Monthly Archives: November 2011

Blog update: “Filming”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 11/25 blog update, titled “Filming“:

The blog was written in the early evening.
I’m sorry for updating late.

Good evening
It’s Maimi

Broadcasting next year on Nihon TV,
the drama which stars Morning Musume’s Tanaka Reina-san
and Michishige Sayumi-san,

“Suugaku Joshi Gakuen”

(1) Today I’m filming together with Airi

Airi’s scene is being filmed now, so I’m on break


Though she’s near me, I tried calling to her on the blog (lol)

And then, Saho Akari-chan from Up Up Girls is also next to me right now


It’s the first time we’ve met in awhile
Since it’s been awhile, she’s gotten a lot taller, and it was surprising(*^^*)

She said she’s 161cm

Hey, she’s still growing

I also filmed together with Berryz Koubou’s Shimizu Saki-chan,
and Tokunaga Chinami-chan,

and everyone celebrated Saki’s 20th birthday


I intruded on their dressing room, and ate with them

Tomorrow, ℃-ute will appear at the Yamada Denki event at Green Dome Maebashita


So that a lot of people can learn about ℃-ute, and so that everyone has fun,

I will tanobaru

I’ll enjoy the remainder of today
And then, I’ll have a wonderful day tomorrow

Well then, until tomorrow’s update

Maimi Sightings for 11/24

Fellow ℃-ute member Nakajima Saki uploaded a 2-shot of Maimi with Hagiwara Mai in an entry on her solo Ameba blog.

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

Blog update: “A lot of announcements”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 11/24 blog update, titled “A lot of announcements“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

Yaji will do her best
I will really do my best

Those who are seeing this blog for the first time today are probably thinking “What’s this all of a sudden“,

but I got a lot of spirit from everyone’s comments today and yesterday

Thank you so very much

Now, today I have filming for the Nihon TV drama starting next year,

“Suugaku Joshi Gakuen”

A lot of Hello! Project members appear in “Suugaku Joshi Gakuen”

I’ve already filmed a few times, and since it’s a school story,

I’m wearing a uniform

(1) When I wear a uniform and walk outside in the morning, it reminds me of when I was a student~

I get a lot of motivation from around me during the filming

I’ll also absorb a lot today, and tanobaru

In addition,
today at Toressa Yokohama,
℃-ute will appear at the “Yuuki no Tsubasa” event

Unfortunately, I can’t participate because of filming, but I’ll send lots and lots of my feelings to Toressa Yokohama

And then,
℃-ute’s appearance from last month continues in the magazine “JUNON”, currently on sale

(2) A picture from the photoshoot

There are still some announcements
In the magazine “UTB+” on sale now,

cuts from my 11/27 photobook release “Tabioto” appear

In the interview too, I talked about various things like episodes from the photobook filming and turning 20,

so definitely, check it out please

(3) Well then, a picture from the photobook’s photoshoot too

After that, today at 1:00AM
TV Tokyo’s
“HaroPuro TIME” is on-air

There’s a lot of announcements, but I have one more

Tonight at 12:55AM~1:00AM
on AIR-G’s program “Artist Flash”

I will appear together with Berryz Koubou’s Sudou Maasa-chan,
and S/mileage’s Fukuda Kanon-chan

Everyone in Hokkaido, it’s on late, but if you have time, definitely listen please

Well well, let’s have a wonderful day today

Until tomorrow’s update

Maimi to appear on “Mobekimasu-tte nani??”

As announced by Morning Musume’s Michishige Sayumi in this entry on her official blog, Maimi and Berryz Koubou’s captain Shimizu Saki will be the guests on her USTREAM show “Mobekimasu-tte nani??” today. The program will begin airing at 10:00PM JST (8:00AM EST), and can be watched here.

Maimi Sightings for 11/23

Japanese talent TOMO posted a 3-shot of her with Maimi and Kumai Yurina from their appearance on “Shuukan Apuri” yesterday on her official blog.

Blog update: “Yomiuri Land”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 11/23 blog update, titled “Yomiuri Land“:

Good evening
It’s Maimi

Today at Yomiuri Land East,

we had the release commemoration event for

Hello! Project Mobekimasu’s single “Busu ni Naranai Tetsugaku”

Around 10 thousand people gathered at the venue,

and the moment I was able to see from the side of the stage that so many people had came that they were on the lawn above the guest seating,

I thought “Eh Amazing” and I was moved

I was really, really, really, really happy…

So many people, those who couldn’t come included, bought the “Busu ni Naranai Tetsugaku” CD and listened to it…

Everyone, thank you so very much

On Nico Nico douga also, the event was broadcast, and thank you very much to everyone who watched

I wanted to express my gratitude to everyone today, but I made a mistake in the performance…

I was also a bother to ℃-ute.

