Monthly Archives: April 2012

Blog update: “Morning, evening blog”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 4/22 blog update, titled “Morning, evening blog“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

Yesterday at the water fountain plaza at Ikebukuro Sunshine City,

we had the release commemoration mini-concert & handshake event for “Kimi wa Jitensha Watashi wa Densha de Kitaku”

The water fountain plaza is an atrium, and there were s~o many people watching all the way to the 360 degree top of the plaza

At the handshake event,
a lot of people said “It’s my first time“,

and there were also people who stopped and said

“What’s this“,

and bought a CD
I heard from our manager

The CD was completely sold out
And then, I saw the happy report that it was #2 on the Oricon daily chart,

and everyone in ℃-ute was really delighted

The happiness that those who didn’t know about ℃-ute yesterday became people who know about ℃-ute today,

and the happiness that as many people as possible heard “Kimi wa Jitensha Watashi wa Densha de Kitaku”,

my chest is really full of that happiness

Though I say that, I must work harder and harder so that the people I’ll meet amongst those who still don’t know about ℃-ute will think,

“I want to cheer for these girls

℃-ute will do our best(^-^)

I had typed until here, but I couldn’t update in time
I’m sorry for being late

Let me correct myself, “Good evening

Just now the ℃-ute concert at Gotanda Yuuhouto Hall finished\(^-^)/

I burned out

Though it’s a struggle against my stamina in the concert’s second half, it’s so fun that my happiness overflows(*^^*)

I hope I was able to deliver that happiness to everyone…

In addition, during the concert,
it was announced that we also ranked #2 on the Oricon daily chart today

I’m so grateful to everyone who supports ℃-ute,
and to everyone who was interested in ℃-ute

Thank you very much

I want to respond to those people’s support with all my power
We all talked about it after the concert, and ℃-ute is really fired up

We have no choice but to do our absolute best

Alright
Well then, today I’ll relax in the bath and then go to sleep

Good night…

p.s.

A new music video for “Kimi wa Jitensha Watashi wa Densha de Kitaku”

is uploaded everyday until 4/30 on the official ℃-ute channel on YouTube,

and today the “Yajima Maimi Short Movie “Totsuzen” Dance Ver.” was uploaded

This music video was directed by Hata Takehiko-san,
who I’m indebted to for the play “Ran” the past two years,

and it’s a music video unlike any other until now

Those who haven’t seen it yet, please be sure to check it out

“Kimi wa Jitensha Watashi wa Densha de Kitaku” (Yajima Maimi Short Movie “Totsuzen” Dance Ver.)

The official ℃-ute channel on YouTube has added the third of Maimi’s solo music videos for “Kimi wa Jitensha Densha De Kitaku”, the “Short Movie Totsuzen Dance Ver.” (Sudden Dance Ver.). Clocking in at over 9 minutes long, the majority of the video features the story of a lovelorn Maimi interacting with her friend during a night out, and then breaking into sudden dance while walking home.

Here are Maimi’s previous solo versions for “Kimi wa Jitensha Watashi wa Densha de Kitaku”:

“Kimi wa Jitensha Watashi wa Densha de Kitaku” (Yajima Maimi Train Lip Ver.)
“Kimi wa Jitensha Watashi wa Densha de Kitaku” (Yajima Maimi Solo Ver.B)

Blog update: “℃-ute power”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 4/21 blog update, titled “℃-ute power“:

Good morning\(^o^)/
It’s Maimi

Yesterday, I unexpectedly ran into THAT soothing girl

(1) Berryz Koubou’s Tokunaga Chinami-chan

“Whoa(゜o゜) Chinami

“Ah~(´ー`) Maimi~ Hey, you got time Let’s talk Let’s talk

she said, and I intruded on Chinami’s dressing room

“I’m relieved I ran into Maimi(´ω`〃)” she told me

I’m happy(*^^*)

From the beginning,
she said “I have a lot I want to talk about“,

and since it was my fault we couldn’t go to ohanami earlier, I’m glad we were talk if even a little

