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Kamei Eri (亀井絵里) is a former idol under Hello! Project as a 6th generation member of Morning Musume. She joined on January 19, 2003 along with Michishige Sayumi and Tanaka Reina. Kamei suffered from atopic dermatitis,[1][2] which eventually lead to her graduation from the group and Hello! Project along with 8th generation members Junjun and Linlin on December 15, 2010.[3] Due to inactivity and her departure from UP-FRONT AGENCY afterwards, she has effectively retired from the entertainment industry.[4]


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Kamei Eri, January 2010

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Kamei Eri, June 2006

Early Life[]

Kamei Eri was born on December 23, 1988 in Tokyo, Japan.


Kamei was selected from the Morning Musume LOVE Audition 2002 to join Morning Musume as a 6th generation member alongside Michishige Sayumi and Tanaka Reina.

Her debut single within the group was "Shabondama" and her first album within the group was Ai no Dai 6kan.

In June, she was placed in the sub-group Morning Musume Sakura Gumi.


Towards late 2004, Kamei received her own segment on the variety show Hello! Morning, where she had been a regular since her debut. In the segment known as "Eric Kamezo no Maido Arii!", she and co-host Nakazawa Yuko promoted the latest Hello! Project releases, often with several guests.


Her segment on Hello! Morning ended in the winter of 2005, but she still starred in the rest of the show as a regular.


It was announced by Tsunku at the Hello! Project 2010 SUMMER ~Fankora!~ concert held on August 8, that Kamei would graduate from Morning Musume and Hello! Project with 8th generation members Junjun and Linlin, in addition to a Morning Musume 9ki Audition being held.[5] The reason given for her graduation was atopic dermatitis, a chronic skin disease that required medical attention.[1][2]

Statement from Tsunku[2]
About the graduation of Eri Kamei, 6th generation member.

Eri Kamei came to me several times regarding her health condition. One time, she said to me : "I would like to find the time to cure the atopic dermatitis that I'm suffering from".

Since the time she joined Morning Musume, it seemed like she was dealing with symptoms like itching and slight skin color changes. She took medication to calm the symptoms down and she also used make-up to cover it but during live concerts, there is a lot of sweat and many outfits to put on, which made her recovery very difficult.

Some may say it is "just a skin problem" but according to doctors, an external problem like skin problem may move to an internal level. It may as well have an impact on her spirit, her mental level. Also, for her, it is a serious thing so she decided to focus on her recovery instead of letting it continue.

Eri Kamei will graduate from Morning Musume and the Hello! Project on the last day of the Morning Musume Autumn 2010 Concert Tour.

As for her activities after that, I intend to discuss with her after her full recovery.

Kamei, Junjun, and Linlin graduated on December 15 in the Morning Musume Concert Tour 2010 Aki ~Rival Survival~ finale at Yokohama Arena.[3] Although Kamei had expressed prior to her graduation that she wanted to continue working in music,[6] she has effectively retired from entertainment.[4]

Personal Life[]

She has a younger sister, Kamei Rina, and an older brother.

Kamei also has a pet dog named Aru.

When Kamei joined Morning Musume in January 2003, she was near the end of her second year of middle school. It is assumed that she graduated from high school in March 2007.

She attended a private middle school and a private high school.

Kamei met Michishige Sayumi during the 6th generation training camp, and the two have been close friends ever since.

Kamei stated on the radio program Young Town Douyoubi that her father named her Eri after his favorite Southern All Stars song, "Itoshi no Ellie".[7]

Here is a list of nicknames that was used to refer to Kamei Eri:

  • Kame (カメ): Official nickname, given her since joining Morning Musume. Used by members and fans. Kame means "turtle". Sometimes written as Kame-chan (カメちゃん).[8]
  • Eririn (えりりん), also stylized as Eriri~n (えりり〜ん): Her second official nickname in Morning Musume.[8]
  • Eri-chan (えりちゃん)[9]
  • PPP (Poke Poke Puu): Used by Niigaki Risa.


  • Name: Kamei Eri (亀井絵里)
  • Nickname: Kame (カメ),[8] Kame-chan (カメちゃん/亀ちゃん),[8] Eririn (えりりん), Eriri~n (えりり〜ん),[8] Kamei-chan, Kyamei-san, Eri-chan (えりちゃん),[9] EriEri (えりえり), Kyamei (キャメイ), PPP (Poke Poke Puu), Kame-han (亀はん)
  • Birthdate: December 23, 1988 (1988-12-23) (age 32)[10]
  • Birthplace: Arakawa, Tokyo, Japan[10]
  • Blood Type: AB
  • Height: 157.5 cm (5 ft 2 in)?
  • Western Zodiac: Capricorn.svg Capricorn
  • Eastern Zodiac: Dragon.png Dragon
  • Hello! Project Status:
    • 2003-01-19: Member
    • 2003-01-19: Morning Musume Member
    • 2010-12-15: Graduated
    • 2003-01-19: Member
    • 2010-12-15: Graduated
  • Years in Morning Musume: 7 Years
  • Former Morning Musume Color:
    • Orange Colorball.png Orange (2003-2010)
  • Former Sakura Gumi Color:
    • YellowGreen Colorball.png Yellow-Green (2003-2007)
  • Hello! Project Groups:
  • Concert Units:
  • Shuffle Units:
  • Other Groups:

