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Makoto Ogawa
小川 麻琴
Also known as Mako, Makocchan
Born October 29, 1987 (1987-10-29) (age 22)
Kashiwazaki, Niigata, Japan
Origin Tokyo, Honshū, Japan
Genres Japanese pop
Occupations Singer, actress
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2001–2006
Labels Zetima
Associated acts Morning Musume, Petitmoni, Otomegumi, Happy 7, Salt5, H.P. All Stars
Website Hello!

Makoto Ogawa (小川 麻琴 Ogawa Makoto?, born October 29, 1987 in Kashiwazaki, Niigata, Japan) is a Japanese pop singer and actress best known as a former member of Morning Musume. She joined the group in August 2001 along with fellow fifth generation members Ai Takahashi, Risa Niigaki, and Asami Konno.



Before joining Morning Musume, Makoto Ogawa was enrolled at an entertainment school 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 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 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.[1]


  • 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."

Joined groups

Makoto Ogawa became a member of the following units within Hello! Project:


# 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.



  • 2002 – Tokkaekko (とっかえっ娘。?)
  • 2003 – Koinu Dan no Monogatari (子犬ダンの物語?)


  • 2002 – Angel Hearts
  • 2004 – Aijō Ippon! (愛情イッポン!?)


  • 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. 2004-05-09. No. 209.

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