27 December 2017

Hirate Yurina blog: untitled poem, 15 December

Hirate Yurina

Feelings are different every day...

Each day, each moment, seeing that moment's scenes, colours, objects, people's actions, their expressions.
Each day, each moment, one's body touched by that moment's wind, by its objects,

By the voices and sounds one hears.

There is much, much more, and I think a person's feelings will continue to casually change, as the days and months go by.

I want to treasure that heart.

Living in a world

Where time never stops...

I want to be honest with myself.

26 December 2017

Kakizaki Memi blog: Merry Christmas! plus photos

Merry Christmas

Kakizaki Memi

Good evening,
It's Kakizaki Memi

Today is Christmas

I love Christmas because the streets are glittering ( ˊᵕˋ )

25 December 2017

Nagahama Neru blog: M-Station Super Live, people's messages about the photo book

Atmosphere, 257

Nagahama Neru

Good evening

I appeared on
Music Station Super Live 2017.

Last year's Super Live,
Where they did Silent Majority,
I watched from back home.

So yesterday
Was really like a dream...

It was a lot of fun.

What's she doing? What's she doing?

Nagahama Neru blog: I love TV

Ferris Wheel,  527

Nagahama Neru

Good evening

I'm someone who loves TV.
I watch it whenever I have free time.

Whoever invented television was amazing.

I've often written in the blog
About TV shows I like.

One-of-a-kind items,
The best restaurant in my life...

I find it all interesting

[Neru and Nijika]

23 December 2017

Kakizaki Memi blog: Idol and Read magazine


Kakizaki Memi

Good evening,
It's Kakizaki Memi.

I'm in the IDOL AND READ
That came out December 20th.
I was given the back cover!!!!

Thank you very much (。>_<。) ♥

In any case, the outfits were super cute and the photo session was a lot of fun

Kakizaki Memi draws rave reviews for her acting in Re:Mind #10

Episode #10 of the Hiragana Keyaki drama Re:Mind was broadcast Thursday night and it belonged to Memi. She dominated the second half of the episode with her intense performance.

Here are some Japanese posts:

-- ...for a first dramatic performance by an idol, this was outrageous. The way she went from anger to being seized by madness to philosophic despair. Her instant-by-instant series of amazing expressions made me think of Jack Nicholson. This may be carving out new territory for an idol drama.  (Twitter @erohi)

-- the director of episodes 7 and 8 wrote that the director of ep10 contacted him just before the broadcast to say that Memi had awakened as an actress in ep10. He said that it was a precious moment, and something he had never witnessed, to actually see an idol (unconsciously) sprout forth as an actress.

-- Now we've seen what Memi can really do. Outstanding!

-- The scene where she was apologizing to MiiPan and Kumi with such scornful eyes. Amazing.

-- It was fantastic the way she made that long speech with such a changing flow of expressions. I want to see her on stage. Her voice shook me, and made me wonder if I had ever seen anything like this before.

-- Continuous goosebumps.

-- Memi-chan showed the acting ability to become an actress.

-- Memi was terrific. I wonder if offers for other dramas will come in.

-- Memi was so grand at the end

And this on Twitter from @kizuna_no_21: "Really, Memi was amazing. Her acting was realistic and powerful and draining. Her changing tempo drew you along. And her expressions were beyond wonderful. Her performance of someone who was mentally overwhelmed and breaking down was immensely skilful. And her elocution and tone were outstanding.

"Her face when she was leaning back against the back of the chair at the end. Her trance-like expression when she seemed to welcome death...."

-- ...Her acting when she was driven to the wall was fantastic.

-- Memi's realistic acting was intense.

-- Memi-chan really did it. The first half was Kyonko's crying, in the latter half, Memi made me shiver with fear.

-- Memi-chan's acting when she was going mad was, in a word, magnificent.

-- Memi's acting was outstanding when she did not want to be where she was, and did not want to die, but her feelings were falling apart and she was going mad and wanted it all to be over.

-- Memi unrivalled

-- Memi's acting was amazing, superb.

I feel a bit sorry for Manafi and Mii-Pan. In ep7, I thought Manafi was excellent. And Mii-Pan has been good all along. But Memi's performance threw everything else into the shade. She seemed to be inhabited by her character. 

But note that the director said she "sprouted" as an actress. This is just the first step. She was not a pro actress, just the beginnings of one. Memi's name means "sprout-fruit," which is meant to imply she is a flower, the stage in a plant between sprout and fruit. I eagerly await the appearance of the flower.

19 December 2017

Nagahama Neru blog: Photobook on sale today!

From here...  526

Nagahama Neru

Good evening.

Today, the photo album went on sale.

