Monthly Archives: November 2011

Blog update: “Busu ni Naranai Tetsugaku”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 11/16 blog update, titled “Busu ni Naranai Tetsugaku“:

Good evening
It’s Maimi

I’m sorry for the late update

It’s become winter and the atmosphere has become cold, so the stars are pretty…

They probably look more beautiful to the people who live at my grandmother’s…

Today is the release day of Hello! Project Mobekimasu’s “Busu ni Naranai Tetsugaku”

It’s the first time for Hello! Project members to gather and release a single in 7 years

Time passes fast~
7 years ago, I was still small,
I didn’t know my left from my right, and I desperately chased after my seniors

But now, almost all of those seniors have graduated,

and the new companions have increased

I think being able to release a Hello! Project single like this after 7 years is a precious experience

I want to show a lot of people the current Hello! Project with this opportunity

“Busu ni Naranai Tetsugaku” has an impactful title,
and sighs and regrets are the source of ugliness

is the message that’s included

I often think “It’s true~” too

If there are a lot of people who say “I could become positive with this song, and I’ll do my best“, it’ll be nice~

If as many people as possible listen to it, I’ll be happy

And then, it’s late, but yesterday was the event “℃-fest 2011 autumn ~℃-nacchau no yo: Yume☆Collab~”

with Nacky, Mai, and myself

The people who came and watched,
the people who cheered for us,

thank you very, very much

Well then, here are yesterday’s pictures

(1) Before the performance

(2) After the event

There were countless songs that we haven’t sung before, and it became an event unlike any before

Tomorrow Airi and Chisato will have the same event


Alright, let’s have a wonderful day tomorrow too

Well then, good night

Sweet dreams~

Maimi Sightings for 11/15

Fellow ℃-ute member Hagiwara Mai posted a 3-shot from the day’s ℃-ute event in her update on the official blog.

In addition, Maimi’s “Real Etude” co-star Dankan posted a 3-shot with Maimi and Airi from yesterday’s performance on his blog.

Gamespot Japan included a screenshot of Maimi in the Android app featuring H!P Mobekimasu, “Kokuhaku Shuukan” (Weekly Confession). Maimi was also quoted in the article, and said “We’re a group called ℃-ute, so our cuteness won’t lose to the other members!!”

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

Blog update: “Ramen”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 11/15 blog update, titled “Ramen“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

Today we have another performance of the “℃-fest 2011 autumn ~℃-nacchau no yo: Yume☆Collab~” event at Yokohama BLITZ

Being able to have another performance… I’m so happy

It’s thanks to a lot of people applying for tickets

Thank you

There are songs that are different than the first event, so my nervousness from yesterday continued without a break…

But I’ll have fun with all my might

Today’s event is performed by Nacky, Mai, and myself,

and the three of us went to karaoke, selected the songs in the order we perform them at the event, and practiced

Ah That day Mai took us to a ramen restaraunt that she recommended,

and everyone ate while soaked in sweat

It was a private room, and it was too hot,

so in spite of the season

I asked “Excuse me Could you turn on the air conditioner a little bit

While making an “Eh?(・・;)” face,
the staff member said “Certainly” and left the room

Shortly after, warm air came out with a hum

Well, air conditioning in this season is impossible to believe

After that, the air conditioner came on and the room became cooler, so then they turned off the air conditioner for us…

I think they had a lot of requests from their guests m(__)m Us…

But the ramen was really, really delicious

A picture from that time…

And then, I have some announcements

Today I appear as a guest
on the FM YOKOHAMA program
“Kimaguren no Otoko ZUSHI! MAX!!”

at 8:21PM~

Those who have time, definitely listen please

(1) A picture with Kimaguren-san from the recording

And then,

the release commemoration handshake event for the Yajima Maimi photobook “Tabioto”, released by Wani Books on 11/27,

will be held at the Fukuya Shoten Shinjuku Subnade store at 1:00PM~ on the release date

The distribution of the numbered tickets has started, so everyone definitely come please
I’m waiting

(3) A picture from the recent photobook photoshoot

I’ll tanobaru today too

Everyone, have a wonderful day…

Maimi Sightings for 11/14

Fellow ℃-ute member Suzuki Airi uploaded a couple of 3-shots with Maimi from their performance together at “Real Etude” earlier in the day in her update on the official ℃-ute blog.

Berryz Koubou’s captain Shimizu Saki uploaded a 3-shot of Maimi with Kumai Yurina and Hagiwara Mai in an entry on her official blog titled “Kumaimi“.

Maimi’s cousin and new S/mileage member Takeuchi Akari wrote about going to watch “Real Etude” in an entry on the S/mileage sub-member blog, and shared a 2-shot with Maimi.

