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Kasahara Momona (笠原桃奈) is a Japanese idol under Hello! Project as the sole fifth generation member of ANGERME.

She first joined Hello! Project as a Hello Pro Kenshuusei on May 4, 2015, when she introduced at the Hello Pro Kenshuusei Happyoukai 2015 ~Haru no Koukai Jitsuryoku Shindan Test~.

She is set to graduate from ANGERME and Hello! Project on November 15, 2021.[1]

Biography[]

Kasahara Momona, November 2020

Kasahara Momona, August 2020

Kasahara Momona, November 2019

Kasahara Momona, July 2019

Kasahara Momona, May 2019

Kasahara Momona, April 2019

Kasahara Momona, October 2018

Kasahara Momona, May 2018

Kasahara Momona, December 2017

Kasahara Momona, June 2017

Kasahara Momona, October 2016

Kasahara Momona, July 2016

Kasahara Momona, May 2016

Kasahara Momona, February 2016

Kasahara Momona, April 2015

Early Life[]

Kasahara Momona was born on October 22, 2003 in Kanagawa, Japan.

2014[]

In 2014, she entered the Morning Musume '14 <Golden> Audition!, but failed.

2015[]

On April 1, Kasahara joined Hello Pro Kenshuusei. She was formally introduced and participated in the Hello Pro Kenshuusei Happyoukai 2015 ~Haru no Koukai Jitsuryoku Shindan Test~ on May 4, 2015 alongside Ono Mizuho, Nakano Rion, Yanagawa Nanami, Maeda Kokoro, Akiyama Mao, Kanatsu Mizuki and Okamoto Honoka.

2016[]

On May 5, she was awarded the public vote for best performance alongside Kiyono Momohime at the Hello! Project Kenshuusei Happyoukai 2016 ~Haru no Koukai Jitsuryoku Shindan Test~ for her performance of "Itoshiku Kurushii Kono Yoru ni".

On July 16, during the opening Hello! Project 2016 SUMMER concert, it was announced that Kasahara had joined ANGERME as the 5th generation member.[2] According to Wada Ayaka, Kasahara had been participating in lessons with the group since May.

On November 15, Kasahara celebrated her 13th birthday at a special event titled ANGERME Kasahara Momona Birthday Event 2016, which featured two shows at TOKYO FM HALL.

2017[]

On October 23, Kasahara celebrated her 14th birthday at a fanclub event titled ANGERME Kasahara Momona Birthday Event 2017, which featured two shows at TOKYO FM HALL.

2018[]

On November 6, Kasahara celebrated her 15th birthday in a joint fanclub event with Kamikokuryo Moe, titled ANGERME Kamikokuryo Moe・Kasahara Momona Birthday Event 2018, at Shinagawa Stellar Ball.

On November 30, former Morning Musume member Takahashi Ai published the Ai Takahashi MAKE-UP BOOK in which Kasahara and five other active Hello! Project members appear as models.[3]

2019[]

Kasahara was featured in graduation2019 Chuugaku Sotsugyou, a collection of interviews and gravure photos commemorating her and other idols' graduation from middle school, which was published by TOKYONEWS magazine&mook on March 1.[4]

On October 22, she released her first solo visual photobook, titled Momona.[5]

On November 8, Kasahara celebrated her 16th birthday in a joint fanclub event with Kamikokuryo Moe, titled ANGERME Kamikokuryo Moe・Kasahara Momona Birthday Event 2019, at CLUB CITTA'.

2020[]

On July 13, it was announced that she would be one of several current and former Hello! Project members starring in a new horror television drama based on the book, Hobonichi no Kaidan. The drama began airing in August 2020.[6][7][8]

On October 22, she celebrated her 17th birthday at a fanclub event titled ANGERME Kasahara Momona Birthday Event 2020, featuring two shows at Square Ebara Hiratsuka Hall.[9] In compliance with government policy, cheering, crowding, standing, and closeness in the venue were prohibited, and wearing masks were required to enter.

