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Congratulations to Non-chan and the Sugiura family!

September 5, 2012

Non-chan announced on her blog today that she is currently 3 months pregnant with her third child! What wonderful news for herself, Taiyo, and the children! I’m very excited and happy for her, Non-chan is a wonderful Mom.

She stated she is due sometime in the spring after the new year.

Congratulations Non-chan!

Congratulations Nono!

December 26, 2010

Ah! Tsuji gave birth yesterday! (December 26th in Japan.)

This is her second child with her husband, actor Sugiura Taiyo. Apparently she was in labor for 12 hours! But the boy was born healthy and weighed 6 pounds 2 ounces, the same as her first child, Noa. They haven’t announced his name yet.

Congratulations to Nono! I’m so happy for her!

Tsuji is pregnant again! Congratulations!

May 26, 2010

Congratulations to Non-chan!

She doesn’t know if it is a boy or girl yet, but the baby is due in January. She says she will continue her work as much as her health and condition allow.

Good on her! She’s really becoming an idol mama now! I was actually wondering, a little while ago, if she would have any more kids, because, as a sister of 3 other sisters, I think it’s great to have siblings and not be an only child. It’s also great not to have too much of an age gap, that way the kids get along better.

I’m so happy for her! This is fantastic news!

Congratulations again!

Tsuji’s new clothing line photoshoot

May 20, 2010

I took the time to take these off the website for the new line, of which I would LOVE to get one, but being nearly 5’10” have no hope of actually fitting in one, as comfortable as they look – only to find the pictures had long been up on the Hello!Online pic board. As I took the time to get them and thumbnail them, I’m posting them anyway.

In other news I received a large shipment from CDJapan at the beginning of the month and have been working my way through several new albums; Buck-Tick’s Mona Lisa Overdrive, Maki & Sweet Black, Aibon’s Jazz album and Kirakira Majocco Love, as well as Rebecca’s Single Collection. Expect reviews soon!

OG’s I want to come back!

April 5, 2010

Well , not me specifically. This poll was taken by goo, and the information for the link came via Hello!Online, but I thought I’d re-post here with a few thoughts on the results.

1. Abe Natsumi
2. Iida Kaori
3. Goto Maki
4. Yoshizawa Hitomi
5. Ishikawa Rika
6. Nakazawa Yuuko
7. Tsuji Nozomi
8. Fujimoto Miki
9. Fukuda Asuka
10. Kago Ai

For one, I’m surprised and delighted that Aibon made the list, and for the most part, I am in full agreement on those who made it on here, though I would probably shuffle some members around, and I would strike Maki off the list because I think she has a better thing going for her at Avex.

I am surprised though, that neither Kei-chan, Mako-chan or Konkon made the list! I thought for sure at least Asami would be there. She seemed so popular! And no Koharu! Wow! Of course, I don’t know when this poll was taken, it could have been while she was still a member, but I am really surprised she didn’t make the cut. Of course, all these members were present during the so called “golden era” of Momusu, and truth be told, they belong to my favorite gens as well.

I’m not sure I’d have any of these ladies come back to Momusu though, they’ve done their stint and have moved on. I do wish however, that some of them had more exposure now, and were still as active now as they were in their Momusu days.

Icons

July 6, 2009

I made myself some icons while listening to Hello!Project songs yesterday. I wanted a new Momusu icon and then I just started going through pictures and making a couple.

I’ve also started listening to Onyanko Club and really liking them. It’s amazing the difference between idols of the mid 80s vs idols today…. 25 years later…. well, maybe not so amazing. LOL!

The why of 2009 rankings

May 6, 2009

I didn’t have time to go into detail on rankings when I put up the original post, but now as I have some free time to myself that doesn’t involve cleaning/sorting/trashing/unpacking, I thought I’d go back and explain. Let’s get started.

A comment from Rad in my earlier post got me thinking a bit about why I chose who and for what reasons, also noting that I hadn’t chosen any junior members. The truth is I’m just not into them. I really like Berryz and C-ute, listen to the Eggs units that come and go, but it’s Momusu and it’s OG that make me a fan of Hello!Project. They’re the ones I have to own every album of. They’re the ones I own trading cards and photobooks of. They’re the ones I’m paying almost $2K to fly out to L.A., all the way across country and I hate flying, to see. If it was C-ute or Berryz it wouldn’t be the same draw for me. Maybe it’s the age difference, maybe it’s because Momusu has (or had) something they don’t? Who can say? It’s just the way I feel.

