Thursday, 31 July 2014

100 questions to Sakura Gakuin's Kikuchi Moa 【Complete version】

In 2014, Kikuchi Moa was inaugurated as Student Council President of Sakura Gakuin, and Mizuno Yui was appointed to hold the newly-created position of Chairperson of Production。

 This summer, as BABYMETAL, they'll be having a worldwide tour, and also making appearances in festivals in and out of the country. In the August issue of Gekkan Entame,  we have compiled a feature entitled  Sakura Gakuin 「YuiMoa」 Great Research』, where we make a thorough analysis of these 2 extremely global people。

 Due to space limitations, the publication of 「100 questions to Mizuno Yui」 and 「100 questions to Kikuchi Moa」 was only partially published (For Mizuno Yui, only 41 from the 100 questions were published、 and only 35 from the 100 questions for Kikuchi Moa), so here we include the remainder, which allows us to unveil all of the questions to the public!

{Here's my translation of Yui's Q&A}

Kikuchi Moa / Middle school 3rd year.
Inaugurated as Student Council President for Sakura Gakuin this spring.
Recently, it's nothing but folding up a folding umbrella nicely.
100 questions to Kikuchi Moa

01. Dogs? Cats?
Um~m, I'm in two minds about it(><) I like both!

Sunday, 27 July 2014

H!P Summer 2014 KOREZO: Share it if you like it (Part I - 12, 19 & 26 July)

For the KOREZO! performances held during the current Hello! Con (Summer 2014), there's a corner where the girls can highlight photos taken during the tour. A  Facebook page has been set up, entitled 'Hello! Pro Ki ni Ittara Share'. (H!P Share it if you like it).

Here's a selection of what piqued my interest. As the page says, if you like any of these photos, then 'Like' and 'Share' them on Facebook. Links are in the first line below the photo, the post titles.

【KOREZO! Okai-chanNeru!?】
Photograph from ℃-ute Nakajima Saki
Backstage at Nakano Sunplaza、 there's a sofa that can fit 2 people、 and that's become the place where Okai Chisato always takes a nap。
Once、 when Okai was intending to take nap、 it just so happened that Hagiwara was already sleeping there、 and this photo shows the conduct of Okai, who wanted to sleep no matter what。
At the table where they normally fix up their make up、 she messily swept out the stuff that was on it、 and after making some space、 she just slept like that。
By the way、 the light bulb just above her stomach gets so hot to the extent that touching it will give you burns、 so it's a pretty thrill-seeking sleeping form。 It might help out for dieting・・・ but everyone, please do not copy this!!

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

The New Tsugunaga Constitution: Articles 1 - 10

We now enter into the New Tsugunaga Constitution. While the articles of the original Tsugunaga Constitution were announced sporadically through Berryz Kobo's radio show 'Kiritsu! Rei! Chakuseki!', the New Tsugunaga Constitution made up part of Momoko-hime's new radio show 'Tsugunaga Momoko no Puri Puri Princess'. This also means that there are no gaps between the articles, so these'll be done in segments of 10.
Also, starting from the 4th article, Momoko-hime usually makes a one-liner after her proclamation. I've put those in too, just for a bit of added flavour.
Here'a link to the compiled original Tsugunaga Constitution, and here's a link to the compiled New Tsugunaga Constitution.

Without further ado, I present to you - the New Tsugunaga Constitution.

New Tsugunaga Constitution Article 1
Make sure to listen to Puri Puri Princess every week

Monday, 21 July 2014

Kashiyuka praising Sayashi

10 year old Sayashi pointed out by the red arrow

Recently Natalie, a Japanese news entertainment site, set up a Q&A with Perfume where fans could tweet their questions. I'd like to bring your attention to question 17.

Q17. Over the past few years, your juniors from your alma mater, Actors School Hiroshima, have started popping up at all sorts of places. Have you ever appeared together with any of those girls, and how do you interact with them? #ナタリーPerfume質問企画 #prfm

We hardly ever do、 however I recently went to see MoMusu。(Morning Musume。'14)-san's live performance。 Sayashi-chan、 she looked great。

Probably the other prolific Actors School Hiroshima alumnus that idol fans would be familiar with would be ex-Sakura Gakuin member Nakamoto Suzuka, perhaps more familiar as SU-METAL of BABYMETAL fame.

Source: Natalie via 2ch

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Idol's Guide to Surviving Tests

{Let's see how an idol copes with tests, courtesy of's Pinky!, Fujisaki Ayane}

Day 1 of tests

Pinky-san on the 1st day of tests


HP has gone down by 3。
Remaining HP:7

There's tests tomorrow too!


Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Twitter Tidbits #3

On songs that bring to mind the summer

Since someone tweeted that 「Natsu remember you」 had the scent of summer's end、 I reread the lyrics, and it talks about a pretty deep view of life。 With the age of those girls at the time、 I get the feeling that they had completely no idea what it meant・・・

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

KanaTomo slimming down, gaining weight

From 6:25~

Maimi: I'd like to report some information about one of the members. It's about Juice=Juice's Kanazawa Tomoko-chan. Recently, Tsunku♂-san and the other staff-san have been saying that she's slimmed down. But actually, her weight has increased. That's the information that I've received.

Riko (having side-eyed Maimi, and drawn herself back): Yajima-san, is mentioning that kind of discussion between girls all right?

Maimi: (giggles) Probably. It'll be okay. Kanazawa-chan's definitely slimmed down, but she might've put on some muscle. That's what I think. I'm pretty sure that's the case. When you turn into an adult, there'll be all sorts of problems you'll have to face.

