Yōko Oginome (荻野目 洋子, Oginome Yōko, born December 10, 1968 in Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture, Japan), real name Yōko Tsujino (辻野 洋子, Tsujino Yōko), is a singer, actress and voice actress. Oginome spent most of her elementary and junior high years living in the town of Ranzan in Saitama Prefecture, though she attended school in the city of Sakura. She graduated from Horikoshi High School in Nakano, Tokyo. She is represented by the talent management firm Vision Factory (formerly Rising Production). Oginome's older sister is actress Keiko Oginome.
In 2001, Oginome was four months pregnant when she had a shotgun wedding with Ryuso Tsujino, a professional tennis player with whom she had graduated from Horikoshi High School. Oginome had a second child in 2004, and took a year off work to spend time with her children and family. She announced the pending birth of her third child in her blog on 2006-03-16, and the safe delivery on 2006-08-10.
Her fans often call her Oginome-chan.
While in elementary school, she won a contest and was selected to be part of a three-member group called "Milk" under the CBS/Sony label. The group only released two singles and broke up a little over a year after forming. During junior high, Oginome auditioned for a part in Kitty Film's live action movie Shonben Rider, and was subsequently voice cast in their new anime series Miyuki in the role of the heroine, Miyuki Wakamatu. This led to roles in the anime film Bari Bari Densetsu and the kids TV series Ugo Ugo Rūga.
She made her solo singing debut in 1984 with Future Sailing after finishing up work on Miyuki, though she didn't become well known for another year or so after that. During this slow period, her single Beloved Caribbean received wide play as a rooting song at baseball and soccer games for teams such the Seibu Lions, Fukuoka Daiei Hawks, and Cerezo Osaka.
The song that catapulted Oginome into the ranks of superstars was her 1985 release Dancing Hero (Eat You Up). After that song, almost every song she released was instantly popular, and she began to appear in commercials and on variety shows where her Eurobeat style gained even more exposure. She was also host of the Young Studio 101 variety show, a show hosted at various times by other popular idol stars such as Yoko Minamino and Miyoko Yoshimoto.
Her acting career really started in 1986 with starring roles in programs such as the TBS drama Early Spring Story (早春物語, Sōshun Monogatari), the 1987 TBS series Cheers to the Baby! (赤ちゃんに乾杯！, Akachan ni Kanpai!), and the 1989 Fuji TV drama Please Don't Worry! (こまらせないで!, Komarasenai de!). Oginome also sang the theme songs for these programs. She also appeared in several NHK drama series, including Rin Rin to (凛凛と) (1990), Tokyo Kunitori Monogatari (トーキョー国盗り物語) (1993), and Nagoya Okane Monogatari (名古屋お金物語) (1995).
Oginome has crossed wits with comedian and actor Beat Takeshi on the NTV network variety show Super Jockey, a show known for its crass humor and topics of discussion. She also appeared as a guest performer on the TBS network variety show Takeshi - Tokoro no Dracula ga Neratteru (たけし・所のドラキュラが狙ってる), starring Takeshi and George Tokoro (and having similar topcs of discussion and humor as Super Jockey). On both shows, she was asked some embarrassing questions regarding her love life and why she wasn't married (this was before she was married), though she was able to come back and handle the questions without becoming too flustered.
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