Ikuta Erina (生田衣梨奈) is a Japanese pop singer, dancer, actress, and model under Hello! Project as a 9th generation member and sub-leader of Morning Musume. She is a former member of the SATOYAMA & SATOUMI movement units Harvest and HI-FIN.
Ikuta is also a golfer and fashion designer. As of 2018, she has her own golfing television program, and is also the founder of the 2020 clothing brand ELEYVS GOLF.
Ikuta Erina was born on July 7, 1997 in Fukuoka, Japan.
On January 2, at the first Hello! Project 2011 Winter ~Kangei Shinsen Matsuri~ A gana Live concert, Tsunku announced Ikuta as one of the new members of Morning Musume's 9th generation, alongside Fukumura Mizuki, Sayashi Riho, and Suzuki Kanon. The 9th generation made their concert debut the same day, participating in the songs "Tomo" and "Aozora ga Itsumademo Tsuzuku You na Mirai de Are!"
On April 6, Ikuta's debut single in Morning Musume, "Maji Desu ka Ska!", was released.
On June 12, Ikuta's first e-Hello DVD was announced, Greeting ~Ikuta Erina~, and was released on July 2.
On January 13, the Morning Musume 9th generation and 10th generation members began a web talk show exclusive to fanclub members, titled Maji DE Pyoko!. They also began a radio show on April 7, titled Morning Musume no Morning Jogakuin ~Houkago Meeting~, on Radio Nippon.
On April 18, it was announced that Morning Musume's Tanaka Reina and the 9th and 10th generation members would star in a new stage play titled Stacies Shoujo Saisatsu Kageki. The musical ran from June 6 to June 12.
On April 21 and 22, Ikuta surprised fanclub members by attending Niigaki Risa's last fanclub tour as Morning Musume member, Morning Days Happy Holiday ~ Tokubetsuhen Risa Niigaki Fanclub Tour In Shizuoka. The tour from her perspective was released as a fanclub-exclusive DVD, titled Ikuta Erina ga 5 Gousha ni Niigaki Risa Fanclub Tour in Shizuoka.
From June 15 to June 28, a series of fanclub events titled Mosuma FC Event ~Gachi☆Kira~ featuring the 9th and 10th generation members of Morning Musume and the 2nd generation members of S/mileage took place at Yokohama Blitz. Ikuta finished with the fourth most points and was awarded a solo performance on July 1 for placing in the top six.
On July 4, with Niigaki Risa as a guest, Ikuta announced on IkuMatsuri, a special Ustream show, that she would change her official member color from purple to yellow-green in the fall.
On November 20, Ikuta held her first Niigaki-san wo Ouen Suru Kai to celebrate Niigaki Risa's 24th birthday, titled Ikuta Erina no "Niigaki-san wo Ouen Suru Kai Dai Ikkai Kaigou ~Niigaki-san no Tanjoubi wo Katte ni Iwau Kai~". Niigaki made a surprise appearance during the third event.
Ikuta was featured in a special gravure mook titled Graduation -Chuugaku Sotsugyou-. The mook had various photos and interviews about going from middle school to high school, and was released on February 27.
On May 16, the Morning Musume 9th generation and 10th generation members' fanclub-exclusive web talk show Maji DE Pyoko! ended with a total of 70 episodes.
On May 22, it was announced that Ikuta would hold a second Niigaki-san wo Ouen Suru Kai, titled Niigaki-san wo Ouen Suru Kai Dai Nikai Kaigou ~Ikuta no Tanjoubi dakedo, Yappari Kyou mo Niigaki-san wo Ouen Suru Kai~. It took place on July 7, Ikuta's 16th birthday, with Iikubo Haruna and Oda Sakura as guests.
On July 7, Ikuta celebrated her 17th birthday called Morning Musume '14 ~Ikuta Erina Birthday Event 2014~, featuring one performance at Yamano Hall.
On October 31, Ikuta released her second solo e-Hello! DVD, It's a lovely day.
On November 12, Ikuta participated in the 2014 Mitsui Sumitomo VISA Pacific Ocean Masters Pro-Am Charity Tournament as a celebrity guest alongside AKB48 and SKE48 member and rival Yamauchi Suzuran.
On November 23, Ikuta was appointed sub-leader of Morning Musume by Michishige Sayumi. It was officially announced during Michishige's graduation concert on November 26. Ikuta would share the position with Iikubo Haruna, who had been a sub-leader since May 2013.
