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Sakura Miyawaki (宮脇 咲良, Miyawaki Sakura, born 19 March 1998) is a Japanese singer and actress. She became a member of Japanese-South Korean girl group Iz One after finishing second in survival reality television show Produce 48 and is a member of the Japanese idol girl group HKT48.

Sakura Miyawaki
Sakura Miyawaki at Music Bank on April 12, 2019.png
Miyawaki in April 2019
Native name
宮脇 咲良
Born (1998-03-19) 19 March 1998 (age 21)
Kagoshima, Japan
Other namesSakura
OccupationSinger, actress
Years active2011–present
AgentAKS, Off The Record
Musical career
GenresJ-pop, K-pop
InstrumentsVocals
Labels
Associated acts

In the General Elections of AKB48, she has placed 47th (2012), 26th (2013), 11th (2014), 7th (2015), 6th (2016), 4th (2017), and 3rd (2018).

As one of the group's leading members, Miyawaki became the center (leading singer and dancer) of AKB48's 43rd single "Kimi wa Melody" (Your Melody) which is also AKB48's 10th Anniversary Memorial single in January 2016.[1] In 2017, together with Jurina Matsui from SKE48, the two next generation aces that are also known as "JuriSaku" were chosen to be the WCenter (double centers) for AKB48 group commemorative 48th single "Negaigoto no Mochigusare".[2]

In 2018, Miyawaki joined the show Produce 48 and was selected as the center of the show's theme song, "Nekkoya". She placed 2nd and debuted on October 29, 2018 as a member of Iz One.[3]

CareerEdit

Miyawaki joined HKT48 as a first generation trainee in July 2011. She made her first official appearance as an HKT48 member on October 23 at a national handshake event for the song "Flying Get". She made her theater debut on November 26 with a revival of SKE48 Team S stage "Te wo Tsunaginagara".[4][5][6]

Miyawaki was officially promoted to full member status of HKT48 Team H on March 4, 2012, along with 15 other trainees.[7][8]

In 2012, Miyawaki became the first HKT48 member to have ranked in the AKB48 general election. She received 6,635 votes, placing her at the 47th position.[9] Later that year, she landed her first A-side participation on AKB48's 28th single "Uza". Although she did not make the A-side for the 29th and 30th singles, she appeared on the A-side for the 31st single, "Sayonara Crawl", released on May 22, 2013, and placed 26th overall in AKB48's 2013 general election with 25,760 votes.[10]

Miyawaki's first A-side participation with HKT48 was on its first single "Suki! Suki! Skip!"[11] (Like! Like! Skip!) and Melon Juice.[12]

On 11 January 2014, it was announced during the first day of HKT48's Kyushu 7 Prefecture Tour at Oita, that Miyawaki would be transferred to the newly formed Team KIV.[13] Later, at AKB48's Group Grand Reformation Festival, she was promoted to vice captain of Team KIV and given a concurrent position in AKB48 Team A.[14]

Miyawaki participated in the 2014 AKB48 general election and placed 11th overall with 45,538 votes, landing her a position on the A-side for "Kokoro no Placard".[15] In that year's rock-paper-scissors tournament, Miyawaki lost in the 3rd round of the preliminary competition. However, management decided she would share the center position with winner Mayu Watanabe for AKB48's 38th single, "Kiboteki Refrain", and became the first local HKT48 member to center on an A-side single.[16][17][18]

In 2015, Miyawaki was given a lead role in AKB48's drama Majisuka Gakuen 4 along with Haruka Shimazaki. The season premiered on January 19.[19] She placed 7th overall in the general election the same year with 81,422 votes.[20]

In July 2015, she released her first photobook, titled Sakura which reached number 1 on the weekly Oricon photobook chart and number 3 on the general book chart.[21]

On AKB's 43rd single, "Kimi wa Melody", released March 9, 2016, she got her first solo center on an AKB48 single.

