Monthly Archives: February 2012

Blog update: “Fifth anniversary of our major debut”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 2/21 blog update, titled “Fifth anniversary of our major debut“:

Good evening
It’s Maimi

Today is the fifth anniversary of ℃-ute’s major debut

Five years ago today we had our major debut with our 1st single “Sakura Chirari”…

We received blessings of
“Congratulations” from the staff also

The time until now has passed in the blink of an eye, but of course we couldn’t have gotten to where we are now by ourselves,

so while showing our gratitude to the many people who have supported us until now, for 6 years, 7 years… I want to go and advance

Everyone, if you continue to watch over us warmly, I will be happy

And then, yesterday I had time between jobs,

so I went and saw the practice of the band who will be performing with Airi and I at the acoustic live in March

“Ehh They arranged it this way” I discovered

“Since you’re finally here, why don’t you try singing, Yajima

the situation became,

and I sang together with a band for the first time

I was nervous

I have a lack of training,
and the environment was different than when I’ve sung at live performances until now, so I need to practice more and more, and I quickly want to be able to have a live performance I felt

There’s 11 days until the surprising performance

I gotta do my best

And then, today I went with Chisato
to a filming for the TV Tokyo program
“Tsuri Roman wo Motomete”\(^-^)/

I was really excited about sea fishing for the first time

Well then, today’s picture

(1) The morning sun shone on us~
We’re departing

(2) We’ll definitely catch something p(^^)q
Yeah~

(3) During an intense struggle…

To see whether we properly caught anything or not, please definitely watch the broadcast on 3/3 at 6:00PM~

Today was a really fun day

Well well, everyone
Let’s have a wonderful day tomorrow too

Until tomorrow~

Maimi Sightings for 2/20

Berryz Koubou’s captain Shimizu Saki uploaded this 2-shot with 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.

Maimi’s profile pictures updated

Maimi’s profile pictures on the official Hello! Project website have been updated, and Maimi can now be seen in her outfit for ℃-ute’s upcoming single, “Kimi wa Jitensha Watashi wa Densha de Kitaku”. Maimi’s official profile can be seen here.

If you missed Maimi’s previous profile pictures, you can see them in this earlier update.

Blog update: “It’s come this year too”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 2/20 blog update, titled “It’s come this year too“:

Good afternoon
It’s Maimi

It’s finally come
Hay fever

I’m sneezing~

It’s evidence that spring is approaching

Now, yesterday we had a goods photo shoot for the solo tour starting 4/14(1)

Look look
Aren’t they cute

(2)

I saw the super soothing scene of the two wrapped up in a scarf and listening to music together,

and when I turned my camera towards them

…they pretended to sleep(゜o゜) lol

…but immediately Mai-chan started smiling (lol)

(3)

It was a fun photo shoot like that

Afterwards, I went to see KAN-san’s concert with Chisato

There are a lot of novel performances at KAN-san’s concerts, so it’s always, always really fun

The photo shoot ran late, so we couldn’t see it from the beginning But still, Chisato and I fully enjoyed it

We also laughed lots and lots during the talk…

Whether male or female, children, students, adults, there were a lot of fans,

and each and everyone was smiling

And then, when I returned home,

my brother who visited Niigata
gave me sasa dango as a souvenir

The sasa dango was delicious~

…or should I say, Niigata is nice
It’s a difficult season right now because of the heavy snow, but someday I want to go to Niigata again for the first time in awhile

Ah Also, there was something that made Yaji happy

When I wrote how to make strawberry mousse on the blog earlier,

there were a lot of people who said “I actually made it” in the comments

Until now, I thought that my recipes were probably hard to read,

and even if people could read it,
it’s necessary to gather the materials, gather the tools, and to take a lot of time, so actually making it probably becomes difficult~…,

so I didn’t write it

Though, when I attached the photos of the strawberry mousse I made as Valentine’s sweets,

I received a lot of comments that read “I want to know how to make it

I thought “Well, since strawberry mousse is easy“,

and tried writing a recipe for the first time

And then, I was surprised that more people than I thought really made it

There were also a lot of comments that said “I’ll try making it when I have time

How should I say it,

it was something I thought

“Probably no one will make it~“…
(I regret thinking like that…m(__)m)