Yaji also got a lot of spirit from Chinami

Well well
And then, Today at the water fountain plaza at Ikebukuro’s Sunshine City,

there will be a release commemoration mini-concert & handshake event for the new song “Kimi wa Jitensha Watashi wa Densha de Kitaku”

When I think that it’s a chance to make as many people as possible know about ℃-ute

I become excited

There were a lot of times when ℃-ute were still indies that we had events at shopping malls

So that people would remember our names, we wrote our own names on drawing and did a self-introduction back then,

and the still tiny Mai-chan couldn’t hold her microphone and drawing paper at the same time, and the girls next to her helped her…

Mai-chan became big~(T-T) lol

I want to always treasure the fact that we can have events like the one today after starting like that

I hope everyone who comes enjoys it And then, I hope a lot of people stop to watch I’ll do my best(^-^)

And then,
today is the on-air date for the TV Tokyo program

“Tsuri Romano wo Motomete”

Chisato and myself
tried fishing for flathead

Can we catch flathead without any trouble…

Be sure to tune in at 6:00PM~

Alright I’m going fired-up
I’m o~ff

Maimi to reprise her role as Reira in “Black Angels” sequels

While revealing info on their next single, the official Gacharic Spin website has also revealed that Maimi will be reprising her role as Reira in two sequels to “Black Angels”, “Black Angels 2 ~Kuroki Kakusei hen~” and “Black Angels 3 ~Kuroki Shitou hen~”, to be released later this year on July 4th and August 3rd.

Blog update: “Bicycle day”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 4/20 blog update, titled “Bicycle day“:

This update was made during the morning.
I apologize for posting it late.
STAFF

Good morning
It’s Maimi

Right now,

my pet dog Cologne is sleeping inside of my bag…(〃ω〃)

She’s cute…(..)

Yesterday,
at the Tower Records in Shibuya,

Airi, Mai, and myself had a release commemoration handhsake event for the new single
“Kimi wa Jitensha Watashi wa Densha de Kitaku”

Yesterday was the ~Bicycle Day~,

and Nacky, Airi, and Chisato will have an event today titled ~Train Day~

At yesterday’s event,
we sang “Kimi wa Jitensha Watashi wa Densha de Kitaku”,

and the bicycle-related
“Last Forever” by Buono!
(The word “bicycle” appears in the lyrics)

Maybe because people have started a new life in April,

recently I’ve noticed that there are a lot of people saying “This is my first time to come to an event

There were also people who said “I became interested in ℃-ute from Idol Yokochou Matsuri!!” too, so I was really happy

In addition, there were a lot of people who had come from other countries(ToT)

“I came from France
“I came from Germany“…
“I came from Taiwan“…

I wonder what feeling they had that made them come and meet ℃-ute…
They crossed the ocean and came a long way(;_;)

We must always show everyone something more than they expect

From this and that, we received a lot of spirit and power from everyone(^-^)v

I think there were people who also couldn’t participate unfortunately,

but let’s absolutely meet someday

And then, it’s sudden,
but tomorrow at Ikebukuro Sunshine City’s water fountain plaza,

we will have a “Kimi wa Jitensha Watashi wa Densha de Kitaku” release commemoration mini-concert & handshake event

Various people walk by Sunshine City’s water fountain plaza,

so it’s a chance to create interest
in those who don’t know about ℃-ute

℃-ute will do our best

Those who have the time, please be sure to come and meet ℃-ute

Well then, let’s have a wonderful day today too
Until tomorrow~(^з^)-☆

Blog update: “Announcement, Maimi”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s additional 4/19 update, titled “Announcement Maimi“:

This is an additional announcement

On 5/15 (Tue.),

along with Airi and Chisato,

I will appear in the BS-TBS May performance
“Joshi Rakugo”

Tuesday, March 15th 5:30PM Open 6:00PM Start
Appearing: Yajima Maimi (℃-ute) / Okai Chisato (℃-ute) / Tatekawa Shirano

7:30PM Open 8:00PM Start
Appearing: Yajima Maimi (℃-ute) / Suzuki Airi (℃-ute) / Tatekawa Shirano

It will be held at Aoyama Amphitheater, and reserved tickets are 4800 yen (tax included), tickets bought the day of the performance are 5250 yen, and children 3 and under will not be admitted.

