Asami Konno

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Asami Konno
紺野あさ美
Also known as Konkon, Kon-chan, Ojamaru, Pon-chan
Born (1987-05-07) May 7, 1987 (age 27)
Origin Toyohira-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaidō, Japan
Genres J-pop
Occupations Singer,TV host
Years active 2001-Present
Labels Zetima
Associated acts Morning Musume, Ongaku Gatas, Country Musume, Tanpopo, Sakuragumi, Odoru 11, 11Water, H.P. All Stars
Website Hello! Project.com

Asami Konno (紺野 あさ美 Konno Asami?), born May 7, 1987,[1] is a former Japanese pop singer and now a TV host for TV Tokyo, best known as former fifth generation member of the all-girl Japanese pop group Morning Musume. She joined the group in the August 2001, along with fellow fifth generation members Ai Takahashi, Makoto Ogawa, and Risa Niigaki.

Biography[edit]

Konno joined the J-pop group Morning Musume in 2001.[2] Although her performance in the Love Audition 21 (Loveオーディション 21 Love ōdishon nijuichi?) has been called mediocre even by the judge of the audition and producer of Morning Musume, Tsunku, he said that she passed the audition because of her potential and the amount of effort she put into it.[3]

She debuted on the group's thirteenth single, "Mr. Moonlight (Ai no Big Band)", released on October 31, 2001.[4] 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.

Her first album appearance was the fourth album 4th Ikimasshoi!, released on March 27, 2002.[5]

In May of the same year, Konno was unexpectedly given the lead role for the second half of Morning Musume's annual play, Morning Town. In the summer of that year, she also debuted in a shuffle unit, as part of 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 Risa Niigaki,and Melon Kinenbi's Ayumi Shibata. Konno was put into Tanpopo as the third generation.[1] They only released one single before becoming inactive.[6]

Konno, along with many other members of idol group Morning Musume at that time, starred in a drama entitled Angel Hearts which was released in 2002.

In 2003, when Morning Musume was split into two groups (Sakuragumi and Otomegumi) after the sixth generation members had joined, she was placed into Sakuragumis.[7] Gatas Brilhantes H.P., Hello! Project's futsal team, was also formed that year. Konno became one of its founding members, and remained with the unit until her graduation.

In July of the same year, she was added into Country Musume with fellow Morning Musume member Miki Fujimoto. Under this new formation, named "Country Musume ni Konno to Fujimoto", three singles were released.[8] She also made a guest appearance in a drama, Kochira Hon Ikegami Sho 2 (which Ai Kago starred in as a regular) that year, as a hit-and-run victim's sister.[9]

She is considered to be one of the most intelligent members after achieving the highest mark during a special episode of Mecha-Mecha Iketeru! in early 2003, where the "Bakajo Test" was given to see who was the "idiot girl" of Morning Musume. She is also athletic, according to another special episode of Mecha-Mecha Iketeru! later that year (after the sixth generation joined) focusing on sports, placing as the fifth most athletic Morning Musume member.

In late 2004, Tsunku's choice of giving Konno the main vocals for "Namida ga Tomaranai Hōkago" yet again surprised many people, as it was known that she had rather weak vocals when compared to the other members.

In March 2006, she proved her athletic abilities 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, Maimi Yajima, whom Konno had lost to in Hello! Project's 2003 sports festival.[10] On July 23, 2006, Konno graduated from Morning Musume and Hello! Project to continue her studies at a university.[1][2][11] The last single and album she participated in were "Ambitious! Yashinteki de Ii Jan"[12] and Rainbow 7 respectively.

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.[13][14][15][16] On December 28, 2006, she confirmed these claims personally, in a message posted on the main Hello! Project website.[17]

Although she was officially no longer part of Hello! Project at the time, on January 28, 2007, she appeared on stage at Hello! Project's 10th anniversary concert (the first graduated member to do so), giving her last messages to Asami and Miuna of Japanese pop band Country Musume, who were graduating that night.[18][19][20]

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 Japanese pop idol group Ongaku Gatas. Their first single, titled "Narihajimeta Koi no Bell" was released on August 22, 2007. It was stated that Konno would remain an active member within the agency and Ongaku Gatas while continuing her university studies.[21]

In early 2009, Konno graduated from Hello! Project with the rest of the Elder Club, though continued as a member of her band Ongaku Gatas, and continuing to tour with them. She was placed into M-Line, the official fan-club for graduated Morning Musume members. It was announced via the Hello! Project official site on October 1, 2010 that she would debut as a reporter for TV Tokyo in April 2011.[22]

Konno and fellow former 5th generation member Makoto Ogawa made a special appearance at Morning Musume's Autumn Tour the day before Ai Takahashi's graduation

Appearances[edit]

Filmography[edit]

DVDs[edit]

# Title Release date
1 Alo Hello! Asami Konno DVD (アロハロ!紺野あさ美DVD?)[23] 2006-04-12
2 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 Mōningu Musume. Konno Asami Sotsugyō Memoriaru?)[24]
3 New Cyborg Shibata!! (新サイボーグしばたっ!! Shin Saibōgu Shibata!!?)[25] 2004
4 Fight! Cyborg Shibata 3 (闘え!!サイボーグしばた 3 Tatakae!! Saibōgu Shibata 3?)[26] 2005

Dramas[edit]

Movies[edit]

Photobooks[edit]

