Japanese Voices 日本語のままクールジャパン is a regular series designed for learners of Japanese to enjoy real Japanese language programming from Nippon Broadcasting System, one of the biggest commercial radio stations in Japan.

In our first round, we bring you @17 no Gokitaku Shimasenka? あっとせぶんてぃーんのご帰宅しませんか? (@17's Won't You Come Home?), a weekly short radio show featuring the idol unit @17 composed of active maids at the popular @home cafe in Akihabara. Their cafe on the airwaves is open for business, ready to serve masters and mistresses everywhere!

Menu #48: Assebu Theater

ring, ring!

Welcome home, masters and mistresses!

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On this week's menu, it was back to a four-member lineup with Kagetora, Minarin, Nono and Tsurara in the studio!

After a few announcements for masters and mistresses (fans), the girls jumped into some interesting behind-the-scenes talk on their upcoming music video.

They also introduced two new songs which are going to be included in their eponymous first album, "At Seventeen."

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Menu #48: "Assebu Theater"

Post-show talk

If you'd like to read the original Japanese at the show's home page on the Nippon Broadcasting System website:

Menu #48: "Assebu Theater"

Today's Hosts

NAME: Kagetora

Birthday: July 21st
Origin: Riceland
Blood Type: z

Social Media

Twitter: @maid_kagetora

NAME: Minarin

Birthday: January 27th
Origin: Kingdom of Rinrin
Blood Type: O

Social Media

Twitter: @maid_minarin
Instagram: minarin_maid_17

NAME: Nono

Birthday: March 29th
Origin: A faraway field
Blood Type: A

Social Media

Twitter: @maid_nono
Instagram: nono_maid_17

NAME: Tsurara

Birthday: March 13th
Origin: Kingdom of Musashi
Blood Type: Unknown

Social Media

Twitter: @maid_kurumi1
Instagram: kurumi_maid_17

Special Glossary

  • Goshujinsama ご主人様 = master = male listener
  • Ojosama お嬢様 = mistress = female listener
  • Hoso-jo no oyashiki ni go-kitaku 放送上のお屋敷にご帰宅 = returning home to the manor on the airwaves = listening to the show
  • Hoso-jo no okyuji 放送上のお給仕 = service on the airwaves = broadcasting the show to the listeners
  • Aikome あいこめ = abbreviation of aijo wo komeru koto 愛情を込めること = sending love
  • Moe-henkan 萌え変換 = changing normal language into moe words

More Information


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@17 is an idol unit composed of active maids at the @home cafe in Akihabara (who are forever seventeen). It's also a coming-of-age story in which maids leave the fantasy world of @home cafe and bravely set out to follow their dreams.
In hopes of becoming cute and dreamy pop icons who can make everyone smile, the maids of @17 hope to pursue activities in music, fashion, art, anime and more. Using the magic they learned at home, they hope to deliver the best possible service to "masters" and "mistresses" all over the world. The maids' new adventures begin now!

Website: @17.

Nippon Broadcasting System, Inc.

Nippon Broadcasting System Inc. is the one of biggest commercial radio stations in Japan and is well-known for its call sign, JOLF. In addition, it plays a central role in the radio network called NRN (National Radio Network) across the nation. Since its establishment in 1954, the company has produced a massive array of Japanese-language programs including entertainment, sports, culture and news, headlined by “All Night Nippon”, one of the most popular and longest-running radio talk shows in Japan which has been broadcast for the past 50 years.

Website: Nippon Broadcasting System.

By - Ben K.