|YOSHIKO, December 2013|
|Birth Name||Sato Yoshiko|
|Born||October 11, 1969|
|Years Active||1988-present (31 years)|
|Agency||Sony Music Entertainment (HIM, 1995-1997)|
|Label||Sony Records (HIM, 1995-1997)|
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, while the first concert she was in charge of choreographing was for Matsuura Aya. In the early 2000s, YOSHIKO also worked a back-up dancer for Matsuura and Goto Maki.
YOSHIKO was born as Sato Yoshiko 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 after she graduated from Hiroshima Kenritsu Fuchu High School At the dance school, she studied ballet, modern dance, and jazz and also took tap dance and aerobics as electives.
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.
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.
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. The unit was led by vocalists SHIZUKA (real name Nakajima Shizuka) and SHUNGO (real name Makihashi Shungo). 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.". He and YOSHIKO have remained good friends.
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.
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.
On March 9, 2014, she got married in Hawaii.
- Real Name: Sato Yoshiko
- Professional Names: YOSHIKO, YOCCO
- Nickname: 445
- Birthdate: October 11, 1969
- Birthplace: Hiroshima, Japan
- Blood Type: O
- Western Zodiac: Libra
- Eastern Zodiac: Rooster
- HIM (1995-1997)
- Meguru Koi no Kisetsu
- Tokaikko Junjou
- LALALA Shiawase no Uta
- Koero! Rakuten Eagles
- Namida no Iro
- Edo no Temari Uta II
- FOREVER LOVE
- Dance de Bakoon!
- Aitai Lonely Christmas
- Kanashiki Amefuri
- Adam to Eve no Dilemma
- Singing ~Ano Koro no You ni~
- The Curtain Rises
- Kanojo ni Naritai!!!
- Oheso no Kuni Kara Konnichiwa
- Ten Made Nobore!
- Say! Hello!
- Onna no Sono
- Seishun Beat was 16
- Table Seki Aitetemo Counter Seki
- "Koi Shitai Shintou"
- "Idol wa Robot" tte Showa no Hanashi ne
- Isshakudama de Buppanase!
- Watashi ga Iu Mae ni Dakishimenakya ne
- Samidare Bijo ga Samidareru
- Ten Made Nobore!
- Romance no Tochuu
- Ijiwaru Shinai de Dakishimete yo
- Hajimete wo Keiken-chuu
- Hadaka no Hadaka no Hadaka no KISS
- Are Kore Shitai!
- Date ja nai yo Uchi no Jinsei wa
- Wonderful World
- Ça va ? Ça va ?
- CHOICE & CHANCE
- Umaretate no Baby Love
- Erabareshi Watashitachi
- GIRLS BE AMBITIOUS
- Ai no Diving
- Tick-Tock Watashi no Shun
- Mirai e, Saa Hashiridase!
- Tsudzuiteiku STORY
- Next is you!
- Karada Dake ga Otona ni Nattan ja nai
- Dream Road ~Kokoro ga Odoridashiteru~
- Naite Ii yo
- URAHARA Temptation
- Ii jan
- Amai Melody
- "Suki" no Kazoekata
- Akane Disco
- Charming Shoubu Sedai|Ha wo Kuishibare!
- Charming Shoubu Sedai
- Nen ni wa Nen
- Dosukoi! Kenkyo ni Daitan
- Ramen Daisuki Koizumi-san no Uta
- Nen ni wa Nen (Nen'iri Ver.)
- Sakura Night Fever
- Chotto Guchoku ni! Chototsumoushin
- Osu! Kobushi Tamashii
- Samba! Kobushi Janeiro
- Bacchikoi Seishun!
- Ora wa Ninkimono
- Isogaba Maware
- Mijuku Hanjuku Torotoro
- Kenmei Blues
- GO TO THE TOP!!
- Kobushi no Hana
- Shalala! Yareru Hazu sa
- Kore Kara da!
- Naseba Naru
- LOVE Namida Iro
- 100kai no KISS
- ♡Momoiro Kataomoi♡
- Yeah! Meccha Holiday
- The Bigaku
- Chocolate Damashii
- Otoko Tomodachi
- Suki na Senpai
- Go Girl ~Koi no Victory~
- Ai Araba IT'S ALL RIGHT
- Egao YES Nude
- Kanashimi Twilight
- Onna ni Sachi Are
- Only you
- Kono Chikyuu no Heiwa wo Honki de Negatterun da yo!
- Ren'ai Hunter
- The Matenrou Show
- Wakuteka Take a chance
- Help me!!
- Kimi Sae Ireba Nani mo Iranai
- Wagamama Ki no Mama Ai no Joke
- Ai no Gundan
- Egao no Kimi wa Taiyou sa
- Kimi no Kawari wa Iyashinai
- What is LOVE?
