Warning: LENGTHY & EMOTIONALNakazawa Yuko gives speech to members on the first day of Morning Musume’s 20th year
Tsugunaga: “Before the concert when we all gathered around and Ayacho said “congratulations to Morning Musume on your major debut anniversary,” Nakazawa-san suddenly appeared and said “it’s thanks to all of you for continuing to do your best.” When Harunan heard her say those words, tears just started pouring down her face!”
To quote the Founding Okaa-samahttp://ameblo.jp/nakazawa-yuko/entry-12242199526.html
"To everyone who has supported the group until today… To all the staff who have supported us until today… To all the past members who have held the group together until today… And… To all the current members who keep doing their best within the group… It was thanks to all your love, your bonds, your strength, that we are now able to greet this day.
Today, I finally got to go see H!P in concert in Fukuoka on this anniversary and meet with everyone. I have to take a moment to gather my thoughts and figure out what it is I want to say, so please give me some time to think on it. But for now: thank you very, very much!
Those early days when we were just running around, not knowing left from right… There are now members of H!P who weren’t even born back then. Now it’s them singing and dancing on stage. Watching over them while thinking about that… it made me so glad and so happy. I feel full of happiness.
My cute little sisters…
I’m going to keep cheering you on!
Thanks to the staff’s kindness, I got to enjoy this special anniversary today with the members of Morning Musume ’17. At the end I was crying so much… Yet again, they all made me cry."
"Morning Musume and H!P have so many anniversaries. Morning Musume, the group I was a part of, had their major debut on January 28th. That was the debut day of the group’s first members. Then the second generation came along… The third generation… And today the group has reached 13 generations. These generations all have their own debut days and debut songs.
For how long will it continue…? The group now has 40 members, past and present. Often times, the fans will know more about them than me, and they tell me all these things. It leads to so many new realizations even for me. Truly, the group has walked this far with all of you fans on our side, supporting us for all these months and years.
Let’s continue to do our best together forever!!"
This one did me in. I call it "Mum comes back home to celebrate birthday."