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Inaba Manaka
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Inaba Manaka, September 2017
Background Information
Also Known As Manaka (まなか?)
Manakan (まなかん?)
Inabaccho (いなばっちょ?)
MANAKA
Born December 27, 1997 (1997-12-27) (age 19)
Origin Hokkaido, Japan
Blood Type B
Zodiac Sign Capricorn Capricorn
Height 151cm
Genres J-Pop
Occupation Dancer, Idol, Singer
Years Active 2010–present
Agency UP-FRONT PROMOTION (2013-)
Label UP-FRONT WORKS (2013-)
zetima (2015-)
Associated Acts PEACEFUL, Hello Pro Kenshuusei, Country Girls, Hello! Project Station Dance Club, Hello Pro Kenshuusei Hokkaido
Blog Inaba Manaka Official Blog
Country Girls Information
Joined November 5, 2014
Generation 5th Generation (Unofficial)
Member Color       Italian Red
Debut Single Itooshikutte Gomen ne / Koi Dorobou
Last Single Boogie Woogie LOVE / Koi wa Magnet / Ranrarun ~Anata ni Muchuu~
Graduated August 4, 2016
Time in Group 1 Year, 9 Months, 0 Days
Hello Pro Kenshuusei Information
Joined May 2013
Generation 19th Generation
Graduated December 29, 2015
Hello Pro Kenshuusei Hokkaido Information
Joined September 8, 2017
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Inaba's Autograph
I will work hard in my leader-like role for the Hello! Pro Kenshuusei Hokkaido, advising them while standing on-stage with them, and doing my own Hokkaido-centred activities.[1]

–Inaba Manaka, September 2017

Inaba Manaka (稲場愛香) is a Japanese pop singer under Hello! Project. She is also the leader of Hello Pro Kenshuusei Hokkaido and a former member of Country Girls.[2][3]

She was first introduced as a 19th generation member of Hello Pro Kenshuusei on May 5, 2013[4] and debuted in Country Girls on November 5, 2014.[2] Due to asthma problems, Inaba graduated from Country Girls on August 4, 2016 after a three months absence from the group. She made her return to Hello! Project on September 8, 2017 as a solo act based in Sapporo and the leader of Hello Pro Kenshuusei Hokkaido.[5]

Prior to joining Hello! Project, she was a member of the idol group PEACEFUL,[6] which she was the group's sub-leader.

BiographyEdit

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Inaba Manaka, February 2016

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Inaba Manaka, 2012 (PEACEFUL)

Early LifeEdit

Inaba Manaka was born on December 27, 1997 in Hokkaido, Japan to a couple whose names are undisclosed. Since age 4, she began practicing both singing and dancing, aiming to join the entertainment industry.[7] During her pre-idol childhood, she attended a dance school at EXILE PROFESSIONAL GYM in Sapporo.[6]

2010-2012Edit

In fall 2010, she auditioned for Morning Musume's 9th generation, but failed to pass the third round.[7]

In December 2010, Inaba participated in the 61st NHK Kouhaku Uta Gassen as a back dancer for EXILE.[6][8]

In 2011, Inaba passed the Hokkaido Idol Project audition, and was added to a new idol group called PEACEFUL.[6] She was assigned the sub-leader role. The group released their first and only single, "START!!", on June 8, 2011. On July 31, 2012, PEACEFUL disbanded.[6]

2013Edit

On May 5, Inaba was introduced as a member of Hello Pro Kenshuusei alongside Tanaka Karen, Mikame Kana, Fujii Rio, Mashiro Kana and Inoue Hikaru at the Hello Pro Kenshuusei Happyoukai 2013 ~Haru no Koukai Jitsuryoku Shindan Test~.[4]

On October 26, Inaba participated as a back dancer for the Morning Musume Concert Tour 2013 Aki ~CHANCE!~ concert in Hokkaido.

2014Edit

On January 25, Inaba participated in the Hello! Project 2014 WINTER ~GOiSU MODE~ concert held in Hokkaido.

From March 15 to May 30, Inaba participated in the opening act and as a back dancer for the Morning Musume '14 Concert Tour Haru ~Evolution~ along with 5 other Hello Pro Kenshuusei members.[9]

On November 5, it was announced that Inaba was added to Country Musume, now called Country Girls, alongside Yamaki Risa, Morito Chisaki, Shimamura Uta and Ozeki Mai.[2][3] She concluded her trainee activities following the November/December Nama Tamago Show.

2015Edit

On December 29, Inaba celebrated her 18th birthday at a fanclub event called Country Girls Inaba Manaka Birthday Event 2015, featuring three performances at TOKYO FM HALL.

In August, Inaba announced she received own regular corner on the music program Uta-navi!, titled "Manakan Music", in which she would learn and introduce various genres of music.[10][11]

2016Edit

In February, Inaba released her first Blu-ray, titled Greeting ~Inaba Manaka~. A mini photobook containing photos taken during the Blu-ray's filming was later released on July 16.

