February 10th, 2013

Big Bang's G-Dragon adds 2 more domes to tour


Big Bang’s G-Dragon has again shown that he’s got what it takes to be the leader of the renowned Hallyu band.

The rapper best known for his eclectic style has added two more venues to his Japan Dome tour to meet high demand from fans.

YG Entertainment announced that to meet fans’ requests, G-Dragon penciled in performances at the Osaka Dome and the Nagoya Dome. In total, he now plans five dome concerts in April.

“In all, he’ll entertain some 361,000 fans through the dome tour,” said a spokesperson from YG. “Thus not only will he become the first Korean male soloist to take on so many domes, but he’ll also set the record for the largest audience for a K-pop male singer.”

Ahead of the tour, set to begin April 6 in Saitama, G-Dragon will dazzle fans at home on March 30-31 at solo concerts in Olympic Park, southern Seoul.


Matsuda Shota & Kutsuna Shiori in a relationship?


Matsuda Shota (27) and Kutsuna Shiori (20) were caught on a date and holding hands, according to the 7th February issue of FRIDAY. The article mentioned that the two were on a date at Saitama's Tokorozawa Koukuu Kinen Kouen in the beginning of February and went for a meal with another female acquaintance 2 days later and were seen holding hands. When asked about the report, both parties' agencies denied that they were dating and commented that they were just friends. According to insiders, they had come to know each other through a common friend and became good friends since they had similar hobbies. Since Kutsuna was raised in Australia where hugging and holding hands with friends are common, there was no special meaning in her holding hands with Matsuda. When asked about her son supposedly dating Kutsuna, Matsuda's mother i.e. actress Matsuda Miyuki reported said that if it's true, she would be happy for him as long as he's happy.


Takashi Murakami's Paji Manga Gets Live-Action TV Special


Takashi Murakami's slice-of-life manga Paji will receive a live-action television special starring 75-year-old actor Shirou Itou. The original manga's story centers on a 71-year-old grandfather's struggle to raise his 5-year-old granddaughter after her parents pass away. The television special will air this spring.

Itou will play the title grandfather while 8-year-old actress Seiran Kobayashi will play the granddaughter Momo. The other castmembers include Kazuko Yoshiyuki, Masatô Ibu, and Yūji Miyake as neighbors, as well as Mimura as Momo's late mother.

The manga launched in Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump magazine in 1999 and ran for six years. Murakami's other manga include Stargazing Dog and Namakemono ga Miteta, which received an original video anime adaptation in 1988.

NBM Publishing released Stargazing Dog in one volume in North America in 2011. The American Library Association's Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) division chose the manga for its top 10 list of graphic novels for teens in 2013. The manga was nominated last year for an Eisner award for the Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia category.

Itou, known for trademark comedic gags and work on projects such as NHK's 2012 drama series Taira no Kiyomori, played Torazo Shinada in Kochira Katsushika-ku Kamearikouen-mae Hashutsujo: The Movie and Monk Rau in the Brave Story anime. The actor's live-action roles have also included the Lupin III: Strange Psycho-Kinetic Strategy film's Professor Zenigata and the You're Under Arrest: The Drama television series' Chief Inose.


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Hiroshi Kamiya, Miyu Irino Perform Karneval Ending Theme

Voice actors Hiroshi Kamiya and Miyu Irino will perform the ending theme for April's Karneval anime series. The duo will perform the song "REASON" under the name KAmiYU, a combination of both parties' names. The announcement was first made at Sunday's Karneval Kaimaku Kōen event.
Kamiya and Irino previously sang together as KAmiYU in the Model Suit Gunpla Builders Beginning G video project, released a single in 2010 titled "Kokoro no Tobira," and released the mini-album "link-up" in 2011.
Kamiya is starring in Karneval as pick-pocket Gareki opposite Hiro Shimono as Nai. Irino starred in the Karneval drama CD "Tobenai Tsubasa/Ningyo no Bin" as Yotaka.
Touya Mikanagi's original manga follows Nai, a naïve boy searching for someone important to him, with only an abandoned bracelet as a clue. He encounters the pickpocket Gareki when the two meet in a strange mansion. Soon they find themselves part of a setup, becoming wanted criminals by military security operatives. When all hope seems lost, the two are introduced to none other than the country's most powerful defense organization, "Circus."

