11 March 2017

Kakizaki Memi blog: Praying on a star

A star ☆

Kakizaki Memi

Good evening,
It's Kakizaki Memi.

Today is March 11th.
Six years have passed since the East Japan Earthquake.

For those who died, I pray for happiness in the next world.

Nagahama Neru's calligraphy on show again in Brody

Neru's beautiful calligraphy is on display again in the April issue of Brody magazine. Only this time, she is writing her own haiku poems, so writing both kanji (Chinese characters) and kana (Japanese alphabet). Offshots:

"Drawing near, I look up -- a great keyaki in winter."

KeyaBINGO hosts Sandwichman raising money for East Japan Earthquake orphans

The hosts of KeyaBINGO, the comedy duo Sandwichman (Date Mikio and Tomizawa Takeshi) are from Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, one of the places hard-hit by the devastating East Japan Earthquake that happened exactly six years ago today.

Since then, they have been active in earthquake relief, particularly in raising funds to support children whose parents were lost in the earthquake and tsunami.

Date (left) and Tomizawa recently passed cheques totalling 6.65 million yen (~$65,000) to the governor of Fukushima Prefecture for that purpose. He gave them a gift of Fukushima strawberries.

This brings the total of money they have raised for earthquake relief and reconstruction in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures to over 400 million yen (~$4 million).

Suzumoto Miyu blog: East Japan Earthquake...and living every day

Six years

Suzumoto Miyu

Good evening.

Today, six years have passed since the East Japan Earthquake.

A lot of people suffered.

As members of Keyakizaka46, we want to become beings who can bring people at least a little bit of happiness.

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10 March 2017

Nagahama Neru blog: Croquette?

Leaving Home,   174

Nagahama Neru

Good evening ~

Yesterday, I ate a croquette.
Thinking about it, I hadn't eaten a croquette for a long time.

I thought:
I haven't eaten a single croquette since I became part of Keyakizaka.

It's surprising how much I like croquettes.
For a while, they reigned at the top of my "things I like" rankings.

The more I say the word "croquette,"
I come to think: "What? Is 'Croquette' a name?"

It's like the feeling you get when you look at a kanji for a long time and think:
"What? Is that what that kanji looks like?"

Strange ~

[Suzumoto Miyu, Nagahama Neru, Moriya Akane, Yonetani Nanami]

Suzumoto Miyu blog: Remembering summer, and going to the movies alone.

Alone at the movies

Suzumoto Miyu


I was just looking over the photos in my phone.
I say that, but I only looked at 234 of them...

Lots of photos from when I went to the seaside and photos of Bamu.                                                  
Even though I don't really like summer, I wanted to feel that summer feeling ( ・_・)/

I want to roll around on the tatami with Bamu ~   [note: Bamu is her dog, back home in Aichi.]

I want to have a BBQ

I want to play tennis

I want to eat the bento at the gym

I want to be in a ball tournament

I guess I want to go back to my student days for a while (  ̄_ ̄)

I went to see La La Land right away  ~~

Kakizaki Memi blog: Lucky in love

46% ♥

Kakizaki Memi

Good evening,
It's Kakizaki Memi.

I was buying a ticket at the station and a "mutual love" ticket came out!

And there was a "46", too!!
It was a bit of a lucky day (∗ˊᵕ`∗)

Kakizaki Memi blog: Ninja House

Ninja Village

Kakizaki Memi

Good evening,
It's Kakizaki Memi.

Recently, Mii-Pan (Sasaki Mirei)
MeiMei (Higashimura Mei) and I went out together.

We looked at clothes, ate, did various things ~ !

But when there was nothing left to do
We found ourselves going into a nearby Ninja trick house
And that turned out to be the most fun of all ( ・∇・)

I thought of the time in elementary school when I went to Chibiko Ninja Village (*´ω`*)

I want to go back to Chibiko Ninja Village
And see what it's like (lol)

09 March 2017

Katou Shiho blog: handshake sales and thanks

What on Earth?! ( ・ω ・) 

Katou Shiho

Good evening!
It's Katou Shiho of Hiragana Keyakizaka46 ☆

☆ Here's an announcement for everyone ☆

From 3pm today, 9 March (Thu) to 10 March (Fri) at 2pm,
Is the 4th application period for 4th single individual handshake events!

And from the 4th application period -- What on Earth!!
I've had a lane added on each day!
This is thanks to all of you! Truly, thank you very much (´;ω;`)

I am sooooo happy
Since this is the first time I'll have four lanes in a day, I'm also very nervous, but I'm looking forward to being able to talk a lot with everyone ♪

Please come and see me!!!

I'll be waiting for everyone ♪

Katou Shiho blog: I love the members of Hiragana Keyaki

I love them ( ・ω・) 

Katou Shiho

Good evening!
It's Katou Shiho of Hiragana Keyakizaka46 ☆

 Recently I've been feeling again how nice everyone in Hiragana Keyaki is
 I keep thinking how much moral support they give me ∩^ω^∩

From now on I want us to raise our strength as a team and become an outstanding group!

[Sasaki Kumi - Katou Shiho - Kakizaki Memi]

I love them all!

Good night.

Katou Shiho

____________________________________ written by Katoshi 2017/03/08, posted by staff 2017/03/09  03:39

Like other members of Hiragana Keyaki, Katoshi seems to be thinking of the group as separate from Kanji Keyaki. But of course, members and administration also speak of the groups as one. The status of Hiragana and its relationship with Kanji remains a mystery.