At any rate, I was happy

Again someday,

next time I’ll write how to make the crème brûlée that I definitely want everyone to eat

But it uses more tools and takes more time than strawberry mousse…,

I wonder if anyone will be able to read it(^-^;

Of course, it’s not something you need to struggle to make, so please don’t push yourself

Though I don’t know when it’ll be, I’ll do it someday

Well then, let’s go into the afternoon in high spirits

Blog update: “Nightscape talk in the morning”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 2/19 blog update, titled “Nightscape talk in the morning“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

Today there’s a goods photoshoot for

“℃-ute Concert Tour 2012 Spring ~Utsukushikutte Gomen ne~”,

which starts 4/14~

We’ve only been told roughly what we’ll do though,

so I’m looking forward to seeing what kind of photoshoot it will be…

I wonder what I wonder what
I’m excited~o(^o^)o

The tour this time is our first solo tour in about a year

Last year we had collaboration concerts with S/mileage and Berryz Koubou,

so I’m excited for our first solo tour in a long time(*^^*)

I have an announcement regarding that tour

We will have a special ticket application
on the ℃-ute official blog

【Special application performances】

4/15 (Sun) Suncity Koshigayashimin Hall Large Hall (Saitama)
1:00PM Opening 2:00PM Start
5:00PM Opening 6:00PM Start

4/22 (Sun) Gotanda Yuupou Hall (Tokyo)
2:00PM Opening 3:00PM Start
5:30PM Opening 6:30PM Start

4/30 (Mon) Nagoya Daigaku Bunka Shiminkaikan Aurora Hall (Aichi)
2:00PM Opening 3:00PM Start
5:30PM Opening 6:30PM Start

5/3 (Thur) Nakano Sunplaza (Tokyo)
2:00PM Opening 3:00PM Start
5:30PM Opening 6:30PM Start

5/4 (Fri)
1:00PM Opening 2:00PM Start

You can apply at this URL↓

http://eplus.jp/cute2012ss

※You can apply either from your PC or cellphone

The special application period is from
2/19 (Sun) 12:00AM until 2/26 (Sun) 11:59PM,
and it will be decided by lottery, rather than by order of application

Everyone, definitely definitely come and play at ℃-ute’s tour please

Now, today’s pictures are pictures I want to show everyone…

(1) Ta~~da

It’s super beautiful, isn’t it(T-T)

I was really, really moved~

Actually, on the broadcast of
“HaroPuro TIME” a few days earlier,

I rode a helicopter for the first time in my life

(2)

I thought about a lo~t of things while looking down on Tokyo’s nightscape

Things like, this sparkling nightscape was created by individual people

There are probably people who are still working hard in the window of that building that looks small over there

I wonder how many people I know are in the scenery that I can see right now

I wonder what kind of people are riding in the cars and trains that look like toys and models

There’s no way the people riding in those cars, the people riding in those trains, and the people in those buildings are thinking that there’s someone in the sky interested in them like this~

When I saw that wonderful scenery,
I thought about a lot of things I don’t usually think about

Originally, Chisato and the staff planned it as a surprise birthday present for Nacky, Mai, and myself

I wanted to show Airi this nightscape also, but she had rehearsal for the Buono! concerts

Airi probably would’ve been jumping up and down with delight

But, I was really, really, very, very happy
Thank you very much
I’ll remember that nightscape my entire life

(3)

Well well,
I don’t know what will happen today

But I’ll go and have fun

Maimi “Cutest” app added to Android Market

A new app featuring unpublished photos of Maimi from ℃-ute’s photobook “Cutest” has been added to the Android Market, and can be found here. The app is Maimi’s third on the Android (the other two are “Fix no E Vol.1” and “Fix no E Vol.2“), and costs $6.63 USD. Several samples and a preview video can be found on the app’s details page.

