Monthly Archives: January 2013

Blog update: “Fukushima・Sendai(^-^)”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 1/23 update, titled “Fukushima・Sendai(^-^)“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

Yesterday, everyone in ℃-ute except for me had a handshake event at Kooriyama in Fukushima

It seems they delivered my feelings to the people of Fukushima too…

I’m grateful

They also had TV and radio appearances, and interviews… Thank you very much for your hard work…

Speaking of Kooriyama…
I stayed there with my mom once when I was a first year student in middle school

There was a Hello! Project concert the day before, and it was the first day of ski lessons in middle school

Our company had a policy of “during compulsory education, school takes priority”,

but for us in ℃-ute, who hadn’t had our major debut yet,

we didn’t have the experience of solo concerts, so the Hello! Project concerts presented an amazing chance…

Therefore, I didn’t want to be absent no matter what…

I asked my manager, and they contacted my school, so I was allowed to appear in the concert

After the concert was over, my mom drove me directly to Fukushima from the place where we all split up

Again, I feel I have to be grateful to a lot of people…

We arrived in Fukushima late at night, and as one would expect, it was too late to meet up with everyone,

so my mom and I stayed overnight in Kooriyama

And then, first thing in the morning on the next day, I got together with everyone and enjoyed ski camp

……Wo~w It brings back a lot of memories

Wh, WHOA Σ(゜д゜!!)
Just now, when I looked at the group picture (←…Since it was taken on the first day of lessons, Yaji doesn’t appear in it), I noticed something surprising…

The date was…
January 23rd 6 years ago… That’s todayΣ(゜□゜;)

What a coincidence

That I stayed the night in Kooriyama that day… 6 years ago today… Yaji was in Fukushima

Fukushima prefecture… I’m much obliged for 6 years ago(lol)

In addition, when I went to Yamagata for the TV Tokyo program “Hello! SATOYAMA Life” last year,

I passed through Kooriyama on the bullet train

I thought “Ah This is where I stayed with mother before” back then too…

It’s unfortunate that I couldn’t go yesterday, but it’s a place packed with memories for me

Yesterday, I had a photoshoot for the play announced several days ago and which will start May 31st, “Taklimakan”

I didn’t meet everyone, but I met the writer & director Hata Takehiko-san, who I worked with on the play “Ran”,

and the “Ran” co-stars and staff for the first time in awhile

I thought “It’ll be a wonderful play(・∀・´)” and got fired-up again

And then, and then
Today, I’m going to Sendai with Nacky and Mai

All of ℃-ute went to Sendai in 2008 when we sang the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles fight song “Koero! Rakuten Eagles”

When we sang “Koero! Rakuten Eagles” in the middle of K-Stadium Miyagi, it was so big that I was really, really nervous

I was really happy that we could sing our song and perform our dance for everyone who came to watch the game

In addition, I got to try being the public announcer for the first time in my life

Watching the game with everyone in ℃-ute is a really, really fun memory tooヾ(^▽^)ノ

I’ve also gone to Sendai for concerts and campaigns

This spring (May 6th) we’ll have a concert in Sendai for the first time in awhile too

I’m really looking forward to it now

Sendai……
Though Airi and Chisato can’t participate today, the 3 of us will deliver those two’s feelings

E~veryone in Sendai
We’re coming to meet you right now
Please wait for us

Well then, all aboa~rd

Blog update: “China photo studio(= ゜ω゜)ノ”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 1/22 update, titled “China photo studio(= ゜ω゜)ノ“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

Ooooh(>_<)
It's cold this morning

Everyone, please stay warm when you go out

I wonder, how many people saw the second picture yesterday and noticed it~

We received the news “Treats have arrived“,

and Chinami (Berryz Koubou’s Tokunaga Chinami) said “Yaji-san, they said treats are here Let’s go get some“,

and Yaji replied “Yeah(^-^) Let’s go, let’s go~

And then, in spite of going and getting the treats together…

When we returned to the dressing room,

and I said “Chii, Chii Let’s take a picture of them“,

she replied “I already ate all of mine~f(^_^;)”…

EHH!!ヽ(゜ロ゜;)ノ

When did you eat it?(゜Д゜)

There was a treat on the plate a moment before…

but now it’s completely cleaned off…w=(゜o゜)=w

China-san…… You’re the best, as expected(^^;;
You eat too fast…ヾ(・o・;)lol

In addition, look
She appears in my picture like this (lol)

(1)

And then, she sleeps like this…(lol)

(2)

It was a rare opportunity, so I took a 2-shot( ̄▽ ̄)

(3)

Haha(~▽~@)♪♪♪
Isn’t it delightful!!

