January 14th, 2013

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Masuwaka Tsubasa announces she is divorcing Umeda Naoki



On January 14th, model Masuwaka Tsubasa announced on her official blog that she and her husband, model Umeda Naoki have filed for divorced.

With the tile “Announcement to everybody”, she wrote, “I, Masuwaka Tsubasa, am filing for divorce from Umeda Naoki-san. This is something we decided after spending a long time on many many discussions, and as a result of that, we have come to the conclusion to walk the separate paths for each other’s sake. Ever since our marriage, we received lots of support from everybody, but I am sorry that it ended up like this, and I am sorry for making a sudden announcement through a blog. Since I have always been releasing important matters via my blog, I wanted to make an announcement on my blog this time as well.”

Masuwaka married Umeda in December of 2007 and they had their first son in April 2008.

At the end of the post, Masuwaka wrote, “As a mother, I want to continue walking through my new life unhurriedly.

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Waiting for a cover of No Scrubs from someone in J-pop.

Big Bang Wraps Up Overseas Phase of World Tour in Osaka

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Big Bang concluded the overseas portion of its world tour with its concert in Osaka, Japan.


Big Bang′s Big Bang Alive Galaxy Tour gathered 800,000 people around the world, the largest record for a Korean singer to date, and continued to sell out tickets for its concerts wherever it went. The group traveled 144,689km in total for its journey through the Americas, Europe and Asia, flying a distance that would have let them circle the earth three and a half times.


The concerts held in Osaka′s Kyosera Dome from January 12-13 were welcomed by 100,000 fans in the city.


The members especially heightened anticipation for the year to come, revealing their plans for the new year.


G-Dragon announced that he would be touring Japan′s Domes as the first Korean solo artist to do so and release a new single, while Taeyang also said he was preparing a new solo album. T.O.P stated that he was 90 percent done with filming for his film The Alumni. Daesung will release a solo album in Japan and hold an exclusive concert, and Seungri will continue to appear in local dramas. The announcements showed Big Bang planned to concentrate on individual promotions for the first half of 2013.



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Preview of BoA's Upcoming Single, "Only One" (Japanese Ver.)




Singer BoA will be releasing her 33rd Japanese single, her first one in over a year, on February 27th. Listen to a preview here.

The lyrics were written by BoA herself, and it is her first Japanese single since the DVD single "Milestone" back in December 7th, 2011.

The single will come in two versions, a CD Only and a CD+DVD.

CD Tracklist
Only One (Japanese ver.)
The Shadow (Japanese ver.)
Only One (INST.)
The Shadow (INST.)

DVD Tracklist
Only One (Music Video)
The Shadow (Music Video)
Only One (Making Video)
The Shadow (Making Video)

The title track was used as the ending theme for the TV program Takeshi no Nippon no Mikata and image song for music.jp.






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U-KISS reveals PV for “ALONE”

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U-KISS will be releasing a new Japanese single on February 13. Ahead of the release, the full PV for “ALONE” was unveiled.

According to the group’s official Japanese site, the single will consist of four tracks, including “ALONE” and its instrumental. The accompanying track is currently an unnamed song and the instrumental version of the unnamed song will be included as well.

Check out the PV below!






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Coming of Age day in Japan

Coming of Age Day is a public holiday held in Japan in the first week of January each year. The holiday has existed since the late 1940s, and, with most of the country given the day off work, those who have recently turned 20 are encouraged to celebrate their entry into adulthood by wearing traditional clothes and throwing parties with their friends and family, perhaps even paying a visit to a temple. Proud parents look on as their once rosy-cheeked cherubs stand shoulder-to-shoulder with them as mature men and women, ready to join the workforce and steer the country towards greatness.


This year’s crop of adults on the island of Okinawa, however, have become cause for concern in the Japanese media this week as a number of seijin-shiki (coming of age ceremony) parties got just a little too rowdy. What is normally a day of dignity and teary-eyed parents looked more like a public demonstration or protest as Japan’s newest adults filled the streets of Naha city, prompting lines of police and camera crews to show up.


The following video was taken on the streets of Naha, Okinawa’s capital city. Although there is little-to-no actual violence or law-breaking to be found here, the young people’s overly rowdy and boisterous behaviour has shocked many Japanese, who have been quick to brand this generation of young men and women as little more than uncouth small-time gangsters.






People across Japan were shocked to see mostly young men dressed and acting in a “yankee” (an unfortunate term that denotes delinquents or young troublemakers) and chinpira (small-time gang members) on a day that traditionally allows society to catch a glimpse of the country’s future movers and shakers.

Naturally, Japan’s Internet masses had plenty to say on the subject:

Man… Okinawa really is different.

This is so embarrassing.

Every time people say it I think “Oh, shut the hell up!” but now I can’t help but say it myself: what is happening to Japan!?

I’m sure that these people were in the minority, but…

This is pretty awful exposure for Okinawa. Just looking at this makes me not want to go there.

If this is what they’re like walking through the streets, what on earth are their actual parties like?

Wow. I thought this was a yakuza parade or something.

This is the spiritual home of DQN names


It’s worth noting that there is no evidence of any actual crime being committed in this video and that, even when approached by police and joy-killing members of the patrol, the celebrating masses were mainly co-operative. But when your country’s newest adults come out shouting and looking like the cast of the video game Yakuza with their orange-tinted mullet hair cuts and cigarettes in hand, it’s perhaps understandable that the average Japanese citizen becomes a little concerned about the future of their once proud country.



