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Sakura Gakuin: Kikuchi Moa, Yui Mizuno, Hana Taguchi, Notsu Yunano graduation photo book

Photo book from Sakura Gakuin.

This is released to commemorate the graduation of the following members from the group, Moa Kikuchi (BABYMETAL), Yui Mizuno (BABYMETAL), Hana Taguchi, and Yunano Notsu. Includes photos shot in a school graduation tour, in which they are not in school uniforms for the first time. Also includes interview(s).

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Sakura Gakuin: Mikiki interview

The arrival of an album that brings a colorful climax and abundant variety to the compilation of Sakura Gakuin`s 2014 school year.

A compilation of the entire year….The greatest climax is contained herein!

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Based around the rule of having to graduate from the group when one graduates from Jr. High school, every year the `limited to the period of growth` Unit, Sakura Gakuin is reborn. Making the absolute most of the respective individual characteristics of each of 10 girls of this year`s Sakura Gakuin this year sees the graduation of Mizuno Yui and Kikuchi Moa who were members from the time of SG`s Major debut and have gone on to perform as Babymetal as well as the graduation of Taguchi Hana and Notsu Yunano this March. An album that could be considered the compilation of the 2014 school year of the group, `Sakura Gakuin 2014 Nendo – Kimi ni Todoke-` has been completed.

Kikuchi Moa:
This year there were many instances of us making use of our respective individual characteristics so I feel speaking honestly that we were all a bit apprehensive and because of that we all grew greatly and learned that even if we are separated we are still all one at heart. This album served as a trigger to bring us all together and I hope we can extend our hearts to more and more people.

Notsu Yunano:
I feel the `color` of the 2013 Nendo Sakura Gakuin was quite a strong one and so I was a bit anxious about whether we could change that and I feel that in a good meaning we were able to all bring out our own individuality. We may have been a bit slow in bringing the 10 members together but I feel it was a year in which we all grew as individuals.

This album is filled with a variety of individuality from the Pro wrestling club`s sonf of `Spin in the Wind` which showed a different sort of toughness than is usual, the song `Peace de Check!` by the Purchasing club which served to loosen the strings around the wallets of the Fukei-san with its cute call and response section, the composite and fun song, `Hirari! KiraKira YamiYami Museum` of the Cooking club, Mini Pati which was a `completion of a full course` (stated by Moa), and the recording of the new student`s badminton club, `Tenshi to Akumu`.

Yamaide Aiko:
In the song, `Tenshi to Akumu` (Angel and Devil) we get to become Angels and sing and to become Devils and sing, and so we are asked to totally change the mood of each part which was really difficult to do but I feel it came out really good.

Shirai Saki:
For the 9th song, `How are you? Mr. Tropicalorie` we were told that the 2nd grade students were to play the main role. (This is because 2nd graders often put on weight at that time) (laughs) I would be happy if people could pay attention to these parts were the 2nd graders take on a main role.

Ooga Saki:
We recorded a wide variety of songs and so were given lots of instructions like, (put in more emotion), or, (emphasize the difference in strength and weakness more). It was quite a difficult task but once we finished it it was not only fun but also gave us a sense of accomplishment.

The day of graduation is almost upon us. We hope that the songs filled with the respective feelings of the girls will reach the minds and hearts of the fans.

Yunano:
In the final song, `Kimi ni Totoke` we are singing with the Fukei-san and the lower classmates who have supported us in mind and I personally was especially directing my thoughts towards Isono Rinon. I am older than her but within Sakura Gakuin she is my senpai. In spite of that fact she never opposed my opinions and accepted my thinking. The lyrics of `The greatest Thank you in my history!` was sung with her in mind.

Moa:
I have lived 1/3 of my life in Sakura Gakuin. During these 5 years the Fukei-san have been very supportive at each and every live performance. From here on out as well I hope to reach out to them with a wide range of feelings and I hope they will be there on the Graduation ceremony day to take in all of our feelings and thoughts.

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Sakura Gakuin: HMV March 11 2013 Interview

Interview- Sakura Gakuin `My Graduation Toss`

-As we are asking the members to appear one at a time we would like Nakamoto-san as the Student council president to introduce each member one by one.

Nakamoto:
Whoooa! Who should I start with?

-Well, how about starting from the youngest member, Ooga-san?

Ooga:
Eh? About `My Graduation Toss`?

Nakamoto:
No, that is not it (laughs)

-We are asking the Student council president to introduce you (laughs)

Ooga:
Ah, shouldn`t you ask me then?

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Nakamoto:
You should ask Sakitei then.

Ooga:
So, I should ask?

Nakamoto:
Sakitei should do the asking then.

Kikuchi:
No, Su-chan will introduce you. She will introduce Saki-chan.

Ooga:
Oh, OK.

Everyone: (laughing)

-OK, so please get started.

Nakamoto:
OK! Sakitei is definitely our younger sister character. And that is how it is. When we went to a candy store the other day we felt that we felt that we should recommend this sucking kind of candy (like a baby might suck on) to Sakitei. She is always called a baby by all of us.

Ooga:
No way!

Nakamoto:
She is thought of as cute and is loved by all of us. Her way of stammering with `Eito…Eito…makes us all a bit apprehensive, like are you OK? (laughs). She is a character that we like to jab at a bit. But she is always smiling and laughing. And she imitates me sometimes. (to Ooga) Right?

Ooga:
I do that?