On March 5, Ikuta announced that she would be a regular on the NHK Education channel show Karada wo Ugokasu TV. She made her first appearance in the show on March 25.
On July 7, Ikuta celebrated her 18th birthday at a special event called Morning Musume '15 Ikuta Erina Birthday Event, featuring one performance at Yamano Hall.
On November 11, Ikuta participated in the 2015 Mitsui Sumitomo VISA Pacific Ocean Masters Pro-Am Charity Tournament as a celebrity guest for the second consecutive year.
On July 7, Ikuta celebrated her 19th birthday at a special event called Morning Musume '16 Ikuta Erina Birthday Event, featuring one performance at Yamano Hall.
On February 22, it was announced that Ikuta would guest star in the first episode of TV Tokyo's 14th "Friend-Ship Project" and semi-documentary drama Konnichiwa, Joyuu no Sagara Itsuki Desu. which would air on March 6. She appeared alongside Momoiro Clover Z's Sasaki Ayaka and NMB48's Fujie Reina.
On July 21, Ikuta celebrated her 20th birthday at a fanclub event titled Morning Musume '17 Ikuta Erina Birthday Event. The event had two performances at Yamano Hall.
On November 8, Ikuta made her fourth consecutive appearance at the 2017 Mitsui Sumitomo VISA Pacific Ocean Masters Pro-Am Charity Tournament.
On March 31, she began a golf challenge project with the magazine and website GOLF LESSON COMIC to beat her personal best score of 89 in three months with the help of professional Yachi Shuya, which was also documented as a YouTube series. In the final episode, she had improved her golf score to 87. A manga titled Idol Lesson Comic ~ERIPON CHALLENGE ANOTHER~ starring Ikuta as the main character was later announced to begin serialization in the July 2018 issue of the magazine.
On May 29, Ikuta participated in the 19th Jojoen Cup Celebrity Golf Champion Tournament.
On July 10, Ikuta celebrated her 21st birthday at a fanclub event titled Morning Musume '18 Ikuta Erina Birthday Event, featuring two shows at Yamano Hall.
On August 13, it was revealed by talent Ota Akina that Ikuta recorded her own golf TV program for TOKYO MX1 titled Ikuta Erina no VS Golf. On September 11, Ikuta officially announced the show on her blog and that it would begin airing on September 16.
On November 7, she placed third in the 2018 Mitsui Sumitomo VISA Pacific Ocean Masters Pro-Am Charity Tournament, where she played as a celebrity guest for the fifth consecutive year. She was also invited to play in the annual Hirao Masaaki Memorical Charity Golf on November 28.
On June 20, she announced her second eponymous TV show for TOKYO MX1, titled Ikuta Erina no "Shibuya 29 STADIUM", in which she visits different restaurants in Shibuya's Niku Yokocho ("Meat Alley" in English). The show began airing on August 18.
On July 8, she celebrated her 22nd birthday at a fanclub event titled Morning Musume '19 Ikuta Erina Birthday Event with two shows at Yamano Hall.
On November 13, she played as a celebrity guest in the 2019 Mitsui Sumitomo VISA Pacific Ocean Masters Pro-Am Charity Tournament for the sixth consecutive year.
On March 14, Ikuta announced that she had produced her own clothing brand, ELEYVS GOLF. The name of the brand is a pun on her given name, and the brand primarily contains clothes for golfers, as well as casual clothes for everyday wear. The brand's main concept is "GOLF × FASHION × SUBCULTURE = BUZZ", and its creation was inspired by her regular TV program, Ikuta Erina no VS Golf (生田衣梨奈のVSゴルフ).
On May 14, she opened up an official Instagram account.
On June 20, Ikuta's clothing brand ELEYVS GOLF was officially launched, and an official website was opened.
On June 22, Ikuta became the longest serving sub-leader in the history of Morning Musume, beating Iikubo Haruna's previous record of 5 years, 6 months, and 25 days.
On August 27, she celebrated her 23rd birthday at a fanclub event titled Morning Musume '20 Ikuta Erina Birthday Event with two shows at LANDMARK HALL. In compliance with government policy, cheering, crowding, standing, and closeness in the venue were prohibited, and wearing masks were required to enter.