The television series is scheduled to premiere this spring.

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√5 reveals info on debut album "ROOT FIVE" + Illustration PV of Love Hunter

"ROOT FIVE" is the debut album of the utaite group, √5 under the Avex label. The group consists of five members: Pokota, Koma'n, Mi-chan, Dasoku and Kettaro. It will be the group's first album together and will contain songs from previous singles, Love Doctor, Mikazuka Hime, etc. As well as nine new songs for fans to enjoy. The album will come in four versions, these include: Limited A, Limited B, Regular Edition and Animate Edition. Limited A contains a CD + DVD, Limited B contains CD + Goods, Regular Edition is CD only (but with a random selection of 3/16 trading cards), Animate Edition is an Animate shop exclusive and cannot be bought at regular stores. It comes with CD + DVD, with the DVD containing offshots of PVs and an interview. All of this will be released on March 13th, 2013.

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On Japan’s school lunch menu: A healthy meal, made from scratch


In Japan, school lunch means a regular meal, not one that harms your health. The food is grown locally and almost never frozen. There’s no mystery in front of the meat. From time to time, parents even call up with an unusual question: Can they get the recipes?

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I know this article might be a bit old but it's still a good read.

I posted this on FB and a lot of my friends who work in Japanese schools agreed with the post; school lunches are amazingly good. I must also agree as my schools' lunches are aaaaamazing. They make everyone's least favorite foods seem so delicious. I eat too much school lunch sometimes because they are so good.

Because most of my FB friends are Americans, they also argue that America can do this too. But, can America really do this? Having a home cooked meal in the school sounds nice but it's a lot of work. And since a vast number of America's elementary and junior high schools are crowded with a population of 900-1200 students for each school (in big towns, cities, and whatnots' schools), it seems impossible? I had home-cooked meals in North Dakota because my school's population was only 200 students. But I didn't have that kind of lunch when I moved to the Washington DC metro area. It can be done in small schools but not in the bigger ones.

For those who live outside America, did (or does) your schools offer home-cooked meals?

Hamasaki Ayumi holds her public event in almost a year


On February 9th, singer Hamasaki Ayumi held her first CD release event at Omotesando Hills in Tokyo.

This was also her first public appearance after the breakup report with her back-up dancer, Uchiyama Maroka (aka Maro). Though the press asked Hamasaki about her relationship with Maro, it did not reach her since it was drowned out by the fans’ cheers.

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Source & Image: Oricon + Nittere News 24, tokyohive

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu kicks off her world tour in Belgium


On February 9th (local time), Kyary Pamyu Pamyu started her world tour “100%KPP WORLD TOUR 2013” at Vk* concerts in Brussels, Belgium.

The audience of 850 gave big “Kyary Pamyu Pamyu” calls before the live started. Kyary having received an enthusiastic welcome, performed songs like “Pamyu Pamyu Revolution“, “Frisodeshon“, and “Ninjari Banban” taking the audience with her on a fun musical journey.

During the MC, Kyary greeted, “Bonjour!! Are you guys charged up?“, and said, “My world tour started today! I am really happy that I can start it from here in Belgium. Since I love chocolates, I’m going to buy them, and take them home! I will be singing many songs today, so please enjoy it until the end!

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Source & Image: natalie, tokyohive

Poll asks men what behavior by women turns them off

Women! Why can’t they learn to behave themselves?

If it sounds like a complaint from another age, it is – but it’s from our age too, Shukan Josei (Feb 12) finds. The magazine polls 500 men aged 30 to 89, asking them, “What is it about women that turns you off?” The answers come thick and fast.

A sampling: they don’t act their age; they’re subject to violent mood swings; they’re bad drivers; they’re easy dupes of nonsense like fortune-telling and spiritualism; their train manners are atrocious.

Failure to act their age is the top complaint. Men accept aging with such grace (as we all know!) – why can’t women? “A woman past a certain age in a miniskirt really gets on my nerves,” grumbles a 48-year-old male teacher.

