Nugoshiko Maya

Also Known As

Maya, Maayan


October 22, 1996 (Age 16)


Hamura, Tokyo, Japan



Years Active



Up Front Works (2011)
Zetima (2013-present)

Associated Acts

Hello! Pro Egg, Up beat Styles!, WILD STARS

Maya Nugoshiko (納谷) was born October 22, 1996. She was a former of Hello!Project Kenshuusei and the Hello! Project subunit Shin Sedai. After Nugoshiko graduated from the Kenshuusei, she was supposed to debut into "Up Beat Styles!" but then Nugoshiko quit.

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Nugoshiko Maya, 2012



Nugoshiko debuted as a Hello! Project Egg member by herself. While being announced, Tsunku said that Maya had lots of trouble being professional, seeing as she cried alot during the Hello!Project Egg *NEW YOU* Auditions.

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Nugoshiko Maya as an Egg.


March 14, Maya being one of the most unpopular eggs, Tsunku decided to change that. He put Maya in the Hello!Project unit Shin Sedai along with Hello!Project Foreigners member Miya. The group was known as MiyaMaya and won both Nugoshiko and Miya lots of fame.


August 9, Nugoshiko graduated from the Hello! Pro Eggs and was announced to be put into the group "Up Beat Styles!".

September 12, during the training, Nugoshiko quit and left both Hello!Project and Up Front PROMOTION.

This is what she said:

"I am sorry but it is too hard. I was always hoping I could become a full time idol but I never expected this, which makes me sound like a coward. I know this will sadden Xiao Miya and all other members, but I am graduating. Sorry."


September 15, Muramoto Chie revealed on her blog that Nugoshiko opened a new ameba blog. On her blog she updates new pictures of herself but her profile picture has a collage of Shin Sedai with Mandi included in it.


  • Name: Nugoshiko Maya (纳谷マヤ)
  • Nickname: Maayan (まーやん)
  • Birthplace: Hamura, Tokyo, Japan
  • Birthdate: October 22, 1996 (1996-10-22) (age 22)
  • Bloodtype: O
  • Height: 166 cm
  • Hello! Project Status
    • 2008-01-18 Egg
    • 2008-03-12 Member
    • 2011-09-12 Graduated
  • Up-Front-Agency Status
    • 2008-03-12 Member
    • 2011-09-12 Graduated
  • Specialty: Can hit very HIGH notes
  • Looks Up To: Kamei Eri,Natsuyaki Miyabi,Huang Ning
  • Former Shin Sedai Color: Light Green
  • Former Up Beat Styles! Color: Silver
  • Hello!Project Groups
    • Hello! Pro Egg(2008-2011)
    • Shin Sedai (2009-2011)
  • Up Front PROMOTION Groups


  • Was often cherished by Tsunku because of her dancing ability.
  • Said she looked up to 'Natsuyaki Miyabi' for her collected attitude.
  • Got the nickname 'Maayan' from Morning Musume member Kamei Eri.
  • Said she would go on a date with Xiao Miya.
  • In 2012, she opened an ameba blog to keep contact with her fans even though she is no longer a member of the Hello!Project.
  • Has every single Happy Jikan single.
  • Her favorite kaomoji emoticon is: Σ(゜゜)
  • Has a similar name to Chiisana Ai member Maia. (Both may be pronounced the same)
  • Through her own blog, Xiao Miya said that Maya grew to 166 cm.
  • Her favorite food is glazed crab and lobster.