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Shimizu Saki (清水佐紀) is a Japanese former idol, actress, model, and Hello! Project advisor. She is a former member of Hello! Project, having joined as a member of Hello! Project Kids in 2002 and later debuting as the leader of Berryz Koubou in 2004. During her time in Hello! Project she was also the leader of the Hello! Project Dance Club as well as a member of ZYX, High-King, BeriKyuu, Cat's♥Eye 7, and GREEN FIELDS. She graduated from Hello! Project on March 3, 2015 in a joint graduation concert with the other members of Berryz Koubou. Afterwards, Shimizu became a Hello! Project advisor and has been primarily involved in Hello Pro Kenshuusei rehearsals.

She retired from the entertainment industry on November 30, 2021.


Shimizu Saki, September 2017

Shimizu Saki, August 2015

Shimizu Saki, January 2015

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Shimizu Saki, March 2011

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Shimizu Saki, March 2004

Shimizu Saki, August 2003

Early Life[]

Shimizu Saki was born on November 22, 1991 in Kanagawa, Japan.


On June 30, Shimizu successfully passed the Hello! Project Kids Audition along with 14 other girls.[1] She was the captain of Berryz Koubou. Being a member of Berryz Koubou, she also participated in the band's weekly radio show Berryz Koubou Kiritsu! Rei! Chakuseki!.

In that same year, she was cast as one of the main characters in Koinu Dan no Monogatari. Many members of Hello! Project Kids and Morning Musume participated in this film.


Shimizu was chosen to join the group ZYX, which consisted of five Hello! Project Kids and Yaguchi Mari, who acted as a mentor. They released two singles: Iku ZYX! FLY HIGH and Shiroi TOKYO. They remained active until 2004, when Shimizu and Tsugunaga Momoko were selected to become members of Berryz Koubou.[2]


All of Hello! Project participated in H.P. All Stars that produced one single, ALL FOR ONE & ONE FOR ALL!. This song is considered one of the themes of Hello! Project.


On December 31, Shimizu took the stage at the 57th edition of Kouhaku Uta Gassen as a backup dancer in Morning Musume's performance of Aruiteru, along with the remaining members of Berryz Koubou, Country Musume and ℃-ute.


Shimizu became a member of Hello! Project's new unit High-King. This unit came out with the single "C\C (Cinderella\Complex) to promote Morning Musume's Cinderella the Musical.


Tsunku, the producer of Hello! Project, went to South Korea to announce that he intended to hold auditions. A few from Hello! Project accompanied him there, including Shimizu, Takahashi Ai, Niigaki Risa, Tanaka Reina, Linlin, and Yajima Maimi.


On July 25, it was announced that Shimizu and other Hello! Project Kids members would be performing in a stage play titled CAT'S♥EYE, based on a manga. She also became a member of the group Cat's♥Eye 7 to promote the musical. The stage play ran from September 22 to September 30.

In October, it was announced that Shimizu would be a member of the new SATOYAMA movement unit GREEN FIELDS alongside Mitsui Aika and Miyazaki Yuka.


On November 21, Shimizu celebrated her 22th birthday. The special event was called Shimizu Saki Birthday Event ~ 22nd Anniversary ~, the event featured two performances in Tokyo.


On November 21, Shimizu celebrated her 23th birthday. The special event was called Berryz Kobo ~Shimizu Saki Birthday Event 2014~, the event featured two performances in Tokyo.


On March 3, Shimizu along with the rest of the Berryz Koubou members graduated from the group and Hello Project! at a final concert at Nippon Budokan. After graduating, Shimizu became a staff member and was appointed as a Hello! Project advisor along with Tokunaga Chinami.[3] Shimizu has been mostly involved in rehearsals for Hello Pro Kenshuusei recitals and examinations.[4][5][6]

On May 4, Shimizu was a special guest at Hello Pro Kenshuusei Happyoukai 2015 ~Haru no Koukai Jitsuryoku Shindan Test~.


On September 4, Shimizu was a guest at Hello! Project Kenshuusei Happyoukai 2016 9gatsu ~SINGING!~ to announce Tsubaki Factory's major debut in January 2017.[7][8]


On August 24, Shimizu joined M-line club.[9]

On September 26, Shimizu transferred from UP-FRONT PROMOTION to J.P ROOM.

Shimizu celebrated her 26th birthday at a fanclub event, titled Shimizu Saki FC Event ~SHIMIZU SAKI 26kaime no B-B-B-Birthday Party!!!~, with two shows on November 24 at Pacific Heaven.

From November 27 to December 3, she performed in the Engeki Joshibu musical Ichimai no Ticket ~Beatles ga Yattekuru!~.


On March 3 and 4, Shimizu held the Shimizu Saki Casual Dinner Show ~Hinamatsuri 2018・Kinen Subeki Kono Hi ni 1ri de Dinner Show Shichaimasu~ at Music Restaurant La Donna to celebrate Hinamatsuri.

