Akiyama Mao
Akiyama Mao promoting "Dakishimerarete Mitai"
Nicknames Maopin (まおぴん?)
Birth Info
Born July 29, 2002 (2002-07-29) (age 17)
Origin Osaka, Japan
Blood Type B
Zodiac Sign Leo Leo
Height 156.5cm
Professional Info
Genres J-pop
Occupation Idol, Singer, Model
Years Active 2015-present
(5 years)
Associated Acts Hello Pro Kenshuusei, Tsubaki Factory, Hello! Project Station Dance Club, UP-FRONT GROUP Telework Gasshou
Tsubaki Factory Info
Joined August 13, 2016
Member Color      Light Red
Debut Single Hatsukoi Sunrise / Just Try! / Uruwashi no Camellia
Time in Group 3 Years, 10 Months, 20 Days
Hello Pro Kenshuusei Info
Joined April 1, 2015
Generation 24th Generation
Graduated February 28, 2017
Time in Group 1 Year, 10 Months, 27 Days
Blog Ameblo-favicon.png Tsubaki Factory Official Blog
 Mao's autograph 
Akiyama Mao (秋山眞緒) is a Japanese pop singer under Hello! Project as a member of Tsubaki Factory. She was introduced on May 4, 2015 during the Hello Pro Kenshuusei Happyoukai 2015 ~Haru no Koukai Jitsuryoku Shindan Test~ alongside seven other girls.



Akiyama Mao, February 2019


Akiyama Mao, November 2018


Akiyama Mao, July 2018


Akiyama Mao, February 2018


Akiyama Mao, July 2017


Akiyama Mao, February 2017


Akiyama Mao, September 2016


Akiyama Mao, August 2016

Mao Akiyama

Akiyama Mao, May 2016


Akiyama Mao, February 2016


Akiyama Mao, April 2015

Early LifeEdit

Akiyama Mao was born on July 29, 2002 in Osaka, Japan.


In 2014, Akiyama entered the Morning Musume '14 <Golden> Audition!, but failed. Afterwards, she decided to join Hello Pro Kenshuusei.


On April 1, Akiyama officially joined Hello Pro Kenshuusei. She was formally introduced and participated in the Hello Pro Kenshuusei Happyoukai 2015 ~Haru no Koukai Jitsuryoku Shindan Test~ on May 4 alongside Ono Mizuho, Nakano Rion, Yanagawa Nanami, Maeda Kokoro, Kanatsu Mizuki, Kasahara Momona and Okamoto Honoka.[1]

From October 17 to November 28, she participated in the ℃-ute Concert Tour 2015 Aki ~℃an't STOP!!~ as the Hello Pro Kenshuusei opening act and as a back-up dancer.


From April 2 to June 20, Akiyama participated in the ℃-ute Concert Tour 2016 Haru ~℃ONCERTO~ as the Hello Pro Kenshuusei opening act and as a back-up dancer.

On August 13, it was announced at Tsubaki Factory's fanclub event that Akiyama had joined the group as new member with Ono Mizuho and Onoda Saori.[2]

In December, Akiyama was added as a member of the Hello! Project Station Dance Club.[3]


On July 31, Akiyama celebrated her 15th birthday at a fanclub event titled Tsubaki Factory Akiyama Mao Birthday Event 2017, featuring two shows at Mt.RAINIER HALL.


On July 25, the comedian duo Joujou Gundan released their debut single "Nakama", which features Akiyama in the B-side "Sunao ni Narenai Sakuranbo" as a member of the fictional group Yamato Nadeshiko Semicolon along with Suzuki Keita and Niinuma Kisora.[4][5]

On July 30, she celebrated her 16th birthday at a fanclub event titled Tsubaki Factory Akiyama Mao Birthday Event 2018, which featured two shows at TOKYO FM HALL.


On July 29, she celebrated her 17th birthday at a fanclub event titled Tsubaki Factory Akiyama Mao Birthday Event 2019, which featured two shows at Shinjuku ReNY.


