Monthly Archives: December 2012

Blog update: “Christmas Eve”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 12/24 blog update, titled “Christmas Eve“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

Today is Christmas Eve day…

I wonder what kind of Christmas Eve everyone will have…

As for me…

Hehehe(*´ω`)

I will spend Christmas Eve with ℃-ute

We will record the music video for “Kono Machi”, our new song coming out on February 6th

Music videos are something that will last forever…

So filming a music video on Christmas Eve is wonderful

Ah That’s right

We had planned to have a Christmas present exchange with everyone in ℃-ute today…

There were girls who didn’t have time to buy a present,

so instead we will have it on the 30th, the day of ℃-ute’s concert in Fukuoka

Ah~(≧ω≦)
There are a lot of things I’m excited for on the 30th…

First, I’m so happy that we can end 2012 with a concertヽ(≧▽≦)/

On top of that, it’s been a really long time since we’ve had a ℃-ute concert in Fukuoka

Spending the end of the year excited like this… I’m happy

Now then
We had the Osaka performances of our Christmas event “CutieLand 7″ yesterday

Among those who participated, there were a lot of people who said things like

“This is the last time we can meet this year

and “This is the last time we can talk directly at a handshake event this year…”

and “Thanks for everything this year

and “Let’s keep in touch next year too

Ah…… Those are my lines…(T^T)

When I think that 2012, a year in which I made a variety of memories, will be over in a week, I become a little lonely…

But, the reason that it seems like this year was full of happiness, is because all of team ℃-ute was there

Please continue to support us for the final week

Well then
Here are yesterday’s pictures…

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Chocolate cake I won by lottery at the first performance( ̄v ̄)Yay

Everyone gobbled it up

It was rea~lly, really delicious…(*´д`*)

I can’t believe I ever disliked chocolate

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The second performance

There was a game of Russian roulette where we each ate one of seven cream puffs, and if each member ate a normal cream puff,

or if one of the members ate the one cream puff filled with mustard, but endured it and acted like it was delicious,

we’d get a prize

Thanks to Airi admirally enduring the mustard creme puff with a delighted face,

we were given another Christmas cake

This cake also disappeared into our stomachs after the performance…

There were a lot of fruits on it, so this cake was delicious too…

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Lastly, a picture of all of ℃-ute together, daccha

(↑During the second performance, I was chosen to have to say “daccha” at the end of everything

Our outfits this time had a Christmas present motif, daccha

Tehehe( ´艸`)

Perhaps, tonight( ̄ー ̄)

℃-ute Santa might deliver a present to everyone…… cha (lol)

I have to be careful not to fall and get my face covered in soot when I peek down the chimney…ε=┌( ・_・)┘

Well then, I’ll do my best so that it becomes a wonderful music video(・∀・´)

Everyone, have a wonderful Christmas Eve…

-Bonus-

The “CutieLand 7″ setlist

1. Sakura Chirari (2012 Shinsei Naru Ver.)

《Corner 1》
Which should I ℃hoose

It’s a corner where we choose the box we like from amongst a lot of presents, and we get what’s inside
However, sometimes there is an order inside instead of a present, and we have to follow that order

《Corner 2》
Yokohama performances: One member has to do a comedic play or routine with Jou Jou Gundan-san(゜o゜)\(-_-)

Osaka performances: One members has to do a comedic play with Niranger-san(゜o゜)\(-_-)

2.★Akogare My STAR★

《”Surprise the members” project》 What’s the next song

It was a corner where one song was chosen from a selection of 10, which the staff kept secret from us

We didn’t know which song would be chosen, so I was nervous each time

3. Aitai Lonely Christmas
4. Maasara Blue Jeans (2012 Shinsei Naru Ver.)
5. Wakkyanai(Z) (2012 Shinsei Naru Ver.)

Everyone who cheered for us even though they unfortunately couldn’t participate…

Thank you very much too

P.S.

