Momoka Ariyasu

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Momoka Ariyasu
Momoka Ariyasu.jpg
Ariyasu performing at the 2012 Japan Expo.
Native name
有安 杏果
Born (1995-03-15) March 15, 1995 (age 23)
Other namesMomokā~, Ariyasu~ (nicknames)[1]
Alma materNihon University
Home townSaitama Prefecture, Japan[2]
Musical career
GenresPop
Years active1996–2018
LabelsKing Records
Associated actsMomoiro Clover Z
Websitehttp://www.momoclo.net/

Momoka Ariyasu (有安 杏果, Ariyasu Momoka, born March 15, 1995) is a former Japanese idol singer and child actress. She was known as a member of the all-girl musical group Momoiro Clover Z. Her signature color of Momoiro Clover Z was green. She announced her graduation from Momoiro Clover Z and the decision to leave the entertainment industry on her personal blog on the 15th of January, 2018. Her last performance as a member of Momoiro Clover Z took place on 21 January 2018.

Biography[edit]

Momoka Ariyasu was born in Kyoto Prefecture.[3] And grew up in Saitama Prefecture. Already at the age of one, she started acting as a baby magazine model. She was later represented by talent agency Carotte C&T and appeared on television shows and in numerous commercials.[4]

Starting in 2004, Ariyasu regularly appeared on the Fuji TV network's morning children's program Ponkikkids, where she acted as a member of a unit called Sister Rabbits. Around the same time, she joined EXPG, the boy-band Exile's dance and vocal school for kids. The school members performed as child dancers for Exile and also received acting lessons.[5]

On November 1, 2008, Momoka moved from Carotte to the Stardust Promotion talent agency,[6] and on February 2, 2009 was put into the agency's all-girl idol group Power Age.[7][8] Power Age had been launched in 2005 with members of elementary to high-school age, but it was nearing the end of its existence when she joined.[9] Three months later, in May, the band was disbanded. On July 26, 2009, Ariyasu was added as a sixth member to the idol group Momoiro Clover,[10] which was about to release its first indies single.

On November 9, 2012, Momoka Ariyasu's video comment was projected at Hige Danshaku's live comedy show at Molière Theater in Shinjuku, Tokyo. At the performance Hige Danshaku revealed that he was an avid fan of Ariyasu and had even named his recently born daughter after her Momoka (杏果, a homonym, written with different kanji from those used in Ariyasu's name, but pronounced the same).[11]

On January 1, 2013, it was announced that Momoka Ariyasu would refrain from singing and talking until the end of January. As it was explained, she was receiving treatment for her throat and needed to let her vocal cords rest. On February 7, it was announced that another full month, until the end of February, was needed to complete the treatment and therefore in the upcoming events and broadcasts, Momoka would communicate by means of writing and other members would take turns in performing her solo parts in songs.[12][13]

Ariyasu attended the Faculty of Arts at Nihon University and graduated from Department of Photography in March 2017.[14] She was awarded the special prize of the art department (first in the university's nearly 100 years history) and the photography department encouragement prize (only 4 out of 96 graduates of photography department). She was the only university graduate among the Momoiro Clover Z members.

On January 15, 2018, Momoka Ariyasu announced she would graduate Momoiro Clover Z to live life without any schedules or plans.[14][15]

Image[edit]

Ariyasu's Momoiro Clover "image color" (i.e., the color she wore during public appearances and the light stick color of her fans) was green.[16] At 148 cm (4′10″), she is the shortest member of the group.[17] The tagline she uses when introducing herself to audiences is "Silly little giant" (ちょっぴりおバカな小さな巨人). She characterizes herself as "baka" ("silly", "stupid"), saying that at school she cannot understand fundamental things or remember anything, but her co-members say she actually studies all the time, even backstage.[18] Momoka explains that it is exactly because she is stupid that she has to study hard. Her favorite subjects are English, mathematics and Japanese.[18]

Associated acts[edit]

  • Sister Rabbits (シスターラビッツ) (since 2004)
  • Power Age (February 2[7] — May 30, 2009)
  • Momoiro Clover Z (July 26, 2009 — January 21, 2018)

Appearances[edit]

Movies[edit]

TV dramas[edit]

  • French Potato Cup (フレンチポテトカップ) (1999, Yomiuri TV)
  • Saturday Drama Special Shijō no Koi: Ai wa Umi o Koete (至上の恋〜愛は海を越えて〜) (2001, NHK)
  • Suntory Mystery Prize Special Toki no Nagisa (スペシャル 時の渚) (2001, TV Asahi)
  • Monday Mystery Theater Pet Sitter Sawaguchi Hanako no Jikenbo (ペットシッター沢口華子の事件簿) (2001, TBS)
  • Tuesday Suspense Theater Oyaji (親父) (2001, NTV)
  • SMAP×SMAP special Tokubetsu-hen Saranheyo Ai no Gekijō no Ai no Uta "Kenbo Haseyo: Shiawase ni Nare yo" (サランヘヨ愛の劇場の愛の唄「ケンボハセヨ〜幸せになれよ〜」) (2002, Fuji TV)
  • Hamidashi Keiji Jōnetsu Kei (はみだし刑事情熱系) (Ep. 359, 2002, TV Asahi)
  • Kindaichi Shōnen no Jikenbo SP (金田一少年の事件簿SP) (2005, NTV)
  • Friday Entertainment Okusama wa Keishi Sōkan (奥様は警視総監) (2006, Fuji TV)
  • Drama 30 Gakincho: Return Kids (がきんちょ〜リターン・キッズ〜) (2006, MBS TV)

