Monthly Archives: August 2012

Blog update: “☆Yajima Maimi (℃-ute)☆”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s second update on the “CAT’S♥EYE” A-version blog, titled “☆Yajima Maimi (℃-ute)☆“:

In charge of the blog today (8/20) is Yajima Maimi★

…The date’s changed though…

I’m sorry for the late update m(__)m

We’re going to finally start rehearsal at the practices,

and now I’m thinking “I have to remember the entire script quickly and perfectly so I can move freely!!”…

Tomorrow’s practice feels like the first one in a long time since we’ve had several days off,

so I’ll go into it fired-up♪

Ah!! That’s right,
on YouTube,
the music video for CAT’S EYE Seven’s “CAT’S EYE” is showing☆

Everyone, have you already seen it?(・∀・)

Those who answered “Not yet!!”, please be sure to check it out(^o^)

Today I had a high-five event,

and a lot of people there said
“I’m going to go see CAT’S EYE”, so I was really happy★

I’m fired-up for the performance(*’-‘)

I’ll do my best so that I can create a wonderful play with the cast and staff!!

Well then, I’ll do my best at tomorrow’s practice☆

Good night zzz

Blog update: “Live, event(〃▽〃)”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 8/20 blog update, titled “LiveEvent(〃▽〃)“:

Good evening
It’s Maimi

The curtains closed on the Hello! Project concerts yesterday without incident


If I think back to rehearsal, it seems like it was just yesterday,

and time really flew by once the performances started…

There were also live viewings held in 13 theaters around the country,

and when I read the comments,
there were a lot of people who wrote “I went and saw the live viewing

It’s a wonder~
Offstage they had monitors for the live viewing,

and I watched while thinking

“This is what’s showing at the theaters right now, huh~(´∀`)

I hope everyone enjoyed it…

Everyone who cheered for us even though they couldn’t go to the venue or theaters, thank you very much too

Not just on stage,

but backstage too, I got to interact a lot with Hello! Project members I don’t usually get to meet up with, so it was really fun

And then,
this morning I appeared at “Sakigake! Ongaku Banzuke EIGHT Special Live Hello! Project presents ‘Berikyuusuma Festival'” in Odaiba

Berryz Koubou,
and S/mileage

participated in the live this time

1. Yeah! Meccha Holiday

3. Chokotto LOVE
4. Minimoni. Jan Ken Pyon!
5. Koi wo Shichaimashita!

6. Momoiro Kataomoi
7. Romantic Ukare Mode

8. Suki yo! Junjou Hankouki
9. Aitai Aitai Aitai na
10. cha cha SING

11. Suki-chan

We sang nostalgic Hello! Project songs in various groupings,

showcased each group’s new single,

and it was over in the blink of an eye

Everyone who came in spite of the heat and even though it was held in the morning, thank you very much

In addition, I also appeared at an event for the movie “Ousama Game” at night

Though I’m 20, I wore a school uniform(≧^≦) Ahem!!

(With Berryz Koubou’s Sudou Maasa-chan)

I also took a picture with everyone after the event

From the left,
Kumai Yurina-chan (Berryz Koubou)

At the event, we watched the movie with everyone while talking about behind-the-scenes stories…

and it was a strange feeling watching the movie with everyone
I listened to a lot of funny stories from the members, so it was really fun

And then, lastly I have an announcement

Starting tomorrow on Recochoku,
early download of the Chaku-uta Full (R) versions our new single “Aitai Aitai Aitai na”,

and the coupling tracks,
“Kanashiki Heaven”,
“Saikou Music”,


For both the Shibuya and Nagoya performances of ℃-ute’s Day (the event held on September 10th),

5 people will be chosen by lottery from those who downloaded all 3 songs on the first day,

and be presented with priority admission tickets

I want everyone to hear the coupling tracks soon

please be absolutely sure to download them

Well then, good work today

Please have sweet dreams
Good night

Maimi Sightings for August 20th

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

Okai Chisato also shared a 2-shot with Maimi in her update.

℃-ute staff member @staffff2 tweeted a couple of pics of Maimi and Chisato during their most recent filming for “Tsuri Roman wo Motomete”.

The GirlsNews Hello! Project twitter tweeted this 2-shot of Maimi with personality Monica, and announced that they recorded an interview together which would air on “GirlsNews~Hello! Project #7” in September.

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

“Geki Saka” #4 preview

A preview of Maimi’s fourth in a series of recurring appearances on the “Geki Saka” segment on the program “Yu! Style” has been uploaded to the Hikari TV YouTube channel. For this challenge, Maimi heads to Yugawara to bike from the “orange line” to the “tsubaki line”. In the preview, Maimi travels through a tunnel and comments on how it feels like something out of a horror movie. She later talks about how she procrastinated doing her summer homework when she was younger, especially time-consuming things like book reports.

