January 3rd, 2013

T.M.Revolution holds 2-day live concert at Nippon Budokan

T.M.Revolution ak Nishikawa Takanori) held his new year 2-day live concert “T.M.R. NEW YEAR PARTY ’13 LIVE REVOLUTION“ at Nippon Budokan on January 1st and 2nd.

During those 2 days, a total of 20,000 people attended. As Nishikawa called it “the variety show only for the new year”, he included various new year elements for the concert. The opening started with solemn dance by a Kyogen performer, then Nishikawa appeared a Kimono-style costume. He performed total of 16 songs including some encores.

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There was a segment in which Nishikawa sang some covers that were requested by the fans. On the first day, he performe Yuzu’s “Eikou no Kakehashi” an Superfly’s “Ai wo Komete Hanataba wo“, and for the second day, he performed “Eikou no Kakehashi” an JUJU“Yasashisa de Afureru youni.”

There was also the fans’ favorite “secret party piece” segment. Last year, Nishikawa performed his perfect dance copy o AKB48’s “Heavy Rotation“, and this year, he challenged himself t Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s “Tsukema Tsukeru.” He appeared in a dress, wearing a blond wig and huge ribbon as “Nory Pamyu Pamyu” with 4 back-up dancers, and showed a cute performance. Nishikawa then said to the audience “When I debuted, I never thought I would be doing something like this at the age of 40, but this is not so bad.”

In the middle of the live, video messages from celebrities, who have a close relationship with Nishikawa such a Ayanokoji Sho Kishidan) Endo Mai Idoling!!!) Okunaka Makoto amp Mori Shiori(PASSPO☆) Golden Bomber SCANDAL Takahashi Minami AKB48) Tsuchiya Reo TIRE),TETSUYA L’Arc~en~Ciel) MICRO HOME MADE Kazoku), an Mutoh Keiji All Japan Pro Wrestling), were shown.

Nishikawa also greeted the audience with his new year’s message: “I would like to give a smile to as many people as possible, and in order to do so, I will continue doing my best, so please support me this year as well.”

T.M.Revolution will be releasing a self-cover album with splendid guest artists titled “UNDER:COVER2” on February 27th, and will also hold a nation-wide tour. The schedule for the tour will be announced at a later date.

Below is the setlist and photos from the concert.

00. OPENING〜Sanbasou(The dance by a Kyogen performer)
01. O.L
03. Totteoki no Ohanashi~Shinsetsu Renai Shinkaron~
04. Eikou no Kakehashi (on 1/1) / Yasashisa de Afureru youni (on 1/2)
05. Ai wo Komete Hanataba wo (on 1/1) / Eikou no Kakehashi (on 1/2)
06. Shinshun Kakushigei “Tsukema Tsukeru” (performance cover)
SE. (restoration LEVEL→3)
07. LEVEL 4
10. Uruwashiki Sekai
14. HEART OF SWORD 〜Yoake mae〜
15. Albireo
16. The party must go on

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Source: tokyohive, natalie
OP: yes, the king of fabulous' new cover album!!! I'll post the tracklist in the comments but I'm so excited, I hope it ends up on itunes.


Swimmer Kitajima to wed girl next door's Chisa

Japan’s four-time Olympic swimming champion Kosuke Kitajima has announced his engagement to a 27-year-old pop singer.

Kitajima, 30, said in a statement he had been going out with Chisa for two years and “was able to devote myself to my competitive career because of her support.”

Chisa is the vocalist with the Girl Next Door trio. Her family name is not used.

In a separate statement on the band’s website Tuesday, Chisa called for her fans’ continuing support and said she would continue her singing career.

Kitajima won gold in the 100 meters and 200m breaststroke at the 2004 Athens and 2008 Beijing Olympics.

He reportedly proposed to his bride-to-be before the London Olympics last summer.

Chisa visited London during the Olympics.


Jin & Yamapi got Friday'ed while clubbing on Akanishi Reio's birthday


At night, in Azubu Juban, where men and women who cosplay as Santa Claus are coming and going, the women walking down the street began making noise excitedly. In front of them, there was the one who hasn’t been on TV lately, Akanishi Jin (28)! Akanishi was seen entering Club D, so we contacted a young man from the publishing department who loves partying in clubs.

