Natsumi Abe

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Natsumi Abe
安倍 なつみ
Birth name 安倍 なつみ (Natsumi Abe)
Born (1981-08-10) August 10, 1981 (age 32)
Muroran, Hokkaidō, Japan
Genres Pop
Occupations Singer
Years active 1997–present
Labels Zetima, Hachama
Associated acts Morning Musume (1997–2004)
Nochiura Natsumi
Def.Diva
Sakuragumi
Kiiro 5
10-nin Matsuri
Odoru 11
Salt5
H.P. All Stars
Dream Morning Musume (2011–)
Maimi Yajima
Website www.abe-natsumi.com
Notable instruments
Vocals

Natsumi Abe (安倍 なつみ Abe Natsumi?, born August 10, 1981 in Muroran, Hokkaidō, Japan) is a Japanese singer and actress, a former member of Morning Musume, and currently a member of Dream Morning Musume.

Career[edit]

On August 13, 2003, she released her first single, "22 Sai no Watashi," which means "Me, 22 years old,"[1] just a few days after her 22nd birthday. Her first full length album, Hitoribotchi, was then released on February 4, 2004,[2] containing many solo versions of Morning Musume songs.

In August 2005, her fifth single, "Koi no Hana," which means "Flower of Love," was released,[3] and she also became a member of the Hello! Project special unit Def.Diva together with Maki Goto, Rika Ishikawa and Aya Matsuura in October.[4] The single "Takaramono" was also released in November credited as "Sen", who is the main character of the drama "Takaramono", played by Abe. In the spring of 2006, Abe released a new single, "Sweet Holic",[5] together with a new album, "2nd ~Shimiwataru Omoi~".[6] June 2006 saw Abe release "The Stress," a cover of the 1989 song by pop idol Chisato Moritaka.[7]

In October of the same year "Amasugita Kajitsu" was released,[8] reaching 5th on the Oricon Chart, the highest place she achieved since "Koi no Telephone Goal" in 2004.

On October 5, 2008, Abe performed in an event to mark the 30th anniversary of the Sunshine City building in Ikebukuro. She was joined by other artists who were popular in the 1980s, such as Hiroko Moriguchi and Ayumi Nakamura.[9]

It was announced on October 19, 2008, on the official Hello! Project website, that Abe will graduate from Hello! Project along with the rest of Elder Club on March 31, 2009.[10]

On September 15, 2010, Abe released her 12th single, "Ameagari no Niji no Yō ni" (雨上がりの虹のように?, "Like a Rainbow After the Rain").[11]

In 2010, it was announced that Natsumi Abe was going to form a new group named "Dream Morning Musume" with several other former Morning Musume members.

In summer 2011, Natsumi Abe was cast in the live action drama Arakawa Under the Bridge as P-ko.

Traffic accident[edit]

On October 7, 2007, Abe's car collided with a motorcyclist in Shibuya, Tokyo. The motorcyclist suffered minor injuries, but Abe was unhurt. She had only obtained her driver's license in July of that year.[12][13]

Discography[edit]

For releases as a member of Morning Musume, see Morning Musume discography.

Singles[edit]

