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Yasuda Kei
保田圭
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Yasuda Kei, March 2013
Background Information
Also Known As Kei-chan (圭ーちゃん?)
Born December 6, 1980 (1980-12-06) (age 35)
Origin Chiba, Japan
Blood Type A
Zodiac Sign Sagittarius Sagittarius
Height 158.5cm
Genres J-Pop
Occupation Singer, Actress, Musician (vocal, piano, saxphone)
Years Active 1998–present
(18 years)
Agency UP-FRONT PROMOTION, UP-FRONT CREATE
Label zetima
Associated Acts Morning Musume, Petitmoni, Kiiro 5, 10-nin Matsuri, Odoru 11, H.P. All Stars, Puripuri Pink, Afternoon Musume, Dream Morning Musume
Blog Yasuda Kei Official Blog
Dream Morning Musume Information
Joined May 3, 1998
Generation 2nd Generation
Member Color       Yellow-Green
Graduated May 5, 2003
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Yasuda's Autograph

Yasuda Kei (保田圭, Legal Name: Kozaki Kei (小崎圭)) is a Japanese singer, musician, and actress formerly under UP-FRONT PROMOTION's Hello! Project. She was member and sub-leader of Morning Musume. Yasuda, along with Yaguchi Mari and Ichii Sayaka, were the second generation of singers to be recruited into Morning Musume. She's a part of Dream Morning Musume.

BiographyEdit

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Yasuda Kei, May 2012

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Yasuda Kei, January 2012 in Suugaku♥Joshi Gakuen

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Yasuda Kei, April 2011

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From 2007 H!P Magazine Interview Vol. 13

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Early LifeEdit

Yasuda Kei was born on December 6, 1980 in Futtsu, Chiba Prefecture to a couple whose name are undisclosed.

1998Edit

In 1998, she, along with Yaguchi Mari and Ichii Sayaka, were chosen to be a part of the second generation of singers to be recruited into Morning Musume.

After the second generation joined, Morning Musume went on to produce one album and three more singles until Fukuda Asuka decided to graduate to further pursue her studies. Yasuda was given almost all of Fukuda's lines in future performances of these early songs. She had also collaborated with other Morning Musume members in special projects during these early days. One of the more notable ones was when she co-wrote and co-sang with Abe Natsumi the song "Sanpo" for a radio contest. It became wildly popular and a petition was circulated to make it an official single, though that never did happen.

2001Edit

Yasuda and Ichii sang a particularly catchy duet known as "Otome no Shinrigaku" (Girl's Psychology) for Morning Musume's second album. In response to the popularity, Tsunku decided to group them together with the third generation member, Goto Maki to create Morning Musume subgroup Petitmoni (also known as Pucchimoni) in 2001. Their first single, "Chokotto LOVE", has sold over a million copies since its release date.

After Ichii graduated from Morning Musume and Petitmoni, fourth generation member Yoshizawa Hitomi was placed into the subgroup. Yasuda had taken on the role of leader of Petitmoni and the group continued to produce three singles and an album.

After Morning Musume's then-leader Nakazawa Yuko graduated in 2001, Yasuda (who was the oldest member of the group at the time) became a co-leader along with Iida Kaori.

2003Edit

Yasuda graduated in mid-2003, to concentrate on an acting career. At the same time when Morning Musume's 6th generation became full-fledged members. Tsunku commented that this one-time sixteen-member formation will be the largest Morning Musume will ever be. During her graduation concert, Yasuda sang a remixed rock version of "Never Forget", which was also Fukuda's graduation song. Additionally, as a special gift, Tsunku gave Yasuda a CD of her own soloist version of "AS FOR ONE DAY", her last single with Morning Musume.

Following Yasuda's graduation, Iida was given the title of leader of Morning Musume and Yaguchi was given the title of sub-leader. Petitmoni's leadership was handed over to Yoshizawa, and two members were added (fifth generation Morning Musume member Ogawa Makoto and Coconuts Musume's Ayaka Kimura) and Goto was removed. This new line up of Petitmoni never had another release, but a few of their songs were featured on compilation albums.

2004Edit

Yasuda is still in Hello! Project after graduation and has acted in dramas outside of H!P. Within H!P, she has collaborated with Nakazawa Yuko and other H!P artists on 2 Folk Songs albums, performed and MCed in Abe's first solo concert, sang backup for Goto Maki's single "Daite Yo! Please Go On," and had hosted Morning Musume's weekly TV show Hello! Morning until Ishikawa Rika took that position. Yasuda had participated in the H.P. All Stars single "ALL FOR ONE & ONE FOR ALL!" and the Puripuri Pink shuffle unit. Puripuri Pink was a new type of shuffle unit, since it was the first unit to feature graduated Morning Musume members, who were usually not included in the shuffles.

