Matsuura Aya
Matsuura Aya, 2012
Matsuura Aya, 2013
Background Information
Also Known As Ayaya (あやや?)
Born June 25, 1986 (1986-06-25) (age 31)
Origin Hyogo, Japan
Blood Type B
Zodiac Sign Cancer Cancer
Height 159cm
Genres J-Pop
Occupation Idol, singer, actress, model
Years Active 2001–2013 (hiatus)
Agency UP-FRONT AGENCY (2001-2013)
UP-FRONT CREATE (2013-2017)
Label zetima
Associated Acts GAM, Gomattou, DEF.DIVA, 3nin Matsuri, Odoru 11, SALT5, Nochiura Natsumi, H.P. All Stars, Elder Club, Gabaro Nippon Ai wa Katsu
Soloist Information

Matsuura Aya (松浦亜弥), her legal name being Tachibana Aya (橘亜弥), is a Japanese singer. She was a soloist idol under Hello! Project until she graduated on March 31, 2009. She has appeared on several TV shows and has been a spokesperson in many commercials, including for Pretz, Gogo no Kocha, and Pocky.


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Matsuura Aya, February 2009

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Matsuura Aya, October 2004

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Matsuura Aya, 2004


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Matsuura Aya, July 2001


Matsuura Aya auditioned in 2000 for the 4th Morning Musume & Heike Michiyo Protegee Audition, and was selected along with Sheki Dol to become a part of what was later known as Hello! Project.


She debuted in 2001 with the single "Dokki Doki! LOVE Mail". Her debut performance with Hello! Project was in April at Morning Musume's Live Revolution 21 Haru ~Osaka Jou Hall Saishuu Bi~ concert.

Her debut album, First KISS, was released in 2002 following a number of single releases and she also participated in various shuffle units with other Hello! Project artists. She quickly became a favorite among Hello! Project fans.

Matsuura appeared in many commercials, dramas, a few films, and starred in a musical called Sougen no Hito in 2003, for which she also did the soundtrack.


Matsuura had released four studio albums and a collection of singles that have achieved respectable placings on the Oricon chart, though so far she has yet to make it to the top spot. She previously had a radio show called Let's do it!! and also had a radio show called Matsuura Aya no All Night Nippon that started on March 30, 2005.


On June 15, Matsuura and Fujimoto Miki formed a new unit named GAM. Their first single, "Thanks!", was released in September and reached the #5 position on the Oricon charts.

On September 30, she was the main protagonist in the movie, Sukeban Deka: Codename = Asamiya Saki, opposite Ishikawa Rika. She was also a co-host of the musical variety show Utawara Hot Hit 10.

On October 9, both concerts she was supposed to hold that day were cancelled due to ill health, and several unsourced rumors emerged considering the possibility that she might be suffering from temporomandibular joint disorder. Following the cancellation of the two concerts, Matsuura’s management confirmed the rumors, reporting that the young idol had been taking painkillers to continue working and scheduled a press conference to discuss her condition. The following day, Matsuura made a public statement on PBS apologizing to her fans and expressing her desire to get back to her singing career as soon as possible.

Following the press conference, Matsuura returned to her normal hosting duties on her weekly radio show, Matsuura Aya no All Night Nippon and returned to singing in a limited capacity, as demonstrated in her appearance on Hey! Hey! Hey! Music Champ on October 23.


On March 8, Matsuura performed as a secret guest at the opening ceremony of the Fourth Special Olympics Japan Winter National Games, a national event in preparation of the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games held in Boise, Idaho. She performed the song "Kizuna", which was released on May 21 as her 20th single.

It was officially announced on October 18, that Matsuura would be graduating from Hello! Project along with the rest of Elder Club.


Matsuura released her fifth studio album, Omoi Afurete, on January 21, and her 21st single, "Chocolate Damashii", was released on February 11 for Valentine’s Day.

Matsuura graduated from Hello! Project on March 31.

On August 26, Matsuura opened her own blog called Ayablog and announced that her upcoming tour would be her last for two or three years


Matsuura opened up a Twitter account on September 29. The account was confirmed via her manager's account.[1]


On August 30, it was announced Matsuura was diagnosed with endometriosis.

On November 9, she announced a best of album would be released to commemorate the 10th anniversary of her debut as a Hello! Project soloist. Matsuura Aya 10TH ANNIVERSARY BEST was later released on December 21.


On December 31, it was announced that Matsuura would be getting married to w-inds. lead singer, Tachibana Keita. 


On August 4, Matsuura and Tachibana submitted their marriage application and became legally married. Their wedding ceremony was held in Oahu, Hawaii on October 7.

On October 1, she was transferred to UP-FRONT CREATE.

On December 31, Matsuura performed in the Hello! Project COUNTDOWN PARTY 2013 ~GOOD BYE & HELLO!~.[2] After the live and beginning in the new year, she entered a de facto hiatus.


