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13th Anniversary

Today (March 3. 2017) we celebrate The 13th Anniversary of Berryz Kobo.



Exactly two years ago Berryz Kobo was disbanded. After that I still posted to this Berryz Kobo International blog some °C-ute and Berryz ex-members related posts plus some stuff from Kobushi Factory.

Now it’s time to close this chapter. This is the final post I make here.



But no worries.

This whole BKI blog is still gonna be here as an archive site because it has an interesting historical timeline almost from the beginning of Berryz Kobo. °C-ute was a sister group for BK so it was quite natural that I did also °C-ute related posts for BKI blog.



This archive is indeed my Berryz Kobo fandom history. Now I almost get emotional.

Berryz Kobo was my number one Hello! Project group so many years. I don’t lie if I say that during those years for me almost every day was one way or another a Berryz day.

Now those days are gone & history. Fortunately we BK fans have all our precious memories to cherish and all those recorded media to listen & watch when ever we have urge to do so.

My Berryz Kobo fandom kind of culminated when I in April of 2013 finally saw my girls live at Shibuya Koukaido. Actually saw ’em two times a row. Then few days later I had a chance to do an interview with Saki and Chinami for Finnish JapanPop magazine.

So how are things today? From now on I’ll write about ex-members of Berryz Kobo for my KAKKO-II Blog.

Kobushi Factory has replaced Berryz Kobo as my number one H!P group. My Kobushi Factory International The Blog has now been online from the beginning of last December (2016). My Tsubaki Factory posts you can also find on that blog. Other H!P groups are still at KAKKO-II Blog.


Signing off now from BKI blog.

Yours zush
on March 3. 2017


Waiting for the snow

Here in Helsinki it’s a grey and rainy day today (December 8. 2016). We had snow a week or so ago and it felt like winter but at the moment it’s like gloomy wet autumn weather.

Here is a web cam view from downtown Helsinki. This live cam you can find from here.



Some time ago Maasa posted these old photos. They are from 2014 when even Tokyo had lot of snow. Ah, Berryz Kobo!!!



Related: Check out my old blog post “Berryz Kobo Shiroi Tokyo 2014 edition”


Momoko leaves entertainment world

15 years as an idol is exceptionally long time to be in a Japanese idol entertainment industry. Now after all those hectic years Momoko Tsugunaga (24) is ending her idol career on June 30. next year. She announced her graduation from Country Girls and Hello! Project today on Hello! Project’s official English language Facebook page.



Momoko stated that she likes children and she already has graduated from university with the teacher’s license for elementary school and kindergarten. After stopping her idol activities Momoko’s aim is to become a kindergarten teacher.

From June 30th, I will devote myself once again in studying education for children, field for which I hope to work for.” she said.

To be honest I didn’t wait this kind of announcement yet. Sure I was waiting that soon she is leaving Country Girls but this is a bit surprising that she is also leaving Hello! Project and the whole idol industry. Besides being a member & mentor in Country Girls she has ’till now been also very popular TV personality.



However I don’t see this sudden announcement “shocking” in any ways. It’s just that enough is enough and even Momoko has got older and needs to think about her future. Because you can’t be an idol through all of your life. After all an idol’s life is like living in soap bubbles. It never can’t last forever.

Momoko has given for me so much nice moments and fun during these past 14 years. I already knew her when she was still in H!P Kids and was only 10 years old. That was year 2002. Oh how time flies indeed!

I have now plenty of time to write about those happy moments Momoko has given us before June 30. comes. So you can be sure that I’m gonna post several entries about Momoko a.k.a. Momochi here in the upcoming months.