Yamamoto Sayaka

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Yamamoto Sayaka
Yamamoto Sayaka (2019)
Kanji 山本彩
Kana やまもと さやか
Romaji Yamamoto Sayaka
Nickname Sayaka (さやか), Sayanee (さや姉)
Birth Info
Birthdate July 14, 1993  
Birthplace Flag of Japan.png Ibaraki City, Osaka, Japan
Blood type B
Current Age 30 Years Old
Height 155.5cm
Professional Info
Agency Showtitle
Social Networks Official Website / 7gogo / Instagram / TikTok / Twitter / Weibo / YouTube
Idol Career Info
Former Group NMB48
Former Team Team N
Debuted October 2010 / 1st Generation
Graduated November 2018

Yamamoto Sayaka was the captain of NMB48's Team N. She is currently pursuing a career as a singer-songwriter.


さやか ささやか さわやか さやか ささっと やさしさ あざやか さやか!
Sayaka sasayaka sawayaka Sayaka sasatto yasashisa azayaka Sayaka!
(Sayaka, modest, refreshing Sayaka quick, kind, brilliant Sayaka!)


  • Audition Song: fairyland by Ayumi Hamasaki
  • Hobbies: Learning, studying history, listening to music, watching movies, bowling, practicing guitar
  • Special Skills: Being enthusiastic
  • Charm Points: Moles around her moth, collarbones, eyes
  • Favorite Food: Vegetables, Chinese Food, Japanese Confectionery
  • Favorite Subject: History
  • Favorite Sport: Basketball
  • Favorite Color: Black, Navy Blue
  • Favorite Japanese artists: YUI, BoA
  • Favorite international artists: Avril Lavigne, Taylor Swift, Janet Jackson
  • Future Ambition: Singer-songwriter, or something that will allow her to continue singing
  • She was a member of Light Music Club.
  • When she was growing up her name was often misread as "Aya", which is a more common reading of the kanji used in her name as "Sayaka" (彩).
    • Her parents chose the name because they wanted her to be someone who "colors the hearts of many people".
  • Her official nickname was Sayaka, but she was often called Sayanee (from onee-san, meaning older sister).
  • She has two older brothers (5 and 2 years older) and one older sister (4 years older).
  • She has a pet toy poodle named Neon. Neon's name appears in Sayaka's twitter handle, "SayakaNeon".
    • The name was chosen after a character of in manga "Flame of Recca".
  • Her childhood dream was to be a nursery school teacher or a dancer.
  • She began singing and dance lessons in second grade after she and her sister signed with the agency Little Cat. She also practiced piano, guitar, and went to a cram school.
  • She was voted class president all the way from fifth grade to first year of high school. Then she became student council president in her second year of high school.
  • She attended an all-girls high school in Kyoto Prefecture.
  • She was in the light music club in high school. She was not in any clubs in middle school.
  • She has loved Japanese castles ever since visiting Kakegawa Castle in Shizuoka Prefecture in the second year of junior high school. She says she likes to experience the different smells of the castle with the wind. Her favorite castle is Matsumoto Castle in Nagano Prefecture because of its beauty and the way it captures the feelings of the people of that time.
  • She was a member of the girls band MAD CATZ before joining NMB48. She played lead guitar.
    • The group debuted under on March 19th, 2008 and disbanded at the end of 2009.
    • Their debut single "Girls be Ambitious!" was used as the opening theme for BS Fuji's anime "Moegaku★5".
    • Their coupling song "Sweet day's Light" became the CM image song for Quole Cosmetics k-palette series 1DAY TATOO, and the members served as image girls.
    • She wrote the lyrics for their coupling song "Monochrome Map".
    • She was also a member of a band called "Smile2Girls" when she was in elementary school.
  • Her favorite guitar is the Ovation celebrity Model No.CP257, which she has been using since 6th grade.
  • Her favorite international artist is Avril Lavigne. She says Avril was her inspiration to learn guitar. She has met Avril in person before.
  • Her favorite Japanese artists are YUI and BoA. She is also fond of K-Pop.
  • Her mother encouraged her to audition for NMB48 knowing that it could be an opportunity to become a singer in the future. Sayaka herself did not think she could be an idol, but took the audition anyway.
  • She and Watanabe Miyuki were the original Centers of NMB48 and were often called SayaMilky.
  • She was the oldest member of NMB48 from April 2nd, 2016 until her graduation on November 4th, 2018.
  • She was the only member from NMB48 to rank in the 3rd Senbatsu Selection.
  • She cut her hair short to show her determination after not making Senbatsu at the 4th Senbatsu Election. After ranking on 14th place at the 5th Senbatsu Election, she decided to let her hair grow long again.
  • Other members often joked about the size of her chin.
  • She has very fair skin and uses a lot of sunscreen products.
  • She has a bad sense of direction and gets lost when she walks around outdoors.
  • She prefers sleeping on futons rather than western-style beds.
  • She has seven ear piercings, four on the left and three on the right.
  • She wears 0.75 prescription contact lenses to correct her vision.
  • She likes reading yaoi (boys-love) manga, ever since her older sister introduced her to it.
  • She likes bowling. Her high score is 191.
  • She is bad at whistling.
  • She made a guest appearance at NMB48's 10 Year Anniversary Live Event on October 23, 2020.
  • She is a Hanshin Tigers baseball team TORACO Support Captain since 2016.
  • She is a membership ambassador for Sharp Corporation since 2017.
  • From October 2020 to December 2021 she was a regular Monday navigator for the radio show SPARK.
  • In December 2021, she was voted 3rd best singer and 5th best dancer out of all members of all 48 groups (voted by members).
  • On November 19th, 2021 she went on hiatus due to poor physical condition. Then on March 25th, 2022 she informed fans that her hiatus was being caused by an imbalance in her thyroid gland. On July 14th, 2022, she announced that her thyroid disease had gone into remission and she resumed activities.
  • On February 13th, 2023, announced her own company called SYCompany.

