Monthly Archives: May 2012

Blog update: “Rajiru’s friends(・v・)人(・- ・)ΟÅΟ)”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 5/31 blog update, titled “Rajiru’s friends(・v・)人(・- ・)ΟÅΟ)“:

Sorry, this blog was written in the afternoon.

Good afternoon
It’s Maimi

Yesterday I rode a bike and practiced futsal,
so I was worried I’d have muscle aches…

But it seems like I’m completely alright

I’m having no problems at all
I’m glad, I’m glad~(^o^)/

Now then, today is the last day of May~
It went by in the blink of an eye

Actually, I started something called a 3-year-diary on 5/8

I’m the type who doesn’t continue things

So I kept saying “I won’t do it(・・;)”,

but my mom said “I already bought it“, and handed me a thick 3-year-diary book

Since she went to the trouble of buying it…
I reluctantly started the 3-year-diary

I’ve skipped updating it a few days But for now, I’m still doing it(^^)d

I’ll be 23-years-old when I’m finished writing in it
It’d be nice if I could properly continue it until then~

I wonder what the 23-year-old Maimi will be doing on this day…

Ah In addition
“Rajiru”, who I introduced in an earlier blog,

made some friends

The twin “Hikari Caesar” brothers


Isn’t it nice~ Rajiru(^^)

“Rajiru” was always dangling from my cell phone,

so recently he’s become disheveled…

But he made friends,

and from here they’ll become close at the house and house-sit

Well then, let’s enjoy the rest of 5/31~

“Hamo Nepu” fight~

Continuing from yesterday,

pictures from the filming of the music video for the Berikyuu single

(2) With Berryz Koubou’s Sudou Maasa-chan

(3) ℃-ute assembled~

“Hagiwara Mai desu ga… Nani ka??” #22 uploaded

Last week’s episode of “Hagiwara Mai desu ga… Nani ka??”, where Mai and Maimi set out to witness the annular solar eclipse and which originally aired on 5/24, has been uploaded to the UpFront DC YouTube channel. Maimi appears right from the start greeting “everyone around the world”, and though their view is initially obstructed by clouds, the two finally catch a glimpse of the eclipse around the 29 minute mark.

Blog update: “Active day f(^_^;”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 5/30 blog update, titled “Active day f(^_^;“:

Good evening
It’s Maimi

It’s hot~(^-^;
Practice for the futsal team “Gatas” just finished
I’m soaked in sweat…(^^;)

I also got physical before that today, so it was a really, really active day


it was decided I would appear on the “Gekizaka” corner of Hikari TV’s program “Yuu! Style”


I rode a bicycle a lot for the first time since February (my bicycle trip from Tokyo → Shizukoa (Kunouzan Toushougu))

It was nothing but pedalling uphill,
so my sweat was pouring during this too

It’s a simulation,
so while watching the monitor you pedal the bicycle with the same resistance as the actual slope

My legs are sore(((^^;)

But I made it my goal,
so I’ll continue to do my best so I can reach it

When it gets closer to the on-air date, I’ll announce it again

And then, my stories are out of order,

but yesterday’s music video filming for the Berikyuu (Berryz Koubou x ℃-ute) song “Chou HAPPY SONG”… It was really fun

Everyone was excited
It seems like it’ll become a music video with a lot of smiles

I hope everyone who watches it starts smiling too…(*^^*)

Pictures from yesterday…

(2) During break with Naka-san and Hagi-chan…

(3) With Berryz Koubou’s Kumai Yurina-chan

Now then, when I return home I’m going to soak in the bath and then get a massage(^-^)


This morning,

I saw the Motomachi Charming Sale commercial~(^o^)

I heard ℃-ute’s voices
and the song “Momoiro Sparkling” in the clip,

so I became excited

Yaji-san was in high spirits from the morning

Blog update: “Reunion(*^^*) 人(゜o ゜)”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 5/29 blog update, titled “Reunion(*^^*) 人(゜o ゜)“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

