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Tsubaki Factory (つばきファクトリー; Camellia Factory) is a Japanese pop group under Hello! Project, originally formed with six members from Hello Pro Kenshuusei in late April 2015. As of July 2021, there are currently twelve members. Their sister group was Kobushi Factory.

Tsubaki Factory's highest selling single is "Ishiki Takai Otome no Dilemma / Dakishimerarete Mitai" with 81,280 copies sold while their lowest selling major label single is "Dansha-ISM / Ima Nanji?" with 37,800 copies sold.


Main article: Tsubaki Factory/Members

Founding members (2015)
  • Ogata Risa (小片リサ; LightOrange Penlight.png Light Orange) (Left: December 28, 2020; Sub-Leader 2015–2020)


Tsubaki Factory, November 2021

Tsubaki Factory, August 2021

Tsubaki Factory, May 2021

Tsubaki Factory, December 2020

Tsubaki Factory, September 2020

Tsubaki Factory, January 2020

Tsubaki Factory, February 2019

Tsubaki Factory, November 2018

Tsubaki Factory, July 2018

Tsubaki Factory, February 2018

Tsubaki Factory, July 2017

Tsubaki Factory, February 2017

Tsubaki Factory, August 2016

Tsubaki Factory, January 2016

Tsubaki Factory, April 2015

2015: Formation[]

On April 29, the group was announced through Japanese media, and confirmed through Hello! Project Station. The group made their first performance at the Hello Pro Kenshuusei Happyoukai 2015 ~Haru no Koukai Jitsuryoku Shindan Test~ on May 4.

On May 26, the group participated as an opening act at ANGERME STARTING LIVE TOUR SPECIAL @ Nippon Budokan "Taiki Bansei".

On August 8, during the Hello! Project 2015 SUMMER concert, Yamagishi Riko was announced leader of Tsubaki Factory, while Ogata Risa was announced sub-leader of the group.[3]

On September 6, Tsubaki Factory released their first indies single "Seishun Manmannaka!" at the Hello Pro Kenshuusei Happyoukai 2015 ~9gatsu no Nama Tamago Show!~ concert venue.

From October 8 to October 18, Tsubaki Factory starred in the Engeki Joshibu musical remake of Thank You Very Berry, which also featured and was directed by Sudo Maasa, who starred in the original stageplay.

On December 31, Tsubaki Factory released their second indies single "Kedakaku Sakihokore!" at the Hello! Project COUNTDOWN PARTY 2015 ~GOOD BYE & HELLO!~ concert venue.


On March 19, Tsubaki Factory released their first mini album titled Tsubaki Factory SOUND + VISION Vol.1 at the Asobu. Kurasu. Sodateru. SATOYAMA & SATOUMI e Ikou 2016 venue as a limited pre-sale. The mini album was released for general sale on May 18.

On August 6, Tsubaki Factory released their third indies single "Hitorijime / Watashi ga Obasan ni Natte mo" at the Hello! Project 2016 SUMMER venue.

On August 13, it was announced at Tsubaki Factory's fanclub event that Hello Pro Kenshuusei members Ono Mizuho, Onoda Saori, and Akiyama Mao had joined the group as new members.[4]

The new line-up debuted on September 4 at Hello! Project Kenshuusei Happyoukai 2016 9gatsu ~SINGING!~, where it was announced by Hello! Project advisor Shimizu Saki that Tsubaki Factory would finally make their major debut in January 2017.[5][6]

On October 22, they announced during the Tsubaki Factory Ouen Kikaku ~Camellia Fai! vol.2~ event that their major debut single would be released on February 22, 2017.[7]

2017: Major Debut[]

On February 22, Tsubaki Factory released their major debut single, "Hatsukoi Sunrise / Just Try! / Uruwashi no Camellia".

On February 28, the members were removed from the Hello Pro Kenshuusei profile page on the official Hello! Project site, indicating they had officially left Hello Pro Kenshuusei.

