Monthly Archives: June 2011

Blog update: “IN Osaka”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 6/23 blog update, titled “IN Osaka“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

Yesterday was the shop event in Osaka

It was a short time, but we were able to talk about various things,

and then being near everyone who came,

it was really fun

Being able to meet all the fans on a weekday, I was happy

Since it was an event with a limited amount of participants, I think there was also a lot of people who couldn’t come,

but I’ll come to Osaka again for concerts and plays, so let’s definitely meet at that time, ok

And then, a surprise after the event

we appeared on
UpFront Kansai’s Miyazaki Rio-chan’s

“Miyazaki Rio’s USTREA-tan”

USTREAM program

She was quite surprised

It was the first time I’ve talked with Rio-chan

When she turned to the camera to read her lines,

her really cute voice caused my chest to tighten

It’d be nice if we can meet again

Everyone who watched too,

thank ya kindly

(Hehe I mastered the intonation at yesterday’s event)

It was a surprise, so I’m sorry I couldn’t announce it

Ah That’s right, yesterday was the first time I ate salt takoyaki, and it was really delicious

I’m looking forward to the day when I can go to Osaka again

And then, here is an announcement

The CD of the charity song for the great Tohoku Kantou earthquake relief

“Ai wa Katsu / Ganbarou Nippon Ai wa Katsu Singers”

was released yesterday

The proceeds from this CD will be donated to the Japanese Red Cross for the sake of the earthquake relief.

Everyone put their hearts into singing this song, and if it has the effect of creating courage and cheer in someone’s heart,

and the donations gathered from everyone give power to everyone in the affected area, it would be good

I hope it reaches as many people as possible…

Since that disaster, more than 3 months have passed,

and in those three months, the warmth of people unnoticed before was able to be felt a lot.

Because of that time, it was necessary for everyone to help each other,

though, it’d be nice if the future from here was a warm future where people supported people like they do now… I feel.

Now then, this entry has become long
Today I will go to a photoshoot

I hope everyone has a wonderful day…

Maimi appears on “Miyazaki Rio’s USTREA-tan”

While in Osaka for their Hello! Shop event, Maimi and Chisato stopped by for an appearance on UpFront Kansai talent Miyazaki Rio’s USTREAM show, “Miyazaki Rio’s USTREA-tan”. Their appearance can be seen by jumping ahead to around the 39 minute mark.

Blog update: “I watched”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 6/22 blog update, titled “I watched“:

Hello
It’s Maimi

Today’s the summer solstice
It seems like today is the longest day of the year

And then this morning I ate cherries

It’s already cherry season

Now then, yesterday, I had a photoshoot for the Hello! Channel magazine together with Berryz Koubou’s Shimizu Saki-chan and Sudou Maasa-chan

Patissier experience episode 2

We gave our original roll cakes to Maasa to eat, and she judged them for us

It’ll be released in July, so definitely check it out please

By the way, I gave a roll cake I made to Chisato whose birthday was yesterday

“Delicious” she said

I’m glad

And then at night, I went and saw Chisato’s solo event

Ahhh It was exciting

And then, I also thought so when I went and saw Chisato’s solo live earlier

Chisato’s singing is really powerful and skillful… hearing it, I become cheerful

There was also a surprise, and Chisato’s reaction was really funny

I saw her sparkling smile and she seemed to be having fun, and “She had a lot of fun turning 17-years-old, didn’t she

I thought

When we spoke after it was over,

“I was nervous until yesterday though~ I’m relieved it ended without any problems” she said

I’m still nervous Chisato…

But when I watched yesterday’s event, my feeling of anticipation gradually became bigger

I’ll do my best

For now, thanks for your hard work on your finished solo events, Nacky and Chisato

Now, today I’ll also be together with Okai-chan

The two of us are going to a shop event in Osaka

I’m really excited
I want to talk a lot

Well then, have a wonderful day today

Maimi Sightings for 6/21

Today Maimi met with Berryz Koubou’s “Captain” Shimizu Saki for another round of playing patissier for the next volume of Hello! Channel (to be released in July), as chronicled in a series of posts in Captain’s official blog.