Yesterday, I met someone nostalgic near my house

A long time ago, I often went with my mom to watch my brother’s baseball practices at a nearby school

I was still little, so I wouldn’t stay still,
and I would wander around looking for four-leaf clovers,
I would go look at the rabbits at the breeding pen,
and I would draw pictures in the ground next to all the mothers watching baseball…

I would quiz the other mamas about the picture, asking

“Wh~at’s this“~

The mamas played along with me and would respond,

“Hmm(^-^) I wonder if it’s a bear(^^)”…

Though I was basically a shy child,
I became really, really attached to the mamas that I met roughly every week,

and I’d also watch baseball sitting on other mamas’ laps

They took care of me a lot(^o^;)

Yesterday, I unexpectedly passed by one of those mamas who I haven’t had the chance to meet at all since those days,

and I became like

When I called out
“Long time no see“,

Her eyes opened wide and she responded

“Ahh Good afternoon Long time no see“…

It seems like she remembered me…

Even though I was that small…
I was really happy that she remembered me

And then, today
we have a job with Berryz Koubou

The music video filming
for the Berikyuu (Berryz Koubou x ℃-ute) single coming out on 6/20,


I want to enjoy the filming

While typing this blog right now,
Yaji received a text from Berryz Koubou’s Sudou Maasa-chan…

Maasa sent me a text this morning

I’ll upload a picture together with Maasa

(1)…Momochi’s (Berryz Koubou’s Tsugunara Momoko-chan) back also appears~

In addition,
pictures from the “Kimi wa Jitensha Watashi wa Densha de Kitaku” release event earlier

(2) With Airi~ (Photographer: Hagi-chan)

(3) The Kimichari t-shirt

Well then, everyone have a wonderful day~
I’m o~ff

Blog update: “Riho-chan(*^^*)”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 5/28 blog update, titled “Riho-chan(*^^*)“:

Good afternoon
It’s Maimi

Yesterday was
the “Kimi wa Jitensha Watashi wa Densha de Kitaku”
release event at Osaka


Though there were three performances, it was over in the blink of an eye~

The setlist at the event this time was

1. Kimi wa Jitensha Watashi wa Densha de Kitaku
2. Ai wa Itsumo Itsumo

3. Kimi wa Jitensha Watashi wa Densha de Kitaku (Solo Ver.)←The person who sang was decided by lottery

4. Campus Life ~Umarete Kite Yokatta~
Namida no Iro

(The final song was different each time)

By the way, at yesterday’s first performance,
Yajima Maimi’s solo ver. was selected

I hadn’t sang it by myself at a release event prior to that,

but all the glowsticks in the venue became my member color,
and everyone warmly watched over me

I was really happy
Thank you very much

There were a lot of people who said things like “It’s my first time participating
and “It’s the first time I heard — live“,

and just like at the Yokohama performances,

so many girls particpated in the Osaka performances that they could make a girls’ section in the audience

℃-ute will continue to do our best so that Team ℃-ute will gradually expand


The next time we go to Osaka
will be for a ℃-ute concert

Ah, though yesterday was just an event, I started feeling “I want to have a concert“…

I want to meet everyone’s smile again soon~(>_<)

I think there are a lot of people who feel “It’s far away so I can’t participate“, so I want ℃-ute to work harder and harder so that we can definitely meet those people someday

I’m looking forward to the concerts, but before that

there is the ℃-ute Metropolitan University LIVE 2012

at Tokyo Metropolitan University’s school festival,

and there is the JUNON fashion show & event,

so there are a lot of things I am looking forward to…

It’s ℃-ute’s first time to appear at a school festival,

and we usually don’t get the opportunity to appear at a female-only fashion show,
↑(…Ah… I said “naka” a lot (lol))

so I’m excited to see what they’ll be like

Team ℃-ute will increase~(^o^)

And then, changing the subject,
today is Morning Musume Sayashi Riho-chan’s birthday

