Kumai Yurina
Kumai Yurina, January 2019
Nicknames Kumai-chan (熊井ちゃん?)
Kumaicho (くまいちょー?)
Birth Info
Born August 3, 1993 (1993-08-03) (age 26)
Origin Kanagawa, Japan
Blood Type B
Zodiac Sign Leo Leo
Height 181cm
B-W-H 79-62-91
Shoe Size 25.5
Professional Info
Genres J-Pop
Occupation Idol, singer, actress, model, TV personality
Years Active 2002-present
Agency UP-FRONT AGENCY (2002-2012)
J.P ROOM (2015-present)
Tateoka Office (2018-present)
PICCOLO TOWN (2002-2015)
Associated Acts Hello! Project Kids, Berryz Koubou, H.P. All Stars, Tanpopo#, Guardians 4, Ganbarou Nippon Ai wa Katsu Singers, Mobekimasu, BeriKyuu, Cat's♥Eye 7, Ujicha♥Taishi Maccha's, UP-FRONT GROUP Telework Gasshou
Berryz Koubou Info
Joined January 14, 2004
Member Color      Green
Debut Single Anata Nashide wa Ikite Yukenai
Last Single Romance wo Katatte / Towa no Uta
Graduated March 3, 2015
Time in Group 11 Years, 1 Month, 17 Days
Blog Ameblo-favicon.png Enjoy!
Instagram Instagram_logo_2016.svg @kumai_yurina
Kumai Yurina (熊井友理奈) is a Japanese singer and talent under J.P ROOM and a fashion model under Tateoka Office. She is a former idol under Hello! Project, having joined as a member of Hello! Project Kids in 2002 and later debuting as a member of Berryz Koubou in 2004. During her time in Hello! Project, she was also a member of Tanpopo#, Guardians 4, BeriKyuu, Cat's♥Eye 7, and Ujicha♥Taishi Maccha's.

She graduated from Hello! Project on March 3, 2015 in a joint graduation concert with the other members of Berryz Koubou.



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Early LifeEdit

Kumai Yurina was born on August 3, 1993 in Kanagawa, Japan.


On June 30, Kumai Yurina was announced as one of the 15 winners of the 2002 Hello! Project Kids audition.[1]


She was chosen as one of the eight members of Berryz Koubou.[2]


Kumai, Mitsui Aika, Sugaya Risako and Nakajima Saki were chosen to join a sub-group called Guardians 4 which focused on songs for the anime Shugo Chara!.

Kumai was put in the revival of Tanpopo with Kamei Eri, Mitsui Aika, and Okai Chisato.

She was chosen to promote the rock band Base Ball Bear's new album, (WHAT IS THE) LOVE & POP, in a TV commercial that featured only her, which was her first time doing a solo CM. Some fans speculated that one of the reasons Kumai might have been chosen is for her surname (Kumai = Kuma = Bear) or because front man Koide Yusuke was a long time Hello! Project and Berryz Koubou. She also left a comment on the official BBB site: "Love&POP contains many up-tempo songs, and the whole album conveys a lot of power. My favorites are "Stairway Generation" and "Umi ni Naritai pt2! I had these on loop. I'd definitely like to go to their concert as well." Base Ball Bear is a Japanese rock band under EMI Music Japan. When the CM appeared on YouTube, it had a record of over 12 million views and over 80 comments. The majority of users left comments like Kumai-chan is "kirei" and "kawaii" written in English and Japanese.


Kumai, along with other members of Hello! Project Kids, starred in the horror film Ousama Game. Kumai played the lead role of high-school student Honda Chiemi.


On July 25 it was announced that Berryz Koubou's Kumai Yurina, Shimizu Saki, Sudo Maasa, Sugaya Risako and ℃-ute's Yajima Maimi, Nakajima Saki and Hagiwara Mai would be performing in an stage play titled CAT'S♥EYE, based on a manga. The stage play ran from 9/22 to2 9/30.


On April 26, Kumai appeared on the cover of the magazine Weekly Famitsu Taiwan.