In 2018, Miyawaki participated and placed second in reality girl group survival show Produce 48 and became a member of Korean-Japanese idol group Iz One that debuted in October that same year. She and the other two Japanese members of the group will take a hiatus from their respective Japanese groups until their contracts with Iz One expire in April 2021.[22] Miyawaki has also started her own video gaming channel on YouTube.[23]

DiscographyEdit

Stage unitsEdit

Team H 1st Stage "Te wo Tsunaginara" (Hand in Hand)
  • "Wimbledon e Tsureteitte" (Take Me to Wimbledon)
Team H Waiting Stage "Hakata Legend"
  • "Glass no I Love You" (Glass-like I Love You)
  • "Seifuku no Bambi" (Bambi in a School Uniform)
HKT48's Himawarigumi 1st Stage "Pajama Drive"
  • "Pajama Drive"
Team A 5th Stage "Renai Kinshi Jōrei" (Revival) (Rules Against Love)
  • "Heart Gata Virus" (Heart-shaped Virus)
Team KIV 1st Stage "Theater no Megami" (Goddess of the Theater)
  • "Candy"
HKT48's Himawarigumi 2nd Stage "Tadaima Renaichū" (I'm in Love Right Now)
  • "Junai no Crescendo" (Pure Love's Crescendo)
Team A 7th Stage "M.T. ni Sasagu" (Dedicated to M.T.)
  • "Yume de Kiss Me!" (Kiss Me in My Dream!)
Team KIV 2nd Stage "Saishū Bell ga Naru" (The Last Bell Rings)
  • "Gomen ne Jewel" (I'm Sorry, My Jewel)
HKT48's Himawarigumi 3rd Stage "Yūwaku no Garter" (My Seducing Garter)
  • "Saturday Night Party"
  • "Never!"
  • "I'm sure."
Team KIV 3rd Stage "Seifuku no Me" (Sprout of School Uniform)
  • "Kareha no Station" (Station of Dry Leaves)

FilmographyEdit

TV dramasEdit

Year Title Role Network Source Notes
2012 Ano Hito no Ano Hi Nazuna Imagawa NHK General TV [24] Television film
2013 Himitsu Mari FBS [25] Television film
2015 Majisuka Gakuen 4 Sakura Miyawaki NTV Lead role
Majisuka Gakuen 5 Sakura Miyawaki NTV, Hulu Lead role
AKB Horror Night: Adrenaline's Night Juri TV Asahi Episode 5: "Doppelgänger"
Majisuka Gakuen 0 Sakura Miyawaki NTV, Hulu Television film; lead role
2016 Crow's Blood Maki Togawa Hulu [26] Lead role
AKB Love Night: Love Factory Nao TV Asahi Episode 29: "Guruguru Curtain"
Doctor-Y: Surgeon Hideki Kaji Haruka Mifune au VideoPass, TV Asahi douga [27] Webdrama
The Hero Yoshihiko and the Seven Chosen Ones School idol group member TV Tokyo [28] Episode 9
2016–2017 Cabasuka Gakuen Sakura Miyawaki NTV Lead role
2017 Tofu Pro-Wrestling Sakura Miyawaki/Cherry Miyawaki TV Asahi Lead role
2018 Shanghai Love Map Herself iQiyi [29][30]

Variety showEdit

Year Title Role Network Notes Ref.
2018 Everyone's Kitchen Cast O'live Pilot, Trial Broadcast [31]
2019 Co-host Regular Show

BibliographyEdit

Solo photobooksEdit

# Title Release date Charts Publisher
JP
Oricon
PB

[32]
JP
Oricon
Books

[33]
1 Sakura
  (宮脇咲良ファースト写真集「さくら」)
July 2015 1 3 Shueisha

Radio HostingEdit

Tonight, Under the Sakura Tree (今夜、咲良の木の下で) April 6, 2017-present, Bay FM[34]