Congratulations on your 14th birthday, Riho-chan

I was surprised when I heard she was 14,
because she looks confident and cool when she stands on the stage, and not like she’s 14
I unintentionally stare at her

But, she acts her age when she’s happily eating something

We went to Hokkaido together during Hello! Project Mobekimasu’s activities

With that small body,
always eating Always eating

Like, when she’s eating,
she looks cute like a hamster(^^)

Riho-chan, have a wonderful 14th year


Right now, it’s raining outside
Everyone, please be careful

Well then, until tomorrow’s update~

Blog update: “Mimosas o(^o^)o”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 5/27 blog update, titled “Mimosaso(^o^)o:”

Good morning
It’s Maimi

Yesterday we had a dance lesson and a costume fitting for the Berikyuu (Berryz Koubou x ℃-ute) single being released on 6/20,


The dance lesson was just ℃-ute, so we still haven’t been able to join up with Berryz Koubou,

but it’s a fun dance that reminds me of our time as Hello! Project Kids(´∀`)ノ

Speaking of which
Completely changing the subject,

at Berryz Koubou’s Shimizu Saki-chan’s house there is a kitchen garden,

and she shared snap peas she harvested earlier


I ate the snap peas with scallop saute, and it was rea~lly delicious…

We are also growing various things at the Yajima household~

Now we’re growing mini-tomatoes, cucumbers, bitter melons, and raspberries

In addition, morning glories, moonflowers, and mimosas

My mom seems to enjoy raising mimosas,

and she told me a story of when she saw mimosas planted at a friend’s house when she was little,

and thought “It’s n~ice(・ε・`) I wonder why they have mimosas at their house…” (lol)

Actually, I loved the mimosas planted at my elementary school’s flower bed and thought “I want this

Do I take after my mother(lol)

I enjoyed watching the leaves close when I touched them, so I often played with the mimosas

Though, remarkably I couldn’t find them after elementary school,

and I found plants that looked like mimosas and tried tapping the leaves

There was no response at all though…

“Huh~, don’t mimosas look like this~” I thought, and my memories became fuzzy,

but the other day mimosas showed up at my house

When I tapped their leaves, they closed-up dejectedly…\(^o^)/

Yes This is it This is it

I became happy and nostalgic

They’re still small though,
so I hope they gradually become bigger from now

today at Osaka
is the release event for “Kimi wa Jitensha Watashi wa Densha de Kitaku”

I’ll enjoy doing my best
I’m o~ff

Everyone, have a wonderful weekend…

Bonus pictures~

(2) With Hagi-chan

(3) With Chisato~

Maimi Sightings for 5/26

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

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

Blog update: “Asakusa(^^)”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 5/26 blog update, titled “Asakusa(^^)“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

It’s itchy(>_<)

Yesterday I had a photoshoot with Mano Erina-chan for the magazine "Hello! Channel vol.9" in Asakusa,

and I was bitten by mosquitos a lot~

Actually, the two of us wore different colored yukata for yesterday’s photoshoot

Though a lot of my skin was covered because I was wearing a yukata,

they poked poked both sides of my neck and the front and back,

so my neck is swollen~

In an earlier blog I made it my goal for the summer

But “Not getting bitten by mosquitos
is considerably difficult~

While typing this blog right now,
my neck is itchy…

It’s provoking me, “Won’t you scratch( ̄ー+ ̄)”

Yaji won’t scratch it(>_<)
I'll endure it

The photoshoot with Mano-chan was really fun

It was a photoshoot with the recently opened Sky Tree in the background

Wearing a yukata also makes me excited

However, as expected… it rained…

It didn’t stop, so we had to change the photoshoot venue from what was planned,

and finally we had a photoshoot while carrying umbrellas…

Amazingly, it stopped raining when the photoshoot ended…(^-^;

Right When the two of us get together it can’t be helped(^-^;

