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PostSubject: Niigaki Risa   Mon Jan 21, 2008 3:30 pm

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* Name: Niigaki Risa (新垣里沙)
* Nickname: Gaki-san, Omame-chan, Niinii, MC Gaki, Gakinkomame (given by Fujimoto Miki)
* Birth date: October 20, 1988
* Birthplace: Kagoshima, Japan (raised in Hodogaya-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture)
* Blood type: B
* Height: 154 cm (unconfirmed)
* Hobby: Electone
* Favorite food: Monjayaki
* Disliked food: Fried meat
* Favorite saying: "Never let go, no matter what, and keep trying!"
* Favorite color: Light blue, pink, white, yellow
* Favorite flowers: Sunflowers
* Favorite season: Winter
* Specialty: Mayuge beam/wave, "I'm in the middle of practicing my robot dance... (laugh)" [1]
* Hello! Project groups:
o Morning Musume (2001-)
o Morning Musume Tanjou 10nen Kinentai (2007)
o Athena & Robikerottsu (2007-)
* Subgroups:
o Tanpopo (2002)
o Morning Musume Sakura Gumi (2003-2004)
* Shuffle units:
o 2002: Happy 7
o 2003: 7AIR
o 2004: H.P. All Stars
* Other:
o Pocky Girls (2002)
o Metro Rabbits H.P. (2006-)

History

Niigaki was selected from Love Audition 21 to join Morning Musume as a fifth generation member on August 26, 2001, along with Takahashi Ai, Konno Asami, and Ogawa Makoto. She made her debut appearance on the single "Mr. Moonlight ~Ai no Big Band~," and first appeared on the fourth studio album, 4th Ikimasshoi!.

Prior to joining Morning Musume, Niigaki was a finalist out of 1,000 entrants in the "Kiss Girl Audition" to become the new Tomy image girl, held by TV Tokyo's "Oha Star" program. She appeared in a commercial with the other finalist, Hasegawa Ai, for Tomy Karaoke Machine Kiss-site, but ultimately lost out the Grand Prix prize to Hasegawa (ironically, Niigaki later starred in a commercial for the same company as a part of Morning Musume). Additionally, she did some work as a magazine model since spring 2000.

In September 2002, the fifth generation were placed into the Morning Musume subgroups, and Niigaki was added to the Tanpopo roster along with Konno Asami and participated in one single, "BE HAPPY Koi no Yajirobee."

Niigaki was placed in Morning Musume Sakura Gumi in January 2003 and released two singles as a part of the group before it went inactive.

In March 2006, she became a member of the kickball team Metro Rabbits H.P.

On June 1st, 2007, following the resignation of leader Fujimoto Miki, Niigaki was promoted to the position of subleader to new leader, fellow fifth generation member, Takahashi Ai.

Since Tsuji Nozomi went on maternity leave, Niigaki replaced her as the voice of Athena from the anime Robby & Kerobby.

Works
Movies

* [2002] とっかえっ娘。 (Tokkaekko)
* [2003] 子犬ダンの物語 (Koinu Dan no Monogatari)

TV Dramas

* [2002] おれがあいつであいつがおれで (Ore ga Aitsu de Aitsu ga Ore de)
* [2002] はいからさんが通る (Haikara-san ga Tooru)
* [2002] エンジェールハーツ (Angel Hearts)

Musicals

* [2006] リッボンの騎士ザ・ミュージカル (Ribbon no Kishi: The Musical)

Radio Shows

* [2002-2003] タンポポ編集部 OH-SO-RO! (Tanpopo Henshubu OH-SO-RO!)
* [2007-date] GAKI*KAME

Anime

* [2007-date] ロビーとケロビー (Robby & Kerobby) (Voice) as Athena

Discography

Alo Hello! Niigaki Risa DVD Cover

DVDs

* [2007.06.13] アロハロ!新垣里沙 DVD (Alo Hello! Niigaki Risa DVD) [2]

Photobooks

Niigaki Risa Amanatsu Isshun

* [2004.10.06] 新垣里沙 (Niigaki Risa) amazon.co.jp
* [2006.06.24] あま夏 (Amanatsu) amazon.co.jp
* [2007.05.26] 一瞬 (Isshun) amazon.co.jp

5 Morning Musume. 5ki Members

* [2002.08.13] 5 モーニング娘。5期メンバー (5 Morning Musume. 5ki Members) (With Takahashi Ai, Konno Asami, Ogawa Makoto) amazon.co.jp

Trivia

* Love Audition 21 audition songs:
o Round 1: "Otome Pasta ni Kandou" (Tanpopo)
o Round 2: "Chu! Natsu Party" (3nin Matsuri)
* Although born in Kagoshima, Niigaki moved at age 6 to Yokohama in Kanagawa Prefecture. Her grandparents are from Okinawa.
* Niigaki's original nickname "Omame" was given to her by Yaguchi Mari, shortly after Niigaki joined Morning Musume. mame means "bean", and it supposedly referred to Niigaki's large, bean-shaped head. She was later given the nickname "Gaki-san" by Okamura-sensei during the Mechaike Bakajo Kimatsu Test. gaki means "kid" or "brat", making the nickname a pun on the fact that she was the youngest member of Morning Musume at the time. In the years since then, "Gaki-san" has become extremely popular with both the fans and the other the members of the group, although some graduated members still call her "Mame-chan".
* Only Goto Maki calls her "Nii Nii".
* Has stated that she has excellent vision and that she can clearly see the faces of the audience in the very back row of a performance hall, as well as on the second and third floors.
* Her trademark "Mayuge Beam" ("Eyebrow Beam") move is derived from the "Sexy Beam" move from "Koi no Dance Site." Niigaki has said that her favorite part of her face are her eyebrows.
* Calls her grandmother "Baba-chan."
* Was a big fan of Morning Musume before joining the group, and even collected bromides and telephone cards.
* Named Abe Natsumi as the member she admired the most.
* Is close friends with Takahashi Ai & Kamei Eri.
* She said in a 2004 interview that her rivals were her co-5th generation members Konno Asami, Ogawa Makoto and Takahashi Ai.
* She is allergic to pollen.
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