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Sakura Gakuin

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Sakura Gakuin (2016)

Sakura Gakuin (さくら学院; Cherry Blossom Academy) is a Japanese pop idol group under the agency Amuse and the label Universal Music Japan whose music and activities are based on the Japanese school system. Just like in Japanese schools, the members of Sakura Gakuin wear a special uniform. The Japanese school year ends at the end of March, and this is when Sakura Gakuin release their albums. Singles are released at various times throughout the year. Also just like Japanese schools, Sakura Gakuin have “school clubs” with a variety of themes. When a member of Sakura Gakuin graduates from ninth grade in real life, she also graduates from the group. Sakura Gakuin was formed in April 2010 with their first appearance at TOKYO IDOL FESTIVAL in August. Their major debut single, entitled "Yume ni Mukatte / Hello! IVY", was released on December 8, 2010 under the label TOY'S FACTORY. One single by the school club / subunit Twinklestars was distributed by Goflag, and now they are signed with Universal J (Universal Music Japan).

Members

Graduated Members

  • Muto Ayami (武藤彩未) (Graduated, March 25, 2012)
  • Miyoshi Ayaka (三吉彩花) (Graduated, March 25, 2012)
  • Matsui Airi (松井愛莉) (Graduated, March 25, 2012)
  • Nakamoto Suzuka (中元すず香) (Graduated, March 31, 2013)
  • Sugimoto Mariri (杉本愛莉鈴) (Joined May 6, 2012. Graduated, March 31, 2013)
  • Horiuchi Marina (堀内まり菜) (Graduated, March 30, 2014)
  • Iida Raura (飯田來麗) (Graduated, March 30, 2014)
  • Sugisaki Nene (杉﨑寧々) (Graduated, March 30, 2014)
  • Sato Hinata (佐藤日向) (Graduated, March 30, 2014)
  • Kikuchi Moa (菊地最愛) (Joined July 2010. Graduated, March 29, 2015)
  • Mizuno Yui (水野由結) (Joined July 2010. Graduated, March 29, 2015)
  • Taguchi Hana (田口華) (Joined July 23, 2011. Graduated, March 29, 2015)
  • Notsu Yunano (野津友那乃) (Joined May 6, 2012. Graduated, March 29, 2015)
  • Isono Rinon (磯野莉音) (Joined July 23, 2011. Graduated, March 27, 2016)
  • Ooga Saki (大賀咲希) (Joined May 6, 2012. Graduated, March 27, 2016)
  • Shirai Saki (白井沙樹) (Joined May 5, 2013. Graduated, March 27, 2016)

Sub Units

Sakura Gakuin promoting "Verishuvi" (2011)
Sakura Gakuin promoting "WONDERFUL JOURNEY" (2012)
Sakura Gakuin promoting "Ganbare!!" (2013)
Sakura Gakuin promoting "Heart no Hoshi" (2014)

Inactive Sub Units

History

Sakura Gakuin was formed in April 2010 with eight members, with Muto Ayami as the Student Council President (i.e., the leader). Mizuno Yui and Kikuchi Moa joined in July 2010, completing the lineup which debuted at TOKYO IDOL FESTIVAL 2010 (August 7 and 8, 2010). In July 2011, two more members joined giving Sakura Gakuin twelve members. On October 13, 2011 Sakura Gakuin began a series of “Hikari no Tenshi” (“Angel of Light”) Wi-Fi commercials dressed as angels, along with promos for a YouTube channel. At the end of the Japanese school year in March 2012, the three eldest members, Muto Ayami, Miyoshi Ayaka and Matsui Airi, graduated. In May 2012, three new girls were added, making the lineup twelve members again, and Nakamoto Suzuka became the new Student Council President. At the end of March 2013, Suzuka graduated, as expected, but Sugimoto Mariri also graduated in order to focus on her modeling career. In May 2013, two new members were added, and Horiuchi Marina became the third Student Council President. The group later released the single Ganbare!! which ranked 6th in Oricon Weekly Chart. Horiuchi Marina, Iida Raura, Sugisaki Nene and Sato Hinata all graduated in March 2014. Sakura Gakuin added two new members in May 2014 and this is the first time Sakura Gakuin have had ten members since 2010. Kikuchi Moa was elected the fourth Student Council President of 2014, with Mizuno Yui as the Vice President. Moa, Yui, Hana and Yunano all graduated on March 29, 2015. In May 2015, six new members were added, and Isono Rinon was appointed as the fifth Student Council President of 2015. The group had a two-day 5th anniversary live on December 5 and 6, 2015. Isono Rinon, Ooga Saki and Shirai Saki graduated in March 2016. In May 2016, three new members were added, and Kurashima Sara became the sixth Student Council President of 2016.

Discography

Albums

Best Albums

Singles

DVD Singles

Other Singles

DVDs

Filmography

TV Series

[2012] Sakura Gakuin SUN!

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