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TOWER RECORDS CAFE opens the collaboration cafe with Sakura Gakuin cooking club Minipati at TOWER RECORDS CAFE Shibuya and Omotesando shops.
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.
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.
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.
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）
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.
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, including Kikuchi Moa (MoaMetal) and Mizuno Yui (Yui Metal) were part of the JAM EXPO 2014 today and we have the video of their concert for you !
The largest idol expo JAM EXPO 2014 will be held on the 31st of August, 2014 at Yokohama Arena, Kanagawa, Japan. It’s organized by @JAM, a music event that showcases various Japanese pop cultures.
Yokohama Arena marks the biggest scale for @JAM events, with 80 idol groups and units to gather this time. We promise you a fantastic time throughout the day with meet & greets, talk shows, DJ sets, and an idol sports meeting as well as concerts across several stages.
We are preparing for visits by overseas audience due to popular demand. We are inviting music industry people and record companies around the world especially Asia and France, and are aspiring to be the largest international music expo by idol groups!
In 2014, Kikuchi Moa was inaugurated as Student Council President of Sakura Gakuin, and Mizuno Yui was appointed to hold the newly-created position of Chairperson of Production。
This summer, as BABYMETAL, they’ll be having a worldwide tour, and also making appearances in festivals in and out of the country. In the August issue of Gekkan Entame, we have compiled a feature entitled Sakura Gakuin 「YuiMoa」 Great Research』, where we make a thorough analysis of these ２ extremely global people。
Due to space limitations, the publication of 「100 questions to Mizuno Yui」 and 「100 questions to Kikuchi Moa」 was only partially published （For Mizuno Yui, only 41 from the 100 questions were published、 and only 35 from the 100 questions for Kikuchi Moa）, so here we include the remainder, which allows us to unveil all of the questions to the public！
Mizuno Yui / Middle school 3rd year.
School report card is mainly 3s and 4s (※5 point grading system).
A fan of foreign TV shows, she’s always promoting them to Moa-chan ☆
100 questions to Mizuno Yui
01. Dogs？ Cats？
Dogs. I love toy poodles in particular
02. Favourite sushi topping？
I often eat salmon ♪
03. Favourite Sakura Gakuin song？
Currently it’s 『Mikansei Silhouette』♪ I love the lyrics ☆
04. Something you’re into lately？
Nounen Rena-chan from Amachan。
06. Sport you’re bad at？
Probably nothing in particular?
07. Favourite anime？
『K-On』、『MadoMagi』、『Crayon Shin-chan』 and so on ♪
08. Where would you like to go？（Domestic）
I’d like to try going to Okinawa!!
09. Where would you like to go？（Abroad）
We often went there when I was small, so I’d like to go to Saipan again!
10. Favourite Idol？
11. What sort of occupation would you like to try besides being an idol？
12. Favourite colour？
Sakura pink ♪ But I like any sort of bright colour!!
13. If you were to be reborn, would you be male？ Female？
A girl ♪ Even if I were reborn, I’d like to become a student of Sakura Gakuin!!
14. What’s something you often buy at convenience stores？
Salads or sweets ♪
15. What do you do when you’re down in the dumps？
Get powered up by listening to my favourite music。 Discuss my worries with our reliable alumni！
16. Your weakness？
I can’t stand the sound of fingernails across a blackboard~!!
17. Favourite onigiri filling？
Hmm. Depends on mood, but I like salmon roe ♪
18. What do you think you were in a previous life？
19. Favourite foreign artist？
This is from pretty long ago though… Ariana Grande.
20. Are you popular？
No no no no no （laughs）。
21. What’s your most attractive feature？
My airy natural perm and my cheeks ♪
22. Favourite TV programme？
『Victorious』 and 『Sam & Cat』（Ariana Grande appears in them!!）。
23. Favourite season？
24. Favourite event？
Sports meets ♪ I’d like to try having one in Sakura too！
25. Favourite saying？
「Nandarou??」 (What is it??)
