The group once known as Morning Musume is now under the name of Morning Musume 16. In 2015, they were known as Morning Musume 15. The group is entering its 19th year. Producer Tsunku said that the group’s name was going to change to correspond to the year. The reason he gave was so that the fans would know which single was released in what year. The group celebrated its 16th anniversary in 2013. How did the group become known as Morning Musume 16?
A History of the group now known as Morning Musume 16 (1997-2015) this will not be a complete history of the group but the story will be told as events have unfolded on this site.
In 2014, Morning Musume introduced four new members. These members now make up the 12th generation. But before that, Oda Sakura was introduced as the only 11th generation member. These girls are selected based on an audition system. Once they pass the audition, they are able to join the group. It was in 1997 that five girls were chosen to be part of the first generation. They were chosen because they sold 50,000 copies of the single Ai no Tane in just four days! The first band leader was Yuko Nakazawa.
Nakazawa has appeared in a bikini just like singer Erina Mano! Shortly after this, the group would release their first official single Morning Coffee.
Member Asuka Fukuda would return to music in 2011. She formed the band Peace$tone.
In 1998, the group introduced its second generation. That generation had two of my three favorite members. They are Kei Yasuda and Sayaka Ichii. Ichii would get married for a second time. She married a hairdresser in 2012. After Maki Goto passed the 3rd generation auditions, then came the 4th generation. In 2001, the 5th generation of girls made their debut. This generation has had two of the longest-serving members in the group’s history. Those members are Ai Takahashi and Risa Niigaki. I have written a tribute post about Risa Niigaki because she is one of my favorite Morning Musume members! Joining those two people were Asami Konno and Makoto Ogawa. Ogawa is an avid swimmer! She looks really beautiful in a bikini! 2003 saw the debut of the 6th generation. That generation had the following members:
Miki Fujimoto (2003-2007)
At the time, the single Shabondama was released. Michishige would eventually become the longest-serving member in Morning Musume history. The 7th generation saw the debut of Koharu Kusumi. Kusumi would release the great song Balalaika! The 8th generation saw the entry of Aika Mitsui and Chinese born singers LinLin and JunJun. That generation would sing on the album called 10 MY ME. In 2013, Mitsui would announce that she was leaving to study English abroad. The 9th generation would see the debut of Mizuki Fukumura. Fukumura would take over as band leader in November 2014. She was joined by Erina Ikuta, Kanon Suzuki, and Riho Sayashi. The 10th generation saw the debut of Haruka Kudo, Haruna Iikubo, Masaki Sato and Ayumi Ishida. Ishida is from the city of Sendai. She is my favorite 10th generation member. This is because of her cuteness and overall sex appeal. Member Natsumi Abe, 34, also has lots of sex appeal. Her 11th photo book SUBWAY is evidence of this! Abe would release a self-cover album called SMILE in 2014.
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Morning Musume 15 would release the single called Oh My Wish! They finished their most recent concert at the Nippon Budokan. I have written before that groups such as Morning Musume have many cute girls. They are supposed to be good role models for their fans. I have also said before that Morning Musume has been a major pop cultural influence. They have even traveled to New York City to hold a concert! The group has 14 studio albums and 60 singles. Besides singing and performing on stage, these people do modeling as well. They work as gravure idols too. Miki Fujimoto released her photo book Real 226 in 2005. Risa Niigaki released her photo book Ascension. That photo book saw her displaying her awesome bikini body! These Japanese idols also work as movie actresses. (Note: check out the sexy Emi Takei when you get a chance). Miwa Asao, the hot beach volleyball player retired from her career to work as a model. She is considered one of the top 5 sexiest Asian athletes!
Morning Musume 16 is not the only group that changed its name
They are not the only group to undergo a name change. Hokkaido area girl group Country Musume has also changed their name. In 2014 they re-formed and in 2015, the group became known as Country Girls. That group had Rinne Toda, Asami Kimura, Azusa Kobayashi, and Rika Ishikawa as members. Ishikawa is one of the most beautiful girls associated with Hello! Project. Morning Musume 16 was Japan’s most popular girl group until AKB48 surpassed them. But Morning Musume has done very well! They have released some of my favorite songs. These are:
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Congratulations to the group Morning Musume! I hope they really continue to enjoy prosperity and success in 2016!