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Matsunaga Riai
(まつ)(なが) ()(あい)

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Matsunaga Riai, March 2019
Name
Nicknames Richan (りーちゃん?)
Birth Info
Born July 7, 2005 (2005-07-07) (age 13)
Origin Osaka, Japan
Blood Type Unknown
Zodiac Sign Cancer Cancer
Sizes
Height 150cm
Professional Info
Genres J-Pop
Occupation Idol, Model
Years Active 2016-present
Agency UP-FRONT PROMOTION (2017-)
Label UP-FRONT WORKS
Associated Acts Hello Pro Kenshuusei
Hello Pro Kenshuusei Info
Joined March 2017
Generation 27th Generation
Time in Group 2 Years, 2 Months, 18 Days

Matsunaga Riai (松永里愛) is a member of Hello Pro Kenshuusei under Hello! Project.

BiographyEdit

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Matsunaga Riai, March 2017

Early LifeEdit

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.

2016Edit

In the fall, Matsunaga participated in Morning Musume '16 Shinseiki Audition, but failed.

In March, Matsunaga was one of seven who won the Special Award in the Harajuku Mate×Juni Award model audition.[1]

2017Edit

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.[2] She was introduced at the Hello! Project Kenshuusei Happyoukai 2017 3gatsu ~Marching!~ on March 11.

2018Edit

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.

2019Edit

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 at the Hello! Project Kenshuusei Happyoukai 2019 ~Haru no Koukai Jitsuryoku Shindan Test~ event, for her performance of "Gatamekira" from Taiyou to Ciscomoon's second single. She won with 419 fan votes.

Personal LifeEdit

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.

As of April 2019, Matsunaga is currently in her second year of middle school.

Matsunaga's given name, Riai, means "home" (里) and "love" (愛).

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

ProfileEdit

  • Name: Matsunaga Riai (松永里愛)
  • Birthdate: July 7, 2005 (2005-07-07) (age 13)
  • Birthplace: Osaka, Japan
  • Blood Type: Unknown
  • Height: 150cm[3]
  • Western Zodiac: Cancer
  • Hello! Project Status:
  • Hello! Project Groups:
  • UP-FRONT PROMOTION Status:
    • 2017-03-06: Member

  • Special Skill: Tongue twisters
  • Hobbies: Playing with her dog Chloe, listening to Hello! Project music
  • Favorite Music Genre: J-pop (Hello! Project)
  • Favorite Sport: Dance
  • Favorite School Subject: Music
  • Motto: Futou fukutsu (不撓不屈; Never bend, never give in)
  • Favorite Food: Waffles made by her mother and ice cream
  • 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[4], Sasaki Rikako[5]

WorksEdit

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TriviaEdit

  • 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.[verification needed]

See AlsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. "グランプリは誰の手に!?ハラ塾メイト×ジュニアワードのオーディション結果発表" (in Japanese). Harajuku Mate. 2016-03-05.
  2. "ハロプロ研修生に新メンバーが加入!" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2017-03-06.
  3. September 2018 issue of BOMB gravure magazine.
  4. BOMB gravure magazine (September 2018)
  5. https://twitter.com/tozamasan/status/840463040944332800

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