And then
Changing the subject,
we had a break between jobs earlier,

so I went to eat with Airi for the first time in awhile

When I was in high school, I often met up with Airi on the way home from school and went out to eat with her…

But recently we haven’t at all…

I’d go to Airi’s place, and Airi’s mama would make smoothies for us

Therefore, when we went out to eat yesterday,

we were like “Whoa It’s been a long time(lol)

After eating, we went shopping for a little bit…

But in the end, neither of us bought anything…

Ah
But it was a really fun time(^-^)v

Let’s go and eat again

Now then, today everyone in ℃-ute is in Fukushima

Yaji can’t go, but please do your best for me too

Everyone participating in the handshake event in Fukushima today…

Please receive Yaji’s feelings from the other 4 members

I hope Yaji can go to Fukushima someday too~

Well then… Please have a wonderful day today

Until tomorrow~~

Blog update: “Fumbled…°・( ノД`)・°・”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 1/21 update, titled “Fumbled…°・( ノД`)・°・“:

Good afternoon
It’s Maimi

Today’s weather is nice and warm( ´∀`)

However, there’s still some snow from several days ago around my house( ´艸`)

Yesterday we had Hello! Project concerts in Nagoya

Everyone who came
Everyone who cheered for us even though they couldn’t participate
Thank you very much

(1)
Everyone always gathers about 10 minutes before the concert to get fired-up,

and when I arrived at stand-by too early, Berryz Koubou’s Shimizu Saki-chan and Mano Erina-chan were already there(゜o゜)/

Both of them get ready quickly

Yesterday’s concert was really fun too…

But… I made an unthinkable mistake yesterday

During the current concert, we perform “Kono Machi”, our new song going on sale February 6th,

and during “Kono Machi” there are spoken lines,

and the contents of those lines changes depending on where we’re performing

The original line is
“The cafe where I often had lunch with my friends”…

Yesterday, in Nagoya,
the plan was to say
“The cafe where I often had kishimen with my friends”…

(↑”Eating kishimen at a cafe( ̄◇ ̄;)”… Don’t ask me f(^^;)…)

At the performance…
The interlude got closer,

and the words that came out of my mouth were……

“The casse where I often had kisomen with my friends”……

(゜Д゜;≡;゜Д゜)

Why……??(>_<;)

Something different than was what in my head came out on its own

This is… what’s called “fumbling”…

As soon as we got backstage,

I said to Nacky

“I fumbled over my words~(>_<。)“…

And she replied

“Right~ What were you saying(゜o゜;) Saki heard and thought ‘Right Right‘, but then I was like

…………………

‘HUH?? Σ(°◇°?)’“…

Surely everyone in the audience reacted like that too O(><;)(;><)O

Ah~~
It was the long-awaited Nagoya version

I’m sorry

I have to practice my lines so I can say them perfectly next week in Osaka…(´□`)

That’s right
In addition to the concert in Osaka next week,

℃-ute will appear at the “Yamada Denki consumer electronics fair 2013 & flea market in Kyocera Dome Osaka”
on the 27th

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

And then,

it’s been decided that I will appear in the play

Hata-gumi vol. 5
“Taklimakan”

Here are the details〓↓↓

☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆

Writer & director: Hata Takehiko

-On a stormy night devoid of moonlight, we set off by boat with “that country” as our goal-

Hata Takehiko writes of the laughter, tears, and action of youths struggling every day with the poverty and cruelty of “this country”, while dreaming of crossing the ocean to a utopia known as “that country”, in what is his stage masterpiece!

