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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]


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[]

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


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]


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".


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


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.


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]


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.


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.


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]


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 COVID-19.[9]

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

Personal Life[]

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.


  • Specialty: Sakanahen, Backstrokes
  • Hobbies: Making pastries, Playing with her dog
  • Motto: "Waratte ireba fuku kitaru" (笑っていれば福来たる; Good fortune comes if you laugh)
  • Favorite Color: Light pink
  • Favorite Food: Fried squid
  • Favorite Sport: Football
  • Favorite Hello! Project songs: "Anata Nashide wa Ikite Yukenai", "Uchouten LOVE", "Otakebi Boy WAO!", "Seishun Bus Guide"
  • Favorite Morning Musume song: Kimagure Princess
  • Looks Up To: Okai Chisato, Kanazawa Tomoko, Sugaya Risako, Berryz Koubou

  • Discography[]

    Main article: Wada Sakurako/Discography


    Fanclub DVDs[]


    Main article: Wada Sakurako/Publications

    Solo Photobooks[]




    TV Programs[]

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

    Web Dramas[]

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


    Music Videos[]


    • 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.

    Honorary Titles[]

    Honorary Titles
    Preceded by
    Taguchi Natsumi
    Youngest member of Hello Pro Kenshuusei
    2012 – 2013
    Succeeded by
    Sasaki Rikako


    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)

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