Natsumi Abe is a Japanese singer and actress, a former member of Morning Musume, a member of Dream Morning Musume. She was born in Hokkaidō, Japan. On August 13, 2003, she released her first single, "22 Sai no Watashi," which means "Me, 22 years old," just a few days after her 22nd birthday, her first full-length album, was released on February 4, 2004, containing many solo versions of Morning Musume songs. In August 2005, her fifth single, "Koi no Hana," which means "Flower of Love," was released, she became a member of the Hello! Project special unit Def. Diva together with Maki Goto, Rika Ishikawa and Aya Matsuura in October; the single "Takaramono" was released in November credited as "Sen", the main character of the drama "Takaramono", played by Abe. In the spring of 2006, Abe released a new single, "Sweet Holic", together with a new album, "2nd ~Shimiwataru Omoi~". June 2006 saw. In October of the same year "Amasugita Kajitsu" was released, reaching 5th on the Oricon Chart, the highest place she achieved since "Koi no Telephone Goal" in 2004.
On October 5, 2008, Abe performed in an event to mark the 30th anniversary of the Sunshine City building in Ikebukuro. She was joined by other artists who were popular in the 1980s, such as Hiroko Moriguchi and Ayumi Nakamura, it was announced on October 19, 2008, on the official Hello! Project website, that Abe will graduate from Hello! Project along with the rest of Elder Club on March 31, 2009. On September 15, 2010, Abe released her 12th single, "Ameagari no Niji no Yō ni". In 2010, it was announced that Natsumi Abe was going to form a new group named "Dream Morning Musume" with several other former Morning Musume members. In summer 2011, Natsumi Abe was cast in the live action drama Arakawa Under the Bridge as P-ko. On October 7, 2007, Abe's car collided with a motorcyclist in Tokyo; the motorcyclist suffered minor injuries. She had obtained her driver's license only in July of that year. Hello! Morning Futarigoto Aiken Rosinante no Sainan ~Mukai Ryūta no Dōbutsu Nikki! Nurseman Angel Hearts Koinu no Waltz Takaramono Arakawa Under the bridge Hello Pro Yanen!!
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Quidam was the ninth stage show produced by Cirque du Soleil. It has been watched by millions of spectators around the world. Quidam originated as a big-top show in Montreal and was converted into an arena format beginning with its 2010 tour in North America, it changed back to the Big Top for a 3-month run in Seoul, South Korea before returning to an arena show for its tour to Oceania. The show performed for the final time in Christchurch, New Zealand on February 26, 2016; the entire show is imagined by a bored girl named Zoé, alienated and ignored by her parents. She dreams up the whimsical world of Quidam as a means of escaping the monotony of her life; the show's title refers to the feature character, a man without a head, carrying an umbrella and a bowler hat. Quidam is said to be no one at the same time. According to Cirque du Soleil literature "Quidam: a nameless passer-by, a solitary figure lingering on a street corner, a person rushing past... One who cries out and dreams within us all."
The minimalistic stage was designed by Michel Crête to represent a monolithic structure such as an airport or train station where people are always coming and going. The major set element includes the five, all-aluminum, 120-foot arches above the stage, known as the téléphérique; these allow performers to be transported off the stage from above. Each rail of the téléphérique has two trolleys: one to raise and lower the performer or equipment, the second to transport it onto or off the stage; the stage floor is made of aluminum decks with a rubber-type mat. The perforations, of which there are over 200,000, allow light to pass through from below the stage, creating visual effects; the original Quidam stage was incorporated into the Bazzar grand chapiteau tour. The show premiered in november 2018; the cast of Quidam has a cast of 45 acrobats, musicians and characters, some of which are detailed below. Zoé: She is the principal character and singer in Quidam. Although average in nature, she longs for excitement.
