Yamaki Risa
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Yamaki Risa promoting "Good Boy Bad Girl"
Background Information
Also Known As Yamakki (やまっき?), Risa-chan (りさちゃん?)
Born October 14, 1997 (1997-10-14) (age 20)
Origin Tokyo, Japan
Blood Type B
Zodiac Sign Libra Libra
Height 155cm[1]
Genres J-Pop
Occupation Idol, Singer, Actress
Years Active 2013-present
(4 years)
Label UP-FRONT WORKS (2013-)
zetima (2015-)
Associated Acts Hello Pro Kenshuusei, Country Girls
Blog Country Girls Official Blog
Country Girls Information
Joined November 5, 2014
Generation 5th Generation (Unofficial)
Member Color       Lime
Debut Single Itooshikutte Gomen ne / Koi Dorobou
Time in Group 3 Years, 4 Months, 13 Days
Hello Pro Kenshuusei Information
Joined September 22, 2013
Generation 20th Generation
Graduated December 29, 2014
Yamaki's Autograph
In the remaining 8 months, I'm determined to learn from Tsugunaga-san.

–Yamaki Risa, November 2016

Yamaki Risa (山木梨沙) is a Japanese pop singer under Hello! Project as a member of Country Girls.[2][3] She first joined Hello! Project as a 20th generation Hello Pro Kenshuusei in September 2013 alongside six other girls.[4]



Yamaki Risa, September 2016


Yamaki Risa, March 2016


Yamaki Risa, December 2015


Yamaki Risa, August 2015


Yamaki Risa, March 2015


Yamaki Risa, January 2015

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Yamaki Risa, February 2014


Yamaki Risa, November 2013

Early LifeEdit

Yamaki Risa was born on October 14, 1997 in Tokyo, Japan.


In 2013, Yamaki participated in the Morning Musume 12ki Member "Mirai Shoujo" Audition for an opportunity to join Morning Musume. She made it up to the final round, but on August 24, it was announced that she failed to joined the group in the end along with the 6 other finalists.[5]

In September, Yamaki joined Hello Pro Kenshuusei along with the other Mirai Shoujo finalists, becoming the 20th generation.[4] On September 22, an introduction of Yamaki was uploaded to the Hello Pro Kenshuusei YouTube channel.[6]

On December 7, Yamaki was officially introduced as a Hello Pro Kenshuusei at the Hello Pro Kenshuusei Happyoukai 2013 ~12gatsu no Nama Tamago Show!~, alongside Yokogawa Yumei, Niinuma Kisora, Oura Hirona, Danbara Ruru, Haga Akane and Funaki Musubu. All seven girls did a dance performance of Juice=Juice's debut single "Watashi ga Iu Mae ni Dakishimenakya ne".


From March 14 to March 23, Yamaki 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 November 5, it was announced that Yamaki was added to Country Musume, now called Country Girls, alongside Inaba Manaka, Morito Chisaki, Shimamura Uta and Ozeki Mai.[2][3] She concluded her trainee activities following the November/December Nama Tamago Show Concert.

From December 3 to December 11, Yamaki participated in the stage play Kurukuru to Shi to Shitto, along with Niigaki Risa, Kikkawa Yuu, Hello! Pro Kenshuusei member Yamagishi Riko and S/mileage 3rd generation member Aikawa Maho.


On October 15, Yamaki celebrated her 18th birthday. The special event was called Country Girls Yamaki Risa Birthday Event 2015, and it featured two shows at TOKYO FM HALL.

On December 11, Yamaki released her first solo e-Hello! Blu-ray, Greeting ~Yamaki Risa~.

2016 Edit

On February 20, Yamaki appeared in Shizuoka Asahi TV's annual music documentary program ch223 music pinkiss ~Ponyo Trio Nihon Ichi no Sotsugyou Ryokou!?~ with Hakoiri♡Musume member Wagatsuma Momomi.[7]

On October 14, Yamaki celebrated her 19th birthday at a special event was titled Country Girls Yamaki Risa Birthday Event 2016, featuring two shows at TOKYO FM HALL.


On October 16, Yamaki celebrated her 20th birthday at a special event was titled Country Girls Yamaki Risa Birthday Event 2017, featuring two shows at Mt.RAINER HALL.

On December 5, Yamaki held a fanclub-limited event, titled Yamaki Risa to Tanoshimu! Real Dasshutsu Game, in collaboration with SCRAP who created the REAL ESCAPE GAME. The escape room was themed "JoJo's Bizarre Mansion", based on the series JoJo's Bizarre Adventure.


On February 14, Yamaki released her first solo photobook, titled sketch me.

Personal LifeEdit

Yamaki has an older brother and owns 2 pet cats.

When Yamaki joined Hello Pro Kenshuusei in September 2013, she was a first year student at a high school affiliated with a prestigious university.[8] When she joined Country Girls, she was a second year high school student.

She graduated from high school in March 2016 and started university that spring,[9] majoring in Spanish.[10][11]

The following list are notable friendships Yamaki Risa has acquired:

Yamaki's given name, Risa, means "Japanese pear" (梨; ri) combined with "sand" (沙; sa). Her parents wanted a name that was easy to understand and easy to remember if she traveled abroad, and her mother also likes Japanese pear fruit.[12]

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

  • Yamakki (やまっき): Official nickname, given to her in Hello Pro Kenshuusei.
  • Risa-chan (りさちゃん): Second official nickname, given to her in Country Girls.


