Ishiguro Aya (石黒彩) is a Japanese singer, writer, TV personality and fashion designer. She is a former idol under Hello! Project as a founding member of Morning Musume. She was also a member of the Morning Musume sub-group Tanpopo. She graduated from Hello! Project in January 2000. Later, in 2018, she was part of the reunion group Morning Musume 20th.

History[edit | edit source]

Ishiguro Aya, 2014

Ishiguro Aya, 2013

Ishiguro Aya, March 2012

Ishiguro Aya, March 2011

Ishiguro Aya, March 2010

Ishiguro Aya, March 2009

Ishiguro Aya, October 2008

Ishiguro Aya, 1999

Ishiguro Aya, 1998

Ishiguro Aya, 1997

Early life[edit | edit source]

Ishiguro graduated from Sapporo Ichiritsu High School, but dropped out of college. She studied fashion, but wanted to pursue activities in entertainment.

1996[edit | edit source]

On May 11, 1996 Ishiguro participated in the ASAYAN audition Komu-ro Garçons (ASAYAN Idol Group Audition 96) singing SUPER MONKEY'S 4 "DANCING JUNK" which qualified her to proceed to the studio examination in Tokyo. After the studio examination, she didn't pass and was disqualified.

1997[edit | edit source]

On June 21, 1997, Ishiguro participated in an audition held in Sapporo called Sharam Q Josei Rock Vocalist Audition. Staff recognized her from another audition the previous year, and was surprised to see she had lost 7 kg.

On July 29, Ishiguro (along with 10 other people) had made it to the second stage of the audition, and was sent to training camp to practice her singing and dancing skills.

On July 31, they performed on stage in front of an audience, dancing as a group doing a choreography they had been practicing.

On August 3, Ishiguro had made it to the final stage and got to sing on stage in the ASAYAN studio. She lost to Heike Michiyo.

On August 20, Ishiguro, along with Nakazawa Yuko, Iida Kaori, Abe Natsumi, and Fukuda Asuka, had been invited back to the ASAYAN studio. They had a meeting with Sharam Q and a producer asking them if they wanted to debut as a group on the condition of selling 50.000 copies of a single within five days.

On September 7, Tsunku named the group Morning Musume, and they started voice training, shoot the CD cover for their indies single Ai no Tane, recorded the song, recorded and released the PV before embarking on the task in November.The quintet accomplished that task on November 30, after just 4 days.[1][2]

In December, Morning Musume started recording three songs, where one of them would be released as their debut single in January.

1998[edit | edit source]

On January 28, 1998, Morning Musume released their major debut single, "Morning Coffee".

On October 18th, 1998, ASAYAN aired an episode where Tsunku announced that he wanted to create a new unit with Ishiguro, Iida Kaori and Yaguchi Mari. THe unit was named Tanpopo, a sub-group of Morning Musume. Tanpopo's songs were slower and more mature than the majority of Morning Musume's, which allowed Ishiguro's voice to shine through.

On November 5, 1998, Ishiguro was featured as a guest artist for the track "Platon no Nageki" on Stardust Revue’s new album, Moody Blues. The song is featured in the imaginary musical, "Waga Taikutsu Na Jinsei" (My Mundane Life). The song is composed like an upbeat musical, and Ishiguro is featured as "laugh track", as well as the background chorus.[3]

1999[edit | edit source]

On December 5, Ishiguro announcing her graduation from Hello! Project, Morning Musume and Tanpopo after seven singles and three albums with Morning Musume, and four singles and one album with Tanpopo. Tsunku, Wada, the members of Morning Musume and Ishiguro talk about her upcoming graduation, and Ishiguro gives us her final message. They said that now that LOVE Machine was a million hit, Ishiguro had achieved her dream as a singer, and now wants to follow her dream of becoming a clothing designer.[4]

2000[edit | edit source]

On January 7, 2000, Ishiguro graduated during the Hello! Project Happy New Year 2000 concert at Osaka Kosei Nenkin Kaikan.