Blog update: “From ℃-ute”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 2/18 blog update, titled “From ℃-ute“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

Yesterday, the members of ℃-ute gathered for the first time in awhile

It felt like it’s been a really long time

Though I wrote in yesterday’s blog that there were members I couldn’t meet,

Airi and I finished late,
and then Nacky, Chisato, and Mai came back from play rehearsal

So I was able to give strawberry mousse to everyone properly

Everyone included it in their blog
I’m happy~

I also handed strawberry mousse to people on that floor

There were several S/mileage members there too~

Since I still had some left over,
I told my manager “Please give them to everyone at the office to eat

and entrusted it to them

I saw everyone’s comments
For saying “It looks delicious” and “I want to eat it“, thank you everyone

Like, at events we’ve had up to now, multiple times the idea of

“Let’s give handmade sweets as presents” has been brought up,

but it’d be a bad thing if someone’s stomach became upset because of that, so…

…it’s really difficult(..)

I really want everyone to try it though

There were also comments that said “Teach us how to make it“,
so I’ll write the recipe at the end of the blog

If you make it this way, surely it’ll taste the same

Now, returning to the talk about meeting everyone,

first was Airi
Congratulations on your Buono! live performance in France

Ahh
When I heard her stories, I was super envious
“It’s a really nice place ” she said\(^-^)/

She also showed me pictures,
gave me souveniers (1’s left),
and also gave me a birthday present

I was so happy and really excited

In addition,
“There were a lot of people who said
‘I love ℃-ute too

I heard, so I became really happy

Not just overseas, but there are also a lot of places here we haven’t been able to go to, and so that everyone living in those places can see a ℃-ute concert live too, I must do my best

Then, then, I was given Valentine’s sweets from everyone

(1’s right)
The chocolate chip cookies Nacky made
Though Nacky also gave them out on Valentine’s Day, she made some more yesterday too
In addition, they were different than the cookies on the 14th…
Amazing…… Nacky

(2)
Right: the chocolate Chisato gave me
With a letter(*^^*)
Also, also, Chisato’s little sister also wrote a letter(T-T)
The letter that Chisato’s little sister wrote for me with all her might… She’s still small so she can’t write characters, but I really received her feelings~ Thanks

Left: the chocolate pie Mai gave me
The heart shape is cute~ It was crispy

Each and everyone’s handmade sweets were delicious, so I ate them immediately
Recently I’ve eaten too much
I have to be careful…

And then, and then,
a picture of Chisato with short hair makes an appearance

(3)

When I first saw short-haired Chisato,
“Whoa Chisatoooooooooooooo ” I became(lol)

She’s also cute with long hair,
but because Chisato is spirited and innocent, when she has short hair, that image becomes much stronger, so it really suits her I thought

It’s stylish and really cute

Well well, the weather is nice today too
Let’s have a wonderful day

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Strawberries …1 pack
Yogurt …1 pack (450g)
Sugar …110g
(Yaji uses Sanon Tou brown sugar)
Powder gelatin …10g
Lemon juice

First, you add 5 tablespoons of water to the gelatin

Put 2/3rds of the pack of strawberries, the yogurt, and the sugar into a blender

Put the gelatin mix in the microwave for 30 seconds, pour it into the blender, add 4~5 drops of lemon juice, and mix it well

Pour that into a container and chill it to complete the strawberry mousse

It’s easy Isn’t it

From here Yaji makes the strawberry sauce, and for the strawberry sauce,

just put the remaining strawberries and 3 tablespoons of sugar into the blender and you’re done

After that, just pour it on top of the strawberry mousse
I also like to decorate it with strawberries, blueberries, and mint

It doesn’t take much time to make, so definitely try making it please

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Blog update: “Diary for 2/16”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 2/17 blog update, titled “Diary for 2/16“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

I made it I made it
Valentine’s Day sweets

“Huh Weren’t you gonna make them for White Day” I think I heard a voice say…

(Yeah m(__)m In an earlier blog I wrote that I’d make them on White Day)

But, but, I was actually OFF yesterday,

so I said “I’ll make this today“, and hurried to make strawberry mousse for a slightly belated Valentine’s

Since ℃-ute’s Mai-chan usually can’t eat sweets, I wonder if it’d be easier for her to eat if it was the strawberries that she loves I thought

Well well, my day (2/16)

