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Rika Ishikawa (石川 梨華 Ishikawa Rika?, born January 19, 1985 in Yokosuka, Kanagawa, Japan), is a Japanese pop singer and TV/radio hostess, associated with the Hello! Project banner and best known as a former member of the pop group Morning Musume. She was the leader of the Japanese pop idol trio v-u-den until June 2008. She is working as a soloist, a member of the Japanese pop idol group Ongaku Gatas, in the duo Hangry & Angry as Angry, and as a current member of Dream Morning Musume.

BiographyEdit

Ishikawa joined Morning Musume as a fourth generation member along with Hitomi Yoshizawa, Nozomi Tsuji, and Ai Kago, and made her debut in 2000 along with the rest of the fourth generation on the band's tenth single, "Happy Summer Wedding".

In 2001, simultaneously with her Morning Musume obligations, Ishikawa became a featured member of the then-semi-dormant Hello! Project group Country Musume and a second-generation member of Morning Musume's first subgroup, Tanpopo. She also participated in her first shuffle group recording, 3-nin Matsuri, with fellow Morning Musume/Tanpopo member Ai Kago and solo singer Aya Matsuura (previously, she had been a replacement member in the 2000 shuffle group Aoiro 7).

One of Ishikawa's most referenced vocal parts during her Morning Musume days was a frantic spoken word piece in the middle eight of their 2003 single "Shabondama". She also said a spoken word piece at the end of the song "The Peace!" which she has said was one of her favorite Morning Musume moments.

In September 2004, her new trio, v-u-den, released their debut single. She graduated from Morning Musume on May 7, 2005, and after five singles, v-u-den finally released their debut album, Suiteroom Number 1, in November 2005.

Ishikawa has starred in a Hamtaro movie with her Ecomoni partner, Sayumi Michishige, and soloist Aya Matsuura. She was a Pocky Girl (for Morning Musume's Pocky commercial), and also plays for Gatas Brilhantes H.P..

Ishikawa starred in Sukeban Deka: Codename = Asamiya Saki, the fourth live-action adaptation film of Sukeban Deka opposite Aya Matsuura, released September 30, 2006.

In line with Mari Yaguchi's involvement in the Japanese 2007 adaptation of the popular 1955 Broadway play, "Damn Yankees", Rika will be double cast with fellow 4th Generation ex-Morning Musume member, Nozomi Tsuji, in "When Will You Return?" (『いつの日君帰る』 Itsu no hi kimi kaeru?) in 2007 at the Nissei Theatre in Tokyo and the Osaka City Center.[1]

In mid-2007, Ishikawa joined the group Ongaku Gatas along with fellow members of Gatas Brilhantes H.P..

On October 12, 2008 it was announced that she is paired up with fellow ex-Morning Musume member Hitomi Yoshizawa in the new unit Hangry & Angry in collaboration with a Harajuku fashion store of the same name.[2] Hangry & Angry will be making their first United States performance at Sakura-Con in Seattle, Washington in April 2009.[3][4]

It was announced on October 19, 2008, on the official Hello!Project website, that Ishikawa will graduate from Hello! Project along with the rest of Elder Club on March 31, 2009.[5] Ishikawa joined the newly formed group, "Dream Morning Musume" in 2010 alongside other former Morning Musume members.

GroupsEdit

Hello! ProjectEdit

Non-Hello! ProjectEdit

ReleasesEdit

PhotobooksEdit

# Title Release date Publisher
ISBN
Description
1 Ishikawa Rika Shashinshū - Rika Ishikawa (石川梨華写真集 Rika Ishikawa?) August 3, 2001 Takeshobo
ISBN 978-4-8124-0791-2
First solo photobook
2 Ishikawa Rika Shashinshū" (石川梨華写真集?) June 22, 2002 Wani Books
ISBN 978-4-8470-2717-8
Second solo photobook
3 Ishikawa Rika Shashinshū - "I" (石川梨華写真集「I」?) December 24, 2003 Wani Books
ISBN 978-4-8470-2787-1
Third solo photobook
"Seishun Haka-san Ryōri Jyuku" & "17sai ~Tabidachi no Futari~" Visual Book ( 「青春ばかちん料理塾」&「17才~旅立ちのふたり」ビジュアルブック?) August 8, 2003 Kodansha