Nakamoto:
Yes, when you introduce yourself as me. Even though you don`t resemble me at all.

-(laughs)

Nakamoto:
She does my imitation thinking she is really good at it. She has that side of her-of being a real wild card.

-Ooga-san, is this true?

Ooga:
Ummm…well, yes! But I am more mature than that….

-Everyone (laughing)

Nakamoto:
Look, everyone is laughing in an unsettled manner. Hahaha…(laughs)

-Everyone (laughing)

-Can you introduce next, Kikuchi-san?

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Nakamoto:
OK. Well, yes with Kikuchi-san I have a lot of time together with her as Babymetal. When there are just a few of us when we are together as Babymetal she is a real character. She is really talkative and noisy!

-Everyone (laughing)

Nakamoto:
But when it comes to Sakura Gakuin she is active in teaching the younger students like Sakitei and surprisingly is very composed when we do interviews. But, she acts like a middle aged guy at times. (laughs)

-Everyone (laughs)

-Yes, she is a member of the Koyajibu (middle aged guy club) (laughs)

Nakamoto:
Yes, that is right, the Koyajibu. Yes, she acts like a middle aged man at times. First of all she likes squid. And she also likes to relax on sofas like middle aged men do.

-We have a sofa here as well.

Kikuchi:
I was relaxing on it earlier. (laughs)

-Is that right? (laughs)

Nakamoto:
Conversely, she likes to roll into places that are not large but rather enjoys little places, you see.

-Small places?

Kikuchi:
Yes, small places like cardboard boxes. I feel really comfortable in them.

Nakamoto:
She has a very challenging spirit and loves to curl up under sofas, etc. `Eh, where did she go? Where is Moa? And we look for her and find her curled up in some small place. And she sometimes tries to make an appeal for finding big spaces we are provided with, with, `Hey, look this is so spacious`. Hahahaha…..(laughs)

-Everyone (laughs)

Nakamoto:
That is the kind of girl she is. (laughs)

-Does that fit you?

Kikuchi:
Yes, that is about right.

-(laughs) OK, next how about Horiuchi-san?

Nakamoto:
OK. Horiuchi-san is a Fushigi-chan. (a girl who bewilders everyone) (translator`s note: Japanese Fushigi-chan are truly the funnest girls you will ever meet) She is the essence of the Fushigi-chan.

Horiuchi:
Ooo!

Nakamoto:
(laughs) Up to this year I had not really talked deeply with Marina-chan. But, this year with our relationship as Student council president and as Vice president there were many things I had to do to assist her, and so we spoke together often. Just being together with her one feels so relaxed and at ease and I felt like we were a married couple at times!

-Everyone (laughs)

Horiuchi:
Aaa……

Nakamoto:
I think perhaps she has a kind of Wife-ish like gentle atmosphere about her.

Horiuchi:
Hmm..I guess that could be true.

-She listens carefully to what you say.

Nakamoto:
That`s right. When Su- is really nervous, just by looking at the the peacefully smiling Marina-chan I feel at ease. I honestly think that that is one of her roles to play in Sakura Gakuin.

Horiuchi:
Ah…My feelings were transmitted to you-ssu!

-Everyone (laughs)

-When you became the Vice student council president did your way of thinking change at all?

Horiuchi:
Last year and before I would determine my goals based on my own perspective and I would do my best in regard to them. But with Su-chan being the only 3rd grader I began to realize that there were members who really wanted their opinions to be taken seriously when we would talk things over. I found that we could help and support each other when we talk things over amongst ourselves.

-One`s way of thinking can change with the times.

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Nakamoto:
Yes, that is true and it is because we feel that we must do things through our own decisions and efforts.

-For this single you recorded a total of 3 songs so could you each introduce one song each? Do any of you have a song that you feel really close to?

–Kikuchi-san and Ooga-san raise their hands.

-That was a quick response! So, well, could you select for us, Student council President?

Nakamoto:
So, shall we go with Sakitei?

Kikuchi: Aaaa…

-Ooga-san please go ahead.

Ooga:
Saki, well, Saki really likes `My Graduation Toss` but, however, what I want to explain is `Magic…

Nakamoto:
(gentley) Melody.

Ooga:
`Magic Melody` has a very painful, lonely feeling to it, but Saki has you know, not had the experience of falling in love yet. So I was perplexed for a long time about just how I should sing it. The teachers told me to sing it with this painful, sad (Setsunai 切ない) feeling which forced me to think about how to sing this song. Around that time my mother was in the hospital and I couldn`t go and see her and that night I felt very lonely. So it was this feeling that I recalled to myself when singing this song. It seems to have gone well. I think I was able to put that feeling of painful sadness into the song. It is a song that contains a variety of people`s feelings about romance and since I haven`t been in love before I can only try to understand it by listening to the stories of others.

-Oh! Thank you. Nakamoto-san is there anything you want to add to that?

Nakamoto:
This song was a collaboration with iRando-san and in actual fact we recruited episodes from fans which were actually used in the creation of the song. This was the first time for Sakura Gakuin to sing a real love song and we were allowed to read each of the episodes one by one and since some of these episodes had parts that would under normal conditions be difficult to say to another we took it upon ourselves to sing as representatives for these fans` feelings.

-So the episodes that you all selected became the lyrics of the song. Thank you. So, next how about Kikuchi-san`s song?

