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Ishikawa Rika
(いし)(かわ) ()()
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Ishikawa Rika, May 2017
Background Information
Also Known As Rika-chan (りかちゃん)
Charmy (チャーミー)
Born January 19, 1985 (1985-01-19) (age 32)
Origin Yokosuka, Kanagawa, Japan
Blood Type A
Zodiac Sign Capricorn Capricorn
Height 157.3cm
Shoe Size 22.5cm
Genres J-Pop
Occupation Singer, actress
Years Active 2000-present (17 years)
Agency UP-FRONT AGENCY (2000-2012)
UP-FRONT PROMOTION (2012-2013)
J.P ROOM (2013-present)
Label zetima (2000–present), Piccolo Town
Associated Acts Morning Musume, v-u-den, Hangry & Angry, DEF.DIVA, Tanpopo, Ongaku Gatas, Country Musume, Ecomoni, ROMANS, Morning Musume Otome Gumi, 3nin Matsuri, Sexy 8, 7AIR, H.P. All Stars, Dream Morning Musume, ABCHO
Blog Ishikawa Rika Official Blog
Morning Musume Information
Generation 4th Generation
Member Color       Hot Pink[1]
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Ishikawa's Autograph

Ishikawa Rika (石川梨華, born January 19, 1985 in Yokosuka, Kanagawa, Japan.) is a Japanese singer, talento and idol signed under J.P. Room. She is best known as a former member of Morning Musume and the leader of the former group v-u-den.

BiographyEdit

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Ishikawa Rika, 2015

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Ishikawa Rika, January 2012 in Suugaku♥Joshi Gakuen

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Ishikawa Rika, April 2011

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Ishikawa Rika, March 2010

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Ishikawa Rika, May 2007

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Ishikawa Rika, December 2004

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Ishikawa Rika, December 2004 in H.P All Stars

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Ishikawa Rika, February 2004

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Ishikawa Rika, September 2003 in Otomegumi

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Ishikawa Rika, February 2003

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Ishikawa Rika, July 2001 in 3nin Matsuri

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Ishikawa Rika during auditions, 2000

2000Edit

Ishikawa auditioned for Morning Musume while it was holding its fourth generation auditions. She succeeded and entered the fourth generation with three other girls; Yoshizawa Hitomi, Tsuji Nozomi, and Kago Ai. The fourth generation's debut single was Morning Musume's 9th single, "Happy Summer Wedding". Ishikawa Rika breifly became a replacement member for the 2000 shuffle unit, Aoiro 7. At the same time as this, Ishikawa was added as a second generation member to the first official Morning Musume sub-group, Tanpopo.

2001Edit

In 2001, Ishikawa was added to the then-semi-dormant Hello! Project group Country Musume. It was hoped that she could help get the fairly quiet group back onto its feet and allow her fans to spill over to the group to aid in its sales.

As Ishikawa was working hard within both these groups, she was also performing as a full recording member of Morning Musume and in 2001 she received a prominent part in Morning Musume's twelfth single "The☆Peace!". The part was not a singing part but rather a spoken part near the end that focused entirely on her. The song became a personal favorite of Ishikawa as the monologue spoken by her towards the end of the song became one of her favorite moments of being in Morning Musume.

Ishikawa also took part in her first shuffle unit recording as a part of 3nin Matsuri alongside her fellow Morning Musume member Kago Ai and Hello! Project soloist Matsuura Aya.

2002Edit

Ishikawa continued her duties within Morning Musume, Tanpopo and Country Musume during 2002, taking part in the 2002 shuffle unit Sexy 8. Sexy 8 won the competition that the Hello! Project shuffle units competed in every year; selling the most copies of their singles out of the three shuffle groups.

2003Edit

In a surprise move by Tsunku, Morning Musume was split into two halves - Morning Musume Otome Gumi and Morning Musume Sakura Gumi - so that the large group could perform in smaller towns that could not hold the larger numbers the full ensemble needed. Ishikawa was placed into Otome Gumi and released two single with the group before the groups merged together and formed Morning Musume once more. Ishikawa was included in the 2003 Elemental Shuffle Groups as a member of 7AIR.

It was in 2003 that Ishikawa ended her duties as leader within Tanpopo and as a member of Country Musume. She instead joined the short-lived ROMANS group in 2003, releasing only one single, "Sexy Night ~Wasurerarenai Kare~", on August 20, 2003 before disbanding the same year.

2004Edit

In May, it was announced that Ishikawa would be graduating from Morning Musume. She would graduate during the 2005 Morning Musume concert tour.[2]

In the second quarter of 2004, the formation of a new Hello! Project group Ecomoni was announced. Ishikawa was to be partnered with Morning Musume's Michishige Sayumi in the hopes that their group could promote environmental awareness. The group was originally supposed to be a temporary Hello! Project group, existing only for the duration of the Acchi Chikyuu wo Samasunda (熱っちぃ地球を冷ますんだ, Cool Down the Hot Earth) environmental festival, lasting from June 19, 2004 to June 20, 2004. After the festival, instead of disbanding the group, Ecomoni started to appear on Japanese TV, especially on the program Oha Suta (おはスタ).