On August 4, Kumai celebrated her 21st birthday at a special event called Berryz Koubou ~Kumai Yurina Birthday Event 2014~. The event featured two performances in Tokyo.


After concluding her activities in Berryz Koubou on March 5, Kumai announced that she would focus on her education and graduating within 4 years. She also revealed plans on becoming a model in the near future. She was moved to J.P ROOM not long after.

On May 1, Kumai became a member of M-line club.

On June 16, Kumai appeared in the weekly newspaper Tokyo Sports.[3]

On July 29, Kumai appeared on the television show Nakai no Mado.[4]

On August 22, Kumai appeared in POKER FACE 2015 SUMMER alongside Nogizaka46, Nakajima Saki, Hagiwara Mai, Okada Robin Shoko, Akiyama Yurika, and various other idols.[5]

On October 6, Kumai appeared in the November 2015 issue of the magazine Top Yell as a guest in Fukuda Kanon's interview about her impending graduation.

On October 7, Kumai made a guest appearance on THE Karaoke ★ Battle, a television show aimed at finding the best male vocalist.

On October 10, Kumai began appearing as a regular on the TBS television show Ousama no Brunch.[6]

In September, Kumai appeared in her first photoshoot as a visual model for DAMMY's 2015 collection.


On February 14, Kumai held a solo fan-club event titled Kumai Yurina FC Event ~Enjoy Valentine's Day~.

On February 16, Kumai appeared in Katsura Yumi's wedding themed fashion show at the Tokyo International Forum.[7]

On March 13 and 21, Kumai held a solo casual dinner show titled Kumai Yurina Casual Dinner Show ~Enjoy Spring~.


In July, Kumai appeared in the music video for Tsubaki Factory's "Shuukatsu Sensation".

On July 25, Kumai was a runway model for the 2017 YUMI KATSURA GRAND COLLECTION in OSAKA.[8]

On August 3, she celebrated her 24th birthday at a fanclub event titled Kumai Yurina FC Event "8×3=24", which had three shows at Shibuya SHIDAX Culture Hall.


On May 1, she joined the modeling agency Tateoka Office.[9]

On August 3, Kumai celebrated her 25th birthday at the Kumai Yurina Birthday Event ~ENJOY!25♡~ with two shows at Shibuya Shidax Culture Hall. Then on August 4 and 5, she held the Kumai Yurina Casual Dinner Show ~Enjoy! Happy Summer!!~, featuring four shows at Music Restaurant La Donna.

On October 15, Kumai released Complex ni Sayounara!, a joint book with four of the shortest current members in Hello! Project: Yokoyama Reina, Morito Chisaki, Kamikokuryo Moe, and Funaki Musubu who have been named Minis?.[10]

On December 2 and 22, she held the Kumai Yurina Casual Dinner Show 2018 ~Heisei Saigo no ENJOY! Kumasmas~.


From March 15 to March 17, she and Sudo Maasa held the Sudo Maasa・Kumai Yurina Fanclub Tour KuMaaz to Ikou! in Okinawa.

Kumai was a runway model for Giorgio Armani's 2020 Cruise Collection show on May 24 at the Tokyo National Museum.[11][12][13]

On June 25, she announced a clothing collaboration with the brand KANGOL REWARD,[14] which opened for orders on July 18.[15][16]

On August 3 and 4, Kumai held the Kumai Yurina Casual Dinner Show 2019 ~Reiwa! ENJOY! My Birthday!!~ at Music Restaurant La Donna to celebrate her birthday.

From October 4 to October 6, she held the Kumai Yurina Fanclub Tour Kuma Tabi in Hokkaido ~Kumai-chan wa Dekkai Dou~.


On January 19, she and Sudo Maasa held a joint fanclub event titled Sudo Maasa・Kumai Yurina FC Event "KuMaaz ~Koufuku Kangei!~", featuring three shows at Shibuya SHiDAX Culture Hall.

