Monthly Archives: June 2012

Kawaii girl Japan video on “Chou HAPPY SONG”

Maimi, fellow ℃-ute members Hagiwara Mai and Okai Chisato, and Berryz Koubou members Shimizu Saki, Sudou Maasa, and Kumai Yurina recorded some comments on Berikyuu’s brand new single “Chou HAPPY SONG” for the website Kawaii girl Japan. In the English-subtitled video, the girls are asked their thoughts on the song, each others’ groups, and which songs made them happy as children.

Maimi Sightings for 6/20

Fellow ℃-ute member Nakajima Saki uploaded the following pictures on her solo blog featuring Maimi as part of a “Chou HAPPY SONG” festival to celebrate today’s release of the Berikyuu single.

Hello! Project staff member staffff2 tweeted this picture of the entire Berikyuu line-up.

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

Maimi & Airi acoustic live DVD to go on sale again

Originally on sale for only a limited time through e-LineUP! and CD Japan, the DVD for Maimi and Airi’s acoustic concert held earlier this year will once again become available in early August, according to tweets from Up-Front DC staff member Shuhei Miyachi and the Up-Front Link Twitter account. Both tweets promised more details to come.

Shuhei Miyachi’s tweet
Up-Front Link’s tweet

Maimi, Chinami appearing on “Nishikawa Takanori no Ienomi!!”

Maimi will be appearing alongside with Berryz Koubou’s Tokunaga Chinami on the Nico Nico Douga program “Nishikawa Takanori no Ienomi!!”. The program is hosted by Nishikawa Takanori, better known to many as TM Revolution, and will be broadcast live tomorrow at 11:00PM JST (10:00AM EST) at the link below.

Nishikawa Takanori no Ienomi!!

Blog update: “Solo event(*^^*)”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 6/20 blog update, titled “Solo event(*^^*)“:

Good afternoon
It’s Maimi

The typhoon left, and this morning I woke up because of the mugginess

Yesterday I had a solo event,
(1)

and while I thought “Surely there are a lot of people who won’t be able to come because of the typhoon…”,

I was surprised the moment I stepped on stage

Amongst conditions where they didn’t know if they’d be able to return home properly, a lot of people came to the venue

I was really happy

Of course, I think there are people who couldn’t come because of the typhoon

But, if anything happened to anyone, I’d be really upset…

I’m grateful you cheered for me from your homes

Well then, here is yesterday’s setlist

1. Natsu DOKI Lipstick

MC

2. Aenai Nagai Nichiyoubi (Fujimoto Miki-san)
3. 100-kai no KISS (Matsuura Aya-san)

Corner: “Reverse Question Theme Talk”

4. Watashi ga Oba-san ni Natte mo (Moritaka Chisato-san)
5. Masayume (Aa!)

MC

6. Seishun Song

I personally decided on both the songs and the corner for this event

Especially the corner, I suggested it to my manager at the beginning of May,

but I was concerned “Will they enjoy it“,

and no matter how many times I rethought it,
I was worried about it until the day before

This corner also had the purpose of increasing my talking skill,

so while I usually think “What should I talk about today~” before I step out on stage,

this time I pulled someone’s seat number, and asked the person who won a question they could answer with one word, and tried to see how long I could talk with that word as a theme

It was that kind of challenge

My heart was pounding,
but I enjoyed listening to various people’s stories

It seems there were people who couldn’t return because of the typhoon…

Ah…(;_;) Thank you for coming even though you had such big problems

It was a really fun time
I’ll be happy if everyone else had fun too

Here are yesterday’s pictures…
(2) Shimizu Saki-chan (Berryz Koubou) and Hagi-chan came to see the event

Thanks(T-T)
I was happy

(3) The macarons I was given as a treat
They were delicious

Now, changing the subject,
today, 6/20, is the release day
for Berikyuu’s (Berryz Koubou x ℃-ute)
“Chou HAPPY SONG”

Though I’ve written about it countless times on this blog,

“Chou HAPPY SONG”

is Berryz Koubou’s “Because happiness”
and ℃-ute’s “Shiawase no Tochuu”
played at the same time

It’s a really wonderful thing for us in Berryz Koubou and ℃-ute to release a single together right before the 10 year anniversary of us passing the Hello! Project Kids audition

I hope this song makes a lot of people feel “Super HAPPY”

Now, it’s muggy today, but let’s drink a lot of liquids and not lose to the heat

Well then, until tomorrow’s update~

p.s.
Today is Nakazawa Yuko-san’s birthday

It’s been announced on her birthday that Nakazawa-san is currently 5 months pregnant

Congratulations on your birthday, and your pregnancy

When the baby is born, I want to meet them…

Please always be happy…

Maimi Sightings for 6/19

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

Berryz Koubou’s captain Shimizu Saki uploaded this 3-shot of her, Maimi, and Mai in an update on her solo Ameba blog.

