member Haruna Iikubo.

Haruna Iikubo And Her Early Career

It would be on September 29, 2011 that Iikubo was selected from the 10th generation audition to join Morning Musume along with Ayumi Ishida, Masaki Sato, and Haruka Kudo. These girls made their official presentation on the same day in which they were announced as members during a concert that was dedicated to Ai Takahashi. Takahashi would graduate from Morning Musume in April 2011 and then hand the leadership duties of the group to Risa Niigaki. The girls took part in the performance of the song called Tomo. They would also sing the last song of the concert Namidacchi. In 2012, Iikubo’s career as an actress began when she and all of the members of the 9th and 10th generation were chosen to star in a stage play called Stacey’s Shoujo Saisatsu Kageki. The stage play would run from June 6-12 of 2012. Their co-star in that play was Reina Tanaka.

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Haruna Iikubo (left) with former member Reina Tanaka (right). Tanaka graduated in May 2013.

Reina Tanaka was a part of the sixth generation of members with Miki Fujimoto, Sayumi Michishige, and Eri Kamei. On July 20, 2012, it was revealed that Iikubo along with Maimi Yajima, Chinami Tokunaga, Saki Nakajima, and Berryz Koubou member Miyabi Natsuyaki were chosen to become a part of the group known as DIY Love. They released a single on November 7, 2012 which was also Iikubo’s 18th birthday. On July 30, 2012, Iikubo’s color was changed to Honey. Every Morning Musume member is assigned a color. Haruna’s interest in Morning Musume came from a very early age. When she was in elementary school, she drew pictures of Sayumi Michishige, Risa Niigaki and of herself. So it is fair to say that Haruna got her wish of being a part of the group and fulfilled her dream. The group’s producer TSUNKU says that he hopes that Iikubo can make Morning Musume even more stylish and cute.

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Haruna Iikubo: 2013-Present

Beginning in April 2013, Haruna Iikubo would also start being involved in radio shows. She took over as one of the hosts for the show Young Town replacing Aika Mitsui. Mitsui had graduated from Morning Musume in May 2012 due to an ankle injury that she had sustained. This injury did not allow her to perform on stage. In May 2013, during the graduation concert of Reina Tanaka Iikubo and Fukumura were announced as sub-leaders of Morning Musume. This was the first time that there were two sub-leaders in Morning Musume. Fukumura would release her first solo photo book called MIZUKI in May 2013 which would be shot in Guam. On November 7, 2013, Iikubo was given the opportunity to hold a special birthday event to celebrate her 19 years of life. The event had two performances at Tokyo’s FM Hall. Attending this birthday event were Ayumi Ishida and Sakura Oda. On July 31, 2014, Iikubo was chosen to be a special guest on the live program for the Zelda Musou (Hyrule Warriors). It was during the event that Iikubo talked about the Zelda series and even played a demo of them.

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On January 28, 2017, Iikubo will release her first solo photo book called Haruiro.



Video releases and photo books put out by Haruna


Haruna Iikubo has also released two DVD’s. The first one which was released on August 31, 2012 is called Greeting Iikubo Haruna. The second one is more of a collaborative effort and it is called Alo Hello! Morning Musume 9 10ki DVD. It features all the members of the 9th and 10th generations including Erina Ikuta, Kanon Suzuki, and Riho Sayashi. That DVD was released in January 2013. Haruna‘s photo book releases are as follows:

  • September 2012 Morning Musume 9 10ki 1st official photo book
  • January 2013 Alo Hello! Morning Musume 10ki photo book
  • September 2013 Morning Musume 15th Anniversary photo book ZERO
  • May 2014 Michishige Camera 13-14
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Haruna Iikubo with my favorite member Ayumi Ishida (right) during a magazine photo shoot in October 2014. Ishida is especially cute!

Other facts about Haruna Iikubo

  • Haruna Iikubo has two younger sisters, one of them being nine years younger than her.
  • Her grandmother is a florist.
  • When Haruna was born, her father was only 19 years old.
  • Her hobbies are shopping and reading.
  • She has several favorite colors which include pink, black, red, orange, and light blue.
  • Haruna is skilled at arranging flowers, staring at people during contests and even making her stomach rumble!
  • Her favorite foods are ramen, chocolate, takoyaki, and okonomiyaki.
  • She looks up to Morning Musume leader Sayumi Michishige and Momoko Tsugunaga, formerly  of the idol group Berryz Kobo.
  • She likes to say that hard work always pays off.
  • Haruna’s motto in life is each day, 100 good deeds.
  • Her life philosophy is being slim.
  • Haruna believes that she can never lose at being positive.
  • If she were not a member of Morning Musume, Haruna says that she would work as a maid in a maid café.
  • When she was in high school, she wrote that she wanted to be in Morning Musume. That was her career choice.
  • Haruka Kudo called her Meshi by mistake because she (Kudo) had forgotten her nickname and it had been written on her shirt.
  • She has a very close relationship with Ayumi Ishida and current member of S/mileage Ayaka Wada.
  • Iikubo considers Mizuki Fukumura as her biggest rival.
  • She is famous for her long, straight hair.
  • She has two pet cats.
  • Haruna writes part of her blog posts in English by using a translator app.


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.

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!