Title Release date Peak chart position Copies sold Miscellaneous info
"Haha to Musume no Duet Song" (母と娘のデュエットソング?) April 30, 2003 18 15,689 A duet with Okeisan (おけいさん?)
"22 Sai no Watashi" (22歳の私?) August 12, 2003 2 81,460 Used as the theme song for 17 Sai ~Tabidachi no Futari~ (17才〜旅立ちのふたり〜?).
"Pi~hyara Kōta" (ピ~ヒャラ小唄?) November 19, 2003 22 16,410 Abe is credited as "Pudding-chan" (プリンちゃん?), the song was a double A-side together with MiniHams (ミニハムズ?)'s Mirakururun Grand Purin! (ミラクルルン グランプリン!?).
"Datte Ikitekanakucha" (だって 生きてかなくちゃ?) June 1, 2004 7 55,113
"Koi no Telephone Goal" (恋のテレフォン Goal?) August 10, 2004 5 47,351
"Yume Naraba" (夢ならば?) April 19, 2005 5 36,248
"Koi no Hana" (恋の花?) August 30, 2005 9 30,450
"Takaramono" (たからもの?, "Treasure") November 30, 2005 23 11,851 Abe is credited as "Sen" (?) on this release.
"Sweet Holic" (スイートホリック?) April 12, 2006 8 17,087
"The Stress" (ザ・ストレス?) June 28, 2006 14 14,015
"Amasugita Kajitsu" (甘すぎた果実?) October 4, 2006 5 22,204
"Too Far Away ~Onna no Kokoro~" (Too far away ~おんなの心~?) May 9, 2007 15 11,817
"Iki o Kasanemashō" (息を重ねましょう?) October 24, 2007 13 11,531
"16sai no Koi Nante" (16歳の恋なんて?) January 16, 2008 9 14,538 A duet with Yajima Maimi (矢島舞美?) of °C-ute.
"Screen" (スクリーン?) December 3, 2008 29 6,474
"Ameagari no Niji no Yō ni" (雨上がりの虹のように?, "Like a Rainbow After the Rain") September 15, 2010 22[14] 3,741[14]

Albums[edit]

Title Release date Peak chart position Copies sold Type
Hitoribotchi (一人ぼっち?) February 4, 2004 2 79,483 Studio album
2nd ~Shimiwataru Omoi~ (2nd~染みわたる想い~?) March 29, 2006 9 23,972 Studio album
25 ~Vingt-Cinq~ March 14, 2007 21 12,825 Mini album

Acts[edit]

Television[edit]

Dramas[edit]

  • Aiken Rosinante no Sainan ~Mukai Ryūta no Dōbutsu Nikki! (向井荒太の動物日記~愛犬ロシナンテの災難~?, January – March 2001)
  • Nurseman (ナースマン?, January – March 2002)
  • Angel Hearts (2002)
  • Koinu no Waltz (仔犬のワルツ?, April – June 2004)
  • Takaramono (November 2005)
  • Arakawa Under the bridge (2012)

Radio[edit]

Movies[edit]

  • Morning Cop
  • Pinch Runner
  • Last Present
  • Koinu Dan no Monogatari
  • Prison Girl

Publications[edit]

Photobooks[edit]

Title Release date ISBN Photobook information
Solo
Nacchi (ナッチ?)[15] December 1999 ISBN 4-8470-2556-3 First solo photobook.
Natsumi (なつみ?)[16] November 11, 2001 ISBN 4-8470-2685-3 Second solo photobook.
Deai (出逢い?)[17] February 25, 2004 ISBN 4-8470-2794-9 Third solo photobook.
Natsumi Abe in Hello! Project 2004 Summer[18] September 28, 2004 ISBN 4-8124-1836-4
Fu (Fū) (Fu (ふう)?)[17] May 27, 2005 ISBN 4-8470-2864-3 Fourth solo photobook.
Abe Natsumi - Triangle Energy (後浦なつみ Triangle Energy?)[17] July 6, 2005 ISBN 4-8124-2249-3
Abe Natsumi - Alo-Hello! (Abe Natsumi アロハロ!?)[17] November 1, 2005 ISBN 4-04-894262-X Fifth solo photobook.
Écru[17] June 12, 2006 ISBN 4-8470-2938-0 Sixth solo photobook.
sCene[17] March 28, 2007 ISBN 978-4-04-894487-8 Seventh solo photobook.
Cám Ơn[17] November 25, 2007 ISBN 4-8470-4053-8 Eighth solo photobook. Photographed in Vietnam.
Group
Pocket Morning Musume (Vol.2) (ポケットモーニング娘。〈Vol.2〉?)[19] September 2003 ISBN 4-8463-0526-0
Natsumi Abe & Berryz Kobo - Hello! Project 2005 Summer[17] May 25, 2005 ISBN 4-902577-05-4
Natsumi Abe & v-u-den - Hello! Project 2006 Winter[17] April 2006 ISBN 4-8124-2677-4

