Monthly Archives: September 2012

Maimi Sightings for September 18th

Fellow ℃-ute member Nakajima Saki shared this shot of Maimi enjoying a crepe after yesterday’s practice for the play “CAT’S EYE” in her update on the official blog.

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

“Geki Saka” #6 preview

The preview for the sixth “Geki Saka” segment on the “Yu! Style” TV program has been uploaded to the Hikari TV YouTube channel, and features segment regular Maimi as she embarks on her greatest challenge yet: Mt. Fuji’s Subaru line. During her ascent in the clip, Maimi talks about things such as coordinating her gear to be her image color, her breakfast of two onigiri and chocolate, and her inability to see in front of her as she enters the cloud.

This episode of “Yu! Style” will air September 22nd on Hikari TV. More details on Maimi’s “Geki Saka” segment can be found at the official site.

Blog update: “Nostalgic friend(;O;)”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 9/18 blog update, titled “Nostalgic friend(;O;)“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

Thank you for the many comments

It seems a lot of people watched “Hiru nan desu!” yesterday, so I’m really happy

After the live broadcast was over,
there was an e-mail waiting for me on my cellphone from a really nostalgic friend…

“When I casually turned on the TV during a break at my part-time job, I was excited to see ℃-ute~(((o(*゜▽゜*)o)))”

she said
I was happy~

We became excited talking through e-mail about nostalgic things like the letters we exchanged in junior high,

and the kewpie figure she gave me for my birthday,

and we’re continuing to do so (lol)

“I want to go and see a ℃-ute concert” she told me…(T^T)

I think I’m really blessed to have a friend like this who has always continued to support me even though we haven’t been able to meet…

Thanks I’m grateful to my friend

I started wanting to meet that friend again for the first time in awhile~(´ー`)ノ

Now, changing the subject,

yesterday we had the final practice for the play that will start in four days at Ikebukuro Sunshine Theater,

“CAT’SEYE”

As we took all our things out of the training hall we used up until now…

the feeling of “The performances are close by” boiled over

The training hall where I practiced over and over again with everyone while using trial-and-error…

“Today’s the last, huh…” I thought and felt a little sad,

but when I thought “We’ll finally be able to have the dress rehearsal and final confirmation at the theater“,

I became fired up

The things we couldn’t do at the training room because it was too small, we can do at the theater just like we will in the performances

…Ah… The performances are right around the corner… I’ve become nervous~

In the limited time we have to use the theater, so that my anxiety goes away, I want to concentrate and go over it for the last time

Those who have the time, please be sure to come to the play

I’m waiting for you

Well then, today’s pictures

Nacky and Mai, who I worked hard together with at practice~

(1)(2)

A picture of those two during lunch…

(3)

Well then, let’s have a wonderful day today

I’m o~ff

Blog update: “Hiru nan desu!(*^-^) ノ”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 9/17 blog update, titled “Hiru nan desu!(*^-^) ノ“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

Today is Respect-for-the-Aged day

Last night, I talked to my grandmother on the phone

Today,

℃-ute will appear on Nippon TV’s
“Hiru nan desu!”,

and my grandmother was really looking forward to it

My grandmother is always, always cheering for me

“Eat a lot and sleep a lot…

she said, as she was worried about my health yesterday too

Granny too, always stay healthy, ok

Well

I visited my favorite bakery this morning

It was freshly made, so it was warm and delicious

I was really happy this morning

With this happy power,
I’ll do my best on “Hiru nan desu!”

By the way,
at the top of the program,

we’ll also showcase our new single “Aitai Aitai Aitai na”

I think there are a lot of people who casually turn on the TV at noon,

and the fact that we can showcase our song at that time, and live,

makes me really happy

I’ll be glad if the number of people who become interested in ℃-ute after watching the program increases…

I’ll do my best fired up

Everyone, please be sure to watch it

Well then, have a wonderful day today…

I’m o~ff

Maimi Sightings for September 16th

Yesterday was ℃-ute Day in Nagoya, and fellow ℃-ute members Hagiwara Mai and Suzuki Airi posted 2-shots with Maimi from the event in their updates on the official ℃-ute blog.