Father: Completely, though unwittingly, self-absorbed, this character is lost behind his newspaper until he open his eyes to find himself among his family and loved ones. His white shoes are the only indication of a hidden personality. Mother: Conveys an air of absence and alienation whilst inside her lie fear and desire. Through the show, she rediscovers the intense feeling of being alive through pain and courage and love. Quidam: The show's titular character, anonymous, no one, he may have been conjured up out of Zoé's imagination. He is known for his bowler umbrella despite being headless. John/Mark: He is an eerie yet charming guide on our mysterious journey through the world of Quidam. Is represented as a father figure to Zoé hence him stepping into her father's shoes; the character changed of'John' was played by John Gilkey and by Mark Ward who performed the role from 1999 onwards. Sometime after this transition, the character's name changed to'Mark'. Target: A living human bullseye fired at by everyone but is always smiling.
Chiennes Blanches: The silent chorus, the nameless and the faceless, the dehumanized, mechanical crowd leading and following. They accompany the principal characters as they make their entrances and exits. Les Égarés: Lost individuals who gather together in the streets and abandoned buildings of Quidam. Many of them perform in the banquine act. Boum-Boum: A pale skinned, bald character who wears boxing gloves. Enjoys screaming at the audience and walking away proudly, but will run away if an audience member screams back, he is aggressive and physically fit, yet lifeless. It is. Aviator: This character runs around on stage with skeletal wings, but doesn’t look quite ready to take off, he doesn’t know he has wings. He knows, but can’t fly. Like Icarus, he has tried and failed or he wants to escape this world and its problems. Homme Rayé: Translating into English as the'Striped man' due to his blue and red costume with white stripes, he is one of Les Égarés. Pierrot: Another of Les Égarés, most noticeable when running across the stage in a long white gown and she has bright red hair.
Kangaroo: A character representing the youth in society, he wears a blue, sleeveless hood and is one of Les Égarés. Blue Lady: A pale skin lady, always spinning on herself. La Garçonne: One of Les Égarés, she is dressed in red and love skipping all the time. Skipping Girl: One of Les Égarés, she is dressed in love skipping all the time. Ballerina: A strange character, he is dress with a tutu; the Explorer Rescapé Romantic Jujube Oublié La Mouche: An upbeat character that makes up Les Égarés, she is dressed in light blue and green. Funny Bunny/Peau D'ane: A character who chases and gets chased by other characters. A genius in ecology, lovey-dovey, astrology, she is noticeable as a red rabbit on stage. Les Macloma: A trio of Strange clowns who like to make mischief whenever they can. Kotini Jr & Alosha: A duo of clowns Kotini Jr. and Alosha, who are both opposites of each other, one is absent-minded, while the other is downright gloomy. Toto & Voki: A duo of clowns who like to play with audience members expectations in delightfully bizarre skits done by David Shiner.
Quidam combines a mix of acrobatic skills and traditional circus acts: German Wheel: An acrobat perfor
Risa Niigaki is a Japanese idol and actress associated with Hello! Project, she was a fifth generation member of the Japanese pop group Morning Musume. She joined Morning Musume in 2001 along with Asami Konno and Makoto Ogawa, she grew up in Yokohama after moving there at age six. She was the longest serving member of Morning Musume, was the leader of the group from October 2011 to her graduation on May 18, 2012. Niigaki was the runner-up for the'Kiss Girl Audition' in becoming Tomy image girl before joining Morning Musume, she appeared with the winner Ai Hasegawa in a Tomy Karaoke Machine commercial. In 2001, Niigaki joined Morning Musume as the fifth generation along with Ai Takahashi, Asami Konno, Makoto Ogawa. Morning Musume producer Tsunku said he chose Niigaki because she "shined during the final studio recording" for the audition song that all the finalists had to sing, she debuted and lead on the group's 13th single, "Mr. Moonlight" making her one of the few members of Morning Musume, able to lead on her debut single.
