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Risako Sugaya J Pop Singer Actress Supermodel & Former Member of Girl Group Berryz Kobo

Updated on April 1, 2020
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A First Look at the Very Cute Risako Sugaya

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Risako Sugaya looking very happy as she is smiling about something.
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Who Is Risako Sugaya?

Risako Sugaya is a former member of the girl group called Berryz Kobo. She is also an actress and bikini model. Sugaya is just 25 years old. It was on June 30, 2002 that she passed the Hello! Project Kids Audition. She was put into a girl group that would be known as Berryz Kobo. Joining her would be seven other members including Momoko Tsugunaga. However, member Maiha Ishimura would graduate early, leaving in October 2005. And because Risako was a member of Berryz Kobo, we should give readers just a brief look at the group known as Berryz Kobo or Berryz Workshop in English.

Berryz Kobo was founded as a major Japanese pop music group within Hello! Project around 2004 and their combined CD and DVD sales are estimated to be over 1 million copies in Japan. As of 2015 though, the group is on what is called a hiatus period and it doesn’t look likely that they will ever reform.

Risako Sugaya Has Also Worked as an Actress

Sugaya would start appearing in movies as early as 2003. In that year, she starred in the movie Hotaru no Hoshi. She plays the role of Hikari. Hikari is an elementary school student who gets help from her teacher and becomes reunited with her deceased mother for a short time. Hikari then overcomes her emotional problems. Sugaya also starred in a drama called Shonan Kawayarane Monogatari.

Risako Sugaya: Her Career From 2004-2008

Sugaya would also be a part of the event called Kohaku Uta Gassen. This is a year-end singing contest in Japan where there are two teams: the red team and the white team. Each team has a captain. Sugaya appeared in the contest as one of the backup dancers for Aya Matsuura. In 2006, Sugaya would do a cover of Matsuura’s song called Yeah! Meccha Holiday! Sugaya would release a solo single of her own called Real Love in 2008.

It would be in 2004 that Sugaya would join the group Berryz Kobo. She along with Tsugunaga, Yurina Kumai and Miyabi Natsuyaki would become the central performers. The band had a weekly radio show called Berryz Kobo Kiritsu Rei Chakuseki! In late 2006, Sugaya would make history by becoming the youngest member of Hello! Project to release a photo book. In October 2006, she was 12 years old. The book was met with mixed feelings by Japanese and foreign fans. Sugaya herself admitted in an interview that she had doubts about the photo shoot. She claimed that she had a pleasant experience and encouraged fans to enjoy the various facets of her personality. On December 31, 2006, Sugaya was chosen to take part in Kohaku Uta Gassen. This time, she appeared as a backup dancer during Morning Musume’s performance of the song Aruiteiru. Joining her at the event were the other members of Berryz Kobo along with the members of Country Musume and C-ute. Note: as of 2015, Country Musume is under the name of Country Girls.

Risako Sugaya: Her Career From 2009-2012

2009 would begin very well for Sugaya. She was chosen to become a member of the group Guardians 4 with Yurina Kumai, Saki Nakajima, and Aika Mitsui. These girls would record music for the anime called Shugo Chara! In July 2009, it was made public that Sugaya would form part of the unit called Zoko Biyuuden. The group was known as v-u-den from 2004 through 2008. It had Rika Ishikawa, Erika Miyoshi, and Yui Okada as members. But this time, joining Sugaya would be Sayumi Michishige and Chinese born singer JunJun. In 2010, Sugaya started to do voice acting. On November 12, 2010, she and Mana Ogawa were nominated for Billboard Japan’s “Independent Artist of the Year 2010” Award. This is because of their voice acting work on the anime called Gokujo Meccha Motte Iinchou. In 2012, Sugaya starred in a stage play called Cat’s Eye with members from Berryz Kobo and C-ute. The play ran from September 22nd through the 30th.

The Song "Maji Bomber" (Risako Sugaya Version)

The Formation of Dia Lady & Temporary Break From Activities for Sugaya

Sugaya would join Airi Suzuki and form a group called Dia Lady. However, she would graduate from Hello! Project on March 3, 2015 along with her Berryz Kobo band mates. The group is now under a temporary suspension or hiatus. Berryz Kobo performed their last live concert at the Nippon Budokan on February 26, 2015. As of the last writing of this article, Sugaya is taking a break from the entertainment business.

A Photo of Risako Sugaya From Berryz Kobo's 10th Anniversary Concert

Some Information About Risako Sugaya's Personal Life

Note: it is now 2019 and Sugaya is married to a non-celebrity man and she gave birth to a baby girl on March 6, 2018.

"Cha Cha Sing" My Favorite Berryz Kobo Song

Interesting facts about Risako Sugaya


  • She is Berryz Kobo’s youngest member.
  • Haruna Iikubo thinks that Sugaya is the coolest member of Hello! Project.
  • Her favorite Berryz Kobo member is Miyabi Natsuyaki.
  • A boy in her class confessed his love for her in front of everyone!
  • She along with Maimi Yajima had the most magazine appearances in 2009.
  • She was the first member of Hello! Project Kids to release a solo single.
  • She only wants to change her future from where she is now.
  • She got a letter from Tsunku (Morning Musume's producer) saying that she should use lots of different looks of her own. This way, she could stand out.
  • She says that if she was able to use magic, she would like to be invisible and pull off pranks.

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