Kumai Yurina (熊井友理奈) is a Japanese singer and talent under J.P ROOM and a fashion model under Tateoka Office. She is a former idol under Hello! Project, having joined as a member of Hello! Project Kids in 2002 and later debuting as a member of Berryz Koubou in 2004. During her time in Hello! Project, she was also a member of Tanpopo#, Guardians 4, BeriKyuu, Cat's♥Eye 7, and Ujicha♥Taishi Maccha's. She graduated from Hello! Project on March 3, 2015 in a joint graduation concert with the other members of Berryz Koubou.
- 1 Biography
- 2 Personal Life
- 3 Profile
- 4 Discography
- 5 Photobooks
- 6 Works
- 7 Rankings
- 8 Kumai Yurina's Height
- 9 Trivia
- 10 See Also
- 11 Honorary Titles
- 12 References
- 13 External Links
Biography[edit | edit source]
Early Life[edit | edit source]
Kumai Yurina was born on August 3, 1993 in Kanagawa, Japan.
2002[edit | edit source]
2004[edit | edit source]
2009[edit | edit source]
She was chosen to promote the rock band Base Ball Bear's new album, (WHAT IS THE) LOVE & POP, in a TV commercial that featured only her, which was her first time doing a solo CM. Some fans speculated that one of the reasons Kumai might have been chosen is for her surname (Kumai = Kuma = Bear) or because front man Koide Yusuke was a long time Hello! Project and Berryz Koubou. She also left a comment on the official BBB site: "Love&POP contains many up-tempo songs, and the whole album conveys a lot of power. My favorites are "Stairway Generation" and "Umi ni Naritai pt2! I had these on loop. I'd definitely like to go to their concert as well." Base Ball Bear is a Japanese rock band under EMI Music Japan. When the CM appeared on YouTube, it had a record of over 12 million views and over 80 comments. The majority of users left comments like Kumai-chan is "kirei" and "kawaii" written in English and Japanese.
2011[edit | edit source]
2012[edit | edit source]
On July 25 it was announced that Berryz Koubou's Kumai Yurina, Shimizu Saki, Sudo Maasa, Sugaya Risako and ℃-ute's Yajima Maimi, Nakajima Saki and Hagiwara Mai would be performing in an stage play titled CAT'S♥EYE, based on a manga. The stage play ran from September 22 to September 30.
2013[edit | edit source]
On April 26, Kumai appeared on the cover of the magazine Weekly Famitsu Taiwan.
2014[edit | edit source]
On August 4, Kumai celebrated her 21st birthday at a special event called Berryz Koubou ~Kumai Yurina Birthday Event 2014~. The event featured two performances in Tokyo.
2015[edit | edit source]
After concluding her activities in Berryz Koubou on March 5, Kumai announced that she would focus on her education and graduating within 4 years. She also revealed plans on becoming a model in the near future. She was moved to J.P ROOM not long after.
On May 1, Kumai became a member of M-line club.
On June 16, Kumai appeared in the weekly newspaper Tokyo Sports.
On July 29, Kumai appeared on the television show Nakai no Mado.
On October 6, Kumai appeared in the November 2015 issue of the magazine Top Yell as a guest in Fukuda Kanon's interview about her impending graduation.
On October 7, Kumai made a guest appearance on THE Karaoke ★ Battle, a television show aimed at finding the best male vocalist.
On October 10, Kumai began appearing as a regular on the TBS television show Ousama no Brunch.
In September, Kumai appeared in her first photoshoot as a visual model for DAMMY's 2015 collection.
2016[edit | edit source]
On February 14, Kumai held a solo fan-club event titled Kumai Yurina FC Event ~Enjoy Valentine's Day~.
On February 16, Kumai appeared in Katsura Yumi's wedding themed fashion show at the Tokyo International Forum.
On March 13 and 21, Kumai held a solo casual dinner show titled Kumai Yurina Casual Dinner Show ~Enjoy Spring~.
2017[edit | edit source]
On July 25, Kumai was a runway model for the 2017 YUMI KATSURA GRAND COLLECTION in OSAKA.
On August 3, she celebrated her 24th birthday at a fanclub event titled Kumai Yurina FC Event "8×3=24", which had three shows at Shibuya SHIDAX Culture Hall.
2018[edit | edit source]
On May 1, she joined the modeling agency Tateoka Office.