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

Blog update: “I was nervous~”

Here’s the translation of Maimi’s 11/14 blog update, titled “I was nervous~“:

Good evening
It’s Maimi

I’m sorry for the late update

Yesterday there was a concert with Berryz Koubou

Everyone burst open at full power until the very end(*^^*)

There is a test-of-luck corner in the concert this time… and again Yajima pulled out another win

Since I think there’s people who will still come after this, I can’t go into detail,

but it’s the fourth time I’ve been lucky since the start of this tour

I’m surprised myself

Actually, before the tour started, I won at the dress rehearsal too

What’s gotten into me

It’s a heart-pounding concert,

and I got a lot of power yesterday from everyone’s cheering

I love everyone’s smiles
A lot of spirit comes out

Thank you very much

In addition, all of the staff I’m usually indebted to,

the new Morning Musume members,

everyone I’m indebted to for the earlier play “Sengoku Jieitai”,

and Hata Takehiko-san and Yamaguchi Miruko-san who I’m indebted to for the play “Ran” came and watched even though they’re busy,

and I was really happy

Thank you very much

And then, today was
my first improvisational play challenge, “Real Etude”

I was so tense that I was fidgety in the morning

I’m usually not fidgety, so this morning my mom was worried about me and asked

“What’s wrong Are you OK

Real Etude is
a play where you re-enact a true story,

though what kind of story,
what kind of roles it’ll have

are all decided on the spot,

and it’s an exciting play everyone can see from the planning stages

It was difficult~
I think it was a really good experience, though

Though there are a lot of points I need to reflect on, I could clearly focus on and fix my own strong weaknesses, thanks to “Real Etude”…

I became fired-up to work harder and harder

I was nervously chattering my teeth, but before I knew it I was standing on stage and having fun(^_^)

Well then, here are today’s pictures

(1) Today, S/mileage’s Takeuchi Akari-chan came and watched “Real Etude”
I’m happy Thanks

(2) And then, my reassuring companion who I stood together with at the second stage Airi

In the story
we fought, and were in high-spirits…

Aruging back and forth like we usually don’t do was also fun

After the performance, we took a picture with our co-star Dankan-san


I’m indebted to Dankan-san, and Onodera Akira-san and Iwata Sayuri-san from the first performance… Co-starring with them was a valuable opportunity, and I really learned a lot

Thank you very much

Everyone who came to the venue despite it being a weekday, thank you so very much

It was raining on the way home though
Did everyone get home alright

Today was a full day

Well then, I’ll tanobaru tomorrow too

Good night

Blog update: “Tanobaru”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 11/13 blog update, titled “Tanobaru“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

A lot of people gathered at yesterday’s Hello! Project Mobekimasu event at Akishima Moritown, so I was really happy

It lasted only a short time,
but we were able to showcase the 11/16 release
“Busu ni Naranai Tetsugaku”,

and at the handshake meeting I received a lot of power from everyone’s words

Thank you very much

I think there’s a lot of people who couldn’t come too, and I look forward to being able to meet with all of them someday

Well well, yesterday’s pictures

(1) With S/mileage’s Takeuchi Akari-chan
Take-chan has a really loud voice (lol) There were also parts we sang together, and I was happy~(*^^*)

(2) A picture taken with yesterday’s members after the event was over

Actually, Morning Musume’s Satou Masaki-chan also appeared, but she wasn’t able to participate in the second event because of poor health

When she recovers, I want to sing and dance together with her again…

And then, yesterday, I was surprised when I read Airi’s blog

Because Buono! will have a concert in France


France is a country I’d like to try visiting someday

It has an image of cute townscapes

Having a concert in a place like that(^з^)-☆ Congrats

Though Airi also wrote it in her blog, I will work hard so that we can go there as ℃-ute someday

…though I say that, there’s still a lot of places we haven’t been able to go in Japan, so I want to conquer Japan too

I want to go to the places with people who we usually can’t go and meet

℃-ute will work hard

Well Today there’s a joint concert with Berryz Koubou

After last week’s concert finished until today, I thought “I want to hurry up and have a concert” countless times(^.^)

Alright Today I’ll have fun and burst open

Everyone, have a wonderful day too…

Blog update: “Event”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 11/12 blog update, titled “Event“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

Today the Hello! Project members’ big unit,

Hello! Project Mobekimasu, seperates into several teams,

and will hold events at various places

Airi has a Buono! concert, and the other members of ℃-ute will appear at Akishima Moritown

The first performance is at 1:00PM~
The second performance is at 3:30PM~

In addition to the ℃-ute members,
various members from each group will gather, so it will become an event with a special line-up

We’re looking forward to finding out what kind of event it’ll become with today’s exclusive line-up too