Starring: Yajima Maimi (℃-ute)
Matsumoto Shinya (Studio Life)
Niigaki Risa, etc.

May 31st, 2013 (Fri) ~ June 10th (Mon)
Higashi-Ikebukuro Owl Spot (Toshima-kuritsu Butaigeijutsu Kouryuu Center)

June 11th, 2013 (Tues)
Osaka Sankei Hall Breeze

Ticket prices: Pre-order 5,800 yen Same-day 6,000 yen (All seats are reserved seating)
Ticket sale date: April 6th, 2013 (Sat)

Questions: Office REN tel.03-58298031 (Weekdays from noon to 5:00PM)
Planning & production: OFFICE BLUE
http://officeblue.jp/

☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆

I appeared on stage with Hata-gumi for the first time in 2010 during the play “Ran”,

and I was really happy I could appear on stage with them again during the 2011 revival

Though… I’m really, really nervous

Actually, when I was first told about “Ran”,

I went to study a Hata-gumi play

That play was “Taklimakan”

I remember there was a really painful scene that made my chest tighten~(>_<。)

That the day would come when I’d star in that “Taklimakan”…

So that it becomes a play that remains in everyone’s heart, I will do my best with everyone in Hata-gumi

Please be sure to come and see it

A~lright
Well then, I’ll do my best today too

Until tomorrow~~

Bonus pictures

(2)
We were given something like this as treats yesterday

I was surprised by how delicious it was(゜o゜)/

(3)
With Airi-san

She’s behind me right now too (lol)

Maimi starring in “Taklimakan”

The Hello! Project website has updated with the news of Maimi’s next stage play, titled “Taklimakan”. The play will reunite Maimi with “Ran” writer and director Hata Takehiko and the theater troupe “Hata-gumi”. The description of the play on the website reads:

-On a stormy night devoid of moonlight, we set off by boat with “that country” as our goal-

Hata Takehiko writes of the laughter, tears, and action of youths struggling every day with the poverty and cruelty of “this country”, while dreaming of crossing the ocean to a utopia known as “that country”, in what is his stage masterpiece!

The play will run from May 31st to June 11th, with performances in Higashi-Ikebukuro and Osaka.

Blog update: “Fun dressing roomヽ( ≧▽≦)/”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 1/20 update, titled “Fun dressing roomヽ( ≧▽≦)/“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

When I opened the curtains,
the orange morning sun was really beautiful……

Ah~(^o^)
It’s a refreshing morning

Yesterday there were Hello! Project concerts in Nagoya

This time, Mitsui Aika-chan was unable to participate because she has come down with the flu

All of the members who previously weren’t to appear because of illness returned, however

The number of people on stage increased, and it became a really bustling concert

I hope Mittsi gets better soon too…
Take care of yourself…

And then, everyone who came to the venue
Everyone who cheered for us
Thank you very much(*´ω`)

I had been looking forward to this concert
I was rea~lly HAPPY that I could see everyone’s smiles

There were incidents like this in the dressing room for yesterday’s concert…

Berryz Koubou and ℃-ute shared a dressing room yesterday too

Berryz Koubou’s Tokunaga Chinami-chan was sitting next to Yaji and said

“Yaji-san, let me use the rolling thing again today~(ノ´ー`)ノ”

What Chinami calls the “rolling thing” is a make-up tool I use called a “highlighter”…

Chinami loves that rolling thing

She’s always saying things like “Yaji-san Did you bring the rolling thing with you today(‘∇’)”

and “Lend me your rolling thing again today~

When used, it makes one’s skin look brighter and fair-skinned

I said “Sure Use it as much as you like~“, and when I lent it to her,

roll, roll, roll, roll…(*~▽~)φ

Fufu~n(´ー`⊂)
(↑First she put it on the bridge of her nose)

“Well(*´∀`)”

Me: “Yeah Looks good

Roll, roll, roll……(*~▽~)φ

Fufu~n(⊃´ー`)
(↑Next she put it on her left cheek)

“Well(*´∀`)”

Me: “Oh Looks lighter Looks lighter (lol)”