Rakugo storyteller Tatekawa Shirano-san will give us a public class on rakugo

I have seen rakugo several times,

and one person plays several roles while changing their voice,
and they must stir up those listening’s imagination,

so it seems really difficult~ I thought

That day that I’ll personally challenge rakugo is coming

Though I think it seems difficult,
I think challenges are an opportunity to grab onto something new and make discoveries,

so if I’m going to do it, I will do my best with all my power

Ticket go on sale starting today

Those who have time,
please be sure to come and see it

Blog update: “welcome”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 4/19 blog update, titled “welcome“:

Good afternoon
It’s Maimi

It’s still noon, huh
It’s feels a little like it’s already evening… I wonder why (lol)

I didn’t wake up especially early…

Yesterday, there was a practice for Gatas, the futsal team I belong to

To my joy,
from here on Chisato will participate as an official member of Gatas\(^-^)/

Increasing the number of people by even just one makes things more lively, and we can do practices we couldn’t before

I want to do our best together from here(^-^)v

And then tonight,
at the Tower Records in Shibuya,

Airi, Mai, and myself

will have a release commemoration handshake event for the new song released just yesterday,

“Kimi wa Jitensha Watashi wa Densha de Kitaku”

Today is the “bicycle day”~

By the way, there’s an event tomorrow too,

and tomorrow is the “train day”
Nacky, Airi, and Chisato will be holding it

Though it was released just yesterday, already a lot of people have bought it I heard…(T-T)

Yajima is really happy
Thank you very much

I hope even more people listen to
“Kimi wa Jitensha Watashi wa Densha de Kitaku”…

And then, I have an announcement

The magazine that Airi and I had a photoshoot for several days ago,

“Photo Technique Digital”, goes on-sale tomorrow

The two of us are on the front cover this time
I’m really happy

It was a photoshoot where we wore cute, spring-like one pieces
and cheerful outfits that were easy to move in,

and our cultural side…
our active side…

During the one-day photoshoot, various sides of us were captured

Be sure to check it out, please

Well then,
I will go enjoy the handhsake event

Until tomorrow(^з^)-☆

Blog update: “Released today”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 4/18 blog update, titled “Released today“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

It’s wa~rm( ̄▽ ̄)
It’s warming my whole body

Thank you very much for all the comments regarding the 2nd anniversary of the blog yesterday

I was really happy

And then,

℃-ute’s 18th single,

“Kimi wa Jitensha Watashi wa Densha de Kitaku”
is finally released today\(^-^)/

In ℃-ute’s first ballad single, the lyrics bring to mind a scene

We were given the song last year, and the singing, dancing, and expressions… For ℃-ute, the theme was expressiveness

We received direct advice from Tsunku♂-san concerning the singing,

and we were taught the meaning of each and every move by the dance teacher, and everyone danced with the same feeling in mind

This time we experimented with some new things
A solo version by each and every member was also released,

and each day a different version of the music video is being uploaded on ℃-ute’s channel on Youtube

I was contacted for the first time in awhile by one of my old cram school teachers the other day

“I watched the video on YouTube. It made me feel nostalgic.” they said…

I was really happy

I think that depending who listens to it,
they feel happy,
they feel a little sad,
or they feel nostalgic like my teacher~,

and I’m happy if it makes people feel something like that

Now, to promote “Kimi wa Jitensha Watashi wa Densha de Kitaku”,

I went with Chisato and Mai to Kyoto and Osaka yesterday

We appeared on the radio and TV, so I hope somebody learned of ℃-ute during this opportunity…

