October 14th, 2011


Over the summer 2NE1 released their first Japanese language album entitled, “Nolza." Since then the ladies have been making a splash in the Land of the Rising Sun as their schedule has been jam-packed with events throughout Japan. News coming out now reveals that the next stop for the fierce idols will be the “Girls Award by CROOZ Blog 2011 Autumn/ Winter” event.

The event will take place at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium on November 12, 2011. The show’s main focus is on fashion and music, during which fashion designers will showcase their winter collections. Another major focal point of this event will be that of the strong performances by female artists. For 2NE1 music and fashion go hand in hand making them a logical choice for the show. Along with 2NE1, well-known Japanese girl group’s Girl Next Door and Kylee will be performing for those in attendance. 

2NE1 is set to release their latest single a few days later on November 16, 2011. The new song will be used as the theme for Fuju TV’s “Mezanyu."


Ryuu-bb salute♥

Naka Riisa greets audience in Korean at Busan International Film Festival

On October 12th, actress Naka Riisa, actor Ishibashi Ryo, and director Ishii Yuya attended the ‘16th Busan International Film Festival‘ (BIFF) and greeted the audience after the screening of their movie “Hara ga Kore Nande“.
Naka immediately left for South Korea after finishing the 68th performance of the recurring play “Dokurojo no Shichinin” on the 11th, and greeted the audience in Korean with a slightly husky voice. The audience in the sold out theater were pleasantly surprised by the Korean greeting and gave her a warm welcome. This year it’s the first time the actress attended the film festival.
In “Hara ga Kore Nande”, Naka plays a charming and incredibly kind pregnant woman called ‘Hara Mitsuko‘, who constantly tries to help and cheer up the people around her, despite having her own problems of not having any money and not knowing the father of the child. Earlier this year, her movie “Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo” opened in South Korea as well and she also gained a lot of fans with her drama roles, such as in “Yankee-kun to Megane-chan” and “Shiawase ni Narou yo“. The fact that all three screenings of “Hara ga Kore Nande” at BIFF are sold out is another proof of her popularity.
About playing a pregnant woman, she commented, “‘Oh right, I’m pregnant!’ This is such a powerful role that I often forgot that I’m actually playing a pregnant woman. I think that a pregnant women have a lot of things to worry about, but it would be nice if there were more pregnant women like Mitsuko.” Further she added, “People who match this movie will become a more positive attitude again, which is not just important for people in Japan but for everyone in the world who is troubled by some really bad things.”
Ishibashi, who plays a somewhat shy and pitiable man, commented, “So far I played seven roles of villains and was killed just as much (laughs). This time I survived until the end (laughs). I often thought, how nice it would be if I lived a life as simple as the life of the character I’m playing in the movie.”
In Japan, “Hara ga Kore Nande” is going to open on November 5th.

source: Tokyohive
I wanna see this movieeeee! >_<

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Kissing photos between L’Arc~en~Ciel members published on “FRIDAY”

On October 14th, tabloid magazine, “FRIDAY“, published their latest issue with “secret photos” of rock band L’Arc~en~Ciel.

The magazine featured photos of hyde (Vo) kissing members ken (G), tetsuya (B), and yukihiro (Dr) on the streets, at the park, and in the car. Although the article states, “It’s surprising that all band members were ‘partners’,” and “Is the kiss a proof of affection, or a symbol of devotion?“, L’Arc~en~Ciel’s official website denied the reports saying, “The details are different from the truth. We will refrain from making any comments on this story.”

It turns out that these photos were all planned and published as the promotion for the band’s latest single, “XXX“, which was released on October 12th. Since the comment on their official website was posted before “FRIDAY” was released, it caused many confused fans to speculate upon this matter.

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LOL HYDE really knows how to troll their fans

if your fav band members caught kissing, will you hate/flail/love them?
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WEAVER to release new single in December

It’s been revealed that rock band WEAVER will be releasing their new single, “Egao no Aizu“, on December 21st.

As we reported earlier, the title song has been picked up for TBS’s new program, “Asian Ace“. The coupling track, “66Ban-me no Kisha ni Notte“, is a song the band has been performing at their lives before their major debut. It will also include a piano version of “Egao no Aizu” by member Sugimoto Yuji (Vo, Piano).

Additionally, the details for Sugimoto’s solo CD, “facing you“, has been revealed. For the CD, he has teamed up with lyricist/composer Kato Isam, and will be working under the name, ‘Sugimoto Yuji × Kato Isam‘. It will contain a total of six original songs, and will come in an analog version.

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Source: natalie & tokyohive


Where have all the gyaru gone?

