Who is Minatozaki Sana and What is She Known For?

Minatozaki Sana is a Japanese K-Pop singer famously known as a member of the K-pop girl group TWICE. Although she hails from Japan, Sana is based in South Korea. She debuted as a Twice member in October 2015 and has been active to date. Aside from the group, Sana has embarked on a solo career and appeared on a few TV shows.

Minatozaki Sana’s Biography Summary

  • Full name: Minatozaki Sana
  • Nickname: Sana
  • Gender: Female
  • Date of birth: December 29, 1996
  • Minatozaki Sana’s Age: 26 years old
  • Ethnicity: Asian
  • Nationality: Japanese
  • Zodiac Sign: Capricorn
  • Sexual Orientation: Straight
  • Religion: Buddhist
  • Marital Status: Single
  • Minatozaki Sana’s Height in Inches:  5 feet 5 inches
  • Minatozaki Sana’s Height in Centimetres: 165 cm
  • Minatozaki Sana’s Weight: 48kg
  • Body measurements in inches: 31-23-32 inches
  • Minatozaki Sana’s Net worth: $3 million
  • Famous for: being a member of the K-pop girl group Twice.
  • Minatozaki Sana’s Instagram: @twicesana
  • Twitter: @tozaki_sana
  • Facebook: TWICE – Sana

Minatozaki Sana was Born in Japan in 1996

Although the K-pop star is widely known as Sana, she was born Minatozaki Sana on December 29, 1996. She is a native of Tennōji-ku, Osaka, Japan, where she was born as the only daughter of her parents. However, not much is known about her parents and what they do for a living. We know they gave Sana all the support she needed, which contributed to her decision to move to South Korea to kick off her career at JYP Entertainment.

When she was very young, Sana wanted to become a singer and dancer after being inspired by the K-pop group, Girls’ Generation. She spent her early years in Osaka city of Japan, where she completed her elementary and high school education. At the time, she could speak only the Japanese language, but after moving to South Korea, she learned to speak the Korean language and basic English.

She Joined JYP Trainee Program in 2012 After Being Discovered by a JYP Employee

When she turned 14 during her middle school years, Minatozaki Sana was scouted by a JYP Entertainment employee. She was spotted while shopping with her friends at Osaka’s underground mall, Namba Walk. The JYP scout later invited the young Sana to audition at the 2011 JYP Japan Audition. While in the audition, Sana performed Girls’ Generation’s Mr. Taxi, which earned her a place in the JYP trainee program.

Before that, Sana had enrolled at the EXPG (Exile Professional Gym) Osaka branch, where she received dance and vocal lessons. The studio is also credited for training other K-pop groups such as Generations, E-Girls, and The Rampage. Sana was training at EXPG lasted from 2009 to early 2012. Not long after graduating from Middle School in 2012, Sana moved to South Korea to start her training at JYP Entertainment.

Minatozaki Sana Debuted as TWICE Member in 2015

Minatozaki Sana Profile and Biography: 7 Facts You Must Know About Her
Minatozaki Sana is a member of an all-girl music group, Twice (image source)

Upon arrival in South Korea in April 2012, Minatozaki Sana started her training alongside TWICE’s Momo. She was groomed for three years before making her debut with TWICE. Before her debut, it was at some point expected that she would be a member of another JYP girl group. Nevertheless, the project was later terminated.

She featured as a waiter in GOT7’s music video for their song A in 2014. The following year, she took part in Sixteen, a musical survival reality TV show designed to select TWICE members. During the show, Sana emerged as one of the nine TWICE members out of the 16 contestants on the show. Afterward, she made her debut with the group in October 2015, featuring in their song Like Ooh-Ahh from their debut EP, The Story Begins.

Sana has been enjoying a blossoming career with the group, and she is loved for her energetic and cheerful personality. Her collaboration with other Japanese members, including Mina and Momo, has been praised for improving the relationship between Japan and South Korea. The group’s songs are usually done in Korean and Japanese.


Sana has been active on TWICE for 7 years and counting. She has appeared in all the group’s musical projects and tours. Below are some of their most popular music albums.

Korean Albums

  • Twicetagram (2017)
  • Eyes Wide Open (2020)
  • Formula of Love: O+T=<3 (2021)

Japanese Albums

  • BDZ (2018)
  • &Twice (2019)
  • Perfect World (2021)

Some of the Concert Tours

  • 2017 – Twice 1st Tour: Twiceland – The Opening
  • 2017 – Twice Debut Showcase “Touchdown in Japan.”
  • 2018 – Twice Showcase Live Tour 2018 “Candy Pop.”
  • 2018 – Twice 2nd Tour: Twiceland Zone 2 – Fantasy Park
  • 2018 – Twice 1st Arena Tour 2018 “BDZ.”
  • 2019 – Twice Dome Tour 2019 “#Dreamday.”
  • 2019-2020 – Twice World Tour 2019 “Twicelights.”
  • 2021-2022 – Twice 4th World Tour “III.”

She Has also Embarked on a Solo Career

Besides her career with TWICE, Minatozaki Sana has also done a great job as a solo artist. She was the first Twice member to release a single after making a cover of the Sotsugyou from the Japanese band Kobukuro in February 2021. The song, which included an A’capella version, was released as a digital single via Warner Music Japan.

In March 2021, Sana released a version of the same song, featuring the Japanese band themselves. After its release, the song received a critical reception by K-pop lovers and skyrocketed Sana’s fame in South Korea, Japan, and other parts of the world. As a result, Sana was named the 17th most popular South Korean idol in 2018, and she ranked 18th the following year.

The TWICE Singer Might Be Possibly Single

Minatozaki Sana has come a long way as a founding member of the K-pop group TWICE. Since her rise to fame, many have become interested in her personal life, wanting to know if she is in a relationship or had dated anyone in the past. However, the gorgeous K-pop star is currently single. She has not revealed any details regarding her love life or former relationships.

There has been speculation saying that Sana might be having a relationship with EXO’s Suho. The rumors began to swirl after the duo shared pictures with similar backgrounds while they were visiting Hong Kong separately. Currently, neither of the two parties has confirmed or refuted these claims.

Sana is gorgeous with a charming personality; the type of male K-pop idols have found difficult to resist. Many male idols, including SHINee’s Key, have revealed the singer as their female K-pop idol. Sana also disclosed that her ideal man is one that can treat her parents well, and we hope she finds him soonest.

Other Interesting Facts About Minatozaki Sana

What is Minatozaki Sana’s Age?

Minatozaki Sana is currently 26 years old

What race is Sana?

Minatozaki Sana is of Asian ethnicity as her parents come from Japan.

Who is Minatozaki Sanas Height?

Minatozaki Sana stands 5 feet, 5 inches tall, equivalent to 165 cm or 1.65m.

How was Sana Scouted?

Sana was scouted by a JYP Entertainment employee when she was out shopping with friends during her middle school days.

How Old was Sana when she debuted?

Minatozaki Sana debuted on Twice when she was 18 years old (2015).

Ikenna Nwobodo
Ikenna Nwobodo
Ikenna has been writing or editing for multiple websites and publications for over 3 years, When he is not writing, he likes taking adventures, playing the piano or singing, and hanging out with friends.


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