Monthly Archives: March 2013

Blog update: “Received kindness~( 〃▽〃)”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s March 31st update, titled “Received kindness~( 〃▽〃)“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

Listen, about yesterday
Following Chisato,
this time Hagi-chan made walleye pollack roe gratin and brought it in

It was the first time I had walleye pollack roe gratin, and it was really delicious~

I saw the picture in Hagi-chan’s update yesterday,

and when I thought “She gave her all to make it for ℃-ute…(*´д`*)”,

I was like

Thanks a lot, both Chisato and Mai

I’m glad I got to eat both of their home cooking

It’s bad if I’m always just eating, so when I have time, I’ll make something for the other members(・∀・´)

E… even me…
I c-c-can cook something if I try…( ̄^ ̄;)

And then
There was something else that made me happy yesterdayヽ(´ー`)ノ

Every day recently,
I’ve worked on the handmade photobook,

and when I went to start working on it after rehearsal for our spring tour finished,

Airi bought an azuki smoothie from the cafe and gave it to me

“Here’s your reward for working hard“, she said~°・(ノД`)・°・

She’s so kind… How can it be…(T^T)lol

I worked hard
Well, I’ve always loved making things, so it’s more fun than it is work…

But I still have a deadline to meet, so I’m in a hurry…

However, seeing the azuki smoothie at that time gave Yaji power(・∀・´)


Speaking of Airi-san, her photobook “Sotsugyou” goes on sale today

Later today,
from 1:00PM~5:30PM,

the play “Sakura no Hanataba”,
which finished its run several days ago,

will be broadcast on USTREAM with commentary

Because Airi has a release commemoration handshake event for her photobook,
she unfortunately won’t be able to appear on the USTREAM

I want to talk about a lot of behind-the-scenes stories, including Airi’s share, with everyone

Please be sure to check it out

In addition

The details for the release commemoration event (April 3rd~7th) for ℃-ute’s 21st single which comes in 3 days,
“Crazy Kanzen na Otona”,
have been announced

Here’s the details…

Please be sure to come and meet ℃-ute

Blog update: “Motivation(‘∇’ )”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s March 30th update, titled “Motivation(‘∇’ )“:

Good afternoon
It’s Maimi


we appeared as guest judges at the performance contest

“Heart Beat Festa ~Anata no Kenketsu de, Dareka ga Egao ni.~”


The concept of the event was to encourage more young people to donate blood,
since the amount of people in their teens and 20s donating blood has gone down

There are people who can be saved with our blood donations

I passed by a blood donation site earlier when I had time between jobs,

and I thought “I’ll donate

When I got closer, I thought
“Hold on…!? How long does it take to donate …Huh… If I donated now, would I be able to make my next job in time

So I left without donating…

Though, I learned a variety of things about donating blood at yesterday’s contest, and it made me think

“Next time I’ll pitch in and donate too

Everyone, if you have the chance, please be sure to participate in a blood drive

I hope it brings smiles to as many people as possible


And then,
at the contest we watched the performances of 12 groups who had advanced to the final judging

Groups dancing while using a video…
Groups tap dancing in geta…

There were a wide variety of performances, so it was really fun

Seeing the performances of people in the same generation as me, I thought

“They’ve practiced a lot for the sake of today’s performance“,

and it was really, really motivating

The grand prize winners were
Saitama-sakae High School’s

and they gave an impactful performance with a lot of members

Congratulations on your victory

But each performance was really wonderful, so judging was considerably difficult

After the winner was announced,
I saw the bitter smiles of the other groups,

and it made me think “When you work hard at something, your frustration when you fail is big too

Though it’s unfortunate they couldn’t win, they looked really cool

People who are working hard for something really sparkle

Everyone who participated, thank you for all your hard work

And then, we performed the 4 songs

1. Crazy Kanzen na Otona (←Our new song coming out on April 3rd)

2. Kanashiki Heaven

3. Momoiro Sparkling

4. Dance de Bakoon!

Everyone’s performances gave us a lot of power,

so with the feeling of
“We can’t lose(・∀・´)”,

we had fun performing

Surely there were people who saw ℃-ute for the first time, and I hope all of them have become interested in ℃-ute…