From March 20 to July 8, Shimizu performed in Michishige Sayumi's show SAYUMINGLANDOLL ~Shukumei~.

On September 23, she held the Shimizu Saki Casual Dinner Show Hello Pro 20 Shuunen Kinen Subeki Kono Nen ni 1ri de Dinner Show Shichaimasu at Music Restaurant La Donna to celebrate Hello! Project's 20th anniversary.

On September 24, Shimizu appeared as a guest in both shows of PINK CRES. 1st Live Tour 2018 ~PINK LAND~ at Shinjuku ReNY.[10]

On December 2, she appeared as a guest in the Kumai Yurina Casual Dinner Show 2018 ~Heisei Saigo no ENJOY! Kumasumas~.[11]

On December 9, she held the Shimizu Saki FC Event ~SHIMIZU SAKI Choppiri Hayai Christmas!?~ at Pacific Heaven.


On March 2 and 3, she held the Shimizu Saki Casual Dinner Show ~Heisei Saigo no Hinamatsuri, Kotoshi mo Kinen Subeki Kono Hi ni 1ri de Dinner Show Shichaimasu~ at Music Restaurant La Donna.

On November 30, she celebrated her 28th birthday at a fanclub event titled Shimizu Saki FC Event ~Reiwa Hajimete no Happy Birthday!~, featuring three shows at Pacific Heaven.


On March 24, it was announced that her fanclub event with Sudo Maasa and Kumai Yurina 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 COVID-19.[12] It was eventually cancelled.[13]

On May 21, she appeared in Hello Pro Dance Gakuen Season 3.[14]

On July 13, it was announced that she would be one of several current and former Hello! Project members starring in a new horror television drama based on the book, Hobonichi no Kaidan. The drama began airing in August 2020.[15][16][17]

On August 6, it was announced that her previously cancelled dinner show set to be held back in March was rescheduled for August 30.[18] In compliance with government policy to prevent the spread of COVID-19, cheering, crowding, standing, and closeness in the venue were prohibited, and wearing masks was required to enter.


On March 3, Shimizu announced that she has married to a non-celebrity man who she was dating with for some time. With the announcement, she also revealed that she would be ending her exclusive management contract with J.P ROOM in the end of November, when she turns 30 years old, and retire from the entertainment business.[19]

On November 21 and 22, she held the Shimizu Saki Casual Dinner Show ~29sai no Shimizu Saki ga Kokoro wo Komete~ at Music Restaurant La Donna.[20]

On November 23, she held a fanclub event for her 30th birthday titled Shimizu Saki Birthday Event 2021 ~Bye Bye Mata ne~, which was her last activity in the entertainment industry before her retirement.[21]

On November 30, she officially left J.P ROOM and retired from the entertainment industry. Subsequently, she also left the M-line club.

Personal Life[]

She has an older brother.

Shimizu also has a pet dog named Kurumi.

When Shimizu joined Hello! Project Kids, she was a fifth year elementary school student.[1] She graduated from high school in March 2010.

Here is a list of nicknames that was used to refer to Shimizu Saki:

  • Captain (キャプテン): Official nickname, given her since joining Berryz Koubou. Used by members and fans.
  • Saki-chan (佐紀ちゃん): Second official nickname, given her since joining Berryz Koubou. Used by members and fans.


  • Favorite Brand/Designer: MARY QUANT, GARCIA MARQUEZ, Samantha Vega
  • Favorite English Word: "WANT!"
  • Favorite Colors: Yellow, White, Dark Pink, Light Blue.
  • Favorite Animal: Her dog named "Kurumi".
  • Favorite Flower: Cherry Blossom
  • Specialty: Dance
  • Strong Points: Cheerful, Trying to think of other's feelings, Trying to be positive.
  • Weak Points: Easily change the opinion of others.
  • Favorite Subject: Mathematics (for now)
  • Favorite Song in the Past: "White Love" by SPEED, "Nagai Aida" by kiroro, "Orange" by SMAP
  • Current Favorite Song: "Kiss" by Juliet, "FANTASTIC BABY" by BIG BANG, "Rainy Blue" by Shimizu Shota (Tokunaga Hideaki cover).

