Minatozaki Sana, popularly known only as Sana, is a Japanese-born singer and a member of the music group TWICE (South Korean girl group founded in 2015 by JYP Entertainment through a reality show SIXTEEN).
In the reality show, 16 contestants competed for eight coveted spots in the group (later known as TWICE), and Sana was chosen for her skills and pop star potential. Other members of the group are Nayeon, Jeongyeon, Momo, Jihyo, Mina, Dahyun Chae-young, and Tzuyu.
Since the group’s debut in 2016, Sana’s fame and popularity as the group’s singer and lead dancer has steadily increased. The group’s second EP (released in 2016) was the most popular album released by a girls’ group in South Korea. According to JYP Entertainment, over 160,000 copies were sold.
Below is the biography/profile of the star girl with a quirky and outgoing personality and seven other fascinating facts you need to know about her.
Minatozaki Sana – Profile, Biography
Minatozaki was born on 29 December 1996 in Osaka, Japan. Her desire to join a K-Pop group (a broad name for the music genre produced in the South Korean music industry) as a singer and dancer actually only began after she witnessed the rise of girl groups such as Girls’ Generation (also known as SNSD) and KARA.
Her dream came true when she was recruited by the K-Pop conglomerate JYP Entertainment after an audition in 2012 when she was still in middle school in Japan.
7 Facts You Must Know About Her
- She Is An Only Child
Although her parents are not so popular online, Sana is the only child born to them. They have no other children after her.
- Sana Got Cast While Out Shopping With Friends
While there are some relatively standardized ways to become an apprentice in Korea, and many candidates would do anything to be among the best in the industry, some of the top idols in the industry were actually filled in a very unconventional way, some did not even aspire to the job, even though they had the talent and Sana was one.
Sana was discovered by a talent scout when she went shopping in Japan with a friend. She was offered a casting offer for JYP Entertainment’s talent scout. Sana, who was in the 9th grade at the time, turned down the offer but accepted it later when she learned that Wooyoung and Suzy from KBS drama Dream High were in the company.
- She Cooked Spring Rolls On Sixteen
Can you beat that? While other participants were busy showing their singing and dancing skills at the JYP Survival Show SIXTEEN, Sana demonstrated her cooking skills by preparing spring rolls. At least the judges could look beyond the cooking skills to see a potential singer/dancer.
- She Is Clumsy
Oh yes! This is a word that Minatozaki Sana actually used to describe herself. She said she was clumsy, but at the same time, she was trying to have fun. During a reality TV show, Sana said: “To be honest, I don’t really have a sense of balance.
In an interview with GQ Korea, she said that as an intern she couldn’t look in the mirror as much as she used to, because she was just practicing, but now she spends a lot of time in front of the mirror to have her hair and make-up done.
- She Is Multi-Lingual
The talented singer/dancer is also good at languages. Sana speaks Japanese, Korean, and English. Although she confessed to GQ Korea that her Korean was better before her performance on SIXTEEN than today. She said that nowadays her tongue is always twisting and tilting and that her pronunciation is not as good as it used to be.
- She Has Appeared In Music Videos By Got7 And Junho
As an intern at JYP Entertainment she appeared in both Got7’s music video “A” and Junho’s music video “Feel”.
- Her Hobbies Are
The quite energetic and friendly Sana likes to go shopping, collect perfumes, and likes to eat.
She once confessed that she and Momo secretly ordered jokbal (a Korean dish) during their training. Unfortunately, they were caught by their manager because they forgot to clean up a piece of salad on the floor.
Minatozaki Sana would eat yoghurt smoothies anytime, anytime because she loves it, but she will never taste beans and eggplant.