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Murakami Megumi (村上愛) is a dance instructor and choreographer, often credited as Meg. She is a former member of Hello! Project Kids and the Hello! Project group ℃-ute. On October 31, 2006, she resigned from the group and Hello! Project without a graduation ceremony to focus on her studies. In 2011, she signed to the dance agency, WANTS.


Murakami Megumi, 2018

Murakami Megumi, 2014

Murakami Megumi, 2014

Murakami Megumi, 2013


Murakami Megumi 2006

Murakami Megumi, June 2006

Early Life[]

Murakami was born on June 6, 1992 in Saitama, Japan to a couple whose names are undisclosed.


On June 30, Murakami Megumi passed the "Hello! Project Kids Audition" along with 14 other girls.[1]


On June 7, She became an elected member of ZYX, a group led by Morning Musume member Yaguchi Mari.


She sang alongside Tanaka Reina and Suzuki Airi in "Suki ni Nacha Ikenai Hito", one of the coupling tracks on the "ALL FOR ONE & ONE FOR ALL!" EP, making her one of only seven girls to be chosen from the entirety of Hello! Project to sing on a separate track.

Murakami also appeared on multiple occasions as a backing dancer for other Hello! Project acts. She also appeared on the Goto Maki's PV "Yokohama Shinkirou".


Murakami was featured in the 2005 shuffle group, Sexy Otonajan. She was one of the only two Hello! Project Kids featured in any shuffle group.

Murakami was assigned as a member of Hello! Project group ℃-ute alongside seven other Hello! Project Kids members.[2] These seven members had been passed over when it came to the forming of Berryz Koubou, which had originally been formed to teach the Hello! Project Kids about being in a group by rotating the line-up amongst the kids until the idea was dropped.


During the second half of 2006, amateur photographs of Murakami holding hands with her supposed boyfriend in the street appeared on the internet.

Later on October 31, she retired from ℃-ute and Hello! Project, shortly before ℃-ute made their major label debut.[3] Though the official reason stated was because she wanted to return to an ordinary school life, it is believed that she left because she was afraid of these people following her.


On April 4th, 2011, she returned to show business by signing on to WANTS, a dance agency.


On February 11, she appeared as a guest dancer during the encore of Okai Chisato FC Live ③ ~Katte ni Hello Pro 20 Shuunen Omedetou! 2013-2018~.

Personal Life[]

When Murakami joined Hello! Project Kids, she was a fourth year elementary school student.[1]

Here is a list of nicknames that was used to refer to Murakami Megumi:

  • Megu (めぐ): Official nickname, given her since joining ℃-ute. Used by members and fans.


  • Name: Murakami Megumi (村上愛)
  • Nickname: Megu (めぐ), Meguru (めぐる), Muramura (むらむら)
  • Birthdate: June 6, 1992 (1992-06-06) (age 30)
  • Birthplace: Saitama, Japan
  • Blood Type: A
  • Height: 154 cm (5 ft 0.6 in)?
  • Western Zodiac: Gemini.svg Gemini
  • Eastern Zodiac: Monkey.png Monkey
  • Former ℃-ute Color:
    • LightBlue Penlight.png Light Blue
  • Hello! Project Status:
    • 2002-06-30: Member
    • 2005-06-11: ℃-ute Member
    • 2006-11-01: Left
  • Years in ℃-ute: 1 Year
  • Charm point: Eyes and overlapped teeth
  • Hello! Project Groups:
  • Shuffle Units:
  • Concert Units:
  • Other Groups:

  • Audition Song: "Pittari Shitai X'mas!" (Petitmoni)
  • Hobby: Exercising
  • Special skill: Hurdles and dancing
  • Strong point: Not giving up and doing things till the end
  • Weak point: Getting mad easily
  • Habit: Saying "tte yuu kaa" before every word
  • Favorite color: Black and white
  • Favorite flower: Hydrangea
  • Disliked thing/thing to do: Drawing
  • Scared of: Monsters!
  • Favorite movie: "The Matrix"
  • Favorite book: "Kiri no Mukou no Fushigi na Machi".
  • Favorite word: "Konjou" (will power/guts)
  • Favorite season: Summer
  • Favorite food: Strawberries.
  • Least favorite food: Vegetables...
  • Favorite song: "Choo Choo TRAIN" (EXILE)

  • Dicography Featured In[]



    • [2006.08.06] Music Kyutibijuaru ~ ~ V Special
    • [2007.11.22] Hello Pro vol.1
    • [2007.03.21] Hello Pro vol.9


    • [2002] Koinu Dan no Monogatari (仔犬ダンの物語, "Puppy Dan's Story")
    • [2003.01] Little Hospital (リトル・ホスピタル)
    • [2006.03] Takaramono (たからもの)

    TV Programs[]

    TV Dramas[]

    • [2003] Pretty Diary III Ritoruhosupitaru (with Murata Aiko)
    • [2003] Liliput Oukoku (リリパット王国)
    • [2005] What treasure

    Music Videos[]


    • [2005.08.26] Haropurobideochatto 24th (Hello! Project on FLET)
    • [2006.03.03] Hello Pro Hour # 1


    • [2004] 34 Choume no Kiseki -HERE'S LOVE- (34丁目の奇跡 -HERE'S LOVE-)


    • On the June 30, 2002 episodes of Hello! Morning, where the members of Hello! Project Kids were introduced, Abe Natsumi accidentally called her "Ai-chan". This is because the kanji for the given name is rarely read as "Megumi".[1]
    • Videos of her in dance rehearsal at WANTS have been uploaded onto the YouTube channel SATOSHI NAKAJIMA.

    Honorary Titles[]

    Honorary Titles
    Preceded by
    Youngest Member of ZYX
    2003 – 2004
    Succeeded by
    Ogawa Saki


    1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Hello! Morning. Broadcast Date: 2002-06-30.
    2. Tsunku. "℃-ute (キュート) に関して" (in Japanese). Tsunku Official Website. 2005-06-11.
    3. Hello! Project, Murakami Megumi. "『℃-ute 村上 愛』について皆様へ大事なお知らせ" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2006-11-01.

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