Satoda Mai (里田まい) is a Japanese pop singer. For a long time she was the only member of the group Country Musume. After the group was revived as Country Girls, she became its supervisor.[1] Satoda was also a member of the Hello! Project futsal team Gatas Brilhantes H.P. and its associated music group Ongaku Gatas, and she was captain of the Hokkaido-based futsal team, Sapporo CEREBIES.

She was a frequent guest on the Japanese television quiz show Quiz! Hexagon II, as part of the units Pabo, Aladdin, and Satoda Mai with Gouda Kazoku (also called Satoda Mai with Gouda Kyoudai). The show came to an end in September 2011, after host Shinsuke Shimada was forced to retire from show business due to his connections with the Yamaguchi-gumi.

Biography[edit | edit source]

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Early Life[edit | edit source]

Satoda Mai was born on March 29, 1984 in Hokkaido, Japan.

2000-2002[edit | edit source]

In 2000, Satoda participated Morning Musume 3rd Tsuika Audition, but failed to make it to the final ten.

In January 2002, she was added to Country Musume.

2007[edit | edit source]

From April 24 to 30, Satoda starred in the play Yokosuka Story with Goto Maki.[2]

From October 3 to 11, she appeared in the stage play Heisei Revolution ~Back to the Byakkotai~ alongside Yoshizawa Hitomi, Shibata Ayumi, Inaba Atsuko, Korenaga Miki, and Fukuda Kanon.[3]

2008[edit | edit source]

On December 31, Satoda was the only Hello! Project member to perform in the annual Kohaku Uta Gassen.[4]

2009[edit | edit source]

On March 31, Satoda graduated from Hello! Project along with all the other members of the Elder Club.[5]

In 2009, she was in the PV "Tsuru no Uta 'M'" by Tsuruno Takeshi.

2010[edit | edit source]

On May 5th, she was appointed as a Goodwill Ambassadors in Sado City, Niigata Prefecture.

On November 15, Satoda announced she was in a relationship with Tohoku Rakuten Eagles pitcher Tanaka Masahiro.[6] They met at the beginning of the year as co-stars on the New Year's TV show Pro Yaguu All-Star Sports Festival, and they began dating over the summer.[7]

2012[edit | edit source]

On January 26, Satoda announced her engagement to Tanaka.[8] They registered their marriage on March 20.[9]

On March 31, she graduated from Gatas Brilhantes H.P. and Sapporo CEREBIES.[10]

2013[edit | edit source]

On January 2, Satoda was a surprise guest on the opening day of Hello! Project Tanjou 15 Shuunen Kinen Live 2013 Fuyu ~Viva!~, which she came stage during the performance of the Country Musume song "Uwaki na Honey Pie".[11]

In October, Satoda was transferred from UP-FRONT PROMOTION to UP-FRONT CREATE.

2014[edit | edit source]

On January 2, Satoda Mai announced the Country Musume Shin Member Audition for a new Country Musume line-up.[12]

On January 22, it was announced that her husband, Tanaka Masahiro, signed a 7-year 155 million dollar contract to the New York Yankees after receiving offers from various teams.[13] The next day, Satoda was featured in the cover of NY Daily News sports section, with an article that talks about her career as a "pop star."[14] Both of them were expected to move to New York.

On August 7, it was announced that the Country Musume Shin Member Audition had ended and no new members were chosen. Months later, on November 5, a new line-up was announced with Country Musume renamed as Country Girls. Satoda would not be an active member, but the group's supervisor.[1]

2015[edit | edit source]

On September 6, Satoda announced that she was 5 months pregnant with her first child.[15]

2016[edit | edit source]

On February 15, she gave birth to a son. He was born at 1:36pm and weighed 3,360 grams (7.4lbs).[16]

2019[edit | edit source]

On March 25, it was announced through Tanaka Masahiro's Twitter that Satoda is pregnant with their second child who was due to be born in June.[17] She gave birth to a daughter on June 7.[18]

