| Takahashi Ai|
Also known as
Ai-chan, Lovely, Tettekete, Takitty, Aiai
September 14, 1986 (age 26)
Sakai, Fukui, Japan
Takahashi Ai (高橋愛, born September 14, 1986) is a Japanese singer and idol managed by UP-FRONT PROMOTION. She is best known as the former leader of Morning Musume and Hello! Project and as a former member of Minimoni. She joined Morning Musume in 2001 through the fifth generation auditions. In 2009, Takahashi became leader of Hello! Project. However, on September 30, 2011, she passed her leadership of Morning Musume and Hello! Project to Niigaki Risa when she graduated. As of 2009, she was the longest-serving leader.
Takahashi Ai joined Morning Musume in 2001 as part of the group's fifth generation along with Ogawa Makoto, Konno Asami, and Niigaki Risa. Her debut with the group was on their single "Mr.Moonlight ~Ai no Big Band~ ". The first album she featured on was the group's fourth album, titled "4th Ikimasshoi!". It is currently their second highest selling album, with a total of 515,400 copies sold.
In 2002, Takahashi entered into her first Hello! Project Shuffle Unit, Happy 7, as one of the lead singers on the group's single.
In 2003, Takahashi replaced Yaguchi Mari in the Morning Musume spinoff group Minimoni, first appearing in the group's movie; Minimoni ja Movie: Okashi na Daibōken! and its accompanying soundtrack. Her best-known nickname amongst non-Japanese fans, "Takitty", was derived from the cat suit (complete with tail) which she wears in the movie. Later in 2003, she was part of the Morning Musume splinter group Morning Musume Sakura Gumi, which performed mainly slower numbers on the group's two EPs, Hare Ame Nochi Suki♥ and Sakura Mankai, and the shuffle group 7AIR , an R&B-inspired septet.
Takahashi's vocals became more prominent on the second and final Minimoni album, "Minimoni Songs 2", as well as on Morning Musume's singles from Roman ~MY DEAR BOY~ onward. She also had a duet with Tsunku on the cover version of Tsunku and Ayumi Hamasaki's duet "Love ~since 1999~" on his solo album Take1.
In 2005, Morning Musume's first single release of the year, THE Manpower!!, featured Takahashi in a prominent co-lead-vocal role, a role she has retained on subsequent singles since. In the summer of that year, she became part of the 2005 shuffle group Elegies.
In 2006, Takahashi played the lead role, Sapphire, in the musical "Ribbon no Kishi The Musical" which was a collaboration work of Takarazuka Revue (a famous Japanese all-female musical group) and Hello! Project. The musical was based on Tezuka Osamu's manga and also starred the entirety of v-u-den, Tsuji Nozomi, Matsuura Aya and Abe Natsumi, as well as Marcia and Kaoru Ebira of the Takarazuka Revue. Soon thereafter, Takahashi released her first and only solo single to date, Yume Kara Samete.
Following then-leader Yoshizawa Hitomi graduation from Morning Musume on May 6, 2007, the current sub-leader, Fujimoto Miki ascended to the leader position, with Takahashi becoming the new sub-leader of the group. However, on June 1, 2007, after Fujimoto's resignation, Takahashi took over as the new leader.
Takahashi is also captain of the Hello! Project kickball team, Metro Rabbits H.P.
Takahashi became a member of Hello Project's new unit High-King, a group created to promote Morning Musume's upcoming Cinderella the Musical, in which Takahashi played the main character. It was announced in July 2008, that Takahashi and fellow Morning Musume member Niigaki Risa would play the 80s J-Pop duo Pink Lady in the TV Drama Hitmaker Aku Yuu Monogatari.
As of September 2008, she and Niigaki Risa have the second longest tenures of any member, with only Iida Kaori remaining in the group longer. She is also one of only four members to remain in the group for seven years or more, with the others being Iida Kaori, Yoshizawa Hitomi and Niigaki Risa.
In February 1, 2009, during the "Hello Pro Award '09 ~Elder Club Sotsugyo Kinen Special~" concert held at Yokohama Arena, Nakazawa Yuko passed on her leadership position in Hello! Project to Takahashi.
Around December 2009, Ai Takahashi was one of many people to advertise for the release of Final Fantasy XIII in Japan.
Takahashi joined the Inter FM FIVESTARS radio lineup by getting her own regular radio show.
