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Matsunaga Riai (松永里愛) is a Japanese pop singer under Hello! Project as a member of Juice=Juice and a former member of Hello Pro Kenshuusei.

Biography[]

Matsunaga Riai, December 2020

Matsunaga Riai, June 2020

Matsunaga Riai, March 2020

Matsunaga Riai, July 2019

Matsunaga Riai, June 2019

Matsunaga Riai, March 2019

Matsunaga Riai, December 2018

Matsunaga Riai, August 2018

Matsunaga Riai, June 2018

Matsunaga Riai, December 2017

Early Life[]

Matsunaga Riai was born on July 7, 2005 in Osaka, Japan.

Prior to joining Hello Pro Kenshuusei, she was a junior model for Dream Girls magazine.

2015-2016[]

In 2015, during the summer, she participated in the 2015 ANGERME Shin Member Audition, but did not pass.[1]

In March 2016, Matsunaga was one of seven who won the Special Award in the Harajuku Mate×Juni Award model audition.[2]

In late 2016, Matsunaga participated in the Morning Musume '16 Shinseiki Audition Saiboshuu, but failed.[1]

2017[]

On March 6, it was announced that Matsunaga had joined Hello Pro Kenshuusei alongside Shimakura Rika, Hibi Marina, Eguchi Saya, Doi Rena, Okamura Minami, Yamada Ichigo, and Nakayama Natsume.[3] She was introduced at the Hello! Project Kenshuusei Happyoukai 2017 3gatsu ~Marching!~ on March 11.

2018[]

On July 3, Matsunaga participated in a fanclub event at Midland Square Cinema 2 titled Hello Pro Kenshuusei Special Event in Nagoya ~Hajimemashite! 4~ alongside Hibi Marina, Doi Rena, and Okamura Minami.

2019[]

Matsunaga participated in the opening act and challenge act for the Morning Musume '19 Concert Tour Haru ~BEST WISHES!~.

On May 4, Matsunaga won the best performance award with a total of 419 fan votes for her performance of "Gatamekira" at the Hello! Project Kenshuusei Happyoukai 2019 ~Haru no Koukai Jitsuryoku Shindan Test~.[4]

On June 14, Matsunaga was announced as a new member of Juice=Juice alongside Hello Pro Kenshuusei Hokkaido's Kudo Yume.[5] They had their first on-stage introduction as group members in the Hello Pro Premium Juice=Juice CONCERT TOUR 2019 ~JuiceFull!!!!!!!~ FINAL Miyazaki Yuka Sotsugyou Special at Nippon Budokan on June 17,[6] following their last performance as trainees in the Hello! Project Kenshuusei Happyoukai 2019 6gatsu ~Midori~ show held the night before. They were also introduced on stage during the Hello! Project 2019 SUMMER concert tour from July 13.[7]

On July 2, she participated in a ENPLEX × Hello! Project Nagoya Teiki Event with Yonemura Kirara, Hashisako Rin, and Nakayama Natsume.

2020[]

On September 9, she celebrated her 15th birthday at a fanclub event titled Juice=Juice Matsunaga Riai Birthday Event 2020 with two shows at LANDMARK HALL.[8] In compliance with government policy, cheering, crowding, standing, and closeness in the venue were prohibited, and wearing masks were required to enter.

2021[]

On July 12, she celebrated her 16th birthday at a fanclub event titled Juice=Juice Matsunaga Riai Birthday Event 2021 with two shows at LANDMARK HALL.[9] In compliance with government policy, cheering, crowding, standing, and closeness in the venue were prohibited, and wearing masks were required to enter.

Personal Life[]

Riai has an older brother and a younger sister. Her sister named Nanoa is also a model. She has a Bernese Mountain Dog named Chloe, and two cats named Taiga and Bibi.

When Matsunaga joined Juice=Juice, she was a second year middle school student. As of April 2021, she is currently attending her first year of high school.

