Nozomi Tsuji

, is a Japanese pop singer and was the leader of W, a J-pop duo group, a former fourth generation member of J-pop idol group Morning Musume, and a former founding member of Morning Musume subgroup Mini Moni. She has participated in the shuffle groups 10-nin Matsuri, Odoru 11, and 11Water, H.P. All Stars, as well as being a member of the Morning Musume splinter group Morning Musume Otomegumi.


In 2000, Tsuji auditioned for the pop group Morning Musume. At first, Tsunku, the group's producer, only wanted three new members for the group, and chose Rika Ishikawa, Hitomi Yoshizawa, and Ai Kago. However, he made a surprising move and added Tsuji as a fourth member, creating the fourth generation of the group. The fourth generation's debut single was Morning Musume's 9th, "Happy Summer Wedding".

Tsuji early on became friends with her fellow fourth generation member, Ai Kago, and as the youngest two members of the group, they assumed the roles of the hyperactive troublemakers of Morning Musume. Fans took to them quickly, dubbing them "The Twins", based on their similar looks and personalities. They both retained these personalities for their first years with the group, but by 2003, they were no longer the youngest or the most childish, so their hyperactivity toned down. However, Tsuji and Kago continued their strong association with each other inside the group (and their friendship outside of it). To most casual fans of Morning Musume, it was hard to think of one without thinking of the other. Kago and Tsuji are also known as "Two Top" as on a television special they were both the least knowledgeable when given surprise pop quizzes on several grade school problems, Tsuji being the least knowledgeable and Kago being the 2nd least knowledgeable.

In January 2001, she formed Mini Moni with Mari Yaguchi and Ai Kago. In May 2004, Tsunku announced the graduation of both Tsuji and Kago from Morning Musume and created the group W, featuring the pair. On August 1, 2004, they officially graduated from Morning Musume.

She was the temporary world record holder in the Guinness World Records for spinning the largest Hula Hoop (12.5 m) for 30 seconds from January 2003 to June 2003. In January 2004, she and Ai Kago simultaneously regained the title, and held it until September 2005. She is also Goalkeeper for Gatas Brilhantes H.P., the Hello! Project Futsal team. She was crowned 'Bakajo' (Idiot Girl) with an average score of 249 out of 500 in the Mechaike Bakajo Test.

Tsuji released a second solo photobook—more than three years after her first—entitled "Nonno 19" which is a possible pun; the combination of her two nicknames, "Nono" and "Non". Also, "non no 19" means "non's 19", which refers to her age. The PB shows Nozomi with her hair down, a look that has been rare for her.

On January 30 2007, it was announced on Hello! Project's official site that Tsuji would be voice-acting as a guest for Keroro Gunso the Super Movie 2: The Deep Sea Princess.

In line with Mari Yaguchi's involvement in the Japanese 2007 adaptation of the popular 1955 Broadway play, "Damn Yankees", Tsuji was scheduled to be double casted with fellow 4th Generation ex-Morning Musume member, Rika Ishikawa, in , which opened on May 4, 2007 at the Nissei Theatre in Tokyo, where she was to perform until the 22nd, but due to health problems (gastroenteritis, according to the official Hello! Project website), she was eventually replaced by Hitomi Yoshizawa.

On March 26 2007, after Ai Kago's contract cancellation with Hello! Project, W disbanded.

On April 24 2007, news about Tsuji's new unit was released. The unit, named Gyaruru, was supposed to be made up of Tsuji, Tokito Ami and Gal Sone.

On May 8 2007, multiple Japanese news sources announced that Tsuji was nine weeks pregnant, and engaged to actor Taiyō Sugiura (age 26), lead role of Ultraman Cosmos, whom she had been dating since Summer 2006, after the two were introduced to each other earlier in April. Their marriage was set for June 17 2007 (her twentieth birthday). This was confirmed the next day by several news sources. A press conference was held on May 10, in which both entertainers expressed their apologies to the public, amidst both praise and criticism coming from other renowned artists, such as former 4th Generation Morning Musume member, Hitomi Yoshizawa—who was called in at the last minute to replace Tsuji in the play, "When Will You Return?", and consequently was forced to learn all her lines in a relatively short period of time— and Akiko Wada, who considered the singer's pregnancy and shotgun marriage signs of irresponsibility. Tsuji stated at the press conference that she would return to the public eye "when things calm down" after childbirth. As an official statement from her agency has not yet been made, it is assumed that she will be allowed to return to show business after her leave. However her position within Gyaruru has since been filled by Asami Abe.

Tsuji was the voice of the character Athena in the animation series Robby & Kerobby, and released a single as the character: "Koko ni Iruzee!", a cover version of the Morning Musume song by the same name. She has since relinquished the role to Risa Niigaki, due to her pregnancy.

She has changed her name to Nozomi Sugiura, but will continue to use "Nozomi Tsuji" as a stage name.

On November 26, 2007, Tsuji gave birth to a girl named at 12:45 am, weighing .

Tsuji has planned on returning to Hello! Project in Autumn 2008.



# Title Release Date
1 2007-05-16



TV Shows

  • (2000–2007)



# Title Release date Publisher ISBN Photobook information
2002-05-22 Wani Books ISBN 4-8470-2710-8 Duo photobook with Ai Kago
1 2003-11-10 Wani Books ISBN 4-8470-2782-5 First solo photobook
2 2006-11-18 Takeshobo ISBN 978-4812429532 Second solo photobook


Title Release date Publisher
U+U=W 2004-12-04 Takeshobo Co., Ltd


External links

{{Persondata Tsuji, Nozomi |ALTERNATIVE NAMES=Nozomi Sugiura, 辻 希美/杉浦 (Japanese) |SHORT DESCRIPTION=Japanese J-pop singer |DATE OF BIRTH=June 17 1987 |PLACE OF BIRTH=Tokyo, Japan |DATE OF DEATH= |PLACE OF DEATH=] at the Internet Movie Database

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