26. Your strong point？
My strong feelings for Sakura Gakuin.
27. Your weak points？
I don’t put myself forward when push comes to shove.
28. What’s a non-negotiable obsession you have？
I can eat an entire tomato ☆
29. The first thing you do upon waking up？
Stretch。「It’s like I’m growing taller ☆」 (lol)。
30. Are you sensitive to the cold？ Sensitive to the heat？
If I had to pick one, I’d say I’m sensitive to the heat?
31. What’s your shoe size？
32. Favourite hairstyle？
Ponytail, Pigtails, Buns, I guess!
33. What clothes have you bought recently？
I bought a lot of summer clothes
34. School subject you’re best at？
I think that recently, it might be maths！ Physical education as well ♪
35. Favourite movie？
Toy Story 3 and Wreck-It Ralph! The Little Mermaid! There’s tons of others!
36. What would you do if you had ６00 million yen？
I’d go to Disney Sea and buy lots of Ariel goods ♡ I’d save the rest (laughs)
37. How much time do you spend in the bath？
I’ve never actually measured (laughs) About 30 minutes, I guess?
38. How long does it take to dry your hair？
It gets done quickly!
39. Can you sum up your personality in one word？
40. What’s something that made you happy recently？
When I saw and met up with Nounen Rena-chan in a dream.
41. What’s something that made you sad recently？
My brother that’s 2 years younger than me overtook me in height…
42. What’s something that made you angry recently？
Hmm-, when I was walking on a rainy day, a truck passed by and splashed water from a puddle on the road, and my clothes got completely soaked~!!
43. Favourite sweets？
Konnyaku jelly ♪
44. Have you ever received any awards？
I got an award for a book report when I was in primary school!! And then、 I got an award for an art poster♪
45. Favourite drink？
Drinks that are made from the peach family (like peach tea)!!
46. People you respect？
The alumni of Sakura Gakuin.
47. At what age would you like to get married？
Hmm-. No idea (laughs)!!
48. Is there a person、 thing、 place that scares you no matter what？
Ghosts… I try not to think about them when I’m alone (cries).
49. The most difficult kanji that you know of？
The ‘utsu’ (鬱) of ‘Yuuutsu’ (憂鬱- depression)！
50. Something you want to accomplish before you die？
A live performance with all of the Sakura Gakuin members so far ♪
51. What do you think of the world in its present state？
Yui watched the movie 『Sunset on Third Street』、 and wasn’t the Showa Era great！ At any rate, I think that everything’s so convenient in the world we live in now。
52. What are your speciality dishes？
Omelette rice, I guess? It’s fun to draw on it with ketchup at the end ♪
53. What would you do if you could use magic？
I’d like to fly in the skies and walk on a rainbow ♪
54. A group you’d like to have a showdown with？
Shiosai no Memories ☆
55. What time do you go to sleep？
Depends on the day, but I think that mine’s the earliest among the Sakura members!
56. What time do you wake up？
Generally 7:00 am on days when I have school!
57. Favourite novel？
『Good luck』！ Clover’s wonderful story ☆
58. Favourite great figure？
The super ladies that come out in Sakura Gakuin’s school regulations ♪
59. Favourite military commander？
I guess Takeda Shingen’s younger brother, Takeda Nobushige!? I heard that he’s a big-hearted person ♪
60. Which country do you expect to win the World Cup？
Japan! I want Ookubo-senshu to do his best!
61. Favourite metropolitan train line？
Yurikamome ♪ Since it’s like riding a theme park attraction, I get excited!!
62. Favourite theme park attraction？
63. Magazine you often read？
There aren’t any magazines that I buy every month, but if I find magazines with any of our alumni, I buy those ♪
64. Anime character that you think is cool？
Homura-chan from ‘MadoMagi’
65. The most embarrassing incident you’ve had up to now？
I got in a car that I thought was my family’s, but it turned out to be some stranger’s car (laughs).
