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Country Girls (Satoda Mai)

On this occasion、 the office contacted me to inform that Country Girls member Shimamura Uta-chan was withdrawing from the group、 which was truly surprising。

 
Since Country Girls have only just started、 it truly is a pity。

The loss of members is something I’ll never get used to。
It’s sad to part。

 
However, I believe that this is a decision that came at the end of a lot of thought by herself and her family, so we could not refuse it。

 
And for the current 5 members、 I’d like them to work even harder!

 
Everyone、 I beg for your kind, continued support for Country Girls!

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To the members of ℃-ute。 (Tsunku♂)

Congratulations on your 10th anniversary。
And good luck with your Yokohama Arena concert。
It’s already been 10 years since you were formed。 That was fast。

Almost all of you were in primary school when we first met。
I’m sure you started doing recordings、 dancing、 and singing without knowing left from right。
However、 I think that you got here because you started without knowing anything。

And the members grew up in the blink of an eye。

All of you have become splendid at talking、 which makes me feel the passage of time、 and yet、 the way you sing and your dancing habits haven’t fundamentally changed from when you started、 the sight of that makes me think 「Of course」。

This is why you were selected。

You might be arbitrarily tied to the word 「Idol」。
Your dancing、 your outfits、 your hairstyles、 make-up、 and so on、 although I think that you really pay heed to the things that get noticed by people、 all of you are singers。

Since if you can sing with conviction、 you don’t need to mind anything else。

At any rate、 the number one thing is whether you’re able to deliver your 「feelings」 to the hearts of those listening to your songs。
And even after the passage of 10 years、 have a look at yourselves once again、 and please continue to sing wonderful songs。

I’ll always support you。

I’ll be praying for the success of your concert!

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Thank you! (Tsunku♂)

Thank you very much for your many comments!

Honestly、 wondering how it would turn out with regards to me standing on-stage at the school entrance ceremony、 I was nervous、 but I got such a number of supportive comments as a result。

Whatever you said、 your comments were overflowing with a positive aura that was quite healing!
Indeed、 I believe that the best medicine is relaxing your heart。

From now on、 again、 I’ll do my best with everything I’ve got as a new 「Tsunku♂」、 so for your support、 I beg for your kindness!

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Celebrations、Kinki University School Entrance Ceremony! (Tsunku♂)

I believe that today is the day when all sorts of school entrance ceremonies are happening throughout the country。

The university I graduated from,「Kinki University」 also had its school entrance ceremony today。
I thought that it would rain at first、 it was slightly cloudy in the morning、 but the weather was fine in the end。
I’ve been involved in the school entrance ceremony for
3 years、 and I’ve been producing the school entrance ceremony for 2 years in a row

However、 last year、 I was in the middle of treatment、 so I was unable to make it there、
But this year I made my way there and had my congratulatory message read out。

With that said、 among other things、 I conveyed my congratulatory message
But while undergoing cancer treatment in the autumn of last year、 just to be sure、 even though the affected part had been cured
All my vocal cords were surgically removed、 so I am unable to speak。
And so、 it means that I did not read out my message as I stood on-stage、 my letter was displayed through the screen on the stage、
And everyone could read it。
I participated in the school song performance at the end with a guitar、 it was like I had become a newly enrolled student。

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By the way、 I had my operation in the middle of October last year、 and was discharged at the end of October、 and after being discharged、 I started working while discussing about my health、
Ever since I started working, this was the first time that I could spend the New Year’s leisurely、 and got a lot healthier

I started kick-boxing in the middle of January
Building up my strength to make a new start on life。
(Ah、 that said, I’m doing it at my own leisure, like once a week・・lol)

These are the things that I can do from now on。
I think that there are things that only I can work on、
So I’m begging for the kindness of everyone。

I conveyed this to everyone at the school entrance ceremony、 but I too am in my 1st year of a new life
Spirits restored, I’ll do my best!

Now、 I’m in the middle of writing up a book that ties up my current state of mind、
So please read it if you have the opportunity to!

The production of song and verse、 and compositions are things that are obvious、
But I feel that it’ll be useful to everyone、 you’ll learn things that go beyond those。

Whatever happens、 congratulations to all the first year students of Kinki University!
To those starting a new life around the country as well、 congratulations!

Let’s all fight on!

P,S: The performance by the members of the wind music club was truly lovely、 it was am absolutely relaxing and stylish musical performance。
Thank you so much to the cheering club。 You wound up the place。
And、 to the 
Kindai Girls、 it was truly moving
That you were exuding lovely smiles from the opening。
To everyone else concerned、 thank you so very much。
I may be saying this myself、 but I think that it ended up being a truly wonderful entrance ceremony!

