My Hello! Project Collection 全部。

I've been buying Morning Musume/ H!P releases since February 1998. This is the short version of how I discovered Morning Musume which later grew into Hello! Project. While working at record we were lucky to start receiving J-Pop as a new section was born. Originally the store would just bring in whatever was currently on the Oricon Charts in Japan but later I was actually able to order whatever I wanted which involved mostly going through new release pamphlets and magazines which were sent from the Tower export division in Japan. My first J-Pop purchase was Morikawa Miho's "Voices" album which was on the Oricon in late 1992. It was the perfect album to start with as a first impression of any kind of new music is important as to whether you'll keep listening to it or move on. "Voices" has such great catchy pop songs and Morikawa Miho's voice is dynamic and powerful! Songs I'd recommend if you ever have a chance to check out some of her music are: "Blue Water", "Yes, I will…", "Positive", "Mezameta Venus", and "Tsubasa ni kaete." J-Pop buying was a real learning experience as I didn't know any artists and was becoming familiar with J-Pop as I went along. Sometimes I ordered things that weren't so great but at the same time I found some really great artists/groups along the way. I made a 6 volume mp3 collection for Paul Thomas a few months ago which contains 422 songs from a large variety of J-Pop artists & groups. I went through about 1900 Japanese albums & singles choosing my favorite songs in order to make these compilations. It was a collection that was about 14 1/2 years in the making. In late 1997 I'm guessing either November or December as we typically received new release catalogs about 2-3 months before release dates, I came across Morning Musume's "Morning Coffee" release information. I had no idea who they were but Nacchi caught my eye and even though I didn't know what they were going to sound like I ordered it blindly. When it arrived in early February 1998 I bought myself a copy and put the rest of the singles on the shelf. When I first listened to it I was immediately blown away by the b-side "Ai no tane." This is the first Momusu song that I ever loved and if you read my favorite song list that I posted here recently than you saw that it's still my favorite Momusu song of all time. I have a sentimental attachment to it and it's also just such a perfect J-Pop song in every way for me. Unfortunately the copies on the sales floor weren't selling so I put them into my listening station and just like that they all sold including the play copy! Four months later and their second single "Summer Night Town" was being released and of course I ordered it! When it arrived I was shocked to see that there were now 8 members in the group! And just a little more than a month later I was amazed that they were already releasing an album. When the album arrived I couldn't believe how many good songs were on their debut album! One thing to note about early Momusu is how awesome the vocals are. I'm not saying anything bad about the current Momusu but anyone who listens to early Momusu I'd imagine would agree that they were really selected and trained to sing very well. The harmonies on such a song as "Yume no naka" really make this point. It was when I received this album that I first began to notice Ayappe. And a battle in my head between Nacchi and Ayappe ensued! lol. Nacchi is my all time favorite Momusu/ Hello! Project member and don't imagine that will ever change. I just have too much history of liking her so much that she will always remain #1 in my heart no matter what changes Momusu or H!P go through. And boy have there been changes! Ever since I bought their first commercial single "Morning Coffee" I have been buying Momusu and Hello! Project releases and have remained a fan ever since then. What I'd like to share with you is everything that I've collected so far. The following is a break down of everything H!P that I own. Even after doing this I have a feeling that I may have missed something. Here it is. I've collected a total of 301 H!P albums & singles and 261 H!P DVDs. 301 albums & singles is a significantly large part of the 1922 total J-Pop albums & singles that I own. And 8 more H!P releases arrived today. I'm listening to Berryz Koubou's 4th album right now and I'll have a post about it tomorrow.

All 10 Momusu albums including 4 first press copies of "Second Morning" with different collectible booklets & every every 1st press edition/ Both versions of "Sexy 8 Beat."/ first press editions of both Momusu best of albums/ Special Hawaii Best of edition/ Together! compilation/ all 7 Pucchi Best albums including 6 first press editions plus Hawaii Pucchi Best version/ "Luxury Moment in Bali" promotional Cd/ all 5 Folk Songs albums/ 5 Momusu children's songs albums/ Soundtracks for Morning Cop, Pinch Runner, Koinu dan no monogatari, Minimoni The Movie/ Soundtracks for the musicals Love Century & Morning Town/ Momusu Early Singles Box/ all 34 Momusu singles including every first pressing, limited edition & regular edition/ every H!P shuffle group release including all first pressings/ both Otomegumi & both Sakuragumi singles/ H.P. All Stars first press edition single/ both editions of Momusu's 10th anniversary group/ Aa!'s one single release/ 1st pressing of all 3 of Nacchi's albums/ Okeisan to Nacchi single/ all 10 of Nacchi's singles including all 1st pressings/ all of Berryz Koubou's albums plus "Special Best Mini" album/ all 14 of Berryz koubou's singles including every edition and first presssing from "21ji made no cinderella"/ Biyuuden's 1 album & 8 singles including all first press editions/ both Country Musume albums and all 7 of their singles including all 1st pressings/ C-ute's 2 albums and 2 singles including 1st pressings/ DEF DIVA's 2 singles/ Mikitty's 1 album and all 5 singles/ GAM's 1 album and 4 singles including Limited editions/ Gomattou's 1 single/ first pressing of all 3 of Gocchin's albums plus Maki Gotou Premium Best first pressing & "2005 Special Edition for Hawaii" album/ Gocchin's "Ken & Mary" musical soundtrack/ all 17 of Gocchin's singles including all 1st press editions/ first pressing of Koharu's 1 album & "Kirarin Revolution Song Selection" album/ first pressings of all 3 of Koharu's singles/ first pressing of all 4 Ayaya albums plus first pressing of Ayaya's "Best 1" album/ all 17 of Ayaya's singles including every first pressing from "Sougen no hito"/ Ayayamu with Eco Hamuzu single/ Melon Kinenbi's "Fruity Killer Tune" album and 2 singles/ Mimimoni's 2nd album & 8 singles including "Minihamus" single/ first pressing of Yuko's 1 pop album & 9 singles/ first pressing of Nochiuranatsumi's one single/ first pressing of Pucchimoni's 1 album & all 4 singles/ Roman's 1 single/ Tanpopo's 2 albums including first pressings/ all 8 Tanpopo singles including 1st pressings/ First pressing of Nono's "koko ni iruze!" single/ First pressing of W's 2 albums and 5 singles including first pressings/ ZYX's 2 singles first pressings/ Itsuki Hiroshi & Horiuchi Takao with the Hello! Project Choir Christmas single/ Sweet Morning Box releases for 2002, 2003, & 2004.

