Friday, August 31, 2012


This is the profile photo that Oriental Radio's Fujimori Shingo uses on Twitter. Mother and son onsen bonding.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Ito Hideaki sweats over...

After strenuous scuba-diving training for Umizaru and skydiving for Coca-Cola, what would make Ito Hideaki break out in cold sweat? He was trending on Twitter a few minutes ago and it turned out he was on Fuji TV's variety program 'Tunnels no Minasan no Okage deshita'. He and table-tennis Olympic silver medalist Ishikawa Kasumi had a face off in the 'Kuwazugirai' corner where each chose 4 dishes beforehand, 3 favourites and one they dislike and the other has to figure out which one it is after seeing each other sample the food.

 Ito Hideaki flinches from his 3rd dish, kusaya.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Horikita Maki Official Blog
Umeko and Umeko?!

20th August 2012

This is what Noriko-san gave in place for not being able to come to the marriage ceremony. Do they look alike? It's now used to decorate the hospital. Look for it!!

Inoue Mao Official Blog
Tokkan 12

22nd August 2012 16:45:04
Theme: Staff Diary

Episode 6 of Tokkan will air tonight!
We watched it a little earlier, the way Gooko keeps persevering brings tears to the eyes.
It really feels like Gooko has matured.
Please watch Tokkan later at 2200 tonight.

This photo is from when we went to the gym for Episode 7.
She was innocently having fun on the balance ball
but right after that, she went "Aa~!" and tumbled over backwards (laugh)

Manager K

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Ito Hideaki plays Sky Football for Coca-Cola

Actor Ito Hideaki joined a team of professional skydivers to play football 3600m above the ground for a new Coca-Cola Zero commercial, 'Wild Sky Football'. Filming took place in California at the end of July.

Ito, who had to scuba-dive in the series 'Umizaru' talked about the similarities to this new challenge. "The feeling of suspension in both activities is very similar. And of course both are sports with a certain amount of danger, so they're similar in that way too. I think getting used to skydiving is a little more scary than scuba-diving but that makes it even more enjoyable."

To commemorate the 5th year since its introduction, Coca Cola Zero has also made changes to its packaging. The CM started airing on 15th August.

Horikita Maki takes the train!

In mid-July, at around 6pm, Horikita Maki was spotted at Shibuya Station dressed casually in a long-sleeved shirt, loose-fitting jeans and sneakers. Maki was with a woman who seemed like her manager. They got off a train on the Saikyo Line and headed to the fare-adjustment machine before exiting the station, most likely to NHK where she is currently filming 'Umechan Sensei'. A witness commented,"Never in my dreams did I even think a top-notch actress like Horikita-san would use the train to get around." So why is a leading actress in movies and dramas travelling in this manner? "This is an effect from Kuroki Meisa's shotgun marriage to Akanishi Jin. After the shock announcement, planned events were cancelled and sponsors started cancelling commercial contracts. These amounted to losses of several hundred million yen. Because of that, the agency has been trying to find ways of saving money, even if it's a little. It seems that there has even been occasions when Horikita rode a bicycle to the set of Umechan Sensei," explains a writer for a weekly magazine.

and also making headlines, Ayase Haruka shops for her own groceries on 3rd August.


Monday, August 20, 2012

Ayase Haruka takes over downtown Tokyo in Akko-chan promotion

Posters of Ayase Haruka as Akko-chan dressed in 13 outfits have taken over trains and the premium advertising space in Shinjuku Station as a run-up to the opening of movie 'Himitsu no Akko-chan'. Thirteen media outlets online also each covered the promotion with a different photo. HImitsu no Akko-chan is a manga by Akatsuka Fujio but the movie version is an original story. In the movie 10-year-old Kagami Atsuko uses a magic compact, which can transform her into anything she wants, into a 22-year old university student. Her love interest is played by Okada Masaki. The movie opens on 1st September.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Post National Day Present

(From Channel U)

To SGers, let's hope this is a prelude to Arashi arriving on our shores (^8^)b

VS Arashi: Premieres 13 August, Monday, 8pm
Zenkai Girl: Premieres 18 August, Saturday, 11.30pm

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Uniqlo x Bleach

Uniqlo releases Bleach Graphic T-shirts priced at 1500 yen (US$19/SG$24) in 8 different designs.