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Wada Ayaka
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Wada Ayaka promoting "Tade Kuu Mushi mo Like it!"
Background Information
Also Known As DAWA
Ayacho (あやちょ/あや著?)
Born August 1, 1994 (1994-08-01) (age 24)
Origin Gunma, Japan
Blood Type A
Zodiac Sign Leo Leo
Height 163cm
Genres J-Pop
Occupation Idol, Singer, Actress, Model, Author
Years Active 2004-present
(14 years)
Agency UP-FRONT AGENCY (2004-2012)
UP-FRONT PROMOTION (2012-present)
Label hachama
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, Hagi-King
Blog Wada Ayaka Official Blog
ANGERME Information
Joined April 4, 2009
Generation 1st Generation
Member Color       Red (2014-present)
      Blue (2009-2014)
Debut Single aMa no Jaku
Time in Group 9 Years, 7 Months, 10 Days
Hello Pro Egg Information
Joined June 2004
Generation 1st Generation
Left March 27, 2010
Official Autograph
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 under Hello! Project as a member of ANGERME.

She initially joined the umbrella group in 2004 as a first generation member of Hello Pro Egg, taking part in Shugo Chara Egg! in 2008 before becoming a member, and the leader of ANGERME in 2009. She became the leader of Hello! Project in 2016.

She is set to graduate from both ANGERME and Hello! Project at ANGERME's spring 2019 tour finale.



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Early LifeEdit

Wada Ayaka was born on August 1, 1994 in Gunma, Japan.


On June 30, Wada Ayaka participated in the Hello! Project auditions to find singers to form Hello! Project Kids. She made it into the final round and then voluntarily dropped out.


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 the TV 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,[1][2] was in the works.[3] 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.

From November 11 to 19, Wada starred in Koisuru Hello Kitty alongside the other S/mileage members and Mano Erina.


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 August 9, Wada teamed up with Japan Press Network 47 News as a columnist. Her column, "Art Mileage", featured articles about her visits to museums in Japan.[4][5] The column ran until November 17 with 10 articles in total.


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.[6] 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- featuring Wada and Suzuki Airi, in honor of their high school graduations, was released.[7]

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.[8][9]


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'".[10] 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 March 25, Wada was announced as a new Charge Girl (weather girl) on TV Tokyo's morning program Charge 730!, appearing every Thursday.[11][12]

On July 27, it was announced Wada's book Otome no Kaiga Annai would also be published in Traditional Chinese as Shao Nu De Ming Hua Dao Lan.[13]

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!.[14]


On February 10, Wada announced her second art appreciation book, Bijutsu de Meguru Nippon Saihakken ~Ukiyo-e・Nihonga Kara Butsuzo Made~, would be published on March 12.[15]

On August 1, Wada celebrated her 22nd birthday at a fanclub 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.[16][17][18]


On February 26, Wada participated as a one-day curator for a commentary course in the Sengoku Period Exhibition at the Museum of Kyoto.[19][20]

On August 1, Wada celebrated her 23rd birthday at a fanclub event titled ANGERME Wada Ayaka Birthday Event 2017. The event had two performances at Yamano Hall.

On November 30, she began a monthly column in BIG ONE GIRLS magazine titled "ANGERME Wada Ayaka no Saishoku Kenbi" (ANGERME Wada Ayaka's Coloration and Beauty).[21]


On April 5, it was announced that Wada would be graduating from Hello! Project and ANGERME at the end of ANGERME's 2019 spring tour.[22]

On May 27, the Fami Hello! PHOTOBOOK was released, including Wada's gravure that was originally published in the December 2015 issues of Weekly Famitsu.[23]

On August 1, she celebrated her 24th birthday at a fanclub event titled ANGERME Wada Ayaka Birthday Event 2018, which featured two shows at Yamano Hall.

