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[Trans] 19.02.2011 – 20.02.2011 Love songs’ Blog Updates

21 Feb
Valentine’s Day ★
19 February 2011. 1:57pm

This actually happened some time ago

But did everyone have a nice Valentine’s Day on 14th of February?

We got a really huge decorated cookie from troupe leader ayu ♪

When Stan holds it…

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It looks quite small

But actually

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It’s really big!!!

And then, scrambling after one another

We all took a bite!!

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Took another bite!!!!!

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Even Engineer Nagayama-san

Who is normally so strict during vocal recording sessions

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Looks really delighted ♪♪

The father of visual production, Mizumo Uchimi-san (not the enka singer)

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Also looks happy… Or, he is happy. (laugh)

Troupe leader ayu!!

Thank you so much

For this love-filled cookie ヽ(´▽`)/

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A STAFF Minazou

Aquascutum ☆
20 February 2011. 2:08am

Because this was announced on Twitter yesterday, I’m sure many of you have already checked it out.

Our troupe leader Hamasaki Ayumi

Has been chosen to become the model for the 160th anniversary campaign for well-established apparel brand 「Aquascutum」!!!

Donning a trench coat, those cool and sexy visual shots of her are the talk of town!!

And then, there’s also the opening of the 160th Anniversary Campaign Site 「Aquascutum x Hamasaki Ayumi」, which is limited to be open for 1 year ☆

You can also view message videos showing the making-of, as well as the backstage production!!

Don’ miss it!!!!



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[Trans] 14.02.2011 Love songs’ Blog Update: “Live Report ~Recording Studio~ part 2”

15 Feb

Love songs blog. 14 February. “Live Report ~Recording Studio~ part 2”
14 February 2011. 5:50am

Previously, the live report was cut off halfway, but here we present to you part 2!!

After walking down the really lo~~~~ng corridor

We come to this fashionable waiting room (In the photo: Mr Minazou, sitting in a strangely upright posture) (laugh)

Mr Minazou, who is rumoured to have gained __kg after coming to LA,

will still lose to me, Sugi. Because I’ve gained 8kg. (><)

Gym facilities ↓↓


Are present here too!!

And then, there’s also a game centre for relaxation


Sorry for disturbing your work, Nakano-sensei…

One last photo


Sitting in the kitchen at the back, stuffing himself with potato chips using both hands

A photo

of Mr Giant Mina (UOU) ….

He looked really content, so we left him alone (laugh)

And then!!

Soon, the well-known Komeda-san,
may come here to talk to us more about the studio (not sure), so look forward to that (^=^)

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[Trans] 13.02.2011 Love songs’ Blog Update: “Live Report ~Recording Studio~ part 1”

14 Feb
Live Report ~Recording Studio~ part 1
13 February 2011. 10:19am

Hello everyone!!

This time, we’ll be introducing the recording studio who has been helping us everyday.
Firstly, when we step into the entrance, these cheerful staff are there to greet us!

The staff on the left is Stella-san
And on the right is someone who always helps us whenever we do overseas recordings,
Music coordinator Mai-san ー^−^
Thank you for everything (^0^)

And lastly, one more person. Is he a coordinator~???

Yep! And he is!!

Finally back here at Love songs blog~ The spirit-lifting Mr Minazou (><)

Even though he finally appears after so long, Mr Minazou’s face is a little blur here (laugh)

And then, after the entrance is this really lo~~~~ng corridor

And when it’s Christmas

It becomes fashionable like this~

There’s so many more places that we want to introduce!!

But that’s it for this time, sorry (><)
We’ll bring you in deeper the next time!!

And that was the very first blog entry

by A STAFF Giant Sugi.

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[Trans] 13.02.2011 Nobita Blogs About Ayu’s Love songs Album 27th December 2010 Entry

13 Feb

**Nobita is one of Ayu’s Music Arranger.

Hamasaki Ayumi album 『Love songs』 in LA
27 December 2010. 7:18pm

This is regarding AYU-san’s new album 『Love songs』, which was released on 22 December.

This was a work which was made in the 1 month we spent in LA.

Love song

AYU-san’s comment for this was “The base for the album this time will be this piece called Love song. Please pay special attention to it!” Saying this, she passed me Komuro-san’s demo song, and so the arranging process began.
With the title “Love song” and Komuro-san’s melody, I plumped out the concept and arranged this song.
For me, Love song has a deeper meaning of being “something which any generation of people can relate to”.
And that was how the first and last parts of the song had the classical feel to it.

Digressing a little, I ordered the acoustic guitar player, Mr Eric, to play his track, while keeping an image of AYU-san singing and strumming the guitar herself in mind. This was to create an image of a singer playing her own accompaniment.

sending mail

This song used to have an original drum track, but under AYU-san’s orders, it was replayed live, and so that turned this into a rock song. The back part of the song is intentionally messed up, to reflect the complicated and uncertain mind of the singer. The strings had a little dangerous phrase there too.

Thank U

I like this song. I arranged this song with the lyrics on hand, and they gave me a warm feeling, reminding me of those who are important to me, and that was worked into the arrangement.
Doesn’t the part which couldn’t be put into words still manage to fill your heart somehow?

do it again

This song illustrates the light and dark sides of chasing a dream. Against the pure youthfulness of SEVEN DAYS WAR, do it again was arranged with another image in mind. In the process of becoming an adult, there may be despair and uncertainty hiding behind the happiness. But even so, there is a single ray of light, thin but straight, that leads you to your dream.

That sort of became a long essay. Sorry. (sweatdrop)

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[Trans] 08.02.2011 Love songs’ Blog Update: The story behind the birth of ayupans

9 Feb

The story behind the birth of ayupans
8 February 2011. 9:51pm

Good evening!

