Koharu Kusumi

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Koharu Kusumi
Native name 久住 小春
Born (1992-07-15) July 15, 1992 (age 22)
Washima, Niigata, Japan
Genres J-pop
Occupations Singer, voice actress, actress, model
Years active 2005–present
Labels Zetima
Associated acts Morning Musume (2005–2009)
Morning Musume Tanjō 10nen Kinentai
Kira Pika
MilkyWay
ZYX-α
Ex-ceed!
Dream Morning Musume (2011–)
Website www.jp-r.co.jp/kusumikoharu

Koharu Kusumi (久住 小春 Kusumi Koharu?, born July 15, 1992 in Washima (now part of Nagaoka, Niigata, Japan), is a J-pop singer, actor, television personality, essayist, and model. From 2005 to 2009, she was a member of the Hello! Project group Morning Musume from 2005 to 2009, the only seventh generation member. She also served as the voice of Kirari Tsukishima, the main character of the anime series Kirarin Revolution (2006–2009), and was featured in several musical releases affiliated with the series, including both solo releases under the name Kirari Tsukishima starring Koharu Kusumi (Morning Musume) (月島きらりstarring久住小春(モーニング娘。)?) and group releases for the units Kira Pika and MilkyWay. Currently, she is a member of Dream Morning Musume, a J-pop group consisting of former Morning Musume members.

As a television personality, she has made regular appearances on the TV Tokyo children's shows Oha Suta and Oha Koro, and has appeared on other shows. She became an exclusive model for CanCama fashion magazine in 2011. She maintains an avid interest in healthy eating and raw food, and has written about these topics on her blog and in her 2011 autobiography and essay book, 17sai no Tenshoku.

Biography[edit]

Koharu Kusumi joined Japanese idol group Morning Musume in 2005 as the only seventh generation member, a feat which earned her the nickname "Miracle" from producer Tsunku. Before she joined Morning Musume, she was the captain of her school's volleyball team. Kusumi's audition process and debut was documented during the 2005 episodes of TV Tokyo television show Hello! Morning. She made her debut on the single "Iroppoi Jirettai".

Kusumi was a member of the Hello! Project kickball team Metro Rabbits H.P. from its formation in the beginning of 2006, and from April 2006 to March 2009, she was the voice actress for Kirari Tsukishima, the main character in the anime Kirarin Revolution.

In early 2007, Kusumi was chosen to be a member of Morning Musume Tanjō 10nen Kinentai — a unit created to celebrate Morning Musume's 10th anniversary as a group. Morning Musume Tanjō 10nen Kinentai also consisted of Kaori Iida, Natsumi Abe, Maki Goto, and Risa Niigaki. Their first single, "Bokura ga Ikiru My Asia", was released on January 24, 2007.

Apart from her activities in aforementioned units, Kusumi was also a member of Kira Pika with Cute's Mai Hagiwara and MilkyWay with Hello Pro Egg members Yuu Kikkawa and Sayaka Kitahara. Both units were formed for the Kirarin Revolution anime, which ended in March 2009. Kusumi is a regular on the TV Tokyo children's show Oha Suta, appearing every Tuesday.[citation needed]

In 2009, Kusumi was assigned to be a part of ZYX-α, a revival of ZYX, along with Risa Niigaki, Erika Umeda, Saki Ogawa, Ayaka Wada, Momoko Tsugunaga, Chinami Tokunaga, and Maasa Sudo.

On September 19, 2009, Tsunku announced that Kusumi would graduate from Morning Musume and Hello! Project on December 6, at the final performance of Morning Musume's 2009 fall tour, Nine Smile.[1][2] According to Kusumi's official announcement, she had interests in becoming a model.[3] She later stated she would also like to try other career paths, such as comedy.[4] Roughly 4,000 fans attended the graduation concert.[5] Her graduation marked the end of the longest stable lineup of Morning Musume, as it was the first change in the group's roster since the departure of Miki Fujimoto two and a half years earlier, in June 2007.

After her graduation, she opened her own blog, and was announced to be joining "M-Line", the official fanclub of former Morning Musume members. She continued to appear on Oha Suta, as well as Oha Coro, and, as well as her modeling, branched out into food and health, appearing in a series of advertisements.[6]

In 2010, it was announced that Kusumi would be joining the group "Dream Morning Musume" alongside other former-Morning Musume members.

On September 24, it was announced that Kusumi has signed with a new model agency called Illume.

In 2014, Kusumi left the children's morning show Oha Suta and later was added as host of a music talk show, Blurred Sound Pops. She also starred in two live-action dramas, Inauguration! Girl's Cabinet, and Again!!.

Discography and releases[edit]

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

The following singles and albums are released under the artist name Kirari Tsukishima starring Koharu Kusumi (Morning Musume) (月島きらり starring 久住小春(モーニング娘。)?).

