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Oda Sakura (小田さくら) is a Japanese pop singer, actress, and model under Hello! Project as the sole 11th generation member of Morning Musume and a former member of the SATOYAMA & SATOUMI movement unit ODATOMO. She was first introduced as a Hello Pro Kenshuusei member at a fanclub event in November 2011.


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Early Life[]

Oda Sakura was born on March 12, 1999 in Zama, Kanagawa, Japan.


On November 12, Oda Sakura was introduced as a new member of Hello Pro Egg at a fanclub event alongside Yamaga Kanae, after failing the S/mileage Shin Member Boshuu! auditions.


In January and February, Oda participated in the Hello! Project 2012 WINTER Hello☆Pro Tengoku concerts as a background dancer.

On September 14, Oda was announced as the winner of Morning Musume 11th Generation ~Suppin Utahime~ Audition.[1] Oda would start her official Morning Musume duties in January 2013 during the Hello! Project Tanjou 15 Shuunen Kinen Live 2013 Fuyu tour.

On December 14, Oda's Morning Musume member color was revealed to be lavender.


On April 11, Oda started posting on the 10th generation members' official blog.

On May 23, Oda began a solo web talk show exclusive to fanclub members, titled Sakura Sakuradio.[2]

On August 22, Oda held a solo fanclub event titled Morning Musume Oda Sakura Solo Event ~Sakura no Shirabe~.

On November 14, she held another solo fanclub event titled Morning Musume Oda Sakura Solo Event ~Sakura no Shirabe 2~.


On March 13, she celebrated her 15th birthday at a fanclub event titled Oda Sakura Birthday Event 2014 ~Sakura no Shirabe 3~, featuring two shows at the TOKYO FM HALL. The same day, it was announced that Oda would be a member of a newly formed SATOYAMA & SATOUMI movement unit with Kanazawa Tomoko called ODATOMO.

In June, Oda participated in her first ever theatrical production LILIUM -Lilium Shoujo Junketsu Kageki- as the character Sylvatica. A solo performance sung by her was the opening musical act for the play.

On July 5, Oda held a fanclub event titled Morning Musume '14 Oda Sakura Solo Event ~Sakura no Shirabe 3.5~. In this event, she challenged herself by singing more difficult songs outside of Hello! Project, including a partial English cover of "Let It Go" from the Disney animation film Frozen.


On February 19, Oda's fanclub-exclusive web talk show Sakura Sakuradio ended with a total of 90 episodes.[3]

In addition to Morning Musume '15 providing the theme song "Ima Koko Kara" for the Pretty Cure All Stars Haru no Carnival♪ movie released in theaters on March 14, three exclusive characters were voiced by Iikubo Haruna, Ishida Ayumi, and Oda. Their appearances were based on illustrations by Iikubo, with Oda's character (also named Sakura) being an owl wearing a cherry blossom.[4]

On March 16, Oda celebrated her 16th birthday at an event titled Morning Musume '15 Oda Sakura Birthday Event ~Sakura no Shirabe 4~. It had two shows at TOKYO FM HALL and part of the setlist featured her singing to live piano arrangements.


On March 22, Oda celebrated her 17th birthday at a fanclub event titled Morning Musume '16 Oda Sakura Birthday Event ~Sakura no Shirabe 5~, which featured two shows at CLUB CITTA' in her home prefecture Kanagawa.

On April 18, Oda announced her first solo photobook, titled Sakura Moyou.[5] It was published on May 27, and a Blu-ray featuring the making of the photobook, titled Behind of Photobook ~Sakura Moyou~, was released on November 29.


On March 29, Oda celebrated her 18th birthday at a fanclub event titled Morning Musume '17 Oda Sakura Birthday Event ~Sakura no Shirabe 6~ at Differ Ariake.

On October 16, Oda announced she would release her second solo photobook on November 17,[6] titled Sakura Breeze.[7]

On December 27, she released her first solo image Blu-ray, Sakura in Guam.[8]


On March 28, Oda celebrated her 19th birthday at a fanclub event titled Morning Musume '18 Oda Sakura Birthday Event ~Sakura no Shirabe 7~, featuring one show at Differ Ariake.

On August 16, the music video for Horiuchi Takao's August 22 single "Minna Shounen Datta" was uploaded on YouTube, featuring Oda and six other Hello! Project members who all sing as chorus.[9]


On March 12, Oda released her third solo photobook, titled Sakura no Kisetsu.[10]

On March 28, Oda celebrated her 20th birthday at a fanclub event titled Morning Musume '19 Oda Sakura Birthday Event ~Sakura no Shirabe 8~, featuring two shows at Shinagawa Stellar Ball.