  • Hello! Project Daihyakka (2004) Details
    • Hobby: Collecting stickers
    • Special skill: Crossing my eyes, sending quick e-mails, dancing.
    • Strong point: Laughing frequently
    • Weak point: Bad at waking up
    • Habit: I start dancing when I see a mirror
    • Favorite color: Pink, light blue
    • Favorite flower: Sunflower
    • Disliked thing/thing to do: Monsters, running, bugs, vegetables.
    • Scared of: Monsters, bugs
    • Favorite Brand/Designer: MARY QUANT, GARCIA MARQUEZ, Samantha Vega
    • Favorite movie: "One Piece"
    • Favorite book: "Atanshinchi" (manga)
    • Favorite word: "Doryoku" (effort)
    • Favorite season: Winter. I'm sensitive to heat, so I like winter better.
    • Favorite food: Ice-cream, yakiniku, mom's miso soup (pork miso)
    • Least favorite food: Vegetables, eel
    • Favorite song: "Ganbacchae!" (Morning Musume) and "Sekai ni Hitotsu Dake no Hana" (SMAP)
    • Charm point: Eyelashes
    • [2010.01] Nation Junior Magazine (Thailand)
    1. What are your goals?:
    To be number one on the charts.
    2. Where do you see yourself in 50 years?:
    I'll be a happy and healthy 68-years-old.


    Main article: Shimizu Saki/Discography

    Solo DVDs[]


    Main article: Shimizu Saki/Publications

    Solo Photobooks[]

    1. [2011.01.12] Shimizu Saki



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    • [2002] Koinu Dan no Monogatari (仔犬ダンの物語) (as Nomura Chika)
    • [2004] Promise Land ~Clovers no Daibouken~ (Promise Land ~クローバーズの大冒険~)
    • [2005] Futari wa Pretty Cure Max Heart 2 Yukizora no Tomodachi (ふたりはプリキュアマックスハート2 雪空のともだち)
    • [2011] Ousama Game (王様ゲーム) (as Matsumoto Masami)

    TV Programs[]

    TV Dramas[]

    Suugaku♥Joshi GakuenHobonichi no Kaidan


    • [2009] Inazuma Eleven (イナズマイレブン) (voice of Hori Michiko)



    • [2004–2009] Berryz Koubou Kiritsu! Rei! Chakuseki! (Berryz工房 起立! 礼! 着席!)
    • [2009–2012] Berryz Koubou Beritsuu! (Berryz工房 べりつぅ!)


    Edo Kara Chakushin!? ~Timeslip to Kengai!~Reverse! ~ Watashi no karada doko desu ka?Berryz Koubou VS Berryz KoubouThank You Very BerrySanokuen ShoujoTaishou Roman Haikara Tantei Aoi Ruby SatsujinjikenSengoku Jieitai (Stage Play)CAT'S♥EYE
    Warera Jeanne ~Shoujo Seisen Kageki~Musical Sengoku JieitaiIchimai no TicketNettai DanshiPharaoh no Haka ~Hebi Ou Sneferu~Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 6 Gaiden ~Tasogare no Kamen~


    • She was voted 9th favorite member in the 2009 "Hello! Project Music Awards" event. [1]


    • Her favorite artist is SMAP.
    • She collects hand-written letters from members and classmates, and prefers getting hand-written letters as opposed to e-mail. She also collected 500 yen coins to buy a present for her mother.
    • She has played the piano since kindergarten.
    • Out of all the current main group leaders, she had the longest regime, being leader of Berryz Koubou for ten years.
    • She loves pigs and collects pig-related merchandise.
    • After the graduation of Umeda Erika in 2009, she became the oldest member of the Hello! Project Kids.
    • Of all the groups leaders in Hello! Project, she is the only one known as the "Captain" of a group.
    • She was previously noted as the shortest member of Berryz Koubou, and usually mentioned that fact when introducing herself. As of May 2006, she is now 2cm taller than Tsugunaga Momoko.
    • In one of Berryz Koubou's DVD magazines, Shimizu has claimed that she wants to go to all of the members of Berryz Koubou's houses.
    • Is considered to be one of the best dancers in all of Hello! Project, often being associated with her seniors in sub-groups that mainly focus on dance.
    • Is close to everyone within Berryz Koubou, especially Tokunaga Chinami and Natsuyaki Miyabi.
    • In a recent Berryz Koubou DVD Magazine, she said her favorite Berryz member was Natsuyaki Miyabi.
    • She is also good friends with Yaguchi Mari, Yajima Maimi and Umeda Erika. She still calls Yaguchi her "big sister" occasionally and looks up to her as a role model.
    • She was close to Murakami Megumi, particularly during their time together in ZYX.
    • Her name is a combination between the initial of her Grandmother’s name "Sa" and the initial of her Mom's name "Ki."
    • Her audition song was "Te wo Nigitte Arukitai," but she sang "Ii Koto Aru Kinen no Shunkan" during the preliminaries.
    • She has a dog named Kurumi.
    • During a trip to Hawaii, she shared a room with Tokunaga Chinami.
    • She forms the "Nonbiri Trio" with Natsuyaki Miyabi and Kumai Yurina, which can be translated as "carefree trio," because they're always left over when they're putting on makeup and their outfits. On the other hand, Sudo Maasa and Tsugunaga Momoko are the fastest.
    • In her third solo event, Shimizu Saki tested the FC members with a short questionnaire of 10 questions.
    • They also called her cappuccino because it's a pun for "captain" (in Japanese is kyaputen while Cappuccino is kyapuchi-no).
    • Shimizu was, at one point, the oldest Hello! Project member.
    • Tokunaga Chinami said that Shimizu Saki was messy in the hotel in Hawaii.
    • Shimizu was one of the winners in the CM competition of the "Hello! Project DVD magazine vol. 15."
    • From Sono ~Sono Subete no Ai ni~: her good subject is mathematics and her favorite food is grilled meat.
    • In Yorosen!, she taught other Berryz Koubou members about Yakiniku.
    • When asked which Berryz Koubou member is the most troublesome, Saki answered that it would be Tokunaga Chinami because her emotions are so intense.
    • She used to make the major announcements for Tsubaki Factory. She announced the group's formation, the addition of Ono Mizuho, Onoda Saori and Akiyama Mao to the group, their major debut single, their first live tour, their projected first hall tour, and lastly, their first Nippon Budokan concert.
    • As of July 3, 2020, she is a certified dietary education instructor. She studied for the online exam together with Nakajima Saki during her free time at home while social distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[22]

