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  • Photo of "Uchuu Kyoudai" Oguri Shun & Okada Masaki gets launched into space!

    July 9, 2011 @ 11:29 pm

    On July 8th at 11:29 AM Eastern Time (July 9, 12:29 AM JST), space shuttle Atlantis was launched from Florida's Kennedy Space Center for the final time. Atlantis is a major symbol of world space travel, but due to deterioration and high maintenance costs, it was decided that it would take a final flight after 30 years of service. Joining the astronauts for this history-making  journey is a picture of actors Oguri Shun and Okada Masaki, who st

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  • Usuda Asami & RADWIMPS' vocalist Noda Yojiro are dating

    July 8, 2011 @ 9:42 am

    On July 7th, 'Josei Seven' published some photos of actress Usuda Asami and RADWIMPS’ Noda Yojiro to accompany their report on how the two were dating. According to the weekly magazine, Usuda has been frequently visiting Noda’s apartment; Usuda was even photographed wrapping her arms around Noda’s left arm in an affectionate fashion. Additionally, one of Noda’s neighbor witnessed Usuda carrying a large suitcase into Noda’s apartment;  the

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  • Comedian Tamura Hiroshi of 'Kirin' duo gets married!

    July 7, 2011 @ 1:27 pm

    Tamura Hiroshi of comedian duo Kirin has tied to knot to a non-celebrity from Osaka on July 7th! Tamura commented, "I will do my best to provide a roof over my wife's head." According to Tamura's agency, the two met by introduction from their friends, and were dating for two years. His wife is not pregnant at the time, and there are no plans for a ceremony or reception. Regarding the wedding rings, Tamura shared, "If I had money, I woul

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  • Morning Musume's Ikuta Erina celebrates her 14th birthday

    July 7, 2011 @ 12:27 pm

    On July 7th, ninth generation Morning Musume member Ikuta Erina celebrated her fourteenth birthday! Fellow Momusu members Michishige Sayumi and Niigaki Risa both updated their individual blogs, sending out birthday wishes to the cute new member. "Today, July 7th, is Tanabata! And it's Ikuta Erinapon's birthday~" wrote Michishige, along with multiple pictures of Ikuta posing for the camera. "Yaaaay! Congrats! (*^▽^)/ With today, Eripon turns

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  • Arashi's "Nippon no Arashi" book sells over 200,000 copies in just 4 days

    July 7, 2011 @ 7:02 am

    Back in May, tokyohive reported on how popular group Arashi would start selling their book, “Nippon no Arashi”, on June 30th. Four days after it hit shelves, “Nippon no Arashi: Pocket Version” sold over 237,000 copies and has topped the Oricon book charts for the week of July 11th. This is their first book in nearly three years since their photo album, “Arashi 5-dai Dome Tour Shashin Shu: ARASHI IS ALIVE!”. So far, “Nippon no Arashi” is this y

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  • Former Morning Musume member Konno Asami to make debut as announcer

    July 7, 2011 @ 5:28 am

    Former Morning Musume member Konno Asami will officially make her debut as an announcer through the show "7 Star Bratch!" The July 7th broadcast will be Konno's first as an announcer since revealing last October that she had joined the staff of TV Tokyo. After training for about three months as an intern, she is finally able to host her own show as an announcer. Konno will also be appearing in the July 7th broadcast of "FINE! Opening" and "

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  • Aiba Masaki returns to the studio after being hospitalized for a week

    July 5, 2011 @ 11:19 pm

    It's been revealed that Arashi member Aiba Masaki was discharged on July 4th, after being hospitalized for a week due to a collapsed lung. Aiba returned to work on the 5th to record "VS Arashi". Before the recording, he greeted the audience saying, "Thank you for your concern. As you can see, I have recovered. Please continue to support Arashi," and received a warm round of applause. To the fans, he wrote, "From today, I will take care of

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  • Komori Jun is getting married to former model

    July 5, 2011 @ 9:21 pm

    Today it was revealed that model and talento Komori Jun (25) will be getting married to former model Imai Ryo (26) and that they will register their marriage on Tanabata, the Japanese star festival on July 7th. Imai used to be an exclusive model for the fashion magazine "men's egg" and is now managing his own apparel brand. Because of his unique facial features, people often describe him as a Akanishi Jin look-alike. Komoro and Imai sta

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  • Talento Kazuki Saya gets married!

    July 5, 2011 @ 3:17 am

    On July 4th, it was announced that talento Kazuki Saya (27) got married to Kuramoto Tomoyuki (29), a stage director and the leader of theatrical unit "Austra Macondo". According to Kazuki's agency, they met each other through a stage performance of "Tokyo no Sora ni" in April, and began their relationship right after the stage performance ended.  Kazuki explained that she was attracted to how Kuramoto was considerate of others in any situa

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  • Kabuki actor Onoe Tatsumi hospitalized after attempted suicide

    July 5, 2011 @ 2:31 am

    It was reported that Kabuki actor, Onoe Tatsumi (32), was transported to a hospital after attempting to commit suicide in Tokyo's Yoyogi Park. According to the Yoyogi Police, Onoe was found by an acquaintance hanging from a tree at Yoyogi Park at around 2:00 AM on July 3rd. They did not find any suicide note. Onoe has not updated his blog or Twitter since June 4th, but when he made a blog entry after the earthquake on March 17th, he wrote,

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