Morning Musume: The Colourful Era

This is the continuation of my previous blog entry, Morning Musume: After all these years. I made this post to act as a check point, a reminder for me in the future about Morning Musume starting from the current lineup.

Before that, I did mentioned about my activity in Hello! Online forum, I re-read it back in the control panel and I laughed on how crazy I was with Morning Musume back then.

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The Colourful Era: Re-Introduction

Morning Musume Colourful Era

Morning Musume Colourful Era

There are many versions of “Morning Musume Era” that I found on the net. But I stick to Colourful Era to the current lineup based of their 13th studio album named 13 Colorful Character/⑬カラフルキャラクター.

Michishige Sayumi

Michishige Sayumi

Michishige Sayumi/道重さゆみ 

  • 6th Generation member and current leader of Morning Musume and also Hello! Project
  • Morning Musume colour: Light Pink
  • Nickname: Sayumin (さゆみん), Sayu (さゆ), Shige-san (しげさん), Oyakata (親方; Master), Shige-pinku (重ピンク)
  • Birthdate: July 13, 1989
  • Birthplace: Ube, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan

* She is the only remaining current Morning Musume Members who joined when a 1st and 2nd Generation member was still in the group.


* Since becoming leader, Tsunku has shown his appreciation towards Michishige by saying how reliable she has become and how her singing has improved vastly since becoming leader.

*Rungitom: She is definitely one of the cutest Morning Musume member. At first I thought she would be graduating earlier than the rest, leaving Ai-chan, Gaki-san, Tanaka-chan and Aika-chan (unfortunately graduated early because of ankle fracture) to lead the new generation. I admit that her voice was not that great, but I’m hoping great improvements from her in the next single.


Fukumura Mizuki

Fukumura Mizuki

Fukumura Mizuki/譜久村聖

  • 9th Generation member and current sub-leader of Morning Musume
  • Morning Musume Colour: Hot Pink
  • Nicknames: Fuku-chan (ふくちゃん), Fukuhime, Mii-chan (みーちゃん), Mizu☆Pon (みず☆ポン)
  • Birthdate: October 30th, 1996
  • Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan

* Tsunku and fans say she has a “sex appeal”. Tsunku also says her dancing has become very sharp lately, and that she would likely become a central part of the group as she develops.

* Rungitom: I look forward her dance skill showcase.


Iikubo Haruna

Iikubo Haruna

Iikubo Haruna/飯窪春奈

  • 10th Generation member and also sub-leader of Morning Musume
  • Morning Musume Colour: Honey
  • Nickname: Harunan (はるなん), Chokubo, Harupee (はるぺー), Kubo-chan
  • Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
  • Birthdate: November 7, 1994

* She is a former model of the Japanese fashion magazine Love Berry. 

* “Iikubo Haruna has a surprising “pure” personality. And her looks (face) are gorgeous. I believe she has the determination to bring her singing to a suitable level.” ~ Tsunku Blog

* Rungitom: She looks tall and slender, fitting her previous work as a model.


Ikuta Erina

Ikuta Erina

Ikuta Erina/生田衣梨奈

  • 9th Generation member
  • Morning Musume Colour: Yellow-Green
  • Nicknames: Eripon (えりぽん), KY Ikuta (KY生田), Eri-chan, Namata
  • Birthdate: July 7th, 1997
  • Birthplace: Fukuoka, Japan

* “Most importantly, she has an unending brilliance to her smile. This is an obvious weapon for Morning Musume. When she encounters things she can’t do, she first thinks ‘let me try it and see,’ and she will do as much as she is capable.” ~ ~ Tsunku interviewed in Bijo Gaku

*Rungitom: Do your best to be #1 Idol! 😀


Sayashi Riho

Sayashi Riho

Sayashi Riho/鞘師里保

  • 9th Generation member
  • Morning Musume Colour: Red
  • Nickname: Yasshii, Big eater, RihoRiho, Sayashi
  • Birthday: May 28, 1998
  • Birthplace: Higashi, Hiroshima, Japan

 * Instead of going to a “normal” school, Sayashi visited Actor’s School Hiroshima receiving singing, dancing and acting lessons since the age of 6. 

* “Right now, she’s probably #1 at dancing and her expression as a singer is also excellent. In a sense, you could say she’s already ready for battle.” ~ Tsunku interviewed in Bijo Gaku

* Rungitom: Becoming one of main vocals in a few MoMusu singles, she’s going on strong.


