Name: Yua Mikami (三上悠亜)
Alias: Momona Kitō (SKE48 Team E)
Birthdate: August 16, 1993 (Currently 26 years old) Leo
3-Sizes: T159 / B84 (F cup) / W58 / H88 / S23.5
Blood type: A
Weight: Around 50kg
Birthplace: Aichi Prefecture
Hobbies: Watching Idol DVDs.
Debut work: Princess Peach (June 01, 2015)
Official site: mikamiyua.jp
Momona Kitō (鬼頭桃菜) was born on August 16, 1993. She debuted as a member of the idol group SKE48 in 2009 where she remained performing as Idol and singer until her departure in 2014.
She officially entered the Japanese adult entertainment industry in 2015 under the professional name of Yua Mikami (三上悠亜) for Muteki label, an adult video studio that specializes in former gravure idols and minor celebrities JAV debuts.
She enjoyed great success in Muteki studio from 2015 to late 2016 and during this time she already was one of the best-selling contemporary JAV idols. Late that year she joined S1 Style One studio where she remains to this day and she has appeared in over 100 films.
Apart from appearing in adult films, Yua Mikami has also remained active as a singer and idol being part of all AV actress Idol group Ebisu Muscat, and she also debuted in South Korea her own “Korean Idol group” Honey Popcorn in 2018. She also had a couple of special guest appearances in videogames Yakuza 6 and Yakuza Kiwami 2.
2006–2014: Early Idol life
She was born in Nagoya and she had early aspirations of becoming an idol. She auditioned for Morning Musume’s 8th generation in 2006, when she was 13, but didn’t make it.
However, she was luckier in March 2009 when she auditioned for the second generation of SKE48 on Team E, where she effectively made her debut.
Her career in SKE48 had a series of setbacks including a demotion to Kenkyuusei (trainee) status in December 2010, as well as an underage drinking/dating scandal that broke out during 2013.
On March 16, 2014, she announced her upcoming graduation from the group and she set a date for her final performance on April 9, 2014.
Without much glory, she appeared in eight B-side singles with SKE, as well as an appearance on the sister group AKB48’s B-side single “Gingham Check”.
In July 2013 while still a member of SKE48, weekly Bunshun published pictures of her kissing with Yuya Tegoshi while being allegedly drunk and staying overnight at his house in May 2013.
It caused an uproar as Mikami was pictured with alcohol and she was not at the drinking age at that time.
2015–present: AV debut and music return
She could have been easily forgotten right then and there, after all, so many “Idols” don’t make it in this industry. but she made a very surprising and glorious return on June 1, 2015, but to the adult industry no less this time.
And with a new artistic name: Yua Mikami (三上悠亜).
On June 1, 2015, she debuted in the adult entertainment industry in a video produced by Muteki under the name of Yua Mikami. With her first video, Princess Peach. TEK-067.
While Yua Mikami originally planned this movie as a one-time for her career, Princess Peach turned out to be a blowout. TEK-067 became Muteki’s highest-selling film ever and one of the highest-selling AV’s of 2015 (2nd overall that year if I remember correctly).
This overwhelming and unexpected success, coupled with the many positive reactions of the fans and peers, motivated her to continue in the AV industry as an active performer.
In view of the great success, Muteki kept her for a few more releases, being one of the few AV actresses that ever appeared in more than one occasion for this studio.
Her second AV released on January 1, 2016, under the TEK-071 code and was also well received.
2016 was the year where things began to go really well for her:
- On April 13, 2016, she joined the Ebisu Muscats is a second-generation member.
- She won her first major award at the 2016 DMM Adult Awards as “Best Rookie actress”.
- She was the poster girl for the 2016 AV Open along with Masami Ichikawa.
- She was the event campaign girl for the National Fan Thanksgiving Festival 2016 along with Hibiki Ōtsuki.
By late 2016 she was already incredibly popular and things finally exploded when she was hired as an exclusive actress for S1 Number 1 style studio in 2016. One of the most prestigious adult studios in Japan that specializes in glamor models, or Idol type of adult actresses if you will.
She became the “flagship” actresses for S1 fairly quickly and with her films selling so well is no wonder.
Yua these days
In 2018, Fanza (DMM) researched the Top 10 highest selling AV actresses of the year, and Mikami came out as number 8 at digital downloads and number 5 regarding 5 at physical DVD/Blu-Ray sales.
A major moment for her career was when she won the highest award in the 2017 DMM Adult Awards: “Best adult Actress”.
She also presented the “Best New Actress” award with former gravure idol Shoko Takahashi, another Muteki rookie, and also Nagoya-based.
The comparison with Shoko has been frequent during their careers, even more, because they also share a personal friendship and even more when the began to appear in the variety show “SHOW YOUR ROCKETS”.
To celebrate Muteki’s 10 anniversary, the studio hired their 2 former debut idols, Takasho and Yua who appeared together in TEK-097 as a special video edition. This movie was accompanied by 2 VR films, and become the 2nd most sold Adult video film of 2018.
Yua Mikami remained mostly an adult performer but she never forgot her musical and Idol roots. She formed Idol group Honey popcorn with AV idols Moko Sakura and Miko Matsuda.
They gave the group an intentional Korean flavor and aimed at the Korean market despite all the 3 members being Japanese. The group received a mixed welcome and a backlash. As the 3 girls’ line of work is porn, and that collides with the “pure” image associated with Korean idols.
There even was a signature collection and organized effort for the group to get banned.
Yua Mikami’s last effort has been focused on her new clothing brand called “YOUR’S”, and many people have seen a similarity to her S1 peer and friend Asuka Kirara. Perhaps, preparing herself for her retirement as-well? 🙂 let’s hope not.
Singles with SKE48
Release Date No. Title Role
- November 17, 2010 – 4 1! 2! 3! 4! Yoroshiku! B-Side
- November 9, 2011 – 7 Okey Dokey B-Side
- May 16, 2012 – 9 Aishite-love-ru! B-Side
- September 19, 2012 – 10 Kiss Datte Hidarikiki B-Side
- January 30, 2013 – 11 Choco no Dorei B-Side
- July 17, 2013 – 12 Utsukushii Inazuma B-Side
- November 20, 2013 – 13 Sansei Kawaii! B-Side
- March 19, 2014 – 14 Mirai to wa? B-Side
Singles with AKB48
- August 29, 2012 – 27 Gingham Check B-Side
Yua Mikami Adult filmography can be checked here.
Her full AV filmography can be checked here.