AKB48 Senbatsu Elections

AKB48 Janken Tournaments

Solo Singles

# Cover Title Release date
01 YamamotoSayakaIchirinsouFCLimited.jpg Ichirinsou
02 TBACover.jpg Toge
03 TBACover.jpg Tsuioku no Hikari
04 TBACover.jpg Zero Universe
(ゼロ ユニバース)
05  TBACover.jpg Dramatic ni Kanpai
Digital Single
01 TBACover.jpg yonder 2021.07.14
02 TBACover.jpg Don't hold me back 2021.08.25
03 TBACover.jpg Aimatte.
04 TBACover.jpg Lament
05 TBACover.jpg Nocturnal 2024.02.28
06 Tweedia Tweedia

Solo Albums

# Cover Title Release date
01 YamamotoSayakaRainbowLim.jpg Rainbow 2016.10.26
02 YamamotoSayakaIdentityLimited.jpg identity 2017.10.04
03 TBACover.jpg α
04 TBACover.jpg &

Features and Collaborations

  • “Ladies in the City” - “I Don’t Wanna” with (Night Tempo)

Solo Concerts

# Title Date
1 Yamamoto Sayaka LIVE TOUR 2016 ~Rainbow~
(山本彩 LIVE TOUR 2016 ~Rainbow~)
2016.11.02 - 2016.11.22
2 forTUNE music presents Yamamoto Sayaka mini LIVE 〜after the "Rainbow"〜
(forTUNE music presents 山本彩 mini LIVE 〜after the "Rainbow"〜)
2017.01.31 - 2017.02.02
3 AbemaTV 1st ANNIVERSARY LIVE 2017.04.14
4 Sayaka Yamamoto LIVE TOUR 2017 ~Identity~ 2017.10.20 - 2017.11.22
5 Yamamoto Sayaka LIVE TOUR 2019 ~I'm ready~
(山本彩 LIVE TOUR 2019 ~I'm ready~)
2019.02.23 - 2019.06.02
6 Sayaka Yamamoto Celebration 2019 2019.07.14
8 Yamamoto Sayaka LIVE TOUR 2020 ~ α ~
(山本彩 LIVE TOUR 2020 ~ α ~)
9 Yamamoto Sayaka Birthday Event "Sayaka Yamamoto Celebration 2020"
(山本彩バースデーイベント「Sayaka Yamamoto Celebration 2020」)
2021.05.27 - 2021.06.08
11 Yamamoto Sayaka Birthday Event "Sayaka Yamamoto Celebration 2021"
(山本彩バースデーイベント「Sayaka Yamamoto Celebration 2021」)
2021.07.14 - 2021.07.16
12 SAYAKA YAMAMOTO TOUR 2021 ~re~ 2021.09.29 - 2021.12.16
13 SAYAKA YAMAMOTO LIVE 2022 "now" 2022.12.27 - 2022.12.29
14 Sayaka Yamamoto Cure 2023 -Billboard Live Tour- 2023.02.07 - 2023.02.21
15 SAYAKA YAMAMOTO LIVE TOUR 2023 -&- 2023.06.13 - 2023.08.03
16 Yamamoto Sayaka 30-sai no Otanjoubi-kai ~Fanmi-teki na~
(山本彩 30歳のお誕生日会 ~ファンミ的な~)
17 Yamamoto Sayaka Asia Tour
(Tentative Title)
June 2024
(exact dates TBA)

