Eri Kamei-Japanese Idol Singer And Member of Morning Musume

Who is Eri Kamei?

  • Date of birth: December 23, 1988
  • Place of birth: Tokyo, Japan
  • Blood Type: AB
  • Sign of the zodiac: Capricorn
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Eri Kamei during the Morning Musume Concert Tour 2010 Autumn. Source: http://www.hello-online.org unless otherwise noted.

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.

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Kamei also has her own version of the Morning Musume song Kimagure Princess.

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Eri Kamei in a bikini for her photo book called THANKS!

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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!

Coming Soon: Eri Kamei 6th Generation Member

What’s up everyone?
Coming soon is going to be a post about Eri Kamei.

Photo source: www.generasia.com.

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Eri Kamei looks stunning in this photo from her 2010 photo book called Thanks. Can she get any hotter?

Of all the Morning Musume members that I have written about, Eri is one of those that I have not written about yet. This blog has come pretty far since the one of the very first posts that I wrote about Reina Tanaka’s graduation in 2013. But what you will see soon is a tribute to Kamei. She was part of the 6th generation of members. Joining her in that generation were three other girls:

Miki Fujimoto (legal name Miki Shoji since March 2009)

Sayumi Michishige (she recently announced that she will be resuming her activities)

and of course Reina Tanaka who graduated in May 2013

These three members made their debut on January 19, 2003. Kamei, now 28, is one of the most beautiful members of Morning Musume while members like Nozomi Tsuji are among the least attractive of the members. Kamei is just so beautiful and she also has a very cute kind of look. You will see what she is like soon!

Morning Musume Releases Triple A-Side Single

Japanese girl group Morning Musume 17 announced that they would be releasing their first single in six months at the time called “Seishun Kozo ga Naiteru / Yugure wa Amegari / Ima Kokokara” on April 15, 2014. I know that this is old news but it is still significant.

The group formerly known as Morning Musume until the end of 2013 now has a new band leader Mizuki Fukumura. Fukumura, 20, took over the duty of band leader after the graduation of former sixth generation member Sayumi Michishige in November 2014. The single was the first one for the four members of the 12th generation. There was only one member for the group’s 11th generation and that is Sakura Oda. The announcement for the new single was made during a performance called Hello! Project 2015 Winter Dance Mode! The concert was held at ORIX Theater in Osaka, Japan on February 15, 2014. There are six different types for this single, limited editions A, B, C, and D and regular editions A and B.

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From left to right: Kanon Suzuki, Ayumi Ishida, and Mizuki Fukumura.

As for Fukumura, much has happened for her that has allowed her to achieve success in such a short time. Fukumura appeared as a model for the magazine called Young Gangan at the start of 2014. She released her second photo book called Utakata in June 2014 and followed that up with a solo DVD called Pancake which was released in August 2014. The photo book Utakata is the second solo photo book for this Tokyo native and is the follow-up to her debut called MIZUKI released in May 2013. MIZUKI was done on the island of Guam.

There are so many things that we could say about Morning Musume from the milestones reached involving certain members or special events such as the group meeting to discuss the release of the photo book called “Morning Musume Live Photo Book 2012: Fall: Colorful Character” or the graduation of prominent members such as Reina Tanaka or Risa Niigaki. Another notable event in the group’s history occurred when now former member and band leader Sayumi Michishige turned 21 years old on July 13, 2010 and she got over 4,000 comments from fans who left messages on her blog!

It was also announced that sub-leader and the oldest member Haruna Iikubo will have the responsibility of being the Kyouikugakari or educator of the group. As part of her job, she is responsible for teaching new members the proper manners and etiquette and the tradition of the group. 13 generations later, this girl group is still active recording singles and performing. Morning Musume is still awesome as a group even though they have now been overtaken in popularity by AKB48. I mentioned earlier how this group were active under the name of Morning Musume 15 in 2015. The group’s members appeared in a photo shoot for Alo-Hello! dressed in bikinis and relaxing on the beach! This triple A-side single that was released is the follow-up to their previous single called “Tiki Bun / Shabadaba Du / Mikaeri Bijin.” It will be the group’s 58th single. The group performed their activities under the name Morning Musume 16 in 2016.

 

 

Ayumi Ishida Japanese Idol Bikini Okinawa!

Morning Musume 17 member Ayumi Ishida shows how sexy she is in a photo session for her photo book It’s My Turn!

Here is Japanese idol Ayumi Ishida in a bikini for her 3rd solo photo book! These awesome pictures were taken while she was in Okinawa! The photo book is called It’s My Turn. It’s My Turn was released on June 27, 2016 and  the book continues in a special tradition of having Japanese idols spend time in warm places. Ishida turned 20 years old on January 7, 2017 and she now has three photo books to her credit!