At the handshake event too,
there were really a lot of people who said “Pleased to meet you”(゜o゜)/

℃-ute will work hard so that the ranks of team ℃-ute grow more and more

Ah That’s right

Chisato brought us gratin she made

Doesn’t it look delicious~

Ah It truly was really, really delicious°・(ノД`)・°・

Yaji loves gratin~

I was so happy, I was like munch, munch, munch, munch… My spoon wouldn’t stop…(°∇°;)

It was delicious, Chisato


And then, we received Starbucks as a treat

Caramel frappuccino
It was as delicious as alwaysヽ(≧▽≦)/
Thanks for the treat, staff


Well then
I hope wonderful things are waiting for everyone in the afternoon too…

Until tomorrow~(^-^)


“℃-ute concert tour 2013 Haru ~Treasure Box~”
will start on April 20th,

and we’re accepting special ticket preorders before the general sale date for everyone who reads ℃-ute’s blog

The performances that the preorder is for are

June 23rd
Fukuoka Shiminkaikan
2:30PM~ / 6:00PM~

You can find details at the URL below

The special preorder application period is
March 30th 12:00PM ~ April 7th 6:00PM

Those getting tickets will be decided by lottery, not in order of application

I’m waiting for everyone’s participation

Details on Maimi’s next photobook

ad8ufMaimi announced her next photobook in her blog update today, and while no details like a title or release date were given, Maimi did reveal that she would be designing the photobook herself. For those who aren’t familiar, one of Maimi’s hobbies is making photo albums (one such photo album can be seen here), and she even designed a special cover for one of her previous photobooks, “Tabioto” (pictured left).

More details will be posted here as soon as they’re announced.

“I My Me” navigator message for March 29th

Here’s the translation of Maimi’s navigator message for March 29th on the “℃-ute Yajima Maimi no I My Me Maimi~” website:

Today’s theme is “Heh heh! I’m proud!”
℃-ute performed in the play “Sakura no Hanataba” until the 24th.
This was a special play where we performed in 3 halls at the same time, so the performing members had to run back and forth between the 3 halls.

The longest distance we had to run up the stairs in the small window of time was from the basement to the 5th floor,
and for someone like me who has loved exercise since I was a kid, I was confident in my ability to go up and down the stairs (lol)

After we finished a dress rehearsal in the 3 halls simultaneously before the opening day,
it seems there was the gossip “Yajima is fast!” going around the theater staff (lol)
I was told “Without Yajima’s legs, this would never work!”,
and once again I thought “I’m grateful to my parents!”

The staff members would communicate with each other “Yajima has just left the middle hall!”,
and I heard that as they were thinking “They just contacted us!”,
they could immediately hear the sound of footsteps running up the stairs,
and were surprised “Whoa! She’s fast!” each time (lol)

Maimi Sightings for March 29th

▪Fellow ℃-ute member Hagiwara Mai shared this 2-shot of herself and Maimi in her update on the official ℃-ute blog yesterday. In addition, Mai wrote that her and Maimi get along well, and joked that it might be destiny.

Mai’s update:

▪Fellow ℃-ute member Suzuki Airi first posted this 2-shot with Maimi and followed up with a 3-shot that turned into a group shot in her update today on the official ℃-ute blog today.

Airi’s update:

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

Blog update: “Handmade…(^-^)”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s March 29th update, titled “Handmade…(^-^)“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi


We had rehearsal for ℃-ute’s spring tour starting April 20th again yesterday

We’re gradually making progress

There’s so many things we’re going to be doing…


As for what it is…(  ̄▽ ̄)
It’s…… you know……

Something you’ll need to look forward to coming and seeing

I really want everyone to be sure to experience it themselves


And then,
Yaji’s been working hard lately φ(..)