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

Blog update: “Foot pressure points(>_<)"

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 6/19 blog update, titled “Foot pressure points(>_<)“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

Cologne (my pet dog) put her chin on my arm, and is sleeping soundly~

It makes it difficult to type this blog,
but it’s soothing~
In addition, Cologne is warm~(´ー`)

Speaking of which, the other day in ℃-ute’s dressing room,
Airi held a seminar on the pressure points of the foot (lol)

Airi had a diagram of the pressure points, and taught us various things like

“This is the pressure point of the neck

and “And, this is the pressure point of the throat“,

while looking at the diagram~

In addition, Airi is good at pressing on pressure points(>_<)

It rea~~ly hurt~

“If it hurts, it’s working” she said…

But, it was interesting learning about the various pressure points

Here’s a picture with Airi

(1) Green tea rice cakes we were given as treats

Though I don’t usually eat green tea-flavored things, it was incredibly delicious(T-T)

Ah… I want to eat it again…(´ー`)

Changing the subject,
at the “JUNON Produce Girls Contest” event several days ago,

we appeared with the model Kumikky-san

Kumikky-san gave us her book as a present,

and when I turned the page, I was surprised

She wrote a message for each of us(ToT)

I’m moved…(;_;)

(2)

She’s a really kind person
Thank you very much

Alright, today is my solo event

My heart is pounding, but I’ll have fun

It seems the typhoon is heading north,

so please be careful when you leave the house, everyone

Safety first

Last is a picture with Chisato
(3)

Well then, until tomorrow’s update~

Blog update: “Father’s day(^-^ゞ”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 6/18 blog update, titled “Father’s day(^-^ゞ“:

Good evening
It’s Maimi

Yesterday was Father’s Day~

My dad has a strong sense of justice, but he’s also scatterbrained and a really kind person

My mom often says “There’s no one else like your dad~“,
and “Be properly grateful for your dad

My dad is already for work when I wake up,

but he’s always waiting for me to return home at night despite that

Yesterday too, we had the concerts in Osaka, so I returned home really late,

but he got up to greet me and say
“Welcome home“…

My dad is someone who never shows his tired face

There are probably times when he’s really exhausted,

but he has never shown us that face

I wonder if our house is harmonious because my dad is there…

Since I went to bed late last night, I slept later than usual today

When I woke up, everyone had left for work, so the house was empty,

and my mom had sent me an e-mail
“Eat the food I left for you in the kitchen“…

Of that food,
the omelette grilled with walleye pollack roe and cheese
was the most delicious

I sent my mom an e-mail saying
“The omelette is delicious” without thinking

Then, in the conversation I had with my mom just now,

she said “When I talked about it with your dad, he said ‘What kind of omelette was ito(^o^)o What kind of omelette was ito(^o^)o’, so I made the same one for him…

It became pleasant I’m happy my mom and dad are so close

For a Father’s Day present,

I gave my dad shoes that I chose with my mom

I gave them to him before I left for Osaka,

and like always, he put them on right away(lol)

While saying “Oh They’re cool~ Ah These are light~(*≧∀≦) Thanks“,

he lifted his feet up and down(lol)

Even if it’s trivial, my dad is delighted(^^)

He really is a wonderful person

Please continue to take care of e~veryone in the Yajima household

No~w, tomorrow is
my solo event

My heart is pounding

I hope tomorrow becomes a wonderful day too

Good night

p.s.

The pictures are pictures from Osaka
(1.2.3)

Maimi Sightings for 6/17

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

Likewise, fellow ℃-ute member Suzuki Airi also uploaded a 2-shot with Maimi in her entry on the official ℃-ute blog.

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

Blog update: “Team ℃-ute(^з^)-“

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 6/17 blog update, titled “Team ℃-ute(^з^)-“:

Good evening
It’s Maimi

The 2 days of Osaka concerts are finished

Ah It was fun~(^o^)/

Did everyone else enjoy it too

Yesterday was ℃-ute’s first concert since turning 7,

and today was also Chisato’s last performance as a 17-year-old, so everyone in the venue celebrated Chisato’s 18th birthday a little early

The special things continued…

Though there were a lot of people in the venue, they simultaneously brought out towels that were Chisato’s image color green

Team ℃-ute is wonderful~

We are really, really fortunate that everyone in Team ℃-ute is this warm

Everyone who came to meet ℃-ute yesterday and today,
thank you very much

And then, those who unfortunately couldn’t come too,

thank you for always supporting ℃-ute as members of Team ℃-ute

The only remaining performances on this tour at the Yokosuka performances

Time has flown by

There are a lot of people who can’t come to the closing day on 6/30,

but the final performance will be broadcast live on YouTube

I’m really happy…

Those who couldn’t get a ticket,

those who are busy and don’t have the time to attend a concert,

those who can’t come because it’s far away,

everyone overseas, etc., etc…

I want a lo~t of people to see it(≧∀≦)

