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Fukuda Asuka promoting "Never Forget / Minna Tabibito

Fukuda Asuka, 2017

Fukuda Asuka, 2011

Fukuda Asuka, 2006 (working in her parents bar)

Fukuda Asuka, 1999

Fukuda Asuka, 1998

Fukuda Asuka (福田明日香) is a Japanese singer, actress and former vocal coach. She is a former idol under Hello! Project as a founding member of Morning Musume. Later, she was also a part of the reunion group Morning Musume 20th.

Fukuda graduated from Morning Musume in 1999, and didn't return to music until 2011 as a member of the band PEACE$TONE under the name asuka. They went on hiatus in 2020, and Fukuda continued as a solo act still using the name asuka.

Biography[]

Early Life[]

Fukuda Asuka was born on December 17, 1984 in Tokyo, Japan .

From an early age, she was influenced by music-loving parents. She grew up listening to music of various genres. She has been learning piano and ballet since she was three years old.

1997[]

On May 3, 1997, Fukuda participated in an audition held in Tokyo called Sharam Q Josei Rock Vocalist Audition, at only 12 years old.

On July 29, Fukuda (along with 10 other people) had made it to the second stage of the audition, and was sent to training camp to practice her singing and dancing skills.

On July 31, they performed on stage in front of an audience, dancing as a group doing a choreography they had been practicing.

On August 3, Fukuda had made it to the final stage and got to sing on stage in the ASAYAN studio. She lost to Heike Michiyo.

On August 20, Fukuda, along with Nakazawa Yuko, Ishiguro Aya, Iida Kaori, and Abe Natsumi, had been invited back to the ASAYAN studio. They had a meeting with Sharam Q and a producer asking them if they wanted to debut as a group on the condition of selling 50.000 copies of a single within five days.

On September 7, Tsunku named the group Morning Musume, and they started voice training, shoot the CD cover for their indies single Ai no Tane, recorded the song, recorded and released the PV before embarking on the task in November.The quintet accomplished that task on November 30, after just 4 days.[1][2]

In December, Morning Musume started recording three songs, where one of them would be released as their debut single in January.

1998[]

On January 28, Morning Musume released their major debut single, Morning Coffee.

On August 18 1998, Fukuda appeared in the film "Morning Cop," with Heike Michiyo and the rest of Morning Musume..

1999[]

On January 17, Fukuda announced on ASAYAN that she would graduate from the group.

On April 18, she graduated from the group, having the shortest tenure of all members of Morning Musume with only 1 year and 7 months. She stated the reason she graduated was to focus on her studies.

On May 17, she released an essay book titled "Mou Hitori no Asuka".

2002[]

Graduated from Tokyo Metropolitan Oyamadai High School at the age of 17.[3]

2005[]

In 2005, she was working as an assistant at her father's nightclub, Philippine, in Tokyo.

2006[]

In 2006, she was featured on the television show "Kaikan MAP," where it was revealed that she was working as a vocal coach and as a bartender at her parent's nightclub. There were rumors about her returning to a musical career, but she mentioned that she doesn't want to go back to the world of show business and kept a very low profile.

2011[]

On February 14, Fukuda, with TERRA and Yaman Chang, formed a band called PEACE$TONE. It is a mixed male/female vocal group, going by the slogan "a circus of sounds". They operate mainly out of Tokyo, and are signed to the record company Osechi Records with STONE Project as their label.

2015[]

On April 16, it was announced that Asuka was married, and pregnant with her first child.[4]

2016[]

On February 14, she gave birth to a healthy daughter.[5]

2017[]

In April and May, Fukuda held three live radio sessions for her radio show asuka no Kimagure Radio, called Otona no Kyuujitsu Kurabu vol. 1 and vol. 2 (held at Jyugaoka Mardi Gras) and Otona no Kyuujitsu Kurabu vol. 3 (held at music bar CODA).[6]

On June 29, Fukuda appeared on TV for the first time in 18 years on the TV show "Jikkuri Kitarou Star Kinkyou (Hi) Houkoku" (じっくり聞いタロウ〜スター近況(秘)報告〜). She did a performance of Morning Musume's "Summer Night Town".[7]

On July 23, Fukuda announced that she and her husband had divorced in July 2016, four months after the birth of their first child. According to Fukuda, the divorce was the result of the couple's conflicting values and parenting styles.[8]

On November 1, Fukuda was revealed to be a member of a special Morning Musume anniversary unit named Morning Musume 20th that would sing "Ai no Tane (20th Anniversary Ver.)". This was Fukuda's first Morning Musume-related activity in 18 years since her graduation.[9]

On November 17, Fukuda became the ambassador of Malay Chang (マレーチャン), a Malaysian restaurant.