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "AKB48 Announces 9th Senbatsu General Election + 48th Single". J-pop Asia. March 20, 2017. Retrieved March 20, 2019.
  3. ^ "[단독]미야와키 사쿠라, '프로듀스 48' 센터됐다". Naver (in Korean).
  4. ^ "HKT48、地元博多で「手をつなぎながら」公演スタート". Natalie Music (in Japanese). November 11, 2011. Retrieved March 20, 2019.
  5. ^ "HKT48、西武ドームで初代21人お披露目 AKBグループ最年少の平均年齢13.8歳". Oricon, Inc. (in Japanese). October 23, 2011. Retrieved March 20, 2019.
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  7. ^ "HKT48 チームHお披露目公演終了". HKT48 official blog (in Japanese). March 4, 2012. Retrieved March 20, 2019.
  8. ^ "HKT48 introduces the members of 'Team H'". Tokyohive. November 27, 2011. Retrieved March 20, 2019.
  9. ^ "【エンタがビタミン♪】「頭が真っ白になった」。AKB選抜総選挙47位。HKT48宮脇咲良が生放送で心境語る。".
  10. ^ "AKB48 32ndシングル 選抜総選挙" [32nd single selection elections]. AKB48 Official Site (in Japanese). 2013-06-08.
  11. ^ "ディスコグラフィー - スキ!スキ!スキップ!". Archived from the original on 2013-08-14. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  12. ^ "ディスコグラフィー - メロンジュース". Archived from the original on 2014-02-20. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  13. ^ "HKT48、新チーム「KIV」発足&初再編 指原劇場支配人が"クラス替え"発表".
  14. ^ "AKB48グループ「大組閣祭り」速報 乃木坂46生駒、SKE48木崎などの仰天人事も続々".
  15. ^ "AKB48 37thシングル 選抜総選挙" [37th single selection elections]. AKB48 Official Site (in Japanese).
  16. ^ AKB48 (October 29, 2014). 【MV】希望的リフレイン Short ver. / AKB48[公式].
  17. ^ "AKB48、新曲選抜メンバー32人発表 Wセンターは?". Modelpress (in Japanese). September 17, 2014. Retrieved January 27, 2015.
  18. ^ http://akbzine.com/2015/07/17/sakuras-touching-response-fan-discussion/
  19. ^ "Details on AKB48 Groups' Drama Series "Majisuka Gakuen 4" Revealed!".
  20. ^ "Results of the AKB48 41st single elections are out!". aramajapan.com. June 6, 2015. Retrieved June 6, 2015.
  21. ^ "【オリコン】宮脇咲良、初写真集が部門1位 総合も3位ランクイン". ORICON NEWS (in Japanese). 2015-07-16. Retrieved 2017-05-04.
  22. ^ "Japanese IZ*ONE members to take hiatus from AKB48". SBS PopAsia. Retrieved 2018-09-29.
  23. ^ "Miyawaki Sakura has a gaming channel where she plays Fortnite/Splatoon 2/Undertale - Asian Junkie". Asian Junkie. Retrieved 2018-09-16.
  24. ^ "宮脇咲良". allcinema (in Japanese). Stingray. Retrieved June 6, 2015.
  25. ^ "HKT48ドラマスペシャル「秘密」" (in Japanese). Entertainment Mabui. Retrieved July 29, 2018.
  26. ^ "Hulu Horror Series Crow's Blood's Teaser Show AKB48 Idols (Updated)". Anime News Network. May 19, 2016. Retrieved May 20, 2016.
  27. ^ "勝村政信、『ドクターX』スピンオフ主役に驚き「マジかよ!」" (in Japanese). Oricon. September 2, 2016. Retrieved July 29, 2018.
  28. ^ "女子高生4(HKT48:宮脇咲良):勇者ヨシヒコ完全図鑑:テレビ東京" (in Japanese). TV Tokyo. Retrieved July 29, 2018.
  29. ^ "女孩们,别再怀抱玛丽苏幻想" (in Chinese). 恋爱地图上海篇. November 8, 2017. Retrieved March 4, 2018.
  30. ^ "Miyawaki Sakura drama Shanghai Love Map". Shukan Bunshun. 2017-10-16. Retrieved 2017-10-17.
  31. ^ "IZ*ONE's Miyawaki Sakura Talks About Difficulties Of Living In A Dorm With 12 Girls". Soompi. Soompi. Retrieved January 9, 2019.
  32. ^ 宮脇咲良ファースト写真集「さくら」
    "オリコン週間 写真集ランキング 2015年07月06日~2015年07月12日". ORICON STYLE. Archived from the original on 2015-07-22. Retrieved 2017-05-04.
  33. ^ 宮脇咲良ファースト写真集「さくら」
    "オリコン週間 BOOK総合ランキング 2015年07月06日~2015年07月12日". ORICON STYLE. Archived from the original on 2015-07-22. Retrieved 2017-05-04.
  34. ^ Despite being active as a member of IZ*One, she either records back in Japan, or some episodes are pre-recorded in Korea in Japanese. She sometimes reveal that some episodes are pre-recorded near sunset.

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