Wada Ayaka promoting "Umaku Ienai"
|Also Known As||DAWA|
|Born||August 1, 1994|
|Occupation||Idol, Singer, Actress, Model, Author|
|Agency||UP-FRONT AGENCY (2004-2012)|
UP-FRONT PROMOTION (2012-)
|Associated Acts||ANGERME, Hello Pro Kenshuusei, Shugo Chara Egg!, ZYX-α, Lilpri, Peaberry, Hello! Project Mobekimasu, Hello! Project Station Dance Club, Suzuki Kanon ni Peaberry wo Soete|
|Joined||March 27, 2010|
|Member Color|| (2014-Present) Red|
|Time in Group||6 Years, 9 Months, 15 Days|
|Hello Pro Egg Information|
|Graduated||March 27, 2010|
|“||ANGERME's goal is to become the number one in Hello! Project. It's a big dream, but we'd like to work hard at it. In 2016, ANGERME saw a series of graduations and new entries. But now, we'll be doing our best in our new form, so we'd be happy if you would support us in 2017 as well. We ask for your kindness.||”|
–Wada Ayaka, January 2017
Wada Ayaka (和田彩花) is a Japanese pop singer signed to Hello! Project. She joined in 2004 as a member of Hello Pro Egg and is a former member of Shugo Chara Egg!. She is the current leader of ANGERME and Hello! Project. She was also a former member of the duo Peaberry.
Wada Ayaka was born on August 1, 1994 in Gunma, Japan to a couple whose names are undisclosed.
Wada Ayaka joined Hello! Project as a member of Hello Pro Egg in June 2004 when she passed the auditions alongside twenty-nine other girls. The aim of the group was to prepare the young girls for their debut into the world of entertainment. As such, Wada received free dance and vocal training alongside the other Eggs.
Wada continued her training and appeared at numerous Hello! Project concerts as a backing dancer, including the Country Musume concert Country Musume LIVE2006 ~Shibuya des Date~.
In November 2007, Wada received a part in the musical Reverse! ~Watashi no Karada Doko desu ka?. Wada also took part in a television show, Chao.TV.
Wada was selected to be one of the four members for a new Hello Pro Egg unit alongside Maeda Yuuka, Fukuda Kanon, and Saho Akari. The group was called Shugo Chara Egg! and was formed to record the opening songs for the anime Shugo Chara!. The line up released two singles.
On April 4th, Tsunku announced on his blog that a new group, later named S/mileage, was in the works. The members listed were Wada Ayaka, Maeda Yuuka, Fukuda Kanon and Ogawa Saki. He stated the lineup was subject to change, and that it would be their "major debut".
Wada and the original Shugo Chara Egg! were in Shugo Chara! the Musical. Wada and Saho Akari both played students, X-characters, and X-eggs.
Starting on March 29, Wada was a regular for the NHK educational television program Test no Hanamichi.
Wada and the other members of S/mileage graduated Hello Pro Egg in May 2010 and became full Hello! Project members. Wada, Maeda, and Fukuda became members of a new unit called Lilpri for the anime Hime Chen! Otogi Chikku Idol Lilpri in which all three girls voice characters. Wada also became a regular on a nagoya TV show called Go! Bungee Police with Yaguchi Mari.
On February 25, Wada released her first solo photobook titled Wada Ayaka 16.
On February 15, Wada released her second solo photobook titled Aya aya.
On July 20, it was announced that Wada and Sayashi Riho were chosen to form the duo Peaberry. The unit released an indies single, titled "Cabbage Hakusho / Forest Time" (with Harvest), on November 7.
On September 23, Wada sprained her right ankle during the S/mileage Live Tour 2012 Aki ~Choi Kawa Banchou~ concert in Osaka. She was out for 2 to 3 weeks in order to heal.
On February 27, a special gravure mook titled Graduation ~Koukou Sotsugyou~ about graduating high school, featuring Wada and Suzuki Airi, was released.
