Saturday, April 20, 2013

April 5, 2013 “Shukan Asahi” Fukuda Mayuko (福田麻由子) Interview

As usual, text taken from



Fukuda Mayuko was on the cover, and her interview is on page 13.

Fukuda Mayuko

Even though she still hasn’t experience a role of a bride…

With definitive acting talent, she started her acting career from a young age, but now has completely become a woman. She will be entering a famous private university in April, and steadily work to polish her study in languages.

Fukuda: When I was working with foreign director for a film, I realized that we can cross borders easily with films. This gave me a great sense of purpose.

Though she still retains her innocence through her explanation, she's showing both her strong heart and sharp eyebrow.

This time, for the movie "Sakura, Futatabi no Kanako", she is challenging a mother role for the first time.

Fukuda: I became a mother so fast. (laughs) I was worried about if I'm able to do it at first, but as I came into contact with the child that plays my daughter, a new feeling that I have never experienced sprang up.

In an instant, Fukuda-san's expression changed to that of a mother.

- Ishizuka Tomoko



- Please tell me if I translate anything wrong… Wrong translation is rather embarrassing.

- Mayuko and her eyebrows. One can’t go without the other… I guess. lol


Friday, April 12, 2013

Fukuda Mayuko (福田麻由子) “Fukuda Mayuko-san”

Blog post from Location Bus Driver N.


Fukuda Mayuko-san

February 13, 2013

During the 6 days from February 6 to the 11th, Fukuda Mayuko-san went through the 5 prefectures in Chugoku region. Though it was a long journey, she didn’t show any tiredness but her smiles. The picture is from the last day. At Hiroshima airport, along with every staff members, “Cheese~!” Thank you very much.

Running along the train that Fukuda Mayuko-san is on while the snow fell. (Hakubi Line)



- A rather old entry. I totally forgot about this. I almost forgot where I put this link. (*′皿`艸)

- During her “Shoujo to Tetsudou” documentary.


“Shoujo to Tetsudou” will be rebroadcasted on FujiTV on April 18, from 2:40~3:40am JST!!!

Fukuda Mayuko (福田麻由子) "Sakura, Futatabi no Kanako" Stage Greeting

Taken from Mamayu Land BBS.

The movie "Sakura, Futatabi no Kanako" began showing in theaters across the nation on April 6. On that day, the casts and staffs gathered at Shinjuku Piccadilly hall for the movie greeting.

After the casts entered the stage, Mayuko introduced herself, along with "Please bring back with you the warm feelings from the movie."


When she was ask about the her role as a mother, she said that since she never give birth before, she has to do some preparations for the movie, such as reading the 'pregnancy manual'. This made the host added since it's for a special circumstances (that's why she need to read it), making everyone laughed.

She also mentioned that she consulted her mother and the rest on her own imagination. When meeting her the child that's to be her own child, only her seems to be special. Mayuko expressed that Natsuki helped her (get into her role). She felt that the film gave her a new feeling.


Takada Sho talked about a scene he has with Mayuko, and mentioned how nervous he was.

"The filming took place a year ago, but I can still recalled the feelings of that time. When thinking about other people watching it, my heart races and I'm happy. Please enjoy it until the last minute."

Host: "What would you do if you were to reborn again?"

Takada: "I want to return to being myself."

Mayuko: "I want to have better reflexes. Other than that, I'm fine with my current self."

Mayuko mentioned that since she is bad at running, it seems like each time she start a new work, she always have to run. Fortunately for this movie, she didn't have to run since her character is pregnant.


At the middle of the stage greeting, the child actors and actresses from the movie made an appearance. Mayuko watched over them carefully with a gentle smile.

"I'm very happy if I'm able to hear your warm applauses."

When asking about her acting, "It's strange to see myself with a large stomach." She also consulted with the director and Hirosue Ryoko about it.


Hirosue mentioned that Mayuko tried her best, but she was also worried. It was impressive that she consulted with the director so many times.

Host: "Since she also consulted the 'pregnancy manual', that it all became a helpful supplement (to her acting)."

Others also commented on Mayuko's great effort during the filming period.

Takada said that even though he is actually older, he saw Mayuko as the older one.


