Sugaya Risako 
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August 2019
Nicknames Chanrii (ちゃんりー?)
Rii-san (りーさん?)
Birth Info
Born April 4, 1994 (1994-04-04) (age 25)
Origin Zushi, Kanagawa, Japan
Blood Type A
Zodiac Sign Aries Aries
Height 161cm
Professional Info
Genres J-Pop
Occupation Idol, singer, actress, model
Years Active 2002-present
Agency UP-FRONT AGENCY (2002-2012)
UP-FRONT PROMOTION (2012-present)
PICCOLO TOWN (2002-2015)
Associated Acts Hello! Project Kids, 4KIDS, Berryz Koubou, H.P. All Stars, Zoku v-u-den, Guardians 4, Hello! Project Mobekimasu, BeriKyuu, Cat's♥Eye 7, Dia Lady
Berryz Koubou Information
Joined January 14, 2004
Member Color       Red (2009-2015)
      Yellow (2007-2008)
      Pink (2005)
      Orange (2005-2006)
Debut Single Anata Nashide wa Ikite Yukenai
Last Single Romance wo Katatte / Towa no Uta
Graduated March 3, 2015
Time in Group 11 Years, 1 Month, 17 Days
Blog Ameblo-favicon.png LIBREMENTLineblog-favicon.png Sugaya Risako Official LINE BLOG
Instagram Instagram_logo_2016.svg @risako_sugaya

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.



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November 2009

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Early LifeEdit

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.[1] 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.[2] 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.[3] 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, 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.[4]

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.


Sugaya became a member of the newly formed unit Guardians 4, along with Kumai Yurina, Nakajima Saki and Mitsui Aika, to record music for the anime Shugo Chara! an anime that Buono! also sings for.

It was revealed in July that Sugaya Risako would form part of Zoku Biyuuden, along with Michishige Sayumi and Junjun.


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 March 2, it was announce at SATOYAMA e Yukou ~Forest For Rest~ that Sugaya and Suzuki Airi would be part of a new unit called Dia Lady.

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 February 26, it was announced that after Berryz Koubou's final live at Nippon Budokan on March 3, Sugaya would be taking a break from the entertainment business.[5][6]


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.[7]


On February 13, Sugaya became an icon member for the womens' beauty and fashion site GF, and began an article series titled "Renaissance".[8][9]

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.[10] 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.[11]


On March 6, Sugaya gave birth to a girl.[12][13]

On May 1, Sugaya posted on her blog and Instagram for the first time in several months saying that she would continue updates at her own pace.[14][15]

Personal LifeEdit

Sugaya has a younger brother.[16]

When Sugaya joined Hello! Project Kids, she was a second year elementary school student.[1] She graduated from high school in March 2013.

Sugaya most notably gets along with Ishimura Maiha, and Fukuda Kanon (their pairing name is RiroMaro [りろまろ]).[17]

  • 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.


  • Real 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),
  • Birth Date: April 4, 1994 (1994-04-04) (age 25)
  • Birthplace: Zushi, Kanagawa, Japan
  • Blood Type: A
  • Western Zodiac: Aries
  • Eastern Zodiac: Dog
  • Height: 161cm (5'3.5")
  • Hello! Project Status:
    • 2002-06-30: Member
    • 2004-01-14: Berryz Koubou Member
    • 2015-03-03: Graduated
  • 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:
  • Concert Units:
  • Shuffle Units:
  • Other:

  • Hobby: Drawing, making small things
  • Habit: Clutching the remote control while watching TV
  • Strong Point: Being bright and cheerful
  • Weak Point: Not cleaning up afterwards
  • Favorite Color: Red, white, pink, black
  • Favorite Flower: Lavender, rose, hibiscus.
  • Favorite Subject: Art
  • Favorite Season: Spring, summer, fall, winter.
  • Favorite Word: "Arigatou" (thanks).
  • Favorite English Word: "Hello!".
  • Favorite Song: "Namida no Umi de Dakaretai ~SEA OF LOVE~" by Southern All Stars.
  • Favorite Berryz Koubou Song: "Himitsu no"
  • Favorite Song in the Past: "Minimoni Jankenpyon!" by Minimoni, "Minimoni. Hinamatsuri" by Minimoni, "Anpanman no March" by Dreaming.
  • Current Favorite Song: "Skip Beat" by Superfly (KUWATA BAND cover), "Sakura" by Shimizu Shota, "HIKARI" by ayaka
  • Favorite Book: Inagawa Junji no Kowai Hanashi, Crayon Oukoku
  • Favorite Movie: Disney movies
  • Favorite Food: Curry, steak, miso noodles, mabo tofu
  • Least Favorite Food: Avocado, scallops, sazae
  • Scared of: Big dogs
  • Disliked thing/thing to do: Big dogs, rides
  • Charm point: Eyes
  • Favorite Hello Pro Kenshuusei: Ogawa Rena

  • [2010.01] Nation Junior Magazine (Thailand)
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.


