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 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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