Message from Iikubo from preceding MoJo: ‘Nakajima-san, we’ve always been talking about going to Hakkeijima Sea Paradise, but since I went there the other day for a show, let’s think about somewhere else we can go.’
Nacky: Well, if it was for work, it can’t be helped. I wonder if she gave the otters a high five?
Their actual goal was to go to Hakkeijima Sea Paradise and give the otters a high five, so it’s still an option if Iikubo didn’t get to try that out. As for an alternative, Nacky enjoys Enoshima Aquarium, though it’s a bit out of the way.
Introductions done, Nacky introduces her guests for this week: Kanazawa Tomoko and Miyamoto Karin. Nacky chose the two of them to come on her show because of the following reason: During the summer Hello! Cons, Nacky was attempting to overcome her discomfort with kouhai by taking photos with them. KanaTomo and Karin-chan were among the members she didn’t manage to take photos with. Morning Musume。´16’s Ikuta Erina was another kouhai she missed taking a photo with as well.
“Happy New Year”
Happy New Year! All 5 members are in the studio again to ring in the new year of We are Juice=Juice. Yuka begins the discussion with one of her favorite New Year’s foods: mochi. Last year, she had been warned a lot not to eat too much mochi, primarily so that she wouldn’t get fat, so she ended up only eating a little. However, by the end of the New Year’s festivities, she felt like she hadn’t eaten any mochi at all which made her feel really sad, so she decided that since it is a holiday, she will enjoy herself this year and eat as much as she likes.
Sayubee: And when you think of mochi, you think of–
Tomo: Sayuki? Your cheeks…
I mean yeah, her cheeks are only super round and puffy and all
So after some brief bullying, they move on to talk about the year 2015 for the group. Yuka notes that they have a lot of incoming kouhai, which means that even though Juice=Juice has been the youngest group for a while, they’re now quickly becoming one of the more tenured groups in the company, so they need to work harder to become more professional and reliable. To help ring in the new year, though, each of the members will be recording a New Year’s greeting for all of us, starting with Uemu.
New Year’s Messages
Uemu says that this is the year 2015, and that is relevant, somehow. However, she hopes this is a good year for everyone out there, and she hopes to make this a year in which the group undertakes a lot of challenges and gets to have a lot of new experiences. Tomo comments that this is the most on-topic that Uemu has ever stayed while talking solo, but Uemu admits that she had no idea where she was going with it at first.
All 5 juice boxes are in the recording booth today, but Karin give us the opening line. This is partially to commemorate their last show of the year, and partly because it’s Uemu’s birthday! Yay! But there is no time for that, straight to fan letters.
First, one from Nanapanda, who wants to know if she has any particular birthday memories, and another from Rapolitan, who praises Uemu and Karin for their birthday event and asks a question many of us probably have asked at some point: who decides what you sing for these events and how is that decision made?
They ignore the first question and go right into the decision-making process. Uemu says that there is a deadline that they are given by which point that have to have a list of songs they would like to sing and present it to the manager for confirmation. In Uemu’s case she had not made such a list by the time that date came around, so it was mostly left up to the manager to throw suggestions out there. Since they had a joint birthday event, they brought their lists together into a meeting and played all of the songs to see which ones had the best flow as a setlist and which ones would work as duets or solos. According to both of them, this was quite a simple meeting and they decided on the songs very quickly. Supposedly this was a joint decision-making process, but Yuka gets the impression that this was not the case.
It’s Christmas Eve eve, and that is the essence of Agepoyo, I guess. For those who don’t know, agepoyo is a phrase coined by gyaru that has passed down through mostly young women to convey feelings of excitement and happiness, and so it is suitable to say it in this case. I don’t know, no one ever questions when someone says it, so I assume you can just yell it anywhere.
The essence of agepoyo.
Karin directs the conversation towards Christmas and asks what Sayubee would like to eat for Christmas Eve. Sayubee says that her family always has turkey, and she has no idea where her mom gets it from, but it’s something she looks forward to every year. Karin’s mother, on the other hand, brings home a chicken to prepare, which briefly startles Sayubee who interprets this to mean she brings home an actual, living chicken that they kill in their house and then eat. Karin attempts to get that horrifying image out of our minds and says that she brings it home from the grocery store, as regular chicken meat, and they bake it with various toppings and such. Once Sayubee settles down from imaging the Miyamoto yearly chicken slaughtering, she asks Karin to bring her some.
Sayubee is forever scarred by Karin’s holiday traditions
They then read a fan letter from Luka, who wants to know what their most memorable Christmas present was. Karin’s was a tape-player karaoke machine that hooked up to the TV. Based on the description I assume it was a while ago, but she recalls this being the happiest she’s ever been to get a present. Sayubee’s was a PS3, which she had been asking for for year before finally getting one, which is why it sticks out in her mind. This discussion reminds both of them that the Juice=Juice Christmas present exchange is tomorrow… and neither of them have purchased anything for it yet. So that should be fun.
“Karin-chan, happy birthday!”
No perplexing opening message this time, it’s the day after Karin’s birthday and so the phrase is appropriate and perfectly understandable. Although Yuka points out that Tomo got all 5 members of Juice into the studio for her birthday, Karin only gets Yuka. Karin sounds slightly disappointed when Yuka feels the need to bring this up, but it’s okay because they have a birthday message from a fan sent to the studio to read, yay. It’s from Pink-chan, who writes in to say that they’re going to attend her birthday event and write comments on her blog in addition to this happy birthday letter for the radio station. Karin says that she’s nervous about the birthday event because it’s in a much bigger venue, due to her sharing it with Uemu, but she hopes she can make it fun, regardless.
