Otani Masae
Ohtani Nov2013
Nicknames Masao
Otani Masae aka Himawari
Birth Info
Born February 25, 1982 (1982-02-25) (age 37)
Birth Place Miyazaki, Japan
Origin Muroran, Hokkaido, Japan
Blood Type O
Zodiac Sign Pisces Pisces
Height 160cm
Professional Info
Genres Japanese Pop
Occupation Singer
Years Active 1999-present
Agency UP-FRONT AGENCY (1999-2010)
Label UP-FRONT WORKS (1999-2010)
zetima (1999-2010)
Associated Acts Melon Kinenbi, 10-nin Matsuri, Sexy 8, 7AIR, H.P. All Stars, Muratani Shimai
Melon Kinenbi Info
Joined February 19, 2000
Debut Single Amai Anata no Aji
Last Single Melon Tea
Left May 3, 2010
Blog Ameblo-favicon.png Jinsei Itsu Demo Seichouki
YouTube YouTube_icon_%282013%29.svg Official YouTube Channel
Twitter Twitter_2012.svg @OTANI_MASAE

Otani Masae (大谷雅恵) is a Japanese pop singer. She is a former idol under Hello! Project as a member of Melon Kinenbi.

After Melon Kinenbi disbanded in 2010, Otani started as a solo singer under the name Otani Masae aka Himawari, a name she chose after announcing a competition on her blog for a new stage name. Her last release under this name is the 2013 single BOY'S.

In addition to her activities as a solo artist, she was also a member of the Korean pop cover group 4C Crew under the name MELODY from 2016 to 2017. She also worked as an instructor, in both vocals and dance, for the idol-themed café AKIHABARA Backstage pass.



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Otani Masae, 2010

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Know for dyeing her hair all the time


Otani was recruited from the Second Morning Musume and Heike Michiyo Protegee Audition in 1999. Along with Saito Hitomi, Murata Megumi, and Shibata Ayumi, who all then became the group Melon Kinenbi.


In September 2006, Otani had landed a small part in the movie Sukeban Deka Codename Asamiya Saki, starring other H!P members Matsuura Aya and Ishikawa Rika.


In 2009, Otani graduated with the rest of the Elder Club from Hello! Project, along with all the other Melon Kinenbi members.

From August 5-9, she appeared in the stage play "Sukoshi Hanarete, Soko ni Ite" alongside fellow Melon Kinenbi member Shibata Ayumi.[1]


In May of 2010, Melon Kinenbi disbanded and she decided to leave UP-FRONT AGENCY. Having the goal of eventually performing her own music. She has yet to sign to a new agency. In December, the former idol will be performing at the IVY HALL in Shibuya for a special event called “X’mas CHAPEL LIVE & SWEETS PARTY.” Currently she plans to begin her transition to a theater actress and will be in some productions next spring.

Otani also recently teamed up with another Melon Kinenbi member, Shibata Ayumi, to make the mail order only photo book, “YOU&I.” The book contains original songs made by Shibata herself, and even came packaged with a CD recording of “YOU&I.” The book is available through Shibata's official fan club site which also offers posters, clear files, and a cell phone strap.


In 2011, Otani has so far released two digital singles for cellphone only download via the site and will release both of those songs on CD. Her debut song “Killing My Caddy” was put out in extremely limited distribution in August, but will be coming out officially on January 12th. It will be followed up with her second release, “ENDLESS LOVE”, on February 9th. A music video was also released for her second single.

Shortly after, in April, the announcement of her third single was made. It is called "Bangin'" and was marketed as mug-rock, which is a genre apparently made up by Otani herself.

After the release of her third single, she started making her own music, releasing indies singles (sold only at her live events).


In 2014, she opened her own web shop, selling t-shirts, clear files, CDs and DVDs. Her first DVD Otani Masae Birthday Live Birthday + Payday = Everyone Togather could be bought from the site for 3,000 yen.[2]

She also stopped using the stage name Otani Masae aka Himawari. Her releases afterwards credit her as Otani Masae.


In 2015, her online shop closed, but later re-opened.

In April, she released her first mini-album 33.


