Monthly Archives: January 2012

Maimi Sightings for 1/20

Former ℃-ute staff member STAFFdesu tweeted this 2-shot of Maimi and Hagiwara Mai yesterday.

The official ℃-ute Facebook page uploaded this group shot of the members.

The Web The Television website published an article on the release commemoration event for “Hello! Channel vol.7” yesterday, which includes this shot of Maimi labelled “Yajima shaking hands while smiling”.

Blog update: “Save me~”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 1/20 blog udpate, titled “Save me~“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

It’s amazing It’s amazing
It’s snowing

Though I don’t like the cold, snow gets me excited q(^-^q)

Everyone, be careful not to slip and don’t catch a cold, please

Yesterday, I wrote about an indescisive episode of Chii (Berryz Koubou’s Tokunaga Chinami-chan),

but Chii is really reliable too(*^^*)

The entry became long, so I didn’t write about it yesterday,

but the day before yesterday when I went shopping with Chii, she said
“This is cute Maimi, isn’t this nice“,

and picked out clothes for me

“You’re right Alright, I’ll try it on(^-^)

And in the dressing room…

an incident took place

There was a zipper on that outfit,

and the instant I zipped it up

The zipper broke(゜ロ゜;

“Eh You’re kidding

I really panicked~

“First, I gotta take it off” I thought…

but this time the zipper tensed up, so I couldn’t unzip it(゜□゜ノ)ノ

I opened the door a little,

and when I said “Chii The zipper broke~“,
Chii tried to fix it with all her might…

But still, the zipper wouldn’t unzip,

so I called a store attendant and told her
“Um The zipper broke I can’t get it off(>_<)"

The store attendant lent us some large scissors,

and we cut up the outfit in the dressing room

Cutting up new clothes… this was the first experience for me…

In addition, because the outfit was the last one,
and because it was something that I thought was cute,
using the scissors on it required a considerable amount of courage,

so I became flustered and said “Eh This is scary Where should I cut

And then,
“It’s thinnest here, so it should be easy to cut

Chii saved me…

I’m really sorry for the bother, China-san…

But, I’m really glad that Chii was there~( ̄▽ ̄;)

Recently, China-san
started a “good things diary”

She was writing a lot in the dressing room too~


And then, today I’ll attach this picture…

(2) The coming-of-age gift Mai-chan gave me…
Isn’t it cute

I received gifts from everyone, so I’m happy

A 2-shot with Mai-chan too

Mai-chan will turn 16 soon
And then, Nacky will turn 18 soon

Speaking of which,
the song list for the birthday event with Nacky and Mai-chan on 2/4 and 2/5 has finally been decided~

I can’t wait

Speaking of birthdays,

today is one of my seniors’ birthdays

Yaguchi Mari-san

Happy birthday
We were in a unit together when I was an elementary school student,

and during the cover photoshoot, everyone studied Yaguchi-san’s posing…

Though things were frantic at that time, when I think about it now, we gazed silently at Yaguchi-san, so it was probably difficult for her…

But, she taught us a lot

I’m still grateful to this day
From here on too, best regards

Well well, without losing to the cold, I’m off

Maimi casual dinner shows scheduled

The Hello! Project official fanclub website has announced that Maimi will have a series of casual dinner shows to commemorate her 20th birthday this year. The dinner shows, titled “Hatachi no Precious Heart” (“20-year-old’s Precious Heart”) will take place on 3/17 and 3/20 at the Music Restaraunt La Donna in Tokyo and the Flamingo the Arusha in Osaka, respectively. Full details can be found at the H!P official fanclub site here.

Blog update: “Yesterday…”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 1/19 blog update, titled “Yesterday…“:

This update was written in the morning.
I apologize for the late update.

