Risako Sugaya

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Risako Sugaya
Native name
Born (1994-04-04) 4 April 1994 (age 25)
Musical career
Years active2002–present
Associated acts
WebsiteHello! Project.com

Risako Sugaya (菅谷 梨沙子, Sugaya Risako, born 4 April 1994) is a former Japanese pop singer, and actress. She first gained recognition when she joined Hello! Project Kids and later became one of the lead vocalists of the girl group Berryz Kobo from 2004 to 2015.


2002-2004: Hello! Project Kids, 4Kids[edit]

Sugaya was born in Kanagawa, Japan. In 2002, she auditioned for Hello! Project Kids with the song "Minimoni Hinamatsuri" by Minimoni. Her audition tape was aired on Morning Musume's variety show Hello! Morning.[1] She was placed in the group with 14 other girls.[2][3][4] She made her first appearance as an angel in the 2002 film Mini Moni ja Movie: Okashi na Daibōken!;[5] she also was one of the featured artists in the movie's ending song as a member of 4Kids.[6]

In 2003, Sugaya starred in the movie Hotaru no Hoshi (蛍の星), as Hikari, a fragile elementary school student who, with the help of her caring teacher, has a chance to be momentarily reunited with her deceased mother and overcome her emotional problems.[7] She also starred in the drama, Shonan Kawarayane Monogatari. That year also marked her first appearance on Kōhaku Uta Gassen, as one of Aya Matsuura's backup dancers, during the 54th edition of the renowned NHK New Year program.

2004-2015: Berryz Kobo[edit]

In early 2004, Sugaya became part of the newly formed group Berryz Kobo. Since joining the group, she has also participated in the band's weekly radio show Berryz Kobo Kiritsu! Rei! Chakuseki!. She has also, like other Hello! Project members, appeared in the Musume Dokyu! segments, namely episodes 39, 40, 54, 55, and 56. Additionally, Sugaya has done a commercial for the Nihon Shokuniku Shōhi Sōgō Center in October 2003.

Later, in 2004, she participated in singing "All for One & One for All!", a collaboration single released by all Hello! Project artists under the name "H.P. All Stars."[8]

In August 2006, Sugaya was interviewed by MC Maki Goto in the 12th installment of the online only show Hello! Pro Hour. She later re-appeared alongside Momoko Tsugunaga on the 20th and final episode.

On October 12, 2006, Sugaya became the first member of Berryz Kobo, and the youngest of all the Hello! Project members, to release a solo photobook. Even prior to its release, the photobook was met with mixed feelings both by Japanese and overseas fans. Sugaya herself admitted, in an interview with Sanspo.com, to initially having doubts regarding the photoshoot, but claims to have had a pleasant experience and hopes her fans enjoy the various facets of her personality.[9]

On December 31, 2006, Sugaya once again took the stage at the 57th NHK Kōhaku Uta Gassen as a backup dancer in Morning Musume's performance of Aruiteru, along with the remaining members of Berryz Kobo, Country Musume and Cute. In mid-2009, Sugaya became a member of new unit Guardians 4.

On August 2, 2014, it was announced that Berryz Kobo would be going on an indefinite hiatus from the 3rd of March, 2015. Further, Sugaya announced she would be taking a break from show business following the cessation of group activities.

Personal life[edit]

In October 2017, Sugaya announced her marriage to a man whose identity is undisclosed, and they met through a mutual friend. In addition to this, she was five months pregnant at that time.[10] She gave birth to a girl at 1st of March 2018 and actively posting her and her daughter's life in her personal SNS [11]



Year Artist(s) Title Release date Chart
2002 Mini Moni with Ai Takahashi + 4Kids "Genki Jirushi no Ōmori Song / Okashi Tsukutte Okkasi!"
November 27, 2002 9
2010 Kitagawa Mimi (CV Ogawa Mana)
 with MM Gakuen Gasshoubu
 / Ibu Himuro (CV Sugaya Risako / Berryz Kobo)
«Oshare My Dream / Elegant Girl»
  (おしゃれ マイドリーム/エレガントガール)[12]
October 13, 2010 10


  • "Making Of Mini Moni. the Movie: Okashi na Daibōken!" (メイキング・オブ ミニモニ。じゃムービー お菓子な大冒険!) (January 21, 2003)
  • "Mini Moni. the Movie: Okashi na Daibōken!" (ミニモニ。じゃムービー お菓子な大冒険!) (June 18, 2003)
  • "Hello! Morning. Mini Moni. Kappa no Kadō" (ハロー!モーニング。ミニモニ。河童の花道) (June 30, 2004)
  • "Hotaru no Hoshi" (ほたるの星) (December 22, 2004)
  • "Shōnan Kawara-yane Monogatari" (湘南瓦屋根物語 vol.1 - 3) (December 7, 2005)
  • "Musume Dokyu! vol.2" (娘DOKYU! vol.2) (December 14, 2005)
  • "Hello Kids! vol.2" (ハローキッズ! vol.2) (February 22, 2006)
  • "Hello Pro Hour Vol. 5" (ハロプロアワー Vol.5) (January 24, 2007)

Solo DVDs[edit]

