Sugaya Risako (菅谷梨沙子) 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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November 2009

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Early Life

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 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, 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".

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.[3] 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.[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.


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~.


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 Kobo ~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, Sugaya will be taking a break from the entertainment business.[5][6]

Personal Life

Sugaya has a younger brother.[7]

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

The following list are notable friendships Sugaya Risako has acquired:

Here is a list of nicknames that was used to refer to Sugaya Risako:

  • 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 27)
  • 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 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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Solo Photobooks

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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 Photobooks

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Concert Photobooks

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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 Photobooks



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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TV Programs


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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  • [2011] Real-etude Minna no Ie Girl's STAGE (リアルエチュード みんなの家 Girl's STAGE)
  • [2011] Sengoku Jieitai
  • [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)
  • [2014] Sengoku Jieitai


  • [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)

Solo Events

The event took place on May 21, 2008. Performances

  • 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. Setlist

  • 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. Setlist

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

The event took place on January 14, 2010. Setlist

  • 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".


  • She is the youngest member of Berryz Koubou.
  • Iikubo Haruna thinks Risako is the coolest member of Hello! Project.
  • AKIHABARA Backstage pass member Hisaoka Merumo is a fan of Sugaya Risako.
  • She is extremely good at Puyo Puyo (a puzzle game), and has beaten Kajiwara from Music Fighter in the game.
  • 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.
  • 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 was the first Hello! Project Kid to get a photobook.
  • 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.

See Also

Honorary Titles

Honorary titles

Preceded by

Youngest member of Berryz Koubou

Succeeded by

Sugaya Family Tree



External Links

Berryz Koubou
Current Members Shimizu Saki (Captain)Tsugunaga MomokoTokunaga ChinamiSudo MaasaNatsuyaki Miyabi (Sub-Captain)Kumai YurinaSugaya Risako
Former Members Ishimura Maiha
Singles 1. Anata Nashide wa Ikite Yukenai | 2. Fighting Pose wa Date ja nai! | 3. Piriri to Yukou! | 4. Happiness ~Koufuku Kangei!~ | 5. Koi no Jubaku | 6. Special Generation | 7. Nanchuu Koi wo Yatteruu YOU KNOW? | 8. 21ji Made no Cinderella | 9. Gag 100kaibun Aishite Kudasai | 10. Jiriri Kiteru | 11. Waracchaou yo BOYFRIEND | 12. Munasawagi Scarlet | 13. VERY BEAUTY | 14. Kokuhaku no Funsui Hiroba | 15. Tsukiatteru no ni Kataomoi | 16. Dschinghis Khan | 17. Yuke Yuke Monkey Dance | 18. MADAYADE | 19. Dakishimete Dakishimete | 20. Seishun Bus Guide / Rival | 21. Watashi no Mirai no Danna-sama / Ryuusei Boy | 22. Otakebi Boy WAO! / Tomodachi wa Tomodachi Nanda! | 23. Maji Bomber!! | 24. Shining Power | 25. Heroine ni Narou ka! | 26. Ai no Dangan | 27. Aa, Yo ga Akeru | 28. Be Genki <Naseba Naru!> | 29. Cha cha SING | 30. WANT! | 31. Asian Celebration | 32. Golden Chinatown / Sayonara Usotsuki no Watashi | 33. Motto Zutto Issho ni Itakatta / ROCK Erotic | 34. Otona na no yo! / 1oku 3zenman Sou Diet Oukoku | 35. Ai wa Itsumo Kimi no Naka ni / Futsuu, Idol 10nen Yatterannai Desho!? | 36. Romance wo Katatte / Towa no Uta
Other Singles BeriKyuu: 1. Amazuppai Haru ni Sakura Saku | 2. Chou HAPPY SONG

Collaborations: ALL FOR ONE & ONE FOR ALL! | Dschinghis Khan Tartar Mix | Makeruna Wasshoi! | Busu ni Naranai Tetsugaku

Albums Original: 1. 1st Chou Berryz | 2. Dai ② Seichouki | 3. ③ Natsu Natsu Mini Berryz | 4. 4th Ai no Nanchara Shisuu | 5. 5(FIVE) | 6. 6th Otakebi Album | 7. ⑦ Berryz Times | 8. Ai no Album ⑧ | 9. Berryz Mansion 9kai

Mini: Special! Best Mini ~2.5maime no Kare~ | ③ Natsu Natsu Mini Berryz
Best: 1. Berryz Koubou Special Best Vol.1 | 2. Berryz Koubou Special Best Vol.2 | 3. Kanjuku Berryz Koubou The Final Completion Box

Concerts & Events

Spring Tours: 2006200720092011201220132014
Summer Tours: 2005200620072010
Fall Tours: 200520082009201020132014
Overseas: 2010 (Bangkok) • 2011 (Sakura-Con) • 2012 (AnimeNEXT) • 2013 (Bangkok)
Others: 20072010201120122013 • 2014 (Tanabata, Budokan, Naruchika) • 2015 (Matsuri, Ikube!)

Other Concerts & Events
Joint Concerts

Spring Tours: 2008 (with ℃-ute)
Summer Tours: 2004 (with W)2005 (with W)
Fall Tours: 2011 (with ℃-ute)2013 (with Juice=Juice)
Other: 2014 (with ℃-ute)

Hello! Project Concerts

Summer Tours: 200920102011201220132014
Winter Tours: 201020112012201320142015
Hina Fes: 20132014
Other Concerts: Hello! Project ☆ Festival 2011Hello! Project Yaon Premium Live ~Soto Fest~

Units & Other Groups
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