Nomura Minami (野村みな美) is a former Japanese idol under Hello! Project as a member of Kobushi Factory. She was first introduced as a Hello Pro Kenshuusei member in June 2012 at the Hello Pro Kenshuusei Happyoukai 2012 ~6gatsu no Nama Tamago Show!~ alongside Yamagishi Riko.

On March 30, 2020, Kobushi Factory disbanded, and Nomura Minami graduated from Hello! Project.[1]

Biography[edit | edit source]

Nomura Minami, October 2019

Nomura Minami, April 2019

Nomura Minami, August 2018

Nomura Minami, March 2018

Nomura Minami, December 2017

Nomura Minami, June 2017

Nomura Minami, November 2016

Nomura Minami, July 2016

Nomura Minami, February 2016

Nomura Minami, September 2015

Nomura Minami, March 2015

Nomura Minami, February 2014

Nomura Minami, November 2013

Nomura Minami, February 2013

Nomura Minami, August 2012

Early Life[edit | edit source]

Nomura Minami was born on February 10, 2000 in Tokyo, Japan.

In 2010, Nomura participated in the Morning Musume 9th Generation Audition for an opportunity to join Morning Musume, but failed.

2012[edit | edit source]

She was introduced at the "Hello Pro Kenshuusei Happyoukai 2012 ~6gatsu no Nama Tamago Show!~" concert on June 17th.

She participated in the Morning Musume 11th Generation ~Suppin Utahime~ Audition, but failed.

2013[edit | edit source]

On March 7th, Nomura participated in an fanclub event held for Kaga Kaede and Wada Sakurako alongside Yoshihashi Kurumi and Murota Mizuki.

Nomura, along with Ichioka Reina, appeared in ℃-ute's stage play "Sakura no Hanataba" which ran from March 14th to the 24th.

Nomura participated as a backup dancer in the Morning Musume Concert Tour 2013 Aki ~CHANCE!~.

2014[edit | edit source]

Nomura participated as opening act in the Morning Musume '14 Concert Tour Haru ~Evolution~.

2015[edit | edit source]

On January 2, during the Hello! Project 2015 WINTER ~DANCE MODE!~ concert, it was announced that Nomura would be debuting in a new unit alongside Hamaura Ayano, Taguchi Natsumi, Ogawa Rena, Wada Sakurako, Fujii Rio, Hirose Ayaka and Inoue Rei. The name of the unit was announced on February 25 to be Kobushi Factory.

2016[edit | edit source]

On February 24, Nomura celebrated her 16th birthday at a fanclub event titled Kobushi Factory Nomura Minami Birthday Event 2016, which featured two shows at Mt.RAINIER HALL.

2017[edit | edit source]

On February 10, Nomura celebrated her 17th birthday at a fanclub event titled Kobushi Factory Nomura Minami Birthday Event 2017, which featured two shows at Mt.RAINIER HALL.

2018[edit | edit source]

On February 13, Nomura celebrated her 18th birthday at a fanclub event titled Kobushi Factory Nomura Minami Birthday Event 2018, which featured two shows at Shinjuku ReNY.

On September 8, Nomura released her first solo photobook, titled Sei, Sou.[2]

2019[edit | edit source]

On February 13, Nomura celebrated her 19th birthday at a fanclub event titled Kobushi Factory Nomura Minami Birthday Event 2019, which featured two shows at Shinjuku ReNY.

On February 23, Nomura and Inoue Rei were revealed as regulars titled as Executive Officers No.3 and No.4 for the FC Machida Zelvia's AbemaTV program FC Machida Zelbia wo Tsukurou ~Zel Tsuku~, which would start on March 7.[3] That day they watched the team's first game of the J2 League 2019 season for the recording of the first episode.[4]

On April 27, the Fami Hello! PHOTOBOOK② was released, which includes Nomura's gravure that was originally published in a December 2016 issue of Weekly Famitsu.[5]

From July 20, Nomura was absent from all activities due to epidemic keratoconjunctivitis, a highly contagious viral eye infection.[6][7][8] She returned on August 3.[9]

On September 9, it was announced that Nomura and Inoue Rei would both star in the Sabori, SKY PerfecTV's 31st Twitter morning drama series that would be posted every day from September 16 to September 28.[10]

On October 5, the Hello Tsu PHOTOBOOK① was released, including Nomura's gravure that was originally published in a August 2018 issue of Weekly Famitsu.[11]

2020[edit | edit source]

On January 8, it was announced that Kobushi Factory will disband on March 30, 2020 with a concert at Tokyo Dome City Hall. Their final single is set to be released on March 4. Hirose Ayaka had been in discussions with the agency about her graduation since early 2019, and after discussions with the group, the other members except Inoue Rei also expressed their desire to pursue a new path. It was eventually decided that the group would disband. Afterwards, Nomura graduated from Hello! Project in order to become a theater actress.[1]

On February 10, she celebrated her 20th birthday at a fanclub event titled Kobushi Factory Nomura Minami Birthday Event 2020, featuring two shows at Mynavi BLITZ Akasaka.