Matsunaga's given name, Riai, came from a dream her mother had while she was pregnant. In the dream, the baby had already been born and the name "Riai" (里愛) was written on the bed where the baby was sleeping.[10]

Here is a list of nicknames that was used to refer to Matsunaga Riai:

  • Yafuzo (やふぞう): Used by fans. When Matsunaga first started blogging, she kept altering a letter or two until she found one she kinda liked.
  • Richan (りーちゃん): Used by Nakayama Natsume.

The following list are notable friendships Matsunaga Riai has acquired:

Profile[]

  • Special Skill: Tongue twisters
  • Hobbies: Playing with her dog Chloe and cat Bibi at home,[10] listening to Hello! Project music
  • Favorite Music Genre: J-pop (Hello! Project)
  • Favorite Sport: Dance
  • Favorite School Subject: Music
  • Favorite Food: Waffles made by her mother and ice cream
  • Motto: Futou fukutsu (不撓不屈; Never bend, never give in)
  • Charm Point: Her long hair
  • Favorite Color: Yellow, Emerald Green
  • Favorite Hello! Project Songs: "Do it! Now", "Koi no Jubaku", "Rock no Teigi"
  • Looks Up To: Sato Masaki[11], Sasaki Rikako[12]

  • Works[]

    Theater[]

    TV Programs[]

    Internet[]

    Trivia[]

    • She has won her school's marathon race (girls' division) for the past 5 years.
    • She had attended an ANGERME handshake event before joining Hello Pro Kenshuusei.
    • She had previously met her generation mates Doi Rena, Nakayama Natsume and Okamura Minami before they joined, the latter of which she met as a model for Dream Girls magazine.
    • She thinks both her strength and her shortcoming is being serious.
    • She is not good with being scolded, basketball, and insects.
    • She would like to perform overseas.
    • She has admired Morning Musume ever since she got into the Kenshuusei, so she wanted to join Morning Musume.[13]

    See Also[]

    Honorary Titles[]

    Honorary titles

    Preceded by
    Danbara Ruru

    Youngest member of Juice=Juice
    June 14, 2019 - July 7, 2021

    Succeeded by
    Ebata Kisaki

    Preceded by
    Kiyono Momohime

    Youngest member of Hello! Project
    June 14, 2019 - July 2, 2019

    Succeeded by
    Hashisako Rin

    References[]

    External Links[]

    Juice=Juice
    Members
    Current Members Kanazawa Tomoko (Leader)Uemura AkariInaba ManakaInoue ReiDambara RuruKudo YumeMatsunaga RiaiArisawa IchikaIrie RisaEbata Kisaki
    Former Members Miyazaki YukaTakagi SayukiMiyamoto KarinOtsuka AinaYanagawa Nanami
    Discography
    Indies Singles 1. Watashi ga Iu Mae ni Dakishimenakya ne • 2. Samidare Bijo ga Samidareru • 3. Ten Made Nobore!
    Major Singles 1. Romance no Tochuu / Watashi ga Iu Mae ni Dakishimenakya ne (MEMORIAL EDIT) / Samidare Bijo ga Samidareru (MEMORIAL EDIT) • 2. Ijiwaru Shinai de Dakishimete yo / Hajimete wo Keikenchuu • 3. Hadaka no Hadaka no Hadaka no KISS / Are Kore Shitai! • 4. Black Butterfly / Kaze ni Fukarete • 5. Senobi / Date ja nai yo Uchi no Jinsei wa • 6. Wonderful World / Ça va ? Ça va ? • 7. Next is you! / Karada Dake ga Otona ni Nattan ja nai • 8. Dream Road ~Kokoro ga Odoridashiteru~ / KEEP ON Joshou Shikou!! / Ashita Yarou wa Bakayarou • 9 . Jidanda Dance / Feel! Kanjiru yo • 10. SEXY SEXY / Naite Ii yo / Vivid Midnight • 11. Bitansan / Potsuri to / Good bye & Good luck! • 12. "Hitori de Ikiraresou" tte Sore tte Nee, Homete Iru no? / 25sai Eien Setsu • 13. Pop Music / Suki tte Itte yo • 14. DOWN TOWN / Ganbarenai yo
    Digital Singles 1. Fiesta! Fiesta!
    Other Singles

