Japanese idol Sayaka Ichii, one of the former members of girl group Morning Musume has another reason to be elated and joyful. She is celebrating her 33rd birthday! On this magazine, I have covered the birthdays of a few other Japanese idol singers. I have written about the birthday of “Acchan” Atsuko Maeda as she turned 25 on July 10, 2016. I have also written about former AKB48 member Yuka Masuda as she celebrated her 25th birthday in August 2016. But the focus of this post is about Sayaka Ichii who is my favorite Morning Musume member of the 2nd generation.
Ichii has gone through a divorce and she had to raise two daughters by herself after that divorce. She is a woman with a very strong character and she has survived and returned to the entertainment industry.
Japanese idol Sayaka ichii retired from the music business in 2003 and disbanded the group called Ichii Sayaka in Cubic Cross. The group is known by its shorter name CUBIC CROSS. Ichii would marry the guitarist of the band Naoki Yoshizawa in May 2004. She would give birth to her first daughter in August 2004. Ichii would not return to the music business until 2009 when she joined Ranves Management Agency. As of 2016, Makoto Ogawa is the most recent member of Morning Musume to announce and declare her retirement from the entertainment industry. Sayaka Ichii who is a native of the city of Funabashi and Chiba Prefecture made her debut back in 1998 as part of Morning Musume’s 2nd generation with Mari Yaguchi and Kei Yasuda. Kei Yasuda, now 36, was once my favorite member of the 2nd generation. I have written earlier about how beautiful Kei Yasuda is. Yasuda released a photo book called Kei in 2002. The debut single for Japanese idol Sayaka Ichii came when she sang in the song Summer Night Town.
Ichii would sing in several other songs including Daite Hold On Me! Ichii would also take part in the singles Furusato and LOVE Machine. LOVE Machine would go on to sell 1,646,630 copies and the song became a #1 hit single in Japan. Furusato is one of the songs where former members Ai Takahashi and Risa Niigaki sang their own versions. Whether it is coincidence or not, both Takahashi and Niigaki would also eventually get married. Takahashi registered her marriage to comedian Koji Abe in February 2014. And Risa Niigaki registered her marriage to actor Yoshikazu Kotani on July 11, 2016. Ichii graduated from Morning Musume in May 2000. The reason given for her graduation was because she wanted to continue her education.
Japanese idol Sayaka Ichii as part of her photo book Self released some very sexy swimsuit photos which are definitely worth a look! Ichii is from the same part of Japan that gravure model Harumi Nemoto and AKB48 idol Atsuko Maeda are from. Nemoto has exclusively worked as a Japanese gravure idol and I have written about her at least three times. I have written that she is one of the hottest Japanese supermodels in spite of her large breast size. I wrote about Harumi Nemoto so that her fans could see more of her. Japanese idol Sayaka Ichii is one of my favorite Morning Musume members and always will be! Happy Birthday Sayaka!