1. Tsuji Nozomi
Tsuji-chan! Ah, I miss the duo of W so damn much! I’ve always really liked Tsuji and was kind of sad when she left showbiz for maternity leave, thinking that was that and she’d taken her final walk in the spotlight. Color me ecstatic that she hasn’t! Writing magazine articles, appearing on talk & variety shows, starting a kid’s line of clothing… Nono is a very busy young woman! Reading her daily blog (translated here) has really brought her across and not just her idol image. I love reading about her work, cooking and taking care of her daughter. My only hope is that she’ll grace us with some music in the near future. (Though I’m not holding my breath. Chances are she’ll become a variety show idol).

2. Yaguchi Mari
Yagu-chan! Arara. Now if I had filled this out today Hitomi and Mari would be switched out. See what I said about my daily mind? Anyway who can’t love Mari? She’s so cute and little! Apparently we read some of the same manga too. (Skip Beat FTW!) I was disappointed that she’d seemingly retired from singing when she had such a great voice, but she’s come back this year with a brand new rockin’ single! I can’t wait to hear more from her! She was a driving force behind what was awesome about Momusu and Hello!Project in general. Mari was always funny on talk shows and has a great spirit. She’ll always rank up there for me!

3. Yoshizawa Hitomi
Yossie! Yossie! Yossie! You really are an inspiration to me! So strong, both physically and in character. I want to be a strong person like you. I can’t put into words how much I love Yossie. She’s been my favorite for so long, I look up to her so much. She really is my idol. ♥♥♥

4. Konno Asami
Konkon I will always love because she’s such a girl. She’s got a great girl next door personality and appears to be someone that you could easily become friends with. Someone you’d love to close up the restaurant with when you went out to eat. I was so moved by how moved she was at her graduation. She’s an underdog, knows it, but still tried so hard and managed to become a success. I love that determination.

5. Tanaka Reina
Reina is Reina. I don’t think there is anyone else in all of H!P with a personality like hers. She’s all attitude, but not at all obnoxious. Reina is the kind of cute, strong girl I want to be.

6. Kusumi Koharu
There’s no way I’m going to be an apologist for liking Koha-chan. I will admit that at times she can go over the top, her personality is very in your face and I understand how that can irritate some people. But she brings everything she’s got to the table every time. I can’t help but admire her for that. She’s not afraid to be goofy for the sake of entertainment and I think that’s lacking in some of the others. Go, go Koharu-chan!

7. Mitsui Aika
Aika strikes me as someone who will call it as she sees it with no qualms. I can relate to that and like it when other people are straight shooters. I was so jazzed when she made it into Momusu and she’s really proven she was a terrific choice. Aika shines. She’s one of the only members that looks like she’s genuinely smiling in her official photo releases, and I mean smiling with her eyes as well as her mouth.

8. Linlin
The more I see of the Pandas the more I like Linlin. Linlin has settled very well into the role of being an idol. She’s visibly comfortable and at ease and that makes her a delight to watch. When she’s doing something she’s doing it as herself and doesn’t come across as an “image” at all. I really like that.

9. Ogawa Makoto
Makoto! I love Mako-chan. She’s so funny and always smiling! She isn’t really doing much these days, hopefully that’ll change soon because I’d love to see her on variety shows and such. She has a great sense of humor.

.10. Michishige Sayumi
Sayu, Sayu, Sayu. How do you keep creeping into my top 10? Somehow I can’t deny her. I like her. I couldn’t tell you why – I just do.

And there you have it. My Top 10 and the reasons for…. or lack there of. Sometimes you just like people and can’t really explain why. It actually took me quite a while to do this post, several weeks or revisiting… as I sat here and blankly stared at the screen and tried to figure out just what the draw was. In some cases it was immediate, and in others, a light bulb came on, and in others…… I’m still clueless. But I’m sure everyone feels that way!

2009 ranking

April 3, 2009

I’m in the process of moving, today, so I can’t really go into depth about why I chose who for what spot, but here’s my list anyhow. I’m a little amazed at the outcome of this myself. Seeing the poll the first person I thought of for my number one slot was Tsuji-chan, then Mari, then Hitomi. Who would have thought? In reality Mari and Yossi should be tied for second, but Tsuji gets #1 because her blog has totally made me love her. I was a fan before, but she’s rocketed to my number 1 slot. The first five were very easy to do, the next 3 pretty easy, but it was hard to pick my final 2. But this is just how I feel today. I wonder how this would change in a month or so?

