Sasaki Rikako
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Sasaki Rikako promoting "Manner Mode"
Background Information
Also Known As Rikako (りかこ?)
Born May 28, 2001 (2001-05-28) (age 16)
Origin Kesennuma, Miyagi, Japan
Blood Type A
Zodiac Sign Gemini Gemini
Height 163cm[1]
Shoe Size 25cm
Genres J-Pop
Occupation Idol, Singer, Actress, Model
Years Active 2011-present
(6 years)
Associated Acts ANGERME, Hello Pro Kenshuusei, SCK GIRLS, Hello! Project Station Dance Club, Date Shimai, NakaZYXtai!!!
Blog ANGERME Shin Member Blog
ANGERME Information
Joined October 4, 2014
Generation 3rd Generation
Member Color       Yellow
Debut Single Taiki Bansei / Otome no Gyakushuu
Time in Group 3 Years, 2 Months, 11 Days
Hello Pro Kenshuusei Information
Joined March 1, 2013
Generation 18th Generation
Left October 4, 2014
Graduated December 29, 2014
Sasaki's Autograph
I want to aim for the top with this line-up.[2]

–Sasaki Rikako, October 2014

Sasaki Rikako (佐々木莉佳子) is a Japanese pop singer under Hello! Project as a third generation member of ANGERME.[2][3][4] She first joined Hello! Project in March 2013 as a Hello Pro Kenshuusei member.[5][6]

Prior to joining Hello! Project, she was a member of the local idol group SCK GIRLS. She graduated from SCK GIRLS on March 31, 2013.



Sasaki Rikako, June 2017


Sasaki Rikako, October 2016


Sasaki Rikako, April 2016


Sasaki Rikako, November 2015


Sasaki Rikako, July 2015


Sasaki Rikako, February 2015

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Sasaki Rikako, October 2014

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Sasaki Rikako, February 2014


Sasaki Rikako, November 2013


Sasaki Rikako, April 2013


Sasaki Rikako, 2012 (SCK GIRLS)

Early LifeEdit

Sasaki Rikako was born on May 28, 2001 in Kesennuma, Miyagi to Sasaki Toshishige and Estella.


On March 11, 2011, Sasaki and her family lost their home to the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.[7] After the earthquake, her father sent an application in for her to join the local idol group SCK45, now called SCK GIRLS, because he thought it would cheer her up.

In summer 2012, Sasaki participated in the Morning Musume 11ki Member "Suppin Utahime" Audition for an opportunity to join Morning Musume, but was not chosen to enter the group.[5]


On March 1, Sasaki joined Hello Pro Kenshuusei.[3] She was introduced as the sole 18th generation member at the Hello! Pro Kenshuusei Happyoukai 2013 ~3gatsu no Nama Tamago Show!~ event on March 31.[5][6] On the same day, she graduated from SCK GIRLS. She blogged on April 2 thanking staff members of SCK GIRLS for supporting her.

On June 13, Sasaki participated in a release event for Ten Made Nobore! at Ikebukuro Sunshine city with Juice=Juice, Tanabe Nanami, Hamaura Ayano and Murota Mizuki.


From March 14 to March 23, Sasaki participated in the musical Bokutachi Karen na Shounen Gasshoudan along with Yasuda Kei, Ogawa Makoto and 7 other trainees. On opening day, the Hello Pro Kenshuusei single "Karen na Gasshoudan" was released to promote the musical.

On May 31, it was revealed that Sasaki had won the Pichi Lemon audition for new models. She was first featured in the fashion magazine on June 30.

From June 5 to June 15, Sasaki participated in the musical LILIUM -Lilium Shoujo Junketsu Kageki- along with selected Morning Musume '14 members, S/mileage, and fellow trainees Tanabe Nanami and Kaga Kaede. She played the role of "Mimosa", one of the followers of Princess Marguerite (played by Sato Masaki).

On October 4, it was announced that Sasaki was selected to join S/mileage as the 3rd generation, along with Murota Mizuki and Aikawa Maho,[2][3][4] subsequently leaving Hello Pro Kenshuusei.[8]


On February 28, Sasaki released her first solo e-Hello! Blu-ray, Greeting ~Sasaki Rikako~.

On June 1, Sasaki celebrated her 14th birthday at a special birthday event titled ANGERME Sasaki Rikako Birthday Event 2015. The event featured two performances in Tokyo.

On July 20, she released her first solo photobook, titled RIKAKO.

On October 31, Sasaki was featured as model for Pichi Lemon for the last time, with the fashion magazine discontinuing its publication.


