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Country Girls
Native name カントリー・ガールズ
Also known as Country Musume, Kan Musume, Kan Musu, Country Musume ni Rika Ishikawa, Country Musume ni Konno to Fujimoto
Origin Japan
Years active 1999–2009 (Country Musume)
2014-Present(Country Girls)
Labels zetima
Associated acts
Website Profile on Hello! Project Official Website
Members Risa Yamaki
Chisaki Morito
Mai Ozeki
Nanami Yanagawa
Musubu Funaki
Mai Satoda (Supervisor)
Past members As Country Musume:
Asami Kimura
Miuna Saito
Miki Fujimoto
Asami Konno
Rika Ishikawa
Rinne Toda
Azusa Kobayashi
Hiromi Yanagihara
As Country Girls:
Uta Shimamura
Manaka Inaba
Momoko Tsugunaga

Country Musume (カントリー娘。, Kantorī Musume) are a Japanese female idol music group that is a part of the Hello! Project.

On November 5, 2014, Country Musume was renamed Country Girls (カントリー・ガールズ, Kantorī Gāruzu).[1]


Country Musume was formed in 1999 and was termed as "Country Girls from Hokkaidō." The initial group consisted of native members of Hokkaidō, Rinne Toda, Azusa Kobayashi, and Hiromi Yanagihara.

Before the release of their first single in July 1999, Hiromi Yanagihara died in a car accident. After the accident, Azusa Kobayashi departed from the group and Rinne Toda carried on as a solo artist and released two singles under the "Country Musume" name by herself. In the summer of 2000, Asami Kimura joined the group and the duo released one more single.

Their popularity rose when Morning Musume's Rika Ishikawa—who is from Kanagawa—was lent to the group in April, 2001. Country Musume had their first charting single in Japan with the release of "Hajimete no Happy Birthday." The trio, under the name "Country Musume ni Rika Ishikawa," released two singles and an album. Early in 2002, Mai Satoda was recruited to the group, although she initially auditioned to be a Morning Musume member.

The quartet released one single before Toda, the remaining original member bid farewell at the end of 2002. Afterwards, Kimura, Ishikawa and Satoda released one more single.

In mid-2003, Country Musume had a major shift in its roster. Miuna Saito, who is from Shizuoka, was recruited to the group. Instead of Rika Ishikawa, the group featured Asami Konno and Miki Fujimoto, who are both Morning Musume and Hokkaidō natives. In this new formation (named "Country Musume ni Konno to Fujimoto"), the quintet has released three singles. In 2004, Country Musume (except the featured singers) participated in the fifth edition of Hello! Project's Folk Song series, where various H!P artists sang covers of Japanese and Western folk songs.

Asami Kimura and Miuna Saito graduated from Country Musume and Hello! Project on its 10th anniversary concert on January 28, 2007,[2] leaving Satoda as the only remaining member.

On February 11, 2014 it was announced during the Hello! Project 2014 WINTER ~GOiSU MODE~ concert held at Sendai Sun Plaza Hall that audition applications for Country Musume would be accepted until March 31, 2014.[3] On August 7, it was announced that the Country Musume audition has come to an end without any additions.

On November 5, 2014, it was announced that Hello! Pro Kenshūsei members Risa Yamaki and Manaka Inaba, Morning Musume '14 auditionees Chisaki Morito, Uta Shimamura and Mai Ozeki were selected to join Country Musume.[1] Berryz Kobo member Momoko Tsugunaga was also added to the group to become their "playing manager," while Mai Satoda takes the role of "supervisor."[1] It was also announced that Country Musume was renamed to Country Girls,[1] hoping for the group to attract fans from overseas.

On March 25, 2015, Country Musume released their first single as Country Girls and their twelfth single overall with "Itōshikutte Gomen ne / Koi Dorobō".

On June 12, 2015, Uta Shimamura resigned from Country Girls due to issues between Up-Front and Uta's parents regarding the terms of her contract. Country Girls will continue as a five-member group, excluding group supervisor, Mai Satoda.