On August 3, Kumai celebrated her 25th birthday at the Kumai Yurina Birthday Event ~ENJOY!25♡~ with two shows at Shibuya Shidax Culture Hall. Then on August 4 and 5, she held the Kumai Yurina Casual Dinner Show ~Enjoy! Happy Summer!!~, featuring four shows at Music Restaurant La Donna.
On October 15, Kumai released Complex ni Sayounara!, a joint book with four of the shortest current members in Hello! Project: Yokoyama Reina, Morito Chisaki, Kamikokuryo Moe, and Funaki Musubu who have been named Minis?.
On December 2 and 22, she held the Kumai Yurina Casual Dinner Show 2018 ~Heisei Saigo no ENJOY! Kumasmas~.
2019[edit | edit source]
From March 15 to March 17, she and Sudo Maasa held the Sudo Maasa・Kumai Yurina Fanclub Tour KuMaaz to Ikou! in Okinawa.
On August 3 and 4, Kumai held the Kumai Yurina Casual Dinner Show 2019 ~Reiwa! ENJOY! My Birthday!!~ at Music Restaurant La Donna to celebrate her birthday.
From October 4 to October 6, she held the Kumai Yurina Fanclub Tour Kuma Tabi in Hokkaido ~Kumai-chan wa Dekkai Dou~.
2020[edit | edit source]
On January 19, she and Sudo Maasa held a joint fanclub event titled Sudo Maasa・Kumai Yurina FC Event "KuMaaz ~Koufuku Kangei!~", featuring three shows at Shibuya SHiDAX Culture Hall.
On March 24, it was announced that her fanclub event with Sudo Maasa and Shimizu Saki titled Shimizu Saki・Sudo Maasa・Kumai Yurina FC Event "Futsuu, Kono Hi Nashi de wa Yatterannai Desho!?", which was originally scheduled for March 3, would be postponed to May 26 in consideration of a new policy established by the government to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. It was eventually cancelled.
On April 9, it was announced that Kumai Yurina Casual Dinner Show 2020 spring ~Enjoy your new life!!~ originally scheduled for April 26 would be postponed to August 1 due to the coronavirus. It was later cancelled entirely.
On August 8, she celebrated her 27th birthday at a fanclub event titled Kumai Yurina BD Event 2020 with three shows at Shibuya SHIDAX Culture Hall. In compliance with government policy, cheering, crowding, standing, and closeness in the venue were prohibited, and wearing masks were required to enter.
Personal Life[edit | edit source]
When Kumai joined Hello! Project Kids, she was a third year elementary school student. She graduated from high school in March 2012. Kumai decided to continue pursuing her education and entered university. She graduated in March 2016.
The following list are notable friendships Kumai Yurina has acquired:
Yurina's kanji in her family name, means bear (熊; kuma).
Here is a list of nicknames that was used to refer to Kumai Yurina:
- Kumai-chan (熊井ちゃん): Official nickname. Used by members and fans.
- Kumaicho (くまいちょー): Official nickname. Given and used by Tsugunaga Momoko since 2005. It is now used by fans.
- Yuri (うり): Former Official Nickname, given to her since the formation of Berryz Koubou.
- Yuriine (ユリーネ): Given and used by Yaguchi Mari. Given to her during the "Charisma Idol Yagucchan" corner of the former mini show Hello Kids.
- Daikumai (ダイクマイ): Self given nickname. Meaning "Big Kumai", children use to call her "Daikumai" due to her tall height. According to Kumai, it gives her a scary image.
Profile[edit | edit source]
- Name: Kumai Yurina (熊井友理奈)
- Official Nicknames: Kumai-chan (熊井ちゃん), Kumaichō (くまいちょー)
- Birthdate: August 3, 1993
- Birthplace: Atsugi, Kanagawa, Japan
- Blood Type: B
- Height: 181 cm (5 ft 11.2 in)?
- Shoe Size: 25.5 cm
- Western Zodiac: Leo
- Eastern Zodiac: Rooster
- Hello! Project Status:
- 2002-06-30: Member
- 2004-01-14: Berryz Koubou Member
- 2015-03-03: Graduated
- UP-FRONT GROUP Status:
- Years in Berryz Koubou: 11 Years
- Official Kaomoji: 川*＾∇＾)||
- Berryz Koubou Color:
- Green (2005-2006; 2007-2015)
- Purple (2007)
- Cat's♥Eye 7 Color: Red
- Hello! Project Kids Audition Song: "Koi wo Shichaimashita!" by Tanpopo
- Hello! Project Groups:
- Shuffle Units:
- Concert Units:
- Other Groups:
- Favorite Food: Matcha dessert, yakiniku, tart, Kinakomochi
- Favorite Things: Disney, monotone, magazines
- Hobbies: Shopping, listening to music.