I wrote that I had a lot of luggage in my update the day before yesterday…

And the reason is…

I’m producing a “handmade photobook” that will go on sale

A~h The deadline is getting close though(°∇°;)

I get really, really immersed when I’m working on it, and I lose track of time


This photobook is unlike any of my other photobooks up to now,

so when I was participating in the meeting, I was allowed to share my ideas and opinions like

“I want to make a photobook like this

and “How do you feel about this theme

We also talked about how I’ve made photo albums and photo frames as part of my hobby, and how I love making small things

So I’ll decorate the pictures from the photoshoot myself

My hands end up covered in glue every day~σ(^_^;)

But it’s fun…

At home or at work, I’m always paste, paste, pasting things

Every time I’m doing it as part of my hobby at home,

my mom becomes angry and says “Go to sleep already“…

But since I’m doing it for a photobook now, my mom helps out

She’ll find something she thinks I can use in the sewing box at our home,

and say “How’s this Don’t you think you can use it

I’ll do my best to make a wonderful handmade photobook(・∀・´)

I’ll announce when the release date is decided

Now then Today,
from 3:00PM to 6:30PM,

at Omiya Sonic City Dai Hall,
℃-ute will appear as guest judges at the performance contest
“Heart Best festa”

The performances of the groups who have advanced…

I’m excited and can’t wait to see them

I’ll probably get a lot of motivation~

And then, I want to put on a really, really hot performance with the power from the 5 members of ℃-ute and from everyone in team ℃-ute

We’ll do our best ℃-ute

Well then Be happy today, everyone


They’re pictures from our breaks at rehearsal yesterday and the day before

With Hagi-chan

The kamameshi we had for lunch
It was salmon and salmon roe, and it was delicious~

A 3-shot with Chisato and Mai


March 31st, the day after tomorrow,
from 1:00PM to 5:30PM,

the play “Sakura no Hanataba”,
whose run just finished,

will be broadcast with commentary on USTREAM

“Sakura no Hanataba” is made up of 3 intertwining stories,

so we’ll be doing commentary while watching all 3 plays

I want to talk about a variety of behind-the-scenes stories and episodes…
So please be sure to watch

Blog update: “Typing while drowsy (lol)(/0 ̄ )”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s March 28th update, titled “Typing while drowsy (lol)(/0 ̄ )“:

【From staff: This update was written this morning.】

Good morning
It’s Maimi


Isn’t the weather so nice

I’m filled with the sun’s warmth…
It’s made me feel a little sleepy~(っд=)

Aa~h… I’m happy~(*´∀`)っ


Now then,
rehearsal for the spring tour, which starts on April 20th, began yesterday(〃▽〃)

It was exciting

The amount of muscle building exercises we did during our stretching period increased,

and as I was thinking

“What, what(゜Д゜;≡;゜Д゜)”,

our instructor said “℃-ute’s second chapter starts here(・∀・´)… That’s what it’s supposed to be like Hehe

Ah~ I became fired up~ヽ(*`・Д・´)ノ

Because ℃-ute still has to push on


…That’s how I felt as rehearsal started…

Our instructors are cool when they’re showing us the choreography

So much so that I instinctively stare at them like “So cool~…(*´д`*)“…

No no This isn’t the time or place to be staring

We must learn how to be able to do it ourselves(・ー・´)

So that everyone watching will react with
“So cool~(*´д`*)” like us,

℃-ute will do our bestヽ(≧▽≦)/


And then,
is currently on sale,
and 20 pictures that were cut from the feature
are now available on Spirits’ free manga site,
“Yawaraka Spirits”

Please be sure to check it out

Here’s a picture from the photoshoot for “Spirits”


In addition,
a picture from “Digimono Station”, which is also on sale…


Isn’t it a really, really rare look for me(゜o゜)/ Glasses

Surely even my friends would pass by without noticing me…(lol)

I wore classes and outfits that I don’t usually wear,

so the photoshoot was really fresh and fun

Those who still haven’t seen it, please be sure to check it out

And then,
tomorrow from 3:00PM to 6:30PM,
at Saitama’s Omiya Sonic City Dai-hall,

the performance concert
“Heart Best Festa”
will be held

℃-ute will appear as guest judges…

We will also perform

It’s free to come and watch
I’ll do my best so that those who are seeing ℃-ute for the first time will become a part of team ℃-ute

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


I’m really drowsy…(*´д`*)

I wonder how many times I’ve nodded off…


Well then,
please have a wonderful day, everyone

Until tomorrow~(^з^)/

Maimi Sightings for March 27th

▪Fellow ℃-ute member Suzuki Airi posted another 2-shot with Maimi from their “Spirits” photoshoot in her update today on the official ℃-ute blog.

