Hello! Project Wiki

Niigaki Risa

2,897pages on
this wiki
This Page Needs Citation
This article has a lack of citations. Please help this wiki community keep honest material by adding reference.

Any out of the ordinary information without references will be removed within 6 months.

Niigaki Risa
Niigaki Risa2
Niigaki Risa, February 2014
Nickname Gaki-san (がきさん?)
Born October 20, 1988 (1988-10-20) (age 26)
Birth Place Kanagawa, Japan
Blood Type B
Zodiac Sign Libra Libra
Height 154.5cm
Professional Information
Genres J-Pop
Occupation Idol, Singer, Actress, Model
Years Active 2001-present
(13 years)
Label Zetima, UP-FRONT WORKS
Group Morning Musume
Generation 5th Generation
Associated Acts Morning Musume, Tanpopo, Morning Musume Sakura Gumi, Morning Musume Tanjou 10nen Kinentai, Athena & Robikerottsu, ZYX-α, Happy 7, 7AIR, H.P. All Stars, Mobekimasu
Blog Niigaki Risa Official Blog
Graduated May 18, 2012
Name Spelling
Gakisan autograph
Niigaki's Autograph
Birth Name
Kanji 新垣 里沙
Hiragana にいがき りさ
Katakana ニイガキ リサ
Romaji Niigaki Risa

Niigaki Risa (新垣里沙, born October 20, 1988 in Kanagawa, Japan) is a Japanese Pop singer and idol managed by J.P. Room. She was formerly part of Hello! Project as a fifth generation member and the former leader of the Japanese pop group Morning Musume and was a member of the group Tanpopo and the leader of Athena & Robikerottsu, as well as participating in the shuffle units Happy 7, 7AIR, ZYX-α and H.P. All Stars. She was also a member of the Morning Musume splinter group, Morning Musume Sakura Gumi.

She joined Morning Musume in 2001 along with Takahashi Ai, Konno Asami and Ogawa Makoto. Niigaki was the sub-leader of Morning Musume, inheriting the title from the the former leader Takahashi Ai and was sub-leader until Takahashi's graduation. As of 2009, she was the longest serving sub-leader.

Niigaki was also the leader of Hello! Project. On January 2nd, it was announced that Niigaki Risa will graduate from their next Spring Tour 2012 "Ultra Smart". On May 18 2012, she graduated from Morning Musume and Hello! Project alongside Mitsui Aika at Nippon Budokan.



Niigaki Risa, October 2013


Niigaki Risa, March 2013


Niigaki Risa, November 2012


Niigaki Risa, Fall 2012


Niigaki Risa, September 2012


Niigaki Risa, May 2012

Niigaki Risa-259146

Niigaki Risa, May 18 2012 (Risa's graduation message)


Niigaki Risa, April 2012


Niigaki Risa, December 2011


Niigaki Risa, October 2011


Niigaki Risa, September 2011

Niigaki Only You

Niigaki Risa, June 2011


Niigaki Risa,March 2011


Niigaki Risa, December 2010


Niigaki Risa, November 2010

Niigaki 012 img

Niigaki Risa, October 2010


Niigaki Risa, June 2010

Niigaki 01 img 2

Niigaki Risa, March 2010

Niigaki 01 img

Niigaki Risa, January 2010


Niigaki Risa, October 2009


Niigaki Risa, August 2009


Niigaki Risa, May 2009


Niigaki Risa, April 2008

Atena official 20080101 02

Niigaki Risa, February 2008

Atena official 20071114 02

Niigaki Risa, November 2007

Risa 06

Niigaki Risa, July 2007

Risa 02

Niigaki Risa, April 2007


Niigaki Risa, February 2007


Niigaki Risa, November 2006


Niigaki Risa, March 2006

Risa 03

Niigaki Risa, February 2006


Niigaki Risa, July 2005


Niigaki Risa, March 2002

Picture 8png

Niigaki Risa during 5th generation auditions

Early LifeEdit

Niigaki Risa was born on October 20, 1988 to a couple whose name are undisclosed.


