Monthly Archives: December 2012

SATOYAMA movement site opens


Spinning off from Hello! Project’s weekly program “Hello! SATOYAMA Life” late last year, the “SATOYAMA movement” has been given an official website on the first of the new year. The website contains information on events, releases, and of interested to Maimi fans, profiles of all the artists, including Maimi’s group “DIY♡“. There’s not much in the way of any new information, but it can possibly be taken as a promising sign for the group’s continued activity.

Blog update: “Thank you for everything in 2012(´ー`)”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 12/31 blog update, titled “Thank you for everything in 2012(´ー`)“:

Good afternoon
It’s Maimi

This is my last update of the year

I brought this year’s work to a close at the ℃-ute concert in Fukuoka

I was as happy as can be

When we were singing the last song,
I wanted to yell “Happy~~“(lol)

I really did

But I couldn’t find the right timing to yell it……

It’s been 3 years since ℃-ute has had a concert in Fukuoka…

I was still 17 then

The dressing room, the scenery outside the venue… It was nostalgic~

It brought back a lot memories

At our first live in Fukuoka in awhile,

we gave our first performance of our cover of Moritaka Chisato-san’s “Kono Machi”, which will be released on February 6th,

and the evening performance was broadcast live on ℃-ute’s YouTube channel…

I thought “There are a lot of people who I can’t see in this venue watching right now in front of their screen~“,

and when I imagined everyone in front of their screens, I became really happy…

I think there were people who saw ℃-ute’s concert for the first time,
those who saw it for the first time in 3 years,
and those who came from far away to Fukuoka to watch

I had day full of happiness with everyone

As expected, I love the time spent with everyone in Team ℃-ute

Everyone who participated in the concert,
everyone who watched the live broadcast,
everyone who cheered for us,

thank you very much

Much to our delight,
℃-ute’s spring tour has also been decided

Our winter tour was planned suddenly, so there weren’t a lot of performances, and I think there were a lot of people who couldn’t participate

The number of performances in our next spring tour has increased

I absolutely want a lo~t of people to participate

Before that, I’m waiting for this tour’s finale on February 2nd (I wrote February 6th in yesterday’s blog… Sorry)

The winter tour that was realized thanks to everyone’s support… I want to put my feelings of gratitude into it, and have the best finale possible

And then, the results of our Christmas present exchange, which we had a little late in the dressing room yesterday…

Myself → Nacky → Airi → Chisato → Mai → Myself

By chance, it was in the order of age

My predictions,

myself → Chisato
myself ← Airi,

were… completely off…(°∇°;)

Whenever I take a test,
the answers I guess on are always wrong……┓( ̄∇ ̄;)┏ Ahaha…

Well then,

here’s the present I received from Mai…



Hagi-chan thought about it a lot

That perfume that Hagi fretted over,

Yaji will use it with great care

When Nacky passed by me after I tried it yesterday,

she said “That’s a really good smell~

Thank you

And then, Nacky received a bracelet from me


The picture came out nice… but you can’t see it at all because of the light f(^_^;) lol

I hope it becomes one of Nacky’s favorites~

Now……. it looks like……

for some reason……

I’m going to ring in the new year with muscle pain( ̄▽ ̄)

I’m spending New Year’s Eve relaxing with my family today

What kind of New Year’s Eve is everyone else having(´ー`)

This year,
I faced a variety of challenges as part of ℃-ute and as Yajima Maimi

As expected, when I challenged something for the first time,

I felt like I was going to be crushed by my nervousness and anxiety,

but I was supported by everyone each time

“I want to see everyone’s delight
“I want to live up to their expectations

When I think things like that, I can do my best

Everyone’s power is really amazing(‘∇’)

Whenever I accomplished something,

another new path appeared…

“Aah, I’m glad I tried it~” I feel from the bottom of my heart…

“Having the courage to take one step forward will change the future of ℃-ute

I again thought

I want to continue piling on a variety of experiences both as Yajima Maimi and as a member of ℃-ute…