So that I don’t do it again,
I must work harder…

Today, as it became colder, it also started raining

I wonder if everyone was alright

Please stay warm, and be careful not to catch a cold

And then, today is
S/mileage’s Takeuchi Akari-chan’s 14th birthday

At Yomiuri Land, everyone sang the birthday song in a big chorus

A birthday song sung by so many people, it was somewhat moving

Akari-chan, happy birthday

Akari-chan has an always cheerful, confident image

She has an appearance of doing things briskly without shyness wherever she is, and a hopeful attitude

I hope 14 is a wonderful year too

Akari-chan, again, happy birthday

I’m sorry for the late update

Let’s have wonderful dreams
Good night


The pictures are

(1) Hello! Project Mobekimasu

(2) ℃-ute

(3) With the 14-year-old Akari-chan

Blog update: “HAPPYBIRTHDAY Saki”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 11/22 blog update, titled “HAPPYBIRTHDAY Saki“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

Berryz Koubou’s Shimizu Saki-chan has turned 20

She’s one ahead of me

She’s already an adult

Really, really, really, congratulations

Where should I start…
We met 9 and a half years ago… and there’s so many things that I probably can’t put them in order,

but I’ll write at any rate

First, I owe a lot to Saki
Saki is Berryz Koubou’s captain, and I am ℃-ute’s leader,

and occasionally leaders must be careful Though, at a time when I couldn’t do it and was worried, all of the groups leaders and captains casually gathered for a job,

and when I listened to Saki’s talk at that time, my feelings were eased

There were times Saki worried about the same things…

“Eh Saki, you’re a really good captain, but you worried about the same things as me(゜o゜)”

I was surprised,
and so we talked about being a leader and captain together,

and my way of thinking changed

In addition, I participated with Saki in the unit “ZYX” when we were in elementary school,

and our mothers became friends too, and we went to amusement parks together countless times,

took nothing but print club photos,

and we’d frequently go out to eat

Ah That’s right

We also kept an exchange diary

We continued for awhile, but I actually stopped…m(__)m

I still have it to this day
I’m sorry…(>_<)

It's really nostalgic when I reread it once in awhile,

and I'm reminded of what kind of conversation excited us, and what kind of things were popular with us…

This is the exchange diary…

(1) When I read it, I lose track of time
It’s a thing of memories

Speaking of which, last winter we saw a movie together, gazed at all the lights, and went out to eat~

When we were seperated into Berryz Koubou and ℃-ute, our activities also became seperate, and we went out privately less…

So because it was like returning to the past, I was happy…

I sent Saki a text that ready
“Happy birthday“…

A lot of people probably sent her texts at the same time, but late at night she sent me a considerably long response…

I was sleeping, but when I woke up in the morning and read the mail I was moved

Saki has a dinner show tomorrow,

and when I wrote “Being able to meet the 20-year-old Saki before me, the fans are sly (lol)”,

she replied “I’ve taken a picture of the 20-year-old Saki now, and I will send it to Maimi” and sent me a picture text

Saki in relax mode at her home wearing glasses

Though I say that, the ones who can see the real Saki sooner than me are everyone going to the dinner show

Those who are going, please cover Saki in a lot of happiness please

I want to give her my blessing from far away
Everyone who can’t go too, let’s send our feelings of celebration together

Well, the curtains open on 20 years
Have a wonderful start, and become really, really happy

From here on too, best regards always Saki


(2) A picture from an earlier event

Saki the day before yesterday
I wrote it in yesterday’s blog too, but she put on the necklace I gave her right away, and made this pose…
Thank you Saki

Blog update: “Last teens”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 11/21 blog update, titled “Last teens“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

The weather is really nice today
The whole sky was filled with stars last night too

It was really, really pretty, and I could see a lot☆ The night sky in winter is nice

Everyone, please try looking up tonight

Now, yesterday we had a joint concert with Berryz Koubou in Nagoya

For Berryz Koubou’s Shimizu Saki-chan, it was her last performance as a teenager

And for us, it was our last time to stand on stage with a teenage Saki

We were able to celebrate with everyone

Since Saki’s member color is yellow, the whole venue was filled up with yellow glowsticks, and it was really moving