Releasing on the 16th,
“Busu ni Naranai Tetsugaku”

So that as many people as possible think “What a nice song“,

I will tanobaru today too
↑(It means to have fun and work hard)

And then, the day before yesterday, I went to Asakasa BLITZ

and watched the improvisational play that Mano Erina-chan performed in… “Real Etude: Minna no Ie”

In previous performances of “Real Etude: Minna no Ie”, various Hello! Project members also appeared,

and I was able to go and see the various members’ turns,

and in Real Etude,
the performer starts with “This is a true story“, and the co-stars imagine that scene, and play the roles

It’s a true story, so it’s a real reproduction of the members’ personal life,

and it’s a play where everyone can see a side of the performer they didn’t know before

Mano-chan’s Real Etude was a really warm story where I could feel the niceness of her family’s relationship

And then, Mano-chan acting as a character in her co-star’s true story…

A stuck-up girlfriend role,
an indecisive bride role…

You don’t know what kind of story and what kind of role you’ll do until you stand on the stage In addition to this, you also don’t know what kind of lines your partners will say It’s surely an improvisational play

Going to watch was really fun, but when it comes time for me to stand on the stage I’m considerably nervous

…Right… I will also perform “Real Etude: Minna no Ie”
on the 14th

The co-stars are,
for the 1:00PM~ performance,
Iwata Sayuri-san, Onodera Akira-san,

for the 6:30PM~ performance,
℃-ute’s Suzuki Airi-chan, Duncan-san

I watched Mano-chan’s Real Etude, and there were a lot of things I studied, so I will also do my best(*^^*)

Ooh I’m nervous f(^_^;

But but, I will succeed at the event today at any rate

If you have time, come and watch please

Blog update: “Tabioto”

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

Good morning
It’s Maimi

Today, 11/11, is
Morning Musume’s Tanaka Reina-san’s birthday

Yesterday at work, I unexpectedly ran into Tanaka-san, who was dragging a heavy-looking trunk

“I’m going to a fanclub tour in Fukuoka from here

Tanaka-san said

Having a fanclub tour on your birthday in your hometown… how wonderful

I hope a lot of people congratulate her, and she has a wonderful birthday

Happy birthday Tanaka-san

(1) Today is Tanaka-san’s picture…

And then, today I have an announcement concerning my photobook that comes out on 11/27…

Pre-orders for “Tabioto” are already being taken

This time I made the alternate cover

Because I often say “I make photo albums as a hobby“,

“Alright, how about you make the alternate cover this time

was the conversation we had

Snip snip Pat pat
With my hands covered in glue, I made it with all my effort

I tried making a cute-feeling pattern
and an adult-feeling pattern…

I think one will be the front cover,

and one will be the back cover

You can pre-order it from the Wani Books homepage, so definitely check it out please

Well then, here I’ll exhibit some off-shots from the photoshoot…

(2) The sunlight feels good
I love the light of the setting sun

(3) in Izu
There’s a lot of nature, so I felt at ease

Thanks to that, it was a really, really relaxing photoshoot

The theme of “Tabioto” is travelling solo,

and they perfectly took a picture of me during the travel when I had really lost my train ticket and was searching through my backpack in a panic(゜ロ゜;

Including that part, I think you can see a lot of the real me

I’ll definitely be happy if it becomes a book that a lot of people see

Well well

Today I’ll tanobaru too


Yesterday I went and saw Mano Erina-chan’s improvisational play

“Real Etude: Minna no Ie”

I’ll perform the same improvisational play on the 14th,
and I’m nervous(>.<)

This entry has become long, so I’ll write about that tomorrow

Well then, until tomorrow’s update

Maimi Sightings for 11/10

The ℃-ute official Facebook page uploaded a picture of Maimi from today.

Blog update: “Amazuppai Haru ni Sakurasaku”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 11/10 blog update, titled “Amazuppai Haru ni Sakurasaku“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

Yesterday was the preview event for the 12/17 movie in which all of Berryz Koubou and ℃-ute perform in,

“Ousama Game”

(1) Yesterday everyone appeared in uniform

Prior to yesterday’s preview event, we were shown the completed version together,

and it was nerve-wracking

I hope a lot of people feel the same excitement when it’s released

In addition, yesterday was the release date for the theme song of “Ousama Game” sung by Berryz Koubou X ℃-ute (Berikyuu),

“Amazuppai Haru ni Sakurasaku”

This song is Berryz Koubou and ℃-ute’s first collaboration single

The song itself is an early graduation song

Though, more than a solemn and painful graduation song,

it’s a positive graduation song with feelings of gratitude and nostalgia overflowing