    NEXT YOU: 1. Otona no Jijou
    Collaborations: YEAH YEAH YEAH / Akogare no Stress-free / Hana, Takenawa no Toki

    Albums 1. First Squeeze! • 2. Juice=Juice#2 -¡Una más!-
    Concerts & Events
    Concerts

    Year-Long Tours: 2014-20152015-2016
    Winter Tours: 2020
    Spring Tours: 2015 • 2016 (Live, Concert) • 2017 (Live, Concert) • 2018 (Live, Concert) • 201920192020
    Summer Tours: 201520162017
    Fall Tours: 20152016 • 2017 (Concert, Live) • 2018 (Live, Concert) • 2019
    Summer Lives: 20182019
    Overseas Concerts: 2015 (Taipei & Hong Kong) • 2017 (World Tour)
    One-Day Concerts: 20172017201820192020
    Mini Lives: 2013

    Events

    Miracle x Juice x Box: 2013 • 2014 (Spring, Fall) • 20152017
    Others: Juice=Juice Ohirome Event10gatsu 10ka wa Juice=Juice no Hi ~1st Season~Juice=Juice Special Event 2020 ~10gatsu 10ka wa Juice=Juice no Hi!~

    Other Concerts & Events
    Joint Concerts

    Fall Tours: 2013 (with Berryz Koubou)

    Hello! Project Concerts

    Summer Tours: 20132014201520162017201820192020
    Winter Tours: 2014201520162017201820192020
    Hina Fes: 20132014201520162017201820192020
    Hallo! Fes: 2018
    COUNTDOWN PARTY: 2013201420152016201720182019
    Other Concerts: Hello! Project Yaon Premium Live ~Soto Fest~Berryz Koubou MatsuriHello! Project 2020 ~The Ballad~

    Units & Other Groups
    In-group Subunits NEXT YOU
    Associated Acts Hello Pro KenshuuseiShin MinimoniGREEN FIELDSJurinSato no AkariTripletODATOMOKamiishinaka KanaCountry GirlsKobushi Factory
    Hello Pro Kenshuusei
    Members
    25th Generation Yonemura Kirara
    27th Generation Nakayama Natsume
    28th Generation Kubota NanamiMatsubara Yulia
    29th Generation Saito MadokaOnoda Karin
    30th Generation

    Hiromoto RuriHashida HonokaNishizaki MikuHirayama YukiKitahara MomoMurakoshi AyanaUemura Hasumi