From when the photography was done in July to today,
I've been excited the whole time.

Truly, truly
It is due to you that this day has become possible.

All of you, and all the people around me,
Have been warm and kind to me from their hearts....

It's a precious, precious volume.

The theme of the collection is "youth and eternity."

No matter what age people are, and no matter how much time has gone by,
I hope the book will make them think: "This is nice."
That's the kind of collection I have wanted to make.

I have packed it with feelings like this.

I hope you will go through it at leisure,
And look at it all, every bit of it.

18 December 2017

Kakizaki Memi: Ushio Sarina talks about Memi's injury

Memi and Sarina
As she recuperates from her broken wrist, Kakizaki Memi is quiet on the blog front, and is just returning to Message -- including a mention that she'd like to get back to Nagano and see some snow.

But Ushio Sarina, in her blog, goes into a bit more detail about the accident:

"On our last day of roller-skating practice, during the last check, Memi fell. Asked, 'Are you okay?' she answered, 'I'm fine!!' with a smile. But just to be sure, they said they'd take her to the hospital.

We kept on with our lessons.

While we were still there practicing, Memi came back wearing a cast. I burst into tears and couldn't stop crying. I remembered how Memi looked saying we would definitely make a success of this live, and my tears flowed even more.

I hadn't felt so upset in a long time. 

Memi's eyes were full of tears, but she was still smiling.

I was so happy to be able to sing that final
W-KEYAKIZAKA no Uta together.

During lessons and during the live, Memi was always with us!! Everyone's feelings were one.

Thank you, Memi."

Nagahama Neru blog: Photobook goes on sale tomorrow!

Headphones,  525

Nagahama Neru

Good evening!

Today, starting in the morning,
I was at Shibuya Tsutaya [bookstore]

When I got to the waiting room...!
Look!! Fantastic!!! Cute!!

17 December 2017

Nagahama Neru blog: New mask CM, Paripi-chan, Keya Kake in Nagasaki, the photobook comes out in 1 day

Action,   524

Nagahama Neru

Good evening...

Today in Tokyo,
There wasn't a single cloud in the sky!!

The weather today was the kind I like the most.
Although the wind was cold, I felt the warmth of the sun.

Starting tomorrow, KOWA's new commercial
For the 3D Mask will be on TV.

I was fighting...
The medal on my cheek

16 December 2017

Nagahama Neru blog: In Kyushu with Fuu-chan; upcoming TV shows

Ceramics,  523

Nagahama Neru

Good evening

Today it got much colder.
Were you okay?

For some reason, I'm getting into spring songs.

The next Keyakitte, Kakenai!
Is Fuu-chan and I on location in Nagasaki!!!

It's on Sunday the 17th at 24:35.

15 December 2017

Nagahama Neru blog: Nagasaki book-signing. New photo from the photobook.

Notebook,  252

Nagahama Neru

Good evening!

There will be a book-signing in Nagasaki on January 10th!!

I am truly happy
That I will be able to talk directly to people in Nagasaki
And hand them a copy of the photo collection!!

It will be at Metro Books in Amu Plaza Nagasaki
on 10 January (Wednesday) starting at 6pm!


The link provides details.
I am really, really looking forward to it!

For those who will be coming to the book-signing on the 19th:
I signed those books yesterday!!

I put all my affection into every book!
May they get into everyone's hands safely...

Nagahama Neru blog: Hiragana National Tour Final

Nightscape,  251

Nagahama Neru

Good evening...

Yesterday and the day before,
Were the Hiragana National Tour
Final performances at Makuhari!

I went on the first day.

It began in March in Tokyo,
The first national tour.

I was able to go with them to Osaka and Nagoya,
But was not able to participate at Sapporo and Fukuoka.

I apologize once again
For leaving things half-done.

The live the day before yesterday
Was so enjoyable and interesting that it gave me shivers of excitement.
It was the fantastic live I had always wanted to see.

Nagahama Neru blog: FNS song festival special performance

Friends,   250

Nagahama Neru


Was the FNS song festival!

I sang in Kaze ni Fukaretemo and
You Koso Japaripaaku e!

For this occasion, I sang with
Doubutsu Biscuits and PPP.
To be able to stand on the same stage with them...!!

I was so happy, so blessed

They let us into their circle before the performance
We shouted

So cute!!!!

Hirate Yurina: long interview from December Rockin' On Japan magazine

from Rockin' in Japan magazine, December 2017:

Hirate Yurina of Keyakizaka46

A 120-minute interview talking about her encounter with Fukyouwaon, the first national tour, her feelings toward the other members, and the new single, Kaze ni Fukaretemo.

I guess this was a year in which I faced myself. And came to understand myself a bit

Interviewer -- It’s been a while.