When that happens, I will borrow everyone’s power again

And then, it was the year where I reached the milestone of turning 20

My parents and brothers continued to watch over me for 20 years

I’ve been able to meet a lot of people in these 20 years,

and again I feel a lot of gratitude

Though there’s so many people in the world,

I was able to meet them…

There’s got to be some meaning to it… I always think

I hope these kind of encounters continue to increase a lot, and that Team ℃-ute gradually becomes bigger…

Actually, people who didn’t know about ℃-ute this time last year are now supporting ℃-ute as members of Team ℃-ute~…

I’m really moved
I’m happy we’ve met~(T^T)

My beloved, beloved everyone…
please continue to support ℃-ute and Yajima Maimi next year too


Thank you so much for everything this year

I hope that 2013 is a wonderful year filled with happiness for everyone…

Happy new year…

Maimi Sightings for December 30th

Fellow ℃-ute member Suzuki Airi shared this 2-shot with Maimi in her update on the <a href="; target="_blank"offical ℃-ute blog.

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

Blog update: “Really successful strategy(o^-‘)b”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 12/30 blog update, titled “Really successful strategy(o^-‘)b“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

This day has finally arrived~ヽ(≧▽≦)/

The ℃-ute concert in Fukuoka

E~veryone in Fukuoka
I’ve wanted to meet you for a long timeヽ(´ー`)ノ

It’s been a really, really long time since ℃-ute went to Fukuoka for a concert…

I’m really happy we can go there again

And then,

I’m super HAPPY that my last job of this year is a concert

After today’s concert, the next performance of ℃-ute’s tour isn’t until February 2nd…

So let’s have a lot of excitement today~

Those who can’t come to the venue,
the 6:00PM performance will be broadcast live,
so please be sure to watch it on ℃-ute’s YouTube channel

Aah My excitement won’t stop~

In this excited state, I’ll talk about yesterday…

Yesterday, a child I’m related to came to my house

The boy, who is almost 2-years-old, comes over to play often,

but because our timing never matches up, it was my first time seeing him in quite awhile(〃▽〃)

Last time I saw him he was around the age he just learned to crawl~

However… yesterday he was steadily walking(゜o゜)
In addition, he’s able to talk(゜o゜)/

Ah~, even though my mom and dad told me,

when I saw him with my own eyes
…I was again surprised at how fast children grow


…He didn’t remember me……( ̄∇ ̄;)

When he saw my face



He went back to the entryway


he stared at my face,
and had a puzzled look like he was thinking

“(・・)Who is that~?”…

So I regrouped, and came up with a plan to become friends(・∀・´)

He pointed out the window and said
“Doggie” “Doggie”…

For some reason, it seems he was interested in Rookie-kun, our pet dog who was out in the garden…

“Shall we go see the doggie” I asked…

And I took him out to the doggie…(lol)

Maybe because he was a little scared,
but when he touched Rookie, he quickly pulled his hand back,

so while petting Rookie I told him

“It’s okay Look Good boy, good boy“,

and he mimicked me “Good boy, good boyヾ(^^ )”

He was satisfied that he touched Rookie,

and laughed happily

Afterwards, we played with a ball with my dad and Rookie

We also played with the garden hose…

The piano, a cellphone’s buttons, opening and closing a window…

“Children can fun in a variety of places~

I thoughtヽ(´ー`)ノ

Thanks to him, my cellphone’s picture folder is filled with blurry pictures that he took( ̄∇ ̄;) Hahahaha…

In addition, I said “Here” and handed him stickers we had at the house, and told him “Stick them on this” and gave him an empty box,

and he entered a trance putting stickers on it

Then I noticed something…

When the box was covered with a lot of stickers,

he put another sticker on, but it overlapped with one that he had previously put on

And then…

He seemed to hate that they overlapped(゜o゜)

He was doing his best trying to peel off the overlapping sticker~

“Huh, could it be that he’s methodical” I asked his mama,

and she laughed “It seems that way

He also appears to love animals,

as he held my pet dog Cologne,
and pet Aroma while saying “Good girl“…

Could… could this be… the birth of the second Mutsugorou-san…(°∇°;)