Takahashi is currently studying English through the use of the PSP game Talkman. Takahashi is going to dub a Korean Drama called Accidental Couple. Takahashi dubbed the part of the main actress Kim Ah-joong who plays Han Ji-soo.
Takahashi Ai has opened up an official Ameba blog.
At the beginning of 2011, it was announced that Takahashi would graduate in Autumn 2011, passing leadership of Morning Musume and Hello! Project to then sub-leader Niigaki Risa.
Here's a statement from Takahashi: "Since Eri graduated, Tsunku told me to think about when I should graduate too. There is still a lot of time so, after having been the leader for 9th gen and having taken good care of them, I want to graduate." -Takahashi Ai.
It was annouced that Takahashi Ai would be the lead actress in a special Valentine Day's drama titled Koi Choco - Bitter Sweet Angel (Chocolate Love – Bitter Sweet Angel).
Takahashi cut and dyed her hair blonde in around April.
It was announced that Takahashi would be opening an official Ameba Shop.
On June 23, it was announced that she would have a solo song on her last single with Morning Musume titled Jishin Motte Yume Motte Tobitatsu Kara.
On June 30, Morning Musume 2011 Autumn Concert Tour title was revealed to be "Morning Musume Concert Tour 2011 Aki Ai Believe ~Takahashi Ai Graduation Memory Special~". Takahashi would graduate from Morning Musume on the final day of the tour on September 30, at the Nippon Budokan.
On July 26, it was announced that Takahashi would release her last Photobook and DVD.
It was annoucned that Takahashi would be in a musical titled Dance Of Vampire. The musical took place from 11/27 until 12/24.
On September 23, 2011, it was announced that Takahashi would be appointed Ambassador for her hometown Fukui. She was appointed Ambassador on September 26, 2011.
On September 30, 2011, Takahashi officially graduated from Morning Musume and Hello! Project. Takahashi's graduation song was Jishin Motte Yume Motte Tobitatsu Kara in the Morning Musume Concert Tour 2011 Aki Ai Believe ~Takahashi Ai Graduation Memory Special~.
On October 3, 2011, it was announced that Takahashi is a part of the M-Line.
On October 11, 2011, it was announced that Takahashi would be a regular MC on the Ameba Studio show Joshi Chikara Café ~Aisukurissu~ hosted by Chris Matsumura. The show aired every Wednesday starting from October 12 at 10PM (JST).
On November 25, it was announced that Takahashi Ai would be part of the cast for a stage play titled La Patisserie. The play ran from 3/3 ~ 3/11 in Tokyo, 3/20, 3/22 in Osaka and Ishikawa
In February 29, Takahashi dyed her hair black.
On May 6, Takahashi announced that she would be part of Taira no Kiyomori, debuting in June. She played Tsuneko, the wife of Kiyomori's eldest son.
Takahashi starred in a stage play titled High School Uta Gekidan☆Otoko-gumi. The play ran from 9/12 ~ 9/23,
On October 19, Takahashi dyed her hair light brown under blonde.
It was announced that Takashi would be voicing a character in the hit anime Detective Conan. The episode/s she appears in it's expected to be aired in early 2013.
- Name: Takahashi Ai (高橋愛)
- Nickname: Ai-chan and Aikyun
- Birth date: September 14, 1986 (age 26)
- Birthplace: Sakai, Fukui Prefecture, Japan
- Blood type: A
- Height: 153.3 cm
- Hello! Project Status:
- 2001-08-26: Member
- 2001-08-26: Morning Musume Member
- 2011-09-30: Graduated Morning Musume
- 2011-09-30: Graduated Hello! Project
- UP-FRONT PROMOTION Status:
- 2001-08-26: Member
- Years in Morning Musume: 10 Years
- Former Morning Musume Color: Yellow
- Eastern Zodiac: Tiger
- Western Zodiac: Virgo
- Hobbies: Watching movies and watching plays
- Specialty: Making candy
- Strong Point: Keeps Anger inside
- Favorite Animal: Bear
- Favorite food: Sauce Katsudon and Omurice
- Disliked food: Mont blanc, eggplant, pineapple, musubi, perilla leaves
- Favorite color: Red and pink
- Favorite word: "Yes, we can"
- Favorite English phrase: "I am Ai"
- Favorite season: Autumn
- Favorite flowers: Roses
- Favorite song: Tsumetai Umi / Start in My Life by Kuraki Mai, First Love by Utada Hikaru
- Favorite Hello! Project member: Tanaka Reina, Niigaki Risa
- Inspirations: Kana Tsugihara, Utada Hikaru, Nakazawa Yuko
- Hello! Project Groups:
- Concert Units:
- Shuffle Units:
These are solo releases by Takahashi Ai.