Good morning
It’s Maimi

was the release commemoration handshake event
at Fukuya Shoten’s Shinjuku Subnade store
for “Hello! Channel vol.7”

…but, before that, I went shopping with Berryz Koubou’s Tokunaga Chinami-chan, who was also at the handshake event(*^^*)

Our real plans were to go to the aquarium, but we ran out of time while shopping

So, “We’ll go to the aquarium next time” we promised

At any rate, Chii is a really funny girl(^_^)lol

Like, she said “I want to eat ramen“, but as we were walking around in front of the restaraunts,

“Ah I want to eat soba“, she said

“Alright, first let’s see all the restaraunts, then decide” she proposed,

“Alright” I agreed, and together we walked in front of the restaraunts,

but we went back and forth, back and forth…
I desperately tried to keep up with Chii’s tight U-turns(lol)

But, “Like I thought, ramen or soba is good” she said, and we made a lot of round trips between the ramen and soba restaraunts(lol)

“Ah I hate wavering Don’t make me~” she said,

so I proposed “Alright, we’ll play rock-paper-scissors, and if I win let’s eat ramen, and if Chinami wins let’s eat soba

and she agreed “Okay“…

In the end, I won
We went to the ramen restaraunt, but…

“Hey, Maimi~(^-^;” she called,

and when I asked “What(・v・)”,
she suddenly let out an embarassed laugh, and didn’t say anything( ̄▽ ̄;)

“Now I’m worried(゜ロ゜; Whaaaaat” I asked,

and in a small voice she said
“Is it alright if I order a small ramen here, and then we go to the soba restaraunt after Ah It’s alright if Maimi orders a regular ramen(〃∀〃)”…

I let out a big laugh(>∀<)

I eat a considerable amount, but Chii eats even more than me

When I said
“That’s fine“,

“Really” Chii said really delighted

Here is Chii in the ramen restaraunt

(1) (←This is the medium-sized ramen I ordered though)

And then, here is Chii in the soba restaraunt

(2) Though I didn’t order any soba, Chii ate happily(lol) I’m glad, I’m glad(*^^*)

Last is a 2-shot~

After shopping and eating, we went to the handshake event

I was surprised that so many people came

The member line-up at the handshake event was fresh, and though time flew by, I was able to meet a lot of people, so I was happy

Really, thank you very much

After that,
at 1:00AM~
I watched the Nippon TV drama
“SuugakuJoshi Gakuen”
and then slept

There are still places where it has yet to broadcast, so I can’t write about the details,

but the role I play, “Shibuya Mami”, was the featured character

Actually, she’s a character with a stifling personality, so playing her was really fun

Since I stayed up late yesterday, my eyelids were heavy during breakfast this morning

My eyes are completely open now, though

Well, today I’ll go with fighting spirit~ I’m off

Today is Ishikawa Rika-san’s birthday I haven’t had a chance to meet her lately,

but we met briefly during the filming of “SuugakuJoshi Gakuen”

From this point on, we’ll practice futsal together

Ishikawa-san, happy birthday

From here on too, best regards

Blog update: “Happy”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 1/18 blog update, titled “Happy“:

Good afternoon
It’s Maimi

Yesterday, Chisato, Mai, and myself

went to a recording for Tele-Tama’s “HOT WAVE”

The 3 of us are from Saitama, so we talked about Saitama,

and the album going on sale on 2/8
“Dai Nana Shou Utsukushikutte Gomen ne”

…and, Mai also wrote about it on her blog, but after the recording they gave us a birthday cake a little early


Never ever did I expect it, so I was surprised I was happy

Thank you

In addition, this too…

(2) Ah… when I took it myself, only my hand appears, but don’t mind it

This is chocolate candy…

and are there people who’ve noticed something

They specially made them in the members’ image colors, and arranged them like the cover of the new album

In addition, in addition Even though they couldn’t come yesterday, they also gave us some for Nacky and Airi…

Like, I was really happy

They also gave us 5 Tele-Tama cellphone straps in the members’ image colors

Thank you very much

After that, the 3 of us went out with our manager to eat,

and Chisato’s stories about her siblings and school,
and Mai-chan’s stories about her dogs and dad,

the casual and normal stories were fun

And then, today is
the release commemoration handshake event for

“Hello! Channel vol.7”

It’ll be nice if I can shake hands firmly and leisurely~

I can’t wait

Well well, everyone, let’s fight into the afternoon too

Maimi Sightings for 1/17

Fellow ℃-ute member Hagiwara Mai uploaded this 2-shot of her and Maimi in her update on the official ℃-ute blog today.