▪Morning Musume’s Iikubo Haruna shared a 3-shot of herself, Maimi, and Nakajima Saki from their “Hello! SATOYAMA Life” filming in an update on the Morning Musume 10th generation blog.

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

Blog update: “Spring(*^.^*)”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s March 27th update, titled “Spring(*^.^*)“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

we had a filming for the TV Tokyo program that airs at 1:00AM every Thursday,

“Hello! SATOYAMA Life”

I challenge something for the first time along with Nacky and Morning Musume’s Iikubo Haruna-chan


It was rea~lly fun

I travelled with Nacky on the way back…

and we could see a row of cherry trees outside the window

Our conversation turned to “I want to go cherry blossom viewingヽ(´ー`)ノ”

Look, look
Aren’t they really pretty


Spring’s really nice, isn’t it

The plants look lively

It makes you want to take a deep breath, doesn’t it

…Though I say that, today’s cold…(=_=;)

But tomorrow will be another warm day…

Yeah I love springヾ(^▽^)ノ

Changing the subject

“Sakura no Hantaba”,
the play that ended yesterday,

will be broadcast on USTREAM along with a commentary track

March 31st

We will broadcast the stories from


at the same time with commentary

The 3 stories at the same time…
I wonder what it’ll be like…(  ̄▽ ̄)

With all 3 plays as one, I wonder if we’ll be able to see things like

“Ah She just left the stage(*゜o゜*)…… I thought, but now she appeared on this stage(゜o゜)/”

I can’t wait

Everyone, please be sure to check it out, okay

……Right now…

My arms… are in a pinch…O(><;)(;><)O

I have a lot of luggage today

It’s so heavy~(´□`)


…Yaji’s arms are training day by day like this…(;O;)

Just a little more…
I’ll do my best(>_<)

Well then, let's have a wonderful day today

Until tomorrow’s update~(^o^)

Maimi is May’s “Bijo Megane”

The “Bijo Megane” (“Beautiful Girl in Glasses”) section on the “Digimono Station” website has updated with May’s edition, which is none other than Maimi. The first of four images can be seen at the Bijo Megane section here. On a side note, Maimi’s profile on the site also lists Maimi’s visual acuity, which is a perfect 20/20.

Maimi Sightings for March 26th

▪Fellow ℃-ute member Suzuki Airi posted this 2-shot of herself and Maimi from their “Big Comic Spirits” photoshoot in her update today on the official ℃-ute blog.

▪Fellow ℃-ute member Nakajima Saki wrote in her update on the official ℃-ute blog today that she was on location filming for the program “Hello! SATOYAMA Life” along with Maimi and Morning Musume’s Iikubo Haruna, and shared this 3-shot of the group.

▪Maimi’s “Sakura no Hanataba” costar Fukunaga Marika updated her official blog with a couple of 2-shots with Maimi and reflected on their time together on the play. Marika wrote how Maimi’s diligence and postive attitude inspired her, and that she wouldn’t have been able to do the play with anyone else.

▪The “UTB” Twitter account tweeted these pictures from today’s photobook handshake event. In the second picture, Maimi is showing her favorite picture in the photobook, one she took of Nacky and Airi on the bullet train which Hagiwara Mai happened to sneak into.