See also: List:Sugaya Risako Discography Featured In


  1. [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))

Digital SinglesEdit

Solo SongsEdit


  • [2010.12.15] Hello! Project - Petit Best 11 (#10 Elegant Girl) (CV: Himuro Ibu)

Solo DVDsEdit

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Other DVDsEdit

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Solo PhotobooksEdit

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  1. [2006.10.11] Risako
  2. [2007.07.20] pure+
  3. [2008.02.06] Ring3 ~Rin Rin Rin~ (Ring3~リンリンリンッ!~)
  4. [2009.11.27] Risou (梨想)

Digital PhotobooksEdit

Concert PhotobooksEdit

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  • [2007.01.04+2007.01.28] Hello! Project 2007 WINTER
  • [2008.01.04+2008.01.27] Hello! Project 2008 WINTER
  • [2012.03.30] Hello! Project 2012 WINTER Hello☆Pro Tengoku Live Shashinshū ~Rock-chan & Funky-chan~

Other PhotobooksEdit




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TV ProgramsEdit


TV DramaEdit

  • [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)


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  • [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)

Solo EventsEdit

The event took place on May 21, 2008.


  • Zutto Suki de Ii Desu ka (ずっと好きでいいですか) by Matsuura Aya
  • Minimoni Hinamatsuri! (ミニモニ。ひなまつり!) by Minimoni
  • Tsukiatteru no ni Kataomoi(付き合っているのに片思い) by Berryz Koubou

The event took place on September 17, 2008.


  • Kokuhaku no Funsui Hiroba(告白の噴水広場) by Berryz Koubou
  • Koisuru Angel Heart(恋する♡エンジェル♡ハート) by v-u-den

The event took place on April 27, 2009.


  • Natsu Remember You (夏 Remember you) by Berryz Koubou

The event took place on January 14, 2010.


  • Watashi ga Suru Koto nai Hodo Zenbu Shite Kureru Kare (私がすることない程 全部してくれる) by Berryz Koubou
  • Seishun Oodoori (青春大通り) by Berryz Koubou
  • Semi (蝉) by Berryz Koubou
  • Suna wo Kamu You ni...NAMIDA (砂を噛むように・・・NAMIDA) by Matsuura Aya
  • Nanni mo Iwazu ni I Love You (なんにも言わずに I LOVE YOU) by v-u-den


  • 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. [1]
  • 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".


  • At her initial Hello! Project Kids audition, she appeared with a broken arm.
  • She is the youngest member of Berryz Koubou.
  • She is extremely good at Puyo Puyo (a puzzle game), and has beaten Kajiwara from Music Fighter in the game.
  • She was the first Berryz Koubou member to release a solo photobook.
  • In a Berryz Koubou DVD Magazine release, she said her favorite Berryz member was Natsuyaki Miyabi.
  • One time, a boy in her class confessed his love for her in front of everyone in the classroom.
  • She said her favorite Berryz Koubou song is "Himitsu no"
  • Her favorite artist is UNJASH.
  • She has been noted to muddle out her name while introducing herself at times, from saying it too fast. At times, "Sugaaskkodesu" or "Sugayaskkodesu" is usually what comes out. She has been asked to repeat her name on TV programs, and was also criticized for it on the final episode of Gyao's Hello Pro Hour.
  • She and Yajima Maimi had the most substantial magazine appearances in 2009.
  • She cries the most during the song "BYE BYE matane" out of all of the members in Berryz Koubou. This is because this song was the last song she sang with her best friend Ishimura Maiha.
  • She was the first Hello! Project Kids member to release a solo single.
  • In Yorosen!, she taught the other Berryz Koubou members about Fantasy.
  • She says she does not want to go back in time to change any part of her life. She claims she would only want to change her future from where she is now.
  • She says while she's an idol, she won't cut or dye her hair back to black unless something comes up at work where she has to.
  • She got a letter from Tsunku telling her she should try and stand out by using lots of different looks of her own, and it's why she dyes her hair so many different colors.
  • If she was able to use magic, she would like to be invisible and use that power to pull pranks.
  • She was the first Hello! Project Kids member to get married and have kids.

See AlsoEdit

Honorary TitlesEdit

Honorary titles

Preceded by

Youngest member of Berryz Koubou

Succeeded by

Preceded by
Tanaka Reina

Youngest active member of Hello! Project
March 2004 – May 2005

Succeeded by
Hagiwara Mai

Preceded by
Okada Yui

Youngest member of Zoku v-u-den

Succeeded by


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  3. 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.
  4. "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).
  7. "お久しぶりです♡" (in Japanese). Sugaya Risako Official Blog. 2016-06-15.
  8. "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.
  10. "菅谷梨沙子に関するお知らせ" (in Japanese). UP-FRONT PROMOTION. 2017-10-18.
  11. "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.
  12. "Berryz工房・菅谷梨沙子、第1子女児を出産" (in Japanese). ORICON NEWS. 2018-03-17.
  13. "菅谷梨沙子に関するお知らせ" (in Japanese). UP-FRONT PROMOTION. 2018-03-17.
  14. "| 2018. 3. 6. | ♥" (in Japanese). Sugaya Risako Official Blog. 2018-05-01.
  16. Hello! Pro TIME. Broadcast Date: 2011-06-09.

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