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|Nakazawa Yuko, 2014|
|Also Known As||Yuu-chan (ゆうーちゃん?)|
|Born||June 19, 1973|
|Origin||Fukuchiyama, Kyoto, Japan|
|Occupation||Singer, actress, TV personality|
|Agency||UP-FRONT AGENCY (1997-2012)|
UP-FRONT PROMTION (2012-2013)
UP-FRONT CREATE (2013-)
|Associated Acts||Morning Musume, Akagumi 4, H.P. All Stars, Puripuri Pink, Afternoon Musume, Dream Morning Musume, Morning Musume 20th|
|Morning Musume Information|
|Joined||September 7, 1997|
|Debut Single||Morning Coffee|
|Last Single||Ren'ai Revolution 21|
|Graduated||April 15, 2001|
Nakazawa Yuko (中澤裕子) is a Japanese singer, actress, and TV-personality who is best known as one of the original members and the first leader of the all-female Japanese idol group Morning Musume. She was also a part of the reunion group Dream Morning Musume. She is currently a solo talent under UP-FRONT CREATE.
Nakazawa Yuko was born on June 19, 1973 in Kyoto, Japan.
After the audition, Sharam Q's frontman Tsunku formed a new group on September 7 with Nakazawa and four other runners-up (Abe Natsumi, Iida Kaori, Ishiguro Aya, and Fukuda Asuka) as members. On September 14, their group name was announced as Morning Musume, and Nakazawa became the group's first leader as the oldest member at 24 years of age. However, they could only debut under one condition: they must sell 50,000 CDs of the song "Ai no Tane" within five days. They accomplished that task in four days, securing Morning Musume's major debut.
Shortly after Morning Musume's major debut with the single "Morning Musume", it was announced that Nakazawa would start a solo career as an enka singer. On August 5, she released her debut single "Karasu no Nyoubou".
Over a week later, on December 12, she released her first solo album, Nakazawa Yuko Dai Isshou.
On June 9, Nakazawa released her second solo single, "Junjou Koushinkyoku", which was the first to credit Nakazawa with her given name Yuko written in hiragana.
In February, Nakazawa was placed in Akagumi 4, one of three Hello! Project shuffle units that Tsunku started as a project. All three units released singles on the same day, March 8, as a sales competition. Akagumi 4's single "Akai Nikkichou" was decided as the winner, ranking #2 on the Oricon singles chart with 27,164 copies sold in the first week.
On July 12, she released her third solo single, "Shanghai no Kaze".
On February 21, she released her fourth solo single, "Kuyashi Namida Porori".
On March 7, Nakazawa announced that she would graduate from Morning Musume on April 15 at the end of their spring concert tour. She passed her role as the group's leader to Iida Kaori. She has cited her reasons for leaving as being her age (nearly 28 years old at the time of her graduation) and her desire to pursue other things by the time she was 30.
On April 15, Nakazawa graduated from Morning Musume with the Live Revolution 21 Haru ~Osaka Jou Hall Saishuu Bi~.
On August 1, she released her fifth single, "Futari Gurashi". The B-side "Koi no Kioku" is Nakazawa's first attempt at lyrics, which she co-wrote with Tsunku. This was also the last single credited with her given name Yuko written hiragana as she began using her real name written in kanji for all following releases.
On August 21, she released her first solo photobook, titled Feather.
On July 30, she released her first essay book, Kaishin.
On August 25, she released her sixth single, "Tokyo Bijin".
On November 25, Nakazawa released her second solo photobook, titled Watashi ga Omou, Konna Onna.
On May 21, Nakazawa released her seventh single, "GET ALONG WITH YOU".
On November 23, she released her second essay book, Zutto Ushiro Kara Mite Kita.
On February 11, she released her eighth single, as well as her first double A-side, titled "Genki no Nai Hi no Komoriuta / Nagaragawa no Hare".
On May 26, she released her ninth single, "DO MY BEST".
