Nakazawa Yuko

Also known as

“Big Sis”, Misoji (Three Decades Old), Nakazawa-chan (by Junjun), Blonde Fatass (By Linlin)




Fukuchiyama, Kyoto, Japan


Japanese Pop, Enka



Years active




Associated Acts

Morning Musume, Akagumi 4, H.P. All Stars, Puripuri Pink, Afternoon Musume, Dream Morning Musume




Husband, Daughter

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Nakazawa Yuko, 2013

Artist photo (15)

Nakazawa Yuko, April 2011

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Nakazawa Yuko, October 2007

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Nakazawa Yuko (中澤裕子) born June 19, 1973 is a Japanese pop singer, actress, and TV-personality, best known as one of the original members of the all-female Japanese pop group Morning Musume. Currently, she is a solo artist within UP-FRONT CREATE. She is a part of Dream Morning Musume.



Nakazawa Yuko was one of five runners-up in a 1997 talent contest for a new 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 CDs of their debut song "Ai no Tane" within five days. The quintet accomplished that task in four and thus Morning Musume was born. The group has since grown increasingly popular and is infamous for its fluctuating lineup, with members leaving and joining frequently.


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." Her solo work has allowed her voice to shine in a way it rarely did in Morning Musume, as she mostly sung harmonies with only a few solo lines.


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.


Being the oldest of the 1st generation of Morning Musume — she was 24 at the time of formation and nearly 28 upon leaving the group — 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 troupe, then 13-year-old Kago Ai, at the time of her departure) and her desire to pursue other things by the time she was 30.


She participated in H.P. All Stars along with most of the rest of Hello!Project.


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.


Since then, Nakazawa has done some work in Japanese dramas such as Beauty 7 and Home Maker, performed in various plays, and continued in her solo singing career at a steady pace with reasonable success. She still works 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 of Morning Musume.


Nakazawa Yuko was the special guest for Morning Musume’s first performance in Paris at Japan Expo on July 2, 2010.

In September 2010, She joined a unit called Afternoon Musume (along with some others from Dream Morning Musume: 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 and that they will be releaseing the groups first album, called "Dreams. 1", on April 20th, 2011.

On August, 2011. it was announced that Nakazawa will be in a movie titled “TWILIGHT FILE 8: Fighting Okan”

On December 6, 2011 It was announced she would be getting married in next Spring. Nakazawa will move to Fukuoka to be with her husband. Although Nakazawa will continue pursuing her career, her activities will be reduced since she will be travelling back and forth between Tokyo and Fukuoka. However, she is willing to participate in special concerts or events as much as she can.


On March 31, she announced that she registered her marriage, but the ceremony hasn't taken place. On June 19, on her birthday live, Nakazawa announced she is 5 months pregnant.

On November 25, Nakazawa gave birth to a baby girl.


In May, it was announced Nakazawa would release an essay book titled Musume. kara Haha e (From a Musume to a mother) on June 19th.

On October 1, Nakazawa, along with many other UP-FRONT PROMOTION members were transferred to UP-FRONT CREATE.


  • Stage Name: Nakazawa Yuko (中澤裕子)
  • Legal Name: TBA
  • Date Married: April 1, 2012
  • Family: Husband, Daughter
  • Nickname: Yuu-chan, “Big Sis”, Misoji (Three Decades Old)
  • Birthdate: Template:Birthday
  • Birthplace: Fukuchiyama, Kyoto, Japan
  • Blood Type: O
  • Height: 159 cm (5’2.6″)
  • Hello! Project Status:
    • 1997-09-07: Member
    • 1997-09-07: Morning Musume Member
    • 2001-04-15: Graduated From Morning Musume
    • 2009-03-31: Graduated
    • 2013-10-01: Member
  • Years in Morning Musume: 4 Years
  • Hobbies: Map driving
  • Western Zodiac: Gemini
  • Eastern Zodiac: Ox
  • 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"
  • Past Units:
  • Shuffle Units:
  • Current Units:

Singles Participated In

Morning Musume

Akagumi 4

H.P. All Stars

Puripuri Pink

Ganbarou Nippon Ai wa Katsu Singers

Dream Morning Musume


For releases as a member of Morning Musume, please see the Morning Musume Discography.


