Ayano Kanami


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Name: Ayano Kanami
Kanji: 彩乃 かなみ
Current Troupe: n/a
Role: Musumeyaku
Status: Retired Top Star (2005 - 2008)

Nickname: Mihoko
Real Name: Izawa Mihoko (伊澤 美帆子)
Height: 160 cm
Birthday: August 7, 1976
Blood Type: O
Hometown: Maebashi, Gunma Prefecture
Favorite Food:
Favorite Flower: lilies, roses
Favorite Colors: beige, white
Hobbies: traveling, beauty routines, watching theater performances
Collections: accessories, shoes
Special Talent: koto (Japanese stringed instrument), piano, Japanese dance
Origin of Stage Name: thought of it with her family
Favorite Role: Gwendolyn from Ernest in Love
Would Like to Try Playing:

Debut: 1997 (83rd Class) Romanesque Mask
Troupe History:
2005 - 2008 Moon Troupe
2001 - 2005 Cosmos Troupe
1997 - 2001 Flower Troupe


2008: Me and My Girl, Sally Smith
2007-08: A-"R"ex (Drama City / Nippon Seinenkan), Nike
2007: Mahoroba / A Magician's Misfortunes, Veronika
2007: Love at Dal Lake (National Tour), Kamala Chandra Kumar
2007: Higher Than the Sky of Paris / Fancy Dance, Mimi
2006: Akanesasu Murasakino Hana / Les Bijoux Brillants (National Tour), Nukata no Ookimi
2006: Rome at Dawn / Les Bijoux Brillants, Porcia
2006: The Last Party (Nippon Seinenkan), Zelda Fitzgerald
2006: Akanesasu Murasakino Hana / Revue of Dreams (Chunichi), Nukata no Ookimi
2005: Jazzy Fairies / Revue of Dreams, Shannon McNeil
2005: Ernest in Love (Umeda Arts), Gwendolyn (top musumeyaku debut)
2005: Hotel Stella Maris / The Legend of the Revue, Allison / Etoile
2004: The Last Party (Bow Hall), Zelda Fitzgerald (musumeyaku lead)
2004: Phantom, Sorelli / Etoile
2003-04: Lightning in the Daytime / Temptation!, Bella / Etoile
2003: Legend of the Phoenix -Calaf & Turandot- / The Showstopper (Hakataza), Adelma
2003: Pierre the Mercenary / The Star Dust Party, Louise
2003: Hey, Mr. Spring Wind / Spring Again (Bow Hall), Kiku
2002: Legend of the Phoenix -Calaf & Turandot- / The Showstopper, Tamal
2001-02: Castel Mirage / Dancing Spirit!, Patty / Etoile
2001: Figaro! (Bow Hall), Susanna (musumeyaku lead)
2001: Michelangelo / Viva!, Clariche
2001: Manon (Bow Hall), Manon (musumeyaku lead)
2000-01: Ludwig II / Asian Sunrise, Sophie
2000: The Great Adventures of Tom Jones (Bow Hall), Honour
2000: Lived in a Dream / The Beauties!, Onnasannomiya
2000: Tango Argentino / The Revue IV (Chunichi), Rene
1999: Tango Argentino / The Revue '99, Rene / Etoile
1999: Romeo and Juliet '99 (Bow Hall), Juliet (musumeyaku lead)
1999: Japan Overture
1999: The Winter's Tale (Bow Hall)
1998: Spring Again / Southern Cross Revue (National Tour)
1998: Speakeasy / Sniper, Little Susie Lee
1998: Véronique (Bow Hall), Denise
1997: Romanesque Mask / Golden Days
1997: El Dorado (Tokyo)

Shinjin Kouen Roles

2003: Pierre the Mercenary, Joan of Arc (musumeyaku lead)
2002: Legend of the Phoenix -Calaf & Turandot-, Turandot (musumeyaku lead)
2001-02: Castel Mirage, Eva-Marie (musumeyaku lead)
2001: Michelangelo, Angelo 1
2000-01: Ludwig II, Woman Citizen 1
2000: Lived in a Dream, Akashi-no-Ue
1999: Tango Argentino, Marguerite (musumeyaku lead)
1999: Japan Overture, Oshin
1998: Speakeasy, Lucy

