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Who Is Haruna Iikubo?
Haruna Iikubo is one of those Morning Musume members and Japanese singer idols that has not been covered on Hubpages and she played an important role in the history of Morning Musume, the former name of this Japanese idol group. Note: this article will only cover the career of Haruna Iikubo but it will not list the many interesting facts about her. Information about her family will also be included.
A Photo of Haruna Iikubo at a 20th Anniversary Event for Hello! Project
About Haruna Iikubo and Her Family
Haruna was born on November 7, 1994 in Tokyo. Haruna Iikubo is also a former gravure model and movie actress. She got into the entertainment industry in 2009 when she won an award at the auditions for the fashion magazine called Love Berry. Her first appearance as a model was in the June 2009 issue. Beginning in July 2009, Iikubo would adopt the stage name of Dan Hau. Iikubo eventually would stop modeling for the magazine in February 2011. Interestingly enough, when Haruna was born, her parents were both at the young age of 19! Haruna’s mother worked as a fashion model for a few years. Haruna’s grandmother works as a florist.
Haruna Iikubo: Her Early Career
The girls took part in the performance of the song called Tomo. They would also sing the last song of the concert Namidacchi. In 2012, Iikubo’s career as an actress began when she and all of the members of the 9th and 10th generation were chosen to star in a stage play called Stacey’s Shoujo Saisatsu Kageki. The stage play would run from June 6-12 of 2012. Their co-star in that play was Reina Tanaka.
On July 20, 2012, it was revealed that Iikubo along with Maimi Yajima, Chinami Tokunaga, Saki Nakajima, and Berryz Koubou member Miyabi Natsuyaki were chosen to become a part of the group known as DIY Love. They released a single on November 7, 2012 which was also Iikubo’s 18th birthday. On July 30, 2012, Iikubo’s color was changed to Honey. Every Morning Musume member is assigned a color. Haruna’s interest in Morning Musume came from a very early age. When she was in elementary school, she drew pictures of Sayumi Michishige, Risa Niigaki and of herself. So it is fair to say that Haruna got her wish of being a part of the group and fulfilled her dream. The group’s producer TSUNKU says that he hopes that Iikubo can make Morning Musume even more stylish and cute.
"Selfish, Easy Going Jokes of Love"
More Photos of Haruna Iikubo
Haruna Iikubo Speaks English in New York City
Haruna Iikubo: 2013 - 2018 Including Her Graduation From Morning Musume
Beginning in April 2013, Haruna Iikubo would also start being involved in radio shows. She took over as one of the hosts for the show Young Town replacing Aika Mitsui. Mitsui had graduated from Morning Musume in May 2012 due to an ankle injury that she had sustained. This injury did not allow her to perform on stage. In May 2013, during the graduation concert of Reina Tanaka Iikubo and Fukumura were announced as sub-leaders of Morning Musume. This was the first time that there were two sub-leaders in Morning Musume. On November 7, 2013, Iikubo was given the opportunity to hold a special birthday event to celebrate her 19 years of life. The event had two performances at Tokyo’s FM Hall. Attending this birthday event were Ayumi Ishida and Sakura Oda. On July 31, 2014, Iikubo was chosen to be a special guest on the live program for the Zelda Musou (Hyrule Warriors). It was during the event that Iikubo talked about the Zelda series and even played a demo of them. On December 16, 2018, Haruna Iikubo graduated for good from Morning Musume. She holds the record for being the longest serving sub-leader in the history of the group.
Haruna Iikubo's Work After Morning Musume
What has Haruna Iikubo done since her graduation from Morning Musume? Well, for starters, she has switched talent agencies because in early 2019, she transferred from Up-Front Promotion to J.P. Room. A few months later in April 2019, Iikubo along with fashion model Chihiro Kondo became a regular cast member in the CBC TV show Chant! It is part of something called the Oshare Sampo corner and this is the same corner in which Risa Niigaki and Ai Takahashi had become members a month prior to Iikubo.
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