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Yamaki Risa (山木梨沙) is a former Japanese idol under Hello! Project as a member of Country Girls[2][3] and a former member of College Cosmos.[4] She first joined Hello! Project as a Hello Pro Kenshuusei member in September 2013.[5] On October 31, 2019, Yamaki graduated from College Cosmos.[6] She later retired from entertainment following Country Girls' suspension of activities on December 26, 2019.[7]


Yamaki Risa, October 2019

Yamaki Risa, March 2019

Yamaki Risa, October 2018

Yamaki Risa, August 2018

Yamaki Risa, February 2017

Yamaki Risa, September 2016

Yamaki Risa, March 2016

Yamaki Risa, December 2015

Yamaki Risa, August 2015

Yamaki Risa, March 2015

Yamaki Risa, January 2015

Yamaki Risa, February 2014

Yamaki Risa, November 2013

Early Life[]

Yamaki Risa was born on October 14, 1997 in Tokyo, Japan.


In 2013, Yamaki participated in the Morning Musume 12ki Member "Mirai Shoujo" Audition for an opportunity to join Morning Musume. She made it up to the final round, but on August 24, it was announced that she failed to joined the group in the end along with the 6 other finalists.[8]

In September, Yamaki joined Hello Pro Kenshuusei along with the other Mirai Shoujo finalists, becoming the 20th generation.[5] On September 22, an introduction of Yamaki was uploaded to the Hello Pro Kenshuusei YouTube channel.[9]

On December 7, Yamaki was officially introduced as a Hello Pro Kenshuusei at the Hello Pro Kenshuusei Happyoukai 2013 ~12gatsu no Nama Tamago Show!~, alongside Yokogawa Yumei, Niinuma Kisora, Oura Hirona, Dambara Ruru, Haga Akane and Funaki Musubu. All seven girls did a dance performance of Juice=Juice's debut single "Watashi ga Iu Mae ni Dakishimenakya ne".


From March 14 to March 23, Yamaki participated in the musical Bokutachi Karen na Shounen Gasshoudan along with Yasuda Kei, Ogawa Makoto and 7 other trainees. On opening day, the Hello Pro Kenshuusei single "Karen na Gasshoudan" was released to promote the musical.

On November 5, it was announced that Yamaki was added to the Country Musume revival group called Country Girls, alongside Inaba Manaka, Morito Chisaki, Shimamura Uta and Ozeki Mai.[2][3] She concluded her trainee activities following the Hello Pro Kenshuusei Happyoukai 2014 ~11gatsu・12gatsu no Nama Tamago Show!~.

From December 3 to December 11, Yamaki participated in the stage play Kurukuru to Shi to Shitto, along with Niigaki Risa, Kikkawa Yuu, Hello Pro Kenshuusei member Yamagishi Riko and S/mileage 3rd generation member Aikawa Maho.


On October 15, Yamaki celebrated her 18th birthday at a fanclub event was titled Country Girls Yamaki Risa Birthday Event 2015, featuring two shows at TOKYO FM HALL.

On December 11, Yamaki released her first solo e-Hello! Blu-ray, Greeting ~Yamaki Risa~.


On February 20, Yamaki appeared in Shizuoka Asahi TV's annual music documentary program ch223 music pinkiss ~Ponyo Trio Nihon Ichi no Sotsugyou Ryokou!?~ with Hakoiri♡Musume member Wagatsuma Momomi.[10]

On October 14, Yamaki celebrated her 19th birthday at a fanclub event titled Country Girls Yamaki Risa Birthday Event 2016, featuring two shows at TOKYO FM HALL.

On October 29, Country Girls released original "Dou Datte Ii no" figure stand keyholders that were hand-illustrated by Yamaki.[11]


On October 16, Yamaki celebrated her 20th birthday at a fanclub event titled Country Girls Yamaki Risa Birthday Event 2017, featuring two shows at Mt.RAINER HALL.

On December 5, Yamaki held the Yamaki Risa to Tanoshimu! Real Dasshutsu Game in collaboration with SCRAP, the creators of the REAL ESCAPE GAME. The theme was "Escape from JoJo's Bizarre Mansion", based on the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure series.


On February 14, Yamaki released her first visual photobook, titled sketch me.[12]

On August 31, Yamaki held her second escape room event with SCRAP, titled the Yamaki Risa to Tanoshimu! Real Dasshutsu Game Dai 2 Dan. The theme was "Escape from Shin Godzilla".

