Makoto Ogawa

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Makoto Ogawa
小川 麻琴
Born (1987-10-29) October 29, 1987 (age 31)
Other names Mako, Makocchan
Years active 2001-2006
Musical career
Associated acts
Website Hello!

Makoto Ogawa (小川 麻琴, Ogawa Makoto, born October 29, 1987 in Kashiwazaki, Niigata, Japan) is a Japanese singer and actress, best known as a former member of Japanese female idol group Morning Musume. She joined the group in August 2001 along with fellow fifth generation members Ai Takahashi, Risa Niigaki, and Asami Konno. On March 31, 2009, she graduated from Hello! Project with the rest of the Elder Club. Ogawa is currently a member of idol band Dream Morning Musume.


Before joining to Japanese female idol group Morning Musume, Makoto Ogawa was enrolled at an entertainment school named 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 fashion 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 joined in Morning Musume on August 26, 2001 with Ai Takahashi, Asami Konno and Risa Niigaki

She also starred later in the TV drama Aijo Ippon!.

Ogawa was placed in Morning Musume's subgroup Morning Musume Otomegumi in January 2003 and released two singles as a part of the group before it went inactive

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 [email protected] episode. She has just returned from studying English in New Zealand for nearly two years.[1]

On,March 31, 2009, She graduated from Hello!Project with the rest of the Elder Club.And became a part of Dream Morning Musume

In September 2010, she joined the unit Afternoon Musume along with Yuko Nakazawa, Kaori Iida, Natsumi Abe, Kei Yasuda, Mari Yaguchi and Miki Fujimoto

In 2010, it was announced that Makoto Ogawa will be joining the new group "Dream Morning Musume" alongside other former-Morning Musume members.

From March 20–24, Makoto Ogawa will star in a play called Tokugawa15. Former Morning Musume members Risa Niigaki and Aika Mitsui will be special guests at some of the performances


  • In her primary school days, her friends called her "Tomato Ketchup 100% OK" and "Machiko."[2]
  • 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 shares a last nume with graduated S/mileage member Saki Ogawa
  • Close friends with Ai Takahashi, Asami Konno, Nozomi Tsuji and Hitomi Yoshizawa
  • Shares the same birthday as Tsunku and Alma Kaminito's Munehiko

Joined groups


# 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.





  • 2006 – Ribbon no Kishi: The Musical (リッボンの騎士ザ・ミュージカル) as Nylon

TV shows

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
Futarigoto (二人ゴト) 2004-04-29 2004-05-04
2004-09-20 2004-09-28
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
2005-12-16 2005-12-22


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
2006-08-21 2006-08-15
Hello Pro Yanen!! (ハロプロやねん!!) 2005-06-26


  1. ^ "The return of Ogawa Makoto". 2008-06-06.
  2. ^ "Hello! Morning". Episode 209. 2004-05-09. Missing or empty |series= (help)

External links

  • Official Hello! Project profile
  • Makoto Ogawa on IMDb
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