It was a warm place~

I saw the message from the audience “Thank you always“,

and I thought, with that little body, Saki gives a lot of people spirit and happiness~

She’s loved~ Saki

Usually, Berryz Koubou and ℃-ute do things seperately, so we’re unable to celebrate with everyone like this,

but at the turning point of 20-years-old, standing on the same stage with everyone who is the same age, and then celebrating with all of the of fans, I’m really happy…

But, but, yesterday’s venue was a large place with four floors of seating,

and it was filled all the way to the back of the fourth floor

I was really happy,
and certainly Saki was happy that a lot of people came to celebrate too

Saki’s tears indicated it

The noon performance, the evening performance, everyone who came to watch Saki’s final teenage performance, thank you very much

Everyone who couldn’t come, but cheered from wherever you are too, thank you very much

Ahh It was Saki’s celebration, but I was grateful to everyone again too

A lot of people support us every day,
and it’s made us who we are now…

Today’s picture is with pre-20 Saki

Ah… Will you listen a little

I can’t meet Saki on her actual birthday, so though it’s early, I gave her a present yesterday

Then, Saki wrote
“Happimizu!!” and posted it on her own blog

Not just that
I heard from my mom

“I’m glad that it seems Saki-chan likes it~ She wrote ‘I got this‘ and sent a picture to mama

I’m also happimizu~

An even happier thing,
Saki put on the present I gave her at once And she wore it during the concert(ToT)

Thank you Saki

Saki has always been like that
She’s always kept a paper charm I made and gave her in elementary school in her purse

Saki treasured it like that so much~

I love that Saki

Saki’s birthday is tomorrow, so today is really, really her last teens

I want her to spent it with a lot of happiness and without regret

I’ll write my feelings to Saki in my blog on her birthday tomorrow

Though it seems like it’ll become long, I’ll write lots and lots

Well then, let’s enjoy today too

Today at 10:30PM on the live broadcast of
“Shuukan! Apuri” on Nico Nico Douga

I will appear with Berryz Koubou’s Kumai Yurina-chan

And then, at 1:30AM
on Radio Japan’s “Tatekawa Shirano no Sabugaru Tengoku”, I will appear together with Nacky,

so those who have the time, definitely check it out please

“Tabioto” cover preview

The listing for the release event for Maimi’s upcoming photobook “Tabioto” was updated to include a preview of the photobook’s stunning cover. “Tabioto” will be released on 11/27.

Blog update: “7 events”

Here’s the translation of Maimi’s 11/20 blog update, titled “7 events“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

Yesterday’s rain completely stopped Today is clear(^o^)v

Yesterday were the events for the 3 consecutively released solo DVDs,

and I had 7 events in one day

It’s the first time

Everyone who came in the heavy rain… thank you very much

In addition, the events this time were talk events about 30 minutes long, and I was able to talk about various things

I’ll be 20 very soon, and can I accurately convey all the things I want to say… It was a new challenge

At first I was worried “I wonder if I can make the event a perfect success

Though, when it started, in the blink of an eye, I realized it was over That’s how it felt

I don’t usually get to have events like this, so it was fresh, and I think it was a nice experience

At the handshake portion, I handed over a special making-of DVD for the three works,

and I was able to talk with everyone lots and lots

There were people who came from far away for this event,

and there were a lot of people who said
“This is our first meeting” and
“It’s my first time to participate in an event like this“,

and I was really happy

I’d be nice if they feel “I want to come to an event or concert again“…

By the way, I changed my outfit each event

From the costumes I wore during the filming of the 3 DVDs, I decided “Next I’ll wear this” based on my feeling

Three of them

Because there are also events in Osaka on 12/10,
I will tanobaru so that I can put on an event that everyone enjoys

Today is the joint concert with Berryz Koubou in Nagoya

I want to meet everyone with a smile I’m looking forward to it

Everyone have a wonderful weekend too…

Maimi Sightings for 11/19

Up-Front staff member Shuhei Miyachi tweeted a series of pictures of Maimi from her solo DVD events through-out the day.