(Note: due to the 2 sizes of their DVD releases, all similar volumes aren't pictured together.)
DVD's include: every first pressing available of every Momusu & H!P concert release/ Both Folk Days concert releases/ Every Momusu single M clips DVD/ Together Clips DVD/ every Pucchi Best DVD release, every Momusu PV single DVD release/ all Otomegumi & Sakargumi PV DVD releases & concert DVDs/ Momusu 10th Anniversary  PV DVD/ musicals "Love Century", "Morning Town", & "Help!!" DVDs/ Nacchi concert DVD & all of her PV DVD singles/ Berryz Koubou single V clips 1 & 2/ every Berryz Koubou PV DVD single release/ every Biyuuden PV DVD single/ Country Musume's single V clips 1 DVD/ C-ute's 1 PV DVD single/ all of Mikitty's PV DVD releases/ all of GAM's PV DVD releases/ Gomattou's 1 PV DVD single/ 2 Gocchin concert DVDs/ Gocchin's single V clips DVD & all of her PV DVD singles/ Koharu's 3 PV DVD singles/ 8 Ayaya concert DVDs/ Ayaya's 2 single M clips DVDs/ all of Ayaya's PV DVD singles/ all 3 of Melon Kinenbi's single V clips DVDs/ Minimoni's single V clips 1/ 6 of Mimimoni's PV DVD singles/ Yuko's single M clips 1 DVD/ Nochiuranatsumi's 1 PV DVD single/ Pucchimoni's single V clips 1/ Roman's 1 PV DVD single/ every shuffle group's PV DVD single/ Tanpopo's single V clips 1/ W no Eizo no Sekai Vol. 1/ 4 of W's PV DVD singles/ both of ZYX's PV DVD singles/ Gen. 6's Hello! X 2 DVD/ both of Ayaya's Alo-Hello! DVDs/ Aichan's Alo-Hello! DVD/ every Momusu Alo-Hello! DVD release/ volumes 1-9 of H!M skits DVDs/ The Puchimobikusu DVD/ Kyou no tamegoto volumes 1 & 2 DVDs/ "Hello Land" DVD/ Momusu's childrens' songs DVD/ Koinu dan no monogatari DVD & making of DVD/ Morning Cop DVD/ Pinch Runner DVD/ Momusu's "Love Stories" DVD/ Tokkaekko DVD/ Musume Dokyu! Volumes 1-4 DVDs/ complete Hello Pro Hour DVD collection Volumes 1-9/ every Pucchi Best DVD release/ Momusu's Best Shot DVDs volumes 1-4/ Momusu DVD in Hong Kong/ Futarigoto volumes 1-4/ Gocchin's "Ken & Mary" musical DVD/ Ayaya's "Sougen no hito" musical DVD/ Nacchi's single V clips 1 DVd/ Nacchi's Momusu sotsugyou memorial DVD/ Both of Nacchi's Alo-Hello! DVDs/ Nacchi's acoustic live at Shibuya O-East DVD/ Every Berryz Koubou concert DVD/ Biyuuden's single V clips 1 DVD/ C-ute's music V 1 DVD/ C-ute's "Cutie Circuit 2006 Final in Yomiuriland East Live" DVD/ Mikitty's Alo-Hello! DVD/ Mikitty's single M clips 1 DVD/ Both of Gocchin's Alo-Hello! DVDs/ Rikachan's Momusu sotsugyou memorial DVD/ Rikachan's Alo-Hello! DVD/ Kamei's Love-Hello! DVD/ Konkon's Alo-Hello! DVD/ Ayaya's studio live DVD/ Aichan's Love-Hello! DVD/ Tanaka's Alo-Hello! DVD/ Gakisan's Alo-Hello! DVD/ Gen. 6's measurement of fitness DVD/ Uta Doki! Pop Classics volumes 1 & 2/ Melon Kinenbi's Fruity Killer Tune concert DVD/ Ribbon no kishi musical DVD/ first pressing of Ribbon no kishi soundtrack CD/ Nochiuranatsumi's concert DVD/ H!P 2007 Winter Live DVD box/ C-ute's Spring Debut 2007 concert DVD/ Momusu Fan Club Special CD set.

