In September 2013, I wrote that the famous all-girl idol group Morning Musume celebrated their 16th anniversary as a group. And current member Oda Sakura was part of the celebrations. During that same month, Morning Musume had a tour. So who is Oda Sakura? What follows is a brief introduction to who she is and how she joined Morning Musume.
Photo of Morning Muusme singer Oda Sakura (Sakura Oda). Source: http://www.hello-online.org/index.php?/topic/22736-oda-sakura-%E5%B0%8F%E7%94%B0%E3%81%95%E3%81%8F%E3%82%89/page-83.
She sings the song Mikaeri Bijin.
Sakura was chosen to become a member out of more than 7,000 people who applied. Oda’s start in the entertainment industry begins in November 2011 when she was chosen as a member of the unit called Hello! Pro Egg. It would not be until September 14, 2012 on the group’s 15th anniversary that Oda Sakura would be announced as the winner of the Morning Musume 11th generation audition. Morning Musume on February 14, 2013 met and gathered at a release event for their photo book called Morning Muusme Live Photo Book 2012 Fall: Colorful Character. Oda would start her duties as a member of Morning Musume in January 2013 during the group’s winter concert tour. Oda Sakura was born March 12, 1999 in Kanagawa, Japan and that makes her only a young 14 years old. She is definitely kawaii or cute in Japanese. Oda Sakura is one of the youngest members of Morning Musume and former member Yuko Nakazawa who was born in 1973 is one of the oldest former members of the group and she can be old enough to be like a mother to some of these members. That’s something interesting to think about. Morning Musume has been around since 1997 and I hope that they will stay active long enough to celebrate their 20th anniversary in 2017. Oda Sakura is part of the group’s 11th generation of members and she is from the same city that bikini model Sayuri Anzu is from. Note: Morning Musume is now under the name of Morning Musume 16.
Oda Sakura the bikini/swimsuit model
In addition to her work as a singer, Sakura has also been seen on the covers of magazines as a swimsuit/bikini model. Here are a few of them. Source: http://www.hello-online.org. She continues the tradition of Morning Musume members that have appeared in photo books. One of the first members to do this was Natsumi Abe. She appeared in Morning Musume’s first photo book along with Yuko Nakazawa and Asuka Fukuda. Oda Sakura has really grown up since her start with Morning Musume!