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Airi’s Potion #13 (2016.09.28)

By | November 19, 2016


The first letter of the day comes from a listener who’s in university. When it’s exam time, they always get encouraged by listening to songs by ℃-ute and Buono! Anyway, they’d like to know what Airi does in order keep on being cute, whether she keeps up any beauty regimens.

Airi’s actually particular about a lot of things, and she thinks about them all the time. Her phone wallpaper and lockscreen will feature someone whom she’d like to look like, to serve as a reminder.

Every night, she’ll massage her legs so that they don’t swell up. It’s important to do every day, and has become like a hobby for her, so she recommends the listener give themselves massages or do stretches.

And that topic serves as a great jumping point for the next song. Airi used to go to dance lessons before she entered the H!P Kids. They’d do stretches before the lessons, and this next song is what used to play as she stretched. Of course, she was small at the time, and this being an English song, she could only remember that it started something like ‘Sombari hippon rai’ and couldn’t follow along beyond that.

AM to PM / Christina Milian


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Trattoria Buono! #22 (2013.08.31)

By | October 8, 2016


♪ Buono! – Rock no Kamisama ♪

The 31st of August, the last day of August, is Yasai no Hi, vegetable day!

Momoko: Summer’s the season when veggies are at their tastiest, right?

Miyabi: Buono!

Momoko: Buono indeed.

Momoko: What are you favourite vegetables?
Miyabi: Tomatoes~
Airi: Cucumbers~
Miyabi: Lettuce~
Airi: Eggplant~
Miyabi: Cabbage~
Airi: Hmm hmm~
Miyabi: You’ve lost~ Airi, you’ve lost~
Momoko: We’ve barely even started and suddenly some random game just started…

Momoko‘s a bit weirded out with the mood in the studio this evening, so Airi decides to apologise:


Momochi isn’t going to let such a half-hearted Yurushite-nyan get off so lightly, and she berates Airi for using it so recklessly. It’s something to be treasured!

Airi: Yurushite-nyan.
Momoko: Much better.
Miyabi: That was cute.
Momoko: That was borderline ok though. I hoped that you’d end it just a bit more cutely.
Airi: Nyan♥?
Momoko: Right, thank you.

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Hello! SATOYAMA&SATOUMI Club #115 (2016.06.11)

By | September 11, 2016


Juice=Juice’s Miyazaki Yuka is this episode’s navigator. Juice=Juice recently wrapped up their tour at Kanazawa, in Yuka’s hometown of Ishikawa prefecture. As Juice=Juice’s first hall concert in Kanazawa, Yuka was nervous at first. But as it also was their final concert for that tour, it was a really wonderful show, everyone was enthusiastic, and even the fans had wonderful smiles on their face.

All the members also got to eat at Hachi-ban ramen, a major ramen chain in Ishikawa. The noodles are thick, so it might not seem like ramen at first glance to outsiders. However, it received the approval of ramen-loving Kanazawa Tomoko-chan. Yuka hopes that they’ll all be able to go to Hachi-ban ramen again.

Whenever Juice=Juice hold performances in Kanazawa, Yuka’s family will never fail to buy them gifts. At first Yuka told her family that it wasn’t necessary, but she then realised that her family enjoyed giving gifts – and Ishikawa has plenty of things that make good gifts.

Juice=Juice – Umaretate no Baby Love


June marks the beginning of the rainy season in Kanto. Yuka elaborates on types of rainfall – ‘Otokozuyu‘, where it rains heavy but ends quickly, and ‘Onnazuyu‘, where the rain is light but prolonged. When Yuka thinks about the rainy season, she’s normally got onnazuyu in mind, rain that goes on the whole day. Heavy but short bursts of rain bring to mind the squalls that happen in Okinawa.

The rainy season also means that it’ll often be cloudy, which may lead to a heavy mood. But listening to the sound of the rainfall relaxes Yuka. In fact, when you look up ‘relaxing sounds’, a bevy of rainfall recordings turn up. She recommends looking them up if you’re interested.