In 2001, Niigaki joined Morning Musume as the fifth generation along with Takahashi Ai, Konno Asami, and Ogawa Makoto. Morning Musume producer Tsunku said he chose Niigaki because she "shined during the final studio recording" for the audition song that all the finalists had to sing.

She debuted on the group's 13th single, Mr.Moonlight ~Ai no Big Band~ alongside her fellow generation members.


Her first appearance on a full-length Morning Musume recording was on the album, 4th Ikimasshoi!.

In June, she also debuted in a shuffle unit, as part of Happy 7, coincidentally with two other members of her generation (Takahashi and Ogawa).

In 2002, Niigaki participated in a drama alongside her fellow Morning Musume members titled Angel Hearts. She also participated in another drama, Ore ga Aitsu de Aitsu ga Ore de. Niigaki also recieved a part in the movie Tokkaekko alongside other Morning Musume members. It was released on July 17.

Later in September, all of the fifth generation members were placed into subgroups. Niigaki was placed into Tanpopo as a member of the third generation, along with Konno Asami. The new grouping only managed to release one single before becoming inactive.

Niigaki continued her career in Morning Musume during 2002 and into 2003. She also participated in the 2002 Happiness Groups as a member of Happy 7. Niigaki also released a joint photobook with the rest of the fifth generation members.

In December 14, the movie Koinu Dan no Monogatari was released in theaters, in which Niigaki played the minor character Kawaguchi Ako.


In a surprise move by Tsunku, Morning Musume was split into two halves - Morning Musume Otome Gumi and Morning Musume Sakura Gumi - so that the large group could perform in smaller towns that could not hold the larger numbers the full ensemble needed. Niigaki was placed into Sakura Gumi and released two singles with the group before the two groups merged together and formed Morning Musume once more. Niigaki was included in the 2003 Elemental Shuffle Groups as a member of 7AIR.

2004 Edit

Niigaki performed alongside the entire then-ensemble of Hello! Project in a single, large shuffle unit, H.P. All Stars, releasing one single with the unit, "ALL FOR ONE & ONE FOR ALL!". She also released her first solo photobook.

2005 Edit

Niigaki joined the Hello! Project concert unit Hello! Project Akagumi as a member of Morning Musume. She also participated in two radio shows, those being TBC Fun Fīrudo Mōretsu Mōdasshu and Hello Pro Yanen!!.

2006 Edit

Niigaki joined the Hello! Project concert unit Wonderful Hearts as a member of Morning Musume. Niigaki released her second solo photobook, "Ama Natsu", on June 25.

2007 Edit

In early 2007, Niigaki was chosen to be a member of Morning Musume Tanjou 10nen Kinentai along with Iida Kaori, Abe Natsumi, Goto Maki and Kusumi Koharu. The unit was created to celebrate Morning Musume's 10th anniversary. Their first single, Bokura ga Ikiru MY ASIA, was released on January 24, 2007. On June 1, 2007, following Fujimoto Miki's resignation from Morning Musume, Takahashi Ai replaced Fujimoto as leader, while Niigaki took Takahashi's place as sub-leader.

Following Tsuji Nozomi's pregnancy announcement, Niigaki took over the role of Athena in the animation series Robby & Kerobby. In October 2007, Niigaki was placed in the unit Athena &Robikerottsu along with fellow Morning Musume member Mitsui Aika, as well as Nakajima Saki and Okai Chisato of ℃-ute.

2008 Edit

It was announced in July 2008, that Niigaki and fellow Morning Musume member Takahashi Ai would play the 80s J-pop duo Pink Lady in the TV Drama Hitmaker Aku Yū Monogatari. From August 6, 2008 through August 25, Morning Musume along with members of the Takarazuka Revue performed a version of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella with Niigaki playing the Prince.

