Tsuji Nozomi’s Profile

History

Tsuji auditioned Morning Musume’s 4th generation auditions in 2000. Originally, producer Tsunku had intended to select only three girls to be accepted into Morning Musume’s fourth generation, and Tsuji lost out to her fellow fourth generation members Ishikawa Rika, Yoshizawa Hitomi and Kago Ai, but then Tsunku made a surprising move and added Tsuji to the new line-up, boosting the fourth generation up to four members. She debuted along with the other 4th gen members in Morning Musume’s 9th single, “Happy Summer Wedding” and had her album debut with the group’s 4th album, “4th Ikimasshoi!”.

Tsuji and Kago met during the auditions and when they both found themselves in Morning Musume the two became fast friends. The two were the youngest members in Morning Musume at the time and as such took it upon themselves to become the hyperactice troublemakers of the group. Although at first both girls were shy about being on camera they soon warmed up to being recorded. Tsuji and Kago were accepted by Morning Musume’s fans quickly and they ended up being dubbed “The Twins” due to their similair looks and personalities. The girls each developed a strong fanbase each in time although fans found it difficult to think of one without the other. As well as being known as “The Twins”, Tsuji and Kago were also known as “Two Top” as on a television special they were both the least knowledgeable when given surprise pop quizzes on several grade school problems, Tsuji being the least knowledgeable and Kago being the second least knowledgeable.

The two retained their childish personalities for a number of years in the group but by 2003 they were no longer the group’s youngest members and toned down their hyperactivity considerably. However, Tsuji and Kago continued their strong association with each other inside the group , as well as their friendship outside of it.

In 2001, Tsuji and Kago were placed in a new new sub-group, co-founded by Yaguchi Mari, who would also be a member . The idea was that the group could only have members who were 1.5 m (4 ft 11 in) in height or shorter and was to show that ‘Small people could acieve Big things’. Mika Todd from Coconuts Musume was added before the group’s debut and the group recieved their name, Mini Moni. The group’s debut single became a #1 hit.

Tsuji also participated in the 2001 shuffle unit, 10nin Matsuri and competed against the other two units for sales, eventually losing out to 3nin Matsuri (which coincidentally had Kago Ai as one of the members).

Tsuji participated in a drama alongside her fellow Morning Musume members titled “Angel Hearts”, as well as released a duo photobook with Kago Ai in 2002. She also participated in the 2002 Happiness Groups as a member of Odoru 11.

Tsuji Nozomi as a member of Gatas Brilhantes H.P.

In 2003, she was the temporary world record holder in the Guinness World Records for spinning the largest Hula Hoop (12.5 m) for 30 seconds from January 2003 to June 2003. However, that record was broken in June 2003 by Paul “Dizzy Hips” Blair (USA), so she did not appear in the 2004 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records.

Tsuji released her first solo photobook and continued with her duties in Morning Musume and Mini Moni, remaining active in each. In a surprise move by Tsunku, Morning Musume was split into two halfs – Morning Musume Otome Gumi and Morning Musume Sakura Gumi – so that the large group could perform in smaller towns that could not hold the larger numbers the full ensemble needed. Tsuji was placed into Otome Gumi and released two single with the group before the groups merged together and formed Morning Musume once more. Tsuji was included in the 2003 Elemental Shuffle Groups as a member of 11WATER. She was also put in Gatas Brilhantes H.P. as the goal keeper for the futsal team.

Tsuji’s graduation from Morning Musume alongside Kago Ai was announced by Tsunku in 2004. This was due to the two girls going on to form a seperate group within H!P, this being the duo W. On August 1, 2004, they officially graduated from Morning Musume but they had been active as W before their official graduation. Ending their duties in both Morning Musume and Mini Moni (which was about to be disbanded due to the departure of Mika Todd), Tsuji and Kago would have been left at a complete loose end and so W was formed.

In January 2004, Tsuji and Kago simultaneously regained the title Tsuji had lost and held it until September 2005. W released an essay book in 2004 titled “U+U=W”. In December 2004, Tsuji and Kago as W joined their fellow Hello! Project members on the 2004 shuffle unit single “ALL FOR ONE & ONE FOR ALL!”, credited to the H.P. All Stars.