Sources: cinemacafe, Walker plus, eiga, billboard Japan, and Mantan Web.


During an interview between Hirosue Ryoko and Fukuda Mayuko about the movie on Cinemaholic i # 58.

Mayuko expressed her troubles during the filming period, "The feelings that I have as I look at my child is I think that the person that's borne is this person that already has her own aura and transformations. If that is not true, she will become a different person. So I would always worried about what kind of mother I should be."

For the troubled Mayuko, Hirosue asked, "Would you not be delighted the moment she is born?"

Mayuko asked back, "But shouldn't you be happy the moment that she's born?"

Hirosue told Mayuko that it's best that she's awkward about it. Whenever she's having any trouble, she would immediately asked the director.



- My DS lite broke so I kidnapped my brother’s DS. Recently, I’ve been playing Rune Factory 3 on it. Such a good game! It took all of my free time. ヽ(;▽;)ノ

- Translation ended up mostly guesses. Please correct me if you see any problems! Translation is after all, my studying Japanese sessions.

- I need to add Takada Sho to the list of people that see Mayuko older than them even though she’s younger.

- The kids are so cute! (ღ˘⌣˘ღ)

Friday, April 5, 2013

Fukuda Mayuko (福田麻由子) Successfully Enters Rikkyo University

On March 18, several people tweeted that Fukuda Mayuko passed her entrance exam into Rikkyo University (立教大学). It's not until April 1, the first day of new student orientation, that we can confirm her attendance. April 4 is the Entrance Ceremony for College of Arts, and the first day of class will start on April 10.

Congratulations Mayuko!  ☆*:.。. o(≧▽≦)o .。.:*☆

As of now, it is confirmed that Mayuko will be in the Literature department. This is not much a surprise since we all know her love for literature. There’s a rumor that she’s majoring in the newly established Course of Philosophy and Creative Writing (文芸思想専修). However, this is purely a rumor. What we know for sure is she’s definitely in the Literature department.

It also seems that Mayuko joins the band circle/club in her school. She even went to the get together party for the club. Once again, it’s not much of a surprise considered how her life revolved around the band culture. Using this chance, I hope it means she continued with her bass playing from back in the day. Maybe one day we will be able to see her participating in a band from her school.

Rikkyo University, also known as St. Paul's University, is a private school in Ikebukuro. It has two campuses, the main campus and Niiza campus in Saitama. It's based on Christian precepts and go by the motto "academy of freedom". The idea is that Christianity is not something that will limit the student's thirst for knowledge and force them to faith. Instead, it is a foundation for spiritual intellect and allows them to develop their own potential. It's the largest Anglican university in Japan.

Rikkyo University is famous for its international exchange program. If you search it up in the internet, you'll be surprised at the foreign students studied there. Because of this, its Business program is also well known, where they have their own English curriculum. In the interview for "Shukan Asahi", Mayuko has expressed her interest in polishing her language skills. This may be one of the reasons that she chose Rikkyo University as her choice of school.

Rikkyo University is part of Rikkyo Gakuin. Similar to Obirin, it has elementary to college education based on Christian values. However, unlike Obirin, Rikkyo Gakuin is a private boy school from elementary until high school. Only Rikkyo University is a co-ed school.

Interestingly, one of her sempai is Minamisawa Nao (Akai Ito). She was accepted in 2009 and her major was modern psychology.

I'm not sure what else to say about Rikkyo University, so why don't we watch a few clips. Lol, interestingly, it's really easy to search up information for Rikkyo University compared to Obirin. Most of the English information are readily accessible by their foreign exchange student. I'm kind of impressed. Just looking through them make me convinced that they have a really good exchange program. And according to Minamisawa Nao, the entrance exam include an English exam, a short essay, and an interview. So English is focused on in Rikkyo University. Mayuko may use the resources from Rikkyo to better her English and we may be able to look forward to her Hollywood opportunities.

All in all, I think Rikkyo University is actually a pretty cool school. My school is not even that cool, though I didn’t really like my school that much in the first place… (^^ゞ



Which reminded me, Ohgo Suzuka also study abroad before in UCLA during her high school years. I wondered if she's thinking of the Hollywood market as well. To be honest, I like that they are trying new things, but I don't really care much about Hollywood movie (no time, no money).