Berryz Kobo’s Momoko Tsugunaga is graduating from Country Girls and leaving the entertainment industry
Momoko Tsugunaga, one of the members of the girl group Berryz Kobo announced in January 2017 that she will leave Country Girls and the entertainment industry. I just found out about this news today when browsing the website Aramajapan. I consider this announcement to be breaking news because she has been in the entertainment industry since 2002 when she was part of the group of teenage girls known as Hello! Project Kids. In 2004, she was one of 8 girls that was part of Berryz Kobo along with members such as Risako Sugaya. Berryz Kobo was put on hiatus in March 2015 and Tsugunaga took over as the official leader of Country Girls (formerly known as Country Musume from 1999 through 2014).
However, Tsugunaga, 25, will not leave without taking part in one last entertainment activity. She will be a member for a double A-side single called Good Boy Bad Girl / Peanut Butter Jelly Love. The two songs have contrasting styles. Good Boy Bad Girl is described as a “cool rock song.” Peanut Butter Jelly Love is described as a cute kind of idol song similar to those released back in the 1980’s. The single was released on February 8, 2017.
Some Information about Country Girls
This group has six members. First, it is Berryz Kobo’s Momoko Tsugunaga. Then there are two members Manaka Inaba and Risa Yamaki. There are also three girls that participated in the 12th generation auditions for Morning Musume but they did not get selected. They are Mai Ozeki, Uta Shimamura, and Chisa Morito. Mai Satoda who has been in Country Musume since 2002 as the group’s fourth leader was also a member of this group and acted as its supervisor. She watched their progress from New York City. So instead of the group performing under the name of Country Musume, they would perform as the group Country Girls. The group’s name was changed to try to attract fans from overseas.
Tsugunaga said that she would use what she has learned as a member of Berryz Kobo to not dye the group with one color. Tsugunaga would not start her activities with the group until Berryz Kobo went on a hiatus. Tsugunaga stated that she wants to leave the entertainment industry to study child education. Good luck to Chiba Japan’s Momoko Tsugunaga! If this is what she always wanted to study, then she should do so. Momoko Tsugunaga will graduate from Hello! Project and Country Girls in June 2017.