Also known as
Risako (りさこ), Orin-chan, Risati (リサティ), Rishako, Ri-tan, Rii-chan (りーちゃん), Riiko (りーこ), Rishamaru (りしゃまる)
April 4, 1994 (age 19)
In 2002, Sugaya successfully passed the Hello! Project Kids Audition. Her debut within the Hello! Project world came with the premiere of the first Minimoni feature film, as part of 4KIDS, a shuffle group formed exclusively for the movie.
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. She also starred in the drama "Shonan Kawarayane Monogatari".
That year also marked her first appearance on Kōhaku Uta Gassen, as one of Matsuura Aya's backup dancers, during the 54th edition of the renowned NHK New Year program.
In early 2004, Sugaya became part of the newly formed group Berryz Koubou. Inside the group she, along with fellow member Natsuyaki Miyabi and, to a certain extent, Tsugunaga Momoko and Kumai Yurina, is one of the central performers.
Being a member of Berryz Koubou, she also participates in the band's weekly radio show Berryz Koubou 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 did a commercial for the Nihon Shokuniku Shōhi Sōgō Center in October 2003.
In August, Sugaya was interviewed by MC Goto Maki in the 12th installment of the online only show Hello! Pro Hour. She later re-appeared along Tsugunaga Momoko on the 20th and last episode of Hello! Pro Hour.
On October 12, Sugaya became the first member of Berryz Koubou and the youngest of all Hello! Project to release a solo photobook, which was, even prior to its release, met with mixed feelings both by Japanese and foreign fans. She herself admitted, in an interview with Sanspo.com, to first having doubts regarding the photoshoot, but claims to have had a pleasant experience and hopes her fans enjoy the various facets of her personality.
On December 31, Sugaya once again took the stage at the 57th edition of Kōhaku Uta Gassen as a backup dancer in Morning Musume's performance of Aruiteru, along with the remaining members of Berryz Koubou, Country Musume and ℃-ute.
In 2009, Sugaya became a member of the newly formed unit Guardians 4 along with Kumai Yurina, Nakajima Saki and Mitsui Aika to record music for the anime Shugo Chara! an anime that Buono! also sings for.
Risako started voice acting Ibu Himuro, a character in the anime: "Gokujou Meccha Motte Iinchou". Three months later her first solo single was announced (alongside with a new one of the main character: Ogawa Mana as Kitagawa Mimi).
It was announced on November 12, that she and Ogawa Mana were nominated for Billboard JAPAN's "Independent Artist of the Year 2010" award, due to their characters (Himuro Ibu and Kitagawa Mimi) on the anime "Gokujo Meccha Motte Iinchou".
On July 25, it was announced that Berryz Koubou's Sugaya Risako, Shimizu Saki, Kumai Yurina, Sudo Maasa and ℃-ute's Yajima Maimi, Nakajima Saki and Hagiwara Mai will be performing in an stage play titled CAT'S♥EYE based on a manga. The stage play ran from September 22 to September 30.
On April 4, Sugaya will hold a birthday fanclub event, titled ～with thanks～.
- Real Name: Sugaya Risako (菅谷梨沙子)
- Nickname: Rii, Sugu-san, Mucchi, Risako (りさこ), Orin-chan, Risati (リサティ), Rishako, Ri-tan, Rii-chan (りーちゃん), Riiko (りーこ), Rishamaru (りしゃまる)
- Birth Date: April 4, 1994 (age 19)
- Birthplace: Kanagawa, Japan
- Blood Type: A
- Western Zodiac: Aries
- Eastern Zodiac: Dog
- Height: 161cm (5'3.5")
- Hobby: Drawing, making small things
- Habit: Clutching the remote control while watching TV
- Strong Point: Being bright and cheerful
- Weak Point: Not cleaning up afterwards
- Favorite Color: Red, white, pink, black
- Favorite Flower: Lavender, rose, hibiscus
- Favorite Subject: Art
- Favorite Season: Spring, summer, fall, winter
- Favorite Word: "Arigatou" (thanks)
- Favorite English Word: "Hello!"
- Favorite Song: "Namida no Umi de Dakaretai ~SEA OF LOVE~" by Southern All Stars
- Favorite Song in the Past: "Minimoni. Jankenpyon!" by Minimoni, "Minimoni. Hinamatsuri" by Minimoni, "Anpanman no March" by Dreaming
- Current Favorite Song: "Skip Beat" by Superfly (KUWATA BAND cover), "Sakura" by Shimizu Shota, "HIKARI" by ayaka
- Favorite Book: Inagawa Junji no Kowai Hanashi, Crayon Oukoku
- Favorite Movie: Disney movies
- Favorite Food: Curry, steak, miso noodles, mabo tofu
- Least Favorite Food: Avocado, scallops, sazae
- Scared of: Big dogs
- Disliked thing/thing to do: Big dogs, rides
- Charm point: Eyes
- Hello! Project Status:
- 2002-06-30: Member
- 2004-01-14: Berryz Koubou Member
- Years in Berryz Koubou: 9 Years
- Berryz Koubou Color:
- Orange (2005-2006)
- Pink (2005)
- Yellow (2007-2008)
- Red (2009-present)
- Cat's♥Eye 7 Color: Yellow
- Hello! Project Groups:
- Concert Units:
- Shuffle Units:
- H.P. All Stars (2004)
- Little Gatas (2004–2007)
Singles Participated InEdit
- Anata Nashi de wa Ikite Yukenai
- Fighting Pose wa Date ja Nai!