Kikuchi:
I like `My Graduation Toss` the best. Up until recently, `Yume ni Mukatte` held a lot of feelings for me but ever since this song was created and I have listened it repeatedly I have come to like it the best. My favorite lyrics are in the main chorus part (said looking at the lyric sheet).

Nakamoto:
It is long, isn`t it?

Kikuchi:
Yes, it is really long. I like the part that goes, `If I tell you the feelings that I have wanted to convey to you for so long, these feelings that really can not be put in words, I will cry and so I am sorry that I could not be with you smiling to very end`. These words remind me of the feelings I had when sending off the graduates last year. Of course since at graduation the other students are spreading their wings and flying away so I shouldn`t be sad, but I always get a painful, lonely feeling and since I felt that this part of the lyrics matches that feeling and since we must graduate from Sakura Gakuin when we graduate from Jr. High school, I feel that this graduation song is one that can only be sung by Sakura Gakuin.

-In the solo part as well Nakamoto-san`s voice is really brought to life. What do you think about that, Student council president?

Nakamoto:
At this time last year it was `Tabidachi no ni`. It doesn`t really match up with these kinds of Graduation songs. Su-herself does not think so much about graduation. Maybe that means I don`t want to think about it.
(Kikuchi-san and Ooga-san can`t bear the seriousness of the atmosphere and break out giggling.)

Nakamoto:
That`s enough! Really! (laughs)

Kikuchi:
Alright, please go ahead. (laughs)

Nakamoto:
Everyone also are trying not to look at this feeling of graduating floating around Sakura Gakuin. Su-herself also wants to graduate with a smiling face. Because of the very fact that we are doing Babymetal I want to convey this to everyone at this upcoming Live performance. We have done these kinds of Rockish, cool songs in the past at Sakura Gakuin but this song especially delivers this amazingly cheerful but with a D melody message strongly with `Dear My Friends….I love you. I am so happy to have met all of you. I will take all of our memories with me. I won`t forget any of them`, but with a ballad type of feel. I feel that this too is a new type of Graduation song, and I want my friends at real school to listen to it as well. I don`t want to overstate it but this was created for Su- and it will will remain with me for the rest of my life as a Graduation song!

-Thank you. Next, Horiuchi-san could you talk about `Mezase! Super Lady`?

Horiuchi:
Alright! Mori-sensei, our homeroom teacher, wrote this song. It is a song that makes the most of our respective individuality when we do open classrooms. The various lines that we sing or say at actual open classroom events are real things that each of the members have said in real life before.

Nakamoto:
Some outstanding lines (laughs)!

Horiuchi:
This song that features self introductions that reveal the habits and characteristics of each of the members, and it became a 2012 Nendo-ish song that introduces the members in a fun way. I am sure that people who have come to the open classes will realize this deeply when they see the lyrics, and I am sure our characters will also reach those who have not come to open classes. I hope that people will listen to this and become interested in Sakura Gakuin and the history of Sakura Gakuin.

-When you recorded it, did you do it all together or was it one by one?

Nakamoto:
Both. There were times we we recorded one by one and times with all of us.

-The lyrics in the brackets are really powerful.

Horiuchi:
Really?

-It feels like you are speaking or performing at a live show.

Horiuchi:
Yes, right.

Kikuchi:
When we took role call during an intermission we did a recording in one quick take with all of us along with Mori-sensei all facing the same microphone.

-During that intermission what is Ooga-san saying?

Ooga:
I am saying, `E-to` (laughs). I always screw up the lines so I say, `E-to, E-to`. There is something I would like to say about this song. When we were recording the line and such Mori-sensei was there but when we were doing long recordings Mori-sensei really screwed up his lines.

Everyone (laughs)

Ooga:
And so it was with much effort that the members were able to exhibit their individuality but I am not so sure if Mori-sensei was able to do so. (laughs)

Everyone (laughs)

Nakamoto:
And if I add a bit to that, it appears that this was like the first recording for Mori-sensei and he was so nervous! This time Mori-sensei wrote the lyrics but there are some members who are not too happy about that!

Everyone (laughs)

Nakamoto:
When we got the song and started the lessons for it, we were like, `Why is like this?`. We were told by the teacher who instructs us on daily living matters that we should ask Mori-sensei directly when he comes to teach and so when he came and we started working in the recording booth we were all saying all kinds of things to him. We said things like, `get your act together!` and things like that. In that kind of atmosphere we were recording the intermission parts so I was a little worried about whether we were recording the fun side of Sakura Gakuin or not. I didn`t particularly want to talk about Mori-sensei`s first recording experience here but…(laughs).

Everyone (laughs)

Kikuchi:
Also, at the beginning of the song Mori-sensei introduces himself. At first Moa and the others couldn`t hear it but if listen very carefully you can hear it and I hope that you do take a listen. (laughs)

Ooga:
Yes since he went out of his way to record it (laughs).

Everyone (laughs)

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Nakamoto:
Coming from above, above (laughs)

Ooga:
From the bottom, the bottom (laughs)

-The brings things together nicely! Thank you very much. Nakamoto-san, Horiuchi-san and Kikuchi-san are all in clubs but Ooga-san you are not in a club, right? In your blog at the end of the year you said that one of your aims for this year was to join a club. If you have found one you are interested in, please let us know.

Ooga:
Hmm..well, yes.. I still haven`t yet decided on one, but what am I trying to say?