ISBN 978-4-06-364523-1

Photobook of the movie Seventeen
Pocket Morning Musume Vol.1 (ポケットモーニング娘。〈Vol.1〉?) September 2003 Rokusaisha
ISBN 978-4-8463-0525-3
Fourth Generation member pocket photobook
4 Ishikawa Rika Shashinshū "Hanabi" (1石川梨華写真集「華美」?) December 10, 2004 Wani Books
ISBN 978-4-8470-2836-6
Fourth solo photobook
5 Ishikawa Rika Shiawase no Ashi Ato Happy (フォト&エッセイ「石川梨華 幸せのあしあと ハッピー!」?) July 1, 2005 Kobunsha
ISBN 978-4-334-90127-1
Photo and Essay book
Ishikawa Rika & Michishige Sayumi
Shashinshū "Angels"
(石川梨華&道重さゆみ写真集「エンジェルズ」?)
November 16, 2005 Wani Books
ISBN 978-4-8470-2895-3
Duo photobook with Sayumi Michishige
6 Ishikawa Shashinshū "Oui, mon amour" ( 石川梨華写真集「Oui, mon amour」?) December 18, 2006 Wani Books
ISBN 978-4-8470-2981-3
Sixth solo photobook
Rika Ishikawa Hello! Project 2007 Winter Concert January 28, 2007
Concert photobook
7 Ishikawa Rika Shashinshū "Abyuu" (石川梨華写真集「アビュー」?) August 22, 2007 Wani Books
ISBN 978-4-8470-4032-0
Seventh solo photobook
8 Ishikawa Rika Shashinshū "Kazahana" (石川梨華写真集「風華」?) February 20, 2008 Kids Net
ISBN 978-4-04-895014-5
Eighth solo photobook
9 Ishikawa Rika Shashinshū "Karen" (石川梨華写真集「華恋(かれん)」?) January 19, 2009 Wani Books
ISBN 978-4-8470-4151-8
Ninth solo photobook[6]

DVDs and videosEdit

# Title Release date
1 Rika & Miki Sugao no 17sai ~Making Of "17sai ~Tabidachi no Futari~"~ October 21, 2003
2 Alo Hello! Rika Ishikawa (アロハロ!石川梨華?) March 7, 2007

ActsEdit

TelevisionEdit

Show Start date End date
Hai Kara-san ga Tōru January 2, 2002
Tō-san no Natsu Matsuri August 17, 2002
Ore ga Aitsu de Aitsu ga Ore de December 28, 2002
Ranpo R Jigoku Dōkeshi February 23, 2003
Last Present December 24, 2003
Majokko Rika-chan no Magical v-u-den (魔女っ娘。梨華ちゃんのマジカル美勇伝?) October 4, 2004 December 24, 2004
Shinshun Wide Jidaigeki "Kunitori Monogatari" January 2, 2005
Musume Dokyu! (娘Dokyu!?) May 9, 2005
Shin Dōmoto Kyōdai (新堂本兄弟?) June 18, 2006

RadioEdit

Program Start date End date
MBS Young Town Dōyōbi April 3, 2003 March 27, 2004
v-u-den☆Ishikawa Rika no Chanka☆Charmy! April 2, 2004 September 21, 2006
Hello Pro Yanen!! February 18, 2005 March 11, 2005
B.B.L. April 3, 2005 April 10, 2005
May 8, 2005 Currently running
v-u-den Beauty Hour 21 October 6, 2006

MoviesEdit

CommercialsEdit

  • Eeruseeme
  • 2003 – J Beef "Oniku Suki Suki"

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