Okai Chisato

Also known as :  Chippe, Chissā, Okasan
Born                 :  June 21, 1994 Saitama, Japan
Genres             :  Japanese pop
Occupations     :  Singer

Personal Life

Chisato Okai 岡井 千聖 Okai Chisato? born June 21, 1994 in Saitama, Japan is a member of the J-pop group Cute, under Hello! Project.  Okai passed the "Hello! Project Kids" audition in 2002. In 2004 Berryz Kobo was formed, with the intention of rotating the kids throughout the unit. Okai didn't make the original pick, and the idea was eventually dropped. Her sister, Asuna Okai, became a member of Hello! Pro Egg during the same year. The remaining kids ending up forming Cute in June 2005. The group didn't make its official debut until late in 2006, with their first official single released in February 2007. In September 2007, Okai was added to a new unit called Athena & Robikerottsu with Risa Niigaki, Aika Mitsui, and Saki Nakajima. They sang the opening and ending theme song for the anime Robby & Kerobby. The unit was effectively disbanded in March 2008, entering into an indefinite hiatus when the series ended.  In 2009, Okai joined a newly formed unit called Tanpopo#, a revival of former Hello! Project unit Tanpopo, with Eri Kamei, Yurina Kumai, and Aika Mitsui.  On November 9, 2010, a solo video of Okai performing the dance to Cute's then-latest single "Dance de Bakōn" was released on the group's official YouTube channel. The video received more than 100,000 views in two days, and had received over 1.2 million views by May 2011. Following the video's success, more solo "dance-cover" videos of Okai were uploaded, including her cover of Aya Matsuura's song "Love Namidairo", which was released on iTunes on November 27 as Okai's first digital single. Her first solo live event, "Chisato Okai (Cute) Solo Live 2011 Vol.1: Kaisha de Odotte Mita!!" was held on January 25, 2011 at Pacific Heaven. A CD containing Okai's cover of Miki Fujimoto's "Romantic Ukare Mode", with "Love Namidairo" as the coupling track, was sold exclusively at the venue of her second solo live, but was also released digitally as part of Hello! Project's Hello Cover series.

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