Sayashi Riho (鞘師里保) is a Japanese dancer and actress. She is a former idol under Hello! Project as a 9th generation member of Morning Musume and the SATOYAMA movement duo Peaberry. She was the most popular member out of Morning Musume's 2011 additions. Starting with "Only you", her second single as a member, she was pushed into becoming one of the group's central figures as a main vocalist and dancer, which led to her being named the group's "absolute ace" (絶対的エース; zettaiteki ace) by media.
Sayashi graduated from Morning Musume at the end of 2015 and took a break from Hello! Project activities to study language and dance abroad. On December 7, 2018, it was announced that her contract with UP-FRONT PROMOTION expired at the end of November 2018 and she had subsequently graduated from Hello! Project.
Despite her departure, she made her return to entertainment activities on March 30, 2019 as a guest in Hello! Project's annual Hina Fes concert. In late June 2019, she began performing as a support dancer for the kawaii metal band BABYMETAL.
- 1 Biography
- 2 Personal Life
- 3 Profile
- 4 Discography
- 5 Publications
- 6 Works
- 7 Rankings
- 8 Trivia
- 9 See Also
- 10 References
- 11 External Links
Biography[edit | edit source]
Early Life[edit | edit source]
Sayashi Riho was born on May 28, 1998 in Higashihiroshima, Hiroshima, Japan.
In 2004, Sayashi was enrolled in Actor's School Hiroshima (ASH), a school whose studies concentrates more on singing, dancing and acting lessons to prepare their students for an future actor career. She performed in several concerts organized by ASH as a 12th generation student and had a mentionable fanbase prior to joining Morning Musume.
It was published in the July 2007 issue of Nakayoshi magazine that Sayashi entered an audition in Osaka to try and become a fashion model.
2010[edit | edit source]
2011[edit | edit source]
On January 2, during the Hello! Project 2011 WINTER ~Kangei Shinsen Matsuri~ A gana Live concert at Nakano Sun Plaza, Sayashi was announced as a 9th generation member of Morning Musume along with Fukumura Mizuki, Ikuta Erina and Suzuki Kanon.
On March 27, it was announced Sayashi would be replacing Mano Erina in the radio show MANO-DELI, which would be renamed RIHO-DELI.
In April, Sayashi debuted in the Morning Musume single "Maji Desu ka Ska!".
Sayashi was unable to perform in the Hello! Project 2011 SUMMER concert tour following the first shows in Nagoya on July 16. It was later announced on July 29, that she was diagnosed with ischium nerve pain on her right side and would be out of events for at least six weeks.
2012[edit | edit source]
On January 13, the Morning Musume 9th generation and 10th generation members began a web talk show exclusive to fanclub members, titled Maji DE Pyoko Pyoko!. They also began a radio show on April 7, titled Morning Musume no Morning Jogakuin ~Houkago Meeting~, on Radio Nippon.
On April 18, it was announced that Morning Musume's Tanaka Reina and the 9th and 10th generation members would star in a new stage play titled Stacies Shoujo Saisatsu Kageki. The musical ran from June 6 to June 10.
On May 13, information was released about an event featuring Morning Musume's 9th and 10th generation and S/mileage's 2nd generation, titled Mosuma FC Event ~Gachi☆Kira~. It took place throughout June and the beginning of July.
On July 20, it was announced that Sayashi and Wada Ayaka were choosen to form the SATOYAMA movement duo Peaberry. The unit released an indies single, titled "Cabbage Hakusho / Forest Time" with Harvest, on November 7.
2013[edit | edit source]
On May 16, the Morning Musume 9th generation and 10th generation members' fanclub-exclusive web talk show Maji DE Pyoko Pyoko! ended with a total of 70 episodes.
On May 28, Sayashi held a birthday fanclub event, titled Sayashi Riho Birthday Event ~Sayashi no Koto, Itsu Iwau no? Ima Desho!!~ with Fukumura Mizuki, Ishida Ayumi, and Oda Sakura as guests.
2014[edit | edit source]
On May 28, Sayashi celebrated her 16th birthday at a fanclub event titled Morning Musume '14 ~Sayashi Riho Birthday Event 2014~. The event featured one performance in Tokyo.
