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YOSHIKO
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YOSHIKO, December 2013
Name
Birth Name Sato Yoshiko
Nicknames 445
Former Names YOCCO
Birth Info
Born October 11, 1969 (1969-10-11) (age 49)
Origin Hiroshima, Japan
Blood Type O
Zodiac Sign Libra Libra
Professional Info
Occupation Choreographer, dancer
Years Active 1988-present (31 years)
Agency Sony Music Entertainment (HIM, 1995-1997)
Label Sony Records (HIM, 1995-1997)
Associated Acts HIM
Links
Blog Ameblo-favicon.png Room No.445
Instagram Instagram_logo_2016.svg @445pin
Sato Yoshiko[1] (spelling unknown), professionally known as YOSHIKO, is a Japanese choreographer and dancer. She currently works for Hello! Project, which she is mainly in charge of Morning Musume, ANGERME, Juice=Juice, Kobushi Factory, and Tsubaki Factory's choreography. She has also taught dances for cover group Team Okai.[2]

Before becoming a choreographer, she was a dancer in the 1990s unit HIM under the name YOCCO.

The first Hello! Project song she choreographed was "Kiiroi Osora de BOOM BOOM BOOM" by Kiiro 5,[3] while the first concert she was in charge of choreographing was for Matsuura Aya.[4] In the early 2000s, YOSHIKO also worked a back-up dancer for Matsuura and Goto Maki.

BiographyEdit

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HIM, 1996
(left to right: YOSHIKO (YOCCO), NON, SHIZUKA, SHUNGO)

YOSHIKO was born as Sato Yoshiko[1] on October 11, 1969 in Hiroshima, Japan.

She started learning baton twirling when she was four, but quit after she entered middle school. When she was in high school, her mother did aerobics and she was invited to take jazz dance classes at the same place. She enjoyed it and decided to go to a professional dance school in Tokyo[5] after she graduated from Hiroshima Kenritsu Fuchu High School[6] At the dance school, she studied ballet, modern dance, and jazz and also took tap dance and aerobics as electives.[5]

After two years of learning the foundations of dancing, she told her parents she did not want to return home and wanted to stay in Tokyo, to which they replied, "It's okay as long as you find a decent job." She passed an audition at a theme park for a job as a disco show dancer, but only did one show before getting fired and blacklisted. She continued working as a show dancer at another company for two years. While she worked at night, she went to contests during the day, where she met street dancers who told her about work a back-up dancer.[5]

In 1988, when she was barely 20 years old, she got her first job as dance choreographer when an unnamed girl, who was an idol at the same company she was a show dancer, asked YOSHIKO to work for her when she made her debut. YOSHIKO went with the idol when she performed on the now-discontinued music show All Night Fuji.[5]

From 1995 to 1997, she was a dancer in the unit HIM, which she had used the performing name YOCCO. The unit name was an acronym for Hiromasa Ijichi Melodies, referring to their songwriter Ijichi Hiromasa who afterwards wrote music for SPEED. She was initially a back-up dancer in the music video for their debut single "BECAUSE OF LOVE" and did not participate in their second single. She eventually became an official member, alongside another dancer named NON, with the third single "AQUARIUS" released on November 22, 1995.[7] The unit was led by vocalists SHIZUKA (real name Nakajima Shizuka) and SHUNGO (real name Makihashi Shungo).[8] SHUNGO, who began using the stylized name shungo. in the early 2000s when he became the vocalist of the R&B unit Sin (the same unit that U.M.E.D.Y. was a former MC for), became a music producer and has written most of w-inds.'s music, as well as the Japanese lyrics to DA PUMP's 2018 hit song "U.S.A.".[9][10] He and YOSHIKO have remained good friends.[11]

The first concert YOSHIKO choreographed was for Matsuura Aya. During the performance of "LOVE Namida Iro", she noticed that fans would copy the arm and hand dance movements, which led her to make more choreography that fans could imitate at lives.[4]

Morning Musume's "formation dance", which began with "Ren'ai Hunter", was created after she received directions from Tsunku to no longer make dance patterns that only highlighted whoever was singing. She got the idea for formation dance when she saw a university synchronized walking competition on TV.[12]

On March 9, 2014, she got married in Hawaii.[13]

ProfileEdit

  • Real Name: Sato Yoshiko
  • Professional Names: YOSHIKO, YOCCO
  • Nickname: 445
  • Birthdate: October 11, 1969 (1969-10-11) (age 49)
  • Birthplace: Hiroshima, Japan
  • Blood Type: O
  • Western Zodiac: Libra
  • Eastern Zodiac: Rooster
  • Groups:
    • HIM (1995-1997)