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

Blog update: “Ah~(*/□\*)”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s March 26th update, titled “Ah~(*/□\*)“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

I’m sorry for updating so late yesterday

My phone had been acting weird for about 3 days…

I have a habit of hooking up my phone to charge before I go to bed each night,

but when I wake up in the morning, my phone hasn’t charged at all…(;゜ロ゜)

Occasionally there are times when it charges properly, though…

The shop looked for the cause of the problem for me,

and it seems there’s a problem with the charger…(^~^;)

So I bought a new charger,

and yeah It’s working perfectly fine(≧∀≦)/

I’m sorry for the disturbance

Nacky, thanks for writing my message on your blog…(^з^)/

Yesterday, Chisato, Mai, and myself had the release commemoration handshake event for the concert photobook

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


There were a lot of people who said “Pleased to meet you“…( ´∀`)

It was my first time appearing at a handshake event in awhile, and being able to talk to everyone was really fun

Thank you very much

In addition,
I had a photoshoot for the mens’ fashion magazine “smart”,
which goes on sale April 24th,

and an interview with “GiRLPOP TV”,
which will air on April 10th

At “smart”,
Airi and I looked at a variety of pictures,
and chose our favorite hairstyles for men


And then
at “GiRLPOP TV”,

Chisato, Mai, and myself took an “adult manners” quiz

Please be sure to check both out

Now then, when I returned home,
this cute girl was sitting on the sofa with a blank stare(・-・)

My beloved Cologne(*´д`*)

She needs a haircut soon, huh

When her hair gets long, she starts to look like a bear…(lol)

But it’s really cute when it looks like a teddy bear is walking around(〃▽〃)

Ah That’s right
I cut my bangs a little bit again

You can’t tell, can you??(lol)

Today’s cold, but the weather is nice

Today I have a filming on location

I’ll head out cheerfully today……


But just now, I noticed something outrageous( ̄□ ̄;)!!

I put a bobby pin in my hair while I was doing my make up, and I rode on the train without taking it out first

No wonder…(=_=;)

I thought I saw the person across from me look at me twice(〃へ〃)

I became flushed as soon as I realized it(〃ー〃)
It’s embarassing(*/□\*)

I’ll pull myself together…

and head offε=┌( ・_・)┘


℃-ute’s 21st single,
“Crazy Kanzen na Otona”,
will go on sale April 3rd,
and you can watch the music video here

In addition
Here’s the dance shot

The release date has gradually gotten closer

I definitely want a lot of people to listen to it


A picture from the photoshoot for “Spirits”, which is on sale now…


Those who haven’t yet, please be sure to check it out

Blog update: “Sakura no Hanataba(/_;)”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s March 25th update, titled “Sakura no Hanataba(/_;)“:

Good evening
It’s Maimi

Yesterday, we finished all of the performances of the play “Sakura no Hanataba”, which began on March 14th

When I heard that we’d be performing in 3 halls simultaneously, and as such the members would have to run back and forth between the 3 halls during the performances,

I thought “Something amazing is beginning(゜o゜)/

I was prepared for the challenge in the beginning,

but when practice started,
more problems arose than I had imagined…

Honestly, I felt anxious and impatient every day

But the reason that my spirit didn’t break at that time

was because of the passion of a lot of people involved with the play

The staff who calculated the time every day on little sleep so that we’d be able to move between the 3 halls with the right timing.

Tsubota Fumi-san, who had to make countless changes to the script she worked hard on to adjust to the timing.

“Alright!! I’ll memorize the script quickly, and then think about my character’s feelings!!”

With that in mind,
I memorized my lines and talked a lot with my costar Marika-chan on how to portray my feelings,

but on one day close to the performances,
we were told that there was no way to get the timing to match up, so it was necessary that the script be completely changed.

I had to remember the script from the beginning again, rethink my character’s feelings, and reorganize everything in my head…

Because I had been working seriously, I became frustrated,

and I started to become anxious and impatient like

“Will I be ready in time for the performance?… No, I’ve gotta be ready!!

However, I think the person who was most troubled by this was Tsubota Fumi-san.

Writing just one story is difficult enough, but writing 3 stories…! By yourself…! In addition, she had to write the story while thinking about the time it’d take to perform…

How difficult that must be…

I think she was definitely frustrated that she had to change something that she had finally finished

In addition, Ooiwa-san, who had to direct 3 plays by herself…
She’s really amazing

Whenever there was a scene we didn’t appear in during practice, we each took breaks and ate…

But Ooiwa-san was directing us the entire time without taking a break

Even though we only had to think of one story, our heads were full…

When making 3 plays,
there are going to be some inconsistencies…

Ooiwa-san was always troubled with how to overcome those problems while keeping in mind the timing

she would say things like “No no, there’s definitely a solution We can’t compromise at a time like this“…

She was always giving us reassuring words

There were a lot of people who were giving their all,
so we definitely couldn’t complain!!