“It’s laughable,” concurs a 55-year-old interior designer, “the way aging women cling to their past glory – if any – by decking themselves out in the hopelessly passé fashions of their youth.”

The harassed corporate slave, home after a hard day, yearning for a bit of comfort and relaxation and finding instead his wife in a bad mood is a scenario as old as comedy, which is very old indeed. “What’s she angry about? I have no idea,” laments a 44-year-old in the publishing business. “How tired it all makes me feel!”

Male drivers, especially professionals who spend their working lives behind the wheel, seem to dread another stock cliche – the woman driver. “They don’t know what it means to yield,” sighs a 58-year-old trucker.

Go to a family restaurant on a weekday lunch break and watch a “Cold War” break out between two characteristic groups of diners – salarymen and housewives. “Whenever we go out for lunch,” says a 43-year-old in finance, “there’s bound to be a party of housewives at the next table. They’re in public, and yet they seem to think they’re at home.” A 55-year-old in the transport business agrees: “I don’t like to start a fuss by telling them off, so I just put up with their racket.”

Trains – nobody suggests in so many words making them off-limits to women, but some men clearly wish that would happen. The way they make a beeline for empty seats as though they enjoyed a special entitlement is one grievance; the way they glare at you as though every man were a potential molester is another. “I want to shout at them, ‘I’m innocent!’” says a 59-year-old security guard, “but I’m a coward. I make a point of clutching the overhead straps with both hands.”

No. 10 on Shukan Josei’s list of top 10 alleged female failings is a strange one: “They don’t seem to care how others see them.”

They go out with no makeup, they wear shapeless T-shirts, they get fat – “and when you point it out to them,” huffs a 35-year-old in finance, “they say, ‘What difference does it make at my age?’ I can’t help thinking to myself, ‘Is this what happens to all those cute girls out there?’ It’s depressing.”

Why is it strange? Because, as the alert reader will have noticed, it’s the exact reversal of complaint No. 1.


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Sexy Zone's Kikuchi Fuma passed Keio University!

It was revealed that Sexy Zone member Kikuchi Fuma (17) has passed the entrance exam for Keio University, Faculty of Policy Management. In recent years, there has been an an increase in Johnnys entering college. Kikuchi is the 2nd to enter Keio University after Arashi's Sakurai Sho (31). For four years, he will be attending his campus located in Kanagawa Shounan, 1 hour away from Tokyo. He aims to be able to balance work and university.

He took his entrance exam and interview last year. At the end of October, exam results were posted at the official website at Keio University. He and his parents were delighted over his acceptance.

The faculty of Policy Management in Keio University was his first choice. He has professed his desire to "study a variety of political, social, psychological issues as well as music". He began to put serious effort in studying for exam in his last two years of high school. It overlapped exactly with the debut of Sexy Zone, hence he was also busy with work. He will attend classes in high school and have work during the day. and can only concentrate on studying at night. He studied until dawn every day, even when it means only a few hours of sleep time.

Johnny Kitagawa has also given his support and even wrote his recommendation letter, submitted  for the applicant screening evaluation. Nakajima Kento (18), another member of Sexy Zone is currently in his first year in university. Members has also sent their "Congratulations" upon Kikuchi's acceptance.

Kikuchi will be attending Kanagawa Shounan Campus. But he said he had no intention to reduce his entertainment activities. He will be doing his best for both his studies and jobs.

**above is just a very very rough translation of the article

Johnnys currently in University

Nakamaru Yuichi (KAT-TUN)- Waseda University, Human Behavior and Environmental Sciences (graduating)
Inoo Kei (Hey! Say! Jump)- Meiji University, Architecture (graduating)
Yabu Kota (Hey! Say! Jump)- Waseda University, Human Behavior and Environmental Sciences 
Okamoto Keito (Hey! Say! Jump)- Sophia University
Nakayama Yuma (NYC)- Komazawa University
Nakajima Kento (Sexy Zone)- Meiji Gakuin University, Sociology

credits Nikkan Sports, SZ LJ

Well, Fuma is way too awesome