June 18th, 2012


NICO's New Live DVD: ‘Ground of HUMANIA 2012.3.20 IN MAKUHARI‘

Rock band NICO Touches the Walls will be releasing a new live DVD, titled ‘Ground of HUMANIA 2012.3.20 IN MAKUHARI‘, on July 25th!

The live DVD will feature footage from NICO Touches the Walls’ one-man live on March 20th at Makuhari Messe Event Hall. This concert was held as a part of the band’s nationwide tour to commemorate the release of their latest album, “HUMANIA“.

Additionally, the first press edition of the DVD will come as a 12-inch analog version with a 48-page booklet.

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Source & Images: natalie

Pre-order your copy now!!!! CD Japan - HMV - Playasia

  1. NICO Touches the Walls Tabi no Kiseki -Interview and Photo Chronicle 2007-2012-“ via MUSICA was postponed and is now scheduled for release on July 25 too! See special website for the photobook.
  2. Title for the upcoming 2012 tour is "ALGORHYTMIQUE". This will be their longest nationwide tour to date, with 23 performances spanning from September 27 till December 20.

Arashi Teaches at Tokyo Dome for “Waku Waku Gakkou 2012”

45,000 fans attended Arashi’s annual fan event, “Waku Waku Gakkou 2012” where each member took turns as teachers. The theme for this year’s lesson is: “Five Lessons to Make You Shine Everyday”. The lesson plans were made to shed a positive light that the earthquake tragedy had caused last year.

Wearing their white coats, each member was tasked with different subjects. Ninomiya Kazunari, who celebrated his 29th birthday last June 17th at Tokyo Dome, taught “Kachi Kachi”, which is about brain tricks. Aiba Masaki taught “Pachu Pachu”, which is about food appreciation. Sho Sakurai taught “Goku Goku”, which is about the importance of water. Jun Matsumoto with “Gomo Gomo”, which is about the origin of things. Lastly, Satoshi Ohno with “Gera Gera”, which is all about laughter.

The entire Dome was filled with excitement and laughter and some fans were actually taking notes with the lesson. Arashi-sensei’s concluded the class by singing “Furusato”.

Waku Waku Gakkou will continue next month at Kyocera Dome in Osaka and Arashi will be holding “extra-curricular” lessons in earthquake-stricken Fukushima Prefecture.

Source: jpopasia

Yuya Matsushita and Cast of "Dream High Musical" Attends Press Conference

It has been earlier reported that hit Korean drama “Dream High” will have a Japanese stage play adaptation featuring singer-actor Yuya Matsushita as Song Sam-Dong and BRIGHT’s Nanaka as Go Hye-Mi.

In a recent press conference in Sunshine City at Ikebukuro, Tokyo, all main cast were present and were wearing their musical’s school uniforms. The main cast together with their group of dancers performed a live production number that showcase their dancing and singing talents.

Yuya Matsushita will play as Song Sam-Dong, a country bumpkin who went to the city to pursue his love for music. Yuya said that he can closely relate to Sam-Dong’s character, he did go to a vocal and dance school at a young age to pursue his dream. BRIGHT’s Nanaka, who will be playing as Go Hye-Mi, looks forward to everyone’s performances. “I think it’s interesting to see how much each of have grown,” she added.

The cast promised that the originally 16-episodes drama will be encompassed with Dream High Musical’s 3-hours play. The stage production will start on July 3rd to 10th at New National Theater in Tokyo.

Source: jpopasia

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Another Yamapi event raises questions

Tomohisa Yamashita fans are worried about the seemingly desperate measures his team are taking to get good sale numbers, reports Cyzowoman.

Yamapi’s next single “LOVE CHASE“, which is currently the theme song to anime “トリコ (Toriko)”, is due to be released on July 4. Five variations of the single will go on sale at different stores:

Limited Edition A (CD + DVD)
Limited Edition B (CD + 24 page photo booklet)
Regular Edition (CD)
Lawson Limited Edition (CD + DVD + Lawson version B2 size poster), only available at Lawson convenience stores
Tomohisa Yamashita SHOP Limited Edition (CD + DVD + Tomohisa Yamashita shop version B2 poster), only available at the Tomohisa Yamashita SHOP

Then there is also the Yamapi meet and greet event. Only fans who have bought three editions of the five can enter in a lottery for one of the 17 events which will be held in Tokyo, Yokohama, Nagoya, Kobe, Hiroshima, Fukuoka, Sapporo, and Sendai. Estimating each event would be packed, it would total up to 29,800 fans, and therefore 89,400 records.