She first appeared in their 4th album, 4th Ikimasshoi!. In the summer of that year, she debuted in a shuffle unit as part of Happy 7, with two other members of her generation. In September, all fifth generation members were placed into subgroups. Niigaki was placed into Tanpopo as a member of the third generation, along with Asami Konno; the new line-up only released one single before becoming inactive. Niigaki, along with many other members of Morning Musume at that time, starred in a drama entitled Angel Hearts, released in 2002. In 2003, she was placed into Sakuragumi, which released two singles before becoming inactive. In early 2007, Niigaki was chosen to be a member of Morning Musume Tanjō 10nen Kinentai along with Kaori Iida, Natsumi Abe, Maki Goto and Koharu Kusumi - a unit created to celebrate Morning Musume's 10th anniversary, their first single, Bokura ga Ikiru My Asia, was released on January 24, 2007. On June 1, 2007, following then-leader Miki Fujimoto's resignation from Morning Musume, Ai Takahashi replaced Fujimoto as leader, while Risa Niigaki took Takahashi's place as sub-leader.
Following the announcement of Nozomi Tsuji's pregnancy, Niigaki took over Tsuji's role as Athena in the animation series Robby & Kerobby. In October 2007, Niigaki was placed in the unit Athena & Robikerottsu along with fellow Morning Musume member Aika Mitsui, as well as Saki Nakajima and Chisato Okai of Cute, it was announced in July 2008 that Niigaki and Ai Takahashi would play the 70s idol J-pop duo Pink Lady in the TV drama Hitmaker Aku Yū Monogatari. From August 6 until August 25, 2008, Morning Musume performed a version of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella with the Takarazuka Revue, in which Niigaki starred as the Prince. On February 12, 2009, it was announced that Morning Musume would be performing in the United States at the 2009 Anime Expo, the nation's largest anime convention, as one of the first official guests of honor. In an interview Niigaki stated that "The movies that Disney makes are full of dreams, but when I have children, I'd like them to know about war, the pain of death and such things, so I hope they will watch."
Niigaki revealed that her favorite anime was Sailor Moon, stating that "we copied the hairstyles and had a'Sailor Moon' playhouse in kindergarten." On August 26, 2008, Niigaki became one of four members to remain in Morning Musume for seven years or more. On January 17, 2009, Niigaki and Takahashi became the longest-serving members in Morning Musume history, breaking the four-year-old record set by Kaori Iida. On August 26, 2009, Niigaki and Takahashi became the first members to remain in Morning Musume for eight years. In 2009, Niigaki was assigned to be a part of the new shuffle group ZYX-α with Koharu Kusumi, Maasa Sudo, Momoko Tsugunaga, Erika Umeda, Chinami Tokunaga, Saki Ogawa, Ayaka Wada. On January 9, 2011, it was announced that Ai Takahashi will graduate from Morning Musume and Hello! Project at the end of their autumn 2011 concert tour. Niigaki would take over the position as leader of Morning Musume after Takahashi's graduation. After Takahashi's graduation, Niigaki became the only member of Hello!
Project that had joined before the Hello! Project Kids, holds the record for the longest serving member of Morning Musume and Hello! Project, it was announced on January 2, 2012, that she would graduate from Morning Musume and Hello! Project on the last day of their Spring Concert Tour, May 18, at Nippon Budokan. Niigaki will be the fourth Morning Musume member to graduate at the Budokan. On May 18, 2012, Niigaki graduated from Morning Musume and Hello! Project alongside Aika Mitsui, she handed down her position as leader of Morning Musume to Sayumi Michishige. Niigaki began dating Yoshikazu Kotani after starring together in the stage play Absolute Boyfriend in 2013. After two years of dating, they held their marriage ceremony on July 11, 2016. On January 6, 2018, both announced on their blogs that they were filing for divorce, citing they were growing apart. 2007-06-13 – Alo Hello! Niigaki Risa DVD 2009-01-21 – Alo Hello! 2 Niigaki Risa DVD 2010-07-14 – Alo Hello! 3 Niigaki Risa DVD 2002 – Tokkaekko 2003 – Koinu Dan no Monogatari 2002 – Angel Hearts 2002 – Ore ga Aitsu de Aitsu ga Ore de 2008 – Hitmaker Aku Yū Monogatari as Kei from Pink Lady Official Blog Morning Musume: Official Hello!