On March 24, it was announced that her fanclub event with Sudo Maasa and Shimizu Saki titled Shimizu Saki・Sudo Maasa・Kumai Yurina FC Event "Futsuu, Kono Hi Nashi de wa Yatterannai Desho!?", which was originally scheduled for March 3, would be postponed to May 26 in consideration of a new policy established by the government to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.[17]

On April 9, it was announced that Kumai Yurina Casual Dinner Show 2020 spring ~Enjoy your new life!!~ originally scheduled for April 26 would be postponed to August 1 due to the coronavirus.[18] It was later cancelled entirely.

On April 14, it was announced that Shimizu Saki・Sudo Maasa・Kumai Yurina FC Event "Futsuu, Kono Hi Nashi de wa Yatterannai Desho!?" would be cancelled entirely due to the government's declaration of emergency following the spread of the coronavirus getting worse.[19]

Personal LifeEdit

Kumai has two younger brothers.[20]

She also has a pet dog named Mint-kun. His birthday is November 9, 2005.[21]

When Kumai joined Hello! Project Kids, she was a third year elementary school student.[1] She graduated from high school in March 2012.

Kumai decided to continue pursuing her education and entered university. She graduated in March 2016.[22]

The following list are notable friendships Kumai Yurina has acquired:

Yurina's kanji in her family name, means bear (熊; kuma).

Here is a list of nicknames that was used to refer to Kumai Yurina:

  • Kumai-chan (熊井ちゃん): Official nickname. Used by members and fans.[23]
  • Kumaicho (くまいちょー): Official nickname. Given and used by Tsugunaga Momoko since 2005. It is now used by fans.[23][24][25]
  • Yuri (うり): Former Official Nickname, given to her since the formation of Berryz Koubou.[26]
  • Yuriine (ユリーネ): Given and used by Yaguchi Mari. Given to her during the "Charisma Idol Yagucchan" corner of the former mini show Hello Kids.[27]
  • Daikumai (ダイクマイ): Self given nickname. Meaning "Big Kumai", children use to call her "Daikumai" due to her tall height. According to Kumai, it gives her a scary image.[28]


  • Favorite Food: Matcha dessert, yakiniku, tart, Kinakomochi
  • Favorite Things: Disney, monotone, magazines
  • Hobbies: Shopping, listening to music.
  • Favorite English Word: "Generation".
  • Favorite Subject: Music, Physics, Math
  • Best Subject: Japanese
  • Favorite Ai no Album ⑧ Song: "Because Happiness"
  • Favorite Song in the Past: "Dango 3 Kyoudai" by Hayami Kentarou and Shigemori Ayumi (with Hidamari Kids and Dango Chorus), "Natsu Matsuri" by Whiteberry.
  • Current Favorite Song: "Oh!" by Shoujo Jidai (Girls Generation).

Hello! Project Daihyakka (2004) Details
  • Hobby: Purikura, collecting stickers, listening to music
  • Special skill: Jump rope, unicycle
  • Strong point: I don't really know, but my friends say, "You're bright and funny"
  • Weak point: Natural airhead!? I can't get up in the mornings!
  • Habit: Putting my hair behind my ears
  • Favorite color: Light blue, white, orange, etc. I like black and brown clothes!
  • Favorite flower: Hibiscus, baby's breath
  • Disliked thing/thing to do: Bugs: bees, stink bug, praying mantis, horsefly. Birds: crows!
  • Scared of: Monsters, fires, earthquakes
  • Favorite movie: "Hotaru no Hoshi," "Koinu Dan no Monogatari," "Monsters, Inc."
  • Favorite book: "Musume Monogatari," "Tottemo Minimoni," "Helen Keller"
  • Favorite word: "HAPPY," "shiawase" (happiness), "LOVE"
  • Favorite season: Summer
  • Favorite food: Ice-cream, sushi rolls, yakiniku
  • Least favorite food: Green peas, tomatoes, mayonnaise
  • Favorite song: "Hare Ame Nochi Suki♥" (Morning Musume Sakura Gumi), "Iku ZYX! FLY HIGH" (ZYX), "First KISS" (Aa!)
  • Charm point: My tall height... haha
[2010.01] Nation Junior Magazine (Thailand)
1. Is it hard for teenagers working in the entertainment industry?:
No matter what time of the day it is, we always say "Ohayou Gozaimasu" (good morning). It was difficult getting used to this.
2. What has been the most impressive moment of your career?:
Saitama Super Arena event; we were the youngest artists ever to appear at this venue.
3. What are your goals?:
I want more recognition and want the group to become idols that everybody loves.
4. Where do you see yourself in 50 years?:
I will be 66. I hope I am healthy and still young!