“Other Johnny’s talents have held events for fans who have bought CDs and thank you events, but not many have gone around the entire country doing so many,” said one Johnny’s news reporter.

Fan reactions have also been mixed.

“The fans around me have been saying, ‘they say it’s a lottery but wouldn’t everyone in regional areas get in anyway?’, ‘it’s quite cheap when you think that buying three CDs, or 3700 yen, will get you into an event’, ‘another meet and greet. And this time he’s going all around the place…’, or ‘maybe going solo wasn’t a good idea?’,” said one fan.

Of course fans would still be more than happy to get the chance to meet Yamashita, but it cannot be the ideal way he would have wanted to get the No.1 spot.


I wish NEWS will sell better than Yamapi

Film Star Jean Reno Returns as Doraemon in 6th Live-Action Ad

French film star Jean Reno (Léon: The Professional, Mission: Impossible, The Da Vinci Code) is back as the manga cat Doraemon in his sixth live-action commercial for Toyota. Like the five previous ads from Toyota Motor Corporation, the sixth ad depicts the characters of the classic children's manga Doraemon, two decades after they grow up. Satoshi Tsumabuki (Dororo, Ikebukuro West Gate Park, Smuggler) plays Doraemon's hapless owner Nobita, still without a driver's license.

In the new commercial, Nobita's longtime bully Gian (played by mixed martial artist Naoya Ogawa) now runs his own Gian's Supermarket. Nobita's wealthy friend Suneo (former NEWS band member Tomohisa Yamashita) comes to Nobita's rescue when he needs wheels, but they're not what Nobita expected. Fortunately, Doraemon has a "Small Light" in his handy fourth-dimensional pocket.


Sashihara Rino officially moved to HKT48 with her own special category

Sashihara Rino has ‘officially’ been moved to HKT48. The staff has removed her profile from AKB48’s “Team A” category and it has been added to the HKT48 official member page. However, she is currently not under “Team H” or “Research Student”, she has a special category all to herself; “Team Undecided”.

Lastly, Sashihara has not been completely removed from AKB48’s homepage. Instead she has been moved to the bottom, below the research students under “HKT48”. Fans are unsure if this means she will be participating in the Tokyo Dome concert with AKB48 or if staff just wanted to keep her on AKB48’s page in some way.

Source: AKB48’s Official Page & HKT48’s Official Page and tokyohive

Nogizaka46 chooses senbatsu members for their 3rd single

Nogizaka46 will be releasing their 3rd single on August 22nd and they have just announced their senbatsu members through their TV Tokyo show “Nogizaka tte, Doko?

The formation for the senbatsu members has also changed since the previous two singles. In the previous singles Ikoma Rina stood as center, three girls were in the front row, four in the middle row and nine in the back row. This time there will be four girls in the front row and six in the middle and back rows.

This time, Ito Marika, Fukagawa Mai, and Wakatsuki Yumi will be entering the senbatsu for the first time. The Seven Deities (members who will be featured in the media and in the front) have also changed; Ikuta Erika and Hoshino Minami have returned for the first time since their debut single “Guruguru Curtain”. This will also be the first time for Nishino Nanase to be part of the Seven Deities. The front four girls will be Ikuta Erika, Ikoma Rina, Hoshino Minami, and Sakurai Reika.

Also, Sakurai Reika has been holding the place of temporary captain, but she has now been officially promoted to captain.

The title and details of the third single will be announced at a later date.

[Nogizaka46 3rd Single Senbatsu Members]

Ikuta Erika, Ikoma Rina, Hoshino Minami, Hashimoto Nanami, Shiraishi Mai, Matsumura Sayuri, Nishino Nanase, Ichiki Rena, Ito Marika, Inoue Sayuri, Saito Yuuri, Sakurai Reika, Takayama Kazumi, Nakada Kana, Fukagawa Mai, Wakatsuki Yumi

[The Seven Deities]

Ikuta Erika, Ikoma Rina, Hoshino Minami, Hashimoto Nanami, Shiraishi Mai, Matsumura Sayuri, Nishino Nanase


Sakurai Reika


Source: natalie and tokyohive

C-ute to broadcast their final 2012 tour performance live on YouTube

On June 18th, C-ute made an announcement on their official YouTube page.

The group will be streaming their final performance of their tour “C-ute Concert Tour 2012 Spring-Summer ~Utsukushiku tte Gomen ne ~” live on YouTube.

The performance takes place on June 30th at 18:30 JST, so make sure you check out C-ute’s YouTube channel during the concert and enjoy the performance.

