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Sakura Gakuin

Sakura Gakuin
Native name さくら学院
Origin Japan
Genres Pop
Years active 2010–present
Labels Toy's Factory (2010–2011)
Universal Music Japan (2011–present)
Toy's Factory
Universal Music Japan
Associated acts Babymetal
Website .jpsakuragakuin
Members Moa Kikuchi
Yui Mizuno
Hana Taguchi
Rinon Isono
Yunano Notsu
Saki Ooga
Saki Shirai
Aiko Yamaide
Kurashima Sara
Okada Megumi
Past members Ayami Mutō
Ayaka Miyoshi
Airi Matsui
Suzuka Nakamoto
Mariri Sugimoto
Marina Horiuchi
Raura Iida
Nene Sugisaki
Hinata Sato

Sakura Gakuin (さくら学院, lit. "Cherry Blossom Academy") is a Japanese idol girl group formed in 2010 by the Amuse talent agency.


  • Concept 1
  • History 2
    • 2010 2.1
    • 2011 2.2
    • 2012 2.3
    • 2013 2.4
    • 2014 2.5
  • Members 3
    • Member timeline 3.1
  • Subgroups 4
  • Discography 5
    • Sakura Gakuin 5.1
      • Singles 5.1.1
      • Albums 5.1.2
    • Twinklestars 5.2
      • Singles 5.2.1
      • DVD singles 5.2.2
    • Babymetal 5.3
      • Singles 5.3.1
      • DVD singles 5.3.2
    • Kagaku Kyumei Kiko Logica? 5.4
      • Singles 5.4.1
  • Music videos 6
  • Filmography 7
    • Film 7.1
    • Drama 7.2
  • References 8
  • External links 9


Sakura Gakuin employs a line-up changing system with members joining and leaving. Since the group is conceived as consisting of girls up to junior high school, when a member graduates from junior high, she "graduates" from Sakura Gakuin too (i.e. leaves the group).[1]



The group Sakura Gakuin was created in April 2010 by the talent agency Amuse. In August, the group participated in the Tokyo Idol Festival 2010. This was the year when the event was held for the first time. In October 2010, a unit called Twinklestars, consisting of seven girls, was formed. In November, Twinklestars released their first single "Dear Mr. Socrates", which was sold only at live venues.[2] Sakura Gakuin held its first solo event on November 28, 2010.[3] On December 12, 2010, the group released its major debut single "Yume ni Mukatte / Hello! Ivy".


Sakura Gakuin's first album Sakura Gakuin 2010nendo: Message was set to appear on March 23, 2011,[2] but it was postponed until April 27 due to the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. On May 30 came the announcement that Twinklestars were to have a new single, titled "Please! Please! Please!", out on the 6th of July.[2] In August, Sakura Gakuin took part in the Tokyo Idol Festival for the second consecutive time. On October 23, 2011, at an event held in Tokyo, it was announced that the group's second single would be called "Verishuvi" and it would be released on December 21 through Universal Music.[2] The new song was performed for the first time exactly one month later, on November 23.[2]


Sakura Gakuin's third single, "Tabidachi no Hi ni", was released on February 15, 2012,[4] debuting at number 6 in the Oricon Daily Singles Chart for February 14.[5] Three of the members, Ayami, Ayaka, and Airi, graduated from Sakura Gakuin in April 2012, and three new members - Yunano, Saki and Mariri were transferred into the group on May, 2012. On August, 2012, TIF has uploaded the timetables for both days (August 4, 2012 / August 5, 2012) and it was told that a new Sakura Gakuin unit would be performing at the Sky Stage on the 4th.[6] And on the following day, Sakura Gakuin then released a news of the new unit. The new unit will be a Tennis Club which consist of 4 members (Nene, Marina, Hana & Yunano) with Nene being the leader of the unit. 25 days after the Tennis Club's official debut, there were rumors that there will be a new sub unit - Science Club (科学部) and it consists of 3 members. On September 1, 2012, it is officially revealed the Science Club will be the newest unit and the members of the Science Club are Marina, Hinata and Rinon. On October 1, 2012, it was officially announced on Sakura Gakuin homepage that The Science Club (Kagaku Kyumei Kiko Logica?) will be releasing their 1st single Science Girl Silence Boy (サイエンスガール▽サイレンスボーイ) on November 21, 2012. On October 6, 2012, it was announced that Babymetal would be releasing their first major single, "Ijime, Dame, Zettai" on January 9, 2013. It was released in four different versions: three limited versions, "I" ,"D", and "Z", and a regular version.


