Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Maruwakari Summer 2016: Miyazaki Yuka

Wily and cute, she's the 22 year old who asks you to call her Yukanya...
Yet she's a reliable leader!
Q1. Who is your favourite H!P member (including OGs)?
℃-ute's Yajima Maimi-san is whom I like and admire. I love how she's serious and sweet!
℃-ute's Nakajima Saki-san is whom I like as an idol. I like how flexible she is at expressing herself.
No matter what, I couldn't pick a single person. Sorry...

Q2. What H!P song would you like to sing solo?
'Tasogare Kousaten' (Mano Erina)
I like Mano-san's songs, so I'd recommend it to Juice=Juice's Takagi Sayuki-chan!

Q3. Among the (current) H!P members, who would you like to go to the sea with, and what would you do?
Juice=Juice's Uemura Akari-chan.
I'd like to bury her in sand.

Q4. Who is the 'summer girl' amongst the (current) H!P members?
Kobushi Factory's Taguchi Natsumi-chan. I feel that she'd go well with festivals!!! I'd like us to go goldfish-scooping together... (*^^*)

Q5. If you were to come out with a photobook, please tell us where you'd like to go and what you'd like to do.
I'd like to have a shoot at my hometown of Ishikawa prefecture!!
I'd like to walk around Higashi Chaya District wearing a yukata ♪

Q6. What is your treasure?
A necklace with my birthstones on it, which I received from both my parents on my twentieth birthday.

Q7. Is there anything that you'd like to make a start on?
I'd like to get a Nihoncha (Japanese Tea) Instructor Certification!! I love Japanese tea, so I'd like to know more about it.

Q8. Please make a new unit by picking a person from each group.
℃-ute's Suzuki Airi-san
Morning Musume。´16's Fukumura Mizuki-san
ANGERME's Nakanishi Kana-chan
Country Girls' Tsugunaga Momoko-san
Kobushi Factory's Asakura Kiki-chan.
And, if you include Morning Musume。´16's Makino Maria-chan, who's set herself up as Marian LOVErin, it'll be the pink members (*^^*)

Q9. Please tell us what's the best thing about your own group.
The frequency of our blog updates.
Since there are people who will be waiting for updates, there are people who will feel sad after going to all the trouble of opening our blog and seeing that there are no updates!!!

Finally, please give a message to all the fans
Thank you very much for your constant support
[Can't make out this part] ♫

Miyazaki Yuka

Hello! Project Maruwakari BOOK 2016 SUMMER / Hello! Project

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Miyamoto Karin - Sunflower (UTB Dec 2016)

Karin's third photobook is currently selling well!
This third volume was the first time we experienced good weather, which seems to have exposed her current sunny state (laughs)!! And just like the title, it's packed with sunflower-like smiles!

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Miyamoto Karin loves 80s idol songs and ballads!! (Top Yell Sept 2016)

Miyamoto Karin has talked passionately about her own perspective and thoughts on 80s idols at events and on radio shows, and frequently makes blog posts spelling out the 80s idols songs that she loves to listen to, particularly focusing on Matsuda Seiko whom she respects. Why is a girl born in the 10th year of the Heisei era captivated by 80s idols? And how has she herself been influenced by 80s idols?

Matsuda Seiko-san was where I started
At her first Budokan concert experience
She let out a Seiko-chan call

Miyamoto-san, I heard that your respect towards Matsuda Seiko-san stemmed from your mother's influence, but roughly how old were you when you started to consciously listen to her?

Miyamoto: It was pretty much when I was in my second year of primary school, as my mother would always play Seiko-san's albums. That's why I like a lot of her album songs. When I was in my third year, using a karaoke machine that could record my voice, I made a CD of 'Jikan no Kuni no Alice' (laughs).

Have you been to any of Matsuda Seiko-san's concerts?

