Rika Ishikawa

Rika Ishikawa
石川 梨華
Born (1985-01-19) January 19, 1985

Musical career

Years active 2000–present
Associated acts

Rika Ishikawa (石川 梨華 Ishikawa Rika, born January 19, 1985), is a Japanese pop singer, TV/radio hostess, idol, actress and model associated with the Hello! Project banner and best known as a former member of the pop group Morning Musume. She was the leader of the Japanese pop idol trio v-u-den until June 2008. She is working as a soloist, a member of the Japanese pop idol group Ongaku Gatas, in the pop duo Hangry & Angry as Angry, and as a current member of Dream Morning Musume. She is currently the only person of the 4th Generation of Morning Musume to remain single.



Rika Ishikawa was born on January 19, 1985 in Yokosuka, Kanagawa, Japan.

Ishikawa joined Morning Musume as a fourth generation member along with Hitomi Yoshizawa, Nozomi Tsuji, and Ai Kago, and made her debut in 2000 along with the rest of the fourth generation on the band's tenth single, "Happy Summer Wedding".

In 2001, simultaneously with her Morning Musume obligations, Ishikawa became a featured member of the then-semi-dormant Hello! Project pop group Country Musume and a second-generation member of Morning Musume's first subgroup, Tanpopo. She also participated in her first shuffle group recording, 3-nin Matsuri, with fellow Morning Musume/Tanpopo member Ai Kago and solo singer Aya Matsuura (previously, she had been a replacement member in the 2000 shuffle group Aoiro 7).

One of Ishikawa's most referenced vocal parts during her Morning Musume days was a frantic spoken word piece in the middle eight of their 2003 single "Shabondama". She also said a spoken word piece at the end of the song "The Peace!" which she has said was one of her favorite Morning Musume moments.

In September 2004, her new trio, v-u-den, released their debut single. She graduated from Morning Musume on May 7, 2005, and after five singles, v-u-den finally released their debut album, Suiteroom Number 1, in November 2005.

Ishikawa has starred in a Hamtaro movie with her Ecomoni partner, Sayumi Michishige, and soloist Aya Matsuura. She was a Pocky Girl (for Morning Musume's Pocky commercial), and also plays for Gatas Brilhantes H.P..

Ishikawa graduated from Morning Musume on the last day of the Morning Musume Concert Tour 2005 Haru ~Dai 6 Kan Hit Mankai!~, on May 07, 2005. During this concert, 7th generation member Kusumi Koharu was officially introduced into Morning Musume and replaced her spot. After her graduation, she replaced Nakazawa Yuko as the host of Hello!Morning till it ended in 2007.

Ishikawa starred in Sukeban Deka: Codename = Asamiya Saki, the fourth live-action adaptation film of Sukeban Deka opposite Aya Matsuura, released September 30, 2006.

In line with Mari Yaguchi's involvement in the Japanese 2007 adaptation of the popular 1955 Broadway play, "Damn Yankees", Rika will be double cast with fellow 4th Generation ex-Morning Musume member, Nozomi Tsuji, in "When Will You Return?" (『いつの日君帰る』 Itsu no hi kimi kaeru) in 2007 at the Nissei Theatre in Tokyo and the Osaka City Center.[1]

In mid-2007, Ishikawa joined the Japanese idol group Ongaku Gatas along with fellow members of Gatas Brilhantes H.P..

On October 12, 2008 it was announced that she is paired up with fellow ex-Morning Musume member Hitomi Yoshizawa in the new unit Hangry & Angry in collaboration with a Harajuku fashion store of the same name.[2] Hangry & Angry will be making their first United States performance at Sakura-Con in Seattle, Washington in April 2009.[3][4]

It was announced on October 19, 2008, on the official Hello!Project website, that Ishikawa will graduate from Hello! Project along with the rest of Elder Club on March 31, 2009.[5] Ishikawa joined the newly formed group, "Dream Morning Musume" in 2010 alongside other former Morning Musume members.

On January 1, 2010 Ishikawa opened up an official blog.