Roll, roll, roll……(*~▽~)φ

Fufun(´ー`⊂)
(↑This time she put it on her right cheek)

“Well(*´∀`)”

Me: “……Hey…

……Are you going to ask me each time(lol)”

……Chinami is really cute~

She looked happy rolling the highlighter over her face (lol)

Here’s a picture with Chinami yesterday

(1)

“Chinami will curl it for you~ヽ(´ー`)ノ”

she said, and curled my hair

I took pictures with the other Berryz Koubou members, so I’ll attach them too

(2)

Cute cute Risako-chan (Berryz Koubou Sugaya Risako)

After the performance, Risako said

“Eh!!(ノ゜ロ゜;)ノ Maimi-chan!! Your sweat’s amazing(;゜ロ゜)… Let me borrow that for a sec“,

so I tossed her the towel I was carrying⌒□ ヾ(‘∇’),

and she wiped my sweat off for me~(*´д`*)

I wiped my sweat off myself, but no matter how many times I wiped, I wouldn’t stop sweating

When I said

“Risako It’s alright Ah~O(><;)(;><)O My sweat’s dirty“,

she responded “Not at all It’s fine“…

She’s an angel

Ahahahaha~( ´▽`)

Risako wiping off my sweat~

What a luxurious time~(lol)

Risako’s fans… don’t hate me…(^人^)

And then, lastly…

Who~se shou~ld I~ a~tta~ch

Alright I decided(・∀・´)

(3)
A picture with Berryz Koubou’s captain, Shimizu Saki-chan

Ever since Yaji turned 20, she’s often said to me “You’re acting like a child again(‘◇’)”……

But Saki, who is the same age as me,
abruptly started doing something like “Ashita Tenki ni Na~re” earlier(≧∀≦。)

It was so sudden that it surprised me Σ(゜o゜)lol

Surely she suddenly felt like doing it, right( ´艸`)lol

After doing it once, she seemed to become addicted to it,

as she kicked off her shoe countless times⌒,
and went to pick it up by herselflol

How fun~~ヽ(≧▽≦)/

It’s rea~lly fun when a variety of personalities gather in the dressing room

A~lright(・∀・´)
I’ll enjoy today too

Everyone who has center exams… Please continue to do your best I’m cheering for you today too

Well then, until tomorrow’s update~

Bye by~e

p.s.
Today is Yaguchi Mari-san’s birthday

Happy birthday

Yaguchi-san appeared at the Hello! Project concerts the other day as a surprise guest…

She was really kind…

Yaguchi-san was the very first senior who took care of me when I joined Hello! Project…

At that time, we participated in the unit “ZYX” (pronounced “Jikkusu”) together

When I saw Yaguchi-san interacting with the juniors during rehearsal,

it suddenly made me remember “Ah~~… She interacted with me like this when we were in ZYX…

Yaguchi-san, please have a wonderful birthday♪ (〃∇〃)ノ由

Maimi Sightings for January 19th

Berryz Koubou member and Maimi’s close friend Tokunaga Chinami shared these shots of Maimi in an update today on her official blog. (Translated by yours truly over at blog!project.)

A video giving a behind-the-scenes look at the current Hello! Project concert tour was uploaded to the Mobekimasu YouTube channel. Maimi can be seen several times through-out the course of the rehearsals, and at around 6:53 she’s backstage talking with Morning Musume’s Iikubo Haruna about how fast time has been flying since the start of the new year.

Blog update: “fight!!( ・∀・´)

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 1/19 update, titled “fight( ・∀・´)“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

Today’s the day of center exams

All of the students
Surely you’re nervous right now and your hearts are pounding…(*´д`*)

I think all your hard work up to this point will certainly help you…

I want all of you to tackle the exams with confidence(・∀・´)