When I watched “Ousama Game”, I got completely into the story and had the chills,

but the instant this song played in the ending, I completely returned to reality

I was relieved by the bright and cheerful song…

I definitely want people to sing this song at their graduation ceremony…

It’s a song that makes you able to seperate with a smile,
rather than a sad seperation

I’ll attach a picture taken in the outfit for “Amazuppai Haru ni Sakurasaku”

(2) Hakama outfit

By the way, for the coupling song
there’s a Berryz Koubou version
and a ℃-ute version,

and Berryz Koubou’s “Tanjunsugi na no Watashi…” is a really cute song The lyrics are cute at any rate(*^^*)

And then, ℃-ute’s “Kirai de Kirai de Kirai” is an adult-like song in contrast to Berryz Koubou’s song It’s a song we sang about the complex awakening of love,

so we discussed how to sing with adult-like expressions, and readied our feelings and sang

Including the coupling songs, I’ll be happy if everyone listens to it a lot

Well then, today I’ll tanobaru all day

Everyone, have a wonderful day too…

“Real Etude” goods list

The goods list for Maimi’s upcoming performance in the “Real Etude: Minna no Ie” series were added to the Hello! Project website, and features a single solo photoset. Maimi’s “Real Etude” performances will take place on 11/14.

Blog update: “Soothing…”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 11/9 blog update, titled “Soothing…“:

It’s Maimi

Please listen

When I opened my eyes this morning, my pet dog Cologne was sleeping next to my head

In addition, Cologne is fluffy, and really, really warm

After I woke up, Cologne continued sleeping soundly on top of my pillow…

Her sleeping face was really soothing

(1) When I noticed, I had taken 12 pictures… Sorry for waking you

In addition, afterwards I changed my clothes and tossed my pajamas on top of my bed,

and did various preparations in my room,
and when I said “Cologne, I’m going to the living room” and looked at Cologne, all of a sudden her head appeared from the collar of the pajamas that I had put on top of the bed earlier…(´∀`)

While saying “How’d you end up like that, Cologne“, Cologne’s blank stare made my chest tighten(>∀<*)

Ahh~ I started the morning happy Cologne

And then, today is
the preview event for the movie to be released on 12/17,

“Ousama Game”

Today is the first time I’ll see the entire story

I’ll also tanobaru at the stage greeting

(2) A picture from the filming of the movie

My hair has grown considerably(゜o゜)

Well then, until tomorrow’s update~(*^^*)

“Mannequin Girls” episode 2

Episode 2 of Maimi’s short drama “Mannequin Girls” is up on the Clickau website now, and in this episode the mannequins band together to thwart an apparent thief who has broken into the store. Just as with the mannequins, however, all isn’t as it seems… (Spoilers in the comments.)

Blog update: “Injection!!”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 11/8 blog update, titled “Injection“:

It’s Maimi

Yesterday I appeared on NACK5’s live program “Onitama” with Berryz Koubou’s Kumai Yurina-chan


During the program, there was a corner where we asked questions to the listeners,

and I was surprised at the amount of responses we received in the time from when we asked the questions until the ending farewell


Everyone who listened, thank you very much

And then,

continuing from yesterday,
I appear in the BS-TBS short drama “Mannequin Girls” at 8:54PM~ today too

For the “I couldn’t watch it yesterday” people and the “I can’t watch it today” people, I have an announcement

You can watch “Mannequin Girls” as many times as you’d like on the Clickau homepage

And then, when you click on the clothes I’m wearing and the items that appear on screen during the playback, you can buy them there

Everyone, definitely search for something you like please

Well well, changing the subject, yesterday, it happened

Flu shot

Every year this season, everyone goes and gets it together, and yesterday there was a photoshoot,

and when the camera man said “Squeeze together“, Hagi-san’s scream…

“Whose hand is this” she said, and when I looked, I was grabbing Hagi-san’s upper-arm with all my might…

I meant no ill will…
I’m sorry, Hagi-san

For awhile after an injection, even just touching it hurts…

When I bump my upper-arm on something, it hurts

Well, it’s for my health, so I’ll wait for the pain to subside…

Everyone too, your health is first and foremost
Please take care not to get sick

I’ll upload a picture from yesterday’s photoshoot

(3) It’s already winter~

Alright, I’ll tanobaru after this too

See you tomorrow

Today is Miyoshi Erika-san’s birthday

Recently, I haven’t been able to meet her at all,

but I hope we can work together again someday…

Miyoshi-san, happy birthday Please have a wonderful birthday

“Mannequin Girls” episode 1

The first episode of Maimi’s new short drama “Mannequin Girls” aired today on BS-TBS, and is already available to view on the Clickau site. In the episode, the three female mannequins challenge each other to decide who will get to appear in the store-front display for the upcoming winter sale. The second episode will air tomorrow, 11/8.