Satoda Mai (里田まい), legal name Tanaka Mai (田中まい), 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.



Satoda Mai, December 2014


Satoda Mai, August 2012


Satoda Mai, September 2009


Satoda Mai, February 2009

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Satoda Mai, September 2008

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Satoda Mai, December 2008

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Satoda Mai, January 2007

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Satoda Mai, 2000

Early LifeEdit

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


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.


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]


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


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.


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]


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]


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.


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]


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


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


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]


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


Discography Participated InEdit

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
H.P. All Stars
  • [2007.09.26] Koi no Hexagon
  • [2010.03.17] Shiawase ni Narou / Koi (幸せになろう / 恋)
  • [2008.07.30] Hi wa, Mata Noboru
  • [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




  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)


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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)



  • [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)



  • [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)


  • [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 AlsoEdit

Honorary TitlesEdit

Honorary titles

Preceded by

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

Succeeded by
Tsugunaga Momoko

Preceded by

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

Succeeded by
Ozeki Mai

Preceded by

Leader of Pabo
2007 - 2011

Succeeded by

Preceded by

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

Succeeded by


  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.
  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.

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