Morning Musume Sakuragumi
Morning Musume Sakuragumi or Morning Musume Sakura Gumi (モーニング娘。さくら組) was one of two splinter groups Morning Musume was split into in 2003.
- Abe Natsumi (安倍なつみ, left January 2004)
- Yaguchi Mari (矢口真里)
- Yoshizawa Hitomi (吉澤ひとみ)
- Kago Ai (加護亜依)
- Takahashi Ai (高橋愛)
- Konno Asami (紺野あさ美)
- Niigaki Risa (新垣里沙)
- Kamei Eri (亀井絵里)
Morning Musume Sakuragumi was formed in 2003 with eight members of Morning Musume's line-up of fifteen. The other eight members were Morning Musume Otomegumi. The reason for the split was so the two groups could perform in smaller tour venues. In addition, both groups released two singles that showed their image. Sakuragumi showed the image of cherry blossoms, where the members sang slow and calm songs. Both groups became inactive after 2004.
- Hello! Project Official Website: Discography page