Sasaki was featured in the March issue of fashion magazine Seventeen, released on February 1. In the issue, it was announced that that she was chosen to become a ST model.[9]

On June 3, Sasaki celebrated her 15th birthday at a special event called ANGERME Sasaki Rikako Birthday Event 2016. The event featured two performances at TOKYO FM HALL.


On February 21, Sasaki held a talk event at the Hello! Project Official Shop in Akihabara.[10]

On March 2, Sasaki was featured alongside Haga Akane in the Graduation2017 Chuugaku Sotsugyou published by TOKYONEWS magazine&mook, a collection of interviews and gravure photos commemorating her and other idols' graduation from middle school.[11]

On May 29, Sasaki celebrated her 16th birthday at fanclub event titled ANGERME Sasaki Rikako Birthday Event 2017, featuring two shows as TOKYO FM HALL.

Personal LifeEdit

Her father, Toshishige, works in the fishing industry in Sendai. Her mother, Estella, is a Filipino who immigrated from the Philippines to Japan 19 years prior to the day her daughter joined Hello Pro Kenshuusei.[12] She has an older sister named Aiko and an older brother named Yousuke.

After losing their home to the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake, the Sasaki family lived in temporary housing. As of April 2013, she is living in Tokyo with her mother and sister.[5]

When Sasaki was introduced as a Hello Pro Kenshuusei member on March 31, 2013, she was about to begin her 6th year in elementary school. When she debuted in S/mileage in October 2014, she was a first year middle school student. She graduated from middle school in March 2017.[13]

Sasaki notably gets along best with her generation mates Murota Mizuki and Aikawa Maho. She is also close to Kaga Kaede and Ichioka Reina, and once blogged saying that she loved them.[14]

Here is a list of nicknames that was used to refer to Sasaki Rikako:

  • Rikako (りかこ): Official nickname, given her since Hello Pro Kenshuusei.
  • Rikako-tan (りかこたん)
  • Ricchan (りっちゃん)[15]


See Also: List:Sasaki Rikako Pocket Morning ANGERME Weekly Q&A & List:Sasaki Rikako Other Q&As


See Also: List:Sasaki Rikako Discography Featured In

Solo SongsEdit

Solo Blu-raysEdit



See Also: List:Sasaki Rikako Publications Featured In

Solo PhotobooksEdit





TV ProgramsEdit

  • [2012] Tsuntube
  • [2012.07.19] Sakigake Ongaku Banzuke Eight
  • [2012.08.16] ZIP!
  • [2012.12.04] Star☆Draft
  • [2013–2014] ~Onedari Entame!~ Hapi★Pure
  • [2015.01.01] Bakushou HIT PARADE



  • [2015-] AS1422 (アンジュルムステーション1422)

Music VideosEdit


  • [2014–2015] Pichilemon (ピチレモン)
  • [2016–] Seventeen


Award Place /
Best Dancer in Hello Pro Kenshuusei
(March 2014 Issue of Gekkan Entame)[20]
Best at Physical Activity in Hello Pro Kenshuusei
(March 2014 Issue of Gekkan Entame)[20]
Beautiful Idol General Election 2012
Elementary School Group[21]
Beautiful Idol General Election 2013
Elementary School Group[22]
Hello Pro Kenshuusei Happyoukai 2014 ~Haru no Koukai Jitsuryoku Shindan Test~
Judge's Special Award for Dance Performance
(awarded by judge Mitsubachi Maki)