On November 22, Sayashi appeared as a guest on the radio show Young Town Doyoubi. It was announced during the show that Sayashi would become a regular, replacing Michishige Sayumi after she graduated. Her first appearance as a regular was on November 29.
Sayashi's radio show RIHO-DELI concluded on December 28.
2015[edit | edit source]
On May 28, Sayashi celebrated her 17th birthday at a special fanclub event called Morning Musume '15 Sayashi Riho Birthday Event.
On October 29, Sayashi announced her graduation from Morning Musume on December 31 at the Hello! Project COUNTDOWN PARTY 2015 ~GOOD BYE & HELLO!~. She would remain in Hello! Project, but would study English and dance abroad for some time. Six days after the initial announcement, Sayashi also recorded a video in English for her overseas fans with the help of Mitsui Aika on UP-FRONT LINK.
Statement by Sayashi Riho
|Thank you for your continued support towards Morning Musume。'15.
I have to make an announcement to all of you.
I, Riho Sayashi, Will graduate from Morning Musume。 on December 31st of this year.
Since kindergarten, I wanted to take part in the group Morning Musume。 and I became a member when I was 12 years old. During 5 years, I started with Tsunku♂-san and continued until now with the support of many staff, with all the Morning Musume。 and Hello! Project members, and more than anything, with the fans.
However, I thought during this year many times about continuing like this in my future life. As a human alone, I started to think if there were things that I have to experience in order to live strongly?
I have discussed many times with the people of the company, and I decided to graduate after I checked the growth of the 12th generation kohai ("kohai" means "juniors" here) this year. Concerning the day of my graduation, I had the privilege on deciding the graduation on the last day of the "Morning Musume。'15" on December 31st during the Countdown Live. Concerning the Morning Musume。's tour, the last performances will be on December 7th and 8th at the Budokan.
I am really sorry for the abrupt news. I think this is quite a surprise. But until now, inside of me, it has worried me. And it has led me to this decision.
From now, I think I want to study abroad and learn more English and dance. Then with those experiences I will mature much more, and I will try my best to come back as soon as possible.
There are 2 months left until then, but until this moment with all the members I will do everything we have to do for "Morning Musume。'15".
Until December 31st, I want to run through everything with all my power so please continue to support me!
Statement from UP-FRONT PROMOTION
|Thank you for your continued support towards Morning Musume。'15.
Today, Riho Sayashi has announced she will graduate from Morning Musume。'15 on December 31st in her blog post.
Riho became a 9th generation member and made her debut with "Majidesuka Suka" in 2011 and continued her carrier until now. She said she wants to devote herself to her progress in dancing, and she talked about this matter many times. With her consent, we came to this conclusion.
Riho will graduate from Morning Musume。but she will be a Hello! Project's member after the graduation. Before flying with her own wings, we will watch her with this new challenge.
Until her Morning Musume。'15's graduation as a member, she will continue to perform much more during the current tour and during the other activities.
Please continue to support Morning Musume。'15 and assist Riho Sayashi in the future.
On December 21, Sayashi held a solo live, titled Morning Musume '15 Sayashi Riho Solo Special Live, featuring two shows at Differ Ariake. Fans could win an invitation to the special live by entering a lottery when they purchased the "Tsumetai Kaze to Kataomoi / ENDLESS SKY / One and Only" box set from forTUNE music.
On December 26 and 27, she held her first solo bus tour, titled Morning Days Happy Holiday Sayashi Riho Fanclub Tour in Boso.
On December 31, Sayashi graduated from Morning Musume at the end of the first part of the Hello! Project COUNTDOWN PARTY 2015 ~GOOD BYE & HELLO!~ at Nakano Sun Plaza. Afterwards, she decided to study language and dance abroad, mainly in New York City.
