Monthly Archives: August 2011

Maimi Sightings for 8/17

Fellow ℃-ute member and Sengoku Jieitai Kikan-seyo costar Nakajima Saki shared a couple of pictures of Maimi in her blog updates today, the first being a 2-shot in an entry titled “Shabu-shabu vegetables” on her Ameba blog (picture 1), and the second being a picture of Maimi and Yurina in an entry on her solo GREE blog titled “Sengoku Jieitai” (picture 2).

Full translations of Nacky’s entries can be found at blog!project.

Blog update: “Mosquito, Butterfly”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 8/17 blog update, titled “Mosquito Butterfly“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

The digest for the solo DVD
that I wrote about in yesterday’s blog,
“a rainy day”,

has started showing on YouTube

Definitely check it out please

Now, changing the subject,
a really strange thing is happening this summer

The things I dislike about summer are

getting sunburned,

getting bit by mosquitoes,

and getting drenched in sweat…

but this year, I haven’t been bitten by mosquitoes at all

How come(・o・)

I usually get bitten easily,
and each and every year, I have about 20 mosquito bites…

It’s strange

But earlier, while returning home from the final day of Hello! Project concerts, I got bitten in two spots on my ankle

Even though not getting bitten this year was my secret goal…

While thinking “Ah~ Itchy itchy
I went to the practice hall yesterday,

and I was surprised at how much Berryz Koubou’s Kumai Yurina-chan was bitten

I thought it was a rash,
and when I asked her

“What’s wrong

“Mosquitos bit me(´・ω・)”

she said…

Is she that delicious

I counted roughly 29 spots

It seems itchy~
Hang in there Kumai-chan

Somehow when writing this blog, my ankle became itchy again

Forget about it

Well, everyone, I will go and tanobaru today

Today’s picture is,
worn for the ending of the Hello! Project concert,

the butterfly outfit

I’ve included the opening outfit in the blog updates up until now,

and this is the first time to show this one

Afterwards, there’s 2 outfits I haven’t shown…

The outfits between the opening and ending outfits,

but in the end, I wasn’t able to take a picture of them

For the ending outfits,

they’re a variety of different bugs depending on the members,

and there was lady bugs,

…all the bugs gathering on stage was somewhat funny

Ah It’s no good, no good

Bugs can’t be that nice

Well then, this time I’m off for sure

“a rainy day” digest

The digest for Maimi’s 5th solo DVD and the second in a 3-part series of releases on e-LineUP!, “a rainy day”, has been added to the ℃-ute YouTube channel. More information on the DVD can be found in the update “Maimi’s 5th solo DVD “a rainy day”.

Blog update: “Info”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 8/16 blog update, titled “Info“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

I think there’s already people who know

But starting yesterday,
the music video for the 9/7 release “Sekai Ichi HAPPY na Onna no KO”

became available for download on
Up-Front Video,
and other chaku-uta sites

And today it’s also available on YouTube

The theme for the music video this time is

dolls in a box

Those dolls jumped out of their box and began to dance

is the image we had while filming

The filming was really really fun

Definitely check it out please

A 2-shot with Mai from the filming

And then, the second volume of the 3-month serial release of solo DVDs

“a rainy day”

is currently accepting orders on e-LineUP!
until 8/29 at 11:59PM

In this,
though I went on a long-anticipated trip, because of the rain I can’t go outside~
It’s unfortunate

is the kind of feeling it has (lol)

Isn’t the rain going to stop~(´・ω・`)
This is boring~(._.)
I have nothing to do~…(・o・)

I present those feeling through my expressions and movements

I still haven’t seen the finished product myself, so I’m excited to see what kind of feeling it’ll have when done,

but please definitely check it out

Some off-shots from when I filmed

Well well, I will tanobaru today

Everyone, please enjoy your day too

I’m off

Maimi Sightings for 8/15

Fellow ℃-ute member Suzuki Airi shared a 2-shot with Maimi in her blog update titled “Me (Airi)“, and wrote that recently the two of them have worn the same color shirt a lot.

S/mileage and fellow High-King member Maeda Yuuka also uploaded a 2-shot of Maimi in an entry on her official blog titled “Jacket photo!“. Yuuka wrote that she thinks Maimi is really cute, but when she tells Maimi that, Maimi responds with “I’m not cute! I’m not cute! I’m shy so please stop~~”.

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

℃-ute news for 8/15: “Sekai Ichi” MV

■ The music video for ℃-ute’s upcoming single, “Sekai Ichi HAPPY na Onna no Ko”, was added to ℃-ute’s official YouTube channel. The single will be released on 9/7.

