Monthly Archives: March 2013

Blog update: “Closing day!!(>_<)"

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s March 24th update, titled “Closing day(>_<)“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

There were performances of the play “Sakura no Hanataba” yesterday too

I was really happy that a lot of people came and watched

And then, everyone who supported us even though they couldn’t come, thank you very much

Each performance, a lot of staff who I’ve worked with in the past come…

And yesterday,
the staff from “Shuukan Spirits” came and gave me this

(1)

Actually,
in the issue of “Spirits” that goes on sale tomorrow, Airi and myself appear on the front cover and in the opening feature

It’s my first appearance in “Spirits”

We went to Izu for the photoshoot(^-^)

The two of us fully enjoyed ourselves, so it was a really fun photoshoot

In addition
“Dijimono Station”

(2)

and “Shuukan Takarajima” are also released tomorrow

(3)

Everyone, please be sure to check them out

 

Oh…(^^;)
Back on topic(^-^;

Today is the closing day of “Sakura no Hanataba”

Today I say farewell to Theater Green, which I came to every day…

As if waiting for this day, the cherry blossoms are in full bloom

My mom drove me past a street lined with cherry trees on the way to the station today

It was so beautiful~(*´∀`)

I wanted to take a picture, but I couldn’t since we were moving~

Today’s the end of my time as Hirano Sakiko…

When I think about that, it makes me feel kind of lonely…

A person who didn’t actually exist was born into this world by the playwrite, the director, a lot of staff, the actors, and everyone in the audience…

It’s kind of amazing…

I will properly reflect on my final time playing Hirano Sakiko, and stand on stage again today

I have an announcement for those who can’t come to the venue

Today’s “Sakura no Hanataba” will broadcast on USTREAM

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/uststage

There are 3 stories being performed simultaneously this time,

so they’ll be seperated into 3 broadcasts

11:30AM~
“BIG TREE THEATER”

3:00PM~
“BOX in BOX THEATER”
6:30PM~
“BASE THEATER”

Tickets can be purchased here

http://www.ustream.tv/ppv/supportcenter#q2desc

The 3 stories are connected, so I’ll be happy if you watch all 3 performancesヽ(´ー`)ノ

And then, if you don’t mind, so that we can complete the closing day without any problems, everyone, please send us your power(〃▽〃)

Yeah(・∀・´)
Well then, I’ll have a wonderful day today

I hope everyone finds a lot of happiness today…

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Tomorrow, starting at 7:00PM,

at Hello! Shop Shibuya,

Chisato, Mai, and myself will have a release commemoration handshake event for

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

Please check the Hello! Shop homepage for details
http://www.helloproject.com/officialshop/news

I’m looking forward to being able to meet a lot of people

Blog update: “Nori nori, maki maki~( ´∀`)”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s March 23rd update, titled “Nori nori, maki maki~( ´∀`)“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

This is sudden,
but I have an announcement for everyone

On March 28th (Thurs.),
from 7:00PM to 1:00AM,

something called the “Morning Musume & Berryz Koubou & ℃-ute LIVE 3 Renpatsu SPECIAL!!”

will broadcast on Nico Nico Nama Housou

The URL to view the program is here

http://live.nicovideo.jp/watch/lv130726757

“℃-ute Concert Tour 2012 Haru/Natsu ~Utsukushikutte Gomen Ne~”,

which was held on May 4th, 2012 at Nakano Sunplaza,

“Berryz Koubou Concert Tour 2012 Haru ~Berryz Station~”,

which was held on April 29th, 2012 at Nakano Sunplaza,

and “Morning Musume Concert Tour 2012 Haru ~Ultra Smart ~Niigaki Risa Mitsui Aika Sotsugyo Special”,

which was held on May 18th, 2012 at Nihon Budoukan,

will be shown in succession

I think that it’s hard for a lot of people to come to the venues usually,

so I want those people to be sure to watch

Of course, I’ll be happy if those who experienced coming to the venue and seeing our concerts watch one more time

 

Changing the subject,
yesterday Nacky, Mai, and myself had a photoshoot for

“Hello! Channel vol.12”,
which will go on sale in April

(1)
Tada~

This time, the 3 of us studied aikido(^-^)

Ah It was interesting

And then, wearing the hakama was kind of exciting too

Please be sure to check out what happened in “Hello! Channel”

