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Shinoda Miho (信田美帆) is a former singer and elite-level gymnast from Japan. She was a member of the Hello! Project group Taiyou to Ciscomoon, and the shuffle unit Akagumi 4.

She joined Hello! Project in 1998 when she passed the Geinoujin Shin Unit Audition and debuted as a member of Taiyou to Ciscomoon in April 1999. She graduated from Hello! Project after her group disbanded in October 2000, but has appeared in concerts and events with the group for their reunions.


Early Life[]

Shinoda Miho was born on May 18, 1972 in Tokyo, Japan.

She started doing gymnastics at the age of 4, and was a gymnast during her high school years into her university years and for one year after her university graduation.

After this, she worked as a regular office worker, but felt like she wasn’t achieving her dreams, and quit. A friend of hers introduced her to a job opportunity at an enka-artist’s agency. Not as a singer, but as an office worker. She was there only for a few months before going back to her first office job.[1]

In 1988, Shinoda competed in the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul at the age of 16. She was the all-Japan champion from 1987 to 1989.

From 1995 to 1998, she was a member of "Fire Girls", the then-cheerleader dance team for the Yomiuri Giants.


On August 21, 1998, Fire Girls released their debut single "9th Kiss de Hajimatte".[2]

On November 22, the talent search show ASAYAN announced their Geinoujin Shin Unit Audition in which Tsunku was looking for girls with special talents who have enough experiences. Shinoda heard of the audition by chance. She said she just glanced at TV and Tsunku was on. He was looking for someone who had a solid and unique career/talent, and she thought she fit the category.

On December 20, Shinoda appeared in the semi-finals as one of sixteen auditionees. She sang an acapella version of "Tsuyoku Hakanai Mono-tachi" by Aimer, and was interviewed face to face by Tsunku. On the same date she was the fourth to be chosen as the final eight. They appeared in the ASAYAN studio getting interviewed by the hosts before Tsunku split them in two groups (Shinoda was in the group called San Fran) and announced they were being sent off to San Fransisco for boot camp training sessions including performance, dance, rhythm and rap.


On February 7, ASAYAN aired footage from the boot camp training sessions in San Fransisco. Inaba Atsuko recieved a phone call four weeks into the boot camp, were she reads the names of three participants Tsunku have chosen as the winners; Shinoda being one of them.

On February 21, the four audition winners appeared on stage in the ASAYAN studio with the hosts. Here, Tsunku pointed out each member's weakness and said they were going to go back to the US for private lessons. He said Shinoda needed to practice her singing skills. 

For three weeks, from February to March, ASAYAN covered the members' journeys. They were sent to four different cities, and Shinoda went to Memphis, famous for southern blues music.

On April 21, Taiyou to Ciscomoon released their debut single, Tsuki to Taiyou.


In March, Shinoda was placed in the Hello! Project Shuffle Unit Akagumi 4.

On October 9, she graduated from Taiyou to Ciscomoon and Hello! Project in the concert tour DO-DA! Taiyo & Ciscomoon vs T&C Bomber at BIG CAT. After her graduation, Shinoda went back to being a gymnast.


In 2002, Shinoda starred in the drama "Hito no Yasashiku".

Around this time she also worked as a reporter appearing on TV for "Natsu Massakari! Tottori no Miyama Miryoku Mansai Tottori-ken Hinomachi Nakayamamachi" (笑顔がいちばん!~鳥取県日野町・中山町~).[3]


On May 15th, Shinoda performed an original solo song called ASIAN LOVER[4] at HeartBeat Weekend 250th Commemoration Live.


She retired from her work as a gymnast in 2004, then resumed to working in gymnastics as a professional trainer and as a women's artistic gymnastics coach. She was also the television announcer for women's gymnastics during the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. She has also served as lecturer for the Japanese Sports Association in lectures.


In 2007, Shinoda starred in the stage play "Ribbon".


In 2011, Shinoda starred in the stage play "Wrestler Girls".


In December, Shinoda was a featured guest at Nippon Taiiku Daigaku's gymnastics club. She choreographed the routine performed by Olympian Tanaka Rie.[5]


Since early 2015, Shinoda has been working as an acrobatics coach for Hello! Project and Morning Musume concert tours.[6]


In January 2020, Shinoda visited Seritoku Elementary School in Kurayoshi City as a representative of the Seoul Olympics gymnastics, and gave lectures and practical training to fifth and sixth graders.[7]


  • Name: Shinoda Miho (信田美帆)
  • Nickname: Shinopii (しのぴー), Shinoda (しのだ), Shino (しの)
  • Birthdate: May 18, 1972 (1972-05-18) (age 50)
  • Birthplace: Tachikawa, Tokyo, Japan
  • Blood Type: A
  • Height: 156 cm (5 ft 1.4 in)?
  • Weight: 84 lbs (38 kg)
  • Bust: 83cm
  • Waist: 60cm
  • Hips: 83cm
  • Western Zodiac: Taurus.svg Taurus
  • Eastern Zodiac: Rat.png Rat
  • Hello! Project Groups:


Discography Featured in[]



  • [2001] Joshuu K Nureta Kako no Onna-tachi (女囚K 濡れた過去の女たち) (VHS)


  • [2002] Hito no Yasashiku

Stage Plays[]

  • [2007] Ribbon
  • [2011] Wrestler Girls



  • [1984.12.09] Sunday Mainichi (サンデー毎日)
  • [1995.04.xx] Gekkan Sports Eye (月刊スポーツアイ)


  • While in Hello! Project, she was the oldest member.
  • Shinoda is famous in Japan for being a talented gymnast, especially for being the all-Japan champion from 1987 to 1989.
    • She's also famous for competing in the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul at age 16.
    • She continued to perform while attending the Nippon Sport Science University (日本体育大学), usually placing 3rd in most tournaments until her graduation in 1995.
  • She showed her talent in her days in Hello! Project, often in live performances while in Taiyou to Ciscomoon and once on Utaban during a jump rope competition with Akagumi 4.
  • Shinoda is a noticed dancer. From 1995 to 1998, she was also a member of "Firegirls", the then-cheerleader dance team for the Yomiuri Giants. She left upon joining the ASAYAN auditions.

Honorary Titles[]

Honorary Titles
Preceded by
Nakazawa Yuko
Oldest Member of Hello! Project
February 21, 1999 – October 10, 2000
Succeeded by
Nakazawa Yuko


  1. GiRLPOP Hello! Project Special 2000 (Interview)
  2. idol-forever.jp
  3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PqbmI1uphak&t=12s
  4. [1]
  5. ★演技発表会まであと7日! (in Japanese). Nippon Sport Science University. 2012-12-09.
  6. Ikuta Erina. "大好きな先生。生田衣梨奈" (in Japanese). Morning Musume Qki Official Blog. 2015-02-14.
  7. [2]www.nnn.co.jp

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