74 H!P shashinshuu's. (These are not in any particular order as they're set up on my bookshelves in a way that allows them all to fit.) Shashinshuu's include: 11 Momusu PBs/ 3 H!P PBs/ 1 Pucchimoni PB/ 1 Tanpopo PB/ 1 GAM concert pamphlet/ all 6 of Rikachan's PBs/ 6 of Nacchi's PBs/ 2 Yuko PBs/ 1 Marippe PB/ 3 Gocchin PBs including "More Maki" which comes housed in a large box with slip case plus poster, stickers, & photograph along with the actual PB/ 1 Yossi PB/ 1 Gen. 5 PB/ all 7 of Aichan's PBs/ all 3 of Gakisan's PBs/ 3 Konkon PBs/ all 4 of Kamei's PBs/ 3 Mikitty PBs/ all 3 of Sayu's PBs/ 3 Tanaka PBs/ 1 Koharu PB/ 1 Sayu w/ Rikachan PB "Angels"/ 2 Ayaya PBs/ 1 Berryz Koubou PB/ both of Risakochan's PBs/ Momo's 1 PB/ Miya's 1 PB/ Maimichan's 1 PB/ and Airichan's 1 PB.

H!P baseballs include: Aichan, Kamei, Gakisan, Mikitty, Konkon, Sayu, Gocchin, Risakochan, Momo, Miya, Yurinachan, Chinamichan, Maasa, and Saki.

Autographs include: "Sexy Boy~ soyo kaze ni yorisotte~" poster signed by every member in that current line up/ "Ai no tane" postcard signed by all 5 original members with Asayan "Ai no tane" single and photograph/ Card signed by Gen. 6 members Sayu, Tanaka, and Kamei/ and card signed in 2000 by Momusu members Yuko, Gocchin, Yossi, Nono, Nacchi, Kei, Marippe, Aibon, Rikachan, and Kaorin.

Picture albums which include 521 pictures and 22 postcards.

3 microfiber towels including Aichan, Kamei, and Koharuchan.

9 t-shirts including Kamei, Momo, Berryz Koubou, Sayu, Risakochan, "Tropical Morning Morning Musume Hawaii Version" t-shirt, and 3 Koharuchan t-shirts.

3 scarfs including Aichan, Kamei, and Gakisan.

Morning Musume Mini Figure set (13 figures), Morning Musume Mascot Figures (13 figures), and "Love Machine" commemorative figure set.

And lastly there is a picture of misc. goods including some cards, fans, a cup, clear files, photographs, keychains, wristbands, pin, and anything else I may have forgotten.

The 521 photos and 22 postcards were previously posted here: Hello! Project Information Village pics binder 1. and here: Hello ! Project Information Village pics binder 2. and here: Hello! Project Information Village pics binder 3. and lastly here: Hello! Project Information Village pics binder 4.

2007 Sugaya Risako scarf (logo & signature)2007 Sugaya Risako scarf set

Nacchi "Okaeri" coffee setNacchi "Okaeri" coffee setNacchi "Okaeri" coffee cup & saucer

Morning Musume Sakuragumi Christmas setMorning Musume Otomegumi Christmas set

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Momusu's Sweet Morning Box 1999 trading card albumMomusu's Sweet Morning Box 1999 trading card albumMomusu's Sweet Morning Box 1999 member decorated custom plateMomusu's Sweet Morning Box 1999 Christmas plate

Kyaaa! I just realized I forgot the picture of Kamei's gray scarf….and this post really needs to be updated one day properly! XD…so many things missing. :/

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Lover and free spirit who's interests in Japanese culture and the like are insatiable. I am of pure Japanese/Okinawan descent, love my cats, sleep and am a bit naughty at times :).
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71 Responses to My Hello! Project Collection 全部。

  1. Yumi says:

    I lurk more than anything else, but your collection pulled me out of hiding. It is absolutely amazing!

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  2. greyhavens says:

    wow!!!! great collection you got there!!!.. you can open up an exhibit and display all of these. it's gonna be awesome!

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  3. pengie says:

    [いいですね]

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  4. Zush says:

    [いいですね]

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  5. Ho!Takky says:

    too many, just look at them make me dizzy, you are awesome to collect these
    Please continue to support them ^^, i also like them a lot

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  6. Yumi this is what happens when you fall in love with a group. Back in 1998 I never in my wildest dreams imagined that Momusu would be around for such a long time. Generally speaking idol groups only last a few years and many not long at all.

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  7. greyhavens after you fall in love with a group this is what happens when the producer decides to make sub groups, entirely new groups, solo artists, and hold auditions for new members every few years in an ongoing cycle. This really turned out to be Tsunku's recipe for success. And the recipe for me spending so much money! lol. If I held an exhibit I would be too worried about these! Like my copy of Arashi's "5 X 5" album with the bonus PV clip DVD it may require security to leave the house. lol.

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  8. coinlockersbaby that'd be my reaction if I ever figured out how much money I've given to H!P over the past 10 years. It's best that I never know. :O

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  9. pengie that'd be my reaction if I ever saw Tsunku's mansion and sports cars that he's bought using all of our money! I hear he's adding a new wing to his mansion and that's why he created Buono! and Kira Pika! I wonder what it's like to be Tsunku for a day…

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  10. Zush the only problem is that I'm rapidly running out of space in my room to keep everything in order. One good thing is that I sleep on a mattress on the floor which makes having an actual bed unnecessary which means more room for H!P stuff! With all of the various editions coming out now I may one day be sleeping on H!P stuff. :O It can be difficult to enjoy everything as with some concerts I've only watched them once or twice. New H!P releases are constantly coming out and we need more hours in a day!

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  11. I'm sure. XD You've probably bought Tsunku a car.