Thoughts on the end of an era

February 2, 2009

As everyone knows, Elder Club graduated from Hello!Project yesterday. I’m really sad to see so many of the founding members go with no real idea of where they are going or what they will be doing now. At the same time, from a business standpoint, I can understand why. A lot of the members of the EC weren’t doing much of anything, and to keep them on the payroll just because is bad business. Now they can be filtered through UFA and maybe have their talents put to better use.

At the same time I don’t think the members of EC were given a fair chance. After their graduation from Morning Musume it seems the H!P just didn’t know what to do with them and they were kept on as recognizable faces to keep the older fans around and hopefully get them interested in the new gens/groups. H!P assumed that the solo efforts of the girls were not going to generate the same kind of income they made while in MM, so no effort was made to even try. It’s a shame to me, but really, what do I know of the intricacies of the Japanese idol business world?

Love Machine, both Morning Musume and Hello!Project’s biggest single to date was retired at this concert as well. Honestly I breathe a little sigh of relief. It’s a great song, but I’m tired of getting beat over the head with it. Especially since 2007’s Kouhaku Uta Gassen, when MM performed it AGAIN, despite a new single having been just released and none of the members having been present in MM at the time LM was released. Let the new gens stand on their own merits.

The biggest news of the night accorrding the the Japanese news shows I’ve seen, was the return of Tsuji Nozomi to the stage. I am SO excited about her return and the start of her blog. She looked fantastic! I think it’s somewhat amusing that the younger fans are actually surprised by the fact that Tsuji is her same old loveable self, as if motherhood and marriage, while huge events in a person’s life, are inhibiting to personality.

I can’t wait to buy this concert on DVD. I know I will be crying right along with the girls on stage, especially when Hitomi starts crying. It’s inevitable.

I bid a fond farewell to the members of the Elder Club, wish them ALL the best of luck in their new indentures and hope that the spotlight only shines brighter from here on out.

さようなら.

What was the biggest H!P event of 2007?

December 13, 2007

Buckle up, this is a long one.

While perusing the Hello!Online picture board, my eye was caught by the poll in the lower right hand corner. I prepared myself for a quick click of the mouse, a cursory viewing of the results, and moving on with my picture browsing. The only problem…. the poll and it’s possible choices were hard to pick between. As I sat weighing the possible choice to best fit, I though, Hey! Why not write a post about it?

The question is, What was the biggest H!P event of 2007? And boy howdy weren’t there A LOT this year? Like, whoa. It gave me a ton to think about, so I decided to go ahead and analyze each option.

Yoshizawa’s brother killed.
I wholeheartedly love Yossi, so for the New Year to start out this way was terrible. I felt truly horrified when I read the news and deeply saddened on Yossi’s behalf. Understanding her need to grieve, there was a wave of support for her from the H!P blogging community should she decide to take a leave of absence. Color us all shocked and amazed when she shouldered her burden and kept performing. For myself (and many others I am sure) it only further cemented our love and respect for this amazingly strong and talented young woman.

Since Hitomi decided to continue on with her career, this family tragedy did not have the effect it could have had she decided not to return. So this event, while horrible, was not the biggest thing to happen to H!P this year.

Momusu gets 2 Chinese girls.
This was big, this was HUGE and a complete and total shock to fans. Not only were there two new surprise members of the Eighth Gen of Momusu, but they hailed from the land beyond Japan! Sure there were foreign members in other H!P acts before, but NOT in their flagship group. Fan reaction went wild. A lot of people had faith in Tsunku’s decision, he had proven his intuition right before, and we were willing to keep our faith in his ability again. However some us, I am ashamed to say, attacked the two new girls, Junjun and Linlin, some people even went so far as to post horrendous racial and derogatory comments on their personal blogs! Those kind of actions are beyond belief. To think that foreign fans would be so embracing of one type of nationality and not another is mind boggling. As fans we should open our arms to any and all under the H!P banner.

I didn’t mean for that to turn in to a lecture. Getting back on track I would have to say that this was definitely a top contender for the biggest event in H!P for the year.

The end of Hello!Morning.
Honestly, I was really sad to see Hello!Morning go, but willing to embrace Harmoni@ (of which I’ve seen all of 2 or 3 episodes). We really should have seen the departure of H!M coming down the pipeline somewhere in the near future. So while this might have been a personal blow to some people who enjoyed H!M, Momusu is still on the air, so really, not that big of a deal. Plus I am sure H!P were trying to mix up the format of the show a bit to get the girls out and interacting with the public and maybe something new would draw in new viewers.