I was typing my update for an hour and a half…

When I finished and went to uploaded it…

I deleted it

You’ve gotta be kidding me…

(゜Д゜;≡)

Yaji was frozen in shock for awhile…

Though I felt like my heart would break, I finished typing it again(T^T)

I casually saw my horoscope while watching TV…

Aquarius… had the lowest ranking…(´□`)

…I agree.

Even though it’s Christmas Eve~

It’s alright(・~・)
It’s alright

I won’t lose even though I have the lowest ranking( ̄^ ̄)

I’ll have a wonderful day today too

Maimi Sightings for December 23rd

Fellow ℃-ute member Suzuki Airi shared this picture of two of this season’s most sought after Christmas presents 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: “Christmas event”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 12/23 update, titled “Christmas event“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

We had the Christmas event “CutieLand 7″ yesterday in Yokohama

Even though there were 3 performances,

it was over in the blink of an eye

This time, the staff said to us

“We want everyone in ℃-ute to enjoy it too, so leave everything to us and have fun“,

and the details of the event were kept a secret from us

Therefore, the members of ℃-ute were wondering
“What kind of event will it be(・・?”…(・ー・?)

But… it was really, really fun

I tried doing a comedic play with Jou Jou Gundan-san during yesterday’s first performance(゜o゜)\(-_-)

I was considerably nervous

But after it was over, I thought “It was fun~“…

In addition, there was a surprise letter from my mom…

Or rather, it was a list of everyday things she notices called

“I want you to cut it out“…

Well~… I see~…(;・-・)

I can’t say anything~…m(__)m

A while ago Airi and I got excited having the conversation

“Our moms get mad at us for similar things…

When I talked to my mom on the phone last night, she told me that her and Airi’s mother got carried away talking about it too…(lol)

There were other surprises in addition to that, and I got flustered since they happened suddenly…o(T△T=T△T)o

I got pastries and a wristwatch as a Christmas present during one of the corners…〓\(^o^)/

Anyway, there were a variety of things~

I’m really grateful to the staff who made a lot of plans while keeping it secret from us

I think there’s people who unfortunately couldn’t participate yesterday,

but yesterday’s event will become a DVD later

So when it goes on sale, please be sure to check it out, everyone

A~lright
Today we have the Osaka performances of “CutieLand 7

I’ll have a fun day with all of the fans again today

-Pictures-

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Strawberry milk tapioca,
which we were given as treats
I love tapicoa, so I became really excited~(*≧∀≦)

It’s a 2-shot with Airi, who is getting her hair and make-up done

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Next is a crepe that Chisato got during a corner
She got 5 of them, so she shared them with everyoneヽ(´ー`)ノ

The caramel banana crepe was delicious

Thanks Chisato~

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Last are these cute things I found outside our dressing room…

The moment I found them I said “What’re these They’re cute“, and my eyes became hearts

Snowman Santa-san Reindeer

Christmas is nice

Maimi Sightings for December 22nd

Fellow ℃-ute member Hagiwara Mai shared this 2-shot with Maimi in her update on the official ℃-ute blog recounting their date together yesterday.

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

The official ℃-ute Facebook page uploaded this group shot of the girls in their outfits from ℃-ute’s Christmas event.

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

Blog update: “Hagi-date(^-^) 人(^-^)”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 12/22 blog update, titled “Hagi-date(^-^) 人(^-^)“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

I~t’s ra~ini~ng(;¬_¬)Ⅲ
It’s the perfect conditions for me today( ̄ー+ ̄ rain girl)

Yesterday, we had a considerable amount of free time between jobs,

so Hagi-chan and I went to see the movie “Kyou, Koi wo Hajimemasu”

I’ve gone to see movies with Hagi-chan the most…

Surprisingly, Hello! Project trainee Kaneko Rie-chan appeared in the movie

The two of us had no idea, so we were both like “Ah Kaneko-chan(゜o゜)!!”

