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NIZIU


NameNIZIU
CompanyJYP Entertainment
FandomWITHU
Year Debut2020
Years Active1
Year DisbandedN/A

Members

rio
rio
ayaka
ayaka
nina
nina
riku
riku
mayuka
mayuka
maya
maya
miihi
miihi
mako
mako
rima
rima

NiziU (虹U/ニジユ; debut Dec 2, 2020)  is a Japanese girl band formed by JYP Entertainment and Sony Music Entertainment through the 2020 JYP survival show Nizi Project. NiziU debuted on December 2, 2020 with the single Step and a Step.

 

NIZIU PROFILE

Number of Members: 9

Members: Mako, Riku, Rima, Rio, Maya, Miihi, Mayuka, Ayaka, Nina

Genre: Jpop / Kpop

Oldest Member: Mako

Youngest Member: Nina

Debut: December 2, 2020

Fandom: WithU

Company: JYP Entertainment

 

NIZIU MEMBERS

NiziU is composed of nine members born between 2001 and 2005. All the members were born in Japan except for Nina who was born in Seattle Washington, USA. Their names are: Yamaguchi Mako, Oe Riku, Yokoi Rima, Hanabashi Rio, Katsumura Maya, Suzuno Miihi, Ogou Mayuka, Arai Ayaka, and Hillman Nina.

 

MEANING OF NIZIU:

The name NiziU (pronounced Niju) comes from the Japanese word "Niji", which means rainbow. The group’s mission is to create a group that emits beautiful light with various colors like a rainbow. ‘U’ (as in ‘need you’) stands for the members and the fans because no one can succeed alone; you need each other and you the need fans.

 

FANDOM NAME OF NIZIU

The official fandom name of NiziU is WithU (pronounced wijo). The ‘U’ in the fan club name represents all the fans. WithU is a play on words on the name of the band NiziU, which sounds similar to 'need you' when pronounced in Japanese (虹U/ニジユ; 'niju') and their slogan: "We Need You, We are NiziU".

 

NIZIU MEMBERS AND POSITIONS

1. Mako: leader

2. Riku: lead vocalist

3. Rima: main rapper

4. Rio: main dancer

5. Maya: sub vocalist

6. Miihi: center

7. Mayuka: lead rapper

8. Ayaka: visual, sub-vocalist

9. Nina: main vocalist, maknae


NIZIU MEMBERS AGE RANKING

Ranked from oldest to youngest (international age as of 2021):

MemberBirthdayAge
1. Mako Apr 4, 2001 20 years old
2. Rio Feb 4, 2002 19 years old
3. Maya Apr 8, 2002 19 years old
4. Riku Oct 26, 2002 19 years old
5. Ayaka Jun 20, 2003 18 years old
6. Mayuka Nov 13, 2003 18 years old
7. Rima Mar 26, 2004 17 years old
8. Miihi Aug 12, 2004 17 years old
9. Nina Feb 27, 200516 years old
 


NIZIU OFFICIAL COLORS

1. Mako: Pantone 1645 C (Orange)

2. Rio: Pantone 297 C (Light Blue)

3. Maya: Pantone 2084 C (Purple)

4. Riku: Pantone 2003 C (Yellow)

5. Ayaka: Pantone (White)

6. Mayuka: Pantone 2239 C (Green)

7. Rima: Pantone 200 C (Red)

8. Miihi: Pantone 203 C (Pink)

9. Nina: Pantone 293 C (Blue)


FUN FACTS AND TRIVIA

-The leader and oldest member of NiziU is Yamaguchi Mako (born 2001).

-The youngest member (maknae) of NiziU is Hillman Nina (born 2005).

-While the official heights of NiziU members haven’t been published, based on pictures and videos of all members standing together, it appears that Arai Ayaka is the tallest member of NiziU.

-NiziU made an appearance on Stray Kids’ M/V for Back Door.

-Mayuka and Riku joined the survival show Nizi Project with no prior experience as trainees.

-Mako is the member with the longest training period. She was a JYP trainee for three years.

-All NiziU members were born in Japan except for Nina. Nina was born in Seattle, Washington, USA.

-Nina is the only NiziU member with a mixed descent. She is half Japanese and half Caucasian.

-Mayuka and Ayaka were voted as the members that changed the most by NiziU members. Both members grew their skills significantly during Nizi Project.

-To decide who is the person in charge of cleaning a certain area, the members use a ladder lottery game.

-They decide who washes the dishes and who takes a bath first through rock-paper-scissors.

