Monthly Archives: January 2013

Blog update: “From mom…°・( ノД`)・°・”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 1/31 update, titled “From mom…°・( ノД`)・°・“:

Good afternoon
It’s Maimi

The weather is really nice today

It feels like spring is gradually getting closer…ヽ(´ー`)ノ

January ends today

It’s fast

Earlier, on a day when work finished early, I went shopping with my mom

We tried going to places we don’t usually go to,

and there were a lot of cute stores

“That’s cute
“This is cute

I had trouble choosing(´∀`)

As I was looking and said
“This bag is cute… Whoa This wallet is cute too,

my mom said

“Well, it’s a little early, but I’ll buy them for you as a birthday present

When I said

“Eh Really… But… There’s 2 things… Which will I get“,

she responded

“I see Well, since I didn’t get you a Christmas present last year, the wallet will be your Christmas present“…

Wow I was really happy

I thought Santa-san wouldn’t come anymore since I became an adult,

but he came in January°・(ノД`)・°・

Both of those things have become my favorite, and I’ve used them every day since then

Every day,
when I get prepared
when I take out my wallet

I think “Cute(*^_^*)”

The other members noticed quickly the day after they were bought for me,

and said “What’s this It’s super cute

I’ll use them with care

That store
There were really a lot of cute things

I also bought presents for Nacky’s birthday on February 5th,
and Mai-chan’s birthday on February 7th

I hope both of them will be delighted

It was my first time going shopping with my mom in awhile
We also went to a restaurant together and ate delicious food…

It was a really fun day o(^o^)o

Now then
While carrying my favorite bag and wallet,

I’ll leave the house in a cheerful mood today too(‘v’*)♪

Let’s have a wonderful day today

Well then, until tomorrow’s update~


Today’s pictures are

with Berryz Koubou’s Tokunaga Chinami-chan,
who I met at work the other day


And then, with Nacky, who will turn 19 soon


And then, and then
A picture of Hagi-chan, who will soon turn 17, while she’s doing her hair and make-up

She was so cute, that I took a picture while sitting next to her

And then, Chisato appeared in the background

Blog update: “Tsuri Roman wo Motomete(*^-^) ノ\”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 1/30 update, titled “Tsuri Roman wo Motomete(*^-^) ノ\“:

Good evening
It’s Maimi

I went to a filming for the TV Tokyo program
“Tsuri Roman wo Motomete”,
along with Airi and Chisato


The three of us tried fishing for spear squid

I’ve worked with the staff of “Tsuri Roman wo Motomete” countless times so far,

so I was rea~lly, rea~lly happy that I was asked to appear again

Fishing’s funヽ(≧▽≦)/

In addition, since it was Airi’s first time trying sea fishing,

it felt really fresh

Were we able to catch spear squid without any trouble…

For the results,
please be sure to check it out when it airs on February 23rd

To prepare for today’s filming, we stayed overnight yesterday

It felt like we were camping

We went to eat yakiniku for dinner with the staff

I felt like it had been awhile since I had yakinikuヽ(´ー`)ノ

It was so delicious, that I ate a lot without thinking(*^~^*)

About Chisato
She said
“My little sister recorded this“,

and showed us a video where she aimlessly wandered around the living room half-asleep ,

and it was funny, funny…(>∇<。)

Everyone laughed out loud(≧∀≦)
Chisato's really funny

The clip looked like something out of an animeヽ(≧▽≦)/

We really laughed( ´艸`)

The hotel was nearby, so everyone walked back

The stars were beautiful,
the air was clear,
it was a quiet place,

so it reminded me of my grandmother’s home…
It made me start to feel strange(^-^)

When it was time to sleep,

there was a room with beds in it,

but we took it upon ourselves to lay out our futons in a tatami room… and the 3 of us slept lined up in the order of Yaji, Chisato, and Airi

How come tatami rooms are so calming

I was bracing for it since we had to wake up really, really early today,

but Chisato’s tossing and turning was too intenseヽ(≧▽≦)/lol
Whenever Chisato hit me while turning over, it woke me up…(lol)