No. Title Release date Chart
1 Sugaya Risako in Hokkaido
  (菅谷梨沙子 in 北海道)
December 2, 2009 64 Piccolo Town
2 Le Soleil February 12, 2011 Up-Front Works
(e-LineUP!, lim. distribution)
Limited edition DVDs[edit]
  • "Go→50 Vol. 2-4" (ゴ→50 Vol.2・4) (December 13, 2005, March 15, 2006)
  • "Bishōjo Kyōiku II ~Mori no Obenkyō Kaihen~ (美少女教育II 〜森のお勉強会編〜) (February 14, 2006)
  • "Risako Sugaya DVD on Hello! Project Sports Festival 2006" (July 1, 2006)
  • "Risako Sugaya on Berryz Kōbō Summer Concert Tour 2006 [Natsu Natsu! ~Anata wo Suki ni Naru Sangekusō] (菅谷梨沙子 on Berryz工房サマーコンサートツアー2006 『夏夏!〜あなたを好きになる三原則〜』) (December 16, 2006)
  • "Berryz Kōbō DVD Magazine Vol. 8 Risako Sugaya" (Berryz工房 DVD MAGAZINE Vol.8 菅谷梨沙子) (April 1, 2007)
  • "Risako Sugaya on Berryz Kōbō Concert Tour 2007 Summer ~Welcome! Berryz Kyūden~" (菅谷梨沙子 on Berryz工房コンサートツアー2007夏 〜ウェルカム!Berryz宮殿〜) (January 26, 2008)
  • "Ura Uta Dokii! Vol.2" (ウラ歌ドキッ! Vol.2) (March 16, 2008)
  • "Risako Sugaya Shashinshū Ring 3 ~Ring Ring Ringg!~ -Making DVD Special Edition-" (菅谷梨沙子写真集 Ring3〜リンリンリンッ!〜 -Making DVD Special Edition-) (April 1, 2008)


  • "Berryz Kobo Kiritsu! Rei! Chakuseki!" (Berryz工房 起立! 礼! 着席!) (March 30, 2005 - March 31, 2009)
  • "Tsuukai! Berryz Okoku" (痛快! Berryz王国) (July 3, 2009 – March 30, 2012) (Co-hosts: Miyabi Natsuyaki and Yurina Kumai)


  • "1st Solo Photobook 'Risako' (1stソロ写真集「Risako」) (October 12, 2006, Wani Books) ISBN 978-4-8470-2964-6
  • "2nd Solo Photobook 'pure+' (2ndソロ写真集「pure+」) (July 20, 2007, Wani Books) ISBN 978-4-8470-4019-1
  • "3rd Solo Photobook 'Ring 3 ~Ring Ring Ringg!~'" (3rdソロ写真集「Ring3〜リンリンリンッ!〜」) (February 6, 2008, Kadokawa Group Publishing) ISBN 978-4-04-895013-8
  • "4th Solo Photobook 'Risō'" (4thソロ写真集「梨想」) (November 27, 2009, Wani Books) ISBN 978-4-8470-4215-7


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  2. ^ ハロープロジェクト・キッズ (in Japanese). Hello! Project. Archived from the original on 2005-11-26.
  3. ^ "【ハロー! プロジェクト モベキマス】超豪華! モーニング娘。・Berryz工房・℃-ute・真野恵里菜・スマイレージら総勢29名の巨大ユニット「ハロー! プロジェクト モベキマス」誕生! « Kawaii girl Japan". Kawaii Girl Japan. 2011-09-02. Archived from the original on 2011-11-04. Retrieved 2012-05-08.
  4. ^ "大切な日". ℃-ute 公式ブログ-大切な日 - GREE. 2010-06-30. Retrieved 2012-05-08.
  5. ^ "テレビ東京 CINEMA STREET / 仔犬ダンの物語/ミニモニTHEムービーお菓子な大冒険" (in Japanese). TV Tokyo. Retrieved 2017-06-20.
  6. ^ ミニモニ。じゃムービーお菓子な大冒険!オリジナルサウンドトラック (in Japanese). Hello! Project. Archived from the original on 2009-03-21. Retrieved 2017-06-20.
  7. ^ "Hotaru no Hoshi (2003)". IMDb.
  8. ^ ハロー!プロジェクト オフィシャルサイト (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2004-12-01. Archived from the original on 2012-07-31. Retrieved 2017-07-19.
  9. ^ 魅惑の小学6年生…Berryz工房・菅谷梨沙子が七変化 (in Japanese). Sankei Sports. 2006-10-12. Archived from the original on 2008-01-12.
  10. ^ "Berryz工房の菅谷梨沙子が結婚&妊娠、これからは「私らしくマイペースに」" (in Japanese). Natalie. 2017-10-19. Retrieved 2017-10-20.
  11. ^ "Former Berryz Kobo member Risako Sugaya gives birth to baby girl!". ARAMA! JAPAN. 2018-03-06. Retrieved 2019-03-22.
  12. ^ "北神未海(CV小川真奈) with MM学園 合唱部,氷室衣舞(CV菅谷梨沙子/Berryz工房)のCDシングルランキング │オリコン芸能人事典-ORICON STYLE". Oricon. Retrieved 2014-04-30.
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