There was a scene that made me want to go to a planetarium too~

Takei Emi-san’s character “Tsubaki” kept tugging on my heart

The scene where she’s squatting down in a polar bear outfit… Hagi and I both said “Too cute“…(*´д`*)lol

After the movie, the two of us ate

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We talked about a variety of things, so time flew by

Hagi-chan, let’s achieve our dream of ℃-ute performing at the Nihon Budoukan

When I got home and decided
“A~lright I’ll get in the bath“,

there were yuzu floating in the bath

It seems my mom put them there because it was the winter solstice yesterday

I’ve had the scent of yuzu all day today (lol)

A~lright
There are performances of our yearly Christmas event “CutieLand 7″ today and tomorrow

Ah… My heart is pounding for some reason…

We can’t spend Christmas day with everyone,

so I want to make up for it with a fun 2 days…

℃-ute Santa… Let’s go see everyone

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-Bonus-

My manager and I had dessert after eating at a restaurant the other day

There were 2 desserts we both wanted to eat,

so we decided

“Let’s each order one and then share

Being able to enjoy 2 tastes… What a luxury

When looking at just this picture… I look like a really gluttonous person who is hogging the desserts…

Well… I am really gluttonous though…

Blog update: “Elizabethan Aroma(* ´д`*)”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 12/21 blog update, titled “Elizabethan Aroma(* ´д`*)“:

Good evening
It’s Maimi

Rehearsal for the Christmas event “CutieLand 7″ finished earlier than planned yesterday

And we had free time until the singing lessons for our new song “Kono Machi”,

so all of ℃-ute went to a cafe to kill time…

We listened to each other’s favorite songs~

Though Nacky, Airi, and Mai were at the same table,

they communicated to each other with the cellphone app “LINE”…(lol)

You can send voice messages with “LINE” too~…(゜o゜;)

What an amazing world we live in~(´ー`)

This is completely unrelated,

but right now Aroma (my pet dog) is wearing an Elizabethan collar

Actually, Aroma was in the hospital until several days ago because of a tumor in her stomach

The surgery was a success,
and the result of her exam yesterday was that the tumor was benign, so I was relieved

The day she came back from the surgery, her wound looked painful, and I felt sorry for her…

Enduring the pain with that small body… She became even more dear to me

When she returned home after a long time, her tail was wagging as if nothing had happened

But seeing her cheerfulness made me feel
“Aroma~~ You did well~

An Elizabethan collar is something you put on their neck so they don’t lick their wounds from surgery,

and when she’s wearing one, it seems she has a lot of inconveniences like not being able to go up the stairs or jump onto the bed…

When I get ready in the morning, Cologne (Aroma’s mother) and Aroma always follow me,

but Aroma can’t go up the stairs, so she stops at the bottom…(´□`)

“I’ll be back in a second, so wait here

I said to her before going up, but soon after I heard whining from below…

Cologne, who always fights with her, started feeling sorry for her,

and appealed to me “Aroma is… Aroma is…

She ran to Aroma’s side like

“Over here… Over here“,

and looked back at me with a face that looked like she was saying

“Aren’t you going to follow her properly“…

How wonderful… the love of a parent and child

Earlier, when I was on the phone in my room, I heard Aroma’s whining from below my bed…
“Ah, please wait a second…

I picked Aroma up and put her on my bed,

then continued my phone call

“Sorry about that… I’m back…”,

but immediately Aroma started to pace around on my blanket like “I want to get down“,

so I said “I’m sorry…(-“-;) Can you hold on again?”,

and let Aroma down from the bed┓( ̄∇ ̄;)┏ Sigh (lol)

Even after the Elizabethan collar comes off, she’ll be a handful

Aroma is normally the princess of our house,

but she’s become even more so(lol)

But I’m glad that Aroma returned home safely and life has returned to normal~

Here’s a picture of Aroma on New Year’s day this year(´ー`)

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She’s sleeping soundly…

Ah… I wrote this much in the morning, but I’m sending it this late

Today I had a date with Hagi-chan in between jobs

I’ll write about that in tomorrow’s update

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A shot with Hagi-chan from the photoshoot of next year’s calendar

