December 6, 1980 — Chiba
1998/05/03 ~ 2003/05/05
Yasuda: Every year in May, I remember my graduation concert. And every year on May 5th, I watch the DVD of it and I think about just how happy I am.
— I understand that’s a custom you’ve been following for 15 years now.
Yasuda: I was a member for exactly five years. The first three years were difficult, but during the latter half I started to get more out of it. That last day especially is something I’ll never forget. It became a special day for both me and all my fans.
— You originally wanted to become an artist like Amuro Namie, didn’t you?
Yasuda: Back in those days, my clothes, my make-up, my hair — it was all Amuro. I think lots of girls who liked to sing saw Amuro as a kind of role model. Everyone wanted to be a singer like her.
— You wanted to become a solo artist, and yet you applied for the Morning Musume auditions. What was your reason for doing so?
Yasuda: I would watch every single episode of “ASAYAN.” I was watching when the original members were selling their debut single by hand, cheering them on with all my might. So when Tsunku♂ announced on the show that he was going to add more members to the group, I honestly thought he was doing something pretty awful to them.