Who is your favorite Morning Musume member? Since we are nearing the end of 2016, it is time to discuss a topic that I’m really passionate about! Those of you that have followed this magazine know that I have covered Japanese girl group Morning Musume extensively. The group will go by the name Morning Musume 17 in 2017. As Morning Musume 16, they have now introduced two new members as part of their 13th generation. I will not be mentioning every single Morning Musume member. But let’s get right down to the topic shall we?
This 40 something year-old singer and bikini model joined Morning Musume when she was 24. Yuko Nakazawa was the first band leader in Morning Musume’s history and she was seen as kind of older sister for some of the younger members in the group. Her nickname is… you guessed it (Big Sis). She is known as Nakazawa Yuko in Japan.
This beautiful Morning Musume babe is known as the member that had the shortest tenure in the history of the group. After many years out of the public eye, Fukuda made her return to the entertainment industry in 2011 when she formed the band Peace$tone. She posed as a beautiful bikini model in Morning Musume’s first photo book as well and she’s pretty stunning!
This former Morning Musume singer is my favorite member of the first generation of Morning Musume because of her voice and absolutely stunning looks! Abe was a member of Morning Musume from 1997 through 2004 and she has released a solo album called Smile. She has also made a name for herself as a fashion model having released several photo books including 2012’s SUBWAY and her amazing 2015 photo book Fin No Hito! Don’t take my word for it! See for yourself how amazing she really is! If Jennifer Lawrence is one of the sexiest women in the US, Natsumi Abe is definitely one of the sexiest celebrities in Japan!
Kei Yasuda (my former favorite Morning Musume member of the 2nd generation)
Kei Yasuda was my favorite member of the second generation for a while. This 36 year-old native of Chiba Prefecture released a solo photo book called Kei in 2002. She married an Italian food cooking researcher in 2013. She has been seen in photo shoots for Hello! Project with Ai Takahashi and Yuko Nakazawa.
Sayaka Ichii is now my favorite second generation member. She has been married twice, once to guitarist Naoki Yoshizawa from 2004 to 2011 and she married a hairdresser in 2012. Ichii is now pregnant for a fourth time. She comes from the same prefecture, Chiba as Atsuko Maeda and Harumi Nemoto. There are many high quality Harumi Nemoto pics in my posts about her. Ichii who will be 33 in a few days (December 31) looks stunning in a one-piece swimsuit!
Perhaps no member of Morning Musume past or present has been under as much controversy as Ai Kago. This former Morning Musume member has been through a smoking scandal, almost killed herself, and has divorced from a very abusive husband. But through it all, Kago has come back into the entertainment industry and formed the unit called Girls Beat!! Kago has that cute girl kind of look but cannot match the sexiness of Risa Niigaki or Makoto Ogawa.
Rika Ishikawa is a total babe and has one heck of a bikini body! This former 4th generation member met and talked to Yuki Kashiwagi in 2013. Kashiwagi had idolized Ishikawa for more than 10 years before finally meeting her. Ishikawa revealed in August 2014 that she was dating a baseball player.
Ai Takahashi who also has one of the best bikini bodies that I have ever seen is one of the longest serving Morning Musume members having been with the group from 2001 through 2011. In February 2014, Takahashi registered her marriage to comedian Koji Abe. She also sang the song Furusato, the 6th major single released by Morning Musume.
This former 5th generation girl of Morning Musume is one of my favorite members ever due to being super cute and that she is so personable and easy-going. This 28 year-old Yokohama native stunned her fans with her amazing photo book Ascension before she graduated from Morning Musume. Niigaki graduated from Morning Musume in May 2012 after more than 11 years with the group. I will always love Risa Niigaki! I wrote a tribute post about Risa Niigaki, one of my favorite Morning Musume members ever!
If you need a definition of the word cute, look no further than the lovely Makoto Ogawa! This former Morning Musume singer has also done work as a bikini model and spent 1.5 years in New Zealand before returning to Japan. Makoto Ogawa retired from the music business in March 2015.
Miki Fujimoto (my favorite Morning Musume member of the 6th generation)
Miki Fujimoto who served as Morning Musume’s leader briefly is my favorite 6th generation member along with Eri Kamei. Fujimoto has released several photo books including Real 226 in 2005. She has released six solo singles including Okitegami in 2008 which is my favorite song from her!
This cute Japanese idol singer set the record for the most several days served as a member of Morning Musume. She has also released several photo books and even shows that she can be very sexy as well as being cute. She always considered herself as the cutest member in the history of Morning Musume. Michishige posed as a very sexy gravure idol in the photo book Mille Feuille and trust me, she is BEAUTIFUL in there! Michishige recently announced that she will return to the entertainment business after being on a hiatus since 2014.
This former Morning Musume member is really cute and as of 2013 was still active in the entertainment industry. Mitsui had to graduate from Morning Musume on May 4, 2012 due to injuries that she sustained while performing on stage. Niigaki would graduate from the group two weeks later. She also did her own version of the Morning Musume song Kimagure Princess which is an outstanding song!
This Morning Musume member is now the band leader of the group and is one of the youngest at only 20 years old. This Tokyo native has released 3 photo books including Kagayaki. She has spent time in Guam just like Aki Takajo did in 2011. Fukumura became band leader in November 2014 after the graduation of Sayumi Michishige.
My Favorite Morning Musume Member: Ayumi Ishida of Morning Musume and Sendai, Japan
Ayumi Ishida of Sendai is now my favorite member of Morning Musume and she is the cutest member of all! She has released three photo books and even has her version of the song Wagamama Ki No Mama Ai No Joke which is one of my favorite songs in the group’s history. Ishida is a member that I would happily hang out with and meet! For her first photo book Ishida, 19, did the photo shoot on the island of Guam where Mizuki Fukumura did the photo session for her photo book MIZUKI. Aki Takajo also spent time in Guam back in 2011 when she was seen swimming laps!
So there is a list of many of the Morning Musume members that I have covered on this magazine. Who is your favorite Morning Musume member of all time? Since Ayumi Ishida is my favorite Morning Musume member, let’s give her some more praise!
Note: since the publication of this post, the group is now under the name of Morning Musume 17 a name that will change to Morning Musume 18 in 2018.