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.