I’m cheering for you with all my might

I hope those who put forth a lot of effort are rewarded…

All of the students doing their best
Fight p(^-^)q

And then, today is Ishikawa Rika-san’s birthday

Ishikawa-san
Happy birthday

She appeared as a surprise guest at the Hello! Project concerts several days ago,

and she was really sparkling during rehearsal…

“Ishikawa-san is one of those people who makes everything around her brighter~

I thought while watching her

How should I put it… I think everyone was nervous when our seniors appeared on stage,

but Ishikada-san’s jokes and cheerful talk made e~veryone smile…

It’s wonderful…ヽ(´ー`)ノ

I want to become a person like that too…

And then
Here I have an announcement

The music video for “Kono Machi”, ℃-ute’s 20th single coming out on February 6th, has been uploaded to the ℃-ute channel on YouTube

(1)

In addition
It was decided that there’ll be release commemoration and handshake events for “Kono Machi” in Fukushima and Sendai

On January 22nd in Fukushima… the members are Nacky, Airi, Chisato, and Mai
Unfortunately, I can’t appear…

I wanted to mee everyone in Fukushima too…

Let’s definitely meet someday

And then, on January 23rd in Sendai… the members are myself, Nacky, and Mai

I’ll be able to meet everyone in Sendai real soon…(*´∀`)っ

I’m really happy

I’m waiting for a lot of people to participate

A~lright
Today are the performances of the Hello! Project concert in Nagoya

It’s my first time going to Nagoya this yearヾ(^▽^)ノ I’m excited

I want to have as much fun as possible with everyone today

Let’s have a wonderful day

p.s.
Today’s pictures are…

things that have made Yaji happy recently…(〃▽〃)

Tada
(2)

Bunny bread

…It’s cute( ´艸`)

Ta-tada
(3)

Warabi-mochi parfait
and azuki smoothie

Ahaヽ( ̄▽ ̄)ノ
It’s exclusively food~

“Kono Machi” MV

The music video for ℃-ute’s February 6th release, “Kono Machi”, has been uploaded to the official ℃-ute channel on YouTube.

Blog update: “Receiving happiness( ・∀・)っ⊂(´ー`)”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 1/18 blog update, titled “Receiving happiness( ・∀・)っ⊂(´ー`)“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

The story about yuzu tea from yesterday’s blog…

There were a lot of comments like “What kind of situation was it“(>_<) Oops~

When I reread it, I was like “…My explanation… was definitely lacking“, so I’ll go into more detail

(1)

The cup was like this

The lip is the small green part,

and the white lid part is what was opened

…Sorry(^o^;)

Anyway
Continuing from yesterday’s update

Yesterday, something wonderful like this happened

The Poifull candy…

I found the heart-shaped Poifull while I was with Airi

“Look, look A heart-shaped Poifull…… Here, you can eat it” I said, and gave it to Airi~

And then,
“Wow You’re right Eh Are you sure… Eating Poifull takes me back Airi loved Poifull

she said…

As expected, I wasn’t able to eat them all at once,

so I gave Airi the remaining half

And then, during a break in the filming, Airi said

“Hey Maimi-chan There was another heart-shaped Poifull in the ones you gave me Airi didn’t eat it and saved it for you“…

“No way There were two(゜o゜)/ Alright, I’ll eat that heart-shaped oneヽ(´ー`)ノ

…That was the situation

I received a heart-shaped Poifull from Airi

Huh…??
Aren’t heart-shaped Poifull rare…(・o・)?

Isn’t it amazing that there were enough for two people(´ー`)っ

Hehehe(*´ω`)
There was happiness yesterday too

Airi~
Thanks(´ー`)

(2)

In addition, our shoot finished at night, and after I returned home,

I relaxed with my pet dog Cologne~(´ー`)

When I threw myself down, Cologne came and snuggled close to me,

and on top of my arm
“Phew(*~▽~)”
she laid her head…(〃▽〃)

(3)

While in that position we watched a Sunday drama I had recorded, “Tonbi”

Ah~°・(ノД`)・°・
I cried!!

I wasn’t sobbing(>_<。)!!