Riko: Right.

Sawayaka Sayaka (Shounen Champion)

Sayaka, more refreshing than the morning dew ♥
Rapidly advancing through the Senbatsu Sousenkyo!!
Kami 7 girl ♥
Yamamoto Sayaka [NMB48&AKB48]

Sosenkyo Q&A with Sayanee

Q. You've made great progress and entered the Kami7!! Please give us a comment!!
A. Honestly, I never thought that I'd get to this position.

Q. What do you think is 'the charm of Yamamoto Sayaka' that makes the fans support you?
A. My straight-forwardness...?

Q. What is something you'd like to do by the time the next Sousenkyo rolls around?
A. Always being myself whether in Kanto or Kansai!!
I'd like to promote NMB48 even when I'm working by myself ♥

Today, it's quite pure (laughs)
The top, it feels very merry
'Since shoes that get damp will stink, please be careful'

'From now on I'd like to return the love and favour of love and gratitude to everyone ♥'

Sunday, 13 July 2014

The Tsugunaga Constitution: Article 91 - 500 (9 articles)

{Whole list is here, previous summary is here}

91条 はみがき中は、しゃべらない
Article 91: Do not talk while brushing your teeth

102条 ~食パンはバターをぬってから焼く!~
Article 102: ~ Spread butter on bread before toasting it!~

Juice=Juice: And that's why we sing today! (UTB Feb 2014)

And that's why we sing today!
This is something that caught my eye - while waiting for the photo shoot, the 5 of you got together and sang quite a bit. Is this something that you've decided on together, as a group?

Miyazaki: Come to think of it, now that you mention it, I guess that's certainly the case. For us, I guess waiting time = singing time (laughs).

Miyamoto: Since we're drawing closer to the live performances, we might just be unconsciously gathering around, so that we can double the amount of our singing!

Just listening to that makes me think that you're really diligent~, but don't you often make a great uproar while someone's singing?

Kanazawa: That's when someone's mimicking another members' singing habits (laughs). Since it seems I have certain peculiarities to my singing, I often get mimicked. Although I don't think it matches me at all...

Friday, 11 July 2014

Fukumura Mizuki: 50 Questions

On the 10th of July, Fukumura Mizuki held a talk event at the Hello! Project Official Shop in Akihabara, entitled 'Hello! Pro Shop One Thousand and One Nights ~The Eight Night~'. The opening half was '50 Questions for Fukumura Mizuki', while the concluding half was a release commemoration talk show for her recent photo book 'Utakata'. Below I cover the 50 questions.

For translations of previous entries in this series of Hello! Shop talk shows, see KanaTomo's (my trans, Jicchan's on the 50 questions) and Sayu's (excerpts from Wota in Translation).

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Millenium Girls: Sato Masaki x Kudo Haruka

Cool-up Girls Vol. 1 (April 2014)

The big opening feature
Millennium Girls!
Middle school idols taking over the scene!

In this so-called Idol Warring States Period, there are many idol groups currently flourishing. Having to balance school life and work as an idol, they are intently doing their best. Amongst them are the so-called 'millenium' generation of those born around the year 2000, and it's remarkable how these girls in middle school are flourishing. And thus, the editorial department felt that there should be a discussion with this next generation, and would like to try tackling in this in a feature that puts the spotlight on idols currently in middle school. Well then, let us have a careful look at what these girls are thinking about now, and what their goals are for the future!!

Cool up Girls Front Special 01
Sato Masaki x Kudo Haruka 
from Morning Musume. '14

With a concert tour from March, and a single release in April, plus commercial appearances; it's getting harder and harder to tear your eyes away from Morning Musume. '14! From their ranks, we will be care~fully asking these 2 girls from the 10th generation, Sato Masaki and Kudo Haruka, about their activities as middle school students and their thoughts at present, as well as about Morning Musume. '14 in the future!

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Fukumura Mizuki 2nd PB 'Utakata' Press Conference

Fukuhime held a press conference for her 2nd photo book 'Utakata' on the 3rd of July, just before its release commemoration handshake event.

You've come out with this photo book, how are its contents?
I'm now seventeen. And probably,  I think a seventeen year old is slightly mature, in clothes and expressions. I think we captured a lot of those expressions that I wouldn't be able to pull off any other time.

Friday, 4 July 2014

The Tsugunaga Constitution: Article 63 - 80 (7 articles)

{Click here for the whole list, and here for the previous summary}

63条 砂糖と塩を、ちゃんと確認してから料理すること
Article 63: Be sure to confirm which is salt and which is sugar before proceeding to cook

66条 電車の”つりかわ”は、なにがなんでもつかまる!!
Article 66: Hold on to the train strap by whatever means you have!!

Thursday, 3 July 2014

“Foster parent” cheoreographer Natsu Mayumi talks about Goto Maki's ability 「No.1 in MoMusu。、AKB」

Natsu Mayumi talking about
her thoughts on Goto Maki
Recently, dance producer Natsu Mayumi-shi released her first business book, 'What does an ace do?' (Sunmark Publishing). In the case of Morning Musume. and AKB48, Natsu-shi  played a part of their formation, and was a familiar face to the girls, their 'foster parent'. When asked, amongst the girls she had taken care of so far, which idol was number one in talent, she clearly explained, 'That would be Goto Maki (clearly). If you're talking within Morning Musume. and AKB48, she was number one in the sense of overwhelming talent'.