Yoshizawa Hitomi’s Profile

History

Yoshizawa joined Morning Musume in 2000, as a member of the fourth generation along with Rika Ishikawa, Nozomi Tsuji, and Ai Kago. The 4 girls debuted in the group’s 9th single “Happy Summer Wedding”, and was also featured in the group’s theatrical release of Pinch Runner.

In the past, she has often been perceived as the tomboyish member of the group, due to her voice, manners, and hobbies. Furthering this perception of her masculine side, Yoshizawa’s first lead came in 2001 with the release of the group’s 13th single Mr. Moonlight: Ai no Big Band, in which she played a dashing playboy character. She has since managed to mostly overcome this, as many view her as having matured out of her formerly tomboyish character once having assumed leadership of Morning Musume in 2005.

Yoshizawa became the Captain of the Hello! Project futsal team, Gatas Brilhantes H.P. when it was formed in September 2003. The 5’5″ (165 cm)[1] midfielder has since managed to lead the team to victory on many occasions. Yoshizawa also convinced fellow teammate Nozomi Tsuji to remain as the team’s goalkeeper, despite her graduation from Morning Musume in 2004.

In April 2005, Yoshizawa, the current sub-leader, became the group’s new leader after the sudden and unexpected departure of Morning Musume’s then-leader Mari Yaguchi. After Rika Ishikawa’s graduation in May 2005, Yoshizawa became the last remaining member of her generation.

On January 11, 2007, Yoshizawa’s younger brother Kōta Yoshizawa (aged 16) was killed in a traffic accident.No word of what cause the crash.

On May 6, 2007, Yoshizawa graduated from Morning Musume after the band’s last performance in the Sexy 8 Beat Spring Tour, which took place at Saitama Super Arena in Hitomi’s hometown. According to several news sources,[3] producer Tsunku, and Yoshizawa herself,[4] she would enter a solo career of her own. At the time of her graduation, she had the second longest tenure of any Morning Musume member of 7 years and 21 days (although she was surpassed by Ai Takahashi and Risa Niigaki in September 2008). She was also considered by some fans to be the last trace of the “Golden era” of Morning Musume. She is also, as of September 2008, one of only four members to remain in the group for over 7 years (the others being 1st Generation member Kaori Iida and 5th generation members Ai Takahashi and Risa Niigaki).

Yoshizawa then focused her time on Gatas Brilhantes H.P., along with being leader of a group formed with fellow members of the futsal team called Ongaku Gatas.

On October 12, 2008 it was revealed that she would be paired up with fellow ex-Morning Musume member Rika Ishikawa as Hangry in the new unit Hangry & Angry in collaboration with a Harajuku fashion store of the same name.[5] The duo made their first US performance at Sakura-Con in Seattle in April 2009.[6]
Their first European performance was at “Chibi Japan expo” in Montreuil (a Parisian suburb) on October 31, 2009.

In February 2009, Yoshizawa performed with the rest of the Elder Club at their group graduation concert in Yokohama. Yoshizawa made her first appearance with Hello! Project since the Elder Club’s graduation at the Summer 2010 tour, acting as MC alongside Sharam Q member Makoto.[7]

Yoshizawa has joined the newly formed group, “Dream Morning Musume” in 2010 alongside other former-Morning Musume members. They have released their first album this year, and have also finished up their first concert tour.

It has been announced that Yoshizawa, along with Ishikawa Rika, will be forming a new group called ABCHO. The group will sing the opening theme for the anime adaptation of the popular social game, “Sengoku Collection“, starting in April. The unit is scheduled to release their first single, “Me wo Tojite Gyusshiyo“, on May 23rd.

Ishikawa commented, “This time, we will be releasing a new song as ABCHO from Universal International. I’m very happy to hear that this song will be used as the opening theme for the anime, ‘Sengoku Collection’. I hope to make this a unit that will have a different worldview than H&A-f. Please continue to support us.”

