Sayaka Yamamoto (山本 彩) is a singer and member of the Japanese idol girl group NMB48. She is also known as Sayaka (さやか), Sayanee (さや姉), Sayamina (さやみな) and Oppaichan (おっぱいちゃん).
Birthday: July 14, 1993
Born: Osaka Prefecture, Japan
Famous for: Singer, Idol
Prior to forming group NMB48, she was a member of the girl band MAD CATZ from 2008 to 2009, where she used the stage name SAYAKA and performed guitar and vocals.
In 10 July 2010, AKB48 (Japanese idol group/band) first announced that they would be forming a second sister national group based in Namba to be called NMB48. Yasushi Akimoto announced that the group would have 26 Kenkyuusei for the first generation. Kenkyuusei (NMB48チーム研究生) are trainee idols from NMB48. They fill in for absent members in the theatre and are promoted to official members of NMB48 to replace graduated members.
Sayaka Yamamoto joined NMB48 as a Kenkyuusei in October 2010. She was promoted to Captain of Team N on March 10, 2011. On February 2014, it was announced that she would hold a concurrent position in AKB48’s Team K.
In 2012 Sayaka cut her hair to show her determination to enter the top 16 at next year’s General Election, as she had ranked at only #18 that year.
On February 10, 2015, Sayaka Yamamoto released her second photobook titled “SY” which sold 42,779 in its first week of sales according to the Oricon sales charts.
You’ve been a captain in NMB48 since it was established. You also said, “In the end, I have to hold NMB48 together. I’m worried about that.” In AKB48, you can enjoy your freedom. You’re no longer the shy girl you once were. At the end of November, you gave us a lively performance for “Stage Fighters”, the special anniversary concert.
Certainly, I’ve been pushed forwards by Oshima Yuko’s graduation. But, more than that, Takamina… that’ll have a huge influence, I think. So for the sake of the group, I also want to become an experienced member.
This year you’ve made great progress.
That’s right. Even when I walk down the street, people call out to me, “Sayanee!” “Sayanee!”I’m grateful to those people, but I still think that people without a great knowledge of the AKB48 Group still think of me as “Yamamoto Sayaka”. I’ve become increasingly aware that that kind of calling out has increased.
As Yamamoto Sayaka, you’ve become more independent. You’ve been able to take advantage of your position, and probably your fans also know the group. You’ve had a great response from everyone.
For myself, I’ve taken advantage of passing the audition, but I want to do what Itano and Shinoda did, and walk my own path while also being an idol. Recently, I’m really pleased to have been granted such great changes as a solo concert.
Your dream is to be a solo singer. Next year, you’ll achieve your objective and do a solo concert in a live house.
I think that being able to do a two-hour solo concert would be a great stimulus for me. I’m not obsessed with the idea of a solo debut – if I can release a single, an album, do a national tour… I want to strengthen my position like that first.
With your current strength, it sounds like the solo performance at “Natsu Fes” won’t be a dream come true, but it will be a solid move.
No, that’s not… I’m someone who says what I want with my ability in mind. Whether it’s voice training or guitar skill, it’s never enough for me. Singing with a backing track is completely different to singing with a live band. So I’m training my vocal chords and internal muscles for that. Oh, and lastly, I want to try singing at Osaka Castle Hall, but I’ll try singing at a live house first.
What are the things you remember most about Yoronjima?
It was my first time seeing it, but during the shooting, the sea was full of white and black sea cucumbers. I didn’t touch them, but the girls who were okay with them really gathered around them. Everyone was gushing with interest about how they would completely ignore you, and then suddenly, one shot out its bright red internal organs!
We ran away in surprise [laughs]. The sea cucumber’s colour also changed, and we wondered, “Is it dead…?” But afterwards we checked, and shooting out its internal organs is a defensive mechanism of sea cucumbers when attacked.
Wow, I didn’t know that. So finally, please take us through the interesting points of the film that’s released on August 1st, “NMB48 geinin! THE MOVIE owarai seishun girls”.
There are scenes that weren’t seen on television that are being made into a movie. As always, we have the two-man comedy act “Sayamilky” which I do with Milky, but for the first time in the film, there’s the “Yokoyamamoto” name combination, where I do a comedy act with Yuihan. I think my comedy acts with Yuihan and Milky both really fit the name ‘youth’ (seishun), so I’ll be really happy if you enjoy them!
Did you know…
- Member of Light Music Club.
- Envisions herself as a singer and songwriter in the future.
- Wears contact lenses to correct her vision.
- She is a vegetarian.
- Cut her hair in 2012 to show her determination to enter the top 16 at next year’s General Election, as she had ranked at only #18 that year.
- Her favourite foods are Chinese food and Japanese sweets.
- Is often joked at by members for having a protruding chin, something which is used to provoke her.