Monthly Archives: February 2013

Blog update: “How to make ganache m(__)m”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s second 2/14 update, titled “How to make ganache m(__)m“:

Sorry to keep intruding
It’s Maimi

I wrote how to make ganache in my noon update

But Yaji-san accidentally typed milk instead of fresh cream

Perhaps there were people who quickly tried to make it…

If it didn’t turn out right,
it’s Yaji’s fault(>_<)

I’m sorry m(__)m

Here is the correct Yaji-style recipe↓↓

①Cut up 4 and a half pieces of milk chocolate finely with a knife

②Mix 110cc of fresh cream with honey over a medium flame

③Immediately turn off the flame when it starts boiling, and mix it with ① until it becomes smooth
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④Pour that into a tray covered with a cooking sheet, place it flatly in the fridge, and let it chill for an hour

⑤After an hour has passed, take the cooking sheet and chocolate out of the tray, and with a knife heated with warm water (←Please wipe it off before cutting), cut the chocolate into the sizes you want

⑥Cover the tray with cocoa powder, roll the chocolate you cut around in the powder, and when it’s completely covered…

You’re done

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Next time I’ll write how to make creme brulee

I’ll be careful not to make a mistake next time

Well then, excuse me ┌( ・_・)┘

Blog update: “Mom hates losing(*^_^*)”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 2/14 update, titled “Mom hates losing(*^_^*)“:

Happy Valentine
It’s Maimi

I made treats~

This year, I decided to make soft rice cakes stuffed with ganache(・∀・´)

However~…(´□`)

I failed~

I wasn’t able to make the soft rice cake well…(゜Д゜;≡;゜Д゜)

But I couldn’t understand why I failed…(/_・、)

I gave up and made ganache and creme brulee instead,

but my mom wouldn’t let it go(`・へ・)

Before that, my mom said
“Alright, mother will go to bed now“,

but she saw my failure and said

“Is it alright if mother tries(・へ・´)”…(lol)

…So while I made ganache and creme brulee, she diligently tried to make the soft rice cake

Whenever she failed, she’d say

“It’s no good~… Alright, this time I’ll try it a little more like this“…

And then, when she started making it again…

“Ah~ So close Don’t you think I’m almost there It’s frustrating…… Alright This time I’ll try it this way

…In the end, she tried making it until we ran out of rice flour

When I said

“Mother really hates losing, huh“,

she replied

“That’s right~(・o・´) I hate not being able to do something

“I’ll try it again“… My mom was more fired-up than I was~

Ah~ The sight of her not giving up
It’s cool

During all that, I was able to finish the ganache and creme brulee without any trouble…

I’ve got a lot of things to carry today

I feel I made too much…

By the way, it’s easy
Making ganache

①Cut up 4 and a half pieces of milk chocolate finely with a knife

②Mix 110cc of fresh cream with honey over a medium flame

③Immediately turn off the flame when it starts boiling, and mix it with ① until it becomes smooth
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④Pour that into a tray covered with a cooking sheet, place it flatly in the fridge, and let it chill for an hour

⑤After an hour has passed, take the cooking sheet and chocolate out of the tray, and with a knife heated with warm water (←Please wipe it off before cutting), cut the chocolate into the sizes you want

⑥Cover the tray with cocoa powder, roll the chocolate you cut around in the powder, and when it’s completely covered…

You’re done

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Everyone, please be absolutely sure to try making it

A~lright
Today at 2:00PM~
At Tokyo Tower,

all of ℃-ute will have a live recording for Radio Nippon’s “Nakajima Saki no Cute na Jikan”

Let’s enjoy today

Until tomorrow’s update~

p.s.
Here’s a picture I took the day of our recent “Kono Machi” release event at Senri SELCY in OSaka

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We’re still accepting pictures and lyrics for the “Minna no Kono MAchi” campaign

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJouWl0RDhE

Please check the “Kono Machi” site for details

http://www.up-front-works.jp/cutekonomachi/

Blog update: “Let’s cooking(‘ ∇’)”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 2/13 update, titled “Let’s cooking(‘ ∇’)“:

Good evening
It’s Maimi

This is sudden
But on March 9th,
the “℃-ute ‘Concert Tour 2012-213 Fuyu ~Shinsei Naru Platinum~ Ura'”
concert book will go on sale

