Wada Sakurako (和田桜子) is a former Japanese idol under Hello! Project as a member of Kobushi Factory. She was first introduced as a Hello Pro Kenshuusei member in December 2012 at the Hello Pro Kenshuusei Happyoukai 2012 ~12gatsu no Nama Tamago Show!~.[1]

On March 30, 2020, with Kobushi Factory's disbandment, Wada graduated from Hello! Project and retired from the entertainment industry.[2]

Biography[edit | edit source]

Wada Sakurako, October 2019

Wada Sakurako, April 2019

Wada Sakurako, August 2018

Wada Sakurako, March 2018

Wada Sakurako, December 2017

Wada Sakurako, June 2017

Wada Sakurako, November 2016

Wada Sakurako, July 2016

Wada Sakurako, February 2016

Wada Sakurako, September 2015

Wada Sakurako, March 2015

Wada Sakurako, February 2014

Wada Sakurako, November 2013

Wada Sakurako, February 2013

Early Life[edit | edit source]

Wada Sakurako was born on March 8, 2001 in Aichi, Japan.

2012[edit | edit source]

She participated in the Morning Musume 11th Generation ~Suppin Utahime~ Audition, but failed to join the group.

On November 20, it was announced that Wada would be joining Hello Pro Kenshuusei alongside five other girls. She was officially introduced at the Hello Pro Kenshuusei Happyoukai 2012 ~12gatsu no Nama Tamago Show!~ alongside Kanazawa TomokoKaga KaedeIchioka ReinaKishimoto Yumeno and Makino Maria on December 9.[1]

2013[edit | edit source]

On March 7, Wada and Kaga Kaede held a fanclub event.

On May 5, the Hello Pro Kenshuusei Happyoukai 2013 ~Haru no Koukai Jitsuryoku Shindan Test~ event was held and Wada won the judge's vote for her performance of "Uchouten LOVE".

2014[edit | edit source]

Wada participated in the opening act of the Morning Musume '14 Concert Tour Haru ~Evolution~.

2015[edit | edit source]

On January 2, it was announced during the Hello! Project 2015 WINTER ~DANCE MODE!~ concert that Wada would debut in a new Hello Pro Kenshuusei unit alongside Hamaura Ayano, Taguchi Natsumi, Ogawa Rena, Nomura Minami, Fujii Rio, Hirose Ayaka and Inoue Rei. The group's name was later announced as Kobushi Factory.

2016[edit | edit source]

On March 8, Wada celebrated her 15th birthday at a fanclub event, titled Kobushi Factory Wada Sakurako Birthday Event 2016, with two shows at TOKYO FM HALL.

On August 4, it was reported that Wada was in poor health and she would be absent from Kobushi Factory's mini live at Ario Otori that day.[3] On August 5, it was reported that she was still in poor health and underwent a medical examination, as a result it was decided that she needed rest and would be absent from the Tokyo Idol Festival event that day, as well as the Hello! Project 2016 SUMMER concerts on August 6 and 7.[4] On August 9, it was announced that she was diagnosed with acute gastroenteritis and would also miss the concert on August 11.[5] Wada fully recovered and returned to performing at Kobushi Factory's third single special live on August 13.[6]

2017[edit | edit source]

On March 9, Wada celebrated her 16th birthday at a fanclub event, titled Kobushi Factory Wada Sakuraro Birthday Event 2017, with two shows at Shinjuku ReNY.

2018[edit | edit source]

On March 8, Wada celebrated her 17th birthday at a fanclub event titled Kobushi Factory Wada Sakurako Birthday Event 2018, which featured two shows at Mt.RAINIER HALL.

2019[edit | edit source]

On March 8, she celebrated her 18th birthday at a fanclub event titled Kobushi Factory Wada Sakurako Birthday Event 2019, featuring two shows at TOKYO FM HALL.

On April 15, it was announced that Wada would star in Jugyouchuu no Tegami, SKY PerfecTV!'s 10th Twitter morning drama series posted every day from April 22 to April 27.[7]

On June 21, she released her first solo photobook, titled Sakurako.[8]

2020[edit | edit source]

On January 8, it was announced that Kobushi Factory would disband on March 30, 2020 with a concert at Tokyo Dome City Hall. Their final single is set to be released on March 4, 2020.[2] Hirose Ayaka had been in discussions with the agency about her graduation since early 2019, and after discussions with the group, the other members except Inoue Rei also expressed their desire to pursue a new path. It was eventually decided that the group would disband. Afterwards, Wada Sakurako would graduate from Hello! Project and retire from the entertainment industry.

