Yaguchi Mari

History

On May 3, 1998, she, along with Yasuda Kei and Ichii Sayaka, were chosen to be a part of the second generation of ;the j-pop group ;Morning Musume. On November 18, 1998, ;they debuted with Morning Musume’s first sub-group Tanpopo.

She made her first movie debut in the movie Morning Cop, alongside the other Morning Musume members and H!P soloist Heike Michiyo.

In October ;2000, ;she approached Tsunku, Morning Musume’s songwriter and producer, ;with an idea for a new sub group. The ;idea ;was that the sub-group’s members would 1.5 m (4 ft 11 in) in height or shorter. They selected two of Morning Musume’s newest members, Kago Ai and Tsuji Nozomi, for the new subgroup and the trio began performing in concerts as Mini Moni. American-born Mika Todd of Coconuts Musume was later added into the group to give the group “an international flavour” and Tsunku made them official. Their debut single, “Mini Moni Jankenpyon!”, was a #1 hit. She also had a supporting role in another movie called Pinch Runner alongside the other Morning Musume members.

On Febuary 7, 2002, she released her first photobook titled “Yaguchi”. She ;starred in another movie called Nama Tamago alsonside, Iida Kaori, Tsuji Nozomi, & Goto Maki taht same year. The movie was released on VHS format on March 15th 2002 and later on DVD format on May 15th 2002.

After the graduation of 2 Generation member Yasuda Kei in May 2003, Yaguchi became Morning Musume’s sub-leader. On March 29, 2003, She graduated from ;Mini-Moni, having Mika Todd replace her as leader. The group only lasted another year until Mika Todd’s graduation from the group.

In July of 2003, she debuted with ZYX as leader. In the group, Yaguchi acted as a mentor to the Hello! Project Kids, showing them the ropes of being a performing member of Hello! Project. ZYX was the first unit that Hello! Project Kids officially joined.

In January of 2003, She acted in the movie Koinu Dan no Monogatari which was a Hello! Project movie based on the manga series by Marimo Shirasawa. She alongside other Morning Musume members, Hello! Project Kids members, and ex-Morning Musume member Goto Maki. The movie was released 2003 and won popularity award from the Awards of the Japanese Academy.

She made a guest appearance in one episode of the drama “Kochira Hon Ikegami Sho”, and ;released two more photobookes: one being “Love Hello! Mari Yaguchi”, part of a idol DVD she had, and the other being the Pocket Morning Musume. (Volume 2) which also had Abe Natsumi, Goto Maki, and Iida Kaori.

On October 10, 2003, She released her first essay book entitled “Oira – MARI YAGUCHI FIRST ESSAY”.

On January 30, 2005, ; Yaguchi became leader after Iida Kaori’s graduation, with Yoshizawa Hitomi then ;taking her position ;as sub-leader. On April 14, 2005, it was reported by tabloid magazine FRIDAY that Yaguchi was in a relationship with actor Oguri Shun. She said she had “betrayed [her] position as an idol” and that she “want[ed] to move on with [her] career as an adult.” As such, Yaguchi resigned from Morning Musume without a graduation ceremony.

In April of 2006, it was reported that Yaguchi and Oguri had broken up. Her first post-Morning Musume recording, “Nigiyaka na Fuyu”, done as a collaboration with Berryz Koubou, appears as the coupling track on Berryz Koubou’s November 2005 single “Gag 100 Kaibun Aishite Kudasai”. She continued to appear on television and at live events on behalf of Hello! Project, ;co-hosted two weekly TV shows of her own (Yaguchi Hitori and Kanrui! Jikuu Times), has starred in two dramas, and frequently guest stars on other variety shows.

At the start of 2007, she has started to sing during Hello! Project concerts again. In the summer, Yaguchi was casted to host a new Gyao TV show, “Midtown TV”, becoming her third tv-show on air. “Midtown TV” aired all weekdays and Yaguchi hosted it on Thursdays. Mari and seven H!P Eggs were scheduled to appear live and with audience on “Ciao TV”, a Kids Station show, on September 2nd 19h~19.30h, on what appeared to be yet a new TV show for her, which makes four Yaguchi Mari TV shows being aired simultaneously.

Yaguchi was the drama queen in a Japanese drama series called “Sento no Musume!?” (銭湯の娘!?, daughter of public bathhouse), Yaguchi was one of the main stars in a Japanese day time drama series called Gyarusa (ギャルサ, Gal Circle), along with her show Yaguchi Hitori, and MCing Hello! Project concerts. From May 25, 2007 and up to June 6, 2007, Yaguchi performed in “Damn Yankees”, a popular 1955 Broadway musical at the Tokyo Aoyama Theater.

Yaguchi Mari participated in the Minna no Fitness event on April 27. Minna no Fitness is a free internet workout. When asked about the comebacks of former Hello! Project members Goto Maki and Kago Ai, she replied that she hasn’t been in contact with them and doesn’t know any of the details.

It was announced on October 19, 2008, on the official Hello! Project website, that Yaguchi would graduate from the Elder Club & Hello! Project all together on March 31, 2009.

She graduated with the rest of the Elder Club at a graduation concert was held at Yokohama Arena on February 1, 2009. Yaguchi Mari’s debut solo single is a collaboration with the TV show Quiz Hexagon, which has brought us the popular groups Pabo and Shuchishin. This was the first solo release from Mari. The single is also a collaboration with Airband, and includes a randomly chosen photo card of either Mari or Airband. Yaguchi performed her new single live for the first time on Quiz Hexagon, and ;was an emotional performance for Mari who had not sung on live television in over four years.

In April of 2009, It was announced that Yaguchi will now be writing a “blog-like” column in Famitsu, one of the most respected video game magazines in Japan and the world. She would be talking about how girls are also passionate gamers, and the column would also feature photos of Yaguchi. The column was said to be released on May 1st, ;and would be titled “I’m a Gamer“.

