After Melon Kinenbi's disbandment, Saito retired from the music industry, but has since participated in brief reunions of the group for events.
In December, the group’s name was decided as "Melon Kinenbi."
UP-FRONT AGENCY started releasing a series of albums called Douyou Pops in 2002, in which different Hello! Project members would sing different well known and new childrens' songs. Six albums, some themed according to the four seasons, and two DVDs with promotional videos were released. Saito sung several of the songs and is featured in the promotional video for "Mushi no Koe ".
When Melon Kinenbi was formed, Murata Megumi was appointed leader since she was the oldest among the members. But after some discussions among the members, Saito took over as leader in October 2002 with the release of "Kousui." This change was officially announced during the single’s release events.
In November, Saito was part of Hello! Project Seikatai. Famous enka singers Itsuki Hiroshi and Horiuchi Takao released the single Ai no Merry Christmas, featuring Saito and other Hello! Project members as part of the choir.
In February, Saito had a role in the musical Sougen no Hito. She is starring as Kana, sister of the male lead protagonist. A soundtrack was released the following month, titled Sougen no Hito Original Cast Ban.
In March, Saito made appearances on the TV Show "Sexy Onna Juku".
In July, Saito was a part of the shuffle unit 11WATER. They released the song BE ALL RIGHT!, featured on the single Kowarenai Ai ga Hoshii no / GET UP! Rapper / BE ALL RIGHT!.
In August 2003, Saito was part of the R&B-influenced group ROMANS. They released the single SEXY NIGHT ~Wasurerarenai Kare~. The group was based on the Hello! Project TV show Sexy Onna Jyuku wich started airing in March. The show ended in September, thus disbanding the group.
From 2003 to 2006, zetima released albums featuring miscellaneous Hello! Project members starring in drama episodes previously aired on radio. In June and July 2004, Saito was featured on three of these radio drama albums: Hello! Project Radio Drama Vol. 4, Hello! Project Radio Drama Osaka-hen Vol. 3, and Hello! Project Radio Drama Osaka-hen Vol. 4.
In 2004, Saito was part of the special unit H.P. All Stars.
Saito took part in Hello! Project Akagumi, which was one of two concert groups at the Hello! Project 2005 Winter All-Stars Dairanbu ~A HAPPY NEW POWER! Iida Kaori Sotsugyou Special~.
In August, she became one of the regulars on the TV show "Musume Dokyu!".
In September, she became a regular on the radio show "TBC Fun Field Mouretsu Moudasshu"
On March 31, 2009, Saito graduated along with the rest of the Elder Club. However, the Elder Club graduation concert was held on February 1, 2009, at Yokohama Arena.
In February, it was announced that Melon Kinenbi decided to disband. Saito announced at Melon Kinenbi's break-up concert that she would be leaving show business. In the months following the group's disbandment, she appeared happily on the blogs of the other members.
In August, Saito married comedian Jiro Hachimitsu (born Jiro Takano) of duo Tokyo Dynamite.
On October 15, 2011, it was announced that Saito and Hachimitsu had divorced.
In March, she began working as a radio personality for FM-NIIGATA.
On December 29, it was announced that she had married a former high school classmate, whom she had been dating for the past two years.
On April 15, she starred in a CM for the Volkswagen T-Cross.
- Name: Saito Hitomi (斉藤瞳)
- Nicknames: Hitomin, "Boss", Hito-chan, Hito, Saito
- Birthdate: October 31, 1981
- Birthplace: Niigata, Niigata Prefecture, Japan
- Blood Type: A
- Height: 155 cm
- Western Zodiac: Scorpio
- Eastern Zodiac: Rooster
- Former Melon Kinenbi Color: Purple
- Hello! Project Groups:
- Shuffle Units:
- Concert Units:
- Other Groups:
- Gatas Brilhantes H.P. (2003-2006)
- Hobbies: Decorating nails, searching for snacks
- Special skill: Good handwriting, playing taiko.