And then, another day starts today

The play “Sakura no Hanataba”, which is currently showing, ends this weekend

A lot of people came yesterday too, so I was really happy(*^_^*)

Actually, Mitsui Aika-chan came and watched yesterday≡ヽ(´ー`)ノ

(2)

She brought treats to each dressing room…

Mittsi~ Thank you very much(T^T)

Thanks to everyone who supported us even though they couldn’t come, too

I’ll do my best with all my might the remaining 2 days

This morning,
my mom made me a lunch box with norimaki, which I love

(3)

I’m happy

“Do your best today” she said as she handed it to me

I’m really grateful…

I’ll have a wonderful day with norimaki power

I hope a lot of wonderful things happen for everyone too…

Blog update: “Be yourself!!( ・∀・”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s March 22nd update, titled “Be yourself( ・∀・“:

Good afternoon
It’s Maimi

Even though the sky’s clear today,
it’s cold((+_+))

Tada~
Please lookヾ(^▽^)ノ

(1)

Our new single coming out on April 3rd,
“Crazy Kanzen na Otona”

I was given them a little ahead of time

This time, there are 6 versions of the CD

From the top left:
・Regular Edition
・Limited Edition A
・Limited Edition B
・Limited Edition C
・Limited Edition D
・Limited Edition E

And for this single,
there’s 3 new coupling tracks

First,
all of ℃-ute sings
“The☆Treasure Box”

It’s also the title of our upcoming spring tour,

but anyway, this song is exciting

Everyone in ℃-ute loves this song,
and we all said “I want to perform this at a concert soonヽ(≧▽≦)/ It’ll definitely get everyone excited

It’s a song that’ll lift your mood just by hearing it, so I hope everyone listens to it a lot

And then,
Airi, Chisato, and myself sing
“Chikyuu kara no Sanjuusou”

In this song, our 3 parts overlap to create a refreshing song that’s perfect for spring

Since each part is seperated the entire song, I’ve got to practice a lot so I don’t mess up

But, it’s a really fun song to sing

In addition
Nacky and Mai sing
“Watashi wa Tensai”

This is a really cute song that fits their voices perfectly

Nacky’s charm point is her lips

Mai’s is her dimples…

Tsunku♂-san probably thought of that while making it…

That’s the feeling I got from the song

This is my thinking,
but there’s a common point of the 3 coupling tracks of “Crazy Kanzen na Otona”…

They all have the message of “Be yourself“…

Though the melody and atmosphere of each song is different, each is a positive song

I want ℃-ute to keep running forward as ourselves

And I think everyone has something unique about them…

So I hope that through these songs, we can cheer for all those people…

Now then, changing the subject,

there were performances of the play “Sakura no Hanataba” yesterday too

Everyone who came
Everyone who supported us
Thank you very much(^з^)/

Ah…(; ̄Д ̄)
That’s right, when I went into the dressing room yesterday,

the director Ooiwa-san was grinning for some reason…(*-∀-)

I thought “What(・・?”,
and when I took my seat, I noticed something shocking!!!!(@ ̄□ ̄@;)!!

(2)

Please look…( ̄◇ ̄;)
They wrote on everything…(=_=;)

Not just these things,

they also wrote “Yajima” on my chair

They also wrote “Yajima” on my cellphone

They also wrote “Yajima” on my brush

Everywhere I looked, “Yajima” appeared…

I was completely defeated… I surrender(‘~`;)lol

But, I love that side of Ooiwa-san(^^)
Backstage at the play is fun everyday

The only performances remaining in this play, which started on the 14th,

are today, tomorrow, and the day after tomorrow…

There’s 7 showings left
I want to cherish playing Hirano Sakiko each time

Ah Speaking of plays
Today I was given this

(3)

The DVD of the play that I starred in with Berryz Koubou’s Tokunaga Chinami-chan

Otona no Mugicha’s 20th production, “SUGAR SPOT”

It will go on sale next Wednesday

Please watch it, if you like

Well then
Yaji-san will have fun while doing her best today

Until tomorrow’s update~

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March 25th at 7:00PM~
At the Hello! Shop in Shibuya,
Chisato, Mai, and myself will have a release commemoration handshake event for the concert photobook

“℃-ute Concert Tour 2012-2013 Fuyu ~Shinsei Naru Pentagram~ Ura”(^-^)人(^-^)

Please check the Hello! Shop homepage for details

http://www.helloproject.com/officialshop/news

I’m waiting for a lot of people to participate

Blog update: “Announcement”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s second March 21st update, titled “Announcement“:

It’s Maimi again!

