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Unsung hero of Morning Musume

Posted by mountainoluv, 12 May 2014 · 1550 views

Yuko Nakazawa Ai Kago Rika Ishikawa Aya Matsuura Nozomi Tsuji aMI TOKITO Morning Musume 3-Nin Matsuri shuffle groups
Unsung hero of Morning Musume Greetings! I hope everyone is doing well. It looks like it is going to be another warm and sunny day in SoCal.

I mentioned a couple of times that I became familiar with Morning Musume (MM) thanks to the PV for “Joshi Kashimashi Monogatari” (JKM). It was through this PV that I got to learn who the members were, at least at the time of that single. I also got to know a little about each of the girls, but that was secondary to just knowing who they were, by looking at them. Inevitably, I started watching YouTube videos of MM including stuff they did prior to the release of JKM. For example, I watched the PVs for “Love Machine,” “Koi no Dance Site,” “Happy Summer Wedding,” and so on. One thing that impressed me from “Happy Summer Wedding” was the spoken part, like, “I’d like to introduce you to Mr. . . .” I got to wondering, who was the member who did the spoken part, that is, who played the part of the girl who was getting married?

There was another video that impressed me. It was a game show, and the members of Hello! Project were competing. The members were divided up into teams according to the shuffle group they were in. It was the year of “Chu Summer Party” by 3-Nin Matsuri, 2001. If you recall, 3-Nin Matsuri was the super-cute group made up of Ai Kago :wub: , Rika Ishikawa, and Aya Matsuura. Anyway, 3-Nin Matsuri won the contest. Their prize was a large bowl of Yaki Soba noodles. Over the course of the program, Nozomi Tsuji was acting very hungry, and was even caught on film sneaking food. When 3-Nin Matsuuri won, they taunted the other girls, saying stuff like “Oh! It’s so delicious!” as they ate. A young lady who everybody acted like they knew was the host/MC for the show. She chastised the members of 3-Nin Matsuri, saying things like “These girls don’t know much about how to get along in the world. Especially THAT one” referring to Rika Ishikawa. Anyway, Tsuji Nozomi couldn’t take it, and she started crying. Long story short, I wondered who the host/MC was. I came to find out it was the same lady who got the speaking lines in “Happy Summer Wedding,” namely, Yuko Nakazawa.

Anyway, I thought Yuko Nakazawa was cool. :coool: She seemed to be a little more mature than the other members. That’s not surprising, since she was/is substantially older than the rest. I have a lot of admiration for Yuko Nakazawa. She has tremendous beauty, both with regard to her face as well as her body. After her time in MM, she starred in a movie where she was a boxer. Now, that’s bad ass. :respect: Plus, aMI TOKITO :wub: had a supporting role in the movie.

I think Yuko Nakazawa is really among the unsung heroes of MM, and she deserves more credit than she gets. I gather that even early on in the group’s history, she was concerned about the future of the group, which kind of girls should become new members, etc. She also comes across as a very ‘real’ person. She would be among the members I would most want to meet in person. Anyway, I want to dedicate this entry to Yuko Nakazawa, and wish her the best of luck in her career and in her personal life. :good:

How is Nakazawa Yuko an "unsung hero"?

She has always been recognized as the first and the oldest Morning Musume. Hell, she is referenced and more active than any other member of the original group. She has been in every single reunion group, she has appeared with the current group on TV shows as their great sempai-- with the girls lavishing praise and admiration upon her.


No one has ever forgotten or ignored her-- something that cannot be said for most of the other 1st and 2nd gen members.


Nakazawa Yuko also appeared in Kochira Hon Ikegami, an old police drama/comedy that ran for about 5 seasons, and also the first season of Gokusen... and well a dozen other dramas and half a dozen movies that I haven't seen stretching from 1998 to as recently as 2012.


Although one might well be tempted to think she would have completely retired long ago due to her age, something she was made fun of even a decade ago, the truth is that she remained an active celebrity and actress for far longer than most ex-Morning Musume. And has been more active than any of them during that time.


Seriously... describing Nakazawa Yuko as "unsung", a term that means forgotten or unrecognized, is truly boggling. It really would be hard to give her more credit than she already gets.

If there are people who don't respect Nakazawa Yuko, or even know how important she was to the group, then those people are newbies, no matter for how long a time they've been into Morning Musume as a fan. Because the fact is they have then clearly missed out on the early years, either through being a fan at that time, or through having done the necessary research of Morning Musume's history. So, if people are fans of Morning Musume but don't know much about Nakazawa Yuko, then they have a lot to learn still.

Nakazawa Yuko...the Mama Bear of the group.


She set the standard for all future leaders of Morning Musume, she made sure the members were kept in line. The ultimate Morning Musume senpai. 

Her name still brings awe and fear to even the current members. 


She's awesome like that. 

Yuko is awesome ^_^

Alll hail the Queen! 

Thank you to everyone for your comments. I didn't want to give her complete filmography. I wanted the entry to be more of my personal experience/impression of Yuko Nakazawa. I didn't know whether she was considered the 'big sister' of the group or 'mother figure' of the group. So, I decided to go with 'unsung hero.' I didn't mean anything bad about that. I based it mostly on the amount of attention her thread gets on hello-online.org. The threads of Rika Ishikawa and Risa Niigaki are much more active than that of Yuko Nakazawa. Someone may respond, "Well, that's because Rika and Risa are active in the entertainment industry, while Yuko is not." Well, the thread of Eri Kamei is MUCH more active than Yuko's thread, and Eri is about as inactive as a person could be. It seems like people could pay more attention to Yuko . . .

 Yaguchi Mari is my oshimen. She has a great and sweet voice, is a fine dancer, a big comedian and a cute person, but in beauty she is just the second behind Yuko Nakazawa.


 Not only that, despite her fame of harsh and strict, she is tender, lovely and warm-hearted. You can see her hugging and kissing other members, like Yaguchi herself or Aibon and released how loving she is. And her laugh born from the bottom of her soul.


 Yaguchi Mari is my oshimen, but I know she forgive me because she loves you too.

Thanks for your comment. There are a lot of very beautiful former members of Morning Musume. In fact, almost all of them are.


In my opinion, though, three stand out for their beauty. The three that I think are the most beautiful are (in no particular order): Rika Ishikawa, Sayaka Ichii, and Koharu Kusumi.

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