|Born||October 30, 1981|
|Agency||Tristone Entertainment (2008-)|
|Associated Acts||Coconuts Musume, Petitmoni, ROMANS, Kiiro 5, 7nin Matsuri, Sexy 8, 11WATER, H.P. All Stars|
|Joined||June 27, 1999|
|Debut Single||Halation Summer / Summer Night Town (English Version)|
|Last Single||Jounetsu Yuki Miraisen|
|Graduated||April 30, 2008|
Kimura Ayaka (木村絢香), currently known by the stage name Nagate Ayaka (長手絢香), is a Japanese singer and actress. She became part of Hello! Project in 1999 as a member of Coconuts Musume. She was the only remaining member in the group from 2004 until she left Hello! Project in 2008 to pursue a career in acting.
She is currently an actress signed to Tristone Entertainment.
Ayaka was born in Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan on October 30, 1981. She attended the Canadian Academy international school, located on Rokko Island in Kobe, and is bilingual in English and Japanese. At age 14, when her parents separated, she moved to Hawaii with her mother. In Hawaii, Ayaka continued her education by entering the Mid-Pacific Institute. After graduation, she attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa (she later studied at Sophia University in the Faculty of Comparative Culture in 2003). She worked part-time as a waitress at a curry house in Ala Moana Shopping Center called “Coco Ichibanya.”
In 1998, Ayaka and Mika Todd formed a singing group with three other friends: April Barbaran, Chelsea Ching, and Danielle Delaunay. The group began performing at a small restaurant in Waikiki. While performing there, the group was spotted by ex-Sharan Q drummer Makoto, a former bandmate of ex-vocalist Tsunku, the producer and mastermind behind Hello! Project. Makoto convinced Tsunku to sign them into Hello! Project.
In the year 1999, the group headed to Japan and became Coconuts Musume. "Coconuts" refers to the group's origin in Hawaii, and "Musume" refers to its sister relationship with another popular Hello! Project group, Morning Musume.
In late 2004, Ayaka began hosting a morning radio show on MobaHO! called "Hello! Music Resort" (which was moved to an evening time slot and retitled Hello! Music Latte on April 1, 2005).
She's also became the co-host on the Monday edition of "Afternoon Paradise" (with Tokutake Hirofumi).
She hosted another radio show, BLEND KISS, with her best friend Satoda Mai of Country Musume (itself a continuation of KISS THE COCONUTS!, which Ayaka hosted with Mika Todd), but it was cancelled early Summer 2005.
Ayaka occasionally appeared in Musume DOKYU! Eruda Yonchoume no Hitobito, and then appeared in its replacement, Uta Doki!.
From August 31 to September 10, she participated in the Otona no Muchiga play "Kotobuki Coffee".
In January, Ayaka hosted COCONUT KISS (in which she brought back her English Lessons) every Wednesday from January 11 through January 26.
In May, Ayaka was that month's guest host of the radio show HelloPro Yanen!. For the last two weeks of the month, Satoda co-hosted with her, after Ayaka told of how they'd become even closer friends than ever before, and promised to bring her in.
On April 30, Ayaka graduated from Coconuts Musume and Hello! Project, without a graduation ceremony, to pursue her dream of being an actress. The following day, it was revealed that she had signed with Tristone Entertainment, going under the stage name of Ayaka Nagate.
On July 14, it was announced that she and professional golfer Hideto Tanihara had married.
On October 2, she appeared in the one-shot drama, Yume wo Kanaeru as Tamura Mika.
On December 11, 2009, It was announced that Ayaka opened up a blog on the Ameba site.
In 2011, it was announced on her blog that she was pregnant with her first child. She also said on her blog that she was excited and was looking forward to the baby. She gave birth to a healthy baby boy on August 29.
