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 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.
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.
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 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
- 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:
- H.P. All Stars (2004)
- Little Gatas (2004–2007)
- 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
- [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
- [2010.10.13] Elegant Girl (エレガントガール)
- [2010.12.15] Hello! Project - Petit Best 11 (#10 Elegant Girl) (CV: Himuro Ibu)
Dicography Featured In
- Berryz Koubou
- Anata Nashi de wa Ikite Yukenai (Debut)
- Fighting Pose wa Date ja Nai!
- Piriri to Yukou!
- Happiness ~Koufuku Kangei!~
- Koi no Jubaku
- Special Generation
- Nanchuu Koi wo Yatteruu YOU KNOW?
- 21ji Made no Cinderella
- Gag 100 Kaibun Aishite Kudasai
- Jiriri Kiteru
- Waracchaou yo BOYFRIEND
- Munasawagi Scarlet
- VERY BEAUTY
- Kokuhaku no Funsui Hiroba
- Tsukiatteru no ni Kataomoi
- Dschinghis Khan
- Yuke Yuke Monkey Dance
- Dakishimete Dakishimete
- Seishun Bus Guide / Rival
- Watashi no Mirai no Danna-sama / Ryuusei Boy
- Otakebi Boy WAO! / Tomodachi wa Tomodachi Nanda!
- Maji Bomber!!
- Shining Power
- Heroine ni Narou ka!
- Ai no Dangan
- Makeruna Wasshoi! (Bekimasu)
- Aa, Yo ga Akeru
- Amazuppai Haru ni Sakura Saku (BeriKyuu)
- Busu ni Naranai Tetsugaku (Hello! Project Mobekimasu)
- Be Genki (Naseba Naru!)
- Chou HAPPY SONG (BeriKyuu)
- cha cha SING
- Asian Celebration
- Golden Chinatown / Sayonara Usotsuki no Watashi
- Motto Zutto Issho ni Itakatta / ROCK Erotic
H.P. ALL STARS
Ganbarou Nippon Ai wa Katsu Singers
Cat's Eye 7
- Berryz Koubou
- 1st Chou Berryz
- Dai 2 Seichouki
- 4th Ai no Nanchara Shisuu
- 6th Otakebi Album
- 7 Berryz Times
- Ai no Album 8
- Berryz Mansion 9 Kai
- Best Albums
- Mini Albums
- Hello! Project
- Other DVDs
- [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)
- Berryz Koubou
- Berryz Koubou Live Tour 2005 Shoka Hatsu Tandoku ~Marugoto~
- Berryz Koubou Live Tour 2005 Aki ~Switch ON!~
- Berryz Koubou Concert Tour 2006 Haru ~Nyoki Nyoki Champion!~
- Berryz Koubou Summer Concert Tour 2006 "Natsu Natsu! ~Anata wo Suki ni Naru Sangenzoku~
- 2007 Sakura Mankai Berryz Koubou Live ~Kono Kandou wa Nidoto Nai Shunkan de Aru~
- Berryz Koubou Concert 2007 Haru ~Zoku Sakura Mankai Golden Week Hen~
- Berryz Koubou Concert Tour 2007 Natsu ~Welcome! Berryz Kyuuden~
- Berryz Koubou Concert Tour 2008 Aki ~Berikore!~
- Berryz Koubou Concert Tour 2009 Haru ~Sono Subete no Ai ni~
- Berryz Koubou Concert Tour 2009 Fall ~Medachitaii!!~
- Berryz Koubou Festival ~Youkoso Otakebi Land e~
- Berryz Koubou Concert Tour 2010 Shoka ~Umi no ie Otakebi House~
- Berryz Kobo First Live in Bangkok
- Berryz Koubou 2010 ~Beri Kou Fesu~
- Berryz Koubou Kessei 7 Shuunen Kinen Concert Tour 2011 Haru ~Shuukan Berryz Times~
- Berryz Kobo First Concert in the USA
- Berryz Koubou Spring Concert Tour 2012 ~Berryz Station~
- Berryz Kobo Tanabata Special Live ☆777☆
- AnimeNEXT 2012 in USA
- Berryz Koubou Tanabata Special Live 2012
- Berryz Kobo Concert Tour 2013 Spring in Bangkok
- Berryz Koubou Concert Tour 2013 Haru ~Berryz Mansion Nyuukyosha Boshuuchuu!~
- Berryz Koubou Tanabata Special Live 2013
- Berryz Koubou 10 Shuunen Kinen Budokan Special Live ~Yappari Anata Nashi de wa Ikite Yukenai~
- Hello! Project
- Hello! Project 2004 Summer ~Natsu no Doon!~
- Hello! Project 2005 Winter All-Stars Dairanbu ~A HAPPY NEW POWER! Iida Kaori Sotsugyou Special~
- Hello! Project 2005 Winter ~A HAPPY NEW POWER!~ Shirogumi
- Hello! Project 2005 Natsu no Kayou Show -'05 Selection! Collection!