As part of a Japan/Korea music exchange, Otani announced that she would be the newest member of Korean artist group named 4C CREW under the name MELODY. To be involved with a K-pop group is something that she has always wanted to do. Their first live, 4C CREW SHOWCASE, would be held at the Shin-Okubo R & B bar on February 27.[3]

On February 24 at 8:00 PM, Otani held a talk show at Official Hello! Project Shop in Akihabara in commemoration of joining 4C CREW. A janken tournament for goods was also held and a 4C CREW mini album, poster and T-shirt were sold.[4]

Her last mention as member of 4C CREW on their Twitter was in May.[5] Shortly after, the absence of MELODY and SANA was addressed.[6] 4C CREW would continue on as "JS & KyonA from 4C CREW" until their last Twitter post in June 2017 before entering an indefinite hiatus.

In 2016, Murata Megumi and Otani announced at the beginning of the year that they were going to hold a live event in the fall. They sang six songs; two cover songs in English, as well as covering Taiyou to Ciscomoon, MAX, and their Melon Kinenbi songs "Eros" and "Denwa Matteimasu". They held several live events as the duo Muratani Shimai, and announced the release of their first single in March 2017. Their group name is a combination of kanji in their last names.


In 2017, Muratani Shimai released the CD Single "Reborn". It was sold exclusively at their Muratani☆Todoro no Enshuai live event at Shinjuku Loft with no plans of a general distribution. Merchandise from the event was however later made available for purchase on an online store in April.


In 2018, Otani stopped updating her blog, focusing on her twitter account.


Ohtani is sporadically releasing new songs and promotes her music by holding live events at clubs. In 2019, Otani started using BIGO LIVE, a leading mobile LIVE streaming community to show your talents and meet interesting people.  

On September 2, Otani announced she'd be holding a 9th anniversary concert called Otani Masae 9th Anniversary Live -Uta no Chikara- (大谷雅恵9th Anniversaryライブ〜うたのちから〜)[7].  


  • Name: Otani Masae (大谷雅恵)
  • Nicknames: Masao, Maashii, Marcy
  • Former Stage Name: Otani Masae aka Himawari
  • Birthday: February 25, 1982 (1982-02-25) (age 37)
  • Birthplace: Miyazaki, Miyazaki Prefecture, Japan (raised in Muroran, Hokkaido)
  • Blood type: O
  • Height: 160cm
  • Western Zodiac: Pisces
  • Eastern Zodiac: Dog
  • Hobbies: Enjoying music
  • Favorite colors: Garish colors
  • Favorite flowers: Cockscomb
  • Favorite season: Summer
  • Favorite saying: "Dream + effort = reality"
  • Favorite food: Raw food, Tuna
  • Disliked food: Sweet and sour food
  • Favorite songs: Kiseki no Hana, Endless Youth, Judas
  • Looks up to: Beyonce Knowles, Lady Gaga
  • Hello! Project groups:
  • Shuffle units:


  • [2014.10.10] my love (with Natural Born)

Discography Featured InEdit



[2001.07.31-2001.10.02] Cyborg Shibata


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  • [2003] Musical Sougen no Hito (ミュージカル 草原の人; Musical Prairie Girl)
  • [2006] Edo Kara Chakushin!? ~Timeslip to Kengai!~
  • [2009] Sukoshi Hanarete, Soko ni Ite (すこし離れて、そこに居て)
  • [2010.03.07-22] Melon Kinenbi Monogatari ~DECADE OF MELON KINEN-BI~
  • [2010.09.01-05] Kizame, Waga Hada ni Kimi no Ibuki wo



  • She said in a 2004 interview that the person she respects the most is Beyoncé. In her blog, she says that she respects Lady Gaga.
  • She was one of the MCs for the Hello! Project Shinjin Kouen June 2009 ~Nakano STEP!~.
  • After leaving UP-FRONT AGENCY in 2010 she started to work part time at a café while working toward her new goals.
  • She is known for frequently changing her hair color as seen throughout the various singles, albums and performances of Melon Kinenbi.
  • Only one of her singles, "ENDLESS LOVE", has a music video.
  • She often dyes her own hair.
  • Her motto is "Dream+Effort=Reality"
  • Her favorite food is tuna.
  • Her favorite place is New York.
  • She wants to get married.
  • Her favorite song is "Judas" by Lady Gaga.
  • Her favorite artists are P!nk and Lady Gaga.
  • She appeared as a special guest at Shimizu Saki's 22nd birthday event to give a surprise birthday message to Saki.
  • On her official Instagram she says her dream is to sing in Korea (written in Korean and Japanese).[8]


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