- Maiden Name: Kimura Ayaka (木村絢香)
- Married Name: Tanihara Ayaka (谷原絢香)
- Stage Name: Nagate Ayaka (長手絢香)
- Nicknames: Ayarin, Aatan, Aachan, Ayaka (アヤカ) or Coconuts Musume Ayaka (ココナッツ娘。アヤカ)
- Birthday: October 30, 1981
- Birthplace: Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan
- Height: 161.5 cm
- Blood Type: AB
- Western Zodiac: Scorpio
- Eastern Zodiac: Rooster
- Hobbies: English, playing the piano and violin, playing volleyball and golf, cooking
- Favorite colors: White, pink
- Favorite flowers: Gerberas
- Favorite season: Summer
- Favorite word: Love
- Favorite food: Sukiyaki
- Disliked food: Fried liver
- Hello! Project groups:
- Shuffle Units:
- [2001.11.29] The Douyou Pops 1 Christmas to Fuyu no Uta Shuu (ザ・童謡ポップス1 クリスマスと冬のうた集)
- [2002.02.20] The Douyou Pops 2 Haru no Uta Shuu ((ザ・童謡ポップス2 春のうた集)
- [2002.06.05] The Douyou Pops 3 Natsu no Uta Shuu (ザ･童謡ポップス3 夏のうた集)
- [2002.09.04] The Douyou Pops 4 Aki no Uta Shuu (ザ･童謡ポップス4 秋のうた集)
- [2002.12.04] Shinsaku Douyou Pops 1 ( 新作童謡ポップス（一）)
- [2003.03.05] "Ken & Mary no Merikenko On Stage!" Original Cast Ban
- [2003.03.26] Shinsaku Douyou Pops 2 (新作童謡ポップス(二))
- [2006.07.26] MBS Radio Drama Vol. 3 (MBSラジオドラマ Vol.3)
- Halation Summer
- DANCE & CHANCE
- Tokonatsu Musume
- Watashi mo "I LOVE YOU"
- Jounetsu Yuki Miraisen
- Morning Musume Single Medley ~Hawaiian~ (Takagi Boo with Morning Musume, Coconuts Musume, Fujimoto Miki, and Ishii Rika)
H.P. ALL STARSEdit
Hello! Project SeikataiEdit
- Karate-ka Cool--Struck by the Rain (as Ayaka Nagate)
- [2001.08.01] I LOVE NEW YORK CITY (with Inaba Atsuko & Mika Todd)
- [2002.07.17] Cake is No.1 (with Mika Todd)
-  Kotobuki Coffee (コトブキ珈琲)
-  Chigaimasu Sisters (ちがいますシスターズ)
-  FAR AWAY
-  Olivia wo ki Kinagara (オリビアを聴きながら)
-  Kowai Nichiyoubi ~2000~ (怖い日曜日〜2000〜)
-  Yume wo Kanaeru Zou (夢をかなえるゾウ)
-  Oiesan (お家さん)
-  Tokyo Scarlet ~ Keishichou NS Kakari (東京スカーレット～警視庁NS係)
- [2004-] Musume DOKYU! Eruda Yonchoume no Hitobito
-  Futarigoto
- [2005-] Uta Doki!
- [2001/2002/2006] Ayaka's Surprise English Lessons
- [2006-] COCONUT KISS
- [2004-2005] Hello! Music Resort/Hello! Music Latte
- [2004-2008] Afternoon Paradise
- [2004-2005] BLEND KISS
- [2004-2005] KISS THE COCONUTS!
-  Coconut Kiss!
-  HelloPro Yanen!
- [2003.08.21] AYAKA
- [2002.07.??] Coconuts Musume. no Tanoshii Hawaii Ryuugaku (ココナッツ娘。の楽しいハワイ留学) (with Mika Todd)
- Ayaka is best known for her Bishoujo Kyouiku segment "Ayaka no Totsugeki Eikaiwa" (Ayaka's Surprise English Lessons), in which she surprised random Morning Musume members and forcing them to learn English phrases with her.
- She attended the Canadian Academy international school, located on Rokko Island in Kobe
- She is bilingual in English and Japanese.
- When she was 14, she moved to Hawaii with her mother after her parents separated.
- In Hawaii, Ayaka continued her education by entering the Mid-Pacific Institute.
- After graduation, she attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa (she later studied at Sophia University in the Faculty of Comparative Culture in 2003).
- She once worked part-time as a waitress at a curry house in Ala Moana Shopping Center called "Coco Ichibanya".
- She is the only Coconuts Musume member that has a full name in Japanese.
- Shares a birthday with Morning Musume member Fukumura Mizuki, and S/mileage member Tamura Meimi.
Leader of Coconuts Musume
|1st Generation||Ayaka (Leader) | Chelsea (Former Leader) | April | Danielle | Mika|
|Singles||1. Halation Summer / Summer Night Town (English Version) | 2. DANCE & CHANCE | 3. Tokonatsu Musume | 4. Watashi mo "I LOVE YOU" | 5. Jounetsu Yuki Miraisen|
|Other||Collaborations: Morning Musume Single Medley ~Hawaiian~ | Hawaiian de Kiku Morning Musume Single Collection|
Other: Coconuts Musume | The Single
|Units & Other Acts|
|Associated Acts||Kiiro 5 | Aoiro 7 | Akagumi 4 | Minimoni | 7nin Matsuri | 10nin Matsuri | Happy♡7 | Sexy 8 | Petitmoni | 7AIR | 11WATER | ROMANS | H.P. All Stars|
|1st Generation||Ichii Sayaka | Yasuda Kei | Goto Maki|
|2nd Generation||Yoshizawa Hitomi|
|3rd Generation||Ogawa Makoto | Kimura Ayaka|
|Petitmoni V||Nakajima Saki | Hagiwara Mai | Mano Erina|
|Singles||1. Chokotto LOVE | 2. Seishun Jidai 1.2.3! / Bicycle Daiseikou! | 3. BABY! Koi ni KNOCK OUT! | 4. Pittari Shitai X'mas!|
|Albums||Original: Zenbu! Petitmoni|
Best: Tanpopo / Petitmoni Mega Best
|Other||The★Petitmobics | Petitmoni Single V Clips ①|
|Units & Other Acts|
|Associated Acts||Morning Musume | Coconuts Musume | ℃-ute | Mano Erina|