Sakura Gakuin released their fifth single, "My Graduation Toss", on February 27, 2013, and 2012 Nendo on March 13, 2013. The group held the 2012 Graduation Concert "The Road to Graduation Final ~ さくら学院 2012年度 卒業~" for fellow member Suzuka at Tokyo International Forum on March 31, 2013.[7] After sending fellow members Suzuka and Mariri, the group started their new school semester on May 5, 2013 at Shibuya Cultural Center Owada with 2 new members and their new uniform.[8] The group later released their 1st single in 2013 Ganbare!! which ranked 6th in Oricon Weekly Chart.


Sakura Gakuin later released their seventh single, "Jump Up: Chiisana Yuki", and fourth DVD, "Sakura Gakuin Festival 2013: Live Edition" on February 12, 2014. "The Road to Graduation 2013 Final ~ さくら学院 2012年度 卒業~" was held at Shibuya Public Hall, where fellow members Marina, Raura, Nene and Hinata gave their farewells to the fans and remaining members. The group later welcomed two new members, Sara Kurashima and Megumi Okada, in May 2014, and this was the first time for Sakura Gakuin to be a ten-member group after three years.


Name Date of birth Prefecture
Grade Notes
Moa Kikuchi (菊地 最愛) (1999-07-04) July 4, 1999 Aichi Jr. high yr. 3 Twinklestars
4th Student Council President
Yui Mizuno (水野 由結) (1999-06-20) June 20, 1999 Kanagawa Jr. high yr. 3 Twinklestars
Production Chairman
Hana Taguchi (田口 華) (2000-03-04) March 4, 2000 Nagano Jr. high yr. 3 Pastel Wind
Spirit Chairman
Yunano Notsu (野津 友那乃) Dec. 14, 1999 (age 15) Tokyo Jr. high yr. 3 Pastel Wind
Talk Chairman
Rinon Isono (磯野 莉音) Nov. 16, 2000 (age 14) Kanagawa Jr. high yr. 2 Logica?
Saki Ōga (大賀 咲希) (2000-04-11) April 11, 2000 Tokyo Jr. high yr. 2 Pastel Wind
Saki Shirai (白井 沙樹) Sep. 28, 2000 (age 14) Niigata Jr. high yr. 2
Sara Kurashima (倉島 颯良) Feb. 24, 2002 (age 12) Ibaraki Jr. high yr. 1
Aiko Yamaide (山出 愛子) Dec. 1, 2002 (age 12) Kagoshima Elem. yr. 6
Megumi Okada (岡田 愛) Apr. 4, 2002 (age 12) Aichi Elem. yr. 6
Former members
Name Date of birth Prefecture
Ayami Mutō (武藤 彩未) (1996-04-29) April 29, 1996 Ibaraki Mar. 25, 2012 1st Student Council President
Former member of Karen Girl's
Ayaka Miyoshi (三吉 彩花) (1996-06-18) June 18, 1996 Saitama Scoopers
Airi Matsui (松井 愛莉) Dec. 26, 1996 (age 18) Fukushima Scoopers
Suzuka Nakamoto (中元 すず香) Dec. 20, 1997 (age 17) Hiroshima Mar. 31, 2013 2nd Student Council President
Former member of Karen Girl's
Mariri Sugimoto (杉本 愛莉鈴) Aug. 4, 2000 (age 14) Hiroshima
Marina Horiuchi (堀内 まり菜) April 29, 1998 (age 16) Tokyo Mar. 30, 2014 3rd Student Council President
Logica? (leader)
Raura Iida (飯田 來麗) April 9, 1998 (age 16) Tokyo Performance Chairman
Nene Sugisaki (杉崎 寧々) May 8, 1998 (age 16) Ibaraki Talk Chairman
Pastel Wind (leader)
Hinata Sato (佐藤 日向) Dec. 23, 1998 (age 16) Kanagawa Mood Chairman

Member timeline


Club Band name Members
Baton Club (バトン部) Twinklestars Ayami, Raura, Marina, Nene, Hinata, Yui, Moa
Heavy Music Club (重音部) Babymetal Su-Metal (Suzuka), Yuimetal (Yui), Moametal (Moa)
Cooking Club (クッキング部) Mini-pati (ミニパティ) Original lineup
Raura (pink), Marina (yellow), Nene (green)
New lineup
Hana (pink), Yui (yellow), Moa (green)
Go Home Club (帰宅部) sleepiece Raura (pink), Marina (yellow), Nene (green), Hinata
Newspaper Club (新聞部) Scoopers Ayaka, Airi
Tennis Club (テニス部) Pastel Wind Nene (leader), Saki Ōga, Hana, Yunano
Science Club (科学部) Kagaku Kyumei Kiko Logica?
MaRi7 (Marina, leader), Hi7TA (Hinata), RiNon (Rinon)
Pro-wrestling club Hana, Rinon
Purchasing club School Store Yunano, Saki Shirai


