October 24th, 2011

Fighting, Fighting Man Pi

"Don't want to lose to Broadway" Talk with Johnny Kitagawa

 「Most No 1 Singles Produced」「Most Concerts Produced」――。We asked Guinness World Record holder and Johnny's Jimusho President Johnny Kitagawa his thoughts on show business and raising idols, etc.

 ――Certified as Guinness World Record holder

 I think this record will be hard to break. I'll be turning 80 soon but this is a record that I've spent all those years making. Entertaining others while entertaining yourself, that is "Show business". As such, I want to continue on having fun forever.

 ――Inspiration to join show business was

 Having grown up in Los Angeles because of my father's job, I got to see many shows and musicals from very young. In my early teens, Hattori Ryoichi and Misora Hibari came to perform (in the States) and I was tasked as interpreter. We would make bromides and sell them and they would just fly off the shelves. Still being a child but having the trust of everyone, that was the point where I decided I wanted to enter the entertainment industry.

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Source: Asahi.com
Translation: Me

I don't know about you but I find this interview very interesting. It's revealing about how Johnny thinks.

"They call it the "Ikemen Boom", but there aren't any boys in Johnny's that are just there because they are good looking." Well I guess the other boys can't say anymore that "Elite" MatsuJun was only chosen because of his face XD
    And can someone say "ouch!" for Matchy?
Fighting, Fighting Man Pi

SMAP holds JRs' fates in their hands


It was announced on popular show 「SMAP×SMAP」's website that, starting on October 31, a new corner would be added. The new corner, 「Ganbare Johnny's!」would feature Kimura & Kusanagi, Inagaki & Katori split into teams along with members of Johnny's Jrs and new units.  "CD debuts will be put on the line as they compete in challenging, physical games".

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Sources: Jnews1 & SMAPxSMAP

I'm looking forward to seeing this. It promises some funny moments. But I wonder what they mean by "CD debuts will be put on the line"... There's no way they'd give the group that wins each week a debut. Could you imagine?? A debut every week or month?!?

Which Asian do you think has a beautiful face?

In the recent Asia’s Most Beautiful Faces Poll conducted by GMA Asianovelas, Matsumoto Jun managed to pulled the most votes for the male category, being the only Japanese in the Top 10. Over 30,000+ people voted in this poll.

1 Jun Matsumoto (5,652)
2 Cho Kyuhyun (5,590)
3 Lee DongHae (4,721)
4 Heechul (4,194)
5 Kim Hyun Joong (4,190)
6 EunHyuk (3,917) 
7 Choi Siwon (3,863)
8 Leeteuk (3,830)
9 Kim Ryeo Wook (3,709)
10 Lee Sungmin (3,576)


Edit: Arama, I hope you know that it's not an official poll. I only posted it for the LOLs and.....the obvious biasness in the results LOL



What are you putting effort into to avoid your lover getting bored with you?

It’s been a while since goo Ranking has published back-to-back a paired survey, so I am pleased to present what people in relationships make effort to do in order to prevent their partner getting bored with them, for both men and women.


Over the 5th and 6th of September 2011 1,112 members of the goo Research online monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 70.8% of the sample were female, 13.5% in their teens, 18.2% in their twenties, 28.1% in their thirties, 25.5% in their forties, 8.7% in their fifties, and 6.0% aged sixty or older. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample.

When dating, I like to think that I did the first four for men.

Ranking result

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Moon Troupe’s Kiriya Hiromu to leave Takarazuka in April

Kiriya Hiromu, an otokoyaku and top star of the Takarazuka Revue’s Moon Troupe, will retire from the company in April 2012. A press conference is expected to be held on Tuesday, October 25.

Kiriya made her stage debut with the revue in 1994. She was assigned to the Flower Troupe in 1995, and the following year she played the starring role in the Shinjin Kouen. She was transferred to the Moon Troupe in 1997, and she became one of the top stars in 2009.

Kiriya’s final performances with the Takarazuka Revue will be in “Edward VIII” and “Misty Station,” which will run from February to April 2012. The plays will have their closing performances on April 22 in Tokyo.