Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Park Romi Official Blog
Bleach Anime Final Episode

27th March 2012

The animation that has lasted for 8 years,
reached its final episode today...!!
Somehow, I can feel the flow of time...

Captain of the 10th Division, Hitsugaya Toshirou,
everyone connected to this work,
and all the fans who have supported us...
I give my thanks from my heart...

Thank you very much...

This was what it was like after the final recording session

Why among everyone wearing masks, is Tachikifuchama not having one on...


Monday, March 26, 2012

Kuroki Meisa attends launch of 'SMARTPET'

On 26th March, Kuroki Meisa (23) attended the product launch of Bandai's SMARTPET, a pet robot used in conjunction with the iPhone and iPod touch. She took the opportunity to announce her marriage to Akanishi Jin (27). The chairman started off the event by congratulating her on her marriage. With a smile, she replied,"The unexpected announcement caused much worry and trouble but I got married on 2nd February. Thank you very much." When the press asked her if she was getting along well with him, she said yes. Asked about her physical condition, she replied she was fine but made no comments about her reported pregnancy. There was no sign of a wedding ring on her left hand.

The SMARTPET costs 6480yen and goes on sale on 28th April. The CM which features Kuroki and her new song 'FRENEMY' will air nationwide from 27th March.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Japan Trip Winter 2011
Day 4: Kumamoto Castle and Suizenji Koen

Day 4: 15 December 2011

Free breakfast at Toyoko Inn
Destination: Kumamoto Castle (0830 - 1700 / ¥500)
Tram it: JR Kumamoto  → Kumamoto-mae Tram Stop (10min / used 2-day tram pass)

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Japan Trip Winter 2011
Day 3: Kumamoto Number 1!

Day 3: 14 December 2011

Kumamoto's mascot
Before we tell you why we love Kumamoto, let's be more systematic and go back to Yakushima.

Security check at Yakushima Airport

Goodbye Yakushima!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Japan Trip Winter 2011
Day 2: Hiking at Shiratani Unsuikyo

Day 2: 13 December 2011

JNTO: Yakushima Island
Map of Miyanoura

The hotel guy asked us if we were going hiking. We said yes, and he looked at our boots - not safe! Slippery, he said. We needed proper footwear. We rented a pair of clean and unsmelly hiking shoes each (¥600), he helped us with directions to the bus stop and we left.

Yakushima Area Guide
Local Buses in Yakushima

Bus schedules, to the minute!
We took the 8:28 bus (¥500, 30 mins)

Opposite the bus stop

16th March Birthdays

Yasumoto Hiroki (35)
Shibusawa Eiichi (1840-1931)
Sasaki Joh (62)
Oshima Michiru (51)
Watanabe Jiro (57)
Torigoe Mari (47)
Kohiruimaki Kahoru (47)
Harold Sakuishi (43)

 Kimura Tae (41)
Ichinose Hidekazu (37)
Nojima Kenji (36)

 Kashiwabara Takashi (35)

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Japan Trip Winter 2011
Day 1: 3 Flights to Yakushima

Day 1: 12 December 2011

Planning for this 3-week trip was done way in advance, mostly done by unleash. I booked flights and hotels which were a good distance from places we were going to visit.
We hope the info here will be useful if you're going to Japan. Feel free to ask anything, we'll help if we can :)

Singapore to Haneda (ANA)
Haneda to Kagoshima (ANA)
Kagoshima to Yakushima (JAL)

All tickets purchased online through their official sites.

Green tea KitKat, yummy!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Message from Yamada Yu

13th March 2012

On this occasion I would like to take the opportunity to inform everyone that I, Yamada Yu, will get married to the actor Oguri Shun-san.

We have gone through much hardship and many barriers.
During those times, while we supported each other, we believed in building a happy home full of smiles.

We are still inexperienced and we hope to mature with the help of everyone around us.

To all our family, friends, staff and also all of you who have always supported us, you have our gratitude.

From now on, please watch over us warmly.

Message from Shun

An important notice to everyone who has always given me support

On this occassion, I, Oguri Shun, will get married to Yamada Yu-san whom I have been seeing for a while.

From the moment we started dating, we had marriage in mind.
We hold each other in respect and she is a wonderful partner to have as we both grow in maturity. I had always felt that we would come to this day.

From now on, we will support each other and if anything should happen, we will get over it together and I hope to build us a warm home.

To everyone who has supported us to this day, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
If you would watch over me as always with love, I couldn't ask for more.
Thank you.

