Answer letter from Suzuka Nakamoto and more on her photobook (translation)

Hi. This is the letter from Suzuka. It’s a Touji letter to everyone.
My three years in Jr. High have been immersed in Sakura Gakuin. Since I had to come from Hiroshima in the first two years, I did independent trainings at home by myself, and repeated to get on the first one (train or airplane, unclear) and to get on the last airplane to go home. However, since I moved to Tokyo I couldn’t wait to see you after school. Though Sakura Gakuin members come from different schools and vary in grades, I’ve learned a lot from your hard working attitudes to your dreams regardless of age. We have talked a lot, been troubled and supported each other. I’m glad to find the new aspects of each member.


In the lessons before recordings, we read lyrics out loud every time and thought about the meanings of lyrics. Some of you researched in difficult words and phrases. Before lives, we thought what messages we should send to fukei-san and repeated rehearsals checking the song orders and lyrics. As sometimes I failed and got scolded, the teachers have always listened to my opinions carefully and thought about them together. All fukei-san have watched us with kindness and warm hearts every time. The three graduates have kept an eye on me with smiles on the wallpaper of my cell phone. Thanks to all of them, I was able to take steps forward with confidence at any time, even though I was the lone Jr. High 3rd grader this year. Thank you very much. As I love singing since I was little, Sakura Gakuin taught me the pleasure of singing much more. Through the Sakura Gakuin club activity, I had a lot of experience and met so many people.


I realized that “Music” has a variety of worlds, and learned songs could be a way to communicate with an unspecified large number of people and connect people regardless of distance. That deepened my interest and affection to singing more. My dream is to be a singer. I’d like to learn lots more and make challenges. My goal is to become a singer who can send the world only Nakamoto Suzuka can describe and the messages only Nakamoto Suzuka can dispatch to all over the world. To achieve that, lots of things would be awaiting which I need to learn and make effort to. I feel that the three years we’ve spent with smiles and the songs of Sakura Gakuin would push me forward whatever happens in the future. I’ll do my best for my dreams.
Ambitions for Jr. High school, 6th graders
When I become a Jr. High student , Isono Rinon
It’s been one and a half year since Rinon was transferred in the summer of 2011. Rinon becomes a Jr. High student soon. I’ve relied on Jr. High members all the time. Though…I thought I should become a respectable senpai when Ayami-chan, Ayaka-chan and Airi-chan graduated in March, and Yunano-chan, Saki-chan, Mariri-chan were transferred in April, I think I haven’t been reliable at all. (cry) I’d like to become a respectable senpai this time. To be honest, I’m worried if I could become a respectable senpai. Nevertheless I’ll make effort.

I aim to become a reliable senpai who is caring in some cases and strict in some cases, like Yui &Moa who taught me choreography and others kindly, and Hana who was transferred with me and is a year elder. Although Rinon feels sad for graduating from elementary class and changing my ribbon to necktie, Rinon would like to become a kind senpai while holding Rinon’s individuality. I’ll….keep on growing a lot.
The things to make effort to in Jr. High school , Ooga Saki
I’ve had some hard times this year but I’ve never thought of giving up Sakura. It’s been a really happy year filled with a series of exciting and thrilling moments. Since Saki started Sakura Gakuin activity just after joining Amuse, I think I’ve been lacking of experience and have bothered teachers and members. So I’d like to become responsible for my own affairs in Jr. High school. I’d also like to improve my singing as I was full of dancing and talking so far.

I had troubles on recordings, but my passion for brushing up my singing grew bigger each time I finished a song. I’d like to sing solo parts with confidence like Su-chan someday. I’d also like to challenge a club activity where Saki can show my color outside of Sakura. I’ll try harder to achieve my goals.

The first questionnaire in Sakura Gakuin, April 2010
Name: Nakamoto Suzuka(12 years old)
Q: Nickname: I’m called Su-chan
Q: Charm point: big ears, hearing well
Q: Hobby: to collect Suzy’s Zoo goods
Q: Special skill: I was said I learn songs quickly
Q: Favorite food: cheese cake, okonomiyaki
Q: Favorite color: white
Q: Favorite phrase: snail, climb Mt.Fuji without a rest
Q: Describe members’ characters in a word
Ayami: leader, leading everyone briskly
Ayaka: elder sister, noticing slight differences and supporting
Airi: calm and relaxed, peaceful
Suzuka: umm…freedom, can’t grasp by myself
Marina: healing, soft and frivolous
Raura: cool and cute, with it girl
Nene: funny, never bored to be with and natural comedian
Hinata: energetic, brightening surroundings
Q: What’s the charm of Sakura Gakuin?
unique members getting together
Q: What are you into recently?
to collect color pens
Q: What was the happiest event recently?
I got a lot of new friends in Jr.High.
Q: What made you laugh recently?
A fuel efficiency girl Heidi movie. [3]
Q: What is the source of your energy?
I eat an umeboshi everyday recently!!
Q: What’s your dream?
To become a singer and concert in Budokan!
Q: Message for fans
Thank you for always supporting me. I’ll try my best to challenge more activities! Thanks for your continuous support.

Bonus info:
1) Suzuka had an event in which she wrote her autograph on the photobooks and handed them out directly to the purchasers when it was published.
2) The talk event at Tower Records will be held this year.[5] Actually it was scheduled for the last year as well. Unfortunately, Tokyo had a record-breaking heavy snow fall on that day and the event was cancelled. The graduates of 2013nendo (Marina, Raura, Nene, Hinata) were popular enough to draw crowds, of course.