When rehearsal for the tour started, each member was handed a camera,

and we always carried them around with us from that point on

By the way, I had the red camera
I became really attached to it~ヽ(´ー`)ノ

During the rehearsals, during private moments… I took a lot of pictures

Its memory became full in the blink of an eye

I think there’s a lot of pictures that only the members can take

It’s a book fully loaded with ℃-ute’s memories…

Please be sure to pre-order it on the net or at your local bookstore

And then,
the setlist has been decided for
“Hello! Project Haru no Daikansha Hina-matsuri Festival 2013”,
which is being held on March 2nd and 3rd

Ah~ It looks like it’ll become a really, really hot concert(〃▽〃)

It’s in the style of a competition,
and each group has their turn, so it’s a concert where each group will unleash their full power(‘∇’)

I think everyone at the venue is going to have a considerably hard time keeping up with

Morning Musume,
Berryz Koubou,
℃-ute,
and S/mileage

at full power(≧∀≦)

I get excited just thinking about the performances

I’m also really happy that we can perform on a big stage like the one at Pacifico Yokohama

Therefore
Everyone, if you have time, please be sure to come and watch

℃-ute…
So that we sparkle brighter than any other group, we’ll do our best fired up(・∀・´)
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And then, we’re currently running the “Minna no Kono Machi” campaign for our new single “Kono Machi”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJouWl0RDhE

Here’s the special site↓↓
http://www.up-front-works.jp/cutekonomachi/

Everyone, please be sure to participate

A~lright(^o^)

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day

I’ll go shopping now
Let’s cooking

I make treats for the other members and staff each year,

and I’ll make them with love again this year~(・∀・´)

I love making sweets

Yaji-san will work hard(・∀・´)

Until tomorrow~

p.s.
Today’s pictures are
with various members
from various groups

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With Berryz Koubou’s Natsuyaki Miyabi-chan

…I thought, but Tokunaga Chinami-chan, also from Berryz Koubou, appeared in the picture too~(lol)

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With Morning Musume’s Suzuki Kanon-chan

Whenever she says “Yajima-sa~nヽ(´ー`)ノ” and talks to me with a bright smile… Yaji becomes happy~

“Hello! Station #2” uploaded

The second episode of “Hello! Station” was uploaded to the official Hello! Project Station YouTube channel today, and features Maimi and her best friend and Americophile Berryz Koubou’s Tokunaga Chinami in a continuation of their golf trivia challenge from the first episode.

Blog update: “Yaji broke(~ ▽~@) ♪♪♪”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 2/12 update, titled Yaji broke(~ ▽~@) ♪♪♪“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

Yesterday was the second practice for “Sakura no Hanataba”, the play that starts March 14th

Everyone has already started rehearsing while making all of the movements

We take steps like this each time, and the play gradually comes together……

I wonder what it’ll be like when the performances arrive…

So that I can stand on stage impressively, I must do my best while facing towards the performance(・∀・´)

A special blog has started for “Sakura no Hanataba” too, so please check it out, if you wish

Now then
Yesterday I attached a picture with Morning Musume’s Kudou Haruka-chan from the Hello! Project concerts…

There are still a lot of pictures which I haven’t beeen able to show who are waiting for their turn, so I’ll attach some

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With “Yurushite Nyan“‘s Momochi

Poke, poke…(*・o・)σS(・ー・)2

When I tampered with her Momochi-musubi…

Momochi started frowning(゜o゜)/

“Just a sec~ Momochi, everyone’s idol, doesn’t make a face like that(゜o゜)lol”

…For that reason… we took 1 more picture

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Grin(・∀・)

This one is perfect(lol)

And then, an outfit from the ℃-ute winter tour which ended on the 2nd

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That’s right
We’ve already had the costume fitting for the spring tour…

The costumes were rea~lly amazingヽ(≧▽≦)/

I think this every time, but the designers are really amazing

On the day of the fitting… The moment I saw the costumes, I couldn’t control my cheerfulness…(≧∀≦)♪

I struck a pose wearing the costume,
I became a ○○ like the costume, and even made up some lines and said them…(lol)

The staff said
“Yajima’s excitement is strange…(°∇°;)”

But, that’s how amazing the outfits were

I definitely want all of you to see it during the spring tour~…

Today we have a filming for the DVD that will be released as part of that tour’s goods…

Hehe(*´ω`)

