Sakura Gakuin Nendo 2015 Third Grader and Students Council President Rinon Isono wrote a Diary entry about her beginnings in Sakura Gakuin, the advices from Nendo 2012 President Suzuka Nakamoto and the support from the other BABYMETAL members Moa Kikuchi and Yui Mizuno, read the diary translated below.
2016.02.13 - Rinon Isono new Diary Entry on Sakura Gakuin
Hello, It's Isono!!
Today, I want to write about Sakura Gakuin.
In fact, Rinon took the audition for the founding members of Sakura Gakuin when I was a 3rd grader of elementary school. I've had no intention to make this secret, but I think I'll disclose this fact for the first time.
At the time, I didn't know I had been participating in the audition. I thought I was just taking lessons for one year. I then realized that those lessons had been the audition after my transfer-in was decided one year later!! I really believed those lessons were just lessons. When I became a 4th grader, I took the audition knowing it was an audition for Sakura girls. I had been adoring Sakura Gakuin and I had been pretending to dance Sakura songs so often. At the audition, I played 'Yumeni Mukatte' as a compulsory piece, and 'Kiseki' 【of Greeeen】as a free piece. To play a free piece, I was informed to bring an instrumental version of the song. But I brought a concert-version footage. Lately, I was told that a teacher of Sakura Gakuin had thought Rinon was an alien monster!? (Laughs)
I could hear the hand-clapping of the footage while I was taking the audition and I felt as if I was playing a concert. But the result of the audition was not informed of for a long while and I thought I failed the audition. I was really disappointed. But the letter of acceptance finally came!!
I was told I was accepted bacause, first of all, my singing was clear and easy to catch. It was my first time to sing in front of strangers. So I sang without trying to show somthing better than me (and actually, I had no skills). And, it was very impressive to the teachers that I brought the concert-version.
At the time, one of the teachers of Sakura Gakuin was a person who spotted and recruited Rinon to show-biz world. When I was accepted, he said to me. "When we first met, Rinon said nothing at all. So I know you've improved a lot since those days. But I expect you to improve even further. Please try to improve yourself in Sakura Gakuin". The words made me moved and inspired me to try my very best.
There was a meeting with Sakura girls and new transfer-ins (Hana and Rinon) during a lesson for the Valentine concert. At the time, eight of founding members didn't anticipate that the number of members would grow, so I guess it was very confusing for them that they must accept two new girls!! We were the first transfer-ins into Sakura Gakuin and we were the youngest members but had never been pampered. We were treated just like other girls. Rinon was very happy to be able to dance with other Sakura girls.
And when I had some trouble, Suu-san kindly talked to me and advised me. After lessons, when I had to have voluntary practices, Moa, Yui, Hana and Hinata-chan often instructed me (or took practices together). They helped me a lot!!
Nowadays, some graduates tell me "I'm jelly of you". As they feel, Sakura Gakuin is now blessed with favorable condition and good people. Now, I can see far more pink flags than I saw when I stood on a stage for the first time. I feel very happy for it.
I know I must thank many people who is setting this good circumstance for us.
Now, the 'Road To Graduation' begin. 12 of us shall smile our very best till the last day of Sakura Gakuin 2015!!
Translation by: Onji Kobe.