Tag Archive: Morning Musume

Graduation of Iikubo Haruna from Morning Musume ’18

Iikubo Haruna (飯窪春菜) - Morning Musume 18 (モーニング娘。'18)

Iikubo Haruna announced that she will be graduating from Morning Musume ’18 and Hello! Project at the end of the year.

This announcement made on the Hello! Project, Iikubo Haruna mentioned that, during the idol group’s 20th anniversary celebration, she began to think more about her future. In order to achieve her goals and surpass herself, she decided to leave Morning Musume ’18 and Hello! Project but expressed interest in staying in the entertainment industry while performing solo arts-related activities.

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Morning Musume ’18 at Anisong World Matsuri and Anime NYC

Morning Musume 18 (モーニング娘。'18)

Morning Musume ’18 will participate in Anisong World Matsuri in New York.

Anime NYC powered by Crunchyroll announced the globally renowned Anisong World Matsuri concert series will host its first edition in New York City in partnership with Anime NYC on November 16 and 17, 2018.

Anisong World Matsuri NYC brings together headlining Japanese pop stars for show-stopping concerts. It will feature major performances from Morning Musume ’18, Haruna Luna, Nakagawa Shoko, and more for two nights in New York’s historic Hammerstein Ballroom.

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Interview: Niigaki Risa

Niigaki Risa (新垣里沙)

Niigaki Risa was present at Japan Expo 2018 for the 20th anniversary of Hello! Project.

We had the opportunity to meet Gaki-san, and to talk about her career as a former member of Morning Musume and Hello! Project.

Check out our interview with Niigaki Risa.

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Michishige Sayumi – SAYUMINGLANDOLL -Shukumei- Original Soundtrack

Michishige Sayumi - SAYUMINGLANDOLL -Shukumei- Original Soundtrack

The new soundtrack by Michishige Sayumi (ex-Morning Musume) was released on July 4th.

It is entitled “SAYUMINGLANDOLL -Shukumei-” Original Soundtrack (「SAYUMINGLANDOLL~宿命~」オリジナルサウンドトラック) and this is the second soundtrack from a solo performance Michishige Sayumi.

It follows the success of SAYUMINGLANDOLL ~Saisei~ in 2017. It takes place from 20 March to 8 July 2018 at the Cotton Club in Tokyo and Osaka STUDIO PARTITA.

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Graduation of Ogata Haruna from Morning Musume ’18

Ogata Haruna (尾形春水) - Morning Musume '18 (モーニング娘。'18)Ogata Haruna announced on March 27 her future graduation from Morning Musume ’18 and Hello! Project

According to her, she decided to leave the group to devote herself entirely to her university studies. She commented that she feels unable to pursue her dreams of attending university in parallel with her idol activities, so she decided to graduate from the group.

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Fukuda Asuka – Sing

Fukuda Asuka - SingA great pleasure for the fans!

Former Morning Musume member and former idol of Hello! Project, Fukuda Asuka, released her first solo album Sing on March 14th.

In this single, she also sings a Morning Musume song entitled Never Forget (single from their 1999 album Second Morning).

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Morning Musume 20th – Ai no Tane (20th Anniversary Ver.)

morning musume 20th ai no tane anniversary coverThis is a first time for the group!

The original members of Morning Musume met (eighteen years later) to perform a new version of their first single, Ai no Tane (愛の種 ; seeds of love), with current members of Morning Musume. ’17. This new version is titled Ai no Tane (20th Anniversary Ver.) and will be released on November 3, 2017, in digital format, on iTunes.

This special sub-unit is named « Morning Musume. 20th », to celebrate the 20th anniversary of this song and the group.

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Kudo Haruka (Photobook)

Kudo Haruka Photobook (工藤遥)The new photobook of Kudo Haruka (Morning Musume ’17) will be released on October 27.

The self-titled photoook will be the last photobook of Kudo Haruka to be released under Hello! Project. Indeed, Haru-chan will graduate from Morning Musume. ’17 and Hello! Project on December 11.

The photos were shot by Honda Akiko.

The covers show Kudo Haruka wearing a seifuku and a bikini.

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