I’m Mayuzumi, or “Zu-Mi-Ma-Yu-” on Twitter.

Firstly, let me introduce myself a little to those who don’t know who I am.

I create goods.


for all those who have questions like

“What goods will come out this time?…”

Or “How did you make this goods?…”

I’ll use this entry to show everyone the making-of story of some goods ♪

I’m sure everyone is aware that

To commemorate 『ayumi hamasaki Rock’n’Roll Circus Tour FINAL ~7days Special~』 DVD release on 30 March,

ayupans dressed in stage costumes will be sold on mu-mo from 18 March onwards!

It’s already become tradition, eh? ヽ(・∀・)ノ♪

And so! This time, we’ll bring you right into the ayupan-making process… ♪

【1】 Creating Illustrations

Firstly… don-san (Yamamoto Nori), who always does ayupan illustrations, will look at the stage costumes and sketch out some drawings.


Even the sketches of ayupan are so cute ♪

And then, we will decide on things like “Let’s put her in this pose ♪” and “Let’s emphasize this bit!”…


Illustrations done!!

【2】 Making Models

Next, expert figurine moulders will follow the illustrations to create real ayupan figure models!

These models determine how the final ayupan will look like, so this is a very very important step.

The artist’s skills shine through ☆


So detailed (≧o≦;)

These are slowly cut out from wax!

【3】 Making Replicas from Silicon Moulds

Next, using silicon moulds, we copy the template model made in 【2】.


Captions. Top: Silicon. Bottom: Liquid mould flows in from here

Then we pour in liquid mould…


Caption: Replica

We make 2 replicas!

These replicas are made of a material harder than wax. One of the replicas will go on a journey as a template to create many many more replicas…

The other replica…

【4】 Making Coloured Samples

Is used for sample colouring for the ayupan!!

Following a preset colouring code, the replica is coloured, and final touches are added.

This coloured ayupan will then go on a journey as a sample to the colouring factory.


※ Welcoming these 3 ayupans on their journey

And then, all the mass-produced figurines will be hand coloured one-by-one,

and many many ayupan figurines are born ♪(o=゜▽゜)人(゜▽゜=o)♪

This is a simplified process, but that’s the story of the ayupan-making-of process that is taking place right now.

All this while… And way into the future too… Many workers had and will create ayupans with love, using their hands.

And on 16 March 4pm, photos of the completed ayupans will be uploaded onto the ayupan special page in mu-mo shop.

Do check it out.

And that was U。・ェ・。U Mayuzumi

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[Trans] 02.02.2011 Love songs’ Blog Update: Genius.

2 Feb
2 February 2011. 2:28pm


“Nobita” aka, Nagano Yuuta-san.

He’s an iconic composer/sound producer from Japan.

Composer of talkin’ 2 myself, Mirrorcle World, Microphone

Arranger of MOON, Virgin Road, Love song and more.

For our recording at LA this time, this talented man is regretably not around to provide his inspiration. ayu troupe groans at this loss.

He’s also a very shy guy, so it’s hard to take photos of him

Blur. (sweatdrop)

Caption: Turn

…And he turned away. (laugh)

And then…..

We successfully caught a photo!!!!


Sorry, it’s not a very nice shot. (sweatdrop)

But but but but!!!!

That’s an authentic photo of him making music!!!!!

We’ll challenge ourselves to take more photos

So please look forward to seeing them… (;^_^A

Later! ((((((((((((((((*patters away (* – -)ノ

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[Official] 02.02.2011 Ayumi Hamasaki ARENA TOUR 2011 Title Name Announced!

2 Feb

It’s been revealed through Ayu’s Team Ayu official website that the ARENA TOUR 2011’s title name for this year is:

ayumi hamasaki ARENA TOUR 2011 A ~HOTEL Love songs~

What do you guys think?

I think it’s nice because it might be because Ayu wrote most of her Love songs’ songs during her stay in the Hotel, L’Ermitage.

Can’t wait to know more of the concept of the tour for this year!

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[Trans] 21.01.2011 Love songs’ Blog Update: One day.

22 Jan

One day.
21 January 2011. 4:21pm

We’ve been working all— this time. So to prevent us from suffocating under work,

we went out shopping ya~y during our free time.

Looking around us

we spotted 2 fashion mannequins.



If you look closely, there’s actually 3 ↓↓

Bag ya~y!!


There’s one more premier one!!!!!!!!!

Bag ya~y! Ya~y!!

We did it many times….

Not like we have free time to spare. (laugh)

But we need to relax, relax!!!

Ya~y! Ya~y!!

A-STAFF Minazou

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[Info] 15.01.2011 “Love songs” Album Certified With Platinum By RIAJ!

15 Jan

Congratulations Ayu!

“Love songs” album has been certified Platinum for 250,000 Copies sold in Japan!


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[Trans] 15.01.2011 Love songs’ Blog Update: We love Stan ♪

15 Jan

We love Stan ♪
15 January 2011. 4:13pm

Whenever the A team goes overseas, Stan was always there for us.

So, for those of you who just became Hamasaki Ayumi’s fans, here’s a spotlight entry on Stan just for you guys!!

Normally, Stan takes part in movie production, as well as other stuff. But whenever we visit, Stan lends his support to us as a coordinator.

I’m sure many of you know and have experiences with all the different problems we face whenever we go overseas.

Differences in language… Culture… And all that.

So when it comes to that, Stan provides us with lots of support, so things can go smoothly.

He really helped us out many many times.

Thank you!!! (^-^)ゞ

And of course, his smile!!

This super smile always manages to cheer us up.

He sometimes comes to Japan to play too, so if you meet him, please say 「Aloha~♪」

To this man with a big body and

this palm-tree-like topknot ♪

A-STAFF Minazou

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