The legendary idol group, Morning Musume '23, marked a historic moment as 9th generation leader Mizuki Fukumura concluded her 15-year journey with a radiant smile during the "Neverending Shine Show -Sanctuary-" concert at Yokohama Arena on November 29th. Serving as the leader for a record-breaking 9 years, Fukumura left an indelible mark on the group.
The graduation performance, filled with emotional highlights, featured Fukumura in a beautiful dress, symbolizing her January 2011 entrance into Morning Musume. as a 9th generation member from Hello! Project Egg. The venue, packed with 12,000 fans, echoed with chants of "Mizuki" before the performance commenced.
Fukumura expressed her gratitude, stating, "I was emotional even before it started, but when I looked back, I realized that we were able to put on a good performance with everyone no matter what." For the encore, she sang "Neverending Shine," the tour title song, and engaged in a heartwarming reenactment of the "Fukumura Dash" from a past graduation concert.
The mantle of leadership was then passed to Erina Ikuta amid tears and applause. Ikuta, the new leader, expressed her respect for Fukumura's achievements and conveyed her determination to lead Morning Musume. '23 to new heights.
Fukumura's heartfelt messages and tearful farewell were accompanied by a vividly dyed venue, singing "I WISH," symbolizing the end of her idol journey. The concert concluded with a spirited performance of "Mikan," leaving Fukumura alone on stage, basking in the cheers and bidding farewell with a grateful smile.
Broadcast live on CS TV Asahi Channel 1 and viewed in theaters across Japan, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, the concert showcased the rich setlist of Morning Musume. '23, celebrating Fukumura's monumental contributions to the group's legacy.