Afterwards, we had a handshake event at Tower Records in Osaka

Thank you very much for coming on the way home from work and school even though it was a weekday

It seems like there were those who couldn’t come because it was far away,
those who couldn’t come because they had things to do,
and those who came to the venue, but couldn’t arrive in time…

It’s unfortunate we couldn’t meet, but those feelings of support make me really happy

I’ll certainly go to Osaka again,

and not just Osaka, but definitely someday, I will go and meet everyone in the country(`・∀・´)

Everyone in Japan, please wait for me

At any rate, yesterday I received a lot of words of support directly, so I got lots and lots of power

Well then I’ll continue to do my best today(^-^)v

Everyone too, fight q(^-^q)

p.s.

(1.2) Yesterday’s 3-shots

(3) Hello! Project Kansai’s Miyazaki Rio-chan
and HoriPro’s Nagashima Mizuho-chan,
who came to greet us

Maimi’s “Kimi wa Jitensha Watashi wa Densha de Kitaku” available on iTunes

℃-ute’s 18th single, “Kimi wa Jitensha Watashi wa Densha de Kitaku” (You ride your bike while I catch the train home), was released today, and for those who were unable to order a physical copy, or those who just can’t wait for their’s to arrive, the single is now available on iTunes. Maimi’s version of the single, which includes her solo rendition of the title track, can be found on the U.S. iTunes store here. For those living in other countries, please search “君は自転車 私は電車で帰宅” to check for availability in your country.

Maimi Sightings for 4/17

Fellow ℃-ute member Hagiwara Mai shared a collage of shots from her, Maimi, and Chisato’s trip to Osaka to promote ℃-ute’s new single in her update on the official ℃-ute blog.

Fellow ℃-ute member Okai Chisato also shared a 3-shot of the 3 girls in her update on the official ℃-ute blog.

The trio of Maimi, Chisato, and Mai also appeared on the blogs of the radio program “Moritani Takeo no Osewaninarimasu!!“…

…and the TV program “Ahoyanen! Sukiyanen!“.

And last but not least, Berryz Koubou’s Tokunaga Chinami was snapped in this 2-shot with Maimi (via the Limited B version of “Kimi wa Jitensha Watashi wa Densha de Kitaku”), which was tweeted by H!P staff member STAFFdesu.

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

Blog update: “Blog anniversary”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 4/17 blog update, titled “Blog anniversary“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

Yesterday,
I had a photoshoot for the 5/25 release of the magazine “girls!”

I wrote yesterday that Aquarius was ranked number 1,

and nice things happened to me

It didn’t rain during the photoshoot
It really felt like spring, and there were a lot of happy things…(^-^)

When I walked under the cherry trees, leaves from the cherry blossoms fluttered down, and it was really pretty…

In addition, I went to a park,
and there were a lot of dandelions blooming(*^^*)

It felt like I hadn’t seen them for awhile, so I started feeling nostalgic(´∀`)

There was a small slide in the park

In the park close to where I used to live, there was a slide just like it,

and I often played on it~

In addition, during the photoshoot, a little girl waved to me(^-^)/

At any rate, it was a really calming photoshoot

I’ll announce the release again when it gets closer, so definitely check it out please

After that, the happy things continued…

In the JOY SOUND company stores in Kyoubashi and Kanayama,

a ℃-ute collaboration campaign is being held

From tomorrow until 6/30,
you can reserve the ℃-ute room

In the ℃-ute room,
there are extra-large ℃-ute panel curtains that we hand-signed and wrote messages on decorating it

(1)

As part of the collaboration campaign with JOY SOUND starting 4/27,

three people will be chosen by lottery from those who sing the music video versions of

“Kimi wa Jitensha Watashi wa Densha de Kitaku”,
which finally goes on-sale tomorrow,

“Sekai Ichi HAPPY na Onna no Ko”,

“Momoiro Sparkling”,

and “Kiss Me Aishiteru”,

and they will receive these extra-large ℃-ute panel curtains

(2)