On March 9, Wada was to celebrate her 19th birthday at a fanclub event titled Kobushi Factory Wada Sakurako Birthday Event 2020, featuring two shows at TOKYO FM HALL. However, it was cancelled in consideration of a new policy established by the government to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.[9]

On March 30, Kobushi Factory disbanded and Wada graduated from Hello! Project and retired from entertainment industry.

Personal Life[edit | edit source]

Her father works in a senior citizen home. She has an older brother.[10]

When Wada joined Hello Pro Kenshuusei, she was a fifth year elementary school student. When she joined Kobushi Factory, she was in her second year of middle school. She graduated from middle school on March 11, 2016[11] and from high school in March 2019.[12]

The following list are notable friendships Wada Sakurako has acquired:

Wada's given name, Sakurako, means "cherry blossom" (桜; sakura) combined with "child" (子; ko). Her name was suggested by her father and paternal grandmother.[13]

Here is a list of nicknames that have been used to refer to Wada Sakurako:

  • WadaSaku (わださく): Official nickname, given to her since joining Hello Pro Kenshuusei.
  • Sako (さこ): Used by Miyazaki Yuka, Kanazawa Tomoko, Kishimoto Yumeno and Kaga Kaede.
  • Chaako (ちゃあこ)
  • Rakko (らっこ): Self-given nickname. Often used to refer her as a rapper.

Profile[edit | edit source]

Discography[edit | edit source]

See also: List:Wada Sakurako Discography Featured In

Blu-rays[edit | edit source]


Fanclub DVDs[edit | edit source]


Publications[edit | edit source]

See also: List:Wada Sakurako Publications Featured In

Solo Photobooks[edit | edit source]

Works[edit | edit source]

Theater[edit | edit source]

SurvivorNinja GirlsReborn ~13nin no Tamashii wa Kami-sama no Yume wo Miru~

Movies[edit | edit source]

JK Ninja Girls

TV Programs[edit | edit source]

  • [2015–2019] The Girls Live
  • [2016–2020] Uta-navi! (うたなび!)

Web Dramas[edit | edit source]

  • [2019] Jugyouchuu no Tegami (授業中の手紙; Letters in Class) (SKY PerfecTV! Twitter)

Internet[edit | edit source]

Music Videos[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • She wants to try singing Otakebi Boy WAO! by Berryz Koubou.
  • For her, the best thing about being in Hello Pro Kenshuusei was when people came to her line at handshake events and when she saw people wearing her T-shirt at events.
  • She thinks she won't lose to any other member in "always smiling".
  • She wants to be an idol that everyone knows and praises.
  • She won the judges special award at the Hello Pro Kenshuusei Happyoukai 2013 ~Haru no Koukai Jitsuryoku Shindan Test~ event for performing S/mileage's Uchouten LOVE.
  • She was ranked 2nd "most airheaded" in Hello Pro Kenshuusei in Gekkan Entame magazine.
  • Her rival in Hello Pro Kenshuusei was Sasaki Rikako. Rikako got to participate in things like the C-ute tour, which she also wants to be able to do. Rikako's dancing is energetic and she was a very reliable person in the program, so she wanted to work hard to keep up with her.
  • She doesn't want to lose to anyone in terms of smiles. She's also not shy around people, so she thinks she's better at meeting people for the first time, like at handshake events, and getting them excited and feeling good.
  • She found the Kenshuusei program hard, but there were so many fun things about it, like doing shows or back-up dancing or handshakes.
  • She thinks of voice training as studying for a test. If she applies herself and really studies and works hard, she'll see results. She says that once she has decided to do something, she has to learn how to do it.
  • She's the type to easily succumb to her nervousness, she's often been told.
  • Her dream was to be approved as a member of a group. Then, after three years, she hopes the group could have a concert on a huge stage.
  • Tsunku's comments: "I want to train you more in dancing. If you don't train in rhythm you won't be able to sing, right? Let's see you apply yourself to those detailed aspects! Your smile is good. You have elegance, and that's good."
  • According to the Top Yell July 2016 interview, Wada's role within the group is "Factory manager for Singing".[14]
  • She can’t stop reading manga and watching anime at night.
  • She has the same last name as former ANGERME leader Wada Ayaka.