It’ll be nice if those who don’t know about ℃-ute but watched the live broadcast for whatever reason join Team ℃-ute~

I hope it becomes a concert that can grab ahold of a lot of people’s hearts
I want ℃-ute’s full power to come out and make the final performance a perfect explosion
(1)

Ah That’s right
There’s something I want everyone to see

(2) Isn’t it cute

The manga-ka Kindaichi Renjuurou-san who came and watched today’s concert gave us these treats…

Cupcakes she ordered for ℃-ute’s sake

By the way,
mine is the one decorated with the cherries I love

Nacky’s is decorated with the oranges she loves

Airi’s is her character Su-san.

Chisato’s is a fish from her fishing image

Mai’s is her trademark ribbon

Wonderful treats… It seemed like a waste, but everyone ate them in the blink of an eye

Thank you

Last is an announcement

The music video
for Berikyuu’s (Berryz Koubou x ℃-ute) 2nd single,
going on sale 6/20,
“Chou HAPPY SONG”,

is currently showing on the Mobekimasu channel on Youtube

In addition, they also made a special site for “Chou HAPPY SONG”

There’s a lot of information about “Chou HAPPY SONG”, so please be sure to check it out

(3)

p.s.

Today is Tsuji Nozomi-san’s birthday
Tsuji-san… Happy birthday

When listening to our manager talk about it,
she seems really concerned with ℃-ute,

so her and our manager often talk about ℃-ute together…

I’m happy
She cares about us like that

She’s also given us treats and said “Share with everyone~

Always, always thank you

Please have a wonderful year

I also wanted to write about Father’s Day…

but this entry has become long,
so I’ll write about it tomorrow

Thank you always dad

Well then, I’m sorry for the late update
Until tomorrow’s update
Good night

Blog update: “Late shooting(*^^*)”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 6/16 blog update, titled “Late shooting(*^^*)“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

Today is the first ℃-ute concert in about a month(*≧∀≦)ノ

I’ve been waiting for this day~~

Until now,
there’s never been this much time between performances

Since it’s been awhile, I was a little nervous this morning…

Yesterday,
I took post-coming-of-age ceremony pictures

In a coming-of-age ceremony-style furisode

I didn’t know whether or not I’d be able to attend the coming-of-age ceremony until right before,

so I rushed to buy a furisode,
and wasn’t able to take pictures beforehand

But my mom said “Since it’s only once in a lifetime, let’s take pictures“,

and after the coming-of-age ceremony, my mom talked to the studio and scheduled a photoshoot

I’m grateful to my mom…

It seems like the pictures taken yesterday will be made into an album…

When my mom sent my grandmother a picture mail,
she was so glad that she called me up

When I said “I ordered a mini-album for grandma too“,

she asked
“When will it come“…(*^^*)

We talked about various other things too
Hearing her voice for the first time in awhile made me cheerful(^-^)/

Well then, yesterday’s pictures…

Since we didn’t think I’d wear a furisode again anytime soon, we took a lot of pictures~

(1) Up(^o^)

(2) Full-length(^-^)

(3) From behind(^^)
If you look closely,
they made a flower out of the sash~

I can’t wait for the completed album

And then, I have an announcement here


DAM★Tomo Karaoke Contest

~Challenge “Chou HAPPY SONG (Single ver.)” at DAM★Tomo, and get a special prize!!~

Sing Berikyuu’s (Berryz Koubou x ℃-ute) new song,

“Chou HAPPY SONG” (Single ver.),
which comes out 6/20,

in the DAM★Tomo karaoke contest, and the grand prize is…

What

You can appear on stage with us

at the summer Hello! Project concert(゜v゜)

Here are the details

(Grand Prize) 1 group (1~5 people)

will appear on stage with us

Date/time: 8/18 (Sat.) noon performance

Venue: Nakano Sunplaza

(First Prize) 5 groups

Signed poster + video message from the members (Sent to one delegate)

(How to Apply)

*Please sing either Berryz Koubou or ℃-ute’s part

*Please sing your entry in the original key

*Please attach a bust shot with DAM★Tomo

*You can only apply at stores with the DAM★Tomo private video camera installed

(For the Grand Prize Winner(s))

*Travel expenses to the venue and lodging expenses are the responsibility of the winner(s)

*You will be contacted directly for details of the schedule

The application period is

6/20~7/31

Please be sure to try entering the contest

A~lright
It’s Yajima weather

I’ll explode with all of my might

Berikyuu news for 6/16: “Chou HAPPY SONG” MV

The music video for Berryz Koubou x ℃-ute’s second single “Chou HAPPY SONG”, a mash-up of their two album songs “Because happiness” (Berryz Koubou) and “Shiawase no Tochuu” (℃-ute), has been uploaded to the MBCMS YouTube channel.