On March 30, Kobushi Factory disbanded. Afterwards, Nomura graduated from Hello! Project, but remained under UP-FRONT PROMOTION.

Personal Life[edit | edit source]

She has a younger brother. Her pet dog named Mini passed away in January, 2018.

When Nomura joined Hello Pro Kenshuusei, she was a sixth year elementary school student. As of April 2018, she had graduated from high school and began university.

The following list are notable friendships Nomura Minami has acquired:

Nomura's given name, Minami, has one kanji at the end of her name which means "beauty" (美; mi) because her parents desire for her to grow up beautiful in every way.[12]

Here is a list of nicknames that have been used to refer to Nomura Minami:

  • MinaMina (みなみな): Official nickname, given to her since joining Hello Pro Kenshuusei.

Profile[edit | edit source]

  • Specialty: Jump rope, Hula hoop, Calligraphy
  • Hobbies: Reading books, collecting stationery, cooking
  • Charm Point: Small nose
  • Favorite Food: Cabbage Roll
  • Favorite Color: Yellow-Green, Red, Blue
  • Favorite Sports: Jumping rope, Swimming
  • Favorite School Lunch Item: Kimchi fried rice[13]
  • Favorite Animal: Hamster[13]
  • Favorite Hello! Project Songs: "My Days for You", "Lucky Aura", "LOVE Namida Iro"
  • Favorite Morning Musume songs: Tomo, "Mikan"
  • Motto: "Keizoku wa chikara nari" (継続は力なり; Continuance is strength)
  • Looks Up To: Wada Ayaka

Discography[edit | edit source]

See also: List:Nomura Minami Discography Featured In

Blu-rays[edit | edit source]


Solo Fanclub DVDs[edit | edit source]


Fanclub DVDs[edit | edit source]


Publications[edit | edit source]

See also: List:Nomura Minami Publications Featured In

Solo Photobooks[edit | edit source]

Works[edit | edit source]

Theater[edit | edit source]

Sakura no HanatabaSMILE FANTASY!SurvivorNinja GirlsReborn ~13nin no Tamashii wa Kami-sama no Yume wo Miru~

Movies[edit | edit source]

JK Ninja Girls

TV Programs[edit | edit source]

Web Dramas[edit | edit source]

  • [2019] Sabori (さぼり) (SKY PerfecTV Twitter)

Internet[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • She participated in the Morning Musume 9th generation audition and the Morning Musume 11th Generation ~Suppin Utahime~ Audition, but failed.
  • She joined Hello Pro Kenshuusei because she was upset after failing the Morning Musume 9th Generation Audition.
  • For her, the best thing about joining Hello Pro Kenshuusei was when she was chosen to sing as part of a trio.
  • For her, the hardest thing about Hello Pro Kenshuusei was that when she first joined, she couldn't do anything.
  • She thinks she won't lose to any other member in going at her own pace.
  • She wants to become an idol with a wealth of facial expressions like Wada Ayaka .
  • When asked what group she'd like to debut in, she said Morning Musume. When asked again later, she said she'd like to be put into a (new) unit. She wants the unit to perform at Budokan and large venues like that and become a big idol group.
  • She sang "Yumemiru Fifteen" for her Hello Pro Kenshuusei Happyoukai 2013 ~Haru no Koukai Jitsuryoku Shindan Test~ solo.
  • According to Ogawa Makoto, she is lively like Maeda Yuuka.
  • Takagi Sayuki says that Nomura is very interesting, and Nomura has recently confessed "I have started to like Takagi-san".
  • She wants to try singing "Seishun Collection" by Morning Musume.
  • In the March 2014 issue of Gekkan Entame, she was ranked third at "forgetting items the most" in Hello Pro Kenshuusei.[14]
  • Her rival in Hello Pro Kenshuusei was Yamagishi Riko, because they were generation-mates she didn't want to lose to her. They both started from the same point, with no experience in anything, so she wanted to keep pace with her.
  • She wants to be center for a song. She doesn’t know if she’ll ever be able to, but she’ll work hard.
  • She says she is bad at expressions. The mood is different for every song and it’s difficult for her to focus on everything and be able to change her expression while still singing well.
  • She says that she is worse at dancing than she is at singing, but it's fun to her now that she can actually remember the moves. She wants to work hard at being sharp and doing more than just what she's supposed to.
  • Tsunku's comments: "I want to make your singing develop more. If you can extend your singing and dancing abilities than you’ll see some results. For dancing, you’re pretty sharp. It looks like it will grow even more! With facial expressions, you have strength in your smile."
  • She shares the same birthday with Country Girls member Ozeki Mai.
  • According to the Top Yell July 2016 interview, Nomura's role within the group is "Factory Manager for Cooking".[15]
  • She wants to get another dog.