Fellow ℃-ute member Nakajima Saki also got into the act with this mismatched 2-shot posted on her solo Ameba blog.

Berryz Koubou’s captain Shimizu Saki posted a 2-shot with Maimi in an update on her official blog, and noted that her 20th birthday is only 20 days away.

Finally, a Tele-Tama music staff member tweeted this shot of the members that visited the program today.

Check out blog!project for full translations of the other ℃-ute and Hello! Project members’ blog updates.

Blog update: “Nagoya Fully-enjoyed”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 1/17 blog update, titled “Nagoya Fully-enjoyed“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

Yesterday was the handshake event for ℃-ute’s photobook “Cutest” with Chisato in Nagoya

…before that, the 2 of us had a “Toukai Walker” photoshoot for the 2/14 release, “Hello! Channel vol.8”, so we toured Nagoya

I was really excited

There were also cute stores…
Ah It was soothing…

It was really fun

Also, I discovered this

Retro trains~


And, our lunch was also cute


Of course, I ate it all
It was delicious

And then, we went to the handshake event…

Yesterday was a really laid-back handshake event, so I had plenty of time with each and every person

It’s our first time to have a handshake event like this in Nagoya,

so everyone was really delighted,
and a lot of people said “Come again

In addition, we don’t usually have opportunities like this,
so there were also a lot of people who said “This is my first time“,

and I was really happy

For coming to meet us on a weekday during busy commutes home from work and school, thank you

Of course, I think there’s also a lot of people who couldn’t come
I’m looking forward to the next chance we can meet

Three days in Nagoya
It was really, really fun

And then, today is
the final day of application for the fan club Hawaii tour

Those who are saying “Ah I forgot to apply~,
definitely, definitely check it out

We have various things planned, so we’re really looking forward to it

But, it’s not in Japan, and there are a lot of people who can’t come because of various difficulties

Though I’ll be far away, I’ll update the blog every day

Well well, lets do our best in the afternoon too Until tomorrow

Blog update: “And the winner is”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 1/16 blog update, titled “And the winner is“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

The mornings are getting colder~

Ah I wonder if Chisato is alright…

Today in Nagoya, Chisato and I have a handshake event for the ℃-ute photobook “Cutest”,

so we continued to stay at the hotel, and when I read Chisato’s blog last night, she was lonely

Certainly, Chisato is cowardly

Before, when the 2 of us had a campaign in Nagoya, Chisato called me around 3:00AM

But I was in the middle of a dream at that time…m(__)m

When I stay at a hotel, I wake up 2 hours before the meeting time,

and when I woke up around 5:00AM, I noticed the missed call,

and I thought “I wonder what’s wrong with Chisato Surely she’s already sleeping” and with nothing to lose, I tried calling her

And then…
She was still awake and hadn’t slept at all

She was really scared
Sorry I didn’t notice my phone

After that, Chisato came to my room and slept soundly

And then, yesterday too, I read Chisato’s blog update,

so I called her and asked “Are you alright Can you sleep Do you want to come here“…

“Ah Alright, I’ll come over when I get sleepy I’ll call you again later” she said,

but she never called…(・o・)

…falling asleep when she gets tired from thinking too much is Chisato f(^^;

I wonder if she fell asleep before she noticed
That’s like Chisato, and cute(lol)

I also fell asleep before I knew it,
holding my cellphone

Next time the two of us have an opportunity like this, I want to try asking her if she wants to stay together