On October 18, it was announced that Country Girls would suspend activities on December 26, 2019 after the Country Girls Live 2019 ~Itooshikutte Gomen ne~ at LINE CUBE SHIBUYA.[19]

Profile[edit | edit source]

  • Favorite colors: Black, white
  • Favorite flowers: Sunflowers
  • Favorite seasons: Spring, autumn
  • Favorite word: Okay
  • Favorite food: White rice, ramen, nattou
  • Disliked food: Capsicum

Discography[edit | edit source]

Discography Participated In[edit | edit source]

Country Musume
Ongaku Gatas
Hello! Project
Soundtrack Albums
Hexagon All Stars
  • [2008.10.22] We LOVE Hexagon
  • [2009.10.21] We LOVE Hexagon 2009
  • [2010.11.17] We LOVE Hexagon 2010
  • [2011.11.23] We LOVE Hexagon 2011

Country Musume
Ongaku Gatas
Sexy 8
7AIR
ROMANS
H.P. All Stars
Elegies
Pabo
  • [2007.09.26] Koi no Hexagon
  • [2010.03.17] Shiawase ni Narou / Koi (幸せになろう / 恋)
Aladdin
  • [2008.07.30] Hi wa, Mata Noboru
Tsubasa
  • [2010.07.14] Bokura ni wa Tsubasa ga Aru ~Oozora e~ (僕らには翼がある〜大空へ〜) (with Hexagon All Stars)
Ganbarou Nippon Ai wa Katsu Singers
Hexagon All Stars
  • [2010.07.14] Bokura ni wa Tsubasa ga Aru ~Oozora e~ (僕らには翼がある〜大空へ〜) (with Tsubasa)

  • [2003.05.01] Atarashii Douyou
  • [2004.08.04] Sexy Onna Juku ~Dotou no Sexy Shiren – Sono Rekishi~ Joukan (as a part of ROMANS)
  • [2004.08.04] Sexy Onna Juku ~Dotou no Sexy Shiren – Sono Rekishi~ Gekan (as a part of ROMANS)
  • [2004.12.08] Sexy Onna Juku ~Dotou no Sexy Shiren – Sono Rekishi~ Extra (as a part of ROMANS)
  • [2005.09.28] Tatakae!! Cyborg Shibata 3
  • [2006.11.08] Gyao Original Drama Doutoku Joshi Tandai Eko-ken Dainiwa 39℃
  • [2006.07.13] Musume Dokyu! ~E Nagareta 4-choume no Hitobito~ Vol. 1
  • [2006.07.13] Musume Dokyu! ~E Nagareta 4-choume no Hitobito~ Vol. 2
  • [2007.12.26] Musume Dokyu! ~E Nagareta 4-choume no Hitobito~ Vol. 3
  • [2009.06.26] Hekisa na Futari (ヘキサな二人)
  • [2011.07.08] Geinoujin Real Private Tabi Star Tours Tomochika no Ehime

Publications[edit | edit source]

Photobooks[edit | edit source]

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  1. [2003.10.04] Satoda Mai (里田まい )
  2. [2007.03.21] my life
  3. [2007.11.07] Satoda Mai no Obaka Densetsu (里田まいのおバカ伝説)
  4. [2007.12.26] Mai-Thai (マイタイ)

Books[edit | edit source]

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  • [2009.12.17] Satoda Mai Official Book Hitori Dakedo Country Musume Desu (里田まいオフィシャルブック ひとりだけどカントリー娘。です)
  • [2011.08.08] Sekaiichi Oishii Gohan no Tabekata (世界一おいしいごはんの食べ方)

Works[edit | edit source]

Movies[edit | edit source]

  • [2002] Tokkaekko
  • [2010.03.06] Kenka Banchou Gekijou-ban ~Zenkoku Seiha (喧嘩番長 劇場版〜全国制覇)
  • [2010.09.11] Kimi ga Odoru, Natsu (君が踊る、夏)

TV[edit | edit source]

Theater[edit | edit source]

