Monthly Archives: July 2011

Maimi Sightings for 7/31

In an update titled “Osaka” on her official blog, Hello! Project soloist Mano Erina shared a 2-shot with Maimi from the day’s performances in Osaka, and added that Maimi looks older than she does.

Full translations of the other members’ entries can be found at blog!project.

Blog update: “Big gathering”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 7/31 blog entry, titled “Big gathering“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

Beginning yesterday we came to Osaka and are having Hello! Project concerts

Concerts are fun

From the top of the stage, to the interior of the audience, I was able to perfectly see everyone’s smiles

Morning Musume’s Mitsui Aika-chan and Sayashi Riho-chan weren’t able to participate in the concerts because of injuries,

and Morning Musume-san’s fighting yell of “Let’s pile up those two’s parts” was amazing

Mittsi~ and Sayashi-chan, I hope they get better soon…

Well, there’s also a concert in Osaka today

In addition, today there are 3 performances(`・∀・´)

It’s been a long time since we’ve had 3 performances…

I’m looking forward to it

I want to go full of fighting spirit

Ah That’s right, this time
Morning Musume-san
Berryz Koubou
Mano Erina-chan
and S/mileage
are in the same dressing room

In other words… the dressing room is also a big Hello! Project gathering

It’s fresh

(1) Today, a picture with Morning Musume’s Michishige Sayumi-san…

In addition, one with Chisato who drastically cut her hair

(2) Chisato… is cute

Well then, today I will burst open cheerfully with everyone

Blog update: “♥Family♥”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 7/30 blog update, titled “Family“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

I’m starving( ´△` ) lol

I’m going to eat breakfast now

Breakfast is essential for me, as expected


I ate
Thanks for the meal

I had bread and milk

When I don’t eat breakfast I start feeling bad

I firmly ate, so Yajima has been reborn

Ah Speaking of food, the Queema curry my mom made yesterday was the most delicious

Food eaten at home is nice~

After eating, I started talking about old times with my mom and brother…

There was a lot of stuff I didn’t personally remember (lol)

When I was young, it seems my oldest brother and I would fight, and then my other brought would try to break it up and start fighting with my oldest brother…

When my mom became angry and said

“Go outside already“, for some reason the three of us would unite, and we’d all go outside

I don’t remember that~

What are we doing…
But we were often scolded

Now it’s become a funny story Talking with my family makes me feel happy

Family is important

Now then, today in Osaka is the first Hello! Project concert in two weeks

Yesterday, when I watched a recording of the Nagoya performances from earlier, I became excited

I started to want to have a concert soon

So today I want to burst open and enjoy it with all my strength, and sweat a lot

℃-ute power full-throttle p(^-^)q

Maimi Sightings for 7/29

Fellow ℃-ute member Suzuki Airi uploaded a 2-shot with Maimi in their Self-Defense Force uniforms today in her update on the official ℃-ute blog titled “Various things.

Full translations of the other members’ entries can be found at blog!project.

“Hello! Project 2011 SUMMER” goods update

Several new photosets have been added to the goods list for the Hello! Project 2011 SUMMER tour, which include new group, individual (Maimi’s pictured above), and “nakayoshi” photosets (Maimi’s pictured above). These goods will be available starting from the Osaka leg of the tour, which begins July 30th.

Full goods list for the Hello! Project 2011 SUMMER tour at the official Hello! Project website

Blog update: “Without worry!!”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s first update on the Sengoku Jieitai Kikan-seyo blog, titled “Without worry!!“:

I’ve been put in charge of today’s blog(^-^)

I’m ℃-ute’s Yajima Maimi♪

We’re on break from practice until August, and up to now we’ve had two practices!!

The first day was a scenario reading☆

Though it’s early, the second day we rehearsed the first part★

For me, the role I was given is really fresh,

and I haven’t challenged anything like it up until now(uvu)

How can I do a deeper performance of that character, it’s trial-and-error every day p(^-^)q

I’m happy though♪

That I was given a role like this☆

So that I can firmly make this long-awaited role my own, I gotta work hard(`・ω´・)+

Right♪ Let’s give it a lot of thought!!

Since Gekiharo has been groups performing one-by-one up until now,

Berryz Koubou and ℃-ute together at practice,

it’s sort of fresh☆

I want to absorb a lot of things from all the other members and co-stars, and run swiftly until September!!