On August 16, the music video for Horiuchi Takao's August 22 single "Minna Shounen Datta" was uploaded on YouTube, featuring Wada and six other Hello! Project members who all sing as chorus.[24]

On September 20, Wada appeared in a daily guest role in the stage play LADY OUT LAW! starring former ℃-ute member Yajima Maimi as the lead=.[25]

On October 15, Wada began an article series titled "Art ni Muchuu!" (Obsessed With Art!) for the art news smartphone app Pia.[26]

Personal LifeEdit

Main article: Family of Wada Ayaka

Her family is known for running a tombstone shop.[27] She has a younger sister and a pet cat named Toranosuke.[28]

Wada also had a pet dog named Cheese who passed away in December 2013.[29]

When Wada joined Hello Pro Egg in 2004, she was a nine-year-old, turning ten, in the fourth year of elementary school. Since entering high school, Wada began to have an interest in western art and began visiting museums more often.[8]

In December 2012 at the launch event for the single "Samui ne.", Wada and Fukuda Kanon both announced that they both would take the upcoming university entrance exams, which usually takes place in the winter season. On January 19, 2013, Ayaka announced on her blog that she began taking the entrance exam for an undisclosed university.[30]

On April 1, 2013, Wada announced on that she had graduated from high school the day before, March 31, and would be starting university.[31] It was rumored she is attending Jissen Women's University, majoring in art. In September 2013, it was confirmed that Wada was majoring in art and specializing in western paintings.[8]

In an asianbeat interview published in March 2016, Wada said that she wants to become a curator.[32]

In March 2017, Wada graduated from university with a bachelor's degree.[33] On April 1, Wada announced she would continue her studies by starting graduate school that month.[34][35]

Wada most notably gets along with Fukuda Kanon, and Morning Musume member Iikubo Haruna.[36].

Wada's given name, Ayaka, means "color" (彩; aya) combined with "flower" (花; ka). Her parents chose it from either Reina, Reika, Erika, or Ayaka.[37]

  • 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.[36]


  • Name: Wada Ayaka (和田彩花)
  • Nickname: DAWA, Ayacho (あやちょ/あや著)[36]
  • Birthdate: August 1, 1994 (1994-08-01) (age 24)
  • Birthplace: Gunma prefecture, Japan
  • Bloodtype: A
  • Height: 163cm
  • Western Zodiac: Leo
  • Eastern Zodiac: Dog
  • Hello! Project Status:
    • 2004-6: Hello Pro Egg member
    • 2009-04-04: S/mileage member
  • Years in ANGERME: 7 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"
  • Favorite Songs: "Dondengaeshi",[36] "Namidacchi"[36]
  • Looks up to: Matsuura Aya, Takahashi Ai[36]


See also: List:Wada Ayaka Discography Featured In

Solo SongsEdit

Solo DVDsEdit


Solo Fanclub DVDsEdit



See also: List:Wada Ayaka Publications Featured In

Solo PhotobooksEdit

  1. [2011.02.25] Wada Ayaka 16 (和田彩花 16)
  2. [2012.02.15] aya (彩 aya)






  • [2012] Kaidan Shin Mimibukuro・Igyou (怪談新耳袋・異形) (as Shiori)
  • [2017] JK Ninja Girls (cameo)

TV ProgramsEdit

  • [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)
  • [2010] Oha Star (おはスタ) (2 episodes)
  • [2010] Go! Bungee Police (出動!バンジーP)
  • [2011] Smile Factory
  • [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
  • [2015] Charge 730! (チャージ730!)

TV DramasEdit

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  • [2010] Hanbun Esper
  • [2010] Love Letter 5 Years Ago (5年後のラブレター) (as young Kanzaki Mai)
  • [2012] 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)


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  • [2015-] ANGERME Wada Ayaka no Bijurme (アンジュルム和田彩花のビジュルム)

Music VideosEdit


  • [2011] Zombie Daisuki (ぞんびだいすき)
  • [2011] McDonald's
  • [2012] Mister Donut (ミスタードーナツの)


  • [2011] Michishige Sayumi no "Mobekimasutte Nani??" (道重さゆみの『モベキマスってなに??』)
  • [2013-] Hello! Project Station
  • [2016-] Upcoming


  • She was voted 7th favorite member in the 2011 "Hello! Project Music Awards" event.[38]
  • She was ranked 3rd in the High School Group of the Beautiful Idol General Election 2012.[39]
  • 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.
  • Has a habit of cracking her knuckles.
  • Her favorite spot is her room.
  • 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 doesn'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).
  • 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."[40]
  • As of November 2015, 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,[41] the former being the first artist whose work she encountered.[42]
  • She is the first Hello! Project leader to come from Hello Pro Egg, and the first that is not a member of ℃-ute or Morning Musume.
  • She is the longest serving leader of a generational group in Hello! Project.
  • As of March 2017, Wada is the first Hello! Project member to enter graduate school.
  • If she could be reborn as someone else, she would be Matsuura Aya because she was the top songstress in Hello! Project. Wada had also been told by a past manager of Matsuura that "Matsuura truly sang from the bottom of her heart", so in that sense Wada wants to be like her when she sings.[36]
  • She believes she is the best Hello! Project member at appreciating art.[36]

