Yabuki Nako (
- Birthday: Jun 18, 2001
- Blood type: O (Citation needed)
- Height: 150cm
- Hobby: Watching movies
- Talent: Making single eyelids
Nako wa born on June 18 2001 in Tokyo, Japan. Nako made her film debut as young Minami Asakura in the coming-of-age film Touch in 2005. Two years later, she appeared in JCB and Dainichi commercials. In 2009, she appeared in the made for television films Detective Samonji Susumu and My Father's Longest Day. She appeared in a Koala's March commercial in 2011. In 2012, she appeared in the short film On the Shinhori River. The following year, she appeared in the tokusatsu superhero film Gatchaman. She is also gifted with the talent of ballet.
Nako was a big fan of Sashihara Rino. During an AKB48 handshake event, Sashihara told Nako to audition for the group. Instead, Nako auditioned for HKT48, as Sashihara was demoted and transferred to HKT48 Team H. Nako passed the audition for HKT48’s 3rd generation. She is known for being the ace of the 3rd Generation and one of the fastest members who gets promoted from kenkyuusei. On 2015 she released her single song 'Ijiwaru Chu-'. She had a concurrent position in AKB48 Team B. For the 2018 general elections, she ranked #9, which made her a member of the "World Senbatsu". In 2018 she participated in 'NO WAY MAN' alongside Sakura and Hitomi which will be their last release before participating in IZ*ONE.
Nako joined Produce 48 under HKT48. Her first grade evaluation is F and became A after being re-evaluated, she impressed the coaches and viewers for her great vocals and clean dance moves. She is referred to be the 'Hidden Gem'. She garnered attention for doing the high note in 'LOVE WHISPER' for their evaluation She was apart of a performance team named Memory Fabricators along with Kim Chae Won, Jang Gyu Ri, Jo YuRi and Na Go Eun. She finished the competition in 6th place with 261,788 votes, debuting as a member of the IZ*ONE project group.
Violeta (Japanese Ver.)