Honda Ruru (本多ルル), also known by her stage name RuRu, is a Chinese singer. She was a member of the Japanese girl group Taiyou to Ciscomoon and was also part of the Hello! Project shuffle unit Kiiro 5. Outside of Hello! Project, she was a solo artist and model. She released her first solo album, "Měilì Xīnqíng", in February 2001 under Virgin Records.

RuRu, 2016

RuRu, December 2005

RuRu, February 2002

RuRu, 1999

RuRu, July 1998 (Performing at The Great Wall)

RuRu, September 1996 (with Saijyou Hideki at the Dalian Stadium)

Biography[edit | edit source]

RuRu studied at a private music school in which her mom was a teacher. Here RuRu participated in singing events and was in charge of the school’s music festival(s).

1992[edit | edit source]

In 1992, at the age of 16, RuRu went to Japan with her mother, but didn't start working in the music industry right away. She had a part-time job that had nothing to do with music (she did the dishes at a ramen shop and also worked as a server at a cafe[1]) She said in an interview she used to go to karaoke as a hobby, but nothing serious.

1995[edit | edit source]

In January, 1995, she landed the grand-prix (first place) in a singing contest called, "Zainichi Chugokujin Nihongo Kayou Conkuru" (在日中国人日本語歌謡コンクール; Singing Contest in Japanese for Chinese People).[2]

In February she signed a contract with Chugei and started her entertainment activities.[3] She appeared at NTV's "Super TV" (スーパテレビ) and was featured as a gravure model in Tokyo Newspaper's "SPA!", "Weekly Bunshun" and "Chinese Dragon".[4]

In May, she acted a character who has very much personality in a joint production by Shanghai TV and Japanese Amuse Nikkatsu named "Shanghainese in Tokyo".

1996[edit | edit source]

In January, RuRu performed in the reward-ceremony of MTV Contest produced by CCTV.

In April she was the KDD International Telephone character image of the year. She was this in 1997 and 1998 too. The advertisement was in both Japanese and Chinese.

In June and August, she performed as a guest at the concert of Uzaki Ryudou, all around the 23 districts in Tokyo area.

In September, she performed and sang with Saijyou Hideki, at the Dalian Stadium which has seating capacity of 40,000. CCTV also reported. In October, she was a side-regular guest of the TV program Viewpoint of Asia by Nihon TV Broadcast.

1997[edit | edit source]

In January, RuRu was invited by Liaoning TV Broadcast as a special guest for the Chinese Spring Festival TV Party.

In October, she reported in Japanese in a NHK TV program called Modern Production Room.

In November, she attended the opening ceremony of Shanghai New Idol Art School as a special guest.

1998-2003[edit | edit source]

In May, she was a side-regular guest of the NHK program called Pops of the generation.

In July, she did a concert show with Saijyou Hideki with 40,000 audiences at the famous Great Wall in China. In August, she acted as a reporter of the NHK program the Kingdom in the Midnight

In September, she performed as a special guest on NHK Fukuoka for the event of special music produced by radio Kyushuu-Okinawa FM.

In November and December, she was a side-regular guest as a famous Asian star on the Fuji TV program DaiBatteki.

On November 22, the talent search show ASAYAN announced their Geinoujin Shin Unit Audition in which they were looking for girls with special talents who have enough experiences.

On December 20, RuRu appeared in the semi-finals as one of sixteen auditionees. She sang "I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston acapella and was interviewed face to face by Tsunku. On the same date she was the eight to be chosen as the final eight. They appeared in the ASAYAN studio getting interviewed by the hosts before Tsunku split them in two groups (RuRu was in the group called San Fran) and announced they were being sent off to San Fransisco for boot camp training sessions including performance, dance, rhythm and rap.

She became a member of Taiyou to Ciscomoon from 1999-2000 and then went back to China and started a solo career releasing three albums. She also started an acting career, starring in the doramas: "Sunshine Jelly", "Fly Me to the Moon – Yue Guang Sen Lin", and "Zhan Shen". A soundtrack from "Fly Me to the Moon" was released. It features RuRu on the cover, but not any songs of hers.

2004-2008[edit | edit source]

After the release of her best-of album in 2004 (and a single release in 2005), she was out of the spotlight for a few years.

In 2007, she released a cover album under Avex Trax in Japan, but not too long after the release of the album she went back to China again.

In 2008, Taiyou to Ciscomoon released a best of-album to commemorate their 10th Anniversary. RuRu said in the booklet notes that "The albums I released in Taiwan were all in Taiwanese, which was very different from the mainland Chinese in terms of pronunciation, so I made lots of mistakes and had difficulty getting used to it at the beginning. That experience reminded me of when I had similar difficulty singing in Japanese when I was in Taiyou to Ciscomoon. It sounds like my life has been filled with difficult times, lol." She also said she still works as a musician in Taiwan.