When model Nozomi Sasaki stepped out onto the catwalk at last month's Tokyo Girls Collection (TGC) fashion event, a wave of sighs rippled through the 30,000 mostly young girls in attendance. Sasaki is one of the most popular models in Japan right now, and her presence was essential at this year's fest, a six-hour spectacle of fashion, music and film held at the Saitama Super Arena. The only people noticeably absent from TGC? The gyaru (gals) that helped create it. 

Gyaru are those young women with dyed-blonde hair who used to own Shibuya, the youth-culture mecca in the center of Tokyo. You could see them flocking in and out of puri-kura (print club) arcades, and squatting in the middle of Center Gai ... sorry it has supposedly been renamed "Basketball Street" (perhaps another nail in the glittery coffin for the Shibuya scene).

Their fashion didn't just inspire the country, it often inspired the continent. Heinously short skirts, bright colors and a tendency to bedazzle everything about themselves was just the beginning. Gyaru subsects have embraced everything from severely dark tans, scrunched-up loose socks and even Pikachu costumes. Recently, gyaru style has evolved into kyabajō, which mimics the ghetto-fabulous look of hostesses complete with towering updos and specialized makeup techniques.

And where the gyaru went, so did the brands. Alba Rosa, Gilfy and Rienda reacted to weekly flights of fancy by swiftly moving products in and out of stores, with multi-outlet mall Shibuya 109 at the center of it all.

"Compared to 10 years ago, there isn't a strong gal culture anymore," says Junko Suzuki, a blogger for the more conservative, but highest-selling youth female fashion magazine, Sweet. Suzuki remembers being interested in Shibuya gyaru fashion 10 years ago as a student, but now that's all in the past. "I guess every once in a while I'll see a gal somewhere in Shibuya, but not often."

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Gyaru style is not cute IMO so I don't care
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Nishikido Ryo comments about his withdrawal from NEWS on Music Station

On October 14th, Kanjani8 appeared on the 3-hour “Music Station” special, where member Nishikido Ryo commented on his withdrawal from NEWS.

Although he commented when the withdrawal was first announced, he also stated, “From now on, I want to do my best as Kanjani8’s Nishikido Ryo. Also, everyone, please support the new NEWS, and Yamapi [Yamashita Tomohisa].

When his withdrawal was introduced once again by announcer Takeuchi Yoshie, he explained, “I’m sure I surprised many people, but there were circumstances with my schedule, and problems because I was in two groups. Also, I was always troubled that I may be causing trouble to both groups.” After his comment, the members of Kanjani8 bowed, and promised to continue their activities.

Source: Oricon & tokyohive


Kamenashi's comment on Nishikido-san and YamaPi withdrawal

On October 14th, KAT-TUN’s Kamenashi Kazuya attended a press conference for his drama, “Yokai Ningen Bem“, where he was asked for his thoughts on Yamashita Tomohisa and Nishikido Ryo’s withdrawal from NEWS.

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Source: http://www.tokyohive.com/2011/10/kamenashi-kazuya-comments-on-yamashita-tomohisas-exit-from-news/

Will Japan Give Free Airfare to 10,000 Foreign Tourists? Maybe Not.

For the last few days, the internet has been abuzz after news stories appeared with headlines like:

And so on. Many people assumed that the headlines were accurate and they wanted to know more. The Japan Tourism Organization’s website was bombarded with hits. Those who tried to access the site over the last few days, and the site was either not loading or loading at an extremely slowly.

But the Japan Tourism Organization had no information on their homepage about the offer. That’s because there is no offer. It was just an idea that was under consideration. It had not been approved. Many of the English language articles had reported it as such, but this crucial information was usually left out of the headlines and first paragraphs of the articles.

On October 14th, the JTO posted the following news update:

Thank you for your interest in visiting Japan.

Recently a number of media outlets have publicized reports about ”Japan offering 10,000 free flights to foreigners”.  However, this initiative to be carried out from April 2012 onwards is still under examination for government budgetary approval and is at this moment undecided.

If the initiative is confirmed and put into operation, Japan Tourism Agency will officially announce details on this website.

Warning: There have been reports in some countries about acts of fraud related to this media report. The Japanese government has not committed to provide free flight tickets to Japan to anybody. Please be careful not to get caught up in this kind of fraud.

Although the idea caused a lot of excitement outside of Japan, it does not necessarily have support within Japan. One should not assume that it will automatically pass the budget approval panels.

Source: japanprobe

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NoitaminA: Original Anime Shines in the midnight hour

Makoto Fukuda / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff Writer

The overhaul of TV networks' programming schedules this month has seen the introduction or return of a number of anime shows. One is Fuji TV's noitaminA showcase, which since its debut in April 2005 has steadily developed a loyal following.

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I'm interested in Un-Go. Any other suggestion? :P