With great joy I want to wish Yoshizawa Hitomi a happy, healthy and wonderful pregnancy.
Yoshizawa ‘Yossy’joined morning Musume back in 2000 along with three others, Ishikawa Rika, Kago Ai and Tsuji Nozomi. They were the revolutionary generation that changed the perception of idols in Japan.
Yossy is often given credit for opening the door for boyish girls to succeed in Japan’s music industry. She was trained by senpai Yasuda Kei to become an Idol to respect, adore and above all remember. She was the last generation to join under the leadership of Morning Musume’s original leader, Nakazawa Yuko. After Nakazawa-sama’s graduation, Iida Kaori became the leader and broadened a more youthful image allowing young Yossy to further express her ”faux lesbian” image. Despite obvious difficulties, Yoshizawa managed to work hard during her early idol years. The years of Iida Kaori as leader and Goto Maki as ace are known as the beginning golden age of Morning Musume. This was because both Goto and Iida encouraged members to promote their individual talents.
Leader Iida and senpai Kei opened so many doors for Yossy!
Fans and Japanese media alike continued to ship Yossy and Charmy (Ishikawa Rika) as a couple for an entire decade. They were Japan’s favourite comedy during the early to mid 2000s.
Yoshizawa became the 4th leader of Morning Musume seemingly overnight after Yaguchi Mari quit due to a groundbreaking scandal.
Her years of leadership would see the end of Morning Musume’s golden era and the rise of the National Idols, AKB48. Yoshizawa did her best to keep Morning Musume relevant and successful during their defeat. However, Morning Musume remained where the top begins. They are still a large staple in JPOP.
After Miki’s center position seemed to gain less attention than expected a new route was taken.
Tanaka Reina, Takahashi Ai and Niigaki Risa stepped forward as the aces. Thus the platinum era began. Yoshizawa handed her leadership torch to Miki and shortly after she handed it to Takahashi Ai.
Yoshizawa has continued to work hard ever since her graduation in 2007. Now she has a new project, raising a beautiful baby! I’m so happy I cried happy tears!!
What a journey, she’s been part of 2 eras in Jpop and her boyish legacy is carried on by idols like Miyazawa Sae and The Hoopers. I can’t forget to mention the current ikemen Kudo Haruka of Morning Musume!!
… i totally don’t have a crush on Yossy anymore you guys! Just kidding! She was my very first idol crush!