On December 22, Fukuda announced she will be making her solo debut in 2018.

On December 25, Nikkan Gendai interviewed Fukuda. She said "I don't really know why I quit right away, but I auditioned as a rock vocalist in the first place. I never dreamed of becoming an idol. I guess I didn't know how to get used to it. It's hard to lose your private life."[10]

2018[]

On January 28, Fukuda appeared at the Hello! Project concert "Hello! Project 20th Anniversary!! Hello! Project 2018 WINTER ~FULL SCORE~" as part of the anniversary unit Morning Musume 20th.

On February 14, Fukuda released the digital single "Never Forget / Minna Tabibito", the first being a re-recording of Morning Musume's "Never Forget" and the second a song from PEACE$TONE's album Door's ~Toki no Tabibito~.

On March 14, Fukuda released her debut album Sing.

On March 17, a live event was held at Tsurumi GIGS called "Singx3". Fukuda was accompanied by her band PEACE$TONE as well as the band THETAΘ.

On March 31, Fukuda appeared at the Hello! Project concert Hello! Project 20th Anniversary!! Hello! Project Hina Fes 2018 as part of the anniversary unit Morning Musume 20th.

2019[]

On November 22, Fukuda did an exhibition at Musashi Kosugi "Lucida". Fan items from her time in Morning Musume was on display, and she signed copies of her solo debut album. Fukuda also interacted with fans who came from an ANGERME event.[11][12]

2020[]

On February 13, Fukuda took part in an event at Osaka Americamura Beyond called "Idol Meeting Valentine Edition".[13]

On March 1, she opened a new blog[14].

On March 27, she opened a YouTube Channel.[15]

On April 1, Kawashima Kazuya released the single "Precious" feat. Fukuda Asuka.

On April 10, PEACE$TONE went on an indefinite hiatus.[16]

On June 19, Fukuda released her first solo photobook, "PASSIONABLE".

2021[]

In August, Inaba appeared as a speciual secret guest on Fukuda Asuka's YouTube Channel Fukuda Asuka no chill time.[17] They announced Fukuda's live event Asuka Fukuda Sunset party vol.1 for which Inaba Atsuko and her band (S)pirit color would appear as special guests.

Profile[]

  • Name: Fukuda Asuka (福田明日香)
  • Stage Name: asuka (2011-present)
  • Nickname: ♀asuka, Asukacchi
  • Birthdate: December 17, 1984 (1984-12-17) (age 36)
  • Birthplace: Ota, Tokyo, Japan
  • Blood Type: B
  • Height: 149 cm (4 ft 10.6 in)?
  • Western Zodiac: Sagittarius.svg Sagittarius
  • Eastern Zodiac: Rat.png Rat
  • Hello! Project Status:
    • 1997-09-07: Member
    • 1999-04-18: Graduated
  • Hello! Project Groups:
  • Other Groups:

  • Hobbies: Jazz dancing and looking at the sky
  • Special Skills: Ballet and karaoke
  • Favorite Food: Pancakes, kidney beans

  • Discography[]

  • [2018.02.14] Never Forget / Minna Tabibito
  • [2020.04.01] Precious (with Kawashima Kazuya)

  • Publications[]

    Solo Photobooks[]

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    Essay Books[]

    Mou Hitori no Asuka.jpg

    • [1999.05.17] Mou Hitori no Asuka (もうひとりの明日香; Another Asuka)

    Works[]

    Movies[]

    TV Dramas[]

    Radio[]

    • [1998.10-1999.03] Abe Natsumi, Fukuda Asuka no Onegai Morning Call (安倍なつみ・福田明日香のお願いモーニングコール)
    • [2017] asuka no Kimagure Radio (asukaの気まぐれラジオ)

    Magazines[]

    • [2020.04] FRIDAY

    Trivia[]