2021[]

On June 21, it was announced that Kasahara will be graduating from ANGERME and Hello! Project by the end of 2021 to move abroad to study singing and dancing. She and the staff talked about her graduation around the end of 2020 and started to take concrete decisions this year.[10]

On September 13, it was announced that Kasahara's graduation concert was scheduled for November 15 at Nippon Budokan. It was also announced that she will be performing at Hello! Project 2021 Aki "Zoku Kachou Fuugetsu" tour as part of the team Tori up until November 13 due to her graduation.[1]

On October 22, she celebrated her 18th birthday at a fanclub event titled ANGERME Kasahara Momona Birthday Event 2021, featuring two shows at Shintoshi Hall.[11] In compliance with government policy, cheering, crowding, standing, and closeness in the venue were prohibited, and wearing masks were required to enter.

On October 26, Kasahara celebrated her 18th birthday in a joint fanclub event with Kamikokuryo Moe, titled ANGERME Kamikokuryo Moe & Kasahara Momona Birthday Event 2021, at Nerima Culture Center.

On November 15, she is set to graduate from ANGERME and Hello! Project after the ANGERME Concert 2021 "Tougenkyou ~Kasahara Momona Sotsugyou Special~" at Nippon Budokan. In the same day, she will release her second photobook Dear sister, with the actresses and models Aoi Yuu and Kikuchi Akiko serving as the editors-in-chief.[12]

Personal Life[]

As of 2020, both her parents are 36 years old, and her two younger sisters are 15 and 12 years olds.

When Kasahara joined ANGERME, she was a first year middle school student. She graduated from middle school in March 2019[13] and began high school the following April.[14] As of April 2021, she is currently in her last year of high school.

She gets along well with ANGERME member Nakanishi Kana, Juice=Juice member Yanagawa Nanami, and she was good friends with Kanatsu Mizuki in Hello Pro Kenshuusei.

Her parents chose the name because it means "sweet" in Hawaiian, and they hoped to raise her to be a sweet girl.[15]

The following list are nicknames that have been used to refer to Kasahara Momona:

Profile[]

  • Specialties: Dance (9 years of experience in ballet), acrobatics, swings[16]
  • Hobbies: Eating sweets, playing games, athletics, dancing, cycling with her family
  • Charm Point: Her pale skin
  • Favorite Music Genre: Classical music
  • Favorite Sport: Ballet
  • Motto: Rather than be like the moon who borrows light from the sun to shine even greater, light a smaller spark that is truly your own (日の光を借りて照る大いなる月たらんよりは、自ら光を放つ小さな灯火たれ。), "Isshou kenmei" (一所懸命; As hard as one can)[16]
  • Favorite Food: Peaches, fruit
  • Least Favorite Food: Meat
  • Favorite Subjects: P.E., History
  • Favorite Colors: Purple[16], pink[16]
  • Favorite Hello! Project Songs: "Kimagure Princess" and "Yuugure wa Ameagari"
  • Favorite ANGERME Songs: "Mystery Night!", "Dondengaeshi", "Gashin Shoutan" and "Jitensha Chiririn"
  • Favorite ANGERME Member: Aikawa Maho
  • Looks Up To: Kudo Haruka, Sato Masaki, Michishige Sayumi, Kamei Eri, Nomura Minami

  • Publications[]

    See also: List:Kasahara Momona Publications Featured In

    Solo Photobooks[]

    Works[]

    TV Programs[]

    TV Dramas[]

    Hobonichi no Kaidan

    Theater[]

    MODEYumemiru TelevisionAttack No.1

    Internet[]

    Radio[]

    • [2016–] AS1422 (アンジュルムステーション1422)
    • [2016–2019] HELLO! DRIVE! (HELLO! DRIVE! -ハロドラ-) (Thursdays, 2016.09–2017.09; Fridays, 2017.10–2019.06)

    Trivia[]