2003-2009[edit | edit source]

After graduation, Ishiguro concentrated on housewife business, but in August 2003 she returned to the entertainment world by publishing an essay on marriage, childbirth and child care. She appeared on TV programs as a talent and talked about her own childcare experience, mainly in women's magazines and children's magazines, and gained much sympathy from mothers of the same generation. While being a mother and homemaker (the Yamadas had two more children in the years that followed), Ishiguro also dabbled in various careers —ranging from fashion designer to writer (she has written a book about her transition from being an idol to a mother) to TV show host (where she interviewed celebrity wives). She also re-united with the new Tanpopo briefly to sing the Grand Symphonic version of the song "Tanpopo."

In November 2004, Ishiguro's released a book called "Kosodate Project."

2010-2019[edit | edit source]

On February 23, 2012, it was announced that she would make a guest appearance at Dream Morning Musume's last live at Nippon Bukodan, with Tsuji Nozomi, after 12 years.

On March 10th 2012, Dream Morning Musume held their ‘First chapter final’ live concert titled “Dream Morning Musume Special LIVE 2012 Nippon Budokan~Dai 1 Shou Shuumaku ‘Yuusha tachi, Shuugou seyo’~” at Nippon Budokan. Current Morning Musume members, and OG members Ishiguro Aya and Tsuji Nozomi made their guest appearance. Moreover, Goto Maki, who had been on indefinite hiatus since the end of 2011, also made a surprise appearance. For this day’s live, a total of 24 former and current Morning Musume members got together on the stage.

In 2012, she performed on stage at a Hello! Project concert as part of Tanpopo, and in 2013 at a Hello! Project concert called Hello! Project Countdown 2013 ~Hello & Good Bye~ along with several other graduated members.

In 2017, on November 3, a remake of Morning Musume's demo single, titled "Ai no Tane (20th Anniversary Ver.)", was digitally released exactly 20 years after the original. The remake is sung by the original five members and Morning Musume '17 as a special anniversary unit named Morning Musume 20th.[90]

On February 12, 2018, TV Tokyo aired the Morning Musume 20 Shuunen Kinen Special starring 25 current and former members of Morning Musume: all thirteen Morning Musume '18 members and OG members Nakazawa Yuko, Iida Kaori, Ishiguro Aya, Abe Natsumi, Fukuda Asuka, Yaguchi Mari, Ishikawa Rika, Yoshizawa Hitomi, Tsuji Nozomi, Takahashi Ai, Niigaki Risa, and Michishige Sayumi. The show included a talk corner about group history, a look back at Hello! Morning, and several studio performances.[106]

Personal Life[edit | edit source]

In May 2000, Ishiguro married Shinya Yamada from J-Rock band Luna Sea and changed her name to Aya Yamada (山田 亜弥). She gave birth to their first daughter, Rimu (玲夢) in November, 2000.

Profile[edit | edit source]

  • Birth Name: Ishiguro Aya (石黒彩)
  • Legal Name: Yamada Aya (山田亜弥)
  • Nickname: Ayappe (あやっぺ)
  • Family: Husband/Rock Singer Yamada Shinya, 2 Daughters Rimu, Sona and 1 son, Youta
  • Date Married: May 2000
  • Birthdate: May 12, 1978 (1978-05-12) (age 42)
  • Birthplace: Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
  • Blood Type: A
  • Height: 165cm
  • Western Zodiac: Taurus
  • Eastern Zodiac: Horse
  • Hello! Project Status:
    • 1997-09-07: Member
    • 1997-09-07: Morning Musume Member
    • 2000-01-07: Graduated
  • UP-FRONT GROUP Status:
  • Years in Morning Musume: 3 Years
  • Assets: E.T. mimicry, nose piercing
  • Vices: Smoking
  • Hello! Project Groups:

Discography[edit | edit source]

Discography Participated In[edit | edit source]

Morning Musume
Tanpopo

Morning Musume 20th

Morning Musume

Morning Musume
Morning Musume 20th
Tanpopo

Works[edit | edit source]

Movies[edit | edit source]