On September 22, Tachibana announced Matsuura was 7 months pregnant and was expected to give birth to their first child before the year's end.[3]

On December 24, Tachibana and Matsuura announced via their agencies that they became the parents of a healthy baby girl. The couple did not reveal the details on the baby including her name and her exact date of birth.[4]


On September 16, UP-FRONT CREATE announced that Matsuura's contract had ended on September 15. A discussion on her future activities due to her current contract expiring resulted in an amicable termination of her exclusive management contract with UP-FRONT GROUP. She plans on joining her husband Tachibana Keita's agency in the future.[5]


  • Birth/Stage Name: Matsuura Aya (松浦亜弥)
  • Legal Name: Tachibana Aya (橘亜弥)
  • Nickname: Ayaya (あやや), Ayarin.
  • Birth Date: June 25, 1986 (1986-06-25) (age 31)
  • Blood Type: B
  • Birth Place: Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan
  • Height: 159 cm
  • Nochiura Natsumi Color: Green
  • Hobbies: Shopping
  • Special skill: Tennis
  • Favorite colors: White, black, pink, tear color
  • Favorite word: Love
  • Favorite food: Rice, miso soup, fruits
  • Disliked food: broccoli, cauliflower, celery, parsley
  • Hello! Project Groups:
  • Concert Units:
  • Shuffle Units:
  • Other:



Best AlbumsEdit

Other AlbumsEdit


  1. [2001.04.11] Dokki Doki! LOVE Mail (ドッキドキ! LOVE メール)
  2. [2001.06.13] Tropica~l Koishite~ru (トロピカ~ル恋して~る)
  3. [2001.09.05] LOVE Namida Iro (LOVE涙色)
  4. [2001.11.28] 100 Kai no KISS (100回のKISS)
  5. [2002.02.06] ♡Momoiro Kataomoi♡ (♡桃色片想い♡)
  6. [2002.05.29] Yeah! Meccha Holiday (Yeah! めっちゃホリディ)
  7. [2002.09.19] The Bigaku (The 美学)
  8. [2002.12.11] Sougen no Hito (草原の人)
  9. [2003.03.12] Ne~e? (ね~え?)
  10. [2003.06.04] GOOD BYE Natsuo (GOOD BYE 夏男)
  11. [2003.09.26] THE LAST NIGHT
  12. [2004.01.28] Kiseki no Kaori Dance. (奇跡の香りダンス。)
  13. [2004.03.10] Hyacinth (風信子)
  14. [2004.07.14] YOUR SONG ~Seishun Sensei~ (YOUR SONG ~青春宣誓~)
  15. [2004.10.20] Watarasebashi (渡良瀬橋)
  16. [2005.02.23] Zutto Suki de Ii desu ka (ずっと好きでいいですか)
  17. [2005.09.21] Ki ga Tsukeba Anata (気がつけば あなた)
  18. [2006.02.01] Suna wo Kamu You ni... NAMIDA (砂を噛むように···NAMIDA)
  19. [2007.08.29] Egao (笑顔)
  20. [2008.05.21] Kizuna (きずな)
  21. [2009.02.11] Chocolate Damashii (チョコレート魂)

Digital SinglesEdit

Other SinglesEdit

PV Compilation DVDsEdit

Image DVDsEdit

Concert DVDsEdit

To see the entire list of concerts go [[Matsuura Aya Concerts|here].

Discography Participated InEdit




  • [2001] Saigo no Kazoku
  • [2002] Aya no DNA (亜弥のDNA)
  • [2002] Tenshi no Utagoe ~Shounibyou no Kiseki~
  • [2003] Futari ~Watashitachi ga Eranda Michi~
  • [2003] Namahousou wa Tomaranai
  • [2003] VICTORY! Futto Girls no Seishun
  • [2004] Aijou Ippon!
  • [2004] Futarigoto (二人ゴト)
  • [2006] Inochi no Kiseki
  • [2009] THE QUIZ SHOW
  • [2011] Sakura to Satsuki (サクラとさつき)


  • [2003] Musical Sougen no Hito (ミュージカル 草原の人)
  • [2004] Musical Real Audition!! (ミュージカル リアルオーディション!!)
  • [2006] Ribbon no Kishi The Musical (リボンの騎士 ザ・ミュージカル)
  • [2007] Sukedachi (すけだち )
  • [2008] Mariya - Honki de Only You (本気でオンリーユー)


  • [2001-2005] Matsuura Aya Let's do it!
  • [2001-2002] Tsunkuban (Koratsu Matsuura Corner)
  • [2002-2003] Young Town Doyoubi
  • [2005-2006] Matsuura Aya no All Night Nippon
  • [2007-2009] FIVE STARS (DJ on Tuesday's)