Ai no Tane
"Ai no Tane" is the unofficial debut single of Japanese pop idol group Morning Musume, released under a defunct independent label on November 3, 1997. It is sometimes called the "zeroth single"—"Morning Coffee" being the "first single" and so on, it was included in many other Morning Musume releases: in their first official single "Morning Coffee". Morning Musume 1. An instrumental for this song was included in the bonus karaoke disc in the Early Single Box. In 1997, Sharan Q organized a talent search competition named "Josei Rokku Vōkarisuto Ōdishon" under the show Asayan. After the competition and Sharan Q vocalist Tsunku offered Yuko Nakazawa, Aya Ishiguro, Kaori Iida, Natsumi Abe, Asuka Fukuda—five of the ten losers of the competition—the chance to be taken under his wing on one condition: to sell 50,000 copies of their debut single, which turned out to be "Ai no Tane." The girls were named Morning Musume. Recordings began on mid-September as well as the photoshoot for the CD cover. During the production, the group faced a big issue regarding with Yuko Nakazawa.
At the beginning, Nakazawa wore long hair, featured in their single's cover. She cut it short before debuting publicly; this act caused for a re-shoot of her solo lines in the song's bridge. The single was released and first distributed on November 3 at Shinsaibashi, selling 16,610 copies, on November 9 at Fukuoka with 9,004 copies. Distribution continued on November 23 at Sapporo with 14,853 copies. During this event, Kaori Iida was hospitalized because her contact lens broke and caused temporary blindness, she was able to come back. After four days of distribution, the five girls accomplished their task and were under Tsunku's care. Morning Musume – vocals Saeki Kenzō – lyricist Tetsutarō Sakurai – composer and chorus Yūji Yokozeni – drums Masahiki Rokugawa – bass Kiyoshi Tsuchiya – guitar Shin Kōno – piano and keyboard 1st generation: Yuko Nakazawa, Aya Ishiguro, Kaori Iida, Natsumi Abe, Asuka Fukuda "Ai no Tane" lyrics at Projecthello.com
J-pop, natively known as pops, is a musical genre that entered the musical mainstream of Japan in the 1990s. Modern J-pop has its roots in traditional Japanese music, but in 1960s pop and rock music, such as The Beatles and The Beach Boys, which led to Japanese rock bands such as Happy End fusing rock with Japanese music in the early 1970s. J-pop was further defined by new wave groups in the late 1970s electronic synth-pop band Yellow Magic Orchestra and pop rock band Southern All Stars. J-pop replaced kayōkyoku in the Japanese music scene; the term was coined by the Japanese media to distinguish Japanese music from foreign music and now refers to most Japanese popular music. Popular styles of Japanese pop music included technopop during the 1970s–1980s, city pop in the 1980s, Shibuya-kei in the 1990s; the origin of modern J-pop is said to be Japanese-language rock music inspired by the likes of The Beatles. Unlike the Japanese music genre called kayōkyoku, J-pop uses a special kind of pronunciation, similar to that of English.
One notable singer to do so is Keisuke Kuwata. Additionally, unlike Western music, the major second was not used in Japanese music, except art music, before rock music became popular in Japan; when the Group Sounds genre, inspired by Western rock, became popular, Japanese pop music adopted the major second, used in the final sounds of The Beatles' song "I Want to Hold Your Hand" and The Rolling Stones' song " Satisfaction". Although Japanese pop music changed from music based on Japanese pentatonic scale and distortional tetrachord to the more occidental music over time, music that drew from the traditional Japanese singing style remained popular. At first, the term J-pop was used only for Western-style musicians in Japan, such as Pizzicato Five and Flipper's Guitar, just after Japanese radio station J-Wave was established. On the other hand, Mitsuhiro Hidaka of AAA from Avex Trax said that J-pop was derived from the Eurobeat genre. However, the term became a blanket term, covering other music genres—such as the majority of Japanese rock music of the 1990s.