Hirate: It has.

-- Our previous interview was in February. Since then, you have had your first outdoor live, you have produced numerous works, and above all you have had your first national tour. In asking you about these things one by one, I very much want to know what Hirate-san has been thinking over the almost eight months since our last interview, as you continue to stand there in the centre of Keyakizaka46. Now I hope to hear from you in detail about these things.

11 December 2017

Kakizaki Memi blog: Memi breaks her wrist, won't appear in Tues-Wed lives


Kakizaki Memi

Good morning,
It's Kakizaki Memi.

I have an important announcement for everyone.
As was reported on the official site yesterday,
During rehearsal for our Hiragana National Tour - 2017 Final!, I ended up breaking my left wrist
And will be rested for the lives.

I apologize for all the worry I am causing so many people.

It really just happened, and I myself have still not completely settled my feelings. I have a lot of things I want to tell everyone, but I don't know how to say them properly.

To be honest, I'm really, really frustrated and upset.

Lots of people, members and staff and so on, have comforted me with warm voices, making me feel how many people are supporting me to be here.

I know it's bad to cry, but I have been so touched by people's kindness that the tears just flowed.

The gods are mean, aren't they (lol).

10 December 2017

Nagahama Neru Oricon interview: the photobook, her past, and leaving Hiragana

from Oricon News (9 December):

Nagahama Neru of Keyakizaka46: Her first swimsuit photos! Her thoughts and confessions about her special entry into the group and the end of her double duty with Hiragana Keyaki.

When the formation of Keyakizaka46 was announced, on August 21, 2015, the name of Nagahama Neru (19) was not among those who passed the final audition. On that same morning, her mother, who opposed her joining the group, withdrew her from the audition and took her back to her home in Nagasaki.

About three months later, the then-17-year-old entered the group as a special exception. Amazingly, two years after that she is the subject of a solo photo collection, shot in Nagasaki. The first edition of her photo collection, "From Here" (ここから Koko Kara, published 19 December by Kodansha), is the largest first printing ever of a photobook for a Sakamichi Series group (Nogizaka46 and Keyakizaka46) at 120,000 copies. 

With a nervous Neru, we looked back over the photos she had done so well in, back in her home town, and she told us her true feelings about entering the group as a special exception, and about ending her double duty with Hiragana Keyaki.

I couldn't imagine a photo book of just me alone.

09 December 2017

Nagahama Neru blog: Doraemon art, Cable TV medal, Tokyo Tower, "alphabet challenge"

22nd Century,  248

Nagahama Neru

Good evening...

A few days ago,
I went to The Doraemon Exhibition Tokyo!!!

Many creators
Presented their own ideas of Doraemon.
Cool or funny,
I kept having the shock of recognition: "Yes, of course!"

Doraemon is amazing...
And I love the figure of Nobita-kun, so nice, and always doing his absolute best.

Wow! I was just mesmerized!
I don't know how many hours I spent in that space.

It seems the exhibition will be there through the winter holiday. Be sure to...

06 December 2017

Suzumoto Miyu blog: Yahoo search awards, and Miyu turning 20

Thank you very much

Suzumoto Miyu

Good evening.

Today I was given the chance to appear at the Yahoo Search Awards ceremony!!

I am so happy that we repeated our award in the idol category again this year!

It was the first time I've been in an awards ceremony, so I was extremely nervous!

I'll do my best again next year ☆彡

On December 5th, I became 20 years old ^ ^

I read everyone's blogs. Thank you. (๑˃̵ᴗ˂̵)

It still doesn't feel real that I am 20.

I've got a lot of growing up to do to really be an adult.

See ya...

posted 171206  18:36

Twenty is the age of majority in Japan -- expect for voting, where it's 18. 

Miyu didn't post a picture, so here's a brief video from the Yahoo ceremony, with Sugai doing her thing and Miyu nervous but strong, usually in a corner of the frame. See how perfectly she holds her hands. Exact movements in all things.

Kakizaki Memi blog: Takase Mana's hair, Mana and Memi in ep7 of the drama

Lots of Manafi

Kakizaki Memi

Good evening,
It's Kakizaki Memi.

Everyone may know this already, but...

Takase Manafi dyed her hair!!(*゚ロ゚*)

It suits her. Cute... (in a low voice)

03 December 2017

Higashimura Mei blog: Happy Birthday, Memi

Happy Birthday, Memi ♥

Higashimura Mei

It's already December!
The Makuhari lives are getting closer (ノ)・ω・(ヾ) /excited/

The 2nd was Memi's birthday!