During a promotional appearance on Utaban in 2004, Yasuda revealed that she has been learning psychology, how to play golf, how to play the flute, and also that she is pursuing a career in the theater.

2007Edit

From January 31 to February 7, Yasuda appeared in the stage play "Shinjuku no Onna" with fellow former Morning Musume member Tsuji Nozomi.[1]

From May 23 to June 17, Yasuda appeared in the stage play "Youkihi no Kanpouyaku".[2]

From August 15-19, Yasuda appeared in the stage play "Chigaimasu Sisters" alongside Kimura Ayaka.[3]

2008Edit

From December 4-7, Yasuda appeared in the stage play "Lemon Star" alongside Shibata Ayumi.[4]

2009Edit

From April 23 to May 2, she appeared in the stage play "Mikoto Mannequin" alongside Shibata Ayumi, Noto Arisa, and Miyoshi Erika.[5]

On March 31, 2009, Yasuda graduated from Hello! Project along with the rest of the H!P Elder Club.

On May 25, 2009, she took the photos for the Hello! Pro Eggs photobook that would be sold in June at the Shinjin Kouen ~Nakano STEP~ concert. [1]

On September 21, Kei had to have surgery to remove her tonsils[6]. On her blog she revealed that she has had chronic tonsillitis since the time of her debut and and as a result has gotten fevers since then.[7]

From December 2-6, Yasuda appeared in the stage play "Romantic no Yoroshiku" alongside Yajima Maimi and Nakajima Saki.[8]

2010Edit

From July 20-25, Yasuda appeared in the stage play "Boku ni Niai no Karada".[9]

In September of 2010, She joined the unit Afternoon Musume with 7 of her fellow OG members.

From December 22-27, Yasuda appeared in the stage play "Abe Naikaku" alongside Abe Natsumi and Kusumi Koharu.[10] The play is about the prime minister and politics.

2011Edit

On January 28, 2011, It was announced that Yasuda was part of the OG member group Dream Morning Musume and that they will be releasing the groups first album, called "Dorimusu ①", on April 20, 2011.

On April 11, 2011, It was announced that her and two other Dream Morning Musume members Yaguchi Mari and Nakazawa Yuko will be holding casual dinner shows on both Osaka and Tokyo.

2012Edit

Yasuda, Natsuyaki Miyabi, and Sudo Maasa will perform in a comedy play titled B・B ~bumpy buddy~. It will be performed on May 15, 2012.

2013Edit

On February 15, theuflicks channel release the first episode of UF Licks show, where Yasuda, along with Tasaki Asashi, was the host for the episode. At the end of the event, she revealed that she will attend Forest For Rest ~SATOYAMA e Ikou~ SATOYAMA movement in YOKOHAMA on March 2nd and 3rd.

On May 2, it was announced that she will be getting married to Kozaki Yoichi.[11]

On May 29, Yasuda and Kozaki Yoichi registered their marriage and are now legally married.[12]

On August 7, it was announced that Yasuda's father was reported missing.[13] At an event, Yasuda said she hasn't been able to contact him in any way since May and filed a report for a missing person to the poilce department in July. The police are currently searching for the man. 

On December 14 and 15 Yasuda Kei and Ogawa Makoto hosted a Christmas Dinner show titled Yasuda Kei Ogawa Makoto Christmas Dinner Show 2013

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

Personal LifeEdit

Yasuda's given name, "Kei", means square jewel (圭; kei). It's a feminine Japanese given name and surname.

ProfileEdit

  • Birth/Stage Name: Yasuda Kei (保田圭)
  • Legal Name: Kozaki Kei (小崎圭)
  • Date Married: May 29, 2012
  • Nickname: Kei-chan (圭ーちゃん), Kemeko, Yasusu, "Aunty", Yasuda-daimyoujin (Yasuda-high-priestess)
  • Birth Date: December 6, 1980 (1980-12-06) (age 35)
  • Birth Place: Futtsu, Chiba Prefecture, Japan
  • Blood Type: A
  • Height: 158.5 cm
  • Western Zodiac: Sagittarius
  • Eastern Zodiac: Monkey
  • Hello! Project Status:
    • 1998-05-03: Member
    • 2003-05-05: Graduated Morning Musume
    • 2009-03-31: Graduated
  • Years in Morning Musume: 5 Years
  • Former Morning Musume Color:
    • Light Pink (1998)
    • Red
  • Dream Morning Musume Color: Yellow-Green
  • Hello! Project Group:
  • Subgroup:
  • Concert Unit:
  • Shuffle Unit:
  • Current Units:

  • Measurements: 30,26,35
  • Assets: Voice, humor
  • Hobbies: Enjoying movies, drawing, organizing photos/photography, and kanji drills
  • Special skills: Playing electronic organ, flute, and saxophone
  • Favorite colors: Red, pink
  • Favorite flowers: Roses, margarets, sunflowers
  • Favorite seasons: Summer because I like the seas and the festivals <3
  • Favorite food: Yakiniku, soft roe, kimchee, nattou/soba, chocolate
  • Disliked food: Shallots, milk, cheesecake
  • Favorite movies: Pulp Fiction, Charlie's Angels, Schindler's List, etc.
  • Favorite words: Going my way, love
  • Favorite song: Sekai ni Hitotsu Dake no Hana
  • Favorite childhood song: "Red Shoes"
  • Favorite Part of Japan: Tokyo
  • Game played when a child: Red Rover.
  • Admirable Japanese person: My mother because she is a really good mom, I hope to be like her when I become a mother someday
  • Image of Japan: A pure one (i.e. Japanese food, kimonos, ect)
  • Best part about being in Morning Musume: I was able to give my best in many ways and meet many people
  • If never part of Morning Musume: I'd be married by now (you get married quick in the country)
  • Message to the world: Reduce the traffic! (in Tokyo mostly)

Discography Participated InEdit

Uta Doki!
  • Ihoujin (Strange)
  • Ai no memory
  • Tentou Mushi No Samba
  • Oyoge! Taiyakikun
  • Aijin
  • Anata
  • Tori no Uta
  • Sayonara no Mukou Gawa
  • Mirai Yosouzu II
  • Joukyou Monogatari
  • Kazarijanai no yo Namida wa
  • Manatsu no Dekigoto (accompanied by Hirayama Miki)
  • Goodbye My Love (accompanied by Hirayama Miki)
  • Young Man (with Yaguchi Mari)
  • Genki wo Dashite (with Yaguchi Mari)
  • Moshimo Piano ga Hiketanara (accompanied Takayama Gen)
  • Tabi no Yado (accompanied by Takayama Gen)
  • Imouto (accompanied by Takayama Gen)
  • Shiretoko Ryojou (accompanied by Inaba Akira)
  • Wakarete Mo Suki Na Hito (Encore) (accompanied by Horiuchi Takao)
  • Fushigi na Peach Pie (with Abe Natsumi)
  • Ano Subarashii Ai wo Mou Ichido (with Goto Maki accompanied by Sugita Jirou)
  • Shirube Nai Tabi (accompanied by Inaba Akira)
Hello! Days
Vol.6
  • The Rose
Vol.12 (Kemeko no Heya)
Other
  • Never Forget
  • Best Friend
  • Sanpo (with Abe Natsumi)
  • Cutey Honey

PublicationsEdit

Solo PhotobooksEdit

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  1. [2002.03.02] Kei

BooksEdit

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  • [2014.04.20] Bibusukon - Saikai Musume. No Konkatsu Monogatari -

WorksEdit

MoviesEdit

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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)
  • [2002-2004] Hello Kids (ハローキッズ)
  • [2002] Bishojo kyoiku II (美少女教育II)
  • [2004] Futarigoto (二人ゴト)
  • [2007] Uta Doki! ~Pop Classics~ (歌ドキッ! 〜ポップクラシックス〜)

TV DramasEdit

New drama

  • [2002] Kochira hon ikegami sho (こちら本池上署)
  • [2002] Mikeneko Holmes no Hanzaigaku Kouza (三毛猫ホームズの犯罪学講座)
  • [2004] Tokio-chichi he no Dengon (トキオ 父への伝言)
  • [2005] Nijyuushi no Hitomi (二十四の瞳)
  • [2006] Shinjuku no haha monogatari (新宿の母物語)
  • [2007] Sousa Ikka - Ken atari han, Takako no manako (捜査一課・見当たり班 鷹子の眼)
  • [2012] Suugaku♥Joshi Gakuen (数学♥女子学園)
  • [2012] Mikkai no yado 9 hoseki no amai wana (密会の宿9 宝石の甘い罠)
  • [2012] Shiawase no jikan (幸せの時間)
  • [2013] Sho kyoto renzoku satsujin jiken x Gekai hatomura shugoro (小京都連続殺人事件×外科医 鳩村周五郎)