Miyamoto: I have. The very first time I started hearing 'Seiko-chan Kawaii!' was when I was brought along to a Nippon Budokan concert, which was also my very first concert. I still go to her concerts now, but as it's also work, I watch calmly. But back then, I genuinely went to Seiko-chan's concerts because she was cute, and the cheers of the guys next to me were so amazing that I got pulled in and I'd really scream out (laughs). When I asked my mother about it, I apparently even did the calls, what a truly wonderful memory.

Well, that was a story of how you got an early peek into the trappings of an idol. We'll ask you plenty about your stories of Matsuda Seiko-san after this, but when did your itch for 80s idols begin?

Miyamoto: Since I was in middle school. At that point in time, I was also starting to perform, and I watched lots of Seiko-san's videos for research, and I also ended up watching a lot of 80s idols as well. The idols of that age were wonderful, they were exceptionally brilliant, so I gradually came to like them. But Seiko-san was definitely where I started, so she's my favourite.

At an event (1) and a radio show (2), you've announced your top ten 80s idol songs, but you seem to concentrate on songs from the early-to-mid eighties.

Miyamoto: That's partly due to me starting off with Seiko-san, and I also like Hana no 82 Nen Gumi (3).

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Maruwakari Summer 2016: Tsugunaga Momoko

Completely blowing away the age difference!
The representative idol of idols
Q1. Who is your favourite H!P member (including OGs)?
Yasuda Kei-san ♥ The legendary teasable character that continues to be loved by everyone!! Her overpowering perfume is lovely as well ♥ (laughs)

Q2. What H!P song would you like to sing solo?
'Momoiro Sparkling' (℃-ute)
It's a perfect fit for the summer!! It's a perfect fit for Momochi!! ℃-ute, any time now please.

Q3. Among the (current) H!P members, who would you like to go to the sea with, and what would you do?
Juice=Juice's Miyamoto Karin-chan.
I think that the both of us will be more than concerned about getting tanned, so I'd like us to eat yakisoba under a parasol ♥

Q4. Who is the 'summer girl' amongst the (current) H!P members?
Morning Musume。´16's Iikubo Haruna-chan. Her skin tone is always cocoa brown, so she has that summer feel regardless of the season!!

Q5. If you were to come out with a photobook, please tell us where you'd like to go and what you'd like to do.
I want to go to a snow country ♥ A pure-white world goes really nicely with a fair-skinned beauty ♥ It's snow magic ☆

Q6. What is your treasure?
Obviously, it's the fans who constantly support me♥♥
Momochi is here because of you ♥♥
Thank you for the smiles and the energy ♥♥

Q7. Is there anything that you'd like to make a start on?
Muscle training!! Currently, I can't even do a single push up, and I'm no good at sit-ups either, so I'd like do to my best and get my abs into a six pack!!

Q8. Please make a new unit by picking a person from each group.
℃-ute's Hagiwara Mai-chan
Morning Musume。´16's Makino Maria-chan
ANGERME's Aikawa Maho-chan
Juice=Juice's Miyamoto Karin-chan
Kobushi Factory's Nomura Minami-chan
Tsubaki Factory's Tanimoto Ami-chan
A unit made up of people with 'M' in their names ♥
A group of cuties brought together by this coincidence ♥
By the way, for Tsubaki Factory, it's the 'M' from Tanimoto AMi!!

Q9. Please tell us what's the best thing about your own group.
Our cuteness ♥ It's not just that our songs and outfits are cute, but all of us have sweet characters, which is fascinating ♥ Well, that's because they've got a good PM ♥

Finally, please give a message to all the fans

We'll do our best to become a group 
that scores A's 
on our report cards ♥ 

♥Tsugunaga Momoko♥

Hello! Project Maruwakari BOOK 2016 SUMMER / Hello! Project

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Maruwakari Summer 2016: Song you'd like to sing

Hello! Project Maruwakari BOOK 2016 SUMMER / Hello! Project

Q2. What H!P song would you like to sing solo?