  • Name: Yamaki Risa (山木梨沙)
  • Nicknames: Yamakki (やまっき)[4], Risa-chan (りさちゃん)
  • Birthday: October 14, 1997 (1997-10-14) (age 20)[4]
  • Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan[4]
  • Blood type: B[4]
  • Height: 155cm[1]
  • Hello! Project Status:
  • Country Girls Color: Lime (2014-present)
  • Hello! Project Groups:

See Also: List:Yamaki Risa Other Q&As


See Also: List:Yamaki Risa Discography Featured In

Solo DVDs/Blu-raysEdit



Solo PhotobooksEdit



Cover GirlEdit


  • [2016.11.07] Weekly Big Comic Spirits No.50





  • [2014.04.05~09.20] ~Onedari Entame!~ Hapi★Pure
  • [2016.02.20] ch223 music pinkiss ~Ponyo Trio Nihon Ichi no Sotsugyou Ryokou!?~ (ch223 music pinkiss 2016 ~ポニョトリオ 日本一の卒業旅行!?~)

Music VideosEdit


  • She wants to be an idol that makes people say that the group wouldn't go on without her.
  • She thinks she won't lose to any other member in her vocal quality and hand-groomed hair.
  • According to Haga Akane, Yamaki is very trustworthy and used to watch over her, Danbara Ruru, Yokogawa Yumei, Funaki Musubu and Oura Hirona when they were in Hello Pro Kenshuusei.
  • She wanted to join Hello Pro Kenshuusei because she wanted to join Hello! Project, but she only had eyes for Morning Musume. She doesn't have interest in any other idols.
  • Her audition number for the 2012 Morning Musume 12ki Member "Mirai Shoujo" Audition was #6509
  • She sang C-ute's "Kanashiki Amefuri" for her audtion.
  • She is not into idols and was surprised that she auditioned for Morning Musume.
  • For her, the best thing about being a Hello Pro Kenshuusei was standing on stage and seeing the members perform. 
  • For her, the hardest thing about being a Hello Pro Kenshuusei was not being able to keep up with her seniors at lessons.
  • She doesn't have a rival yet, she wants to find someone who will inspire her to improve.
  • When she was younger she played volleyball a little and was very flexible, she was shocked at how stiff she had become once she started dancing.
  • She likes the manga Fruits Basket.
  • Before going on stage for the first time, she was the most nervous she'd ever been in her life, to the point where she almost cried. Once she saw the faces in the crowd, though, all she could do was have fun. She's glad to have joined Hello Pro Kenshuusei.
  • Tsunku's commented towards Yamaki: "I want to teach you more dancing strength. I want you to dive right into the rhythm, especially 16-beat. I also want you to have a pattern in smiling or expressions."
  • She was the MC for ℃-ute DVD Magazine Vol.40.[13]
  • In Hapi Pure episodes 24 and 25 she revealed her good drawing skills and even was awarded by drawing instructor for technique.
  • She thinks of Morning Musume as artists, not idols.
  • When she was about to say the senior member she looked up to was Michishige Sayumi during Country Girls' introduction MC at Hello! Project 2015 WINTER, Tsugunaga Momoko stopped her and Yamaki said Tsugunaga instead.[14]
  • She said on her blog that she likes the pattern of trump cards, and a red and black combination in general.
  • When she was in elementary school, Yamaki was often mistaken as a hafu (half-Japanese), and as a joke she wrote in the Country Girls 1st OFFICIAL BOOK that her treasured secret was that she is half-Canadian.[15]
  • She used to like the game Dark Chronicle.[16]

See AlsoEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 "2018ハロプロリーダー座談会(1) マジメなお話がお弁当トークに!? 【ハロプロ誕生20周年記念連載】" (in Japanese). NewsWalker. 2018-01-01.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "『カントリー娘。』改め『カントリー・ガールズ』について (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2014-11-05.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "カントリー娘。「カントリー・ガールズ」に改名で再始動! “ももち”も加入" (in Japanese). 2014-11-05.
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 4.13 4.14 "ハロプロ研修生 > プロフィール > 山木梨沙" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. (Archived: 2014-04-24).
  5. Tsunku. "モーニング娘。12期メンバー「未来少女」オーディション、プロデューサーつんく♂より結果のご報告" (in Japanese). Morning Musume '14 Channel via YouTube. 2013-08-24.
  6. "ハロプロ研修生 新メンバー紹介、山木 梨沙(ヤマキ リサ)" (in Japanese). Hello Pro Kenshuusei Channel via YouTube. 2013-09-22.
  8. TOP YELL, 2013-11 Issue (pg 54). Release Date: 2013-10-07.
  9. "春から/山木梨沙" (in Japanese). Country Girls Official Blog. 2016-03-23.
  10. "リラックス/山木梨沙" (in Japanese). Country Girls Official Blog. 2016-06-10.
  11. "エンサイマーダ/山木梨沙" (in Japanese). Country Girls Official Blog. 2017-05-24.
  12. Pocket Morning. 2016-11-11. (Translation by Ro-kun)
  13. "℃-ute DVD Magazine Vol.40 CM" (in Japanese). UF Goods Land (via YouTube). 2014-04-01.
  14. "ハロプロ、2年ぶりの新ユニット誕生!研修生から8人抜てき!「Hello!Project 2015 WINTER ~DANCE MODE!~」 #Hello! Project" (in Japanese). maidigitv (via YouTube). 2015-01-02.
  15. "汗かきメイトと/山木梨沙" (in Japanese). Country Girls Official Blog. 2016-09-23.
  16. Pocket Morning. 2017-02-10. (English Translation)

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