May 17th, 2012


Top Ten XBOX 360 games popular in Japan despite never being released there

Multi-national releases are a difficult process. Not only are there linguistic and cultural barriers to overcome, but very often content or simple monetary reasons can keep a game from entering one country or another. Even so, some games are desired despite their limited availability no matter where you are. That being said, here are the top ten Xbox 360 games in Japan that were never released in Japan* (Comments are from the owner of the game store, Game Station, which sells imports in Japan).

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150,000 gather for L'arc en ciel's 2-days gig in Yokohama

L’Arc~en~Ciel’s opening show of their string of ‘welcome-home’ gigs from their tour ‘L’Arc~en~Ciel 20th L’Anniversary WORLD TOUR 2012 THE FINAL’ was held on the 12th and 13th May at the Nissan Stadium, Kanagawa, Japan.

The band have been touring 10 countries around the world as part of their ‘L’Arc~en~Ciel WORLD TOUR 2012’ since March, playing to excited fans all around the world. They have now returned to play their ‘welcome-home’ gigs, bringing home the heat and excitement to share with their home fans. The opening gigs held at the Nissan Stadium brought together 150,000 fans over the 2 days, welcoming the band’s return with manic excitement.

The first show on the 12th was opened with hyde greeting the packed crowd, shouting “We’re back! We’re L’Arc~en~Ciel!”. He told the audience “Seeing so many of you gathered here today has made me teary already. Today I want to make it a day to remember, so make me think “See, it’s always best in Japan”!”, which was received with cheers and applause. ken, who has been addressing the audience during the world tour with his ‘local souvenir MCs’ sent the crowd in waves of laughter, telling them in Japanese (which he hadn’t done in a while) "I don’t have any souvenirs today. So I was wondering what to speak about, when I thought of something, 2 minutes before the live. You know, I have a hole in my trousers (laugh)".

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L'egend~en~ciel tbh, when will you faves

Okada Masaki moved by Oguri Shun's surprise letter

On May 15th, actors Okada Masaki and Oguri Shun attended the final stage greeting for their hit film, ‘Uchuu Kyodai‘.

During the event, Okada was moved to tears by Oguri’s surprise letter. As a matter of fact, Okada had first planned to give Oguri a surprise letter on this day. However, upon hearing about the surprise, Oguri also wrote a letter to Okada.

Okada and Oguri only share 5 scenes in the movie, but they’ve spent over a year together with filming and promotional events. At their final event, Okada told Oguri, “During our private time, he would always give me advice about work. It’s like I’ve really gained an older brother. One day I plan to overtake you, and pull pranks on you with all my strength. Please co-star with me again someday.

Meanwhile, Oguri read his letter aloud, “He’s friendly, hates losing, selfish, and pure. But I, as an older brother, am very happy to have a younger brother like Okada-kun.” As Okada wiped away his tears, the crowd was also deeply touched by the brotherhood.

‘Uchuu Kyodai’ is based on a popular manga series by Koyama Chuuya which is currently being serialized in ‘Morning‘. It tells a story about 2 brothers named Mutta (Oguri) and Hibito (Okada), who promises to become astronauts when they grow up. Over time, Hibito becomes an astronaut while Mutta is unemployed. While the brothers live two different lives, Mutta receives an e-mail from Hibito, which motivates him to reach for his dreams once again.

‘Uchuu Kyodai’ is currently playing in theaters nationwide.



Introducing the dance-model team, J☆Dee'Z

Due to a collaboration between kids dance and fashion magazine, Dance Style Kids and popular brand SISTER JENNI, J☆Dee’Z was formed. J☆Dee’Z is a dance-model team, comprised of five girls from a total of 348 auditionees, and officially debuted in July of 2010.Each members exerts a superb personality in terms of dance, looks, character and sense. They are charismatic dancing idols.Since their debut, they’ve made event and television appearances across the country.In Decemeber of 2011, Moe withdrew from the group and in February of this year, ami joined the group.


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Personally, I don't think Moe should have left the group for AKB48, that's a whole lot of wasted talent ;A; But I like ami a lot too.