First, I woke up and ate breakfast with my mom
I worked on my blog update

I practiced the piano and singing,

and after that I went to the supermarket to shop
Strawberry mousse ingredients

There was an accident here

While I was picking up the blueberries I thought I’d buy, they slipped from my hand and all flew out(>_<)

Why would something like that happen…

My own carelessness was the cause…

Two of the nearby store clerks helped me pick up the blueberries

I’m sorry… and then, thank you(T-T)

Anyhow, I finished shopping,

bought delicious looking bread at the bakery,

and returned home with a log of bags
It was surprisingly cold outside~

For the time being, I put the ingredients in the refridgerator,
and had lunch ←the bread I had just bought

It was really delicious

Sitting in the chair at the table, I listened to the songs I’ll sing at the dinner show,

but because my stomach was full, I accidentally fell asleep

Before I knew it, I was laying on the table napping…

My hand became numb, so I woke up suddenly,
and I thought “This is no good(-_-;) I’m sleepy…

So, I switched to the sofa and continued napping with my pet dog Cologne~

When I woke up, my cellphone was gone
Where Where

…when I looked for it, my cellphone was blinking under the stomach of the sleeping Cologne…

Cologne was keeping it warm like a chicken’s egg(´ω`)

After that, I did Curvy Dance,
and worked on my blog update again

My dad came home, so I went shopping with him

We went to buy something to wrap the strawberry mousse with,

and since my dad forgot his wallet,
he asked “Hey, buy your father a chou la creme
with mischevious eyes, so I bought some

Once more, I returned home

I did the remaining drawings for February

(1) I think it will appear in pictures at the Hello! Project shop in Ueno in a little while
so those who are near it, definitely look for this panda please

And then, I finally made the strawberry mousse
Strawberry mousse itself is strawberries, yogurt, sugar, gelatin, and lemon juice, so it’s really simple

I completed the strawberry mousse(2)
While it was chilling,
I had dinner with dad and mom

After eating, I made the sauce to put on strawberry mousse

As expected, making sweets is fun

I wrapped the finished product,

and I was done

(3)

Every year, I give them to ℃-ute and Berryz Koubou’s members and staff, so I really made a lot this year,
but when I really thought about it,

“Hmm I wonder if I can meet Berryz Koubou tomorrow(・・;)” I started to doubt…

When I confirmed it with chii (Berryz Koubou’s Tokunaga Chinami-chan) and my manager,

it seemed like I can’t meet them

Is that so…

It’s too bad~
…when I can meet everyone in Berryz Koubou, I’ll make it again

…since I love making sweets, it’s alright…

What should I do with the remaining strawberry mousse though

I wonder if there is anyone who will eat them
I’ll take all of them with me today

After that, I focused on listening to the songs for the event with Airi, and I wrote a lot on the lyrics cards,

but it’s really difficult
No matter how many times I listen to them, it’s impossible
I was always writing while repeatedly listening to the songs…φ(..)

My mom became angry and said “Hurry up and take a bath and go to bed“,

so I decided to continue it again tomorrow (today)…

It’s something I’ve never done until now, so while I’m still nervous, I will cooperate with Airi and do my best

I’m excited that I can challenge something new

With that, it’s finished Yajima’s 2/16~

Now, let’s have a wonderful day today too

I’ll enjoy giving out strawberry mousse
…though I say that, there are other members I can’t meet, so I want to give it to the manager to give to them

Maimi Sightings for 2/16

Hello! Project soloist Mano Erina uploaded this 3-shot with Maimi and Nacky in an update on her official blog yesterday.

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

Blog update: “Thank you…”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 2/16 blog update, titled “Thank you…“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

Yesterday, I had a prepatory meeting for my dinner show in March

I want to sing that song
I want to sing this song

I had a lot of ideas, and while thinking about the balance of the song list, several were removed

Yesterday I decided the songs I will sing, so for the time being practice is all that’s left

I was also shown a recording of the dinner show that Berryz Koubou’s Shimizu Saki-chan did last year,

and I studied it

Ah~… Saki was consideriably nervous, and I’m also nervous

But but, despite being nervous, I want to have fun at the long-awaited dinner show

