Monthly Archives: October 2012

Maimi Sightings for October 22nd

Berryz Koubou’s captain Shimizu Saki uploaded this 2-shot with Maimi in an entry on her official blog, and wrote about how Maimi joined her when she was practicing in Berryz’s dressing room.

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

Blog update: “Chou HAPPY SONG\(^o^) /”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 10/22 blog update, titled “Chou HAPPY SONG\(^o^) /“:

Good evening
It’s Maimi

In yesterday’s blog,
I mistakenly wrote that we put our hands in a circle during the song
“Campus Life ~Umarete Kite Yokatta~”,

but the correct song was
“Sekai Ichi HAPPY na Onna no Ko

It seems there were a lot of people who noticed…

I apologize for not being able to correct it until the evening

Yesterday was the release commemoration event for Berikyuu’s (Berryz Koubou X ℃-ute) single,


↑A picture with Berryz Koubou’s captain Shimizu Saki-chan

The event this time was held with 12 members…

The setlist was like this


2. cha cha SING (Berryz Koubou)
3. Aitai Aitai Aitai na (℃-ute)

~”Super HAPPY trivia that’s useful to know” corner~

4. Amazuppai Haru ni Sakurasaku

It’s the first time we’ve performed “Chou HAPPY SONG” and “Amazuppai Haru ni Sakura Saku” in awhile…

Singing and dancing with everyone in Berikyuu… It was really fun

Yeah As expected, I love Berikyuu

In the “Super HAPPY trivia that’s useful to know” corner,

each member announced trivia they knew one by one,

and this was the trivia I shared↓↓↓

《Crickets’ ears are on their legs

We were given the life sciences assignment

“Let’s study something in the schoolyard!” in my 3rd year of elementary school

Since it was autumn, there were a lot of crickets in the schoolyard,

so I thought “Alright I’ll study crickets“, and decided on them

When I think about it now, back then I was… amazing…(;゜ロ゜)

I was able to calmly catch crickets…

Now I can’t touch them…(><;)

I collected what I learned at that time into an illustrated diary which is still in my house,

and while reading it again, I learned that crickets' ears are on their legs

(It was information I completely forgot during all these years)

I learned something from my elementary school self

A cricket I drew back then…
It’s realistic…(^_^;)

Even so, this trivia…
I don’t know if it’s useful or not…f(^_^) Hehe

In addition, some trivia I saw on TV a long time ago, but haven’t actually tried,

《If you put mayonnaise on maguro, it will taste like chuutoro

And such……
I revealed a variety of trivia
I can’t write about all of them here, though~


I also heard a lot of things I didn’t know until now from the other members,

and I thought “Eh Is that so(☆▽☆ )?”,

and became really excited

My knowledge has increased

Everyone who came,
everyone who cheered for us,

thank you so very much

Well, today’s ending, huh

I wanted to see the Orion meteor shower last night, so I went out to look at the stars from the balcony………

But the stars… they didn’t fall……

I really wanted to see shooting stars~☆ミ

Though, rather than be disappointed by not seeing any,

I was impressed by how beautiful the starry sky was…

Just seeing that starry sky was nice

It was like the night sky seen at my grandmother’s house…

I could clearly see the small stars, and thought

“There’s this many stars

“I wonder how long it took the light to reach us……

I again felt the same way that I always feel when looking at stars

Space is amazing

…Huh Σ(゜□゜;)

It’s already this late……


I started this update by typing

“Good morning“…

Without finishing typing, it’s become this late

I’m sorry for the wait

A variety of things happened today too

But, I’ll write about them in tomorrow’s update


A picture with Berryz Koubou’s Tokunaga Chinami-chan,

who I worked with nearly the entire time today…


Everyone, sweet dreams~

Good night

Maimi’s profile pictures updated

Maimi and the ℃-ute members’ profiles pictures have been updated for ℃-ute’s upcoming album release, “②℃-ute Shinsei Naru Best Album”. Maimi’s profile can be seen here.