One time, when I looked over at Chisato when she was tossing and turning,

Chisato’s eyes suddenly opened,

and our eyes met

However, Chisato doesn’t remember that at all,

nor the time when she said
“Dance %◇♪☆〇※~” in her sleep

℃-ute had dance rehearsal yesterday,

so maybe she was seeing it again in her dream(*^.^*)

At any rate, I want to study Chisato sleeping every day

She suddenly rolled up her sleeves and made a face like “It’s hot(~^~;)”

She went “Hmmm( ̄~ ̄;)” like she was about to say something,

and watching her was funny (lol)

Here’s a picture of Chisato before she went to sleep


Alright Changing the subject, I have some announcements〓

℃-ute’s 20th single “Kono Machi” finally goes on sale in just one week

It’s been decided that there will be release commemoration mini-concerts & handshake events

on February 6th (Wed.) at 5:30PM
at Ikebukuro Sunshine City Alpa fountain plaza

and on February 7th (Thurs.) at 6:00PM
at Venus Fort church plaza

Those who have the time, please be absolutely sure to come and meet ℃-ute

In addition
Starting February 1st,
the YouTube program “UP-FRONT STATION” will be uploaded every Friday

The core of this program is music

And then, starting February 5th,
the YouTube program “Hello! Project station” will be uploaded every Wednesday

They’ll show a variety of clips on this program

Please be sure to check out the new programs

Well then
Yaji-san’s sleepy too

But first I’ve got to take a bath

Until tomorrow’s update
Good night

Blog update: “Bad thing < Good thing"

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 1/29 update, titled “Bad thing < Good thing“:

Good afternoon
It’s Maimi

My update with the announcements yesterday…〓

It seems a lot of people checked it out

Thank you very much

I was interviewed with Mano Erina-chan
for “CDJournal”

It goes on sale February 20th,

and we talk about being rain women,
we talk about Mano-chan’s graduation…

The two of us talked a lot

In addition
I was interviewed with ℃-ute
for the free paper “Confetti”

In this,
we talk about ℃-ute’s play starting on March 14th,

“Sakura no Hanataba”

Please be absolutely sure to check both out

I’m suddenly changing the subject

But earlier, on a day we had a concert in Osaka,

I bit my tongue with all of my might while eating…


My wound hits my teeth when talking or singing, and it hurts(´Д`;)

Even during meals, the time that Yaji loves… this pain interferes a little bit……(´□`)

I hope it gets better quickly…(´ヘ`;)

Something nice happened yesterday too

At night
I received a call from my close friend

It’s been a really long time

It seems she’s a~lways busy with her part-time job and college,

so though I’ll sometimes wonder
“Is she doing well“,

I’m unable to talk on the phone or text with her…

On the phone yesterday,

“Since spring break has started, I have free time now Next time Maimi has a day off, let’s hang out(‘∇’)”

she said…(*´ω`)

We’ll hang out

I became happy after hearing her voice for the first time in awhile

It had been so long since we met, that yesterday we had the conversation “When was the last time( ̄~ ̄;)”,

and it seemed like this girl had a lot of worries when we met before

So I thought

“Though there’s nothing I can do, I want to do something…

Therefore, during the time we didn’t see each other,
I worried “Is she alright“…

When we talked on the phone yesterday,
she said “I’m really happy right now

She was acting lively,
so I felt really relieved(´o`)=3

As expected, I want those important to me to be happy

Yaji is happy that she’s happy

She also said “I want to go to a ℃-ute concert“,

which made me really happy(*’-‘)

In addition,

she told me what what some of our classmates are doing now…

I was surprised that everyone had become adults(゜o゜)/

There are people who are travelling overseas by themselves…

When I wondered “Would I be able to do something like that“…


I want to go to various places overseas
Meet various people,
enjoy wonderful scenery and food…

Ah… But… if I went by myself…… I’d get discouraged en route……(;´□`)