- 1. [2006.07.02] Yume Kara Samete (夢から醒めて, Awoken From a Dream)
- 2. [2011.01.27] Koi wo Shichaimashita! (恋をしちゃいました!; I Fell in Love!) (original: Tanpopo)
- 3. [2011.03.02] LOVE Namida Iro (LOVE涙色; LOVE the Color of Tears)
- 4. [2011.03.30] Akai Nikkichou (赤い日記帳; Red Diary)
- 5. [2011.03.30] Dearest
- 6. [2011.09.14] Jishin Motte Yume wo Motte Tobitatsu Kara (自信持って夢持って飛び立つから)
- "Jishin Motte Yume Motte Tobitatsu Kara" was released as a special version of Kono Chikyuu no Heiwa wo Honki de Negatterun da yo!/Kare to Issho ni Omise ga Shitai!.
Singles Participated InEdit
- Mr.Moonlight ~Ai no Big Band~ (Debut)
- Souda! We're ALIVE
- Do it! Now
- Koko ni Iruzee!
- Morning Musume no Hyokkori Hyoutanjima
- AS FOR ONE DAY
- Go Girl ~Koi no Victory~
- Ai Araba IT'S ALL RIGHT
- Roman ~MY DEAR BOY~
- Joshi Kashimashi Monogatari
- Namida ga Tomaranai Houkago
- THE Manpower!!!
- Osaka Koi no Uta
- Iroppoi Jirettai
- Chokkan 2 ~Nogashita Sakana wa Ookiizo!~
- SEXY BOY ~Soyokaze ni Yorisotte~
- Ambitious! Yashinteki de Ii jan
- Egao YES Nude
- Kanashimi Twilight
- Onna ni Sachi Are
- Resonant Blue
- Pepper Keibu
- Naichau Kamo
- Shouganai Yume Oibito
- Nanchatte Ren'ai
- Kimagure Princess
- Onna ga Medatte Naze Ikenai
- Seishun Collection
- Appare! Kaiten Zushi (as Muten Musume)
- Onna to Otoko no Lullaby Game
- Maji Desu ka Ska!
- Only you
- Kono Chikyuu no Heiwa wo Honki de Negatterun da yo!/Kare to Issho ni Omise ga Shitai! (Last Single)
Morning Musume Sakura GumiEdit
- Genki Jirushi no Oomori Song / Okashi Tsukutte Okkasui~!
- Rock n' Roll Kenchoushozaichi ~Oboechaina Series!~
- Minimoni. Kazoe Uta
- CRAZY ABOUT YOU
- Mirakururun Grand Purin! / Pi~hyara Kouta
- Lucky Cha Cha Cha!
H.P. All StarsEdit
|-||5 - Morning Musume 5 Ki Generation Member Shashinshū|
|August 13, 2002||Wani Books||Photobook starring all of the 5th generation members.|
|1||Morning Musume - Takahashi Ai|
|December 9, 2002||Wani Books||First solo photobook.|
|2||Alo Hello! Takahashi Ai|
|December 17, 2003||Kadokawa Shoten||Second solo photobook.|
|3||Takahashi Ai Shashinshū "Wataame"|
(高橋愛写真集 わたあめ, Cotton Candy)
|May 27, 2004||Wani Books||Third solo photobook.|
|4||Takahashi Ai Shashinshū "Ai Gokoro"|
|June 25, 2005||Wani Books||Fourth solo photobook.|
|5||Takahashi Ai Shashinshū "19"|
|January 27, 2006||Wani Books||Fifth solo photobook.|
|6||Takahashi Ai Shashinshū Zenshu "ai"|
|Octover 27, 2006||Wani Books||Compilation photobook.|
|7||Love Hello! Ai Takahashi Shashinshū in Phuket|
|March 14, 2007||Kadokawa Publishing Group||Seventh solo photobook. Photographed in Phuket, Thailand.|
|8||Takahashi Ai Shashinshū "Mizu"|
|October 26, 2007||Wani Books||Eigth solo photobook. Photographed in Bali.|
|9||Takahashi Ai "Mō Hitotsu no Ai" (高橋愛写真集『もうひとつの愛』)||May 26, 2008||Wani Books||Ninth solo photobook.|
|10||Takahashi Ai "Watashi" (私)||May 23, 2009||Wani Books||
Tenth solo photobook. Photographed .