Translations of Captain’s blog updates can be found at blog!project.

℃-ute news for 6/21: Nakayoshi Battle Concert 2011

“Berryz Koubou & ℃-ute Nakayoshi Battle Concert Tour 2011 Fall” announced
Official H!P site officially announces revival of famous 2008 joint tour. Only two dates in late-October so far, but more likely to be added.

Blog update: “To Chisato♥ From Maimi”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 6/21 blog update, titled “To Chisato From Maimi“:

It’s become the 21st

Chisato
Happy birthday

Already 17-years-old, huh

The night before last, for some reason or another, I wanted to watch the DVD of the play “Neruko wa ℃-ute”,

so I watched it during the night.

The play was our first,

and it was during the time when we had just released our 2nd single “Meguru Koi no Kisetsu” in 2007

Everyone, including myself, still looked very young, and Chisato looked like a boy

With spirit she laughed, and was innocent and mischevious…

In all these years she’s really become like an adult~ I felt again

Back then,

“Skirts are hard to wear Even in the winter, wearing sandals is nice“… she’d say

Now she’s a completely lovely big sister

She’s always as spirited and bright as she used to be though

That brightness gives spirit to those around her, I feel

Though she often writes in her personal blog,

there are also things about worry, confusion, and feeling down.

She herself often says “I’m too negative~

But that kind of feeling… if it’s born from your ambition, I feel it’s a really important thing

Earnestly facing that before you, as proof of working hard, I think you will feel down and find a lot of worry and confusion.

Something like a life without worries, it’s probably boring

Let’s continue to worry together, find solutions, and go and do our best as ℃-ute

Now, Chisato
continuing from Nacky yesterday, will have a solo event today

Having an event on your birthday… it’s the best

With a lot of people watching over her, she’ll become 17-years-old

I hope she has fun with all of her heart and has a wonderful birthday

If it’s Chisato, it’ll be alright

I hope Chisato’s 17th is full of happiness…

P.S.

(1) Yesterday, I looked at an album in my house
Chisato was still young and looking like a boy

(2) Chisato with 2 days before turning 17 If you compare it to (1), she’s become an adult~

(3) Last is ℃-ute

Blog update: “Start!!”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 6/20 blog update, titled “Start“:

Hello
It’s Maimi

Yesterday’s Osaka release event

I sweat a lot and I was able to see the smiles of everyone who came

It was a really fun time that went by in an instant

Once again,

everyone who bought and listened to the new single “Momoiro Sparkling”

thank you very much

And then, yesterday was Father’s Day

When I returned home, I gave him the present that I had prepared

For this year’s Father’s Day present, I gave him a jinbei

Again this year, he immediately changed into it, and got into bed wearing the jinbei

Thank you always Father

In addition, today is
Nacky’s solo event

For this event

we take a turn one at a time,

and ℃-ute’s top batter is Nacky

For anything, being the first is tense

Somehow even I’m nervous

Yesterday, I was continually humming to myself

As for Nacky
I hope she comes back saying “Ah That was fun

From far, I want to send our cheers to Nacky

Fight Nacky

Well well, let’s tanobaru undaunted with Nacky

Have a wonderful day

Blog update: “Impressed”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 6/19 blog update, titled “Impressed“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

Yesterday’s Yokosuka concert was really really exciting

At the first live in two weeks I sweat a lot, and thought “As expected, concerts are fun

Yesterday, the noon performance was broadcast on YouTube,

and I wonder if we were able to show those who came to the venue and those who watched the live broadcast a fun time…

After the performance, when I asked “About how many people watched“,

the total was about 90,000 people

That number surprised me

The concert was about two-hours, and a lot of people watched us on the ℃-ute channel during that time

Despite the time difference of those in foreign countries…

I’m really really grateful

We hope we will go to meet everyone.