Ultimately Karin gets shown up by Uemu’s hair at their birthday event
Then they surprise her with a cake. Except it’s not a surprise because they told us it was happening on the blog last time. That’s okay, it still sounds tasty. Although Karin has to share her birthday with Uemu, because she is not here at present, she gets to eat the chocolate on top all by herself, because not having all of the members present means more cake for her. She also gets to choose the first song, but I’m not so sure she had much of a choice because it’s still a Juice song, like every show.
Song: Juice=Juice – Romance no tochuu
As unlikely as this word seems coming from the MiyaMiya duo, Karin has taken up regular exercises to build her strength in her abs, back, and arms. She wants her arms to be more toned, especially, but she likes seeing the progress she’s making in general strength, as well. Yuka admits to never really doing any exercise, but Karin asks her, regardless, what muscles she has most confidence in. Yuka laughs, as her arms can’t compare to Karin’s, but she does say that she has kind of a six-pack. Well, you can see the outline of her abdominal muscles, at least, even though she can’t remember the last time she did a sit-up. She also says that while Karin does tend to be a more muscular and toned member of the group, Tomo has the most powerful image of being ripped. Karin acknowledges this to be true, even though she doesn’t think she’s ever seen her do any exercising. That’s the power of Rose Quartz.
Koisuru Hello Kitty
This show was also recorded following the opening performance of Koisuru Hello Kitty! The first one is out of the way, now everything should be easy, hopefully. Karin, the star of the show, was quite nervous before going on and said she was squeezing Yuka backstage before and after the show. That’s the only part she remembers because she has completely blanked on what happened on stage. Of course, she received a tape of the performance to go over and adjust things the next time, but that’s the only way she would have known. She has a lot of improvements to make, she says, but Yuka says her performance was fine. All she could see when she looked at Karin was Hello Kitty, and that’s the most important part, after all.
Karin introduces the show with the word socks because she really likes 5-toed socks. However, she wore her own pairs a little too much and they got holes in them, and so she’s been wearing her other socks more and more so that her intact socks can stay that way. She originally wrote the opening word as “5-toed socks,” but since she hasn’t worn them in a while and isn’t wearing them today, she felt like she just had to say “socks” in general instead. This topic, however, has made her want to start wearing 5-toed socks again because she loves them so much. Yuka isn’t so sure about this because of the holes, but she has noticed that Karin seems a little more sure of herself when she wears them, so maybe she should go back to representing the 5-toed socks.
Toe socks give me the willies, actually.
As Autumn is coming into full swing, Karin has also taken a liking to looking up at the sky in the evening. She mentions that Orion has come into view at night now, and that if you look up at the stars every night you’ll start to notice a different in them, “Like, ah, that star was brighter last night than it was tonight.” She also really enjoys the feeling of looking up at something so much bigger than herself that makes her feel small and like a child, it’s very comforting. Yuka realizes that she hasn’t looked up at the night sky in a while, and even though she used to look at it on her way home or before she went inside, she usually just goes straight home and in the house now. She’ll make sure to look tonight, though. Yuka’s favorite thing about fall is that her favorite kinds of ice cream come out with fall flavors. One of her favorites is Haagen-Dazs’ new blueberry cheesecake flavor. Even just the name sounds tasty. Karin isn’t so sure, though, because it has “cheese” in it and she much prefers the taste of vanilla to the taste of cheese, so she usually ends up getting vanilla if she ever gets Haagen-Dazs.
Song: Juice=Juice – Date ja nai yo, uchi no jinsei wa
It has color!
The Miya-Miya combo presents us with this opening phrase because today, on their 53rd show as We are Juice=Juice, Yuka has just noticed that the script has their colors on it! It made her feel like she was seeing something rare so it made her happy to see it for the first time.
Karin has very little to add to the opening statement, so Yuka moves on to ask if Karin has any clothing staples for fall. Karin explains that she doesn’t so much rely on staples but simply picks out the things that she likes at the time, and recently she has been interested in red check shirts. She bought some but has had tremendous difficulty trying to match them with things, which Yuka completely understands, though she thinks it would suit her (by the way, if you’re getting deja vu at this point, there’s a reason). Yuka recommends trying a cardigan, but Karin is stuck on what color of the check to try and match with. Yuka has been into long black skirts because they’re more mature and cover up plenty of things she might want to hide, so she bought one and actually wore it to the recording today. Karin admits that she has been interested in them but didn’t think she could pull it off when she tried one on, but it really suits Yuka and she looks very mature and stylish.
The first letter comes from aMa no Jaku, who congratulates them on their new song release and says that they saw them perform as the opening act for Morning Musume at Budokan. Their performance made them feel like the 5 of them are going to move to bigger and bigger stages in the next year and hope to see them perform at Budokan soon. They think it would be amazing to do one big juice toast with all of the Juice=Juice family in Budokan. Another letter comes from Watada, who has been listening to their new songs since they got the CD and has been in love with Date ja nai yo since seeing them look so good performing it live in concert. This makes the two of them happy, especially the part about doing a toast in Budokan, which Yuka had thought of doing before. Karin makes a pun out of Budokan and says that they should all have grape (“budou”) juice. You didn’t hear that from her, though.
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