Ikuta Erina promoting "Utakata Saturday Night! / The Vision / Tokyo to Iu Katasumi"
|Also Known As||Eripon (えりぽん?)|
|Born||July 7, 1997|
|Occupation||Idol, Singer, Actress, Model|
|Agency||Elegant Promotion (2009?-2010)|
UP-FRONT AGENCY (2011-2012)
UP-FRONT PROMOTION (2012-present)
|Associated Acts||Morning Musume, Harvest, HI-FIN, Oha Girl Maple, Hello! Project Mobekimasu, Stelladrop|
|Morning Musume Information|
|Joined||January 2, 2011|
|Member Color|| (2012-Present) Yellow-Green|
|Time in Group||5 Years, 7 Months, 22 Days|
|“||Morning Musume's reputation is heavy. But, I've decided I'll make it even heavier.||”|
–Ikuta Erina, August 2013
Ikuta Erina was born on July 7, 1997 in Fukuoka, Japan.
At a young age, Ikuta expressed her desire to become an idol.
Prior to auditioning for Morning Musume she was a model under Elegant Promotion for a short period of time.
On January 2, at the first Hello! Project 2011 Winter ~Kangei Shinsen Matsuri~ A gana Live concert, Tsunku announced Ikuta as one of the new members of Morning Musume's 9th generation. She joined alongside Fukumura Mizuki, Sayashi Riho, and Suzuki Kanon. The 9th generation made their concert debut the same day, participating in the songs "Tomo" and "Aozora ga Itsumademo Tsuzuku You na Mirai de Are!"
On April 6, Ikuta's debut single in Morning Musume, "Maji Desu ka Ska!", was released.
On June 12, Ikuta's first e-Hello DVD was announced, Greeting ~Ikuta Erina~, and was released on July 2.
On April 18, it was announced that Tanaka Reina and Morning Musume's 9th & 10th Generation members would star in a new stage play, titled Stacies Shoujo Saisatsu Kageki. The musical ran from June 6 to June 12.
On April 21 and 22, Ikuta surprised fanclub members by attending Niigaki Risa's fanclub tour, Morning Days Happy Holiday ~ Tokubetsuhen Risa Niigaki Fanclub Tour In Shizuoka.
From June 15 to 28, a series of fanclub events titled Mosuma FC Event ~Gachi☆Kira~ featuring the 9th and 10th generation members of Morning Musume and the 2nd generation members of S/mileage took place at Yokohama Blitz. Ikuta finished with the fourth most points and was awarded a solo performance on July 1 for being in the top six.
On July 4, with Niigaki Risa as a guest, Ikuta announced on IkuMatsuri, a special Ustream show, that she would change her official member color from purple to yellow-green in the fall.
On November 20, Ikuta held her first Niigaki-san wo Ouen Suru Kai to celebrate Niigaki Risa's 24th birthday, titled Ikuta Erina no "Niigaki-san wo Ouen Suru Kai Dai Ikkai Kaigou ~Niigaki-san no Tanjoubi wo Katte ni Iwau Kai~". Niigaki made a surprise appearance during the third event.
Ikuta was featured in a special gravure mook titled Graduation -Chuugaku Sotsugyou-. The mook had various photos and interviews about going from middle school to high school, and was released on February 27.
On May 22, it was announced that Ikuta would hold a second Niigaki-san wo Ouen Suru Kai, entitled Niigaki-san wo Ouen Suru Kai Dai Nikai Kaigou ~Ikuta no Tanjoubi dakedo, Yappari Kyou mo Niigaki-san wo Ouen Suru Kai~. It took place on July 7, Ikuta's 16th birthday, with Iikubo Haruna and Oda Sakura as guests.
On July 7, Ikuta celebrated her 17th birthday called Morning Musume '14 ~Ikuta Erina Birthday Event 2014~, featuring one performance at Yamano Hall.
On October 31, Ikuta released her second solo e-Hello! DVD, It's a lovely day.
On November 12, Ikuta participated in the 2014 Mitsui Sumitomo VISA Pacific Ocean Masters Pro-Am Charity Golf Tournament as a celebrity guest alongside AKB48/SKE48 member and rival Yamauchi Suzuran.
On November 23, Ikuta was appointed sub-leader of Morning Musume by Michishige Sayumi. It was officially announced during Michishige's graduation concert on November 26. Ikuta will share the position with Iikubo Haruna, who has been a sub-leader since May 2013.
On March 5, Ikuta announced that she would be a regular on the NHK Education channel show Karada wo Ugokasu TV. She made her first appearance in the show on March 25.
On July 7, Ikuta celebrated her 18th birthday at a special event called Morning Musume '15 Ikuta Erina Birthday Event, featuring one performance at Yamano Hall.