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

Blog update: “℃-ute Day!! FINAL°・(ノД`)・°・”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 9/16 blog update, titled “℃-ute Day FINAL°・(ノД`)・°・“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

The ℃-ute Day event held yesterday in Nagoya…

It was rea~lly happy

Yaji loves everyone in ℃-ute
And all of the fans

Yeah I love them~~

This is the setlist for ℃-ute Day 2012

1. Massara Blue Jeans

2. Aitai Aitai Aitai na

3. Saikou Music

(MC1)

4. Edo no Temari Uta II

(MC2)

5. Tsuugaku Vector (Airi)

6. Disco Queen (Mai)

(Chuzenji Nakiko Corner)
7. Rainbow Pink (Airi & Mai)

8. Hare no Platinum Doori (Nacky)

9. Lonely girl’s night (Maimi)

10. Bokura no Kagayaki (Chisato)

11. Wakkyanai(Z)

(MC3)

12. Kanashiki Heaven

13. Kiss me Aishiteru

14. JUMP

15. Iza, susume! Steady go!

16. Wasuretakunai Natsu

(MC4)

17. SHINES

℃-ute Day this year was really exciting

When we sang “Wasuretakunai Natsu” for the encore,

all of the fans’ sparkling smiles, the sense of security from the other members

I really thought “I never want to forget this moment

℃-ute loves all of our fans,

and I felt a lot of the fans’ love for ℃-ute too…

Everyone really gives off a warm atmosphere

Thank you very much

We received a lot of love, so once again ℃-ute is fired up to aim even higher and do our best

Thankfully, a lot of people thought “I want to participate in ℃-ute Day” and applied this time

Because of that, there were a lot of people who unfortunately didn’t get selected in the lottery,

and there were a lot of people who couldn’t participate because of circumstances, I think

I want to see more and more of Team ℃-ute’s delighted faces,
including all of those people

I want to go and properly respond their feelings for ℃-ute

It’d be nice if we can hold it in an even bigger venue next time…

Alri~~ght
℃-ute will do our best~~~

Everyone, please continue to support ℃-ute however you can

The ℃-ute Day event was fun…

Actually,
Chunichi Sports came and covered the event yesterday

I believe the article will run today, so please be sure to check it out

And then,
continuing from yesterday,
at 5:00PM on USTREAM,
℃-ute’s appearance on “Entame Station in Sapporo do Manaka” will air

It’ll broadcast at the same time every day until the 30th

In addition,
at 6:30PM,
we will appear as guests on STV Radio’s
“Joshikai Radio”

And then, and then
from 12:00AM~1:00AM,
we’ll appear on AIR-G’s
“AV Music Channel”,

so those who have the time, please be sure to check it out

Well then, I hope everyone has a wonderful day today…

Until tomorrow’s update~

Blog update: “Slept early ε= ヾ(*~▽~) ノ”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 9/15 blog update, titled “Slept earlyε= ヾ(*~▽~) ノ“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

Yesterday we had full rehearsal for the A pattern and B pattern for the play “CAT’SEYE” (←The play this time has 2 stories), which will start in one week

Full rehearsals are the last step

There was a lot of staff at the training hall, like the sound people, the lighting people, etc…,

and we wore our outfits and used props just as we will in the performance

However
There’s a problem
I couldn’t change my outfits in time

I’ve got to improve this before the performance…

This time next week,
I’ll probably be saying “It’s the opening day” while my heart is pounding…

For the remainder of the week
I will face towards the performance and do my best

And then,
today is the ℃-ute Day event in Nagoya

Practice finished early yesterday, and I arrived at the hotel early too…

So I went to bed earlier than usual
I fell asleep around 10:00PM

On top of that, I ate a lot of breakfast this morning,

so I’m full of energy today

For the sake of the ℃-ute Day event, I recharged a lot

Well then, let’s have a wonderful day

p.s.