On February 12, it was announced that Wada would participate in a stageplay titled Moshimo Kokumin ga Shusho o Erandara. There was eleven showings, which it ran from April 24 to April 30.
On March 18, Wada had her last appearance on Test no Hanamichi.
On March 20, it was announced at an event that Wada and Fukuda Kanon will have a shared photobook about their last moments in high school. It is set to be released in April.
Beginning on September 27, 2013, Wada teamed up with PHP Biz Online Shuchi as a columnist. Her column, "Otome no Kaiga Annai" (乙女の絵画案内), consisted of review articles on antique western paintings and was compiled as a book.
On March 14, Wada published her first art appreciation book, Otome no Kaiga Annai.
Starting from June 26, Wada began writing an art column for asianbeat titled "Ayaka Wada(ANGERME) presents 'Ukiyo-e'". The column concluded on April 23, 2015 with 10 articles.
On September 1, Wada celebrated her 20th birthday. She had a special birthday event, titled S/mileage ~Wada Ayaka Birthday Event 2014~. The event featured two performances in Tokyo.
On February 2, it was announced that Wada Ayaka along with Fukuda Kanon were chosen as the plus models for this month issue of H!P Digital Books.
On August 3, Wada celebrated her 21th birthday. She had a special birthday event, titled ANGERME Wada Ayaka Birthday Event 2015. The event featured two performances in Tokyo.
On September 24, Wada graduated as Charge Girl on the morning program Charge 730!.
On February 10, Wada's second art appreciation book, Bijutsu de Meguru Nippon Saihakken ~Ukiyo-e・Nihonga Kara Butsuzo Made~, was announced and published on March 12.
On August 1, Wada celebrated her 22nd birthday at a special birthday event, titled ANGERME Wada Ayaka Birthday Event 2016, which featured two performances at Yamano Hall.
On December 31 at the Hello! Project COUNTDOWN PARTY 2016 ~GOOD BYE & HELLO!~, it was announced that Wada would succeed Yajima Maimi as the 6th leader of Hello! Project with Fukumura Mizuki as the sub-leader from 2017.
- Main Page: Family of Wada Ayaka
When Wada joined Hello Pro Egg in 2004, she was a nine-year-old, turning ten, in 4th year elementary. Since entering high school, Wada began to have an interest in western art and began visiting museums more often.
On August 9, 2011, Wada teamed up with Japan Press Network 47 News as a columnist. Her column, "Art Mileage" (アート・マイレージ), featured articles about her visits to museums in Japan. The column ran until November 17, 2011 with 10 articles in total.
In December 2012, at the launch event for the single "Samui ne", Wada and Fukuda Kanon both announced that they both will take the upcoming university entrance exams, which usually takes place in the winter season. On January 19, 2013, Ayaka announced on her Ameba Blog that she began taking the entrance exam for an undisclosed college.
On April 1, 2013, Wada announced on her Ameba blog, that she had graduated from high school the day before, March 31, and would be starting university soon. It was rumored she is attending Jissen Women's University, majoring in art. As of September 2013, according to the PHP Biz Online Shuchi website, Wada is majoring in art and specializing in western paintings.
In a asianbeat interview published in March 2016, Wada stated she wants to become a curator.
As of late March 2016, Wada is in her fourth and final year of university.
The following list are notable friendships Wada Ayaka has acquired:
- Fukuda Kanon: Wada became close friends with former Angerme member Fukuda Kanon.
- Maeda Yuuka: She is good friends with former S/mileage member Maeda Yuuka.
- Ogawa Saki: She is good friends with former S/mileage member Ogawa Saki.
- Iikubo Haruna: She also is close friends with Morning Musume member Iikubo Haruna.
- Aikawa Maho: She gets along well with ANGERME member Aikawa Maho.
Wada's given name, "Ayaka", means colour (彩; aya) combined with flower (花; ka). It's a feminine Japanese given name and surname.
Here is a list of nicknames that was used to refer to Wada Ayaka:
- DAWA: Official nickname, given her since joining Hello Pro Egg. Used by members and fans.
