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Sayaka Nakaya was born on October 15, 1991 in the city of Chiba. She is a Japanese idol singer who is best known for her time spent with popular girl group AKB48. She joined the group back in December 2006 as a third generation member. She took part in the group’s 4th Senbatsu Election which took place in 2012, ranking at #36.

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Sayaka Nakaya was ranked at #36 for the 4th AKB48 Senbatsu Election held in 2012.

She began her AKB48 career as a member of its Team B but she was transferred to Team A following a team shuffle. This is when some of the members change teams as part of a reorganization process. In 2012, she was transferred to Team K where she was under the guidance and direction of now former team captain Yuko Oshima. Sayaka was originally the only AKB48 member to wear glasses but she stopped doing this. To this day, she remains close to the other Team B members. Sayaka also really is close to Minami Takahashi who had been with AKB48 since the group’s inception.

Interesting facts about Sayaka Nakaya

  • She enjoys eating apples and curry.
  • Her favorite drink is ginger ale.
  • Her favorite artist is Hanako Oku.
  • Sayaka’s favorite season is winter.
  • Her favorite towns are Morioka in Iwate Prefecture and Nakano.
  • Her favorite AKB48 single is Yuuhi wo Miteiru ka.
  • Her favorite AKB48 song to sing on stage is Shonichi.
  • Her favorite AKB48 outfit is the one called Tenshi no Shippo.
  • She says that she would like to have the same talented voice as singer Nana Mizuki.
  • She had a voice acting part in the anime called Tales of the Abyss.
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Sayaka Nakaya dressed in her Tenshi no Shippo outfit in this photo and she is smiling.

On July 1, 2013 she announced through her blog that she will be working under the agency Amuleto. Nakaya left AKB48 back in March 2013 to pursue a career in voice acting. The Japanese word for this is called Seiyu. Perhaps it is no surprise that she reads voice acting magazines. She has to prepare herself for that side of the industry so there is no better way for her to familiarize herself than to read those magazines. Nakaya was before under contract with the agency Mousa but when she performed her last concert before the official departure, the rule was that she could not belong to any agency and that’s why she left Mousa. The following month, she famously said: “I’m just an ordinary person.” She did not yet belong to any agency then. She also revealed that she started to go to school in June. She also said rather confidently that she will probably fail a lot of auditions but that she will handle this adversity and failure with a strong mind and spirit. We could all use this strategy. As an interesting side note, current JKT48 member Aki Takajo was also born in 1991 but she was born on October 3. On the day of her graduation concert, the then 21 year-old singer was seen on stage dressed in an amazing grey and black dress which was really shining. The best part about her appearance was that she looked really beautiful even with no makeup on. While she was still a member of AKB48, Sayaka sang the song “Tenshi No Shippo” with Aika Oota and Tomomi Nakatsuka. The girls were dancing and having a great time in the process. As of the first writing, Sayaka Nakaya was under contract with Amuleto talent agency. She graduated from AKB48 on March 6, 2013. She wanted to pursue a career as a seiyuu which is a Japanese voice actor or actress. It was reported in June 2013 that she had failed an audition and she was working part-time in a restaurant.

 

 

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