Everyone, did you see the special insert “be Extra TEENS” that came with the morning edition of the Asahi newspaper todayヽ(≧▽≦)/

Ah, I was rea~lly excited

A full-page picture of “Crazy Kanzen na Otono” appears like BAM

Everyone, please be sure to check it out

I’m really happy
Asahi newspaper… Thank you

Blog update: “In the dressing room…( ゜o゜) \(-_-)”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s March 21st update, titled “In the dressing room…( ゜o゜) \(-_-)“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

The wind is cold
But the sunlight feels good

Days like today make me want to go cherry blossom viewing…( ´∀`)

Now then,
the play “Sakura no Hanataba”

is currently showing at Ikebukuro Theater Green

We’ve finally crossed the halfway point

Yesterday
Tazaki Asahi-chan came and watched

When the two of us talked earlier,
she said “I’ll come and see the play“,

but I had no idea she’d really come…

I was really happy~

The play is about a school campus,
so in the taxi on the way home,
I listened to Asahi-chan’s stories about school

Asahi-chan
Thanks

 

And then,
there was something like this in our dressing room yesterday

(1)
Flowers~

They’re rea~lly pretty

My co-star Fukunaga Marika-chan and I had the conversation

“Having flowers in the dressing room changes the mood

The dressing room I share with Marika-chan…

Both of us have a weird excitement (lol)

Whenever something happens, we start a small play (lol)

Yesterday we were talking about the Studio Ghibli movie
“Spirited Away”,

and ended up talking about the character “Boh”…

While we were talking, Marika-chan stood up from her chair and said

“I’m gonna go brush my teeth a bit

Jokingly, I started talking like Boh and said

“Eh~ You’re gonna leave me alone I’m gonna cry That’s fine… ‘Cause I’m gonna cry

Marika-chan played along too and said

“If you wanna stay together, then come along with me(ーзー)”

And I responded

“Hmph!( ̄^ ̄) It’s fine! Hurry up and go!!”…(lol)

 

I wonder how many times a day plays like that unfold without an audience…σ(^_^;)

But… We laugh at ourselves each time we do that (lol)

“Hahaha…(≧∀≦) We’re real stupid, huh (lol) We don’t look 21 at all (lol)”

That dressing room is really fun, thoughヾ(^▽^)ノ

(2)

In addition
All of the staff are kind…

 

They gave us this

(3)

“Since your fatigue is probably piling up…

What kind people…

In addition, there are staff who said “We bought this when we visited a bakery earlier, so eat some if you like“,

and bought enough bread for us too…

And there’s staff who have continued to wave flags supporing us as we run back and forth backstage too…

Though it was only one person at first,

now there are 2 staff members cheering for us

Yesterday’s flags were
“Do your best”
and “Feelings are 42.195km…”

Since I was running,
I couldn’t read the end of the sentence O(><;)(;><)O

But but, I’m really happy

Today I’ll work hard with all of the kind people to put on a wonderful play(・∀・´)

Let’s all have a wonderful day

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The music video for
“Crazy Kanzen na Otona”,
our new song coming out on April 3rd,
is currently showing on YouTube

We tried dancing freely and posing while using a pole

At first,
the members face their make-up tables while wearing white outfits…

From there,
we change into black outfits…

The strong resolution of “From here on out I’ll do things my own way” that’s included in the song

is also in the music video

Please be sure to check it out

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pjGkL-VoEc

In addition, the dance shot version is also broadcasting

Please be sure to check this out too

http://youtu.be/NVC_AdIdKaU

Blog update: “Talking to myself…( ・ε・)”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s March 20th update, titled “Talking to myself…( ・ε・)“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

Today’s the first day of spring, huh

How is everyone going to spend it

I myself have performances of the play “Sakura no Hanataba” today

There’s 3 performances today
In addition, after the first performance is finished, we’ll be at the halfway point for all performances

I’ll do my best while fired up

…But…
My eyes are i~tchy(>_<)

(1)