- Ayacho (あやちょ／あや著): Official nickname, given to her by Fukuda Kanon. Used by members and fans.
- Beauty-chan: Unofficial nickname used by fans.
- Name: Wada Ayaka (和田彩花)
- Nickname: DAWA, Ayacho (あやちょ/あや著)
- Birthdate: August 1, 1994
- Birthplace: Gunma prefecture, Japan
- Bloodtype: A
- Height: 163cm
- Western Zodiac: Leo
- Eastern Zodiac: Dog
- Hello! Project Status:
- June 2004: Egg
- 2009-04-04: S/mileage Member
- 2010-03-27: Member
- Years in ANGERME: 5 Years
- Official Kaomoji: 川 ´‘ _‘||
- S/mileage / ANGERME Color:
- Blue (2009-2014)
- Red (2014-Present)
- Hello! Project Groups:
- Hobbies: Collecting sparkling accessories, collecting belts and hats, shopping for clothes.
- Special skills: Swimming, track-and-field.
- Likes: Clothes, belts, hats, decorations.
- Dislikes: Green caterpillars, TV shows with scary beings.
- Favorite Food: American cherry
- Least Favorite Food: Liver, milk
- Favorite Colors: Pink, purple, and black
- Favorite Animal: Dogs and Cats
- Favorite English Word: "English"
- Looks up to: Matsuura Aya
- See Also: List:Wada Ayaka Discography Featured In
- Gensou Genwaku Innocence (from LILIUM -Lilium Shoujo Junketsu Kageki-)
- aMa no Jaku (S/mileage cover; from SMILE FANTASY!)
- Believe in Me (from MODE)
- [2011.03.02] Ayaka
- [2012.03.07] Aya
- [2013.02.14] Vivid Flower (“e-Hello!” DVD)
- [2014.08.01] The Season (“e-Hello!” DVD)
Solo Fanclub DVDsEdit
- [2015.xx.xx] ANGERME Wada Ayaka Birthday Event 2015
- [2016.xx.xx] ANGERME Wada Ayaka Birthday Event 2016
- See Also: List:Wada Ayaka Publications Featured In
- [2014.03.14] Otome no Kaiga Annai (乙女の美術案内; A Maiden's Guide to Art)
- [2016.03.12] Bijutsu de Meguru Nihon Saihakken ~Ukiyo-e・Nihonga Kara Butsuzo Made~ (美術でめぐる日本再発見～浮世絵・日本画から仏像まで～)
-  Kaidan Shin Mimibukuro•Igyou (怪談新耳袋・異形) (as Shiori)
- [2007.09.02] Chao.TV (ちゃお.TV)
- [2010–2013] Test no Hanamichi (テストの花道) (Regular)
- [2010–] Hanasaka Times (Disney Corner; Hanasaka Disney)
-  Oha Star (おはスタ) (2 episodes)
-  Go! Bungee Police (出動！バンジーP)
-  Smile Factory
- [2011-2012] Hello Pro! TIME (ハロプロTIME)
-  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
-  Charge 730! (チャージ730！)
-  Hanbun Esper
-  Love Letter 5 Years Ago (5年後のラブレター) (as young Kanzaki Mai)
-  Suugaku♥Joshi Gakuen (数学♥女子学園)
- [2010–2011] Hime-chen! Otogichikku Idol Lilpri (ひめチェン!おとぎちっくアイドル リルぷりっ) (as Yukimori Ringo)
-  Reverse! ~ Watashi no Karada Doko Desu ka? (リバース！～私の体どこですか？～)
-  Obaachanchi no Curry Rice ~Smile Recipe~
-  Shugo Chara! (しゅごキャラ!) (as Sakura, X-Egg)
-  Koisuru Hello Kitty
-  Moshimo Kokumin ga Shusho wo Erandara (もしも国民が首相を選んだら)
-  Warera Jeanne ~Shoujo Seisen Kageki~ (我らジャンヌ 〜少女聖戦歌劇〜) (as Jeanne d'Arc and Gigi)
-  LILIUM -Lilium Shoujo Junketsu Kageki- (LILIUM －リリウム 少女純潔歌劇－) (as Snow)
-  SMILE FANTASY!
