Kawabe Chieko biography
河辺千恵子 (Kawabe Chieco), born February 24th, 1987, is a Japanese singer, actress, and model. She debuted as a talent at the age of 12 in 1999, and was managed by the Theater Academy talent agency. On August 08, 2008, Kawabe married TV producer Ochi Masato. She has stated she will continue to be active in the entertainment industry.
Chieco formerly modeled for the popular fashion magazine Love Berry. Love Berry announced in April, 2005 that Chieco would be departing from the magazine. Chieco debuted as an actress in the 1999 Fuji Television drama Kyuukyuu♡Chiryoushitsu. She debuted as a singer on March 28th, 2004 with the single be your girl that was used as the ending theme for the anime Elfen Lied. She released her first album, brilliance, on March 16th, 2005.
Chieco is best known for her participation in the musical and live-action adaptions of Sailor Moon. At the age of 12, Kawabe began playing Mizuno Ami/Sailor Mercury in the Sailor Moon musicals. She performed from 2000 to 2002. She later appeared in the live-action adaptation of Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon as Osaka Naru.
Before her debut as a solo artist, Chieco and fellow model Oda Mizuho to form 156P and released a CD single titled 15 no Blues.
Chieco's latest single is 桜キッス (Sakura Kiss), which is the theme song to the popular anime Ouran High School Host Club, making the single to be her best selling release yet. After "Sakura Kiss" Kawabe began studying English. Several of her blogs became bilingual, reflecting her progress. She also signed with the cuedrop agency and started her current blog called "CHIECO LABO." After her first blog was moved Kawabe began a separate English progress blog in early 2007. The final post was on December 24, 2007 with the entry announcing her "graduation" and how she would no longer update her English progress blog.
Kawabe's current activities include being a radio host on shows such as Countdown Japan and actively posting in two blogs: one about food called "Kawabe Chieco no Oichi Restaurant," and her blog with her agency "CHIECO LABO." Kawabe also is involved as an instructor at an exercise salon called Studio Body Design, backed by her agency cuedrop. It is unknown whether Kawabe will continue her singing career, though in recent months she posted new modeling images of herself on her blog.
As of February 24, 2009 (her 22nd birthday) she formally began to use the name "Chieko Ochi."