On January 22 to 29, she and Fukumura Mizuki held a joint fanclub event titled Morning Musume '21 Fukumura Mizuki・Ikuta Erina FC Event Shin Souseiki Fantasy DX ~10 Shunen wo Mukaete~, featuring four shows at Toysou PIT and Namba Hatch.
On July 23, she celebrated her 24th birthday at a fanclub event titled Morning Musume '21 Ikuta Erina Birthday Event with two shows at KT Zeep Yokohama. In compliance with government policy, cheering, crowding, standing, and closeness in the venue were prohibited, and wearing masks were required to enter.
Ikuta has a younger brother who was born on January 28, 2004. She is first cousins with former gravure idol Takigawa Aya.
When she auditioned for Morning Musume, Ikuta was a 1st year middle school student. She graduated from middle school on March 2013.On March 12, 2016, Ikuta announced that she had graduated from high school. She attended Hinode High School, a private academy known for its alumni in the entertainment industry, and graduated with ANGERME member Nakanishi Kana.
- Niigaki Risa: Ikuta is good friends with former 5th generation member Niigaki Risa.
- Fukumura Mizuki: She is close with fellow 9th generation member Fukumura Mizuki and together they are known by the pairing name "PonPon" (ぽんぽん). They created the catchphrase "Mizupon desu! Eripon desu! Futari awasete PonPon desu!" (みずぽんです！えりぽんです！二人あわせてぽんぽんです！; I'm Mizupon! I'm Eripon! Together we are PonPon!) which they had gradually discontinued saying. Their generation mate Sayashi Riho jokingly calls them "Business PonPon" (ビジネスぽんぽん) because they always act happy with each other on stage and on camera, but behind-the-scenes they do not always see eye-to-eye.
- Ishida Ayumi: Ikuta was given the pairing name "Suberi Combi" (スベリコンビ; Bomber Combi) with Ishida, but are now more commonly referred to as "Suberizu" or "Suberies" (スベリーズ). The name is taken from the word suberi-gei, a style of comedy with failing jokes, because the two of them make bad jokes. In addition, they are often teamed up together to perform acrobatics for concerts.
- Motomura Aoi: Ikuta is goods friends with HKT48 member Motomura Aoi who she was middle school classmates with before they both became idols.
- Takagi Reni: She became friends with Takagi after Morning Musume '15 and Momoiro Clover Z performed "Ren'ai Revolution 21" as a collaboration for 2015 FNS Kayousai THE LIVE, which included Takagi trying to steal Ikuta's lines and camera time as a gag.
Ikuta's grandmother gave her the name Erina so she would not have to worry about life's necessities. 衣 (e) was taken from "clothing" (衣類); 梨 (ri), which means "pear", represents food and water; and 奈 (na) was taken from Nara Prefecture (奈良), where it is airy and seems to be a peaceful place to live.
Here is a list of nicknames that was used to refer to Ikuta Erina:
- Eripon (えりぽん): Her official nickname originated by Tsunku.
- KY Ikuta (KY生田): She is known to be a KY (kuuki yomenai), an expression meaning one "can't read the air/atmosphere; clueless of the situation".
- Name: Ikuta Erina (生田衣梨奈)
- Nicknames: Eripon (えりぽん), KY Ikuta (KY生田), Eri-chan (えりちゃん), Namata (なまた) , Eri (えり)
- Birthdate: July 7, 1997
- Birthplace: Fukuoka, Japan
- Blood Type: A
- Height: 157 cm (5 ft 1.8 in)?
