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Inaba Atsuko
稲葉(いなば)貴子(あつこ)
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Name
Nicknames Acchan (あっちゃん?)
Acchu (あっちゅ?)
Birth Info
Born March 13, 1974 (1974-03-13) (age 45)
Origin Osaka, Japan
Zodiac Sign Pisces Pisces
Professional Info
Genres Japanese pop
Occupation Singer, idol
Years Active 1993–2009
2013–present
Agency UP-FRONT AGENCY (1999-2009)
Label zetima (1999-2009)
Associated Acts Osaka Performance Doll, Taiyou to Ciscomoon, Aoiro 7, 7AIR, H.P. All Stars, Puripuri Pink, Pirit Color
Taiyou to Ciscomoon Info
Joined April 1999
Debut Single Tsuki to Taiyou
Last Single HEY! Mahiru no Shinkirou
Left October 2000
Links
Twitter Twitter_2012.svg @inaba_atsuko
Facebook Facebook_icon_2019.svg Inaba Atsuko Official Facebook Page

Inaba Atsuko (稲葉貴子) is a Japanese singer and actress. She started her musical career as a member of the group Osaka Performance Doll (OPD) in 1993, moving on to the Hello! Project group Taiyou to Ciscomoon in 1999. After the group disbanded in 2000, she remained a part of Hello! Project until her contract expired in 2009.

She was also a member of UP-FRONT PROMOTION and was known for being an MC at concerts.

In 2014, she teamed up with a fellow former OPD member to create the group Pirikara.

BiographyEdit

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Early Life Edit

In an interview back in 1999, Inaba had said: “I always liked singing since I was little and I was singing all the time at home. But I never had annyambition to become a singer. When I was a senior high school student, someone told me to take a singing lesson if I liked singing so much. So I began taking lessons and the next step for me wasn’t directly related to the entertainment industry, but out of curiosity, I tried out for a radio audition for a female music group, and I passed. As I continued my student life, I continued the singing and dancing lessons. The next news I heard was an audition process for OPD, (Osaka Performance Doll). Again, out of curiosity, I took the audition and luckily I passed once again. I realized at that point that in order to become a professional performer, you really had to commit yourself to it.”

OPD was a sister group to the famous Tokyo Performance Doll. OPD consisted of five main members (called F/Unit), but since the group was theatre-based in Osaka there were several other members for live performances. There were also «trainees»; girls who would be training to eventually become fully fledged members of OPD. Inaba was in OPD for three years, leaving the group in March 1996. When she was in OPD she was part of seven singles and two albums. After she withdrew from OPD, she stayed with the office and starred in a musical, releasing a single Sugar Time tied up to that musical.

After her contract expired, Inaba had an inactive solo career for two years. She said in an interview that she was almost at the point of giving it all up. When suddenly she was watching TV and heard an audition process for Taiyou to Ciscomoon. So Inaba signed up for the audition hoping to be a part of the new group produced by Tsunku. The auditions were shown on the tv show ASAYAN, like all of Tsunku’s auditions at this time. She and three other girls passed, and each of them was sent for training in different cities around the US. The group would be named Taiyou to Ciscomoon and they released their debut single on April 21st, 1999.

2000-2007 Edit

In the spring of 2000, Tsunku decided to shuffle all the artists he managed under Hello! Project. He split all the artist into three groups, and Inaba ended up in Aoiro 7. The whole purpose of the shuffling and three groups was to see which group would sell the most singles. Aoiro 7 ended up in third place with total sales of 385.540 copies.

For unknown reasons Taiyou to Ciscomoon (which now had been renamed to T&C Bomber) was disbanded in late 2000. The other girls left the agency , but Inaba stayed on as part of Hello! Project. There are rumors saying that the reason she got to stay is that she is related to Tsunku.  

From December 2000 to May 2001, UP-FRONT AGENCY held an audition for a new group titled Inaba Atsuko Shin Unit Audition, open to women in between the ages of 17 to 20, however no winners were selected.

Her role in Hello! Project would be to participate in shuffle groups, MC-ing a concerts, performing as a chorus singer and dancer at concerts, and teaching choreography to other groups within Hello! Project

In 2002, Hello! Project started releasing a bunch of children’s songs albums, entitled "Doyou Pops". The albums were themed according to the season, and Inaba participated on five of these albums. At the end of the year a DVD called Hello! Project Douyou Eizou Shuu ~Ponkikies21~ was released. It is a DVD accompaning all the doyou pops album released this year, with promotional videos for some of the songs.

