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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.
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..
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.
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. Hangry & Angry will be making their first United States performance at Sakura-Con in Seattle, Washington in April 2009.
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. Ishikawa joined the newly formed group, "Dream Morning Musume" in 2010 alongside other former Morning Musume members.
- Ongaku Gatas (2007 – present)
- Ecomoni (2004 – present)
- v-u-den (2004 – June 2008)
- DEF.DIVA (2005–2006)
- Morning Musume (2000–2005)
- Morning Musume Otomegumi (2003–2004)
- Tanpopo (2000–2003)
- Country Musume ni Ishikawa Rika (Morning Musume) (2001–2003)
- Romans (2003)
- Shuffle Groups
|1||Ishikawa Rika Shashinshū - Rika Ishikawa (石川梨華写真集 Rika Ishikawa?)||August 3, 2001||Takeshobo|
|First solo photobook|
|2||Ishikawa Rika Shashinshū" (石川梨華写真集?)||June 22, 2002||Wani Books|
|Second solo photobook|
|3||Ishikawa Rika Shashinshū - "I" (石川梨華写真集「I」?)||December 24, 2003||Wani Books|
|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||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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Sixth solo photobook|
|–||Rika Ishikawa Hello! Project 2007 Winter Concert||January 28, 2007||—|
|7||Ishikawa Rika Shashinshū "Abyuu" (石川梨華写真集「アビュー」?)||August 22, 2007||Wani Books|
|Seventh solo photobook|
|8||Ishikawa Rika Shashinshū "Kazahana" (石川梨華写真集「風華」?)||February 20, 2008||Kids Net|
|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|
|Ninth solo photobook|
DVDs and videosEdit
|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|
|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|
|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||–|
- 2000 – Pinch Runner
- 2002 – Tokkaekko
- 2003 – Koinu Dan no Monogatari
- 2003 – 17sai ~Tabidachi no Futari~
- 2004 – Tottoko Hamtaro Hamu Hamu Hapa Radaicho!
- 2006 – Yo-Yo Girl Cop
- 2003 – J Beef "Oniku Suki Suki"