On June 24, Country Girls performed at the TV Tokyo Music Festival(2) along many other artists, including Morning Musume '15 and Morning Musume OG.

On August 5, Country Girls released their 2nd single "Wakatteiru no ni Gomen ne / Tamerai Summer Time."

On November 5, during Country Girls' first anniversary event in Shinjuku, it was announced that Funaki Musubu and Yanagawa Nanami would be joining the group.

On December 2, Country Girls performed at the UPDATE girls LIVE, alongside idol groups, Lyrical School and Tokyo Performance Doll.

On February 9, during the 67th Sapporo Snow Festival, Country Girls performed a special live entitled 'Country Girls Boogie Woogie LIVE'. It took place in Odori Park in front of the HTB Snow Square.

On February 18, Country Girls performed a joint live with Idol Renaissance for the DOUBLE COLOR session11 at Shinjuku BLAZE.

On February 28, Country Girls performed at the SKY PerfecTV! Ongakusai 2016.

On March 9, Country Girls released their 3rd single "Boogie Woogie LOVE / Koi wa Magnet / Ranrarun ~Anata ni Muchuu~". It is Yanagawa Nanami and Funaki Musubu's debut single.

On April 28, it was announced that Inaba Manaka would be taking a break from Country Girls' activities due to asthma. After consulting with her doctors, it was initially decided that she would be returning to Country Girls when she recovered from her illness. However, on August 4th, she graduated from the group.

On September 28, Country Girls released their 4th single "Dou Datte Ii no / Namida no Request."

In November 5, during the Country Girls Live Tour 2016, Fuyu day concert at Shinjuku ReNY, Country Girls' second anniversary, Tsugunaga announced that she will be graduating from the group and Hello! Project on June 30, 2017.[4]


Current members and supervisor[edit]

Regular members
Name Nicknames Birth date and age Origin Color Joined Notes
Risa Yamaki Yamakki
(1997-10-14) October 14, 1997 (age 20) Tokyo      Lime November 5, 2014 Former Hello! Pro Kenshusei
Chisaki Morito Chii-chan (2000-02-19) February 19, 2000 (age 18) Tochigi Prefecture      Orange Concurrent Member in Morning Musume '18
Mai Ozeki Ozeki-chan
(2002-02-10) February 10, 2002 (age 16) Tokyo      Medium Blue
Nanami Yanagawa Naachan
(2002-01-06) January 6, 2002 (age 16) Kanagawa Prefecture      Purple November 5, 2015 Former Hello! Pro Kenshusei
Concurrent Member in Juice=Juice
Musubu Funaki Funakki
(2002-05-10) May 10, 2002 (age 16) Osaka Prefecture      Yellow Former Hello! Pro Kenshusei
Concurrent Member in Angerme
Name Birth date and age Origin Others
Mai Satoda (1984-07-16) July 16, 1984 (age 33) Sapporo, Hokkaido Former Country Musume member who joined on January 2, 2002.

Former country musume members[edit]

Name Birth date and age
(if dead, birth date, death date, and age)
Origin Active Others
Hiromi Yanagihara (1979-10-19)October 19, 1979–July 16, 1999(1999-07-16) (aged 19) Chia Prefecture April 27, 1999–July 16, 1999 She died in a car accident in Nakasatsunai, Hokkaido
Azusa Kobayashi (1977-01-30) January 30, 1977 (age 41) Tokyo April 27, 1999–August 23, 1999 First leader
She resigned after Yanagihara's death.
Rinne Toda (1981-02-06) February 6, 1981 (age 37) Sapporo, Hokkaido April 27, 1999–October 23, 2002 Second leader
She changed her stagename to "Rinne" on May 30, 2000.
(Asami Kimura)
(1984-07-17) July 17, 1984 (age 33) Tomakomai, Hokkaido May 30, 2000–January 28, 2007 Third leader
(Miuna Saito)
(1987-02-12) February 12, 1987 (age 31) Kikugawa, Shizuoka Prefecture April 27, 2003–January 28, 2007

Former country girls member[edit]

