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Mai Satoda, Rika Ishikawa, and Hitomi Yoshizawa
Who Is Mai Satoda?
Mai Satoda is a Japanese singer and gravure idol or supermodel. Mai was born on March 29, 1984 in Sapporo, Japan. This article looks at the life and career of this pop singer and supermodel and also talks about the changes to the group Country Musume. Her claim to fame is because she was involved with the Hello! Project label for many years and she is still a member of the sub group Country Musume but acts as the group’s supervisor. What is she doing now you might ask? That is a great question.
Mai Satoda's Career in Brief
Mai Satoda is currently a member of the Hokkaido futsal team called Sapporo Cerbies. Mai auditioned for the famous female pop music group Morning Musume but she did not make it into the group at the time as she failed to make into the group of the last 10 people that qualified. In March 2009, she and other members of the Elder Club decided to graduate or move on from their activities. Mai began her career with Country Musume in 2002. In 2003, she joined the group ROMANS. In 2005, she was part of the sub group Hello! Project Akagumi.
Interesting Facts about Mai Satoda
- Her favorite colors are black and white.
- Her favorite flower is the sunflower.
- Her favorite seasons of the year are spring and autumn or fall.
- Her favorite foods include white rice, ramen, and nattou. I like white rice myself if it is steamed.
- Her favorite word is okay.
- Mai’s most popular nickname is Mai-chan.
- She is a regular guest on the Japanese TV quiz show called Quiz Hexagon.
- Her husband is baseball player Masahiro Tanaka. In November 2010, Mai came out publicly and revealed the nature of her relationship with him at the time. They dated before finally getting married in Hawaii in December 2012 just before the Christmas holiday. They had registered their marriage on March 20, 2012.
Mai Satoda with Hitomi Yoshizawa
Name Change to Country Girls and the Role of Mai Satoda
UPDATE: The last time that I looked into the life and career of Mai Satoda, there has been a significant change in the group Country Musume. Their name has changed to Country Girls. There are members that have withdrawn and graduated from the group and that’s why Satoda was the only member left for a while. After what was described as a strict screening process, there were no new candidates that will be added to the group at the time.
Ongaku Gatas "Come Together" Mai Satoda Version
Mai Satoda Becomes Pregnant for a Second Time
It was on March 25, 2019, that Satoda’s husband Masahiro Tanaka announced via Twitter that she is pregnant with their second child. Satoda is due to give birth to the child in June 2019. She gave birth to a son in February 2016.
Mai Satoda Returns to Japan After Living in New York
Mai Satoda used to live in New York City. We are using the term used to because it was reported that after her husband’s contract with the New York Yankees concluded, he was only a free agent for a week in early 2021. He signed a two year contract with the Japanese team Rakuten Golden Eagles. I bring Masahiro Tanaka into the discussion because of his connection to Mai. Mai left her entertainment career in Japan to fully support her husband and that is something which is not surprising but a radical life change for Mai Satoda. As of December 26, 2019 the group Country Girls would suspend its activities and thus, Mai’s position as their supervisor would come to an end as well.
© 2016 Ara Vahanian