It seems like it’ll become an active day

I want to move my body a lot so as not to lose to the cold

I’m o~ff

★★★★★★★★★★★

Here’s the special site for our single currently on sale, “Kono Machi”↓↓

http://www.up-front-works.jp/cutekonomachi/

Here’s an announcement concerning the “Minna no Kono Machi” campaign↓↓

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJouWl0RDhE

We’re waiting for a lot of entries

Blog update: “Drinks in the house~( ^-^)_ 旦”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 2/11 update, titled “Drinks in the house~( ^-^)_ 旦“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

We appeared at the Yamada Denki event in Takasaki yesterday

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A great amount of people gathered and filled the venue all the way to the back, so I was really happy(T_T)

There were also a lot of people who said “It’s my first time to meet you“,

and I hear things like that more than usual when we go to places that we don’t usually go to, so I become really happy

There are still places we haven’t been able to go to yet, so I want to gradually meet everyone in team ℃-ute who live in those places

On the way home, we ate the Takasaki’s specialty, “torimeshi”ヽ(´ー`)ノ

Chicken and sauce-covered rice
They were rea~lly, really delicious

After returning to Tokyo, we had a lesson

And after the lesson was over, the 5 of us talked for awhile(*´∀`)

It was funny~
I laughed a lot~ヽ(≧▽≦)/

Yesterday was a really fun day

And then

Yaji has something to apologize to everyone for

In my update the day after Setsubun…

I attached a 2-shot of us hiding our faces with demon masks,

and asked “Who is next to Yaji~“…

But I forgot to write the answer( ̄□ ̄;)!!

Here is the long-awaited answer(^^;)

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Seeing only the posture and hairstyle makes it difficult to guess, as expected

I notice a lot of people guessed S/mileage’s Takeuchi Akari-chan and Morning Musume’s Oda Sakura-chan

The correct answer is Morning Musume’s Kudou Haruka-chan

Hehehe(*´ω`)

Changing the subject

I was thirsty when I returned home yesterday, so I opened the fridge

Suddenly…

I thought “Ever since I was young, our fridge has always had tea, sports drinks, and milk in it~…(・o・)”

Is it the same for everyone else

Drinks that are always in your fridge

Speaking of which… my friend’s fridge always had cider and orange juice in it, and when I’d go play there she’d often bring me some~

It’s interesting that each family is different

By the way, the drink I chose to quench my thirst was… sports drink (lol)

I used a mug that Morning Musume’s Iikubo Haruna-chan gave me for my birthday

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It’s a Cinderella mug…( ´艸`)
Isn’t it really cute

Iikubo-chan Thanks

Alright
Well then, let’s go cheerfully today too

I hope we all have a fun day…

p.s.

A special site for our new single “Kono Machi” was made
http://www.up-front-works.jp/cutekonomachi/

And then, the “Minna no Kono Machi” campaign has started
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJouWl0RDhE

The part of “Kono Machi” with the spoken lines…

In the car on the way home with my mom,
I asked her “Try saying the spoken lines of ‘Kono Machi’ with your hometown dialect~

Ah~ It was amazing(゜o゜)/
She said words that made me think “Eh~ That’s how you say that in that dialect~“,

and the intonation was difficult

It was fun, though

With a campaign like this,
we’ll remember a variety of dialects

Please send them in without hesitation

Blog update: “Clear sky’s snow o(^o^)o”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 2/10 update, titled “Clear sky’s snowo(^o^)o“:

Good afternoon
It’s Maimi

We had a release event for our new single “Kono Machi” at Senri SELCY in Osaka yesterday

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A lot of people came in the cold(>_<)

Everyone who came… Are you alright
You didn’t catch a cold, did you

During the public rehearsal, it was only for a moment, but it snowed even though the skies were clearヽ(≧▽≦)/

It was really excitingヽ(´ー`)ノ

As expected, the openness of performing outside is exciting

…But, everyone was cold, so they weren’t as excited…(*´д`*)

However, when I looked up during the parts in “Kono Machi” that go

♪~Like the white clouds floating in the sky~♪

and ♪~The sky’s still blue and wide~♪,

the sky was really blue and wide

In addition, the live corner… For someone like Yaji who sweats a lot, the temperature was just right

Thanks to that, I was able to attend the handshake event afterwards as-is

Not sweating after a performance…
It’s a really precious thing (lol)

The handshake event was really fun too

I couldn’t stop smiling~(lol)

Even though it was cold, I enjoyed the cold too…

Thanks to everyone, it was a wonderful day

Thank you very much

Everyone who supported us even though they couldn’t participate, I hope we can meet the next chance we get~

