No. 5 (Morning Musume album)
No. 5 is the fifth album from the J-pop idol group Morning Musume, released on March 26, 2003. No. 5 is the last studio album to feature second generation member Kei Yasuda and first generation member Natsumi Abe as full members of the group. Yasuda graduated in 2003, Abe graduated in early 2004, it is the first Morning Musume studio album to feature a former member as a returning guest artist, as Maki Goto guests on "Megami ~Mousse na Yasashisa~" and "Ganbacchae". Two of the songs, "Megami ~Mousse na Yasashisa~" and "Yes! Pocky Girls", are credited to two one-time Morning Musume spinoff groups, "Venus Mousse" and "Pocky Girls", respectively; the songs originated as promotional songs for Pocky biscuit snacks and appeared in versions that are least one minute shorter on the Petit Best 3 compilation album in December 2002. The first pressing came in special packaging with a special mini poster. "Intro" "Do it! Now" "Top!" "Tomodachi ga Ki ni Itte Iru Otoko Kara no Dengon" "Koko ni Iruzee! "'Suggoi Nakama'" "Tsuyoki de Ikōze" "Megami ~Mousse na Yasashisa~" "Yes!
Pocky Girls" "Hey! Mirai" "Ganbacchae!" "'Sugoku Sukina no ni... ne'" "Sotsugyou Ryokō ~Morning Musume Tabidatsu Hito ni Okuru Uta~" Platinum No.5 entry on the Hello! Project official website
Happy Summer Wedding
"Happy Summer Wedding" is the ninth single of the J-pop idol group Morning Musume, released on May 17, 2000. It sold a total of 990,950 copies; this marks the last single of Sayaka Ichii and the debut of the "Fourth Generation" Morning Musume members Rika Ishikawa, Hitomi Yoshizawa, Nozomi Tsuji and Ai Kago. This is their first 12 cm CD single. "Happy Summer Wedding" – 4:50 "Tsūgaku Ressha" – 4:32 "Happy Summer Wedding" – 4:46 1st generation: Yuko Nakazawa, Kaori Iida, Natsumi Abe 2nd generation: Kei Yasuda, Mari Yaguchi, Sayaka Ichii 3rd generation: Maki Goto 4th generation: Rika Ishikawa, Hitomi Yoshizawa, Nozomi Tsuji, Ai Kago Happy Summer Wedding entry on the Up-Front Works official website
Morning Musume Sakuragumi
Morning Musume Sakuragumi, meaning "Sakura Group", was one of the subgroups derived from the Japanese pop group Morning Musume in 2003. Its less successful equivalent was Morning Musume Otomegumi. Like its counterpart, the sole purpose of Sakuragumi was to accommodate towns with smaller concert venues; the group was meant to embody the traditional Japanese woman. Sakuragumi became inactive in March 2004, after releasing two singles. By 2003, Morning Musume's ranks had swelled to a total of fifteen members. In January, producer Tsunku made the decision to split the girls into two groups, "Sakura" and "Otome"; each group had its own theme - the Sakuragumi girls were much more traditional in song and clothing than Otomegumi, performing ballads, with a calmer and more subdued image. The group's name derives both from the Japanese cherry blossom, associated with spring, Tsunku's wish for the girls to "bloom like beautiful flowers." The two groups would perform identical set-lists, perform in the same towns at different venues.
Natsumi Abe, a first-generation Morning Musume member, was assigned to be the leader. The group released their first single, "Hare Ame Nochi Suki", on September 18, 2003; the single sold well. Their first tour, "Morning Musume Sakuragumi Hatsukōen: Sakura Saku", began on November 24, it was announced that Abe would be graduating from both Morning Musume and Sakuragumi in 2004. Sakuragumi performed "Hare Ame Nochi Suki" with Abe for the final time at her graduation concert in January. After Abe's graduation Mari Yaguchi was elected as the next leader, the group continued to tour, their second and final single, "Sakura Mankai", was released on February 25, 2004 and featured the new line-up of seven girls. This like the first, sold well and charted at # 2, outselling Otomegumi's single. In June their first concert DVD was released. Following the cessation of their tour, the group made no more releases and became dormant, after the two subgroups merged back into one. In the years that followed both Yaguchi and Ai Kago left Morning Musume and Up-Front Works due to scandals, both Asami Konno and Hitomi Yoshizawa graduated in 2007.