 

NiziU members’ roles in the dorms:

-Maya: mom, swan

-Nina: baby

-Mayuka: the popular one, chameleon

-Riku: the energetic one, squirrel

-Ayaka: the whimsical one

-Miihi: the bug killer, smile maker

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

Instagram: @niziu_artist_official

Twitter: @nizi_official

Facebook: Nizi Project

Official Website: NiziU

Youtube: NiziU Official

Tiktok: @niziu_official

 

NIZIU MEMBERS PROFILES

 

1. Yamaguchi Mako (山口真子; born Apr 4, 2001)

 

Stage Name: Mako

Full Name: Yamaguchi Mako

Japanese Name: 山口真子

Country of Birth: Japan

Birthday: Apr 4, 2001

Height:

Weight:

Blood Type: A

 

FUN FACTS AND TRIVIA

-Age trivia: Yamaguchi Mako was 18-19 years old when she was participating in the Nizi Project. She is the oldest member of NiziU.

-Mako, Rima, Yuna, and Miihi were already JYPE trainees when they auditioned for the Nizi Project.

-Mako is the member with the longest training period. She was a JYP trainee for three years.

-Mako’s hobbies include watching dramas, studying languages, and writing in her diary

-Mako can eat a lemon and keep a poker face.

-Mako ranked first in the Nizi Project, both season 1 and in the season 2 finale.

-Mako has an older sister named Yamaguchi Atsuko.

-Mako’s representative color is red.

-Mako passed JYP’s 13th audition in South Korea in 2017. She competed against 3,500 applicants. She was ranked #3 overall and #1 among female participants.

-Mako dreamed of becoming a kpop idol since very little so she started studying Korean on her own when she was in elementary school.

-During middle school, she went to a Korean restaurant called ‘Sejong’ near her home. She asked the check to teach her Korean.

-In 9th grade she was the class president and was part of the student council.

 

See more Mako’s facts!

 

2. Oe Riku (大江梨久; born Oct 26, 2002)

 

Stage Name: Riku

Full Name: Oe Riku

Japanese Name: 大江梨久

Country of Birth: Japan

Birthday: Oct 26, 2002

Height:

Weight:

Blood Type: AB

 

FUN FACTS AND TRIVIA

-Age trivia: Oe Riku was 17 years old when she was competing in Nizi Project in 2020. She is the fourth oldest member of NiziU.

-Riku’s specialty is karate. She practiced karate for seven years and has a third degree belt.

-Riku joined Nizi Project with no prior experience as a trainee.

-Riku is very good at remembering dates.

-Riku has a very energetic, affectionate, and friendly personality.

-Riku is known as the squirrel of NiziU.

-Riku’s representative color is green.

 

3. Nakabayashi Rima (中林里茉; born Mar 26, 2004)

 

RIMA PROFILE

Stage Name: Rima

Full Name: Nakabayashi Rima

Japanese Name: 中林里茉

Country of Birth: Japan

Birthday: Mar 26, 2004

Height:

Weight:

Blood Type:

 

FUN FACTS AND TRIVIA

-Age trivia: Rima Nakabayashi was 15-16 years old when she was competing in Nizi Project. She is the third youngest member in NiziU.

-Mako, Rima, Yuna, and Miihi were already JYPE trainees when they auditioned for the Nizi Project.

-Rima is trilingual; she can speak English, Japanese, and Korean fluently.

-Rima ranked #7 in dancing and #7 in singing during season 1 of the Nizi Project.

-She studied at the International School of The Sacred Heart located in Tokyo, Japan.

-Rima and other NiziU members made an appearance on Stray Kids’s MV for Back Door.

-Rima’s representative color is sky blue.

 

See more Rima’s facts!

 

4. Hanabashi Rio (花橋梨緒; born Feb 2, 2002)

 

Stage Name: Rio

Full Name: Hanabashi Rio

Japanese Name: 花橋梨緒

Country of Birth: Japan

Birthday: Feb 4, 2002

Height:

Weight:

Blood Type: B


FUN FACTS AND TRIVIA

-Age trivia: Hanabashi Rio was 18 years old when she was competing in Nizi Project. She is the third oldest member of NiziU.

-Rio’s specialties include dancing and freestyling.

-She enjoys fashion.

-Rio is a former member of the an acrobatic and vocal crew called Exile. She had joined in 2015 during high school.

-Rio is a former member of the unit Kizzy / Bunnies under the agency EXPGLab in Japan. She performed under the stage name HanaRio.

-Rio’s representative color is indigo.

-Rio’s family name, Hanabashi, is very rare. Only around ~60 people have that last name in Japan.

-Rio is considered a dance prodigy. She started dancing when she was only in second grade.

-Rio attended EXPG (Exile Professional Gym) when she was in 8th grade. This is the same academy that Twice’s Sana attended.

 

See more Rio’s facts!

 

5. Katsumara Maya (勝村摩耶; born Apr 8, 2002)

 

Stage Name: Maya

Full Name: Katsumura Maya

Japanese Name: 勝村摩耶

Country of Birth: Japan

Birthday: Apr 8, 2002

Height:

Weight:

Blood Type: O


FUN FACTS AND TRIVIA

-Maya was previously a YG trainee in Japan. She is the only NiziU member that trained with YG Entertainment prior to joining NiziU

-Her hobbies include painting and collecting skincare items.