Hehe
I’m poor at English, but the staff taught me

I also said it at the live broadcast, but
“We’d like to go and meet everyone around the world someday

And then, when reading yesterday’s comments,

“I didn’t have the time” and “I couldn’t watch the live broadcast becuase of various circumstances

there were a lot of people that said that

But but, I am happy that they tried, and that support becomes our power too

Yesterday’s performance was also recorded for DVD, so when it goes on sale definitely check it out please

Moreover, at yesterday’s concert a moving thing happened

This was at the evening performance,

and everyone at the venue celebrated Chisato’s birthday on 6/21

During a song, all of the glowsticks in the audience became Chisato’s image color (green)

and it was so moving I got goose bumps

Happiness welled up inside me

I say… although it’s not my birthday

However, Chisato also appeared like she was going to cry, and was really delighted

All of the ℃-ute fans’ kindness wrapped the venue up in warmth

All of the wonderful fans are always always supporting ℃-ute like this…

I felt

I want Chisato to spend her remaining two 16-year-old days without regret,

and to have a wonderful year as 17-years-old

And then, speaking of birthdays
today, 6/19 is
Nakazawa Yuko-san’s birthday

She’s a really great person
As the leader of Morning Musume-san since it’s creation, she was strict at times, kind at times…

Able to think of what’s most necessary for the group I really respect that

For this reason, Morning Musume-san has become a “Morning Musume” that a lot of people love, and everyone knows…

We really don’t have the opportunity to meet, and the picture is a picture from quite some time ago, but she continues to be a senior that I always always respect

Happy birthday

Alright Today
Let’s go
to Osaka for the release event for the new song “Momoiro Sparkling”

Today I’ll tanobaru with all my power

I hope everyone has a wonderful Sunday too…

℃-ute live YouTube broadcast reminder

Though I’m certain almost all ℃-ute fans are already ready for this, I just wanted to post a reminder that today at 15:00 JST (in little less than an hour), ℃-ute’s Yokosuka performance of the “℃-ute Concert Tour 2011 Spring ‘Chou! Chou Wonderful Tour'” will be aired live on ℃-ute’s channel on YouTube. The link for the stream is already live (and embedded above), and though I missed it myself, earlier they showed some of the rehearsal for the concert. As you can read in the blog translation below this, Maimi is ready and excited to perform for the entire world, so tune in and see what her and the ℃-ute girls have in store.

Update (6/18/2011 1:35AM): It’s starting, though right now it’s just a splash screen.

Update (6/18/2011 2:00AM): The actual concert has begun.

Update (6/18/2011 3:59AM): And that’s a wrap.

Blog update: “Please watch♥”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 6/18 blog update, titled “Please watch“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

Recently, I’ve started eating only Chinese food…

I wonder why

The night before last, my mom made Chinese fried rice, and thought I ate it,

at lunch yesterday, I wanted to eat Chinese fried rice again, and went to a Chinese restaraunt…

The Chinese dumplings were also delicious

And then this morning’s breakfast was chilled Chinese noodles…

Ahhh Chinese food is delicious

Now, today there’s a ℃-ute concert in Yokosuka

It’s the first live in 2 weeks
I want to enjoy it with all my might

Here’s some news

Today’s performance at 15:00

will be broadcast on the ℃-ute channel on YouTube

Those who live far away
and those who can’t come to the venue because they have other responsibilities

Those who know of ℃-ute, but haven’t yet come to a concert…

definitely check it out please

When I think “People all over the world can watch it“, I’m really happy

Furthermore, a concert broadcasting from Japan It’s the first one is the talk…

Yay ℃-ute is the first (lol)

In addition, there’s also a DVD recording

Today’s concert will become a DVD…

While typing out this blog, I’ve steadily gained a fighting spirit

Today I’ll go all out
I will go with all my power at full-throttle

In the hopes that this concert becomes one that grabs ahold of many people’s hearts, ℃-ute will do its best

Blog update: “Solo event”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 6/17 blog update, titled “Solo event“:

