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NiziU Members Profile

NiziU Members Profile and Facts:

NiziU (虹U/ニジユ/니쥬/ニジュー) is a 9 member Japanese girl group under JYP Entertainment and Sony Music Entertainment. They were formed through the survival show Nizi Project. The name of NiziU means “various people carrying different colors like a rainbow will come together as one group and shine a beautiful light”. On November 24th 2020 they released the MV for the song “Step and a Step“. They officially debuted in Japan on December 2nd 2020 when “Step and a Step” was released on all streaming services. They made their Korean debut with the single, “Press Play” on October 30th, 2023.

Fandom Name: WithU
Fandom Colors: PANTONE 2035 C, PANTONE 1505 C, PANTONE 108 C, PANTONE 2423 C, PANTONE 293 C, PANTONE 2758 C, PANTONE 2579 C

Official Accounts:
Website: NiziU
Instagram: niziu_info_official / niziu_artist_official
Twitter: NiziU__official
Facebook: NiziUinfoofficial
YouTube: NiziU Official
TikTok: @niziu_official

Members Profile:
Mako (1st place)

Stage Name: Mako (真子/マコ/마코)
Birth Name: Yamaguchi Mako (山口真子/やまぐち まこ)
Position: Leader
Birthday: April 4, 2001
Zodiac Sign: Aries
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Snake
Height: 159 cm (5’3″)
Blood Type: A
Nationality: Japanese
Official Color: PANTONE 1645 C (Orange)

Mako Facts:
– Her hometown is Fukuoka Prefecture, Yame City.
– She was the class leader in the third year of junior high school.
– She worked at the student council until she graduated high school.
– She was a JYP trainee before Nizi Project along with Rima, Yuna, and Miihi.
– Joined JYPE in February 2017.
– She participated in the Tokyo audition.
– She received 3rd place at the JYP 13th public audition.
– Her hobbies are watching dramas, learning a language, and writing a diary.
– Her specialty is to eat a lot of foods and eating a lemon without a reaction
– Her favorite food is yogurt.
– She has an older sister named Atsuko Yamaguchi born in 1996.
– She used to wear braces in the first season of the Nizi Project.
– As a leader, she wants to teach and guide everyone.
– She was one of the potential trainees to debut in ITZY.
– She wishes she can become the cook of NiziU.
– She appeared in Stray KidsGod’s Menu” and “Back Door” MVs.
Show more Mako fun facts…

Rio (4th place)

Stage Name: Rio (梨緒/リオ/리오)
Birth Name: Hanabashi Rio (花橋梨緒/はなばしりお)
Probable Position: Main Dancer
Birthday: February 4, 2002
Zodiac Sign: Aquarius
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Horse
Height: 159 cm (5’3″)
Blood Type: B
Nationality: Japanese
Official Color: PANTONE 297 C (Light blue)

Rio Facts:
– Her hometown is Aichi Prefecture, Nagoya.
– She was in the comprehensive contemporary acrobatic dance & vocal performance movement crew named EXILE.
– She joined her EXILE in the second year of junior high school in 2015 but left to join EXPGLab.
– Dancing is really important to her and she describes it as “her own life” because she has danced for more than half of her life.
– Rio used to be a member of KIZZY/BUNNIES under EXPGLab where she was mainly known as HanaRio.
– She left EXPGLab on March 4th, 2019  to pursue acting.
– After leaving EXPGLab she still wanted to be an idol and show people what she learned from EXPGLAB so she auditioned.
– When asked what her dream was, she said she wants to be a person who shines brightly.
-She went to the Nagoya auditions.
JYP thinks she looks like an actress.
-Her hobby is fashion.
– Rio was in the track and field club in her school days
-Her specialty is freestyle, dancing, and eating a lot of eggs.
– She is the source of energy in NiziU.
– Mako
changed her impression the most because she thought Mako was a very serious and honored student, but she was surprised about how much she played around.
– Mako, Rio, Maya, Ayaka, Rima, and Miihi appeared in Stray Kids’ God’s Menu MV
– Riku, Nina, Mako, Rio, Maya, Ayaka, Mayuka and Rima appeared in Stray Kids Back Door MV.

