Berryz Kobo’s Profile

Berryz Kobo, 2013


The name “Berryz Kobo” means “Berryz Workshop”. It reflects the original idea that Berryz Koubou’s line-up would change from time to time, with each of the Hello! Project Kids taking part in the group eventually. This idea seemed to have been dropped when the other 8 Hello! Project Kids ended up forming their own group, °C-ute.

Berryz Kobo was first announced on January 14th 2004 at a Hello! Project Fan Club Event. They debuted at a concert on March 3, 2004, and they performed as backup dancers for W’s PVs. Before the group was formed, some of the members worked with members of fellow Hello! Project group Morning Musume in side projects as Aa! and ZYX, and in the Mini Moni movie Okashi na Daibōken.

It was announced on September 11, 2005, that band member Ishimura Maiha would graduate from the group and Hello! Project. Her reason to graduate was to focus on her studies, although many fans believe it was her father’s decision and not her own. She graduated on the last night of their fall tour on October 2, 2005. This made her the second non-Morning Musume member in H!P who had her own Graduation Concert.

Berryz Kobo had a weekly 15 minute radio show called Berryz Kobo Kiritsu! Rei! Chakuseki! (Roughly meaning Berryz Kobo Stand Up! Bow! Sit Down! as in a class honoring the teacher entering the classroom) which began on March 30, 2004 and aired on JOQR every Tuesday from 23:35 to 23:50 and ended on April 7, 2009. Tsugunaga Momoko’s solo radio show took over the timeslot. As of April 8, 2009 a new podcast called Beritsuu! featuring Shimizu Saki, Tokunaga Chinami and Sudou Maasa airs weekly on Fridays on JOQR.

Berryz Kobo held a concert at Saitama upper Arena on April 1, 2007, and caused them to become the youngest female group ever to perform there. The member’s average age did not exceed 14 years, and they dethroned Morning Musume, whose average was 16.3. The tickets sold out two months before the concert, but a few days before the concert it was announced that there would be extra seats available.

On New Years 2008, Berryz Kobo, along with °C-ute and Morning Musume, performed for the first time at NHK network’s 58th Kouhaku Uta Gassen. It is the most-watched show each year in Japan. They had performed several times since the 54th edition, but only as back dancers. They sang Tsukiatteru no ni Kataomoi as part of a H!P special medley called “Special LOVE Mix”, which opened the show.

Berryz Kobo participated at the Asia Song Festival 2008 in South Korea representing Japan along with w-inds and Tsuchiya Anna. They performed two times on October 3rd (Eve Concert, where they sang Dschinghis Khan, Tsukiatteru no ni Kataomoi, Yuke Yuke Monkey Dance and Special Generation) and 4th (Main Concert: Dschinghis Khan and Yuke Yuke Monkey Dance). They also held a handshake event thanks to PonyCanyon Korea. They won the Asia New Comer Award along with the SM entertainment group SHINee.

On December 12th, 2008 they performed at Sharan Q’s 20th anniversary. The girls performed Dschinghis Khan (with °C-ute), MADAYADE, and LOVE Machine (together with °C-ute and Morning Musume) at the Nippon Bukodan.
On December 17th 2008 the group won the “Wired Music Prize” award at the 41st Nippon Yuusen Taishou Ongaku Shoujushou Award Show at Nakano Sun Plaza, which prized the songs loved by people (the theme of that year was “Heart”). They performed Dschinghis Khan.

To celebrate their 5th Anniversary, Berryz Kobo had their First Fanclub Tour in Hawaii from March 24th, 2009 to March 30th. Similar Morning Musume, they released their own AloHello DVD and Photobook. Unfortunately, the DVD didn’t include the five years memory letter reading corner and it didn’t give any signal about the banner that Tsugunaga Momoko drawn with all eight members (including Maiha) to the fan club members because it was something that only the people in the room could see and hear.