See Also[edit | edit source]

Honorary Titles[edit | edit source]

Honorary Titles

Preceded by
Taguchi Natsumi

Youngest member of Hello Pro Kenshuusei
2012 – 2013

Succeeded by
Sasaki Rikako

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "新メンバー6人もお披露目。ハロプロ研修生、フレッシュなステージを披露" (in Japanese). DeView by Oricon. 2010.12.10.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "こぶしファクトリー活動終了のお知らせ" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2020-01-08.
  3. ​こぶしファクトリー 和田桜子に関してのお知らせ" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2016-08-04.
  4. "​こぶしファクトリー 和田桜子に関してのお知らせ" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2016-08-05.
  5. "こぶしファクトリー 和田桜子に関してのお知らせ" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2016-08-09.
  6. "ただいま!そしてありがとう♡和田桜子" (in Japanese). Kobushi Factory Official Blog. 2016-08-13.
  7. https://twitter.com/sptv_fan/status/1117578282415869955
  8. "和田桜子(こぶしファクトリー)ファースト写真集「桜子」発売決定!!" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2019-05-16.
  9. Wada Sakurako "あの曲の再現!?♡。 和田桜子" (in Japanese). Kobushi Factory Official Blog. 2020-02-27.
  10. Wada Sakurako. "お盆ですよー♡和田桜子" (in Japanese). Kobushi Factory Official Blog. 2016-08-17.
  11. Wada Sakurako. "卒業遠足!♡ 和田桜子" (in Japanese). Kobushi Factory Official Blog. 2016-03-11.
  12. Wada Sakurako. "出来るのにやらないタイプ。 和田桜子" (in Japanese). Kobushi Factory Official Blog. 2019-03-14.
  13. Pocket Morning. 2016-11-05. (Translation by Ro-kun)
  14. What do the girls manage in Kobushi Factory? (Top Yell July 2016)

External Links[edit | edit source]

Kobushi Factory
Current Members Hirose Ayaka (Leader)Nomura MinamiHamaura AyanoWada SakurakoInoue Rei
Former Members Fujii RioOgawa RenaTaguchi Natsumi


Indies: Nen ni wa Nen / Survivor
Major: 1. Dosukoi! Kenkyo ni Daitan / Ramen Daisuki Koizumi-san no Uta / Nen ni wa Nen (Nen'iri Ver.) • 2. Sakura Night Fever / Chotto Guchoku ni! Chototsu Moushin / Osu! Kobushi Tamashii • 3. Samba! Kobushi Janeiro / Bacchikoi Seishun! / Ora wa Ninkimono • 4. Shalala! Yareru Hazu sa / Ee ja nai ka Ninja nai ka • 5. Kore Kara da! / Ashita Tenki ni Naare • 6. Kitto Watashi wa / Naseba Naru • 7. Oh No Ounou / Haru Urara • 8. Seishun no Hana / Start Line

Other Singles

Collaborations: Hyokkori HyoutanjimaYEAH YEAH YEAH / Akogare no Stress-free / Hana, Takenawa no Toki


Original: 1. Kobushi Sono Ichi • 2. Kobushi Dai Ni Maku
Soundtracks: Butai "JK Ninja Girls"Eiga & Butai "JK Ninja Girls"

Concerts & Events


Spring Tours: 20162017 • 2019 (Live, Concert)
Fall Tours: 201620172019
Other Tours: 20152018
Summer Lives: 2016201720182019

Joint Concerts

2015: New Fes! 2015 (with Country Girls and Tsubaki Factory)New Fes! II (with Tsubaki Factory)
2018: Premium Live 2018 Haru "KOBO" (with Tsubaki Factory)


Fanclub Events: 2015 • 2016 (September, December) • 2017 (September, December) • 2018 (August, December) • 2019 (May, August, December)
Fanclub Tours: 201720182020
Joined Fanclub Events: 2016 (with Tsubaki Factory)2019 (with BEYOOOOONDS)

Other Concerts & Events

Hello! Project Concerts

Summer Tours: 20152016201720182019
Winter Tours: 201520162017201820192020
Hina Fes: 2016201720182019
Hallo! Fes: 2018
COUNTDOWN PARTY: 20152016201720182019
Other Concerts: Berryz Koubou Matsuri

Units & Other Acts
Associated Acts Juice=JuiceHello Pro KenshuuseiNICE GIRL Project! Kenshuusei
Hello Pro Kenshuusei
25th Generation Yonemura Kirara
27th Generation Yamada IchigoNakayama Natsume
28th Generation Kubota NanamiMatsubara Yulia
29th Generation Saito MadokaOnoda Karin
30th Generation

Hiromoto RuriHashida HonokaNishizaki MikuHirayama YukiKitahara MomoEbata KisakiYofuu RunoMurakoshi AyanaUemura Hasumi