- Favorite English Word: "Generation".
- Favorite Subject: Music, Physics, Math
- Best Subject: Japanese
- Favorite Ai no Album ⑧ Song: "Because Happiness"
- Favorite Song in the Past: "Dango 3 Kyoudai" by Hayami Kentarou and Shigemori Ayumi (with Hidamari Kids and Dango Chorus), "Natsu Matsuri" by Whiteberry.
- Current Favorite Song: "Oh!" by Shoujo Jidai (Girls Generation).
- Hello! Project Daihyakka (2004) Details
- Hobby: Purikura, collecting stickers, listening to music
- Special skill: Jump rope, unicycle
- Strong point: I don't really know, but my friends say, "You're bright and funny"
- Weak point: Natural airhead!? I can't get up in the mornings!
- Habit: Putting my hair behind my ears
- Favorite color: Light blue, white, orange, etc. I like black and brown clothes!
- Favorite flower: Hibiscus, baby's breath
- Disliked thing/thing to do: Bugs: bees, stink bug, praying mantis, horsefly. Birds: crows!
- Scared of: Monsters, fires, earthquakes
- Favorite movie: "Hotaru no Hoshi," "Koinu Dan no Monogatari," "Monsters, Inc."
- Favorite book: "Musume Monogatari," "Tottemo Minimoni," "Helen Keller"
- Favorite word: "HAPPY," "shiawase" (happiness), "LOVE"
- Favorite season: Summer
- Favorite food: Ice-cream, sushi rolls, yakiniku
- Least favorite food: Green peas, tomatoes, mayonnaise
- Favorite song: "Hare Ame Nochi Suki ♡" (Morning Musume Sakura Gumi), "Iku ZYX! FLY HIGH" (ZYX), "First KISS" (Aa!)
- Charm point: My tall height... haha
- [2010.01] Nation Junior Magazine (Thailand)
- 1. Is it hard for teenagers working in the entertainment industry?:
- No matter what time of the day it is, we always say "Ohayou Gozaimasu" (good morning). It was difficult getting used to this.
- 2. What has been the most impressive moment of your career?:
- Saitama Super Arena event; we were the youngest artists ever to appear at this venue.
- 3. What are your goals?:
- I want more recognition and want the group to become idols that everybody loves.
- 4. Where do you see yourself in 50 years?:
- I will be 66. I hope I am healthy and still young!
Discography[edit | edit source]
Solo DVDs[edit | edit source]
- [2007.04.01] Kumai Yurina Berryz Koubou DVD Magazine Vol.8 (DVD Magazine)
- [2011.12.23] one day in autumn (“e-Hello!” DVD)
- [2012.04.18] Lily (“e-Hello!” DVD)
- [2013.10.05] brand new day (“e-Hello!” DVD)
- [2016.06.25] Kumai Yurina FC Event ~Enjoy! Valentine's day~ (Fanclub DVD)
- [2017.02.11] Kumai Yurina Fanclub Bus Tour in Kyoto (Fanclub DVD)
Other DVDs[edit | edit source]
- [2010.11.xx] Berryz Days 2 (with Shimizu Saki & Tokunaga Chinami)
- [2011.02.xx] Berryz Days 3 (Sudou Maasa & Natsuyaki Miyabi)
- [2012.03.xx] Berryz Days 4 (with Sugaya Risako)
- [2013.12.26] Kumai Yurina Birthday Event ~enjoy twenty summer~
- [2014.10.27] Berryz Koubou Birthday Event 2014 "Sudo Maasa & Kumai Yurina & Natsuyaki Miyabi"
- [2015.02.28] Berryz Koubou DVD Magazine Vol.41 (with Natsuyaki Miyabi)
- [2015.02.28] Berryz Koubou DVD Magazine Vol.41 (with Tokunaga Chinami)
- [2015.xx.xx] M-line Memory Vol.19
- [2016.xx.xx] M-Line Memory Vol.22
- [2017.05.26] Sudo Maasa・Kumai Yurina FC Event "KuMaaz Nashi de wa Ikite Yukenai"
Photobooks[edit | edit source]
Solo Photobooks[edit | edit source]
Works[edit | edit source]
Movies[edit | edit source]
-  Koinu Dan no Monogatari (仔犬ダンの物語)
-  Hotaru no Hoshi (ほたるの星)
-  Ousama Game (王様ゲーム) (as Honda Chiemi)
TV Programs[edit | edit source]
- [2002–2007] Hello! Morning (ハロー! モーニング)
- [2002-2004] Hello Kids
- [2007–2008] Haromoni@ (ハロモニ@)
-  Berikyuu! (ベリキュー!)