In February 2009, at the Elder Club's graduation concert, Sakuragumi performed together for the first time in five years, singing "Hare Ame Nochi Suki". At Morning Musume's 2009 autumn tour, a Sakuragumi unit composed of Ai Takahashi, Risa Niigaki, Eri Kamei, Aika Mitsui, Linlin performed "Sakura Mankai". 1st generation: Natsumi Abe 2nd generation: Mari Yaguchi 4th generation: Hitomi Yoshizawa, Ai Kago 5th generation: Ai Takahashi, Asami Konno, Risa Niigaki 6th generation: Eri Kamei Discography at the Up-Front Works official discography listing
Japan is an island country in East Asia. Located in the Pacific Ocean, it lies off the eastern coast of the Asian continent and stretches from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and the Philippine Sea in the south; the kanji that make up Japan's name mean "sun origin", it is called the "Land of the Rising Sun". Japan is a stratovolcanic archipelago consisting of about 6,852 islands; the four largest are Honshu, Hokkaido and Shikoku, which make up about ninety-seven percent of Japan's land area and are referred to as home islands. The country is divided into 47 prefectures in eight regions, with Hokkaido being the northernmost prefecture and Okinawa being the southernmost one; the population of 127 million is the world's tenth largest. 90.7 % of people live in cities. About 13.8 million people live in the capital of Japan. The Greater Tokyo Area is the most populous metropolitan area in the world with over 38 million people. Archaeological research indicates; the first written mention of Japan is in Chinese history texts from the 1st century AD.
Influence from other regions China, followed by periods of isolation from Western Europe, has characterized Japan's history. From the 12th century until 1868, Japan was ruled by successive feudal military shōguns who ruled in the name of the Emperor. Japan entered into a long period of isolation in the early 17th century, ended in 1853 when a United States fleet pressured Japan to open to the West. After nearly two decades of internal conflict and insurrection, the Imperial Court regained its political power in 1868 through the help of several clans from Chōshū and Satsuma – and the Empire of Japan was established. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, victories in the First Sino-Japanese War, the Russo-Japanese War and World War I allowed Japan to expand its empire during a period of increasing militarism; the Second Sino-Japanese War of 1937 expanded into part of World War II in 1941, which came to an end in 1945 following the Japanese surrender. Since adopting its revised constitution on May 3, 1947, during the occupation led by SCAP, the sovereign state of Japan has maintained a unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy with an Emperor and an elected legislature called the National Diet.
Japan is a member of the ASEAN Plus mechanism, UN, the OECD, the G7, the G8, the G20, is considered a great power. Its economy is the world's third-largest by nominal GDP and the fourth-largest by purchasing power parity, it is the world's fourth-largest exporter and fourth-largest importer. Japan benefits from a skilled and educated workforce. Although it has renounced its right to declare war, Japan maintains a modern military with the world's eighth-largest military budget, used for self-defense and peacekeeping roles. Japan is a developed country with a high standard of living and Human Development Index, its population enjoys the highest life expectancy and third lowest infant mortality rate in the world, but is experiencing issues due to an aging population and low birthrate. Japan is renowned for its historical and extensive cinema, influential music industry, video gaming, rich cuisine and its major contributions to science and modern technology; the Japanese word for Japan is 日本, pronounced Nihon or Nippon and means "the origin of the sun".
The character nichi means "sun" or "day". The compound therefore means "origin of the sun" and is the source of the popular Western epithet "Land of the Rising Sun"; the earliest record of the name Nihon appears in the Chinese historical records of the Tang dynasty, the Old Book of Tang. At the end of the seventh century, a delegation from Japan requested that Nihon be used as the name of their country; this name may have its origin in a letter sent in 607 and recorded in the official history of the Sui dynasty. Prince Shōtoku, the Regent of Japan, sent a mission to China with a letter in which he called himself "the Emperor of the Land where the Sun rises"; the message said: "Here, I, the emperor of the country where the sun rises, send a letter to the emperor of the country where the sun sets. How are you". Prior to the adoption of Nihon, other terms such as Yamato and Wakoku were used; the term Wa is a homophone of Wo 倭, used by the Chinese as a designation for the Japanese as early as the third century Three Kingdoms period.