|11||Takahashi Ai "Katachi"||May 27,2010||Wani Books||Eleventh solo photobook.|
|12||Takahashi Ai "LOVE NO.10"||March 28, 2010||Wani Books||Twelfth solo photobook.|
|13||Takahashi Ai "Ai Ai Ai"||September 14, 2011||Wani Books||
Thirteenth solo photobook.
|1||Alo Hello! Takahashi Ai DVD (アロハロ!高橋愛DVD)||December 17, 2003|
|2||Love Hello! Takahashi Ai DVD (ラブハロ!高橋愛DVD)||April 11, 2007|
|3||I.||June 17, 2009|
|4||Figure||June 2, 2010|
|5||Ai loves you I love Ai||April 20, 2011|
|6||Real Etude ~Takahashi Family to Niigaki Family DVD 1||May 31, 2011|
|7||Real Etude ~Takahashi Family to Niigaki Family DVD 2||May 31, 2011|
|8||Real Etude ~Takahashi Family to Niigaki Family DVD 3||May 31, 2011|
|9||Love Love Love||September 21, 2011|
-  Tokkaekko (とっかえっ娘。)
-  Minimoni ja Movie Okashi na Daibouken! (ミニモニ。じゃムービーお菓子な大冒険！)
-  Jam Films (segment 'Hijiki')
-  Keitai Deka The Movie 3: Morning Musume Kyuushutsu Daisakusen!~ Pandora no Hako no Himitsu~ (ケータイ刑事 THE MOVIE3 モーニング娘。救出大作戦！～パンドラの箱の秘密)
-  Sharehouse (シェアハウス)
-  Angel Hearts
-  Kochira Hon Ikegami Sho (こちら本池上署) (as Tamiya Shiho) (1 episode)
-  Mikeneko Holmes no Hanzaigaku Kouza (三毛猫ホームズの犯罪学講座) (as Hamano Kaori)
-  Minimoni de Bremen no Ongakutai (ミニモニ。でブレーメンの音楽隊) (as Kurimura Chiyono) (4 episodes)
-  Tenka Souran ~ Tokugawa Sandai no Inmou (天下騒乱〜徳川三代の陰謀) (as Tokugawa Misako)
-  Doutoku Joshi Tandai Ecoken (道徳女子短大 エコ研)
-  Hitmaker Aku Yu Monogatari (ヒットメーカー 阿久悠物語) (as Mie of Pink Lady)
-  Q.E.D. Shoumei Shuuryou (Q.E.D. 証明終了) (as Mizuhara Kana)
-  Hanbun Esper (半分エスパー) (special guest) (3 episodes)
-  Koi Choco Bitter Sweet Angel (恋チョコ ビターズエンジェル) (as Takagi Ayana)
-  ATARU (アタル) (as Kojima Yuko)
-  Taira no Kiyomori (平清盛)
-  Juhou 2405 Watashi ga Shinu Wake (呪報2405 ワタシが死ぬ理由)
Television Shows Edit
- [2001-2007] Hello! Morning (ハロー! モーニング)
-  Matthew's Best Hit TV
- [2002-2004] Tintin TOWN! (ティンティンTOWN!)
-  Soreyuke! Gorokkies (それゆけ!ゴロッキーズ) (65 episodes)
-  Futarigoto (二人ゴト) (4 episodes)
-  Majokko Rika-chan no Magical v-u-den (魔女っ娘。梨華ちゃんのマジカル美勇伝)
-  Musume DOKYU! (娘DOKYU!)
-  Haromoni@ (ハロモニ@)
- [2008–2009] Yorosen! (よろセン!)
- [2010-2011] Bijo Gaku
-  Hello Pro! TIME
-  Meitantei Conan (名探偵コナン) (as Nanao Futaba)
- [2003-2011] Young Town Douyoubi (ヤングタウン土曜日) (on Saturdays)
- [2004-2006] Hello Pro Yanen! (ハロプロやねん!) (6 episodes)
-  Ishikawa Rika no Chanchaka Charmy
-  TBC FUN Field Mou Let's Mou Dash (TBC FUNふぃーるど・モーレツモーダッシュ) (2 episodes)
-  FIVE STARS
-  Doutoku Joshi Tandai Ecoken (道徳女子短大エコ研)
-  Ojigi 30 Do (おじぎ30度) (as Kinoshita Karin)
- [2009-2010] Takahashi Ai no Ichigo Ichie (苺いちえ) (FC Limited)
- [2011-] Joshi Chikara Cafe~Aisuikuri~su~ (女子力cafe～あいすくりーす～)
- Audition 21 audition songs:
- Round 1: "Tsumetai Umi" (Kuraki Mai)
- Round 2: "Tsumetai Umi" (Kuraki Mai)
- Is the oldest in her generation.
