Nakanishi Kana
中西(なかにし) ()()
Nakanishi Kana promoting "Ai Sae Areba Nanni mo Iranai"
Background Information
Also Known As Kanana (かなな?)
Kananan (かななん?)
Born June 4, 1997 (1997-06-04) (age 20)
Origin Osaka, Japan
Blood Type A
Zodiac Sign Gemini Gemini
Height 160cm
Genres J-Pop
Occupation Idol, singer, actress, model
Years Active 2011-present
(6 years)
Agency UP-FRONT AGENCY (2011-2012)
Associated Acts ANGERME, Mobekimasu, trugranful, Okaileage
Blog ANGERME 2ki
ANGERME Information
Joined August 14, 2011
Generation 2nd Generation
Member Color       Light Pink (2014-Present)
      Light Blue (2011-2014)
Debut Single Tachiagirl
Time in Group 6 Years, 1 Month, 27 Days
Nakanishi's Autograph
I have a tender image for angel, and I named it wishing to spend days having a tender heart like an angel. Also, you shed tears when your feelings are at their height, like when you are too happy or too sad, so I wanted to shed that kind of tears with you guys.[1]

–Nakanishi Kana, December 2014

Nakanishi Kana (中西香菜) is a member of Hello! Project as a second generation member and sub-leader of ANGERME. She was first introduced at the Hello! Project 2011 SUMMER ~Nippon no mirai wa WOW WOW Live~ concert on August 14, 2011.



Nakanishi Kana, October 2016


Nakanishi Kana, April 2016


Nakanishi Kana, November 2015


Nakanishi Kana, July 2015


Nakanishi Kana, February 2015


Nakanishi Kana, August 2014

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Nakanishi Kana, April 2014


Nakanishi Kana, December 2013


Nakanishi Kana, July 2013


Nakanishi Kana, May 2013


Nakanishi Kana, March 2013

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Nakanishi Kana, November 2012


Nakanishi Kana, August 2012

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Nakanishi Kana, May 2011


Nakanishi Kana, February 2012

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Nakanishi Kana, December 2011


Auditioning for S/mileage, July 2011

Early LifeEdit

Nakanishi Kana was born on June 4, 1997 in Osaka, Japan.

She learned piano from when she was 5 years old to 12.


In summer 2011, Nakanishi auditioned for the S/mileage Shin Member Boshuu! audition, with her audition number being #1111. On August 14, during the Hello! Project 2011 SUMMER concert tour, Nakanishi Kana was announced as a S/mileage sub-member along with Katsuta Rina, Takeuchi Akari, Kosuga Fuyuka, and Tamura Meimi.

On October 16, Nakanishi was promoted to an official member of S/mileage along with the other sub-members, becoming the second generation members.


On May 13, information was released about an event featuring Morning Musume's 9th and 10th generation members as well as S/mileage’s 2nd generation members, titled Mosuma FC Event ~Gachi☆Kira~, that would take place throughout June and early July at Yokohama Blitz.


On April 14, S/mileage's 2nd generation members held a fanclub event.

On May 26, it was announced that Nakanishi would take part in a new project called Yattaruchan Daisakusen starting in August, for which she would go on a mission to become "Super Yattaruchan", along with the support of Takeuchi Akari. On the same day, Nakanishi opened an official Twitter account.[2]

On July 24, she announced that she finished shooting for her first solo DVD, sweet kana, which was later released on October 3.


On March 2, Takeuchi Akari and Nakanishi tweeted that their Twitter accounts would become inactive, but they would start to update their blog more often. Some of Nakanishi's last tweets stated: "Maido! I still need to grow so I don't think I've become Yattaruchan yet but I'm glad I learned many things and met many people through Operation Yattaruchan(*^_^*)", "Maido! I feed very sad and I don't agree w/the decision(>_<) I won't forget everything that happened on Twitter and I'll keep updating the blog so please read it(*^_^*) Thank you(*^_^*)", and "Maido! I hope I can tweet again, to be continued...".[3]

On June 2, Nakanishi celebrated her 17th birthday at fanclub event titled S/mileage ~Nakanishi Kana Birthday Event 2014~. The event featured two performances in Tokyo.


On June 4, Nakanishi celebrated her 18th birthday at a fanclub event called ANGERME Nakanishi Kana Birthday Event 2015, featuring one performance at TOKYO FM HALL.

On November 29 during the ANGERME First Concert Tour 2015 Aki "Hyakka Ryouran" ~Fukuda Kanon Sotsugyou Special~, Nakanishi and Takeuchi Akari were appointed as joint sub-leaders of ANGERME.


On June 6, Nakanishi celebrated her 19th birthday at a fanclub event called ANGERME Nakanishi Kana Birthday Event 2016, featuring two performances at TOKYO FM HALL.


On June 5, Nakanishi will celebrate her 20th birthday at a fanclub event titled ANGERME Nakanishi Kana Birthday Event 2017. The event will feature two performances at TOKYO FM HALL.

Personal LifeEdit

Nakanishi has 2 siblings: an older sister by 2 years, Marina, and a younger brother. She also has two pet dogs named Chocolat and RuRu.

When she auditioned for S/mileage, Nakanishi was a 2nd year middle school student.

In March 2016, Nakanishi graduated from high school.[4] She attended Hinode High School, a private academy known for its alumni in the entertainment industry, and also graduated with Ikuta Erina.[5]

The following list are notable friendships Nakanishi Kana has acquired:

Nakanishi's given name, "Kana", means fragrance (香; Ka) combined with a phonetic character (菜; na). It's a feminine Japanese given name and surname.

