Ichii Sayaka Has Divorced Her Husband

14 06 2011

According to Tokyograph, Ichii Sayaka has recently divorced her husband Yoshizawa Naoki in May.

Here is a quote of the translation:

According to the latest issue of “Josei Jishin“, Sayaka was dissatisfied with her husband’s uncooperative attitude in raising their two daughters. She was also said to be frustrated with Yoshizawa when he quit being a guitarist and settled into a period where he had no work.

Ichii’s agency admitted that it is true that the couple divorced, but they did not disclose the reason why.

It has been a while since we last heard about Ichii’s family so it was quite a surprise to read about this divorce since everything seemed to be fine due to them already having two daughters and even being part of a band a few years ago, but Ichii is quite dedicated to her children (as most of us already know) so it seems that she did what she thought was best.

The articles mention quite a lot of reasons for the divorce, but it seems that her now ex-husband didn’t want to help out the family that much, although the main reason isn’t stated so we will probably not know why she decided to have a divorce.

Despite this I wish Ichii the best of luck and hopefully everything turns out fine for her and her two daughters.

Sanspo Article

Yomiuri Article

Tokyography Article

Ichii Sayaka Will Be In A Movie Titled “Ashita ni Kakeru Ai”

18 05 2011

Ichii Sayaka will be in a movie titled Ashita ni Kakeru Ai (Eng: Love Over Troubled Water).

While the summary of the movie is given in the article I can’t understand much of it, but it seems that there are quite a lot of extras and the movie will feature a theme having to do with China and Japan since it will be set in Beijing and it will be released both in China and Japan at the same time.

Even though I didn’t understand the plot of the movie I am glad to see that Ichii is appearing in more and more dramas and movies since that means we might see her in many more releases in the following months, but for now this movie seems to have an interesting theme that many people will like.

Hopefully we get a preview of some sort before the movie is released, although it seems that for now we might have to wait quite some time since the movie will be released in about a year.

The movie will be released in Spring 2012.

Cinema Today Article About Ichii In A Movie

Ichii Sayaka’s Drama “Pachinko Queen” DVD Announced

15 04 2011

The DVD for Ichii Sayaka’s drama titled Pachinko Queen has been announced.

I don’t remember hearing about the drama but I have to admit that the title is pretty catchy since it shows off a unique theme most fans who aren’t from Japan probably aren’t used to (that being Pachinko), which should be pretty interesting for fans since this seems to be her first drama since her return to the entertainment world (I’m not sure this is her first but it seems to be her first drama DVD release).

I don’t know the complete details for the drama but I am happy that Sayaka appears on the cover alone since it gives us a chance to check out her look and the setting for the story alongside some very colorful Pachinko machines which are pretty eye catching.

The title for the drama appears in Kanji and cursive, which is a nice touch since it makes it easy to know the title, but I would have liked to see less text in the bottom since  it almost makes the cover look like a movie poster instead of a DVD cover, and while it might be a good way to show off all of the actors in the drama it seems that the back of the DVD would have been a better place to place them since it leaves more room for the image.

Overall I like how the DVD cover looks since it features a colorful image featuring Sayaka in a business outfit, and while I would have liked to see a little bit less text I loved how it looks.

Even though I have no idea what the drama is about I look forward to seeing a preview for the DVD soon, but meanwhile I hope that fans can check reserve their copy since the cover for this DVD looks amazing.

The release date is set for 7/8.

Amazon.jp Page For Ichii Sayaka’s Pachinko Queen DVD

Official Ichii Sayaka Gree Blog Opened

28 11 2010

Ichii Sayaka has opened up her own Gree blog.

I’m glad to see that more and more former H!P members are starting to open up blogs and Twitter accounts since it gives fans a chance to keep up with their lives outside of H!P and it also gives them a way where they can show support for their future activities.

So far Ichii seems to have blogged quite a bit, which is great since it means that fans can expect to see many entries in the future about her life everyday as well as her modeling career which should be very interesting to see.

Hopefully fans can follow her blog so that they can keep up with her daily life.

Official Ichii Sayaka Gree Blog

Umeda Erika and Ichii Sayaka To Model In “Girls Award 2010”

11 05 2010

Former C-ute member Umeda Erika and former Morning Musume member Ichii Sayaka are set to appear as models at a fashion event titled Girls Award 2010.

I have to admit that I was surprised when I heard the news but it was kind of expected that Ichii and Umeda would appear in an event together someday since they both have decided to pursue modeling careers, and that moment has come rather quickly since this will be Umeda’s first modeling event (from what I know of).

If I remember correctly they haven’t had a chance to appear together before since Ichii graduated from H!P in 2000 to continue her education  and Umeda didn’t join the H.P. Kids until 2002, so it will be interesting to see their reaction (if any) when they meet.

From the site you can tell that it will be a somewhat big event since there are 71 models currently set to appear (including Ichii and Umeda) so hopefully the event is big and it is publicized well.

I wish the best of luck to Umeda in her event since it will be one of the first of many times we will see her walking down the catwalk.

Official Girls Award 2010 Site

Ichii Sayaka To Return To Show Business After 5 Years

24 08 2009

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Former Morning Musume member Ichii Sayaka has just announced that she will return to show business. Sayaka went on hiatus when she retired from Morning Musume but she recently joined a new agency (in February) and took half a year of acting lessons and other preparations to prepare.

According to the article she is going to be a talent, doing both singing and acting. Her schedule looks pretty full from what I can see:

From August 25, opening of an official Ameba blog!
August 25, Exclusive interview with “FLASH”!
August 30, Planned appearance on Sunday Japon (TBS)
September 1, Article in “Monthly Audition”!
September 1, Article in weekly “Joshi Jishin”!
September 1, Appearing in the “Talent Database” website’s September talent notice!
September 5, Taking part in Tokyo Girls Collection!

Source: H!O

Even though I wasn’t a fan when she wasn’t around it’s great to see that she is finally doing something related to show business, and hopefully her career goes well.

Oricon Announcement About Ichii Sayaka’s Return

Full Translation of Oricon Announcement on H!O