  • [1998] Morning Cop ~Daite HOLD ON ME!~ (モーニング刑事。~抱いてHOLD ON ME!~)
  • [2004] Sore Ike! Anpanman: Tsukiko to Shiratama ~Tokimeki Dancing~ (それいけ!アンパンマン つきことしらたま〜ときめきダンシング〜) (voice role, as Tsukiko-chan)
  • [2007.10.06] Arena Romance (アリーナロマンス)

TV Shows[edit | edit source]

  • [2000] Friday Night wa Onegai! Morning (フライデーナイトはお願い!モーニング)
  • [2004.03-2004.09] Hapihiru! (はぴひる!)
  • [2008.08-2013.03] Gohan no Gakkou (ごはんの学校)
  • [2009] Ishiguro Aya Mama no Oishii wa Tanoshii ~U Kids 2009~ (石黒彩ママの美味しいは楽しい〜Uキッズ2009〜)
  • [2011.04-2016.03] Arigato! (ありがとッ!)

Music Videos[edit | edit source]

  • [2012] Stardust Revue - "Crying"
  • [2017] Gatchankobaraeti “Sake Mentally Ikihaji Joujou” Sai 8-dan (ガッチャンコバラエティ『酒メンタリー 生き恥上々』第8弾)

Radio[edit | edit source]

  • [2011.04-2012.03] Aneki to Keiko no Healthy Cooking (アネキと慶子のヘルシークッキング)
  • [2012-] Anetama! (あねたま!)

Essay Books[edit | edit source]

  • [2003.09.01] Musume. Kara Mama e Ishiguro Aya no LOVE 2 Kosodate Reboryuushon (娘。からママへ―石黒彩のLOVE2子育てレボリューション)
  • [2004.11.12] Kosodate Project! (子育てプロジェクト!)
  • [2007.10.30] Ishiguro Aya no 3Biki no Kobuta Shokudou (石黒彩の3びきのこぶた食堂)

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • During her years in Morning Musume, Ishiguro was given mostly harmony lines due to her low singing voice, which was used to support the voices of others.
  • She changed her name to "Yamada Aya" after she was married, and the character for "Aya" (彩) was later changed to two different characters (亜弥).
  • After losing the Sharam Q Josei Rock Vocalist Audition in 1997, Ishiguro had immediately begun to look for dance classes, reflecting on the inability to dance at the training camp. She had also joined "Teen's Music Festival" (a music event that anyone can participate for teens. There is a chance of a major debut for the main contestant who has won the qualifiers held nationwide), as well as writing songs. She had been running every day because of the regret of the audition.
  • Contrary to popular rumor, Aya was not pregnant when she left Morning Musume. She officially resigned in December of 1999, with her last public performance with the group in January of 2000. She was, however, pregnant when she married her boyfriend, the former drummer of Luna Sea Yamada Shinya. Her daughter was born in November almost a full year after she announced that she was leaving the group.
  • She is good at mimicking E.T.
  • During her time in Morning Musume, she had her nose pierced.
  • Her daughters' names are Rimu (玲夢) and Sona (宙奈). Her son's name is Youta (耀太).
  • She is the first former Morning Musume member to get married.
  • On March 10, 2012 She returned to the stage for the 1st time in 12 years.
  • She is the second former Morning Musume member to graduate from both Morning Musume and Hello! Project. The first being Fukuda Asuka

See Also[edit | edit source]

Honorary Titles[edit | edit source]

Honorary Titles

Preceded by
First

Oldest Member of Tanpopo
1998-1999

Succeeded by
Iida Kaori

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "モーニング娘。" (in Japanese). ASAYAN. 1997-09-14.
  2. "モーニング娘。'14『結成17年目★再評価のワケとは? 2014年はさらなる“勝負”へ』" (in Japanese). ORICON NEWS. 2014-01-29.
  3. From fan club magazine Hello! Vol.3
  4. [1]今日 OAの ASAYANで発表があって、石黒彩脱退とのこと。 「LOVEマシーン」がミリオンヒットとなり、これで歌手としての夢は達成できたということで、次は服飾デザイナーの夢を追いたいんだそうだ。 TVの前で、ふざけるな~っ!! てムカついてるやつはいっぱいいるんだろうなぁ(苦笑)