- Favorite colors: Purple, white, black, brown, khaki
- Favorite flowers: Calla lilies
- Favorite movies: Tonari no Totoro
- Favorite word: Love
- Favorite food: Chocolate
- Disliked food: Raw fish, grass-smelling vegetables, mushrooms, haute cuisine
- Favorite Melon Kinenbi song: Endless Youth
- [2002.02.20] The Douyou Pops 2 Haru no Uta Shuu
- [2002.06.05] The Douyou Pops 3 Natsu no Uta Shuu
- [2002.09.04] The Douyou Pops 4 Aki no Uta Shuu
- [2002.12.04] Shinsaku Douyou Pops 1
- [2003.03.05] Sougen no Hito Original Cast Ban
- [2003.03.26] Shinsaku Douyou Pops 2
- [2004.06.09] Hello! Project Radio Drama Vol. 4
- [2004.07.14] Hello! Project Radio Drama Osaka Vol. 1
- [2004.07.14] Hello! Project Radio Drama Osaka Vol. 2
- [2007.12.12] Akuma de FAKE (あくま de FAKE)
Discography Featured InEdit
- Melon Kinenbi
- Melon Kinenbi
- Petit Best 2 ~3・7・10~
- Petit Best 3
- Petit Best 4
- Petit Best 5
- Petit Best 6
- Petit Best 7
- Petit Best 8
- Petit Best 9
- Hello! Project no Zenkyoku kara Atsumechaimashita! Vol. 1
- Hello! Project no Zenkyoku kara Atsumechaimashita! Vol. 2
- Hello! Project no Zenkyoku kara Atsumechaimashita! Vol. 3
- 10nin Matsuri
- Happy 7
- H.P. ALL STARS
- Melon Kinenbi
- Amai Anata no Aji
- Kokuhaku Kinenbi
- Denwa Matteimasu
- This is Unmei
- Saa! Koibito ni Narou
- Natsu no Yoru wa Danger!
- Akai Freesia
- Chance of LOVE
- MI DA RA Matenrou
- Kawaii Kare
- Namida no Taiyou
- Champagne no Koi
- Nikutai wa Shoujiki na EROS
- Onegai Miwaku no Target ~Mango-pudding Mix~
- Charisma, Kirei
- Onegai Miwaku no Target (Indie)
- DON'T SAY GOOD-BYE (Indie)
- Pinchi wa Chance - Baka ni Narou ze! (Indie)
- sweet suicide summer story (Indie)
- Seishun-on-the-Road (Indie)
- Melon Tea (Indie)
- 10nin Matsuri
- Happy 7
- Hello! Project Seikatai=
- H.P. ALL STARS
- [2003.08.07] Saito Hitomi (「斉藤瞳」)
- [2002.12.04] Hello! Project Douyou Eizou Shuu ~Ponkikies21~
- [2003.05.01] Atarashii Douyou
- [2004.08.04] Sexy Onna Juku ～Dotou no Sexy Shiren – Sono Rekishi～ Joukan
- [2004.08.04] Sexy Onna Juku ～Dotou no Sexy Shiren – Sono Rekishi～ Gekan
- [2004.12.08] Sexy Onna Juku ～Dotou no Sexy Shiren – Sono Rekishi～ Extra
-  Cyborg Shibata
-  Sexy Onna Juku
-  Majokko Rika-chan no Magical v-u-den
-  Musume Dokyu!
- [2005-2008] TBC Fun Field Moretsu Modasshu (TBC FUNふぃーるど・モーレツモーダッシュ)
- [2012-2015] FIGUEROA (FM-NIIGATA)
- [2012-2016] Niigata no Wakamono-tachi no Bangumi (FM-NIIGATA) (新潟の若者達の番組)
-  Nagaoka Hitomachi Aoore (FM-NIIGATA) (長岡ひとまちアオーレ+1) (FM-NIIGATA)
- [2013-] SOUND SPLASH (FM-NIIGATA)
- [2014-2016] Paripari ~PARTY! PARTY!~ (FM-NIIGATA) (パリパリ 〜PARTY!PARTY!〜)
-  Hello! Project on FLET'S (Episodes #2 and #23) (ハロー!プロジェクト on フレッツ)
- [2005.04.20] Hello! Project FC Gentei Event (Pacific Heaven) (ハロー!プロジェクト FC限定イベント (パシフィックヘブン))
- [2005.07.28] Hello! Project FC Gentei Event (Pacific Heaven) (ハロー!プロジェクト FC限定イベント (パシフィックヘブン))
- [2005.09.05] Hello! Project FC Gentei Event (Pacific Heaven) (ハロー!プロジェクト FC限定イベント (パシフィックヘブン))
- [2020.04] FLASH
- She has said in a 2004 interview that the people she respects the most are her mother and Nakazawa Yuko.
- Her image is known as the "sexy seductive" member.
- She is well-known for being really funny. Being in constant battles with hosts on HEY!x3 and Utaban, resulting in some great moments.
- She got her nickname "Boss" in Melon Kinenbi after she was made leader of the group.
- Is good friends with Maeda Yuki and Inaba Atsuko.
- She has the same last name as Hello Pro Kenshuusei member Saito Madoka.
Leader of Melon Kinenbi