Yajima MaimiAme no Furanai Hoshi de ha Aisenai Darou? (Morning Musume。)
Nakajima SakiWatashi no Miryoku ni Kizukanai Donkan na Hito (Mitsui Aika/Morning Musume。)
Suzuki AiriOmoi Afurete (Matsuura Aya)
Okai ChisatoOmoi Afurete (Matsuura Aya)
Hagiwara MaiAkai Freesia (Melon Kinenbi)
Morning Musume。´16
Fukumura MizukiHaru Beautiful Everyday (Morning Musume。)
Ikuta ErinaAishite Aishite Ato Ippun (Morning Musume。)
Iikubo HarunaToki wo Koe Sora wo Koe (Morning Musume。´14)
Ishida AyumiMy Days for you (Mano Erina)
Sato MasakiTokai no Neon ga Odoroku Kurai no Utsukushisa ga Hoshii (Okai Chisato/℃-ute)
Kudo HarukaChikuteku Watashi no Shun (Juice=Juice)
Oda SakuraHareru Ame nochi Suki♥ (Morning Musume。 Sakuragumi)
Ogata HarunaDate janai yo uchi no Jinsei ha (Juice=Juice)
Nonaka MikiOne and Only (Morning Musume。´15)
Makino MariaSeventeen's Vow (℃-ute)
Haga AkaneAme no Furanai Hoshi de ha Aisenai Darou? (Morning Musume。)
Wada AyakaAme no Furanai Hoshi de ha Aisenai Darou? (Morning Musume。)
Nakanishi KanaTachiagaaru (S/mileage)
Takeuchi AkariTanpopo (Tanpopo)
Katsuta RinaTanpopo (Tanpopo)
Murota MizukiDaite yo! Please Go On (Goto Maki)
Aikawa MahoYuugure Koi no Jikan (S/mileage)
Sasaki RikakoIke! Genki-kun (Hagiwara Mai/℃-ute)
Kamikokuryo MoeJishin Motte Yume wo Motte Tobidatsu kara (Takahashi Ai / Morning Musume。)
Miyazaki YukaTasogare Kousaten (Mano Erina)
Kanazawa TomokoTsugi no Kado wo Magare (℃-ute)
Takagi SayukiOnly You (Zoku Biyuuden)
Miyamoto Karindearest. (Matsuura Aya)
Uemura AkariKoi-ING (Morning Musume。)
Country Girls
Tsugunaga MomokoMomoiro Sparkling (℃-ute)
Yamaki RisaAishite Aishite Ato Ippun (Morning Musume。)
Morito ChisakiSamui ne (S/mileage)
Ozeki MaiLove Namida Iro (Matsuura Aya)
Yanagawa NanamiLalala no Pipipi (Michishige Sayumi / Morning Musume。)
Funaki MusubuFirst Kiss (Aa!)
Kobushi Factory
Fujii RioSmile Ondon (S/mileage)
Hirose AyakaHitorijime shitakatta dake na no ni (℃-ute)
Nomura MinamiRomantic Ukare Mode (Fujimoto Miki)
Ogawa RenaSabori (Berryz Kobo)
Hamaura AyanoZutto Suki de Ii desuka (Matsuura Aya)
Taguchi NatsumiTsuugaku Vector (℃-ute)
Wada SakurakoNamida no Iro (℃-ute)
Inoue ReiElegant Girl (Himuro Ibu (CV Sugaya Risako / Berryz Kobo))
Tsubaki Factory
Yamagishi RikoBishoujo Shinri (℃-ute)
Ogata RisaHatsukoi no Anata he (S/mileage)
Niinuma KisoraOoki Hitomi (Morning Musume。)
Tanimoto AmiJitensha Chiririn (S/mileage)
Kishimoto YumenoMushoku Toumei na Mama de (Morning Musume。)
Asakura KikiHoshi no Hitsujitachi (Buono!)

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Juice=Juice and Tsubaki Factory's thoughts on ℃-ute's breakup (Top Yell November 2016)

Though interviewed separately, Juice=Juice and Tsubaki Factory were asked about their thoughts on the impending graduation of H!P senpais ℃-ute. Here's what they said in the November 2016 issue of Top Yell magazine.