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Tears ・ Berryz Kobo Budokan! (Tsunku♂)

11 years of activities, is that long or short・・・

That thought occurred to me while watching the performance today。

I think that there are a lot of things that these girls still ought to have done。
But while I say that、 they’ve done the things they should have done 。

Perhaps、 it’s because I made the songs that I should have made for them、
But、 there are still songs I want them to sing

That’s roughly why I feel like that。

 
Amongst the groups I’ve produced
These girls gave me the most varied challenges。
That thought comes from their staggering variety of songs。
That’s how seriously I crafted them。

 
Based on the number of their singles, they’ve definitely got a lot more compared to Sharan Q。

Growing together with the songs from when they were children until they’ve grown to this extent
They have an unprecedented amount of experience、 that’s the type of group they are。

At any rate、 although there was a member who retired
As idols、 I don’t think that there are any who have stayed as one group for so long。

The performance was roughly two and a half hours。
Today’s setlist was self-produced by the members。
From setting the playlist、 they were also involved in completing the outfits。
I really think that Berryz Kobo didn’t attain 100 points until the end。
A human touch really flowed out of good scenes。 Making fools of themselves。
It reminded me that those things are their peculiarities, their flavour, their individuality。

Thank you!
And good job!
I wonder if you’ll be able to take a little break・・。

 
Sugaya: Until yesterday, she was getting the jitters, her voice was in bad condition~、
But her voice was solid in the real performance。 It was held back in reserve, right。
I guess Sugaya’s the one who grew to become the sexiest among the members。
There were all sorts of periods where her motivation peaked and dipped、 but her singing really packed a punch。

Kumai: Linked together from the outset until today, I feel that Kumai carries herself。
She grew steadily in stature、 but it was like she had a core that remained unchanged regardless of what the producer said。 In that way, there were times that it could move the producer to tears、 but it’s good that she stuck to her guns。

Natsuyaki: She had her own aesthetic since she was small、 and in that way I think that she was a girl who had the power to produce herself。 Her singing got steadily better throughout。 Her singing got better、
and even her selfish statements had persuasive power。 The flavour of her dancing was gifted with seductiveness。

Sudou: You might say she plays the role of a natural airhead、 but that isn’t artfulness、 I think she possesses a simple and honest heart。 I thought about giving her a lecture and telling her 「Slim down and become pretty!」 as we headed towards today’s performance、 but since Sudou was around、 it was cool。

Tokunaga: There are great efforts behind that smile。 That’s what I think。 I think that Tokunaga’s smile greatly helped out the group。 Even as producer, there are often scenes where 「This has got to be Tokunaga!」。 At those times, Tokunaga delivers, right on the mark。 A girl who brings a sense of security。 Giving Tsugunaga the cold shoulder, in response to the question 「What did you dislike the most!?」, I think it’s amazing how 「Since I didn’t get the centre position」 suddenly came out。

Tsugunaga: Just before today’s performance、 even though almost all the members were teary-eyed、
This girl was steadily improving herself。 She was a professional until the very final end、 and I think the proof of that is that she was 「Momochi」。 Tsugunaga and Tokunaga’s long MC in the middle while waiting for the outfit change were as per what you would expect from them。 Talking like a pro, she got laughs right on the mark。

Shimizu: She’s the oldest、 but what I thought seeing her today、 she’s the purest、
I think she’s the member who most retained the image of Berryz Kobo’s early days。
I wonder if it was born from her sense of responsibility as the captain・・・
Throughout、 there were times when the position of Captain must have weighed on her、 but I think that’s how we’ve got the Shimizu of today。

PS、 that said、 you truly did a good job。
At the final Love together!
Sugaya’s rhythm veered from the piano accompaniment、
But it’s the most she’s gotten into the mind of the 「song」 so far。
It was like an influential singer of new music was singing。
Starting from that、 the solos continued、 but each and everyone’s mannerisms truly appeared、
And I remembered the many hardships faced at the scene of the recording。
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Your second lives begin tomorrow。 From now on, it’ll be your own life, even more than before。

I’ll watch over you with anticipation!

