Mari Yaguchi

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Mari Yaguchi
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Mari Yaguchi in 2012
Native name
Mari Yaguchi

(1983-01-20) January 20, 1983 (age 36)
Years active1998-2013, 2015-present
Height1.45 m (4 ft 9 in)
Masaya Nakamura
(m. 2011; div. 2013)

Kenzo Umeda
(m. 2018)
Musical career
Associated acts

Mari Yaguchi (矢口真里, Yaguchi Mari) (born January 20, 1983) is a Japanese singer, actress, and television personality. She rose to fame after joining the Japanese idol girl group Morning Musume in 1998 as a second generation and was the leader of subgroups within the Hello! Project collective, such as Morning Musume Sakuragumi, Mini Moni, and ZYX. After leaving Morning Musume in 2005, Yaguchi has continued to appear on television in dramas and variety shows.


1998-2005: Morning Musume[edit]

Yaguchi became a member of Japanese idol band Morning Musume during the second generation auditions in 1998. Her catchphrase is "Sexy Beam!,"[citation needed] one of her solo lines from Morning Musume's "Koi no Dance Site" single, and she was asked jokingly in "Joshi Kashimashi Monogatari," "When will your real sexy beam come out?" The "Sexy Beam!" line has made its way around fans and fellow musicians alike.[citation needed]

Yaguchi abruptly resigned from Morning Musume in April 2005, stating that she desired to move on "as an adult" with her career.[1] Yaguchi revealed in 2017 that she had left the group because she was in a relationship with Shun Oguri, violating her company's no-dating rule.[2] Yaguchi's TV show Yaguchi Hitori (やぐちひとり) continued as before, and she began to focus on Japanese variety shows rather than on a singing career.

2005-present: Solo career[edit]

Yaguchi in 2009

Yaguchi's first solo recording, "Nigiyaka na Fuyu," a collaboration with Berryz Kobo, appears as the coupling track on Berryz Kobo's November 2005 single "Gag 100kaibun Aishite Kudasai" for Futari wa Pretty Cure Max Heart the Movie 2: Friends of the Snow-Laden Sky. She and Berryz Kobo member Saki Shimizu made cameos in the film.

Yaguchi starred in the Japanese drama series Sentō no Musume!? (銭湯の娘!?) along with fellow Hello! Project member Mai Hagiwara.[3] Yaguchi was also one of the main actors in the Japanese daytime drama series Gal Circle (ギャルサー, Garusaa). She co-hosted her show Yaguchi Hitori, and did MCing for Hello! Project concerts. From May 25, 2007 to June 6, 2007, Yaguchi performed in the musical Damn Yankees at the Tokyo Aoyama Theater.[4] In the summer of 2007, Yaguchi was recruited to host the Gyao internet TV show Midtown TV. Yaguchi and seven Hello! Pro Eggs appeared on the live-audience show Ciao TV.[citation needed]

Following the popularity of singles and an album released in conjunction with the Japanese variety program Quiz! Hexagon II (クイズ!ヘキサゴンII), Yaguchi released her debut solo single, "Seishun Boku/Seishun Ore" (青春 僕/青春 俺), on March 25, 2009.

Yaguchi, together with the entire Hello! Project Elder Club, graduated from Hello! Project on March 31, 2009.[5] A graduation concert was held at Yokohama Arena on February 1, 2009.[6] In December, Yaguchi joined Dream Morning Musume alongside other former Morning Musume members.

In 2013, Yaguchi decided to retire from entertainment following scandal from her divorce with actor Masaya Nakamura.[7][8] She resumed making appearances on television in 2014.[9]

In 2018, she co-hosted the Netflix dating show Rea(L)ove alongside Atsushi Tamura.[10]

Personal life[edit]

In 2004, while she was in Morning Musume, Yaguchi was in a relationship with Shun Oguri despite her company not allowing her to date.[11] After news surrounding their relationship was published in weekly tabloids, she withdrew from Morning Musume voluntarily after being asked to choose between the group or their relationship.[2] The two later ended their relationship in 2006.[11]

Yaguchi married actor Masaya Nakamura in May 2011. The two had planned to marry in March of that year, but postponed to May due to the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. Yaguchi legally changed her name to Nakamura, but stated that she would continue to use Yaguchi as her stage name.[12]

On May 21, 2013, Josei Seven reported that Yaguchi and Nakamura had been living apart since late February after Nakamura discovered she was having an extramarital affair with model Kenzo Umeda through used bedsheets and Umeda hiding in the closet naked. Umeda had canceled his social media accounts without explanation in early March, but he denied doing anything wrong following the Josei Seven report. In the following days there were more press reports about multiple instances of alleged infidelity by Yaguchi; however, Yaguchi alleged that Nakamura had been physically abusive towards her.[13] On May 30, 2013, the public relations firm for Yaguchi and Nakamura announced that the couple had submitted their divorce papers.[14] Following scandal, on October 13, 2013, Yaguchi announced that she would go on an indefinite hiatus;[7] she resumed making television appearances in 2014. One of the commercials she filmed post-divorce involved her making self-deprecating jokes about her divorce, to which was pulled off air after complaints.[15]