Blog update: “New members”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 8/15 blog update, titled “New members“:

It’s Maimi

The Hello! Project concerts finished yesterday

It was over in the blink of an eye

Yesterday was the annoucement of the new S/mileage members,

and the sides of the stage were congested with people who wanted to know what kind of new colleagues would be added to Hello! Project

Everyone watched intently from the sides of the stage

During that, 5 people passed the audition to become sub-members

From Hello! Pro Egg

Takeuchi Akari-chan
Katsuda Rina-chan

and then, from the audition’s general applicants

Kosuga Fuyuka-chan
Nakanishi Kana-chan
Tamura Meimi-chan

It seems that based on the activities of S/mileage from here on, who will remain in the end will be decided

The heart-pounding still continues

And then,
yesterday was also the last time I will stand on stage with Takahashi Ai-san

Takahashi-san has the Fall tour, and then she will graduate from Hello! Project,

Takahashi-san won’t be at the next concert… I can’t even imagine that

Actually, exclusively during the second performance yesterday

There was an appearance by the unit I was given together with
Tanaka Reina-san,
Shimizu Saki-chan,
and Maeda Yuuka-chan


The final High-King

Before we got on stage,
I was on stand-by with Takahashi-san and Saki,

and “It’s the last time” we said,
and when the three of us embraced,
I suddenly became lonely

Takahashi-san has left a lot behind in Hello! Project…

Truly, thank you very much.

That said, she will be my Hello! Project senior until 9/30, so I want to absolutely go and see the Fall tour again

Everyone who came to the concert, everyone who supported us too, thank you very much

Now then, rehearsals for the play today are already over, so from here I will go visit a grave

Until tomorrow’s update~

Blog update: “Last stage”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 8/14 blog update, “Last stage“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

today is the final day of the Hello! Project concerts

It’s the last time I’ll be on stage with Morning Musume’s Takahashi Ai-san, who is graduating this Fall…

However, it doesn’t seem real to me at all

At the current concert too, I’d notice my eyes following Takahashi-san,

and at the rehearsals and performances,
“How cool” I’d say outloud without thinking…

That’s how charming Takahashi-san is…

Not just myself, but I think all of the members of Hello! Project feel that way too

Such a great senior is graduating…

From here on, the rest of us will have to work even harder

In addition, today the new members of S/mileage will be announced,

and steadily the number of girls who have joined after us

and the girls who will join from here on

is increasing

So like Takahashi-san,

I gotta work hard to become everyone’s role model,
and to be someone they admire

S/mileage’s new member announcement… My heart is pounding

I wonder what kind of girls will join

Yesterday was the last of 4-person S/mileage,

and before the performance I saw everyone form a circle,

and say “It’s the last

“My heart’s pounding for tomorrow” they also said

Somehow my heart is pounding too~

In the continually evolving Hello! Project, again I feel I need to work harder,

and though a great senior is graduating, so that I can power-up in everything,

I must tackle every day at full power

Well, laugh or cry, today is the final day of the concerts

I will perfectly explode

Today are
pictures of my memories with Takahashi-san and S/mileage

Everyone, again

please continue to support Hello! Project from here on

Blog update: “Pinky”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 8/13 blog update, titled “Pinky“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

The weather is nice today, isn’t it

It was really hot yesterday, and I woke up in the middle of the night…

“So… hot〓

and I couldn’t sleep for awhile

Though, once I put a cold compress on my neck, I fell asleep before I knew it

Well well, setting aside that story…

It has come

Today at Nakano Sunplaza are the Hello! Project concerts

These concerts will be finished tomorrow

S/mileage’s new members will be introduced,

so today is the last performance that is like the rest up until now

My heart is pounding and I’m excited for tomorrow

And today’s performance, I’ll enjoy it with all my might, and I will work hard so that everyone has fun too

(1) A picture from last week at Nakano Sunplaza

When I took a picture with Berryz Koubou’s Tsugunaga Momoko-chan…

Momo’s gravity-defying pinky infected my pinky too (lol)

Ah And then, Aroma’s first appearance in awhile


She rode together with my mom to the practice hall yesterday

Aroma in a relaxed mood on top of the cushion


She also went to get shampooed yesterday, so she became even cuter

Well then, today I will go cheerfully

Maimi Sightings for 8/12

Fellow ℃-ute member Nakajima Saki uploaded a 3-shot of Maimi, Sudou Maasa, and Kumai Yurina in an entry titled “Lunch” on her Ameba blog.