And speaking of the rain, the person who pops to mind is none other than Yajima-san. Yajima-san had recently talked about no longer being an ame-onna – a woman whose presence brings along the rain – but Yuka doesn’t feel that’s the case. There’s such a strong association between Yajima-san and the rain that the official Hello! Shop even released a Yajima umbrella. Yuka finds it very much like Yajima-san to be willing to take the Mickey out of herself, humbling herself to illustrate and promote the umbrella.


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Nakajima Saki no °C-ute na Jikan #229 (2016.06.04)

By | August 9, 2016


℃-ute na Jikan took a break the previous week due to a special Morning Jogakuin broadcast. On that note, Musume。 subleaders Ikuta and Iikubo were the hosts of the Jogakuin episode that preceded this ℃-ute na Jikan broadcast. It’s kind of strange to Nacky that they’re subleaders. Nacky joined H!P because she admired Morning Musume。, but now the Musume。 are her juniors.  Still, along with leader Fukuchan, she’d like them to lead Morning Musume。´16 even further.


This broadcast was recorded prior to the end-May Tamura and Suzuki Kanon Budokan graduations, so Nacky’ll touch on those Budokan concerts in a future broadcast. Instead, she’d like to talk about ℃-ute’s Hong Kong and Taiwan concerts.

They had extra time during their three days in Hong Kong, which allowed them to have some fun. Nacky found the architecture in Hong Kong to be different, with the skyline decorated with tall and thin skyscrapers. She also found Hong Kong to be a colourful place, with cute red taxis.

At the Hong Kong concert itself, the fans had laid a surprise for ℃-ute: They’d prepared towels which carried the message ‘Arigatou ~Hong Kong kara Mugen no Yell~‘ (Thank you ~An Eternal Yell from Hong Kong). The fans’ excitement at ℃-ute’s first Hong Kong concert also pumped ℃-ute up.

With just a single day in Taiwan, ℃-ute were mostly in a rush when they were there, but the staff members got them xiaolongbao and tapioca milk tea (Nacky: ‘The xiaolongbao was awesome!‘). The xiaolongbao were so delicious that Nacky wouldn’t mind  coming to Taiwan more often.

Lots of people who had been at their previous Taiwan concert were in attendance, as well as people who were seeing them for the first time. Nacky feels that there were lots of girls in the audience, with quite a lot of them copying ℃-ute’s outfits and hairstyles.

Since both countries are pretty close to Japan, Nacky hints to the staff members that ℃-ute wouldn’t mind going again.


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Airi’s Potion #2 (2016.07.13)

By | July 26, 2016


The first broadcast got lots of comments:

♪ 30 mins went by in the blink of an eye
♪ It surprised me how your excitement levels were 1/910th of what I imagined (Airi: I guess that’s supposed to be read ‘One over ℃-ute’?)
♪ Oh? She’s not really mumbling that much? (Airi: Oiii~ I’m doing my best not to mumble, you know~)

Airi also reads out a message from a listener who enjoys Airi’s easy-on-the ears voice. The listener also went through a period when they were very much into BoA-san. This was probably about the same time as Airi, as the listener often enjoyed listening to Kimochi ha Tsutawaru. That obsession over BoA-san led the listener to start thinking about studying Korean back then, though the only thing that remains now is a love of spicy foods.

On the topic of BoA-san, besides Airi’s recent choice of Kimochi ha Tsutawaru, Airi also enjoyed BoA-san’s earlier songs such as Amazing Kiss. She also listens a lot to BoA-san’s recent dance numbers, and she’s looking forward to more appearances by BoA-san.

Airi’s never before got a message where someone sympathises with her song selection, so she’s pretty happy. The feeling of how this programme feels like it’s being built together with the listeners is something that she enjoys.

This week’s theme is ‘Songs that blow away the uncomfortable heat‘. There are many summery idol songs, so Airi was in a bit of a pickle when it came to picking a song. But if you’re looking for a refreshing summer song, there’s nothing else but this one:

♪ Buono! – Natsu Dakara ♪


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Airi’s Potion #1 (2016.07.06)

By | July 15, 2016


Welcome to the start of Airi’s Potion! For those who aren’t familiar with her, our host introduces herself: She’s Suzuki Airi from ℃-ute, which is a 5-person group under the Hello! Project collective. Having entered the world of entertainment in her second year of primary school, she’s now been in the industry for 15 years.

