Monthly Archives: July 2012

Preview of Maimi’s next “Yu! Style” appearance

The HikariCaesar YouTube channel uploaded a preview of Maimi’s next “Geki Saka” segment from the “Yu! Style ~Hajimeyou!! Jitensha Life~” program which airs on Hikari TV. In her second “Geki Saka” segment, Maimi steps away from the simulations and gets out into the real world and challenges the slope of Wadatouge. This particular segment will air on the upcoming 7/28 episode of “Yu! Style”.

Blog update: “Half asleep…(*_*)②”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 7/23 blog update, titled “Half asleep…(*_*)②“:

Good evening
It’s Maimi

We had performances of the Hello! Project summer concert in Osaka yesterday too

It was a different version than the concerts the day before yesterday, and since the setlists were completely different, my heart was pounding before it started

It was the first performance of the song “Fore Fore” by DIY,

a new unit born from the TV Tokyo program
“Hello! SATOYAMA Life”

By the way, the members are:

Morning Musume’s Iikubo Haruna-chan

Berryz Koubou’s Tokunaga Chinami-chan
Natsuyaki Miyabi-chan

And from ℃-ute, Nakajima Saki-chan and myself…

It’s a fresh combination, so it’s fun


Everyone was really, really nervous before the performance though

We all locked hands until just before the performance to raise our spirits, and then headed out onto the stage

Please support “DIY” from here on out

Everyone who came to the Osaka performances,

everyone who supported us even though they couldn’t come,

thank you very much

And then, this morning in the Yajima household’s garden,
the bitter melon ripened

It’s still only half-size… but I’m happy

When it becomes big, I want to eat bitter melon stir-fry

In addition, I’m completely changing the subject
But yesterday I went to sleep without charging my cellphone

When I noticed this morning, I thought
“I’ll charge it until I leave the house“,

and I plugged the charger into the wall

After a short time, when I thought
“I wonder if it’s alright now Well, I’ll update the blog“…

“Huh… It’s not charging…(゜-゜)”

“How come…(-“-;)”

And when I looked at the outlet…


…You must be kidding me…(=_=;)

Though I had the sense to plug it in while half asleep,

there is no way it could charge like this, right…

My mom laughed at me too

…That said
I was dopey Yajima this morning

Ah… or rather, I was the always dopey Yajima(>_<)

Good work today everyone

Please get some good rest~

Good night

Maimi Sightings for 7/22

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

As did fellow ℃-ute member Hagiwara Mai in her update.

Berryz Koubou’s captain Shimizu Saki also shared a 2-shot with Maimi in an update on her solo blog.

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

Blog update: “Curtains raised~(^-^)/~~”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 7/22 blog update, titled “Curtains raised~(^-^)/~~“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

The opening day of the Hello! Project summer concerts went off without a hitch yesterday

A lot of fans of each of the groups gathered, so it felt like a real festival

In the opening, Mano Erina-chan’s graduation was announced,

and as Mano-chan said “My singing and acting… I want to expand those activities further than ever before“,

I felt that I want to cheer for her

When I think that after she graduates in February of next year we won’t stand together on stage at the Hello! Project concerts anymore, I feel lonely,

but from this point forward too,
I want to find the time to go eat together and talk a lot~

Anyway, until she graduates, I want to treasure our time together on stage as Hello! Project members…

I feel

Here’s a shot with Mano-chan

And then,

yesterday was the first performance of ℃-ute’s new song which will be released on 9/5,
“Aitai Aitai Aitai na”

I think there are people who are looking forward to hearing it for the first time, so what kind of song it is is still a secret…

I was really, really nervous before the performance,

but everyone in ℃-ute joined hands like always, so I calmed down

They’re really comforting colleagues

The concerts were over in the blink of an eye, and felt like a really short time

Yesterday I sweat lo~ts and lo~ts also~( ´∀`)

The concerts yesterday and today have different patterns

Actually, there’s another song I’ll be performing for the first time today…

My heart is pounding again (lol)

When I feel like this, I have no choice but to have fun(・∀・)

Last is a shot with Airi~

Since Airi was the only person not in the picture yesterday…


Well I hope that today is a wonderful day for everyone…

Blog update: “First performance of the new song(^-^)/~~”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 7/21 blog update, titled “First performance of the new song(^-^)/~~“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

The Hello! Project summer concerts finally start today

Yesterday at Osaka’s Orix Theater we had our final rehearsal on the actual stage

In regards to the first performance of our new song,
my heart is pounding, my heart is pounding, my heart is pounding…