On August 26, 2008, Niigaki became one of four members to remain in Morning Musume for seven years or more (the others being Iida Kaori, Yoshizawa Hitomi and fellow fifth generation member Takahashi Ai). On January 17, 2009, Niigaki and Takahashi became the longest serving members in Morning Musume history, breaking the four year old record set by Iida Kaori.


In 2009, Niigaki was assigned to be a part of the new shuffle group ZYX-α along with Kusumi Koharu, Umeda Erika, Tsugunaga Momoko, Tokunaga Chinami, Sudo Maasa, Wada Ayaka, and Ogawa Saki.

It was announced by the official Anime Expo website that Japanese pop group Morning Musume will be attending the annual anime convention, the Anime Expo in Los Angeles, California in July 2009. They were the guests of honor at the event. She and all other members of the current lineup (as well as Kusumi Koharu) attended the Anime Expo. At the convention, Morning Musume held autograph sessions and a concert. The amount of fans who came to the concert reached over 7,000 people.


It was announced in 2010 that Niigaki would be starring in a movie called Gekijoubon Hontou ni Atta Kowai Hanashi 3D as one of the main characters. The movie will star Niigaki along with Nakajima Saki of ℃-ute and Hello! Pro Kenshuusei members Takagi Sayuki and Sato Ayano


On the 9th of January 2011, fellow 5th generation member Takahashi Ai announced that she would be graduating from the group at the end of their Autumn concert tour, making Niigaki the new leader of the group once Takahashi graduates, Niigaki will become the member with the longest tenure in the groups history, and the first leader to have once been the youngest member.

On August 26, 2011, Niigaki and Takahashi Ai turned 10 years being in Morning Musume, and 10 years that 5th generation were held.

On September 30, 2011, she became the new Leader of Morning Musume and Hello! Project after Takahashi Ai graduated.

Niigaki starred in a stage play titled Reborn ~Inochi no Audition~ along with Tanaka Reina, the 9th Generation members, and Kudo Haruka.


On January 2, 2012 it was announced that Niigaki will graduate from Morning Musume and Hello! Project on the last day of the Morning Musume Concert Tour 2012 Haru ~Ultra Smart~ Niigaki Risa Mitsui Aika Graduation Special on May 18, 2012 at the Nippon Budokan. She became the longest-serving member of Morning Musume with 3918 days being there, or 10 years, 8 months and 22 days.

When Niigaki graduated, Morning Musume and Hello! Project leadership was passed on to Michishige Sayumi.

Tsunku's Statement
Thank you for always supporting us.

On this day we have an announcement regarding Morning Musume 5th generation member “Niigaki Risa.

Niigaki Risa, on the final performance for the spring tour beginning on 2012/2/18, “Morning Musume。 Concert Tour 2012 Spring ~Ultra Smart~”, will be graduating from Morning Musume.

As an elementary schooler who loved Morning Musume。 she passed the 5th generation, “Morning Musume。 LOVE Audition 2001”, she was welcomed in her first single released in October of 2001, "Mr.Moonlight~Ai no Big Band~". Since then, with constant smiles and cheerfulness, and her never changing “I love Morning Musume!” title, she’s been a part of them up until now. As subleader since June of 2007, she’s supported Takahashi Ai and the group, and after Takahashi’s graduation, she’s continued to support the continuing addition of new members into Morning Musume。 as leader.

For this girl as well, as far back as a year ago, I’ve considered this path at the same time I was considering the timing of Takahashi’s graduation.

Being challenged with songs and rap as well, for several years Niigaki has carried the heart of the groups songs. Our mission was also to be able to pass the torch to Niigaki. Certainly, there are times when we’ve relied on this girls vitality as well; we entrusted into her leadership the new members who had just joined as well, and so, I’ve searched for the right timing for her graduation. However, we couldn’t hold back her growth forever and so, even though she herself greatly expressed her sadness over graduating from the Morning Musume。 she loves, with the honor of “Longest enrolled member of Morning Musume”, and with great significance firming our resolve, we decided that she would graduate on the final day of this year’s Spring tour.

