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Maimi Yajima
Maimi Yajima at Japan Expo 2014.jpg
Maimi Yajima at Japan Expo 2014
Native name 矢島 舞美
Born (1992-02-07) February 7, 1992 (age 23)
Other names Maimii, Yassui
Relatives Akari Takeuchi (younger cousin)
Musical career
Years active 2002–present
Associated acts
Website www.helloproject.com

Maimi Yajima (矢島 舞美 Yajima Maimi?, born February 7, 1992 in Saitama Prefecture) is a member and the leader of Cute, a girl idol group within Hello! Project.


Yajima first joined Hello! Project in 2002 as one of the fifteen children chosen from the Hello! Project Kids auditions after performing "Momoiro Kataomoi" by Aya Matsuura. She debuted the same year in the movie Koinu Dan no Monogatari, taking on one of the main roles as an antagonist. The following year, she joined the first of the kids' groups, ZYX, which released two singles.

In 2004, Berryz Kobo was formed, with the intention of rotating the girls throughout the unit. Yajima did not make the original pick, and the idea was eventually dropped. The remaining girls eventually ended up forming Cute in 2005. Despite not being the oldest, Yajima still became the group's leader, after Erika Umeda turned down the role. The group did not make its official debut until late in 2006, with their first official single released in February 2007.

Aside from leading Cute, Yajima is also the sub-captain of Little Gatas, the Hello! Project Kids futsal team. She is also considered[by whom?] to be one of the fastest runners in all of Hello! Project, often coming first in the running events at the annual sports festivals and listing running as one of her hobbies.

Yajima also co-hosts Cute's weekly radio program, Cutie Party. She took over the role when Megumi Murakami left the group.

In 2008, Yajima was selected to be a member of Hello Project's new unit High-King.[1] Yajima and Fukuda Kanon appeared in the movie Fuyu no Kaidan (Winter Ghost Story), released in Japan on May 23, 2009.

Personal life[edit]

Maimi's younger cousin, Akari Takeuchi, is a member of S/mileage, another girl group within Hello! Project.[2]

Yajima has been nicknamed "Rain Girl" by fans and her fellow Cute members, who say that she is the one that causes it to rain so often on important days, such as at concerts and events the group attends.[3]

Hello! Project groups and units[edit]

Satoyama movement[edit]

  • DIY (DIY♡?) (2012–present)


For Maimi Yajima's releases with Cute, see Cute discography.

Solo DVDs[edit]

No. Title Release date Chart
1 17's (Seventeen's) (17's-SEVENTEEN'S-?) April 29, 2009 35 Zetima
UTB Wani Books Online Store Gentei Tokuten
 "Yajima Maimi Making DVD"

  (UTB ワニブックス オンラインストア限定特典
 「矢島舞美 メイキングDVD」
June 2009 Wani Books (not for sale)
2 Yajima Maimi Fix no E (矢島舞美 Fixの絵?) June 23, 2010 80 Zetima
3 Yajima Maimi DVD "Umikaze"
?, "Yajima Maimi DVD "Sea Breeze"")
March 27, 2011 Up-Front Works (e-Hello! series)
4[5] A Foggy Doll (a foggy doll?) August 29, 2011 Up-Front Works (e-Hello! series)
5 A Rainy Day (a rainy day?) September 29, 2011 Up-Front Works (e-Hello! series)
6 Imagine Classic (Imagine classic?) November 11, 2011 Up-Front Works (e-Hello! series)
Yajima Maimi Shashinshū "Tabioto" Making DVD
January 31, 2012 Up-Front Works (e-Hello! series)
7[6] Chelsie December 19, 2012 141 Zetima
Maimiuseum Special DVD
  (マイミュージアム スペシャルDVD?)
June 5, 2013 Up-Front Works (e-Hello! series)
Blue Wind[7] April 9, 2014 47 Zetima

Duet singles[edit]

Year Artist Title Release date Chart
2008 Abe Natsumi & Yajima Maimi (Cute)
"16sai no Koi Nante"
Jūrokusai no Koi Nante?)
January 16, 2008 (2008-01-16) 9



No. Title Release date Publisher ISBN Notes
1 Maimi (舞美?) April 25, 2007 Wani Books ISBN 978-4-8470-4003-0 1st solo photobook
2 Sō Sora (爽・空 (そうそら)?, "Clear•Sky") January 27, 2008 ISBN 978-4-8470-4065-8 2nd solo photobook
3 17 April 18, 2009 ISBN 978-4-8470-4169-3 3rd solo photobook
4 Yajima Maimi Shashinkan 2008–2010
(矢島舞美写真館 2008-2010?)
June 5, 2010 ISBN 978-4-8470-4285-0
5 Tabioto (タビオト?) November 27, 2011 ISBN 978-4-8470-4409-0
6 Hatachi (ハタチ?)[9] November 27, 2012 ISBN 978-4-8470-4509-7
7 Maimiuseum (マイミュージアム?)[10] May 27, 2013 ISBN 978-4-8470-4546-2



