December 3rd, 2012

Matsumoto Jun & Ueno Juri co-starring for the first time in movie “Hidamari no Kanojo”


On December 2nd it was announced that Arashi’s Matsumoto Jun (29) and actress Ueno Juri (26) will work together for the first time in the film adaptation of Koshigaya Osamu’s popular novel “Hidamari no Kanojo”. Last movie Matsumoto Jun participated in was “Hana Yori Dango Final“, 5 years ago and the last movie for Ueno Juri was 3 years ago with “Nodame Cantabile“. Okuda Kosuke (Matsumoto) and Watarai Mao (Ueno) are connected by fate.

The story is about choosing to continue giving love rather than just receiving it, a fantasy love story that takes place in Shonan. This trendy novel ranked “No.1 love story girls want boys to read” and became a smashing hit selling more than 350,000 copies up until now.

Before shooting Ueno commented, “It’s been 3 years since I was last casted in a movie, I’m really happy. When I read the novel I was really touched by this pure and wistful love story. Heartwarming, this novel leaves you with a warm feeling and I want to work really hard to convey those feelings to the audience too”. She also talked about co-starring next to Matsumoto for the first time, “Matsumoto is an actor, singer and also does varieties. He is such a versatile person who has been active in many fields so I’m really looking forward to co-starring next to him”.

On the other hand, Matsumoto, “As soon as I read the original story and the screenplay I thought ‘Let me do it’. More than the love story between the two characters, I was moved by how entertaining the world they live in sounded like. I want to be able to deliver a warm and gentle fantasy with Ueno”, he said looking forward to the filming.

Holding the megaphone, master movie director Miki Takahiro who has previously worked in youthful romance stories like “Solanin” and “Bokura ga Ita“. He commented on the film adaptation of this popular novel, “To be called love, it has to be an innocent affection without pushing it. I was struck by the sincere heart of nothing else but lovers. Keeping the novel in mind, I want to portray this lovely story about this two, little embarrassed but warm sun spots, together with this amazing cast”. Also mentioned in the original, classic music group Beach Boys and their song “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” will be used as theme song of this unprecedented love miracle.

Filming begins next January and is scheduled to go on road show on October 2013.


90% agree with NHK decision not to invite Sachiko Kobayashi to 'Kohaku' - survey


NHK’s decision to omit veteran enka singer Sachiko Kobayashi, 59, from this year’s “Kohaku Uta Gassen” (Red and White Song Contest) on New Year’s Eve, has generated a lot of buzz in the tabloid media and online.

According to a survey conducted by Yahoo Japan! news, 72,000 out of 82,000 respondents—about 90%—agreed with NHK’s decision to omit the singer known for her lavish costumes. 

Many of those who agreed gave as their reason the ongoing trouble between Kobayashi and her former long-term business partner.

The trouble started earlier this year after Kobayashi fired Yoshie Sekine, president of Sachiko Promotions, who had managed her for more than 30 years. The tabloids speculated that she was prompted to fire Sekine by her new husband (whom she married in November 2011) who thought the extravagant costumes were a waste of money and didn’t look good, especially after the March 11, 2011 disaster. 

“The world of enka is all about morality and dignity, but Kobayashi destroyed this image by getting involved in such a dispute,” said one respondent. Another said the whole incident has sullied her public image.

The survey will continue until Dec 6.


More Japanese youth wearing surgical masks to hide their face


First time visitors to Japan may be surprised to see so many people wearing surgical masks in public.

There are a few reasons for this, the most common being that they are sick and are wearing a mask to keep their nasty germs to themselves in consideration of those around them. Likewise, many people also wear a mask to guard themselves from whatever illness is going around. Others use it vainly to shield their faces from the onslaught of cedar pollen that descends upon the masses every spring.

Then there are those who wear masks because they’re self-conscious about the way they look or have something they want to hide, like a pimple or even their emotions.

In particular, wearing surgical masks for cosmetic and comfort purposes has become so popular among young people in Japan over the past few years that the media has begun labeling it as a “fashion trend.”

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[Ranking] The most selling Manga in Japan 2012

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Oricon has just revealed comic(Manga) sales ranking for this year .Popular manga serie One Piece n Naruto re still very strong by dominating Top 10 most selling manga in this year (One Piece #39;s 4 volumes ,Naruto #39;s 3 volumes Kimi ni todoke #39;s 2volumes an HUNTER XHUNTER #39;s 1 volumes).

This year ,One Piec have continually dominated TOP4 spots manga sales by selling over 3 million copies fo ONE PIECE 65-6 and 2 million copies for new volum ONE PIECE 6 which recently released on November .The most selling Manga in 2012 is ONE PIECE 6 which can be sol 3,336,99 copies!!

You can check out the most selling Manga in this year below !!

Oricon 2012 yearly ranking

TOP100 Comic sales by volume

One Piece Volume 65 Cover-tile

**1 3,336,992 12/02 ONE PIECE 65
**2 3,320,744 12/05 ONE PIECE 66
**3 3,044,901 12/08 ONE PIECE 67
**4 2,390,625 12/11 ONE PIECE 68

**5 1,281,309 12/07 NARUTO  61
**6 1,266,244 12/05 NARUTO  60
**7 1,242,035 12/01 Kimi ni todoke 15
**8 1,212,883 12/05 Kimi ni todoke 16
**9 1,192,100 12/02 NARUTO 59
*10 1,090,309 12/04 HUNTER×HUNTER 30

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Top 30 comic sales by series 2012

*1 23,464,866 ONE PIEC
*2 *8,070,446 Kuroko no Basket
*3 *6,495,240 NARUTO
*4 *5,413,899 Uchuu Kyoudai
*5 *4,128,665 FAIRY TAI
*6 *4,039,715 Kimi ni todoke
*7 *3,603,710 Gin no saji -Silver Spoon-
*8 *3,439,839 HUNTER×HUNTE
*9 *3,437,182 Mag
10 *3,211,191 Bakuman


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Source : Oricon

OP ♥ ,Naruto ♥ ,Kimi ni Todoke ♥ ,HUNTER X HUNTER♥ ,Silver spoon♥ ,Shingeki no Kyojin♥ ..and etc <33 ,
One Piece is still strong XD .Oda is very rich envy !! XD
Anyway ,glad that HUNTER X HUNTER are sold over million copies
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  • whida

Matsuyama Kenichi's 1st stage play “Tooi Natsu no Gogh”

This is Matsuyama’s first attempt at a leading role in a stage play in his11-year acting career. With regard to this, Matsuyama said that he is nervous about acting on stage because he is a newbie in this area but he is looking forward to working on this page.

He plays the role of a cicada named Gogh who strives hard to win the affection of another cicada played by Minami while Tsutsui plays his cicada friend.

The play will be performed at Akasaka ACT Theatre from 3 February 2013 to 24 February 2013 and later at Osaka’s Shin Kabukiza from 7 March to 10 March.

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Japan acts nominated for world music awards (Arashi, Ayu, Namie and more)

Nominees have been announced for the World Music Awards taking place December 19th. You can vote on the official website on the links provided below.


- Ayumi Hamasaki
- Namie Amuro

- Keisuke Kuwata

- Namie Amuro : In The Spotlight (Tokyo)

- AKB48
- Arashi

- Ayumi Hamasaki : Party Queen
- Arashi : Popcorn