On July 29, she will celebrate her 18th birthday at a fanclub event titled Tsubaki Factory Akiyama Mao Birthday Event 2020, which will feature two shows at Shinjuku ReNY.[6]

Personal LifeEdit

Her father, is 57 years old and her mother, Miki, is 53 years old (as of 2020). She has an older sister, Serena, who is 9 years older than her and an older brother, Koichi. The family owns an auto-shop business called "Mickey Auto Company" in Osaka.

When Akiyama joined Tsubaki Factory, she was a second year middle school student. She graduated from middle school on March 20, 2018.[7] As of April 2020, she is currently attending her last year of high school.

The following list are notable friendships Akiyama Mao has acquired:

Akiyama's given name, Mao, consists of the kanji meaning "truth" (眞) and "cord" (緒).

Although her parents thought of many names, the doctor suggested Mao. When Akiyama asks for the reason, they tell her the name will always be happy even when she is an adult, and that is why settled for Mao.[8]


  • Special Skill: Dance, Bridges
  • Hobbies: Dance, Gymnastics
  • Favorite Music Genre: Western Music
  • Favorite Food: Vegetables and Steak
  • Strength: She hates to lose and will work hard at anything
  • Weakness: She gives up quickly if she thinks she can't do something
  • Least Favorite Food: Green peppers and shiitake mushrooms
  • Favorite Color: Rose pink
  • Favorite Sport: Cat-and-mouse, Dodgeball
  • Charm Point: Her nose, and her forehead
  • Motto: Shoujiki wa Issho no Takara (正直は一生の宝; Honesty is life's treasure)
  • Favorite Tsubaki Factory Song: Hatsukoi Sunrise
  • Favorite Hello! Project song: "Jounetsu Ecstasy", "Jinsei wa STEP!", "Iron Heart", "The Power", "SHALL WE LOVE?", "Nen ni wa Nen"
  • Looks Up To: Suzuki Airi, Sasaki Rikako




  • [2017.01] VDC Magazine


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  • Her dream was to have a major debut in a new unit. In an interview with Top Yell in July 2016, she said her future dream is to be active in television and be respected by many people.
  • She wants to work hard at singing and dancing to become someone that others will look up to.
  • She thought everyone was very nice in Hello Pro Kenshuusei and she was happy she learned so much about singing.
  • Her rival in Hello Pro Kenshuusei was Ono Mizuho.
  • Her favorite genres of dance are waack and hip-hop.
  • She has performed in a flash mob promoting a Kobe women's support group, kiDuki, at Kobe Harborland umie.[10]
  • She is scared of taking baths alone.
  • She studied various dance styles, including waack, hip hop, and house.
  • She has the same last name as former THE Possible member Akiyama Yurika.

See AlsoEdit

Honorary TitlesEdit

Honorary titles

Preceded by
Asakura Kiki

Youngest member of Tsubaki Factory

Succeeded by


  1. "ハロプロ研修生 新メンバー加入!" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2018-04-27.
  2. "つばきファクトリー 新メンバー加入決定!" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2016-08-13.
  3. Akiyama Mao. "ダンス♡♡ 秋山 眞緒" (in Japanese). Tsubaki Factory Official Blog. 2017-01-04.
  5. "上々軍団CDデビュー!デビューシングル『仲間』配信スタート!" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2018-07-25.
  6. "★ファンクラブ会員限定イベント★「つばきファクトリー 秋山眞緒バースデーイベント2020」開催決定!" (in Japanese). UP-FC. 2020-07-02.
  7. Akiyama Mao. "今日はですね!!秋山 眞緒" (in Japanese). Tsubaki Factory Official Blog. 2018-03-20.
  8. Pocket Morning. 2016-11-06-. (Translation by Ro-kun)
  9. ""新メンバー"山岸理子" (in Japanese). Tsubaki Factory Official Blog. 2016-08-13.

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