The Risa Niigaki graduation is one of the most newsworthy events in Morning Musume’s history.
Risa Niigaki, the cute Japanese pop music singer announced in January 2012 that she will officially be graduating from Morning Musume. This event would mark the end of Niigaki’s career for Hello! Project as well. Niigaki had announced that she would be leaving the group on May 18, 2012 after the band’s Spring Concert Tour. Well, now it is official. Risa Niigaki has handed leadership of Morning Musume to Sayumi Michishige Prior to her graduation, Niigaki released a statement:
Risa Niigaki graduation statement
I, Niigaki Risa, will be graduating from Morning Musume。 and Hello！Project with this year’s Spring tour. I had thought about graduation myself, for about a year, I had thought about graduating with Takahashi Aichan・・・, but with the new members joining and everything, I postponed it just a bit. After my Morning Musume。 graduation, I’ll be studying full force in acting; I feel like I want to challenge myself with experiences in theater and dramas that I couldn’t have experienced while I was doing group activities. But, with these months I have left in Morning Musume。, I’ll be giving it my very best as leader！ 2012/1/2 Morning Musume。 Leader Niigaki Risa
Note: Ai-chan is the nickname given to Ai Takahashi.
Niigaki actually began her career with Morning Musume back in 2001 as a 5th generation member. I don’t know what they mean by this though. Anyway, Niigaki before her departure set a record for being the longest active member of the group. In addition to her movie roles, Risa Niigaki has starred in the following dramas:
- 2002 – Angel Hearts
- 2002 – Ore ga Aitsu de Aitsu ga Ore de (おれがあいつであいつがおれで?)
- 2008 – Hitmaker Aku Yū Monogatari as Kei from Pink Lady
It is only fair and fitting that I pay a tribute to the lovely Ms. Risa Niigaki. Gracias a esta cantante muy bonita para su trabajo con Morning Musume. Tu siempre eres en el corazon de mi y todo la gente que escucha a la musica Japonesa!
Risa Niigaki graduation story is shocking and surprising
Risa Niigaki’s graduation comes as a shock to her fans I’m sure but there are times that we feel that we have to move on to bigger and better things in life. And Risa felt as though she had to move on. I am a little disappointed that her career in Morning Musume is ending but I wish her all the best. I wish her continued success with whatever she plans to do. Risa has also released three DVD’s and here is the list:
- 2007-06-13 – Alo Hello! Niigaki Risa DVD (アロハロ！新垣里沙 DVD?)
- 2009-01-21 – Alo Hello! 2 Niigaki Risa DVD (アロハロ！2 新垣里沙 DVD?)
- 2010-07-14 – Alo Hello! 3 Niigaki Risa DVD (アロハロ！3 新垣里沙 DVD?)