Maeda Yuuka’s Profile


Maeda Yuuka joined Hello! Project when she passed the Hello! Pro Egg auditions in June 2004 alongside thirty-two other girls.

In October 2005, Maeda became one of the founding members of Hello! Pro Egg group Tomoiki Ki wo Uetai. They debuted at Morning Musume’s enviromental Culture Festival 2005.

Maeda Yuuka continued her training and appeared at numerous Hello! Project concerts as a backing dancer, including the Country Musume concert “Country Musume LIVE2006 ~Shibuya des Date~” in 2006.

In March, Tomoiki Ki wo Uetai’s blog opened. Then, in July their first song was announced, “Minna no ki”. On August 22, Tomoiki went to do tree-planting activities at PLANT A TREE farm and herb garden in Yamanashiken. In September, Maeda performed “Minna no ki” with Tomoiki at Morning Musume’s environmental Culture Festival 2006 and were backing dancers to Morning Musume’s Kusumi Koharu’s performance. They also took part in their 2007 Culture Festival as well.

Maeda recieved a role in the musical “Soto wa shiroi haru no kumo” in April 2007. This musical was later released onto DVD. In September of that year, Maeda featured in Standardsong Entertainment’s “Ekubo ~people song~”. Maeda also took part in a television show, “Chao.TV”.

2008, Maeda recieved her first proper H!P role when she was chosen to become part of the new unit, High-King, alongside important Hello! Project singers such as Morning Musume’s Takahashi Ai and Tanaka Reina. The group was created to promote Morning Musume’s upcoming musical, Cinderella the Musical. On June 11th 2008, the group’s debut single, “C\C (Cinderella\Complex)” was released and attained a peak rank of #6.

Maeda was selected to be one of the four members for a new Hello! Pro Egg unit alongside Wada Ayaka, Fukuda Kanon and Saho Akari, which was called Shugo Chara! Egg. This group was formed to record the opening songs for the second season of the Shugo Chara! anime. Then in April of that year, Maeda took part in another musical, “Bijogi Junction”.

On April 4th, 2009 Tsunku announced on his blog that a new group was in the works. The members decided were Maeda Yuuka, Fukuda Kanon, Ogawa Saki, and Wada Ayaka. He stated the lineup was subject to change if he felt it ever need to be and that members could be added or taken away if necassary to make the group the best it can be, and that it would be their “major debut”. On May 5th, 2009 Tsunku revealed on his blog that the name of the new group would be “S/mileage”. He explains that it means the smile of age. Meada and the rest of the S/mileage members graduated from Hello! Pro Egg in the Hello!Project spring concert in 2010.

Maeda, along with the original Shugo Chara Egg! joined the cast of Shugo Chara! the Musical. She played the main role of Amu Hinamori.

On October 25th, Maeda announced ahe would be graduating from S/mileage and Hello! Project in December 31st 2011 to pursue University. Here’s a translation of her blog post regarding the news:

“Thank you for always supporting me.

It’s come to be that I, Maeda Yuuka, will be graduating from S/mileage and Hello!Project on 12/31.

Though I became very happy and was glad that the 4 submembers would become formal members as was announced the other day at an event, at the same time I thought the timing was right and I should give some information to everyone about myself.

I’ve been really concerned about not being able to do both work and school since I’ve begun high school.

I’ve also begun thinking that I should consider my own path, and have noticed that on the inside I’ve been thinking even more strongly that I want to go on to college.

Working hard like this on S/mileage activities and school, I’ve thought about whether I can go to college with the academic strength that I have, but I’ve only been able to do everything half-way… People are always just helping me out, and I really don’t like that about myself. So I thought that going on like this would be bad. I have to work harder and harder to go on to university, but if I keep just saying it like this, nothing will change…

I thought that if feelings like this continued, I would have to apologize to both the members and everyone who supports me.

I thought long and hard. Though I’m a fool, I thought about it with all my foolish strength. …And so figured that I could do nothing but be determined about this.

The 4 new members have now joined, and every day has been so much fun.

I’m so very very grateful for the original generation members, as well as all the new members and everyone who’s warmly watched over me.

Though I’m full of sadness, since our new song as 7 members will be releasing on 12/28, I want to do my best until then to achieve the best results!

I’m grateful to so many people, and with a smile I want to enjoy these remaining 2 months even more than before as I complete my life in S/mileage!

Please continue to support S/mileage.


S/mileage Maeda Yuuka”

On December 15th, Maeda released her last solo DVD, See You-karin ~Special Making Edition~, and her last photobook, See You-Karin on December 20th.

Meada Yuuka graduated from S/mileage on December 31st 2011. Her last blog entery to the fans was posted after her last event with the group.