On November 11, Ikuta participated in the 2015 Mitsui Sumitomo VISA Pacific Ocean Masters Pro-Am Charity Golf Tournament as a celebrity guest for the second year in a row.
On July 7, Ikuta celebrated her 19th birthday at a special event called Morning Musume '16 Ikuta Erina Birthday Event, featuring one performance at Yamano Hall.
- Main: Family of Ikuta Erina
When she auditioned for Morning Musume, Ikuta was a 2nd year middle school student. She graduated from middle school on March 20, 2013. On March 12, 2016, she announced that she officially graduated from high school.
The following list are notable friendships Ikuta Erina has acquired:
- Niigaki Risa: She also gets along well with former Morning Musume member Niigaki Risa.
- Fukumura Mizuki: Ikuta met Fukumura Mizuki when she joined the 9th generation and became close friends since.
- Ishida Ayumi: She also gets along well with Ishida Ayumi.
- Motomura Aoi: She was friends with HKT48 member Motomura Aoi from before they became idols.
- PonPon (ぽんぽん): Her and Fukumura Mizuki's pairing name is "PonPon"  and their catchphrase is "Mizupon desu, Eripon desu. Futari Awase PonPon desu!".
- HoneyPon (ハニーぽん): Her and Iikubo Haruna's pairing name is "HoneyPon", however, it is used also used as Iikubo's pairing name with Fukumura Mizuki.
- Suberi Combi (スベリコンビ): Her and Ishida Ayumi's pairing name is "Suberi Combi" which translates to "Bomber Squad". It comes from the word "Suberi-Gei" which is a kind of comedy with failing jokes. They both have bad jokes, so they were given this pairing name.
Ikuta's given name, "Erina", means clothing (衣; e), pear (梨; ri) and a kind of plant (奈; na). It's a feminine Japanese given name and surname.
Here is a list of nicknames that was used to refer to Ikuta Erina:
- Eripon (えりぽん): An official nickname for Ikuta Erina originated by Tsunku.
- KY Ikuta (KY生田): She is known to be a KY (Kuuki Yomenai), an expression meaning one "can't read the air/atmosphere, clueless of the situation".
- Name: Ikuta Erina (生田衣梨奈)
- Nicknames: Eripon (えりぽん), KY Ikuta (KY生田), Eri-chan (えりちゃん), Namata (なまた) , Eri (えり)
- Birthdate: July 7, 1997
- Birthplace: Fukuoka, Japan
- Height: 159cm
- Bloodtype: A
- Hello! Project Status:
- 2011-01-02: Member
- 2011-01-02: Morning Musume Member
- UP-FRONT AGENCY Status:
- 2011-01-02: Member
- 2012-10-01: Transferred to UP-FRONT PROMOTION (as part of Morning Musume)
- UP-FRONT PROMOTION Status:
- 2012-10-01: Member
- Years in Morning Musume: 5 Years
- Official Kaomoji: |||9|‘_ゝ‘)
- Morning Musume Color:
- Former Oha Girl Maple Color:
- Red (2011-2012)
- Audition Song: "Little♡Princess☆Pri!" by Lilpri
- Hello! Project Groups:
- Other Groups:
- Special Skills: Can "sleep anywhere", fast at texting on her cellphone, handsprings, golf
- Hobbies: Dancing, to drive really far in golf!! (up to 239 yards)
- Favorite Music Genre: J-pop, reggae, Western music
- Favorite Sports: Golf, gymnastics
- Favorite Foods: Strawberries, ham
- Favorite Drink: Strawberry juice
- Least Favorite Food: Vegetables
- Favorite Colors: White, black, red and yellow
- Motto: Medatanai koto ni wa hajimaranai (目立たない事には始まらない; It's no use if you can't stand out)
- Favorite Word: Daisuki (I love you)
- Favorite English Phrase: "No thank you"
- Favorite Manga: Love★Com (Lovely Complex)
- Quality that she won’t lose to anyone: Being in high spirits
- Things that she want to do in her life: Grow her hair long, go to the Vatican city, sing a solo song
- Favorite Morning Musume Song: "Ookii Hitomi", "Kono Ai wo Kasanete", "Shouganai Yume Oibito"
- Other Favorite Song: Entenka, "CLASSIC" by Shonan no Kaze, "Naseba Naru no Sa Nanairo Tamago" by T-Pistonz+KMC
- Looks Up To: Niigaki Risa, Takahashi Ai, Kamei Eri, Michishige Sayumi, Tanaka Reina, Maeda Yuuka, Maeda Atsuko, Takahashi Minami, Kojima Haruna