Well Changing the subject, the results from yesterday’s blog

Since I think there are people who’ll say “I still haven’t ready yesterday’s blog“, I will explain

Yesterday, Chii (Berryz Koubou’s Tokunaga Chinami-chan) brought the confection called chokogi

Chokogi is really delicious

Miya (Berryz Koubou’s Natsuyaki Miyabi-chan) said “Chii, I want to eat Chokogi“,

and myself “Me too
and Momo (Berryz Koubou’s Tsugunaga Momoko-chan) “Ah Momochi too

Everyone asked(*^^*)

Then, Chii said “Alright, we’ll play chokogi rock-paper-scissors“,

and we played where your placement determined how big a chokogi you could eat

I made a quiz yesterday on what the results for that rock-paper-scissors were

Just before I typed this blog, the people that correctly guessed the rankings… were 4 people

I don’t have anything special for you…

By the way, the results were…

#1: Myself(^-^)v
#2: Momo
#3: Chii
#4: Miya

First, Momo and I advanced to the next round with paper

☆Chii vs Miya☆

Rock, paper, scissors

(1) Win Chinami

And then, next is…

☆Momo vs Maimi☆

Rock, paper, scissors

(2) Win Maimi

I did it~p(^-^)q

I was given the extra-large chokogi

It was delicious
Though they were Chii’s chokogi… she gave me the biggest one(^o^;)

Thanks(*^^*) Chii

Well well, I want to relax in my room a little more

I wonder if Chisato is still sleeping…

Everyone, have a wonderful day…

Maimi Sightings for 1/15

Morning Musume’s Michishige Sayumi uploaded this shot of Maimi and this shot of Maimi and Airi in an update on her official blog today.

In addition, Morning Musume’s Mitsui Aika posted this 2-shot with Maimi on her brand-new blog, and wrote that even though they don’t talk often, Maimi wrote about Mitsui’s birthday on her blog. She added that Maimi is a straight-forward and cute person, and that she loves her smile and voice.

Check out blog!project for full translations of the other ℃-ute and Hello! Project members’ blog updates.

Blog update: “Daily record”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 1/15 blog update, titled “Daily record“:

Good evening
It’s Maimi

I tried
a daily record

☆Now it’s 11:27

Stretching and vocalization are over, so I’ve returned to the dressing room

Next to me, Berryz Koubou’s Tokunaga Chinami-chan is doing her hair and make-up(1)

It seems like she’s trying to thin out her hair,
but it’s a hard fight, so she said
“I can’t do it well~

Incidentally, Berryz Koubou’s Sudou Maasa-chan is also in the picture


Berryz Koubou’s
Tsugunaga Momoko-chan, Natsuyaki Miyabi-chan, Chii, and myself played rock-paper-scissors for chorogi

Chorogi is the name of a confection, and its sizes are random, so we played rock-paper-scissors for the large one

From the right: me, Miya, Chii, and Momo’s hands

Well, who do you think got 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place

I’ll post the results tomorrow


I’ve returned from rehearsal
Its hot~ I’m soaked in sweat~
My hair and make-up are both messed up~

…I will fix it

But, before that, I will eat the fruit we were given as treats


(3) Fixing finished

I need to change clothes…
…but before that, I’ll eat
I’ll make sure I don’t eat so much my stomach bursts…


I’m ready
Though there’s still time until we gather,
I’ll go now


The first performance is over, and the preparations for the second performance are also finished
A lot of cheering and a lot of smiles Thank you
I sweat lots and lots this time too


I went and recorded my comments
Next is the 6:00PM~ performance
I’m off again


The second performance is over, and I’ve returned to the dressing room
It was fun
But, S/mileage’s Tamura Meimi-chan couldn’t appear because of illness
Get well soon… Meimei

And then, I’ll go to dinner with Chisato from here

So, today’s blog ends here

Thank you for reading

And then, and then, everyone who came to the concert, everyone who cheered even though they couldn’t come, thank you very much

Well well, until tomorrow’s update

Maimi Sightings for 1/14

Morning Musume’s Niigaki Risa posted a 2-shot of her and Maimi in an update on her official blog today.

