Kumai Yurina’s Profile

Kumai Yurina, January 2014

History

Kumai Yurina was one of the 15 winners of the Hello! Project Kids auditon in 2002. She was chosen as one of the eight members of Berryz Kobo in 2004.

She is currently the tallest member in Berryz Kobo and all of Hello! Project at 178cm (5’11”) and sometimes a lead vocalist in the group.

In 2007, she released her first PB, titled “Yurina” on August 29th 2007. She released her second PB, titled “Flowerage” on July 25th 2009.

She was chosen to promote rock band Base Ball Bear’s new album, “(WHAT IS THE) LOVE & POP” in a TV commercial that features only her. This was her first time doing a solo CM. Some fans speculated that one of the reasons Yurina might have been chosen is for her surname, Kumai; the “Kuma” part in her name meaning bear. Other rumours also said that Base Ball Bear found out about Berryz by checking out their CD’s in a music store where Berryz was placed next to them.

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. Since two days after the CM appeared on YouTube, a record of 12 million or more views and more than 80 comments. The majority of users left comments like Kumai-chan is “kirei” and “kawaii” written in English and Japanese.

For the first time during her time in Berryz Kobo, Kumai was given the center position for their 25th single Shining Power’s PV. She was also center in the dance and was the sole main vocalist in the song, which as all a first for her.

In December 17th 2010, she released her first Alo-Hello PB titled “Kumaspo!”.

On December 23rd 2011, she released her first E-Hello DVD titled “One Day in Autumn”.

In late 2011, Kumai was the lead character in the horror movie Ousama Game, which all of Berrikyuu were in along with Suzuki Airi. The movie was in theaters starting December 17th 2011, and the DVD was released April 2012.

Her second E-Hello, titled “Lily” was released in April 2012.

Kumai, alongside fellow Berryz members Sudou Maasa, Shimizu Saki and Sugaya Risako and C-ute members Yajima Maimi, Saki Nakajima and Hagiwara Mai will be starring in the first adaption of the Cat’s Eye manga/anime. The group will also be forming a new group, Cat’s Eye 7, and singing the theme song for the stage play.

Profile:

Name: Kumai Yurina
Birthdate: August 3rd 1993 (Age 19)
Nickname: Yuri, Yurina, Kumai-chan
Blood Type: B
Birthplace: Kanagawa, Japan
Height: 176cm
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
Special skill: Jump rope, unicycle
Hobby: Purikura, collecting stickers, listening to music
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, nattou, 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
Hello! Project Groups:

Current

  • Hello! Project Kids (2002-)
  • Berryz Kobo (2004-)
  • Tanpopo# (2009-)
  • Hello! Project Mobekimasu (2011-)
  • Cat’s Eye 7 (2012)

Past Units:

  • H.P. All Stars (2004)
  • Bello! (2009)
  • Guardians 4 (2009-2010)

Trivia:

  • Has a younger brother
  • Has a dog named “Mint”
  • Her favorite artists are ayaka, Crystal Kay, UNJASH and Sakurazuka Yakkun.
  • The Berryz Koubou member she is closest to is Sudou Maasa
  • She claimed that her own name is a bit difficult to say.
  • Hello! Project Kids Audition song: Koi wo Shichaimashita! Tanpopo
  • 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 (equal to 10 dollars roughly)
  • In one of Berryz Kobo’s DVD magazines, Kumai has claimed she wants to visit Belize.
  • Sugaya Risako said “I often share a hotel room with Kumai-chan. She sets an alarm clock, which rings really loud. Even though it is ringing really loud, she doesn’t wake up at all. She always turns it to the maximum volume”.
  • Yurina carries around a box of tissues almost everywhere. So, Natsuyaki Miyabi says Kumai’s new nickname should be “tissues”.
  • She has claimed that all the dance lessons they took (before they debuted with their first single “Anata Nashi de wa Ikite Yukenai”) were the hardest things to do in her life.
  • She said that is important to keep the memories of past time with, for example, 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 Kobo”.
  • From ~Sono Subete no Ai ni~: her good subject is Japanese Language and her favorite food is Kinakomochi.
  • If we were talking about fruits, Yurina resembles a Pink grapefruit.
  • In elementary School, she was part of the broadcast board.
  • [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!
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