Iwata Karen

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Iwata Karen
Iwata Karen (2016)
Kanji 岩田華怜
Kana いわた かれん
Romaji Iwata Karen
Nickname Karen (カレン)
Birth Info
Birthdate May 13, 1998  
Birthplace Flag of Japan.png Sendai, Miyagi, Japan
Blood type A
Current Age 24 Years Old
Height 158cm
Professional Info
Agency Hori Pro
Social Networks Instagram / Line Blog / TikTok / Twitter / YouTube
Idol Career Info
Former Group AKB48
Former Team Team A
Debuted April 2011 / 12th Generation
Graduated May 2016

Iwata Karen was a member of AKB48's Team A. She is now affiliated with Hori Pro.


Karen de karei na Date musume. CHIIMU A no kotogaku ichinensei, Iwata Karen desu
(Lovely, splendid and elegant girl. Team A's high school first year student, I'm Iwata Karen)


  • Hobbies: Dancing, watching movies and anime, playing guitar
  • Favorite character: Elizabeth (from Gintama)
  • Favorite colors: Dark blue, red, yellow
  • Favorite dance styles: Tap, jazz
  • Favorite drinks: Sport drinks
  • Favorite food: Avocado sandwiches
  • Favorite subject: Art
  • Good friends with: Sato Sumire
    • She was supposed to be transferred to SKE48 with Sato Sumire, but because of health problems in her family she could not do it.
  • Future ambition: Theater play performer on Broadway or a seiyuu
  • She is a former member of Light Music Club.
  • She is a former member of unit NO NAME.
  • She was the youngest seiyuu of AKB0048.
  • She is the former ace of 12th Generation.
  • She participated in AKB48′s Tohoku Earthquake relief efforts.
    • Before auditioning for AKB48, the earthquake struck her house and she had to live in a shelter for a few days.
    • She was part of the single Hana wa Saku produced by NHK World. The song featured celebrities, musicians, and athletes from the areas the Tohoku Earthquake struck hardest. Karen was the youngest participant and also sang a solo version of the song for the B-side.
    • Because of her experiences with the earthquake, she was the only Kenkyuusei interviewed in DOCUMENTARY of AKB48 Show must go on.
  • She cannot handle eating natto.
  • She had a surgery on her nose because of breathing problems that began after an accident she had when as a child.
  • She is a big fan of Attack on Titan and often cosplayed Mikasa Ackerman during handshake events.
  • She is a Former member of the unofficial "Potebari!!" unit with Ishida Haruka and Iwasa Misaki.
  • After her graduation she played the leading role "Maria" in in the musical "Maria to Midori no Princess (マリアと緑のプリンセス)", together with Yamauchi Mizuki who played "Eliza junior". Yamauchi went on to join AKB48 as a 16th generation member.
  • On March 8, 2019, she suffered a car accident in Tokyo and broke a bone. As a result she was unable to attend the shooting of the 8th Anniversary program of the Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan on March 11, 2019.

AKB48 Senbatsu Elections

AKB48 Janken Tournaments

Team History

AKB48 KenkyuuseiTeam 4Team A → Graduation
Joined AKB48 as a Kenkyuusei on April, 2011
Promoted to Team 4 on March 23, 2012 (Saitama Super Arena)
Transferred to Team A on August 24, 2012 (Tokyo Dome Team Shuffle)
Was offered to transfer to SKE48's Team S on February 24, 2014, but chose to remain with her former team (AKB48 Group Daisokaku Matsuri)
Graduated from AKB48 Team A on May 21, 2016 (Announcement: January 5, 2016 | Graduation Stage: March 15, 2016 | Last activity: May 21, 2016)

Singles Participation

AKB48 A-Sides

AKB48 B-Sides

Other Singles

  • Hana wa Saku (NHK "Ashita e" Higashi Nihon Daishinsai Fukko Shien Song)

Albums Participation

AKB48 Albums



Stage Units

41 (Boku no Taiyou)
Team A Waiting Stage
Skirt, Hirari (Before Sasaki Yukari's Promotion)
Glass no I LOVE YOU (Before Kasai Tomomi's Graduation)
Kuroi Tenshi (After Kasai Tomomi's Graduation)
Kioku no Dilemma (New Units)
A5 (Renai Kinshi Jourei)
Renai Kinshi Jourei (Revival)
SS1 (Eve wa Adam no Abarabone)
Heart Gata Virus
Kimi Dake ni Chu! Chu! Chu!
A7 (M.T ni Sasagu)
Make Otoko (Backdancer)

Concert Units

AKB48 First Dome Concert "Yossha~Ikuzo~! in Seibu Dome"

AKB48 Kouhaku Utagassen 2011

Unit Matsuri 2012

Gyomu Renraku. Tanomuzo, Katayama Bucho! in Saitama Super Arena

AKB48 Kouhaku Utagassen 2012

Unit Matsuri 2013

AKB48 8th Anniversary

AKB48 Zenkoku Tour 2014


AKB48 Kouhaku Utagassen 2014

Solo Songs

Media Appearances



  • Hiroi Uchuu no Naka de (広い宇宙の中で)
  • Maria to Midori no Princess (マリアと緑のプリンセス) - Maria

Variety Shows



Iwata Karen (2015)
Iwata Karen 6th Senbatsu Sousenkyo Poster (2014)
Iwata Karen (2014)
Iwata Karen (2013)
Iwata Karen (2012)
Iwata Karen (2011)