On October 3, it was announced that Yamaki had joined College Cosmos, an idol group made up of female university students which was created as a joint project between Space Craft Group and UP-FRONT GROUP.[4] Because the group was formed on the basis of balancing idol activities and university studies, Yamaki decided to join since she would not be overwhelmed by the amount of work.[13] At the press conference it was also revealed that she would be double centers with Matsui Mari.[14]

On September 25, Yamaki announced that from October forwards, she would be a Tuesday regular MC on the Radio Nippon program 60TRYbu, alternating with ANGERME member Takeuchi Akari who has been the regular MC since late 2015.[15]

On October 15, she celebrated her 21st birthday at a fanclub event titled Country Girls Yamaki Risa Birthday Event 2018, featuring two shows at TOKYO FM HALL.

On November 30, former Morning Musume member Takahashi Ai published the Ai Takahashi MAKE-UP BOOK in which Yamaki and five other active Hello! Project members appear as models.[16]


On February 20, Yamaki held her third escape room event with SCRAP, Yamaki Risa to Tanoshimu! Real Dasshutsu Game Dai 3 Dan. The theme was a SCRAP-original production titled "Sayounara, Bokura no Magic Hour".[17]

On June 12, she opened an official Instagram account.[18][19]

On August 17, orders opened for fanclub-exclusive inkan seals of Hello! Project members that were hand-illustrated by Yamaki Risa herself, starting with Juice=Juice and Country Girls.[20] The second round of inkan seals of the Morning Musume '19 and Kobushi Factory members opened for orders on September 20.[21] The third round of inkan seals of the ANGERME and Tsubaki Factory members opened for orders on November 25.[22]

On September 28, she held her fourth escape room event with SCRAP, Yamaki Risa to Tanoshimu! Real Dasshutsu Game Dai 4 Dan, which participants had to escape from a Detective Conan collaboration room, titled "Real Escape Game×Detective Conan 'Escape from the Prussian Blue Art Museum'".[23]

On October 15, she celebrated her 22nd birthday at a fanclub event titled Country Girls Yamaki Risa Birthday Event 2019 at Yamano Hall.

On October 31, Yamaki graduated from College Cosmos during their mini live at LaQua Garden Stage commemorating the release of their second single, "Shiawase no Arika wa Dochira Desu ka / Watashi Kakumei".[6][24]

On November 15, she and Ishida Ayumi held a joint fanclub event titled Morning Musume '19 Ishida Ayumi & Country Girls Yamaki Risa FC Event ~#Tsui ni Yamaki to Ishida ga Event Suru tte yo~, featuring two shows at Mynavi BLITZ Akasaka.

On December 11, she released her last solo visual photobook, Last Picture.

On December 26, Country Girls suspended all activities after their concert at LINE CUBE SHIBUYA, and Yamaki Risa subsequently graduated from Country Girls and Hello! Project. Afterwards, she retired from the entertainment industry in favor of getting a job and living an ordinary life.[7]


In February, Yamaki Risa appeared as one of the hiring management staff at Sony Corporation in an introduction video aimed to recruit and hire recent college graduates.[25]

On July 29, Yamaki Risa was featured as one of the recruitment staff at Sony in a case study article published by AIsmiley on the effectiveness of using NTT Resonant's goo AI x DESIGN technology to create a chatbot for recent college graduates to interact with as a way to help with the hiring process.[26] In the article, she comments on her experience with job hunting as a recent college graduate, and highlights how a recruitment chatbot would allow students to comfortably ask questions to address all of their many concerns that may not be addressed through the usual Q&A panel session.

Personal Life[]

Yamaki has an older brother and owns 2 pet cats.

When Yamaki joined Hello Pro Kenshuusei in September 2013, she was a first year student at Keio Girls Senior High School.[27] When she joined Country Girls, she was a second year high school student.

She graduated from high school in March 2016 and entered Keio University's Faculty of Business and Commerce.[28][13] Yamaki has also taken Spanish courses.[29][30] As of 2020, she has graduated from Keio University and entered the work force.

The following list are notable friendships Yamaki Risa has acquired:

Yamaki's given name, Risa, means "Japanese pear" (梨; ri) combined with "sand" (沙; sa). Her parents wanted a name that was easy to understand and easy to remember if she traveled abroad, and her mother also likes Japanese pear fruit.[31]

Here is a list of nicknames that was used to refer to Yamaki Risa:

  • Yamakki (やまっき): Official nickname, given to her in Hello Pro Kenshuusei.
  • Risa-chan (りさちゃん): Second official nickname, given to her in Country Girls.


