- Aya Ishiguro
- Hokkaid? Japan
- Singer Author
- Field Hockey
- E.T. Mimicry Nose Piercing
Aya Ishiguro (legally Aya Yamada, born May 12, 1978) is a former first generation member of Morning Musume. She is considered by many to be one of the sexiest members of the original generation, sometimes of Morning Musume as a whole. Ayappe adds to the impression with a nose ring and a strange ability to impersonate E.T.
Ishiguro graduated from Morning Musume and its umbrella group, the Hello! Project, in 2000.
Aya Ishiguro Career
Ishiguro was one of the five runner-ups in a 1997 contest to find a new female vocalist for the rock band Sharan Q. Tsunku, the producer, gave the five a challenge: sell 50,000 copies of their demo single with just five days of live promotion spread out over a month, and he would produce them as their own act. Ishiguro and the other four met the challenge. They were dubbed Morning Musume.
In 1999, due to rising popularity, Ishiguro became a member of the subgroup Tanpopo, along with Kaori Iida and Mari Yaguchi. She remained with the group for a year before she graduated - though she later reunited with them and the second generation of Tanpopo to record for their greatest hits album.
Ishiguro resigned from Morning Musume in December 1999, and had her last performance with them in January 2000. Her official reason for leaving was that she wanted to pursue a career in fashion design, but it was later revealed that she was getting married to her boyfriend, Shinya of the rock band Luna Sea. Their daughter was born a year later.
In the years since, Ishiguro has had two more children and published a few books about transitioning from Morning Musume to motherhood.