After graduation she hopes to focus on being a singer, being on stage, and acting, including variety work, being able to do a multitude of different activities.

For now, she’ll be making this New Year’s Hello! Project Performancea success, from there until the final day of the Morning Musume。 tour starting after that. Everyone, until the very end, we wish that you’d please support Niigaki Risa!

And, those of you who are supporting Morning Musume。 as well as all of Hello!Project, please support us as well!"

2012/1/2 Morning Musume Producer Tsunku♂

Niigaki Risa's Statement
I, Niigaki Risa,

will be graduating from Morning Musume and Hello! Project with this years Spring tour. I had been thinking about graduation myself, for about a year, I had thought about graduating with Takahashi Aichan, but with the new members joining and everything, I postponed it just a little bit.

After my Morning Musume graduation, I’ll be studying full force in acting; I feel like I want to challenge myself with experiences in theater and dramas that I couldn’t have experienced while I was doing group activities. But, with these months I have left in Morning Musume, I’ll be giving it my very best as leader!"

2012/1/2 Morning Musume Leader Niigaki Risa

Niigaki Risa will conclude activites in Morning Musume and Hello! Project by promoting Ren'ai Hunter and Morning Musume Concert Tour 2012 Haru ~Ultra Smart~ Niigaki Risa Mitsui Aika Graduation Special.

On February 7, she announced an FC Bus Tour on April. It will take place on April 21 and 22.

On February 17, Niigaki opened an Ameblo Blog.

On March 9, Niigaki's grandmother passed away at the age of 78.

On May 6, 2012, it was revealed that Morning Musume 8th Generation member Mitsui Aika will graduate alongside Niigaki. Mitsui graduated from Morning Musume due to an ankle fracture which was always under strain due to dancing, especially during concerts, and has been in hiatus since May 2011. Niigaki and Mitsui will graduate from Morning Musume at Morning Musume's 2012 Spring Concert Tour on May 18, 2012 at the Nippon Budokan.

In May Niigaki will star in a movie called Tobidase Shinsengumi! The movie will open in Spring 2013.


On March 2nd and 3rd, Niigaki participated in SATOYAMA e Yukou ~Forest For Rest~ along with other Hello! Project and UP-FRONT PROMOTION members.

In March, Niigaki participated in the stageplay Zettai Kareshi (English: Absolute Boyfriend) as the lead character, Izawa Riiko. The stageplay is based on the manga of the same name by Watase Yuu. It will run from March 16th through the 20th.

On July 15, Niigaki held a dinner show titled Niigaki Risa First Summer Casual Dinner Show.

On December 3, it was announced Niigaki will participate in the stage play Anta Jutte Motta. The play will run from March 6-18, 2014.


On February 1, Niigaki held a live titled Niigaki Risa Spring Live 2014 ~Gakisan wa, LIVE Banchou!~ at Duo MUSIC EXCHANGE in Shibuya, Tokyo. On March 22, Niigaki held another live under the same name at FANJ twice in Osaka, Japan. The live was released on M-line Memory Vol.14.

From December 3 to December 11, Niigaki will participate in a stage play Kurukuru to Shitto, along with Kikkawa Yu, S/mileage 3rd generation Aikawa Maho, Country Girls 5th generation member Yamaki Risa and Hello! Pro Kenshuusei member Yamagishi Riko. She plays the main role.

Personal LifeEdit

She has a younger sister. [1]

When Niigaki joined Morning Musume, she was a first middle school student.

The following list are notable friendships Niigaki Risa has acquired:

Niigaki's given name, "Risa", means hometown (里; ri) combined with one hundred-millionth (沙; sa). It's a feminine Japanese given name and surname.

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

  • Gaki-san (がきさん): Official nickname, given her since joining Morning Musume. Used by members and fans.
  • Risa-Chii (りさちい): Used by fans.