I’m always nervous about first performances, but this time more than ever

Though, performing on the actual stage and in the actual outfits at yesterday’s rehearsal relieved me a little bit

Alright Everyone in ℃-ute will perform the new song perfectly~p(^u^)q

In addition to the new song,
at the Hello! Project concert there are a lot of other groups’ songs that we don’t perform at ℃-ute’s concerts,

and we can interact with the other members, so it’s really fun

Those who have time, please be sure to come and hang out

Speaking of which, I’m completely changing the subject,

but on the way home from Okinawa several days ago I found a magazine about greetings

I start my blog with a greeting everyday,

and the word “Konnichiwa”
is an abbreviation of the phrase “Konnichi wa—.”


it’s not written with the hiragana for “wa”,
but rather the hiragana for “ha”…

By the way,

“Sayonara” is an abbreviation for
“Sayo nara—.”

When I think how people’s conversations in the past are tied to today’s greetings like this, I think it’s interesting

Yaji learned something thanks to that magazine

Well then, it’s the Hello! Project concert opening day

Let’s have a wonderful day

I’m o~ff

Blog update: “Summer~(^o^)”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 7/20 blog update, titled “Summer~(^o^)“:

Good evening
It’s Maimi


the “Samantha Thavasa
Girls Collection★Ladies Tournament 2012”

golf tournament was held at Ushikuami Eagle Point

℃-ute cheered while dressed as cheerleaders

It was really nice weather outside
℃-ute properly wore Samantha Thavasa brand sun visors too


At the golf course, they had various carts for things like yakisoba, shaved ice, tapioca, etc.,

and during a break we got a lot of treats

When I saw the other members eating while drenched in sweat, it felt like summer~

Afterwards, I had other obligations, so I went to Miekan Kuwanashi

When night fell, I could hear the pounding of the taiko drums

The children of the town gathered, and practiced for a festival

A warm breeze and the sound of taiko drums~ Festivals are nice

For us,
tomorrow is the Hello! Project 15th anniversary live

It starts in Osaka
Wh, wh, what
It’ll be the debut of our new single going on sale 9/5
“Aitai Aitai Aitai na”

Ahh, I’m already nervous

So that we can make people think “℃-ute is good“, the five of us will do our best

Tonight I’ll go over everything, and then sleep

Good night

Maimi joins new unit “DIY♡”

According to an article posted on the BARKS website, Maimi will be joining fellow C-ute member Nakajima Saki, Berryz Koubou’s Tokunaga Chinami and Natsuyaki Miyabi, and Morning Musume’s Iikubo Haruna to form a new unit named “DIY♡”, which will be part of the “SATOYAMA movement” project tied-in with the Hello! Project weekly program “Hello! SATOYAMA Life”. The article notes that the initials that make up the unit’s name commonly stand for “Do it Yourself”, but this time carries the meaning of “Dance in Your Heart”. DIY♡’s first performance will be at the summer Hello! Project concerts this weekend, and they will perform the song “Fore Fore ~Forest For Rest~”.

Blog update: “Okinawa~p(^-^)q”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 7/19 blog update, titled “Okinawa~p(^-^)q“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

I wrote about it in yesterday’s blog,

but yesterday and the day after yesterday,
Airi and I had a photoshoot for the cover & opening segment of “Shounen Sunday” in Okinawa

I also appeared in “Shounen Sunday” when I was 16-years-old,

and I was really happy that I could appear in the magazine again like this

I’ve only been to Okinawa two times,

for my 1st photobook,
and a trip with my mom,

but every time I went it rained…

I never saw the clear skies of Okinawa(>_<)

"This time for sure

I hoped, and flew to Okinawa

Huh…… Aren’t those rain clouds approaching from the distance…

They’re coming
They’re coming
They’re coming
They’re coming

They’re he~~~~re >_<)

In the end, it rained this time too

It rained on and off the 2nd day, but the skies were clear when it stopped raining,

and I could finally see Okinawa’s clear ocean~

It was rea~lly beautiful(´∀`)

Moritaka Chisato-san’s “Watashi no Natsu” kept playing in my head~

We really couldn’t stop laughing during the photoshoot

It was really fun

We were moved by the Okinawan townscapes,

and the two of us were cracking up while doing immitations of the comedic duo COWCOW-san…

That’s right
During the photoshoot we also saw a mongoose~

In addition, all of the Okinawan food we ate was delicious…(T^T)

Anyway The two days were over in the blink of an eye

The magazine goes on sale on 8/29
They took a lot of pictures of us, so please be sure to check it out

