Taguchi Natsumi (田口夏実) is a former Japanese idol as a member of Kobushi Factory under Hello! Project. She first joined Hello Pro Kenshuusei in February 2011 alongside Yoshihashi Kurumi and Hamaura Ayano.[1]

Her contract with UP-FRONT PROMOTION was terminated on December 6, 2017 and she was removed from both Kobushi Factory and Hello! Project.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Taguchi Natsumi, November 2016

Taguchi Natsumi, July 2016

Taguchi Natsumi, February 2016

Taguchi Natsumi, September 2015

Taguchi Natsumi, March 2015

Taguchi Natsumi, January 2015

Taguchi Natsumi, November 2013

Taguchi Natsumi, February 2013

Taguchi Natsumi, August 2012

Taguchi Natsumi, March 2012

Taguchi Natsumi, July 2011

Early Life[edit | edit source]

Taguchi Natsumi was born on July 21, 2000 in Saitama, Japan to a couple whose names are undisclosed.

2011[edit | edit source]

In February, she joined Hello! Pro Egg alongside Hamaura Ayano and Yoshihashi Kurumi.[1] She was introduced as a member at the Shiodame Event on June 19.

2012[edit | edit source]

She auditioned for Morning Musume's 11th generation, but was not chosen to enter the group.

Shortly after the auditions, it was announced that the Kenshuusei would be releasing their first single, Kanojo ni Naritai!!!.

2013[edit | edit source]

Taguchi participated in Berryz Koubou Concert Tour 2013 Haru ~Berryz Mansion Nyuukyosha Boshuuchuu!~, alongside Hamaura Ayano and Ogawa Rena, as a backup dancer. With her Kenshuusei co-members, she performed Suhada Pichipichi in the tour.

On March 5th, Taguchi, Kaneko Rie and Tanabe Nanami participated in an FC event for Kanazawa Tomoko and Kishimoto Yumeno.

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

2014[edit | edit source]

Taguchi participated as a backup dancer in the Berryz Koubou Debut 10th Anniversary Concert Tour 2014 ~Real Berryz Koubou~.

On May 4, Taguchi won the judge's singing award at the Hello Pro Kenshuusei Happyoukai 2014 ~Haru no Koukai Jitsuryoku Shindan Test~ event for her performance of "100kai no KISS".

2015[edit | edit source]

On January 2, during the Hello! Project 2015 WINTER ~DANCE MODE!~ concert, it was announced that Taguchi would be debuting in a new unit alongside Hamaura Ayano, Ogawa Rena, Nomura Minami, Wada Sakurako, Fujii Rio, Hirose Ayaka and Inoue Rei.

2016[edit | edit source]

On August 8, Taguchi celebrated her 16th birthday. The special event called Kobushi Factory Taguchi Natsumi Birthday Event 2016 featured two performances in Tokyo.

2017[edit | edit source]

On August 10, Taguchi celebrated her 17th birthday at a fanclub event titled Kobushi Factory Taguchi Natsumi Birthday Event 2017, featuring two performances at Mt.RAINIER HALL.

On December 6, it was announced that Taguchi's contract with UP-FRONT PROMOTION was terminated due to a lack of self-consciousness and responsibility, and as a result she has been fired from Kobushi Factory and Hello! Project.[2][3]

2019[edit | edit source]

In mid-January, Taguchi Natsumi shared a letter dedicated to the members of Kobushi Factory where she explained why she really left the idol group.[verification overdue]

Letter from Taguchi Natsumi[verification overdue]
"First, she apologize lots and then she explains that she actually prepared letters for the 5 members, their manager and the MC who is a big Kobushi fan. She knew that the autumn final concert would be her last and she talks about it like her "graduation" even though no one knew.

She actually felt like a weight for the group because she says "I couldn't neither dance nor sing". She felt like she couldn't bring anything good anymore to the group. And then, she repeats a lot that she is really deeply sorry about her betrayal towards members but also fans.

She is also devastated that she couldn't properly say goodbye to everyone and explain her reasons and feelings about the situation. She really wanted to though. And then... She explains that she regrets everyday both leaving the group but also the way she left so fast.

She thinks about it daily and when she watches Kobushi's performances videos she just cry asking herself why she is not there with them, wondering what would her life would be if she hadn't left.

But then she says that she is aware that just thinking about the past is not healthy

as past can't be changed. She's thinking about Kobushi as the best thing happening to her and their songs give her the power to continue doing her best to find her way in her "normal people life".

