Mari Yaguchi

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Mari Yaguchi
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Mari Yaguchi in October 2009.
Born Mari Yaguchi
(1983-01-20) January 20, 1983 (age 35)
Izumi-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
Other names Marippe, Yaguchan, Yaguttsan
Height 1.45 m (4 ft 9 in)
Spouse(s) Masaya Nakamura
(m. 2011; div. 2013)
Musical career
Years active 1998-present
Associated acts

Mari Yaguchi (矢口真里, Yaguchi Mari) (born January 20, 1983) is a Japanese pop singer, actress and TV personality and former member of Hello! Project. She is a former member of Japanese idol group Morning Musume and various sub-groups and spin-offs, becoming the leader of both Morning Musume Sakuragumi and ZYX.


Morning Musume

Yaguchi became a member of Japanese idol band Morning Musume during the second generation auditions in 1998. In her early years in the group, Yaguchi was often perceived as being "the short one," as she did not stand out a lot. However, by the time 4th generation members joined, she had become one of the most active members of the group. Her famous 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. When she resigned from Morning Musume, she was the last member to have joined before the year 2000 (Kaori Iida had left nearly two months earlier).

Yaguchi resigned from the band suddenly in April 2005. Her stated reason was a desire to move on "as an adult"[citation needed] with her career. 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.

Post-Morning Musume

Her first post-Morning Musume 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."

Yaguchi starred in the Japanese drama series Sentō no Musume!? (銭湯の娘!?, "Daughter of the Public Bathhouse!?") along with fellow Hello! Project member Mai Hagiwara. 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 Damn Yankees, a popular 1955 Broadway musical, at the Tokyo Aoyama Theater.[1]

In the summer of 2007, Yaguchi was recruited to host the Gyao internet TV show Midtown TV. Mari and seven Hello! Pro Eggs appeared on the live-audience show Ciao TV.[citation needed]

Yaguchi, together with the entire Hello! Project Elder Club, graduated from the project on March 31, 2009.[2] A graduation concert was held at Yokohama Arena on February 1, 2009.[3]

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 single, "Seishun Boku/Seishun Ore" (青春 僕/青春 俺), four years after her final release in Morning Musume.

In December 2010 it was announced that Yaguchi would join the newly formed group, Dream Morning Musume alongside other former Morning Musume members.

Personal life

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.[4]

On May 21, 2013, Josei Seven magazine reported that Yaguchi and Nakamura had been living apart since late February, because Nakamura found Yaguchi in bed with male model Kenzo Umeda. 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. On May 30, 2013, the public relations firm for Yaguchi and Nakamura announced that the couple had submitted their divorce papers.[5]

On October 13, 2013, Yaguchi announced that she would go on an indefinite hiatus; she resumed making television appearances in 2015.

On March 26, 2018, Yaguchi married model Kenzo Umeda.

Discography and releases


# Title Release date Peak rank Sales Description
1 "Seishun Boku/Seishun Ore" (青春 僕/青春 俺) March 25, 2009 6 33,126 Debut solo single
"Seishun Ore" (青春 俺) is performed by Airband (エアバンド)
2 Kaze o Sagashite (風をさがして) January 13, 2010 2 ~37,000 Credited as Yaguchi Mari with Straw Hat
This song is the twelfth One Piece opening, starting from episode 426 and ending with episode 458.


# 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

# 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. ^ Fuji TV Events website Archived 2007-03-03 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "Elder Club members to graduate from Hello! Project". Hello!Online. 2008-10-19. Retrieved 2008-12-23. 
  3. ^ "The end of an era: Elder Club graduates". Hello!Online. 2009-02-01. 
  4. ^ "Yaguchi Mari, Nakamura Masaya tie the knot". Tokyograph. 2011-05-22. 
  5. ^ 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 (in Japanese). 2013-05-30. 
  6. ^ "Mari Yaguchi Official Blog" (in Japanese). Ameba. 2008-11-14. Retrieved 2009-01-30. 
  7. ^
  8. ^ "Yaguchi Hitori Maru C" (in Japanese). TV Asahi. Archived from the original on 2007-08-28. 
  9. ^ "How to Monkey Baby!" (in Japanese). Tokyo MX. 
  10. ^ "Yaguchi Hitori SHOW" (in Japanese). Nico Nico Live. Archived from the original on 2011-07-09. 

External links

  • Media related to Mari Yaguchi at Wikimedia Commons
  • Official blog (in Japanese)
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
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