66. How do you spend a one day holiday？
Going out with Moa, Hana, Yunano ♪ Since our schedules don’t match up, we hardly every go out together…
67. How do you release stress？
Screaming into my pillow.
68. Favourite part of yakiniku？
I like the skirt steak.
69. What animal would you liken Taguchi Hana to？
70. What animal would you liken Isono Rinon to？
71. What animal would you liken Notsu Yunano to？
72. What animal would you liken Ooga Saki to？
73. What animal would you liken Shirai Saki to？
Polar bear ♪
74. What animal would you liken Yamaide Aiko to？
Toy poodle ♪
75. What animal would you liken Kurashima Sara to？
76. What animal would you liken Okada Megumi to？
77. Would you like to borrow this space to apologise for something？
For worrying a lot of people in March.
78. How many seconds does it take you to run 50m？
I can’t remember in detail, but about 8 seconds!!
79. The world is ending、 what would you like to eat？
80. Favourite comedian？
I have lots ♪
81. What do both your parents most often praise you for？
My consideration to my siblings!!
82. Female celebrity you look up to？
『Amachan』’s Amano Aki ☆ Nounen Rena-chan！
83. Male celebrity you look up to？
『Amachan』’s Taneichi Koichi☆ Fukushi Sota-san！
84. Which would you want to visit、 200 years in the past or 200 years in the future？
200 years in the future ♪
85. Being able to speak with animals、 or understanding languages of the world、 which ability would you want？
The ability to talk to animals! Since I think I’ll be able to study the languages of the world!
86. Favourite character？
Ariel and Toy Story
87. Headphones？ Or earphones？
When I have to bring them along, earphones! But either is probably okay (laughs).
88. What would you wish for if it would come true？
A concert with all of the members Sakura Gakuin has had so far (2nd time today (laughs))
89. Something you bought that made you say 「This was a mistakeー」？
A pen without ink……(laughs).
90. An alien appears in front of you、 what do you do？
I’d like to try saying ‘We are humans’ (laughs).
91. What is your favourite saying？
Ame nochi Niji ♪ (Rainbows after the rain)
92. Have you seen any monsters before？
I don’t think so. I definitely definitely definitely don’t want to see any!
93. What sort of person would other people describe you as？
That I’m an airhead? (laughs)
94. Are you methodical？ Or imprecise？
If I had to pick one, I guess I’d be methodical?
95. What was the first CD you bought？
The first CD I bought that I saved my pocket money for was by Momoiro Clover-san ♪
96. What sort of people do you easily get along with？
Someone I can relax with when we’re together.
97. What sort of people are you bad with？
98. Is there anything that’s troubling you recently？
Whether or not I should cut my hair! Ah, but I won’t cut it short (laughs).
99. What’s your greatest treasure？
The graduates as well as members of Sakura Gakuin, my family, and my guardians.
100. Please give a statement to Kikuchi-san。
Moa~!! Thank you for everything! Wherever I am, whenever it is, I’m always with Moa! If Moa wasn’t around, the Yui you see now wouldn’t be here. She made me strong. Let’s hang out again!! I’m begging for your kindness from now on as well ♪
The official Sakura Gakuin Facebook page has announced today that the Subgroups Mini-Pati (aka Mini-Patissier) will continuing with the present members Kikuchi Moa (MoaMetal), Mizuno Yui (YuiMetal) and Taguchi Hana.
Minipati (ミニパティ) is a sub unit of the idol group Sakura Gakuin. They are the third sub unit to debut from the group, following Twinklestars and BABYMETAL. The group first appeared on Sakura Gakuin’s debut album Sakura Gakuin 2010 Nendo ~message~ in April 2011, performing the tracks “Happy Birthday” and “Princess☆a la mode”. The second song did not appear on the limited editions of this CD.