  • [2007.06.27] Gekidan Senior Graffiti Yokosuka Story
  • [2007.xx.xx] Heisei Revolution ~Back to the Byakkotai~ (平成レボリューション 〜バックトゥザ・白虎隊〜)
  • [2008.02.16] Hekisa na Futari (ヘキサな二人)

Web[edit | edit source]

  • [2010.08.25] Satoda Mai Interview Motteko Shoten (里田まい インタビュー モッテコ書店)
  • [2011-2012] Personal Computer Joshi-bu (パソコン女子部)

See Also[edit | edit source]

Honorary Titles[edit | edit source]

Honorary titles

Preceded by
Rinne

Oldest Member of Country Musume
October 14, 2002 - November 4, 2014

Succeeded by
Tsugunaga Momoko

Preceded by
Miuna

Youngest Member of Country Musume
January 29, 2007 - November 4, 2014

Succeeded by
Ozeki Mai

Preceded by
First

Leader of Pabo
2007 - 2011

Succeeded by
Last

Preceded by
First

Supervisor of Country Girls
November 5, 2014 - December 26, 2019

Succeeded by
Incumbent

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "『カントリー娘。』改め『カントリー・ガールズ』について" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2014-11-05. (archived)
  2. Official Gekijyo Page
  3. Official Gekijyo Page
  4. "モー娘。落選…11年連続ならず" (in Japanese). Daily Sports Online. 2008-11-26. (Archived)
  5. "モー娘。OGなど、来年3月末にハロプロ一斉卒業へ" (in Japanese). ORICON STYLE. 2008-10-19.
  6. "ご報告" (in Japanese). Satoda Mai Official Blog. 2010-11-15.
  7. "マー君&里田まいが熱愛…今夏から交際" (in Japanese). Daily Sports Online. 2010-11-15. (Archived)
  8. "ご報告" (in Japanese). Satoda Mai Official Blog. 2012-01-26.
  9. "ご報告" (in Japanese). Satoda Mai Official Blog. 2012-03-20.
  10. "2012年3月30日 【里田まい ガッタス卒業のあいさつ】" (in Japanese). Gatas Brilhantes H.P. Official Site. 2012-03-30. (Archived)
  11. "【ライブレポート】2013年のハロプロ新春公演が華やかに開幕。OG参加コーナーには里田まいが結婚後初登場" (in Japanese). BARKS. 2013-01-03.
  12. "カントリー娘。新メンバーオーディション開催決定。里田まいが発表" (in Japanese). BARKS. 2014-02-11.
  13. "Masahiro Tanaka to Yanks for $155M." ESPN. 2014-01-22.
  14. "Masahiro Tanaka comes to Yankees with pop star wife, Mai Satoda." NY Daily News. 2014-01-23.
  15. "ご報告" (in Japanese). Satoda Mai Official Blog. 2015-09-06.
  16. "ご報告" (in Japanese). Satoda Mai Official Blog. 2016-02-16.
  17. https://twitter.com/t_masahiro18/status/1110004482144899077
  18. https://twitter.com/t_masahiro18/status/1138675984679366656
  19. "カントリー・ガールズ 活動休止のお知らせ" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2019-10-18.

External Links[edit | edit source]

Country Musume / Country Girls
Members
Former Members Country Musume Azusa | Hiromi | Rinne | Asami | Satoda Mai | Miuna
Borrowed Members Ishikawa Rika | Konno Asami | Fujimoto Miki
Country Girls Satoda Mai (Supervisor) | Tsugunaga Momoko | Yamaki Risa | Inaba Manaka | Morito Chisaki | Shimamura Uta | Ozeki Mai | Yanagawa Nanami | Funaki Musubu
Discography
Singles
Country Musume Indies: 1. Futari no Hokkaido | 2. Yukigeshiki | 3. Hokkaido Shalala | 4. Koi ga Suteki na Kisetsu
Country Musume ni Ishikawa Rika 1. Hajimete no Happy Birthday! | 2. Koibito wa Kokoro no Ouendan | 3. Iroppoi Onna ~SEXY BABY~ | 4. BYE BYE Saigo no Yoru
Country Musume ni Konno to Fujimoto 5. Uwaki na Honey Pie | 6. Senpai ~LOVE AGAIN~ | 7. Shining Itoshiki Anata
Country Girls

