Also known as
“Big Sis”, Misoji (Three Decades Old), Nakazawa-chan (by Junjun), Blonde Fatass (By Linlin)
June 19, 1973 (age 39)
Fukuchiyama, Kyoto, Japan
Japanese Pop, Enka
Nakazawa Yuko (中澤裕子) born June 19, 1973 is a Japanese pop singer, actress, and TV-personality, best known as one of the original members of the all-female Japanese pop group Morning Musume. Currently, she is a solo artist within UP-FRONT PROMOTION. Is a part of Dream Morning Musume.
Nakazawa Yuko was one of five runners-up in a 1997 talent contest for a new Japanese rock idol. After the contest, musician and producer Tsunku offered Nakazawa and the four other runners-up (Abe Natsumi, Iida Kaori, Ishiguro Aya, and Fukuda Asuka) the chance to be taken under his wing under one condition: they must sell 50,000 CDs of their debut song "Ai no Tane" within five days. The quintet accomplished that task in four and thus Morning Musume was born. The group has since grown increasingly popular and is infamous for its fluctuating lineup, with members leaving and joining frequently.
In 1998, shortly after Morning Musume's formation, Nakazawa began a solo career, beginning with enka styled songs. She gradually moved to a more pop sound, but has recently gone back to enka with her eleventh single, "Urara." Her solo work has allowed her voice to shine in a way it rarely did in Morning Musume, as she mostly sung harmonies with only a few solo lines.
Nakazawa has been a regular featured singer on Hello! Project's "Folk Songs" series. She was also placed in Akagumi 4 in Hello! Project's 2000 summer shuffles.
Being the oldest of the 1st generation of Morning Musume — she was 24 at the time of formation and nearly 28 upon leaving the group — Nakazawa held the role of the group's leader until her graduation on April 15, 2001. She has cited her reasons for leaving as being her age (she was 14 years older than the youngest member of the troupe, then 13-year-old Kago Ai, at the time of her departure) and her desire to pursue other things by the time she was 30.
She participated in H.P. All Stars along with most of the rest of Hello!Project.
In Hello!Project's 2005 summer shuffles she was placed in Puripuri Pink.
On April 11, 2005, she became a performer of Tchunen, a TV program on Mainichi Broadcasting System, on Mondays.
Since then, Nakazawa has done some work in Japanese dramas such as Beauty 7 and Home Maker, performed in various plays, and continued in her solo singing career at a steady pace with reasonable success. She still works closely with Morning Musume and hosted their weekly show Hello! Morning (first regularly, then occasionally), until its end in early 2007.
It was announced on October 19, 2008 by Hello! Project that Nakazawa, along with the rest of Elder Club will graduate from Hello! Project on March 31, 2009.
On February 1, 2009, during the “Hello Pro Award ’09 ~Elder Club Sotsugyou Kinen Special~” concert held at Yokohama Arena, Nakazawa passed on her leadership position in Hello! Project to Takahashi Ai of Morning Musume.
Nakazawa Yuko was the special guest for Morning Musume’s first performance in Paris at Japan Expo on July 2, 2010.
In September 2010, She joined a unit called Afternoon Musume (along with some others from Dream Morning Musume: Iida Kaori, Abe Natsumi, Yasuda Kei, Yaguchi Mari, Ogawa Makoto, Fujimoto Miki) that specializes in promoting Georgia Coffee drinks.
On January 28, 2011, It was announced that Nakazawa was part of the OG member group Dream Morning Musume and that they will be releaseing the groups first album, called "Dreams. 1", on April 20th, 2011.
On August, 2011. it was announced that Nakazawa will be in a movie titled “TWILIGHT FILE 8: Fighting Okan”
On December 6, 2011 It was announced she would be getting married in next Spring. Nakazawa will move to Fukuoka to be with her husband. Although Nakazawa will continue pursuing her career, her activities will be reduced since she will be travelling back and forth between Tokyo and Fukuoka. However, she is willing to participate in special concerts or events as much as she can.
On March 31, she announced that she registered her marriage, but the ceremony hasn't taken place. On June 19, on her birthday live, Nakazawa announced she is 5 months pregnant.
On November 25, Nakazawa gave birth to a baby girl.