C-ute’s Official YouTube Page: http://www.youtube.com/user/ocutechannel


Kanjani8’s latest single, “Ai Deshita.”, sold 262,000 copies in its first week

Kanjani8’s 20th single, “Ai Deshita.” (released June 13th), has sold 262,000 copies in its first week, topping Oricon’s weekly single ranking for the week of June 25th! This marks Kanjani8’s 7th consecutive single to top the Oricon charts since “Wonderful World!!” (June 2010); their 15th overall.

“Ai Deshita.” is the theme song to member Nishikido Ryo’s starring drama, ‘Papadol!‘. Compared with their previous single, “Tsubusa ni Koi” (released August 2011; 153,000 copies in its first week), it’s sold over 100,000 copies. The last time Kanjani8’s single sold over 250,000 units was back in August of 2008 2010 with “LIFE ~Me no Mae no Mukou e~” (256,000 copies).

Kanjani8 is scheduled to hold their event, ‘Fan Kansha CD Tokuten Free Event‘, on August 8th at Kyocera Dome in Osaka. They will invite a total of about 40,000 fans who purchase both “Ai Deshita.” and their next single.

Source: Oricon via tokyohive

It's good that the single sells so well.

Have you been watching Papadol!?  Is it good? I've heard the average rating is 8.26%.  That's kinda low.
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Ueto Aya tries out the shimada hairstyle for her TBS drama

Actress Ueto Aya has revealed her first-ever 'shimada' high, chignon hairstyle for her special TBS drama, "Kaneko Misuzu Monogatari -Minna Chigatte, Minna Ii-".

Ueto plays the lead role in the drama based on the life of poet Kaneko Misuzu. It begins broadcasting on TBS on July 9 at 9:00 PM. "In the drama, it’s not the happiest wedding in the world, but wearing an outfit like this one made my heart feel tense, so it ends up feeling really dignified," she said with a meek expression on her face while dressed in a wedding kimono.

Kaneko Misuzu was a poet who appeared like a comet at the end of the Taisho era. She ended her own life when she was 26-years-old. The drama is full of ups and downs with Imai Tsubasa playing her lover and brother as neither of them are aware of their familial tie.


Romantically Active Japanese Elementary School Children

A Japanese TV show visits an elementary school in Tokyo to poll children about their love lives and dreams for the future:

The results for the love life poll were:

  • 36.8% of students claimed to have a boyfriend or girlfriend
  • 90.9% of students claimed to have already experienced their first kiss

One little girl said she has stayed over at her boyfriend’s house, and has taken a bath with him before!

Kids were also asked what they wanted to be when they grow up. The top three results for girls were pastry chef, nursery school teacher, and entertainer/celebrity. The top three results for boys were baseball player, soccer player, and doctor.

Source: japanprobe

American Musician Admits He Strangled Irish Student in Tokyo Hotel Room

Here is an update on the death of Nicola Furlong, a Irish exchange student who was found strangled in a Tokyo hotel room on May 24.

Immediately following the discovery of Furlong’s body, police had arrested two Americans who brought her to the hotel. The men were arrested for sexually assaulting Furlong’s friend. Police have now re-arrested the 19-year-old man who was in the hotel room with Furlong when she was found dead. The new arrest is for murder.

The press is also now reporting that the man admitted he strangled Furlong:

Police suspect that he killed Ms Furlong after she refused his sexual advances, according to Japanese news agencies.

He confessed to pressing his victim’s neck with his hands but said he did not mean to kill her, it has been reported.

Surveillance camera footage also indicates that Furlong may have been too intoxicated to consent to sex:

The man was allegedly captured on CCTV wheeling Ms Furlong to his room at the Keio Plaza Hotel in the city’s Shinjuku district at around 1am.

In the footage, Ms Furlong appears to be unconscious in the wheelchair. Police believe that her drink may have been spiked.

I can’t help but wonder where they got that wheelchair. Did the hotel give the man the wheelchair so he could bring a passed-out girl to his room?

Dancer James Blackston, has been officially charged with the sexual assault of Nicola Furlong’s friend.

Source: japanprobe


Tanaka Rie and Yamadera Koichi tie the knot <3


On June 18th, voice actor Yamadera Koichi (51) announced his marriage to voice actress Tanaka Rie (33) through his official Twitter.
Yamadera wrote, “I don’t have an official blog, so I would like to report it through here,” and announced, “I, Yamadera Koichi, officially registered my marriage with voice actress Tanaka Rie yesterday, June 17th.”
He continued by expressing, “I’m thankful to have met a wonderful partner that I can spend my life with. While trusting and supporting each other, I would like to build a family that never stops smiling. It would make me happy if you would please watch over us warmly.”
The couple registered their marriage on Yamadera’s 51st birthday. This is Yamadera’s 2nd marriage; he was previously married to voice actress Kanai Mika from 1993 to 2006.