  • Koinu Dan no Monogatari (仔犬ダンの物語?, "Puppy Dan's Story")
  • Fuyu no Kaidan: Boku to Watashi to Obāchan no Motogatari (冬の怪談〜ぼくとワタシとおばあちゃんの物語〜?, "Winter Ghost Story: You, Me, and Grandma's Story") (2009)
  • Ōsama Game (December 17, 2011)
  • Zomvideo (ゾンビデオ?) (December 29, 2012)


  • Black Angels (ブラック・エンジェルズ?) (April 27, 2011, Geneon Universal Entertainment) as Reira
  • Black Angels 2 (ブラック・エンジェルズ2〜黒木覚醒編〜?) (July 4, 2012)
  • Black Angels 3 (ブラック・エンジェルズ3〜黒木死闘編〜?) (August 3, 2012)

TV dramas[edit]

  • Sūgaku Joshi Gakuen (January 11, 2012 — March 28, 2012)
  • Mannequin Girls (マネキン・ガールズ?) (2011)


  • Chikyū Seibā: Yume no Gijutsu de Mirai o Sukue! (地球セイバー 夢の技術で未来を救え!?, "Earth Saver: Save the Future with the Art of Dreams!") (May 3, 2005)
  • °C-ute Has Come #03 (December 2, 2006)
  • °C-ute Has Come #04 (December 16, 2006)
  • 58th NHK Kōhaku Uta Gassen (December 31, 2007)
  • Ahoya nen! Sukiya nen! (あほやねん!すきやねん!?) (NHK Osaka, April 21, 2009)
  • Bijo Hōdan (美女放談?, "Beautiful Girls Chat Show") (June 26, 2009) — a talk show featuring Hello! Project members
  • Piramekiino G (ピラメキーノG?, "Zakkuri Senshi Piramekid" corner)
  • Bijo Gaku (美女学?)
  • Hello Pro! Time (ハロプロ!TIME?)
  • Hello! Satoyama Life (ハロー!SATOYAMAライフ?)


  • Cutie Party (November 4, 2006 – ongoing)
  • °C-ute Maimi Yajima's I My Me Maimi~ (℃-ute矢島舞美のI My Me まいみ〜?) (July 4, 2008 – ongoing, Fridays at 10 PM, FM Port)[11]


  • Hello! ga Ippai #01 (November 10, 2006)
  • Hello! ga Ippai #02 (November 24, 2006)
  • Hello! Pro Hour #02 (March 17, 2006)
  • Michishige Sayumi no "Mobekimasutte Nani??" (道重さゆみの『モベキマスってなに??』?) (2011)
  • Hagiwara Mai Desu ga... Nani ka? (2012)


  • Cat's Eye (2012) as Hitomi Kisugi
  • Hatagumi Vol.3 "Ran" (2010) as Ran [12]
  • Hatagumi Vol.4 "Ran―2011New version!!" (2011) as Ran[13]
  • Hatagumi Vol.5 "Taklamakan" (2013) as Kei[14]


  1. ^ "Hello! Project New Unit: "High King" Formation". Hello!Online. 2008-05-16. 
  2. ^ Morning Musume Sayumi Michishige Konya mo Usa-chan Peace, June 24, 2009
  3. ^ 2009.1.28 "4 Akogare My Star" album, limited edition bonus DVD
  4. ^ "矢島舞美のDVDランキング、矢島舞美のプロフィールならオリコン芸能人事典-ORICON STYLE" (in Japanese). Oricon Inc. Retrieved 2014-04-29. 
  5. ^ "e-Hello! 矢島舞美DVD 『a foggy doll』ダイジェスト" (in Japanese). Cute Official YouTube Channel. 2012-07-19. Retrieved 2012-11-29. 
  6. ^ "矢島舞美DVD 『Chelsie』ダイジェスト" (in Japanese). Cute Official YouTube Channel. 2012-11-29. Retrieved 2012-11-29. 
  7. ^ 矢島舞美DVD「Blue Wind」ダイジェスト on YouTube
  8. ^ "安倍なつみ&矢島舞美(℃-ute)のCDシングルランキング、安倍なつみ&矢島舞美(℃-ute)のプロフィールならオリコン芸能人事典-ORICON STYLE" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2012-11-20. 
  9. ^ "矢島舞美写真集『ハタチ』 12/11/27発売". ワニブックス. 2012-11-01. Retrieved 2012-11-01. 
  10. ^ "矢島舞美作品集『マイミュージアム』". Wani Books. Retrieved 2014-04-29. 
  11. ^ "°C-ute Maimi Yajima's I My Me Maimi~". FM Port. 
  12. ^ "Theater Hatagumi Vol.3 "Ran"". Office Blue Entertainment Production Company Website. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  13. ^ "Hatagumi Vol.4 "Ran―2011New version!!―"". Office Blue Entertainment Production Company Website. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  14. ^ "Hatagumi Vol.5 "Taklamakan"". Office Blue Entertainment Production Company Website. 

External links[edit]

Honorary titles
Preceded by
Sayumi Michishige
Leader of Hello!Project
2014 - present

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