31st Generation

Arisawa IchikaIshiyama Sakura

Former Members
1st Generation Korenaga MikiKawashima MiyukiOkada YuiNoto ArisaMorozuka KanamiAoki ErinaTanaka AnriOse KaedeSengoku MinamiSawada YuriMuto MikaHashida MireiFurukawa KonatsuHashimoto AinaOoyanagi MahoAkiyama YurikaOkada Robin ShokoArihara KannaGoto YukiSainen MiaMori SakiYutoku AyumiKitahara SayakaWada AyakaMaeda YuukaFukuda KanonSaho AkariOkai AsunaSekine AzusaOgawa SakiMaeda IroriArai Manami
2nd Generation Mano ErinaOgura ManamiKomine Momoka
Transfer Student Linlin
3rd Generation Kikkawa Yuu
4th Generation Fukumura MizukiKaneko RieTakeuchi Akari
5th Generation Miyamoto Karin
6th Generation Sezaki AzusaSato Ayano
7th Generation Hirano TomomiKatsuta Rina
8th Generation Takagi Sayuki
9th Generation Tanabe Nanami
10th Generation Kizawa RunaNagasawa WakanaKudo Haruka
11th Generation Yoshihashi KurumiHamaura AyanoTaguchi Natsumi
12th Generation Otsuka AinaMogi MinamiOgawa Rena
13th Generation Yamaga KanaeOda Sakura
14th Generation Kosuga FuyukaUemura Akari
15th Generation Okamura RiseMurota Mizuki
16th Generation Yamagishi RikoNomura Minami
17th Generation Kanazawa TomokoIchioka ReinaKaga KaedeKishimoto YumenoMakino MariaWada Sakurako
18th Generation Sasaki Rikako
19th Generation Tanaka KarenInaba ManakaMikame KanaFujii RioMashiro KanaInoue Hikaru
20th Generation Yamaki RisaYokogawa YumeiNiinuma KisoraOura HironaDambara RuruHaga AkaneFunaki Musubu
21st Generation Aikawa MahoTakemura MiuSaito Kana
22nd Generation Hashimoto NagisaHorie KizukiShimano MomokoOgata RisaHirose AyakaTanimoto AmiInoue ReiAsakura KikiOnoda Saori
23rd Generation Takase Kurumi
24th Generation Ono MizuhoNakano RionYanagawa NanamiMaeda KokoroAkiyama MaoKanatsu MizukiKasahara MomonaOkamoto Honoka
25th Generation Noguchi KurumiOno KotomiKodama SakikoKiyono Momohime
26th Generation Kawamura AyanoYokoyama ReinaYoshida MarieNishida ShioriYamazaki YuhaneHashisako Rin
27th Generation Shimakura RikaHibi MarinaEguchi SayaDoi RenaOkamura MinamiMatsunaga Riai
28th Generation Hashimoto MomokoGoto SayakaTamenaga ShionShutto AnnaKanemitsu Ruru
29th Generation Kusunoki Mei
Indies Singles 1. Kanojo ni Naritai!!! • 2. Ten Made Nobore! • 3. Oheso no Kuni Kara Konnichiwa / Ten Made Nobore! (DVD single)
Soundtrack Singles Karen na Gasshoudan
Campaign Singles Sora ga AruMottainai Baasan Ondo
Albums 1. ① Let's say "Hello!" • 2. Rainbow×2
Concerts & Events
Shinjin Kouen Concerts

2007: MayAugustNovember
2008: MarchJuneSeptemberNovember
2009: AprilJuneSeptemberNovember
2010: MarchJuneSeptemberNovember

Happyoukai Concerts

2011: September
2012: MarchJuneSeptemberDecember
2013: MarchJuneSeptemberDecember
2014: February/MarchJuneSeptemberNovember/December
2015: MarchJuneSeptemberNovember/December
2016: February/MarchJuneSeptemberDecember
2017: MarchJuneSeptemberDecember
2018: MarchJuneSeptemberDecember
2019: MarchJuneSeptemberDecember
2020: MarchSeptemberDecember
2021: March
Test Events: 201320142015201620172018201920202021

Other Concerts 2010nen Hello Pro Egg Norimen Live 2gatsu2021 Hatsu Tandoku Live ~Episode Zero~
Units & Other Groups
Sub-Units & Groups Tomoiki Ki wo UetaiShugo Chara Egg!Kashou EggHello Pro Kenshuusei Unit
Debuted Acts
(within UP-FRONT)
THE PossibleMano ErinaS/mileageKikkawa YuuUp Up Girls (Kakko Kari)Juice=JuiceKobushi FactoryTsubaki FactoryBEYOOOOONDS
Associated Acts v-u-denLittle Gatas℃-uteMix GatasMorning MusumeOngaku GatasGatas Brilhantes H.P.MilkyWayHigh-KingAa!Shin MinimoniReborn ElevenJurinCountry Girls
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