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  12. Ho!Takky it took me a good part of 2 days to get these pictures together and I originally thought 2 hours would be enough time. lol. H!P stuff is in all different areas of my room and it can be dizzying to find things sometimes though I do have them organized in a way that makes some sort of sense. I'm happy that you're also a fan of theirs! My support of H!P will continue for as long as they exist and it's up to us fans to make sure that they stay around for a long time to come!

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  13. coinlockersbaby I hope it's a blue one with flames on it! Sorry I've got Jeff Gordon on the brain. Tsunku is a mad genius! I bet he wakes up every morning thinking…"hmmm how can I make more money today?…if I put so and so…and so and so together…YES! I've got it!!!" We'll call them…(looks up strange word in dictionary)… 🙂

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  14. To everyone, thank you for understanding what a supportive and slightly obsessed fan can be like. 😛

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  15. Tsunku probably has multiple dictionaries of different languages at home, ready to make up random song and unit names. Hehe.

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  16. coinlockersbaby that's so true! I mean what was "Gomattou" all about?! He was trying to combine their names but is it a dessert or is it an entree? I'll have one order of the Gomattou… lol.

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  17. Hotaru says:

    Holy crap, thats freaking amazing. I never realized that you had a been a fan for so long! I'm very impressed…I only have four singles, one album, two 3 DVD's, Momusu's 2007 Calander, and a Tanaka Reina Shirt XD. Of course, I only started being a 'hardcore' (You are most hardcore) fan until last summer.

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  18. Hotaru I'm happy that you've become a hardcore fan too! The more the merrier and it's great that you also buy their releases. There are many reasons why I've remained a fan and one of them is how much H!P keeps changing. I love all of the shuffle groups and new units that they create as well as members becoming solo artist along the way. It really breathes a lot of life into the H!P family and with so many members and groups there's always something being released it seems!

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  19. denadel says:

    Your collection is very impressive, and you also seem to know a lot
    about the older H!P stuff! That junjou koushinkyoku single by yuko
    nakazawa.. Is that the limited edition?

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  20. paul.thomas says:

    It's really good to see your entire collection…and what a collection it is!! I'm looking through and thinking 'want that, want that, want that' lol. I think you could even give any Japanese based fan a run for their money.The signed baseballs really impress every time I see a picture of them, The cases they come in really make them a great show piece.Tsunku really does know how to part us with our cash, the formation of new units and existing members going solo really does help to keep the whole H!P family alive and kicking without this I think it's probably this fact that's helped them stay around for such a long while and stay so popular, things never get stale or boring.It's a shame about the DVDs I'm much the same, watch them 2-3 times and then they're put away and rarely watched after that, although I do try to make an effort to re-watch the concert and PV dvds if I get a chance. I was tempted to copy the ones I have onto a SD Card and watch them on my little media player, but there's never enough time, the train into work is only about 40 minutes, lol, I'd be hoping for delays every day.

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  21. denadel although I bought this single right away I was still not able to get the first pressing with guest vocalist Yanagisawa. You are very knowledgeable as that isn't something that many people know. Which H!P artists/ groups are you a fan of?

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  22. Paul I'm still looking around to make sure I didn't forget anything else. There's H!P stuff everywhere. I'm not sure if this could really compare to a collection of a fan in Japan. I imagine someone there has mountains of H!P stuff! lol. The baseballs are really nice in the cases. I bought all of them on Yahoo Japan Auctions and it was amazing how some people were bidding like crazy on them. I had to say that's too high a few times! :O I really wanted Nacchi's baseball but every time one went up for bid the price got a bit too high for me. Yes it's Tsunku's recipe that has helped H!P grow and remain exciting! All of that really does keep things from getting stagnant. Who knows how long H!P will last as long as all of us fans keep supporting them! :)Yes the PV DVDs! I watch those the most! I've always love music videos and I can rewatch them over and over. It's a good thing that DVDs don't get worn or I might have worn some of them out! Heheh everyone else on the train would be like..NOOO! and you'd be like….Yes! thank you now I can watch the entire concert!

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  23. denadel says:

    Really?! It must be extremely rare then!! I want that single so baaad! Did you ever get a chance to listen to it? Was it good?
    I only know it because someone posted info about it at the wiki. If you have stuff to tell about old schoold hp i'd love to hear them (chinatsu, tanpopo, sheki dol etc). That is why i like coming here reading your post. You know so much and that makes it interesting and fun to read.
    I am a fan of Yuko Nakazawa, especially her enka style songs. I also like Yuki Maeda. I cant wait to get my hands on her new single!!
    Other than that i like some songs of most H!P groups. But old school stuff is my favorite.
    I have posted some pictures at my blog. If you wanna check it out let me now, and i'll give you the link.
    Thank you for replying to my post:)Cheers

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  24. LonelyBob says:

    Wow that is an amazing collection. You are really a hardcore fan.

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  25. denadel this Nakazawa Yuko limited edition has been allusive. I'm thinking that Otokichi Premium might be able to find it. I've recently wanted to complete my Yukosan collection and this first pressing would be essential. I'm hoping that my friend Saburo can find this version of her song and share it as I haven't yet been able to listen to it. So many years ago and I've guess I'd given up on ever acquiring it. It's really great to meet a fan who is really interested in older Momusu releases and members. There are so many things that have occurred over the years and while my blogging here is a fairly recent thing (I've only been doing this since last December or so) there is so much history to cover. I do try to go back and write about my early experiences with Momusu and H!P and I'm really happy that you take an interest in their history and all of the artists and groups which helped to make H!P what it is today. 🙂 Please do post your link here! We're all a great big H!P fan family!