Concerts / Dinner Shows / Special Performances

2008: Singin' Lady K! (Music Salon)
2007: TCA Special 2007- 'Allo! Revue!
2007: Pure, Proper, Beautiful
2006: TCA Special 2006 - Wonderful Dreamers
2006: Dream Memorandum
2005: Charity Concert (for 10th anniversary of the Hanshin earthquake)
2005: Golden Steps
2005: TCA Special 2005 - Beautiful Melody, Beautiful Romance
2005: Takarazuka Revue Charity Concert
2004: TCA Special 2004 - Takarazuka 90
2003: Carmine (Hatsukaze Midori Concert)
2002: TCA Special 2002 - Dream
2002: Soul (Mizu Natsuki Dinner Show)
2001: Flower Troupe Encourage Concert
2001: TCA Special 2001 - Takarazuka Dream Century
2000: TCA Special 2000 - King of Revue
2000: SUMIRE2000 - Metamorphosis (Haruno Sumire Dinner Show)
1998: Paris Festival 1998

After Graduation

Plays and Concerts:

2020: Now. Here. This.
2018, 2019, 2021: Marie Antoinette, Madame Lamballe (with Hanafusa Mari and Ayabuki Mao)
2018: The Bridges of Madison County, "Marian" (with Suzukaze Mayo)
2015: Yoru no Shimai
2015: Super Gift! From Takarazuka Stars OG Performance (with Tsurugi Miyuki, Mori Keaki, Anju Mira, Kodama Ai, Shizuki Asato, Morina Miharu, Kozuki Wataru and Hoshina Yuri )
2015: Haneda Gekijo! Chief CA (a live performance a Haneda airport)
2015: Kurietare!
2014: Mahoroba Mizuho (with Ayaki Nao)
2014: ONE HEART Musical Festival (with Ayaki Nao, Takashiro Kei, Yamato Yuuga)
2014: Celebration 100! Takarazuka
2014/2015: Izuko e Iku Ligia
2013: Dream, a Dream Last of the Zuka "Way to 100th" specials
2013: Himeyuri Kimi
2013: Amakakeru Fuu ni
2013: Smile of Chaplin
2013: Tooi Natsu no Gogh ( with Aran Kei )
2013: Love Letters White Day Special
2013: One Heart Music Festival: Theater Crie 15th Anniversary
2012: The Fantastics
2012: Promises Promises in Concert
2012: Kobe ha Bataki no Saka (with Tsurugi Miyuki and Ban Akira)
2012: Karei Naru Mujikaru Ongaku no Sekai Gala Concert 2012 (with Ayabuki Mao and Shijou Rui)
2011: TRIANGLE vol. 2 Bikki Bikki * News Report with pictures
2011/2012: Rock Musical BLEACH Haruka (original character)
2011: Butakome Talk and Live Concert
2011: Ai to Seishun no Takarazuka Beni
2010/2011: Sound Horizon 7th Story Concert: 「Märchen ~キミが今笑っている、眩いその時代に…~」 Live Tour
2010: The Music Man Marian
2009: Gray Gardens Little Edie
2009: Shikinami Live Concert
2009: TRIANGLE: Roomshare no Susume
2008: Christmas Dinner Show at Hankyuu Hotel
2008: Ayano Kanami's Crystal Dream Mini-Live

CD Releases

2010: Sound Horizon 7th Story 「Märchen」 (Guest vocals on track 1, 2)
2009: Love Story -Hikari no Michi- (Full Album)
2009: Hikari no Michi WITH Shikinami (Single)
2008: Ayano Kanami's Crystal Dream (Single)

TV Appearances

Though she'd occasionally appeared on TV before, In 2015, Mihoko was busy circling many, many variety shows including:

Shin * BS Nihon no Uta on July 26th
The Karaoke Battle on July 8th (she'd appeared here before)
Odoru! Sanma Goten! on June 9th
VS Arashi on May 7th
Preparuto! on April 2nd
Tsuketsu! Akashiya Denshidai on February 23
Nep League on February 2nd

Other Work

2020: Katarijenne: The Happy Prince Match-selling Girl During the coronavirus lock down of 2020, former Takarazienne and current social activist Hino Anji and Takarazuka director Miki Akio, in partnership with Chugai Pharaceuticals, put together a series of ten half-hour "voice dramas" starring former Takaraziennes. The Happy Prince was the first, streamed June 1st and starring former Tsukigumi members Sena Jun, Kiriya Hiromu, and Yumesaki Nene as well as Mihoko. Click the link to hear the result, as well as adorable background footage with the stars trying to get their lines right. Or click here for an overall explanation of the project and dates of further streams through June and July.


  • Appeared as Murasaki-no-Ue in NHK's 2000 TV movie of Asaki Yume Mishi.
  • Image model for Palace Hotel weddings.
  • Has a three-octave vocal range.