She says that Kobushi is the most brilliant

powerful and shining group and she loves the group and the members.

And finally, she once again apologies for her being a weight for the group and being even more a load for the group even for just leaving. She feels really bad about her doings.

And she thanks members, fans and everyone for supporting Kobushi because she is really grateful she met the girls, fans, managers and etc. She still love them deeply and can not feel regretful about her idol life."

Personal Life[edit | edit source]

She has a younger sister and a dog named Kobushi. She also owns a cat named Ume ♀(梅), in replacement of her cat Sasuke who died. She found it at a train station and asked her father to bring it home.

When Taguchi joined Hello Pro Egg, she was a fifth grade elementary school student. On March 9, 2016, she graduated from middle school.[4] She graduated from high school in March 2019.

Taguchi most notably got along with Hamaura Ayano and Ogawa Rena.

Taguchi's given name, Natsumi, means "summer" (夏; natsu) combined with "seed" (実; mi). It was chosen because she was born on July 21 in the summer.[5]

Here is a list of nicknames that was used to refer to Taguchi Natsumi:

  • Tagucchi (たぐっち): Official nickname, given her since Hello Pro Egg.

Profile[edit | edit source]

  • Specialty: Hula hoop
  • Hobbies: Listen to music
  • Motto: "Senri no michi mo ippo kara" (千里の道も一歩から; The longest journey begins with a single step)
  • Likes: Athletic festival, jumping rope
  • Favorite Food: Asparagus, Apples, Asian Pears[1], Tomatoes, Vegetables, Oranges
  • Least Favorite Food: Avocado
  • Favorite Color: Purple, Pink, Red
  • Favorite Sports: Badminton, Basketball
  • Best Subject: Music, Cooking, Japanese, Physical Education (Vaulting Box)
  • Favorite Subject: Music,[1] Physical Education,[1] Home Economic[6]
  • Least Favorite Subject: Math[1]
  • Favorite School Lunch Item: Cha Meshi (茶めし; Literally Tea Rice)[N1]
  • Favorite Animal: Sugar Glider[N1]
  • Favorite Hello! Project Song: "Be Genki (Naseba Naru!)", "OVER THE RAINBOW", "KoiING"[1]
  • Looks Up To: Wada Ayaka, Ogawa Saki, Suzuki Airi[1]

Discography[edit | edit source]

See also: List:Taguchi Natsumi Discography Featured In

Blu-rays[edit | edit source]


Fanclub DVDs[edit | edit source]


Publications[edit | edit source]

See also: List:Taguchi Natsumi Publications Featured In

Joint Photobooks[edit | edit source]

Works[edit | edit source]

Theater[edit | edit source]

SMILE FANTASY!SurvivorNinja Girls

Movies[edit | edit source]

JK Ninja Girls

TV Dramas[edit | edit source]

  • [2012] Hyper Souji Chou! (ハイパーそうじ長!) (as Rina)

TV Programs[edit | edit source]

Internet[edit | edit source]

Commercials[edit | edit source]

  • [2011] Pizza-La

Rankings[edit | edit source]