2018[edit | edit source]
On December 7, an update was posted to the Hello! Project official website, announcing that Sayashi had graduated at the end of November when her exclusive contract with UP-FRONT PROMOTION came to an end. Sayashi explained that she had decided to leave the agency to head towards a new goal. At that moment, she still had many things she wanted to take in, but looked forward to seeing everyone once she had become her "new self". She thanked fans for their continuous support in the past three years since she graduated from Morning Musume and wants to continue fulfilling her dreams of singing, dancing, and acting.
|Thank you very much for all your support towards Sayashi Riho and Hello！ Project.
Sayashi Riho was part of our office, but as of the end of November, her exclusive management contract with our firm has come to an end.
Sayashi joined Morning Musume。 in 2011 as a 9th generation member and was active until 2015.
Sayashi may be graduating from Hello！ Project,
Thank you so very much for supporting Sayashi Riho.
7 December 2018
|To all of the fans who have constantly supported me as well as to everyone whom I’ve worked with
How are all of you doing？
In order to push forward towards my new goals,
This is the result of long consideration and discussions,
Ever since I joined Morning Musume。 when I was 12,
And now, this is what I think: I would like to absorb even more things.
So, I’ll become even more of a new me
The fans who support me, regardless of the fact that about 3 years have passed since I graduated
I still want to sing！ I still want to dance！ I still want to act！
To all of you who have supported me up until now as a member of Morning Musume。 and Hello！Project,
From now on, I will continue to count on you.
7 December 2018
2019[edit | edit source]
Sayashi returned from a 3-year and 3-month hiatus to perform as a guest in the Hello! Project 20th Anniversary!! Premium of Hello! Project 20th Anniversary!! Hello! Project Hina Fes 2019 on March 30.
On June 28 at Yokohama Arena, BABYMETAL held their first concert of the year, BABYMETAL AWAKENS -THE SUN ALSO RISES-, where a support dancer took the place left by third member Mizuno Yui (YUIMETAL), who quit due to health reasons in October 2018. Although the support dancer was not introduced during the concert, news sites and audience members on social media identified her as Sayashi. Sponichi Annex reported that one of three support dancers would be chosen for each of BABYMETAL's performances, and Sayashi was chosen for that day. Before they debuted, Sayashi was rivals with the band's main vocalist Nakamoto Suzuka (SU-METAL) when they attended Actor's School Hiroshima together. She later accompanied the band to their following gigs in England at the Glastonbury Festival on June 30 and at the O2 Academy Brixton in London on July 2.
While discussing Sayashi's recent activity in the July 6 broadcast of the radio show Young Town Doyoubi, Iikubo Haruna revealed that Sayashi has been working freelance since she left UP-FRONT PROMOTION.
2020[edit | edit source]
On April 30, she opened up an Instagram account.
On July 1, it was announced that she would have a regular column on Wani Books starting on July 10.
On July 15, it was announced that she was cast as the lead role in the musical Kuro Sekai, the newest installment of Suemitsu Kenichi's series of vampire-themed musicals, TRUMP. The musical followed the character Lily after the events of LILIUM -Lilium Shoujo Junketsu Kageki-, and Sayashi reprised her role as the main protagonist for Kuro Sekai. The musical ran from September 20 to October 4 in Tokyo, and from October 14 to October 20 in Osaka.
On September 3, it was announced that after working freelance since 2019, Sayashi has now signed with the agency Japan Music Entertainment.
On September 8, it was announced that she was one of ten actresses cast to appear in an episode of a drama series set to air on TV Tokyo.
On October 2, she was cast in the musical 35MM: A MUSICAL EXHIBITION, which ran from October 31 to November 1 at Akasaka ACT Theater in Tokyo.
On October 21, she opened up her official website.
On October 24, she opened up her official fanclub, which is titled "Sayashii Hito-tachi" (さやしい人たち).
On December 5 she started her new Radio show "Sayashi Riho to 〇〇 to"on MBS Radio.
2021[edit | edit source]
On January 11, Sayashi's first self-written Song was streamed on Terminal. 
On May 28, which is the date of her 23rd birthday, Sayashi wanted to hold her first one-man live solo concert since leaving Hello! Project. However, it was postponed to August 9th due to the declaration of the state of emergency. 
Personal Life[edit | edit source]
She has a younger sister and a younger brother. Her uncle is a Hiroshima Carp's former baseball player. Sayashi's ancestors were artisans in Hyogo. She has a pet fish named Kuroe and two hamsters named Omochi 1 and Omochi 2.