Here’s an announcement

Today at 9:25AM~
℃-ute will appear on the live broadcast of CBC “Hanasaka Times”

In addition

From 9:55AM to 10:25AM,
we’ll appear on TNC’s
“Momochi-hama DX Store”

※By the way, it’s unrelated to “Momochi” (←Berryz Koubou’s Tsugunaga Momoko-chan).

And then, and then
At 5:00PM~
℃-ute will appear on Sapporo street vision (ha・na・vi)
“Entame Station in Sapporo do Manaka”,

Sapporo street vision (Mega Vision 4 Plus)
“Entame Station in Sapporo do Manaka”,

and on “Entame Station in Sapporo do Manaka”
on USTREAM,

so please be sure to check it out

Blog update: “Long → short( 〃▽〃)”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 9/14 blog update, titled “Long → short( 〃▽〃)“:

Good evening
It’s Maimi

Dinner last night
I ate at home with my mom and dad~

My mom made dinner and was waiting for me to get home

I usually eat something at work, so it’s been a long time since I had dinner at home

As expected, my mom’s cooking is the best~(*´д`*)
It was rea~lly delicious

Speaking of delicious, the other day I wrote about a crepe restaurant that we often go during breaks in practice

Yesterday also,
everyone got together and went there (lol)

All the store’s staff were busy… and it looked like a lot of trouble

Though, going out with everyone… It felt fresh, and was fun

And then
Hagi-chan cut her hair~

Both long-haired and bobbed Hagi are really cute

She was cute the day before yesterday Hagi-chan

While stroking her hair, she said
“Tomorrow, I’ll part with this hair…(;_;)… I’ll give it careful treatment today“…

Aww(〃∀〃)
How pure…

I also properly took a picture of the long-haired Hagi-chan

(1)

And then, I just took this
“Please continue to take care of me“, short-haired Hagi-chan

(2)

Yeah
As expected, both suit her

In addition,
today is Takahashi Ai-san’s birthday

Takahashi-san
Happy birthday

We haven’t been able to meet at all recently~

I wonder if she’s doing alright…

It seems she’s in the middle of play performances now, and I want to go and see a lot of the works Takahashi-san appears in~

Takahashi-san, please have a wonderful year

No~w
It finally arrives tomorrow

The “℃-ute Day” event expands into Nagoya~~~

We’ll have a wonderful, wonderful ℃-ute Day

Ooh I can’t wait

Well then, let’s have sweet dreams…

(3)

Good night

Blog update: “How nice( ´・ε・`)”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 9/13 blog update, titled “How nice( ´・ε・`)“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

Yesterday we had practice for the play starting September 22nd, “CAT’SEYE”

There’s two stories in the play this time, an A pattern and a B pattern,

and yesterday we had full rehearsals for both

When I think about it, there’s only 10 days remaining until the performances start

There were a lot of people who said “I’m going to go see ‘CAT’SEYE’~” during the handshake events,

and a lot of people who wrote it in the blog comments…

I’m really happy

So that everyone who comes to the play feels “I’m glad I came“,
I’ll do my best with everyone for the last spurt before the performances

(1)
Mai-chan, who plays my sister “Kisugi Ai”

I have an announcement

Today the 13th,
and then on the 15th,
at 5:00PM~
The clip of “Entame Station in Sapporo do Manaka” that we appear in
will be broadcast on Sapporo’s outdoor video screens
(ha・na・vi)

(2)

I’ll be happy if a lot of people watch it~

Changing the subject,

my brother is going to Hawaii right now~

How nice(´・ε・`)How nice(´・ε・`)

I’m envious

Speaking of Hawaii, I’ve gone twice with ℃-ute

I have some really, really fun memories…

(3)

Ah~ I want to ride a banana boat again~

And water slides

Is my brother enjoying it too

Yep
I’ll look forward to getting a souvenir

Well then, let’s have a wonderful day today

Until tomorrow~

Maimi Sightings for September 12th

The writer/director of the B-version of the play “CAT’S EYE”, Shioda Taizo, uploaded this picture spotlighting Maimi from a practice for the play “Neru-ko wa ℃-ute” five years earlier in an update on his official blog.