It’s amazing

I listened to her stories
And the kids who I had the same lessons in the same classroom with, and who I ate the same school lunches as,

now everyone is walking down a different path
…I thought about it deeply

Each person has a different life

Yaji is on her own road right now too, and I’m really happy

I still have a l~ot of dreams I want to come true

But, I’m happy just having those dreams

After all… going towards those dreams, ℃-ute and team ℃-ute will become one

Everyone in team ℃-ute really gives me a lot of power

After talking to my close friend for the first time in awhile, I again felt that way…

I’m really glad we could talk again

℃-ute’s gotta do our best(・∀・´)

Today, I’ll attach pictures of everyone in ℃-ute


Well then
Yaji will continue to do her best at work

I hope that all of the precious members of team ℃-ute will continue to find happiness today…

Maimi Sightings for January 28th

Fellow ℃-ute member Hagiwara Mai shared this 3-shot of her, Maimi, and Suzuki Airi in her update today on the official ℃-ute blog.

Maimi’s best friend Berryz Koubou’s Tokunaga Chinami tweeted this 2-shot with Maimi.

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

Blog update: “check!!(・∀・)”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s second 1/28 update, titled “check(・∀・)“:

Hi again(*’-‘)
It’s Maimi

I’ve come with announcements〓

This is sudden

But we recorded 3 coupling songs

“Kono Machi (DanceGrooveVer.)”
“Hae Otoko”

for ℃-ute’s 20th single to be released on February 6th, “Kono Machi”

Each of them are covers of our senior Moritaka Chisato-san’s songs,

and “Ame” is sung solo by me, Yajima Maimi

The (Close-up Ver.) of the “Ame” music video has been uploaded to the ℃-ute channel on YouTube today
Please check here for more details↓↓

An off-shot from the filming

In addition
On March 6th,
“Music Video Collection ④ ~Cutie Visual~”

will go on sale


This includes “Kono Machi” (Hello!Project LIVE Ver.)

and the “Ame” music video as bonus footage

Please check here for details↓↓

Everyone, please be absolutely sure to check them out

Well then, sorry for dropping in suddenlyε=┌( ・_・)┘

Blog update: “Let’s Airi make-upヽ( ´ー`)ノ”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 1/28 update, titled “Let’s Airi make-upヽ( ´ー`)ノ“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

When I opened the curtains, the garden had become pure white

…It’s no wonder…

It was so cold last night,
that I woke up once during the middle of the night…

I was like “Oooh((>_<))",
pulled my blanket up and curled into a ball,
and fell back asleep shortly after(  ̄▽ ̄)

…Or should I say,
a pigeon just flew in front of Yaji’s face( ; ゜Д゜)

It crossed in front of me while I was walking,

and it was so close I was like “EekΣ(◎д◎)”,

and I stopped in my tracks( ̄◇ ̄;)

Flap, flap, flap
It was inches from my face…

It had incredible force…

Now then
We appeared at the Kyocera Dome yesterday

for the “Yamada Denki consumer electronics fair 2013 flea market” event

It seems there were a lot of people lined up since early in the morning,

and the instant we went out on stage,
without thinking,

I was like “Ooh(゜o゜)“, and I was surprised at the amount of people

There was a little kid riding on their papa’s shoulders while imitating ℃-ute’s dances

Without thinking,
I went “Aw~~( ´∀`)“,

and my face became soft

I’m happy

I wonder if there were people who were like “What’s going on” and stopped in their tracks

At any rate, I’m really grateful that we could appear at an event like this where anyone can casually watch

Yamada Denki-san
Thank you very much

And then, everyone who participated in the event, everyone who cheered for us…

Thank you very much

I think there’s already people who know because of the other members’ blogs yesterday

But yesterday, Yaji appeared at the event with Airi make-up

For some reason, I wanted to have “droopy eyes”

I said to Airi

“Tomorrow, I want Airi make-up

Since I had more free time than I usually have before events and concerts…

I wondered

“I won’t be able to do with without plenty of time like this, right

So I thought

“I have to do it tomorrow(・∀・´)”

while being taught by Airi,
Yaji mimicked her…


There are a lot of minute details, so it’s difficult…


I said “Do it for me(´ー`)”,

and Airin did my make-up for me f(^_^)

But as expected, it has to be done differently depending on the person’s face(・o・)