“Now, Akanishi is entering in club D from Azubu Juban. Do you know that club?”

“If it’s club D, then I’m also a regular customer. Then, I’ll head there immediately!”

The “M” with whom we joined had sneaked into the club. Waiting for a while, there’s a mail from “M”.

“He’s together with Yamashita Tomohisa and Akanishi Jin’s little brother, Akanishi Reio. It seems like they reserved a VIP room and are celebrating Reio’s birthday.”

“Even if he has a child with Kuroki Meisa (24) and he’s caught with child nursing, as expected, Akanishi has not forgotten of the pleasure of playing out late…” says the mail we received from “M”.

“Akanishi and YamaP have come out from the VIP room,  shoulder leaning against shoulder, they took photos. Also some women acquaintances joined them.”

Upon hearing women joining them, instantly our tension rose up. But, we stood waiting for four hours.  (t/n: you waited for nothing, suckers XD) YamaP and Akanishi have made sure to send with the taxi his little brother and other ten people, all men. Even if it’s Akanishi who we’re talking about, he’s too scared of his bride Meisa to even wait for the girls?!

Source: FRIDAY magazine translated by  gibberish10.tumblr via jafandom

Reio's birthday was on Dec 11
Speaking of Meisa, Japanese fans took this picture in Roppongi on Dec 24.  From left to right: Yamapi, Shirota Yu, Jin, Meisa and Carl Rinsch (47 Ronin director)

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credit to @unleashthegeek twitter
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Japan's new government to 'consider' more nuclear power

The new Japanese government has said it will reconsider the previous administration's decision to abandon nuclear power in the wake of the Fukushima disaster.

The 15 December general election was won in a landslide by Shinzō Abe's Liberal Democratic party. The outgoing Democratic party had said it wanted to phase out nuclear power by the 2030s, but The Japan Times quotes the new economy, trade and industry minister, Toshimitsu Motegi, as saying that they will "reconsider" that decision.

Before the disaster Japan had generated almost a third of its total energy from nuclear power, but a comprehensive review of the nation's nuclear security procedures led to many nuclear plants closing down, albeit temporarily, while their ability to cope with seismic activity was reassessed. When the Tomari-3 reactor in Hokkaidō closed down for maintenance on 5 May 2012 there wasn't a single active nuclear reactor in the entire country, though reactors began to be started up again in certain places by July amid large protests.Collapse )


Arashi to be the main personality for this year’s 24-Hour TV

It was announced that popular group Arashi has been chosen as the main personality for NTV’s annual charity telethon “24-Hour Television 36 Ai wa Chikyuu wo Sukuu.” This will mark the 4th time for the group to serve as the main personality, and moreover, they are the first to take the role for 2 consecutive years.

The announcement was made on the New Year’s day special program “Kourei Gantan wa TOKIO×Arashi Arashi ni Shiyagare Kaibutsu Bangumi ga Arashi de Daifukkatsu! Arashi, Ichi kara Yarinaoshiyagare SP.”

The theme for this year’s 24-Hour TV is “Nippon tte…? ~Kono Kuni no Katachi~” (lit. “What is Japan…? ~The shape of this country~”). The premise will be to think about the ’shape of this country’ by learning both the good and negative aspects of Japan.

Arashi commented, “We feel a huge responsibility for serving as the main personality for 2 consecutive years, especially during the Nihon Television’s 60th anniversary year since its establishment. We would like to spend a long time to prepare for the 24-Hour Television under this theme. Every time, we were impressed by the program, but this year, we also want to make it as the program that we can encourage the viewers.”


Globes theme by X-Japan's Yoshiki goes on sale Jan. 15

The Japanese superstar's composition will be released in 111 countries.

On Jan. 15, one year since its debut on the awards show, the Golden Globes musical theme will be digitally released on iTunes in 111 countries.

In addition to toasting the song's first birthday, the release commemorates the 70th anniversary of the Globes. This year's ceremonies will air live on Jan. 13 (NBC, 8 p.m. ET/ 5 PT) from Beverly Hills.

