Nonaka Miki
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Nonaka Miki promoting "⑮ Thank you, too"
Background Information
Also Known As Chel (チェル)
Nonaka-chan (野中ちゃん)
Mikicha (みきちゃ?)
Born October 7, 1999 (1999-10-07) (age 18)
Origin Shizuoka, Japan
Blood Type A
Zodiac Sign Libra Libra
Height 157cm
Genres J-Pop
Occupation Idol, Singer
Years Active 2014-present
Associated Acts Morning Musume
Blog Morning Musume 12ki Official Blog
Morning Musume Information
Joined September 30, 2014
Generation 12th Generation
Member Color       Purple
Debut Single Seishun Kozou ga Naiteiru / Yuugure wa Ameagari / Ima Koko Kara
Time in Group 3 Years, 5 Months, 10 Days
Nonaka's Autograph
I want to go on a world tour. It’s a big dream, and I don’t know if we can even achieve it, but I’ll work hard to make it happen![1]

–Nonaka Miki, January 2015

Nonaka Miki (野中美希) is a Japanese pop singer under Hello! Project as a twelfth generation member of Morning Musume.[2]



Nonaka Miki, October 2017


Nonaka Miki, June 2017


Nonaka Miki, March 2017


Nonaka Miki, November 2016


Nonaka Miki, May 2016

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Nonaka Miki, December 2015


Nonaka Miki, August 2015


Nonaka Miki, April 2015


Nonaka Miki, December 2014


Nonaka Miki, September 2014 in Morning Musume

Early LifeEdit

Nonaka Miki was born on October 7, 1999, in Shizuoka, Japan. Due to her father's job, she lived in the United States for eight years. She lived in the state of Illinois from 2001 to 2004 and in the state of Alabama from 2004 to 2010.[3] During her time in Alabama, she attended Applause fine arts school.[3]


In summer 2014, Nonaka took part in the Morning Musume '14 <Golden> Audition! for the opportunity to join Morning Musume '14 and successfully passed. Her audition number was #269. She was introduced as a 12th generation member during Morning Musume '14's concert at Nippon Budokan on September 30, alongside with Ogata Haruna, Makino Maria and Haga Akane.[2]


On January 4, Nonaka and and her fellow 12th generation members began a radio show on FM FUJI, titled Morning Musume '15 12ki Nikki.[4] They also began a web talk show exclusive to fanclub members on March 5, titled 12ki Relay.[5]

On June 12, Nonaka released her first solo e-Hello! Blu-ray, Greeting ~Nonaka Miki~.

On October 7, Nonaka celebrated her 16th birthday. This special event was called Morning Musume '15 Nonaka Miki Birthday Event. It featured three shows at TOKYO FM HALL.


On January 29, Nonaka held a talk event at the Akihabara Hello! Shop.[6]

On February 10, it was announced that Nonaka injured her left foot during a dance rehearsal for the Morning Musume '16 Concert Tour Haru ~EMOTION IN MOTION~. After seeing a doctor, she was diagnosed with an avulsion fracture of the base of the fifth metatarsal (dancer's fracture) and a ligament injury in her heel. Nonaka required 4 weeks of recovery, and was not able to participate in several events during the month of February.[7] As of February 20, Nonaka was only able to sing while seated.

On February 12, it was announced that Nonaka would provide the English narration for Shizuoka Asahi TV's annual music documentary program ch223 music pinkiss ~Ponyo Trio Nihon Ichi no Sotsugyou Ryokou!?~, featuring Country Girls member Yamaki Risa and Hakoiri♡Musume member Wagatsuma Momomi.[8] The original Japanese narration was broadcast February 20, and Nonaka's English narration was broadcast on February 26.[9]

On March 19, the first day of the Hello! Project Hina Fest 2016, Nonaka had fully recovered from her injury and returned to dancing.[10]

On May 3, Nonaka began the monthly radio show Hello! Project Mobile Sendenkaigi for the Hello! Project Mobile service along with "promotion manager" Kudo Haruka and fellow "promotion staff" members Ogata Haruna and Yanagawa Nanami.[11]

On October 21, Nonaka celebrated her 17th birthday at a special event called Morning Musume '16 Nonaka Miki Birthday Event, featuring one show at Kameari Lirio Hall in Tokyo.