Check out blog!project for full translations of the other ℃-ute and Hello! Project members’ blog updates.

Blog update: “Coming-of-age ceremony at Nagoya”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 1/14 blog update, titled “Coming-of-age ceremony at Nagoya“:

Good evening
It’s Maimi

I’m sorry for the late update

Right now, I’m in Nagoya
Today and tomorrow are the Hello! Project concert’s Nagoya performances

And then, the day after tomorrow is
the release commemoration handshake event for ℃-ute’s photobook “Cutest” in Nagoya

At today’s concert, before the beginning of the concert
for the sake of Berryz Koubou’s Shimizu Saki-chan, Tsugunaga Momoko-chan,
Mano Erina-chan,
and then myself,

they had the Hello☆Project coming-of-age ceremony

A lot of people celebrated for us, so I was really happy

I’m grateful to the staff, all of the members, and the fans

In the dressing room today
Morning Musume,
Berryz Koubou,
and ℃-ute were together,

and I became excited listening to Saki and Momo talk about the coming-of-age ceremonies in their home towns

They also showed me the pictures of them wearing their furisode, and that also made me excited

Both of them were cute,
and their smiles with their schools friends were really impressive…

Mano-chan told me about her’s also

Though Mano-chan also wrote about it on her blog, she couldn’t attend the coming-of-age ceremony, but it seems she could participate in the class reunion

She talked about reuniting with her friends she hadn’t seen in 5 years

It’s nice
That I can talk with those 3 like this
I’m really happy…

In addition, ℃-ute’s members texted me on the day of the coming-of-age ceremony too,

and they said “Congrats“, and asked me “How was it“, so I was happy…

(1) Today’s picture is of the coming-of-age ceremony present Nacky gave me

Really, thanks everyone

It’s aroma goods,
and I’m looking forward to using it(*^^*)

And then,
the concert flew by in the blink of an eye I saw a lot of everyone’s smiles

But, Berryz Koubou’s Sugaya Risako-chan came down with the flu,

so unfortunately we couldn’t stand on the stage together

Risako, I wonder if you’re alright…

I want her to get a lot of rest, and when she becomes better,
next time for sure,

I want to stand together on stage with all of the members of Hello! Project

Everyone, take whatever precautions you can,
and so you don’t have any painful experiences, please be careful

Now, here are today’s pictures

(2) With Morning Musume’s Mitsui Aika-chan, who became 19 on the 12th
This picture was taken before the performance

(3) After the performance with Morning Musume’s Tanaka Reina-san
I’m sorry I’m soaked with sweat(;´д`)

Alright Tomorrow I’ll have fun too

Well then, I’ll prepare for tomorrow, take a bath, and then go to sleep

Everyone who took their entrance exams today,
good work today

I hope there is a wonderful result waiting for you…

Blog update: “Group work②”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 1/13 blog update, titled “Group work②“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

I had a recording for the FM-PORT program
that I do every Friday at 10:00PM~,
“℃-ute Yajima Maimi’s I My Me Maimi~”

I received a lot of letters,
and it seems there are a lot of students studying hard in exam season right now…

Not just studying for a test, but also work, club activities, part-time jobs… I think people who are working their hardest at whatever they do are wonderful

I think “I can’t lose I’ll also work hard(`・ω・´)”

and I get lots and lots of power from them

It’s a really difficult time,
but I think that if you work hard, surely something good will be waiting…

Let’s do our best


today is a continuation of Group work, which I attached in an earlier blog

Pictures from when I made okonomiyaki together with Airi…

Last time, the pictures were of me spreading the sauce and Airi in stand-by waiting to pour the mayonnaise,

so I’ll continue from there

(1) Airi in charge of the mayonnaise

We were able to make it look really delicious~

Also, there was a picture taken the instant I turned over the okonomiyaki,

but I jumped up with my arm in the air and cheered “I did it” out of joy from being able to flip it well,

so I wasn’t in the shot

Though I don’t have that picture,

I have a picture that Yaji-cameraman took with a good angle, if I do say so myself, so I’ll show it to everyone