- Western Zodiac: Cancer
- Eastern Zodiac: Ox
- Hello! Project Status:
- 2011-01-02: Morning Musume member
- UP-FRONT GROUP Status:
- Years in Morning Musume: 10 Years
- Official Kaomoji: |||9|‘_ゝ‘)
- Morning Musume Color:
- Oha Girl Maple Color:
- Red (2011–2012)
- Audition Song: "Little♡Princess☆Pri!" by Lilpri
- Hello! Project Groups:
- Shuffle Units:
- Shimadagawa (2017)
- Concert Units:
- Hello! Project Mobekimasu (2011-2013)
- Other Groups:
- Main article: Ikuta Erina/Discography
Solo Fanclub DVDs
- [2012.09.xx] Ikuta Erina ga 5 Gousha ni Niigaki Risa Fanclub Tour in Shizuoka
- [2013.xx.xx] Ikuta Erina no "Niigaki-san wo Ouen Suru Kai Dai Ikkai Kaigou ~Niigaki-san no Tanjoubi wo Katte ni Iwau Kai~"
- [2016.11.26] Morning Musume '16 Ikuta Erina Birthday Event
- [2017.11.25] Morning Musume '17 Ikuta Erina Birthday Event
- [2018.11.27] Morning Musume '18 Ikuta Erina Birthday Event
- [2019.11.26] Morning Musume '19 Ikuta Erina Birthday Event
- [2021.01.26] Morning Musume '20 Ikuta Erina Birthday Event
- Main article: Ikuta Erina/Publications
- [2011.10.28] Erina Ikuta Alo-Hello! Morning Musume 2011|Alo-Hello! Morning Musume 2011 (アロハロ！モーニング娘。2011)
- [2012.12.27] Erina Ikuta Alo-Hello! Morning Musume 2012|Alo-Hello! Morning Musume 2012 (アロハロ！モーニング娘。2012)
- [2013.02.28] Erina Ikuta Alo-Hello! Morning Musume Qki|Alo-Hello! Morning Musume Qki (アロハロ！モーニング娘。Q期)
- [2013.04.09] Morning Musume Alo-Hello Qki (モーニング娘。アロハロ！モーニング娘。Q期)
-  Sharehouse (シェアハウス)
-  Reborn ~Inochi no Audition~
-  Stacies Shoujo Saisatsu Kageki
-  TRIANGLE (VTR role)
-  Zoku 11nin Iru! Higashi no Chihei, Nishi no Towa
-  Pharaoh no Haka
-  Pharaoh no Haka ~Hebi Ou Sneferu~
-  Bijo Gaku (美女学)
- [2011–2012] Hello Pro! TIME (ハロプロ！ＴＩＭＥ)
- [2011–2012] Oha Suta (as an Oha Girl)
- [2012–2013] Hello! SATOYAMA Life (ハロー! SATOYAMA ライフ)
- [2014–2019] The Girls Live
-  Karada wo Ugokasu TV (体を動かすTV)
-  Tokugi☆Saikenshou Momusu DE Gozaru! (特技☆再検証 モー娘。DEござる！)
- [2018–] Ikuta Erina no VS Golf (生田衣梨奈のVSゴルフ)
- [2019–2020] AI・DOL PROJECT (AI・DOL プロジェクト)
- [2019–] Ikuta Erina no "Shibuya 29 STADIUM" (生田衣梨奈の「渋谷29STADIUM」)
-  Hello! Project presents... "Solo Fes!"
-  Hello! Project presents... "Solo Fes! 2"
-  Suugaku♥Joshi Gakuen (数学♥女子学園) (as Nakano Riko)
-  Konnichiwa, Joyuu no Sagara Itsuki Desu. (こんにちは、女優の相楽樹です。) (episode 1)
-  UstreaMusume
-  IkuMatsuri (生祭り) (special one-day Ustream)
- [2013–] Hello! Project Station
- [2014–2016] MUSIC+
- [2015–2016] GREEN ROOM
- [2016–] Upcoming
- [2016–2017] Girls Night Out
- [2017–] tiny tiny
- [2018–] OMAKE CHANNEL
-  Hello Pro no Monohon!
- [2019–2020] Hello Pro no Oshigoto Challenge
-  Hello Pro Kouhaku Taiko THE☆BATTLE 2019
-  Hello Pro ONE×ONE
- [2012–] Morning Musume no Morning Jogakuin ~Houkago Meeting~ (モーニング娘。のモーニング女学院～放課後ミーティング～)
- [2012–2013] Morning Musume 9ki・10ki Member WEB Talk Maji DE Pyoko! (モーニング娘。9・10期メンバー WEBトーク 本気DE飛跳！) (fanclub exclusive)
-  Nestle Milo (as an Oha Girl)
- She was voted 8th favorite member in the 2012 "Hello! Project Music Awards" event.
(with Iikubo Haruna)
|Sub-leader of Morning Musume
November 27, 2014 – Present
(with Iikubo Haruna, 2014–2018; with Ishida Ayumi, 2018–present)
|Longest serving sub-leader of Morning Musume
June 22, 2020 – Present
- ELEYVS GOLF Official Shop
- Morning Musume Profile
- ELEYVS GOLF Official Instagram
- Morning Musume Qki Official Blog
- Elegant Promotion Profile (archived)
|Hello! Project Dance Club|