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You are very beautiful yourself Ayumi!
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A great side view of Ayumi in a bikini! totally hot!!
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Ayumi running through the water! She’s having the time of her life and isn’t that all that matters? Oh yeah!
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Ayumi hiding in among the nature.
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Ayumi poses for a photo wearing her best bikini of the session!

This is not the first time that a Morning Musume member has done a photo book session in a warm weather place. Mizuki Fukumura did the photo session for her first photo book MIZUKI in Guam. Ishida is so beautiful that I think I would rate her right up there with Natsumi Abe. Abe turned 35 years old in August 2016 and she released her photo book Fin No Hito! Fin No Hito has the former Morning Musume babe posing in sexy lingerie, walking around the city of Helsinki, or waiting for a train. Natsumi Abe is absolutely stunning in that photo book!

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Ayumi Ishida: can you say the word goddess? She is really something!

Risa Niigaki Ascension Photo Book Sexy Bikini Pics

Risa Niigaki is seen in the photo book Ascension as she is in a bikini on the island of Okinawa.

Ascension is the last photo book released by Risa Niigaki when she was still a member of Morning Musume. These bikini pics of the former Morning Musume babe are absolutely awesome! I know that we are in 2017 and these photos were taken in 2012 but Risa is not only a person that is really cute but she shows that she can be sexy as well!

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The Lovely Risa Niigaki on the cover of her photo book Ascension.
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This one makes Risa look even sexier! She’s got great legs wouldn’t you say?
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Risa still shows she’s one of the cutest girls of Morning Musume in this photo. It is a yellow bikini with gray stripes.

The photos for Ascension were taken on the island of Okinawa. The photo book was released on April 27, 2012. Risa Niigaki then graduated from Morning Musume on May 18, 2012 after being with the group for more than 10 years.

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Risa Niigaki looks on as she is in an awesome yellow and gray bikini.

 

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One of the hottest photos of any Morning Musume girl I’ve ever seen! Risa is a total babe!
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Risa Niigaki seen here in a gorgeous pink floral bikini! Hot!
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What’s the matter Risa? You still look fabulous in that bikini!

And now here is perhaps the best photo of the entire set!

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Risa Niigaki shows her awesome abs in this photo as she is relaxing perhaps after a swim. She may not be the prettiest Morning Musume member but she is in my top 5 for sure!

Niigaki married actor Yoshikazu Kotani on July 11, 2016. She is one of several former Morning Musume members to get married. Of all the members that have gotten married, Mari Yaguchi, Ai Kago, and Sayaka Ichii have divorced. However, Sayaka Ichii got married for a second time in August 2012 to a 37 year-old hairdresser. I hope that Niigaki will have a very happy marriage.  Risa has been involved in some very interesting moments in her life!

Haruna Iikubo, Sub-Leader And Member of Morning Musume 17

Who is Haruna Iikubo?

Haruna Iikubo is a Japanese pop music (idol singer) and sub-leader of Morning Musume 17 (formerly Morning Musume) along with 9th generation member Mizuki Fukumura. Haruna was born on November 7, 1994 in Tokyo. Haruna Iikubo is also a former gravure model and movie actress. She got into the entertainment industry in 2009 when she won an award at the auditions for the fashion magazine called Love Berry. Her first appearance as a model was in the June 2009 issue. Beginning in July 2009, Iikubo would adopt the stage name of Dan Hau. Iikubo eventually would stop modeling for the magazine in February 2011.

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A first look at Morning Musume 17 member Haruna Iikubo.

Haruna Iikubo And Her Early Career

It would be on September 29, 2011 that Iikubo was selected from the 10th generation audition to join Morning Musume along with Ayumi Ishida, Masaki Sato, and Haruka Kudo. These girls made their official presentation on the same day in which they were announced as members during a concert that was dedicated to Ai Takahashi. Takahashi would graduate from Morning Musume in April 2011 and then hand the leadership duties of the group to Risa Niigaki. The girls took part in the performance of the song called Tomo. They would also sing the last song of the concert Namidacchi. In 2012, Iikubo’s career as an actress began when she and all of the members of the 9th and 10th generation were chosen to star in a stage play called Stacey’s Shoujo Saisatsu Kageki. The stage play would run from June 6-12 of 2012. Their co-star in that play was Reina Tanaka.

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Haruna Iikubo (left) with former member Reina Tanaka (right). Tanaka graduated in May 2013.