See AlsoEdit

Honorary TitlesEdit

Honorary Titles

Preceded by

Leader of ANGERME
2009 - present

Succeeded by

Preceded by

Oldest member of ANGERME
2009 - present

Succeeded by

Preceded by

Longest serving leader of ANGERME
2009 - Present

Succeeded by

Preceded by

Longest serving member of ANGERME
2015 - present

Succeeded by

Preceded by
Yajima Maimi

Leader of Hello! Project
January 1, 2017 - present

Succeeded by


  1. "エッグ新ユニット グループ名決定!!". Hello Project Official Fanclub Web Site. 2009-05-11.
  2. Tsunku. "S/mileage   ユニット名 由来・意味について". Tsunku Official Blog. 2009-05-08
  3. Tsunku. “新ユニット” (in Japanese). Tsunku Official Blog. 2009-04-04.
  4. "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.
  5. "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.
  6. "Two new Hello! Project units formed". tokyohive. 2012-07-21.
  7. "「Graduation-高校卒業-」 (TOKYO NEWS MOOK 339号)" (in Japanese).
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 "和田彩花の「乙女の絵画案内」" (in Japanese). PHP Biz Online Shuchi. 2013-10-11.
  9. 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.
  10. "Ayaka Wada(ANGERME) presents 'Ukiyo-e'." asianbeat.
  11. "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.
  12. アンジュルム on Twitter (in Japanese). 2015-03-25.
  13. "「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.
  14. "チャージガール" (in Japanese). ANGERME Ayaka Wada Official Blog "Ayacho". 2015-09-25.
  15. "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.
  16. "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.
  17. "【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.
  18. "リーダー" (in Japanese). Wada Ayaka Official Blog. 2017-01-01.
  19. "戦国時代展" (in Japanese). Wada Ayaka Official Blog. 2017-01-27.
  20. "「戦国時代展~A CENTURY of DREAMS~」和田彩花 1日学芸員として参加!" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2017-02-01.
  21. "毎奇数月31日発売「BIG ONE GIRLS」でアンジュルム和田彩花の連載決定!" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2017-11-29.
  22. "​アンジュルム 和田彩花の卒業に関するお知らせ" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2018-05-04.
  23. "ハロー!プロジェクト20周年記念「ファミハロ!PHOTOBOOK」発売決定!!" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2018-04-27.
  24. "堀内孝雄『みんな少年だった』(Takao Horiuchi [Everyone was once a boy.])(MV)" (in Japanese). UP-FRONT Channel (via YouTube). 2018-08-16.
  25. "矢島舞美主演舞台「LADY OUT LAW!」和田彩花・上國料萌衣・浜浦彩乃のゲスト出演決定!" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2018-09-06.
  28. Wada Ayaka. "とらのすけ可愛い" (in Japanese). S/mileage Wada Ayaka Official Blog. 2011-05-18.
  29. Wada Ayaka. "ちーず" (in Japanese). S/mileage Wada Ayaka Official Blog. 2013-12-13.
  30. Wada Ayaka. "ハロコン" (in Japanese). Wada Ayaka Official Ameba Blog. 2013-01-19.
  31. Wada Ayaka. "皆さんへ!" (in Japanese). Wada Ayaka Official Ameba Blog. 2013-04-01.
  32. "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.
  33. "卒業式と広島!" (in Japanese). Wada Ayaka Official Blog. 2017-03-19.
  35. B.L.T. June 2017 Issue, p.36. Published 2017-04-24.
  36. 36.0 36.1 36.2 36.3 36.4 36.5 36.6 36.7 "アンジュルム和田彩花が“20問20答”でハロプロ愛を語る!【ハロプロ誕生20周年記念連載】" (in Japanese). The Television. 2017-11-24.
  37. Pocket Morning. 2016-10-12. (Translation by Ro-kun)
  40. Sakurai Takamasa. "#39 Kanon Fukuda’s Final Interview as a Member of ANGERME". Asian Beat. 2015-11-25.
  41. "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.
  42. "[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.

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