Another form of Wa, Wei in Chinese) was used for an early state in Japan called Nakoku during the Han dynasty. However, the Japanese disliked some connotation of Wa 倭, it was therefore replaced with the substitute character Wa, meaning "togetherness, harmony"; the English word Japan derives from the historical Chinese pronunciation of 日本. The Old Mandarin or early Wu Chinese pronunciation of Japan was recorded by Marco Polo as Cipangu. In modern Shanghainese, a Wu dialect, the pronunciation of characters 日本; the old Malay word for Japan, Japun or Japang, was borrowed from a southern coastal Chinese dialect Fukienese or Ningpo – and this Malay word was encountered by Portuguese traders in Southeast Asia in the 16th century. These Early Portuguese traders brought the word
Manatsu no Kōsen
"Manatsu no Kōsen" is the fifth single of the J-pop idol group Morning Musume, released on May 12, 1999 as an 8 cm CD. It sold a total of 235,010 copies, reached number three on the Oricon Charts. In 2004, it was re-released as part of the Early Single Box and again in 2005, as a 12 cm CD; the lead vocalist of this single was Natsumi Abe. It was first single without Asuka Fukuda Manatsu no Kōsen – 5:07 Koi no Shihatsu Ressha – 4:20 Manatsu no Kōsen – 5:06 Manatsu no Kōsen – 5:09 Koi no Shihatsu Ressha – 4:22 Manatsu no Kōsen – 5:11 Manatsu no Kōsen – 5:00 1st generation: Yuko Nakazawa, Aya Ishiguro, Kaori Iida, Natsumi Abe 2nd generation: Kei Yasuda, Mari Yaguchi, Sayaka Ichii Manatsu no Kōsen entry on the Up-Front Works official website
Morning Coffee (song)
"Morning Coffee" is a song by J-pop idol group Morning Musume, released as their first official single on January 28, 1998 as an 8 cm CD. It sold a total of 200,790 copies. In 2004, it was re-released as part of the Early Single Box and again in 2005 as a 12 cm CD; the lead vocalist of the single was Natsumi Abe. Early on, Tsunku had decided. Before the recording on the second day, Tsunku changed his mind and told the group that he was going to change the lead vocals to Abe instead. A re-arranged and re-recorded version of this song was featured as the B-side for Morning Musume's 14th single, "Souda! We're Alive", it is the group's only major-label single to feature the original members, as the second generation would join before the release of "Summer Night Town". It is their first and only single to be released by the defunct Up-Front Works label One Up Music and distributed through Warner Music Japan, as One Up Music would end its distribution deal with Warner and change its name to Zetima before the release of the group's next single.
Distribution rights for Zetima would be given to Sony Music Japan's sub label Epic Records for "Summer Night Town", Morning Musume's first album "First Time" and all of Zetima's subsequent releases. The "Ai no Tane" tracks were composed by Tetsutarō Sakurai. All other tracks were composed by Tsunku. Morning Coffee – 4:32 Ai no Tane – 4:11 Morning Coffee – 4:32 Morning Coffee – 4:32 Ai no Tane – 4:11 Morning Coffee – 4:32 Morning Coffee – 1st generation: Yuko Nakazawa, Aya Ishiguro, Kaori Iida, Natsumi Abe, Asuka Fukuda 1998-02-09 – Hey! Hey! Hey! Music Champ 2000-10-08 – Hello! Morning - Episode 027 Hello! First Live at Shibuya Kohkaido Morning Musume Memory Seishun no Hikari Morning Musume First Live at Budokan ~Dancing Love Site 2000 Haru~ Morning Musume Live Revolution 21 Haru Morning Musume Concert Tour 2002 Haru "Love Is Alive!" Morning Musume Concert Tour 2003 "15nin de Non Stop!" Morning Musume Sakuragumi Hatsukouen ~Sakura Saku~ Hello! Project 2005 Winter All-Stars Dairanbu ~A Happy New Power!