11 short stories by Higashino Keigo to be adapted into a drama

On May 14th, Fuji TV announced that they will be adapting 11 of Higashino Keigo’s best short stories into one omnibus drama called ‘Mokuyo Gekijo – Higashino Keigo Mysteries‘.

The drama will be comprised of 11 episodes, featuring 11 different stories and starring 11 different actors. Of course the name Higashino stands for amazing mystery novels, but it’s his varied use of different atmospheres from serious to comedic to eerie that make each story stand out from his previous works. This kind of variety becomes even more evident when composed into short stories and that’s exactly what Fuji TV wants to offer their viewers this coming summer season. Airing a weekly drama in an omnibus style is a first in the history of Japanese dramas.

Actor Nakai Kiichi will serve as a story guide and will introduce each of the stories for the viewers with a certain breeze of humor.

The first story ‘Sayonara Coach‘ is from a collection called ‘Hannin no Inai Satsujin no Yoru‘ and stars actor Karasawa Toshiaki. He plays an archery coach whose favorite pupil committed suicide after his dream to participate in the Olympics didn’t come true.

Karasawa commented, “First of all Higashino knows how to create gripping mysteries, but it’s also his depiction of the darkness that dwells within each of us and the weakness and slyness of people that makes his works so fascinating. I can’t wait to portray the depth of human psychology together with the rest of the cast.

Aside from ‘Hannin no Inai Satsujin no Yoru’, Fuji TV will be adapting short stories from Higashino’s collections called ‘Ayashii Hitobito‘ and ‘Ano Koro no Dareka‘.

The second short story, ‘Endless Night‘, stars Matsushita Nao as a woman whose husband is killed. In the third story called ‘Reiko to Reiko‘, a lawyer played by Mizuki Alisa gets dragged into a mysterious murder case related to a puzzling young girl. In ‘Amai Hazu Nanoni‘, Sorimachi Takashi ends up in an ultimate conflict as a man who loses his daughter in a mysterious incident. Nagasawa Masami will have to solve the mysterious puzzle left behind by her murdered boyfriend in a comedic mystery story called ‘Charade ga Ippai‘.

The cast of the remaining six short stories has yet to be confirmed and will be announced at a later date.

‘Mokuyo Gekijo – Higashino Keigo Mysteries’ will air every Thursday at 10:00 pm next season.

Source: Tokyohive Oricon

Kis-My-Ft2’s Tamamori Yuta to participate in ‘Living on 10,000 yen for a month’ project

On May 17th, it was announced that Tamamori Yuta from Kis-My-Ft2 will be participating in the “Living on 10,000 yen for 1 month” project on TV Asahi’s variety program ‘Ikinari! Ougon Densetsu‘. He is the first talent from Johnny’s Jimusho to participate in this project.

Living on 10,000 yen for 1 month” project is one that features participants surviving on 10,000 yen for a month. The 10,000 yen encompasses living costs including their food and utilities. When the month is over, the person with the most money left over is the winner of this challenge.

Besides Tamamori, talent Gal Sone and Takahashi Shigeo from duo Savanna will also be taking part in this challenge.

Tamamori, who has never tried cooking nor buying food for he lives at his parents house, reportedly struggles with this project.

Gal Sone who has an experience with this project, tries recipes that provide a large amount yet still low in calories, while a tragic accident happens to other contestant Takahashi.

‘Ikinari! Ougon Densetsu’ airs every Thursday at 7:00 pm. The episodes featuring Tamamori will air starting from May 31st for several weeks.

Source : Mantan web Tokyohive

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9nine holds their 1st hall one-man live

On May 6th, 5-member girls unit 9nine held their first hall one-man live at Nippon Seinenkan.

The girls held two performances on this day for a total of about 2,600 fans. They sang 16 songs including their upcoming single, “Ryusei no Kuchizuke“.