Blog update: “Osaka Gakuin Universityヾ(^ ▽^)ノ”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 10/21 blog update, titled “Osaka Gakuin Universityヾ(^ ▽^)ノ“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

Yesterday, at Osaka Gakuin University’s school festival,
we had a ℃-ute LIVE

1. Massara Blue Jeans
2. Kiss me Aishiteru

3. Aitai Aitai Aitai na
4. Hatachi Mae no Onna no Ko
5. Kimi wa Jitensha Watashi wa Densha de Kitaku

6. Campus Life ~Umarete Kite Yokatta~

7. Kanashiki Heaven
8. Saikou Music
10. Tokaikko Junjou

11. Dance de Bakoon!
12. JUMP


14. Sekai Ichi HAPPY na Onna no Ko

The live was about an hour and a half, and we haven’t sang and danced like this since September 10th’s “℃-ute Day” event…f(^^;)

When I saw the setlist, I was already excited and cheerful(^^)

But, as expected……… I was soaked in sweat…………

That’s how I get……………

I didn’t overlook it(  ̄▽ ̄)

When we put our hands in a circle at the beginning of “Sekai Ichi HAPPY na Onna no Ko”,

Nacky’s face the instant I put my hand on top of her’s…(lol)


Her face was like that(°∇°;)

My apologies~σ(^_^;)?
But, there’s nothing I can do about my sweat(^人^)

It was a perfect explosion

The moment I stepped backstage I lost all my strength…

But, that’s what I expect from a live(・∀・´)

I could see those who gathered singing and dancing along with us,

so I was really happy

I love this sense of unity
I love everyone’s smiles

So I love lives

Everyone who participated,
everyone who supported us,

and then, everyone at Osaka Gakuin University…

Thank you so very much

Here are yesterday’s pictures…

Just before the performance
℃-ute fired up to the MAX

After the live ended
I’m drenched in sweat~(*´д`*)

This “before and after” feeling…

Nacky’s surprised too

By the way, these t-shirts are the school festival t-shirts,

and the people at Osaka Gakuin University made ones with the ℃-ute logo on the back, and left them for us in the dressing room

I was moved(T^T)

“Since they made them especially for us“,

we wore these t-shirts during the encore

There was an incident where Hagi-chan appeared wearing the shirt backwards,

but since the ℃-ute logo was showing, it’s alright(^-^)人(^-^)lol

And then,
yesterday was Niigaki Risa-san’s birthday

Yesterday, when I sent Niigaki-san an e-mail,

she responded saying that if she can,
she will come and see my play starting November 21st, “Sugar Spot”

Niigaki-san also has a play starting on the 29th of this month, and I want to go see it too~

I feel

She’s the same very kind senior both before and after she graduated Hello! Project

Have a wonderful 24th

Today is the “Chou HAPPY SONG” release commemoration event
with Berikyuu (Berryz Koubou x ℃-ute)

I’ve been looking forward to today

Everyone, have a wonderful day…

I’m o~ff

Blog update: “Discovery(・∀・)”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 10/20 blog update, titled “Discovery(・∀・)“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

This is sudden,
but I discovered something

This story is from a little earlier, but when I was eating some souvenirs from Hokkaido, salmon roe, I suddenly noticed something

When I look at them very carefully, salmon roe are strange

In the salmon roe, there’s a dark orange circle, right(‘∇’)

All of those orange circles were pointing up…(゜o゜)

There were so many salmon roe,
that the odds that it happened by chance were considerably low…

But I tried picking one up with my chopstick and placing it on my rice with the orange circle on the bottom

When I did that……


It moved back to the top by itself(゜o゜)/

As expected, it wasn’t by accident
I was happy when I made that discovery, and when I tried looking it up,

the orange circle always points to the top in natural salmon roe
I read…

It seems the orange circle in artificial salmon roe doesn’t move to the top

Is that so

The trivia I know increased by oneヾ(^▽^)ノ Yay

Everyone, please be sure to check it out when you get the chance to eat salmon roe

