Who is Eri Kamei?
- Date of birth: December 23, 1988
- Place of birth: Tokyo, Japan
- Blood Type: AB
- Sign of the zodiac: Capricorn
Eri Kamei was chosen as part of the 2002 Morning Musume Love Audition to join the group besides the other sixth generation members that I mentioned in the earlier post about Eri Kamei. Kamei’s debut with Morning Musume was in the song called Shabondama. Her album debut was in the album called Ai No Dai 6Kan. In June 2003, Kamei was placed in the group called Morning Musume Sakura Gumi. The goal of this group was to hold concerts in small towns that could not hold concerts for the larger groups. She began to work with Yuko Nakazawa who was a co-host on the variety show called Hello! Morning. Kamei got a chance to have her own segment on show by late 2004. It was also at this time that she made an appearance in the group H.P. All Stars. This is a shuffle unit of Hello! Project, the sort of “umbrella name” in which many Japanese musical artists are a part of. During the winter of 2005, Kamei’s segment on the Hello! Morning show ended but she still stayed on the show as a regular member. Kamei really struggled to create a sort of presence for herself. But her first big break came when she played the role of Elizabeth Kyamei, a field reporter on the Hello! Pro News Segment of the Hello! Morning show. Kamei then tried to take on comedy roles. One of her most notable roles was a parody of Yon-sama (a Korean actor).
However, Eri Kamei’s career with Morning Musume would come to an end due to health problems. It was announced on August 8, 2010 that she would be graduating from Morning Musume along with LinLin and JunJun. LinLin and JunJun are the only Chinese singers in the history of Morning Musume. They are also the only non-Japanese members of the group. Morning Musume producer TSUNKU later wrote on his blog that the reason that Kamei left the group is due to a serious skin condition that required treatment. Kamei has atopic dermatitis. Kamei would officially graduate on December 15, 2010. Her most recent musical collaboration was in the group called Muten Musume. The group was created to release the single “Appare Kaiten Zushi.” Muten Musume was also created for the purpose of spreading sushi culture worldwide and to promote a sushi chain in Kansai. The other members of this group are Ai Takahashi, Risa Niigaki, Sayumi Michishige, Reina Tanaka, Aika Mitsui, LinLin and JunJun. Kamei has also released many photo books. They are Kamei Eri, DAYS, 17Sai, Love Hello! Kamei Eri in Phuket, MAPLE, ERI, 20 Hatachi, Sweet, Eririn, and THANKS. Below are some of these photos from her photo books. I will be adding some more to the gallery as time permits.
Kamei also has her own version of the Morning Musume song Kimagure Princess.
What makes Eri Kamei interesting?
- She has the special skill of arguing.
- Her hobby is watching the concert DVDs of other artists.
- Her favorite colors are black, pink, and white.
- Her favorite phrase is Good Night.
- She enjoys eating pasta, udon, ramen, and soba.
- Her motto is You are yourself! Don’t compare yourself!