Heike Michiyo
Heike Michiyo
Background Information
Born April 6, 1979 (1979-04-06) (age 39)
Origin Osaka, Japan
Blood Type B
Genres J-Pop
Occupation Singer
Years Active 1997-present
Associated Acts Kiiro 5, 7-nin Matsuri, Sexy 8
Heike Michiyo

Heike Michiyo, 2007


Heike Michiyo, December 2005


Heike Michiyo

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Heike Michiyo, 2002


Heike from her album For ourself~Single History (2000)

Heike Michiyo (平家充代; Hello! Project stage name 平家 みちよ), later known simply as Michiyo (みちよ), is a Japanese pop singer. She is considered to be the first Hello! Project member due to winning the ASAYAN audition. She left Hello! Project in 2002 and went on to become an indie soloist producing her own music.


Early LifeEdit

Heike Michiyo was born on April 6, 1979, in Nabari, Mie, Japan. She began writing songs in middle school.[1]


In August 1997, Heike won the "Sharam Q Rock Vocalist Audition" that Tsunku held on the TV show ASAYAN between April and August on TV Tokyo to find a new female vocalist for his band Sharam Q.

On November 5, 1997, Heike's debut single, GET (which was the song all the girls had to sing in the final round of the Sharam Q audition), produced by Sharam Q, was released on the Warner Music Japan label. The single peaked at #24 on the weekly Oricon charts, charting for six weeks.

Heike never actually joined Sharam Q, but still went on to become a solo artist in Hello! Project under the name Heike Michiyo.

On November 6, 1997, her first live event was held at the Nippon Budokan to an audience of ten thousand.


In April 1998, She joined the radio show "Sound Planet" which she stayed on as a regular until 2002. She also appeared as a mini regular on the television shows Taiyou Musume to Umi and Wine Musume Koi Monogatari.

On August 18, 1998, Heike made her film debut with the movie Morning Cop ~Daite HOLD ON ME!~, co-starring alongside Morning Musume. She was also featured in the film's soundtrack album.

Starting October 4, 1998, she also had her own radio show called "Heike Michiyo Teenage Beat!", which lasted until the beginning of 1999.


Throughout 1999, Heike hosted a reality/infotainment show alongside Nakazawa Yuko titled Idol wo Sagase!.

On April 3, 1999, she started another radio show, "Heike Michiyo Weekend Rendezvous" to replace "Heike Michiyo Teenage Beat!" This show ran for over two years before ending in September 2001.


Heike participated as a member of Hello! Project's shuffle unit Kiiro 5.

In October of 2000, she joined the late-night mini-series, Diary Beautiful Girl, Beautiful Girl Diary 2, a mini-drama, that lasted till 2001.


In April 2001, she joined the Tokyo, late-night mini-series Pretty Education, that lasted till September of the same year.

In May 2001, she starred in the musical LOVE Century -Yume wa Minakerya Hajimaranai-, along with Morning Musume.

Heike participated in the shuffle unit 7nin Matsuri.

In October 2001, she joined the late-night mini-series, New Anime Diary, that lasted till March of 2002.


In July 2002, Heike participated in the shuffle unit Sexy 8.

On November 7, 2002, Heike performed in her last concert under Hello! Project and graduated from the project.[2]


In March of 2007, Michiyo announced on her blog that she was three months pregnant and had married the father of her child. On November 1st, 2007, she gave birth to a baby girl.


On October 13, 2012, at 12:23 A.M., her second child, a son, was born.[3]


On December 31st, Heike made her first H!P-related performance in 11 years, at the New Year's countdown show.


On December 20, she held a mini-live titled Michiyo Acoustic Mini Live. This was her first live show in six years.[4]


  • Name: Heiko Michiyo (平家充代)
  • Stage Name: Heike Michiyo (平家みちよ); Michiyo (みちよ)
  • Birthdate: April 6, 1979 (1979-04-06) (age 39)
  • Birthplace: Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, Japan
  • Blood type: B
  • Hello! Project Status:
    • [1997.08.31] Member
    • [2002.11.07] Graduated
  • Eastern Zodiac: Goat
  • Western Zodiac: Aries
  • Hello! Project Shuffle Groups:

  • Hobbies: Visiting shrines, traveling abroad, writing novels, aroma, wiping the floor
  • Favorite Foods: Pollock roe, crab, peperoncino
  • Least Favorite Foods: Celery
  • Favorite Words: Confidence, charm
  • Favorite Places: Home, Los Angeles, Hawaii, places where it's sunny
  • Favorite Brands: Justin Davis, Cartier, VelVet Stone, Play boy
  • Favorite Songs: true colors (Cyndi Lauper), Gangsta's Paradise (Coolio), You Gotta Be (Des'ree), Habanera (Bizet), Vltava (B. Smetana), Concerto for Two Violins (Bach)
  • Looks Up To: Johann Sebastian Bach