Iida Kaori Sotsugyo Special~ Morning Musume Concert Tour 2005 Haru ~Dai 6 kan Hit Mankai~ Nochiura Natsumi Concert Tour 2005 Haru "Triangle Energy" Morning Coffee entry on the Up-Front Works official website
Rika Ishikawa, is a Japanese idol and model associated with the Hello! Project banner and best known as a former member of the pop group Morning Musume, she was the leader of the Japanese pop idol trio v-u-den until June 2008. She is working as a soloist, a member of the Japanese pop idol group Ongaku Gatas, in the pop duo Hangry & Angry as Angry, as a current member of Dream Morning Musume. Rika Ishikawa was born on January 19, 1985 in Yokosuka, Japan. Ishikawa joined Morning Musume as a fourth generation member along with Hitomi Yoshizawa, Nozomi Tsuji, Ai Kago, made her debut in 2000 along with the rest of the fourth generation on the band's tenth single, "Happy Summer Wedding". In 2001 with her Morning Musume obligations, Ishikawa became a featured member of the then-semi-dormant Hello! Project pop group Country Musume and a second-generation member of Morning Musume's first subgroup, Tanpopo, she participated in her first shuffle group recording, 3-nin Matsuri, with fellow Morning Musume/Tanpopo member Ai Kago and solo singer Aya Matsuura.
One of Ishikawa's most referenced vocal parts during her Morning Musume days was a frantic spoken word piece in the middle eight of their 2003 single "Shabondama". She said a spoken word piece at the end of the song "The Peace!" which she has said was one of her favorite Morning Musume moments. In September 2004, her new trio, v-u-den, released their debut single, she graduated from Morning Musume on May 7, 2005, after five singles, v-u-den released their debut album, Suiteroom Number 1, in November 2005. Ishikawa has starred in a Hamtaro movie with her Ecomoni partner, Sayumi Michishige, soloist Aya Matsuura, she was a Pocky Girl, plays for Gatas Brilhantes H. P.. Ishikawa graduated from Morning Musume on the last day of the Morning Musume Concert Tour 2005 Haru ~Dai 6 Kan Hit Mankai!~, on May 7, 2005. During this concert, 7th generation member Kusumi Koharu was introduced into Morning Musume and replaced her spot. After her graduation, she replaced Nakazawa Yuko as the host of Hello! Morning till it ended in 2007.
Ishikawa starred in Sukeban Deka: Codename = Asamiya Saki, the fourth live-action adaptation film of Sukeban Deka opposite Aya Matsuura, released September 30, 2006. In line with Mari Yaguchi's involvement in the Japanese 2007 adaptation of the popular 1955 Broadway play, "Damn Yankees", Rika will be double cast with fellow 4th Generation ex-Morning Musume member, Nozomi Tsuji, in "When Will You Return?" in 2007 at the Nissei Theatre in Tokyo and the Osaka City Center. In mid-2007, Ishikawa joined the Japanese idol group Ongaku Gatas along with fellow members of Gatas Brilhantes H. P.. On October 12, 2008 it was announced that she is paired up with fellow ex-Morning Musume member Hitomi Yoshizawa in the new unit Hangry & Angry in collaboration with a Harajuku fashion store of the same name. Hangry & Angry will be making their first United States performance at Sakura-Con in Seattle, Washington in April 2009, it was announced on October 19, 2008, on the official Hello! Project website, that Ishikawa will graduate from Hello!
Project along with the rest of Elder Club on March 31, 2009. Ishikawa joined the newly formed group, "Dream Morning Musume" in 2010 alongside other former Morning Musume members. On January 1, 2010 Ishikawa opened up an official blog. On March 13, 2017, she married a professional baseball player, Ryoma Nogami and has announced her pregnancy with her first child, she gave birth to a baby boy sometime in late April 2018. Ongaku Gatas Ecomoni v-u-den DEF. DIVA Morning Musume Morning Musume Otomegumi Tanpopo Country Musume ni Ishikawa Rika Romans Shuffle Groups 3-nin Matsuri Sexy 8 7Air H. P. All Stars Hangry & Angry Dream Morning Musume Abcho 2000 – Pinch Runner 2002 – Tokkaekko 2003 – Koinu Dan no Monogatari 2003 – 17sai ~Tabidachi no Futari~ 2004 – Tottoko Hamtaro Hamu Hamu Hapa Radaicho! 2006 – Yo-Yo Girl Cop Eeruseeme 2003 – J Beef "Oniku Suki Suki" Official blog Profile at UP-FRONT AGENCY Official Hangry & Angry website