Hello! Project

Non-Hello! Project



# Title Release date Publisher
1 Ishikawa Rika Shashinshū - Rika Ishikawa (石川梨華写真集 Rika Ishikawa) August 3, 2001 Takeshobo
ISBN 978-4-8124-0791-2
First solo photobook
2 Ishikawa Rika Shashinshū" (石川梨華写真集) June 22, 2002 Wani Books
ISBN 978-4-8470-2717-8
Second solo photobook
3 Ishikawa Rika Shashinshū - "I" (石川梨華写真集「I」) December 24, 2003 Wani Books
ISBN 978-4-8470-2787-1
Third solo photobook
"Seishun Haka-san Ryōri Jyuku" & "17sai ~Tabidachi no Futari~" Visual Book ( 「青春ばかちん料理塾」&「17才~旅立ちのふたり」ビジュアルブック) August 8, 2003 Kodansha
ISBN 978-4-06-364523-1
Photobook of the movie Seventeen
Pocket Morning Musume Vol.1 (ポケットモーニング娘。〈Vol.1〉) September 2003 Rokusaisha
ISBN 978-4-8463-0525-3
Fourth Generation member pocket photobook
4 Ishikawa Rika Shashinshū "Hanabi" (1石川梨華写真集「華美」) December 10, 2004 Wani Books
ISBN 978-4-8470-2836-6
Fourth solo photobook
5 Ishikawa Rika Shiawase no Ashi Ato Happy (フォト&エッセイ「石川梨華 幸せのあしあと ハッピー!」) July 1, 2005 Kobunsha
ISBN 978-4-334-90127-1
Photo and Essay book
Ishikawa Rika & Michishige Sayumi
Shashinshū "Angels"
November 16, 2005 Wani Books
ISBN 978-4-8470-2895-3
Duo photobook with Sayumi Michishige
6 Ishikawa Shashinshū "Oui, mon amour" ( 石川梨華写真集「Oui, mon amour」) December 18, 2006 Wani Books
ISBN 978-4-8470-2981-3
Sixth solo photobook
Rika Ishikawa Hello! Project 2007 Winter Concert January 28, 2007
Concert photobook
7 Ishikawa Rika Shashinshū "Abyuu" (石川梨華写真集「アビュー」) August 22, 2007 Wani Books
ISBN 978-4-8470-4032-0
Seventh solo photobook
8 Ishikawa Rika Shashinshū "Kazahana" (石川梨華写真集「風華」) February 20, 2008 Kids Net
ISBN 978-4-04-895014-5
Eighth solo photobook
9 Ishikawa Rika Shashinshū "Karen" (石川梨華写真集「華恋(かれん)」) January 19, 2009 Wani Books
ISBN 978-4-8470-4151-8
Ninth solo photobook[6]


Title Release date Charts
Rika & Miki Sugao no 17sai ~Making Of «17sai ~Tabidachi no Futari~»~
  (梨華&美貴 素顔の17才 ~メイキングオブ「17才 旅立ちのふたり」~)
21 October 2003 ?
17sai ~Tabidachi no Futari~ (17才 旅立ちのふたり) 21 April 2004 ?
Alo Hello! Rika Ishikawa (アロハロ!石川梨華) 7 March 2007 20
Rika Ishikawa MOST CRISIS! in Hawaii 11 February 2009 24
RIKA (石川梨華 RIKA) 6 January 2010 170



Show Start date End date
Hai Kara-san ga Tōru January 2, 2002
Tō-san no Natsu Matsuri August 17, 2002
Ore ga Aitsu de Aitsu ga Ore de December 28, 2002
Ranpo R Jigoku Dōkeshi February 23, 2003
Last Present December 24, 2003
Majokko Rika-chan no Magical v-u-den (魔女っ娘。梨華ちゃんのマジカル美勇伝) October 4, 2004 December 24, 2004
Shinshun Wide Jidaigeki "Kunitori Monogatari" January 2, 2005
Musume Dokyu! (娘Dokyu!) May 9, 2005
Shin Dōmoto Kyōdai (新堂本兄弟) June 18, 2006


Program Start date End date
MBS Young Town Dōyōbi April 3, 2003 March 27, 2004
v-u-den☆Ishikawa Rika no Chanka☆Charmy! April 2, 2004 September 21, 2006
Hello Pro Yanen!! February 18, 2005 March 11, 2005
B.B.L. April 3, 2005 April 10, 2005
May 8, 2005 Currently running
v-u-den Beauty Hour 21 October 6, 2006




  1. Official Century Land website report
  2. "Yoshizawa Hitomi + Ishikawa Rika = Hangry & Angry". Hello!Online. October 12, 2008.
  3. "J!-ENT's Dennis A. Amith interviews Hangry & Angry" (PDF). J!-ENT. December 22, 2008.
  4. "Hangry&Angry to debut at Sakura-Con 2009". Hello!Online. December 17, 2008. Retrieved December 30, 2008.
  5. "Elder Club members to graduate from Hello! Project". Hello!Online. October 19, 2008. Retrieved December 23, 2008.
  6. "Ishikawa Rika Shashinshū "Karen"" (in Japanese). Amazon.com. Retrieved January 6, 2009.
  7. "石川梨華のDVD売上ランキング" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2016-01-14.
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