- [2008–2009] Yorosen! (よろセン!)
- [2010–2011] Bijo Gaku (美女学)
- [2011–2012] Hello Pro! TIME (ハロプロ！ＴＩＭＥ)
- [2011–2013] Kaette Kita Berryz Kamen! (帰ってきたBerryz仮面!)
- [2012–2013] Hello! SATOYAMA Life (ハロー！ＳＡＴＯＹＡＭＡライフ)
- [2014–2015, 2018] The Girls Live
-  Nakai no Mado
-  THE Karaoke ★ Battle
- [2015–] Ousama no Brunch
TV Drama[edit | edit source]
-  Little Hospital (リトル・ホスピタル)
Theater[edit | edit source]
-  Edo Kara Chakushin!? ~Timeslip to Kengai!~ (江戸から着信!? 〜タイムスリップto圏外!〜)
-  Reverse! ~ Watashi no Karada Doko Desu ka? (リバース! 〜私の体どこですか?)
-  Berryz Koubou VS Berryz Koubou (Berryz工房 VS Berryz工房)
-  Thank You Very Berry (サンク ユー ベリー ベリー)
-  Sanokuen Shoujo (三億円少女)
-  Real-etude Minna no Ie Girl's STAGE (リアルエチュード みんなの家 Girl's STAGE)
-  Sengoku Jieitai
-  CAT'S♥EYE (キャッツ♥アイ)
-  Warera Jeanne ~Shoujo Seisen Kageki~ (我らジャンヌ 〜少女聖戦歌劇〜) (as Olga and Rene)
-  Musical Sengoku Jieitai
Internet[edit | edit source]
-  Michishige Sayumi no "Mobekimasutte Nani??"
- [2013–2015] Hello! Project Station
- [2014–2015] MUSIC+
-  GREEN ROOM
- [2016–] Upcoming
- [2016–2017] Girls Night Out
- [2017–] tiny tiny
Radio[edit | edit source]
- [2009–2012] Tsuukai! Berryz Oukoku (痛快! ベリーズ王国)
- [2012–2015] BZS1422
Commercials[edit | edit source]
-  Japan Meat Information Service Center (日本食肉消費総合センター)
-  Base Ball Bear - (WHAT IS THE) LOVE & POP?
Music Videos[edit | edit source]
Rankings[edit | edit source]
- She was voted 2nd favorite member in the 2010 "Hello! Project Music Awards" event.
- She ranked 1st in a magazine's 2011 "Girls that seem like they'll become big stars in the future" poll.
- She ranked 10th most stylish idol by high school girls in a 2014 women's magazine.
Kumai Yurina's Height[edit | edit source]
Kumai Yurina is known to be the tallest member in Hello! Project's entire history. She was initially shorter than fellow Hello! Project Kids member Sudo Maasa when Berryz Koubou was first formed in 2004. Kumai soon surpassed her in height, and grew to be the tallest member in Hello! Project. However, for years there would be confusion on what her exact height was, and fans suspected her to be taller than she claimed to be.
- On the August 9, 2007 broadcast of GyaO MIDTOWN TV's ○○Ai☆Kora!Nama Yaguchi, she claimed to be 174-175 cm tall.
- In February 2009, the "Berryz Koubou Kumai Yurina 7 Great Secrets Thorough Anatomy!!" corner from volume 189 of the magazine UP to boy claimed that she was 176 cm tall.
- On November 9, 2010, a blog post by Tsunku revealed that she was 179 cm tall.
- On November 10, 2011, an article published by Sponichi Annex promoting the 2011 film Ousama Game also claimed that she was 176 cm tall.
- On July 29, 2015, Kumai made a guest appearance on a special episode of Nippon TV's Nakai no Mado focusing on some of the tallest people in the entertainment industry. There, they measured her height on camera, and she was found to be 181 cm tall.
Currently, her Tateoka Office profile lists her as 179 cm tall, while her J.P ROOM profile lists her as 181 cm tall.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Ogata Haruna thinks that Kumai Yurina is the coolest member of Hello! Project.