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

Blog update: “Nice character☆”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s third update on the Sengoku Jieitai Kikan-seyo blog, titled “Nice character☆“:

I’m ho~me☆

Today I went to practice!!

Maasa had a lot of activity in the scenes we practiced today☆

Maasa is funny O(≧∇≦)O!!

Nice character↑↑

Everyone is doing their best(^o^ゞ

Ah!! That’s right, today we also practiced one of the play’s songs♪

Steadily, the practice is moving forward★

As expected, it’s fun(^^)d

Also, for the play this time
the set is something amazing(◎◇◎!!)

How amazing it is is something to look forward to when you come to the theater☆

Now then!! Here are a few pictures from the practice hall☆

today’s lunch time♪

Miya has rehearsals for the Buono! concert, so she hasn’t been able to participate in practice lately(;_;)

Everyone ate in a circle (^-^)b

Eating with everyone is even more delicious♪

A 2-shot with Nacky the day before yesterday☆

With co-star Aoyama Ikuyo-san♪ Ikuyo-san talks to me a lot when we meet☆ “Actually, I went and saw a Hello! Project concert (Fankora) (^-^)”

she told me(*^-’)

Now, we have a break from practice tomorrow and the day after,

but facing towards the performance, I will tanobaru so that I become even better(^o^)

In charge today, this has been Yajima Maimi☆

“Hello! Project 2011 SUMMER” 8/12 goods update

The goods list for the “Hello! Project 2011 SUMMER” concert tour has been updated once again, this time with another batch of new photosets for the final weekend of the tour. The photosets include group, individual, “nakayoshi”, and live group photos.

Full goods list for the “Hello! Project 2011 SUMMER” tour at the official Hello! Project site

Maimi’s 5th solo DVD “a rainy day”

The listing for Maimi’s 5th solo DVD, titled “a rainy day”, was added to the e-LineUP! website today. The DVD is the second in a series of 3-month serial releases on e-LineUP!, with the first being “a foggy doll“. It will be available for pre-order from 8/12 7:00PM JST until 8/29 11:59 JST on the e-LineUP! website, which still unfortunately only ships to addresses in Japan, and will ship to those who pre-ordered it sometime in late September.

The description of the DVD from the e-LineUP! listing reads:

A girl passing the rainy day somewhere.

An impatient expression waiting for the rain to stop. An expression of anxiety listening to the rain. Smiling to herself about her expectations for tomorrow while looking up at the raining sky, and more. Yajima Maimi’s dignified and calm beauty, once again many transformations of her delicate expressions were recorded.

In addition, scenes capitalizing on the actual sound of rain at the filming location were recorded, creating a more immersive production.

With her beautiful expressions and style, and wearing fashionable outfits, this girl is a must-see!

In addition, Hello! Project staff member Shuhei Miyachi mentioned via Twitter that the digest for “a rainy day” would be added to YouTube early next week.

e-LineUP! listing for “a rainy day”

Blog update: “℃-ute”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 8/12 blog update, titled “℃-ute“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

Yesterday’s blog…

There was a great number of
“That’s a Howa Type 64 Battle Rifle
comments, and I was surprised

Those who know understand~

I use the Howa Type 64 Battle Rifle in September’s play
“Sengoku Jieitai”,

and when I saw the script for the first time

“Howa Type 64 Battle Rifle… What’s that What’s that This difficult name…

was how I felt

The practices are advancing favorably

Now Today’s pictures are an appearance of all the ℃-ute members

(1) Yesterday’s lunch break

(2) Chisato and Mai’s Self-Defense Force appearance

(3) 2-shot with Airi

I’ll tanobaru at today’s practice too

Now now now
Changing the subect,
yesterday I was invited

“___day let’s go see a play together

by Mano Erina-chan


…is what I want to say

Unfortunately, our schedules wouldn’t match up, so we had to give up on the plans

But, but


Mano-chan started to call me



It’d be nice to be able to see a play together again someday

Alright everyone, today too
let’s go cheerfully cheerfully

Until tomorrow’s update~

Maimi Sightings for 8/11

Maimi’s “16sai no Koi Nante” duet partner Abe Natsumi shared a 3-shot with the visiting “Yajiman” and Niigaki Risa in an entry on her official blog titled “BD Cute child-chan.

In addition, Maimi’s “Sengoku Jieitai” costar Aoyama Ikuyo uploaded a 2-shot with Maimi to her blog entry titled “Training room photo☆” on the Sengoku Jieitai Kikan-seyo blog.

Full translations of Abe’s blog entries can be found at blog!project.