0: Asahi Shimbun Digital (interview excerpt) 2018/07/10(火) 00:00:00.00 0.net
“In the beginning, almost nothing was fun or pleasant. It was all painful.”
There was a misunderstanding that Niigaki had been able to join the group because of “special considerations.” Some fans took these negative rumors about her and began spreading them as if they were true. With broadband providers such Softbank Japan and Yahoo!BB entering the market, the year 2001 was one where the internet as a whole had already begun to become widely available in Japan, and online bashing towards Niigaki became very rampant. Even when the group was on stage, things like inconsiderate heckling and booing towards her would persist for a long while.
At the time, Niigaki was only 12 years old.
“There was this one concert where it was especially obvious that I hadn’t been accepted by the fans, and both my parents happened to be in the audience that time. After the concert ended, the three of us had a talk and we made a decision. “Let’s stop this already.” But after we talked it over with the staff, they convinced us to give it one more try. I then came to notice how there were some fans who supported me. There really weren’t a lot of them, but there were a couple — just a few people that supported me.”
37: 名無し募集中。。。 2018/07/10(火) 12:31:30.05 0.net
Is this the first time that she herself has directly spoken about this?
839: 名無し募集中。。。 2018/07/10(火) 21:26:58.99 0.net
You guys did something awful to Gaki-san.
October 20, 1988 — Kanagawa
2001/08/26 ~ 2012/05/18
Niigaki: Some time ago I was doing a shoot for a TV program where they had pictures from the times of our respective debuts lined up, and I realized how the members in them all looked different depending on the era. I don’t just mean our makeup and our hairstyles, but the whole “feel” of the pictures themselves.
20 years… It really is a piece of history. I was a member of the group for half of that — 10 years. The beginning was so incredibly difficult for me, but I think if I had to choose, it was the latter half of my time as a member that left the bigger impression on me. This was when we were the seniors; when our seniors had all left and it was up to just me and Ai-chan to take responsibility of Morning Musume. That was the era of my Morning Musume life that to me felt the most profound.
— You joined the group in 2001. “The☆Peace!” was a hit and the group was smack in the middle of its Golden Era.
Niigaki: I loved Morning Musume. My first impression of them was that it was this group of older girls singing really cool, mature songs, and then when the 4th generation joined I came to like them even more since they were around the same age as me. That’s when I first started going to their concerts, too. You couldn’t apply to their auditions until you were in junior high school, so I just waited patiently until that day and I let my parents know I wanted to apply.
1: 名無し募集中。。。 2018/03/08(木) 12:27:04.49 0.net
The other day, I brought everyone at the rehearsal lunchboxes I’d made myself. When I did, Tamano-san, our director, said: “That’s so nice of you, Risa-san! You’ll make for a good wife!“
All kinds of thoughts were running through my head, but I simply gave him a little laugh and said “thank you. 💕” (laughs)
2: 名無し募集中。。。 2018/03/08(木) 12:27:55.73 0.net
7: 名無し募集中。。。 2018/03/08(木) 12:29:53.88 0.net
As expected of Gaki-san.
19: 名無し募集中。。。 2018/03/08(木) 12:38:28.54 0.net
But she couldn’t become a good wife… (´･ω･｀)
45: 名無し募集中。。。 2018/01/05(金) 20:32:24.13 0.net
As expected of Ai-chan.
This is the Ai-chan I know and love.
114: 名無し募集中。。。 2018/01/05(金) 20:48:01.60 0.net
Man, Ai-chan sure never disappoints.
59: 名無し募集中。。。 2018/01/05(金) 20:35:09.95 0.net
Ai-chan really is pretty amazing — in many senses of the word.
156: 名無し募集中。。。 2018/01/05(金) 20:54:35.90 0.net
Why the hell are you announcing this? (laughs)
46: 名無し募集中。。。 2018/01/05(金) 20:32:36.96 0.net
Wait just a second, Ai-chan!!
This is none of your damn business!!
1: 名無し募集中。。。 2018/01/05(金) 19:02:19.65 0.net
2018-01-05 19:00:15 NEW !
I have a personal announcement I must make.
Me, Niigaki Risa, and Kotani Yoshikazu have divorced.
While our marriage lasted only a short one year and a half years, after discussing it we both came to the conclusion that it would be better if we went our separate ways in life. I am very sorry for worrying everyone who was happy for us as well as all those who supported us.
While we will be going our separate ways, I would be happy if you could continue watching over us. I hope to have your support.
January 5, 2018
2: 名無し募集中。。。 2018/01/05(金) 19:02:40.76 0.net
7: 名無し募集中。。。 2018/01/05(金) 19:03:15.81 0.net
I thought this was fake but it was for real. (laughs)
13: 名無し募集中。。。 2018/01/05(金) 19:03:27.63 0.net
It was for real…
I guess the guy just didn’t do it for her.
1: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/01/08(金) 14:14:43.36 0.net
Niigaki Risa has no comment regarding Becky’s adultery scandal
On the topic of difficult past experiences, she mentioned her time in Momusu. “It was really tough, but I think it’s because of that time that I’m able to stand on all sorts of stages today, even alone by myself. So I’m thankful for having gone through those experiences,” she said, smiling.
When asked if she had a comment regarding 27-year-old talent, Becky, who is going through a difficult time herself with her recent adultery uproar, she replied “no,” looking perplexed.
2: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/01/08(金) 14:17:02.60 0.net
1: 名無し募集中。。。 2014/08/01(金) 23:29:52.27 0.net
I want to see Gaki-san getting all angry at Eririn again…
11: 名無し募集中。。。 2014/08/01(金) 23:35:16.19 0.net
The debates of the meddlesome Gaki-san and the good-for-nothing Eririn were the funniest thing ever.
13: 名無し募集中。。。 2014/08/01(金) 23:36:41.65 0.net
Niigaki Risa, born October 20
Kamei Eri, born December 23
Her Majesty the Empress, born October 20
His Majesty the Emperor, born December 23
Gaki/Kame, the royal couple.
15: 名無し募集中。。。 2014/08/01(金) 23:37:59.29 0.net
Please start doing TwitCasting broadcasts from a bar somewhere.
20: 名無し募集中。。。 2014/08/01(金) 23:42:51.27 0.net
Gaki-san is a heavy drinker so there wouldn’t be much of a change with her really.
19: 名無し募集中。。。 2014/08/01(金) 23:41:40.39 0.net
I’d love seeing a drunk Eririn slurring her words.
(Note: Just for the few of you who don’t already know: Ikuta is a huge Gaki fan and has thus been appointed by other Gaki fans as the chairman or president of NOK (Niigaki-san wo Ouensuru Kai, or Cheering for Niigaki-san Party). She has gladly accepted the title and has since then hosted fan club events centered around worshiping Niigaki Risa.)
1: 名無し募集中。。。 2013/07/21 23:28:46
I have a sudden announcement to make.
I, 11th generation member of Morning Musume, Oda Sakura, have formed a supporting party for Chairman Ikuta’s Niigaki-san wo Ouensuru Kai. I have obtained permission for this from both Chairman Ikuta and my manager.
Whenever there is a gathering of the Niigaki-san wo Ouensuru Kai, or “NOK” for short, the supporting party will dispatch to its assistance. I will be aiding all of you fans of Chairman Ikuta and Niigaki-san. In other words, my job will be to cheer on the cheerers.
And, well, that is all.
All of you in NOK and Chairman Ikuta, I look forward to working with you.
My first activities as the supporting party are…
3: 名無し募集中。。。 2013/07/21(日) 23:30:13.68 0
What the heck is she talking about?