- Toki wo Koe Sora wo Koe
- Password is 0
- TIKI BUN
- Shabadaba Doo~
- Mikaeri Bijin
- Seishun Kozou ga Naiteiru
- Yuugure wa Ameagari
- Ima Koko Kara
- Tsumetai Kaze to Kataomoi
- ENDLESS SKY
- Sou ja nai
- Jealousy Jealousy
- Wakain da shi!
- Narcissus Kamatte-chan Kyousoukyoku Dai 5ban
- Gosenfu no Tasuki
- Hana ga Saku Taiyou Abite
- Are you Happy?
- A gonna
- Jiyuu na Kuni Dakara
- Y Jiro no Tochuu
- I surrender Ai Saredo Ai
- Koishite Mitakute
- Jinsei Blues
- Seishun Night
- aMa no Jaku
- Asu wa Date na no ni, Imasugu Koe ga Kikitai
- Otona ni Narutte Muzukashii!!!
- Yumemiru Fifteen
- ○○ Ganbaranakutemo Eenende!!
- Onaji Jikyuu de Hataraku Tomodachi no Bijin Mama
- Short Cut
- Uchouten LOVE
- Suki yo, Junjou Hankouki.
- Samui ne.
- Tabidachi no Haru ga Kita
- Ee ka!?
- "Ii Yatsu"
- Mystery Night!
- Eighteen Emotion
- Aa Susukino
- Chikyuu wa Kyou mo Ai wo Hagukumu
- Taiki Bansei
- Otome no Gyakushuu
- Tsugitsugi Zokuzoku
- Itoshima Distance
- Koi Nara Tokku ni Hajimatteru
- Wasurete Ageru
- Yumemita Fifteen
- Seishun Manmannaka!
- Kedakaku Sakihokore!
- Cabbage Hakusho ~Haru Hen~
- Hatsukoi Sunrise
- Just Try!
- Uruwashi no Camellia
- Hello! Project 2010 SUMMER ~Fankora!~
- Hello! Project 2011 SUMMER
- Hello! Project Haru no Dai Kansha Hinamatsuri Festival 2013
- Hello! Project 20th Anniversary!! Hello! Project Hina Fes 2018
- Kobushi Factory Live Tour 2016 Aki ~Hyper Mode~
- Kobushi Factory Live Tour 2017 Aki ~Songs For You~
- Kobushi Factory Live Tour 2018 ~SHINE! Kobushi Tamashii!~
- Kobushi Factory Live Tour 2019 ~Haru Urara~
- Kobushi Factory First Concert 2019 Haru Urara ~GW Special~
Kobushi Factory & Tsubaki FactoryEdit
- Melon Kinenbi First Concert ~Korega Kinenbi~
- Melon Kinenbi 10th Anniversary Live "Seitan 3654nichi Kanshasai"
- SAYUMINGLANDOLL ~Saisei~
- SAYUMINGLANDOLL ~Shukumei~
- SAYUMINGLANDOLL ~Tokyo~
- SAYUMINGLANDOLL ~BIRTHDAY LIVE 2019~
- SAYUMINGLANDOLL ~Kibou~
- Morning Musume Concert Tour 2010 Aki ~Rival Survival~
- Morning Musume Concert Tour 2013 Haru Michishige☆Eleven SOUL ~Tanaka Reina Sotsugyou Kinen Special~
- Morning Musume Concert Tour 2013 Aki ~CHANCE!~
- Naruchika 2013 Fuyu Morning Musume
- Morning Musume '14 Concert Tour Haru ~Evolution~
- Morning Musume '14 Concert Tour Aki GIVE ME MORE LOVE ~Michishige Sayumi Sotsugyou Kinen Special~ (with Kinoshita Natsuko)
- Morning Musume '15 Concert Tour Haru ~GRADATION~
- Morning Musume Tanjou 20 Shuunen Kinen Concert Tour 2017 Aki ~We are MORNING MUSUME~
- Morning Musume Tanjou 20 Shuunen Kinen Concert Tour 2018 Haru ~We are MORNING MUSUME~
- Morning Musume '18 Concert Tour Aki ~GET SET, GO!~
- ℃-ute & S/mileage Premium Live 2011 Haru ~℃ & S Collaboration Daisakusen~
- S/mileage 2011 Limited Live "S/mile Factory"
- S/mileage Concert Tour 2011 Aki ~Gyakushuu no Mini Skirt~
- S/mileage Live Tour 2012 Aki ~Choi Kawa Banchou~
- S/mileage Live Tour 2013 Aki ~Smile Charge~
- S/mileage Live Tour 2014 Haru ~Smile Charge~
- S/mileage LIVE 2014 Natsu FULL CHARGE ~715 Nippon Budokan~
- ANGERME Starting Live Tour 2015 Spring
- LILIUM -Lilium Shoujo Junketsu Kageki-
- SMILE FANTASY!
- Week End Survivor
- Thank You Very Berry (2015)
- Kizetsu Suru Hodo Aishiteru!