How should I put it… My eyes were glued to the screen the entire time, and before I knew I felt tears dripping down my face…(;_;)

Then I noticed "Ah I’m crying…”…

Anyway, nobody can watch it without crying

In addition, as soon as I started watching the drama, I saw scenery I remembered…

I confirmed it during the ending credits…… As expectedw(゜o゜)w

They used the stone steps of the Kunouzan Toshogu shrine, the place I went for my first shrine visit this year, in the filming

It was a strange feeling…

I have another photoshoot today, and since I cried,

I was worried

“Will my eyes be swollen(>_<)“…

But they’re alright(*´д`)=3 I’m relieved…

Alright(・∀・´)
I’ll do my best at the shoot

Lastly, I have an announcement
January 19th (Sat)
1:20AM~
℃-ute will appear on the TV Tokyo program “Zakkuri High Touch”

Please be sure to check it out

Alright Well then
I hope a lo~t of happy things happen for everyone…

Until tomorrow~

Blog update: “Good thing, Bad thing(*^^*)”

Here’s the translation of Maimi’s 1/17 blog update, titled “Good thing Bad thing(*^^*)“:

Good afternoon
It’s Maimi

This is sudden
But I have a happy announcement

On February 2nd (Sat),
there will be live viewings of the 5:30PM performance of

“℃-ute Concert Tour 2012~2013 Winter Shinsei Naru Platinum”

from Shibuya Koukaidou

in 14 theaters located across the country in Sapporo, Sendai, Shibuya, Ikebukuro, Yokohama, Saitama, Aichi, Umeda, Nanba, Kyoto, Hyogo, Kagawa, Yamaguchi, and Fukuoka

Tickets will go on sale starting at midnight January 20th (Sun) at the various theaters

Full details are available at the Hello! Project homepage
(http://www.helloproject.com/)

Also, please call the theaters for more details

It will be screened at places we usually can’t go to on tour

I wonder if everyone who lives there will watch our concert(*´∀`)

…I’m really happy

I hope this will be the start of our tours visiting a variety of areas…

I think there’s a lot of people saying “It’s far” or “I don’t have the time to go to Shibuya“,

so please be absolutely sure to enjoy the ℃-ute concert at one of the live viewings

Though the live broadcast makes me nervous, I think it’s wonderful that we can share the fun time that are concerts with not just the people who come to the venue, but with many people who are far away…

I hope a lot of people watch the finale of the tour…

Well then
Changing the subject,

since yesterday was cold, I ordered HOT yuzu tea…

In addition, there were a lot of staff there, and everyone ordered what they wanted to drink…

They were all delivered at the same time, so we didn’t know which was whose…

So they opened the lids and confirmed what was inside

I said “Alright Time to drink yuzu tea“,

and the instant I put the rim to my mouth

Drip, drip, dri~~p

“(;゜ロ゜)What the

I thought
It seems that the lid wasn’t put back on properly

The sweater I was wearing got splashed with yuzu tea(゜Д゜;≡;゜Д゜)

The ends of my hair also became sticky…

Hahaha…( ̄∇ ̄)

Hahahahaha…(´∇`;)

I can’t do anything but laughヽ(≧▽≦;)/

Though I had that misfortune, the day before yesterday a small HAPPY thing happened

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I found a heart-shaped Poifull candy

\(^-^)/ Ya~y

…That said, it was my first time eating Poifull in awhile

I used to love Poifull, and always ate it~

I always looked forward to buying Poifull from the vending machine after swimming lessons were over~

Haha(~▽~@)
It’s nostalgic

Alright
I’ll find some small happiness today too

Right now, all of ℃-ute are having a photoshoot, so I’ll go and continue to do my best

Until tomorrow~(^з^)/

p.s.
Today’s pictures were taken the day before yesterday

With Nacky
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With Chisato
(3)

Blog update: “Uh oh(>_<)"

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 1/16 update, titled “Uh oh(>_<)“:

Good evening
It’s Maimi

When I left the house today,
I saw someone walking their dog in the snow

I thought “Whoa!! Aren’t the doggy’s paws cold~“,

but the doggy was shrewdly wearing red shoes~(lol)

The sight of it cheerfully walking while wearing red shoes(‘∇’)♪♪♪… It was really soothing~(*´д`*)

My doggies are sensitive to the cold too

Whenever I hold them, their paws are really cold( ̄◇ ̄;)

Therefore, I often grab their paws to warm them up……

Ah………(;¬_¬)

Just now, I was able to hear everyone thinking

“Hey hey(((°∇°;) Won’t you crush your doggies’ paws((((゜д゜;))))”…( ̄□ ̄;)!!

