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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

Kuriyama Chiaki collaborates with members of Jet, Third Eye Blind

Posted  March 1, 2011  by  tokyograph

In just two more weeks, actress Kuriyama Chiaki (26) will release her first full album as a singer. Titled “CIRCUS,” the album was already known to feature collaborations with several top Japanese artists, but it has now been revealed that the album also includes a couple of songs created by overseas artists. “Kuchi ni Shita […]

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Artists & Celebrities

L’Arc~en~Ciel to rock the National Olympic Stadium

Posted  March 18, 2012  by  tokyograph

L’Arc~en~Ciel will perform for the first time at the National Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, it has been announced. The band has scheduled two concerts there on May 26 and 27, aiming to perform in front of approximately 100,000 fans over the two days. They will be only the 4th artist to hold a concert on […]

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Artists & Celebrities

Shinohara Ryoko, Ichimura Masachika celebrate second child

Posted  February 22, 2012  by  tokyograph

Actress Shinohara Ryoko (38) gave birth to her second child on Wednesday. Both Shinohara and her newborn son are said to be healthy. Shinohara has been married to actor Ichimura Masachika (63) since December 2005. The couple first became parents in May 2008 when Shinohara gave birth to their eldest son. It was revealed last […]

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Film and Video

“Caterpillar” director Wakamatsu Koji dies at 76

Posted  October 17, 2012  by  tokyograph

Japan lost one of its leading film directors on Wednesday night, as Wakamatsu Koji passed away at a hospital in Tokyo. He was 76. His death was the result of an unfortunate accident last week, in which he was hit by a taxi while crossing a street. According to the Yotsuya police department, at around […]

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General News and Gossip

61st Kouhaku Uta Gassen ratings announced

Posted  January 2, 2011  by  tokyograph

The viewership ratings for the 61st Kouhaku Uta Gassen (NHK, December 31, 2010) have been reported. In the Kanto region, the first half (starting at 7:30pm) averaged 35.7%, while the second half (starting at 9:30pm) averaged 41.7%. Compared to the previous year, the first half was down 1.4% from 37.1%, but the second half was […]

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Artists & Celebrities

Go Hiromi marries for the third time

Posted  March 31, 2012  by  tokyograph

Singer Go Hiromi (56) is married for the third time, it was revealed yesterday. On March 31, he registered his marriage with Tokutake Rina (32), a former talento who is the daughter of former pro baseball player Tokutake Sadayuki (73). Go and Tokutake met through a friend in the summer of 2010. A weekly tabloid […]

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Film and Video

Amami Yuki, Ishida Yuriko in musical drama “Kaeru no Oujo-sama”

Posted  February 27, 2012  by  tokyograph

Fuji TV has announced another drama series for this spring, titled “Kaeru no Oujo-sama.” Actress Amami Yuki (44) will take on the lead role as a legendary musical star. The “musical drama” will revolve around a stage musical star (Amami) who was active in Japan but attempted to find success on Broadway. Unable to gain […]

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Film and Video

Shochiku presents movie lineup for 2011-2012

Posted  February 24, 2011  by  tokyograph

Movie distributor Shochiku introduced its 2011-2012 lineup at an event in Tokyo on Thursday. A total of 17 films were announced; 11 of them were domestic live-action works, 4 were movies for popular anime series, and 2 were foreign films. The four animated films were for “Sengoku BASARA” (June 4), “Fullmetal Alchemist” (July 2), “Prince […]

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Geek Culture

iStalk – 557

Posted  April 15, 2011  by  Elk

Today, Viz makes some confirmations of the manga variety, walk the streets of Akihabara once again, and buy Yoshiki’s piano. DO EET NAO!

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Artists & Celebrities

Tower Records launches idol label with Vanilla Beans, Negicco

Posted  June 4, 2011  by  tokyograph

Music store Tower Records held an event at its Shibuya branch on Friday (June 3) to announce the launch of its new idol-only label, T-Palette Records. The label’s first two artists are the duo Vanilla Beans and the Niigata-based trio Negicco. On May 24, Vanilla Beans had announced that they would hold an “urgent press […]

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Geek Culture

iStalk – 647

Posted  September 7, 2011  by  Elk

Today, Tommy heavenly6 teams up with Bakuman, Evangelion goes DDR, and Retro Game Master is coming to America.

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Chinese

SCANDAL – Pride

Posted  February 10, 2011  by  eXodius

  Released 2011.02.09           “Pride” is the ninth major-label single (12th overall) released by SCANDAL. The title track was used as the second ending theme for the anime STAR DRIVER Kagayaki no Takuto. The first press edition came with a STAR DRIVER Kagayaki no Takuto wide-cap sticker and a special booklet.   

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Film and Video

“Ouran High School Host Club” drama series to get a movie in 2012

Posted  August 25, 2011  by  tokyograph

The television drama adaptation of “Ouran High School Host Club” (TBS) will also be turned into a movie, it was announced on Thursday. The movie will feature the same main cast of Kawaguchi Haruna, Yamamoto Yusuke, Daito Shunsuke, Ryusei Ryo, Chiba Yudai, Nakamura Masaya, Takagi Shinpei, and Takagi Manpei. Based on Hatori Bisco‘s manga of […]

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Geek Culture

iStalk – 682

Posted  October 26, 2011  by  Elk

Today, Ni no Kuni is not just a DS game, Nintendo shows off the harp in Skyward Sword, and Chocobo breeding returns in Final Fantasy Type-0!

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Film and Video

AKB48’s Akimoto, Miyazawa lead Team U in “Ultraman Saga” movie

Posted  November 21, 2011  by  tokyograph

Seven members of the idol group AKB48 will make an appearance in the upcoming “Ultraman Saga” movie. They will play a special Earth Defense Force known as “Team U,” consisting of Akimoto Sayaka, Miyazawa Sae, Shimada Haruka, Masuda Yuka, Umeda Ayaka, Kobayashi Kana, and Sato Sumire. It was announced about two weeks ago that DAIGO […]

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