Essay books[edit]

Title Release date ISBN
Album - 1998–2003[20] April 2003 ISBN 4-8470-1499-5
Sensei no Dōyōki Ushitsu Isshoni Utaō! Kuizu Tsuki Dōyō Zenshū (せんせいのどうようきょうしついっしょにうたおう!―クイズつき童謡全集?)[21] July 2003 ISBN 4-06-104696-9
22 Sai no Nacchi (22歳のなっち?)[22] September 2003 ISBN 4-88469-335-3
Believe[23] October 2003 ISBN 4-89809-137-7
Abe Natsumi Photo & Essay Yōkō (Hikari) (安倍なつみフォト&エッセイ 陽光(ひかり)?)[24] May 21, 2004 ISBN 4-8124-1664-7

Calendars[edit]

  • Natsumi Abe 2004 Calendar (安倍なつみ 2004カレンダー?, Released October 2003)
  • Natsumi Abe 2005 Calendar (September 2004)
  • Natsumi Abe 2006 Calendar (October 12, 2005)
  • Natsumi Abe 2007 Calendar (October 2006)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "22 Sai no Watashi" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 
  2. ^ "Hitoribotchi" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 
  3. ^ "Koi no Hana" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 
  4. ^ "Suki Sugite Baka Mitai" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 
  5. ^ "Sweet Holic" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 
  6. ^ "2nd ~Shimiwataru Omoi~" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 
  7. ^ "The Stress" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 
  8. ^ "Amasugita Kajitsu" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 
  9. ^ "Sunshine City × Tokyo FM ~KiseKi~ Premium Live" (in Japanese). Sunshinecity Corporation. Retrieved 2008-10-11. 
  10. ^ "Elder Club members to graduate from Hello! Project". Hello!Online. 2008-10-19. Retrieved December 13, 2008. 
  11. ^ "雨上がりの虹のように(初回生産限定盤)(仮)/安倍なつみ" (in Japanese). E-hon CD. Retrieved 2010-07-22. 
  12. ^ "Abe Natsumi involved in traffic accident". Hello!Online. 2007-10-08. 
  13. ^ "Ex-Morning Musume member Natsumi Abe causes traffic accident in Shibuya". Japan News Review. 2007-10-09. 
  14. ^ a b "シングル 週間ランキング -ORICON STYLE ランキング". Oricon Style (in Japanese). Oricon. Archived from the original on 2010-09-25. 
  15. ^ "ナッチ―安倍なつみ写真集" (in Japanese). Amazon.co.jp. Retrieved 2007-08-18. 
  16. ^ "安倍なつみ写真集 なつみ" (in Japanese). Amazon.co.jp. Retrieved 2007-08-18. 
  17. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Hello! Project Photobook Release Schedule" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. Archived from the original on 2008-02-10. 
  18. ^ "安倍なつみ in Hello! Project 2004 summer" (in Japanese). Amazon.co.jp. Retrieved 2007-08-18. 
  19. ^ "ポケットモーニング娘。〈Vol.2〉安倍なつみ・矢口真里・後藤真希・飯田圭織" (in Japanese). Amazon.co.jp. Retrieved 2007-08-18. 
  20. ^ "ALBUM―1998‐2003" (in Japanese). Amazon.co.jp. Retrieved 2007-08-18. 
  21. ^ "安倍なつみせんせいのどうようきょうしついっしょにうたおう!—クイズつき童謡全集" (in Japanese). Amazon.co.jp. Retrieved 2007-08-18. 
  22. ^ "安倍なつみ 22歳のなっち" (in Japanese). Amazon.co.jp. Retrieved 2007-08-18. 
  23. ^ "安倍なつみBelieve" (in Japanese). Amazon.co.jp. Retrieved 2007-08-18. 
  24. ^ "安倍なつみフォト&エッセイ 陽光(ひかり)" (in Japanese). Amazon.co.jp. Retrieved 2007-08-18. 

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