But as expected, it seems he likes Rookie the best,

as countless times he said “Doggie, doggie…” “There…” while grabbing my arm,

as if to say “Take me to the garden”

Cologne… Aroma…
Don’t worry about it(  ̄▽ ̄)ノ

There’s times like these too…(–、)ヾ( ̄ー ̄)

And then, Yaji’s strategy was a great success

We became really good friends

I heard that when I wasn’t there,

he looked around like “Where is she, where is she~?(・д・ = ・д・)”…(*´д`*)

Ya~y( ̄∇ ̄) He looked for me~lol

There’s too many things I want to write about

At any rate, there are more, more, mo~re episodes where he tugged at my heart…

Ah~ He was really cute

Hold on…(゜ロ゜;)ノ
Don’t forget me again when we next meet…(°∇°;)

It was really soothing day that warmed my heart

Even though I planned to write my New Year’s cards yesterday, I finished after only doing one

I’ll work hard on December 31stφ(..)

Nacky and I made an appearance at an airing of our movie “Zomvideo”,
which opened yesterday

We reunited with the director Murakami,
our co-star Miyazaki Tomu-san,
and the staff for the first time in awhile

The theater was super packed… so I was really appreciative

When I read the comments, it seems there were a lot of people who woke up really early to line up for tickets…°・(ノД`)・°・

I’m happy…

Thank you so very much


Well then
I’ll head to Fukuoka

Farewell Saitama

Let’s have a wonderful day(^з^)-☆

Bonus pictures

Yesterday I received an e-mail from Airi, who went to Fukuoka ahead of us…

She poked fun at me…(-“-;)lol

Now I’m heading to Airi’s side~ε=ε=ヽ(´ー`)ノ

She’s visiting again!!\(・∀・´\)

I’ll explain it for those who don’t know

I piled on clothes so I wouldn’t lose to the cold…

Before I realized it, I had become round like a snowman f(^_^)

For reading this long, long blog update today, thank you very much m(__)m

Reminder: ℃-ute concert broadcast

This is just a reminder to everyone to make sure check out the evening performance of ℃-ute’s tour in Fukuoka that will be broadcast live over ℃-ute’s YouTube channel today. The concert is set to start 5 hours from now at 6:00PM JST, which is 4:00AM EST.

Maimi Sightings for December 29th

The official ℃-ute Facebook page uploaded this 2-shot of Maimi and Nakajima Saki from the opening of their movie “Zomvideo” today.

Blog update: “Delicious encounter(*^.^*)”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 12/29 blog update, titled “Delicious encounter(*^.^*)“:

Good afternoon
It’s Maimi

The weather is really, really nice todayヽ(≧▽≦)/

Yesterday was the dress rehearsal for the Hello! Project concert starting on January 2nd

Tsunku♂-san was also there, and did the final check

Hello! Project starting 2013 when the new year finally arrives…

“I want to have a wonderful year” I again thought

After the rehearsal for the corrections and changes, we had ice cream that Tsunku♂-san gave us

There are a lot of members in Hello! Project, so the instant the refrigerator was opened,

I was surprised by the amount of ice cream(゜o゜)/

The refrigerator was stuffed…
In addition, there were a variety of types…(゜o゜!!)

There were so many types, and I wanted to try this one and that one…

Miya (Berryz Koubou’s Natsuyaki Miyabi-chan),
Iikubo Haruna-chan,
Ishida Ayumi-chan (both from Morning Musume), and I shared a bite of our ice cream with each other…(´ー`)


Ah~ I encountered something delicious

Strawberry ice cream… I think I’ll become addicted to it

I’m confident that I’ll buy that ice cream next time I see it somewhere…

Tsunku♂-san… thank you for the treats

After I returned home, I took a bath and wrote my New Year’s cards

I finally started writing them

After writing all of the ℃-ute members’
and half of the Berryz Koubou’s members’,

I lost to my sleepiness

But since my work doesn’t start until later today…

I was sound asleep until I naturally woke up (lol)