On May 24, Tsubaki Factory performed at GIRLS ROCKS.[8]

On June 17, Tsubaki Factory performed at the GIRLS IDOL FESTA 2017.[9]

On July 15, Ogata Risa, Niinuma Kisora, Tanimoto Ami, Kishimoto Yumeno, and Ono Mizuho appeared on TBS's Ongaku no Hi 2017 in a pre-recorded performance.[10][11] They were part of a special Hello! Project unit with Morning Musume '17 and a selection of members from ANGERME and Kobushi Factory.[12]

On July 26, Tsubaki Factory released their second major single, "Shuukatsu Sensation / Waratte / Hana Moyou".

On November 9, it was announced that Tsubaki Factory had won a Newcomer Award from the 50th Japan Cable Awards, and they were presented their award at the ceremony on December 4.[13][14]

On November 16, Tsubaki Factory were also announced to have won a Newcomer Award from the 59th Japan Record Awards.[15] At the ceremony on December 30, they were presented their award and were later announced as the winners of the Best Newcomer Award out of three other artists.[16]


On January 5, Tsubaki Factory began their first radio show on Tokai Radio, titled Tsubaki Factory no Camellia Night.[17]

On February 21, Tsubaki Factory released their third single, "Teion Yakedo / Shunrenka / I Need You ~Yozora no Kanransha~".

On March 14, they performed in the second part of the SKY PerfecTV! Ongakusai 2018 alongside Morning Musume '18.[18]

On July 17, Kobushi Factory and Tsubaki Factory digitally released the cover single "Hyokkori Hyoutanjima", which was used as the official compulsory song for the Aidorusai 2018 ~Idol Matsuri~ contest.[19][20]

On July 18, Tsubaki Factory released their fourth single, "Date no Hi wa Nido Kurai Shower Shite Dekaketai / Junjou cm / Kon'ya Dake Ukaretakatta".

Tsubaki Factory performed on all three days of TOKYO IDOL FESTIVAL 2018, from August 3 through August 5.[21]

On September 21, it was announced that Tsubaki Factory would sing Japanese covers of the opening and ending themes for the DreamWorks animated TV series Trolls: Sing, Dance, Hug! which begins airing on TV Tokyo on October 3.[22] The opening theme is titled "Hair up Sora e!" (originally "Hair in the Air"), and ending theme is titled "Mou Saikou!" (originally "Best Day Ever").[23][24]

On November 14, the group released their first studio album, titled first bloom.[25]


On February 22, the second anniversary of their major debut, Tsubaki Factory published the Tsubaki Factory 1st Official Book.[26] Also as part of the celebration, the group opened a pop-up café in collaboration with AREA-Q ANNEX in Harajuku named "Kissa Camellia" from the same day and ending on March 31.[27][28]

On February 27, the group released their fifth single, "Sankaime no Date Shinwa / Fuwari, Koi Dokei".[29]

On April 19, it was announced that Tsubaki Factory and BEYOOOOONDS were appointed as official supporters for the Aidorusai 2019 ~Idol Matsuri~ contest, joining ANGERME, Juice=Juice, Up Up Girls (Kakko Kari), The World Standard, and Chuning Candy who were all appointed in March.[30]

On August 2, Tsubaki Factory performed at TOKYO IDOL FESTIVAL 2019.[31]

On August 24, Tsubaki Factory released the digital song "Nineteen no Shinkirou ('19 Summer Ver.)". Asakura Kiki, who has been on a break from activities since May in order to treat a lumbar disc herniation, is absent from the recording.[32]

On October 9, it was announced that Asakura Kiki would gradually resume activities as she recovers from her injury, but would not dance or participate in their fall tour.[33] It was also announced that their next single would be released on January 15, 2020. During the single's promotion period, Asakura would not participate in lives or release events with the rest of the group, and would instead hold separate talk events.[34]


On January 15, Tsubaki Factory released their sixth single, "Ishiki Takai Otome no Dilemma / Dakishimerarete Mitai".

