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Miyabi Natsuyaki from the Berryz Koubou 7th Anniversary photo session
Miyabi Natsuyaki was part of another well-known girl group in Japan
Miyabi Natsuyaki is a Japanese pop music singer and now former sub-captain of the girl group called Berryz Koubou. Sometimes, the wording of the group is different because they were known by the name of Berryz Kobo. She has been a part of the Japanese entertainment industry going back to 2002. It was in 2002 when her career began because she passed the audition for Hello! Project Kids. This is an all-female teenage pop music group under the large Hello! Project label. Hello! Project has the other famous pop music group Morning Musume. It was not until 2004 that Natsuyaki would become a member of Berryz Koubou. So who is Miyabi Natsuyaki?
Early life and career in the entertainment industry (1992-2004)
Miyabi Natsuyaki was born on August 25, 1992 in the city of Chiba. Her father’s name is Takashi Natsuyaki but it is not known what her mother’s name is. In 2002, Natsuyaki participates in Berryz Koubou’s weekly radio show. It was also in 2002 that she would be selected to play in the film called Koinu Dan no Monogatari. However, due to her young age, she did not have a big role in the film. Several members of Hello! Project Kids and Morning Musume were in this film. In 2003, Miyabi was chosen to be in the group called Aa! This group also had a member by the name of Airi Suzuki. The group leader was Reina Tanaka the famous singer for Morning Musume’s 6th generation. The group released one single called FIRST KISS on October 29, 2003. The status of this group is not known because they have not released any material since 2003. But the group did get together for live performances in 2007.
Natsuyaki’s middle career (2005-2009)
It was in 2005 that we could say that Miyabi Natsuyaki got her first big break. She was selected to be part of the Hello! Project shuffle unit called Sexy Otonajan. This three member unit consisted of Natsuyaki, Megumi Murakami from the girl group C-ute, and Miki Fujimoto formerly of Morning Musume. The group only released one single called Onna Kanashii Otona. The song is a pop song that has a jazz music influence in it. In 2007, Natsuyaki was selected once again to be a member of another girl group and this one is called Buono! The group consists of Airi Suzuki of the group C-ute and Momoko Tsugunaga from Berryz Koubou. Upon its formation, the group sang both the opening and closing theme for the anime adaptation of something called the Shugo Chara manga. In 2009, the group Aa! Began their second generation lineup which had Natsuyaki, Airi Suzuki, and Akari Saho. On July 17, 2009, Natsuyaki starred in her own version of Buono’s Pizza-La French Camembert cheese.
Miyabi Natsuyaki in kimono
Miyabi Natsuyaki's Trip to China and her acting career
It was in June 2010 that Natsuyaki would travel to Shanghai China with Morning Musume members Linlin, Junjun, and Koharu Kusumi. The group would then perform as a four member unit called Ex-ceed! JunJun and Linlin would sing on the Morning Musume album called 10 My Me which has the awesome song called Kimagure Princess. In 2011, Miyabi Natsuyaki would star in the horror film called Ousama Game along with the other members of Hello! Project Kids. She would star in another horror film called Gomennasai with the members of Buono but this time, she would have the leading role in the film, the character Hinako Kurohane. However, on April 7, 2012, Natsuyaki would be forced to miss the Berryz Koubou Spring concert due to suffering from something called Periotonsillar Abscess. On May 15, 2012, Natsuyaki, Maasa Sudou, and Kei Yasuda starred in a play called B.B. Yasuda is a famous second generation member of Morning Musume and she got married to an Italian food researcher in May 2013.
Miyabi Natsuyaki dances with Megumi Murakami and Miki Fujimoto
Miyabi's other musical collaborations
On November 7, 2012, Natsuyaki as part of a musical collaboration with Maimi Yajima, Saki Nakajima, Haruna Iikubo, and Chinami Tokunaga released an Indies single. It was in early 2013 during a Hello! Project concert that Natsuyaki hurt her ankle and she was not able to dance for half of the tour. Miyabi Natsuyaki has also released two photo books, Miyabi in 2007 and Glow in 2013. A casual dinner show was held for Miyabi on October 20 and 28, 2012 in celebration of her turning 20 that year. For Miya (her nickname), this was a special occasion as she got the time to interact with her fans. There was also a unique track list of songs as well as a nice and exclusive dinner which is why the show was expensive but for these fans, it was really worth it.
A Photo of Miyabi Natsuyaki from Her 2007 photo book Called MIYABI
Miyabi Natsuyak from the Hello! Project 2014 Summer Photo Session
Miyabi Natsuyaki sings her own version of the song "Cha Cha SING"
Miyabi Natsuyaki's Accomplishments are Memorable and Worthy of Admiration
Natsuyaki Miyabi was the sub-captain of an idol group in Japan at such a young age and this is really significant because it shows that her motivation to succeed along with her natural talent and good looks that have allowed her to sing and act in plays and films. For Miyabi Natsuyaki, the future is a really bright one if she can stay healthy. (Note: since Berryz Kobo has now gone into hiatus, Natsuyaki has announced that she is taking a break from the entertainment business). She has said that she still has the desire to sing. As long as she does, there is always a chance for a return to show business. Natsuyaki joins Ai Kago and Aika Mitsui as other Japanese idol singers who have been out of the entertainment industry for an indefinite time.
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