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Makoto Ogawa (小川 麻琴 Ogawa Makoto?, born October 29, 1987 in Kashiwazaki, Niigata, Japan) is a Japanese pop singer and actress best known as a former member of Morning Musume. She joined the group in August 2001 along with fellow fifth generation members Ai Takahashi, Risa Niigaki, and Asami Konno. Ogawa is currently a member of Dream Morning Musume.
Before joining to Japanese idol group Morning Musume, Makoto Ogawa was enrolled at an entertainment school Apple Little Performers (ALP) in Niigata, where she was one of the top students. She even made her CD debut on a cheer song for the J2 soccer team, Albirex Niigata. She has also been a model for magazines and campaign, such as one for automobile safety for the elderly. Tsunku—producer and lyricist of Hello! Project—also commented that she was selected to join the group because she displayed great dancing skills and shined during the audition process.
Ogawa graduated from Morning Musume on August 27, 2006 at the final performance of Hello! Project's musical rendition of Ribbon no Kishi. She left Morning Musume to study languages abroad, with the intent to return to Hello! Project. On June 6, 2008, a Japanese newspaper announced that Ogawa had returned to Hello! Project and would appear on the next Haromoni@ episode. She has just returned from studying English in New Zealand for nearly two years.
In 2010, It was announced that Makoto Ogawa will be joining the new group "Dream Morning Musume" alongside other former-Morning Musume members.
- In her primary school days, her friends called her "Tomato Ketchup 100% OK" and "Machiko."
- Makoto Ogawa competed in the eighth "Women of Ninja Warrior" competition (known as KUNOICHI in Japan) and was eliminated on the second stage's "Dancing Stones."
- She studied English in New Zealand.
Makoto Ogawa became a member of the following units within Hello! Project:
- Morning Musume Otomegumi (モーニング娘。おとめ組?) (2003–2004)
- Gatas Brilhantes H.P. (2003–2004)
- Metro Rabbits H.P. (メトロラビッツH.P.?) (2006)
- Dream Morning Musume (2010)
- Afternoon Musume
|#||Title||Release date||Publisher||ISBN||Photobook information|
|–||5 - Morning Musume 5 Ki Member Shashinshū (5 モーニング娘。5期メンバー写真集?)||2002-08-13||Wani Books||ISBN 4-8470-2721-3||Photobook starring all of the 5th generation members.|
|1||Ogawa Makoto Shashinshū (小川麻琴写真集?)||2005-02-02||Wani Books||ISBN 4-8470-2844-9||First solo photobook.|
|2||Natsu no Uta (夏ノ詩?)||2006-08-26||Wani Books||ISBN 4-8470-2954-2||Second solo photobook.|
|Show||Start date||End date|
|Hello! Morning (ハロー！モーニング。?)||2001||2006|
|Sore Yuke! Gorokkies (それゆけ!ゴロッキーズ?)||2003-09-29||2003-12-26|
|Majokko Rika-chan no Magical v-u-den (魔女っ娘。梨華ちゃんのマジカル美勇伝?)||2004-10-05||2004-12-15|
|Musume Dokyu! (娘DOKYU!?)||2005-04-13||2005-07-01|
|Program||Start date||End date|
|TBC Fun Fīrudo Mōretsu Mōdasshu (TBC Funふぃーるど・モーレツモーダッシュ?)||2005-04-18||2005-04-29|
|Hello Pro Yanen!! (ハロプロやねん!!?)||2005-06-26|