  • Special skill: Running,[10] dancing, arguing[8]
  • Hobbies: Reading books,[10] email, buying makeup, karaoke, watching concert DVDs[8]
  • Motto: "You are yourself! Don't compare yourself!"
  • Favorite colors: Pink,[8] gray, black,[8] orange, brown, white[8]
  • Favorite flowers: Roses
  • Favorite season: Winter
  • Favorite words: Love, good night (おやすみなさぁ〜い)[8]
  • Favorite food: Umeboshi,[8] yogurt, spaghetti, noodles (1. pasta, 2. udon, 3. ramen, 4. soba)[8]
  • Disliked food: Green peas, spicy food
  • Favorite songs: I WISH, Ai Araba IT'S ALL RIGHT, Shabondama

  • Discography[]

    See also: List:Kamei Eri Discography Featured In

    Solo Albums[]

    Solo Songs[]

    Solo DVDs[]

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    See also: List:Kamei Eri Publications Featured In

    Solo Photobooks[]

    1. [2004.12.21] Kamei Eri (亀井絵里)
    2. [2005.09.16] DAYS
    3. [2006.05.26] 17sai (17才)
    4. [2007.02.28] Love-Hello! Kamei Eri in Phuket (ラブハロ! 亀井絵里 in プーケット)
    5. [2007.10.10] MAPLE
    6. [2008.04.03] ERI
    7. [2008.12.23] 20 (Hatachi) (20 (はたち))
    8. [2010.02.25] sweet
    9. [2010.09.26] Eririn (えりりん)
    10. [2010.12.10] THANKS



    • [2003] Hoshizuna no Shima, Watashi no Shima ~Island Dreamin'~ (星砂の島、私の島 ~アイランド・ドリーミン~)

    TV Programs[]

    TV Dramas[]

    • [2010] Hanbun Esper (半分エスパー)
    • [2010] Nihonjin no Shiranai Nihongo (日本人の知らない日本語) (as Miki)


    • [2009–2010] Jewelpet (ジュエルペット)


    • [2005] Dai 10 Kai Hello Pro Video Chat (第10回ハロプロビデオチャット)
    • [2006] Ojigi 30do (おじぎ30度) (as Tsuru Erika)


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    • [2005] TBC Fun Fīrudo Mōretsu Mōdasshu (TBC Funふぃーるど・モーレツモーダッシュ)
    • [2005-2006] Hello Pro Yanen!! (ハロプロやねん!!)
    • [2005] B.B.L. (guest appearance)
    • [2007-2008] GAKI・KAME
    • [2009-2010] FIVE STARS


    • She ranked #32 in CDTV's 2004 "Which artists would you have as your girlfriend/lover" poll.
    • She ranked #30 in CDTV's 2005 "Who you wanted to have as your Valentine" poll.
    • She was voted 7th favorite member in the 2007 Hello! Project Music Awards Event.[11]
    • She ranked #14 in CDTV's February 2008 "Which artists would you have as a girlfriend/lover?" poll.
    • She was voted 10th favorite member in the 2008 Hello! Project Music Awards Event.[12]
    • She was voted 5th favorite member in the 2009 Hello! Project Music Awards Event.[13]
    • She ranked 4th in Asian Plus Photo Book's April 2010 "6 hot girls from Hello! Project".
    • She was voted 3rd favorite member in the 2010 Hello! Project Music Awards Event.[14]


    • She said she auditioned for Morning Musume because she wanted to change herself.
    • She has stated that she liked small tight spaces, even saying she liked packed trains.
    • Many fans credit her stint as "Elizabeth Kyamei", and later, her drastic hairstyle change to a short cut, as the start of her image change into a bubbly, burikko-type role.
    • Like Fujimoto Miki, she is infamous for her lack of drawing skill.
    • She usually wears perfume. When she was younger and wanted to try it out for the first time, she wasn’t sure what to pick so she went into her older brother’s room and tried out his.
    • She is not good at waking up in the morning. Linlin once said that Kamei sometimes came to work with her eyes still closed.
    • She said she goes to sleep really fast after work, around 10:30.
    • In her first Yorosen! episode as teacher, she stated that she had a tuna fetish.
    • She is the fifth former Morning Musume member (with Junjun and Linlin) to graduate from both Morning Musume and Hello! Project (the first being Fukuda Asuka, the second being Ishiguro Aya, the third being Ichii Sayaka, and the fourth being Kusumi Koharu).

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