    • She thinks she has a strong sense of right and wrong.
    • She thinks she's a little scatterbrained.
    • She wants to perform like Kamei Eri.
    • She is the first member in Hello Pro Kenshuusei to have been born in 2003.
    • She decided to join Hello Pro Kenshuusei because she loves singing and dancing.
    • She grew to love Hello! Project because of her admiration for Takahashi Ai and the "Platinum Era" of Morning Musume.
    • She wants to focus on her singing and get better at the songs she has trouble with.
    • Her rival in Hello Pro Kenshuusei was Akiyama Mao.
    • She previously stated that she wanted to debut in Morning Musume. In an interview with Top Yell in July 2016, she said her future dream was to debut in Hello! Project and stand on a large stage.
    • She likes The Beatles (an influence from her parents).
    • Wada Ayaka thinks that Kasahara Momona's personality which isn't afraid of anything is amazing.
    • When Wada Ayaka told her she would be joining ANGERME, she thought it was a prank.
    • When Wada Ayaka asked her which group was her favorite she said Morning Musume, when asked who her second favorite group was, she initially said ANGERME while looking down, but when pressed again she admitted her second favorite group was actually Country Girls.
    • Kamikokuryo Moe calls Momona's pink image color peach.
    • Her parents like Hawaii because they held their wedding there.
    • She wants to go to Australia because she likes animals and nature. She also wants to go to Greece because she likes mythology and the look of their townscapes.
    • At 12 going on 13, she is currently the last member to debut at 12 years old (all the other members that came after her in all Hello! Project Groups have joined at 13 years old or older).

    See Also[]

    Honorary Titles[]

    Honorary Titles
    Preceded by
    Okamoto Honoka
    Youngest member of Hello Pro Kenshuusei
    2015 – 2016
    Succeeded by
    Kiyono Momohime
    Preceded by
    Sasaki Rikako
    Youngest member of ANGERME
    2016 – 2018
    Succeeded by
    Ise Layla
    Preceded by
    Funaki Musubu
    Youngest member of Hello! Project
    2016 – 2017
    Succeeded by
    Kiyono Momohime

    References[]

    1. 1.0 1.1 "アンジュルム笠原桃奈「続・花鳥風月」5公演欠席のお知らせ" (in Japanese). 2021-09-13.
    2. "アンジュルムに新メンバー“プリプリ桃尻”笠原桃奈" (in Japanese). Nikkan Sports. 2016-07-16.
    3. "高橋愛、ハロプロ後輩を華麗にプロデュース 初メイクブック発売【独占カット】 " (in Japanese). ORICON NEWS. 2018-11-22.
    4. "【笠原桃奈(アンジュルム)ポストカード付】graduation2019中学卒業" (in Japanese). TOKYONEWS magazine&mook.
    5. "笠原桃奈(アンジュルム)ファーストビジュアルフォトブック「Momona」発売決定!!" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2019-09-13.
    6. "新旧ハロプロメンバー主演で「ほぼ日の怪談。」ドラマ化、8月に配信・放送" (in Japanese). natalie. 2020-07-13.
    7. "ドラマ『ほぼ日の怪談。』に笠原桃奈・伊勢鈴蘭・高瀬くるみ・西田汐里が出演決定!" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2020-07-14.
    8. "新旧ハロプロメンバー主演のドラマ「ほぼ日の怪談。」予告、全12話の場面写真も解禁" (in Japanese). natalie. 2020-08-19.
    9. "★ファンクラブ会員限定イベント★「アンジュルム 笠原桃奈バースデーイベント2020」開催決定!" (in Japanese). UP-FC. 2020-09-16.
    10. "アンジュルム 笠原桃奈の卒業に関するお知らせ" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2021-06-21.
    11. "★ファンクラブ会員限定イベント★「アンジュルム 笠原桃奈バースデーイベント2021」開催決定!" (in Japanese). UP-FC. 2021-09-10.
    12. "アンジュルム笠原桃奈 フォトブック『Dear sister』発売決定!" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2021-10-15.
    13. Kasahara Momona. "中学校バイバイ 笠原桃奈" (in Japanese). ANGERME Member Official Blog. 2019-03-21.
    14. Kasahara Momona. "こんにちは 笠原桃奈" (in Japanese). ANGERME Member Official Blog. 2019-04-02.
    15. Pocket Morning. 2016-10-12. (Translation by Ro-kun)
    16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 16.4 "Official Hello Pro Kenshuusei Profile (in Japanese). Archived: 2015-11-06.
    17. BS朝日 テイバン・タイムズ - "【2017年5月28日放送】防災を考える". BS Asahi's Official Website. 2017-05-28

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