In August, the formation of another Hello! Project group involving Ishikawa was announced. Ishikawa was going to be the leader of a new group v-u-den, alongside Hello Pro Kenshuusei member Okada Yui and Tsunku♂ Produce Hello! Project Shin Unit Audition winner Miyoshi Erika. The group released their debut single "Koi no Nukegara" on September 23, 2004. The new group also starred in their own television show Majokko Rikachan no Magical v-u-den (魔女っ娘。梨華ちゃんのマジカル美勇伝) between October 4, 2004 and December 24, 2004.

2005Edit

On May 7, Ishikawa graduated from Morning Musume at Nippon Budokan to concentrate her efforts on v-u-den. The group released four more singles which was then followed by their debut album, "Suite Room Number 1", in October 2005.

2008Edit

On January 26, it was announced that on June 29, 2008 v-u-den would be disbanding after four years of being one of the most active Hello! Project groups in regards to single and album releases. On April 23, v-u-den released their final single, Nanni mo Iwazu ni I LOVE YOU and officially disbanded after their last concert during their v-u-densetsu 5 tour. Ishikawa was to go on with her career as a member of Ongaku Gatas and as a player for Gatas Brilhantes H.P.. Ongaku Gatas released their first album "1st GOODSAL" on February 6 and their third single on September 10.

On October 12, it was announced that Ishikawa was going to be paired up with fellow ex-Morning Musume member Yoshizawa Hitomi in the new unit Hangry & Angry in collaboration with a Harajuku fashion store of the same name. Hangry & Angry made their first United States performance at Sakura-Con in Seattle, Washington in April 2009.

2009Edit

On March 31, Ishikawa graduated from Hello! Project with the rest of Elder Club.

From May 8 to 17, she starred in the stage play "Tokyo Alice" alongside fellow former Morning Musume members Yoshizawa Hitomi and Ogawa Makoto.[3]

2010Edit

On January 1, Ishikawa opened up an official blog.

On February 9, It was announced Ishikawa and Hello Pro Kenshuusei members Kikkawa Yuu and Sengoku Minami will be in a stage play titled Tiger Breathing. The play ran from 5/7-11.

On July 9, it was announced that Ishikawa would have an fanclub exclusive solo event titled Ishikawa Rika Casual Dinner Show,[4] with two shows on August 21.

From October 8 to 10, Ishikawa appeared as one half of HANGRY & ANGRY at the New York Anime Festival (NYAF). She participated in the h.Naoto fashion show and panel.

On September 2, it was announced Ishikawa and Yoshizawa Hitomi would have an FC exclusive event titled Ishikawa Rika & Yoshizawa Hitomi FC Event. The event took place at Yokohama BLITZ on October 25 and October 27.[5]

2011Edit

On January 28, it was announced that Ishikawa was part of the OG member group Dream Morning Musume and that they would be releasing the groups first album, called "Dorimusu ①", on April 20th, 2011. On July 04, 2011 Okai Chisato and Ishikawa were in a mini drama titled Tokusou Shirei! Aichi Police.

On November 9, she opened an Ameba blog.

2012Edit

In April 2012, Ishikawa starred in the movie Atsuhime Number 1 where she played the role of a Shogun's wife travelling through a time slipped into the future, present day Japan.

In short previews of Suugaku♥Joshi Gakuen, it was revealed that Ishikawa plays Machida Nina's big sister.

2013Edit

On February 12, Hello! Project Fanclub News announced that Ishikawa will participate in a stageplay titled Moshimo Kokumin ga Shusho o Erandara along with Takahashi AiS/mileage members Wada Ayaka and Fukuda Kanon, and Juice=Juice members Miyamoto Karin and Uemura Akari. There were 11 showings from April 24 through April 30.[6]

Sometime in late 2013, Ishikawa was transferred to J.P Room.

2014Edit

On August 5, Ishikawa revealed that she is in a relationship with Nogami Ryoma, a professional pitcher for the baseball team Saitama Seibu Lions.[7] It has been reported that they have been dating since the end of last year.

2016Edit

On December 31, Ishikawa made a surprise appearance in the second part of the Hello! Project COUNTDOWN PARTY 2016 ~GOOD BYE & HELLO!~, performing in four group songs.[8]

2017Edit

On January 1, Sports Hochi reported that Ishikawa and Nogami intend to get married sometime in 2017.[9] This was later confirmed,[10][11] and they registered their marriage on March 13.[12]

Personal LifeEdit

Ishikawa has two sisters, Mie and Yuria.