In 2005, Tsuji took part in Mini Moni’s Brementown Musicians, a TV show containing three main story lines (these belonging to Tsuji, Kago Ai and Takahashi Ai with Mika Todd appearing in a few episodes) as a part of Mini Moni. W released their second album, “2nd W”, and Tsuji also joined the concert unit “Hello! Project Shirogumi”.

In 2006, due to Kago Ai’s indefinite hiatus as punishment for her underage smoking, W’s activities slowed to a stop for a while, and Tsuji took to appearing on television shows as a variety idol during this time.

Tsuji released her second solo photobook in 2006, titled “Non no 19”.

Kago Ai returned after her punishment was over and began working at the offices of Up-Front Works, the agency behind Hello! Project while her comeback as a part of W was prepared. This didn’t last long, as Kago once again was caught in a scandal and her contract was terminated. This led to W’s disbandenment and Tsuji was once again at a loose end.

Life After W

On April 24, 2007, news about Tsuji’s new unit was released. The unit, named Gyaruru, was supposed to be made up of Tsuji, Tokito Ami and Gal Sone. She also began her solo career with the release of her debut single, a cover of Morning Musume’s “Koko ni Iruzee!”, which was used as the OP for the anime “Robby & Kerobby”, and “Boom Boom Meccha Maccho!” as part of the all-new unit Gyaruru.

On May 8, 2007, multiple Japanese news sources announced that Tsuji was nine weeks pregnant, and engaged to actor Taiyō Sugiura (age 26), lead role of “Ultraman Cosmos”, whom she had been dating since Summer 2006, after the two were introduced to each other earlier in April. Their marriage was set for June 17, 2007 (her twentieth birthday). This was confirmed the next day by several news sources. A press conference was held on May 10, in which both entertainers expressed their apologies to the public, amidst both praise and criticism coming from other renowned artists, such as former 4th Generation Morning Musume member, Yoshizawa Hitomi—who was called in at the last minute to replace Tsuji in the play, “When Will You Return?”, and consequently was forced to learn all her lines in a relatively short period of time — and Akiko Wada, who considered the singer’s pregnancy and shotgun marriage signs of irresponsibility. On 21 June 2007, four days after Tsuji’s 20th birthday, she and Sugiura filed their marriage registration papers. They held their ceremony some time in July, but it was for family only and there was no reception.

There were anonymous reports that the management of Up-Front Agency and other members of Hello! Project reacted negatively to the sudden news, but at the May 10th press conference to formally announce the engagement, Tsuji stated at the press conference that she would return to the public eye “when things calm down” after childbirth. As an official statement from her agency has not yet been made, it is assumed that she will be allowed to return to show business after her leave. However her position within Gyaruru has since been filled by Abe Asami.

Upon marriage, she has changed her name to Sugiura Nozomi, but will continue to use “Tsuji Nozomi” as a stage name. On 26 November 2007, Tsuji gave birth to a healthy baby girl named Noa (希空) at 12:45 am, weighing 2.73 kg (6.0 lb; 0.430 st). Apart from a few paparazzi photos and mentions on her husbands blog, not much was seen from Tsuji again until the announcement that she would make an appearance at the Hello! Project Elder Club graduation concert.

Tsuji Nozomi with 'Baby&Ribbon' clothes

Tsuji remained inactive for over a year and a half caring for her daughter before anything was heard of her as an artist. On June 19, 2008, Tsuji made an appearance at the “Yuko Nakazawa Birthday Live 2008” event, handing a birthday cake to Nakazawa Yuko.

Tsuji announced on her blog that she started to design baby clothes with Akachan Honpo. The brand was intended for young girls and was named “Baby&Ribbon”. Tsuji chose the name and drew the logo herself. However she decided that she wanted to expand the brand into providing clothing for not just babies but up to six years of age also and for it to be a brand that provided for boys as well as girls. She renamed the brand “BOYS & Ribbon” with the Ribbon part representing the cuteness of girls and the BOYS part representing the vigor of young boys.

On January 30 2009, Tsuji opened an online blog called のんピース (Non Piece or Non Peace) with Ameba, the same website that hosts Sugiura’s blog. The naming of Tsuji Nozomi’s blog has caused some confusion when translated; it has either been translated as ‘Non Piece’ or ‘Non Peace’. Some believe that the best romanization of Tsuji’s blog is ‘Non Piece’, a pun on the anime One Piece which she is a fan of (it could also be Tsuji’s piece of the internet).

