Konno Asami (紺野あさ美) born May 7, 1987, is a Japanese pop singer formerly under the Hello! Project label, having since graduated from the label along with the rest of the Elder Club on March 31, 2009. Before her graduation, Konno Asami had been a former member of Morning Musume, Country Musume and Tanpopo, as well as having taken part in the shuffle units Odoru 11, 11WATER and H.P. All Stars. She was also a member of the Morning Musume splinter group, Morning Musume Sakura Gumi. She joined Morning Musume through the 2001 auditions as a part of the 5th generation.
Konno Asami was born on May 7, 1987 to a couple whose name are undisclosed.
Konno auditioned for the japanese pop group Morning Musume while it was holding it's fifth generation auditions. She very nearly didn't get into the group, as the competitions judge and even Morning Musume's producer, Tsunku, said her performance was mediocre at best. However Tsunku decided to give her a chance and she made it into the fifth generation line-up alongside Takahashi Ai, Niigaki Risa and Ogawa Makoto. Tsunku said that Konno passed the audition because of her potential and because of the amount of effort she'd put into her performance.
She debuted on the group's thirteenth single, "Mr.Moonlight ~Ai no Big Band~", released on October 31, 2001. In the same month, during a filming of music variety show Utaban, she injured her leg and was not able to participate in the remaining performances of the group's national tour at that time.
She is considered to be one of the most intelligent members of the group after achieving the highest mark during a special episode of Mecha-Mecha Iketeru! in 2001 (shortly after the fifth generation joined) where the Bakajo Test was given to see who was the "idiot girl" of Morning Musume.
Konno's first major event of 2002 was when she made her first album appearance as a part of Morning Musume on the group's fourth album, "4th Ikimasshoi!", released on March 27, 2002. The album is currently their second hisghest selling album. Two months later in May of 2002, Konno was unexpectedly given the lead role for the second half of Morning Musume's annual play, Morning Town.
It was also in this year that Konno was put into her first shuffle unit, Odoru 11. Coincidentally, she was separated from all the other fifth generation members, who were in Happy 7. Later in September, all the fifth generation members were placed into a subgroup. Along with Niigaki Risa, Konno was put into Tanpopo as the group's third generation. They only released one single before becoming inactive.
Konno, along with many other members of Morning Musume at that time, starred in a drama entitled Angel Hearts which was released in 2002. She also participated in the 2002 Happiness Groups as a member of Odoru 11.
In 2003, Morning Musume was split into two seperate groups, Morning Musume Sakura Gumi and Morning Musume Otome Gumi. Konno was placed into Sakura Gumi and released two singles before the two groups merged to form the whole Morning Musume again. Gatas Brilhantes H.P., Hello! Project's futsal team, was also formed in this year. Konno became one of its founding members, quitting only when she was graduating entirely from Hello! Project.
In July of the same year, she was added into Country Musume, (whose theme was "girls from Hokkaidō") with fellow Morning Musume member Fujimoto Miki. Under this new formation, named "Country Musume ni Konno to Fujimoto", three singles were released. She also made a guest appearance in a drama, Kochira Hon Ikegami Sho 2 (which Kago Ai starred in as a regular) that year, as a hit-and-run victim's sister.
In another special episode of the television show Mecha-Mecha Iketeru! that Morning Musume had starred in two years ago, Konno was proven to also be quite athletic, placing as fifth most athletic member of Morning Musume.
Morning Musume released the singles "Do it! Now" and "Koko ni Iruzee!" as well as their fifth studio album, "No.5", on March 26, 2003. Konno was included in the 2003 Elemental Shuffle Groups as a member of 11WATER.
In late 2004, Tsunku's choice of putting Konno on the main vocals for "Namida ga Tomaranai Houkago" yet again surprised many people, as it is known that she has rather weak vocals when compared to the other members of Morning Musume. Morning Musume's sixth album, "Ai no Dai 6 Kan", was released in this year. In December 2004, Konno joined her fellow Hello! Project members on the 2004 shuffle unit single, "ALL FOR ONE & ONE FOR ALL!", credited to the H.P. All Stars.