The girls celebrated their 100th concert during their spring ;tour ~Sono Subete no Ai ni~ on April 25, 2009 at Tochigi night. In this, they showed a recap video with the song “Bye Bye Mata ne” counting up from their 1st concert to their 100th (the list didn’t include joint concerts).

On June 3rd, because it’s their 20th single and 5th Anniversary, Berryz released their 1st double a-side single: “Seishun Bus Guide / Rival”. It was also the first time that a Berryz Kobo PV feat. a famous person outside of the group, in this case it’s TV Tokyo Announcer Ooe Mariko.

M-net and Up-Front works arranged a Berryz Kobo mini-concert in South-Korea on June 21st, 2009 at Yonsei University Auditorium, 4pm titled “Berryz Kobo MINI LIVE in Korea”. M-net also launched a special site for the event. This is their 1st concert outside Japan.

During August, Berryz was being featured in some Thailand Music Shows like Wake Club, A-Port and others (they even had an interview with the Host of Wake Club between the Hello! Project concert 2009 Summer ~Hello!Champloo~). This is because a domestic music company bought the copyright of the Berryz singles from Hello!Project, to be promoted publicly. Their first release was Berryz Kobo Special Best Vol. 1.

Every month since April 2005, Berryz were featured in a special corner of B.L.T Magazine called “Berryz Kobo no HAPPY HOMEROOM” (Berryz Kobo’s Happy Homeroom) with an article about Special Generation. On August 2009 the collaboration ended in the 53th Volume of the corner with messages from the girls. For the last issue they did the same pose that they did in the first volume.

Thailand fans gathered on November 14, 2009 in the “Hello! Project First Official Fan Meeting in Thailand”. During that event they announced who was going to hold a concert there out of Morning Musume, °C-ute and Berryz Kobo. Berryz Kobo got chosen to perform in Thailand’s Capital, Bangkok, on March 27, 2010 at Indoor Stadium Hua Mak Sports Complex, 7pm. This is Berryz first concert in Thailand as well as the first Hello! Project group to held a concert in that country; it’s also their second concert outside Japan.

Shimizu Saki, Tokunaga Chinami and Kumai Yurina traveled to Thailand on January 19th, 2010 to promote the concert as well as to make the official concert announcement on January 20th. They had TV (like Channel V and many others), magazine and radio appearances, as well as a press conference covered by Thai News. They had the opportunity to wear traditional Thailand dresses and went to greet Thailand’s king who was hospitalized at the time.

Berryz released their 3rd double a-side single Otakebi Boy WAO!/Tomodachi wa Tomodachi Nanda! On March 3rd 2010. This single reached a peaking ranking of #3, making this their highest single ranking to date. With the end of this single’s second week, Berryz ranks at #9, which also makes this not just their highest ranking second week, but the highest ranking second week throughout all of Hello! Project since 2003.

Unlike the concert in Korea, where they arrived on the same day of the concert, for this performance, all Berryz members traveled to Thailand on March 25th, 2010 in order to hold a press conference on the same day. They held another press conference after the concert, where the girls left their impressions that they were really happy to be able to perform outside Japan and wanted to have more free time to travel around the town. They went back to Japan on March 27th at 5 a.m. Although the concert ended, several channels in both Thailand and Japan kept showing concert and backstage footages.

From August 25th to 31st, 2010 Berryz had their 2nd FanClub Tour in Hawaii titled “2010 Happy Summer Vacation ~Kono natsu wa nidotonai jikan de aru!~”.

Shimizu Saki revealed in the last concert of their Berryz Kobo Concert Tour 2010 Aki ~BerryKou Fest!~ that they will perform at Sakura Con 2011 in Seattle, Washington in April. This performance would be their first North American appearance). The news was confirmed by the official Sakura Con site which added them as guests. Their 7th album: “7 Berryz Times” was available to be purchased in the event, making it their first American CD release.
The group got their first Daily #1 at Oricon Chart with the release of their 25th single “Heroine ni Narou ka!”. This was their first in the past 4 singles (Seishun bus guide/Rival, Watashi no Mirai no Danna-sama/ Rysuei Boy, Maji Bomber! and Shining Power) that didn’t have any relation to the anime “Inazuma Eleven”

On March 12, 2011, it was announced that their concert in Sendai on 3/12 and other events were cancelled due to the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Luckily all the girls were safe and harmless, because the earthquake happenned a day before their concert at izumity21; the venue is just 15km away the coast of Sendai.