- Piriri to Yukou!
- Happiness ~Koufuku Kangei!~
- Koi no Jubaku
- Special Generation
- Nanchuu Koi wo Yatteruu YOU KNOW?
- 21ji Made no Cinderella
- Gag 100 Kaibun Aishite Kudasai
- Jiriri Kiteru
- Waracchaou yo BOYFRIEND
- Munasawagi Scarlet
- VERY BEAUTY
- Kokuhaku no Funsui Hiroba
- Tsukiatteru no ni Kataomoi
- Dschinghis Khan
- Yuke Yuke Monkey Dance
- Dakishimete Dakishimete
- Seishun Bus Guide/Rival
- Watashi no Mirai no Danna-sama/Ryuusei Boy
- Otakebi Boy WAO! / Tomodachi wa Tomodachi Nanda!
- Maji Bomber!!
- Shining Power
- Heroine ni Narou ka!
- Ai no Dangan
- Makeruna Wasshoi! (Bekimasu)
- Aa, Yo ga Akeru
- Amazuppai Haru ni Sakura Saku (BeriKyuu)
- Busu ni Naranai Tetsugaku (Hello! Project Mobekimasu)
- Be Genki (Naseba Naru!)
- Chou HAPPY SONG (BeriKyuu)
- cha cha SING
- Asian Celebration
- Golden Chinatown/Sayonara Usotsuki no Watashi
H.P. ALL STARSEdit
Cat's Eye 7Edit
- [2010.10.13] Oshare My Dream / Elegant Girl (おしゃれ マイドリーム/エレガントガール) (Kitagami Mimi (Ogawa Mana) with MM Gakuen Gasshoubu / Himuro Ibu (Sugaya Risako))
- [2011.03.29] LOVE Namida Iro (LOVE涙色; LOVE the Color of Tears) (Matsuura Aya cover)
- [2011.03.30] Akai Nikkichou (赤い日記帳; Red Diary) (Akagumi 4 cover)
- [2011.03.30] Egao ni Namida ~THANK YOU! DEAR MY FRIENDS~ (笑顔に涙; Smiles and Tears ~THANK YOU! DEAR MY FRIENDS~) (Matsuura Aya cover)
- [2006.07.05] Yeah! Meccha Holiday (Yeah! めっちゃホリディ; Yeah! Super Holiday) (Matsuura Aya cover)
- [2008.09.10] REAL LOVE
- [2010.10.13] Elegant Girl (エレガントガール)
- [2010.12.15] Hello! Project - Petit Best 11 (#10 Elegant Girl) (CV: Himuro Ibu)
- [2008.03.31] Ring3 ~Rin Rin Rin~ Making DVD ~Special Edition~
- [2009.12.02] Sugaya Risako in Hokkaido
- [2011.02.12] Le Soleil ("e-Hello!" DVD)
- [2006.10.11] Risako
- [2007.07.20] pure+
- [2008.02.06] Ring3 ~Rin Rin Rin~ (Ring3～リンリンリンッ！～)
- [2009.11.27] Risou (梨想)
- [2009.12.16] Berryz Koubou in Hawaii (Berryz工房 in HAWAII) (Risako version)
- [2011.03.29] Rainbow Berryz (虹色ベリーズ) (Risako version)
- [2007.01.04+2007.01.28] Hello! Project 2007 WINTER
- [2008.01.04+2008.01.27] Hello! Project 2008 WINTER
- [2012.03.30] Hello! Project 2012 WINTER Hello☆Pro Tengoku Live Shashinshū ~Rock-chan & Funky-chan~
- [2010.03.24] Hello! Project BEST SHOT!! Vol.18 (with Mano Erina, Suzuki Airi, Tsugunaga Momoko, & Yajima Maimi)
- [2010.10.13] Anican R Vol.75
Featured on the coverEdit
- [2010.10.22] Otaku Pocket (with Ogawa Mana)
- [2012.06.25] BIG ONE GIRLS (with Yajima Maimi, Tsugunaga Momoko, & Suzuki Airi)
- [2012.09.29] Wai Wai Thailand Vol.142 (with Shimizu Saki & Kumai Yurina)
- [2002-12] Minimoni ja Movie Okashi na Daibouken! (ミニモニ。じゃム→ビ→お菓子な大冒険！)
- [2004-07] Hotaru no Hoshi (ほたるの星 ) (ENG: Fireflies River of Light)
-  Ousama Game (王様ゲーム) (as Shirokawa Mami)
- [2002–2007] Hello! Morning (ハロー! モーニング)
- [2007–2008] Haromoni@ (ハロモニ@)
-  Berikyuu! (ベリキュー!)