See Also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

External Links[edit | edit source]

Kobushi Factory
Current Members Hirose Ayaka (Leader) | Nomura Minami| Hamaura Ayano | Wada Sakurako | Inoue Rei
Former Members Fujii Rio | Ogawa Rena | Taguchi Natsumi


Indies: Nen ni wa Nen / Survivor
Major: 1. Dosukoi! Kenkyo ni Daitan / Ramen Daisuki Koizumi-san no Uta / Nen ni wa Nen (Nen'iri Ver.) | 2. Sakura Night Fever / Chotto Guchoku ni! Chototsu Moushin / Osu! Kobushi Tamashii | 3. Samba! Kobushi Janeiro / Bacchikoi Seishun! / Ora wa Ninkimono | 4. Shalala! Yareru Hazu sa / Ee ja nai ka Ninja nai ka | 5. Kore Kara da! / Ashita Tenki ni Naare | 6. Kitto Watashi wa / Naseba Naru | 7. Oh No Ounou / Haru Urara | 8. Seishun no Hana / Start Line

Other Singles

Collaborations: Hyokkori Hyoutanjima | YEAH YEAH YEAH / Akogare no Stress-free / Hana, Takenawa no Toki


Original: 1. Kobushi Sono Ichi | 2. Kobushi Dai Ni Maku
Soundtracks: Butai "JK Ninja Girls" | Eiga & Butai "JK Ninja Girls"

Concerts & Events


Spring Tours: 2016 | 2017 | 2019 (Live, Concert)
Fall Tours: 2016 | 2017 | 2019
Other Tours: 2015 | 2018
Summer Lives: 2016 | 2017 | 2018 | 2019

Joint Concerts

2015: New Fes! 2015 (with Country Girls and Tsubaki Factory) | New Fes! II (with Tsubaki Factory)
2018: Premium Live 2018 Haru "KOBO" (with Tsubaki Factory)


Fanclub Events: 2015 | 2016 (September, December) | 2017 (September, December) | 2018 (August, December) | 2019 (May, August, December)
Fanclub Tours: 2017 | 2018 | 2020
Joined Fanclub Events: 2016 (with Tsubaki Factory) | 2019 (with BEYOOOOONDS)

Other Concerts & Events

Hello! Project Concerts

Summer Tours: 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018 | 2019
Winter Tours: 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018 | 2019 | 2020
Hina Fes: 2016 | 2017 | 2018 | 2019
Hallo! Fes: 2018
COUNTDOWN PARTY: 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018 | 2019
Other Concerts: Berryz Koubou Matsuri

Units & Other Acts
Associated Acts Juice=Juice, Hello Pro Kenshuusei, NICE GIRL Project! Kenshuusei
Hello Pro Kenshuusei
25th Generation Yonemura Kirara
27th Generation Yamada Ichigo | Nakayama Natsume
28th Generation Kubota Nanami | Matsubara Yulia
29th Generation Saito Madoka | Onoda Karin
30th Generation

Hiromoto Ruri | Hashida Honoka | Nishizaki Miku | Hirayama Yuki | Kitahara Momo | Ebata Kisaki | Yofuu Runo | Murakoshi Ayana | Uemura Hasumi