TheaterEdit

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  • [2004] Rashomon ~Onnatachi no Maboroshi~ (羅生門~女たちのまぼろし~)
  • [2006] Natsu no Yoru no Yume (夏ノ夜ノ夢; Shakespeare's "Midsummer Night's Dream")
  • [2006] Otona no Mugicha Dai kyu hai me Kouen "Nemurenaito" (大人の麦茶第九杯目公演「ネムレナイト」)
  • [2006] MAMA LOVES mambo IV
  • [2007] Showa kayo shiata shinjuku no onna (昭和歌謡シアター新宿の女)
  • [2007] Yokihi no kanpoyaku (楊貴妃の漢方薬)
  • [2007] Shinjuku no Onna (新宿の女)
  • [2007] Chigaimasu sisters (ちがいますシスターズ)
  • [2007] COASTER(Coaster) (COASTER(コースター))
  • [2008] Shishi tachi (志士たち)
  • [2008] THE do tsubo!!! (THEどツボッ!!)
  • [2008] Lemon Star (レモンスター)
  • [2009] Mikoto Mannequin (ミコトマネキン)
  • [2009] Every Little Thing '09 (エブリ リトル シング '09)
  • [2009] Romantic ni yoroshiku (ロマンチックにヨロシク)
  • [2010] Momoiro shoten e yokoso (桃色書店へようこそ)
  • [2010] Murder Factory (マーダーファクトリー)
  • [2010] Nemure nu yoru no 1 x 8 requiem ~Naked police academy~ (眠れぬ夜の1×8レクイエム〜ネイキットポリスアカデミー〜)
  • [2010] Boku ni Niai no Karada (僕に似合いの身体)
  • [2010] Ii hi, risutora (いい日、リストラ)
  • [2010] Jinsei wa Show Time! (人生はショータイム!)
  • [2010] Genji monogatari x Oguro Maki songs ~Boku wa jūnihitoe ni koi wo suru~ (源氏物語×大黒摩季songs〜僕は十二単に恋をする〜)
  • [2010] Amakara (あまから)
  • [2010] Abe Naikaku (安倍内閣)
  • [2011] Sarachi 5 (更地5)
  • [2011] Nemureru mori no bijo (眠れる森の美女)
  • [2012] Sarachi 6 (更地6)
  • [2012] B・B~bumpy buddy~
  • [2012] Tabidachi ~Ashoro yori~ (旅立ち〜足寄より〜)
  • [2012] Aoge ba (あおげば)
  • [2013] I.have.a.dream (アイ・ハヴ・ア・ドリーム)
  • [2014] Bokutachi Karen na Shounen Gasshoudan

RadioEdit

  • [1998-1999] Morning Musume no onegai MORNING CALL! (モーニング娘。のお願いMORNING CALL!)
  • [1999-2000] Pucchimoni Diver (プッチモニダイバー)
  • [2001-2002] Pucchimoni Driver V3 (プッチモニダイバーV3)
  • [2000-2002; 2009–] Young Town Douyoubi (ヤングタウン土曜日)
  • [2016–] HELLO! DRIVE! (HELLO! DRIVE! -ハロドラ-) (Wednesdays)

InternetEdit

  • [2013-] UF LICKS

CommercialsEdit

  • [2000] Glico Mousse Pocky
  • [2013] Fuku Pika (フクピカ)

TriviaEdit

  • Yasuda is skilled in several musical instruments, including the saxophone and the piano.
  • She has made several appearances on TV and in concert accompanying herself or others.
  • Yasuda attended Kimitsu Shogyo (Commercial) High School in Futtsu City, Chiba Prefecture, but dropped out to pursue her dreams in the entertainment industry.
  • She worked in a McDonald's restaurant in her hometown, until 1998.
  • She is the third oldest girl to join Morning Musume after its formation and the oldest to join under normal circumstances (Fujimoto Miki of the 6th generation was added to Morning Musume after failing the 4th generation audition and was brought back as a soloist before being added, and 8th generation member Junjun was added after an audition that was not even known by the members of the group themselves.).
  • She was famously known as the "grandma" of Morning Musume, and is the frequent target of jokes from TV hosts and other members.
  • Is best friends with Yaguchi Mari.
  • Had a youkai Yasuda Doll made for her on Utaban.
  • She is the third former Morning Musume member to only graduate from Morning Musume and not Hello! Project. The first being Nakazawa Yuko and the second being Goto Maki.
  • Appears in the TV Drama Suugaku♥Joshi Gakuen together with Iida Kaori as the Devil Sisters.
  • She was the only Morning Musume sub-leader who never became leader.
  • She is the last 2nd Generation member to get married.

See AlsoEdit

Honorary TitlesEdit

Honorary titles
First

Sub-leader of Morning Musume
April 16, 2001 – May 5, 2003

Succeeded by
Yaguchi Mari

Preceded by
Nakazawa Yuko

Oldest Member of Morning Musume
April 16, 2001 - May 5, 2003

Succeeded by
Iida Kaori

ReferencesEdit

External LinksEdit

Petitmoni
Former Members
1st Gen: Ichii Sayaka, Yasuda Kei, Goto Maki
2nd Gen: Yoshizawa Hitomi
3rd Gen: Ogawa Makoto, Kimura Ayaka
4th Gen/V: Nakajima Saki, Hagiwara Mai, Mano Erina
Singles
01, 02, 03, 04
Albums
Original: Zenbu! Petitmoni
Best: Tanpopo / Petitmoni Mega Best
Other
The★Petitmobics, Petitmoni Single V Clips ①
Related Units
Morning Musume, Coconuts Musume, ℃-ute


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