|Born||October 30, 1981|
|Other names||Ayaka Nagate, Ayaka, Coconuts Musume Ayaka|
|Spouse(s)||Hideto Tanihara (m. 2008)|
Ayaka Kimura (木村 絢香,?) (born October 30, 1981 in Kobe, Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan), currently known by her stage name as Ayaka Nagate (長手 絢香), is an actress currently signed to Tristone Entertainment. Before her debut as an actress, she was the sole remaining member of Japanese pop idol girl group Coconuts Musume within Hello! Project.
Ayaka joined Hello! Project in 1999 after being discovered by Makoto, fellow Sharan Q bandmate of Tsunku, with four other girls, forming Coconuts Musume. Having lived most of her teenage years in Hawaiʻi and attending English schools in Japan, Ayaka is fluent in both Japanese and English. She is best known by foreign fans for her "Ayaka no Totsugeki Eikaiwa (Ayaka's Surprise English Lessons)" TV segment, where she would test the English skills of Morning Musume members.
On April 30, 2008, Ayaka graduated from Coconuts Musume and Hello! Project to pursue her dream of being an actress. The following day, it was revealed that she had signed with Tristone Entertainment, going under the stage name of Ayaka Nagate.
- Honolulu Star-Bulletin Features
- "Hello! Project Announcement" (in Japanese). helloproject.com. April 30, 2008.
- "Coconuts Musume Ayaka has graduated from Hello Pro as a future actress" (in Japanese). sankei.jp.msn.com. April 30, 2008.
- "Tristone Entertainment Profile: Nagate Ayaka" (in Japanese). tristone.co.jp. May 1, 2008.
- "Golfer Tanihara Has Married Ayaka" (in Japanese). nikkansports.com. July 15, 2008.
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