9nine formed back in 2005 with 9 members. In September of 2010, the group went through a renewal, which resulted with their current members Kawashima Umika, Satake Uki, Nishiwaki Sayaka, Murata Hirona, and Yoshii Kanae. This past January, 9nine released their single, “Shoujo Traveler“, which became their first song to rank in the top 10 on Oricon’s weekly single charts. Then in March, they placed 8th on Oricon’s weekly ranking with their album, ‘9nine‘.

The concert was titled ‘Seinenkan no 9nine‘, and it was held with the theme of “evolution”. The girls also challenged themselves to their first live band performance with Satake on bass, Murata on drums, Yoshii on guitar, Kawashima on piano, and Nishiwaki on keyboard.

After their band performance, Satake commented, “Since this was our first hall one-man live, we did our best since the album was released on this day, and to show everyone 9nine on a bigger scale! I think these past two months were our time of youth! I am thankful for all the love and courage you have given us!”

Additionally, it was announced that 9nine would be holding a live concert on August 19th at Hibiya Outdoors Theater. Nishiwaki expressed, “When I first heard about it, I was insecure. But two months ago, I couldn’t imagine myself standing here today, and now we were able to actually welcome this day. I want to move on to our next challenge.”

Check out pictures from 9nine’s concert below!

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I hope the mods wouldn't mind if I pimp lespros9nine here.
I posted more updates there so join if you are interested :)

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Ueto Aya stuns in a beautiful blue dress at "Tiffany & Co." event

On May 16th, actress Ueto Aya attended Tiffany & Co.'s 175th anniversary party, LEGENDARY FOR 175 YEARS.

The actress wore a necklace and ring totaling over one hundred million yen as well as a beautiful blue dress to the event. "It's such an honor. My heart is pounding. I'd love to be a woman who can put [jewelry like this] on of my own accord," she commented.

"Before I even realized it, I'll be turning 27 this year, so I wonder if I'm at the age where expensive jewelry suits me," said Ueto. She also sweetly remarked that she wants to buy jewelry to match with her mother one day. "Generally they're for couples and such, but I've thought about picking out and buying jewelry with my mother so that it can be something with deep meaning for us," she told the press.

At the event, actress Dan Rei also made an appearance wearing a green dress and a bracelet with 1,560 separate diamonds attached. "My heart's fluttering, like it's dancing or something," the actress said earnestly. "I can feel its profound importance, and the history [behind the company]."

At the party, some of Tiffany's most prized jewels from their main shop in New York were put on display, including the world's largest yellow diamond (which rarely leaves the headquarters store). Actress Manda Hisako, models SHIHO, Tomioka Yoshiko, and Chinese actress Zhang Jingchu also appeared at the event.

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Beat Takeshi compares same-sex marriage with bestiality

Gay rights campaigners in Japan hit out Thursday at Takeshi “Beat” Kitano after the award-winning actor-director compared same-sex marriage with bestiality.

Kitano, whose yakuza gangster films are popular around the world, enraged activists with his comments on a popular current affairs show as guests were being asked for their opinions on Barack Obama’s stance on gay marriage.

“Obama supports gay marriage. You would support a marriage to an animal eventually, then,” Kitano said after being shown footage of people celebrating the U.S. president’s comments.

Gays and lesbians do not usually encounter outright hostility in Japan, but there are few rights built into law for same-sex couples and there is little public debate on gay marriage.

Taiga Ishikawa, a gay activist and Tokyo assembly member who was among those shown celebrating in the program on Saturday, said the remark was unbecoming for someone of Kitano’s global stature.

“He is a world famous film director. It is disappointing that such an influential figure made that kind of negative comment,” Ishikawa told AFP.

“As a movie director, he must be a person with a great sense of imagination. I wish he had been able to put himself in the position of gay and lesbian people in society.”

Kitano, whose 1997 film Hana-bi won the Golden Lion at Venice, is a regular feature on Japanese television, hosting his own weekly show.

Last week Obama became the first sitting U.S. president to openly back gay marriage, an issue that sharply divides America.

Earlier this week, Tokyo Disney Resort confirmed same-sex wedding ceremonies could be held at hotels inside the popular theme park.


