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.

History[edit | edit source]


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From Happy 7

1999[edit | edit source]

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 | edit source]

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

2002[edit | edit source]

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.

2003[edit | edit source]

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.

2004[edit | edit source]

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.

2005[edit | edit source]

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"

2009[edit | edit source]

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.

2010[edit | edit source]

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]

2011[edit | edit source]

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

2012[edit | edit source]

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

2015[edit | edit source]

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.

2020[edit | edit source]

On April 15, she starred in a CM for the Volkswagen T-Cross.[2]

Profile[edit | edit source]

  • 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

Discography[edit | edit source]

Discography Featured In[edit | edit source]

Photobooks[edit | edit source]

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  • [2003.08.07] Saito Hitomi (「斉藤瞳」)

Works[edit | edit source]

DVD[edit | edit source]

TV shows[edit | edit source]

Radio[edit | edit source]

  • [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)
  • [2014-2016] Paripari ~PARTY! PARTY!~ (FM-NIIGATA) (パリパリ 〜PARTY!PARTY!〜)

Internet[edit | edit source]

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

Theater[edit | edit source]

Edo Kara Chakushin!? ~Timeslip to Kengai!~

Event[edit | edit source]

  • [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))

Magazines[edit | edit source]

  • [2020.04] FLASH[3]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • 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.

Honorary Titles[edit | edit source]

Honorary titles

Preceded by
Murata Megumi

Leader of Melon Kinenbi
2002 - 2010

Succeeded by

References[edit | edit source]

External Links[edit | edit source]

Melon Kinenbi
Members Saito Hitomi (Leader) | Murata Megumi (Former Leader) | Otani Masae | Shibata Ayumi
Major Singles 1. Amai Anata no Aji | 2. Kokuhaku Kinenbi | 3. Denwa Matteimasu | 4. This is Unmei | 5. Saa! Koibito ni Narou | 6. Natsu no Yoru wa Danger! | 7. Kousui | 8. Akai Freesia | 9. Chance of LOVE | 10. MI DA RA Matenrou | 11. Kawaii Kare | 12. Namida no Taiyou | 13. Champagne no Koi | 14. Nikutai wa Shoujiki na EROS | 15. Unforgettable | 16. Onegai Miwaku no Target ~Mango-Pudding Mix~ | 17. Charisma・Kirei
Indie Singles 1. Onegai Miwaku no Target / Crazy Happy! | 2. DON'T SAY GOOD-BYE | 3. Pinchi wa Chance - Baka ni Narou ze! | 4. sweet suicide summer story | 5. Seishun-on-the-Road | 6. Melon Tea
Albums Original: 1. 1st Anniversary | 2. THE Nimaime | 3. MELON'S NOT DEAD
Mini: 1. Melon Juice
Other 1. Melon Kinenbi Single M Clips ① | 2. Melon Kinenbi Single V Clips ② | 3. Melon Kinenbi Single V Clips ③
Units & Other Acts
Associated Acts 7nin Matsuri | 10nin Matsuri | Happy♡7 | Odoru♡11 | Tanpopo | Sexy 8 | 7AIR | 11WATER | ROMANS | Gatas Brilhantes H.P. | H.P. All Stars | Elegies
Hello! Project Shuffle Unit
Shuffle Units
Akagumi 4 1st Gen: Shinoda Miho | Nakazawa Yuko | Danielle | Goto Maki
2nd Gen: Maeda Yuki | Yoshizawa Hitomi
Kiiro 5 1st Gen: Honda Ruru | Heike Michiyo | Yasuda Kei | Abe Natsumi | Ayaka
2nd Gen: Kago Ai
Aoiro 7 1st Gen: Inaba Atsuko | Kominato Miwa | Iida Kaori | Yaguchi Mari | Lehua | Ichii Sayaka | Mika
2nd Gen: Ishikawa Rika | Tsuji Nozomi
3nin Matsuri Ishikawa Rika | Matsuura Aya | Kago Ai
7nin Matsuri Heike Michiyo | Ayaka | Yaguchi Mari | Lehua | Shibata Ayumi | Asami | Goto Maki
10nin Matsuri Yasuda Kei | Rinne | Murakami Megumi | Iida Kaori | Abe Natsumi | Saito Hitomi | Otani Masae | Mika | Yoshizawa Hitomi | Tsuji Nozomi
Happy♡7 Saito Hitomi | Mika | Asami | Takahashi Ai | Ogawa Makoto | Kago Ai | Niigaki Risa
Sexy 8 Heike Michiyo | Ayaka | Otani Masae | Yaguchi Mari | Satoda Mai | Ishikawa Rika | Yoshizawa Hitomi | Goto Maki
Odoru♡11 Ishii Rika | Yasuda Kei | Rinne | Murata Megumi | Iida Kaori | Abe Natsumi | Shibata Ayumi | Fujimoto Miki | Matsuura Aya | Konno Asami | Tsuji Nozomi
SALT5 Maeda Yuki | Abe Natsumi (Leader) | Matsuura Aya | Ogawa Makoto | Kago Ai
7AIR Inaba Atsuko | Otani Masae | Satoda Mai | Mika | Ishikawa Rika (Leader) | Takahashi Ai | Niigaki Risa
11WATER Murata Megumi | Iida Kaori (Leader) | Ayaka | Saito Hitomi | Yaguchi Mari | Shibata Ayumi | Asami | Fujimoto Miki | Yoshizawa Hitomi | Konno Asami | Tsuji Nozomi
H.P. All Stars Morning Musume | Nakazawa Yuko | Abe Natsumi | Yasuda Kei | Goto Maki | Inaba Atsuko | Coconuts Musume Ayaka | Melon Kinenbi | Country Musume | W | Maeda Yuki | Matsuura Aya | Hello! Project Kids | Berryz Koubou | v-u-den
Elegies Satoda Mai | Shibata Ayumi | Takahashi Ai | Tanaka Reina
Sexy Otonajan Fujimoto Miki | Murakami Megumi | Natsuyaki Miyabi
Puripuri Pink Nakazawa Yuko | Inaba Atsuko | Yasuda Kei | Iida Kaori
Singles Akai Nikkichou / Kiiroi Osora de BOOM BOOM BOOM / Aoi Sports Car no Otoko | Chu! Natsu Party / Summer Reggae! Rainbow / Dancing! Natsu Matsuri | Shiawase Beam! Suki Suki Beam! / Shiawase Desu ka? / Shiawase Kyouryuu Ondo | Kowarenai Ai ga Hoshii no / GET UP! Rapper / BE ALL RIGHT! | ALL FOR ONE & ONE FOR ALL! | Onna, Kanashii, Otona / Inshouha Renoir no You ni / Hitoshirezu Mune wo Kanaderu Yoru no Aki
Albums Hello! Project Shuffle Unit Mega Best
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