Note Memi's hand around Katoshi's waist, note how far forward she brings her face, and note how directly Memi looks right into the camera and at the viewer. Notice Kumi's boyish cap. Memi is15, Katoshi 19, and Kumi 21. These three seem to be close friends. Memi is, at least so far, co-centre of Hiragana with Neru. Kumi is the group's main MC. Katoshi's beauty, self-beautification, and intimate way of relating to fans have made her the best handshake-seller among the Hiraganas, as we will see in her next post, which I have uploaded right after this one.

Suzumoto Miyu: The many ways she shines

Japanese fans are finally discovering just how great Suzumon is. Here are some comments brought together by a Keyakizaka46 news site.

1 -- At the the top level in the group for performance strength and variety talent and lovely in looks and being easy to get along with.

5 -- I'm a Suzumon oshi, too. There may be prettier members, but her looks are fully satisfactory. And her potential level is high.

3 -- Since she's basically so majime, I worry that she might not be very good on talk shows.

4 -- (to #3) Since she's cute and teasable, I think it will be fine. She'll gradually get used to doing it.

6 -- Now that you mention it, she really does have high specs.

11 -- I think of her as a beautiful woman who's aiming at being an entertainer and whose face leaves a strong impression.

07 March 2017

Nagahama Neru: A quick visit home to Nagasaki

Looking straight at it,   173

Nagahama Neru

Good evening ~

The other day,
I made a day-trip home to Nagasaki o(^o^)o

By chance, it was the day of my school's graduation ceremony.
Knowing I should greet my teachers, I went there secretly!

They showed me the graduation album,
And I chattered loudly with my friends!

Who I'd spoken with in the classroom,
Having a nosebleed during class...
It all came back to me like it was yesterday ~

But although things seemed not to have changed, they had changed.
It made me sad to realize that was true.

Saitou Kyouko blog: Kyonko's pet rabbit Rabiko


Saitou Kyouko

Rabiko was born in the last part of February (exactly which day, I'm not sure T-T lol), and is now seven years old \( ´ ꒳ ` )/ ♥

At handshake events, people often ask me: "How's Rabiko?" ₍ ᐢ. ̫ .ᐢ ₎ lol

He's definitely well and happy, but I have never told you that in my blog!

The reason...?

Because I can't take photos of him…!!(꒪⌓︎꒪) lol

Rabiko hates being held and just runs away ヽ(*´з`*)ノ

For that reason, I often photograph him using continuous shooting ( ˙o​˙ )

Why are rabbits in the petting corner at zoos so well-behaved that they will sit on your lap? ( ˙-˙ )

Here are some photos of Rabiko that I worked hard to get \( ¨̮ )/ lol

06 March 2017

Higashimura Mei: blog update, with several photos

I discovered a post of Mei's with photos of her and Kakizaki Memi, and was going to just translate that. But then I looked back and saw this amazing photo of her:

This was taken after the Saturday handshake event, the first for which she wore twintails:

Kakizaki Memi blog: Strawberries and hay-fever

Strawberries (。・・。)♥

Kakizaki Memi

Good evening, 
It's Kakizaki Memi.

Recently I've been eating a lot of strawberries (о´∀`о)

I love strawberries.

Even strawberries that aren't sweet at all.
I just feel happy to be eating strawberries ( ・∇・)

Strawberries are the best. 

Suzumoto Miyu blog: First anniversary live


Suzumoto Miyu


A few days ago it was announced that we would put on a first anniversary live on April 6, the day of our debut!!!

The place will be Yoyogi National Gymnasium, arena 1!

This is where I think about the first time we stood on stage and performed, before our debut.

At that point we were happy just to be able to perform live!!

Many people have seen us grow since the time of Silent Majority.

All 32 of us will perform will all our might!!

Please expect the best!!

We'll be waiting for you (人・_・)♫

Katou Shiho blog: Photos -- Katoshi, Memi, Mei

It's ended up being nothing but photos (・ω・)

Katou Shiho

Good morning  ☀︎

It's Katou Shiho of Hiragana Keyakizaka461

This time, since I've still got photos from the handshake event a couple of days ago, I'll post a few of them ∩^ω^∩

05 March 2017

Suzumoto Miyu blog: Pigeons and handshake events

The last

Suzumoto Miyu


When I was changing trains recently, there were pigeons on the platform. I don't like pigeons, and in struggling to stay away from them I missed my train.

And it was the express...
( ゚_ゝ゚)


Thank you for yesterday's last handshake event of the 3rd single ☆彡

So those handshake events are already over... It seemed so quick ( ´・ω・)ノ

I ended up missing a lot of 2nd single handshake events, and felt really badly about it.

So for the 3rd single, I promised myself I would definitely do them all. That was the goal I set.

But at the very first event in Nagoya, I became ill partway through. It was really frustrating.

I'm sorry for causing everyone so much trouble.

For the 3rd single events, I came up with all kinds of ways of my own of doing them.

I don't know if they were all okay, but from now on I will continue to proceed by trial and error.

Kakizaki Memi blog: Red dress and leather jacket

Memi's father must be proud and worried at the same time. He sent her to Tokyo thinking she had barely turned 15, and suddenly she's closing in on 17. This week, in a red dress, a black choker and a motorcycle jacket, she had otaku gasping at a handshake event.

Deep red

Kakizaki Memi

Good evening,
It's Kakizaki Memi.

Today was the individual handshake event at Makihara Messe.

And today I wore a deep red dress ( ・∇・)

And for the second session I put on my motorcycle jacket ♥