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Rio (NiziU) Profile, Bio, & Facts 

Rio NiziU

Rio (梨緒/リオ/리오) is a Japanese singer and a member of the Korean-Japanese girl group “NiziU” under JYP Entertainment. 

Rio (NiziU) Profile

Stage NameRio (梨緒/リオ/리오)
Birth NameHanabashi Rio (花橋梨緒/はなばしりお)
BirthdayFebruary 4, 2002
Active Years2020–present
Age22 (in 2024)
Zodiac SignAquarius
Height159 cm (5’3″)
Blood TypeB

Rio (NiziU) Facts:

Early Life

– Rio’s hometown is Nagoya in Aichi Prefecture, Japan.
– She graduated from Nisshin City Nisshin Higashi Middle School.
– She started to learn dance in her second year of elementary school.
– She also worked part-time at a Korean restaurant in Japan.

Personal Life

– She has an older brother.
– Her nickname is Hanario.
– Dancing holds immense significance in her life, as she has been dancing for more than half of her life, considering it an integral part of her identity.
– The first time Rio learned K-pop choreographies was through the “NiziU Project”. (Complaint Manager HUR)
– Under EXPGLab, she was known as HanaRio and was associated with the KIZZY/BUNNIES group.
– She is good at freestyling. (Source)
– Even after leaving EXPGLab, she remained committed to her dream of becoming an idol and sharing the skills she had acquired, which led her to audition for NiziU.
– The first K-pop song she got interested in was 2NE1’s “I Am The Best”.
– When asked about her dreams, she expressed her desire to become someone who radiates brightness.
Mako’s first impression of Rio was that she thought she was older than her because she had a grown-up vibe until she found out that they were the same age. (To NiziU Ep2)
– She participated in the Nagoya auditions as part of her journey.
– JYP Entertainment observed that she has a resemblance to an actress.
– Her personality changed and she became more considerate of others after the “NiziU Project”. (Oricon Interview Pt1)
– Her hobby is fashion, and she was also a member of the track and field club during her school days.
– The artist she wants to collaborate with is Twice. (Oricon Interview Pt2)
– Her hidden talent is doing a handstand in the posture of a frog.
– Looking at pictures of her dogs soothes her. (Korean Debut Introduction Video)
– Her specialties include freestyle dancing and the impressive ability to consume a substantial amount of eggs.
– She is actively learning Korean.
– Within NiziU, she is recognized as the source of energy and enthusiasm.
– She has 3 dogs named Mario, Mariko, and Marita.
– According to Rima, Rio says sentences like “What did you say?” in her sleep. (Oricon Interview Pt2)
– The best advice she received from JYP was “Singers should not look like dancers” and it made her focus more on expressing emotion while performing. (Oricon Interview Pt1)
– She wants NiziU to be a group that has good teamwork above all else.
 Mako’s initial perception of Rio underwent a significant change as she initially thought of Mako as a serious and studious student, but was pleasantly surprised by her playful side.
– She tends to get nervous very easily. (To NiziU Ep1)
– Her biggest motivation is her parents who have always believed in her and supported her.
(Vogue Japan)
– Shopping is her lifetime hobby.
Mako’s favorite performance of Rio’s is her dance team solo in Tokyo Dome. (To NiziU Ep2)
– She took classes at the EXPG which is the same dance academy that Twice’s Sana attended. (Source)
– She has tried acting.


– She was part of the comprehensive contemporary acrobatic dance and vocal performance crew called EXILE.
– She became a member of EXILE in her second year of junior high school in 2015 but later left to join EXPGLab.
– On March 4th, 2019, she decided to depart from EXPGLab to pursue acting.
– In the music video for Stray Kids’ “God’s Menu,” you can spot Rio along with fellow members Mako, Maya, Ayaka, Rima, and Miihi.
– Additionally, in Stray Kids‘ “Back Door” music video, you’ll find Riku, Nina, Mako, Rio, Maya, Ayaka, Mayuka, and Rima making appearances.
– She debuted as a main dancer in “NiziU” on December 2nd, 2020.

Likes & Dislikes

– Her favorite dish is omurice and churros.
– She loves clean.
– She likes all seasons but winter is her favorite.
– She loves fashion and styling herself.
– Rio likes sharp and narrow eyes so she is jealous of Maya’s eyes. (To NiziU Ep7)

Personality & Habits

– Her hobbies are fashion and eating.
– Rio doesn’t like being woken up by the sound of alarms so she tells herself she has to wake up at a certain time multiple times and then she is able to wake up at that time without the alarm.
– According to her fellow members, she is very talkative.
– She is bad at time management outside of work schedules. (Complaint Manager HUR)
– Whenever she is on her phone, she is always scrolling to look at clothes, not even to buy them.
– She needs to prepare herself to watch a movie or a drama or she won’t be able to finish it.
– She looks up the plot of a movie or drama before she watches to check if she’ll like it or not.
– If there’s a heartbreaking scene in a movie, it’s really tough on her so she likes to look up in advance if such a scene will be included in the movies she watches. 

Streaming Platform Links
Genie | Bugs | Melon 

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