Sugaya Risako (菅谷梨沙子) is a J-pop idol, actress, and model under UP-FRONT PROMOTION. She is a former member of Hello! Project, having joined as a member of Hello! Project Kids in 2002 and later debuting as a member of Berryz Koubou in 2004. During her time in Hello! Project, she was also a member of 4KIDS, Zoku v-u-den, Guardians 4, BeriKyuu, Cat's♥Eye 7, and Dia Lady. She graduated from Hello! Project on March 3, 2015 in a joint graduation concert with the other members of Berryz Koubou.
- 1 Biography
- 2 Personal Life
- 3 Profile
- 4 Discography
- 5 Publications
- 6 Works
- 7 Rankings
- 8 Trivia
- 9 See Also
- 10 Honorary Titles
- 11 References
- 12 External Links
Sugaya Risako was born on April 4, 1994 in Zushi, Kanagawa, Japan.
On June 30, Sugaya successfully passed the Hello! Project Kids Audition along with 14 other girls. Her debut within Hello! Project came with the premiere of the first Minimoni feature film, as part of 4KIDS, a shuffle group formed exclusively for the movie.
Sugaya starred in the movie Hotaru no Hoshi, as Hikari, a fragile elementary school student who, with the help of her caring teacher, has a chance to be momentarily reunited with her deceased mother and overcome her emotional problems. She also starred in the drama "Shonan Kawarayane Monogatari."
This year also marked her first appearance on Kōhaku Uta Gassen, as one of Matsuura Aya's backup dancers, during the 54th edition of the renowned NHK New Year program.
Early in the year Sugaya became part of the newly formed group Berryz Koubou. Inside the group she, along with fellow member Natsuyaki Miyabi and, to a certain extent, Tsugunaga Momoko and Kumai Yurina, became the central performers.
Being a member of Berryz Koubou, she participated in the band's weekly radio show Berryz Koubou Kiritsu! Rei! Chakuseki!.
She also, like other Hello! Project members, appeared in the Musume Dokyu! segments, namely episodes 39, 40, 54, 55, and 56.
Additionally, Sugaya did a commercial for the Nihon Shokuniku Shōhi Sōgō Center in October.
In August, Sugaya was interviewed by MC Goto Maki in the 12th installment of the online-only show Hello! Pro Hour. She later re-appeared, along Tsugunaga Momoko, on the 20th and last episode of Hello! Pro Hour.
On October 12, Sugaya became the first member of Berryz Koubou, and the youngest of all Hello! Project, to release a solo photo book, which was, even prior to its release, met with mixed feelings by both Japanese and foreign fans. She herself admitted, in an interview with Sanspo.com, to first having doubts regarding the photoshoot, but claims to have had a pleasant experience and hopes her fans enjoy the various facets of her personality.
On December 31, Sugaya once again took the stage at the 57th edition of Kōhaku 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.
Risako started voice-acting Ibu Himuro, a character in the anime, "Gokujou Meccha Motte Iinchou." Three months later her first solo single was announced (alongside a new one of the main character, Ogawa Mana as Kitagawa Mimi).
It was announced on November 12, that she and Ogawa Mana were nominated for Billboard JAPAN's "Independent Artist of the Year 2010" award, due to their characters (Himuro Ibu and Kitagawa Mimi) on the anime "Gokujo Meccha Motte Iinchou."
On July 25, it was announced that Berryz Koubou's Sugaya Risako, Shimizu Saki, Kumai Yurina, Sudo Maasa and ℃-ute's Yajima Maimi, Nakajima Saki and Hagiwara Mai would be performing in an stage play titled CAT'S♥EYE, based on a manga. The stage play ran from September 22 to September 30.
On April 4, Sugaya held a birthday fanclub event, titled ～with thanks～.
On April 3, Sugaya sang "Let it Go" on M! Countdown alongside Korean artists 2PM's Nichkhun, Girls Day's Minah, MBLAQ's G.O, and Block B's P.O.
On April 4, Sugaya celebrated her 20th birthday. The special event was called Berryz Koubou ~Sugaya Risako Birthday Event 2014~, the event featured two performances in Tokyo.
On June 15, Sugaya made a post on her official Ameba blog for the first time in a year and three months since Berryz Koubou went on hiatus, and announced that she opened an Instagram account.
On October 18, UP-FRONT PROMOTION suddenly announced that Sugaya has decided to get married to a man of ordinary background and is expected give birth to her first child in the spring. She would therefore go on maternity leave, and her future activities would be decided once she settles down after giving birth and begins childrearing. Sugaya revealed in an interview that she was at the time five months pregnant and she started dating her partner this year. He is also in his 20s and works in Tokyo, and they first met at a dinner party Sugaya went to with a friend.
