According to the sources, on July 13, 2005, she tried to commit suicide by taking 20 sleeping pills and then slashing her wrists.
More DetailsHide DetailsA suicide note said it was due to Shintaro Yoshitake (吉武 真太郎). Yoshitake was a relief pitcher for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks baseball team with whom Ichigo was having an affair. Ichigo had only known Yoshitake (who was married) for a short time but had developed a deep attachment for him and became despondent when he broke off their relationship. Ichigo was taken to the hospital by police, who had been alerted by Ichigo's mother who was worried by her daughter's hints about suicide. Ichigo appeared soon afterwards in a magazine photo showing her scarred wrist. As an aside, in an interview years before, Ichigo had declared jokingly that she did not expect to live past 24 - her age at the time of her suicide attempt.
In July 2005, Japanese news sources reported that Ichigo had attempted suicide in her Tokyo apartment.
Beginning in late 2003, Ichigo made a number of "uncensored" videos.
More DetailsHide DetailsThese uncensored videos lack the mosaic pixelation which is used to obscure the genitals in standard Japanese AV and are only marketed internationally outside of Japan or in underground (urabon) venues in Japan. Among these videos was Japanese Superidols Gold Vol. 19 from March 2004 and the September 2005 super-heroine cosplay adventure Akiba-Troops! Cutie Rangers!, co-starring Sakura Sakurada and Tsumiki Shindo.
In late 2002, Ichigo switched studios, going from the Kuki group to Moodyz, one of the constituent companies in the Hokuto Corporation.
More DetailsHide DetailsHer first two videos for Moodyz were with her first director, Happy Yamada. Ichigo continued with Moodyz for almost a year and then essentially stopped making original videos for mainstream Japanese porn.
In her last video for Kuki, issued in April 2002 and entitled simply Goodbye, Ichigo portrays a teacher who has sex with her students.
More DetailsHide DetailsWhile with the Kuki Tank label, Ichigo had also been making videos with Max-A Samansa and Alice Japan, both part of the large Kuki-associated group of AV companies. Ichigo has said that the cover from the video box for Splash is her favorite.
Ichigo was recognized by fans for her work in 2001 by being given the Best Actress Award at the X City Grand Prix Awards ceremony.
The plot of her July 2001 video A Summer Strawberry has her going to a summer resort in Okinawa for sex on the beach and at the hotel.
More DetailsHide DetailsStrawberry Gathering, released in November 2001, uses the fictional documentary format common in Japanese porn and includes some mild bondage. In another documentary style video, A Snow Strawberry, the story has her returning home to Hokkaido to visit her ex-boyfriend, but her character instead has a one-night stand with a stranger. Another video, Strawberry Call, gives Ichigo the chance to play three different roles as sisters - a tough one, a bright one, and a cute school girl, who together fight off the kidnappers of one of the customers of their coffee shop.
Many of her video titles for Kuki played on her name, with various combinations including the word "strawberry". These include her March 2001 video Strawberry Club in the cosplay genre and the April 2001 release Strawberry Sherbert.
More DetailsHide DetailsHer 6th video Wet Strawberry takes place at a hot spring, and Ichigo said she ended up a bit dizzy from spending too much time in the water during the shoot.
Ichigo's first video, I Love You Ichigo Milk, was released December 25, 2000 for the Kuki Tank label.
More DetailsHide DetailsShe has said that she was nervous at her debut and had to take "lots of breaks". The actors and director were angry with her, and she was thinking of giving up and going home. She remembers that first director as being a "really weird man by the name Happy Yamada", a unique person. She would go on to work with Yamada in numerous videos over the next two years.
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