The theme was composed in late 2011 by Asian superstar Yoshiki, a classical multi-instrumentalist and drummer for rock band X-Japan. He plays drums, guitar, bass and piano on the string-laden tune. All proceeds from the sale of the full-length single, a sweeping Hollywood-inspired rock/classical instrumental, will go to charity.

"It's such an honor to be a part of this esteemed event, which is enjoyed by hundreds of millions around the world," Yoshiki said in a statement. "Composing this music was a journey that involved creating numerous versions in order to arrive at just the right sound to capture the unique combination of glamour and edginess that makes the Golden Globe Awards so entertaining. I'm very proud of the result and am thrilled that Warner Music has chosen to make it available around the world."

The three-hour awards show, with hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, will honor achievements in movies and TV and be broadcast to more than 192 countries.

Source: usatoday
Great, I've always wanted this theme song. But please release the X-Japan album you promised since 5 years ago. Feeling bad for Toshi, Heath and Pata. Sugizo probably is busy with LUNA SEA's world tour.

reiwa aya
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Softbank's 'White Family' CM series makes history!

Softbank Mobile has topped the CM Popularity rankings for a sixth consecutive year making it the first company to achieve the feat. The 'White Family' series is of course the commercials behind Softbank's success on the chart, which is compiled by CM DATABANK.

The series, which stars a dog as the father, Kanako Higuchi as the mother, Dante Carver as the brother, and Aya Ueto as the daughter, continued its trend of unusual casting with appearances by comedian Sugi-chan, talento Reina Triendl, pop duo Every Little Thing and Hollywood actor Tommy Lee Jones.

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Previews for new taiga drama ‘Yae no Sakura’ starring Ayase Haruka

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On December 28th, NHK has released three new previews for their upcoming 2013 taiga drama ‘Yae no Sakura‘ starring actress Ayase Haruka.

The previews are available in three different versions with a runtime of two, five, and ten minutes. They serve as a mini guide for the first half of the drama. They introduce us to the protagonist Niijima Yae (Ayase), a female warrior born and raised in Aizu who bravely fought at the Battle of Aizu with her spencer rifle, the whole setting and most of the important characters related to Yae and involved in the war. Of course it’s not only about the war and its tragedies, but also about the love and hope Niijima Yae experienced in her life.

The first episode of ‘Yae no Sakura’ is going to air on January 6th, 2013.

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I know it's very long and a real challenge but I hope some team will sub this...

Matsuura Aya and w-inds. member Tachibana Keita rumored to marry this year

On December 31st, rumors surfaced that singer Matsuura Aya (26) and w-inds. member Tachibana Keita (27) will be getting married.

According to sources, the couple has been spending their time going back and forth to each other’s places. Recently, they moved into a high-rise in Tokyo and have officially started living together. Sources say, “We can say that they are preparing to get married. They have already greeted each other’s parents which assumes marriage in the near future, and have gotten approvals.

Tachibana made his debut with w-inds. in March of 2001 and Matsuura also made her singing debut in April of the same year. It’s said that they started dating shortly after their debuts. In 2005, a photo of Matsuura visiting Tachibana’s home was reported in a weekly tabloid magazine. Since then, their relationship have continued to be reported in tabloids.

It’s believed that their decision to marry lies in Matsuura’s physical condition and Tachibana’s music activities. Back in August of 2011, Matsuura announced her diagnosis with endometriosis and has been working to recover. In December that same year, she released her best album, “Matsuura Aya 10TH ANNIVERSARY BEST“, and put a close to her official Twitter account in April the following year.

With w-inds., Tachibana has been active in Asian countries such as Taiwan, South Korea, China, and Vietnam. This year, he will make his solo debut under KEITA with a new single in February.

Matsuura, who entered the entertainment business at the age of 14, has always wanted to get married at a young age. Other sources claim, “Tachibana has devotedly supported Matsuura during her rest, and his own solo debut was decided. Since Matsuura originally had strong hopes of getting married before 25, there are high possibilities that they will tie the knot before her 27th birthday in June.

Regarding these reports, those associated with Matsuura commented, “We haven’t received any reports that she will be getting married.