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|Kobayashi Azusa, 2013|
|Born||January 30, 1977|
|Occupation||Singer, actress, model|
|Associated Acts||Country Musume|
|Joined||April 27, 1999|
|Debut Single||Futari no Hokkaido|
|Last Single||Futari no Hokkaido|
|Left||August 23, 1999|
She left Country Musume after the death of fellow member Yanagihara Hiromi, saying in a letter read by Toda Rinne at the Morning Musume Live Hatsu no Budokan ~Dancing Love Site 2000 Haru~ that the pain of the loss was "too great". The official press release said that Kobayashi decided to leave the group due to psychological stress. Later it was speculated that the real reason she left was because "adult" pictures of her had surfaced. A month after her departure she began to release adult photobooks under the name Morita Hiromi (森田ひろみ). Until 2008, she also went by the name Hayashi Karin (林華鈴).
In 2013, she made her comeback as a singer by releasing a mini-album, Distance, under her real name Kobayashi Azusa.
Kobayashi Azusa started out working as a model at the age of 15, signed to Junes acting and modeling. She got her first jobs in 1994 and appeared in several gravure magazines and gravure commercials.
At the age of 21, she signed up for an audition held by Tsunku and Tanaka Yoshitake (Country Musume’s original producer) called Country Musume Audition (カントリー娘。オーディション). They wanted to create a sister group to Morning Musume, but instead of being the next door girls, they would be country girls with rural values. The audition process was aired on the television program ASAYAN. Nine girls went through voice and dance lessons at a farm in Hokkaido, and three girls ended up being chosen, Kobayashi being one of them. The group would be named Country Musume, and was made up by Kobayashi, Yanagihara Hiromi and Toda Rinne.
As the oldest member she became the leader of the group. A few days before the release of their first single, Yanagihara died in a car accident. The group still released their debut single, but Kobayashi withdrew from the group a month after its release.
In August, 1999, during Hello! Project '99, Toda Rinne performed as the only remaining member of the group. She read Kobayashi’s farewell letter, which said: “Dear Fans, I would like to sincerely thank you for supporting us till this day. Despite how short it has been, I still would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart. Three of us were supposed to start a new group with high hopes and dreams. However, my dearest and best friend, Hiromi, lost her life suddenly and that took heavy mental toll on me. I’d like to apologize to my fans as well as my staff for my weakness in times when I need to be stronger, and all the trouble this may have caused. And once again, thank you very much for your support. Sincerely, Azusa Kobayashi.”
A month after her departure, she released "again4", an adult photobook, under the name Morita Hiromi.
In 2000, she became a talento, changing her name to Hayashi Karin. She worked as a model and actress, doing live singing performances and also cosplay modeling and running her own site.
Since 2008, Azusa has been performing at small venues, away from the spotlight.
In 2013, she released her first mini-album, entitled Distance. She said in an interview: «Usually, I am not so great with carrying conversations and expressing my feelings, so I wrote the lyrics as if I was jotting down my inner thoughts and ideas on a notebook. […] Five years of my thoughts, feelings, and histories are neatly packed in this album.«
Live concerts were held on the 18th and 27th of September at Nishikawa-guchi Hearts in Saitama Prefecture to promote the album. The same year she appeared in a music video for ) TADACy EYE(S).
In September, Kobayashi announced the release of her second mini-album Alexandrite, set for an October release. She released several mini-albums and singles up until January 2018, when she announced she would temporarily stop activities after her one-man live on January, 28th .
In 2019 Kobayashi announced an audition searching for female singers to debut on her own music artist label . On February, 1st she also posted news on a live event she would be part of in March, called Live De Oto Motto Vol. 5 (LIVE DE 音Motto vol.5) . She also announced the news of a movie she'd be starring in called Utatte Mita Koishite Mita (歌ってみた恋してみた) , set for release in the summer of 2019.
- Hobbies: Playing with animals, fantasies costume, art and doll collecting
- Specialties: Dressmaking, milking, riding
- Likes: dogs and cats (in general Pachi), Dolls, and Gothic Costumes
- Favorite colors: Pink, white, red, black
- [2015.11.18] My Daughter
- [2018.07.14] Utatte Mita Koishite Mitai (Sounyuu Uka & Soundtrack) (歌ってみた 恋してみた (挿入歌&サウンドトラック))
- Sang the chorus for Nakano Kenji’s Ima ga Shiawase da to Tsutaetakute (「今が幸せだと伝えたくて」)
- Sang Yujyoo no Tabi (「ユージョーの旅」), the opening song for Q-LOVE, with Furukawa Kuichi.
Up until 2013, Asuza Kobayashi hadn’t released any music on any record label, but from 2008 she had uploaded several videos to her Youtube channel, as well as performing them from time to time at different events.
- メグリ廻る季節の中 (Meguri Mawaru Kisetsu no Naka)
- 笑顔・涙抱きしめ (Egao – Namida Dakishime)
- 新しい感情を育ててゆこう (Atarashii Kanjou wo Sodatete Yukou)
- あなたと一緒に・・・ (Anata to Issho ni…)
- 小春日和 (Koharu Biyori)
- BEST FRIEND
- Giniro no Tsuki (銀色の月) Ver. 2,5 Opening Song (ver2.5 TVオープニング曲)
- Gekai de Vanancy (下界でバカンス)
- Itoshibito Yo (愛し人よ)
- Hyakunen no Ketsumatsu (100年の結末)
Discography Featured InEdit
- [2007.8] Rozen〜Blome Gloke〜
- [20xx.xx.xx] Meido Karutetto (メイドかるてっと)
- Bishoujo Shampoo
- Kimura Kamera
- Utatte Mita Koishite Mita (歌ってみた恋してみた)
- She is the producer of the idol group AISHING FAIRY, PalmSugar and Mysterious Roses.
- She collects dolls.
- She loves the brand Girl's Obsession COS & Alt.
Leader of Country Musume
- Official Site
- Official Blog "My Fairy2"
- Facebook Page
- YouTube Channel
- Azu Photo Room
- Former Official Site (archived)
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