Now then
We’re currently running the “Minna no Kono Machi” campaign

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJouWl0RDhE

There’s 2 ways to participate in this campaign

First is…

Picture

Please take a picture of the wonderful scenery of where you live and send it in

On the way home in the bullet train,
I was able to see a lot of wonderful scenery,
like Kyoto’s temples
And the pure white snowscape

There’s probably a lot scenery in this world we still haven’t seen~

For that reason,

we’ll make a new music video for “Kono Machi” using everyone’s pictures

that will be different than the one that’s currently on ℃-ute’s YouTube channel

I’m really looking forward to what kind of music video it’ll become

The second is…
Lyrics

There are spoken lines during the interlude and ending of “Kono Machi”,

and we want you to write those lines in the dialect of where you live, and include things your town is famous for

We’ll use the lines you submit during the ℃-ute tour that starts in the spring

You can submit them until 3/10, so we’re waiting for a lot of pictures and lyrics

Please visit the “Kono Machi” site for details

http://www.up-front-works.jp/cutekonomachi/

And then,
today the men’s fashion magazine
“FINE BOYS” goes on sale

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I appear in it, so please check it out

And then, and then
STARdigio “J-POP SUPER COUNTDOWN”,
which Morning Musume’s Iikubo Haruna-chan, Ishida Ayumi-chan, Chisato, and myself appear on,
will broadcast today at 9:00PM~

Please be sure to check this out too

A~lright
Later today
at 1:00PM/3:00PM
we will appear at the Yamada Denki event at LABI1 Takasaki

Today I will do my best with the power of ℃-ute at full throttle(・∀・´)

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Well then, until tomorrow’s update

Have a wonderful day, everyone…

Blog update: “Winter Kyoto( 〃▽〃)”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 2/9 update, titled “Winter Kyoto( 〃▽〃)“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

Yesterday Hagi-chan and I had a release commemmoration handshake event for our new single “Kono Machi” at Tower Records in Kyoto

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Kyoto♪ Kyoto♪

A lot of people came
And I was really happy that we could talk, even though it was only for a short time

Everyone’s hands… They were chilly…
It’s because they came in the cold~

I was really grateful

When I went outside after the event was over…

It was snowing…

That’s why everyone’s hands were chilly…

But…( ´艸`)

I was able to come to Kyoto when it was snowing~

Yaji is moved

Look

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This is autumn colored Kyoto…

It’s a picture I took last autumn when I came to Kyoto

Autumn colored Kyoto
Snowy Kyoto
Both are so wonderful

I want to go again

And then, everyone in Nagoya who I couldn’t go meet yesterday…

I want to defintely meet all of you next chance I get

Everyone who participated in the events in Nagoya and Kyoto…

And then, everyone who supported us from afar too…

Thank you very much

Listen…
Before we went to Kyoto, Hagi-chan told me

“Maimi-chan… Don’t bring your pajamas, okay

Just like she asked,
I didn’t bring my pajamas,

and she said to me “Here A present Wear these when you sleep tonight“,

and gave me pajamas as a present

Hagi-cha~n

Of course(・∀・´)
I wore them to bed

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Hehehe(*´ω`)
Aren’t they super cute

It was bright in the morning, so I’m squinting…(=_=;)

Hagi-chan…
Thanks(〃▽〃)

And then
Today I’m wearing an outfit Naka-san gave meヽ(´ー`)ノ

It’s really cute too(≧∀≦)

Everyone, e~veryone
Thanks

All of us met in Osaka last night, and we went and ate yakiniku~ヽ(´ー`)ノ

It melted in my mouth and was rea~lly delicious~( ´艸`)

Later today at 1:00PM~
We will have a release commemoration event for “Kono Machi”

at Osaka Senri SELCY 1F SELCY Plaza

I’ll enjoy today with the power from yesterday’s yakiniku

Everyone who is coming,
it’s cold outside, so please properly prepare for the cold

Well then, I hope everyone has a wonderful day today

Until tomorrow~

Blog update: “21-year-old first…(* ´艸`)”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 2/8 update, titled “21-year-old first…(* ´艸`)“:

Good afternoon
It’s Maimi

Thank you for the many comments congratulating me on my birthday

Reading them really warmed my heart

My 21st birthday was full of happiness thanks to all of you, ℃-ute, the staff, my family, and friends