In order to give you a wonderful play, everyone will work hard O(≧▽≦)O

I’m happy that this time there’s not just performances in Tokyo, but also in Osaka★♪

Everyone, the performance is still a ways off, but please definitely come and see it(*^^*)

Blog update: “Social Studies field trip”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 7/29 blog update, titled “Social Studies field trip“:

It’s Maimi

My shoulder feels a lot better than yesterday

…Yesterday when I met all of Berryz Koubou and ℃-ute, everyone’s muscle pain was in different areas

Only I was the left shoulder… why σ(^_^;)?

I wonder if I used the wrong muscles

Now, the origin of that muscle pain is… this

At the Self-Defense Force PR center in Asaka,

we looked, we experienced, we moved our bodies, and we learned a lot about the Self-Defense Force

It was a Social Studies field trip

The more you know about the Self-Defense Force job, it’s a job that’s physically and emotionally intense,

“Amazing~…” I felt deeply

What they taught us, I will firmly make the best use of in the play

Ah That’s right, in an earlier blog “Next time I’ll attach a picture of Berryz Koubou’s Kumai Yurina-chan” I wrote

Sorry for the wait

(3) The promised Kumai-chan picture

The Self-Defense Force uniform really really suits Kumai-chan and looks cool on her

Changing the subject, here’s a surprising episode from yesterday

I suddenly got a call from Berryz Koubou’s Tokunaga Chinami-chan

Me “Hello?”

Chi “○※♪△#~…” ←Like she was saying something to the make-up artist…(lol)

Me “………( ̄▽ ̄;)”

Chi “Ah! Hello?”

Me “Hello

Chi “Eh? Who’s this

Me “Σ( ̄◇ ̄*) Huuuh! Who, you ask… Who did you call?”

Chi “Hm? Mama…… Eh? Maimi

Me “That’s right

Chi “Sorry I messed up Later Click Beep beep beep…”

Me “……oh……

The call was like a storm (lol)
It was over before I understood it (lol)

That’s like Chinami
Though I’m also charmed by that (lol)

That said, last is a picture with Chinami


Well well, though the skies are cloudy today, but let’s go cheerfully, cheerfully in the afternoon

Maimi Sightings for 7/28

℃-ute member Nakajima Saki posted a 2-shot of Maimi with her best friend Tokunaga Chinami from Berryz Koubou in an entry on her Ameba blog titled “Hoi“. She also commented on the closeness between the two, and the charm of the pair.

Full translations of the other members’ blogs can be found on blog!project.

Blog update: “100,000 hit breakthrough!!”

Here’s the translation of Maimi’s 7/28 blog entry, titled “100,000 hit breakthrough“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

My shoulder aches~

Moreover, it’s just my left shoulder

Yesterday at the goods photoshoot for “Sengoku Jieitai”, the play we perform in in September,

we moved our bodies

During the photoshoot yesterday
“Tomorrow I’m going to have muscle pain

I thought,

and it came as expected

But it was really fun~

In addition, yesterday was Berryz Koubou and ℃-ute together,

and originally Berryz Koubou and ℃-ute
had activities as one group called Hello! Project Kids

so it reminded me of that time

When everyone assembles it’s really bustling, and on the bus back everybody’s body is worn-out from moving,

and everyone with the exception of myself
and Berryz Koubou’s
Shimizu Saki-chan and Tokunaga Chinami-chan

were sleeping soundly

And then, changing the subject,

The first volume of a 3-month serial release of solo DVDs filmed awhile ago

The clip from “a foggy doll”
on the ℃-ute channel on YouTube

broke through 100,000 views

It seems like various people all over the world watched it…

I’m really happy

Thank you so much

Orders for “a foggy doll”
are currently being taken on e-lineUP!, and will be taken until 11:59PM on 8/7

There are 6 outfits

Like (1), there’s 3 outfits with fluffy skirts unlike what I usually wear


I also wore 3 casual outfits

Please definitely check out DVD

Now, today’s pictures
when I looked at my folder,

pictures from the earlier DVD “Umikaze” were there,

so I’ve uploaded “Umikaze” off-shots(^-^)


Well then, the weather here looks like it’s going to rain now

I’ll properly bring my umbrella

Today I will go cheerfully

Blog update: “Farewell”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 7/27 blog update, titled “Farewell“:

It’s Maimi

I took this picture O(≧▽≦)O

(1) My pet dog Aroma

Aroma loves going out, and when we go to the entryway
“Are you taking me today

and while wagging her tail, she looks up at us

In this picture her tail is blurred (lol)

No matter how early in the morning, Aroma wakes up and meets me as I leave the house