There are also days like this

…Though it seems there are only days like this

And then, on MBS Radio’s “Youngtown Saturday”,

broadcasting today at 10:00PM,

I appear together with Berryz Koubou’s Tokunaga Chinami-chan

Both of us are really, really nervous,

but those who were on the show with us,
and Kata Noriko-san,

are really kind people

To find out what we talked about, be sure to listen to the program…

Lastly, I have an announcement

Starting 6/1,

Motomachi Shopping Street’s Charming Sale


On the TV commercial,
℃-ute’s “Momoiro Sparkling”

I’m really, really happy(;_;)

In addition, we also narrated the commercial

It’ll start broadcasting 5/27

Well then,
today I’ll do my best all day without losing to the itchiness

I’m o~ff

Today’s pictures
Pictures from yesterday

A picture from when I went to a fruit parlor with Chinami earlier

Blog update: “Walk(^o^)”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 5/25 blog update, titled “Walk(^o^)“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

In regards to the update where I wrote “I’m going to go walking with my mom and dad~” yesterday,

there were a bunch of comments that read “Don’t interfere with your parents’ walk“…


I interfered with all of my might\(^-^)/

It’s alright(^-^)b
I will occassionally participate(lol)

But, it was really good exercise

The evenings this season feel nice

I started to want to go to a summer festival~

On a certain street…

At a nearby paddy field,
there were so many frogs croaking that I thought
“I wonder just how many there are~“,

and to the left of us were woods,

and to the right of us were old-fashioned houses…

Light was shining through the paper sliding doors,

and I started to miss my grandmother’s house

I often walked along that road on the way home from cram school when I was little,

so it was nostalgic~

And then, Rookie-kun walked with us

During the long walk, my mom said

“Roo-chan, are you tired
“Will someone carry him

Me “No~, Rookie doesn’t like being held When I tried to pick him up earlier, he didn’t like reclining, so…… Huh…

My mom picked him up,
and he wasn’t as upset as I thought

“He likes it if it’s Mother~(TεT)”

But, Rookie is the same as always
The reason he didn’t mind was because he was tired

When we got to a road that cars couldn’t travel on and took Rookie off his leash,

he was delighted and took off running,

so without a moment’s delay my mom said
“Huh( ̄^ ̄) Roo-chan

When he heard that voice,
as if he was saying “Y~es(・ε・`))”,

Rookie again started walking in step with us… What a clever boy

Here’s a picture of that Rookie taken at night


Though Rookie always looks strong, he looks like a stuffed toy in this picture…

His blank stare is cute~

And then, changing the subject,

today is the release date of the magazine “girls!”

I appear in it, so please be sure to check it out

Here’s pictures from that photoshoot

(2) The phootshoot was during the sakura season

(3) The dandelions had also bloomed~

Well then, today I work with Mano Erina-chan

I’m o~ff

Blog update: “Calmed②(*^^*)”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 5/24 blog update, titled “Calmed②(*^^*)“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

Yesterday I participated in practice for the futsal team “Gatas”(^o^)

Since I graduated from school,
I don’t get the chance to play sports on a team with other people,

so I’m really, really happy I can play futsal with everyone

In addition, it feels refreshing to move my body with all my power(^-^)

That’s right
Speaking of school, Airi also wrote about it in her blog,

but right now it’s the exam period for students, isn’t it

Just remembering it…

The exam period is a real problem

Though all Yaji can do is cheer for you, all of the students, please do your best


Yesterday, I wrote the story “Calmed(*^^*)” in my blog update,

and I actually have another calming story

When I was proofreading my update yesterday, it had become too long, so I trimmed part of it off

A story of my mom and dad…(^^)

Several days ago, work finished early,

so though it was late, I went out with my dad to buy a Mother’s Day gift

The part I was worried about was what kind of clothes I should buy her

It seems that my mom recently started going for walks,

and my dad said “I asked her her size, and it seems she’s one size smaller

Me “You’re kidding But when I bought her a present earlier I bought it in this size