Lastly,
a bonus picture of me and Mitsui Aika-chan

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Until tomorrow’s update~(^-^)/~

Maimi Sightings for December 20th

Fellow ℃-ute members Suzuki Airi (picture 1) and Nakajima Saki (pictures 2 and 3) shared these shots featuring Maimi 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: “Made it on time~( ;・o・) =3”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 12/20 blog update, titled “Made it on time~( ;・o・) =3“:

Good afternoon
It’s Maimi

Today’s weather is really nice…
It feels good~(*´∀`)

Today I finally finished all the drawing I was assigned~ヽ(´ー`)ノ

Heh I feel a sense of accomplishment

The drawings are the illustrations and comments that are put on goods

I already had drawings to do for February of next year, and the deadline is tomorrow(゜Д゜)Ⅲ

I was worried “Will I finish on time~O(><;)(;><)O”,

but thankfully I was able to

And also
Yesterday my solo DVD “Chelsie” went on sale
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There were people who wrote “I watched it~” in the comments…

Thank you very much

It was my first time working with this particular stylist, and they made my hair and make-up unlike anything I’ve had before

As I looked at the mirror while getting my make-up applied, I thought “A person’s make-up and hairstyle can change their atmosphere like this~“, and became really interested in it(・o・)lol

When they were finished, I was a more mature Yajima Maimi than usual

Not just my make-up, but the outfits and the lighting…

In order to draw out a new Yajima Maimi, a lot of people discussed and decided a variety of things

I’m really grateful

Since a lot of people were working together like that to create this DVD,

I thought “I’ve gotta do my best too“, and was a little nervous each time we filmed

If those who’ve watched it think “I was able to see a new Yajima Maimi again”,

I’ll be happy…

A~lright
Today we have rehearsal for

“CutieLand 7″,

this weekend’s Christmas event

We traditionally have this event every year, and this year is the 7th~

So far, we’ve appeared in a variety of outfits at this Christmas event, like

Santa-san,
a reindeer,
a snowman,
a Christmas tree…

What kind of outfit do you think we’ll appear in this year…

Hehehe

Well then, I’ll do my best today while fired up

p.s.

The bakery I just visited was selling Santa-san bread~

It was so cute that I wanted to buy it

But it was considerably big, so I stopped

Ah~ I wanted to show everyone too…(´・ω・`)

-Bonus pictures-

Off-shots from when we went to Yamagata to film for TV Tokyo’s
“Hello! SATOYAMA Life”

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Maimi covers Moritaka’s “Ame”

In an update on his official blog, Hello! Project producer Tsunku♂ wrote in detail about ℃-ute’s upcoming 20th single, a cover of Moritaka Chisato’s “Kono Machi” (“This Town”). One of the new pieces of information he revealed is that one of the single’s coupling tracks, a cover of Moritaka Chisato’s “Ame” (“Rain”), will be a solo by Maimi. “Ame” will be the coupling track on the Limited A and Limited B releases of the CD, which comes out on February 6th, one day before Maimi’s birthday.

Blog update: “‘Kono Machi'(*uvu)”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 12/19 blog update, titled ““Kono Machi”(*uvu)~“:

Good evening
It’s Maimi

Today, I want to share ℃-ute’s feelings about our 20th single,

a cover of Moritaka Chisato-san’s “Kono Machi”,

so I’ll write about the single again in today’s blog

On March 11th, 2013, it will be a full 2 years since the Tohoku earthquake.

After the earthquake, Moritaka Chisato-san’s “Kono Machi” received several messages like these.

“The first step towards rebuilding is to love your hometown.”

“A region’s unity and love of their hometown is needed to stand back up after a disaster.”

“Still, I love this town, because I was born here… My tears are falling” etc…

Even now the rebuilding isn’t finished, and I see people living in discomfort and people who continue to help in the rebuilding on the news.

After the earthquake, we had fund-raising activities for the people in the affected areas with all of our fans at our concerts and events.

What we can do to help is probably small.

But we did things anyways, because we wanted to be as helpful as possible.