# Title Release date ISBN
Solo
1 Asami Konno (紺野あさ美?) 2004-08-24 ISBN 4-8470-2816-3
2 Natsufuku: Natsu o Sugosu Shōjo (なつふく ~夏を過ごす少女~?) 2005-08-09 ISBN 4-8470-2877-5
3 Alo Hello! Asami Konno Shashinshū (アロハロ!紺野あさ美写真集?) 2006-03-31 ISBN 4-04-894265-4
4 See You Again 2006-07-10 ISBN 4-8470-2939-9
5 Asami Konno Shashinshū Zenshu "Sweet Days" (紺野あさ美 写真集全集『Sweet Days』?) 2006-09-12 ISBN 4-8470-2952-6
Group
1 5 Morning Musume 5th Generation Member Shashinshū (5 モーニング娘。5期メンバー写真集?) 2002-08-13 ISBN 4-8470-2721-3

Source: [27]

Radio[edit]

Program Start date End date
Tanpopo Henshūbu Oh-So-Ro! (タンポポ編集部 Oh-So-Ro!?) 2002-09-24 2003-09-23
TBC Fun Fīrudo Mōretsu Mōdasshu (TBC Funふぃーるど・モーレツモーダッシュ?) 2005-05-02 2005-05-13
Hello Pro Yanen!! (ハロプロやねん!!?) 2006-06-09[28]
2006-06-23[29]
2006-06-30[30]

TV shows[edit]

Program Start date End date
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?) 2001 2006
Sore Yuke! Gorokkies (それゆけ!ゴロッキーズ?) 2003-09-29 2003-12-26
Futarigoto (二人ゴト?) 2004-04-14 2004-04-20
2004-08-10 2004-08-17
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?) 2004-10-05 2004-12-15
Musume Dokyu! (娘Dokyu!?) 2005-04-12 2006

Internet[edit]

Program Start date End date
The 13th Hello!Project Video Chat (第13回ハロプロビデオチャット?) 2005-06-06 2005-06-06
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?) 2005 2006

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Hatena Diary - Asami Konno" (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 13 March 2007. Retrieved 2007-03-12. 
  2. ^ a b "Hello! Project's official site: Konno's graduation message" (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 9 February 2007. Retrieved 2007-02-17. 
  3. ^ Morning Musume 5th generation audition on muSix! (TV Tokyo), "13nin Gakkari no Christmas", both broadcast in 2001.
  4. ^ "Up-Front Works: Mr. Moonlight (Ai no Big Band) entry" (in Japanese). Up-Front Works. Archived from the original on 2 March 2007. Retrieved 2007-02-18. 
  5. ^ "Up-Front Works: 4th Ikimasshoi! entry" (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 17 January 2007. Retrieved 2007-02-18. 
  6. ^ "Hello! Project's official site: Tanpopo discography" (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 10 February 2007. Retrieved 2007-02-17. 
  7. ^ "Hello! Project's official site: Morning Musume Sakuragumi discography" (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 10 February 2007. Retrieved 2007-01-23. 
  8. ^ "Hello! Project's official site: Country Musume ni Konno to Fujimoto discography" (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 10 February 2007. Retrieved 2007-01-23. 
  9. ^ a b "Kochira Hon Ikegami Sho 2 official website episode 11 synopsis" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2007-01-23. 
  10. ^ Hello! Project Sports Festival ~Hello! Dive Athlete~ on March 19, 2006.
  11. ^ "Daily Sports Online news article" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2007-03-12. [dead link]
  12. ^ "Yahoo! Music Magazine article" (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 26 February 2007. Retrieved 2007-03-12. 
  13. ^ "Yahoo! Japan News article" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2007-12-20. [dead link]
  14. ^ "J-Cast news article" (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 22 December 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-17. 
  15. ^ "Nikkan Sports article" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2007-12-17. [dead link]
  16. ^ "Livedoor article" (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 21 February 2007. Retrieved 2007-03-12. 
  17. ^ "Hello! Project's official site: Konno's message (after graduation)" (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 12 December 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-28. 
  18. ^ "Nikkan Sports article" (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 2007-02-02. Retrieved 2007-01-28. 
  19. ^ "Natalie: Hello! Project's 10th anniversary concert DVD article" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2007-03-12. 
  20. ^ "Daily Sports news article" (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 2007-02-24. Retrieved 2007-03-12. 
  21. ^ "The Return of Konno Asami". Hello!Online.org. June 18, 2007. 
  22. ^ "紺野あさ美に関するお知らせ" (in Japanese). Hello! Project/Asami Konno. 2010-10-01. Retrieved 2010-11-08. 
  23. ^ "Amazon.co.jp page" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2007-01-23. 
  24. ^ "Hello! Project's official site: tour goods list" (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 11 February 2007. Retrieved 2007-03-12. 
  25. ^ "Amazon.co.jp page" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2007-02-17. 
  26. ^ "Amazon.co.jp page" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2007-02-17. 
  27. ^ "Hello! Project official website: Photobooks listing" (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 20 January 2007. Retrieved 2007-01-23. 
  28. ^ "Hello Pro Yanen summary by epifanes". Archived from the original on 6 January 2007. Retrieved 2007-01-23. 
  29. ^ "Hello Pro Yanen summary by epifanes". Retrieved 2007-01-23. 
  30. ^ "Hello Pro Yanen summary by epifanes". Retrieved 2007-01-23. 

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