Yabuki Nako

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Yabuki Nako
Yabuki Naki (2019) (Buenos Aires)
Kanji 矢吹奈子
Kana やぶき なこ
Romaji Yabuki Nako
Nickname Nako (なこ)
Birth Info
Birthdate June 18, 2001  
Birthplace Flag of Japan.png Tokyo, Japan
Blood type **
Current Age 21 Years Old
Height 150cm
Professional Info
Agency Vernalossom
Social Networks 7gogo / 7gogo / Instagram / TikTok / Twitter / Twitter
Idol Career Info
Former Group HKT48
Former Team Team H
Debuted November 2013 / 3rd Generation
Graduated April 2023

Yabuki Nako was a member of HKT48's Team H and IZ*ONE.



  • Audition song: Kimi no C/W
  • Hobby: Playing video games, dancing, watching dramas and movies
  • Special skill: Switching from double to single eyelids in an instant, braiding hair quickly
  • Charm point: Dimples that she received from her mom
  • Favorite 48 Group songs: FIRST LOVE, Namioto no Orugoru, Hiri Hiri no Hana
  • Favorite candies: Choco Pie
  • Favorite food: Kiwi, caramel pudding
  • Favorite colors: Pink and yellow. She was influenced to like pink by Ueno Haruka, who had all-pink items.
  • Nickname: Kinako (きなこ) (formerly)
  • Close friends with: Tanaka Miku (NakoMiku), Sashihara Rino
  • Admired members: Sashihara Rino
    • She is a longtime fan of Sashihara, and even auditioned for HKT48 because Sashihara encouraged her to do so when Nako met her at an Akushukai (Handshake event).
    • She has said that when she becomes an adult she would like to drink alcohol with Sashihara.
    • She also jokes that she was Sashihara Rino's cat, Munchkin Taro, in previous life.
  • Name in Hangul : 야부키 나코
  • Her HKT48 audition number was 21.
  • Her mother chose the name "Nako". Her father had chosen the name of Nako's older sister, so her mother chose Nako's. However, her father insisted that the name end with "ko". Her mother wanted a two-syllable name, so she began going through the Japanese syllabic alphabet starting with "A" until she arrived at "Na".
    • Her mother briefly considered "Yako" instead, but a fortune reading indicated that an 8-stroke kanji would lead to the best life, therefore "Na" (奈) was chosen.
  • Has an older sister and younger sister. Her older sister is a fan of Watanabe Mayu.
  • She was a child actress who appeared in a multitude of commercials and small movie and drama roles before joining HKT48. Her biggest role was as young Asakura Masami in the live-action version of the manga "Touch", released September 2005. She was four years old at the time.
  • After passing the HKT48 auditions she, her mother, and her younger sister all moved to Fukuoka. Her father remained in Tokyo where he worked, and her older sister was in college.
  • When she first moved to Fukuoka from Tokyo she had trouble adjusting to the buses. In Tokyo buses are boarded from the front door and exited from the back door, but in Fukuoka, it is opposite.
  • She became Center of Wink wa Sankai within a month of debuting in HKT48. This was an HKT48 Senbatsu coupling song on AKB48's 34th single, Kimi no Hohoemi wo Yume ni Miru.
  • She was named the ace of the 3rd Generation.
  • She took on a leader-like role within her generation. According to Sashihara Rino, Nako was is very serious and often helps other members practice singing and dancing.
    • Sashihara said that Nako only sleeps 2-3 hours before concerts, and instead stays up late practicing choreography.
  • Former HKT48 theater manager Ozaki Mitsuru described her as strong-willed and brave, despite being shy and having a small voice.
  • She is afraid of heights.
  • She likes to play card games, especially daifugou.
  • She has a parakeet named "Moriyama Yukio".
  • Her favorite mascot characters are MyMelody and Kikirara.
  • She likes pulling pranks, especially alongside Tanaka Miku.
  • She was the second-youngest member to ever get a Concurrent Position, at the age of 13 years, 9 months and 9 days.
  • Her costume for 20nin Shimai no Uta has a teddy bear backpack that she called YabuKing.
  • Her Hogwarts house (Harry Potter) is Gryffindor.
  • She was part of the Chinese mobile game AKB48 Cherry Bay Blaze.
  • During Produce 48 she was praised for her singing skills, particularly her high note during a performance of GFriend's "Love Whisper".





