Nozomi Ōhashi

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Nozomi Ōhashi
Ohashi nozomi.jpg
Nozomi Ōhashi in January 2009
Born (1999-05-09) May 9, 1999 (age 15)
Tokyo, Japan
Other names Non-chan
Occupation Child actress, singer
Years active 2002-2012
Notable work(s) Shiroi Haru
The Quiz Show
Ponyo
Case Closed: The Lost Ship in the Sky
Website
Official profile

Nozomi Ōhashi (大橋 のぞみ Ōhashi Nozomi?, born May 9, 1999) is a Japanese child actress and singer attached to the Central Kodomo Gekidan talent agency.[1] She is noted for her role in the 2008 Studio Ghibli film Ponyo.[2] Nozomi has also starred in various Japanese television series.[3]

Nozomi Ōhashi retired from show business after March 31, 2012.[4]

Career[edit]

Ohashi made her acting debut at the age of three,[5] and debuted as a singer with the song "Gake no Ue no Ponyo", which she sang together with the duo group Fujioka Fujimaki in 2007.[2] "Gake no Ue no Ponyo" is the theme song of the 2008 Studio Ghibli anime film Ponyo.[5]

When this single was first released on December 15, 2007, it debuted at 115 on the Oricon charts.[6] After the release of Ponyo, however, the single reached the number 3 position on the charts.[6] It remained on the Oricon Top 10 charts for ten consecutive weeks, a record for an artist under the age of 10.[7] This record was only broken by the single "Maru Maru Mori Mori!" in 2011.[7] For singing "Gake no Ue no Ponyo", Ohashi was invited to participate in the 59th edition of Kōhaku Uta Gassen, becoming the youngest participant in the history of this program.[8] In addition to singing the theme song for Ponyo, Ohashi also voiced the character of Karen in this film.[3]

In the 2009 Fuji TV drama Shiroi Haru, Ohashi starred as Sachi Murakami, one of the main characters in this television series.[9] She also played the lead role in a one-off television special drama Happy Birthday.[10] This drama aired on November 21, 2009 on the Fuji TV network.[10]

In 2011, Ohashi released her second single entitled Panda no Yume.[6] The title track of this single was approved as the "Panda Welcoming Song" for Ueno Zoo by the zoo's publicity committee.[6] It was then used as a publicity song for the new panda exhibit that had opened at the zoo on April 1, 2011.[6] This single was later released in Japan on July 27, 2011.[6] In addition to releasing her single, Ohashi also starred in the television series Don Quixote.[3] She played the role of Airi Nakano in this NTV drama.[3]

Ohashi played a minor role in the film Shiawase no Pan, which was released in Japanese cinemas on January 28, 2012.[11]

On March 1, 2012, it was announced that Ōhashi would be retiring from show business to concentrate on her studies after entering junior high school.[4][12] Ōhashi's last day in show business was on March 31, 2012.[4] It was also announced that the film that Nozomi was supposed to star in, Daisuki na Kutsu o Haitara, had been cancelled due to production problems.[12]

She starred in the television program Jinsei ga Kawaru 1-Funkan no Fukaihanashi on March 19, 2012.[13] During this program, she sang the songs "Gake no Ue no Ponyo" and "Kyo no Hi wa Sayonara", both of which were featured in her album Non-chan Kumo ni Noru.[13] This was her last public appearance before her retirement from show business.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Nozomi Ōhashi is the youngest child in her family.[14] She has two other older sisters, one of whom is 7 years her senior, and the other is 4 years older than her.[14] Her favorite female actress is Mirai Shida.[15]

Television dramas[edit]

Film[edit]

Commercials[edit]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea Image Album "Ponyo's Lullaby"
  • Non-chan Kumo ni Noru (24 December 2008, Yamaha Music Communications)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nozomi Ohashi official profile". central-g (in Japanese). Retrieved 2012-03-18. 
  2. ^ a b "大橋のぞみのヒストリー". Oricon (in Japanese). Retrieved 2012-03-18. 
  3. ^ a b c d "大橋のぞみ". Stingray (in Japanese). allcinema. Retrieved 2012-03-20. .
  4. ^ a b c "Official Announcement on central-g website". central-g (in Japanese). 2012-03-01. Retrieved 2012-03-19. 
  5. ^ a b "芸能芸能 実は誰よりも賢かった? 「テレビ業界への再就職を見据えて……」? 大橋のぞみ、子役引退の裏事情". cyzowoman (in Japanese). Retrieved 2012-03-24. .
  6. ^ a b c d e f "ポニョ主題歌、ジブリ曲で歴代最高3位&「ツトム君」以来約32年ぶり快挙". Oricon, Inc. (in Japanese). 2008-07-29. Retrieved 2012-03-22. 
  7. ^ a b "【オリコン】「マルモリ」、ポニョ超え記録の12週連続TOP10". Oricon, Inc. (in Japanese). 2011-08-16. Retrieved 2012-03-19. 
  8. ^ "紅白最年少出場の大橋のぞみ、いつもは午後10時就寝も「最後まで頑張る!」". Oricon, Inc. (in Japanese). 2008-11-26. Retrieved 2012-03-19. 
  9. ^ "白い春(2009)". allcinema. Retrieved 2012-03-20. 
  10. ^ a b "ハッピーバースデー(2009)". allcinema. Retrieved 2012-03-20. .
  11. ^ "しあわせのパン(2011)". allcinema. Retrieved 2012-03-20. .
  12. ^ a b "Child star Ohashi Nozomi to retire from show business". Sports Hochi. Tokyograph. 5 March 2012. Retrieved 6 March 2012.  Translated from original article by Sports Hochi.
  13. ^ a b c "大橋のぞみが最後のメッセージ「中学生になったら将来の夢を決めたい」。". Narinari.com. 2012-03-20. Retrieved 2012-03-20. .
  14. ^ a b "Her speech made in the program "Tetsuko no Heya"". 2009-02-18. TV Asahi. http://www.tv-asahi.co.jp/tetsuko/.
  15. ^ Sankei Sports (in Japanese) (Japan: Sankei Sports). Sankei Sports. 12 February 2009. 

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