- Is close friends with her fellow fifth generation members Konno Asami, Ogawa Makoto, and especially Niigaki Risa.
- Graduted from Hinode High School, a private academy known for its many celebrity students.
- She is the oldest child in her family and has one sister.
- Highly skilled and trained in classical ballet and singing. Entered a nation-wide competition with her junior high choir.
- On October 7, 1999, she appeared on the "BS Junior Nodo Jiman" singing competition held in Sabaeshi in Fukui and won the Best Stage Award.
- Her black catsuit from Minimoni ja Movie Okashi na Daibouken! earned her the popular nickname "Takitty" amongst non-Japanese fans.
- The nickname "Tettekete" was given to her by Ishibashi Takaaki on Utaban. It was a play on her staccato, Morse Code-like speech pattern (e.g., "tette-te-tette-ke-kete"). However, she has mostly grown out of that pattern — as well as her Fukui accent — in the years since.
- Her photobook 19 holds the #1 spot in photobook rankings in 2006.
- Has been a huge fan of Takarazuka since her childhood. She wanted to be a Takarasienne but gave up on it due to her short height. She is noted by other members for trying to make them watch videos of Takarazuka productions. Her favorite performer is Mizu Natsuki.
- Has personally acknowledged she is not good at talk/interview portions.
- Like Tsuji Nozomi, she also considers Matsuura Aya as her rival.
- Takahashi and Niigaki Risa had the longest tenures of any Morning Musume members. They both have also been featured in the most Morning Musume singles: 35 (as of the single Kono Chikyuu no Heiwa wo Honki de Negatterun da yo!/Kare to Issho ni Omise ga Shitai!). Both records were formerly held by Iida Kaori. But since Takahashi graduated, Niigaki hold both records.
- She is the first member of Morning Musume to reach the age of 24 while still in the group (Nakazawa Yuko was already 24 when the group was formed).
- She and Niigaki Risa were the last members in Morning Musume and Hello! Project that joined before Hello! Project Kids.
- In Morning Musume concerts, she was often kissed by Michishige Sayumi.
- She is a fan of the Korean band Big Bang.
- She often says that Goto Maki is senpai (senior) whom she always respects, even after Goto moved from Hello! Project to Avex.
- She shares the same last name with AKB48 member Takahashi Minami. On December 10, 2010, Mujack called them "W Takahashi". But they are not related.
- Her last single with Morning Musume came out on her birthday.
- In Yorosen!, she taught other Morning Musume members about the Edo Period.
- She said that if she could become another member of Hello! Project that she would become Sayashi Riho because she'd like people to call her "cute" no matter what she does. Coincidentally, Sayashi said that she would like to become Takahashi as a reply to the same question.
- Has studied English in her spare time for several years. Occasionally writes in English on her blog.
- She is the second Morning Musume and Hello! Project member to graduate at Nippon Bukodan, the first being Ichii Sayaka.
- On August 26, 2011, Takahashi and Niigaki Risa turned 10 years being in Morning Musume.
- She was appointed ambassador for her hometown by the governor of Fukui on September 26, 2011.
- For her graduation, she was the first to not have a fancy dress, but instead jeans and a t-shirt.
- At the end of her graduation, she threw her hat, hoodie and other objects to fans.
- She is a huge fan of the Final Fantasy series.
- She has been at a SDN48 graduation concert.
- She is the sixth former Morning Musume member to graduate from both Morning Musume and Hello! Project. The first being Fukuda Asuka, the second being Ishiguro Aya, the third being Ichii Sayaka, the fourth being Kusumi Koharu and the fifth being Kamei Eri, Junjun, and Linlin.
Takahashi Ai has held six titles in Morning Musume so far, those being;
Leader of Morning Musume
2007 – September 30, 2011
Sub-leader of Morning Musume
Leader of Hello! Project
2009 – September 30, 2011
Longest serving member of Morning Musume
Oldest Member of Hello! Project
April 1, 2009 – June 6, 2009
Oldest Member of Hello! Project
January 2011 – September 2011