Iwatate Saho

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Iwatate Saho
Iwatate Saho (2019)
Kanji 岩立沙穂
Kana いわたて さほ
Romaji Iwatate Saho
Nickname Sahhoo (さっほー)
Birth Info
Birthdate October 4, 1994  
Birthplace Flag of Japan.png Kanagawa, Japan
Blood type B
Current Age 28 Years Old
Height 156.5cm
Professional Info
Social Networks 7gogo / Ameblo / Instagram / SHOWROOM / TikTok / Twitter / Weibo
Idol Career Info
Group AKB48
Team Team A
Debuted September 2011 / 13th Generation
Lightstick Colors
Blue White Red

Iwatate Saho is a member of AKB48's Team A. She is also a member of Honey Harmony.



発声練習はじめます! やっほー、さっほー、28歳、さっほーこと岩立沙穂です。
Hassei renshuu hajimemasu! Yahhoo, Sahhoo, 28-sai, Sahhoo koto Iwatate Saho desu.
(I'll start with vocal exercises! Yahhoo, Sahhoo, I'm Iwatate Saho, also known as Sahhoo, 28 years old.)


  • Favorite AKB48 stage song: "All of them"
  • Hobbies: Aromatherapy, photography
  • Favorite subject: World history, Japanese language. She says Japanese is her specialty.
  • Likes: Spicy food, eating grasshoppers
  • Favorite animal: Capybara
  • Good friends with: Mogi Shinobu, Muto Tomu
    • She was the first person to bathe with Mogi.
  • Admired members: Kashiwagi Yuki
  • Future ambition: A multi-talent who can work as a reporter
  • Oldest member in AKB48 13th Generation
  • She failed AKB48's 11th and 12th Generation Auditions.
  • She has a younger brother
  • She has liked idols since she was six years old. In middle school she particularly liked Morning Musume.
  • She was high school classmates with Nogizaka46's Nakada Kana.
  • She enrolled in a junior college in 2013 and graduated in 2015.
  • She considers herself a calm and considerate person, but also indecisive. Staff members have praised her for being hardworking and gutsy, while former member Nakamura Mariko said she has a classic idol aura, reminiscent of Matsuda Seiko.
  • She has a burikko ("cutesy girl") character.
  • She is famous for regularly eating grasshoppers, as her family has eaten them for a long time. When she took her college entrance exam, her mother packed her a bento and spelled "Ganba" (good luck) in grasshoppers on top of the rice.
    • Her unflinching love of grasshoppers was featured in AKBINGO! as well. A Muchaburi Dodgeball segment called "Sahhoo Gohan" was created, where Saho would prepare foods with grasshoppers to feed to members as a punishment for getting out in the dodgeball game.
  • She likes France and has been studying French for several years.
  • She has passed many qualification tests, such as a Level 3 qualification in French, a Grade 1 qualification in aromatherapy, Kanji Kentei Level 2, Eating Habits Advisor Grade 3, and Cosmetics Certification Grade 2.
  • She can recite the first 50 digits of pi.
  • She once posted support messages through Google+ to a fan that was thinking about committing suicide.
  • In August 2018 she ranked first in the AKB48 Stage Fighter game "Final Center Battle".
  • She was a member of the dessert team in the AKB48 Cooking Senbatsu Competition.




  • On September 24th, passed the auditions for 13th Generation.
  • On December 8th, during the 6th Year Anniversary Commemorative Performance, had her theater debut with the other members of the 13th Generation for Aitakatta.






  • On June 18th, during the 8th Senbatsu Election, ranked back in at 51st after not placing at all the year prior.



  • On June 15th, was announced as a contestant on the Korean idol survival show Produce 48.
    • Ranked in Class B after the initial evaluation.
    • Ranked in Class B after the re-evaluation.
    • Performed AKB48's High Tension during the first performance round. Her position was center. Her team lost.
    • Performed BTS' "The Truth Untold" during the second performance round. She placed third within her team.
    • Was elimited in Episode 8 at 40th place with a total of 288,890 votes.


  • On January 19, had a joint leading role together with Sugawara Maya in the horror movie "Horror Channel".
  • On May 2nd, during Takahashi Juri's graduation stage, was named the new captain of Team B (Iwatate Team B).
  • On September 3rd, had her final appearance on AKBINGO!.