When Ishikawa joined Morning Musume, she was a third year middle school student.

Here is a list of nicknames that was used to refer to Ishikawa Rika:

  • Charmy: Official nickname, given her since joining Morning Musume. Used by members and fans.

ProfileEdit

  • Hobbies: Shopping, tennis, nail art and earrings
  • Favorite colors: Pink, white, black
  • Favorite food:: Shiratama dumplings with red beans, cheese, sweets, meat
  • Favorite season: Summer
  • Favorite flowers: Dandelions
  • Dislikes: Birds
  • Special skill: Y balance, yo-yo

DiscographyEdit

SinglesEdit

Solo SongsEdit

Solo DVDsEdit

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PublicationsEdit

Solo PhotobooksEdit

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  1. [2001.08.02] Rika Ishikawa
  2. [2002.06.22] Ishikawa Rika (石川梨華)
  3. [2003.12.24] I
  4. [2004.12.10] Hanabi hana-bi (華美 hana-bi)
  5. [2005.07.01] Ishikawa Rika Shiawase no Ashiato Happpy! (石川梨華 幸せのあしあと ハッピー!)
  6. [2006.12.16] Oui, mon amour
  7. [2007.08.22] Abyuu (アビュー)
  8. [2008.02.20] Kazahana (風華)
  9. [2009.01.19] Karen (華恋)
  10. [2009.12.24] 24 Twenty Four
  11. [2011.01.19] Lucky☆
  12. [2012.01.27] Hana Gokoro ~hanagocoro~ (華心~hanagocoro~)

Digital PhotobooksEdit

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  • [2008.04.04] KAREN (華恋)

Concert PhotobooksEdit

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  • [2007.01.28] Rika Ishikawa Hello! Project 2007 Winter Concert

WorksEdit

MoviesEdit

  • [2000] Pinch Runner (ピンチランナー)
  • [2002] Tokkaekko (とっかえっ娘。)
  • [2003] Koinu Dan no Monogatari (子犬ダンの物語 )
  • [2003] Seishun Bakachin Ryōri Jyuku & 17sai ~Tabidachi no Futari~ ( 「青春ばかちん料理塾」&「17才~旅立ちのふたり」ビジュアルブック?)
  • [2004] Tottoko Hamtaro Hamu Hamu Hapa Radaicho!
  • [2006] Sukeban Deka:Codename = Asamiya Saki (スケバン刑事 コードネーム=麻宮サキ)
  • [2012] Atsuhime number 1 (篤姫ナンバー1)

TV ShowsEdit

  • [2000] Morning Musume no Heso (モーニング娘。のへそ)
  • [2000] Friday Night wa Onegai! Morning (フライデーナイトはお願い!モーニング)
  • [2000-2007] Hello! Morning (ハロー!モーニング)
  • [2004] Futarigoto (二人ゴト)
  • [2004] Majokko Rika-chan no Magical v-u-den (魔女っ娘。梨華ちゃんのマジカル美勇伝?)
  • [2005] Musume DOKYU! (娘DOKYU!)
  • [2013] Koisuru Drive (恋するドライブ)

TV DramasEdit

  • [2002.01.02] Haikara-san ga Tooru (はいからさんが通る)
  • [2002.08.17] Tou-san no Natsu Matsuri (父さんの夏まつり)
  • [2002.12.28] Ore ga Aitsu de Aitsu ga Ore de (おれがあいつであいつがおれで)
  • [2003.12.21] LAST PRESENT (ラストプレセント)
  • [2004.02.23] Ranpo R (乱歩R)
  • [2005.01.02] Shinshun Wide Jidaigeki "Kunitori Monogatari" (新春ワイド時代劇『国盗り物語』)
  • [2010] Choo Choo Cheers Kohen (チューチューチアーズ後編)
  • [2011.05.09] Getsuyou Golden (月曜ゴールデン)
  • [2011] Tokusou Shirei! Aichi Police (特捜指令!アイチ★ポリス) (as Rika)
  • [2012] Suugaku♥Joshi Gakuen (数学♥女子学園)
  • [2013] Counter no Futari Season 2 (カウンターのふたり シーズン2)
  • [2013] Tsuri Keiji 4 (釣り刑事4)
  • [2014] Sekai no Nihonjin Tsuma wa Mita! (世界の日本人妻は見た!)
  • [2015] Tsuri Keiji 6 (釣り刑事6)

CommercialsEdit

  • [2000] Glico Mousse Pocky
  • [2003] J Beef "Oniku Suki Suki"
  • [2004] Elleseine
  • [2012-] KICONA