Here is a list of nicknames that was used to refer to Nakanishi Kana:

  • Kananan (かななん): Official nickname, given her since joining S/mileage. Used by members and fans.
  • Kanana (かなな): Unofficial nickname, given her since joining S/mileage used by fans.


  • Name: Nakanishi Kana (中西香菜)
  • Nickname: Kananan (かななん), Kanana (かなな)
  • Birthday: June 4, 1997 (1997-06-04) (age 20)
  • Birthplace: Osaka, Japan
  • Bloodtype: A
  • Height: 160cm (5'3")
  • Western Zodiac: Gemini
  • Eastern Zodiac: Ox
  • Hello! Project Status:
  • Years in ANGERME: 3 years
  • Official Kaomoji: 川*⌒v⌒)
  • S/mileage / ANGERME Color:
    • Light Blue (2011-2014)
    • Light Pink (2014-Present)
  • Audition Song: "Suki-chan" by S/mileage
  • Hello! Project Groups:


See also: List:Nakanishi Kana Discography Featured In

Solo SongsEdit

Solo DVDsEdit

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Fanclub DVDsEdit

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Featured on the coverEdit


  • [2012.01.xx] Memew DX
  • [2014.xx.xx] Anican R Yanyan (Vol.12)




  • [2012] Kaidan Shin Mimibukuro•Igyou (怪談新耳袋・異形)

TV ProgramsEdit

  • [2011-2012] Hello Pro! TIME (ハロプロ!TIME)
  • [2012] S/mileage no Sono Joshiki Choto Mate Kudasai! (スマイレージのその常識チョトマテクダサイ!)
  • [2012-2013] Hello! SATOYAMA Life (ハロー! SATOYAMA ライフ)
  • [2014-] The Girls Live



  • [2012] Mister Donut (ミスタードーナツの)

Music VideosEdit




  • [2012–2014] SS1422
  • [2015–] AS1422
  • [2017] HELLO! DRIVE! (HELLO! DRIVE! -ハロドラ-) (Thursdays)


  • Her favorite foods are okonomiyaki and fried green peppers.
  • Her specialties are swimming and making weird faces.
  • Her hobbies include playing with her dogs and collecting gorilla items. She even owns a gorilla wallet.
  • Her favorite animals are dogs.
  • Her favorite color is Light Blue.
  • Her favorite subject is science.
  • Her favorite English word is "Surprise!!".
  • She looks up to Maeda Yuuka, Tanaka Reina, Wada Ayaka, and Fukuda Kanon.
  • Nakanishi is the oldest of the ANGERME 2nd generation.
  • If she could join another group, she'd join Morning Musume as an 11th generation member.
  • She'd like to go to an amusement park with Takeuchi Akari.
  • She is good at imitating menacing cats and gorillas.
  • She considers her strong point to be never giving up, and her weak points to be shyness and sleeping too much.
  • She describes her personality as loud.
  • She was a big fan of S/mileage member Maeda Yuuka.
  • She is the only member of S/mileage to be from Kansai.
  • She is the only current S/mileage member to have never worked with any other Hello! Project member prior to joining.
  • She had no dancing or singing experience before joining the group.
  • She covers Fukumura Mizuki in Team Okai.
  • She once took Suzuki Kanon's beloved bear "Cha-chan". Kanon said she was shocked to see Cha-chan in Kana's arm instead of by her mirror in the dressing room.
  • On an episode of Hello! SATOYAMA Life, a make-up artist taught Nakanishi how to get a double eyelid look using special tape.
  • According to Fukuda Kanon's blog entry, Kana is a fan of THE Possible member Goto Yuki.
  • One of her favorite songs is "Genkimono de Ikou!."
  • She believes that Tamura Meimi is the most energetic member of Hello! Project, while Suzuki Kanon being the mellowest.
  • During the Yattaruchan Daisakusen, she tweeted and became good friends with Boston Red Sox player Koji Uehara.
  • She is allergic to cats.[10]
  • She kisses Tamura Meimi before concerts.
  • In Fukuda Kanon's final interview before her graduation, she had this to say about Nakanishi: "She’s changed the most since joining the group – it’s like she’s a different person. Her singing ability and her power of expression have really improved, so I’m sure she’s been putting in a lot of work behind the scenes."[11]
  • She and Tamura Meimi were the first members of S/mileage that were not from Hello Pro Kenshuusei.
  • She was upset that her little brother doesn't want to take baths with her anymore.

See AlsoEdit

Honorary TitlesEdit

Honorary titles
Preceded by

Sub-leader of ANGERME
November 29, 2015 - Present
(With Takeuchi Akari)

Succeeded by

Nakanishi Family TreeEdit



  1. "スマイレージ新グループ名は「アンジュルム」" (in Japanese). Natalie. 2014-12-17.
  3. Nakanishi Kana. "Kana "Maido! I still...". smileage english (@namasma_eng) via Twitter. 2014-03-02.
  4. "4/1(^ ^)中西香菜" (in Japanese). ANGERME Amerika Nikki Blog. 2016-04-01.
  6. Nakanishi Kana. "スマイル!中西香菜" (in Japanese). S/mileage 2ki Official Blog. 2014-10-05.
  7. "SS1422 #84". 2014-08-24.
  8. "SS1422 #84". 2014-08-24.
  9. "SS1422 #84". 2014-08-24.
  10. Nakanishi Kana. "幼馴染 中西香菜" (in Japanese). S/mileage 2nd Generation Members Amebo Blog. 2013-11-19
  11. Sakurai Takamasa. "#39 Kanon Fukuda’s Final Interview as a Member of ANGERME". Asian Beat. 2015-11-25.

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