Source: ハムスター速報, rocketnews24

Members of Nogizaka46 celebrate ‘Coming of Age Day’

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On January 13th, Nogizaka46 members Shiraishi Mai, Hashimoto Nanami, Eto Misa, and Matsumura Sayuri celebrated their coming-of-age day (seijin no hi) at Nogi Shrine in Minato, Tokyo.

When asked about her ideal adult female image, Matsumura responded, “Even today, my hair style is the only one that’s flamboyant and ruffled, so from now on, I want to bring out an adult’s sex appeal. I will aim for a sex appeal that is half of Danmitsu-san.

After the ceremony at the shrine, the girls appeared in front of reporters with a tense look. Hashimoto commented, “I want to climb the stairs of an adult by accomplishing the responsibilities of a 20-year-old.” Shiraishi added, “By wearing a furisode (long-sleeved kimono), it seems real that I’ve become an adult.” Meanwhile, Eto stated, “I want to have fun in my 20’s.

The girls also commented on things they want to challenge themselves to now that they’ve become adults. Shiraishi said, “I want to do things alone, like eating ramen alone. Please leave me be if I’m by myself in the city,” while Eto declared, “There are no members who have their driver’s license, so I want to be the first and take everyone out for a drive.

Hashimoto shared that the coming-of-age day ceremony in her hometown of Hokkaido will be held on the 14th. “I have a handshake event tomorrow. I’m going to have my fans celebrate it for me,” she said.


Source & Photos: Mantan Web & tokyohive

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu attends a ‘Coming of Age Day’ event in Shibuya

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On January 14th, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu made a guest appearance in the coming of age day event, ’Shibuya-ku Seijin wo Iwau Kai‘, at Shibuya Kokaido.

Before the event, Kyary showed off her furisode (long-sleeved kimono) to the reporters. ”I aimed to be the most flashy new adult in Japan,” she said and explained her reason for choosing a unicorn print, “My world tour starts in February, so I wanted it to mean expanding my activities abroad.” Her furisode also featured images of planet, rockets, and great white sharks.

She seemed to be greatly satisfied with her outfit as she expressed, “It’s very special. I was impressed when I saw it finished.

Kyary, who will be turning 20-years-old on the 29th, commented, “During get-togethers, I’m still underage, so I would go home first. I’m shy in front of strangers, I hope to borrow the power of alcohol and talk cheerfully to many people.” Since she loves ume (plum), she shared that her first alcoholic drink might be umeshu (ume liquor).

Finally, she stated, “As an artist, I want to do my best with my music activities in 2013.



Source & Image: Sanspo & tokyohive

Studio Ghibli Announces 2 New Movies For 2013




Studio Ghibli will be simultaneously releasing 2 new movies, "Kaze Tachinu" and "Kaguya hime no Monogatari", during the summer of 2013.

"Kaze Tachinu", which translates to "The Wind Has Risen", will be directed by Hayao Miyazaki, the author of the manga series the movie will be based off of. The movie will focus on the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the chief engineer of Japan's Zero fighter planes used during World War II.

"Kaguya hime no Monogatari", or "The Story of Princess Kaguya", will be directed by Isao Takahata, marking his return to cinema after a 14 year hiatus. The movie will be based on he Japanese folk tale "Taketori Monogatari".

The upcoming releases will be Studio Ghibli's first time releasing two movies at the same time since 1988 when Miyazaki and Takahata released their double-feature "My Neighbor Totoro" and "Grave of the Fireflies".



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Hashimoto apologizes to parents of student who killed himself


Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto on Saturday apologized to the parents of a 17-year-old boy who killed himself on Dec 23 after he had been physically punished by the school basketball coach.

After meeting the parents for about an hour, Hashimoto told reporters that the teacher’s treatment of the student was unforgivable and that local administrators were also at fault, TBS reported. Sakuranomiya high school, which the boy attended, is under the jurisdiction of the Osaka municipal government.

The boy, who was the captain of his basketball team, hanged himself at home with a tie after being physically punished by the coach. The student told his mother he had been struck 30 to 40 times the day before he died. The 47-year-old coach has admitted slapping the boy to “toughen him up.”

Hashimoto said that the boy’s mother asked him to send a strong message to teachers and coaches that it is wrong to use corporal punishment in schools.

Hashimoto said that he himself used to think that corporal punishment was a necesary part of discipline, but has changed his mind and now realizes that it is a practice that must be corrected, TBS reported. 

Osaka police are investigating the incident which has sparked a national debate about the place of physical punishment in Japanese sports.



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One Ok Rock continues their awesome streak with album announcement!



One Ok Rock has just pleased millions of fans with the announcement of their new album only a week after their single "Deeper Deeper / Nothing Helps" released on January 9th!

The album is titled "Jinsei x Boku =" and will hit shelves on March 6, 2013! Album will include tracks mixed by John Feldmann, who produced songs for The Used and Panic! at the Disco as well as Denmark's Tue Madsen. Tracklist will include previous singles "The Beginning," "Deeper Deeper," and "Nothing Helps".

Source: Official Site

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Ric Flair wrestling again: Breaks retirement for AJPW in Japan



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08/01/2013
Ric Flair wrestling again: Breaks retirement for AJPW in Japan...

Media Man Int www.mediamanint.com and Wrestling News Media www.wrestlingnewsmedia.com with another pro wrestling report...

Pro wrestling living legend 'Nature Boy' Ric Flair at 63 years will be wrestling for All Japan Pro Wrestling on January 26th.

Flair will compete in a tag bout along with Keiji Mutoh (aka The Great Muta) VS Tatsumi Fujinami and Seiya Sanada in Ota, Japan.

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Lol He needs to sit his old ass down , but anyway I am sharing this because I know there are a few wrestling fans on Arama ^__^