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Asami Konno
紺野あさ美
Also known as Konkon
Origin Japan Sapporo, Hokkaidō, Japan
Genres Japanese pop
Occupation(s) Singer
Years active 2001–2006
Labels zetima
Associated acts 11WATER
Country Musume
H.P. All Stars
Morning Musume
Morning Musume Sakuragumi
Odoru 11
Tanpopo

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

Profile[edit]

  • Nicknames: Konkon (こんこん), Kon-chan (紺ちゃん), Ojamaru (おじゃマル), Pon-chan (ポンちゃん, given by Matthew Minami, used by Reina Tanaka)[1][2]
  • Blood Type: B[1]
  • Height: 156 cm / 5′ 1″
  • Hobbies: exercising, shopping, and talking
  • Favorite word: honki (本気, seriousness; truth; sanctity)
  • Favorite colors: white and pink
  • Favorite foods: pumpkin, potato,[2] sushi,[3] cheese, meat, lasagna
  • Least favorite foods: curry, strawberries, melon
  • Favorite seasons: summer and winter[3]

Biography[edit]

Konno joined the J-pop group Morning Musume in 2001,[4] after successfully passing the audition for fifth generation members. 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.[5]

She debuted on the group's thirteenth single, "Mr. Moonlight ~Ai no Big Band~", released on October 31, 2001.[6] 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 4th Ikimasshoi!, released on March 27, 2002.[7]

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, Konno was put into Tanpopo as the third generation.[1] They only released one single before becoming inactive.[8]

Konno, along with many other members of 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 Sakuragumi, releasing two singles.[9] Gatas Brilhantes H.P., Hello! Project's futsal team, was also formed that year and Konno became one of its founding members, quitting only when she was graduating from Hello! Project.

In July of the same year, she was added into Country Musume, (whose theme was "girls from Hokkaidō") with fellow member Miki Fujimoto. Under this new formation, named "Country Musume ni Konno to Fujimoto", three singles were released.[10] She also made a guest appearance in a drama, Kochira Hon Ikegami Sho 2 (which Ai Kago stars in as a regular) that year, as a hit-and-run victim's sister.[11]

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 2001 (shortly after the fifth generation joined) 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! in 2003 (after the sixth generation joined) focusing on sports, placing as the fifth most athletic Morning Musume member.

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

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.[12] On July 23, 2006, Konno graduated from Morning Musume and Hello! Project to continue her studies at a university.[1][4][13] The last single and album she participated in was "Ambitious! Yashinteki de Ii Jan"[14] 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.[15][16][17][18] On December 28, she has confirmed these claims personally, in a message she sent to Hello! Project which was posted on the main website.[19]

Although she is no longer part of Hello! Project, 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 Country Musume, who were graduating that night.[20][21][22]

Trivia[edit]

Hello! Project Groups[edit]

Appearances[edit]

Filmography[edit]

DVD[edit]

  • Alo Hello! Asami Konno DVD (アロハロ!紺野あさ美DVD, AroHaro! Konno Asami DVD) (April 12, 2006)[28]
  • 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)[29]
  • New Cyborg Shibata!! (新サイボーグしばたっ!!, Shin Saibōgu Shibata!!) (2004)[30]
  • Fight! Cyborg Shibata 3 (闘え!!サイボーグしばた 3, Tatakae!! Cyborg Shibata 3) (2005)[31]

Dramas[edit]

Movies[edit]

Photobooks[32][edit]

Solo[edit]

  1. Konno Asami (紺野あさ美) (August 24, 2004) ISBN 4-8470-2816-3
  2. Natsufuku ~Natsu o Sugosu Shōjo~ (なつふく ~夏を過ごす少女~) (August 9, 2005) ISBN 4-8470-2877-5
  3. Alo Hello! Konno Asami Shashinshū (アロハロ!紺野あさ美写真集) (March 31, 2006) ISBN 4-04-894265-4
  4. See you again (July 10, 2006) ISBN 4-8470-2939-9
  5. Konno Asami Shashinshū Zenshū "Sweet Days" (紺野あさ美 写真集全集『Sweet Days』) (September 12, 2006) ISBN 4-8470-2952-6

Group[edit]

  1. 5 Morning Musume 5th Generation Member Shashinshū (5 モーニング娘。5期メンバー写真集) (August 13, 2002) ISBN 4-8470-2721-3

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References & Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Hatena Diary - Konno Asami" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2007-03-12. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Japanese Wikipedia" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2007-04-07. 
  3. ^ a b During "100% Konno Asami Interview".
  4. ^ a b "Hello! Project's official site: Konno's graduation message" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2007-02-17. 
  5. ^ Morning Musume fifth generation audition on muSix! (TV Tokyo), "13nin Gakkari no Christmas", both broadcasted in 2001.
  6. ^ "UP-FRONT WORKS: Mr. Moonlight ~Ai no Big Band~ entry" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2007-02-18. 
  7. ^ "UP-FRONT WORKS: 4th Ikimasshoi! entry" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2007-02-18. 
  8. ^ "Hello! Project's official site: Tanpopo discography" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2007-02-17. 
  9. ^ "Hello! Project's official site: Morning Musume Sakuragumi discography" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2007-01-23. 
  10. ^ "Hello! Project's official site: Country Musume ni Konno to Fujimoto discography" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2007-01-23. 
  11. ^ a b "Kochira Hon Ikegami Sho 2 official website episode 11 synopsis" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2007-01-23. 
  12. ^ Hello! Project SPORTS FESTIVAL ~HELLO! DIVA ATHLETE~ on March 19, 2006.
  13. ^ "Daily Sports Online news article" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2007-03-12. 
  14. ^ "Yahoo! Music Magazine article" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2007-03-12. 
  15. ^ "Yahoo! Japan News article" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2007-12-20. 
  16. ^ "J-Cast news article" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2007-12-17. 
  17. ^ "Nikkan Sports article" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2007-12-17. 
  18. ^ "Livedoor article" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2007-03-12. 
  19. ^ "Hello! Projet's official site: Konno's message (after graduation)" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2007-12-28. 
  20. ^ "Nikkan Sports article" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2007-01-28. 
  21. ^ "Natalie: Hello! Project's 10th anniversary concert DVD article" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2007-03-12. 
  22. ^ "Daily Sports news article" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2007-03-12. 
  23. '^ On Hello! Mornings 2004-05-09 episode.
  24. ^ On Matthew's Best Hit TV, while with Risa Niigaki on 2002-10-30. It has also been said on various other shows.
  25. ^ On Matthew's Best Hit TV, while with Miki Fujimoto 2004-02-25.
  26. ^ This was mentioned first in the Joshi Kashimashi Monogatari song, and confirmed in an Chokkan 2 interview.
  27. ^ On the "Asami Konno Graduation Memorial" DVD, released in the August of 2006.
  28. ^ "Amazon.co.jp page" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2007-01-23. 
  29. ^ "Hello! Project's official site: tour goods list" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2007-03-12. 
  30. ^ "Amazon.co.jp page" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2007-02-17. 
  31. ^ "Amazon.co.jp page" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2007-02-17. 
  32. ^ "Hello! Project official site: photobooks listing" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2007-01-23. 
  33. ^ (in English) [1], [2], [3] HaroPuro Yanen English summaries by epifanes. Retrieved on 2007-01-23.


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