Erika Ikuta

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Erika Ikuta
Native name
生田 絵梨花
Also known asIku-chan
Born (1997-01-22) 22 January 1997 (age 22)
Düsseldorf, Germany
OriginTokyo, Japan
  • Vocals
  • Piano
Years active2007-present
Associated actsNogizaka46

Erika Ikuta (生田 絵梨花, Ikuta Erika, born January 22, 1997 Düsseldorf, Germany) is a Japanese idol singer, actress and a member of the Japanese idol girl group Nogizaka46.[1][2] Her father's cousin, Masahide Sakuma, is a music producer known for producing many J-pop music.[3]


In 2011, she auditioned for Nogizaka46 and was selected as one of the 36 first generation members. Her audition song was Aiko's Star.[4] She was chosen as one of the select members for their debut song Guruguru Curtain released on February 22, 2012.[5] In September 2012, she was selected for the leading role Alice in Nogizaka46's musical stage Sixteen Principal.[6]

On April 20, 2014, she announced that she would suspend her activities of Nogizaka46 to prepare for further schooling.[7][8] On August 3, 2014, in their variety show Nogizakatte, Doko?, it was revealed that she took the center position in Nogizaka46 for their 10th single Nandome no Aozora ka?,[9] and she would resume her activities.

On January 14, 2015, a family drama Zannen na Otto started airing on Fuji TV, and she regularly appeared as a high school girl who had dreams of becoming a pianist.[10] She released her first solo photo book Tenchō on January 21, 2016.[11] It has sold 38,355 copies in a week, and ranked 1st on the Oricon weekly photo book sales chart.[12][13] It also ranked 1st on the Oricon book ranking photobook category in the first half of the year 2016.[14]

In July 2016, It was also announced that Erika Ikuta has been chosen as the new Cosette in the 30th anniversary staging of Les Miserables in Japan. She done that in 2017 and will reprise the role in 2019.[15] In the episode of Nogizaka46's variety show "Nogizaka Under Construction" aired last July 3, 2017, she was the winner of Kazumi Takayama's T-1, a competition amongst the members for the best omelet roll. It was considered a significant improvement on her cooking skills as she previously had zero knowledge in cooking as shown in the group's former variety show "Nogizakatte, Doko?" aired last 2011. On July 9, 2017, Erika Ikuta got her first solo song after beating Mai Shiraishi during Nogibingo TV show NOGIKOI Tournament. In December 2018, she was the 5th Nogizaka46 member to release second photobook.


TV series[edit]

  • Biblia Koshodō no Jiken Techō Episode 5 (Fuji TV, 2013), as Mirei Tanabe[16]
  • Umi no Ue no Shinryōjo Episode 1 (Fuji TV, 2013)[17]
  • Zannen na Otto (Fuji TV, 2015), as Mika Hosoi[10][18]
  • Hatsumori Bemars (TV Tokyo, 2015), as Chopin[19]
  • Honto ni Atta Kowai Hanashi Natsu no Tokubetsu-hen 2016 - Mou Hitori no Elevator (Fuji TV, 2016)[20]


  • Chōnōryoku Kenkyūbu no 3-nin (2014), Ikuko Murata[21]
  • Asahinagu (2017), Nene Ichidō[22]





  • Mouse Computer Japan (2017-)



  • Kikan Nogizaka vol.4 Saitō (26 December 2014, Tokyo News Service) ISBN 9784863364516[31]
  • Tenchō=Modulation Erika Ikuta 1st Photo Book (21 January 2016, Shueisha) ISBN 9784087807783[11][32]