Under Hello! Project

  1. [1998.03.25] Teenage Dream
  2. [2000.09.13] For ourself ~Single History~

With Morning Musume:

As Michiyo (independent):

  1. [2004.03.03] JECICA
  2. [2005.02.28] Koimizuki (恋水姫)
  3. [2006.07.25] Fantasia


Under Hello! Project

  1. [1997.11.05] GET
  2. [1998.02.15] Sotsugyou ~TOP OF THE WORLD~
  3. [1998.07.01] Daikirai
  4. [1998.10.25] Dakedo Aishisugite
  5. [1999.02.10] Anata no Yume ni Naritai
  6. [1999.07.28] scene
  7. [2000.05.17] One Room Natsu no Koi Monogatari
  8. [2000.08.09] Ai no Chikara
  9. [2001.02.07] Kekkyoku Bye Bye Bye
  10. [2001.11.07] Propose
  11. [2002.06.05] Murasaki Shikibu

As Michiyo (Independent)




  • [04.07.1998-06.30.1998] Sun Girl and the Sea (TV Tokyo) - Cast
  • [10.02.1998-02.18.1998] Wine girl love story (Tokyo)
  • [01.05.1999-12.28.1999] Sagase idols! ( Tokyo , The program ends on March 26, 2002)
  • [01.04.2000-03.29.2000] Morning. Navel (Tokyo, The program ends September 29, 2000)
  • Tokyo, late-night mini-series Band Show
    • [10.2.2000-03.30.2001] Diary Beautiful Girl, Beautiful Girl Diary 2 (TV Tokyo [ diary girl in a mini-drama])
    • [04.02.2001-09.28.2001] Pretty Education (Tokyo)
    • [10.01.2001- 03.29.2002] New Anime Diary (TV Tokyo)


  • [04.03.1998-09.27.2002-03.12.2008] Saundopuranetto ( BERRY RADIO )
  • [10.04.1998-03.28.1999] Heike Michiyo Teenage Beat! ( FM Mie)
  • [04.03.1999-09.30-2001] Heike Michiyo Uikuendorandeu ( FM Mie )
  • [01.2001-03.2002] Heike Michiyo until either ( a favor in January 2001 - March 2002)
  • [06.10.2001-10.05.2002] Heike ★ Hetchara regards Yossui ( CBC )
  • MAX MUSIC Yuan Tan ( MBS Radio )



  • [1998] Heike Michiyo, Morning Musume First Concert "HELLO!" (平家みちよ・モーニング娘。ファーストコンサート「HELLO!」)
  • [1998] Morning Musume/Heike Michiyo "Morning Cop Daite Hold on Me!" (モーニング娘。・平家みちよ「モーニング刑事。抱いて HOLD ON ME!」) (screening/photo session/mini live/handshake event tour)
  • [1998] Morning Musume/Heike Michiyo school festival "Morning Cop Daite Hold on Me!" (モーニング娘。・平家みちよ学園祭「モーニング刑事。抱いて HOLD ON ME!」) (screening/mini live)
  • [2004] Heike Michiyo "Sotsugyou Memorial Live" (平家みちよ「卒業メモリアルライブ」)
  • [2004] Jecica Release Event/Azumazaka Tour '04 (「JECICA発売記念・東阪ツアー'04」)
  • [2005] Koimizuki Release Even/Azamazaka Tour '05 (「恋水姫発売記念・東阪ツアー'05」)
  • [2005] Michiyo Tour 2005 "Unaffected" (みちよ Tour 2005 『unaffected』)


  • Her love of music began in elementary school as she studied classical composers and in junior high school (with other students), she started writing lyrics and started composing.
  • Known to be the first member and leader of Hello! Project.
  • Nakazawa Yuko (who is six years older than her) referred to her as "Dai Senpai," or "Big Leader."
  • She graduated from high school in Osaka
  • Shares the same birthday with S/mileage member Katsuta Rina

Total Sales CountEdit

Year Year Sales Total Sales
1997 70,260 70,260
1998 96,150 166,410
1999 6,230 172,640
2000 42,230 214,870
2001 22,220 237,090
2002 6,890 243,980













External linksEdit

Heike Michiyo
Major: 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11
Indies: 01, 02
Original: Teenage Dream
Best: For ourself ~Single History~
Indies: JECICA, Koimizuki, Fantasia
Soundtrack: Morning Cop ~Daite HOLD ON ME!~
Participated Units
Kiiro 5, 7nin Matsuri, Sexy 8