Ririka Kato (加藤 梨里香 (かとう りりか) Katō Ririka, born March 20, 1998 in Kanagawa, Japan) is a theater actress from Japan. She starred as Tsukushi Makino in the musical adaptation of Boys Over Flowers.

Kato began working as a child actor in 2002, before joining the acting troupe, Gekidan Her Best in 2012.


Early life

Kato was born on March 20, 1998 in the Kangawa Prefecture of Japan.[1] She began acting at a young age.


In 2012, she signed onto Sony Music Artists and joined their unit, "Gekidan Her Best" (劇団ハーベスト () ). Kato performed in several productions with the unit, including Ladybird, Ladybird (2013), Ghetto (2013), and Miracle8 (2015).

In 2015, Kato was chosen to play Tsukushi Makino in Hana Yori Dango: The Musical out of 3,000 participants. Her cheerful attitude during the audition won her an unanimous decision from the producers.[2]



Year Title Role Notes
2002 Chance Mai (child)
2004 Gang Poppy
Present  Emily
2007 Anne of Green Gables Ensemble
2008 Coco Smile 4 Peco
2009 Happano Freddie: Inochi no Tabi Mary
2010 Princess Valentine Louisa
Happano Freddie: Inochi no Tabi Claire
2011 The Wizard of Oz Dorothy
2012 Princess Valentine 2: Rock Princess Princess Margaret
2013 Ladybird, Ladybird Anne
Ghetto Gerda
Rokudenashi Chorus
2014 Ladybird, Ladybird Anne
Crank Up wa Mada Hayai
2015 Ladybird, Ladybird Anne
Maria to Midori no Princess Maria
2016 Hana Yori Dango: The Musical Tsukushi Makino
Kengo Shogun Yoshiteru Mahane
2017 Big Fish
Kengo Shogun Yoshiteru Mahane
Maria to Midori no Princess Maria
The Panic Monkeys Guest
2018 Star Tanjo Yuriko Ogawa



Promotional photo of Ririka as Tsukushi


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