Yajima Maimi (矢島舞美) is a Japanese singer and actress. She is a former idol under Hello! Project as the leader of ℃-ute and leader of Hello! Project. She was also a member of the SATOYAMA movement unit DIY♡ and the SATOUMI movement unit Mellowquad.
Yajima Maimi was born on February 7, 1992 in Saitama, Japan.
Yajima Maimi first joined Hello! Project on June 30 as one of the fifteen children chosen from the Hello! Project Kids auditions after performing "♡Momoiro Kataomoi♡" by Matsuura Aya. She made her debut the same year in the movie Koinu Dan no Monogatari, taking on one of the main roles as an antagonist.
In 2003, Yajima became a member of the unit ZYX, which released two singles before it became inactive.
In 2004, Berryz Koubou was formed, with the intention of rotating the kids throughout the unit. Yajima didn't make the original pick, and the idea was eventually dropped.
In 2005, the remaining seven in Hello! Project Kids formed ℃-ute. Although it was Umeda Erika, being the oldest, who was originally chosen to be the group's leader, she did not believe herself responsible for the task, and so the position was passed down to the second oldest, Yajima Maimi.
℃-ute did not make their official debut until late in 2006, with their first official single released in February of 2007.
Aside from leading ℃-ute, Yajima also became the sub-captain of Little Gatas, the Hello! Project Kids futsal team.
Yajima co-hosted ℃-ute's weekly radio program, Cutie Party. She took over the role when Murakami Megumi left the group. Yajima also collaborated with Abe Natsumi to release the single 16sai no Koi Nante on January 16.
Yajima was selected to be a member of Hello! Project's new unit, High-King.
On March 11, Kojina (President of Mirai CO) revealed in his blog that Yajima and Fukuda Kanon would be participating in the movie Fuyu no Kaidan. The film hit theaters on May 23. Yajima was the movie's protagonist, and had the role of "exterminating evil spirits/ghosts." She also starred in a play called Shin Gumi 10nen 7gatsu Kouen Ran.
In January, it was announced that Yajima would be in a movie titled Black Angels.
On August 7th, it was announced that Yajima would be in a movie titled Zomvideo. The movie was released in 2012.
From May 15 to May 17, Yajima starred in a new stage play titled Theatre in the Round.
On July 20, it was announced that Yajima was one of the chosen members to form the SATOYAMA movement unit DIY♡. The unit released an indies single, titled "Forefore ~Forest For Rest~ / Boys be ambitious!" (with GREEN FIELDS), on November 7.
On July 25, it was announced that Yajima would be performing in an stage play titled CAT'S♥EYE, based on a manga. She also became a member of the group Cat's♥Eye 7 to promote the musical. The stage play ran from September 22 to September 30.
From November 21 to December 2, Yajima and Tokunaga Chinami performed in an stage play titled Sugar Spot.
On March 2, at Forest For Rest ~SATOYAMA e Ikou~ SATOYAMA movement in YOKOHAMA, Yajima was announced as a member of the new SATOUMI movement unit, Mellowquad.
On February 5~7, Yajima, Nakajima Saki, and Hagiwara Mai celebrated their birthday. The special event was called Yajima Maimi, Nakajima Saki, & Hagiwara Mai 2014 Birthday Event, the event featured six performances in Saitama, Osaka, and Tokyo.
On February 12, it was announced Yajima would be appearing on the TV Tokyo drama "Urero mi Taiken Shoujo" Season 3, starring Hayami Akari, on February 21.
On October 8, it was confirmed in an interview with Michishige Sayumi that Yajima would be the next Hello! Project leader once Michishige graduated on November 26. This made Yajima the first Hello! Project leader not from Morning Musume.
On January 1, it was announced Yajima was chosen as the plus model for H!P Digital Books.
On February 5, 6, and 8, Yajima, Nakajima Saki, and Hagiwara Mai celebrated their birthdays in a special event called ℃-ute Yajima Maimi・Nakajima Saki・Hagiwara Mai Birthday Event 2015. The event featured four performances in Tokyo.
On November 12, it was announced that Yajima would be starring in the MV for "I Still Love You (Japanese Ver.)" by MAGIC POWER, a Taiwanese band.
On February 7, Yajima and Hagiwara Mai celebrated their birthdays at a special event called ℃-ute Yajima Maimi & Hagiwara Mai Birthday Event 2016. The event featured three performances in Tokyo.
On December 31 at the Hello! Project COUNTDOWN PARTY 2016 ~GOOD BYE & HELLO!~, Yajima announced that Wada Ayaka would succeed her as the 6th leader of Hello! Project with Fukumura Mizuki as the sub-leader from 2017.
On February 7, Yajima and Hagiwara Mai celebrated their birthdays at a joint event called ℃-ute Yajima Maimi & Hagiwara Mai Birthday Event 2017, featuring two performances in Tokyo.
