Ayumi Hamasaki's TeamAyu Diary Nov. 16-22, 2009

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What up, my Ayu fan brothers & sisters? Check out the new banner. Pretty sweet, huh? ....okay, it's the same as the old one with new dimensions, really. But that was more challenging to do than it might first appear, ya know.

Anyway, Ayu's started work on her Countdown Live show, which includes some shifting of cast members and dance rehearsals. She hasn't blogged much over the last week or so, so there's not a whole lot here, but there is some.

Well, enough of my yammering. Enjoy the translations; usual rules apply.

 

Whoooo~~~ooaaa!!!
16 November 2009 3:12 AM

Okay, it has been WAY too long since I last updated-----!!! lol
As for me, I'm quite well. I have been spending my days soundly.
But perhaps things haven't been entirely quiet.
Seerrriously, I have been keeping CRAZY busy!!!!!!!! lol
Or to say it more properly, I've been working hard.
But as for this hardworking-ness right now, because I'm sure I convey it bit by bit to everyone, without making excuses when I become tired, I always keep it in mind to treat everything I do every day as special.
But maybe that's just me really missing Thai food??? lol
To go through my days leisurely, as though things don't matter...
I'm not doing that anymore this year. No way. lol
But that's an extremely happy thing to say!!!
There's only a tiny bit left of 2009, and still so much more to hurry up & do!♪


It's nice, you know?
17 November 6:49 PM

The way this room feels when everything's so tense. The people.
Whenever I feel this sort of atmosphere, I love watching everyone.
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Yesterday, we were doing auditions for a certain thing.
(With CHIHARU-san. Making a special appearance. <3)
We were working on it for a really long time, and during that time, more and more people joined our group the longer it went on.
Although of course I don't mean to say that more people were added no matter what.
Because right now, really, spending a certain amount of time there, I'm validating inside myself the shifting of the essential members.
Because those members are thinking of how best to utilize themselves.
Absolutely EVERYONE influences the product Hamasaki Ayumi upon working with me.
Because, even as we all walk together, we don't necessarily share the same vision, have our eyes on the same goal, so we can't always keep growing as people.
Every human being is different, so as time goes by, gradually we lose sync somehow... and then we end up standing still just watching things.
There are things that can shock you, like watching someone REALLY seriously fighting with themselves.
Ayumi Hamasaki TeamAyu Diary english translation at Gaijin Kanpai! J-pop and J-rock podcast
Even here, I'm really going at it full throttle.
Ayumi Hamasaki TeamAyu Diary english translation at Gaijin Kanpai! J-pop and J-rock podcast
Deep in conversation while exiting the studio, it starts with one certain thing, but they have other things on their mind, and they start to have questions...
Ayumi Hamasaki TeamAyu Diary english translation at Gaijin Kanpai! J-pop and J-rock podcast
I think.
I watch.
I feel.
In this infinite loop, I completely lost myself yesterday.
By the time I've paused, an answer has already come out.
But there's no difference when I'm cautious. There's just a conversation with myself.
Ayumi Hamasaki TeamAyu Diary english translation at Gaijin Kanpai! J-pop and J-rock podcast
So making one decision after another, selecting people over & over by myself, that's more or less how every day has been going.
Ah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Yesterday, both Chiharu and Etsu talked about becoming temporary support!
I think they said something about the scales falling from their eyes*.
After all, they have the greatness that comes with being my superiors, and always will!!!!!
So yeah, everyone, keep warm, eat warm food, and when you come back home don't forget to wash your hands and gargle some mouthwash (<-- that's the sort of crap moms say, isn't it? lol, but it's REALLY important!)
Be healthy this winter, let's all get through it~! <3

*This is kind of like an expression for seeing the light, discovering the truth, discovering the inevitable, having a great idea... all the non-death-related interpretations of the english phrase "seeing the light," really.



The new song
19 November 2009 11:33 PM

Its jacket photos have been revealed, huh~?
It seems everyone likes them, I'm so glad!☆
For this jacket photo, we were seeing if we could give it.... a different feeling than usual, I guess.
When I can put alot of significance in there, I think it's really nice♪
As for the essential part, the songs themselves, one is a movie theme song and one is another drama theme song, and when you hear them at length in various situations it'll turn you into a kid again, and that makes me happy.
So anyway.
Yesterday was dance rehearsal.
Ayumi Hamasaki TeamAyu Diary english translation at Gaijin Kanpai! J-pop and J-rock podcast
I apologize for not having makeup on.
Chiharu's cast was like, what makeup? we can't do that. lol
Even if I did put makeup on, it'd come off in like two seconds, so I didn't bother. Wahaha~!
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You can probably figure out why my hair's doing that, right? lol
Licking my lips.
wtf. lol☟
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And I didn't know Shuu-chan was behind me here.
wtf. lol☟
Ayumi
When rehearsal was done, my face looked like it was saying "funuun."*
The one continuing to take such stupid-looking photos like the one above was of course everyone's father, who was just supervising, but that doesn't mean he was dozing off. Right?lol ☟
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And also, Chon-san was running around because she was scared of getting her flu shot.
But they eventually caught me. lol
Still more to do today, I gotta get to work!!!!!!!!!

*I have no idea. maybe a sound of relief? Feeling like acting silly? feeling like one's brain has melted? I dunno.


One thing,
22 November 2009 5:28 AM

The cogs are starting to misalign, and everything is getting disengaged.
Becoming disconcerted but feigning composure, timidly oiling the gears, using every trick in the book, but ultimately letting it all sink in.
This time, impatience comes too late. That's how it feels.
Times when the cogs stop turning aren't unusual.
While that may be true, I don't kick and scream, being who I am I've done serious advance preparation. Just like I always have.
I yield to that preparation in times like these.
In those cases, of course it's only the truly important things that are left, so.
My heart might be in pain, for instance. I think that's proof of my humanity.
Again, it's best to protect the absolute most important things that are left.
With such thoughts today, this is Chon-san, signing off.



Aah!!!
22 November 2009 6:48 PM

What I wrote this morning...
I kinda... confused you all... I guess, maybe I worried you too much, so...
It's not that something was happening with me personally, I was thinking of something with a friend, and I wrote about that~.
I'm sorry if I was too ambiguous!!!
And I have something important to say!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This year's CDL has become incredibly huge, of course...
There weren't as many seats available as there should have been, and I've gotten alot of disappointed messages about that...
So,
This year also, everyone on staff is working hard so we can do a second round of selections!☆
We're doing all we can so we can let as many people as possible into the venues, so give us just a little bit of time.
Please look forward to an announcement on the details!!!
And everyone who's buying the tickets just for the sake of reselling them, I'd really like you to stop that.