Hello
It’s Maimi

Yesterday
for the first time in awhile I went shopping by myself for a mother’s day present and a present for Chisato’s birthday

On the way back, my shoe slipped while in a crowd of people and I fell down with all my might

It was embarassing

I wasn’t injured though

Ah By the way, the mother’s day present I wrote about in a previous blog,

after a long time I got a cushion that prevents backache while driving, and two books

There were a variety of cushions, so I was really confused as to what was good

Since my mom often drives me around, it’d be nice if it’s effective

Now, changing the subject, yesterday Berryz Koubou’s Tokunaga Chinami-chan had a solo event

We mailed each other the day before yesterday, and she seemed really nervous

“I’m cheering for you, so remember that before the performance

I said, and

“Ok Wearing the necklace that Maimi gave me, I’ll do my best

she said to me

How happy

I also have a solo event on the 29th, and every time I have a solo event I’m definitely nervous

I’ll work hard so that it’ll become a fun event

Well well, today let’s tanobaru

P.S.

Today is Tsuji Nozomi-san’s birthday

Recently we haven’t had the chance to meet,

but last year she appeared with ℃-ute at a live radio broadcast

Tsuji-san, happy birthday

Maimi to appear on “Haropuro TIME” (6/23)

According to the preview at the end of this week’s episode of H!P’s weekly program “Haropuro TIME”, next week will again feature Maimi as the camerawoman as she goes on a date with fellow ℃-ute members Mai and Chisato to have all-you-can-eat yakiniku (grilled meat). The episode will air on 6/23 at 1:00AM JST.

Screencap courtesy of the fans at 2ch.

℃-ute news for 6/16: ℃ Fest 2011 goods

“℃ Fest 2011 Early Summer ~℃-Nacchau no you Solo LIVE!~” goods list
Goods for the fanclub-only events include photosets (Maimi’s solo photoset pictured below) and t-shirts (also pictured below).

Blog update: “Red bean paste roll”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 6/16 blog update, titled “Red bean paste roll“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

Yesterday I went and had monja with my dad and mom for the first time in awhile

Monja’s delicious

Ummmm…

I ordered walleye pollack monja and

mix monja
(with pork, sakura shrimp, and squid in it) and

walleye pollack, tuna, and cheese monja

And, there was a surprising dessert

The people next to us
ordered fruit monja,

and ate ice cream and fruit while it was cooking on the iron plate

I wonder what kind of taste it had

Though I was interested in that,
myself

red bean paste roll
I ordered

My love for red bean paste is unbearable O(≧▽≦)O

(1)
Placing the red bean paste on top of the batter like this…

(2)
wrapped up, and then cut into an easy-to-eat size…

This batter is springy

Is it komeko
Is it shiratamako

The way to make it seems easy, so I’d like to become able to make it

“My stomach’s full” my mom said, and didn’t eat another bite,

but my dad seemed to really really like it

Together with myself
“You really can’t eat It’s delicious

we encouraged my mom

When I have monja next time
I’ll also order and try fruit monja

Well then, let’s tanobaru today

Blog update: “Our home’s comforts”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 6/15 blog update, titled “Our home’s comforts“:

Good evening
It’s Maimi

This is sudden, but in our home there are lots of soothing things

(1)

Our home’s decorative plants…

…my mom loves things like this, so she often buys them

and the greenery in our house is really comforting

And then, these red flowers…
Yesterday, my mom put the bouquet I was given in the vase

Next, here’s the picture you can see above…

(2)

When I took the picture with a camera
it reflected a little bit

This picture comforts me a lot

Though it’s a painting, it’s like a picture,
and the image of children playing baseball with all their might while wearing big helmets

and the sky and the distant mountains…

all of it is soothing

Though there are other paintings that I like

This painting might be my number 1 favorite

Though it has always decorated our house, it’s a wonder
Whenever I see it, I’m comforted

Now, today I finally decided on a Mother’s Day gift

This late… I’ll go and buy it

On a related note, I’ve already decided on a Father’s Day present

Well well, until tomorrow’s update~