I recently got these two sets off of Yahoo Japan Auctions which were released in the winter of 2003 celebrating the holidays. That really cute "Hello" snowman makes his presence here in the two sets of UFA photographs. Both sets include a mini photo holder and Christmas message card which bears personalized wishes from each member and what I always love about these is they really show their individual personalities via cute drawings and message content. Both sets include 10 photos each as Sakuragumi's set includes additional Coconuts Musume members Ayaka and Mika while the Otomegumi set also includes Country Musume members Asami, Satoda Mai, and Miuna.
I've always adored these "Hello" photo sets as Berryz Koubou also has a set of them which is from quite awhile back and if only Up Front would sell these plushies I wouldn't hesitate to own one if it appeared for sale one day. Happily Nacchi hadn't graduated yet from Momusu so she's present in this set and perhaps even more substantial is that this Mika UFA photo is my very first of the 3 1/2" X 5" Japan release type…and ditto that for Ayaka. ^ ^
Something so wonderful about a cuddly Mikitty with a snowman… 😛 These Miuna and Asami UFA 3 1/2" X 5" photos are also my first of these size as the only photos of these members that I previously have gotten were of the 4" X 6" Hello! Project Information Village type which were exclusively sold here in Hawaii back when we actually enjoyed the presence of an official H!P shop of our very own. I think my favorites from these two photo sets would have to be Aichan, Nacchi, Rikachan, Makochan, Mikitty, and Mika's for their wonderful smiles……and Mikitty's, um Mikittyness. 🙂
Marippe really has the cutest message card here and I never realized how great she draws! Have to love Ayaka's beautifully articulate handwriting along with Rikachan's signature bunny and Makochan's larger than life glee!
Here's my favorite from these two sets. Aichan's as cute as a plushy here! Interestingly the Country Musume and Coconuts Musume photos are marked as "Galaxy Promotion", something that I've haven't seen before and yet all were sold by Hello! Project official shops.