See also: List:Kumai Yurina Discography Featured In

Solo DVDsEdit

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Other DVDsEdit

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See also: List:Kumai Yurina Publications Featured In

Solo PhotobooksEdit

  1. [2007.08.29] Yurina (友理奈)
  2. [2009.07.27] FLOWERAGE
  3. [2010.12.17] KumaSpo!

Digital PhotobooksEdit

Concert PhotobooksEdit

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  • [2008.01.04+2008.01.27] Hello! Project 2008 Winter
  • [2012.03.30] Hello! Project 2012 WINTER Hello☆Pro Tengoku Live Shashinshū ~Rock-chan & Funky-chan~



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TV ProgramsEdit

  • [2002–2007] Hello! Morning (ハロー! モーニング)
  • [2002-2004] Hello Kids
  • [2007–2008] Haromoni@ (ハロモニ@)
  • [2008] Berikyuu! (ベリキュー!)
  • [2008–2009] Yorosen! (よろセン!)
  • [2010–2011] Bijo Gaku (美女学)
  • [2011–2012] Hello Pro! TIME (ハロプロ!TIME)
  • [2011–2013] Kaette Kita Berryz Kamen! (帰ってきたBerryz仮面!)
  • [2012–2013] Hello! SATOYAMA Life (ハロー!SATOYAMAライフ)
  • [2014–2015, 2018] The Girls Live
  • [2015] Nakai no Mado
  • [2015] THE Karaoke ★ Battle
  • [2015–] Ousama no Brunch

TV DramaEdit

  • [2003] Little Hospital (リトル・ホスピタル)


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  • [2009–2012] Tsuukai! Berryz Oukoku (痛快! ベリーズ王国)
  • [2012–2015] BZS1422


  • [2003] Japan Meat Information Service Center (日本食肉消費総合センター)
  • [2009] Base Ball Bear - (WHAT IS THE) LOVE & POP?

Music VideosEdit

Solo EventsEdit

The event took place on May 21, 2008.


  • Suki na Senpai (好きな先輩) by Morning Musume
  • Koi wo Shichaimashita! (恋をしちゃいました!) by Tanpopo
  • Watarasebashi (渡良瀬橋) by Matsuura Aya

The event took place on September 12, 2008.


  • TODAY IS MY BIRTHDAY by Berryz Koubou
  • Romantic Ukare Mode (ロマンティック浮かれモード) by Fujimoto Miki

The event took place on April 25, 2009.


  • Anshinkan (安心感) by Berryz Koubou

The event took place on January 13, 2010.


  • Waracchaou yo BOYFRIEND (笑っちゃおうよBOYFRIEND) by Berryz Koubou
  • Lemon Iro to Milk Tea (レモン色と) by Morning Musume
  • Otoko Tomodachi (男友達) by Morning Musume
  • Itsuka Dokoka de. (いつかどこかで) by Guardians 4
  • CLAP! by Tokunaga Chinami, Natsuyaki Miyabi and Kumai Yurina


  • She was voted 2nd favorite member in the 2010 "Hello! Project Music Awards" event.[29]
  • She ranked 1st in a magazine's 2011 "Girls that seem like they'll become big stars in the future" poll.[30]
  • She ranked 10th most stylish idol by high school girls in a 2014 women's magazine.[31]