  1. ^ "生田 絵梨花 メンバー紹介 乃木坂46公式サイト" [Erika Ikuta, member introduction, Nogizaka46 official website]. Nogizaka46 LLC. Retrieved 2016-03-06.
  2. ^ 乃木坂46生田絵梨花、人生のターニングポイントは? ピアニストを目指した女の子がアイドル・女優の道へ (in Japanese). modelpress. Retrieved 2016-03-06.
  3. ^ 乃木坂センター生田、連ドラ初レギュラー (in Japanese). Nikkan Sports News. Retrieved 2016-03-06.
  4. ^ 「乃木坂46」最終オーディション取材レポート(2)【合格者一覧(前半)】 (in Japanese). Scramble-Egg Inc. Retrieved 2015-05-26.
  5. ^ 乃木坂46待望のデビューシングル『ぐるぐるカーテン』は、“スカート、めくり”に注目! (in Japanese). Shueisha Inc. Retrieved 2015-05-26.
  6. ^ 乃木坂46初劇場公演は試練の連続、生田&生駒が本音語る (in Japanese). Natasha,Inc. Retrieved 2016-03-06.
  7. ^ "Nogizaka46's Ikuta Erika to temporarily suspend her activities". tokyohive. 6Theory Media, LLC. Retrieved 2016-03-06.
  8. ^ 乃木坂46生田絵梨花、進学準備のため一時休業を発表 (in Japanese). Natasha,Inc. Retrieved 2016-03-06.
  9. ^ "Ikuta Erika to be the center for Nogizaka46's 10th single". tokyohive. 6Theory Media, LLC. Retrieved 2016-03-06.
  10. ^ a b "Nogizaka46's Ikuta Erika to become regular on serial drama 'Zanen na Otto'". tokyohive. 6Theory Media, LLC. Retrieved 2016-03-06.
  11. ^ a b "Nogizaka46's Ikuta Erika to release her first photo book". tokyohive. 6Theory Media, LLC. Retrieved 2016-03-06.
  12. ^ オリコン 週間写真集ランキング (in Japanese). Oricon ME inc. Archived from the original on 2016-02-01. Retrieved 2016-03-06.
  13. ^ 乃木坂46・生田絵梨花、初ソロ写真集がグループ初の2冠達成 (in Japanese). oricon ME inc. Retrieved 2016-03-06.
  14. ^ 乃木坂46・生田絵梨花、初ソロ作品で上半期の"写真集女王"に輝く (in Japanese). oricon ME inc. Retrieved 2016-05-30.
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  16. ^ TV ビブリア古書堂の事件手帖. allcinema (in Japanese). Stingray. Retrieved 2016-03-06.
  17. ^ TV 海の上の診療所. allcinema (in Japanese). Stingray. Retrieved 2016-03-06.
  18. ^ TV 残念な夫。. allcinema (in Japanese). Stingray. Retrieved 2016-03-06.
  19. ^ TV 初森ベマーズ. allcinema (in Japanese). Stingray. Retrieved 2016-03-06.
  20. ^ ほんとにあった怖い話 夏の特別編2016. allcinema (in Japanese). Stingray. Retrieved 2016-08-12.
  21. ^ "嘘"から始まった、乃木坂46・秋元、生田、橋本主演の映画『超能力研究部の3人』公開! (in Japanese). oricon ME inc. Retrieved 2016-03-06.
  22. ^ "あさひなぐ". Retrieved September 2, 2017.
  23. ^ 「ハンガー・ゲーム」吹き替え版に「乃木坂46」の生田絵梨花が参加! (in Japanese). inc. Retrieved 2016-03-06.
  24. ^ GirlsAwardで乃木坂46メンバー9名がファッションモデルに (in Japanese). Natasha,Inc. Retrieved 2016-03-05.
  25. ^ 乃木坂46、秋冬「GirlsAward」に白石麻衣ら9人参戦 (in Japanese). Kadokawa Corporation. Retrieved 2016-08-12.
  26. ^ "Coco Smile Cast" (in Japanese). Geo's Company. Retrieved 2016-03-05.
  27. ^ 乃木坂46 生田絵梨花が魅せたアイドルを越える「本気」の演技 (in Japanese). Excite News. Retrieved 2016-03-05.
  28. ^ 乃木坂46生田、初主演舞台ゲネで圧巻の熱演 (in Japanese). Natasha,Inc. Retrieved 2016-03-06.
  29. ^ 乃木坂46・生田&桜井が意気込み ミュージカル『リボンの騎士』 (in Japanese). oricon ME inc. Retrieved 2016-03-06.
  30. ^ 大野拓朗×乃木坂46生田絵梨花、世界的名作で初共演 (in Japanese). modelpress. Retrieved 2016-04-10.
  31. ^ 季刊乃木坂 (東京ニュース通信社) (in Japanese). National Diet Library. Retrieved 2016-03-06.
  32. ^ 転調 = Modulation : 生田絵梨花1st写真集 (集英社) (in Japanese). National Diet Library. Retrieved 2016-03-06.

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