八田 友江 (Hatta Tomoe)
September 10, 1971
Ichikawa, Chiba, Japan
|Years active||1993–2016 |
Tomo Sakurai (櫻井 智, Sakurai Tomo, born Tomoe Hatta (八田 友江, Hatta Tomoe), September 10, 1971 in Ichikawa, Chiba) is a Japanese actress, voice actress and singer. Sakurai was a member of I'm Enterprise, but later became freelance up until her retirement. She previously announced her retirement on September 1, 2016, but on June 1, 2019, she announced that she would return to the entertainment industry.
At the age of 14, Sakurai debuted as a sub-member for "Kiss Fairlies," a group that worked as campaign girls for the local Kijima Motorcycle Racing Team. All members were over 15 years old, aside from Tomo.
At 17, she joined the idol pop unit, Lemon Angel, a counter project of Cream Lemon coordinated by the same company that produced "Kiss Fairlies". The project contained comic, animated, and idol pop units. The unit played themselves in Midnight Anime Lemon Angel. She released 5 albums during her time in Lemon Angel.
Sakurai joined a new video game idol unit and released one album with this unit. After leaving, she focused her career to mainly voice acting work.
On September 1, 2016, Sakurai announced her retirement from both her professional voice acting and singing careers on her official blog post titled "Arigato/Thank You."
She explained the reason as: "I used to have a strong vocal cord that couldn't be broken and became stronger even after singing for hours. But recently, I have realized it's becoming more and more difficult for me to use my important voice as an actress. I know it's a natural thing as time goes by, but I myself can't accept the change, then I understand it's almost the time to retire."
On June 1, 2019, Sakurai announced that she was returning to the entertainment industry.
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