Suzuki Kanon

Suzuki Kanon

Suzuki Kanon/鈴木香音

  • 9th Generation member
  • Morning Musume Colour: Green
  • Nickname: Zukki (ズッキ), Kanon , Zuka
  • Birthdate: August 5, 1998
  • Birthplace: Nagoya, Aichi, Japan

* “Suzuki has… pluck, I guess you call it. She’s got good guts. She absolutely won’t show fear or nervousness on her face, and that never-say-die spirit is very important for Morning Musume.” ~ Tsunku interviewed in Bijo Gaku


* Rungitom: At first glance she looked like Mano Erina. She got this nice deep voice, I hope that improves in time and see her shine. Can’t stop noticing that mole near her left side nose.


Ishida Ayumi

Ishida Ayumi

Ishida Ayumi/石田亜佑美

  • 10th Generation member
  • Morning Musume Colour: Blue
  • Nicknames: Daaishi (だーいし), Ayumin, Ayuyu
  • Birthdate: January 7, 1997
  • Birthplace: Sendai, Miyagi, Japan

* “Her singing and dancing were outstanding. Also, her personality is as firm as a stone (a play on the “ishi” in her last name). I believe the history of Morning Musume can be passed on to her from here on out. That is why she passed.” ~ Tsunku blog


* Rungitom: Do your best, brown eyed girl. 🙂


Sato Masaki

Sato Masaki

Sato Masaki/佐藤優樹

  • 10th Generation member
  • Morning Musume Colour: Emerald Green
  • Nicknames: Masaki (まさき), Maa-chan (まーちゃん)
  • Birthdate: May 7, 1999
  • Birthplace: Hokkaido, Japan

* She is the only 10th generation member that has not had past experience in the entertainment industry. As Tsunku commented in his blog, “She has a potential that she has yet to realize herself”

* Rungitom: Looking forward for her to improve greatly, ganbatte! Maa-chan. 🙂


Kudo Haruka

Kudo Haruka

Kudo Haruka/工藤遥

  • 10th Generation member
  • Morning Musume Colour: Orange
  • Nickname: Kuduu (くどぅー), Do (どぅー), Harukachii, Haru, Haruruu
  • Birthdate: October 27, 1999
  • Birthplace: Saitama, Japan

* “She has experience as an egg, and she really loves singing. Also, the “gap” between her face and her husky voice is interesting. I hope that she can help to bring together the 10th generation members and the current members as soon as possible.” ~ Tsunku blog


Kuduu* Rungitom: Kuduu caugh my attention with her cuteness in One.Two.Three PV. I have yet to listen her husky voice, and I really hope Tsunku find a suitable song line for her voice to stand out.




Oda Sakura

Oda Sakura

Oda Sakura/小田さくら

  • The only 11th Generation member
  • Morning Musume Colour: Lavender
  • Nicknames: Sakura (さくら), Dacchi, Odachii, Odan, Odacho, OdaSaku, Sakurakkyo, Sacchan, SakuSaku
  • Birthplace: Zama, Kanagawa, Japan

* When she first joined Morning Musume, Tsunku said she was one of the top three vocalists ever in Hello! Project, along with Takahashi Ai, Tanaka Reina and Matsuura Aya (he later named Tanaka Reina a best vocalist).


* Rungitom: Talking about vocal, so does a great impression on her solo lines in Help Me!! and Brainstorming single. She will do event greater in the future.

And there you have it, a little introduction on all current members of Morning Musume.

Future works: The 54th single and the 12th Generation member audition

The 54th single will be the first single without Tanaka Reina. Tsunku said in a tweet that Morning Musume’s next single seems “risky”. It is rumored that the 54th single (Koko ni Anata ga Ite Kudasareba?”) would be out in July.

Also, the Morning Musume 12th Generation Member “Mirai Shoujo” Audition (モーニング娘。12期メンバー「未来少女」オーディション) has already started. As of April 30, 2013, more than 6000 young candidates registered for the audition.

Well then, I hope you enjoy the little information on Morning Musume members and the latest updates, I will be updating more on Morning Musume in the future. To end my blog entry today, here’s an old song from Morning Musume called Ikkimashoi!


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  1. 20 Jul ’13

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