2015-2016[edit | edit source]

On July 19, 2015, all four members of Taiyou to Ciscomoon got together for a special talk and live event for one night only,[5] titled Saisho de Saigo Janakatta! Taiyou to Ciscomoon Talk Live ~Yappari 4nin de~[6] [7]

In 2016, RuRu appeared on stage at 2016渭南第五屆青島啤酒節以 where she sang Měilì Xīnqíng.[8] There were plans for her to re-debut, but nothing came of this. [9]

Profile[edit | edit source]

  • Japanese Name: Honda Ruru (本多ルル)
  • Stage Name: RuRu (ルル)
  • Birth Name: Guō Jiālù (郭嘉露)
  • Birthdate: March 18, 1976 (1976-03-18) (age 45)
  • Birthplace: Shenyang, Liaoning, China
  • Blood Type: O
  • Height: 163 cm (5 ft 4.1 in)?
  • Western Zodiac: Pisces.svg Pisces
  • Eastern Zodiac: Dragon.png Dragon
  • Hello! Project Groups:

Discography[edit | edit source]

  • [2001] Jingcai Jiepai (精彩节拍) (#2 Měilì Xīnqíng)
  • [2002] E Shidai Danghong Bu Rang (e世代 当红不让) (#13 Měilì Xīnqíng)
  • [2004] Bi Shang Yanjing Qu Luxing 3 (Travel Light 3) (閉上眼睛去旅行 3 (Travel Light 3)) (#2-10 Gen Wo Shuo)
  • [2003] 極樂175 (Ultimate Dance 175) (#11 You Shi Hou Mei Shi Hou)

Discography Featured In[edit | edit source]

Taiyou to Ciscomoon

Taiyou to Ciscomoon
Kiiro 5

Works[edit | edit source]

Modeling[edit | edit source]

RuRu KDD 1996.jpg

  • [1996-1998] KDD International Telephone character image

Publications[edit | edit source]

Photobooks[edit | edit source]

Ruru .jpg

  • [2002.02.20] COSMOS

Magazines[edit | edit source]

  • [1996.09] PC Fan
  • Oricon The Ichiban Vol.21 No.17 (オリコン The Ichiban Vol.21 No.17)
  • [1999.04.26] Sports Nippon (スポーツニッポン)
  • [1999.05] FOCUS
  • [1999.05] CM Satsuei Fuukei (CM撮影風景) (for DDI Pocket with Taiyou to Ciscomoon)
  • [1999.05] Zappy (ザッピイ)
  • [1999.05] Nikkei Entertainment (日経エンターテイメント)
  • [1999.05] B.L.T.
  • [1999.06] Boon
  • [1999.06.03] Shuukan Shinchou (週刊新潮)
  • [1999.06.04] an.an
  • [1999.07] GiRLPOP Vol. 38

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Originally from China, she became a citizen of Japan in August 1999. This was also when she started using her Japanese name, Honda Ruru (本多ルル).
  • Tsunku gave her the name RuRu, the same way he named Morning Musume's exchange students: Junjun and Linlin.
  • Has a sister. [10]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. [1]在1992年,本多RuRu16歲的時候,她隨母親去了日本。剛去的時候她的生活也是一度非常糟糕,一邊自學語言,一邊還要打工賺錢。因為是外國人,她受盡白眼,曾在拉麵店洗碗,也在咖啡館裡端盤子。大概過了一年之後, 她參加了東京電視台的「外國人歌謠大賽」並進入決賽。1995年 「第一屆在日華人卡拉OK大賽」中得到了第一名。在這之後她也獲得了與唱片公司簽約的機會,之後開始了自己的樂壇生涯。
  2. [2]
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  4. [4]
  5. https://www.narinari.com/Nd/20150632171.html
  6. https://twitter.com/komix215/status/611187465517281281
  7. Kominato Miwa Official Twitter
  8. https://kknews.cc/entertainment/39nm8e8.html
  9. http://music.yule.sohu.com/20161128/n474304681.shtml
  10. [5]Blog

External Links[edit | edit source]