  • Specialty: Horseback riding,[5] Drawing[5], Piano, Painting
  • Hobbies: Piano,[5] Hello! Project appreciation[5], Visiting cafes, Reading manga
  • Motto: "Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish" (ハングリーであれ、愚か者であれ)[5]
  • Favorite Colors: Pink,[5] red x black[5]
  • Favorite Sport: Swimming[5]
  • Favorite Hello! Project songs: "ROCK Erotic", "Kimagure Princess", "C\C (Cinderella\Complex)", "Ame no Furanai Hoshi de wa Aisenai Darou?", "Lalala no Pipipi", "Fantasy ga Hajimaru", "HOW DO YOU LIKE JAPAN? ~Nihon wa Donna Kanji Dekka?~"
  • Looks Up To: Michishige Sayumi

  • Discography[]

    Main article: Yamaki Risa/Discography

    Solo Blu-rays[]

    Solo Fanclub DVDs[]


    Main article: Yamaki Risa/Publications

    Solo Photobooks[]



    TV Programs[]



    • [2015] Country Girls no Tadaima Radio Kenshuuchuu!! (カントリー・ガールズの只今ラジオ研修中!!)
    • [2015-2019] Country Girls no Tadaima Radio Housouchuu!! (カントリー・ガールズの只今ラジオ放送中!!)
    • [2018-2019] 60TRYbu (60TRY部) (Tuesday regular MC)

    Music Videos[]


    • She wants to be an idol that makes people say that the group wouldn't go on without her.
    • She thinks she won't lose to any other member in her vocal quality and hand-groomed hair.
    • According to Haga Akane, Yamaki is very trustworthy and used to watch over her, Dambara Ruru, Yokogawa Yumei, Funaki Musubu and Oura Hirona when they were in Hello Pro Kenshuusei.
    • She wanted to join Hello Pro Kenshuusei because she wanted to join Hello! Project, but she only had eyes for Morning Musume. She doesn't have interest in any other idols.
    • Her audition number for the 2013 Morning Musume 12ki Member "Mirai Shoujo" Audition was #6509.
    • She sang ℃-ute's "Kanashiki Amefuri" for her audition.
    • She is not into idols and was surprised that she auditioned for Morning Musume.
    • For her, the best thing about being a Hello Pro Kenshuusei was standing on stage and seeing the members perform. 
    • For her, the hardest thing about being a Hello Pro Kenshuusei was not being able to keep up with her seniors at lessons.
    • She doesn't have a rival yet, she wants to find someone who will inspire her to improve.
    • When she was younger she played volleyball a little and was very flexible, she was shocked at how stiff she had become once she started dancing.
    • She likes the manga Fruits Basket.
    • Before going on stage for the first time, she was the most nervous she'd ever been in her life, to the point where she almost cried. Once she saw the faces in the crowd, though, all she could do was have fun. She's glad to have joined Hello Pro Kenshuusei.
    • Tsunku's commented towards Yamaki: "I want to teach you more dancing strength. I want you to dive right into the rhythm, especially 16-beat. I also want you to have a pattern in smiling or expressions."
    • She was the MC for ℃-ute DVD Magazine Vol.40.[32]
    • In Hapi Pure episodes 24 and 25 she revealed her good drawing skills and even was awarded by drawing instructor for technique.
    • She thinks of Morning Musume as artists, not idols.
    • When she was about to say the senior member she looked up to was Michishige Sayumi during Country Girls' introduction MC in the Hello! Project 2015 WINTER concert tour, Tsugunaga Momoko stopped her and Yamaki answered Tsugunaga instead.[33]
    • She said on her blog that she likes the pattern of trump cards, and a red and black combination in general.
    • When she was in elementary school, Yamaki was often mistaken as a hafu (half-Japanese). She wrote in the Country Girls 1st OFFICIAL BOOK that her treasured secret was that she is half-Canadian, but due to the number of fans asking her if it was true, Yamaki had to clarify in a blog post that it was a joke.[34]
    • She used to like the game Dark Chronicle.[35]
    • As of July 2018, Yamaki has a level 3 horseback riding license.[36]
    • She has said that her dream was not to be an idol, but to join Hello! Project, and that for her, graduation from Hello! Project means to graduate from the idol life. 
    • She said that the stage outfit for "Shiawase no Arika wa Dochira Desu ka" is one of her personal favorites.[6]
    • She is a talented artist, and hand-illustrated various goods for Hello! Project as well as the cover art of "Miss Henkan!!" during her tenure in Country Girls.