My pet dog Cologne (Aroma’s mother) dislikes the mornings more than Aroma, so she doesn’t get out of her bed

Earlier, before I went out the two of them were in the entry way and “Take me with you~” they were pestering me

“I can’t take you today” I said, and my pet dogs stayed, and when I left the house

Pitter-patter pitter-patter
They ran to the other side
and the two of them were watching from the window

And then, my pet dog Rookie

sees me off from the garden

It really lifts my spirits

By the way, today they also saw me off

Cologne was still sleeping though(*^^*)

Then, changing the subject
last night I ate this

(2) Grapes

They were reaaaaaally delicious

I love cherries,

and cherries ≥ grapes
is about how much I like grapes

Ah, in addition, yesterday I took a bath with grapefruit bath salt

It was a nice smell~

Somehow yesterday was fruit indulgence~

Lastly, a picture from yesterday with Nacky from the “Sengoku Jieitai” practice


Well then, I’ll continue to work hard in the afternoon

Maimi Sightings for 7/26

Berryz Koubou’s Captain Shimizu Saki dedicated an entry on her official blog to Maimi, as part of a feature where she shares a 2-shot she recently took with the other Hello! Project members at a B.L.T. photoshoot. In the entry titled ““, Captain wrote that Maimi is really diligent, hard-working, and… scatterbrained. Captain continued to say that she really loves the kind Maimi who she has never once seen get angry, and that she still treasures a charm that Maimi gave her to this day.

Fellow ℃-ute member and fellow Kikan-seyo group member Nakajima Saki uploaded 2-shots with Maimi from the “Sengoku Jieitai” practice for the day in her entries “Today” and “Now” on both the ℃-ute blog and her personal Ameba blog.

Full translations for the other H!P members’ entries can be found at blog!project.

Blog update: “Start♪”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 7/26 blog update, titled “Start“:

Good evening
It’s Maimi

From yesterday
the practice for the play that begins in September
“Gekidan GekiHaro Volume 11 Sengoku Jieitai”


The role I play is like nothing I’ve ever played before

Personally, I was surprised

“Maimi with this kind of role is rare” I was told

It’s certainly rare

At yesterday’s scenario reading,

the roles were explained,

“This is difficult
I thought, and was considerably impatient

But since it’s a role I haven’t had before, if I can neatly make it my own and complete the performance,

the depth of my acting will expand I thought

I’m really happy that I was given this role

I gotta work my hardest though

I’m still not good enough yet, I’m still not good enough yet, I’m still not good enough yet~~

Though I still have a long way to go,
today I feel like I was able to grasp the role just a little more than yesterday

I want to firmly understand the role that the director Suzuki Sanzae-san created,

and right now I’m exploring it, but by the performance I want to perfectly make it my own

Ah~ Do your best, Maimi

Though I say that, the practices are really fun

Roles like this, there’s things to worry about and frustration, but isn’t it actually fun

The performance is still a ways off, but everyone definitely come and see it please

So that it becomes a wonderful play, everyone will work hard

(1) Yesterday’s picture
Since Berryz Koubou’s Kumai Yurina-chan can’t participate in the practice,

I will take a picture with Kumai-chan sometime later

↓The play’s details↓

Berikyuu news for 7/25: “Sengoku Jieitai” blogs

Blogs for both the Kikan-seyo (repatriation) and Shishu-seyo (defending to the end) groups added to Gekidan Online website (Kikan-seyo link)
Blog for Shishu-seyo here.

Blog update: “Summer vacation”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 7/25 blog update, titled “Summer vacation“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

Everyone, are you ENJOYing summer

People have already begun their summer vacation

Amongst those people, we also had summer vacation yesterday

When I read the other members’ blog last night, everyone seemed to be having a lot of fun…

Ah Okai-san wrote “I have nothing to do“(^-^)

I also ENJOYed my summer vacation

I met the close friend that I really really love

My close friend just turned 20-years-old…

It was a little late, but I was able to meet her and celebrate

For my birthday in February, my two close friends surprised me

The friend I met yesterday was one of them

That surprise made me happy happy, and I started making their present when I returned home that day

I created a memory album, and as expected I finished it too quickly

I stored it at my house for 5 months, and finally yesterday, I was able to give it to her

My close friend’s delighted face I was happy

First, she looked at the memory album I made

“Eh You’re kidding right” she said…

In addition to the pictures from the time we met at the 1st year elementary school student entrance ceremony, through the 14 years up to now, the album has illustrations and messages put here and there

