|Native name||矢島 舞美|
|Also known as||Maimii, Yassui|
|Born||February 7, 1992|
|Origin||Saitama Prefecture, Japan|
Hello! Project Kids
H.P. All Stars
Maimi Yajima (矢島 舞美 Yajima Maimi , born February 7, 1992 in Saitama Prefecture) is a member and the leader of Cute, a J-pop group within Hello! Project. Her younger cousin, Akari Takeuchi, is a member of S/mileage, another girl group within Hello! Project. She 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.
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.
In 2008, Yajima was selected to be a member of Hello Project's new unit High-King. Yajima and Fukuda Kanon appeared in the movie Fuyu no Kaidan (Winter Ghost Story), released in Japan on May 23, 2009.
Hello! Project groups and units
- Hello! Project Kids
- ZYX (2003–?)
- H.P. All Stars (2004)
- Cute (2005–present)
- Abe Natsumi & Yajima Maimi (Cute) (2008)
- High-King (2008–?)
- Hello! Project Mobekimasu (2011)
- DIY (2012–present)
|17's (Seventeen's) (17's-SEVENTEEN'S-)||April 29, 2009||-||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|
|Yajima Maimi Fix no E (矢島舞美 Fixの絵)||June 23, 2010||80||Zetima|
|Yajima Maimi DVD "Kaifū" (矢島舞美DVD「海風」, "Yajima Maimi DVD "Sea Breeze"")||March 27, 2011||-||e-Hello! series|
|4||A Foggy Doll (a foggy doll)||August 29, 2011||-||e-Hello! series|
|A Rainy Day (a rainy day)||September 29, 2011||-||e-Hello! series, Up-Front Works|
|Imagine Classic (Imagine classic)||November 11, 2011||-||e-Hello! series, Up-Front Works|
|Yajima Maimi Shashinshū "Tabioto" Making DVD
|January 31, 2012||-||e-Hello! series, Up-Front Works|
|7||Chelsea||December 19, 2012||Zetima|
|Year||Artist||Title||Release date||Chart position|
|2008||Abe Natsumi & Yajima Maimi (Cute)
|"16sai no Koi Nante"
(16歳の恋なんて Jūrokusai no Koi Nante )
|January 16, 2008||9|
|1||Maimi (舞美)||April 25, 2007||Wani Books||ISBN 978-4-8470-4003-0||1st solo photobook|
|2||Clear • Sky (爽・空（そうそら）)||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
|June 5, 2010||ISBN 978-4-8470-4285-0|
|5||Tabeoto (タビオト)||November 27, 2011||ISBN 978-4-8470-4409-0|
|6||Hatachi (ハタチ)||November 27, 2012||ISBN 978-4-8470-4509-7|
- 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)
- Sūgaku Joshi Gakuen (January 11, 2012 — March 28, 2012)
- Mannequin Girls (マネキン・ガールズ) (2011)
- Earth Saver: Save the Future with the Art of Dreams! (地球セイバー 夢の技術で未来を救え!) (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)
- あほやねん!すきやねん! (Ahoya nen! Sukiya nen!) (NHK Osaka - April 21, 2009)
- Beautiful Girls Chat Show (美女放談 Bijo Hōdan ) - talk show featuring Hello! Project members (June 26, 2009)
- 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)
- 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)
- Morning Musume Sayumi Michishige Konya mo Usa-chan Peace, June 24, 2009
- 2009.1.28 "4 Akogare My Star" album, limited edition bonus DVD
- "Hello! Project New Unit: "High King" Formation". Hello!Online. 2008-05-16.
- "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 2012-11-24.
- "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.
- "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.
- "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.
- "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.
- "°C-ute Maimi Yajima's I My Me Maimi~". FM Port.
- Cute official blog (Japanese)
- Maimi Yajima's official UStream channel
- °C-ute: Official Hello! Project profile (Japanese)
- FM Port Maimi Yajima Profile (Japanese)