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Japan Times: Will the world wake up to the scent of Perfume?

Will the world wake up to the scent of Perfume?
Staff writer

When the Nippon Budokan was built in 1964, its architects probably never envisaged it one day resembling a massive nightclub filled with hundreds of laser beams in every shade of neon as three women in lightup minidresses danced like finely tuned robots to the sound of the bassiest bombast imaginable. But this is exactly what Tokyo witnessed last week when the venerable venue hosted four concerts by chart-topping J-pop trio Perfume.

Five hours before the May 11 show, Ayaka Nishiwaki (better known as A-Chan, pronounced "at-chan"), Ayano Omoto (Nocchi) and Yuka Kashino (Kashiyuka) are giving The Japan Times their first ever — and so far only — sit-down interview with an English-language publication.

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not sure how I feel about this tbh

Ieiri Leo holds free live for 2,500 fans

On May 16th, singer Ieiri Leo held a free live, ‘FREE LIVE TOUR 2012‘, at Lazona Kawasaki to commemorate the release of her 2nd single, “Shine“.

In front of 2,500 people, Ieiri sang a total of 4 songs including “Shine” and her debut number “Sabrina“. She expressed, “I’m very happy that so many people came out.” After the live, she held a press conference where she shared her goal of performing at this year’s ‘Kohaku Uta Gassen‘, “I hope to aim for it this year, so I want to push forward like this.

Ieiri moved to Tokyo from Fukuoka at the age of 16, and she started to compare herself to the people around her. “Shine” was created when she regained her confidence after a friend’s reminder, “You have music.

The singer called out, “I want people who have lost sight of their individuality and dreams to listen to it.” “Shine” is currently being used as the theme song to Amami Yuki’s starring drama, ‘Kaeru no Oujo-sama‘.

Ieiri claimed that she was nervous before the live saying, “In the tent, I sat on the floor while grasping my legs and concentrated for about 3 minutes.” However, after her performance, she reflected, “It turned out to be a powerful live.

She also seemed excited to hold free lives in other places in Japan, “After reading the messages I receive, there are times I wonder ‘what kind of people write them?, so I’m happy that I get to meet them directly.

Ieiri is scheduled to perform in Aichi, Osaka, Fukuoka, and Hyogo from May 19th to the 27th for her ‘FREE LIVE TOUR 2012′.

now check a quick interview promoting SHINE on BuzzUP ^_^

so cute, if only i knew what she was saying =(

more pics on the source
Source:    Tokyohive
Oh crap. [Nodame]

Goddesses coming to AnimeExpo2012

Anime Expo (AX), North America’s largest anime, manga and Japanese pop culture celebration, will feature a live concert by acclaimed composer and producer Yuki Kajiura when it returns to the Los Angeles Convention Center from June 29 – July 2, 2012. Kajiura brings her unique fusion of Japanese and European styles to AX with “FictionJunction,” her music project featuring the composer on keyboards and a special guest vocalist.

The multi-talented Yuki Kajiura began her music career performing in the female trio See-Saw. She has gone on to establish herself as a solo musician, composing music for other artists as well as producing for TV, commercials, films, anime and games. In 2002 she had a major hit with “Annaniisshodattanoni,” the ending theme song of TV anime “Mobile Suit Gundam SEED” and featuring See-Saw. In 2004 she launched her “FictionJunction” project. In 2007 she produced the music for “the garden of sinners” theatrical series, and since then she has produced the popular group “kalafina,” whose latest album “After Eden” reached No.3 in ORICON weekly chart.

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CRYING. Flawless ladies. Their harmony would be so epic to hear live.
Missed the Kalafina concert last year.

Arashi unveils jacket covers for their upcoming single “Your Eyes”

On May 17th, Arashi unveiled the jacket covers for their upcoming single, “Your Eyes” (to be released on June 6th)!

This song, also the theme song for Aiba Masaki’s drama “Mikeneko Holmes no Suiri“, will be released in two editions: the limited edition and a regular edition.

Check out the jacket covers for both versions of this single below!

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I like them! OHNO OWNED THEM.