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All About Sayumi Michishige of the Pop Music Girl Group Morning Musume

Ara is a Journalism graduate from California State University Northridge who is always looking to explore his writing opportunities.

Sayumi Michishige Former Band Leader of the Group Morning Musume

So who is Sayumi Michishige? She is a sixth generation member of the very popular and famous Japanese pop music group Morning Musume. She took over the responsibility of band leader after the graduation of Risa Niigaki on May 18, 2012. She was selected from the Morning Musume Love Audition 2002 to join as a member along with Eri Kamei and Reina Tanaka.

A First Look at Sayumi Michishige

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Why Is Sayumi Michishige Popular?

In terms of status within Morning Musume & Japanese pop music in general, she is the member with the longest tenure in terms of days served as a member of Morning Musume having been with the group for over 11 years from 2003 through 2014. I would even say that although she has one of the best bikini bodies among Morning Musume girls, she is not the sexiest. But even so, she has had a great life in her 30 years and you will see why.

Sayumi Michishige's Early Career (2003-2005)

Her debut with the group was on the single “Shabondama.” She is considered to be the weakest member vocally but she refers to herself as the cutest Morning Musume member. I will say that she is kind of cute but so is Ai Takahashi.

Michishige is considered as the one who succeeded Rika Ishikawa because of the role that they both have played within the group. In 2004, Michishige along with Ishikawa formed a group called EcoMoni which is an environmental awareness group. As part of the activities involved, they go to environmental and cultural festivals each summer. In 2005, they released a photo book together called “Angels.” She has appeared on many TV shows. She used to be a regular cast member of Hello! Morning with Yuko Nakazawa and Eri Kamei.

Sayumi Michishige With Ai Takahashi

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Facts About Sayumi Michishige That Some of You May Not Know

Sayumi Michishige was born on July 13, 1989 in Ube, Japan. She is skilled at braiding, y-balance, and math. Her hobbies are collecting things and talking. The motto that she lives by is “never refuse a gift.” She has to be a really generous person to live by those words. Her favorite color is pink. Sayumi enjoys her mother’s homemade spaghetti and chocolate. Her favorite words are left-right symmetry and thank you! It is great to be thankful for obvious reasons.


More Photos of Sayumi Michishige From Her Solo Photo Books or Magazine Pics

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With Rika Ishikawa (right).

With Rika Ishikawa (right).

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Interesting Facts About Sayumi Michishige

  • Sayumi has an older brother and an older sister.
  • Her official Morning Musume color is pink.
  • She has not changed her hair color since joining Morning Musume.
  • She became close friends with Eri Kamei during their days at training camp.
  • When she was in elementary school, she won an award from aerobics and she also took piano lessons.
  • Prior to her joining Morning Musume, she really admired Ai Takahashi and Rika Ishikawa.
  • Sayumi’s father is a researcher for the chemical company Ube Industries.
  • Sayumi said during a 2012 magazine interview that her favorite Morning Musume song is “Kare to Issho ni Omise ga Shitai!”
  • Her favorite word in English is Japan.
  • Her favorite foods are something called Mentaiko Spaghetti and chocolate.

A List of Sayumi Michishige's Photo Book Releases

Sayumi’s photo book releases (I’m only including the ones that she has released individually).

  • Michishige, Sayumi
  • Doukei
  • Love Hello! Michishige Sayumi Photo book
  • Sousou
  • Love Letter
  • 20sai 7gatsu 13nichi
  • La
  • Sayuminglandoll
  • Mille Feuille
  • Blue Rose
  • Your Love
  • Dream

"Loneliness Tokyo" Featuring Sayumi Michishige

Sayumi Michishige Has Spent Time Outside of Morning Musume With Miki Fujimoto

Although Sayumi Michishige is known for her cuteness, she really likes to have fun too. In January 2011, Miki Fujimoto posted on her blog that Sayumi had come on the Ichihachi show. This is a variety show that also has Fujimoto as a regular cast member. Later that day, Fujimoto then 25 posted another blog entry in which she said that Kumicky also known as Kumiko Funayama came onto the Ichihachi show and she showed her child-like and charismatic nature. Fujimoto reported that they got together and had so much fun! This is old news but it just goes to show that members of Morning Musume past and present are more than just pop music idols.



To elaborate further on her non-musical work, on February 3, 2020, Michishige was chosen as the cover model for Atsushi Omura’s novel called Shion wa, Boku ni Osekkai. What else can Michishige do? It seems like she has done pretty much everything that you can expect an entertainer to do in their line of work.

© 2019 Ara Vahanian