Nakanishi Kana’s Profile


Nakanishi Kana is a member of Hello! Project and a second-generation member of S/mileage. She was first introduced at the Hello! Project 2011 Summer ~Nippon no Mirai wa WOW WOW Live~ concert on August 14, 2011.

Nakanishi, along with the other S/mileage sub-members, did a Smile Up! Campgain across Japan to become full members of the group. It started on September 28th 2011 and on October 16th during the event for their single Tachiagaru, it was announced she was, along with the other sub-members, an official member of the group.

Nakanishi had a birthday FC event, titled S/mileage Nakanishi Kana Birthday Event 2012, on June 4th 2012 at Pacific Haven.

An event for the 9th and 10th generation Morning Musume memebers and S/mileage’s 2nd generation members, titled Mosuma FC Event ~Gachi☆Kira~ took place on June 15th, 18th, and 20th at Yokohama Blitz, to help introduce the girls to the fans.

In September 2013, Nakanishi released her first solo DVD, titled sweet kana.

Nakanishi starred in the stage play Warera Jeanne ~Shoujo Seisen Kageki~ alongside the rest of S/mileage and Berryz Kobo. The play ran from September 6th to the 23rd.


Name: Nakanishi Kana (中西香奈)
Nickname: Kanana (かなな)
Birthday: June 4, 1997 (1997-06-04) (age 16)
Birthplace: Osaka, Japan
Blood Type: A
Height: 160cm (5’3″)
Specialty: Swimming, weird faces
Hobby: Playing with her dogs
Favourite Food: Okonomiyaki, fried green peppers
Favourite Subject: Science
Favourite Color: Sea blue
Favourite English Word: “Surprise!!”
Looks Up To: Maeda Yuuka, Wada Ayaka, Fukuda Kanon, Tanaka Reina
Hello! Project groups:


  • S/mileage (2011–)
  • Hello! Project MobekisuJ (2013-)


  • Hello! Project Mobekimasu (2011-2013)


  • She’s good at imitating menacing cats and gorillas.
  • Considers her strong point to be never giving up, and her weak points to be shyness and sleeping too much.
  • Describes her personality as loud.
  • Has a few dogs as pets.
  • Is a big fan of Maeda Yuuka.
  • She has an older sister, and a younger brother.
  • She learned piano from ages 5 to 12.
  • She can ski and snowboard (a little).
  • Went to Saipan with her family when she was 13 years old.
  • Nakanishi is the oldest of the S/mileage 2nd generation.
  • Her favorite animal is a gorilla, and even has a gorilla wallet.
  • Her audition number was #1111.
  • She was the only one of the five finalists to not have previous experience in the entertainment industry.
  • She is the only member of S/mileage to be from Kansai.
  • She is the only current S/mileage member to have never worked with any other Hello! Project member prior to joining.
  • She had no dancing or singing experience before joining the group.
  • She is named the clumsy one in S/mileage and Hello! Project.
  • She covered Fukumura Mizuki in Team Okai.
  • Is good friends with Morning Musume member Suzuki Kanon.
  • She once took Suzuki Kanon’s beloved bear “Cha-chan”. Kanon said she was shocked to see Cha-chan in Kana’s arm instead of by her mirror in the dressing room.
  • On an episode of Hello! SATOYAMA Life, a make-up artist taught Nakanishi how to get a double eyelid look using special tape.
  • According to a blog entry by Fukuda Kanon, Kana is a fan of THE Possible member Goto Yuki.
  • One of her favorite songs is Genkimono de Ikou!, by Buono!.
  • She believes that Tamura Meimi is the most energetic member of Hello! Project, while Suzuki Kanon is the mellowest.
  • During the Yattaruchan Daisakusen, she tweeted and became good friends with Boston Red Sox player Koji Uehara.
  • She is allergic to cats.
  • She kisses Tamura Meimi before concerts.

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