In 1990, the Japanese subsidiary of Tower Records defined J-pop as all Japanese music belonging to the Recording Industry Association of Japan except Japanese independent music. Ito Music City, a Japanese record store, adopted expanded classifications including Group Sounds, idol of the 1970s–1980s, enka and established musicians of the 1970s–1980s, in addition to the main J-pop genres. Whereas rock musicians in Japan hate the term "pop", Taro Kato, a member of pop punk band Beat Crusaders, pointed out that the encoded pop music, like pop art, was catchier than "J-pop" and he said that J-pop was the pops music, memorable for its frequency of airplay, in an interview when the band completed their first full-length studio album under a major label, P. O. A.: Pop on Arrival, in 2005. Because the band did not want to perform J-pop music, their album featured the 1980s Pop of MTV. According to his fellow band member Toru Hidaka, the 1990s music that influenced him was not listened to by fans of other music in Japan at that time.
In contrast to this, although many Japanese rock musicians until the late 1980s disrespected the kayōkyoku music, many of Japanese rock bands of the 1990s—such as Glay—assimilated kayōkyoku into their music. After the late 1980s, breakbeat and samplers changed the Japanese music scene, where expert drummers had played good rhythm because traditional Japanese music did not have the rhythm based on rock or blues. Hide of Greeeen described their music genre as J-pop, he said, "I love rock, hip hop and breakbeats, but my field is J-pop. For example, hip hop musicians learn'the culture of hip hop'. We are not like those musicians and we love the music as sounds much; those professional people may say'What are you doing?' but I think that our musical style is cool after all. The good thing is good." Japanese popular music, called ryūkōka before being split into enka and poppusu, has origins in the Meiji period, but most Japanese scholars consider the Taishō period to be the actual starting point of ryūkōka, as it is the era in which the genre first gained nationwide popularity.
By the Taishō period, Western musical techniques and instruments, introduced to Japan in the Meiji period, were used. Influenced by Western genres such as jazz and blues, ryūkōka incorporated Western instruments such as the violin and guitar. However, the melodies were written according to the traditional Japanese pentatonic scale. In the 1930s, Ichiro Fujiyama released popular songs with his tenor voice. Fujiyama sang songs with a lower volume than opera through the microphone. Jazz musician Ryoichi Hattori attempted to produce Japanese native music which had a "flavor" of blues, he composed Noriko Awaya's hit song "Wakare no Blues". Awaya was called "Queen of Blues" in Japan. Due to pressure from the Imperial Army during the war, the performance of jazz music was temporarily halted in Japan. Hattori, who
Cirque du Soleil
Cirque du Soleil is a Quebecer entertainment company and the largest theatrical producer in the world. Based in Montreal, Quebec and located in the inner-city area of Saint-Michel, it was founded in Baie-Saint-Paul on 7 July 1984, by two former street performers, Guy Laliberté and Gilles Ste-Croix. Named Les Échassiers, they toured Quebec in 1980 as a performing troupe, their initial financial hardship was relieved in 1983 by a government grant from the Canada Council for the Arts, as part of the 450th anniversary celebrations of Jacques Cartier's voyage to Canada. Le Grand Tour du Cirque du Soleil was a success in 1984, after securing a second year of funding, Laliberté hired Guy Caron from the National Circus School to recreate it as a "proper circus", its theatrical, character-driven approach and the absence of performing animals helped define Cirque du Soleil as the contemporary circus that it remains today. Each show is a synthesis of circus styles from around the world, with its own central theme and storyline.
Shows employ continuous live music, with performers rather than stagehands changing the props. After financial successes and failures in the late 1980s, Nouvelle Expérience was created – with the direction of Franco Dragone – which not only made Cirque du Soleil profitable by 1990, but allowed it to create new shows. Cirque du Soleil expanded through the 1990s and 2000s, going from one show to 19 shows in over 271 cities on every continent except Antarctica; the shows employ 4,000 people from over 40 countries and generate an estimated annual revenue exceeding US$810 million. The multiple permanent Las Vegas shows alone play to more than 9,000 people a night, 5% of the city's visitors, adding to the 90 million people who have experienced Cirque du Soleil worldwide. In 2000, Laliberté bought out Gauthier, with 95% ownership, has continued to expand the brand. In 2008, Laliberté split 20% of his share between two investment groups Istithmar World and Nakheel of Dubai, in order to further finance the company's goals.