Well then, off-shots from Okinawa~

Matching outfits

In front of a sugarcane field~

Let’s go cheerfully today too~(^з^)/

Until tomorrow~

Blog update: “Aroma~(* ´∀`)”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 7/18 blog update, titled “Aroma~(* ´∀`)“:

Good evening
It’s Maimi

Yesterday was our pet dog Aroma-chan’s birthday

Happy birthday

5 years earlier, Aroma was born in the Yajima househould…

Though she was about as small as a sweet potato, she’s become this big…

Aroma is one of four people…… dogs who are siblings

Ever since she was born,
she’s been a mischevious tomboy

She would go to her sleeping siblings and chew on their ears…

Back then,

Berryz Koubou’s
Shimizu Saki-chan
and Tokunaga Chinami-chan,

and S/mileage’s
Takeuchi Akari-chan

told us “I want a puppy“…

But my mom said
“This one is a troublesome one“, so we kept Aroma at our house (lol)

And just like my mom said,
she’s escaped,
she’s eaten Cologne’s (←Aroma’s mother) share of food,
she wanders around in the kitchen in the middle of the night…

Though she’s grown, she’s a really mischevious dog

But because that Aroma is in our house, it’s really lively

Thanks always

And then, Aroma’s siblings too,

happy birthday


Akari-chan sent me a picture of Melon eating a cake made for dogs

When I see that Kurumi-chan, Root-kun, and Melon-kun are also getting plenty of love and affection, it makes me happy

But earlier, something shocking happened…

Akari-chan’s mama brought Melon to come see everyone after the rehearsal for the Hello! Project summer concert was over

Though I was meeting Melon-kun for the first time in awhile……

He barked at me with all his might~(゜Д゜;
Did you forget who I am!?(T^T)

Well well, as long as all 4 of them are happy
It’s alright(*´ー`*)

I hope they’ll continue to be happy…

And then
Airi wrote about it in her blog yesterday,

but yesterday we had a photoshoot for the cover & the opening section of “Shounen Sunday” in Okinawa~

The photoshoot was really fun

I’ll write more about it in tomorrow’s blog~

…For today I’ll just attach pictures from Okinawa~


Well then, until tomorrow’s update~
Good night

Blog update: “Motivation(*`・v・)p”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 7/17 blog update, titled “Motivation(*`・v・)p“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

The event held yesterday,
“Scramburu!? -THE LIVE SHOW- ~Top Idol&Anison Live Performance~”,

was the funnest

The hosts were Nankai Candies’ Yamasato Ryouta-san
and Hayami Akari-san

And then, our opponent in the battle concert this time was LiSA-san

It was my first time meeting her, and she was a really, really wonderful person both on and off the stage

I haven’t had the chance to go see a concert like her’s,

but I can really understand the reason LiSA-san’s fans are LiSA-san’s fans
…Or perhaps I should say, even I became a fan

She has that kind of charm

The sight of her getting the fans involved and bringing the concert to a climax was cool~

And during the ballads, the atmosphere completely changed, and she drew everyone into the world of the song

Everyone at the venue’s smiles were really sparkling, and they looked like they were happy and having fun

I want to try going to one of LiSA-san’s concerts…

LiSA-san, who made a lot of people smile…

We also smiled and enjoyed her performance,

but ℃-ute’s performance came after watching LiSA-san’s performance,

so I had the feeling of “I don’t want to lose

I noticed that feeling from the other members too, and I felt that ℃-ute became one with that same feeling

We want to make a lot of people smile so as not to lose to LiSA-san
We want to make them feel happy
We want to make them think “Cool“…

After it was over, I had used up all my power
It felt like I had no strength left over

I received a lot of motivation,
I was reminded how fun concerts are,
and it was a really happy time which ℃-ute will grow from

I’m really grateful that we could participate in this concert
Everyone who came,

and everyone who supported us even though they couldn’t come, thank you so very much

℃-ute will work harder and harder

And then,
today the magazine “Sugar&Spice” goes on-sale

Sugaya Risako-chan
and Tsugunaga Momoko-chan from Berryz Koubou,

and Airi and myself from ℃-ute appear in the magazine,

so please be sure to check it out

Well then, until tomorrow’s update~(^o^)

Bye by~e

Blog update: “Koharu 20(*^-^*)”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 7/16 blog update, titled “Koharu20(*^-^*)“:

Good afternoon
It’s Maimi

I’m sorry I was unable to update yesterday

Recently we’ve had rehearsal everyday to prepare for the Hello! Project summer concert that’s just around the corner,

and S/mileage’s Wada Ayaka-chan has been completely soothing meヽ(´ー`)ノ


Before I realize it, she’s meekly sitting next to me

We talked about various things during our breaks

During the Hello! Project concerts, I can spend time with the members who I usually can’t, so there are various interactions, and it’s fun

Including the girl who is familiar to this blog too… Hehe

(2) Berryz Koubou’s Tokunaga Chinami-chan

Chinami is always saying “Ayacho’s (←Wada-chan) cute Ayacho’s cute“,

and when she started to become frazzled at rehearsal,

she said “Ah That’s right Ayacho~ヽ(´ー`)ノ”,

and called out to Ayacho for no reason (lol)

She saw Ayacho looking back,

and became revived saying “A~lright Chinami will do her best now“(lol)

Ayacho’s power is incredible

Her healing effect is no joke

And then,
today is the event called “Scramburu!? -THE LIVE SHOW- ~Top Idol&Anison Live Performance~”

My heart is pounding~

What kind of live will it become

I can meet all of the fans for the first time in awhile,
so I want to have a fun time

So it can reach even those who can’t come, I will send out my power clearly

Please accept it~(^з^)~

And then, changing the subject,

yesterday was Kusumi Koharu-chan’s birthday

Koharu is finally 20 too

Though it’s a day late, happy birthday

I haven’t been able to meet Koharu at all~(T^T)

I’m nostalgic for the time when Koharu was in Morning Musume…

She’s really beautiful and has a cool style, so there were a lot of times I found my eyes following her

When I met her by chance before, she had become more mature-looking, so surely during this time we haven’t met she’s become even more beautiful…

I hope she has a fun year doing things her own way p(^-^)q

Well then, let’s enjoy the afternoon too

Until tomorrow’s update~

Blog update: “Half asleep…(*_*)”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 7/14 blog update, titled “Half asleep…(*_*)“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

I woke up this morning, but I was still half asleep…

My mom asked me “Will you give me a tissue“,

and I think I gave her something completely different…

I remember my mom laughing really hard…

But since I was half asleep, I can’t remember what I gave her…(lol)

I finished eating breakfast now, so I’m completely awake

By the way, today’s breakfast was chilled Chinese noodles

I put tomatoes grown in our garden on top of it, and ate it(*^-^*)

When I eat chilled Chinese noodles, it really feels like summer

I love chilled Chinese noodles~

Also, speaking of summer…
Of course, cherries( 〃v〃)

Earlier, when we were filming for the TV Tokyo program
“Hello! SATOYAMA Life”,

Ishii-san, who lends us their field, gave us cherries

“These are cherries just harvest by the farmers“, she said…(≧∀≦)

They were really, really sweet and delicious~(T^T)

They were gone in the blink of an eye…

Thank you so much

Changing the subject,
I finally replaced my cell phone

As expected, smartphones are difficult for me to use…

There was always something wrong with it, so I bothered various people trying to get it fixed

So I got a regular cell phone like I used to use

It’s so easy to type with, so I’ve been in a good mood since the morning ρ( ^o^)b_♪♪

You’ll take care of me from now on Yaji Cell Phone-san

Well It looks like the weather will be nice today

One week from now the yearly Hello! Project summer concert will start

I’ll do my best today at rehearsal too

Last is a picture I took with Nacky earlier at rehearsal


Well then, I hope everyone has a great weekend…

Blog update: “Michishige-san 23ρ( ^o^)b_♪♪

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 7/13 blog update, titled “Michishige-san23ρ( ^o^)b_♪♪“:

Good evening
It’s Maimi

I’m sorry for the late update

Today I rode up a steep path


I had a filming for the “Geki Saka” segement of the Hikari TV program
“Yu! Style ~Hajimeyou!! Jitensha Life~”

The steep path I rode a bike up today was

Okutama Shuuyuu Douro

It was a path that continued on an upward slope for about 8km,

so today I was soaked in sweat as always

Could I properly reach my goal as expected

The on-air date is still a ways off, but please be sure to watch it

By the way, the first episode of this program airs tomorrow

For the first episode, in order to challenge Mt. Fuji on a bike, I experienced the actual difficulty on a simulator

Though I was inside, my sweat was dripping…

The program starts at noon, so please be sure to check it out

And then today,

is Morning Musume’s leader

Michishige Sayumi-san’s birthday

Ah… The date has changed so it was actually yesterday…

But I was able to meet Michishige-san today at the rehearsal for the Hello! Project concerts starting on the 21st,

so I was able to tell her
“Happy birthday


Michishige-san, again, happy birthday

From here on too, best regards

Please have a wonderful year

Well then, everyone,
sweet dreams…

Good night


Right now, pre-order tickets for the 7/16 event at Shinagawa Stellar Ball,

are on sale

Those that have the time, please be sure to come and hang out with us

Blog update: “SATO-chan(*^^*)”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 7/12 blog update, titled “SATO-chan(*^^*)“:

I’m sorry for the late update.
This blog was written before the evening.

