Sakura Gakuin’s Seven “School Rules”

Sakura Gakuin’s Seven “School Rules”

Because Sakura Gakuin website is only in Japanese, some foreign fans might have difficulty to explore the official site and to learn more about Sakura Gakuin. In this entry, as a native Japanese speaker, I would like to translate from the website their seven “School Rules” created as the role guide for the girls.  This does not seem to be widely conceived by foreign fans but without a doubt it describes what Sakura Gakuin is really expecting from its girls.

Kosoku (校則) literally translates to “school rules”, but here it is more of the guiding principles for the girls. Although I am not too familiar with Japanese idols, I can assure you that Sakura Gakuin is not quite like other idols in terms of how they run this “school”. Seven “Kosoku” are based on quotes from the great female figures in history. Please note that this is my translation, and nothing official. (Quotes originally in Japanese are translated in English by me.) Exerts from Sakura Gakuin TV programs (SUN) are inserted after each rule (quote), where one of the members (from Year 2010-2011, I believe) read out stories of the corresponding superlady. Some has English subtitles and some do not. ENJOY.

The page for seven kosoku is here.

1. Be more than just an idol (celebrity)! Be a “super lady”!

“I don’t want to make money, I just want to be wonderful.” ~Marilyn Monroe

1_Marilyn Monroe

2. Explode your character!

“In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.” ~Coco Chanel

2_Coco Chanel

3. Be yourself and trust yourself!

“I don’t believe in anything, unless I dig it out with my own hands, think with my own brain, and am able to digest it.” ~Setouchi Jakucho

3_Setouchi_Jakucho

(No sound in the video…)

4. Give full of love.

“Love is like a beautiful flower which I may not touch, but whose fragrance makes the garden a place of delight just the same.” ~Helen Keller

4_Helen Keller

5. You cannot do it alone.

“A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.” ~Yoko Ono

5_Yoko Ono

6. Do with your heart.

“and it is not how much we do… but how much love we put in that action.” ~Mother Teresa

6_Mother Teresa

7. Always pull every string till the graduation.

“Short is life of a flower. Full of hard times, yet still wind blows. Clouds shine.” ~Fumiko Hayashi

7_Fumiko Hayashi

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