It was a nice morning where I woke up in the best way possible

I ate the pork miso soup my mom made for breakfast

And right now I’m relaxing at my house…

How come my home is this calming…(*´∀`)



Without a care…



No good No good
I have to properly continue writing my New Year’s cards…

I’m suddenly changing the subject,
but Matsui Hideki-senshu is retiring from professional baseball…

When I was small, I often went to watch baseball games at Tokyo Dome

I also went to see his training camp in Miyazaki

There’s also Matsui-senshu comics on our bookshelf at home~…

It makes me feel a little sad…

Matsui-senshu… Thank you for your hard work these 20 years

Starting today at Shibuya Euro Space,

Nacky’s and my movie “Zomvideo” will begin showing

Tonight, we will make an opening day appearance…

It seems I made a mistake in my blog yesterday…

You can buy tickets at the theater today too

I’m sorry

Those who have the time, please come watch the movie… And then, please meet us

(2) A picture with Nacky

I’ll continue writing my New Year’s cards

Until tomorrow~


Tomorrow is ℃-ute’s live in Fukuoka finally

Those who are saying

“I can’t go~“,

please be sure to watch the live broadcast at 6:00PM on ℃-ute’s YouTube channel

It’s wonderful that we can spend time together even though we’re far away from each other

Those who are saying

“Because of circumstances, I can’t watch the live broadcast either“…

I will send out a lo~t of feeling… so please receive it, ok

Because of work?… Because of studies?… I think there’s a lot of reasons, but thank you for working hard all the way to the very end of the year

I’m cheering for you


I finished writing this update before 2:00PM…

But while I was writing it, something really soothing happened to meヽ(´ー`)ノ

I’ll write about it in tomorrow’s update

I’m sorry for the late update

Maimi Sightings for December 28th

Fellow ℃-ute member Nakajima Saki shared this picture of Maimi and 3/4ths of Morning Musume 10th gen chowing down on some ice cream snacks given to them at rehearsal by Tsunku♂ in her update on the official ℃-ute blog.


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

Blog update: “The last this year…(* ´д`*)”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 12/28 blog update, titled “The last this year…(* ´д`*)“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

It’s cold, isn’t it
Is everyone alright

Yesterday I posted my favorite shots of Chisato and Hagi-chan,

and today I’ll continue with my favorite shots of Nacky and Airi

First is Nacky…


Fluffy Nacky

It’s a picture from when we went to Yamagata together

She’s pointing at the apple trees outside the window(´ー`)



It’s a picture from our Christmas event

Airi-chan is cute even though the picture is so close up

I just noticed it now,
but even though both pictures were taken on completely different days,

their poses and expressions are identical…(≧∀≦)

It’s like…(*´∀`)… warming…(*´д`*)… isn’t it…(〃∀〃)

Changing the subject,
yesterday we had an interview with “Shuukan De☆View”,
which will go on sale February 1st

We talked a lot about “Kono Machi”, our new single coming out on February 6th,
and our love for our hometowns,

so please be sure to check it out when it goes on sale

Afterwards, I had rehearsal for the Hello! Project concert starting on January 2nd

The yakiniku I had for lunch was really delicious~

As you can see…

(3) I ate everything

Stamina Stamina( ̄^ ̄)=3
It’s important~(lol)

And then, today’s the last Friday of the year…

Tonight’s broadcast of the FM-PORT radio program
“℃-ute Yajima Maimi no I My MeMaimi~”,

the program I host every week
from 10:00PM to 11:00PM,

is the last broadcast of this year

All of my listeners…
Thank you very much for listening all this year

Tonight’s last broadcast of the year…
and next year too…
please continue to listen

In addition
Tomorrow at 9:10PM
at Shibuya Euro Space,

Nacky and I will make an opening day appearance at the showing of “Zomvideo”,

the movie that we appear in

It seems today is the last day you can get tickets at the theater,

so those who have the time, please be sure to come

I’m waiting for you

Now~ Now~

I’ll head out fired up
Today’s the dress rehearsal for the Hello! Project concert

(We rehearse the entire thing while Tsunku♂-san checks everything)