In November of 2009, Yaguchi Mari had been made into a CG (computer graphic) character for a Yakuza themed video game titled Ryuu ga Gotoku: Densetsu wo Tsugumono.

In December of 2009, The cover for Yaguchi Mari to Straw Hat’s single titled Kaze o Sagashite had been released. “Yaguchi Mari to Straw Hat” is the name of the Hexagon family unit for the song which featured Yaguchi as the main singer. The song was used for the opening of the anime One Piece.

In February of 2010, Yaguchi announced on her blog that she would produce a restaurant called Shabushabu Onyasai Roppongi, and it opened on March 9th. She has mentioned on her blog that she has been fussing about the interior design, sampling food from the new menu, suggesting new menu ideas, working on staff uniforms and even working on a new uniform for her, so it seems that the restaurant would be suited to Yaguchi’s personality. On Yaguchi’s Blog, it was said she and Maeda Yuuka will be in a movie titled Hoshisuna no Shima no Chiisana Tenshi ~Mermaid Smile~.

In March of 2010, It was revealed that Yaguchi Mari, Satoda Mai and Michishige Sayumi are to be regulars on the midnight TBS show Aimai na!. The air date ;was on starting from 4/9.

In June of 2010, Yaguchi was a regular on a local Nagoya show titled Go! Bungee Police along with Wada Ayaka. The show ;started on 7/6. In August of 2010, it was announced that Yaguchi Mari and S/mileage will appear on Downtown DX, and that the show will air on 9/9. On August 7, 2010, Mari joined the new promotional unit called Afternoon Musume with 7 other OG members for the Georgia coffee drinks.

On January 2, 2011, ;a few ;media outlets reported that Yaguchi Mari will be getting married to her boyfriend, Nakamura Masaya. Nakamura and Yaguchi were quick to state on their blogs saying that while it remained a possibility, the marriage was not finalized. Additionally, it was announced that Yaguchi will be joining the newly formed group, “Dream Morning Musume” alongside other former Morning Musume members.

Yaguchi and Nakamura submitted their marriage papers on May 22, 2011. The two originally had planned on getting married mid-March, but postponed to May due to the earthquake.

One year after their marriage, Yaguchi and Nakamura had their wedding reception with many old Momusu members and current (Tanaka and Michishige) present at the event.

Profile:

Name: Yaguchi Mari
Nickname: Marippe, Yagu-chan, Yaguttsuan, Yaguchi-san
Birth date: January 20th 1983 (age 29)
Birthplace: Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
Blood type: A
Height: 144.8 cm (4 ft. 9 in.)
Weight: 39 kg (86 lbs)
Feet size: 22.5 cm
Specialties: Making her mouth into the shape of a heart, fitting inside a boston bag
Hobbies: Playing video games, cooking (just a little), collecting platform shoes
Favorite color: White (as of 9th August 2007)
Disliked color: Purple
Favorite song: “When You Wish Upon a Star” – Pinocchio
Favorite Morning Musume song: I WISH
Favorite flower: Sunflowers
Favorite food: Yakiniku, Bibimbap, cheese, rice, ice
Disliked food: Milk, liver, avocado, green peas
Favorite sport: Table tennis, Badminton
Favorite words: Happy, pure, “Full power!”
Favorite season: Winter
Impersonations: Hamasaki Ayumi, Onitsuka Chihiro

Hello! Project Groups:

  • Morning Musume (1998-2005)
  • ZYX (2003)
  • ROMANS (2003)
  • Dream Morning Musume (2011- )

Subgroups:

  • Tanpopo (1998-2002)
  • Mini Moni (2000-2003)
  • Morning Musume Sakura Gumi (2003-2004)
  • Hello! Project Akagumi (2005)

Shuffle Groups:

  • Aoiro 7 (2000)
  • 7nin Matsuri (2001)
  • Sexy 8 (2002)
  • 11WATER (2003)
  • H.P. All Stars (2004)

Trivia:

  • Was the first person from the popular Japanse girl group “Morning Musume” to “resign” due to a scandal. She received no graduating concerts, or final performances due to this circumstance, but has made it clear that she’ll return as a solo artist in 2006.
  • She was famous for her “Sexy Beam!” line from “Koi no Dance Site” and she was asked jokingly in Joshi Kashimashi Monogatari, “When will your real sexy beam come out?”. The “Sexy beam!” line has made its way around fans and fellow musicians alike.
  • Is good friends with Yasuda Kei.
  • After long being out of Morning Musume, she often came out and discussed how Tsuji Nozomi terrorized her in Mini Moni and Morning Musume and also said whenever she sees her cry, even till this day, she is not affected by it and thinks she is faking.
  • She is known and favorited for her exuberant and irreverent personality.
  • She was also famous for being the smallest member of Morning Musume at only 145 cm (4 ft. 9 in.) and 39 kg (86 lbs.).
  • She was a member of Tanpopo, one of the first sub groups, and also founded Mini Moni. She was also was leader of Morning Musume Sakura Gumi when Abe Natsumi graduated and was also the leader of ZYX. She was also in ROMANS.
  • When she graduated from Morning Musume she was the last person to join before the year 2000 (Iida Kaori had left nearly 2 months before).
  • She currently has the fifth longest tenure of any member, with only Takahashi Ai, Niigaki Risa, Yoshizawa Hitomi and Iida Kaori being in the group longer.
  • This new focus on television prompted Yaguchi, during an interview with actor Hugh Jackman, to jokingly describe herself as a “variety idol”. Although she later regretted the joke — because she has tried to distance herself from her idol image — the nickname has stuck amongst her fans.
  • She’s the last one to leave Morning Musume in her Generation.
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