We also want them~(lol)σ(^_^;)

Everyone, definitely, definitely participate in the campaign and win the panel curtains please

Though only for a short time yesterday,
we went ahead and had fun in the ℃-ute room,

(3)

It was a really fun day

By the way, today’s ranking is 12th…( ̄▽ ̄;) Hahaha… I won’t worry about it I won’t worry about it(lol)

Changing the subject,
today is a really important day

It’s the 2nd birthday of this ℃-ute blog

From the first time I updated the ℃-ute blog 2 years ago today,

I’ve updated about every day,

and honestly, I worried a lot at first about whether or not I could keep updating it properly

But, I’m able to keep joyfully updating like this now

The biggest thing is that I feel like the distance between everyone and myself becomes remarkably shorter through this blog

Before the blog, just about the only means I had to hear all of the fans’ comments

were handshake events and fan letters

Since the beginning of this blog,

I can tell everyone the feelings I want to immediately,

and that same day I can get a lot of responses in the comments

There are a lot of things I didn’t notice until we started the blog.

There are a lot of people who live far away from the eastern part of Japan who think “I want to meet ℃-ute like that“,

there are people who want to participate in the events and concerts, but can’t for various reasons,

and when I read the comments,
though we are living the same day,
there are people who had depressing things happen to them,
there are people who had happy things happen to them,

and every day I again really feel that for each person there are various days

So, if there’s something depressing,

I want you to think “Right now, I’m not the only person feeling bad!! There are other people who are just like me.” and move forward without failing…

Everyone is connected in ways we don’t know

I’m really grateful to this blog for making me realize those connections…

And then personally, since starting this blog, I’ve properly looked up kanji, how to use various kanji, and the meaning of words by myself, and I wonder if that’s part of me that’s grown a little bit…

When I’m typing the blog,

I often run into the situation of “Huh?… Which kanji should I use here?”

There are a lot of things I’ve learned by typing this blog everyday

From here on too, I want to feel everyone’s feelings closely,
and I want to learn various things from that

Please continue to read ℃-ute’s blog

Everyone who read the blog today too, thank you very much

I’ll update cheerfully again tomorrow too

p.s.
Today I’m going to Kyoto and Osaka
with Chisato and Mai for a campaign\(^-^)/

1:15PM~
KBS Kyoto Radio “Moritani Takeo no Osewaninarimasu.”

5:10PM~
NHK Osaka’s “Ahoyanen! Sukiyanen!”

Both are live appearances,

so those who have time, definitely check it out please

After that, we will have a handshake event at the Tower Records in Osaka(^_^ゞ

Everyone in Osaka, we’ll met you later~(^o^)

Well then, I’m o~ff

Blog update: “Koshigaya”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 4/16 blog update, titled “Koshigaya“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

Everyone, are you sore

Yesterday’s ℃-ute concert in Koshigaya was really, really exciting,

and we really burned up at the end~

It was rea~lly fun…
Did everyone enjoy it

Everyone who came to the venue,
everyone who supported us from afar,
thank you so very much

I’m looking forward to the performances in Gotanda this weekend

During this tour ℃-ute will grow more and more,

and so that people hear about us from word of mouth and think

“I haven’t gone to a ℃-ute concert, but I wonder if I should try“,

and so that as many people as possible think things like “I want to go to a ℃-ute concert again“,

and “I’ll try taking my friends“,

℃-ute will work hard(`・∀・´)

So we can go to places we haven’t gone to before to have a concert and meet a lot of people too

Ah I’ll do my best

Well then, here are yesterday’s pictures…
(1.2)
Before the performance

(3)
After the performance

We were given pudding
There were various faces drawn on the tops,
and there was one that looked like each member…

I wonder if everyone can’t tell from the picture

Especially the top left
Airi occasionally makes a face like this(´∀`)(lol)

They were really delicious

Now then
I saw today’s horoscopes by chance before leaving the house…

and Aquarius is number 1

It’ll be nice if there is something good waiting for me(*^^*)
I hope a lot of good things happen for everyone too…

