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Artists & Celebrities

63rd Kouhaku Uta Gassen artists revealed

Posted  November 26, 2012  by  tokyograph

NHK has announced the artist lineup for the 63rd Kouhaku Uta Gassen. This year will have a total of 50 artists performing, 25 for each of the Red and White Teams. 12 artists are making their first appearances – 6 from the Red Team and 6 from the White Team. The artists, in Japanese alphabetical […]

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Film and Video

Goriki Ayame to star in Getsu 9 drama “Biblia Koshodou no Jiken Techou”

Posted  November 21, 2012  by  tokyograph

Goriki Ayame (20) will star in Fuji TV‘s Monday night drama series this winter, titled “Biblia Koshodou no Jiken Techou.” This will be her first lead role during golden time, not to mention a “Getsu 9” series, though it will also mark her 7th consecutive season appearing in a drama series on a commercial network. […]

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Film and Video

Mizukawa Asami lands starring role in prime time drama series

Posted  November 20, 2012  by  tokyograph

Actress Mizukawa Asami (29) has been chosen to star in an NTV drama series next season, tentatively titled “Share House no Koibito.” Since the series will air on Wednesday nights at 10:00pm, this marks her first lead role during the prime time hours (7:00pm-11:00pm). As the title suggests, the series is a romance story is […]

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Film and Video

Nagasawa Masami, Okada Masaki to co-star in “Kiyoku Yawaku” movie adaptation

Posted  November 20, 2012  by  tokyograph

Ikeumi Ryo‘s award-winning shojo manga “Kiyoku Yawaku” is getting a live-action movie adaptation, starring Nagasawa Masami (25) and Okada Masaki (23). This will be their first time acting together. Shinjo Takehiko, who previously handled the “Paradise Kiss” and “Boku no Hatsukoi wo Kimi ni Sasagu” adaptations, will serve as director. “Kiyoku Yawaku” was originally serialized […]

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Artists & Celebrities

YUI announces another temporary hiatus

Posted  November 19, 2012  by  tokyograph

Singer-songwriter YUI (25) announced through her official website on Monday that she will be putting her activities on hold at the end of this year. This is the second time in her 8-year career that she has decided to go on hiatus, as she also took a break at the end of 2008 until mid-2009. […]

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Artists & Celebrities

EXILE, S/mileage take top honors at 52nd Japan Record Awards

Posted  December 30, 2010  by  tokyograph

The 52nd Japan Record Awards were presented on December 30 at the New National Theatre, Tokyo. For the third consecutive year, EXILE took home the top prize (the Japan Record Award), thanks to their song “I Wish For You.” They are only the second artist to win the award for three straight years, after Hamasaki […]

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Koda Kumi – Dejavu

Posted  January 23, 2011  by  eXodius

Released 2011.03.02 Dejavu is the ninth studio album released by Koda Kumi. It was released in three versions: a limited CD+2DVD edition, a regular CD+DVD edition, and a regular CD-only edition. The CD+DVD edition only became available when the CD+2DVD edition sold out.

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tick disbands due to vocalist’s departure

Posted  January 4, 2011  by  tokyograph

Rock band tick announced on their official website that they have broken up after 12 years. According to their message, vocalist no-boo left the group at the end of 2010, and as a result they decided to disband. tick had been inactive since the start of 2010. no-boo was experiencing health problems with his throat, […]

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Angela Aki – Kagayaku Hito

Posted  March 13, 2010  by  eXodius

Released 2010.04.14 “Kagayaku Hito” is the tenth single released by Angela Aki. This time, she has trade her piano for an acoustic guitar. The title track was used as the theme song for NHK drama “Kokoro no Idenshi“. Limited edition includes a bonus DVD featuring music video of the title song, making-of, and digest version […]

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DOPING PANDA to disband in April

Posted  January 27, 2012  by  tokyograph

Rock band DOPING PANDA announced that they will break up after a concert at Tokyo Dome City Hall on April 19th. The band first formed 15 years ago in 1997, and they have had their current 3-member lineup since 12 years ago. They finally made their major label debut in 2005. According to the message […]

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Film and Video

AKB48’s Suzuki Mariya stars in first horror movie

Posted  October 18, 2011  by  tokyograph

Suzuki Mariya (20), a member of AKB48‘s Team B, has landed her first acting role in a movie. She will star in a horror film called “Kokkuri-san: Gekijoban,” based on a popular form of spiritual divination known as “Kokkuri-san” that has similarities to Ouija boards. Kokkuri-san is often popular among young students in Japan. In […]

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Geek Culture

iStalk – 612

Posted  July 16, 2011  by  Elk

Today, we all go Berserk, beat eachother up, and kill some vampires.

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“Maru Maru Mori Mori” tops Recochoku rankings for first half of 2011

Posted  July 4, 2011  by  tokyograph

Mobile download site Recochoku has released a partial ranking for the first half of 2011. The popular song “Maru Maru Mori Mori!,” which is the theme song of the hit drama series “Marumo no Okite,” achieved the unprecedented feat of taking #1 in seven different categories. “Maru Maru Mori Mori!” is sung by “Marumo no […]

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Breaking News

Kojima Fujiko gets first starring role in “Asu no Hikari wo Tsukame” sequel

Posted  May 1, 2011  by  tokyograph

Fashion model Kojima Fujiko (17) has captured her first lead role in a television drama series. She will star in Fuji TV‘s daytime drama “Asu no Hikari wo Tsukame 2,” the sequel to the series “Asu no Hikari wo Tsukame” that aired last summer. The first series starred Hirose Alice (16), but this one will […]

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Nakagawa Shoko – Cosmic Inflation

Posted  September 29, 2010  by  eXodius

Released 2010.10.06 Cosmic Inflation is the third album released by Nakagawa Shoko.

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Perfume goes global with Universal Music

Posted  February 29, 2012  by  tokyograph

Electropop group Perfume has announced that they are changing record labels, from Tokuma Japan Communications to Universal J (part of Universal Music). Their first single under the new label will be “Spring of Life,” scheduled for release this spring. The song is being used in a new commercial for Kirin Chuhai Hyoketsu, which begins airing […]

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SMAP’s “Sekai ni Hitotsu Dake no Hana” tops JASRAC royalty ranking for past 30 years

Posted  November 6, 2012  by  tokyograph

On Monday, the Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers (JASRAC) celebrated the 30th anniversary of its JASRAC Awards, presented annually “to the copyright holders whose musical works represent a large share of the royalty distribution,” generally through sales and use in television, radio, karaoke, games, ringtones, and other media. In honor of the […]

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Geek Culture

iStalk – 509

Posted  February 8, 2011  by  Elk

Today, a new Pokeyman becomes available, Tokyopop journeys to Hulu, and One Piece breaks its own record…again.

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Plastic Tree – ALL TIME THE BEST

Posted  June 29, 2010  by  eXodius

Released 2010.07.07 ALL TIME THE BEST is the eighth best of album released by Plastic Tree. This was released in two different versions: a limited 2CD+GOODS edition and a regluar 2CD only edition. The limited edition comes with an original eco bag (reusable shopping bag). It was released because the band had switched labels from Universal Music […]

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Charts: Akanishi Jin, EXILE, AKB48

Posted  January 8, 2012  by  tokyograph

Akanishi Jin‘s second solo single, “Seasons,” topped the Oricon sales charts this past week with more than 97,000 copies sold. Added to his solo debut single “Eternal” last March and his U.S. debut mini-album “TEST DRIVE featuring JASON DERULO” last December, Akanishi now has three consecutive #1 releases as a soloist. Akanishi Jin – Seasons […]

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