Nakamoto:
Of the ones that are available…?

Ooga:
I am not really sure. Saki wants to join a club that will show her a side of herself that is not there in the Sakura Gakuin version of Saki. I want to show a totally different Saki.

Nakamoto:
There isn`t one you want to join?

Ooga:
There are actually many that I want to join.

Nakamoto:
There are many? (laughs)

Kikuchi:
You are going to become a Babybones in Juuonbu, right?

Ooga:
Right! I want to be a Juuonbu skeleton. I want to be a Babybone and play in the air band!

Nakamoto:
In another interview Sakitei said that she is not good at speaking and wants to get over that. She was saying that if she is in a club since there are so members in each club that she would have to talk a lot. But if she joins Juuonbu and becomes a Skeleton she wouldn`t have to speak. And we were saying that a little Babybones would be really cute.

Ooga:
That is what I want to become.

Nakamoto:
You want to do that? (laughs) We have to make a Skeleton costume for you- a special Sakitei costume.

Ooga:
I am fine with it like it is!

Nakamaoto:
It is very loose. (laughs)

-Personally I hope that you will bring back the Baton club.

Everyone Ooh!

Horiuchi:
There are a lot of requests recently for the Baton club.

Ooka:
Saki wants to join the Baton club!

Nakamoto:
Can you twirl the baton? The practice is very hard!

Ooga:
About the baton…! How in the world do they spin it like that?

Horiuchi/Kikuchi:
We practiced!

-I heard that you actually got injured.

Horiuchi:
I had a lot of bruises.

Ooga:
(In a small voice)
That is amazing.

Everyone (laughs)

-I will keep hoping the Baton club makes a comeback! In conclusion, looking back on 2012 Nendo what kind of year was it for Sakura Gakuin, Student council president?

Nakamoto:
Summing it up I would say it was a Sakura Gakuin with the member`s individuality turned on full force. When I first became the president I thought at first that I would have to be like Ayami-chan. I felt that I would have to do everything perfectly like Ayami-chan or I would not be able to perform the duties of president and felt very anxious. But everyone taught me that it did not have to be that way. Everyone said to me, `Su-chan`s Sakura Gakuin is a lot of fun!`. I fell like this year I kind of ran things the way I wanted but when I was able to to read the letters written by everyone during the shooting of the album`s limited DVD I was able for the first time to understand the true feelings of all of the members. They said that it was enjoyable following along with the direction Su-chan took Sakura Gakuin and that they also enjoyed the crazy unexpected things that we did. So, how should I say it? My Sakura Gakuin……

-So you have no regrets looking back?

Nakamoto:
Yes, none at all! By becoming the president I was able to get to know everyone and get to know their individual characters and as I said before I was able to become good friends with Marina-chan! And so I think it was Sakura Gakuin that was really unified into a single unit.

-Thank you. I look forward to your graduation!

Everyone:
We will do our best!

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Nakamoto Suzuka

Birthdate: 1997 December 20th
Birthplace: Hiroshima-ken
Height: 159cm
Likes: Stationary goods, Book covers one gets at bookstores
Club: Juuonbu

Horiuchi Marina

Birthdate: 1998 April 29th
Birthplace: Tokyo-to
Height: 149cm
Likes: Umeboshi, Madeleine, Marshmallow toast
Club: Science club, Going home club, Tennis club

Kikuchi Moa

Birthdate: 1999 July 4th
Birthplace: Aichi-ken
Height: 139cm
Likes: Doing an impersonation of Marilyn Monroe using the air from a dryer
Club: Juuonbu, Cooking club

Ooga Saki

Birthdate: 2000 April 11th
Birthplace: Tokyo-to
Height: 139cm
My pride: My 6-pack ribbed abs

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Sakura Gakuin students’ diary 20150320 Moa Kikuchi: Senpai

Senpai
Good mornooning♥ It’s Moa. 🙂

My last open-class ended. I feel somewhat hurt inside. In the class ‘Archaeology of Songs’, each member pick a song, study about the song by herself, present any findings and lastly, sing the song a cappella!!

I had prepared my presentation while visualizing what I hope to send to you. So, I could make my presentation looking at your face closely.
If you got what Moa wanted to send — even a little bit of it — I am happy♥♥ I believe my kouhais got it!!
And, Moa will treasure what I’ve got from kouhais forever. Thank you so much♥ 🙂
As of my singing a cappella….

I suddenly became really nervous, and started singing to find myself a bit off-key. I gradually adjusted and could sing exhilaratingly. But it was not a satisfactory performance. I felt frustrated thinking ‘Oh, If I could have sung once more, I surely could have sung better…’ But I know it’s an afterthought.
We have only one chance to play in each open-class. We can’t play one concert again! I realized again the importance of doing my very best with strong will in each single occasion, If I don’t want to feel unsatisfactory. Every one of members felt that, didn’t you? In the last two chances to play, let’s do our best and show everything we’ve learned till now!! Let’s send our whole hearts♥

【Kikuchi Moa and Muto Ayami】

【Kikuchi Moa and Muto Ayami December, 2010’】

Today, I want to write about my three senpais, three former presidents of student council, who taught important things to Moa and current members.
✿Muto Ayami-chan (‘One-tan’) 【=’Big Sis’. It’s not usually used saying. Usually, we say ‘Onee-chan’ and its broken form ‘Onee-tan’. ‘One-tan’ is still more broken, and thus has more intimate feeling. Please read it like the first 2 syllables of ‘honest’+’tan’】

She has been always walking one or two steps (or more?) ahead of Moa, and has kept paving the way for kouhais. She is a hard worker, putting her all into her work. I can’t help but respect One-tan.