Yaji’s eyelid folds are thin,

but Airi’s are wide

Also, the volume of our eyelashes

So, Airi…

While saying things like “Ah… In Maimi-chan’s case, I wonder if it’d be better if I drew the eyeliner until the inner corner of her eye(・~・;)”,

she experimented and worked hard to make Yaji look cute

For Yaji’s sake…

And then, after over an hour, the completed make-up was this


I wonder if anyone can notice the difference

Yaji became really happyヽ(´ー`)ノ

I was cheerful all day long(*^-^)~

“I’ll also make my hair straight, which I rarely do for concertso(^o^)o”

I started thinking…(lol)

Well…… as a result……

I became soaked in sweat, and was really, really hot…( ̄∇ ̄;) Ahaha

Seeing Yaji and Airi cheerful,
on the way home Hagi-chan said

“Hey Next time let’s try doing Mai’s make-up too

Airi and I said
“Let’s do it, let’s do it” in high spirits

It’s fun

I want to try doing all of the members’ styles

I want to make a complete set

I wonder how much my face will change~

It’s funny

Since we can’t do it without plenty of time, I don’t know when I can do it again,

but I’ll attach more photos next time I do the other members’ make-up styles

On the way home,
everyone ate yakisoba and chahan meal boxes from 551

Yaji also bought banana juice

By the way, everyone had Starbucks

The little bit of caramel steamer Airi gave me was really delicious too

Next time I go to Starbucks, I’m ordering it(^-^)v

Oh my( ̄~ ̄;)
This update became really long


Thank you for reading it

Well then, today I’ll go in high spirits

Until tomorrow

“Ame” (Close-up Ver.)

The close-up version of the MV for Maimi’s solo cover “Ame” has been uploaded to the official ℃-ute channel on YouTube. “Ame” will be the coupling track on the Limited A and Limited B versions of ℃-ute’s single “Kono Machi”, which will be released on February 6th.

Maimi Sightings for January 27th

Fellow ℃-ute member Okai Chisato uploaded these pics of Airi and Maimi doing their make-up in her update today on the official ℃-ute blog.

Airi also shared a 2-shot with Maimi in her update today.


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

Blog update: “(`・∀・)Yaji vs Sleepiness(=_=)”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 1/27 update, titled “(`・∀・)Yaji vs Sleepiness(=_=)“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

Though Yaji was a prompt Yaji-san yesterday…

I really struggled with getting out of bed this morning(^o^;)

“Ooh… I’m sleepy……(=_=)…It’s no good……If I sleep, I won’t be able to get up again……But, I’m sleepy……(+~+)。゜……Whoa, whoa Don’t sleep Don’t sleep

Somehow or another, I was able to win(~o~)

Whew( ̄∇ ̄;)=3
It was really difficult(lol)

Now then, we had Hello! Project concerts in Osaka yesterday

Everyone who participated,
everyone who cheered for us,

thank you very much

It was fun(*^o^*)

Did everyone else enjoy it too

In the dressing room this time were
Morning Musume
Berryz Koubou
Mano Erina-chan
Mitsui Aika-chan
Miyazaki Yuka-chan
Tazaki Asahi-chan

E~veryone was in the same dressing room,
so it was really bustling

Look, look

Miyazaki-chan fixing Nakanishi Kana-chan’s hair

It was such a cute scene that I took a picture without thinking

Ah Everyone, did you see Airi’s blog yesterday

On the way home, Airi said
“Hey, lookヽ(´ー`)ノ Isn’t this cute“,

and showed me a picture of Ishida Ayumi-chan fixing Kudou Haruka-chan’s hair

“Eh(^o^) I took a picture of Miyazaki-chan doing Kananan’s hair too Look, look

I said… And when I showed Airi the (1) picture…

The two of us were like
“What’s this(・o・)

When we looked clo~ser…(・∀・)
In that first picture…

I also photographed Ishida-chan arranging Kudou-chan’s hair in the background~(lol)

We took a picture at the same time from different angles(lol)

Here’s a picture with Airi, who has the same sense as me


And then,
I also took a picture with S/mileage’s Wada Ayaka-chan, so I’ll upload it