My first job after turning 21 was a recording for the FM-PORT radio program I host,

“℃-ute Yajima Maimi no I My MeMaimi~”…

I arrived at the studio, and the moment the doors opened on the elevator,

BANG☆(←The sound of poppers)

and the director greeted me with

“HAPPY BIRTHDAY~ヾ(^▽^)ノ”(つд`)

I was like “EekΣ(◎д◎)”,

and jumped up right then and there\(◎o◎)/

It’s been awhile since I’ve been that surprised…
When I imagine my own face at that moment, it’s kind of funny…(〃~〃)lol

And then, they even prepared a completely unexpected present for me…
“I’m really thankful~

I felt

Afterwards,
we had a release event at Odaiba for our new single released just 2 days ago, “Kono Machi”…

There were a lo~t of people all the way to the back of the venue

I was really happy

At the handshake event,
a lot of wonderful things were said to me,
like “Happy birthday
and “Thank you for being born“…

Yaji was actually born at night
I was born at the same time that I was singing at the release event (lol)

A full 21 years after I was born…
The fact that I’d be singing in front of everyone…

Not a single person in the hospital that day could’ve quessed it…

A lot of people said “Congratulations” to me, and again I thought that the birth of a new life is a wonderful thing

Also, the lives of the mom and dad change in that instant

Especially after the first child is born, everything about their lives changes that day~

For my family, it was my oldest brother

…Did my parents smile more than they ever had before after my brother was born

…There were probably nights they couldn’t sleep because of the baby crying…

…Even still, were they happy watching as he learned and grew every day

…I thought about that yesterday while listening to various birthday songs after I got home…

Everyone who supports me now and who gave me birthday wishes were born at some point too,

and surely they were surrounded by smiles and happiness at that instant…

Someone is born every day, so I think there are a lot of people feeling that happiness

Therefore, I want to take this chance to say to everyone…

“Thank you for being born

The fact that I’ve been able to meet people and “Yajima Maimi” has been discovered by people who I had no idea existed when I was born makes me feel grateful from the bottom of my heart

Thanks to everyone, Yaji is really happy now

Please continue to support me from here on too

Ah
By the way, on the subject of Yaji’s beloved “food”…

The first thing I ate after turning 21…
What do you think it was(  ̄▽ ̄)

An orange(  ̄▽ ̄)

When I got out of the bath, there was an extremely big one in the kitchen

I couldn’t not eat it(^^;)

Starting my 21st year with an orange… Ain’t it wild~(  ̄▽ ̄)

I want to eat a lot of delicious things as a 21-year-old too

Alright
Well then, last are pictures…

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My pet dog Cologne turned 7 years old yesterday too

Cologne, who was so small she could fit in the palm of my hand like a hamster, has now become this big~

But she’s still as cute as she was then

My brother held her today, and she clinged to his arm like “Don’t let go of me~(´・ω・`)“…

It was really cute

Please continue to cheerfully soothe us

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It’s the first appearance of my 21-year-old self on this blog

Pleased to meet you

Yesterday, I already started putting the pillow Airi gave me and the pajamas Berryz Koubou’s Sudou Maasa-chan gave me as a birthday present to regular use(*´∀`)

I slept in outstanding comfort~
Thanksヽ(´ー`)ノ

Last picture

I received a lot of e-mails for my 21st birthday all at once at midnight…

And of those, the very first one I received was…

An e-mail from this person

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Chi~~na~~
(Berryz Koubou’s Tokunaga Chinami-chan)

“I love how you go at full speed“…she said( ´艸`)

Yeah
21-year-old Yajima will run at full speed too

Later today at 5:30PM~
I will appear with Hagi-chan
at the “Kono Machi” release commemoration handshake event at Tower Records in Kyoto

By the way, Nacky, Airi, and Chisato are having a release commemoration event the same time in Nagoya

I hope I can see a lot of smiles today…

Well then, until tomorrow’s update~

Maimi Sightings for February 7th

Starting off a special birthday-themed Maimi Sightings, fellow ℃-ute member Suzuki Airi shared this collage of 2-shots in her update on the official ℃-ute blog. Airi wrote that Maimi is a beautiful woman no matter where or by whom she’s seen, but is also scatter-brained. She continued on to say that no matter how much someone wants to, they can’t be like Maimi.

Nakajima Saki attached this image she created to her update on the official ℃-ute blog, and wrote that she worries about her leader, and hopes that she’ll lean on the rest of the members more.