On July 10, it was announced that Oda was diagnosed with cervical degenerative disc disease by the doctor after experiencing severe pain around her left shoulder blade the day before. Due to it requiring one month of treatment, Oda was absent from the Hello! Project 2019 SUMMER concert tour from July 13 to August 3, as well as a "Jinsei Blues / Seishun Night" release event on July 15.[11][12][13] She resumed activities on August 10, starting with Morning Musume '19's show at rockin'on presents ROCK IN JAPAN FESTIVAL 2019.[14]

On October 5, the Hello Tsu PHOTOBOOK① was released, including Oda's gravure that was originally published in a October 2018 issue of Weekly Famitsu.[15]


On March 23, she was set to celebrate her 21st birthday at a fanclub event titled Morning Musume '20 Oda Sakura Birthday Event ~Sakura no Shirabe 9~ at Mielparque Hall. However on March 11, 2020, it was announced that the event was cancelled in consideration of a new policy established by the government to prevent the spread of COVID-19.[16] The event was eventually rescheduled for July 28.[17]

On April 20, she released her fourth photobook, SAKURA COLOR.[18][19]


On March 15, Oda celebrated her 22nd birthday at a fanclub event titled Morning Musume '21 Oda Sakura Birthday Event ~Sakura no Shirabe 10~, featuring two shows at Mielparque Hall.

On August 19, it was announced that Oda was diagnosed through medical examination with functional dysphonia, brought on via stress. Due to this, she would limit her vocal performance in the remaining Hello! Project 2021 Summer Sapphire & Ruby tour dates while undergoing medical treatment.[20]


On March 11, Oda celebrated her 23rd birthday at a fanclub event titled Morning Musume '22 Oda Sakura Birthday Event ~Sakura no Shirabe 11~, featuring two shows at Sagami Women's University Green Hall.

Personal Life[]

Sakura's mother's name is Tomoko. Oda has an older brother named Daichi and a younger sister. Oda moved to Tokyo with her mother and siblings from her hometown.

When she joined Morning Musume in 2012, her family had five cats named Taku, Nana, Kuri, Pooh, and Momo. Since then Taku, Nana, Kuri, and Momo have all passed away [21],[22],[23], leaving Pooh as the only cat left who was part of Sakura’s household when she joined Morning Musume. Sakura now has 5 cats in total (including Pooh) after adopting Seira, Nobuo, and Kichi as kittens in May and August 2018,[24],[25] and Kuma 3 years later after previously taking care of him and several other rescue kittens as a milk volunteer for a local animal shelter.[26],[27] The day after she announced on Instagram that she had adopted him Sakura revealed in a blog post that Kuma’s official full name is Kumataro.[28]

When she auditioned for Morning Musume, Oda was a 2nd year middle school student. She started high school in April 2014 and graduated in March 2017.[29]

Oda most notably gets along with Fukumura Mizuki, Nonaka Miki[30], Suzuki Kanon, Ikuta Erina, Sato Masaki, Yokoyama Reina and Hamaura Ayano[31]

Her pairing name with Fukumura Mizuki is Odamura Mizura (小田村みずら)[32], and her pairing name with Sato Masaki is MaaSaku (まぁーさく).

Oda's given name, Sakura, means "cherry blossom" (さくら, 桜). Her father gave it to her wanting her to be like Tora-san's little sister from the film Otoko wa Tsurai yo.[33] Hiragana was chosen instead of the kanji in order to balance with the number of strokes in her last name.[31]

Here is a list of nicknames that was used to refer to Oda Sakura:

  • Sakura (さくら): Official nickname, given her since Hello Pro Kenshuusei.
  • Odan (おだん): Given by Tsunku, currently used by Ikuta Erina.[34]
  • OdaSaku (おださく): Official nickname for Oda Sakura, compounded of Oda (Oda) and Saku (Sakura).[35]
  • Odachii (おだちい): Unofficial nickname, given her since joining Morning Musume used by fans.
  • Sakurakkyo (さくらっきょ): Another unpopular Tsunku-originated nickname for Oda Sakura, compounded of sakura (cherry blossom) and rakkyo (Japanese shallot).[36][37]
  • Kururin (くるりん): Niigaki Risa came up with the nickname "Kururin" for Sakura when asked to by a commenter on her blog.


