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Saito Hitomi
斉藤(さいとう)(ひとみ)
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Name
Nicknames Hitomin (ひとみん?)
Birth Info
Born October 31, 1981 (1981-10-31) (age 37)
Origin Niigata, Japan
Zodiac Sign Scorpio Scorpio
Professional Info
Genres J-pop
Occupation Singer, Radio personality
Years Active 1999-2010, 2011, 2012-Present
Agency UP-FRONT AGENCY (1999-2010)
Label UP-FRONT WORKS (1999-2010)
zetima (1999-2010)
Associated Acts Melon Kinenbi, 10-nin Matsuri, Happy 7, 11WATER, ROMANS, H.P. All Stars , Elder Club, Gatas Brilhantes H.P., Hello! Project Seikatai
Melon Kinenbi Info
Joined February 19, 2000
Debut Single Amai Anata no Aji
Last Single Melon Tea
Left May 3, 2010
Links
Blog FM-NIIGATA Blog
Twitter Twitter_2012.svg @hito_saito

Saito Hitomi (斉藤瞳) is a Japanese radio personality and former singer, once under Hello! Project as the leader of Melon Kinenbi until its disbandment in 2010. She is also a former member of Gatas Brilhantes H.P., Hello! Project's futsal club.

After Melon Kinenbi's disbandment, Saito retired from the music industry, but has since participated in brief reunions of the group for events.

HistoryEdit

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From Happy 7

1999Edit

In May of 1999, application details were included with Morning Musume’s 5th single "Manatsu no Kousen" for the 2nd Morning Musume & Heike Michiyo Protegee Audition.

The second interviews were held in June, and 3,687 people had sent in their applications. In August, four people were selected as winners: Saito Hitomi, Murata MegumiOtani Masae, and Shibata Ayumi.

In December, the group’s name was decided as "Melon Kinenbi."

2001 Edit

In July, Saito was part of the shuffle unit 10nin Matsuri. They released the single Dancing! Natsu Matsuri.

2002 Edit

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 ".

In July, Saito was part of the shuffle unit Happy 7. They released the single Shiawase Beam! Suki Suki Beam!.

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.

2003Edit

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.

2004Edit

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.

2005Edit

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"

2009Edit

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.

2010Edit

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.[1]

2011Edit

On October 15, 2011, it was announced that Saito and Hachimitsu had divorced.

2012Edit

In March, she began working as a radio personality for FM-NIIGATA.

2015Edit

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.

ProfileEdit

  • Name: Saito Hitomi (斉藤瞳)
  • Nicknames: Hitomin, "Boss", Hito-chan, Hito, Saito
  • Birthdate: October 31, 1981 (1981-10-31) (age 37)
  • Birthplace: Niigata, Niigata Prefecture, Japan
  • Blood Type: A
  • Height: 155 cm
  • Western Zodiac: Scorpio
  • Eastern Zodiac: Rooster
  • 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
  • Hello! Project groups:
  • Shuffle units:
  • Sports Groups:

DiscographyEdit

Discography Featured InEdit

PhotobooksEdit

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  • [2003.08.07] Saito Hitomi (「斉藤瞳」)

WorksEdit

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TV showsEdit

RadioEdit

  • [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)
  • [2013] 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!〜)

Internet Edit

  • [2005] Hello! Project on FLET'S (Episodes #2 and #23) (ハロー!プロジェクト on フレッツ)

TheaterEdit

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Event Edit

  • [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))

TriviaEdit

  • 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.

Honorary TitlesEdit

Honorary titles

Preceded by
Murata Megumi

Leader of Melon Kinenbi
2002 - 2010

Succeeded by
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ReferencesEdit

External LinksEdit

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