‘Enjoy yourself from your heart, that surely will make fans enjoy the show’, One-tan told us several times. One-tan put much love in her doing and made us delighted♥ She is so short, and so energetic!! Regulations or customs can’t stop her doing more than desired. Her sending MUCH LOVE to fans make Moa think it important to put love in my doing♪
✿Nakamoto Suzuka-chan (Suu-chan)

【Kikuchi Moa and Nakamoto Suzuka】

【Kikuchi Moa and Nakamoto Suzuka April, 2012】

Suu-chan is Moa’s comrade. A fellow-fighter always being next to me!!!
After the Festival of 2014nendo, Moa had a serious problem. Suu-chan, as the president, had have the same problem and told me her thought and feeling at that time. That gave me power. It’s hard to stick to the ideal, and such attitude sometimes is not accepted. But, in the end, everything changes into good memories. So, take it easy and do what you think the best. Such words of Suu-chan made me relaxed — ‘Suu-chan also had the problem’♥
And Suu-chan also taught me the importance to send a song with heart♫
✿Horiuchi Marina-chan (Marina-chan, or Marippe)

Horiuchi Marina and Kikuchi

【Horiuchi Marina and Kikuchi Moa February, 2012】

Marina-chan is a bosom friend of Moa.
We are not of an age, but we are alike in way of thinking or taste, and have been having a LOT of talk. ‘Ideal and reality’, ‘What we want to send’, our dreams, anime things, and so on. We can talk on anything. We can share sadness and joy. By talking to Marina-chan, I feel as if a cloudy sky is cleared up! It’s fun! At first, Marina-chan was quiet. But she tried to express herself in order to send the importance of kizuna【bond】. Such Marina-chan was so adorable♥ We are talking that we hope to do something together and send ‘glitter’ one day…..I believe it surely will come true♪

This time, I’ve wrote about former presidents only. But also other graduates sent us several things. We appriciate everything senpais have left for us and will complete our Sakura Gakuin!!
Of course I love graduates, but current Sakura Gakuin is more important for Moa. Let’s show 10 of us is the very best♪
I just hope to send you — Sakura Gakuin NOW!

Source: http://ameblo.jp/sakuragakuin/day-20150320.html, Translation : Sakura Gakuin on Reddit

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Sakura Gakuin: Tower Record Cafe Collaboration with MiniPati

TOWER RECORDS CAFE opens the collaboration cafe with Sakura Gakuin cooking club Minipati at TOWER RECORDS CAFE Shibuya and Omotesando shops.

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This is the 3rd consecutive year of Tower Record Cafe and Minipati collaboration. The collaboration is to promote the Sakura Gakuin 5th album『Sakura Gakuin 2014 Nendo~Kimi ni Todoke~』which is going to be released in March 25th. The members of Minipati, Kikuchi Moa, Mizuno Yui, and Taguchi Hana, who are active since 2011 are graduating this March the 29th. This is likely to be the last collaboration with the current Minipati members.

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The fancy collaboration menu offered every year is also going strong. This 2015,「Sparkling Cook☆Minipati Sakura Chiffon・Mochi Berry Cheerful Bright servings ♡ with Bubbly Sakura・Yogurt」is on the menu. Last year’s Tower Records Cafe collaboration menu proposal is also here, the song『Hirari!Kirakira☆Yamiyami Museum』was based on the recipe as an implementation of the reverse collaboration.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71_8IvrVMU0

Minipati gave the name of the collaboration menu with consideration of, the customers will enjoy the Sakura Chiffon with Red-white Manjuu (bun) and Pudding ice around it as their beloved sweets decorated in an artistic sense such as sparkling colorful jelly combined with the drinks, also the customers who ordered the menu will receive special photo as gifts.
The Collaboration Cafe is currently opening a pre-sale for Minipati original goods「Minipati☆Lunch Box」, and Tower Records Cafe limited collaboration goods「Minipati × TOWER REOCRDS CAFE Mug cup」is on sale.

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The period of the collaboration:
TOWER RECORDS CAFE Shibuya Shop
March 20th(Fri)~ March 26th(Thu)

TOWER RECORDS CAFE Omotesando Shop
March 24th(Tue)~ March 31st(Tue)

Collaboration Menu:
「Sparkling Cook☆Minipati Sakura Chiffon・Mochi Berry Cheerful Bright servings ♡ with Bubbly Sakura・Yogurt」

☆Ingredients:
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Price: 1,500 yen(with tax)※Sweets & Drinks set

Special: A special Minipati original photo will be given as a present to first arrival customers who ordered the above menu in the period time limit.

Source: Nathalie, BABYMETAL FAN CLUB, Reddit

Sakura Gakuin play Wadaiko

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

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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.

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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.

source: http://natalie.mu/music/news/137493

Tower Record President, Minewaki Ikuo speaks passionately about Kikuchi Moa

The President of Tower Records, Minewaki Ikuo-san speaks passionately about Sakura Gakuin’s Kikuchi Moa-chan once again! (Complete article/First section- calling a storm)

Ikuo Minewaki

Ikuo Minewaki

An article that we ran on this site in the early days of 2014 created quite a stir amongst not only ordinary viewers but also ardent fans, “Tower Records president, Minewaki Ikuo-san speaks about Kikuchi Moa-chan for 90 minutes!”. This theme comes back and it is powered up.