On May 24, she revealed through Instagram that she was pregnant with her second child.
On September 17, she gave birth to a girl.
Sugaya has a younger brother.
- Chanrii (ちゃんりー): Official nickname, given her since joining Berryz Koubou. Used by members and fans.
- Rii-san (りーさん): Official nickname, given her since joining Berryz Koubou. Used by members and fans.
- Name: Sugaya Risako (菅谷梨沙子)
- Nickname: Chanrii (ちゃんりー), Rii-san (りーさん), Risakongu (りさこんぐ), Rii, Sugu-san, Mucchi, Risako (りさこ), Orin-chan, Risati (リサティ), Rishako, Ri-tan, Rii-chan (りーちゃん), Riiko (りーこ), Rishamaru (りしゃまる),
- Birthdate: April 4, 1994
- Birthplace: Zushi, Kanagawa, Japan
- Blood Type: A
- Height: 161 cm (5 ft 3.3 in)?
- Western Zodiac: Aries
- Eastern Zodiac: Dog
- Hello! Project Status:
- 2002-06-30: Member
- 2004-01-14: Berryz Koubou Member
- 2015-03-03: Graduated
- UP-FRONT GROUP Status:
- Years in Berryz Koubou: 10 Years
- Official Kaomoji: 州*‘ o‘ﾘ
- Berryz Koubou Color:
- Orange (2005-2006)
- Pink (2005)
- Yellow (2007-2008)
- Red (2009-2015)
- Cat's♥Eye 7 Color: Yellow
- Hello! Project Kids Audition song: "Minimoni Hinamatsuri!" by Minimoni
- Hello! Project Groups:
- Shuffle Units:
- Concert Units:
- Other Groups:
- 1. Is it hard for teenagers working in the entertainment industry?:
- Sometimes when we have a show at the same time I've arranged to hang out with my friends.
- 2. Where do you see yourself in 50 years?:
- Living a laid-back life, I guess.
- [2010.10.13] Oshare My Dream / Elegant Girl (おしゃれ マイドリーム/エレガントガール) (Kitagami Mimi (Ogawa Mana) with MM Gakuen Gasshoubu / Himuro Ibu (Sugaya Risako))
- [2011.03.29] LOVE Namida Iro (LOVE涙色; LOVE the Color of Tears) (Matsuura Aya cover)
- [2011.03.30] Akai Nikkichou (赤い日記帳; Red Diary) (Akagumi 4 cover)
- [2011.03.30] Egao ni Namida ~THANK YOU! DEAR MY FRIENDS~ (笑顔に涙; Smiles and Tears ~THANK YOU! DEAR MY FRIENDS~) (Matsuura Aya cover)
- [2006.07.05] Yeah! Meccha Holiday (Yeah! めっちゃホリディ; Yeah! Super Holiday) (Matsuura Aya cover)
- [2008.09.10] REAL LOVE
- [2010.12.15] Hello! Project - Petit Best 11 (#10 Elegant Girl) (CV: Himuro Ibu)
- [2007.04.01] Sugaya Risako Berryz Koubou DVD Magazine Vol.8 (DVD Magazine)
- [2009.12.02] Sugaya Risako in Hokkaido
- [2011.02.12] Le Soleil ("e-Hello!" DVD)
- [2012.03.xx] Berryz Days 4 (with Kumai Yurina)
- [2013.10.26] Berryz Koubou 3EVENTS DVD - Sugaya Risako Birthday Event ～with thanks～ / Sudou Maasa, Natsuyaki Miyabi, and Sugaya Risako FC Tour Travelix in Shirakaba Lake (Fanclub DVD)
- [2014.09.xx] Berryz Koubou Birthday Event 2014 "Sugaya Risako & Tokunaga Chinami" (Berryz工房バースデーイベント2014"菅谷梨沙子＆徳永千奈美")
- [2015.02.28] Berryz Koubou DVD Magazine Vol.41 (with Sudo Maasa )
- [2015.02.28] Berryz Koubou DVD Magazine Vol.41 (with Shimizu Saki)
- [2006.10.11] Risako
- [2007.07.20] pure+
- [2008.02.06] Ring3 ~Rin Rin Rin~ (Ring3～リンリンリンッ！～)
- [2009.11.27] Risou (梨想)
-  Minimoni the Movie Okashi na Daibouken! (ミニモニ。じゃム→ビ→お菓子な大冒険！)
-  Hotaru no Hoshi (ほたるの星) (as Hikari)
-  Ousama Game (王様ゲーム) (as Shirokawa Mami)
- [2002–2007] Hello! Morning (ハロー! モーニング)
- [2007–2008] Haromoni@ (ハロモニ@)
-  Berikyuu! (ベリキュー!)