Source: YM-Japan from Sakura Gakuin on Reddit

Sakura Gakuin play Wadaiko

Sakura Gakuin and “Yamato Drum school” bang out a dynamic ensemble


2015 February 1st

On January 31st Sakura Gakuin held one of their public class events at Tokyo’s TFT Hall 500 entitled, “A class with the Yamato Drum school”.

The instructor for the first public class event of 2015 was the Wadaiko (Japanese drums) group, “Yamato” which was formed in 1993. Their base of operations is located in Asukamura, Nara Prefecture but for 6 to 10 months of the year they are performing in countries outside of Japan and have in fact already put on over 3,000 performances overseas.

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The public class event this time was separated into 2 one-hour sessions with the members changing for each 1 hour class. The first hour was attended by Kikuchi Moa, Isono Rinon, Ooga Saki, Yamaide Aiko and Okada Megumi and the second hour was composed of Mizuno Yui, Taguchi Hana, Notsu Yunano, Shirai Saki and Kurashima Sara. In order to acquire as much of abilities as possible in this direct instruction in performing with Japanese drums the girls came dressed in T-shirts and jeans which differs from their usual attire of school uniforms. Also differing from the usual format, Mori -sensei, who usually stands separate from the class as he deals with the give and take between the students and the instructors, this time also joined in with the girls in studying playing the drums.


Before the class began, Kikuchi Moa who attended the first hour session said that she was really looking forward to the class because she has been playing the game “Taiko no Tatsujin” (Drum master) for a long time. But the other day she got beat when playing against Taguchi Hana and has lost her confidence. And because of this stated her intent of doing her best today to get back her confidence. The Fukei were really roused by Isono’s new way of introducing herself-”I am!” “Rino—n!”. In the second hour, Taguchi announced with a spark in her eye that if she is to create a new club she would choose the Japanese drums and that she had been thinking of taking up the study of Japanese drums anyway and so was really looking forward to this class. And in the same manner of Kikuchi Moa who attended the 1st hour session she spoke of her objectives in the class as also having to do with “Taiko no Tatsujin”.

To begin the class, “Yamato” put on a performance serving as their initial greetings to attendees. Watching this overpowering and thrilling performance at such a close proximity the girls all expressed their excitement with comments such as, “Amazing!” and “My heart felt like it was going to burst”. Next “Yamato” led the girls through a part of the kind of training they do on regular basis. Everyone was shocked to learn just how hard their training is. One example being that “Yamato” members will swing a gigantic drum stick that weighs over 10 kilograms a thousand times in one day.

Isono and Notsu in their respective 1st and 2nd hour performances played the gigantic bass drum while the other members performed and practiced on the drums known as Miyadaiko. In order to incorporate the the rhythm of the drum beats into themselves the girls vocalized verbal chants as they played using a technique of alternating chants of, “Yo!”, “Seiya-!” and “Ha-!”. To conclude the 1st hour class “Yamato” and Mori-sensei put on a group performance. The members of Sakura Gakuin thrilled the audience with dynamic drum ensemble with their powerful beating of the drums.

At the end of the second hour at the request of Taguchi the members bet on the gigantic bass drum with the heavy drumstick while screaming out what is on their mind. After this Mizuno looked back on the day and reflected, “I think it is very Sakura Gakuin-ish that with each member doing their individual best we were able to create a unified performance”, bringing the class to a close.


Sakura Gakuin on Niconico to promote Heart No Hoshi

Niconico talkshow + Heart No Hoshi Live Sakura Gakuin 2014 + Games? with Okada Megumi, Kurashima Sara, Isono Rinon, Notsu Yunano – [53:49]

Sakura Gakuin Logica video compilation 1

Here are Sakura Gakuin’s Science Club Kagaku Kyumei Kiko LOGICA? (科学部 科学究明機構ロヂカ?; Scientific Investigation Department LOGICA?) video compilation translated by Thomas Malone.

Kagaku Kyumei Kiko LOGICA? (科学部 科学究明機構 ロヂカ?; Scientific Investigation Department LOGICA?) is a sub unit of the Japanese idol group Sakura Gakuin. They are the seventh sub unit to debut from the group, following Twinklestars, BABYMETAL, Minipati, SCOOPERS, sleepiece and Pastel Wind. MaRi7 and Hi7TA left the group after their graduation from Sakura Gakuin on 30th March 2014. The unit later became inactive.

Kagaku Kyumei Kiko LOGICA
Kagaku Kyumei Kiko LOGICA

Sakura Gakuin Logica #1 :Exploding carrots
Exploding carrots and lots of fun with the 3 Science Club researchers.

Sakura Gakuin Logica #2 “Poka Poka” rice
Our 3 heroic researcher undertake a dangerous task to cook rice using only stage lights.


Sakura Gakuin “Vacuum” Logica #3
バッキューン – Bakkyuun!, no, Vacuum. The 3 researchers explore the way sound is transmitted. Their attempt to look like “real” scientists is outrageously cute.

Sakura Gakuin Logica #4
The three researchers Isono Rinon, Horiuchi Marina and Sato Hinata undertake a grueling science quiz. Marimari’s answer to a question about the solar system is the funniest thing I have seen in a very long time.