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Nana Okada’s birthday letter to Megu Taniguchi

(written / recited by: Nana Okada, translated by: soimort)



めぐへ
To Megu

17歳のお誕生日おめでとう。
Happy 17th birthday to you.

めぐと仲良くなったのはリクエストアワーの頃、くらいだったかな?
It was during the Request Hour, while Megu and I became good friends, wasn’t it?

リハーサルやレッスンを一生懸命真剣に取り組んでいる姿、そしてその美しいお顔と、華奢(きゃしゃ)な体に、気がついたら惚れていました。
In the rehearsals and in the lessons, your dedicated look when you’re working hard, and your charming face as well as your delicate body, all made me fell so deeply in love with you, even before I was aware.

私はあまり、後輩になつかれるほうじゃないんだけど、めぐはなぜかものすごくなついてくれて、いつも『大好きです』ってストレートに伝えてくれるよね。
For me though, not too many junior members would come too close to me; however, Megu has always been coming to me, expressing “I love you” in a straightforward way.

『いい意味で一番気をつかわない先輩』って言ってくれたこと、本当にうれしかったよ。ありがとう。
“You’re the senior member easiest to get along with carefreely, in a good way” Once you said to me. I was really glad to hear that. Thank you.

めぐと2人っきりでちゃんとお話したのは北海道でお泊まりしたとき、中学の頃の話とか、パパとママの話とか、AKBのこととか、寝不足になるくらい話したよね。
Megu, when you and I spent the night in Hokkaido together, we talked a lot about our high schools, families and AKB, so a lot that we couldn’t even get enough time to sleep.

『将来はどうしたいの?』って聞いたとき、『芸能界に残りたいです』ってはっきりと答えためぐを本当にかっこいいと思いました。
When I asked you, “How do you imagine your future?” You answered, without hesitation, “I want to stay alive in the show business”. I think you’re really cool in that way.

あれからめぐとはどんどん仲良しになっていって、一昨日は二人で映画を見たあと、カフェで何時間もお話ししたね。
Since then, our relationship has become closer and closer; just the day before yesterday, we went to the movies together, and we chatted in a café for hours.

話を聞いていると、めぐは本当にAKBに対してしっかりとした考えを持っていて、ちゃんと自分の意思があって、だから今、こうやって田原さん公演のセンターを任されたり、『でんでんむChu!』に選ばれたりして、今までのめぐの頑張りが認められたんだって思うと、私は本当にうれしいです。
Having talked to you, Megu, I can see that you have really thought a lot about your career in AKB, and you also have your own intentions; for now, you’ve been nominated as the center of Tahara-san’s Stage Performance, and got selected as one of the members of “Dendenmu Chu!”. I think they’re all deserved for your hard effort, and I’m really happy about that.

めぐにはもっと活躍してもらいたいって、心から思うよ。
I wish Megu could be even more active; I wish from my heart.

めぐの頑張りを見てくれてる人は見ています。
For anyone who has ever seen Megu, they would be able to witness your hard work and effort as well.

もちろん、私もその一人です。
No doubt, I am one of those people.

めぐはいつも『私なんかが』ってネガティブになるけど、めぐには独特のオーラと魅力があると思うし、人一倍頑張りやさんだし、かわいいし、きれいだし、美しいし、かわいいし、もっと自分に自信を持っていいんだよ。
Although Megu was often saying negative words like “I’m just so-so”, but I see that you have a unique aura and charm of your own; you’re working much harder than others; you’re lovely, gorgeous, beautiful and cute at the same time, and it’d be much better if you have more confidence in yourself.

新チーム体制が本格的に始まったらなかなか会えなくなっちゃうけど、困ったとき、悩んだときは、いつでも話を聞くから相談してね。
We won’t have that much time meeting each other, since the new team system will soon be launched, but, if there’s anything you worry about, anything you’re in trouble with, just come and talk to me at any time.

めぐみたいに慕ってくれる後輩がいるから、私ももっと頑張ろうって、いつも刺激をもらっています。ありがとう。
It’s only because there are junior members like you, Megu, I have a feel that I need to try my best, and you’re always pushing me forward. Thank you.

めぐは本当にとってもとっても魅力的な女の子です。
Megu, you are really really an attractive girl.