Speaking of “CAT’S EYE”, a montage of clips from the practice for the play has been uploaded to the UpFront Channel on YouTube, and Maimi can be seen at several points through-out the video.

Blog update: “We did it(T^T)”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 9/12 blog update, titled “We did it(T^T)“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

Yesterday we had rehearsal for the play that starts on September 22nd, “CAT’SEYE”

The play this time has 2 stories, an A pattern and a B pattern,

and there’s an hour break between the end of the A pattern practice and the start of the B pattern practice

During that time yesterday, I went outside with Nacky and Mai

We went to a nearby crepe restaurant and a nearby tapioca restaurant

There was too many varieties of tapioca juice flavors, so I was torn Torn…

In the end, I tried the coconut milk flavor

I tasted a sip of the other two’s flavors

By the way,
Nacky got chocolate mocha
Mai got strawberry milk

They were both delicious~

And then, and the crepe restaurant,

the crepes’ texture was crispy

It was so delicious, so delicious…(T^T)

I ordered the usual brown sugar syrup, soy flour, banana, and ice cream crepe

I want everyone to try it too(≧∀≦)

Then at night
When I checked my cellphone after practice had ended, I had received an e-mail from my aunt

“○○(←My cousin’s name) said to me ‘Ask Mai-chan to pick me up from nursery school Call her~

she wrote…( ´∀`)

How cute~

Earlier too, I got an e-mail from my aunt which read
“On ○/○ there’s an athletic meet, so come and watch if you can“…

I still don’t know if I can go and watch, but I want to see my cousin running

I can only meet him occasionally, so when I see him after a long time I’m surprised by his growth,

and possibly now is the only time he’ll act needy…
I wonder if the needy ○○ will someday become rebellious…

What kind of adult will he become
I’m really looking forward to it

Now
Changing the subject
I have a wonderful announcement

The new single “Aitai Aitai Aitai na”…
Thanks to everyone,
it could reach number 4 on the Oricon weekly charts

In addition,
it surpassed the previous single “Kimi wa Jitensha Watashi wa Densha de Kitaku” as our highest-selling single

During our release commemoration events… When I read comments on the blog,

“I happened to pass by students buying the CD” people reported countless times,

and at the handshake events,
people said “Though it’s my first time, I bought the CD“…

I was really, really happy

During the recent release events in five different places,

I was reminded of our unannounced events held in shopping malls around the country the year we debuted(2007)

No one stopped to watch us,

and no one bought any of the CDs being sold there…

While watching the people passing by,
I begged “Look~ Look~ Stop Stop” in my heart~

Therefore, the fact that a lot of people were interested in ℃-ute this time… It was something I’m really grateful for…

Thank you very much

I’m grateful to everyone who supports ℃-ute

Everyone, everyone,
I love you~~~

Blog update: “Full rehearsalヾ(^ ▽^)ノ”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s update on the “CAT’S EYE” B-version blog, titled “Full rehearsalヾ(^ ▽^)ノ“:

Hi!!
It’s Yajima Maimiヾ(^▽^)ノ

Yesterday,
I appeared on the Nico Nico Live
“CAT’S EYE” program,

with Saki, Maasa, Risako, and Nacky☆★☆

With the theme of “to steal”,
Berryz Koubou and ℃-ute had a showdown,

and there was a “steal a picture” corner,

a “steal a heart” corner,

and a “steal a personality” corner(*’v’)

In the “steal a picture” corner,
we had a showdown to see who could steal a picture well!!

In the “steal a heart” corner,
we live-called viewers and confessed to them(〃~〃)

In the “steal a personality” corner,
we were challenged to do impressions suggested by the viewers!!

Interacting with the viewers felt fresh and was really fun(*^_^*)

And then, today,
we had rehearsal for the “to be stolen from” version of “CAT’S EYE”!!

I saw the flow of the entire play, so everything made perfect sense(^-^)

I must properly overcome the points I need to work on!!

Looking towards the performance, I’ll do my best(≧ω≦)b

Yesterday,
we had a full rehearsal for the “to steal” version of “CAT’S EYE”!!