-  MODE
- [2015.10.03] ANGERME Wada Ayaka no Bijurme (アンジュルム和田彩花のビジュルム)
- [2007.02.10] カントリー娘。LIVE2006～Shibuya des Date～ (Country Musume LIVE2006 ~Shibuya des Date~)
-  Mano Erina - Hajimete no Keiken (はじめての経験) (as back dancer)
-  Mano Erina - Sekai wa Summer Party (世界は サマー・パーティ) (as back dancer)
-  Mano Erina - Kono Mune no Tokimeki wo (この胸のときめきを) (as back dancer)
-  Mano Erina - Love&Peace=Paradise (Love&Peace＝パラダイス) (as back dancer)
-  Zombie Daisuki (ぞんびだいすき) (Nintendo DS)
-  McDonald's
-  Mister Donut (ミスタードーナツの)
-  Michishige Sayumi no "Mobekimasutte Nani??" (道重さゆみの『モベキマスってなに？？』)
- [2013-] Hello! Project Station (ハロ！ステ)
- She was voted 7th favorite member in the 2011 "Hello! Project Music Awards" event. 
- She was ranked 3rd on Beautiful Idol General Election 2012, High School Group. 
- She ranked 10th in mixi's June 2013 Hello! Project Popularity Ranking.
- Eats bread in the morning.
- If she could join another group, she'd join Morning Musume.
- She'd like to go on a date anywhere with Kudo Haruka.
- Has a habit of cracking her knuckles.
- Her favorite spot is her room.
- She shares a close friendly relationship with Iikubo Haruna.
- She was Amulet Diamond while in Shugo Chara Egg!.
- She once forgot the title of S/mileage's major debut single while they were performing as the opening act at a ℃-ute concert.
- Fans, as well as other Hello! Project members, have said she has become more reliable as a person and a leader since the 2nd generation joined.
- As a result of an incorrectly translated article, there is a misunderstanding that she dislikes foreigners.
- At first disliked that there were going to be new members added, but in the end, was happy and welcomed the girls.
- She dislikes snakes so much to the point she don't even want to go near them even behind glass cages.
- She is featured in magazines the most out of all the ANGERME members (namely in UTB).
- Shares the same last name as Kobushi Factory member Wada Sakurako, and the same first name as Kobushi Factory member Hirose Ayaka.
- She is the first member in ANGERME to become a legal adult.
- Wada's favorite seniors are Tsugunaga Momoko and Yajima Maimi.
- In Fukuda Kanon's final interview before her graduation, she had this to say about Wada: “She was about the least reliable member when S/mileage first started out, but now she’s trusted by everyone and she’s an amazing leader. She’s an extremely valuable individual to both ANGERME and to me."
- She is the only remaining first generation member of Hello Pro Egg still active in Hello! Project.
- Wada's favorite western artists are Édouard Manet and Rembrandt, the former being the first artist who's work she encountered.
- She is the first Hello! Project leader to come from Hello Pro Egg, and the first that is not a member of °C-ute or Morning Musume.
- Gallery:Wada Ayaka
- List:Wada Ayaka Discography Featured In
- List:Wada Ayaka Publications Featured In
- List:Wada Ayaka Concert & Event Appearances
- Side:Family of Wada Ayaka
Leader of ANGERME
Oldest member of ANGERME
Longest serving leader of ANGERME
Longest serving member of ANGERME
Leader of Hello! Project
Wada Family TreeEdit
- Main article: Side:Family of Wada Ayaka
- ↑ "エッグ新ユニット グループ名決定！！". Hello Project Official Fanclub Web Site. 2009-05-11.
- ↑ Tsunku. "Ｓ/ｍｉｌｅａｇｅ ユニット名 由来・意味について". Tsunku Official Blog. 2009-05-08
- ↑ Tsunku. “新ユニット” (in Japanese). Tsunku Official Blog. 2009-04-04.
