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!

Sayaka Ichii beautiful Japanese idol singer, supermodel and TV actress from Chiba, Japan

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Sayaka Ichii, member of girl group Morning Musume from 1998-2000. Source: http://www.listal.com.

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!

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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.

What is Sayaka Ichii doing in 2014?

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Sayaka Ichii is indeed VERY beautiful as this photo shows. Her eyes are amazing as well. I’m going to have a hard time picking between Sayaka and Kei because it is a tough call. Source: http://www.listal.com.

Fans of Morning Musume (now Morning Musume 14) are probably wondering what former member Sayaka Ichii is up to these days. I was wondering the same thing and so I have decided to write about her. It was in April 2014 that Ichii, 30, revealed that she had submitted an application to something called the Otona AKB48 Audition. This was an event where they were searching for members over the age of 30 that would become members for a short time. However, on April 14, 2014, Ichii said that she had failed the audition.  And on May 6, 2014, Ichii joined the idol group OFR48 (the full name is Ofuro 48 and they are not related to the famous girl group AKB48). This group was formed in 2011 and the concept is bath house workers that you can go meet.

In August 2012, Sayaka Ichii got married to a hairdresser who was then 37 years old. And on March 2, 2013, she gave birth to a baby boy.  Sayaka Ichii’s career goes all the way back to May 1998 when she joined Morning Musume as a 14 year-old. The members in this second generation that joined her are Kei Yasuda and Mari Yaguchi. I’ve always said that I think of all the second generation members, Kei Yasuda is the prettiest and sexiest of them. But Sayaka Ichii is very beautiful also. This beautiful pop singer was born on December 31, 1983 in the city of Chiba in Japan. A few other famous Japanese celebrities that were born in Chiba are the busty bikini model Harumi Nemoto and the very cute and talented singer Atsuko Maeda.