Our media coverage team visited the head office of Tower Records to cover the “The Idol Award 2014-Minewaki-Shachou determines the best of Kikuchi Moa award” which is reported in our 2015, February edition of “Monthly Entertainment”. The one we were waiting patiently for was the response from Minewaki-shachou who was waiting for us prepared to the teeth to deal with our coverage.

This year as well, the president’s passionate talk exceeded the time allotted for our media coverage. But, that is OK, We will present the whole version of his talk. So, Mr. President please talk to your heart’s content.

Q: Before we get into the main topic and looking back over last year, how do you feel Kikuchi Moa-chan has grown over the year?

Minewaki- After becoming the student council president she kind of stepped back a bit. Before she took on that position she was the type that liked to go to the front and lead everyone. But, this year, Moa-chan held herself in reserve in live performances and in SG classroom’s as well, and she often lead other members into the more visible positions. The current 3rd year team is very kind and they allow the younger members to perform freely as they want. This is due to the techniques employed by Moa-chan that creates such an atmosphere and that creates an environment that allows them to all carry out activities that they wish to perform. She has taken on a sense of responsibility and has grown immensely.

Q: She is still only 15 though. (laughs)

Minewaki- I think that Moa-chan is at her end as the student council president as she did the most she could do going to the places she needed to go to, but with her overseas excursions with Babymetal she could not carry out completely every task she had been assigned with. Also she could not be present for the Fan club limited performance. She missed about 1 out of every 2 public performances. I was unable to watch the Haiku public class as regrettably I had to attend the Oosaka T-Palette thanksgiving festival that day. At the public classes Moa-chan also did not try to stand out and helped others to carry out their performances.

Q: That ability to create such an atmosphere is also a great thing.

Minewaki- And now in 2015 the real “The Road to Graduation” begins.

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Q: Are you ready mentally?

Minewaki- I wonder how 2015 will progress…. I still don’t have a firm grasp on how this year is going, but this spring Berryz Koubou will take an indefinite break and Moa-chan will graduate. With these “2 big things that I love” dropping away I feel a bit empty. Of course even after she graduates Moa-chan will continue to support Sakura Gakuin. And Babymetal is scheduled to perform at the Rock festival “Rock on the the Range 2015” in Ohio in May.

Q: In 2014 Babymetal performed on March 1st and 2nd at the Nippon BudouKan.

Minewaki- I went to both day’s performances. I was really surprised on the first day when Yui-chan (Mizuno) fell off the stage. And then in “IDZ” Moa-chan fell down. “Live performances are the best!” but I get so worried about those two. After the first day’s performance I went to eat with my wife, and we were talking excitedly saying, “Will Yui-chan be able to perform tomorrow?” and “Do you think she injured her leg?”. I am so happy that she was not seriously injured.

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Q: Let’s get in to the main topic. Let’s start with the 5th place entry.

Minewaki- I was thinking about this until 2 O’clock yesterday.

Q: Thank you for staying up so late for us.

Minewaki- 5th place is Moa-chan’s February 15th diary.

http://ameblo.jp/sakuragakuin/entry-11772092273.html

Minewaki- On this day there was a Sakura Gakuin live performance at EX Theater Roppongi, and it was the date of Moa-chan’s 100th diary entry. In it she wrote 100 items about herself and it being February and the fans are cold waiting in line to buy merchandise so she wrote this diary entry so the fans would not have too much free time on their hands. And so the title was, “Please read this as you wait”. This is truly an exceptional demonstration of caring for her fans. In the first column where her name is introduced she puts a circle around “Chi-地-land” so it will not be mistaken for “Ike-池-pond” in the Kikuchi part of her name. In the 3rd column she has a picture showing her height with it written as 157 cm. In column 4 she says, “when I entered SG my weight was equal to 2 koalas but now it is that of 4. In other areas of the diary she says she is an only child, that she wants to become “Super Moa-chan” and that she love anime. I think writing 100 items was quite a chore.

Moa Kikuchi aka MoaMetal

Moa Kikuchi aka MoaMetal

Q: Just thinking about writing so many items is quite an exhausting chore.

Minewaki- As I said last year, you can really see that she thinks about her readers when she writes her diary. And moreover, this was written specifically for fans who were waiting. The contents are quite detailed so reading it is quite a task as well. This really shows us Moa-chan’s character, she really has her stuff together. Hey! Look here! She has two less bottom teeth than ordinary people!

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Q: Shachou, please settle down (laughs)

Minewaki- Sorry. But, when you read this you can understand that she has a small jaw because she is short 2 lower teeth. It is because she writes things that you would ordinarily not be able to understand at all that her fans are so pleased with her diaries. And following this diary entry we had planned with “Monthly Entertaiment” to do a “100 questions for Moa-chan (2014 August), right? When you read this together with that it is fantastic!

Q: Those questions were thought up by several adult writers and they apparently had quite a hard time coming up with 100 questions.

Minewaki- If you read both of these even if you are just getting interested in Moametal, you will be able to understand Moa-chan very well.

Q: Thank you for slipping in a bit of advertising for us.

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Q: So what is 4th?

Minewaki- Moa-chan and Yui-chan were not present at the 2014 TIF, right?