Maya (5th place)

Stage Name: Maya (まや/マヤ/마야)
Birth Name: Katsumura Maya (勝村摩耶/かつむら まや)
Probable Position: Sub Vocalist
Birthday: April 8, 2002
Zodiac Sign: Aries
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Horse
Height: 158 cm (5’2″)
Blood Type: O
Nationality: Japanese
Official Color:  PANTONE 2084 C (Purple)

Maya Facts:
– Her hometown is Ishikawa Prefecture, Hakusan City.
– Education: Hakusan City Hoku Elementary School, Hakusan City Hikarino Junior High School.
– She used to be a YG Japan trainee.
– She moved to Tokyo so she can be a YG trainee and she’s been a trainee for 1 year.
– She’s currently learning Korean.
– Maya attended the Tokyo auditions as well.
– Her hobbies are painting and having a skincare collection.
– Her specialty is cooking.
– Their dance trainer gave her the nickname “Cowl Chan” (warm tone).
– She is the swan of NiziU.
– Maya was in the track and field club in her school days.
If she could switch abilities with any of the members, she would choose Mako because she does various dances well.
Mako changed her impression the most because she thought that Mako was a perfect leader and a very solid person, but since they became friends, she began seeing Mako’s cute places.
– People think she looks like MINA from TWICE.
– She is good at cooking especially tamagoyaki.
– Mako, Rio, Maya, Ayaka, Rima, and Miihi appeared in Stray Kids’ God’s Menu MV
– Riku, Nina, Mako, Rio, Maya, Ayaka, Mayuka and Rima appeared in Stray Kids Back Door MV.

Riku (2nd place)

Stage Name: Riku (陸/リク/리쿠)
Birth Name: Oe Riku (大江梨久/おおえ りく)
Probable Position: Lead Vocalist
Birthday: October 26, 2002
Zodiac Sign: Scorpio
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Horse
Height: 162 cm (5’4″)
Blood Type: AB
Nationality: Japanese
Official Color: PANTONE 2003 C (Yellow)

Riku Facts:
– She was born in Kyoto, Japan.
– She has a brother.
– She uses the Kansai dialect.
– She and Miihi usually talk about their hometown since they were both born in Kyoto.
– She has attended a K-pop academy before.
– She is a fan of ITZY and Blackpink.
– She’s currently learning Korean.
– Her specialties are karate and remembering dates.
– She is the energetic squirrel of NiziU.
– She has an energetic and cheerful personality, and she’s also very affectionate and friendly.
– She used to belong to the brass band club and played the trumpet in middle school age.
– If she’d have to date someone from the group, she’d choose Mayuka because they are really close, she’s a nice girl that can think about others, she notices little changes and Riku loves her a lot
– Ayaka
changed her opinion the most because she thought Ayaka was a serious and quiet person, but she gradually opened up to them and Ayaka showed her the funny side she has.
– Riku, Nina, Mako, Rio, Maya, Ayaka, Mayuka and Rima appeared in Stray Kidss Back Door MV.
Show more Riku fun facts..

