Maimi Yajima 20th Birthday Project
As I’m sure most Maimi fans are aware, Maimi’s 20th birthday is just a little over 2 months away (February 7th). Turning 20 is a milestone in Japanese culture, as it’s the age when one is considered an adult (similar to turning 18 in Western cultures). It’s a real special occasion in our favorite idol’s life, so I wanted to use this opportunity to both celebrate her milestone and show her the passion of the international fans who usually can’t reach her. For that purpose, I decided on the “Maimi Yajima 20th Birthday Project”.
The “Maimi Yajima 20th Birthday Project” aims to be a collection of all your messages to Maimi, translated into Japanese so that Maimi can easily understand them. Once I’ve translated the messages, I’ll put them alongside your original English messages in an album and send it to Maimi. This is a chance for everyone to let Maimi know how they feel and that they support her, and to show her how many people she’s reached all over the world!
So what do you need to do to participate? Just type your message in English (or Japanese if you’re comfortable with it) in the form below, along with whatever name you want to use, where you’re from, and your e-mail so that I can contact you. I know there’s probably a lot of people who have a lot they want to say to Maimi, but try to keep your messages to at most 500 characters (I won’t disqualify you or anything if you go over a little). The deadline for submitting comments is January 8th.
Since I became a fan of Maimi in the summer of 2009, I’ve met a lot of passionate fans of Maimi and seen a lot of heart-felt comments to her here and on the forums that unfortunately she never had the chance to read. I really, really, really want her to know about all the great people in her international fandom and how much we support her, so please, even if you think your message is too trivial or not emotional enough or whatever, please participate, and spread the word.
Update (1/9): Submissions are closed! Thanks for everyone who sent one in!!!