Nakazawa Yuko’s Profile

History

Nakazawa ;Yuko ;was one of five runners-up in a 1997 talent contest for a new female Japanese rock idol. After the contest, musician and producer Tsunku offered Nakazawa ;and the four other runners-up (Abe Natsumi, Iida ;Kaori, Ishiguro ;Aya, and Fukuda Asuka) the chance to be taken under his wing under one condition: they must sell 50,000 ;copies of their debut song “Ai no Tane” within five days. The ;girls accomplished that task in four and thus Morning Musume was born.

In 1998, shortly after Morning Musume’s ;formation, Nakazawa ;began a solo career, beginning with enka ;styled songs. She gradually moved to a more pop sound, but has recently gone back to enka ;with her eleventh single, “Urara.”

Nakazawa ;has been a regular featured singer on Hello! Project’s “Folk Songs” series. She was also placed in Akagumi 4 in Hello! Project’s 2000 summer shuffles.

Nakazawa ;held the role of the group’s leader until her graduation on April 15, 2001. She has cited her reasons for leaving as being her age (she was 14 years older than the youngest member of the current line-up at the time, then 13-year-old Kago Ai) and her desire to pursue other things by the time she was 30.

Along with the rest of Hello! Project, she participated in H.P. All Stars in 2004.

In Hello!Project’s 2005 summer shuffles she was placed in Puripuri ;Pink. On April 11, 2005, she became a performer of Tchunen, a TV program on Mainichi Broadcasting System, on Mondays.

Throughout 2006, Nakazawa ;did some work in Japanese dramas such as Beauty 7 and Home Maker, performed in various plays, and continued in her solo singing career. She still worked closely with Morning Musume and hosted their weekly show Hello! Morning (first regularly, then occasionally), until its end in early 2007.

It was announced on October 19, 2008 by Hello! Project that Nakazawa, along with the rest of Elder Club will graduate from Hello! Project on March 31, 2009.

On February 1, 2009, during the “Hello Pro Award ’09 ~Elder Club Sotsugyou ;Kinen ;Special~” concert held at Yokohama Arena, Nakazawa ;passed on her leadership position in Hello! Project to Takahashi ;Ai, the current leader ;of Morning Musume.

On July 2nd, 2010, Nakazawa ;Yuko ;was the special guest for Morning Musume’s first performance in Paris at Japan Expo. Then in September she joined a unit called Afternoon Musume ;(along with some others from Morning Musume OG: Iida ;Kaori, Abe Natsumi, Yasuda ;Kei, Yaguchi ;Mari, Ogawa Makoto, Fujimoto Miki) that specializes in promoting Georgia Coffee drinks.

On January 28, 2011, it was announced that Nakazawa ;was part of the OG member group Dream Morning Musume. The group has released ;theri ;first album, called “Dreams. 1”, on April 20th, 2011, that contains covers of old Morning Musume songs and new songs of their own.

Nakazawa announced in December 2011 that she was engaged and to be married in the Spring of 2012. She planned to move to his home in Fukuoka after the marriage, but said she would continue to work.

In the Spring 2012, Nakazawa got married.

Profile:

Name: ;Nakazawa ;Yuko
Nicknames: Yuu-chan, Onee-chan, Misoji (Three Decades Old)
Birthdate: June 19, 1973 (Age: 38)
Height: 159cm
Blood type: O
Hometown: Kyoto, Japan
Hobbies: Map driving
Star sign: Gemini
Charm point: Nose
Habits: Bites tongue when asleep, Stretching top lip, touching bangs
Fears: Natural disasters, live broadcasts
Something she can’t handle: Seeing people cry
Most used emoticon: :heartbeat:
Strengths: “I’m easily impassioned”
Weaknesses: Short temper, easily
Favorite movies: “Phenomenon“, “Legally Blonde“, “City of Angels“, “Shuri“
Favorite book: “Angel‘s Egg“
Favorite phrase: “Survival of the fittest…“
Favorite color: Purple
Favorite flowers: Cherry blossoms
Favorite season: Summer
Favorite food: Squid, boiled fresh white rice
Disliked food: Bananas, tomatoes, miso soup with bean curd and onions
Favorite clothes: Miniskirts
Favorite song: “Tokyo Bijin“

Hello! Project Groups:

  • Morning Musume (1997 – 2001)
  • Dream Morning Musume ;(2011- )

Shuffle Units:

  • Akagumi ;4 (2000)
  • H.P. All Stars (2004)
  • Puripuri Pink (2005)

Other

  • Elder Club (2007-2009)
  • Afternoon Musume (2010)

Trivia:

  • She worked as an OL (Office Lady) prior to joining Morning Musume at age 24.
  • She is known as an older sister figure within Hello! Project but is also famous for her aggressive, Yankee-like personality as well.
  • She (along with Heike Michiyo) served as the leaders of the entire Hello! Project.
  • She has grown accustomed to usually speak in Tokyo dialect, and has usually suggested fellow members from Kansai ;(Heike Michiyo, Kago ;Ai, and more recently Mitsui ;Aika) to speak in Tokyo dialect while in Hello! Project. Ironically, she is known for bursting out in her native Kansai dialect whenever she is annoyed, usually “scaring” younger members.
  • Was particularly close to Ichii ;Sayaka ;before her graduation from Morning Musume and Hello! Project, and still remains fairly a close friend to her and her new family.
  • She used to be a big fan of punk music.
  • She has one sister (as well as a niece) and also has 2 chihuahuas: Taro (male) and Hana (female).
  • Has stated that her reason for graduating from Morning Musume was that she began to feel physically limited from keeping up with the group’s activities because of her age.
  • At one point, she hated bananas so much that she felt repulsed just being in the same room as them. However, when asked by Tsuji ;Nozomi ;what had changed about her since she had graduated from Morning Musume, Nakazawa said that she could now be in the same room as someone eating a banana and be fine with it.
  • Is not a big fan of using phones and is known for not answering the phone (so much so that Yasuda ;Kei has said it is a “miracle” if Nakazawa answers the phone).
  • Was one of the oldest members of Hello! Project.
  • Was one of the original members of Morning Musume.
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