ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

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

Updated on October 31, 2019
CELEBSFAN78 profile image

Ara is a Journalism graduate from California State University Northridge who is looking to always 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


A Sayumi Michishige Article Is Appropriate

In what appears to be this writer’s last article here for a while although time will tell, it is only fitting to write about Michishige because she has done so much for Morning Musume and she has been its leader so an article that looks at her life and career is most appropriate.

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.

2 Times That Michishige Made History With Morning Musume

On January 1, 2014, she recorded her 4,000th day as a member of Morning Musume and then became the first member in the group’s history to be a member for 11 years.

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


In Spite of Her Success, Michishige Has Been Frustrated As Well

Speaking of being more than just pop music idols, 2005 was a frustrating year for Michishige. She was assigned to be a mentor for member Koharu Kusumi. Michishige herself admitted that she hated to do this because Kusumi had to be taught everything. It got so frustrating for Michishige that she was plucking out her eyebrows as a result! After this, the Morning Musume mentor-pupil system was discontinued.

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

With Rika Ishikawa (right).
With Rika Ishikawa (right). | Source

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

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.

© 2019 Ara Vahanian


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)