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Satoda Mai
Satoda Mai, February 2017
Background Information
Also Known As Sato-chan (さとちゃん?)
Born March 29, 1984 (1984-03-29) (age 33)
Origin Hokkaido, Japan
Blood Type A
Zodiac Sign Aries Aries
Height 161.5cm
Genres J-Pop
Occupation Singer
Years Active 2000-present
(18 years)
Agency UP-FRONT AGENCY (2002-2012)
Label zetima
Associated Acts Country Girls, ROMANS, Hello! Project Akagumi, Ongaku Gatas, Sexy 8, 7AIR, H.P. All Stars, Elegies
Blog Satoda Mai Official Blog
Country Girls Information
Generation 3rd Generation
Member Color N/A
I am proud to have always called myself Country Musume even after I became the only member. Thinking of myself as a member of the group, I want to continue to watch over them from New York.

–Satoda Mai, November 2014

Satoda Mai (里田まい), legal name Tanaka Mai (田中まい), is a Japanese pop singer. For a long time she was the only member of the group Country Musume, now known as Country Girls, whom she is the supervisor of.[1] Satoda was also a member of the Hello! Project futsal team Gatas Brilhantes H.P. and its associated music group Ongaku Gatas, and she was captain of the Hokkaido-based futsal team, Sapporo Cerbies.

She was a frequent guest on the Japanese television quiz show Quiz! Hexagon II, as part of the units Pabo, Aladdin, and Satoda Mai with Gouda Kazoku (also called Satoda Mai with Gouda Kyoudai).



Satoda Mai, December 2014


Satoda Mai, 2012


Satoda Mai, 2011


Satoda Mai, 2009

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Satoda Mai, September 2008

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Satoda Mai during the 4th generation Morning Musume auditions, 2000

Early LifeEdit

Satoda Mai was born on March 29, 1984 in Hokkaido, Japan.


In 2000, Satoda participated Morning Musume 3rd Tsuika Audition, but failed to make it to the final ten.

In January 2002, she was added to Country Musume.


From April 24 to30, Satoda starred in the play Yokosuka Story with Goto Maki.[2]

From October 3 to 11, she appeared in the stage play Heisei Revolution ~Back to the Byakkotai~ alongside Yoshizawa Hitomi, Shibata Ayumi, Inaba Atsuko, Korenaga Miki, and Fukuda Kanon.[3]


On December 31, Satoda was the only Hello! Project member to perform in the annual Kohaku Uta Gassen.[4]


On March 31, Satoda graduated from Hello! Project along with all the other members of the Elder Club.[5]


On November 15, Satoda announced she was in a relationship with Tohoku Rakuten Eagles pitcher Tanaka Masahiro.[6] They met at the beginning of the year as co-stars on the New Year's TV show Pro Yaguu All-Star Sports Festival, and they began dating over the summer.[7]


On January 26, Satoda announced her engagement to Tanaka.[8] They registered their marriage on March 20.[9]

On March 31, she graduated from Gatas Brilhantes H.P. and Sapporo Cerbies.[10]


On January 2, Satoda was a surprise guest on the opening day of Hello! Project Tanjou 15 Shuunen Kinen Live 2013 Fuyu ~Viva!~, which she came stage during the performance of the Country Musume song "Uwaki na Honey Pie".[11]

In October, Satoda was transferred from UP-FRONT PROMOTION to UP-FRONT CREATE.


On January 2, Satoda Mai announced the Country Musume Shin Member Audition for a new Country Musume line-up.[12]

On January 22, it was announced that her husband, Tanaka Masahiro, signed a 7-year 155 million dollar contract to the New York Yankees after receiving offers from various teams.[13] The next day, Satoda was featured in the cover of NY Daily News sports section, with an article that talks about her career as a "pop star."[14] Both of them were expected to move to New York.