Name Nickname Birth date and age Origin Color Active Others
Uta Shimamura Uta-chan (2000-06-24) June 24, 2000 (age 17) Kanagawa Prefecture      Daisy November 5, 2014–June 12, 2015 Morning Musume '14 auditionee
She resigned on June 12, 2015
Manaka Inaba Manaka
(1997-12-27) December 27, 1997 (age 20) Hokkaido      Italian Red November 5, 2014–August 4, 2016 Former Hello! Pro Kenshusei
Former member of Peaceful, a Hokkaido local idol group
She left the group due to health problems on August 4, 2016




March 6, 1992 (age 25) Chiba      Pink November 5, 2014–June 30, 2017 Former Hello!Project Kids member
Former Berryz Koubou member
Former Buono! member
She graduated on June 30, 2017




# Title Release date Members
1 Country Musume Daizenshu 1 (カントリー娘。大全集 ①) 2001-12-12 Toda, Kimura, Ishikawa
2 Country Musume Daizenshu 2 (カントリー娘。大全集 ②) 2006-08-23 Kimura, Satoda, Saitou


No. Overall No. by Name Title Release date Oricon Weekly
Singles Chart
Country Musume
1 1 "Futari no Hokkaido" (二人の北海道) 1999-07-23 - Yanagihara, Kobayashi and Toda
2 2 "Yukigeshiki" (雪景色) 1999-11-30 - Toda
3 3 "Hokkaido Shalala" (北海道シャララ) 2000-04-27 -
4 4 "Koi ga Suteki na Kisetsu" (恋がステキな季節) 2000-07-31 - Toda and Kimura
Country Musume ni Ishikawa Rika
5 1 "Hajimete no Happy Birthday" (初めてのハッピーバースディ!) 2001-04-18 4 Toda, Kimura and Ishikawa
6 2 "Koibito wa Kokoro no Ōendan" (恋人は心の応援団) 2001-10-17 6
7 3 "Iroppoi Onna ~Sexy Baby~" (色っぽい女 ~Sexy Baby~) 2002-04-17 4 Toda, Kimura, Satoda and Ishikawa
8 4 "Bye Bye Saigo no Yoru" (Bye Bye 最後の夜) 2002-11-13 8 Kimura, Satoda and Ishikawa
Country Musume ni Konno to Fujimoto
9 1 "Uwaki na Honey Pie" (浮気なハニーパイ) 2003-07-24 7 Kimura, Satoda, Saitou,
Konno and Fujimoto
10 2 "Senpai ~Love Again~" (先輩 ~Love Again~) 2003-12-05 15
11 3 "Shining Itoshiki Anata" (シャイニング 愛しき貴方) 2004-08-04 13
Country Girls
12 1 "Itōshikutte Gomen ne / Koi Dorobō" [ja] (愛しくてごめんね/恋泥棒) 2015-03-25 3 Tsugunaga, Yamaki, Inaba, Morito, Shimamura and Ozeki
13 2 "Wakatteiru no ni Gomen ne / Tamerai Summer Time" (わかっているのにごめんね/ためらいサマータイム) 2015-08-05 5 Tsugunaga, Yamaki, Inaba, Morito and Ozeki
14 3 "Boogie Woogie LOVE / Koi wa Magnet / Ranrarun ~Anata ni Muchuu~" (ブギウギLOVE/恋はマグネット/ランラルン ~あなたに夢中~) 2016-03-09 2 [5] Tsugunaga, Yamaki, Inaba, Morito,
Ozeki, Yanagawa and Funaki
15 4 "Dou Datte Ii no / Namida no Request" (どーだっていいの/涙のリクエスト) 2016-09-28 4 Tsugunaga, Yamaki, Morito,
Ozeki, Yanagawa and Funaki
16 5 "Good Boy Bad Girl / Peanut Butter Jelly Love" (Good Boy Bad Girl/ピーナッツバタージェリーラブ) 2017-02-08 5


  • 2003-11-17 Country Musume Single V Clips 1 (カントリー娘。シングルVクリップス 1)


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