Main article: Oda Sakura/Pocket Morning Weekly Q&A
  • Hobbies: Sewing, cooking, humming on songs
  • Special Skills: Hula dance
  • Strong Point: Being able to talk to people without creating a wall between them.
  • Weak Point: Being too positive sometimes
  • Looks Up To: Takahashi Ai, Niigaki Risa, Michishige Sayumi, Nakajima Saki, Sugaya Risako
  • Rival No. 1: Sato Masaki
  • Favorite Morning Musume Songs: "Namidacchi", "Mikan", "HOW DO YOU LIKE JAPAN? ~Nihon wa Donna Kanji Dekka?~", "I WISH"[31]
  • Favorite Hello! Project Songs: "Midnight Temptation", "Suna wo Kamu You ni... NAMIDA"[31]
  • Past Favorite Songs: "Twinkle Snow Powdery Snow" by Perfume, "Smile ~Kimi wa Hitori ja nai~" by Shiori, "Sakuranbo" by Otsuka Ai
  • Current Favorite Songs: "GLITTER" by Perfume, "All I Want for Christmas is You" by Mariah Carey, "Kaze to Mirai" by Ikimonogakari
  • Favorite Color: White
  • Favorite Food: Matsumaezuke, jellyfish, and eggplant
  • Favorite Manga: Shugo Chara!, Suki-tte Ii na yo.
  • Favorite Word: "Ichigoichie" (一期一会; Once in a lifetime)
  • Favorite Phrase: "~or so I think"
  • Favorite Movie: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • Favorite Subject: Home economics, music
  • Disliked Subject: Language, English
  • Charm point: Facial features
  • Treasured Item: A stuffed bear she had since birth


Main article: Oda Sakura/Discography

Solo DVDs[]

Solo Blu-rays[]

Solo Fanclub DVDs[]

Solo Songs[]

  • [2016] Mayoi no Mori (from Zoku 11nin Iru! Higashi no Chihei, Nishi no Towa)


Main article: Oda Sakura/Publications

Solo Photobooks[]


TV Programs[]

Animated Films[]

  • [2015] Pretty Cure All Stars Haru no Carnival♪ (映画プリキュアオールスターズ 春のカーニバル♪) (voice of Sakura)


  • [2013–] Morning Musume no Morning Jogakuin ~Houkago Meeting~ (モーニング娘。のモーニング女学院~放課後ミーティング~)
  • [2013–2015] Sakura Sakuradio (さくらさくらじお) (fanclub exclusive)



Music Videos[]


  • When she was a Kenshuusei, she said that she would like to debut into Berryz Koubou.
  • She is currently learning how to play the guitar.
  • She is known for having a confident personality.
  • Initially she wanted her member color to be a "warm" color like yellow or red.
  • She said that if she could be an animal, she would be a rabbit or a dog.
  • She said her dream as an idol is to become unique within Hello! Project.
  • She can imitate certain girls' voices very well.
  • She said her goal within Morning Musume is to sing like Takahashi Ai and Niigaki Risa, and to dance like Nakajima Saki.
  • Her best sport is swimming.
  • She has been a fan of Morning Musume and Minimoni since kindergarten.
  • Her S/mileage audition number was 33, while her Morning Musume audition number was 178.
  • She is not good at memorizing her positions on stage during performances, like Kusumi Koharu.
  • She said her favorite member is Kudo Haruka.
  • She considers Sato Masaki a genius and her greatest rival.
  • Oda took rhythmic gymnastics in order to improve her flexibility and dancing skills.
  • She was a vegetarian up until after nursery school.
  • Oda said that she enjoys electronic music like Perfume, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, and Daft Punk.
  • She has also stated that she enjoys listening to Pentatonix, an American acapella group.
  • Oda's complex is her eyebags.
  • Oda would like to become an idol who heals people.
  • Her least favorite subject in middle school was English because she was not good at it.
  • Oda has said herself in a blog post that she is a bit of a crybaby.
  • Oda has mentioned before that she sometimes takes up to 2 hours bathing in the bathtub.
  • She wants to sing as good as Berryz Koubou member Sugaya Risako.
  • "Odaism" is a term created by Iikubo Haruna (as well as fans) to refer to Oda's unique insights and or atmosphere.[38]
  • Tsunku commented on her: "She's a little bit of everything. Her singing, her movements, her personality... it's all a bit of everything. She can be put on the side and work just fine, but she can also be the center and nail that as well. That she can change like that is a great thing to have. Please work hard at improving!"[39]
  • She is the only member who has heard the mysterious composition by Sato Masaki titled "Jinsei wa Iroiro Aaru♪" (人生はいろいろあーる♪). She is also the only member who featured in Sato's remix version of "Fantasy ga Hajimaru."[40]
  • Her favorite costumes are the black non-cat outfits worn in "Sexy Cat no Enzetsu" and her own costumes for "Help me!!" and "One and Only."[41]
  • Since her debut, Oda has had a solo line in every single A-side except for "Toki wo Koe Sora wo Koe", "Mikaeri Bijin", "One and Only", and Wakain da shi!. However, Mikaeri Bijin and One and Only do not have any solo lines.
  • If she could be reborn as someone else, she would become Suzuki Airi, who Oda thinks was born with the talent to sing and dance and is very hard-working.[31]
  • She believes she is the Hello! Project member who has the most objective view.[31]
  • If she did not join Morning Musume, Oda joked that she would have become a Pretty Cure, which was her dream before Morning Musume, or Sailor Moon.[31]
  • When she first joined Morning Musume, Tsunku said she was one of the top three vocalists ever in Hello! Project, along with Takahashi Ai and Matsuura Aya (he later named Tanaka Reina a best vocalist).
  • She is the fourth member of Morning Musume to be from Hello Pro Kenshuusei after Linlin, Fukumura Mizuki, and Kudo Haruka.
  • She joined the group on its fifteenth aniversary. (September 14th 2012)