I’ll do my best all day today

Everyone, have a wonderful day…

Blog update: “Favorite shotヾ(^^ )”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 12/27 blog update, titled “Favorite shotヾ(^^ )“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

Including today, there’s only 5 days left in the year


Time passes steadily, doesn’t it…

Though that seems obvious, recently I’ve been thinking about stuff like that often…

When I think about it, things that made me feel

“I can’t wait… but it’s still far, far off~“,

and performances that made me nervous and think

“I want time to stop

are all in the past now…

Even those things make me think “How nostalgic…“…

By the way, right now I’m excited for our concert in Fukuoka on the 30th

But before that,
tomorrow I have a dress rehearsal for the New Year’s Hello! Project concert starting on January 2nd…

I’m nervous and impatient about that…

When I overcome this nervousness, the concert is waiting for me(・∀・´)

At yesterday’s rehearsal, our manager said “For ℃-ute…“, and gave us apple pies they bought…(T^T)

The caramelization was crispy, and it was really delicious

It seems that store is so popular that a line forms…

When I think they lined-up expressly for buying some for ℃-ute…

In addition, Chisato bought everyone crepes…(つд`)

I’m surrounded by kind people…

Thank you very much…

While Chisato was answering her phone “Hello?”, I took a picture

Doesn’t she have a cute smile

I’ll continue to attach my favorite shots


Hagi-chan’s expression is my favorite

Puffy-cheeked Hagi-chan(〃∀〃) Aww

Now then, today is the last rehearsal before the dress rehearsal

So that 2013 gets off to a great start, I must concentrate, calm down, and do my best(・∀・´)

At any rate, isn’t is really cold…

I need a lot of resolve to leave the living room to go to the restroom…((+_+))

But, there are a lot of people living in colder places than me~…

Everyone, please be careful not to catch a cold, ok

There are a lot of people in Hello! Project,

so when we’ve had rehearsal for the Hello! Project concerts in the past, there was always someone who was sick,

but this year not even one person has the cold

As expected, one’s health is foremost

I hope everyone in Hello! Project can cross into the new year this healthy…

I’m off(‘v’)/~~


Until tomorrow~
Bye bye


Maimi Sightings for December 26th

Morning Musume and Hello! Project leader Michishige Sayumi uploaded this shot of the foursome who went to the Cup Noodle Museum in an entry on her official Ameba blog.

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

Blog update: “Soothing♥Soothing♥Soothing”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 12/26 blog update, titled “SoothingSoothingSoothing“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

Everyone, did you have a wonderful Christmas yesterday

It seems there were a lot of people who had to work because it was a weekday…m(._.)m

As for me,
I had rehearsal for the Hello! Project concert starting on January 2nd,

and I was soothed by S/mileage’s Wada Ayaka-chan and Morning Musume’s Iikubo Haruna-chan~(´ー`)

I heard someone singing a Christmas song in a cute voice~(*´∀`)

And when I turned around…

Ayacho and Iikubo-chan were holding presents while smiling at each other(*´д`*)

When the song was finished.

they said “Here(‘∇’)”, and handed each other the presents~

That scene was really cute, cute… So much so that I wish everyone else could’ve seen it too…

Airi, who was next to me, and I turned to each other and said

“They’re cute~(*´∀`)”,

and the two of us melted (lol)

Ah~ It was soothing

Ah Speaking of being soothed…

Christmas Eve night
When I returned home,

my mom and dad told me stories about my cousins…

It seems my relatives got together that day,

and my 4-year-old cousin, the youngest of 3 siblings,

was watching over a child who will soon turn 2 with all of their might…

“They helped them ride on a toy car…… It looked like you guys (my 2 brothers and I) when you were little…

my mom told me…

I was able to imagine the scene just by listening to the story, and it was nice~

There’s one more thing that soothed me…(≧∀≦*) Whee

When I got into bed last night, I fell asleep immediately…(uou)…zzz

For some reason, I woke up about 30 minutes later(゜o゜)

When I suddenly opened my eyes, Cologne (my pet dog) was right in front of me…Σ(゜ロ゜)

When’d she get in(・v・)

