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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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Film and Video

Nagasawa Masami to star in “Okujo no Aru Apato”

Posted  February 15, 2011  by  eXodius

TBS plans to broadcast a drama special titled “Okujo no Aru Apato” (“apartment with a rooftop”) on March 21, starring actress Nagasawa Masami (23). The story was originally a novel by Agawa Sawako, modeled after her experiences while she was living in an apartment in the United States. For the drama, the novel was adapted by screenwriter […]

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Japanese

Berryz Kobo – Heroine ni Narou ka!

Posted  February 15, 2011  by  eXodius

Released 2011.03.02 Heroine ni Narou ka! is Berryz Kobo‘s 25th single and their first release in 2011.

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Japanese

FLOW – 1/3 no Juujou na Kanjou

Posted  February 15, 2011  by  eXodius

Released 2011.03.09 “1/3 no Juujou na Kanjou” is FLOW‘s twenty-first single. The title track is a cover of the popular 1997 song of the same name released by SIAM SHADE. The single has the support of SIAM SHADE’s guitarist DAITA.

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Artists & Celebrities

AKB48’s “Sakura no Ki ni Narou” sells 655,000 copies in one day

Posted  February 17, 2011  by  eXodius

Idol group AKB48 has just shattered the record for highest one-day sales of a single. Their 20th single, “Sakura no Ki ni Narou,” sold more than 655,000 copies during its first day on record store shelves. Ever since Oricon started publishing daily sales numbers in March 2009, this is the first time that any artist […]

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Artists & Celebrities

AKB48’s Oku Manami, Kanazawa Yuki leave

Posted  February 20, 2011  by  tokyograph

AKB48‘s Team B member Oku Manami (15) suddenly announced on Monday that she is leaving the group. Her message to her fans was posted on the group’s official blog, explaining that she has decided to focus on her education. Oku, who joined AKB48 at the age of 10, stated that she wants to return to […]

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Artists & Celebrities

AKB48 to finally release an original album

Posted  February 21, 2011  by  tokyograph

After 20 major-label singles and 3 best albums, popular idol group AKB48 has just announced their plans to release their first original studio album on April 6. The currently-untitled album is expected to contain a total of 16 tracks, including the recent hit singles “Ponytail to Chouchou,” “Heavy Rotation,” “Beginner,” and “Chance no Junban.” The […]

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Artists & Celebrities

Leah Dizon officially divorced

Posted  February 22, 2011  by  tokyograph

Gravure idol and singer Leah Dizon (24) is officially divorced. Her agency confirmed on Tuesday that Dizon has been single since the end of December and that she is currently in the United States, where she is training in acting. News of the separation first surfaced in October, when multiple sources reported that Dizon and her […]

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Artists & Celebrities

Babies born to Hakamada & Kawanaka, Nakamura & Maeda

Posted  February 22, 2011  by  tokyograph

Two celebrity baby births were announced on Tuesday. First, actor Hakamada Yoshihiko (37) and gravure idol Kawanaka Ai (25) celebrated their first daughter on February 18. The baby girl was born earlier than expected, but it is said that she is healthy. Hakamada and Kawanaka tied the knot on August 8 of last year, and […]

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Film and Video

Mitsushima Hikari joins Ashida Mana in “Sayonara Bokutachi no Youchien”

Posted  February 22, 2011  by  tokyograph

Actress Mitsushima Hikari (25) has been cast in the NTV drama special “Sayonara Bokutachi no Youchien,” it was announced on Tuesday. The drama was first unveiled in January as the first to star the popular child actress Ashida Mana (6), setting a record as the youngest lead ever in a Japanese drama. As previously reported, […]

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Film and Video

Model Iriyama Noriko gets starring role in daytime drama

Posted  February 22, 2011  by  tokyograph

Fashion model Iriyama Noriko (25) will soon tackle her first starring role in a television series. She will play not just one, but two, characters in the Tokai TV-produced “Kiri ni Sumu Akuma,” scheduled to air in Fuji TV‘s weekday afternoon time slot (1:30pm). Iriyama has had many supporting roles, such as in the drama […]

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Japanese

Koda Kumi – Koda Kumi Driving Hit’s 3

Posted  February 22, 2011  by  eXodius

Released 2011.03.23 Koda Kumi Driving Hit’s 3 is the forth remix album (third physical) released by Koda Kumi.

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Geek Culture

iStalk – 520

Posted  February 23, 2011  by  Elk

Today, Card Games for a Good Cause, Fairy Tail gets a bonus, and animation of the year is announced!

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Film and Video

Actor Kohashi Kenji returns with directorial debut

Posted  February 24, 2011  by  tokyograph

Actor Kohashi Kenji (31) is back in action, but this time he will make his debut as a movie director. He personally filmed a documentary titled “DON’T STOP,” which he plans to release next year. The movie follows the 4,200-kilometer journey of a Hokkaido resident named CAP (46), who achieved his childhood dream of visiting […]

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Japanese

May’n – If you…

Posted  February 25, 2011  by  eXodius

Released 2011.02.23 If you… is the second studio album released by May’n.

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Film and Video

Ashida Mana, Abe Sadao co-star in “Marumo no Okite”

Posted  February 27, 2011  by  tokyograph

Child actress Ashida Mana (6) will co-star with Abe Sadao (40) in a Fuji TV drama series titled “Marumo no Okite.” Ashida recently made headlines for becoming the youngest in history to play the lead in a Japanese drama with the upcoming NTV special “Sayonara Bokutachi no Youchien.” Abe plays the single Takagi Mamoru, an […]

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