  • She was the first Hello Pro Kenshuusei member who came from an idol group outside of Hello! Project.
  • She gained media attention, and a following for resembling Maeda Atsuko and Oshima Yuko.
  • She was invited to the television show Star☆Draft where she danced to AKB48's "Heavy Rotation" and "Flying Get".
  • She is a fan of rock and metal music, and has a collection of band T-shirts which includes AC/DC, Def Leppard, Guns N' Roses, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, KISS, Led Zeppelin, Metallica, Motley Crue, Slash, Slayer and The Misfits. She also has a jacket with Black Label Society, Green Day, Iron Maiden, Slipknot and The Misfits patches. In an interview, she has also mentioned liking Whitesnake.
  • She wants to try singing "Jishin Motte Yume wo Motte Tobitatsu Kara" by Takahashi Ai.
  • For her, the hardest thing about being a Hello Pro Kenshuusei was not receiving any lines in Oheso no Kuni Kara Konnichiwa.
  • Her rival in Hello Pro Kenshuusei was Murota Mizuki. She says that Murota is good at singing and dancing and is very energetic and emotional during MCs, so she wants to be like her and someday exceed that.
  • Her dream is to become a top idol, and have her name spoken whenever someone mentions "Hello! Project" or "idol".
  • She's always dreamed of being an idol or being on TV, and she thinks that it's important for idols to have actual skill.
  • She is the third Hello Project member of Filipino decent (along with Lehua Sandbo and April Barbaran)
  • She wants to work as a model and idol at the same time.
  • Tsunku's comments: "Your dancing has gotten better. Because of that, I want your singing to get better, too. Within that, the details in feeling the rhythm, like we always say, and the feeling of conscientiously putting your heart into it. That feeling might be the part you're lacking the most. Your expressions are big, like "look at me!" and that's a good thing."
  • According to an interview in JUNON Magazine released in July 2014, Sasaki hoped on getting an orange member color.
  • She admires Kudo Haruka because even with her husky voice she does her best to sing.
  • She is the first ANGERME member to be born in the 21st century.
  • The first CD she ever bought was "The☆Peace!" by Morning Musume.[23]
  • She bought a copy of "Wakuteka Take a chance", "Help me!!" and "13 Colorful Character".
  • She brings a bar of soap with her everywhere.
  • She'd like to go to a haunted house with Kudo Haruka.
  • She and former Morning Musume Member Sayashi Riho are born on the same day.
  • In Fukuda Kanon's final interview before her graduation, she had this to say about Sasaki: "She’s just so cute. Just having Rikako around brightens up a room. She has a rare gift and I hope she continues to invigorate ANGERME from her (sic) on, too."[24]

See AlsoEdit

Honorary TitlesEdit

Honorary titles

Preceded by
Wada Sakurako

Youngest member of Hello Pro Kenshuusei

Succeeded by
Funaki Musubu

Preceded by
Tamura Meimi

Youngest member of ANGERME
2014 - 2016

Succeeded by
Kasahara Momona


  • "S/mileage Shin Member Kettei!" (スマイレージ新メンバー決定!). BOMB Magazine, 2014-12 Issue (pg 80). Release Date: 2014-11-08. (Reference Image)
  1. 1.0 1.1 "くび! 上國料萌衣" (in Japanese). ANGERME Shin Member Blog. 2017-04-11.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "話題の佐々木莉佳子ら3人増員" (in Japanese). ORICON STYLE. 2014-10-04.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 3.9 "スマイレージ 新メンバー決定!" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2014-10-04.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Tommy V.D. "Say hello to S/mileage’s 3rd generation." Hello! News Service. 2014-10-04.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Nakagawa Shinnosuke. "「街に笑顔」 夢はアイドル" (in Japanese). Yomiuri Online. 2013-06 (Archived: 2013-07-07).
  6. 6.0 6.1 "「ハロプロ研修生」公演、充実の内容で盛況。Juice=Juice第2弾シングル、5月先行発売発表" (in Japanese). De☆View. 2013-04-01.
  7. "気仙沼で活動する小学生アイドル・佐々木莉佳子親子の2年「思い出は流れたけど、私たちには未来がある」" (in Japanese). Shuu Pure☆News. 2013-03-23.
  8. Her Hello Pro Kenshuusei profile was taken down on October 10, 2014.
  9. アンジュルム佐々木莉佳子ファッション誌「Seventeen」専属モデルに決定! (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2016-02-01.
  11. "【予約】【佐々木 莉佳子(アンジュルム)ポストカード付】Graduation2017 中学卒業" (in Japanese). TOKYONEWS magazine&mook.
  12. "お客様の励ましもありますから「頑張って!」 (気仙沼市 本町)" (in Japanese). Kokoro Press. 2012-01-10.
  13. "無事☺︎ 佐々木莉佳子" (in Japanese). ANGERME Shin Member Official Blog. 2017-03-17.
  14. "おおさかだブヒ 佐々木莉佳子" (in Japanese). ANGERME Shin Member Official Blog. 2016-05-06.
  15. Pichilemon, 2014-10 Issue (pg 71).Gakken Marketing. Release Date: 2014-09-01. (Reference Image)
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 16.4 16.5 16.6 16.7 "ハロプロ研修生 > プロフィール > 佐々木莉佳子" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. (Archived: 2014-10-06).
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 "Hello Pro Kenshuusei Perfect Directory" (ハロぷろ研修生パーフェクト名鑑). BOMB Magazine, 2013-12 Issue (pg 54). Gakken Marketing. Release Date: 2013-11-09.
  20. 20.0 20.1 Gekkan Entame. March 2014 Issue. Published 2014-01-30.
  23. Cool-Up Girls, 2014-06 Issue (pg 39). Ongaku Senkasha. Release Date: 2014-04-30.
  24. Sakurai Takamasa. "#39 Kanon Fukuda’s Final Interview as a Member of ANGERME". Asian Beat. 2015-11-25.

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