Konno continued her duties within Morning Musume, releasing within the group four singles, those being "THE Manpower!!!", "Osaka Koi no Uta", "Iroppoi Jirettai" and "Chokkan 2 ~Nogashita Sakana wa Ookiizo!~". She also joined the Hello! Project concert unit, Hello! Project Akagumi.
In February, Konno was featured on Morning Musume's seventh album, "Rainbow 7". Other than the single "Ambitious! Yashinteki de Ii jan", it was to be her last release as a member of Morning Musume before she graduated.
In March 2006, she proved her athletic abilities once more by placing first in the 1500 meter race at Hello! Project's 2006 sports festival in the time of six minutes and thirteen seconds, getting her the MVP award plus defeating the previous winner, Yajima Maimi, whom Konno had lost to in Hello! Project's 2003 sports festival.
On July 23, 2006, Konno graduated from Morning Musume and Hello! Project to continue her studies at a university. The news of Konno's acceptance to Keio University, one of the top private universities in Japan, known for producing two prime ministers, was announced on December 11, 2006 by several news sources. On December 28, 2006, she has confirmed these claims personally, in a message she sent to Hello! Project which was posted on the main website.
On June 18, 2007, Up-Front Agency confirmed that Konno was returning to Hello! Project to rejoin members of Gatas Brilhantes H.P. in the group Ongaku Gatas. Their first single, titled "Narihajimeta Koi no BELL" was released on August 22, 2007. Konno is to remain an active member within the agency and Ongaku Gatas while continuing her university studies. In this year Ongaku Gatas released one more single, "Yattarouze!".
Konno Asami was set to graduate March 31, 2009 alongside the rest of the Elder Club after Tsunku announced he will graduate them. She performed at the Hello Pro Award '09 ~Elder Club Sotsugyō Kinen Special~ concert on February 1, 2009.
On October 1, 2010, it was announced on the Hello! Project homepage that Konno will be an announcer for TV Tokyo starting April 2011.
In March, It was announced that Konno Asami left Gatas Brillhantes H.P. to start her new job as an announcer for TV Tokyo. Her message appeared on the official Gatas site alongside a message from the team captain Yoshizawa Hitomi.
On April 4, Konno Asami officially left Gatas Brillhantes H.P. to start her new job as an announcer for TV Tokyo.
Konno Asami and fellow former 5th Generation member Ogawa Makoto made a special appearance at Morning Musume's Autumn Tour the day before Takahashi Ai's graduation.
It was announced on Tokyo Hive that she and her co-host (Moe×Kon) will be releasing a single titled "Jyunjyou☆Fighter".
On August 25, Konno was seen with her supposed boyfriend Matsumoto Takanori. They are living together in Tokyo.
Here is a list of nicknames that was used to refer to Konno Asami:
- KonKon (こんこん): Official nickname, given her since joining Morning Musume. Used by members and fans.
- Name: Konno Asami (紺野あさ美)
- Nicknames: Konkon (こんこん), Konchan (紺ちゃん), Ponchan (ポンちゃん), Konbu, Bukkonbu, Acchan, Asa, Ojamaru (おじゃマル)
- Birthday: May 7, 1987
- Birthplace: Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
- Blood type: B
- Height: 156 cm
- Western Zodiac: Taurus
- Eastern Zodiac: Rabbit
- Hello! Project Status:
- 2001-08-26: Member
- 2006-07-23: Graduated Morning Musume
- 2007-06-18: Member
- 2009-03-31: Graduated
- Years in Morning Musume: 5 Years
- Former Morning Musume Color: Light Pink
- Former Sakura Gumi Color: Light Purple
- Hello! Project Groups:
- Hobbies: Exercising, listening to music, shopping, and talking
- Special Skill: Playing the trombone
- Favorite Word: 本気 (honki - seriousness)
- Favorite Color: White, brown, black and pink
- Favorite Food: Cheese, sushi, meat, lasagna, potatoes, sweets
- Disliked Food: Curry, strawberries, melon, cucumbers, mayonnaise, wasabi
- Favorite Season: Summer and winter
- Favorite Flowers: Snowdrops, cherry blossoms
Singles Participated InEdit
- Mr.Moonlight ~Ai no Big Band~
- Souda! We're ALIVE
- Do it! Now
- Koko ni Iruzee!
