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A first look at NMB48's Kei Jonishi
Who Is Kei Jonishi?
Kei Jonishi is a Japanese pop music singer and a member of the girl group NMB48. She was born on March 18, 1995 in Shiga Prefecture. With all of the attention being given to more famous members Sayaka Yamamoto and Miyuki Watanabe, it is time to introduce one of NMB48’s lesser known members.
Career of Kei Jonishi (2010-2015)
Kei got her start in the entertainment industry in 2010 when she passed NMB48’s 1st generation auditions in September of that year. As part of the requirements for joining the group, she had to sing an audition song. Her audition song was “Shunkan Sentimental” by the band called SCANDAL. She would make her debut with NMB48 on October 9, 2010. In March 2011, she was selected to become part of NMB48’s Team N. Her first single appearance was in the one called “Zetsumetsu Kurokami Shojo.” She has since appeared on the group’s B-side tracks of their singles. She did sing on the original singles Kamonegix and Takane no Ringo. She is also a member for the single called Don’t Look Back released on March 31st 2015.
How has Kei ranked in the AKB48 General Elections?
In the group’s 2013 General Elections, Kei was ranked at #40 receiving 17,381 votes. In 2014, she was ranked at #58 receiving 14,194 votes in that election. She has not performed as well at these elections like Mayu Watanabe but she was able to join NMB48 without having any prior singing or dancing experience. In February 2014 during the big AKB48 group shuffle, Kei was named the co-captain of Team N. In 2015, following the end of the 7th AKB48 General Election, Jonishi was ranked at #36. Although that’s only 4 spots above what she had gotten in 2013, that is a positive sign and possibly she will become more popular in the future.
More photos of Kei Jonishi
Interesting facts about Kei Jonishi of NMB48
- Her hobby is watching performances.
- Kei is skilled at playing percussion and imitating an alien voice.
- Her future ambition is to be an actress.
- Kei’s favorite foods are her mother’s stuffed cabbage and mint chocolate ice cream.
- She is regarded by many people to be the most mysterious member and the hardest to approach.
- Kei loves lizards and bugs.
- Her bird’s name is Piichan.
Kei Jonishi relaxing with a bird
Kei Jonishi Announces Her Intention to Graduate
On October 18, 2016, Jonishi announced her intention to graduate from NMB48. This announcement was made at the group’s 6th anniversary concert at Kobe World Memorial Hall. Jonishi said in her public remarks that she had decided to take what she called the next step in her life. She also mentioned that she became satisfied with her then current position and environment. She said that if she were to continue in this manner, the fans would become distant and that she would end here.
Favorite member of NMB48
A Map of Shiga Prefecture, Kei Jonishi's Birthplace
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