Next to me is serious Airi in front of the food,

and at the next table dilligently grilling meat
is Berryz Koubou’s Sugaya Risako-chan

And then, in a daze reading the magazine “Hello! Channel” is Mai-chan(lol)

By the way, the scribbling on the pictures,
both were done for me by Airi

If I try to do it, I can’t do it well… It’s difficult…

And then, when I looked in my folder, I found one more delicious-looking picture…

so I’ll upload it here

(3) The kaisen-don I ate when I went to Enoshima with Nacky and Chisato

Isn’t it a lot

But it was really, really delicious

Alright Today everyone in ℃-ute will gather for the first time in awhile… though I say that, it only feels like a long time, but it’s actually only been 3 days

I’ll tanobaru today too

Blog update: “Aika birthday”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 1/12 blog update, titled “Aikabirthday“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

Today, 1/12,
is Morning Musume member Mitsui Aika-chan’s birthday

Aika is a really, really good girl
Really, everyone says so
The other members, the staff, etc…

How should I say it, she can be really considerate, and has an image of being a polite person

A really wonderful girl
There’ve been a lot of times I see Aika and think “I want to follow her example

In addition, Morning Musume’s Michishige Sayumi said of Aika,

“When the new members joined, ‘Getting mad at the senior members and making them cautious is inexcusable‘ she said, and she took on that strict role herself… Though being like that takes physical and mental strength, she said ‘I gotta do it‘, and she does it…”…

When I heard that, I thought “Aika is amazing~“…

Aika~ Happy birthday

Have a wonderful year

And then, it finally started yesterday

The Nippon TV serial drama
“SuugakuJoshi Gakuen”

…though I say that, there are areas where it’s starting later,

so I can’t touch on the details yet

In “SuugakuJoshi Gakuen”,
there are parts where everyone thinks about math problems together,

and there’s also comedy elements

My character is named Shibuya Mami,

and I wonder if there was anyone watching last night who noticed

Actually, the characters’ last names… are the names of stations

It was a long time before I noticed it, and when I said “Ah Everyone has station names” during filming,

everyone said “Eh You just now realized it~

Please enjoy it while paying attention to what station name the Hello! Project members have

Unfortunately, there are places where people can’t watch it,

but if you have a chance to go somewhere where you can watch it, please watch it then

Well, changing the subject,
yesterday I played futsal for the first time in awhile

I’ve belonged to “Gatas Brilhantes H.P.”, the futsal team that Yoshizawa Hitomi-san is the captain of, for a long time,

but I’ve never been able to participate in practice,
so yesterday was my first practice in a really long time
I wonder how many years…

I was a little worried I wouldn’t be able to keep up,

but when I participated in the practice,
I again thought “As expected, I love being physical“…

I was really, really fun~
I sweat a lot too

Actually, I’ve had interest in being a goalie for a long time

There wasn’t enough keepers for our mini-game yesterday, so I thought “Lucky“,

and I told the coach “I want to try it“, and I took on the challenge of being a goalie

Being a goalie during practice was fun, even though it was for only a short time

Today’s picture is from before yesterday’s practice

And then, a shot of Shibuya Mami

Though it suddenly became cold, I will go out cheerfully today

Everyone, stay warm so you don’t catch a cold… OK

Maimi Sightings for 1/11

Morning Musume’s Tanaka Reina posted a rare 2-shot of her and Maimi in an entry today on her official blog.

Hello! Project staff member STAFFdesu continued to share some off-shots of Hello! Project members, including this one of Maimi.

Check out blog!project for full translations of the other ℃-ute and Hello! Project members’ blog updates.