…And, Hokkaido’s salmon roe was delicious~

And then, changing the subject,
it was written in the other members’ blogs yesterday,

but after I updated the blog yesterday,

we had a photoshoot and interview for “Cancam”,
going on sale November 23rd

It’s a fashion magazine I read too…

℃-ute will appear in “Cancam”~(T^T)

It’s a surprise
I was really, really happy

After that,
we had a photoshoot and interview for “CD Journal”, going on sale on November 20th

The members talked as much as we liked about each topic

So much so, that the interviewer asked

“Would it be alright if we moved on to the next topic……f(^^;)”…(lol)

There were also talks that made me think “I didn’t know the other members felt that way…“,

so I was happy

the special “Idol Mook” of “CD Data”

This goes on sale November 21st

Included in the interview is “Promises for 2013”

…We’re already talking about 2013……

Is that so…(@ ̄□ ̄@;)!! This year will be over after 2 months

This year went by fast(*´д`*)

It feels like each year is becoming faster…

To find out what kind of promises we made,
and whether or not we’ll be able to properly keep them, please stay tuned

we had a filming for “SPACE SHOWER TV Plus”, which will broadcast in early-December

They played a lot of ℃-ute videos we chose(T_T)

I’m grateful

What music videos did we choose… Be sure to watch the program

I hope that the number of people who become interested in ℃-ute after watching increases…

There was a lot to report on, but please be absolutely sure to check them out, everyone

Here are yesterday’s pictures…


Halloween is near, so we were given cute treats like this

We also got panda cookies

There are a lot of kinds of these cookies, like pigs and chicks, and they are delicious, so I can never stop eating them

For the ma~ny treats… thank you so very much

Today is the school festival at Osaka Gakuin University

I’ll go fired up

Well then, please have a wonderful day, everyone

Until tomorrow~


One more
I have an announcement for everyone

From October 22nd,
the downloads for the unreleased digital photobook “Alohalo! ℃-ute 2012” start

Photos of the five of us that weren’t in the photobook will be available for download as digital photobooks for the individual members

The download sites are here

・Ugoku Shashinshuu


Everyone, if it’s alright, please check it out

Maimi Sightings for October 19th

Fellow ℃-ute member Suzuki Airi uploaded these two 2-shots with Maimi over the course of two entries on the official ℃-ute blog today.

℃-ute member Okai Chisato shared this 3-shot of her, Mai, and Maimi in her update on the official blog.

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

Blog update: “Interview Day(‘∇’)”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 10/19 blog update, titled “Interview Day(‘∇’)“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

all of ℃-ute had a video recording for the limited edition of our self-cover album coming out on November 21st,

“②℃-ute Shinsei Naru Best Album”

And an interview for “BIG ONE GIRLS”, which goes on sale December 7th

And a recording for “MUSIC ON! TV”, which will broadcast at midnight on December 10th

We looked back like “This is what it was like back then~“,
and compared “Now this song is arranged like this, so we sang with this feeling“…

At any rate, we got really, really excited and had fun

As expected, ℃-ute can’t stop talking when we get together (lol)

We have interviews all day today too,

and right now,
we’re having a photoshoot for “Shuukan Young Jump”,

which is proceeding enjoyablyヽ(´ー`)ノ

We’re blessed with nice weather
It’s the best

And then,
tomorrow is ℃-ute’s appearance at Osaka Gakuin University’s school festival at last

Actually, we’ve already received the setlist…


I can’t wait

I’m really, really happy that we’ve been called on to appear at various school festivals lately