When Yaji poked her while saying

“…(~▽~)σ poke, poke, poke, poke…”

She poked me back without saying anything…(lol)

How cute…(T_T)

Today at the Kyocera Dome,

we will appear at the “Yamada Denki consumer electronics fair 2013 & flea market”

I’ll do my best so that those who are casually passing by will stop and watch

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

Well then, I’ll head out fired-up today(^-^)

“Ame” music video in the works

As most of Maimi’s followers are aware, the Limited A and Limited B versions of ℃-ute’s upcoming single “Kono Machi” will feature Maimi’s solo cover of Moritaka Chisato’s “Ame” as the coupling track. In addition, the program listing for “GirlsNews~Hello! Project #12” has revealed that there will also be a music video made for the song, with parts from the filming to be aired on the show.

“Kono Machi” will be released on February 6th, and “GirlsNews~Hello! Project #12” will begin airing on February 3rd.

Maimi Sightings for January 26th

Fellow ℃-ute member Nakajima Saki shared these shots featuring Maimi in a couple of her entries on the official ℃-ute blog the last several days.

Fellow ℃-ute member Suzuki Airi uploaded these 2-shots with Maimi in her updates the past couple of days.

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

Blog update: “At a place like this…( 〃▽〃)”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 1/26 update, titled “At a place like this…( 〃▽〃)“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

Yesterday we had the Hello! Project concert in Osaka

A lot of people came even though it was a weekday, so I was really happyヾ(^▽^)ノ

Thank you very much
To the people who couldn’t participate but cheered for us too, thank you

It’s rare having a concert on a weekday in Osaka, so having only one performance at night felt a little odd

Today we will have 3 performances, though(・∀・´)

I can enjoy today with all of my might

Now then, since last night, I’ve been doing everything quickly, if I do say so myself

I took a bath as soon as I arrived at the hotel, and went to bed around 11:30PM

And when I woke up, I continued in hurried mode

I put on my make-up
I ate breakfast
I made my hair…

I’m moving at a better pace than usual

Just thanks to that, I’ve been in a good mood this morning

That’s right
Since yesterday, Airi has been near me playing “Animal Crossing” on the DS

The new “Animal Crossing” is amazing

You can dive into the ocean and ride a boat

You couldn’t do things like that in the one I played back in the day

Airi-san looks like she’s really, really addicted…

A place like “Animal Crossing”,

where the stars are beautiful
there’s an ocean
there’s a lot of flora
the residents are friendly

……Yaji wants to go somewhere like that…

Or should I say…(^-^)
I want to live in “Animal Crossing”

Though it’s a world inside a game… It’s a really ideal place

I finished my preparations early, so now I have free time…

I’ll work on some drawings that are nearing their deadline φ(..)

Well, until tomorrow


With Berryz Koubou’s Kumai Yurina-chan

With S/mileage’s Katsuta Rina-chan

With Nacky
…It’s blurry

Blog update: “SALE(^-^)”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 1/25 update, titled “SALE(^-^)“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

Yesterday we had a photoshoot for the April edition of “JUNON”, which will go on sale February 23rd

I’m really happy that they’re having us appear again

We’re always, always indebted to “JUNON”,

and yesterday the staff gave us l~ots of treats

The strawberry pudding and peanut donuts were really, really delicious

After the photoshoot, all of ℃-ute went to a ramen restaurant

↑The image quality is poor though…(゜o゜;;

It feels like it’s been awhile since I went to eat with everyone…

It was calming

Speaking of food
I went to eat with this girl the other day


Berryz Koubou’s Tokunaga Chinami-chan

After work was over, she said

“Let’s go get shabu-shabu

I’ve gone to shabu-shabu 3 times with China (lol)

Chinami, how addicted are you…

Well I love shabu-shabu too, so I welcomed the opportunity

After our stomachs were full, the two of us went shopping

There was a sale going on, and Chinami got an additional 10% off on a coat that was already half-price

That she was able to buy a coat that cute at that price… I was surprised(゜o゜)/

Yaji also bought some spring clothes at a different store, and the instant that Yaji lined-up for the register, a time sale started…