My last event
is over~!

Everyone who came,
everyone who supported me,
thank you very much

…Though I kinda don’t know
what I should write…

Thanks for coming to this event
on such an important day at the end of the year

The 1st performance and the 2nd performance
I did with all my strength!

Though I don’t really feel like it’s all over,
it was incredibly fun

At the 2nd performance
it went from shots of the original members
until now, and us 3 original members
did a medley

I’m really happy
I was able to do a medley at the end with the 3 of us,
and it was incredibly fun

At the last one
it was full of
pink and white glowsticks

I was incredibly moved!

Though I didn’t plan to cry,
I cried
even though my crying face is unattractive.
I’m sorry (lol)

It was really over before I knew it,
but somehow my tears
wouldn’t stop the whole time.

I’m really really thankful.

I wonder if I conveyed that to everyone
at the handshake event–.

Since I started doing activities
as a Hello! Pro Egg, it’s been probably about
7 and a half years, right?

There were really lots of things
that happened

I didn’t have confidence in anything,
and it was incredibly frustrating
how bad and absent my true abilities were

and there were times
I looked backward
when I thought about everything

Since everyone always gave me comments
and came to events
and supported me

I was really able to think that I’d do my best
and come to this point

I’m really thankful

…Um, putting 7 years into words
is really difficult… ^^;

Since you’ll start to not understand me
if I just write loosely,
I’ll talk simply!

Everyone, thank you very much for everything until now.

Thank you very much for supporting
me like this

That so many people like this
cheered me on,

and that so many people like this
supported me,

I definitely won’t forget!

All of the members,
thank you very much for everything until now

All of you who are always laughing and positive
and strange (lol)
I love you!

Since I think that Yuuka
is probably the one who knows best
what everyone’s good points are (lol)

I’ll always keep supporting you
as S/mileage’s #1 fan!

I won’t forget
that I promised everyone
that sometime I’ll cheer you on from the seats in Tokyo Dome! \(^-^)/

The staff-san
who’ve always supported me.

My dance teacher
who would always get angry at me (lol),

My makeup-san
who was always kind to me,

All my co-actors who I’ve been in the care of

My beloooooved Hello! senpai
whose kindness I incredibly respected,

and everyone who cheered me on,

Everyone who was concerned with me,
thank you very much

Even if I graduate
I’ll do my best
as myself!

I want to be happy so much
that I won’t lose to you all in it

Really really, thank you!

2011 December 31st
S/mileage’s Maeda Yuuka


Name: Maeda Yuuka
Nickname: Yuuka, Yuukarin
Birthdate: December 28th 1994 (Age 19)
Birthplace: Chiba prefecture
Bloodtype: B
Height: 160 (5’3″)
Specialty: Piano, penmenship, sleeping a lot
Likes: cherry trees, basketball, dogs, hamsters, the Disney character “Stitch”
Dislikes: Ghosts, waking up early
Hobbies: Video games, listening to her senior Hello! Project members’ songs, looking at the sky
Favourite Food: Cheese omlette
Least Favorite Food: Spicy food, durian
Favourite Colour: Pink, red, black, white
Favourite Hello! Project Song: Happiness ~Koufuku Kangei!~
Looks Up To: Takahashi Ai
Hello! Project Groups:

  • Hello! Pro Egg (2004-2010)
  • Tomoiki Ki wo Uetai (2005)
  • Shugo Chara Egg! (2008-2009)
  • High-King (2008-2011)
  • S/mileage (2009-2011)
  • Lilpri (2010-2011)
  • Hello! Project Mobekimasu (2011)


  • Eat’s rice for breakfast.
  • Has a habit of touching her hair.
  • Her favorite spot is the balcony at school.
  • She is close friends with fellow Hello! Pro Egg member Saho Akari, and former members Noto Arisa and Yutoku Ayumi.
  • She has several pets: Haru (dog), Aochan (hamster), 3 turtles, goldfish, and carp.
  • She has an older sister!.
  • She was featured in the MBS Drama “Gakincho ~Return Kids~”.
  • In 2007, Maeda was featured in Standardsong Entertainment’s “Ekubo ~people song~”.
  • She has the same surname as former Hello! Pro Egg member Maeda Irori, soloist Maeda Yuki, AKB48 member Maeda Ami, AKB48 former member Maeda Atsuko, and actress Maeda Ai.
  • She is the second S/mileage member to retire, in order to focus on their education, after Ogawa Saki.
  • Please Miniskirt Postwoman!, her graduation single, was released on her birthday.
  • Shares the same birthday with former V-u-den member Okada Yui.

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