TV variety shows[edit]

  • Ronbu Gragon (ロンブー龍) (2001, NTV)
  • Ponkikkids 2 (ポンキッキーズ21) (2004–2005, Fuji TV) — as Momoka from the band Sisters Rabbit
  • Mecha-Mecha Iketeru! Ii Imi Yabaissu Okazairu Special (いい意味でヤバイっす オカザイルスペシャル) (2007, Fuji TV) — as one of Exile's backup dancers

Music videos[edit]

  • Asuka Hayashi - "Chiisaki Mono" (小さきもの) (2003)
  • SMAP - "Tomodachi e (Say What You Will)" (友だちへ〜Say What You Will〜) (2005)
  • Exile - "Choo Choo Train" (Choo Choo TRAIN) (2008)
  • Exile - "The Galaxy Express 999" (2008)

Sport[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Momoka Ariyasu". Momoiro Clover Z official site. Retrieved 2012-12-07.
  2. ^ ももいろクローバー オフィシャルサイト - 有安杏果 (in Japanese). Momoiro Clover official site. Archived from the original on 2010-03-09. Retrieved 2013-03-29.
  3. ^ 「有安杏果 正直すぎる瞳」、『Quick Japan』Vol.116、太田出版、2014年10月11日。
  4. ^ "Momoka Ariyasu's Carotte C&T profile". Archived from the original on 2002-10-19. Retrieved 2012-12-13.
  5. ^ Televi Dogatch (2012-06-21). "ももクロとEXILEの意外な関係が発覚!?『ダウンタウンDX』" (in Japanese). Livedoor News. Archived from the original on 2012-12-24. Retrieved 2012-12-15.
  6. ^ "iikotoaruyoさんのプロフィール - はてな". Archived from the original on 2012-03-06. Retrieved 2013-03-29.
  7. ^ a b "P-A PROMOTION". power-age.net (in Japanese). Stardust Promotion. 2009. Archived from the original on 2009-02-05. Retrieved 2012-12-15.
  8. ^ "MOMOKA〜杏果〜ブログ". 2009-02-02. Archived from the original on 2009-02-07. Retrieved 2013-03-29.
  9. ^ "吉田豪のギリギリレビュー!! Vol.2 MUSASHI'S featuring P-A『だいすき!!』-ORICON STYLE 連載" (in Japanese). Oricon. 2012-05-28. Retrieved 2012-12-15.
  10. ^ "ももいろクローバーオフィシャルブログ / 新生☆ももクロ [玉井詩織]". Momoiro Clover official blog. 2009-07-26. Retrieved 2013-03-29.
  11. ^ 有安杏果、髭男爵のモノノフ山田ルイ53世に祝福コメント (in Japanese). Natalie. 2012-11-10. Retrieved 2012-12-07.
  12. ^ ももクロ有安杏果、喉の治療を2月末まで延長 (in Japanese). Natalie. 2013-02-07. Retrieved 2013-02-09.
  13. ^ "ももクロ有安杏果、のど治療継続へ 2月いっぱい声の仕事控える ニュース-ORICON STYLE-" (in Japanese). Oricon. 2013-02-07. Retrieved 2013-02-09.
  14. ^ a b "Momoiro Clover Z's Momoka Ariyasu announces her graduation". SBS PopAsia. Retrieved 2018-11-22.
  15. ^ "ファンの皆様へ" (in Japanese).
  16. ^ "starchildももいろクローバーZ" (in Japanese). Starchild. Retrieved 2012-12-07.
  17. ^ "Momoiro Clover Z". King Records. Retrieved 2012-12-28.
  18. ^ a b Get News (2012-06-05). ""おバカ"名乗るももいろクローバーZ 有安杏果のテスト対策" (in Japanese). Excite News. Retrieved 2012-12-07.
  19. ^ "幕が上がる(2015)". allcinema.net (in Japanese). Stingray. Retrieved January 8, 2015.
  20. ^ 新日本プロレスリング株式会社 [@njpw1972] (4 January 2016). "邪道 with 有安杏果さん(ももいろクローバーZ)がホントに登場! ニュージャパンランボーはどうなった? 新日本プロレスのスマホサイト()で独占詳報中!! #njwk10" (Tweet) – via Twitter.

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