Singles[edit]

Title Release date
"Koi Kana" July 12, 2006
"Balalaika" October 25, 2006
"Happy"[7] May 2, 2007
"Chance!" November 7, 2007
"Papancake" July 16, 2008
"Hapi Hapi Sunday!"[8] February 4, 2009

Singles with Kira Pika[edit]

Main article: Kira Pika
Title Release date Oricon
Weekly
Single
Chart
[9]
"Hana o Pūn / Futari wa NS" August 1, 2007 9

Albums and mini-albums[edit]

Title Release date
Kirarin Revolution Song Selection (きらりん☆レボリューション ソング・セレクション?) October 18, 2006
Mitsuboshi (☆☆☆(みつぼし)?) February 28, 2007
Kirarin Revolution Song Selection Vol. 2 (きらりん☆レボリューション・ソング・セレクション2?) September 12, 2007
Kirarin Land (きらりん☆ランド?) December 19, 2007
Kirarin Revolution Song Selection Vol. 3 (きらりん☆レボリューション・ソング・セレクション3?) July 23, 2008
Kirarin Revolution Song Selection Vol. 4 (きらりん☆レボリューション・ソング・セレクション4?) August 27, 2008
Kirari to Fuyu (きらりと冬?) December 17, 2008
Kirarin Revolution Song Selection Vol. 5 (きらりん☆レボリューション・ソング・セレクション5?) March 18, 2009
Best Kirari (ベスト☆きらり?) March 11, 2009

Essay books[edit]

Title[10] Issue date Publisher
ISBN
Description
17sai no Tenshoku (17歳の転職 A Career Change at 17?) February 10, 2011 Up-Front Books
ISBN 978-4-8470-1965-4
First essay book

Photobooks[edit]

Title[11] Issue date Publisher
ISBN
Description
Koharu Kusumi (久住小春?) March 24, 2006 Wani Books
ISBN 978-4-8470-2923-3
First Solo photobook
Pop (POP 久住小春ソロ写真集?) September 20, 2007 Kadokawa Publishing Group
ISBN 978-4-04-894499-1
Second solo photobook
Koharu Nikki (久住小春写真集「小春日記。」?) July 25, 2008 Wani Books
ISBN 978-4-8470-4102-0
Third solo photobook
Happy Memorial Photobook (月島きらり starring 久住小春(モーニング娘。)『ハッピーメモリアル☆フォトブック?) December 1, 2008 Shogakukan
ISBN 978-4-09-132290-6
Released for Kirarin Revolution, credited as Kirari Tsukishima starring Koharu Kusumi (Morning Musume)
Sugar Doll (久住小春写真集「Sugar Doll」?) September 27, 2009 Wani Books
ISBN 978-4-8470-4202-7
Fourth solo photobook

Acting[edit]

Television shows[edit]

Show Start date End date Station
Hello! Morning (ハロー!モーニング。?) 2005 April 1, 2007 TV Tokyo
Musume Dokyu! (娘DOKYU!?) July 4, 2005 December 6, 2009
Oha Suta (おはスタ?, as Kirari Tsukishima) 2006 March 27, 2009
Oha Suta (おはスタ?, as herself) March 28, 2009 March 31, 2014
Kirarin Revolution (きらりん☆レボリューション?, as Kirari Tsukishima (voice)) April 7, 2006 March 27, 2009
Haromoni@ (ハロモニ@?) April 8, 2007 September 28, 2008
Chichin Puipui February 20, 2009
Inauguration! Girl's Cabinet (発足!ギャル内閣?, as Yamato Singh) January 8, 2014 March 19, 2014 TV Chiba
Blurred Sound Pops (音ボケPOPS[12]?, as herself) April 6, 2014 Present BS-TBS
Again!! (アゲイン!![13]?, as Abe TamaTakashi) July 20, 2014 September 22, 2014 MBS

Radio[edit]

Program Start date End date Station
TBC Fun Fīrudo Mōretsu Mōdasshu (TBC Funふぃーるど・モーレツモーダッシュ?) November 7, 2005 November 18, 2005 TBC

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Regarding 7th Generation Morning Musume Member "Koharu Kusumi"" (in Japanese). Hello! Project Official Fanclub. 2009-09-19. 
  2. ^ "モーニング娘。「久住小春」に関する大事なお知らせ" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2009-09-19. Retrieved 2010-11-08. 
  3. ^ Kusumi, Koharu. "To all Hello! Project Official Fanclub Members" (in Japanese). Hello! Project Official Fanclub. 
  4. ^ "久住小春、モー娘。卒業後の進路は「正直、不安」" (in Japanese). Oricon. 2009-11-01. Retrieved 2010-11-08. 
  5. ^ "久住小春がモーニング娘。を卒業。涙と爆笑でいっぱいのセレモニー" (in Japanese). Barks. 2009-12-07. Retrieved 2010-11-08. 
  6. ^ "元モーニング娘。久住小春、今後は「食と健康」に関する仕事に就くことに" (in Japanese). Oricon. 2010-04-23. Retrieved 2010-11-08. 
  7. ^ "Ikimasshoi: New H!P releases". March 1, 2007. 
  8. ^ "Hapi☆Hapi Sunday!" (in Japanese). Up-Front Works. 
  9. ^ "きら☆ぴかのCDシングルランキング │オリコン芸能人事典-ORICON STYLE". Oricon. Retrieved 2014-04-30. 
  10. ^ "Hello! Project photobook release schedule" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. Retrieved January 16, 2009. 
  11. ^ "Hello! Project photobook release schedule" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. Retrieved January 16, 2009. 
  12. ^ http://www.bs-tbs.co.jp/genre/detail/?mid=MST1200700
  13. ^ http://drama-again.com/cast-staff

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