  • Hobby: Going to Disneyland, going to the Disney store
  • Favorite food: Eihire (dried stingray fins), Mickey waffles, grilled eel and parfaits
  • Disliked food: Fried meat
  • Favorite saying: "Be considerate every day and try the hardest you can! hehe"
  • Favorite color: Pea-green and white
  • Favorite flowers: Sunflowers
  • Favorite season: Winter
  • Specialty: Hangul, finishing a task, can text without looking at the keys, and is a self-proclaimed Disney master.
  • Favorite Animal: Cat, penguin


See Also: List:Niigaki Risa Discography Featured In

Digital SinglesEdit

Event VEdit


Solo SongsEdit


  • [2012.12.04] Petit Best 13 (プッチベスト13) (#14 Egao ni Namida ~THANK YOU! DEAR MY FRIENDS~)

Solo DVDsEdit

Alo Hello! Niigaki Risa DVDAlo Hello! 2 Niigaki Risa DVDAlo hello risa3 dvd coverNiigaki-Risa-as-it-isMorning Musume Niigaki Risa Sotsugyou Memorial DVDMorning Days Happy Holiday Niigaki RisaMikann maro-img422x600-1422623043pqpqfb3568


Solo PhotobooksEdit

Niigaki Risa Photobook1Niigaki Risa Amanatsu2Niigaki Risa Isshun3Niigaki Risa Happy Girl4Niigaki Risa Alo Hello! MAHALO5Img20120425219

  1. [2004.10.07] Niigaki Risa (新垣里沙)
  2. [2006.06.25] Amanatsu (あま夏)
  3. [2007.05.27] Isshun (一瞬)
  4. [2008.04.25] Happy Girl
  5. [2010.07.14] Alo!-Hello Niigaki Risa Photobook -MAHALO- (アロハロ!新垣里沙写真集-MAHALO-)
  6. [2012.04.27] ASCENSION

Digital PhotobooksEdit

Upfnii 01107Upfhellocha 12001

Group PhotobooksEdit

433px-Morning Musume - 5Alohello1


Cover girlEdit

RisaWeeklyCoachNEOBK-1237376Niigaki Risa, Takahashi Ai-385777

  • [2012.02.02] Weekly Famitsu Taiwan
  • [2012.04.26] Hello! Channel Vol.8
  • [2012.11.22] Hello! Channel Best Selection (Back cover) (with Takahashi Ai)



Tokkaekko Cover250px-Koinu Dan no Monogatari CoverHontoniattakowai

  • [2002] Tokkaekko (とっかえっ娘。)
  • [2003] Koinu Dan no Monogatari (子犬ダンの物語)
  • [2010] Gekijouban Hontou ni Atta Kowai Hanashi 3D (ほんとうにあった怖い話3D)
  • [2011] Keitai Deka The Movie 3: Morning Musume Kyuushutsu Daisakusen! ~ Pandora no Hako no Himitsu~ (ケータイ刑事 THE MOVIE3 モーニング娘。救出大作戦!~パンドラの箱の秘密)
  • [2012] Watashi ga Aitsu ni Natta Toki... (私がアイツになった時・・・)
  • [2013] Tobidase Shinsengumi! (とびだせ新選組!)
  • [2014] Black Film (ブラック・フィルム)

TV DramasEdit

New drama

  • [2002] Haikara-san ga Tooru (はいからさんが通る) (as Sumire)
  • [2002] Ore ga Aitsu de Aitsu ga Ore de (おれがあいつであいつがおれで) (as Kawahara Keiko)
  • [2002] Angel Hearts (エンジェールハーツ)
  • [2008] Hitmaker Aku Yu Monogatari (ヒットメーカー 阿久悠物語) (as Kei of Pink Lady)
  • [2010] Hanbun Esper (半分エスパー) (as Super Bus Guide Niigaki)
  • [2012] Suugaku♥Joshi Gakuen (数学♥女子学園)
  • [2013] Dai! Tensai Terebi-kun Dora Machigai (大!天才てれびくんドラまちがい)