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    • denadel1 says:

      It is almost ten years since we wrote these comments, ne! Hisashiburi!! Morningberryz, genki desu ka? 🙂

      Did you ever acquire Nakazawa’s rare limited single release? I never did, and I am still looking! There are three H!P releases I never heard which I have been looking for over the years: A rumoured fan club album sung as duets by Mari Yaguchi and Maki Goto, the aforementioned cd singel by Nakazawa, and Michiyo Heike’s fan club single “Ran Run Ran”. I did ask Heike on instagram if she had a clip of a live performance of the song, which she uploaded 😀 How the internet have changed huh? Suddenly fans have conversations with their old idols!

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  26. LonelyBob Morning Musume & H!P is perhaps the one and only group that I've known from the start. That alone makes them really special in my heart. And being that I love their music, personalities, and members I will continue to support them. This collection really represents that bond that I have with them. 🙂

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  27. greyhavens says:

    i totally agree. i was late in knowing arashi and now, i'm still behind in collecting their stuffs. they've got a lot and they are not that cheap. whew!and if ever you do show your collections, you should display them inside locked glass cases just to be sure. hehehe. 😉

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  28. denadel says:

    Back at you 🙂 I am also thrilled when i meet people who are into the same artists as I!
    The link to my blog is: hello-project-old-school-blogspot.com
    Let me know if you get your hands on that single :)Cheers

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  29. greyhavens I too am trying to get Arashi's limited edition releases. Those limited ones are quite pricey on auctions and hard to find. Glass cases. Heheh thanks for the tip! 🙂

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  30. denadel thanks for posting the link to your site! Again it's really great to meet someone who's into older Momusu too. Especially Yukosan! I'm going to try to acquire Yukosan's older enka releases which I don't own the actual releases of.

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  31. Chiakii says:

    [いいですね]

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  32. Chiakii It's great to hear that you also buy H!P releases! It sounds like you've been a fan for a long time too as you also have the H!P 2000 concert PB! I don't collect the concert PBs though as you can see but I really like this one in particular. Free stickers! 🙂 Yes H!P really does know how take over one's life! lol. "Souls"!!! heheh no we need to stick with just money. 🙂

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  33. Chiakii says:

    Actually, I've not been a fan for a very long time. This month marks my one year anniversary of completely falling in love with H!P. (I'd heard a bit from them before, and I liked it, but that was about it for a while.) But I found the photobook at a store and seeing how it was from 2000 it was very cheap, so I bought it. And I'm glad I did. FREE STICKERS, BITCH! ;DI actually really love concert PBs. I don't know why. They're so colorful and everyone looks so hyper! XD

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  34. Chiakii one year is still quite awhile and more importantly it's great to hear that they're really captured your heart."Free stickers!" Heheh it's always great when there are extra goodies included with their releases and not too many of their releases come with stickers. Some first press singles did in the past but on the whole not really that many. I think I've gotten more H!P stickers in old issues of magazines such as Cd Data than in actual H!P releases. That makes those from their 2000 concert PB a bit of a rarity. Concert PBs do have really great candid and yes hyper shots in them. And there's so many of these being released all the time! I think it'd be hard to keep up with these.

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  35. Ryou says:

    [いいですね]

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  36. Ryou it's always great to meet another Hello! Project fan!! Thank you for your comments! It's amazing how quickly their releases are coming out these days and I try to do my best to keep up with them. If you have a chance it'd be great to know how you discovered them and who your favorite members are. Sorry I know that's asking for a lot but it's always interesting to hear how fans discovered H!P. There are so many great stories out there!

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  37. Ryou says:

    [c’est top]

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  38. Ryou that's a great single to get a first impression from! "The Peace!" interestingly has a look that's quite reminiscent of their latest single "Onna ni sachi are" with all that gold! You've been a fan for quite some time now! :)A more detailed writing of how I got into Momusu can be read above and here's a very shortened version. I was the J-Pop buyer at Tower Records and back in late 1997 I came across new release information for their debut commercial single release "Morning Coffee" while going through a catalog. Nacchi had caught my eye and I ordered it even though I didn't know anything about them. It arrived in early February 1998 and I bought myself a copy and put the rest on the sales floor. It was actually the b-side "Ai no tane" that really impressed me that day and I've been buying Momusu and H!P releases ever since then. It was amazing seeing all of the units, solo artists, & groups grow into what is Hello! Project. And to think it all started from Nacchi, Yuko, Kaorin, Ayappe, & Asuka being able to sell 50,000 units of "Ai no tane" on their own! When you watch the footage of this event it's such an emotion filled moment. The original 5 members worked so hard!! I did an all time Momusu list back on October 25th, 2002 and it looked like this: 1. Nacchi 2. Rikachan 3. Ayappe 4. Gocchin 5. Yukosan 6. Sayaka 7. Aichan 8. Marippe 9. Gakisan 10. Yossi 11. Aibon 12. Makochan 13. Kaorin 14. Nono 15. Konkon 16. Asuka 17. Kei Before anyone starts throwing fruit at me, this was done way back in 2002 and things are very different now! If I redid this list it would be very very different! Maybe I should post this properly on this site later. Perhaps when I do a current all time list with all of the members to date. And here's my most recent list which was done before "Onna ni sachi are" was released so I didn't include Jun Jun or Lin Lin yet.1. Aichan 2. Kamei 3. Koharuchan 4. Gakisan 5. Tanaka 6. Sayu 7. Mittsi

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  39. Ryou says:

