Sayaka Ichii is a Japanese idol singer, model, and film actress. She is a former member of the idol group called Morning Musume. She is also one of the members that had been associated with Hello! Project (H.P. for short). Ichii’s career with Morning Musume began in May 1998 when she joined the group as a second generation member. There were two other girls that joined her. They are Kei Yasuda and Mari Yaguchi. However, Ichii’s career with Morning Musume lasted only two years. In May 2000, she graduated from both Morning Musume and Hello! Project. The reason given for her graduation was so that she could continue her education. She left the group following the release of the single called Happy Summer Wedding. Her debut single with Morning Musume was in Summer Night Town. In 2001, she released the album called FOLK SONGS with Yuko Nakazawa. Nakazawa is the oldest current or former member of Morning Musume at 41. It was also in 2001 that Ichii was a member in the band called CUBIC-CROSS. The band consisted of Naoki Yoshizawa who played keyboards and guitar and Ichii who did the vocals. She wrote two of the group’s songs. Ichii would retire from the music business at the end of 2003. She would later marry Yoshizawa and she gave birth to her first child in August 2003.
Swimsuit pics of Sayaka Ichii!
After a long absence from the music business, Ichii would join Ranves Management Agency in February 2009. On August 24, 2009, Ichii announced that she would make her return the next day. It was after this that Ichii’s comeback was complete. She would use her talents to expand her range of activities. On August 30, 2009, Ichii made an appearance on TV in a show called Sunday Japan. Ichii would also star to do modeling. It was on September 5, 2009 that she would make her modeling appearance in Tokyo Girls Collection at Yoyogi Stadium. After graduating from Morning Musume, Ichii had not been in contact with any of the members. She said that she would like to appear in TV shows with them. In 2011, she appeared in a movie called Ashita ni Kakeru Ai. Filming began in April 2011 and the movie was released in both China and Japan the following year.
LOVE Machine (Morning Musume’s 7th single and very popular at the time.
There are some instances where children don’t follow their parent’s footsteps into the same career. Sayaka Ichii reported on her official blog in 2012 that her then eight year-old daughter has no interest in the world of show business and she even criticizes and finds faults with her mother appearing on TV. Her daughter first mentioned in a conversation that Ichii wrote down that she (Ichii) is not suited for TV. Ichii replied that it may seem like that but she is actually doing her best. I can relate to this in some way because sometimes even when we do our best, our best does not seem to be good enough in the opinion of some people. Ichii describes her daughter as being “straight to the point” and that she does not hold back on her feelings. Ichii even said that she thinks her daughter is more relentless than her manager is. Ichii concluded the topic by saying that these actions show that her daughter has no interest in the entertainment business and that she wants to eventually work with her hands and do something practical. Ichii has confidence that her daughter will become a reliable person. Ichii now has three children. In August 2012, she announced that she was pregnant at that time. She gave birth to a baby boy on March 2, 2013. Of course, she is not the only member of the group to have given birth and made news. In March 2012, Miki Fujimoto also gave birth to a baby boy Toranosuke with her comedian husband Tomoharu Shojji. On July 25, 2012, Ichii got married to a 37 year-old hairdresser. She had been previously married to Naoki Yoshizawa whom she divorced in May 2011 after 7 years of marriage. It is interesting that one of her nicknames is also Mother! In April 2014, Sayaka revealed that she had submitted an application for the contest called the Otona AKB48 Audition. This contest would result in the winner being chosen to be a member of AKB48 for a short time. The focus was choosing females that were over the age of 30. Ichii did not win the contest. On May 6, 2014, she joined the idol group called OFR48. This group is not related to AKB48. The concept for OFR48 is “bath house workers you can go meet.” In August 2014, Ichii graduated from OFR48.
Profile of Sayaka Ichii
HQ version of the song Furusato.
- Her date of birth is December 3, 1983.
- Her place of birth is Funabashi, Chiba Japan.
- Her hobby is taking pictures.
- Other Morning Musume singles that she has participated in are Daite Hold on Me, Memory Seishun no Hikari, Manatsu no Kousen, Furusato, LOVE Machine, and Koi no Dance Site.