Makoto Ogawa (小川 麻琴, Ogawa Makoto, born October 29, 1987) 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.
|Other names||Mako, Makocchan|
Ogawa was born in Kashiwazaki, Niigata. Before joining the Japanese female idol group Morning Musume, Makoto Ogawa was enrolled at an entertainment school named Apple Little Performers (ALP) in Niigata. She 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.
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 Haromoni@ episode. She has just returned from studying English in New Zealand for nearly two years.
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 2010, it was announced that Makoto Ogawa will be joining the new group "Dream Morning Musume" alongside other former-Morning Musume members.
|#||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)||13 August 2002||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)||2 February 2005||Wani Books||ISBN 4-8470-2844-9||First solo photobook.|
|2||Natsu no Uta (夏ノ詩)||26 August 2006||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
|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)||29 September 2003||2003-12-26|
|Futarigoto (二人ゴト)||29 April 2004||2004-05-04|
|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)||5 October 2004||2004-12-15|
|Musume Dokyu! (娘DOKYU!)||13 April 2005||2005-07-01|
|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)||18 April 2005||2005-04-29|
|Hello Pro Yanen!! (ハロプロやねん!!)||2005-06-26|
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- "The return of Ogawa Makoto". hello-online.org. June 6, 2008.