On August 7, it was announced that the Country Musume Shin Member Audition had ended and no new members were chosen. Months later, on November 5, a new line-up was announced with Country Musume renamed as Country Girls. Satoda would not be an active member, but the group's supervisor.[1]


On September 6, Satoda announced that she was 5 months pregnant with her first child.[15]


On February 15, she gave birth to a son. He was born at 1:36pm and weighed 3,360 grams (7.4lbs).[16]


  • Name: Satoda Mai (里田舞)
  • Stage Name: Satoda Mai (里田まい)
  • Legal Name: Tanaka Mai (田中舞)
  • Married Date: January 26, 2012
  • Family: Husband Masahiro Tanaka
  • Nicknames: Sato-chan (さとちゃん), Maimai (まいまい), Maichin (まいちん)
  • Birthdate: March 29, 1984 (1984-03-29) (age 33)
  • Birthplace: Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
  • Currently Resides in: New York, United States
  • Height: 161.5 cm
  • Blood type: A
  • Western Zodiac: Aries
  • Eastern Zodiac: Rat
  • Hello! Project Status:
    • 2002: Member
    • 2009: Graduated
  • UP-FRONT GROUP Status:
  • Ongaku Gatas Color: Orange (2007-2012)
  • Hello! Project Groups:
  • Shuffle Units:
  • Concert Units:
  • Other:

  • Favorite colors: Black, white
  • Favorite flowers: Sunflowers
  • Favorite seasons: Spring, autumn
  • Favorite word: Okay
  • Favorite food: White rice, ramen, nattou
  • Disliked food: Capsicum


Solo DVDsEdit



Singles Participated InEdit

Country MusumeEdit

Ongaku GatasEdit

Sexy 8Edit



H.P. All StarsEdit




Ganbarou Nippon Ai wa Katsu SingersEdit



  • [2007] Yokosuka Story (横須賀ストーリー)
  • [2007] Heisei Revolution ~Back to the Byakkotai~ (平成レボリューション 〜バックトゥザ・白虎隊〜)


Solo PhotobooksEdit


  1. [2003.10.04] Satoda Mai (里田まい )
  2. [2007.03.21] my life
  3. [2007.11.07] Satoda Mai no Obaka Densetsu (里田まいのおバカ伝説)
  4. [2007.12.26] Mai-Thai (マイタイ)


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  • [2009.12.17] Satoda Mai Official Book Hitori Dakedo Country Musume Desu (里田まいオフィシャルブック ひとりだけどカントリー娘。です)
  • [2011.08.08] Sekaiichi Oishii Gohan no Tabekata (世界一おいしいごはんの食べ方)

See AlsoEdit

Honorary TitlesEdit

Honorary titles

Preceded by

Leader of Pabo
2007 - 2011

Succeeded by


  1. 1.0 1.1 "『カントリー娘。』改め『カントリー・ガールズ』について" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2014-11-05. (archived)
  2. Official Gekijyo Page
  3. Official Gekijyo Page
  4. "モー娘。落選…11年連続ならず" (in Japanese). Daily Sports Online. 2008-11-26. (Archived)
  5. "モー娘。OGなど、来年3月末にハロプロ一斉卒業へ" (in Japanese). ORICON STYLE. 2008-10-19.
  6. "ご報告" (in Japanese). Satoda Mai Official Blog. 2010-11-15.
  7. "マー君&里田まいが熱愛…今夏から交際" (in Japanese). Daily Sports Online. 2010-11-15. (Archived)
  8. "ご報告" (in Japanese). Satoda Mai Official Blog. 2012-01-26.
  9. "ご報告" (in Japanese). Satoda Mai Official Blog. 2012-03-20.
  10. "2012年3月30日 【里田まい ガッタス卒業のあいさつ】" (in Japanese). Gatas Brilhantes H.P. Official Site. 2012-03-30. (Archived)
  11. "【ライブレポート】2013年のハロプロ新春公演が華やかに開幕。OG参加コーナーには里田まいが結婚後初登場" (in Japanese). BARKS. 2013-01-03.
  12. "カントリー娘。新メンバーオーディション開催決定。里田まいが発表" (in Japanese). BARKS. 2014-02-11.
  13. "Masahiro Tanaka to Yanks for $155M." ESPN. 2014-01-22.
  14. "Masahiro Tanaka comes to Yankees with pop star wife, Mai Satoda." NY Daily News. 2014-01-23.
  15. "ご報告" (in Japanese). Satoda Mai Official Blog. 2015-09-06.
  16. "ご報告" (in Japanese). Satoda Mai Official Blog. 2016-02-16.

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