On April 28, it was announced, after consulting with a doctor, that Inaba would be taking a break from activities due to asthma. It was stated that she would be absent from "Boogie Woogie LOVE / Koi wa Magnet / Ranrarun ~Anata ni Muchuu~" release events, Country Girls Live Tour 2016 Haru Natsu, as well as the Hello! Project 2016 SUMMER concert tour. Additionally, the Kizetsu Suru Hodo Aishiteru! musical, which starred Inaba as the main character, would cancel its remaining performances for May 28 and 29.[12]

On August 4, it was announced that Inaba had graduated from Country Girls due to the lack of improvement in her asthma. She would, however, still be with UP-FRONT PROMOTION and management would look into possibilities for her in the future.[13]

Statement from Inaba Manaka[14]
It has been already 3 months since I have announced my activities break to everyone...

I would like to thank you because during this pause, I received many comments, I made you worried.

To everyone, as well as to Country Girls members and to everyone from Hello! Project, I would like to apologize for making you worried.

At this occasion, I, Manaka Inaba, on this 4th of August,
have graduated from Country Girls.

After the announcement of my break, I announce you my sudden graduation,
I am really sorry for surprising you with this news.

To everyone who was waiting for my resumed activities,
Please accept my apologies.

I gave my everything so far into the medical treatment of the asthma, but there are still disappointing days
With the current condition now, I am not ready to continue the activities of going nation-wide,
However this condition is not always bad,
There are days when my physical condition stabilizes but,
The condition was depending on to the weather or on the days.

With such a condition, I cannot cause any more worry to everyone by receiving your support,
I think to avoid any hindrance at the group's activities, to not cause any problem to all the members,
The decision of this was the graduation, please forgive me.

And to all the members of Country Girls
Thank you so much...!!

As a member of Country Girls, I have experienced many things,
To meet all the fans is an important treasure for me.

Please everyone continue to support even more Country Girls from now as well!

Nothing has been decided concerning the future but, I, Manaka Inaba, think I have to be able to do something to pay back all the support I received from everyone.

While becoming indebted to everyone from the company office, I would like to think at myself from now on.

From the bottom of my heart, I am grateful to all everyone who has been involved with me.

Thank you so much.

August 4th 2016
Country Girls
Manaka Inaba

2017Edit

On September 8, it was announced on the official Hello! Project website that her asthma had stabilized, and she would be resuming activities as the leader of Hello Pro Kenshuusei Hokkaido, while also pursuing independent activities in Sapporo. She began her "new start" by performing at the Hello Pro Kenshuusei Hokkaido Teiki Kouen Vol.4 on September 18.[5]

On September 21, Inaba made a guest appearance on the Hokkaido radio show IMAREAL,[15] where it was announced that she would host a regular corner on the show every Tuesday starting October 3.[16]

Personal LifeEdit

She has a younger brother.

When Inaba joined Hello Pro Kenshuusei, she was a first year high school student. She was the manager of her high school baseball team in Hokkaido for half of her first year, but unfortunately had to resign when she became too busy with her activities as a Kenshuusei.[17]

In March 2016, Inaba graduated from high school.[18]

The following list are notable friendships Inaba Manaka has acquired:

Here is a list of nicknames that have been used to refer to Inaba Manaka:

  • Ma~nyan (ま~にゃん): Given to her in PEACEFUL.
  • Manakan (まなかん): Official nickname, given to her since joining Hello Pro Kenshuusei.
  • Inabaccho (いなばっちょ): Given to her in Country Girls

ProfileEdit

See also: List:Inaba Manaka Other Q&As

DiscographyEdit

See also: List:Inaba Manaka Discography Featured In

Solo DVDs/Blu-raysEdit

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PublicationsEdit

PhotobooksEdit

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MagazinesEdit

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WorksEdit

TheaterEdit

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TV ProgramsEdit

  • [2014–2016; 2017–] The Girls Live
  • [2015–2016] Uta-navi! (うたなび!)

InternetEdit

RadioEdit

  • [2015] Country Girls no Tadaima Radio Kenshuuchuu!! (カントリー・ガールズの只今ラジオ研修中!!)
  • [2015–2016] Country Girls no Tadaima Radio Housouchuu!! (カントリー・ガールズの只今ラジオ放送中!!)
  • [2017–] IMAREAL