  • She was ranked 8th in the Elementary School Group of the Beautiful Idol General Election 2012.[7]
  • She was ranked as the 3rd best singer in Hello Pro Kenshuusei in the March 2014 issue of Gekkan Entame.[8]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • She participated in Morning Musume's 9th, 10th and 11th generation auditions, but failed.
  • She joined Hello Pro Kenshuusei because she wanted to join Morning Musume.
  • She wanted to be able to sing, make people emotional, and become an idol that was admired.
  • She thought she wouldn't lose to any other member at eyebrow thickness.
  • Her dream was to debut from Kenshuusei and have alot of people see her sing and dance. She wanted to work hard to be able to stand on a large stage.
  • When asked what group she'd like to join, she said Morning Musume. When asked again later, she didn't specify what group, but said she'd like to debut in Hello! Project.
  • She sang "100kai no KISS" and won the judge's special award for singing at the Hello Pro Kenshuusei Happyoukai 2014 ~Haru no Koukai Jitsuryoku Shindan Test~.
  • For her, the best thing about joining Hello Pro Kenshuusei was when she got to perform in a S/mileage concert.
  • For her, the hardest thing about Hello Pro Kenshuusei was when she wasn't chosen for Juice=Juice.
  • Said in an MC that she compares herself to a Meerkat.
  • If she had a time machine, she'd go back to the Edo period and wear a kimono.
  • On a rainy day she would draw pictures and read books, or sing "Tsuugaku Vector" by ℃-ute.
  • She wants to try singing "Ooki na Ai de Motenashite" by ℃-ute.
  • Her rival was Ogawa Rena, because she reminds her of herself, since they have the same weaknesses and get told the same things, but after getting criticized Ogawa will pick herself up and has an attitude like she will work harder the next time. They are friends, but Taguchi still doesn't want to lose to her.
  • She was excited when Funaki Musubu joined Hello Pro Kenshuusei because Funaki was shorter than her.
  • She said because she's small, she draws attention to herself, so she was worried about messing up and having people think that that's how the entire program is and toss them aside. She thought she needed to improve herself as part of the quality of Hello Pro Kenshuusei.
  • Tsunku's comments: "I want a little more strength in your dancing, so you need to work on your muscles. Your sense of rhythm often still comes across as unstable, so I want you to work hard so as to improve your self-confidence."
  • The first CD she ever bought was "Balalaika" by Tsukishima Kirari starring Kusumi Koharu (Morning Musume).[6]
  • According to the Top Yell July 2016 interview, Taguchi's role within the group was "Factory Manager that Provides Sweets".[9]
  • She is one of only three Hello! Project members to have had their contracts terminated by Up-Front Promotion, the others being Kago Ai in March 2007 and Fujii Rio in July 2017.

See Also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ ^ Said during the Hello Pro Kenshuusei corner at the November 16 afternoon show of Morning Musume Concert Tour 2013 Aki ~CHANCE!~.

Sources[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 BOMB Magazine. 2013.12 Issue.
  2. "​こぶしファクトリー 田口夏実に関するお知らせ" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2017-12-06.
  3. "[EN] Concerning Natsumi Taguchi from Kobushi Factory (Magnolia Factory)." UP-FRONT LINK. 2017-12-06.
  4. http://ameblo.jp/kobushi-factory/entry-12137421822.html
  5. Pocket Morning. 2016-11-05. (Translation by Ro-kun)
  6. 6.0 6.1 'Cool-Up Girls, 2014-06 Issue. Ongaku Senkasha. Release Date: 2014-04-30.
  7. http://matome.naver.jp/odai/2135590320420300201
  8. Gekkan Entame. March 2014 Issue. Published 2014-01-30.
  9. What do the girls manage in Kobushi Factory? (Top Yell July 2016)

Honorary Titles[edit | edit source]

Honorary titles

Preceded by
Tanabe Nanami

Youngest member of Hello Pro Kenshuusei
2011 – 2012

Succeeded by
Wada Sakurako

External Links[edit | edit source]

Kobushi Factory
Current Members Hirose Ayaka (Leader)Nomura MinamiHamaura AyanoWada SakurakoInoue Rei
Former Members Fujii RioOgawa RenaTaguchi 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 HyoutanjimaYEAH 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: 20162017 • 2019 (Live, Concert)
Fall Tours: 201620172019
Other Tours: 20152018
Summer Lives: 2016201720182019

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: 201720182020
Joined Fanclub Events: 2016 (with Tsubaki Factory)2019 (with BEYOOOOONDS)

Other Concerts & Events

Hello! Project Concerts

Summer Tours: 20152016201720182019
Winter Tours: 201520162017201820192020
Hina Fes: 2016201720182019
Hallo! Fes: 2018
COUNTDOWN PARTY: 20152016201720182019
Other Concerts: Berryz Koubou Matsuri

Units & Other Acts
Associated Acts Juice=JuiceHello Pro KenshuuseiNICE GIRL Project! Kenshuusei
Hello Pro Kenshuusei
25th Generation Yonemura Kirara
27th Generation Nakayama Natsume
28th Generation Kubota NanamiMatsubara Yulia
29th Generation Saito MadokaOnoda Karin
30th Generation

Hiromoto RuriHashida HonokaNishizaki MikuHirayama YukiKitahara MomoEbata KisakiYofuu RunoMurakoshi AyanaUemura Hasumi

