Who is Rika Ishikawa?
Japan has had a huge influence on popular culture around the world with its numerous singers and actresses. One such person is Rika Ishikawa, former member of the very popular female music group Morning Musume. Known by the nickname of Charmy and standing only at five feet and one inch tall, Ishikawa got famous for being part of the fourth generation of Morning Musume singers. Ishikawa entered the world on January 19, 1985. A native of Kanagawa Prefecture, Ishikawa has also been involved in acting. Her movie debut came in 2000 in Pinch Runner. In 2003, she had a role in Seventeen followed by Yo-Yo Girl Cop in 2006 and Selfish Planet in 2010. Her most recent work is Atsuhime Number 1.
In April 2000 at the young age of 15, Ishikawa joined Morning Musume and stayed with the group until her graduation in 2005. In this period of five years, Ishikawa also became involved in two sub groups. One such group Tanpopo featured her as one of their members from 2000 until 2002. In 2003, Ishikawa became a part of the sub group Morning Musume Otome Gumi where she stayed until 2004. During the second half of 2004, Ishikawa formed EcoMoni with Sayumi Michishige to advocate for ecological causes. In October 2008, she formed another group with Hitomi Yoshizawa called Hangry & Angry. Their intention was to promote a clothing store that had the same name. The group made their United States concert appearance in April 2009 in Seattle, Washington. Ishikawa would travel to New York City for an anime festival in 2010 where she would greet fans in the US in English!
The first single that Ishikawa participated in became known as Happy Summer Wedding. In 2005, Ishikawa focused her efforts on the new group called v-u-den. Their first album called “Suite Room Number 1” debuted in November 2005. However in June 2008 the group broke up after being one of the most active groups. In April of that year, the group released their very last single called “I Love You.” After that breakup, Ishikawa continued working with another group called Ongaku Gatas. That group released its third single in August 2008. But before that, they released their debut album “1st Goodsal” in February 2008. In July 2010, Ishikawa participated in an event called Ishikawa Rika Casual Dinner Show. The event consisted of two shows and a dinner celebration that took place earlier. A few months later in October 2010, Ishikawa took part in the New York Anime Festival. She also participated in the h.Naoto fashion show and panel. In 2011, Ishikawa starred in a mini drama called “Tokusou Shirei! Aichi. In a surprising turn of events, Ishikawa in June 2011, revealed that for the first time since her days in Morning Musume, she hung out privately with Miki Fujimoto. It is well known that these two did not really get along when they were both in Morning Musume. Fujimoto said that their opinions always seemed to clash. But they hung out like mutual friends and had a good time. Ishikawa has also released many photo books including the one called Oui Mon Amour.
As of this writing, Ishikawa has appeared in 8 photo books, her most recent one being Kazahana. Her most recent DVD release in 2010 is called RIKA. She has an official blog. Ishikawa became a member of the group Dream Morning Musume until 2012 and became involved as a member during the group’s debut album release. The album’s name is called “Dreams 1.” In January 2012, Ishikawa released a photo book called Hanagocoro. When Ishikawa spends time away from singing, she enjoys shopping, tennis, nail art, and earrings. She likes the colors pink, white, and black. Rika recently met current AKB48 singer Yuki Kashiwagi who had been idolizing her for over 10 years. Source of above image : http://t-u-v.blogspot.com
On February 12, 2013 it was announced that Rika would star in a stage play called Moshimo Kokumin ga Shusho o Erandara with former Morning Musume member Ai Takahashi. There were 11 showings of this play and it ran from April 24-30. It was also in 2013 that Ishikawa met and talked to Yuki Kashiwagi, a member of the famous girl group AKB48. Kashiwagi had idolized Ishikawa when she was growing up. Ishikawa made her debut in Morning Musume along with Yoshizawa, Nozomi Tsuji, and Ai Kago. Rika Ishikawa is one of many Morning Musume members to have released photo books. Some of these other members are:
- Natsumi Abe (Subway)
- Ai Takahashi (Katachi)
- Risa Niigaki (Ascension)
- Ayumi Ishida (Ishida Ayumi, Shine More, It’s My Turn)
Other Interesting facts
- She had a mentor when she started her career. Morning Musume is signed to Hello! Project, a huge Japanese record label. Ishikawa’s mentor was Kei Yasuda.
- She follows the Hanshin Tigers baseball team.
- She used to have a fear of birds but apparently, hypnotherapy has helped her get rid of that fear.
- Has a very noticeable chin as this is one of her most obvious physical features.
- As a child, Rika Ishikawa used to have the nickname of Chimu because she used to be chubby.
- Her baseball knowledge is really good because of her father. Her father is a huge baseball fan.
- Rika Ishikawa says that she is scared of getting an injection. She says that she has blood vessels that are small and hard to find.
- Her stated reason for departing from Hello! Project was to become a gravure or bikini model. And that is what I will address next because Rika is just so sexy! In fact if you want to see just how sexy she is, take a look at this photo of her in an interesting green bikini.