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Sugaya Risako
General Information

Also known as

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), Risarisa (リサリサ)


April 19, 1994 (1994-04-19) (age 26)


Zushi, Kanagawa, Japan





Years active



Piccolo Town
Up-Front Works

Associated acts

Berryz Koubou, Hello! Project Kids, H.P. All Stars, Guardians 4, Zoku v-u-den, 4KIDS, MobekisuJ, Cat's♥Eye 7, MobekisuJ, Dia Lady



Sugaya Risako (菅谷梨沙子, born on April 4, 1994 in Zushi, Kanagawa, Japan) is a Japanese pop singer. She is a member of the Japanese pop group Berryz Koubou and the SATOUMI Movement unit Dia Lady.



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Early Life

Sugaya Risako was born on April 19, 1994 in Kanagawa, Japan to a couple whose names are undisclosed. She has a younger brother.


In 2002, Sugaya successfully passed the Hello! Project Kids Audition. Her debut within the Hello! Project world came with the premiere of the first Minimoni feature film, as part of 4KIDS, a shuffle group formed exclusively for the movie.


In 2003, Sugaya starred in the movie Hotaru no Hoshi (蛍の星), 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".

That 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.


In early 2004, 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, is one of the central performers.

Being a member of Berryz Koubou, she also participates in the band's weekly radio show Berryz Koubou Kiritsu! Rei! Chakuseki!.

She has 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 2003.


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 photobook, which was, even prior to its release, met with mixed feelings both by 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.

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.


In 2009, 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 on July 2009 that Sugaya Risako will 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 with 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 will 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 2nd, it was announce at SATOYAMA e Yukou ~Forest For Rest~ that Sugaya and Suzuki Airi will be part of a new unit called Dia Lady.

On April 4, Sugaya held a birthday fanclub event, titled ~with thanks~.


  • Real Name: Sugaya Risako (菅谷梨沙子)
  • Nickname: 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 19, 1994 (1994-04-19) (age 26)
  • 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
  • Years in Berryz Koubou: 9 Years
  • Berryz Koubou Color:
    • Orange (2005-2006)
    • Pink (2005)
    • Yellow (2007-2008)
    • Red (2009-present)
  • Cat's♥Eye 7 Color: Yellow
  • 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 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



  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 Singles

Solo Songs


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

Solo DVDs

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Other DVDs

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  • [2012.02.18] Real-etude Minna no Ie Girl's STAGE (リアルエチュード みんなの家 Girl's STAGE) (with Shimizu Saki, Tsugunaga Momoko, & Natsuyaki Miyabi)
  • [2012.02.18] Real-etude Minna no Ie Girl's STAGE (リアルエチュード みんなの家 Girl's STAGE) (with Sudou Maasa, Tokunaga Chinami, Natsuyaki Miyabi, & Kumai Yurina)
  • [2012.03.XX] Berryz Days 4 (with Kumai Yurina)
  • [2013.10.XX] Sugaya Risako Birthday Event ~with thanks~/Sudou Maasa, Natsuyaki Miyabi, and Sugaya Risako FC Tour Travelix in Shirakaba Lake (菅谷梨沙子バースデーイベント ~with thanks~/須藤茉麻・夏焼雅・菅谷梨沙子FCツアー トラベリックス in 白樺湖)

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Solo Photobooks

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  • [2008.02.06] Ring3 ~Rin Rin Rin~ (Ring3~リンリンリンッ!~)
  • [2009.11.27] Risou (梨想)

Digital Photobooks

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  • [2009.12.16] Berryz Koubou in Hawaii (Berryz工房 in HAWAII) (Risako version)
  • [2011.03.29] Rainbow Berryz (虹色ベリーズ) (Risako version)
  • [2013.10.01] Alo-Hello! Berryz Koubou 2013 (アロハロ!Berryz工房2013) (Risako version)

Concert Photobooks

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  • [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~

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Cover girl

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  • [2010.10.13] Anican R Vol.75
  • [2013.05.31] Weekly Famitsu Taiwan Vol.437

Featured on the cover

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  • [2002-12] Minimoni ja Movie Okashi na Daibouken! (ミニモニ。じゃム→ビ→お菓子な大冒険!)
  • [2004-07] Hotaru no Hoshi (ほたるの星 ) (ENG: Fireflies River of Light)
  • [2011] Ousama Game (王様ゲーム) (as Shirokawa Mami)

TV Programs

  • [2002–2007] Hello! Morning (ハロー! モーニング)
  • [2007–2008] Haromoni@ (ハロモニ@)
  • [2008] Berikyuu! (ベリキュー!)
  • [2008–2009] Yorosen! (よろセン!)
  • [2010–2011] Bijo Gaku (美女学)
  • [2011–2012] Hello Pro! TIME (ハロプロ!TIME)
  • [2011–] Kaette Kita Berryz Kamen! (帰ってきたBerryz仮面!)
  • [2012–] Hello! SATOYAMA Life (ハロー!SATOYAMAライフ)

TV Drama

  • [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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  • [2012] CAT'S♥EYE (キャッツ♥アイ)
  • [2012] Joshi Rakugo (女子落語)
  • [2012] Akasaka Dance Dance Dance (赤坂ダンスダンスダンス)
  • [2013] Warera Jeanne ~Shoujo Seisen Kageki~ (我らジャンヌ 〜少女聖戦歌劇〜) (as Gigi and Jeanne d'Arc)


  • [2009-] 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)


  • [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.

Solo Events

1st Event (2008.05.21)

  • 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

2nd Event (2008.09.17)

  • 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

3rd Event (2009.04.27)

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

4th Event (2010.01.14)

  • 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 ranked #30 in Anikan R Yanyan magazine's May 2013 "Singing idol you like the most".
  • 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".
  • According to mixi's Hello! Project Popularity Ranking, she is the 4th most popular member in current Hello! Project.


  • She is the youngest member of Berryz Koubou.
  • AKIHABARA Backstage pass member Hisaoka Merumo is a fan of Sugaya Risako
  • Sugaya and Natsuyaki Miyabi are the only Berryz Koubou members to get solo lines in all 33 singles.
  • She is the first Berryz Koubou member to dyed her hair a color other than brown.
  • She is extremely good at Puyo Puyo (a puzzle game), and has beaten Kajiwara from Music Fighter in the game.
  • Her best friend within Berryz Koubou was Ishimura Maiha until her graduation in 2005. It is rumored that she is still very close to her.
  • In a recent Berryz Koubou DVD Magazine, she said her favorite Berryz member was Natsuyaki Miyabi.
  • At her initial Hello! Project Kids audition, she appeared with a broken arm.
  • Hello! Project Kids Audition song: Minimoni. Hinamatsuri! Minimoni
  • One time, a boy of her class confessed his love to her in front of everyone in the classroom.
  • She said her favorite Berryz Koubou song is "Himitsu no".
  • She is good friends with Suzuki Airi from ℃-ute.
  • She was the first Hello! Project Kid to get a photobook.
  • One of her photoshoot´s from her earlier photobooks in a bikini was featured in an american magazine talking about how inappropiate the work of young idols in Japan was. Up-Front did´nt react at this scandal
  • 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 other Berryz Koubou members about Fantasy.
  • She is good friends with Kyary Pamyu Pamyu.
  • 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.
  • Her hairstyles are not influenced by Kyary Pamyu Pamyu.
  • She got a letter from Tsunku telling her she should try and stand out by using lots of different looks of her own, and this is why she dyes her hair so many different colors.
  • She is currently still attending high school, despite most people around her age group already graduated in March 2013.
  •  If she was able to use magic she would like to be invisible and use that power to pull pranks

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