I was given a handmade Valentine’s Day muffin from Saki~

(1) Rea~lly happy

Nacky and I said
“Delicious
and we were moved…

Saki Thanks

After that, I went with Nacky to see “Guitar wo Mochinagara”,

the play that Mano Erina-chan appears in

It was funny~
Nacky was sitting next to me cackling (lol)

There were also moving scenes,
and the ending was happy and fun…

Though Mano-chan’s role is two-faced, her shifting was amazing, so I was really motivated by it

After the performance, the three of us took a picture, so I’ll attach it

(2)

In addition, Mano-chan gave birthday presents to Nacky and myself…

Cute cute roomwear

I’m happy~(T-T)
Though she was busy with the play, she prepared them especially for us…
Thank you

(3)
I tried it on at once
It’s soft and snuggly

The feel of it is the best

I’ll use it often
Thanks Mano-chan

Well The day is starting today too

Let’s have a wonderful day

Blog update: “Yaji vs Sweets”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 2/15 blog update, titled “Yaji vs Sweets“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

Today with Nacky,
I appeared on the JFN live program “School Nine”

Since Nacky turned 18, we’re able to appear together after 9PM…

The two of us talked about various things

Everyone who listened, everyone who couldn’t listen but supported us, thank you

When I met Nacky,
she gave me this wonderful thing

(1)

A handmade chocolate Valentine cookie\(^-^)/ Yay♪

Isn’t it nice Isn’t it nice

I ate it as soon as it was given to me

It was crunch and rea~lly delicious

Thanks Nacky…

Eh!?
“Yaji-san?” you ask…(・・;)?

Well… Yaji…

Ah I’ll make soemthing for White Day

To be honest, after I updated the blog yesterday,

“Ah Speaking of which, today is Valentine’s Day” I remembered

I love making treats, so I always make them for the other members with a fighting spirit

This year I didn’t buy the ingredients

So, ℃-ute
Please wait until White Day

Speaking of treats, the other day my manager gave me Hanabatake Bokujo’s caramel popcorn

(2)

Though it was my first time eating them, munch munch munch… I wasn’t able to stop

Sweets are Yaji’s rival
Though I always lose…

And then, I have an announcement

Yesterday, the magazine “Toukai Walker” went on sale

Chisato and I appear, so definitely check it out please

In addition, tonight at 12:59AM~
the Nippon TV drama “SuugakuJoshi Gakuen” airs

Berryz Koubou’s Tsugunaga Momoko-chan is the key person this time

Definitely watch this too please

Well well, let’s enjoy today too

Until tomorrow’s update~

Blog update: “I’m sorry”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 2/14 blog update, titled “I’m sorry“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

I wasn’t able to update the blog for two days, and I’m sorry for making you worry

Yajima is doing well

Actually, I’ve been facing my first challenge since turning 20

Today is the 3rd day of the challenge

The first day was full of incidents,
so we finished considerably late,

but I was able to finish the second day with a good feeling

(1) The scenery I saw yesterday

And then, the 3-day challenge is scheduled to finally finish today

I’m sorry I can’t talk about the details
When I’m able to talk about it, I’ll tell you all about it

At any rate, I used my body a lot, so I have to take care of it…

So, last night
I used this

(2) Macarons

…just kidding
They’re bath additives

Aren’t they really cute

I received them as a birthday present from a staff member

They also have a really nice scent, so my heart and body could both relax

In addition, when I looked at my cellphone after work was over,
a mail had come from Chisato

“I cut my hair short” she said

She also attached a picture,
and short hair suits her

It’s stylish~

I want to meet everyone soon…

(3) Last is a picture with Chisato when she still had long hair

Well well,
I’m really sorry everyone.