She had gotten under the blanket and put her head on the pillow

Thanks to Cologne, I was warm~…

There are a lot of soothing things around me, so I’m happy everyday

I have rehearsal for the Hello! Project concert again today

We learned the dance for “Kono Machi”, our new single coming out on February 6th, at the rehearsal,

and as we learned it, our teacher explained to us

“Each move of this choreography has a meaning, so with a feeling like this…

Since there’s meaning in the casual parts too, I want to express it so that everyone watching can understand…

I’ll go to rehearsal today fired up q(・∀・´q)

Until tomorrow~


In the outfits for “Kono Machi”

A picture taken with Hagi-chan at our Christmas event

In the snowscape~

From the left,
Miyazaki Yuka-chan
Mitsui Aika-chan

Maimi Sightings for December 25th

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

Berryz Koubou member and Maimi’s best friend Tokunaga Chinami shared this 2-shot with Maimi in her update on her official blog.

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

Blog update: “A present from Santa”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 12/25 blog update, titled “A present from Santa“:

Pa~rdon the intrusion
It’s Maimi Santa(1)

I’ve come with a present from ℃-ute Santa(^^)っ


Here’s the present from ℃-ute Santa↓↓ヾ(^▽^)ノ

Our 6:00PM concert on December 30th in Fukuoka…
will be broadcast on ℃-ute’s YouTube channel

Ah~ I’m really happy

Not just the people who come to the venue, but those watching online can see our concert at the end of the year in real-time too…

Last year and the year before we had a live broadcast of ℃-ute’s year-end party on the 30th,

but it seems like it’s we can’t broadcast it this year…

But we thought “Isn’t there anything we can do” So I’m all the more happy

I think there’s a lot of people spending the end of the year at their homes,

so I’ll be happy if people like that can watch it too…

In addition, we’ll have our first performance of “Kono Machi”, our new song coming out February 6th, at Fukuoka

My heart’s pounding(*´д`*)

Everyone, please accept this Christmas present from ℃-ute

Ah Speaking of presents, everyone in ℃-ute will have a Christmas present exchange on the 30th

As for me… Whose do you think I will get

Let’s make a prediction together(lol)


Alright, for some reason I think I’ll get Airi’s

It’s really just my intuition… I wonder if it’s true~

What does everyone else think~

By the way, I have a feeling…

Chisato will get the present I prepared…

Well… What do you think

I’ll be sure to report on the present exchange in this blog

…That said… I’m as excited as a child(lol)

I’m no longer the age Santa-san comes and visits~

So I’m excited for ℃-ute’s present exchange

When I was little,
my desire to see Santa-san lost to my sleepiness at about this time,

and I was sound asleep

Surely, the eyes of the children who are dreaming right now will light up when they see the presents from Santa-san~

Children’s delighted faces
Those smiles will delight Santa-san

Today’s the day when the whole town will be filled with smiles

It’s wonderful

Well then, Maimi Santa will go home now( ´∀`)/~~

Have a wonderful Christmas, everyone…


Today ℃-ute recorded the music video for “Kono Machi”

We walked a lot

We’re excited and nervous to see what the finished video will be like too

And then, after the filming was completely finished, and we opened the door to say “Good work today~“…

The staff surprised us with a Christmas cake…°・(ノД`)・°・

I was moved~

I’m really greatful

The members of ℃-ute became really excited like

“Wah~ヽ(≧▽≦)/” and swarmed the cake

There was also chicken, salads, biscuits…

It was a Christmas atmosphere

To the staff who prepared a cake in order to make ℃-ute happy… Thank you so very much

Lastly, a picture of all that happiness


Merry Christmas

Maimi Sightings for December 24th

Uesaka Sumire of “Kawaii Radio” posted this group shot featuring Maimi and fellow ℃-ute member Hagiwara Mai in an update on her official blog.

Manga artist Mori Taishi showed off a series of picture he drew of the ℃-ute memberson Twitter, including these two of Maimi. Mr. Mori didn’t think either picture actually looked like Maimi, and said she’s difficult to draw because she’s too beautiful.