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A First Look at Miki Fujimoto (Shoji as of 2009)
Who Is Miki Fujimoto and Why Is She Famous?
If you really enjoy Japanese pop music then the name Miki Fujimoto should be very familiar to you. She is best known for being one of the members of the 6th generation of girl group Morning Musume. This extremely attractive young lady was born on February 26, 1985 in the city of Takikawa in Japan. Takikawa is located on the island of Hokkaido. I discovered about Miki when I was reading about some of the other singers such as Risa Niigaki and Aya Matsuura. Whereas the first article I wrote about Fujimoto discussed much of her personal life and the awesome solo single called Okitegami, this one is a more in depth look at the career of a person that was once my favorite member of Morning Musume’s 6th generation.
Phots of Miki Fujimoto With Her Best Friend Aya Matsuura
Quick Biography of Miki Fujimoto
- She enjoys watching movies.
- Her favorite colors are black and white.
- Her favorite flower is the sunflower.
- She says that her favorite season is summer.
- Her favorite foods include yakiniku, natto and meat.
- The foods that she dislikes are cauliflower, broccoli, taro and scallions.
- Her favorite song is listed as Romantic Ukare Mode.
- Miki’s favorite artists are her best friend Aya Matsuura, Christina Aguilera and Namie Amuro.
- She is also good friends with Hitomi Yoshizawa.
How Did Fujimoto Start Her Career In Entertainment?
Fujimoto in 2002 at the young age of 17 attempted to join the popular Japanese all female pop music group called Morning Musume. But she was not successful and she got her first start in the entertainment industry. And this happened when she joined a group known as Hello! Project in the same year of 2002. At this time, she was performing as a solo performer. Fujimoto is the best friend of Japanese pop singer Aya Matsuura. The other people that she looks up to as role models in her life are Yuko Nakazawa and Namie Amuro.
Fujimoto Starts to Succeed
Fujimoto finally got her first taste of success when she performed well on New Year’s Eve in 2003 on a music program called Kohaku Uta Gassen. Fujimoto then was able to join Morning Musume. But shortly after she joined the group made a split into two groups and she was put into the group Morning Musume Otomegumi. All of the members of Morning Musume are from Japan except Li Chun who is from China.
Miki Fujimoto in Bankgok, Thailand in 2009
Scandal Involving Fujimoto
According to a Japanese magazine called Friday, there was a rumor circulating around that Fujimoto had been involved in a scandal with now current husband Tomoharu Shoji who is involved as a member of a comedy group called Shinagawa Shoji. Fujimoto confirmed on a radio show that the pictures in that magazine were pictures of her. The agency that she has a contract with is called Up-Front Agency. The agency did not want to get involved in the situation because they could not prove that Shoji and Fujimoto were dating. After this incident, Fujimoto resigned from Morning Musume in June of 2007.
Miki Fujimoto Marries Comedian Tomoharu Shoji
Fujimoto in March 2009 announced that she and Tomoharu Shoji had become engaged. And on July 3 of that same year they got married in Hawaii. As of 2010 Fujimoto has now rejoined the other Morning Musume members in a new group called Dream Morning Musume. Miki is now known as Miki Shoji but still uses her maiden surname when she records music. In September of 2010, Miki joined another group by the name of Afternoon Musume. There are so many of these kinds of group names that I find it amazing.
Modeling & Acting Work For Fujimoto
In addition to her success as a pop singer in the music industry, Fujimoto is also a model and actress. Fujimoto has made appearances in six photo books and she has released 3 DVDs. Fujimoto has also made appearances in two musicals. The first musical that she appeared in was called Ribbon No Kishi and she played the role of Hecate. This event took place in 2006. In 2008, Fujimoto appeared in the musical version of Grease and she played the role of Rizzo. As of 2011, Fujimoto is still the leader of the group Dream Morning Musume.
A Restaurant Produced by Fujimoto Comes Under Controversy
We mentioned earlier how Miki Fujimoto created controversy with her romance with Tomoharu Shoji while she was still a member of Morning Musume. In 2012, she was at the center of controversy and in the news once again but this time, she was not personally responsible for what was to surface. On June 8, 2012, it was reported that 16 high school students from Kanagawa Prefecture came down with a case of food poisoning after having eaten at a restaurant produced by Fujimoto. Three of these female high school students were hospitalized but their conditions were not life threatening. Two days after the incident, Fujimoto wrote what was described as a public apology on her blog. She expressed deep concern for the customers that were affected as a result of this incident and also apologized for the other customers having been inconvenienced. Fujimoto explained that she is the image character for the restaurant chain called Yakiniku Miki-tei. She felt very bad about the incident and said that she does not take part in the management of the restaurant.
"My Pure Lady"
Miki Fujimoto Goes on a Special Vacation and Meets Up With Aya Matsuura
Miki Fujimoto the gorgeous former singer of Morning Musume took a vacation in 2011 that she will probably never forget. She first arrived in Chicago in February 2011 and posted on her blog that it was snowing in Chicago and that after her time in Chicago, she would be getting on another plane. Although this was Fujimoto’s first time in Chicago and she was really excited, she also said that she did not have any free time. That must have disappointed her fans a great deal. But what she did next kept fans wondering what was going on. Later, she posted a picture of someone and said that after this trip, she and this person would be doing some work abroad. It turned out to be her best friend Aya Matsuura Matsuura also posted a picture of someone from behind and she said that she was at Narita Airport. She would reveal later that it was Miki Fujimoto and that they were having fun at Disney World in Orlando, Florida! Shortly before that vacation, Miki was present at the Tokyo Girls Collection fashion show as a guest. She modeled for the brand Laisse Paisse.
© 2019 Ara Vahanian
Ara Vahanian (author) from LOS ANGELES on September 24, 2020:
Hi Paul M,
Thank you so much for your wonderfully thought comment! I have always had a huge passion for writing and this site has given me a wonderful opportunity to do so and to be able to inform the world as well. I got into Morning Musume probably around 2012 and I have been enjoying their music ever since. I find Miki Fujimoto and Aya Matsuura entertaining as well. Thanks again Paul for your comment and do please check out my many other articles as well. I will fight for what is good always!
Paul M on September 23, 2020:
I (invidinvasion) have been a fan of Aya Matsuura and Morning Musume since 2009. They are all grown up with family of their own. I, as a 54 year old American man, feel enriched and greatly entertained by the hearts and beauty of these woman whom give so much of themselves to make life such a wonderful creation. I am lucky to be alive to witness such selfless, giving, and nurturing personalities. Best wishes to everyone. And thank you Ara for your writing and good luck with everything you do! Fight for Good always!
Ara Vahanian (author) from LOS ANGELES on July 22, 2020:
Thank you so much for leaving this great comment! I was wanting for the world to see that in fact there are celebrities who do not only care about themselves and that they care about humanity as a whole. Miki is one of those people as this article shows. I wrote about her here so that the world can read about her and get to know her more in depth. You are more than welcome to read some of my other articles about members of Morning Musume.
Invidinvasion on July 22, 2020:
Miki...you are such a brave, strong, intelligent and beautiful person. Thank you for giving the world positivity and lovliness. So appreciative of you and your friend Aya M. I am but a simple American man...but I like your character and style. I know not of you other than what I see of you in media. Thank you for sharing your beauty. Best wishes!