The last day I’ll do my best

Blog update: “Event with Chii”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 2/11 blog update, titled “Event with Chii“:

Good afternoon
It’s Maimi

The weather is too nice~\(^-^)/
It feels great

Yesterday was the event with Berryz Koubou’s Tokunaga Chinami-chan

(1)

The outfit I’m wearing, Chii actually wore it earlier,

and the outfit Chii is wearing is an outfit I wore on a fan club bus tour before

Since we’re about the same height, we said “Let’s switch“, and we wore each other’s outfits

It’s my first 2-person event with Chii, so it was really fun, but since we’ve been together a lot, I could feel really, really relaxed, and it was reassuring

From our appearance, the novel expression of “Let’s compete” was born,

and we appeared racing down the aisle of the guest seating while carrying ping-pong balls on a paper fan

There was a punishment game for the one who lost,

we told stories from the time we met,
and we also revealed what parts about the other we hope will be fixed

And then, we had a rock-paper-scissors tournament

The one winner received this present

(2)

Handmade photo frames by Chii and I

This is the work I wrote about in the blog the day before yesterday

Actually, everyone who came also received this present

(3)

A message card written by us

And then, we sang three songs

Seishun Song/℃-ute (Yajima Maimi)

Ai no Imi wo Oshiete!/W

Arigatou! Otomodachi./Berryz Koubou

were what we sang

During the auditions, Chii was the first person who talked to me,

so from that time and even now, she’s always been an important, important presence in my life

Everyone who came wrapped us in their warm gazes, so it was a really happy place

I hope we were able to make it enjoyable for everyone~

The amount of people who could attend was limited, it was on a weekend, and I think there were a lot of people who couldn’t come because they had things to do, but I think it’ll become a DVD someday,

so when it goes on sale, definitely check it out please

Next is the March event with Airi
There are difficult songs that present a new challenge…
Now, I need to memorize how to do them…

At any rate, I’ll do my best

Well then, I’m o~ff for today

From the bottom of my heart, I’m praying for the happiness of Chisato’s grandma in the next world.
So that we can support Chisato even a little, we members want to do whatever we can, and surely Chisato’s grandma will always be watching over the Chisato she loves from Heaven.

Please don’t push yourself, Chisato.

*The message card reads as follows:

Dear… everyone who came
Thank you so much for coming to today’s event!! Was it fun?? This event was our heart’s desire. We were also really happy Please return home safely
From… Maimi Chinami

Details on Maimi and Chinami’s ANNEX Event

Maimi and Berryz Koubou’s Tokunaga Chinami’s “HaroPuro ANNEX” fanclub events were held today, and a few details have emerged via 2ch and Twitter. At the event, Maimi and Chinami sang “Seishun Song” (Maimi’s solo from ℃-ute’s 4th album), “Ai no Imi wo Oshiete!” (W’s 5th single), and “Arigatou Otomodachi” (a song from Berryz’s first mini-album). The two of them also each made scrapbook like images, which ℃-ute staff member staffff2 shared on Twitter. (Maimi’s is on the left, Chinami’s on the right.)

Blog update: “From an unexpected person…”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 2/10 blog update, titled “From an unexpected person…“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

Earlier, a happy thing happened

A letter had arrived at my house

When I went to read it, it was a letter from someone who I didn’t expect

It was from a girl who was in the 1st grade while I was in the 6th grade 9 years ago…

The contents of the letter were really happy,
so I was moved

She remembered things from 9 years earlier well…

Surely she’s a high school student now

Ah I started to become nostalgic for various things

When I was in the 6th grade, I often went to the 1st grade classroom to play

I wonder if it was because I’m the youngest child

They’d say “Carry me
and “Pick me up“, and their neediness made me feel like I had little sisters and brothers, so I was really happy,

and during breaks my friends and I would always go past there

I wonder what kind of high school students those 1st graders have become(*^^*)

It’s a little strange

For remembering for over 9 years, even though we were only together for a year, thank you…

It warmed my heart〓

Speaking of unexpected things,

my manager gave me these

(1.2) Birthday presents from Morning Musume’s Niigaki Risa-san and Mitsui Aika-chan

They said “Since we can’t usually meet”, and entrusted it to my manager…

I was really happy

By the way, Berryz Koubou’s Tokunaga Chinami-chan gave me the present in my right hand in (2)

During our conversation yesterday, I realized that she had really thought about it a lot,

so Yaji is happy…

I’ll use it with care

Today there’s an event with that Chii

(3)

Though we’ve a~lways been close friends since the auditions, it’s our first event together

I’ll enjoy it with all I’ve got

Well then, I’m off for today