On January 1, Nonaka announced that as a global representative of Hello! Project and Morning Musume she would be making English videos about Hello! Project for the UP-FRONT LINK Facebook page throughout 2017.[12]

On February 14, Nonaka announced on her blog that she would star in her first drama, an episode of Otona e Novel on February 23.[13]

On February 16, the 12th generation's fanclub-exclusive web talk show 12ki Relay ended with a total of 100 episodes.[14] Their radio show Morning Musume '17 12ki Nikki also ended on March 26.[15]

On April 6, the Morning Musume '17 12th generation and 13th generation members began a radio show on FM FUJI, titled Morning Musume '17 no Morning Diary.[16]

On October 19, Nonaka celebrated her 18th birthday at a fanclub event titled Morning Musume '17 Nonaka Miki Birthday Event, featuring two shows at IMA Hall.


On February 5, it was announced that RakutenTV, who made a deal with the NBA last October for exclusive online distribution rights in Japan,[17] have appointed Nonaka as an official NBA ambassador and she has traveled to the New York City for training that week.[18][19] She would be working alongside former Berryz Koubou member Tokunaga Chinami, who had been studying English abroad.[20] On February 19, Nonaka announced that she was the ambassador for the Los Angeles Lakers.[21]

Personal LifeEdit

She is the eldest daughter in her family.[22] Miki's younger sister is named Miyu. She has a pet cat named "Rena-chan".

When Nonaka joined Morning Musume in September 2014, she was in her third year of middle school.[2] She graduated from middle school on March 20, 2015.[23] As of April 2017, she is currently attending her third year of high school.

When Nonaka entered middle school, she joined her school's english club and eventually became the club leader. In September 2013, she took the Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) exam at her school in Shizuoka. She scored 795 in the exam, tied for 1st place in her division.[citation needed] She is also Grade 2 in the EIKEN Test in Practical English Proficiency (STEP Eiken).

The following list are notable friendships Nonaka Miki has acquired:

Nonaka's given name, Miki, means "beauty" (美; mi) combined with "rare" (希; ki).

Her parents chose it by number of strokes and because they had many acquaintances with the name "Miki" who were a cute or wonderful person.[27] Once they decided on the sound of Miki, they wanted kanji with stroke counts that were all had excellent luck, so they asked Nonaka's grandfather who knew a lot about it to choose.[26]

Here is a list of nicknames that have been used to refer to Nonaka Miki:


  • Name: Nonaka Miki (野中美希)
  • Nicknames: Chel (チェル), Nonaka-chan (野中ちゃん), Mikicha (みきちゃ)[1]
  • Birthday: October 7, 1999 (1999-10-07) (age 18)[2]
  • Birthplace: Shizuoka, Japan[2]
  • Blood Type: A[2]
  • Height: 157cm
  • Western Zodiac: Libra
  • Hello! Project Status:
    • 2014-09-30: Morning Musume member[2]
  • Years in Morning Musume: 2 Years
  • Morning Musume Member Color: Purple
  • Hello! Project Groups:


See also: List:Nonaka Miki Discography Featured In

Solo Blu-raysEdit


Solo Fanclub DVDsEdit

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See also: List:Nonaka Miki Publications Featured In

Solo PhotobooksEdit





TV ProgramsEdit

  • [2014–] The Girls Live
  • [2016] ch223 music pinkiss ~Ponyo Trio Nihon Ichi no Sotsugyou Ryokou!?~ (ch223 music pinkiss 2016 ~ポニョトリオ 日本一の卒業旅行!?~) (English narration)

