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Kodama Ameko (児玉雨子) is a Japanese lyricist and author. She began her career in 2011, when she wrote the first opening theme for the TV program Kopinks!. She has since written lyrics for various idols including Hello! Project, other UP-FRONT WORKS artists, and anime songs.


Kodama Ameko, 2012

Kodama Ameko was born on December 21, 1993 in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan.

In 2011, while she was in her second and third years of high school,[1] Kodama wrote her first full length novel titled Unhappy Stupid Fuckin' Girls. She submitted it for the 35th Subaru Literary Award by Shueisha, but it only made it to the second round.[2] Her father's acquaintance, who was a producer for the local SATV program Kopinks!, read the story and asked her to write the lyrics for the show's first opening theme song.[1][3] The resulting song "Carina Notte" was sung by Miyamoto Karin as the character Kopink.[4] Kodama has since written lyrics for all of the Kopinks! theme songs.

Sometime before 2014,[N1] Kodama saw a Namba Kazumi no Idol Sanjuuroku Bou show at Tower Records Shibuya, where she met Hashimoto Shin, the recording director of UP-FRONT WORKS, who asked her to work together.[1] In her first year, none of her lyrics were used or they were occassionally fixed by another lyricist such as NOBE before being accepted. The first songs that were taken directly from Kodama were "Otome no Gyakushuu" and "Itooshikutte Gomen ne", which she had quickly written within one to two days.[1]

On January 11, 2015, Kodama was named as one of the creators for iDOL Street's new project "Girls Street 2020".[5]

In 2015, she began writing screenplays and novel series for Japan's most popular anime and manga magazine Newtype.[6][3]

In 2016, Kodama graduated from Meiji University's Undergraduate School of Arts and Letters, majoring in Literary Arts and Media.[7] She wrote her undergraduate thesis on Tanizaki Junichiro's essay works. She had two themes she wanted to write her thesis on, but they had no connection and she only had time to write one. She decided to enter graduate school so she could write the second theme for her master's thesis, which was the study of the relationship between the S genre (stories about intimacy between female students which was popularized by novelist Yoshiya Nobuko) and the image of young women.[8] She completed her studies at Meiji University's Graduate School of Arts and Letters in 2018.[3]

Starting on October 23, 2019, she and former ANGERME leader Wada Ayaka will host a bi-monthly SHOWROOM live together, titled Wada Ayaka to Kodama Ameko no Zangeshitsu.[9]


  • Name: Kodama Ameko (児玉雨子)
  • Birthdate: December 21, 1993 (1993-12-21) (age 28)
  • Birthplace: Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
  • Western Zodiac: Sagittarius.svg Sagittarius
  • Eastern Zodiac: Rooster.png Rooster

Lyrics Credits[]



Bitter & Sweet[]

College Cosmos[]

Country Girls[]



Hello Pro Kenshuusei[]


Kikkawa Yuu[]

Kobushi Factory[]


Michishige Sayumi[]

Miyamoto Karin[]

Morning Musume[]



Tsubaki Factory[]

Up Up Girls (2)[]

Up Up Girls (Kakko Kari)[]



  • [2019–] Wada Ayaka to Kodama Ameko no Zangeshitsu (和田彩花と児玉雨子の懺悔室; Wada Ayaka and Kodama Ameko's Confessional) (SHOWROOM)


  • She loves Showa era pop songs, in particular the works of lyricists and Meiji University alumni Aku Yu and Aki Yoko, who she says she loves so much that she would not get tired of talking about them.[8]
  • She never planned on becoming novelist or lyricist when she wrote her novel submission for the 35th Subaru Literary Award. In high school, she would take days off when she was having an emotionally hard time, and she thought that writing a novel was a good way to let out her feelings. When she finished writing, the deadline for the Subaru Literary Award happened to be near and it also had a greater money reward than other contests.[3]
  • Kodama did not start story writing until high school. She hardly read books as an elementary school student and got scolded by her teacher for writing "If it's boring, it's okay write that it's boring as a reason" as a book report, which she took word-for-word from a book on "How to Write Book Reports". This incident gave her an excuse to dislike reading and writing, but the feeling gradually went away after she learned to write haiku in Japanese class and started winning several haiku competitions. Once she was in middle school, she started to like reading books, novels, and manga.[10]


  1. ^ The date was not specified, but Kodama answered in her "What Lies Beneath The Passion" interview with Tokyo Girls' Update that she received the job offer before Tsunku became ill,[1] which he did not publicly announce he had laryngeal cancer until March 2014.


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