On October 19, ISEKI released a music video for his original song "Machi", which features Yajima as the backing vocalist and also his lover in the music video. The song was released in ISEKI's third mini album AOR FLAVA -silky red- on October 25.
On October 23, Yajima performed two new solo songs titled "Ashita, Shiranai Kaze ni Fukarete" and "Kore Kara Tobinotteku Mirai" for her Hello! Project 20 Shuunen Kinen Zen'yasai ~One by One~ solo live. Both songs were digitally released on November 17.
On November 10, Yajima's profile was added to J.P ROOM. On the same day, Yajima was announced as a cast member in the special drama Oedo Robocon. It was a collaboration between R no Housoku, a variety TV show on the NHK Education channel, and Kosen Robocon, a high school robotics contest that is celebrating its 30th anniversary. The special aired on November 27.
On December 22, Yajima released a book titled Nonbiri, Sarigenaku, Funwari to..
Yajima appeared as a guest at Japan Expo Thailand 2018, where she performed and held a meet and greet on January 27.
On March 10, Yajima held the Yajima Maimi Fanclub Event Maimi's Squall, which featured two shows at Yamano Hall.
On June 18, Yajima starred opposite of Toshiyuki Someya in the second of TV Tokyo Plus's three-part web short series Living Room Nite, which focuses on conversations between three different couples set in a living room.
On August 21, she announced that she would star as the character Ichinoyama Yuko in the NTV drama Pretty ga Oosugiru which will begin airing on October 18.
From September 14 to September 24, she starred as the lead in the stage play LADY OUT LAW!.
On September 23, Yajima was appointed with eight other OG and active Hello! Project members from Saitama Prefecture as Host City Special Supporters for Kumagaya during the Rugby World Cup 2019 hosted by Japan.
From October 6 to October 14, she held the Yajima Maimi Solo LIVE 2018 ~Yajimans Dai Shuugou!~.
From November 2 to November 4, she held the Yajima Maimi Fanclub Tour Maimi's Travel Yajimans Aki no Dai Undoukai in Fukushima.
On February 7, Yajima celebrated her 27th birthday at a fanclub event titled Yajima Maimi Birthday Event Maimi's Squall vol.2, which had two shows at Yamano Hall.
On March 30, Yajima along with Nakajima Saki, Juice=Juice's Takagi Sayuki, LoVendoЯ's Okada Marina, and Tsubaki Factory's Kishimoto Yumeno released the digital song "Koisuru! Sakana Hen" which was performed for the first time (however, without Takagi and Kishimoto) in the "Fishing Club" Special Stage event at Asobu. Kurasu. Sodateru. SATOYAMA & SATOUMI e Ikou 2019 on the same day.
From April 24 to May 9, she starred as the lead in the stage production of Tsuka Kohei's 1994 novel Ginmaku no Hate ni for the Haru no Tsuka Kohei Fukkatsusai VOL.2.
On June 1, Yajima performed alongside Kubota Yuki and Seki Tomokazu in Shounen Shachuu's reading theater production of Dark Alice.
From November 23 to November 25, she held the Yajima Maimi Fanclub Tour Yaji Bus Tour Yajimans Aki no Jonnobi Ryokou in Niigata.
On February 7, she celebrated her 28th birthday at a fanclub event titled Yajima Maimi Birthday Event 2020 Maimi's Squall vol.3, featuring two shows at Yamano Hall.
From May 3 to 9, Yajima was set to hold a solo concert titled, "Yajima Maimi Solo Concert Tour 2020 Time Travel". The entire live was later cancelled due to the government's declaration of emergency following the spread of COVID-19 getting worse.
On February 11, she celebrated her 30th birthday at a fanclub event titled Yajima Maimi Birthday Event 2022 Maimi's Squall vol.6 ~30sai ni Narimashita!~, featuring two shows at Hitotsubashi Hall.
Yajima most notably gets along with the other ℃-ute members.
On December 11, 2021, the magazine Shuukan Bunshun reported that Yajima was in a serious relationship with actor Mikata Ryosuke. A day after, on December 12, Yajima confirmed the reports and apologized for any inconvenience caused by the article.
Yajima was given the name Maimi because she was born with the feeling she had "beautifully (美; mi) flown (舞; mai) down".
- Name: Yajima Maimi (矢島舞美)
- Nickname: Maimiii (まいみぃ～), Yaji (やじ), Maimi (まいみ), Miitan (みぃたん), Yajisan (やじさん), Yassui
- Birthdate: February 7, 1992
- Birthplace: Saitama, Saitama, Japan
- Blood Type: O
- Height: 166.4 cm (5 ft 5.5 in)? 