Ayaka (8th place)

Stage Name: Ayaka (あやか/アヤカ/아야카)
Birth Name: Arai Ayaka (新井彩香/あらい あやか)
Probable Position: Visual, Vocalist
Birthday:  June 20, 2003
Zodiac Sign: Gemini
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Goat
Height: 167 cm (5’6″)
Blood Type: A
Nationality: Japanese
Official Color: White

Ayaka Facts:
– She was born in Tokyo, Japan.
– Education: Akatsuka First Junior High School, Kokugakuin High School (dropped out).
– She dropped out of high school so she can participate in Nizi Project.
– Her hobbies are eating delicious foods.
– Her specialties are doing a breaststroke while swimming and sleeping anywhere.
– She couldn’t believe that she would go to a training camp in Korea, but after training in Korea, she gained a little confidence.
– She is the beauty of healing of NiziU.
Ayaka and Miihi made a tofu hamburger steak in the dormitory and that was the worst dish Ayaka has ever eaten.
– She is a shy and quiet person.
– She has a unique type of laughing and walking.
– She plays tennis for 3 years and she also won a small tournament.
– In the Tokyo Camp from Nizi Project Season 1, her roommate was Sato Ana.
Miihi changed her opinion the most because she thought Miihi was a very girly girl but was surprised when she wasn’t.
– She wishes she can wear yukata with the members.
– She is the tallest member.
– She likes to eat while chatting.
– Ayaka, Mayuka, Rima, Riku, Nina, Mako, Rio and Maya appeared in Stray Kids Back Door MV
Show more Ayaka fun facts..

Mayuka (7th place)

Stage Name: Mayuka (まゆか/マユカ/마유카)
Birth Name: Ogou Mayuka (おごうまゆか/小合麻由佳)
Probable Position: Lead Rapper
Birthday: November 13, 2003
Zodiac Sign: Scorpio
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Goat
Height: 159 cm (5’3″)
Blood Type: A
Nationality: Japanese
Official Color: PANTONE 2239/ (Teal)

Mayuka Facts:
– She was born in Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto Tanabe.
– Education: Tanabe Junior High School.
– The staff and trainers think that she has the best attitude.
– Her hobby is watching movies.
– She can speak JSL (Japanese sign language).
– Her specialty is playing the piano.
– She is the chameleon of NiziU.
– People think she looks like Onda from EVERGLOW.
– If she could switch abilities with any of the members, she would choose Nina because she loves listening to her vocals and it would be great to sing like her once.
– She went to the same school as Momo from TWICE.
– If she’d have to date someone from the group, she’d choose Rima because she’s good at talking, funny and nice.
Rio changed her opinion the most because she thought Rio was a little scary, but she is actually a very chill person.
– She wishes they can have their own merch as NiziU.
Mayuka and Rima share a room in the dorm.
– Mayuka learned how to play the ocarina in just 2 weeks.
– She was supposed to play the piano of the Star Quality in the 1st season of the Nizi Project, but the staff told her that she cannot play the piano, so her mother searched for the easiest instrument to play then Ocarina showed up.
Mayuka, Rima, Riku, Nina, Mako, Rio, Maya and Ayaka appeared in Stray KidsBack Door MV
Show more Mayuka fun facts..

Rima (3rd place)

Stage Name: Rima (りま/リマ/리마)
Birth Name: Yokoi Rima (横井りま/よこい りま) but legally changed it to Nakabayashi Rima (中林里茉/なかばやし りま)
Probable Position: Main Rapper
Birthday: March 26, 2004
Zodiac Sign: Aries
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Monkey
Height: 160 cm (5’3″)
Blood Type: O
Nationality: Japanese
Official Color: PANTONE 200 C (Red)

Rima Facts:
– Education: Aoba Japan International School, International School of the Sacred Heart (dropped out).
– She dropped out of school so she can join Nizi Project.
Her dad is a rapper and her mother is a model.
– Her mother is the model “Nakabayashi Miwa“.
– Her paternal great-grandfather is businessman Hideki Yokoi, former president of the Hotel New Japan.
– Her maternal grandfather is an architect that works in Tokyo Midtown.
– She also has 2 half-brothers and one sister.
– She is trilingual, She can speak Japanese, English, and Korean fluently.
– For her, English is easier than Japanese.
– She went to an international school when she was 2 years old.
– She joined JYP Entertainment in February 2019.
– Her hobbies are doing skincare, doing makeup, and games.
– She’s the charming voice of NiziU.
She has short hair because it was able to show her cool side.
– She really loves noodles.
– She draws herself relaxing during the weekends.
Mayuka and Rima share a room in the dorm.
Rima, Riku, Nina, Mako, Rio, Maya, Ayaka and Mayuka appeared in Stray Kids‘ Back Door MV
Show more Rima fun facts…