13th March 2012
Oguri Shun

Matsujun sends Shun his congratulations

Matsumoto Jun (28) of Arashi has given his blessings to the news of Oguri Shun getting married. "When I heard the news, I saw you in a glittering light. Oguri Shun is so cool!! I felt really happy when I heard it. May the days the two of you spend together from now on be filled with joy... Your good friends will watch over you closely. Let's celebrate soon!! Oguri Shun-san, Yu-san, congratulations from the bottom of my heart."

Matsumoto Jun and Oguri Shun developed a close relationship after filming the 'Hana Yori Dango' series together.


Oguri Shun and Yamada Yu are getting married

Oguri Shun (29) and model Yamada Yu (27) are getting married. They intend to register their marriage on White Day, 14th March. Yamada is not expecting and there are no plans for a wedding ceremony yet. The couple got to know each other when they did Japanese voice-overs for the animated movie 'Surf's Up'. It was reported that both their families spent the New Year's holidays earlier this year together in Hawaii. Below is the joint statement faxed to the media on the 12th.

Everyone is doing well this season of early spring.
This is a private matter but we are making an announcement.
We, Oguri Shun and Yamada Yu, are registering our marriage on 14th March.
Many people have supported us to bring us to this joyous day and we are very grateful.
From now on, we will support each other, cherish each day and create a warm home together.
We look to everyone's support and guidance.

12th March 2012

Oguri Shun
Yamada Yu


Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Honda Keisuke is Mr. MINTIA

Soccer star Honda Keisuke (25), who is currently playing for CSKA Moscow, is the new CM character for Asahi's sugarless mint tablets 'MINTIA'. In the CM, he is known as Mr. MINTIA and the catchphrase he uses is 'Ore wa motteru' (I have it). There are two versions of the CM. The first one shows him stepping out of a private jet to meet his friends while the other one is of him dining on a gorgeous ocean-view garden. The CM was filmed in Los Angeles and started airing on the 5th.

As part of the campaign, 20 men in white suits and sunglasses similar to the one Honda wears in the CM gave out samples outside Parco Shibuya on the 4th. Asahi has also set up a Mr. MINTIA fanclub where members can win goodies such as tickets to soccer matches in Europe, Mr. MINTIA's sunglasses and the MINTIA MP3 player.


Sunday, March 4, 2012

Inoue Mao Official Blog
Japan Academy Award

3rd March 2012 10:39:08
Theme: Blog

I received the Best Actress Award at the Japan Academy Awards.

I'm so surprised, my jet-lag was completely blown away.
It feels like an award too good for me.

But I wasn't only feeling joy.
I remember tensing up under the weight of the trophy.

'Youkame no Semi' won 10 awards.
Surprise and delight just followed one after another.

I have days of sorrow, hesitation and worry and as an actress, I am still inexperienced but this has given me confidence, made me see possibilities and hope.

Once again, I am glad to have been able to participate in this work.

Above all, what makes me the happiest is seeing the people around me rejoice like the happiness was their own.

Kimura Ryo takes on lead role in 'Ao no Exorcist' stage play

Kimura Ryo will take on the lead role of 'Rin' in the stage play adaptation of Katou Kazue's manga 'Ao no Exorcist'.  Totani Kimito is playing his twin brother 'Yukio'.
The play will run from 11th May to 17th May at Nihon Seinenkan. Tickets are priced at 6500yen.

Okumura Rin: Kimura Ryo
Okumura Yukio: Totani Kimito
Moriyama Shiemi: Nakajima Airi
Suguro Ryuji: Tomotsune Yuuki
Shima Renzo: Watanabe Kazuki
Miwa Konekomaru: Maruyama Shun
Kamiki Izumo: Hachimine Anna
Paku Noriko: Sashide Mizuki
Amaimon: Tamaki Yuki
Igor Neuhaus: Nakahara Yuya
Mephisto Pheles: Nagata Akira (Run&Gun)
Fujimoto Shirou: Imai Yasuhiko

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Marine Super Wave Live 2012

Date: 6th May 2012 (Sunday)

Venue: Stellar Ball (Shinagawa Prince Hotel)

Time: Afternoon Show 13:00, Evening Show 17:00

Performances by:

 Black Velvet 

 Saiga Mitsuki feat. JUST 

 ELEKITER ROUND 0 (Hino Satoshi & Tachibana Shinnosuke)

 M.O.E (Hatano Wataru & Terashima Takuma)

Sponsors: Marine Entertainment, Nippon Cultural Broadcasting inc.

Tickets: 1F Standing 5500yen, 2F Reserved seats 5800yen

Advance Tickets: 3rd March 2012 10:00 to 8th March 2012 23:59

Online Sales: Marine Entertainment Ticket Online Shop

Official Site: Marine Super Wave Live 2012

Buy Marine Super Wave Live DVD 2011
(Japan Version)