Best Albums



  • [2000.04.26] Hello! Project - Petit Best ~Ki Ao Aka~ (プッチベスト~黄青あか~) (#11 Junjou Koushinkyoku)
  • [2001.04.18] Various - Together! -Tanpopo, Petit, Mini, Yuko- (Together! -タンポポ・プッチ・ミニ・ゆうこ-) (#4 Kuyashi Namida Porori, #9 Shanghai no Kaze, #12 Akai Nikkichou (by Nakazawa Version))
  • [2001.12.19] Hello! Project - Petit Best 2 ~3, 7, 10~ (プッチベスト2~三・7・10~) (#11 Futari Gurashi)
  • [2002.12.18] Hello! Project - Petit Best 3 (プッチベスト3) (#9 Tokyo Bijin)
  • [2003.02.19] Minimoni - Minimoni ja Movie Okashi na Daibouken! Original Soundtrack (ミニモニ。じゃムービーお菓子な大冒険!オリジナルサウンドトラック) (#3 Watashi wa Kono Yo de Ichiban Bijin)
  • [2003.12.17] Hello! Project - Petit Best 4 (プッチベスト4) (#14 GET ALONG WITH YOU)
  • [2004.12.22] Hello! Project - Petit Best 5 (プッチベスト5) (#10 DO MY BEST)
  • [2006.12.20] Hello! Project - Petit Best 7 (プッチベスト7) (#12 Urara)

Group Songs



TV Programs

  • [1999, 2001-2002] Idol wo Sagase! (アイドルをさがせ!) (as MC)
  • [2000] Morning Musume no Heso (モーニング娘。のへそ)
  • [2000] Friday Night wa Onegai! Morning (フライデーナイトはお願い!モーニング)
  • [2000-2007] Hello! Morning (ハロー!モーニング。)
  • [2001-2004] M no Mokushiroku (Mの黙示録) (as MC)
  • [2001-2005] Osaka Hatsu Genki Dash!DOYAH (大阪発元気ダッシュ!DOYAH) (as MC)
  • [2002-2003] Hello Land (ハローランド)
  • [2003] NHK Junior Special (NHKジュニアスペシャル)
  • [2004] Futarigoto (二人ゴト)
  • [2005-2006] Cchu~nen! (っちゅ〜ねん!)
  • [2006] Chichin Puipui (ちちんぷいぷい)
  • [2001-2003, 2005-2006] Morita Kazuyoshi Hour: Waratte Ii to mo! (森田一義アワー 笑っていいとも!)
  • [2010] Iki da ne! Watashi no Tokyo Jikan (イキだね!わたしの東京時間)
  • [2010-2011] Geki ☆ Otoboke plus (激☆音ボケ plus)
  • [2010-2011] Tsuuhan Bijin Trend Collection (通販美人 Trend Collection)
  • [2011] Daredemo Dekiru Hajimete no Kirie (誰でもできる はじめての切り絵)

TV Dramas

  • [1998] Taiyo Musume to Umi (太陽娘と海)
  • [2001] Beauty 7 (ビューティ7)
  • [2001] Mukai Arata no Doubutsu Nikki ~Aiken Rossinante no Sainan~ (向井荒太の動物日記~愛犬ロシナンテの災難~)
  • [2002] Ginza no Koi (ギンザの恋)
  • [2002] Gokusen (ごくせん)
  • [2003] Densetsu no Madame (伝説のマダム)
  • [2004] Kochira Hon Ikegami Sho 3, 4 & 5(こちら本池上署)
  • [2004] Home Maker (ほーむめーかー)
  • [2007] Getsuyou Golden (月曜ゴールデン)
  • [2009] Tokumei Kakarichou Tadano Hitoshi SP (特命係長 只野仁 シーズン4突入スペシャル)
  • [2009] Doyou Wide Gekijou (土曜ワイド劇場「火災調査官・紅蓮次郎」) (as Tanashi Kozue)
  • [2010] Matsumoto Seichou Drama Special: Kiri no Hata (松本清張ドラマスペシャル・霧の旗) (as Otsuka Yoshiko)
  • [2011] Sakura Shinjuu (さくら心中) (as Takakura Akemi)
  • [2012] Counter no Futari (カウンターのふたり) (as Okano Ayako)