Is the pollen intense today

I sneezed 3 times this morning…( ゜д゜)、;’.・

Everyone with hayfever… Let’s do our best today

There’s something I’ve noticed recently…(゜д゜;)

I talk to my bathroom scale…(・д・;)

I already wrote about it in an earlier update,

but I have a habit of weighing myself every day

I’ll step on the scale while making predictions about my weight fluctuation like

“I ate a little more than usual today~ Surely I’ll weigh more than yesterday~

and “I was really active today I’ll probably weigh less than yesterday…

When I weigh less than I thought, I’m like

“No way(゜o゜)/ I did it

or “Yesヽ(≧▽≦)/ Thank you

On the contrary, when I weigh more, I’m like
“You gotta be kidding( ̄□ ̄;)!!”

Afterwards, I always think

“Huh(°∇°;)
I just spoke to the scale…“(lol)

Surely it just reflexively comes out the instant I see the number…(;´▽`)

But, though I think that,

do people who live by themselves never say anything at home(・∀・)

Or rather, do they talk to themselves a lot since no one can see them

By the way, I’ve never lived by myself,

but I talk to myself often when I stay at a hotel somewhere…

“H~m… Next I’ll… put on my make-up♪(・∀・)”

and “Ah… I’m tired… Alright!! Hang in there(+_+;)”

are the kind of things I’ll say…

But, I thought of this today

When we’re sleepy and don’t want to get up in the morning,
we’ll probably wake up if we say something

Saying things like
“Nnnnnn(ー~ー)” and “Ahhhhhh(~O~)”

will put our bodies into wake-up mode

Be sure to try it(lol)

Well then
I hope today is a wonderful day…

I’m o~ff(^o^)

Pictures

Backstage pictures from “Sakura no Hanataba”

(2)

Related to the name of the play, we received some sakura kyounindoufu

(3)

Kikuchi Yurie-chan,
a.k.a. “Yurien”

She’s the kind of funny girl who eats two cakes for breakfast (lol)

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It’s been decided that the March 24th performances of “Sakura no Hanataba” will be broadcast on USTREAM

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/uststage

The five members of ℃-ute run back and forth during 3 simultaneous performances…

It’s the first time in Theater Green’s history that 3 performances have been performed at the same time

Therefore, there will be 3 broadcasts

11:30AM~
“BIG TREE THEATER”
“Kyoushitsu Chiri Chiru Sakura”
3:00PM~
“BOX in BOX THEATER” “Seitokai-shitsu Sakurairo ni Hohosomete”

6:30PM~
“BASE THEATER”
“Bushitsu Sakuran Otome”

Tickets can be purchased here

http://www.ustream.tv/ppv/supportcenter#q2desc

You can also get them in the goods corner at Ikebukuro Theater Green,

so please be sure to check it out everyone

Blog update: “Question(^o^)”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s March 19th update, titled “Question(^o^)“:

Good evening
It’s Maimi

It seems today was as warm as the average temperature in the middle of May…(*´д`*)

…Or rather, it was like summer, wasn’t it( ; ゜Д゜)

It skipped “warm” and went straight to “hot”(~▽~;)
I was surprised(^o^;)

Yesterday and today we had performances of the play “Sakura no Hanataba” at Ikebukuro Theater Green

Thank you very much to everyone who came even though they were busy and it was on a weekday

And then, everyone who couldn’t come, thank you for supporting us too

Today
Juice=Juice’s
Miyazaki Yuka-chan came and watched°・(ノД`)・°・

(1)

I was really happy

In addition,
she brought the specialty of her hometown Ishikawa prefecture,

yuzu soda(〃~〃)

I really like it…

I brought it back as a souvenir when I went to Kanazawa for a photobook shoot before,

and I remember that my mom and I were moved by its taste, saying

“How delicious(*´д`*)

A~h
I didn’t know that the day would come when I could drink it again~

After we split up,
she sent me an e-mail with her impressions of the play…

Miyazaki-chan
Thanks a lot(^-^)

 

Ah That’s right
At the mini-talk show after yesterday’s performance, we posed a question to everyone(^-^) lol

This play’s story is about the graduation day at a school named
“Senryokuji Girls’ High School”(*^.^*)

