Ogawa Makoto’s Profile


Ogawa was selected to join Morning Musume as one of the fifth generation members from the Love Audition 21 audition on August 26th 2001. She debuted on Morning Musume’s 13th single, Mr. Moonlight ~Ai no Big Band~ along with Takahashi Ai, Konno Asami, and Niigaki Risa. They first appeared on the fourth studio album, 4th Ikimasshoi!.

Prior to joining Morning Musume, Ogawa was enrolled at the entertainment school Apple Little Performers (ALP) in Niigata, where she was one of the top students. She has also been a model for magazines and campaigns, such as one for automobile safety for the elderly.

In September 2002, the fifth generation members were placed into the Morning Musume subgroups. Ogawa was added to the Petitmoni, and unlike the other newly shuffled Tanpopo and Minimoni, the new line-up of Petitmoni never released a single. They had one original song, “WOW WOW WOW,” but it was only released on the Petit Best 4 album and performed during concerts.

In January 2003, Ogawa was placed in Morning Musume Otome Gumi and released two singles as a part of the group before it went inactive. On June 22, 2003, Ogawa sprained her hip during the Edokko Chuushingura musical mini-live at the Meijiza Theater in Tokyo. Consequently, she was sidelined to a wheelchair for several live performances during the release of “Shabondama” (for the HEY! HEY! HEY! MUSIC CHAMP appearance as a part of SALT5, she performed sitting on a stool).

She was an original member of the futsal team Gatas Brilhantes H.P. when it was formed in September 2003, but retired from the group in March 2004. In March 2006, she became a member of the kickball team Metro Rabbits H.P.

She became part of the TV show Sore Yuke! Gorokkies from September to December 2004. She became apart of the TV Show Futarigoto for a short time from April to May and again later from September 20-28. Also became apart of the show Majokko Rika-chan no Magical v-u-den with Ishikawa Rika from October to December. She also later stared in the TV Drama Aijō Ippon!.

In February of 2005, She released her first photobook self-titled. From April to July she became apart of the TV Show Musume Dokyu! and later again for a short time from December 16 to the 22.

In June of 2005, she joined the radio show Hello Pro Yanen!!, which she is still apart of today. In April of 2005, she became apart of the radio show TBC Fun Fīrudo Mōretsu Mōdasshu for a short time.

Alongside Konno Asami, Ogawa announced that she would graduate from Morning Musume in order to study English abroad on April 28, 2006. She graduated on August 27, 2006, after the final performance of Ribbon no Kishi: The Musical.  In August of 2006, she became again apart of the radio show TBC Fun Fīrudo Mōretsu Mōdasshu again for another short time.

She returned in 2008 as an MC in some concerts. She also made regular appearances in the TV Asahi show “Jagaimon” and has performed in various stage plays, concerts with non-Hello! Project artists, and some fan club events.

On, March 31, 2009, she graduated from Hello! Project with the rest of the Elder Club, and then became apart of Morning Musume OG. She currently blogs [here] with translations available at [Hello! Online].

In September of 2010, alongside Nakazawa Yuko, Iida Kaori, Abe Natsumi, Yasuda Kei, Yaguchi Mari, and Fujimoto Miki  she joined the unit Afternoon Musume. In December of 2010, a concert tour for Morning Musume OG titled Dream Morning Musume Concert Tour 2011 Haru no Mai ~Sotsugyousei DE Saikessei~ had been announced. Acording to the announcement all the OG members, except Konno Asami, participated in the concert tour.

Along with the rest of DMM, Makoto held the final DMM concert on March 10th 2012. The group is now on hiatis, but Tsunku has said the group will return.


Name: Ogawa Makoto
Nickname: Mako, Makocchan, Makko
Birth Date: October 29, 1987 (age 24)
Birthplace: Kashiwazaki, Niigata Prefecture, Japan
Blood type: O
Height: 156 cm (unconfirmed)
Specialties: “Swimming, I guess?”, math
Hobbies: Taking a sitz bath, swimming
Favorite food: Pumpkin, squash
Disliked food: Asparagus
Favorite word: 友達 (tomodachi – friend)
Favorite colors: Blue, pink, yellow, red, black, white
Favorite flowers: Sunflower, tulips
Favorite seasons: Summer, spring
Favorite sport: Swimming
Favorite song: Furusato.
Hello! Project Groups:

  • Morning Musume (2001-2006)


  • Petitmoni (2002-2003)
  • Morning Musume Otome Gumi (2003-2004)

Shuffle Groups:

  • 2002: Happy 7
  • 2003: SALT5
  • 2004: H.P. All Stars


  • Pocky Girls (2002)
  • Gatas Brilhantes H.P. (2003-2004)
  • Metro Rabbits H.P. (2006)


  • Love Audition 21 audition songs:
    • Round 1: LUV is Magic (Eriko with Crunch)
    • Round 2: Set Me Free! (Imai Eriko)
  • Shares the same birthday as Tsunku.
  • Close friends with Takahashi Ai, Konno Asami, Tsuji Nozomi and Yoshizawa Hitomi .
  • Made her CD debut on a cheer song for the J2 soccer team, Albirex Niigata, when she belonged to ALP. Due to her extensive former commercial experience, along with Niigaki Risa’s own tie-ins, a new requirement was added to all auditions after Love Audition 21 stating that applicants could not have had prior attachment to any agency.
  • When she was younger, she dressed up in ganguro style for fun.
  • She is commonly referred to as “the new Yasuda Kei” character by both fans and fellow members, largely because of her “obaachan” (old lady) image in terms of mannerisms and speech. Ishibashi Takaaki and Nakai Masahiro also have frequently teased her on Utaban as being “the new Kemeko.”
  • She is the first to to dye her hair blonde out of the fifth generation members, and is noted out of all the Morning Musume members to have the most frequent hairstyle changes. Ogawa has even said she thinks she changes it too much.
  • Many fans and even Ogawa herself credit her comedic roles on the Hello! Morning skits as helping her stand out among the group.
  • In her primary school days, her friends called her “Tomato Ketchup 100% OK” and “Machiko.”
  • Shares the same birthday as Tsunku.
  • Tsunku also commented that she was selected to join the group because she displayed great dancing skills and shined during the audition process.
  • Makoto Ogawa competed in the eighth “Women of Ninja Warrior” competition (known as KUNOICHI in Japan) and was eliminated on the second stage’s “Dancing Stones.”

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