TV ProgramsEdit

  • [2001–2007] Hello! Morning (ハロー! モーニング。)
  • [2002–2004] Tintin TOWN! (ティンティンTOWN!)
  • [2003] Soreyuke! Gorokkies (それゆけ!ゴロッキーズ)
  • [2004] Futarigoto (二人ゴト) (4 episodes)
  • [2004] Majokko Rika-chan no Magical v-u-den (魔女っ娘。梨華ちゃんのマジカル美勇伝)
  • [2005] Musume DOKYU! (娘DOKYU!)
  • [2007–2008] Haromoni@ (ハロモニ@)
  • [2008–2009] Yorosen! (よろセン!)
  • [2010–2011] Bijo Gaku (美女学)
  • [2011–2012] Hello Pro! TIME (ハロプロ!TIME)


  • [2007–2008] Robby to Kerobby (ロビーとケロビー) (as Athena) (37 episodes)
  • [2014–] Jewelincle ~12 no Yousei to Fushigina Houseki-Bako~ (JEWELINCLE じゅえりんくる〜12の妖精とふしぎな宝石箱〜)

Music VideosEdit

  • [2014] Shinseikamattechan (神聖かまってちゃん) - Front Memory (フロントメモリー)


  • [2011] UstreaMusume (Host)
  • [2011] Michishige Sayumi no "Mobekimasutte Nani??" (道重さゆみの『モベキマスってなに??』)


  • [2002–2003] Tanpopo Henshubu OH-SO-RO! (タンポポ編集部 OH-SO-RO!)
  • [2007–2008] GAKI KAME
  • [2009–2010] FIVE STARS
  • [2011–2012] Risa's NightHouse
  • [2012] NHK Gekiraji Live SP (Radio Drama; as Takigawa Kazuko)


E349391eImg20080702185954116430px-Morning Musume - FashionablePixfllMinoriZettaikareshiORG 20130308000301ImagedhdhisksbfbdFtPGcpZ-rSDqdKAbcRUHGQ8i-kI

  • [2006] Ribbon no Kishi The Musical (リッボンの騎士ザ・ミュージカル) (as Nouveau)
  • [2008] Cinderella the Musical (シンデレラ the ミュージカル) (as the Prince)
  • [2010] Fashionable (ファッショナブル) (as Murata Miyuu)
  • [2010] Real Etude ~Takahashi Family to Niigaki Family (リアルエチュード『高橋さんと新垣さん家』)
  • [2011] Real-etude Minna no Ie Girl's STAGE (リアルエチュード みんなの家 Girl's STAGE)
  • [2011] Reborn ~Inochi no Audition~ (リボーン~命のオーディション~) (as Joan of Arc)
  • [2011] Sanada Juyushi ~Bokura ga Mamori Takatta Mono~ (真田十勇士~ボクらが守りたかったもの~) (as Yukino)
  • [2012.06.29~07.10] Minori (みのり)
  • [2012] Stage Play "Tumbling" vol.3 (舞台「タンブリング」vol.3)
  • [2012] Dietrich Ikita Aishita Eien ni (ディートリッヒ 生きた 愛した 永遠に)
  • [2013] Kiben hashiremerosu (詭弁・走れメロス)
  • [2013.03.16~03.20] Zettai Kareshi (絶対彼氏) (as Izawa Riiko)
  • [2013.05.31~06.11] Taklimakan (タクラマカン)
  • [2013] Watashi no Atama no Naka no Keshigomu 5th letter (私の頭の中の消しゴム 5th letter)
  • [2013] Destiny (デスティニー)
  • [2013] Onna, Hito Urei (オンナ、ひと憂。)
  • [2013] Shiritsu Hasuhasu Jogakuin!! (私立ハスハス女学院!!)
  • [2014] Uchouten Kazoku (有頂天家族)
  • [2014] Anta Jutte Motta? (あんた十手もった?)
  • [2014] Kurukuru to Shi to Shitto
  • [2014] SONG OF SOULS -Keichou Genma Senki-