  • On March 25th, it was announced she would join the sub-unit "Dendenmu Chu!".
  • On March 26th, it was announced she would hold a concurrent position with AKB48's Team B.
  • On December 7th, had her first appearance as a Team B member for the Tadaima Renaichuu stage.



  • On March 19th, was announced for her first AKB48 Senbatsu for Teacher Teacher.
  • On March 31st, was announced as wcenter together with Tanaka Miku for Hayaokuri Calendar.
  • On April 1st, concurrency with Team B was cancelled.
  • In June, made her first appearance as a candidate on the Korean idol survival show Produce 48.
    • Was placed in Rank F during her first evaluation, but was moved to Rank A during the re-evaluation, making Produce 48 history.
  • On June 16th, made it into Senbatsu during the 10th Senbatsu Election.
  • On August 31st, came sixth place in the finale of Produce 48. This meant she would debut with IZONE.
    • Her official color is sky blue.
  • On October 31st, debuted with IZONE and the mini-album COLOR*IZ in Korea.



  • On October 21st, the release of IZONE's first Japanese album, the Japanese version of Violeta was released (lyrics translated by Nako).


  • On April 29th, IZONE officially disbanded, and Nako, Miyawaki Sakura and Honda Hitomi returned to Japan.
  • On April 30th, was listed as an official member on HKT48's website again, sans any mention of IZONE.
  • From July 23rd, was featured as the model in a special collaboration with KIRSH Japan.
  • On August 26th, appeared on "Love It!" (ラヴィット!) for the first time. She went on to become a semi-regular cast member.
  • On September 16th, was on the front cover for the November issue of the magazine "LARME."
  • From October 9th, starred in the drama Kao Dake Sensei (顔だけ先生) as the head cheerleader.
  • On November 25th, was the model for a shoe line for Puma Japan.
  • On December 1st, was the center for the main song Totsuzen Do love me! on HKT48's 2nd album Outstanding. This marked her first release with HKT48 since returning from Korea.
  • On December 31st, will appear in a special broadcast of "Run For Money."


  • On October 16th, announced her graduation.


AKB48 Senbatsu Elections

AKB48 Janken Tournaments

Team History

HKT48 KenkyuuseiTeam HTeam H and Team BTeam HIZONETeam H → Graduation
Joined HKT48 as a Kenkyuusei in November, 2013
Promoted to Team H on February 24, 2014 (AKB48 Group Daisokaku Matsuri)
Had a Concurrent Position in AKB48's Team B from March 26, 2015 (AKB48 Spring Shuffle 2015) to December 8, 2017 (AKB48 12th Anniversary Shuffle)
On hiatus from HKT48 on October 29, 2018 for 2 years and 6 months due to participation as IZONE member
Returned to HKT48 Team H on April 29, 2021
Graduated from HKT48 on April 1, 2023 (Announcement: October 16, 2022)

Singles Participation

HKT48 A-Sides

HKT48 B-Sides

AKB48 A-Sides

AKB48 B-Sides

IZONE A-sides

IZONE B-sides

Other Songs

  • Pick Me (Naekkeoya)
  • Pick Me (Nekkoya)
  • Love Whisper
  • Into the New World
  • To Reach You (너에게 닿기를)
  • We Together (Produce 48 ver.)
  • Yume wo Miteiru Aida (Produce 48 ver.)

Albums Participation

HKT48 Albums

AKB48 Albums

IZONE Albums


Dendenmu Chu!