…and, one day,
our co-star Fukunaga Marika-chan said

“Ah About the name ‘Senryokuji Girls’ High School’…”,

and realized the origin of the school’s name

I was like
“I see(・o・)”
and understood

Everyone,
do you know why the school is named Senryokuji Girls’ High School(‘∇’)?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hint

Please remember the name of the venue I wrote in the beginning

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alright I have one more question before I reveal the answer

I talked about it earlier with Marika-chan and the director Ooiwa-san backstage…

“How do you come up with the names of roles when doing a play You have an image in your head, right

Again, Marika-chan was like…

“The names this time… All of ℃-ute’s name have a common feature“…

I hadn’t noticed it at all up to that point,

but when I heard, I was like

“It’s true” and I was a little impressed

By the way,
the names of ℃-ute’s roles are…

Yajima Maimi: Hirano Sakiko
Nakajima Saki: Asakura Kanoko
Suzuki Airi: Saeki Michiru
Okai Chisato: Oyamada Mei
Hagiwara Mai: Kaneko Rika

 

Did everyone notice it

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hint

The play’s title

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some of those who came to the play yesterday already answered in the comments of yesterday’s blog…

 

There were other people who figured it out, huh

 

First, the origin of the school name…

Combine the name of the Senkouji shrine that’s near Theater Green, and the “Green” from Theater Green,

and you get Senryokuji(^^)

 

 

And then, the common feature of the characters’ names…

Everyone’s names are related to flowers

Sakiko is
“saku”

Asakura Kanoko is
A”sakura”

Michiru is
“chiru”

Mei is
the “me” from “shinme”

Rika is
“hana”

Isn’t it interesting…

When I think that even the names have a meaning like this, it makes me happy

 

Were everyone’s guesses correct

Speaking of “Sakura no Hanataba”…

On the YouTube program
“Hello! Station #7”,
which is showing now,

you can get a look at what it’s like backstage

http://youtu.be/DjcX82cEawo

 

Since we’re performing 3 stories at the same time,
the members run back and forth between the 3 halls, and it’s a unique play

Please be sure to watch us causing a commotion backstage(lol)

 

Lastly

(2)
Chisato brought ice cream for Marika-chan and myself in the middle hall dressing room

Yaji had strawberry

(3)
Marika-chan had chocolate and vanilla

Thanks Chisato
It was delicious

Well then
I’ll have fun and do my best tomorrow too

Good night(^з^)/

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March 25th

At the Hello! Shop in Shibuya,
we will have a release commemoration handshake event for our concert photobook

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

It’ll start at 7:00PM

The participating members are
myself, Chisato, and Mai

Please check here for the details↓

http://www.helloproject.com/officialshop/news

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Blog update: “Chit-chat(‘ ∇’)”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s March 18th update, titled “Chit-chat(‘ ∇’)“:

Good afternoon
It’s Maimi

The dance shot version of our new single coming out on April 3rd,
“Crazy Kanzen na Otona”,
was only just uploaded on YouTube,
but it seems a lot of people have watched it already…

I’m really happy

Thank you

For the dance this time…
the theme is “soldier”

We were told to move in perfect unison
We also alternate our steps with quick and powerful movements

I’m surprised that there are some people who have already memorized it(゜o゜)/

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

(1)
Here’s a picture from the music video filming

And then
Yesterday there was another peformance of the play that runs until the 24th,

“Sakura no Hanataba”

There were two performances and a talk show yesterday

The talk show was over an hour long…

Though I wondered “What will it be like(・o・)?”,

we were close to the audience, so I felt kind of at home, and it was a really fun time

We talked about a variety of things,

like moving between the big, middle, and small halls,

the hardships of performing 3 stories at the same time,

stories of moving around backstage,

meeting our co-star Fukunaga Marika-chan for the first time,

stories from the dressing room,

how we went about playing our roles,

each others’ personalities…

Ah… In the small hall,
I did some prop comedy

The theater became dead silent……(°∇°;)lol

We also answered some questions from the audience…

At any rate, it was over in the blink of an eye(・∀・)

(2)
A picture with Marika-chan
Like…(・・;)
It became blurry…(^~^;)

Speaking of “Sakura no Hanataba”
A live broadcast of the closing day on March 24 on USTREAM has been decidedヾ(^▽^)ノ