  • She ranked #68 in CDTV's 2004 "Which artist do you want as your girlfriend/lover?" poll.
  • She ranked #65 in CDTV's 2005 "Who you wanted to have as your Valentine" poll.
  • She was voted 10th favorite member in the 2007 Hello! Project Music Awards Event. [1]
  • She ranked #18 in CDTV's February 2008 "Which artists would you have as a girlfriend/lover?" poll.
  • She was voted 9th favorite member in the 2008 Hello! Project Music Awards Event. [2]
  • She was voted 5th favorite member in the 2009 Hello! Project Music Awards Event. [3]
  • She was voted 10th favorite member in the 2010 Hello! Project Music Awards Event. [4]
  • She was voted 4th favorite member in the 2011 Hello! Project Music Awards Event. [5]
  • She was voted 9th favorite member in the 2012 Hello! Project Music Awards Event. [6]


  • Niigaki's best friend is fellow former 5th generation Morning Musume member, Takahashi Ai.[citation needed]
  • She is the youngest member and the last to graduate of the 5th generation.
  • She held the record for longest serving member of Hello! Project (also Morning Musume, until 6th generation member Michishige Sayumi took the spot on October 12th, 2013).
  • Prior to joining Morning Musume, Niigaki was a finalist out of 1,000 entrants in the Kiss Girl Audition to become the new Tomy image girl, held by TV Tokyo's Oha Star program. She appeared in a commercial with the other finalist, Hasegawa Ai, for Tomy Karaoke Machine Kiss-site, but ultimately lost out the Grand Prix prize to Hasegawa (ironically, Niigaki later starred in a commercial for the same company as a part of Morning Musume).
  • Niigaki did some work as a magazine model since spring 2000.
  • In a recent Jpop Wave interview, she said that her favorite KPOP artists are BoA, Se7en and TVXQ.
  • On August 26, 2011, Niigaki and Takahashi Ai turned 10 years in Morning Musume.
  • Niigaki and Takahashi held the joint record for longest tenures as members of the group. They also participated in the most number of Morning Musume singles, with 35. She later surpassed Takahashi and participated in the most singles of any Morning Musume member, with 37 until 6th Generation Member Michishige Sayumi surpased the record with 38.
  • Called her grandmother "Baba-chan".
  • Niigaki was the youngest member ever to become sub-leader, being only 18 at the time, until member Fukumura Mizuki was asigned sub-leader at age 16.
  • Goto Maki calls her "Nii Nii".
  • She is allergic to cats and pollen.
  • Her shoe size is 37.
  • Has said that the song that gets her fired up at concerts is "HOW DO YOU LIKE JAPAN? ~Nihon wa Donna Kanji Dekka?~" and the song that fits her perfectly is "Shanimuni Paradise".
  • Her opinions of the characters of the other Morning Musume members are the following:
  • The other members' opinions on Niigaki's character are the following:
    • Takahashi: Reliable person.
    • Kamei: Sparkling!
    • Michishige: Nice!!
    • Tanaka: Reliable.
    • Kusumi: Reliable.
    • Mitsui: Reliable.
    • Junjun: Hardworking.
    • Linlin: Green princess!
  • She was the last remaining member in Morning Musume and Hello! Project that joined before Hello! Project Kids.
  • In 2011, she said that if she could become another Hello! Project member that she would become Sayashi Riho or Suzuki Kanon, because she wants to see what it's like to be young again.
  • Ikuta Erina said that if she could become another member of Hello! Project, that she would be Niigaki.
  • In Yorosen!, she taught Morning Musume about coming-of-age celebrations.
  • In Japan Files comments for 10 MY ME, all members said that Niigaki is the best rapper of Morning Musume.
  • Niigaki is the only member to have ever been once the youngest member, and become leader of Morning Musume and the oldest member of Hello! Project.
  • She is learning Korean.
  • She was the leader of Hello! Project, Morning Musume, and Mobekimasu from October 2011 - May 2012.
  • She is first Morning Musume leader to have the leadership of a major unit in Hello! Project.
  • She announced her graduation on January 2, 2012 at Hello! Project 2012 WINTER Hello☆Pro Tengoku ~Rock-chan~ after being leader for only three months and two days.
  • She has the third shortest tenure as the leader, the first being Fujimoto Miki, and the second being Yaguchi Mari.
  • She is the fourth Morning Musume and Hello! Project member to graduate at Nippon Bukodan, the first being Ichii Sayaka, second being Ishikawa Rika, and third being Takahashi Ai.
  • She is sometimes called Mame-chan (bean) due to her small face.
  • She named Abe Natsumi as the Morning Musume member she admired the most. Stated in Ongaku Senshi MUSIC FIGHTER that when she was young she asked her mother to cut her hair like Abe's which, according to Niigaki, made her looked like "Gegege no Kitaro" instead, leaving her traumatized.
  • In March 2012, her "Baba-chan" (grandma) passed away.
  • She recently transferred her blog from Oricon to Ameba. Until then she was the only Morning Musume member to have an Oricon blog.
  • Her grandparents are from Okinawa.
  • She is the seventh Morning Musume member to graduate from both Morning Musume and Hello! Project. The first being Fukuda Asuka, the second being Ishiguro Aya, the third being Ichii Sayaka, the fourth being Kusumi Koharu, the fifth being Kamei Eri, Junjun, and Linlin and the sixth being Takahashi Ai.
  • She said when she thinks of China she thinks of Junjun and Linlin.
  • In a Hello! Morning episode, she was called the greediest member of Morning Musume.
  • Niigaki had her first kiss during the Zettai Kareshi stageplay in March 2013.