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  2. "モーニング娘。小田さくら Webトーク「さくらさくらじお」(Vol.1)」本日21時より配信♪" (in Japanese). UP-FC. 2013-05-23.
  3. "モーニング娘。’15 小田さくら Webトーク「さくらさくらじお」(Vol.90)」本日21時より配信♪" (in Japanese). UP-FC. 2015-02-19.
  4. "モー娘。『プリキュア』新作映画の主題歌抜てき 飯窪&石田&小田が初声優に挑戦!" (in Japanese). ORICON NEWS. 2015-02-10.
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  6. Oda Sakura. "お知らせがあります!小田さくら" (in Japanese). Morning Musume Tenki Gumi Official Blog. 2017-10-16.
  7. https://twitter.com/wani_UTB/status/927310377255190528
  8. "タイトル未定(Blu-ray Disc)" (in Japanese). Amazon.co.jp.
  9. "堀内孝雄『みんな少年だった』(Takao Horiuchi [Everyone was once a boy.])(MV)" (in Japanese). UP-FRONT Channel (via YouTube). 2018-08-16.
  10. Oda Sakura. "お知らせです!小田さくら" (in Japanese). Morning Musume Tenki Gumi Official Blog. 2019-01-22.
  11. "モーニング娘。'19小田さくらに関するお知らせ" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2019-07-10.
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  14. "モーニング娘。'19小田さくら活動再開についてのお知らせ" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2019-08-10.
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  17. http://www.up-fc.jp/helloproject/news_Info.php?id=15764
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  19. https://www.instagram.com/p/B9opz6CHmdj/
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  21. Oda Sakura. "私から。小田さくら" (in Japanese). Morning Musume Tenki Gumi Official Blog. 2015-03-23.
  22. Oda Sakura. "うちの猫。小田さくら" (in Japanese). Morning Musume Tenki Gumi Official Blog. 2017-01-06.
  23. "[1]" (in Japanese). Morning Musume Tenki Gumi Official Blog. 2020-09-19.
  24. Oda Sakura. "うちに!小田さくら" (in Japanese). Morning Musume Tenki Gumi Official Blog. 2018-05-31.
  25. Oda Sakura. "ネコ増えました!小田さくら" (in Japanese). Morning Musume Tenki Gumi Official Blog. 2018-08-13.
  26. Oda Sakura. “クマという猫。小田さくら” (in Japanese). Morning Musume Tenki Gumi Official Blog. 2021-06-07.
  27. Oda Sakura. “[2]
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  32. "小田村みずらです☆譜久村聖" (in Japanese). Morning Musume Qki Official Blog. 2013-04-08.
  33. Pocket Morning. 2016-11-01. (Translation by Ro-kun)
  34. Oda Sakura. "私もぉ♪小田さくら" (in Japanese). Morning Musume Tenki Gumi Official Blog. 2014-07-25.
  35. http://www.helloproject.com/morningmusume/profile/sakura_oda/
  36. http://www.helloproject.com/morningmusume/profile/sakura_oda/
  37. https://twitter.com/tsunkuboy/status/258850344791068672?s=21
  38. http://icejiggly.blogspot.com/2014/05/morning-jogakuin-blog-th-period-may.html
  39. モーニング娘。'14 10/15発売シングル「TIKI BUN/シャバダバ ドゥ~/見返り美人」 2014.08.28
  40. http://www.billboard-japan.com/special/detail/1232
  41. Oda Sakura. "アンサー!小田さくら" (in Japanese). Morning Musume Tenki Gumi Official Blog. 2017-03-09.

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