When she auditioned for Morning Musume, Sayashi was a 6th grade elementary school student. As of April 2017, she has presumably graduated from high school.
Here is a list of nicknames that was used to refer to Sayashi Riho:
- Yasshii (やっしー): An official nickname given to her by Tsunku when she joined Morning Musume.
- Rihoriho (りほりほ): Her second official nickname as a member of Morning Musume, which was given to her by Michishige Sayumi.
- Sayashii (さやっしー): Her third official nickname as a member of Morning Musume.
Profile[edit | edit source]
- Name: Sayashi Riho (鞘師里保)
- Nickname: Rihoriho (りほりほ), Yasshii (やっしー), Sayashii (さやっしー)
- Birthdate: May 28, 1998
- Birthplace: Higashihiroshima, Hiroshima, Japan
- Blood Type: AB
- Height: 156 cm (5 ft 1.4 in)?
- Western Zodiac: Gemini
- Eastern Zodiac: Tiger
- Hello! Project Status:
- 2011-01-02: Joined Morning Musume
- 2015-12-31: Graduated from Morning Musume
- 2018-11-30: Graduated from Hello! Project
- UP-FRONT GROUP Status:
- Years in Morning Musume: 4 Years
- Official Kaomoji: ﾉﾘ*´ｰ´ﾘ
- Morning Musume Color: Red
- Hello! Project Groups:
- Shuffle Units:
- Concert Units:
- Hello! Project Mobekimasu (2011-2013)
- Other Groups:
- Charm Point: Eyes
- Weak Point: Really nervous doing presentations
- Strong Point: Handles animals well
- Favorite Animal: Tiger
- Special Skill: Penmanship, massage, calligraphy, kendama
- Hobbies: Listening to music, dancing, sleeping, drawing, looking around zakkayasan (boutiques selling various goods)
- Favorite Sports: Baseball, dodgeball
- Favorite Foods: Peaches, Chinese noodles, chicken wings, cereals, sushi, oysters
- Least Favorite Foods: Carrots, shrimp, eggs
- Favorite Colors: Pink, white, black, green and blue
- Favorite Movie: Finding Nemo
- Quality you have that she won't lose to anyone: Her love for her family.
- Motto: "If you can sing you can rock the stage", "Shuwa Shuwa PON!", "Ichigo ichie" (一期一会; one in a lifetime encounter)
- Catchphrase: "Hyahhhooi♪" (ひゃっっほーい♪( ´θ｀)ノ～)
- The best thing about your hometown: The oysters are delicious in the winter.
- Looks up to: Takahashi Ai, Suzuki Airi
- Favorite Morning Musume Singles: "Kimagure Princess", "Maji Desu ka Ska!"
- Other Favorite Song: "Gangnam Style" by Psy, "Zurui Onna" by Sharam Q,
Discography[edit | edit source]
Solo Songs[edit | edit source]
- Kimagure Zetsubou Arigatou (キマグレ絶望アリガトウ) (chorus: Morning Musume; from Stacies Shoujo Saisatsu Kageki)
- Furereba Kokoro ga Afuredasu (from TRIANGLE)
- Ano Hi Yakusoku Shita Kara (あの日約束したから)
Solo DVDs/Blu-rays[edit | edit source]
- [2011.08.31] Sayashi Riho ~Greeting~
- [2012.03.09] RIHO (e-Hello! DVD)
- [2012.09.26] HyaaHo~i♪( ´θ｀)ノ
- [2013.03.28] snowdrop (e-Hello! DVD)
- [2014.03.12] Riho's Fashion Archive
- [2015.04.08] sixteen
- [2015.12.07] Morning Musume '15 Sayashi Riho Sotsugyou Memorial (DVD Magazine)
- [2016.04.20] Morning Musume '15 Sayashi Riho Solo Special Live
- [2016.xx.xx] Morning Days Happy Holiday Sayashi Riho Fanclub Tour in Boso