See AlsoEdit

Honorary Titles Edit

Honorary titles

Preceded by
Kago Ai

Youngest Member of Hello! Project
2001 - 2002

Succeeded by
Hagiwara Mai

Preceded by
Kago Ai

Youngest Member in Morning Musume
2001 - 2003

Succeeded by
Tanaka Reina

Preceded by
Takahashi Ai

Sub-leader of Morning Musume
2007 - 2011

Succeeded by
 Fukumura Mizuki & Iikubo Haruna

Preceded by

Leader of Athena & Robikerottsu
2007 - 2008

Succeeded by

Preceded by
Takahashi Ai

Longest serving member of Morning Musume
2009 – 2013

Succeeded by
Michishige Sayumi

Preceded by
Takahashi Ai

Leader of Morning Musume
2011 – 2012

Succeeded by
Michishige Sayumi

Preceded by
Takahashi Ai

Oldest Member of Morning Musume
2011 – 2012

Succeeded by
Michishige Sayumi

Preceded by
Takahashi Ai

Leader of Hello! Project
2011 – 2012

Succeeded by
Michishige Sayumi

Preceded by
Takahashi Ai

Oldest Member of Hello! Project
2011 – 2012

Succeeded by
Michishige Sayumi

Niigaki Family TreeEdit




  1. Niigaki Risa. "" (in Japanese). Niigaki Risa Official Blog. 2012-05-16.

External LinksEdit

Former Members
1st Gen: Ishiguro Aya, Iida Kaori, Yaguchi Mari
2nd Gen: Ishikawa Rika, Kago Ai
3rd Gen: Konno Asami, Niigaki Risa, Shibata Ayumi
4th Gen/#: Kamei Eri, Mitsui Aika, Kumai Yurina, Okai Chisato
01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08
Original: TANPOPO 1
Best: All of Tanpopo, Tanpopo / Petitmoni Mega Best
Tanpopo Single V Clips ①
Related Units
Morning Musume, Minimoni, Melon Kinenbi, Berryz Koubou, ℃-ute

Around Wikia's network

Random Wiki