The next episode of “Yu! Style” will be broadcast at noon on August 25th.

Maimi’s profile pictures updated

Maimi’s profile pictures on the official Hello! Project site have been updated, and now feature her in outfit for ℃-ute’s upcoming single “Aitai Aitai Aitai na”. Maimi’s official profile can be seen here.

Blog update: “Shiretoko is amazing!!v(^o^)”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 8/19 blog update, titled “Shiretoko is amazingv(^o^)“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

It’s the cod I caught during “Tsuri Roman wo Motomete”,
which aired yesterday

It was really moving

Shiretoko is amazing~( ´∀`)

As I was thinking “The rod is surpringly heavy“,
a large silhouette emerged from the ocean…

When the ship’s captain came out carrying a net, I became really excited

It’s always been my dream to catch a fish so big that it needed to be scooped up with a net

In addition, we saw not just fish,
but also wild bears (I wonder if they were parent and child… There were two big bears and one little bear walking together)

And then, we were also able to see foxes and the protected white-tailed eagles~

The white-tailed eagles looked cool swooping down and catching fish~

Also, it happened so quickly that I couldn’t pull out my camera in time,

but it seems dolphins also swam by

The staff told us “There are dolphins“,
and though I came running over quickly, I was unfortunately unable to see them

But still, it was a really moving succession of events…

Ever since that day, I’m always thinking “I want to go to Shiretoko again~“(・∀・)

Though I had never gone sea fishing until I appeared on “Tsuri Roman wo Motomete”,

fishing is really fun

I want to do it again…(*’-‘)

Well then, here
Oka-chan smiling with her whole face


And then, yesterday we had performances of the Hello! Project concert at Nakano Sunplaza

During the opening act,

we sang “Chou HAPPY SONG” together with the three girls who won the earlier “DAM★Tomo Karaoke Contest”

It was an extremely wonderful and precious experience for us,

and I’m really happy that they courageously participated even though standing on stage and singing is one of the most nerve-wracking things to do

When I saw everyone in the audience watching attentively,

I again thought “All of Hello! Project’s fans are really wonderful

Everyone who supports Hello! Project… Thank you always and for everything

The Hello! Project concerts where I’ve made a lot of memories will end today

Today people will be able to watch not just at the venue, but also at the live viewings in the theaters

So that I’ll have no regrets,
I’ll have a wonderful time

I hope everyone has a wonderful day…

Lastly, a picture with S/mileage


From the right, Katsuta Rina-chan
Takeuchi Akari-chan
Nakanishi Kana-chan
Tamura Meimi-chan

Well then, Yajima is o~ff

Maimi Sightings for August 18th

Fellow ℃-ute member Hagiwara Mai uploaded this 3-shot with Maimi and Okai Chisato in her update on the official ℃-ute blog today.

And fellow ℃-ute member Suzuki Airi shared this group shot in her update.

“CAT’S♥EYE” B-version writer/director Shioda Taizo posted a photo of Maimi with a bunch of jabronies and a 2-shot of Maimi and Berryz Koubou’s Tokunaga Chinami-chan from “Sengoku Jieitai” in an update on his official blog. Mr. Shioda wrote that Maimi’s the only member of Berikyuu who he hasn’t had a chance to work with for a long time, and said that he’s really looking forward to working on the play “Sugar Spot” with Maimi and Chinami.

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

Blog update: “CAT’S EYE(^^)v”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 8/18 blog update, titled “CAT’SEYE(^^)v“:

This blog was written around 2:00PM.
I apologize for the late update.

Good afternoon
It’s Maimi

This morning we had rehearsal for Sakigake! Ongaku Banzuke EIGHT Special Live
Hello! Project Presents “Berikyuusuma Festival”,

which will be held on August 20th


We’ll perform songs like this and songs like that

Hehehe( ´艸`)
I’m really looking forward to it now

We’ll perform on an outdoor stage… so I hope it’ll be clear weather…

And then, today we have a concert at Nakano Sunplaza

I’m glad that it seems like it finally stopped raining

And then,
the music video for CAT’SEYE Seven’s
is currently showing on YouTube

We filmed on August 3rd, Berryz Koubou’s Kumai Yurina-chan’s birthday,

and we filmed from dusk to evening on a helipad

The night skyline was really beautiful~(T^T)