On the contrary, it made me think “If I believe, things will definitely work out somehow” and always gave me a ton of power to work hard

Again, I felt it was amazing how people’s determination and passion rubs off on other people

The day when we did a full rehearsal for the lighting, sound, costume, etc. staff…

The training room was filled with staff members.

“That’s right!! Since we’re performing in 3 halls at once, there’s 3 times as many staff as usual

…When I saw the amount of people, I again thought that performing in 3 halls simultaneously is an amazing thing.

Including the staff who weren’t there, this play is going to open through the cooperation of a lot of people…

I felt…

At rehearsal, we couldn’t get the timing to move between the 3 halls even once,

and we went to the theater filled with anxiety,

but we were able to make the performance a success thanks to the many people who supported us!

Also, after the play had started, the staff were worried our legs would get fatigued going up and down the stairs, so they gave us compresses

We were really surrounded by wonderful staff

And then, my buddy
Fukunaga Marika-chan…

It was an extremely fresh feeling putting on a play with a girl who is the same age as myself

Since we’re the same age, I could ask her a lot of things without needing to worry

We were able to talk a lot

I was really happy…

It was fun receiving motivation from her and learning something new about her every day…

I’m really glad that I was able to be in a play with Marika-chan

I’m grateful to fate for bringing us together

And then, I’m grateful I was able to meet my role, Hirano Sakiko, too

The time I spent thinking about, worrying about, and making discoveries about Sakiko will definitely be useful to me from here on out

I still have thoughts like “Could I have done it like this? Could I have done it like that?“,

but I want to make the best of those things in the future too

everyone who came to the theater!!

Thank you so very much

This play was something that all of us worked frantically to put together,

so I’m really happy there were people who came and watched

Of course, I think there are a lot of people who wanted to come but couldn’t

We received a lot of power from those people too

I’m grateful for the many people who support us in ways we can’t see

I feel a sense of accomplishment at being able to reach the closing day without any problems after days full of anxiety…

Again I felt that sharing my determination, troubles, and joys with a lot of people, and then coming together as one like this is fun

The time I spent as Hirano Sakiko was really fun

To many people…

Thank you very much…

I heard something from the owner of Theater Green

The nearby cherry trees…

They said it’s rare for them to bloom this early…

I thought “I wonder if they bloomed for the closing day of “Sakura no Hanataba”~“,

and became happy



My first-time costars
Kikuchi Yurie-chan
Fujii Chiho-chan
Nomura Minami-chan
Ichioka Rina-chan

Thank you very much
It was like a girls’ school backstage too, and every day was really fun

I hope I can work with them again


With ℃-ute
Several years ago I said that I wanted to try a school story with the members of ℃-ute, and it came true after all these years


The script I used
It’s already worn out
But I’ll a~lways treasure it

Maimi Sightings for March 24th

▪Fellow ℃-ute member Suzuki Airi uploaded this 2-shot with Maimi in her update today on the official ℃-ute blog.


▪Maimi’s “Sakura no Hanataba” costar Fukunaga Marika shared this 2-shot with Maimi and had this to say in an update on her official blog:

The pic’s of my partner Yajima Maimi-sama and our parfaits.

Maimi-sama’s presence in the dressing room alone has a relaxing effect.

She’s a human aroma.

By the way, Maimi-chan has a pet dog named Aroma.


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

Maimi & Airi gallery at “Yawaraka Spirits”

The “Yawaraka Spirits” website has put up a gallery of 20 images taken during Maimi and Suzuki Airi’s photoshoot for the magazine “Shuukan Spirits”. Check out the full gallery here.

Additionally, a comment and behind-the-scenes video from the shoot has been added to the “Shogakukan Comic” website, and can be watched here. The video will only be available until the end of the month (the 31st), so be sure to check it out before then.