- Stage Name: Nakazawa Yuko (中澤裕子)
- Legal Name: TBA
- Date Married: April 1, 2012
- Family: Husband, Daughter
- Nickname: Yuu-chan, “Big Sis”, Misoji (Three Decades Old)
- Birthdate: June 19, 1973 (age 39)
- Birthplace: Fukuchiyama, Kyoto, Japan
- Blood Type: O
- Height: 159 cm (5’2.6″)
- Hello! Project Status:
- 1997-09-07: Member
- 1997-09-07: Morning Musume Member
- 2001-04-15: Graduated From Morning Musume
- 2009-03-31: Graduated
- UP-FRONT PROMOTION Status:
- 1997-09-07: Member
- Years in Morning Musume: 4 Years
- Hobbies: Map driving
- Western Zodiac: Gemini
- Eastern Zodiac: Ox
- 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: Miniskirts
- Favorite song: "Tokyo Bijin"
- Past Units:
- Morning Musume (1997 - 2001)
- Shuffle Units:
- Current Units:
Singles Participated InEdit
- Ai no Tane
- Morning Coffee
- Summer Night Town
- Daite HOLD ON ME!
- Memory Seishun no Hikari
- Manatsu no Kousen
- LOVE Machine
- Koi no Dance Site
- Happy Summer Wedding
- I WISH
- Ren'ai Revolution 21
Dream Morning MusumeEdit
H.P. All StarsEdit
- She worked as an OL (Office Lady) prior to joining Morning Musume at age 24.
- She is known as an older sister figure within Hello! Project but is also famous for her aggressive, Yankee-like personality as well.
- She (along with Heike Michiyo) served as the leaders of the entire Hello! Project.
- She has grown accustomed to usually speak in Tokyo dialect, and has usually suggested fellow members from Kansai (Heike Michiyo, Kago Ai, and more recently Mitsui Aika) to speak in 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.
- Was particularly close to Ichii Sayaka before her graduation from Morning Musume and Hello! Project, and still remains fairly a close friend to her and her new family.
- She used to be a big fan of punk music.
- She has one sister (as well as a niece) and also has 2 chihuahuas: Taro (male) and Hana (female).
- 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 because of her age.
- At one point, she hated bananas so much that she felt repulsed just being in the same room as 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 as someone eating a banana and be fine with it.
- 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).
- Was one of the oldest members of Hello! Project.
- Was one of the original members of Morning Musume.
- 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.
- On Music Fighter (Naichau Kamo) When asked to think of a new nickname for her Junjun answered "Nakazawa-chan", and Linlin answered "Blonde Fatass"
For releases as a member of Morning Musume, please see the Morning Musume Discography.
- [2008.12.10] Legend
- [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 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)
- [2000.04.26] Hello! Project - Petit Best ~Ki Ao Aka~ (プッチベスト～黄青あか～) (#11 Junjou Koushinkyoku)
- [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 ja 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 Hokkaidou
- [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~
TV Dramas Edit
-  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)
-  Footloose (フットルース)
-  Edo no Hanayome (江戸の花嫁)
-  Kasagi Shizuko Monogatari Wagauta Boogie Woogie (笠置シズ子物語 わが歌ブギウギ)
-  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)
-  Saka no Gabai Baachan (佐賀のがばいばあちゃん)
-  Boku wa Juuni-hitoe ni Koi wo Suru
-  Pinch Runner
-  Minimoni ja 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-????] Majiasa! (マジアサ!)
-  DHC Protein Diet (DHCプロティンダイエット)
Essay Books Edit
- [2002.07.??] Kaishin (改心)
- [2003.11.17] Zutto Ushiro Kara Mite Kita (ずっと後ろから見てきた)
Total Sales CountEdit
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Leader of Morning Musume
Leader of Hello! Project
Oldest Member of Hello! Project
Oldest Member of Hello! Project
Oldest Member of Morning Musume
- Official Blog (inactive)
- Official Ameblo blog
- Official Up-Front profile
- Up-Front Works discography page
- Hello! Project discography page
- IMDb Profile
- "Elder Club members to graduate from Hello! Project". Hello!Online. October 19, 2008. Retrieved December 23, 2008.
- "The end of an era: Elder Club graduates". Hello!Online. February 1, 2009.
- Guilty Pleasures III" (in Japanese). Universal Music LLC. Retrieved January 6, 2009.
- "Legend" (in Japanese). Up-Front Works. Retrieved January 6, 2009.