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  • Tsuka Kouhei passes away

    July 12, 2010 @ 5:48 pm

    One of the most famous dramatists, Tsuka Kouhei passed away due to lung cancer on the 10th.  Tsuka is famous for making "pretty idols" into "great actresses".  Ishihara Satomi, Hirosue Ryoko, Konishi Manami, Kuroki Meisa, and Uchida Yuki are the one of many actresses who Tsuka "raised". While Kouhei was hospitalized, he kept giving guidance to performers through phone calls. His new stage, "Shin Kamata koushinkyoku (新・蒲田行進曲)" will open on

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  • "Emporio Ivankov" arrested for indecent exposure

    July 12, 2010 @ 3:09 pm

    Stage and voice actor, Imamura Norio was arrested on the 12th, because he posted indecent pictures on his blog.  He was showing off his whole body tattoo and his "part" was shown in some pictures.  The content of his blog was to brag about his tattoo which he started 10 years ago. Imamura Norio is known as the voice actor for "ONE PIECE" character, "Emporio Ivankov". Source: Nikkan sports

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  • Leah Dizon is ready for stage performance produced by Tsuka Kohei

    July 12, 2010 @ 3:19 am

    The press conference for stage performance, "To drop atomic bombs on Hiroshima" was held at a hotel in Tokyo, and the cast members of the stage performance including Leah Dizon attended. Leah debuted as a gravia model in Japan, and started her career as a singer later on.  However, she gave birth to a daughter in April 2009, making her last activity a stage performance with EXILE in October 2009. Leah said, "There will be a lot of actio

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  • Sakanaction's "Identity" revealed

    July 11, 2010 @ 11:41 pm

    Rock band Sakanaction has just released their PV to their upcoming single “Identity.” Victor Entertainment posted it up on the companies YouTube channel. This is the band’s third maxi single and will drop August 4, 2010. Stylist Hisashi “momo” Kitazawa who did “Native Dancer” and “Ark around” has moved on to doing his first video as director. [video under] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1awua0YrSRs source: natalie

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  • Summer in Japan = Fireworks festivals!

    July 11, 2010 @ 11:32 pm

    There are many firework festivals all over Japan during the summer.  But let me introduce one of the biggest and oldest fireworks festivals in Japan, "Sumida River Fireworks Festival." "Sumida River Fireworks Festival" first started in 1733 as a funeral for people who died from great famine and cholera.  Although the festival has been interrupted from time to time due to historical situations, since 1978, the festival hasn't missed a singl

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  • Kitagawa Keiko & Lin Chi-ling are good friends

    July 11, 2010 @ 3:54 pm

    Kitagawa Keiko made a new blog entry on July 11th.  Keiko visited Taiwan, because her new movie "Matataki" was showing at the "Taipei Film festival." She wrote that she met Lin Chi-ling who Keiko co-stared with in drama "Moon lovers".  Keiko said on her blog entry, "Chi-ling visited my hotel today, even though she must be very busy.  She gave me flowers, introduced me to a good Taiwanese massage place.  In return for Chi-ling's kindness, I pro

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  • Ayu enjoys shopping in Hong Kong

    July 11, 2010 @ 1:13 am

    Hamasaki Ayumi visited Hong Kong on June 28th for a photo shoot for a magazine.  According to "Josei Seven" (published on July 8th), she also enjoyed shopping there. As soon as Ayu arrived at the hotel, she went out to shopp.  Ayu visited many stores and spent about $70,000 in one day!  Ayu stayed in Hong Kong for 4 days, and she had to charter a small truck to carry everything she bought to the airport during the 4 days. Don't we all w

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  • Another sister unit from AKB48

    July 10, 2010 @ 10:33 pm

    At AKB48's concert on the 10th, it was announced that another sister unit from AKB48 will be formed.  The unit will be called "NMB48" and they will be based out of Namba, Osaka. They are currently recruiting members and they plan to debut in November, when the Namba theater opens. Source: Oricon style

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  • 20,000 people bless EbiMao couple

    July 10, 2010 @ 8:57 pm

    Kabuki actor, Ichikawa Ebizo and Kobayashi Mao visited Naritasan Shinshoji temple to report their marrige on the 9th.  They performed a parade which was a reproduction of a ritual from a scroll from 350 years ago.  20,000 people blessed the newlywed couple. The Ichikawa family is devoted to Fudo Myo-o (one of Five Wisdom Kings of the Womb Realm) since 300 years ago.  Ebizo said, "We reported our marriage to Fudo Myo-o sama.  Please welcome

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  • Yoshizawa Hitomi to challenge Sydney marathon

    July 10, 2010 @ 7:21 pm

    Ex-Morning Musume member, Yoshizawa Hitomi showed up at the event for the release of audio-technica's new sports earphones.  Hitomi appeared in pink training wear and said, "These earphones are light and do not shift.  So, I don't feel any stress when I go running." Hitomi joined the Vancouver half marathon in May and now, she is planning to do the Sydney marathon in September! She said, "My time in Vancouver was 2 hours and 36 minutes.  I

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