- [2008–2009] Yorosen! (よろセン!)
-  Bijo Houdan (美女放談) (2 episodes)
- [2010–2011] Bijo Gaku (美女学)
- [2011–2012] Hello Pro! TIME (ハロプロ！ＴＩＭＥ)
- [2011–2013] Kaette Kita Berryz Kamen! (帰ってきたBerryz仮面!)
- [2012–2013] Hello! SATOYAMA Life (ハロー！ＳＡＴＯＹＡＭＡライフ)
- [2014–2015] The Girls Live
- [2002-09] Shonan Kawarayane Monogatari (湘南瓦屋根物語) (on TV Tokyo)
- [2009–2010] Gokujou!! Mecha Mote Iinchou (極上!!めちゃモテ委員長) (as Himuro Ibu)
-  Edo Kara Chakushin!? ~Timeslip to Kengai!~ (江戸から着信!? 〜タイムスリップto圏外!〜)
-  Reverse! ~ Watashi no Karada Doko Desu ka? (リバース! 〜私の体どこですか?)
-  Berryz Koubou VS Berryz Koubou (Berryz工房 VS Berryz工房)
-  Thank You Very Berry (サンク ユー ベリー ベリー)
-  Sanokuen Shoujo (三億円少女)
-  Real-etude Minna no Ie Girl's STAGE (リアルエチュード みんなの家 Girl's STAGE)
-  Sengoku Jieitai
-  CAT'S♥EYE (キャッツ♥アイ)
-  Joshi Rakugo (女子落語)
-  Akasaka Dance Dance Dance (赤坂ダンスダンスダンス)
-  Warera Jeanne ~Shoujo Seisen Kageki~ (我らジャンヌ 〜少女聖戦歌劇〜) (as Gigi and Jeanne d'Arc)
-  Musical Sengoku Jieitai
- [2009–2012] Tsuukai! Berryz Oukoku (痛快! ベリーズ王国)
- [2003.10] Japan Meat Information Service Center (日本食肉消費総合センター)
- She ranked 1st in Asian Plus Photo Book's April 2010 "6 hot girls from Hello Project".
- She ranked #116 in ENTAME magazine's "Most Influential female Idols of 2010".
- She ranked #9 in Men's Cyzo's 2010 "Top 10 Idol Boobs" ranking.
- She was voted 7th favorite member in the 2010 "Hello! Project Music Awards" event. 
- She ranked #30 in Anikan R Yanyan magazine's May 2013 "Singing idol you like the most".
- She ranked 4th in mixi's June 2013 Hello! Project Popularity Ranking.
- She ranked #50 in All Night Nippon Listener's 2013 Overall Female Idol Ranking.
- She ranked #36 in Anikan R Yanyan magazine's September 2013 "Singing idol you like the most".
- Gallery:Sugaya Risako
- List:Sugaya Risako Discography Featured In
- List:Sugaya Risako Concert & Event Appearances
- List:Sugaya Risako Publications Featured In
Youngest member of Berryz Koubou
Youngest active member of Hello! Project
Youngest member of Zoku v-u-den
- Hello! Morning. Broadcast Date: 2002-06-30.
- "Hotaru no Hishi (2003)". IMDB.
- 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.
- "魅惑の小学６年生…Ｂｅｒｒｙｚ工房・菅谷梨沙子が七変化" (in Japanese). SANSPO. 2006-10-12 (Archived).
- "お久しぶりです♡" (in Japanese). Sugaya Risako Official Blog. 2016-06-15.
- "菅谷梨沙子 新たなGFのアイコンメンバーに！" (in Japanese). GF. 2017-02-13.
- "菅谷梨沙子に関するお知らせ" (in Japanese). UP-FRONT PROMOTION. 2017-10-18.
- "Berryz工房・菅谷梨沙子 結婚と妊娠を告白「今5カ月です」" (in Japanese). Josei Jishin. 2017-10-18.
- "Berryz工房・菅谷梨沙子、第1子女児を出産" (in Japanese). ORICON NEWS. 2018-03-17.
- "菅谷梨沙子に関するお知らせ" (in Japanese). UP-FRONT PROMOTION. 2018-03-17.
- "| 2018. 3. 6. | ♥" (in Japanese). Sugaya Risako Official Blog. 2018-05-01.
- Hello! Pro TIME. Broadcast Date: 2011-06-09.
- GF Profile
- Berryz Koubou Profile (archived)
- Official LINE BLOG
- Official Ameba Blog "LIBREMENT"
- Wikipedia: Japanese, English