- Morning Musume no Hyokkori Hyoutanjima
- AS FOR ONE DAY
- Go Girl ~Koi no Victory~
- Ai Araba IT'S ALL RIGHT
- Roman ~MY DEAR BOY~
- Joshi Kashimashi Monogatari
- Namida ga Tomaranai Houkago
- THE Manpower!!!
- Osaka Koi no Uta
- Iroppoi Jirettai
- Chokkan 2 ~Nogashita Sakana wa Ookiizo!~
- SEXY BOY ~Soyokaze ni Yorisotte~
- Ambitious! Yashinteki de Ii jan
Morning Musume Sakura GumiEdit
H.P. All StarsEdit
- [2002.03.27] Densha no Futari (with Abe Natsumi, Ishikawa Rika, Yoshizawa Hitomi, Kago Ai, Takahashi Ai, and Niigaki Risa)
- [2002.03.27] Suki na Senpai (with Takahashi Ai, Ogawa Makoto, and Niigaki Risa)
- [2003.03.26] Tsuyoki de Yukouze! (with Tsuji Nozomi, Kago Ai, Takahashi Ai, Ogawa Makoto, and Niigaki Risa)
- [2003.03.26] YES! POCKY GIRLS (Original Long Ver.) (with POCKY GIRLS)
- [2004.02.18] Suki de x5 (Morning Musume cover; with Iida Kaori and Niigaki Risa)
- [2004.05.28] Koi no Shihatsu Ressha (Morning Musume cover; with Takahashi Ai and Tanaka Reina)
- [2004.12.04] Do it! Now (Morning Musume cover; with Yoshizawa Hitomi and Takahashi Ai)
- [2004.12.08] Lemon Iro to Milk Tea (with Takahashi Ai, Ogawa Makoto, Niigaki Risa, Fujimoto Miki, Kamei Eri, Michishige Sayumi, and Tanaka Reina)
- [2006.02.15] Mushoku Toumei na Mama de (with Yoshizawa Hitomi, Takahashi Ai, Ogawa Makoto, and Fujimoto Miki)
- [2008.02.06] Chikyuu to Tsuki Kare to Watashi (with Ishikawa Rika, Sengoku Minami, and Sawada Yuri)
- [2008.02.06] Kara Genki (with Ishikawa Rika, Yoshizawa Hitomi, and Satoda Mai)
- [2008.02.06] Kiss Shiyou (with Ishikawa Rika)
- [2006.01.01] Morning Musume Asami Konno Graduation Memorial DVD (モーニング娘。紺野あさ美卒業メモリアル DVD)
- [2006.04.12] Alo-Hello! Konno Asami DVD
- [2010.12.XX] Morning Musume 5ki Member Event Gokigen 4ever 2010 Summer (モーニング娘。5期メンバーFCイベント ごきげん 2010夏)
- [2011.04.XX] M-line Memory Vol.5
- [2004.08.24] Asami Konno (紺野あさ美)
- [2005.08.09] Natsufuku ~Natsu o Sugosu Shōjo~ (なつふく ～夏を過ごす少女～)
- [2006.03.31] Alo Hello! Konno Asami (アロハロ！紺野あさ美写真集)
- [2006.07.10] See You Again
- [2006.09.12] Sweet Days - Asami Konno Shashinshū Zenshu (紺野あさ美 写真集全集『Sweet Days』)
- [2002.03.28] Morning Musume Gonagoto Photobook
- [2002.08.13] 5 - Morning Musume 5ki Member Shashinshū (5 モーニング娘。5期メンバー写真集) (With Takahashi Ai, Ogawa Makoto, Niigaki Risa)
- [2004.11.17] Alo-Hello! Morning Musume (アロハロ!モーニング娘。写真集)
-  Angel Hearts
-  Ore ga Aitsu de Aitsu ga Ore de (おれがあいつであいつがおれで)
-  Kochira Hon Ikegami Sho 2 (こちら本池上署2) (Guest appearance in episode 11)
-  New Cyborg Shibata (新サイボーグしばたっ!!)