TriviaEdit

  • She was the second Hello Pro Kenshuusei member who was in a non-Hello! Project idol group prior to joining.
  • She was the first Hello Pro Kenshuusei member to be from Hokkaido.
  • In an issue of Gekkan Entame, she was ranked the best dancer in Hello Pro Kenshuusei.
  • She wants to be the kind of idol that brings happiness and dreams to others.
  • She doesn't want to lose to anyone in dancing.
  • She wants to get better at facial expressions.
  • She had said that her dream was to join Morning Musume and debut in 2014.
  • During her time in Hello Pro Kenshuusei, she said that if she saw a shooting star, she'd wish to debut.
  • She wants to try singing "Uchouten LOVE" by S/mileage, and "Watashi ga Iu Mae ni Dakishimenakya ne" by Juice=Juice.
  • Her rival in Hello Pro Kenshuusei was Fujii Rio. As generation mates they had a sense of wanting to work hard together, but her dancing is powerful and they had been challenging each other to do better.[22]
  • She says that because she lives in Hokkaido, it was difficult for her to attend Hello Pro Kenshuusei lessons and events, so she put all her strength into the ones she could attend.[22]
  • In late 2013, Tsunku commented on Inaba: "Your dancing is amazingly good. Your legs are improving beautifully. For expressions you have a nice smile. Because you're from Hokkaido I don't think you'll be able to attend everything, so I hope that you'll watch videos in your normal life and regularly copy the dances and singing so as not to fall behind."[22]
  • AOL published an article on Inaba, suggesting she would be Satoda Mai's successor and join Country Musume.[6] The writer also mentioned Inaba's high skill and good dancing.
  • She had been learning how to cook, studying Korean and watching Korean dramas during her hiatus.[23]
  • While watching her Hello! Project Station interview in episode #236, Inaba noticed herself looking up in a diagonal direction over and over. She was really nervous during the shoot and forgot to breathe, but she had fun once her instincts slowly came back.[24]
  • She goes to karaoke to sing and dance on her own, and wants to go to karaoke again with Oda Sakura.[24]
  • She has loved shoes since she was little and would walk around in her mother's high heels.
  • She likes to wear clothes and makeup according to the season.
  • She is the only current soloist in Hello! Project who is not originally a Morning Musume member.

See AlsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. http://blog-project.net/inaba-manaka/260204
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "『カントリー娘。』改め『カントリー・ガールズ』について (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2014-11-05.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "カントリー娘。「カントリー・ガールズ」に改名で再始動! “ももち”も加入" (in Japanese). AliveM.net. 2014-11-05.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "つんく♂プロデューサー、ハロプロ研修生イベントで持論を展開。「リズムは人生だからね。」" (in Japanese). BARKS. 2013-05-05.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "稲場愛香に関するお知らせ" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2017-09-08.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 "里田まいの後継者「カントリー娘。」新メン有力候補は北海道ハロプロ研修生・稲場愛香?" (in Japanese). AOL News. 2014-02-17.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "ハロプロ スッペシャ〜ル ハロプロ研修生". CDJournal. 2014-06 Issue, page 18. (Reference Image)
  8. Gucchii no Kyou Dokki! Hokkaido Broadcasting. Broadcast Date: 2011-05-04.
  9. "『モーニング娘。'14コンサートツアー春〜エヴォリューション〜』ハロプロ研修生の参加が決定!" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2014-03-12.
  10. "さんかい٩(。•ω•。)و稲場愛香" (in Japanese). Country Girls Official Blog. 2015-08-09.
  11. "まなかんミュージック(*´ω`*)稲場愛香" (in Japanese). Country Girls Official Blog. 2015-09-07.
  12. "カントリー・ガールズ 稲場愛香に関するお知らせ" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2016-04-28.
  13. "​カントリー・ガールズ 稲場愛香に関するお知らせ" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2016-08-04.
  14. "[EN] Concerning Manaka Inaba from Country Girls." UP-FRONT LINK. 2016-08-04.
  15. https://twitter.com/airg_ima/status/910826660970192897
  16. https://twitter.com/airg_ima/status/910832521427935234
  17. "やっほぉ(*゚▽゚)ノ稲場愛香" (in Japanese). Country Girls Official Blog. 2015-06-27.
  18. "卒業したよ(T▽T)✩稲場愛香" (in Japanese). Country Girls Official Blog. 2016-03-15.
  19. Lurkette. "SS1422 #84." Hello! Pro Radio. 2014-08-24.
  20. 20.00 20.01 20.02 20.03 20.04 20.05 20.06 20.07 20.08 20.09 20.10 20.11 20.12 20.13 20.14 20.15 20.16 "ハロプロ研修生>プロフィール>稲場愛香" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. (Archived: 2014-04-24).
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 Sankei Sports. 2014-11-05 Issue. (Reference Image)
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 "ハロプロ研修生・稲場愛香(いなばまなか)2013冬" (in Japanese). Hello Pro Kenshuusei (via YouTube). 2014-01-23.
  23. "モー娘。'17新曲MV、稲場コメント、アンジュ川村ボイトレ、研修生北海道太田、小関・船木料理、井上ヘアアレンジ MC:勝田里奈・谷本安美【ハロ!ステ#236】" (in Japanese). Hello! Project Station (via YouTube). 2017-09-13.
  24. 24.0 24.1 "おめでたい(* ॑꒳ ॑* )⋆*" (in Japanese). Inaba Manaka Official Blog. 2017-09-14.

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