External Links[edit | edit source]

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Discography
Singles Indies Singles

Ai no Tane

Major Singles

1. Morning Coffee | 2. Summer Night Town | 3. Daite HOLD ON ME! | 4. Memory Seishun no Hikari | 5. Manatsu no Kousen | 6. Furusato | 7. LOVE Machine | 8. Koi no Dance Site | 9. Happy Summer Wedding | 10. I WISH | 11. Ren'ai Revolution 21 | 12. The☆Peace! | 13. Mr.Moonlight ~Ai no Big Band~ | 14. Souda! We're ALIVE | 15. Do it! Now | 16. Koko ni Iruzee! | 17. Morning Musume no Hyokkori Hyoutanjima | 18. AS FOR ONE DAY | 19. Shabondama | 20. Go Girl ~Koi no Victory~ | 21. Ai Araba IT'S ALL RIGHT | 22. Roman ~MY DEAR BOY~ | 23. Joshi Kashimashi Monogatari | 24. Namida ga Tomaranai Houkago | 25. THE Manpower!!! | 26. Osaka Koi no Uta | 27. Iroppoi Jirettai | 28. Chokkan 2 ~Nogashita Sakana wa Ookiizo!~ | 29. SEXY BOY ~Soyokaze ni Yorisotte~ | 30. Ambitious! Yashinteki de Ii jan | 31. Aruiteru | 32. Egao YES Nude | 33. Kanashimi Twilight | 34. Onna ni Sachi Are | 35. Mikan | 36. Resonant Blue | 37. Pepper Keibu | 38. Naichau Kamo | 39. Shouganai Yume Oibito | 40. Nanchatte Ren'ai | 41. Kimagure Princess | 42. Onna ga Medatte Naze Ikenai | 43. Seishun Collection | 44. Onna to Otoko no Lullaby Game | 45. Maji Desu ka Ska! | 46. Only You | 47. Kono Chikyuu no Heiwa wo Honki de Negatterun da yo! | 48. Pyocopyoco Ultra | 49. Ren'ai Hunter | 50. One・Two・Three / The Matenrou Show | 51. Wakuteka Take a chance | 52. Help me!! | 53. Brainstorming / Kimi Sae Ireba Nani mo Iranai | 54. Wagamama Ki no Mama Ai no Joke / Ai no Gundan | 55. Egao no Kimi wa Taiyou sa / Kimi no Kawari wa Iyashinai / What is LOVE? | 56. Toki wo Koe Sora wo Koe / Password is 0 | 57. TIKI BUN / Shabadaba Doo~ / Mikaeri Bijin | 58. Seishun Kozou ga Naiteiru / Yuugure wa Ameagari / Ima Koko Kara | 59. Oh my wish! / Sukatto My Heart / Imasugu Tobikomu Yuuki | 60. Tsumetai Kaze to Kataomoi / ENDLESS SKY / One and Only | 61. Utakata Saturday Night! / The Vision / Tokyo to Iu Katasumi | 62. Sexy Cat no Enzetsu / Mukidashi de Mukiatte / Sou ja nai | 63. BRAND NEW MORNING / Jealousy Jealousy | 64. Jama Shinai de Here We Go! / Dokyuu no Go Sign / Wakain da shi! | 65. Are you Happy? / A gonna | 66. Furari Ginza / Jiyuu na Kuni Dakara | 67. Jinsei Blues / Seishun Night | 68. KOKORO&KARADA / LOVEpedia / Ningen Kankei No way way | 69. Junjou Evidence / Gyuusaretai Dake na no ni

Digital Singles Gosenfu no Tasuki | Hana ga Saku Taiyou Abite
Albums Original Albums

