Minatozaki Sana, who is popularly known as just Sana is a Japanese born singer and a member of the musical group TWICE (South Korean girl group formed by JYP Entertainment in 2015 through a reality show SIXTEEN).
On the reality show, 16 contestants competed for eight much-coveted spots in the group (which later became known as Twice) and Sana was selected for her skills and pop-star potentials. Other members of the group are Nayeon, Jeongyeon, Momo, Jihyo, Mina, Dahyun Chae-young and Tzuyu.
Ever since the group debuted in 2016, Sana’s fame and popularity has continued to surge as the vocalist and lead dancer of the group. The group’s second EP (released in 2016) was the most popular album released by a girl group in South Korea. As revealed by 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 must know about her.
Minatozaki Sana – Profile, Biography
Minatozaki was born in Osaka, Japan on December 29, 1996. Her desire to join a K-pop group (a broad name for the musical genre produced within South Korea’s music industry) as a singer and dancer actually began after seeing the rise of girl groups such as Girls’ Generation (also known as SNSD) and of KARA.
Her dream came true when after an audition in 2012, K-pop conglomerate – JYP Entertainment recruited her while 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 that popular online, Sana is the only child born to them. They don’t have any other child(ren) after her.
- Sana Got Cast While Out Shopping With Friends
While there are some relatively standard ways of becoming trainees in Korea and many aspirants would do anything to be among the industry’s best, some of the industry’s top idols were actually cast in very unconventional ways, some weren’t even aspiring for the position even though they had the talent and Sana was such.
Sana was spotted by a talent scout while she went out shopping with a friend back in Japan. She was offered a casting offer on JYP Entertainment talent hunt. Sana who was in 9th grade at the time turned down the offer but later accepted it when she learnt Wooyoung and Suzy of KBS drama Dream High were in the company.
- She Cooked Spring Rolls On Sixteen
Can you beat that? while other contestants were busy showing off their singing and dancing skills at the JYP survival show SIXTEEN, Sana actually showed off her cooking skills by making spring rolls. At least the judges were able to look beyond the cooking skills to see a potential singer/dancer.
- She Is Clumsy
Oh yes! that is one-word Minatozaki Sana actually used in describing herself. She said she is clumsy but at the same time tries to have fun in the process. During a reality TV programme, Sana says “To be honest, I don’t really have a sense of balance.”
Speaking to GQ Korea, she said when she was a trainee, she couldn’t look in the mirror that much since all she did was practice but, now, she spends a lot of her time in front of the mirror getting her hair and make-up done.
- She Is Multi-Lingual
The talented singer/dancer is also good with languages. Sana speaks Japanese, Korean and English. Though she confessed to GQ Korea that her Korean was better before she appeared on SIXTEEN than what it is now. She said these days, her tongue keeps getting twisted and flipping and that her pronunciation isn’t as good as before.
- She Has Appeared In Music Videos By Got7 And Junho
As a trainee with JYP Entertainment, she appeared on Got7’s music video “A” as well as on Junho’s music video Feel.
- Her Hobbies Are
The quite energetic and friendly Sana enjoys shopping, collecting perfumes, and eating.
She once confessed that she and Momo secretly ordered jokbal (a Korean dish) while they were trainees, unfortunately, they were caught by their manager because they had forgotten to clean up a piece of lettuce on the ground.
Minatozaki Sana would eat yoghurt smoothies any day, any time because she loves it but will never try beans and eggplants.