Kitagawa Rio



Kitagawa Rio, July 2019
Nicknames Kitario (きたりお?)
Birth Info
Born March 16, 2004 (2004-03-16) (age 15)
Origin Tokyo, Japan
Blood Type O
Zodiac Sign Pisces Pisces
Height 155.4cm
Professional Info
Genres J-Pop
Occupation Idol, singer
Years Active 2019-present
(0 years)
Associated Acts Morning Musume
Morning Musume Info
Joined June 22, 2019
Generation 15th Generation
Member Color       Sea Blue
Debut Single TBA
Time in Group 0 Years, 2 Months, 25 Days
Blog Ameblo-favicon.png Morning Musume 15ki Official Blog

Kitagawa Rio (北川莉央) is a Japanese pop singer under Hello! Project as a 15th generation member of Morning Musume.


Early LifeEdit

Kitagawa Rio was born on March 16, 2004 in Tokyo, Japan.


On June 22, she was announced as a winner of the Morning Musume '19 LOVE Audition and would join Morning Musume '19 as a 15th generation member alongside Okamura Homare and Yamazaki Mei.[1][2] They were introduced on stage during the Hello! Project 2019 SUMMER concert tour from July 13 and will begin performing with the group in the Morning Musume '19 Concert Tour Aki.[3]

On August 28, Kitagawa, Okamura, and Yamazaki held their debut fanclub event, Morning Musume '19 15ki Member FC Event, at Yamano Hall.

Personal LifeEdit

When Kitagawa joined Morning Musume, she was in her first year of high school.

A list of nicknames that have been used to refer to Kitagawa Rio:

  • Kitario (きたりお): Her nickname as a member of Morning Musume.[4]
  • Rio (りお): A nickname she wrote on her Morning Musume '19 LOVE Audition application.[5]
  • Mizunomi Babaa (水飲みババア; Water-Drinking Granny): A nickname given to Kitagawa by her classmates, which she wrote on her Morning Musume '19 LOVE Audition application. On a school sports day, she had muscle pain and wasn't feeling well, so she collected and drank all the extra water that no one else wanted. Because her classmates thought she was like an old woman, they called her "Mizunomi Babaa".[5]


  • Name: Kitagawa Rio (北川莉央)
  • Nickname: Kitario (きたりお)[4]
  • Birthdate: March 16, 2004 (2004-03-16) (age 15)
  • Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
  • Blood type: O
  • Height: 155.4cm[6]
  • Western Zodiac: Pisces
  • Eastern Zodiac: Monkey
  • Hello! Project Status:
  • Morning Musume Member Color: Sea Blue
  • Hello! Project Groups:
    • 2019-06-22: Member

  • Hobbies: Cooking, looking for pretty girls, reading magazines, karaoke
  • Special Skills: Grade 3 in STEP Eiken test, Grade 4 in ICT Proficiency Assessment test,[5] flute,[4] eating salmon clean[6]
  • Favorite Music Genre: J-pop (idols)
  • Favorite Sport: Golf[7]
  • Motto: Doryoku no bun dake onnanoko wa kawaiku nareru (努力の分だけ女の子は可愛くなれる; A girl can be cute with just an effort)
  • Favorite Morning Musume Songs: "Ai no Gundan"[8]
  • Looks Up To: Oda Sakura[4]




  • [2019–] Morning Musume '19 no Morning Jogakuin ~Houkago Meeting~ (モーニング娘。'19のモーニング女学院〜放課後ミーティング〜)


  • She shares the same surname with former Hello Pro Kenshuusei Hokkaido member Kitagawa Ryo.
  • She had been wanting to work in the entertainment industry for the eight years before she joined Morning Musume.[9]
  • During her first interview as a member of Morning Musume, she stated her desire was to be able to keep up and perform well despite not having much experience.[8]
  • When she joined Morning Musume, she said she would like to sing Oda Sakura's solo part in "Help me!!".[1] She also said in another interview that her favorite song is "Ai no Gundan" because it has a powerful dance and many noticeable singing parts.[8]
  • She is bad at sports,[5] except for golfing. Her best golf score is 98 as of June 2019.[7]
  • She loves water. Her favorite water bottle brand is Volvic.[8]
  • She began supporting female idols in the fifth grade, when she started liking the K-pop group Girls' Generation (known as Shoujo Jidai in Japan).[4]

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