Well then, I’m o~ff

Blog update: “Aroma’s sleeping posture”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 4/15 blog update, titled “Aroma’s sleeping posture“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

The weather is really, really nice today

Spring is nice~

Yesterday was the start of ℃-ute’s tour, so my mom made me the SPAM onigiri I love in the morning

The first SPAM I’ve had since going to Hawaii…(ToT)

As expected, I love SPAM(T-T)

In addition, I noticed I received an e-mail from my mom while I was in the dressing room,

and she wrote “Isn’t this an amazing sleeping posture” and attached a picture of my pet dog Aroma (lol)

(1)
It’s certainly an amazing sleeping posture…
She’s flipping over (lol)

It was really soothing
Without thinking, I said
“Look, look~(*^^*)” and showed to Airi who was next to me

And then, today we will have a ℃-ute concert at Sun City Koshigaya Shimin Hall too

(2) A picture from after yesterday’s performance
I was really soaked in sweat

Yesterday,
S/mileage’s Takeuchi Akari-chan came and watched

She gave us macarons

The macarons were really popular, so they were gone in the blink of an eye (^^)d

I also ate a raspberry macaron

It was really delicious

Well I can’t wait for today’s concert
I really, really want to go and burst open

Ah And then, I have an announcement for everyone

Starting 4/22 on the DAM Channel
at karaoke across the country,
an interview with Kyari Pamyu Pamyu-san will broadcast

When you go to karaoke, definitely check it out please~

(3) Kyari Pamyu Pamyu-san and ℃-ute

Well then, let’s have a wonderful day today too

Later~

Blog update: “First day of the tour”

Here’s the translation of Maimi’s 4/14 blog update, titled “First day of the tour“:

Good evening
It’s Maimi

℃-ute’s solo tour opened today without any trouble

In addition, the first day of the tour
was held in the birthplace of 4 of the 5 ℃-ute members, Saitama prefecture

Our hometown Saitama I’m happy

Before the performance, everyone was really nervous
But also considerably excited for our first solo tour in about a year q(^-^q)

Now that today’s concerts ended safely, my thought is…

As expected, concerts are fun

I love them\(^-^)/

I’m really happy~

At the evening performance today, all of the fans had a surprise celebration for Airi, who turned 18 on 4/12,

and I was really, really moved by that warmth…

The room was filled with kindness and warmth…(*^^*)

In addition, there was something personal that made me happy today…

Friends of my mom and dad who took care of me when I was little came and watched their first ℃-ute concert today

My mom occassionally meets with them even now, but was n~ever able to meet with them starting around elementary school…,

but they really embraced my shy self,

and we went shopping together,
and we would cook together at their home

I remember cutting the onions into little pieces…

The day before the peformance,
I heard from my mom
“They seem to be really looking forward to it“,

and I was really happy

I’ll relax and listen to my mom talk about it later(lol)

Now then, tomorrow’s concerts will also be at
Sun City Koshigaya Shimin Hall

Right now, in the lobby of Sun City Koshigaya Shimin Hall, there is a machine installed

If you touch your cellphone to this machine, you can access a URL and answer a survey

Those who cooperate

will receive an e-mail of thanks from us

Everyone in Koshigaya, definitely, definitely check it out please

Well then, last is today’s pictures
(1) Arriving at the venue
A picture from the dressing room in the morning

(2) Finished putting on the costume
From here is the performance

(3) ℃-ute assembled
A shot where we’re soaked with sweat after the concert

Alright
I’ll work hard so that tomorrow’s concert is also the best

Sweet dreams(^з^)-☆
Good night

℃-ute news for 4/13: New tour goods

■ The goods list for ℃-ute’s new tour starting tomorrow, “℃-ute Concert Tour 2012 Spring/Summer ~Utsukushikutte Gomen ne~”, has been made available on the official Hello! Project website. Several of Maimi’s goods are pictured above, and the full list can be seen here.