It’s… alright…(^。^;)
Because I properly adjust my strength_(._.)_

(1)

Now then
Today I had a photoshoot for the fashion magazine “FINE BOYS”,
which will go on sale February 10th

They showed me the pictures that were taken,

and since I looked different than usual, they felt fresh

By the way, I also appear in the issue of “FINE BOYS” that went on sale this month,

so those who are saying “I still haven’t seen it“… Please check it out, if it’s alright

In addition,
yesterday ℃-ute had a photoshoot for the cover of “YanYan”

The weather was nice yesterday, so the sunlight shining in the studio was rea~lly beautiful

(2)

It’s scheduled to go on sale next month
Please be sure to check it out

Also, also, this evening I had a recording for the internet radio program “Idol Hour Hello!Project”,

which will broadcast for 4 weeks starting on February 2nd

It’s a radio program that people all over the world can listen to… So I’m really, really happy

I hope that thanks to this the number of people cheering for ℃-ute all over the world will increase

(3)
A picture with the main host, Okamura Yuriko

Alright……

While typing this blog on the train… I arrived all the way in Kawagoe…(°∇°;)

The station I was supposed to transfer at… has already passed…(°∇°;)

Though I’m acting calm… I’m really flustered on the inside…(°∇°;)

……I’ll head back

Alright, Yaji will concentrate on returning home

Until tomorrow’s update~
Bye by~e(;゜0゜)

Maimi Sightings for January 15th

Fellow ℃-ute member Suzuki Airi shared these 2-shots with Maimi in her update on the official ℃-ute blog today, and wrote about the two’s misadventures when they tried to find somewhere in Shibuya to eat during their downtime.

Hello! Project soloist Mano Erina shared this 3-shot with herself, Maimi, and Nakajima Saki in an update on her official blog.

The futsal section of the Japanese Adidas shop updated with a header featuring Maimi along with Up Up Girls member and Gatas Brilhantes H.P. teammate Sengoku Minami.

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

Blog update: “Slippery(((( ゜д゜;))))”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 1/15 blog update, titled “Slippery(((( ゜д゜;))))“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

It’s a complete snowscape

(1)

Ah~
It’s refreshing feeling

Since the sky’s clear today, the sun is reflecting off the snow and causing it to sparkle

I can see different scenery than usual~(‘∇’)
It’s wonderful

…I’m delighted to say that… but yesterday… just as expected… the trains stopped and I couldn’t arrive at the meeting time……

It’s no good if I don’t allow myself more time to get there…

The meeting place was just a short walk from the station

Usually, I think
“Just a little faster” and will dash from the station,

but I couldn’t run like that because the snow made it slippery,

so I became frustrated and thought

“I want to hurry, but I can’t~

I walked back to the station when work was finished,

and my manager was slipping all over the place

I was frightened and asked
“Are you alright“(;゜ロ゜)

Since it was a hill road, it was especially scary

But, I thought
“I’m suprisingly good at walking on snow-covered roads“(^^ゞ

If you can, walk on roads without snow
Push the snow down with your heel, and walk with your weight on the back of your foot

Also, I saw this on television awhile back, but you can avoid getting your feet dirty if you walk while pigeon-toed(^^)

When there’s things like snow and puddles on the ground, doesn’t the water splash and get your pants dirty

Therefore, on days like yesterday and rainy days, I purposely walk pigeon-toed

I think it works somewhat, so please try it, everyone

Now
I learned from yesterday, and left the house early today

During my walk, I noticed a lot of people clearing the snow

Thank you very much for your efforts
Thanks to them, I could walk without falling down today

At any rate, I’m really glad the weather is nice today…

I was freezing yesterday…

Though, at a restaurant last night,

a store clerk said “It’s cold, so please use this if you want” and handed us a blanket,

and as my manager and I walked up the hill road while supporting each other,

people saw us and asked “Are you alright“…

I felt the warmth of people all day

Here’s a picture at that restaurant too

(2)
↑I shrewdly ordered dessert…

Alright
Well, I’ll go cheerfully today

(3)