℃-ute announced the surprising news that they would be disbanding in June next year.

Miyamoto: Just as it was with Berryz Kobo-san, it's sad. It feels like an important piece of Hello! Project will go missing. It'll be up to us, the kouhai, to fill that up and go even beyond them, so we've got to absorb all sorts of things from them. Once ℃-ute-san are no longer around, we'll become the group with the highest average age. So honestly, we're feeling the pressure.

Kanazawa: We're both 5-people units, and the fans have often told us 'Set your sights on ℃-ute and do your best'. I really bear a sense of admiration towards them. In the first place, I entered this world becaused I looked up to Suzuki Airi-san, so you could say that I'm here thanks to ℃-ute-san. Even now, I still can't believe that they won't be in Hello! Project. Their presence was familiar, seemingly absolute.

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Tsugunaga Momoko looks back on Country Girls as they enter the tribulating third year

Armed with her 'Momochi' nickname and her charming personality, Tsugunaga Momoko is flourishing on variety programmes. The group that she was attached to, Berryz Kobo, is currently in a hiatus, but she currently acts as Playing Manager for Country Girls. She spearheads the members through friendly competition, despite a nearly 10-year age difference. This time, with the release of their 4th single 'Do Datte Ii no / Namida no Request', we ask her to talk about her activities as part of Country Girls and as Momochi.

- Your 4th single 'Do Datte Ii no' is a nostalgic, rockabilly-style song.

Just the title might make you think that it's a reckless song. But it's a really forward looking song, the lyrics talk about a person who doesn't really care about things beyond what they believe in. The titular 'Do Datte Ii no' phrase appears more than twenty times, so the song really sticks in your head. The melody has a rockabilly taste to it, but ever since our debut single, we've been singing songs that have a hint of nostalgia in them, so this is just an extension of that. 'Cuteness' is the main thing that Country Girls pushes, but this song seems to question whether we can pull off cool, not just cute. So we're giving it a try!

- Did you know what rockabilly was when it was first mentioned?

We touched a bit on rockabilly during our previous single 'Boogie Woogie Love', so I knew what it was.

- Though you say that it's nostalgic, it'll bring up a sense of nostalgia for people who are roughly in their fifties or sixties.

Our outfits have us wearing red pumps, and we incorporate the twist in our MV, so those who watch it can enjoy the nostalgic feel.

- Nakajima Takui-san did both the lyrics and the composition.

Yup, it's a first for Country Girls.

- I had a look at Nakajima-san's liner notes, but he wrote about complicated, music-related things. Little Richard, the Beatles... Are you following me?

Nope, not at all (clearly). That's pretty much 'Dou datte ii no' to me, I don't really care about it.

- (Laughs) Nakajima-san's a natural-born musician, so he's passionate about it.

He himself harmonises in it, and Takui-san himself was also focusing on certain things when he made this song, so I'd like to properly live up to his expectations. More than anything, I'd be happiest if those listening to it think of it as a good song.

- In the past, have you interacted with Nakajima-san?

On the topic of interacting, I just happened to be at the office when Takui-san was doing an Internet broadcast, and was told to sing on it (laughs). And I appeared on the broadcast, somewhat unsure if I should be there. Ever since then, we have friendly chats whenever we meet at the office.

- You work together for 'Satoyama & Satoumi he Ikou' as well, right?

It's an event where everyone in the company talks about the wonders of the mountains and the sea, so we're often together in those. We'll be having a 'Asobu. Fureau. Taiken suru. Satoyama & Satoumi Aki Camp in Isumi' in Chiba Prefecture on the 10th of October, so everyone, please come!

- You'd like fans of Takui-san to listen to the song as well, right?

Please listen to it. The instrumental is packed with Takui-san's voice!

- So Takui-san's fans should buy it just to listen to the instrumental.

Yup, it's even got him whistling!