Blog update: “First giblets!!(〃∀〃)”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 6/15 blog update, titled “First giblets!!(〃∀〃)“:

Good afternoon
It’s Maimi

Yesterday,
I met something I love~(〃∀〃)

I had a photoshoot for the magazine “Sugar&Spice” yesterday, which goes on sale 7/10

Work finished earlier than usual,

and around noon, I received an e-mail from Tsugunaga Momoko-chan (Berryz Koubou) which read,

“After work is finished today, if it’s okay with Maimi, let’s go out to eat

Of course
“Let’s go let’s go~~~(≧∀≦)ノ”

Several days earlier, Mano Erina-chan had also invited me out, but I unfortunately couldn’t go that day, so our conversation went,

“Let’s invite Mano-chan too“,

“Nice Nice“,

and the 3 of us went out to eat~

It seems the two of them love giblets

There’s a lot of people who like giblets,
so I thought “How delicious are they~(・o・)”, and was really interested in trying them…

Therefore,
I thought “Alright I’ll challenge it today“,
and I went to a giblet nabe restaurant for the first time

After a little while, they brought over the giblets…

Hmmm…(・ω・)
They look like I expected…(^-^)

No~w
The taste is……

Hmm What’s this…

“De~~licious~~~

The texture was completely different from what I expected~

While I imagined it’d be more elastic and I wouldn’t be able to bite through it…,

So~~ft
It melted in my mouth(≧∀≦*)

It was really delicious~
It was so delicious that it made me happy(´∀`)

Momo, Mano-chan, and I talked a lot, so time flew by…

Both my heart and my stomach were satisfied~(^з^)-☆

It seems my mom also went and had giblets at a restaurant earlier, and kept saying

“It’s delicious~ Next time I want to bring Mai with me

I want to take my mom to yesterday’s restaurant too

Ah And then, this morning there’s something else I met for the first time

During breakfast I saw the vegetable called “ice plant”

It was lumpy like sea grapes,

and really, rea~lly delicious(T-T)

Ah… I talked only about food again today…

Why does it make me feel this happy…(´ー`) I food

Everyone, if you get the chance, be sure to try eating those things

Well then Until tomorrow~

p.s.

Today I’ll upload pictures with the ℃-ute members too

(1.2.3)

In addition,

in yesterday’s blog I wrote “Mitsui Aika-chan (Morning Musume)”,

but Aika graduated from Morning Musume earlier

I’m sorry

Maimi Sightings for 6/14

Fellow ℃-ute member Suzuki Airi shared this 2-shot with Maimi in her update on the official ℃-ute blog today.

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

Blog update: “I love food( ̄∀ ̄*)”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 6/14 blog update, titled “Ifood( ̄∀ ̄*)“:

Good afternoon
It’s Maimi

The weather is rea~lly nice today

The sunshine feels good(^-^)

Speaking of which
The other day, there was something that made me really happy

When I returned hom after work,

there were the cherries I love,
and they had already been washed and had the stems removed…(T-T)

“I didn’t buy them It was ○○ (my brother)

my mom said…

It, it’s rare…
Now it’s going to rain

Ah… rain isn’t especially rare……( ̄▽ ̄; rain girl)

And it actually rained that day…

It seems my brother bought the cherries and expressly cleaned and removed the stems…

I’m moved by that kindness(T-T)

Meanwhile,
my brother also bought coconut milk yogurt for himself which he gave to me~(ToT)

In the refrigerator there was my brother’s yogurt and the strawberry yogurt that I’ve fallen in love with and have been eating every day recently,

and the moment I opened the refrigerator, I started to really want to eat his coconut milk yogurt…(・・;)

When I asked “Hey, is it okay if I eat half of the coconut milk yogurt“,

“Ah, you can eat all of it if you want

he said……(*〓∀〓*)

Whoa(≧∀≦)

I felt bad so I only ate half of it,

but thanks for the cherries and yogurt…

They were really delicious~(^o^)/

Ah While I’m talking about food…

Continuing from earlier, grown in the Yajima household’s garden

Yajicu
Yajiberry

(1) How wonderfully they grew

Yesterday, during a break in work,

Mano Erina-chan told me about a delicious ice cream shop(*^^*)

Mitsui Aika-chan (Morning Musume), Mano-chan, and myself said

“Let’s go together next time“~(^-^)

Ah, it seems they sell types of ice cream I’ve never had before,

and it seemed delicious just listening to her talk about it~

I want to go soon~(*^^*)

Ahaha…
Today I only talked about food

Last is
pictures with the ℃-ute members

(2.3)

Well then, until tomorrow’s update~
Bye by~e