I saw on the news that there were a lot of people injured because of the snow

Everyone, please be very careful

Not just where you’re walking, but above your head too

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

Blog update: “Maimi joyfully runs around the garden~==ヽ(´ー`) ノ”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 1/14 update, titled “Maimi joyfully runs around the garden~==ヽ(´ー`) ノ“:

Good afterno~on
It’s Maimi

It’s amazingヽ(≧▽≦)/

Sno~w

It’s pu~re white

It’s beautiful

Ah~
Is it the first snow in Kantou this season

I looked out the window during breakfast,
“Whoa Snow~” and became excited,

but I was even more surprised when I went outside
It’s piled up this much in Kantou~

It’s really rare, so it makes me happy

Also, while I was on the platform waiting for the train, snow floated in even though there was a roof, and the top of my head had become white before I knew it…(*´∀`)

The tracks, the roofs of the homes, and the trees were pure white… It was completely different scenery than usual

It felt like I had gone somewhere in Touhoku

…I’ve become this excited

But there’s the danger of catching colds, slipping and falling in the snow…
There are a lot of hazards, so please be careful, everyone

Now then,
yesterday was the finale of the Tokyo performances of the Hello! Project concert

We had performed at Nakano Sunplaza since January 2nd…

Hello! Project starts every year here~

There were also live viewings held all over the country yesterday,

and not just those who came to the venue,
but a lot of people went to the theater to watch too…

I’m really glad

I’m grateful to everyone who cheered for us

There was a DVD recording yesterday, so those who are saying

“I couldn’t watch it because of circumstances“, please be sure to check out the DVD

Of course
Everyone who watched yesterday too

Now
The remaining performances are
Nagoya, Osaka, and Fukuoka

I’ll run swiftly until the very end~

And then, today is Coming of Age Day

All of the new adults…

Congratulations

There are several new adults in Hello! Project too

Congratulations, everyone

I think there are coming of age ceremonies in a lot of places today…

I wonder if the snow is causing problems~

On the contrary, will the snow be a good memory~

I saw a lot of clips from coming of age ceremonies on TV,

and everyone’s feelings of gratitude for their parents,
their reunions with the friends they missed…

Watching them I thought “How wonderful~

……

Ah…… Is it because of the snow…

The trains have stopped…

Will it be alright~
Can I make it on time~

As expected, snow causes various problems…

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

Until tomorrow~

p.s.
Today’s pictures were taken yesterday~

Blog update: “Early morning update m(__)m”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 1/13 update, titled “Early morning update m(__)m“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

Yesterday, we had the first Hello! Project concerts in a week~

As expected, concerts are fun

The day was over in the blink of an eye

Everyone who came,
everyone who cheered for us…

Thank you very much

Well then… right now it’s 5:40AM

Everyone’s getting on the bus and going to the venue again today~

Everyone’s still in morning mode, so they seem sleepy…

Yaji usually wakes up 2 hours before the meeting time…

but today I went back to sleep, so I woke up 1 hour before~

I was in a panic this morning(^^;;

I’m glad
I was able to make it on time…

Now then
It’s still pitch black outside,

but I’ll head to today’s Hello! Project concerts fired-up

Today,
there will be live viewings of the 11:30AM performance

and the 3:00PM performance all over the country

Even though they are far away, there will be a lot of people watching the concert at the same time

When I think about that, I become happy

Those who are saying “I can’t come to the venue“…

If you have the time, please be sure to head to a nearby theater…

A~lright
We’ve arrived at the venue

From here I’ll get my make-up done

Have a wonderful day today

I’m o~ff

p.s.

Today’s pictures
(1)
A picture taken with Chisato yesterday in the dressing room

(2)
As Mano Erina-chan will be graduating, this is her last Hello! Project concert

Berryz Koubou’s Tsugunaga Momoko-chan and I tried to express our feelings of “It’s sad~