Good afternoon
It’s Maimi

The wind is rea~lly strong today

I sweat a lot
Recently, it’s really hot when I get out of the bath…

I start sweating almost immediately, so it’s like it defeats the purpose of washing my sweat off in the bath(>_<)

It was considerably hot yesterday,
so before going to bed I opened the window in my room,

and when I did, “Woosh“, an incredibly strong wind blew in and surprised me(゜o゜)

My pet dog Aroma, who was sleeping in my mom’s room, was surprised by the noise and started barking,

and I panicked thinking “Hold on… Everyone’s going to wake up“,

but thanks to the wind I quickly stopped sweating, and it felt really, really good~

Though I dislike the heat during the summer days,
I love summer nights…

And then,
I just now finished filming for the TV Tokyo program
“Hello! SATOYAMA Life”


Everyone, do you notice anything

On my lap

Did you find it(≧∀≦)

A teeny-tiny kitty…(T-T)


It’s a kitty who was digging a hole in the field and playing while we were being filmed doing work in the field today…

It made my heart tighten
It was really, really so cute~(T-T)

It was frolicking and playing in the weeds, and since it’s still a kitten, it walked with tottering steps…(〃∀〃)

In addition, when I picked it up and pet its head,
it looked like it became sleepy~

I wanted to take it home because it was so cute (lol)(〃~〃)

It seems like this stray kitten has settled down in this field

Apparently Ishii-san, who lends us their field, gives it food

The kitten looks like it is about 3 months old, and Ishii-san said “It comes here often ever since the program started(゜o゜) It has also become attached to the staff members…

I hadn’t noticed at all until now~(>_<)

I didn’t want to say goodbye,
but we can meet again if I can come back to this field

I want everyone in Hello! Project to watch SATO-chan’s (Because the program is called “SATOYAMA Life”, we decided by ourselves to name it “SATO-chan” lol ) growth


Ah… I was so happy(*^^*)

Alright I’ll continue to do my best after this
Well then, until tomorrow’s update, everyone~

Blog update: “Little footsteps…(^-^)”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 7/11 blog update, titled “Footsteps…(^-^)“:

Good afternoon
It’s Maimi

The sun’s rays are really strong today too

In yesterday’s blog
I wrote “The magazine ‘Sugar&Spice’ goes on sale today!!”,

but the correct date is 7/17.

Surely there were people who searched for it at the bookstore

I’m really sorry.

And then, today is the release day for “Alo-Haro! 2 ℃-ute DVD & Blu-ray”

It includes us frolicking around in Hawaii

Well then, here are some pictures from Hawaii…

First is
(1) loungewear outfits

We split into 2 teams and had a pancake-making showdown

The results were………
Look forward to seeing it


(2) girly fashion

This a picture of us during our lunch break

Actually, we had an encounter at this fast food restaurant

When we were eating hamburgers,
a 2 to 3-year-old boy came walking towards us with little footsteps

All of the ℃-ute memebrs’ eyes became hearts as we thought “Oh my~

But immediately his papa came over,
and picked him up while saying “Sorry

Though, after awhile, that boy came back lol

When I said “Ah You came back(^-^) Come here” with my arms outstretched,

the boy put out both of his arms as if to say “Pick me up

At the time, it seemed like his papa was ordering something at the register, so until his papa came back,

the child was sitting on my lap the e~ntire time

He also said “Here” and gave us the candy he was carying, and it made my chest tighten(≧∀≦)

His dad came back and said “Sorryf(^-^;”, and when he picked up the boy…

the boy waved “Bye bye(・v・)”

It was soothing~

(3) Last is cowgirl fashion

A picture with the horse I met in Hawaii

Horses have kind eyes~

There we played a game to check the power of ℃-ute’s unity

There are various other things in “Alo-Haro! 2 ℃-ute DVD & Blu-ray” too

Everyone, please be absolutely sure to check it out

Well then, I’ll do my best fired-up in the afternoon too

Until tomrrow~