Major: 1. Itooshikutte Gomen ne / Koi Dorobou | 2. Wakatteiru no ni Gomen ne / Tamerai Summer Time | 3. Boogie Woogie LOVE / Koi wa Magnet / Ranrarun ~Anata ni Muchuu~ | 4. Dou Datte Ii no / Namida no Request | 5. Good Boy Bad Girl / Peanut Butter Jelly Love
Digital: 1. Kaite wa Keshite no "I Love You"
Soundtracks: 1. Engeki Joshibu Musical "Kizetsu Suru Hodo Aishiteru!" Original Soundtrack

Collaboration Singles Country Musume ALL FOR ONE & ONE FOR ALL! | Oyaji no Kokoro ni Tomotta Chiisa na Hi ~Duet Version~
Country Girls YEAH YEAH YEAH / Akogare no Stress-free / Hana, Takenawa no Toki
Digital Songs Country Girls Konamaiki Girl | Matenai After Five / Kasa wo Sasu Senpai | One Summer Night ~Manatsu no Kesshin~ / Natsuiro no Palette
Albums Country Musume

Original: 1. Country Musume Daizenshuu ① | 2. Country Musume Daizenshuu ②
Best: 1. Country Musume Mega Best

Country Girls

Mini: 1. Seasons
Best: 1. Country Girls Daizenshuu ①
Other: 1. Tsugunaga Momoko Idol 15 Shuunen Kinen Album ♡Arigatou Otomomochi♡

Concerts & Events
Concerts Country Musume 2006
Country Girls

Spring Tours: 2017 (Concert, Live)
Summer Tours: 2015 | 2016
Fall Tours: 2015
Winter Tours: 2016
Other Concerts: Country Girls LIVE2018 ~Minazuki!~ | Country Girls Live 2019 ~Itooshikutte Gomen ne~

Events Country Girls

Anniversary Events: 2015 | 2017 | 2018 | 2019
Holiday Events: 2016 | 2018 | 2019
Bus Tours: 2015 | 2016 | 2019

Other Concerts & Events
Joint Concerts Country Musume 2002 (with Heike Michiyo and Melon Kinenbi)
Country Girls 2015 (with Kobushi Factory and Tsubaki Factory)
Hello! Project Concerts
Country Musume

Summer Tours: 1999 | 2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2007
Winter Tours: 2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009

Country Girls

Summer Tours: 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018 | 2019
Winter Tours: 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018 | 2019
Hina Fes: 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018 | 2019
Hallo! Fes: 2018
COUNTDOWN PARTY: 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018
Other Concerts: Berryz Koubou Matsuri | Tsugunaga Momoko Last Live ♥Arigatou Otomomochi♥