Well, while she might have been around for a long time, she’s still 22, young and spirited! As well as being an idol in the group ℃-ute, she’s also a 4th year university student, as well as a model for the magazine ‘Ray’. Personality-wise, she’s curious and would like to try out all sorts of things. She hopes that her personality will show through this radio show.

The programme’s title, ‘Airi’s Potion,’ was thought up by Airi herself. She hopes that the topics being discussed and the song selection will act as a potion that heals the listeners – a magical 30 minutes.

For the show’s very first song, we have a song from her group, ℃-ute. This song is a relatively recent release, from their album ℃maj9. With lyrics written by a female university student, Airi enjoys this song, it fits her present situation spot on. It’s also a stylish song, one that Airi hopes that you’ll listen to at a concert someday.

♪ ℃-ute – Urayanjau ♪


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Japan Hello! Pro Network #30 (2015.10.21)

By | June 4, 2016


This episode’s MC is Tokyo resident Fukumura Mizuki from Morning Musume。´15. Joining her are ANGERME’s Takeuchi Akari and Kobushi Factory’s Hamaura Ayano, who both hail from Saitama prefecture.

This is a pretty rare combination, so Fukuchan is expecting this to be an interesting show. All three of them came from the Hello! Project Egg (now Kenshuusei) programme. While both Takechan and Fukuchan were in the programme at the same time, Hamachan’s time as an Egg never overlapped with Fukuchan. Takechan and Hamachan’s tenure in the programme overlapped for a short while though.

The day before the broadcast, Fukuchan messaged Takechan, asking Take if there was anything about Akari’s hometown of Saitama that they could talk about. Takechan’s response: ‘Nope, there’s nothing to talk about at all~!‘. Doesn’t Takechan have more confidence in her hometown? Musume。member Kudo, for example, really likes Saitama.

Takechan: Why does she like it so much?

Fukuchan: No idea~ (laughs)

And Fukuchan brings up the Saitama pose… which Takechan doesn’t know.

Fukuchan: Even Tagucchi’s done it.

Hamaura: Yeah.

Fukuchan: So why don’t you know it, being a Saitama resident?

Hamaura: Maybe Akari-chan isn’t from Saitama? (laughs)

♪Kobushi Factory – Ramen Daisuki Koizumi-san no Uta♪

After the music ends, it turns out that Takechan actually has hit on something good about Saitama – when there are sales, things get extremely cheap! Fukuchan finds this to be a very Take-ish observation. But things do get really cheap: T-shirts are 100 yen, while dresses are 300 yen.

Fukuchan: Awesome! It’s like gachapon prices!


Yossie and KanaTomo doing the Saitama pose

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Country Girls no Tadaima Radio Housouchuu!! #50 (2016.03.13)

By | May 2, 2016


We start with Yanagawa Nanami and Funaki Musubu, who thank ANGERME for passing on the baton! Speaking about ANGERME, Yanamin asks Funakki if she has any stories with an ANGERME member that she’d like to share.

Well, ANGERME’s Sasaki Rikako is one of Funakki‘s favourite senpai. Rikako is really cool, and the other day, Morning Musume。´16’s Makino Maria-san suddenly sent Funakki a video of Rikako sneezing. Funakki takes this opportunity to thank Makino-san.

How about Nanami? Her story is from back when she was still a Kenshuusei, when she was participating in the 2015 summer Hello! Cons. Murota Mizuki-san was hiding in the wings of the stage, and jumped out to surprise Yanamin. Yanamin found it really adorable, and this cute Murotan-ish incident was quite memorable for Yanamin.

This 50th episode was kicked off with by the two new members. Both of them were nervous, but Funakki learnt from Yanagawa-san’s politeness. Continuing on from last week, the remainder of this episode will come from the latter part of their 3rd March recording at Club 333 in Tokyo Tower. But before that, here’s a song from their new release!

Country Girls – Boogie Woogie Love

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