    Honorary Titles[]

    Honorary Titles
    Preceded by
    Captain of Berryz Koubou
    January 14, 2004 – March 3, 2015
    Succeeded by
    Preceded by
    Oldest Member of Berryz Koubou
    January 14, 2004 – March 3, 2015
    Succeeded by
    Preceded by
    Michishige Sayumi
    Oldest member of Hello! Project
    November 27, 2014 – March 3, 2015
    Succeeded by
    Yajima Maimi
    Preceded by
    Leader of Hello! Project Dance Club
    May 14, 2014 – February 2015
    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. "Berryz工房について" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2015-02-27.
    4. "【GREEN ROOM#16】 生タマゴShow!審査、モーニング娘。'15 スカッとMy Heart、ハロコン、こぶしファクトリーの裏側!ゲストMC:勝田里奈(アンジュルム)" (in Japanese). GREEN ROOM (via YouTube). 2015-08-13.
    5. "研修生" (in Japanese). Shimizu Saki Official Blog. 2015-08-15.
    6. "【GREEN ROOM#26】 ℃-ute MV、J=J、アンジュルム新曲ダンス、ハロプロ研修生の裏側!ゲストMC:中島早貴(℃-ute)" (in Japanese). GREEN ROOM (via YouTube). 2015-10-22.
    7. "「つばきファクトリー」来年1月メジャーデビュー決定 メンバー号泣" (in Japanese). Tokyo Sports. 2016-09-04.
    8. "つばきファクトリー、2017年にメジャーデビュー決定" (in Japanese). BARKS. 2016-09-04.
    9. "清水佐紀 M-line club 加入のお知らせ" (in Japanese). M-line club official site. 2017-08-24.
    10. "『PINK CRES. 1st Live Tour 2018 ~PINK LAND~』新宿ReNY公演 清水佐紀のゲスト出演決定!" (in Japanese). PINK CRES. official website. 2018-09-14.
    11. "「熊井友理奈カジュアルディナーショー2018~平成最後のENJOY!クマスマス~」ゲスト出演決定!" (in Japanese). J.P ROOM. 2018-10-30.
    12. "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.
    13. "「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.
    14. "「ハロプロダンス学園 シーズン3」出演" (in Japanese). J.P ROOM. 2020-04-08.
    15. "新旧ハロプロメンバー主演で「ほぼ日の怪談。」ドラマ化、8月に配信・放送" (in Japanese). natalie. 2020-07-13.
    16. "ドラマ「ほぼ日の怪談。」出演決定!" (in Japanese). 2020-07-14.
    17. "新旧ハロプロメンバー主演のドラマ「ほぼ日の怪談。」予告、全12話の場面写真も解禁" (in Japanese). natalie. 2020-08-19.
    18. "「清水佐紀カジュアルディナーショー ~みなさんからのリクエスト歌っちゃいます~」新型コロナウイルス感染拡大防止対策に伴う大切なお知らせとお詫び" (in Japanese). M-line club. 2020-08-06.
    19. "清水佐紀入籍及び引退のご報告" (in Japanese). J.P ROOM. 2021-03-03.
    20. "「清水佐紀カジュアルディナーショー 2021 ~29歳の清水佐紀が心を込めて~」FC追加受付のお知らせ" (in Japanese). J.P ROOM. 2021-10-07.
    21. "★ファンクラブ会員限定イベント★「清水佐紀バースデーイベント2021~Bye Byeまたね~」開催決定!" (in Japanese). J.P ROOM. 2021-10-11.
    22. "食育インストラクター" (in Japanese). Shimizu Saku Official Blog. 2020-08-15.

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