    [das ist gut]

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  40. Ryou I owe this all to Nacchi for looking so cute in that new release catalog! When I really think about it, she's the reason that I ordered their debut single. Momusu is one of the very few groups that I've known since their debut. A lot of times I get into an artist or group that's been around for awhile and then have to play catch up trying to get their releases.With Momusu I had the opportunity to watch them develop and grow from the beginning along with the creation of Hello! Project. It's really been an amazing journey so far and I hope they continue on for a long time to come. 🙂 Your collection is really diverse! You've got releases from the main group, shuffle groups, special units, and a musical soundtrack. I love their musical "Morning Town"! It was written so well with lots of humor, some inside jokes (if I remember correctly they even used a Marippe shashinshuu as a prop!), and the way they incorporated all the songs in there was perfect. "Morning Town" & "Ribbon no kishi" are my favorite musicals by them. Aichan was perfection in "Ribbon no kishi." She really shined and showed just how talented she is! I hope you're able to get Momusu's "Onna ni sachi are" release! I agree it's an awesome song!

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  41. Ryou says:

    [esto es genial]

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  42. Ryou I never realized that they do have a similar feel and sound to them. Both great rock songs with a lot of energy! Sounds like you're having a H!P Christmas! 🙂

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  43. wu-san says:

    OH DEAR GOD!!!!!!!! and to think you now have more to add to that..

    O_O

    When I come visit Hawaii, I'm staying with you…get the CD player and DVD player ready lol.

    I am very, very, very jealous 😛

    I'll get round to catching up on your vox tonight, as I've been away with work the last three days.

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  44. wu-san how did you come across this post?! It's kind of buried here from awhile back. Heheh I once thought about updating it but it's never ending. H!P releases just keep on rolling out! :O We could have a H!P lost weekend or week. 😛

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  45. wu-san says:

    Paul Thomas linked it in a comment on a blog, and well, of course I had to check up on it XD, so thank Paul for my finding this post 🙂
    H!P/lost weekend sounds good…I'll let you know when I start travelling heheh. Hawaii is on certainly on the map.

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  46. wu-san I'll definitely have to thank Paul for linking this post. It was written awhile ago so seeing it come up now just came out of the blue. Absentmindedly I actually missed some merchandise in this post back then and wrote an amendment to it in sorts in the following post. I've thought about updating it but H!P releases are never ending and they're coming out at record pace right now. :O Have you ever been to Hawaii? I think you'll like it here!

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  47. wu-san says:

    when I look over the pictures, I'm still amazed. maybe one day you could update, but like you said, the releases keep coming.
    Nope, not been to Hawaii, I actually saved up money and was thinking of going last year with a friend (he likes Hawaii, and was also inspired from the series 'lost')
    One reason I want to go is because MM have been there so many times heheh, and also I could visit ray and the family, although only for a few hours maybe, as I'd feel i was intruding. Also, a net friend in Honolulu, her parents run a restaurant/buffet so, I could go visit her and try out the food lol. But I used the money to help pay for rent in the end. Student life was a poor life XD. still kind of poor actually XD.
    so where abouts are you in Hawaii? I really want those scalfs by the way, among everything else lol. Since I enjoy my scalfs in the colder seasons, I'm wearing one now, wearing a Takitty or Gakisan one would be a proud day for me. Oh and all those sweat bands too. And if Sayu had a t-shirt not in Pink, I'd wear it. Not too keen on the Orange Eri Kamei design, but its kamei-chan , so I'd still like it. what's in the christmas boot btw?

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  48. It's only been about 3 months or so and there's so much more merchandise to add already plus figuring out where I left off may be a chore too as stuff's everywhere. 😛 You know quite a lot of people here!! 😀 It definitely would be a worthwhile trip. And you could visit "historic" places that Momusu has been to! I live more on the west side but kind of central near the Waipio area. Getting anywhere on Oahu is pretty quick though as it's not that big especially when comparing our area to anywhere on the mainland. I live in a generally warm climate so buying those was really just for collecting purposes. I'd love to actually use them though but it just doesn't get cold enough here to make it practical. Plus I may get some strange looks since it's not that cold ever. I love when I see people wearing them in the movies! It looks so cozy. The Christmas boot contains stuff like stickers, a custom designed mirror, VHS (heheh they were still releasing VHS back then!) Christmas program with member thoughts on the holiday, year planner, and some other stuff I can't remember at the moment. I actually have an extra one which hasn't been opened. I was thinking about having a contest drawing here and giving it away so that someone can enjoy it and give it a home. 🙂 Still not sure though.

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  49. wu-san says:

    Nah not that many people, but enough to come and hassle lol. Yes those 'historic' places ^^. The waipio area? I will have to read up about it. Yeh maybe those scalfs have no wearing purpose in Hawaii. Haha, sometimes its really kawaii too, with cute girls :P.
    lol, the boot sounds fun, and the VHS tells me its going back a few years :P. As for this contest idea, if you can part with it then it sounds like a idea. But at the same time, no one is going to complain if you choose not to heheh.
    that signed frame with Sayu, Reina and Eri' signitures is a great little piece, as they're my three fave current members.

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  50. You're the ultimate Gen.6 fan!! 🙂 They've really turned out to be one of the best Momusu generations. Heheh Kamei being part of it probably makes me biased though. 😛 I will be thinking about a contest idea…the Momusu Christmas boot needs a home I think. Right now it's just sitting in the parlor on some storage boxes.