- ↑ "Two new Hello! Project units formed". tokyohive. 2012-07-21.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 "和田彩花の「乙女の絵画案内」" (in Japanese). PHP Biz Online Shuchi. 2013-10-11.
- ↑ Sakurai Takamasa. "#75 This Will Make You Want to Pay a Visit to the Art Gallery! Wada Ayaka (S/mileage) Breathing New Life into Art Appreciation". Asian Beat. 2013-10-30.
- ↑ "Ayaka Wada(ANGERME) presents 'Ukiyo-e'." asianbeat.
- ↑ "新“朝の顔”大橋アナ、視聴率は控えめ「簡単には出ない」" (in Japanese). ORICON STYLE. 2015-03-25.
- ↑ アンジュルム on Twitter (in Japanese). 2015-03-25.
- ↑ "「乙女の絵画案内」(中国語版 繁体字)発売のお知らせ" (in Japanese). 2015-07-27.
- ↑ "チャージガール" (in Japanese). ANGERME Ayaka Wada Official Blog "Ayacho". 2015-09-25.
- ↑ "和田彩花（アンジュルム）の美術書第2弾「美術でめぐる日本再発見～浮世絵・日本画から仏像まで～」が発売決定！！" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2016-02-10.
- ↑ "ハロプロ新リーダーにアンジュルム和田彩花が就任 サブリーダーはモー娘。譜久村聖" (in Japanese). ORICON STYLE. 2016-12-31.
- ↑ "【ライブレポート】ハロー！プロジェクト、新リーダーに和田彩花＆サブリーダーに譜久村聖が任命" (in Japanese). BARKS. 2016-12-31.
- ↑ "リーダー" (in Japanese). Wada Ayaka Official Blog. 2017-01-01.
- ↑ http://www.wada148.com/
- ↑ Wada Ayaka. "とらのすけ可愛い" (in Japanese). S/mileage Wada Ayaka Official Blog. 2011-05-18.
- ↑ Wada Ayaka. "ちーず" (in Japanese). S/mileage Wada Ayaka Official Blog. 2013-12-13.
- ↑ "スマイレージ和田彩花の「アート・マイレージ」" (in Japanese). Japan Press Network 47 News. 2011.
- ↑ "和田彩花連載「アート・マイレージ」スタート！" (archived) (in Japanese). S/mileage Official Website. 2011-08-10.
- ↑ Wada Ayaka. "ハロコン" (in Japanese). Wada Ayaka Official Ameba Blog. 2013-01-19.
- ↑ Wada Ayaka. "皆さんへ！" (in Japanese). Wada Ayaka Official Ameba Blog. 2013-04-01.
- ↑ "Interview with Ayaka Wada to Celebrate the Launch of her New Book, “Rediscovering Japan Through Art” (ODYSSEY BOOKS INC.) – Ayaka Wada (ANGERME) X Takamasa Sakurai (Producer)." asianbeat. 2016.03-12.
- ↑ "4年生！" (in Japanese). Wada Ayaka Official Blog. 2016-03-30.
- ↑ Sakurai Takamasa. "#39 Kanon Fukuda’s Final Interview as a Member of ANGERME". Asian Beat. 2015-11-25.
- ↑ "Interview with Ayaka Wada to Celebrate the Launch of her New Book, “Rediscovering Japan Through Art” (ODYSSEY BOOKS INC.) – Ayaka Wada (ANGERME) X Takamasa Sakurai (Producer)." asianbeat. 2016-03-12.
- ↑ "[JAPAN! JAPAN! JAPAN! #95 Exploring the X and Y Axis of Western and Japanese Paintings! Wada Ayaka’s (S/mileage) Guide to Paintings Goes on Sale!]" asianbeat. 2014-03-27.
- Profile: S/mileage profile (archived), Hello! Project profile
- Blog: ANGERME Wada Ayaka Official Blog
- Retired Blogs: Ameba Blog #1, Gree Blog
- Hello! Project discography
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