  • She is the tallest member of Hello! Project ever.
  • Ogata Haruna thinks that Yurina is the coolest member of Hello! Project.
  • Her favorite artists are ayaka, Crystal Kay, UNJASH and Sakurazuka Yakkun.
  • She claimed that her own name is a bit difficult to say.
  • She sometimes gets to keep the change when it's 30 yen or so. And when her grandfather comes to visit, he sometimes give her 10 thousand yen as a gift.
  • She has claimed that all the dance lessons they took, prior to debuting in Berryz Koubou, were the hardest things in her life.
  • She said that it is important to keep the memories of past times with her, for example, in an album. To her, that and her family and friends are all precious.
  • Since she likes fireworks, she wants to make a firework with the words "Berryz Koubou."
  • In Yorosen!, she taught Berryz Koubou about fashion.
  • She admires pretty girls who, curiously, don’t have much make-up on, like Nose Karina and Hasegawa Jun.
  • She'd like to try out being a fashion model and also aims to become a cool woman.
  • Said she can't live without her dog Mint, because she soothes her every day.
  • She saved a fan letter that was sent to her in 2005 from Sashihara Rino.
  • Sudo Maasa said that she is an airhead.
  • Her favorite ANGERME song is Please Miniskirt Postwoman!.

See AlsoEdit

Honorary TitlesEdit

Honorary Titles

Preceded by

Tallest Member in Hello! Project Ever
2007 - present

Succeeded by


  1. 1.0 1.1 Hello! Morning. Broadcast Date: 2002-06-30.
  2. Tsunku. "『Berryz工房』(ベリーズこうぼう)誕生について" (in Japanese). Tsunku Official Website. 2003-01-15.
  3. Kumai Yurina Blog (English)
  4. Kumai Yurina Blog (English)
  5. Amazon Listing (Japanese)
  6. Kumai Yurina Blog (English)
  7. Kumai Yurina Blog (English
  8. "YUMI KATSURA×JIKEI GRANDCOLLECTION IN OSAKA" (in Japanese). Kumai Yurina Official Blog. 2017-07-27.
  9. "NEWS" (in Japanese). Tateoka Office. 2018-05-01.
  10. "熊井友理奈&ミニーズ。? (横山玲奈、森戸知沙希、上國料萌衣、船木結)身長差悩みあるあるWorld「コンプレックスにサヨウナラ!」発売決定!! "(in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2018-08-30.
  12. "GIORGIO ARMANI" (in Japanese). Kumai Yurina Official Blog. 2019-05-25.
  13. "Berryz工房・熊井友理奈「アルマーニ」ランウェイ出演に反響" (in Japanese). modelpress. 2019-05-26.
  14. "KANGOL REWARD 【コラボ決定!】" (in Japanese). Kumai Yurina Official Blog. 2019-06-25.
  17. "3月3日(火) 清水佐紀・須藤茉麻・熊井友理奈FCイベント「普通、この日なしではやってらんないでしょ!?」振替公演のお知らせ" (in Japanese). M-line club. 2020-03-24.
  18. "4月26日(日)熊井友理奈カジュアルディナーショー公演延期のお知らせ" (in Japanese). J.P ROOM. 2020-04-09.
  19. "「普通、この日なしではやってらんないでしょ!?」中止のお知らせ" (in Japanese). Sudo Maasa Official Blog. 2020-04-14.
  20. "三兄弟" (in Japanese). Kumai Yurina Official Blog. 2018-01-04.
  21. Kumai Yurina Blog (English)
  22. "新生活" (in Japanese). Kumai Yurina Official Blog. 2016-04-01.
  23. 23.0 23.1 "熊井友理奈(Berryz工房):プロフィール" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. (Archived)
  24. "Berryz工房・嗣永がメンバーの裏話。ラジオ公開収録にファン300人" (in Japanese). 2009-08-06.
  25. "西川貴教のイエノミ!! ~第十一夜~ ゲスト:Berryz工房" (in Japanese). Niconico Live. 2011-12-12.
  26. "ハロー!プロジェクト大百科" (in Japanese). Hello! Project Fanclub Edition (Media Create). Page 127. Released: 2004-02-13.
  27. Hello Kids. "Charisma Idol Yagucchan" Corner. TV Tokyo. Broadcasted: 2003-01-07.
  28. Lion no Gokigenyou. Fuji TV. Broadcasted: 2012-08-27.

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