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  51. wu-san says:

    now when you put it like that, I never really thought about it that way lol. Wow, so I'm ultimate 6th gen fan? lol. I suppose it helped that Sayu – in my eyes grew adorable. I always thought she was a bit of a gimmick at first, but she leveled out and settled. We probs have the same feelings about Kamei's time and involvement in MM and reina is just really likable, not so much of that edge she used to have, but like with Sayu, I think she's just settled a little more. Plus, MM's dynamic has shifted and evolved over the course of her time as a member, like it always was with MM, so I think that always helps to plough their courses in the group.
    If that Boot can fit a VHS, it can't be too small heheh. Well if you do a contest or prize draw, plenty of readers here who will be excited I'm sure 😛

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  52. Looking back it's really impressive how much of an impact gen.6 had and continues to have now. When you watch their debut DVD it's hard to imagine. Of course they were all probably nervous but still it was amusing to watch Kamei stare at the ground and remain soo quiet! :O I still think that she has the most dramatic turnaround and growth in Momusu's history. She went from 110% shy to 110% Ms. personality!! The H!M news segment was the best thing that could've happened to Kamei. The timing and format for her character could've have been any better or more tailor made. I know what you mean about Sayu as for awhile she seemed to be a bit lost in the group as she looked for her own identity and persona in the group. Somewhere that she could shine. And when she found it she really did shine! Heheh Tanakachi seems to have gotten that reputation quite early about her toughness. It's really her endearing quality and when you see her in emotional moments it really makes it that much more dramatic. Ah the boot is pretty large as everything fits in it comfortably. It makes for a nice Christmas decoration too with Morning Musume written on the top portion which acts as the cover. I really should give it away as having 2 of them makes no sense when someone else could enjoy it. What kind of contest now?….

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  53. wu-san says:

    6th gen was really like that especially with Eri!!! Now that all the 4th gen has gone and only Takitty + gakisan stand from the 5th gen, it's really 6th gen's turn to take control. Although it's not really the type of dictorship that say, the first two gens, and Yossie and Rika of fourth gen were, where they really held the line for the younger gens/members. Plus Mikitty is no longer with us for MM, and she was always one to carry that hardness about her to MM that past leaders had shown. I forget she's a 6th gen too, since she had a solo career. She is always in my top 3 ^^. And I always consider Gakisan to be in the same gen as the remaining 6th gen. Now I do anyway. As for Takitty, I'm warming to her a lot more as the idol, and not just the great stage performer now. But as it stands I think she's gonna need 6th gen's help and gakisans to keep everything upright, as I don't think she has that independant mothering streak – yet – that others had.
    Still no real clue of whats going on with Mikitty at the moment. Still in shock that she had to leave under scandel type circumstances. Not really too bothered if she is seeing that guy, as shes an adult now, and if the guy is nice and makes her happy, thats a plus right? Just upset about the way it happened etc…Kind of like, one minute shes there and one of my faves and then shes gone O_O still in shock I think. I suppose when and if she comes back to H!P it'll settle my mind more.
    anyway…
    Yeh it would suit the season wouldnt it? the boot I mean. Arh so there is a Mosumu stamp of approval on the top then 😛 as I thought it abit strange that it wasnt plastered in MM things on it's outershell hehe. Well let me know if there is a contest, as I'll be waiting to enter haha.

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  54. Rikachan was really a strong mentor and almost like a mother figure for a lot of the younger generations when she was in Momusu. Aichan & Gakisan make reference to that relationship in that great episode of "Futarigoto" where they're having that conversation near the river. You're right about Yossi and Mikitty having leadership qualities but I'm really thinking that Aichan will further grow into the role. She was really good on that episode of Utaban where Jun Jun & Lin Lin met Nakai & Taka-san for the first time. Aichan was really helping the new members with that first meeting. I'm thinking that she has that in her and in time it will develop. Am I being too optimistic? Heheh. 😛 I wrote a post awhile back about this Utaban episode as it was filled with great funny moments including Taka-san confronting Kaorin about her pregnancy and then turning on Nacchi asking her if she's pregnant too! :O Ah Nacchi's reaction was priceless! Taka-san is hilarious. He and Nakaikun are such a great team with so much chemistry between them. Saburo and I were just having a brief conversation today in the car about how some of the older H!P members maybe should be "allowed" to have a relationship. I understand the whole pure thing with idols but at an older age I think it should really be overlooked. These girls are sacrificing part of their youth by remaining single for all of these years. Once they hit adulthood I think that they should be able to date freely. It just seems healthy and right. Mikitty shouldn't have been reprimanded for this. Neither should have Marippe. I understand how they are "supposed" to be for their fans but really at an adult age shouldn't the fans accept them having a relationship. I speak for myself when I say I'd be 100% okay with it. It's just so much more healthy and normal for them. Part of their youth is being stolen otherwise. Hmmm I guess it's a big topic for debate and I imagine there's another side to the coin to consider. I miss Mikitty too. Her leadership role in Momusu wasn't just the shortest in their history it was also quite a awkward parting. I too am waiting to see what happens with her relationship with UFA and I'm hoping that she's able to resume her career there. I think the contest will become a reality. This Momusu Christmas sock needs a good home. I'm working on an idea right now…hmmm…I just want it to be fun.

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  55. denadel says:

    Hi!
    Looking at your the pictures in your collection I see that you have
    four copies MM second album. Are there any differences between them?

    I must say i really envy you your memory seishun no hikari lim ed!!