TV DramasEdit

  • [2017.02.23] Otona e Novel (オトナヘノベル)



  • [2015–2017] Morning Musume '17 12ki Nikki! (モーニング娘。’17 12期日記!)
  • [2015–2017] 12ki Relay (12期リレー) (fanclub exclusive)
  • [2016–] Hello! Project Mobile Sendenkaigi (ハロ!モバ宣伝会議) (Hello! Project Mobile exclusive)
  • [2016–] HELLO! DRIVE! (HELLO! DRIVE! -ハロドラ-) (Mondays, 2016.09–2017.09; Wednesdays, 2017.10–)
  • [2017–] Morning Musume '18 no Morning Diary (モーニング娘。'18のモーニングダイアリー)


See also: List:Nonaka Miki Pocket Morning Weekly Q&A and List:Nonaka Miki Other Q&As
  • She dislikes birds.[30]
  • Her favorite facial feature is her right dimple,[22] and her favorite body parts are her clavicles.[22]
  • A recent Morning Musume song that makes her feel "I want to dance along with them" is "Brainstorming."[31]
  • According to her, "Morning Musume" is something that she admires, that gives her dreams.[1]
  • She is the first member of Morning Musume to come from the Shizuoka Prefecture.
  • She auditioned for Morning Musume because she previously liked Morning Musume, and got a push from the "Egao no Kimi wa Taiyou sa" lyrics "Ima shika dekinai kimi ga shitai koto wo shinayo" (Do the things you want which you only can now).
  • When she joined Morning Musume, she felt like her dream of having too much fun would come true.
  • She's good at cooking fruiche.
  • She likes to say "nanka nee~" and "ano nee~".
  • She's proud of her English and English pronunciation.
  • She thinks she's both a boke and a tsukkomi, even though her friends always tell her she's an airheaded boke.
  • She thinks she couldn't live without music.
  • She has bad eyesight, so she has to wear contacts, and sometimes, glasses.
  • She thinks that in a previous life she was a cat.[3]
  • If God could grant her one thing, she would wish to be full of happiness for her entire life.[3]
  • She would bring Doraemon to a deserted island.[3]
  • She has the same given name as former Morning Musume member Fujimoto Miki, although they do not share the same character for "ki".
  • She introduced herself in English at the time she auditioned and when she was revealed as a Morning Musume member.
  • On the date of her birth, "LOVE Machine" was the current weekly number one single in Japan.
  • Nonaka is good with dance and artistic gymnastics.[22]
  • Before she goes to sleep, Nonaka listens to music or plays the piano.[22]
  • She is left-handed, making her the third Morning Musume member to be left-handed.
  • Her childhood dream was to become a back dancer for Miley Cyrus.[3]
  • She sometimes writes parts of her blog in English.
  • She has anemia.[32]
  • She believes in Santa Claus and was sad that she did not get a present from him in 2014.
  • During a gift exchange with the other members of Morning Musume, she was given a selfie stick.
  • She is the third member of Morning Musume, after Junjun and Linlin, to have lived in another part of the world other than Japan and speak a language other then Japanese.
  • She is the first member of the twelfth generation to have the role of main vocalist in "Imasugu Tobikomu Yuuki".
  • She wants to learn to speak Chinese because language interpreters she had met in the past could speak English, Japanese, and Chinese. She would also be able to speak with many more people.[33]
  • Her favorite place in Tokyo is the Pompompurin Café in Shibuya.[33]
  • If she could be reborn as someone else, she would be Tsuji Nozomi because she was a member of Morning Musume when "Ren'ai Revolution 21" was released and appeared a lot on TV. Nonaka wants to live in that era once (she was 1 or 2 years old at that time) and be a part of Minimoni.[26]
  • If she did not become an idol, she believes she would have gone back to America to study abroad.[26]
  • She is the only 12th generation member to not be born early in the year (Ogata Haruna and Makino Maria were both born in February, and Haga Akane was born in March).

See AlsoEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 "モーニング娘。’14 第12期メンバー決定!" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2014-09-30.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 "Morning Musume '14 Shin Member Kougon wo Koeteike" (モーニング娘。'14新メンバー 黄金時代を超えていけ). Gekkan Entame. January 2015 Issue. Tokuma Shoten. Release Date: 2014-11-30.
  4. "モーニング娘。’14 12期メンバーのレギュラー番組がスタート!!" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2014-12-29.
  5. "モーニング娘。’15 12期メンバー Webトーク「12期リレー」(vol.1)」本日18時より配信♪" (in Japanese). UP-FC. 2015-03-05.
  7. "モーニング娘。'16 野中美希に関してのお知らせ" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2016-02-10.
  8. [1]
  9. [2]
  11. Kudo Haruka. "道! 工藤 遥" (in Japanese). Morning Musume Tenkigumi Official Blog. 2016-05-03.
  12. "Happy new year from UP-FRONT LINK with a special message from Miki Nonaka in English." UP-FRONT LINK. 2017-01-01.
  13. "お知らせ!!/飯窪さんとロケ@野中美希" (in Japanese). Morning Musume 12ki Official Blog. 2017-02-14.
  14. "モーニング娘。’17 12期メンバー Webトーク「12期リレー」(vol.100)」本日18時より配信♪" (in Japanese). UP-FC. 2017-02-16.
  15. "LAST\(^^)/尾形春水" (in Japanese). Morning Musume 12ki Official Blog. 2017-03-22.
  16. "モーニング娘。'17の12、13期メンバー出演新ラジオ番組スタート!" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2017-03-24.
  17. "NBA, Japan's Rakuten announce exclusive online distribution deal." 2017-10-10.
  18. "野中美希(モーニング娘。'18) 2/6(火)ミニライブ&握手会 欠席のお知らせ" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2018-02-05.
  19. Nonaka Miki. "NBAを応援!@ 野中美希" (in Japanese). Morning Musume 12ki Official Blog. 2018-02-06.
  21. Nonaka Miki. "応援チーム大発表!@野中美希" (in Japanese). Morning Musume 12ki Official Blog. 2018-02-19.
  22. 22.00 22.01 22.02 22.03 22.04 22.05 22.06 22.07 22.08 22.09 22.10 "Hello! Project in the future". Gravure the Television, Vol.36. KADOKAWA Magazines. Release Date: 2014-11-13.
  25. Oda Sakura. "12期!!小田さくら" (in Japanese). Morning Musume '14 Tenkigumi Official Blog. 2014-09-30.
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 26.3 26.4 "モーニング娘。'17野中美希が“20問20答”でハロプロ愛を語る!【ハロプロ誕生20周年記念連載】" (in Japanese). The Television. 2017-11-07.
  27. Pocket Morning. 2016-11-01. (Translation by Ro-kun)
  28. "12期メンバー愛称..." (in Japanese). @ytzrtn1219 via Twitter. 2014-10-14.
  29. "野中美希 ライブ撮りおろし&インタビュー「世界進出のカギを握る 天然系グローバル才女」ハロー!プロジェクト" (in Japanese). LoGirl. 2015-01-30.
  30. 30.0 30.1 30.2 30.3 B.L.T., 2014-12 Issue. Tokyo News Tsuushinsha. Release Date: 2014-10-24.
  31. 31.0 31.1 31.2 "Berryz新曲Dance Shot公開!カントリー・ガールズ、舞台稽古、J=Jツアー、モー娘。'14新メンバー質問、MC:清水佐紀・鈴木香音【ハロ!ステ#92】" (in Japanese). Hello! Project Station (53:13 minutes in). 2014-11-12.
  33. 33.0 33.1 "ZDAstart!@野中美希" (in Japanese). Morning Musume 12ki Official Blog. 2017-03-09.

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