  • On March 1st, appeared in vol. 6 of the online magazine "TABILISTA".
  • On March 19th, was part of the senshuuraku performance for Team B's Theater no Megami stage.
  • On April 19th, transferred to Mukaichi Team A.
  • On July 16th and 23rd, appeared in episodes 9 and 10 of AKB48 no Uta (AKB48の歌).
  • On October 21st, had her first appearance on AKB48 Sayonara Mouri-san (AKB48サヨナラ毛利さん).

AKB48 Senbatsu Elections

AKB48 Janken Tournaments

Team History

AKB48 KenkyuuseiTeam 4Team BTeam A
Joined AKB48 as a Kenkyuusei on September, 2011
Promoted to Team 4 on August 24, 2013 (Tokyo Dome Concert)
Transferred to Team B on December 08, 2017 (AKB48 12th Anniversary Shuffle)
Transferred to Team A on April 19, 2022 (Announcement: December 8, 2021 (AKB48 16th Anniversary Team Shuffle))

Singles Participation

AKB48 B-Sides

Other Singles

Albums Participation

AKB48 Albums


Stage Units

Kokoro no Hashi no Sofa
KKS6 (Boku no Taiyou)
Idol Nante Yobanaide (1st Unit)
Himawari (2nd Unit)
KKS7 (Pajama Drive)
Tenshi no Shippo
42 (Te wo Tsunaginagara)
Kono Mune no Barcode
43 (Idol no Yoake)
Kuchi Utsushi no Chocolate
44 (Yume wo Shinaseru Wake ni Ikanai)
Tonari no Banana
Bye Bye Bye (Under)
SS7 (Thumbnail)
Hibiwareta Kagami
SS12 (Boku no Natsu ga Hajimaru)
Saigo ni Ice Milk wo Nonda no wa Itsudarou?

Concert Units

AKB48 Group Kenkyuusei Concert ~Oshimen Hayai Mono Gachi~

AKB48 8th Anniversary

AKB48 Kouhaku Utagassen 2013

Unit Matsuri 2014

AKB48 Zenkoku Tour 2014


AKB48 Kouhaku Utagassen 2014

AKB48 Group Douji Kaisai Concert in Yokohama ~Kotoshi wa Rank in Dekimashita Shukugakai~

AKB48 13th Generation Stage in TDC ~Ima, Yaru Shikaneen Dayo!~

AKB48 Group Kanshasai ~Rank in Concert~ (Senbatsu Sousenkyo Rank-in (17th-80th) members performance)

AKB48 Group Kanshasai ~Rank in Concert~ (Senbatsu Sousenkyo Rank-in (17th-100th) members performance)

AKB48 Zenkoku Tour 2019

Two Roses

AKB48 Group Request Hour Setlist Best 50 2020

2020 AKB48 shin Unit Live Matsuri Kaisai Kettei no Oshirase

AKB48 Tandoku Concert 2021 〜Suki Naraba, Suki da to Iou~

MX Matsuri! AKB48 60th Single "Hisashiburi no Lipgloss" Announcement Commemoration Concert in Budokan 2022

New Team Concert
Day 3

AKB48 Dobbon! 2 Year Anniversary Live!

AKB48 Current Team Final Concert 2023 in KT Zepp Yokohama 〜Kore wa Team A Festival!〜

Media Appearances

Variety Shows


Survival shows


  • Horror Channel (2019)



Iwatate Saho 10th Senbatsu Election Poster (2018)
Iwatate Saho (Produce 48) (2018)
Iwatate Saho (2018)
Iwatate Saho 9th Senbatsu Election Poster (2017)
Iwatate Saho (2017)
Iwatate Saho 8th Senbatsu Election Poster (2016)
Iwatate Saho (2016)
Iwatate Saho (2015)
Iwatate Saho (2014)
Ken-iwatate saho.jpg
Iwatate Saho (2013)
Iwatate Saho (Late 2012)
Iwatate Saho (Early 2012)


Team A
Iwatate SahoOkabe RinOtake HitomiKomiyama HarukaSaito Haruna
Chiba EriiNagano SerikaFukuoka SeinaHonda Hitomi
Ma Chia-LingMukaichi MionMuto OrinYoshihashi Yuzuka
A1A2A3A4A5A6 Waiting StageA7A8