    Honorary Titles[]

    Honorary Titles
    Preceded by
    Kaneko Rie
    Oldest Member of Hello Pro Kenshuusei
    December 2013 – November 2014
    Succeeded by
    Hashimoto Nagisa
    Preceded by
    Tsugunaga Momoko
    Oldest Member of Country Girls
    July 1, 2017 – December 26, 2019
    Succeeded by


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    2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "『カントリー娘。』改め『カントリー・ガールズ』について (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2014-11-05.
    3. 3.0 3.1 "カントリー娘。「カントリー・ガールズ」に改名で再始動! “ももち”も加入" (in Japanese). AliveM.net. 2014-11-05.
    4. 4.0 4.1 "​カントリー・ガールズ山木梨沙の活動に関するお知らせ" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2018-10-03.
    5. 5.00 5.01 5.02 5.03 5.04 5.05 5.06 5.07 5.08 5.09 5.10 5.11 5.12 5.13 5.14 "ハロプロ研修生 > プロフィール > 山木梨沙" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. (Archived: 2014-04-24).
    6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Yamaki Risa. "せせりうま/山木梨沙" (in Japanese). Country Girls Official Blog. 2019-10-23.
    7. 7.0 7.1 "カントリー・ガールズ 活動休止のお知らせ" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2019-10-18.
    8. Tsunku. "モーニング娘。12期メンバー「未来少女」オーディション、プロデューサーつんく♂より結果のご報告" (in Japanese). Morning Musume '14 Channel via YouTube. 2013-08-24.
    9. "ハロプロ研修生 新メンバー紹介、山木 梨沙(ヤマキ リサ)" (in Japanese). Hello Pro Kenshuusei Channel via YouTube. 2013-09-22.
    10. http://www.satv.co.jp/0300program/ch223/index.html
    11. https://www.helloshop.info/goods/20161021_68472.html
    12. "山木梨沙(カントリー・ガールズ)ファーストビジュアルフォトブック「sketch me」発売決定!!" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2018-01-12.
    13. 13.0 13.1 Yamaki Risa. "カレッジコスモス/山木梨沙" (in Japanese). Country Girls Official Blog. 2018-10-03.
    14. "「アップフロント×スペースクラフト」アイドル・カレッジコスモス始動 カントリー・ガールズ山木梨沙も所属" (in Japanese). ORICON NEWS. 2018-10-03.
    15. Yamaki Risa. "レギュラー/山木梨沙" (in Japanese). Country Girls Official Blog. 2018-09-25.
    16. "高橋愛、ハロプロ後輩を華麗にプロデュース 初メイクブック発売【独占カット】 " (in Japanese). ORICON NEWS. 2018-11-22.
    17. Yamaki Risa. "♡嬉しいお知らせ♡/山木梨沙" (in Japanese). Country Girls Official Blog. 2019-01-23.
    18. https://twitter.com/dcfactory_inc/status/1138779542074474497
    19. https://www.instagram.com/p/Bym-fuZJKsT/
    20. "カントリー・ガールズ 山木梨沙デザイン オリジナル印鑑 受付スタート!" (in Japanese). UP-FC. 2019-08-17.
    21. "カントリー・ガールズ 山木梨沙デザイン オリジナル印鑑 第2弾受付スタート!" (in Japanese). UP-FC. 2019-09-20.
    22. "カントリー・ガールズ 山木梨沙デザイン オリジナル印鑑 第3弾受付スタート!" (in Japanese). UP-FC. 2019-11-25.
    23. Yamaki Risa. "第4弾だよ!/山木梨沙" (in Japanese). Country Girls Official Blog. 2019-09-04.
    24. "カレッジ・コスモス10/9発売2ndシングル発売記念&卒業記念ミニライブ&握手会(10/31 東京:ラクーアガーデンステージ)のお知らせ" (in Japanese). College Cosmos. 2019-10-23.
    25. https://careerforum.net/ja/event/bos/companylist_67/3234/seminar/
    26. https://ai-products.net/30507/sony-hr-goo-ai-x-design-interview/
    27. TOP YELL, 2013-11 Issue (pg 54). Release Date: 2013-10-07.
    28. "春から/山木梨沙" (in Japanese). Country Girls Official Blog. 2016-03-23.
    29. "リラックス/山木梨沙" (in Japanese). Country Girls Official Blog. 2016-06-10.
    30. "エンサイマーダ/山木梨沙" (in Japanese). Country Girls Official Blog. 2017-05-24.
    31. Pocket Morning. 2016-11-11. (Translation by Ro-kun)
    32. "℃-ute DVD Magazine Vol.40 CM" (in Japanese). UF Goods Land (via YouTube). 2014-04-01.
    33. "ハロプロ、2年ぶりの新ユニット誕生!研修生から8人抜てき!「Hello!Project 2015 WINTER ~DANCE MODE!~」 #Hello! Project" (in Japanese). maidigitv (via YouTube). 2015-01-02.
    34. "汗かきメイトと/山木梨沙" (in Japanese). Country Girls Official Blog. 2016-09-23.
    35. Pocket Morning. 2017-02-10. (English Translation)
    36. Yamaki Risa. "さんきゅー!/山木梨沙" (in Japanese). Country Girls Official Blog. 2018-07-01.

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