Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Seiyuu Yoshino Hiroyuki to debut as a singer

Seiyuu Yoshino Hiroyuki will make his debut as a recording artiste  under record label 'Kiramune' this summer. Yoshino, also known as Yocchin to his fans, started voice acting in 1996. He is no stranger to singing but only in character before this. With him on board, Kiramune has expanded the roster of voice actors under its label. Also under Kiramune are Kamiya Hiroshi, Irino Miyu, Okamoto Nobuhiko, Kakihara Tetsuya, Namikawa Daisuke, KAmiYU (Kamiya Hiroshi & Irino Miyu), CONNECT (Iwata Mitsuo & Suzumura Kenichi) and Trignal (Eguchi Takuya, Kimura Ryouhei & Yonaga Tsubasa).

Yoshino's comment below.

Someone who doesn't know about music is getting started in it.
Music beginner. First year music student. Music freshman.

Through the work I have done to this day,
little by little, my interest in music grew.

Will I be able to show myself when I'm not playing a character?
What can I express through music?
What can I convey to everyone?

I am grateful to Kiramune which has lend me its strength so I can start on my music.

Thank you very much.
Sing. I will sing.
I am inexperienced but I look forward to it.

It's not a joke that I'm releasing a CD.
It's coming out.
It's a mystery how it will turn out but
it will be out.
With enthusiasm

Yoshino Hiroyuki
Source 1|2

Monday, April 22, 2013

Hamakaze to make special limited-time stop at Takeda Station

The Limited Express Hamakaze will make a stop at Takeda Station until the end of June to encourage visitors to the Takeda Castle Ruins, one of Japan's 100 famous castles. To commemorate this, JR-West has also designed a nameplate for the Limited Express Hamakaze. The nameplate features the Takeda Castle Ruins, which is located behind the station, 353.7m above sea level. To celebrate the event, a brief ceremony will take place on 27th April at Takeda Station which will include greetings from the mayor of Asago and congratulatory messages from Osaka and Himeji Castle.

The Hamakaze will stop at Takeda Station on weekends and public holidays from 27th April to 30th June. To facilitate visitors to the 'Castle in the Sky', there is also a tie-up with Zentan Bus which will run 8 round-trip 'Tenkuu Bus' (Sky Bus) shuttles from Takeda Station to the Takeda Castle Ruins on the days the Hamakaze stops at Takeda Station. A 10-min ride from Takeda Station to Yamajiro no Sato, (rest area with shops and restaurants) costs 200 yen, a 20-min ride to the ruins 250 yen. A round trip costs 500 yen.

Dates the Hamakaze will make a stop at Takeda Station
April 27, 28, 29
May 3, 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26
June 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30

Hamakaze 1 from Osaka Station departs at 09:38, arrives at Takeda Station at 11:43 and stops at terminal Hamasaka Station at 13:08

Hamakaze 4 from Hamasaka Station departs at 13:30, arrives at Takeda Station at 15:04 and stops at terminal Osaka Station at 17:05

Hamakaze 6 from Kasumi Station departs at 16:51, arrives at Takeda at 18:01 and stops at terminal Osaka Station at 20:05

Tenkuu Bus
Takeda Station
09:45, 10:40, 11:55, 12:40, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00, 17:00

Yamajiro no Sato
09:55, 10:50, 12:05, 12:50, 14:10, 15:10, 16:10, 17:10

Takeda Castle Ruins
10:05, 11:00, 12:15, 13:00, 14:20, 15:20, 16:20, 17:20

Back to Takeda Station
10:20, 11:15, 12:30, 13:15, 14:35, 15:35, 16:35, 17:35

JR West Press Release 1|2


Took that first photo myself after hoofing it up what felt like a vertical 800m. I'd say skip the bus, and climb up to all the better feel the rewards of your exertion :)

Mizobata Junpei is coming to Singapore!

Mizobata Junpei will take on the role of Sasaki Kojirou, rival to the famous samurai Miyamoto Musashi in the stage play 'Musashi'. The role of Musashi will once again be played by Fujiwara Tatsuya. Written by Inoue Hisashi and directed by Ninagawa Yukio, this will be its third run after successful showings in 2009 and 2010, which included performances in London and New York.  Oguri Shun and Katsuji Ryo had previously played Sasaki.

'Musashi' London ・ NY version will run at Saitama Arts Theater from 27th September to 20th October, Osaka at the end of October, Singapore's Esplanade Theatre on 8th & 9th November and Korea's LG Art Center in March 2014. Tickets for the shows in Saitama start selling on 13th July at 10,500 yen and 8,500 yen.

Official Blog
The New York Times review
The Guardian review

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Doubles ~Futari no Keiji starts tonight!

The first episode of TV Asahi's drama 'Doubles~Futari no Keiji' starring Ito Hideaki and Sakaguchi Kenji airs tonight at 9pm.

Inoue Mao Staff Diary
Hug Correspondence

3rd April 2013 (Wednesday)

My favourite, strolling.
My favourite, cherry-blossom viewing.

The sakura scatters
and my boss somehow
looks lonesome

the sakura
is really tasty!

This year too
I was munching them down with gusto.
I was scolded
by the boss.

I am
what you call
Hana Yori Dango.

The boss is doing well.
And I am doing even better!
But I'm no good
with the cold and rain.

warm spring,
please come quick!

It seems like the boss
has some sort of announcement tomorrow.


Hana Yori Dango -> Food before flowers.
Love how HYD gets a mention (*^-^)
Last year's sakura-eating.

Woman dies after freak accident at train station

A 62-year-old man tripped down the stairs at JR Fujisawa Station in Kanagawa, stumbled down about 10m and collided into a 72-year-old woman in front of him. He escaped unscathed but the woman, who sustained head injuries from the collision, has died in hospital today. The accident happened yesterday at about 1pm as the man was transferring trains from the Odakyu Enoshima Line to the JR Tokaido Line. The man told police that he was in a hurry to catch his train.


Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Ito Hideaki
Rohto De/Ou CM


Sato Takeru & CNBLUE's Yong Hwa front cover of 'AJ'

'AJ', a new magazine with the concept of the connection between Asia and Japan, will be launched on 22nd April. Japanese actor Takeru Sato and Korean actor and CNBLUE band member Yong Hwa grace the cover of AJ's inaugural issue. This is the first time the two men are meeting each other and you can read their exclusive interview inside. Also featured are Hirosue Ryoko x Han Hyo Joo and Ayano Go x Ju Ji Hoon. The magazine costs 860 yen.

Bonus covers for reservations through PIA Bookshop.