Meanwhile, Yoshizawa expressed, “I’m excited about this new unit with Ishikawa-chan, that will be different from H&A-f. This will be my first time singing the opening theme for an anime, so I want to challenge it with a fresh feeling. Please cheer us on.”

Profile:

Name: Yoshizawa Hitomi
Nicknames: Yossy (also commonly spelled “Yossie,” “Yossui” or “Yossi”), Yocchan
Birthdate: April 12, 1985 (age 26)
Height: 164cm
Bloodtype: O
Hometown: Saitama, Japan
Special skills: Ball games.
Hobbies: E-mailing, shopping.
Favorite food: Udon, soba, tomatoes.
Favorite place: Saitama.
Favorite season: Autumn.
Favorite songs: Happy Summer Wedding, Tsuugaku Ressha.
Favorite children song: Hana.
Favorite Matsuri Memory: Success at shooting range.
Current Units:

  • Ongaku Gatas (2007-)
  • HANGRY & ANGRY (2008-)
  • Dream Morning Musume (2011-)

Past Units:

  • Morning Musume (2000 – 2007)
  • Morning Musume Sakura Gumi (2003 – 2004)
  • Petitmoni (second generation) (2000 – 2003)

Shuffle Units:

  • 10nin Matsuri (2001)
  • Sexy 8 (2002)
  • 11WATER (2003)
  • H.P. All Stars (2004)

Trivia:

  • Yaguchi Mari came up with “Yossy,” Abe Natsumi came up with “Yocchan,” and Satoda Mai and Ayaka call her “Yoshiko.” Fujimoto Miki is the only one to call her “Kabutomushi” (rhinoceros beatle), a nickname earned due to a silly game both played with each other during the Ribbon no Kishi stage musical.
  • Graduated from Risshisha High School with a correspondence course.
  • Her Morning Musume mentor was Yaguchi Mari.
  • Is related to marathon runner Takahashi Naoko.
  • Though well-known as the “tomboy” of the group, the other members have repeatedly pointed out that Yoshizawa is actually much more girlish and delicate than her public image.
  • Although Tsunku initially pegged her as an “intelligent beauty” type during the fourth generation auditions, Yoshizawa’s character was cemented after playing the boyishly handsome center role in “Mr. Moonlight ~Ai no Big Band~.”
  • She was almost named “Sayaka,” but when she was born, she had such big eyes that her father named her “Hitomi” (“eyes”).
  • Extremely skilled in sports, especially volleyball, even receiving a recommendation in middle school.
  • Very close friends with Satoda Mai and Ayaka, as well as with Ishikawa Rika, Yasuda Kei, Goto Maki, Fujimoto Miki, Ogawa Makoto, Kago Ai and Mitsui Aika.
  • Her favorite part of her face are her multiple beauty spots.
  • Her father was initially extremely opposed to her joining Morning Musume, so much so that he called a family meeting about it after she was selected to join the group. However, by the time her debut single, Happy Summer Wedding, came out, he was reportedly humming it around the house.
  • She was in Morning Musume for 7 years and 1 month, putting her second only to Iida Kaori for having the longest tenure of any Morning Musume member.
  • She said in a 2004 interview that the animal she is most like is a tiger.
  • She thinks the sexiest part of her body is her upper lip.
  • She once listed her hands and her voice as charm points.
  • In early 2005, she stated she’d lost 5 kg (approximately 11 lbs) playing futsal.
  • On the 22 October 2007 episode of Ongaku Gatas no Guts10☆Gatas, Yoshizawa said that the correct romanization of her nickname is Yossy and that Yossi and Yossie are incorrect.
  • When asked what was the most important event of 2007, Takahashi Ai answered Yoshizawa’s graduation, and said it was a very important moment for Morning Musume.
  • Yoshizawa has had the most solo lines in one single out of all the Morning Musume members. She had 31 solo lines in Mr. Moonlight ~Ai no Big Band~.

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