-Her specialty is cooking. She cooks for everyone at the dorm.

-Maya’s representative color is orange.

-Maya is known as the swan of NiziU.

-Maya acts like the mom in NiziU. Her nickname is um-maya, a play on the word mom in Korean.

 

6. Suzuno Miihi (鈴野未光; born Aug 12, 2004)

 

Stage Name: Miihi

Full Name: Suzuno Miihi

Japanese Name: 鈴野未光

Country of Birth: Japan

Birthday: Aug 12, 2004

Height:

Weight:

Blood Type: O

 

FUN FACTS AND TRIVIA

-Age trivia: Suzuno Miihi was 15 years old when she was participating in Nizi Project in early 2020. She is the second youngest member of NiziU.

-Mako, Rima, Yuna, and Miihi were already JYPE trainees when they auditioned for the Nizi Project.

-Miihi ranked 2nd place in dancing and 3rd place in vocal on the Nizi Project.

-She was praised by JYP during her Nizi Project audition for having a perfect audition, except for fixing her crescendo.

-Miihi wore braces.

-Miihi’s drastic weight loss during Nizi Project was of concern to many fans. JYP also showed some concern and mentioned to Miihi to try to eat a bit more and that she was looking a little thin. The phrase ‘Miihi, have some food’ became well known.

-Miihi sleeps talk.

 

See more Miihi’s facts!

 

7. Ogou Mayuka (おごうまゆか; born Nov 13, 2003)

 

Stage Name: Mayuka

Full Name: Ogou Mayuka

Japanese Name: おごうまゆか

Country of Birth: Japan

Birthday: Nov 13, 2003

Height:

Weight:

Blood Type: A


-Age trivia: Ogou Mayuka was 16 years old when she was competing in Nizi Project. She is the fourth youngest member of NiziU.

-Mayuka’s hobbies include watching movies.

-Her specialty is playing the piano.

-Mayuka is known as the chameleon in NiziU because she can do it all.

-Mayuka is considered the popular girl in NiziU because all the members are close to her.

-Mayuka’s representative color is yellow.

-Mayuka joined Nizi Project with no prior experience as a trainee.

-Mayuka attended Tanabe Junior High School, the same middle school as Twice’s Momo.

-Mayuka got the highest score among NiziU members in the attitude evaluation.

-Mayuka learned to play the ocarina in 2 weeks in preparation for the Tokyo Training Camp after she was told by the staff they couldn’t acoomodate a piano. Her mother searched in google for the easiest instrument to learn quickly and the ocarina was the choice.

-Mayuka and Ayaka were voted as the members that changed the most by NiziU members. Both members grew their skills significantly during Nizi Project.

 

8. Arai Ayaka (新井彩香; born Jun 20, 2003)

 

Stage Name: Ayaka

Full Name: Arai Ayaka

Japanese Name: 新井彩香

Country of Birth: Japan

Birthday: Jun 20, 2003

Height:

Weight:

Blood Type: A

 

-Age trivia: Arai Ayaka was 16 years old when she was competing in Nizi Project in 2020. She is the fifth oldest member in NiziU. T

-Ayaka has garnered netizens’ attention for her resemblance to Suzy Bae.

-Ayaka ranked #16 in dancing and #18 in singing during season 1 of the Nizi Project. Her final ranking in NiziU was 8.

-Ayaka is known as the whimsical one.

-Ayaka’s representative color is purple.

-Ayaka was heavily critized by JYP during the early stages of Nizi Project but she quickly gained his trust after demonstrating her perseverance and growth potential.

-Mayuka and Ayaka were voted as the members that changed the most by NiziU members. Both members grew their skills significantly during Nizi Project.

 

9. Nina Makino Hillman (牧野仁菜; born Feb 27, 2005)


Stage Name: Nina

Full Name: Makino Nina

Japanese Name: 牧野仁菜

Country of Birth: USA

Birthday: Feb 27, 2005

Height: 164 cm (5'5'')

Weight:

Blood Type: O

 

FUN FACTS AND TRIVIA

-In 2017, she passed an audition under Amuse, Inc., a Japanese entertainment company.

-Her special talents include dancing, singing, playing the piano, and jet skiing.

-Height trivia: the last reported height of Nina Makino Hillman was 164cm (5’4”) from an old profile.

-Age trivia: Nina was 15 years old (15 international age; 16 Korean age) when she participated in Nizi Project. She is the youngest member (maknae) of NiziU.

-Languages: She can speak Japanese, English, and French. When she first moved to Japan around age 12~13, she could barely speak any Japanese. She attended a normal Japanese middle school which helped her improve her Japanese very quickly.

-Nina’s representative color is pink.

-Nina is the only member of NiziU who is not fully Japanese.

-Nina is the cute maknae who behaves like a baby.

 

See more Nina’s facts!

 

NiziU(니쥬) Debut Single『Step and a step』MV

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