0: Asahi Shimbun Digital (interview excerpt) 2018/07/10(火) 00:00:00.00 0.net
“In the beginning, almost nothing was fun or pleasant. It was all painful.”
There was a misunderstanding that Niigaki had been able to join the group because of “special considerations.” Some fans took these negative rumors about her and began spreading them as if they were true. With broadband providers such Softbank Japan and Yahoo!BB entering the market, the year 2001 was one where the internet as a whole had already begun to become widely available in Japan, and online bashing towards Niigaki became very rampant. Even when the group was on stage, things like inconsiderate heckling and booing towards her would persist for a long while.
At the time, Niigaki was only 12 years old.
“There was this one concert where it was especially obvious that I hadn’t been accepted by the fans, and both my parents happened to be in the audience that time. After the concert ended, the three of us had a talk and we made a decision. “Let’s stop this already.” But after we talked it over with the staff, they convinced us to give it one more try. I then came to notice how there were some fans who supported me. There really weren’t a lot of them, but there were a couple — just a few people that supported me.”
37: 名無し募集中。。。 2018/07/10(火) 12:31:30.05 0.net
Is this the first time that she herself has directly spoken about this?
839: 名無し募集中。。。 2018/07/10(火) 21:26:58.99 0.net
You guys did something awful to Gaki-san.
October 20, 1988 — Kanagawa
2001/08/26 ~ 2012/05/18
Niigaki: Some time ago I was doing a shoot for a TV program where they had pictures from the times of our respective debuts lined up, and I realized how the members in them all looked different depending on the era. I don’t just mean our makeup and our hairstyles, but the whole “feel” of the pictures themselves.
20 years… It really is a piece of history. I was a member of the group for half of that — 10 years. The beginning was so incredibly difficult for me, but I think if I had to choose, it was the latter half of my time as a member that left the bigger impression on me. This was when we were the seniors; when our seniors had all left and it was up to just me and Ai-chan to take responsibility of Morning Musume. That was the era of my Morning Musume life that to me felt the most profound.
— You joined the group in 2001. “The☆Peace!” was a hit and the group was smack in the middle of its Golden Era.
Niigaki: I loved Morning Musume. My first impression of them was that it was this group of older girls singing really cool, mature songs, and then when the 4th generation joined I came to like them even more since they were around the same age as me. That’s when I first started going to their concerts, too. You couldn’t apply to their auditions until you were in junior high school, so I just waited patiently until that day and I let my parents know I wanted to apply.
1: 名無し募集中。。。 2018/06/23(土) 18:46:07.87 0.net
Let’s all of us Ogata wota have a heart-to-heart.
2: 名無し募集中。。。 2018/06/23(土) 18:46:33.16 0.net
To be honest with you?
5: 名無し募集中。。。 2018/06/23(土) 18:47:40.58 0.net
I feel lonely.
13: 名無し募集中。。。 2018/06/23(土) 18:51:47.25 0.net
She wasn’t my oshi, but I definitely had a soft spot for her looks and her Osaka dialect. I miss her.
28: 無し募集中。。。 2018/06/23(土) 19:02:23.27 0.net
It’s always lonely when we lose a girl who has an impression of being someone who’s always smiling. Read more…
1: 名無し募集中。。。 2018/10/15(月) 18:34:40.09 0.net
Please give me your rock recommendations!
I want both recent and non-recent stuff!
3: 名無し募集中。。。 2018/10/15(月) 18:36:31.42 0.net
Just listen to Sharan Q.
5: 名無し募集中。。。 2018/10/15(月) 18:37:40.99 0.net
41: 名無し募集中。。。 2018/10/15(月) 20:29:22.13 0.net
Although her looks might have you think otherwise, Kishimon is actually a pretty earnest person. She’s probably going to read all the recommendations you leave her in the comments.
33: 名無し募集中。。。 2018/10/15(月) 19:40:38.01 0.net
Why not just ask Mofuo?
1: 名無し募集中。。。 2018/09/23(日) 22:01:56.91 0
Oh, by the way!
When I walked down to the audience area after today’s concert…
I found lots of trash on the floor. (￣Д￣;) (shock)
Everyone! Please don’t forget to take your plastic bottles and other trash with you after concerts! Let’s do our best, okay?! Let’s take good care of our important live venues! 😊😊
6: 名無し募集中。。。 2018/09/23(日) 22:06:50.99 0
Just how bad was it, seeing that even a member had to make a blog post about it…?
7: 名無し募集中。。。 2018/09/23(日) 22:07:45.44 0
Okay, this is just embarrassing.
10: 名無し募集中。。。 2018/09/23(日) 22:08:53.79 0
Why did she go into the audience area?
145: 名無し募集中。。。 2018/09/23(日) 22:48:18.04 0
To steal any forgotten belongings.
1: 名無し募集中。。。 2018/07/23(月) 21:30:43.84 0.net
People like that have got to be just an urban legend… right?
3: 名無し募集中。。。 2018/07/23(月) 21:32:39.02 0.net
I don’t think people like that really exist.
6: 名無し募集中。。。 2018/07/23(月) 21:36:23.51 0.net
10: 名無し募集中。。。 2018/07/23(月) 21:41:28.64 0.net
I’m a guy and even I’m embarrassed to reveal my armpits.
4: 名無し募集中。。。 2018/07/23(月) 21:34:28.11 0.net
I’d appreciate some samples of what you’re talking about.
5: 名無し募集中。。。 2018/07/23(月) 21:35:07.68 0.net
Is this today’s Yamaki thread?
1: 名無し募集中。。。 2018/09/02(日) 10:32:01.16 0.net
Oh, the drama! Apparently they got into an argument one time when it was just the two of them in the dressing room. Turns out they really were on bad terms.
2: 名無し募集中。。。 2018/09/02(日) 10:33:46.74 0.net
They’re both such strong-willed people.
5: 名無し募集中。。。 2018/09/02(日) 10:35:10.62 0.net
A one-on-one fight actually leading to them becoming friends…?
They couldn’t make their delinquent nature any more obvious if they tried. (laughs)
6: 名無し募集中。。。 2018/09/02(日) 10:35:33.47 0.net
When did this happen?
Around the Gomattou days?
10: 稲場愛香 2018/09/02(日) 10:37:17.55 0.net
That’s women for you.
For those of you who have made it this far into the book, I’m sure you’re by now well aware of just how much I love women and how much I think about them. But was I also able to convey to you my even greater passion for this thing called “music”?
Well, in any case. I feel like I still haven’t said all I have to say. That’s why I’m now writing this afterword.
To be honest with you, when I first took on the job of producing Morning Musume I never expected society to accept the group to the extent that they now have. Getting to appear on Kouhaku, creating new units using the members of Morning Musume… to say nothing of getting to write this very book. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever imagine these things to happen. Ha ha ha.
Why did people take such an interest in Morning Musume and Taiyou to Ciscomoon? When I think about it now, it must’ve been because of the individual charms of each and every member.
When they’d only just debuted, me and the staff around me would be giving them all sorts of advice in an attempt to draw out those charms. When the cameraman said he was going to take close-up shots, some members would take that as a sign that they themselves needed to physically walk closer to the camera — that was the extent to which they knew nothing at all. Other members, we’d literally have to teach them how to hold a microphone. But now that they’re popular and they’ve become confident, they’ve also become better performers than I could’ve ever imagined.
This might sound weird, but I feel like a father who is looking at his daughters and thinking, “you’ve gotten so big…” It’s almost to the extent where it makes me tear up just thinking about it. (Man, have I gotten old…)