On July 22, she released her second album, Dai Nishou ~Tsuyogari~.
For Hello! Project's 2005 summer shuffles units she was placed in Puripuri Pink.
On April 11, she became a performer on Cchu~nen!, a TV music program broadcast on the Mainichi Broadcasting System on Mondays, until the program's end on March 3, 2006.
On September 27, Nakazawa released her 10th single, and her first in over a year, titled "Urara".
On October 10, Nakazawa released her 11th single, "Danna-sama".
On February 1, Nakazawa passed her role as Hello! Project's leader to Takahashi Ai during the Elder Club's mass graduation concert, the Hello! Project 2009 Winter Kettei! Hello☆Pro Award '09 ~Elder Club Sotsugyou Kinen Special~, which was held at Yokohama Arena.
In September, Nakazawa formed the unit Afternoon Musume with other Morning Musume OG members (Iida Kaori, Abe Natsumi, Yasuda Kei, Yaguchi Mari, Ogawa Makoto, Fujimoto Miki) to promote Georgia Coffee drinks.
In August, it was announced that Nakazawa would star in the film TWILIGHT FILE VIII: Fighting Okan, which premiered in theaters in November.
On December 6, it was reported that Nakazawa would move to Fukuoka to be with her husband after getting married. Although Nakazawa would continue her career, her activities would be reduced since she would be traveling back and forth between Tokyo and Fukuoka. However, she would continue to participate in special concerts and events as much as she could.
In May, it was announced that Nakazawa would release an essay book titled Musume Kara Haha e on June 19.
On December 31, Nakazawa participated as an MC in the Hello! Project COUNTDOWN PARTY 2013 ~GOOD BYE & HELLO!~ and also performed with other OG members.
On April 3, Nakazawa made her first appearance as a regular Thursday commentator on Fukuoka Broadcasting Corporation's Mentai Wide and announced that she moved to Fukuoka that spring because it was convenient for her husband's job and caring for her daughter.
On December 13, Nakazawa and the four other original members of Morning Musume performed on a live stage together for the first time in 18 years on the second night of Fuji TV's 2017 FNS Kayousai.
On March 31, Nakazawa performed with several other Morning Musume OG members in the Hello! Project 20th Anniversary!! and Morning Musume 20th Anniversary!! Premiums of the Hello! Project 20th Anniversary!! Hello! Project Hina Fes 2018 at Pacifico Yokohama.
On July 28 and 29, Nakazawa performed as an OG guest in the Hello! Project 20th Anniversary!! Hello! Project 2018 SUMMER concerts in Fukuoka.
Nakazawa has one sister (as well as a niece). She also has two chihuahuas: Taro (male) and Hana (female).
On December 6, 2011, Nakazawa announced she would be getting married in the following spring. It was also reported that after getting married, she would move to Fukuoka to live with her husband. They officially registered their marriage on April 1, 2012.
On June 19, 2012, she announced during her birthday live that she was 5 months pregnant with her first child, and afterwards released an official statement on her blog. On November 25, Nakazawa gave birth to a baby girl.