- [2008–2009] Yorosen! (よろセン!)
- [2010–2011] Bijo Gaku (美女学)
- [2011–2012] Hello Pro! TIME (ハロプロ！ＴＩＭＥ)
- [2011–] Kaette Kita Berryz Kamen! (帰ってきたBerryz仮面!)
- [2012–] Hello! SATOYAMA Life (ハロー！ＳＡＴＯＹＡＭＡライフ)
- [2002-09] Shonan Kawarayane Monogatari (湘南瓦屋根物語) (on TV Tokyo)
- [2009–2010] Gokujou!! Mecha Mote Iinchou (極上!!めちゃモテ委員長) (as Himuro Ibu)
-  CAT'S♥EYE (キャッツ♥アイ)
-  Joshi Rakugo (女子落語)
-  Akasaka Dance Dance Dance (赤坂ダンスダンスダンス)
- [2009-] Tsuukai! Berryz Oukoku (痛快! ベリーズ王国)
- [2003-10] Japan Meat Information Service Center (日本食肉消費総合センター)
- [2010.01] Nation Junior Magazine (Thailand)
- 1. Is it hard for teenagers working in the entertainment industry?:
- Sometimes when we have a show at the same time I've arranged to hang out with my friends.
- 2. Where do you see yourself in 50 years?:
- Living a laid-back life, I guess.
1st Event (2008.05.21)Edit
- Zutto Suki de Ii Desu ka (ずっと好きでいいですか) by Matsuura Aya
- Minimoni Hinamatsuri! (ミニモニ。ひなまつり！) by Minimoni
- Tsukiatteru no ni Kataomoi(付き合っているのに片思い) by Berryz Koubou
2nd Event (2008.09.17)Edit
- Kokuhaku no Funsui Hiroba(告白の噴水広場) by Berryz Koubou
- Koisuru Angel Heart(恋する♡エンジェル♡ハート) by v-u-den
3rd Event (2009.04.27)Edit
- Natsu Remember You (夏 Remember you) by Berryz Koubou
4th Event (2010.01.14)Edit
- Watashi ga Suru Koto nai Hodo Zenbu Shite Kureru Kare (私がすることない程 全部してくれる) by Berryz Koubou
- Seishun Oodoori (青春大通り) by Berryz Koubou
- Semi (蝉) by Berryz Koubou
- Suna wo Kamu You ni...NAMIDA (砂を噛むように・・・NAMIDA) by Matsuura Aya
- Nanni mo Iwazu ni I Love You (なんにも言わずに I LOVE YOU) by v-u-den
- She is the youngest member of Berryz Koubou.
- Sugaya and Natsuyaki Miyabi are the only Berryz Koubou members to get solo lines in all 31 singles.
- She is the first Berryz Koubou member to dyed her hair a color other than brown.
- She is extremely good at Puyo Puyo (a puzzle game), and has beaten Kajiwara from Music Fighter in the game.
- Her best friend within Berryz Koubou was Ishimura Maiha until her graduation in 2005. It is rumored that she is still very close to her, although within the group she has gotten closer to Kumai Yurina.
- At her initial Hello! Project Kids audition, she appeared with a broken arm.
- She has a younger brother.
- Hello! Project Kids Audition song: Minimoni. Hinamatsuri! Minimoni
- One time, a boy of her class confessed his love to her in front of everyone in the classroom.
- She said her favorite Berryz Koubou song is "Himitsu no U.ta.hi.me".
- She is good friends with Suzuki Airi from ℃-ute.
- She was the first Hello! Project Kid to get a photobook.
- Her favorite artist is UNJASH.
- She has been noted to muddle out her name while introducing herself at times, from saying it too fast. At times, "Sugaaskkodesu" or "Sugayaskkodesu" is usually what comes out. She has been asked to repeat her name on TV programs, and was also criticized for it on the final episode of Gyao's Hello Pro Hour.
- She and Yajima Maimi had the most substantial magazine appearances in 2008-2009.
- She cries the most during the song "BYE BYE matane" out of all of the members in Berryz Koubou. This is because this song was the last song she sang with her best friend Ishimura Maiha .
- She was the first Hello! Project Kids member to release a solo single.
- In Yorosen, she taught other Berryz Koubou members about Fantasy.
- She is good friends with Kyary Pamyu Pamyu.
- She says she does not want to go back in time to change any part of her life. She claims she would only want to change her future from where she is now.
- She says while she's an idol, she won't cut or dye her hair back to black unless something comes up at work where she has to.
- Her hairstyles are not influenced by Kyary Pamyu Pamyu.
- She got a letter from Tsunku telling her she should try and stand out by using lots of different looks of her own, and this is why she dyes her hair so many different colors.
- She is currently still attending high school, despite most people around her age group already graduated in March 2013.
Youngest member of Berryz Koubou