A very well-known ex-member of Morning Musume will be getting married soon! Risa Niigaki (新垣里沙) has just recently announced on her blog that she will be getting married in July 2016, and the lucky groom is actor Yoshikazu Kotani.
Born on the 20th of October, 1988, Risa Niigaki is most popularly known for her involvement in Morning Musume which is one of the top J-pop girl groups in Japan. She was a fifth generation member of the band, as well as the leader during her time as a member. She is the longest-serving member of Morning Musume, having joined the band in 2001 and graduating in 2012. After she left Morning Musume, she ventured into acting, appearing in movies such as Tobidase Shinsengumi!, and a horror movie called Black Film.
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Born on the 25th of March, 1982, Yoshikazu Kotani is a Japanese actor and singer. One of his most notable roles was the musical series and live film adaptation of The Prince of Tennis in which he played Takashi Kawamura. He is also known for appearing in Kamen Rider Agito as Kouji Majima. As a singer, Yoshikazu Kotani is currently a member of a J-pop band called +Plus who usually release songs for anime, including songs for the Hitman REBORN anime series.
On the 13th of June, 2016, Risa Niigaki made the announcement on her blog that she and Kotani will be getting married in July. The couple met in 2013 during their involvement in the stage play version of Zettai Kareshi, which is also known as Absolute Boyfriend in English. Risa Niigaki and Yoshikazu Kotani had been dating for 2 years before deciding that it was time for them to get married. In 2016, they also appeared together in another play called Sin of Sleeping Snow.
Morning Musume and Risa Niigaki fans, are you glad to hear about the happy news regarding the couple? We wish them all the best in their married life!
*They divorced in January 2018.