31st Generation

Arisawa IchikaIshiyama Sakura

Former Members
1st Generation Korenaga MikiKawashima MiyukiOkada YuiNoto ArisaMorozuka KanamiAoki ErinaTanaka AnriOse KaedeSengoku MinamiSawada YuriMuto MikaHashida MireiFurukawa KonatsuHashimoto AinaOoyanagi MahoAkiyama YurikaOkada Robin ShokoArihara KannaGoto YukiSainen MiaMori SakiYutoku AyumiKitahara SayakaWada AyakaMaeda YuukaFukuda KanonSaho AkariOkai AsunaSekine AzusaOgawa SakiMaeda IroriArai Manami
2nd Generation Mano ErinaOgura ManamiKomine Momoka
Transfer Student Linlin
3rd Generation Kikkawa Yuu
4th Generation Fukumura MizukiKaneko RieTakeuchi Akari
5th Generation Miyamoto Karin
6th Generation Sezaki AzusaSato Ayano
7th Generation Hirano TomomiKatsuta Rina
8th Generation Takagi Sayuki
9th Generation Tanabe Nanami
10th Generation Kizawa RunaNagasawa WakanaKudo Haruka
11th Generation Yoshihashi KurumiHamaura AyanoTaguchi Natsumi
12th Generation Otsuka AinaMogi MinamiOgawa Rena
13th Generation Yamaga KanaeOda Sakura
14th Generation Kosuga FuyukaUemura Akari
15th Generation Okamura RiseMurota Mizuki
16th Generation Yamagishi RikoNomura Minami
17th Generation Kanazawa TomokoIchioka ReinaKaga KaedeKishimoto YumenoMakino MariaWada Sakurako
18th Generation Sasaki Rikako
19th Generation Tanaka KarenInaba ManakaMikame KanaFujii RioMashiro KanaInoue Hikaru
20th Generation Yamaki RisaYokogawa YumeiNiinuma KisoraOura HironaDambara RuruHaga AkaneFunaki Musubu
21st Generation Aikawa MahoTakemura MiuSaito Kana
22nd Generation Hashimoto NagisaHorie KizukiShimano MomokoOgata RisaHirose AyakaTanimoto AmiInoue ReiAsakura KikiOnoda Saori
23rd Generation Takase Kurumi
24th Generation Ono MizuhoNakano RionYanagawa NanamiMaeda KokoroAkiyama MaoKanatsu MizukiKasahara MomonaOkamoto Honoka
25th Generation Noguchi KurumiOno KotomiKodama SakikoKiyono Momohime
26th Generation Kawamura AyanoYokoyama ReinaYoshida MarieNishida ShioriYamazaki YuhaneHashisako Rin
27th Generation Shimakura RikaHibi MarinaEguchi SayaDoi RenaOkamura MinamiMatsunaga RiaiYamada Ichigo
28th Generation Hashimoto MomokoGoto SayakaTamenaga ShionShutto AnnaKanemitsu 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 AruMottainai Baasan Ondo
Albums 1. ① Let's say "Hello!" • 2. Rainbow×2
Concerts & Events
Shinjin Kouen Concerts

2007: MayAugustNovember
2008: MarchJuneSeptemberNovember
2009: AprilJuneSeptemberNovember
2010: MarchJuneSeptemberNovember

Happyoukai Concerts

2011: September
2012: MarchJuneSeptemberDecember
2013: MarchJuneSeptemberDecember
2014: February/MarchJuneSeptemberNovember/December
2015: MarchJuneSeptemberNovember/December
2016: February/MarchJuneSeptemberDecember
2017: MarchJuneSeptemberDecember
2018: MarchJuneSeptemberDecember
2019: MarchJuneSeptemberDecember
2020: MarchSeptemberDecember
2021: March
Test Events: 201320142015201620172018201920202021

Other Concerts 2010nen Hello Pro Egg Norimen Live 2gatsu2021 Hatsu Tandoku Live ~Episode Zero~
Units & Other Groups
Sub-Units & Groups Tomoiki Ki wo UetaiShugo Chara Egg!Kashou EggHello Pro Kenshuusei Unit
Debuted Acts
(within UP-FRONT)
THE PossibleMano ErinaS/mileageKikkawa YuuUp Up Girls (Kakko Kari)Juice=JuiceKobushi FactoryTsubaki FactoryBEYOOOOONDS
Associated Acts v-u-denLittle Gatas℃-uteMix GatasMorning MusumeOngaku GatasGatas Brilhantes H.P.MilkyWayHigh-KingAa!Shin MinimoniReborn ElevenJurinCountry Girls
Related Acts Up-Front EggNICE GIRL Project! KenshuuseiHello Pro Kansai KenshuuseiHello Pro Korea KenshuuseiHello Pro Kenshuusei Hokkaido
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