Stage Units

RS3 (Nounai Paradise)
Nakinagara Hohoende
H2 (Seishun Girls)
Ame no Doubutsuen
Cinderella wa Damasarenai
HW1 (Pajama Drive)
Pajama Drive
H3 (Saishuu Bell ga naru)
20nin Shimai no Uta
Hatsukoi Dorobou
HW2 (Tadaima Renaichuu)
7ji 12fun no Hatsukoi
B6 (Tadaima Renaichuu)
7ji 12fun no Hatsukoi
H4 (Theater no Megami)
Hatsukoi yo, Konnichiwa
Arashi no Yoru ni wa
Yokaze no Shiwaza
Seifuku Resistance
H6 (Mokugekisha)
Enjou Rousen

Concert Units

HKT48 Kyushu 7 Prefecture Tour ~Kawaii Ko ni wa Tabi wo Saseyo~

Oita Iichiko Grand Theater
Miyazaki Shimin Bunka Hall
Kumamoto Kenritsu Gekijou
Kagoshima Shimin Bunka Hall
Saga Shimin Kaikan
Nagasaki Brick Hall

Unit Matsuri 2014

AKB48 Sister Groups in Saitama Super Arena


HKT48 3rd anniversary

HKT48 National Tour ~Zenkoku Toitsu Owatoranken~

Japanese Locations
Taipei, Taiwan
Hong Kong
Yokohama Arena

HKT48 4th Anniversary

HKT48 Spring Live Tour ~Sashiko du Soleil 2016~

Kojimatsuri ~Kojima Haruna Kanshasai~

AKB48 Group Request Hour Setlist Best 100 2018

AKB48 Tandoku Concert ~Jabajatte Nani?~

AKB48 53rd Single Sekai Senbatsu Sousenkyo Concert ~Sekai no Center wa Dare da?~

AKB48 Group Kanshasai ~Rank in Concert~ (Senbatsu Sousenkyo Rank-in (2nd-16th) members performance)

Eyes On Me

Oneiric Theater

  • Adult Ceremony (Park Jiyoon Cover)

One, The Story

  • Sunny (Boney M Cover) x Roly-Poly (T-ARA Cover)

HKT48 LIVE TOUR 2022 ~Under the Spotlight~

Akkenai Konayuki
KawaiE (Yabai T-Shirts Ya-san Cover) (Duet with Hokazono Hazuki)
YONA YONA DANCE (Wada Akiko Cover)
2018nen no Hashi (Solo)
Tenbyou no Uta (Mrs. GREEN APPLE Cover) (Duet with Hokazono Hazuki)
2018nen no Hashi (Solo)
Akkenai Konayuki
2018nen no Hashi (Solo)
Akkenai Konayuki
2018nen no Hashi (Solo)
Spring Thief (YORUSHIKA Cover) (Duet with Yamashita Emiri)
2018nen no Hashi (Solo)
Akkenai Konayuki
2018nen no Hashi (Solo)

HKT48 11th Anniversary LIVE 2022

Day 1
Day 2
12byou (Duet with Mogami Nanaka)

HKT48 Spring Concert 2023 ~Watashi-tachi no Genzaichi~

Deai no Tsuzuki (Solo)

Yabuki Nako Graduation Concert ~Mirai e no Tsubasa~

Solo Songs

Media Appearances

Stage Plays

Variety Shows




  • Kao Dake Sensei (顔だけ先生) (2021) - Sanjo Aika


Yabuki Nako (2019) (IZONE HEART*IZ Sapphire Ver.)
Yabuki Nako (2019) (IZONE HEART*IZ Violeta Ver.)
Yabuki Nako (2019) (IZONE Suki to Iwasetai)
Yabuki Nako (2018) (IZONE COLOR*IZ Rose Ver.)
Yabuki Nako (2018) (IZONE COLOR*IZ Color Ver.)
Yabuki Nako (2018) (IZONE) COLOR*IZ Color Ver.)
Yabuki Nako (IZONE)
Yabuki Nako (Produce 48) (2018)
Yabuki Nako 10th Senbatsu Election Poster (2018)
Yabuki Nako (2018) (HKT48)
Yabuki Nako (HKT48 6th Anniversary) (2017)
Yabuki Nako (2017) (HKT48)
Yabuki Nako 10th Single Artist Photo (HKT48)
Yabuki Nako 9th Senbatsu Sousenkyo Poster (2017)
Yabuki Nako (2017) (AKB48)
Yabuki Nako (2016) (AKB48)
Yabuki Nako (2016) (HKT48)
Yabuki Nako (2015) (AKB48)
Yabuki Nako (2015) (HKT48)
Yabuki Nako (2014) (HKT48)
Yabuki Nako (2013) (HKT48)