Q: Yes, they couldn’t attend because they were touring as Babymetal with Lady Gaga on her live tour.

Minewaki- However, they appeared on the screen for “Yume ni Mukatte”. And so, Yui/Moa who were not expected to be in attendance seemed to be singing together with the other members.

Q: Their sense of presence increased even though they were not there.

Minewaki- True, their sense of presence stood out due to not actually being there. It was that sort of stage. I felt like I was standing in the presence of a truly great people. (laughs)

Q: What great people do you mean (laughs).

Minewaki- The Moa-chan in my brain was supremely cute when they synchronized with the other members! I thought how can she be so cute even though it is 2-dimensional. I burned the 2-dimension Moa-chan into my brain, and in front of all of us were the 8 actual members plus the 2 graduates of Iida Raura-chan and Horiuchi Marina-chan acting as assistants performing “Yume ni Mukatte”. And without doubt Yui/Moa were there as well.

In the July 30th diary entry of Moa-chan, she wrote that she was “not present at TIF”.

Minewaki- This was where Moa-chan debuted so the TIF events are of great importance to her. Every year, the members of TIF get into fights amongst themselves and then they reform into new units. For Sakura Gakuin it is kind of like a ritual that the members must pass through. It is interesting to think that they could not attend because they were opening for Lady Gaga.

Q: And a 15 year old girl feels bad about that (laughs)

Minewaki- Speaking of Lady Gaga, you know she is a global pop icon (laughs). In this diary entry she writes passionately about her feelings for TIF, and there are pair photographs with everyone in the end of it. I think this is one of her great entries. Any Fukei who reads this and then gets angry that “Yui/Moa are not present at TIF” is not a real Fukei!

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Q: Yes, like, “Don’t say such an absurd thing” (laughs)

Minewaki- Even though they are not there you can see them (laughs). And remember, more than anything else, the student council president is saying, “Even if we are apart our hearts are one”. Of course since we have to support them the same as the previous year, the 2014 TIF was a Sakura composition. The performances by Sakura Gakuin were a bit less than usual but I was able to able to watch each stage that the members performed on.

Q: But of all those “Yume ni Mukatte” was the best.

Minewaki- Yes, I was so excited. It goes without saying that Idols are cute, that is a given, but in my thinking the songs also have to be good. This song was a trigger to change that way of thinking for me. “Kawaii” can at times surpass the song.

Q: So, you were reverted back to the basics of liking Idols, right?

Minewaki- Composers can be broken easily! For a long time I also used to say, “I can’t like a performance if the song is no good”. Sorry for thinking like that. There is no need for me to make excuses!

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Q: So what is 4th?

Minewaki- Moa-chan and Yui-chan were not present at the 2014 TIF, right?

Q: Yes, they couldn’t attend because they were touring as Babymetal with Lady Gaga on her live tour.

Minewaki- However, they appeared on the screen for “Yume ni Mukatte”. And so, Yui/Moa who were not expected to be in attendance seemed to be singing together with the other members.

Q: Their sense of presence increased even though they were not there.

Minewaki- True, their sense of presence stood out due to not actually being there. It was that sort of stage. I felt like I was standing in the presence of a truly great people. (laughs)

Q: What great people do you mean (laughs).

Minewaki- The Moa-chan in my brain was supremely cute when they synchronized with the other members! I thought how can she be so cute even though it is 2-dimensional. I burned the 2-dimension Moa-chan into my brain, and in front of all of us were the 8 actual members plus the 2 graduates of Iida Raura-chan and Horiuchi Marina-chan acting as assistants performing “Yume ni Mukatte”. And without doubt Yui/Moa were there as well.
In the July 30th diary entry of Moa-chan, she wrote that she was “not present at TIF”.

Minewaki- This was where Moa-chan debuted so the TIF events are of great importance to her. Every year, the members of TIF get into fights amongst themselves and then they reform into new units. For Sakura Gakuin it is kind of like a ritual that the members must pass through. It is interesting to think that they could not attend because they were opening for Lady Gaga.

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Q: And a 15 year old girl feels bad about that (laughs)

Minewaki- Speaking of Lady Gaga, you know she is a global pop icon (laughs). In this diary entry she writes passionately about her feelings for TIF, and there are pair photographs with everyone in the end of it. I think this is one of her great entries. Any Fukei who reads this and then gets angry that “Yui/Moa are not present at TIF” is not a real Fukei!

Q: Yes, like, “Don’t say such an absurd thing” (laughs)

Minewaki- Even though they are not there you can see them (laughs). And remember, more than anything else, the student council president is saying, “Even if we are apart our hearts are one”. Of course since we have to support them the same as the previous year, the 2014 TIF was a Sakura composition. The performances by Sakura Gakuin were a bit less than usual but I was able to able to watch each stage that the members performed on.

Q: But of all those “Yume ni Mukatte” was the best.

Minewaki- Yes, I was so excited. It goes without saying that Idols are cute, that is a given, but in my thinking the songs also have to be good. This song was a trigger to change that way of thinking for me. “Kawaii” can at times surpass the song.

Q: So, you were reverted back to the basics of liking Idols, right?

Minewaki- Composers can be broken easily! For a long time I also used to say, “I can’t like a performance if the song is no good”. Sorry for thinking like that. There is no need for me to make excuses!