Sakura Gakuin


Title Release date Charts Sales
Label / Notes
on chart
"Yume ni Mukatte / Hello! Ivy"
  (夢に向かって/Hello!IVY, "Toward The Dream")"
December 8, 2010 (2010-12-08) 35 2 2,933[10] Toy's Factory
"Friends" (FRIENDS) November 23, 2011 (2011-11-23) Sold only at live venues
"Verishuvi" (ベリシュビッッ) December 21, 2011 (2011-12-21) 29 2 3,419[11] Universal Music Japan
"Tabidachi no Hi ni" (旅立ちの日に, "On The Day of Departure") February 15, 2012 (2012-02-15) 14 2 4,797[12]
"Wonderful Journey"
September 5, 2012 (2012-09-05) 23 1 5,649[13]
"My Graduation Toss" February 27, 2013 (2013-02-27) 13 1 6,963
"Ganbare!!" (顔笑れ!!, "Hang In There!!") October 9, 2013 (2013-10-09) 6 2 10,233
"Jump Up: Chisana Yuki" (Jump Up ~ちいさな勇気 ~, "Jump Up~A Small Courage~") February 12, 2014 (2014-02-12) 25 2 4,021


Title Release date Charts Label
on chart
Sakura Gakuin 2010-nendo ~Message~
  (さくら学院 2010年度 ~message~)
April 27, 2011 (2011-04-27) 54 1 Toy's Factory
Sakura Gakuin 2011-nendo ~Friends~
  (さくら学院 2011年度 ~FRIENDS~)
March 21, 2012 (2012-03-21) 56 2 Universal Music Japan
Sakura Gakuin 2012-nendo ~My Generation~
  (さくら学院 2012年度 ~My Generation~)
March 13, 2013 (2013-03-13) 39 2
Sakura Gakuin 2013-nendo ~Kizuna~
  (さくら学院 2013年度 〜絆〜)
March 12, 2014 (2014-03-12) 29 2



  • "Dear Mr.Socrates" (November 28, 2010 (2010-11-28)) (sold only at live venues and online)
  • "Please! Please! Please!" (プリーズ!プリーズ!プリーズ!) (July 6, 2011 (2011-07-06), goflag/Avex Marketing)

DVD singles

  • "Dear Mr.Socrates" (January 26, 2011 (2011-01-26)) (sold only at live venues and online)



Title Release date Charts Sales
on chart
"Babymetal × Kiba of Akiba"
  • indie single
March 7, 2012 (2012-03-07) 46 2 2,028[17] Juonbu Records
(Toy's Factory)
"Headbangeeeeerrrrr!!!!!" (ヘドバンギャー!!) July 4, 2012 (2012-07-04) 30 3 4,144
"Ijime, Dame, Zettai"
  (イジメ、ダメ、ゼッタイ, "No, More, Bullying")
January 9, 2013 (2013-01-09) 6 6 18,789

DVD singles

  • "Doki Doki Morning" (ド・キ・ド・キ☆モーニング) (October 22, 2011 (2011-10-22), Juonbu Records (Toy's Factory))

Kagaku Kyumei Kiko Logica?


  • "Science Girl Silence Boy" (サイエンスガール▽サイレンスボーイ) (November 21, 2012 (2012-11-21), Universal Music Japan)

Music videos

Artist Title Official
Sakura Gakuin "Yume ni Mukatte" preview
"Hello! Ivy" preview
"Message" preview
"Verishuvi" preview
"Tabidachi no Hi ni" preview
"Wonderful Journey" preview
"My Graduation Toss" preview
"Hana*Hana" preview
"Ganbare!!" preview
"Jump Up~Chisana yuki~" preview
"Earth Heart" preview
Twinklestars "Dear Mr. Socrates" preview
"Please! Please! Please!" preview
Babymetal "Doki Doki Morning" watch
"Ii ne!" watch
"Headbanger!!" watch
"Ijime, Dame, Zettai" watch
Logica? "Science Girl Silence Boy" preview