Team History

NMB48 KenkyuuseiTeam NTeam N and Team KTeam N → Graduation
Joined NMB48 as a Kenkyuusei on October, 2010
Promoted to Team N on March 10, 2011 (Team N Formation)
Had a Concurrent Position in AKB48's Team K from February 24, 2014 (AKB48 Group Daisokaku Matsuri) to April 13, 2016 (Last performance: May 26, 2016)
Graduated from NMB48 Team N on November 4, 2018 (Announcement: July 30, 2018)

Singles Participation

NMB48 A-Sides

NMB48 B-Sides

AKB48 A-Sides

AKB48 B-Sides

Other Singles

Albums Participation

NMB48 A-Sides

NMB48 B-Sides

AKB48 Albums


Stage Units

RS1 (Dareka no Tame ni)
Seifuku ga Jama wo Suru
N1 (Dareka no Tame ni)
Seifuku ga Jama wo Suru
N2 (Seishun Girls)
Blue rose
Fushidara na Natsu
N3 (Koko ni Datte Tenshi wa Iru)
Yume no dead body
Hajimete no Hoshi
100nen Saki Demo
N3 (Koko ni Datte Tenshi wa Iru) (Revival)
Yume no dead body
Hajimete no Hoshi
100nen Saki Demo
Seifuku Resistance (Revival)
K4 (Saishuu Bell ga Naru)
Return Match (Revival) (WCenter with Fujita Nana)
Team Surprise 2nd Stage (Bara no Gishiki)
Hell or Heaven
Dare ga Futari wo Deawaseta no ka?
N4 (Mokugekisha)
10 Krone to Pan

Concert Units

AKB48 Kouhaku Utagassen 2011

Unit Matsuri 2012

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

AKB48 in TOKYO DOME ~1830m no Yume~

AKB48 Kouhaku Utagassen 2012

Unit Matsuri 2013

NMB48 Western Japan Tour 2013 12/31

AKB48 Group Rinji Soukai "Shirokuro tsukeyou janai ka!"

AKB48 Group

AKB48 Super Festival at Nissan Stadium

AKB48 2013 Manatsu no Dome Tour ~Mada mada, Yaranakya Ikenai koto ga aru~

Fukuoka Dome
Sapporo Dome
Osaka Dome
Nagoya Dome
Tokyo Dome

AKB48 Kouhaku Utagassen 2013

Unit Matsuri 2014

AKB48 Sister Groups in Saitama Super Arena


AKB48 Group at Ajinomoto Stadium

NMB48 National Tour

NHK Hall (Tokyo)
NTK Hall (Nagoya)

AKB48 Kouhaku Utagassen 2014

AKB48 Manatsu no Tandoku Concert in SSA 〜Kawaei-san no Koto ga Suki Deshita〜

Kojimatsuri ~Kojima Haruna Kanshasai~

Watanabe Mayu Graduation Concert ~Minna no Yume ga Kanaimasu you ni~

AKB48 Group Request Hour Setlist Best 100 2018

Solo Songs


Media Appearances




Yamamoto Sayaka (2018)
Yamamoto Sayaka (2017)
Yamamoto Sayaka (2016) (AKB48)
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Yamamoto Sayaka (2015) (AKB48)
Yamamoto Sayaka (2015)
Yamamoto Sayaka (2014)
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Yamamoto Sayaka (Late 2012)
Yamamoto Sayaka (Mid 2012)
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Yamamoto Sayaka (Early 2012)
Yamamoto Sayaka (Late 2011)
Yamamoto Sayaka (Early 2011)
Yamamoto Sayaka (2010)