We could see both Tokyo Tower and Skytree from there,

and on this night Tokyo Tower was lit up with blue light,

and it can be seen perfectly in the music videoヾ(^▽^)ノ

In addition
It was a full moon when we filmed

Occasionally the clouds would overlap the round and prominent moon,

and it looked mysterious~

Everyone was really excited

In addition, in addition
During a break in the baseball game being held at Jingu stadium, they shot off fireworks,

and we could see them clearly from the helipad

I had gone to see fireworks in Niigata the day before,

and being able to see fireworks for two days in a row…

I was really happy

(2)←Niigata’s fireworks

The night breeze was cool and caused me to stop sweating, the moon and the fireworks were both beautiful,

what a wonderful music video filming~

After the filming, everyone celebrated Kumai-chan’s birthday~

It was a bear-shaped cake, and Kumai-chan seemed really delighted~

It was an eventful filming…

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


And then,
today TV Tokyo’s
“Tsuri Roman wo Motomete”
will air

Chisato and I will appear on the program on the day marking the anniversary of its 1200th broadcast

I’m so happy

This is our 3rd time appearing,

and I’m really grateful to the staff of “Tsuri Roman wo Motomete”

Everyone, please be sure to check it out

Well then, I’ll do my best at the concert

I’m off

Blog update: “Announcement(・∀・)”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 8/17 blog update, titled “Announcement(・∀・)“:

Good evening
It’s Maimi

This is sudden, but I have an announcement for everyone

On August 20th,
at 10:45AM~,

in the Gasshuukoku MY BEAT stadium,

in Gasshuukoku San San Island,

Sakigake! Ongaku Banzuke EIGHT Special Live
Hello! Project presents “Berikyuusuma Festival”

will be held

From Hello! Project,
Berryz Koubou, ℃-ute, and S/mileage will appear

Commemorating Hello! Project’s 15th anniversary and including songs from former units to recent songs, I want to put on a summer-only special live

There’s still a lot more summer to enjoy~

Having a concert with these 3 groups is really fresh

So we can leave everyone with another wonderful summer memory, we’ll have a hot live

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

And then,
today is the release day of the magazine “GooBike”,
which I appear on the cover of

I had a photoshoot with a motorcycle,

and I was surprised at how big it was


I look tiny~(°∇°;)lol

I’ve never touched a motorcycle before, and there were a lot of buttons whose purpose I didn’t know, so my heart was pounding…

I was worried about what I’d do if the motorcycle went “Vroom” and started running…


And then, I think there’s people who’ve already seen it,

but the music video for “Aitai Aitai Aitai na”, which comes out on September 5th, is showing on ℃-ute’s YouTube channel

For the music video this time, we filmed both indoors and outdoors,

and the weather that day was nice

Though I was standing still, I started sweating, and it was a big problem

While trying to stop my sweating, even the make-up artist started sweating

Those who are saying “I haven’t seen it yet“, please be sure to check it out

In addition,
the TV Tokyo program “Tsuri Roman wo Motomete” will air tomorrow

It’s a must-see for everyone

Well then, until tomorrow’s update

Good night

“CAT’S♥EYE” music video & making-of

The music video for CAT’S♥EYE Seven’s version of the theme “CAT’S♥EYE” from the play of the same name has been uploaded to the UpFront YouTube channel. A short making-of video has also been uploaded, and can be seen here.

Maimi Sightings for August 16th

Fellow ℃-ute member Hagiwara Mai shared this 2-shot with Maimi in their “CAT’S♥EYE” outfits in her update on the official ℃-ute blog, and wrote that she was impressed with how quickly Maimi finished her drink when the two of them went to see “Umizaru”.

Graduating Hello! Project soloist Mano Erina posted this 3-shot with Maimi and Berryz Koubou’s Shimizu Saki from when they went to see her play “Usani” in an update on her official blog.

Shimizu Saki also posted a version of the 3-shot in an update on her solo blog.

The following shots of Maimi from the practice for the play “CAT’S♥EYE” were featured in an entry on the Gekipro blog.

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

Blog update: “Usani U^ エ^U”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 8/16 blog update, titled “UsaniU^ エ^U“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

I had practice again yesterday for the play starting on September 22nd,


We’re finally charging into the rehearsal

I practiced yesterday while still carrying my script, but I’ve gotta memorize my lines soon

After practice was over, I went with Berryz Koubou’s Shimizu Saki-chan to see Mano Erina-chan’s play “Usani”

In addition, my seat was 7 rows from the front, so I could see the actors’ facial expressions really wellヾ(^▽^)ノ

Mano-chan plays the role of a fairy named “Pin”, and the stuffed doll that Pin inhabits, “Usani”…

“Usani” is brave and cute
I want a stuffed doll like that too

Midway through the story, I became heart-broken for poor Usani…

I could totally emphathize with Usani……

There are still performances remaining, so I can’t write about what kind of story it is,

but Usani’s way of loving is really wonderful, I thought…

Do your best until the very end~ Mano-chan

…In any case, Usani’s gesturing and way of speaking were also cute~( ´∀`)