-  Fight! Cyborg Shibata 3 (闘え!!サイボーグしばた 3)
- [2001-2006] Hello! Morning (ハロー！モーニング。?)
- [2001-2006] Music Station (ミュージックステーション?)
- [2001-2006] Utaban (うたばん?)
- [2003.09.29-200.12.26] Sore Yuke! Gorokkies (それゆけ!ゴロッキーズ?)
- [2004.04.14-2004.04.20/2004.08.10-2004.08.17] Futarigoto (二人ゴト?)
- [2004.10.05-2004.12.15] Majokko Rika-chan no Magical v-u-den (魔女っ娘。梨華ちゃんのマジカル美勇伝?)
- [2005.04.12-2006] Musume Dokyu! (娘Dokyu!?)
-  Morning Satellite (モーニングサテライト)
-  Arc Road (アルクロード)
- [2011-2013] Moe x Kon
- [2011-] Neo Sports (ネオスポーツ)
-  Announcer Laboratory Plus
- [2011-] 7 Suta LIVE (7スタLIVE)
- [2012-] Announcer Laboratory J
- [2013-] L4You Plus (L4You プラス)
-  Design Official Market 
- [2002.09.24-2003.09.23] Tanpopo Henshūbu Oh-So-Ro! (タンポポ編集部 Oh-So-Ro!?)
- [2005.05.02-2005.05.13] TBC Fun Fīrudo Mōretsu Mōdasshu (TBC Funふぃーるど・モーレツモーダッシュ?)
- [2006.06.09/2006.06.23/2006-06-30] Hello Pro Yanen!! (ハロプロやねん!!?)
- [2005.06.06-2005.06.06] The 13th Hello!Project Video Chat (第13回ハロプロビデオチャット?)
- [2005-2006] Pocket Morning for Mobile Web (Gatas Diary Series of Asami Konno) (携帯サイト「ポケットモーニング娘。」にて『紺野あさ美のガッタス日記』を連載?)
- Konno's Love Audition 21 audition songs were "Ai no Bakayarō" (Goto Maki) for round 1, and "Dokki Doki! Love Mail" (Matsuura Aya) for round 2.
- In her primary school days, her friends called her "Imonee" (イモネェ).
- She did track & field during middle school.
- She is certified level 3 for the Japanese Kanji Aptitude Test.
- She has a brown belt in karate.
- Her nickname "Pon-chan" was given to her by Matthew Minami, when he made a mistake while wanting to say "Kon-chan." Tanaka Reina now uses the nickname for her.
- She appears in episode 39 of Pretty Rhythm Aurora Dream.
- She is often called 'honor' student due to her intelligence and athletic level.
- Shares a birthday with 10th generation member Sato Masaki, former Hello Pro Kenshuusei Maeda Irori, and current Hello Pro Kenshuusei member Danbara Ruru.
- As stated in Morning Musume's 23rd single, Joshi Kashimashi Monogatari, she has naturally curly hair.
- She has stated that it is difficult for her not to talk about food.
- She admits to being very slow in any activity, including changing clothes and eating.
|Former Members||Yanagihara Hiromi, Kobayashi Azusa, Rinne, Asami, Miuna|
|Loan Members||Ishikawa Rika, Konno Asami, Fujimoto Miki|
|Singles||01, 02, 03, 04|
ni Ishikawa Rika: 05, 06, 07, 08
ni Konno to Fujimoto: 09, 10, 11
Other: ALL FOR ONE & ONE FOR ALL!
|Albums||Original: Country Musume Daizenshuu 1, Country Musume Daizenshuu 2|
Best: Country Musume Mega Best
|Other||Country Musume Shin Member Audition|
|Former Members||1st Gen: Ishiguro Aya, Iida Kaori, Yaguchi Mari|
2nd Gen: Ishikawa Rika, Kago Ai
3rd Gen: Konno Asami, Niigaki Risa, Shibata Ayumi
4th Gen/#: Kamei Eri, Mitsui Aika, Kumai Yurina, Okai Chisato
|Singles||01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08|
|Albums||Original: TANPOPO 1|
Best: All of Tanpopo, Tanpopo / Petitmoni Mega Best
|Related Units||Morning Musume, Minimoni, Petitmoni|