Congrats on both of them! If you don't know, Yamadera Koichi is known to most children as the host of Oha-Star. And, Tanaka Rie is my middle school years as she played characters as Chii (Chobits), Saki (Steel Angel Kurumi), the Japanese dub voice of Kat Matrix (Power Rangers SPD), and others.

TV commercial of the week: KFC Krushers and Kyary pamyu pamyu

This commercial is for a popular item on KFC’s menu called Krushers which is like an ice cream flurry.

Kyary pamyu pamyu, who is a popular fashion model/singer, is the main character featured in the Krushers commercial.

Kyary pamyu pamyu is famous for her unique fashion style. In the commercial for “Triple berry crunch,” she wears a berry decoration on her head and a berry-colored outfit.

Krushers comes in four flavors – “Triple berry crunch,” “Mango & apple,” “Cookie & cream” and “Strawberry banana.” They are great cold sweets, especially in spring and summer.


Watanabe Mayu to release 2nd single “Otona Jelly Beans” in July

AKB48’s Watanabe Mayu has announced that she will be releasing her second single “Otona Jelly Beans” (Adult Jelly Beans) on July 25th.

Though Watanabe’s pigtails are her trademark look, she has decided to forgo her pigtails this time for a more mature image by letting her hair down.

Watanabe commented on the single and the concept, stating, “It is quite my type of song!  On the jacket, I tried to show my natural and mature side.  It was fresh and fun.”

Source & Image: Sanspo and tokyohive

KAT-TUN Solio 'Bandit' Cafe + CMs



Today, Suzuki debuts its Solio Bandit model.

The current SOLIO model will have a new CM featuring KAT-TUN entitled "Balloons". The SOLIO BANDIT model will have a CM as well entitled "ILLUMINATION". Airdates are still unknown.

Also, from 2012.06.29 to 2012.07.08, a limited "SOLIO BANDIT CAFE" will be open at Roppongi Hills. The hours are 11:00-23:00. They will show a special video message from KAT-TUN as well as the old and new CMs. There will be an original menu to enjoy as well as original goods that will be sold. And for customers who answer a questionnaire, you will be gifted with a "SOLIO BANDIT Original Rainproof Mobile Case".

Special Note on the site: The KAT-TUN members will not be coming to the cafe. 

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URBANGARDE ready for showdown w/5 popular idol groups

The band URBANGARDE which will release their new single Yameru Idol on June 20 will be holding one-on-one showdown live performances with 5 different popular idol groups at a total of 5 venues in July, dubbing the event as "URBANGARDE's 5 Yameru Idol Contests!!!!!"

The event is created for URBANGARDE to send out challenge calls to idols who, rapidly moving from underground to mainstream music scene, have now completely taken over Japan's music world. The planned band-against-band showdown will see BiS at Shibuya Star Lounge(tickets sold out), Denpagumi.inc at Shibuya O-Crest(tickets sold out), Negicco at Shibuya CHELSEA HOTEL, VanillaBeans at Shibuya TAKE OFF 7, and Passpo at LIQUIDROOM ebisu.

Advanced tickets with a different design per showdown and which make a complete design when put together are on sale now on URBANGARDE's official website. Collaboration with other musicians as encore calls at each of the venues is also scheduled.

Y a m e r u   I d o l   D a n c e V e r.

WATCH YAMARU IDOL PV ON YOUTUBE~ embedding was disabled

The single Yameru Idol to be released on June 20 sings about the bright and dark sides of the idol industry. The CD will also include songs like Moeteroyo feat. Passpo and Skirt Kakumei (French pop ver.) performed fully in French by Yoko Hamasaki (vocal) after popular reception of "Japan in motion" on French CATV in which she also appears.

The DVD titled URBANGARDE no SHIMUYA-AX wa, byōki documenting the biggest solo band live performance in the history of Japanese bands held at SHIBUYA-AX (Tokyo) in March this year will also be released on the same day of the release of the single CD. The DVD will include also a special video Toshio, Shibuya ni arawaru that shows the mascot character Toshio wondering around Shibuya. It will also come with a brand new recording of their famous song Sailor-fuku wo nuganaide from when the band was an Indies band, a remix version of Mizutamabyō by band members themselves, as well as a mini album Furyō shōjo no URBANGARDE that includes new tracks.

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sources: Official website
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the pv is worth watching!!!
i luv it XD the song is soo catchy too!
In a way it reminded me of kinocohotel Lol