Japanese idol singer Ayumi Ishida is the next Morning Musume member that will be celebrating her birthday. She is the next current or former member to celebrate a birthday. My favorite Morning Musume member will turn 20 on January 7, 2017!
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. For this Sendai, Japan native, this is a wonderful and should be a very happy occasion. It was on December 31, 2016 that Sayaka Ichii celebrated her 33rd birthday and now it is Ayumi Ishida’s turn. Since Ishida joined the group back in September 2011, there have been many notable events that have happened which are worth covering again.
At the time of her entry into the group, one of my favorite 5th generation members Risa Niigaki was still part of the group and singing. Niigaki would take the role of band leader after the departure of Ai Takahashi. She (Niigaki) would stay with the group until May 18, 2012 and would graduate from Morning Musume following a concert. In Ishida’s career with Morning Musume, there have been four band leaders: Takahashi, Niigaki, Sayumi Michishige and Mizuki Fukumura who has been leader since November 2014. In the music side of her career, Ishida has been a member when the group announced in July 2015 that they would release their 59th single called Oh My Wish! On August 19, 2015, the single Oh My Wish! / Sukatto My Heart / Ima Sugu Tobikomu Yuuki. Ishida performed a version of the song Wagamama ki no Mama Ai no Joke which is one of the group’s finest songs. It has also been during the career of Ishida that Erina Ikuta became sub-leader along with Haruna Iikubo. The group formerly known as Morning Musume has been through several changes since 2013 which I wrote about before. The group has changed its name now four times since then. For instance, the group was known as Morning Musume 14 in 2014. They introduced four new members at the time. Then in November 2014, the graduation of Sayumi Michishige was another big change for the group. 2015 saw the group work on their activities under the name of Morning Musume 15 as their pop cultural influence was felt. And one of the reasons for this is because they toured in the US appearing in front of 2,000 fans in New York City for a concert in 2015.
It is true that idols such as Ayumi Ishida spend much of their time singing and being on stage during theatrical performances. But they are also supposed to present a certain image of cuteness; in other words, they are supposed to look very kawaii (the Japanese word for cute). And they do it very well. As I have said before, former member Sayumi Michishige who always liked to call herself the cutest member of Morning Musume will lose to Ayumi in this category. Ishida through the release of her three photo books has shown that she can be very cute and she can show some sex appeal as well! Japanese idol singer Ayumi ishida has released three photo books:
Ishida Ayumi (released on July 15, 2013)
Shine More (released on May 10, 2015)
It’s My Turn (released on June 27, 2016)
Congratulations to Ayumi Ishida for turning 20!