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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).
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!
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.
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.
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`.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 members were at the Makuhari concert yesterday and take this photo backstage.
We went to cheer them up for BABYMETAL WORLD TOUR FINAL in MAKUHARI yesterday!! So happy seeing their certain growth both in physically and mentally since our last time seeing here. We were also glad to see the concert togethe with Sakura Gakuin graduates, so that was a good stimulus for us. (heart)
From left to right : horiuchi marina, taguchi hana, notsu yunano, sugisaki nene, ooga saki, iida raura, sato hinata