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/uststage

Since there are 3 stories this time,

first,
at 11:30AM~
the “BIG TREE THEATER” story will broadcast…
Next,
at 3:00PM~
the “BOX in BOX THEATER” story will broadcast…
Lastly,
at 6:30PM~
the “BASE THEATER” story will broadcast

You can buy tickets here

http://www.ustream.tv/ppv/supportcenter#q2desc

You can also buy them at the Ikebukuro Theater Green goods corner

I think there are those of you who can’t come because you live far away,

so I’ll be happy if you watch the broadcast

Well then
There’s one performance today

I’ll concentrate and do my best
(3)

January poll results

oiy8hi

It’s the middle of March, so that means it’s time for… January poll results?! After a grand attempt to restart the monthly polls, I again dropped the ball, but better late than never… right?! At any rate, at the beginning of the year I posted a MaimiLog ranking of the top Maimi moments of 2012, but I also asked everyone to vote in a poll so that we could come up with a reader’s top 12 also. Well, many votes were cast, and here’s the top 12 Maimi moments of 2012 as decided by the MaimiLog readers:

1. Maimi’s Bicycle Pilgrimage – 16 votes
1. Yajima Maimi & Suzuki Airi Acoustic Live – 16 votes
3. DIY♡ – 13 votes
4. Maimi’s 20th Birthday – 11 votes
5. “CAT’S♥EYE” Play & Unit – 9 votes
6. Kimi wa Jitensha Watashi wa Densha de Kitaku” (Yajima Maimi Short Movie “Totsuzen” Dance Ver.) – 7 votes
7. “Hatachi” – 6 votes
8. “Sugar Spot” – 3 votes
8. Maimi & Chinami “ANNEX” Event – 3 votes
8. “Black Angels” 2 & 3 – 3 votes
11. “Chelsie” – 2 votes
12. “Geki Saka” Challenges – 1 vote

As expected, Maimi and Airi’s acoustic live had a strong showing, tying for first place with Maimi’s bicycle pilgrimage, which was first place on the MaimiLog list. Thanks to everyone for voting, and I hope you were able to enjoy looking back at 2012 while considering your votes.

Now then, I already changed the poll at the end of January, but never announced it here on the blog. Rather then end it right now, I’m going to let it continue through the month so more people have a chance to vote. This poll is simpler in its question, but perhaps one of the hardest polls to date. The current poll asks, “Which hairstyle do you prefer on Maimi?” Will you choose her classic long hair? Or do you prefer her ponytail, which she often wears during performances? Perhaps her rare twin tails (pig tails) is your favorite look? Or are you one of the people who preferred it when she went with short hair for a drastic image change? Give it some thought, and make sure to cast a vote if you haven’t already.

Blog update: “Announcement blog(^-^)”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s second March 17th update, titled “Announcement blog(^-^)“:

Good evening
I’ve appeared again

It’s Maimi

Just now,
on YouTube,
the dance shot version of our new song “Crazy Kanzen na Otona” was uploaded♪

Dance version↓
http://youtu.be/NVC_AdIdKaU

Music video↓
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pjGkL-VoEc

Please be sure to check them out
Please memorize the new song’s dance, if you like

Blog update: “Headlong( ゜Д゜;≡;゜Д゜)”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s March 17th update, titled “Headlong( ゜Д゜;≡;゜Д゜)“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

It seems cherry blossoms have started to bloom…
It’s almost spring

I’m excitedヾ(^▽^)ノ

I went to the bakery this morning and bought bread and tapioca milk tea, which I love…

Though it’s been awhile since I drank it, it was as delicious as always

A~h(´ー`)
I’m happy…

Now then, “Sakura no Hanataba”, the play starring ℃-ute,
started on the 14th,

and on today, the 4th day, there are additional performances

Yesterday we had 3 performances in one day
A lot of people came to watch

Thank you very much
And then, thank you to everyone who supported us even thought they couldn’t come, too

I wrote about it in yesterday’s blog,

but we perform in 3 different halls at the same time in this play, and the members run back and forth between the 3 halls to appear in all 3 stories

The timing is really tight, so I sprint at full speed

The staff are always standing on the stairs waving a flag and cheering for us

Yesterday…

As I was running down the stairs, I suddenly realized I missed it( ̄□ ̄;)!!