Taiyou to Ciscomoon / T&C Bomber
Members
Members Shinoda MihoInaba AtsukoRuRuKominato Miwa
Discography
Singles 1. Tsuki to Taiyou • 2. Gatamekira • 3. Uchuu de La Ta Ta • 4. Everyday Everywhere • 5. Magic of Love • 6. Marui Taiyou -winter ver.- • 7. DON'T STOP Ren'aichuu • 8. HEY! Mahiru no Shinkirou
Albums Original: 1. Taiyo & Ciscomoon 1 • 2. 2nd STAGE
Best: Taiyou to Ciscomoon / T&C Bomber Mega Best
Other Other: DVD All Taiyou to Ciscomoon / T&C Bomber
Concerts: 20002009
Units & Other Acts
Associated Acts Osaka Performance DollAkagumi 4Aoiro 7Kiiro 57AIRPriestH.P. All StarsPuripuri Pink
Taiyou to Ciscomoon / T&C Bomber
Members
Members Shinoda MihoInaba AtsukoRuRuKominato Miwa
Discography
Singles 1. Tsuki to Taiyou • 2. Gatamekira • 3. Uchuu de La Ta Ta • 4. Everyday Everywhere • 5. Magic of Love • 6. Marui Taiyou -winter ver.- • 7. DON'T STOP Ren'aichuu • 8. HEY! Mahiru no Shinkirou
Albums Original: 1. Taiyo & Ciscomoon 1 • 2. 2nd STAGE
Best: Taiyou to Ciscomoon / T&C Bomber Mega Best
Other Other: DVD All Taiyou to Ciscomoon / T&C Bomber
Concerts: 20002009
Units & Other Acts
Associated Acts Osaka Performance DollAkagumi 4Aoiro 7Kiiro 57AIRPriestH.P. All StarsPuripuri Pink
Hello! Project Shuffle Unit
Shuffle Units
2000
Akagumi 4 1st Gen: Shinoda Miho | Nakazawa Yuko | Danielle | Goto Maki
2nd Gen: Maeda Yuki | Yoshizawa Hitomi
Kiiro 5 1st Gen: Honda Ruru | Heike Michiyo | Yasuda Kei | Abe Natsumi | Ayaka
2nd Gen: Kago Ai
Aoiro 7 1st Gen: Inaba Atsuko | Kominato Miwa | Iida Kaori | Yaguchi Mari | Lehua | Ichii Sayaka | Mika
2nd Gen: Ishikawa Rika | Tsuji Nozomi
2001
3nin Matsuri Ishikawa Rika | Matsuura Aya | Kago Ai
7nin Matsuri Heike Michiyo | Ayaka | Yaguchi Mari | Lehua | Shibata Ayumi | Asami | Goto Maki
10nin Matsuri Yasuda Kei | Rinne | Murakami Megumi | Iida Kaori | Abe Natsumi | Saito Hitomi | Otani Masae | Mika | Yoshizawa Hitomi | Tsuji Nozomi
2002
Happy♡7 Saito Hitomi | Mika | Asami | Takahashi Ai | Ogawa Makoto | Kago Ai | Niigaki Risa
Sexy 8 Heike Michiyo | Ayaka | Otani Masae | Yaguchi Mari | Satoda Mai | Ishikawa Rika | Yoshizawa Hitomi | Goto Maki
Odoru♡11 Ishii Rika | Yasuda Kei | Rinne | Murata Megumi | Iida Kaori | Abe Natsumi | Shibata Ayumi | Fujimoto Miki | Matsuura Aya | Konno Asami | Tsuji Nozomi
2003
SALT5 Maeda Yuki | Abe Natsumi (Leader) | Matsuura Aya | Ogawa Makoto | Kago Ai
7AIR Inaba Atsuko | Otani Masae | Satoda Mai | Mika | Ishikawa Rika (Leader) | Takahashi Ai | Niigaki Risa
11WATER Murata Megumi | Iida Kaori (Leader) | Ayaka | Saito Hitomi | Yaguchi Mari | Shibata Ayumi | Asami | Fujimoto Miki | Yoshizawa Hitomi | Konno Asami | Tsuji Nozomi
2004
H.P. All Stars Morning Musume | Nakazawa Yuko | Abe Natsumi | Yasuda Kei | Goto Maki | Inaba Atsuko | Coconuts Musume Ayaka | Melon Kinenbi | Country Musume | W | Maeda Yuki | Matsuura Aya | Hello! Project Kids | Berryz Koubou | v-u-den
2005
Elegies Satoda Mai | Shibata Ayumi | Takahashi Ai | Tanaka Reina
Sexy Otonajan Fujimoto Miki | Murakami Megumi | Natsuyaki Miyabi
Puripuri Pink Nakazawa Yuko | Inaba Atsuko | Yasuda Kei | Iida Kaori
Discography
Singles Akai Nikkichou / Kiiroi Osora de BOOM BOOM BOOM / Aoi Sports Car no Otoko | Chu! Natsu Party / Summer Reggae! Rainbow / Dancing! Natsu Matsuri | Shiawase Beam! Suki Suki Beam! / Shiawase Desu ka? / Shiawase Kyouryuu Ondo | Kowarenai Ai ga Hoshii no / GET UP! Rapper / BE ALL RIGHT! | ALL FOR ONE & ONE FOR ALL! | Onna, Kanashii, Otona / Inshouha Renoir no You ni / Hitoshirezu Mune wo Kanaderu Yoru no Aki
Albums Hello! Project Shuffle Unit Mega Best
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