Berryz finally made their American performance debut at Sakura Con 2011 for an audience of 3500 fans, who traveled from all over the world including multiple parts of the USA, plus Canada, France, Mexico, and Japan to support the group who was celebrating their 7th year together. The group appeared at the event’s opening and closing ceremonies, participating in a live audience Q&A and two separate 60-minute sessions where they accepted gifts from fans and signed autographs for Sakura-Con attendees. At the HelloStoreUSA booth, Berryz Kobo signed a 6-foot banner and 7 hand-written messages in support of their USA CD release and American-based merchandise store. Sakura-Con attendees also contributed over $1887 to Japan Relief at the Berryz Kobo booth during the three-day event. In addition, Berryz Kobo members donated wristbands and autographed posters to Sakura-Con’s annual charity fund-raising auction, raising an additional $850. The concert started with the song “Ganbarou Nippon Ai wa Katsu”, which is part of Upfront Company campaign to help Japan; and ended with “ALL FOR ONE & ONE FOR ALL!” making it a 1 hour show.

The group released 2 more singles in 2011 – Ai no Dangan in May and Aa, Yo ga Akeru in August.

Berryz announced they would be having a second live in America in late 2011. They will be appearing at AnimeNEXT in Somerset, New Jersey in June 2012.

Berryz first single of 2012, Be Genki (Naseba Naru!) was released March 21st 2012.

Berryz Kobo’s Tanabata Special Live 777 special concert that was held last July in honor of the group’s 7th anniversary was released on DVD in April 2012.

Berryz Kobo’s Concert Tour 2012 Spring ~Berryz Station~ started on the group’s 8th anniversary, March 3rd, and ended April 8th.

Berryz Kobo’s 29th single, titled Cha Cha SING, was released on July 25th. The single was a Thai cover song, and so was it’s b-side Loving You Too Much, of a Thai singer, named Bird, making it their second cover single. The music video, covers and outfits were all Thai-themed to match. The single sold 29,099 copies in it’s first week, outselling the last 7 singles by the group.

On December 19th, the group released their last single of 2012, titled WANT!.

It was announced on January 1st that their next single, titled Asian Celebration, would be released March 13th. The group performed the song the on first day of the Hello! Project Concert Tour Winter 2013 the following day.

On April 30, Natsuyaki Miyabi was appointed sub-captain of Berryz Koubou.

Tsunku announced on May 19th, during the Hello! Project Yaon Premium Live ~Soto Fest~, that Berryz Koubou would have their first solo concert at Nippon Budokan on November 29th. The concert was titled Berryz Koubou 10 Shuunen Kinen Budokan Special Live ~Yappari Anata Nashi de wa Ikite Yukenai~.

The group performed in Taipei, Taiwan for the first time in May. They and participated “Berryz Koubou worldwide handshake event in Taipei” on the 24th and on the 25th, they performed in their fans meeting event in The Wall.

On August 6th, it was announced Berryz Kobo and Juice=Juice will have a joint live house fanclub tour, titled “Naruchika 2013 Aki Berryz Koubou x Juice=Juice” from October 12th to November 17th.

The girls released their 33rd single, titled Motto Zutto Issho no Itakatta / ROCK Erotic on October 2. This was their first single to be released in October in their entire career, it was also released on the 8th Anniversary of the graduation of former member Ishimura Maiha. The single sold more than 40,000 copies making it their highest selling single to date.

Their first single of 2014, Otona na no yo! / 1-Oku 3-Senman Sou Diet Oukoku, was released February 19th.









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