In partnership with these two groups, Cirque du Soleil had planned to build a residency show in the United Arab Emirates in 2012 directed by Guy Caron and Michael Curry. However, following Dubai's financial problems in 2010 caused by the 2008 recession, Laliberté stated that the project had been "put on ice". Several more shows are in development around the world, as well as a television deal, a women's clothing line, possible ventures into other mediums such as spas and nightclubs. Cirque du Soleil produces a small number of private and corporate events each year; the company's creations have received numerous prizes and distinctions, including a Bambi Award in 1997. In 2000, Cirque du Soleil was awarded the National Arts Centre Award, a companion award of the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards.. In 2015, TPG Capital, Fosun Industrial Holdings and Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec purchased 90% of Cirque du Soleil; the sale received regulatory approval from the Government of Canada on 30 June 2015.
At age 18, interested in pursuing some kind of performing career, Guy Laliberté quit college and left home. He toured Europe as busker. By the time he returned home to Canada in 1979, he had learned the art of fire breathing. Although he became "employed" at a hydroelectric power plant in James Bay, his job ended after only three days due to a labour strike, he decided not to look instead supporting himself on his unemployment insurance. He helped organize a summer fair in Baie-Saint-Paul with the help of a pair of friends named Daniel Gauthier and Gilles Ste-Croix. Gauthier and Ste-Croix were managing a youth hostel for performing artists named Le Balcon Vert at that time. By the summer of 1979, Ste-Croix had been developing the idea of turning the Balcon Vert and the talented performers who lived there into an organized performing troupe; as part of a publicity stunt to convince the Quebec government to help fund his production, Ste-Croix walked the 56 miles from Baie-Saint-Paul to Quebec City on stilts.
The ploy worked. Employing many of the people who would make up Cirque du Soleil, Les Échassiers toured Quebec during the summer of 1980. Although well received by audiences and critics alike, Les Échassiers was a financial failure. Laliberté spent that winter in Hawaii plying his trade while Ste-Croix stayed in Quebec to set up a nonprofit holding company named "The High-Heeled Club" to mitigate the losses of the previous summer. In 1981, they met with better results. By that fall, Les Échassiers de Baie-Saint-Paul had broken even; the success inspired Laliberté and Ste-Croix to organize a summer fair in their hometown of Baie-Saint-Paul. This touring festival, called "La Fête Foraine", first took place in July 1982. La Fête Foraine featured workshops to teach the circus arts to the public, after which those who participated could take part in a performance; the festival was barred from its own hosting town after complaints from local citizens. Laliberté managed
Miki Shōji, professionally known by her birth name of Miki Fujimoto, nicknamed Mikitty, is a Japanese pop singer and television actress. After failing the audition to join girl group Morning Musume with the fourth generation members, Fujimoto debuted as a solo artist within Hello! Project in 2002 with the single "Aenai Nagai Nichiyōbi". Fujimoto joined Morning Musume in 2003 along with the sixth generation and became the leader of the group in 2007. Fujimoto was raised in the Takikawa area of Hokkaidō, Japan, she has an older brother, who won a defamation case alongside Fujimoto in 2009. Fujimoto started out as a solo singer in 2002 under the idol family Hello! Project, becoming the first of six members to debut under Hello! Project after losing a Morning Musume audition, she is called by fans as Aya Matsuura's rival, but in fact, they are the best of friends. After a successful performance on the music program on New Year's Eve, "Kōhaku Uta Gassen", producer Tsunku added her to Morning Musume as a sixth generation member in 2003.
