Kamei Eri’s Profile

History

Kamei was selected ;to join Morning Musume as part of the sixth generation, along with Michishige Sayumi, Tanaka Reina (then-soloist Fujimoto Miki was also added into sixth generation) in 2003. She made her debut on the single Shabondama, was first featured on the Ai no Dai 6 Kan album, and made her first concert appearance at Morning Musume Concert Tour 2003 Haru “Non Stop!”.

Out of all the 6th generation members, Kamei struggled the most to create a presence for herself. She got her big break playing the role of field reporter Elizabeth Kyamei on the HelloPro News segment on Hello! Morning, showing her comedic side and helping her to break out of her shell. She has since tackled a number of comedic roles, with notable favorites like her parody of Yon-sama (Korean actor Bae Yong Jun). She even got her own segment on Hello! Morning (where she had become a regular since her debut) ;as salesman Eric Kamezou in Eric Kamezou no Maido Ari, in which she, along with her co-host Yuko Nakazawa, and most often several guests promote the latest products from the Hello! Project. Her segment was removed from the show in the winter of 2005, but she still stared in the rest of the show as a regular.

Kamei has since gone on to establish herself as a boke-type character, in which one acts like a fool and says weird, stupid or random things. Her “my pace” (meaning doing things her own way) personality makes this a natural comedy style for her and she is often paired with Niigaki Risa as her tsukkomi (the straight, more serious character of the boke-tsukkomi comedy style, which is the person who has to correct, keep in line, make excuses for or otherwise take the burden of the boke character).

For the first time in her career in Morning Musume, Kamei was given the center position for the choreography of an A-side in Kimagure Princess, though lead vocals still went to Takahashi Ai in 2009.

On August 8, 2010, it was announced that Kamei would graduate from Morning Musume on the last day of Morning Musume’s fall concert tour alongside Linlin and Junjun because she suffers from atopic demartitis. Tsunku states that the reason was that she had a serious medical condition of the skin. A direct quote from him:

“About the graduation of Eri Kamei, 6th generation member

Eri Kamei came to me several times regarding her health condition. One time, she said to me : “I would like to find the time to cure the atopic dermatitis that I’m suffering from”. Since the time she joined the Morning Musume’。’, it looks like she was dealing with symptoms like itching and slight skin color changes. She took medication to calm the symptoms down and she also used make-up to cover it but during live concerts, there is a lot of sweat and many outfits to put on, which made her recovery very difficult. Some may say it is “just a skin problem” but according to doctors, an external problem like skin problem may move to an internal level. It may as well have an impact on her spirit, her mental level. Also, for her, it is a serious thing so she decided to focus on her recovery instead of letting it continue. Eri Kamei will graduate from Morning Musume’。’ and Hello! Project on the last day of the Morning Musume’。’Autumn 2010 concert tour.As for her activities after that, I intend to discuss with her after her full recovery.”

Kamei’s graduation was held on December 15, 2010.

Kamei opened up a restaurant with financial help from her Father titled Kamei-do. The restaurant opened in the summer of 2012. She also said she had no plans of returning to the entertainment industry.

Profile:

    Name:Kamei Eri (亀井絵里)
    Nickname: Kame (literally “Turtle”), Kame-han, Eririn, PokePokePu (PPP)
    Birth date: December 23rd 1988 (age 23)
    Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
    Blood Type: AB
    Height: 157cm
    Special skills: Running, dancing, arguing
    Hobbies: Reading books, email, buying makeup, karaoke, watching concert DVDs
    Favorite colors: Pink, gray, black, brown, white
    Favorite flowers: Roses
    Favorite season: Winter
    Favorite words: Love, good night
    Favorite food: Umeboshi, yoghurt, spaghetti, pasta, udon, soba, tomatoes
    Disliked food: Green peas
    Favorite songs: I WISH, Ai Araba IT’S ALL RIGHT, Shabondama
    Hello! Project groups:

    • Morning Musume (2003-2010)
    • Tanpopo# (2009-2010)

    Subgroups:

    • Morning Musume Sakura Gumi (2003-2004)

    Shuffle units:

    • H.P. All Stars (2004)

    Trivia:

    • Attended a private middle school and a private high school.
    • She has an older brother and a younger sister.
    • She is close friends with Michishige Sayumi, Tanaka Reina and Niigaki Risa.
    • She auditioned because she “wanted to change herself.”
    • When she first joined, Kamei stated that she liked small tight spaces, even saying she liked packed trains.
    • Many fans credit her stint as Elizabeth Kyamei, and later, her drastic hairstyle change to a short cut, as the start of her image change into a bubbly, burikko type role.
    • Like Fujimoto Miki, she is infamous for her lack of drawing skill.
    • Kamei stated on the radio program “Young Town Douyoubi” (aired on 2006.06.17) that her father named her “Eri” after his favorite Southern All Stars song, “Itoshi no Ellie.”
    • Usually wears perfume. When she was younger and wanted to try it out for the first time, she wasn’t sure what to pick so she went into her older brother’s room and tried out his.
    • She likes western clothing.
    • She is a morning person.
    • She said she goes to sleep really fast after work, around 10:30.
    • In her first Yorosen episode as teacher, she stated that she had a tuna fetish.
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