Morning Musume Members: Kei Yasuda

Kei Yasuda: career in brief

Note: this is not going to be a full biography of Kei Yasuda but only a tribute to her.

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Kei Yasuda now 37 years old is seen here in a photo session for Hello! Project.

It is time to pay tribute to another one of these Morning Musume idols, Kei Yasuda. Yasuda was selected to be part of the group’s second generation of members along with Mari Yaguchi and Sayaka Ichii. Of the second generation members, I would say that Yasuda was at one time my favorite second generation member. She would graduate from the group in the middle of 2003 to focus on a career as an actress. After being a part of Up-Front Agency, Yasuda was transferred to J.P. Room sometime in late 2013. She has been in the entertainment industry since 1998. It was in May 2013 that she got married to an Italian food cooking researcher. Kei Yasuda has also had a career as a Japanese supermodel. In 2002 before she turned 22, she released her only solo photo book called Kei. In that photo book, Kei Yasuda did not have any swimsuit or bikini pictures but instead, she was seen wearing a sexy, elegant dress! Here is a look at Morning Musume idol Kei Yasuda through the years in photos. Source of photos: http://www.hello-online.org.

Note: this post used to be on my magazine style website called Asian Celebs Hut.

Yasuda is one of several former Morning Musume members to get married and hold a wedding ceremony. For instance, in February 2015, former member Maki Goto held a wedding ceremony and party where over 200 people were in attendance. Former first generation member and band leader Yuko Nakazawa, now 44, got married on April 1, 2012 to a 39 year-old IT company executive. And in August 2012, Sayaka Ichii got married to a 37 year-old hairdresser. For Ichii, this was her second marriage. She had previously been married to guitarist Naoki Yoshizawa from 2004-2011. Yasuda’s first name Kei means square jewel. Kei Yasuda was one of the artists associated with Hello! Project, the “umbrella name” of many Japanese female groups and performers. She has been seen in photo shoots with other Morning Musume members such as Mari Yaguchi and Ai Takahashi. And I think that Yasuda is one of those members that has a superb fashion sense! Kei Yasuda was born on December 6, 1980 in Chiba, Japan, the same area of Japan that gave birth to bikini model Harumi Nemoto.

Before Yasuda joined Morning Musume along with Mari Yaguchi and Sayaka Ichii, Morning Musume had only released the single Morning Coffee. Morning Coffee was one of the group’s singles that became a major hit. So how did Yasuda get into Morning Musume?

Yasuda Enters Morning Musume in 1998 and graduates in 2003

It was back in 1998 that Yasuda was chosen along with Mari Yaguchi and Sayaka Ichii as part of the group’s second generation to join the group. After the graduation of Asuka Fukuda in 1999, Yasuda was given almost all of her solo lines. She sang a duet song called Otome no Shiringaku with Ichii. The song was so popular that TSUNKU (producer of Morning Musume) decided to put these two girls with Maki Goto in a group called Petitmoni. That group released a very successful single called Chokotto Love. Since its release on November 23, 1999, the single has sold over a million copies! Before ending this tribute, let’s remember that these Morning Musume members even Yasuda were given English lessons by Ayaka Kimura, a former member of the group Coconuts Musume.  At her graduation concert in 2003, Yasuda sang a remixed rock version of the song Never Forget. This was one of the songs on the single called Memory Seishun no Hikari.

Ayaka Kimura attempts to teach Yasuda some English!

Who Is Your Favorite Second Generation Member?

In my earlier post about the first generation of Morning Musume, I asked readers what their favorite first generation member of Morning Musume was. Now, I would like to know who is your favorite second generation member? The second generation had three members that were introduced. These women were Sayaka Ichii, Mari Yaguchi, and Kei Yasuda. Here is a brief description of each of these members:

Sayaka Ichii (born December 31, 1983)

This Chiba Japan singer and bikini model turned 33 at the end of 2016. She was married to Naoki Yoshizawa, guitarist of the band CUBIC-CROSS from 2004 through 2011. Ichii divorced Yoshizawa, citing that he had an uncooperative attitude in raising their two daughters. Ichii graduated from Morning Musume in May 2000 after the release of the single Happy Summer Wedding. She has remarried, given birth to a boy in 2013 and is expecting her fourth child in spring 2017. Ichii released her only photo book called Self in February 2002. The photo book shows Ichii in a bikini or in an awesome one-piece swimsuit as she is relaxing!

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Former Morning Musume member Sayaka Ichii in a one-piece swimsuit for her photo book called Self back in 2002 and she looks awesome!

Mari Yaguchi (born January 20, 1983)

This Kanagawa, Japan native was once the leader of Morning Musume. In 2013, she became involved in an extramarital affair. She was in bed with model Kenzo Umeda. Yaguchi and her now ex-husband Masaya Nakamura eventually divorced after the affair. I think that Yaguchi is one of the lesser attractive Morning Musume members.

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Mari Yaguchi (left) is pictured with Kei Yasuda (right).

Kei Yasuda (born December 6, 1980)

This beautiful second generation member dropped out of high school to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. She released her only solo photo book called Kei in 2002. In May 2013, she married Yoichi Ozaki who is an Italian food cooking researcher and has two restaurants in Tokyo.

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This beautiful photo of Kei Yasuda was taken back in 2007 during a photo session for Hello! Project. Amazing!