- Birth Name: Nakazawa Yuko (中澤裕子)
- Stage Name: Nakazawa Yuko (中澤ゆうこ) (1998-2001, for enka releases)
- Nickname: Yuu-chan (ゆうーちゃん)
- Birthdate: June 19, 1973
- Birthplace: Fukuchiyama, Kyoto, Japan
- Blood Type: O
- Height: 159 cm (5’2.6″)
- Hello! Project Status:
- 1997-09-07: Joined Morning Musume
- 2001-04-15: Graduated from Morning Musume
- 2009-03-31: Graduated from Hello! Project
- UP-FRONT GROUP Status:
- Years in Morning Musume: 4 Years
- Morning Musume Color: Purple
- Hobbies: Map driving
- Western Zodiac: Gemini
- Eastern Zodiac: Ox
- One-Shot Units:
- Shuffle Units:
- 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: Mini skirts
- Favorite song: "Tokyo Bijin"
- Studio Albums
- Best Albums
- [2008.12.10] Legend
- Major Singles
- [1998.08.05] Karasu no Nyoubou (カラスの女房)
- [1998.12.02] Odaiba Moonlight Serenade (with Takayama Gen) (お台場ムーンライトセレナー*デ)
- [1999.06.09] Junjou Koushinkyoku (純情行進曲)
- [2000.07.12] Shanghai no Kaze (上海の風)
- [2001.02.15] Kuyashi Namida Porori (悔し涙ぽろり)
- [2001.08.01] Futari Gurashi (二人暮し)
- [2002.08.28] Tokyo Bijin (東京美人)
- [2003.05.21] GET ALONG WITH YOU
- [2004.02.11] Genki no Nai Hi no Komoriuta / Nagaragawa no Hare (元気のない子守唄／長良川の晴れ)
- [2004.05.26] DO MY BEST
- [2006.09.27] Urara (うらら)
- [2007.10.10] Danna-sama (だんな様)
- Solo Songs
- Watashi wa Kono Yo de Ichiban Bijin (from Minimoni the Movie Okashi na Daibouken!)
- [2000.04.26] Hello! Project - Petit Best ~Ki Ao Aka~ (プッチベスト～黄青あか～) (#11 Junjou Koushinkyoku)
-  Yu.u.wa.ku (ゆ・う・わ・く) (fanclub CD)
- [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 the 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)
- [2002.11.27] Nakazawa Yuko Single M Clips ① (中澤裕子シングルMクリップス①)
- [2003.01.22] Shinshi wa Mini ga Osuki! at studio DREAM MAKER
- [2006.xx.xx] Nakazawa Yuko FC Tour In Hokkaido
- [2007.10.10] Type-Y 2007 BIRTHDAY LIVE Mahou no Pressure! Kotoshi mo Yarimasu Special ~Live Ato, Yotei wo Irenaide Kudasai~
- [2008.??.??] Nakazawa Yuko Songs & Monologues ~Aki no Yonaga no Hitori goto~
- [2008.??.??] Nakazawa Yuko Special Christmas Live 2007 ~Blanche~
- [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; From a Musume to a Mother)
- [1999, 2001–2002] Idol wo Sagase! (アイドルをさがせ!) (as a MC)
-  Morning Musume no Heso (モーニング娘。のへそ)
-  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)
-  NHK Junior Special (NHKジュニアスペシャル)
-  Futarigoto (二人ゴト)
- [2005–2006] Cchu~nen! (っちゅ〜ねん!)
-  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!)
-  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)
-  Daredemo Dekiru Hajimete no Kirie (誰でもできる はじめての切り絵)
- [2014–] Mentai Wide (めんたいワイド) (guest commentator on Thursdays)
-  Taiyo Musume to Umi (太陽娘と海)
-  Beauty 7 (ビューティ7)
-  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～)
-  Ginza no Koi (ギンザの恋)
-  Gokusen (ごくせん)
-  Densetsu no Madame (伝説のマダム)
-  Kochira Hon Ikegami Sho 3, 4 & 5(こちら本池上署)
-  Home Maker (ほーむめーかー)
-  Getsuyou Golden (月曜ゴールデン)
-  Tokumei Kakarichou Tadano Hitoshi SP (特命係長 只野仁 シーズン4突入スペシャル)
-  Doyou Wide Gekijou (土曜ワイド劇場「火災調査官・紅蓮次郎」) (as Tanashi Kozue)
-  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)
-  Sakura Shinjuu (さくら心中) (as Takakura Akemi)
-  Counter no Futari (カウンターのふたり) (as Okano Ayako)
-  Footloose (フットルース)
-  Edo no Hanayome (江戸の花嫁)