Blog update: “Almost 20”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 11/19 blog update, titled “Almost 20“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

It’s raining

Today is the event for the 3-month consecutive release solo DVDs

Won’t it stop…

Everyone who is coming, please be careful

I’ll soon be turning 20, and today’s event will be a challenge unlike usual events

I have no idea what it’ll be like, but I’ll relax and tanobaru

Settle down… Maimi

Here’s a picture from the filming of the 3rd DVD, “Imagine Classic”…


Well, changing the subject,
yesterday there was a photoshoot for the magazine that will be on sale on 12/19,

“Hello! Channel vol.7”

Celebrating the coming-of-age ceremony next year
with Berryz Koubou’s
Shimizu Saki-chan,
Tsugunaga Momoko-chan,

and then, Mano Erina-chan…

We wore long-sleeved kimonos too

20-years-old, huh
Time has flown up until now

The 20-year-old I imagined when I was younger was more adult~

We also talked about various things in the interview, so definitely check it out when it goes on sale please

And then, I also discovered that Mano-chan loves thrilling attractions yesterday(*^^*)

We made the promise “Let’s go see a movie or play together“,

and also had the conversation “I want to go to an amusement park

It’d be nice if it was realized someday…

Alright Well then, without losing to the rain, let’s tanobaru today too

Blog update: “Okai photo studio”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 11/18 blog update, titled “Okai photo studio“:

Good evening
It’s Maimi

It seems a lot of people watched “HaroPuro TIME” yesterday…
Thank you very much

I recorded it, so I watched it this morning


Now, today is the Okai-chan special edition
I’ll attach pictures from the HaroPuro TIME filming

The cameraman is Yajima Maimi

…well then, please look

( 1.2)

Her pig-tails are bounce, bouncing… it’s nice

In addition, Okai-chan looking back like a small animal was cute

And then, this is my favorite

Okai-chan amongst the sunlight filtering through the trees
How nice

I was filled with excitement during the filming, so I took lots and lots of pictures

Of course Next time I’ll also do the Naka-san photo studio

Please look forward to it

Some time ago, I saw the illumination of the whole town from the taxi I was riding

It was beautiful

It’s already completely winter
I installed an electric heater in my room too

Before I go to sleep, I often snuggle up to it

The bath too,
don’t you get goosebumps the moment get in

Long baths seem to become even longer

Everyone stay warm too, and please don’t catch a cold

Right now I’m together with the other ℃-ute members

From here, we will rehearse for the Hello! Project Mobekimasu “Busu ni Naranai Tetsugaku” event at Yomiuri Land on the 23rd

I’m looking forward to the event(*^^*)

I’ll go and tanobaru

Well then, until tomorrow’s update

Maimi featured on “Bijin Tenki”

Maimi is the featured “bijin” (beautiful woman) for 11/18 on the official “Bijin Tenki” website. The feature, which includes all of the images of Maimi used in the “Bijin Tenki” app, can be seen here.

Blog update: “Nostalgic Enoshima”

Here’s the translation of Maimi’s 11/17 blog update, titled “Nostalgic Enoshima“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

Today at 1:00AM~
TV Tokyo’s program “Haropuro TIME” will air

In an earlier blog I wrote, “we filmed at a nostalgic place“,

and that was the filming location for this program

Enoshima is

a place I’ve visited on field trips and days trips with my mom

And then, I also have memories of going there with ℃-ute in the past

We helped at Enoshima aquarium, and as a reward, they listened to us perform one song

℃-ute didn’t have any songs yet at that time, so we sang other groups’ songs

I was able to go that same place with ℃-ute members again, and we reminisced

When I stood in the same place as that time I remembered various things that I had forgotten too, so it was really nostalgic

The time we went before, 2005, ℃-ute had just formed,

and in the six years since then, we’ve released 17 singles… I really felt a lot of people’s support again at that location

In addition, in the carefree Enoshima atmosphere I love, my cheerfulness didn’t stop

Alright, pictures from the filming

(1) An octopus rice cookie from the shopping district
Isn’t it big It’s an octopus rice cookie I made myself Definitely watch that situation when it airs please

(2) The 3 of us aimlessly in Enoshima
That kind of time is really happy It was fun Isn’t the townscape wonderful too

(3) The place where all of the aquarium’s workers listened to our song 6 years earlier

In my room there’s a picture of everyone in ℃-ute from behind as they’re glued to the big fish tank, and it’s really one of my favorites,

and I tried having one taken of the three of us like that time

The three of us have become bigger than in the picture in my room

It makes me well up with emotion

That said, it was a location where various memories were resurrected

Alright Well then, today I’ll tanobaru all day

Until tomorrow’s update