I hope team ℃-ute continues to grow~

℃-ute’s gotta do our best

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

Well then, I’ll continue to enjoy the photoshoot

Until tomorrow’s update~

Blog update: “music(~▽~ @)♪♪♪”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 10/18 blog update, titled “music(~▽~ @)♪♪♪“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

I had a photoshoot for the pamphlet for the play
“Sugar Spot”,
which begins on November 21st


I had an interview for the magazine “BOMB”

I talked a lot about plays with Nacky and writer/director Shioda Taizo-san, who I’m indebted to for plays and such up to now

I could listen to various stories from Shioda-san and Nacky, so it was really motivating and fun

It goes on sale November 9th

Everyone please be sure to check it out

That’s right
Nacky put Oku Hanako-san’s album on my mp3 player…

I went home while being immersed in Oku Hanako-san’s singing voice yesterday

Oku Hanako-san’s songs…
As expected, they’re all wonderful and I love them~

Changing the subject
This morning’s Aroma-chan, my pet dog

Right now, Aroma is taking medicine

Aroma hates medicine…

In reaction to my mom saying “Aroma-chan~ I have sausages“,

she came happily running over with her tail wagging…

But the instant she saw the bag of medicine next to the sausages, she ran away to the second floor

No matter how many times my mom called her, she didn’t come back…

My mom had no choice but to go to the second floor and come back down holding her,

and though she put the medicine in her mouth, she spit it out “Ptoo“…

Though it looked like a lot of trouble, my mom made her take the medicine,
and praised Aroma “Great~ You did well~

“Father is sneaky He doesn’t like to make her take medicine, so he said ‘Make her take the medicine, Mother‘…”(lol)

Certainly, when seeing how much she hates it, I’d feel bad for her and hesitate too, though……

Mother… good work…

Today all of ℃-ute assembles

Let’s go fired up today too

Until tomorrow~


It’s sudden,
but here are the pictures from Disneyland with Berryz Koubou’s Tokunaga Chinami-chan which I couldn’t attach yesterday

In “Toontown”

The two of us tried playing, saying “Hello~

At “Winnie the Pooh’s Honey Hunt”

Winnie the Pooh riding in a hand

Chinami made the pose while saying
“Chinami always takes a picture like this here“…

It’s true
He’s the perfect size for fitting in a hand(〃▽〃)

Everyone, if you have the chance to go to Winnie the Pooh’s Honey Hunt, definitely please try it (lol)

Maimi Sightings for October 17th

The official ℃-ute Facebook page uploaded this shot of Maimi from what is certainly a photoshoot for her upcoming play, “Sugar Spot”.

Blog update: “TDL(〃▽〃)”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 10/17 blog update, titled “TDL(〃▽〃)“:

Good afternoon
It’s Maimi

Yesterday, with Berryz Koubou’s Tokunaga Chinami-chan,

I went to the land of dreams,
Tokyo Disneyland~


It was soothing

The design inside the park was cute,
and all the characters were charming too…

When night fell, the lights were beautiful and the fireworks were wonderful…

It was really a land of dreams

For the current season,
it’s become a Halloween version,

so it was packed with pumpkins inside Disneyland


It’s been a considerably long time since I’ve been to Disneyland

So the number of attractions have increased during that time…

There were some I went into for the first time


Chinami knows Disneyland well, so I brought her with me(lol)

Was it when we were still in elementary school

…It was around that time that I went to Disneyland with Chinami,

and at that time,
Chinami couldn’t ride on nearly all the attractions…

I love rollercoasters, and I said to Chinami

“It’s alright Chinami’ll definitely have fun And, it’s really cute inside

and took her on Splash Mountain……

Now, Chinami is like

“The attraction here is like this attraction……“,

and leads me around…

It’s come to the point where she says

“I really love Disneyland’s rides

I can notice the passage of time…

We also talked about it yesterday,
but the two of us have grown up~

We rode lo~ts of rides
We ate a lot of delicious things
We also enjoyed shopping And took lots and lots of pictures…