- Her favorite artists are ayaka, Crystal Kay, UNJASH and Sakurazuka Yakkun.
- She claimed that her own name is a bit difficult to say.
- She sometimes gets to keep the change when it's 30 yen or so. And when her grandfather comes to visit, he sometimes give her 10 thousand yen as a gift.
- She has claimed that all the dance lessons they took, prior to debuting in Berryz Koubou, were the hardest things in her life.
- She said that it is important to keep the memories of past times with her, for example, in an album. To her, that and her family and friends are all precious.
- Since she likes fireworks, she wants to make a firework with the words "Berryz Koubou."
- In Yorosen!, she taught Berryz Koubou about fashion.
- She admires pretty girls who, curiously, don’t have much make-up on, like Nose Karina and Hasegawa Jun.
- She'd like to try out being a fashion model and also aims to become a cool woman.
- Said she can't live without her dog Mint, because she soothes her every day.
- She saved a fan letter that was sent to her in 2005 from Sashihara Rino, who is a former member of AKB48, HKT48, and STU48, and the producer of =LOVE and ≠ME.
- Sudo Maasa said that she is an airhead.
- Her favorite ANGERME song is Please Miniskirt Postwoman!.
See Also[edit | edit source]
- Gallery:Kumai Yurina
- List:Kumai Yurina Discography Featured In
- List:Kumai Yurina Concert & Event Appearances
- List:Kumai Yurina Publications Featured In
Honorary Titles[edit | edit source]
Tallest Member in Hello! Project Ever
References[edit | edit source]
External Links[edit | edit source]
- J.P ROOM Profile
- Tateoka Office Profile
- Berryz Koubou Profile (archived)
- Kumai Yurina Official Blog "Enjoy!"
|Members||Mitsui Aika | Kumai Yurina | Sugaya Risako | Nakajima Saki|
|Singles||1. Omakase♪Guardian | 2. School Days | 3. PARTY TIME / Watashi no Tamago | 4. Going On!|
|Albums||Shugo Chara! Song♪Best (with Buono!, Shugo Chara Egg!)|
|DVDs||Shugo Chara! Clip♪Best (with Buono!, Shugo Chara Egg!)|
|Units & Other Groups|
|Related Units||Buono! | Shugo Chara Egg! | Morning Musume | Berryz Koubou | ℃-ute|
|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|
|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|
|Associated Acts||Morning Musume | Minimoni | Melon Kinenbi | Berryz Koubou | ℃-ute|
|High-King||Takahashi Ai | Tanaka Reina | Shimizu Saki | Yajima Maimi | Maeda Yuuka|
|Tanpopo#||Kamei Eri | Mitsui Aika | Kumai Yurina | Okai Chisato|
|Petitmoni V||Mano Erina | Nakajima Saki | Hagiwara Mai|
|Shin Minimoni.||Linlin | Fukuda Kanon | Takeuchi Akari | Miyamoto Karin|
|Aa!||Natsuyaki Miyabi | Suzuki Airi | Saho Akari|
|ZYX-α||Niigaki Risa | Kusumi Koharu | Umeda Erika | Tsugunaga Momoko | Tokunaga Chinami | Sudo Maasa | Wada Ayaka | Ogawa Saki|
|Zoku v-u-den||Michishige Sayumi | Junjun | Sugaya Risako|
|Discography Featured In|
|Albums||As Chanpuru: Chanpuru ① ~Happy Marriage Song Cover Shuu~ | Petit Best 10|
Other: Hello! Project no Zenkyoku kara Atsumechaimashita! Vol. 4 (Petitmoni V only)
|DVDs||As Chanpuru: Hello! Project DVD Magazine Vol.21|
|Concerts Featured In|
|Hello! Project||As Chanpuru: 2009 SUMMER | 2010 WINTER | 2010 SUMMER | 2011 WINTER|
Other: 2013 Fuyu (High-King, Petitmoni V, ZYX-α, Zoku v-u-den only) | Berryz Koubou Matsuri (High-King, Aa!, ZYX only) | COUNTDOWN PARTY 2016 (Tanpopo# only)
|Units & Other Acts|
|Associated Acts||Morning Musume | Berryz Koubou | ℃-ute | Mano Erina | S/mileage | Mobekimasu | Buono! | Guardians 4 | Shugo Chara Egg! | Hello Pro Egg|