Reina Tanaka was a part of the sixth generation of members with Miki Fujimoto, Sayumi Michishige, and Eri Kamei. On July 20, 2012, it was revealed that Iikubo along with Maimi Yajima, Chinami Tokunaga, Saki Nakajima, and Berryz Koubou member Miyabi Natsuyaki were chosen to become a part of the group known as DIY Love. They released a single on November 7, 2012 which was also Iikubo’s 18th birthday. On July 30, 2012, Iikubo’s color was changed to Honey. Every Morning Musume member is assigned a color. Haruna’s interest in Morning Musume came from a very early age. When she was in elementary school, she drew pictures of Sayumi Michishige, Risa Niigaki and of herself. So it is fair to say that Haruna got her wish of being a part of the group and fulfilled her dream. The group’s producer TSUNKU says that he hopes that Iikubo can make Morning Musume even more stylish and cute.

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Haruna Iikubo: 2013-Present

Beginning in April 2013, Haruna Iikubo would also start being involved in radio shows. She took over as one of the hosts for the show Young Town replacing Aika Mitsui. Mitsui had graduated from Morning Musume in May 2012 due to an ankle injury that she had sustained. This injury did not allow her to perform on stage. In May 2013, during the graduation concert of Reina Tanaka Iikubo and Fukumura were announced as sub-leaders of Morning Musume. This was the first time that there were two sub-leaders in Morning Musume. Fukumura would release her first solo photo book called MIZUKI in May 2013 which would be shot in Guam. On November 7, 2013, Iikubo was given the opportunity to hold a special birthday event to celebrate her 19 years of life. The event had two performances at Tokyo’s FM Hall. Attending this birthday event were Ayumi Ishida and Sakura Oda. On July 31, 2014, Iikubo was chosen to be a special guest on the live program for the Zelda Musou (Hyrule Warriors). It was during the event that Iikubo talked about the Zelda series and even played a demo of them.

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On January 28, 2017, Iikubo will release her first solo photo book called Haruiro.

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Video releases and photo books put out by Haruna

 

Haruna Iikubo has also released two DVD’s. The first one which was released on August 31, 2012 is called Greeting Iikubo Haruna. The second one is more of a collaborative effort and it is called Alo Hello! Morning Musume 9 10ki DVD. It features all the members of the 9th and 10th generations including Erina Ikuta, Kanon Suzuki, and Riho Sayashi. That DVD was released in January 2013. Haruna‘s photo book releases are as follows:

  • September 2012 Morning Musume 9 10ki 1st official photo book
  • January 2013 Alo Hello! Morning Musume 10ki photo book
  • September 2013 Morning Musume 15th Anniversary photo book ZERO
  • May 2014 Michishige Camera 13-14
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Haruna Iikubo with my favorite member Ayumi Ishida (right) during a magazine photo shoot in October 2014. Ishida is especially cute!

Other facts about Haruna Iikubo

  • Haruna Iikubo has two younger sisters, one of them being nine years younger than her.
  • Her grandmother is a florist.
  • When Haruna was born, her father was only 19 years old.
  • Her hobbies are shopping and reading.
  • She has several favorite colors which include pink, black, red, orange, and light blue.
  • Haruna is skilled at arranging flowers, staring at people during contests and even making her stomach rumble!
  • Her favorite foods are ramen, chocolate, takoyaki, and okonomiyaki.
  • She looks up to Morning Musume leader Sayumi Michishige and Momoko Tsugunaga, formerly  of the idol group Berryz Kobo.
  • She likes to say that hard work always pays off.
  • Haruna’s motto in life is each day, 100 good deeds.
  • Her life philosophy is being slim.
  • Haruna believes that she can never lose at being positive.
  • If she were not a member of Morning Musume, Haruna says that she would work as a maid in a maid café.
  • When she was in high school, she wrote that she wanted to be in Morning Musume. That was her career choice.
  • Haruka Kudo called her Meshi by mistake because she (Kudo) had forgotten her nickname and it had been written on her shirt.
  • She has a very close relationship with Ayumi Ishida and current member of S/mileage Ayaka Wada.
  • Iikubo considers Mizuki Fukumura as her biggest rival.
  • She is famous for her long, straight hair.
  • She has two pet cats.
  • Haruna writes part of her blog posts in English by using a translator app.

 

Coming Soon: Ayumi Ishida It’s My Turn Photo Book Images

With Ayumi Ishida having turned 20 years old on January 7, 2017, I thought that I would take the opportunity to talk about her 3rd photo book called It’s My Turn. It’s My Turn was released on June 27, 2016. The photos were taken on the island of Guam and in Miyagi Prefecture, the area of her birth. Guam is also the place where former JKT48 and AKB48 idol Aki Takajo was seen back in 2011 as she was swimming laps in the pool! But this is obviously about Ayumi Ishida who is now my favorite member of Morning Musume 17.

Ishida has released two other photo books Ishida Ayumi (2013) and Shine More (2014). Stay tuned for some awesome pics!