Kago Ai returns, Friday’d, Fired.
I actually did the write ups for every other topic before going in and writing this one. My God, this one still has me by the heart. At the time this scandal broke I was just getting into other H!P acts that weren’t Morning Musume, and W was the forerunner of my fandom. Ai and Tsuji were just so damn CUTE together! At first I was really disappointed in Aibon. Not so much that she got caught smoking underage, but that she was smoking at all. It’s so damn bad for you! Especially if you are a singer by profession. I felt terrible for Tsuji as this put her singing career at a standstill, and removed (it seems permanently) any chance of the fans hearing W’s last album Faithful.

But as time went on and we started to learn the extent of Ai’s burden, I began to feel for the poor girl more. Being the sole bread winner for her family, her Dad a split ex-con, her Mother a single Mom, and Aibon with much younger siblings to care for. I’m sure her workload was incredible, and she was trying to balance work with her relationship with (the now infamous) Ishimoto Yasuyuki. The poor girl was just trying to live a normal life outside of her “idol” duties.

This whole thing really brought to light the immense responsibility it is to be an idol. You have to be “in character” ALL THE TIME. There is no turn off switch, no down time. If you’re out in public, even just running to the store for toilet paper, or going out to eat, you still have to be in persona. She’d been living this life since she was 12 years old, and I’m sure she was tired of trying to wear that image 24/7. It’s really very, very sad. These girls sacrifice so much for the sake out our entertainment. Granted we reward them back with love and money, but is the trade off really equal?

This was a huge blow to H!P and I think one of their first MAJOR scandals. Even still, Aibon, I love you and hope you someday step up to the microphone again. (If not could we please at least run in to each other somewhere in NYC? I was crowd watching for you last weekend. LOL!) These events definitely rank up there as the biggest things to happen to H!P in 2007.

Yoshizawa graduates from MM.
Yossi! I was terribly sad to see Yossi leaving MM. However, she really was getting beyond the age demographic of the group. Other members graduated from MM and pursued solo careers (some with a hell of a lot more success than others) so it really shouldn’t have been that much of a shock. Plus it was known before her graduation even took place that she’d be participating in a new group and/or solo activities, so we knew she wasn’t totally going to disappear off the radar.

Tsuji/Iida pregnancies.
Kaorin I can say I really wasn’t too shocked to hear about. Tsuji on the other hand I was a little shocked about. We had heard a really awesome live recording of a new unit she was participating in, Gyaruru, under Tsunku’s TNX label, and seemed to be moving on from the scandals that broke up W. I was ultimately really excited for them both. Except for bowing out of the spotlight, this didn’t really affect H!P much as the two weren’t at the forefront at that moment in time. A great personal development for them both, but not the biggest event.

Fujimoto Friday’d/leaves MM.
Honestly… God I hope people don’t kill me for this, but honestly I didn’t really care all that much. I’m not that big of a Miki fan. I thought she was great in GAM, but like Yossi, she was getting a little too old for Momusu and it really was time to move on. If H!P couldn’t see it, then Miki was going to show them herself. I have utter respect for her there, standing up like she did, in the end though it was A-OK by me that she left Morning Musume.

Goto Maki leaves H!P.
This totally and utterly caught me by complete surprise. I really don’t feel like going into too much detail here as it’s all been discussed before…. but reading Maki’s reasons; exhaustion and artistic differences over her musical direction, I totally understand why she left. Was I sad to see her go? Absolutely, especially after she released such a kick ass album! But she wanted to move on with her life and I totally respect that. Losing their most successful solo artist had to be a blow to H!P, but if she was asking for it a long time coming, then it wouldn’t have been a shock to them. A shock to the fan community, but not to H!P.

There were a few other things that happened this year that I thought were pretty big that weren’t on the poll. The biggest…. the return of Konkon! That was HUGE! I was so excited when I heard she was coming back. What a windfall for the fans to have one of our departed beloveds come back to us! How awesome is that?!

In other news I finally received my package today containing the 10th Anniversary Morning Musume essay & photobook, as well as the photobook for Hitomi’s graduation concert this past spring. I’ve done a cursory glance through both and will be adding reviews and scans later, time permitting before Christmas. I will say though that the concert photobook has some amazing shots I’d love as posters.

On one last note, does anyone else find it amusing that the Up Front! International website is only in Japanese?