Fellow birthday girl Hagiwara Mai uploaded these pics to her update on the official ℃-ute blog. Mai wrote that Maimi’s outward beauty is likely a result of her inner beauty, and that Maimi is like an older sister to her.

Batting last for the ℃-ute members, Okai Chisato shared this 2-shot with Maimi in her update on the official ℃-ute blog. Chisato wrote that she’s jealous of Maimi’s beauty, and how that coupled with her scatter-brained nature make her charming.

Various other Hello! Project members wrote messages for Maimi’s birthday, including S/mileage’s Fukuda Kanon, who in an entry on her official blog wrote that Maimi’s smile and scatter-brained episodes always soothe her, and that she wants to become closer friends with Maimi.

Maimi’s little cousin, S/mileage sub-member Takeuchi Akari, wrote in her update on the S/mileage sub-member blog that Maimi was her motivation for auditioning for Hello! Project Eggs, and she often e-mails Maimi when she needs advice. In addition, she wrote how impressed she was with Maimi’s solo version of “Ame” when she watched the video on YouTube.

Another S/mileage member, this time Nakanishi Kana, attached this tiny pic and wished Maimi a happy birthday in her update on the S/mileage sub-member blog. Kana added that she’s envious of Maimi’s style, and that her smile is sparkling and cute on concert videos.

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S/mileage member Katsuta Rina also wrote birthday wishes in her update on the S/mileage sub-member blog. Rina said that she’s happy when Maimi smiles at her backstage at the Hello! Project concerts, and that she respects her dancing.

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

Blog update: “I’ve become 21ヽ( ´ー`)ノ”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 2/7 update, titled “I’ve become 21ヽ( ´ー`)ノ“:

It’s Yajima Maimi

Hagi-chan and myself…
Together we’ve become one year older this year

Hagi-chan is 17
Yaji is 21(゜o゜)/

Last night I was in the bath until 11:59PM…

When I got out, it had become February 7th

Hagi and I had made the promise, “Let’s e-mail each other at midnight“,

so I sent an e-mail that I had typed and saved…

The instant I sent it, Yaji received a ton of birthday e-mails all at once…

I was rea~lly happy

When I went into the living room, my mom, dad, and brother all celebrated my birthday

As I was getting in the bath, my dad called out “Maimi~ Your birthday is in 5 minutesヽ(´ー`)ノ”(lol)

And he was clapping while saying “Maimi~, happy birthdayヾ(^▽^)ノ” in the living room…(lol)

He was more excited than I was

Afterwards, everyone talked about trivial things and laughed…

“A~h, I’m glad I was born to this family…” I thought

My mom said
“Now that you’re 21, you need to become a little more grown-up” though

…Certainly, when I’m at home, I rely on my family for a lot of things…

Since I’m 21, I’ve got to work hard to be able to stand on my own

And then,
happy birthday to Hagi-chan too

Hagi is really like a cute little sister to me

Hagi and I will have been together for 11 years soon,

and in the past, our manager said to me “Hagiwara hasn’t gotten used to being away from her parents yet, so please properly watch over her“,

so we shared a room every time we stayed overnight somewhere,

and I’d say things like “It’s time for a bath“,

and “Let’s go to sleep“,

so I felt like I was her older sister, and I was really, really enthusiastic (lol)

Hagi was also always clinging to me and saying “Maimi-cha~n Maimi-cha~n“…

I always wanted a younger sister because I’m the youngest child in my house,

so I was happy that I could feel like I had a real little sister

Hagi-chan is already 17…

Her appearance and way of thinking are both gradually becoming mature

But the part of her that’s needy and clings to me hasn’t changed even now

…I feel…
She’s really cute

She notices changes around her immediately,
and when there’s a happening, she calmly thinks “What should we do after this?”…

She really is a level-headed little sister…

I’m impressed

I hope both of us,
and then everyone who was born today too,
have a wonderful year…

Our birthdays arrived again this year without incident

I’m grateful to the many people who support me, and I want to continue to cherish each day from here on too

Please continue to support the 21-year-old Yajima Maimi

Later today,
at 6:00PM
at Odaiba’s Venus Fort Church Plaza,
we will have the release event for “Kono Machi”, our new song which went on sale yesterday

Maybe because of my birthday, there are an amazing amount of comments on my update…

I really wanted to update earlier today

I’m sorry I’m updating this late

I’ll leisurely read the comments later

Well then, lastly are pictures

(1)
A picture taken yesterday, my last day of being 20
A lot of people came to meet ℃-ute at yesterday’s release event,

and also bought CDs

When I think that a lot of people are listening to them, I become really happy

Thank you very much

(2・3)
Pictures of my memories with Hagi-chan, who I share a birthday with today

Hagi-chan… I’ll always love you(〃▽〃)

Happy 21st birthday, Maimi!