Amongst those, it was decided that ℃-ute will since “Kono Machi”.

2 years after the earthquake.
Through this song, we in ℃-ute hope to deliver the love that everyone who lives in the stricken areas and everyone who continues to help across the country have for their hometowns.

Moritaka-san’s original lines during the speaking part were in the Kumamoto dialect,

and they’ve been remade for the 2013 version of “Kono Machi” which ℃-ute will sing

We’ll probably have a new version for each place we perform it during our tours and events

Each member is praying for the rebuilding of the affected areas, and we will put our hearts into our milestone 20th single and sing it for everyone who thinks of their hometown

I hope “Kono Machi” reaches the entire country…

Blog update: “Hot(* ´∀`)”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 12/18 blog update, titled “Hot(* ´∀`)“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

There were a lot of heart-warming and moving episodes from the concert venue in everyone’s comments

There was one earlier for me too
I witnessed a heart-warming scene…

It was raining on the day of my solo event…

Everyone put their umbrellas in vinyl covers and participated in the event

When I was seeing everyone off with handshakes after the event,

someone had dropped their umbrella’s vinyl cover…

The entire time I was concerned “Ah~ A bag was dropped over there~“(゜o゜;)

Then, someone who I had just finished shaking hands with noticed the bag like “Ah“, and picked it up quickly even though it wasn’t their trash

How wonderful~ I thought

That was something I saw by chance,

and I’m really happy that episodes like that are happening in places we don’t know about too

Everyone in team ℃-ute’s warmth probably comes from that thoughtfulness

We’re supported by all those wonderful people~

Thank you so very much

I want to continue to have wonderful and warm events and concerts overflowing with consideration and friendship with e~veryone

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Now then
Changing the subject,
℃-ute’s play “Sakura no Hanataba”
has been decided for March

We had a photoshoot for the flier yesterday,

and they told us the general story and each of our roles

My role is like
“Oh Like that, huh“, and has a premise unlike any so far

The performance is still a ways off, but it’s my first play with everyone in ℃-ute in awhile
So I want a lot of people to see it

Afterwards, we had rehearsal for next year’s Hello! Project New Year’s concert

When we perform in front of everyone, it will already be 2013…

So that it’ll become a wonderful start to the year I will work hard with everyone in Hello! Project at rehearsal

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A picture with Berryz Koubou’s Kumai Yurina-chan

And then
Tomorrow is finally the release date for my solo DVD “Chelsie”

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Everyone, please be absolutely sure to check it out

A~lright
I’ll go fired up today too

I’m o~ff

Blog update: “20th°・( ノД`)・°・”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 12/17 blog update, titled “20th°・( ノД`)・°・“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

Ah~
The second day of concerts in Osaka was as fun as can be, too~

Everyone who participated,
everyone who cheered for us even though you couldn’t participate…

Thank you very much

Osaka-native and Hello! Project trainee Uemura Akari-chan also appeared at the Osaka performances

Thanks for livening up ℃-ute’s concerts with us~

Hey…( ̄▽ ̄;)

Right now……

My abs…

They’re sore…

It hurts just walking, so I’ve been walking while holding my stomach for awhile( ̄∇ ̄;)

Aaaaah~ It’s considerably intense(°∇°;)lol

Everyone who participated, are your muscles sore too

Those who are saying “They’re so~re“…

Let’s do our best and endure it together

Now that the Osaka performances are finished, all that remains of the ℃-ute tour this year are the Fukuoka performances

Thanks to everyone’s support, this tour was decided in a hurry, so there are less performances than our normal tours,

but I’ll stand on stage while taking in all the happiness each performance

Yeah I was rea~lly happy yesterday too~~

Just remembering everyone’s smiles has made me happy again right now

We announced something on stage yesterday

The release of ℃-ute’s 20th single has been decided

It’s been 20 singles since “Sakura Chirari”, huh~

It’s a deeply moving feeling

Our 20th single is a cover of Moritaka Chisato-san’s song

“Kono Machi”

