Ishiguro Aya
Ishiguro Aya, 2013
Nicknames Ayappe (あやっぺ?)
Birth Info
Born May 12, 1978 (1978-05-12) (age 41)
Origin Hokkaido, Japan
Blood Type A
Zodiac Sign Taurus Taurus
Height 165cm
Professional Info
Genres J-Pop
Occupation Singer, fashion designer, writer
Years Active 1997-present
(21 years)
Label zetima
Associated Acts Morning Musume, Tanpopo
Morning Musume Info
Joined September 7, 1997
Generation 1st Generation
Debut Single Morning Coffee
Last Single LOVE Machine
Graduated January 7, 2000
Time in Group 2 Years, 4 Months
Blog Ameblo-favicon.png Ayappe no Buta no Chokinbako

Ishiguro Aya (石黒彩), legal name Yamada Aya (山田亜弥), is a Japanese singer, writer, TV personality and fashion designer. She is most famous as a 1st generation member of Morning Musume.


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Ishiguro Aya, March 2011


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Ishiguro Aya, August 2009


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Ishiguro Aya, 1999


Ishiguro Aya, 1999


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Ishiguro Aya, 1997

Early life Edit

  • Ishiguro graduated from Sapporo Ichiritsu High School, but dropped out of college. She studied fashion, but wanted to pursue activities in enetertainment. In 1996, she pariticpated in the ASAYAN audition Komu-ro Garçons (ASAYAN Idol Group Audition 96) in 1996, but didn't pass.

1997-2000 Edit

Ishiguro Aya had pariticpated in the ASAYAN audition Komu-ro Garçons (ASAYAN Idol Group Audition 96) in 1996, but didn't pass.

Ishiguro participated in another ASAYAN audition the following year, called Sharan Q Josei Rock Vocal Audition. Staff recognized her from the previous year, and was surprised to see she had lost 7 kg. Ishiguro mad eit to the final, but lost to Heike Michiyo.

After losing the audition, 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.

After the contest was over, the agency contacted her and asked her to meet up back at the studio. There, music producer, former rock musician, and contest judge Tsunku decided to focus his attention on five of the runners-up, which included Ishiguro, Abe Natsumi, Iida Kaori, Fukuda Asuka, and Nakazawa Yuko.

Tsunku promised to take the quintet under his wing if they sold 50,000 copies of their CD Ai no Tane within five days. They accomplished this task within four days, and Tsunku upheld his end of the bargain.

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. However, in late 1998 Tsunku decided to create Tanpopo, a sub-group of Morning Musume that included Ishiguro, Iida Kaori and 2nd generation member Yaguchi Mari. Tanpopo's songs were slower and more mature than the majority of Morning Musume's, which allowed Ishiguro's voice to shine through.

After seven singles and three albums with Morning Musume (and four singles and one album with Tanpopo), Ishiguro left both groups and graduated from Hello! Project in January 2000, shortly after the release of the single "Love Machine" in September 1999.

2001-2009 Edit

In 2001, she actually returned to Hello! Project, but only to record a re-make of Tanpopo’s song Tanpopo. The group was to release their second album, and Tsunku had made a rearrangement to the song and needed to record new vocals. The song ended up with the title "Tanpopo -Grand Symphonic version-".

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

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 LifeEdit

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.


  • 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 41)
  • 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 Agency Status:
    • 1997-09-07: Member
    • 2000-01-07: Graduated
    • 2012-03-10: Member Only For That Day
  • Years in Morning Musume: 3 Years
  • Assets: E.T. mimicry, nose piercing
  • Vices: Smoking
  • Hello! Project Groups:
  • Subgroups:


Discography Participated InEdit

Morning Musume

Morning Musume 20th

Morning Musume

Morning Musume
Morning Musume 20th



  • [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)

TV ShowsEdit

  • [2000] Morning Musume no Heso (モーニング娘。のへそ)
  • [2000] Friday Night wa Onegai! Morning (フライデーナイトはお願い!モーニング)
  • [2000-2007] Hello! Morning (ハロー!モーニング)
  • [2004] Hapihiru! (はぴひる!)
  • [2008-2013] Gohan no Gakkou (ごはんの学校)
  • [2011-] Arigato! (ありがとッ!)


  • [2011-2012] 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 BooksEdit

  • [2003.09.??] Musume. Kara Mama he 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 3 Biki no Kobuta Shokudou (石黒彩の3びきのこぶた食堂)


  • 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).
  • 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 AlsoEdit

Honorary TitlesEdit

Honorary Titles

Preceded by

Oldest Member of Tanpopo

Succeeded by
Iida Kaori

Yamada Family TreeEdit


External LinksEdit

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