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  56. denadel I was working a record store when Momusu's 2nd album was released and while pricing them I noticed that there were different color booklets in some of them. Being a fanatic 😛 I bought the 4 different colored booklets that we received. Till this day I'm not sure if there were more than 4 variations with these first press booklets. Each different colored booklet contains different photos from each other while some of the pages are identical. I thought it was a nice touch having these variations but it was quite a lot to spend on a single album release though I'm happy that I bought them back then. What's strange about "Memory seishun hikari's" release is that the cover where they're wearing pink scars is a lot more rare than the silver outfit cover even though the silver cover is often referred to as the limited edition. I'm thinking that they got if backwards and the pink scarf cover is the limited edition since it's much harder to find. When I ordered this single for the record store we received lots of silver covers while only 2 copies of the pink scarf cover was received. Back then the idea of having multiple covers for a J-Pop release was a rare thing and this was done way back when the 3" format was still the standard in Japan. I miss the 3" cds as they look really great when put in cases although having to buy those separate became quite expensive over time.

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  57. denadel says:

    ^Different colors? I really love old school H!P and i collect the
    stuff i can come across (which is hard now, 8-10 years later). No way i
    will get my hands on more of those..
    May i ask what colors they are? Mine is yellow (I'm guessing that is the reg standard?).

    I have to agree with you on the 3'' cd singles. I like them better too.
    Kinda difficult to store them though, i had to buy a special bookshelf
    hehe. no cd racks that will fit them. Do you think they made that
    single a limited/special edition since it is asuka's last single? It is
    the silver one i am drooling after.
    By cases, do you mean those in hard plastic (not the plastic "inlays" that come with the single?)

    Do you know anything about promo singles from the early years of MM? I
    have seen some promos for Heike's later singles which features
    different covers from the ones sold at stores.

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  58. denadel says:

    I forgot to say that i dont think they mixed them singles up. The
    re-release of the memory seishun single is the cover with the pink
    scarfs. And i think it makes sense that when they re-release a single
    they use the regular edition cover.

    But it is the same for Ayumi Hamasaki's daybreak single. It was
    released in a lim ed of 300 000 copies, but it only sold 200 000 and
    something copies, so the reg ed is more rare than the lim ed. Maybe
    same thing happened here?

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  59. denadel I'm not sure which color is the standard but the four that I have are blue, green, red, and yellow. These were the only colors that our store received but it's possible that there are others out there. The 3" cd singles just had such a nice look to them and made them stand apart from the albums on your shelf. You're probably right about the limited edition being for Asuka. Back then the thought of having a member leave was unprecedented in Momusu and so sudden and early for that matter. I really couldn't believe that she left especially with their popularity quickly rising. And she had "Never Forget" such a great song! I wish that more graduated members had gotten songs that reflect the moment as hers did as the coupling with song of their final single. Yes I used to spend a lot of money on just buying those outer plastic clear cases! But the singles look so much nicer when housed and protected in these outer cases. I wish I had gotten some promo Momusu singles while I was working at Tower Records!! They would send me a lot of promos by other artists and a lot of times but never a Momusu one. 😦 Interesting that Heike Michiyo had these alternate covers! I've never even heard of those before. Thanks that really sheds some light on the "Memory seishun no hikari" covers which have puzzled me all this time. That makes a lot of sense and that's probably what happened here. I used to wonder why they were calling the silver cover the limited edition when there seemed to be a whole lot more of them available! And here I was thinking that the pink cover was probably the limited one. I actually have an extra copy of the silver cover.

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  60. hi i have a question.does the aa! album the one that you have does it come with the music video? i ordered mine and i don't know if it comes with the music video.hope you reply back thank you^____^

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  61. berryzlover11 sadly the Aa! single doesn't include a DVD with the music video. However the pv is available on "Pucchi Best 4 DVD." The catalog number is EPBE-5100 and it was released on December 17th, 2003.

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  62. PARAGO_55 says:

    WOW!! ur collection is just awesome!! where do u have the room to keep all of this hehehe…

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  63. (*´艸`)。。。I've actually had to move out of my bedroom now~…it's more like a 'storage' room now and it's a futon♥ for me from here~ *comfy* though o(*´∀`)o゛。

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  64. PARAGO_55 says:

    wow a storage room all for your HP stuff, that's even better!! you should charge admission if anyone wants to see lol…hehe hey i was thinking of getting a futon…i would save me a lot of room

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  65. Futon♥ are very comfortable~! o(*´∀`)o゛I always envy *beds* though whenever I sleep over at a friends~ and it reminds me of how much I miss them~ (;´□`)!Still I'm so used to sleeping on the floor now~ and I so think you'd love getting one too~!

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  66. PARAGO_55 says:

    ok it's settled, im getting one today…well not that soon lol, but seriously i'm considering on gettina a futon…i'll let you know…hehehe so yah, my bed will do for now lol =D

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  67. I hope you *love*~♥ it too! ^ ^。。。and the much cooler weather is so welcome ne~! So much more comfortable to sleep ( 」´0`)」Zzzzzz at night~! It's so gray though…I guess we get rain ヽ`、ヽ`ヽ(* ̄o ̄*)>ヽ`、ヽ`instead of snow~…(^q^)!

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  68. philipleslie says:

    What a lovely post. It’s wonderful to hear how you began listening to collecting and H!P. And what an amazing collection! Truly awesome. This is wonderful to see. Thank you.

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    • I may have single handedly paid for an extension on the Tsunku mansion back then =P. It’s not often that I get into a group at their very beginning so it was special discovering Momusu and watching it all grow into H!P back then in real time, lots of wonderful memories for sure.

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