- JK Ninja Girls
- Pharaoh no Haka
- Yumemiru Television
- Ichimai no Ticket ~Beatles ga Yattekuru~
- Pharaoh no Haka ~Hebi Ou Sneferu~
- Time Repeat ~Eien ni Kimi wo Omou~
- Attack No.1
- Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 6 Gaiden ~Tasogare no Kamen~
- Reborn ~13nin no Tamashii wa Kami-sama no Yume wo Miru~
- S/mileage Shin Member Boshuu!
- Morning Musume 11ki Member "Suppin Utahime" Audition
- Morning Musume 12ki Member "Mirai Shoujo" Audition
- Morning Musume '14 <Golden> Audition!
- 2015 ANGERME Shin Member Audition
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 "Yoshiko Sato (@445pin)." Instagram.
- ↑ "からの〜" (in Japanese). Room No.445. 2012-10-11.
- ↑ "あ♡" (in Japanese). Room No.445. 2014-05-15.
- ↑ 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.
- ↑ 5.0 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.
- ↑ "夏休み〜1" (in Japanese). Room No.445. 2018-08-14.
- ↑ "11月22日は" (in Japanese). Room No.445. 2015-11-22.
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 "武道館☆" (in Japanese). Room No.445. 2019-06-21.
- ↑ "U.S.A.★" (in Japanese). Room No.445. 2018-06-09.
- ↑ "感慨深かったなぁ♡" (in Japanese). Room No.445. 2018-07-25.
- ↑ "@代々木体育館" (in Japanese). Room No.445. 2015-10-18.
- ↑ "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)
- ↑ "2014 . 3 . 9" (in Japanese). Room No.445. 2014-03-12.
- ↑ 14.0 14.1 "モリモリ" (in Japanese). Room No.445. 2011-03-29.
- ↑ "連休ですねっっ" (in Japanese). Room No.445. 2010-07-17.
- ↑ "長い１日" (in Japanese). Room No.445. 2011-07-11.
- ↑ "なんか♬" (in Japanese). Room No.445. 2013-03-04.
- ↑ "心が震えた！！" (in Japanese). Room No.445. 2018-03-31.
- ↑ "10月10日は☆" (in Japanese). Room No.445. 2015-10-10.
- ↑ "秋ツアースタート" (in Japanese). Room No.445. 2016-09-17.
- ↑ "仙台☆" (in Japanese). Room No.445. 2017-10-10.
- ↑ "IN 仙台☆" (in Japanese). Room No.445. 2018-04-09.
- ↑ "こぶしファクトリー☆" (in Japanese). Room No.445. 2019-04-14.
- ↑ "GWラストは大阪☆" (in Japanese). Room No.445. 2019-05-06.
- ↑ "早すぎる5月も終わり？！☆その2" (in Japanese). Room No.445. 2018-05-30.
- ↑ "リハリハ～！" (in Japanese). Room No.445. 2010-02-14.
- ↑ "祝10周年！" (in Japanese). Room No.445. 2010-02-19.
- ↑ "SAYUMINGLANDOLL〜再生〜アゲイン☆" (in Japanese). Room No.445. 2017-07-05.
- ↑ "SAYUMINGLANDOLL〜BIRTHDAY LIVE 2019〜" (in Japanese). Room No.445. 2019-07-14.
- ↑ "in 横浜アリーナ" (in Japanese). Room No.445. 2010-12-16.
- ↑ "おつかれいな～" (in Japanese). Room No.445. 2013-05-21.
- ↑ "ツアーファイナル" (in Japanese). Room No.445. 2013-11-28.
- ↑ "4ヶ月ぶりの" (in Japanese). Room No.445. 2013-12-14.
- ↑ "ツアーFINAL" (in Japanese). Room No.445. 2014-05-31.
- ↑ "さてさて〜〜" (in Japanese). Room No.445. 2014-09-20.
- ↑ "感動の卒業式でした" (in Japanese). Room No.445. 2014-11-27.
- ↑ "5.27 武道館" (in Japanese). Room No.445. 2015-05-27.
- ↑ "秋ツアースタート☆" (in Japanese). Room No.445. 2017-09-24.
- ↑ "おつかれさまでした☆" (in Japanese). Room No.445. 2018-03-19.
- ↑ "2018.秋ツアー始まりました☆" (in Japanese). Room No.445. 2018-09-23.
- ↑ "ぶっちゃけますと" (in Japanese). Room No.445. 2011-06-13.
- ↑ "in 大阪" (in Japanese). Room No.445. 2011-10-08.
- ↑ "終わっちゃった" (in Japanese). Room No.445. 2012-11-11.
- ↑ "1年ぶりの" (in Japanese). Room No.445. 2013-11-07.
- ↑ "ツアーはじまりました" (in Japanese). Room No.445. 2014-03-16.
- ↑ "715 武道館" (in Japanese). Room No.445. 2014-07-16.
- ↑ "春ツアー☆" (in Japanese). Room No.445. 2015-03-14.
- ↑ "届いたよ～part-2" (in Japanese). Room No.445. 2010-02-07.