Happy Birthday, Memi (﹡ˆ﹀ˆ﹡)

Kageyama Yuuka blog: Kakizaki Memi's birthday

Memii.  453.

Kageyama Yuuka

The Hiragana 2gens' blogs start on December 1st!
They're coming relay-fashion: one member a day!

Please be absolutely sure to look at them (。・ω・。)ノ

I'm looking forward to seeing what kinds of things they write, too... ♪

It's Kageyama Yuuka!!

December 2nd was Memi's birthday!!
Memi is cute at all times -- even when she's sleeping or wearing no make-up!!!! lol.

Memi is the only 1st-gen member my age. She's my goal, my beloved comrade, and my precious companion in battle.

Seeing her brushing aside all kinds of pressure and doing her best, she's so cool!
Also, since she is so skilful at conveying her enchantment, during lessons I secretly watch her to try and learn ( ´・ω・)ノ

Takase Mana blog: Happy Birthday, Memi

Happy Birthday, Memi!

Takase Mana

Good evening, everyone (。・ω・)ノ
It's Takase Mana.

Today, December 2nd, is Kakizaki Memi's birthday!
Happy Birthday  ♥

The cake was delicious \( *´ω`* )/

02 December 2017

Kakizaki Memi blog: 16th birthday. Childhood pictures. Wanting to look more adult.

Sweet Sixteen ♥

Kakizaki Memi

Good evening,
It's Kakizaki Memi.

Today is December 2nd!!
It's my birthday \(❁´∀`❁)ノ
I'm 16 years old today ✧*。

Everyone wished me Happy Birthday ((( *´꒳`* )))

Nagahama Neru blog: Sentimental. The power of music. With Fuu-chan at Disney.

This and that,  247

Nagahama Neru


Yesterday's "Another Sky"
Moved me to tears.

The song Thelma Aoyama sang at the end
Was like a jewel stuck in my heart.

This happens from time to time.
Maybe it's true that when you become an adult
You become sentimental.

Because I keep listening to the songs I like,
I hardly ever come upon new songs.

So the moment of such an unexpected visit
Feels a bit like fate.

Thinking of that, music is amazing...
It's miraculous.

Suddenly it's December.
The "Rushing Master" month when the master is so busy.

I'm looking forward to it again this year.

01 December 2017

Iguchi Mao blog: Happy Birthday Memi!

Congratulations, Memi-chan!

Iguchi Mao

Today is Memi-chan's birthday!

Happy birthday!

Still only 16! I'm jealous!!

Enjoy your youth, eh ♥

Memi-chan is cute as an angel.
I'm enjoying watching her gradually become an adult ♥

Let's continue to get along, eh  (о´∀`о)

30 November 2017

Kakizaki Memi blog: Hiragana in BOG magazine. Nice offshots of Memi. New penlight colours.


Kakizaki Memi

Good evening,
It's Kakizaki Memi.

Kyonko, Meimei, Kumi, Manafi and I
Are in the BOG magazine that came out November 30.
And somehow we're on the cover, too!!✧*。

Little by little, Hiragana has been getting more covers lately. It really makes me happy.
Thank you very much!! <(_ _*)>

Green and red are the sign of Christmas!

Keyakizaka46 member-drawn greeting cards for December 2017, with translations

The Kanji and Hiragana Keyaki members' hand-drawn greeting cards for December. This month, the most striking cards for me are from usual suspects in Kanji Keyaki: Koike, Kobayashi and Naako. In Hiragana, Memi's calligraphy is always a pleasure to read, but overall Katou Shiho's card was the one I liked best.

But no card from Techi again this month.

Koike Minami 小池美波-- December has begun. Christmas comes this month. What is everyone asking Santa for? Merry Christmas.

29 November 2017

Aki-P once again compares Hirate with Yamaguchi Momoe

Akimoto Yasushi
There's some reaction to a recent interview with Aki-P in which he once again compares Hirate Yurina with the great idol Yamaguchi Momoe.

It's from a series of TV conversations called:
Special conversation - Matayoshi Naoki's "Performers I want to meet before I die," #3: Akimoto Yasushi


Matayoshi: In comedians, the standard is basically "are they funny or not?" But when it comes to entertainment talents, there are lots of cute and lots of cool ones. What rule is there for deciding whether they will sell or not?

Akimoto: ...Umm. Probably having things read into them.

Matayoshi: By the people seeing them?

Akimoto: Yes. So, for example, Hirate in Keyakizaka46 or Yamaguchi Momoe, people like that, somehow make you read too much into every little thing they do. Such as when they look downcast.

Matayoshi: They are not ordinary people.

Akimoto: Yes, exactly.

Aki-P has said this before: that Hirate is someone special, someone whom you can't help reading things into.