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  • Zepp Osaka will relocate to Nanba in early 2012

    November 9, 2010 @ 1:54 pm

    The Zepp Osaka live house has announced that it will be relocating, and the club will be reopening in Nanba in the spring of 2012. The new location for the Zepp Osaka will be near the Imamiyaebisu train station.  The propriators will be leasing the building area for 20 years, and the occupancy for the new club is planned to be about 2,500 standing.  The concept for the new building is a "21st century Zepp", and it will feature more space, mo

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  • Matsushita Nao & Sasaki Kuranosuke receive distinctions for "Best Smile of the Year 2010"

    November 9, 2010 @ 12:08 pm

    On November 8th, actors Matsushita Nao and Sasaki Kuranosuke attended an awards ceremony for the "Best Smile of the Year 2010". This awards ceremony was established by the Japan Dental Association in recognition of the celebrities with the brightest smiles. At the event, Sasaki said, "I can't look at Matsushita-san's smile directly because her smile is very elegant, and also gives a maternal feel. I would love to end this year with her smi

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  • Ogura Yuko is getting married!

    November 8, 2010 @ 10:48 pm

    It's been reported that talent, Ogura Yuko (aka Yukorin) is getting married next year.  The groom is a popular hair stylist, Kikuchi Isao (40) for popular artists such as SMAP, Tsutsumi Shinichi, and many other celebrities.  According to Sanspo, they've been together for 2 years, and they're already living together.  It is also rumors about the possibility of Ogura being pregnant, but it's still not for certain. Their relationship has

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  • Sister rivalry! Perfume inspires 9nine to aim for the top

    November 8, 2010 @ 12:02 pm

    Perfume recently celebrated their 10th debut anniversary with a live in the Tokyo Dome. It was a fun, yet emotional event as fans received a tearful and sincere thanks from member A~chan herself. But there was someone else watching in the crowd that took Perfume's success to heart, and is aiming to achieve the same for herself. A~chan's little sister, Sayaka Nishiwaki, is a member of girl group 9nine who recently expressed her own aspiration

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  • Utada Hikaru grieves over grandmother's passing

    November 8, 2010 @ 10:41 am

    Singer/songwriter Utada Hikaru recently revealed that her maternal grandmother, 80-year old Sumiko Takeyama, had passed away on the 4th of November. "I recently learned that my grandmother passed away," said the singer on her official Twitter account. "I was often under her care as a child and I am indebted to her. Thank you, grandma. I did not get to offer incense for you and that is regrettable." There was a disagreement between Utada's

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  • "Care for a little Shiitake mushroom with your phone?" - Japan unveils real mushroom charm

    November 7, 2010 @ 11:08 am

    In Japan, it's incredibly popular to tie charms (or 'straps') onto your cell phones - cute ones, weird ones, mascots, and even luxury brands are used to personalize one's phone. Consequently, there are a wide variety of charms to choose from, but would you consider a real Shiitake mushroom for your cell phone? This "Shiitake Strap" (¥498 / $6.11) is on sale at Strapya, an online site which specializes in selling many different cell phone

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  • Aoi from Ayabie to go on hiatus

    November 5, 2010 @ 10:15 pm

    It's been announced that Aoi from Ayabie will go on hiatus after this year.  As we reported earlier, Ayabie used to be a band with 5 members, however, all of the members except Aoi left the band, and made a new band back in August. Aoi announced on his blog, "It has been months since Yumehito, Takehito, Intetsu, and Kenzo left Ayabie.  There have been many feelings inside of my heart, but I was doing what I could do for fans by myself witho

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  • "First Love" by JUJU or Utada?" - Cover albums increase interest in originals

    November 5, 2010 @ 3:29 am

    The recent popularity of cover albums, such as JUJU's "Request" or Koda Kumi's "ETERNITY~Love&Songs~", have sparked an influx of fans seeking the original artists and their lyrics. Utanet, a popular lyrics portal, has witnessed a substantial increase in users searching for the original lyrics of these covers. Take, for example, "First Love" - it was originally by Utada Hikaru, but was recently covered by JUJU. From the month of September

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  • KARA on "Sakigake Ongaku Banzuke"

    November 4, 2010 @ 6:45 pm

    The first episode of “Sakigake Ongaku Banzuke~EIGHT~” aired with KARA as its MCs. As mentioned before, because of their busy promotions back and forth in both Japan and Korea, KARA will only MC for the opening and ending of the show. In this first episode the girls are given an introduction to the viewers and their rise to stardom from Korea to Japan. Seung-yeon lets the viewers know that starting from that day, KARA will be the “Sakigake

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  • Darvish Yu & Saeko are heading towards a divorce?

    November 4, 2010 @ 5:45 am

    Gossip rag "Josei Seven" reports that baseball player Darvish Yu and actress Saeko are undergoing consultations for a divorce. Darvish and Saeko got married in 2007, and the couple have two boys. According to "Josei Seven", after Saeko gave birth to their first child, she stayed in her hometown of Miyazaki, while Darvish stayed in Sapporo for work. Saeko started going back and forth between Miyazaki and Sapporo, however, due to the long-di

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