Source: http://www.entamenext.com/news/detail/id=1256

Sakura Gakuin on Hot Wave february 2014

A fun interview with Sakura Gakuin’s Iida Raura, Sato Hinata, Horiuchi Marina and Kikuchi Moa shortly before Graduation in 2014.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9srpGCx3xg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pk4-tO0Ytxo

Moa new diary: Aiko and Megu (translation)

[Moa new diary 2014-11-25]

Link: http://ameblo.jp/sakuragakuin/entry-11956851158.html

Title: Aiko and Megu

Good mornooning It’s Moa.
We came back safely to Japan finishing New York and London concerts!!
This time again, Moa could have wonderful times. I’m very thankful for everything
While we went to extracurricullar activity, there were a three-day weekend in Japan. And unusually, there were no Sakura activity in the weekend. So, Sakura members could have time to do something they wanted, or could have rest. Good for them! Moa feels we need some me-time — playing with friends, doing hobbies, studying and doing nothing but rest — to improve ourselves!!
THEREFORE…Please give us some holidays again. lol

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Well, this time Moa write about Aiko & Megu!!
Like MoaYui in Sakura Gakuin, or Yuimetal & Moametal in BABYMETAL, Aiko and Megu sometimes are grouped into one pair.

Moa and Yui joined Sakura at the same time and are the same age. So, we have been looked as a pair or have been compared our differences so often. Moa sometimes wondered why so many people didn’t look Moa as a single person. Moa hated to be regarded as a pair when Moa was 1st grade in middle school and said by teachers and a make-up artist to be “chuunibyou”. lol

【Chuunibyou (中二病), or “Middle-school 2nd Year Syndrome”, is a colloquial and rather derisive term in Japan which describes a person at the age of fourteen would either act like a know-it-all adult, or thinks they have special powers no one else has. Some would even go as far as being obnoxious, arrogant, and often look down on adults or older people. This way of thinking or acting is mostly seen in teenagers during adolescence, however there are people who still act like this even after reaching adulthood.
Chuunibyou uses the word “病” for “syndrome” or “disease” but it does not actually relate to any medical condition or mental disorder. It can also be written as 厨二病 in Japanese, where “厨” means “-fag” in net slang. In English it is often abbreviated as chuu2. (– from pixiv dictionary)】

Aiko and Megu are not in the state of chuunibyou yet. They make a lot of noise and have many quarrels — how vigorous and boisterous they are!

Moa also had been said by elder members “Moa is so vigourous♪” or “Moa, you are really free spirit♫”. But, Moa feel they have more energy than Moa had in those days!!

Both Aiko and Megu are smart. They are good in study in school. And , if you look at them one by one, their personalities are different.
Aiko is straightforward, and is like a cute puppy Megu is generous and easygoing.
But, when they are together, Moa feels they are similar in many characters. It’s mysterious!!

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Aiko joined Sakura one year earlier than Megu. And Aiko ‘put on a senpai-air’ to Megu【means Aiko act like a senpai–like a boss】. Aiko put on a senpai-air even to Sara –Sara is a year older than Aiko! lol Aiko is very willing to teach something to kouhais(=juniors, in this context, members who joined Sakura later). It’s fun to see ‘Teacher Aiko’ make a mistake or, try to teach but Aiko herself can’t do it.
Most of Sakura girls have similar experiences (try to teach and fail. or vice versa) and seeing such Aiko make us smile. Aiko is faithful. Aiko comes all the way from Kagoshima and it must be very tough, but she is always positive and cheerful. And Moa love Aiko sing!! I’m really looking forward to seeing Aiko’s improvement♫

Megu changes completely on the stage!! Megu can sense what is expected from her and can respond quickly.
The other day, Megu sent Moa an E-mail. It said “Moa-chan, do you have anything you can’t do well and don’t know what to do?” When Moa was in elementary school, there was nothing which bother me as for the Sakura works. Moa had been acting as Moa liked, wondering nothing, just enjoying the works. But Megu is already thinking more than just enjoying herself!! Megu is thinkng how to send our love to Fukei-sans In the E-mail, Megu also said, “Megu is likely to be too greedy on the stage…How can I act more naturally”
…OMG, Megu is extraoridinary!! Moa respect Megu who can think over and can point out her problem by herself
Moa replied to the E-mail “While Megu is in elementary school, you can enjoy yourself freely! But Megu is thinking how to improve yourself. Well done Megu” Megu is full of spirit to entertain people and try to do very best on the stage. How adorable Megu is!

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On open school events the other day, in which Aiko and Megu were separated to other class. And Aiko said “Without Megu, I feel something is missing…” Soooo cute Aiko is!! They are a pair after all!!
♪The two of us have the faces of rivals and close friends♪
Aiko and Megu…they are in really good relations, Moa think
Maybe, they will grow up bigger than MoaYui. (or already they are?)

Now, Moa think of the name of the (would be)unit!

Aiko愛子 and Megumi愛 make “Love×2” 【愛 means Love】
Call them “LoveLove” Doesn’t it sound good? (self-praise)
Or…”Megu ri Ai” 【Meguriai means ‘meeting with long-separated beloved one’ or ‘meeting with the one having been seeking’ 】
Ah…this sounds like enka. lol 【enka is a Japanese traditional love-ballads】
Fukei-sans, Please cherish Aiko and Megu’s growth with Moa.

Credit to Onji Kobe-san for the translation~ Source: Babymetal 重音部

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