Today, I did all of the scenes from memory,

but there were countless parts where I thought things like
“I want to think more deeply about this!!” and “I’ll try doing it like this!!”,

so from here on, I want to do it without constantly looking at the script(。・_・。)

There’s 11 days remaining until the performances of “CAT’S EYE” start!!!!

It’s fast!!

I’ll treat each and every practice importantly and do my best★

I’ll be glad if a lot of people come and see the play♪

Well then, until the next update~(^o^)

(1) With Kumai-chan, who plays “Riko”♪

(2) With Nacky, who plays “Chiko”↑↑

Maimi Sightings for September 11th

The official blog for comedic duo Joujou Gundan, who hosted the “CAT’S EYE” Nico Nico Live program, uploaded this shot of Maimi and Nakajima Saki with one of the members in this update.

The GekiPro official blog uploaded this picture of Maimi and Tokunaga Chinami with their “Sugar Spot” costar Miyahara Shogo after the photoshoot for the play’s flier.

Blog update: “℃-ute Day(*^-^) ノ”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 9/11 blog update, titled “℃-ute Day(*^-^) ノ“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

Yesterday was the “September 10th is ℃-ute Day” event

It was really, rea~lly fun(T^T)

As expected, I love concerts~

(1)

Why is it so fun…
Why is it so happy…

Did everyone who came enjoy it too…

Did our power and feelings properly reach everyone who didn’t come too…

Since there will be a ℃-ute Day event in Nagoya on the 15th this year, I can’t write details about the event yet…

At ℃-ute Day,
I’m always, always able to feel the warmth of all the fans again

Thank you very much for becoming ℃-ute fans

Until now, ℃-ute Day events have always been one performance on one day,

but thanks to the many applications for tickets we received from everyone,
there were two performances last year In addition, there are three performances all together in Tokyo and Nagoya this year

I’m really grateful to everyone…

But there are still people who unfortunately can’t participate in ℃-ute Day

I hope we can someday have ℃-ute Day in a place like an arena or the Nihon Budoukan so more and more people can participate than now, and that it’ll become a once-a-year festival~

I feel
(p`・ω・´)p

Well And then, an announcement we made on stage yesterday

The new single “Aitai Aitai Aitai na”‘s coupling song

“Kanashiki Heaven”

will get a music video

Actually, there were cameras around the stage yesterday,
and the music video will be made up of clips from the performance and from recordings on other days

In addition, the release of a best-of album titled “②℃-ute Shinsei Naru Best Album” has been decided

Several days before, I wrote in this blog that we had a recording, and that’s what the recording was

In this best-of album,
we do self-covers of songs we released in our early days,

and songs where the arrangement has completely changed,

songs where groups of people take turns singing,

and new songs are included

At any rate
There’s all sorts of contents

There’s still a lot of songs we have to record,

so please be sure to look forward to it, everyone

After the event was finished yesterday,

Nacky and myself appeared on the “CAT’S EYE” special on Nico Nico Live

“CAT’S EYE” is a play that will begin on September 22nd at the Ikebukuro Sunshine Theater,
and it’s a story about female cat burglars, so with that theme,

we acted out stealing a photo,

there was a corner where we called viewers live to confess our love to them to steal their heart(〃ー〃),

we did impersonations to steal someone’s character,

and it was over in the blink of an eye

In a battle of Berryz Koubou vs ℃-ute, it was decided which was better by the audience’s comments

It felt fresh,
and the audience participation was really fun

Everyone who watched,
everyone who cheered for us,
thank you very much

(2)

℃-ute pose with the hosts,
Joujou Gundan-san(9 and 10 pose)lol

Well then, today I have my first practice for “CAT’S EYE” in awhile

I’m heading out full of energy

p.s.
A cute bonus picture

(3)
One of my favorite shots

Maimi Sightings for September 10th

℃-ute members Okai Chisato and Nakajima Saki celebrated ℃-ute Day with these shots from the day’s event in their updates on the official ℃-ute blog. Nacky also uploaded a shot of her and Maimi with the hosts of the “CAT’S EYE” special live program they appeared on in the evening.

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