Mai Shiraishi


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Mai Shiraishi (白石 麻衣 Shiraishi Mai, born August 20, 1992 in Gunma) is a Japanese singer, model and actress who is a member of the Japanese idol girl group Nogizaka46.

Career

After graduating from high school, Shiraishi attended music college as she desired to be a singer. Later on, one of her teachers persuaded her to audition for Nogizaka46.

Shiraishi’s singing career started when she was accepted as one of the first generation members of AKB48’s official rival group, Nogizaka46, on 21 August 2011. She was chosen as one of the members performing on the group’s debut single “Guruguru Curtain” on 22 February 2012. When Nogizaka46 released their second single “Oide Shampoo”, she was once again chosen to perform. Her career as a model started when she participated in Girls Award 2012 Autumn/Winter alongside former Nogizaka46 bandmate Nanase Nishino.

Shiraishi achieved further popularity when she appeared on the 1 January 2013 episode of Count Down TVand the 16 March 2013 episode of Uma Zuki! Shiraishi has been a permanent presenter on the latter since the 5 January 2013 episodeand Bachi Bachi Elekiteru since the 16 April 2013 episode.

She became the youngest model for women’s fashion magazine Ray, issued by Shufonotomo, since 23 March 2013.

Shiraishi was chosen as the center position in Nogizaka46 for their sixth single “Girl’s Rule”, released on 3 July 2013. She took over the center position from Rina Ikoma.

On 17 December 2014, Shiraishi held an event for her first photo book, Seijun na Otona Shiraishi Mai. Shiraishi is the first Nogizaka46 member to publish a solo photo book. “I’m happy to be the first one,” she said.Her second photobook, Mai Style, was published on January 23rd, 2015.It ranked fourth on the Oricon general book ranking and first in the photobook category selling 19,000 copies in the first week.

In September 2016, Shiraishi played a supporting role in the film Ushijima the Loan Shark 3.

On February 7th, 2017, her third solo photo book, Passport, was published. It was reprinted twenty times, and the total printing volume exceeded 310,000 copies until June 2018. Moreover, in the first half of the year 2018, she made the highest number of appearances in television commercials among any other tarento in Japan.

Shiraishi was in charge of the center position for Nogizaka46’s twentieth single “Synchronicity” which was released on 25 April 2018. It sold 1,116,852 copies in the first week.

Filmography
Television
Films
Commercials
Discography
Nogizaka46 Singles
  • “Guruguru Curtain” (22 February 2012)
    • “Aitakatta Kamoshirenai”
    • “Ushinaitakunai kara”
    • “Shiroi Kumo ni Notte”
    • “Nogizaka no Uta”
  • “Oide Shampoo” (2 May 2012)
    • “Kokoro no Kusuri”
    • “Gūzen o Iiwake ni Shite”
    • “House!”
  • “Hashire! Bicycle” (22 August 2012)
    • “Sekkachi na Katatsumuri”
    • “Hito wa Naze Hashiru no ka”
    • “Oto ga Denai Guitar”
  • “Seifuku no Mannequin” (19 December 2012)
    • “Yubi Bōenkyō”
    • “Yubi Bōenkyō: Anime version”
    • “Shibuya Blues”
  • “Kimi no Na wa Kibō” (13 March 2013)
    • “Shakiism”
    • “Romantic Ikayaki”
    • “Dekopin”
  • “Girl’s Rule” (3 July 2013)
    • “Sekai de Ichiban Kodoku na Lover”
    • “Kōmori yo”
    • “Ningen to Iu Gakki”
  • “Barette” (27 November 2013)
    • “Tsuki no Ōkisa”
    • “Watashi no Tame ni, Dareka no Tame ni”
    • “Sonna Baka na…”
  • “Kizuitara Kataomoi” (2 April 2014)
    • “Romance no Start”
    • “Toiki no Method”
    • “Kodoku Kyōdai”
  • “Natsu no Free & Easy” (9 July 2014)
    • “Nani mo Dekizu ni Soba ni Iru”
    • “Sono Saki no Deguchi”
  • “Nandome no Aozora ka?” (8 October 2014)
    • “Korogatta Kane o Narase!”
    • “Tender days”
  • “Inochi wa Utsukushii” (18 March 2015)
    • “Tachinaorichū”
  • “Taiyō Nokku” (22 July 2015)
    • “Sakanatachi no LOVE SONG”
    • “Hane no Kioku”
  • “Ima, Hanashitai Dareka ga Iru” (28 October 2015)
    • “Popipappapā”
    • “Kanashimi no Wasurekata”
  • “Harujion ga Sakukoro” (23 March 2016)
    • “Kyūshamen”
  • “Hadashi de Summer” (27 July 2016)
    • “Boku Dake no Hikari”
  • “Sayonara no Imi” (9 November 2016)
    • “Kodoku na Aozora”
Bibliography
Magazines
  • Larme, Tokuma Shoten 2012-, as an exclusive model since 2012
  • Ray, Shufunotomo 1988-, as an exclusive model since 2013
Photobooks
  • Kikan Nogizaka vol.2 Shoka (Tokyo News Service, 12 June 2014), ISBN 9784863364097
  • Seijun na Otona Shiraishi Mai (Gentosha, 10 December 2014), ISBN 9784344026711
  • Mai Style (Shufunotomo, 23 January 2015), ISBN 9784074020980
  • Passport (Kodansha, 7 February 2017), ISBN 9784063528572

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