On behalf of all of the Maimi fans abroad, MaimiLog would like to wish our favorite idol Yajima Maimi a happy 21st birthday! Here’s to hoping that Maimi has a wonderful year filled with nothing but happiness.

Maimi Sightings for February 6th

Stylist Chiba Daisuke uploaded these pictures to his official blog showing how he arranged Maimi’s hair during their appearance on “Hiru Nan Desu”.

Websites Modelpress and Mantan Web published articles on ℃-ute’s “Kono Machi” release event. (The pictures below are just samples; Visit the websites for the full galleries.)

Blog update: “‘Kono Machi’ releaseヾ(^ ▽^)ノ”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 2/6 update, titled “‘Kono Machi’ releaseヾ(^ ▽^)ノ“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

Today, ℃-ute’s 20th single,
a cover of our senior Moritaka Chisato-san’s “Kono Machi”,
was released(^o^)

I have loved Moritaka Chisato-san’s songs from the start
There are a lot of times I’ve sang Moritaka-san’s songs when I’ve been able to chose the songs for events myself

Not just “Kono Machi”, but the coupling tracks,

“Hae Otoko”

and my solo song “Ame”,

are also covers of Moritaka-san’s songs…

I was surprised and thought

“Wow We’ll be singing those songs

The arrangement of “Kono Machi” was changed to a ballad, and we sang it with the hope that it’ll remind everyone of their home town and make them feel warm…

We sang “Hae Otoko” with playfulness and fun…

“Ame” was sung with the hope that the scene of the painful lyrics would come to mind…

I put my heart into the recording of each song

There’s also an edition with a “dance groove ver.” of “Kono Machi” as the coupling track

This is completely different than the ballad “Kono Machi”, and it’s a fun pop tune

There are spoken lines during the song, and we changed the way we spoke them to match the tune, so please listen to and compare the ballad and dance groove versions

Everyone
Please be absolutely sure to check all of them out

And then, starting yesterday,
Hello! Project’s new show started on YouTube

It seems there are people who have already seen it
But it’ll be changed in one week, so those who haven’t seen it yet, do so soon

Yaji and Berryz Koubou’s Tokunaga Chinami-chan challenge ○○○ for the first time in our lives

Don’t miss it

And then, and then,
yesterday I appeared on the Nihon TV program “Hiru Nan Desu”

I received a simple hair arrangement that can be done in 3 minutes using a rubber hairband in the studio(〃▽〃)

Ah~
I was impressed
It was a makeover in only 3 minutes…

(1) Tada

Though Yaji is clumsy…
I can probably do this

But… I don’t have a rubber headband…

First I will buy one Yeah(・∀・´)

Everyone who checked it out, thank you very much

In addition
Yesterday we had a birthday event

Airi and Chisato, and then all of the fans and staff

celebrated the birthdays of Nacky, Mai, and myself

There were four performances of the event this year…
Each and every year, everyone celebrates with a birthday event like this… I’m grateful from the bottom of my heart

There were a variety of corners,
we sang a variety of songs…

While enjoying the event, time passed in the blink of an eye

We finished just at 9:00PM…(^。^;)

I think there are people who unfortunately couldn’t come

So when the DVD goes on sale later, please be sure to check it out

Well then, lastly,
yesterday’s pictures…

(2)
With Nacky, who turned 19 yesterday

(3)
All of ℃-ute

Alright
Today at 5:30PM~

At Ikebukuro Sunshine City Alpa B 1F Fountain Plaza,

we will have the “Kono Machi” release event

The snow is a big problem
Those who are coming, please be careful

Well then, have a wonderful day today…

Later~

Maimi Sightings for February 5th

The Enjoy Network Japan Facebook page uploaded this picture of Maimi along with the following message:

We showed her all the message from everyone.
She was pretty moved by the messages. Also She realized that this program is really broadcasting to all over the world and she is getting supports from fans in the world.

Please send her your message too!