- [2005-2006] Kasagi Shizuko Monogatari Wagauta Boogie Woogie (笠置シズ子物語 わが歌ブギウギ)
- [2006, 2008] Apache Toride no Koubou "Tomadoi no Nichiyoubi" (アパッチ砦の攻防「戸惑いの日曜日」)
-  Blue Blue Birthday (ぶるー・ブルー・バースディ)
- [2007; 2008; 2010; 2011] Saka no Gabai Baachan (佐賀のがばいばあちゃん)
-  Kagayake! Shufu Band FOUR RIVERS Smoke on the Water 2009 (輝け! 主婦バンド FOUR RIVERS スモーク・オン・ザ・ウォーター2009)
-  Haha no Sakura ga Chitta Yoru (母の桜が散った夜)
- [2010, 2012] Genji Monogatari x Ohguro Maki songs ~Boku wa, Juunihitoe ni Koi wo Suru~ (源氏物語×大黒摩季songs 〜ボクは、十二単に恋をする〜)
-  Pinch Runner
-  Minimoni the Movie Okashi na Daibouken! (voice)
-  Tetsujin 28 Gou
-  TWILIGHT File VIII: Fighting Okan (ファイティング オカン TWILIGHT FILE VIII)
-  Koitani Bashi ~Vallée de l'amour~
-  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!)
- [2011–2012] BAY LINE GO GO!! (ベイライン・ゴー!・ゴー!) (DJ on Wednesdays)
- [2014–2015] Entame Variety THE☆Hit Jouhou (エンタメバラエティ THE☆ヒット情報) (on Tuesdays)
-  Glico Mousse Pocky
-  Elleseine (エルセーヌ)
- [2001–2002] Oriko Card (オリコカード)
-  Nihon Chouou Keiba (日本中央競馬会) (voice)
-  Shiseido Cty Veil (資生堂シティベール)
-  Gen hin fugu (玄品ふぐ)
-  House hokuhin kare nabe tsuyu (ハウス食品カレー鍋つゆ)
-  DHC Protein Diet (DHCプロティンダイエット)
-  Koisuru Baila Baila - KYOKO
- She ranked #1 in music goo's 2011 "The best former leaders of Morning Musume" poll.
- She was known as an older sister figure within Hello! Project but was also famous for her aggressive, yankee-like personality as well.
- She has grown accustomed to usually speaking with a Tokyo dialect, and has usually suggested fellow members from Kansai (Heike Michiyo, Kago Ai, and more recently Mitsui Aika) speak in a 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.
- She was particularly close to Ichii Sayaka before her graduation from Morning Musume and Hello! Project, and still remains a fairly close friend to her and her new family.
- She used to be a big fan of punk music.
- She 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 due to her age.
- At one point, she hated bananas so much that she felt repulsed just being in the same room with 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 with someone eating a banana and is fine with it.
- She 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).
- She was one of the oldest members of Hello! Project.
- 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.
- When Morning Musume appeared on Music Fighter in 2009 to promote "Naichau Kamo" and they were asked to think of a new nickname for her, Junjun answered "Nakazawa-chan", and Linlin answered "Blonde Fat Ass" after being given the suggestion by one of the hosts.
- When Tsunku appeared on the variety show Shabekuri 007 in April 2009, he described Nakazawa as "harsh" and a "sadist".
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- ↑ 1.0 1.1 "モーニング娘。" (in Japanese). ASAYAN. 1997-09-14. (Archived)
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 "「新人賞狙いたい」モーニング娘。卒業生が夢のチーム結成" (in Japanese). natalie. 2011-01-28.
- ↑ "モーニング娘。ミニ・インタビュー 中澤裕子" (in Japanese). ASAYAN. 1997-10-26. (Archived)
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 "平家充代(18)大決定!!!" (in Japanese). ASAYAN. 1997-08-31. (Archived)
- ↑ "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.
