It was 10:30 p.m. at night in early December, with a lukewarm winter-like breeze blowing. Utaha, 21, vocalist of the popular music unit “Wednesday Campanella,” came out of a live house in Shibuya, Tokyo, with a bouncing gait. Walking up behind him carrying a large cardboard box was a tall man with a shaved head. On the way to load the luggage into the cab that was picking them up, the man spoke something to her, and Shiba chuckled. They got into the cab and went back to their apartment in Tokyo together.
The band “Wednesday no Campanella” was originally a legendary band with Comai (30) as the vocalist, who became popular overseas as well. In ’21, “Wednesday Campanella” welcomed Shiba as their new vocalist. At the time, she was an almost unknown college student, but after the big hit of her signature song “Edison,” her bright character and unique sensibility began to attract attention. Recently, she has become charismatic and popular among young people,” says a music industry insider.
Her partner is a young model on the rise.
She is a model and artist named YAMEPI. They are twin fashion models who have been attracting attention and have designed merchandise for ″Mizukan″. In November, they took a trip to Kansai and visited USJ.
The couple returned to a 44-year-old wooden apartment a short distance from the city center. It is a surprising but very simple love nest for Shiba, who has a so-called “sharp” image with his close-cropped hair and pink twin tails.
On a different day from the aforementioned concert, we caught the two of them riding their bicycles together, dashing back to their apartment. Apparently, the two are living together in this apartment.
In late December, we directly interviewed Shiba as she came out of her apartment, dressed all in pink, to ask about their relationship.
–Shiba, this is Friday.
Ahaha! Can I walk in?”
–You are dating model YAMEPI, right?
Yes, I am. Yay! Hahaha.”
–Is it officially approved by your office?
“Yes, we are. He comes to our live performances.
–How did you get together?
A friend of mine told me there was an interesting girl, and we got to know each other. We started dating before I became a member of Mizkan. He is a model, but he is also an artist who draws pictures. He is popular overseas and I can’t lose to him. I can’t lose!
–Is it correct to say that you are declaring your love for him?
We have been together for two years now, so we are not in love. Hahaha.”
–I’m sorry, I’m getting a little out of breath.
“Oh, are you all right? I’m going to TBS now. I’ll hurry up. Thank you very much!”
With that, she posed for the camera and walked away at a breakneck speed, not even bothering with her thick-soled sneakers.
Shiba was described by the first vocalist, Komuai, as “like a little sun. She is scheduled to appear in a movie with Riho Yoshioka and others in 2011, and it looks like it will be a year of breakthroughs.
From the January 6 and 13, 2023 issues of FRIDAY
PHOTO： Sota Shima (1st photo) Keisuke Nishi (2nd photo)