  • Pretz (2002 – 2006, Ezaki Glico)
  • Tessera (2002 – 2004, Shiseido)
  • Gogo no Kocha (2003 – 2008, Kirin Beverage)
  • Colorio Printer (2003 – 2005, Epson)
  • Sega PuyoPuyo Fever (2004)
  • Papico (2004 – 2006, Ezaki Glico)
  • Pocky (2004 – 2005, Ezaki Glico)
  • Sky PerfecTV! (2004 – 2005, SKY Perfect Communications)
  • Super Mild (2004 – 2005, Shiseido)
  • Scooter Let's 4 (2004 – 2005, Suzuki)
  • Nissin Yakisoba UFO (2005 – 2006, Nissin)
  • Aoyama Trading (Youfuku Aoyama) (2005 – 2008)
  • Youpack (2005 – 2006, Japan Post)
  • Scooter Address V50 (2006, Suzuki)
  • Expressway ETC (2007, Organization for Road System Enhancement) -- song only
  • Center-in (2007, Unicharm)
  • Fried Chicken (2008, FamilyMart) -- also the song "Kichin to Chicken" lyrics and music by Fujioka Fujimaki, a folk song duo.
  • Mezamashi Gohan (2009, MAFF)
  • Top "Clear Liquid" (since 2009, Lion)
  • Vitamin Water (since 2009, Suntory), etc.
  • JT Roots Aroma Impact III (since 2010)

Video gamesEdit

  • Guitar Freaks 8th mix / Drummania 7th mix (Momoiro Kataomoi, covered by Yu Uchida)
  • Donkey Konga (Japanese version, Momoiro Kataomoi covered by an unknown artist)
  • Daigasso! Band Brothers (Yeah! Meccha Holiday, instrumental)
  • Go-Go-Tea Miniature Golf (Kirin Beverage)
  • Donkey Konga 2 (Japanese Version, Yeah! Meccha Holiday)






  • [2005.07.06] Nochiura Natsumi Live "TRIANGLE ENERGY" (後浦なつみライブ「TRIANGLE ENERGY」) (With Nochiura Natsumi)
  • [2005.10.11] AYA MATSUURA & COUNTRY MUSUME. - Hello! Project 2005 Natsu no Kayou Show '05 Selection! Collection! (AYA MATSUURA & COUNTRY MUSUME。―Hello!Project2005夏の歌謡ショー 05’セレクション!コレクション!) (With Country Musume)
  • [2003.04.11] Ayaya to Mikitty (アヤヤとミキティ?)


  • [2006.09.29] Sukeban Deka Codename Asamiya Saki OFFICIAL PHOTO BOOK (スケバン刑事 コードネーム=麻宮サキ OFFICIAL PHOTO BOOK)

Essay BooksEdit

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  • [2002] Bromides
  • [2002.06.25] Matsuura Aya Sugao no Memorial (松浦亜弥 素顔のメモリアル)
  • [2002.09.01] Matsuura Aya no AYA.YA Waarudo Meccha Ayaya! (松浦亜弥のAYA・YAワールドめっちゃあやや!)
  • [2003.06.25] Matsuura Aya Love (松浦亜弥Love)
  • [2003.07.26] Ayaya ni Naritai (あややになりたい)
  • [2004.03.27] Aya to Ayaya (亜弥とあやや) (With Onuki Nobuaki)
  • [2004.07.07] AYA MATSUURA Concert Tour 2004 Spring ~Watashi to Watashi to Anata~ Photobook (AYA MATSUURA Concert Tour 2004 Spring~私と私とあなた~Photobook)


  • She is one of the most active H!P members in acting, having been in over half a dozen TV dramas.
  • She became one of the increasing number of Hello! Project acts to perform overseas, with a solo concert in Shanghai.
  • She is the first Hello! Project soloist to release five singles in one year.
  • She has the largest number of overall CD sales of any soloist in Hello! Project.
  • She and her husband, Tachibana, first met in 2001, when they both made their debuts around the same time, and started dating in the same year, on Dec 24. While the two had been dating for over 12 years, they had never admitted to their relationship.

Total Sales CountEdit

Year Year Sales Total Sales
2001 411,720 411,720
2002 1,040,981 1,452,701
2003 739,902 2,192,603
2004 484,520 2,677,123
2005 279,363 2,956,486
2006 65,403 3,021,889
2007 38,498 3,060,387
2008 20,790 3,081,177
2009 14,811 3,095,988
2010 2,669 3,098,657
2011 3,053 3,101,710


External LinksEdit

Matsuura Aya
01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21
Digital: Futari Osaka
Collaboration: Tensai! LET'S GO Ayayamu
Original: 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07
Best: Matsuura Aya Best 1, Matsuura Aya 10TH ANNIVERSARY BEST
Participated Units
3nin Matsuri, Odoru♡11, Gomattou, SALT5, Nochiura Natsumi, H.P. All Stars, DEF.DIVA, GAM, Ganbarou Nippon Ai wa Katsu Singers

Former Members
Matsuura Aya, Fujimoto Miki
Major: 01, 02, 03
Indie: 01
1st GAM ~Amai Yuuwaku~
Related Units
Gomattou, Odoru♡11

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