- Western Zodiac: Aquarius
- Eastern Zodiac: Monkey
- Audition Song: ♡Momoiro Kataomoi♡
- Hello! Project Status:
- 2002-06-30: Member
- 2005-06-11: ℃-ute member
- 2017-06-12: Graduated (℃-ute disbands)
- UP-FRONT GROUP Status:
- Years in ℃-ute: 12 Years
- Official Kaomoji: 从*・ゥ・)
- ℃-ute Color:
- Pink (2006-2009)
- Red (2009-2017)
- DIY♡ Color:
- Cat's♥Eye 7 Color:
- Light Blue
- Hello! Project Groups:
- Shuffle Units:
- Concert Units:
- Other Groups:
- Main article: Yajima Maimi/Discography
- Collaboration Singles
- Digital Songs
- [2010.12.10] Seinaru Kane ga Hibiku Yoru (Tanpopo cover)
- [2011.03.02] Egao ni Namida ~THANK YOU! DEAR MY FRIENDS~ (Matsuura Aya cover)
- [2011.03.30] Kousui (Melon Kinenbi cover)
- [2017.11.17] Ashita, Shiranai Kaze ni Fukarete
- [2017.11.17] Kore Kara Tobinotteku Mirai
- [2018.11.21] Ai wo Misete Kuremasen ka
- [2018.11.21] Nakitaku nai no ni
- Solo Songs
- [2007.04.18] Natsu DOKI Lipstick
- [2009.01.28] Seishun Song
- [2010.02.24] Lonely girl's night
- [2012.04.18] Kimi wa Jitensha Watashi wa Densha de Kitaku
- [2013.02.06] Ame
DVDs & Blu-rays
- Solo Image DVDs/Blu-rays
- [2009.04.29] 17's
- [2010.06.23] Fix no E
- [2011.03.27] Kaifuu (e-Hello! DVD)
- [2011.08.30] a foggy doll (e-Hello! DVD)
- [2011.09.30] a rainy day (e-Hello! DVD)
- [2011.11.12] Imagine classic (e-Hello! DVD)
- [2012.12.19] Chelsie
- [2013.06.06] My Museum Special DVD
- [2013.12.16] Smiling sky (e-Hello! DVD)
- [2014.04.09] Blue Wind
- [2014.12.23] Ways (e-Hello! Blu-ray)
- [2015.10.21] Flowing
- [2016.09.28] Watashi no Kisetsu
Solo Fanclub DVDs
- Main article: Yajima Maimi/Publications
- [2007.04.27] Maimi
- [2008.01.27] Sou Sola
- [2009.04.24] 17
- [2010.06.05] Yajima Maimi Shashinkan 2008-2010 (compilation photobook)
- [2011.11.27] Tabioto
- [2012.11.27] Hatachi
- [2013.05.27] My Museum
- [2013.10.15] Glass to Mizu
- [2014.03.27] PURE EYES
- [2015.08.21] Nobody knows23
- [2016.08.27] Hitori no Kisetsu
- [2018.11.20] Matataki
- [2019.11.02] Yajima Maimi 2020nen Calendar (矢島舞美 2020年 カレンダー)
- [2020.11.07] Yajima Maimi 2021nen Calendar (矢島舞美2021年カレンダー)
- [2021.11.13] Yajima Maimi 2022nen Calendar (矢島舞美2022年カレンダー)
-  Koinu Dan no Monogatari (仔犬ダンの物語)
-  Fuyu no Kaidan ~Boku to Watashi to Obaachan no Monogatari~ (冬の怪談 ~ぼくとワタシとおばあちゃんの物語~)
-  Black Angels (ブラック・エンジェルズ)
-  Ousama Game (王様ゲーム) (as Hamura Reiko)
-  Zomvideo (ゾンビデ)
-  Black Angels 2 (ブラック・エンジェルズ2)
-  Black Angels 3 (ブラック・エンジェルズ3)
-  Hatsukoi (初恋)
- [2002-2007] Hello! Morning (ハロー! モーニング)
-  ℃-ute has come. ~℃-ute ga Yatte Kita~ (℃-ute has come.～キュートガヤッテキタ～) (2 episodes)
- [2007-2008] Haromoni@ (ハロモニ@)
-  Berikyuu! (ベリキュー!)
- [2008-2009] Yorosen! (よろセン!)
-  Bijo Houdan (美女放談) (2 episodes)
-  Piramekiino G (ピラメキーノG) ("Zakkuri Senshi Piramekid" corner)
- [2010-2011] Bijo Gaku (美女学)
- [2011-2012] Hello Pro! TIME (ハロプロ！ＴＩＭＥ)
- [2012-2013] Hello! SATOYAMA Life (ハロー！ＳＡＴＯＹＡＭＡライフ)
-  U! Style (遊!Style)
- [2014-2018] The Girls Live
-  ℃-ute no Challenge TV (℃-uteのチャレンジTV)
- [2017-2020] Furusato no Yume
-  Hello! Project presents... "Solo Fes!"