She also performed at the Hello! Project 2009 Winter Kettei! Haro☆Pro Award ’09 ~Elder Club Sotsugyou Kinen Special~ concert on February 1, 2009, her first performance in one year and nine months.

Since graduating Nozomi is a regular on many differant television programs, where she is usually a main guest, she has currently appeared on programs such as “Utaban” and has been a guest on “Arashi’s show”, and she also has frequently performed with the rest of Morning Musume’s older generations as Morning Musume OG.

On september 14th, 2009 it was announced that Nozomi would be involved in a commercial for – Zesupuri Kiwi , it was later seen that she would sing the theme for the commercial itself, and this would be released as a digital single.

In 2010, Nozomi and her husband Sugiura Taiyo announced on both of their blogs that Tsuji was expecting another baby. According to reports Tsuji was in her 7th week of pregnancy which set the estimated birth date in January, 2011. It was annouced in Oricon Article that Tsuji would be having a boy. Nozomi’s first solo album titled “Minna Happy! Mama no Uta” had been announced, and was released on November 24th 2010.

On December 26, she made a blog post that her water had broken and she was in labor a few hours ago. Nozomi gave birth to her second child, a boy, he was born at 1:32 PM and weighs 2.7 kg. Later Nozomi announced in one of her blog posts that her son is named Sugiura Seia, because Seia means “blue skies” and she gave him that name because the day he was born the weather was good and the sky was clear and blue.

On March 10th, Dream Morning Musume had their final concert. The current Morning Musume joined them in their concert (the whole thing) as well as Tsuji Nozomi and Ishiguro Aya, and as a surprise, Goto Maki. Tsuji performed with the members the song The Peace! and had said “Since Budokan was the very first stage for me, I’m glad that I was able to stand on the same stage with the members again.”

Profile:

Birth/Stage Name: Tsuji Nozomi (辻希美)
Legal Name: Sugiura Nozomi (杉浦希美)
Nickname: Nono (のの), Tsuji-chan (辻ちゃん), Nonotan (ののたん), Non (のん), Non-chan (のんちゃん)
Birth date: June 17th 1987 (age 24)
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
Blood Type: O
Height: 151 cm
Special skill: Volleyball
Hobbies: Cooking
Strong subject: Math
Weak subject: English
Favorite words: Cheerful, smile
Favorite colors: Pink, white, orange
Favorite flowers: Sunflowers
Favorite seasons: Summer, spring
Favorite food: Chocolate icecream, yams, Nattou
Disliked food: Shellfish

Hello! Project groups:

  • Morning Musume (2000–2004)
  • W (2004–2006)

Subgroups:

  • Minimoni (2000–2004)
  • Morning Musume Otome Gumi (2003–2004)
  • Hello! Project Shirogumi (2005)

Shuffle Groups:

  • Aoiro 7 (Second Generation) (2000)
  • 10nin Matsuri (2001)
  • Odoru 11 (2002)
  • 11WATER (2003)
  • H.P. All Stars (2004)

TNX Groups:

  • Gyaruru (2007)

Other Groups:

  • Gatas Brillhantes H.P.

Trivia:

  • She was crowned the bakajo (idiot girl) of Morning Musume after she scored 49.8% in the Mechaike Bakajo Kimatsu Test.
  • She loves Tokyo Disneyland and continues to visit it in her late teens.
  • She can ride a unicycle, including pausing and turning.
  • Her Morning Musume mentor was Iida Kaori.
  • In a 2004 interview she said her rival was Matsuura Aya.
  • If she returns to Hello! Project after her maternity leave, she will be the third active Hello! Project member to be married, after Kominato Miwa and Iida Kaori.
  • The shuffle units Tsuji has been in has always had the largest number of members. Also, when she participated in the shuffles, she was always placed in the same unit as Iida Kaori.
  • Tsuji revealed on her blog that when she first approached her husband for the first time to confess her love for him she ended up being rejected.
  • Tsuji has an older sister who follows the Japanese Gal fashion trend. Tsuji said that her sister used to be a ganguro but has since toned down the style into a more mature form.
  • She has pollen allergies.
  • The title to her photobook, “Non non 19” is probably a play on words as “Non no 19” means “Non is 19”. Non is one of Tsuji’s popular nicknames, as is Nono. “Non no 19” could be a play on these two names.

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