Momoko Tsugunaga to leave Country Girls and entertainment industry

Playing Manager of idol group Country Girls Momoko Tsugunaga has announced she will graduate from Hello! Project and Country Girls On June 30, 2017 and leave the entertainment industry.

I love idols,” Momoko writes. “If I have to say it accurately, I love being an idol, I love spending everyday with all the fans, and I really enjoyed my activities until now from the bottom of my heart.

When the indefinite suspension of Berryz Kobo had been announced, there had been discussions about her career afterwards, and Momoko was clear she wanted continue to pursue a career as an idol a little while longer with future plans to work in education. Shortly after, Country Girls was formed by former Country Musume member Mai Satoda. Due to the fact Satoda was based out of New York, Momoko was added to the group to guide her juniors for 2 or 3 years.

Through example, Momoko carried Country Girls members through their first years as idols, teaching them what Hello! Project is all about and what it means to be professional idols.

I cherish every single day with the feeling of making them wanting to become lovely idols. Once again when I spent my time with Country Girls members I thought ‘it was fun to teach something to people!’,” she says proudly.

In the past, Momoko expressed her goals of studying education, and plans on devoting herself to studying early childhood education.


  • Comments

    • Guest

      Tsugunaga already has her teaching license; she completed her practicum, wrote her thesis, and graduated from university in 2014.

    • nothingsover

      Best wishes Momoko <3 Buono! used to be one of my favorite groups. I'm sure she'll do great!

    • l3012

      And with C-ute disbanding next year as well, this is the end of an Era. I have a few girls that I kinda like in H!P but none has caught my interest enough to keep it up…my decreasing interest began back when they dissolved the Elder Club years ago.

      Good luck, Momochi. Hope she releases a final photobook.

    • jupernia

      I think she will make a wonderful Kindergarten teacher and I wish her all the luck.

    • Ahmad Syauqi Bin Hamzah

      Looking forward to Momo-sensei!

    • faifantc

      :'( 2017 marks the end of an era. So no more Buono reunions, then? I think that’s the saddest thing!