Sana Minatozaki (Hangul: 미나토자키 사나, Japanese: 湊崎紗夏 / みなとざきさな), better known as Sana (Hangul: 사나), is a Japanese singer. She is a member of Twice as a vocalist of the group.
Life and career
Sana was born on December 29, 1996 in Tennoji-ku, Osaka, Japan, she is the only child of her parents.
Sana attended EXPG (Exile Professional Gym) Osaka branch, a dance and vocal studio where many Japanese idols trained, including some members of E-girls, Generations and The Rampage, from 2009 to early 2012. She first got interested in K-pop because of Girls' Generation's and KARA's rising popularity in Japan. At age 14, in her last year of middle school, she was scouted by JYP Entertainment while shopping with friends at the Osaka Namba Walk, a popular underground shopping mall. The JYPE scouts invited Sana to the 2011 JYP Japan Audition which were held in Osaka (19/11/2011) and Tokyo (25/11/2011). During the audition Sana performed the 'Mr. Taxi' choreography by Girls' Generation. After graduating from middle school in March 2012, she moved to South Korea to start her JYP trainee-ship on April 13 2012 together with TWICE's Momo.
In 2014, she appeared in the music video of Got7's "A" and Junho's "Feel", making her noticeable and likeable by the public eye.
In 2015, Sana was a contestant on the TV Show Sixteen, she was one of sixteen female trainees in JYP Entertainment, who had to compete in singing, dancing and modelling, in order to become a member of JYP's upcoming girl group. At the end of the show, she was announced as a member of Twice.
In 2016 Sana shortly returned to Japan to take the University Entrance Qualification Examination.
- 卒業 (カバー) (2021)
- Junho - "Candy" featuring Sana (2017)
- "I'LL SHOW YOU" - K/DA (With Nayeon, Jihyo, Chaeyoung, Bekuh Boom and Annika Wells)
- Sixteen (Mnet) - 2015
- TWICE'S Private Life (Mnet) - 2015
- Knowing Bros Ep. 27 (JTBC) - 2016
- Running Man Ep. 302 (SBS) - 2016
- Running Man Ep. 328 (SBS) - 2016
- Knowing Bros Ep. 76 (JTBC) - 2017
- Master Key Ep. 4 (SBS) - 2017
Music video appearances
- GOT7 - "A" (2014)
- Junho - "Feel" (2014)
- Park Jin Young - "Fire" (feat. Conan O'Brien, Steven Yeun, & Jimin Park) (2016)
- Junho - "Instant Love" (2017)
- Kobukuro コブクロ - 卒業 (2021)
◯ = Participates as writing/composer/producer, ✖ = Not participated as writing/composer/producer
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|Fancy You||Turn It Up||◯||✖||✖|
|Eyes wide open||Do What We Like||◯||✖||✖|
|Taste of Love||Conversation||◯||✖||✖|