- ↑ "「愛の種」明日発売！" (in Japanese). ASAYAN. 1997-11-02. (Archived)
- ↑ "1998.8.5" (in Japanese). Nakazawa Yuko Official Blog. 2016-08-05.
- ↑ "つんく緊急企画！！" (in Japanese). ASAYAN. 2000-02. (Archived)
- ↑ "黄色5/青色7/あか組4" (in Japanese). ASAYAN. 2000-03. (Archived)
- ↑ "中澤裕子脱退！！" (in Japanese). ASAYAN. (Archived).
- ↑ "モー娘。OGなど、来年3月末にハロプロ一斉卒業へ" (in Japanese). ORICON STYLE. 2008-10-19.
- ↑ "ハロー！プロジェクトから年長組が全員卒業" (in Japanese). natalie. 2008-10-19.
- ↑ "ハロプロよ永遠なれ！なっち、あややら感涙の卒業ライブ" (in Japanese). natalie. 2009-02-03.
- ↑ "Japan Expo" (in Japanese). Nakazawa Yuko Official Blog. 2010-07-03.
- ↑ "娘。OGがジョージアCMで新ユニット「アフタヌーン娘δ」" (in Japanese). natalie. 2010-09-07.
- ↑ "中澤裕子は「なでしこ“オカン”」(!?)。主演映画でボクサー目指す主婦役に" (in Japanese). ORICON STYLE. 2011-09-01.
- ↑ "中澤裕子スピード婚！交際４カ月、来春挙式 (1/2ページ)" (in Japanese). Sankei Sports. 2011-12-06. (archived)
- ↑ "中澤裕子40歳記念エッセイ『 娘。から母へ 』" (in Japanese). Wani Books.
- ↑ "ハロプロ年越し、今年は大阪＆神戸同時開催" (in Japanese). natalie. 2013-10-22.
- ↑ "お知らせです☆" (in Japanese). Nakazawa Yuko Official Blog. 2014-04-03.
- ↑ "モーニング娘。オリジナル＆現役メンバーのコラボシングル「愛の種(20th Anniversary Ver.)」配信限定でリリース！" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2017-11-01.
- ↑ https://twitter.com/fns_kayousai/status/938860874751602689
- ↑ "ハロプロ20周年の「ひなフェス」初日はレジェンド続々登場" (in Japanese). natalie. 2018-04-07.
- ↑ "「Hello! Project 2018 SUMMER」にハロプロOG豪華25人がゲスト出演" (in Japanese). natalie. 2018-06-15.
- ↑ "ハロプロ。" (in Japanese). Nakazawa Yuko Official Blog. 2018-07-28.
- ↑ "終わりました。" (in Japanese). Nakazawa Yuko Official Blog. 2018-07-29.
- ↑ "中澤裕子スピード婚！交際４カ月、来春挙式 (1/2ページ)" (in Japanese). Sankei Sports. 2011-12-06. (archived)
- ↑ "いつも応援してくださっている皆様へ" (in Japanese). Nakazawa Yuko Official Blog. 2012-04-01.
- ↑ "☆皆様へご報告☆" (in Japanese). Nakazawa Yuko Official Blog. 2012-06-19.
- ↑ "ご報告です" (in Japanese). Nakazawa Yuko Official Blog. 2012-11-27.
- ↑ "ご報告です" (in Japanese). Nakazawa Yuko Official Blog. 2014-12-07.
- ↑ "NakazaWorld「☆皆さんへ☆」" (in Japanese). 2015-05-08.
- ↑ Shabekuri 007. Nippon TV. Broadcast: 2009-04-20.
|Singles||01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12|
|Albums||Original: Nakazawa Yuko Dai Isshou, Dai Nisshou ~Tsuyogari~|
|Participated Units||Morning Musume, Akagumi 4, H.P. All Stars, Puripuri Pink, Afternoon Musume, Dream Morning Musume, Ganbarou Nippon Ai wa Katsu Singers|
|Hello! Project Shuffle Unit|