I was really, really luckyヾ(^▽^)ノ

But, it’s still a little while before I can wear those clothes

Yaji is wishy-washy, so when I go shopping with someone
I think “Ah I’m making them wait“,
and get worried

However, China will say things like

“This looks better on Yaji-san


“This would go well with a belt“,

so I don’t have to hesitate with her

I can have a smooth shopping experience(^o^)


Now then
The photoshoot just finished

I took a 2-shot with Morning Musume’s Sayashi Riho-chan for the first time in awhile, so I’ll attach it


From here are the Hello! Project concerts in Osaka

I’m excited

I’ve been itching to have a concert(^o^;)

I’ll enjoy today with all my might

Well then, to Osaka

Blog update: “First handshake event of the year in Sendai(^-^) 人(^-^)”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 1/24 update, titled “First handshake event of the year in Sendai(^-^) 人(^-^)“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

First, I have a correction to make…
The ski class I wrote about in yesterday’s blog… was 8 years ago

I wrote… 6 years ago…(・・;)

I’d be 18 now, if that were the case

I saw “H.17” on the bottom of the picture, and mistook it for “2007”…

I’m sorry
Yajima is 20-years old(^o^;)

Yesterday I went to Sendai with Nacky and Mai


It’s my first time going to Sendai in awhile…

I thought “A~~h This is what Sendai Station is like“, and started feeling nostalgic as soon as we arrived

We had radio recordings and an interview with Kahoku news…

At night,
we had the release commemoration pre-order & handshake event for “Kono Machi”, our new song coming out on February 6th

First, we talked about the coupling tracks for “Kono Machi”, “Hae Otoko” and “Ame”,

and next was a question corner

When we were asked

“Have you eaten anything delicious in Sendai“,

I declared “I will eat ox tongue tonight“…

Just as I said I would…

I ate it

Ox tongue


As expected of Sendai’s ox tongue

It was really delicious

Not too long ago, I didn’t like ox tongue…

But recently I’ve been able to eat it

I never thought the day would come when I’d think “Delicious” when eating ox tongue…

Even though my stomach hurt from being full, it was so delicious that it was a shame to leave any remaining,

so I ate it a~ll(≧∀≦)

Normally I’m a glutton So recently I put a “eat a normal amount strategy” into action,

but I feel like yesterday’s ox tongue caused my stomach to remember its original capability…

That’s not good…( ̄▽ ̄;)

I’ll do my best again starting today

At the handshake event,
there were really a lot of people we met for the first time

After the handshake event was over,
when we asked “Who here met us for the first time today“,

all at once,

everyone’s hands shot up…

I was surprised by how many there were

I’m sorry we couldn’t come here often until now
I’m happy we could meet…

The smiles of everyone who said things like

“I’ve a~lways wanted to meet you
and “This is my first time seeing you in person“…
I was really happy

And then, there were also a lot of people who came to Sendai specifically for this

For Yaji, yesterday was the first handshake event of 2013…

“As expected, the handshake events where I can hear everyone’s feelings first-hand are fun…
I thought

Those who are saying

“Though I wanted to participate, I couldn’t“…

I hope we can meet at your neighborhood next time…

At any rate, going to Sendai again for the first time in awhile…
It was a really wonderful day

Thank you very much

All 5 members of ℃-ute will come to Sendai on May 6th next time

Yesterday was just a talk event and handshake event,

but next time is a ℃-ute concert

I’ll do my best at the rehearsal for the spring tour too

I hope a lot of people will personally experience a ℃-ute concert


All of ℃-ute has a photoshoot,

and we’ll practice the choreography for “Hae Otoko” o(^-^o)

With the power I got from over-eating yesterday,
I will dance a lot and explode today(・∀・´)

Well then, all the best, everyone

Until tomorrow(^з^)/

Maimi Sightings for January 23rd

Fellow ℃-ute member Nakajima Saki shared these 3-shots with Maimi and Hagiwara Mai in her update today on the official ℃-ute blog.

Likewise, Mai shared another 3-shot of the threesome in her update.


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