Haruko has chestnut brown hair and almond eyes. She wears a purple headband with a butterfly on it, a navy blue/white dress with purple laces and a purple/white cloth attached to it. Around her right leg she wears a long navy blue stocking with a purple/white frill on top of it a star, sun, and moon anklet, a short navy stocking on her left, and purple/white high heel shoes.
Haruko is a natural and generous older sister who always has a smile on her face. She is always attentive to those around her, supporting her friends from the shadows and brightening the atmosphere of the place. She has a complex about her simple appearance and the fact that she is the oldest among the ten members of the group.
At first glance, Haruko appears to be a cool beauty, but on the inside she is a humble late-bloomer idol. She made her solo debut a few years ago, but she is a hard worker who has not yet made her mark. She thinks she doesn't have any talent as an idol, but she keeps pushing forward towards her dream.
|So, please start with a quick introduction of yourself?
I'm Haruko Saeki , I'm sevente-... I'm twenty years old. I'm a bit older than the other members, but I'm trying my hardest with my experience!
Nothing, it was nothing! Don't worry about it, carry on!
Yes, I made my solo debut a few years ago but I didn't make it very far... But I've come here for a fresh start and now I'm working hard at our lessons to become a top idol with everyone else!
Even if I didn't sell well as a solo idol, I think the fact that I never resigned has made me believe in hard work. I probably like idols more than most people.
I'm growing vegetables in my dormitory garden so I water them in the morning! It's already lovely to see them growing so quickly. Especially the eggplant and tomatoes.
I've been getting my credits there, so I've only been going a few days a week recently. I can't wait for all the Hoshimi Production to come here after high school...
I like Japanese literature, and I also like English, though I'm not good at it.
I've been bad with numbers since elementary school, and just looking at them makes me wince.
Up until a while ago, I was into going camping alone and touring ruins, and now I enjoy making pickles.
Yes! White rice, miso soup and my own pickled vegetables are enough. I guess I also cook rice when I'm on breakfast duty.
I like to cook and bake pancakes and cookies by myself. Everyone in the dormitory is happy to see me.
I'm not very experienced with it, but I like to drink alcohol. My grandmother lives in the area where they make a lot of wine, and I look forward to having it sent to me from time to time.
I feel very comfortable in the tent when I'm camping solo. A kind of meditation? I love it.
Yes! At one point, I used to pitch my tent on the beach in Hoshimi City. The sound of the waves at night is very soothing to me.
The food we eat outside is excellent, so I always take a single burner and a small fire pit with me. Um.........I just realized when I was talking to you that my personal life is a bit plain, isn't it?
When I was little, I was really impressed when I saw idols perform live, and I've admired them ever since. Then Hoshimi Production opened in my hometown, so I applied for the job and took the audition, and it was a rather normal process.
That's right. It's always been my dream to be an idol. That's why I'm so happy to be doing interviews like this now.
I remember the first time I saw an idol live, on my way home. I couldn't contain my excitement. From that day on, me and my friends sang together in elementary school. Hmmm... I wasn't shy about it.
What would I be doing... I haven't thought much about it. Maybe that makes sense.
That's...so nice to hear. I'm in a place that I've admired for a long time. I'm sorry, it's an indescribable feeling.
It's a place where we can sing, dance and show everything we've got and shine together with our fans.
It's to think highly of my fans and of all those who support me.
They are the ones who pushes me when I'm lost or having a hard time. Even in my daily life, I always say to myself, "Haruko, go for it!" I feel like they're gently encouraging me to do so.
I'm looking forward to all the handshake meetings and live shows. I feel lonely when I'm working solo, and I've never worked this much before.
My colleagues! When you're in this industry, there will be a lot of hardship and sadness to come, but together with everyone, we can get through anything!
In the beginning, all the members were very careful with each other, but then one day, we became friends and could say anything to each other. At that point, it felt like a bond was born.
Hmmm, that was when one of the members let everyone in. I'll leave it to your imagination as to who it is!
I'm often cleaning with Saki (Shiraishi)-chan and I cook with Nagisa (Ibuki)-chan. But they're more like a sister than a best friend. I guess it's something like that.
There is. It's one-sided... But it's presumptuous of me to say, so I'll let you know when I've surpassed it properly.
Of course, we'll become the top idol, and we'll make the office become big with a bang!
My grandmother who has been supporting me from afar. She's always saying to me, "I watch idol shows on TV to look for Haruko, but I can't find you".
That was when we decided to start with this group. I got strangely fidgety, so much so that the tea I was pouring into the teacup overflowed!
I can't count the number of times I've had those moments. But the worst was when I was a solo artist, and one of my fellow students won an audition as if it was a given, and I was rejected in an instant. I tried my best to make up for it so that it wouldn't show on my face, but I was so disappointed.
I've been working hard for a long time, but I feel like I'm working the hardest right now. As a senior, I want to support all the members as much as I can, so that we can stand at the top of the idol world together.
As soon as I listened to the song, I knew it was our song. Even after our debut, this song pushed me over and over again.
My friends. For me, it's a song that brings the members' faces to life.
"Look at the stars and let them shine, I'm not afraid of the dark" I can't help but sing it to myself while cleaning and cooking, and even during independent practice.
I really like idols, so I'm addicted to finding and listening to old songs that I listened to when I was a kid that are still new to my ears. When I listen to it again, it's really fresh.
It's hard to choose, maybe singing?
Well... I'm an older person, so it's only natural that I have a lot of experience, but the question is how to communicate that to everyone. I'm selfishly struggling with the line between seniors and friends.
I want to aim for the same feeling I experienced when I was a child. It's like having a treasure chest full of dreams and then it's all unleashed at once... I'm sorry! It's hard to explain, isn't it?
I think you need to always shine and be admired.
10 years later.... 30 years old.... that's amazing.... isn't it? Haruko, the path you've taken is definitely not wrong! Don't be afraid of change, just keep pushing forward!
There were times when things didn't go well for me as a soloist and I got depressed, but I'm so grateful to my fans for helping me keep my dream alive. I'll do my best, so I'd be happy if you continue to support me.
- The name Haruko means "far off, distant, long ago" (遙) (haru) and "child" (子) (ko).
- Haruko's surname Saeki means "help, aid" (佐) (sa) and "chief, count, earl, uncle, Brazil" (伯) (eki).
- Based on the posters in the Hoshimi Production office, Haruko released two songs as a solo idol: "Shiny MIR☆CLE" (キラキラMIR☆CLE; Kira Kira MIR☆CLE) and "new wind".
- Please refer to this character's Image Gallery.
- Haruko Saeki Q+A on the LisAni website.