Berryz Koubou’s captain Shimizu Saki posted a group shot of herself, Maimi, Morning Musume’s Fukumura Mizuki, and S/mileage’s Fukuda Kanon in an update on her official blog, and wrote that the four studied disaster prevention for volume 8 of the Hello! Channel mook.
Former ℃-ute manager STAFFdesu tweeted this photo of Maimi after both performances of the dinner show had wrapped up.
Check out blog!project for full translations of the other ℃-ute and Hello! Project members’ blog updates.
Here’s the translation for Maimi’s 12/31 blog update, titled “Thank you“:
It’s New Year’s Eve
The weather was really nice today
Good weather for the end of the year… It made me happy
Actually, today I went to see S/mileage’s event with Mano Erina-chan
I also met Morning Musume’s Fukumura Mizuki-chan at the venue
Today Maeda Yuuka-chan will graduate from Hello! Project.
Today was her final performance.
Yuuka has been active in Hello! Project for about 7 years,
and finally at the end of today, the curtains will close on Yuuka’s life in show business…
At the event, they showed a video from her activities as an Egg up until now.
There were also parts where she overlapped with ℃-ute,
and I couldn’t stop crying…
In addition, there was also an indies song medley…
It brought back various memories of myself with Yuuka.
Though I think there were a lot of happy things and difficult things for her, Yuuka said
“Because all of the fans, I could do my best“
Though she’s graduating, surely all of the fans will continue to cheer for her,
and because she’s carrying that support,
Yuuka has gotta be happy
I hope that the Yuuka who loves her family will make a lot of time with them,
and always laugh…
“Let’s go and eat together someday” we promised, and surely we can meet again
Yuuka, thanks for everything
Absolutely, absolutely be happy
Last is a picture with Yuuka
Well, in 3 hours it’ll be the new year
There were sad incidents in 2011, and it became a year where I again thought about the preciousness of life.
Naturally, more than ever, I found happiness and value in trivial things,
and so that I wouldn’t have any regrets everyday,
the feeling of “I want to have a wonderful day today too” grew inside me.
Each and every day this year, a lot of people supported me
The other members, all of the fans, the staff, family, friends…
I have a lot of gratitude for everyone who has supported me
Everyone always says “Thank you“, but those are my words
Like Yuuka also said, the cheering power from everyone is amazing
It gives me the power to work hard,
it makes me feel happy,
…hmm… I can’t convey this feeling of gratitude in words
I will reciprocate these feelings of gratitude to everyone with full-power
And then, we had the chance to work with various groups the second half of this year
I talked about it with everyone in ℃-ute too,
but because they were experiences like we don’t normally have, new discoveries were made, and I thought “I won’t lose“,
and though there were a lot of things I worried about, I think there were a lot of things I could do because I worried
In 2012 also, I will worry a lot and grow a lot
Please continue to support ℃-ute and Yajima Maimi next year too
Because of everyone who cheered for us in 2011, I was really happy
Thank you so very much
Let’s have a wonderful year together next year too