1. First Time | 2. Second Morning | 3. 3rd -LOVE Paradise- | 4. 4th "Ikimasshoi!" | 5. No.5 | 6. Ai no Dai 6kan | 7. Rainbow 7 | 8. SEXY 8 BEAT | 9. Platinum 9 DISC | 10. ⑩ MY ME | 11. Fantasy! Juuichi | 12. 12, Smart | 13. ⑬ Colorful Character | 14. 14shou ~The message~ | 15. ⑮ Thank you, too

Mini Albums

7.5 Fuyu Fuyu Morning Musume Mini!

Cover Albums

COVER YOU

Soundtracks

Morning Cop ~Daite HOLD ON ME!~ | "Ribbon no Kishi The Musical" Song Selection | Engeki Joshibu Musical LILIUM -Lilium Shoujo Junketsu Kageki- Original Soundtrack | Engeki Joshibu Musical "TRIANGLE" Original Soundtrack | Engeki Joshibu Musical "Zoku 11nin Iru! Higashi no Chihei, Nishi no Towa" Original Soundtrack | Engeki Joshibu Musical "Pharaoh no Haka" Original Soundtrack

Best Albums Best! Morning Musume 1 | Best! Morning Musume 2 | Morning Musume ALL SINGLES COMPLETE ~10th ANNIVERSARY~ | Morning Musume Zen Single Coupling Collection | The Best! ~Updated Morning Musume~ | Morning Musume '14 Coupling Collection 2 | Best! Morning Musume 20th Anniversary
Other Singles
& Albums
Morning Musume Sakura Gumi

1. Hare Ame Nochi Suki ♡ | 2. Sakura Mankai

Morning Musume Otome Gumi

1. Ai no Sono ~Touch My Heart!~ | 2. Yuujou ~Kokoro no Busu ni wa Naranee!~

Morning Musume Tanjou 10nen Kinentai

1. Bokura ga Ikiru MY ASIA | 2. Itoshiki Tomo e

Muten Musume

Appare Kaitenzushi!

Dream Morning Musume

Dorimusu ① | Shining Butterfly

Morning Musume 20th

Ai no Tane (20th Anniversary Ver.) | Morning Coffee (20th Anniversary Ver.) | Hatachi no Morning Musume

Collaborations

ALL FOR ONE & ONE FOR ALL! | Busu ni Naranai Tetsugaku | YEAH YEAH YEAH / Akogare no Stress-free / Hana, Takenawa no Toki

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Dinner Shows: 2019 | 2020
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Hina Fes: 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018 | 2019 | 2020
Hallo! Fes: 2018
COUNTDOWN PARTY: 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016| 2017 | 2018 | 2019
Other: Hello! Project ☆ Festival 2011 | Hello! Project Yaon Premium LIVE ~Soto Fes~ supported by Hellosmile | Berryz Koubou Matsuri | Hello! Project 2020 ~The Ballad~

Units & Other Groups
In-group Subunits Tanpopo | Petitmoni | Minimoni | Minihamus | POCKY GIRLS | Venus Mousse | Morning Musume Sakura Gumi | Morning Musume Otome Gumi | Ecomoni | Morning Musume Tanjou 10nen Kinentai | Muten Musume | Morimusu | Zenryoku Yasai Musume | Sashining Musume | Morning Musume 20th
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Tanpopo
Members
1998 Ishiguro Aya | Iida Kaori | Yaguchi Mari
2000 Ishikawa Rika | Kago Ai
2002 Konno Asami | Niigaki Risa | Shibata Ayumi
Tanpopo# Kamei Eri | Mitsui Aika | Kumai Yurina | Okai Chisato
Discography
Singles 1. Last Kiss | 2. Motto | 3. Tanpopo (Single Version) | 4. Seinaru Kane ga Hibiku Yoru | 5. Otome Pasta ni Kandou | 6. Koi wo Shichaimashita! | 7. Oujisama to Yuki no Yoru | 8. BE HAPPY Koi no Yajirobee
Albums Original: TANPOPO 1
Best: All of Tanpopo | Tanpopo / Petitmoni Mega Best
Other Tanpopo Single V Clips ①
Units & Other Acts
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