- See Also: List:Ikuta Erina Discography Featured In
- [2011.08.13] Greeting ~Ikuta Erina~ (“e-Hello!” DVD)
- [2014.10.31] It's a lovely day (“e-Hello!” DVD)
Solo Fanclub DVDsEdit
- [2012.09.xx] Ikuta Erina ga 5 Gousha ni Niigaki Risa Fanclub Tour in Shizuoka
- [2013.xx.xx] Ikuta Erina no "Niigaki-san wo Ouen Suru Kai Dai Ikkai Kaigou ~Niigaki-san no Tanjoubi wo Katte ni Iwau Kai~"
- [2011.10.28] Alo-Hello! Morning Musume 2011 (アロハロ！モーニング娘。2011)
- [2012.12.27] Alo-Hello! Morning Musume 2012 (アロハロ！モーニング娘。2012)
- [2013.02.28] Alo-Hello! Morning Musume Qki (アロハロ！モーニング娘。Q期)
- [2013.04.09] Morning Musume Alo-Hello Qki (モーニング娘。アロハロ！モーニング娘。Q期)
-  Sharehouse (シェアハウス)
- [2011.10.08-17] Reborn ~Inochi no Audition~ (リボーン～命のオーディション～)
- [2012.06.06-12] Stacies Shoujo Saisatsu Kageki (ステーシーズ 少女再殺歌劇)
-  TRIANGLE (VTR role)
-  Zoku 11nin Iru! Higashi no Chihei, Nishi no Towa
-  Bijo Gaku (美女学)
- [2011–2012] Hello Pro! TIME (ハロプロ！ＴＩＭＥ)
- [2011–2012] Oha Suta (as Oha Girl)
- [2012-2013] Hello! SATOYAMA Life (ハロー! SATOYAMA ライフ)
- [2014-] The Girls Live
- [2015-] Karada wo Ugokasu TV (体を動かすTV)
-  Suugaku♥Joshi Gakuen (数学♥女子学園) (as Nakano Riko)
-  UstreaMusume
-  Michishige Sayumi no "Mobekimasutte Nani??" (道重さゆみの『モベキマスってなに？？』)
-  IkuMatsuri (生祭り) (special one-day stream)
- [2013-] Hello! Project Station (ハロ！ステ)
- [2012–] Morning Musume no Morning Jogakuin ~Houkago Meeting~ (モーニング娘。のモーニング女学院～放課後ミーティング～)
-  Nestle Milo (as Oha Girl)
- She was voted 8th favorite member in the 2012 "Hello! Project Music Awards" event. 
- She wants to be the "Number 1 Idol."
- She'd like to go to fujikyu with Ishida Ayumi.
- Sayashi Riho, Makino Maria and Aikawa Maho think Erina is the coolest member of Hello! Project.
- She is learning English.
- She goes to karaoke to reduce stress.
- She said that she’s not very good at cooking, but she likes it and can make delicious gratin.
- When asked what aspect of her makeup she is most particular about, she replied "no eyeshadow!"
- Before joining Morning Musume, she had an Ameblo blog and a Twitter account.
- She is the second member of Morning Musume to be from Fukuoka (the other being Tanaka Reina).
- Her 9th generation audition number was #244.
- She was the first Morning Musume member to change her color in 2012. The second was Iikubo Haruna.
- She and her fellow member Ishida Ayumi are the only current Morning Musume members both to be the members of the same units Harvest and HI-FIN of SATOYAMA and SATOUMI movements respectively.
- On the day of her middle school graduation ceremony, Ikuta dyed her hair brown. She was the second ninth generation member to dye their hair, with the first one being Fukumura Mizuki.
- She is one of only three current Morning Musume members to have dyed hair.
- She became a fan of Morning Musume after hearing their single "Mr.Moonlight ~Ai no Big Band~."
- She began liking Hello! Project starting with Minimoni.
- When she first joined the Hello! Project, Ikuta said that Maeda Yuuka was her favorite Hello! Project member.
- She said that if she could become another Hello! Project member, she would be Niigaki Risa, because she admires her very much.
- She is a fan of AKB48 and was in 17 Ameblo fangroups for them.
- She has said that she would like to try flamenco dancing.
- She said she'd like to try dyeing her hair blonde.
- She, along with Ishida Ayumi, are the only members in Morning Musume to be born in the same year the group was formed in 1997.
- Tsunku commented on her: "In both good and bad ways she's the one to stand out. But in the end that's a good thing. In showbiz one has to stand out no matter what, after all. She's still not happy with various things about herself, but compared to how she was 4 years ago she's improved greatly. Her dancing really stands out."