  • [2001] Footloose (フットルース)
  • [2003] Edo no Hanayome (江戸の花嫁)
  • [2005] Kasagi Shizuko Monogatari Wagauta Boogie Woogie (笠置シズ子物語 わが歌ブギウギ)
  • [2006] Apache Toride no Koubou "Tomadoi no Nichiyoubi" (アパッチ砦の攻防「戸惑いの日曜日」)
  • [2007] Blue Blue Birthday (ぶるー・ブルー・バースディ)
  • [2007] Saka no Gabai Baachan (佐賀のがばいばあちゃん)
  • [2010] Boku wa Juuni-hitoe ni Koi wo Suru


  • [2001] Pinch Runner
  • [2003] Minimoni ja Movie Okashi na Daibouken! (Voice)
  • [2005] Tetsujin 28 Gou
  • [2011] TWILIGHT File VIII: Fighting Okan (ファイティング オカン TWILIGHT FILE VIII)
  • [2011] Koitani Bashi ~Vallée de l'amour~
  • [2012] Atsuhime Number 1 (篤姫ナンバー1) (as Tae)


  • [2000-2001] Nakazawa Yuko no All Night Nippon SUPER! (中澤裕子のallnightnippon SUPER!)
  • [2002-2004] Young Town Douyoubi (ヤングタウン土曜日)
  • [2004-2006] Ki mama ni Classic (気ままにクラシック)
  • [2005-2008] Majiasa! (マジアサ!)
  • [2008-2009] JAM PUNCH (ジャム パンチ!)
  • [2011-] BAY LINE GO GO!! (ベイライン・ゴー!・ゴー!) (DJ on Wednesdays)


  • [2000] Glico Mousse Pocky
  • [2001] Elleseine (エルセーヌ)
  • [2001-2002] Oriko Card (オリコカード)
  • [2001] Nihon Chouou Keiba (日本中央競馬会) (Voice actor)
  • [2002] Shiseido Cty Veil (資生堂シティベール)
  • [2008] Gen hin fugu (玄品ふぐ)
  • [2009] House hokuhin kare nabe tsuyu (ハウス食品カレー鍋つゆ)
  • [2011] DHC Protein Diet (DHCプロティンダイエット)




Essay Books


  • [2002.07.30] Kaishin (改心)
  • [2003.11.17] Zutto Ushiro Kara Mite Kita (ずっと後ろから見てきた)
  • [2013.06.19] Musume. kara Haha e (娘。から母へ)


  • She ranked #1 in music goo's 2011 "The best former leaders of Morning Musume" poll.


  • 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.
  • She is the seventh former Morning Musume member to get married, the first being Ishiguro Aya, second being Ichii Sayaka, third being Iida Kaori, fourth being Tsuji Nozomi, fifth being Fujimoto Miki, and sixth being Yaguchi Mari
  • She is the first former Morning Musume member to only graduate from Morning Musume and not Hello! Project.
  • On Music Fighter (Naichau Kamo) When asked to think of a new nickname for her Junjun answered "Nakazawa-chan", and Linlin answered "Blonde Fatass"
  • Tsunku describes her as being "harsh" and a "sadist."

Total Sales Count

Year Year Sales Total Sales
1998 93,040 93,040
1999 26,820 119,860
2000 52,560 172,420
2001 112,650 285,070
2002 16,860 301,930
2003 9,379 311,309
2004 19,127 330,436
2005 0 330,436
2006 3,966 334,402
2007 2,853 337,255

Honorary Titles

Honorary titles

Leader of Morning Musume
1997 – 2001

Succeeded by
Iida Kaori


Leader of Hello! Project
2001 – 2009

Succeeded by
Takahashi Ai

Preceded by
Heike Michiyo

Oldest Member of Hello! Project
September 7, 1997 - April 1999

Succeeded by
Shinoda Miho

Preceded by
Shinoda Miho

Oldest Member of Hello! Project
October 10, 2000 - March 31, 2009

Succeeded by
Takahashi Ai


Oldest Member of Morning Musume
September 7, 1997 - April 15, 2001

Succeeded by
Yasuda Kei

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