March 12, 1999 — Kanagawa
Oda: The 11th generation audition was called the “Suppin Utahime Audition” (“Makeup-Less Songstress Audition“). Singing was all I had — this was my chance. Had it been called a “dancing audition” or a “beautiful girl audition,” I probably would’ve given up from the get-go. I got lucky with the word “songstress” being in the title.
The Beginnings of a Songstress
— Tsunku♂ has previously stated that he thinks the all-time top vocalists of Hello! Project are Matsuura Aya, Takahashi Ai, and you.
Oda: He said that in reference to how our skill levels were when we’d just joined Hello! Project. I don’t know whether he still holds that opinion of me or not. I’m just glad that there was at least one point in time where he felt that way.
— The first time you met Tsunku♂ was at the S/mileage audition.
Oda: That was actually the first time I’d ever sung with all seriousness in front of other people. I was always a shy person. But he heard my singing when it was still “pure” — before I’d done any voice training and all that — and he got curious about me because of it. That made me glad.
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Fukumura Mizuki, Ikuta Erina, Oda Sakura / Morning Jogakuin (episode #293)
Fukumura: Also! What’s this!? What’s this all about!? Oda Sakura-san!
Oda: Yes! I’ve released my second photobook! It’s on sale now!
Fukumura: Let’s all try to “Oda Sakura” to it once a day, every day.
Oda: What’s that supposed to mean? … Anyway, please check out my photobook.
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Okay, that’s crossing the line.
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Khaki is the trend color of the year.
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That you can’t play musical instruments without a lot of practice.
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That you can have a really long-running TV show if you just secure your sponsors.
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“CD Journal” 2014 2nd issue Morning Musume ’14 Oda Sakura interview (excerpt)
── Would you like to talk about anything that’s been on your mind lately?
Is it okay even if it’s quite technical?
May I? I’ve realized the importance of consonants. When singing in unison, I was someone who tended to leave it up to the others to make it work — I used to think that since there were so many of us singing, there was no need for me to emphasize my own presence. But when we tried singing again after Tanaka-san’s graduation, I finally understood the extent to which she had been taking the lead even when it came to singing in unison. All of us used to figure out the rhythm and intervals by listening to Tanaka-san’s voice, so when she was gone, it made me further realize just how big of a role she’d played within the group. But when I went back and listened to Tanaka-san’s singing, I noticed how she was singing the consonants really distinctly. Like, she would put emphasis to her pronunciation of the “s” in “sa” or the “k” in “ka.” She pronounced things like even a simple “come on” more like “KYAmon.” That’s when I came up with the idea of singing everything while paying mind to the alphabet inside my head. That’s what me and Sato-san have now started doing.
── Oh, Sato-san, too?
Sato-san doesn’t want to be like Tanaka-san, she wants to be Tanaka-san.
── Ahaha. She wants to become Tanaka-san herself? (laughs)
Her singing, her way of getting the audience fired up, her way of creating facial expressions, her fashion — she’s going for all of it. Anyway, I’ve started hearing how clearly Sato-san sings the consonants and it’s made me think it’s now her who’s leading everyone vocally, so that’s motivated me to work harder.
── So highlighting the consonants makes the rhythm more defined.
It gives it liveliness. It gives it “bite.” That’s why I’m using Tanaka-san’s way of singing as reference and always keeping the consonants at the back of my mind.
── So when you’re singing, you’re always thinking of the lyrics in the context of the alphabet?
Conveying the message of the lyrics is the number one most important thing of course, but yes, that’s right. Sato-san, too, is very conscious about it. One day when our singing instructor praised her vocals, she told me she had been singing while thinking about the lyrics alphabetically that day. Having it recognized like that, I thought it must be important.
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The dumplings were so delicious!
And sitting next to me was…
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Are you seriously telling me that this facial expression which is like the very essence of a state of deep concentration looks to you like she’s “bored“?!
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Aside all that, her boobs…
(Note: Just for the few of you who don’t already know: Ikuta is a huge Gaki fan and has thus been appointed by other Gaki fans as the chairman or president of NOK (Niigaki-san wo Ouensuru Kai, or Cheering for Niigaki-san Party). She has gladly accepted the title and has since then hosted fan club events centered around worshiping Niigaki Risa.)
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I have a sudden announcement to make.
I, 11th generation member of Morning Musume, Oda Sakura, have formed a supporting party for Chairman Ikuta’s Niigaki-san wo Ouensuru Kai. I have obtained permission for this from both Chairman Ikuta and my manager.
Whenever there is a gathering of the Niigaki-san wo Ouensuru Kai, or “NOK” for short, the supporting party will dispatch to its assistance. I will be aiding all of you fans of Chairman Ikuta and Niigaki-san. In other words, my job will be to cheer on the cheerers.
And, well, that is all.
All of you in NOK and Chairman Ikuta, I look forward to working with you.
My first activities as the supporting party are…
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What the heck is she talking about?