Maimi Yajima 20th Birthday Project update
First off, I’d like to apologize for posting this so late. For those who are unfamiliar, to commemorate Maimi’s 20th birthday and show her the following she has overseas, I asked everyone to submit their comments for Maimi, which I then translated and sent to her. I was really pleased with the response I got, as I received 25 messages for Maimi for a total of 1,910 words. The messages came from 12 different countries, with the breakdown looking like this:
7 messages from the U.S.A. (4 from California alone),
5 messages from the U.K.,
2 messages each from France, Indonesia, and the Philippines,
and 1 message each from Australia, India, Greece, Poland, Singapore, Malaysia, and the Netherlands
After translating the messages, I printed both the original English and the translated Japanese messages out and attached them in an 8″ by 8″ pink and white scrapbook (I didn’t think to take a picture until I had already placed it in the mail though, sorry). I then mailed the whole package to the Hello! Project fanclub address, where it arrived and was picked up 6 days later, according to the tracking information. From what I’ve gathered through the girls’ various blog updates, the management gives the girls their fan letters and gifts in large packages after they’ve gone through and approved everything, so just because the package has arrived doesn’t necessarily mean that Maimi has received it yet. Unfortunately, Hello! Project members almost never post about specific gifts, so it’s unlikely that it’ll ever be specifically acknowledged by Maimi in a blog entry or on her radio, so we’ll just have to hope that ended up in her hands.
I want to thank everyone again for participating. Everyone’s messages were really great, and I even found myself being moved several times. There’s no doubt in my mind that Maimi will be touched by everyone’s comments when she reads it. For those who couldn’t participate this time or those who had more they wanted to say, this project is definitely something I want to revist in the future, so stay tuned!