It was rea~lly fun

I’ll gradually upload the pictures that I couldn’t attach today

Well then, I’ll enjoy doing my best in the afternoon too

Until tomorrow’s update~

I meant to update at noon, but I didn’t send it
I’m sorry
Everyone, continue to fight into the evening too

Blog update: “With rare members…( ≧∀≦)”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 10/16 blog update, titled “With rare members…( ≧∀≦)“:

This blog was written this morning.
We required time to get permission, so I’m sorry for posting it late. STAFF

Good morning
It’s Maimi

I had a photoshoot yesterday for the front cover & feature article of “Girls! Vol.37”

with Mano Erina-chan


I wore a kimono during the photoshoot

In the house studio
there was a pendulum clock,
a rotary phone,
and an old-fashioned television…

It felt like we had gone to a granny’s house

Mano-chan and I were able to talk a lot, so I had fun…

It goes on sale on November 26th,
so please be sure to check it out, everyone

And then, I have another announcement

The opening of the movie that Nacky and I appear in,

“Zomvideo”, has been decided


(This picture is from our interview with “TRASH-UP!!” the other day)

The movie was filmed about a year and a half ago, I think…

My hair was not yet as long as it is now~

Everyone who was looking forward to the opening and asked “When? When?”…

I’m sorry for the wait m(__)m

In the meantime, it seems it was shown at a film festival in Spain

“Zomvideo” is a horror and comedy movie,

and I play the role of “Aiko”, who battles zombies

And then, Nacky’s role of “Kanabun”, as a zombie………

…I should stop here

It’s probably more fun if you watch it without knowing

At any rate, it was my first time to be soaked in blood like that,

and I probably won’t get drenched like that again, I think…

I remember that after the filming, when I got into the bath, it became completely red…

But but, there are a lot of funny parts too,

so I’ll be glad if the people who are saying “I don’t really like horror…” make sure to go and see it too

It opens on December 29th~

Please be sure to go to the theater and meet Aiko and Kanabun

And then,
everyone who watched the live commentary broadcast of “CAT’SEYE” yesterday on Ustream,
and everyone who couldn’t watch but supported us anyway,

thank you very much

We talked while watching the video,

and typed comments…

It was really fun

After it was over,
I went to yakiniku with Berryz Koubou’s Sudou Maasa-chan and Mai

I go eat with Mai often,

but having Maasa there too is really fresh

The three of us eating…
I was happy

It’s also been a long time since I’ve had yakiniku, and I ate until my stomach was full

Lastly, a picture of the three of us…


Well then… let’s go and enjoy today too

Maimi Sightings for October 15th

Hello! Project soloist Mano Erina uploaded on her official blog this 2-shot with Maimi from their photoshoot for the magazine “girls!” today.

Articles on the Cinema Today and Crank In websites on the long-delayed opening of Maimi’s comedy/horror movie “Zomvideo” came with a new still from the movie featuring Maimi’s character covered in blood and disapatching a member of the undead legion.

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

Blog update: “~Victims’ side~ closing day( ´・ω・`)”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 10/15 blog update, titled “~Victims’ side~closing day( ´・ω・`)“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

The play “CAT’SEYE”
is finally over

When I heard “You’re going to do the play ‘CAT’SEYE’!”, I was really happy~…(*´д`*)

It was my first play in about a year,
and in addition, it was “CAT’SEYE”…

To be honest, I wasn’t familiar with the story,

but I knew it was famous,
and I knew the hook of the song “CAT’S EYE”

I got a lot of reactions like
“Eh You’re going to be in CAT’S EYE” from the people around me,

and just from that I understood that I was going to be a part of an amazing work~

I played the role of “Hitomi” from “CAT’S EYE”, who has been loved by a lot of people for long time,

and I was worried if I could properly live up to everyone’s image of Hitomi

Though not in their entirety,
I watched the anime and read the manga…

For some reason, it feels a little nostalgic

While I was worried about not being able to understand Hitomi’s feelings,

I stayed at a hotel in the city as part of my job by chance,

and while gazing at the night sky I thought

“I wonder if Hitomi’s out there~… Will she appear leaping from building to building~…