-  Mannequin Girls (マネキン・ガールズ)
-  Suugaku♥Joshi Gakuen (数学♥女子学園)
-  Urero mi Taiken Shoujo (ウレロ☆未体験少女)
-  Naze Toudouin Seiya 16sai wa Kanojo ga Dekinai no ka? (episode #3)
-  Good Morning Call (episodes #15-17)
-  Oedo Robocon (大江戸ロボコン)
-  Pretty ga Oosugiru (プリティが多すぎる) (as Ichinoyama Yuko)
-  Lupin no Musume (ルパンの娘)
-  Living Room Nite (リビングルームにて)
-  Neruko wa ℃-ute
-  Keitai Shosetsuka
-  Atarumo Hakke!?
-  Romantic ni Yoroshiku (ロマンチックにヨロシク)
-  Ran (らん)
-  Akuma no Tsubuyaki
-  Ran-2011 New Version!!- (らん―2011 New version!!―)
-  Real Etude Minna no Ie (リアルエチュード みんなの家)
-  Sengoku Jieitai
-  Theater in The Round (青山円形劇場)
-  CAT'S♥EYE
-  Sugar Spot (シュガースポット)
-  Sakura no Hanataba
-  Taklimakan (タクラマカン)
-  Ichimai no Ticket ~Beatles ga Yattekuru!~
-  Nettai Danshi (熱帯男子)
-  LADY OUT LAW!
-  Ginmaku no Hate ni (銀幕の果てに)
-  Dark Alice (ダークアリス)
-  American Family Seimei Hoken Kaisha Nippon Shisha 'Urashima Taro Hen' (アメリカンファミリー生命保険会社日本支社「浦島太郎篇」)
-  Wilkinson Tansan Lemon (ウィルキンソン タンサン レモン)
-  Hello! Pro Hour
-  Michishige Sayumi no "Mobekimasutte Nani??"
-  Hagiwara Mai Desu ga... Nani ka?
- [2013–2017] Hello! Project Station
- [2014–2016] MUSIC+
- [2015–2016] GREEN ROOM
- [2016–] Upcoming
- [2016–2017] Girls Night Out
- [2017–] tiny tiny
-  Hello! Anison Bu
- [2006-2008] CUTIE PARTY
- [2008-2020] Yajima Maimi no I My Me♡Maimi~ (矢島舞美のI My Me♡まいみ〜)
-  Tokai no Hitorigurashi (都会の一人暮らし) (radio drama)
- [2015-2017] Hello! SATOYAMA&SATOUMI Club
- [2016-2017] Yajima no Heya (やじまの部屋) (Hello! Project Mobile exclusive)
- [2017-2022] Tonari no Yajima Ka (隣のやじまん家) (Hello! Project Mobile exclusive)
- [2016.10] HELLO! DRIVE! (HELLO! DRIVE! -ハロドラ-) (Fridays)
- She was voted 7th favorite member in the 2007 Hello! Project Music Awards Event.
- She ranked #9 in CDTV's 2008 "Which artists would you have as a lover?" poll.
- She was voted 2nd favorite member in the 2008 Hello! Project Music Awards event.
- She was voted 2nd favorite member in the 2009 Hello! Project Music Awards event.
- She ranked #10 in CDTV's 2010 "Which artist do you want as your sweetheart?" poll.
- She was voted 4th favorite member in the 2010 Hello! Project Music Awards event.
- She was voted 7th favorite member in the 2011 Hello! Project Music Awards event.
- She was voted 7th favorite member in the 2012 Hello! Project Music Awards event.
- She ranked at #15 in Anikan R Yanyan magazine's May 2013 "Singing idol you like the most".
- She ranked 5th in mixi's June 2013 Hello! Project Popularity Ranking.
- She ranked #31 in All Night Nippon Listener's 2013 Overall Female Idol Ranking.
- She ranked 24th in Nippon Cultural Broadcasting recommendation's 2013 "Female Idol Faces General Election".
- She ranked at #16 in Anikan R Yanyan magazine's September 2013 "Singing idol you like the most".
- She ranked at #20 in Anikan R Yanyan magazine's October 2013 "Singing idol you like the most".
- She was voted 7th favorite member in the 2013 Hello! Project Music Awards event.
|Leader of ℃-ute
June 11, 2005 – June 12, 2017
|Oldest Member of ℃-ute
October 26, 2009 – June 12, 2017
|Leader of Hello! Project
November 27, 2014 – December 31, 2016
|Oldest member of Hello! Project
March 4, 2015 – June 12, 2017
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