- Tsunku wrote on his blog about the dad mentioned in "Otome no Timing" being inspired by Ikuta's real dad. When Ikuta had just passed the Morning Musume audition, she was going to cut her hair a bit. So she said she wanted to call her parents first and tell them that she would cut it. She didn't call her mom, she called her dad and was all "Dad? Erina's gonna cut her hair now, okay?" Tsunku saw that and was all, "she must be close with her dad, he must be a nice guy," and thus he had the line in "Otome no Timing," Erina got to sing it, too.
- She is in the most sub-units out of the 9th generation, being in three: Harvest, HI-FIN, and Stelladrop.
- She shares the same last name with Nogizaka46 member Ikuta Erika, as well as the kanji for "ri" (梨) in their given names. They took a two-shot photo together when Morning Musume '15 and Nogizaka46 participated in the 2015 FNS Kayousai THE LIVE, and both girls commented that it must have been fate, that with their similar names they both became idols.
- Ikuta began golfing in the third grade. Her dad started golfing due to his work (company golf outings), and in Fukuoka, golf courses are often next to tennis courts. At the time, she wanted to learn tennis because she was obsessed with The Prince of Tennis. However, her dad suggested she try golfing instead.
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Fukumura Mizuki and Iikubo Haruna
Ikuta Family TreeEdit
- ↑ "モーニング娘。第9期メンバー決定！！" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2011-01-02.
- ↑ "つんく♂モー娘新メンバーに心強さ「日に日に顔が勇ましく」" (in Japanese). Searchina. 2011-01-04.
- ↑ Oha Suta. Broadcast Date: 2011-08-25.
- ↑ Tanaka Erika. "新メンバーは..." (in Japanese). Oha Girl Maple Official Blog. 2011-08-25.
- ↑ Inoue Shiori. "えりぽん!!" (in Japanese). Oha Girl Maple Official Blog. 2011-08-25.
- ↑ Ikuta Erina. "おーはー!!" (in Japanese). Oha Girl Maple Official Blog. 2011-08-26.
- ↑ Ikuta Erina. "最後の月曜日(^-^)" (in Japanese). Oha Girl Maple Official Blog. 2012-03-26.
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 "モーニング娘。13枚目ニューアルバム9月発売、そしてメンバー・飯窪春菜から重大(!?)発表" (in Japanese). De☆View by Oricon. 2012-07-30.
- ↑ "★ファンクラブ会員限定イベント★「新垣さんを応援する会 第二回会合～生田の誕生日だけど、やっぱり今日も新垣さんを応援する会～」開催決定！！" (in Japanese). M-line Official Fanclub Website. 2013.
- ↑ "この日、もっとも羨望の眼差しを浴びたプロゴルファーは？！" (in Japanese). Japan Golf Tour. 2014-11.
- ↑ Ikuta Erina. "発表します。生田衣梨奈" (in Japanese). Morning Musume Qki Official Blog. 2015-03-05.
- ↑ "★ファンクラブ会員限定イベント★『新垣里沙バースデーイベント』 特別受付のお知らせ" (in Japanese). M-line Official Fanclub Website. 2015-09-18.
- ↑ "たかの友梨CUP 第38回平尾昌晃チャリティゴルフ" (in Japanese). ValuePress!. 2015-10-05.
- ↑ "★プロ・アマチャリティトーナメント出場予定有名人" (in Japanese). Mitsui Sumitomo VISA Pacific Ocean Masters Official Facebook. 2015-11-04.
- ↑ https://twitter.com/tozamasan/status/708563732067016704
- ↑ "譜久村×生田" (in Japanese). Mseek Wiki.
- ↑ "新生モーニング娘。" (in Japanese). Michishige Sayumi Official GREE Blog. 2011-01-04.
- ↑ Ikuta Erina's profile at Hello! Pro @ Memo
- ↑ "モーニング娘。の背中". Takahashi Ai's Official Blog. 2011-04-25.
- ↑ J-MELO. Broadcast Date: 2013-11-03.
- ↑ "モーニング娘。'14 10/15発売シングル「TIKI BUN/シャバダバ ドゥ～/見返り美人」" (in Japanese). Tsunku Official Blog. 2014-08-28
- ↑ "モーニング娘。 10/12発売 アルバム「12,ｽﾏｰﾄ」" (in Japanese). Tsunku Official Blog. 2011-10-12.
- ↑ "FNS歌謡祭。生田衣梨奈" (in Japanese). Morning Musume Qki Official Blog. 2015-12-16.
- ↑ "アイドルメドレー～ don♪388" (in Japanese). Nogizaka46 Ikuta Erika Official Blog. 2015-12-16.
- ↑ "仙台情報誌Me独占モーニング娘。’16超ロングインタビュー！！" (in Japanese). Me. 2016-05-20.