“Ha~… I wonder how Hitomi feels…“,

and I continued to gaze out the window for a long time…

But when I did that,
I really felt like Hitomi existed in this world…

My lonliness when the play ended,

I wonder if it comes from the feeling that the character I played has gone somewhere far away…

How should I put it… Like an out-of-body experience

I’ve always been thinking about Hitomi until now…

I have a strong emotional attachment to the role…

But I think the things I worried about and learned as Hitomi will always stay with me from now on,

so I want to put them to use for my next role

Personally, the first time I experienced the fun of “plays”

was 2007’s
“Neruko wa ℃-ute”, by Shioda Taizo-san

For us, it was our first play,

and becoming someone else was really fun

In ~Victims’ side story~”, I worked with Shioda-san for the first time in 5 years

During practice,
old memories like “Whoa Come to think of it, that’s how Shioda-san laughed

came back to me, and it felt really nostalgic

Much to my delight,
my next play has already been decided, and will start November 21st

“Sugar Spot”

It’s a play by the theater troupe “Otona no Mugicha”, and it’s made by Shioda-san

In addition, I appear with Berryz Koubou’s Tokunaga Chinami-chan, who I’ve been close friends with ever since we met

Whenever we meet,
our excitement swells as we imagine things like

“What kind of story will it be


“What kind of roles will we have

“What will the nature of our relationship be

I want to continue discussing it with her a lo~t

I can’t wait

In the meantime,
commentary for “CAT’SEYE”

will broadcast live on Ustream today

At 5:30PM~
“Thieves’ side story”

At 8:30PM~
“Victims’ side story”

While the performance is shown on screen, we’ll say things like
“This is my memory of this scene“,

and “This is what I was concerned with here“…

I hope that we can share behind-the-scenes stories like that,

so I’ll be glad if those who have the time watch both

plays are something that require a lot of staff and actors to create…

But it’s not complete without the people who come to see it

We could finish “CAT’SEYE” successfully because of everyone who came to watch and everyone who supported us

Thank you very much

I hope “CAT’SEYE” remains in everyone’s heart forever…

Alright Well then, let’s have a wonderful day today

Until tomorrow’s update

Maimi Sightings for October 14th

Fellow ℃-ute members Hagiwara Mai and Nakajima Saki, and Berryz Koubou’s Shimizu Saki uploaded these shots of “CAT’S EYE 7” across their entries on their respective blogs.

In addition, Saki uploaded this 2-shot with Maimi in an entry on her official blog.

Berryz Koubou’s Sudou Maasa uploaded this 3-shot of her, Maimi, and Mai in an update on the “CAT’S EYE” A-pattern blog.

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

Blog update: “Final update( ´・ω・`)”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 10/14 update on the “CAT’S EYE” A-pattern blog, titled “Final update( ´・ω・`)“:

Thieves’ Side Story

……All performances are finished…(>_<)

It started on September 22nd…
Each day passed by in the blink of an eye(*´д`*)

There were a lot of things I was worried and confused about in regards to Hitomi…!!

Though, I think there's a lot of parts of myself that were able to grow thanks to Hitomi.

I'm really glad I met her.

In addition,
though each day was full of worries, confusion, and conflict,

I was once again reminded "I love plays and plays are fun!!"(。・_・。)

I want to make the best use of my days spent as Hitomi in the plays from here on out!!

Everyone who came to the theater and everyone who supported me…

Thank you very much.

At tomorrow's Victims' Side Story performances,

I'll really, really part with Hitomi…

I will enjoy playing Hitomi to my fullest to the very end!!

I've updated this blog since our practices started.
Everyone who read, thank you so very much!!