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Japanese Idol Sayaka Ichii Turns 35!

Japanese idol Sayaka Ichii Turns 35 and she is still active and kicking butt! This Funabashi, Japan native and occasional swimsuit model was once my favorite second generation member of Morning Musume! Ichii has gone through a divorce and she had to raise two daughters by herself after that divorce. She is a woman with a very strong character and she has survived and returned to the entertainment industry. At 35, Ichii is a celebrity that has many years left ahead of her. Note: for those of you that want to read my biography about Sayaka Ichii, you can do so on my main magazine style website Asian Celebs Hut.

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From left to right: Mari Yaguchi, Sayaka Ichii and Kei Yasuda.

Another photo of the second generation members.

Source of photos: http://www.hello-online.org.

Japanese idol Sayaka ichii retired from the music business in 2003 and disbanded the group called Ichii Sayaka in Cubic Cross. The group is known by its shorter name CUBIC CROSS. Ichii would marry the guitarist of the band Naoki Yoshizawa in May 2004. She would give birth to her first daughter in August 2004. Ichii would not return to the music business until 2009 when she joined Ranves Management Agency.

Sayaka Ichii who is a native of the city of Funabashi and Chiba Prefecture made her debut back in 1998 as part of Morning Musume’s 2nd generation with Mari Yaguchi and Kei Yasuda. Kei Yasuda, now 38, was once my favorite member of the 2nd generation. I have written earlier about how beautiful Kei Yasuda is. Yasuda released a photo book called Kei in 2002. The debut single for Japanese idol Sayaka Ichii came when she sang in the song Summer Night Town.

 

Ichii would sing in several other songs including Daite Hold On Me! Ichii would also take part in the singles Furusato and LOVE Machine. LOVE Machine would go on to sell 1,646,630 copies and the song became a #1 hit single in Japan. Furusato is one of the songs where former members Ai Takahashi and Risa Niigaki sang their own versions.  Ichii graduated from Morning Musume in May 2000. The reason given for her graduation was because she wanted to continue her education. Japanese idol Sayaka Ichii is one of my favorite Morning Musume members and always will be! Happy Birthday Sayaka!

I absolutely adore so many of these current and former members of Morning Musume and Sayaka Ichii is definitely on my list of the Top 5 Morning Musume members. I may do a post on my top 5 Morning Musume members in the future, but for now if I had to create a list of my top 5 here they are:

  1. Ayumi Ishida
  2. Risa Niigaki
  3. Eri Kamei
  4. Sayaka Ichii
  5. Kei Yasuda