On January 16, at "Ishiki Takai Otome no Dilemma / Dakishimerarete Mitai" mini live & handshake event in Ikebukuro Sunshine City, it was announced by Shimizu Saki that the group would be holding their first hall concert tour in May.[35][36]

On April 14, it was announced that their first hall concert tour would be cancelled due to the government's declaration of emergency following the spread of COVID-19 getting worse.[37]

On June 30, a selection of songs performed at the Hello! Project Hina Fes 2020 <Tsubaki Factory Premium> concert were livestreamed on the official Tsubaki Factory YouTube channel, being available until July 5. During the livestream, Tsubaki Factory provided commentary and gave gifts via lottery for those who watched the live premiere of the stream.[38] They also announced that their seventh single, "Dansha-ISM / Ima Nanji?" would be releasing on September 30.[39]

On October 8, it was announced on the official Hello! Project site that Ogata Risa has been suspended from all activities for an indeterminate amount of time due to rule violations. After it was discovered that Ogata had been using a secret social media account to post contentious statements, Ogata admitted to the account being hers and subsequently apologized. She offered to have her activities suspended for the time being to reflect on her behavior.[40] Her individual online release events through WithLIVE for "Dansha-ISM / Ima Nanji?" have been cancelled as a result, and tickets would be refunded.[41]

On December 28, it was announced on the official Hello! Project site that Ogata Risa would not resume her activities and that she had also departed from Hello! Project. [42]


On January 20, it was announced through Hello! Project Station and the official Hello! Project website that Juice=Juice and Tsubaki Factory would be holding a joint new member audition titled Hello! Project "Juice=Juice" "Tsubaki Factory" Goudou Shin Member Audition. The audition opened to applicants on January 22, and the application period will end on March 1. An audition website opened on January 22 with more details.[43]

On May 26, they released their second album, 2nd STEP.[44] In the same day, Tsubaki Factory premiered a special video on YouTube, available temporarily until May 30, to commemorate the release of their album 2nd STEP. During the video, the members watched concert footage from their Haru・Ranman live tour, and at the end, it was announced by Shimizu Saki that Tsubaki Factory will be performing their first concert at Nippon Budokan on October 18, 2021.[45] After the premiere, Tsubaki Factory held a commemorative Instagram Live.[46]

On July 7, it was announced through Hello! Project Station that Hello! Project "Juice=Juice" "Tsubaki Factory" Goudou Shin Member Audition winners Kasai Yuumi, Yagi Shiori, Fukuda Marine, and Hello Pro Kenshuusei member Yofu Runo has joined the group as new members.[47]

On September 3, a notice on Hello! Project's website directed for the group's fans announced a request for them to refrain from asking the members about Ogata Risa on promotional events and in social media bringing back what happened after Ogata's private social account was leaked, stating that this has been occurring constantly and the members are heartbroken about this. At that time, Ogata's posts had her own beliefs and misunderstandings, and her descriptions of the members strongly reflected her personal feelings. In addition, UP-FRONT PROMOTION is continuing to pursue the person who leaked the posts, and reinforced that what Ogata wrote back then was not true.[48]

On October 18, Tsubaki Factory performed their first Nippon Budokan concert.

On November 17, the group released their eighth single, "Namida no Heroine Kouban Geki / Garakuta DIAMOND / Yakusoku・Renraku・Kinenbi". It was the first release to include the four new members Kasai Yuumi, Yagi Shiori, Fukuda Marine, and Yofu Runo.[49]

On December 12, Tsubaki Factory performed at Chicappa-sai 2021.[50]

On December 31, during the Hello! Project Year-End Party 2021 ~GOOD BYE & HELLO!~ <Tsubaki Factory Premium>, Niinuma Kisora was appointed as the group's new sub-leader.


On January 21, Tsubaki Factory withdrew their scheduled performance for the "SANUNIT Festival in Kagoshima" scheduled to be held at Kagoshima Waterfront Park from February 11 to 13.[51]

On February 20, Tsubaki Factory held a one-day concert entitled "Tsubaki Factory Major Debut 5 Shuunen Kinen Live ~Kimi nara de Dare ni ka Mise mu Tsubaki no Hanairo wo mo Ka wo mo Shiru Hito zo Shiru~" commemorating the group's 5th anniversary of their major debut. It was held at Harmony Hall Zama.