AdsEdit

  • [2012-] Premium Tsubaki-chan

Music VideosEdit

InternetEdit

RadioEdit

  • [2000.10.03 - 2003.09.23] OH-SO-RO Editorial dandelion!
  • [2003.04.03 – 2004.03.27] MBS Young Town Dōyōbi
  • [2004.04.02 - 2006.09.21] v-u-den☆Ishikawa Rika no Chanka☆Charmy!
  • [2005.02.18 – 2005.03.11] Hello Pro Yanen!!
  • [2005.04.03 – 2005.04.10 / 2005.05.8- ] B.B.L.
  • [2006.08.06] v-u-den Beauty Hour 21

TheaterEdit

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  • [2007.05.04-22] Itsu no Hi Kimi Kaeru (いつの日君帰る)
  • [2009.05.08-17] Tokyo Alice (東京アリス)
  • [2009.07.25-08.21] Opera do Marandoro (オペラ・ド・マランドロ)
  • [2010.05.07-11] Tiger Breathing (タイガーブリージング)
  • [2010.07.28-08.01] Natsu uta nikki (夏唄日記)
  • [2010.12.30-31] Hatsukoi wa shi no kaori! ~Ai wa kagerou no yo ni satsujin jiken (初恋は死の香り!〜愛はかげろうのように殺人事件)
  • [2012.04.07-26] Sasameyuki (細雪)
  • [2013.03.03-20] Mito komon (水戸黄門)
  • [2013.04.24-30] Moshimo Kokumin ga Shusho wo Erandara (もしも国民が首相を選んだら)

TriviaEdit

  • Ishikawa has been in the most Hello! Project units out of all the members.
  • Her Morning Musume mentor was Yasuda Kei.
  • She considers her mother her rival because she always says to Ishikawa that she used to be cuter.
  • One of her nicknames as a child was "Chimu", due to the fact that she used to be chubby (muchimuchi).
  • Her favorite baseball team is the Hanshin Tigers.
  • She previously suffered from severe ornithophobia (fear of birds), which was frequently made fun of during her appearances on Utaban. During a 2005 New Year's Day special, however, she seemed to respond well to hypnotherapy, and she has mostly outgrown her fear since then.[1]
  • She is best friends with Shibata Ayumi. Also known to get along well with Yasuda Kei and Yaguchi Mari. Ayaka has also stated that they often hang out together, along with Yoshizawa Hitomi and Satoda Mai.
  • She hates injections, and stated that she has it tough, since she has small, hard-to-find blood vessels.[citation needed]
  • She is known to have a very noticeable chin. Abe Natsumi sometimes calls her "Ago-chan" ("ago" means "chin"). Yoshizawa Hitomi constantly teases her about her chin as well.
  • While she was the host in Hello! Morning, she had the nickname "Charmy", due to her charming and narcissistic personality.
  • She is quite knowledgeable about baseball due to the fact that her father is a big baseball fan.
  • She wanted to leave Hello! Project to become a gravure model.[citation needed]
  • AKB48 Team B member Kashiwagi Yuki is a huge fan of Ishikawa, and was her reason to become an idol. Yuki finally met Ishikawa, and both got along well with each other.[citation needed]
  • She is the only member of the 4th generation of Morning Musume who has not been pregnant.

See AlsoEdit

Honorary TitlesEdit

Honorary titles

Preceded by
First

Leader of v-u-den
2004-2008

Succeeded by
Michishige Sayumi 

Preceded by
Yaguchi Mari

Oldest Member of Morning Musume
April 15, 2005 - May 7, 2005

Succeeded by
Fujimoto Miki

Ishikawa Family TreeEdit

   
   
Father
   
   
   
   
   
   
Mother
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Mie
(b.1983)
   
   
Rika
(b.1985)
   
   
Yuria
(b.1988)
   
   

ReferencesEdit

External LinksEdit

v-u-den
Former Members
1st Gen: Ishikawa Rika, Miyoshi Erika, Okada Yui
2nd Gen/Zoku: Michishige Sayumi, Junjun, Sugaya Risako
Singles
01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10
Other: ALL FOR ONE & ONE FOR ALL!
Albums
Original: Suite Room Number 1
Best: v-u-den Single Best 9 Vol.1 Omaketsuki
Other
Concerts


Tanpopo
Former Members
1st Gen: Ishiguro Aya, Iida Kaori, Yaguchi Mari
2nd Gen: Ishikawa Rika, Kago Ai
3rd Gen: Konno Asami, Niigaki Risa, Shibata Ayumi
4th Gen/#: Kamei Eri, Mitsui Aika, Kumai Yurina, Okai Chisato
Singles
01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08
Albums
Original: TANPOPO 1
Best: All of Tanpopo, Tanpopo / Petitmoni Mega Best
Other
Tanpopo Single V Clips ①
Related Units
Morning Musume, Minimoni, Melon Kinenbi, Berryz Koubou, ℃-ute


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