- [2016.xx.xx] Sayashi Riho on Morning Musume '15 Concert Tour Aki ~PRISM~
Publications[edit | edit source]
Solo Photobooks[edit | edit source]
- [2011.08.27] Sayashi Riho
- [2012.08.27] Un Deux Trois
- [2013.11.25] Taiyou
- [2015.03.25] Juurokusai
- [2015.12.25] Morning Musume Sayashi Riho Zenshuu 2011-2015
Other Books[edit | edit source]
- [2016.03.26] 17sai no Ketsudan (autobiography)
Works[edit | edit source]
Movies[edit | edit source]
-  Sharehouse (シェアハウス)
TV Programs[edit | edit source]
-  Bijo Gaku (美女学)
- [2011–2012] Hello Pro! TIME (ハロプロ！ＴＩＭＥ)
- [2012–2013] Hello! SATOYAMA Life (ハロー! SATOYAMA ライフ)
- [2014–2015] The Girls Live
TV Dramas[edit | edit source]
-  Suugaku♥Joshi Gakuen (数学♥女子学園)
-  Ano ko no Yume wo Mitan Desu [Episode 10] (あのコの夢を見たんです)
-  Shukatsusei nikki [Episode 3] (就活生日記)
-  Anonymous [Episode 5] (アノニマス) 
Theater[edit | edit source]
-  Fashionable (ファッショナブル)
-  Reborn ~Inochi no Audition~ (リボーン～命のオーディション～)
-  Stacies Shoujo Saisatsu Kageki (ステーシーズ 少女再殺歌劇)
-  Gogakuyuu (ごがくゆう)
-  LILIUM -Lilium Shoujo Junketsu Kageki- (LILIUM －リリウム 少女純潔歌劇－)
-  TRIANGLE (TRIANGLE -トライアングル-)
-  Kuro Sekai (黒世界)
-  35MM: A MUSICAL EXHIBITION
Internet[edit | edit source]
-  UstreaMusume
-  Michishige Sayumi no "Mobekimasutte Nani??" (道重さゆみの『モベキマスってなに？？』)
- [2013–2015] Hello! Project Station
- [2014–2015] MUSIC+
-  GREEN ROOM
Radio[edit | edit source]
- [2011–2014] RIHO-DELI
- [2012–2013] Morning Musume 9ki・10ki Member WEB Talk Maji DE Pyoko Pyoko! (モーニング娘。9・10期メンバー WEBトーク 本気DE飛跳！) (fanclub exclusive)
- [2012–2015] Morning Musume no Morning Jogakuin ~Houkago Meeting~ (モーニング娘。のモーニング女学院～放課後ミーティング～)
- [2014–2015] Young Town Doyoubi (ヤングタウン土曜日)
-  Sayashi no Heya (さやしの部屋) (Hello! Project Mobile exclusive)
- [2020-present] Sayashi Riho to 〇〇 to (鞘師里保と○○と)
- [2021-present] Sayashi no hitori-goto (さやしのひとりごと) Sayashii Hito-tachi Fanclub exclusive)
Rankings[edit | edit source]
- She was voted 7th favorite member in the 2011 "Hello! Project Music Awards" event.
- She was ranked 6th in the Middle School Group of the Beautiful Idol General Election 2012.
- She was voted 4th favorite member in the 2012 "Hello! Project Music Awards" event.
- She ranked at #40 in Anikan R Yanyan magazine's May 2013 "Singing idol you like the most".
- She ranked 6th in mixi's June 2013 Hello! Project Popularity Ranking.
- She was voted 3rd favorite member in the 2013 "Hello! Project Music Awards" event.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
See Also[edit | edit source]
- Gallery:Sayashi Riho
- Gallery:Morning Musume 9th Generation
- List:Sayashi Riho Discography Featured In
- List:Sayashi Riho Concert & Event Appearances
- List:Sayashi Riho Publications Featured In
- List:Sayashi Riho Pocket Morning Weekly Q&A
References[edit | edit source]
External Links[edit | edit source]
- Official Website
- Staff Twitter
- Hello! Project Profile (archived)
- Morning Musume Profile (archived)
- Morning Musume Qki Official Generation Blog (inactive)