    • Along with Abe Natsumi, she was one of the group's main singers.
    • She was Morning Musume's first graduate.
    • She had the shortest tenure, at only 1 year and 7 months, out of all former members of Morning Musume.
    • She stated the reason she graduated was to focus on her studies, although she dropped out of high school not long after her graduation. There was a rumor (possibly generated by the essay book she released a month after her graduation) that she was allegedly bullied by some of the other members due to her young age.
    • Around the time she left Hello! Project, she helped musician Yorico get her start by introducing her to her own manager, Wada Kaoru.
    • She was considered to be one of the most talented vocalists the group ever had.
    • She was the second shortest member of Morning Musume, while the shortest was Yaguchi Mari.
    • She graduated at age 14, which makes her the youngest Morning Musume member to graduate.
    • She was the first member to continue being the youngest member after another generation joined; Later on, Kudo Haruka was the second and Haga Akane is the third.
    • She shares the same last name as 1st generation ANGERME member Fukuda Kanon, and Tsubaki Factory member Fukuda Marine.

    See Also[]

    Honorary Titles[]

    Honorary Titles
    First Youngest member of Hello!
    1998 – 1999
    Succeeded by
    Mika Todd
    First Youngest member of Morning Musume
    1997 – 1999
    Succeeded by
    Ichii Sayaka

    References[]

    1. "モーニング娘。" (in Japanese). ASAYAN. 1997-09-14.
    2. "モーニング娘。'14『結成17年目★再評価のワケとは? 2014年はさらなる“勝負”へ』" (in Japanese). ORICON NEWS. 2014-01-29.
    3. [1]Nikkan Gendai (2017.12.25)
    4. "皆様へ". PEACE$TONE official site. 2015.04.16
    5. "元モー娘。福田明日香、第1子出産 ライブにコメント寄せる" (in Japanese). Oricon. 2016-02-14.
    6. 月曜日にお届けする
      PEACE$TONEのasukaによる「asukaの気まぐれラジオ」。
      時には歌ったり、時には踊ったり、いつ何が起こるかわからない!聴いても観ても楽しいラジオ番組です。

      番組へのメッセージは下記アドレスまでお送り下さい。
      mail★ peacestoneinfo@gmail.com
      「asukaの気まぐれラジオ係」まで!

      ※誹謗中傷などのメッセージはご遠慮下さい。
      ※お送りいただいた内容への返信はいたしません。
      ※頂いたメッセージは番組内でご紹介させていただくこともございます。ペンネームなど書いてあれば読ませていただくかもしれません)

      公式サイト http://peacestoneofficial.com/
      公式SNS   https://twitter.com/peacestone_info
      公式ブログ http://ameblo.jp/asukafukuda-official/

      ★ライブのお知らせ★
      2017年4月8日(土)
      「大人の休日倶楽部vol.1」produced by STONEProject
      場所:自由が丘マルディグラ
      開場:13:00 料金

      2017年4月22日(土)
      「大人の休日倶楽部vol.2」produced by STONEProject
      場所:自由が丘マルディグラ
      開場:13:00 料金:2500円+1D

      2017年5月20日(土)
      「大人の休日倶楽部vol.3」produced by STONEProject
      場所:music bar CODA
      開場:未定  料金:未定

      ご予約はすべてHPより
      http://peacestoneofficial.com/

      (C)STONEProject/PEACE$TONE/AI Minase

      3.14追記:ラジオ・動画の勝手な編集は著作権侵害とみなし、見つけ次第削除申請をさせていただくことがございます。(C)STONEProjectというクレジットが入っていれば多少のことは目をつぶらせていただきます。
    7. [2]YouTube video of the performance
    8. "離婚のご報告" (in Japanese). Asuka Fukuda Official Blog. 2017-07-23.
    9. "モー娘。’17と1期生が合体 20年前のインディーズデビュー曲リメイク" (in Japanese). Sponichi Annex. 2017-11-01.
    10. [3]Nikkan Gendai Digital (December 25, 2017)
    11. Official Twitter (Lucida)
    12. Official twitter (Fukuda Asuka)
    13. Official Instagram
    14. Official blog
    15. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tD9WE0VX4CQ
    16. http://peacestoneofficial.com/%e3%80%8c%e3%83%94%e3%83%bc%e3%82%b9%e3%82%b9%e3%83%88%e3%83%bc%e3%83%b3%e3%80%8d%e6%b4%bb%e5%8b%95%e4%bc%91%e6%ad%a2%e3%81%ae%e3%81%8a%e7%9f%a5%e3%82%89%e3%81%9b/
    17. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOvQfwoCfW4&ab_channel=%E7%A6%8F%E7%94%B0%E6%98%8E%E6%97%A5%E9%A6%99%E3%81%AEchilltime


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