Year Title Member Role / Notes
2007 Shindō Raura
Tengoku wa Mattekureru Raura
2008 Shinizokonai no Ao Ayaka
Utatama Ayaka Young Kasumi
2009 Onnanoko Monogatari Ayaka Ki-chan
Solo Contest Ayaka Fūka Usui
2010 Kokuhaku Ayaka Ayaka Tsuchida
2012 Gumo Ebian! Ayaka Hatuski
Himitsu no Akko-chan Marina Moco
2013 Jugo no Haru ~Tabidachi no Uta~ Ayaka Yuna Nakazato


Year Title Member Role / Notes
2007 Otoko no Kosodate Ayaka Senri Harada
2008 Yume no Mitsuke Kata Oshietaru! Ayaka Maya Sawada
Watashi ga Kodomi Datta Koro Ayami cameo
2009 Yūkai Ayaka Yuri Sayama
Ikemen Sobaya Tantei ~Iin Daze!~ Ayami
Totsukawa Keiji no Shōzō Hitosagashi Game Marina
MW Dai-Zero-shō ~Akuma no Game~ (MW-ムウ- 第0章 ~悪魔のゲーム~) Yui
Sagasō! Nippon Hito no Wasuremono Yui
2010 Atami no Sōsakan Ayaka Mai Shinonome
Hagane no Onna Hinata
Kioku no Umi Yui
2011 Taisetsu na Koto wa Subete Kimi ga Oshiete Kureta Ayaka Mio Yoshimura
Odd Family 11 Yunano
High School Restaurant Ayaka Manami Kawase
Hagane no Onna Season 2 Yunano
2012 Risō no Musuko Ayaka Sayaka Tamba
Higashino Keigo Mysteries Ayaka cameo in Ep. 08


  1. ^ "[Sakura Gakuin] "Tabidachi no Hi ni (On the departure day)", the last single by the current members is to be released on February 15! We’ve heard best memories of 3 graduating members at Sakura Gakuin and new resolutions of every member. (2012-02-13)". Kawaii girl Japan. 2012-02-13. Retrieved 2013-04-27. 
  2. ^ a b c d e 新・なっちゃん"三吉彩花所属のアイドルユニット・さくら学院が熱いバレンタイン・ライブ""". De View.  
  3. ^ "ガールズユニット「さくら学院」が初の単独イベントを開催". De View.  
  4. ^ ドリーム モーニング娘。明日「笑っていいとも!」に初登場 (in Japanese). Natalie (Natasha, Inc.). 2012-02-14. Retrieved 2012-02-18. 
  5. ^ "Oricon CD Single Weekly Ranking - ORICON STYLE Ranking (2012-02-14)" (in Japanese).  
  6. ^ "Tokyo Idol Festival TIME TABLE (2012.08.04)" (in Japanese). 2012 TOKYO IDOL FESTIVAL. 2012-08-04. Retrieved 2012-08-14. 
  7. ^ さくら学院、2012年度卒業式は東京国際フォーラムで実施 (in Japanese). Natalie (Natasha, Inc.). 2013-01-24. Retrieved 2013-01-24. 
  8. ^ さくら学院新生徒会長に堀内まり菜が就任、転入生2名加入 (in Japanese). Natalie (Natasha, Inc.). 2013-05-06. Retrieved 2013-05-08. 
  9. ^ "さくら学院のCDシングルランキング、さくら学院のプロフィールならオリコン芸能人事典-ORICON STYLE" (in Japanese).  
  10. ^ CDシングル 週間ランキング-ORICON STYLE ランキング
  11. ^ CDシングル 週間ランキング-ORICON STYLE ランキング
  12. ^ CDシングル 週間ランキング-ORICON STYLE ランキング
  13. ^ CDシングル 週間ランキング-ORICON STYLE ランキング
  14. ^ "さくら学院のCDアルバムランキング、さくら学院のプロフィールならオリコン芸能人事典-ORICON STYLE" (in Japanese).  
  15. ^ "BABYMETALのCDシングルランキング、BABYMETALのプロフィールならオリコン芸能人事典-ORICON STYLE" (in Japanese).  
  16. ^ "BABYMETAL×キバオブアキバ BABYMETAL×キバオブアキバのプロフィールならオリコン芸能人事典-ORICON STYLE" (in Japanese).  
  17. ^ "Oricon Weekly Singles Chart (2012-03-19)" (in Japanese).  

External links

  • Official website (Japanese)
  • Amuse agency profile (Japanese)
  • Official Nico Nico Video channel (Japanese)
  • Official blog (Japanese)
  • Sakura Gakuin on Twitter (Japanese)
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