Dad “I’m saying she’s gotten thinner recently

Me “Eh~… This Can she really wear this

Dad “Well, if she can’t wear it, father will go for walks with her(^-^)b”

In the end, I bought clothes that were one size smaller, and gave them to my mom

“Wow” my mom said, and tried it on immediately

“Look It’s perfect

…It’s true…(^o^)

Afterwards, we ate dinner, and then I took a bath

When I got out, there was no one in the house…

“Huh I wonder where they went~

I thought,

and “We’re home~

they said as they returned

Me “Where’d you go(・o・)”

Dad “Walking, we went walking(^^)d”

Me “Ah~ You really went together~(^-^)”

My dad and mom who happily went walking together were smiling

By the way, the two of them also went out walking yesterday too

For about an hour…

Summer nights feel good, don’t they…

Alright It’s decided(^_^)/

To build strength, I’ll also go with them on days I can
And, I’ll bring my pet dog Rookie too

When I saw my dad and mom, it looked like they had fun I thought (lol)

That said, tonight I will go for a long walk

I can’t wait

Well then, everyone have a wonderful day~


Today’s picture
is from the Zama concerts

(1) A 2-shot with Hagi-chan

Blog update: “Calmed(*^^*)”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 5/23 blog update, titled “Calmed(*^^*)“:

Good afternoon
It’s Maimi

Last night, when I got into bed,
“Pitter patter…”
I heard the sound of footsteps…

They suddenly stopped in front of my room…

“Cologne Aroma” (←My pet dogs’ names)

…It was pitch black, so I didn’t know who it was~(..)

At any rate…
I said “Come here

“Pitter patter”

Since she came in, it was Cologne

If it was Aroma,

she wouldn’t come even if I said “Come here“, so I’d immediately know (lol)

Cologne hopped up onto my bed, and slowly walked from my feet up towards my head

When I lifted my blanket…

Ignored…( ̄▽ ̄;)

She passed right by me,

and snatched my pillow…(;ε;)

Well, Cologne usually sleeps by my mom’s side, but she finally came to me… So I let her be

But when I woke up, Cologne was sleeping soundly in my arms~

She’s too cute

I felt soothed from the morning~(*^^*)

And then, when I went into the living room and turned on the TV,

the image of Yaguchi Mari-san wearing a really, really wonderful wedding dress appeared before my eyes

It seems the wedding ceremony and reception were held yesterday

Yaguchi-san looked really happy…, and she was sparkling

I hope you are always happy…

Today’s pictures


I didn’t take this picture yesterday, but she often sleeps using a pillow like this (lol)

(2) A picture taken with all of ℃-ute earlier


I said with all of ℃-ute, but Chisato is cut off~

As expected, taking a picture by yourself is hard…(・・;)

(3) That said, I took a 2-shot with Chisato


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Blog update: “China turned 20(Tv T”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 5/22 blog update, titled “China turned 20(Tv T“:

Good evening
It’s Maimi


Berryz Koubou’s Tokunaga Chinami-chan has finally turned 20~

Ah~ It’s a special day
It’s amazing that the grand opening of the Tokyo Sky Tree and Chinami’s 20th birthday are on the same day

Today I met Chinami

I finished work at night,
and Chinami’s work started at night,

so between my job ending
and her job starting,

we went to a fruit parlor

Though it was only for a short time, I wanted to meet and congratulate her, so I suddenly invited her out a few days earlier~(>v<)

So, just before the date changed yesterday, I talked to Chinami on the phone
I listened to the last of 19-year-old Chinami’s voice

And then, I talked a lot to the Chinami who turned 20 today too

Chinami just returned from a fan club bus tour,

and she was really delighted that all of the fans celebrated for her(*^^*)

“Look look The venue became orange” she said,

and showed me a picture of the venue filled completely with her image color,

and “Look, I received this many messages\(^-^)/”,

and also showed me a picture of her holding a large message album with both hands while smiling