I thought “AH!!(゜o゜; I forgot to look!!!!”,

and went back 2 or 3 steps to check(^_^;)

The staff were holding a flag that read “Great effort makes your dreams come true” and laughing

Earlier, I passed my floor while I was frantically running down the stairs…

The staff yelled out “Over here” to stop me(゜Д゜;≡;゜Д゜)

Wild boar Yaji-san…
I rush in headlong…

I gotta pay attention…O(><;)(;><)O

As we perform in 3 halls at the same time, I think

“I can’t see them now, but right now there are audiences waiting on other floors, and there are members waiting backstage in standby who feel the same way as I do~“,

and it’s somewhat reassuring

Especially on the first day,
I thought “I’m not the only one battling nervousness right now“,

and I calmed down thinking about the other members

Today too, all of us who start the play in different halls will make our hearts one and do our best

(1)

Ah That’s right
There’s also a talk show at today’s 6:30PM performance

My heart’s pounding wondering what it’ll be like

I hope today’s another wonderful day…

p.s.

Today’s pictures were taken in the dressing room yesterday

(2)
With my co-star Fukunaga Marika-chan

(3)
My other co-stars, Hello! Project Kenshuusei members Nomura Minami-chan (right) and Ichioka Rina-chan (left)

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Blog update: “Stomp, stomp, stomp…ε= ┌( ・_ ・)┘”

Here’s the translation for Maimi’s March 16th update, titled “Stomp, stomp, stomp…ε= ┌( ・_ ・)┘“:

Good morning
It’s Maimi

(1)

The weather is nice today too, isn’t it…

The sunlight makes me want to take a nap…(~o~)

Yesterday we had performances of the play “Sakura no Hanataba”

Everyone who came to watch even though it was a weekday…
And then, everyone who supported us…
Thank you very much

Look, look

(2)
It’s dorayaki given to us by our costar Fukunaga Marika-chan on the opening day…

The dorayaki was eaten up in the blink of an eye though…

I put the message she wrote on the mirror of my make-up table to act as a charm

Marika-chan… Thanks…

“Sakura no Hanataba” is a story about a graduation day…

I’d like for everyone to be able to imagine her daily life like

“Surely Hirano Sakiko (←my role) has spent her days like this~“…

I’ll have fun and do my best so that today’s play becomes one where the audience can visualize her life up to this point too

The members split up and perform 3 stories at the same time in 3 different halls
And then, during the play, we run around backstage in order appear in all 3 performances…

When I was running down the stairs backstage at full speed on the first day,

the staff were waving a flag that read
“Fight“(lol)

And then, during the second day of performances yesterday,
it had changed to
“Give it everything you got“…(lol)

Now… What will it say today…

At any rate…
They’re kind staff members

Today there are 3 performances of the play
As a lot of people wrote in the comments,

I’ll run at full speed today while being careful not to get too flustered or injured

And then, I have an announcement

The decision to hold

“Hibiya Yaon 90-shuunen Kinen Jigyou Hello! Project Yaon Premium LIVE ~Soto Fest~”

on Mary 19th at Hibiya Yagai Ongaku Dou
has been made

Appearing will be

Morning Musume
Berryz Koubou
℃-ute
S/mileage
Juice=Juice
Hello! Project Kenshuusei…

The full line-up of Hello! Project members

The schedule is as follows:

Noon performance
2:00PM Open/3:00PM Start

Evening performance
5:30PM Open/6:30PM Start

Those who have the time,
please be sure to participate,
and I hope we can all have hot time together…

(3)
Lastly,
a picture taken during the Hinamatsuri festival

Well then, I hope a lot of happiness arrives for everyone today…

Later~(^^)/~~~

Maimi’s profile pictures updated

The ℃-ute members’ profiles on the official Hello! Project website have been updated and feature the girls wearing their outfits for ℃-ute’s upcoming single “Crazy Kanzen na Otona”. Maimi’s profile can be seen here.

Part 2 of Maimi on “UF LICKS”

“UF LICKS” #4, part 2 of Maimi and fellow ℃-ute member Okai Chisato’s interview on the YouTube program, has been uploaded to the UF LICKS channel on YouTube. The girls talk with the host Yasuda Kei about their history of plays together, and their upcoming play “Sakura no Hanataba”.

“Crazy Kanzen na Otona” MV

Check out Maimi in the music video for ℃-ute’s upcoming single, “Crazy Kanzen na Otona”, which will be released on April 3rd.