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  • Cast of 'Waratte Iitomo!' to lend their voices for anime 'Sazae-san'

    July 12, 2012 @ 9:37 pm

    On July 11th, it was revealed that the cast of 'Waratte Iitomo!' will be lending their voices for Fuji TV's anime series, 'Sazae-san'. This collaboration was put into effect as a special project for the station's annual summer program, 'FNS 27-Hour TV', which will be hosted by Tamori. 'Waratte Iitomo!' cast members Sashihara Rino (HKT48), Becky, Rola, Yanagihara Kanako, and Watanabe Naomi will be making an appearance in the anime as themse

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  • Japan Twitter Trends for June 2012!

    July 9, 2012 @ 5:13 pm

    Every month, BIGLOBE releases a list of the top Twitter trends in Japan. Now that June has come to an end, they’ve compiled their data and revealed their rankings for the month. Many trends this month involved the level 4 typhoon on June 21st, so there is a special ranking of what the top 3 trends were during various hours that day. In addition to that, soccer was also quite popular this month with the championships going on. (If you wan

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  • Sashihara Rino performs with HKT48 for the first time

    July 5, 2012 @ 5:10 pm

    On July 5th, former AKB48 member Sashihara Rino performed with the Fukuoka-based 48 group HKT48 for the very first time during the Team H song "Te wo Tsunaginagara". As we previously reported on tokyohive, producer Akimoto Yasushi stated early in the morning on June 16th that Sashihara would be switching from AKB48 to HKT48 to give the idol a fresh new start after her scandal. About twenty days after the shocking news, Sashihara has finall

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  • Japan Twitter Trends for first half of 2012!

    July 4, 2012 @ 5:23 pm

    With June coming to an end, this marks the end of the first half of 2012, and with that, the first half of 2012 Japan’s Twitter Trend Ranking via Twipple! Below will be the ranking of various words, hashtags, and celebrities over the past six months! Click on our tag at the very bottom to see the previous month rankings. Also, be on the look out for the June rankings in the next few days. Check out the rankings below! == [Word R

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  • Sashihara Rino's first performance with HKT48 will be on July 5th

    June 29, 2012 @ 8:08 am

    It's been revealed that Sashihara Rino's first performance as a member of HKT48 will be on July 5th. She will be making an appearance on Team H's show, 'Te wo Tsunaginagara', at HKT48 Theater in Hakata, Fukuoka. Sashihara will also be participating in HKT48's preliminary tournament to join the 'AKB48 29th Single Senbatsu Janken Tournament', which will be held on September 18th at Nippon Budokan. Akimoto Yasushi transferred Sashihara fro

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  • AKB48 announces 3rd Janken Senbatsu Tournament, new album, single & member promotion

    June 24, 2012 @ 3:05 pm

    AKB48 announced that they will be holding the 'AKB48 29th Single Senbatsu Janken Tournament' on September 18th at Nippon Budokan. This announce was made during a handshake event of their latest single "Manatsu no Sounds good!" in Saitama Super Arena on June 24th. In 2010, Uchida Mayumi was the winner of first tournament and got a center of 19th single "Chance no Junban", and last year, Shinoda Mariko got a center of 24th single "Ue Kara Ma

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  • Sashihara Rino hyperventilates during AKB48's performance

    June 20, 2012 @ 8:11 pm

    [caption id="attachment_245650" align="aligncenter" width="450" caption="L: Maeda Atsuko, R: Sashihara Rino"][/caption] It was recently revealed that Sashihara Rino hyperventilated during AKB48 Team A’s performance at the AKB48 Theater on June 20th. This performance was originally going to be Sashihara’s final performance with AKB48 before her move to HKT48. However, since it was also Matsubara Natsumi’s birthday performance, they postpone

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  • Sashihara Rino officially moved to HKT48 with her own special category

    June 18, 2012 @ 6:05 pm

    Sashihara Rino has ‘officially’ been moved to HKT48. The staff has removed her profile from AKB48’s “Team A” category and it has been added to the HKT48 official member page. However, she is currently not under “Team H” or “Research Student”, she has a special category all to herself; “Team Undecided”. Lastly, Sashihara has not been completely removed from AKB48’s homepage. Instead she has been moved to the bottom, below the research stude

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  • Sashihara Rino's final performance postponed until July

    June 17, 2012 @ 5:37 am

    It was previously announced that Sashihara Rino’s final performance as an AKB48 member would be on June 20th along with Matsubara Natsumi’s birthday party. However, after consideration AKB48 Theater manager Togasaki Tomonobu posted on his Google+ account that Sashihara’s final performance would be postponed until sometime in July. Togasaki explains, “The reason for this is it is not possible to hold both Sashihara’s last performance an

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  • HKT48 shows their surprise toward their new member Sashihara Rino

    June 17, 2012 @ 1:45 am

    With the announcement of AKB48’s Sashihara Rino (19) moving to Fukuoka based group HKT48, even the girls of HKT48 couldn’t hold back their surprise. On June 16th, Team H member Wakatabe Haruka (13) threw the opening pitch at the Soft Bank vs. DeNA game at the Yahoo! Dome. Wakatabe gave her comment on the group’s new member, “We still have a ways to go when it comes to dancing and singing. We’re particularly bad at MCing. I hope we can lea

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