ファンのみなさんの前では、弱音も全然吐かないし、結構しっかりしてそうに見えるけど、本当はすごく気にしぃなところとか、ちょっとおバカでお茶目なところとか、怖がりなところとか、子どもみたいにすぐはしゃぐところとか、かわいい一面がいっぱいあるんです。
In front of fans, you would never appear to be weak, and you seem fairly mature; actually you also have a very sensitive, a little silly, naughty, timid and childish part; everything about you is cute in some way.

私だけが知っているのももったいないので、そういうかわいい姿をどんどんファンのみなさんにも見せてあげてね。
It would be such a pity if only me know all of these; please show your cute parts to your fans as well.

ちょっと長くなりましたが、今日こうしてめぐの生誕祭に出られたこと、お手紙を書かせていただけたこと、とてもうれしく思います。
This letter seems a bit lengthy, however, being able to appear on Megu’s birthday celebration today and write such a letter to you, it’s all great joy to me.

めぐを応援してくださっているファンのみなさん、どうかこれからもめぐのことをよろしくお願いします。
Everyone who has been supporting Megu, thank you in advance for taking care of Megu in the future.

私もめぐ推しの一員として、めぐのことをそばで見守り続けたいと思います。
As one of many Megu-oshis, I will also keep seeing you and looking after you by your side.

めぐにとって笑顔あふれるセブンティーンになりますように。
Wish your Seventeen would be a great year with full of smiles, Megu.

めぐのことが大大大大大好きな岡田奈々より
From Nana Okada, who <33333 loves Megu

Watanabe Mayu - 2017

I have this feeling - perhaps wrong - that if Mayu started her career as idol alone, not getting in AKB48, she would have reached the top anyway, and it’s not something I think most of those hundreds girls could do. 

She is the Cyborg Idol and, frankly, more older she get, more beautiful she become. 

This said, I’m glad I could get a glimpse of her in AKB. I started liking her in AKBingo, and I’m loving her Nezumi in Majisuka Gakuen… and I don’t think she would have enjoyed a job that much, had she chosen a solo path instead of the AKB family.

Because as messy as it is, walking with friends, comrades and even opponents is always more fun than walking alone.

Hopefully she’ll have a great career and a great life ahead and I’ll get the chance to cheer for her live somewhere in the future.

Btw, where can I see her speech since I missed both her and Sasshi? 😑

Mafurata’s New Hairstyles (071615)

@RISEL_KAZU:  うらたんとまふくん
二人一緒にヘアメンテナンス
うらたんは赤みを抑えたダークアッシュに
まふくんブリーチ2回してシャンパンシルバーになりました
仲良しスリーショット*\(^o^)/*

Kazu of Risel Hair Salon: “Uratan & Mafu-kun
Both of them came together for hair maintenance
Uratan dyed his hair to a dark ash color with a reddish tinge
Mafu-kun had his hair bleached twice into a champagne silver color.
Our friendship shot together  *\(^o^)/*”

@uni_mafumafu: カラー:シャンパンシルバー
アイコンみたいに白銀系に!フォロワー40万人記念に思い切って写真を載せました。
というか写真撮ると思わなくて☂マークのシャツが恥ずかしいやつ
担当美容師:KAZUさん(@RISEL_KAZU)

Mafumafu: “Color: Champagne silver

I dyed my hair to a whitish silver shade just like my icon! In commemoration of reaching 400,000 followers, I resolved to post this photo up (on twitter).
But that being said, I’m the embarrassing guy who didn’t think he’d be photographed and wore a shirt with a  ☂ pattern.

The hair dresser in charge: KAZU (@RISEL_KAZU)”

@uratasama: カラー:ダークアッシュブラウン
 KAZUさん(@RISEL_KAZU) にカットとカラー諸々をやっていただきましたー!うおおお!
 髪が良い感じに落ち着いた色になっているでやんす!!うれしー!

Urata: “Color: Dark ash brown

I had KAZU-san do the cut, color, & all sorts of other things to my hair-! Uoooh!

My hair has now turned into a calm color and has a good feeling to it!! I’m happy-!”

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Mafumafu & Urata went to the hair salon together again~! If I recall correctly, they also went together several times earlier this year(*´▽`*)

The hair stylist they go to, KAZU, is actually rather famous for styling various celebrities’ hair (e.g. Nakagawa Shoko, C-ute, SCANDAL, AKB family), so we can tell through that how much these two care for their image www