Miihi (6th place)

Stage Name: Miihi (みいひ/ミイヒ/미이히)
Birth Name: Suzuno Miihi (すずの みいひ/鈴野未光)
Probable Position: Lead Vocalist, Lead Dancer
Birthday: August 12th 2004
Zodiac Sign: Leo
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Monkey
Height: 159 cm (5’3″)
Blood Type: O
Nationality: Japanese
Official Color: PANTONE 203 C (Light pink)

Miihi Facts:
– Her hometown is Kyoto City, Japan.
Riku and Miihi often talk about their hometown since they were born in the same city.
– Education: Tinkerbell Music School in Kyoto.
– When she was young, she wanted to open a cake shop.
– She is responsible for killing insects since the other members are afraid of them.
– Before the Nizi Project, she was a JYPE trainee with Rima and Mako.
– She can speak Japanese and communicative Korean.
– At the audition JYP asked if she could speak  and understand Korean and her Korean just came out naturally, JYP was impressed with how fluent she was but she said she was only fluent around 60% and wasn’t confident.
– She is a huge fan of TWICE and her bias is Tzuyu.
– She was scouted by JYP Entertainment at a Twice Japan Concert.
– Joined JYP late 2018/early 2019.
– Miihi has participated on JYP’s trainee showcase.
– For the auditions, she performed Precious – 伊藤由奈.
– Viewers say that she reminds them of Hyeongjun from Cravity/X1 because they both have snaggletooth.
– Her hobby is eating delicious foods.
– Her specialty is to fall asleep straight away
– She is the smile maker of NiziU.
– She has a self-paced personality.
– She appeared in Stray Kids’ God’s Menu MV.
Show more Miihi fun facts…

Nina (9th place)

Stage Name: Nina (仁菜/ニナ/니나)
Birth Name: Nina Hillman
Japanese Name: Makino Nina ((牧野仁菜/牧野まきの 仁菜にな/ニナ ヒルマン)
Position: Main Vocalist, Youngest
Birthday: February 27, 2005
Zodiac Sign: Pisces
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Rooster
Height: 165 cm (5’5″)
Blood Type: O
Nationality: Japanese-American
Official Color: PANTONE 293 C (Dark blue)

Nina Facts:
– She was born in Seattle, Washington, USA.
– Her father is American and her mother is Japanese.
– She has one older sister.
– She was a child actress in both America and Japan.
– She can speak Japanese, Korean, English, and French.
– Her special talents are singing, dancing, playing piano, and jet-skiing.
– She can also play the guitar
– She wants to have a wonderful voice like IU.
– She is left-handed.
– She attends a normal Japanese middle school.
– For the auditions, she performed TWICE, What Is Love? (Japanese Ver.)
and ‘Brand New Day – 安田レイ’.
– Many viewers have said that Nina reminds them of Somi.
– Her hobbies are listening to music and exercising.
– Her favorite boy group is Stray Kids.
– She strives to empower everyone with a bright personality.
– She is the bright youngest of NiziU.
– Her nickname is “Woof Woof” because she acts like a baby and follows everyone like a puppy, that’s why she uses a dog face in her autograph.
– She wishes she can have an English lesson with the fans.
– Nina, Mako, Rio, Maya, Ayaka, Mayuka, Rima and Riku appeared in Stray Kids‘ Back Door MV.
Show more Nina fun facts…

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NOTE 2: Some of the positions were confirmed in their Doyoum group introduction.

NOTE 3: The current listed official colors are from their Twitter Post on March 5th, 2021.

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