Maruyama Ayaka (丸山綾香, born on December 14, 1998) is the leader of Japanese pop group Urban Rise (U-RISE for short). She is also the leader of sub-unit KaYuRi.
Maruyama alongside 32,456 other applicants auditioned to be part of Suteki Project, and she alongside 24 other girls were chosen to be part of it. She was later put into the mothership group of Suteki Project, "Urban Rise", alongside Oshiro Mayu, Nakajima Nao, and Inoue Shiori. It was later announced that she was to be leader. They debuted on June 20 with "Crazy About You".
It was announced that after Nakajima Nao was to be voice acting a main character in a shoujo anime, that a sub-unit within U-RISE was to consist of the three remaining members -- Maruyama Ayaka, Oshiro Mayu and Inoue Shiori, called KaYuRi (Ayaka, Mayu, Shiori) and they were to sing the ending for the anime. They sung the ending, "Take off is now!" and it was released on October 28.
- Name: Maruyama Ayaka (丸山綾香)
- Nickname: Ayaya, Aya-chan, Leader-chan, Cutie Pie
- Birthday: December 14, 1998 (Age 16)
- Birthplace: Osaka, Japan
- Blood type: A
- Height: 158cm (5"1)
- Suteki Project Status:
- 2011-06-20: U-RISE Member
- UP-FRONT PROMOTION Status:
- 2011-01-01: Member
- Years in Urban Rise: 3 Years
- Urban Rise Color: Sky Blue
- Eastern Zodiac: Tiger
- Western Zodiac: Sagittarius
- Charm Point: Personality
- Weak Point: Too Timid
- Strong Point: Outgoing and Fun
- Favourite Animal: Turtles
- Special Skill: Rapping and Dancing
- Hobbies: Shopping, dancing
- Favorite Food(s): Ramen
- Least Favorite Food(s): Tuna
- Favorite Colors: Blue, Red, White, Purple
- Favorite Sport: Track and Field
- Quality you have that you won't lose to anyone: My love for music!
- Motto: "Seize the Day"
- Looks up to: Suzuki Eri, Kim Hyoyeon
- Favorite Song: "Face to Face" by D-UNIT
- Suteki Project group(s):
- U-RISE (2011 - Present)
- KaYuRi (2012 - Present)
Singles Participated InEdit
- [2011.06.20] Crazy About You
- [2011.10.15] More Kiss
- [2012.03.14] Sparkle
- [2012.12.12] White Angel
- [2013.05.16] Doushiyou
- [2012.10.28] Take off is Now!
- Is known to be have a very powerful prescence onstage.
- Is praised for her powerful dancing and rapping.
- Originally tried out for Polaris α, but failed to do so.
- Has an older sister
- Is the moodmaker of the group
- Is the only member in U-RISE to be born in 1998.
- She stated that her rival is herself
- Wants to sing as well as Suzuki Eri