Alright We have to do our best at “CAT’SEYE” too

I’ll head out today fired-up


There will be live viewings of the Hello! Project concerts being held this weekend at 13 theaters across the country

And then, after the live viewing,

if you attach your ticket stub to a postcard,
and fill out your address, name, and age, and send it to the following address…

〒102-8302 Tokyo-to Chiyoda-ku Fujimi 1-8-19

Kadokawa Shoten Eiga Eigyoubu Haropuro Purezento-kakari

In commemoration of Hello! Project’s 15th annivesary,

15 people will be chosen by lottery to receive a visual book signed by Morning Musume, Berryz Koubou, ℃-ute, Mano Erina, and S/mileage

The deadline is August 31st, 2012

I think there’s a lot of people who can’t come to the concerts because of distance,

so I hope they will definitely enjoy our concert at the theater

Lastly, here’s a 2-shot with Airi taken in our opening outfits for the Hello! Project concert…

Well then, everyone,
have a wonderful day…

Blog update: “Springy(´ー`)”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 8/15 blog update, titled “Springy(´ー`)“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

After eating curry last night, I made rice flour dumpling sweet red-bean soup~( ´∀`)

I love sweet red-bean soup…

This morning I ate what I was able to make…

And the rice flour dumplings were springy and really delicious

Speaking of “Delicious“, in the dressing room at the concert several days ago,

I met one of ℃-ute’s old managers for the first time in awhile

That former manager said “Everyone in ℃-ute, please eat“,

and gave us treats

There were 5 delicious-looking cakes…

I chose the strawberry tart cake

It was really delicious~
In addition, I was really happy that they’re still concerned about us even after we’ve parted

A picture of all of ℃-ute too~

Well then, I have practice again today for the play starting on September 22nd,
so I’ll go and do my best

Everyone, have a wonderful day…

A 3-shot with Berryz Koubou’s Shimizu Saki-chan and Sugaya Risako-chan which I took on the first day of practice

Well then, I’m o~ff

℃-ute “Aitai Aitai Aitai na” music video

Just as Maimi announced in her previous blog update, the music video for ℃-ute’s upcoming single “Aitai Aitai Aitai na” was uploaded to the official ℃-ute YouTube channel. The video features an incredible amount of great Maimi moments, so make sure you don’t miss it. After you finish watching it, feel free to post about your favorite part in the comments!

Blog update: “Tapio… ca…(´・ω・`)”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 8/14 blog update, titled “Tapio… ca…(´・ω・`)“:

Good evening
It’s Maimi

Recently I’ve been so addicted to tapioca milk tea that I don’t know what to do…

So when I think
“Ah… I’m thirsty~“,

tapioca milk tea starts floating through my head…

Today too, how many times have I thought about tapioca milk tea…(lol)

…For that reason, Yajima is going to get tapioca milk tea now I’m excited…

And then, today we had practice for “CAT’SEYE”,
the play that starts on September 22nd,

and during the scenario reading…

When it was time for Berryz Koubou’s Sudou Maasa-chan’s line,

it became silent (lol)

Everyone simultaneously looked at Maasa,

but Maasa didn’t notice at all

In addition, she was writing notes while saying
“Ummm… Cut this…φ(・o・)” to herself…(〃∀〃)

Me “Maa… sa…?

Maa “…Eh(・・)……


Is it me I’m sorry

Everyone “(Big laughter)”

After that Maasa stumbled over her lines…

It was a moment that soothed everyone in the practice hall (lol)

By the way, the producer Shioda Taizo-san had said “Please cut _____ from the script“,

and that’s what Maasa was writing down with all her concentration

To make the play even better,
during the scenario reading he adds, shaves off, and changes lines…

This way, he can make a play which he’s fussed over…

Therefore, I’m going to do my best at full power too

And… while typing, I’ve finally arrived at the bakery (This bakery has my favorite tapioca milk tea)…

but they said “I’m sorry We’ve stopped serving drinks“~

Sho~~ck (TOT)

It’s alright… It’s alright…
Surely, it’ll be twice as delicious when I’m able to have it next

While telling myself that, I’ll go home for today(=_=;)

Yeah… That’s right When I return home, my mother’s curry is waiting for me

Well then, this is where we say goodbye…

What kind of day did everyone have

Sweet dreams
Good night


On August 15th,
the music video for “Aitai Aitai Aitai na” will debut on Mezamashi TV

It’ll also be uploaded on the ℃-ute YouTube channel on the 15th around 9:00AM,

so please be sure to check it out, everyone