    31st Generation

    Ishiyama Sakura

    Former Members
    1st Generation Korenaga MikiKawashima MiyukiOkada YuiNoto ArisaMorozuka KanamiAoki ErinaTanaka AnriOse KaedeSengoku MinamiSawada YuriMuto MikaHashida MireiFurukawa KonatsuHashimoto AinaOoyanagi MahoAkiyama YurikaOkada Robin ShokoArihara KannaGoto YukiSainen MiaMori SakiYutoku AyumiKitahara SayakaWada AyakaMaeda YuukaFukuda KanonSaho AkariOkai AsunaSekine AzusaOgawa SakiMaeda IroriArai Manami
    2nd Generation Mano ErinaOgura ManamiKomine Momoka
    Transfer Student Linlin
    3rd Generation Kikkawa Yuu
    4th Generation Fukumura MizukiKaneko RieTakeuchi Akari
    5th Generation Miyamoto Karin
    6th Generation Sezaki AzusaSato Ayano
    7th Generation Hirano TomomiKatsuta Rina
    8th Generation Takagi Sayuki
    9th Generation Tanabe Nanami
    10th Generation Kizawa RunaNagasawa WakanaKudo Haruka
    11th Generation Yoshihashi KurumiHamaura AyanoTaguchi Natsumi
    12th Generation Otsuka AinaMogi MinamiOgawa Rena
    13th Generation Yamaga KanaeOda Sakura
    14th Generation Kosuga FuyukaUemura Akari
    15th Generation Okamura RiseMurota Mizuki
    16th Generation Yamagishi RikoNomura Minami
    17th Generation Kanazawa TomokoIchioka ReinaKaga KaedeKishimoto YumenoMakino MariaWada Sakurako
    18th Generation Sasaki Rikako
    19th Generation Tanaka KarenInaba ManakaMikame KanaFujii RioMashiro KanaInoue Hikaru
    20th Generation Yamaki RisaYokogawa YumeiNiinuma KisoraOura HironaDambara RuruHaga AkaneFunaki Musubu
    21st Generation Aikawa MahoTakemura MiuSaito Kana
    22nd Generation Hashimoto NagisaHorie KizukiShimano MomokoOgata RisaHirose AyakaTanimoto AmiInoue ReiAsakura KikiOnoda Saori
    23rd Generation Takase Kurumi
    24th Generation Ono MizuhoNakano RionYanagawa NanamiMaeda KokoroAkiyama MaoKanatsu MizukiKasahara MomonaOkamoto Honoka
    25th Generation Noguchi KurumiOno KotomiKodama SakikoKiyono Momohime
    26th Generation Kawamura AyanoYokoyama ReinaYoshida MarieNishida ShioriYamazaki YuhaneHashisako Rin
    27th Generation Shimakura RikaHibi MarinaEguchi SayaDoi RenaOkamura MinamiMatsunaga RiaiYamada Ichigo
    28th Generation Hashimoto MomokoGoto SayakaTamenaga ShionShutto AnnaKanemitsu Ruru
    29th Generation Kusunoki Mei
    30th Generation

    Ebata KisakiYofu Runo

    31st Generation

    Arisawa Ichika

    Discography
    Indies Singles 1. Kanojo ni Naritai!!! • 2. Ten Made Nobore! • 3. Oheso no Kuni Kara Konnichiwa / Ten Made Nobore! (DVD single)
    Soundtrack Singles Karen na Gasshoudan
    Campaign Singles Sora ga AruMottainai Baasan Ondo
    Albums 1. ① Let's say "Hello!" • 2. Rainbow×2
    Concerts & Events
    Shinjin Kouen Concerts

    2007: MayAugustNovember
    2008: MarchJuneSeptemberNovember
    2009: AprilJuneSeptemberNovember
    2010: MarchJuneSeptemberNovember

    Happyoukai Concerts

    2011: September
    2012: MarchJuneSeptemberDecember
    2013: MarchJuneSeptemberDecember
    2014: February/MarchJuneSeptemberNovember/December
    2015: MarchJuneSeptemberNovember/December
    2016: February/MarchJuneSeptemberDecember
    2017: MarchJuneSeptemberDecember
    2018: MarchJuneSeptemberDecember
    2019: MarchJuneSeptemberDecember
    2020: MarchSeptemberDecember
    2021: MarchJune
    Test Events: 201320142015201620172018201920202021

    Other Concerts 2010nen Hello Pro Egg Norimen Live 2gatsu2021 Hatsu Tandoku Live ~Episode Zero~Hello Pro Kenshuusei Unit 2021 ~LIVE AT THE BOTTOM LINE~
    Units & Other Groups
    Sub-Units & Groups Tomoiki Ki wo UetaiShugo Chara Egg!Kashou EggHello Pro Kenshuusei Unit
    Debuted Acts
    (within UP-FRONT)
    THE PossibleMano ErinaS/mileageKikkawa YuuUp Up Girls (Kakko Kari)Juice=JuiceKobushi FactoryTsubaki FactoryBEYOOOOONDS
    Associated Acts v-u-denLittle Gatas℃-uteMix GatasMorning MusumeOngaku GatasGatas Brilhantes H.P.MilkyWayHigh-KingAa!Shin MinimoniReborn ElevenJurinCountry Girls
    Related Acts Up-Front EggNICE GIRL Project! KenshuuseiHello Pro Kansai KenshuuseiHello Pro Korea KenshuuseiHello Pro Kenshuusei Hokkaido