SongsEdit

Berryz KoubouEdit

Country MusumeEdit

℃-uteEdit

GAMEdit

Hello Pro KenshuuseiEdit

Juice=JuiceEdit

Kiiro 5Edit

Kikkawa YuuEdit

Kira☆PikaEdit

Kobushi FactoryEdit

Mano ErinaEdit

Matsuura AyaEdit

Melon KinenbiEdit

Michishige SayumiEdit

MilkyWayEdit

Morning MusumeEdit

S/mileage / ANGERMEEdit

Taiyou to CiscomoonEdit

Tsubaki FactoryEdit

Tsukishima Kirari starring Kusumi KoharuEdit

v-u-denEdit

ConcertsEdit

ANGERMEEdit

℃-uteEdit

Hello! ProjectEdit

Juice=JuiceEdit

Kobushi FactoryEdit

Kobushi Factory & Tsubaki FactoryEdit

Melon KinenbiEdit

Michishige SayumiEdit

Morning MusumeEdit

S/mileage / ANGERMEEdit

Taiyou to CiscomoonEdit

MusicalsEdit

AuditionsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Yoshiko Sato (@445pin)." Instagram.
  2. "からの〜" (in Japanese). Room No.445. 2012-10-11.
  3. "あ♡" (in Japanese). Room No.445. 2014-05-15.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "ハロー!プロジェクトのダンスはこうして作られる!YOSHIKO先生の振り付け術" (in Japanese). cakes. 2018-12-11.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 "「 踊れない子のために作った」フォーメーションダンスはこうして生まれた!" (in Japanese). cakes. 2018-12-01.
  6. "夏休み〜1" (in Japanese). Room No.445. 2018-08-14.
  7. "11月22日は" (in Japanese). Room No.445. 2015-11-22.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "武道館☆" (in Japanese). Room No.445. 2019-06-21.
  9. "U.S.A.★" (in Japanese). Room No.445. 2018-06-09.
  10. "感慨深かったなぁ♡" (in Japanese). Room No.445. 2018-07-25.
  11. "@代々木体育館" (in Japanese). Room No.445. 2015-10-18.
  12. "モーニング娘。超ダンス講座 竹中夏海先生×YOSHIKO先生対談 完全再録!" (in Japanese). Entame NEXT. 2013-12-06. (Archived)
  13. "2014 . 3 . 9" (in Japanese). Room No.445. 2014-03-12.
  14. 14.0 14.1 "モリモリ" (in Japanese). Room No.445. 2011-03-29.
  15. "連休ですねっっ" (in Japanese). Room No.445. 2010-07-17.
  16. "長い1日" (in Japanese). Room No.445. 2011-07-11.
  17. "なんか♬" (in Japanese). Room No.445. 2013-03-04.
  18. "心が震えた!!" (in Japanese). Room No.445. 2018-03-31.
  19. "10月10日は☆" (in Japanese). Room No.445. 2015-10-10.
  20. "秋ツアースタート" (in Japanese). Room No.445. 2016-09-17.
  21. "仙台☆" (in Japanese). Room No.445. 2017-10-10.
  22. "IN 仙台☆" (in Japanese). Room No.445. 2018-04-09.
  23. "こぶしファクトリー☆" (in Japanese). Room No.445. 2019-04-14.
  24. "GWラストは大阪☆" (in Japanese). Room No.445. 2019-05-06.
  25. "早すぎる5月も終わり?!☆その2" (in Japanese). Room No.445. 2018-05-30.
  26. "リハリハ~!" (in Japanese). Room No.445. 2010-02-14.
  27. "祝10周年!" (in Japanese). Room No.445. 2010-02-19.
  28. "SAYUMINGLANDOLL〜再生〜アゲイン☆" (in Japanese). Room No.445. 2017-07-05.
  29. "SAYUMINGLANDOLL〜BIRTHDAY LIVE 2019〜" (in Japanese). Room No.445. 2019-07-14.
  30. "in 横浜アリーナ" (in Japanese). Room No.445. 2010-12-16.
  31. "おつかれいな~" (in Japanese). Room No.445. 2013-05-21.
  32. "ツアーファイナル" (in Japanese). Room No.445. 2013-11-28.
  33. "4ヶ月ぶりの" (in Japanese). Room No.445. 2013-12-14.
  34. "ツアーFINAL" (in Japanese). Room No.445. 2014-05-31.
  35. "さてさて〜〜" (in Japanese). Room No.445. 2014-09-20.
  36. "感動の卒業式でした" (in Japanese). Room No.445. 2014-11-27.
  37. "5.27 武道館" (in Japanese). Room No.445. 2015-05-27.
  38. "秋ツアースタート☆" (in Japanese). Room No.445. 2017-09-24.
  39. "おつかれさまでした☆" (in Japanese). Room No.445. 2018-03-19.
  40. "2018.秋ツアー始まりました☆" (in Japanese). Room No.445. 2018-09-23.
  41. "ぶっちゃけますと" (in Japanese). Room No.445. 2011-06-13.
  42. "in 大阪" (in Japanese). Room No.445. 2011-10-08.
  43. "終わっちゃった" (in Japanese). Room No.445. 2012-11-11.
  44. "1年ぶりの" (in Japanese). Room No.445. 2013-11-07.
  45. "ツアーはじまりました" (in Japanese). Room No.445. 2014-03-16.
  46. "715 武道館" (in Japanese). Room No.445. 2014-07-16.
  47. "春ツアー☆" (in Japanese). Room No.445. 2015-03-14.
  48. "届いたよ~part-2" (in Japanese). Room No.445. 2010-02-07.

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