On February 22, it was announced on the special episode of their program "Ikuze! Tsubaki Factory" that its second season would start airing on April 25.[52] They also announced that their second Nippon Budokan concert would be held on May 16.[53]

On March 5, Tsubaki Factory performed at R-1 Festival 2022.[54]

On April 2, Tsubaki Factory began broadcasting a radio show on RKB Radio, titled Tsubaki Factory no "Kon'ya Dake Ukaradio".[55]

On June 29, the group will release their ninth single, "Adrenaline Dame / Yowasa ja nai yo, Koi wa / Idol Tenshoku Ondo".[56]

Group Name Origin[]

The name Tsubaki Factory (つばきファクトリー) literally means "Camellia Factory". Hello! Project advisor Shimizu Saki (formerly of Berryz Koubou) assisted in picking the group name.[57]

The camellia (tsubaki) was "decided with praising the noble and cold beauty and wanting the group to be fresh and strong like the evergreen."[57] The word "factory", also used in the name of their sister group Kobushi Factory, is named to reference Berryz Koubou ("koubou" meaning "workshop"), so that the group may carry on Berryz Koubou's spirit.[57]


Main article: Tsubaki Factory/Discography

Studio Albums
  1. [2018.11.14] first bloom
  2. [2021.05.26] 2nd STEP
Mini Albums
  1. [2016.03.19] Tsubaki Factory SOUND + VISION Vol.1
  1. [2015.10.08] Engeki Joshibu Musical "Thank You Very Berry" Original Soundtrack

Digital Songs

Compilation Albums
  • [2015.12.16] Petit Best 16 (#17 Thank You Very Berry)
  • [2016.12.14] Petit Best 17 (#7 Hitorijime)
  • [2017.12.13] Petit Best 18 (#8 Hatsukoi Sunrise)
  • [2018.12.12] Petit Best 19 (#13 Teion Yakedo, #14 Kon'ya Dake Ukaretakatta, #15 Hyokkori Hyoutanjima - with Kobushi Factory)
  • [2020.01.08] Petit Best 20 2020 (Disc 2 #10 Hyoumenchouryoku ~Surface Tension~)

Concert & Event Video Releases
Main article: Tsubaki Factory/Concerts & Events
Musical Video Releases
Main article: Tsubaki Factory#Theater
DVD Magazines
Main article: :Category:Tsubaki Factory DVD Magazines


Main article: Tsubaki Factory/Publications

  • [2015.09.19] Tsubaki Factory 2016 Calendar
  • [2016.09.24] Tsubaki Factory 2017 Calendar
  • [2017.10.06] Tsubaki Factory 2018 Calendar
  • [2018.09.23] Tsubaki Factory 2019 Takujou Calendar (つばきファクトリー 2019卓上カレンダー)

  • Works[]

  • [2015–2019] The Girls Live
  • [2018] Tsubaki Factory "first bloom" Special (つばきファクトリー“first bloom”スペシャル)
  • [2019–2020] AI・DOL PROJECT
  • [2020] Kobushi Factory Tokuban ~Minna de Sakaseta Seishun no Hana~ (こぶしファクトリー特番~みんなで咲かせた青春の花~)
  • [2020] Hello! Project presents... "Solo Fes!" (Hello!Project presents…「ソロフェス!」)
  • [2020–2021] Hello Pro! TOKYO Sanpo (ハロプロ!TOKYO散歩)
  • [2021–] Ikuze! Tsubaki Factory (行くぜ!つばきファクトリー)
  • [2021] Hello! Project presents... "Solo Fes! 2" (Hello!Project presents…「ソロフェス!2」)

  • [2018–] Tsubaki Factory no Camellia Night (つばきファクトリーのキャメリアナイト)
  • [2022–] Tsubaki Factory no "Kon'ya Dake Ukaradio" (つばきファクトリーの「今夜だけ浮かレディオ」)

  • Trivia[]


    • [2017.12.04] 50th Japan Cable Awards - Newcomer Award[13]
    • [2017.12.30] 59th Japan Record Awards - Newcomer Award[15]
    • [2017.12.30] 59th Japan Record Awards - Best Newcomer Award[16]

    Total Sales Count[]

    Year Yearly Group Sales Yearly Collab Sales Total Sales
    2017 79,355 0 79,355
    2018 155,677 0 235,032
    2019 65,984 0 301,016
    2020 119,080 0 420,096
    2021 0+ 0+ TBA
    2022 0+ 0+ TBA


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