At the time, she was the 3rd oldest person to join the group, as she was nearly 18 years old, although with the addition of Chinese member, she is now the 4th oldest. She is one of five members to debut as a part of the Hello! Project before joining Morning Musume, she sang many of the lead lines in Morning Musume songs after Natsumi Abe's graduation. She and fellow Morning Musume member Asami Konno were lent to Country Musume, a group that features "Country Girls from Hokkaidō", such as Miki and Asami. In October 2002, she was placed in the one-shot unit, Gomattou with two other prominent pop soloists under Hello! Project, Maki Goto, Aya Matsuura, she was in Hello! Project Shuffle groups Odoru 11, 11Water, H. P. All Stars and Sexy Otonajan. In 2003, when Morning Musume was split into two groups, she was placed in Morning Musume Otomegumi. On June 15, 2006 it was announced that Fujimoto and Aya Matsuura would join together in a new Hello! Project duo called GAM, their debut single was released on September 13, 2006, after two other singles, their debut LP was released on May 23, 2007.
On May 6, 2007, after the graduation of then-leader Hitomi Yoshizawa, Fujimoto took her place as the fifth leader of Morning Musume. On April 23, 2008, Fujimoto released a collaboration single, "Okitegami". In fall of 2008, Fujimoto played the part of Rizzo in Grease. In March 2009, Fujimoto announced her engagement to Tomoharu Shōji and graduated from Hello! Project. Fujimoto and Shoji married on July 2009 in Hawaii. On March 27, 2012, Fujimoto gave birth to the couple's first child, a son. Outside of her career as a performer, Miki has opened a chain of yakiniku restaurants in Japan; the first Yakinuku Mikitei opened on her 26th birthday, February 2011 to much success. Three more restaurants were opened. The restaurant chain was short-lived, closed on June 29, 2012 following various incidents. On August 1, 2015, Fujimoto gave birth to the couple's second child, a daughter. On May 24, 2007, Fujimoto was featured in the Japanese gossip magazine Friday pictured walking with Tomoharu Shōji, a member of the comedy duo Shinagawa Shōji.
Friday explained that they had a two-hour dinner together, drove to Fujimoto's apartment went to the sauna, returning to Shōji's apartment just after midnight. It soon became apparent that she was to be involved in a scandal that would jeopardize her position in Morning Musume. After seeing the article, Up-Front Agency had no intention to deal with the situation since there was no proof of them dating. On the May 26, 2007 edition of Young Town Doyōbi, she confirmed that the pictures were of her, that she had been going out with Tomoharu Shōji, she mentioned that she spoke to the head of Up-Front Agency, Naoki Yamazaki, about the situation. On June 1, 2007, Fujimoto resigned from her position in Morning Musume, she continued with GAM and remained contracted with Hello! Project and Up-Front Agency. Fujimoto had an extensive fan base, which includes a group of people deemed "Mowota", an abbreviation of Morning Musume Otaku, while not worshipping her go to more extreme behaviors to display their affection towards Fujimoto.
This group, called "Tokai Woters" performs a fixed choreography at concerts and on certain TV occasions. This choreography, carried to the sound of Miki's "Romantic Ukare Mode", involves a series of moves accompanied by their chanting "Mikitty!" four times, followed by "Miki-sama! Miki-sama, please punish me!". 2003 – 17sai ~Tabidachi no Futari~ 2002 – Tenshi no Utagoe: Shōnibyōtō no Kiseki 2004 – Shinshun Wide Jidaigeki: Ryuuma ga Yuku 2009 – Daremo Mamorenai 2009 – Reset Dai 6wa "Kazoku no Futatsu no Wakaremichi" 2008 – Hakana "Itoshi no Hakana" yori 2006 – Ribbon no Kishi: The Musical as Hecate 2008 – Grease: The Musical as Rizzo 2002–2003 – Fujimoto Miki Heart Days Radio 2002–2007 – Fujimoto Miki no Dokimiki Night 2004–2007 – Young Town Dōyōbi (ヤングタウン