On March 26, 2018, Yaguchi married Umeda.[16][17][18]


Title Year Peak position Sales
"Seishun Boku / Seishun Ore" (青春 僕/青春 俺)
(double A-side single with Airband)
2009 6 33,126
"Kaze o Sagashite" (風をさがして)
(as Mari Yaguchi with Straw Hat)
2010 2 37,000



# Title Release date ISBN
1 Yaguchi (ヤグチ) February 7, 2002 ISBN 4-8470-2697-7
2 Love Hello! Yaguchi Mari Shashinshū (ラブハロ!矢口真里写真集) July 2, 2003 ISBN 4-04-853657-5
3 Off June 12, 2004 ISBN 4-8470-2810-4

Essay books[edit]

# Title Release date ISBN
1 Oira - Mari Yaguchi First Essay (おいら―Mari Yaguchi First Essay) October 10, 2003 ISBN 4-8470-1502-9
2 Chitchai Yaguchi Mari no Dekkai Anata ni Ai ni Iku no da!! (ちっちゃい矢口真里のでっかいあなたに会いに行くのだ!!) June 25, 2007 ISBN 4-08-780470-4



  1. ^ 『モーニング娘。』リーダー「矢口真里」についての重要なお知らせ. Up-Front Works (in Japanese). 2005-04-12. Archived from the original on 2009-06-14.
  2. ^ a b 矢口真里がモー娘。脱退引き金の小栗旬との恋愛語る. Nikkan Sports (in Japanese). 2017-10-24. Retrieved 2019-04-08.
  3. ^ ドラマ30『銭湯の娘!?』公式サイト (in Japanese). Mainichi Broadcasting System. Archived from the original on 2016-04-04. Retrieved 2017-07-24.
  4. ^ Fuji TV Events website Archived 2007-03-03 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Elder Club members to graduate from Hello! Project". Hello!Online. 2008-10-19. Retrieved 2008-12-23.
  6. ^ "The end of an era: Elder Club graduates". Hello!Online. 2009-02-01.
  7. ^ a b Egan Loo (2013-10-13). "Former Morning Musume Idol Mari Yaguchi Formally Retires". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2018-08-29.
  8. ^ Lynzee Loveridge (2017-03-08). "Former Morning Musume Idol Mari Yaguchi Claims to Have Seen UFO in Mexico". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2018-08-29.
  9. ^ 矢口真里「ミヤネ屋」生出演で1年5ヶ月ぶり復帰「申し訳ありませんでした」. Model Press (in Japanese). 2014-10-23. Retrieved 2018-08-29.
  10. ^ Cody Schmitz (2018-05-08). "'REA(L)OVE' on Netflix is Bold, Heartbreaking and Offensive Reality TV". Decider. Retrieved 2018-09-01.
  11. ^ a b Kojihei (2016-06-25). 矢口真里が無名時代の小栗旬と交際、浮気されて別れた過去. Excite (in Japanese). Retrieved 2019-04-08.
  12. ^ "Yaguchi Mari, Nakamura Masaya tie the knot". Tokyograph. 2011-05-22.
  13. ^ "矢口真里、芸能界復帰は近い? 激太り否定、関係者が元夫のDV疑惑指摘…". J-Cast (in Japanese). 2013-09-25. Retrieved 2018-08-29.
  14. ^ 中村昌也と矢口真里が離婚 約2年の結婚生活にピリオド. Oricon (in Japanese). 2013-05-30. Retrieved 2018-08-28.
  15. ^ Philip Brasor (2016-04-23). "On the money: Hitting TV where it hurts". The Japan Times. Retrieved 2018-08-29.
  16. ^ 矢口真里、元モデル男性との再婚発表 交際4年で大安ゴールイン「未来を共に歩んでいける存在」. Oricon (in Japanese). 2018-03-26. Retrieved 2018-08-29.
  17. ^ Masaki Sakata (2018-03-31). "矢口真里、今度の結婚は「再出発婚の再婚」 モー娘。OGも祝福". Cinema Today (in Japanese). Retrieved 2018-08-28.
  18. ^ 矢口真里、梅田賢三さんとの再婚年内ある!?「そうですね!」. Sports Hochi (in Japanese). 2018-02-01. Retrieved 2018-08-28.
  19. ^ "Mari Yaguchi Official Blog" (in Japanese). Ameba. 2008-11-14. Retrieved 2009-01-30.
  20. ^
  21. ^ "Yaguchi Hitori Maru C" (in Japanese). TV Asahi. Archived from the original on 2007-08-28.
  22. ^ "How to Monkey Baby!" (in Japanese). Tokyo MX.
  23. ^ "Yaguchi Hitori SHOW" (in Japanese). Nico Nico Live. Archived from the original on 2011-07-09.

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Honorary titles
Preceded by
Kaori Iida
Leader of Morning Musume
Succeeded by
Hitomi Yoshizawa
Preceded by
Kei Yasuda
Sub-leader of Morning Musume
Succeeded by
Hitomi Yoshizawa