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This article is about the Pokémon Trainer from Ecruteak City. For the character whose Japanese name is also Sakura, see Daisy (anime).
サクラ Sakura
Sakura in the anime
Gender Female
Eye color Blue
Hair color Magenta
Hometown Ecruteak City
Region Johto
Relatives Satsuki, Tamao, Sumomo, Koume (sisters)
Trainer class Trainer
Anime debut Trouble's Brewing
English voice actor Kerry Williams
Japanese voice actor Mariko Kouda

Sakura (Japanese: サクラ Sakura), known as Sayo in the English language versions of the games, is a Pokémon Trainer who lives with her sisters, the Kimono Sisters, in Ecruteak City.

In the anime

Sakura in full costume

Sakura made her first appearance in Trouble's Brewing. She was particularly friendly with Misty, since they both knew what it was like being the youngest in a group of sisters. For a while, she even considered joining Ash and his friends for their Pokémon journey, but eventually decided to train by herself first before embarking on her own journey.

In Espeon, Not Included, the group met up with Sakura again while passing through to Ecruteak City. By this time, her Eevee had evolved into an Espeon. She used Espeon in a battle against Misty's Corsola, where the coral Pokémon emerged victorious. She also later helped the group to save her sisters' stolen Pokémon from Team Rocket.

Sakura reappeared in The Blue Badge of Courage, where she was revealed to be challenging Gyms and so visited Misty in Cerulean City. She mentioned that she already had three Gym Badges by that point: the Storm Badge, the Zephyr Badge, and the Hive Badge. After she helped Misty in rescuing Kinso's stolen Badges from the Gym Badge thieves, Sakura had a battle against Misty's Corsola once again. This time, Espeon was victorious, thus earning Sakura her fourth Badge, the Cascade Badge.


This listing is of Sakura's known Pokémon:

Sakura's Espeon
Eevee → Espeon
Main article: Sakura's Espeon

Espeon is Sakura's main Pokémon. It first appeared as an Eevee in Trouble's Brewing. By its next appearance in Espeon, Not Included, it had already evolved into Espeon and had a battle against Misty's Corsola. However, it was defeated by the Water-type. It also appeared in The Blue Badge of Courage defeating Misty's Corsola, earning Sakura a Cascade Badge.

Debut Trouble's Brewing
Voice actors
Japanese Yumi Touma
English Kayzie Rogers
Sakura's Beautifly
Beautifly first appeared in The Blue Badge of Courage, when Sakura used it to find the people who stole Kinso's Badges.

None of Beautifly's moves are known.

Debut The Blue Badge of Courage
Voice actors
Japanese Machiko Toyoshima
English Rachael Lillis

Badges obtained

This listing is of the Badges Sakura has obtained:

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 國府田マリ子 Mariko Kouda
English Kerry Williams
Finnish Jenni Sivonen
Polish Magda Ostolska (EP183)
Katarzyna Łukaszyńska (EP226)
Brazilian Portuguese Tatiane Keplmair (EP183-EP226)
Priscilla Concépcion (SS005)
Spanish Latin America Ana Lobo (EP183-EP226)
Ariadna Rivas (SS005)
Spain Sandra Jara (EP183-EP226)
Carmen Cervantes (SS005)

In the games

Generation II

In Gold, Silver, and Crystal, Sayo can be battled in the Ecruteak Dancing Hall as well as her sisters. Once she and her sisters are defeated, a man will give the player HM03 (Surf).


Generation IV

Sayo makes an appearance in the Gold and Silver remakes, HeartGold and SoulSilver, as well. Unlike before, but as with her sisters in these games, she can be encountered outside of the Ecruteak Dance Hall. She first meets the player in the Ice Path when her sandals get stuck to the ice. She can be fought after the player receives the Rainbow Wing or the Silver Wing. Unlike before, she is in ownership of a Jolteon. Once she and her sisters are defeated in a consecutive battle, the player receives either the Clear Bell or the Tidal Bell.



Spr GS Kimono Girl.png Spr HGSS Kimono Girl.png Kimono Girl b II OD.png Kimono Girl OD.png
Sprite from
Generation II
Sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Overworld sprite from
Generation II
Overworld sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver



Language Name Origin
Japanese サクラ Sakura From 桜 cherry blossom.
English Sayo*
Sakura* From her Japanese name
French Yumiko*
Sakura* From her Japanese name
German Keiko*
Sakura* From her Japanese name
Italian Sayo* Same as her English name in the games.
Sakura* From her Japanese name
Spanish Bea*
Sakura* From her Japanese name
Korean 예솔 Yesol
Chinese (Mandarin) 櫻花 Yīnghuā* Means Cherry flower.
小樱 Xiǎo Yīng*

Anime characters
Protagonists Ash KetchumPikachuMistyTogeticBrockTracey SketchitMayMaxDawnPiplupIrisAxewCilanSerenaClemontBonnieDedenneLanaKiaweLillieSophoclesMallowRotom Pokédex
Rivals GaryRitchieHarrisonDrewHarleyMorrisonTysonSolidadPaulNandoZoeyKennyConwayBarryUrsulaTobiasTripBiancaBurgundyStephanGeorgiaCameronVirgilAriaAlainMietteTiernoShaunaTrevorNiniSawyerGladion
Antagonists JessieJamesMeowthWobbuffetGiovanniButchCassidyDr. NambaMatoriPierceDr. ZagerGozuTabithaMaxieShellyArchieHunter JSaturnCyrusMarsJupiterCharonColressAldithGhetsisBarretMalamarLysandreMableCelosiaAlianaXerosicBryonyTuppZippRappPlumeriaViren
Professors Professor OakProfessor IvyProfessor ElmProfessor BirchProfessor RowanProfessor CarolinaProfessor JuniperDr. FennelCedric JuniperProfessor SycamoreProfessor KukuiProfessor Burnet
Relatives Delia KetchumDaisyVioletLilyJames's parentsNanny and Pop-PopFlintLolaForrestBrock's siblingsNormanCarolineJohannaChiliCressGraceMeyerLana's fatherLana's motherHarper and SarahRangoSimaMimoKiawe's grandfatherMohnLusamineGladionSophocles's parentsMolayneAbeMallow's motherUlu
Supporting Officer JennyNurse JoyMagikarp salesmanJigglypuffTodd SnapCharles GoodshowCaseyGranbullLizaSakuraLanceLarvitarRaoul ContestaMr. SukizoStevenVivian MeridianRobertScottLilian MeridianMarianLake guardiansRhondaCynthiaReggieAngieLookerLyraKhouryDon GeorgeAlderLukeFreddy O'MartianIngoEmmetMeloettaJervisNAnthea and ConcordiaPorterAlexaSophieCosetteClembotSanpeiMairinDianthaGurkinnMonsieur PierrePalermoKeananMalvaSquishyZ2Guardian deitiesBewearSamson OakAnelaStoutlandHobbesNinaAnnaLakiOranguruNebbyWickeFabaIlimaAcerolaDiaGym LeadersElite FourFrontier BrainsIsland KahunasMany temporary characters

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