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A Tribute to Risa Watanabe of the Group Now Known as Sakurazaka46

Updated on May 13, 2022
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Ara is a journalism graduate from California State University, Northridge, who is always looking to explore his writing opportunities.

What Will This Article Cover?

This celebrity tribute will cover the singer Risa Watanabe of the girl group that was known at one time under its former name of Keyakizaka46 but that now performs its activities under a different name.

A Look at Risa Watanabe During the Photo Session for the Single Futari Saison in 2016


Who is Risa Watanabe & What Does She Do?

Risa Watanabe is now a member of the girl group formerly known as Keyakizaka46 but is now called Sakurazaka46. Sh was also a member of their Kanji Keyakizaka46 which was essentially the main group of promoted members within Keyakizaka46.

Risa Watanabe's Life and Career

Risa Watanabe During the Photo Session for the Single "Fukyouwaon"

Watanabe Will Release a Solo Photo Book In April 2019

Watanabe is actually scheduled to release her first solo photo book on April 10, 2019. The photo book is said to show her cool side as well as her cute side. The photos for the book were taken in Miami and the Bahamas.

Risa Watanabe's Transition Into a New Girl Group

Note: as we update this article in 2021, the group that Risa Watanabe is a part of actually now goes by the name of Sakurazaka46 and I did not know that the group made its debut on October 14, 2020 and released their debut single called Nobody’s Fault. This is the group that was previously known as Keyakizaka46 (wow another long group name!).

Risa Watanabe During the Photo Session for the Single Kaze ni Fukarete Mo

Interesting Facts About Risa Watanabe Part 1

  • Her audition song was Blue Sky Blue Flower.
  • She says that her favorite member of the group Nogizaka46 is Asuka Saito. Note: Nogizaka46 is a Japanese idol group produced by the very famous Yasushi Akimoto and they are considered as the first rival group to AKB48.

A Map of Ibaraki Japan, the Birthplace of Risa Watanabe

Interesting Facts About Risa Watanabe Part 2

  • She is said to share many same traits with another J POP idol singer Rika Watanabe who is also in Keyakizaka46.
  • Risa Watanabe says that she hates being indecisive.
  • Her favorite food is yakiniku.
  • Her least favorite animals are insects.
  • She feels that she was a sloth in a previous life.
  • At the very first greeting kind of event for Keyakizaka46, Risa claimed to have some kind of liking for the long escalator in the Nagatacho Station of the Hanzoumon Line of the city of Tokyo Metro.
  • When she joined Keyakizaka46, Risa had long hair but before she made her debut with the group, her hair was said to have been cut by 10 CM or more to make it shorter.
  • During her junior high school years, Risa was a member of her school’s volleyball club.

© 2019 Ara Vahanian


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