At that time, the music playing in the store became good background music,

and as the two of us turned the pages, “Ah, I feel like crying(^o^;)” I said (lol)

It’s a strange thing to say since I made it myself

But, no matter which picture you look at, we’re always smiling next to each other…

We were aaaaalways together I thought again

Moreover, each time you turn the page, you can see the two of us gradually grow

“Look look We turned out that way(≧∀≦)”

we said…

After we left the store, again and again she took the album out, and gazed at it while saying “Eh~( ´∀`)”

And then, I presented her with a bracelet

and happily she put it on right away,

“I will take a purikura wearing this I wonder if it’ll show up in the picture” she said (^-^)

Yeah It’s been awhile since I’ve taken a purikura

The sight of her lining up the presents then and there and taking lots of pictures made me happy

And then, last we went to karaoke

To start, my close friend sang a song for me

Sonar Pocket-san’s
“Anata no Uta”

Since it’s a commercial song, it was actually the first time for me to hear it fully

When I said “It’s a nice song~ヾ(≧∀≦)〃

“I know This song, yeah yeah, that’s right I think It’s really like this when I meet a friend I want to meet tomorrow too I started to feel

she said…
I’m happy

In addition, while I was singing, my close friend chose the next song and looked over grinning

While I was wondering what it was,

“Massara Blue Jeans” came up

“I can do the dance” she said, and sang the song with the hand movements

Because she often comes to see the concerts, she remembered it

My close friend has a part-time job at night, so we said good bye around 17:30

“Aaaaah, if I didn’t have to work… we could stay together a little longer We’ll absolutely hang out again” she said though

Hanging out for the first time in awhile raised my spirits too, and was really fun

I really respect her from the bottom of my heart

She’s really really positive
really really “my pace”
kind to everyone
really really perseveres
really really thoughtful

Ah By the way, she’s really really smart too

She’s working hard with all her might so that she can become a nurse

When I hear that, “I gotta work hard too” I think

From here on too, when we become grannies too, I want to always aaaaaaaaalways cherish my close friend

I also want to meet my other close friend who I haven’t been able to recently
Though that close friend’s birthday is in July, I still haven’t… given them their present…

Um… This entry has already become long, but please let me continue m(__)m

I went to eat shabu-shabu with my dad, mom, brother, aunt, and cousin

It’s been awhile since I’ve eaten with my family, and my relatives joined in,

and talking about various things while eating with a large group of people is nice

Without thinking, we ate too much, and everyone’s stomachs were bulging

I felt warm things around me all day

I’m grateful to everyone

Now, the rehearsals for the September play “Sengoku Jieitai” start today

My heart is pounding

Alright I will firmly switch over, concentrate, and tanobaru

Thank you for reading this despite it’s length

Everyone enjoy your summer vacation too please

Blog update: “Odaiba!!”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 7/24 blog update, titled “Odaiba“:

It’s Maimi

Today’s Odaiba Gasshuukoku
“Sakigake! Ongaku Banzuke” event
was really fun~

It’s been awhile since we had an open-air event

It was cool outside,

and I was thinking “Lucky“,


Ahhh I was soaked with sweat at the end of the event

It was really really hot (lol)

By the way, yesterday’s setlist was like this

1. Dance de Bakoon!

2. Shochuu Omimai Moushiagemasu

3. Ooki na Ai de Motenashite

4. Sekai-ichi HAPPY na Onna no Ko

5. Momoiro Sparkling

The moment I stepped out on the stage, I was surprised by the amount of people who came

I couldn’t see the ground through the crowd all the way back to the road

People were tightly packed on the stairway for the nearby walkway too

I was really happy

It seemed like there were a lot of people like “It’s the first time I saw ℃-ute

Here’s a happy story I heard from my mom yesterday…

Actually, at yesterday’s event
my mom came and watched

nearby was a person accompanied by his child

and when he heard

the Candies-san cover song,

“Shochuu Omimai Moushiagemasu”

“Nostalgic~ This song was popular when Papa was young

he said with his child sitting on his shoulders

I’m happy

There were people who stopped for that reason…

Right I’m glad we were able to appear at this event

I think there were also a lot of people who couldn’t come,

and like the 2006 and 2007 Cutie Circuits, it’d be nice if we could have events everywhere that anyone can watch carefree… I felt

I want to go and meet everyone in the whole country(≧∀≦)

Well well, I’m going to eat dinner

Until tomorrow’s update…

(1) ℃-ute gathering

(2) A present from Nacky’s trip to Nagoya

I love this
I ate all of it today