Around Christmas, a special Christmas single was released, called Ai no Merry Christmas. It was a collaboration between 21 of the girls in Hello! Project and enka singers Itsuki Hiroshi and Horiuchi Takao.

In November 2003, Inaba was a guest performer at Matsuura Aya's concert Matsuura Aya Concert Tour 2003 Aki ~Ayaya Hit Parade!~. They performed several songs together,

Without a being a soloist or in a group, she still appeared in the temporary Hello! Project shuffle units: Aoiro 7, 7AIR, H.P. All Stars and Puripuri Pink.

From October 3 to October 11, 2007, Inaba appeared in the stage play Heisei Revolution ~Back to the Byakkotai~ alongside Yoshizawa Hitomi, Satoda Mai, Shibata Ayumi, Korenaga Miki, and Fukuda Kanon.[1]

2008-2009 Edit

In 2008, OPD got together for their 15th anniversary, holding a live concert and releasing a best-of album. Taiyou to Ciscomoon would also get together for their 10th anniversary. They opened a blog for the anniversary, and held a few live concerts and released a best-of album.

In late 2008, it was announced that Inaba along with the rest of the Elder Club in Hello! Project would graduate on March 31, 2009.

Only six months after the mass graduation, it was announced that her contract with the agency had ended. She commented on this herself saying "I've been active in show business for 16 years now, and I’ve now decided I want to change my viewpoint and see the world from a different angle. I want to work hard to make this new start (…) So I hope you’ll all watch over me kindly from now on."

Statement from Inaba Atsuko[2]
Thank you so much for all of your support.

I now have some information to give you all.

I’ve been active in show business for 16 years now, and I’ve now decided I want to change my viewpoint and see the world from a different angle.

So making use of all the experiences I’ve built up in the past, from November I’ll be moving on with the support of the company.

I want to work hard to make this new start, learn a lot, experience new things, and grow further.

So I hope you’ll all watch over me kindly from now on.

I know we’ll meet again, and I look forward to that time.

Inaba Atsuko

2014- Edit

In the summer of 2014, it was announced that Inaba had teamed up with fellow OPD-member Furutani Ayano to create the unit Pirit Color (shortened to Pirikara). They had their first live event on September 27th, followed by their second live event set in February of 2015.

Profile Edit

  • Name: Inaba Atsuko (稲葉貴子)
  • Nickname: Acchan, Acchu
  • Birthdate: March 13, 1974 (1974-03-13) (age 45)
  • Birthplace: Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, Japan
  • Blood Type: A
  • Height: 151cm
  • Western Zodiac: Pisces
  • Eastern Zodiac: Tiger
  • Favorite Colors: Black, khaki, pink
  • Favorite Flowers: Gerberas, big open flowers
  • Favorite Food: Ground beef, Yakiniku, Steak
  • Disliked Food: Celery, green peas, red beans
  • Favorite Seasons: Spring, summer
  • Hobbies: Looking for good restaurants
  • Hello! Project groups:
  • Other Groups:

DiscographyEdit

Discography Featured InEdit

Osaka Performance Doll
Taiyou to Ciscomoon

Osaka Performance Doll
Taiyou to Ciscomoon
Aoiro 7
Hello! Project Seikatai
7AIR
H.P. All Stars
Puripuri Pink


Works Edit

DVD/VHS Edit

TelevisionEdit

  • [1995.04-1995.09] Game Catalog 2 (ゲームカタログ2)
  • [2001.04-2002.03] Idol wo Sagase!
  • [2001.10-2001.12] Shin Bishoujo Nikki
  • [2002.11-2002.12] Oha Suta (おはスタ)
  • [2003.01-2003.03] Bishoujo Nikki III "Little Hospital" (美少女日記III「リトルホスピタル」)

TheaterEdit

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  • [2006.05.23-2006.05.29] [2006.08.30] Shuuchakueki
  • [2006] Edo Kara Chakushin!? ~Timeslip to Kengai!~
  • [2007] Heisei Revolution ~Back to the Byakkotai~ (平成レボリューション 〜バックトゥザ・白虎隊〜)

ReferencesEdit

  1. "全労済ホール スペース・ゼロ 提携公演 『平成レボリューション 〜バックトゥザ・白虎隊〜』" (in Japanese). Gekijyo.
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