Chinami is happy, so Yaji is also happy

I’ve tried thinking about it,
and being deeply affected by someone’s life like this is an amazing thing

Chinami and I have been friends for 10 years already(^-^)v

I wonder why that is~
Though it’s strange, she’s a friend who really makes me feel calm

Chinami’s smile has the power to soothe people,

so there’ve been times when I was worried, and Chinami’s face came to mind,

and I thought “Ah~ I want to meet Chinami right now~(T-T)”…

when I went to leave through the ticket gate, Chinami was there waving with all her might on the other side (lol)

That way of waving,

it was how you’d wave to someone who was around 50 meters behind me (lol)
That said, it made me feel like waving back( ̄▽ ̄)ノ

But, I love that innocent and straight-forward Chinami(^-^)/

From here on too,
I feel that will ne~ver change even when we become grannies…

Let’s continue to be friends fore~ver

Well then, last is pictures of my memories with Chinami…

(1) Chinami innocently frolicing in the ocean at Enoshima…

(2) And then, this time it’s mischevious Chinami

When she turns towards the camera, she almost always does something (lol)

(3) Last is the 20-year-old Chinami

What Chinami is holding
is a cherry crepe

And, Yaji is holding a melon crepe

Both were delicious~

My number of memories increased again(^^)/
I’m grateful we could meet~

I hope that the Chinami I love is always smiling in her 20s…

Again, happy birthday
From here on too, let’s a~lways be friends

Maimi Sightings 5/21

Fellow ℃-ute member Hagiwara Mai uploaded a 2-shot with Maimi from their early morning trip together to witness the annular solar eclipse today in her update on the official ℃-ute blog.

Hello! Project staff member Shuhei Miyachi also tweeted a gigantic 2-shot of the two girls from the event.

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

Blog update: “Annular solar eclipse〓→○”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 5/21 blog update, titled “Annular solar eclipse〓→○“:

Good afternoon
It’s Maimi


Were you able to see the annular solar eclipse

Yaji was able to see it perfectly with Hagi-chan

The clouds were thick though, so I was considerably worried…

It was amazing(´v`)

Even though it was morning, the sunlight was covered-up like during the evening,

and when I noticed it, countless people had gathered around us to see the eclipse(*^^*)

The scene of everyone stopping and looking at the sky together when it’s usually a time of commotion with people commuting to work and school,

for some reason or another, made me really happy

It was like I didn’t know what time it was…

Like time stopped…

It was a strange feeling(^^)

Nature’s power to move people is amazing, as expected…

Though the timing was more or less off depending on the location, countless people are probably look at the sky…(^-^) I thought…

I think a l~ot of people were moved by the eclipse

Yaji and Hagi are among those people

It seems like there are places that couldn’t see it because it was cloudy…

When I think that there’s people who couldn’t see it even though they wanted to, even I feel disappointed

I really wanted to see it(´д`)

Though the scale is smaller than what I actually saw,

if it’s alright, please look at this picture taken through the solar eclipse glasses…

(1) A picture of the sun being eclipsed

And then, this is the moment the moon overlapped the sun

(2) Our manager took this picture

It’s so mysterious…(T-T)

I’m really glad I was able to see it

You can watch that scene on the program that broadcasts every Thursday at 10:00PM~

“Hagiwara Mai desu ga… Nani ka??”

Please be sure to watch it…

The job that was planned for today was suddenly scheduled for another day, so I returned home earlier than expected

There’s some things I want to buy, so I will go out in a little bit

Well then, until tomorrow’s update~

Bye b~ye

Maimi’s live appearance on “Hagiwara Mai desu ga…” archived

During a special broadcast of “Hagiwara Mai desu ga… Nani ka??” which aired live earlier today, Maimi and fellow ℃-ute member Hagiwara Mai set out to see the annular solar eclipse. For those who missed the live broadcast, the broadcast has been uploaded in several segments on the show’s USTREAM page. The first part can be seen above, and the others by following the links below.

Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6