- Hello! Project 2006 Winter ~Zeninshuu GO!~
- Hello! Project 2006 Winter ~Wonderful Hearts~
- Hello Project on Stage! 2006 Nihon Seinenkan Koen "Yujo to Maho no Trump ~Star Gakuyaura Monogatari~"
- Hello! Project 2006 Summer ~Wonderful Hearts Land~
- Hello! Project 2007 Winter ~Shuuketsu! 10th Anniversary~
- Hello! Project 2007 Winter ~Wonderful Hearts Otome Gokoro~
- Hello! Project 2007 Summer 10th Anniversary Dai Kanshasai ~Hello☆Pro Natsu Matsuri~
- Hello! Project 2008 Winter ~Wonderful Hearts Nenjuu Mu Kyuu~
- Hello! Project 2008 Winter ~Kettei! Hello☆Pro Award '08~
- Hello! Project 2008 Summer Wonderful Hearts Kouen ~Hishochi de Date Itashima SHOW~
- Hello! Project 2009 Winter Wonderful Hearts Kouen ~Kakumei Gannen~ / Elder Club Kouen ~Thank You for Your Love!~
- Hello! Project 2009 Winter Kettei! Hello☆Pro Award '09 ~Elder Club Sotsugyou Kinen Special~
- Hello! Project 2009 Summer Kakumei Gannen ~Hello! Champloo~
- Hello! Project 2010 Winter Kachou Fuugetsu ~Mobekimasu!~
- Hello! Project 2010 Summer ~Fankora~
- Hello! Project 2011 Winter ~Kangei Shinsen Matsuri~ A gana Live
- Hello! Project 2011 Winter ~Kangei Shinsen Matsuri~ B kkuri Live
- Hello! Project 2011 SUMMER ~Nippon no mirai wa WOW WOW Live~
- Hello! Project 2011 SUMMER ~Nippon no mirai wa YEAH YEAH Live~
- Hello! Project ☆ Festival 2011
- Hello! Project 2012 WINTER Hello☆Pro Tengoku ~Funky-chan~
- Hello! Project 2012 WINTER Hello☆Pro Tengoku ~Rock-chan~
- Hello! Project Tanjou 15 Shuunen Kinen Live 2012 Natsu ~Ktkr Natsu no FAN Matsuri!~
- Hello! Project Tanjou 15 Shuunen Kinen Live 2012 Natsu ~Wkwk Natsu no FAN Matsuri!~
- Hello! Project Tanjou 15 Shuunen Kinen Live 2013 Fuyu ~Viva!~
- Hello! Project Tanjou 15 Shuunen Kinen Live 2013 Fuyu ~Bravo!~
- Hello! Project Haru no Dai Kansha Hinamatsuri Festival 2013 ~Zen'yasai~
- Hello! Project Haru no Dai Kansha Hinamatsuri Festival 2013 ~Berryz Koubou 10 Nenme Totsunyuu Special~
- Hello! Project Haru no Dai Kansha Hinamatsuri Festival 2013 ~Thank You For Your Love!~
- Hello! Project Yaon Premium Live ~Soto Fest~
- Hello! Project 2013 SUMMER COOL HELLO! ~Sorezore!~
- Hello! Project 2013 SUMMER COOL HELLO! ~Mazekoze!~
- Hello! Project COUNTDOWN PARTY 2013 ~GOOD BYE & HELLO!~
- Hello! Project 2014 WINTER ~GOiSU MODE~
- Hello! Project 2014 WINTER ~DE-HA MiX~
- Satoyama & Satoumi
- [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)
- [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)
- [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~
- [2010.03.24] Hello! Project BEST SHOT!! Vol.18 (with Mano Erina, Suzuki Airi, Tsugunaga Momoko, & Yajima Maimi)
- [2010.10.13] Anican R Vol.75
- [2013.05.31] Weekly Famitsu Taiwan Vol.437
Featured on the cover
- [2010.10.11] Otaku Pocket (with Ogawa Mana)
- [2012.04.06] Top Yell (with Morning Musume [Main feature], Suzuki Airi, & Wada Ayaka)
- [2012.06.25] BIG ONE GIRLS (with Yajima Maimi, Tsugunaga Momoko, & Suzuki Airi)
- [2012.09.29] Wai Wai Thailand Vol.142 (with Shimizu Saki & Kumai Yurina)
- [2013.06.28] Anican R YanYan vol.7 (Back cover) (with Tokunaga Chinami, Sudou Maasa, & Kumai Yurina)
- [2013.10.07] Top Yell November issue (with C-ute [Main feature], Sudou Maasa, Natsuyaki Miyabi, & Kumai Yurina)
- [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)
-  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!)
- [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)
- [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)
-  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)
- [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.
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 U.ta.hi.me".
- 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
Youngest member of Berryz Koubou