Former Members
1st Generation Korenaga Miki | Kawashima Miyuki | Okada Yui | Noto Arisa | Morozuka Kanami | Aoki Erina | Tanaka Anri | Ose Kaede | Sengoku Minami | Sawada Yuri | Muto Mika | Hashida Mirei | Furukawa Konatsu | Hashimoto Aina | Ooyanagi Maho | Akiyama Yurika | Okada Robin Shoko | Arihara Kanna | Goto Yuki | Sainen Mia | Mori Saki | Yutoku Ayumi | Kitahara Sayaka | Wada Ayaka | Maeda Yuuka | Fukuda Kanon | Saho Akari | Okai Asuna | Sekine Azusa | Ogawa Saki | Maeda Irori | Arai Manami
2nd Generation Mano Erina | Ogura Manami | Komine Momoka
Transfer Student Linlin
3rd Generation Kikkawa Yuu
4th Generation Fukumura Mizuki | Kaneko Rie | Takeuchi Akari
5th Generation Miyamoto Karin
6th Generation Sezaki Azusa | Sato Ayano
7th Generation Hirano Tomomi | Katsuta Rina
8th Generation Takagi Sayuki
9th Generation Tanabe Nanami
10th Generation Kizawa Runa | Nagasawa Wakana | Kudo Haruka
11th Generation Yoshihashi Kurumi | Hamaura Ayano | Taguchi Natsumi
12th Generation Otsuka Aina | Mogi Minami | Ogawa Rena
13th Generation Yamaga Kanae | Oda Sakura
14th Generation Kosuga Fuyuka | Uemura Akari
15th Generation Okamura Rise | Murota Mizuki
16th Generation Yamagishi Riko | Nomura Minami
17th Generation Kanazawa Tomoko | Ichioka Reina | Kaga Kaede | Kishimoto Yumeno | Makino Maria | Wada Sakurako
18th Generation Sasaki Rikako
19th Generation Tanaka Karen | Inaba Manaka | Mikame Kana | Fujii Rio | Mashiro Kana | Inoue Hikaru
20th Generation Yamaki Risa | Yokogawa Yumei | Niinuma Kisora | Oura Hirona | Dambara Ruru | Haga Akane | Funaki Musubu
21st Generation Aikawa Maho | Takemura Miu | Saito Kana
22nd Generation Hashimoto Nagisa | Horie Kizuki | Shimano Momoko | Ogata Risa | Hirose Ayaka | Tanimoto Ami | Inoue Rei | Asakura Kiki | Onoda Saori
23rd Generation Takase Kurumi
24th Generation Ono Mizuho | Nakano Rion | Yanagawa Nanami | Maeda Kokoro | Akiyama Mao | Kanatsu Mizuki | Kasahara Momona | Okamoto Honoka
25th Generation Noguchi Kurumi | Ono Kotomi | Kodama Sakiko | Kiyono Momohime
26th Generation Kawamura Ayano | Yokoyama Reina | Yoshida Marie | Nishida Shiori | Yamazaki Yuhane | Hashisako Rin
27th Generation Shimakura Rika | Hibi Marina | Eguchi Saya | Doi Rena | Okamura Minami | Matsunaga Riai
28th Generation Hashimoto Momoko | Goto Sayaka | Tamenaga Shion | Shutto Anna | Kanemitsu Ruru
29th Generation Kusunoki Mei
Indies Singles 1. Kanojo ni Naritai!!! | 2. Ten Made Nobore! | 3. Oheso no Kuni Kara Konnichiwa / Ten Made Nobore! (DVD single)
Soundtrack Singles Karen na Gasshoudan
Campaign Singles Sora ga Aru | Mottainai Baasan Ondo
Albums 1. ① Let's say "Hello!" | 2. Rainbow×2
Concerts & Events
Shinjin Kouen Concerts

2007: May | August | November
2008: March | June | September | November
2009: April | June | September | November
2010: March | June | September | November

Happyoukai Concerts

2011: September
2012: March | June | September | December
2013: March | June | September | December
2014: February/March | June | September | November/December
2015: March | June | September | November/December
2016: February/March | June | September | December
2017: March | June | September | December
2018: March | June | September | December
2019: March | June | September | December
2020: March
Test Events: 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018 | 2019 | 2020

Other Concerts 2010nen Hello Pro Egg Norimen Live 2gatsu
Units & Other Groups
Sub-Units & Groups Tomoiki Ki wo Uetai | Shugo Chara Egg! | Kashou Egg | Hello Pro Kenshuusei Unit
Debuted Acts
(within UP-FRONT)
THE Possible | Mano Erina | S/mileage | Kikkawa Yuu | Up Up Girls (Kari) | Juice=Juice | Kobushi Factory | Tsubaki Factory | BEYOOOOONDS
Associated Acts v-u-den | Little Gatas | ℃-ute | Mix Gatas | Morning Musume | Ongaku Gatas | Gatas Brilhantes H.P. | MilkyWay | High-King | Aa! | Shin Minimoni | Reborn Eleven | Jurin | Country Girls
Related Acts Up-Front Egg | NICE GIRL Project! Kenshuusei | Hello Pro Kansai Kenshuusei | Hello Pro Korea Kenshuusei | Hello Pro Kenshuusei Hokkaido
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