Units & Other Groups
Associated Acts Morning Musume | 7nin Matsuri | 10nin Matsuri | Happy♡7 | Odoru♡11 | Sexy 8 | 7AIR | 11WATER | ROMANS | Gatas Brilhantes H.P. | H.P. All Stars | Elegies | Ongaku Gatas | Berryz Koubou | Hello Pro Kenshuusei | ANGERME | Juice=Juice | Minis? | College Cosmos
Ongaku Gatas
Members
Current Members Yoshizawa Hitomi (Captain) | Ishikawa Rika | Korenaga Miki | Sengoku Minami | Konno Asami | Noto Arisa | Satoda Mai
Former Members Mano Erina | Muto Mika | Sawada Yuri
Discography
Singles 1. Narihajimeta Koi no BELL | 2. Yattarouze! | 3. Come Together | 4. READY! KICK OFF!!
Albums 1. 1st GOODSAL
Concerts Spring 2008 | Winter 2008 | Spring 2010
Units & Other Acts
Associated Acts Gatas Brilhantes H.P. | Morning Musume | Hello Pro Egg | Country Musume | v-u-den | Mano Erina | Up Up Girls (Kari)
Hello! Project Shuffle Unit
Shuffle Units
2000
Akagumi 4 1st Gen: Shinoda Miho | Nakazawa Yuko | Danielle | Goto Maki
2nd Gen: Maeda Yuki | Yoshizawa Hitomi
Kiiro 5 1st Gen: Honda Ruru | Heike Michiyo | Yasuda Kei | Abe Natsumi | Ayaka
2nd Gen: Kago Ai
Aoiro 7 1st Gen: Inaba Atsuko | Kominato Miwa | Iida Kaori | Yaguchi Mari | Lehua | Ichii Sayaka | Mika
2nd Gen: Ishikawa Rika | Tsuji Nozomi
2001
3nin Matsuri Ishikawa Rika | Matsuura Aya | Kago Ai
7nin Matsuri Heike Michiyo | Ayaka | Yaguchi Mari | Lehua | Shibata Ayumi | Asami | Goto Maki
10nin Matsuri Yasuda Kei | Rinne | Murakami Megumi | Iida Kaori | Abe Natsumi | Saito Hitomi | Otani Masae | Mika | Yoshizawa Hitomi | Tsuji Nozomi
2002
Happy♡7 Saito Hitomi | Mika | Asami | Takahashi Ai | Ogawa Makoto | Kago Ai | Niigaki Risa
Sexy 8 Heike Michiyo | Ayaka | Otani Masae | Yaguchi Mari | Satoda Mai | Ishikawa Rika | Yoshizawa Hitomi | Goto Maki
Odoru♡11 Ishii Rika | Yasuda Kei | Rinne | Murata Megumi | Iida Kaori | Abe Natsumi | Shibata Ayumi | Fujimoto Miki | Matsuura Aya | Konno Asami | Tsuji Nozomi
2003
SALT5 Maeda Yuki | Abe Natsumi (Leader) | Matsuura Aya | Ogawa Makoto | Kago Ai
7AIR Inaba Atsuko | Otani Masae | Satoda Mai | Mika | Ishikawa Rika (Leader) | Takahashi Ai | Niigaki Risa
11WATER Murata Megumi | Iida Kaori (Leader) | Ayaka | Saito Hitomi | Yaguchi Mari | Shibata Ayumi | Asami | Fujimoto Miki | Yoshizawa Hitomi | Konno Asami | Tsuji Nozomi
2004
H.P. All Stars Morning Musume | Nakazawa Yuko | Abe Natsumi | Yasuda Kei | Goto Maki | Inaba Atsuko | Coconuts Musume Ayaka | Melon Kinenbi | Country Musume | W | Maeda Yuki | Matsuura Aya | Hello! Project Kids | Berryz Koubou | v-u-den
2005
Elegies Satoda Mai | Shibata Ayumi | Takahashi Ai | Tanaka Reina
Sexy Otonajan Fujimoto Miki | Murakami Megumi | Natsuyaki Miyabi
Puripuri Pink Nakazawa Yuko | Inaba Atsuko | Yasuda Kei | Iida Kaori
Discography
Singles Akai Nikkichou / Kiiroi Osora de BOOM BOOM BOOM / Aoi Sports Car no Otoko | Chu! Natsu Party / Summer Reggae! Rainbow / Dancing! Natsu Matsuri | Shiawase Beam! Suki Suki Beam! / Shiawase Desu ka? / Shiawase Kyouryuu Ondo | Kowarenai Ai ga Hoshii no / GET UP! Rapper / BE ALL RIGHT! | ALL FOR ONE & ONE FOR ALL! | Onna, Kanashii, Otona / Inshouha Renoir no You ni / Hitoshirezu Mune wo Kanaderu Yoru no Aki
Albums Hello! Project Shuffle Unit Mega Best
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