It goes on sale February 6th

The recording and cover photoshoot are already finished,

and earlier Nacky sent me an off-shot from the photoshoot that she had drawn some cute decorations on

Tada
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I’m rea~lly happy

Our “Kono Machi”
What

It will debut at the December 30th performances in Fukuokaq(`・∀・´q)

Ah~
My heart is pounding

So that people think “℃-ute’s ‘Kono Machi’ is wonderful“,

I’ll do my best at the dance and singing lessons

A~lright
It’s raining here

I won’t lose to the rain
I won’t lose to muscle pain

I’ll go cheerfully today too

Until tomorrow~

-Bonus pictures-

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A picture taken yesterday with Hagi-chan

It’s almost Christmas,

so I wore the t-shirt from last year’s Christmas event during our lesson

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A picture with Chisato from the day before yesterday

Chisato loves the character “Jiji” from the movie “Kiki’s Delivery Service”,

so she’s using a Jiji pencase made with fluffy material,

and she said to that pencase

“Let’s sleep together tonight(lol)

How cute~

Maimi Sightings for December 16th

Fellow ℃-ute member Nakajima Saki uploaded this 2-shot with Maimi in her entry on the official ℃-ute blog today.

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

Blog update: “Concert in Osaka~\(^o^) /”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 12/16 blog update, titled “Concert in Osaka~\(^o^) /“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

Morning has arrived in Osaka(つд`)

℃-ute has come to Osaka for our tour

Ah~
Yesterday was really, really exciting

First, everyone shouting

“Oi!! Oi!!”

before the concert made me excited(☆▽☆ )

When I was standing backstage in standby, Nacky and I said “What amazing intensity(>_<)” and were moved

Once the concert started, time passed in the blink of an eye…

In the venue, there were papas holding their babies(*´∀`)

There were also female elementary school students…

I was really happy~

As always, all the girls’ voices were loud

And all the men’s intensity was amazing(T^T)

During the second performance,
I was also able to see some people who came from abroad

I want ℃-ute to become a group that is loved by people regardless of age-group and gender

So I’m really happy that the number of people like that who are coming is increasing

I could see each and every person’s smile clearly from stage

Seeing everyone enjoying themselves made me really happy…

“Ah You there, smile more Smile more~ Show me your smile~

I thought

And then, when those who looked serious also smiled,

I thought “Yes~ヽ(≧▽≦)/” and became really happy

In the tour this time, the song and the member who sings the solo song changes daily,

and last night it was my turn~

I was moved by the red glowsticks that lit up the venue

Thank you very much

When I think we’ll have another one of those fun concerts today, I can’t stop getting excited…

I’ll have a wonderful and hot time with everyone today too p(`・∀・)p

Thankfully, tickets for yesterday’s and today’s performances in Osaka were SOLD OUT, so I think there are people who wanted to come but couldn’t too,

but we’ll receive the power from all of them too

So I want to have a concert where our power reaches everyone

Ah That’s right

After the performances were over yesterday, everyone went out to eat

I laughed a lo~t yesterday~(≧∀≦)
I laughed so much that my stomach hurt and my eyes teared up~(>∀<。)

It's really fun eating with everyone

I’m tired from laughing, though (lol)

Alright
I’ll go fired up today too

Have a wonderful day everyone…

-Pictures-

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With ℃-ute~

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Brown sugar soy flour milk pudding we were given as treats

It was so delicious that my cheeks felt like they were going to fall off~

Maimi Sightings for December 15th

Fellow ℃-ute member Hagiwara Mai uploaded this picture of Maimi in her update on the official ℃-ute blog on the 14th. Mai wrote that she heard a loud noise as she was preparing to leave after work, and when she looked she saw that Maimi had broken off the doorknob.

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Fellow ℃-ute member Okai Chisato shared this sweaty 2-shot with Maimi in an update on the official ℃-ute blog.

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The Otona no Mugicha theater troupe’s blog uploaded this pic of Maimi and Chinami from behind the scenes at the play “Sugar Spot”.

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