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We Asked 251 Idols, “What is your Top 5 of 2014?” (Otsuka Aina)

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DOB: 1998-04-03 Blood Type: O
Twitter: @aina_otsuka43

My Top 5 of 2014

①Stage Play
②Bands
③Studies
④Yellow
⑤Disney

⑤I’ve loved Disney since I was little, but it wasn’t until last year when I collected a lot of goods. I wasn’t able to go to Disneyland a lot last year, but the times I was able to go have fun with my friends after school left an impact throughout the year! ④I got really into the color yellow last year, to the point where everything around me, whether it was a pouch or a pencil, was yellow.(laughs) Every year, I like to find a new color and try to spend the year without getting tired of it! I feel like this year’s color is going to be turquoise blue! ③I entered high school last year, so it ended up turning into a very studious year! Even though English is my worst subject, I’d like to master it before graduating! ②Since going solo, I’ve had a number of chances to perform with a live band playing in the back, through which I found out how fun it is to have them in the background! Sometimes it feels a bit lonely performing by yourself, but when you have others on stage with you, I feel like you get less nervous and are somewhat more at ease! ①In December, I played a role in a stage play for the first time! While the rehearsals were fun, it was a difficult play overall. Despite that, the fun I had with the other actors and actresses and the staff while helping create this piece left a very large impact on me! For 2015, I’d like to challenge all different kinds of jobs!

(Taken from TRASH-UP!! Vol.21, pg.87)

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Hello! Pro Live (Satoda Mai)

I went for it!

Everyone was extremely cool, and it was tons of fun!

 
I’d like to watch it again!

 

And、

It was Country Girls’ stage début~

 
Ahー They were adorable♡

 
They’re doing their best、 but they still have that innocence、 they’re just so cute that it makes this older lady’s heart skip a beat。

 
Everyone、 they’re really really cute girls, so please treat them well!

 
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After we had taken the photo of us gathered together, the PureMane (Playing Manager) TsuguMomo (Tsugunaga Momoko) came、 so once again, a compositeー

 
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When I took the solo of Momoko

 
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Ozeki Mai-chan was behind her

 
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That’s a nice face lol

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What should we do to get well known (Satoda Mai)

The other day、
I had lunch with present Berryz Kobo member、
And beyond that, Country Girls Playing Manager Tsugunaga Momoko-chan。

 
I’m really glad that Momoko will be part of Country、 I feel grateful

And we had a pretty vivid discussion about ‘What should we do to get well known?’

 
You’d expect no less of Momoko、 member of an idol group with a 10-year history。

She’s really got a good head on her shoulders。

 
The discussion was so detailed that I can’t write about it here lol

I’ll definitely do so when it’s the right time!

 
Momoko, thank you for making time in your busy schedule!!

 

I wanted to take photos、

But Momoko wasn’t doing her business musubi (Two tails, called the Momochi Musubi)、 so it’s just our hands。

 
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Pinkies!

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Country Girls (Satoda Mai)

As was broadcast on Hello! Sta、 in a sort of a surprise prank, I announced to each and every one of the new members that they’d be joining Country!

It was amusing to see their reactions of surprise、 and their unadorned freshness and honesty was amazing~

 
I couldn’t meet with Momoko on that day、
But when I met her, I properly conveyed my gratitude。

 

And in that Hello! Sta、 Shinoda Junko-san chaired the announcement of the joining of the Country Girls’ new members、 thank you very much for cooperating with me!!

 

 
Well then、 I’ll introduce the cute, cute members on this blog!

 
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Ta-dah。

From left

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Inaba Manaka-chan

 
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Morito Chisaki-chan

 
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Shimamura Uta-chan

 

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Ozeki Mai-chan

 

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Yamaki Risa-chan

 

 
And I don’t have any photos、 but there’s also Playing Manager Tsugunaga Momoko-chan。

 

 
The youngest is 12 years old、 18 years younger than me!

Whoa~

 
Whoa~

 

 

Once again、 I look forward to working with all of you (^^)

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A report! (Satoda Mai)

Just as it was announced today、 Country Musume。 has added new members、 and will be making a new start as 「Country ・ Girls」!

 

For me, who has spent several years as the lone member of Country Musume。、 I’m really glad with how it’s getting lively with the addition of these fresh and cute members、

And I’m truly, indescribably happy that the new members will also get to sing my favourite Country Musume。 songs that we’ve built up so far、 and that those songs will get to the ears of the fans。

 

My activities next year will be centred in America、 so I’m unable to directly influence the group、 but in my position as supervisor、 even from a distance I’d like seek the members’ point of view and gradually deliver information to help spread news of the girls’ activities。

 
And! Tsugunaga Momoko-chan, after Berryz Kobo’s indefinite hiatus, has become the playing manager for Country Girls。

Momoko has got guts but actually is a reliable person, and having someone like her inherit the Country spirit、 it’s really promising、 and I’m thankful from the bottom of my heart!!

Momoko、 thank you!!!

 

Starting with new members、 a supervisor and a playing manager、 somehow the number of stylish positions has increased for Country Girls、 previously Country Musume。

I’m really looking forward to how the group will turn out!

 
Everyone、 we beg for your kind support!!

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